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Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


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The Amityville Horror

Claim:The Amityville Horror is based on a true story.

Origins: Some horrors just won t die, and The Amityville Horror is a case in point. The tale of a reportedly demon-infested house in Amityville, New York, became a best-selling novel in 1977 and a hit horror film starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder in 1979. Several inferior movie sequels followed in its wake (including a 3-D version), and 15 April 2005 saw the debut of a remake, this one starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George.

Scary films are a dime a dozen, but what initially drew the public s interest to the original version of The Amityville Horror was the claim

that it was based on real events. The producers of the 2005 remake were also intrigued by the Amityville case not so much due to the horror film s scary details, but because the tale was allegedly true. We were looking for truth in horror, co-producer Andrew Form told Fangoria magazine. I grew up in Long Island, so I was familiar with this when I was a kid. I remember going by that house and how scary it was.

Co-star Melissa George was attracted to the role because, she said, If you re going to do a scary movie, you might as well do The Amityville Horror, a true story, a famous book, a well-known moment in American history. A famous book, yes. A moment in American history, perhaps. But a true story? Not.

The history of The Amityville Horror, as with The Exorcist, began with a best-selling novel. A book entitled The Amityville Horror: A True Story. written by Jay Anson, was published in 1977 and quickly scaled the sales charts. Anson was not a resident of the infamous possessed house, but a professional writer hired to pen a book based on supposedly true events that had taken place there several years earlier.

The story behind the story began on 13 November 1974, when six members of an Amityville, New York, family were killed. The parents, Ronald and Louise DeFeo, were shot in bed while they slept, along with their two sons and two daughters. The sole remaining family member, Ronald Jr. ( Butch ), was arrested for the crime, convicted, and sentenced to prison. With the family dead (and Butch in no position to inherit the place), the house went up for sale. The horrific nature of the massacre unnerved the otherwise quiet Long Island neighborhood, though no supernatural activity was associated with the house at 112 Ocean

The following year, a new family, the Lutzes, moved into the house. George and Kathy Lutz, along with their three children, said that shortly after they moved in, their six-bedroom abode became a Hell house. It seemed that perhaps the demons that drove Butch to slaughter his family were not in his head but in the house. An unseen force ripped doors from hinges and slammed cabinets closed, noxious green slime oozed from the ceilings, a biblical-scale swarm of insects attacked the family, and a demonic face with glowing red eyes peered into their house at night, leaving cloven-hoofed footprints in the morning snow. A priest called upon to bless the house was driven back with painful blisters on his hands, famously told by a demonic voice to Get out! And so on.

A local television crew did a segment on the house, bringing in several self-styled ghost hunters (including Ed and Lorraine Warren) and other alleged psychics. All agreed that a demonic spirit was in the house, and that an exorcism would be needed to stop the activity. The Lutzes left the house and took their terrifying tale with them, collaborating with Anson on the book The Amityville Horror. And, as William Peter Blatty did when he promoted The Exorcist, Anson vouched for the truthfulness of his fantastic tale: There is simply too much independent corroboration of their narrative to support the speculation that [the Lutzes] either imagined or fabricated these events.

Many people expressed doubts about the events in the house. Researcher Rick Moran, for example, compiled a list of more than a hundred factual errors and discrepancies between Anson s true story and the truth. The 2005 remake promises to mine Anson s book more deeply than did the previous screenplays, including background about early Indians (whose vengeful spirits may lurk nearby) and devil-worshipping early settlers of the area. Yet, Moran explains, Experts told me that the tribe mentioned was not from the Amityville area at all (actually, they had inhabited the eastern tip of Long Island, 70 miles away) and that the settlers mentioned were never local residents either. Anson s tactic was clear when strapped for good material for a book, pad it with quasi-factoids. And Father Pecoraro, the priest who was driven from the house by demons? According to Moran, who interviewed Pecoraro, He said he never saw anything in the house.

Joe Nickell, author of Entities: Angels, Spirits, Demons, and Other Alien Beings (and who personally visited Amityville and interviewed later owners of the notorious house), also found numerous holes in the Amityville story. A few examples of these discrepancies:


  • The Lutzes could not have found the demonic hoofprint in the snow when they said they did, because weather records showed there had been no snowfall to leave prints in.
  • Though the book details extensive damage to the home s doors and hardware, the original locks, doorknobs, and hinges were actually untouched.
  • The book and film show police being called to the house, but, Nickell writes, During the 28-day siege that drove [the Lutz family] from the house, they never once called the police.
  • Over and over, both big claims and small details were refuted by eyewitnesses, investigations, and forensic evidence. Still, the Lutzes stuck to their story, reaping tens of thousands of dollars from the book and film rights.

    The truth behind The Amityville Horror was finally revealed when Butch DeFeo s lawyer, William Weber, admitted that he, along with the Lutzes, created this horror story over many bottles of wine. The house was never really haunted; the horrific experiences they had claimed were simply made up. Jay Anson further embellished the tale for his book, and by the time the film s screenwriters had adapted it, any grains of truth that might have been there were long gone. While the Lutzes profited handsomely from their story, Weber had planned to use the haunting to gain a new trial for his client. George Lutz reportedly still claims that the events are mostly true, but has offered no evidence to back up his claim.

    The Lutzes account was likely influenced by another fictionalized story, that of The Exorcist. In fact, it is not much of a stretch to suggest that The Exorcist strongly influenced The Amityville Story. Recall that The Exorcist came out in December 1973, and demonic possession and hauntings were very much in the public s mind when the Lutzes spun their stories of diabolic activity a year or two later. The revelation that the story was based on a hoax has led to embarrassment, especially among the handful of paranormal experts who verified the fictional tale. The Lutzes must have had a good laugh at the expense of the mystery-mongering ghost hunters and self-proclaimed psychics who reported their terrifying visions and verified the house s (non-existent) demonic residents.

    To this day, the fact that The Amityville Horror story was an admitted hoax is still not widely known as we often say, the truth never stands in the way of a good story. Though the story was made up by the Lutzes and further sensationalized by Anson, there were real victims of The Amityville Horror (the film, not the demons). In addition to the murdered DeFeo family, the subsequent occupants of the Amityville home have suffered a continual stream of harassment by curiosity seekers, horror fans, and gawkers who want to photograph and tour their infamous house. Then there are the people who, fooled by the films and book s tagline, think they are partaking of works based on true events.

    (This article 2005 by Benjamin Radford)

    Last updated: 15 April 2005

    Sources:

    Kaplan, Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan. The Amityville Horror Conspiracy .
    Laceyville, PA: Toad Hall Inc. 1995. ISBN 0-963-74980-3.

    Moran, Rick and Peter Jordan. The Amityville Horror Hoax.
    Fate. May 1978.

    Moran, Rick. Amityville Revisited.
    Fortean Times. January 2005.

    Nickell, Joe. Amityville: The Horror of It All.
    Skeptical Inquirer. January 2003.


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


    Solar power in Germany: How a cloudy country became the world leader


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    Even Environmentalists Are Beginning to Grumble About Germany’s Solar Boom

    Even Environmentalists Are Beginning to Grumble About Germany’s Solar Boom

    Can You Have Too Much Solar Energy?

    Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters

    It s been a long, dark winter in Germany. In fact, there hasn t been this little sun since people started tracking such things back in the early 1950s. Easter is around the corner, and the streets of Berlin are still covered in ice and snow. But spring will come, and when the snow finally melts, it will reveal the glossy black sheen of photovoltaic solar panels glinting from the North Sea to the Bavarian Alps.

    Solar panels line Germany s residential rooftops and top its low-slung barns. They sprout in orderly rows along train tracks and cover hills of coal mine tailings in what used to be East Germany. Old Soviet military bases, too polluted to use for anything else, have been turned into solar installations.

    Twenty-two percent of Germany s power is generated with renewables. Solar provides close to a quarter of that. The southern German state of Bavaria, population 12.5 million, has three photovoltaic panels per resident, which adds up to more installed solar capacity than in the entire United States .

    With a long history of coal mining and heavy industry and the aforementioned winter gloom, Germany is not the country you d naturally think of as a solar power. And yet a combination of canny regulation and widespread public support for renewables have made Germany an unlikely leader in the global green-power movement and created a groundswell of small-scale power generation that could upend the dominance of traditional power companies.

    Twenty years ago, it was clear solar power wasn t going to get anywhere by itself. Photovoltaic panels were expensive and inefficient. Even solar systems designed to heat water, a far less technologically tricky task, were bad buys on the open market. Producing electricity from sunlight costs 10 times more than generating power using coal or nuclear energy. The early systems might as well have been made out of gold, says David Wedepohl, a spokesman for Germany s Solar Industry Association.

    In 1991, German politicians from across the political spectrum quietly passed the Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz (renewable energy law), or EEG. It was a little-heralded measure with long-lasting consequences.

    The law guaranteed small hydroelectric power generators mostly in Bavaria, a politically conservative area I like to think of as the Texas of Germany a market for their electricity. The EEG required utility companies to plug all renewable power producers, down to the smallest rooftop solar panel, into the national grid and buy their power at a fixed, slightly above-market rate that guaranteed a modest return over the long term. The prices were supposed to balance out the hidden costs of conventional power, from pollution to decades of coal subsidies.

    Investors began to approach solar and wind power as long-term investments, knowing there was a guaranteed future for renewable energy and a commitment to connecting it to the grid. Paperwork for renewables was streamlined a big move in bureaucracy-loving Germany. The country invested billions in renewables research in the 1990s, and German reunification meant lots of money for energy development projects in the former East.

    Now German companies lead the world in solar research and technology. The handful of companies that make inverters, the devices that reverse the flow of electricity and feed power from rooftop solar panels back into national grids, are almost all German. On a sunny day last May, Germany produced 22 gigawatts of energy from the sun half of the world s total and the equivalent of 20 nuclear power plants.

    The feed-in laws and subsidies pushed innovation to the point where solar panels are cheap enough to compete on the open market in Germany and elsewhere. The price for solar panels has fallen 66 percent since 2006, and the cost of solar-generated power may be competitive with coal in a few years, according to a study by UBS. Already, solar projects are thriving in places like India and Italy despite a lack of government subsidies or support, and a recent Deutsche Bank report predicted grid parity in Bavaria by next year.

    You might think Germany would be smug about all its solar success. But, as usual, folks here are full of doubts. Part of the reason solar panels are getting cheaper is competition from China, which is threatening to push more expensive German producers out of business. Last year, German conservatives tried to end solar subsidies entirely, arguing that plummeting prices were encouraging too many people to install solar panels. They said that the subsidies come at the expense of city dwellers without solar-ready roofs, low-income electricity consumers, and investments in other forms of renewable energy. Even environmentalists have begun to grumble about the solar boom, which sucks up half of Germany s funding for renewables but provides just 20 percent of green power.

    The proliferation of privately owned solar has large power companies in Germany worried. For two decades, they ve been forced to facilitate and finance their competition, helping turn customers into producers. Soon, rooftop solar and other small-scale, locally owned renewables could upset the market for coal and nuclear power.

    Here s why that s a problem: Renewable energy sources like wind and solar generate power intermittently, dependent on the sun or fickle breezes. Until researchers can find a way to store energy at a large scale. coal and nuclear plants which can t simply be switched on and off at will must be kept running to guarantee a steady stream of electricity when the sun isn t shining.

    That means overproduction of power during daylight hours, as the country s ample solar energy floods onto the grid along with electricity produced by power plants. Power companies traditionally charge more during the day, when offices are full and manufacturing plants are in full swing, so the glut of daytime solar power reduces their profit. The proliferation of solar panels on homes also takes high-margin residential customers off the grid at peak hours. And the energy surplus has driven prices for traditional coal and nuclear power down, even as renewables are still guaranteed more-than-competitive rates. As power companies try to pass the costs to consumers in the form of higher bills, that just encourages more people to put solar panels on their roofs.

    Already, Germany s power companies are closing power plants and scrapping plans for new ones. Germany had a national freak-out after the Fukushima disaster and decided to abolish nuclear power by 2023. Meanwhile, energy prices continue to sink, and solar installation continues to grow. By decentralizing power generation, the renewables boom could do to the power industry what the Internet did to the media: Put power in the hands of the little guy, and force power companies to rethink how they do business. As soon as the sun comes out, that is.


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


    Catholic and Enjoying It! Mark Shea – s Blog: So That No


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]


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    Everything happening right now in the world of baseball reminded me of a story from my childhood:When I was very small I had a baseball cap that I loved. I don’t know where I got it. It had a little smiling face on it, which seemed like a pretty good fashion statement.That little smiling guy was actually the mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, now widely considered to be super duper racist, but at the time, I wasn’t aware of the concept of racism, America’s history of [Read More. ]

    Absolutely despicable: “Totally betrayed, that’s how I feel,” Susan Haley, who served 26 years in the Army and now owes $20,500, says. “I didn’t knowingly accept money I wasn’t supposed to have. They wanted me to re-enlist and I was assured everything was fine.” How about, instead of this, we order every member of Congress to pay back everything they have earned since the outbreak of the war and, if they refuse, they be sent to a battle zone as mine sweepers?One of the four sins that cry [Read More. ]

    Ouch:“Sean Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist. His behavior reminds me of a conversation I had with a [Soviet] political officer in the mid-1980s when I was an air attaché to Bulgaria. I asked this officer what truth was to him. He responded without hesitation, ‘Truth is what serves the party.’” – Michael Hayden, Ex-CIA DirectorDouble ouch:“FOX News has almost entirely jumped the shark,” said Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush. “They have gi [Read More. ]

    is a corrupt Nixonian policy wonk. Don’t forget that. The moment she wins it will be time to fight her. [Read More. ]

    Had a lovely day yesterday. After Mass (which was deeply nourishing), took a five mile walk through the neighborhood, through an October wood, across the freeway overpass, down the interurban trail, around the lake, up and around the quiet lane behind our house, down to the store and home. Then my [Read More. ]

    A reader writes:This lad, Nolan Scully, is in great need of immediate prayer. He is undergoing intensive cancer surgery today that he may very well not survive. Our parish held a prayer service for him Sunday, pleading with the Lord for His Divine Mercy.Any assistance you can provide via [Read More. ]

    I wanted to make you aware of an exciting new project. Dynamic Catholic released its first Christmas Advent album. The album, O Emmanuel, is a new 10 track album featuring a mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation, classical and sacred music. In the first week of pre-order the album sold [Read More. ]

    On Monday, Sherry Antonetti gabbed about Deathstorm 2016 and other adventures:On Tuesday, Michael Lichens and I yakked about the Discovery of the Trinity:On Wednesday, Rod Bennett and I had a grand time talking about Frankenstein, both the book and the film(s):On Thursday, [Read More. ]