Monthly Archives: February 2013

Forget Sequester, It’s Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day!

“Unofficial” Carnival in Illinois In a small, cosmopolitan city in the American Midwest, this Friday is the day! No, not the tedious “sequester” budget cuts but a time when young people here in Champaign, Illinois let off some steam with … Continue reading

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Col. Dick Taylor and the Greenback

I had been uncertain about the story of Colonel Dick Taylor, related in an obscure book, “Lincoln: Money Martyred” by the pseudonymous “Dr. R.E. Search.” (Palmdale, CA: Omni Publications, first published in 1935) The mysterious “Dr. Search” had claimed that … Continue reading

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Mayan Calendar Considerations

Paul Joseph Watson, who I respect, considers the Mayan Calendar prognostications to have fizzled. Yet the Winter Solstice also each year seems to have fizzled. The return of the Sun? Where is it? But then, around February, some may begin … Continue reading

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Thaddeus Stevens, "Conspiracy Nut"

This Sunday, February 24, 2013, the Academy Awards will be presented. Highly favored by some for “Best Picture” is the Steven Spielberg movie, “Lincoln.” In that movie, a character called Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones) appears. We know … Continue reading

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The Pope and "Young America"

Is this man Peter the Roman? “Historian Yonatan Eyal argues that the 1840s and 1850s were the heyday of the faction of young Democrats that called itself ‘Young America.’ Led by Stephen Douglas, James K. Polk and Franklin Pierce, and … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Love

Anna Magnani as Serafina Priest: “Serafina, the ladies only want to be your friends… I think you imagine too much. The ladies want to be your companions.” Serafina: “Companions. Them ladies. The dummies I got in my house make better … Continue reading

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Final Pope Looms on Horizon

In Alexander Abad-Santos’ “Guide to Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories” about the surprising departure of Pope Benedict XVI, he includes that, “on a slightly more ridiculous course, there is a papal prophecy out there from St. Malachy, a monk born in 1094, … Continue reading

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