Archive | October, 2009

Séances, Psychics, and Ghost Hunters: Smoke and Mirrors or the Real Deal?

Posted on 30 October 2009

Starring Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and the late Patrick Swayze, the film Ghost remains a classic not only with romantics enamored of a good love story, but also with those who believe that life does not end with the death of the body.  Brutally murdered, the soul of Swayze’s character, Sam, remains tethered to Earth […]

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The Death of Halloween…?

Posted on 29 October 2009

Of the 365 days of the year on which my birthday could have fallen, I have always been supremely grateful that my entrance into the world coincided with Halloween.  It was the one day of the school year unmarred by homework, the day that kindly strangers willingly handed over all manner of goodies at the […]

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We Get the Government We Deserve

Posted on 29 October 2009

Election day 2009 is rapidly approaching and, while there are few races of national significance, perhaps we should all consider the fact that our votes have put our current leaders in power.  While Bill Clinton as President was the master of circumlocution (“it all depends upon what the meaning of ‘is’ is”), many of our […]

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Bad Moon Risin’

Posted on 28 October 2009

As a kid born on Halloween, devil-eyed Dracula did not frighten me.  Neither did Frankenstein’s monster, that conglomeration of corpses that stalked the countryside in search of victims.  But one look at the Wolfman on the small screen or even as a Halloween mask would raise the shivers right up my spine and send me […]

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The Celtic Roots of Halloween

Posted on 27 October 2009

“From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!”   The traditional Scottish prayer is befitting on the day that we celebrate as Halloween.  The holiday has its roots in pre-Christian times and the culture of the Celts, a people occupying parts of what are […]

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Another Green Acres Scam?

Posted on 27 October 2009

This video alleges that Green Acres funding was used to purchase this private golf club in Brigantine, New Jersey.  Additionally, it asserts that, via an inside political deal, a party loyalist was awarded the restaurant concession including use of the Club’s liquor license.  If the factual information presented is accurate, this would certainly be an […]

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A Conspiracy Theory: Corporations or Freedom?

Posted on 26 October 2009

In today’s rapidly changing economic ocean, our country has drifted into troubled waters.  The foundation upon which the Land of the Free was built is shifting precariously.  To seek the pioneer spirit that created the greatest nation on Earth is to search in vain.   Self-reliance and hard work are now challenged by the welfare state […]

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Is Green Acres a Scam?

Posted on 24 October 2009

As a recreational football official, I have noticed how many high schools and other public facilities have converted to artificial turf over the last several years.  I have wondered and queried other officials regarding the sources of funding for such projects.  In some cases, I have discovered that funding was part of a school’s budget […]

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How About a Little Bite? (The Lure of the Vampire)

Posted on 24 October 2009

Engendering terror and pathos, earthiness and mysticism, the mythical vampire has long held the fascination of readers, TV viewers, and film buffs of all ages.  Our society so embraces the vampire that we continue to promote his evolution and the lore that surrounds him.   Inarguably, Bela Lugosi’s riveting portrayal in the 1931 film Dracula sparked […]

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Sweet Little Lies

Posted on 23 October 2009

As a child of honest, working class parents, I was taught to always tell the truth.  However, every rule has its exception.  If my mother hated a friend’s new hairstyle or dress, she would nevertheless gush that she loved it.  Once the lady was out of earshot, my mom explained that her “little white lies” […]

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