Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Come, Armageddon, come. The latest plank in the New World Order platform: Post offices! One man has the courage to expose their illegal secret rooms and their "indoctrinated multicultural post office workers", and to ask the really important questions, like "What role do Freemasons undertake in the U.S. Post Office?". Another plank: Avatar, with its... Continue Reading →

The Lady Vanishes

The media hoo-rah surrounding South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's "disappearance" brought to my mind some far stranger voluntary disappearances, most of them involving the very same thing that supposedly drove Gov. Sanford into the arms of his Argentine mistress: True love. Or, in some cases, the lack of it. Parts I & II: Agatha Christie... Continue Reading →

The Lady Vanishes Part V: Other Notable Cases

1959:¬†Jacqueline Gay Hart Jacqueline Gay Hart, known as Gay to her friends, was the lovely 21-year-old daughter of marketing wizard Ralph Hart, the president of Colgate Palmolive International. Ralph had scraped his way to the top from the humblest of beginnings - trapping muskrats in Alberta to support his widowed mother when he was just... Continue Reading →

The Lady Vanishes Part IV: Dar Heatherington

This is what you get for waking up in Vegas. I don't know if Darlene "Dar" Heatherington is well-known beyond the Canadian border, but around these parts she's a household name. And when people say that name, they either have a very strong opinion on it, or they're utterly confounded by the whole thing and... Continue Reading →

The Lady Vanishes Part III: Aimee Semple McPherson

Before there was Jim Bakker, before there was Jerry Fartwell, before there was Jimmy Swaggart, there was Sister Aimee. Born to an Ontario farming family in 1890, Aimee Kennedy was born again at age 17, and married a Pentacostal preacher named Robert Semple a short time later. After Semple died on a missionary trip to... Continue Reading →

Americans Assaulted and Harrassed for Conservative Views

It's an outrage. It's an abomination. It's utter B.S. The short-lived hoax of Ashley Todd isn't particularly interesting (nor unique), but the reactions it elicited in the blogosphere were quite revealing. For those who missed it: Ashley Todd is a 20-year-old Texan, a member of the College Republican National Committee, and a McCain campaign volunteer.... Continue Reading →

The Strange Saga of Pastor Don LaRose (AKA Mayor Ken Williams)

The Mayor of Casterbridge meets "Satanic brainwashing"... Nov. 2007 69-year-old Ken Williams had been the mayor of Centerton, Arkansas for 6 years when he announced that his name was really Don LaRose. Over 30 years earlier he had been LaRose (now 67 years old), a married preacher and father of two in New York state,... Continue Reading →

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