I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time. For… Read more

talking about Stephen Hawking, wormholes, tessaracts, Einstein, the Big Bang, A Wrinkle in Time, the Eucharist, The Apostle, prayers for the dead vs. speculating about the fate of the dead, and all parts in between. Fun show! Read more

…but I think Bp. Barron does a decent job of discussing his attraction to many Catholics. The reason for my leeriness is simple: I no longer trust in the slightest the judgment of conservative Catholics on almost any issue or figure since they have been so wrong about so much so many times for so long and the closer their judgment approaches unanimity, the more certain it is to be visible-from-space wrong. The passionate enthusiasm about Peterson therefore fills me… Read more

This killed me. But then, that’s kind of the NRA stock-in-trade, killing people. (NSFW). Relatedly, I got this from Mark Barden, the father of Daniel Barden, this beautiful little boy butchered at Sandy Hook.  Over the years, and with the help and support of the depraved NRA he and the other parents of the children slaughtered at Sandy Hook have been accused of participating in a “hoax” to kill their children/fake their children’s death/invent children who never existed all so… Read more

My latest over at Catholic Weekly, looking at the New Testament as the underground literature it was and is: One of the oldest bodies of samizdat in the world is called the “New Testament”. It was written by a community living, not only under the threat of persecution by a brutal Roman regime that killed its Master by crucifixion and which periodically killed his servants by equally brutal means, but also under the rejection of its very own fathers, mothers,… Read more

…check out GoodRx.com. So, my wife and I are what young people call “old” and what we call “mature”.  Consequently, we take what other people call “drugs” and we call “medication”.  My wife needs Levothyroxin and I need various meds for diabetes. There was a golden time when we qualified for Washington Apple Health but (as attested by my not having to hold Tin Cup Rattles the past partial decade or so) we are doing okay financially and so lost… Read more

Deacon Steven Greydanus does the autopsy: One of the book’s most memorable bits — a scene that expanded my mind when I read it as a boy, and still shapes my thinking today — involves an explanation of space-time and the idea of a tesseract: a folding (or wrinkling) of space-time via a fifth dimension to travel instantly between vastly distant locations. (“The shortest distance between two points is not a straight line.”) A version of this scene was shot… Read more

So this exists: (Sculpture of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI by Italian artist Jago. (Credit: Federico Manzoni.) Jacopo Cardillo, an Italian sculptor of international fame whose art name is Jago, definitely took this definition to a whole new level when he decided recently to “undress” Benedict XVI and portray him shirtless instead of dressed in the usual papal regalia. Ever since, the technically remarkable sculpture has been the object of both criticism and praise, with some viewing it as desecrating the… Read more

I changed the title because it is important to always remember that Christianism is a theopolitical cult that sells the lies of Trump under the guise of Christian imagery, jargon and trappings. What is notable about all this is that even when Christianist lies hurt the Christianist liar himself, the support for him continues. Why? I think the reason has been evident since the day after Election Day: Sin make you stupid and pride is the greatest sin of all…. Read more

My latest at the Catholic Weekly, recalling the strange fears of my youth and my gratitude to God for healing them: When I was a new convert, I was filled with a lot of weird anxieties about things.  Notions would take me and I could not shake them, often deeply fearful notions. One time (and I feel silly talking about this, but I bet other people have had similar experiences) I was watching an episode of the Twilight Zone. You might… Read more

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