CRUX reports here that movie star Mark Wahlberg has repented for his role as a porn star in the film Boogie Nights. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles the adventures of a young man who gets work in the porn industry in the 1970s. It was a breakthrough part for Wahlberg, but he’s now gone public with his regrets about the movie. Forget about the motion picture and look at the bigger picture. Compare Wahlberg’s… Read more

So everybody on the Catholic Protestant divide are supposed to be kissy kissy this month as the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation is celebrated. Well OK, but I hear the predictable moans and groans on the Catholic conservative side of the field reminding everyone what a violent, disaster the Reformation was, while on the Protestant side I’m hearing preachers remind everyone that the Catholic Church is a Babylon mystery religion and that all Catholics are hell… Read more

Will the secret archives on the JFK assassination reveal anything new? When it comes to the mania surrounding conspiracy theories, the JFK killing is near the top of the list. Having lived in England for many years I have observed since moving back to the USA that Americans seem to have a particular fondness for conspiracy theories. When I lived in England people were not so scared all the time. When Obama was president you heard stuff like:  Obama was a… Read more

Forgive me if I have to invent a new word, but “weinsteining” is a good one. It has a juicy tang to it. Somehow the word itself sums up the trashy behavior of this movie mogul. Over at Aleteia Tom Hoopes comments on the Hollywood cesspool, observing that Weinsteining is just the tip of the iceberg. Rampant gay parties, pedophilia, abuse of teens in the industry, sexualization of children is all part of the slop and smut, and its not… Read more

I am beginning a series of posts over at my blog Standing on My Head about the Magi. These are to whet you whistle for my new book that comes out in a few weeks’ time. Today’s post asks who are the magi, and explores the commonly held view that they were Persian soothsayers. They were not. The magi were an ancient caste of shamans in Persia (present day Iran-Iraq). They eventually rose to become counsellors to the royal court… Read more

There are a couple of new posts today over at my main blog Standing on My Head. Harvey Weinstein and the New Puritanism looks at the campaign against sexual predators in a new light. The second post looks at a theory that Irish settlers were in South Carolina before Christopher Columbus arrived. Go to Standing on My Head to read more. Read more

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been exposed as a serial sex creep. The not so big news is that this sort of thing not only continues, but men of power continue to get away with it. Read more

To celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary this weekend millions of Poles surrounded their country in prayer. The news that a million Poles encircled their country with prayer in a public witness was a powerful reminder of the struggles that face Western countries with a Christian heritage. They were commemorating the Battle of Lepanto–a great victory of minority Christian forces against an invading Islamic army. In doing so they were also standing up against what they see… Read more

Here was a man who did not have a cause. He had nothing to live for and everything to die for. Read more

Ross Douthat lays it on the line about Hugh Hefner. I wrote here asking if he is in hell. Ross doesn’t bother with that judgement. He simply makes the correct judgement not of the man but his deeds and his legacy. In doing so he opens up the whole ugly side of Playboy America–claiming quite rightly that Clinton, Cosby and Trump are all part of the same sordid and seamy underbelly of modern America Here are a few ripe paragraphs… Read more

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