Donald R. McClarey

Harry Truman’s Ghost Letter

    A suitable topic for Halloween.  Harry Truman, soon after he became President, wrote a letter to his wife in which he referred to ghosts in the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON June 12, 1945 Dear Bess:- Just

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Donald R. McClarey

Ghosts of the Library

  One of my favorite stops at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.   The Thirty-third Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in the month of September, 1861, by Colonel Chas. E. Hovey, and mustered into the

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Donald R. McClarey

Debate: Has Halloween Become Too Commercial?

“I got a rock.” Charlie Brown           From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  My last trick or treating experience as a child was in 1969 and I reared my children

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Donald R. McClarey

Zombie Democrats?

Lawrence: “You live here?” Montgomery: “Yes.” Lawrence: “Then maybe you know what a zombie is” Montgomery: “When a person dies and is buried, its seems there are certain voodoo priests who … who have the power to bring him back

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Twas a Dark and Stormy Cthulhu

Something for a Halloween weekend. Hey there Cthulhu.  A minor vice of mine is a love for old pulp science fiction and fantasy.  One of the authors I treasure is H.P. Lovecraft, best known for his cycle of horror science fiction\fantasy stories

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Remembrance of Better Halloweens

  Instapundit believes this is a parody and I certainly hope so.  I am 58 and last went trick or treating in 1969.  My mother had a great ghost costume sewn up for me, and my friends and I tromped

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Frankenstein’s Monster, Then and Now

An opening note: Yes, I know that in the book, the Doctor was Frankenstein, and the Monster was to be “a new Adam.” In popular culture, Frankenstein’s Monster became shortened to Frankenstein, and sometimes to Frank. I’m going with “Frankenstein”

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Demons

It’s a staple of horror movies– there is some invisible thing that will get you, destroy your life, take over your loved ones and drag you to hell.  A demon haunts this house! First, we should probably back up a

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Vampires

Through mere glimpses of him, however, demonic accuracy is achieved: Dracula is an Antichrist. He cannot attack unless willingly engaged. He baptizes his victims in his blood even as he drinks theirs in a sacrifice that gives eternal “life” in

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I Vote For the Zombies

    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults believe the federal government would do a better job than zombies running the country today. But the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most Americans don’t share that view, with

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Gettysburg Address: Halloween Edition

Hmmm, that is not quite the version I remember.  Speaking of zombies however, I have no doubt that the real Abraham Lincoln would have laughed at the following scene from the Bob Hope movie The Ghost Breakers (1940):

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Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the season, Taylor Marshall (Called to Communion) offers “top ten ways to have a Catholic Halloween: This time of year introduces several debates. Among conservative Protestants it’s “Halloween or no Halloween?” which sometimes becomes “Halloween vs.

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USA Today Reports on Catholic Blogosphere

Last Friday on October 30 the mainstream media here in America reported inaccurately that the Vatican was warning parents that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’.  Of course no such thing occurred.  The Vatican did not say that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’, in fact

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Nothing Is Scarier Than The Legislative Process

The ever watchable Mary Katherine Ham gives us a Halloween spoof on the movie Paranormal Activity, a la the machinations of Congress to produce a health care bill.  Frankly, if given the choice between real ghosts and goblins and the

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Vatican Condemnation of Halloween is False

[Updates at the bottom of this post.] In what is a common occurrence that happens more than you think, the media again has done a poor job of reporting the news that emanates from the Vatican.  If it came from

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Moving Halloween to Saturday: Treat or Trick?

In recent years Halloween has gone from a primarily child-oriented holiday to an occasion of commercial importance comparable to Christmas or Easter. National retail sales figures indicate that Halloween is the 6th biggest holiday for retailers — behind Christmas, Valentine’s

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