Stranger than fiction (or is it?): one man’s journey from far-left terrorist to neo-Nazi ‚ and guess what stayed the same…

Misread the guy’s name as “Horse Mauler.”

If that had been correct, it still wouldn’t be the strangest/most disturbing bit….

Spin, strangeness, and charm

MEMRI’s Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor is not concerned with US PTAs who despise complete reverse-racist tripe “critical race theory”m but with the real hardcore kind. Their latest is devoted to the bizarre case of Horst Mahler and his followers.

I dug a few background details about this stranger-than-fiction character out of the German Wikipedia page (caveat lector).

Horst Mahler’s father, a dentist and apparently a fanatical National Socialist, shot himself when Horst was a middle schooler. He was able to go to college on a merit scholarship: at first he joined the traditional German nationalist “Waffenstudentenverein” Thuringia— an old-school German student fraternity where the members engaged in non-lethal fencing duels in pursuit of the well-known dueling scar. He soon quit Thuringia to join the center-left SPD (social-democratic party),: he was later expelled for joining a more stridently left group, the SDS (Socialist German Student association).

Meanwhile he’d obtained his…

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Unable to deliver your parcel?

A phishing setup that redirects to different scams depending on if you’re on a desktop or a mobile device.

Monday Evening

‘Tis the Season for the Wayward Package Phish:

“Attempting to visit the domain in the phishing link … from a desktop web browser redirects the visitor to a harmless page with ads for car insurance quotes. But by loading it in a mobile device (or by mimicking one using developer tools), we can see the intended landing page …

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Help With Moving For My Health

Sarah needs help.

Even just talking to her in text, the change when she spent a week at lower altitude was recognizable.

According To Hoyt

So we found a new place, but between the pandemic shutdown and it being so soon after buying the last house, we’ve drained our savings. After much urging from friends and family, I am asking for help.

Yes, I’m embarrassed and terrified, but I’ve never really charged for my work here, and we truly, desperately and very urgently need help. The figure I put up scares me, but it scares me even more not knowing where it will come from. I want and need to write stories, and I can’t while locked in stress over this thing looming over us.

Health Moving Expenses Go Fund Me link here.

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A very unfortunate Covid-policy casualty


For 50 years, the University Unitarian Church in Seattle put on a Handel’s Messiah Sing-along, Play-along on the day after Christmas. Yes, that’s 50 years! They packed the sanctuary to the rafters with singers and orchestra, and anyone could come and sing or play, just for the price of a ticket. The Messiah was a big fundraiser for the Lefty church’s music department. The church ladies made cookies and punch, to refresh the singers and players between parts, and after three solid hours everyone was happily exhausted. Both singers and players would come back year after year; we in the orchestra marveled at how well the pickup choir did on all the arias, recitatives, and choruses — sometimes we’d forget to play while listening to the singers!

In 2020, the Messiah was canceled, as indoor gatherings were prohibited. For the first time in 50 years, the Church regretfully cancelled the…

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Be He Ne’er so Vile, This Day Shall Gentle His Condition

Anyone need their blood pumping?

Cat Rotator's Quarterly

What is this day? Why, the feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, of course. What do you mean, you didn’t go to mass, or feast your neighbors and show your scars? The battle was a mere five hundred years ago!

For a more rousing version, played by an Italian organist on a French instrument:

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Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the US 2021

Good news!

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 21.52 million – a 48% increase since 2016. It’s also a 10.5% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2020. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. This increase occurred despite 21 Constitutional Carry states that no longer provide data on all those legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.

These numbers are particularly topical given that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the concealed carry case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association V. Corlett in November. That case will determine whether those requesting permits need to provide a “proper cause,” which means a good reason for obtaining a permit.

St. Michael the Marine

Well, I’m choked up.

Aliens in This World

Okay, maybe Heaven’s gates _are_ guarded by United States Marines. Or at least one who temporarily served….

How St. Michael saved a Marine in the Korean War

Heh, this is classic angel/benign trickster stuff. Those archangels have a wacky sense of humor! But the story has a twist….

Slightly different, much less abridged version of the original letter from a dramatization for radio broadcast. (The article’s version seems to be modernized.)

Another recording from a radio presentation, from WXYZ radio, 1964. Read by Fr. Walter Muldy, recorded back in 1955.

Obviously, there’s no approval because the persons involved never came forward publicly; so there’s no proof, although Fr. Muldy claimed to have investigated it privately.

I’ve been a Catholic all my life, and have never heard this prayer. Kinda beautiful one.

Michael, Michael of the morning,

Fresh chord of Heaven of adorning,

Keep me safe today,

And in time…

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St. Charles Borromeo


Aliens in This World

Hey, it turns out that the life story of St. Charles Borromeo is HIGHLY TOPICAL. I had no idea how topical. He faced a lot of the same challenges that people today face – laxity, crazy ideas, stupid hostility in high places – but managed to get through it all with his head held high and his love for God intact.

OTOH, he was a very very very obedient guy. Very.

Which must have been really disconcerting, when this big tall built guy, with this skinny face from fasting and all these highly connected relatives, insisted that he would totally do what you want. But also that this is what you should want to order him, for the following reasons.

He also gave First Communion to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

Also, when he was sent by the pope to do visitations of tiny little towns up in the mountains, he’d be…

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