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  • Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats: They're Good for You. Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D.

    11/14/2015 11:22:42 AM PST · 7 of 8
    batmast to WhiskeyX

    Nutritional Health Series - Parts 1 - 18
    Part 1: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
    Part 2: Dr David Perlmutter: Grain Brain, Eating Fat Makes You Smart, and Why (Brain) Size Matters
    Part 3: Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU
    Part 4: Dr. Peter Attia: Readdressing Dietary Guidelines
    Part 5: Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?
    Part 6: The Perfect Treatment for Diabetes and Weight Loss
    Part 7: The Two Big Lies of Type 2 Diabetes
    Part 8: Why Is A Low Carb Diet Good for You?
    Part 9: Denise Minger: Death By Food Pyramid, Women Who Gain Weight on Paleo, and How to Spot a Fraud
    Part 10: Dr. Mercola and Dr. D’Agostino on Ketogenic Diet
    Part 11: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 1 of 6: A New Hope
    Part 12: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 2 of 6: The New Science of Diabesity
    Part 13: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 3 of 6: Trial by Diet
    Part 14: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 4 of 6: The Fast Solution
    Part 15: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 5 of 6: Diet and Disease
    Part 16: The Aetiology of Obesity Part 6 of 6: Dietary Villains - Fat Phobia
    Part 17: How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
    Part 18: Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats: They’re Good for You. Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D.

  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    11/11/2015 10:37:36 AM PST · 11 of 22
    batmast to elcid1970

    I just bought 2 from ebay:

  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    11/11/2015 9:43:41 AM PST · 1 of 22
  • Planned Parenthood's War on Women: It's Not a Choice, It's a Demand

    08/13/2015 1:11:50 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    batmast to captmar-vell

    I think this prayer should be adapted in the battle against abortion. What say you?
    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations. - General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer by Msgr. James H. O’Neill December 9, 1944

  • Frank Capra’s Greatest Gift

    12/24/2013 9:40:38 AM PST · 2 of 15
    batmast to Conservative Beacon

    BRAVO...BRAVO to Frank Capra! It took a Wonderful man to make “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Thank you Frank. Thank you!

  • Detroit Goes Begging as Obama Sends Money Overseas

    08/02/2013 6:37:56 AM PDT · 2 of 15
    batmast to batmast

    Memories: Obama to Detroit: Drop Dead!

  • Detroit Goes Begging as Obama Sends Money Overseas

    08/02/2013 6:36:41 AM PDT · 1 of 15
  • Proving Atheists have faith

    07/29/2013 7:01:41 AM PDT · 48 of 103
    batmast to Patriot Politics

    Pascal’s Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy which was devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist, Blaise Pascal. It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or does not exist. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming the infinite gain or loss associated with belief in God or with unbelief, a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.).[1]

    Pascal formulated the wager within a Christian framework. The wager was set out in section 233 of Pascal’s posthumously published Pensées. Pensées, meaning thoughts, was the name given to the collection of unpublished notes which, after Pascal’s death, were assembled to form an incomplete treatise on Christian apologetics.

    Historically, Pascal’s Wager was groundbreaking because it charted new territory in probability theory, marked the first formal use of decision theory, and anticipated future philosophies such as existentialism, pragmatism, and voluntarism.

  • Hevron: Muslim Worshipers Desecrate Jewish Holy Site (Tomb of the Patriarchs)

    07/13/2013 2:19:42 PM PDT · 7 of 23
    batmast to Olog-hai

    Wow...what irony - from today’s readings:
    Jacob gave his sons this charge:
    “Since I am about to be taken to my people,
    bury me with my fathers in the cave that lies
    in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
    the cave in the field of Machpelah,
    facing on Mamre, in the land of Canaan,
    the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite
    for a burial ground.
    There Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried,
    and so are Isaac and his wife Rebekah,
    and there, too, I buried Leah–
    the field and the cave in it
    that had been purchased from the Hittites.”


    05/31/2013 6:04:04 PM PDT · 214 of 1,929
    batmast to BipolarBob

    (Galileo) Tortured for His Beliefs? (absolutely NOT)

    In the end, Galileo recanted his heliocentric teachings, but it was not—as is commonly supposed—under torture nor after a harsh imprison- ment. Galileo was, in fact, treated surprisingly well.

    As historian Giorgio de Santillana, who is not overly fond of the Catholic Church, noted, “We must, if anything, admire the cautiousness and legal scruples of the Roman authorities.” Galileo was offered every convenience possible to make his imprisonment in his home bearable.

    Galileo’s friend Nicolini, Tuscan ambassador to the Vatican, sent regular reports to the court regarding affairs in Rome. Many of his letters dealt with the ongoing controversy surrounding Galileo.

    Nicolini revealed the circumstances surrounding Galileo’s “imprisonment” when he reported to the Tuscan king: “The pope told me that he had shown Galileo a favor never accorded to another” (letter dated Feb. 13, 1633); “ . . . he has a servant and every convenience” (letter, April 16); and “[i]n regard to the person of Galileo, he ought to be imprisoned for some time because he disobeyed the orders of 1616, but the pope says that after the publication of the sentence he will consider with me as to what can be done to afflict him as little as possible” (letter, June 18).

    Had Galileo been tortured, Nicolini would have reported it to his king. While instruments of torture may have been present during Galileo’s recantation (this was the custom of the legal system in Europe at that time), they definitely were not used.

    The records demonstrate that Galileo could not be tortured because of regulations laid down in The Directory for Inquisitors (Nicholas Eymeric, 1595). This was the official guide of the Holy Office, the Church office charged with dealing with such matters, and was followed to the letter.

    As noted scientist and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead remarked, in an age that saw a large number of “witches” subjected to torture and execution by Protestants in New England, “the worst that happened to the men of science was that Galileo suffered an honorable detention and a mild reproof.” Even so, the Catholic Church today acknowledges that Galileo’s condemnation was wrong. The Vatican has even issued two stamps of Galileo as an expression of regret for his mistreatment.


    05/31/2013 5:24:19 PM PDT · 186 of 1,929
    batmast to BipolarBob

    Bob...your tirade proves that your ignorance is monumental!You’re not going to make any progress until you stop hating “The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”. I know that God will forgive you (as you forgave me)...but you have to ask.


    05/31/2013 4:33:32 PM PDT · 107 of 1,929
    batmast to BipolarBob

    I’m sorry...I forgot that you’re bipolar. Well Bob, before Jesus started his Church there were NO Catholics. There learned something today.


    05/31/2013 4:15:30 PM PDT · 81 of 1,929
    batmast to oh8eleven

    You know darn well that I was referring to the New Testament. Try this link for a little insight:
    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
    -by THOMAS E. WOODS, JR.
    From the role of the monks to art and architecture, from the university to Western law, from science to charitable work, from international law to economics, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization delves into just how indebted we are as a civilization to the Catholic Church, whether we realize it or not.


    05/31/2013 4:04:20 PM PDT · 68 of 1,929
    batmast to Greetings_Puny_Humans

    To ALL who think that Catholics don’t read the Bible. CATHOLICS WROTE THE BIBLE! If you read the Bible you will become a Christian...if you read the Early Church Fathers you will become a Catholic. May God Bless you all.

  • Suggestions for a Driving Music Playlist (Vanity)

    05/13/2013 6:55:00 AM PDT · 36 of 105
    batmast to paterfamilias
  • Gun rights betrayal

    02/26/2013 5:18:52 AM PST · 1 of 5
  • New York Chooses Builder for $3.1 Billion Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

    12/20/2012 10:36:59 AM PST · 9 of 29
    batmast to ScottinVA

    (R) means he’s on the right side of the picture...silly!

  • Good Catholics can not be Democrats argues Kansas Irish American politician

    10/16/2012 12:36:47 PM PDT · 1 of 10
  • "Plug" your favorite Joe Biden nickname.

    08/24/2012 10:16:40 AM PDT · 44 of 53
    batmast to Morgana

    Neil Kinnock

  • Ex-Pastor Turned American Atheist Director Tells How She Lost Faith

    07/12/2012 10:44:59 AM PDT · 22 of 55
    batmast to count-your-change

    An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. -John Buchan

    An atheist is a man who looks through a telescope and tries to explain what he can’t see. -O.A. Battista

    If there was no God, there would be no atheists. -G.K. Chesterton

  • Staten Island Tea Party honors artist Scott LoBaido

    04/16/2012 6:07:35 PM PDT · 1 of 2
  • Stand Up For Freedom Nationwide Rallies Friday March 23

    03/21/2012 7:04:15 AM PDT · 1 of 1
  • Obama agency rules Pepsi use of cells derived from aborted fetus ‘ordinary business’

    03/05/2012 3:01:05 PM PST · 33 of 68
    batmast to marron

    Pepsi people! (ala Soylant green)

  • WH Senior Advisor: Unemployment Stimulates the Economy

    02/22/2012 8:17:47 AM PST · 33 of 116
    batmast to Lazamataz

    All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers. -1984 by George Orwell

  • An Appointment You Will Keep....Regardless

    09/26/2011 8:59:50 AM PDT · 12 of 51
    batmast to the_doc

    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
    -from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

  • Hungary: Orbán's constitution, a dangerous anachronism

    04/20/2011 4:40:06 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    batmast to SeeSharp

    Hungarian Constitution (in English).
    May God Bless the Hungarian People!

    Fundamental Law of Hungary

    ‘O Lord, blessed be the Hungarian nation’1

    National Avowal of Faith

    At the dawn of a new millennium, we MEMBERS OF THE HUNGARIAN NATION declare
    the following, with a bond of duty to all Hungarians:
    We are proud that one thousand years ago our king, Saint Stephen, based the Hungarian State on
    solid foundations, and made our country a part of Christian Europe.
    We are proud of our ancestors, who fought for the survival, freedom and independence of our
    country. We are proud of the outstanding intellectual achievements of the Hungarian people.
    We are proud that this people fought in defence of Europe for many centuries and, through its
    talent and diligence, has contributed to the enrichment of the common European heritage.
    We acknowledge the role Christianity has played in preserving our nation. We respect all our
    country’s religious traditions.
    We promise to preserve the intellectual and spiritual unity of our nation, torn apart by the storms
    of the past century. We consider the nationalities and ethnic groups living in Hungary to be
    constituent parts of the Hungarian nation.
    We pledge to cherish and preserve our heritage: the Hungarian culture, our unique language, and
    the man-made and natural riches of the Carpathian Basin. We recognise a bond of duty towards
    our nation’s future generations; we shall therefore strive to preserve and enhance the
    circumstances of those who come after us by sound management of our material, intellectual and
    natural resources.
    We believe that our national culture makes a rich contribution to the diversity of a unified
    We respect the freedom and culture of other peoples, and shall endeavour to work together with
    all nations of the world.
    We proclaim that the basis of human life is human dignity.
    We proclaim that individual freedom can only flourish through cooperation with others.
    We proclaim that the family and the nation provide the fundamental framework for community,
    in which the pre-eminent values are loyalty, faith and love.
    1 This is the first line of the Hungarian national anthem – note of the translator.
    We proclaim that the strength of a community and the self-esteem of every human being are
    based on work and the achievements of the human spirit and mind.
    We proclaim that we are duty-bound to help the vulnerable and the poor.
    We proclaim that it is the common goal of citizens and the State to accomplish well-being,
    security, order, justice and liberty.
    We proclaim that true democracy may only exist if the State serves it citizens and administers
    their affairs justly and without abuse or partiality.
    We honour the achievements of our historical Constitution and the Holy Crown, which
    embodies the constitutional continuity of Hungary and the unity of the nation.
    We do not recognise the suspension of our historical Constitution that occured due to foreign
    occupation. We declare that no statutory limitation applies to the inhuman crimes committed
    against the Hungarian nation and its citizens under the national socialist and communist
    We do not recognise the legal continuity of the 1949 Communist “Constitution”, which laid the
    foundations for tyranny, and hence we declare it to be invalid.
    We agree with the members of the first freely-elected Parliament, whose first resolution declares
    that our freedom has its roots in the Revolution of 1956.
    We proclaim that the self-determination of our State, lost on 19 March 1944, was restored on 2
    May 1990, with the formation of our first freely-elected representative body. That is the day we
    consider to be the beginning of a new democracy and constitutional order for our country.
    We proclaim that, after the moral defeats of the twentieth century, our need for spiritual and
    intellectual renewal is paramount.
    We trust in a future we can build together, as well as in the commitment of the younger
    generations. We believe that through their talent, perseverance and moral strength our children
    and grandchildren will re-establish the reputation of Hungary.
    Our Fundamental Law shall be the basis of our legal system. It shall serve as a covenant between
    Hungarians of the past, the present and the future; it is a living embodiment of the nation’s will,
    an expression of the ideals by which we collectively aspire to live.
    We, the citizens of Hungary,...etc.

  • President Obama -- Still Not Listening

    02/25/2010 4:23:09 AM PST · 2 of 20
    batmast to Kaslin

    We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. - Stephen Vincent Benet

  • Please Pray for my Daughter

    12/07/2009 5:35:14 AM PST · 14 of 76
    batmast to Chickensoup

    Prayers from Brooklyn...May God be with you and your daughter.

  • Olbermann Furious that Palin Reads Newsmax

    11/21/2009 5:55:18 AM PST · 17 of 58
    batmast to Dr. Scarpetta


  • Top 10 Things that Make Humans Special

    11/11/2009 7:58:58 AM PST · 11 of 18
    batmast to wildbill

    What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason,
    how infinite in faculties, in form and moving,
    how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god! -Shakespeare (Hamlet)

  • Does Weather Favor Dems or GOP?

    10/31/2008 2:02:26 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    batmast to truthandlife

    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness,
    to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.
    Grant us fair weather for Battle.
    Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that,
    armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory,
    and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies
    and establish Thy justice among men and nations.
    -by Msgr. James H. O’Neill12/8/1944 (the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton)

  • Knock Out: Lehman CEO Punched at Gym

    10/06/2008 1:00:49 PM PDT · 11 of 40
    batmast to Rufus2007

    Richard S. Fuld, Jr. -from wikipedia
    (Sounds like a stand up guy who can not only give a punch, but also take one).

    Dick Fuld’s first career as an Air Force pilot came to an abrupt end when he got into a fist fight with a commanding officer. Fuld was said to have been defending a young cadet who was being taunted by the senior officer. [4] He then began his career with Lehman Brothers in 1969, the year the firm’s senior partner Robert Lehman died, and has stayed at the company since then. Beginning as a commercial paper trader, Fuld rose through the organization taking increasingly senior roles. During his tenure, Fuld witnessed and participated in the numerous changes which the organization endured, including its merger with Kuhn, Loeb & Co, and its acquisition by American Express, merger with E.F. Hutton, and ultimate spin-off from American Express in 1994, once again as Lehman Brothers.

  • George W's War (Read all the way to the end for a surprise)

    09/10/2008 7:44:09 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    batmast to Responsibility2nd


  • Why does the left prioritize knowledge over wisdom?

    06/14/2008 7:41:17 AM PDT · 9 of 48
    batmast to RangerM

    Great Quotes:

    He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise. -Lao-Tze

    Wise people, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same life. - Aristophanes

    Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers.
    Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.
    -Edward De Bono


    04/30/2008 1:50:10 PM PDT · 18 of 66
    batmast to devane617

    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness,
    to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.
    Grant us fair weather for Battle.
    Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that,
    armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory,
    and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies
    and establish Thy justice among men and nations.
    -by Msgr. James H. O’Neill12/8/1944 (the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton)

  • Nude martial arts guy takes on cops (Chappaqua, New York. Tasing Included)

    02/05/2008 2:41:04 PM PST · 55 of 103
    batmast to CholeraJoe

    K a t o ! K a t o ! -Inspector Clusoe.

  • Matthews: 'Conservative Gut But Liberal Beliefs Because I've Thought Things Through'

    12/26/2007 9:29:30 AM PST · 21 of 43
    batmast to governsleastgovernsbest

    The original Quote:
    A man who is not a liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a conservative at sixty has no head. -Benjamin Disraeli

    Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS (born Benjamin D’Israeli; 21 December 1804–19 April 1881) was a British Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister—the first and thus far only person of Jewish parentage to do so (although Disraeli was baptised in the Anglican Church at 13). Disraeli’s most lasting achievement was the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.

  • Norman Mailer 'not in very good shape'

    10/17/2007 11:10:30 AM PDT · 36 of 44
    batmast to Borges

    Norman Mailer Arrested in Stabbing of Wife at a Party

    November 22, 1960

    Norman Mailer, the writer, was arrested last night and accused of stabbing his wife, Adele. Mrs. Mailer, 37 years old, was in critical condition last night at University Hospital, Second Avenue and Twentieth Street.

    She was taken to the hospital at 8 o’clock Sunday morning with stab wounds in the abdomen and back. She apparently rode there in a private car.

    According to the police of the West 100th Street station, where the 37-year-old writer was being held, Mrs. Mailer told physicians at the hospital that she had fallen on glass in her apartment at 250 West 94th Street. The physicians were suspicious and notified the police.

    Mr. Mailer was also arrested a week ago on a disorderly conduct charge after an argument over a $7.60 bill at the Birdland nightclub.

    Wound Near Heart

    When detectives went to question his wife Sunday at the hospital, they were told she was too ill to be questioned. One would was said to be near her heart.

    Last night, the hospital permitted the police to question her. They said she admitted with reluctance that her husband had stabbed her.

    She said the stabbing occurred about 5 A.M. Sunday at a party at their apartment.

    Mrs. Mailer told the police she could give no reason for the stabbing.

    She said her husband suddenly walked up to her, looked at her, stabbed her with what she thought was a penknife or clasp knife, and left the apartment.

    Mrs. Mailer said her husband later took her to the hospital.

    The detectives learned that Mr. Mailer planned to visit his wife at the hospital last night. At 10:30 when he arrived, he was arrested.

    Mr. Mailer has denied the accusation, according to Deputy Inspector John L. Kinsella.

    The author came to public attention after World War II with “The Naked and the Dead,” a novel of warfare in the South Pacific. It achieved critical acclaim and was a best-seller.

    Last week, when the Citizens Emergency Committee met to draft a petition to Governor Rockefeller for an investigation of the city’s Police Department, he was among the writers and editors who attended.

    A week ago the writer was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after he was refused credit for his bill at Birdland. He assertedly tried to pay his bill with a credit card, although the law prohibits the purchase of liquor on credit.

    He was paroled for a hearing today in Magistrate’s Court.

    Last summer in Provincetown, Mass., he was involved in a dispute with two policemen and was jailed. The author represented himself at the trial and was acquitted.

  • God is greater than Christopher Hitchens ( A Rabbi responds to the book -- "God is Not Great")

    07/01/2007 9:20:06 AM PDT · 22 of 53
    batmast to SirLinksalot

    “When a Man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” -G.K. Chesterton

    “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” -Chris Hedges

  • Al Gore's Vulcan Utopia

    05/31/2007 12:50:16 PM PDT · 14 of 44
    batmast to GMMAC

    algore writes like the comedian Professor Irwin Corey sounds and Corey’s review could be said about Gore.
    In the words of internationally known theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, Corey is “a cultural clown, a parody of literacy, a travesty of all that our civilization holds dear and one of the funniest grotesques in America. He is Chaplin’s clown with a college education.”

  • Ithaca to celebrate Darwin's Birthday

    02/09/2007 5:49:18 AM PST · 14 of 46
    batmast to Behind Liberal Lines

    Did Darwin recant?
    by Russell M. Grigg

    Charles Darwin died on 19 April 1882, at the age of 73. To some it was deplorable that he should have departed an unbeliever, and in the years that followed several stories surfaced that Darwin had undergone a death-bed conversion and renounced evolution. These stories began to be included in sermons as early as May 1882.1 However, the best known is that attributed to a Lady Hope, who claimed she had visited a bedridden Charles at Down House2 in the autumn of 1881. She alleged that when she arrived he was reading the Book of Hebrews, that he became distressed when she mentioned the Genesis account of creation, and that he asked her to come again the next day to speak on the subject of Jesus Christ to a gathering of servants, tenants and neighbours in the garden summer house which, he said, held about 30 people. This story first appeared in print as a 521-word article in the American Baptist journal, the Watchman Examiner,3 and since then has been reprinted in many books, magazines and tracts.

    The main problem with all these stories is that they were all denied by members of Darwin's family. Francis Darwin wrote to Thomas Huxley on 8 February 1887, that a report that Charles had renounced evolution on his deathbed was 'false and without any kind of foundation',4 and in 1917 Francis affirmed that he had 'no reason whatever to believe that he [his father] ever altered his agnostic point of view'.5 Charles's daughter Henrietta (Litchfield) wrote on page 12 of the London evangelical weekly, The Christian, for 23 February 1922, 'I was present at his deathbed. Lady Hope was not present during his last illness, or any illness. I believe he never even saw her, but in any case she had no influence over him in any department of thought or belief. He never recanted any of his scientific views, either then or earlier … . The whole story has no foundation whatever'.6 Some have even concluded that there was no Lady Hope.

    So what should we think?

    Darwin's biographer, Dr James Moore, lecturer in the history of science and technology at The Open University in the UK, has spent 20 years researching the data over three continents. He produced a 218-page book examining what he calls the 'Darwin legend'.7 He says there was a Lady Hope. Born Elizabeth Reid Cotton in 1842, she married a widower, retired Admiral Sir James Hope, in 1877. She engaged in tent evangelism and in visiting the elderly and sick in Kent in the 1880s, and died of cancer in Sydney, Australia, in 1922, where her tomb may be seen to this day.8

    Moore concludes that Lady Hope probably did visit Charles between Wednesday, 28 September and Sunday, 2 October 1881, almost certainly when Francis and Henrietta were absent, but his wife, Emma, probably was present.9 He describes Lady Hope as 'a skilled raconteur, able to summon up poignant scenes and conversations, and embroider them with sentimental spirituality'.10 He points out that her published story contained some authentic details as to time and place, but also factual inaccuracies—Charles was not bedridden six months before he died, and the summer house was far too small to accommodate 30 people. The most important aspect of the story, however, is that it does not say that Charles either renounced evolution or embraced Christianity. He merely is said to have expressed concern over the fate of his youthful speculations and to have spoken in favour of a few people's attending a religious meeting. The alleged recantation/conversion are embellishments that others have either read into the story or made up for themselves. Moore calls such doings 'holy fabrication'!

    It should be noted that for most of her married life Emma was deeply pained by the irreligious nature of Charles's views, and would have been strongly motivated to have corroborated any story of a genuine conversion, if such had occurred. She never did.

    It therefore appears that Darwin did not recant, and it is a pity that to this day the Lady Hope story occasionally appears in tracts published and given out by well-meaning people.

    James Moore, The Darwin Legend, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1994, pp. 113-14.
    Down House retained the spelling of the old name of Darwin's village, which was changed to Downe in the mid-nineteenth century to avoid confusion with County Down in Northern Ireland. Source: Ref. 1, p. 176.
    Watchman Examiner, Boston, 19 August 1915, p. 1071. Source: Ref. 1 , pp. 92-93 and 190.
    Ref. 1, pp. 117, 144.
    ibid, p. 145.
    ibid, p. 146.
    After the death of Admiral Hope in 1881, Lady Hope married T.A. Denny, a 'pork philanthropist', in 1893, but preferred to retain her former name and title (Ref. 1, pp. 85; 89-90).
    Ref. 1, p. 167.
    ibid, p. 94.

    Available online at:
    COPYRIGHT © 2007 Answers in Genesis

  • Please pray for my mother

    12/28/2006 7:08:39 AM PST · 88 of 104
    batmast to free me

    The Blessing of Saint Francis for your Mom:

    May the Lord bless and keep you.
    May he show his face to you and be merciful to you.
    May he turn his countenence to you and give you peace.
    May the Lord bless you.

  • What we need today is Patience.

    11/08/2006 7:57:19 AM PST · 1 of 10
    Please add your favorite quotes on Patience.
  • 'Beginning of the end of America' (Idiots Gone Wild)

    10/19/2006 11:42:09 AM PDT · 55 of 80
    batmast to tobyhill

    Trivia about KO -slammed his head on The 7 Train...
    Damaged depth perception in August 1980 by rushing to catch a subway car at New York City’s Shea Stadium and slamming his head into the top of the door frame.[38] Reportedly no longer drives because of it.
    Has Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).[39]
    Is related to boxer Mike Tyson by marriage. Olbermann's paternal uncle married the niece of Tyson’s adoptive father Cus D’Amato, making Olbermann and Tyson first step-cousins in-law once removed. [2]
    "The Simpsons" creator, Matt Groening, is a huge fan of Keith's show.[citation needed]

  • Steorn: our technology creates free energy.

    08/28/2006 2:26:15 PM PDT · 1 of 78

    08/02/2006 2:43:45 PM PDT · 1 of 24
  • CNN's Jack Cafferty Again: "The Dumb Ones Watch Fox"

    06/22/2006 6:31:51 PM PDT · 17 of 110
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    August 13, 2003

    CNN's Cafferty pleads guilty to hit-run
    Atlanta Journal & Constitution: CNN morning anchor Jack Cafferty pled guilty in a May 14 hit-and-run accident. According to the criminal complaint, Cafferty made an abrupt turn and hit bicyclist Billy Maldonado.

    About five people tried to stop Cafferty by running after the car, according to the complaint, but the newsman continued through at least two red lights, while dragging the bicycle underneath the vehicle. Maldonado, 48, who was knocked to the ground, suffered bruises and some bone damage.

    Cafferty was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, assault and harassment. He was allowed to plead guilty to a traffic violation: Operating a motor vehicle knowing or having cause to know property damage had been caused. He was sentenced to 70 hours of community service, with six months to complete it, and a $250 fine. He also made restitution.

    The complaint said Cafferty told police he saw the bicyclist get off the ground but didn't realize he had hit him. "I am unaware I was in an accident," he said.
    Maldonado's attorney Suzanne Holzberg said her client still needs an operation on his right elbow.

  • Another Video for my FR friends, From the only Democrat (currently living) That I respect.

    06/14/2006 6:37:43 PM PDT · 17 of 30
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    Let's all say Patton's Prayer.

    Almighty and most merciful Father,
    we humbly beseech Thee,
    of Thy great goodness,
    to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.
    Grant us fair weather for Battle.
    Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power,
    we may advance from victory to victory,
    and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.

    -by Msgr. James H. O'Neill 12/8/1944 (the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton)

  • Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards?

    05/12/2006 9:42:52 AM PDT · 12 of 20
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    This can be proved very easily.
    Put an instant breakfast in a microwave oven
    and you will go back in time. LOL

  • Olbermann: Rush Will "Wizz All Over Himself Instead of Everybody Else"

    05/03/2006 12:02:07 PM PDT · 43 of 102
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    Olbermann Trivia - He's a real Jerk!

    Has named American comedy team Bob and Ray as his greatest professional influences, and had the opportunity, at age 15, to see them working in the studio.[7]
    Possesses six lumbar vertebrae instead of the usual five. [8]
    Damaged depth perception in 1980 by rushing to catch a subway car at New York City’s Shea Stadium and slamming his head into the top of the door frame.[7]
    Has a mild case of Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).[9]
    Was raised Unitarian. [citation needed]
    Is related to boxer Mike Tyson by marriage. (Olbermann’s father’s brother married the niece of Tyson’s adoptive father Cus D’Amato, making Olbermann and Tyson first step-cousins in-law once removed.) [2]
    Considers media personality Bill O’Reilly to be his nemesis, taking joy in poking fun at him and referring to him with nicknames such as “The Big Giant Head” (apparently a reference to the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun) and “Ted Baxter” (after Ted Knight’s pompous character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show). O’Reilly usually responds by stating, “No one watches MSNBC.”
    New York Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch accidentally hit Olbermann’s mother in the head during a botched play at Yankee Stadium in 1998. Bill Scheft of ESPN the Magazine commented, “I think I speak for the whole ESPN family and sports fans everywhere when I say, ‘Wrong Olbermann.’” Olbermann, an employee of competing cable network Fox Sports Net at the time, blasted Scheft on his radio show the next day, calling him “swine.” [citation needed]
    Is a well known vintage baseball card collector of T-206 tobacco cards.[10]
    Appeared in a cameo as himself in an episode of NBC’s Surface. [citation needed]
    Appeared in a series of television commercials for the Boston Market restaurant chain in 1997, in which he tells a bunch of Calvin Klein-type models - contemplating empty, burning sensations inside - to "Eat something." [citation needed]
    Sexiest male newscaster in an online poll by Playgirl magazine, beating out Sean Hannity and Anderson Cooper. Some contest the results since a link was set up on Olbermann's site encouraging people to vote for him. [7]