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  • Witch Prison Found in 15th Century Scottish Church: Medieval Chapel Was Used to Hold Suspects

    07/22/2016 11:51:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 July 2016 | Richard Gray
    Witch prison found in 15th century Scottish church: Medieval chapel was used to hold suspects before they were killed and burnedIn the years before the Reformation, a small chapel in a church on the outskirts of Aberdeen had provided a quiet place for Catholic women to pray in peace. But within 30 years of the switch from Catholicism to the Protestant faith, St Mary's Chapel at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen took on a far darker and sinister role. Historians have uncovered evidence that the chapel, built during the 15th century, served as a prison for suspected witches...
  • Nancy Pelosi Endorses Hillary Clinton for President (Barf Alert!)

    06/07/2016 7:04:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/7/16 | Time
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday morning, the day of her state’s primary. Pelosi’s endorsement follows news on Monday that Clinton clinched the number of delegates required to win the nomination, officially becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a count by the Associated Press. “Throughout her career, Secretary Clinton has demonstrated her commitment to children, to working families and to a brighter future for America,” Pelosi said in a statement. “In this campaign, we have seen her vision, her knowledge, her ability, indeed her stamina, to get the job done...
  • A former witch aims to be the first pagan member of Irish parliament

    10/29/2015 8:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 29, 2015 01:00 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Former witch Deirdre Wadding has announced her plans to run for a seat in the General Election in Ireland next year and will become the first pagan to take a seat in Irish government if she succeeds. Currently a county councilor in Wexford, Wadding, a 53-year-old mother of three, is a representative of the Irish political party People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA), a far-left party active in both the North and Republic of Ireland since it was established in 2005. …
  • Bystander Throws Water On Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    07/11/2015 3:51:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    WJZ ^ | 7/11/15 | Amy Yensi
    A woman dumps water on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake during a One Baltimore event this morning at the Mondawmin Mall. Amy Yensi has more.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake feeling upbeat as she dances at the Mondawmin Festival Saturday morning.The One Baltimore event happening at the mall now notoriously linked to April’s unrest.But the gathering aiming to connect the community and city agencies goes from festive to frantic in an instant.A bystander, later identified as 37-year-old Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer, of Baltimore, throws water on the mayor as she speaks to the crowd.Pictures from our media partner The Baltimore Sun, show shocked on-lookers trying their...
  • Witches tie the knot in UK’s first same-sex Pagan wedding

    01/19/2015 3:12:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Daiy Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:37PM GMT 19 Jan 2015 | (Agency)
    Two male witches have tied the knot in the UK’s first pagan same-sex marriage. Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, who have been together for 12 years, were married in a ceremony in the 16th-century vaulted cellars of Marlin’s Wynd in Edinburgh. The couple, who live in the Scottish capital, are both described as being hedge witches, who use herbal remedies to deal with medical and spiritual ailments. The ceremony encompassed a number of pagan traditions, including handfasting, where their hands were bound together, the sharing of mead and jumping the broom.After their wedding, the couple said: “Getting married...
  • Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

    10/31/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892. Credit: Library of Congress. Boston, Mass., Oct 31, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants. What is known of her history is sporadic at best, though she was definitely Irish and definitely Catholic. According to an article...
  • UTOPIA: what would a women’s society look like?

    10/12/2014 9:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    I haven’t been writing in a while, and it’s not because I don’t like writing any more but things have accelerated elsewhere in my life and I can’t be involved everywhere at once. As this isn’t paid work, obviously I can’t afford to put blogging first. Anyway, there are still many posts waiting to be finished. In the meantime, I’ll start another one. I often muse about all the things that we’d need to change about patriarchy if we abolished men’s rule over women and the earth. Everything and every single aspect of social organisation is so much the opposite...
  • Dog Meat: It Cures Malaria, Repels Witches – Eaters in Ibusa, Agbor, Ubulu-Uku, Umunede

    09/02/2014 6:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | September 02, 2014 | Emmanuel Okolie
    AGBOR—THE number of people turning to dog meat (flesh and other palatable parts derived from dogs) for its undocumented health and spiritual benefits is snowballing, compelling sellers to open road side joints where they butcher and sell the meat, fresh or cooked. From Ibusa to Agbor, Ubuluku and Umunede in Delta State, you see men mostly in hidden or open kiosks demolishing plates of dog meat pepper soup, which they claim stands out from any other meats Dog meat joint Dogs butcher at work Dogs butcher at work As a group of people gathered round a giant size cooking pot...
  • Harvard Student Club to Host Satanic Black Mass

    05/07/2014 5:22:32 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 6 2014 | Debra Heine
    A Harvard University student club is hosting a satanic black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple. The Cultural Studies Club characterizes the event as a "reenactment" to be "performed" by The Satanic Temple, but reportedly, the group has obtained and will be using a Consecrated Eucharistic Host - making the event as real as it gets as far as the Catholic Church is concerned. The Black Mass is "a magical ceremony and inversion or parody of the Catholic Mass that was indulged in ostensibly for the purpose of mocking God and worshipping the devil; a...
  • Witches Cleared in Re-Trial 400 Years Late

    03/29/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    It took more than 400 years, but the infamous Lancashire Witches have finally got justice. The city of Lancaster, where 12 were convicted and 10 of them hanged in 1612, corrected one of history’s most celebrated miscarriages of justice with a re-trial in a busy shopping centre. Panels of jurors invited to sit in judgement on the case through the day returned a not guilty verdict. The “witches” of Pendle, including rival matriarchs Demdike and Chattox, were fitted up. A bit late, maybe. But at least the poor souls who were rounded up around Pendle Hill and subjected to a...
  • Free novel from a Freeper

    07/11/2013 2:56:06 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 26 replies ^ | 7/11/2013 | Bern Pearson
    Hello Freepers. I’ve put a novel on and, if I’ve done it properly this time, it’s free through Saturday. It is fantasy and humor. I’d be grateful if you’d write something kind in the comments area. (You can Google an app for your PC if you don’t have a Kindle or eBook, or, unlike my other novels, this one is short enough to print.) Your help is greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Bern
  • In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

    11/25/2012 3:54:09 PM PST · by haffast · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/25/2012 | Chris Stein
    In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a recent survey ranked as the most religious country in the world. Nonetheless, the group has already made waves in West Africa. Last weekend, the association hosted humanists from across the region for a conference in the capital Accra, where attendees listened as speakers discussed the impact humanists could make on West African society. Lecturers talked about how humanists can stand...
  • Driver in fatal crash says victim assaulted her

    06/19/2012 7:58:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 19, 2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A strip club worker who was backed in court by a coven of Salem witches told police she had been drinking but was fighting off a Danvers teen’s unwelcome sexual advances when she drove into a parked tow truck early Saturday morning, impaling him on a flatbed, prosecutors said. “He would not stop touching me,” Angelique Catherine Griffin, 25, told police about 19-year-old Dillon Renard, who was pronounced dead in the front passenger seat of her mangled PT Cruiser on Boston Street in Salem. Griffin admitted to downing two beers and two “very strong” drinks of vodka mixed with Red...
  • 'Witch's cottage' unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

    12/12/2011 3:54:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Nick Ravenscroft
    Engineers have said they were "stunned" to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, during a construction project in Lancashire. The cottage was discovered near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill. Archaeologists brought in by United Utilities to survey the area found the building under a grass mound. Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches. The building contained a sealed room, with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall. It is believed the cat was buried...
  • The Official Scary Halloween Stories Thread

    10/31/2011 4:51:04 PM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    It's Halloween! Post your spooky ghost stories here. Boo!
  • Cain's smoking ad divides Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    10/28/2011 4:40:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 28, 2011 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Herman Cain's quirky "smoking ad" may have mystified many Americans, but according to a new Reuters/Ipsos online poll, it has drawn a sharp line between Republicans who identify with the Tea Party and those who don't. The ad, which shows Cain's chief of staff Mark Block puffing on a cigarette for no apparent reason, created enormous Internet buzz this week.Six in 10 of those who strongly identify with the conservative Tea Party movement said they loved or liked the ad.An almost equal percentage of people who self-identified as mainstream Republicans either disliked or hated it.
  • Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says

    09/25/2011 12:30:03 PM PDT · by Robwin · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 25 Sep 2011 | Julie Henry
    From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black. But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism. Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades. Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned...
  • Philippine Officials Take Down 'Witches Crossing' Sign Following Outrage From Residents

    07/06/2011 9:14:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 6, 2011 | Gilbert P. Felongco
    Officials of a town in Central Philippines was forced to take down road warning signboards featuring witches amid observations that the traffic signs offend the sensibilities of some local folk Manila: Officials of a town in Central Philippines was forced to take down road warning signboards featuring witches amid observations that the traffic signs offend the sensibilities of some local folk. Various reports reaching Manila said officials in the town of Dumangas in Iloilo province were forced to take down six traffic warning signboards bearing silhouettes of three witches straddling broomsticks amid an uproad from local residents who said that...
  • Witches deploy 500 members to Abuja for Jonathan's inauguration (Nigeria)

    05/27/2011 11:58:13 PM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies
    234Next (Nigeria) ^ | May 28, 2011 | TAIWO OLUWADARE
      Witches deploy 500 members to Abuja for Jonathan's inauguration   By TAIWO OLUWADARE May 28, 2011 05:06AM   The Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria (WITZAN), has deployed 500 witches to Abuja and other parts of Ahead of Nigeria to prevent any tragic occurrence and ensure peaceful inauguration on May 29. According to its national co-ordinator, Dr Okhue Iboi, the decision was taken after an emergency meeting at Zuma rock, Niger State. WITZAN also warned President Goodluck Jonathan to take adequate security as bad people and disgruntled politicians are planning to cause problems. Iboi, however, disclosed that the...
  • Cooperative Learning--Another Over-hyped Gimmick

    04/12/2011 3:25:59 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 4 replies ^ | April 10, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A member of the local school board told me, “In the 21st century they’ll have to be able to work in groups, so we may as well teach them how to do it.” He was so confident in his pronouncement, and seemed to think there was nothing else to say. His confidence had the opposite effect on me. I heard nothing but sophistry in that little comment; and I realized, with some regret, I had to write an article explaining why Cooperative Learning is just another tawdry gimmick. First, let’s stand back and ask: did something happen in the universe,...
  • Witch Community Upset With Sheen's Depiction of a Warlock

    03/07/2011 9:51:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    fox ^ | 3-6-11 | Edmund DeMarche
    Charlie Sheen managed to upset a group he probably never thought of -- witches -- after one of his notorious tirades last week. In a week in which the embattled actor described himself as having "tiger blood" and other apparently super-human aspects usually found in the pages of comic books, the star described himself as a "Vatican assassin warlock" during a radio show.
  • Romania may get even tougher on witches (fines for predictions that don't come true)

    02/08/2011 4:58:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 02/08/2011
    <p>BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — There's more bad news in the cards for Romania's beleaguered witches.</p> <p>A month after Romanian authorities began taxing them for their trade, the country's soothsayers and fortune tellers are cursing a new bill that threatens fines or even prison if their predictions don't come true. Superstition is a serious matter in the land of Dracula, and officials have turned to witches to help the recession-hit country collect more money and crack down on tax evasion.</p>
  • Snowe, Collins call for GOP unity as tea party sacks moderates (Tea Party targeting Maine RINOs)

    10/02/2010 2:35:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Two years ago, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rode a wave of voter disenchantment into power. Many Republicans, even in some traditional strongholds, were swept aside. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was an exception. She didn’t defeat Democrat Tom Allen. She trounced him, 61-39 percent of the vote, a landslide victory political analysts attributed to Collins’ popularity with moderates, a standing shared by her Maine colleague, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, also a Republican. Two years later, the same moderate image that protected Collins from the blue wave could make Snowe vulnerable to the red one advanced by the tea party....
  • Witches Blast O'Donnell (Wiccans up in arms over 'altars' remark. "It's a bunch of bunk.")

    09/21/2010 12:24:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast on yahooey ^ | 9/21/10 | Ben Crair
    NEW YORK – Picnics on top of altars? Wiccans say they don't have them -- and they don't like O'Donnell spreading bunk. Ben Crair reports on the comments that may cost her the pagan vote. "Witchcraft" video showing Delaware Tea Party sensation Christine O’Donnell describing a date she once had with a witch dominated the airwaves Monday. “I mean, there’s a little blood and stuff like that,” she told Bill Maher in a late ’90s clip from Politically Incorrect. “We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.” The footage delighted Democrats looking to...
  • Abracadabra! Romania witches win tax fight for now

    09/12/2010 8:44:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    sfgate ^ | September 9, 2010
    BUCHAREST, Romania -- Abracadabra, we'll turn all of you into toads! That's what Romanian senators may have been fearing when they rejected a proposal to tax witches and fortune tellers. Lawmakers Alin Popoviciu and Cristi Dugulescu of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party drafted a law where witches and fortune tellers would have to produce receipts, and would also be held liable for wrong predictions, a measure which was part of the government's drive to increase revenue. Romania's Senate voted down the proposal Tuesday. Popoviciu claimed lawmakers were frightened of being cursed. It's unclear if Popoviciu and Dugulescu will try to...
  • The Spiritual Toll of Pervasive Occultism

    05/04/2010 5:16:00 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 48 replies · 685+ views
    Spesunica ^ | April, 2010 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer is president of Virginia-based Human Life International, which has affiliates and partners in 87 countries around the world. A trained exorcist, Fr. Euteneuer has been authorized to perform the ancient rite in several dioceses in the U.S. Vampires, witches, Ouija boards, Satanic rock music and video games — innocent fun? I don't think so. The proliferation of these dark forces is creating a subculture of youth who are suffering the effects of occult involvement. The sheer magnitude of these demonic influences has already left us with a wounded generation of youth, many of whom will...
  • TEO 3000 [Witches Celebrate Spring Equinox in Episcopal Cathedral Hall]

    03/24/2010 11:57:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies · 350+ views
    Episcopal Organization? Meet your future: After making it through the harsh winter, people in Western North Carolina are looking forward to the warm sun of spring. Some are preparing to celebrate the season’s change with an ecumenical ritual. You mean some kind of joint Catholic-Protestant-Orthodox thing? Nope. Members of Mother Grove Goddess Temple will celebrate at 7 p.m. Saturday with A Breath of Appalachian Spring: A Ritual in Celebration of the Spring Equinox, in the parish hall of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. And nothing says “Welcome, spring!” quite like a fake religion performing its strange...
  • Africa: Witch doctors and politicians intertwined

    01/13/2010 6:15:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 278+ views
    Spero News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Martyn Drakard
    Are witch-doctors still part of the anecdotal, primitive folk-lore of Africa? Yes, they are. The witch-doctor, however, does not feature in the safari package; he is still a nasty reality, who holds many people helpless in his “supernatural” grip. His “shrine” isn’t to be seen in the picture post-cards; it is hidden in the forest. His rags, shaggy hair and paraphernalia have not started a fashion craze; they are dirty and ugly. Yet, he is feared. The Ugandan government, according to a recent BBC report, is worried about the increase of witch-craft, witch-doctors, and, consequently, the human sacrifices, especially children....
  • Pat Robertson's Web Site Warns Against Demonic Halloween Candy

    10/29/2009 8:15:56 PM PDT · by tlb · 205 replies · 4,784+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | October 29, 2009 | Kimberly Daniels
    . TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Web site has just issued a bulletin warning Americans of the real threat we face this season: Demons may be lurking in our Halloween candy. In a column on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Web site, writer Kimberly Daniels asserts that “demons” sneak into bags of Halloween candy at grocery stores. “[M]ost of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches,” Daniels wrote. “I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door...
  • Kooky, Sexy, Cool – The Rise Of The New Witches

    09/07/2009 9:37:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 67 replies · 2,052+ views
    News of The World(UK) ^ | September 07, 2009
    Kooky, Sexy, Cool – The Rise Of The New Witches [Pics in URL] Forget Kabbalah – paganism is the hot new religion, and thousands of young British women are embracing it By Eimear O'Hagan, 06/09/2009 Witches, covens, dancing around bonfires by the light of the moon and making offerings to goddesses - all the stuff of folklore and fairy tale, right? Wrong. Welcome to the world of paganism. Walk into any high-street bookshop and, alongside the usual chick-lit best-sellers, there's another set of books flying off the shelves, all about how to find your inner witch. Yes, really. Hot on...
  • Witch anger at Catholic club ban

    06/19/2009 1:25:37 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 24 replies · 2,208+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/18/09 | BBC News
    A witches' coven leader has accused the Roman Catholic Church of prejudice after her group was banned from a parish social club. Sandra Davis, 61, high priestess of the Crystal Cauldron group, booked Our Lady's club in Stockport, Greater Manchester for a Halloween Ball.
  • Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found

    06/04/2009 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 21 replies · 1,240+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas
    During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world's most complete known "witch bottle." This spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period, according to a report published in the latest British Archaeology.
  • Five suspected witches burnt to death in Kenya

    02/27/2009 9:21:12 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 1,103+ views
    Times of India ^ | 2/28/2009
    Five elderly people suspected of practising witchcraft were burnt to death in western Kenya, police have said. "They include four women and a man in their 80's who were accused of having abducted a child," Kisii deputy police Commander Manasseh Musyoka said yesterday. The killings occurred at Bomatara Village in Mosocho Division. A resident who declined to be named said the abducted child was found dumped on the roadside. "He was unconscious and when he regained it, he was able to tell the names of his abductors. That is when a decision was reached in the village to hunt them...
  • The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World

    02/14/2009 7:20:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 1,107+ views ^ | 2/14/09 | Tom Hoopes
    The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World by Tom Hoopes    2/14/09     "The lunatic is on the grass."   It was an hour before midnight. Ten-year-old James was in his bedroom, alone, when he was suddenly gripped by terror. A Pink Floyd song rang out through the empty room. The radio turned on by itself.   "The lunatic is on the grass. The lunatic is in the hall."   James lay paralyzed, locked in that helpless state that is itself as terrifying as whatever causes it. He wanted to move or cry out but couldn't. So...
  • Fifty women identified and assaulted as "Witches"

    01/01/2009 8:40:31 PM PST · by muzeerando · 28 replies · 948+ views
    All Voices ^ | 24 December 2008 | Pranay Shrestha
    Villagers in Central India beat fifty women with sticks and cut off their hair, accusing them of being "witches", according to Sujit Kumar's news article on Reuters. The villagers had beat the women on the saying of a local spiritual man who said the assault would protect them from evil spirits, in a forest in a poor district of Chhattisgarh state, 400km (250 miles) from the capital Raipur.

    12/23/2008 11:36:39 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies · 939+ views
    AGI ^ | 12-23-08 | staff
    Raipur (India), 22 Dec. - In a remote village in the Indian jungle around 50 women have been attacked by inhabitants, who beat them and shaved their heads because they believe the women to be witches: police sources in the poor Indian State of Chhattisgarh reported this. It seems that the attackers acted on advise of a local guru, who claimed that punishing the 'witches' that way they would earn protection from evil spirits. The persecution, the climax of a purification ceremony to ward off evil spirits from the village, continued for nine days. Indian Prime Minister Raman Singh condemned...
  • Are Witches Real?(Bet Your Bottom Dollar!)

    10/31/2008 9:54:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 46 replies · 1,707+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/28/08 | By Father Dwight Longenecker
    Are witches real? Of course they are. Are they skinny old women with green skin, pointy chins and warts on their noses, who cackle over cauldrons? Of course not. Do they attend an academy called “Hogwarts,” play a form of hockey on their broomsticks and battle mythical beasts? Is “Samantha,” a pretty middle-class suburban wife with magical powers and a gaggle of kooky and spooky family members, a witch? Of course not. All of that is an attempt to make us believe that there are not really such things as witches.
  • 'Witches' burnt to death in Kenya

    05/22/2008 4:58:49 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 149+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 May 2008 | Staff
    Eleven elderly people accused of being witches have been burned to death by a mob in the west of Kenya, police say. A security operation has been launched to hunt down villagers suspected of killing them in Kisii District. The BBC's Muliro Telewa in the region says the gang had a list of the victims and picked them out individually. The area has witnessed similar attacks in the past when people suspected of engaging in witchcraft have been killed or ostracised. But our reporter says that this is a surprisingly large number of people to be attacked at the same...
  • Witch-Hunt on Friday at Berkeley Marine Recruiting Center

    05/08/2008 7:35:38 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 68 replies · 652+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 05/08/2008 | Melanie Morgan/Ryan Gill
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 8, 2008 CONTACT: Ryan Gill at: WITCH-HUNT Marine Supporters to Fight Back AgainstWitches at Berkeley Marine Recruiting Center FRIDAY, MAY 9th – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (SAN FRANCISCO) – Pro-troop supporters will gather to counter the efforts by a coven of witches to cast a spell of binding on the US Marine Corps Officer Selection Office located at 64 Shattuck Sq. in Berkeley. The anti-military demonstration by witches, crones and sirens is being organized by the radical left-wing group, Code Pink which proudly announced the despicable gathering at their website: The pro-Marine...
  • Code Pink Protesters Try Witchcraft at Anti-Marine Rallies

    05/08/2008 12:08:33 PM PDT · by madison10 · 53 replies · 194+ views ^ | May 8, 2008 | Jana Winter
    Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley's controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center. The women's anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells and pointy hats Friday for "Witches, clowns and sirens day," the last of the group's weeklong homage to Mother's Day. "Women are coming to cast spells and do rituals and to impart wisdom to figure out how we're going to end war," Zanne Sam Joi of Bay Area Code Pink told The group's week of themed protests, which included days to galvanize grannies and bring-your-daughter-to-protest,...
  • Extended Forecast: Bloodshed (Climate Change Results in Murdered Witches)

    04/13/2008 8:57:23 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 87+ views
    New York Times ^ | 13 April 2008 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    As we pump out greenhouse gases, most of the discussion focuses on direct consequences like rising seas or aggravated hurricanes. But the indirect social and political impact in poor countries may be even more far-reaching, including upheavals and civil wars — and even more witches hacked to death with machetes. In rural Tanzania, murders of elderly women accused of witchcraft are a very common form of homicide. And when Tanzania suffers unusual rainfall — either drought or flooding — witch-killings double, according to research by Edward Miguel, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “In bad years, the killings...
  • Mysterious Pits Shed Light On Forgotten Witches Of The West

    03/10/2008 4:05:05 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 676+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3-10-2008 | Simon de Bruxelles
    Mysterious pits shed light on forgotten witches of the West Simon de Bruxelles Evidence of pagan rituals involving swans and other birds in the Cornish countryside in the 17th century has been uncovered by archaeologists. Since 2003, 35 pits at the site in a valley near Truro have been excavated containing swan pelts, dead magpies, unhatched eggs, quartz pebbles, human hair, fingernails and part of an iron cauldron. The finds have been dated to the 1640s, a period of turmoil in England when Cromwellian Puritans destroyed any links to pre-Christian pagan England. It was also a period when witchcraft attracted...
  • Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft' ("One man claimed she had made him impotent.")

    02/14/2008 9:14:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 45 replies · 229+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 14, 2008
    Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft'  Thursday, February 14, 2008 A leading international human rights organisation is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to halt the planned execution of a woman accused of "witchcraft". The woman is due to be put to death on foot of a coerced confession and the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them. One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell. The court failed to probe alternative explanations...
  • Witchcraft in America

    01/07/2008 2:54:26 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 37 replies · 206+ views
    This looks like a good resource: When the day's news is about "witches," many Americans reflexively conjure up images of ugly, wicked hags from stories like "Snow White" and "The Wizard of Oz" – or more recently, the smiling "good witches" of Harry Potter books and films. But none of these fictional fantasies has anything to do with the real thing. The real thing – that is, the stunning phenomenon of more and more American housewives, students, professors, and even soldiers self-identifying as "witches" – is the topic of the January edition of WND's elite monthly Whistleblower magazine. Titled "WITCHCRAFT...
  • L.I. wiccan mom's set to observe 'Samhain,' not Halloween

    10/22/2007 9:50:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 43 replies · 256+ views ^ | October 22nd 2007 | RICHARD WEIR
    Bonnie Thompson's Hicksville house is bedecked with all kinds of witch decorations. There are witch-on-broomstick weather vanes staked in her flower beds and witch chimes dangling below her mailbox. Sitting atop the sill of her bay window are small iron cauldrons and witch figurines. But none of these objects is there because Halloween is coming. Thompson is a real witch, or wiccan to be more exact, who follows the concepts and rituals taught by Richard and Gypsy Ravish. The Salem, Mass., couple are head priest and priestess of the Temple of Nine Wells and initiated Thompson into wicca. As the...
  • (Nigerian) MD Loses N$9m To ‘Witches And Wizards’

    10/09/2007 8:30:45 PM PDT · by P.O.E. · 22 replies · 814+ views
    The News (Nigeria) ^ | 10/09/07 | Adewunmi Adebiyi
    The Managing Director of Brother Trust Nigeria Limited, Apapa, Mr. Adedojo Aroloye, has narrated to an Ikeja High Court how he lost N9 million to some people who claimed to be witches and wizards. The N9 million fraud charge was brought against four accused persons, Kayode Awolumate, Sunday Omotayo, Joke Adamolekun and Ibrahim Adebisi. Aroloye told the court that he was defrauded by the accused, who claimed to be witches and wizards and promised to make him richer. Narrating the incident, Aroloye said his driver, Sunday Omotayo (one of the accused), introduced his father, Oluwole Adamolekun a.k.a. Gadaffi, No Mercy,...
  • 'Witch hitman' jailed for life (South Africa)

    09/11/2007 11:25:39 AM PDT · by Stoat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    News 24 (South Aftica) ^ | September 11, 2007
    'Witch hitman' jailed for life 11/09/2007 19:47  - (SA)    Pietermaritzburg - A man promised R10 000 to kill a woman suspected of killing people through witchcraft has been jailed for life by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The man, Blessing Malinga, 30, of Empangeni, pleaded guilty to the murder of Maria Buthelezi by gunning her down in her house after allegedly being hired by Mkhombiseni Sithole of Gluckstadt in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Several of Sithole's family had died recently, and they believed that the deaths stemmed from by witchcraft practised by Buthelezi. The Sitholes decided to kill her and hired Malinga, the court was...
  • Flying Humanoids Filmed Over Mexican Skies

    07/01/2007 1:54:09 PM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 2,717+ views
    Primer Impacto ^ | 01 July 2007
    Testimony from dozens of persons and police officers depict seeing what appear to be witches flying through the skies of remote Mexican towns. Several people videotaped the strange phenomenon. The creatures appear to infest the skies over an old cemetery.
  • Local (Long Island) Dems have words of their own for Coulter

    06/10/2006 1:20:13 PM PDT · by cinnathepoet · 96 replies · 2,080+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 10, 2006 | Carl MacGowan
    House Democrats from Long Island and New York City on Friday joined the chorus of critics slamming Ann Coulter. The lawmakers signed a letter drafted by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) demanding that the conservative commentator apologize for saying in her new book that widows of some 9/11 victims are "enjoying" their husbands' deaths. The book refers to the four New Jersey women as "the witches of East Brunswick." "Their personal loss should never be minimized, especially in such a cold and callous way as you attack these victims in your book," Israel wrote.
  • Grrr! Ann Coulter Goes Too Far

    06/07/2006 5:24:50 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 310 replies · 9,388+ views
    fox news ^ | June 8 06 | Mike Straka
    What a moron. Ann Coulter, that is. After calling a group of 9/11 widows "harpies" who seem to be "enjoying their husbands' deaths" in her new book, the conservative pundit has gone too far. She even added: "And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy..." Huh? Ugly is the only way I can describe what Coulter has written. Now I understand why Time magazine put her on the cover a few years ago and made her look...