Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pacem In Terris

Pope John XXIII wrote the Easter encuclical PACEM IN TERRIS in 1963. The Pontiff was upset by how close the world had come to global destruction during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his holiday missive was addressed not only the Faithful, but ‘all men of good will’. His treatise also extolled the rights of man, […]

Easter Sunday Humor Pattaya

Several years ago I spent a quiet night in Donovan’s Sports Bar on 3rd Road. The owner was sitting alone and I decided to join Steve for an Easter cheeseburger. We discussed my upcoming trip to the USA and he said, “It’s been three and half years since I was last in New York.” “Over […]

On The Saudi Cross

Dawn broke early in Abha, Saudi Arabia and seven once juvenile gang-members were led out to the public killing grounds to be shot instead of beheaded due to a shortage of experienced swordsmen. They had been boys on the date of their sentence. Their crime was theft. Their youth was not taken into consideration by […]

The Last Executioner Of Thailand

In many ways books are much better than DVDs. While used ones in Thailand cost about 160 baht as opposed to 100 baht per DVD, movies rarely last longer than 2 hours, especially if you hit the fast-forward button. The BLACK DAHLIA flashed before my eyes in less than 12 minutes. It sucked. Reading a […]

Death Song Of Thailand

Norman Mailer wrote his 1979 Pulitzer-winning EXECUTIONER’S SONG about Gary Gilmore’s execution by the State of Utah. His crime had been murder. Gilmore had a slim choice of methods; shooting squad or noose. He opted for the shooting squad rather than the noose and refused any reprieve from his fate. “Death is the only inescapable, […]