Reality can be more frightening than fiction
Boo! In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Halloween.
As a kid, this was one of the favorite holidays of the year. Dress up as a pirate, or a monster, or a cowboy. Come to think of it, that last costume is still in play on certain occasions (see Facebook photos).
Many people grow out of the fascination with Halloween … but some never do. They decorate their houses and lawns, plan a new costume … and revel in watching horror movies.
As kids, the horror movies were relegated to Saturday afternoon matinees at the movie theater – mostly reruns of classics from previous years. Maybe a short or two, a pocket full of candy … then prepare to be scared to death.
There were the mildly scary movies – such as “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” And there were the ones that kept you up at night – such as “The Blob” … or the 1951 classic “The Thing from Another World.” Or the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead,” which started the entire zombie phenomenon.
Many of these movies have been perpetuated throughout the years on weekend late night shows, such as “Dr. Shock”. This Philadelphia character, played by magician Joseph Zawislak, was created as an on-air host for the telecast of B-rated horror movies on WPHL Channel 17. It ran from 1969 to 1979.
In later decades, the mantle of weekend horror movie host fell on “Svengoolie”, a Chicago-originated show that has been around since 1970. In recent years it has been distributed nationally on MeTV. Originally, the part of the host was played by Jerry Bishop. Since 1979 the part has been carried by Richard Koz.
Want to be scared … watch these old movies.
Don’t want to be scared … change the channel.
Unfortunately, in today’s real world, there is no opportunity to change the channel. The happenings of everyday life are scarier than anything that actors Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff ever could have delivered.
Don’t believe it … then prepare to be scared.
Here is a list of some of the scariest headlines of recent months. Some you may have seen. Most are probably undiscovered … because the mainstream media often avoids topics that do not fit with their political agendas.
••• Americans used to be known for their work ethic. It was the backbone that helped build this country.
As of the latest government statistics, one in every four households in America now has nobody living in it that is employed. ••• The implosion of Obamacare, the current administration’s signature healthcare plan, continues.
According to CNN/ Money, premiums for 27-year-old enrollees in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare. gov exchange will go up on an average of 22 percent in 2017.
Those who live in Pennsylvania are on the bad side of the average. Their premiums will rise 53 percent. In Arizona, the increase is 116 percent.
Remember, the success of the overall Obamacare plan depends on sign-ups from these healthy 27-yearolds, who will subsidize coverage for the old and sick. Good luck.
In the meantime, insurance
companies and hospitals are pulling out of the Obamacare network at an alarming rate. ••• So many good parents have worked hard and saved for many years, so they can afford to give their children the best college education available. Today that “best college education” can come at a price tag of $50,000, $60,000 or even $70,000 a year.
At the same time, many learned and rational voices of reason – syndicated radio show host Dennis Prager is one of the most outspoken – tell us that these college educations are one of the WORST investments people make. They cite a lot of reasons, but a lack of unbiased and balanced viewpoints from those teaching on the college level is at the forefront. Balanced? The latest Harvard Law Study statistics show that Democrats outnumber Republicans, among college professors, at an astonishing
Journalism professors – the ones who prepare the next generation of supposedly unbiased “watchdogs” – have a 20-to-1 statistic of Democrats vs. Republicans.
And history professors – the ones who are now leading the charge to re-write American history – are tipped toward the Democrat party at a 33-to-1 rate.
In any grouping of people, this kind of staggering one-sidedness is scary. Rather than presenting an indication of group enlightenment, it uncovers a pack mentality that overcomes reasonable logic and discourse.
P.S. – using this barometer, the leading leftist university in America: Brown University, with a 60-to1 ratio of registered Democrats vs. Republicans on the faculty. ••• Political correctness runs amuck.
On a recent trip to Vermont, one of the most leftist states in America, jaws dropped
during a discussion with a bartender. It was discovered that the traditional “happy hour” was outlawed throughout the state.
Government officials determined that it was discriminatory to offer reduced prices for drinks at certain times of the day because the discount was not available to people who had to work during those hours. The traditional 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “happy hour” is not accessible to people who work until 9 each night … or to people who have to sleep during those hours because they work odd shifts.
Vermont does allow what is called a “Happy Day” – special pricing on a certain day of the week for alcoholic beverages. ••• And the scariest story comes courtesy of a very scary person.
In 2009 Eva Brunne was installed as the first openly lesbian bishop of a mainstream Christian denomination in the world. Since that time she has served as
bishop of the Lutheran Church of Sweden.
A country of only 9 million people, Sweden has been struggling with its open borders policy. More than 190,000 refugees have been accepted into the socialist country – putting a huge strain on the economy. Lately, Swedes have voiced outrage over what is happening to their country.
Instead of focusing on the tribulations of her congregation, Brunne took a different stance. She has begun a program asking all churches in the country to take down crosses and other Christian symbols. According to a Stockholm-based news outlet, the move was designed to “avoid offending Muslims … and make the country more inviting to visitors of other religions.”
Imagine an imam being asked to remove Muslim symbols from a mosque, so as not to offend visiting Christians.
“If you think this story sounds too bizarre to be true, then you haven’t acquainted
yourself with the progressive ‘utopia’ that is Sweden,” writes Paul Joseph Watson, a U.K.based writer. “This is a country in which some politicians have called for giving free housing, jobs and welfare to returning ISIS jihadists – all a taxpayer expense.” ••• Had enough of a Halloween scare?
Unfortunately, there is no way to turn off this steady stream of scary events in today’s world.
The only hope is that it is all a bad nightmare … and the people of America will wake up and rediscover the principles that make this country great.
Tony Leodora is president of TL Golf Services, host of the weekly GolfTalk Live radio show on WNTP 990-AM and host of the Traveling Golfer television show — as well as editor of GolfStyles magazine. He is former sports editor of The Times Herald. Send comments to tlgolfservices@aol.