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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

A Few Flaky Cats

Like i always say, the fun thing about cats is, you never know what they’re going to do next. Neither do they.

My favorite here is the cat chattering. When my cats do that, it’s their way of trying to shame a moth to come down from the ceiling and get eaten.

When Islam Nearly Conquered All

The Great Siege of Malta 1565 by Ernle Bradford (1961)

Heidi sent me a copy of this book. It made for gripping reading.

In 1565 the Ottoman Empire, under Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, was the strongest single military force in all the world. Suleiman tried to conquer all of Europe by land, but was stopped at the gates of Vienna. He then tried to conquer by sea.

One small obstacle opposed him: the fortified island of Malta, held by the Knights of St. John commanded by their Grand Master, Jean de La Vallette. Expecting to reduce the island in a matter of days, and so break through into the Western Mediterranean, Suleiman sent an army and a fleet, a great armada carrying at least 30,000 men, artillery and siege equipment galore. Against them, La Vallette had some 500 knights and squires, three or four thousand regular soldiers and cavalry, and another few thousand hastily-equipped native Maltese “irregulars.” With these he had three forts to defend–and no realistic help of assistance from any European power.

With day-and-night artillery support, the Turks threw wave after wave of attackers against the forts. The smallest and oldest of the forts, St. Elmo, which the Ottomans expected to wipe out in just a few days, resisted to the last man and ate up over a month, costing the attackers some 4,000 casualties.

The other two forts, St. Angelo and Birgu, with breaches torn into their walls by cannonballs, bombarded from all directions day and night, nevertheless repelled every attack. Incredibly, the Turks, having suffered terrible losses (at least 25,000 men, according to contemporary sources), were forced to withdraw. Very few of that great army made it back alive to Constantinople.

Enduring every kind of privation, forced to fight while carrying great wounds, cut off from the outside world, the knights and their soldiers held the island.

Suleiman tried one more time, in 1571, to break through Christendom’s defenses. His fleet was decisively defeated in the Battle of Lepanto. This began the long decline of the Ottoman Empire, culminating in its final destruction in World War I.

The extraordinary heroism and devotion of the Knights of St. John changed the course of world history. We can’t help but wonder if Europe will ever again be able, or even willing, to defend itself so valiantly. It is once again being attacked by Islam, this time without military force. But instead of the knights we have all these characters who seem to have crawled out from a murky Swedish movie.

Omnipotent God will decide whether Europe will survive, this time.

Who would you rather have defending you? The Knights of St. John, or a lot of self-serving globalists whose god is their bank account and whose creed is radical moral uncertainty?

Global Warming Zillionaires

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An international cabal organized by Al “$$$” Gore, the Energy Transitions Commission, wants the nations of the world to fork over $15 trillion (!) to fight imaginary Global Warming.

But don’t be alarmed. They propose to collect it in mere $600 billion increments over the next twenty years (

Here in New Jersey their Global Warming has been freezing our butts off for the past few days. Never mind–“The Science is settled, there’s no debate,” etc.

How much of this enormous amount of money is going to stick to their fingers? “Global Warmin’ been very, very good to me!”  And what good things won’t get done because $15 trillion wasn’t available to do them?

If anybody out there is still taken in by this, I’m disappointed in you.

The truth is that a lot of already rich and powerful people want to become even more rich and powerful, want to install a global government with themselves as lords of the world, and have already been caught lying and cheating innumerable times, trying to make it happen. They haven’t been caught committing murder yet, but don’t rule that out for the future.

They’ve got governments, the Pope, all the big nooze media, the teachers’ unions, and just about all the colleges and universities running before their chariot, believing they’ll all be cut in for a piece of the action once the world government’s in place.

You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things…

We have recourse through prayer to an all-mighty and all-righteous God, the judge of all the earth. For the only one who has a right to rule it all is Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

These others are but robbers and usurpers. May repentance find them before judgment overtakes them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The March of “Sophia”

(published originally in 2006)

If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.

                                               Revelation 22:18–19

This fall, a Lutheran church in San Francisco hopes to enlist 18 women to go on a “Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete”:

“Feel Her power in the holy mountians [sic], sense Her mysteries in the darkness of the caves, pour libations of milk and honey on Minoan altars. Contact a sacred energy that will transform the way you feel about women, about yourself” (

Closer to home, the church every year sponsors a “Retreat with She Who Is.” Led in these activities by a Lutheran pastor, participant Jo Ann Heydron describes her experiences on the church’s website:

The pastor “invited us to form our own images in clay of Asherah, the mother goddess of the Canaanites … with a sacred body just like mine” [for a photo, see the website]. There was also a project “to make a mandala, a circular, meditative image of the self” [originally used in Hinduism] and meditative dancing. Finally, “all ten of us prayed the Goddess rosary (some beaded their own Goddess Rosary that afternoon).” Pastor Stacy “called us to remember the sea as the primal water from which life emerged, to think of it as the amniotic fluid of our mothers’ wombs” (ibid.).

Blogger “Athana,” of radical goddess thealogy [sic.], puts it succinctly:

“[T]his weblog is dedicated to the goddess and to saving the planet … by gently replacing god the father with god the mother by the year 2025” ( Continue reading

The United Methodist Church: Weeping for Tammuz

Source: The United Methodist Church: Weeping for Tammuz

Paganism in the Church

I’m going to bring up articles from the archives that most of you never had the opportunity to see.

For the next three days it’ll be articles on “Paganism in the Church,” which were part of a series published by The Chalcedon Foundation in 2006. This was a journalistic project for me, chosen by my editors to be the first items posted on this blog when it was created in 2010.

To the objection that “Those articles are ten years old–so what good are they now?”, I can only say that I doubt the the problems have gone away and things have gotten better over the intervening seven years. “Feminist theology,” anyone? You’ll find it at your nearest seminary. God save us.

‘Soldiers of the Lion’

Linda called for this one: Soldiers of the Lion, by Chuck Girard. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) is not a tame lion, and it is our glory to be allowed to enter into the labors of all His saints. And if the lyrics are a bit much for squishy, world-pleasing Christians–You’ve had the planet long enough… Get you back to outer darkness–well, that’s all to the good.

Quality Time With Your Cat

The cats in this video know they’ve got a good thing going and don’t want it to stop. Or maybe they just love their humans. Either way, they demand to be cuddled and petted.

Note that if you do this with your lizards, you will hypnotize them.

Ton ey Curtus’s Hand!!

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I seen a moovie “once” it was Al Abote The Vykings befour thay was a fotboll teem “and” thare was This guy Toney Curtus he got his “hand” choped off whith a Sowrd! and the rest “of” the moovie he didnt Have no Hand!

Wel lats nihght i seen another moovie with this guy Toney Curtus “in” it And waht do yiu know… his hand IT GROWED BACK!!! wOW! Yess thare it was, Two hands. One of my Moth Antenners it broke offf once But it growed rihght back Rihght “away” butt i dint know any one his hand “it” grow back!!!

I figgered Out it must of “ben” Sceince that make his “hand grow” back, Sceince reely is The Anwser! Evry Interllectural we knows that, It “is” wyh we al gone to Collidge!

A Prayer for Courage

I do try to maintain my postmillenial morale–but the Lord knows it ain’t easy! Not when you’re covering the news, it ain’t.

O Lord our God, there are wicked persons everywhere trying to tear down everything that’s good, and estrange your people from their God. You don’t need me to tell you who they are and what they’re doing. It makes my head spin, just trying to keep up with it.

Father, we are your people, we belong to Jesus Christ our King. In His name we pray you to give us courage and to fortify our faith. Make us strong and enduring, resourceful, steadfast, and true, so that we might serve you as we should: and go before us, Lord, and tread down your enemies. Amen.

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