#263 The “Myth” of the Magi—Father Dwight Longenecker

#106: The “Myth” of the Magi—Father Dwight Longenecker (Free version)

 

This is an offbeat look at the Nativity Story through the lens of the mysterious Magi from Matthew’s Gospel 2:1-12. Popular imagination, Christian art, movies, and Christmas carols have shaped the way we think about the Magi. Popular blogger and author Father Dwight Longenecker lays out the facts, based on his book Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men.

Most of what you know about the Magi and the scenes of the may be wrong: The Bible doesn’t mention that there were three, doesn’t say they were kings (although they were clearly wise), and they didn’t find Jesus in a manger or cave but in a house. Listen and, as I did, learn.

 

In this episode you will learn:

  • How reliable Matthew is as an historian
  • Why describing the Magi a function of myth doesn’t not take away from their historicity
  • How the colorful additions (Caspar? Melchior? Balthasar? Camels?) to the biblical story arose
  • The multiple meanings of “the East” for the Jewish people
  • How the arrival and worship of the Magi set the Incarnation onto an international setting
  • How to see the accretions of the Magi part of the story with Santa Claus and the original story of St. Nicholas

 

Resources recommended in this episode:

 

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#262: It’s a Wonderful Movie—Mary Owen and Karolyn Grimes

#262: It’s a Wonderful Movie—Mary Owen and Karolyn Grimes

This episode debuted exactly four years ago, and I could think of no better show this year to honor my all-time favorite movie, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)  through the eyes of two women with close ties to its creation.

If Mr. Capra didn’t write it, why do I call it “Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life? It’s because that’s how the movie was marketed, which helps explain why the film got only a so-so reception when it was first released. Most of Mr. Capra’s pre-World War II movies were so sweet-hearted that they later earned the moniker “Capracorn,” not meant as a compliment.

It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, and placed number 11 on its initial 1998 greatest movie list, it also ranked number one on its list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

Think about that. In light of the fact that hundreds of thousands of movies have been made, this is a jaw-dropping achievement.

By the end of the Second World War, though, the mood of the movie-going public had shifted, as I wrote about the making of the movie in National Review a few years ago HERE.

The next day after it was published, an appreciative email from a woman named Mary Owen arrived in my inbox. Turns out, Mary is the daughter of actress Donna Reed, who played Mary Bailey, the wife of James Stewart’s George Bailey.

I thanked her for the lovely email and we had a few back-and-forths. After my podcast was up on two feet and spreading around the world (110 countries and counting), I thought it would be fun to have her on the show to talk about her mother’s role in this now-international favorite Christmas movie and to learn some back story to her mother’s career and her commitment to writing back to the G.I’s who wrote to her from the trenches and the gun turrets of World War II.

The interview segues nicely into the next one, a rich conversation with actress Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu, one of the four Bailey kids. Remember Zuzu’s petals? This was a real treat for me who loves the movie so well, and I know it will be for you as well.

I learned, among other things, how much Mrs. Grimes suffered as a teen when her mother died and then the next year her father was killed and she became a ward of the state—then “rescued” by an aunt and uncle in Missouri, which was an unhappy home situation. Karolyn also played Debbie, the daughter of David Niven and Loretta Young in another Christmas favorite, The Bishop’s Wife.

For those of us who can’t gobble up enough trivia and true stories about It’s a Wonderful Life, Mrs. Grimes is a treasure trove of first-hand memories and insights! Yes, I was star-struck, okay? Is that so wrong?

In this episode you will learn

  • How Donna Reed’s work represents the best of the Golden Age of television and movies
  • Why she made sure she was “just a regular mom” with Mary and her other real-life children
  • The story of how Reed’s children found a shoebox full of correspondence with American soldiers from the War in her Bel Air home 65 years later
  • Why Owens thinks the movie that made her mother a household name has such enduring appeal
  • Who is the oldest living cast member (hint: it’s not one of the child actors)
  • What it was like to be on set with Frank Capra and to appear with Jimmy Stewart
  • The ways in which It’s a Wonderful Life touched the lives of the cast and crew forever.

Resources mentioned in this episode

 

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#261: Defeating the Global Predators—Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

#261: Defeating the Global Predators—Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

Peter Breggin is known as “the conscience of psychiatry” for his decades’ worth of patient advocacy, his opposition to psychotropic drugs and lobotomies, and his 100+ expert testimonies at lawsuit trials against Big Pharma. An author or co-author of over 20 books, he has, with his wife Ginger Ross Breggin, released perhaps his most important work, Covid-19 and the Global Predators: We Are the Prey.

It’s not a book about Covid. It’s THE book about Covid.

This is what Dr.Breggin and I discuss in this interview: the meticulously researched account of the origins of SARS-Cov2, the massive deceptions on the part of the Communist Chinese, and the elite billionaires who pull the global financial strings behind the scenes on the whole phenomenon. If you’re brand new to what’s really going on, this is a good place to start.


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In this Episode You Will Learn

  • How and why Breggin knew this was a planned bioweapon
  • How his decades of patient advocacy prepared him for this fight
  • The way Big Media tells Big Pharma lies
  • How the CCP is a main hub of Fauci, Gates, Tedros, and Schwab
  • What the war on hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin tells you about the scamdemic
  • The urgent need for parents to wake up, get educated, and say no to these unsafe ineffective injections
  • Proof that the SARS-Cov 2 crisis was planned almost two decades ago
  • The more accurate estimate of vaccine injuries and deaths
  • What you can do starting right now

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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

‘Tis the season to be manly! Are you a man, or do you love one? Looking for that just-right gift for him for Christmas?

Look no farther. Uncle PDawg is here with 12 manly gifts for Christmas shopping.

(If you’re a man, send your “wishlist” to the woman in your life, she will appreciate it. Or just snag something on your own. Is that so wrong?)

In no particular order (click on the images to buy in Amazon. Full disclosure: I get a small commission that doesn’t affect your price):

1. Vintage silver business card case:

Tired of bending or losing business cards? I use this bad boy every day. Its original purpose was for old-school cigarette smokers, but it’s perfect for giving and receiving…business cards. And wouldja look at that price!

2. Classic fedora:

’nuff said about the main visual feature of my logo and the “valor values” it represents. Hey, you can spend $200 on a fedora, but why O why? This elegant felt Stetson version is a great money saving start. Move over, Gary Cooper.

3. Meet John Doe (1941):

Directed by Frank Capra (DVD, 70th-anniversary edition). This is the OTHER Capra Christmas classic about a good man tempted to a bad thing on Christmas Eve. Villains take it on the jaw, Saul Alinski’s chicanery is predicted 80 years ago, and the film is loaded with fedoras. What’s not to love? An annual tradition in Coffinlandia.

4. COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We Are the Prey by Peter Breggin, MD, and Ginger Ross Breggin.

The Covid hysteria is only going to end when We the People stop complying.  This book by the dynamic Breggins is THE manual to understand the whole evil phenomenon. It names, tracks the pre-history to Covid, and offers bright light going forward toward hope and medical sanity. Exceptional.

5. Cedar shoe box kit:

A man’s shoes say a lot about his attention to detail, not to mention etiquette. After noticing your sex, hairstyle, and eye color, shoes are the next thing people notice about you. Are your shoes looking ratty and worn? Spruce ’em up with this elegant shoebox with all the gear you need get started on the royal road to spiffy.

6. Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul―A Christian Guide to Fasting by Dr. Jay W. Richards

You know you want to get rid of that muffin top hanging out the top of your beltline. You have no energy in the morning, and there’s very little pep in your step, and you’re prone to the blahs. Well, meet intermittent fasting—your new ally in the battle for health. Dr. Richards here unlocks not only weight loss, but health infusion.

7. Men’s Shaving Gear and More

The crack staff at Glory and Shine have put together a manly array of men’s products that will never be worn by a beta male announcer on NPR. We’re talking safety razors, creams, pomade, lotion, incredible soap, and more. Not only do you get Latin prayers on each product, anything using liquid uses water from Lourdes. Coupon: COFFIN for a discount. (disclosure: I get a small commission that doesn’t affect the price.)

8. Pocket knife for everyday carry:

This bad boy is great for the everyday carry needs: strings, receipt stems, tape, boxes, letters—anything needing sharp separation from anything else. Stop rummaging around for the tool you need now. When someone asks for a knife, they’re really asking for a man.

9.  The Z Stack anti-Covid protocol

This is the original formulation for early treatment and proven prevent for Covid-19. Our grandmothers were right: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s a science based supplement made from Quercetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc. For starters.

10. The Catechism Explained by Father Francis Spirago

Talk about “old school, rock solid, ambiguity free, no holds barred, defending the hard says of Christ” Catholicism! This classic summary, first released in 1899, summarizes the venerable Council of Trent catechism format in a way that gets straight to the point with clarity and insight. The Catechism Explained is the kind of teaching tool Pope Bergoglio would reject as rigid and Pharisaical.

12. Trophy Husband T-shirt.

Because, come on.  A great conversation starter for him to talk about how great you are as a wife (or girlfriend).

A blessed Advent!

#260: Has Australia Fallen?—Monica Smit

Journalist, Catholic pilgrimage leader, and now freedom fighter Monica Smit didn’t grow up in a politically active family and didn’t pay much attention to things like health care, elections, and medical industry corruption.

But she is committed to the full-tilt fight of her life against her own government’s police state-like overreach (been banned, got arrested and jailed in solitary confinement for 22 days, for starters) on behalf of not just her fellow Australians, but anyone in democratic countries who are watching their freedoms vanish thanks to the coronadoom scam.

The short version: it’s really bad in Australia, and this remarkable young woman ain’t having it.


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In this Episode You Will Learn

  • How and when she knew Australia was falling into Covid-led totalitarianism
  • How Australian incitement laws work and how she was trapped in their nets
  • The effect of three weeks’ work of psychological torture known as solitary confinement
  • Details of how vaccine apartheid regime has arisen
  • Why she issued her famous SOS to the world
  • How her rediscovered Catholic Faith has sustained her in trial after trial
  • How she deals with weak Vichy Bishops who to this day lock Catholics out of the sacraments

Resources Mentioned


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