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In 2017, Chuck Orloski’s 27-year marriage collapsed. Chased from his home and broke, he had to take refuge at Lighthouse, a Scranton group home run by a blind, 54-year-old nun, Lindy Morelli.

That Thanksgiving, I took a four-hour bus ride from Philly to stay five days with my friend, Chuck, at the Lighthouse. The rolling hills, clapboard houses and country lanes of Eastern Pennsylvania bespoke peace, solidity and down-home goodness, but the region was actually racked by disappearing jobs, lost dignity, hopelessness and drugs.

On previous trips, Chuck would drive me from the Greyhound station to his home, but this time, he didn’t even have a car, so we had to walk. The Lighthouse was just half a mile away, however, and it wasn’t too cold. I only had a backpack.

The two-story, signless house sat on a narrow residential lane, across from a small Greek Orthodox church, serving a mostly Lebanese congregation. Merely a block away was Main Street, with its handful of restaurants offering mediocre burgers and hot dogs, edible Chinese, decent Mexican, pizzas and Lebanese.

At Lighthouse, I met Steve, an Oklahoman who had the infuriating habit of throwing Chuck’s canned food away, for they were expired, he falsely claimed. I chatted with cheerful Lee Ann, a middle aged woman who attributed her recovery from kidney cancer to an oil-exuding icon at St. George Church. I listened to Lou, who came by often to help out Lindy. A former seminary student, he had never married and lived alone.

My room had been recently occupied by a thoughtful, quiet, middle-aged man who was also a pedophile, it turned out, for one day, cops showed up to handcuff the pervert and take his computer away.

Ministering to all sorts of troubled souls, Lindy doesn’t shun criminals and, in fact, has visited prisoners for decades.

In 1981, a 15-year-old, Joseph Aulisio, murdered two children, aged 8 and 4, just outside Scranton. After his conviction in court, a gum-chewing Aulisio shouted to his family, “It’s party time!” He then mocked the district attorney, “Ernie, are you going to hug me?” Condemned to death, Aulisio got his sentence reduced to life, and is now filing for release after the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life terms for juveniles are unconstitutional. Since the mid-90’s, Lindy has been visiting Aulisio in prison. If ever released, he’d be welcomed into the Lighthouse.

One evening after dinner, Lindy and I retreated to a parlor to conduct this interview. Going in, I already knew about Lindy’s preoccupation with Kevin Tower, a Michiganian convicted of double murder. The details of his case, I only found out later.

Online, there’s only one photo of Tower. It shows a clean shaven, boyish looking man with a flat-topped head, dirty blonde hair and thick neck. There’s “A Prisoner on the Ladder,” an 800-word screed Tower published, presumably with Lindy’s help, at the very obscure Wilkes-Barre Scranton Independent Gazette. Revealing no facts about his own case, Tower merely compares himself to Jesus:

There He was standing as the crowd yelled, “Crucify, crucify, crucify him!” The crowd consented and gave authority to the punishment. The beating and bloodshed began. Many looked on, at first amused. Then, the blood became apparent. Some left. Then the torn flesh became apparent. Many left. Only a few cold hearts likely remained. The guards were only doing their duties. They were immune. The prosecutor and court were not there. Maybe there was a soul or two who sat and absorbed the pain and cruelty they saw. Perhaps they were chased off.

The government’s case against Tower is laid out quite succinctly in a 2010 document:

This case arose out of the murders of defendant’s uncles, Ron and Paul Tower, aged fifty-seven and forty-one, respectively, in July 1995. The Tower brothers were single, lived together at a farmhouse in Remus, Michigan, and were mentally impaired to varying degrees. Ron Tower could not read, could write only his name, was not gainfully employed but performed chores around the farmhouse, was diabetic and depended on his brother for medication, and was extremely shy. Paul Tower could read and write, was employed as a custodian, maintained and administered his own bank accounts, and owned two vehicles, a truck and a 1992 red Ford Escort. The Tower brothers were last seen alive on the afternoon of July 5, 1995, with defendant, at their farmhouse. On July 6, 7, and 8, 1995, withdrawals were made from Paul Tower’s savings account in Big Rapids.

On July 9, 1995, Paul Tower’s red Escort was abandoned at an accident scene in Grand Rapids. A witness later identified defendant as the driver of that vehicle and as having fled the scene. On July 13, 1995, human blood and hair were found in various buildings at the Tower farmhouse. On that date, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Rau interviewed defendant, and on the following day Rau arrested defendant for uttering and publishing and unlawfully driving away Paul Tower’s Escort.

On July 26, 1995, partially decomposed bodies matching descriptions of Paul and Ron Tower were found in a remote area of Mecosta County. Both had been stabbed and shot with a .22 caliber weapon. Around August 15, 1995, defendant was additionally charged with two counts of murder, felony firearm, and forging signatures on savings withdrawal slips drawn on Paul Tower’s savings account on July 6, 7, and 8, 1995. Defendant was convicted as charged and his motion for new trial was denied.

A 1999 document fleshes out Tower’s history of financial deliquency, drug use and association with prostitutes. He killed his uncles, the state argues, to provide drugs to Heather Gallapoo, a 17-year-old whore:

Heather testified that she was sixteen when she met defendant in January 1995. That night they had sex, he paid her fifty dollars, told her he liked her, and she gave him her phone number. After that night she had sex with him about five times, but not for money. She testified that they had “kind of” a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship and she stopped or decreased her prostituting for a time. She testified that her parents liked defendant and were encouraging the relationship, that defendant wanted her to stop prostituting and get off drugs, and that he told her a lot of times that he loved her. He also told her several times that he wanted to marry her and talked about having children. Heather testified that she eventually wanted to get away from defendant, so she would leave home for Becky Cochran’s apartment. Heather then got reported as a runaway and the police picked her up at Becky’s apartment. After that defendant would buy her crack to try to keep her at home. Defendant would take her to buy crack and paid for it a lot of times. Heather testified that defendant was an easy person to get things from and would do whatever she asked.

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The prosecution properly argued that there was evidence that defendant, a twenty-five-year-old, did not have girlfriends or male friends, did not bring women or male friends to gatherings, liked female companionship but had to pay for it, and that that evidence and his activities of finding Heather, driving her to buy drugs and sometimes waiting for her in his vehicle while she turned tricks, indicated that defendant was different than the person he purported to be.

Now 39, Heather Gallapoo still lives in Grand Rapids. Her FaceBook page has “NEVER FORGET WHO YOU ARE” superimposed on images of clouds, as seen from an airplane. The ex femme fatale reveals that she graduated from a community college in 2015, and has held jobs at Burger King and Yummy Work. A post, “Going broke happens. Staying broke is your FAULT.” Another, “the devil doesn’t come to you with his red face and horns, he comes to you disguised as everything you’ve ever wanted.”

Two weeks after this interview, the State of Michigan again rejected Tower’s appeal. Lusting after love, Tower killed and wrecked his own soul. We can only hope he won’t destroy another who’s also aching to be fully held. When it comes to sex, we’re all naked, befogged babes in a dark gulley. Love is legally blind.

In 2017, Lindy asked that I delayed the publication of this for a few months, at most, until Kevin was free. Two years later, he’s still locked up, and I wouldn’t bet the leaning, peeling farmhouse he’ll ever barge into that Lighthouse.

 

I have a twin sister. My mother was born into a very poor family. My sister and I were in Saint Joseph, and in the 60’s, that was a big thing, because when a woman was pregnant and couldn’t take care of her children, it was a scandal. So it was a tumultuous beginning for my mother.

We came home at 2 1/2. My parents didn’t get married until we came out of the orphanage. They were married for six years. My father is from Italy. He’s a wonderful man. I call him every day.

My sister and I were home for a couple of years, with my family, then I went away to school for the blind, Overbrook.

From the beginning of my life, I’ve always felt that, I don’t know, that life was really… empty, somehow. I guess I just felt that way. I had a deep experience, like when I was young, I guess it was a spiritual experience, I felt that God was real, and so when I went away to school, it was a very dark, stark place to be, but I felt that God was with me.

It was a very stark way to grow up, I felt, like interiorly, for myself, but I got a very good education, and I had a lot of blessings. The thing that meant the most to me was just what was going on inside my own soul, and how I could love, because I felt, like, love was the most important thing, and it was so absent. It felt like that to me, and it didn’t feel like there was enough love for other people either, so I thought that, for me, that was the most important thing.

By the time I was in high school, we had a regular life, as normal as we could. I lived at the school almost my whole life, and we came home, you know, once every couple months or something, but I actually felt like my family died, because I didn’t see them enough, and I wasn’t prepared for the shock of being away at school.

My mother is beautiful, generous and loving, but she had some problems, and she couldn’t be as present as she probably would have wanted to. After my parents divorced, my mother then married an alcoholic, so when I came home, it was, like, really tumultuous at home, and it was very, very empty and lonely at school.

I felt really at odds, I felt abandoned, and the thing that sort of helped me out was God, because I felt that, like, there just wasn’t anything for me to hang on to.

We went to this camp for the blind in the Summer. It was a wonderful, like, sort of magical place for us, because everything was normal, everything was made normal for the blind, like we could get around, because they had put railing around so you wouldn’t fall into the pool. Things like that.

The counselors who worked there were these young people who, you know, it was the early 70’s and 60’s, so they were people who were very conscious of peace and love, and how the world was troubled, and needed a different change, and the counselors had a big impact on my life.

I remember when I was at that camp, one of the counselors made me something out of wood. It was, like, a little letter opener. He said, “I know you like to write letters, so this is something I made you.” I treasured this little thing, and I carried it with me wherever I went.

I was so excited about it, that somebody would give me something, that I was important to someone, enough for them to do that, but I lost that little thing.

I dropped it on the sidewalk, and I was too shy to turn around and ask somebody to get it for me, so I lost it, and I thought, at the time, “How many more losses are there going to be?” Like, life was so full of loss.

By the time I was in high school, I started to write poetry, and my faith started to get a lot stronger. I just felt that Jesus was the center of everything, like everything in the universe, everything in my own life, everything in the world. Everything just centered around the life and death, and resurrection of Jesus, because I knew that there was nothing on this earth. Because life was so empty and so harsh, I just was convinced that Jesus was everything, and convinced that the Eucharist was everything, that Jesus was present in the Eucharist, because when I received Holy Communion when I was young, it just changed my life.

So when I went to college, I thought, “What can I do with my life? I don’t know.” I wasn’t, like, exuding confidence or anything. I really didn’t know what to do.

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I went to a small Christian school. I remember I was really shy when I went out there, because we were brought up in a school for the blind, and they kept saying, “When you get out into the real world, it’s really going to be hard. You’re going to have to do this, and that,” and I thought, “Oh my gosh. What if I can’t?”

I was really nervous when I went to the cafeteria, and you had a tray of food, and you’d be, like, carrying the food, and you’d be walking. I’d be thinking, “Oh my gosh, where is the table? What if I fall? What if I drop the tray?” I was just nervous, I just didn’t have confidence, but somehow God just took care of me.

I managed to get a bachelor’s degree in theology, then I thought, “What am I going to do now?” All I really wanted to do was to love people. I really wanted to comfort people, that was what I thought, “That’s all I really want to do. I don’t know what else to do.”

Then I thought, “Maybe I’ll get a master’s in counseling,” not that I really wanted to be a clinical counselor, “Well, I know what it’s like to be in pain, and suffer and feel pain, so maybe if I do something, maybe I can help somebody else,” so then I got this master’s degree in counseling.

When I was in school, I thought, “I really love God. I really want to serve God,” so I think, “Maybe I can become a nun.” I kept thinking about it. It’s all I really wanted to do. I had my heart set on it, and I started to think, “That would be the best way that I could be happy, because I could serve God. I could love God. I could pray.”

I had a deep personal relationship with Jesus, and I thought, “Well, that’s usually what people do when they want to have that kind of life. They become nuns, and they give their lives to other people, they give their lives to God, and they’re happy that way,” so I thought, “Well, that’s what I’ll do, when I got out of school.”

I started to look around, and I wrote to, like, a hundred different communities. I got this directory of communities, all around the US or whatever, and they gave a little description of themselves. I thought, “If I can find one that loves the poor and wants to pray, maybe I can fit in there.” I wrote to all those ones, and they all wrote back, almost a hundred of them wrote back and said, “Nope, can’t accept you because you’re blind.”

I thought, “What in the world?!” Like, I just thought it was crazy at the time. I really didn’t understand it. Anyway, this was, like, 1989, and by then I already had my master’s degree.

So then the bishop here let me take vows, like a nun would take. I took a vow of poverty. I took a vow of celibate chastity, and obedience to the church, and the bishop and all that, and it was the actual vow that a nun took, and I was extremely happy, because I thought, “That’s really what I wanted to do.”

Eventually, I’ll find a community,” I thought to myself. I just didn’t realize that I wasn’t going to find a community. There just wasn’t going to be an opening for me.

So I spent, like, my adult life just drifting around, feeling very, very sad and empty because I didn’t have anybody to share it with. I didn’t have anybody to share this most important thing in my life with me, and people didn’t take it that serious either, because I wasn’t a nun, obviously, but I didn’t know I wasn’t a regular, just a person either.

I had a certain commitment, but nobody understood it, so I was kind of like betwixt and between these two different places, and I had to keep a lot of it largely to myself, because there really wasn’t anybody who really understood this deep passion that I had… for God, and for the poor.

I really didn’t know who to talk to about it. When I was 19, I thought I’d go to the prison, so I started going into all these different prisons, in the 90’s. Then I started to go visit people in nursing homes, then I started working in the housing projects. I just did everything you could think of, because I just felt in my heart that’s what I was supposed to do, but I kind of felt lost too.

I was still living my vows. I renewed them every year, but I was really, really lonely, but I thought, “There has got to be other people like that, who are lonely, like around, in the world.”

Then I started reading about Dorothy Day, and I started reading about Catherine Doherty, and I thought, “Well, maybe I can do something like that. Maybe we could get a house. It was just a pipe dream I had, but I thought, “I’m just going to see what happen,” so I started to make all these phone calls, to these different churches, and said, “I have this idea. I want to help the poor.” I had no idea how this ever happened, but they all started to think it was a good idea, and before I knew it, in a couple years, we had a board of directors. We had our non-profit. We had enough money to run a storefront.

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Around the 80’s or whatever, I went to a place called Medjugorje. It’s a place where they had alleged Mary apparitions, and normally, I wouldn’t go to a place like that, because I’m not drawn to sensationalism, but one of my friends went there and said, “Lindy, that place is so life-changing. It is so powerful. Oh, my gosh,” and I was like, “What in the world? What could be powerful? I mean, he has a lot of faith. Why would he go all the way to Yugoslavia to see an apparition, or whatever?”

I started to get curious about it. I thought, “I’m going to see what that film is,” and it was so prayerful, and so real. I just was, like, “Oh my gosh! That is so real!” and it wasn’t like I wanted to see the apparition. It wasn’t that. I just knew it was from heaven or something. I just felt it was real, and I thought to myself, “I’ve got to go there.”

I felt immediately called. I stayed up all night. I was thinking, “How am I going to get the money to go there?” This was 1987 or whatever. I was 23 or 22. So, I was thinking, “I’ve got to go there, Lord. Please, could you help me figure out a way to go there?” I was, like, really nervous, thinking, “How am I going to get the money?” Then somebody donated the money, and I actually went to Medjugorje. I went there 12 times, believe it or not, over the next… many years.

The second time I went there, I met a priest, and he was from Ireland. He was leading a Madjugorje prayer group. By that time, the apparition had been going on for six or eight years, and people from all over the world were going there, and people’s lives were really changed. People went there and they prayed, and they came to terms with their lives, and their problems, and they really got a lot of peace from it.

One of Mary’s main messages was peace, pray for peace and be peaceful and, you know, live a peaceful life and turn to God and, you know, put away things that are unpeaceful, and things like that.

So the second time I went there, I met this priest. He’s from Ireland, so I joined up with their group. The following Summer, they said, “Well, you could go to Ireland, with our family,” so I went over there with his family, because I had become friends with his sister. We went to Cork. I don’t know if you ever went to Ireland, but it’s a beautiful place. They had a peat fire, and it was just very… Irish.

The priest came from this very troubled family. As soon as I got there, they were all, like, arguing with each other, and I was thinking, “What in the world is going on here? How did I get here? What kind of family is this?” Anyway, for the next twelve days, he started to, well, he was abusing me, and he assaulted me. The last day, he sexually assaulted me. It happened on the plane.

For the next couple years, I was, like, trying to get the church to acknowledge this. It happened in ’88, I was in graduate school, then in ’91, I went to the bishop. By the time ’91 came around, I had already written to his superiors. They had already stonewalled me many, many times. I wrote to the cardinal. I wrote to a lot of different prelates. First, I wrote to his American superior. They just said, “Oh, that didn’t happen!” Then I wrote to the cardinal. I got nowhere with that. Then I wrote to his Irish superior. I got nowhere with that. Then I went to our bishop, and our bishop said, “I don’t want to get involved. It didn’t happen here.”

Basically, what I’m trying to tell you is, all through the 90’s, while I was doing this work building Lighthouse, while I was, like, in this quandary of, “Lord, what about my vocation? I feel so alone,” I also had this terrible burden of this unresolved thing, and I also had the trauma of the assault.

I felt betrayed by the church, I felt abandoned, and I didn’t know what to do, so in ’93, a friend of mine that was a lawyer said, “Why don’t we just, like, write them a letter and tell them we’re going to sue them,” or something like that, which I really didn’t want to do, but we had no choice.

I was going crazy, because, like, it went against everything that I thought. Like, I didn’t want to sue the church, but what can I do? Like, I didn’t know.

So we did that, so finally, our bishop arranged for that priest to come over here while he was stationed in Nairobi. After the assault, after I raised the allegation, they relocated him to Nairobi, Kenya.

He came over here, and they set up a juridical panel. They recorded our testimonies, then they made a judgement that my allegations were true. The recommended that he gets some kind of psychiatric evaluation and counseling, but they never followed through to let me know whether he actually got them. So years later, I was still trying to figure out if he ever got them, so I really didn’t find out, because every time I wrote them a letter, they never answered me.

Finally, in 2003, after begging and pleading with them, the Irish superior, who was a new superior, I said, “All I want to do is go to Ireland, pray and have a mass, and pray for healing, and please ask his sister to come,” because I was friends with one of his sisters, so that’s what we did. We had a beautiful mass of healing. He didn’t come, but his sister came, and I went through a long period of healing.

Anyway, that’s not the most important part of my story. That doesn’t define me. Some people think that that would be, like, an experience that would define a person’s life. It didn’t define my life. Every suffering I have had has become a great blessing because I have been learning how to love.

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The reason I brought up that incident is because, there were three things going on at once. There’s the development of Lighthouse, which was, pretty much, I just prayed and trusted God, depended on whoever God sent, and now we got this house in 2004, which a benefactor bought from us in 2006.

Since 2004, we’ve had, like, 70 different residents living here, people from all walks of life, like mothers and children, people from prisons, people from the streets, people from hospitals, people that had disabilities, people who just needed a home, and needed a chance and all that.

So I did my best to help people, and the whole time I was doing that, I was still thinking, “I want to live a more contemplative life.” This is OK to do this work with the poor, but I need somebody to share my life with, my vows with, and my life.

By the time I was 40, I had had my vows already for almost 20 years. I was really broken hearted, and I thought, “Why can’t something work out? Like, why can’t I just fit somewhere?” But I just didn’t know where to fit, so then I told my sister this one day, “I’m just going to take my ring off. I guess, maybe I should just get on a website and see if I could get married. I don’t want to get married, but maybe God wants me to, because I can’t be alone like this for the rest of my life. I’m 40 years old. What’s going to happen?!”

So anyway, I was really broken hearted. I went on a retreat, and I was just besides myself, thinking, “What am I going to do? How am I going to live these vows by myself? It’s just so terrible. How come the church doesn’t have a place for me?”

Throughout my life, people had said to me, “Why don’t you start your own community?” I thought that was utterly ridiculous. I was like, “No, are you kidding me? Like, I’m the shyest person around. I can’t start a community.”

People kept saying that to me over the years, “Why don’t you start your own thing?” And I thought, “I never want to start anything.” How did I even do this Lighthouse thing? How did this even happen? I just wanted to go somewhere and peel potatoes, and do what I was told, but it never happened.

Around the time of the retreat, I heard of this spiritual family called Carmel, and I started reading all the Carmelite writers, like from the 12th century or whatever, like Saint Teresa, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Therese, and I started thinking, “Oh my gosh!” All of a sudden, it dawned on me. “I think I’m a Carmelite!” It was such a relief, because I realized that whatever their interior lives were about, how they reached God, how they described their interior lives, how they perceived the world, and how they… lived for God was exactly what I felt, and I thought, “Oh my gosh! Finally, there is a name to give my life.” I was so relieved, but I still didn’t have a community to share it with.

That was in 2004, so I went on for next many years, thinking, “I still need a community to share life with. Who would that be? What would that be? Who would understand vows? Who would understand this spiritual journey? Who believes the way I do? I don’t know. Carmelites do, but I can’t go to a traditional Carmelite monastery. They don’t, wouldn’t accept me, and I wouldn’t fit it, because I want to work with the poor. What can I do?”

So, that just went on like that, for more years, until around 2010, I had a Carmelite spiritual director that was a friar, and we were trying to work on forming a community for people who had special needs, like disabilities, people who were in prison, people who were confined, and people who couldn’t join traditional religious communities, so we were going to form one of those, and we worked hard on it. We got it all approved and situated. It almost got off the ground. It took four years to get all the paperwork done. By the time we got all the paperwork done, the American province backed out because they couldn’t do it, logistically.

You’d think I’d be really disappointed, because I had so many disappointments in the past, but for some reason, for the first time in my life, I felt really peaceful. This was already around my mid-40’s, and we had worked on this really hard, so I thought, “I don’t know what God wants me to do. There’s some kind of answer for me. I don’t know what it is, but it’s all right.”

A few months after that, the Carmelites wrote to me and said, “Well, there’s this person in prison. His name is Kevin Tower, and he’s a Carmelite, and he wants somebody to write to him,” so I said, “OK, I’ll write to him. That’s no big deal. I’ve worked in prison my whole life,” but I was kind of intrigued, because I thought, “Well, he’s a Carmelite. I mean, he’s not just reading the Bible in jail. He made a serious commitment. Like, what in the world?”

I started to think to myself, “What’s going on with this Kevin person?”

Two years before that, I met somebody who was wrongfully convicted. I’d been writing this manuscript, and somebody that I knew said, “You should get in touch with so and so. He was in prison. He was wrongly convicted. He wrote a book. He was very successful about it,” and so I got in touch with Chris.

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He came over, brought his book and all that. We became very good friends. I was really blown away by his story, because he told me, “Oh, I was wrongfully convicted. I spent six years in prison for a murder I didn’t commit,” and I was, like, really upset by that, when I read his book.

So when I met Kevin, I realized that Kevin was also wrongfully convicted, of two murders that he didn’t commit, so I became very, very, like, arrgh! Like, I just couldn’t live with it, I thought. “Please let us help you,” I said.

I just knew, I just knew it, I just knew. I knew because I have a lot of experience with people in prison. I have lots and lots of experience with people on the street. I know whether somebody is not real, or not. I mean, I just know, because I’ve been around a million times.

So I knew that he was completely genuine. I read his transcripts. I just knew something was desperately wrong, so I started begging him to let us help him, let Lighthouse help him, and he said, “It’s too big of a project. Don’t worry. It’s OK,” but I just kept begging and begging. This was, like, three years ago, 3 ½ years ago.

Because we were both Carmelites, we had similar ideas about what we wanted to do with our life. We had similar goals, similar thoughts. He is extremely talented. He’s very stable. He’s a very well-adjusted person. Very, very, extremely strong in character, because he’s been in prison for 22 ½ years, and he’s not bitter. He’s just a very extraordinary person, the way he’s living his life, and I thought, “Oh my gosh. Like, most people would be crazy,” but he’s not.

I thought to myself, “He’s either crazy. He’s the biggest, craziest person I’ve ever met, or he’s the most, like, unbelievable person.” Anyway, so I got to know him, and I started that, we started to help with the case.

So for the last 3 ½ years, I found myself doing, myself! I was doing the investigative work on the case, to try to get new evidence. All of us were involved in it. Lou was involved in it, me, Joe, my friend Joe that’s a really good friend of mine. He’s a friend of Lighthouse. My twin-sister writes to Kevin.

But I was doing all this work because we couldn’t afford an investigator. So I started, like, going into the court files, digging up records and everything you could think of, like looking into gun samples and blood samples, and all this forensic stuff that I knew nothing about, and it was extremely traumatic for me, because I loved Kevin, and I never did that work before.

Lou and Joe helped me read everything, looking into books, reading files and writing letters, and digging up stuff in files, and calling people on the phone, and interviewing witnesses, and all that. It was hard.

The first year I was involved in it, my health wasn’t good at all. Like, my nervous system was shot from it, because, I mean, all I could do was think about Kevin every day, being in prison, and he didn’t belong there. Like, if I ate a cucumber, I would just feel really sad, thinking, “Oh my God! He hasn’t had any fresh vegetables in years.” It was just a very, extremely, extremely painful thing for me.

I got in touch with one of the witnesses in the case, and she told me that they, the prosecution, before Kevin was convicted, went to her in secret and said, “Say this, this and this on the stand, against Kevin. If you do this, then we’ll give you a deal. If you don’t do this, we’re going to convict you of 28 years in prison.”

So they forced her to do that, so that Kevin was convicted because of her testimony, and because they also took letters, illegally, from Kevin, and twisted a couple of his statements. But anyway, long story short, for the next three years, until just, until now, actually, I worked nonstop on this case.

I traveled back and forth to Michigan, because a benefactor was helping us get back and forth, just going back and forth, back and forth, doing all kinds of things, running all around, and just going out of my mind. But anyway, now we’re at a place where the case is just about resolved, and we’re waiting for the lawyer to get back to us, because they’re trying to make a deal with the prosecution, so Kevin can get released, and he’s going to come here, and he’s going to work here with the ministry, with me.

We have a small, fledging Carmelite community started. It’s not affiliated with the order. It’s approved by our diocese. We have five members all over the country, and one of them was just here, like, over Thanksgiving.

When Kevin gets out, he’ll be coming here, and that can be happening like, literally, any day, so we’re just waiting. It could be before Christmas, or it could be a month after Christmas, or it could be by the Spring, but it probably won’t be much longer than that.

It has been a really serious, serious struggle. Like, incredibly difficult struggle to do something that I never could do before. I never thought I was able to do this, but somehow, I guess, through God’s grace, I did it. I don’t know how.

It was extremely hard. I mean, it has been the hardest thing I ever did. It was harder than the assault, even. It was harder than everything that went with the church or anything, because it was the culmination of a long, long, many years of struggle, many years of waiting, many years of suffering, many years of agony, and to know that Kevin and I, we have the same vocation, we’re going to be together, we’re going to work together and, you know, it’s the conclusion of a long story, and it’s a very difficult conclusion, a very dramatic conclusion, you know, that I wasn’t expecting. I mean, I wasn’t expecting to do that. I didn’t know anything about it.

I was scared all the time. Most of the time, I just wake up in a cold sweat, thinking, “How am I going to do it? Is it going to work out?” It has been a very, very, very difficult… time, you know.

As for society, I think it’s just getting darker, and darker, and darker, and darker, and darker. It’s just maybe evil is getting stronger, but I think there’s going to be a deciding line, like people that want to be good are going to be good, people that are going to be in the dark, are going to be in the dark. People are going to want to find, they’re going to need, desperately, they’re going to run to refuges, whether it’s a physical refuge, because they can’t find a way to feed themselves. They’re going to run to, you know, somewhere where they can take shelter, where somebody is going to love them and care about them, because the world is becoming, like, more and more of a jungle, and I think that’s happening rather quickly.

We haven’t used the natural resources well. In general, humanity hasn’t used, you know, what we’ve been given to the greatest advantage. We haven’t used it as well as we should, or could, that eventually, things will have to break down before they can be rebuilt.

Everyone one of us, in one degree or another, has some kind of what you would call an addiction, and by an addiction, I don’t just mean a drug addiction or anything. It’s just we all have an attachment to something or other that is sort of like a false attachment, and what feed those attachments are lies.

I’m very hopeful, because I believe God has a plan, and I just trust Him. I think God is good, and God works through calamities and difficulties. I believe that God has a plan for all of us. I think that good is always going to triumph over evil. I believe in heaven, so everything always comes up equal, in the end. The score gets all straightened out, because I believe God is good. You know, it’s not about this life. This life is just a vale of tears. I mean, we’re not in heaven. Nobody is going to be perfectly happy here.

We’re a mess, really, but I’m not discouraged by that, because I think God accepts messes, and works with messes, and knows that’s how we are, and knows that we can’t help it. I think God’s specialty is to fix broken things. You know, the more broken it is, God is just like, “Oh good, let me have at it. I’ll do it.”

That’s what I see, here at the Lighthouse, in my own life and all around. I just see God taking things that are total disasters, and fixing them.

The Lighthouse is a welcoming place for the broken hearted. We’re friends to the broken hearted.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Ben Gunn says:

    Powerful, LD. Even the justly condemned benefit from comforting, it seems. Hopefully Tower is not a fraud.

  2. Cowboy says:

    It’s Michigander not Michiganian.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  3. Thank you, Linh, for an inspired interview.

    The Lighthouse is a welcoming place for the broken hearted. We’re friends to the broken hearted.

    One of the most beautiful statements I have ever read. Christ came to heal the broken hearted. And to save all people. Lindy shines forth His Light. Prayers for her community and Kevin’s freedom.

    • Agree: Alfred, bluedog
  4. @Cowboy

    Goes both ways. I’m from Michigan.

    Story gives me jitters. I knew a few white trash horrors like Heather in the mid-nineties as a pothead college student. During the summers, I lived off campus. A few local guys, in their early twenties like me but tending to date teenage girls, would bring them around.

    All these people I knew then in Michigan have probably had dead-end lives.

    So I spend this Thanksgiving grateful that I spent my life overseas. Thank God I am writing this tonight from a modest warm bungalow in Asia instead of ending up like some white trash I knew in Michigan. I could be living in some clapboard house somewhere. Worse, I might be making house payments on it.

    I thank God the phone rang from Dubai when I was 25 in 1999 and I simply got on a plane.

    I thank God my college girlfriend dumped me and I did not marry in America.

    I thank God I did have children in America.

    I thank God I did not experiment with crack cocaine or meth or heroin in my late teens and develop a drug addiction.

    I thank God I never had a mortgage.

    I thank God I was able to spend my life as a single man overseas.

    I could be some homeless divorce-raped ex-junkie like the poor bastards in this article. Instead I was able to spend my twenties traveling the world and I never had to spend another Thanksgiving in the rust belt. I never had to see another disgusting Cholo Mestizo in the Southwest.

    So I spend this Thanksgiving celebrating a life spent outside America.

  5. Cowboy says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    It’s good to be grateful but obtuse at the same time obscures the good

    • Agree: iffen
  6. This is all so sad. I hope Lindy takes it in her stride and moves on.
    People who experience ‘God’ even once directly in their life never recover to lead “normal” lives. This experience is so powerful that they end up searching for it all their lives, trying to recreate it, and it consumes them.
    To label them fortunate/unfortunate or normal/abnormal is just shortsighted.
    And as Zero Hedge has on its masthead ‘ On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero’. So fear not, all will be revealed.

  7. “Every community is woven together by the stories of its inhabitants, so if you don’t know your neighbors’ stories, you’re homeless.” – Linh Dinh

    Walk This Way http://linhdinhphotos.blogspot.com/2019/06/walk-this-way.html

  8. I appreciate your writing this.

  9. @Jeff Stryker

    You mentioned Ann Arbor once. Pioneer or Huron?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  10. For those who would like to send Lindy a little something:

    Lighthouse in Scranton Inc.
    P. O. Box 199
    Scranton, PA 18504

    This article reminded me that I didn’t send my usual Thanksgiving “little something”. I’m going to do it now.

    • Replies: @iffen
  11. @Random bot

    Gabriel Richard. I lived around the corner from Pioneer high, however. Near the stadium.

    • Replies: @Random bot
  12. Franz says:

    I’m very hopeful, because I believe God has a plan, and I just trust Him.

    But like the guy asked, “Whose side’s God on?”

    My grand aunt was a nun. Long ago, was about to be tossed out of the order for her drinking but then Vatican II came up and the needed her services in Rome. “Give us the voice of the Sisterhood for the Council” they told her.

    She sobered up, flew to Rome with her 160 page disseration (to be delivered to the College of Cardinals, no less) and waited. Waited. Waited.

    Suddenly for whatever reason a kindly old Jesuit told her the truth: The fix is in, they don’t need your input, they already decided what they want. She was just window dressing. They’d squeeze her paper if they had time, if not, not. Turned out there was no time.

    Auntie said fuck it and drank her way to Denmark. “Best brew in history,” she told me decades later when her Last Beer Barrell getting low. And drinking your way from Rome to the Baltic was a dream in 1962-63; crime was zero and beer fantastic and cheap. It was heaven.

    And after Rome she was untouchable. Couldn’t fire her. Stuck her in an ancient motherhouse that was all but abandoned after 1970. Women stopped being nuns, mostly, and tons of nunneries became gigantic mostly empty rum joints.

    All that beer, and she still lived till mid-Obama. She said we missed the best. If you were old enough anytime before 1965 and even reasonably flush, the world was yours.

    Born late. All of us.

    • Agree: Biff
    • Replies: @Anonymouse
    , @George Gent
  13. @Jeff Stryker

    Thx. Sounds like you got a good education. Sorry you had to leave.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  14. Very inspiring piece. I actually teared up thinking of Lindy. Yes, the world is in darkness, but there’s light for those who want it. All you have to do is turn off the television, and ignore the bullshit. At 70, and after 2 divorces, I am just now recovering from the brainwashing of the 60’s. My advice to young men is to be mature and serious about life. Turn to God, make your yes mean yes and your no mean no. Stop watching porn, find a moral woman, move from the city onto an acre or 2 in the country, and raise as many children as you. Stop chasing someone elses dream. Life doesn’t have to be hard, just keep it simple.

    • Agree: 4justice
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  15. @Jeff Stryker

    I thank God I was able to spend my life as a single man overseas.

    Yeah! So based! A white man not passing on his genes and contributing to the extinction of his race. I’m sure your illegitimate Hapa kids are so proud of you, though.

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    Now, Jeff, I’m not putting down your experiences at all. But — do you have any friends, or family, or social engagements over in the Philipines? Because it seems that all you do is post long, repeated stories on UNZ – nothing wrong with that, but when I imagine a fulfilling life, hours on UNZ is not included.

    • LOL: TKK
  16. @Random bot

    I would not say I have great education. I matriculated from Central Michigan University, not U of M.

    I did not have to leave Ann Arbor and was not sorry to do so. Some people are born to be expats and live overseas.

    We are the opportunists whose highest priority is ourselves. Where will I get the best standard of living for what I have to spend? Where is my quality of life the best?

    Sure Delhi park is nice enough but I’ve swum in the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Thailand. I’ve been all over India from Cochin to Kashmir. I’ve spent afternoons in wet foggy Welsh hills and the arid Spanish hills surrounding the Al Hambra. I’ve visited London, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam.

    Delhi park and the Arboretum were not comparative.

    And as one divorced Westerner I consoled said about not regretting his divorce “If I had remained marred I’d be sleeping with a sixty year old in a wet cold country instead of young Asian woman.”

    If I had married in Ann Arbor and had kids I’d have never experienced any of this. And my college girlfriend divorce raped someone else instead of me.

    And I have not had to put up with fearing black thugs around Kerrytown’s mini ghetto or Mestizo gangs (Who were ruthless) in Phoenix. White trash tweakers, who were everywhere in Arizona and So Cal when I was young, did follow me around demanding change.

    No regrets from me.

  17. @LoutishAngloQuebecker

    Technically you are a Happa. I’ve lived in North Bay, Ontario and dated a French-Canadian woman. All French-Canadians have Native blood. It may be far back in the colonial era but it shows up on DNA tests. Fundamentally, French-Canadians are Metis. And Natives in Canada are East Asian by DNA.

    • Agree: Sam Coulton
  18. Biff says:

    when I imagine a fulfilling life, hours on UNZ is not included.

    Hey now.. With the right balance, Unz can be quite fulfilling…

  19. I wanna make the world better. …. I know what, I’ll give encouragement and succor to a murderer-pedophile who can’t wait to get out and kill more people and rape more kids.

    That’s a much better choice than providing meals for poor kids who’d get straight A’s in school if they had decent food so their brains would work right, or hand out wool socks to the homeless (worth their weight in gold on the street) or help petition for a national health plan in the US …

    Noooo…. much better to help glamorize a psychopath even almost all members of ISIS would abhor.

    This is why Christianity and especially the American variety is really fucked up.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @TKK
    , @PPB
    , @anonymous
    , @George Gent
  20. “Sexually assaulted”? That covers a lot of ground nowadays. Could be anything from a pat on the ass to full on penis-in-vagina rape. Maybe even as little as an unwelcome kiss or a horny look. This sort of ambiguity comes with the territory in a culture shaped in every detail by Christianity, with its prudery about sex and general hatred of all things physical.

    Here’s how I see it. After wasting her prime years of fertility, ruthlessly repressing her instinctive need to become a mother, she went to stay at the home of a randy old priest, probably well aware and even hoping, at least on an unconscious level, that something of this kind would happen. I think though that she probably would have used the word rape if the old bastard had actually devirginated her. Likely as not, if he was able to get it up at all, he bumstuffed her, just like he does his altar boys.

    It’s a pity she got sucked into the death cult known as Christianity. I’ve known a number of people who have been grievously damaged emotionally by its lunatic doctrines. They even made a movie about a very similar woman:

    Linh Dinh: “Lusting after love, Tower killed and wrecked his own soul. ”

    There is no “soul”. You are only your body, and when you’re dead you’re as dead as any smashed cockroach. Nor does love exist as any more than a mirage. All such phenomena can be explained in terms of self-interest. For example, a child loves its mother because it can’t survive without her. A mother loves her child because it perpetuates her lineage; it’s in her genetic self-interest. Sexual love is driven by instinct, the inborn craving to reproduce oneself. Intercourse, the “act of love”, is a self-centered act.

  21. Truth says:
    @LoutishAngloQuebecker

    A white man not passing on his genes and contributing to the extinction of his race. I’m sure your illegitimate Hapa kids are so proud of you, though

    .

    Now, Jeff, I’m not putting down your experiences at all

    I’d hate to see when you tried to insult someone.

  22. @Jeff Stryker

    And as one divorced Westerner I consoled said about not regretting his divorce “If I had remained marred I’d be sleeping with a sixty year old in a wet cold country instead of young Asian woman.”

    That’s kind of icky. I imagine it’s hard to not feel like a creepster being an older white guy living in SE Asia. While I understand the attraction to Asian women— who seem to get more alluring with age— moving to Asia for this reason is strange and you’ll always be viewed as a creepy outsider by natives. Why not just find an Asian woman to marry and enjoy life with in the U.S. or Canada. It’s 2019, they’re plentiful in North America and there are no anti-miscegenation laws.

  23. Both had been stabbed and shot with a .22 caliber weapon

    My guess is that he stabbed them with the .22 first, then remembered that rifles are not used as a stabbing weapon in the normal course of events.

    Stabbing someone with a .22 would be quite hard, too.

  24. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks for this interview.
    I’ve always had a soft spot for the Carmelite Nuns. They had a monastery (nunnery?) in Malojloj, Inarajan, Guam, until just a few years ago, when the few remaining elderly nuns couldn’t maintain it any longer and moved into a house in Tamuning. In the years before that, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron apparently preyed on them sexually and extracted money from them that they thought would be going for good works but actually went to buy a resort hotel that he profited from — or so I have read in the local press, along with lots of other troubles. Trying to do good in this world is not an easy path.
    A couple of snapshots of the monastery at the time the nuns gave it up in 2016 (they had one hell of a view — if I can so express it):

  25. He killed his uncles, the state argues, to provide drugs to Heather Gallapoo, a 17-year-old whore…

    In Silicon Valley, Colin develops an online game called Gates of Galloo, which collects data from Pied Piper’s “new internet”.

    Loving these cryptic pop culture references, Linh Dinh. Keep it up.

  26. Anne Lid says:

    E. Michael Jones came to the conclusion that Medjugorje was a scam. One of the seers even much later had visions whenever she needed money. A lot of divorce and adultery happened around it, and to top it off, outright demonic activities. It was a moneymaker for the Church and even the CIA was somehow involved, it looks like they stoked the nationalist fervour that led to the conflagration.
    Good luck to Chuck Orloski, he is an upstanding guy.

  27. swamped says:

    “Since the mid-90’s, Lindy has been visiting Aulisio in prison. If ever released, he’d be welcomed into the Lighthouse”…this is where you lose all respect for Lindy & her lighthouse. She perhaps means well but no one should ever befriend or welcome a satanic monster like Aulisio. The only way to treat those kinds of psychopaths is turn them over to the Islamic State or give them the Gaddafi send-off or boil them in acid, or maybe all three. Not even God should touch a malicious “mess” like that. This is what happens when you take unrestrained do-goodism to extremes. Fortunately most rational individuals don’t succumb to this misspent idealism; but with the kinds of crime-friendly local D.A’s that Soros & co. are helping to elect now, who knows how long it will be before even criminals this unspeakable are let off. Love can sometimes be more irrational & harmful than hate. Maybe it’s ‘aim-inhibited’ a la Freud or maybe it’s just over-heated religious raptures, but at some point you have to draw the line. No, not every one is worth saving.

    • Replies: @Biff
  28. Dumbo says:

    A good article. Lindy seems an amazing person.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas too.

  29. Dumbo says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    They do have some Amerindian heritage, but it is small (1-2%):

    https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-genomic-heritage-of-french-canadians

    However, now many Quebecois in Montreal are mixing with Haitians and having mulatto kids. That’s worse.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Mike P
  30. @Jeff Stryker

    You make me sick. Good riddance. You are the trash. Small town White Americans are the salt of the earth. It’s your failure that you could not see this. Dubai is a sewer. You belong there and in all the other expat sewers.

    • Agree: utu, RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Republic
    , @4justice
  31. Biff says:
    @swamped

    No, not every one is worth saving.

    I’ll remember that next time you’re swamped.

  32. iffen says:
    @Twodees Partain

    Do you have an address where we can send direct contributions to the Kevin Tower defense fund?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    , @TKK
  33. Dumbo says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Cheerful today, huh? Exhibit A in “why the West is dying”. Materialism is a noxious philosophy. Even the wackiest indigenous cult is better for the survival of a society than materialistic atheism.

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
  34. @Anne Lid

    What loony-tune nonsense. Medjugorje rings true and so does Sister Lindy. It’s your fabulous and lucrative “holocaust” that is the total scam. Get behind me, Satan.

    Best article absolutely that Linh Dinh has written thus far. But I seem to say that every time I read a Dinh article.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anne Lid
  35. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    You are a wise man Stryker

  36. Saggy says: • Website

    The last day, he sexually assaulted me. It happened on the plane.

    On the plane? I think a little follow up was (is) needed.

  37. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dumbo

    I was in Montreal many years ago and they spoke French comme la merde , awful french , they spoke very bad french , I don`t know if the have learned better french since then .

  38. @Brown Boiii

    Your most famous Sikh-Canadian citizen was the star of the film I was a profit participant investor in.

    Watch I EAT YOUR SKIN starring Sunny Leone. Available now from Retrosploitation Releasing.

    Available now for just $19.99.

    I say nothing about people who have worked in my organization.

    But she is the only Sikh from Canada famous for, well, anything.

  39. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:

    The poor are always worst hit by any crisis, be it economical, political, moral or natural disaster. This poor, kind, essentially confused woman is not a nun, but has nevertheless managed to eke out some good in her life and in others’.
    She would have benefited from some Thomas Aquinas, and Therèse of Lisieux, more than the mystical Carmelites. And a strong prayer routine. But she would have fared best as a kindly spinster aunt within a large structured family.
    The unraveling of the family is the great tragedy of our times. It seems men do not learn from example anymore how to be husbands and fathers. The same goes for women. It seems we are willing to pass through life “making memories” from fancy pleasures. Like teenagers. And crying softly over articles like this in middle age. Thanks to the commenter who posted the address.

    SALVE
    Queen, mother of mercy:
    our life, sweetness, and hope, hail.
    To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
    To you we sigh, mourning and weeping
    in this valley of tears.
    Turn then, our advocate,
    those your merciful eyes
    toward us.
    And Jesus, the blessed fruit of thy womb,
    after our exile, show us.
    O clement, O loving, O sweet
    Virgin Mary.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  40. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @Get Thee To A Nunnery

    There’s a reason Medjugorge hasn’t been recognized by the Church as a Marian apparition.

    Mary Most Holy spoke very few words, and extremely to the point. In fact, she spoke 7 times in the whole of the New Testament.

    Medjugorge is reams of paper on regular dates. Unprecedented, to put it kindly.

  41. @iffen

    No, everything that Lighthouse funds can be sent to the address I posted. You could include a note with a donation check letting Sister Lindy know that you’d prefer having your donation used for that purpose. Also ask to be updated on the case in mailings.

  42. Two boys are murdered and the blind nun would welcome the punk … whatever happened to an eye for an eye?

  43. @Anon

    thanks for the hymn

    agree that “The unraveling of the family is the great tragedy of our times.”

    but what you should understand about nunneries is that they operate on the principle of becoming dead to your family
    the monastic ritual for taking vows involves prostrating under a black pall while prayers reflecting death to the world and “father, mother, sister, brother” are recited, then the ‘dead’ woman arises into a “new life” as the Bride of Christ.
    It’s actually kinda sick, but it’s so dramatic that it can take over the psyche.

    “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14%3A25-27&version=ESV

    Frankfurt school in a wimple

    good bet that if Sr. Lindy had entered a regular convent, she would have left relatively quickly — no flights to Medjugorge, no overnights with an Irish priest.

    It’s not clear to me that the Roman Catholic church does anything at all to shore up or provide reasonable models for creating a Dostoevskian “happy family.”

    Listened to EMJ talking with two young guys — one said his name was Charlie Kirk but I think it must have been a diff Kirk, and the other guy sounded like a pompous fag.
    Their topic was the November ‘pledge’ not to view porn or to masturbate. EMJ praised the movement, then discoursed on his theory that pushing porn is a form of social control.

    I get that. Glad EMJ shines a spotlight on that linkage. imo that understanding makes kicking the porn habit more possible — it’s tough to break an addiction by just saying, “Thou shalt not”. If you can re-wire your brain, it’s a better deal.

    But EMJ sometimes gets really hung up on sex. His is the old Irish Catholic, or Puritan, idea that SEX = SIN. Any, every, single sexual impulse or expression that does not take place within the sacramentarium of the Church, and from which a baby does not emerge, is a SIN.

    From that extreme position, the law of physics says the opposite extreme will result.

    There has to be a middle ground.

    The Roman Catholic Church has not made the effort to claim that middle ground, while Jews have pushed the libertine extreme even further out.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @Anon
  44. TKK says:
    @iffen

    My God- why?

    So he can get out and slit Lindy’s throat?

    Lindy is a delusional fool, but the delusion is rooted in a Messiah complex. An awww shucks – aint I so humble and God centered- saving the despised, broken world and all?

    I work with people everyday -” criminals” -and there is no kismet moment of connection. These are people that would steal your wallet and then help you look for it- take a shit on your brand new Austrian duvet because they fucking feel like ruining what you have. F*ck a 3 year old because they want to get their nut off.

    The rank and file here perhaps need to be locked up with the Tower-

    mocking and cheering the beating of 2 white women by a gang of sub human blacks

    — but shedding maudlin obscene tears for a pedophile and a savage murderer who would rip flesh from 2 working class white men minding their own affairs- to buy crack for a whore.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  45. TKK says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    AGREE.

    A vigorous mind, not held captive by sentimentality, appears.

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  46. PPB says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    I’m reminded of Jesus’s admonition to be “as wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove”. Despite that, there are definitely some strains of Christianity that lean toward an overly lenient sentimentalism bereft of discernment. Not that lifelong prison sentences are exactly famous for rehabilitating wanton murderers. So maybe Sister Lindy will have some success in that capacity after all. Regardless, she’s done a great deal of good for herself, or received the grace to do so, especially given her disability and the circumstances of her earlier life. Much of that goodness no doubt radiates to the benefit of those around her, in one way or another that can’t always be measured by statistics.

  47. And now I do realize how insensitive I am. I am ashamed of myself.

  48. Dumbo says:
    @Anon

    Who? The Quebecois or the Haitian? Both are native French speakers. Although not exactly the same French from France.

  49. Emslander says:
    @Anne Lid

    Medjugorje was clearly a scam. Heather said it just right:

    Another, “the devil doesn’t come to you with his red face and horns, he comes to you disguised as everything you’ve ever wanted.

    He can even come at you as a deeper sense of prayer, especially if you want that too much.

    I knew people who went to that place back in the 80’s and 90’s and they didn’t come back normal or more prayerful. It was a terrible temptation to want to be, though, more than God wanted it for you.

    • Replies: @Anne Lid
  50. Anon[167] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    “Technically you are a Happa. I’ve lived in North Bay, Ontario and dated a French-Canadian woman. All French-Canadians have Native blood. ”

    Firstly, a person with 1% non-European ancestry is not a Hapa.

    Secondly, JF Gariepy has taken a DNA test, which came out as 100% European.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  51. Agent76 says:

    Mar 17, 2019 Neither Victim Nor Survivor, lindy Morelli By Scranton Times-Tribune

  52. @Franz

    It’s true. I was in my twenties then and America and Europe permitted free choice in one’s life in a way that I consider to have disappeared since then. My theory is that virtually unfettered immigration took that freedom from ex-ante Americans. The disappearance of cheap rents as they were in those days seems to prove my assertion.

    • Replies: @Franz
  53. RVBlake says:
    @Anon

    You are right. I am of French-Canadian extraction, both Quebecois and Acadian, have taken a half dozen DNA tests, none of which hint at Native blood. My genealogical trail to 17th Century French Canada discloses the same.

  54. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Nor does love exist as any more than a mirage. All such phenomena can be explained in terms of self-interest.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
    that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    John 3:16 NKJV

    A Life of Love…

    • Replies: @Agent76
  55. PPB says:

    ” All such phenomena can be explained in terms of self-interest.”

    I’ll admit that this statement, cynical and dismissive as its tone may be, does have its own truth. It all depends on the scope and expanse of the “self” in question. Narrow selves serve narrow interests.

  56. Emslander says:

    Anybody who would send money to an address provided inside of a comment to an article by a guy in Vietnam that happens to contain a sort of heartrending story about a sort of nun who REALLY believes that a guy convicted of a double murder in Michigan is innocent has more money than brains.

    • Replies: @PPB
    , @utu
    , @Twodees Partain
  57. @Jeff Stryker

    Read my name.

    ANGLO Quebecker.

    Old stock anglophones are actually a minority in Quebec.

    Either way. I’m still whiter than you, Mohammed. My kids ain’t gonna be Filipino.

    • Replies: @Sam Coulton
  58. @Anon

    Ben ouais asti tabarnak!! Va chier mon asti de sans dessin!

    I like it. I can talk like a retard and I fit in. The more drunk I get, the better I can communicate with the pure laine Quebecois.

    BTW Quebec is still 85% white, while Ontario is 65%…

  59. @Jeff Stryker

    Naw, the new famous Sikh “Canadian” is Lilly Singh. Known for hating white men and, uh … brown grrl pwr, I guess. She has her own show on comedy central now.

    But I fully support her, she promotes childfree and feminist ideology to brown people. Brampton, Ontario has the highest abortion rate in Ontario now, with over a third of pregnancies being terminated. I guess they are following her lead.

    • Replies: @Brown Boiii
  60. anon[379] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anne Lid

    “Good luck to Chuck Orloski, he is an upstanding guy.”

    yep
    A mourning dove
    23 yr marriage falls apart, making him homeless
    but still wears ring

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  61. Mike P says:
    @Dumbo

    They do have some Amerindian heritage, but it is small (1-2%)

    How much is that in Warren units?

  62. Agent76 says:
    @SeekerofthePresence

    Thanks for the share. Nov 29, 2019 Logically Showing Skeptics That God Exists

    Watch how he logically gives them evidence, then leads them straight to the gospel.

  63. PPB says:
    @Emslander

    The cliché “return to innocence”, like many other clichés, can be a hackneyed way of expressing an underlying grain of truth, and can at other times reveal something of genuine substance. Consequently, “innocence”, apart from being merely a naive projection, can also refer to an original condition that remains as a substatum within each of us, but which tends to become obscured by the operating instructions and impressions we absorb during our sojourn in this world. As such, innocence truly is something that we can return to, or fall back upon, once our drive towards other adventures and experiences has induced a fundamental satiety, and the nourishment gained from these experiences has reduced itself into a clear distillate in which the dichotomy between original innocence and acquired knowledge is resolved. The danger lies in rushing this process by imagining innocence to exist where it doesn’t. Such activity— no matter how well-intended— is at best self-defeating, and can at worst be truly dangerous.

    • Agree: sayless
  64. @SolontoCroesus

    SolontoCroesus quoted the following passage with which I am familiar since childhood, First Holy Communion, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge, Pa: ““If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

    Hello, S2C!

    Warning: Am merely background noise to Linh Dinh’s larger presentation of Lindy Morelli’s life passion, and today I have moved out of The Lighthouse where she is House Manager. Subsequently, and according to the New Testament admonition, let Lindy “grow bigger” and I grow smaller. But like Detective Columbo, just one more thing, S2C.🙂

    At present, am divorced, and regrettably,😟, my marriage to Carol would have reached a 30th anniversary on September 23, this year, but for 6 days when a Scranton-based Divorce Judge issued “closure” it’s over.

    One fate which millions of American families luckily escape is falling “victim” to the morphine/opiod “painkiller” plague.
    Was not so fortunate, and at present, & after getting bounced out of my Taylor Borough apartment, April 8, 2017, shall share something I have in common with the words of The Christ, as quoted, @ comment top.

    My ex-wife Carol, sons Daniel and Joseph, want no contact with me at all, and it appears the true & deep love I project from the heart (everyday) for them is energy going, going, going and, in vain, looking for that supreme pole connection. Not necessarily mine, but mortal, I often find myself quagmired, & asking self, “Does a singular launch of a former husband’s & father’s love burnout unrequited, & gradually die?”

    Maybe Sister Lindy Morelli can best offer a profound answer as she pursues culmination of an extraordinary hard love with Kevin Tower.

    Thanks, S2C, I take a 49er🙄 knee now, and my love & respect for who you are, and what you do in Resistance to the darker plague which is fallen upon America.

  65. Anne Lid says:
    @Get Thee To A Nunnery

    Judge it for yourself: https://culturewars.com/medjugorje . I didn’t mean to cast aspersions on Sister Lindy, who has done way more than I had ever done. It’s just in the case of Medjugorje there is chicanery aplenty.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  66. Republic says:
    @Frau HausMaus

    Ever time there is a new LD article,JS seems to make excessive comments, odd isn’t it?

    • Agree: Twodees Partain
  67. Dan Hayes says:
    @Anne Lid

    Anne Lid:

    Michael Davies was a hard-line Catholic who blew the whistle on the purported fruits of both Vatican II and Medjugorje. The clincher is that Pope Francis has given his more-or-less approval of the seers.

    • Replies: @Anon
  68. @anon

    Hello, anon, 379!

    Thank you, but fyi, my marriage band came off when the divorce was finalized, September 17,2019. Rarely did the ring ever come off except for entering Fed & State building security checks, and unique stuff, for example, when I worked in OSHA Level A & B haz mat spill situations.

    Thanks so much & reckon I have earned kinship with both peaceful & mourning doves.🙂

  69. @Jeff Stryker

    And I have not had to put up with fearing black thugs around Kerrytown’s mini ghetto or Mestizo gangs (Who were ruthless) in Phoenix.

    Congratulations Grandpa, you get the Boomer Award for running instead of fighting. Why do you think those blacks and Mexicans have become so emboldened?

    And now it’s our mess, yet you still feel entitled to lecture us.

    • Replies: @utu
  70. @ChuckOrloski

    I don’t know what to say, Chuck Orloski. Sounds like the two year old wounds are still raw as the edges of hell.

    I don’t have the courage to communicate as you just did, but if I did, I’d have to tell you that it does not necessarily get better with time.

    I worry and make effort to filter out my own situation from what is increasingly becoming seething anger with the predations the Anglo-zionists are visiting upon people I care about — Americans, Germans, Italians, Catholics, Iranians, Russians, whites, blacks, Latinos — everybody! nobody is immune from their abuse.
    I can’t, or won’t, or in any event don’t do the work for the poor that Sister Lindy does (the riskiest scheme I’ve entertained was hiring Matt Heimbach to do something, anything, just to stick a finger in the eye of the ADL-SPLC-LGBTQ lawyers who are hounding him), but I do what I can to speak out for those I love and who are being abused. I figure we are all on a quest for relevance.

    Because I have established a discipline that I apply to the estrangement from my family, I work very hard not to hate.
    But I confess, I allow myself to hate Stefan Molyneux. Any fuckface who advocates “deFOOing” has shit for brains; is a charlatan who doubtless thinks a tree grows more vigorously when it’s detached from its roots.

    I’ve made so many goofs and gaffs on this forum — it’s humiliating.
    So maybe I was lying, or misinformed again, that “it doesn’t get better.”
    Maybe it can.
    Maybe that’s what Linh was saying through Sr. Lindy.

    Love comin’ back at you, Chuck Orloski.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @tac
  71. iffen says:
    @TKK

    Sorry, I thought 2dp knew my commenting history well enough to know that I was mocking the whole story.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  72. iffen says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    My ex-wife Carol, sons Daniel and Joseph, want no contact with me at all,

    Well, they likely know you better than anyone, ski.

    I only know you as an ordinary Jew-hater.

    • Troll: tac
    • Replies: @anon
  73. Anon[227] • Disclaimer says:

    “Revealing no facts about his own case, Tower merely compares himself to Jesus…Lusting after love, Tower killed and wrecked his own soul. We can only hope he won’t destroy another who’s also aching to be fully held. When it comes to sex, we’re all naked, befogged babes in a dark gulley. Love is legally blind.”

    It seems to me that LD suspects that Tower really was guilty. I do, too. I think he is full of it.

    Lindy:

    The thing that meant the most to me was just what was going on inside my own soul, and how I could love, because I felt, like, love was the most important thing, and it was so absent. It felt like that to me, and it didn’t feel like there was enough love for other people either, so I thought that, for me, that was the most important thing.

    It is funny that she does the whole emotional spiel about love, so common for female liberals who have no real arguments about how to create better societies that improve human psychological well-being. I say this, because Kevin Tower killed his uncles for love. He did it because he was madly in love, and perhaps also because he was unloved and desperate for love. And LD’s point is that this obsession and need for love is exactly what makes us unstable. Lindy is, ironically, perhaps as unstable as Kevin Tower. A good percentage of her testimony is about how unhappy she has been her entire life. She is a mess , and don’t take my word for it:

    We’re a mess, really, but I’m not discouraged by that, because I think God accepts messes, and works with messes, and knows that’s how we are, and knows that we can’t help it.

    There are problems with Lindy’s “Love.” The most obvious is that it does not pay the bills. Her entire life has been subsidized by people with less “love” than her, who do not dedicate themselves to helping miserable criminals, but who actually work. And real-life work sucks. In real life, you cannot spend all your days “loving” strangers, if you want to hold onto enough resources to pass on your genes (it’s expensive, our white women are demanding with respect to standard of living), and if you want to raise them well.

    Miserable women always seem to get sexually assaulted:

    Anyway, for the next twelve days, he started to, well, he was abusing me, and he assaulted me. The last day, he sexually assaulted me. It happened on the plane.

    For the next couple years, I was, like, trying to get the church to acknowledge this.

    I really hate being one of those a-holes who doesn’t believe stories of sexual assault…BUUUUUUT…..

    Would a priest really “sexually assault” a nun on a plane? In front of like dozens of people? Let’s assume they were not in attire, for now. Would any man do this?

    It is possible that he made a sexual advance that was unwanted. That is the definition of sexual harassment, after all. The problem is that miserable women seem to never want sexual attention, which means that if you make the mistake of trying to give love to the miserable, unlovable woman, you probably will end up becoming a sexual harasser.

    This is the big problem with the loosening of the definitions of rape and sexual assault. Every ham-handed sexual advance can theoretically become the heinous crime of sexual harrassment.

    I tried to hold a girl’s hand on a first date in college, which she didn’t want, and expressed it by slapping my hand. Could I be a sex criminal? I think I could, and I really don’t want a world like that.

    The counselors who worked there were these young people who, you know, it was the early 70’s and 60’s, so they were people who were very conscious of peace and love, and how the world was troubled, and needed a different change, and the counselors had a big impact on my life.

    Looks like Lindy just loves the cultural revolution of the 60’s, and I would assume, other feminine-styled care-based liberal movements. What kind of fool is she? Does she not realize that the people in this revolution HATE her precious religion (Christianity) and have been waging a cultural war against it, as well as all European traditions, for decades? Does she not realize that the number of Western people who have faith has been reduced to a fraction of what it once was, thanks partly to the relentless moral and intellectual attacks on the religion, coming from everyday liberals to college professors?

    If she really believes in Christianity, this is a huge issue, as it would mean that a whole lot more people are going to burn in Hell. But she probably does not actually believe in Christianity. She probably identifies as a “Carmelite” and has her own religion. And being this way is just another form of pathological altruism; it has sterilized her, sucked resources from her benefactors, and probably left her far more psychologically ill than she should have been.

    As silly as it is, I will say one positive thing. She is helping some of the most truly sad people in the world: former criminals and other social failures. These people have no one to turn to. They have nothing but their own, guilty selves. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them just want to finish their lives off peacefully. And I am glad that this woman helps them, even if she does it for the silly reason that she actually believes they are all innocent.

  74. A wonderful piece of writing. As an atheist, I am not much “into” hagiography, but I found this piece very affecting.

    As to the substance of it I have very mixed feelings. It is a very moving story of an exceptionally good person who sorely lacked a cynical friend when she was growing up. It is also an extraordinary tale of the almost unbelievable hypocrisy and stupidity of the Roman Catholic Church. Really! Don’t these cynical bastards ever look at themselves? Don’t they ever worry about how the public views them? Do they indeed, believe in a hereafter and a judgement day? I would think probably not!

  75. @Jeff Stryker

    Plenty found martyrdom in the 80s hailing from Canada.

  76. @LoutishAngloQuebecker

    Trying to bring others down to ur level has *never* been a good victory strategy.

    • Replies: @Anon
  77. anon[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @iffen

    low, even by your commenting history standards, iffen.

    since you’ve got first-hand knowledge, tell the Forum: What does the underside of a maggot look like?

  78. utu says:
    @Daniel Williams

    And now it’s our mess, yet you still feel entitled to lecture us.

    Losers back home expats like this Stryker person have a strong psychological need to justify their poor decisions which in combination with mediocre intelligence, lack of insight and shamelessness explain this Stryker person compulsion to lecture us.

  79. utu says:
    @Emslander

    No justice system is perfect. Innocent people are sentenced and locked up within this system. People like Lindy Morelli are a necessary part of the feedback loop of the last resort that can check the system and make necessary corrections when needed. Whether Lindy Morelli is correct in particular cases we do not know but if she succeeds helping to free them the probability that they were guilty would be negligible low. God bless Lindy Morelli for her work and determination.

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – MATTHEW 25:34-40

    I will send her money.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  80. renfro says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    My ex-wife Carol, sons Daniel and Joseph, want no contact with me at all,

    I wasn’t aware of your background and this is really terrible.
    What happened and do you see their attitudes ever changing?….denying your existence is probably as damaging emotionally to them as it is to you.
    Maybe as they grow older they will realize what they have forfeited and change their minds.
    Could happen.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  81. anonymous[684] • Disclaimer says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Alex, Dude, I am Christian, and the first thing I thought was close to what you thought.

    You wanna really be nasty to your neighbors? add a few portable rooms to your house, and take in a few unrepentant angry killers and call them “the poorest of the poor”, whether your neighbors want those people living near them or not.

    Not all of us Christians are as heartless to our neighbors as the hero of this post.

    Although I gotta say, one day some guy accosted me while I was walking my dog in a neighborhood and asked if I lived there and I said, well I live a few blocks away, he said that walking dogs was not allowed on his street of co-ops, unless you are a resident.
    He seemed a little drunk, and he was barefoot and had that Angry look semi-drunk people often get, and I was tempted to feel deep contempt, and I was also
    … tempted to tell him I was scouting the place out because I wanted to start a half-way house for young males who had been failed by the prison system, but I am not that mean-hearted even to people who insult me.

    The hero of this post, on the other hand …. who knows what is in that heart?
    It does not appear that she has a passion for experiencing true love for her hard-working next-door neighbors.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  82. @SolontoCroesus

    Hey SolontoCroesus!

    I reckon the first wounds one gets while a child are the deepest, and the one that hurt me most (argh) was when I learned ‘ya gotta’ die. Memory inexact, but I recall my mother Mary teaching me how to kneel bedside, bless myself, and say aloud, “Bozie watch over me, and please keep me away from danger & sickness, amen.” 🙏

    To date, have managed to fend off dangers of all varieties which came my way, and I did a lot of fucking up, but a good share of the latter was with “good intentions.”😏

    Now “sickness,” S2C. Hm? Everything’s relative, and the worst bout I had in my life was with “walking pneumonia” as a teen and afterward bronchitis, flu, & sinus infection storms. Am mentally braced for the oncoming sicknesses but I am a chicken & my ex Carol always called me a “Drama Queen” during painful ruptured lower back disk incidents.

    Some women are very tough, real, and prepared for the inevitable blows of living. My ex is like that, a career waitress, and no doubt, she doesn’t share Lindy Morelli’s Carmelite ideals & obsessions, but she turned to painkillers to survive Rheumatoid Arthritis & other nagging maladies.

    Our marriage was never-ever easy, we loved, we had children, we danced alone in parlor, went on 2 Jersey Shore vacations, took Carol to Mount Airy Casino about four years prior to the marriage breakup. Best was when we struggled & stayed unbreakably together until a most hellish 😈 breaking point.

    Am proud of that fact S2C, and at minimum my rather tested & toughened spirit naturally intuits “it doesn’t get better.”🙁 My attitude ain’t Norman Vincent Peale’s ideal,😏 but “fuckfaces,” like for your example, “Stefan Molyneux,” ought to be rather disappointed that The Christ’s “Bozie” is still around, and He is “watching over me.”

    Long Live The Resistance to Supremacist Zionism, SolontoCroesus. 💓 Thank you.

    • Replies: @anon
  83. @renfro

    Hey renfro!

    Have no clue if and whenever my two sons attitudes might change toward me…, uh, their Prodigal father?

    However, I am me, and I have a quirky but principled attitude. Here it is:

    As long as I’m alive, from me, my sons Dan and Joe shall never hear me speak one bad word about their mother, my ex.

    Case closed, renfro; fyi, mine is a long & depressing story, it’s my time to suffer American Dream (in reverse) heartbreak, and thank you from bottom of my beating heart!

    To All; My apology for this comment-Station Break, and we now get back to the regular programming of Sister Lindy Morelli. 🤔

  84. @Agent76

    Thank you, lovely video.

    Does Socrates one better, to everlasting life.

    Argument from design is under assault from biologists and physicists.
    There are Christian rebuttals to both.

    Argument based on conscience, I think, is one of the best evidences for God and creation.

    A just and loving God created moral man to share in eternal life through His Son.

    • Agree: Agent76
  85. anon[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    A friend of a friend has always been very active — bakes custom cakes and also Karaoke DJ. Then she developed arthritis in back and knees. Prescribed treatment was so much cortisone that she blew up like a pumpkin and was embarrassed to leave the house, and she had no energy — couldn’t get up off the couch.

    That became unacceptable. She quit that line of treatment and now uses CBD for her pain. Her appearance is returning to normal, the pain is managed far more effectively, she baked cakes and pies for Thanksgiving and is taking orders for Christmas, and she’s back running Wednesday nite Karaoke.

    Cannabis.
    CBD.
    Maybe it will work.

  86. Sya says:

    ~waar het hart vol van is, loopt de mond van over~

    • Replies: @anonymous
  87. I too would like to hug these murderers. Just until the spine snaps. Then Sister can have them.

  88. anonymous[391] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sya

    Sya —- “what fills the heart, will flow from the mouth”

    I will never abandon my compassion for decent people who are victimized by ideologues who do not care about their next door neighbor.

    By the way, there is nobody in this world who knows better than I do what kind of a painter Meindert von Hobbema was.

    I could show you those trees, those paths, those happy rustic places, in their humility, in just as impressive a way as any artist who was ever born in Holland.

    But I won’t, because I have more important things to do.

    Pray incessantly, my friend, for those who have no real friends in this world.

  89. @TKK

    You and alex should get a room. Don’t start dry humping and swapping spit in front of the rest of us.

  90. @Jeff Stryker

    “I would not say I have great education. I matriculated from Central Michigan University, not U of M.”

    I agree. You don’t matriculate FROM a university.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  91. @Emslander

    If you have $5, then you qualify as someone with more money than brains. I give Lighthouse money from time to time because their main work is to provide food and shelter for people who need it.

    It’s none of your business what others do with their own money.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  92. @iffen

    No, I assumed that you were just a little nuts and I wasn’t going to hurt your feelings.

  93. @Totally Pseudonymic Handle

    Touche.

    At any rate, I’m not a boomer as one poster suggested.

    And when you are from the Rustbelt it is hard to get worked up over blood and soil. If someone offers you a job in buzzing city like Dubai and you are 25 with little to look forward to in life but a fate like Linh’s characters…most people will take it. I did not plan to be an expat as it was accidental. But once I got overseas…it was a wrap.

    Forget a wife, forget kids, forget a mortgage on an old clapboard house, forget chimpouts in public, forget watching lousy television…once I was overseas I was free.

    Linh’s subjects fascinate me. I could have been one myself.

    So his writing strikes a deep chord. Unlike him, I have no ancestral connection to anywhere I’ve lived overseas.

    I just quality of life.

  94. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Twodees Partain

    Hi Twodees Partain,

    I should point out that a lot of Lighthouse money was spent on legal cost for Kevin Tower, and for Lindy Morelli to fly repeatedly to Michigan, to visit Kevin Tower. Chuck’s room wasn’t free. He had to pay $400 a month.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  95. Cato says:

    OT, but this is tragic, and they weren’t going to Angola, so it might be something new to write about:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/world/europe/essex-lorry-victims-names.html

  96. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Even Francis dismissed Medjugorge.

    • Disagree: Dan Hayes
  97. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    I won’t offer a guess as to whether Lindy would be able to be a nun. But for the woman with the correct temperament and abilities, it could be a vocation. Much depends on how we give meaning to our lives. Today, it is difficult to imagine that seeking that which is above could give joy, but it was not always the case. Also, different orders for different people. Some are inclaustrated, others teach or minister to the poor/sick/children. Therese of Calcutta’s order, dirt poor, do typically lose contact with their families. Not so the Legionnaires of Christ.

    The Church’s Catechism does warn about not interpreting the Bible without its guidance. People will often cherry pick to rationalize their own choices. Besides, the other source of revealed truth is Tradition, which predates the New Testament itself. The model for the Christian family is, I’m sure you know, the Holy Family.

    Speaking of morals, the relevant question is whether sin exists or not. Who decides? And if it does exist, should we acknowledge it? The Church apparently can no longer teach that we can repent, and amend the consequences of our sins (moral mistakes). So many people just automatically feel alienated from any communion within what is admittedly a hard law. But is that hard law actually the truth of man? Should we take the complete truth as handed down, even if we fall short of it?

    “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.”
    -GK Chesterton

    “The Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone. For regular people, the Church of England will do.”
    -Oscar Wilde

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  98. @Linh Dinh

    Now you tell me. I’ve been donating to them, taking your earlier articles as a recommendation, and in fact got the address from one of those articles. There’s no fool like an old fool, I guess. Just call me “that old fool”.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Anon
  99. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    I wish you well, and if it is of any help, I will pray for you. Some videos of Fr Ripperger are deeply calming. His is a wise and friendly voice. Good night.

  100. tac says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Chuck:

    In times of peril, personal uncertainty or poignant tragedy the spirit (clarification: in terms of courageous summons’ as opposed to the religiosity attributed to the term in question) is challenged and out of this near “death” comes the mere possibility of a renaissance in thyself. One can summon the courage (although much dwelling in the confusion, reflection, and uncertainty which precede this will be at the forefront in your experience) to battle and ultimately defeat the ‘uncertainties’ as a result of your struggle. Nonetheless, the struggle, in and of itself, is a triumph of sorts, unless it becomes untenable (for whatever reason–internal or external). To be sure, the struggle, must take place if one is to over come it in the first place, no matter the outcome…

  101. tac says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    As an aside to reading your comment here today by sheer coincedence, I’ve offered a linked response to yours from another thread (after a couple of days intermittent due to the Holidays). If you should care to read it and its context, feel free to do so in the above link, otherwise also feel free not do so. In either case, I’ve expressed my response; at the very least read it and come to your own conclusions….

  102. Anon[103] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brown Boiii

    Is that you Thomm?? Thought you were Hindu not sihk

  103. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Twodees Partain

    I wrote one article about her previously, and at the time, I didn’t know about Kevin Tower. The more I found out about him, the more guilty he seemed, and he sure sounded like a conman when he compared himself to Jesus. Since it’s also blasphemy, no religious person should fall for it.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  104. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Why do you retards act like Christianity isn’t responsible for most if the acts of charity (including socks and lunches) in America just because one nun spends time talking to lonely prosoners? It’s not you secular faggots are going to pick up the slack.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @anon
  105. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Where does the motive to enjoy music emanate from?

    What about the wonderful feeling l get scratching my dog behind the ears; or petting my cat?

    These things are unrequited tokens of Gods love for us.

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
  106. Franz says:
    @Anonymouse

    unfettered immigration took that freedom from ex-ante Americans.

    True.

    All you need to do is look at policies they use to crush people.

    There were no drug laws in America till immigration buried it.

    Before 1914 any American who needed anything whatever bought it out of an apothecary and took care of himself or his dependents as needed. Immigrants from wherever and whatever were the abusers and took health care away from self care to doctors to the DEA. None of it was necessary.

    Immigrants killed our freedom and destroyed the Republic as if some cabal decided they must. My guess is between the dictators that were always at the gate and the Federal Reserve that enabled them we lost what little freedom the Bill of Rights tried to pry out for us.

  107. @Franz

    What are you even talking about, you rambling idiot? God is on the side of those who sincerely repent and try to be righteous.

  108. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @George Gent

    Plus, she’s not a nun. Just makes for a sensationalist headline.

  109. Anon[549] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twodees Partain

    Never regret the good that you have done!!

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  110. @Anon

    Re-reading the interview of Sr. Lindy has raised in my mind some different interpretations, which are best left in the confines of my skull. I believe the Catholic Church was wise to counsel Sr. Lindy not to become part of a religious community of women. I think she has a romantic notion of that life; and her activities and associations would have been impossible, almost antithetical, to the discipline of life in a Carmelite community.

    re The Catechism — I was raised on the Baltimore Catechism — memorized it cover-to-cover. I was still interested enough in Catholicism to observe very closely the multi-year process during which Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) spearheaded the revision of the Catechism. I pretty much reject the whole shebang. I spent long months in courses studying the Documents of Vatican II. I had studied Augustine and Aquinas, and the church’s battle over whether the one or the other should prevail, and also rejected that whole kettle of fish: none of them, not Paul of Tarsus, not Aquinas not Augustine not Ratzinger, not the Vatican II lobbyists and politicians — none of them lived the life of a sublimely moral man in the face of strong institutional opposition, and none of them died on a cross for their beliefs.

    I subscribe to Jefferson’s credo:

    To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others, ascribing to himself every human excellence, and believing he never claimed any other. http://www.angelfire.com/co/JeffersonBible/jeffbsyl.html

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  111. @Anon

    Dear Anon #549,

    You offered Twodees Partain precious advice which extends from Mankind’s begiinning to the Divine’s mysterious & promised end…, non-end.

    No doubt, Twodees is keenly aware of what’s going down, and The Christ keeps account from which there’s no escape & the cheating is over.

    My respect to you, and thanks for the intervention.

  112. The Saker has started publishing articles about Vietnam by one of his Vietnamese readers.

    https://thesaker.is/letter-from-vietnam-what-wrong-with-vietnam-today/

    https://thesaker.is/corruption-in-vietnam/

    The author does mention Linh Dinh and the Unz Review in one of his comments.

  113. @SolontoCroesus

    SolontoCroesus did lots of thinking, reflection, and wrote: “I subscribe to Jefferson’s credo:”

    Hey S2C!

    Reckon that President Thomas Jefferson likely upheld your credo, in both thought & action, and maybe he too rejected the entire Baltimore catechism “shebang.” 🤔

    Am not splendidly domiciled within a mansion located west across D.C.’s Memorial Bridge, but my new & humble Taylor Borough apartment is now my pad, in The Christ.

    Although I regularly comment as a life-long Eastern Catholic believer, I do not ever claim to have the kernel of truth of what the hell is really going on in our amazing & mysterious existence.

    Whatever “shit’ either shall or shall not become my personal Garden of Gethsemane agonized experience,🤔 am now ready as ever for an appointment to stand before the obsessed Neo High Priests, onscene @ their closest Synagogue of Satan office.🤗

    Thanks for sharing very important thought, S2C, and am certain there is firm ground, peace, & comfort in your walking Jefferson’s Way.

  114. Anne Lid says:
    @Agent76

    Banana man! Of all the creationists he is one of the rarities who actually seems like a nice guy. But from Socrates he is really far.
    I don’t want to take up space by linking, but he had discussions on creationism with Thunderf00t that you can look up on YT. Creation is a myth. But belief in Christ is not the same as believing in a myth.

  115. Stonehands: “Where does the motive to enjoy music emanate from?

    What about the wonderful feeling l get scratching my dog behind the ears; or petting my cat?

    These things are unrequited tokens of Gods love for us.”

    The human/animal symbiosis is just another example of what I’m talking about. It’s transactional. You do it for what you get out of it, and the animal participates because of what it gets out of it. If you didn’t feed your dog or cat, it would be indifferent to you at best, or maybe even hostile. As for your “love” of music, people throw around that word and “love” all kinds of things. At one point, Kevin Tower apparently “loved” nothing better than killing his uncles. In the trial, his prosecutor “loved” stacking the deck against him with a suborned witness. Lindy Morelli “loves” him and wants to get him out of prison. Gratifying your own desires is pretty much the definition of self-interested behavior.

    Your last sentence is apparently the real point of your remark. You want to affirm that there exists a God who has an “unrequited” love for humans. In a similar vein, Linh Dinh wrote that Tower’s love for his whore was unrequited. I assert that such selfless love is a fiction. As a great man once put it, the deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity. Certainly the fiction of selfless love qualifies on this account as one of them. Another is the lie that you are not really your body, but instead a “soul” stuck inside a body. A third is that people, once dead, can come back from the dead. All three are key elements of the Christian worldview, and all are lies. They are lies, but lies that are very deeply embedded in a culture derived from Christianity and thus important to such a society’s smooth functioning.

    • Agree: tac
    • Replies: @Anne Lid
    , @ChuckOrloski
  116. Anne Lid says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    I apologize for the off topic.
    You have never had a crisis apparition, have you? Every culture knows about them. If you had one, you can pretend it never happened; you can reevaluate your opinion on the impossibility of an afterlife; you have to find a natural explanation.

  117. @Linh Dinh

    Linh Dinh commented: ”The more I found out about him, (Kevin Tower), the more guilty he seemed, and he sure sounded like a conman when he compared himself to Jesus.”

    Yo Linh!

    Thanksgiving 2017, re above; you and I hashed out the article Tower wrote while he does life, and I too knew he was a “conman.”

    To Lindy Morelli’s great disadvantage, it worked.

    Fyi, by the end of my stay at Lighthouse, I could no longer play-the-game of keeping peace with Lindy by encouraging her deep & unabated obsessive wishes to unite with Tower. Lisa’s better off being miserable in Philly.

    > a year & 1/2 into my fairly principled but unwanted attitude, a very weird Lindy emerged. Was a personality manifestation with which I truly pitied due to her blindness since birth, but when I could no longer do homage to Lindy’s will @ The Lighthouse, the other persecutorial ‘Nun” in her began to emerge, and such was scary.

    Lindy now aspires to increase tenants at The Lighthouse and purchase the building with Kevin Tower named as co-owner.🙁

    At present, my $430/month rent payment is no more, and LeeAnn is the only other paying person there. But 3-days prior to my moving out, a very poor black man, Ron Holmes, moved in; a decent enough guy, but Ron’s deeply depressed by the death of his common law wife. No job, not looking, owns a van, sleeps a lot/can’t sleep, and there always “stands the glass,” beer, Thunderbird wine.

    Am glad there’s committed Christians around sort of like Lindy Morelli who will intervene “Big Time”* like she did for the lost & witty Mr. Holmes. 🙏 However, like mine, I defer judgement with regard to prospects for Ron’s life renewal.

    Nonetheless, & as I admittedly cannot foretell the future,🙄 I do not see Kevin Towers’s double-murder charge & Life Sentence getting upended, and him become a free Carmelite man🤔 who would devote the remainder of his life to his lover, Lindy Morelli, and her modified Carmelite mission way.

    No more B.S. now, Linh. I too reckon a religious person should not not “fall for it,” a conman’s tale. (Zigh) But Stinky Donald Rumsfeld had it right, “Shit happens.” My best Linh, uh, please come home to my new home in my old Taylor Borough?

    * Donald J. Trump typically refers to himself & his political events as “Big Time.” 🥴 Instead of a Kevin Tower one, The Lighthouse could use a Trump Tower boost.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  118. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Dr. Robert Morgan discussed unrequited love & God, and took the higher road,🙁 and having tried to run Linh Dinh into a gutter, Doc commented: “, Linh Dinh wrote that Tower’s love for his whore was unrequited. I assert that such selfless love is a fiction…”

    Yo Doctor!

    Ever reflect & figure how fiction you are and perhaps The Christ is non-Fiction? (Zigh)

    Fyi, Shakespeare wrote fiction & in the play, “Othello,” Desdemona gave love to the Moor, Othello, and he thought the whore was cheating on him, and killed Des.

    Stop piling upon Linh Dinh, and give selfless love a chance, Doc? Start by petitioning for the arrest of pedophile Epstein’s playmate, Ghislaine Maxwell.

  119. anon[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @George Gent

    Used to have lunch with a man who roomed with Fred Rogers at the Presbyterian Seminary — they remained close friends all their lives; Jim was very pleased to have Fred’s old piano.

    Twice a week Jim and a crew of other volunteers went out in the evenings among the homeless who lived under the bridges — fittingly, in the shadow of the memorial to Mr Rogers at the confluence of the Allegheny & Monongahela rivers — bringing them clothing, food, blankets, tending to medical needs and above all, listening to their stories. Jim said many of the people did not wish to live a conventional life: a home, with responsibilities for a family, the need to develop social skills was terrifying to them. I found that difficult to absorb, but historians in the region have studied the phenomenon of hoboes in the early- the mid-1900s: Lindy might have fit that pattern.

    Back to Jim — for him, it was nothing heroic, all in a day’s — or lifetime’s — work.

    Jim has since moved East to care for an aging sister. The homeless will miss him. I miss him.

  120. Tusk says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Lindy now aspires to increase tenants at The Lighthouse and purchase the building with Kevin Tower named as co-owner

    If this is true then my suspicions when reading the article, that Lindy sounded like the typical prisoner fangirl, would be true. I’m not sure what person would read this and think a lady who grovels in mud for crumbs, trusting Gods ‘will’, is a sane person. One hope Tower doesn’t get out because I can’t imagine Lindy would be around for too much longer, but perhaps she’ll be happy that it was Gods will to send her to the ground.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  121. @Tusk

    Hey Tusk!

    Am only speaking as a part-time Scranton school bus driver,😏 but within very tortured human beings, I note there are two people in them.

    Acknowledge not as bad as was the scary fiction-case of Dr. Jeckyll & Hyde, nonetheless, medical docs & the pharmaceutical companies🤑are happy to drive patients to the ground with a P.C. sanitized “bipolar” diagnosis. Haha. Meds shall make you sane as Dr. Kissinger & Adam Schiff!

    Fyi, I know an ordained Orthodox priest, one with a track record of life’s foibles & subsequent bites, and who resided at The Lighthouse. He looked for a new start.

    This man became Lindy’s daily trusted confidante. They bonded, and over a period of a few weeks, the priest instinctually became concerned for Lindy’s mental health.

    Against what I considered a brotherly warning to try & stay neutral while living beneath Lighthouse’s roof, but upon Lindy’s insistent request, the priest attended therapy sessions with her. (argh) He allied with the fears & judgements of Lindy’s professional therapist, they colluded toward activating a psychiatric intervention, she found out, and he got brutally evicted. 😟

    You go to the ground because that’s human flesh & bone destiny, Tusk. And thanks for this comment-exchange opportunity!

    Post scriptum: Am not a “fanboy” of the typically non-sensical American things which millions of people elect to do, and provoke a break with sanity.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  122. ChuckOrloski: “Ever reflect & figure how fiction you are and perhaps The Christ is non-Fiction?”

    An inability to distinguish reality from fantasy is the hallmark of the psychotic and the Christian (or do I repeat myself?) I don’t have that problem.

    ChuckOrloski: “Stop piling upon Linh Dinh, and give selfless love a chance, Doc?”

    As near as I can tell, the idea of selfless love was an innovation of Christianity. My quarrel is with that erroneous idea and its pernicious cultural influence, not LD. I think he’s an excellent writer, particularly for someone who I suppose was not a native speaker of English. No Conrad or Nabakov maybe, but then who is? He reminds me of another excellent writer, Charles Bukowski, especially in his choice of subjects.

    In my view, at least if LD’s retelling is accurate, Kevin Tower was actually betrayed by the erroneous idea of selfless love, not the whore. The idea that such a thing is even possible was planted in him by the culture at large, and clearly stems from Christian influence. Nobody in the pre-Christian world seems to have suffered from this delusion. Whether he was seeking such love or considered himself to be offering it doesn’t matter, because it doesn’t exist. All love is conditional and motivated by self-interest. Thinking otherwise has been the ruin of many, perhaps now to include Lindy Morelli. And as the West swamps itself with non-white immigrants, largely using this same excuse, even the whole white race may be headed for extinction due to this psychotic idea of selfless Christian “love”.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  123. Tusk says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Hi Chuck,

    I agree with the Jekyll/Hyde distinction you made. I see people as two contrary aspects, like two sides of a coin, but in the end the are still the one single coin and not two distinct objects despite having two distinct aspects. Perhaps this makes me a Monist, though I’m not sure. That’s one of the things I like about Linh’s writing in that every person is complex. Rich, poor, crazy, sane, up or down everyone is powerful and vulnerable.

    And as much as I read this piece, I want to dislike this Lindy lady for her delusions she’s captive to but I just feel bad for her. But then when I want to like her I just find her dislikeable for all the human reasons that she fails her devotion.

    I’m not sure really. The hyper-devoted fanatacism of religion is so alien to me that I feel she is crazy, and yet perhaps that is just the way it should be. To hear that she would kick people out because they go against her paints her as uncharitable and instead just as one who is lacking who has used religion as a foundation to advance her needs. Nothing wrong with that – just don’t pass it off as a ‘duty’.

    Good luck with the bus driving for as long as it keeps you going it’s a good thing.

    Cheers.

  124. Anne Lid says:
    @Emslander

    Sister Lindy is obviously very headstrong, which can serve one well and she has done tons of good work. On the other hand, the apostle did not say for nothing that Adam was not deceived, but the woman was. (I don’t care that it is a myth, if it is based on astute observation). She has gone twelve times to an absolute sham and got sucked in.
    An acquaintance worked with the blind and said that one should never try to lie to them, because they figure you out based on your tone. Still, if she has gone along one scam, perhaps she should listen to the opinions of honest men, lest she deceives herself once again.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  125. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    We love, because God is love…

    “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

    “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1John 4:7-11 NKJV

  126. Tusk reflected, wrote: “… one of the things I like about Linh’s writing in that every person is complex. Rich, poor, crazy, sane, up or down, everyone is powerful, vulnerable.”

    I like the way you think, Tusk.

    In contrast, this article thread presents Doc Morgan who comments didactically and he brands the Christian idea of selfless love as “psychotic.”🙄

    Maybe Morgan’s mother had either little or no selfless love for him, but I know that Linh Dinh knows quite well a mother who offered unstrained selfless love for her two sons, Daniel and Joseph.*

    The mother is my ex-wife, Carol Jean Louise. A waitress all her life, she served thousands of people meals with dignity, Carol never became materially rich, & given “chips were down” for Mighty Doc Morgan, she’d even selflessly feed him.🤗 Haha. Nothing more deceptive than a doctor’s preaching from hollow high/low?

    My apology for misusing this spot to address Morgan. So regarding Lindy’s fate. I too feel very bad for her, especially because her health is failing. Lindy passionately yearns for Kevin Towers freedom, while all the while, she gives her own (“God given” ) gift of freedom the bum’s rush outside her Lighthouse door.

    Is she crazy, Tusk? Hm.🤔 I defer judgement. Indeed, re, Lindy Morelli’s “fanatacism;” for >2 years/6 months, I witnessed the tragedy close up, (argh), & I am indebted to her, forever, for giving me a warm & safe place to stay when I had no other option. My best to you, both my lower back disks & school bus driving must work in order to pass through the harsh N.E. Pennsylvania Winter.
    .
    * With imminent danger upon a household, i.e. a tornado, a mother who is graced by a selfless love, grabs for her babies. In contrast, another type of mom would grab for her jewelry box.🤔

    • Agree: Tusk
  127. @TKK

    Agreed, TKK. I found this whole story alarming. Although Lindy’s faith is inspirational, she seems to be a rootless person who has never had structure in her life, and very much needed it. The whole account is very meandering, going forward and backward, and she seems not be a clear thinker. Her attachment to this convicted criminal has romantic overtones. Women who get into those types of relationships often think of themselves as saviours, and it is a delusion.

  128. @LoutishAngloQuebecker

    Old stock anglophones are actually a minority in Quebec.

    And even more mestizo than the French Quebecois.

  129. @anonymous

    Like actual nuns and other such misfits, she needed a man, children, and a normal family life.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  130. @the grand wazoo

    Sage advice. Thank you, from someone somewhat younger but no longer young.

  131. anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    I will send her money.

    Why?

    Sr. Lindy apparently has access to deep pockets somewhere down the line.
    How many times have you traveled from Scranton to Bosnia? Morelli says she’s made the trip 12 times.

    Linh says Lindy has spent a great deal of The Lighthouse funds on trips to Michigan in support of a convicted double-murderer with whom she has developed a, shall we say weird relationship.

    If Lindy needs money, she has been able to get it in the past; let her tap those resources to truly support an (allegedly) charitable endeavor (that we are now informed is to be turned into a rental property).

    Next, and apologies if this embarrasses Chuck Orloski: read this older article by Dinh:
    Postcard from the End of America: Scranton, by Linh Dinh, 2013
    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/postcard-from-the-end-of-america-scranton/

    Read it and weep: Chuck and his bride and their two sons got shafted royally and repeatedly.

    Nobody asked me, and I know no more than anyone else who reads Dinh’s Orloski chronicle, but I have been thru the break-up of family. I expect Chuck is feeling pretty bad right now — it takes a while for a butterfly to emerge from the first cell of a caterpillar — so maybe what I’m going to write right now is way way out of line, but here goes: I think Chuck still loves his wife and children. I think what Chuck — and his family — really wish they could divorce is Scranton.

    They probably have sentimental ties, and may have family still there; probably have some supports in place.

    But I wonder —

    If they could get out of Scranton, as a family, and get a new start someplace else — ???

    So I wonder if a GoFundMe for the Orloski family might be a more appropriate use of the compassion inspired by Dinh’s article.

    If someone knows the ins and outs of a GoFundMe, please set it up — I’ve got a few bucks left after paying year-end property tax that I’d like to send that way.

    I will send him money.

    • Agree: utu, RadicalCenter
  132. @TKK

    Your statements fascinate me. In part because I was around the underclass in America as a young broke man.

    I have questions that a prosecuting attorney such as yourself might be able to answer.

    Why are poor white environments such a sexual hothouse of incest and child molestation? Your average middle-class white does not have the urge to rape a 3 year old. Among the underclass-whites as much as Latinos or blacks-there are constant sex offenses. Why are so many poor people child molesters? No money to pay for sex?

    Why are Opoids so popular with whites but not blacks or Latinos? Why has this drug epidemic hit whites in America so hard?

    What is about crack cocaine that blacks are enamored with? Many whites try smoking cocaine a time or two but most hardcore crack addicts are black. Why do they try and it why do they become addicted? Yet blacks are unlikely to use Opoids.

    Why is out-of-wedlock birth rates now so high for underclass whites? Teens were probably more promiscuous back in the post-hippie seventies than now but out-of-wedlock birth rates were lower then.

    Why are so many blue-collar whites now imitating black thugs? They have to know that prison will be a hell of rape for them by blacks. Why do they commit crimes?

    Why are poor rural whites such lousy criminals? Italians and Russians at least make a living from crime and stay out of jail long enough to buy a McMansion in North Jersey. But rural poor whites get caught every time they commit a crime.

    What is the reason for all of this stupidity.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  133. @Jeff Stryker

    Sleeping with a sexy-year-old in a wet cold country. How much nonsense to correct in one statement.

    Not all of the USA is cold and wet, and not all the time at that. Have you ever visited the USA or seen weather reports?

    As for sleeping with a sixty-year-old woman: your loyal and loving wife would also be sleeping with your wrinkly, increasingly unattractive sixty-year-old or 70-year-old ass at the same time. That’s real love and a real lifelong committed relationship, and it is not surprising that you consider it to be burden and want the illusion of eternal youth. It would be wonderful if we all stayed twenty or thirty physically, but it doesn’t work that way, and a man who doesn’t want to waste his life or seek something unattainable will know that and accept it.

    I’m grateful for my wife’s love and care and patience and support and I’m still “in love” with her as I was years ago. I would not “trade” her for a “younger model” and I’m glad she isn’t trading me either.

    Whoever you really are, supposed american expat, if you believe what you wrote, it’s sad for you and for the women you’re using,

    • Agree: iffen, Biff
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @Biff
  134. @Jeff Stryker

    Your assertion about lower-income white Americans committing rape and sexual abuse of toddlers and the like is nonsense. Defamatory trash.

    Waiting for statistics and evidence. Crickets……

  135. @RadicalCenter

    “Sexy-year-old”? Where is my mind? Well, I guess we know where.

  136. Emslander says:
    @RadicalCenter

    To you and all you people out there who hate Christianity and especially Roman Catholicism and its organizations, nothing you say or write is the least bit clever or original. It’s all so first century AD.

  137. JessicaR says:

    LD, you have written a lovely article. Whenever I come across your writing, I always take time to read it because I enjoy your thoughtfulness.

    However, can I make a suggestion? You gave Heather’s full name and called her a whore. I wish you had not done this. Whatever she did, she did years ago. If she has attended community college and held legitimate jobs, she has taken steps to better herself.

    Think about what her early life might have been. Perhaps she had been sexually abused or had grown up in a violent home. Girls who experience these traumas frequently are promiscuous and turn to drugs to ameliorate their pain.

    As the priest sex-abuse scandal makes clear, some boys also turn to drugs and alcohol as a response to trauma. Some of them make poor sexual choices as well, but people don’t pay as much attention to males doing this.

    So, maybe ease up on poor Heather. You haven’t walked in her shoes and don’t know what her life is like.

    • Replies: @Anne Lid
  138. Anne Lid says:
    @JessicaR

    She was a prostitute at the time. Don’t take away her agency. He could have said prostitute instead, but it has a different ring. It is fine written as is.

  139. @anonymous

    Dear anonymous # 222,

    As long as my lower back surgery keeps me intact, I shall earn enough to cover the essentials.

    At present, my beloved ex wife and two sons want nothing to do with me, 😟and I am obligated to pay Carol monthly $300 spousal support, for a 5 year period.

    Fyi, am living on border of Scranton & Taylor, and subsequently, I cannot divorce either place.

    As a softy on-the-inside,🙄 am humbled by your sweet goodwill. Nonetheless, I was a worker all my life, & did even more physical labor as a EH&S Coordinator/Haz Mat Spill Response Manager. No doubt, I do have pretty thick & tough Slav skin, Linh Dinh knows this, & he has chronicled that along with overwhelming family struggles.

    Am driving school kids home now, must go, and my love to you, 222!

  140. @anonymous

    Dear anonymous # 222,

    It’s me again. 🙄

    Provoked by your having linked Linh’s 2013 Scranton Postcard & which covered his visit with my family, I read the work & held back Coal Cracker baritone sobs.

    Am somewhat over the wreckage of my days as husband & father, but after rereading Linh’s Postcard, I step back in awe of how me and Carol’s held together until the April 1-8, 2017 catastrophe, enhanced by dreaded morphine addiction.

    What is not included in Linh’s 2013 Postcard is what incredible calamity occurred, come my birthday, January 13, 2014. Shall spat out the horror, now.😔

    Come late-August 2013, my Aunt Sue passed away, and she left me (us) $120,000. No doubt, Carol & I hugged, cried tears of joy over the incredible windfall.

    No vacation, no ostentatious spending, I let Carol buy whatever car she wanted,🤗 and her car salesman Jewish brother-in-law, Ira, set her up with a KIA Sportage SUV.

    While merely having once taken Carol to The Mount Airy Casino, I continued to work very hard, long hours, which included maddening 24/7 Emergency Response management & remediation duties.

    Come New Year 2014, and exhausted, my two sons leaped for joy when I suggested to Carol that the 4 of us should take a June week vacation at Seaside Heights, NJ. On my birthday, 1/13, I told Carol, “we better book a hotel room because they tend to disappear quickly.” In response, she gave me a very strange & cloudy eye affirmative donkey nod

    After she filled another huge cup of coffee, 50% milk, my spirit rapidly sunk as, stonefaced, Carol replied, “Nope, all the inheritance money is gone, Chuck.” (Gulp) Asked for reasons as to where all the money plus my fairly good salary went, she said, “well…, lots of bills.”

    Methought, where is the nearest spot where I could check-in for some therapeutuc Extraordinary Rendition? 🥴

    Come Lent 2014, another thorn was driven into my battered head. Our former-Ridge Street landlord & funeral director, met me while I walked a Taylor street, and recited a rosary. Big Bobby T. screamed at me for my failure to pay him rent & (argh); the time period at hand was just before & after our getting the $120,000 inheritance.😟

    Well, 222, you are now reading the testimony of a fool. One who loved and absolutely trusted his morphine-addicted😈 wife with managing The Family Honey Pot. Good night, thanks, & God bless you, # 222!

  141. SeekerofthePresence: “We love, because God is love…”

    Except when he’s not.

    He replied, ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more; but the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27And these enemies of mine who were unwilling for me to rule over them, bring them here and slay them in front of me.’” 28After Jesus had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
    – Luke 19:26-28

    Christians are nothing if not inconsistent, lying, and hypocritical. Rabbi Jesus himself demands you worship him like a first century tyrant, and if you don’t, it’s death and eternal torture for you! But first, he wants to enjoy watching you die.

    For God is love, you see … selfless LOVE. Ain’t it grand?

    Even God’s “selfless” love turns out to be transactional; available only at a price.

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  142. Anne Lid says:

    God is Truth, Beauty, Goodness, the source of all that is good. Worship means looking at him and reflecting his qualities. (This is not dogma, just what I have managed to glean. Nobody ever explained to me what it actually means to worship.) If someone rejects truth, love and all that is good, and so chooses what is evil, he cannot stay in God’s presence and enjoy it. The way one orthodox explained it, God’s radiating love is the greatest joy for one, and the same radiating love is the greatest torment for another.
    Jesus is to be worshipped not because he is a tyrant, but because he is worthy.

  143. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Christians are nothing if not inconsistent, lying, and hypocritical.

    Love your knack for understatement.

    And of course vituperating critics of Christianity are always straight-up, objective, and honest.

    You are right. There is a price. Even the Apostle Paul says, “For you were bought at a price.”

    The price is Christ’s blood. For our part salvation is a free gift; no one can earn it. For God’s part it is paid for dearly, with His own Son. We receive Christ by faith in water baptism and anointing by oil. For John the Baptist says, “He will baptise you with fire,” that is, the living Spirit of God.

    And you are right again. There is a sort of transaction: the Christian is expected to live his faith. “Tranaction” is really too strong a word. In Orthodox Christianity we call it “co-operation” with the Holy Spirit and God’s commandments. The Christian is reborn in Christ and called to live righteously through His Spirit.

    According to John’s First Epistle, if a Christian says he loves God, but then steals from and abuses his neighbor, he lies. There are those who call themselves Christian who do this. They only fool themselves and mock God. Jesus prophesied this would happen, for tares are planted among wheat until the day of judgment.

    So yes, God is love. He gave his only Son that we might be reborn in Him, and live a righteous life in love of Him and our neighbor unto life eternal.

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  144. SeekerofthePresence: ” “Tranaction” is really too strong a word.”

    It’s entirely the right word. It turns out that God’s love is for sale, just like a common prostitute’s. He does demand his price though, which is human dignity and reason, given up in full and in advance. This entity, this psychopathic God, who proudly proclaims his lusty enjoyment of watching people die, and indeed commits many genocides in the Bible, murdering women, children, and wiping whole peoples from the face of the Earth, is deemed worthy of worship by his crazy followers. Rabbi Jesus is a prototype oriental despot who demands you worship him. Christians want to become his slaves and spend eternity with their tongues buried in his ass crack.

    However, it’s good to see that even the Christians here have been forced to admit that there is no such thing as selfless love. But if all love is only transaction, then it doesn’t really exist at all. As I wrote above, it’s only a mirage; at best a business deal that generates some warm and fuzzy feelings. In a world such as ours, one “red in tooth and claw” as Tennyson put it, where most creatures die by being torn apart and devoured in bloody chunks, the governing principle is far better described as Hate instead of Love. Hate powers the universe, not Love. As usual, Christians have it backwards.

  145. 4justice says:
    @Frau HausMaus

    I agree, but prefer the terms “broken person” or “wounded soul” to “trash” since even as empty a person as Jeff seems to be could possibly at some time get over his cowardice and become an actual man who is up for taking on his rightful responsibilities – supporting his origin family, starting his own family and helping to improve his own home community and country.

    God Bless Linh Dinh. His courageous humanity is always fortifying.

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  146. Biff says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Whoever you really are, supposed american expat,

    Whenever I do read his stuff, which is rare, it always about living in the U.S. which why I’m just assume that is where he lives. If he does have a job it is one of idleness(security guard or seating people at a Denny’s).

  147. utu says:
    @4justice

    Look at Jeff Stryker’s comments. They are peppered with the invective “trash” as “white trash”, “trailer trash” or “urban trash.” He is full of self-hate. Should we be sorry for him because he is broken, wounded,…? As Christians, yes. But I doubt he is salvageable and certainly his destructive, dispirited commenting here will not help him. Often he is drunk or high. Then he gets very repetitious. Ron Unz on two occasions was reprimanding him and promising to shut him down but he is still here.

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    , @4justice
  148. 4justice says:
    @utu

    Trust me, I am only saying this is what I try to do and it is not based on whether or not Stryker deserves it. It is to try and be a better, Christian – more humble in the face of God’s wonder, more submissive to the idea that only God knows all and is in a position to judge. It is also always good to be open to the possibility of change, how ever unlikely – where there is life there is the possibility for change. And lastly, I try to reframe in this way to avoid the dehumanizing, nihilistic empty materialism demonstrated in comments like Stryker’s from infecting my own thinking. I intended no judgement of Frau HausMaus. Sorry if I gave that impression.

  149. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Hate powers the universe

    He who preaches hate
    Swallows the devil’s bait.

  150. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    In a world such as ours, one “red in tooth and claw” as Tennyson put it, where most creatures die by being torn apart and devoured in bloody chunks, the governing principle is far better described as Hate instead of Love.

    This attitude toward love reminds me of Rooney Mara’s line from “Social Network,”
    “Dating you is like dating a stairmaster.”

  151. 4justice says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Please excuse me if I have not understood the situation properly.

    If they have cut you off due to your addiction, then perhaps you can use their putting up limits as the needed push to work like crazy to free yourself from the imprisonment of addiction? If you achieve that, perhaps they will forgive you. If they will not, you can still use this suffering to be that wake up call that forces you to heal yourself so that you can be a force for love in this world, reap the blessing of freedom and no doubt will find more who wish to express love to you in addition to the steadfast Lihn Dinh. You are sacred. Go find that path that reminds you of this truth so that you can be free. You deserve it. Everyone one of us does. The cage you describe is not locked – with enough will and determination, you will walk out. And if I do have this wrong or am saying completely obvious things that you have heard a million times, just take it as one more person cheering for you and trying to send love no matter how ineptly they may be doing it. I say turn that feeling of love for your family into concrete actions to get you out of the cage. You must refuse to be a victim and seize victory from the jaws of defeat. I am too old to don a cheerleading outfit – it would be gross – but I am still a big mouth, so it if helps to imagine some lady on the sidelines (appropriately dressed for middle age but I still think the pom poms could work and also with her own failings and struggles) cheering you on, then I hope you will do it. God Speed!

  152. 4justice says:
    @utu

    Perhaps you and Frau HausMaus would enjoy today’s episode of “Revenge of the Cis” that, in addition to going off on Jewish crime syndicate led censorship on youtube, trashes a hollow sex tourist who has relocated to Asia. I thought it was timely given the recent discussion of Mr. Stryker’s life path, but I am not claiming to know that Stryker is as bad as the instragrammer featured in the take down below (not for children or those who are not comfortable with harsh language)



    time stamp 1:24 for the sex tourist.

    This segment follows on material from their previous show about the same “gentleman”.

  153. 4justice says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Sorry Chuck, I should have done more homework before responding.

    The addiction was your wife’s. That means you do not have to get out of that very difficult to leave drug addiction prison, if I read correctly. You do have to learn how to protect yourself. And you do have to come to terms with the injustice of your kids rejecting you (perhaps b.c. they were turned against you unfairly?) But you can still refuse to be defeated. And you must keep in mind that things do change over time – your kids may well come around. But even if they never do, I see no reason why you cannot build a deep and fulfilling life with what remains – you are still sacred and priceless, no matter who turns their back on you and for whichever reasons. God Bless!

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  154. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    He does demand his price though, which is human dignity and reason, given up in full and in advance.

    If this were true, how is it Christian culture has been the greatest advocate for human rights and natural science in history?

  155. @4justice

    Dear 4justice,

    The final two years of my marriage were oscillating between chaos/dysfunction and hell.

    My sons Dan and Joe are men and I shall do nothing to win back their love & respect by discrediting my wife.

    Carol did her best to love me, but the morphine painkillers & our perpetual financial falling down did regime change to our Byzantine Catholic marriage vows.

    July 2017, Carol charged me with “abuse” and with zero evidence of such at hand, Domestic Relations 😠 forced me to pay her $684/month. Haha. I didn’t even have a car to get to school bus driving work.

    Afterward, Carol dug into punishing me, and with no remaining choice, I filed for a “Master Trial,”and on September 17, I became a divorced man. Fyi, it’s crazy system, but because our marriage lasted almost 30 years, I must now pay Carol $300/month for five (5) years. 🥴

    Now, am not defeated, 4justice, but I can see why the talented but fruity Oscar Wilde wrote, “divorces are made in heaven.”

    Glory to Jesus Christ and God bless you. And am not residing in the “Hotel California,”🙄and as you know, We are only visitors here…, 4justice.

  156. Anon[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @SeekerofthePresence

    I’m Catholic, but thank you for the answer. In Christ.

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  157. @Anon

    You’re very welcome.

    Have a blessed and joyful Christmas Season.

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