Anne's Diary
Monday, April 7, 2003
Despite the fact that we're proud of our military men with their extraordinary courage and wonderful technology, many of us are still confused about why we're fighting a war in Iraq. Sure, Saddam is a nasty dictator and no one will be sorry to see him go, but unless a dictator threatened us or our allies, that's never been enough reason for...
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Monday, March 24, 2003
One thing this war has revealed is that we're entering a strange new world. Only the U.S. has the technology and trained forces to fight a truly "modern" war. But that doesn't make us as all-powerful as it may seem, because countries worldwide are now doing the unthinkable--developing nuclear weapons. Countries that run their governments...
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Thursday, March 13, 2003
On unknowncountry.com, we drive some of our readers nuts! We get criticized regularly for being too left wing?and also for being too far to the right. We've been called both hawks and peaceniks, for and against Israel, pro-Bush and anti- Bush. We get e-mails filled with invective and exclamation marks, criticizing us for contradicting...
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Thursday, February 13, 2003
I've been married almost 33 years, and that seemed like a long time to me, too, until I recently helped celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. When people ask me how I've managed to stayed married when they haven't, I can't always tell them the secret. It's partly the luck of finding the best friend you'll ever have. But when...
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Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Since Clear Channel Communications, the network that broadcast Dreamland when we were on the airwaves, is based here in San Antonio, there's been lots of news about radio stations complaints that the media giant doesn't give them a chance to be heard. Since the Federal Communications Act of 1996 broke up FCC antitrust laws and made it legal...
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
For half a century, from the end of World War II until the fall of Communism, the world was divided into two parts: the good guys and the bad guys, the West versus Communists. Russia and the U.S. never attacked each other directly--we fought our wars through other countries. If a guerilla movement anywhere in the world aligned with the...
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Monday, January 13, 2003
The columnist Arianna Huffington is waging a campaign against SUVs. It's even become a religious issue: some Christians criticize them by asking, "What would Jesus drive?" while others slap a fish symbol on the back of one of the most gas-greedy road hogs on the highway. When Whitley Strieber made a minor critical remark about SUVs on a...
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Tuesday, January 7, 2003
People who have had UFO experiences or who have become convinced there is something real about UFOs are confused and dismayed by the recent cloning announcement by the Raelian group. Rael (the former journalist Claude Vorilhon) was supposedly told by aliens during a UFO experience that they began the human race through cloning. This doesn't...
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Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Whenever I go to a city that hasn't yet turned into a ghost town due to suburban sprawl and shopping malls, I always notice a beautiful mansion high on a hill, built by a local businessman who made it big. The house may be empty now, and in need of a coat of paint, but it's still a powerful symbol for those of us who grew up on the streets...
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Monday, December 23, 2002
If I could have one wish for Christmas, it would be for an end to ideology in 2003. One of the worst areas for this is religion. I am so darn tired of people telling me their religious beliefs, either in e-mails, by collaring me in person and, or by making some subtle remark that's supposed to let me know I'm heading straight for hell. This...
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
At least 6 eyewitnesses saw a military-style jet in the vicinity of Flight 93 on the morning of September 11, just before it crashed into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But the U.S. government denies this 2nd jet ever existed. We?ve been told Flight 93 crashed because the passengers, having learned about the other 911 hijackings on...
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Monday, July 22, 2002
When Richard Dolan, author of the superb history "UFOs and the National Security State," was on Dreamland July 20, he reminded us that 50 years ago, UFOs were seen flying over Washington D.C. by many credible witnesses. A story in the Washington Post gives quotes from some of the people who saw them. Former air traffic controller Ed Nugent was...
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Thursday, June 27, 2002
Some Christians hope that the Rapture will take them away from all the bad folks on Earth someday soon. Moslem fundamentalists gladly kill themselves for the promise of a better sex life in heaven. For the rest of us, the idea of surviving death in some form is something we dearly hope is true or else doubt very much. But amidst the cacophony of...
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Friday, June 14, 2002
Do Palestinians want peace? Of course they do: Hard- working civilians with children to support always want peace. But the terrorists who claim to represent them want war instead. Every time peace negotiations begin--or are even suggested--there's another suicide bomb attack on Israeli civilians, which is calculated to make Israel resume...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002
The recent news about pedophile priests has shocked Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We want to believe that people who dedicate themselves to a spiritual way of life are better than us, but it turns out that a large number of them have committed crimes against children that most of us regular sinful folk find unimaginable.
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Friday, January 18, 2002
I've discovered a book titled "The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation" by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky. Some of the statements it contains are: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949. "Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel." - MGM...
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Friday, December 21, 2001
I've been trying to write this diary for a couple of weeks now, looking for a way to wish all our Dreamland listeners and website fans a merry Christmas. But I just can?t get in the right mood this year. For me, Osama bin Laden is the Grinch who stole Christmas. Every time I hear a new Homeland Security warning, I decide maybe I?d better not...
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Sunday, December 16, 2001
While researching and writing the news everyday for unknowncountry.com, I've read a lot of conflicting information (and disinformation) about the anthrax mailings. Now that things seem to have quieted down (probably because the terrorist, whoever he is, has run out of anthrax), I want to follow the trail of our recent news stories in order...
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Friday, October 19, 2001
War is tragic, we all know that. Soldiers are struck down in their youth before they have a chance to do more than dip their toes into the adult world. Civilians (children and mothers, the elderly) become innocent victims when they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some people die due to secondary causes since during...
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Friday, October 12, 2001
In the past few weeks, our TV screens have been filled with Muslim fanatics telling us that America should feel guilty for exploiting the peoples of Islamic and third-world countries. Now, there's no question about whether we deserved what happened to our nation on September 11: We didn't. No one "deserves" a terrorist attack. But do we have...
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Friday, October 5, 2001
The War between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been going on for a very long time and is being fought--with words--all over the world. We recently posted a story about a group of Orthodox Jews who want to build a new temple near (or on) the site of a major mosque in Jerusalem, while at the same time a group of Palestinians is trying to...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001
The September 22, 2001 issue of the British weekly magazine The Spectator is filled with insightful articles about the recent terrorist attacks. Most important, its articles explain the background of the conflict in a way that no American publication has so far managed to do.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2001
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." These lines fill the screen at the end of one of my favorite movies, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek, when the hapless young hero discovers he has become the father of 8 infant sons, all sired by another man. I was reminded of them as our family, along with...
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Monday, September 17, 2001
Last week I attended a typical charity dinner, celebrating the raising of $15 million to make needed additions and renovations to San Fernando Cathedral here in San Antonio. It was an ecumenical event and ministers from several faiths stood up and gave speeches. I noticed how nervous the local Muslim cleric looked and thought he was...
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001
When the World Trade Center in New York City was reduced to rubble by terrorists on Tuesday, September 11, it hit me especially hard, because I lived in New York for 30 years and it will always be my hometown. I wasn't fond of the Twin Towers--I remember watching them being built and thinking how hideous they were. But the Trade Center was a...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Global warming isn't our fault. It's natural, and paleoclimatologists have identified numerous instances of it in the past three million years, since the rising of Central America changed our ocean currents and destabilized earth's climate. We're speeding it up somewhat, but to claim that we could reverse it is just not true. We have to plan...
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Sunday, June 10, 2001
We recently came back from a trip to a magical city, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. It?s a beautiful place, with steep, cobble stoned streets, ancient churches and outdoor markets. Every morning we would walk into town, peering into the tiny stores and catching glimpses of lovely gardens behind high walls. At night we would sit in the...
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Friday, April 13, 2001
Since we've taken over Dreamland, Whitley and I don't travel much anymore. You can't go too far when you have to be home by Sunday (now Saturday) night. For now, we let our Gurus travel for us, because they not only have the freedom to roam, they go to the kind of exotic places where we'll probably never go. Who are our Gurus? They are the...
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Wednesday, February 28, 2001
When we broadcast Dreamland from our office at home for the first time on Sunday, February 25, there were some unexpected problems. Our office is connected to our kitchen, and as I waited impatiently for the dishwasher to finish noisily sloshing the dinner dishes, I worried that I would have to turn it off in mid- cycle if it wasn't done by...
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Monday, February 5, 2001
We knew we were going to have a good show last night, but we never dreamed things were going to get as wild as they did. Israeli journalist Barry Chamish talked about the mysterious death of Alisdair Rosslyn Sinclair, a direct descendant of the Sinclair family who were instrumental in aiding the fugitive Knights Templar after their order was...
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