Ghost Hunters: Inn of the Dead

Ghost Hunters park in handicap space
Ghost Hunters park in handicap space

Which one is handicapped Jay or Grant?

I was reading the comments about the Ghost Hunters and a comment about the use of walkie-talkies while driving caught my attention.  I think that we all know driving while distracted is an invitation to disaster. It shows a certain disrespect to other drivers and says that our safety is not as important as a their shot on the Ghost Hunters show.  

I think that sort of self-absorption can be seen in Jay and Grant parking in a handicap space. How hard would it have been for these two healthy gentlemen to have parked one space over?

As for the episode, “Inn of the Dead” it was as dead as the title indicates. Shadows, that we the audience did not see. Sounds of screams, that we the audience did not hear. Amy and Kris show us some silly flashlight tricks.

Sometimes, I have to wonder if the Ghost Hunters themselves are interested in what they are doing. Steve didn’t even bother to change out of his pajamas while reviewing the evidence. Talk about sleep walking through an episode.

No ghostly prostitutes or naked ghosts just an evp that no one could understand.  The best part of the show was when Amy had a verbal gaffe while concluding that a suicide victim may have reached the end of his rope. Oh Amy …

Review: Firefly Rain

Firefly Rain
by Richard Dansky
Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439148635
ISBN-13: 978-1439148631

(3 1/2 stars out of 5)

After his business fails, Jacob Logan returns to his rural North Carolina roots. He moves into his childhood home and experiences paranormal activity. His possessions are destroyed in a moving van accident, his car fails to start and then mysteriously disappears. At times, his only contact with the outside world is Carl, the enigmatic caretaker. However; the oddest phenomena is the fireflies who can not cross Logan’s property line.

The setting of this “southern gothic” tale is Maryville, North Carolina. I could identify with the hero of this tale. I’ve felt the red clay squish between and toes and I’ve caught my share of fireflies as a boy. What I did not understand was Jacob’s aversion to return to Maryville. Alas, that question was never answered to my satisfaction.

The story moves at a slow pace, almost plodding at times. I sense that this is planned by the author, but I think that a faster pace would have made for a better story. The story had a predictable ending, I had a pretty good idea what was going to happen about half way through the book.

Still, I enjoyed the story. Almost any “southern gothic” story is fine with me.

I give it 3 1/2 y’alls out of 5

Received this book courtesy of Gallery and Pocket Books, for review purposes.

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The Associated Press: Saudis not to behead Lebanese psychic

How nice of the Saudis to NOT behead a man who did nothing illegal in THEIR country.


A Lebanese TV psychic, who was condemned to death for witchcraft by a Saudi court while visiting the country, will not be beheaded, his lawyer said Wednesday.

May al-Khansa told The Associated Press that the Saudi ambassador in Beirut informed the Lebanese justice minister that the execution of Ali Sibat would not take place.

"He confirmed to me that there will be no execution," al-Khansa said about her conversation with Ibrahim Najjar, Lebanon’s justice minister. She refused to go into details but said "matters are going in the right direction."

"We have faith in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system," she added, noting that Sibat’s actions are not considered a crime in Lebanon.

Sibat is one of scores of people reported arrested every year in the kingdom on charges of practicing sorcery, witchcraft, black magic and fortunetelling, which are considered to be polytheism by the country’s ultraconservative judiciary.

The father of five was arrested by the Saudi religious police while making a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in May 2008 and sentenced to death last November on charges of practicing witchcraft.

Sibat, 49, made predictions on a satellite TV channel from his home in Beirut, where psychics, fortunetellers and astrologers operate freely. Many have regular TV and radio shows and some cafes even hire them to attract more customers. On Dec. 31, they jostle for air time to give their predictions for the new year.

According to his lawyer, he was the most popular psychic on his channel, especially among callers from the conservative Gulf.

After Mecca, Sibat went to Medina to pray at the Mosque of the Prophet. At his hotel, members of the religious police who enforce the kingdom’s strict Islamic lifestyle spotted him and grabbed him.

Earlier this week, a Saudi judicial official said the country’s highest appellate court had upheld the death sentence and asked the nation’s Supreme Judicial Council to set a date to carry out the execution.

Saudi newspapers have reported that the Court of Cassation had first rejected the case and asked the lower tribunal to offer Sibat a chance to repent. It was not clear if he was given that chance.

There has been sporadic media attention to his case. The report of his imminent execution earlier this month brought a flare of calls in the Lebanese press for his release.

Some Lebanese has also rallied near the Saudi embassy in Beirut to protest the execution sentence.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said last year Sibat’s death sentence should be overturned and called on the Saudi government to halt its "increasing use of charges of ‘witchcraft,’ crimes that are vaguely defined and arbitrarily used."

The Associated Press: Saudis not to behead Lebanese psychic