John McCaslin

Holy Giuliani

Who better to call upon than Judie Brown, president of the American Life League and author of "Saving Those Damned Catholics," to learn more about Ursula Veronica Giuliani, otherwise known as St. Veronica, who lived during the 17th century.

"'Do justice, God sees you.' So were the words of the first famous Giuliani, a saint in the Roman Catholic Church ... born in Urbino, Italy, in 1660," notes Mrs. Brown, who points out that the saint's guidance appears to have had little impact on today's most famous Giuliani -- former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Mr. Giuliani "claims to be Catholic, but is pro-abortion," notes Mrs. Brown, which she says could further contribute to a "credibility problem" and prevent him from ever being elected president.

St. Veronica joined the Poor Clares convent in 1677 and shortly thereafter reported seeing visions of Christ. She then began experiencing stigmata, which was recorded during numerous medical examinations. She wrote about her religious experiences in the 10-volume "Diary of Passion."

Hi, I'm Gary

During a recent speaking engagement at the Atlanta Investment Conference 20th anniversary reunion, Gary Alexander took to the podium and acknowledged being a "recovering apocaholic."

A what?

Consider the opening paragraphs of Mr. Alexander's speech culled from CCNet, the scholarly electronic network edited by social anthropologist Benny Peiser:

"Hi, I'm Gary, and I'm a recovering apocaholic. I am currently apocalypse-free for nearly 18 years. ... Yes, I still feel the urge to proclaim the end of all things, from time to time, but I white-knuckle my way to a history book for a little perspective, and then I breathe easier. If you wish to join AA, the only requirement is that you give up the adrenaline rush of media-fed fantasies.

"Since I spoke to you last on this subject, in 1994, we have survived 'Bankruptcy 1995' (the original epidemic of Hockey Stock charts), the 'Big Bang' in Hong Kong, years of Y2K scare stories, a SARS epidemic, Mad Cow disease, Bird Flu, a real threat on 9/11, triple deficits (budget, trade and balance of payments), wars in Serbia/Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, deflation in 2003, inflation since then, 'The Perfect Storms of 2005' (Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the 3 Witches of the Bermuda Triangle), and today's reigning fears of global warming, $200 oil and the sub-prime housing loan crisis implosion."

Hurricane calm

Number of the 10 named Atlantic storms last year that made landfall in the United States: 0.

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John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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