September 9, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - In the witch camps of Ghana, the dying contortions of a slaughtered chicken determine the guilt of an accused woman: witch, or not. If the chicken falls with its head down and its feet in the air, the woman is declared a witch and she must spend the rest of her days in the squalor of the camp, abandoned by her family, with just one unfortunate young relation sent by her family to care for her until she dies. And if the chicken collapses feet down and she's declared innocent of witchcraft?
December 14, 2011 |
She's not a witch. But she has the power to make Democrats jump for joy over her endorsement of Mitt Romney. She is, of course, Christine O'Donnell, the former Senate candidate from Delaware who failed to be elected last year in a season in which Republicans won just about every race from dogcatcher on up. O'Donnell, you might remember, cut an infamous campaign ad in which she jokingly denied dabbling in the occult. Delaware voters were not amused and sent Chris Coons to the Senate.
October 4, 2011
EVENTS Marc Maron The sardonic comedian and host of the popular podcast "WTF" visits UCB for a live show and a screening of "The Voice of Something. " The documentary short follows a day in his life as a comedian — one that takes place in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702. http://www.ucbtheatre.com. Evaluating Stories of Witchcraft in 17th-Century England Just in time for Halloween, UC Davis English professor Frances E. Dolan sets the record straight about witches.
October 2, 2010 |
In Kentucky, a candidate is accused of being soft on drug abuse. In Delaware, it appears it was evolution the candidate was soft on. In Florida, a House race is resurrecting debate over a 97-year-old amendment to the Constitution. This in an election that was supposed to be all about the economy and jobs. But in contests across the country, Republican candidates ? particularly those aligned with the "tea party" movement ? are finding themselves knocked off topic as they try to explain and revise a barrage of prior statements.
September 25, 2008 |
A YouTube video has surfaced showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her ex-church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office. The video shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee at the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asks Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft." She keeps her head bowed and does not speak. Palin formally announced her bid for governor a few months later, in October 2005.
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July 18, 2008 |
Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, 82, a singer who fronted the 1950s quintet the Spiders, a group that made the world aware of New Orleans rhythm and blues, died July 11 in New Orleans after a long illness. Carbo and his brother Leonard "Chick" Carbo started singing in their father's New Orleans church choir. They sang with the gospel group the Zion City Harmonizers before forming the Spiders under the guidance of studio owner Cosimo Matassa. The Spiders had rhythm and blues hits in 1954 for Imperial Records with "I Didn't Want to Do It" and "You're the One."