Over the past couple months I’ve appeared as a guest on “Perspectives in the Paranormal” on Psychic Visions Radio out of the Baltimore area, but my appearance this past Monday was the first of a regular weekly spot. Being a Maryland broadcast we’ll certainly talk about Ghosts of Maryland and its 100+ stories, but we’ll also discuss other paranormal topics. In the past we’ve talked about Society of the Haunted, urban legends, shadow people, and the like, and we’ll continue to do so as we move forward. I’m really looking forward to his opportunity with Psychic Visions Radio and the forthcoming Circle of Light Paranormal Expo they’ve organized for October.
Given the history of this week I suppose I need to provide my political commentary on the death of Usama bin Laden (I haven’t posted to my Enigma Underground blog in more than a year, so I’ll place it here). When my son, Chase, came home from school the day following the report he asked if we were going to have a celebration. I thought about that for a moment and decided it was inappropriate. Here’s my perspective on the matter: I’m happy we got him. I have a sense of satisfaction that his rule over his terrorist network is over and that we got this bastard for all those that died in the attacks nearly 10 years ago. But to jump up and down over death, pop the champagne bottles, and have a party in celebration of a death… it seems like bad mojo to me. You never know — maybe our ghost hunting adventures will take us overseas at some point and his spirit pushes me down some stairs for my exuberant celebration.
The actual political fallout I just shake my head at. Either politics are getting worse or I’m just better recognizing sleazy politics as I age. Look, I understand that President Obama is going to take some credit for this since bin Laden was finally done away with on his watch. But let’s be real about this. Obama was sitting around one day tending to other work when he was notified that bin Laden was there for the taking. So he lifts his head and says, “Uh, yeah. Go get him.” All the work in catching this guy was put in years beforehand by our troops and CIA operatives, including a lot of intel gathered at Gitmo, an establishment which Obama has been extremely against. But that’s politics, unfortunately. And for those saying he “kept his promise,” um, Obama didn’t promise anything about bin Laden and promised to bring the troops home within months of taking office. The troops are still out there.
Ok… I’ll get off my mini political rant. From time to time I’ve thought perhaps one day I’d run for office, but I’m not sure how deep in the muck I can put myself. I have some convictions, but I’d much rather be writing and investigating the paranormal. Politics is the same as it has been for thousands of years, changing only in the players. I’ve said many times that politicians, no matter the party affiliation, are a bunch of power-hungry rich people, and I still stand by that. However, there are many unsolved mysteries about the paranormal, a lot of history that’s been forgotten, and there are a number of things I wish to explore with my writing, both mystery and paranormal. So I think I’ll stick with that.
More ghosts and writing next time, and less politics…