Where we keep bits of the inglorious past!
On July 14, 1998, this site made its initial appearance.
Since then, we've found that there always seems to be both
new wine in old bottles to
fascinate us and funny tasting things pretending to be fine
wine to make us laugh and/or cry. We try to keep you abreast
of what's going on and we also archive some past
items of short term interest on this page for your
We've tried to keep our site user friendly: There's no audio, only
a couple of very benign Java scripts, and no dancing chipmunks - at all! (If
you're in the market for something really hysterical, though, go check out hamsterdance.com)
Finally: because some anti-Masonic
sites are like entering "browser Hell", we've set our site up so that
any external link will open in a new window for you. To get back to our site, simply close that window by clicking on
the X in the upper right corner of your browser with that page. You'll find yourself
right back here where you began. We hope that'll help.
Oh, and thanks for stopping by!
Misinformation and Disinformation
The crazy season never ends....
Over 40 days of continuous rain at my house -
and a mess in a lot of other places over the past several months. If you've followed Masonic-related blogs, you know
that there's a battle of power in West Virginia that's making the organization
look very bad (at best), a problem with racism in Georgia, and a Prince Hall
battle in Virginia. We're not close enough to any of those situations to comment at
Following on to the visit by an expelled
Mason to Ohio, a lodge there decided to follow the Pied Piper's siren call and
they're trying to disassociate themselves (and what they claim is "their" money)
from the Grand Lodge of Ohio. A lawsuit continues. In addition, there are more internet scams and
shams which would make one think that Freemasonry has run amok when, in reality,
regular Freemasonry is seeing a turn-around in application numbers and more
interested/involved members each day. You should know by now that not everything
you see on the internet is either true or has the astonishing significance that
it appears initially.
Mason continues his Masonic connections!
The article below tells of trials and
travails of the NASCAR circuit including problems involving sponsorship. Bro.
Brian Conz continues his dream while keeping Freemasonry foremost in his life as
well. You can see his current endeavor to race with a car honoring the Shriners
Hospitals on his website at
Scottish Rite Sponsors NASCAR - or not???
When it was announced in December,
2006 that the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite
would be sponsoring a NASCAR driver in the upcoming season, lots of Masons
scratched their heads, confused about the whole thing. One blogger, known for never
missing the opportunity to make a disparaging remark about the fraternity, used
this story actively to drive visitors to his site, probably in hopes of
selling a few bottles of herbal medicines there.
It is undeniable that NASCAR is one of the fastest-growing and most
popular 'sports' in the United States today. It attracts the largest audiences
of any spectator event and support of race-car drivers at even the local track level provides advertising that
reaches all ages. Race car fans, the pinnacle of which is the NASCAR program, DO support the companies that support racing.
At the local level, it's your plumber or coffee shop while nationally, it's not
only the car and tire manufacturers: it's drug companies, Betty Crocker, and the
several branches of the US Armed Forces. Are they all so stupid that they are
just doing this for no reason? That's what at least one person would like you to
One Blogger (see footnote at
the end of this article) tried desperately to berate the Scottish Rite for getting involved commenting on
the beer-drinking and
<other non-social behavior things> that the
'good ol' boys' who follow NASCAR engage in. He also commented about the appropriateness
of having these men as
Masons. We feel that generalizations are nothing but xenophobic racism. NASCAR now boasts that the median average
income of its followers exceeds that of all other spectator sports, not something
to dismiss lightly. In addition, there are many, many men from all walks
of life who find NASCAR fascinating and many of them are upstanding young soldiers serving in
the US military services, often in battle zones. (We believe that the Blogger
involved has never seen military service of any kind so doesn't know the quality or the interests of
those serving! As expected, in a post railing about this entry, he ignores that.)
Those men - those NASCAR fanatics and casual followers - will return to lead upright and
patriotic lives as good, solid family men and as leaders of their communities. Perhaps they will also become Masons
as so many have done following past military conflicts. Just possibly, that
desire may have been sparked by seeing a Scottish Rite NASCAR on Armed Forces
The original plan was for a one-year-long promotion of the
car shown above complete with a NASCAR driver who is a Mason and Scottish Rite
taken around the country in a shiny, brand-new 18-wheeler truck with
a picture of the car (purple hood with the Scottish Rite logo) painted on its
side. It was hoped that it would be viewed widely at various publicity events held at shopping
malls etc. where they always draw crowds, including those who barely know
what NASCAR is. Such events always attract wide-eyed teens who otherwise might
not have been exposed to Masonic organizations. It was hoped that it would be an opportunity
for Scottish Rite Masons to more widely publicize their FREE learning centers
for children with dyslexia and related problems. It was also
reported that the (Southern Jurisdiction)
Scottish Rite's Rite Care
Clinics could receive as much as $400,000 through the promotion which would have cost
It appeared at the time of our last
update that the whole idea had fallen flat but while the blogger was gloating,
the Scottish Rite folks apparently learned a lesson or two and realized that
while they'd first hitched their wagon to the wrong horse... errr.... car - no,
actually, promoter, that they could really be on to something. Beginning with a very low-key announcement and now
moving to a separate page on their website (see below), they're involved with
the 2007-2008 season despite the prior setbacks.
And as to the original attempt: while it's
SO easy to criticize, arguing
that the whole idea should have been studied more thoroughly before public announcements were made
(and you'll note that in earlier reports we stated that "...this might easily fall on its
face...."), when a member of your own organization arrives on your doorstep with what appears to be a golden apple,
it's difficult not to take a little nibble. Further, if the opportunity had
been turned down (or lost due to time delay), there would have been lots of
folks (especially the disgruntled blogger) whining about the intransigence and
'ancient' ways used by Masonic/Scottish Rite leaders unwilling to 'try something
new'. Damned if you do and.... Obviously any new venture is a risk and there are MANY other companies and
organizations which have involvement with car racing for a time but then demur.
Despite the petty attempts to denigrate the NASCAR audience, this seemed a wholesome and
productive venture at worst AND it had the potential to help an awful lot more kids even if it
didn't produce a single additional Mason or Scottish Rite member. As we've
stated all along, "...there will be lots of opportunity
to criticize, we're going to take a 'wait and see' attitude on it all
recognizing that we don't have all the facts." As the facts continue to
roll in, though, it's more clear that things are moving in a very positive
Brother Conz, the originally-envisioned Scottish Rite Mason driver,
appears to have moved on. Having watched the experiences of a local guy who
fought his way up to the NASCAR circuit, drove for a couple of years having one
big win, and then 'lost his
ride', we've heard many reports of how drivers can be 'played' by their owners
and how, after actually spending time on the circuit, they decide that other
ventures are more attractive.
We'll write more
about the whining of anti-Masonic bloggers later - or maybe not since no one
really seems to care about bloggers and their CD collections any more.
Just as we were going to 'press', the
Missouri Scottish Rite and DeMolay
Enjoy Visit from Scottish Rite Racing Team
and Driver Blake Feese
Rite racing was a big hit in St. Louis on May 5, 2007, as everyone was able to
get up close
and personal with the car at the Scottish Rite building in St. Louis. Several
people were able to climb in and sit behind the wheel�while others found that
getting in the car was not as easy as it looks on television. Driver Blake Feese
signed autographs and thrilled the Scottish Rite and DeMolay members. Feese has
been so impressed with the Fraternity that he has signed his petition to become
a member in North Carolina.
Kitsmiller, Executive Director of DeMolay, and members of DeMolay International
ecstatic over getting to see the race car. They took photographs with the driver
and received autographs and a photo of the car. The DeMolays look forward to the
car returning to St. Louis for the International DeMolay Meeting to be held June
the 13-16, 2007.
The next race for the Scottish Rite car is on May 26th, when Blake Feese will
attempt to qualify and run in the Busch race in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Photos: (Top) Scottish Rite Race Car in front of the St. Louis Scottish Rite
Building. (Second): DeMolay members show off their DeMolay emblem on the car.
(Third): DeMolay members meet Scottish Rite Racing Team�s driver, Blake Feese.
And one additional note: this is not the first time that
DeMolay - an organization for young men 12-21 - has been involved in racing
activities. At least one jurisdiction provided some sponsorship (through
donations made by members ONLY) of a local DeMolay's race car. He had DeMolay
decals, similar to the one above, all over it and it caused several adults to
inquire about the organization and is credited with bringing in at least four
members that year. All it takes is one little seed....
AND, as the topping on the cake, you can now find a
section on the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite's website for just
this topic. Also, the headline news item when we accessed the page on May 21,
2007 was about SR Racing. Click on the graphic below - and as you cruise the web, be on the
lookout for continuing denigration on at least one blog as things progress.
Anti-Masons would rather curse the darkness than light a candle....
Footnote: When we'd added the moniker
of "Blogger Boy" and a link to his tabloid-oriented blog designed to castigate
Freemasonry and perhaps bring some attention to his herbal business, we made a
statement which one reader interpreted to mean that the individual in question
was not a Mason. Sadly, we suspect he was one of those who 'signed the
confession' required by the Grand Master of Georgia and remained a member of his
lodge although why we frankly don't understand since he and his compatriots seem
SO dissatisfied with Freemasonry. We stated that he was "tied in" with the
United Grand Lodge of America which we
thought clear but was also questioned. For the record, the "naturopathic physician" who
owns that blog and a number of websites selling herbal remedies is, at the very least,
extremely sympathetic to their
cause. He's done a blog post castigating this site's author for calling him a racist.
It is our contention that racism is not bounded by skin color alone and that his disparaging comments
about NASCAR fans are proof of his phobias, albeit not skin-color driven. Still
further, the many sock puppets have returned to post anonymously deriding this
site and, more especially, myself. Have fun, all 3-4 of you and your 15+
identities! <chuckle> By the
way: we've removed the link to the site because he was SO enjoying the publicity
that this site commands....
Self-Creating Grand Lodges
Fake Masonry never seems to take a vacation.
The so-called Regular Grand Lodge of England
continues (pretty unsuccessfully it seems) to lure folks by deceiving them into
thinking that by joining them they'll become part of a big, progressive group rather
than the dream-child of a disaffected Mason with dreams of glory. Curiously,
though, they seem to have a whole bunch of leaders who don't want to be found.
Is this for real? Read the story
So too, the
United Grand Lodge of
America another group created by an expelled Mason after several other
failed groups has been using the internet to garner attention. In the
former case, the so-called "Grand Lodge" was formed before an expulsion and in
the latter case, after. Regardless, neither has any more recognition as a
Masonic organization than do the fish that live in the pond near my house,
despite the interest Masons might have in watching them.
We always find it intriguing that the folks
who claim to love Freemasonry SO much that they'll go out and set up
organizations to 'compete' with it. In fact, they love Freemasonry SO very much
that they don't hesitate for a moment to 'bad mouth' it.
They seem to think they - and they alone (or perhaps with a few close friends) - have the 'secret sauce' that other Masons have missed for some
300 years. The saddest part is that unknowing
individuals can be and are mislead by these claims of legitimacy that sound so
realistic to the uninitiated. Here's a clue: if the Grand Lodge in the US,
Canada, or UK spends even a moment of time on its website telling visitors how
legitimate it is, head somewhere else!!!!
A tragic and senseless shooting kills a Mason during a
ceremony at a Masonic hall.
See the details here.
Ripping Off Masons and those who want to be....
who use the internet, even for the briefest periods of time, rapidly become
aware of the many scams that one can fall victim to. It's OH so easy to scam
Masons because they are, generally, extraordinarily trusting - and regrettably, they sometimes
don't look too very deeply at what's really happening when they believe another
Mason is involved.
This has not escaped the notice of the most odious of the scam artists
who've recently begun sending 'begging messages' for monetary assistance to help
a child get care at Masonic hospitals (even though such hospitals don't charge
for their services) and setting up make-believe "Masonic" groups to
get people to 'join' and pay them money.
A case in point is the website of the so-called "Alaharam
Club" and "Alharam Lodge". It's nothing but a couple of
websites populated with Masonic iconography and pretending to be both a Club, a
Lodge, and - it appears - a Grand Lodge as well. This particular shyster outfit
came to our attention when we found our page of Famous Freemasons as well as our
page of Famous Non-Masons appearing right there on their website, stolen with
graphics and all! The thieves,
when confronted, simply moved the stolen wares to their "members only"
section of the site. Repeated attempts to have the material removed entirely
have been completely ignored. Multiple messages posted at various times to their bulletin board
are erased so that the unsuspecting will be unaware of their duplicity. Here's a clue: if someone wants you to send a CV
for their review and then they'll make you a Mason as long as your check clears, you've been HAD! (You'll
note too that you can be a man OR a woman according to their website....) If a Grand
Lodge website also offers you a link to stock quotes, be VERY wary: Grand Lodges
don't do such things! If someone
wants you to pay $120/year for access to the 'secret' part of their website
where they've got stolen website pages that you could get for free elsewhere -
and they further claim that they're the greatest Masonic research group ever, PLEASE
run away quickly. Grand Masters don't also serve as Masters of a Lodge (unless
there's only one make-believe lodge as in the case of Alharam!) and you don't
become a Mason by mail! There are LOTS of great research lodges and bodies
available without resorting to internet scams. If you've been deceived by this
group ("The Grand Lodge of the Princes of Jerusalem"), drop me a note and we'll
see if we can't put a little pressure on to get them run off the web. Because of
their foreign location, it may be difficult to prosecute for mail fraud but
legitimate Masonic researchers know that the very first successful mail fraud
case prosecuted in the United States involved the bogus selling of Masonic
degrees so it might be fun to see if we can do it again! We've got more about "Fake Masonry" here.
GOLIATH" now free!
While we've been busy designing web pages, another Mason,
VW David S. Julian, a Past Grand
Bible Bearer of the Grand Lodge of Washington (state) USA, was busy publishing a great
book all about anti-Masonry. We've done a review
of this excellent work and you can now download a PDF version for free right here. Easy reading
and very informative! We certainly recommend you take
the time to read this work!
U. S. News
& World Report says .... It's a HOAX!
always happy when anti-Masonic myths are exploded in public. It happened in the
August 26 - September 2, 2002 issue of U. S. News & World Report with half
of the issue devoted to the foolishness of lies from the present to deep into the past.
Selecting twenty of history's 'greatest' hoaxes, the magazine prioritizes
them as follows:
#1) The D is for Deception - The story of how the Allies
managed to deceive the Axis powers keeping the D-Day attack a secret and saving
#2) Hooked on a crooked book - An Anti-Semitic
fraud born a century ago wins new converts explains how the Protocols of
the Elders of Zion continues to be defame today. While USNWR's article deals
with the Jewish issue, it should be remembered that Freemasonry plays a central
part in this fraud as well. You can read more information about it on our
#3) Devil in a red fez - The lie about the Freemasons
lives on which explains the infamous Taxil
hoax. Regrettably, they've taken this issue offline now so you can't read it
for yourself. It was, we'd say, quite good considering space and content
limitations. We would note, however, that there was one small error in their reporting: we
explain their error about the Ex-Masons for Jesus group here.)
Two of the top three hoaxes of our times - according to one magazine at least
- involving Freemasonry: it should warn you to not believe it when you hear bad
things about Freemasonry. If we can 'claim' both second and third place in such
a situation, that should put things into perspective for even the most gullible.
#1 - Just as occurred about this time last year, Masons have been inundated
by a series of e-mails offering a "course" on the Qaballah
offered on their free Geocities website. They proclaim that you'll "Learn
the hidden principles of Qaballah while applying the knowledge into the
Freemasonry. Learn how to set up your magical room, learn how to work with the
energies, the 4 elements. Learn the secret of the Master Mason
etc..." Of course it's just more foolishness designed for the gullible.
Over the past three centuries, a few individuals who were Masons and who were
also interested in esoteric matters claimed that there were 'connections'
between Freemasonry and the Kabala. They can not point to a single specific
thing in Masonic ritual or teachings, save vague generalities. Nevertheless,
this scam will likely garner one or two people who want to expand their
knowledge - even though it won't! This scam has already become grist for at
least one anti-Mason and will surely be embraced for it's salacious value by
more who're happy to accept anything which - to them - shows that Freemasonry is
tied to some religious beliefs they don't understand (and thus hate). It would
appear that as long as you use an e-mail address with a name which has relevance
in Freemasonry (Hiram, in this case) then it's just GOT to be legitimate -
according to our anti-Masonic friends.
#2 - And then there are the threatening e-mails telling Masons to join
Order" - and warning that one should tell no one about this
"letter" or suffer their wrath. Yeah, right.
P. T. Barnum was SO insightful....
Increasing - or is it?
In an earlier release of this page, we noted that The Masonic
Service Association of North America in a press release dated April 4, 2002
reported that inquiries to their offices seemed to indicate an apparent increase in
anti-Masonic activity. They referred to author/researcher Chip
Berlet who has theorized that much of this may be due to the continued need
for scapegoating and the fact that the horrific end-of-world scenario imagined
for January 1,2000 never materialized. (We've commented here in the months
leading up to that date how the anti-Masonic faction were using such rhetoric to
publicize their 'ministries' and hate campaigns.)
Perhaps because of the demise
of free web sites which has eliminated many of the 'sunshine soldier' anti-Masons
coupled with the turn to more professional web appearance adopted by many Lodges
throughout the world, our own experience has been contrary to that of the MSA.
We see not only a reduction of rants in our daily mail but an increase in the
number of those asking about membership. Prior to 2002, we received 2-3 such
inquiries a week while now we're receiving in excess of 10 each week.
On the one hand, we suspect that with local Lodges and Grand Lodges more
easily locatable through the web, complaints and rants from misguided
individuals which formerly went to folks like ourselves who explained
Freemasonry online could now be going to webmasters of local lodges and to Grand
Secretaries - although none of them has commented on such a thing. On the
other hand, it may well be that a 'return to basic human and family values' now
places Freemasonry in a much more positive light.
You can read the news release of the MSANA here
and are pleased to have such respected figures as Mr.
Berlet writing about the fallacies in the centuries-old rhetoric against
Shriners and More
In light of the Attack on
America, bizarre claims have been
made by conspiracy theorist and 'Face In Mars'
proponent Richard Hoagland.
See our comments on his beliefs on Masonic connections to little green Martians here.
Jack the Ripper -
Movie goers in the US
found the movie "Jack the Ripper" to be worth only one weekend in the
top spot - perhaps arriving there after many others were held back in the wake
of world events. UK movie goers got to see Johnny Depp and one of their
biggest boogey men - Freemasonry - together. Interested in some facts
rather than the Hollywood hype? You
can get a wealth of information about this topic here.
Illuminati recruiting by e-mail now!
Yes, it's true. The Illuminati - the
organization that went out of existence a couple of centuries ago - is now
recruiting by e-mail. Masonic webmasters and others recently received a message
encouraging them to visit
www.oneworldorder.org (link now used for harvesting
private info only - do not use!) Arriving there, one found that they could be
part of this 'organization' by sending only $95 to a post office box in Powell,
We had originally
identified the owner of this site as a Nashville radio personality. That
person has, however, written to us with strong assurances that he knows nothing about
the site. The explanation seems to be that the site host 'stole' some code
which led to the identification we made. We apologize for the apparent error.
We've also found a number of items pointing to a "Solomon Tulbure"
including a conveniently locatable photograph but all it was
simply 'planted' material as part of yet another money scam similar to so many others
one finds on the internet.
was nothing anti-Masonic on the site,
there was an essay which expresses considerable disdain for the 'American's With Disabilities'
Act.... The perpetrator of this particular scheme has since
committed suicide. However, it wasn't the first and it won't be the last!
Multi-Level Marketing 'cures' Freemasonry
Radio talk show host Tony Brown has published a book in which he tells
you all about the Masonic Illuminati Conspiracy that's ruining your life. How can
you 'get even'? Easy: by joining Mr. Brown's Multi-Level Marketing program.... Honest:
that's his solution to his imagined problem! Read more about it here.
Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon
But what's that got to do with Freemasonry, you ask? The Saudi
Islamic government has decided that Pokemon can corrupt Muslims and they need to
take steps to protect both their morals and their money. Reuters also reports
that the government "... also said the game contradicted Islamic teachings
by promoting Darwin's theory of evolution and featured the Star of David which
is linked to Zionism, Israel and the Freemasons." Head here
for the Reuters news story.
What won't they claim