Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Widow's Son honored with Sunshine Week award

March 16-22, 2008 is designated Sunshine Week. It is an initiative that originated in 2002 with the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Its goal is to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.

Hundreds of newspapers, broadcasters, and bloggers celebrate America's freedom by calling for more openness and honesty in local, state and federal governments and other organizations.

I don't often write about politics or the government; there are a zillion bloggers already covering those issues much better than I could.

I have simply tried to do my part in calling for openness, honesty, decency and fairness in Freemasonry.

I'm humbled that investigative reporter Sandy Frost has honored The Widow's Son with a "Sunshine Week Big Dogs Award." I'm sure there are many, many journalists and bloggers much more deserving than I am.

Thank you, Ms. Frost. And I offer my thanks to all of you for reading The Burning Taper.

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  1. Congratulations! You certainly deserve the honor.

  2. My, My. Published and honored in the same month!

    Well done WS, you have earned your accolades.

  3. Congratulations, Brother W.S.

    I'll admit skepticism that we'll ever see 'openness' in the press paid for with commercials and controlled by corporate interests, but it's a nice gesture on the part of some in the press. Freedom from the govt. in the press never anticipated the corporations.

  4. Isn't Ms. Frost the same person who did a press release on the Shrine incident that made national news years ago? I saw the same stuff on Fox and CNN when it happened, and even in a great Rob Zombie video. That's some fine journalism there, Ms. Frost. Maybe you can report on the S&L scandals and the death of Bob Crane now. How about Al Capone's vault? Plenty of old news for you to suddenly 'reveal'. Nobody's mentioned the Morgan case lately.

  5. Sorry to be a downer, but is an award of recognition for a Mason really an honor when it is received and recommended by an antimasonic writer like S. Frost?

    If it makes you happy, then by all means, brother, congratulations on your award.

  6. Here we go again!

    Widow's Son receives recognition for his writing and suddenly his detractors come scurrying out of their dark corners to launch viscous personal attacks. Here's what Ed King wrote on his blog yesterday.

    I am not the only person who sees this for what it is. Masonic Traveler responded to King's article, too.

    Mr. King, you and your kind remind me of a petulant child who throws a rock then hides his hand while declaring "I didn't do anything!"

    Is this what you have learned at the altar of your regular Freemansonry?


  7. Likewise, attorneys who are Jesters and are found guilty of violating bar association ethics and professional standards could also face disbarment.

    I bet they keep their dues cards

  8. I liked Ed King's article. Surely there is some bit of truth to it?

  9. "Likewise, attorneys who are Jesters and are found guilty of violating bar association ethics and professional standards could also face disbarment.

    I bet they keep their dues cards"

    Maybe they'll keep the card, but they'll be removed from being a Mason. They deserve anything they get 'IF they are found guilty'. IF they are not found guilty (hopefully because they are not)THEN they will keep their dues cards. The jesters in Canada lost their club entirely, so the dues card didn't matter.

  10. Congratulations:

    An award

    A whole week of sunshine

    and Theron is not QUITE as miserable as usual



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