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Archives for January 2008


Obvious Observation of the Day

Why on earth would they bother to make a movie like Untraceable, in which the browsing public speeds the death of an entrapped and tortured victim by clicking through en masse to watch the horror unfold? Who would pay to go to such a thing, when they can just click on the gossip blogs and be part of the real-life version?

… skirting the abyss …

The Sacrament of Penance Revisited

From: The Wittenburg Door

Søren Says

Irony is a qualification of subjectivity.

~ Concept of Irony

Today in Porn, Time to Hang it Up Edition, Part II

UPDATE: Apparently, this story isn’t quite as juicy as originally reported. Mr. Thompson’s connection with Clean Flicks, it seems, was tenuous at best. Thanks to the Darwins for the heads-up.

Okay, I give up for reals. Amy sends word about this, from the Christianity Today blog.

CleanFlicks Founder Arrested

Charged with forcible sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, Daniel Thompson was known for editing videos to make them more family friendly.

Mark Moring

The co-founder of CleanFlicks, a video editing service once used by many Christians, has been arrested in Utah for allegedly paying a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Daniel Thompson, who ran CleanFlicks till the courts shut it down in 2006, had more recently operated Flix Club, a family-friendly edited-movie video business in Orem, Utah. He was arrested last Thursday on two charges of forcible sexual abuse and two charges of forcible sexual activity with a 14-year-old. Thompson is out on bail.

Thompson’s business partner at Flix Club, Isaac Lifferth, was also arrested on similar charges.

Thompson reportedly told police that Flix Club, which carried videos in which objectionable content had been edited out, was only a front, and that he and Lifferth were also involved in making and distributing porn movies.

Flix Club was forced to close last year after a federal court ruled that movie-editing businesses violated U.S. copyright law when they “sanitized” films by removing nudity, sex, profanity, and other objectionable content.

According to police reports, Thompson and Lifferth allegedly paid two 14-year-old girls $20 each to perform oral sex, and Lifferth allegedly had intercourse with a 16-year-old girl multiple times, including in the offices at Flix Club.

“I would have never suspected there was other stuff going on,” the father of the 16-year-old told the Daily Herald in Provo. “I guess I didn’t know Daniel. He always seemed like a real decent guy.”

Obviously not. USA Today blogged several news items about the story under the title, “Clean Flicks, dirty man?”

Ironically, and perhaps prophetically, Thompson’s MySpace page includes the tagline, “Somewhere in the valley between Good and Evil.” On that same page, for his “status”—where most people write something like “single” or “married”—Thompson wrote “Swinger.”

And when Christianity Today starts dropping Today in Porn bombs, it’s definitely time to pack it in.

Snow Day at the McCain Place

Turn your head sideways to view.

Pool Kid

First Son’s second video:

Today in Porn, Time to Hang it Up Edition

I mean, when First Things starts running Today in Porn items, you can either say, “My work here is finished,” or “Hey, I’ve just been made irrelevant!” The rest, it seems, is silence.

Those Whom The Gods Wish To Destroy, They Record.

Oh, this just keeps getting richer. The good people at Catholic Radio International went and interviewed me about the whole Young Jesus-Eater thing. The chat opens with me stumbling through some thoughts on Catholic fiction, God help me. (Didn’t see that coming.) But I had fun all the same, and the soothing tones should make the perfect antidote to the stress of your evening commute! And yeah, I’m working on a graphic novel.