Lighthouse Inspires Christians Worldwide with New Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media, a not-for-profit company achieved a milestone in sales growth of 21% over April, 2009 – significant in this continuing poor economy worldwide. As we move toward the end of Pope Benedict’s “Year for Priests” Lighthouse continues to support this theme with its release of its “Year for Priests” CD.

Lighthouse Inspires Christians Worldwide with New Media

In this fantastic CD, Dr. Michael Barber, Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul The Great Catholic University, and Chase Hilgenbrinck, seminarian and former professional soccer player, share rich insights about this vocation to which select men are called by God to serve Christ and the Catholic Church.

Lighthouse Catholic Media’s CDs are distributed primarily in two ways: through their FAITHRAISER Kiosk Program displayed in over 3,000 parishes, Catholic schools and missions, and via their popular Lighthouse CD of the Month Club Program. The CD of the Month Club is a subscription-based service delivering faith-filled Catholic CDs to individuals at the amazingly low rate of $5/month including postage, with brand new titles being introduced monthly by inspiring speakers, both lay and clergy.

The June CD of the Month is “Why Be Catholic?” by Patrick Madrid. Best-selling author and veteran Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid shares why he is Catholic (when he could be anything else) by presenting the historical case for the Catholic Church. Discover the powerful biblical evidence for Catholic teaching that will inspire you to share your faith with others effectively and help you to grow in your love for Christ and His Church in the process! This compelling overview of the key historical, biblical, and common-sense reasons for being Catholic is perfect for Catholics and curious non-Catholics alike.

Many people in these economically challenging times are looking for sources of truth and guidance, a sense of hope, courage and faith, and a means to grow spiritually in their daily lives. Lighthouse Catholic Media is meeting that need, having distributed more than 975,000 CDs in 2009, and serving over 3,000 of the 18,000 US Catholic parishes.

More information may be obtained on the CD of the Month Club at:
http://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/cdclub/

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Panic Story Frees Killer Wilbert Rideau After Three Murder Convictions

Every night, NCIS, Law and Order and Criminal Minds bring us stories of callous killers facing justice. But, what if the stories were real and the killers walked away?

A rare, 1981 interview with one of America’s most infamous murderers, Wilbert Rideau, makes that nightmare come true. And he did walk away. He left a Louisiana courtroom in 2005, a free man even after admitting in a 1981 video interview that he robbed a bank, took three hostages, emptied his gun at all of them and stabbed one to death after running out of bullets.

Watch the Wilbert Rideau Interview.

His sentence for the cold-blooded murder? Twenty-years for manslaughter. Sound like justice was served?

On the videotape, Wilbert Rideau talks openly about his crime.

“Why did you cut that woman’s throat,” the reporter asks.

“I think I ran out of bullets,” he casually replies.

He talks of hating white people. He says he believes in the death penalty and that he should have been executed. He told the same story to reporters for 25 as he rose to fame editing The Angolite, said to be the only free prisoner generated magazine behind bars in America. Wilbert Rideau earned national writing awards and respect for his “honesty” about his crime and life in prison. He was virtually deified by The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) and other influential publications, local and regional, nationwide.

In 2005, Wilbert Rideau’s story abruptly changed. On the witness stand, in a packed Louisiana courtroom 44 years after his crime, Wilbert Rideau turns the tables, making himself a target of racism, not his victim. He said he was a panic-stricken 19-year old black kid, growing up in a viciously racist town so terrified of being caught that he tried to kill all his hostages in a panic.

The 1981 interview is the only easily available evidence of the story he told about his crime for almost three decades before he suddenly changed it for his last trial. Articles that quote Wilbert Rideau telling his original story are aging: brittle artifacts in newspaper and magazine archives, if they exist at all.

Wilbert Rideau was convicted of the 1961 murder three times. Each time, federal courts overturned the verdicts on grounds that he didn’t get a fair trial. His memoir “In The Place Of Justice,” published by Random House continues his new version of the crime. It should be named “In Place Of The Facts.”

About Wilbert Rideau The Real Story:
Wilbert Rideau’s book “In The Place of Justice” published by Random House was written as a catch back for years of festering resentment and calculated to burnish his image at the expense of others. Learn about Rideau’s real story at http://www.WilbertRideau-RealStory.com. Interview Billy Sinclair, the man who knows the real Wilbert Rideau, the one you won’t read about in Rideau’s book.

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Wired Magazine Announces Its Wired 100

Wired Magazine UK has published its inaugural who’s-who list of the key power brokers in the digital realm to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The new list covers who the people are who shape the world of technology? Which influencers can make or break a product launch or determine how people spend their leisure time?

The Wired list was compiled with the suggestions and insight of 120 anonymous experts across the digital spectrum, in order to arrive at this selection of the best of the best behind internet based companies, digital business strategies, communication, music and social networking.

Topping the list is Google UK CEO Matt Brittin, who led the British arm of the search behemoth through troubles such as monopoly allegations and the controversial launch of Google Buzz to company-wide profits of £15.9 billion. Other tech heavyweights in the fray of the top ten include Pascal Cagni, vice president of Apple EMEA, at number three; Ashley Highfield, managing director of Microsoft UK at number nine; and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek rounding out the top tier after revolutionising the way music is listened to online with the company’s ad-sponsored service.

A number of independent entries appear as well, with venture capitalists Saul Klein and Bernard Liautaud landing at numbers two and eight, with Klein propping up successful web ventures Skype and Lovefilm, and Liautaud netting £4.5 billion for the sale of his software company, Business Objects, in 2008. Partially due to his 1.2 million Twitter followers, actor and commentator Stephen Fry finishes at number seven on the list.

Newsmen James Murdoch and Erik Huggers go neck-and-neck at positions four and five, with Murdoch’s News Corporation challenging Huggers’ BBC site for market share in online news. Politicians also make a splash in the top rung, as the coordinator of the Conservative Party’s digital political machine Rishi Saha reaches number six.

However, the entire list of 100 is filled with movers and shakers in the digital realm. Notably making the number 20 spot is Alex Balfour, head of new media for the London 2012 Olympics. With preparations for the Summer 2012 games well underway, and construction on London’s Olympic Park in progress, Balfour, cofounder of cricinfo.com, has promised to deliver the most digitally-integrated Olympic games yet, harnessing mobile social engagement on a massive scale.

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