There’s a reflection in the clouds above the Capitol!

Oh, and it’s satanic. A satanic portal. We know this because Roger Stone says so. Here’s a picture of it:

I wouldn’t have believed it, except they drew a gigantic, thick, crude orange oval around it, so it must be true. Also, the people testifying to it are so trustworthy.

That’s Steve Schultz, an evangelical Christian who runs something called “Elijah’s List”, where people talk about Bible prophecy, and Roger Stone, who has surrounded himself with pagan paraphernalia featuring his gods, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, and another evangelical, Robin D. Bullock. Bullock would worry me, if I were a Christian. He’s nestled into an altar with candles and a sword and various paganish elements, so he’s clearly a witch.

What they have discovered is that if you have a brightly lit building or monument, you will sometimes see reflections in the clouds above it. It’s an entirely natural phenomenon. In their minds, though, they are frantically seeking out patterns that fit their presuppositions, and then interpreting them in a way that reinforces their beliefs. People do this all the time, and the interpretations become more and more extreme if you’re hanging out with a group that totally lacks any skeptical input — it’s self-reinforcing, and is just going to get crazier and crazier, with each of those three reassuring each other that no amount of wackiness is going to trigger reason.

So a glow in the sky become’s Satan’s cauldron and a portal to hell because they want to think the worst of the man in the White House. If we went back a few years and took a similar picture while Trump was in office, it would be a sign from God, like the star of Bethlehem, that the man below it was the anointed one.

Here’s a video by a guy who wasn’t a gullible Stone Stooge who went looking for the Satanic Portal. It wasn’t there. He sees lots of reflections and lens flares from the bright lights around the building, and speculates that the White House live webcam, which is situated high up on a nearby building, has one of those lights shining in such a way as to reflect off the lens.

Sounds reasonable, far more likely than Satan building a glowing portal in the sky. But hey, you wild and wacky evangelical Christians: keep on praying. It won’t do any harm, and keeps you busy.


  1. robro says

    I wonder if there’s past footage when Chump was there showing the reflection. In any case, I doubt Stone and probably the other two actually believe this malarkey. They’re just using it to stir up the base.

  2. Akira MacKenzie says

    The United States no longer has any right to brag about our scientific and cultural superiority. We may have spit the atom, landed man on the moon, and decoded the human genome, but we have people with the mentalities of Stone Age primitives all around us. However, rather than wearing raw pelts with bones in their noses while dancing around some stone fetish, our knuckle-dragging cavemen wear high-end suits, communicate over the internet, and they get to vote.

    No wonder we’re fucking doomed.

    (Oh, and to those who’ll accuse me of “dehumanizing” these shits. Boo hoo. I could care less.)

  3. says

    it’s obviously the eye of Sauron.

    Well, the guy on the bottom with the candles is obviously Boromir.
    No, no way Roger Stone actually believes this. What amazes me is how people like him seem to lack any capacity for embarrassment.

  4. John Small Berries says

    It’s not a cloud reflection. He explicitly mentioned using a digital camera to see it — it’s an internal lens reflection, very common (especially in night photography) where there’s a bright light in the frame; the reflection will appear diametrically opposite the light source relative to the lens center.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 5

    No, no way Roger Stone actually believes this.

    Likely not, but that doesn’t matter as much as the fact that he knows there are millions of Bible-beating kooks in the U.S. who do.

  6. Ed Seedhouse says

    There was an lunar eclipse recently and during totality the moon glows reddish due to refraction from the Earth’s atmosphere. The red orb in the picture sure looks like that.
    What date was the picture taken?

  7. Nemo says

    My first guess might’ve been the Moon (maybe at lunar eclipse). But my second guess is a camera artifact of the kind we see all the time. There are several more in the same picture, FFS. Of course, the crackpots typically refer to these as “orbs”, and attribute them to aliens, or fairies, or whatever.

  8. ardipithecus says

    I hope it is Satan’s Portal. Ffs, it can only be an improvement on the social fabric created by fundie Christians!

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 11

    Granted, the eclipse in the link was in 2015. but I have seen stories in the Atheist blogoshphere about other lunar eclipses that sent the Bible-fuckers into an Endtimes tizzy.

  10. Reginald Selkirk says

    Strange lights in the sky – we need help to solve this.
    QUICK! The Bat-Signal!

  11. Reginald Selkirk says

    What they have discovered is that if you have a brightly lit building or monument, you will sometimes see reflections in the clouds above it.

    Reflections off the clouds is one possibility, but in this case I think internal lens/camera reflections is a better explanation. They will occur in all kinds of weather.

  12. Walter Solomon says

    More idiocy.

    For some reason, I’m having trouble posting on this site. I couldn’t post in the previoys thread at all.

  13. wzrd1 says

    Interesting how this comes along, just after MTG pronounced that the Roman Catholic Church is controlled by the devil himself.
    They won’t be happy until their zanier followers picks up a gun and starts killing with it.
    But, they even used Roger Stone, one of the original ratfuckers is a very heavy tell.

    Oh, utterly OT, but an odd form of hepatitis has struck children in Europe and the US. Ages “younger than two and older than five”, negative for all known hepatitis virus types, but all were positive for adenovirus. But, to further muddy the water, six out of nine patients in Alabama tested positive for Epstein-Barr virus, others tested positive fpr enterovirus/rhinovrus, metapneumovirus, RSV and human coronavirus OC3. None were associated with COVID-19, two required liver transplant.
    Once the movers and shakers in the GOP learn of this outbreak, I’m sure that they can find a way to blame Biden.
    Because, for someone as allegedly senile and low energy, he sure has a lot of energy summoning demons, diseases and lousy economic prognosticators.
    Personally, I blame the lab mice. They’ve been running weird experiments on us for years.

  14. Akira MacKenzie says


    Interesting how this comes along, just after MTG pronounced that the Roman Catholic Church is controlled by the devil himself.

    I suspect that the protestant right is going to start dusting off old anti-Catholic tropes now that there is a papist is in the White House. The scary thing is that there are probably more than a few Catholics–the ones who think Holy Mother Church has become too soft and tolerant of late–will probably agree with them. After all, MTG made these comments on Michael Voris’ show, and PZ has posted about that fascist kook in the past. Hell, my father often accuses Pope Franny of being a Communist.

  15. unclefrogy says

    not sure about a new wave of anti catholic hysteria there are more of right wing catholics around then liberal Joe Biden some even on the SCOUTS I think.

  16. Kagehi says

    Almost makes a person want to, if their where president, a) push a lot of progressive things, including stuff that just flat out pissed off the religious, just before one knew some clouds would be in the sky, then b) secretly order someone to mount something on the roof that would look like a major religious event, complete with some passage referencing gods approval, or something, and see what they made of that. lol

  17. nomdeplume says

    Down down down – America is going down…and pulling the rest of the world with it.

  18. chigau (違う) says

    nomdeplume #25
    I think the USA is going down alone.
    There will be ripples for the rest of us but no tsunami.

  19. weatherwax says

    Roger Stone’s god is Richard Nixon. He actually has a tattoo of Nixon’s face on his back. Really.

  20. says

    Just got off the phone with my good buddy Lucifer. He says it wasn’t him, he’s the Morning Star, and this was obviously taken at night.

    Hey, if these clowns can have a “personal relationship” with J.C., then surely I can have a “personal relationship” with the Lightbringer!

  21. nomdeplume says

    @26 Australia is getting into a toxic blend of fundamentalist religion and politics. Far Right political parties are forming and gaining strength. Memes about LGBT people are rife. Memes about “electoral fraud” (in the most well-run, independent, never had a problem, Australian Electoral Commission) are being cynically developed. And so on.

  22. StevoR says

    @ ^ nomdeplume : yes, Oz, Britain and the USA all suffering from decades of Murdoch inflicted brain erosion via hateful and disgusting propaganda. See also :

    Literally a page out of the Trump cheating playbook.

    @ Rob Curtis : “it’s obviously the eye of Sauron.”

    The Fomalhaut system has already claimed that moniker! :

    As well as being Zuckerberg’s nickname at facebook as Stephen Colbert among others noted here plus probly other cases too.

  23. Silentbob says

    @ 3 Akira MacKenzie

    We may have spit the atom, landed man on the moon…

    Not to pile on but the moon landing program was infamously lead by Wernher Von Braun, a captured Nazi. X-D

    (Look, (Black) Americans invented rock and roll, so at least you’ve got something to be proud of.)

  24. Larry says

    @ 13

    …other lunar eclipses that sent the Bible-fuckers into an Endtimes tizzy.

    As if sending fundies into an endtimes tizzy is any big achievement. Hell, it can be done with something as simple as showing them card tricks.

  25. flexilis says

    I actually found and watched this program. Stone has mastered the evangelical-ese language to an amazing extent. The preachers were fawning all over him for being a new creation in Christ, etc. But if you look at his cynical smug grin you can tell it’s just his newest grift. I guess there is always room for one more phony holy freak.

  26. birgerjohansson says

    The elderly sex deviant Stone pandering to religious people, who naturally take him at face value. Do any of them know who and what he is?
    Anyone who is into amateur astronomy and maybe birdwatching will know there are a ton of optical phenomena in the skies. But I agree a lens artefact is the most likely cause.
    The coolest event of all is massive shooting star event, om the rare occasions when the Earth passes through the path of a comet that is thick with cometary fragments.
    Remember the sight of snow flakes in the headlights as you are driving fast?
    This is exactly the same thing, the Earth moving at 30 km/second through the Cosmos.

  27. birgerjohansson says

    The graphic novel “Wormwood; Calamari Rising” by Templesmith has portals in the sky, with tentacled things raining down.
    We also learn what happened to Elvis.
    Much recommended.

  28. PaulBC says

    I remember as a child being a little freaked out over the orange glow in the sky above my home in the Philly suburbs. At the time I was obsessed with the possibly of sudden nuclear war. In fact, it was light pollution. Though there weren’t a lot of street lights, there were probably office buildings and lit parking lots for miles.

    Another fun fact is that I had no idea what they were talking about in grade school when they said you could see the “Milky Way” in the sky. The teachers couldn’t possibly have seen it either, at least locally. It’s amazing what people will tell you out of a book without even doing the simplest observation.

  29. PaulBC says


    Well, the guy on the bottom with the candles is obviously Boromir.


    I am not sure that’s the resemblance I picked up on, but I feel like I have seen him before.

  30. says

    Stone made news in Canada this week when it was announced he’ll be an advisor to the Ontario Party, which is running candidates in the upcoming Ontario provincial election. The party is currently led by Derek Sloan, a former Conservative Party federal MP. Sloan was kicked out of the Conservative caucus for ongoing dumbassery. For example at the start of the COVID pandemic he questioned whether Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, was loyal to Canada or China. Tam, who was born in Hong Kong, grew up in the UK, and has spent a large percentage of her medical career in Canada.

    The Ontario Party is all but certainly throwing any money it’s paying stone away..

  31. StevoR says

    @ 33. ajbjasus : Is hell up in the sky? I thought that was heaven.

    Well, there is Hell as a lunar crater named after a priest-astronomer and also Hell on Earth :,_Michigan

    Plus a Californian town, a Cayman island geological marvel and more.. so depends as always.. More cmplicated th expected as always. (?)

    They shifted Heaven from Mount Olympus since Mt Olympus was too easy to find and climb ..

    Do we not now have towers taller than Babylon’s – if not why not? Why would gawd be scared of people building skyscrapers anyhow?

  32. StevoR says

    @ ajbjasus : From what I gather Ukraine actually once had but gave up its nuclear weaposn – fromtehold Soviet stockpile – in exchange for an agreement that Russia would never invade it. An agreemnet Putin obviously violated if that’s true.Anotherreaosn why Putin’s invasionis immensely unhelpful here in showing that national treaties cannot always be relied on when you have bad faith dictators.