Speaking of the Apocalypse ...

Why Is This Man Smiling?

He's Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, and he's doing his level best to let anyone and everyone with a radio or a shortwave set know that check-out time for Planet Earth is May 21, 2011.

That's his predicted date for the Second Coming. Five months later, we're all scheduled to be cast, screaming and wailing, into the Lake of Fire.

As far as we can tell, he believes he's cracked some kind of divine Da Vinci Code to learn the exact dates of the Rapture and its aftermath.

In his book, We're Almost There, he explains how he arrived at his mathematical predictions of deadline dates with a twisted concoction of Christian scripture, numerology and sophistry that Rube Goldberg would be proud of.

And as if that wasn't enough, according to Mr. Camping, all churches have been ruled by Satan for the last 20 years and consequently will offer little salvation for those seeking, well ... salvation.

Yikes. That can't be good...

It's comforting to know that he's made similar predictions in the past that didn't pan out. On the other hand, he seems pretty sure he's got it right this time.

If he nails this prediction, will those poor souls left behind to applaud his brilliance? And if he's wrong -- Apocalypzia is betting he's wrong -- how much of a total fool will he and his many loyal followers look like?

Is he a true prophet or just another dangerous wacko shouting hellfire in a crowded theatre? You decide...