Good morning all y’all. I woke this morning to a sad bit of news. Pope Benedict XVI is retiring at the end of February. A Pope voluntarily giving up the Petrine Office has not happened in 600 years. How long before the Media will begin flaying the Catholic Church and Benedict in the virtual public square, and making calls for a more “Progressive” Pope.
A lot of Catholics may be shaken by this news. I’m praying them, for the Holy Father, and that the Cardinals be guided by the Holy Spirit when they begin the Papal Conclave.
Leftists wasted no time in using the announcement to share their bigotry and hate with the world on Twitter. No doubt the media will be more subtle in its approach, but it will doubtless follow suit. No matter. There are plenty of decent people out there, believers and nonbelievers alike, that will wish him only the best.
I’ve been very impressed with how Benedict has conducted himself as pontiff in the last 15 years. John Paul II was a tough act to follow, but he’s done his predecessor proud.
Any beef I may have had with Pope Benedict VXI’s handling of the clergy’s sex scandals more than forgiven with his hand in replacing Cardinal Mahony with Archbishop José H. Gomez. Hmmm, more I think about it, nice chess move, Mr. Ratzinger!
AKA Roger Maphoney
I can’t believe it has been 15 years already.
Pope Benedict: Eight is Enough. Print it!
Said like a good Protestant!
I stand corrected, it is 8. That’s what I get for trying to post before I finish my coffee.
8 sounds a little more reasonable. I guess I better fact check you before I comment, Jimmy.
Surely you never worked for the New York Times?
I can’t believe it either.
I genuinely salute him for a very courageous act.A good and faithful servant to his master.
How long before the nitwits in major media outlets begin flaying the Church and Benedict in the virtual public square?
“Nitwits”? You’re too kind, Crandall. “Low-life-pond-scum-nit-wits.” Better.
Tweet of the day (big surprise):
David Burge @iowahawkblog
I’m tired of John Pauls. I say it’s time for Pope George Ringo. #howaboutitVatican
Not bad, but I’d prefer a Pope Keith Mick.
The cool kids are hoping for a Pope Ray Dave
That’s way cooler than Pope Peter Roger, fo’ sho’.
Screw it, Pope Angus Malcolm Bon.
I’m wondering if the Pope has Alzheimer’s or something like that.
Nah, that’s the previous Pontiff. Pretty sure Benedict XVI just has severe arthritis.
Saw that relic in Rome.,the Holy Tube of Ben-Gay.
CNN, that bastion of intelligent and unbiased reporting, suggests that global warming might cause asteroids. That’s how bad our SUVs are, people! The warming is no longer global- it’s spread to the entire galaxy, and it’s causing rocks to break off from each other and go flying into space! God help us all.
So what about the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs? Were they also SUV driving right wing earth haters? They were definitely locavores, so they had that goin’ for them.
So Earth really is the center of the universe, after all. Next up: CNN’s crack news crew brings reports of seeing ships falling off the world’s edge.
But remember, it’s those EEEVIL Republicans and Christians who are anti-science.
Last week I attended the meeting of one of the right-wing, prepper, survivalist, gun nut organizations to which I belong and watched a presentation by Marcus Ruiz Evans who advocates for California to declare Subnational Sovereignty.
Evans is a State employee (Caltrans) whose experience with the department’s budget inspired him to look at the Switzerland model and more recent Scotland model.
It is fascinating and in keeping with the Texas spirit to secede and certain Texans’ fear that a California immigration boom into their state will ruin it, preferring that Californians stay put and fix their own mess.
California is screwed and is in turn, being screwed. I’m going to watch the calsov.org web site.
Regarding the video clip: I think Tennessee Williams drank Rocket Fuel Malt Juice Liquor himself. OML.
Tenn’s grandfather Deakins was the Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee!
Jonathan Harr’s book “The Lost Painting” is a detective story about how this masterpiece vanished for several hundred years.I think Floyd got around to reading it;utterly fascinating tale.
So many books, so little time. It’s in my Amazonia cart.
You’ll read it in one night!”Masterpiece” ought to adapt it for TV.
I am a “page turner” when the book inspires. However, I’m in my “go out to the movies” mode currently. But that will pass back to “flanneled and fuzzied with a good book at home” in time. It always does.
I finished it last month… thanks Scott for the recommendation… buy it folks!
I have the latest Caravaggio bio in my stack to read later this semester.
You all should also watch Simon Schama’s Power of Art one-hour doc on Caravaggio… free on the YouTubes and other places.
Hey Floyd, since you read a lot, do you have an e-reader or still read books hardcover (the way God intended)?
Ink and dead trees,only way to go.
I read real books… I am an original bibliophile… I have three floor to ceiling bookshelves full in my office and loads of books laying around the house.
I have nothing against e-readers though. I read my Bible often on my phone though.
I have a bookshelf…it’s called my bedroom floor!
I have to have my own books. I have to write in the margins. I have to underline vocab words and aphorisms. I have to have my own books.
I’d make book on it!
I have watched it. Amazing story about a very complicated man.
Puts Mel Gibson’s antics in perspective, too.
Rome in his time was a cockpit of artists,competing for commissions.
Yeah, that’s the ticket, because Phil Hartman steals that show.
“Hello, I’m actor Troy McClure. You kids might remember me from such educational films as Lead Paint, Delicious But Deadly and Here Comes the Metric System. I’m here to provide the facts about sex in a frank and straightforward manner. And now, here’s Fuzzy Bunny’s Guide To You-Know-What.“
Screw the NCAA the way they screwed Penn State.Those racketeers need to be taken down a lot of notches.Sad that the powers at PSU caved in the way they did.
This from the guy whose company abandoned Coach Paterno and Penn State after the Freeh Report’s release. Fortunately, after what Knight said at Coach’s memorial, I’m willing to forgive and forget the throwing under the bus if Nike walks back jumping on the rush-to-injustice bandwagon.
Can’t help but notice that he now works in the booming oil fields of North Dakota.
I watched Sergeant York for the umpteenth time yesterday. It’s a damn shame our MOH honorees don’t get all the hoopla they used to… a few nights at the Waldorf, keys to the city, free bottom land from your home state, etc. I’m sure they do, but the media is obsessed with the mental midgets of the Grammys and 1600 PA Ave.
Jeez Louise,did I forget the Grammys!Put a bullet through my head!
Speaking of the Grammys, tweet of the day goes to Zach Braff: “Chris Brown lost? Rihanna might want to put on a helmet.”
I wonder if some of those CB fans will start heaping the abuse on Zach that they normally reserve for Andy Levy.
Forced to post a YT clip over at BH, just to point out I was right about Casablanca. Not only is this chick attributing quotes to the wrong people, but she’s trying to convince the world that Ilsa loved Victor more.
Here’s what I wrote:
“Speculation is fun!”
Here’s what I meant:
“I’m all for pointless speculation on themes (hours & hours of fun!), but stop stating your opinion as fact, you know-it-all scrunt.”
Bet she also knows that Meryl WANTED the dingo to eat her baby.
When I taught HS college prep writing, I marked students down for writing “I think,” “I believe,” “in my opinion,” and the most dreaded “I feel” in their works. I explained that it weakened their argument/assertions. I told them that if they were writing it, they owned it. If they supported their statements with other sources, those had to be cited.
For example here. When I write, “The Democrats are nit wits,” I don’t temper it instead by saying,”I think Democrats are nit wits” or “in my opinion, Democrats are nit wits.” I state it as fact and am prepared to prove it with facts.
When analyzing literature, for example, when I write the following iconoclastic statement, it is my opinion and differs from the opinion of many others who are adamant that their contrary opinion is fact:
“Atticus Finch is the epitome of the patronizing, Southern white bigot.”
I didn’t read the exchange you’re referring to, so I concede I could be missing your point. However, if I didn’t miss your point, Wankette, then I am a scrunt and proud to be.