What was up with crappy, Jerry-rigged chimney they slapped on top of the Sistine Chapel that provided the all important color-coded smoke? I have seen better engineering in the slums of Buenos Aires where unarguably the resources were much more limited than the Vatican.
This is my last pope related post, promise.
I was raised as a Catholic and having received all the available sacraments less the Holy Orders and Last Rites, I am the textbook example of a non-practicing Catholic. My reasons for not belonging to the Roman Catholic Church as an adult are many. The most obvious being the imperfect hierarchy that doesn’t allow for married priests and continues to minimize women. The fact that they have totally botched the handling the sex abuse cases and the prohibition of contraception (which only exacerbates the poverty they claim to be so invested in eliminating) rounds out the reasons I cant be part of that club. There are a lot of people that feel the same ways about the problems of the church but the magic of the mass and the sacraments mitigates the political failings of the church. I guess I never bought into the magic.
But I have to say that despite being only a cultural Catholic at this point in my life, I was more than a little bit intrigued by the Pope Election 2013. I listen to a lot of radio as I am in my car A LOT. Whether it was BBC, MSNBC or the aptly named program “Holy Smoke” on the Catholic Channel, the wall to wall news coverage of the conclave was odd to me. The selecting of the pope really only directly affects 17% of the world but it was monopolizing the air waves in a serious way and I kind of was digging it. The selection was violence and suffering free, unlike much of the recent headlines. It was all very mysterious and we could only speculate what was going on behind close doors. So while intriguing, there wasn’t any real news to report, there was no real information to base a story on so the news was mostly Pope fun facts and trivia. The most interesting thing I learned this week was that the chemical smoke canisters that are added to the paper ballots and notes for the fire after the voting are made by a chemistry inclined nerdy Cardinal from Italy.
Things got more interesting and even more mysterious when it was announced that Cardinal Bergolio of Buenos Aires was chosen as Francis I (badass name, totally approve). But the dude is 76 years old and has one lung…I dont think this is the reformer, or the charismatic communicator that was going to clean up and grow the church. As cool as his name may be, I dont think the Cardinals were investing in the future. Pope Francis seems more like a placeholder, until they figure out how the church is going to inevitably change for the future.
As to the new Pope, there is something endearing about his simplicity and his uncomfortableness with all the pomp and circumstance. I am willing to give him a pass on whatever complicity he may have had in the horrors of the Dirty War. The truth seems to indicate he was having to give the military something in order to save others..es muy complicado..as they say in Buenos Aires. I guess my biggest beef with the dude is that he doesn’t appear to know how to smile!
Good luck Pope Francis, I would love to be surprised.
When I was a kid my mom never bought good cereal. We never had Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Count Chocula , Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms. Instead my mom made huge batches of healthy granola chock full of nuts and dried fruit.
I did managed to tried all the above at someone elses house, or even trade a handmade baked good for a individual size box of Sugar Pops (my fav) that you could make a bowl out of the box and pour the milk right into the wax lining. And while they were tasty, once I had my own money and was buying groceries, the hefty price never seemed worth it.
Fast forward 40 years and I am my mother except I dont handmake copious amounts of granola, that would seem silly given all the handmade granola options at the store. I do stick to the healthy or boring cereal for my family, Raisin Brand, Cherrios (plain), Special K and Rice Krispies. Much to my kids disappointment I wont buy them crappy sugar laden cereal either. Although, they are a resourceful bunch and are able replicate any chocolate cereal by floating the boring cereal in chocolate milk.
I did given in recently however when I saw this box of Quisp of cereal in our local grocery. I loved the retro box and the non-sensical comic on the back for a little light reading with breakfast. I also appreciated it didn’t even try to claim to be full of vitamins and minerals making it an integral part of my daily nutrition but it would give me “energy”. It was unapologetically full of sugar. I did have a bite, and am afraid my adult taste buds couldn’t appreciate its simple goodness. I bought two boxes. They didnt last long with my 4 kids (the 14 and 16 could have eaten an entire box, no probs). They thought it was yummy and that these commercials were HIGHlarious.
It’s 10:53 and I am still in bed. Cal made me coffee, Owen delivered me the Sunday Times. I will be preparing a Sunday Brunch for everyone then I back off the clock for the rest of the day. I think I will plant my herb garden and read. It’s a beautiful day.
This is an update that relates to the post Not Enough Learning.
- lifted from http://interacc.typepad.com/synthesis/2009/06/standards-schmandards.html
I dont know if I should feel pride or feel shame. Is it Pride that my son is a satirist in the making or am I ashamed that I have exposed my kids to my distain for the school’s singular focus on tests? Have I poisioned my kids and undermined the schools administrators?
We are in the middle of testing lock down. All the kids are taking Connecticut’s Mastery tests this and next week. The testing schedule has totally wreaked havoc with my mornings. I am up at 6:15 to get Georgie out of bed and Cal doesnt leave the house until 9:30. Thats 3 hours and 15 minutes to get the kids off to school, a task that normally takes an hour and a half…Makes for a long morning.
Well the above is neither here or there, back to my child’s creative writing. Earlier this week I asked Owen after school how the testing had going. He had had a prompted writing test. He was laughing to himself as he told me the prompt was something to this paraphrased effect: “Write a letter to your principal and tell her who (fictional or real-life.)should be invited to your school to make it even a better school”. So my son creates a character named Lucas Cantakeatest. Lucas has superhuman powers when it comes to influencing average test scores and he can singlehandedly improve a school’s ranking to the point of guaranteeing the continued status of ”American’s Blue Ribbon School”. Good one O.
Ashamed but laughing.
lifted from Barkersandrubes.wordpress.com
Not sure where to start on this one. I think as I eluded to in the fall with some HIGHlarious videos (here and here) of Republicans saying stupid shit, I was amused by how the GOP’s primaries were shaping up. I am still amused and not at all disappointed. Although I have to say some of what is said by these dopes about social issues like birth control makes me uncomfortable. I would expect some radical pro-life rhetoric but the fact that they are talking about simple access to contraception is frightening.
Not sure who I am rooting for. My guess Santorum would be the best case scenario opponent. Most radical, least fundraising potential and will look the least impressive against Obama in a debate (Mittens is close second and Gringrich isn’t far behind cause he can sound insane although he can think and talk at the same time.)
Mittens is a lightweight. He cant talk off the cuff. And while that doesn’t mean he is a dope or cant run a business, its sumpin to look for in a president. There is nothing to indicate from anything I have heard him say that indicates any meaningful understanding of the world or interest in it (sounds like W to me and we know how that ended). If the slow slog sideways trajectory of his campaign is any indication he has not surrounded himself with the brightest or most capable people. Smart people can mitigate a less than engaged candidate but it cant save a seriously lacking one. He and his people seem weak. Not impressed at all.
Rick Santorum has the most compelling personal story but totally underwhelms on the professional side. He was not an effective politician. He rode in to the Senate in 1995 and then proceeded to piss everyone off by being partisan, a bully, mean spirited and an over all jerk. He lost/was thrown out by a 18% margin in 2006. Then he started his thinly veiled presidential campaign as a FOX News correspondent. While he appears to be the most principled of the bunch and who’s family’s experience makes an compelling pro-life argument he is a hypocrite. He was for both of the 911 wars and is pro-death penalty. The road he has gone down on birth control in general has been unsettling. Why is this even up for debate? Good news, he will never be elected. Woman would vote in droves to make sure of that.
Newt. He is entertaining but is mean and preys on people’s fears. I suppose I will give him intelligence. I wish he could use it differently. He is sharp and can think on his feet and when on the defense can be effective in a debate, I guess. I only hear condescending smug, other people hear a feisty bulldog. I think he is soulless as a politician. What he has been Catholic for like a week and he becomes the Catholic church’s biggest defender: “our countries biggest threat is the Obama Administration’s war against the Catholic Church and religion”. You would think it has to make him cringe to say these things out loud. But I highly doubt it. Newt scares me on foreign policy. I don’t think he understands diplomacy. The fact that to date he is the pocket of a man who demands Israel expand the settlements and move the capital to Jerusalem should concern all Americans. Seems insane for a rich casino owner in America to have all the cookies in the tenuous balance that has been negotiated for the last 40 years.
SO that’s why I am not voting for any of them. You don’t have to even look at their individual stands on policy, or begin the defense Obama’s record at the helm. They are just a bunch of losers.