Daily Archives: 10/20/2003

The Totalitarian Pope

Alternet, a sometimes rabidly liberal online site, ran a story on John Paul II’s legacy; The Totalitarian Pope. Alternet slams John Paul II’s papacy for being reactionary, authoritarian and recidivist, especially in regards to the modernization and democratization instigated by Vatican II in the early 1960’s. The article concludes that John Paul II’s impact on the Church will continue to be felt long after he is succeeded. The Pope has appointed all but four of the current cardinals, and a vast majority of the bishops throughout the world. He canonized more saints in his 25 years than all the popes in the previous 500 years – combined.

Well Pope John Paul II is certainly a staunchly conservative man, and many of his published encomiums during his remarkably long tenure were marked by an affirmation of traditional values in the face of modern pressures upon the Church. But then the Roman Catholic Church is a remarkably conservative organization to begin with. Just a few years ago, the Church finally admitted that it was wrong to force Galileo Galilei to abjure and renounce his findings in 1633 under threats from the Inquisition. (Talk about holding a grudge!) So this reactionary Pope, who has stacked the College of Cardinals with his disciples, is merely an expression of the Church’s innate conservatism.

Sausage ‘N Peppers

Yum –

  • Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 2 Onions
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Little Bit of Tomato Sauce
  • Some Chunks of Buffalo Mozzarella
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese

Lordy Lordy, is that good stuff – especially with an ice cold beer.

Bamboo Dick

I was having a conversation with Chris this afternoon, and it turned to this year being the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk. Au contraire, piped in Chris, some nutball down in Australia or New Zealand flew his airplane before the Wright Brothers. His name was Richard Pearse, from New Zealand, also known as Bamboo Dick. Chris said he saw it on a documentary about a New Zealand filmmaker who caught the event on camera and that it actually proved Pearse flew months before Wilbur and Orville’s famous flight.

Well, Chris was partly true. The documentary he mentioned was Forgotten Silver, a parody by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The subject of Forgotten Silver, a heretofore unknown Kiwi filmmaker called Colin McKenzie, was totally fictional. Chris was duped, like much of New Zealand, by the serious tone of the mockumentary.

However, it appears that Bamboo Dick was the genuine article. When I visit New Zealand I intend to research this further. A model of his monoplane is supposed to be on display in Auckland.

Week 7 Fantasy Update

It’s been a couple hard weeks on the Zulus, my fantasy football team. We lost a couple heartbreakers to non-contenders, especially last week’s 70-90 loss to ‘Reign of Fire.’ I can only say it was because both of our top receivers had a bye week. This week however, things are looking better.Week 7 saw the return of our important starters, including Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Corey Dillon. Excellent. Too bad we didn’t start Dillon, he was a game time decision and our lineups need to be in before that. So we went with D’Shaun Foster, Stephen Davis’ backup at Carolina, who put up some decent numbers last week when Davis was hurt.

One area of our roster concerns me – running back. Two of our stable of backs were out this week, Trung Candidate and Anthony Thomas. While they are our backups, our primary back, Clinton Portis and Corey Dillon, are proving more delicate than we hoped. Most of our running backs have something wrong with them and have sat out a couple games this year. Not cool. I want solid running backs that post good numbers every week. But then doesn’t everybody?

While Foster didn’t put up good numbers for us, it wasn’t necessary. The Zulus are poised to win again and become 5-2. The only problem is two other teams in my division are 5-2, making for a clusterf**k. The other two divisions in our league are populated by sad sacks and has beens.

Crikey

Woman dies in freak accident: a woman was killed yesterday morning at the Dededo Flea Market when a canopy was overturned by a gust of wind. The canopy was anchored by concrete cinder blocks, and when the canopy flipped, the woman was struck by a cinder block hurtling through the air. Ouch.