Monthly Archives: April 2005

New Pope

The Cardinals meet tomorrow to begin selection on a new Pope. I wonder who they’ll select?

I’m betting it will be an Italian. It will definately not be an American. We are the leading political and military power in the world. There is no way they’ll turn over the supreme religious authority to us.

There’s been talk of someone from Africa, Asia, or South America. I just don’t see that happening right now.

However, I could be wrong. In any event, he’ll have his work cut out for him. There are many areas of concern – priest marrying, women in leadership positions, the molestation issues, birth control, abortion. Most areas will probably be left alone and not touched.

I understand there is a movement to make John Paul II a saint.

Pilated Woodpecker

Our area of West Virginia is home to the Pilated Woodpecker. This is the type that Woody Woodpecker made famous. They have a huge red head.

When you think of woodpeckers you think of two things.

1. They make round holes in trees.
2. Their handywork kills the trees.

Actually, woodpeckers are only attracted to trees that are dying or are in bad shape. The pilated woodpecker is the only type that makes rectanglur holes – not round or oval.

We have a few that visit the property in WV. I’ve tried my best to get a good photo of them, but still haven’t been able to. I recently read an article which stated that this particular species of woodpecker is the most difficult to photograph. They just know when someone is around and fly off. Someday I will get that photograph. They are beautiful.

We also have several very small black caped chickadees. We have also seen some cardinals, bluejays and a few other birds that I don’t know.

Of course, it’s very difficult to get good photographs.

Pope John Paul II – Rest In Peace

I’m not a Roman Catholic. I’m not any other type of Catholic. I can’t even say I’m a Christian. I’m probably a Deist, believing in the existence of a Supreme Being. I do not put one religion above another.

I don’t care what a person believes in. They can pray to a totem pole, the telephone booth on the corner, or to Dolly Parton, the Goddess of Cleavage. They can call the Supreme Being any name they like. I do believe in complete religious freedom and do not put one religion above another.

I respect everyone’s right provided they do nothing to harm others (especially children). I feel many of the problems of the world have been caused by persons trying to impose their beliefs on others. Take Hitler as an example. There was a nutcase. Or many of the Muslims in the Middle East. They can’t wait to meet Ala and want to take a dozen Christians with them. Look at the Jews and the problem with Israel. Another bunch of idiots. They’ve brought many problems on themselves because they can’t be tolerant of other religions. I’m not impressed by much of what I see from persons ‘of religion’. I rank many of them in the same category as politicians. They generally are disappointing.

Pope John Paul II died yesterday. I admired him very much. He tried to bridge the gap between religions, often meeting with leaders of other major religions around the world. He had a wonderful smile and loved children.

I particularly like the way he didn’t back down. He’d scold leaders from around the world for their actions. He didn’t care if they were Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, or whatever.

I was very disappointed with some of news coverage yesterday. I can understand that some of the ‘guests’ would try to get their jabs in at the Pope and the Catholic Church. Many people are such idiots they can’t even keep their mouth shut for one day. Would it have hurt these jokers to shut up out of respect for one day?

But, when a commentator can’t even shut up and honor this great man – well, that is wrong. I’m speaking of Chris Matthews of ‘Hardball’ fame. He launched on a five minute diatribe of the problems of the Catholic Church and things that the Pope did not address or change. He was quick to mention gay marriage, Priests and little boys, Priests marrying, the lack of woman leadership in the Catholic Church, abortion, birth control. Chris Matthews used his status as a newsman to talk not about the goodness of John Paul II, but rather, what he thought were his shortcomings. He showed his lack of respect.

Then Geraldo Riveria came on. This clown must be the twin brother of Jesse Jackson. Just give either of them a camera and microphone and they will turn any situation into ‘me’. Another idiot of the highest degree.

I also watched several other interviewers let guests go on their own individual diatribes about what was wrong with the Catholic Church and what the Pope ‘should have done’. Granted, perhaps the Catholic Church should make changes. Certainly the Pope could have made decrees or changes that the masses would have wanted.

There are many things that might change within the church when the next Pope is named. Some might be good; some might be bad. However, yesterday was not the day to discuss those issues. Yesterday was the day to honor the life of this great man of peace. May he now rest in peace.

Pope John Paul II – Rest In Peace

I’m not a Roman Catholic. I’m not any other type of Catholic. I do not put one religion above another.

I don’t care what a person believes in. They can pray to a totem pole, the telephone booth on the corner, or to Dolly Parton, the Goddess of Cleavage. They can call the Supreme Being any name they like. I do believe in complete religious freedom and do not put one religion above another.

I respect everyone’s right provided they do nothing to harm others (especially children). I feel many of the problems of the world have been caused by persons trying to impose their beliefs on others. Take Hitler as an example. There was a nutcase. Or many of the Muslims in the Middle East. They can’t wait to meet Ala and want to take a dozen Christians with them. Look at the Jews and the problem with Israel. Another bunch of idiots. They’ve brought many problems on themselves because they can’t be tolerant of other religions. I’m not impressed by much of what I see from persons ‘of religion’. I rank many of them in the same category as politicians. They generally are disappointing.

Pope John Paul II died yesterday. I admired him very much. He tried to bridge the gap between religions, often meeting with leaders of other major religions around the world. He had a wonderful smile and loved children.

I particularly like the way he didn’t back down. He’d scold leaders from around the world for their actions. He didn’t care if they were Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, or whatever.

I was very disappointed with some of news coverage yesterday. I can understand that some of the ‘guests’ would try to get their jabs in at the Pope and the Catholic Church. Many people are such idiots they can’t even keep their mouth shut for one day. Would it have hurt these jokers to shut up out of respect for one day?

But, when a commentator can’t even shut up and honor this great man – well, that is wrong. I’m speaking of Chris Matthews of ‘Hardball’ fame. He launched on a five minute diatribe of the problems of the Catholic Church and things that the Pope did not address or change. He was quick to mention gay marriage, Priests and little boys, Priests marrying, the lack of woman leadership in the Catholic Church, abortion, birth control. Chris Matthews used his status as a newsman to talk not about the goodness of John Paul II, but rather, what he thought were his shortcomings. He showed his lack of respect.

Then Geraldo Riveria came on. This clown must be the twin brother of Jesse Jackson. Just give either of them a camera and microphone and they will turn any situation into ‘me’. Another idiot of the highest degree.

I also watched several other interviewers let guests go on their own individual diatribes about what was wrong with the Catholic Church and what the Pope ‘should have done’. Granted, perhaps the Catholic Church should make changes. Certainly the Pope could have made decrees or changes that the masses would have wanted.

There are many things that might change within the church when the next Pope is named. Some might be good; some might be bad. However, yesterday was not the day to discuss those issues. Yesterday was the day to honor the life of this great man of peace. May he now rest in peace.