De ja vu sets in with this story. One of my first columns in my college paper, was a massive rant against a story just like this one in 1996. Some things don't seem to change, and this is just stupidity of political correct proportions.
As well, we've lost our minds over areas of security, when a toy gun from a sock puppet is a TSA danger.
My day, today, has been dominated by the Pope and Billy Graham. Not together, not walking into a bar (no Rabbi was present) and not on purpose.
We spent much time earlier in the week, talking about Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" candidates, which included Mylie Cyrus, Edward Snoweden, The Pope, Ted Cruz, The Prez and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. An odd list of finalists on various levels. I put forth the notion that the only legit names on the list were Snowden and the Pope, so far as making major waves in 2013.
As it turns out, the Pope wins the disnction. And deservedly so. I'm no Catholic, and I am very much a derider of most organized Religion, but the Pope has taken the world and the Catholic Church by the ears and is yanking to and fro, shaking up the expectations and results of what we've come to expect from the Pope.
I, for one, am interested to watch this ride that Pope Francis is taking us all on. Buckle up, mind the gap, and you must be at least THIS tall to ride this ride.
Closer to home, but in somewhat Pope-y distinction, we have our very own Religious leader, Billy Graham, struggling with his health, at the age of 95. By some inside reports, Graham is not expected to make it to 2014.
I saw a post from WLOS on Facebook earlier today, and re-posted it with some satire-laced comments attached, which created a bit of a ripple in some circles. I have since deleted the post, in good taste and respect for Billy Graham. Yes, I respect the man. I don't fully agree with him, but have respect for him and what he has done with his life.
My post, as many of you may expect, took a few harsh shots at Franklin Graham, Billy's bad seed spawn of a son, who is all but licking his lips with lusty delight at the up coming Rightwing Religious empire that he is sure to inherit. I made the snarky joke that I expect Franklin to be setting it all up so that he can smother his old man with a pillow on Christmas morning, declare some connection to Jesus taking him home on Christmas, then assume the mantle of power of the Billy Graham empire.
Yes. I said, pretty much, that. Clearly a joke (though, if it unfolds that way, I want credit for having called it!). But, my program director gave me a call, and pointed out that not everyone would get the satire of it, and that the post had already created some ripples with people he had been talking to within the hour of me posting it.
First - I'm thrilled to know that there are some people paying that much attention to my posts and comments and activity.
Second - I certainly meant it jokingly (unless it comes to pass) and was aiming to continue my line of conversation about Billy and Franklin and how I feel about them both. Pure honesty. But, I don't want people who might find something like that to be offensive, or in poor taste, to think less of me for having gone there. Thus, I deleted it.
I wanted to clarify it all here (as well as have a small record of the comments, just in case I am right, and can start up massive conspiracy theories on what Franklin did to his old man in the end.)
All meant with tongue placed firmly in cheek.
Love them, or hate them, it does show the power of religious leaders, and the reactions of people who either love or hate them and what they stand for.
I'm not nearly as heathenistic as some might paint me to be. I also don't see things in such black and white, as many do.
The Pope is still Catholic and still has to shill for the Catholic Church in general. I get that. But I can admire the way that he is so devoutly following the WWJD approach that it rankles the most ardent of the Business Management class of the Catholic Church. That's worth respecting.
What is happening in Billy Graham land is kind of rolling the opposite direction, with a great man about t pass away and a vile spawn about to take over the operations and name of his father's life's work.
There's an irony worth noting in the two major Religious passings of the torch that have happened (or are about to happen) here on God's green Earth.
This is what you get with the 24/7 TV world. The Weather Channel quite simply hasn't enuogh content to fill a day. And they have taken to naming Winter Storms. I think this started last year with Super Storm Sandy. I may be wrong, but I think that's where the blame lies. I just didn't pay enough attention to the banality of the whole "naming" of storms.
Well, today they were up in arms and talking about Winter Storm Dion. D. I missed A through C apparently, which is a good thing, as I would have been annoyed 3 storms ago, and counting.
Whatever happened to just telling us the weather? No, no. Storms all have names, and reality TV shows about people living in weather (don't we all??) are padding the round the clock broadcasts.
What's next? Name every storm? Will Julie Wunder of WLOS and the cracker-jack staff there start naming the weather here? Oh, and looks like thundershower Claudine is going to hit the upstate tonight!