When is your last request subject to change? When you happen to be a Catholic Cardinal who is one step away from "Sainthood". It seems that Cardinal John Henry Newman had requested that he be laid to rest next to his long time friend Ambrose St.John and that's where he's been since he died in 1890. Now that he's one step away, the Vatican wants to move his remains to a special sarcophagus in another town. The Vatican's excuse? So the remains will be more accessible for venerating faithful. Hmm, sounds more like trying to remove any inference that he might be gay. It almost cracks me up because it is so hypocritical. Through the years Popes have had mistresses and even children, but that some people might think that one of the saints was a homosexual is something that must be covered up. Religious tolerance is rarely tolerant or religious.
The first mention of Obama and his speechfound in my Google Reader News was at spot 26, Sarah Palin was the number two article. The press has found a new darling and she's photogenic. For a Republican. I wonder how long it's going to take the Demowienies to learn how to play politics? After so many years of doing the same old thing and getting the same old bad results you would think they could get a clue. But time after time the Republicans manage to steal the stage and make the news world revolve around themselves. The only way the Dumocrats are going to be able to steal the political stage back would be if Obama decided to either not run or appoints Hillary as his new Veep pick. And we all know that isn't going to happen. The Republicans got just what they wanted, which was to run against Obama and not Hillary and the American citizenry are going to get four more years of McSame. Oh joy.
There is one other thing that pissed me off about John Edwards and his "liason" with what's her name, and it's something I haven't seen mentioned in the news. Has the man never heard of protection? The all weather raincoat should always be used when liaising with anyone other than your spouse. With an HIV infection rate of one American every nine and a half minutes, the odds are not on your side if you ride bareback. Personal raincoats also reduce the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy, but I guess condoms might be hard to hide from your wife and buying them yourself or asking an aide to do it would have been a dead giveaway that you were having an affair. You set more than a bad example of behavior by having sex after taking marriage vows and your wife having more on her plate than she should have to deal with in one lifetime, you have given the impression that unprotected sex is okay. It isn't and many more children will be born with a disease that could have been prevented by a little forethought. Something you didn't think was important. That's why I'm pissed. In that one, or however many it took, act, you showed a lack of leadership and glorified irresponsibility.
The list of noshows at the Republican Convention is quite impressive. And it can't be blamed on Gustav. Or the California budget crisis. No matter how hard they try. Minneapolis is nowhere near where Gustav is expected to make landfall. And they can't really think that we would believe that they want to be available to help those who can't afford to leave their homes. And that budget thing? Total BS since the Republicans are the ones who are holding everything up by insisting that the poor make up the difference in the budget instead of those who can afford to pay taxes.
I was never a Warren Zevon fan until it was too late, but here is a video that Billy Bob Thornton made with Warren and John Waite and a few others before Warren's last appearance on the Letterman show. It isn't the whole song, but you can tell everyone knew it was going to be the last time. Knockin' On Heaven's Door. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes. He had some great friends.
And because I'm really pensive this morning, Johnny Cash and his rendition of Hurt by the Nine Inch Nails..