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Friday, February 25, 2005
his papal-ness

I am fascinated by people's fascination with the pope. The language surrounding the pope is also interesting. There are some great words- papal, papacy etc... The morning news has now opened the news for the day with a papal update that is lasting a few minutes. He is breathing on his own- catholics everywhere are hoping he gets better- he had his papal cafe latte and 10 (10?!) biscuits for breakfast etc... An expert doctor is speaking about possible swelling from the procedure the pope had done. So much detail. Are there not other newsworthy things going on in the world? 7:11 now and after a brief weather forecast, we are back to the pope and how he really is not a "hands on" pope and doesn't do much at the vatican- so the vatican still runs when he is sick. (whew- I was so worried about that!) I remember when the pope came to NYC back in like 1996 or 1997. I was in the city that Saturday (or Sunday?) morning after being out all night at a club (yes, I used to go to clubs). I was walking with some friends down a usually quiet stretch of 7th avenue and a huge entourage of cars drove by- police cars, black cars etc... and then-- the pope's bullet proof viewing box! 7:13 finally on to some real news- the Jackson trial. And what's next? Kicking caffeine addiction! Going to Starbucks too much? Thinking about coffee first thing in the morning and later on in the day? Kick the dependency by going to these trendy addict clinics and get cured! What a terrible, terrible problem! (I'll take my coffee in the morning thanks, there are worse things to worry about) Next is some reporting on the Oscar parties for the stars. And what's more important than all of this? Who the stars will be wearing, of course! Who will design their shoes and their dresses? Usually I would turn off such non-news crap after the weather and the papal update, but every once in a while I have to remind myself of how terrible this morning news stuff really is. It is almost painfully terrible actually. And I wonder why people care more about who made their handbags and what designer dresses the stars wear then issues such as why the US didn't sign the anti-torture treaty, or the Kyoto protocol, or the friggin' anti-child labor treaty.

posted by knit wit | 2/25/2005 07:02:00 AM

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