The Republic of T.

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Digest for July 8th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 8th from 15:11 to 21:05:

  • It’s a Goddamned Cracker – There are days when it is agony to read the news, because people are so goddamned stupid. Petty and stupid. Hateful and stupid. Just plain stupid. And nothing makes them stupider than religion.
  • Godless advertising – Hello, Seattle! Look what just went up on Denny, near the Stewart Street intersection:seattle_billboard.jpg
  • Death on a Hospital Waiting Room Floor – You’d think after Beatrice Vance of Illinois and Edith Isabel Rodriguez of California both died on the ER waiting room floor while hospital staff just looked on, that maybe hospitals would be on red alert to avoid this type of bad publicity—not to mention the loss of human life.But now there is the story of Esmin Green, 49, of New York. She, too, died on the hospital waiting room floor while patients and hospital staff looked on. Surveillance video showed a guard rolling his desk chair around to get a better look as Green writhed in pain, and patients watched unflinchingly from just feet away. This horrific tale is a sad commentary on the state of human compassion and the state of our health care system.
  • They paid for cage fight, got gay love – Sacha Baron Cohen’s gay doppelganger Bruno is the suspect behind two blue-collar events in Arkansas that ended in scantily clad men kissing.

One Comment

  1. As a former Catholic School girl I can attest to the seriousness of the Eucharistic Cracker incident. The Catholic Church teaches that the wafer served during mass does not *symbolize* the Body of Christ but that it actually *becomes* the Body of Christ in a miracle called Transubstantiation. (I had to learn how to spell that at a very young age.) The worldwide furor is not because of a stolen cracker but that he stole it after that special point during the Mass which is the reason why people go to Mass in the first place. That is, he didn’t steal a cracker but actually stole Jesus.

    Strict Catholics (like my parents) believe in this miracle with all their soul and beings. Reformed Catholics (such as myself) find themselves sitting on the fence about it. This is mostly because the intellectual part of me says that this miracle could not possibly be true, and the Catholic School girl in me says that I’m going to Hell just for writing this sentence.

    I am not trying to argue that the crazies who are threatening death to this man are anything other than hateful stupid people. I just wanted to put some perspective on what a precious thing the Eucharist is to many Catholics. But you’re right, T., religion makes people morons.

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