Richard Daybell – Novels, stories and short humor
Evidently the world did not stand still while I was hibernating during the past few weeks.
Pope Benedict announced his retirement, the first retiring pope since Gregory XII retired almost 600 years ago. But that was during a tumultuous period when three men all claimed to be pope – Gregory, an Avignon pope, and a Pisa pope. Benedict XVI was pope for a mere seven years. By comparison, his predecessor J2P2 was pope for 27 years, hanging in there until he died. Of course, he was a much more popular pope – a pope star so to speak. The cardinals will all pitch in to get some nice retirement gifts for Benedict — a gold watch inscribed infallible no more and a couple of altar boys, perhaps.
Back during the last days of 2012, facing the fiscal cliff, Congress stepped up to the plate and kicked the ball down the road. Well, it’s down the road time already and naturally nothing has happened. Well, they stopped calling it a fiscal cliff; that’s progress of a sort. Now it’s called sequestration, a word designed to put us to sleep until they get their act together. Move over Rip Van Winkle.
Republicans held a get-together to deconstruct and toss recriminations around concerning the November elections. They evidently reached a consensus that their problems boiled down to not getting enough people out to vote. They blamed the stagecoach drivers. A significant minority disagreed, however, maintaining that they lost because their message wasn’t shrill or nasty enough. And speaking of cliffs, the republicans seem to once more be heading toward one, this one political, with Dodo Rush Limbaugh caucusing them onward from the edge.
The Oscars are on tap for this weekend. Having seen only one of the contenders (Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won’t win), I really have no horse in this race. I have noticed what seems to be a groundswell of sorts for Argo, the film about the Iranian hostage crisis. Actually it seems to be kind of an orchestrated groundswell, a persistent drumbeat, like in the old Western movies on the night before the Indians attacked the settlers. We’ll see. Karl Rove, however, insists that Gone with the Wind is a shoo-in for best picture.
The New York Times is selling the Boston Globe. Probably a mistake. I’m with Karl Rove and the republicans on this one: print is the future of the business.