The St. Peter principle

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  1. Larry T. Says:

    Can’t get away from Benny’s big announcement over here if you have the TV going! I thought popes were supposed to croak in the job, there was no retiring, sort of like that other kind of organized crime that’s kind of rampant here? They say a new chief child molester will be in place by Easter…so smoke will be blowing…is it white, black or just up your a__?
    Disclaimer: my mother practiced (sort of) this “religion” and tried to brainwash me into it as well for many years. She even shared a birthday with Benny- the Hitler Youth pope. I’m pretty much like Bill Maher when it comes to this religion stuff….if you hadn’t figured that out by now. Perhaps this should have been added to your EW posting earlier?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hah. A commenter on the Times site said he thought it tacky of Il Papa to bail instead of waiting for The Boss to recall him. I figure Ratzo wants to nail down his successor while he’s still able to squeeze some shoes.

      My dad was a ring-kisser but Mom was a Prod, so we mostly attended those generic Prod Sunday Schools/churches common to military installations, at which the intermediary is a uniformed type acting on behalf of the CinC in the Sky.

      As a consequence the hook never got set and I came to expect my beatings and rewards in this moment, not the next.

    • Downhill Bill Says:

      I did 9 years in parochial schools in the 50’s and early 60’s, taught almost exclusively by Irish nuns, fresh off the boat. Anything you’ve heard is true. The whole deal is creepy medievalism IMO.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    I wonder if the lastest news, i.e., that some of those dossiers on priests/child molesters were sitting in the Vatican safes, caused this sudden urge to retire to fly fishing and writing “From Hitler Youth to the Vatican: My Memoirs as a Reformed Wehrmacht AA Gunner”. At any rate, whoever inherits this mess will have their work cut out for them. Between global skepticism about religion and the church’s deepening sex scandals, its not a job for the faint of heart. Its undoubtedly too much to ask that Pope Benny be replaced with someone out of the Liberation Theology movement of he 1970’s. Gustavo Gutierrez and I both got the philosophical bum’s rush out of the Catholic Church some time ago.

    Personally, I don’t know why anyone, even a theist, would want to throw themselves 100% into any organization that promises you heaven in return for filling the collection plate, whether it be Benny or one of those TV fire and brimstone preachers. But you know what Larry’s wife says….and it ain’t “may peace be with you”

  3. Ira Says:

  4. Steve O' Says:

    Expect more like this for the foreseeable future:

  5. Steve O' Says:

    The Pope resigns, and the Cookster has a last minute time slot change, which can only mean a major announcement. Coincidence?

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Ira, congrats, you beat me to iit. That was the first thing I thought of. Guess tits on Friday has been off the menu for some time now. More blowing snow this morning, and this time we have an inch or two on the ground, has me wondering again if I live in AZ. Guess I will retire to the garage and figure out the noise coming form the small chainring on my Niner MCR.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    They salted the roads down here this morning. Halfway to work, my freewheel froze up. Made it interesting the rest of the way. I was either spinning madly and not going anywhere or trying not to let up on the pedals.

  8. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Khal, that is why the idea of trying a fixie lasted for about 4 microseconds in my head. At this stage, my pedal stroke is as good as it is going to get.

    • Larry T. Says:

      I have to question the pedal stroke/fixed gear mythology as I know someone very well who makes this claim…but when I ride with them I hear chain slap (and even see it) as their choppy pedal stroke lets the upper run of the chain get VERY slack two times on each revolution of the cranks. I chalk it up the same myth of riding rollers…the folks I know who ride them regularly can’t ride a straight line any better than anyone else and their pedal stroke is nothing to write home about either!
      Khal, – did your freewheel seize solidly or did the pawls freeze up so it freewheeled both ways? Either way, a lighter, synthetic oil squirted in there should help…even if you have to resort to automotive automatic transmission fluid!

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yes, the pawls were intermittently freezing up and releasing and it was freewheeling both ways. Once I got it to catch it was OK.

        I’ll have to flush it out when I get home tonight.I thought having full fenders would eliminate such problems.

      • Larry T. Says:

        SALT WATER shouldn’t be freezing in there if it gets in, eh? If the water is truly salty, sounds like the lubricant is simply turning to gel in there, alternating between sticking the pawls into the drive or freewheeling position – you get one when you want the other. Non-salted water of course could be doing the same thing by freezing – either way, some lube that stays thin and slippery no matter what the temp should fix things.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Can’t say it was literally freezing up as opposed to figuratively freezing up, i.e., gunking up. It was in the teens. Since it released when I fiddled with it, probably gunked up. Of course, I get to see if it works when I ride home.

  9. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Larry, drink a Peroni for me, or whatever beer is better in Italy.
    I didn’t believe the myths around rollers and fixies either. Single speeds caught my attention for a while for their simplicity until my knees reminded me mashing a big gear would not be tolerated.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Ciao – we have Moretti in the frigo, I’ll pop the top on one today after my ride, just for you. There are some microbrews here too but I tend to drink (too much) vino, especially when we can buy pretty good red, white or rose in bulk for less than $2 a liter…cheaper than Two Buck Chuck but actually GOOD. This place is as close to heaven as you can get without being a follower of Benny and Co!

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