Pots vs. kettles…

Pope Tells Clergy in Angola to Work Against Belief in Witchcraft

Pope Benedict XVI, nearing the end of his first pilgrimage to Africa, on Saturday told priests and nuns of their duty to divert their fellow Angolans from malign beliefs in witchcraft and sorcery.

Yes, I understand that the sort of witchcraft practiced in Africa causes the deaths of innocent men, women and children in sactifices and every effort should be made to stamp out these practices which take advantage of the gullble. However, when this comes from the head of a church which, itself, pushes practices which also cause the death of innocent, gullible people, it is a bit much to take.

Especially given the gob-smacking statements from the Pope that the use of condoms “increases the problem of AIDs”.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms…. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

Really!? I would be interested to what, with his vast medical knowledge and expertise on HIV/AIDs, he bases that porker on. The fact is that using condoms is better than no protection at all. On one hand, he condemns witchcraft which takes advantage of the uneducated and gullible and, on the other, does exactly the same thing by mandating backward and dangerous preactices to the very same people.

Meanwhile, priests and nuns actually working with AID’s patients in Africa question the Church’s stance on the use of condoms.

The Church’s stance that people should “just abstain” is simply offensive to women who have little or no control over what their husbands do outside the home, or when women contract HIV during birth, as happens all to often in Africa. To suggest that people should simply refrain from what is a natural and vital part of life… or risk death is criminal.

To suggest that condoms are “no protection” from HIV/AIDs to people whose lives depend on protecting themselves is assinine and criminal.

Meanwhile, while he delivers his ridiculous rhetoric, whole families of children orphaned by HIV/AIDs are forced to fend for themselves, including selling their bodies on the streets, thus increasing the already horrifying numbers of thise stricken with the disease.

Those who have the luxury of being able to choose to follow the teachings of the Catholic church are free to do so but they should not condemn those who must do what they have to do to protect themselves and they should allow the, to freely choose how they wish to live.

Thankfully, Obama has reversed the US’ former restrictions on funding programs which promote the use of condoms. Thank God for that.

‘The District’ | Ep. 1 | ‘The Challenges We Face … ‘

THE DISTRICT is a funny spoof of MTV’s faux reality series The City. The City is about a rich California girl Whitney Port who moves to MYC to work in fashion. The District is about a Chicago senator Barack Obama who moves to Washington DC to work at the White House. (Volume 2 and 3 are also available on the Newsweek website)

The District is followed by Oscar Round Table with Frank Langella, (Droolllll… still hot after all these years!) Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway, Sally Hawkins, Brad Pitt, and  Mickey Rourke…

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Obama made a pit-stop for a Capital taste treat!

While President Obama’s trip was forecast to be a business-only one, with no chance for the public to see him, the Prez had other plans.

Firstly, he took a moment or two to wave at the crowds gathered on Parliament Hill, which we were all told would be out of the question. Later, after his meetings with Stephen Harper and other politicos, he made a decidedly personal shopping stop in Ottawa’s Byward market to indulge in some very Canadian treats.

His purchases included shortbread maple leaf cookies for his daughters and a Beavertail.

A Beavertail, for the uninitiated, is a fried dough pastry with various toppings. They have various types from the savory (garlic and cheddar) to the sweet (cinnamon and sugar).


Cinnamon Sugar Beavertail

In this case, he got an “Obamatail“, a creation which the local shop came up with for the inauguration and which was a hit at the Canadian Embassy celebrations, in Washington.  It is a variation on the cinnamon and sugar version with an added whipped cream “O”, chocolate syrup and maple butter.

Obamatail FansObamatail Fans
 (tracey tong/metro ottawa)

As an historical aside, the founder and owner of Hooker’s Beavertails in the Byward Market, purveyors of this wonderful delicacy is a descendant of General Hooker, Civil War general and the man whose major claim to fame is allowing “camp followers” to accompany his troops. It was because of General Hooker that we have the term “hooker” for prostitutes.

All this would merely be “interesting” if it weren’t for the fact that back in the 1980s, Grant Hooker, proprietor of the aforementioned Hooker’s Beavertails, was one of the prime movers in the local merchants and residents to have prostitutes driven out of the Byward Market area….

Oh! The irony….

On another note, we were all told that Obama would be arriving at about 7:30 am… I decided to give his arrival a with berth in order to get myself across the city to work, my route taking me right by the airport. Imagine my surprise to find that, in fact, he arrived about 10:30 and I was caught in the midst of the parking lot that was the Hunt Club Eastbound lanes. For some unaccountable reason, traffic was flowing smoothly in the Westbound lanes. Since the two lanes run parallel and mere yards from each other for the full length of Hunt Club East, it was a mystery why the Westbound lanes were moving and the Eastbound were stopped.

I was stuck for more than 1/2 an hour (and 15 minutes of THAT time was AFTER he arrived on Parliament Hill).

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