You have probably heard the expression “papal infallibility”. Roman Catholics believe, or claim to believe or are encouraged to believe, that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra (literally, “from the throne”) on matters of faith and morals, he is “preserved from the possibility of error.”
Wisely, popes don’t like to push their luck and history’s 266 popes have together issued a grand total of only seven statements ex cathedra, most recently in 1950.
Whenever he isn’t speaking ex cathedra, which is most of the time, the Pope has the same privilege of being wrong as the rest of us.
Pope Francis, however, is abusing the privilege. Continue reading
I was very surprised to see Captain Phillips on the Best Picture list this year, for a lot of reasons, among the least of which is that it is not a very good movie. Although it was undeniably, and surprisingly, a pro-American movie (another reason its Oscar nod surprised me), it is not really an American movie.
At the right is a Ford F-150. Introduced in 1975 and still being manufactured, it has been the most popular vehicle in the United States for more than 30 years. 20 million of them have been sold. Continue reading
I originally wrote this as part of a hoax. I was going to post it in an online forum as if it were true and see what happened. As I wrote it though, it became more and more pathetic and I decided that someone might believe it and feel bad for “me”. Here it is, as fiction.
I have this friend John at work who is like a better version of me. We started at the same job, but he was really good at it, so he got promoted. We even look a little bit alike, he’s just better-looking and in better shape. You’d think we would hate each other, that I would be envious and he would be disdainful, but no, he’s such a good guy that we’ve stayed friends for the nine years we have known each other. I was still envious though; I just felt guilty about it.
Wait, it gets worse: Continue reading
… we all hear about.
The latest one is from Wesley Chapel, near Tampa. Before the 1:20 showing of Lone Survivor, an ex-cop named Curtis Reeves was pissed because the guy in the next row was texting. Reeves went to find the manager but when he was unsuccessful, he returned to his seat and began to berate the other guy, Chad Oulson. Oulson did not feel at all bad about texting before the movie even started and was not shy about saying so. Reeves got angrier; Oulson laughed and tossed a handful of popcorn at him. Reeves drew a pistol and shot Oulson in the chest, killing him.
Boy, as Ron Burgundy would say, that escalated quickly.
You know how in your own head, you always win arguments. Your imaginary opponent always takes the exact positions that you are prepared to demolish and never finds the flaws in your own. It does not work out that way in real life. Usually. Continue reading
Not a joke, something that happened, but it’s pretty funny.
If someone said “this cancer”, what would you think he meant? Your choices are (a) a particular form of cancer or (b) a particular case of cancer. It’s kind of ambiguous without context, and it’s usually not funny, except in this case, someone told a Guardian (UK) reporter, “Without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”