(Final) Papal Trivia: What Is In Short Supply At The Vatican?

After a truly enjoyable summer of reading Absolute Monarch I can now say the book is finished.  Five-stars for a history that was well-researched, and amazingly presented with a very readable and convincing narrative.

Having said that it is now time for the last papal trivia, (somewhere my reader Annie sighs) and the tidbit comes from John Paul 1, who was clearly murdered in 1978 with planing by some in the curia. 

Shortly after getting the fisherman’s ring (it would have to be short as he only was pope for 33 days, the shortest reign since that of Leo XI in 1605)  John Paul commented that the Vatican was not really a nice place to have to live and work.

Pope John Paul 1 said, “I hear nothing but malice, directed against everyone and everything.”

Then he commented, and here is the trivia concerning what is missing in the Vatican.

John Paul stated, “Also, I have noticed two things that appear to be in very short supply: honesty and a good cup of coffee”

I can not vouch for the coffee, but after this masterful work by John Julius Norwich I agree with John Paul about the honesty.

John Paul 1 might be one of the few popes that actually gets into heaven.

Madison’s Old Homes Get National Notice, We Need To Protect Them

In light of the news about an attempt to bulldoze an old home across from Madison’s historic Orton Park should also be placed the following story concerning the way the rest of the nation looks at these old homes in this same neighborhood.

In 2008 This Old House listed this neighborhood in Madison as one of the best places in the Midwest to buy an old house.

Third Lake Ridge, a 30-block area two miles from downtown and the University of Wisconsin, was settled in the 1850s and prospered when it became a destination for German and Norwegian immigrants after the Civil War. It is now one of two local districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wisconsin’s capital city is known for its progressive politics, neighborhood activism and preservation, and stellar educational institutions: Madison’s highly lauded elementary, middle, and high schools make the city a magnet for families. Besides the state government, the University of Wisconsin and the growing high-tech and biotech industries are major employers.

Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie School, and Craftsman houses are all here, along with more modest bungalows. The most coveted homes span the neighborhood’s mile of Lake Monona shoreline.

The range goes from $160,000 for a rough-around-the-edges Craftsman to $1 million for a lakeside mansion designed by Prairie School architects Louis W. Claude and Edward F. Stark.

Teabaggers Shout “Yeah” In Favor Of Letting Sick People Die

Clearly not the valedictorians of their graduating class.

How Big Does Michele Bachmann Think Anti-Vaccination Vote In Nation Is?

Was Michele Bachmann aware that Rick Perry and Mitt Romney were at the center of the stage for Monday night’s debate?   Might her goofy answers be one of the reasons she is starting to feel shrinkage in her poll numbers?


Coal Controls House Speaker John Boehner

There are many reasons to be concerned about this story.  From needing to find and finance clean energy, to controlling health care costs that are preventable, and limiting the obscene amount of money needed to finance political campaigns…..

This is not an unique story by any means.  Members of congress from both parties, and all sides of the ideological spectrum, are tainted with these types of stories.

It is not right to have the largest concentrations of power and money able to buy the political process.  But that is what is happening, and has been occurring for far too long.  It has never been a good idea, and it never will be.

Problem is too few pay attention to the amounts of cash that are gathered and given to those who take an oath to serve the nation.

Move Along Nothing To See Here!

U.S. coal companies have pumped $1.5 million into House Speaker John Boehner’s political operation this year, a sign of the industry’s beefed-up efforts to fight new and proposed regulations from the Obama administration.

The coal industry now ranks as one of the top sources of cash for the Ohio Republican, rivaling such perennial GOP donors as Wall Street and the real-estate industry. A large part of the coal industry’s donations came in a single week at the end of June.

Donations from coal-industry interests account for more than 10% of the $12.5 million Mr. Boehner collected from Jan. 1 to June 30 for fund-raising accounts he directly controls. Mr. Boehner’s personal campaign account collected less than $200,000 from the coal industry during the entire 2009-10 election cycle.

The cash flowing to Mr. Boehner’s coffers stems partly from the GOP’s efforts to roll back the Obama administration’s environmental and energy policies since taking control of the House in 2010, and replace them with fewer regulations in order to boost domestic energy production. Republicans say proposals to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants and limit mining threaten to raise energy costs and stifle job-creation.

Sarah Palin Blistered by Joe McGinniss In “The Rogue”

It really does not blister better than this.

[Sarah Palin] has no friends any more. She has no political allies. She has no supporters. Her greed, her blatant stupidity and her malevolent personality have driven them all away. She’s painted herself into a corner from which she cannot escape. The poison she’s spewed throughout her public and private adult life is now seeping back into that corner, and poor little Sarah has nowhere to hide….Joe McGinnis, author of the upcoming Palin biography “Rogue.”

McGinnis quotes from former GWBush speechwriter David Frum’s sayonara to Sarah:

Within days of the announcement of Palin as GOP running mate, it became obvious to everybody that she could not pronounce two coherent consecutive sentences on any aspect of national policy, foreign or domestic. A lot of effort went into arguing that this ignorance did not matter, or even that it represented a weird kind of plus factor. Three years later, we no longer hear such excuses for Palin. But it remains true even now that Republicans do not take intelligence or expertise very seriously as qualifications for the presidency.

New Version Of Why (Not How) Bristol Palin Got Pregnant

Wasilla Hillbillies.  The whole lot of them.

Levi Johnston says when Bristol found out her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was expecting a baby she said she should be having a baby, not her mother. He says she told him in March 2008, “let’s get pregnant.”

His book, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs,” comes out Sept. 20.

In Bristol Palin’s own book, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” released last June, she says she lost her virginity to Johnston on a camping trip when she got drunk on wine coolers, a claim Johnson disputes in his own book.

Johnston says he had “been too dumb” to use protection while dating Bristol but knew having a baby was “what she wanted.”

Johnston said when Sarah Palin first learned of the teen pregnancy she laughed, thinking it was a joke. He writes it was her husband, Todd Palin, who really showed his anger, raising his voice and telling him he needed to quit school and get a job.

Yes, quitting school is always the answer for a better life…

Doonesbury Looks At New Book About Sarah Palin

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is running excerpts from Joe McGinniss’ Sarah Palin bio in this week’s strips.  But would you believe that the Chicago Tribune print edition readers will not see the cartoon.  The reason?  According to the paper “The subject matter does not meet our standards of fairness [because] the strips include excerpts from a book that is not yet on the market…”

Well, readers can see the strips here on CP.  Click on links for larger view.

From Monday, Sept 12th

From Tuesday, Sept. 13th

More to come this week on CP.