March 27, 2005
Easter in this Roman Catholic community was magnificent.
On Friday, a mile-long traditional procession carried statues commemorating salient episodes from the Way of the Cross from our beautiful local church all around the town. Took 4 hours, and was assisted by 3 bands playing suitably solemn music. Each statue was carried on 4 or 5 rails, and each rail rested on the shoulder of one man at the front and one at the back. The bearers used the coffin-carrying technique – rail on shoulder, arm braced across the shoulders of man next to you, and a slow, swaying, shuffling step.
The costumes were fabulous, helped by the fact that the people here look much like I imagine the people of the Holy land did. Participants were between 4 and 80 years old, and the dress was historically accurate: Roman infantry with ceremonial armor fronted by huge SPQR Imperial standards, Pontius Pilate with his full legal retinue, dismounted charioteers, all the disciples, and groups of barefoot penitents dragging chains and clad completely in white robes with hoods containing just eye-holes.
The entire population turned out to watch this, and people were appropriately restrained given the grim event being re-enacted.
Today, Sunday, marks the Resurrection, and was much more cheerful. The band of the Scouts (boys and girls) got to march at the head of a parade at the church – Mrs G and I have fond memories of such marches when we were kids. After Mass, there was a daytime firework display, reminiscent of a heavy mortar barrage. Come to think of it, it was a heavy mortar barrage, they just pre-exploded with fragmentation.
A huge demonstration of community solidarity, affirmation of faith, moral mentoring and plain fun.
March 27, 2005
If you want forgiveness for bad behavior, you have to be penitent. Sadly the moral education of Kofi Annan and George Greer missed this out & they just want the forgiveness.
The London Times reports:
KOFI ANNAN, the United Nations secretary-general, is said to be struggling with depression and considering his future. Colleagues have reported concerns about Annan ahead of an official report this week that will examine his son Kojo’s connection to the controversial Iraqi oil for food scheme.
This man heads an organization which on his watch became rotten with corruption and a sponsor of pedophilia. He is responsible & should admit his responsibility, apologize and resign so that a better man can right his wrongs. Then make amends, maybe helping kids his troops have sexually abused. If he hangs on whining for sympathy, he’ll be labeled until he dies as a disgrace.
Fox News reports an AP story on George Greer:
While in legal circles he is garnering acclaim for his consistent application of Florida law in the case, there has been a price.
Protesters now show up at his Clearwater home. The FBI arrested a North Carolina man it said placed a $50,000 bounty on the head of a judge in the case, although officials didn’t name the judge.
This past week, he parted ways with his Southern Baptist church, which had advocated keeping Terri Schiavo alive, after his pastor suggested it would be better if he left. “You must know that in all likelihood it is this case which will define your career and this case that you will remember in the waning days of life,” Calvary Baptist Pastor William Rice wrote to Greer in a letter than later became public.
Greer could not be reached for comment because of the frequent hearings on the Schiavo case, but longtime friend Mary Repper said she recently spoke with him and he judge sounds “worn out” by the case that has been on his docket for more than seven years.
Greer is a typical passive-aggressive, hiding behind rules to execute an act of depravity. Then whining that he’s having a hard time. Unless he repents, it’s going to get a lot worse.
Incidentally, the same story says (my emphasis):
Greer, a former county commissioner, became a judge in 1992. He was recently re-elected to a six-year term, but has announced that he will retire once that term is up.
Greer has been trying to kill this woman for years. Did his County voters know about this when they re-elected him? If so, Florida has major problems.
March 27, 2005
Legal and medical assurances that dehydration is a gentle death turn out to be false. Fox News reports (my emphasis):
Family supporters also said Terri’s breathing has become increasingly labored. Another family attorney said hospice workers began giving her morphine.
But Michael Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, denied reports by the parents’ attorneys that her tongue and eyes were bleeding, wracked by dehydration.
“She is resting comfortably,” Felos said Saturday. “Her breathing does not appear to be shallow.”
Let me get this straight. The judge orders the woman killed by dehydration because she is less than an animal. His supporters claim her death will be an easy one. As she suffers, medics pump her up with morphine. Now she can’t give any embarrassing sign that she is not less than animal.
And the creep getting her killed at the behest of her adulterous husband observes that she is “resting comfortably”. No shit, Sherlock!