Just Above Sunset
March 14, 2004 - Oh! The irony!
A small dose of irony…
I love irony. And we're in for many months of it.
President George W. Bush arrived
on schedule. He gave his speech. He moderated a panel of five people on a makeshift stage in front of a sign that said "Strengthening
America's Economy." He wove their stories seamlessly into the fabric of his re-election campaign. He engaged in self-deprecating
humor that even a detractor might find charming.
Somehow this seems very soviet – something about manufacturing throngs of supporters. Oh well.
A larger dose of irony, with pickles and mustard...
To all readers in the Boston area - tell me this isn’t so….
Friday, March 12, 2004, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Opening Day ticket holders at Boston's Fenway
Park this year who are Catholic face a dilemma: the Boston Archdiocese said since the Red Sox's afternoon game against
the Toronto Blue Jays falls on Good Friday, they must refrain from eating meat, including hot dogs, sausages and pepperoni
"We're already getting all kinds of requests for dispensation to
eat meat," said the Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, a spokesman for the archdiocese. However Coyne said that after
a meeting to discuss the requests, Boston church leaders decided a baseball game was too weak an excuse to duck the no-meat
"I would hope it was just an oversight when they were doing the
schedule," Coyne told the Boston Herald. "I think it's very insensitive to the huge number of people who are Christians and
In 1995 and 2000, Cardinal Bernard F. Law, then
the head of the archdiocese, allowed local Catholics to eat meat when St. Patrick's Day fell on a Friday during Lent.
I get it. Saint Patrick’s
Day is not a weak excuse. You can have your corned beef and cabbage on that day. He was a saint, after all. This Good
Friday thing is baseball, however, and these guys aren’t driving the snakes out of Ireland or anything miraculous. They’re just playing baseball. And
the religious folks worry about us, the non-believers?
Well, one friend, still thinking about Mel Gibson and anti-Semitism, wrote
I can't believe this blatant anti-Semitism again! Doesn't anyone see it? Hebrew National Hotdogs? All part of
Mel Gibson's grand scheme. When will it ever end?
Ric in Paris, back from a sort of recent trip to New York, added –
National are pretty good wieners, but the chicken ones aren't meat. They are
bird. At Nathan's out at Coney Island, they are not even hotdogs, no matter what
they're made of. The nearby Cyclones are real though. New ballpark; nice view of Portugal.
Ric is so… European! (And the Cyclones are minor league - not likely to raise the ire of the church,)
And as for hot dogs, sausages and pepperoni pizza being banned?
Since when are any of these things 'meat?' I dare anybody to find any
meat in any of these inedible items. Half the time, they forget to put on even
one smidgen of pepperoni. Italians don't, even though the Pope lives there.
As for Boston church leaders deciding a baseball game was too weak an excuse to duck the no-meat rule - and
one of them dissenting saying, "I think it's very insensitive to the huge number of people who are Christians and
Since when are all Christians Catholics? I know it's universal, but this
is outrageous overreach. A lot of Christians aren't even Christian.
And as for the religious folks always worrying about the non-believers like me and Ric? They should worry!
Especially about us. We are getting off scot-free - eating our cake and
keeping it too.
The Christians are guilty of envy. The ballplayers are supposing to be
driving evil balls out of Fenway Park. 'Evil' - balls, pitched by the Blue Jays, from Toronto-the-Good.
Yep, I missed that. The
visiting team at Fenway is from CANADA! Those are the folks from up north who
wouldn’t join our war on “all evil in the world” starting in Iraq.
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