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Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Pope and I

The contraction, n't, negates the word to which it is appended.

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“VATICAN CITY – In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, […] Francis made his first public comments about the recent framework for an accord, reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, and aimed at ensuring Iran doesn't develop a nuclear weapon.” [emphasis added]
— Published April 04, 2015 (Associated Press)

Although I am not a Roman Catholic, I have no problem with the concept that the Pope is infallible on matters concerning the Catholic Church. And personally, I believe the Pope is a peace-loving individual, as am I. But beyond the realm of the Church, I believe the Pope is subject to human fallibility, to the same extent that any other well-meaning intelligent person is.

I believe the problem, which many people have with grandiose pronouncements made by powerful and influential individuals, is that one must have a grain of salt within reach whenever one is within earshot (or within comprehension) of said pronouncements. Make no mistake, when a politician like Barack Obama says the word "doesn't", he almost always means "does" (and vice versa). For example, recall Obama's oft-repeated pledge, "If you've got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan -- you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you". This, of course, is known in common parlance as "pure unadulterated bullshit".

The so-called "BFD" with Iran is the most irresponsible agreement any American President has ever foisted on the United States and its allies. It is a most perverse enabling of Iran's goal to acquire a stockpile of nuclear weapons. And this BFD, which is claimed to be "aimed at ensuring Iran doesn't develop a nuclear weapon”, is in fact a plan that is aimed at ensuring Iran does develop a nuclear weapon.

Happy Easter to one and all.

Go Duke!

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