Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope John Paul II R.I.P.

A lot of famous people are dying this week it seems. The last thing I want is to turn the blog into a reocurring obituary. The only other event I can think of is the NCAA Final Four and it looks like NC State will take out Illinois.

Pope John Paul II, who helped bring down communism in Europe while leading the Vatican church for 26 years died last night. He was 84. The Pope redefined cool as I remember. He maintained a conservative image and stamp on the Vatican while rubbing elbows with Bono of U2. Most recently he was the audience to a collective of b-boys who prompted the Pope to throw his hands in the air like he just don't care. Musician Sinead O' Connor singlehandedly pulled the plug on her career when she destroyed a photograph of The Pope in 1990 during a musical performance on SNL. The Pope struggled with Parkinson's disease for some time and continued to Pope during the worst times of his illness. The general view of his papacy is divided of course. After all, they did design the glass-encased Popemobile in the 1980's after a failed assassination attempt.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Terry Schiavo R.I.P.

Terry Schiavo Posted by Hello

The epic controversial Schiavo case did not end yet despite Terry's passing yesterday, arguments concerning funeral decisions and arrangements for Terry Schiavo's remains still are ongoing. The right-to-life story, the biggest media spectacle since the Jack Kevorkian trial has drawn much attention in the recent weeks leading up to the decision to remove her feeding tube. Some saw it as a means to an end of her suffering. The Clint Eastwood film, Million Dollar Baby which was spoiled to the general public by the AP has shed light on the issue. The living will and testament a terminally ill person has the right to agree to is being held to scrutiny although circumstances may be different for some cases, yet the question of whether euthanasia is just or not is still puzzled over by politicians and lawmakers.