No matter how rich you become, how famous or how powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather. ― Michael Prichard
Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME).
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include the Pope vs. Trump, Chuck Grassley & courage, Scalia’s funeral, Glenn Beck & God & Cruz, Cruz & Natural-Born Citizen, and much more!
Pope vs. Trump:
That was the headline from the Associated Press yesterday. Here is the opening paragraph:
Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he wants to address illegal immigration only by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump fired back ferociously, saying it was “disgraceful” for a religious leader to question a person’s faith.
I loved some of the comments from around the web about the story. One person said that the Pope does not get to decide who is a Christian.
Amen to that.
Other comments were not as nice.
Some people pointed out the nice big secure wall that surrounds the Vatican. See it HERE.
I have to agree with Trump on this one. Religious leaders should not question a person’s faith.
I have a hard time respecting very many religious leaders these days. I’ve always felt that it was better if church leaders (Priests, Reverends, Pastors, etc.) stayed out of politics except to encourage members of their congregation to vote, take part in the political process, be good citizens, respect those elected, and even run for office. Other than that, they should stay quiet because if they show favoritism for one candidate over the other, they will probably tick off about half their congregation. Their job is religion, not politics.
Grassley Lacks Courage:
Chuck Grassley is the senior United States Senator from Iowa. He’s been in the senate since 1981. He is 82 years old. He’s also the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the important jobs the Judiciary committee does is hold hearings on the President’s Supreme Court nominees.
Grassley has followed his leader, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, by saying “it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court justice.”
Grassley was called out for not being a leader by The Des Moines Register editorial board that had this to say:
This could have been a “profile in courage” moment for Sen. Grassley. This was an opportunity for our senior senator to be less of a politician and more of a statesman. It was a chance for him to be principled rather than partisan.
Sadly there isn’t any statesman or stateswoman in Washington, D.C. these days.
The Register editorial board closed with this:
He could have made it clear that he favors a Senate vote on the matter — a move that still would enable Republicans to accept or reject the eventual nominee based on merit — but he chose instead to disregard his constitutional duty by rejecting a nominee who hasn’t even been named.
It’s wrong. It’s not unexpected, and it’s not a surprise, but it’s still wrong.
It’s funny that sometimes you can see a wreck about to happen beforehand. With what the Republicans are doing, I see a wreck developing. This stunt will probably cost the Republicans the majority in the Senate and the White House.
Before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was even cold, replacing him became political, so it’s not surprising that whether the President attends his funeral or not is political, too.
The President is not attending the Scalia funeral; the Vice President is. That brought out the anger from those on the right, but it’s no big deal. Here’s how the New York Times reported it:
While President George W. Bush attended the funeral in 2005 of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who was the last justice to die while on the bench, funerals of other justices have passed without the presence of either the president or the vice president.
NBC News reported:
Four out of the past seven funerals for a Supreme Court justice have either had the president or vice president in attendance.
It’s going to be fine folks, just calm down…
Glenn Beck & God & Cruz:
You can’t make this stuff up…
CNN and several other sources reported Thursday that Glenn Beck believes that God brought about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in order to encourage Americans to vote for Ted Cruz.
No wonder Christians are often ridiculed.
In case you’ve forgotten who Beck is, he once hosted a daily show on CNN’s Headline News Channel and after that he hosted a daily show on the Fox News Channel. Beck is now a Mormon but was raised a Roman Catholic. (Source)
Cruz & Natural-Born Citizen:
A court in Illinois will hear a case today about GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz being born in Canada to a U.S. citizen and being able to become the President of the United States. (USA Today)
Some people believe that Ted Cruz is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and ineligible to be President. The part about this issue that amazes me is that Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1970, and he had dual Canadian-American citizenship, but it took him until May 2014 to formally renounce his Canadian citizenship and cease being a citizen of Canada.
Although many people are wishing it will happen, I don’t think Ted Cruz will be deported back to Canada…
One More Thing:
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss