November 12, 2013
No More Shine for the Bishop
Archbishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg has long been called the archbishop of “bling” by his peers and constituents. He is known for his affinity for jewelry and opulence. And recently, Tebartz-van Elst began work on a new residence where the value of the place was estimated to be between $27-40 million. Pope Francis met with the Archbishop of Limburg once rumors of this venture surfaced. The archbishop said that the building was made for 10 different projects and that zoning restrictions in historical properties cost them more money than originally planned for. But after more than 4,000 complaints about expenses blown by the archbishop, Pope Francis suspended Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and reclaimed the $40 million compound to be used as a soup kitchen. The first problem with this story is that there is an archbishop of bling. “Bling” as a term needs to be retired once the Catholic church takes hold of it, and priests definitely should not have bling in their title. And second, Pope Francis is a real pimp for kicking the archbishop out and turning his home into a place of the people.
Richie Incognito brought a media storm of attention and scorn to his team with his behavior this week. He stands accused of bigotry and many other unsettling behaviors that are completely detrimental to a locker room. However, the most unbelievable act that he stands accused of is bullying his teammate Jonathon Martin. Football players range in size from relatively small guys like the defensive backs who regularly stand under 6 feet and weigh under 200 lbs. to enormous men who eclipse 6’3 and weigh well over 300 lbs. on the offensive line. But most importantly, football players everywhere are considered to be tough guys, especially at the highest level of football, the NFL. Incognito bullied his teammate Jonathon Martin to the point where Martin quit the team and the story reached the associated press. Initially, most of America probably thought that this was a story about their local middle school team where a jock harassed the water boy on his team until his parents finally came forward on their son’s behalf. Bullying has run rampant in the last few years in schools, and a few teenagers have committed suicide because of it. However, this story of bullying is straight from the National Football League, not high school. Incognito, a professional athlete, bullied his teammate, Jonathon Martin, a 6’6″, 300 pound man, to the point where he quit his job. Martin faced racial slurs, unsavory comments about him and his mother, and standard rookie hazing from Incognito. He received threatening voice mails and text messages, and apparently feared for his safety when he left the team. How does a 300 lb. man get bullied by another man? I am not sure. But, it did happen.and though most of this story is clouded in hearsay, one thing is certain. Neither the bigot bully or the cowardly lineman will have a job in the NFL next season.
And finally in Miley news, Miley Cyrus smoked a joint onstage at her performance at the MTV awards last month, and the editors of the show were so shocked that they edited it from the show. She started her foray into her new image with a tongue-lashing, awkward, and somewhat “rapey” onstage performance with Robin Thicke. She followed that up with a new video that featured her swinging on a wrecking ball sans clothing, and decided not to wear clothes in most of her recent public outings. And now, Miley has smoked a joint in front of her remaining fans while on national television. Her transformation into the new Lindsay Lohan is nearly complete.