"Going Viral" Goes Viral

A 6 year old girl give her mom a wake up calls a lesson of life after her parents been divorced

At last it has happened: “Going viral” has itself gone viral.

You remember how cool it once was: “Wow, that video has ‘gone viral.'” It was the new groovy techno-speak. Such-and-such a story had spread like a computer virus all over the Internet.

But then the expression was used constantly over the years until one day Ersjdamoo got tipped over the edge by the straw that broke the camel’s back. No offense to the Russia Today news, but their report today about a six-year-old’s divorce advice to mom “goes viral” finally did it for me. “Going viral” had itself gone viral. [1]

“Out of the mouths of babes…” The video of advice from the six-year-old is hopefully viewable at the top of today’s blog entry. It is worth watching, in these times of frenzy.

About to “go viral” is the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. He arrives here today, barring unforeseen circumstances. Soon enough shall come an avalanche of pope stories.

Let us extend a friendly hello to the Roman pontiff. Despite all the hype, he is still a fellow human being. At the age of 78, this must be an exhausting itinerary for the man. We find that Pope Francis is of the noble tribe of Sagittary, having been born on December 17, 1936. This means he is apt to “put his foot in his mouth”, because the Sagittarians are known for laying their cards on the table. When the pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24th, scheduled to occur at 10 am [2], let us hope for some lively remarks. Go get ’em, pope.

This 78-year-old entity, now incarnated as pope and born under the sun sign of Sagittarius, is human after all. He is not the walking Jesus, despite Catholic hyperbole. An item carried by the local newspaper, however, suggests this very thing. A chartered bus scheduled to depart from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, will transport Catholics to Philadelphia, where Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, September 26th. One of the fan club has already gotten within a few feet of Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and advises, “It’s so cool” to be in The Very Presence. She will be approaching The Very Presence again when a freeway will be closed in Philadelphia for a Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. [3]

It is this sort of hyperbole which caused Ersjdamoo in desperation to turn to Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) as a counter-balance. Father Guido was big, back in the day, when a frenzy of hyperbolic going-viral surrounded American visits by Pope John Paul II. By mass instinct almost, people turned to Father Guido’s comedy videos to help maintain their sanity. And so, for example in yesterday’s blog entry, Father Guido is reported as saying about Pope Francis that he is part of the Vatican in-group, the Roman Curia, and a secret right-winger! [4]

I haven’t yet double-checked if Pope Francis was or is a member of the Roman Curia. I did check though about the “Bishop Ramirez” killed in El Salvador coincident to a South American visit by Pope John Paul II. Father Guido had stated this during a radio interview in 2013. [5] Or at least I think he said, “Ramirez.” Anyway, it was not “Ramirez” who was killed but Archbishop Óscar Romero. On March 24, 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence, in El Salvador. [6]

Father Guido Sarducci had claimed, in the 2013 radio interview, that Pope John Paul II had been in South America when Romero (“Ramirez”) was assassinated “and he didn’t even bother going to the funeral.” However checking on this it has been found that the Pope’s visit to South America began in late June of 1980, and not coincident to the March 24th Romero shooting. Furthermore, Pope John Paul II did at least visit El Salvador on July 6, 1980, soon after Romero was killed. [7]

Archbishop Óscar Romero is a hero to a lot of people, and I wanted to get straight what had really happened. After posting the blog entry, pondering the name “Ramirez”, it occurred to me there had been “another” killing back then. “What was the name… What was the name…” And then it came to me: “Romero.” That is the name of a neglected movie, which premiered in 1989 and starred the late Raul Julia as Archbishop Óscar Romero.

The forecast for the remainder of this week and on into the weekend is hyperbole, with constant “going viral” instances. Pope Francis is expected to possibly speak plain and upset persons like George Will, who will nit-pick details. The syndicated columnist takes issue, for example, with “Francis’ fact-free flamboyance.” [8] The Sagittarian pope does see the “big picture” yet is not so good at details. This is a weakness of Sagittary, one of the “extra-mental” signs, the other being Gemini. Gemini sees the details, but not the big picture, while Sagittarius is vice-versa. Both signs though are “extra-mental”, indicating underlying brain power.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “‘I just want us all to be friends’: 6yo’s divorce advice to mom goes viral (VIDEO)”, Russia Today, September 22, 2015. http://on.rt.com/6ry6
[2] “Official Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit 2015”, http://www.popefrancisvisit.com/official-final-schedule-of-pope-francis-u-s-visit-2015/
[3] “Top of the Morning”, by Jim Rossow. Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, September 20, 2015. Page A-2.
[4] “Encore Sarducci Vatican Analysis”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 21, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/encore-sarducci-vatican-analysis/
[5] “Listen: Father Guido Sarducci on the Election of Pope Francis”, TruthDig, March 18, 2013. http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth
[6] “Óscar Romero”, Wikipedia, September 21, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93scar_Romero
[7] “List of pastoral visits of Pope John Paul II outside Italy”, Wikipedia, September 21, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pastoral_visits_of_Pope_John_Paul_II_outside_Italy
[8] “Pope Francis’ fact-free flamboyance”, by George Will. Published in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, September 20, 2015. Page C-5.

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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