Mod: One of my favorite local blogs here in Lo Cal is called Encinitas Undercover (link). Like the one you are reading now, it attempts to portray what is going on in its community in the most realistic and unvarnished ways possible. Something that often stands in vivid contrast to the feel good happy talk and politically mandated bromides you find in most other so-called news outlets.
Such bold reporting can often upset certain local worthies and the assorted tedious individuals who admire them. Think of it as a kind of a bonus. However, this is an acquired taste, and not for everyone.
That said, it is a thankless job and certainly not a skill set likely to enrich EU's unnamed publisher. As we are fond of saying here at The Tattler, the real money is in lying, truth is for volunteers. Though, now that I think about it, it doesn't look like they're getting rich these days, either.
So what is Encinitas Undercover struggling with today? Would you believe it is something called the Spring Egg Hunt? Here is how that is referred to in a recent email blast from Encinitas Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca, formerly of Sierra Madre.
Calling all kids!: Spring Egg Hunt! Saturday, March 31st, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Encinitas Community Park. Bring your own basket for eggs. Limited parking on site, extra parking available at Scripps Hospital, lower parking lots off of Devonshire Drive.
According to the City of Encinitas website, there will be 20,000 eggs to hunt. A diabolical figure that I find mind boggling. That is a lot of chickens who will never see the light of day, or enjoy scratching up a little corn.
So you know, I am also struggling with the metaphysical implications of Easter and April Fools Day falling on the same date this year. It could finally mean the end of all we know. You really should try to get out and enjoy the day. The weather is quite nice.
No word yet if the Spring Rabbit is going to be there for the Spring Egg Hunt. Then again, what else is he going to do?
Mod: As long as we're dealing with topics of a religious nature today (or the complete lack thereof), I thought we should all try and ponder the following.
That odd declaration came after the newspaper La Repubblica published a front-page article on Thursday by an atheist, left-wing and anticlerical giant of Italian journalism, who reported that during a recent meeting the pope had said that hell did not exist.
Bad souls are “not punished,” the journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, 93, reported the pope as saying. “A hell doesn’t exist.” Nor, for Mr. Scalfari, does a tape recorder or notebook or the orthodoxy of quotation marks.
The Vatican characterized the remarks as misquotations.
In the past, Mr. Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica, a bible of the Italian left that he edited for decades, has admitted to sometimes putting words in the papal mouth.
But the infernal remarks, especially as the pope prepared for Easter Sunday celebrations, proved too tempting for international tabloids, conservative websites antagonistic to the pope and many others to let go.
“Vatican literally falls apart after Pope Francis says ‘Hell doesn’t exist,’” read a headline in Metro UK, a British newspaper.
The pope, in fact, has often talked about hell as a very real final destination for the wicked, and the Vatican made clear that the “literal words pronounced by the pope are not quoted” and that “no quotation of the article should be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”
Mod: Personally, I have no doubts about the reality of hell. Those who would deny its existence are merely lacking in the ability to properly observe.