View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Robertson chuckles

It’s like something out of Weekly World News (one of my favorite publications).

72-year-old man with prostate cancer leg presses a ton!

Except in this case it’s Pat Robertson, who instead of putting his energy into calling for executions and saying people are being punished for their misdeeds with illnesses and disasters, put his energy into this weighty feat.

He claims to have done it once back in 2003, and that he still regularly lifts 1,200 pounds with his legs.

He must be auditioning for a spot as one of the Superheroes of the Bible.

He’s mightier than Florida State Football players, whose record is a mere 665 pounds. (Less than the 700 of his 700 Club!)

But then, he has the strength of the Lord behind him. (Though he does admit he didn’t do it in a way regular weight lifters would, as explained at the CBN site -

So, which superhero might he be?

Leg Man?

Nah, too suggestive.

Press Man?

He’s certainly been getting that with his statements and claims in recent years.


Hmm. He is also promoting "his age-defying protein shake."

The CBN website offers a free recipe for the shake, with ingredients including soy and whey protein, flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar. (Just go to the CBN site - - and scroll down to Resources. The shake is down there with the “age-defying protein pancakes” and the “age-defying antioxidents.”)

Robertson has also licensed his name to Columbus, Ohio-based Basic Organics Inc., which makes a similar product called Pat's Diet Shake.

Robertson is quoting in an AP story as chuckling, "We're selling the thing like crazy. There are thousands of people who want to get it. They think the shake had something to do with my ability to lift weights, and I don't think it did."

Yep, chuckling all the way to the bank, er, heaven.


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