The decades pass. The faces change, but the message remains the same.
Pope Francis on Friday urged Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, the Holy See said in a statement, the pope’s first public pronouncement on the issue.
You know, despite the fact that his conservative bona-fides are unimpeachable, I like this new Pope. I mean…it’s hard not to like a man with the common touch—who blesses the seeing-eye dog of a blind Italian reporter and who washes the feet of Muslim women in a spirit of community and fellowship.
But—and this is a big but—nobody has more power to enforce his (God’s?) will than Il Papa. So if the Pope wants to get rid of sexual abuse in the Catholic clergy, he doesn’t need to ask. The Catholic Church is not a group of friends. He doesn’t need to urge or persuade. The Catholic Church is not a democracy. All he needs to do is kick ass and take names:
“But your holiness, it is difficult to identi—”
“Stop right there! You are excommunicated! Next.”
“Your holiness, we are trying to find ways of dealin—”
“And you! You’re excommunicated!”
“But your Holine—”
“Not another word! Your eternal soul is condemned to hellfire.”
You see. It’s easy, and Francis shouldn’t be asking. He should be telling. At least that’s what he should be doing if he wants to save Holy Mother Church.
In conflating those who, “…will vote for Obama no matter what,” with that segment of Americans who pay no taxes—mostly people who are so desperately poor that further taxation would be an insult—Romney demonstrates that he is so politically tone-deaf, so monstrously out of touch, so brazenly contemptuous of those who don’t support him—regardless of their reasons—that a vote for this dangerous, small-minded, creature of privilege is a waste of a ballot.
I’m not wealthy like Mitt, though in middle-age I’ve made it into the 5% and stand a chance of making it into the 2% by the time I retire. Thus, I’m the perfect demographic example of a potential swing voter, but I’ll be voting for Obama…no matter what!
You know what that makes me, at least to ‘Mitt the Sh*t’ Romney? A freeloader—a person who won’t take personal responsibility for my life. This, despite the fact that I’ve been continuously employed for almost 30 years, with the only breaks being those of my own choosing…well almost all.
I have been laid off twice, and one of those times it was because a parasite like Romney saw an opportunity to make a whole lot of fat easy cash from the labor of others. I suppose that makes me one of Romney’s ‘victims’.
I have taken unemployment insurance exactly once in my life, for 4 months, and I was damn glad it was available, but in Mitt’s world I’m, “…dependent on government”.
As a percentage of income, I pay way, Way, WAY more taxes than Mitt Romney, always have and always will. Mitt Romney, whose budget wrecking policies will literally crush this nation under debt, can afford to talk tough to us 47%’ers. With $240M in the bank and a privileged life free of budgetary anxiety, he has never had to pay his own way, and he can’t conceptualize that government might have to as well.
Arguably, I have done more good in my life and career than Mitt Romney will ever do in his because at least I care about my country, my neighbors, my family, and those less fortunate than myself. The only people Mitt Romney cares about are those more fortunate than himself, and if he becomes the President, I guaran-f*cking-tee he’s going to prove it.
So F*CK YOU MITT ROMNEY!!! Much as I think Barack Obama has been a waste as our President, you never had any more than the slimmest chance of getting my vote. Now? You and you’re whole so-called conservative, screw-the-99%, tea-bagging, cabal of addled dimwit Rethuglican leeches have got no chance.
I’m sick and tired of this bullsh*t. Anybody…and I mean ANY-F*CKING-BODY…who deliberately attempts disenfranchise voters—whether it consists of limiting polling hours (Arizona), cutting down the number of polling places (Wisconsin), attempting to throw eligible voters off the voter rolls (Texas)…especially when there’s no god-damned evidence to back up their sorry arguments (Florida)—needs to be hauled off and thrown into the closest penitentiary.
Ohio’s sorry excuse for a Secretary of State, Jon Husted, is just the latest example. But in this case, Husted’s refusal to implement a federal court order restoring equity to the rules governing early voting in Ohio, should get him a all-expense paid trip to Leavenworth, Kansas if nothing else, than for contempt.
Sorry, stupid, partisan, mother-f*cker!!!
What a week! First Todd Akin steps into a hornets nest with the comment that circled the world (twice!):
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
I practically had a seizure when I read that. Okay, let’s break it down. First “legitimate rape”, what the hell does that mean?! Is there a legitimate reason to force a woman to have sex with you? Not in my world buddy. Second, “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down”…wha? I mean seriously this guy knows NOTHING about females if he can say this with a straight face. And last, and in my humble opinion most egregious, “but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child”. So choosing not to give birth to your rapist’s child is “attacking” it? I loathe this idea that a child in utero is somehow more valuable and important than the fully grown woman carrying it. This entire thing is just reprehensible. It belittles us women.
So he apologized. He “mis-spoke” in his off the cuff remarks. Yeah you did. You revealed to all the world how little you value women. Akin won’t leave the Senate race because he’s gotten where he is now by standing by his morals. Your morals are repugnant sir. But I’m glad you stayed in the race. The GOP tried to talk you out, Ryan tried to talk you out, even the crackers in the Tea Party tried to talk you out, but you stayed. And now you are just the gift that keeps on giving.
On top of that this week Rick Perry, governor of Texas won a suit to defund Planned Parenthood. Yup, he’s removing them from the Women’s Health Initiative and, get this, calling it a “win for Texas women”. Again I’m flabbergasted. How is removing a low income health provider going to help women in a state with no income tax which is hostile to illegal immigrants and has a governor with his head up his ***?
Syria said it is ready to discuss the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part of a negotiated settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict…
— Agence France-Presse
Sufficient wealth has been transferred off-shore to provide Bashar al-Assad and his family with the lifestyle to which they are entitled after their exile.
Do you know about “We the People“? It’s supposed to be an attempt to foster direct engagement with the administration. It’s Obama’s outreach plan. It purports to give us—the little people—a greater voice in government by supporting the creation of petitions that, if they reach a threshold of support (25,000 signatures), will force a formal response from the administration.
But…like so many things in the Obama administration, this site is hollow fraud. Setting aside that most of the “official” responses are full of content-free nonsense, the administration has no problem simply removing petitions that they don’t approve of. This happened to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). They petitioned the White House to force TSA to comply with a Federal Appeals Court order to hold public hearings on invasive ‘back-scatter’ screenings of the flying public.
With only 2,500 signatures to go, the White House summarily removed the petition…early. And this after the administration took the whole site down rather than handle the signatures that would have come from an appeal in Wired Magazine to sign the petition.
Basically, the White House wants to be inclusive, as long as the ‘people’ in “We the People” don’t ask anything embarrassing.
“This is the most fiscally irresponsible act that I have seen during my career… It is completely irresponsible to hold up the budget of Virginia that serves 8 million people for one earmark, for one 11-mile railroad in one area of the state.”
Robert F. McDonnell (R), Governor of Virginia
No you partisan f*ck! What’s irresponsible is for the entitled whiners that serve in Virginia’s legislature to continue to play fiscal dodge-ball with the funding of Virginia’s portion of the Phase II Dulles rail extension.
For 50 years now, Virgina has reaped the benefit of having the only International airport in the national capital area way-the-f*ck-out in the their state’s hinterlands. But for the rest of us, Dulles is a big fat, hard to get to PAIN-IN-THE-ASS!!! Which is made all the worse because Virginia doesn’t want to pony up what amounts to 1/10 what the Federal government is throwing into the project.
Here’s an idea, how about we move the international airport to Andrews AFB. It’s a hell of a lot closer to downtown DC, you only have to build a short annex off Metro’s Blue Line to connect it to public transit. It’s got really…really long runways and plenty of space for new terminals. (The president and Air Force One can even have their own runway.) You’ll be able to hear the wailing of northern Virginian’s from space, and Dulles can be left to rot…oh…and serve Southwest. They love airports with lots of free gate space.
So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
— Rush Limbaugh
The quote speaks for itself. Though I might add that apparently Rush doesn’t count the sex that men who’ve had insurance covered vasectomies are having as being worthy of his scrutiny. So, although Rush very obviously likes long things in his mouth he is, as they say, “all man” even when he’s acting like a prick.
It’s 1960 and you’re feeling flush because you have a thousand extra bucks to invest. Do you vote for John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon?
Well conservatives would say, “…vote Republican because we’re better stewards of the economy.” In fact Mitt Romney is ‘banking’ on the notion that you’ll think his Bain Capital experience makes him the obvious choice, but the facts are otherwise. Here’s the real story:
Appreciation of $1000.00 during all the Democratic administrations since 1960: $10,920.00
Appreciation of $1000.00 during all the Republican administrations since 1960: $2,087.00
In other words, during the 28 years that Republicans have held the White House, your $1,000.00 has just barely doubled. But in the 23 years that Democrats have been in office, you’re money would have multiplied by a factor of 10! So which party should we be entrusting the economy to?
Republicans are good an enriching somebody…no doubt, but it’s not the average investor.