Tagged: Pope Francis

Wicked garden

My mother told me to never trust an anarchist.

Never mix books with framed photos.

“Rush to Kill” is the state motto of Georgia.

To channel Sarah Palin: the Republican Party was in the Pope’s spiritual crosshairs.

The bit on cocaine, meth, and Whitney Houston shows there is hope for Mr Noah’s Daily Show.

Carly Fiorina endorses water-boarding. Of course she does.

Now I know how Joan of Arc felt

Kim Davis is the Pope of religious bigotry.

Pope Francis looks a bit like Peter Gabriel.

Texas + football brings out the paleolithic in people.


Anti-gentrification protestors are as well meaning and as misguided as their colleagues in the Occupy movement. Attacking a cereal shop in the East End of London is as impotent a gesture as the refusal to formulate specific demands for political authorities.

Hipsters keep our culture fresh. Embrace them and then real progress might commence.

Ora pro eo

The Pope visited Congress and spoke on several topics:

Families: who can be against them. Easy applause lines. Presumably not referring to families headed by same sex partners.

Social Justice: the selection of Dorothy Day as a representative of “American values” may have been controversial choice for free market loving conservatives (assuming they know who she was). The Catholic Worker Movement is way too socialist for a Republican listener.

Common Home: action on climate change wouldn’t sit well with Republican science deniers (the entire party?). Santorum, Christie, and Jeb! have already told the Pontiff to mind his own business. The tepid Republican response contrasted strongly to their response to …

Life: one Republican hooted when s/he thought the Pope was going to call for the abolition of abortion. When he said “the death penalty,” the hoot turned shriek suddenly stopped. I can imagine there’s a lot a disappointment on the religious conservative front, which doesn’t associate the death penalty with the inviolable right to life.

Common Good: I don’t think the Republican Party believes in this idea. Democrats and Communitarians will respond warmly to it.

Historical American Values: the selection of Lincoln and ML King Jr won’t go over well in southern red states where the Confederate flag is a “cultural heritage.”

Immigration: not a good topic for the majority Republican audience. Republicans don’t view immigrants as numbers; they are viewed as criminals and job stealers. When the Pope said “When the stranger appears to us … we must not repeat the sins and errors of the past,” he was met with stony silence from the Republican side of the Congress.

Overall, the speech is likely music to the ears of the liberal minded; dismissible by those of the conservative bent. Republican proposed policies would work against nearly everything the Pope encouraged. Fox News spent more than five minutes spinning the Pope’s speech to make it a win for Republicans, a futile, but entertaining, exercise.

Later, the Pope visited St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Cole Haan received free advertising from numerous camera shots.

The expensive rebuild of the Cathedral and the line of wealthy donors participating in the evening vespers service stood in stark contrast to the Pope’s anti-materialist message and its emphasis on helping the poor.

Right on track

High citation counts are more rewarding than a seat on Oprah’s couch.

Mr Trump is angry at Fox News again. It’s Donald Trump vs Rove News. Battle of the bottom-feeders.

Right-wing Republicans are planning to boycott the Pope’s speech in Congress because of his stance on climate change. The Pope’s call for Republicans to act on climate change is equivalent to Reagan telling Gorby to tear down that wall.

You put a lot of thought into your non sequitur: my reply to anyone who disagrees with me.

If we could just join hands

This is the beginning of the end of American football. Kudos to Chris Borland. When youth leagues and high schools can no longer afford insurance, American football will be extinct.

Ranchers in eastern Oregon are very upset about the presence of 77 wolves who have killed two of their cattle. Why don’t the wolves eat the ranchers. Problem solved.

Yanis Varoufakis has proved to be a Socialist de robe.

Dystopian narratives are the expression of a fundamentally conservative mindset.

Occasionally, the Pope is infallible, such as his opposition to capital punishment.

City’s full

It has probably already been mentioned before but isn’t there something ironic about a voluntarily celibate man (Pope Francis) decrying the “selfishness” of those who choose not to have children.

Kanye West unveiled his new line of zombie couture at New York Fashion Week.

David Carr was the last great American journalist: not posh, worldly, insightful.

The Devil is quite an attractive character, it is doubtful He will leave the stage of the human imagination anytime soon. I rather enjoyed the depiction of the Devil as a dandy in the film “Constantine” (although, technically He’s credited as Satan).

I take Constantine’s Devil/Satan as a dandy because of the white suit and the rakish display of tattoo creeping above the shirt collar. I wouldn’t quibble if one called Him a popinjay though.

Defying sanity

It is reported that an American Putinologist finds the Russian leader may suffer from Asperger syndrome. Is megalomania often misdiagnosed in this manner?

Mr Putin is simply using the old CCCP play book on counter-intelligence in the service of the retro-Tsarist imperialism.

Fox News and Mr Putin both know that if you repeat a lie frequently and persistently, people will come to believe it.


The Pope’s comments on the corporal punishment of children have been met with resistance:

Pope Francis told his audience: “One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them’.

“How beautiful! He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”

However, this point of view is not surprising from the head of an institution that uses the whip and the cilice as aids to faith.

I received “dignified” beatings as a child. Consequently, I abandoned my parents at age eighteen.