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2015 was so ugly, Father Time would deny paternity, but it’s just about over.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is 2015 taught lots of people very bad lessons.  We can be hopeful 2016 provides the opportunity to unlearn those lessons.

Here’s what people were talking about this year.  As is so often the case, I’m out of sync with my fellow Kentuckians since they were more interested than anyone else in the country with the passing of a wrestler.  I probably belong in Washington state where Leonard Nimoy’s final beaming-up was the prime click motivator.

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I’ve tried to hit some of these subjects of interest and a few more.  For instance:

  • The news media spending eight months and 4,000 stories on Hillary’s email did nothing to help me figure out Windows 10.
  • The Adult Video/Porn Awards came in second to the NFL in talking about deflated balls.
  • Having Bibi Netanyahu come speak to Congress is like running into an ex-brother-in-law ten years after a divorce – no real affection, but civility requires tolerant indifference.
  • I’m pretty sure “to protect and serve” Freddie Gray didn’t include a severed spine.
  • You have to admit the name Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption is much better than either Richard Matt or David Sweat unless you do a mash-up of their names and get Dick Sweat.

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  • The most interesting thing about the Oscar-winning movie, Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the director’s, Alejandro González Iñárritu, name.
  • Never thought a 66-year old man or woman in a corset would make the cover of Vanity Fair.
  • No one noticed that the $220 million payday of the Paquaio/Mayweather fight worked out to equal a million dollars a year for their combined age.
  • When two rival Texas biker gangs have a gunfight and 177 are arrested, but only 9 are killed, it means someone has been skipping target practice.
  • Wonder if Rachel Dolezal tried the line, “White is technically a color,” with the NAACP?
  • The Republic of Kosovo gained diplomatic recognition and John McCain was quick to issue his normal howdy-do, “Let’s bomb them and throw a get-to-know-them invasion.”

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  • Three guys on Medicare wearing black robes, try as they might, couldn’t stop twelve million poor people from getting health care.
  • Five people wearing black robes weren’t the boss of full-time hair farmer and part-time county clerk Kim Davis.
  • If Pope Francis had spoken before Congress another five minutes, John Boehner’s crying would have had him completely dehydrated.
  • If Volkswagen had programmed the autopilot on the Germanwings airplane most likely 150 people would have had a better vacation.
  • Two of the guys in the running to replace Sepp Blatter of Fifa are Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale – either is sure to turn Sepp into an angry, irritable Blatter.
  • Who would have thought Dubya was the smarter one?

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  • Of the seven trials held this year in police shooting cases, five ended in acquittals or mistrials, and the other two were dismissed – that’s 0-7, add one more zero and you have 007’s license to kill.
  • It only took three terrorist attacks in France to retire the term “Freedom Fries.”
  • In the eight years since five guys wearing black robes cobbled a nonexistent right to bear arms from a misplaced comma, the number of deaths attributable to guns in the U.S. is approaching the number killed in combat during World War II.
  • The Paris Climate Agreement had an ambitious list of climate anomalies to address.  An addition to that list:  It was warmer at the North Pole this week than it was in west Texas, southern California, and parts of the Sahara.  For those admiring consistency, the idiocy of climate change denial remains unchanged.
  • If Donald Trump’s primary lead falters, ala Ozzie Osbourne, he will bite the head off a bald eagle to make ahMurica great again.

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  • Inspiring fear and then fearing its absence is a pathetic existence and has never been a sustainable political philosophy.

 

This by no means is an exhaustive list of 2015 events.  Here is an excellent four minute 2015 recap by Vox.  Please add your own events or take this conversation in any direction you might like.

May 2016 be a year where the collective “force of goodness reawakens” and once again triumphs.

 

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conspirators-Havel“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”
― Walter Scott, Marmion

Good Afternoon Widdershins!

It’s been a few days since Pope Francis left the U.S. and he certainly left a swirl of stories and confusion behind him.  One of those stories concerned his meeting with Rowan County (Ky.) court clerk Kim Davis.

The story of the meeting was first made public in Inside the Vatican in a story written by Robert Moynihan.  There was no official record of the meeting because it was more of a “meet and greet” visit.  However, lil Kim recalls it this way:

“The Pope spoke in English,” she told me. “There was no interpreter. ‘Thank you for your courage,’ Pope Francis said to me. I said, ‘Thank you, Holy Father.’ I had asked a monsignor earlier what was the proper way to greet the Pope, and whether it would be appropriate for me to embrace him, and I had been told it would be okay to hug him. So I hugged him, and he hugged me back. It was an extraordinary moment. ‘Stay strong,’ he said to me. Then he gave me a rosary as a gift, and he gave one also to my husband, Joe. I broke into tears. I was deeply moved.

Now we already know that this Pope is a hugger; kissing the ring doesn’t seem to be high up on his list.  He also said to lil Kim: “Pray for me.”.  Again, that’s not unusual for this Pope to ask that of anyone that he meets.  Still, this meeting caused a lot of questions to be asked such as: “Who arranged the meeting?”, “How did Francis hear of Kim Davis?”, “Where did the meeting occur?”.  As more information came out about the “meeting”, we found out who was doing the publicizing and it was that good old hate group Liberty Counsel, the same group that’s been raking in the money, uh, defending Kim:

Matt Staver, a Liberty Counsel lawyer, told Time magazine that he, Davis and Vatican Embassy officials began discussing a possible meeting on Sept. 14. The Sept. 24 meeting lasted about 15 minutes, prior to the pope flying from Washington to New York.

Now, besides being part of a hate group, and we also know now that Matt Staver is a liar.

Kim Davis’ lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.

The crowd erupted.

It wasn’t true.

Staver’s firm, the Liberty Counsel, which revealed Davis’ secret meeting with Pope Francis, has been accused by advocacy groups of peddling misrepresentations in the past. Yet it has conspirators-movie-posterbecome the main source of details about the controversial pope meeting.

Online sleuths quickly debunked the Peru story Staver told at the Values Voter Summit, a conference for the conservative Family Research Council. The photo was from a year-old gathering unrelated to Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Staver could provide no evidence of a massive Davis rally. On Monday, he called it a mistake and blamed miscommunication with the Peruvian authorities who gave him the photo.

There was an excellent piece on this meeting written by Fr. James Martin, SJ. and brings out some salient points that you can read at the article but one of them being:

It’s ill advised to use a private visit with the pope to make political point. It’s also unfortunate that after the pope’s visit, during which he sought to reconcile divisions, during which he explicitly lamented political polarization in his speech to Congress and during which he sought to show how foolish the “culture wars” are, that his meeting with Ms. Davis may be used to score political points.

When all the uproar finally sunk through to the Vatican they finally had to release a statement about the meeting.

In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.

The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.

Ah poor Kim!  Can’t get no respect anywhere.  But wait!  Let’s rub some salt into the wound.

Pope Francis privately met with a gay couple last week while visiting Washington, D.C., according to several news reports Friday.

Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine-American caterer who lives in the Washington area and is a former student of the pope’s, met with Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature one day before the pope met Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has been at the center of a national controversy over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Joining Grassi was his boyfriend of 19 years, Iwan.  (and here’s some salt Kim)
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Vatican confirmed Francis had met with a “gay former student and his partner.”

This must have sent Matt Staver and L.C. over the edge because they felt the need to issue their own story of what happened between lil Kim and Francis despite the Vatican saying it was a meet and greet.

The Liberty Counsel didn’t back down at all. They argued that Pope Francis made clear in an interview that he does in fact support their client by virtue of the fact that he supports conscientious objection.

Staver argued that whether or not his story was factually accurate, it was symbolically accurate: Pope Francis supports conscientious objection, and since the Liberty Counsel sees Conspirators_TCM posterDavis as a conscientious objector (many disagree with that assessment, by the way), then they don’t think it’s a lie to present Francis and Kim’s meeting the way they have.

To put it in theological terms, the Liberty Counsel expects us to ignore the letter of what they say and pay attention to the spirit of what they say. This explanation is an odd strategy for, you know, attorneys. “Your honor, you’re getting tripped up here on the evidence! Look at the big metaphorical picture!”

Well we now know that Staver met with Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio to the United States and Conspirators-comicthese two were involved with setting up the meeting.  We also know that Benedict (the widow Ratzinger) appointed Viganò as secretary of the governorate of Vatican City State.  And when Francis was made Pope he cleared Viganò out and sent him to the U.S. Said Staver:

Mr. Staver said a conservative deacon, Keith Fournier, introduced him to Archbishop Viganò back in April before speaking at a National Organization for Marriage rally on the Washington Mall in opposition to same-sex marriage. As Mr. Staver descended from the stage, Archbishop Viganò made a point to “thank me for my message,” the lawyer said.

It figures that Staver was at a N.O.M. rally.  This is the group that believes you can “pray the gay away” and you can be changed to heterosexuality by “conversion therapy”.

Lastly, two things:  I wrote that Liberty Council is considered a hate group and that designation is from The Southern Poverty Law Center.  The SPLC says it ” does not classify religious groups as hate groups simply because they believe or preach that homosexuality is sinful (religious groups have a protected right to that belief) but because they propagate known falsehoods, and often employ’ groundless name-calling.’.”

And the second thing is this from James Martin who wrote the article linked to earlier:

 Most of all, despite what Ms. Davis said, a meeting with the pope does not “kind of validate everything.” Again, the pope meets with many people, some of whom he may know well, others of whom may be introduced to him as a reward for long service, and perhaps others who will use a meeting to make a political point. Meeting with the pope is a great honor, but it does not betoken a blanket blessing on “everything” one does. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Pope Francis also met Mark Wahlberg, and that does not mean that he liked “Ted.”

Consider this a completely wide open thread.  Don’t feel as if you need to confine yourself to the topic .  Take the discussion wherever you wish.

 

 

 

 

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Good Monday, all! As a Noo Yawkah, I am experiencing some trepidation about what will happen this week when the Pope, the President and the United Nations all converge upon the City that Never Sleeps. Now, I’m not a Catholic, nor do I play one on the Interwebz; but many of my closest friends are believers, and so I have been following Pope Francis’ career with some interest.

Those of you who have been reading my writings for a while know that I am not a fan of the Catholic church. I have pointed out in the past that Catholicism, much to its detriment, has not experienced a modern, liberalizing Reform movement. Its focus on celibacy has, rather predictably, attracted priests who have major sexual dysfunctions, and the Church is still recovering from the horrible revelations of the widespread child abuse practiced by so many clerics in the fold. By contrast, Reform Judaism and many Protestant forms of Christianity have embraced married, female and openly gay rabbis/priests, and by and large, these awful crimes are not committed in Reform temples and churches. I’m not even mentioning the retrograde views of birth control that are embraced as part of the Catholic church’s doctrine, which, per a Guttmacher institute report in 2011, are not even practiced by the majority of those who call themselves Catholic. As for American Catholic women who have had abortions, that is a much lower number (27%), but it’s certainly not as low as the Church would want it (0%).

Fast-forward to this week’s visit. There’s been a lot of excitement about Pope Francis and his statements on the environment, helping the poor, and seeming embrace of tolerance of LGBT. So today I ask the question: Is Francis a harbinger of liberal reform?

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For you city folk, there is a rural phenomenon where a dog will actually chase a car.  Crazy, I know, but it happens.  People have always tried to explain why dogs chase cars, but outside the thought bubbles of Snoopy no dogs have commented.  One thing I do know, catching a car by a car chasing dog leaves everyone scratching their heads.  What happens then?dog and car 2

This is the same conundrum facing Republicans these days.  They might be on the cusp of being “the dog what caught the car” on any number of issues.  Let’s review.

First and foremost, there’s the Supreme Court case of King v. Burwell where the ACA is on the chopping block courtesy of a simple legislative drafting error.  There’s Donald Trump’s “word salading” a run for the Republican presidential nomination.  Then there’s the winnowing down of the Republican field being outsourced to the Republican media operation of Fox News.  In addition, there’s the dissing of Pope Francis over his encyclical regarding climate change.  Add to that immigration, the environment, same-sex marriage, birth control, sex education, abortion, infrastructure spending, STEM education, or any number of other issues – take your pick – and the Grand Old Party is pre-diluvian in its positions and thinking.

If the Supreme Court violates the judicial keystone of upholding legislative deference to the executive branch in terms of implementing legislation, the resulting “major go-to-pieces” represented by the King case could go a long way in flipping both the House and the Senate.  Remarkably, two-thirds of those who stand to lose insurance subsidies live in Republican districts.

obamacare_worst_case scenarioThere are those on the Left who secretly hope the Supreme Court does get its conservative activism robes in a bunch and rule against Obamacare.  Polling suggests a majority of Americans want Congress to fix what is, in essence, little more than a grammatical error.

The resulting Republican stalemate over health care would be a Fort Sumter-esque first shot of an especially bloody civil war over what to do.  Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would be tripping over their respective high-heeled cowboy boots to filibuster any fix. Vulnerable Republicans would be caught with their “subsidies down”.  Mitch McConnell’s frustration would mean his world-class frown wouldn’t end until just below his kneecaps.

As for Donald Trump and his ongoing rant about his fellow candidates, the Republican Party has not a soul to blame, not a soul, but themselves.  It was all well and good to encourage “the Donald” as long as he was in search of a Kenyan birth certificate, but now his antics are being described as dangerous and delusional.  A trained seal knows from whence his fish comes and Trump’s same old tricks are golden when it comes to headline grabbing.Trump 2

Trump also knows the first commandment of political hucksterism, always attack upward.  His shots at Jeb! (to be read with emphasis), Rubio, and Walker are nothing but precursors of what his performance will be if he gets on a debate stage.  Now that will be must-see-teevee.

Speaking of the Republican debates, there is no better example of the dog catching the car.  With Fox being nothing more than the communications arm of the national Republican Party, Prince Priebus has deigned it acceptable for Fox and Roger Ailes to pick winners and losers in the GOP debate lottery.  Messaging and chronic indignation has always fostered a marriage of convenience between the GOP and Fox, but now the parenting skills of the “debate babies” are causing massive marital discord.

When you are likely to have twenty candidates and try to limit the debate to only ten candidates, you have just as many candidates off stage as on the stage (that is the extent of my mathematical skills).  Such an arrangement fosters plenty of sound bites for the disgruntled.  If you can’t organize a debate, how on earth are you going to organize the dismantling of the federal government while at the same time increasing defense spending and reducing taxes?

dog drivingThen there’s the problem of resolving the differences between the encyclicals of Pope Francis and the Brothers Koch.  The Pope sees climate change as real and the Brothers Koch have declared it whimsically imaginary.  The difference between the two schools of thought is punctuated by about a billion dollars in Koch contributions siphoned through a web of front organizations.

Trouble is:  More and more people, particularly those declaring an affinity toward religiosity, believe as does the Pope – we should be good stewards of our planet.  This presents a particular problem for those demonstrating a proclivity for sucking on the tailpipe of the Koch political machine.  You can’t exactly proclaim moral superiority when your morals are dictated by choosing the Brothers Koch as your ethical higher power.

We could go further in our metaphorical analysis, but there is no need.  Just like an angry dog, the “Party of No” has forgotten that just exhibiting unfocused anger leads not to a logical conclusion, but to general confusion. dog biting car

Just like a tantrum throwing two-year old, the anger of the Tea Party and the ultra-conservative base has fostered no sensible Republican policy alternatives short of pants wetting.  There’s something karmic about promoting calculated inaction resulting in unneeded suffering and then that inaction resulting in self-inflicted pain. Just ask any car chasing dog – all you get when you are successful is a sore, flat head.

I hope your Friday is a good one and I’ll be back tomorrow with a cavalcade of the ridiculous for your perusal.  Take the conversation in any direction you may desire.

 

 

 

I have to admit, this new pope is growing on me.

ROME (Reuters) – About two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying, adding that the pontiff considered the crime “a leprosy in our house”.

(snip)

“This data should hearten me but I have to tell you that it does not hearten me at all. In fact, I think that it is very grave,” he was quoted as saying.

I am not sure where Pope Francis got this figure, as he was quoted to say that he was reassured of its accuracy from reliable statistics,but I applaud him for speaking up and admitting the problem. (Hmmm, Maybe the Catholic Church needs a 12-step program?)

The article in La Repubblica also quoted the pope as saying that there were cardinals amongst the abusers. While the role of cardinals in covering up abuse is still being uncovered, it has not been proven than any committed these horrific acts. Nonetheless, the law of averages would seem to dictate that these men are not immune from the disease. Of course, rationality is not a key characteristic of a Church which is based on transubstantiation and the infallibility of its human leader, and Vatican spokespeople are claiming that hey, His Holiness never said that!

While acknowledging that the conversation had taken place, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued a statement saying that not all the phrases could be attributed “with certainty” to the pope.

Lombardi said that, in particular, a quote attributed to the pope saying cardinals were among the sex abusers was not accurate and accused the paper of trying to “manipulate naive readers”.

You know what’s manipulative? The way the Church has played on the faith of its members to marginalize and silence the victims of pedophiles in the clergy. And yes, I am quite f*cking sure that there are cardinals who have abused the children in their care. The Catholic Church is full of these cockroaches who scatter at the first hint of sunlight, and the culture for far too long has been not just tolerant of, but enabling towards, these abusers.

In my opinion, the Pope should share the statistics that he’s seen, Tell it like it is, Francis. Only then does the Catholic Church have a prayer of gaining back the credibility it has lost.

This is an open thread.

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While it’s not quite spring yet, we have warmed up enough here lately, that something is out there in the breeze, and it’s playing havoc with Fredster’s allergies, his sinuses or whatever.     I’ve hit the flonase nasal spray and the saline today.  I have hit the Allegra also but not with much success. If tomorrow is like this I’ll have to hit the generic Xyzal.  I found that medicine last year and it has been great!  If you are an allergy sufferer, it is one you might want to check out.  It’s available in a generic form, levocetirizine, and has worked great for me.

It’s light fare Saturday and to be honest I don’t have a lot ready for today, but we’ll see how it turns out.

Here’s a way to get even with Walmart for crappy wages

While I applaud this young man’s ingenuity, I have to say there must be a better and legal way to get back at Wally World.  “An unnamed teenage juvenile was arrested by Norman, Oklahoma police for stealing nearly $30,000 from three area Walmart stores.”  “Police say the accused was well acquainted with the chain’s practices because he worked in an Oklahoma City Walmart before being fired for taking money.”  I would guess there’s not too much difference in how the different stores operate and that was to this young man’s advantage.

He told employees of the Moore, Oklahoma Walmart that he was there to conduct an inventory of the store before general managers would arrive to do a post holiday inspection.

Surveillance video from the store, which has not been released by the D.A., showed that the teen was left alone in an office where money was stored and he grabbed, “…multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes,” hugging the manager as he left. Moore Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said, “He’s obviously confident in what he’s doing and has a good story.”

Now after he left the Walmart in Moore, he then went to a store in Edmond OK and wearing his old Walmart uniform, “he walked into the store and was assigned to work at a register where he was able to swipe $3,000 in one day.”.  Dayum, this kid is good!  Oh, but there was this also:  he”is also reportedly an actor with a local talent agency.”.  A case of “Catch me if you can” perhaps?

There is no way this one turns out okay

An older man in a town in northern Italy decided to hire a sex worker for some afternoon delight or something.  I suppose he was wanting to be discrete about it so he hires himself a young woman from a nearby town.  However, what happened most probably caused the old guy to lose his “ardor”

When they met, he could not believe his eyes when the realised the escort was his future daughter-in-law, The Local reported, citing Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino.

His 40-year-old son’s girlfriend, who is from South America, had told the family that she was a waitress.

When they met, they decided not to seal the arrangement for the night.

But the man, 70, decided honesty was the best policy, and told his son what had happened.

The news did not go down well and the father and son fought.

The incident, which happened four years ago, only became public knowledge this month when the son sued his father for injuries sustained in the fight.

I think I saw an episode like this on one of the Law and Order shows.  That ended badly too.

Hey, the Pope knows *those* words too!

Hey, he’s such a breath of fresh air compared to the widow Ratzinger, I can cut him some slack.

Apparently there are a two words that sound very similar in Italian, as I’m sure there are in other languages.  In this case the words were “caso” for case and “cazzo” for fuck.  (Would that be the verb or another form of the word?)  In any event here’s how it came out:

The Pope’s message of charity was lost in translation on Sunday, as he accidentally muddled “caso” (“case”) with “cazzo” (“fuck”).

“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this fuck [pause], in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity,” he told followers amassed in St Peter’s Square.

Well, the speech hit youtube and one Italian commented:

“He wanted to say, ‘in this case’ – it’s a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more,” one Italian wrote.

Now, I got curious so I googled and found this information:

Which languages does Pope Francis speak?

Pope Francis’s native language is Spanish but he also speaks Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Ukrainian and Piedmontese (a language spoken in the Piedmont, an area in northern Italy). Of course Pope Francis is also conversant in Latin- the official language of the Holy See.

Okay, so maybe not so much with the Italian, but as I said, I’ll cut him some slack.   😉

Some youtube videos

Previously I gave you the “world’s fastest pancake maker”, so this time I have the world’s fastest “sandwich artist”.  Don’t know the language of the signs in the background but if anyone knows, please be sure to add it in below.

Ah the English…they can take the most boring thing in the world and make it even more boring.  After this I could not contain myself until I went out to learn more about…the hedgehog.

Okay this last one is about a place in Japan called “Rabbit Island” because the Japanese turned it into a recreational area after WW-II.  Prior to that it had been a secret testing place for poisonous gas.  The rabbits on the island were turned loose.  The rabbits used in experiments were put down.  Hunting these creatures is forbidden and dogs and cats may not be taken onto the island.  Well, rabbits being rabbits and having no predators there, this frequently happens with visitors to the island.

Oh and finally, a reminder:  Set those clocks ahead tonight!

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Okay Widdershins, that’s all I have.  What’s going on with you today?

This is an open thread.

A great New Year’s Eve Widdershin friends.

To say goodbye to 2013 is not at all unpleasant for me. It hasn’t been the worst of years, but it hasn’t been the bestStop watch 2013 and 2014 of years by a long shot. It has been the consummate “meh” year. Here are a few things I remember, please add to them.

The stock market rose 30% for the year meaning a paper gain in wealth of $5.2 Trillion, but somehow nearly every single Republican in the House of Representatives thought the exorbitant amount of $1.33 a meal was too much to spend by way of food stamps on the poor.

Edith Windsor, after a 30-year loving relationship with Thea Spyer, got a huge estate tax refund courtesy of the Supreme Court saying, “Duh, DOMA’s not fair.”

Miley Cyrus dropped a Wrecking Ball on Hannah Montana.

A meteor hit Russia with a big blast and then Edward Snowden did too.  Snowden liked the airport terminal so he stayed. Between the two, most Russians would probably prefer keeping the meteor and sending Snowden into outer space.

We have 5.7 million missing workers — people who have dropped out of the workforce and have stopped actively looking for work. Rand Paul thinks they should be treated like starving artists since they need to suffer a little more.  Rand, the off-sprung of Ron Paul, believes cutting them off unemployment is the least we can do for them. Uncharacteristically accurate, he is right — doing absolutely nothing for them is indeed the very least we can do.

During 2013, there were a bunch of people wandering around shouting to themselves in the streets.  Remarkably, it wasn’t Congress. It was the Google Glass testers. I wonder if anyone at Google Galactic headquarters thought about pairing them up.

2014 pushing 2013We were almost at war with Syria until we weren’t. Sadness prevailed among the neocons until someone finally looked at an atlas and figured out Iran was close enough to count on their “Start a War” coupon cards. The added bonus is the fun of going about scuttling Iranian peace negotiations. Why talk when you can bomb?

It seems the biggest event of 2013 was reliving a horrific event of 1963. Abraham Zapruder knew we didn’t need to see the blood spatter explosion. Fifty-years later, I wish the cable channels had exhibited his sense of decency.

It seems like 2013 was the year of the filibuster. Wendy Davis used it to protect the reproductive health care of Texas women. Rand Paul used it to protect, as he said, “Jane Fonda from being killed by a drone while having a cup of coffee at a sidewalk café.” And Ted Cruz used it to hear himself drone on and on and on.

Prince George arrived courtesy of Kate and Wills — here’s hoping he has more Middleton than Windsor genes.

Anthony Weiner needed a pair of jeans before his selfie fest.

Chris Christie was re-elected governor of New Jersey spouting off about building bridges. Too bad his henchman watched too many Soprano reruns and closed the George Washington Bridge.

Given the way Kim Jong Un treats family, Dennis Rodman should quiet down on calling him “brother.”

3D printing became an issue for all those NRA aficionados who envisioned their Second Amendment rights entitled them to whip up a gun in the middle of the night in case they couldn’t get to any of the 50,000 gun shops or gun shows.

Paula Deen thought 2013 was a pretty good year until she realized it wasn’t 1863.Firewords 2014

2013 was the year where House Republicans thought it was a good idea to vote 47 times to repeal the right of about 50 million Americans to get healthcare.  They also thought it was a travesty for a few percent to no longer be allowed to pay premiums for bogus trash policies covering nothing. Just one of many examples of their 2013 consistent inconsistency.

Breaking Bad ended. George Zimmerman continues.

Pope Francis made it cool to wear old shoes and care about the poor. He thinks we’ve heard enough about abortion and gay marriage. He thinks we should hear more about healing and helping. An unpopular philosophy for the “pious for profit” crowd.  I’m betting on Pope Francis.

At $25 Billion, the government shutdown proved to be the most expensive tantrum ever staged on the planet, but North West is still less than a year old.

Please add your thoughts from 2013, this is an open thread.

 


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