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1 the president is a scoamf

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 09:10 AM (GVxQo)

2 Ben Carson for president.

Run that SCOAMF off the road.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 74% more DOOM! at February 11, 2013 09:12 AM (FsUAO)

3 just when you think there's been enough doom....there's more!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 09:12 AM (GVxQo)

4 Was Petraeus Taken Out In A CIA Palace Coup?

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Probably.

Career CIA people have a way of fucking over outsiders who attempt to change how things are done. The short tenure of Porter Goss as head of the agency comes to mind.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:13 AM (e0xKF)

5 Could The Next Pope Be An American

Pope Obama I?

no wait, you said *American*

Posted by: chemjeff at February 11, 2013 09:15 AM (m/eXi)

6 There is the Catholic Church and the Pope.
Then there is what the chattering class thinks it knows about the Catholic Church.
Rarely do those two spheres of information intersect. Like now.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:16 AM (VpkjW)

7 My dog dumped twice this morning too.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 09:16 AM (GQ8sn)

8 Menendez Interfered With US Government In Order To Push Dominican Port Contract To Melgen

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Whoever said "follow the money" on this story instead of "follow the poonanny" was right.

Menendez pushing hard for no-bid contracts for his buddy while blocking the Obama Administration from giving the Dominicans free tech to do the job is pure corruption.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:17 AM (e0xKF)

9 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 09:17 AM (8y9MW)

10
How fucking hard will I laugh if Israel launches a strike on Iran whilst SCOAMF is there?!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:18 AM (XkWWK)

11 As for Argentina. Zerohedge? really? Can we stop beating the horse of Argie collapse.. oh wait its Christina, keep on beating.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:19 AM (VpkjW)

12 Big Blue Cities Losing The Race For The Future

This totally should have been Big Blue Cities Not Winning The Future.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 09:19 AM (8y9MW)

13 Found out I have to get a new adviser for my PhD... after 3 years in the program.

Yep. This sucks.

Pray for me. I'm fighting apathy at this point.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 74% more DOOM! at February 11, 2013 09:20 AM (FsUAO)

14 "Vets Trapped In Endless Veterans Affairs Bureaucracy"


We are all veterans now...

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:21 AM (XkWWK)

15 J.J. Sefton I actually expect the idiots in Gaza to pull an Arafat. Do something so odious and stupid Israel has to respond. And there will be TFG going 'derp!'

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:21 AM (VpkjW)

16 From the HOA Story:
What resulted was an epic legal battle between the Farran family and the
housing authority — one that inevitably led the board to bankruptcy,splintering the community and creating division among its
residents.


I never thought I'd be proud of what a SCOAMT supporter did, but that's pretty awesome.

Have I mentioned that I hate HOAs lately?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 09:23 AM (8y9MW)

17 AllenG, some community organizer there.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:24 AM (VpkjW)

18 15 J.J. Sefton I actually expect the idiots in Gaza to pull an Arafat. Do something so odious and stupid Israel has to respond. And there will be TFG going 'derp!'
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:21 AM (VpkjW)

I was obviously joking about Israel attacking during SCOAMF's visit, but the more I think about it, the more it might make sense, insofar as SCOAMF's ass would be exposed to Iranian retaliation so he might join in on the attack to save his own taupe-tinged THC encrusted hide.

Just a thought.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:25 AM (XkWWK)

19 Dang! There is about twice as much news today as normal... Well, I guess I better get to it!

Seems a little repetative, though...

Posted by: Haiku Guy at February 11, 2013 09:25 AM (vdbff)

20 I was sad to hear that Pope Benedict will be stepping down. I don't even want to THINK what kind of filthy, vile comments are being bandied about on Twitter this morning in response.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:27 AM (4df7R)

21 Could The Next Pope Be An American

Pope Obama I?

no wait, you said *American*


Posted by: chemjeff
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You's beat me to it but'cept I's sayin Kenyan.

Posted by: sTevo at February 11, 2013 09:27 AM (Xyyqq)

22 20 I was sad to hear that Pope Benedict will be stepping down. I don't even want to THINK what kind of filthy, vile comments are being bandied about on Twitter this morning in response.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:27 AM (4df7R)


Can we stage riots in Mecca and burn down their embassies and mosque in protest.

Give Head to Those Who Insult Islam!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:28 AM (XkWWK)

23 18 15 J.J. Sefton I actually expect the idiots in Gaza to pull an Arafat. Do something so odious and stupid Israel has to respond. And there will be TFG going 'derp!'
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:21 AM (VpkjW)

I was obviously joking about Israel attacking during SCOAMF's visit, but the more I think about it, the more it might make sense, insofar as SCOAMF's ass would be exposed to Iranian retaliation so he might join in on the attack to save his own taupe-tinged THC encrusted hide.

Just a thought.

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It would be funny as hell if they did it.

It would be equally as funny to let Obama into the building and then tell him that they have taken down the checkpoints between Israel and both Gaza and the West Bank, with signs pointing to the building where they're at now for the Palestinians to express their thanks to him.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:28 AM (e0xKF)

24 Whoever said "follow the money" on this story instead of "follow the poonanny" was right.

In almost any crime story, you're rarely in the wrong if you follow the money. That goes doubly for cases involving politics.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:29 AM (4df7R)

25 16 From the HOA Story:
What resulted was an epic legal battle between the Farran family and the
housing authority — one that inevitably led the board to bankruptcy,splintering the community and creating division among its
residents.

I never thought I'd be proud of what a SCOAMT supporter did, but that's pretty awesome.

Have I mentioned that I hate HOAs lately?

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I don't like HOAs, mainly due to the idea of "condo commandos" fucking with everybody, but the people who won the suit are still douchebags.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:29 AM (e0xKF)

26 23 Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:28 AM (e0xKF)

SCOAMF wearing his flight jacket and a CAT baseball cap in honor of Rachel Corrie day!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:29 AM (XkWWK)

27 I need to check in with Nostradamus because we are approaching the end times, as measured by the number of Popes.

Posted by: sTevo at February 11, 2013 09:30 AM (Xyyqq)

28 I like that Condor on Ice video. Especially appreciate how incongruous it is, buried among the serious news bits of the day.

Posted by: Unruly at February 11, 2013 09:30 AM (5MTmq)

29 Morning all.
I got nothing

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 09:31 AM (9Bj8R)

30 Isn't it time for the Pope to be a wise Latina woman?

Posted by: Long Island at February 11, 2013 09:31 AM (hl8SI)

31 I don't like HOAs, mainly due to the idea of "condo commandos" fucking
with everybody, but the people who won the suit are still douchebags.


Oh, absolutely. This is a case where I would have been rooting against everybody involved. But I can't say I'm disappointed in hearing that the HOA is bankrupt and having to sell off its assets.

I would do a little happy dance, but people would look at me funny. Well, funnier than usually.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 09:31 AM (8y9MW)

32 Ben Carson for president.

Ben Carson deserves a g-ddamn medal for sheer ballsiness. Amen, Dr. Carson.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:31 AM (4df7R)

33 Dr. Ben Carson gave Obama a lobotomy in front of everyone, and Obama's IQ actually went UP.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 74% more DOOM! at February 11, 2013 09:32 AM (FsUAO)

34 It would be equally as funny to let Obama into the building and then tell him that they have taken down the checkpoints between Israel and both Gaza and the West Bank, with signs pointing to the building where they're at now for the Palestinians to express their thanks to him.
Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:28 AM (e0xKF)


I would pay good money for a picture of his face in that moment.

I'd pay even BETTER money for a picture of the back of his underpants.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:32 AM (4df7R)

35 I think the next Pope should be that Churro vendor
I met two years ago ...He blessed my Churro before he handed it to me and when I asked him to bless my coke he said I don't make those....

Posted by: American Dawg at February 11, 2013 09:33 AM (trA4n)

36



Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Now Jobless…

Weasel Zippers.

Weird story to me. He was in 16 years and did not or could not do 20? Something sounds off to me?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 09:33 AM (9Bj8R)

37 Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 74% more DOOM! at February 11, 2013 09:20 AM (FsUAO)

man that sucks
what are you studying?

Posted by: chemjeff at February 11, 2013 09:34 AM (m/eXi)

38 man that sucks
what are you studying?
Posted by: chemjeff at February 11, 2013 09:34 AM (m/eXi)

CS. Sequestration and budget cuts mean R&D are the first to go.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 74% more DOOM! at February 11, 2013 09:35 AM (FsUAO)

39
John McCain: Heck Yeah I'll Raise Taxes To Avoid Cuts!



#MakingLifeWork

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 11, 2013 09:35 AM (kdS6q)

40 BWAHAHAHAHA!
I am laughing my ass off at the HOA story. May they all suffer gross indignities and financial hardship. Well, except for any sane conservatives who may live in the community. But by their very nature they're probably sitting pretty and laughing at their asshat neighbors.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:35 AM (4df7R)

41 I like that Condor on Ice video. Especially appreciate how incongruous it is, buried among the serious news bits of the day.
Posted by: Unruly at February 11, 2013 09:30 AM (5MTmq)


The bird was probably trying to find an exit to get back outside into the warm Cali sun. Talk about a rude awakening, being let out of your carrier in a noisy ice arena!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:37 AM (4df7R)

42
Shame on Jewish Democrats
Op-ed: Republican senators were the only ones who passionately grilled Hagel on his lack of support for Israel
Shoula Romano Horing
Published: 02.11.13, 11:46 / Israel Opinion



Watching the Chuck Hagel US Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, I almost became physically sick. To watch my fellow Jewish senators, all liberal Democrats, suck up to Obama and Hagel with softball questions against the interests of their own people and Israel was more than I could handle. The spectacle of southern Republicans senators, with almost no Jewish constituents in their states, standing up for the Jewish people and Israel against Hagel's evasive and nonsensical responses, while fellow Jews sat idly by, will stick with me for a long time.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343538,00.html

Amen

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 09:37 AM (9Bj8R)

43 Ben Carson's speech was fantastic. He managed to clearly explain conservatism and the evils of the victimhood mentality in under a minute - and right to SCOAMF's face.

I would support him provisionally right now. Just have to hear his ideas on foreign and fiscal policy. He also seems to be able to speak off the cuff but if he does choose to run, I hope he can beat the MFM at its own game of character destruction.

Potentially, everything Herman Cain was not - and more.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:38 AM (XkWWK)

44 My favorite Pope song...

http://bit.ly/WZMsn7

Posted by: sTevo at February 11, 2013 09:39 AM (Xyyqq)

45
No More Rick Rolling. Egypt Bans Youtube


But... but... The new Egyptian government is MODERATE, isn't it? That's what all the newsreaders and Obama told me! Why would they ban YouTube? It's not like they're an Islamist regime bent on curtailing what few freedoms Egyptians still possess, thereby sending the country backsliding into the 10th century like every other Islamist country in the world's asshole!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:39 AM (4df7R)

46 42 Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 09:37 AM (9Bj8R)

These shkootzim are Jewish by birth only. They pray and live at the alter of leftism.

Vayr ge hargit to them all. There isn't a mikvah deep or filthy enough to drown them in.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:39 AM (XkWWK)

47 Dammit, I'm mad that the Pope is resigning - I didn't need that crappy news to start my day. How dare he? Yeah, he wants a peaceful life and to write books - big deal. I'm serving a life sentence, taking care of 3 handicapped adult children - I'd like a rest too, but I don't get one. We're supposed to quietly be martyrs, and he can't be bothered with the discomfort anymore. Well screw him. I had hope that the Catholic Church was going to make it through this civilizational collapse because we had someone inspired and gifted at the top - it seemed like a genuine mark of the protection of the Holy Spirit. Now the liberal shits are going to get the "reformer" they wanted and were cheated of last time, and the whole thing is going to go down the crapper. I knowour civilizationis ending, because EVERYTHING is failing. There's NOTHING left to hang onto. Maybe Christianity itself is going to fall into the abyss, and thousands of years from now people will look at us the way we look at the worshippers of Mithros - a curious tradition that was strong for a little while then disappeared with everything else.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 11, 2013 09:41 AM (FkH4y)

48 Shame on Jewish Democrats
Op-ed: Republican senators were the only ones who passionately grilled Hagel on his lack of support for Israel
Shoula Romano Horing
Published: 02.11.13, 11:46 / Israel Opinion

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Which reminds me... SNL had a skit about the Hagel hearings which got cut after dress rehearsal this weekend.

I think it would have been hard for them to square the circle on that one, suggesting that Israel's supporters would freely go down on a donkey if Israel asked them to.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 11, 2013 09:41 AM (e0xKF)

49 I would support him provisionally right now. Just have to hear his ideas on foreign and fiscal policy. He also seems to be able to speak off the cuff but if he does choose to run, I hope he can beat the MFM at its own game of character destruction.

I don't know that he's necessarily a Presidential candidate -- though we could certainly do worse! -- but man, put him in charge of HHS and watch the regressives piss themselves with despair and hopelessness.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:41 AM (4df7R)

50 - "Bloomberg To Raise Property Taxes On Homes Ravaged By Sandy"

FYI mayors don't raise property taxes. Tax assessors do. Boards of supervisors. City councils. State legislatures.

Bloomberg is a parody of a liberal airheaded hypocrite, granted, but let's not completely jump the shark tank under the guise of making political points.

- "Big Blue Cities Losing The Race For The Future"

Definitely. Obviously. People with ambition vote with their feet.

- "California Lacks Doctors To Meet Federal Health Law's Demand"

Hell, if it weren't for MICRA California long ago would have run out of doctors. As far as Obamacare is concerned, pretty much every densely-populated state will not have enough docs. Costs will skyrocket. Supply and demand.

- "California Cheating Young With Toxic Bonds"

No question. So too is the federal government, with all its profligacy. If Gen. Y were stock it'd be delisted. Very few of those kids will make it. The overwhelming majority will be dragging themselves to crappy jobs long after they're old and gray.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at February 11, 2013 09:42 AM (r2PLg)

51 Sad news about the Pope.

I wish him well.

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 09:42 AM (jT2kZ)

52 I think someone needs to be banned from doing 100 coffee enemas a day....

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:43 AM (VpkjW)

53 God bless Nanny Bloomberg, remember folks in NYC he's an "independent."

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 09:43 AM (LRFds)

54 Hell, if it weren't for MICRA California long ago would have run out of doctors. As far as Obamacare is concerned, pretty much every densely-populated state will not have enough docs. Costs will skyrocket. Supply and demand.

But but but... FREE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL!!!!

Right?

[/sarc]

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:44 AM (4df7R)

55 Bloomberg To Raise Property Taxes On Homes Ravaged By Sandy
Come on, they've all got indoor swimming pools now. They had to raise the rates!

Posted by: andycanuck at February 11, 2013 09:47 AM (ORGYc)

56 Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Now Jobless…


There are always opportunities for "work" with these types of skills.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 09:47 AM (GQ8sn)

57 I do not think the Pope is resigning just to move to a tropical island with a dozen of his favorite nuns.

How can he serve the Church as it needs if he is mortally ill?

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 09:48 AM (jT2kZ)

58
"RonPaul has gone to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to seize control of the RonPaul.com domain from the fans that built it up, rather than purchase it."

Slashdot/Atlantic Wire http://tinyurl.com/anukq4q



Now wait a second.....

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 11, 2013 09:49 AM (kdS6q)

59 *wakes up*
*wipes crud out of eyes*

So... any news today?

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 09:49 AM (QTHTd)

60 Dumbass liberals tweeting that if the Catholic Church is serious about interfaith outreach, they MUST elect a Muslim Pope

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 09:49 AM (8sCoq)

61 56 EC,

or at least Hobbies....

//Piers Morgan Killer Dorner.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 09:50 AM (LRFds)

62 I think what Pope Benedict is doing is something any good leader should do. Ensure there is an orderly succession and the next one is capable. As opposed to Alexander the Great who's last words on who should run his empire, "the strongest."

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:51 AM (VpkjW)

63 Bloomberg is a troll. Sort of like Gerg but with a shitload of money.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:51 AM (XkWWK)

64 Father Guido Sarducci is next in line, I think.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 09:52 AM (XkWWK)

65
"How can he serve the Church as it needs if he is mortally ill?"

John Paul II did. And who says what kind of service the Church "needs"? The Pope isn't just the CEO, and there's more to the job of Pope than just passing regulations. This is an implied rebuke of his predecessor, who spent the last 10 years of his papacy with more illness and weakness than Benedict is suffering now. Did he fail the Church? Or was his life itself and his bearing the burden of suffering the service that was required of him?

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 11, 2013 09:52 AM (FkH4y)

66 I have no sympathy for HOAs, they're basically run by power hungry Democrats who couldn't get elected to anything official.

Posted by: JDTAY at February 11, 2013 09:53 AM (a0nis)

67 jjsefton

he's dead

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 09:53 AM (GVxQo)

68 Menendez Interfered With US Government In Order To Push Dominican Port Contract To Melgen






MFM: Story? What story?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 09:54 AM (1Jaio)

69 Jones in CO, afraid to look at the twittering classes of our betters. Have any of those single digit IQ prats proposed the next Pope be trans-gendered Thai lady-boy yet?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:54 AM (VpkjW)

70 jjsefton

he's dead
Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 09:53 AM (GVxQo)

And your point?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 09:54 AM (9Bj8R)

71
Re: Pope

At 85, it would not surprise me if he's coming down with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.
If so he may just not want to put the church through having a pope who thinks he's still in Nazi Occupied Germany.

To me that's Occam's razor on all this. It's not that he wants to step down, or he's tired, but that he knows he's decaying.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 11, 2013 09:55 AM (GaqMa)

72 From the property tax hike story.


Singer and other neighborhood residents were especially peeved because their property-value notices, predated Jan. 15, didn’t arrive until the first week of this month. The notices included an outdated memo informing homeowners that they had until Feb. 1 to apply for assistance through the Finance Department’s new Hurricane Sandy Property Tax Relief program.

Stone, of the Finance Department, said that the program’s application deadline has been pushed back to Feb. 15, but added that the program has been available since late November.


Cute. So they get their property tax bills just in time to miss the deadline, which has been conveniently pushed back barely at all. And while I understand that the program has been available since November, I also understand that a lot of these people have just been trying to get their homes back into livable condition since Sandy, let alone dealing with the rest of that bureaucratic crap. No I don't have a LOT of sympathy for some of these homeowners, but I have a helluva lot more sympathy for them than I do the city bureaucracy.


Finance Department spokesman Owen Stone said any tax hikes are part of a capped, state-approved five-year formula for setting assessment levels.


Gee, maybe you should have asked the legislature to rush through a stay on any assessment hikes after your city was hit with one of the worst natural disasters IN ITS HISTORY. Pretty sure the state legislature would have been okay with that. Pretty sure Bloomberg could have wielded whatever heft his puny dick may carry and gotten it done. Pretty sure the state would prefer to deal with THAT than the barrage of complaints and legal battles that are sure to follow.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:55 AM (4df7R)

73 Mabuse, if God is calling the Pope to step aside, the Pope steps aside.

Respectfully, this decision is not up to you.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 09:55 AM (QTHTd)

74 Some people I know are rooting for a Pope from Ghana.

Black Pope, starring Chris Rock, coming to a theater near you.

Posted by: JDTAY at February 11, 2013 09:55 AM (a0nis)

75 Dumbass liberals tweeting that if the Catholic Church is serious about interfaith outreach, they MUST elect a Muslim Pope
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 09:49 AM (8sCoq)


You have GOT to be kidding me.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:55 AM (4df7R)

76
"Orderly succession"? What the hell are you talking about? When was the last time a papal succession was anything BUT orderly? We don't have the Borgias anymore, there aren't going to swordfights on the steps of St. Peter's to seize control of the crown. The Pope dies, the system immediately clicks into gear to select a new Pope. It'll be no different this time than it was last time.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 11, 2013 09:56 AM (FkH4y)

77 Headline on Drudge: 1st Black Pope?

How I wish this kind of thing (1st Race/Sex/etc) were simply factually notable rather than any big deal. I mean, 1st woman Pope, first atheist Pope, that would be news...

Posted by: Mindful, not a Catholic at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (1zmtP)

78 We all down at the Brattleboro Womens Reproduction Health and Pregnancy Decision Center agree that the Secratary General of the UN should nominate Presdent Obama to be the next Pope. He has done great things to help persons of color in America and he can do the same thing for all the persons of color in Africa and Asia. Please write your senators to make this nomonation happen.

Posted by: Mary Clogginstein from Brattleboro, Vt at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (90aTA)

79 There's no petty tyranny like the petty tyranny of an HOA. Generally in cases like that referenced above, it really has nothing to do with the shed or the sign or the flagpole or whatever and has everything to do with neighbors who hate each other. Don't move into anyplace with an HOA kids, you'll regret it.

That condor video makes me laugh and laugh. Yeah, that was completely unforeseeable.

As far as the bond story, yup, we're all totes boned and not in the happy fun way.


In other news, I managed not to punch the guy who just referred to me as That Girl in the face, so that's good.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (VtjlW)

80 "Bloomberg To Raise Property Taxes On Homes Ravaged By Sandy"







Is that where all of the styrofoam cups are hiding out?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (1Jaio)

81 @60 Jones in CO

Methinks they don't know exactly how this whole Pope thing works...

Posted by: JDTAY at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (a0nis)

82 65, We do not know enough about the details behind this.

Let us wait for them before we pounce.

If we trusted the Pope' judgement a week ago, why can't we do that today?

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 09:58 AM (XHAY5)

83 *hands the Kirspy Kreme donuts to AlextheChick* Emu in a box is far better and a bit more deniable.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:58 AM (VpkjW)

84 79 AlexTheChick,

Indeed....

I am willing to take a loss to get out from under this house.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 09:58 AM (LRFds)

85 In other news, I managed not to punch the guy who just referred to me as That Girl in the face, so that's good.
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (VtjlW)



But you kicked him in the balls, right? Because he deserved no better.

Seriously, who does that? It's one thing if you're nowhere around and they've forgotten your name, but when you're standing RIGHT THERE?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (4df7R)

86 Don't move into anyplace with an HOA kids, you'll regret it.


Unfortunately, in my part of the world, if you want an affordable home where it doesn't take 2 hours to commute into work (note: some people pick the 2 hour commute), you end up living in a Liberty-Free Zone (aka: HOA neighborhood).

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (8y9MW)

87 81 @60 Jones in CO

Methinks they don't know exactly how this whole Pope thing works...

Posted by: JDTAY at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (a0nis)


Exactly. You can't just jump in. They need to start with a Lutheran first ...

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (Qxe/p)

88 >Jones in CO, afraid to look at the twittering classes of our betters. Have any of those single digit IQ prats proposed the next Pope be trans-gendered Thai lady-boy yet?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 09:54 AM (VpkjW)


Well, I looked at Twitter and as you can imagine, some non-religious users are saying uncomplimentary things about Catholicism in general and this Pope in particular

But you know, the anonymity and safety of the keyboard makes people say things in cyberspace that would get them a punch in the mouth or worse in person

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (8sCoq)

89 I say Barney Frank should be Pope. For the service of outreach to the Jewish community, at least, the Jews who live in that part of Massachusetts.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (QTHTd)

90 The ObamaFo fuckers who want to have their Ogabe yard signs while I can't have a Romney Ryan or SCOAMF one are funny....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:00 AM (LRFds)

91 In other news, I managed not to punch the guy who just referred to me as That Girl in the face, so that's good.

Maybe you remind him of Marlo Thomas.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:00 AM (GQ8sn)

92 California or as we here in the area call it Mexifornia , does not lack Doctors, we have an abundance of illegals who quagmire the medical profession , you think you could fool a Corleone"?

Posted by: Clemenza at February 11, 2013 10:00 AM (x59Gv)

93
No, the decision isn't up to me, or it wouldn't be happening. But I can decide for myself when people are letting me down and disappointing me. And I can also decide not to take the Church seriously when those people I trusted demonstrate that they don't either.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 11, 2013 10:00 AM (FkH4y)

94 If we trusted the Pope' judgement a week ago, why can't we do that today?




Because Dr. Obtuse knows all. All, I tell you!! And of course it is his judgement and insight which should prevail, not the Popes! That lazy cretin!

I'm not even a Catholic and I think he's overdoing it.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:01 AM (8y9MW)

95 I don't know about Sarducci but I'm certainly reanimated.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 10:01 AM (XkWWK)

96 Exactly. You can't just jump in. They need to start with a Lutheran first ...
Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 11, 2013 09:59 AM (Qxe/p)


Oh, the irony.

"After we discuss these 95 Theses again, we're going to get down to the nitty gritty of making Jello With Stuff In It the official food of the Catholic Church..."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:01 AM (4df7R)

97 60
Dumbass liberals tweeting that if the Catholic Church is serious about interfaith outreach, they MUST elect a Muslim Pope


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 09:49 AM (8sCoq)


Please, please tell me you're joking? Please.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:01 AM (X6akg)

98 I think Francis needs a time out from his coffee enemas.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:02 AM (VpkjW)

99 " Pope Obama I?

no wait, you said *American*"

-chemjeff

No fair. Thread winner & its only #5!

Posted by: Mindful, not a Catholic at February 11, 2013 10:02 AM (1zmtP)

100
1st woman Pope...
Posted by: Mindful




Woah -- check your cis-privilage there buddy!

Posted by: Pope Gene Jean I

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 11, 2013 10:02 AM (kdS6q)

101 40 MWR,

I am absolutely ruthless about mantaining adherence to HoA guidelines...I even have a 186 dollar credit in their account to prevent a mechanic's lien.

Lesson learned I'd rather live in a conex in the boonies than in a HoA....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:02 AM (LRFds)

102 dr. mabuse

do you have a tantrum over everything you don't agree with?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:02 AM (GVxQo)

103 The next Pope should be an African. Africa is the heart of orthodox Christianity these days.

Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (evdj2)

104 AllenG and Jones in CO, I think someone has their dial cranked not to 11 but 15.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (VpkjW)

105 I think Francis needs a time out from his coffee enemas.

Seems to me like something is still blocking his colon.

Dr Mabuse, shall I offer you a laxative or just bring along a spoon?

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (QTHTd)

106 This is an implied rebuke of his predecessor, who spent the last 10 years of his papacy with more illness and weakness than Benedict is suffering now. Did he fail the Church?

What the church needs now more than anything is a Pope who is forcefully able to argue for Christ in a world which would rather not listen. If he doesn't feel he cam do that, he is doing the right thing.

I will not second guess the Pope on this. He has prayed on the question a hell of a lot more than I have.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (74T7W)

107 >Please, please tell me you're joking? Please.


Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:01 AM (X6akg)

No, I saw the tweet- it was just one but still, the stupid is staggering

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (8sCoq)

108 I guess it was just too burdensome for the homeowner to put in a sign that conformed to the HOA regulations in placeat the timethey purchased the home. These unjust laws must be fought because give them 4 inches and they will take a foot and your free speech rights. Having to put in a conforming sign is racist anddisrepectful.

What happened to gathering enough members of the homeowners association to change the bylaws? Today everybody just wants to skip procedure and go directly nuclear.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (m2CN7)

109 106 Bevel L,

A nice conservative Pontiff around the age of 55 would do wonders for the faith.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (LRFds)

110 47--- Benedict's decision to abdicate is so radical --- it hasn't been done in centuries --- that I have to think he has extremely good reason for it. I suspect that, outside of being physically frail, he may have incipient dementia and fears losing his mental competence.

He may think that the prospects of an orthodox successor are far better NOW than they might be if he were to linger for years, too healthy to die but unable to function mentally. Who knows what political mischief might be going on?

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (C8mVl)

111 The next Pope should be an African. Africa is the heart of orthodox Christianity these days.
Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (evdj2)


South Sudan would be a good place to look, seriously.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (4df7R)

112 What happened to gathering enough members of the homeowners association
to change the bylaws? Today everybody just wants to skip procedure and
go directly nuclear.


In this case, I'm fine with nuclear.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (8y9MW)

113 108 Polynikes,

they play games with allowing a quorum...the local HoA missed break up by three votes.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:05 AM (LRFds)

114 Dr. Ben Carson for Pope.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:05 AM (GQ8sn)

115 boulder toilet hobo, ah the other meaning behind the initials IBM. Impacted bowel movement.....

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:05 AM (VpkjW)

116 NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg is 3 years older than the Pope

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:05 AM (8sCoq)

117 I took over the HOA and immediately assessed everyone $10,000 to repave the road.

Had a bad year? Fuck you, pay me.

Next to king, HOA president is the ultimate power trip.

Posted by: jwest at February 11, 2013 10:05 AM (ZDsRL)

118 meanwhile, lena dunham looked like a catheter bag at the grammy's http://tinyurl.com/avvrms6

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:06 AM (GVxQo)

119 No, I saw the tweet- it was just one but still, the stupid is staggering


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (8sCoq)


Do you remember the twitter name....because I'm gotta see this....and maybe twitter harass them.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:06 AM (X6akg)

120 meanwhile, lena dunham looked like a catheter bag at the grammy's http://tinyurl.com/avvrms6

Please don't make us click on that!

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:06 AM (GQ8sn)

121 ec

lol......i was thinking that earlier....well played

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:07 AM (GVxQo)

122 EC, it's a trap! Think Pedobear!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:07 AM (VpkjW)

123 I'd look to the Melkites. A Middle Eastern pope would do wonders against the Muhammadans.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:07 AM (QTHTd)

124 I am not even a Christian and I respect the Pope' judgement about what is best for the Church.

He walks in his shoes and I walk in mine.

It is his call.

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 10:07 AM (ZLETA)

125 I think the next Pope should be an Arab Christian. And then after 30 minutes in office he should be beheaded as a sign of how the World is ignoring the fate of Christians in the Arab World.

/I am kidding of course, mostly

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 10:07 AM (9Bj8R)

126 No, I saw the tweet- it was just one but still, the stupid is staggering
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (8sCoq)


Unbe-freaking-lievable.

Hey, dickhead Twitter dork! Sure, we can have a Muslim Pope. But first they have to let a Catholic into Mecca.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (4df7R)

127 JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel gave final approval on Monday for 90 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, driving another wedge into a rift with Washington ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.
The dwellings will be built in Beit El, a major Jewish settlement north of Jerusalem, and will house educational staff, the Defense Ministry said.






A little in your face to Barry

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (1Jaio)

128 Posted by: Mary Clogginstein from Brattleboro, Vt at February 11, 2013 09:57 AM (90aTA)

Well done!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (GsoHv)

129 Tami, MWR, Jones in CO. How about a Catholic Cardinal from Africa or Middle East who had converted from Islam.

*BOOM* Al the heads on the Left and in Mecca explode.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:09 AM (VpkjW)

130 if he were to linger for years, too healthy to die but unable to function mentally.

Like half the Senate.


I'm already tired of people fighting over what color skin the next Pope should have.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:09 AM (/kI1Q)

131 127 Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (1Jaio)


Dr. Benjamin Carson to be at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (XkWWK)

132 Tami, MWR, Jones in CO. How about a Catholic Cardinal from Africa or Middle East who had converted from Islam.*BOOM* Al the heads on the Left and in Mecca explode.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:09 AM (VpkjW)


WHOOMP, there it is.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (4df7R)

133 EC, it's a trap! Think Pedobear!

Anna, I don't know what it is that makes you think I'm a Furry or into Furries. One innocent question about how their outfits "work" does not make me want to become Fur-ious. Eww!


Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (GQ8sn)

134 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (8y9MW)

You seem tense.

I realize that as a Texan, the whole "Writing Thing" can seem overwhelming, especially the big words, but have you ever considered writing a blog?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (GsoHv)

135 There are actually two legitimate Republican US senate candidates for the Mass seat. One of them is state senator Dan Winslow and the other one is someone I don't have permission to say yet.

There will be a race. It will still be a Democrat win, but we're gonna kick like hell all the way.

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (ow1Kz)

136 I'm already tired of people fighting over what color skin the next Pope should have.

I think all the candidates should be flayed alive, just to avoid having people compare their skin colors.

Wait, that probably wouldn't work, would it...

Could we try it with the next candidates for President?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:11 AM (8y9MW)

137 Is Kate Upton Catholic?

Just throwin that out there.

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 10:11 AM (ZLETA)

138 A little in your face to Barry
Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (1Jaio)


Bukkake almost rhymes with "Barack." Mm, mm, mm.

Posted by: Reggie Love at February 11, 2013 10:11 AM (4df7R)

139 EC, I know you ain't. Just messing with ya.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:11 AM (VpkjW)

140
The next Pope should be an African.
Posted by: toby92





"Good morning, my neighbors!"

Posted by: Pope Akeem I

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (kdS6q)

141 especially the big words, but have you ever considered writing a blog?

I think I've already ranted about HOAs on that blog I don't have. It would have been sometime back. My opinion on HOAs is not new.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (8y9MW)

142 >>>>>liberals pushing Muslim pope

so they're pushing Obama to be the next pope?

Seriously, this news about the pope is disconcerting. I didn't even know that Benedict was in bad health. We watched JPII die slowly before our eyes. I don't know??? Wth?

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (0PiQ4)

143 I can't find the tweet Jones is referring to but Twitchy has compiled some lovely 'well wishes' for the Pope from the twitter universe. Just when you think people can't get any lower, they prove you wrong every time.



http://tinyurl.com/b6gpv4u

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (X6akg)

144 That's it! Haji, the Muslim Comic, should be the next Pope!

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (8y9MW)

145 Was he conforming with the bylaws or not? Was he given a warning? Was the changeto be in compliance too burdensome or costly? I don't care if it were a Romney sign, this was a simple and reasonable bylaw and the homeowner should have complied. The dumbassery that occured subsequently by both sides is another story.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (m2CN7)

146 Imagine if some other country was pissed off that Maine approved the building of 90 new homes on the Canadian border...

What the fuck, Washington?

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:13 AM (ow1Kz)

147 Is Kate Upton Catholic?

You should see me in my school uniform.

Posted by: Kate Upton at February 11, 2013 10:13 AM (NF2Bf)

148 i must say, i doused the family with holy water before they left the house this morning....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:13 AM (GVxQo)

149 Dan Spencer ‏@cayankee

RT @ProLifePolitics: Wow. The Washington Post's @TheFix comparing Pope Benedict's resignation to Sarah Palin. So tacky and disrespectful.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:13 AM (8sCoq)

150 You should see me in my school uniform.



See y'all tomorrow.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:14 AM (GQ8sn)

151 Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 10:08 AM (1Jaio)

Those God-damned Jews are at it again!. Building houses on their own land without my permission. And continually defending their borders and citizens using asymmetrical warfare. They actually try to kill more of the terrorists than the terrorists kill Israelis. The UN will be hearing from me.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at February 11, 2013 10:14 AM (GsoHv)

152 EC, I know you ain't. Just messing with ya.

hehe...

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:14 AM (GQ8sn)

153 i must say, i doused the family with holy water before they left the house this morning....

I'm tempted to do that with my older brother (the educator), just to make sure he hasn't actually turned into a vampire.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:14 AM (8y9MW)

154 Billy Joel should re-record "Uptown Girl" as "Upton Girl."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 10:14 AM (XkWWK)

155 As a service to Moron Nation, I'd like to take a moment to remind everyone that the sole requirement for the Papacy (of which I am aware) is that the candidate must be a Catholic in good standing. Beyond that, well, while it would come as a shock, stranger things have happened than Brother Cavil (absolutely NOT clergy) winding up as Pope Cavil.

Realistically, It will be an insider, the media will be butthurt, and the world will keep a'spinning.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (GBXon)

156 I'm already tired of people fighting over what color skin the next Pope should have.

It should be a non-issue. It truly sucks.

But I really do think that some of the areas of Africa that have seen a strong Christian influence would be a fertile place to look for a new Pope.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (4df7R)

157 65----
"How can he serve the Church as it needs if he is mortally ill?"
John Paul II did.
Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 11, 2013 09:52 AM (FkH4y)
---------------

John Paul II 's frailty was purely physical. There is no evidence that he was demented or unaware of what was going on.
Again, I'm just guessing as to what would make Benedict take such an unprecedented step. The notion that he is being self-indulgent and careless about the fate of the Church is so completely out of character for him as to be incredible.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (C8mVl)

158 allen

i have an extra bottle of Lourdes water if you'd like some.....or give me his address, i'll mail him a letter ..even dry it works

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (GVxQo)

159 "Good morning, my neighbors!" Posted by: Pope Akeem I

Oh I can just see that now.

Although I'm not sure I am quite ready to see the creation of a new Vatican dicastry - The Congregation for the Preservation of Funkiness.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (F3G1y)

160 Well PG from a theological standpoint. This is good timing. Lent is upon us. And the Cardinals will be called to Rome in an orderly manner during Lent. And the Catholic Church could have a new Pope before Easter.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:16 AM (VpkjW)

161 daveweigel ‏@daveweigel

RT @sampet413: “@SimonMaloy: CARDINALS MANAGER RETIRES” Winner of the Best Pope Tweet.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:16 AM (8sCoq)

162 RT @sampet413: “@SimonMaloy: CARDINALS MANAGER RETIRES” Winner of the Best Pope Tweet.


hehehe...

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:17 AM (GQ8sn)

163 Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:15 AM (GBXon)

Well!

If they don't take our advice and choose a trans-gendered Pope of color, then the Church is clearly racist.

Posted by: The New York Times Editorial Board at February 11, 2013 10:17 AM (GsoHv)

164 Servicewomen don’t want standards changed
By Jim Michaels - USA TODAY
Posted : Monday Feb 11, 2013 8:04:30 EST
WASHINGTON — Women in the military do not want standards to be lowered to help them get into ground combat jobs, advocacy groups and servicewomen say.

“We don’t want unqualified women in these positions,” said Maj. Mary Hegar, a decorated helicopter pilot who was part of a lawsuit demanding the Pentagon open ground combat fields to women.

Advocacy groups say they want to avoid quotas or even placing pressure on commanders so that no one questions the qualifications of women who enter fields that had previously been closed to females.

“We’re not saying there needs to be a woman in every job,” said Greg Jacob, the policy director at Service Women’s Action Network, which has pushed for allowing women to enter the infantry and other ground combat jobs. “What we’re saying is if there’s a woman qualified, there is no reason a woman shouldn’t be serving.”

Well then I suggest you get on the horn to that idiot Gen Dempsy and tell him that because that is exactly what he is already contemplating.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 10:17 AM (9Bj8R)

165 HOAs are the purest embodiment of petty totalitarianism. I also had the pleasure of living on a cul-de-sac filled with ancient fuck informants. Think they offered my wife and family any assistance when I was deployed? Nope...they'd rather complain to the HOA.

I don't think they appreciated it when I would write checks to the HOA in Teutonic letters.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at February 11, 2013 10:17 AM (Ec6wH)

166 159, The Papal Gagnam Dance will be a little hard to get used to.

Posted by: eman at February 11, 2013 10:18 AM (ZLETA)

167 I'm already tired of people fighting over what color skin the next Pope should have.
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:09 AM (/kI1Q)
How about an orange Pope!

Posted by: Charlie Crist wants to be the next Pope at February 11, 2013 10:18 AM (+iUsQ)

168 Yeah, I think he's got Alzheimer's.

The right thing to do for his followers - for his flock, for his organization, and truly, for all mankind...the right thing is to step down immediately so that his disease cannot bring further harm upon his reputation or humanity.

Oh wait, the Pope's sick? I thought we were talking about Krugman again.

Posted by: akula51 at February 11, 2013 10:18 AM (YesJa)

169 you know the best part about this? NONE OF US HAVE ANY SAY IN IT....this is a church thing....decided by Cardinals soooooooo unless you are wearing the scarlet zucchetto...

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:19 AM (GVxQo)

170 Advocacy groups say they want to avoid quotas or even placing pressure on commanders so that no one questions the qualifications of women who enter fields that had previously been closed to females.


Good luck with that, asshats. You'll get your quotas and your top-down pressure and you will LIKE it. Don't try to act like you can put the demons back in Pandora's box just by saying, "That's not what we meant!"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:19 AM (4df7R)

171 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:12 AM (8y9MW)

HOAs may be evil, but if you buy in an HOA development and aren't aware of the possible pitfalls, well......tough shit.

Posted by: The New York Times Editorial Board at February 11, 2013 10:19 AM (GsoHv)

172 Sock fail (again).

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:19 AM (GsoHv)

173 Ugh. You know Oblama will "weigh in" on who the next pope should be.

It's shocking that Benedict is just hanging it up. He is literally giving the Church 2 weeks notice like its just any other job.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (0PiQ4)

174 "Oompa Oompa, oompity do. What do you get with an orange Pope?"

"In Dutch that's what!"

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (VpkjW)

175 But I really do think that some of the areas of Africa that have seen a
strong Christian influence would be a fertile place to look for a new
Pope.


That's well-reasoned and well-intentioned. Totally the opposite of "we have a black president, now we need a black pope!"

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (/kI1Q)

176 how awesome would an albino Pope be?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (GVxQo)

177 164 Nevergiveup,

It's good to see she is learning that when you lie down with donks you get up with fleas and a sore asshole.

Hey Major you probably have killed a lot of people on a long enough timeline.

*Salute*

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (LRFds)

178 I'm sure that the first thing any good Roman cardinal does is sign onto Ace and see what "boulder toilet hobo" and "CharlieBrown'sDildo" have to say

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (QTHTd)

179
I agree that HOAs at their worst are pretty bad things. I hated living under my old one...expensive dues, inconsistent services, etc.

When I bought my new home I made a point of looking at the HOA and decided to join the board as a way of keeping it from turning into a mini-Politburo. It's much more constructive than just sitting in your house and bitching about a tyrant HOA. While we're lucky that our covenants are very limited in scope (mainly we collect dues to maintain common areas and throw parties), those can change as the older owners start leaving the community. If you want to guard against it, look into joining the Board to take a more active role against such things happening.

Hell, I'm even opposed to HOA representatives walking the neighborhood to look for covenant violations and assess fines, even though our Board does have that power.

Posted by: @JohnTant at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (eytER)

180 The next Pope should be an African. Africa is the heart of orthodox Christianity these days.
Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 10:03 AM (evdj2)

South Sudan would be a good place to look, seriously.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:04 AM (4df7R)



I've assumed for awhile that the next Pope would be African since it's my understanding that the most conservative practitioners of Catholicism are African. I'm not Catholic so I have no stake in this at all but that's what I've heard from my friends who are Catholic. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with who is in the best position to maintain the faith.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (VtjlW)

181 How about an orange Pope!

Posted by: Charlie Crist wants to be the next Pope at February 11, 2013 10:18 AM (+iUsQ)


Any one of these would be fine.....

http://tinyurl.com/bezblzu

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (GsoHv)

182 HOAs may be evil, but if you buy in an HOA development and aren't aware of the possible pitfalls, well......tough shit.

I agree, which is why I keep my nose clean and follow the rules. I signed the purchase agreement, I have to live by the rules.

That doesn't make them suck less.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (8y9MW)

183 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are eager to hear President Barack Obama address the U.S. economy and federal deficit
in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with more than half still
convinced the nation is in a recession, a poll released on Monday found.






Where was the economy as top priority in November?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (1Jaio)

184 Ugh. You know Oblama will "weigh in" on who the next pope should be.

Any anyone of faith, Catholic or not, should point and laugh and say, "OMG you think your opinion MATTERS? ROTFLMAO!"

And yes, you should say the letters R-O-T-F-L-M-A-O. Make his puny pea brain have to decode what that means. Hours of fun to be had there.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (4df7R)

185
There will be a race. It will still be a Democrat win, but we're gonna kick like hell all the way.

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:10 AM (ow1Kz)


By the national GOP?

Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (tOkJB)

186 175 Ms Radish,

A black Pope not named "Jacob Desmond tutu from Africa would at least help the African Christians getting slaughtered by Jihadi Jim...

I'd go help fight if the Pope offered a legal way.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (LRFds)

187 it will be one of these men http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_cardinals

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (GVxQo)

188 It's shocking that Benedict is just hanging it up. He is literally giving the Church 2 weeks notice like its just any other job.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (0PiQ4)


I am going to bet that he put a little more thought into it than that.

Posted by: blaster at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (pZDxu)

189 In Dutch that's what!"

What? Take the fahza away! Dutch hater! And now, it is time to say goodbye. Dr. Evil's orders. Which, for you, is bad news bears,

Posted by: Pope Goldmember I at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (F3G1y)

190 Neal Boortz ‏@Talkmaster

Obama will honor the Pope's service by posting a picture of himself lighting a candle at a Catholic church.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (8sCoq)

191 Remember the scene in willy wonka when they lick the wallpaper, and it tastes like the pictures on there?

I wonder if the carrots tasted like dicks

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:23 AM (I2LwF)

192 I can't find the tweet that suggests next Pope should be muslim- may have been deleted for gross stupidity

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:23 AM (8sCoq)

193 I am going to bet that he put a little more thought into it than that.

To do anything less would be completely out of character for him

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:23 AM (F3G1y)

194 BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM [etc etc] BLAM

Oops. Er... can elect some new Cardinals, too?

Posted by: LAPD at the Vatican at February 11, 2013 10:24 AM (QTHTd)

195 Americans are eager to hear President Barack Obama address the U.S. economy
----
Maybe he has a new, improved laser.

Posted by: RioBravo at February 11, 2013 10:24 AM (eEfYn)

196 130----"... if he were to linger for years, too healthy to die but unable to function mentally."

Like half the Senate.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:09 AM (/kI1Q)

--------------
Heh!
There really ought to be an age limit for candidates or at least a requirement that they be demonstrably alive. Seriously, WVA was re-electing Robert Byrd after he'd been dead for years and stuffed. Good taxidermy, I'll admit, but c'mon.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 11, 2013 10:24 AM (C8mVl)

197 I'm not Catholic but I watched the Thorn Birds so I know exactly what is going on.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (m2CN7)

198 To do anything less would be completely out of character for him

I heard on the radio that the Pope "elevated" 120 candidates during the last two years to prepare behind the scene. Something like this was unheard of, according to the person.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (GQ8sn)

199 At least conclave shouldn't last that long. Must have a new Pope by Easter.

I am wishing for a great new Pope and would certainly be supportive of a Pope from Africa or South America in recognition of their growth. But hopefully someone who will continue to build upon John Paul II's legacy. Someone who can inspire and recognize the eternal truths. Sorry liberal media, your dreams of a moderate Pope are likely not to happen.

Benedict had the unenviable position of following his dynamic predecessor. I thought he did well. Also with the scandals that plagued the Church, it was not an easy time. I suspect the next Pope will have an easier go of it.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (gmeXX)

200 A black Pope not named "Jacob Desmond tutu from Africa would at least
help the African Christians getting slaughtered by Jihadi Jim...


I'm pretty sure the only thing that will stop African Christians from being slaughtered by African Muslims is superior firepower.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (/kI1Q)

201 Ed, the national GOP is a disgrace; the MA GOP is likewise a disgrace. They're shattered and feckless.

But there's way more conservative activists in Mass than there are members of the GOP and we're gonna get behind one of these two guys. In my opinion, it's a dry run for 2016 and 2018.

There are exciting things happening in Mass right now in the conservative community.

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (I2LwF)

202 It's shocking that Benedict is just hanging it up. He is literally giving the Church 2 weeks notice like its just any other job.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (0PiQ4)

I am going to bet that he put a little more thought into it than that.

Posted by: blaster at February 11, 2013 10:22 AM (pZDxu)



Either dementia or he has been told that he has a month or two to live. That's my complete and utter WAG. As far as giving two weeks notice, I would wager quite a bit of money that the decision was made weeks if not months ago and is only being announced now, absent a sudden onset health crisis.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 11, 2013 10:25 AM (VtjlW)

203 If we wanted something like what the Borgias did, then one of the Cardinals will have to smuggle in his midget juggler.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (VpkjW)

204 200 Ms Radish,

Quite...that is what I am advocating a new Crusade.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (LRFds)

205 A nice conservative Pontiff around the age of 55 would do wonders for the faith.

Like Cardinal Dolan of New York (he's 63 but in good health).

No one knows for sure, of course, but I think this is going to go one of two ways:

(1) Benedict more or less packed the College of Cardinals with conservative Europeans and Americans in power positions, who together form a significant block of 25% or so. Along with like-minded, older Cardinals that pre-date Benedict, there is at least a strong plurality (and maybe a majority) of strong-minded traditionalists that might hold the line against the more modern, liberal change faction, even if the traditionalists are in fact a minority.

(2) The "change" faction (for lack of a better word) believe the Church has maximized its organic Euro-centric growth, and must expand and change its face in order to appeal to a broader class of potential converts. These efforts should in my view be resisted in favor of strengthening the traditional values of an institution already weakened by regrettable cultural relativism.

May the College choose wisely.

Posted by: Blacksheep at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (bS6uW)

206 I heard on the radio that the Pope "elevated" 120 candidates during the last two years to prepare behind the scene. Something like this was unheard of, according to the person.

His goal would be to ensure the next Pope is doctrinally orthodox.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (F3G1y)

207 Jones, was this the tweet you saw?



@TiloJung




The next pope should be Muslim or Jewish or a Jedi.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (X6akg)

208 Sombrero Pope

http://t.co/WstFlD9W

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (8sCoq)

209 tutu is an anglican bishop....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:27 AM (GVxQo)

210 His goal would be to ensure the next Pope is doctrinally orthodox.

So it means this wasn't a spur of the moment kind of thing. He's been thinking about this for a while now.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:27 AM (GQ8sn)

211 That's well-reasoned and well-intentioned. Totally the opposite of "we have a black president, now we need a black pope!"
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:20 AM (/kI1Q)


I know, right? It drives me nuts. Hey, I'm not Catholic, I have absolutely no say in this whatsoever, but just from the tone I get out of the zeitgeist, I gather that Africa has some of the strongest, most devout followers of the faith in the modern era. It would only make sense to look there.

And seriously, if the next Pope is from Finland or Canada or America or Australia or Brazil or Ukraine or Korea or Micronesia, it really doesn't matter. All that matters are his qualities as a person, a man of God, and as a leaderand a source of guidance for the faithful.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:27 AM (4df7R)

212 195 Americans are eager to hear President Barack Obama address the U.S. economy
----
Maybe he has a new, improved laser.

Posted by: RioBravo at February 11, 2013 10:24 AM (eEfYn)


Focusing 100% of his energy on 0.1% of the problem.
He does that a lot.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 11, 2013 10:27 AM (Qxe/p)

213 it will be one of these men

And only those born before 1933 can vote.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:27 AM (/kI1Q)

214 Tami, no

I went back to that feed and scrolled back, couldn't find it



Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:28 AM (8sCoq)

215 Er, AFTER 1933. Dammit.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:28 AM (/kI1Q)

216 We already have a Muslim Pope. His name is Barack. He is dreamy as all fkn getout.

Posted by: ghostofhallelujah at February 11, 2013 10:28 AM (XvrTA)

217 The next pope should be Muslim or Jewish or a Jedi.


The Swiss Guards will be replaced by a legion of "Comic Book guys".

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:28 AM (GQ8sn)

218 With the way the world is turning, we will probably get a Borgia pope next.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, gates of hell will not prevail. . . trust the Holy Spirit and all that.

I'll try.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:28 AM (0PiQ4)

219 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pledged in 2009 that the agency's mission is to process all benefits claims within 125 days with 98 percent accuracy by 2015.

But things have only gotten worse since Shinseki made that promise. Four years ago, an average of 161 days elapsed before the VA issued an initial rating on a disability application.

Today, it takes an average of 273 days -- nine months -- and waits are often longer than that. More than 70 percent of cases currently in the system have been there beyond Shinseki's 125-day pledge.

Posted by: Pres**ent Barack “Unexpectedly Humble” Obama at February 11, 2013 10:29 AM (e8kgV)

220 So it means this wasn't a spur of the moment kind of thing. He's been thinking about this for a while now.

Guaranteed.

I'd give an arm to see the College of Cardinals make Archbishop Chaput the Pope.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:29 AM (F3G1y)

221 Dr. Mabuse, calm down. Perhaps he realizes that the Church is entering a time when the Pope must be a man of physical as well as mental strength. It is also possible that he is ill and knows that his days are numbered.

He is not retiring to the Riviera or the Alps. They said he will live within the walls of the Vatican and lead a life of prayer and contemplation.

The fact that he has called the Conclave in the middle of Lent indicates to me that there is some urgency to his decision.

Also, all cardinals currently of voting age for the Conclave will have been chosen by JPII or Benedict XVI. The ones like Mahoney are not going to be voting. The odds are we will get a traditionalist as a pope, perhaps the Cardinal from Ghana.

As for your care of your children, I offer my prayers on your behalf.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 10:29 AM (GoIUi)

222 218 elee,

I'd like having a Borgia Pope if they focused their intrigues on the outside threats....

I am not kidding, Sir Francis Walsingham would have the muslims in Jolly Ole' horsewhispered by now.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:30 AM (LRFds)

223 Apparently the Pope's doctors recently advised him to cut out all travel, for health reasons


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:30 AM (8sCoq)

224 On that California Doctors story- isn't that exactly one of the steps Conservatives were preaching? Let PAs and NPs run their own practices (mostly urgent care clinics, for which they're certainly qualified)?

And of course "real" physicians are complaining. Additional competition drives down prices, and they don't want to get paid less.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:31 AM (8y9MW)

225 HOA's suck if you're not in charge.

As it is now, the snow and the street gets salted when I say it does. The grass in the common areas is mowed to my taste. The mailbox house was built to a design I wanted and the colors were the ones I picked.

Also, I'm certain it's in our bylaws that I get to fuck any of the female residents who live in my kingdom.

If you don't like it, move.

Posted by: jwest at February 11, 2013 10:31 AM (ZDsRL)

226 Either dementia or he has been told that he has a month or two to live. That's my complete and utter WAG. As far as giving two weeks notice, I would wager quite a bit of money that the decision was made weeks if not months ago and is only being announced now, absent a sudden onset health crisis


----

I would suspect the former over the latter. Otherwise you just hang on. I really don't know. The modern era puts challenges on the Pope that didn't exist in the past, particularly with Popes like all humans living longer.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 10:32 AM (gmeXX)

227 I like the blue cities FAIL story. I'm really glad that I don't live in one of them!

Posted by: carolina at February 11, 2013 10:32 AM (WQ+JZ)

228 Quite...that is what I am advocating a new Crusade.

Those never work out quite so well as intended. One even managed an 'own-goal' when it sacked Byzantium, then the stronghold of Eastern Christianity.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:32 AM (GBXon)

229 224 Allen G,

well there's a decided difference between letting the market control prices by licensing EMTs, Nurses, and PAs to do the light work in a free market and nuking Dr's pay while doing the aforementioned while controlling everything...

YMMV

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:32 AM (LRFds)

230 178 I'm sure that the first thing any good Roman cardinal does is sign onto Ace and see what "boulder toilet hobo" and "CharlieBrown'sDildo" have to say
Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:21 AM (QTHTd)




THREAD WINNER

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:33 AM (I2LwF)

231 Sorry liberal media, your dreams of a moderate Pope are likely not to happen.

We can only hope. Given the Catholic church's pushback against some of the more egregious infringements here in America, I'm fairly sure the Vatican won't be moving towards the middle. I know that Benedict has been trying to invigorate evangelization in continental Europe, to try and pull the people back from their secular ways, and with a leviathan the size and scope of the Catholic church it only makes sense to continue those efforts. Which again doesn't support the installation of a moderate Pope.

Whatever ill health has befallen Pope Benedict, I hope that he'll find rest and tranquility as he lives out his remaining years.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:33 AM (4df7R)

232 Habemus Papam!

Raymond Leo Burke.

I'm dreaming.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:33 AM (0PiQ4)

233 Now now Brother Cavil. The 4th Crusade got co-opted and bought by Venice. Nuke Venice from orbit, only way to be sure.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:34 AM (VpkjW)

234 228 Cavil,

Worked out better than the current EUtopian plan of "roll over"....

I'm no idealist about the Crusades, but I know it pains me that our brothers and sistrs in Africa are being killed or reenslaved.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:34 AM (LRFds)

235 sh

leo the xiii lived to 93 yrs 140 days and that was in 1800's

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:34 AM (GVxQo)

236 well there's a decided difference between letting the market control
prices by licensing EMTs, Nurses, and PAs to do the light work in a free
market and nuking Dr's pay while doing the aforementioned while
controlling everything...


Oh, I have no doubt California will screw it up with lots of unneeded (and ultimately unhelpful) regulation, and all sorts of things. Even if it weren't Cali, ObamaCare makes that almost a certainty.

My point was that allowing PAs and NPs to set up their own practices was one of the "Free Market Solutions" proposed by conservatives prior to the passage of ObamaCare.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:35 AM (8y9MW)

237 His goal would be to ensure the next Pope is doctrinally orthodox.
Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:26 AM (F3G1y)


Who would have ever thought that it would be necessary to even make that a question? "Is this Papal candidate doctrinally orthodox?"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:35 AM (4df7R)

238 Americans are eager to hear President Barack Obama address the U.S. economy

The only think I'd like the Preezy to say in regards to the economy is, "Yeah, i fucked up on that one. So here's my resignation, effective immediately."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:36 AM (4df7R)

239 mwr

have you seen some of the popes? that has always been an necessity but not always the priority.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 10:36 AM (GVxQo)

240 Who would have ever thought that it would be necessary to even make that a question? "Is this Papal candidate doctrinally orthodox?"

Oh hai! Remember me? I'm still here! Call me!

Posted by: Vatican II at February 11, 2013 10:37 AM (F3G1y)

241 Avignon Captivity anyone?

And one of the things that turned Marin Luther against Rome was visiting the that city and finding it a cesspool - both physically and morally.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:37 AM (VpkjW)

242 For Brother Cavil - http://youtu.be/dsRuurcTTSk


Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:38 AM (VpkjW)

243 And one of the things that turned Marin Luther against Rome was visiting
the that city and finding it a cesspool - both physically and morally.



He found Rome to be populated by Furries?

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:39 AM (GQ8sn)

244 Worked out better than the current EUtopian plan of "roll over"....

Did it? Even so, consider, back then it was a regional empire at best. Now you're looking at nearly a quarter of the human species, worldwide. I'm no dove by any means, but that's gotta give pause.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:39 AM (GBXon)

245 He found Rome to be populated by Furries?

Google "Banquet of Chestnuts"

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (F3G1y)

246 Who would have ever thought that it would be necessary to even make that a question? "Is this Papal candidate doctrinally orthodox?"

Takes the whole "Is the Pope Catholic?" line to new levels.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (GBXon)

247 244 Cavil,

It prevented jihadi Jim from taking all EUtopia....

Cavil they are not gonna stop 'til they win, and better to get it out of the way sooner rather than later.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (LRFds)

248 EC, lol!!! No he found a city with poor sanitation and Church leaders acting like secular princes - making sure family got cushy jobs while plotting to keep or expand power.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (VpkjW)

249 Well, the upside of the pope news is more George Weigel on tv! Watching and hearing Joseph Ratzinger be announced as our new pope was thrilling. Chris Mathews was not happy that day.

Posted by: L, elle at February 11, 2013 10:41 AM (0PiQ4)

250 He found Rome to be populated by Furries?
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:39 AM (GQ8sn)


Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Rome invented furries. It would seem to fit their decadent lifestyle, ne? Not to mention their enterprising creativity.

Paved roads
Aqueducts
Furries

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:41 AM (4df7R)

251 I was leafing through a book about Greece from 1400-1850 AD. "The Hidden Centuries": http://www.amazon.com/dp/1780762380.

The Venetians held onto Crete for half that time. It wasn't a rich island but the Venetians' attitude was, still, "fuck you, pay us". I suspect that their misrule is one reason the Ottomans were able to take it over without so much fuss.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:41 AM (QTHTd)

252 Yeah Rome shocked the delicate and orthodox sensibilities of Martin Luther. Like a farm boy hitting Times Square before Guilianni spruced it up.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:42 AM (VpkjW)

253 Mediaeval Rome in the summer was infamously disgusting: hot, humid, swarming with vermin. Maybe some of the Emperors had cleaned it up some. Not the case by 1500 AD. Anyone with means invariably hit the mountains during that time.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (QTHTd)

254 Yeah Rome shocked the delicate and orthodox sensibilities of Martin
Luther. Like a farm boy hitting Times Square before Guilianni spruced it
up.



I'm imagining Pedobear gladiators.


"And now, the Legionnaires of Scipio Ursa!!!"

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:45 AM (GQ8sn)

255 I became a Catholic the spring after Pope Benedict was announced.

One of the great joys of my life was seeing the CNN new anchors saying, "Ratzinger? It's Ratzinger?"

It was almost as good as seeing them say "Chicago's out? Chicago's OUT?"

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (GoIUi)

256 It prevented jihadi Jim from taking all EUtopia....


Unfortunately, it only seems to have bought a few centuries.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (GBXon)

257 Erick Erickson ‏@EWErickson

Facebook page supporting Horner shows murdered cop w blood splatter, etc. But Facebook took down the 'Fire Pelosi' page b/c of denigration.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (8sCoq)

258 Yeah Pope Alexander could party like Jay-Z and Beyonce

http://tinyurl.com/bzsngrw

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (VpkjW)

259 Mediaeval Rome in the summer was infamously disgusting: hot, humid, swarming with vermin.

Kind of like Washington DC, with more hills.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:48 AM (GBXon)

260 Well, the upside of the pope news is more George Weigel on tv! Watching and hearing Joseph Ratzinger be announced as our new pope was thrilling. Chris Mathews was not happy that day

---

Agree, more Weigel. Always enjoyable to hear him and read him. Listening to left wish for a moderate Pope and then watching them be dissappointed when a "hard-liner" is chosen is going to be fun. This is what we wanted to hear on election night, so this will just have to do for now.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 10:48 AM (gmeXX)

261 256 Cavil,

I'd take our side in the rematch.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:48 AM (LRFds)

262 Okay, Martha McCallum is wearing sex shoes

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:48 AM (8sCoq)

263 lol @ anna's link.

Who penned the second painting on there? with the cute little devils?

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (QTHTd)

264 Well MWR and EC you do know Roman Legions has totem animals. So there is usually one group wearing the pelt of the totem animal.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (VpkjW)

265 GCAS



Global Changing Assault Snow




Knock knock.........."candygram."

Posted by: eleven at February 11, 2013 10:51 AM (KXm42)

266 220 So it means this wasn't a spur of the moment kind of thing. He's been thinking about this for a while now.

Guaranteed.

I'd give an arm to see the College of Cardinals make Archbishop Chaput the Pope.
Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 11, 2013 10:29 AM (F3G1y)

From your keyboard to God's ears!

Posted by: Mandy P., lurking lurker who lurks at February 11, 2013 10:51 AM (qFpRI)

267 boulder toilet hobo, painted by Botticelli in 1483. Title is 'Venus and Mars.'

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (VpkjW)

268 Ah, Botticelli. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_and_Mars_%28Botticelli%29

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (QTHTd)

269 Well MWR and EC you do know Roman Legions has totem animals. So there is usually one group wearing the pelt of the totem animal.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (VpkjW)


There you go. Beta-Furries.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (4df7R)

270 Medal of Honor thread up! And boy, the guy is an action hero.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (4df7R)

271 MWR but are you willing to call a whole Roman Legion Fur-verts?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (VpkjW)

272 Well, won't have to visit NRO for the next month. It's going to be Pope-this Pope-that 24/7.

Posted by: gp at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (+Jpqc)

273 Global Changing Assault Snow

I spent a good chunk of Sunday shoveling some of that Assault Snow. My arms still hurt.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (4df7R)

274 Nice guy kills wife a bystander and himself at a Delaware courthouse...

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (LRFds)

275 Lift with the knees.

Posted by: eleven at February 11, 2013 10:55 AM (KXm42)

276 "I'd give an arm to see the College of Cardinals make Archbishop Chaput the Pope."

So would I, but there's zero chance of any American being chosen.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (C8mVl)

277 Not being Catholic, you know what sucks most about the Pope stepping down? Freaking *Curious* was right about something. Or at least her friend's barber's nephews' cousin's aunt was.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (wbeNt)

278 Not being Catholic, you know what sucks most about
the Pope stepping down? Freaking *Curious* was right about something. Or
at least her friend's barber's nephews' cousin's aunt was.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (wbeNt)

Even a dumbass clock is right twice a day. Pope was old, throw enough spaghetti at the wall and something will stick.

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (oG3dE)

279 277
Not being Catholic, you know what sucks most about the Pope stepping
down? Freaking *Curious* was right about something. Or at least her
friend's barber's nephews' cousin's aunt was.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (wbeNt)


Deaf, dumb and blind squirrel....yada, yada, yada.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 11:04 AM (X6akg)

280 MWR but are you willing to call a whole Roman Legion Fur-verts?
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (VpkjW)


Depends. Are they fat and dumpy and therefore less likely to be able to chase me down if I have a good head start?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (4df7R)

281 I was sad to hear that Pope Benedict will be stepping down. I don't even want to THINK what kind of filthy, vile comments are being bandied about on Twitter this morning in response.

I expect the words "Nazi" and "child molester" will top the search engines today.

Howdy, all. Not posting much because the left arm aches like an SOB. Too much shoveling. And another blizzard on the way for the weekend. . .

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 11, 2013 11:09 AM (zF6Iw)

282 Just one Catholic's opinion, but I'm hoping the next Pope will continue the moves made by Benedict away from the liberalization of Vatican II and more box to traditional Catholic orthodoxy. Obviously there are manywhodisagree and hope to see the Church become less orthodoxical, but this would be a mistake in my opinion. As I grow older,I understand the benefit oftraditional teachings. I don't care about the color of the skin, or the country of origin, though I recognize the symbolism those superficial things can play. Of primary importance to me is the faith and the faithful.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (gmeXX)

283 On the guardian's website, every third comment is removed because it violates their policy. That tells you about the level of Catholic bashing that is going on.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 11:11 AM (gmeXX)

284 It's not just Catholics btw, the best, most orthodox Lutherans are coming out of Africa right now.

Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 11:19 AM (evdj2)

285 "I was sad to hear that Pope Benedict will be stepping down. I don't even want to THINK what kind of filthy, vile comments are being bandied about on Twitter this morning in response."

Well, you know how Ace handled Sarah Palin quitting...

Posted by: jwest at February 11, 2013 11:26 AM (ZDsRL)

286 Well, you know how Ace handled Sarah Palin quitting...

Don't be that guy.

Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 11:27 AM (evdj2)

287 It's not just Catholics btw, the best, most orthodox Lutherans are coming out of Africa right now.

Was it the African Episcopalians who sent missionaries to the USA to teach about Christ and the Bible since their co-demoninationalists don't? I can't keep the "Stuff Rich White People Like Without All The Icky Christianity Stuff" denominations straight.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 11:35 AM (/kI1Q)

288 from Esquire interview with Seal who killed OBL

Members of SEAL Team 6 understood there was a great chance they’d die or be captured in this harrowing mission.
The Pentagon even developed a plan if the SEALs were approached by Pakistani forces, who were not told of the mission.
“We would surrender. The original plan was to have Vice President Biden fly to Islamabad and negotiate our release with Pakistan's president,” the shooter said.
“This is hearsay, but I understand Obama said, 'Hell no. My guys are not surrendering. What do we need to rain hell on the Pakistani military?' That was the one time in my life I was thinking, I am f--king voting for this guy. I had a picture of him lying in bed at night, thinking, 'You're not fucking with my guys.’ Like, he's thinking about us.”

how to sqaure that with Benghazi??

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:41 AM (Dnbau)

289 Freaking *Curious* was right about something. Or at least her friend's barber's nephews' cousin's aunt was. ___

lol that was my first thought when I heard the news this morning.

I got the official NPR version from one of my coworkers. Ratzinger is retiring because he's so "divisive", doncha know.

I countered every NPR talking point he regurgitated with elements unknown in Libworld. Commonly referred to as "facts".

Posted by: kallisto at February 11, 2013 12:16 PM (jm/9g)

290 Someone upthread said Father Guido Sarducci was dead.

Don Novello is very much alive.

Posted by: cool arrow at February 11, 2013 12:16 PM (WMsq+)

291 Esquire article re:Seal who killed OBL. Written by Phil Bronstein, noted star fucker and prog. Story had to get approval of White House, and they had to set up access to the seal. The story is a plant to combat the image of an uuninvolved and uncaring CiC that is emerging form Benghazi.

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:21 PM (Dnbau)

292 "One of the great joys of my life was seeing the CNN new anchors saying, "Ratzinger? It's Ratzinger?"

It was almost as good as seeing them say "Chicago's out? Chicago's OUT?"

Heh. ABC's Cokie Roberts' reaction was priceless. Shock, followed by an audible groan. God Bless Pope Benedict.

Posted by: mrp at February 11, 2013 12:30 PM (HjPtV)

293 I think we are all fairly sure it will not be an American. I don't think I would say impossible, but I would put the chances at much less than 1%. Still the US has the 2nd largest voting block. It would be interesting to think what impact this would have on the United States and Catholics at large around the world.

One wonders if more than a few cardinals would like to send a message to Obama and liberalism at large that the direct frontal assault on the Church will not be tolerated.

Of course it could also lead to a Catholic backlash as old issues resurrect regarding the papacy.

One thing Benedict did well was to elevate a men of high skill and character to position of Cardinal in the US. Men who are much better equipped to lead the fight against liberalism encroachment on Catholicism.

Posted by: SH at February 11, 2013 12:47 PM (gmeXX)

294 "Could the next pope be American?"

Highly unlikely. The Church in the US is in poor shape, its wealth notwithstanding. The biggest growth in the Church has been in the third world, particularly Africa. John-Paul II and Benedict XVI created many cardinals there, who are energetic and relatively young, many of whom have seen militant Islam up close and personal.

My prediction, based on absolutely no inside knowledge at all: The next pope will be African, and he'll be so orthodox that he'll drive the MFM absolutely nuts.

Posted by: Brown Line at February 11, 2013 01:07 PM (VrNoa)

295 I am sympathetic to the terrible tax plight of of Sandy victims.

Of course it is tempered by the great probability that the dumb fuckers voted for Bloomberg and Cuomo and the JEF.

(tempered = completly negated)

Posted by: The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at February 11, 2013 02:30 PM (Hsgnv)






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