The Watering Hole, Fat Wednesday, February 13, 2013: Vatican Names New Pope

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

Following the suprise resignation of Pope Benedict, and the even greater suprise when God smote the Vatican with lightening the same day, the College of Cardinals held a secret emergency meeting and elected a new Pope.

Having had great success with Pope John Paul, and Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals decided to follow in the same vein and elected Pope Ringo George.

OPEN THREAD.

WHAT ARE YOU GIVING UP FOR LENT?

MARDI GRAS?

BEADS?

122 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Fat Wednesday, February 13, 2013: Vatican Names New Pope

    • My all time fave as a god-movie. I am in stitches every time I watch it. Hubby doesn’t understand what’s so funny about it, but he has grown up in an agnostic household no religion there so he doesn’t get the point. So I am glad I know about it all or I would have missed a laugh.

  1. I don’t remember exactly when it was, but it had to be more than fifty years ago . . . 1960 maybe? Anyway, Lent came around as usual, and I decided to follow tradition and give something up. I gave up religion. Best move I ever made! I knew people who’d give up stuff like smoking, drinking, meat, enjoyable things — and they’d spend the entire of the next forty days in anticipation of starting up again. That was never my burden. Still ain’t. 😉

  2. Nancy Pelosi: “I am more concerned about Steve Stockman being here than Ted Nugent, Ted Nugent will leave. Steve Stockman will still be here.”

  3. One of Stephanie Miller’s Mooks: “Marco Rubio may have sucked, but at least he swallowed!”

    another: “Marco Rubio became his own drinking game last night.”

          • People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

            Then he descends into the crazy maze of his corrupted brain.

            What made America great was it’s PEOPLE, and our willingness to work TOGETHER for the common good.

            Rand Paul and his doddering old dad think it’s all about the MONEY, not the PEOPLE, and that’s why they should be ushered back to their compounds, which should then be locked from the outside.

            • America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

              This is something the LRWNJs (Libertarian Right-Wing Nut Jobs) get wrong. We were not founded on the principle of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we declared our independence from Great Britain based on those principles. The Declaration of Independence was not the basis for our nation’s founding, just our independence.

              The Articles of Confederation were the basis for our founding, and while they were, indeed, based on the principle of States’ Rights, we soon learned that concept did not really work so well. So we scrapped them and replaced them with a strong central government. never let a RWers tell you our nation is based on States’ Rights. It isn’t. If it were, the Constitution would be all over that in Article 1, not Article 4. The hierarchy is plain to see: The Legislative Branch over the Executive Branch over the Judicial Branch over the States.

  4. Marco “Slurpy” Rubio making things stupider:

    When asked about “Watergate” by Steve Doocy, Rubio said, “Well, ah, you know, listen, my mouth got dry and I had to get some water. You know, when you give a speech you have a podium, and the water’s right there, but when you don’t you start looking around where am I going to get the water from. I figured I would be better off taking the water and taking the hit for it than being unable to pronounce my words. It’s been a long day at work. We (sic) already done an 18 minute interview in Spanish, and my mouth got dry. What can I say? But I was happy with the overall what we were able to deliver in the speech.”

    • Holy shit: he’d already done something for 18 minutes? I mean, WOW, this dude is PRESIDENTIAL material! STAMINA! IN SPADES!

      Well, forget the ‘in spades’ part. Rubio’s not one o’ THEM, he’s Cubano, right? A Cuba Libra?

      Hmmm. Last time I tried one, a Cuba Libra was a shot of rum, some Cola, and a twist of lime, all over ice . . .

      Well, anyway, if THAT’S what Rubio was sucking on last night, it pretty much splains everything.

      Rand Paul, otoh, brings to mind only a single question: WHERE WERE OUR LIBERAL ABORTION LAWS WHEN WE REALLY NEEDED THEM!!??

      • Apparently, only his obstruction muscles are in shape. Afterall, it only takes a few seconds to say “NO,” and last night he had to speak for minutes and minutes!

        😆

    • Our grandson is in a Catholic kindergarten because it was the best option available. It’s an all day session which is what my daughter and SIL needed. The public school offered 1/2 day without transportation to day care and the charter school was off the table because it involved a one hour drive both ways. As for other private schools, they couldn’t afford the tuition. Because my daughter is now serving on a Federal jury in Philadelphia, I pick up the grandchildren on Mondays and Thursdays. My grandson has homework in kindergarten. I am amazed at the level of English that he must learn. Right now, he must right a one sentence letter to someone. By the end of the school year, he will be writing a paragraph. I must say, the level of education that he is receiving is outstanding. There is one catch. He’s learning about god. So as not to make him feel confused and different from his classmates, I handle religion very carefully with him. It’s tricky.

      • That’s a fine line to walk. A friend of mine had her kids in Catholic school up to high school, not because she was a believer, but because the education was so good. She worried about the god component, but let the kids work through it themselves. Yikes.

        • The education at Catholic schools is excellent. We sent our daughters to Catholic school until 8th grade. When they started public school, they found out that they were about 2 grades ahead of everyone else in the classroom. We let our girls decide for themselves and I think the grandchildren will figure it out on their own. Right now, they are still concrete thinkers. Their ages are 4 and 6. The younger one goes to the pre-school which is run by the same Catholic church. She is learning Spanish along with English in her class. So is my grandson.

          • I thinkk the trick as a parent is probably to ensure that the children don;t accept religion as any kind of intellectual and/or social or moral authority. Sit down with the kids and ask them what they think of decades of covered child-molesting, and how Catholics hate dinosaurs and women, and they’ll be able to sort it out for themselves.

      • Are you allowed to help him with his one-sentence homework assignment? I would recommend he write a letter to Bill Donohue (Catholics League) and say, “Dear Mr. Donohue, When you act like such a sanctimonious dickwad, you make Jesus cry.”

        Sorry, couldn’t resist.

        • My grandson wouldn’t understand the word sanctimonious so he couldn’t write this letter. 😉 Besides, I don’t think that my daughter would approve of him learning to call people a ‘dickwad’.

  5. Wanna have some fun?

    Play “Rappin for Jesus” to a bunch of blue haired little (actually not so little) old church ladies and watch fun begin.

  6. Back to business (hate) as usual

    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) says Senate Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.

    There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now? “Just because something may not pass doesn’t mean that the American people don’t expect us to stand up and be counted for the things that we believe in,” says McConnnell.

    The more honest explanation is that a fight over a balanced-budget amendment could get the GOP back on the same page — reuniting Republican government-haters with the Party’s fiscal conservatives. And it could change the subject away from social issues — women’s reproductive rights, immigration, gay marriage – that have split the Party and cost it many votes.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-biggest-republican-li_b_2673728.html

    • There aren’t a whole lot of words, good words, they can’t turn into an epithet. One of the most glaring examples was Beckyboy’s extended rant against any church that dares to mention “social justice”. It seems to a sane history buff like myself that this country was founded by and for social justice. Now it’s supposed to be a UN/communist/nazi/gay/atheist/black/Muslim plot to put us all in death camps.

    • Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right.

      Me? 30/32. Smarter than the average atheiest. I tip my hat to Wayne, however.

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