Wednesday Reads….Class warfare?

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Good Morning!

I have so many links for you this morning, let us start with a look at class warfare…I am reminded of the quote wrongly attributed to Marie Antoinette…Let them eat cake.  Hamilton Nolan from the Gawker has a point….check it out: It Would Be Great if Millionaires Would Not Lecture Us on ‘Living With Less’

There is something about achieving great financial success that seduces people into believing that they are life coaches. This problem seems particularly endemic to the tech millionaire set. You are not simply Some Fucking Guy Who Sold Your Internet Company For a Lot of Money; you are a lifestyle guru, with many important and penetrating insight about How to Live that must be shared with the common people.

We would humbly request that this stop.

Meet Graham Hill. Graham Hill became a multimillionaire at a very young age when he sold his internet company in 1998. Good for him. We would not be telling you about Graham Hill at all, except for the fact that he wrote a remarkable op-ed in the New York Times Sunday Review yesterday in which he instructs you, the common man, on the virtues of “Living With Less.” He bases this prescription on the wisdom he has learned on his own personal journey, from millionaire with a big house and many material possessions to millionaire with a smaller house and fewer material possessions, but just as many liquid assets.

You can read Hill’s op/ed at that link, but I just want to post the last of this Gawker response, cause it is damn good.

A millionaire does not have the standing to tell regular people that money is overrated. Graham Hill moved into a smaller apartment and sold some of his stuff. But he sure as fuck didn’t empty his bank accounts. It’s easy not to have material things when you can just buy whatever you need, whenever you need it. ” My space is small. My life is big,” writes Hill. Of course it is! You can buy anything and go anywhere at any time, thanks to your vast wealth! The fact that a millionaire’s “life is big” offers little valuable wisdom to the common person. The presumptuousness is akin to a fat food critic walking out of a restaurant after a huge meal and telling a starving beggar on the curb, “Trust me—you don’t want to eat at this place.”

Money doesn’t matter at all, as long as you have too much of it.

Sure got that right, just like all these wealthy ass politicians that are dealing and scheming to do away with programs that are of no concern with them. (That also goes for the current president in the White House.) The White House Is for Sale Under Barack Obama, Too

On Wednesday night, at the swanky St. Regis Hotel three blocks north of the White House, President Barack Obama will schmooze with his biggest donors and most avid grassroots supporters at a “founder’s summit” for Organizing for Action, the controversial pro-Obama nonprofit group. OFA will use the email lists, social networks, and cutting-edge technologies honed during Obama’s reelection campaign to try to galvanize Americans in support of the president’s second-term agenda.

But watchdogs and reformers are up in arms after the New York Times revealed that supporters who raise or donate $500,000 or more will score invites to quarterly meetings with Obama and other exclusive perks unavailable to run-of-the-mill Obama supporters. “Access to the president should never be for sale,” said Common Cause president Bob Edgar.

Obama isn’t the first prez to do this, you can read more at the link, but it should not be surprising.

Oops, I got distracted, back to the issue of class. Well, I thought this was an interesting blog post over at Suburban Guerilla, written by OddManOut » Being white in Philly Mag

Chances are slim that Philadelphia Magazine‘s March cover piece, “Being White in Philly,” by Robert Huber, was meant as anything more than an exercise in cynicism. Huber had to know that his confused personal impressions regarding race relations didn’t add up to an actual story. And his editor surely saw that the piece was ill-conceived and unresolved, more likely to stir up resentment than encourage dialogue between black and white city residents.

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Huber affected the “why can’t we all get along” tone of a white Rodney King, but with little bombs of condescension that could only have been meant to provoke:

But like many people, I yearn for much more: that I could feel the freedom to speak to my African-American neighbors about, say, not only my concerns for my son’s safety living around Temple, but how the inner city needs to get its act together.

Substituting “inner city” made Huber’s generalization seem even more insulting than it would have if he’d used “blacks.” His professed yearning to speak to his black neighbors reminds us that he didn’t quote, and perhaps didn’t even speak with, any black Philadelphians while doing his research (if you can call it that).

It seems the article was meant to piss off blacks while appealing to the magazine’s core demographic — reasonably well-off and well-educated whites who respond to ads for luxury cars and liposuction. Huber and Philly Mag were saying it’s OK for these whites to think of themselves as tolerant despite their fear and loathing of blacks; that it’s only natural to feel this way about people who, after all these years, still can’t get their act together.

Huber was writing more about class than race, but acknowledging this fact would have called attention to the superficiality of his analysis. He offered a brief history of white flight from Philly, but mentioned none of the underlying socioeconomic factors that have widened the gulf not only between whites and blacks but also between the well-off and poor of both races.

Hmmmm, I know Huber’s article is not the same as that op/ed from rich man Graham Hill, but it also seems to leave a bad aftertaste in the mouth. OddManOut continues:

There’s an even wider gulf between bad journalism and the truth. I was there, growing up in a Philly neighborhood that was transitioning from white to black in the 1960s-1970s, hanging out with other white kids who were engaged in an ongoing street war with black kids. The shootings and stabbings were manifestations of forces that all of us, black and white, couldn’t control or even understand.

These forces are still at work, and articles such as Huber’s do nothing to shed light on why they persist. But they do boost print sales and online traffic, and that’s the bottom line.

I guess this last sentence is in line with the Journalism post I wrote a few days ago.  How the son of Fred Friendly stated, “making more money doing its worst…than it did doing its best.”

Alright, I am going to move on to the Vatican now. Here’s a few links on the Vatican’s selection of the new pope. According to Tommy Christopher over at Mediaite: MSNBC Contributor Compares The Vatican To The Soviet Union

But she meant it in the best way possible. On Tuesday morning, all three cable news networks devoted hours of airtime to complete coverage of Cardinals signing in for the latest conclave to elect a new pope, which made for television with all the electricity of a watch battery. On MSNBC, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel broke up the monotony somewhat by telling fellow panelists that she was reminded of Soviet Russia, specifically “of the Communist Party. There is something about the need to have Kremlinology to understand who might be the next pope.”

Vanden Heuvel went on to explain that the next pope will need to be a reformer, along the lines of a Mikhail Gorbachev, to bring transparency to the Vatican. She also confessed to being a lapsed Catholic who agrees with E.J. Dionne that the next pope should be a nun…

Ditto on making the next pope a nun…but Tommy continues:

Although I only half-watched the coverage of what appeared to be the waiting room for the world’s slowest, yet busiest, doctor’s office, I am fairly confident that this was the most interesting thing said during the cumulative hours of cable news this morning. On CNN, without a trace of irony, they were talking about the betting line on who the next pope will be. On Fox News, Shep Smith was also talking about transparency, which is becoming one of the most overrated concepts in the media. It seems as though it’s more important to let people see the horrible things you’re doing than to do anything about it.

To be fair, I’m a much more lapsed Catholic than Katrina vanden Heuvel, so my level of investment in the new pope is lower than most, and while I begrudge no one their faith, the Vatican, as an institution, seems fatally flawed. Covering up and enabling child rape is something you shouldn’t even get one shot at, let alone several thousand. But even those who are considerably more forgiving than I am would be hard-pressed to find much of value in this saturation coverage of the papal conclave kickoff.

I agree with Christopher about the Vatican cover-ups, which goes without saying…but the Vatican is also filled with hypocrites. Check this out: As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna

A day ahead of the papal conclave, faces at the scandal-struck Vatican were even redder than usual after it emerged that the Holy See had purchased a €23 million (£21 million) share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna.

The senior Vatican figure sweating the most due to the unlikely proximity of the gay Europa Multiclub is probably Cardinal Ivan Dias, the head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, who is due to participate in tomorrow’s election at the Sistine Chapel.

This 76-year-old “prince of the church” enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first-floor of the imposing palazzo, at 2 Via Carducci, just yards from the ground floor entrance to the steamy flesh pot. There are 18 other Vatican apartments in the block, many of which house priests.

The Holy See is still reeling from allegations that the previous pontiff, Benedict XVI, had quit in reaction to the presence of a gay cabal in the curia.

And with disgraced Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien lending new weight to charges of hypocrisy against the Church’s stance on homosexuality, La Repubblica newspaper noted that the presence of “Italy’s best known gay sauna in the premises is an embarrassment”.

And if you really want to experience an early morning yuk factor, take a look at this link which features a real commercial for that gay sauna: Vatican Building Houses Gay Sauna

Ewwww!

One more pope story, actually it is an interactive… from the Guardian: Choose your own pope – with our interactive Pontifficator

I’m going to go ahead and give you the rest of today’s news reads via a Link Dump:

From TruthDig….Robert Scheer: If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

This little nugget about the latest Bush candidate, from LG&M: The Little Brown One

Looks like there is some talk about men in a powerful positions who sexually assault women, via the Independent: Petronella, paedophilia, and the wrong lesson to draw from Olivier’s pass

Over at the Guardian, a story about the Generation self: what do young people really care about?

Salon discusses the paleo-diet: “Paleofantasy”: Stone Age delusions

Susie Madrak has this to say over at C&L… Sources: Koch Brothers May Buy The L.A. Times. Stay Tuned

MoJo on The Most Radioactive Man on Earth Has the Kindest Heart

And we will end with a little history: Aelfthryth, Queen of England

What are you all reading and blogging about today?


85 Comments on “Wednesday Reads….Class warfare?”

  1. Morning, I’ve got to take one kid to doctor today…so hopefully you all enjoy this post.

  2. Eric Pleim says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with what was cited out of the Huber piece. On its face it is personal bit of musing about being white in Philly. This needs quotes from black folk why? It is not meant to tackle socioeconomic roots of the race/class divide. Just a lament from a white guy about what bugs him living in the city. I’m a white guy and I know what he’s talking about.

  3. ecocatwoman says:

    Great post, jj. Just a couple of thoughts ’cause I’ve got another crazy day at work today so have to make this quick.

    I am so sick of the papal conclave coverage – it was wall to wall on NPR yesterday. I don’t care, for a variety of reasons. Personally I think someone’s suggestion here that Scalia be the next pope is the best idea I’ve heard. That, for me, would solve 2 problems with one decision.

    I don’t understand the major backlash about Graham Hill. I had no idea who he was, but over the past few years I’ve read much of his writing on Treehugger, which he founded. Guess I’m coming from a different direction.

    Anyway, there was a powerful story on NPR this morning about the aging population of the homeless. Here’s a link to the story that has a graph about how the homeless population has skewed toward seniors. http://www.npr.org/2013/03/13/173463462/aging-homeless-face-more-health-issues-early-death This is just a small piece of the story:

    Hearne and his wife have slept outside for much of the past four years, mostly under a highway across from the Health Care for the Homeless clinic. There are blankets, bags and mattresses stacked there, along a cement wall, and a few white buckets used as urinals. About two dozen people sleep there every night.

    “I know it looks terrible, but this was our home,” Hearne says. “We shouldn’t have to live like this.”

    Hope your day gets better jj.

    • Fannie says:

      Me too, I’m tired of the pope blowing smoke, and tired of the trash that ran and got beat, blowing more smoke. It’s getting tiresome.

    • RalphB says:

      Aha! All it takes is a leisurely decade or so of world travel with “Olga, an Andorran beauty” to come to the conclusion that less is more. Make a note, average Americans.

      This. Graham Hill is shallower than one of his salad bowls.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Hmmm. I don’t know him personally, nor do I play him on TV. I read his Op-Ed & I’m thinking I didn’t come away with the same impression as others, but I did go in aware of his green efforts, which I applaud. I’m not saying you & others are wrong, just that the piece didn’t set my teeth on edge. On a scale of 1 – 10, IMHO, where Mitt & Anne are 25s I’d have to rank Hill at a 9. Besides, we all know that the rich ARE different.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    Great post JJ.

    I saw the Vanden Heuvel piece yesterday. Chins dropped all over the place with that comment, but to my mind it was spot on.

    As for the coverage of the Pope-Pickers, all I can say is big deal. A bunch of old men trying to figure out who, if not themselves, will best serve their needs, not the needs of those they pretend to serve.

    And the sauna story is hysterical. I have no issue with the sauna or the people who use the sauna, my problem, as always is with the catholic church. A church that has spent a couple of thousand years trying to convince us that a priest cannot have a family because a priest is married to the church and that celibacy is about personal denial and sacrifice in service to that family. And lest we not forget our indoctrination, women cannot become priests because women are not men.DUH!!!!

    The truth is the priesthood is a boys club, where gay priests are prevalent and where pedophile priests live on the margins and are able to hide their predilitiction for little boys without much notice. As social acceptance of gays has evolved vocations to the priesthood have dropped dramatically. Certainly I am not the only person who’s noticed the correlation between dwindling vocations to the priesthood and the convent and social acceptance of Gays & Lesbians? The priesthood has basically become a group of asexual men, old gay men or yet to be weeded out pedophiles. Hypocrisy is a word that can’t possibly do justice to what goes on in the catholic church.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      And anyone hoping that this new pope might mean that the catholic church will accept women into the priesthood or accept that Lesbian & Gay people are entitled to the civil contract of marriage and all that goes with it, my advice to you is, Don’t hold your breath.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Or birth control. Or population explosion. Or saving the planet from self destruction.

        Just continue procreating as a measure of “god’s will” until the woman drops dead from exhaustion or all the natural resources left aren’t nearly enough to sustain life.

        Easy to “decree” when living in a mansion here on earth, shut off from the ordinary lives of those you rule over, not missing a meal, and patting yourselves on the back for upholding traditions no longer in fashion.

        Whoever they choose will be “one of their own” so holding one’s breath in speculating the outcome won’t change the status quo.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Easy to “decree” when living in a mansion here on earth, shut off from the ordinary lives of those you rule over, not missing a meal, and patting yourselves on the back for upholding traditions no longer in fashion.”

        Ain’t that the truth.

        I know quite a few old priests, many of them are gay and desperately want the church to relax it’s doctrine toward L/G’s, but they acknowledge that to postitively acknowledge the civil rights of gays & lesbians would further impact vocations. Many of the straight priest I’ve known left the church to get married. When in was in HS I was at a dance that was chaperoned by 3 priests. A group of us (4) were kicked out of the dance for “dirty dancing” (I think we touched each other). Several years later one of those priests married one of the girls that he had kicked out of the dance (me thinks there was more going on in his imagination than on the dance floor), another left the priesthood to marry a divorcee and the 3rd was accused of pedophilia, was convicted and is now in prison. Still, I was dirty dancing so I had to go. :-)

      • Pat Johnson says:

        We used to go to dances on Friday nights at the school auditorium.

        The priest assigned to keep order used a pencil to measure the distance between a couple dancing.

        He was a roaring drunk who thought nothing about slugging a teen boy he felt was not “behaving” himself and referred to us girls as “tarts”.

        Yes, the good old days revisited.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Pat….I knew a few priests who were heavy drinkers, I suppose those were the guys who were trying to actually live celibacy.

    • hyperjoy says:

      The truth is the priesthood is a boys club, where gay priests are prevalent and where pedophile priests live on the margins and are able to hide their predilection for little boys without much notice.

      Well, if gay priests can hide their predilection for little boys without much notice, here’s what gets even less notice: http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/womenallegeabuse.htm

      • ANonOMouse says:

        This isn’t a criticism hyperjoy, i understand what you’re saying, but some folks may not undestand that homosexuality and pedophilia are not the same thing. Pedophilia is a psychological disorder, homosexuality, like heterosexuality isn’t. Unfortunately it just so happens that the catholic church has almost singlehandedly made the two synonymous in the minds of many people.

        It is my understanding that most male pedophiles are attracted to pre-pubescent girls, but no one conflates heterosexuality with pedophilia. At least no one I know.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        And thanks for that link hyperjo, it proves the point. We live in such a messed up world.

      • hyperjoy says:

        Sorry, ANonOMouse, I realized what I had done as soon as I hit the post button, but alas, too late. I realize that homosexuality and pedophilia are not the same thing. I am lesbian myself. As I feared, that is what became the focus of attention, instead of my comment’s point.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I’m a lesbian too. You know our ears are always pricked to hear things that the non-gay don’t notice. I knew your post was to point out the disparity of reporting of crimes against girl children, but was afraid others may not. No insult intended and I enjoyed the link you offered. I think you make an excellent point. The fact that little girls are being sexually assaulted by priests too, is way underreported and underestimated. The press in general and men in particular are much more outraged and focused on the church’s man on boy crime and play down the man on girl crimes. Thank you again for the link.

      • hyperjoy says:

        And thanks for acknowledging the point of my comment. What it proves to me is yep, that’s what gets even less notice.

      • hyperjoy says:

        And sorry again, the above posted before I read your comment @10:31 am.

      • hyperjoy says:

        I enjoyed the link you offered.

        Enjoyment was not exactly my response to it.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Enjoyment was not exactly my response to it.”

        Me either, should have said I appreciated reading the link you offered. :-)

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Or maybe I should have said I appreciated that you offered the link. :-)

      • NW Luna says:

        mouse & joy — oh! that was all so funny in a way, and so kind — how you both stayed very clear to your observations, and made sure the other wasn’t belittled, but not unchallenged when appropriate. How I would love to be in a SkyDancing gathering to have face-to-face talk, and laughter, and argument, and understanding, and ideas, and action, and analysis, and fun.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Luna….Well, hyperjoy and I almost got our swords crossed accidentally and that’s never a good thing, especially since we don’t know each other. Thankfully we managed to navigate our way through it without ruffling each others feathers, so all’s well that ends well, :-)

    • Beata says:

      The priest at my church when I was growing up spent most of his life pickled tink. I used to see him sitting in a car outside a local liquor store drinking out of a brown paper bag. Every couple of years the church would send him on a “little vacation” to dry out but “the cure” never lasted long. This is the same priest who would angrily say to my mother when she asked for occasional help paying our electric bill or getting some food for her children, “How long is this ( our family’s poverty ) going to last?” R.I.P., Father.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Ugh. They’re all hypocrites. I’d like to just ignore the silly pope election, but the media won’t let me. Why does anyone care?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I was raised in pre-vatican II catholicism, it was really screwed up. Corporal punishment was the way to make wayward children, class clowns and children who in retrospect were likely developmentally delayed, obey. The priest would give it to the boys and the girls got it from the good sisters. I feel into the clown category so I got it regularly. I had a good sister whip me with her rosary strap, another that paddled me with a whipper that had holes in it, I suppose the holes were there to make it swing easier and another that smacked my hands red with a ruler. I would get it at school from the Sister’s and get it at home from my father, My personality must have been screaming for a beating. All I know is that there was rarely mercy in the Mercy’s and little in the Domincan’s.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I was fortunate to only have to go to Catholic school for three years–4-6 grades. In 4th and 5th I had Franciscan nuns and I had good experiences with them. In 6th grade we had moved to Indiana, where we had Dominicans, who were horrible. One forced my sister to stop writing with her left hand–if you can believe that–in the 1960s! Eventually, my mom called each one of us and apologized for sending us to Catholic school.

        You should get PatJ to share some of her nun stories with you.

      • Ah…nun horror stories…something many of us have in common.

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    Some good news:

    “Un an interview that aired Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama rejected the budget proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as one that achieves balance recklessly.

    Obama conceded to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that differences with congressional Republicans may be “too wide,” admitting that if the GOP will only accept new tax revenues under the condition that deep cuts are applied to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid “then we’re probably not going to be able to get a deal.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-rejects-ryans-proposal-says-differences-with-gop?ref=fpb

  6. ANonOMouse says:

    And don’t even get me started on the Hoarder Class. We don’t need any damned lectures on living with less from the Hoarders.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Great stuff this morning, JJ. Love the Gawker article on that poor little rich guy.

    I can’t believe I slept until 10:30!

    • RalphB says:

      Good morning! I like that article to, it was a lot like the one from a day or so ago. Shallow rich people should STFU with their life advice.

      • NW Luna says:

        I agree, Ralph. Reminds me of the “Voluntary Simplicity” movement some years back. All these rich people wrote books about how they voluntarily down-sized and gave up their luxuries and Excess Stuff to voluntarily nobly live The Simple Life.

        On a lovely 200-acre estate in the California foothills, with a quaint little cottage a tenth of their previous floor space — never mind that it cost $2 million to renovate, and who knows how much for the land. Now they voluntarily just have one car, the BMW, and are voluntarily out of the rat race thanks to their $$$ made as banksters or CEOs or some non-wage-slave job.

        Now he’s voluntarily a gentleman woodturner and works with (horror) his hands! to make expensive sculpture, and she’s voluntarily writing a book on the Neue Simple Interiore Designe, all about voluntarily “repurposing” treasures found when voluntarily shopping at 2nd-hand stores.

        Me, I also try to live the simple life, as do millions of others, but there’s no “voluntary” about it. We never could afford all that stuff they gave away. My family shopped at 2nd-hand stores and there was no voluntary about it. And when we found a good deal on some useful used stuff, we didn’t speak in euphemisms like “repurposing.”

      • RalphB says:

        nw luna, Soon every rich foof will be a life coach. Sadly, some will listen.

    • Beata says:

      But what happened to “Olga, an Andorran beauty” whose love transformed Graham Hill from a shallow materialist into a sage who knows what is really important in life? Did Hill dump her at the back door of the Salvation Army along with the other “stuff” he was tired of hauling around with him? Inquiring minds want to know. There is so much wisdom we can glean from Hill as we too learn to “live with less”. Should I keep my cat or is she dragging me down?

      • RalphB says:

        It does appear we have “Olga, an Andorran beauty” to thank for his conversion. A decade or so of luxurious world travel with “Olga, an Andorran beauty” would probably convert most of us to something. :-)

      • bostonboomer says:

        From the NYT op-ed:

        I DON’T know that the gadgets I was collecting in my loft were part of an aberrant or antisocial behavior plan during the first months I lived in SoHo. But I was just going along, starting some start-ups that never quite started up when I met Olga, an Andorran beauty, and fell hard. My relationship with stuff quickly came apart.

        I followed her to Barcelona when her visa expired and we lived in a tiny flat, totally content and in love before we realized that nothing was holding us in Spain. We packed a few clothes, some toiletries and a couple of laptops and hit the road. We lived in Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Toronto with many stops in between.

        A compulsive entrepreneur, I worked all the time and started new companies from an office that fit in my solar backpack. I created some do-gooder companies like We Are Happy to Serve You, which makes a reusable, ceramic version of the iconic New York City Anthora coffee cup and TreeHugger.com, an environmental design blog that I later sold to Discovery Communications. My life was full of love and adventure and work I cared about. I felt free and I didn’t miss the car and gadgets and house; instead I felt as if I had quit a dead-end job.

        The relationship with Olga eventually ended, but my life never looked the same. I live smaller and travel lighter. I have more time and money. Aside from my travel habit — which I try to keep in check by minimizing trips, combining trips and purchasing carbon offsets — I feel better that my carbon footprint is significantly smaller than in my previous supersized life.

        It sounds like he’s still living high on the hog–what poor person can travel and purchase carbon offsets? His living quarters probably costs plenty too.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Someone should find “Olga” and interview her. I’ll be she has a few tales to tell.

      • RalphB says:

        I read where he spent $350k renovating his tiny space so it worked for him. That’s not the act of a poor person :-)

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Keep the cat, even if it means you don’t get to spend all of the spare $350K you have sitting around (ralphb @ 11:11am ) on renovations

  8. bostonboomer says:

    This is hilarious and so true: Imagine a world without ‘imagine’ ledes: It’s easy if you try

    So: Imagine a world of journalism without “imagine” ledes.* How great would that be? In such a world, writers would have to find original and compelling ways to introduce their stories. Readers who didn’t spend their childhood with mind-expanding teachers and activities wouldn’t feel disadvantaged on account of their meager imaginative powers. And there’d be one less cliché floating to the top of our stories.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Seen on Twitter: There’s a seagull hanging out on the pope chimney.

    There's a seagull just hanging out on the Pope chimney

    A photo posted by Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpv) on

  10. bostonboomer says:

    On twitter, a fancy-schmancy New Yorker writer is just another “dipshit with a twitter account.”

    ‘Little Twerp … Get a Life’: The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson Thinks He’s Somebody on Twitter

    • RalphB says:

      He’s 1/1000th as much somebody as Kim Kardashian, using his own measure. That’s brutal :-)

  11. ANonOMouse says:

    since I am a Holy woman, it’s only appropriate that I tell you that a new pope has been chosen

    • bostonboomer says:

      Who is it?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I’m watching MSNBC and they don’t know yet. They said he would come out onto the balcony within the hour. This is a soap opera.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I just hope it’s Cardinal Dolan. That would make for lots of laughs and destroy the church completely.

      • janicen says:

        LOL! I love what you said about Cardinal Dolan. I’m not a Catholic anymore but I cannot believe that drunk even made it to the level of Cardinal. I guess that says all there is to be said about the Catholic church.

      • Fannie says:

        It’s not a native American Indian from the res.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    Another shooting spree–64 year old New York man kills four at two locations, still on the loose.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57574114-504083/upstate-new-york-shooting-update-suspected-gunman-idd-as-kurt-meyers-police-say/

  13. bostonboomer says:

    The new pope is a Jesuit from Argentina. That’s pretty unique.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Obviously he’s no reformer, not that it matter to me.

      • NW Luna says:

        And I suspect you were not expecting a reformer either! Neither was I.

        What is all this attention about the Pope for, anyway? It’s like the Fraternal Order of the Moose selecting a new Lodge Master.

        I think the historical Jesus, who hung out with the working class, and cared for the poor and the sick and the meek, would throw the Cardinals out of the temple like the moneylending powerpeddling greedsuckers they are.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      You’re right Luna, I wasn’t expecting a reformer,

      “I think the historical Jesus, who hung out with the working class, and cared for the poor and the sick and the meek, would throw the Cardinals out of the temple like the moneylending powerpeddling greedsuckers they are”

      I think he would have been mortified at the mere sight of the Vatican