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Congressman swiped pope's water glass

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) scored a souvenir from Pope Francis’s congressional address on Thursday.

During the commotion following the pontiff’s remarks, the Pennsylvania lawmaker sneaked up to the lectern and swiped the pope’s water glass.

“Anything the pope touches becomes blessed,” Brady told The Washington Post. “I think so and no one is going to change my mind.”

Brady took the half-full glass back to his office, where he, his wife, and two staffers took turns taking sips.


Boehner: "This Was MY Idea"

After 4 Years As Speaker...

NRA News

During the Defending Our America episode, co-host Del Wilber said, "When I was growing up, part of the curriculum at high schools was firearm safety and marksmanship. And we didn't have 'Columbines' or 'Newtowns' because kids were taught to respect firearms, they were taught how to handle them safely and taught what their purpose was for, and that's been long gone."

so there it is:

Lest We Forget: Boehner PERSONALLY handed out tobacco industry campaign checks on House floor


Like Jesus, all the carpenters are now Democrats.

Furious Boehner allies lash out


A fired-up House Ethics Committee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), speaking not long after Boehner dropped the bombshell at a Friday conference meeting that he’ll leave Congress at the end of next month, ripped into hard-line conservatives.

He accused them of opposing Boehner at every turn, and noted they have “never had a horse of their own.”

“Any jackass can kick down a barn door. It takes a carpenter to hang one. We need a few more carpenters around here. Everybody knows it,” Dent said off the House floor.

Leadership allies are frustrated by what they see as a repeated exercise in futility.


Oh Dear, the NYT Visits the Outer Provinces Again

They don't even pretend to care to bother.

Maggiano, an upscale Italian restaurant in Philadelphia’s Little Italy, hosted a Paint the Pope party last Saturday, where patrons paid $65 for wine, a dinner and an art class where they tried to paint Pope Francis.

Maggiano's Little Italy is a chain Italian restaurant, not really what one thinks of as "upscale." Philadelphia has no neighborhood called "Little Italy" and while there is an Italian-American neighborhood, it's nowhere near Maggiano's Little Italy. That is simply in the name of the chain restaurant, which has approximately 50 locations across the country, apparently creating "Little Italy" neighborhoods throughout the country.

(ht RB)

"Jesus H. Christ in a Fiat, my son, these people crazy. Get out while you can."

​Mother of mercy, Papa Francesco gets results.​

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown. Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning. The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker's gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.

​Way I figure it is this. In their private chat yesterday, Boehner explained to the pope the problems he was having with the flying monkey caucus, and Papa Francesco who, after all, heads a bureaucracy with a long history as a seething cauldron of ambition, scandal, murder and betrayal, as well as a unique tradition of crazy institutional proceedings (See: Cadaver Synod), listened to Boehner's plight and said, mildly, "Jesus H. Christ in a Fiat, my son, these people crazy. Get out while you can." That's the way I'm going to figure it, anyway.


The Pope's Recent Visit


Lawrence Wilkerson foretells the demise of the United States Empire

Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson (born 15 June 1945) is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN.

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