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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats. BOOM!

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

Francis' Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See was no joyful exchange of holiday good wishes. Rather, it was a sobering catalog of 15 sins of the Curia that Francis said he hoped would be atoned for and cured in the New Year.

He had some zingers: How the "terrorism of gossip" can "kill the reputation of our colleagues and brothers in cold blood." How cliques can "enslave their members and become a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body" and eventually kill it by "friendly fire." About how those living hypocritical double lives are "typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that no academic degree can fill."

"The Curia is called on to always improve itself and grow in communion, holiness and knowledge to fulfill its mission," Francis said. "But even it, as any human body, can suffer from ailments, dysfunctions, illnesses."

Francis, who is the first Latin American pope and never worked in the Italian-dominated Curia before he was elected, has not shied from complaining about the gossiping, careerism and bureaucratic power intrigues that afflict the Holy See. But as his reform agenda has gathered steam, he seemed even more emboldened to highlight what ails the institution.

The cardinals were not amused. The speech was met with tepid applause, and few were smiling as Francis listed one by one the 15 "Ailments of the Curia" that he had drawn up, complete with footnotes and Biblical references.

Merry Christmas to the bureaucracy!

The Pope is now taking on the heart of stasis and corruption in the heart of the Catholic Church. This is revolutionary. Nobody has dared question them or their power before. Whether you like him or not, he is truly shaking the church. Whether he ever softens on doctrine remains to be seen. However, rattling the core could help change at some point.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Dec 22, 2014, 08:29 AM (41 replies)

Danny Garvin passed last week. He deserves to be remembered!

A true hero of our LGBT movement died last week when Danny Garvin passed away after a struggle with hepatitis and cancer.

Danny helped give birth to our liberation when he fought in the Stonewall uprising. He was there that first night and several nights after, fighting in the streets, battling the police who had raided the Stonewall Inn.

At the time, Danny was a homeless youth. Many of the warriors who ignited our movement that night were homeless LGBT youths, who then, as now, made the West Village their home.

Over the past few years I've had the honor and joy of getting to know Danny as he has volunteered to advocate for the homeless LGBT youths of the Ali Forney Center. Last year he wrote to me about why he had such empathy for our kids:

I wish there had been something like the Ali Forney Center for me when I was on the streets. Maybe I would not have had to live so many nights of out lockers in Port Authority on 42nd St. Or sell myself for 8 dollars to have a bed to sleep to in and a place to shower. Just some place to be hidden from the world until the next day when it would all start all over again. I know I would have robbed less food from stores just to get something to eat.

In 1969, as in 2014, to be open about being LGBT put youths at terrible risk of homelessness. Then, as now, LGBT kids were suffering on the streets. Then, as now, many had to turn, like Danny, to hustling in order to survive.
Much more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-siciliano/in-memory-of-danny-garvin_b_6354776.html

RIP Danny Garvin
You literally fought the good fight.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 02:46 AM (2 replies)

Darlene Love sings "Christmas" on the Letterman Show for the last time last tonight.

A compilation of her performances:

Rock On DU!
Love her!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 01:02 PM (12 replies)

Paramount won't let theaters show the movie 'Team America'

Paramount blocks 2004 North Korea-themed movie "Team America" from being shown in theaters http://bit.ly/1x3e6UB

Now Paramount won't let the movie Team America be shown in theaters. It has a scene of Kim Jong-Il apparently.
They have all lost their minds.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:29 PM (3 replies)

A Heisenberg joke(the physicist)

@MDaware: Heisenberg gets pulled over

cop: you know i got you going 83

Heisenberg: great, now I'm lost!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:13 PM (28 replies)

Dear Marco Rubio,

"Your arms are too short to box with the Pope."
(Apologies to V.J.Carroll)

He is an idiot. The US has tried for decades to force Cuba to do this and that. Opening the island up to more exchanges by many people and entities will do more to bring about change than any embargo.In addition, picking a fight with Pope Francis is fighting way out of your class.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 04:51 AM (6 replies)

Cats vs Christmas Trees

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Dec 16, 2014, 02:49 PM (19 replies)

BREAKING: Police storm cafe. Shots fired.


Hostages fleeing the cafe. Stun grenades used.
No word on casualties.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 10:25 AM (2 replies)

Alabama Family Throws Neglected Dog a Heartwarming Goodbye Party

Family Throws Neglected Dog a Heartwarming Goodbye Party
Butch the Boston terrier struggled for most of his life, but the Buzbee family of Pinson, Alabama, made sure his final days were a wonderful treat.

According to AL.com, Butch was initially adopted by a careless owner, who tried to control the dog with a shock collar. When that failed, the owner abandoned the Boston terrier to fend for himself on the streets.
Butch was recently discovered in someone's yard struggling to breathe. Hoping to save the dog, Alicia Buzbee and her daughter Kansas Humphrey took the sickly canine to Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue. Unfortunately, Butch's prognosis was bleak. The dog was suffering from little lung capacity, a leaking trachea and a swollen heart. The rescue told Buzbee and Humphrey that there was little that could be done for Butch.

The mother and daughter decided to schedule a humane euthanasia for the ailing pooch, but not before giving him a final few days packed with the love and treats he deserved. For Thanksgiving, Butch was given hamburgers and pumpkin pie, toys and cuddles. Buzebee and Humphrey threw Butch a party where he spent the day enthusiastically playing with his new family and friends.

Throughout all the celebrating, Butch's new caretakers held out hope the dog would miraculously rebound. Sadly, Butch's poor condition was irreversible. On Saturday, after a week of compassionate pampering, Butch crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Good on them!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Dec 3, 2014, 10:10 AM (16 replies)

Remember the 3rd man on the podium with John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics:

He was not well known outside of Australia, though, and not much considered on the world sprinting scene. He had not medaled at a major championship going into the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. But he was running well at those Games, and he worked his way into the final. Then a series of strange and confusing events happened ... and these would mark the rest of his life.

The first was that Norman ran the race of his life. His time -- 20.06 seconds -- was the fastest he had ever run, the fastest he ever would run, and even now, 44 years later, stands as the Australian record.
So Carlos and Smith went to Norman and asked him if he believed in human rights. Norman said yes. They asked him if he believed in God. Norman said yes. They told him what they intended to do on the stand and how they were sure that it was the most important thing they would do at the Olympics. Norman said four words that Carlos and Smith would never forget. He said, "I'll stand with you."

Carlos and Smith went to the medal podium wearing black socks. They had intended to also wear black gloves, but Carlos had left his pair behind. Norman suggested that one wear a black glove on his right hand, the other on his left. And that's what they did. The photo of John Carlos and Tommie Smith holding up one black gloved hand has become one of the most iconic in American history, and perhaps THE most iconic in Olympic history.

Peter Norman stands to the left, an unclear look on his face. What you cannot see in the photo is that Norman was wearing a badge that read: "Olympic Project For Human Rights," which he had borrowed from Paul Hoffman, a white member of the U.S. rowing team.

"I believe that every man is born equal and should be treated that way," Norman told reporters after the ceremony.

You probably know that all hell broke loose after that. The IOC immediately suspended Carlos and Smith from the U.S. team and expelled them from the Olympic Village. The two men received much abuse when they came home -- including death threats -- and were ostracized for a long while. But, like I say, you probably knew that.

What you may not have known -- what I did not know -- was that Peter Norman also went through his own personal turmoil after Mexico City. He was vaguely reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Committee for his support of Carlos and Smith -- according to The Guardian, Australia's chef de mission, Julius Patching, told Norman: "They're screaming out for your blood, so consider yourself severely reprimanded. Now, you got any tickets for the hockey today?"

But the press was not so accommodating. It tore Norman to shreds. Back home, Norman was banned from track for a couple of years. And even after he returned, though he was by far Australia's top sprinter and one of the best in the world, they did not send him to the Olympics in Munich four years later.
Peter Norman died in 2006. He was 64 years old. A few weeks ago, the BBC showed footage of his funeral. They showed John Carlos and Tommie Smith carrying Peter Norman's casket.
Please read the rest:

John Carlos and Tommie Smith made a tremendously courageous and meaningful gesture.
Peter Norman should be remembered too.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 06:18 AM (60 replies)
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