In no particular order, though, are a few things I've been stewing over...
So, the pope has a Fiat.
Sure, there's six armored Suburbans getting 3 MPG assigned to guard him, but by gosh the Pope chose a Fiat 500 for transportation around the US. He sure is humble, driving around in a Fiat guarded by soldiers armed with machine guns (are they Christians, Frankie?). You know what would have spared the environment even more? If you had stayed in Rome and bashed America from there.
Very disappointed in the alleged leader of the Catholic Church. Kinda makes me glad Obama deliberated spited him. Last time I checked, the Pope was supposed to lead Catholics in matters of faith. Not beat us about the head and shoulders over junk science.
I won't even dignify this one with a link, but I think everyone knows about the muslim teenager in Irving, TX, who "invented" a clock, brought it school, and got arrested because it might have sort of looked like a bomb. The narrative is that the eeeeeevil right wing Texas school board had the budding young Edison arrested solely because he's a muslim, and that if he had been a white kid, this never would have happened.
Now, I happen to agree with this last part - if he had been a white student, he never would have gotten invited to the White House, he never would have had a talk with MIT, he never would have been consulted by Silicon Valley companies, nothing. He would have served his suspension in silence. Why do I know this? Because it has happened over and over for decades with no fanfare.
Look, I don't know the kid's motives, nor that of his father. It really doesn't matter. Whether they're agitating for muslim rights (and, no, the reaction of the school doesn't vindicate the idea of bias against muslims; zero tolerance policies are just that stupid) or not, the one fact that has jumped out at me throughout all of this is how blatantly this "project" looks like a ten minute rush job the morning it was due. I mean, it really looks like this kid grabbed a standard clock, unscrewed the housing, then put it back together in a different case. It'd be like cutting the rind off a honeydew melon, placing it on a cantalope, and then claiming you had genetically engineered a new fruit. And yet everyone has lost their bloody minds over this kid's engineering prowess - I'd say he's a fairly good *social* engineer, in that he has played his role perfectly.
Another one I won't dignify with a link. I'm trying really hard to wrap my mind around the concept that people are actually up-in-arms over the push to defund Planned Parenthood after the little incident about selling organs from aborted fetuses. The left is so desperate to continue the bulls**t "war on women" and hang it around the GOP that they are actively supporting monsters who sold human body parts from aborted fetuses. People, the goddamned NAZIS weren't this evil.
I'd urge you to think long and hard if the GOP is who you're angry with over this whole mess.
But yeah, go out and crow about murdering infants. That's certain to resonate with the vast majority of Americans who either haven't had abortions or at least had the common decency to realize that, while it might be the best of all possible bad outcomes, it's still a pretty damn horrible thing to do. It's certainly nothing to brag about, and if you do find yourself bragging about killing a baby to score political points, seek professional help. Look, I understand and accept that there are valid reasons for terminating a pregnancy. I don't think it should be illegal, but it should have more oversight than it currently does.
And now that I've thoroughly pissed everyone off, I'll go back to hibernation...
That is all.