Capitalism causes obesity.
Pope Francis said that there is a “distorted relationship between food and nutrition” in the world, resulting in both world hunger and obesity, even in poorer nations. Food, says the Pontiff “is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction.”
Francis said that these improper eating habits call for “a conversion in our way of living and acting,” which must begin with nutrition. “Nutritional disorders can only be remedied by the cultivation of lifestyles.” When a reporter questioned if the Pope meant that nutrition was the key to holiness, Francis obliquely responded, “nutritional virtues summon us to a more simple and sober life, and unfailing concern for the needs of those around us.”
Growing up in Argentina combined with training as a Jesuit, unavoidably leads Bergoglio to his Marxist roots. As is his wont, the pope proposed that the problem of malnutrition and hunger are ultimately the by-products of the free market economy.
“The battle against hunger and malnutrition will not end as long as the logic of the market prevails and profit is sought at any cost, with the result that food is relegated to a mere commercial product subject to financial speculation and with little regard for its cultural, social and indeed symbolic importance.” The Argentinian Jesuit didn’t elaborate on what the “symbolic importance” of food was to hungry people.
Apparently believing that the Church had little to do with bad eating habits, the pope opined that, “To escape from this spiral, we need to promote economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources.”
“Besides,” Francis concluded, “with all these fatties, I can’t tell if it’s a guy or a girl.”
Commuters educate protesters on the finer points of Natural Selection.
Furious Londoners turned on Extinction Rebellion today with crowds of commuters dragging protesters down from the roofs of Tube carriages to rough them up on the station platform, while online the group was slammed for comparing its actions to those of civil rights legend Rosa Parks.
As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a coordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and gluing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.
But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a ‘huge own goal’.
Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.
The group’s leaders have called off a planned protest at Gatwick airport ‘in light of’ the response to the Tube disruption and a spokesman said the group would ‘take stock’ before disrupting the Underground any further.
Eight protester arrests this morning brings the total since last Monday to 1,711 as police warn XR’s antics are pulling officers from community policing and stretching resources to breaking point. As a result of the demand on police resources, Londoner’s have been granted immunity from any criminal prosecution related to their efforts to educate protesters on the application of Natural Selection.
One Londoner who had been involved in removing a protestor from the top of the train smilingly responded to the immunity, “We’ll be on those blokes like a pack of US Marines at a flag burning party! You thought they had bad teeth before!”
Doing for Biology what they did for Ethics.
For first time, Hillary admits that it’s her shortcomings that lead to disagreement.
It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo. The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’
However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.
‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’
According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’
Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.
The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms. ‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’
That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.
“I’m a terrible actor,” Chelsea laughs; continuing, “Sure it’s not like any of the skanks my Dad brought home. But still.”
Hillary chimed in, “Maybe that’s the problem. I’ve always been able to BS my way through everything. Like that time I was speaking to an African American audience and I went all old-time-negro like. That was a classic. And when I wiped the hard-drive ‘like with a cloth‘. I still crack myself up with that one.”
Chelsea went on to say that she thought people should be able to play for whichever sports team that matched their self-identification. The reporterette then asked, “So if the entire Atlanta Hawks basketball team identified as women, they could be in the WNBA? Wouldn’t that be unfair to those penis-less, mostly unbearded women’s teams?”
Chelsea responded, “Well if you like your team you can keep your team.”
And Playskool’s going to pay for it.
8-year old Ky. girls climbs it in a minute.
President Trump walked back his beleaguered Border Wall today. Last week the President told reporters in San Diego that the government tested wall prototypes with “20 mountain climbers” who concluded the design going up along the U.S.-Mexico border “was the one that was hardest to climb.”
Trump said the climbers invited to participate were “very good” – “some of them were champions” – and the bollard style barrier “can’t be climbed. This is very, very hard,” the president said.
Meet Lucy Hancock, an 8-year-old from Kentucky. She is not a registered Democrat and except for some pretty serious lobbying for a later bed time, has no political affiliation. Lucy , is proving her wall climbing chops.
The girl’s mother posted a video to Facebook this week of the third-grader scaling an exact replica of the 18-foot wall going up along miles of the southern border, and it took just over a minute for the youngster to crest the structure.
“Remember that border wall replica build by Rick Weber for a competition next weekend in the Red River Gorge?” Karla Hancock posted. “We were able to help perform preliminary testing of the belay system this weekend. Lucy declared it an easy 5.7.”
President Trump immediately tweeted that he thought a Border Playground sounded a lot better. Nancy Pelosi welcomed the move and has agreed to drop the Impeachment Inquiry if she is given naming rights over the new play space.
There is no truth to the rumor that she wants to call it “Congress.”
Pontiff could be tried by the laity; must be convicted by the Bishops.
Catholic faithful may have had enough of Pope Francis’ always vague, often heretical statements. In what is undoubtedly an historic first, the laity is forming a Formal Inquiry to remove Jorge’ Bergoglio from the Vatican.
This latest controversy began when the pontiff was interviewed by his longtime friend and avowed atheist Eugenio Scalfari. In La Repubblica, Scalfari, claims that the Pope told him that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a man, a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.” “I know that Pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus stops being a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross.”
The teaching of the Catholic Church and most Christian churches is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was incarnated as fully man and fully God.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it. (464)”
This is not the first time Bergoglio has stepped all in it, theologically speaking, in a Scalfari interview. In a March 2018 interview, Pope Francis reportedly said, “There is no Hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
That interview caused an uproar and the Vatican claimed that what the Pope reportedly said was a “reconstruction” and not “quoted.” The Pope himself never denied what Scalfari reported and the article never ran a correction or removed the article from its website.
One commentator noted, “Now, obviously, as it has often happened with Francis’ informal interviews with Eugenio Scalfari, some will try to deny the veracity of what Scalfari, a seasoned journalist, affirms.”
A large group of less temperate Traditional Catholics loudly chanted, “Free Hong Kong” and “Impeachment is too good for him. Give him the Jorge Hernandez treatment.” The latter being an apparent reference to the mayor of a Mexican village whom locals tied to the back of a truck and dragged him through the streets for failing to deliver on an election pledge.
Sam Wachs and his wife attended Tuesday night’s preseason game between the Sixers and the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association at the Wells Fargo Center. The couple were kicked out of the after showing their support for protesters in Hong Kong.
Wachs and his wife were holding up “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK” signs in reference to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Wachs said he lived in Hong Kong for two years and supports the protesters’ movement.
“We were just sitting in our seats near the Chinese bench,” Wachs said. Security confiscated their signs. They were kicked out of the game during the second quarter after they yelled, “Free Hong Kong.” “What’s wrong with saying ‘Free Hong Kong’?”
According to Wells Fargo Center and NBA officials, the couple were removed “for hurting other peoples’ feelings . . . even if those people are in another country. We try to maintain an environment where the crowd can yell as loudly as the want. Especially if they’re drunk. We let all kinds of four letter words in. It’s just that ‘free’, ‘Hong’, and ‘Kong’ aren’t among them. That’s what’s wrong with that.”
Meanwhile Atlanta Braves fans ignored the wishes of their team and their opponent’s Native-American pitcher Wednesday night by continuing to perform their famous tomahawk chop during a blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Braves organization made good on its promise not to distribute foam tomahawks to fans ahead of the game – a ritual the team has maintained for years – but that didn’t stop the Atlanta faithful from performing the tomahawk chop chant with their arms or belting the battle cry at the beginning of the game.
St. Louis rookie pitcher Ryan Helsley, 25, who is Cherokee told reporters on Friday he disapproves of how indigenous people are used as mascots in sports by teams like the Braves and the Washington Redskins. Rookie Helsley makes heap big wampum, securing 30 blankets and 100 beaded necklaces a year.
His remarks came a day after he took the mound against the Braves in Atlanta as fans performed their long-time chant, complete with the waving of their novelty foam tomahawks. “I think it’s a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general, just depicts them in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual,” Helsley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A Braves’ fan clarified the whole chant thing saying, “It’s got nothing to do with him being an Injun’ – dot or feather. It’s that baseball players and fans are this kind of caveman-type people who aren’t intellectual.”
St. Louis beat the Braves the old Cherokee way by scalping them with 10 runs in the game’s first inning before going on to defeat their opponents 13-1, ending Atlanta’s playoff run and hopes of another World Series birth.
. . . he wouldn’t be President.
Poll numbers soar.
Other Democrats rethinking their position.
On Tuesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist candidate who has run on a plan to nationalize medicine and ban health insurance, began to feel ill while doing an event at a Pakistani Halal restaurant. Serves him right for eating halal.
Sanders requested a chair in the middle of answering a question. He appeared even more confused than usual and stumbled through his response. The event at the Halal restaurant was cut short and the millionaire campaigner against wealth was rushed to the hospital and admitted that very night.
Sanders is most closely associated with a plan to take away everyone else’s access to the kind of health care he just benefited from. Releasing details about his level of care could prove as embarrassing as the socialist millionaire’s recent ascension to the ranks of the 1%.
Bernie Sanders was admitted Tuesday night and by the next day, he had two stents put in to deal with a blockage in an artery, something that would not have happened under the plan (Medicare for All) that “The Bern” is famous for.
Despite the name, Medicare for All has nothing to do with Medicare. It’s a proposal that would actually eliminate Medicare and reduce everyone to a sub-Medicaid system with limited care options. It draws its inspiration from the British NHS, Canada’s socialized medicine and some European systems. It actually makes ObamaCare look pretty sweet.
While Bernie’s timetable of getting an angioplasty within a day might not sound that impressive to Americans, in the British NHS system, the median time from assessment to treatment is 55.3 days. Mean times for treatment have been cited as being 80 days. The maximum NHS waiting time is supposed to be 18 weeks and almost 16% of patients in the UK have to wait more than 3 months for an angioplasty. Canada’s socialist system has angioplasty waiting times of around 11 weeks.
Candidate Sanders tweeted from his hospital room, “I’m feeling good. I’m fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover. Medicare for All the rest of you!” And he added, “Peons!”
Affirmative Action wipes out all demand.
The world’s super-rich could soon be forced to slum it on commercial planes due to a worldwide shortage of pilots which means fewer than in years past are working for private jets.
According to the aircraft seller Colibri Aircraft, which sells pre-owned private jets, big-name airlines are turning their recruitment efforts to pilots in the private sector. They say that between now and 2038, 98,000 new private plane pilots will be needed to meet demand, they say.
It is down to an increasing number of pilots being recruited by major airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic thanks to a global shortage of pilots. As commercial airlines claw to keep up with the growing demand, they are focusing on luring as many pilots as they can into their rosters. High salaries and steady work plus benefits are among the perks on offer. The result is that more pilots are turning to commercial work over private contracts.
The problem is so serious, that those impacted are demanding action from Washington DC. The affluent travelers group, consisting of movie stars, rap musicians, and professional sports figures are joining forces to lobby lawmakers and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that governs the industry for relief.
Given the money and influence of the group, the FAA immediately relaxed the standards for licensing of private pilots. Under the Agency’s emergency powers provisions, pilots for private aircraft need only complete a five-hour online class or use the free app “FlyNow” available on the I-Tunes store or on Google Play.
Passengers will be required to sign a waiver form to be able to travel in private aircraft. The form also requires complete information for next-of-kin.
Nike cites ‘Colin Kaepernick effect.’
Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
Citing the windfall that the sports apparel giant reaped when the signed Colin Kaepernick, Nike announced a similar deal with the NBA’s Houston Rockets General Manager. But given the backlash Nike was walking the deal back, even though the poster emblazoned with “Because sometimes you have to rise above principle” had already been printed.
Kaepernick was permanently sacked after he knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. No NFL team wanted him, mostly because he was a sucky quarterback. Nike seized the unemployed hero, offering him a $10 Million deal, something Mr. K. called, “Way better than having to work for a living. Heck, I can go back to sleeping until like 2 in the afternoon. Because America is just oppressive like that.”
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried to defuse the growing fallout over his deleted tweet wherein with great temerity he said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” offending the delicate sensibilities of Communist China. No known connection but it turns out, there’s more than a few billion dollars of NBA income on the line.
The NBA, which is rolling out it’s new slogan, “Playing Basket without Balls“, caved to the ChiComs faster than Pope Francis could allow the regime to appoint Chinese bishops, saying it was “regrettable” that the tweet offended China. That followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, to hit the NBA in the pocket book:
- Tencent, a major media partner of the NBA in China with a streaming deal that is worth $1.5 billion over the next five years and Chinese state television both said they would not be showing Rockets games.
- Chinese athletic apparel maker Li-Ning released a statement saying it was upset with Morey’s tweet.
- The Chinese Basketball Association, whose president is former Rockets center Yao Ming, said it was suspending its relationship with the team.
- Rockets player James Harden, who frequently travels even when he’s not on the court, criticized Morey’s tweet because the Chinese “show us the most important love.”
Not to be outdone Houston Rockets Plantation owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted that Morey does not speak for the Rockets, “Sure China has concentration camps with widespread rape, forced abortions, and forced sterilization. And the government is using deadly force against unarmed Chinese citizens who only want freedom. But that’s nothing compared to the tyranny that Colin Kaepernick faced.”
For his part, Morey fell short of the required self-immolation necessary to appease Communists in Beijing and in the US Media. Morey tweeted early Monday, “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to be politically corrected.”
In an ironic twist of fate, the whole kerfuffle arose because the offending phrase “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” is identical in Chinese to “never trust anyone you can blindfold with dental floss.”