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The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript

Small Data: Why so many elephants?

Knuckle Dragging Right Freaks Out Over Hillary Clinton’s Pic with Pussy Riot Going Viral

Why Is Socialism Doing So Darn Well in Deep-Red North Dakota?

Moms Group Testifies Today Before Texas Legislature For Gun Control

The confidential internal slides that show why Apple is making a bigger iPhone 6

Spider invasion prompts Mazda software fix


Whose Pick Is It, Anyway?


Department of Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano is stepping down as Homeland Security Secretary.That's not news. It was leaked and soon afterwards, announced. But when the republicans heard this, they sent out their Texas mouthpiece, the ever forgettable and mostly regrettable Representative Mike McCaul to announce his choices for Napolitano's replacement.

Now somehow, either I  got things wrong, or the little Texan with the big mouth did. I was under the impression that cabinet level posts are appointed by the president.The pick is his, the senate confirms (or in the McConnell senate) filibusters. I don't see anywhere in the process where the House has any say.

Mike McCaul

On Sunday, here's what went down with warmonger, Mike McCaul," according to TPM Livewire:

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, mentioned three possible people that House Republicans would probably like to see replace Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security who announced Friday she would resign from her post in September to become president of the University of California system.

McCaul named Thad Allen, the retired commandant of the Coast Guard, Ray Kelly, the New York Police commissioner, and William Bratton, who has headed up the New York, Los Angeles and Boston police departments.

"I think any three of those coming in would gain much respect from House Republicans and could help us at a time when we're really trying to push this border security measure out of the House of Representatives," McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday."

I'm thrilled McCaul has some suggestions. And I have one for him. Shut the "F" up and do your job. Get your party's Speaker to move things along and bring an immigration bill to the floor.Debate what needs to be done for security purposes to keep our nation safe NOW! If President Obama wants your input, he'll ask for it.


War Hey on Jorge


Deport illegals

Bill Maher has put it all into perspective once again. I wish I could say it better but he did just fine. Republicans will just never be happy -- but the closest they'll come to it is when they pass a little wind and find out it's not an S.B.D.  To the GOP, happiness is a war. They don't care what kind, or who it's with,  just so long as it's a war, someone dies and the military industrial complex makes billions on it, so there's money for the lobbyists to lavish on the GOP representatives.

Make this must share viewing.


Patron Saints of ...


St. Christopher medal

As a child growing up in Irish Catholic Boston, it was commonplace to see a St. Christopher's medal dangling from a car's rear view mirrors or on the dashboard. After all, he's the guardian saint of transportation. All the girls' parochial schools were called St. Agnes or Our Lady of Sacred Agnes as she is the patron saint of girls. If your son was troubled or "wild", parents would light a candle to St. Patrick who would protect them from sins, snakes and witchcraft.

So in writing a post for The Political Carnival, I needed to know the name for the patron saint of Justice. Of Goodness. Of Fairness. Of Brotherhood. I looked them up and guess what? Those are not listed. I guess those traits are still available.

Patron Saints

With all the saints they do have, these must exist but they didn't make it to the official Catholic Church Patron Saints Index. No siree, Bob.

While those topics didn't make it, there are hundreds of other that did. I'd like to share a few of the more obscure with you. Keep in mind, these must be more important than those traits I mentioned above or for certain, they'd have made this list. So in place of Fairness, brotherhood, justice goodness, I give you:

Saint Bibiana - Hangovers

Saint Fiacre - Hemorrhoids and piles

St. Katherine of Alexandria - cutlery

St. Blaise - goiters

St. Julian - wandering minstrels

St. Vidus - actors

St. George - syphilis

Those are all real, I kid you not. So I've come up with a few of my own that I'm going to submit to the Catholic board for immediate consideration.

St. Stacius Awayis - protector from tax collectors

St. Vicodin - protector from constant back pain

St. Buttocks - guardian from a pain in the a**

St. GOP - Protector of women from their rights

St. Xanax - provider of all stress relief

St. Bendover Endictus -  Overseer of parochial schools

St. Palin - guardian of quitters

St. Arby's - Purveyor of Roast beef sandwiches

St. Boehner - Endower of Obstructionism

St. Yungus Boyus - Guardian of the Vienna Boys Choir

Suggestion Box

Feel free to add a few of your own. The Pope Francis's suggestion box is open and the Holy See is waiting.