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Cartoons of the Day- Person of the Year: Pope Francis



Joe Heller


John Cole


Dave Granlund


Tim Campbell


Jeb Bush Got It Wrong -- Again


Obama closes Vatican embassy

The Bush family of blunderers is at it again. First it was GHW  'no new taxes' Bush,  then the ever-challenged scion GW 'Iraq is my game' Bush, and now older brother, Jeb 'Lost in the' Bush. Can a family really be that misinformed collectively? Two Presidents and a governor and not a penny of common sense among them?

Well, seems the Bushes could easily be a sketch on SNL once again -- "Meet The Foot-in-Mouth Family."

According to HuffPo reports,

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called out President Barack Obama for closing the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, questioning whether the decision was political "retribution" for Catholic opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Here's the actual tweet: (from @JebBush on Twitter)

Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.

There's just one small problem. The Vatican Embassy isn't actually closing. It's moving. A bit of a difference there, but subtly has never been a Bush family trait.

For cost saving purposes, some $1.4 million per year, the current standalone embassy will relocate to a larger compound shared with the U.S. Embassy in Italy, as well as the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. New address. Same embassy.

Okay, it's possible Jeb the dunce missed this, but then to accuse Obama's decision as being a political "retribution" for Catholic opposition to the Affordable Care Act. That takes some balls. And Jeb doesn't have them.

Apply this logic and see where it takes you. Obama is closing (or moving) the US facility to the Vatican, Pope Francis's home, because of fear over the the Catholic Church's take on healthcare? That's what Jeb's saying. But it's also not true. The Church is absolutely for the Affordable Care Act.

It was just a few days ago that the Pope, the Holy See, came out publicly and nailed the US Republicans to the holy cross for their discarding the poor in favor of the almighty dollar?

Doesn't Jeb have a TV or radio? Is he too ignorant to know how to turn it on? You can't have missed the Pontiff's speech. Even Fox News covered its contents, before labeling Francis a heretic.

Pope Francis, in his first apostolic exhortation has condemned the trickle down economics, the mainstay of the Reagan-GHW Bush fiscal plan. Pope Francis also denounces tax evasion and economic inequality, and he exhorts governments to ponder a saying that “not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood.”

That condemnation, my dear readers, is of the Republican Party platform and programs. It is though, what the the church says is categorically "unchristian."

So letting logic dictate, if anyone wanted to shut the Vatican Embassy down, it would be Bush's GOP party. Fortunately, no such move is planned. A cost cutting effort to bring our budget under control is being exercised by Obama. It's called fiscal prudence, not political retribution. That's the Tea Party's game, not Obama's or the Democrats.

Jeb, you're the acorn that didn't fall far from the Bush-- but the fallow one that never took root. Time to abort.


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Cartoons of the Day- Pope Francis



Steve Sack


Joe Heller


Pat Bagley


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.


Cartoons of the Day- The New Pope




Jeff Koterba cartoon for March 14, 2013 "Pope Argentina"



Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Roman Catholics, Time For a Change?