Monday, July 13, 2015

Best comeback of the day

I just saw this Matt Taibbi column, in which he takes on a Michelle Malkin attack on the Pope:
When Pope Francis recently wrote an encyclical letter condemning the polluting impact of global capitalism, conservative maven Michelle Malkin was offended. "Holy Hypocrisy!" she declared:

"While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks 'those who are obsessed with maximizing profits,' Carrier Corporation -- a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a unit of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp.) -- ensures that the air in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stays clean and cool."
To which Taibbi responds:
I'm normally not a big fan of the Catholic Church, or popes in general. But if anyone should be allowed to adopt a "sanctimonious" tone, it's probably a pope, right?
I'm against air conditioning, it's very rare around here and I don't see that it has any real advantages over just getting naked or opening a window or suchlike. I'd make an exception for the Sistine chapel, though. Conditioned air is less likely to cause damage to the frescoes, as well as comforting the tourists.
If the bankers were holding their tourniquet around the neck of Ireland, Italy, Portugal or Spain, rather than Greece, the European Central Bank and Goldman Sachs and other moneylenders would have felt a tongue-lashing from the Pope.

The guy has chucked the US rulers' language back in their faces, saying that being forced to live in poverty is a violation of human rights.

A young Italian woman wrote to the Pope and said that her boyfriend had dumped her when she told him she was pregnant, saying he was married and encouraging her to get an abortion. She was worried that she wouldn't find a priest willing to baptise her baby. The Pope called her up and said if you can't find anyone willing to baptise him, love, you come to me and I'll do it. He said many priests are hypocritical when they refuse to baptise people.

C'mon, let's give credit to the geezer where it's due!
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