Seems he didn't, folks.
Staunch Republicans continue their campaign of lies and bullshit yesterday when the Pope announced that NO, he did not have a private meeting with that 'hose bag' down in the States who wouldn't give marriage licenses to gay guys.
Seems this broad's lawyer claims the Pope had a private meeting with her during a general 'meet and greet' that was arranged by him and some Vatican official.
But this would have implied a tacit approval of her illegal actions, when the reality of the situation was that she was just in a group of people who were herded into a room to say "hi" to Frank, and he probably didn't even know who she was!!!!
Now I realize this is not subterfuge on the scale of claiming that aborted fetuses are having their brains stolen, but it IS in keeping with the general mood and direction of all this right wing bullshit!
(By the way, when he found out about all this nonsense, The Pope was not amused!)
We got another "Winner of the day" for ya, folks:
Linda Russell was shopping at the Extra Foods on St. Anne's Road on Wednesday. Russell typically leaves the grocery shopping to her husband, but decided to go to the market on her own that day, because she had people coming over for dinner.
"I ran to the grocery store because I had to pick up few things up," she told CTV Winnipeg on Friday.
"I went, 'Oh no, I don't have my wallet,'" Russell said. "So I sort of when, 'Oh my god, what am I going to do?'"
Russell said she was prepared to put everything back on the shelves and return to the grocery store later with her money. But thanks to the store manager who happened to be working behind the till that day, Russell didn't leave empty-handed.
Darryl Laxdal covered Russell's grocery bill, paying with his own money.
"He came around the till with his cash card and put it in for me and then went back to the other side and bagged my groceries," Russell recalled.
She said she tried offering the manager her watch – even her shoes – as a security deposit until she returned to the store to pay back what she owned Laxdal. But he refused.
"I just thought, he is a really trusting soul," she said.
Russell later returned to the grocery store to repay Laxdal the money she owed. But when she offered to also buy him a gift, he refused.
"I said, 'What can I do that's special for you?' and he said, 'Just pay it forward.'"
And that's exactly what Russell did. She donated $60 to the Siloam Mission to pay for twenty Thanksgiving meals.
"It just creates a ripple effect," Laxdal said.
With a report from CTV Winnipeg's Josh Crabb
Well Bill and Dick sure had a good time last night:
The conversation began with Maher bringing up the over zealousness of some college students who fail to grasp the concept of free speech and ban certain speakers from coming to campus. Ridiculous, right? After all, as Dawkins says, “If you only ever get exposed to ideas that you agree with, what kind of university would that be?”
Maher took this as an opportunity to commiserate with his fellow atheist on a pet topic of theirs: Muslims’ treatment as a “protected species” by “regressive” liberals who give Islam a “free pass.”
“If we talk about them at all, or criticize them at all, it’s [as if we’re] somehow hurting or humiliating Muslims. It’s ridiculous,” said Maher (who didn’t bring up Dawkins’ implication that Ahmed Mohamed purposely got arrested for building a clock in order to get famous).
“Yes. And it’s confused with racism too,” Dawkins chimed in. “An incredible number of people think Islam is a race.”
Maher chortled, Dawkins rolled on. “In the case of Islam, it just gets a free pass and I think it’s because of the terror of being thought racist.”
“Right, or worse, an Islamophobe—a silly word that means nothing,” Maher declared, before listing his liberal bona fides and pronouncing “Cesar Chavez” like a confused French person.
“I was seven years old when my parents told me, ‘We’re for Kennedy and him trying to let black people go to college in the South.’ I didn’t even know who black people were, there weren’t any in my town. I knew we were on their side and that we were on the side of Cesar Chavez and the lettuce pickers,” Maher said. “And then we were on the side of the women’s movement and poor and minorities, whatever it was, gay people, disabled, the abused, the molested, whatever Caitlyn is up to, we were for it. And they applaud that, but if we say something about a woman who’s forced to wear a beekeeper suit in the hot summer all day…