This week, Paul Ryan proposed a new budget that would take spending back to 1948 levels (and showed he must not have been paying attention on Election Night 2012); freshman senator Ted Cruz proved that smugness and sexism are alive and well in the U.S. Senate; and Big Gulp-loving New Yorkers got a fizzy reprieve when a judge halted Mayor Bloomberg's super-size soda ban. But the biggest news of the week was delivered via a plume of white smoke: the announcement of a precedent-setting new pope, Francis I, the first Jesuit pope, and the first Latin American pope (aka "The Holy Si"). But much about the new pope is decidedly archaic, particularly his demonization of homosexuals (he has called same sex marriage "a scheme to destroy God's plan"). Perhaps one day a plume of rainbow-colored smoke will rise over the Vatican, heralding the selection of a pope with more enlightened ideas on "God's plan."
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