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  • The Top Ten Finalists for Person of the Year in 2013

    The Top Ten Finalists for Person of the Year in 2013

    Bashar Assad, President of Syria

    Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

    Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

    Miley Cyrus, Singer

    Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church

    Barack Obama, President of the United States

    Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

    Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker

    Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist
    TIME will announce their choice on Wednesday morning. Who do you think they'll choose? Who would you choose (feel free to pick someone not on the list)?
    Enjoy.

  • #2
    I think they'll go with Pope Francis. I would pick Snowden.
    Enjoy.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Norm dePlume View Post
      I think they'll go with Pope Francis. I would pick Snowden.
      I think so, too. The criteria, IIRC, is "the person who has made the most difference in the news" or something like that (which is why Hitler got MotY in 1939 or whenever it was). I'd say Francis probably fits that bill.
      Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
      No one will be denied:
      Big law suits and bathroom toots;
      We're all getting Dixie-fried.
      But somewhere Hank and Lefty
      Are rollin' in their graves
      While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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      • #4
        Pope Francis is in the news a lot for the person that Pope Francis is.

        Snowden's impact in the news has very little to do with the person Snowden is, but it has a lot more repercussions, like, for example, this.
        Enjoy.

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        • #5
          OK, the exact criteria is "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year."

          Snowden may fit that criteria, though I note that Julian Assange has apparently never made the short list, and I would think that he affected the news and people's lives between 2010 and 2012 more than Snowden has this year.


          I dunno. Tough call there I guess. At least as far as Americans are concerned, Snowden has had a direct effect on the news that directly affects a whole lot of Americans, though less so those around the world. Francis has had less of a direct effect on Americans per se, but he's clearly making a very big effect on Catholics worldwide.
          Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
          No one will be denied:
          Big law suits and bathroom toots;
          We're all getting Dixie-fried.
          But somewhere Hank and Lefty
          Are rollin' in their graves
          While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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          • #6
            Yeah, Pope Francis the person is way more important than Ed Snowden the person. No sarcasm there.
            Enjoy.

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            • #7
              This is always difficult for me, as I tend to think of the positive when thinking of Person of the Year, despite the fact that that is not necessarily the criteria.

              I think I would choose Pope Francis as I believe he has had a catalytic effect on Catholics and Christians worldwide. In many ways he is similar to Pope JPII, and it's wonderful to see the positive reception he has gotten from Christians and non-Christians alike. I think Christianity as a whole has needed this "shot in the arm" and even the process by which he became pope is rather newsworthy.
              Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
              Robert Southwell, S.J.

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              • #8
                The Pope is a catalytic converter.
                Enjoy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Norm dePlume View Post
                  The Pope is a catalytic converter.
                  You know, it's those types of comments that are going to get you voted off this island.
                  Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                  Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                  • #10
                    It's Pope Francis.
                    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
                    No one will be denied:
                    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
                    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
                    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
                    Are rollin' in their graves
                    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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                    • #11
                      "There are four lights!"

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