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A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

CreatorA kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

This is a significant event, like the establishment of Israel in 1948.


What were Carnival Cruise executives thinking?

Their corporate office is in Miami, Florida.

Their ship Carnival Triumph was stranded, engine room fire, about 150 miles from the Yucatan, maybe somewhere near the red arrow, about 150 miles from Triumph’s port of call Progreso, Mexico.

Carnival Triumph, from the Yucatan all the way up to Mobile, Alabama.

Carnival Triumph, from the Yucatan all the way up to Mobile, Alabama.

Yet, instead of

  1. towing it back to Progreso and letting the passengers off,
  2. or to Cozumel, its other Yucatan port of call, and letting the passengers off,
  3. instead of towing it to port of Miami,

for some reason they decide to tow it another 500 miles north to Mobile, Alabama.

What were they thinking?

Carnival Triumph cruise schedule, 2013.

Carnival Triumph cruise schedule, 2013.

Fardu فردو and many meters of hard rock


How hard is the Iran nuclear facility in Fardu?

  1. One factor is the hard igneous rock of the Urumiyah-Bazman volcanic belt near Naragh.
  2. Even more upsetting, there are no vacation rentals listed in AOL for the Fardu area.

Maybe that second fact is a good thing, considering that many eyes are looking hard at this spot of terrain, cf. Logistics of an Israeli Strike on Iran: An Informed View from Germany by David Goldman.

What will happen next?

A long airplane ride

A long airplane ride

A long airplane ride

Crowd size at D.C. mall, with new crowd size rating scale

After some debate and consideration at the Pajamas Media website concerning the size of yesterday’s big rally in D.C., I developed a new rating scale for crowd size.

  1. Ginormulous = Original MLK I Have a Dream event
  2. Ginormous = ?
  3. Gigantic = ?
  4. Enormous = ?
  5. Humongotorious = ?
  6. Humongous = ?
  7. Huge = Aug. 28, 2010 honor rally
  8. Massive = ?
  9. Big = ?
  10. Sharpton-like
    Sharpton rally, Life magazine
    Image: Preston Rescigno/Getty Images
  11. Critical mass

    Image: © The Terrence Jennings Photographic Archive
  12. Esperanto convention
  13. Rahm Emanuel Ethics Society

It needs some more photographic examples of D.C. crowds for the upper end of the scale, from ginormous down to humongous. You can have a lot of fun with this. Post a comment if you have a good example. 😀

“Goin’ to Chicago”… for the Climate Conference

More about Climategate: a conference in Chicago. I wonder if Harry Read Me is going to make an appearance as a speaker?

“Goin’ to Chicago”… for the Climate Conference.

Obama as Undergrad

Michael Ledeen is on the mark with this analysis. The president is not a psycho to be analyzed by psychoanalysis, but a spoiled Ivy League brat.

Obama as Undergrad.

I don’t think that just putting Obama on the couch is the best way to understand him.

Put him in the classroom instead. Because he’s the stereotypical American undergrad at a stereotypical Ivy League college in the age of political correctness.

I would add that that now, with power and control but no one to fire him, he is like a pinhead professor, whose vicious faculty politics is a road to the nether world paved with naive, foolish Nuclear Posture Reviews and Molotov-like retail events selling Poland down the river to the Sovs.

Lashkar Gah, Zahedan and thereabouts: Iran arrests top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi

More action from the Baluchistan area of Afghanistan/Iran/Pakistan. Another Sunni terrorist picked up in Osama bin Laden’s stomping ground. Second quote from UK’s Guardian newspaper looks straight into the center of the interest, Zahedan.

Iran arrests top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi

Abdolmalek Rigi, militant leader of the Jundallah (Soldiers of God) which had claimed a series of attacks against civilians and soldiers in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province from bases in Pakistan, was shown by Iranian state TV being led off a small plane by masked police.

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Osama bin Laden, supposedly, has had involvement in this southeast part of Iran, the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a stone’s throw from Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Iran captures Sunni insurgent leader Abdolmalek Rigi

Mohammad Marzieh, prosecutor of Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchestan, said: “Rigi’s arrest was made through security measures taken for a long period of time. He is now in Iran and will be handed to security and judicial officials.”

US Marine Corps, good hunting! 🙂