Here’s a story that’s only in the Arabic-language papers. The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly, visited an ancient historical site near Tyre, and one of the SUVs in her motorcade crushed a small portion of ancient wall. (Or just some wall–the papers I’ve seen so far are not entirely clear). In any case, you can see from the photo that the path is not intended for vehicles.
An English version of the story here: http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=81959&frid=23&seccatid=14&cid=23&fromval=1
Found this pick on Cracked.com
I wasn’t going to post this neat video Cute Overload sent me in their daily email, then I got to this comment,
bahaha, this reminds me of when I was little and would find my dad praying (muslim-style), I’d jump on for the free piggy-back ride. Somehow, he had the same patience as this lady.
which was too charming not to share.
An awesome friend brought me a bar of al-Nassma camel chocolate from the UAE. It’s been two years or so since I first heard about camel chocolate and I’ve been dying to try it. Camel milk is supposedly superior to cow milk in all kinds of ways, plus, camels!
The bar is a 70% chocolate bar, which is way “darker” than I ordinarily like (Hershey’s Special Dark is 45%), but this bar is so creamy I would have guessed it was a milk chocolate bar. Very tasty and feels great going down.
Here are a couple reviews I found, with more detail: at Candy Blog
and Chocolate Ratings.
And here’s the official site: http://www.al-nasma.com/
UPDATE: I finally had the sense to read the wrapper. The ingredients are as follows: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, whole camel milk powder (2%), honey, bourbon vanilla. Cocoa: 70% minimum. May contain traces of nuts and soy lecithin.
Lately I just haven’t thought of much to say. There are bigger, better blogs covering the same material, which is great. The message is getting to more people. I highly recommend Loonwatch, for example.
I hope to post something new and good soon.
Well, that’s random for you. Here are the 20 songs that came up on shuffle:
1- Harem – The Reg Project (Arabic Jukebox)
2- La Leila wala Youm – Ilham al-Madfai
3- My Man is Somebody Else’s Too – Evelyn Brickey, (Barrelhouse Women 1925-1930)
4- So I Need You – 3 Doors Down
5- Killing an Arab – The Cure
6- Senorita – Juan Luis Guerra
7- Little Red Corvette –Prince
8- Brown Eyed Girl – Everclear
9- What I Like About You – The Romantics
10- Outro – Calle 13
11- On the Road to Find Out – Cat Stevens
12- Here We Go Again – Everclear
13- Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
14- Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
15- Weak and Nervous Blues – Frances Wallace and Clara Burston, Barrelhouse Women 1925-1930
16- Que Lloren – Calle 13
17- Ya Bint el Eh – Tamer Hosni
18- En Tus Pupilas – Shakira
19- Shambala – Three Dog Night
20- Tuesday’s Dead – Cat Stevens
This morning I was going through my pictures and ran across this. I remember making it, but I don’t remember what my point was at the time or why I never posted it. Anyway, it’s always fun to imagine what people would have tweeted if Twitter had been around at the time, right?
Previously I posted on beheading a few times, especially here and here.
Today on Wonkette I found out about some recent beheading, wherein a presumably Christian soldier from Wasilla, Alaska, cut the head off an unarmed civilian Afghani and posed for pictures with the dead guy’s head. Al Jazeera English story here.
Two US army soldiers allegedly involved in a 12-man “kill team”accused of murdering Afghan civilians for sport have been shown in leaked photographs posing with one of their victims.
Specialist Jeremy Morlock and Private Andrew Holmes are shown holding up the head of a man identified by Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper as Gul Mudin, an unarmed Afghan they are accused of killing on January 15, 2010.
I’m guessing their reasoning was something along the lines of, “But they did it first!”
A Christian pastor in Japan opined that the earthquake and tsunami were God’s punishment upon the unrighteous.
Senior pastor Cho Yong-gi of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Christian church in the world, has faced vicious public condemnation as he called the catastrophic Japanese quakes and tsunamis “God’s warnings.”
“I fear that this disaster may be warnings from God against the Japanese people’s atheism and materialism,” an online Christian press quoted the elderly religious leader as saying Saturday.
“I hope that these series of events will drive the Japanese to turn their eyes towards God.”
Just for fun, let’s include this gem, too:
“I mean, the human, the human toll here…looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that, and the human toll is a tragedy, we know that.” –Lawrence Kudlow, CNBC economist, on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.