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Pope, Iran, GOP

<blockquote><p>I lived to see the day when the Pope and the President of Iran are more flexible on doctrine than the House GOP</p>&mdash; Juan Cole (@jricole) <a href=”″>September 20, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Quiz – Who is Older?


answer will appear in the comments.



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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Destroys Part of Ancient Road with her Convoy

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:


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Funny Pic – Osama Selfy

Found this pick on

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Don’t Worry, Romney Still Rich

Cute video

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Yoga Cat

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.

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I Finally Taste Camel Chocolate

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:

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.


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This Blog Is Not, Actually, Abandoned

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.

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Random Playlist

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

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Fun With Twitter and Paint

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?

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