First pope from the Americas and first Jesuit to become Pope. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now called Pope Francis 1 hails from Argentina and is no friend of Christina Kirchner and those of her ilk. This should make for some interesting conversations in the near future.
Congratulations to the Naval Academy Midshipmen in their victory over the West Point Cadets in today’s Army/Navy football game. With a score of 17-13, the Midshipmen have won the C-I-C award for the best record in games among the three academies.
It has been four years since Buster was adopted into his forever home. Where has the time gone? He still is the handsome, well mannered dog I encountered during a routine vet visit for my other puffball – Tiny. Buster or Mayo found his way to my veterinarian after he was surrendered by a motorist who witnessed a dog dodging moving cars on a very busy highway and was able to safely rescue the dog from certain death.
It only took a day to decide to bring this sweet boy home. He immediately got to work on making himself comfortable after scarfing down Tiny’s food. She was not pleased at all with that behavior and to this day she makes a point to bark annoyingly at Buster while he eats his dog food.
Below the cut are a sampling of photos of Buster through the years. I’d have more photos but I quickly discovered that he is extremely camera shy. It takes a bit of work to snap a good photo of Buster, but I’ve managed to capture a few of them for your perusal.
Tomorrow is the day to help celebrate my birthday!
For those wondering – the only gift I ask is an act of kindness done in my name on my birthday – August 20th. Wherever you are in the world on August 20th; dedicate a moment, a few hours or the entire day to an act of kindness. Volunteer at an animal shelter, hug your parents, check on an elderly neighbor, donate books, clothing, or food where needed. Indeed, use the day to do what you love. Let me know what you have done on August 20th – leave a comment, link a photo or a blog post sharing your act of kindness.
A big thank you to long time reader, Trevor Hilton, for volunteering to donate blood tomorrow. That truly is a life-saving gift. THANK YOU!
What a great day to be a triathlete. I want to thank all my running buddies and photo friends who took time out of their busy schedule to cheer me on during this event. Your cheers kept me going and I will ever be grateful for your support today.
Yes, I did promise a race recap and one shall be posted tomorrow, tonight I want to savor my accomplishment.
12 killed and 58 injured in a brutal surprise attack on moviegoers attending a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The assailant, 24 year old James Holmes disguised himself as ‘the Joker’, a mortal enemy of Batman in the comic series before using tear gas to stun and disorient moviegoers before opening fire on them. In addition, authorities were notified by the assailant that his apartment was rigged with explosives. What horror this man was planning.
I cannot wrap my mind around the despicable actions of this broken young man. By what process did he lose his humanity? As I write this post, I’m not certain I want to know his why; as if there can be acceptable reason for the bloody execution of innocents.
My heart and thoughts are with the families of the victims and all those who were in the theater. Words seem such inadequate comfort for this senseless tragedy.
Listen live to the Snark Factor every Wednesday night at 1opm EST on FTR Radio where I will be joining Fingers Malloy, Irish Duke to bring news bites at the top of the hour followed by sparkling chats with invited guests. If you are a fan of my blog, you’ll know that I have an eclectic taste in news of the day.
I’m rocking the Triathlon in 2012 – Via TeamUSA.org - “Since 2000 female USA Triathlon membership has grown from 27 percent of the total of the annual members to more than 37 percent at the end of 2010. Factors leading to this growth are society’s acceptance of “active” women, women feeling more comfortable living an active lifestyle, the growth of women’s-only events like the Danskin and Trek Triathlon Series, and races focusing on charity involvement and fundraising.”
Matilda of Canossa gets her epithet from the name of her family fortress. It’s a rare badass indeed who can claim that they’re named after a castle, but if anybody in Medieval Europe is worthy of that distinction, it’s probably Matilda. For 60 years, this hardcore warrior woman kicked asses in Northern Italy, providing the main military defense force for none other than the Roman Popes, single-handedly taking on any challenges to the Papacy. She’s now one of the few women from the Middle Ages known for her prowess in combat, and her role as the Pope’s personal badass isn’t the sort of honor that got handed out to any douchebag with a castle. She was tough, nobody f****d with her, and – more importantly – as long as she was around nobody f****d with the Pope without thinking twice about it first.
The rest of her story is even more impressive. Not only was she a capable military leader, she was superb spin master for her time. This was a woman you would think three times before crossing. If she didn’t kill you outright, she would completely destroy you in the eyes of your subjects – just read what happened to Germany’s king Henry IV.
She did all this without having feminists arguing her right to serve in a combat role. She just took up the broadsword and kicked butt. She strongly reminds me of the Holy Roman Empire version of Sarah Palin. Women need more if the likes of Sarah Palin and Mathilda of Canossa and far less feministas making the case for women’s role in the military.