"In case you missed it, a few days ago Senator Clinton tried to spend one million dollars on the Woodstock concert museum. Now, my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time."
-John McCain, US Senator, presidential candidate and POW in Vietnam
I don't agree with McCain on some policy issues but let's not forget that the man has given more for this country than all the other presidential candidates combined. Here's the video:
Two of the most heralded Derbies in Football were played Saturday. They were:
Liverpool v. Everton (Merseyside Derby) - The rivalry goes back to the 1890s when Everton FC, in a dispute with the owners of their home stadium - Anfield - relocated less than a mile away to the new Goodison Park. Out of spite, Anfield's owners started Liverpool FC which proceeded to became one of the world's most legendary footballing powerhouses, eclipsing the stadium's former tenants (ok, so I'm a little biased). To add to this rivalry, Liverpool's notorious fans played a major role in English football clubs being banned from European competition - coincidentally during the same period in which Everton was at it's zenith, depriving the "Blues" a coveted Euro Championship. So how did this most recent Merseyside Derby turn out? Liverpool 2 Everton 1 on 2 Dirk Kuyt penalty goals.
Is there a rivalry that can surpass that which occurs in Liverpool twice per year in passion, intensity and animosity? Oh yeah. The world's most contentious Derby is:
Celtic v. Rangers (Old Firm Derby) - Played as many as four times every year since Celtic's inaugural game in 1888 (nearly 380 meetings), this match-up pits the two most storied sides in Scottish football. Both from Glasgow, these clubs each represent opposing social, ethnic, political and religious communities. Celtic's traditional support is Catholic, largely Irish and Republican (in reference to the Northern Ireland issue) while Rangers has ties in the Protestant, Scottish and Loyalist communities. In the not so distant past, the sectarian nature of the games led to frequent violence and deaths were not uncommon. Still, even with reduced "extracurricular" activities, the Old Firm displays a raw tribalism that is fairly rare in the western world. Also played this weekend, the result was a surprisingly one-side blowout - Rangers 3 Celtic 0.
The article from Yahoo News is titled "As Violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch." Here is a priceless excerpt:
At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn't good.
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
No matter how well General Patreus and our armed forces do in Iraq, we must always be victimizing someone. Seriously folks, you cannot make this stuff up...
I present the Colosseum in Rome.
The edifice, completed in 80AD, was originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium or Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of the Emperors who commissioned its construction. The term Colosseum derives from the Colossal statue for Nero that stood next to the arena. It hosted gladiator battles as well as less violent cultural events uninterrupted for almost 500 years. In its prime it was capable of seating roughly 50,000 spectators. The stadium floor, though sand covering wooden planks, was actually the roof of an elaborate, two-tiered underground maze from which people, animals and decorations could be quickly inserted into the arena for its assorted performances.
If you haven't had a chance to read my previous post in which I explain where I've been for the past 3 weeks, start there and come back to this one.
Last week I was given the opportunity to hunt pronghorn out east with Pack String Ranch Outfitters (see link in the sidebar at right) which is owned by my boss' husband. Marshall and I (http://partlows.blogspot.com/) were asked to run boarder patrol in exchange for the chance to shoot does during our free-time. Both of us were successful in this endeavour for the most part.
Marshall got his doe (on the far left of the photo) on Sunday morning with a solid shot just inside of 200 yards. She was a good sized animal and he was pleased to have gotten her down. Mine was a little more complex. I didn't get a chance until Monday morning and I missed my first shot from well inside 100 yards. Truly an embarrassment. After an unsuccessful stalk and a good deal more walking we stumbled upon an animal no more than 80 yards away. Before I could get a shot, it ran down into a draw and stopped on the other side. Marshall ranged it at around 370 yards from where I was standing but I felt like it was a doable shot. I was right and dropped her on the spot with one shot. Unfortunately when we got to her we discovered "she" was in fact a small "he". After much debate we recalled that the regulations allow for this common mistake for bucks with horns/antlers under 5 inches and breathed a sigh of relief that we wouldn't have to explain ourselves to a DOW officer. As a consolation, my pathetically small animal had been shot previously through his left front leg and would have fallen to the myriad coyotes within the next few weeks anyway.
In all, everyone that came with a tag left with an animal and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Patrick and the rest of the regular staff at Pack String.
I've finally returned to my blogging after nearly 3 weeks of being either too busy or away from my computer. For the last 2 weeks of September I was involved in my organization's (Global Action) major donor event immediately followed by our international staff/partner conference. It was amazing to see our friends from all over the world and hear what God is doing in their home countries. I had the privilege of speaking with incredible leaders from (in no specific order): India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, UK, Ivory Coast, Bulgaria, Sweden, Honduras, El Salvador, Burma, Malaysia, Egypt, Pakistan, Kenya, Serbia, Australia, Brazil, Burundi and South Africa (sorry if I forgot anyone). These were truly humble people. I was honored in playing pool with average folks from Asia and Europe as well as playing chauffeur to the wife of Burundi's Vice President. The entire experience was too much to encapsulate in a few paragraphs but believe me when I say that I am changed for having met these wonderful people.
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