Archive | August, 2007

Shrine of St. Therese

Shrine of St. Therese

Posted on 29 August 2007 by Ed Z

In spite of each evening’s forecast for the following day, the weather
remains perfect. It rained in the early morning but cleared with the sun shining
and a cool breeze.

Today we decided to take it easy, with a stroll downtown to do some souvenir
shopping but in the late afternoon we went to the Shrine
of St. Therese
. What a wonderful hidden treasure.

I was thankful to have visited the chapel to personally show my appreciation
for the good fortune.

 

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Whales and Eagles

Whales and Eagles

Posted on 29 August 2007 by Ed Z

Some things can be overwhelming. And a place where just walking out the front
door can fill you with quieting self awareness the awe inspiring sights can be
exponential.

American Bald Eagles are a common sight, perched on trees or power-line
towers, resting, observing and waiting for their next meal.

Yesterday we went to watch Humpback Whales feed in the waters off of
Juneau,  and boy did we see whales. At least six whales were feeding
together in the same area, which is uncommon as they typically feed alone. The
guide could only guess that the area was rich in food attracting them all.

I was able to get the short video of one near our boat.

On the way back, we passed an eagle perched on a buoy with a few sea lions
basking in the sun at the base of the buoy.

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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Posted on 26 August 2007 by Ed Z

Today we visited Mendenhall
Glacier
where you can also see salmon spawning and black bears feasting on
them.  We didn’t get to see any bears, but perhaps tomorrow, since it is
about 10 minutes away, we will.

 Click the thumbs for larger photos.

 

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On The Road

On The Road

Posted on 26 August 2007 by Ed Z

Fifteen hours but we made it to Juneau.  I’m too tired to explain the
journey but I wanted to share this photo of Mt. Rainier.  It was the view
on the flight into Seattle.  Click the thumbnail for a larger version.

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Vacation Time

Posted on 24 August 2007 by Ed Z

Headed to Alaska for a short vacation. Hope to have some great pics when I get back in a week! I may be able to post from the road but I’m not counting on it.
Be well!

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A Narcissistic Mental Illness

Posted on 21 August 2007 by Ed Z

Truthers get whacked.  The History Channel had a show last night, 9/11
Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction
, where they debunked all the theories.

The show was based primarily on the Popular Mechanics debunking, but also
included other opinions and interviews.

From remote controlled airplanes flying into the WTC towers to devices that
can recreate a voice to fake passenger calls from a hijacked plane (yes, they do
believe that) these poor fools are cut down.

As a commenter highlighted a quote form the show on the Hot
Air
thread, "trutherism is a narcissistic mental illness — that
has got to be one of the best tags I’ve ever seen. That absolutely nails
it."

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The Narrative

Posted on 16 August 2007 by Ed Z

Here is a story I’ve been following at Hot
Air
where you have an AFP photo and caption that are obviously fabricated to
create a negative story on the war. Basically the MSM’s strategy is to take
their agenda seeking narrative and fill in the blanks around it with
fiction.  I like John Leo’s
take on this phenomenon
:

We now live in a docudrama
world in which techniques of fiction and nonfiction are starting
to blur. Many reporters think objectivity is a myth.

They see journalism as
inherently a subjective exercise in which the feelings and the
will of the journalist function to reveal the truth of what has
occurred. Two results

The narrative in the case of the magic bullet photos is that US
soldiers are murderous animals, terrorizing civilians at will.  And this
narrative is enforced by major politicians. When Barak Obama suggests our
current strategy in Afghanistan is "just
air-raiding villages and killing civilians
", it just continues the
cycle.

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Tornado Aftermath

Tornado Aftermath

Posted on 12 August 2007 by Ed Z

Here are some photos of the damage from the F2 tornado that touched down in
Brooklyn on August 8, 2007.  Click on the photo below to get to a gallery.

Nobody was injured.  And from what I understand, the tornado only
touched down for an instant on this block.

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Dezinformatsiya

Posted on 10 August 2007 by Ed Z

I meant to point out this article the other day but I got distracted by the
tornado.  Ion
Mihai Pacepa writes in the WSJ
about the Soviet era anti-American offensive
and how it applied to current political partisanship.

But as someone who escaped
from communist Romania–with two death sentences on his head–in
order to become a citizen of this great country, I have a hard
time understanding why some of our top political leaders can dare
in a time of war to call our commander in chief a
"liar," a "deceiver" and a "fraud."

I spent decades scrutinizing
the U.S. from Europe, and I learned that international respect for
America is directly proportional to America’s own respect for its
president.

An interesting read.  Has the opposition achieved its
objective of making people believe we’re more of a threat than jihadists?

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Tornado in Brooklyn

Tornado in Brooklyn

Posted on 08 August 2007 by Ed Z

What could be described as a tornado
touched down in my neighborhood, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
.

A heavy storm with
tornado-like winds ripped the roofs off several houses in the Bay
Ridge section of Brooklyn, damaging several houses and downing a
number of trees.

Flatbush residents also
reported damaged houses and crushed cars along several blocks.

I witnessed some of the aftermath during my
commute in this morning.  I saw several large trees uprooted with cars
crush underneath, storefronts damaged, and various items strewn across the city
streets.  The localized damage, as there was no indication of anything
severe a mere block away, gave this storm a tornado-like appearance.

I may have some photos coming later today.

Here
is some aerial footage of the scene in Bay Ridge from FoxNY
.

I’m not sure how long the live footage will be
available so here
is a link to the story from FoxNY
.

**Update** The
National Weather Service has confirmed that a class F2 tornado touched down in
Brooklyn
.

National Weather Service
meteorologists, investigating storm damage in the Bay Ridge area
with New York City Emergency Management officials, have confirmed
that a tornado did in fact touch down on parts of Brooklyn
Wednesday morning.

The tornado’s heavy winds,
estimated to have been up to 111 to 135 miles per hour, tore
through sections of Brooklyn, damaging roughly 40 buildings and
downing dozens of trees. Residents in the Bay Ridge, Flatbush and
Sunset Park neighborhoods reported damaged houses and hundreds of
crushed cars along several blocks.

Meteorologists say the
tornado path started in Bay Ridge just after 6:30 a.m. and
continued on an east-northeast path across 68th Street between
Third and Fourth Avenues. Eleven homes along that part of the
tornado’s path suffered moderate to severe roof damage.

 **Update** The
New York Post has a photo gallery
showing the damage.

The
New York Daily News has details on the path of the tornado
.

Picture taken from The New York Daily News
website.

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