Monthly Archives: September 2013
|Passing the Olympic flame to Ioannis Antoniou|
Olympic flame destined to light the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was lit on September 28th in southern Greece. At the Temple of Hera, the birthplace of the
ancient Olympics, an actress garbed as high priestesses invoked Apollo, the
ancient Greek god of the sun, as she lit the Olympic flame using the suns rays (with the assistance of a
The flame was
passed off to 18 year old Greek alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou. The first
Russian relay runner in this 40,000 mile 123 day odyssey was Alex Ovechkin, of the
NHL’s Washington Capitals.
|Alex Ovechkin, the first Russian relay Olympic torch bearer|
Olympic torch fulfilled a dream for the 28 year old superstar Capital’s
Winger. As Ovechkin said: “This
is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I will never
forget.” Ovechin’s enthusiasm was
evident from his Instagram photo shared via Twitter.
had to hurry back from Europe in order to play in the Capital’s regular season
opener against the Chicago Black Hawks in three days time. This will not be the only time which
professional obligations and Olympic ambitions will intersect for Ovetchin this
season. Fortunately, the NHL is taking a
fortnight holiday in February 2014 so that NHL players can compete for their
national teams in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
the Russian Federation and be carried by 14,000 torch bearers. The Olympic torch will travel from the bottom
of Lake Baikal, Europe’s highest mountain Mount Elbrus and will even travel to
the International Space Station to be taken on a space walk by two cosmonauts.
|Relay route for the 2014 Olympic torch relay in the Russian Federation|
However, it should be noted that cosmonauts
Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov will only carry the torch and not the
Today, the University of Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) go up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1). Effectively, the Sooners will try to steal ND’s Lucky Charms.
Being based in the District of Calamity (sic), my school of choice is the Electoral College, which cheers more for politics as a contact sport than football so it is easy to watch the Sooner/Fighting Irish match-up dispassionately.
Statistically, Notre Dame has won 9 of 10 football games against the Sooners. But it should also be noted that the game is going to be played in South Bend, Indiana. The home field advantage may have some artistic and superficial spiritual advantages.
The Hesburgh Library, which is adjacent to the Notre Dame football stadium, has two iconic art pieces which seem to reflect football prowess.
The large “Word of Life mural” (1964) by Millard Sheets is colloquially called “Touchdown Jesus”. Next to the library, there is a bronze by Joseph Turkalj (1962) which is often referred to as “First Down Moses” for the way the Jewish Prophet has his hand positioned.
|[L] Elizabeth O”Bagy [R] Senator John McCain (R-AZ)|
achieve that dubious distinction. Foreign Policy “The Cable” website reports through its website that the
Senior Senator has hired the 26 year old foreign policy researcher three weeks after she was released from the Institute
for the Study of War, a neoconservative think tank.
Wall Street Journal, which downplayed the reach of Jabhut al Nursa (an Al
Qaeda affiliate) fighters in the Syrian Free Army, and suggested that such
jihadists were concentrating in a couple of northern, rebel held areas
of Syria. Esssentially, O’Bagy was allaying fears that U.S. involvement in the
Syrian conflict would, in the words of former Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH 10th), be acting as Al Qaeda’s air force.
Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, O’Bagy was unceremoniously severed from her stint as the ‘Syria Analyst” at the Institute for the Study of War. Officially, O’Bagy was fired because she falsely had purported to have a combined masters/Ph.D. from Georgetown University, when she had not even defended her thesis. But O’Bagy’s prominence on the political stage also revealed that O’Bagy served as the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which was neither disclosed in the WSJ op/ed nor mentioned by Kerry or McCain when confirming their bent for war in the Levant.
|Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) meeting with Syrian rebel commanders, May 2013|