No kidding. Although if anybody is looking for joke material these days, the State Department can sure provide it. How do we count the gaffes?
Comedian Armando Iannucci got past security guards at the US State department in Washington with a pass which "could have been produced by a child", in what he described as "probably international espionage".
He was able to wander around unescorted, merrily snapping pics for his movie's set design for over an hour. Go figure.
But on Thursday, the captain was among comrades - Mr. Kerry is an old
Navy man, as is ranking committee Republican, Sen. Richard G. Lugar,
who served from 1956 to 1960. Mr. Kerry, who captained a Swift boat in
Vietnam during the war, clearly enjoyed a taste of the seaman.
Hah! Read it all to savor the whole ludicrous flavor of the exchange...
Some 200 mosques in Islam's holiest city, Mecca, point the wrong way for prayers, reports from Saudi Arabia say.
mosques have a niche showing the direction of the most sacred Islamic
site, the Kaaba, an ancient cube-like building in Mecca's Grand Mosque. But people looking down from recently built high-rises
in Mecca found the niches in many older mosques were not pointing
directly towards the Kaaba.
Some worshippers are said to be anxious about the validity of their prayers.
There have been suggestions that laser beams could be used to make an exact measurement.
al-Sudairy, Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary, downplayed the
problem in remarks quoted by the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.
"There are no major errors but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques," he said.
in Nigeria.... Rides! Robots! The Jackson 5 - the 'Biggest African Group in the world"?
"This will be an adventurous ride giving you an historical overview
of African music. From hologram images, concert footage, a state of the
art recording facility, to robotic figures displaying the rhythmic
beats from 300 years ago where music began leading up to the biggest
African group in the world, The Jackson Five," The Motherland Group
Marlon Jackson is said to be prepared to invest in a $5.3 billion theme park
where tourists can visit a replica slave ship and walk the route of
shackled slaves, before playing a round of golf or relaxing by a pool,
reports The Guardian
The former Jackson Five band member and the Badagry Historical
Resort Development Project hope the park will attract African-American
tourists keen to trace their roots back to Nigeria.
But critics have labeled the theme park inappropriate and an insult to the dead.
"It is not appropriate from a cultural or historical point of view," Nigerian historian Toyin Falola told the BBC.
"Moneymaking and historical memory are allies in the extension of
capitalism. You cry with one eye and wipe it off with a cold beer,
leaving the other eye open for gambling."
However, the investment group behind the plan says it will honour
the history of the transatlantic slave trade and provide employment
opportunities for Nigerians.
TMG believes the resort will pull in 1.4m visitors in the first year, rising to 4.4m in five years.
That Movie: How The Innocence of Muslims Was Made When struggling actor Tim Dax was hired to star in a swords-and-sandals movie titled Desert Warrior, he was just happy to have the job. One year later, Dax and the rest of the film’s cast and crew would look on in horror as The Innocence of Muslims—a crudely dubbed version of the movie they thought they were making—ignited protests across the Arab world and controversy at home. Speaking with many of the film’s principals, Michael Joseph Gross reports on a story as old as Hollywood itself: a pursuit of fame and fortune that ended in tears.
Pravda to Americans: Never Give Up Your Guns "These days, there are few few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions."