Earlier this morning, as the U.S. was waking up to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic games, Russia sent tanks into the nation-state of Georgia in response to the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia.
Currently, both countries are laying claim to the province, with the civilian body count in the hundreds. Russia is accusing Georgia of ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and Georgia in turn accusing Russia of making up a spurious charge as justification for violating their borders.
President Bush has reiterated the US’s support of Georgia, and the state department is urging a cease fire.
This seems to be a strategic move on behalf of Russia; South Ossetia is strategically critical to Georgia’s economy and stability. Georgia has joined the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline that skirts Russia; that pipeline goes directly through S. Ossetia. There are concerns Georgia will not be able to join NATO without it, should they fail to stabilize the region. Continued hostilities could very well mean another upswing in the price of oil.
The US’s continued support of Georgia forces yet another standoff with Russia.
Foodie that I am, after the whole Jesus Pancake/Mary Cheese sandwich thing, I have finally had enough. Food is not holy, people! It stretches even my cynicism to acknowlege that there is actually anyone out there credulous enough to pay nearly $30,00.00 for a toasted cheese sandwich with a pattern that looks more like Jean Harlow than “Mary, mother of god.”
Are we really this gullible? *sigh*….apparently so, as Jesus pancakes are hitting it big in the food industry as well:
what would jesus eat?
Yes, yes, I get that these images have been appearing all over the world and people flock to it and get healed by touching it and believe….that’s part of the problem.
God is not appearing to you in your food! Even if he existed, wouldn’t he have a problem with that whole “graven images” thing? Or with a house wife using it for good luck when she gambles? Or that they’re selling these things on eBay for profit? And is anyone else utterly mystified that all this holy food activity is going on in Florida? I’ve been to Florida. Trust me. If there’s anything biblical going on down there, it’s more likely to be coming from “the happiest place on earth” than some suburban kitchen. St. John the Divine, Dante and Edgar Cayce combined couldn’t dream up half the lurid horrors that confront people in that hell hole on a daily basis. And people PAY to get in! I can only shake my head in wonderment.