June 1-10, 2008
Here is the Leo girl for June.
These photos were taken at the front of the Athenee Residence: the Ruam Rudi side of the building.
Are we going to have another coup in Bangkok? The atmosphere this week is very similar to the one that prevailed just before the last coup ... the one that booted Thaksin.
Hey, maybe the US masses could learn something from Thailand ... we would not have had to suffer a full 8 years under the W if we had gone to coup school earlier.
Meanwhile the Shangri-La's lobby bar was all peace and quiet, as it should be.
My Thai friend, Kanda, from California has found a new gadget. According to her it performs audio and video miracles. Does anyone else have one? Kanda's gadget reminds me of a pet grumble: why can't we have Tivo in Bangkok? Our local cable service (actually, satellite service), True, does not offer anything like Comcast in the US offers. This is annoying.
BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST®
The June 2008 issue of Esquire published the results of this Pew Research Center poll.
Americans say they would be less likely to support a candidate if he or she were:
Evangelical Christian: 16%
A woman: 12%
Personally, I would prefer to see an atheist in the White House. And, I have a strong suspicion that one or more of the three remaining contenders for the spot are closet atheists. Obama's father was an atheist and Obama himself did not join a church until he developed political aspirations ... so, he is my strongest case for being a closet atheist. Hillary's Bill is likely in my mind to be a nonbeliever and she probably agrees with him. McCain seems bright enough not to be superstitious. Unfortunately, all of them, for obvious political reasons, have to pretend to suck up to God.
Returning to food, Angelinis in the Shangri La hotel is still one of my favorite Italian restaurants.
Watcharee makes busy feeding the 'spirits'. But, in the end a cat got it.
PS: We now have a clothed photo of Sandra. But, feel free to check her out in the buff.
I wonder what that ceremony would be like ... the sprinkling of holy water ... chants in Latin by altar boys ... several incense burners swung from gold chains ... the lighting of red holy candles ... maybe the Pope himself would have to don his bright pink slippers and pay a visit to the crime scene. I suppose at some point the one in charge of the ceremony would have to ask God to wipe up the mess.
Atheists caught having sex in cathedral
(CNN) -- A man and a woman have been charged by police in Italy after they were found having sex in a confession box, it was reported Wednesday.
The Italian ANSA news agency said the young man and woman were taken into custody by police in the northern city of Cesena following a telephone complaint from a man attending morning Mass in the city's cathedral.
Authorities were alerted after a parishoner heard "rustling and groaning" coming from inside the confession box and pulled back the curtains to reveal a goth-rock couple engaged in oral sex, ANSA said.
The agency said the pair -- a 31-year-old laborer and a 32-year-old teacher -- defended their conduct saying: "We are atheists and for us, having sex in church is like doing it any other place."
However, Bishop Antonio Lanfranchi of Cesena-Sarsina took said the couple's behavior was "an outrage of notable proportions which bespeaks unutterable squalor."
He added that a special ceremony would be held to purify the confession box.
Lek, who works at my local foot massage shop celebrated her 25th birthday today with an in-shop cooked meal.
My old home, The Oriental, is looking pretty good. IMHO this place is still the best hotel in the world. Hey, I really miss 1410, the Gore Vidal suite. Anyway, old readers will recognize the views. Now that the rainy season is here you can see that they have just installed the canvas over the Terrace dining area. The Author's Lounge is a great place for High Tea.
PS: Don Bull writes:
Yesterday I got my boat ready for summer. I cleaned and polished. I checked life jackets and other accessories. I inserted the key in the ignition and turned it. Nothing happened.
I wondered "Dead battery?" I opened the battery compartment and lo and behold - no battery! Stolen! I didn't feel as bad about the battery as I did in knowing that a fellow boater could stoop that low. Sad.
But today I felt a little better about the theft from me after reading about a far worse theft. Can you imagine? ...
8-foot statue of Jesus stolen off Detroit crucifix
By Corey Williams
DETROIT (AP) — Thieves seeking copper to sell as scrap may have stolen an 8-foot statue of Jesus Christ off a crucifix in Detroit. Problem is, it's made of plaster.
The Rev. Barry Randolph said Wednesday that the statue at the Church of the Messiah is a green color and looks like copper, one of several metals coveted by thieves because of soaring scrap prices.
Thieves have damaged copper pipes and stolen aluminum gutters at the church over the past few months as the congregation has dwindled from about 350 members to just 50, congregation member Donya Ray-Gregg said.
It's unclear when the statue was snatched. A parishioner noticed it missing Monday from its perch on the side of the church, 10 feet above the ground. A small piece of plaster was found nearby.
The church has made a public plea for help.
"It is so crazy," Randolph said. "It's been there for so long and was a symbol of hope to a lot of people in this neighborhood."
Police were investigating, but department spokesman James Tate said it was doubtful thieves had mistaken the plaster statue for copper.
"People who steal copper know what copper is and what it feels like," Tate said. "There is no way they would think a plaster statue is some type of metal."
How low can you go??????
P.S. This afternoon I bought a new battery. $99.16. I feel sad again.
Further news from Don:
Again from the same news source:
An 8-foot statue of Jesus that was stolen from the cross at the Church of the Messiah on Detroit's east side was found in an alley near the church.
The Rev. Barry Randolph said Patricia Bower, a woman who lives in the neighborhood, decided to take a shortcut home and found Jesus "in a bush, between two trees" Wednesday night.
Randolph and a church member went to pick up Jesus and found the green-hewed, weather-beaten statue with only a hand missing.
"We are truly grateful," Randolph said Thursday.
But in a twist, someone advertised the statue for sale on the classified ad Web site Craigslist on Wednesday. Then, presumably the same person called the church to try to sell it to back to the congregation for $1,000. Randolph said he declined. The statue had been found by then.
The statue is made of a strong plaster, but a thief or thieves may have mistaken it for copper. A parishioner called church staff Tuesday morning and told them the statue was missing from the 107-year-old Episcopal church at 231 E. Grand Blvd. The cross on the side of the building was badly damaged.
"We got calls from all over the world," Randolph said of how fast the news spread.
Vandals and thieves have hit the church a few times in recent months. The basement was flooded when someone tried to steal copper pipes. The aluminum gutters were stolen as were bricks from the back of the building.
The church will have the statue and cross repaired and will host a "resurrection celebration" when it is put in place. Randolph said the church will post a sign next to it: "Jesus is not copper. Do not take him off the cross."
Up to very recently a Thai woman who was married had to change her ID card to read Mrs. rather than Miss. Now she has the option of keeping Miss or returning to Miss. Of course, the political cartoonists had fun with this.
PS: Yes, there is another foot massage place that I visit. It is located up the river at River City.
Adjacent to the Athenee Residence there is, for want of a better word, a strip mall. In the heart of Bangkok it is hard to find a block of retail businesses that has its own dedicated street level self-parking lot ... thus strip mall comes to mind even though the locals call it something else. Though it has been on Ruam Rudi for a number of years, its tenants have been recently upgraded. In the past, THOCBDC has visited at least two and perhaps three of the restaurants that are located here, but THOCBDC has yet to do a census of all twelve of the businesses that share this off-street parking strip.
Here are the twelve businesses and the parking strip as well as a shot of the Athenee Residence as seen from the strip mall.
Any guesses as to what this finger bone once did?
Yikes! What is this? I saw it in Lumpini Park yesterday. It doesn't move but it does move water. Apparently it is hooked up to a timer or some sort of activation device as it started up while I was there.
Due to a glitch in my desktop computer I'm forced to use an ancient (2003) laptop ... and its stored photos. Hope to be back in 2008 within 24 hours. Meanwhile let's go back ...
Any guesses as to what this finger bone once did?
It is part of the finger that Napoleon Bonaparte flipped at the Duke of Wellingon during the Battle of Waterloo. It is from the collection of Marie.
A finger of a Prostitute..JFD.
AP — Former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduces a resolution on the House floor, calling for the impeachment of President Bush. Kucinich says Bush mislead the country into going to war against Iraq, violating his oath of office. Kucinich's proposal is not expected to go anywhere.
YES! It should go somewhere.
PPS: Why I really don't like living in America:
A new law makes South Carolina the first state to give drivers a chance to display a cross on their license plates. The design features a cross over a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe." Critics call it a state endorsement of Christianity, but the bill's co-sponsor tells The New York Times that such views are from "very closed-minded people." In April, Florida rejected a similar design, below.
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