Archive | April 6, 2015

Pope Francis’ September 2015 Visit To Philadelphia — Volunteers Have To Be U.S. Citizens.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ … 
Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Keith O’Brien benighted title Ss. Gioacchino …
† Keith O’Brien resignation as cardinal

Francis says the darnest things 
Francis airport -> Colombo
† Topless protests
† Arrival ceremony
Pope on the way to Sri Lanka

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Yes, of course, I appreciate that this “U.S. Citizen” criteria is meant to be a ‘first-cut’ security precaution. And that is exactly why I think it is incongruous and inexplicable.

While just about everybody would agree that you would not want undocumented aliens trying to volunteer, are YOU really trying to tell me, that in 2015, the appropriate U.S. agencies have less documentation on legal, i.e., documented, residents than on born-in-the-U.S. citizens? I would contend that they have more ‘dirt’ on the documented aliens than those that were just born here. think about it. Just the process of ‘documenting’ means that information was collected.

So that is my first point. Just saying “U.S. Citizens” rather than “U.S. Citizens, registered permanent residents and documented aliens” just does not make sense — and would appear to unjustly discriminate against many GOOD Catholics from Mexico, Cuba, Ireland, France, Italy, Philippines and Latin American countries.

2nd point. Just being a “U.S. Citizen” should NOT be an adequate security criteria when it comes to the pope’s visit. If anything it is a totally meaningless criterion!

At a MINIMUM insist that “All volunteers must be Catholic U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old”. Yes, some might argue that that falls into religious discrimination. I am not sure. A Catholic is likely to have more scruples about doing harm to the pope — though even that is NOT a guarantee. Plus, how do you establish oneself as Catholic. SIMPLE. The same measure that Catholics use for everything else. A letter of commendation from YOUR Catholic diocese that YOU are a member in good standing. Simple. That this is not been insisted upon is a travesty.

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Security is a major concern. They are already raising the fence around the Vatican Embassy in D.C. where the pope is likely to spend at least one night.

Security IS the REASON that the details of the pope’s visit is being kept vague by the U.S. authorities and the Vatican. They do not want to disclose anything, definitely not the exact dates, times and places. They will wait until the last possible minute. Understandable.

Just a heads up.


‘Woodstock Lodge’ Of ‘Hotel Impossible’/Anthony Melchiorri Infamy In More Trouble? Price Reduced $200,000.

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Related posts:
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My ‘Woodstock Lodge’ posts on Twitter.
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‘Woodstock Lodge’ for sale.
>> Anthony Melchiorri responds.
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‘Woodstock Lodge’ on ‘Hotel Impossible’.

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This morning I noticed a marked spike in intrest in my “Hotel Impossible“/Anthony MelchiorriWoodstock Lodge” posts — which to be fair have always been a popular topic since my first post in November 2014. I also noticed, given that stuff like that never escape my attention, that some folks were doing searches on “Woodstock Lodge closed”. Piqued my interest, plus I feel it is my duty to stay on top of this given the people who visit here looking for updates. So, I went a looking.

First thing I noticed is that the sale price has come down $200,000 — from $1,850,000 to $1,650,000. That is (only) a 10% reduction. Not that unusual.

I also notice that their, i.e., the Lodge’s, Website looks neglected and sloppy. But, I can’t find anything that says that they are CLOSED and as such are not accepting reservations. I am calling just calling! I called 1-(845) 679-2814 the phone number listed on their Website. I couldn’t get through BUT people assure me that it works and that they are accepting calls. 


Heron On Merrymeeting River, Alton, New Hampshire On Easter Sunday 2015.

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A Few Related Easter posts:
>> Easter 2015 egg hunt at the Guruge’s.
>> Easter Google Doodle.
>> 2015: Easter-Passover same weekend.
>> Easter 2014 at the Guruge place.

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Photographed by Anura Guruge using a refurbished Canon Rebel T3i
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Monday, April 6, 2015: I had to go into Alton around noon to pick up Teischan who was sick (again). The heron was at the same spot, Merrymeeting River (by Alton circle) — both times I drove past. Must be his/her spot. How can I tell its gender? Different color? Size? I will have to look up. Just wanted to let YOU know.

A friend who knows his birds put me right on a few things. It is definitely an adult Great Blue Heron (GBH). Very little difference in appearance between males and females. So could be either. He also added: “Herons migrate in early, so if the bird has already settled in, one would expect that its mate is located in a heronry (A GBH rookery) in an isolated wetland with a number of dead or dying trees in which they are nesting”.


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