Saturday, January 21, 2012


From LRC
  • The Titanic effect. The main problem with the Costa Concordia wasn’t just Francesco Schettino (to be fair he’s understandable and all too human but had no business being a ship’s captain) but people acting like they were on the Titanic when the ship had only run aground just offshore. The safest thing to do was stay/hold onto the wreck and wait. Sick-joke idea: a YouTube of the capsized ship (compare those cruise ships to the Queen Mary, the United States, moored here in South Philly, or even the elegant German-built Pacific Princess on ‘The Love Boat’, now holed up in Genoa after its new owner went broke: I always thought those top-heavy modern floating hotels were a disaster waiting to happen; didn’t anybody watch The Poseidon Adventure?) with clips of Capt. Gregorio De Falco (the hero of the week and the answer to all the putdowns about Italians this week) chewing out Schettino with Celine Dion’s Titanic song playing over it all. The blog’s resident naval officer: if Schettino knew what he was doing he would have counterflooded the port side righting the ship and getting all the passengers safely off.
  • The professional ‘pro-life’ crowd. A substitute for Catholicism after all that Vatican II crap and as useless as the Tea Party.

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