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Pope in a Fiat

The scenes have been historic: Pope Francis travailing the streets of the United States, first in D.C. and then in New York. The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, is on the agenda for Saturday..

Before Pope Francis gets to meet Mayor Nutter, other whirlwind events have been occurring..

The media has been battling pedestrians for a shot of Pope Francis in either the famed Popemobile or now the equally famous Fiat car that the Church chose for him to travel in between armored vehicles. Francis rolled the windows down and turned the lights on, ensuring people saw him at night emulate from inside the tiny box-car vehicle..

Francis met with the families of victims of 9/11, he talked to schoolchildren in Harlem.

The jubilant crowds were euphoric. New York's CBS affiliate quoted a number of people who saw Francis that spoke, immediately, in big statements. Such as this notable quotable:

“He’s going to bring us all back to our faith and make us all one in this universe,” one spectator said.
With smart phone cameras held high, his very presence in Central Park stirred a wave of emotion.
“That was probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen,” said another spectator. “I’ve never felt closer to God in my life.”
The pope moved through the crowd and moved many to tears, offering his blessing to all and his personal touch to a fortunate few.
The pontiff then celebrated Mass at Madison Square Garden, a scene of a solemn service celebrating New York in all its diversity.
“Living in a big city is not always easy,” Francis told 18,000 people at the Garden, easily one of the most respectful crowds the arena has ever seen. “Yet big cities are a reminder of the hidden riches present in our world in the diversity of its cultures, traditions and historical experiences.”
The pope delivered the homily in Spanish, drawing a parallel between the Garden and the city itself.
As Mass ended, Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke the words that led to rapturous applause.
“We pray for you on Sunday and now you are here,” he told Francis.
As people left, it was clear the experience had changed lives.
“He talked about seeing the face of Christ in the people of the city,” said Sister Margaret O’Brien. “That resonated.”
It's fair to say that anyone watching is getting a sense of the historic nature of this visit. Imagine a Pope visiting a number of cities in the United States, especially one loved, admired, and often hated, throughout the world.. and that same Pontiff addressing the Congress--religious figures don't get that chance often..

Perhaps the strangest of all circumstances thus far regarding the Pope's visit is the now famous Congressman from Philadelphia PA who, after seeing the Pope drink from a water glass during his speech to the assembly, stole the glass. He went on to drink from it, have his family drink from it, and pour water over the heads of his children.. Congressman Bob Brady also broadcast the images over the social mediaverse.

People who have acted strange this weekend.
Brought to tears by the Pope on Thursday and finally conceding to the ultra-right wing elements in his own party on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R - OH) announced his resignation from his Congressional seat.  Good job, Tea Party-ers. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP via Business Insider)


STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …