Would Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s longtime confidante and personal secretary, look so pretty in a sack cloth? Fortunately, we’ll never know. Glad to see that newly retired emeritus pope B will continue to live with his Vatican “friend,” who will also be head of the new pope’s “household.” This makes for a great costume drama.
I love all the media reports saying that these Instagram photos posted by 20 year old Israeli soldier Osher Maman are “disturbing.” Who are they kidding?
The kid may be wasted, but he’s an expert at self-presentation. Alongside his love for his weapon, he’s also super patriotic with his star of David and the galaxy tattoo above his left nipple.
Compared to torture, arbitrary killing, and daily humiliation of the occupied Palestinians, these photos seem sweet and completely harmless. Reminds me of the manufactured controversy over the Israeli occupation soldiers dancing to Kei$sha’s Tik Tok during their patrol.
Thank you, blessed interwebs, for providing us with this brief entertainment.
Continuing on the same sex intimacy without being “gay,” tomorrow is the annual Shinto “naked festival” at Konomiya shrine, in Aichi prefecture. Wonder how far the train ride is from Tokyo? The festival website is in Japanese, and includes many images.