Among so many photographs in the Mandela tribute, one of the most eloquent about reverence and most visceral about color.
via: MSNBC Slideshow — Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary’s life
(photo: Luciano Mellace / Reuters caption: Mandela and Pope John Paul II listen to national anthems after meeting at Johannesburg International Airport on Sept. 16, 1995, at the start of the pope’s first official visit to South Africa. )
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Among so many photographs in the Mandela tribute, one of the most eloquent about reverence and most visceral about color.

via: MSNBC Slideshow — Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary’s life

(photo: Luciano Mellace / Reuters caption: Mandela and Pope John Paul II listen to national anthems after meeting at Johannesburg International Airport on Sept. 16, 1995, at the start of the pope’s first official visit to South Africa. )

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Rapture meets the Third Reich? I know Ryan brings much needed energy to the Romney ticket, but really….

Guess the real subject here, though, is what happens when you insert dozens upon dozens of highly creative photographers into a no-news political extravaganza that drags on for days.



(photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images caption: A woman wearing a button featuring Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, participates in a church service prior to the Unity Rally 2012 at The River Church in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Delegates of the Republican National Convention (RNC) will convene on Aug. 27 as scheduled and then recess until Aug. 28 due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.)

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Rapture meets the Third Reich? I know Ryan brings much needed energy to the Romney ticket, but really….

Guess the real subject here, though, is what happens when you insert dozens upon dozens of highly creative photographers into a no-news political extravaganza that drags on for days.

(photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images caption: A woman wearing a button featuring Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, participates in a church service prior to the Unity Rally 2012 at The River Church in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Delegates of the Republican National Convention (RNC) will convene on Aug. 27 as scheduled and then recess until Aug. 28 due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.)

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 Not sure what Gov.Walker’s options were for head coverings — looks like on-the-spot improvising — but give him respect for doing the right thing.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: John Gress/Reuters caption:  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attends a prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield, Wisconsin August 6, 2012.)
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Not sure what Gov.Walker’s options were for head coverings — looks like on-the-spot improvising — but give him respect for doing the right thing.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: John Gress/Reuters caption: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attends a prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield, Wisconsin August 6, 2012.)

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 I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption:  Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)
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I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption: Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)

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Don’t you need to have performed a miracle before becoming beatified? Fitting a life-sized wax figure of the John Paul II might qualify. 
via Zimbio
(credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images Europe caption: Pope John Paul II Wax Figure Transported To Poland. A wax figure of Pope John Paul II stands in a parking garage prior to being loaded into a car to be driven to Wadowice, Poland from the Madame Tussauds museum on May 17, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The figure will be on display for one day in the former Pope’s birthplace for celebrations of the 92nd anniversary of his birth. Pope John Paul II, baptized as Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was born in the Polish town on May 18, 1920.)
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Don’t you need to have performed a miracle before becoming beatified? Fitting a life-sized wax figure of the John Paul II might qualify.

via Zimbio

(credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images Europe caption: Pope John Paul II Wax Figure Transported To Poland. A wax figure of Pope John Paul II stands in a parking garage prior to being loaded into a car to be driven to Wadowice, Poland from the Madame Tussauds museum on May 17, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The figure will be on display for one day in the former Pope’s birthplace for celebrations of the 92nd anniversary of his birth. Pope John Paul II, baptized as Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was born in the Polish town on May 18, 1920.)

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Bless this mess. 

(Aren’t the boy’s outstretched arms wonderful, by the way — like he owns his lot, but in the true spirit of faith, also transcends it?)

via: Mercury News Photos

(photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Pakistani Christian boys play next to a wall with biblical paintings, on Good Friday in a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, April 6, 2012. Christians around the world are marking the Easter holy week.)

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Bless this mess.

(Aren’t the boy’s outstretched arms wonderful, by the way — like he owns his lot, but in the true spirit of faith, also transcends it?)

via: Mercury News Photos

(photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Pakistani Christian boys play next to a wall with biblical paintings, on Good Friday in a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, April 6, 2012. Christians around the world are marking the Easter holy week.)

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Tags #Good Friday    #Christians    #Pakistan    #Pakistani Christians    #Easter    #Holy Week    #photojournalism    #religion    #faith    #news   

Bag’s Take-Away:

Should have figured it was an American pilgrim when I saw that belly.

via: Mercury News Photos


(photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images caption: An American pilgrim from “The Hope of Glory” order reenacts the Passion of Christ along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on April 6, 2012. Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in processions along the route where according to tradition Jesus Christ carried the cross during his last days.)

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Should have figured it was an American pilgrim when I saw that belly.

via: Mercury News Photos

(photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images caption: An American pilgrim from “The Hope of Glory” order reenacts the Passion of Christ along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on April 6, 2012. Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in processions along the route where according to tradition Jesus Christ carried the cross during his last days.)

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Tags #Gali Tibbon    #AFP    #Getty Images    #Good Friday    #Via Dolorosa    #Easter    #religion    #Jerusalem    #photojournalism   

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Not that the church isn’t committed to good works, but the photo — in the old city of Jerusalem — sets up a contrast between charity, ritual and the forward march.

via: Mercury News Photos

(photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images caption: A woman carries a large wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa on April 6, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Every year on Good Friday thousands of Christians flock to Jerusalem to walk along Via Dolorosa, the path believed to have been walked by Jesus before his crucifixion.)

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Not that the church isn’t committed to good works, but the photo — in the old city of Jerusalem — sets up a contrast between charity, ritual and the forward march.

via: Mercury News Photos

(photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images caption: A woman carries a large wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa on April 6, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Every year on Good Friday thousands of Christians flock to Jerusalem to walk along Via Dolorosa, the path believed to have been walked by Jesus before his crucifixion.)

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Thanks International Volleyball Federation! It’s really nice to know that Olympic athletes no longer have to dress like Vegas mud wrestlers to play beach volleyball. Quite a relief that women from countries with religious or cultural objections (see Rwandans above) can choose to expose less as opposed to more of their bodies.
But when you look at the uniforms now accepted by the IVF, you really have to wonder how they got to the current uniforms to begin with and why women play a sport in costumes clearly aimed at men.
Read more: Spiking the …. Uniform? Women’s Olympic Volleyball Getting “More Flexible”
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Thanks International Volleyball Federation! It’s really nice to know that Olympic athletes no longer have to dress like Vegas mud wrestlers to play beach volleyball. Quite a relief that women from countries with religious or cultural objections (see Rwandans above) can choose to expose less as opposed to more of their bodies.

But when you look at the uniforms now accepted by the IVF, you really have to wonder how they got to the current uniforms to begin with and why women play a sport in costumes clearly aimed at men.

Read more: Spiking the …. Uniform? Women’s Olympic Volleyball Getting “More Flexible”

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Age humbles us all.
via  The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Osservatore Romano/AP Photo caption:  In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.) 
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Age humbles us all.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Osservatore Romano/AP Photo caption: In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.)

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