The Promise of Promised Land

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

I’m willing to have any conversation with anyone after they’ve seen it, because I think that they’ll be very surprised as to what the movie is really about, John Krasinski said. I don’t think either of us were interested in telling a very one-sided, uber-liberal anti-fracking movie because that would just be boring. The truth lies so much closer to the middle than either end of the extreme.

Very smart marketing, John. Tell people they have to watch the movie before they decide whether it is for them. Love the Office. Jim Halpert’s the man. But I am not going to see this piece of trash. Yes, the fact that it was financed in part by the government of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a region that stands to profit from the failure of the fracking industry, does not surprise me. Viewers can sniff your bias from a mile away. This is not the 1960s where information was a tight commodity. The internet has opened up the game to all of us.

A Lamborghini, Not a Ferrari

National Geographic, National Geographic. (Head shake.) Tsk tsk. If you are going to do a photo special on Abu Dhabi, please label your supercars properly:

Shoppers in Marina Mall get a close look at a Ferrari on display.

That is, of course, a Lamborghini, not a Ferrari. That looks vaguely like the slick Lambo LP 550-2:

Lamborghini LP 550-2

Minus the Italian racing stripe. . .

World Record Catamaran

Turanor PlanetSolar, a 100-foot catamaran

I was volunteered to go to an Admiral’s Call across town last week. And during his talk, the three-star stressed alternative energy choices that were going to be part of the Navy’s future.

I wonder if he was referring to solar, like this ridiculous beast:

Turanor PlanetSolar, a futuristic-looking 100-foot catamaran, on Friday became the first vessel to have circumnavigated the planet exclusively on power generated by the sun. The voyage, which began and ended in Monaco, lasted 19-plus months and included layovers in 28 countries, which were designed to promote the importance of solar energy.

Traveling on an equatorial route to take advantage of abundant sunshine, Turanor PlanetSolar covered more than 37,000 miles and set multiple Guinness World Records. The five-man crew enjoyed stops in such destinations as Tangier, Miami, Cancun, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bombay, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

I am all for smart energy choices. But they must save us money. Just to jump on the bandwagon, while incurring a higher cost, makes no sense.

Rock Beats Woods, Pakistan Beats Flowers

Am I talking about a vicious game of Rock, Paper, Scissors? Is the title a weird nod at a new sport sweeping some Middle Eastern city? No and no. But both events occurred over there, in Dubai. The first was a golf tournament:

A Rock?

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The steady, solid play that marked Tiger Woods’ golf through his first three rounds of the year in the Middle East suddenly and surprisingly left him Sunday.

Attempting to win an official event for the first time in 26 months, Woods instead finished third to unheralded Robert Rock, an Englishman who won for just the second time in his European Tour career by capturing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Rory McIlroy finished second, a shot behind Rock, who bogeyed the 18th hole to win by a shot over the Northern Irishman.

Good to see Rory McIlroy, ol’ Wozzilroy, up on the leader board. The second title, Pakistan Beats Flowers, is also a sport. Pakistan did indeed beat Flowers, in cricket. An exotic sport with wickets and bats:

A Flower?

England coach Andy Flower said on Sunday Pakistan’s series-clinching Test win would be a huge boost to the country, but called on his team to show their mettle on subsequent matches in the subcontinent.

Pakistan thumped England by 72 runs in the second Test here on Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They won the first Test by ten wickets in Dubai.

The third and final Test begins in Dubai from February 3.

Under Flower England had been unbeaten in their last nine Test series, which saw them rise to number one in rankings last year.

Vegetation had a rough go of it in Dubai yesterday. Woods and Flowers lost to Rocks and Pakistanis. . .