picture from Rodney Buike at flickr.com

I have to admit, I thought various aches and pains and a desire to sleep later almost caused me to miss making this post, but I’m nothing if not an ironman — when it comes to sitting and typing. Take that Brett Fav-rah.

With that in mind let us “circle the drain globe” and look at how the Republicans in Congress can do more than aspire to have deep bromances with former KGB agents and bring this country the kind of tourist opportunities that other nations now possess.

How about tourist packages to places people will reclaim again from nature?!

Ukraine plans to open up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.

No doubt the reviews will be glowing.

Or maybe you can save up to go to World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where one of the world’s great sporting events will have something right out of the Republican Party Platform:

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says gay supporters should not have sex in Qatar, as homosexuality is banned in the Gulf State.

That’s the kind of “progressive” repression we’ve learned to expect from fundamentalism with a big checkbook smiling face. I’m sure there was no corruption at all in the decision to award such a forward thinking place that event.

UPDATE:

As you know, overnight Richard Holbrooke died, what the Washington Post reports as his last words may be his last diplomatic gift — if followed:

…family members said, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”