Saturday, July 14, 2007

In the Big inning (Planktos and the Vatican play ball)

The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Rustville nine that day:

They thought, if only Rusty could get but a whack at that -
We'd put up even money, now, with Rusty at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with ore;

...With a smile of Christian charity great Rusty's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;

..."Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Rusty and the audience was awed.

...Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Rustville - mighty Rusty has struck out.

Apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Original at the Baseball Almanac

After getting shellacked by the WWF; spanked by Greenpeace and clobbered by the International Maritime Organisation, Planktos had to go deep into the bullpen to bring out:
Il Papa.

Planktos/KlimaFa's New Vatican Climate Forest Initiative to Fully Green the Holy See
San Francisco -- July 12, 2007 -- By agreement with the Vatican, Planktos/KlimaFa is now pleased and honored to announce that the Vatican plans to become the world's first entirely carbon neutral sovereign state, and it has accepted KlimaFa ecorestoration offsets to achieve this historic goal. In a brief ceremony on July 5th the Vatican declared that it had gratefully accepted KlimaFa's offer to create a new Vatican Climate Forest in Europe that will initially offset all of the Vatican City State's CO2 emissions for this year.

His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Paul Poupard presided at the event and stated, “As President of the Pontifical Council of Culture; I am honored to receive this donation from the leaders of Planktos-Klimafa. This donation means an entire section of a national park in central Europe will be reforested.

And now, Numbers 11:32
"... he that gathered least, gathered ten homers..."
but Rusty still struck out.