Thursday, May 18, 2006

Condirazzi Iron Photo-Opographer Challenge Round 2!

Saudi Arabia Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, take part in a news conference in the Treaty Room at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2006. Saudi Arabia has unsuccessfully argued to the Bush administration that shutting off aid to the Palestinian government and isolating its new Hamas leaders will radicalize a destitute population and set back the cause of peace with Israel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Reuters' Yuri Gripas advances to Round Two of this week's superexciting wire service snapper smackdown. On Tuesday, current champ Gripas mopped up the floor with AP's Heesoon Yim, and in today's mashup, the Associated Press has a new exotically-named challenger. But, ohhh, right off the bat, Ceneta fumbles when he can't decide whether to show the flag on the right, as seen above, or the one on the left:

What an unfortunate fumble! Now Gripas is up, smirking at this inexperienced upstart as if responding, Flags? Who cares about the flags! Check out the chandelier:

Sometimes a constest is over before it even begins. And in a final mocking of his utterly humiliated foe, Grivas looks over his shoulder and tosses off one of those fantastic Condicloseups that we all just live for:

Who will challenge Reuters' golden boy for the Condirazzi Crown next? Does AP have another contender with an unusual name up its sleeve? Will AFP dare to send a challenger Yuri's way? Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

You are the best! On the teeter totter of blogs, you are the balance.

Civic Center said...

Meta doesn't quite do you justice, Princess. Elevating Yuri Gripas to godhood status is pretty much beyond brilliant. If the two of you ever meet, can I bring my camera and document the moment?

Anonymous said...

I'm no expert, but the upstart's photos look like (1) there could be about 5 other people sitting at the table with La Condi and pal, or (2) the two are playing a piano duet together. Which would be nice to see. Advantage Gripas!

Unknown said...

Yuri still rules..

Thats just one desk right? biggest friggin desk I have ever seen and it seats two?

Lulu Maude said...

I'll leave the fine points of photography to you, Sparkle, but I must comment on the piano-like curvature of the table of diplomacy. Making mediocre music together?

samael7 said...

He's writing the book. Totally adding his own notes.

"In the absence of a centralized vase of flowers, endeavor to find another compositional bridge of equal floridity. Small children, fireplace fans, and chandeliers are appropriate to consider. The homeless, lepers, and mushroom clouds are not."

Karen Zipdrive said...

Love the crazy crossed legs.

Anonymous said...

It's definately one for The Gripper! (Gripas-er sounded a bit graphic even for Our Sparkling Pony!) Although that may explain those crossed legs -- The Gripper has moved from hands to "X marks the spot." Not.

And that Prince! Has he been trying to avoid that desert sun?