I’ve added some programs to my Favourite Programs blog.
This article by Dorothy Ann Seese is right on the money. We, people, are indeed the problem. This goes wherever we live, be it the USA, Australia, UK, makes no difference. Sin is the problem and we are infected with it. We think we are the centre of the universe – that it’s about us. It’s not, it’s about our Lord the Messiah, and bringing glory to Him. We always want a king or rulers over us of our own choice, rather than relying on our Father.
In America we were duped into thinking that a free society could long survive in a world of people. We have a Constitution that was supposed to be the basis of the Rule of Law over the populace. But we saw how far it went when the interests of the politicians needed to bend the rules. It happened as far back as our second generation of leadership, it was surely evident during the period 1861-65, and in the disasters that followed. The stronger government became, the less freedom people had and the less relevant the documents upon which this nation was founded. They were there for some but not for all.
Because — the problem is people. They just don’t have a common understanding or common interests for the well being of others and fairness for all. Self is too powerful, and opportunity presenting, self will rule everything but itself.
Finally, the expansion of self-interest spills over into the self-interest realms of others and the war is on!
I highly recommend Randy Cassingham’s This Is True site. I’ve been a long time subscriber to his weekly email newsletter.
His writings are taken straight from news articles, being on the stupid things people do. He always adds a tag-line at the end of each piece, usually quite clever and often hilarious..
The following story is from This is True dated 17 July 2005. It is
Copyright 2005 Randy Cassingham, all rights reserved, and reprinted here
After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed.
Police say PETA has been picking up the animals — alive — from North Carolina animal shelters, promising to find them good homes. Cook and Hinkle have been charged with 62 felony counts of animal cruelty. In response to the arrests PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said it’s against the group’s policy for employees to dump animals in the trash, but “that for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia.” (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald) …Oops, my mistake: that’s “Playing God” Defined.
In his author’s notes section, Cassingham had more to say about this
The more I learn about PETA, the less I think of them. The story of them killing animals isn’t even unusual. According to PETA’s own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care — a number that’s rising, not falling.
Meanwhile, the SPCA in PETA’s home town (Norfolk, Va.) was able to find loving homes for 73 percent of the animals put in its care. A shortage of funds? Nope: last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations.
It simply has other priorities for the funds, like funding terrorism (yes, really). But don’t take my word for it: I got my figures from PETAkillsAnimals.com — and they have copies of PETA’s state and federal filings to back it up. The bottom line: if you donate money to PETA because you think they care for and about animals, you need to think some more. PETA literally yells and screams about how others “kill animals” but this is how they operate? Pathetic.
And you know what I wonder? PETA’s official count of animals they kill is 86.3 percent. But if they’re going around picking up animals, killing them while they drive around and not even giving them a chance to be adopted, and then destroying the evidence by dumping the bodies in the trash, are those deaths being reported?
My guess: no. While 86.3 percent is awful, the actual number is probably much, much higher. How dare they lecture anyone about the “ethical” treatment of animals!
(This is True is a weekly column featuring weird-but-true news stories from around the world, and has been published since 1994. Click the link for info about free subscriptions.)
I’ve just received this article in my inbox from Daniel Pipes mailing list, and the survey done by YouGov is very revealing. Some results listed below:
Muslims who see the 7/7 bombing attacks in London as justified on balance: 6 percent.
Who feel sympathy for the “feelings and motives” of those who carried out the 7/7 attacks: 24 percent.
Understand “why some people behave in that way”: 56 percent.
Disagree with Tony Blair’s description of the ideology of the London bombers as “perverted and poisonous”: 26 percent.
Feel not loyal towards Britain: 16 percent.
Agree that “Western society is decadent and immoral and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end”: 32 percent willing to use non-violent means and (as noted above) 1 percent willing to use violence “if necessary.” Just 56 percent of Muslims agree with the statement that “Western society may not be perfect but Muslims should live with it and not seek to bring it to an end.”
Agree that “British political leaders don’t mean it when they talk about equality.
They regard the lives of white British people as more valuable than the lives of British Muslims”: 52 percent.
Dismiss political party leaders as insincere when saying “they respect Islam and want to co-operate with Britain’s Muslim communities”: 50 percent.
Doubt that anyone charged with and tried for the 7/7 attacks would receive a fair trial: 44 percent.
Would not inform on a Muslim religious leader “trying to ‘radicalise’ young Muslims by preaching hatred against the West”: 10 percent.
Do not think people have a duty to go to the police if they “see something in the community that makes them feel suspicious”: 14 percent.
Believe other Muslims would be reluctant to go to the police “about anything they see that makes them suspicious”: 41 percent.
Would inform the police if they believed that knew about the possible planning of a terrorist attack: 73 percent. (In this case, the Daily Telegraph did not make available the negative percentage.)
It seems that the Muslim leaders in Britain want a judicial inquiry into what motivated the London bombers.
Err, yeah, right…
Blair wants to hold an international conference on how to eliminate Islamic extremism (the usual way of course, by talking them to death). I’ve bad news for him and others who just don’t get the fact that is not because of grievances against mistreatment or some other excuse, but simply because we are the infidel, or ‘not Muslim’. It would be so simple if they would read a Koran (a genuine copy) and get the truth of what’s being said in there.
I’ve decided to start two other blogs for the following reasons.
One will be for informing you of different computer programs I’ve found useful over the years, called “Morris’ Favourite Programs”
Original of me, huh?
The other will be for listing my favourite web page links, and just as original, will be called “Morris’ Favourite Links”
I thought it would better this way so I can set the blogs settings for these to not archive, so the posts will not disappear into the archives never to be seen again…
One I’ve already set up (no posts yet) and the other I will get around to shortly.
I see Oliver Stone intends to make a movie on 9/11. Even though he says he will keep politics out of it, I’m not sure I would trust him on that. The point of this blog is to ask you guys out there, do you think it is a bit too soon? Is the USA really needing to have this hashed over again? I know from many I talked to here in Aussie after it happened just how much we felt for you, especially after the Bali bombings (Quite a few who were injured or killed in that were from West Australia). I’ll never forget the horror I felt seeing people make the horrible choice to die by falling from a building rather than die by fire. I imagine it would be much worse for you guys.
In the end, we knew it would be only a matter of time before someone would make a film on 9/11. I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.