I was chatting with my husband- who is in the US Navy- about current news. I mentioned the Westboro "church" (I don't consider them an actual church...preaching hatred isn't showing love to one's neighbor) planning/trying to go to South Africa to protest Mandela's funeral. Their reason for going? As a divorced man he's damned in their eyes. They don't mention leaving judgment to God.
I also mentioned to my husband the laws regarding free speech in South Africa. While they do respect free speech, it does not extend to "hate speech" that infringes upon another's dignity. I doubt South Africa would be in the mood to be lenient on this law in regards to Mandela. Thus, serious trouble could result for the members of the Westboro group.
The interesting part of this story is my husband's response. "Let them go...when they get back from jail in 30 years they'll be a lot more grateful to those soldiers who defended their freedom of speech."
*Note: I do NOT believe that they are going to be at the funeral. I doubt that South Africa would allow them to enter the country.
Let me also note that the source of this news story seems to be some Twitter posts by the Westboro Baptist group. While I have found multiple Tweets about Mandela, I can find absolutely nothing on the actual Westboro site about these plans. I will update as more news emerges.
I'm one of the last people to defend the amount of the money the government spends. It's ridiculous. Everyone knows this. However, when it comes down to reducing how much the government spends, everyone refuses to face one simple fact: to spend less, we have to….oh, duh, spend less. That means cutting programs. And every single time a program is cut, the media or politicians or a special interest group trots out the "victims" who are hurt by such cuts. One cannot deny that people are affected when programs are reduced or ended.
The debt ceiling has been increased again. Where would you trim the fat? What programs or areas of spending do you think need reduced?
For a look at our current debt (it is very, very depressing watching the numbers go up!), check out the U.S. National Debt Clock at http://www.usdebtclock.org/
The majority of citizens in America think they're standard of living is "all right." They would like it to be better, but it's livable.
I'm sure many people realize how lucky they are. But it is always good to ponder things. I propose we take some serious time- not just 5 minutes- to compare our standard of living to those who lived 100 years ago. Then I think we should take even more time and compare our standard to living to those who live in some of the poorer parts of the world. During this "serious time," we should look up articles, news clips, or other data that gives an accurate portrayal of the living conditions.
What is poverty in day to day life?
(Thank you to the following site for gathering these facts. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats. They also have the link to the sources of these (and many more) facts if you are interested).
In addition, the following is from 2011, but I also found it moving.
Some 21,000 children die every day around the world.
That is equivalent to:
The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. Despite the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.
That is from: http://www.globalissues.org/article/715/today-21000-children-died-around-the-world
Note: Yes, you just have to click on the links, but I leave them written out for those who can't or prefer to cut and paste themselves.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." - Mark Twain
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." - Maya Angelou
"The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more."- Ed Parker
"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." - Abigail Adams
Note: Many of these quotes were found online, thus I cannot promise the attribution is accurate. Nevertheless, the quote had value to me, no matter who said it.
It's time for WTF Friday. For those who object to harsh language, the 'F' really stands for "frack" (for those Battlestar Galactica fans out there) or "freezing popsicles in Hades". Pick your non-offensive 'f' word.
WTF is up with people who can't spell?! I love Facebook, don't get me wrong. But I had no idea how many of my friends hadn't mastered a few basic grammer rules. In fact, it slightly worries me. They're, their, and there are not interchangable. Loose and lose used to be different words with different meanings...perhaps that has changed? You know the rest of them.
W(hy)TF can't people learn their idioms. The exception that proves the rule only applies in cases in which, uh, the exception PROVES the rule. Otherwise, you really meant to say, "There is an exception to every rule." Google this if you don't understand the difference.
I'm sure people have mentioned this before...but, seriously, WTF is up with celebrity baby names. "North West?" You have got to be kidding me.
Please feel free to comment leaving your own WTF moments/ideas. Perma-link back to ones I like.
As always, I refuse to post links to silly, crazy, or intellectually-challenged sites. That's what google is for.
So, what site caught my attention?
A site titled "America in Prophecy."
The reason I call it just a little cuckoo?
It lists songs, movies, etc. that all point to ways that America is found in End Time prophecy. Of course, with most End Time prophecy, the writer goes on to deduce magic times and dates in the future that tell him when the end times are (or how close they are). Never mind the Biblical statement that no one except the Father knows the day or time.
The current movie that is giving hints about the End Times?
George of the Jungle.
I think that's enough said.
Whew! It's been a little bit too serious around here lately. Time for some comic relief. Let's take a look at some more crazy weight loss schemes. I recently read that 2/3 of Americans are now overweight or obese (though we all know 87% of all statistics are made up...haha).
Let's cover….hmmm...the Cereal Diet!
Because we all know that it's not that we're eating too much, it's just the food we're eating (do I need to state that the last sentence was dripping with sarcasm?).
So, let's eat cereal instead. Oh, wait. This diet LIMITS food quantity down to healthy portion sizes. Guess it's not the magic cereal...it's just following a lower-calorie plan.
For those who are interested:
1 serving cereal with low-fat/skim milk for breakfest
1 serving cereal with low-fat/skim milk for lunch
1 salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, onions, bell peppers) with 1 Tbsp. oil or dressing
6 oz. chicken breast, no skin, baked
& if you really want to indulge, you can have three of the following (mix & match): 1) serving cereal & milk; 2) serving fruit; 3) 1 oz. nuts; 4) 4 oz. lean turkey
Verdict: Well, since it basically involves cutting calories as a way to lose weight, it's at least logical. And if you happen to be a cereal fan it might be feasible. But since some sites flat-out recommend even the fatty or sugary cereal, I have to give it at least some stupidity. Plus the fact that one would have to say (with a straight face), "Yeah, I'm on the cereal diet"....
Stupidity Factor: 5 out of 10
The law isn't set up for those times everybody agrees it should be followed.
The law is there for those times people don't want to abide by it.
The rights of American citizens aren't documented for those times when we think we should give them those rights.
The rights of American citizens are documented for those times when people don't want to grant those rights.
The Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is an American citizen.1 Thus, he has rights. Yes, (if guilty, and he very probably is) he may be guilty of murder. He may even be guilty of an act of terrorism. But American citizens have rights. He cannot be treated as an enemy combatant. He cannot be questioned without a lawyer. And he certainly can't disappear into Guantanamo with brief little news clips released every six months or so, and America having no idea if he is being tortured, treated fairly, etc.
These rights are not optional.
We can't set them aside because of "special circumstances."
The rights of American citizens are documented precisely FOR circumstances like this. When people want to take away a citizen's rights because of "circumstances" is when we must ensure that those rights are protected.
I realize that this post won't be popular. I'm defending the rights of the Boston bombing suspect. But rights aren't optional. They apply to all citizens.
1. Savage, C. (April 21, 2013). G.O.P. lawmakers push to have Boston suspect questioned as enemy combatant. The New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/us/gop-lawmakers-push-to-hold-boston-suspect-as-enemy-combatant.html?pagewanted=all