Sunday, September 30, 2007
The Birds Of Paradise: Part 12
This visit the hawk went away with an empty stomach. Even the frightened little finch hanging on at the bottom of the photo survived. (Click photo to enlarge.) The finch didn't move the entire time the hawk was present. As soon as the hawk left, the finch resumed feeding, and the flocks returned to be hunted another day.
Technorati: birds, birding, photography.
One Nation Under Thomas Jefferson's Creator.
"The truth is, no matter how you slice it, is that [sic] America is not 'one nation under God'. It just isn’t. We have a Mormon running for President, and we’ve had a Catholic and various other flavors of Christians as President. They would disagree quite strongly over the nature of God. Moreover, we have Muslims in this country, and Jews, and (gasp) non-believers too.The question doesn't really seek an answer because it's posed as a rhetorical device to illustrate the blogger's point that religion divides Americans. But here's the answer, anyway, direct from Thomas Jefferson and the Founders in the Declaration of Independence.
So, which God is it we’re united under?" (Here.)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ..." (Here.)The truth is, the mainstream of American political thought from the Founders to the present has held that our political rights come from a divine Creator. The phrase "under God" in the Pledge is merely an expression of that mainstream American thought.
Deal with it.
Technorati: religion, Pledge of Allegiance.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Loco Parents: Part 2.
Today brings another example of the myriad ways in which America's parents overreact to protect children. San Diegan Anne Greenstone is upset at the new Carl's Jr. television commercial featuring a hot, hot teacher, dancing and gyrating on her desk to a rap tune, "I Like Flat Buns." Greenstone complains that the commercial promotes teacher misbehavior and sex with underage boys. "All to sell a stupid hamburger, as she eloquently puts it." (Here.) Actually, it's a patty melt.
You can see the Carl's Jr's ad on You Tube. (Here.) There is something to be said for flat buns.
Technorati: children, Carl's Jr..
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Overreacting For The Children.
The woman, who was traveling with her children, is apologetic but defensive. Figuratively hiding behind her children, she defends her actions as those of a concerned mom trying to protect her kids. She asks, "How can you overreact when it's your children?"
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in Connecticut, "A lawyer who stabbed his neighbor to death because he thought the man had molested his 2-year old daughter was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter." (Here.)
Technorati: children, Iraq, terrorism.