Sunday, August 21, 2005

The whole truth ...

I know nothing about the legal system in Saudi Arabia; however, if there are trials, if there are witnesses, and if the witnesses are required to swear an oath to tell the truth, do you for one minute think that the Saudi authorities would allow a Christian to swear the oath on a Bible? I didn't think so.

Yet, in the United States, where it has been the custom for witnesses to swear an oath to tell the truth on the Bible, some radical Muslims demand the "right" to swear the oath on the Koran.

There is an old saying, which I would recommend to those Muslims--"When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Throw away the key?

What should be done with pedophiles? Carole Moore, who was a police officer for twelve years, offers her opinion. I agree with her.


Which is the more important of the two: rights or responsibilities? Or are they equally important? Interesting questions. Michael Coren, writing in the, gives it to us straight:

The mass of our social difficulties, the majority of our seemingly insoluble problems, arise from the fact that in the Western world (and particularly in Canada) we have engineered a rights-based society rather than a responsibility-based one.

The social contract between the governed and the government, between authority and citizenry, has become degraded and unbalanced. Instead of asking what our duty or responsibility might be in any given situation, we demand to know what are our privileges and rights.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Power of nature (w/pic)

Two or three days ago, during a rain storm, a violent gust of wind blew out a large, glass pane in the front of the building that houses the company that I work for. The area has been patched with plywood, until the glass can be replaced.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Weeds Number Two (w/pic)

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Weeds Number One (w/pic)

These weeds practically covered a gravel parking lot at a local football stadium. I thought that they were pretty.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Sowell on immigration

Read Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest column on Here's a sample:

At current wages for low-level jobs and current levels of welfare, there are indeed many jobs that Americans will not take.

The fact that immigrants -- and especially illegal immigrants -- will take those jobs is the very reason the wage levels will not rise enough to attract Americans.

This is not rocket science. It is elementary supply and demand. Yet we continue to hear about the "need" for immigrants to do jobs that Americans will not do -- even though these are all jobs that Americans have done for generations before mass illegal immigration became a way of life.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Made in China

It seems that lawmakers in the United States are just now figuring out something that we citizens have been knowing for quite some time.

A number of lawmakers, former ambassadors and foreign policy experts who testified in a Washington hearing late last month asserted that the United States needs to wise up to the fact that China plans to become a superpower militarily, economically and politically — by any means necessary.