A weed or a wild flower, depends on my mood

Month: February 2006

What’s up?

hmmm… lots! 🙂

I woke up thinking that smoked gouda cheese and grapes sound really good! I haven’t even thought about why. It just does!

Most of my landscaping changes are complete. I planted a white blooming crape myrtle in the large front garden bed, Japanese yew along the side of the back porch, have planted 2 of the 3 sweet olives, put in a trellis for each of the three climbing jasmine. Oh yes, I also planted the baby apple tree our neighbor gave us on New Years Day.

I’ve had and gotten over the flu. My son took his turn over the weekend, and now my daughter is taking her turn.

We had a very nice dinner with our dear friend and her mother who was down from Virginia. Have you ever met someone who is so dignified and down to earth at the same time that you gobble up every moment you are around them? That’s what I think about her Mom. What an amazing woman!

I haven’t practiced piano the last few days. Bad Elizabeth! I know, I know… I will get back to it tomorrow.

I’m going to help a friend get a couple of websites going. Wish me luck. I am now going to attempt to go in to Swedish gone southwestern – mode. 😉
Afterthought: It struck me as I hit “Publish” to mention the best background music for this project! See Husky Rescue for a Scandinavian gone Cowboy video that is pretty good! 😀 I really like them too. Good relaxing painting music.

With that… I leave you with a Welsh saying that is very fitting at this time.
“Man’s mind is a watch that needs winding daily.” ~Welsh Proverb

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Offended Finale

Imagine this

I move to Saudi Arabia with a bunch of my friends and family. We are used to a secular culture and I go out and about on the streets dressed in my t-shirt and shorts just like I do here.

What would happen?

This “cartoon” story really is about free speech. The issue stems from differentiating between free speech, inciting violence and anti-terrorism law.

I saw a bit of an interview with Ahmed Abu Laban on the news yesterday. Basically (paraphrasing here) he explained he’d initially wanted to demonstrate “atheism” in the west. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the entire interview, so I decided to do a little more research this morning.

I am satisfied that I see strategy behind this madness.
See this August 9, 2005 article from The Washington Post titled: Denmark Tries to Act Against Terrorism as Mood in Europe Shifts
Law Raises Concerns of Civil Libertarians By Kevin Sullivan

(See page 3, 1st paragraph for a quote by Abu Laban)

His name also appears in this June 8, 2005 BBC article titled: Arson highlights Danish tensions by Thomas Buch-Andersen

And again in this November 2004, Bahrain Tribune article titled: Dutch lawmaker wants border to shut Muslims.

See the latest on MEMRI. There is a threat to the Europeans that they will take their business elsewhere.

Is this threat saying, in other words, since you have a large number of Muslim immigrants you must conform to Sharia Law or else?

Unless something dramatic happens, this is my last comment on the subject. I expect Americans to continue to recognize our 1st Amendment rights.

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Offended II

Yesterday I tried to recall whether I have seen anything denigrating from the sort that are protesting the cartoon, pointed toward other religious icons. I wanted to examine whether this situation is actually religious in nature, or only political. My husband reminded me that the Taliban destroyed the Buddha’s in Afghanistan. The protests are not religious or political because in that part of world there is an intermixture of politics and religion.

Another question arises; I have seen the word used by some of the clerics that these cartoons depicting their prophet Muhammed are blasphemous. I have always thought the only God could be blasphemed. Of course, I am no expert in such matters.

I wonder what the world would be like if every human being with an opinion were to partake in such violence or even incitement of violence.

Seriously, it would be the end of civilization and the end of humanity. I don’t see that happening.

Suggested reading for today:
* Sydney Kendall Says
* EGO Blog, cross-posting from Gus Van Horn

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today I am offended by…

Lately, once again, I have been busy in my own little realm and haven’t paid too close attention to the news and current events.

It appears the question of whether persons of the Muslim faith are justified in being outraged about cartoons depicting their prophet is everywhere that I look now.

Before I was aware of the violent nature of the protests, I sort of blew the whole thing off. I have seen images, video, read stories from some individuals who I believe to be religiously extreme depicting westerners and Jewish persons in a terrible, disparaging manner. I thought this whole Danish cartoon thing would end in a demand for an apology, an apology given, and that would be it. I thought the offended individuals would react much the same as how I think Christian religious extremists would react should they come across cartoons depicting Jesus in an unflattering manner. It seems I was wrong.

I asked my husband last night if he believes some Christians would in fact react violently, like the extremists who blow up doctors, nurses and innocent individuals in abortion clinics. He made a very good point when he asked me in turn to compare the numbers of violent acts by Muslim religious extremists to religious extremists of every other faith in current times.

It’s very, very strange that people are so offended by a drawing that they would demand the actual hand of the cartoonist responsible!

What I wonder about at this time, is whether any of the offended are responsible for the depiction of Jesus, God, or any of the prophets or saints in a negative light. I wonder more about how they look at it and whether they are hypocrites or consistent with their own teachings. To be sure, there is no sound reason for their violent reaction.

For today, I will say that I am offended by the violent nature of the protesters even more than I am offended by Christian religious extremists who are offended by gargoyles and fear Halloween.

As I continue to ponder, I have a lot of reading to catch up on. I don’t mind coming out of my little realm every once in a while, but it sure is a nice place retreat to when the world isn’t doing what you told it to before you went in.

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