Friday, June 16, 2006

Strange but true

Over 17,700 weapons were handed in during the first week of the national knives amnesty, the Home Office said. Machetes, meat cleavers and axes as well as knives were among the haul of 17,715 surrendered to the 43 police forces across England and Wales.
Yep, the nation which stood lion-like, against all odds, when threatened with Nazi invasion, has traded a roar for a meow. It sounds like parody, but sadly, it is not. I guess, based on these stories that soon we'll hear about amnesty for claw hammers, hockey sticks and baseball bats. Oh, and dark clothing will be banned.

Humanism teaches that Man is the Highest Being, and thus when evil events occur, the means of evil must be the cause. Rid yourself of the cause, and evil ceases. But:

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God " They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
Sigh. I guess I just needed to think about something other than CFIC. This was on the news, hence the mental diversion. Back to studying.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Coluber constrictor

Once again, the excitement of the day is a snake! At breakfast this morning, Tamsey told me that earlier in the week, as she was working out on the elliptical, a snake peeked in the window. Naturally, I figured that the snake was probably still in the window well. Well, I was right! I peeked in and saw a cute little (compared to last week's snakes) greenish snake. Being a kinda smart guy, I figured he was a 'green snake'. I looked them up on the web and found that they are one of the friendlier snakes, easily handled. Just to be on the safe side, though, I put a stick down into the window well before putting in my hand. When the snake coiled, vibrated his tail and struck hard, I realized that I might have been mistaken. More cautious now, I caught him and brought him out for pictures. Now I am convinced that he is a racer. As you can see, JB is a budding nature photographer. After the photo-op, we turned him loose in the garden to eat bugs and other small critters.