Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I received this newsletter from my state representative, Mr. Ed Emery, and he graciously gave permission for me to reprint an excerpt of it here:
Thank you, sir.
The “De-Clawing” of America’s Sons
We are all shocked over the losses suffered by families of Virginia Tech University due to one crazed murderer. The Virginia Tech shooting revived some of the gun control debate, but before jumping to conclusions, gun control advocates should explain why we see shooting incidents in Post Offices but not in Police stations. Both are staffed by government employees, and both can be highly stressful professions. You may draw your own conclusions.
Apart from that debate, as I listened to the Virginia Tech story develop, I was haunted by the number of casualties that occurred without intervention. After some research on the history and demographics of the school, my concerns were heightened. Virginia Tech has a strong military heritage and continues to have significant voluntary participation in ROTC programs. Possibly a result of that proud history, the school is populated by significantly more young men than young women.
You would hope that some casualties were the result of young men assisting others, especially the young ladies, to escape, but why didn’t some of these capable young men rush the murderer? Why didn’t they throw desks or take some other spontaneous action? What caused the apparent paralysis and impotence? Is it possible we witnessed some tragic consequences of America’s new culture of entitlement and dependence? American young men are no longer taught to act in an emergency; today’s culture teaches that it is someone else’s job to act. Were these young men waiting to be rescued? Were they waiting on the police or campus security or some other official? If so, while they waited, 32 people died. It angers me that America’s sons seem to have been “de-clawed” by a culture of dependence, and on April 16th, some of our sons and daughters may have died because of it.
I confess that my first reaction stemmed from my role as State Representative, but then I considered my role as a father. Soon after the Virginia Tech tragedy, I spoke with my sons and asked what their reaction might have been and then shared my concerns about the danger of a culture of dependence. We spoke of three attitudes that might compel an individual to face danger decisively and not merely wait for rescue: first he or she must have a sense of divine purpose; second, a sense of divine sovereignty; and finally, a servant’s heart. They must be more concerned for the safety of others than for their own wellbeing.
I appealed to my sons not to wait to be rescued if they ever found themselves in a situation similar to the one at Virginia Tech. I don’t think they will. By Gods grace, they will do what then can, and not wait impotently to be rescued while a murderer kills 32 of their friends.
Thank you, sir.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Now, this is just toooo much! From Italy:
The local government in Treviso has ordered the northern Italian city's Chinese restaurants to remove red lanterns from their windows because they look too "oriental."Puh-leeeese!
Talk about making lemonade out of lemons...A student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville is improving the highways in the area by decorating roadkill.
Some of the dead possums and raccoons have been dressed in pet or human baby clothes and have had their claws painted with nail polish. The carcass of a deer has been adorned with gold paint.How glamorous! It's not all fun and games, though.
May, a 2006 graduate of Purdue University, said she takes precautions in dealing with the carcasses.Eewwwww!
"I wear gloves," she said. "I don't know that I could touch it with my bare hands, because by the time I find them, they're pretty far gone."
This totally grossed me out. A boy in Oregon was having trouble with his ear, a popping noise every now and then, and some pain. When mom took the tyke to the doctor, he found not one, but two spiders had made a home there.
A study completed by Dutch scientists has determined that left-handed women have a shorter life expectancy. I imagine it is because we have to deal with all the appliances and gadgets made for right-handed people.
I cannot imagine spending years of study, getting a degree and becoming a scientist, just so you can stand up and say, "I've invented artificial snot!" Yack!