Friday, November 30, 2007

Sherman Jones

I don't remember hearing the Korean War called "The Forgotten War," but it is. Korean vets returned to a country which wanted to forget the sacrifices they made. Surviving American prisoners of war were vilified by returning fellow soldiers.

Sherman Jones is one of the survivors of a massacre near Kujang-dong during the Korean War. I never heard his name or read of the Korean Death March or the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre until today. An internet friend sent a link to a video. After watching it, I checked out the story.

I warn you, keep the tissues handy when you watch this video. It's not sad; it's heartwarming. They gave an old vet an honor he deserved but never expected to receive.

There is a lot of information available on the net on the subject of the Korean War. This is only one story - "For POWs, Korea was not America's 'Forgotten War.'"

We have lost most of our WWII vets and are losing many of our Korean War vets, along with a number of Vietnam-era vets. The best time to honor them is while they are still living, as this graduating class did with Sherman Jones.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Justice for Anne

Sorry, but this is not a happy story. This one is about the torture of a Beagle named Anne. A second Beagle, Buttercup, escaped with cuts to her neck and shoulder.

I read a news article earlier and then someone sent me an email with a link to photos.. I'm not going to try to write a story, just post part of the email and the link and let you be the judge of whether you want to click on it. The photos are graphic.

From: FoCAS Incorporated

We wanted to let you know about a horrible animal cruelty case in Cullman county. We're trying to get the word out and ask anyone who may have any information about this case to contact Sheriff Tyler Roden in Cullman county.

Also, CAAWA (Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association) has joined forces with us, and the two organizations have established a reward fund called 'Justice for Anne.' Donations can be sent to:

Justice For Anne Fund
C/O Merchants Bank
900 Second Avenue Southwest
Cullman, Alabama, 35055
Any amount, even $2 or $3 would help.

As we all know, a large reward fund is usually a great motivator and might be the one thing that convinces a knowing party to reveal important information.

We're confident the person or persons who did this will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Anne will not have died in vain...

We will keep you updated on the progress of the case.

Beagle skinned alive in Vinemont
By Noah Chandler
The Cullman Times

(NOTE TO READERS: To see a photo package about this story, click here. CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Fox 6 in Birmingham, AL carries a related video. Click here to view it. If you think animal cruelty is unimportant and has no bearing on your life or on any human life, think again, and listen to what is said on this video.

Unfortunately, this is not the first such case and it will not be the last. There are a lot of sadistic and sick individuals in this world. And the same people that committed this atrocious act of cruelty on this Beagle are capable of abusing/torturing you or your children.

Animal cruelty is wrong! Perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law! And in many areas, animal cruelty acts should be toughened to reflect the seriousness of the crime.
Since publishing this a few hours ago, I have heard from someone who posted the following story earlier this year in 4 parts on a blog called Forty Paws. This family became pro-active in investigating the death of their own cat, Davy, and worked to help pass "Loco's Law" in Texas. Three of the links are below. Be sure to read this story. Keep your cats indoors. Watch your dogs and other outdoor pets. Many have been abused/killed in their own yards.

Davy, Part 2

Davy, Part 3

Davy, The Conclusion

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Celebrating Tossmas

Stuart Shepard at Stoplight has an interesting angle to the Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas controversy. I like his thinking!

You can view the video at Merry Tossmas.

PS - Forgot to tell you to click on the red light to activate the video.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dream Mom's Dear Son

A while back I read an introduction to Dream Mom's site on Poppy Q's blog. Now, Poppy Q is a cat living in New Zealand. You can tell this is a very loving home because it spills over into the stories.

The same is true of Dream Mom's site. As you read the stories, you can feel the sadness of wondering how long her disabled son will be with her, but also the joy of caring for him 24/7.

Her stories are poignant and touch the soul. Reading them reminds us that we can find happiness and count our blessings in life, no matter what our circumstances.

Stop by Dream Mom's and leave a comment.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

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Whether your day will be spent with family, friends, strangers, or even - for whatever reason - alone, count your blessings and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Global Incident Map

This is an interesting map of global terrorism events and suspicious incidents.

(Click on the link.) Global Incident Map

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas With A Capital C

Yes, I know. Thanksgiving hasn't quite arrived yet, but I was sent a link to this video and before I lose it, I'm posting it.

The song is called "It's Called Christmas With a Capital "C" and many of you will perhaps not be crazy about the music, but the gist of the message is true, no matter what the beat. The current popular expression of "Happy Holidays" just doesn't describe the majestic import of the day.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Unjust Justice

The American justice system is often confusing and based more on -- well, we won't go there, at least not this time. But we are all aware that the American justice system is not perfect.

However, there are worse legal systems in the world. Take this case, for example: A young woman in Saudi Arabia met a man to retrieve some photos. They were both kidnapped and gang-raped. She was sentenced to 90 lashes for meeting with the man. Her attorney appealed the judgment against the kidnapper/rapists because according to their law the punishment for these crimes should be a death sentence. The criminals' prison sentences were lengthened, but the female victim's punishment was increased to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail for talking to the media.

I don't know about you, but I'm grateful to live in the USA.

You can read the news story, "Saudi court ups punishment for gang-rape victim."

Friday, November 16, 2007

National Anthem

Remember that nerve-grating rendition of the National Anthem from the video where Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin were standing on a platform at the Tom Harkin's Iowa Steak Fry? In case you have forgotten it, you can refresh your memory at "Pledge of Allegiance." (And, yes, I know I mis-titled that story, but look how it worked out - now I can use the correct title.)

Well, a friend has sent a link to an astounding rendition of the National Anthem, sung by a 7-year-old named Anthony Gargiula. You will love this version. It's too bad the political folks didn't know he was available.

Thanks, Evelyn.

Logan's Calf

Update: Oops, the link I received was strictly for the audio and does not properly ID the source. The radio station has sent the link from which this audio should be accessed and I have made the change in the Logan's Calf link below. If you have already listened to the audio, please click on the Logan's Calf link again and you can not only read an inspiring message from Logan's mom, but you can also find other great stories of interest.

Thanks, Mike - the Morning Show Host at KSBJ 89.3 - for leaving a comment to correct this oversight!


Every so often you get a really special forward. This one is special because it comes directly from the mouth of a boy who shares a lesson about an old cow, a newborn calf, a painful duty - and God's love.

Logan's Calf

Thanks for sharing this, Sherry.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Free Rice

Here's an interesting and fun site. You can improve your vocabulary while earning grains of rice - ten grains at a time - which are donated to help with the world hunger problem.

While there, be sure to check out the Totals and read the FAQ and About pages too.

The site is called Free Rice.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pet Massacre Update

It was a sad day in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico when city employees took away pets by force and threats of eviction, and turned them over to a contractor hired - and well paid! - to deliver them to a shelter. The contractor, however, had the animals thrown alive from a bridge. Click here to read Pet Massacre.

There was a worldwide response to this news - outrage!

The news gets worse. This was not the first offense. Or even the second. This has evidently been the company's practice for years.

When I read this article Pet massacres carried out in Puerto Rico I thought of how rampant animal abuse has grown. And so has spousal abuse, child abuse, abortion on demand, the practice of "euthanasia," and a flagrant disregard for the principles and teachings of a Holy Creator God.

Is your response to this, they're only animals? Well, God put them in our (man's) care. Doesn't seem to me like man - both as individuals and nations - is doing a very good job of caretaking.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day 2007

Recent news reports claim that veterans comprise 25% of the homeless in the United States. That is 1 in 4 of the homeless. These surviving war heroes who risked life and limb - often sacrificing limbs, health and quality of life - are unable to integrate back into regular society for a variety of reasons.

I would imagine that each story is different, yet essentially the same. The horrors of war take their toll. Many veterans suffer with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which was called shell shock during World War I and combat fatigue during WW II.

Military returning from the Vietman war were heckled and spat on. There were no thanks for a job well done, although the veterans were not responsible for the debacle the federal government created in the way the war was fought or the withdrawing of our troops. The accomplishments of their military service were swept under the rug, as if the veterans should be ashamed of following orders and giving their all. It is only in recent years that Vietnam veterans have been publicly acknowledged and thanked for their sacrifices and service.

It took approximately ten years for the lives of some Vietnam vets to disintegrate into homelessness. There is the possibility the same will happen to a number of military personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq war duty.

Some of these men and women are still living in a war zone through memories and flashbacks. Anger, spousal abuse, depression and even suicide are potential fallouts with veterans. We need to consider what we - the parents, siblings, children, friends, neighbors and co-workers - can do to help these veterans to heal from their physical and mental war wounds and to return to life outside a war zone.

We honor all our veterans for their courage and selfless service. They are the backbone of our country's freedom.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Irena Sendler

A friend sent a link to a story about a Polish woman named Irena Sendler. At great risk to her own life, she smuggled an astonishing number (2,500) of children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during the last three months before its extermination."

Many of the children's parents died in the Holocaust, but after the war ended, Irena Sendler worked diligently to find those children and return them to family members.

There were a number of heroic people who risked their lives to save others during the Holocaust. It is reputed that in Poland alone, six million were killed - three million Jews plus three million Christians and other non-Jews. Today, many scoff at the notion the Holocaust ever happened.

But truth stands, whether or not it is popular, and it should be indelibly recorded in every history book. The Holocaust is a fact of history, not a figment of the imagination. Unfortunately, those remaining of the generation who witnessed or experienced the Holocaust are few and, like Irena Sendler, elderly.

To read her story, click here.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Pledge of Allegiance

Hmmm. I have no idea why I titled this "Pledge of Allegiance" yesterday. I got it right in the story - the national anthem. Just goes to prove I am not perfect. But those who know me are already aware of that.

I've heard from several that the rendition of the national anthem is terrible, something I already knew because I listened to it before posting it here. Sorry about that, but I can't change it. But I would like to add an update with new links at the end of this story.


There is an email going around with a picture of Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin standing on a platform during the singing of the national anthem. Obama is the only
person standing with his hands clasped instead of with his right hand over his heart, as is the American custom to show proper respect when the national anthem is played.

I located a video that relates to the photo.

One would think that a man who is running for President, the highest office in the United States of America, would show proper respect for our flag.

But then, one would think that a nation that has been so wonderfully blessed would show proper respect for God.

UPDATE: I want to add some links for this story because there have been a number of questions emailed to me. Originally, I found the video at (That video stopped working, so I changed it to one from YouTube.) Snopes is good about tracking down rumors, but possibly even they aren't perfect, so I did some more research and found the photo in question was published in the October 1, 2007 edition of "Time Magazine." It was taken at Tom Harkin's Iowa Steak Fry. And in case you didn't notice, the video is from ABC news.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Bringing Back Russ

I have never seen a Gaither Homecoming video in its entirety. I finally saw a tiny portion of one several months ago when someone sent a link to a short song segment posted on YouTube. As I clicked on related song titles and watched other video snippets, I began to recognize some of the names associated with Bill and Gloria Gaither.

There are so many uplifting and talented artists, but this post is about a specific one - Russ Taff. He spent three years as part of the Gaither Vocal Band before resuming his solo career, which is still going strong.

He is a dynamic singer, with a voice one can quickly learn to recognize. There is something about him that "speaks" to me -- I've lived a hard life, had many trials and taken any number of wrong roads, but God has corrected me, brought me back to my roots and made me whole.

While googling another subject, I came across a recent interview with Russ Taff published on the Today's Pentacostal Evangel website. I hope you will take a moment to read the entire article, in which he speaks about how he became caught up in "the business of Christianity and the business of doing the Lord's work" and how the Holy Spirit led him out of "the business" and into surrender.

Russ Taff came to a point of total surrender in his life. He made the decision to follow God, no matter where or what. It was not easy but it changed his priorities and his life. His career is doing great. His family life is better than ever. And best of all, his faith is stronger.

Unfortunately for folks who sing like I do, if you can't sing on key before you surrender, you most likely won't be able to sing on key afterwards. But surrender all, as Russ did, and God will raise you up in His way, in His time, and in His service.

You can read the TPE article here - "Remembering The Call"

And this is one of my favorite Russ Taff songs - "They Call It Gospel Music."

Friday, November 02, 2007

Sam Adams for Mayor

This is my chuckle and tale of the ridiculous for the day.

City Commissioner Sam Adams is running for mayor in Portland, Oregon. Two radio personalities from KEX named Mark Mason and Dave Anderson purchased two domain names for Sam Adams to use - (not active – he hasn’t been elected yet) and

Unexpectedly, they received a name infringement letter from the Boston Beer Company. Boston Beer uses the trademarks Sam Adams® and Samuel Adams®, so Sam Adams – the human being – was to immediately cease and desist using his own name on a website. The letter the company’s Intellectual Property Manager sent to David Anderson was so ridiculous (and now famous) that it sold for $1475.90 on E-Bay.

It seems we have come a long way into the realm of the ridiculous when a man can’t use his own name to run for public office without causing a furor and a potential lawsuit. I don’t know Sam Adams and I don’t live in Portland, so I won’t be able to vote for or against him for mayor. But I will cast my vote that he be allowed to keep and use his own name.

You can read about the infamous letter and the hullabaloo it caused by clicking here.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Please Identify

Heaven forbid the day should ever come when I receive a questionnaire with my utility bill asking for my marital status, religion and sexual orientation. Honestly, would the answer to any of these questions help the sanitation company to roll away my trash can, empty it and replace it? Of course not!

So, imagine the surprise of ninety-one year old Bill Burrow and other residents of Leeds, England who did receive such a questionnaire in relation to their rubbish pick-up.

I sure hope the local city council or even the county commissioners never decide to try a ridiculous survey like that one. I doubt they would be reelected for another term if they did. And their ears would probably burn from the public comments about what exists between their ears.

I would suggest the Leeds city council should apologize to city residents for their unnecessary and invasive personal questions, but they undoubtedly wouldn't be heard over the laughter their survey has induced.

You can click here to read the story.