Getting Carried Away on Non-Sentient Rights

A few years back, I commented on how Jimmy Carter used to be the human rights president, but now he is the ex-president who never met a dictator he didn’t like.  Now I think I know why liberals aren’t as interested in human rights as they used to be; they’re more interested in the rights of animals and other non-sentient beings.

You probably heard about last week’s conference at the United Nations which called for giving rights to the earth and all its living things.  I’ll admit I saw this coming for a long time.  Back in the 1980s, when I first heard about animal rights and people campaigning for them, I figured it would only be a matter of time before we heard about “vegetable rights,” and “mineral rights,” too.  Well, that day has arrived.  I suppose next we’ll hear wackos saying things like “You can’t build a vacation home on that mountain.  How do you think the granite would feel, with such an ugly decoration spoiling its appearance?”

I also learned this week that animal rights groups like PETA don’t really like Kentucky.  Last year, for example, the mayor of Corbin, KY proposed erecting a statue of Colonel Sanders.  Corbin is home to the first KFC restaurant; go to my message from June 15, 2008 to see the pictures I took when Leive and I visited there.  In response to the announcement of the statue, PETA announced it would build its own statue of the Colonel, made of chicken manure!  Since I haven’t heard anything since, I’m guessing that PETA never got the chance to raise a big stink in Corbin – literally.  Then last week, PETA told Eastern Kentucky University to get rid of its top-ranked fishing team, the EKU Bassmasters.  Whether or not you care for the fish, that’s not going to win PETA or the environmentalists any friends here.  Telling a college to dump one of its teams, well, them’s fighting words in Kentucky!

And now for the latest:  what you get when you combine animal rights with political correctness.  Here’s the story from The Blaze.  Quote:

Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars [birds] should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.  Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

In its first editorial, the journal – jointly published by Prof Linzey’s centre and the University of Illinois in the US – condemns the use of terms such as ”critters” and “beasts”.  It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated.

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims.  “Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

It goes on: “We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals.’  “For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence.

Unquote:  How can you can animals “uncivilized” if they don’t know the difference between civilization and barbarism?  And do they really care what you call them?  Yesterday on one of the local talk shows, a caller told how he has called his dog “butthead” for years, and the dog hasn’t growled or otherwise complained about it yet.

I have felt that political correctness will be the death of our civilization someday, and now it’s not just because of the War On Terror.  Is the day coming when the rocks and dandelions in my backyard have more rights than I do?

Gas Prices Down and Up

You wish regular was just $3 a gallon, don’t you?

In the last six months of George W. Bush’s presidency, we saw the price of gas drop from $4 and some cents to $1.37 a gallon.  Now gas prices are bumping on $4 a gallon again; in some states (e.g., CA, IL, NY, CT) it costs even more than that.  Are you happy with the "hope" and "change" you voted for?

Jury Duty For Leive

As I write this, the royal wedding is less than six hours away.  Am I going to get up early to watch it?  Nah.  My brother reminded me yesterday that we kicked out the royal family in 1776.  This is their party, not ours.

At any rate, there’s news that is more important, in my opinion.  Like the tornadoes that struck six states yesterday, and killed nearly 300 people (so far).  Now I’m hearing this may be the worst day for tornadoes in US history since 1974.  Here’s a video of the one that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  I hope I never get that close!


And that’s not all.  Today I checked the weather for Florida, and for the area where I used to live (and where my Dad still resides), it was 99 degrees.  That’s got to be a record for April.  Fortunately it was nicer here in Kentucky – for a change.  In the daytime it was sunny and in the 60s, and we didn’t get rain until after sundown.

For us the main event of the day was that Leive reported for jury duty, at the downtown courthouse.  Today was orientation, which lasted for an hour and a half, and after this she will be on call for the next month, like I was in April 2009.  One thing’s for sure, they picked too many people for the jury pool this time.  Not only did they not have enough parking spaces for everyone, they didn’t have enough seats.  I ended up sitting next to a lady who was larger than me; she needed not only her own seat but also almost half of mine.  I haven’t been that cramped and uncomfortable in years; near the end I was about to request permission to sit on the floor!  Fortunately I do not expect the waiting to be as bad, on the days when Leive has to go in.

Planting What I Can, When I Can

The last possible day of frost here in central Kentucky is one week away, so if we’re going to have a better garden this year than we did last year, we will have to get started on it very soon.  Come next week, we’ll be able to safely plant hot weather vegetables, so time is running out on the cool weather crops.  In the basement I had four that I bought since March:  potato and onion sets, a few garlic bulbs, and some Shanghai choy seeds.  All cool weather stuff.

Leive and I would have gotten them all in the ground by now, if it wasn’t for three trips out of town, and uncooperative weather.  Earlier today it was raining pretty hard, and I was out driving around when it stopped.  At that point, I hurried back home to do the garden work, because the weatherman on the radio was predicting a real cloudburst for tomorrow afternoon.  Once home I finished mowing the lawn (it was too wet to do that earlier).  Then I planted the potatoes in a row, in the area that was dug up but not used last year.  There wasn’t time to divide and plant the garlic bulbs, though, so I will try to do that in the morning.  Everything else will have to wait until the weekend.

In Kentucky For Now

Yes, I returned from Georgia yesterday.  After a frustrating morning and delays in getting out of the Atlanta area, I sold a membership at the last possible moment, meaning I got a profit after all.  Afterwards I said, “May this be the worst business trip I ever have!”

I finally got on the road at 3 PM.  This time, by filling up my gas tank at the last gas station in Georgia, I was able to go all the way to Corbin, KY (about 188 miles) before I felt the need to stop again.  Somebody needs to tell the authorities in Tennessee to drop that state’s requirement for a license to sell Pre-Paid Legal.  Because of the license, folks like me are motivated to get across Tennessee as quickly as possible, so we can spend our money in the state on the other side.

The weather cooperated in Georgia and Tennessee.  In fact, those states are dry, like much of the Deep South right now.  How dry is it?  It is so dry that:

  • Baptists are baptizing by sprinkling.
  • Methodists are using baby wipes.
  • Presbyterians are telling everyone to wait until it rains.
  • Catholics are praying that their wine will turn into water.


But seriously, it started to get dark about 15 miles before I reached the Tennessee-Kentucky border.  Then a few miles after entering Kentucky, I noticed the road was wet in some spots. Then the rain started, and about the time I entered Madison county, it became a cloudburst.  Consequently the last forty miles of the trip were in a night-time thunderstorm.

For the past month, Kentucky hasn’t been dry at all; the weathermen are now saying we have gotten three times the usual rainfall for April, and the month isn’t over yet!  I guess that means we got the rain that should have fallen elsewhere.  This morning I saw the result for our yard; one week after mowing the lawn, it needed mowing again.

And that’s not all.  Judging from the news I heard from Georgia today, I may have to go back for another business presentation very soon, like later this week.  I’ll keep you posted.

What I Learned From the Easter Bunny

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people’s jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.

Happy, Holy,Healthy And Blessed Easter!

Here I Am In Georgia

Just a note to let all my readers know I am alive and well.  I’ve just been busier than expected since I hit the road on Thursday.

I left Lexington at 12:15 PM on Thursday, and arrived on the west side of Atlanta at 7 PM.  Just four stops on the way for gas and restroom breaks.  The only obstacles were traffic jams, the usual one when I passed Chattanooga and one or two right when I got off I-75 in Atlanta; fortunately both of them were short.  And Knoxville gave me no trouble at all.

The luncheon I went to was a learning experience, to say the least.  First of all, none of the people my Atlanta associate invited showed up, mainly because he did not give them enough advance notice.  He also disrupted the meeting; I’ll just say he’s got a lot to learn.  And the group there was less than pleased to see us, because we are from a different team.  My sponsor, Terrell Cherry, drove down on Friday morning, spent the afternoon here, and then drove back.

Because the folks I am staying with are Seventh-Day Adventists, I wasn’t able to do much for the business today.  In the morning we went to church, and I saw what their version of an Easter service is like.  Afterwards the Filipino community (plus some white and black Americans who like Filipino cooking), had a picnic and an Easter egg hunt.  I didn’t have much luck following up with the folks I had spoken with previously, so at the end of the day I did a little shopping and prospecting, at a nearby Target, Office Max and Wal-Mart.

Currently I am planning to return to Kentucky tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll have something to show for this trip.

On the Road Again

It looks like I’m headed back to the Atlanta area tomorrow.  Last Friday they had a luncheon down there featuring Dave Savula, the top money earner in all of Pre-Paid Legal Services.  I encouraged the in-law I signed up down there to attend, and he generated so much excitement that I think I’d better be there for the next Friday luncheon, to make sure all the paperwork is done right.

It looks like it will be just me going this time.  Although Leive is wanted down there too, she’d rather stay and take care of Brin-Brin and the house.  I’m bringing the laptop with me, so if I have a connection and something worth writing about, you’ll hear from me in Georgia.  Otherwise, I’ll just write again when I get back.

Happy Pesach 5771!

Yesterday I mowed the front yard, and today I mowed the backyard.  I’m only mentioning it here because it’s the first time I did it this year.  In years past I don’t recall starting this late; in 2007, for instance, I believe the grass needed a clipping by the third week of March.  The reason is that the lawn took an awful beating during the winter; there are some very large bare spots in the front, and where I have grass, there are also dandelions and violets.  Two weeks ago I scattered some grass seed on the bare spots; hopefully it will come up soon.

This evening is also Erev Pesach, the beginning of Passover, so Chag Sameach to my Jewish friends and to those Jewish in heart!