Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frisky Cats

The Sheep Dog's Spot is a full service blog, catering to your theological, cultural and feline interests.  Today, it's cats.  I don't know what they put in Friskies Cat Food, but my cats love it.  I thought it might be sugar, but then I read that cats don't have the proper receptors to taste sweets.  I have tried others brands: the Pet Smart store brand they ignore at first, but eventually eat; some of the grocery store brands they refuse to eat at all; Friskies they wolf down as soon as I put it in their bowls.   I had assumed all cats foods were alike, they pretty much smell alike to me, but apparently not so.  For the uninitiated, canned cat food comes in pate, shreds, or fillets.  The latest marketing gimmick is to add cheese, egg and sauces.  Some of these look good enough for human consumption.  In fact some of the super-premium brands, which I never buy without a great coupon, have whole shrimp in them.  Okay, I can't help but get theological/cultural:  What does it say when our cats eat better than many people?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Some Immigration thoughts

Recalling some discussion I had about immigration in years past:

Some one said to me that all Americans are immigrants (or the children of immigrants), and that Americans are all hypocrites and evil because they oppose more immigration.  If what that person said is true then the nicest thing we could for people wanting to come to our country is turn them away so that they and their children won't become the evil hypocrites we supposedly are.  What makes one think a newcomer to the US isn't going to be corrupted by our decadence?  I'll  tell you why one thinks that: a lack of appreciation for the power of Original Sin.

There are poor, suffering, persecuted people all over the world.  Why should we give special preference in assisting those who just happen to live close enough to our borders to cross them illegally?  Shouldn't we be transporting the poor huddled masses from all over the globe to our shores to be fair and inclusive?  If alleviating human suffering is our goal, then those are reasonable strategies.  That no one in favor of more immigration is proposing that leads me to believe that they have another agenda, such as political posturing. 

If we raised taxes 10, or 20 or 30% and directed all that money to assisting immigrants, would it make a difference?  First of all, it's a stretch to assume all that money would go to the immigrants themselves and not get lost in government "overhead."  Second, you could tax the American populace into poverty and not raise the many people in poverty into the middle class.  You would just have more poor people to care for.

As I said in a sermon recently, I was talking to a "no borders" advocate.  I asked him if he locked his doors at night.  He said he did. I asked him why?    To keep out thieves and such, he replied.  Doesn't our country have the same right to keep thieves out of our country.  He said it was different but could not adequately explain why.

Has anyone ever given so much to immigration that they themselves have fallen below the poverty line?  I know not one.  Yet many politicians are ready to spend billions of our tax dollars to put a Band-Aid on the problem.  It so easy to spend other people's money.

Yes, my great-great-grandparents were immigrants.  They obeyed the law and came to this country legally.  They became part of the workforce in a growing economy and survived here without government assistance.  That's rugged American individualism.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Saw "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" tonight.  I give it two opposable thumbs up.  You would have to be a real baboon to not like that film.  Glad they didn't monkey around with the plot too much.  And that lead actress, she's the gorilla of my dreams.  I'll send her a Hallmark card because she deserves the furry beast.  (I used all those jokes and more at a wedding I did for a woman who did research with chimpanzees -- I guess you could say I worked my way for chim-pan-A to chim-pan-Z)  Anyway...!

As my wife pointed out, it's rare today to see a movie with such as obvious anti-war message -- this could have been a TV show from the late 60s or early 70s.  I was trying to figure out who was who in the allegory (if indeed it was an allegory):  Israel vs. Hamas; Russia vs. the Ukraine; Democrats vs. Republicans; or just generic good vs. generic evil?  Whatever way it was, there was certainly enough blame to be shared on both the human and simian side.  Was it wrong for me to root for the apes?  Am I a species-traitor? 

One really COOL thing: the apes communicated in American Sign Language. If I recall correctly, chimps have been taught some sign language, hence, its realistic.  And I'm taking sign language.  I was so proud I could pick up some of the apes' signing. (See, I am as smart as a chimpanzee after all!)

Must confess I miss Charlton Heston.  They should have got Charlize Theron to do a cameo.  The letters in his and her names are almost the same scrambled around a little, especially if you consider the S and Z make the same sound.  When I start thinking like that, it's time for bed....