Yup, I got Jury duty tomorrow. As I have little else to do right now, I'm going to a) do my civic duty, b) get the entertainment value, and c) hopefully earn a day or 2 of $40 a pop.
So tonight, I'm going to empty out all the things I've been waiting to unleash on my lovely readers but have been waiting for you to read previously published stuff first. And if you make it through the rants to story #5, I have a funny for you!
Story #1- You all know that I am constantly trying to get my Christian audience to do God's will the right way. I was reading My Utmost For His Highest last night, where the point was brought up how too many of us end up offending the Lord- and everyone else- by jumping into a project on human impulse rather than seeking God's will first. As such, I was seeking about doing this story in a "names changed to protect the guilty" way, until I learned that it made National news through the much-less-understanding-than-I Huffington Post about 2 hours ago. So here's the WANE-TV story:
Garrett mayor apologizes for throwing out Sikh pamphlets
Updated: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012, 5:57 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012, 5:57 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012, 5:57 PM EDT
GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) The mayor of Garrett has apologized to a local business owner for an act that she herself called, "unrighteous." Our partners at KPC News reported the apology on Monday.
The manager and part-owner of Quickway in Garrett, Kulwinder Nagra, 38, said he put pamphlets about his Sikh religion on the counter of the store after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin .“I just wanted to let people know who I am,” Nagra told KPC News. “After 9/11, there was a lot of misunderstanding. ”
Surveillance footage shows Hoeffel entering the store at about 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. She bought a soft drink and walked away. She then returned to the counter, grabbed the small stack of pamphlets, took them outside and threw them into a trash bin.
Nagra said he went outside to ask the mayor why she took all four of the pamphlets that had been placed on the counter in front of the register.
“She said, ‘It’s against my beliefs,’” Nagra said. “She said, ‘This is against Christianity.’”
Hoeffel later said she disposed of the pamphlets because of a lack of personal interest, not as a statement about the religion.
Hoefell has since apologized, saying, "I just grabbed what was there. I just decided I didn't want it."
Hoefell and Garrett City Coucilman Brad Stump met with Nagra and his business partners on Monday to discuss the incident.
“I personally believe if you do something wrong, you go to that person,” Hoeffel told KPC news. “I apologized for offending them. I said I know they are a peaceful people.”
Nagra said the Sikh religion teaches forgiveness and the issue was resolved for him when Hoeffel apologized.
Okay, my friends, since people don't seem to understand the simplest of principles anymore, let's take it step by step.
1-Christianity does not excuse or ask for this action. Jesus did not overturn tables at the Quikee-mart, He did it at THE LOCAL CHURCH! While we have a Great Commision to spread the word, we have no commission to censor beyond our own home.
2-If you are a public official AND a Christian, you are to be held to a higher standard. This action was even more heinous for the fact an elected official did it.
3-A Christian would NOT try to pass off such stupidity to the public by saying that, oh, I took the stack to read it, wasn't interested, and threw it away. That, Ms. Mayor, is LYING.
4-This Sikh gentleman casts a much better light on his faith than she does. If the Mayor had done this at an atheist's shop to atheist pamphlets, the FFR bunch would have sued- would have been in the right to- and would have won. That Mr. Nagra just forgave her is the kind of amazing testimony to his faith that we Christians SHOULD be making.
5-Moral of the story- THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. Think of the consequences beyond your action. And if you are a Christian, WWJD should be applied. It's not just a bracelet, it's a way of life. If it's not yours, please don't bring your "Christian faith" into it.
Story #2- Y'all hear the latest way the thugs of Ft. Wayne have found to prove how stupid they are? From Indianasnewscenter:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An altercation that started inside Piere's nightclub early Sunday morning left one person stabbed, three people shot and an ambulance driver injured.
Fort Wayne police were called to Piere's Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Rd., just before 3 a.m. on a report of a stabbing. The man stabbed, 29-year-old Jermaine Loyall of Fort Wayne, was taken to a local hospital, and his friends and family members followed the ambulance to the hospital in a black Chevrolet Impala.
On the way to the hospital, police say a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows drove by the Impala and ambulance in the 2200 block of St. Joe Ctr. Rd., less than a mile from Piere's, and opened fire. The three passengers in the Impala, 22-year-old Dominic Loyal, 27-year-old Latasha Loyal, as well as 31-year-old Lashanda Conwell, were injured.
The ambulance driver, who is also a firefighter, was also injured during the shooting
The ambulance driver provided a description of the white car, and Allen County police found the vehicle that matched the description near downtown Fort Wayne.
After a short pursuit, Allen County police stopped the white car at West Jefferson Boulevard and Fairfield Avenue. The four people inside the white car were arrested. 18-year-old Jakwan Braster, 27-year-old Alfonso Chappell, 24-year-old Traneilous Jackson, the fourth occupant was detained and later released.
Braster was arrested on a charge of “minor consuming,” Chappell on “resisting and fleeing law enforcement” and Jackson was charged with “Aggravated Battery,” “Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm”, and “Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.”
Jermaine eventually made it to the hospital, and was listed in stable condition.
The three people shot inside the Impala drove to the Marathon gas station at Washington Center & Coldwater Roads, where they were treated by paramedics. All three are in stable condition.
The ambulance driver was treated for his injures and released.
According to my son, who was there, it all started when the thugs in the "general population" started blowing crap to those in the VIP section. Soon later, he saw "about ten guys" pounding hell out of one dude. This was the dude that got stabbed, apparently with a broken beer bottle. The victorious group celebrated the victory by hoisting aloft one of the victim's shoes. Police apparently thought the scene secured, and I'm sure "nobody saw nuthin'" as per usual. But apparently beating, stabbing, and whatever else they did to this kid was not enough.
INC's reporter said that there is currently no law that increases the penalty for attacking a public safety vehicle. If we weren't living amongst such animals, it wouldn't be necessary. Ft. Wayne has a huge unrecognized by city-gov't problem, i.e. they are afraid of offending the black community and the ministers that crawl out of the woodwork to defend any of these "poor dears" that get caught. Thus, the entire southeast side of the city is only patrolled by police on a "when needed" basis. Anything more would send the local NAACP screaming to their lawyers.
I'm not saying this out of prejudice, these are the facts and can easily be researched. We who live in Ft. Wayne don't need to, we know it. 75% of the crime we face in this town could be nipped in the bud where they live. But the city, afraid of lawsuits, allows this crap to be exported to the north side- just across the river from where I live.
Plus, Pierre's is the largest night club in the area, and "coincidentally" seems to have some sort of immunity from the consequences which less-well-known spots such as the former Rick O'Shays (also not far from me) couldn't withstand. They have 5 -count 'em 5- off duty cops on the weekend for security and a "million dollar, Las Vegas-style security system". But I keep hearing of smoking (despite the smoking ban), even of pot, within the club under their watchful eyes. They supposedly check IDs, but both one of the shooters and one of the vics were underage. They supposedly pat people down, but my son says a guy got in "with a bag" that night.
I'm for shutting the damn place down. I fail the see the need for off-duty police to to get paid for a job they aren't even doing. I'm for this City doing the things necessary to PREVENT such crap in the first place. But somebody is obviously making money off the situation (which, to me, is the greatest racism involved here, as those who are "discriminated against" are constantly being sold out of making something better of themselves), and our Prosecutor is so budget conscious that she'd plea bargain a murder into a trafiic ticket, so I don't forsee anything getting better soon.
Story #3- I guess our first report on the NHFFL will be delayed, but I can tell you that the KCAs are looking pretty safe to beat the Greenwoods, the B2s have beaten the Clock BBQs 36-21 and the Porkchops (apparent winners of the unannounced best-logo competition) tipped the Ducks 40-35 thanks to a certain former Colt QB, and everyone else is too close to call.
Story#4- Just to clean the books, the KHL Lokomotiv won again Monday, topping Metallurg Novokuznetsk 5-4 in a shootout. The enemy scored first at 13:41 of the 1st, and made it 2-0 on a goal by 15-year NHL vet Chris Simon just over a minute later. Then with our Roman Lyuduchin in the penalty box, Alexei Kalyuzhny, a Belarussian who came over from Avangard Omsk, scored shorthanded to cut it to 2-1 after one. Yegor Averin got his second score for the young season at 3:51 of the second to tie it at 2-2, but they took another lead at 10:06. 29 seconds later, Daniil Apal'kov netted his second of the season unassisted, and MN pulled their goalie and brought in his backup.
We finally beat goalie #2 on a goal by left winger Niklas Hagman, a Finn veteran of 770 NHL games with Florida, Dallas, Calgary, Toronto, and splitting last season between the Flames and Anaheim's Mighty Ducks. He's also spent time in the top leagues of his homeland as well as the Swiss National League A. His power-play goal was matched by MN about six and a half minutes later, and we went to overtime. After a five-minute OT that saw only 2 shots taken, we went to the shootout. And guess who was the last of the first six shooters? That's right, Mr. Hagman, and he was the only shooter to put one in the net to give us the 5-4 win. Lokomotiv is off until Friday against Torpedo, who has a loss, an OT loss, AND a shootout loss to its credit. Loko is currently tied with Dynamo Moscow for the best record at 2 wins and a shootout win.
Story #5- If you are a big fan like me, you can go on the KHL site and see text updates of the games as they play. Of course, you have to use Google's translate function to read it, and sometimes it gets amusing. Here's how Google translated one update in the season opener:
Gyunge made his way to nickle visiting team. It makes the transfer partner, but the defenders of the Crusade did not allow him to complete the scene naked.
Apparently, the word for "naked" is the is the same as that for "goal" (Isn't THAT interesting?) and what it basically means is, "Gyunge made his way to the visiting team's end with the puck, and made a successful pass, but the defenders of the goal did not allow him to complete the play with a goal." Now you see why I follow these games?