Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday Mop-up...

I had already posted my Fried Friday's selection when I began reading some AP wire stories later that morning. I'll admit I don't fully understand Islamic fact, I probably understand very little. But it is easily observed that all religions have ultra-conservative sects and leaders, and in some Islamic circles, fatwas are decreed that 'okay' murdering someone.

In Saudi Arabia, Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan is chief of that kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council . He recently ordered that owners of 'immoral' satellite stations be killed, basically. I really don't need to add any other comment to the above...but I did want to share a quote from the news article showing that virtually no one is immune from prosecution...not even a mega-marketing icon with big black ears:

--- Obscenity isn't the only thing that disturbs some. On Tuesday, another Saudi cleric, Sheik Mohammed Munajjid, said the cartoon character Mickey Mouse should be killed. Munajjid said in an interview with a religious Web site that under Islamic law, rats and mice are considered "repulsive" and as "soldiers of Satan." ---

Eeegads. As a bumper sticker says, "Dear God, save me from your people."

Filling in for Matt Morano for a couple of days, I am. Superb fall-like weather moved in late last week, and has let us know that, yes, Virginia, there is a seasonal change a-comin'...right on cue as the Autumnal Equinox is today. Tropics tend to get quieter with these fall like patterns in place although later-season hurricanes are not only possible but can be big ones. I am reprinting part of a recent email from Jeff Orrock of the National Weather Service on one of the worst:

1954 category 4 Hurricane Hazel Makes landfall over southeastern NC and tra
cks across Central NC on October 15th
...and the last of 3 hurricanes to ravage the state in 1954 (Carol and Edna had already hit the coast in August and September). If we had another Hazel today it would be one of our worst fears. Wind gusts of 90 mph were recorded at RDU, 120 mph wind reported in Kinston and Goldsboro and 140 mph winds in Wilmington. The inland devastation from Hazel was incredible and would be catastrophic today. Along with the wind Hazel dropped 6 to 10 inches of rain over Central NC including portions of the current day Triad and Triangle. Nearly 50,000 structures were severe damaged or destroyed from the coast all the way to the Virginia state line, and that in 1954. Hazel is a benchmark storm for NC and anytime the topic of hurricanes is raised discussions of what Hazel did to our state and what similar storm could do tomorrow are always paramount.

Right now, all we have is an area of 'high' interest plopped over Puerto Rico...whether it develops or not will be an aside to the area of low pressure expected to drift northward and increase our northeasterly breezes this week...the coast will pick up showers, and possibly by the end of the week some of those rains could make it into central NC...bears watching.


DAVID said...

My friend Bob ... I have decided that I should try to email you early in the mornings, as I notice all your posts (almost all, anyway) are very early in the morning - nighttime to some. As of late I feel so good I cannot sleep and we might make for some crazy company, you and I, about 3 in the morning!

Amazing what some religions believe isn't it? I've pretty much had my fill of all of 'em. Our "christian" nation cannot, surely cannot, spread the love of God by going to war to kill the "terrorists." That may simply make us one of them.

Too bad we do not spend as much time and effort making friends out of our enemies rather than trying to kill them and thereby showing the world how wonder the USA is. Sometimes I feel like I've about had it with this country - or at least had it with the leadership of the country. THANK GOD we can make some changes (I surely hope) by participating in the election in November and doing what we can to make a difference.

Good to see you on the tube today. Hope all is going well...


Bob Child said...

Killing only begets killing. As the ol' definition of insanity goes, it's when you do things the same way you've always done it and expect a different result. It will take brave new leadership and a greater social 'awareness' to truly make a lasting change as to how we operate. I've long been ready for November. Go throw some pots, friend, and enjoy this wonderful weather!