The Rants of Issachar

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fire in the sawmill...

We had a fire at down at the mill yesterday. This is what I woke up to. (That and a very loud siren). Fortunately our guys were fast and managed to contain the fire. We could have lost the whole place, but because of them we all still have a place to work.

In fact the planers and moulder were running this afternoon and apparently most of the sawmill will be running tomorrow. Some guys even managed to pull the computers out of the foreman's office before the fire spread to that area. The fibre lines, switches and the phone system are toast though and there's a fair bit of fire & electrical damage to the machinery. (Not surpringly)...

Thank you to Linda Johnson up in the Scales for the photos.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dog the Bounty Hunter is Arrested...

I missed this at the time but apparently Duane "Dog" Chapman, the man who said he would try to collect the bounty on Osama bin Laden if the US government gave him permission, has been arrested in Honolulu. This goes back to his arrest in Mexico for detaining convicted rapist Andrew Luster and refusing to turn him over to the Mexican police.

I have to say I'm torn. Bounty Hunting is illegal in Mexico and it seems Chapman did in fact break Mexican law. On the other hand, why were the Mexican police not arresting Luster themselves, and are they really going to throw him in prison for detaining a rapist? Seriously? Prison? For up to four years?

If you haven't ever seen "Dog the Bounty Hunter", it's worth catching for at least once. It's... very different... Definitely a guy who marches to the beat of his own drum. :)

May 20, 2005 - Duane Lee Chapman and wife Beth took time to sign autographs and pose for pictures during their visit aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dominique V. Brown
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Weird Al Yankovic...

Just too white and nerdy...

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And in other news... Bears do crap in the woods!

It turns out that, yes, the Pope is Catholic.

I've been meaning to write about this since the "protests" erupted following Pope Bennedict's speech, but I kept thinking that all I was saying was "me too", and adding my voice to the noise. Maybe I still am, but no one's forcing you to read this. :)

I've said it before, but Islam needs to adapt to the modern world. It's not going away, and there's no special place for Islam in it. Shabayek's comment on that post was appreciated, but not exactly encouraging. Muslim's absolutely need to accept the idea that violence is a completely unacceptable response to someone maligning Islam, Mohammed, the Koran, Allah or anyone else.

And that's not even getting into the fact that the Pope wasn't rabbidly smearing Islam. The great thing about the internet is that you don't need to read a synopsis of what the Pope said, you can read the whole thing yourself.

The responses in the Muslim world are... disappointing. I'm not going to going into all the details on that because I'm sure you know them, (and if you don't I'm sure it's on Wikipedia somewhere). However it is clear, that the Pope's apology for the offense taken is not being accepted. The problem is that that's the limit of what the Pope can say.

He's the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. (Which brings me back to my first line). He's not going to say that Islam is the truth. He believes, (as do all Christians), that Mohammed was a false prophet. If the Muslim world is going to riot everytime a Christian leader refuses to accept Islamic demands for dominance, then we're going to have a problem.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Back from the summer...

It seems my blogging always gets a little spotty in the summer, but I'm back now. Actually it seems like I'm not the only one who takes summer breaks. A lot of the blogs I read seem a little sparse over the summer.

So what's been happening in my life? I'm still looking for a house, although the process is becoming slightly easier. I've found a church, (or rather two churches), and I've got a ski pass for the winter. I'm enjoying my new job, although I do miss my former students. Speaking of which, I hope you're not defacing my yearbook too much Simon... :)

I'm also considering a name change for the site. In retrospect, the "rants" of Issachar doesn't really describe what I do here. (If you've got any suggestions, I'd love to hear them).

For the most part, I try to avoid ranting altogether. I try to write clear, (and I hope intelligent), points of view of any subject that comes up. But why post them publicly? Someone asked me this a while back and they couldn't see any reason why you'd post your thoughts online. This was after we'd found out that someone who should know better had been half-reading my old blog post on abortion and come to the ridiculous conclusion that I was some sort of sexist pig. I say half-reading, because if they'd been paying attention, they'd have noticed that I was talking about the stupid gut-reactions I had as a teenager. (Hands up anyone who didn't have stupid opinions when they were 13 years old).

Still, I don't really see this as a reason not to post my opinions online. Obviously I can't stop people from making incorrect judgements about me, but I can write as honestly as possible. I don't really have opinions that I'm not prepared to defend and I like dialogue. The two best things about posting on the net is that the scope of the dialogue is a lot greater, and we can link to original sources. Discussions don't always come back to "studies have shown" or "experts say". We can link directly to the experts or studies we're talking about.

Discussion of the recent curfuffle over Pope Benedict's comments in a speech doesn't have to be vague consist of references to short quotes. We can get the whole text, (and thus the whole context). (I may comment on the Pope's speech later, but maybe not).

In a way, I almost want to go "on record" with my thoughts. Someone told me once that if I ever wanted to seek any political office that this blog would come back to haunt me. Again, I'm not terribly concerned. People who hide their opinions to make themselves more electable, really shouldn't be elected. I wouldn't want to be one of those.

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