Interesting Observations From the World Around Us

Washington:  All Pandas are Communist Pandas.  Communist China charges American zoos $1 million a year rent for a pair of pandas. And the "tax" extends to pandas who are born here, an extra $600 thousand for each cub.  China realizes a windfall profit of $4 million a year for panda rental. 
Ed. I wonder how much we could charge China's zoos for a pair of pandering politicians??

Salt Lake City:  Mormons, Jews  Unite!  Jewish leaders are at odds with the Mormon cult over the practice of posthumous baptisms of Jewish Holocaust victims. 
Posthumous baptism is a sacred rite practiced in Mormon temples for the purpose of offering membership in the cult to the deceased.  Cult president Gordon Hinckley has said the baptismal rite is only an offer of membership that can be rejected in the afterlife by individuals.
Ed. "And in Hell the Mormon and the Jew lifted up their eyes, being in torments,..."  (Luke 16:23)

Washington: ABC News Converts Reporter to Islam.  David Marash, an "award-winning" reporter, has joined the Terrorist News Network as its D.C. co-anchor.  He calls Al-Jazeera "a thoroughly respectable news organization."  But then he also thought that ABC was impartial!  Al-Jazeera will go head-to-head against CNN & the BBC, but how will we mortals be able to tell the difference?  The head rags?  Former CNN & BBC reporters have also signed on.  Then there is John Rushing, former Marine Corps (yes, that's U.S. Marines!) information officer in Iraq.  Stay tuned!!

Germany: Giant Rabbits Invited to North Korean Summit.  German gray giant rabbits are the size of a full-grown beagle and so fat they can hardly hop.  A butchered bunny can yield up to 15 pounds of meat.  Raising these rabbits requires a varied diet, and they have to be fed like pigs to get this big, but there is not much fat and they are very tender.
When the North Korean Embassy in Berlin got wind of these giants, they saw them as a possible solution to the communist nation's endemic food shortages. 
N. Korea's communist master plan is to feed 1/2 half of their 23 million starving peasants TO THE RABBITS to fatten them up to feed rabbit to the other 1/2 of the population. 
Ed. A win, win situation, except for the rabbits having to eat Korean morning noon and night.
California: When Chihuahuas Go Bad!
"A pack of five angry Chihuahuas attacked a police officer at the owner's home.  The officer suffered minor injuries, including bites to his ankle." 
Ed. Three Chihuahuas stood on each other's backs to bite the officer's knees.
Florida: "Wake Up, Honey!"
"A man who woke up with a head wound drove himself to the hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged in his brain. His girlfriend killed herself when she was contacted by police." 
Ed. She denied having any information about either incident.

Japan: Officers & Women First!
Shigeyoshi Hamazono, 81, a kamikaze pilot, who flew three missions in WWII, observed, "I still don't think it was a mistake to send kamikazes," though he wonders why, if they thought suicide attacks were such a good idea, none of the officers volunteered!

Florida: Taking the Bait.
A man died with a 4" fish in his mouth.  "No one saw him put the fish in his mouth," but his friends were unable to pull the 4" bream out.  The man died after being transported to the hospital.

Ed. He was charged with "fishin'" without a dental permit.

Florida; Be Careful What You Ask For!. - A Presbyterian minister collapsed and died in mid-sentence of a sermon after saying "And when I go to heaven ...," The Rev. Jack Arnold, 69, was nearing the end of his sermon Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in this Orlando suburb when he grabbed the podium before falling to the floor.  Before collapsing, Arnold quoted the 18th century Bible scholar, John Wesley, who said, "Until my work on this earth is done, I am immortal. But when my work for Christ is done ... I go to be with Jesus." Nairobi, Kenya, Africa:
World Peace Through Death!

"At least 50 Congolese militiamen were killed in a gun battle with United Nations PEACEKEEPERS when the U.N. Troops, backed by an attack helicopter and armored vehicles, stormed a militia camp in N.E. Congo." 
Ed. Get US out!
Illegal ImmigrantsTexas:  It All Depends What "Illegal" Means!

The latest poll taken by the Texas Governor's office asked whether people who live in Texas think illegal immigration is a serious problem: 29% of respondents answered: "Yes, it is a serious problem."
71% of respondents answered" "No es una problema seriosa."

Oregon: That's Queer!
Nike, the U.S. corporation famous for using "slave labor" in foreign countries to produce its products has become (according to USA Today) the first major corporation to publicly endorse homosexual "civil unions." 
Ed. Nike endorsed the bill in their home state of Oregon which would legalize that which God hates.  That's queer, don't you think?
Florida:  Ring-a-Ding, Ding!
According to Terry Mattingly of Scripps Howard News, not only does the Salvation Army refuse to use Sodomites to ring their kettle bells, but the ringers insist on "greeting shoppers with the controversial words, 'Merry Christmas'." 
Ed. Bad, bad bell ringers!!
Florida:  Rocking Chair kills a woman in self-defense.  After a former congressional aide cut herself in her kitchen, then lost her balance while entering her living room, she fell on the back of her favorite rocking chair.  The heavy set woman startled the rocking chair, which immediately swung its rockers upright to protect its vital middle slates.  As she fell full force onto the chair, the frightened chair sank its left rocker into her chest.  She was pronounced dead at the local hospital. 
Ed. The chair still faces possible murder charges and might get the "chair"!
Dallas, Texas: Chicken Pluckers Getting Plucked.
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The U.S. Labor Department (having nothing else to do) sued Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the nation's largest poultry producer, to collect $3 million in back wages that the feds say are owed to more than 500 current and former workers.  The Labor Department claimed Pilgrim's Pride failed to pay overtime wages for the time workers spent putting on and taking off protective clothing."
Ed. And the naked chickens are a party to this lawsuit.  The chickens don't think they should have to watch the workers!
Oregon:  A 12 Nail Head.  "An Oregon man who went to a hospital complaining of a headache was found to have 12 nails embedded in his skull from a suicide attempt with a nail gun. 
Surgeons removed the nails with needle-nosed pliers and a drill.  The man was high on drugs when he fired the nails--up to 2" long--into his head one by one." 
Ed. He survived the "shooting," but is being charged with Building Code violations for not spacing the nails properly! 
North Carolina: Kayaking vs. Camping. "Daniel DeLaVergne, 29, a whitewater kayaker who paddled one of N. America's most dangerous rivers in less than 10 hours, died Wednesday after being hit by a train.
He was last seen camping at the east end of a RR tunnel.  He was hit by a westbound train." 
Ed. Go figure?
Atlanta, Georgia:  Sand is Striking Back!  "More than two dozen young people have been killed over the last decade (10 yrs.) when holes dug in the sand collapsed on them, according to two doctors who have made warning of the risk their personal campaign.
'Sand hole collapses occur horrifyingly fast,' said the report's lead author.
The advice to the [sandy] public is not to let children play in sand unattended."
Ed. Here is another product that needs a warning label, but will the children read them? 
Orlando, Florida:  Loving Grandparents "Hit" on New Idea.  Grandparents (ages 60 & 59) were being held by police after they tried to hire a hit man to kill their daughter-in-law, their 10 yr. old granddaughter, their two step grandchildren, and the family dog, Checkers.  Seems they did not want family members testifying against their son who was jailed on 22 charges of sexual battery on two children (his).  Their mistakes:
1. Paying only a $100.00 deposit
2. Paying the $100.00 to an undercover sheriff's deputy
3. Being videotaped paying the sheriff's deputy
4. Taking the side of their stupid son
5. Attempting to kill Checkers, the only one who won't testify against them!
Ed. Wouldn't it have just been better to take them all  to Disney World where they might have caught HIV from the bodily fluids on the thrill rides?
Los Angeles, Calif.:  To Stand or Kneel--What's the Deal?  "Rev. Martin Tran, pastor at St. Mary's By the Sea, told his [lost] flock that kneeling 'is clearly rebellion, grave disobedience and mortal sin when done during certain parts of the church liturgy.  The local Diocese of Orange backs Tran's anti-kneeling edict.  'The faithful kneel...unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise,' says Rome's book of instructions'.
Tran sent letters to 55 kneeling parishioners 'inviting' them to leave the parish and the diocese for, among other things, 'creating misleading, confusion, division and chaos in the parish by intentional disobedience and opposition to the current liturgical norms'."
Ed. Hey Tran, which way to the Kool-Aid?
 
Fallujah, Iraq. Dirty Thieves.  American military engineers recently cleared garbage from a field in Fallujah, resurfaced it with dirt and put up goal posts to create an instant soccer field.  A day later, the goal posts were stolen and all the dirt had been scraped from the field.  Garbage began to pile up again.
An Army captain asked, "What kind of people loot dirt?"
Ed. Answer:  The kind of people that wanted new flooring in their hovels!
 Massachusetts. Merger of Man and Chimp Makes Women Go Ape.  The latest rotten fruit from the Human Genome Initiative from Broad Institute of Harvard finds that "chimps and humans shared a common, ape-like ancestor much more recently than previously thought (ed. yea, like last week!).  When the two emerging species split from each other, it wasn't a clean break.  Some members of the two groups seem to have interbred about 1.2 million years after they first diverged--before finally going their separate ways."
Ed. This is just the break the military is looking for--hairy women who can climb trees and live on bananas!
"American Dream Eludes Mother of 10," newspaper headline. 
What's Wrong With This Picture? 
The following facts were taken from a newspaper story:
1. Angela came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1984 as an
illegal immigrant at age 19.
2. She came for the purpose of sending money back home to Mexico.
3. She "hid" in the Hispanic immigrant communities of south Los Angeles.
4. Angela married, had two children and then divorced.
5. In 1990, she met and married Anzaldo, who had three daughters.
6. The new couple had a daughter.
7. Angela had a tubal ligation.
8. Anzaldo wanted a son, so Angela's tubal ligation was reversed.
9. Angela did not get pregnant, so she had a women who traveled back and forth to Mexico bring her illegal fertility drugs.
10. The
illegal drugs consisted of pills and injections over several years.  "I took a lot," she said.
11. In 2002 Angela had triplets, with one son born with hydrocephaly.
12. In 2006 Angela had quadruplets.
13. Though Angela has been in the U.S. for 22 years, she does not speak English.
14. Though Anzaldo has been in the U.S. for 28 years, he does not speak English.
15. Their children mostly speak Spanish, and have a limited English vocabulary.
16. All 10 children are U.S. citizens.
17. All children have health care under Medi-Cal (taxpayer's state and federal money).  Angela says, "There's nothing like that in Mexico."
18. The triplets receive subsidized school lunches  (taxpayer's money).
19. Though not mentioned, this family is likely living off every other state/federal welfare program offered (taxpayer's money).
20. The child with hydrocephaly has had 3 state-funded (taxpayer's money) brain operations with several more to come.
21. The family receives $700 a month Social Security for their son (taxpayer's money).

Ed. Is there anything else the American taxpayers can do for this family?  I feel guilty, how about you?
A Portrait of Americans
(Ed.: I am skeptical of any "data" used to validate a presumption, especially government "data," so I present this "with a grain of salt") 

Young People
When asked what one thing makes them most happy, 20% of young people ages 13 to 24 said spending time with their family--more than anything else.
73% of young people ages 13 to 24  said that their relationship with their parents makes them happy.
92% of young people ages 13 to 24 said that marriage is their goal.
The heroes of young people ages 13 to 24 are: 29% their mothers; 21% their fathers; 16% their parents with specifying which one.  Next in line: 11% said friends; 10% said God; 8% said grandmother; 7% said brother; and 5% a teacher.
Sexual Moirés
The median number of lifetime female partners for men was seven; the median number of male partners for women was four.
16% of adults first had sexual relations before age 15, while 15% abstained form sexual relations until at least 21.
6% of men and 11.2 % of women admit to Sodomite relations.
25% of women and 17% of men reported having no more than 1 partner of the other sex in their lifetimes.
Births
37% of all American children are born to unmarried mothers. 
Children born to married couples: 30% to Blacks; 75% to Whites; 52% to Hispanics; and 84% to Asians.
30,000 babies a year are born from sperm donors.
25% of all pregnancies end in abortions.
More Americans were born in 2004 than in any years except 1960 and 1990.  (Ed.: since the European white population of America is not reproducing itself, this birth rate must be the result of immigrants.)
Marriage
51% of women said they were living without a spouse, up from 35% in 1950 and 49% in 2000.
Married couples are now a minority of all American households.
On average, Americans now spend half their adult lives outside marriage.
Housing
Average square feet in single family homes has risen to 2,227 sq. feet.

60% of custom homes will have separate husband/wife bedrooms by 2015.
Lifestyles
We are getting taller and fatter.
We drink more bottle water than beer.
We spend, on average, almost 65 days a year watching T.V., 41 days listening to radio, and a week surfing the Web.  Americans average 28 hours of TV a week, the highest viewing rate in the world.
By 18 years of age an American has witnessed 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence.
Technology has enabled us to get entertainment and information while remaining entirely alone.
We produce 4.4 pounds per day per person of solid waste.

Employment
In the past six years, the number of manufacturing jobs declined 18%.  Employment in textile mills fell 42%. 
Financial
More than half of us own stocks or bonds.
40% of American workers are salaried.  75.6 million workers are paid by the hour.
The average household income is $63,344.  The median household income is $46,326.
A person earning about $42,500 per year will need about $893,000 in savings at age 65 to maintain his/her pre-retirement standard of living.
Real earnings have declined sine 1977, from about $311 a week to $279.20 per week.
A single-earner family in 1977 had a greater ability to meet expenses than two wage-earners today.
Currently there are almost 15,000 families with incomes of $9.5 million or more a year.
The Federal debt (what we Americans owe the international banks [Federal Reserve]) now stands at approximately $8,821,053,163,042 (that's almost 9 trillion) plus "chump change."
66% of U.S. adults played the government sponsored lottery last year.  13% play on a weekly basis.
44% of employees live paycheck to paycheck.
48% of American households have less than $5,000 in liquid assets.
In 2005, those with annual adjusted gross income (top 1% of income earners) of $365,000 and higher, paid 39% of all federal income taxes.  The top 5% of income earners (those with an adjusted gross income of $145,000 and higher) paid 60% of all federal taxes.  The top 10%, earning income of more than $102,000 paid 70%.  The top 25%, with income of more than %62,000, paid 86%, and the top 50%, earning $31,000 and higher, paid 97% of all federal taxes.  The bottom 50%, earning $30,000 or less, paid 3% of total federal income taxes. 
Charity
Religious people give four times more to charity than secular people, and are 23 times more likely to volunteer to help others.
Religion
Of the U.S. population (2008) 24% claim to be non-Christian, while 76% claim to be Christian.
Those who claim no religion: 8.2% in 1990, 15% in 2008
Adults who identified themselves as Christians: 86% in 1990, 76% in 2008
Adults who identified themselves as Baptists: 19% in 1990, 16% in 2008
Adults who identified themselves with Protestant denominations: 19% in 1990, 13% in 2008
Adults who identified themselves as Secularists: 8.2% in 1990, 15% in 2008
In response to the question, "Religion is very important to me," 6 out of 10 Americans say "yes." 
And the most heart-breaking statistic:
90% of Americans are lost without Christ and without hope.

 
Religion Around the World
In response to the question, "Religion is very important to me," the percent that said "yes"  in each country is as follows:
France = 11%
Czech Republic = 11%
Japan = 12%
Russia = 14%
Germany = 21%
Italy = 27%
Great Britain = 33%
Poland = 36%
Argentina = 39%
United States = 60%
Guatemala = 80%
Honduras = 72%
Brazil = 77%
Angola = 80%
Philippines = 91%
India = 92%
Nigeria = 92%
Indonesia = 95%
Senegal = 97%
Ed. Of course "religion" is not a relationship with Jesus Christ, but includes all the world's of false religions.
Top Seven Countries that Persecute Christians 
1. North Korea.  No one is allowed to be a Christian.
2. Saudi Arabia.  Ruled by the Koran.  Conversions from Islam can be executed.  Public non-Muslim worship is prohibited.
3. Iran.  No religious freedom for Christians.
4. Afghanistan.  No religious freedom for Christians.
5. Somalia.  Anarchy under the control of Islamic warlords.
6. Maldives.   Islam is the official state religion and all citizens must be Muslims. 
7.  Yemen.  Islam is the official state religion.  Citizens may be executed for converting from Islam.

Bradenton, Florida:  "A former YMCA referee with a lengthy criminal record was arrested and accused of swinging a sword at a housemate while they fought over food stamps.  Gillis and a friend were yelling at each other when Gillis picked up the sword and screamed, 'I will dice you and slice you'.
Gillis told police he was a youth minister who worked at the YMCA."
Ed. Sounds like this guy needs either a T.V. ministry or a food show!

Iraq.  The Rat Hole That is Iraq. " Iraq has the world’s second largest proven oil reserves.  But an audit by the firm of Ernst & Young found Iraq can't keep its books straight.  Elementary accounting errors of up to a billion dollars are routine and no one knows where most of the oil revenues ends up (Switzerland?).  Iraq generated 22 billion from oil in 2005.  The International Advisory & Monitoring Board of the Development Fund for Iraq, was created by the U.N. to track oil revenues, interest payments (to who?) and money seized from Saddam's government (wasn't that still Iraq's money?). 
My opinion, for what it is worth, is that Iraq was invaded because Saddam refused to make one or more payments to the I.M.F. and/or World Bank.  The International Bankers called in the loans, and repossessed the country using our troops. 

Ed.
And None Dare Call It Conspiracy!!

International Filth. "According to Web/MD, 420 million web pages contain pornographic material. The 2nd largest pornography site on the web received 100 million page views a day and shows 4,000 videos a second during its peak hours. This one site receives an astounding 2% of the internet's total traffic." (Sword of the Lord)
Ed. This is too sad and disgusting to comment on!

Gabon, Africa.  I Wish I'd Worn My Boat Shoes.  "Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he had a revelation that he could repeat the biblical miracle of walking on water like Jesus, if only he had enough faith.
Taking his congregation to the beach, he said he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat.
He walked into the water, but forgot to stay on top.  The water soon covered his head and he never came back."
Ed. Morale of the story?  When you have rocks in your head stay off the lake!

Washington, D.C. Got a Light?
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When D.C. goes smoke free Jan. 2, at least one nicotine haven will remain: the U.S. Capitol. 
Lawmakers have exempted themselves from the city's smoking ban, not to mention rules that forbid lighting up in federal buildings across the country. 
The Speaker's Lobby is the real smoke-filled room, which is blue with smoke most days.
You can smell it from the approaching hallways.  A smoky film clings to an oversized (taxpayer funded) mirror."
Ed. At least smoking does enforce term limits, but not fast enough!
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia.  Honey, after you check the cat's poop, brew me a cup!
"Human hands do not harvest the beans that make this rare brew.  They are plucked by the sharp claws and fangs of wild civets, catlike beasts with bug eyes and weaselly noses that love their coffee fresh.
They move at night to sniff out the sweet red coffee cherries.  After chewing off the exterior, they swallow the bean whole.
In their stomachs, enzymes in the gastric juices massage the beans, smoothing off the harsh edges that make coffee bitter and produce caffeine jitters.  The greenish-brown beans are separated from the rest of the dung, a thin outer layer is removed, and they are ready for roasting (the beans not the civet, ed.).  The result is a delicacy called kopi luwak. 
It takes a pound of their droppings to produce less than five oz. of beans.  That means just 500 to 1,000 pounds coming on the global market each year.
Cost?  Up to $600 for a pound, or $30 for a single cup."
Ed. Now there's some poop your neighbor would finally pick up!
Fluorescent BulbFrom a United Methodist Bulletin: 
"How many United Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?  We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb.  However, if in your own journey you have found that a light bulb works for you, that is fine.  You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your personal relationship with your light bulb (or light source, or non-dark resource), and present it next month at our annual light-bulb Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life, and tinted--all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence."
Yes, the lights are on, but nobody is at home!
 

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