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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Raves~Rants
Rave #3 Cheers for U.S. Justice
& for Judge Warren Wilbert_2010FEB01©Susan Dykhuis

Excerpt from:
NY Times
Abortion Foe (Scott Roeder) found Guilty in Doctor’s Killing
By MONICA DAVEY
Published: January 29, 2010

Mr. Roeder’s defense team had hoped the judge in the case, Warren Wilbert, would instruct jurors that they could take into account Mr. Roeder’s motive and consider a lesser conviction of voluntary manslaughter if they believed he held, as Kansas law states, “an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force.”

But the judge ruled that the circumstances did not meet the requirements for such a conviction, and jurors on Friday were essentially given two choices: convict Mr. Roeder of pre-meditated murder or send him home.

Mr. Roeder will be sentenced in March; the conviction carries a life sentence, but prosecutors say they hope to ensure that he is not eligible for parole for 50 years. He was also convicted of aggravated assault for aiming his gun at other church members as he fled. Mr. Roeder’s defense team plans to appeal.

At his trial, Scott Roeder admitted to jurors that he had planned for many years to kill Dr. Tiller.

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My view:

According to the NY Times report, it took jurors 37 minutes on Friday to convict Scott Roeder, an abortion opponent, of first-degree murder in the death of George R. Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions.

If I were a juror and heard with my own ears Roeder state he planned for many years to kill Dr. Tiller, it would have taken me all of a nanosecond to convict.

People can debate the pros and cons of abortion; we are entitled to our own opinion on the subject. However, people who oppose abortion do not have the right to gun down doctors who perform abortions in the United States. In that country, abortion is a legal right.

If Hell exists, Hell awaits Scott Roeder.

Thou shalt not kill
In the United States this commandment has been interpreted to cover those already born.

No tears from me for Scott Roeder; my tears and compassion are for the family of the murdered Dr. George Tiller, for his friends, colleagues, and patients -- and for Dr. Tiller whose life was taken by one who decided to disregard the law of the land. This murderer planned and waited for the opportune time to murder a doctor who was not breaking the law.

Rave #3 Cheers for U.S. Justice
& for Judge Warren Wilbert_2010FEB01©Susan Dykhuis





Friday, January 29, 2010

Raves~n~Rants :
Raves # 2: www.catoftheday.com2010JAN29©SusanDykhuis


Cat of the Day is one of my favourite sites on The 'Net. I check-in daily to meet who has been selected for the honour of being Cat, Dog, Pet of the Day.

Many among my family and friends are pet lovers so I wanted to give "Raves" to Karen and Paul Watts for creating such a wonderful place for pet lovers to spend some time.

As serious pet lovers and parents of Furkids, on behalf of our darling =^..^=s Norman the King, the Princes Felix and Baby Rascal, my husband, Sidekick (aka Paw-Paw) and I ask that should you rescue a stray cat or dog whom you cannot keep, please have your veterinarian ensure the animal receives the *SIR treatment. This will prevent unwanted pets from being born. Boycotting pet stores which sell pets is something we advocate. We live in the Province of Quebec which seems to be the puppy/kitten mill capital of Canada; logic tells us many pets for sale in pet stores are puppy/kitten mill animals.

Our personal view is as there are so many abandoned pets left on the streets and/or brought to local shelters, one needs not go to a pet store to buy a pet. So many out there need good, loving homes. We think animal lovers should consider rescuing a pet rather than purchasing one.

Every pet's birthright is to live in a loving home, protected and cared for by humans who value them.

Enjoy meeting the pets at www.catoftheday.com !!

*SIR = Sterilize Inoculate Release
Raves~n~Rants :
Raves #2 : www.catoftheday.com_2010JAN29©SusanDykhuis



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The =^..^=s Blog # 2
"Can You Believe?" 25January2010 ©Susan Dykhuis
















Photo ©Susan Dykhuis: Felix AKA Felix The Prince -- Maine Coon beauty


Can you believe?
Two more kitties now pop in to eat Ebony's food? E is really ticked off. He sits there, watching them scarf his food. E's ears are flattened, eyes akin to new moonlit slits but he doesn't make any noise. Just watches Rusty and Fluffstuff eat his food. Ebony is too gracious; he did this with Baby Rascal and I had to stagger feeding times which kept me up all hours of the night.


Rusty looks like Norman but he is very young...10 months or so. Intact male, very gentle, loves to be petted. Confident I'll be able to get him to Dr A for SIR treatment. Fluffstuff is Maine Coon / tabby; black with some white, very small. Don't know yet if Fluffstuff is Ms or Master Fluffstuff...


My husband, Sidekick said: "you know you can't take in these kittehs". I agree as I wish to stay married. But I'll try my hardest to get them to Dr A for *SIR treatment and will do the R part of SIR. If the three outdoor =^..^=s are well fed and medically protected, hopefully they will enjoy sleeping under the steps and dining daily at Sasha Canadian's Outdoor =^..^= Diner & Bed Spot.

*Sterilize Inoculate Release


Meow mew purrrrrs 'till next time.
The =^..^=s Blog # 2
"Can You Believe?" 25January2010 ©Susan Dykhuis

The =^..^=s Blog #3 Baby Rascal,
Prince of The Bachelor Apartment_2010JAN27©Susan Dykhuis


















Photo ©Susan Dykhuis "Baby Rascal, Prince of The Bachelor Apartment"


Baby Rascal came one day to eat Ebony's food. He was starving and ate the whole serving of salmon pate plus a cup of dry food! Baby Rascal had a few sips of water.

I was watching him through the bachelor apartment bathroom window. Baby Rascal aka BR was way too busy gobbling up the food and didn't notice me. Then he ran away to his safe place. Turned out the 'safe place' was under the hedges at a neighbour's home.

Next day he was back, eating Ebony's food. Ebony was off to the side, watching. These two intact males started hissing at each other. No truce happened. Ebony changed his dining times which worked for a week or two. I don't know who told Baby Rascal this news...he started coming whenever Ebony was here.

Ebony was annoyed. "Hisss, hiss, grrrrrrrrMeerRRrrooow" was what I heard.

In June Baby Rascal was enjoying being petted; once he was seriously purring I pulled him in through the window (I stand on the toilet seat to feed them so this was very tricky). BR had a major hissyfit.

Remembering the Girl Guide motto "Be Prepared", I had the bathroom door closed with the KittyCab door open... Baby Rascal was shocked silly when he got pushed into the KittyCab and carted off to Dr A for *SIR treatment. Dr A ran tests and alas, Baby Rascal is FIV+.

BR is young and healthy, neutered and immunized. FIV like HIV means one can live in good health for many years. Read about FIV+ here: http://www.pacthumanesociety.org/FIV_cats.htm

My husband, Sidekick said: "we're not keeping him". I agreed, sort of... promised to bring Baby Rascal to adoption clinics. My friend Myra and I went to one clinic and we both agreed no one there was going to adopt BR! I signed away my life for Felix so if prospective human(s) would not do the same, no dice. We brought BR back home and he went back under the balcony to spar with Ebony.

Crazy concept: back outside! I put him into the bachelor apartment "just until I find him a good home like ours" I said to Sidekick. Promised to try adoption clinics again...couldn't do that to Baby Rascal. One day Sidekick announced "I guess he is staying". I didn't answer, just let it ride. BR is now a part of The Palace but he rules his own Fiefdom: Baby Rascal, Prince of The Bachelor Apartment Palace!

*SIR = Sterilize Inoculate Release












The =^..^=s Blog #3
Baby Rascal, Prince of The Bachelor Apartment_2010JAN27©Susan Dykhuis

Monday, January 25, 2010

“Raves” For Justice 2010JAN25 ©Susan Dykhuis


In the news today:
SADDAM Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid or 'Chemical Ali' was executed on Monday, an Iraqi government official said, a week after he received a fourth death sentence.


Such a gentleman and kind-hearted sweet “human” this Ali Hassan al-Majid was.

In 1988 "Chemical Ali" ordered the gassing of Kurds in the northeastern town of Halabja and the majority of victims were women and children. An act of genocide…don’t you just want this kind of man to marry your daughter?

The Iraqi judge, Mr. Abud Mustapha al-Hamani said Ali Hassan al- Majid's offences were "deliberate murder, a crime against humanity".

At least one judge in Iraq has a sense of how horrific this crime was and would not set an example by letting Ali Hassan al-Majid get away with mass murder.

“Raves”
for Iraqi Judge Abud Mustapha al-Hamani.

Don’t ask me to shed tears for mass murderers.

I will shed tears for
Haitians who have seen thousands of lives and Haiti destroyed;
and all others who have faced disasters akin to Haiti;
children who are abused;
women and men who suffer at the hands of terrorists, homicide bombers, dictators, and the Hitlers and Chemical Alis of the world.

“humans” like Ali Hassan al-Majid deserve punishment equal to the crime -- carried out in slow motion. The grief caused by such scum is not erased by execution. It lasts for generations and generations and generations.
Ask any person whose family members died during the systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
Ask any person whose family members died during the Holocaust.

I read that Hitler commented: "Who now remembers the Armenians?"

Information listed below on 20th Century genocides from: http://www.historyplace.com

Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-1995 — 200,000 deaths
Rwanda, 1994 — 800,000 deaths
Pol Pit, Cambodia, 1975-1979 — 2,000,000 deaths
Nazi Holocaust, 1938-1945 — 6,000,000 deaths
Rape of Nanking, 1938-1945 — 300,000 deaths
Stalin’s Forced Famine, 1932-1933 — 7,000,000 deaths
Armenians in Turkish Ottoman Empire, 1915-1918 — 1,500,000 deaths

Wikipedia lists are longer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

How many mass murders, serial killers, pedophiles, abusers of men, women, children and of animals are female?

What is the ratio
Male: Female
mass murderers, serial killers, pedophiles, etc?
If anyone knows where on The Internet one can find reliable studies on this subject, please inform me.


“Raves” for Honourable André Denis who rendered his judgment convicting Rwandan Désiré Munyaneza of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. This is the first conviction in Canada under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Rwandan Désiré Munyaneza who was found guilty under Canadian law of war crimes committed in his home country must face the maximum sentence. Canadians are proud of ruling.
Click: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/09/15/munyaneza-war-crimes-sentencing.html

I feel better now; as always and forever I am
PROUD TO BE CANADIAN




“Raves” For Justice 2010JAN25©Susan Dykhuis

Sunday, January 24, 2010


The =^..^=s Blog #1:
Norman the =^..^= King_24thJanuary2010©Susan Dykhuis
















Photo: Norman, King of The Palace
Photo "Norman imitates an Owl"©Susan Dykhuis

I love animals, especially feline animals. All felines: big cats, small cats, feral, domesticated. According to my beloved late Mother cats caught my attention at a very young age. I was born in the last century (hahaha), the fourth of five children. Kitty was a family member long before me. Mother said my first true eye focus as a wee baby was on Kitty =^..^= -- I remember her.

Mother said when I was small my range of vision searched for two special ones: Mother and Kitty. When Mother needed a private moment -- loo moments -- she would sit me in my highchair close enough to look out a window but far enough to not ever get to the window. To keep my focus away from her private moments, Kitty would be there for me to watch which always worked.

My family today consists of the couple (me & Sidekick AKA Paw-Paw), one adult son, Mark, married to beautiful Cherry. They live in the Boston area. At home the other children are The =^..^=s: Norman the King (almost 13), Felix the Prince (about 3 1/2) and Baby Rascal (about 18 months old). Our =^..^= kids are recycled / rescued felines so ages are estimates.

Norman joined us January 14th 2006. Autumn 2005 his "human family" brought him to our Vet to be put down. Beautiful, well-behaved (purrfect, in fact) in excellent health -- they wanted Dr. A, our Vet to murder Norman! "humans" can be so disgusting...our Vet refused. Instead, Dr A kept Norman to be placed in a good home and lucky for us, we were "The Chosen"! The Palace, home of other late and greatly loved furkids is now ruled by 3 purrfect =^..^=s

August 1st 2006 Felix the Maine Coon joined our home. Found abandoned, he was rescued and fostered at a no-kill Shelter. The Shelter's standards are tough; Felix came to us after we signed a legal document promising to love, respect, cherish and care for him -- committing to not give him to another human without prior agreement of the Shelter. Felix won our hearts in a nanosecond and thankfully, we took him off to The Palace to meet Norman the King.

Being an only and older kitteh, at first Norman was skittish and put-off. Felix needed a big brother and wore Norman down. They are bonded, play, eat & sleep together. When Felix gets frisky -- (he is still a kitten!) -- Norman puts up with only so much. Then Felix gets bopped on the head.

About 18 months ago a young black intact male kitty AKA Ebony would snooze under our front entrance stairs. Home is a semi-detached duplex with an upper residence, main floor residence and a fully finished basement which includes a bachelor apartment. Bachelor bathroom window opens to where Ebony snoozes. Uh, Oh!!! I started to feed him. Then named him. E will let me pet his head but if my hand goes down toward his shoulders, I get the evil eye and hear a low growl. I can't get him into a carrier to bring to Dr A after 18+ months of trying!!! While dining, Ebony often rewards me with loud purring and bumping his head on my hand; I feel very appreciated and honoured

May 2009 Ebony was annoyed. "Hisss, hiss, grrrrrrrrMeerRRrrooow" was what I heard. Then I spotted Baby Rascal...young, perhaps 6 months old. Skinny and cute, he strolled over and ate Ebony's food. I had to feed Ebony away from BRascal 'cause BRascal didn't realize he was in E's space!

In June BRascal let me grab him in through the window (I stand on the toilet to feed them so this was tricky). He wasn't happy and had a major hissyfit. I was prepared: Bathroom door already closed and locked -- BRascal was shocked silly when he got pushed into the KittyCab and carted off to Dr A for *SIR treatment. Dr A ran tests and alas, Baby Rascal is FIV+. Right now he's young and healthy, neutered and immunized. My Sidekick said: "we're not keeping him". I agreed, sort of. Promised to bring BRascal to adoption clinics. My friend Myra went to one clinic and we both agreed no one there was going to adopt BRascal! I signed away my life for Felix so if prospective human(s) would not do the same, no dice. We brought him back home and he went back under the balcony to spar with Ebony.

Crazy concept: back outside; I put him into the bachelor apartment "just until I find him a good home like ours" I said. Promised to try adoption clinics again...couldn't do that to Baby Rascal. One day my Sidekick announced "I guess he is staying". I didn't answer, just let it ride. BRascal is now a part of The Palace but he rules his own Fiefdom: He is Prince Baby Rascal, ruler of The Bachelor Apartment Palace!

*SIR = Sterilize Inoculate Release


The =^..^=s Blog will introduce Felix, the Prince, Baby-Rasacal, Prince of the Bacelor Apartment, Ebony, Guard=^..^= of the Palace Grounds and Rusty Who Came to Dine.

The =^..^=s Blog #1:
Norman the =^..^= King_24thJanuary2010©Susan Dykhuis


Raves~n~Rants # 644, Proud to be Canadian ©Susan Dykhuis, 24th January 2010

I'm proud to be 100% Canadian and my Canada includes:

First Nations peoples and cultures
Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba
Our two official languages
The Canadian Anthem which was written in French by a Canadian from Quebec
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  (http://www.efc.ca/pages/law/charter/charter.text.html and http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/canada/frdm-eng.cfm)
 

English was not the first language of Canada and as a proud, 100% Canadian, I respect that.  I'm thankful that our country Canada was built by First Nations Peoples (initially forced upon FNP) and the Founding Nations:  France, England, Scotland, Ireland.  Flag of Montreal shows the Fleur-de-Lis (French), Rose (English), Thistle (Scottish) and Shamrock (Irish).  Sadly the white european colonists did not think of including a First Nations symbol but perhaps one day the City of Montreal flag will be updated.

about French Canadians:
http://www.quebec-guidetouristique.travel/history.aspx
http://www.new-brunswick.net/new-brunswick/overview.html
http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/features/criticalmasse/

Very proud of our Troops and so sad that we lose brave Canadians who serve.  I do not forget that many who serve come home with serious injuries and life-altering mental and physical conditions.

My view is people who are privileged to be accepted as new Canadians must:
- Learn the two official languages of Canada
- Learn Canadian history -- the good and the bad
- Accept the laws of Canada which state that under Canadian Law all citizens are equal.
- Accept our culture which is Western and integrate into it which means the new citizen accommodates Canadians, i.e,: accepting Western style of clothing for men and women
- Accept that church/mosque/temple and state are separate
- Accept that in differences in religious interpretation regarding the status of women and men, Canadian Charter Rights that define women and men are equal under the law thus Canadian Charter of Rights preempt religious law(s)
- Accept that in Canada defines marriage as a union of two consenting adults, i.e.:  female-male; female-female; male-male.  Marriage means two individuals are united in marriage; it does not include polyandry (more than one husband at a time) or polygamy (more than one wife at a time)

- Appreciate that Canada and Canadians -- being multicultural rather than melting pot -- graciously give new Canadians the freedom to cherish and celebrate the secular cultural aspects of their respective backgrounds so long as such cultural aspects do not contravene Charter of Rights laws 

My view includes that new Canadians -- when granted citizenship -- should be given and accept these stipulations:

- New citizen is a person who was not born in Canada.
- Integration into Canadian culture and languages must be done within three years; if not then back to country of origin (with option to exclude those over 65 who come with families who will fully support them from the three year clause.  Canada does reserve the right to reject applicants with health issues so serious as to affect medi-care)
- To be eligible for medi-care, provincial and federal pensions new citizens must live and work in Canada; new citizens are not allowed to be Canadian citizens of convenience.  If a new citizen becomes a citizen of convenience, immediately ship them back COD to country of origin.   

- an aside: 
Do you remember the Canadian citizens of convenience living, working and paying taxes in Lebanon who demanded Canada get them out of Lebanon and back to Canada??  That was in 2006 during the Lebanese/Israeli war where all of the citizens of convenience were "on vacation" at that particular time and got caught in the crossfire.  
When Canada brought them back, many complained about the accommodation on ships, planes, etc.  Guess they were expecting First Class accommodations...  It cost Canada $90 Million to bring back...see: http://tinyurl.com/y8mlvhq    or   http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090417/kenney_citizenship_AM_090417/20090417  And then the other Canadians of convenience -- the al-Qaeda family as in Omar Khadr --> click:  http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=4862  This same family now has a Canadian son-in-law:  click http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-marriage-thrust-into-the-public-eye/article1146437.

I am somewhat humane.  Situations like the disaster in Haiti where countless children are orphaned and where others may wish to join family members who are already Canadians, living, working and paying taxes here -- we should help.  Potential adoptive parents need to be very, very carefully vetted. Don't want pedophiles adopting innocent children!!!

The children should be helped as soon as possible, i.e.: immediately after our Federal and Provincial Govenments rigorously screen prospective adoptive parents -- we don't want children adopted by pedophiles.

Canada should also screen adult applicants very carefully  to make sure none of the criminals who got out of jail for free because of that horrific earthquake don't end up in Canada. 

I am truly humane when it comes to children,  the Aged, the i\Infirm and the animals.   Healthy adults who are honest, willing to work, pay taxes, support their families and who will accept and adapt to Canadian law and culture -- we need them.  My humane feelings apply to them too no matter what country of origin.


City of Montreal Flag showing Euro Founding Peoples of Canada:









Raves~n~Rants #644, Proud to be Canadian ©Susan Dykhuis, 24th January 2010