Friday, 26 December 2008

The Pope and Gender Theory in Christmas Speech

Across the globe, individuals, rights groups, activists and yes, even politicians have to be careful about every syllable uttered for fear of offence and possibly imprisonment and yet....Religious Leaders appear to be permitted to say exactly what they wish and suffer no legal comeback.
The latest being Pope Benedict in his Christmas Speech about gender theory. Now, I am not gay but I do have several gay friends who have great spiritual intelligence and integrity, their sexuality does not alter their levels of spirituality one little bit.
So what gives Pope Benedict or any other religious leader for that matter, the right to say that humans have the "right to be saved" from issues such as transexuality, homosexuality and gender blurring? Why are the aforesaid not taken to task on a legal basis for inflaming bias against minority groups the same as the rest of us?
IMHO it is well past the time that they were indeed taken to task. If a Muslim were to say that the world should be saved from Christianity he would be jailed for terrorism or related charges.
For me the time has come for the Governments of this world to realise that religion is not above the law that governs us and take action to stop comments as detailed before from being aired.
The religions themselves have also got to look at the Big Picture and realise the impact their comments are having on the ordinary person and do a bit of self-governance and, I hate to say this, exercise some political correctness.
Rant over, hope you get the gist ;)

Be Well and Prosper,

I hate that Barnardos Ad or do I love it....

Yeah, you know the ad from Barnardos, the one with the young teenage girl? She gets slapped over and over again, shown after taking drugs etc etc. Well I hate it with a vengeance, it makes my skin crawl and I have to turn away.
But before you start screaming at me, listen up. That means I actually have to love it simply because it is that powerful. It means the message might be getting through to those who need to receive it the most.
That is exactly the effect Barnardos wanted to achieve and by golly they did in style this year, so way to go Barnardos!!
In the meantime I hope you all are having a great festive season!

Be Well and Prosper,


Friday, 12 December 2008

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends,
Just before the end of the year, I wanted to thank you for the e-mails and txt you have forwarded to me over the year.

I must send a big thank you to whoever sent me the one about rat shit in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, I now have to wipe the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it all to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. But that will change once I receive the £15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft are sending me for participating in their special email programs. Or from the senior bank clerk in Nigeria who wants to split seven million dollars with me for pretending to be a long lost relative of a customer who died intestate.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.

I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward emails to seven friends and make a wish within five minutes.

I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy petrol without taking a friend along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.

I no longer go to shopping centres because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number and then I'll get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan .

I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my bum.

I can't even pick up the £5.00 I found dropped in the car park because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

If you don't send this email to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhoea will sit on your head at 5:00pm this afternoon and fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump.

I know this because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.

By the way....a South American scientist after a lengthy study has discovered that people with low IQ who don't have enough sex, always read their bebos while holding the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

Be Well and Prosper!

Al ;)

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide?

Here in the UK there is a major Hoo Haa going on regards this subject on three fronts.
1. A film was broadcast that showed the last living moments of one Craig Ewart as he died in Switzerland in assisted suicide. Craig had Motor Neurone Disease.
2. No charges to be brought on the parents of the rugby player Daniel James who was paralysed from the chest down and died in Switzerland.
3. MSP Margo McDonald, who has a degenerative disease, Parkinsons Disease, has launched a bid to have assisted suicide legalised in the UK.

Now, I'm not going to rant about this as it wouldn't do the cause any good.
I have extensive experience working in residential homes for the elderly and if I had a £ for every resident who asked me why assisted suicide/euthanasia was not legal because they had had enough pain, I'd be a few bob up and close to early retirement. None of these individuals were being pressured by relatives etc and did not have any monies of note to leave in a Will. No, they had simply had enough of life after say, 90 years and were looking towards death with longing. Most if not all had some form of illness they found painful and debilitating.

We, as humans, decide when an animal's pain has reached a point when it is "humane" to put them down and yet we do not facilitate our fellow humans with the same ""Humane" option. Should we not be affording out fellow humans the same compassion we give to animals?

If any member of my family was suffering to the extent that they could convince me and the medical profession (in the UK or any other country) that they truly wished to end their lives rather than continue in insufferable pain or to avoid inevitable insufferable pain, I would be glad to assist them to relieve their pain once and for all. I would also like to think that they would show the same compassion for me should the situation arise.

My biggest fear is dementia, I don't want to lead my life like that in the future and hopefully, by the time I get to the age where it is most prevalent, a Living Will will be legal and I will have one on place in order to put me out of my misery and see my wishes carried out.

This is 2008, we need to move forwards in this modern world with modern thought and not adhere to 2000 year old +++ religious doctrine.

At present we are moving backwards into the future. Let's change that!

Be Well and Prosper!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Froch, Khan, Maccarinelli win, Harrison...

With no footie for my nominated teams other than Wigan, who lost to Arsenal due to the weather, the focus tonight is pugilism aka boxing.
Best fight of the evening was the Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal WBC Super-Middleweight bout. This was a classic fight with both fighter throwing bombs and haymakers from start to finish and you will see footage on the classic fight sites forever. Seriously, I can't think of a better fight at super middleweight. Froch eventually came out on top, the judges made it by 8,6 and 4 rounds. I made it closer but then I just watch lol and frankly the 2-7 odds for Froch seemed a travesty for this Canadian who really went for it and no doubt in the future in my eyes, will feature in a return bout between these two, perhaps to unify the title?
Elsewhere, for the brits, it was a good night. Amir Khan regained his winning form against Oisin Fagan with a second round stoppage having completely overpowered his opponent with skill, speed and strength. Something tells me Fagan was a well chosen oppnent?
Enzo Maccarinelli got back to wimming ways after his stunning loss to David Haye in a hurriedly arranged heavyweight bout with Matthew Ellis with a second round knockout. A good win which will give him confidence if his proposed WBO Cruiserweight title fight comes to fruition.
Audley Harrison...what can I say? I saw him win at the Olympics and thought I had seen the perfect heavyweight, poise, power, mobility, will to win. It seems that when Audley gets hit....he stops fighting rather like the school bully who Knows he's bigger and better than you but when you challenge him he backs down. He lost tonight by a single point to Martin Rogan and the above scenario applies. One of the most disappointing "British Hopes" ever.....

Be Well and Prosper,