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Pile of trash still covers field

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Well, there it is again.

I'm talking about another pile of beer-related trash on that property on Wartrace Pike. It was the first thing I noticed on the way into town Monday morning. Just imagine what people traveling to Shelbyville for the first time think when they see it.

Not only is the drinking continuing, the folks doing it apparently don't even want to pick up after themselves.

I'd like to thank all those who sent positive messages to David Melson and myself over this issue. They far outweighed the negative ones we received.

But it looks like the drinking in public may soon be coming to an end. A county commissioner who read my column on the situation was unaware of what had been going on and has proposed looking into bringing this practice to a stop.

It's good to see the commissioners taking this seriously. As I said before, this isn't about race: All it takes for a tragedy to happen is one person with too much to drink hitting the open road. A person in an intoxicated condition doesn't even have to be behind the wheel of a vehicle to do something that they, or someone else, may regret.

We can only hope that leaders of the community in question will take this advice to heart and act proactively on this issue.

On a related topic, anyone catching a newscast this weekend no doubt saw coverage of the massive demonstrations by Hispanics nationwide worried about legislation being debated in Congress which would, among other things, beef up border security, make crossing into the country illegally a felony and penalize employers who hire them.

In Los Angeles alone, 500,000 took to the streets to protest, which showed how upset they are about the proposed law but also helped to illustrate just how many people are flooding across the border. At last count, an estimated 11 million are in this country illegally.

Last week's federal drug indictment centered here and in Tullahoma also points at what else is flooding across our borders.

But I think that a lot of folks are going to turned off by pictures of thousands upon thousands of angry people that broke the law coming into our country, then take to the streets and make demands of our government not to enforce those very same laws while waving Mexico's flag.

That's like someone breaking into your home, pitching a tent in the living room, and then complaining about what you're cooking for supper.

Or as Mac Johnson in the magazine Human Events said this week, the demonstrations "simply prove that criminals dislike the prospect of increased law enforcement."

Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but the difference is that when our great-grandparents came to this country, they did so legally.

To paraphrase comedian Dennis Miller, we don't mind that you're here; just please take the time to sign the guest book.

I hate being right sometimes.

Several weeks back, I wrote about how intolerant some Muslim countries are about other faiths and that you can get the death penalty for converting from The Religion of Peace.

Unfortunately, I left out that place that we liberated from the bloodthirsty, fanatical Taliban: Afghanistan. Apparently, it is also one of those country where you can be killed by the government for finding Jesus.

This is something that Abdul Rahman found out two weeks ago. The 41-year-old converted to Christianity 16 years ago and had been living in Germany. He returned to that war torn region in 2002 and was arrested when his family recently complained to authorities.

Abdul very nearly had a date with a sword and the chopping block until diplomatic pressures came to bear on the fledgling democracy. "Moderate" clerics threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if the government freed him, saying he clearly violated Islamic Shariah law by rejecting their beliefs.

Word came Monday that Abdul will be released with all charges dropped, But another report stated that instead of cutting off his head, they may take a page from the Soviet Union's playbook and stick him in a mental institution. There is talk of him getting asylum in another county too.

I shudder to think what a typical Afghani mental hospital is like. But given the type of folks they have running around in that part of the world these days, the institutions probably contain the very few sane people in the region.

I don't think many Americans are going to tolerate our boys dying for a country that kills, or even puts people in the loony bin for their faith.

Meanwhile, according to an interview published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Rahman told a human rights worker who visited him in prison the following:

"I am serene. I have full awareness of what I have chosen. If I must die, I will die."

"Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us."

This last item is sort of related.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that around 25,000 evangelical Christian youth were in that city for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against "the virtue terrorism" of popular culture.

It's put together by Ron Luce, whose Teen Mania organization sets out to counter a culture he claims glamorizes sex and violence.

However, Assemblyman Mark Leno had this to say about the visiting fundamentalists: "They're loud, they're obnoxious, they're disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco."

It's amazing the intolerance you hear from a city that is widely known for tolerating just about every kind of diverse lifestyle and viewpoint.

Except, of course, the lifestyles and viewpoints they disagree with.

David Melson
On the Loose