Rodents and Quiet Time

James Winslett loved the few minutes of peace he got each morning as he enjoyed his coffee and watched 20 to 30 minutes of news before taking a shower.  Those few minutes were his morning meditation and quiet time.   It was a time when neither of the dogs, his wife nor his son were awake.  It was just him, a cup of coffee and local news.den

His house was split level, that is one of those houses where almost as soon as you enter the foyer you are faced with a decision, go strait to the main level, go up to the third floor and the hall with the bedrooms or go down into the den.  The den in  his house was carpeted and paneled with the TV mounted in front of a very worn and comfortable couch. Peaceful would best describe it.

Today however, as James watched Matt Lauer drone on about some global warming theory James saw, out of the corner of his eye a wisp of a gray thing going around the corner where the stairs headed up to the foyer.   For a moment he thought it was a shadow, a trick of his sleep filled eyes.  Still, curiosity got the best of him so he followed it. Running to the stairs then around the corner he saw that same  gray unidentified wisp turning to go to the next level.  Whatever it was,  it had reached the 3rd floor.  As he topped the 3rd floor stairwell and looked down the hall and saw the tail go into his son’s room.

At this point James knew  3   things.  First, the tail was real, it was a squirrel.  Secondly, it was in his sleeping 4 year old son’s room.  Third, that a good number of wild squirrels carry rabies or other diseases.  It was that third thing that moved James from sleepy eyed stupor and curious to hero father mode.  Sprinting down the hall and into his son’s room he scooped up the sleeping boy in one arm and carried him out the door, while shutting the door to prevent the escape of the vicious disease ridden creature.   squirrel

He deposited the now confused and sleepy child in his bedroom and started on a plan.  Going downstairs into the garage he found just the right tools.  He picked up  a 6 by 9 inch Tupperware container and thick work gloves.  In his mind he had decided to trap the creature under the Tupperware, put something under it and carry it squirrel back outside where it could live happily ever after while not endangering more children.

He got one of his dogs, the 70 lb white German Sheppard, Klink, named after the  Colonel from Hogan’s heroes. (And about that smart.)   The goal was to have Klink flush out the squirrel, then fast as he could, capture it with the Tupperware.  If things went south, he had the thick work gloves to keep himself from being bitten.  Things did not quite go as planned.

Klink did his part.  He barked and scared the squirrel out from under the bed, then out from under the desk.  That is when the squirrel made a mad dash across the open floor.  There was no where to hide.  James took that Tupperware  container and slammed it down.  The squirrel was lightening fast.  Strike and miss!

By now Klink was fully on duty and once again the squirrel made a mad dash across the open space.  This time James was ready.  BLAM!!! The container slammed down onto the floor catching the squirrel.  Actually, it had only caught the back end of beast.  James’ first instinct was to hold the creature there and push him back under the container with his gloved hand.  Sadly,  there was no need.  The Tupperware had been lethal.  James’ catch and release program had turned into an impromptu squirrel memorial service.  He carried the carcass outside, said a few words and returned it to the thickets from whence it most likely originated.

I am sure there a many lessons to be learned from this.  Best laid plans, how not to use quiet time, etc.  It has been over ten years so I think PETA will no longer be able to come after James for animal cruelty.  Actually, it was quick so the squirrel did not suffer. No complaint was filed.  In the end one child was saved from having rabies and the dog got some exercise.  So it was a good day for mankind. Less so for squirrel kind.

 

We are In Danger = Moving Toward the Destruction of Israel

     This week President Obama is pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to embrace the American Framework for Mideast Peace. Even as Obama and Secretary of State Kerry pressure Mr. Netanyahu to accept the agreement, one of the agreement’s core tenets, recognition of Israel as a state by the Palestinians will never happen according to Palestinian leader Abbas. So Obama wants Israel to accept its framework and to recognize a Palestinian state without any reciprocal steps by the Palestinians. Essentially, this is the same game Obama has played since he got in office. It is a game of trying to paint Israel as the bad guy while bolstering the Israel’s enemies.

    In my heart of hearts I believe Obama and many of his supporters want the destruction of the Jewish state. The attempt of the administration to isolate Israel in the UN and in international affairs can be clearly seen in the failure of the administration to stop 22 UN resolutions condemning Israel. As a security council member the US had that ability. The American media, often taking its lead from the Obama administration ignores the rockets fired into Israel while they point out how terrible it is when Israel defends itself.

    Perhaps the greatest indictment of the Obama Administration’s view of Israel is its failure to reign in Iran’s nuclear program. A country and regime that has specifically vowed to wipe Israel off the map is allowed to continue to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has even said publicly that it will ignore the agreement its made. Nevertheless, the President lifted the sanctions on Iran and is proceeding as if he did anything other than try and sign Israel’s death certificate.

      So, what can be done now? I would start by calling your Congressman and Senator and asking that sanctions be placed back on Iran. These need to be complete, total and now. If you voted for Obama you as many others were fooled, but unless you put pressure on our senators and congress people, your vote has contributed to the potential destruction of Israel. The administration and the democratic powers have been building up a huge anti-Israeli lobby in this country. That trend has to be stopped.

If Israel does not exist? Who will represent democracy in the middle east? How much additional terrorism do you think we will experience here? How much increased  antisemitism do you think we will experience. Making sure NEVER AGAIN happens is the responsibility of every person with a Jewish Heritage, and the responsibility of of all people with a conscience. With the rise of anti-antisemitism in Europe, the anti-Israeli movement in the US and the policies of the Obama Administration, Israel is in more danger than since its founding. Will American Jews stand up? Will Christians and those with conscience stand up?