Here is the home page of the Audubon Society named after John James Audubon. Among other things, Audubon liked to kill birds. There used to be huge flocks of passenger pigeons in this country and Audubon and many others would go out and just start shooting into the huge flocks of birds, killing hundreds. Passenger Pigeons are now extinct.

Now the Audubon Society wants money so other birds don’t go extinct, which is fine but seems highly ironic to me. It would be like me killing thousands of cats in my life and then having a cat conservation group named after me. I haven’t killed any birds in my life and no one named a bird conservation group after me.

Speaking of birds, if you’ll notice there are many more birds singing outside now. Yesterday morning I heard chickadees, goldfinches, crows, and a pileated woodpecker and for Northern Wisconsin, that’s pretty good for a half hour in January. I didn’t shoot any of them either.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig now has to OK the trade and then Sammy has to pass a physical and the Cubs and Orioles could have a deal! At the end of last year I debated whether I wanted to follow baseball anymore. Now that the Cubs have released Sammy, I feel as if I get a new start. I can’t wait for the next few months to go by and get baseball going again. Old things are passed away, all things have become new.

Surah 5 The Table, The Table Spread

verse 12 lists things you can do to impress Allah and says if you don’t do them you are resisting faith. Faith, according to the Qur’an means doing work for Allah, essentially saving yourself by impressing Allah.

verse 17 points out again that Christ is not God.

verse 38 says that thieves should have their hands cut off, now that’s forgiveness if I ever heard of it.

verse 40 states that Allah punishes and rewards whom he pleases and this is stated throughout. However, when you read you see that by being good you can get rewards and being bad gets you punishment. In what way then, is Allah in charge of punishing and rewarding? Seems to me the people are in charge of it based on what they deserve through their actions. Oh, that’s a brilliant point Jeff. Thank you, thank you very much.

verse 46 “And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.” How exactly does the Gospel come anywhere close to what’s going on in this book? I don’t get it. There’s no way Jesus agrees with this. Jesus’ Gospel was not a confirmation of the law, it flew in the face of the law, in case you missed that point, it was the perfect law-followers who killed him!

verse 51 “take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends.” Oh yeah, now that sounds like Jesus.

verse 75 presents irrefutable proof that Christ is not God, get ready, hope you’re sitting down. “Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food.” Jesus ate food, people eat food, therefore, Jesus is a people not God.

verse 82 the Jews get a real bad rap in this book even though he says many times that the Jews are God’s people.

verse 101 and 102 tell Muslims not to ask questions about things that cause you trouble, if you do you’ll pretty much lose their faith. Basically, the Qur’an is so certain it’s right you shouldn’t question what it says. Seems to me if it were truth Allah wouldn’t mind if we asked questions to figure it out. Asking questions is the key to learning, perhaps this is why Muslim nations don’t turn out much technology.

verse 110 Jesus was given the Holy Spirit by Allah and Jesus used the Holy Spirit to make a bird out of clay and breathed life into it.

verse 116 and 117 Jesus never said to worship him, just to worship God. Now I know he said earlier that followers of the Qur’an and the Jewish Scripture (verse 69) and the Gospel (verse 66) are ok, but what about the John 10:30 parts of the Gospel? The problem with being inclusive and saying that these different revelations from God teach the same thing is that they most certainly do not. I’m unclear how those differences are to be resolved.

God and I have a deal we agreed on long ago. The deal goes like this–whatever Jeff says in front of people, God will make sure the exact opposite of what he says will happen. This morning I said in my message how the Cubs can’t get rid of Sammy Sosa and lo and behold it appears as if they might! I’ve figured out how to manipulate God for my benefit, it’s taken me years to figure it out, but I’ve got it now.

Anything you want done, just let me know and I’ll go before people and say it won’t happen and then it will. Well, I hope they go through with the trade. It appears as though the Baltimore Orioles will pick him up, which is good, East Coast teams need more shlubs. They can have him. At least one more city will see the total futility of the loser. Boy, well, I better stop before I make God have to change His plans.

Every once in awhile a guy can dream, right? I think so. This year, July 29-August 1 is the Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown where my boyhood hero Ryne Sandberg will be inducted to the Hall. Boy oh boy would I love to dump my kids off on someone and take off with my wife to Cooperstown for that weekend. That would be pretty cool.

I went to the Hall of Fame when I was in high school and I thought it was one of the neatest things our family ever did on vacation. However, no one seemed to want to dilly-dally there as much as I did. I remember I bought a huge glass mug there and about four months later the bottom of the mug fell off. I’ll be a bit more discriminating as to what I buy if I go again. Maybe I’ll go this summer. Anyone want to watch three charming, always well-behaved children for a few days?

I’m getting back into biking now for the year. I took a few months off and spent time walking and cross-country skiing instead. One of the things I hate about biking is that it’s around cars. Bikers get no respect from cars. Some yahoo honked and yelled at me, something about getting off the road, even though he was nowhere near hitting me, I knew where he was the whole time, and it made no real difference in the overall scheme of things.

I remember last year two dumb kids whipped snowballs at me and it was after a stretch of getting disrespected by people on my bike. I thought in my head “Should I r respond to these kids? Or should I just take it and move on?” I decided I should respond, otherwise they’ll think they can get away with this and kill someone sometime. So I turned around and went back to them and yelled “You trying to start something? Cuz I’m liable to finish it.” They took off running, it was great.

But life is full of these out-of-nowhere tests for your TESTimony. What should I do when someone disrespects me, talks about my mother and puts my life in danger through stupidity? Do I turn the other cheek or teach a lesson? I don’t really know, I just go with the flow, as the Spirit leads, as they say. It’s worked OK so far but there’s always tomorrow.

Speaking of keeping things in perspective, no matter what kinds of problems you are dealing with today, it could be worse. You could be this guy who owns a cattle feed lot and has a 100-ton manure pile that has started on fire and can’t find a way to extinguish the flames! The jokes are just too easy on this one that I’m just going to leave them up to you.

Also, in this article, the man who owns this 100-ton manure pile claims the smoke doesn’t really smell that bad “I guess it’s just all perspective,” he said. “To me, it just smells like smoke. I really don’t know how to describe it.”

It’s all in your perspective.