It’s for the Birds!


I think everyone already knows that strange things happen in California.  They are radically environmental, for example, and many folk there are very much into organic foods, too.

I am currently in CA on a trip for work and will be through the end of this week.  I know that we’ve not been back to Georgia for all that long (a bit over a month now), and one would not have expected things to have changed all that much.  And if that is what one would have expected, one would be wrong.

As a happy coincidence for this trip, I am getting to see our oldest son and our daughter and their families.  Our daughter picked me up from the airport and took me to her house, and then the next day I drove down to our son’s place (he lives closer to where I am working this week).

I’d not heard anything about how he was doing health-wise, or how his work was going, or anything.  I did know, however, that after our other son’s heart attack in July, that he was altering his eating habits.  I didn’t know what an incredible effect this would have on him!

In the old testament book of Daniel, there’s a story about Daniel and his three friends and how they were being asked to eat the rich foods of their captors, the Babylonians.  That violated their Jewish dietary laws, however, so they convinced their overseer to do a test: let them eat just veggies for a week and compare their appearance to that of those eating the rich foods.  At the end of the week, the overseer could tell that Daniel and his friends were healthier.

Well, today’s photo is evidence of the change that eating just healthy stuff has made in my oldest son’s appearance.  If this is what eating healthy does to you, then in my opinion, it’s for the birds!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1980, Glenn Dunn was shot and killed outside a Buffalo supermarket by a man carrying a gun concealed in a paper bag. His murder was the first in a series of strange attacks in both upstate New York and New York City. Within two days, three other young men were murdered. One was killed near Niagara Falls, the other two in Buffalo. Although the mysterious shooter dropped .22-caliber shell casings at one of the shootings, police did not have much other evidence.

A few months later, on December 22, six men were stabbed while walking on crowded New York City streets by an attacker who was labeled by the press the “Midtown Stabber.” Four of the victims died from their wounds. Because the victims were all African-American and Hispanic, officials believed that the killer was motivated by racial hatred. When two additional African-American men were killed in Buffalo by a .22-caliber sawed-off rifle, authorities began to connect all of the killings.

Investigators were still not much closer to cracking the case when a newly enlisted soldier at Fort Benning, Georgia, slashed an African-American soldier in January 1981. The attacking soldier, Joseph Christopher, then bragged to a nurse about killing 13 men in New York. When law enforcement officials checked into Christopher’s past, they found that he had been on a three-day furlough from the army at the exact time of the New York City stabbings. In addition, the end of a sawed-off .22 rifle barrel was found at his family’s hunting lodge, although the murder weapon was never recovered. In addition, a misfired bullet that matched the .22 casings was found at his parents’ house in Buffalo.

In April 1982, Christopher was convicted of the Buffalo area murders, but the conviction was later overturned because the judge had refused to permit expert testimony about Christopher’s mental stability. In 1985, Christopher was sentenced to life in prison for the New York City killings.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  The Fijians believe that the god Nangganangga, who watches over married couples, will not let a bachelor enter Fijian paradise and will turn him to ash if he dies before he is married.


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