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Should Greed Be a Crime?

01largesackcash"for from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.  All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"  Mark 7:21-23

Have you ever received one of those e-mails from some unknown person in a country you've never heard of with an amazing story about how you can be the beneficiary of an extravagant amount of money in exchange for a small one?  Of course you have.  I can't imagine that there is anyone with an e-mail address that hasn't received one of these at least once.

Have you ever responded to one?  Sent money?  Oh, I pray not!

The 419 scam, as it is known, predates the internet by about a decade.  But the world of e-mail has taken it to another level. 

I read an article today in which a Nigerian official is quoted as saying that "People who send their money (in response to the scams) are as guilty as those asking them to send their money."  His position is that the victims are only victims because they succumb to their own greed.  He believes they should be jailed along with the scammers?

What do you think?  Read the entire article here.

Meet Scooter

The Blair family has expanded again.  And, NO, Elizabeth is NOT pregnant!

Scooter1We have adopted a dog!  His name is Scooter.  He's a 2-year old terrier mix brought to Canada from Louisiana.  We adopted him from the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA shelter.

"What," you may ask, "possessed you to get a dog?!?"

That's a good question!  Sarah will be leaving for university in just a few weeks and, well, we've got a spare bedroom!

Just kidding!  Sort of.  Elizabeth and I have been contemplating this for some time now.  We concluded that this would be a good transition time to acquire a dog with Sarah leaving and the boys adjusting to life without her around.  We're not sure how her departure will effect them, but we thought that adding a dog to the equation would be a good distraction.

The other logic involved is that I will be working from home for the next 3 months, thus giving us a chance to break in a new pet with someone home virtually all the time for at least 12 weeks.

Scooter is very friendly.  He follows me around the house wherever I go.  Seriously, everywhere!  When I go the bathroom he stands at the locked door and cries.  He's very tolerant of the boys and all their poking and prodding.  Ephraim is a little bit nervous around him, but Silas and Euguene (our neighbor) trucked him around the house all day today.  Like I said, Scooter is tolerant.

Scooter2Eugene (left) and Silas just can't get enough of Scooter!

Hot, Hot, Hot

Each day we've been here in Orlando, the weather has grown warmer and warmer.  Today's high was around 92.  Certainly not as hot as my family in Texas is experiencing, but for a day at a theme park (and with the humibity added) it was on the draining side of hot.

MickeyAfter spending Saturday at Magic Kingdom, we took a rest day on Sunday (even went to church - Celebrate Church) and then we went to Disney's Hollywood Studios on Monday.  It was hot and overcrowded (not as big a park as Magic Kingdom) but the boys got to meet a few of their favorite heroes.  And the Star Wars show and ride was all worth the day to Silas.  They've come back to the resort with brand new light sabres and are hacking everyone into pieces.

Orca1Today we went to Sea World.  We saw most of the park in one day, but tomorrow we'll go back in the late afternoon and hang out for the evening shows.  Since tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter than today, we figured an evening at the park would be a good idea.

Look Out, Mickey! Here We Come!

Magic_kingdomThe Blairs have arrived in Orlando.  We've got six days here and spent our first at Magic Kingdom.  In spite of the heat, we all had a great time.  The highlight of the day was definitely Silas and me riding the Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.  He was so calm, cool and collected; "Not scared at all, Dad!"  When it was over he confessed, "That was a little scary."

Monday (when we go back for day 2) I hope to get him on Space Mountain.  That was the first coaster I rode.  Rode it with my dad when I was about 5 - same age as Si.