Saturday, July 25, 2009

Have Litter Box, Will Travel

Just when you start to think there's hope for us, the human race does it again.

This Clouded Leopard cub was captured in Bangladesh while eating a dead monkey with its mother and sibling. The species had not been sighted in over twenty years and was considered extinct, so this discovery means that there may be a small but healthy breeding population surviving in the wild. The mother and other cub managed to escape.

The villagers intended to cage and sell the animal to the highest bidder, but conservationists pressured them to release it back into the wild. Unfortunately, the cub is probably too young to survive on its own, and realistically there is no chance that its mother will be able to find it again. So a beautiful animal which is so endangered that it was thought to be gone forever has been dealt yet another blow by human stupidity and greed.

Besides, if they were going to tear it away from its mother and screw with its survival, they should have let me adopt it. All they had to do was ask. I know many humans who would qualify as food for a creature that eats monkey meat. It probably all tastes like chicken anyway.

Friday, July 10, 2009

King Solomon Would Be Troubled

It seems that Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of Michael Jackson's two older children, is about to sue for custody of them and of course, the many millions that will go along with them for their care and feeding. She apparently has not seen them in about ten years, since Prince Michael was two and his sister, Paris, a year old. It is well-documented that she conceived them in vitro during her marriage to the King of Pop as a "personal favor" because he needed to be a father. She was paid millions of dollars plus a house in Beverly Hills and a car for her services. She has stated that she didn't want the kids, that "they don’t call me Mom because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children. I had them because I wanted him to be a father.”

Under California law, if a child has two parents and one dies, the other automatically gets custody of the child. Therefore, Ms. Rowe will probably get them unless the Jackson family can prove that she would be detrimental to their wellbeing. The substitute guardian under their father's will is Diana Ross, who apparently doesn't even know the children. Debbie Rowe sounds like a turtle which lays its eggs in the sand and swims back to sea, not a good and loving mother by anyone's description, even her own. Yet Katherine Jackson, designated guardian under MJ's will, is 79 years old, and along with her comes Michael's father Joe, who abused him horribly during his entire childhood.

King Solomon is most famous as a judge of incomparable wisdom, which was sorely tested when two women came to his court with a baby whom both women claimed as their own. Solomon threatened to split the baby in half. One woman was prepared to accept the decision, but the other begged the king to give the live baby to the other woman. Solomon then knew that the second woman was the real mother.

Let's hope it doesn't take such drastic measures to determine the fate of the Jackson children.