Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Multiculturalist is jailed for six months after throwing a dog to its death from the SEVENTH floor of a tower block
Mahmoud should have been thrown from the same window
A former security guard has been jailed after hurling a dog to its death from the seventh floor of a tower block.
Mahmood Keshavarzi, 37, dragged the dog from a garden up a tower block in Birmingham, West Midlands, where he then threw it out a window.
Keshavarzi was sentenced today to 26 weeks in prison for theft and criminal damage at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
He has also been ordered to pay £800 compensation to devastated owner Mitchel Jagger.
The court heard how father-of-four Mr Jagger desperately pleaded with Keshavarzi, who ignored his cries and tossed the dog to its death.
A teenager had seen Keshavarzi steal 15-month-old American bulldog cross Zeus from a garden and drag him by his collar towards the rear entrance of Drews House, in Druids Heath, Birmingham.
Simon Brownsey, prosecuting, told the court that the teenager called the police, but they were unable to find Zeus.
The witness told Mr Jagger, 29, of the theft when he returned home from work and he then set out desperately trying to find his beloved pet.
When he finally got to Keshavarzi's flat, he spotted dog hair on the mat outside.
Mr Brownsey said: 'Mr Jagger was banging on the door. He was asking for his dog back. 'It's at that point that he heard a commotion and was told Zeus had been found outside.'
The 13-year-old told the court that he had been outside and had heard Mr Jagger calling for Zeus and the dog barking.
He said: 'I heard a massive thump. It sounded like two cars going into each other. 'I looked on the ground and Zeus was lying there. I then heard the sound of a squeaking window.'
Mr Jagger was left devastated by the horrific death of his beloved family pet - and his children have been left traumatised.
He said: 'Zeus was a joint birthday present for me and my eldest daughter, Morgan, 11, when she turned nine. 'All the kids loved him, they absolutely doted on him - they were devastated when he died, and it hit Morgan especially hard. 'They know exactly what happened - luckily they were at their nan's when it happened so they weren't there to see it.
'I was banging on the door trying to get hold of the man - I had no idea who he was or why he would've taken my dog. 'But then I heard screaming from downstairs. 'My friend was with me, and I told him to go and check what was happening - and he shouted up and told me it was Zeus.
'I went mental - I just wanted revenge. 'I couldn't look at Zeus - I couldn't bear to look at him in that state.
'I was devastated - that dog was my best friend and I wasn't emotionally prepared for it. 'I was told it wasn't a pretty sight - he was crushed and bleeding.
'My partner Louise and the kids were absolutely hysterical, we just couldn't stop crying. 'It still affects all of us now, and when I think about it it chokes me up.
'I think justice has been done - but no sentence will be long enough, and also he wasn't done for animal cruelty. 'He was only done for theft and criminal damage - to me, killing my dog is murder. 'He wasn't property, he was a living thing.
He should be banned for keeping animals for life. 'He clearly has no regard for animal welfare at all.'
Despite America’s Unnerving Cultural Shift, Your Friends Are Not Unreachable
Your unchurched friends are not unreachable. How do I know? They’ve said so themselves.
We’ve all heard the statistics about the growth of the religiously unaffiliated in America—the sociologists call them the “nones”—those who don’t belong to any church or denomination. We’ve seen the effects of a secular worldview displacing America’s Judeo-Christian consensus, with the decline of religious liberty, respect for life, and marriage. On top of all this, some of the churches best known for doing evangelism are declining, with fewer and fewer of their members sharing the good news of Jesus. In our guts we can feel the cultural ground moving beneath our feet, and it’s unnerving.
It’s no wonder that evangelizing our unchurched neighbors can seem like a daunting task. More and more of them are downright hostile to the things of faith, right? Wrong!
That’s not my opinion—it’s straight from a new online survey of 2,000 unchurched Americans from LifeWay Research and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. The survey reports that nearly four in five of those who haven’t been to church in the last six months—except for weddings and funerals—say they don’t mind talking about faith if it’s really important to a friend. Not only that, but 47 percent say they will discuss religion freely if the subject comes up. Nearly another third say they’ll listen without responding. Remember, we’re only talking here about people who don’t go to church!
Unfortunately, even tragically, only a third say someone has actually bothered to explain why they should be a Christian. “Unchurched folks are not being overwhelmed by Christians talking about their faith,” says Scott McConnell, who’s the executive director of Lifeway Research. “If faith is important to you, then your friends will be interested in hearing about it.”
What else did the survey find? While only 35 percent say they would attend a worship service at a friend’s invitation, that’s still a big number. Also, 62 percent say they would attend a church meeting about neighborhood safety, 51 percent would participate in a community service event, 46 percent would take part in a sports or exercise program, 45 percent would go to a concert, 45 percent would show up for a neighborhood get-together, 25 percent would go to a recovery group, and 24 percent would go to a seminar on a spiritual topic … at a church. While we’d like for these interest numbers to be much higher, that’s still a lot to work with.
But we have to face the fact that most people are not sitting around waiting for our four-point gospel outlines. We’re going to have to be both creative and patient. According to the survey, a full 43 percent say they never wonder if they’ll get to heaven after they die; one in five can’t remember the last time they thought about it. On the plus side, however, 70 percent agree “there is an ultimate purpose and plan for every person’s life,” and 57 percent say that finding “their deeper purpose” is “a major priority.”
Friends, we’ve said this before, but if we really want our unchurched neighbors to receive Christ by faith—or even go to church with us—we’re going to have to get personal. Only about 20 percent say they would accept an invitation to attend a service from a church member at their door, a TV commercial, a postcard, or an ad on Facebook. But by contrast, 51 percent said that a personal invitation from a friend or family member might get them to go.
There’s a lot more statistical cud to chew on in this survey by Lifeway Research and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism too.
Let us not forget the centrality of the Gospel in the life of the church, and in the life of your unchurched neighbors, whether they know it or not. As David Shibley says in his great new book on evangelism, Entrusted, “The screaming need in our day is to again make Jesus Christ and His gospel paramount.”
Amen to that!
Angry Feminists Conveniently Ignoring this Major Story
During the Clinton years, many feminists stayed silent while story after story trickled out about the sitting US president using his office to abuse and fondle women outside of the confines of his marriage. Now that another Clinton has a shot at the White House, they're choosing to ignore another major story: the leaking of nude photographs of Melania Trump. As the Daily Caller's Katie Frates notes:
The New York Post ran a front page cover Saturday night titled “The Ogle Office” featuring a naked spread of potential first lady Melania Trump.
She’s censored, but the article features three nude pictures of her in various poses from a 1995 photo shoot when she was 25. It’s first sentence is, “Donald Trump thinks his wife will be a model first lady — and here’s the proof.”
To its credit, the Trump campaign rolled with the spread, with senior adviser Jason Miller telling “Reliable Sources” that “they’re a celebration of the human body as art,” and “there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.” Additionally, the Post endorsed Donald Trump during the Republican primaries in April.
But none of the usual suspects are chiming in: Many feminists are staying quiet rather than defending Melania’s choice to pose nude — or attacking the Post’s choice to publish these photos just days after she and her family presented themselves to the country at the Republican National Convention.
Feminist hard-liners like Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards have said nothing. Schumer frequently speaks out against body shaming and slut shaming; Dunham defends female sexuality and nudity through her show, “Girls;” Cyrus posts nakedpictures in defense of female nudity; and Richards has said, “I’m just honestly so sick of men telling us what to do with our bodies.” Even models like Emily Ratajkowski pose nude to make the point that it’s perfectly OK.
A Tale of Two Ships
The Navy has a long history of honoring great Americans by naming ships after them. Recently the Navy endowed this honor on retired Marine Col. Harvey Barnum, a Medal of Honor recipient. Barnum was one of only two MoH recipients to be denied a ceremony at the White House because of all the negativity surrounding the Vietnam War at the time. It's fitting that the USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. be named in his honor, especially recognizing his acts of valor in serving our nation in the field of battle.
Conversely, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, continuing the Obama administration's homosexual constituency appeasement, announced another ship naming that is disgraceful. A John-Lewis class oiler will be named for Harvey Milk, a Korean War Navy vet and homosexual activist. Milk was murdered in 1978 in San Francisco, and became a martyr for the homosexual movement. In 2009, Barack Obama posthumously bestowed upon Milk the highest civilian award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — and in 2014, had the USPS issue a postage stamp his honor. What Obama did not mention at either ceremony is that Milk was a predatory pedophile, and his relationship with young boys was documented by his homosexual biographer and close friend Randy Shilts, who died of AIDS in 1994.
Two ships. One named in honor a genuine heroic Patriot, and the other to honor a homosexual's activism. Obama, Hillary Clinton and their leftist cadres — none of whom have ever spent a day serving our country with honor, or in uniform — keep leaving their putrid stench wherever it will create the greatest offense.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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