NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

It is Wednesday, and not a single idiot remark from Ted Cruz.

I enjoy making funny faces for children.

A man in McDonald’s asked me what I was doing. I replied that I was writing about him.

In the end, one’s personal integrity is the only thing one should take to Heaven.

I rub my nose when perplexed by the human condition.

A little boy feels a sense of power pushing open a heavy door.

I never grow angry waiting in line, I am a veteran of the US Army.

Sign: ‘”Lost Dog.” Who would desire a dog that is unable to find his way home?

Americans believe the entire world pays attention to their words of wisdom.

Parents smile at the child and give a frown to the adolescent child.

These days when two adults are eating it is a hefty affair.

Children skip through life, too many adults skip away from life.

The End Of Democracy In Turkey

The nation of Turkey in the aftermath of World War I ended its monarchy and created a republic that was heavily secular in thinking an operation. From its initial leader, Ataturk, the armed forces and most public officials were committed to the concept of a secular government which granted all citizens the right of religious freedom. However, in exchange for this freedom citizens had to surrender control of the government to the Turkish Army. Its leaders decided which political leaders could be elected. However, in 2003, Recep Erdogan, and his Justice and Development Party took control of the government. Prime Minister Erdogan instituted a program that stripped the military of its power and ensured that civilians would control the government. However, his initial moderate Muslim centered government increasingly began to insist the Muslim religion should be a central feature of government. He became increasingly dictatorial in behavior and actions.

Several months ago, police in Istanbul tapped Erdogan’s phones as part of an investigation of corruption. Yesterday, about twenty policemen were arrested for the crime of illegal wire tapping even though their illegal act had uncovered illegal acts of the prime minister. I wonder how our Supreme Court would handle this case?

Ho Hum, Another Day Of Violence

I sometimes wonder if there ever was a day on this planet since those creatures named, Cro-Magnon, finally appeared on the scene of “civilization?” Select any place on this planet and some form of violence and killing is proceeding just about every day.

1. Rockets were fired from Gaza so missiles were fired from Israel. I assume some people were either wounded or killed, but who these days keeps counts of the slaughter of humans.

2. In Nigeria, Boko Haram seized another village, killing men and kidnapping women. There is no question the Nigerian Army is the best fighting force in this world that opposes any form of shooting of the enemy. If you want to be safe and secure from soldiers, just confront some Nigerian soldiers.

3. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan witnessed about 50,000 protesters swarming through the streets and headed for Parliament. They believe the last presidential election was fixed. Frankly, I am bewildered. Did anyone expect an honest election or counting of votes in Pakistan?

So, why bother you with further examples of another day of peace on planet Earth.

Barack Obama, Enemy Of Politicians

There is scant doubt that Barack Obama does not enjoy the dirty world of politics. He intends to stand above, away and beyond any connection with “politics” and trades and giving politicians something for their vote. After all, he is the PRESIDENT. Unfortunately for Barack Obama he never studied the history of successful American presidents. Abraham Lincoln traded laws for votes, how else the 14th Amendment getting through Çongress. Need a new Post Office in your district, OK, but you must vote for my law. Franklin Roosevelt spent time each day talking with members of Congress, identifying which bills they needed to be passed in order to continue in office. In exchange for his largess the Congressman votes for the bill desired by the President. Lyndon Johnson needed Republican votes to pass the Civil Rights bill which granted equal rights to minorities and women, he go them by working to meet their political needs. The essential task of American presidents is to think about members of Congress and what they need in order to continue in office.

Failure on the part of Obama to adopt this attitude is part of his problems with Congress. Few Democrats in Congress have ever enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss political needs with their president. After all, a President is leader of his political office. Barack Obama has never understood that concept. He remains aloof from the dirty world of politics, and this is a piece of the puzzle for his terrible relations with Republicans–and Congressional Democrats! He is among the most inept political Presidents in our history.

Sorry, Barack, a great President is a great political leader!

Let’s ‘ Help Clayton, Missouri Children

Not too far from the violence in Ferguson, Missouri lies the city of Clayton, Missouri which is among the most wealthy suburban areas in America. Clayton lies next to Washington University and its marvelous medical facilities so if one gets ill, wonderful doctors are on the way. Hungry? The average income in Clayton is about $80,000 a year. So, how come Clayton is not enjoying a few nights of violence and looting? Why have Clayton teenagers been deprived of the joy of running through the streets shouting curses and grabbing whatever they desire from local stores? There is something very discriminatory in refusing to allow upper middle class kids the right to riot and loot!

America needs an Equal Opportunity Law that provides each and every wealthy kid the right to have a Riot Opportunity at least once a year. Why can poor kids riot and yell and demand their riots, but wealthy children, instead of enjoying some healthy physical opportunities are stuck in their room studying for an exam? After all, during the 1960s children of wealth could march, and shout, and demand rights. It is time to insist that modern middle and wealthy kids got time off from studying to engage in vigorous physical activities.

No more books, no more teacher dirty looks, let me book a place in the riot crowd!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “I Can Teach You Dirty Stuff”

I am a member of the Republican Party.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Catholic Schools On Strike”

Holy Mary! What next? God!

new Zealand, New Zealand Star: “Pedestrian Hurt By Train”

So, is the train OK?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “You’re Not Worth My Shoe”

My pants, yes, not my shoe!

USA, aol: “Life Is Still Beautiful”

We have nasty congressional elections this fall, but just wait to the presidential one in 2016!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Convoy Vanishes On Road To Ukraine”

I trust it was led by President Putin.

Sweden, Local: “Football Therapy For Homeless”

Hungry? Throw some footballs!

Let’s Automate Congress

The American people have accepted an increase in automation within their daily lives. We play with technology, we are served by technology and the thought of no technology in our lives would send some into suicide land. But, for some strange reason, technology has yet to impact the world of Congress. Congress folk work about three days each week, they take liberal vacations and just about cease to work by the beginning of August since it is election time. Anyone working in the real world would be fired for such behavior. Perhaps, it is time to place Congress on some sort of schedule. Of course, those failing to meet standards would confront the issue of being laid off.

1. Congress folk would be required to work a 40 hour week. Fund raising would be in addition to the forty hours. For each hour less than 40 in Congress, the person would be given a ten percent reduction in pay.

2. A new law would replace ten percent of Congressmen and replace them with robots. It certainly does not take an Einstein mind to be a Congressman. Certainly robots could be created who study a proposed law and vote for logical aspects of such a law.

3. For each dollar raised by a Congressman, fifty cents on the dollar would go to a charity named by a robot.

4. By the year 2020, fifty percent of Congress would be composed of Robots programmed to vote for laws that benefit American society rather than for those which benefit the upper one percent of society.

Of course, I fear that a robot programmed to be logical, when confronted by bills written by our Congressmen might have a robot nervous breakdown that burns up all mechanical elements of the mind.

Take your pick –a robot or John Boehner!

A Plan For Iraq That Might Work

American planes are blasting away at ISIL or ISIS –depending upon how you wish to term this group of murderers. We bomb, they retreat–for the moment. As these bombs fall, back in Baghdad, politicians are throwing verbal bombs and threats at one another. Sunnis are still furious at the anti-Sunni behavior of just departed Nuri al-Maliki, and many Shiites are worried the new government might offer Sunnis too many promises of equal treatment. Meanwhile, Kurds in northern Iraq just want heavier weapons with which to fight ISIL. IN a nutshell, no group in Iraq is happy with the present arrangement of power. Perhaps, it is time to offer groups in Iraq another version of government.

1. Divide Iraq into three states.

2. One state would be for Kurds, one for Shiites, and one for Sunnis.

3. Of course, we could create four states which would provide for secular folk disgusted with any form of religion.

4. Then again, we could create five states leaving one for Christians and any other group which feels left out of the current situation–like Yazidis.

5. Of course, we could create a sixth state for American soldiers.

In other words, some form of federal government is necessary for Iraqis–at least for the following fifty years. Perhaps, in 2065, those still in the area might be ready for one nation!

Cops will Be Cops

As we observe black people demanding their right to be treated as human beings rather than as members of a sub class, their is a tendency to blame such actions upon “white racism.” Let me argue that police behavior is common among police because they are in the role of a policeman. Black, white, pink, yellow, tan, whatever, when cops encounter a crowd, their natural tendency as policemen is to become frightened, and blast away. In the summer of 2012 in South Africa, black policemen found themselves confronting striking miners. Police demanded that strikers depart the scene and go home or head straight into the mines. Miners wanted increases in pay and better working conditions so they refused to budge. Within a few moments, police began to blast away and soon 34 miners lay dead on the ground. Police were black and dead bodies were black.

One miner recalled attempting to hold up his arms and surrender only to discover that police were still blasting away. “We became afraid of surrendering because we would be shot.” Such were events in Marikana, South Africa in August, 2012. Unfortunately, a similar event happened in August, only it was August, 2014. In 2012, police were black and in August, 2014 they were white. This suggests the problem is not merely skin color, but training and practices of police–throughout the world!

So, What Is New?

Reports indicate that Hamas and Israel negotiators are not going to reach any agreement. We offer a version as to how each side feels about these negotiations.

HAMAS

Several years ago when Israel invaded our homeland, we killed about ten Israeli soldiers. This time we killed over sixty so there is no doubt of our great victory in this conflict. We forced Israel soldiers to leave Gaza due to our tenacity in refusing to surrender. OK, so a few buildings were blown up. OK, so a few hundred civilians are dead. But, leaders of Hamas are alive and ready for the next fight. We have radicalized hundreds of young men which means there will be even more fighters ready to die fighting for the great cause. Now, you ask, what exactly is “the great cause?” The “great cause” is to inflict a hundred or so deaths upon Israel soldiers. If we kill Israel soldiers then it gives meaning to our lives. We gain pride in killing. We gain power in killing. So, why the heck should we sign any agreement not to cease fighting. Pray tell, what exactly do we do if we cease fighting? On with the fight!

ISRAEL

They killed three of our children and we now have killed hundreds of their children. They killed three Israeli citizens so now we have killed nearly two thousand. They fired missiles that wrecked a few Israel homes, we flattened hundreds of their homes and left thousands without any place to live. We destroyed dozens of tunnels and intend to destroy any we find in order to prevent terrorists from entering our land of peace. We cannot trust any Palestinians, that is our motto of peace. Once again, we taught Hamas the lesson that kill one Israeli and discover that a few hundred Palestinians are dead. Might is right. Might leads to peace. “Never Again” is the lesson from World War II. Never again will Jews go quietly to their deaths!

On with the fight!