Americans Will Die In Iraq-Such Is War

Senator John McCain and the remaining tough minded aggressive members of the Republican Party are up in arms at “failure” of President Barack Obama to bomb the hell out of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS). For McCain and his cohorts in verbal violence, we AMERICANS will not tolerate the murder of our citizens! Sorry, fellas, that is reality. A Special Force raid in Syria attempted to rescue James Foley, killed some ISIS soldiers, but never found him. That is about all we can do at this stage of what is transpiring in Iraq. It is terrible to see visual images of an American being beheaded. During World War II, the Japanese Army so enjoyed sharing their beheading of downed US pilots. It took some time, but thousands of innocent, as well as guilty, Japanese died, including by atomic bombs. Such is war.

Our hearts can go out to James Foley and other hostages, but, at this moment in time, nothing can be done to save their lives. One wonders where were these opponents of allowing Americans to die in 2003 when George Bush invaded Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction? The Americans who died sure would have welcomed John McCain fighting to protect their lives ten years ago!

Indians Are NOT Native Americans-Nor Indians!

Among my favorite athletes is the former Chicago Bear linebacker, Mike Ditka. He played tough, he played fair, and he gave no quarter. Mike so enjoys speaking his mind. Mike jumped into a major controversy that has impacted many Americans. Poverty-No. Lack of jobs-No. Lack of available health facilities-No. Lack of roads and bridges-No. The issue for many is-should the Washington Redskins drop the name “Redskins” because it allegedly insults “Native Americans.” During my service in the armed forces, the word, “Yankee” was a pejorative employed by Southerners to describe those from the North. There are the Boston “Celtics” and no one gets upset at this “insult” of Irish people. There are the San Francisco Forty-Niners which refers to those living a hundred fifty years ago, and no one gets upset. There are the San Francisco Giants which could be construed as an insult toward tall people. How about the Chicago Bulls which takes aim at bulls?

According to Mike, the entire argument about “Redskins” “is so much bullshit. What’s all this stink over the Redskin name? We’re trying to let the liberals of the world run the world.” Mike, the issue is that those called, Redskins or Native Americans are neither-they are Sioux, Apache, Delaware, etc.. The word, “American” comes from Amerigo Vespucci, an ITALIAN! Please explain why asking people to drop the “Indians” and replace it with an Italian name makes sense?

Words Don’t Kill, Guns Do

I taught high school for ten years working in an all boys school in Harlem, in a small town high school in California, and a Long Island upper class high school. I have trained over 8,000 teachers. I made clear to teachers that the fewer rules, the easier is teaching. During my ten years there was only one rule: No one is allowed to insult the integrity of another person in the room, that includes me. The more rules, the more that are broken and the more students wind up being punished. Makes no sense.

Kendry Turner who attends Dyer County High School has a teacher who is in love with rules. In his class, students are forbidden to employ the following words”

Bless you.
Stupid
dumb
boring
“I don’t know.”
Hang out.

After a student sneezed, Kendry said: “Bless you.”

The result was that she was removed from class and had an in school suspension. The Assistant Principle backed up the teacher.

The essence of teaching and learning is that we all–teacher as well as student– constantly says: “I don’t Know.” Those words begin the exploration for knowledge. I assume the teacher fears students expressing their feeling about him-boring, dumb.

The teacher should have been removed from the classroom and given in school suspension for ever!

Go, Leave, Stay, Which Direction To Pursue?

The success of the Islamic State of Iraq And Syria(ISIS) has awakened a warlike attitude among those on Fox News as well as a few diehards in Congress. They endeavor to blame President Obama for whatever problems are present in the Middle East. In turn, the president wonders whether he should initiate action in Iraq, provide aid to anti-Assad Syrians, or simply pack up our bags and head home. Let u sort out this mess:

1. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 by President George Bush and an enthusiastic Congress is THE cause of most current problems in Iraq and Syria. George Bush broke the plates in the shop and is responsible for all damage.

2. There is scant evidence providing military aid to “secular and moderate” groups in Syria would have altered what subsequently occurred regarding the rise of Islamist terror groups. They were being funded by our beloved ally, Saudi Arabia and Gulf states.

3. George Bush left Obama with an incompetent Iraq government which transformed Sunni Iraqi groups into fervent enemies willing to embrace any terror group that sought the end of Iraq’s government.

4. President Obama inherited a “lose-lose scenario leading to defeat, regardless to which direction he turned.

5. The present Obama program of air strikes makes sense. OK, to send in a few hundred American “advisers” but leave it at that level. Success or failure depends upon actions or lack of action on the part of Iraq’s new government. The new prime minister will decide if ISIS emerges victorious or Iraq’s Sunni groups rally around the flag.

Sorry, Barack, you cannot change the outcome of this game.

What Now For Israel?

Reality: The armed forces of Israel have dealt a crushing blow to Hamas armed forces. Hamas at this moment in time is reduced to terrorist attacks including suicide bombers. It cannot function as an effective army in Gaza. So, what now for Israel?

1. Return to the negotiating table with President Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority.

2. Urge Abbas to include representatives from Hamas in any negotiation. Make Hamas sign an agreement.

3. Cease West Bank settlements for six months.

4. Make a formal announcement the nation of Palestine will come into existence by January 1, 2015.

5. Accept the principle that neighborhoods in Jerusalem which are primarily Muslim will become the nucleus of a Palestinian capital.

6. Work with President Abbas on a comprehensive economic plan to stimulate development in Palestine and provide jobs.

7. Cease demanding that Abbas recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” About 25% of people in Israel are NOT Jews. This is NOT an important issue, so why make it one?

The key factor is ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, not political issues!

No End In Sight In Gaza And Israel

Another breakdown in negotiations between Hamas and Israel. Another launch of rockets from Gaza and another launch of air strikes from Israel. Each side claims the mantle of “right.” Each side believes that its demands are reasonable. Each side wants to ensure its supporters that right in on their side. Another 70 rockets sent to Israel. One wonders exactly what is the purpose of these rockets other than being able to boast Hamas has rockets? A few fall onto the ground with a boom. Occasionally a few hit a house. On the other hand, Israel planes just killed the wife and son of Mohammed Diaf, an important military leader of Hamas. These killings certainly will further the cause of peace?

Frankly, it is amazing how Hamas leaders have lost touch with reality. Sorry, your men did NOT win any victory. Your side can NOT issue demands to Israel. So, what would reality entail?

1. Hamas must return to the Palestinian government.

2. Hamas leaders must realize they are in a weak negotiating position.

3. Hamas leaders must identity their IMMEDIATE GOALS?

4. Israel is NOT going to be destroyed this year or next year. So, what now is the issue for Hamas?

If Hamas can identify the immediate need, there is hope for a peaceful arrangement with Israel.

Steve Ballmer, My Hero

I was born in 1930 when there were heroes such as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. I was a teenager during World War II so Winston Churchill or General Eisenhower were my heroes. I was raised in the world of the New York Yankees bombers which possessed a dozen heroes for a young boy. Today, I lack any hero among our political leaders and in sports we are left with a LeBron James who moves from one team to another in his quest for money. Ah, MONEY, the essential goal for modern heroes. They want dough, and they want their pictures on this or that form of social media. Barack Obama is a nice man, but certainly words such as “heroic figure” are rarely associated with his actions. Then again, we have Ted Cruz and the ever enigmatic John Boehner who never uttered a single sentence that expressed an heroic idea. Oops, sorry, John is very firm on the idea of “I am against.”

So, along comes Steve Ballmer, who is on the Board of Microsoft. Steve announced that he was giving up his Microsoft connection in order to devote his time and energy in transforming the Los Angeles Clipper basketball team into the best collection of basketball players in the NBA. Now, THAT is an heroic goal! Ah, my dream to own the New York Yankees and fill that roster with YOUNG energetic players rather than a collection of old, tired athletes. If Steve pulls off his dream, it will be an act of heroism that will last a hundred years. So, a big cheer for Steve Ballmer!!

Behead Foes For God

A British journalist, James Foley, was beheaded in Iraq by a member of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria(ISIS). The world was provided a photo of a Jihadist man whose face was covered in black holding up a knife. Islamic Jihadists are not only the only terrorists who feel glory in chopping off the head of a defenseless person, this behavior was very common among Japanese soldiers during World War II. Most fascinating about this act is how those inflicting the sword feel proud. They just have to display their work of terror to the world. For them, it is an act of strength, not weakness. For them, it is a display of an “my enemy will never defeat me” attitude. They wallow in pride, they wallow in proving ISIS is the supreme power in the Middle East.

Those who chop off heads denigrate their enemies. They show no respect for those who oppose them. ISIS soldiers for God believe that God only cares about them, and has no compassion for any other human. Inn one respect, this attitude suggests that “God” is NOT the creator of the world. If He were the Creator surely love and compassion would be felt for all life forms. ISIS followers believe in a God who restricts his love to a chosen few. All, but those who believe in the ISIS version of God must die because they are not human. Such is the mind set of a human who beheads the innocent.

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?