FLASH: US Senate Will Solve A Problem!

US Senator Maria Cantwell from the great state of Washington is demanding action in order to address a major issue confronting Americans society. She is prepared to introduce legislation that would remove tax privileges currently enjoyed by the National Football League because it refuses to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Apparently the Senator is that much concerned about medical issues to football players such as brain concussions, but she is worried about the name of a team. I wonder is she is also concerned about:

Minnesota Vikings. This name insults those who come from Norway!

Arizona Cardinals– a blatant insult to all Catholics!

New Orleans Saints–another insult to Catholics

How about the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Don’t we care about those who came to California in the 1840s?

Chicago Bears– I checked with some bears and they are furious their name is being used by a football team.

My ram friends are still upset their name is being used by a football team.

The Boston Patriots are a blatant insult to our Founding Fathers!

How about actually passing some laws that will reduce injury to players??

RUN FOR COVER, THE Bad PEOPLE ARE COMING!!

ISIS did it again. It released some footage that depicts the White House along with scenes of American tanks being blasted to pieces. Another ISIS triumph in getting Americans to fear this terrorist group. Over half of the American population actually believes they are personally threatened by a group of black dressed men waving guns back in Iraq. One in three Americans believes they might be killed by ISIS nut cases. IN other words, 30,000 black dressed men lacking missiles, planes,ships, are somehow going to get to America and storm the White House while American troops stand by in fear of their lives. This attitude is hysteria gone wild. THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY ISIS CAN THREATEN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS! On the other hand:

1. Over 25,000 American die in car accidents each year.

2. Over 25,000 Americans die in gun shootings each year.

3. America has among the worst figures in death of babies in the world.

4. America now ranks 22nd in the world in terms of life expectancy.

The above figures are threats to the live of Americans, not ISIS!

Why Are People Sent To Jail?

It would be difficult for modern Americans to realize that during the 18th and 19th centuries American ideas on handling criminals impacted the thinking of Europeans. Once upon a time we Americans were regarded as leaders in the handling of criminal system. The original idea propagated in America was that jail served as an opportunity to rehabilitate those who engaged in crime. Of course, this concept is now the purpose of prisons in many nations such as Sweden or Norway. The American idea that criminals can be rehabilitated has long fell out of favor. Instead, people are sent to jail as punishment and the purpose of prison time is to make them experience the horror of being under control of guards whose only thought is keeping prisoners under control.

Rine lima-Marin at age 20 was criminal. Together with friends he robbed video stores, engaged in kidnapping of people and was caught. He was sentenced to life in prison. By mistake, he was released on parole in 2008. He returned home, married his girl friend, got a job and had two children. There are no reports that he did anything wrong during this time period. In other words, he was rehabilitated. But, the error was discovered and back in prison he went. His family and church supporters are asking that he be allowed to return home and continue his successful process of rehabilitation.

Just remember it cost society about $30,000 year to keep someone in jail. Multiply that figure by 70 and you will learn the cost of returning a rehabilitated man to jail!

Republicans Support Equal Pay For Wealthy Folk

There are few certainties in life, but when it comes to anything to do with equal pay for women, one can bet the Republican party will take a strong stand in favor of fairness. Of course, when Republicans mention the word, “fairness,” they mean we should be fair to those who run corporations. Democrats in the US Senate introduced a bill that called for fairness in pay and “lost”because they were only to persuade 52 to vote for it while 40 opposed. The proposed law would prevent corporations from paying women less than men when both were doing the same job. Rushing to the rescue of women from this horrible idea was Senator Mitch McConnell. He is terribly concerned for women, and once they can earn as much as men, there is only one outcome–they will lose their jobs!

Let the wise man speak: “At the time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on the problem while lining the pockets of trial lawyers.” If women have the right to sue to obtain equal pay this means the law only benefits trial lawyers. If there is one group Republicans hate it is trial lawyers. Of course, they love trial lawyers who ensure that businessmen never pay high taxes.

Beheading OK For Our Side

Among the ironic aspects of America’s anger against ISIS for beheading people is that one of our main allies makes a habit of not only beheading, but also engaging in the act of crucification. Saudi Arabia is among the leading nations of the world which engage in the act of beheading folk. Only they behead men who steal or rape a woman or happen to say the wrong thing. Sheik Nimir is a Shiite living in a nation that is governed by strict Sunni Muslim laws. He allegedly inspired fellow Shiites to speak out against the King of Saudi Arabia, and there might be evidence that he inspired some to take up arms against the government. Of course, in Saudi Arabia being “against the King” is a high crime and it could result in losing one’s head.

A Saudi court is now urging the Sheik be crucified because of his heretical views and anti-monarchy attitudes. Over a dozen, not two, men have been beheaded this year in the country of Saudi Arabia which has joined the coalition to end ISIS beheading of people. So glad the right beheading folk are on OUR side!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a twenty four year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Rare to see someone eating lunch and reading a book.

We fiddle with fingers rather than with minds.

Green is Earth, so what are the colors of distant planets?

Tomorrow is always yesterday.

Children love playing with opening a bottle.

I enjoy sight of mom engaged in serious discussion with son.

A word can convey more power than an action.

Work through failure it is merely the road to success.

Story of America, from Lincoln To Mitt Romney.

Story of America, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

Turkey Supplies ISIS Forces

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.

Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?

AirWar Continues In Middle East

Air strikes continue against ISIS in the Middle East. Members of ISIS continue to be killed. There are now reports that some Republicans are ready to vote for authorization of money to fund “appropriately vetted Syrian rebels” in order to get soldiers on the ground to fight ISIS. These Republicans are correct on one point, we do need men on the ground in order to defeat ISIS. But, which idiot in Congress came up with the idea that “Syrian rebels” could be the soldiers on the ground! Actually, there are thousands of potential troops on the ground for Iraq:

1. How about training Iraq soldiers? Yes, they do need training, they need competent officers, and they need to be paid on time.

2. How about twenty thousand from Jordan which has trained soldiers?

3. How about twenty thousand from Egypt? Heck, they are great at blasting away at Egyptians.

4. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia? Heck, they have received billions in arms from the US?

5. How about twenty thousand from Iran?

6. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia. Heck, we have given them billions in arms aid.

There are thousands of Arab soldiers ready to fight.

Another Day, Another Black Man Dead

The only certainty in the world of media is that today, and, tomorrow, there will be a story about police shooting a black man. Damien Hunt was a twenty two year old black man who was in a mall, and near a bank. A 911 call alerted local police that a black man was brandishing a samurai style sword and threatening the lives and security of people in the mall. Police arrived on the scene and discovered the black dude with his “samurai style” sword. What else could police do but to begin firing away. It is clear they shot him once outside a bank, he apparently ran some further steps, and they sent a few bullets into his body.

The “samurai style”sword was the type one purchases at a souvenir shop, no, it was not a real sword. Let us assume this black man raised the toy sword in the air. Exactly how many police officers feared for their lives at the sight of this toy sword? OK, so they shot him once. Ok, so he fell to the ground. But, why the additional shots? It is clear that American police have gone crazy either with fear or with their weapons which are used to kill. How about training police to hit legs or arms?

Alas, the war on black males continues and will continue.

Education , Texas Style

The state of Texas has a board which oversees the introduction of textbooks into the state. Many years ago, my textbook, The American Experience, which allegedly was a history of the United States of America encountered this group of people. Not a single person on this group is an historian, they do have housewives or beauty parlor operators. We were informed there was not a “Civil War,” but a “War Between The States” and if we would alter this situation, they might approve our book. We refused. Today, this group of idiots have become experts on science. Of course, they do rely upon the Texas Freedom Network and the Texas Center for Science Education for advice on science.

At the heart of education in the state of Texas is the Heartland Foundation sponsored by outstanding scientists such as the Koch brothers. They want textbooks in Texas to included the following sentences:

“Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing.”

“They don’t agree on what is causing the change.”

But, we do know the Koch brothers ARE changing education in the state of Texas!