NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observation on the human condition from the mind of a 24 year old trapped in the body of an 84 year old man.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I always avoid parking in places that I should not park in.

Bagels in my childhood were one penny. I will have to await Heaven to once again pay that price.

Sign said: “Get in touch With God” I prefer that He get in touch with me.

I hate huge cars that take control of parking slots.

I walked by a college girl who said on her cell phone: “I am all alone and can’t handle it.” I wanted to hug her but to do so would land me in jail.

My dream is to be abducted by aliens and taken to their planet. At least no Tea Party around.

In the old days men sold stuff by traffic lights, I no longer see them.

I was told that to rent I need home insurance, isn’t this my call?

I wonder if there are lawyers in Heaven?

Time Magazine Vs Teachers

My educational background is somewhat different from that of Time magazine writers or millionaires seeking to alter the manner in which schools operate. I taught junior and senior high school for ten years ranging from positions in a Harlem all boys junior high school to a suburban school in a wealthy district and a high school in a small town. After that experience I taught 10,000 teachers about how to teach. It is so ironic that people with my background sit in the back while men and women who never taught a day in their lives now are prepared to explain how to improve teaching and learning. Heck, the US Secretary of Education, Mr. Duncan never taught a single day in his life! Imagine an Attorney General who had no experience in law! The American Federation of Teachers is furious at this week’s Time magazine cover which depicts how wealthy millionaires will end the rule of “rotten apples” in our schools. Time believes the problem in schools stems from an inability to fire incompetent teachers.

1. If Time and wealthy millionaires are concerned about incompetency how about firing those in Congress who passed the fewest laws in history?

2. The real problems in schools stem from an outdated curriculum which has nothing to do with the needs of young people. They are presented a boring curriculum which has no relevance to what they need in modern life.

3. There is not a single program in any college in America that provides training for department chairmen in schools on how to provide leadership in schools.

4. Principals are controlled by state mandated testing which hampers their ability to stimulate teachers to come up with new ideas.

5. The most successful schools in the world such as in Finland give teachers control of what they teach. There are no government tests to control teaching.

Yes, there are incompetent teachers. My estimate, after working with 12,000 is that ten percent do not belong in schools. This is the same percent as who work on Wall Street or as cops or doctors or lawyers.

Justice Bader Ginsberg Was Right!

I am the child of immigrants and was raised by my American public school teachers to respect the Supreme Court of this nation. I obtained degrees ranging from a Master to a Ph.D in American history and studied the development of this important American institution. The past few years have caused me to lose all respect for this Court. It is the most reactionary Supreme Court in over seventy years. Justice Ginsberg warned the Court that ID laws such as in existence in Texas were depriving Americans from their right to vote, but Scalia and his buddies like Roberts and Alioto refused to accept reality since it would prevent them from allowing their fellow Republicans to lose an election. Latest reports from Texas indicate hundreds of thousands will not be able to cast a ballot next week.

1. Many elderly people do NOT have a state issued driver’s license nor a state issued license to fire a gun.

2. Students are deprived from using their college ID, but a weapon ID is OK!!

3. Many disabled people do not have state IDs nor can they get to state offices for one.

The Supreme Court of this nation has restored the Poll Tax!!

Just Shut Up And Listen

Not too far from where I live is the town of Waukegan, Illinois which has witnessed for nearly a month strikes by teachers and empty schools. There is no question that leaders of this city’s schools intend to demonstrate their power over teachers even if it means kids remain home playing video games. The other night a School Board held a meeting in order to allow parents to express their ideas, but it was clear those in charge of the meeting wanted to control what was said. The School Board was willing to allow 45 minutes for parents to express their anger. Finally, when parents exceeded their time of talk, Victoria Torres left her position on the board to make clear what modern democracy is all about. “Alright, let’s go. I’m a parent too. Yeah, sit down and shut up!”She was followed by the President of the School Board who wanted the world to know, “We have a responsibility to act as leaders. We want our children to admire us.”

Just another example of modern America in which those who disagree will not listen to ideas contrary to their own. Just another food fight between angry folks. Welcome to the United States of America which is anything but united!

Jihadists Come Running

A recent United Nations report indicates that over 15,000 Jihadists have arrived in the Middle East over the past few years. These are young men from countries as diverse as Russia, Ireland, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. They share a desire to hate and kill. There is no doubt this group of haters represent a 21st century phenomenon. Select any nation in the world, and you will uncover those who believe to be engaged in a fight against forces of evil. Heck, in the United States of America even our Supreme Court contains jihadists who intend to ensure that our wealthy folk once again rule the nation. What else is the Tea Party other than a band of jihadists filled with hate and anger. Jihadists in the Middle East seek to return to olden days, and American Jihadists want the good old days when “real Americans” ruled the land to become the new norm.

The common element in all these Jihadists is a sense of hate against anything that resembles modernity. Check out the Republican Party in Congress whose members boast of not believing in “science.” We now have throughout the world a rejection of modern thinking, and a felt need to return to those times when ignorance ruled the waves of government. Heck, poor al-Qaida is now considered too modern by these Jihadists. Perhaps, it is time to send Tea Party folk to the Middle East to fight. At least it will provide them a sense of doing something to alter all this nonsense about science and climate change.

Screwing American Soldiers

There are moments in life when one wonders as to the manner in which we treat those who serve in the armed forces. Let’s get one thing clear, over 90% of the American people do not wish to serve in the armed forces of this country although this country is quite willing to become involved in wars that someone has to fight in. OK, let’s really get honest, would you believe that 98% of the American people mighty want the country to get into wars, but don’t summon them to fight in these conflicts. There is a Servicemembers Civil Relief Act which allegedly provides loans to soldiers and veterans seeking further college education. The Sallie Mae and Navient Corporation have been charged with charing troops additional money for the cost of their loans which comes to $60 million. They agreed to pay the money, but deny any wrongdoing. I assume they don’t mind paying out the money, they are decent nice folk.

So, we have organizations which over charge those who are fighting to them. What most angers me is the interest rate charged these men and women is capped at 6%. First of all, anyone who served is entitled to free education, just like those who served in WWII and Korea received. At worst they should not be charged anything.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “I Was Fooled”

The complaint of Americans who will vote for Republicans next week.

Sweden, Local: “Doctor Puts Patient In Taxi”

If this is my doctor, the taxi is probably a safer place than his operating table.

Norway, Norway Post: “Homeless Get Rides In Police Cars”

At least they will have a warm bed tonight in the jail!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Stop Crimes Against Journalists”

This is Putinland, print the wrong story, then you committed a crime!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Firemen Launch Damage Claim”

I didn’t know you could sue fire!

Guess Who Gets Arrested In America??

The one constant statistic that has never changed in American history is that of who is charged with a crime. Throughout the nineteenth century, a high percent of criminals were Irish immigrants, and then at the dawn of the twentieth century, a high percent of those arrested were Italians and Jews. If you are poor, then you will more likely wind up in a jail in America. So, the latest study by the American Civil Liberties Union about crime in Minnesota comes as no surprise. Do you want a guess? Yes, you are right, it is those people whose skin is somewhat darker than than most Americans. The study reveals the following figures:

1. A black skinned person is 8.86 times more likely to be arrested for disorderly conduct than a person with a white skin.

2. A black skinned person is 7.54 times more likely to be arrested for vagrancy.

3. A black skinned person is 11.5 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana.

In other words, there is nothing new in America.

Whatever Happened To Barack Obama?

There is no longer a mystery about the behavior of Barack Obama in his role as President of the United States of America. The last time we Americans elected a college professor to the presidency was in 1912 when former Princeton University Professor Woodrow Wilson gained the White House. Just like former Professor Barack Obama, Wilson had some excellent ideas and did get important laws passed. But, like all college professors he much preferred giving lectures to the students who were the American people rather than engaging with them in an interactive debate. Wilson spoke TO people and he spoke Down to people. Barack Obama has the mind of a college professor, he gives the lecture, students take notes, and feed back to him what he said. If they fail to grasp what he said, tough luck, he always speaks clearly in his lectures and failure to understand what he said lies with the listener.

The one lesson we Americans who want a just society can learn from electing a college professor is never to do this again. Barack Obama never grasped the symbolism which is part of being President. He proceeded on HIS program regardless of whether he had persuaded Americans it was the right program. Instead of simply extending Medicare to all Americans, he invented a convoluted program known as the Affordable Care Act which even today, most do not understand. A great President is a great POLITICIAN. This was never understood by Obama. He, like most young Americans, regards POLITICS as something dirty. America comprises vast space and vast numbers of people. They must be organized and that includes compromise and paying attention to diverse needs and goals. College professors are always in charge and if you do not do what they want, the letter grade, F will ensue. In Politics, the letter grade, F, is given to the professor!

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.