ISIS Wants US Troops

In addition to its land war in Iraq, leaders of ISIS are conducting a verbal, a media, and a dare you attack upon the United States. A recent video from ISIS challenges the Americans to send in their troops. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead,send your troops, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.” ISIS goes on to predict that one day, “we will raise the flag of Allah over the White House.” I am certain that Senator John McCain is ready to join a Republican division of Fox News and Tea Party heroes who are willing to meet Islamic militants macho man with macho man. How can we God fearing Americans turn down this challenge?

America has come a long way from the days when President Roosevelt said, “build 50,000 airplanes” and they were built. We have a nation that is confused, angry, hurt, but the last thing on its mind is to fight anyone about anything. Americans prefer to wage a verbal/written war on Facebook. Reality is the American people simply do not wish to fight anyone with other than their mouths of hands. And, our president is a personification of the new American spirit!

Believe It Or Not!

Every so often a story captures my attention that pertains to discrimination in the United States of America. I am now 84 years of age, and lived through the fight for equality that, we thought in the Supreme Court decision in 1954, Brown vs Board of Education would witness the end this separation of Americans. Alas, the evidence just is not there to support any belief discrimination is on the way out in America. A report from New York City reveals that NOT A SINGLE BLACK OR HISPANIC STUDENT IN NINETY SCHOOLS PASSED STATE EXAMS IN MATH OR READING! Wow! I have been engaged in the field of education for over fifty years and taught over 10,000 teachers. I am flabbergasted at this figure. I simply do not understand how this could occur.

Something is wrong in schools. Something is amiss. There are only two explanations for this figure: either black and Hispanic students are intellectually backward or the New York School system is incompetent! Perhaps, New York City schools have to go back to square one: focus on creating a learning environment in each and every classroom. Make each and every student feel a sense of accomplishment. This begins with ending testing and concentrating on making the act of learning enjoyable to each student.

Whatever Happened To Somalia?

I trust readers will recall the good old days when we worried about pirates off the coast of Somalia who were halting ships, and taking hostage people. Ah, those nice days when handing over a few million dollars was suffice for terrorists to behave in a civilized manner and return hostages. I miss those days of being able to sit down and talk with a guy whose only thought was MONEY. Of course, there was always the terrorist group al-Shabab which would send some bombs in the direction of the capital of Mogadishu, but they were unable to triumph over Somalia soldiers. Unlike the Iraq army, Somalia armed forces fought back against terror. There was something stable and certain about this war. Al-Shabab took a town, they were attacked, they retreated and government forces eventually took back the town.

Al-Shabab must be reading the newspapers about what is happening in Iraq. They just launched an attack on Mogadishu, tried to take a prison, failed, and retreated. I assume tonight its leaders will be somewhat angry that Somalia soldiers do not behave like those in Iraq and vanish into the dust. I assume al-Shabab will demand equal treatment. My mystery is what ever happened to those pirates that were so vividly conveyed in the film, “Captain Phillips?”

On To Kiev!

Members of the European Union are engaged in vast economic relations with Russia. There is money to be made from remaining on the good side of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Each time President Obama urges stiffer sanctions upon the Russian economy, European Union nations take a small step for eroding the power of Russia, but never one that could cripple the Russian economy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally reached the point of complete frustration with Putin after he bluntly told EU leader Jose Manuel Barros that if he so desired, “I’ll take Kiev(capital of Ukraine) in two weeks.” There is no question that his comment IS accurate. Putin is NOT denying that he employed these words, but he is very upset because they were revealed to the world. According to Putin, the issue of the moment is who leaked what he said?

Chancellor Merkel has gone out of her way to talk calmly with Putin and urged him to function with leadership in the quest to end violence in Ukraine. But, she has now reached the point of making clear that Putin’s behavior is “irrational and unpredictable.” British Prime Minister David Cameron insists the current situation with Russia is analogous to attempts by the English government of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to engage in talks with Adolf Hitler to prevent war in 1939. It is now time for the most vigorous sanctions to be imposed upon Russia. It is time to economically isolate Russia. Nothing less can work if the goal is peace in Ukraine!

“I Have No Strategy”

Every so often President Barack Obama utters words that reveal his lack of understanding of leadership. In a recent quote, the leader of our nation uttered the comment, “I have no strategy” on how to deal with ISIS. OK, handling a terror group which has arisen due to ineptness and stupidity on the part of Iraq’s leadership is NOT the fault of President Obama. But, why would he inform the world and ISIS that he lacks a strategy of how to proceed? His words were an honest statement that he lacks a strategy, but for God’s sake don’t tell the world or your enemy! A leader has to convey a forceful presence to enemies. A leader warns the enemy that a response will destroy them once and for all. He could threaten a powerful air campaign, he could threaten to send enormous amounts of weapons and material to the government of Iraq, he could at least make ISIS leaders fear that SOMETHING is going to occur that just might pose a threat to their survival.

Throughout World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt, even in the dark days when America was still reeling from the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor made clear the United States was a powerful nation that WOULD win. Barack Obama, in his honesty, conveys a sense of “I don’t know what the heck to do.” I agree that IS his feeling. How about keeping it to yourself? His comment strengthened ISIS.

UN Views US As Unfit Nation

During the past few months, story after story has emerged from the United States of America about police either choking or shooting black skinned men while in the line of duty. From New York City to St. Louis to the West Coast have emerged stories in which black skinned men were involved in dangerous criminal activities such as selling cigarettes of walking down the street. The United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination(CERD) issued a statement indicating racial violation against Black men has become an American obsession. According to the report, “racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas from defacto segregation, access to health care and housing.”

It was a HUNDRED YEARS AGO THIS YEAR, that our Supreme Court ruled that segregation violated the Constitution, and still this issue remains a problem in our society. Fox News may blame any and all issues of murdering black men as the fault of behavior on the part of black skinned men, but the outside world has another interpretation. Racial discrimination IS a problem. One step that remains to be taken is revamping our police forces. Another is to end this silly policy of cracking down on jay walking or selling cigarettes and focus on CRIME.


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


Mystery of life-did Cro-magnons engage in war?

Little children wave at me, I wave back.

I wonder what are dress fashions in Heaven.

I wonder why there are no ads urging slim folk to become fat.

She enters, gazes, turns and leaves. Another broken romance?

“All you can eat pancakes.” Alas, at age 84, there are limits unlike when one is 24.

She limps in, she waddles in, he strides in, an elderly trio.

We all too often ignore what we see in life.

All in Heaven have health insurance, and it is free!

I become furious at those who cut into the line.

Some chew food while walking, I do not.

To love America is to be critical of it.

Game of Monopoly has endured wars and disasters, why?

I see fewer tall lean boys these days.

An American woman must touch her hair entering any business establishment.

I enjoy the sight of mom engaged in a serious discussion with her children.

To be petty is very petty.

For all too many, Obama has become irrelevant in their lives.

Putin Seeks Nobel Peace Prize

It is now clear the Western World and the government of Ukraine has misinterpreted the glorious and noble leader of Russia. According to President Putin, the only desire in his heart is bringing to the people of Ukraine and Novorussia the benefits of peace and freedom. He is the ONLY leader in the world desiring an end to violence in what is termed, Ukraine. Western leaders insist on denying freedom to the peaceful people of Novorussia who they mistakenly term to be Ukrainians. Vladimir Putin stands on a platform of peace to all people, not just in this Ukraine, but throughout the world. He insists on immediate talks, “not just on technical issues, but on the political organization of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine” which is really, Novorussia.

Just check the world of Russia for evidence of Putin’s desires for peace. Just ask gays and lesbians how their wonderful leader has fought for their right to get the hell beat out of them. Just check with evil doers in Russia seeking the right to speak their minds and meet together. Their beloved leader places them in jails in order to prevent them getting abused. This world must award a Nobel Peace Prize to this champion of freedom, this lover of peace!

Has Israel Changed?

For the moment, and I do mean, “the moment,” there is quiet along the Gaza front. Within Gaza, people are celebrating their great “victory” against Israel while in Israel, the growing feeling is that its armed forces failed to achieve a great “victory.” One report from the West Bank indicates the Israel government is taking additional land in order to construct additional settlements which will result in additional difficulty in attaining an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who initiated the invasion of Gaza which led to the deaths of 2100 people– most being civilians who had nothing to do with terrorism–is being accused of behaving like some sort of Barack Obama. He is charged with being indecisive and lacking in courage to complete the job against Hamas.

The majority of Israelis want “victory” over Hamas evil doers. Of course, it is not quite clear how they would know “victory” has been attained. Then again, what exactly is “victory” for the state of Israel? Over 2100 people in Gaza are dead, dozens of tunnels destroyed, and most probably a few dozen Hamas leaders are now dead. So, what would constitute the “victory” these Israelis desire? We do know that Hamas regards the death of 71 Israelis as a “great victory.”

Has anyone considered that “victory” is a treaty that ends violence, and deals with creation of an independent nation of Palestine that would crack down on terrorists and work to create a viable economy?

Send In The Troops!

The Republican party has entered another of its split personality moods. On one hand, Senator John McCain, Fox News, and a group of fighters for freedom are demanding action on the part of President Obamas in the Middle East. John wants to send in the troops, wipe out evil doers and return to the glorious days when General David Petraeus was gaining “victory” in the famous “surge” that wiped out al=Qaeda. On the other hand, most Republicans like Senator Rand Paul want to blame the president for his “inaction” even while proposing inaction as a policy. Some recent polls reveal an increasing number of Americans want the President to do “something” to halt the ISIS mad men, but at the same time oppose sending in American troops to wipe out evil doers. Given lurid stories about beheading of people, including an American, most Americans are angry, furious, seek action, but have absolutely no idea as to what should occur.

In reality, they are clear about one point– they do not want American soldiers to be killed. I have not come across any evidence Americans are flocking to recruitment stations in order to send their bodies into risk of battle. They want SOMETHING. Alas, SOMETHING inevitably sends people to their graves. An attitude of “you go, you do something, while I remain home criticizing,” will NOT halt ISIS.