HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Xmas Gift From Pawnbroker”

An extra dollar for anything that you pawn over the holidays?

Norway, Norway Post: “Norway Backs Fight Against ISIS”

They are sending an ice berg to Iraq.

China, China Post: “Should Students Do Homework?”

Why waste time at home since they are wasting time in most classrooms doing boring work?

UK< Guardian: “Fewer Babies”

That translates into fewer criminals.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Close Dog Gap”

Fewer dogs means leas shit.

New Fox News Host

There are unconfirmed reports that Fox News is prepared to add a new host to their array of anti-Obama talking heads. After all, according to Fox News, President Barack Obama was born in Africa and behaves like a wild monkey lacking any ability to confront our real enemies in the world. The constant comments by Fox News hosts is that Barack Obama lacks a spine and is willing to confront bad people in the world. Well, finally, an Asian leader agrees with Fox News that Barack Obama is a wild man. North Korea just released a statement that charges “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in the tropical forest.” Name one Fox News commentator who has not made the same claim?

President Obama responded to the wild behavior by North Korea by closing down the North Korean Internet. He insisted the silly film, The Interview, be shown and it is being shown in theaters. But, has Fox News uttered any praise for the president? NO. I await Fox News offering Kim Jong-un his own show where he can rant and rave against the black dude from Africa1

Police Vs Mayor de Blasio

There are many members of the New York City police department who are angry at Mayor Bill de Blasio who they now charge with being responsible for the deaths of two cops murdered by a mentally ill man. They just flew a banner which makes clear they are “turning their backs” against the mayor. Here is the reality:

1. Being a cop is a dangerous job, but not as dangerous as that facing being a coal miner.

2. Over ninety percent of cops do NOT fire their weapon during the course of the year.

3. Over ninety percent of cops do NOT confront an armed man.

4. SOME members of police department have violated the rights of those they were supposed to protect.

5. Mayor de Blasio was simply doing what was designed to PROTECT police. He wanted to end harassment of those whose skins are dark.

6. Who knows, if there had not been the deaths of several young blacks, would mentally ill individuals blame the police for their problems?

No one knows the answer to that last question.

And, police do NOT know if actions by the mayor actually saved lives!

Surprise, Surprise, Someone Checked Your Email!

The National Security Agency of the United States government has informed the people of this nation that, on occasion, and they mean, only on occasion, did their snoops snoop on your email or phones. Oh, I know there are people in America who complain that evil doers are a threat to their lives so whatever the US government does is done to protect them against spies, terrorists, and themselves. The NSA just released hundreds of documents which reveal that sometimes, and they mean, only sometimes, they were engaged in surveillance of American citizens. However, they want each and every American to understand that “NSA protects privacy and civil liberties while safeguarding the nation and our allies.”

I trust that makes you go to bed tonight feeling safe knowing that someone is checking your email or phones against bad guys whose goal is blowing you up. There is something ironic in having a President who once taught courses in Constitutional law but today believes that he, and the entire government, have a Constitutional right to engage in surveillance of your private lives. Oh, the NSA revealed that one of those who was involved in surveillance checked out her spouse’s activities. I assume that falls under the Bill of Rights that allows me to find out if my spouse has a wandering body.

Vladimir Is Upset!

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is very upset with a whole lot of people in this world. It is very difficult being a dictator and growing accustomed to speaking without anyone daring to contradict your words of wisdom. I doubt if Vladimir can recall the last time any person in Russia expressed a contradiction to what he uttered which makes difficult being in a world in which there are human beings who hold opposing views to the man who knows all. At this point in time, Vladimir is very upset at those who belong to the notorious NATO alliance. As far as Vladimir is concerned its real name is– NAZI ALLIANCE! He charged the “build up of ATO military potential and its empowerment with global functions implemented by violation of international law” is a threat to humankind.

In many respects Vladimir, formerly of the notorious Soviet Union KGB only understands a world in which the threat of nuclear war requires non-stop adherence to defending Mother Russia against evil forces who inhabit western Europe. Here is the reality he refuses to confront:

1.The last time Russian troops were actually engaged in a war against those with air forces of artillery or tanks was in 1945.

2. Talk is cheap but action would be a disaster for the Russian people.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I feel cheated when my pen runs out of ink.

She sits gazing at screen, mom arrives to gaze at screen, another lunch by daughter and mother.

I wonder if they celebrate Christmas on other planets.

I wonder if there was ever a day without a human murder.

I adjust to any and all situations in life.

Doctor told me no more coffee. Such is life.

I so enjoy hot soup on cold days.

As we grow older we seek restaurants closer to where we live.

I have always been a short gait walker.

In the end there will be a new beginning.

Zombie Nativity Scene Nixed

I confess to a complete lack of interest in Zombie movies, Walking Dead folks, ghouls and witches and little girls ready to chop off the heads of innocent people. Just never caught on to the rage for Walking Dead wandering the streets and eating corpses. A man in who lives in Sycamore Township just outside of Cincinnati is the owner of a haunted house and decided since his job in life is to frighten people why not continue to do so even during the Xmas holiday. As he explained, “I wanted a Nativity scene and I worked with what I had.” So, this is the Zombie Nativity scene that he created:

Baby Jesus with bruised eyes and a face filled with scars while teeth protruded from the infant’s mouth.

A severed head of a magi.

Three kings with skeletal faces and jaws open in screams.

Just a normal Nativity scene for those interested in the Walking Dead.

Each day a few dozen cars come by to witness yet another orgy of horror.

For some reason public officials are not pleased and he was sent the following notice: “REMOVE ACCESSORY STRUCTURES FROM FRONT YARD”

I guess Zombies do not have First Amendment Rights!

Xmas In Middle East

It is the day after Christmas and all is as is has been for several years in the Middle East. Oh, some tourists are visiting Bethlehem or singing Christmas songs, but life is somewhat normal for those living in the area.

1. The government of Jordan is warning ISIS that they should not behead the Jordan pilot who was captured while bombing ISIS. So, what is the protocol for handling someone who drops bombs on you?

2. Terrorists in speed boats attempted to capture oil terminals in Libya, killed twenty two soldiers but never go the oil.

3. South Lebanon is worried that war in Syria will soon spread to its land.

4. In Israel, settlers continue seizing land from Palestinians and Prime Minister Netanyahyu complains that no one wants to negotiate with him.

5. In Gaza leaders of Hamas are planning and plotting some sort of revenge.

6. Tunisia has a free election and militants were wiped out by voters.

7. In Turkey, President Erdogan continued his efforts to restore the Muslim religion to its former prominence. Much to the chagrin of secular Turks.

None of these events made Fox News.

Just another day in the Middle East.

Shoot First, Think Later

Most Americans are still in shock from the brutal murder of two police officers in New York City who were shot by a deranged African American male. Mayor de Blasio is blamed for this killing because he dared to challenge members of the police department to be careful before they fired their weapons. Such talk for some members of the New York Police Department is simply evidence that the mayor wants them killed. I doubt if any New York cops will be furious at the act of murder by Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney. He respond to a call about a man sleeping on a bench. He tried to frisk the man which resulted in a scuffle and the man somehow got possession of his baton and hit him with it. What else could Manney do but blast away and fire FOURTEEN bullets into the body of Dante Hamilton, an individual who had been classified as suffering from schizophrenia?

Manney insists that he acted in self defense. I assume New York cops will now be furious at Edward Flynn, police chief in Milwaukee who fired Manney on grounds that “you don’t go hands-on and start frisking somebody because they appear to be mentally ill.” Naturally the police association in Milwaukee is on the side of Manney and passed a resolution against Flynn. Yes, being a cop is a dangerous occupation, yes, being a cop leads to situations of ambiguity, but being a cop means one must act with care and firing a weapon is an action of the LAST RESORT!

Jeb Bush Sort Of Likes Obamacare

Each day there are more and more signs that Jeb Bush will seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America. You can expect him to blast Obamacare as the worst event in modern history since it only provided health care for the poor and did not do anything for job creators. Well, actually, Jeb and his fellow Republican job creators sort of like this law because they can make money. And, whenever a job creator makes some money, they have every right to denounce health care as long as they make dough from it. Jeb just announced that he was stepping down from his job on the Board of Directors of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. From 2007 to 2013 Jeb was paid $2.3 million from a company that has made a few hundred million since it has received thousands of folks who are covered by the infamous health care law. According to Al Fernandez, former head of the Republican party in Florida, “all the public wants to know is that you behaved honorably and that you care for them.”

Mitt Romney cared for the people of Massachusetts, when as governor he fought for a health care program which is a twin for the Obama one. The moral of this story is: as long as we make money we will do so even it requires following laws that we hate.