People Make Decisions!

As one gazes around the world, one thing is very clear, decisions by people have caused problems, not ideology. Vladimir Putin has changed policies in Russia which resulted in death and destruction in Ukraine. Chinese leaders are responsible for persecution of those seeking to create a democracy in the land. Muslim clerics created terrorist groups by preaching words of hate and violence. Identify any problem in the world and it is clear that people made choices. Recep Erdogan, now President of Turkey, turned away from working toward creation of a democratic nation. Heck, former President Gul disagreed with Erdogan choices and now Turkey is moving away from democracy. Current leaders of Egypt had many choices to create a modern Egyptian nation, but refused. Instead of focusing upon economic development and freeing forces of economic changes, Egyptian leaders decided upon policy of terror.

Here in America, people like Ted Cruz or John Boehner, chose policies of obstruction and policies that protect the wealthy in order to create the current state of gridlock. The present mess in Washington has nothing to do with ideology, it is the result of individual choices. If people behave in stupid ways, don’t blame it on ideology, it is their decision to be a nut case who lacks any sense of intelligence! Blame it on individuals, not some ideology or religion!

What If We Just Left Iraq?

A hundred years ago, nations in Europe were arguing about demands of the Austrian-Hungarian nation for revenge towards Serbia because some Serbs had murdered a prominent member of the royal family. Nations argues for a month about how this problem could be solved. A solution that was never drawn upon was simply to allow Austria-HUngary to attack Serbia while other nations stood apart from the conflict. Had this been done, millions of men would never have died or been wounded. Communism and Fascism would never have appeared. Six million Jews would never have died in the Holocaust because this event never would have occurred. If European leaders simply had stood away, the carnage never would have happened. Ironically, when Austrian troops did invade tiny Serbia the small Serbian army defeated them!

What is the United States simply told Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan that ISIS was THEIR PROBLEM? What is we departed and allowed Muslims in the Middle East to solve their problems? Saudi Arabia has done more to create groups like ISIS than any other nation in the world. It has funded terror groups as part of what its leaders believe is spreading the words of Islam. OK, Saudi Arabia has an army of over 200,000 and plenty of planes. Go to it, handle the 30,000 ISIS terrorists that your madrases have created. Is is the problem of Middle Eastern Muslims, let them solve it. We are going home!!

Hamas Continues Being Hamas

There is one certainty when discussing Hamas as an organization. It does not have the faintest idea as how to create a viable Palestinian state. Hamas leaders believe fervently that the Gun is the weapon of success, and only through killing, bombing, and fighting can a people denied their rights achieve lasting success. Hamas has run Gaza for years, and what is the result of this leadership? Thousands are dead, untold hundreds of homes and factories destroyed, but Hamas insists that its organization is successful. When asked to disarm and work for peace, Khaled Mashaal, leader of Hamas, was quite clear about his intention. “The subject of the resistant’s weapons is not open for negotiation.” Nope, Hamas will continue fighting.

A major problem is that when Hamas “fights for freedom,” a few thousand Palestinians who simply want to continue living, wind up dead. So, Hamas will meet with Fatah Palestinians leaders, it will meet with Egyptian negotiators, but it will continue insisting that only war is the road to peace and success. Dream on.

Bombs Away To End ISIS

The air war which is designed to end the terror of ISIS is in full swing. Fighter jets, Tomahawk missiles, drones and bombers are blasting away at targets in Iraq and Syria. The goal is simple, drop bombs, bad people get killed, and, voila, that is the end of bad guys. This has been a central strategy of America’s armed forces for over a decade, and the results of this policy are clear to see. ISIS has grown more powerful, instead of about 5,000 members of al-Qaeda, there are now over twenty thousand. We bomb, we kill, and the bad guys continue to be bad guys. During World War II, we bombed and bombed the Germans, but until three months before Germany fell to the power of Soviet armed forces and armies from England and the US, the Germans continue to fight on despite bombing.

We used bombing in Vietnam, and, in the end, American forces had to leave that nation. Bombing alone is NOT a strategy. It must be accompanied by creating a government that is supported by people, by offering the average person in Iraq guarantees of a better life if they cease supporting ISIS. For example, where are the Imams of peace preaching a different version of the teachings of Islam?

Another Intruder On White House Grounds

After consulting with leading Republicans in Washington I can now report they have gathered sufficient evidence in order to impeach President Barack Obama. Omar J. Gonzalez, a former member of the US armed forces was arrested by the Secret Service for leaping over the fence surrounding the White House and heading for the front door. House Speaker John Boehner is very upset that American citizens are not allowed to enter the White House without being subjected to violence. Mr. Gonzalez is NOT an illegal immigrant, he is a former sergeant in the Army and has every right as a citizen in this nation to carry around 80-0 rounds of ammunition for his legal weapons of war. The President allowed this citizen of America to be brutally assaulted just because he was carrying a machete and two hatchets. Show me in the Constitution where it says I can’t carry machetes of hatchets? I dare you, or the President to show me why I cannot carry rounds of ammo. Just check the 2nd Amendment!

This man who simply was exercising his 2nd Amendment rights if now under arrest. First they came for Omar Gonzalez, then they came for a guy who is now in the forests of Pennsylvania because some cop got in the way of one of his bullets. This is part of the Obama plot to arrest those who stand for freedom of killing bad people,and we all know who is the number one bad guy in this nation! Just check with the NRFA!

Fuck It, I Quit!

In every generation there arises a moment when someone utters a statement on television that we all so desire to have uttered. Charlo Greene works for an Alaskan TV station, KTVA, and following a story about the Alaska Cannaebis Club, she blurted out, “And, as for this job, not that I have a choice, but, fuck it, “I quit.” It turns out she is the owner of the club and has been working for the right of people in Alaska to have access to the use of marijuana. She is particularly concerned about those seeking to use marijuana who are ill and believe it can reduce suffering. Ms. Greene has pledged to fight “for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.”

I await from Ted Cruz: “Fuck it, I am a schmuck even though I went to Harvard.”

Or, Mitch McConnell, “fuck it, I have no idea how to fire this damn rifle!”

How about Rick Perry on Rick Perry? “Fuck it, this dude is one big fuckup.”

As for Barack Obama: “Fuck it, why didn’t I listen to advisers and study how Franklin Roosevelt handled a Depression.”

Then again, there is always Sarah Palin: “Fuck it, there is nothing to the story that I will wed that bear!”

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

There is always a third choice in life.

Muy elderly ears only hear fragments of words, good or bad news?

Some walk with fatigue.

Some carry unseen burdens of past.

I wonder if there is money in heaven.

Some are naturally curious.

Curiosity did not kill the cat, lack of it did.

Some remember what they should not.

Some are resentful, some are resourceful.

Some stride with hope.

Some seek Death, some Life.

DOCTOR Rick Perry Speaks About Surgery

I am not a doctor, medical one that is. I am a doctor of philosophy and thus have learned the importance of keeping my mouth shut when confronted with topics about which I do not know. The most important thing one learns while in pursuit of the doctorate degree is that ignorance is OK and just admit it. However, DOCTOR Governor Rick Perry is ready and willing to declaim and declare his views on the correct manner of conducing surgery. He offered his take on the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers. “It was interesting that when Joan Rivers, and the procedures that she had done, where she died, that was in a clinic. And, its just a curious thought that if she had that type of surgery whether or not that individual would still be alive.” In other words, if clinics throughout the United States adhered to Texas regulations about clinics people would still be alive.

Rick Perry closed half the clinics in Texas in order to deny women the right to have an abortion. His regulations refuse doctors who perform abortions the right to have access to work in hospitals. This ignorant, arrogant, heartless individual is now a medical expert. Oh, last week a female was executed in the great state of Texas. More prisoners are murdered in Texas than in any place on this planet.

MAVEN REACHES MARS!

I imagine there are millions of Americans still alive who recall the exciting days when our nation led the world in space exploration. I imagine there are millions still alive who experienced the thrill of an American stepping foot on the Moon. We then believed our nation was exploring the universe, sending men on trips beyond the stars, and enjoying the thrill of venturing into the unknown. NO, to be an explorer did not make the wealthy even more prosperous. NO, it did not mean that people had access to health care. NO, it did not mean we could reduce taxes and enjoy a life without evil government taking risks with our money. It was a time to dream impossible dreams of seeking to venture into space.

After a voyage of 441 million miles, the space craft named, MAVEN is now at the planet Mars. It will shortly descend to the surface and begin conducting experiments in order to determine if Mars once contained the elements of life. It will assist we humans to understand our universe. It will not result in lower taxes. It will not result in an expanding economy. It simply will solve problems. Of course, in the act of solving problems, new doors are opened into our ability to make life more successful on Earth!

Kansas Is Not A Happy Place

The ongoing mantra of the Republican Party is that reducing taxes on the wealthy, reducing government expenditures results in a fantastic economic boom and an incredible rise in good paying jobs for all Americans. Governor Sam Brownback in the great state of Kansas has experimented with those supposedly sound economic concepts. The result is a growing state debt that has risen to over one billion dollars, declining government services for people, and -believe it or not– declining jobs for people! The great Brownback “experiment in economics”has failed. Moddy’s has dramatically reduced the credit rating of the state of Kansas because even economists do not believe the concept that reducing income results in more money and more jobs.

Just about every Republican running for a state office is currently trailing his Democratic rival. Every poll indicates that people in Kansas do not believe they are enjoying good times. They are worried sick about a declining economy, lack of money for schools, lack of money for those seeking health care, and lack of trust in the great Brownback “economic experiment.” Just imagine if Mitt Romney had become President and tried out this economic theory upon the American people?