No News From Iran

There is no good news, there is no bad news from the negotiations with Iran over issues of nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleagues continue to talk and the Iranians continue to talk. It is clear that Iran seeks some sort of agreement in order to end its economic isolation and become part of the world economy. Iran contains a large number of well educated young people who just want to become linked to other young people and have the right to a decent job in a modern economy. They want their nation to move beyond the world of just depending upon oil for jobs and depend upon high technology and communication with other young people in the world. So, what is delaying any form of settlement of issues?

1. Iran wants an immediate end of sanctions. This will NOT occur. The Big 5 plus one demand evidence of compliance with the agreement.

2. Iran refuses to send some of its nuclear product to a safe place in another land. Kerry and the others want proof that Iran could not build a nuclear weapon within a year.

There simply is not enough trust on the part of either side. Trust is the initial issue. Iran must recognize they are not trusted and the Kerry group must recognize they are are not trusted.

Has anyone considered the idea of sending in Ted Cruz and John Boehner to demonstrate how opposing sides can work with an opposing force in a peaceful manner??

Putin Defends Freedom

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not only upset but up beat about conditions in the world. Naturally, his primary issue is protecting Mother Russia from attacks by the Nazis in Ukraine. He is the defender of the Russian people agains the hordes of menacing soldiers from the evil steppes of Ukraine. He informed the people of his land there are attempts to pressure the Russian government by resorting to economic measures that reduce trade with his land. According to Putin, NATO is “building up its infrastructure on our borders.” Therefore it is imperative to Russia to be on guard. “The situation will not change for the better if we succumb and yield at every step. It will only change for the better if we become stronger.”‘

In simple and clear Russian this means the people must do without and the government must do with more and more of their money in order to create an armed force that can handle the great army of Ukraine. I do not believe that Ukraine has large numbers of tanks and planes but they have hordes of soldiers ready to sweep into Russia and rape and pillage.

And, by the way, beat up some gays and lesbians since they are agents of the Nazis from Ukraine!

Killing Bill O’Reilly?

In all honesty I have lost track as to the number of Killing books written by Bill O’Reilly. He churns out these pieces of crap just about every six months. In reality they are not an exercise in historical veracity, but something put together by his assistants for the believing masses. Bill is now ready to come out with “Killing Jesus.” I gather the new book will inform the world that Jesus was a born again Christian rather than a born again Jew. I gather that Bill will make clear that Jesus so loved the wealthy of his time and hated all and any efforts to give those without anything. I gather that Bill believes that Jesus regarded that his mission in life was to ensure that those with wealth did not pay taxes since if you take from the poor and give to the rich then you adhere to the ideas of Jesus.

Anyway, I await with anticipation:

Bill’s new book, “Killing God.” This missive depicts how God created this world in order to prove that if the rich have all the power then life is one of joy for those who are poor. I believe there is a section of the book in which God cleans the feet of wealthy men and women.

By the way when Bill refers to Killing Jesus, he really means killing this radical guy who was on the side of the poor!

France Moves To Right

There is a significant shift in the attitudes of people in the Western world. They increasingly are disgusted with any and all forms of government that include passing laws that impact the wealthy or that allow people of the Muslim religion to enjoy human rights. At a time of vast changes in technology that reduce the number of decent paying jobs, of the rise of immigration from areas that are in poverty to areas that are enjoying the benefits of modern government sponsored legislation such as minimum wage of health insurance, those at the bottom of our economic society are angry. They feel left out and due to social media and the vast wealth of those who can manipulate the news, have come to believe their problems are the result of poor people from the Middle East and Africa. In one way or another liberal forces have failed to communicate with those who are at the bottom of the economic level that maldistribution of wealth is the problem.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his UMP movement made significant gains in local elections in France. They went from controlling 42 local Departments to 65. French Socialist leader Prime Minister Manual Valls made clear “the French have declared their anger of a daily life that is difficult.” Just like Americans, the French do not believe there are any problems with economic inequality but believe all problems stem from immigrants taking their jobs! The only good news is that the truly right wing National Front did not sweep the election.

StandFor Religious Freedom

The ongoing mantra of the Republican party and its mouthpiece, Fox News is that our Founding Fathers believed this or that. Justice Scalia continues to insist our Founding Fathers had clear ideas about freedom for the individual and they definitely did not want the government to regulate business, of course, there were no such business establishments in those days. But, it is very clear that our beloved FoundingFathers had clear ideas concerning separation of church and state. The First Amendment stated that religion had no place in our government. They would have been aghast at laws that have been passed such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our Founding Fathers were Deists who did not believe ANY organized religion should be able to control ANY aspect of government.

Indiana, along with other states, has passed this ridiculous unconstitutional law. According to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, it is akin to a ‘whites only” sign in the good old days when whites could keep black skinned folk out of their neighborhoods. Governor Spence now insists the law was passed because it was concerned about rights of gays. Huh? It is time to return to the ideas of our Founding Fathers. Keep government out of the religious aspects of our lives, George Washington disliked any form of religion in our government. I assume it he was alive today, Fox News would declare that he hated our Constitution!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “First Presidential Implant”

I believe Republicans would like President Obama to have implanted the Constitution.

Japan, Japan Times: “Raid On Brothels Finds Police”

I believe they were doing undercover work.

France, Connexion: “Man Weds Bride’s Twin”

So, who did the other twin wed?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Mental Floss”

Make certain you go up and down.

Norway, Norway Post: “Good Samaritan Injured”

Is their a good samaritan in the crowd?

So, What About Rights Of Those Who Rape Or Are?

There is an ever growing debate concerning the rights of those who are raped as well as those who do the raping. Some demand that a woman who is raped should not have her name listed in the media although they insist the rapist’s name should be made known to the public. This raises interesting legal issues concerning rights of the victim as well as rights for the accused. There was one example at the University of Virginia in which the magazine Rolling Stone printed a story about a woman who allegedly was raped in a fraternity, but the story has now been proven to be incorrect. Naturally, the name of the fraternity was printed and people on the campus soon knew that specific males were being charged with the crime of rape. After the story was proven to be false scant attention was paid to ensuring the men who had been charged were not guilty.

In reality, most probably the vast majority of males who are charged by a woman with the crime of rape are probably guilty. Few women make this charge due to fear of having their names in the media. So, the question remains as to how a balance is struck between the guilty party and the innocent party. We argue that a woman has the right not to have their name be made public. However, there is always the problem that an innocent male will have their name made known.

One of the twists of life in which there is no clear answer!

Sweden Calls Pot Black

Let me describe a nation:

1. It is the home of Osama bin Laden.

2.It has provided untold millions of dollars to terrorists throughout the world.

3. Women have no rights, in fact, they cannot drive a car or go out without permission of a male.

4. Dozens of people have been beheaded.

5. Hundreds of people have been lashed for blasphemy.

6. Christians are not permitted to pray.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroen has denounced the government of Saudi Arabia for all of the above. In blunt terms she describes our “Ally” as a dictatorship that “violates the rights of women.” Oh, and she makes clear that it employs “medieval methods” of punishment. The Saudi government is rather upset because this Swedish leader tells the truth. They do not want Swedish businessmen in their land. They certainly do not want world leaders to inform them the pot is covered black.

Putin Blues

Many years ago the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to the Russian government as a mystery wrapped in an enigma, and I think that is true today. Russian President Vladimir Putin has employed a foreign policy that has left Russia out of the main stream of European life. He has just about angered every nation in western Europe along with the United States. The Russian ruble has taken a nose dive, unemployment is rising, food costs are rising, teachers, workers are going on strike, but the overwhelming majority of Russian people are happy with their leader. More and more people are watching their income decline and their jobs disappear, but to the Russian people, the Great Leader has restored: PRIDE! Look at his accomplishments:

1. Russia once again controls the Crimea.

2. Ukraine is in shambles.

3. Europe has imposed sanctions.

4. People have lost jobs.

But, PRIDE is now returned. Putin wants the people of Russia to understand that problems are caused because the rest of the world does not respect Russia and defies his dictates. Go ahead and eat PRIDE.

Yemen Blues

Fighting continues in Yemen but to understand what is going on one must have a scorecard. Let me explain:

1. Former President Saleh who we once considered to be one of the good guys is now viewed as one of the bad guys.

2. We do not like al-Qaeda whose forces are in Yemen.

3. The Shiite sect Houthis hate al-Qaeda.

4. But the Houthis overthrew the government of President Hadi.

5. We like President Hadi.

6. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations like Egypt do not like the Houthis.

7. So, everyone is bombing everyone else.

If you understand what is going on, please let me know.