Monthly Archives: May 2009

COMMENTS YOU NEVER WILL HEAR

FOLLOWING ARE COMMENTS THAT NEVER WERE UTTERED– BUT MOST PROBABLY WERE THOUGHT.

Dick Cheney: Mistake? Yeah, I made one mistake. In 2001 we should have declared martial law and locked up every weak thinking liberal!

Avigdor Lieberman: If we could only make an atomic bomb that only killed Arabs!

British MP: What’s the uproar about? Doesn’t everyone have problems keeping their moats clean?

Congresswoman Bachman: I have the inalienable right to make idiotic comments. I’s a Republican congresswoman!

Any North Korean Leader: We can’t feed our people. Firing these missiles is the only way to get food for the masses.

Barack Obama: I’ve got the Republicans by the balls. A woman, an Hispanic, go ahead, fire away and blast her. I couldn’t be more happy.

Wendy Tiny Burger: One gulp and I’m in your tummy to give a nice case of heart burn.

GEICO: Tiny animated animals cost a lot less than humans.

Rush: I believe in strict interpretation of the Constitution. Of course, our Founding Fathers believed in keeping suspects in jail for years without a trial. It’s in the Constitution, just read it.

Michael Vick: The words, “bow wow” are no longer part of my vocabulary.

“Naughty Nuns” And British Football Team!

Those who reside in the western hemisphere are blessed with not being able to encounter the antics of those who are part of British football teams or simply are followers of the sport of getting drunk and engaging in silly behavior. Seventeen members of the Hanham Athletic Sunday league team were thrown into jail in Crete for dressing up like nuns and parading around the small town of Malia. Crete authorities compelled the band of British boys who ranged in age from 18 to 65 to keep on their habits, including lingerie. The men were upset because they spent a night in jail which one described as “you wouldn’t let a dog use the toilets in there.”

Ah, for the joy of getting drunk, shouting vulgarity, fighting and displaying the spirit that made the British empire a center of the world. We poor colonials, for some reason, just never got caught up in the spirit of dressing like nuns and enjoying the game of British football. We actually attend baseball, football and basketball games with the aim of watching the games, not displaying rowdy behavior. Maybe, we should rejoin the empire and go around dressed like nuns.

Is It Scientology? Is It A Church?

Leaders of the Church of Scientology in France are being placed on trial on charges of participating in fraud. It is the second time in six years the church has faced a court in France. A woman complained she was approached in the street by someone who said he was in the Church of Scientology and he offered her a free personality test. According to the man, she failed the test because she had a poor personality that required “life enhancement” courses, plus vitamins and other pills. A second woman complained her employer was in the Church of Scientology and he pushed her into courses and in the end she wound up getting fired. The seven leaders are charged by the French government with illegal practice of pharmaceutical work because they were selling vitamins and other pills.

One can only wonder how the woman was identified as possessing a “poor personality” since two of the most famous personalities involved in the Church of Scientology are Tom Cruise and John Travolta. If those two individuals are examples of “good personalities” we can assume there are problems in the Church of Scientology’s definition of “good personalities.”

Egyptian Dissident’s Jail Sentence Over-Turned

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian-American has been fighting to create a democratic Egypt and in the pursuit of his dream has criticized the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. A Judge over-turned the conviction of the dissident and said the two year sentence was incorrect. Ibrahim was among the first Egyptians to publicly denounce Mubarak for stifling democracy and seeking to impose his on on the nation following his own retirement. Judge Asahraf Sheta said there was no evidence that Ibrahim had damaged the reputation of Egypt by advocating democracy in his nation. He had urged in a column in the Washington Post in 2007 that America should withhold its annual $2 billion in aid until Mubarak agreed to allow democracy in his country.

Even George Bush was upset at the conviction and urged Mubarak to void this decision, but it required a courageous judge to stand up to the Egyptian government and publicly state that Egyptians have the right to speak in negative terms about their political leaders.

Danish Government Colluded In Violating POW Rights

In 2002, Col. Frank Lissner, head of Danish troops in Afghanistan, learned that American forces were violating the Geneva Convention and that prisoners he was turning over to them would be sent to Guantanamo rather than being treated according to regulations of the Geneva Convention. He informed the Danish government of his concerns, but nothing was done and men were sent to Cuba. Col. Lissner even received information that some of the prisoners might be innocent, but once in the hands of the Americans, guilt or innocence were the last considerations. This was at the height of Rumsfeld/Cheney belief it was impossible to violate POW rights because they lacked any such protection. A recent documentary which interviewed Danish soldiers who participated in this action expressing their concerns that any prisoner turned over to Americans would be subject to mistreatment.

There is something sad when troops in other armies mistrust the capacity of the United States military to conduct itself according to international rules and regulations. Is this still another legacy of the Bush administration?

Darfur Rebels Defeat Sudan Forces

Darfur rebels struck back at forces of the Sudan government and overwhelmed a garrison in the town of Umm Baru near the border of Chad and drove out Sudanese troops. Naturally, the Sudan government which insists only 10,000 have died in Darfur (most estimates are the dead are over 300,000) claim they drove back the rebels. The town has been the scene of bitter fighting because the Sudan government has supported rebels from Chad in order to destabilize that nation’s government. Darfur rebels are attempting to place pressure on the government of the Sudan to force them into peace talks.

The first step to ensure peace in Darfur is for China to cease supplying Sudan with arms and to impose an embargo on goods until President al-Bashir agrees to honest negotiations and ceases saying only 10,000 have died. Perhaps, if rebel forces obtained greater support, Sudan might change its mind about peace.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Finland, Sanomat: “Berlusconi Sneers At Finland”
None of the blond chicks would look in his direction.

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Iran Vows To Win War On Drugs”
If not, they will blame failure on Israel and the Jews.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Anti -Christ Attracts Home Support”
That’s mighty Christian of them.

Sweden, The Local: “Police Focus Resources On Morning Drinkers”
They will have ample supplies of beer, whiskey and cognac for the early risers.

Australia, West Australian: “Traces Of Cocaine Found In Cola”
It’s name is Coca Cola! What do you think is in it?

USA, St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Woman Said To Be Killed, Graduates”
Now, do you know what we mean about grade inflation in colleges!

South Africa, The Times: “Moms Still Waiting For Formula”
Just give the kid the breast!

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Oil Revenue Down, Spending Up”
Don’t you have this backwards?

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Gazette: “Smoking Campaign Launched”
We offer free cigars and cigarettes.

UAR, Khaleej Times: University Launches Program To Get Foreign Students”
The first fifty to enroll will receive A grades for two years.

The Trial By Franz Kafka In Myanmar!

The trial begins on a dark night in the country of Myanmar. A woman was asleep in her bed when she heard a knocking at the door. She opened it and discovered a man in a bathing suit who was gasping for breath and stumbled in. She gave him shelter and thus committed among the most grievous crimes possible in the state of Myanmar according to the military junta which rules this country. She gave the man a drink of juice and offered him food. There is no question offering food and drink to a stranger in the state of Myanmar is equivalent to seeking to undermine the foundations of the state. After all, it everyone gave food and drink to strangers how would the police know who is loyal to the decree of not offering food and drink to anyone other than members of your family?

Aung San Suu Kyi, who major crime is believing there is such a thing as democracy in her nation, is on trial for committing a crime. Is the crime opening her door at night? Is the crime offering a stranger food and drink? Is the crime speaking to the stranger without asking permission of the government? In reality, her crime has nothing to do with the stranger, but with the love held for her by the people of Burma.

The state was prepared to have 23 testify against her, but since the military junta believes in fairness they will only call nine to testify. Exactly what the 23 know about the case is most probably the main mystery. A man swam across a lake, knocked on a door, the door opened and a woman offered him food and drink and a place to rest his head. Were there twenty three witnesses to these events? Ask the military junta and their response is a loud, “yes.”

Franz Kafka wrote about this trial many, many years ago. It must be admitted he never heard of the nation of Myanmar, but, his fictional trial occurs every day in this nation run by paranoids.

Gay Week For California Gays?

A century ago, progressives were concerned at the control exerted by wealthy businessmen over the government of California and pushed through the concept of a state referendum which allowed the majority of Californians to exert their voices on legislation. As the years progressed, state “propositions” proliferated and all it required were some energetic groups backed by money to place a proposition on the ballot. In many cases, few people even understood the meaning of propositions, but they exemplified the concept of “democracy.” Last fall, California voters by 52% to 48% declared gay marriages illegal. Today, the California Supreme Court will decide if the 52% voice of the people is stronger than the rights of gays to be married.

Over 18,000 gay couples have married since it became legal in California. If the Supreme Court backs the proposition, it is still unclear as to the status of those who already are married. Perhaps, the voice of the people is not always the best route to freedom. Just remember the 1950s when Senator Joseph McCarthy frightened millions with his claims there were “communists” under every bed and thousands of innocent people lost their jobs.

What To Do About Racist Political Groups?

A democracy inevitably confronts the issue of handling extremists who employ the media to spread hatred and fear of minorities, those who they seek to demonize, and the unknown in all its manifestations. People in the Czech Republic have been subjected to propaganda from racist political parties which seek to use the presence of a Roma minority as their wedge to secure support from the general populace. A recent poll reveals three fourths of the Czech people support the ban of all parties that use racist slogans in their election campaign. A recent anti-Roma video was used by the National Party in its quest for votes and even included a statement about “the final solution to the Roma question” which could have come from any Nazi statement concerning that group.

Over two-thirds of the population supports the request of the Interior Minister to seek a court order to dissolve the National Party. The Czech Radio has refused to play certain statements by the National Party. A strict adherence to democracy would argue the National Party has a right to be racist. Are there times when society has the right to halt speech? We believe there is a difference between “speech” and “action.” Any person has a right to utter words, but no one has the right to instigate violent action against other members of society.