Monthly Archives: May 2009

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT,

The barren soil of Afghanistan is fertilized by the blood of too many innocent people.

I hope children still make images with their hands as we did in my childhood.

Hell for Dick Cheney would be to be locked in a room for eternity with Jon Stewart, Al Gore, and Michael Moore.

One day I will enter an eating establishment and there will not be a cell phone in sight.

Three elderly women facing two elderly men is the story of life and death.

I passed a store whose sign said, “Natural Way.” I gazed in the window and saw three green skinned life forms. I gather it is a Martian natural way.

If you want to anger any American youth under the age of 30 just use the word, “draft.”

Given the plethora of testing in America I wonder if I have to take an Exit Test. If I fail, do I have to remain alive?

At age, 78, the most ominous words I can encounter are: “I’m afraid you have a problem with your computer.”

Those who believe more time in school will produce better academic results are the same people who believe more money will solve problems.

College professors believe “tenure” is the 11th Commandment.

Modern communication spreads germs. It also spreads hysteria.

The best words for me to hear are: “my dad lived to be 98.”

I rarely see three people at a table who are of the same height and weight.

I feel a surge of power being able to say, “I want to see the manager.”

I decided to be a good citizen and halted at each stop sign.

I wonder if one can charge things in heaven or is it a cash only place.

Rush Limbaugh is a brave man. He attacks Colin Powell as a traitor to the Republican party. Rush Limbaugh is a brave man who bravely made certain he never got near fighting in Vietnam where Colin Powell risked his life every day. Rush Limbaugh is a brave man.

Jerusalem Divide Grows Between Israel And US

The conflict between Israel and Arab nations is over a half century old, but some of the original issues of dispute continue exerting the emotional power to stir up anger and hatred. Jerusalem is regarded as critical to the meaning of an Israel and a Palestinian state since it represents the core of each people’s belief in religion. The American State Department issued a statement on Sunday in response to comments by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear in the statement that “Jerusalem is a final status issue. Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resolve its status during negotiations. We will support their efforts to reach agreements on final status issues.”

Netanyahu opened up the proverbial can of worms by insisting “united Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours, it will never again be partitioned and divided.” Negotiations entails give and take in which both sides gain and lose. Exactly what is Netanyahu ready to give up in the pursuit of peace?

Off With The Head In Saudi Arabia!

A Canadian citizen is being held in Saudi Arabia and will most probably lose his head in the coming days despite his claim a confession produced in court was the result of torture. Obviously, anyone outside of Saudi Arabia can not state if Mohamed Kohail is innocent or guilty since the event occurred in Saudi Arabia and access to a fair trial is certainly not among the most notable examples of the due process in that nation. Mr. Kohail and a Jordanian friend were convicted of murder after a fight broke out between the two men and some teenagers. The two insisted they were defending themselves, but the confession that was produced in court was the main evidence to prove their guilt. Dan McTeague, a Canadian MP, has been investigating the case and believes the men are innocent. He is also upset the Canadian government has made no effort to conduct its own investigation even though one of its citizens may soon be without his head.

Yes, Saudi Arabia is among the defenders of “democracy” against Muslim extremists. The problem is when it comes to justice, no terrorist in the world can match the terrorism of the Saudi Arabian government. Beyond, off with the head and give them a 100 lashes, what exactly is the major legal concept the Saudis offer the world?

Muslim Moderates Target Of Taliban

As the conflict in Pakistan witnesses more intense conflict between the Pakistan army and the Taliban, an increasing number of Muslims are recognizing the struggle in their nation entails a fight between Muslim extremists and those of the more moderate people who follow the precepts of Sufism. Ironically, extremists have for years been supported by Saudi Arabia whose government is founded on extremism and conservatism. During the 1980s, the United States in its effort to end the rule of communism in Afghanistan supported extremists from Saudi Arabia and Yemen who came to fight against the Soviets.

The Sufi moderate Islamic religion which generally is the main form of religion in Pakistan has become painfully aware of what lays in store for their nation if the conservative Saudi Arabian influenced Taliban gains power. The United States continues to urge Pakistan to deal with the Taliban but no effort is made to compel Saudi Arabia to curb its support for extremists in madrassas who impose hate and violence against moderates and western institutions.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Heroin Clinics Given Go-Ahead”
I’m glad they are opening heroin clinics so people can get the drug without hitting the streets.

Argentine, Buenos Aires Herald: “What Happens If Flu Goes Away”
No more achooing?

Finland, Helsinki Times: “Open Letter To The Future”
Could you please hurry up, you can’t be any worse than the present.

Norway, Norway Post: “Progress Party In Favor Of Euthanasia”
For itself, I assume?

Sweden, Stockholm News: “Robots To Sweep Streets”
Are they legal immigrants with valid ID papers?

Zaman, Hurriyet: “Mongolians Vote For New President”
I guess Genghis Khan couldn’t be any worse than Bush.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Tourists Fined For Dressing Like Nuns”
I would think a hundred Hail Marys would suffice as punishment.

Sweden, The Local: “Mortician Finds Live Patient Declared Dead”
Who would you believe the doctor or mortician when it comes to having patient declared dead?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post; “Billions To Export Gathering Dust:
I wonder which nation imports gathering dust and what do they do with it.

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Breasts Get Unwanted Attention”
Not from the guys I know!

Silvio Is At It Again With Female Issues!

Italy has many issues confronting the nation ranging from the world wide economic crisis to policies in dealing with immigrants, but to the prime minister, Silvio Belusconi, a high priority is the truth concerning his relationship with a beautiful young woman, Noemi Litizia. Is there something symbolic in a European leader bogged down with did he or did he not have a personal relation with a young woman? Silvio’s wife apparently believes there was something not quite kosher in her husband attending a party for the young beauty, but is this mere spite or is it founded in any factual data?

Noemi’s former boy friend, Gino Flaminio insists there was fire and not just smoke in the relationship between his ex-girl friend and the leader of Italy. There are scandals with the British parliament and the prime minister of Italy says he was “tempted” to brief parliament about his personal affairs. When will European leaders get their heads out of the muck of personal vanity and concentrate on the needs of society?

Turkey Faces Up To Expulsion History

Turkish Prime Minister Rcep Tayyip Erdogan was among the first Turkish leaders to speak out against efforts to expel ethnic identities from the country. It was the first time a high official accepted that there have been unlawful and undemocratic practices against minorities in the past. His speech most probably related to events in September, 1955 when many Greek shops and houses were pillaged by crowds after false reports that someone had burnt Kemal Ataturk’s house. Greek houses were burnt and thousands of Greeks fled the country.

Some day the people of Turkey will grasp what Americans have finally learned to admit. In the past terrible things are done to those who are defenseless. It requires courage to admit that one’s ancestors committed terrible crimes. In the 1980s, the US Congress apologized for the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII. The capacity to be truthful is necessary if a nation is to have a soul based on respect for human dignity.

Gay Rights, Low Priority Say Mullen

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military is confronted with a host of issues, including two wars, which must be the major focus of their attention. He indicated the need to give additional study to implications of how the “military culture” woudl be impacted by overturning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Mullen says he is aware President Obama wants to change the policy at some point, but any change requires an act of Congress so it is not up to the military. General James Jones, the White House national security adviser noted, “we have a lot on our plate now.”

General Jones is correct there is a lot on the plate right now, but among the most important needs is for additional soldiers. The key issue can be simply stated as — the military needs more soldiers and there are thousands of gays and lesbians who want to serve their nation. Why deny this valuable resource?

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Blasts Islamic Extremism!

At a summit meeting between leaders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined with his colleagues to issue a Tehran Declaration against Islamist extremism and the drug trade. They expressed their concern how the drug trade was impacting their nations and disturbing efforts to create stable societies. President Zardari of Pakistan, President Karzai of Afghanistan accompanied Ahmadinejad to meet with Iran’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He told them “extremism has not only created problems for the region, it also threatens others.. especially those who created this extremism by funding it through their policies.” He apparently was referring to American military actions by Bush which have spawned terrorism in the region.

It is somewhat ironic to have President Ahmadinejad who supports extremism joining in denunciation of what he has supported. It is also ironic that Americans still do not grasp how Bush policies in the Middle East created terrorists and caused instability in the region. Isn’t it time the United States had a commission study the entire range of George Bush policies that have created so many problems in the Middle East and Asia?

“Don’t Ask, Don”Tell, Don’t Keep This Stupid Policy”

President Obama has made it clear to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and joint chairman Mike Mullern, there has to be an end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy that was initiated when Bill Clinton was president. White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs told reporters, that Obama wants to repeal the policy “in a way that is least disruptive to our troops, especially given that they have been simultaneously waging two wars for six years now.” Within the past week, the Pentagon went from saying there were no plans to repeal the policy to admitting there is study on how to accomplish the task.

President Obama is correct that any change should not be disruptive, but common sense suggests American troops would welcome any assistance even from those who are gay or lesbian. Why not use men and women who are committed to serving their nation while millions of “straight people” shy away from such service?