Monthly Archives: September 2012

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 22 year old mind trapped in an 82 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Children love licking anything.

Who we are today influences who we are tomorrow.

I may be physically older than my children, but I am mentally younger.

Some people slide when walking.

Clint Eastwood mumbling to a chair was certainly not Dirty Harry at his best.

Recent polls show Mitt Romney with zero percent of black vote. I predict by election day his total will go up a hundred percent!

Some are blessed with wealth, some with health, some with wonderful children.

Never ask a child if she wants a bag of chips.

There is a moment of insecurity asking the waiter if that is your order.

I so enjoy the solitude of a train ride, alone with my mind and thoughts.

All women hitch up blouse at least four times per hour.

 

Mitt’s Mental Issues

Mitt Romney is busy preparing for his debate with President Obama and even as he toils over reading information about the economy and world, his wife made headlines by expressing her concerns. She told a radio station in Nevada, KTVN that if her husband actually won the election it would really make her worried. “I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental del-being.”

Gee, Ann, we not only agree there is concern for his mental well-being after the election, but also before. He is a man who takes a stand, changes the stand, and checks polls in order to determine should he retain his original position or the one he changed. Imagine this man discussing policy with foreign leaders! The nation reaches out to  Ann, we agree completely with concern over his mental well-being!

No Afghan Schools

The government of President Hamid Karzai is riddled with crooks and thieves who daily steal millions in foreign aid for their own enrichment. The British government now realizes that schools and clinics built with its foreign aid will shortly have to close due to lack of funds. A new report indicates there were schools built without any thought of how they would be maintained once aid ended from the United Kingdom.

In a government that really wanted to end the Taliban threat educating children would be a high priority, but Hamid Karzai is surrounded by his friends who want money, and lots of money in order to maintain their rich life styles. After all, they are the job creators of Afghanistan only the jobs created are those which give them the nation’s wealth.

I guess they are just like American job creators!

Hugo Hears Huge Footsteps

Hugo Chavez has transformed the presidency of Venezuela into a center of power. He has gobs of money to hand out, an obedient army to support him and understands the power of power. His opponent in the upcoming presidential election, Henrique Capriles is a handsome young man who is receiving adoration from thousands of people, particularly women who are charmed by his youth, his vigor and even for his ideas. He has been campaigning daily going to three or four places and displaying his youth and enthusiasm.

Alas for Henrique, the old man who spends months in cancer treatment  may not be able to match the enthusiasm of youth, but he has the armed forces, and he, COUNTS THE VOTES! We can expect that if polls show Henrique in the lead the end result will be the polls released by the government of Hugo Chavez.

Ryan’s Elder Care Program

Paul Ryan is convinced that he is an intelligent man, in fact, he is confined there are few as brilliant as himself. He blasted Vice President Joe Biden for daring to make critical remarks concerning the Ryan plan for seniors. Ryan wants to give  the elderly  a “voucher” which could be used to cover medical costs. Instead of Social Security picking up  my entire medical costs, he wants future old folk to have about $6,000 to handle medical insurance. Gee, I wonder if Paul would sign up for medical insurance that only costs $6,000.

Oops, I forgot, Paul has medical insurance for Congressmen. How about giving each member of Congress $6,000 to cover their medical costs? In fact, why doesn’t Paul volunteer to use his ideas for a medical voucher that would cover all Republican members of Congress? I think Democrats would prefer the existing government paid for scheme.

Another Day, Another Riot

It would be interesting to go through an entire day without a riot over what someone said or wrote or filmed about the Muslim religion. I am Jewish. Throughout my life people have insulted Jews, people have beaten up Jews and people have killed Jews–lots of them. There are some Jews in Israel who believe since they encountered prejudice and hatred the solution is to practice such behavior against others. But, most Jews avoid such behaviors.

In Bangladesh, mobs of Muslims attacked minority Buddhists because A Buddhist made a remark about Muslims. They wrecked four Buddhist temples and burned homes. All such demonstrations prove is there is something wrong when supposedly  ”religious” people vent hatred toward their fellow humans. The question is: what causes so many Muslims to resort to violence when someone insults them?

Iran Against Terrorists!

The government of Iran has been funding terrorist groups  for over three decades and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. It has provided military support for President Bashar al-Assad and his murderous program of death and destruction. But, the government of Iran wants to end all forms of terrorism, of course this refers to terror groups which oppose the current government  of Iran.

The US State Department has removed the Peoples Mujahedin  of Iran(MEK) from its terror group. According to the Iranian government, “delisting them shows America’s double standard policy on terrorism.” Talk about being opposed to terrorism! Iranian arms are all over the Middle East and in the hands of terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Norway, Norway Post:  Beware Household Cat”

I give this warning two meows.

USA, NY Post:  ”He’s A Basket Case”

That is no way to talk about Clint Eastwood.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:  ”Banned For Gay Cure”

He must be one sad dude.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald:  ”Bit Fat Zero”

Romney’s speech results?

Turkey, Hurriyet:  ”Aims For Sky”

And, if his name is Paul Ryan, he strikes out.

France, Connexion:  ”Students Learn Ethics”

That assumes their teachers are ethical people.

Finland, Sanomat:  ”What Can Be Done?

In most cases, duck!

 

POVERTY IN AMERICA

Poverty in America continues to rise even as Republicans insist the wealthy of this nation will not work hard unless all taxes are ended on them. Data from 2011 reveals the real median income has dipped 1.5%. There has been no decline in the number of poor people who now number 46.2 million. The poverty rate for children under the age of 18 is 21.9% or some 16.1 million human beings.

Of course, even as poverty increases, the  income of the top 1% continues to rise. I get confused. Republicans insist that wealthy people will not work hard unless taxes decrease but assume poor people will work harder as their income  declines. Republicans never met a rich person who doesn’t need a tax break!

The Greek Way Ain’t The Realistic Way

It is quite clear the people of Greece regard themselves as being punished because they are Greek. They are furious at Germany and other members of the European Union for insisting on drastic cuts in government expenditures in order to pay off large debts. Thousands are in the streets of all major towns demonstrating anger and hurt at demands for austerity and fiscal responsibility. About 50,000 joined a union sponsored demonstration in Athens and others are participating in strikes.

Reality is that Greece has a haphazard system of tax collection which allows most people to sort of not pay the full rate. The Greek government for years has operated on the principle that the Tooth Fairy would repay loans. The fault lies not in the European Union, but in the culture of Greece. As an American, I understand full well how one can borrow, go into debt and never confront reality.  We Americans are currently paying for our lack of reality and belief in the Tooth Fairy.

Unfortunately, the bottom line is when there is fiscal irresponsibility, the wealthy walk away with money in their pockets or at least in Switzerland. If you are in the pottery shop and break something, you own it.