Monthly Archives: December 2014

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Prestigious Beauty Contest Coming Up”

According to Fox News it features the most beautiful wealthy people of the year.

China, China Daily: “Stay In Style”

IN Texas, that means carry your gun to church.

Sweden, Local: “I Stopped Hair Loss”

Just call me, “baldy.”

Russia, Moscow Times: “Doctors Call Off Strike”

They adopted the idea of bleeding leads to health.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Close Pay Gap”

In America that means billionaires are down to only a few billion between themselves.

Young Americans Not “In” History

I am the child of immigrants who made the long voyage from eastern Europe and arrived in the promised land of America. In 1914, ONE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS WAS AN IMMIGRANT! To be an immigrant of the child of one makes the individual conscious of what is America and the importance of learning about the history of this nation. Actually, I wound up writing a history of the United States of America. I have taught about one thousand teachers who became Social Studies educators. I am most amazed these days how those under the age of 35 lack a sense of the history of this country. They lack a desire to be “in” the history of this land and stand apart lacking a sense of how one is connected to the past. Those who are immigrants, yes, the “illegals,” are much more conscious as to why one desires to live in America and how becoming a citizen is a wondrous event. To be “in” history is to possess an emotional attachment to the promised land of America.

I am NOT referring to learning facts and figures about the past. To be “in” history is to gain an awareness of how the values and ideas of this nation, with all its tragic faults such as slavery and murder of Indians, require a commitment that each and every person in this land enjoy its prosperity. To be “in” history is to be conscious of one’s responsibility to fellow Americans. In other words, to be the exact opposite of ideas spouted by Republicans who believe the story of America is that of those with wealth. The story of America is how individuals worked with their hands and hearts to create a society in which those lacking wealth could work their way up the ladder of prosperity.

As an American my responsibility is to all other Americans. We are brothers and sisters, we are not enemies. And, I classify as “American” all those who reside within its borders, regardless of whether a citizen or not.

Another Plane Down In Southeast Asia

I confess to being a devout believer in X-Files, visitors from other planets and anything to do with strange sights. Heck, yesterday, I saw the photo which clearly reveals that a stone coffin is on Mars. There is no doubt the stone coffin contains the body of some Martian or some other visitor who happened to die on Mars. So, it is normal for me to believe that strange alien powers are behind the disappearance of still another plane flying into Singapore for from that city. So, how to explain this new mystery?

1. Aliens are taking bodies off the plane prior to its crash.

2. Muslim terrorists blew themselves up.

3. Pilots heard a Ted Cruz speech and decided that enough madness is enough in their lives so why not end it all?

4. The food was so bad on the plane that pilots became ill and lost consciousness.

5. The pictures of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell appeared causing the pilots to go mad at the prospect of living in a world in which these two nut cases had power.

6. The Bermuda Triangle drifted off to Asia?

Add your own explanation!

Sadness Of Weirdness About Albinos

I am a citizen of the United States of America so I hesitate to comment on the unusual ideas of those living in other nations of the world. There are witch doctors in Africa and we have nut cases in this country who nightly appear on Fox News. There is a concept that is held by many inhabitants residing in east African nations that anyone who has an albino appearance is somehow possessed of incredible powers to do good. This idea is akin to that held by Republicans who believe if one is possessed by millions of dollars then one is prepared to devote working hours in order to increase the wealth of fellow Americans. Call it what you desire, but this is witch craft carried to the nth degree. Anyway, in Tanzania since 2000 at least 74 people have been murdered who are albinos. The latest victim is a four year old girl who has disappeared and her dad and three others are suspect.

An entire Albino corpse sells for about $60,000 but most bodies are cut up and parts sold to those seeking good luck. An election is coming up in Tanzania so many political seekers want an Albino part in order to win an election. This is similar to America where political figures want money from witch doctors in order to win an election.

The Madness of Israel Goes On

I was joyous at news that a new nation had arrived in the world in 1948 with the birth of Israel. I have worked on Holocaust education, studied in Israel and been supportive of nation in which Jews are able to feel safe and secure. However, I also believe the essential concept of the new nation of Israel was that her twenty percent of people who are Muslim and Christian also had the right to feel safe and secure. From day one of the creation of Israel, among the most important issues has been emergence of a Muslim nation which would cooperate with Israel in establishing peace and security for all people in the region. Unfortunately, it has been decades since a Muslim leader has been willing to negotiate with Israel. However, the leader of Egypt in 1978, President Sadat, did agree with peace. However, the leaders of Jordan have worked for peace with Israel. And now, the leader of Palestine, President Abbas is willing to have peace.

President Abbas and his allies on the Security Council attempted to get a resolution passed which would require the end of Israel occupation of the West Bank within three years. It failed passage by one vote due to pressure exerted upon Nigeria by the US and Israel. So, if not now the end of occupation, then when? A nation that has as its Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is not ready to move toward peace for itself or the region. It is time to end the occupation of the West Bank and fight the good battle for peace and justice for ALL people in the West Bank.

Two Yea rOld Shoots Mom!

Every so often another story about shooting and death really captures my attention. I was raised in the slums of the south Bronx in New York City where we had gangs and gang fights, and we also had the Sullivan law which prohibited the easy access to a weapon of death. Veronica Rutledge lived in the small town of Hayden, Idaho and she took her four children out shopping. They were in an electronic store in this small town, and the two year old child was sitting in the shopping cart. The toddler reached into mom’s purse as most children do, and found a strange toy. The baby played with the toy which actually, was a small revolver. Baby went bang, bang and mom slumped over dead. Dad said that his wife had a permit to carry a concealed gun and wanted the world to know that “she was not responsible” for the accident.

If not her, then who? Why in God’s sake is a mother taking a gun with her while out shopping in a small town where everyone knows one another? This is the ultimate madness of our gun laws. I await a gun shooting at a wedding as the groom reaches out for the ring.

Belated Death Report

A human was killed in Los Angeles in August of this year,and it is just now that details of his death are being revealed to the public. Here are the facts, just the facts:

1. The death occurred on the evening of August 11, 2014.

2. The person was shot by officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

3. The human being had dark skin and was classified as being African American.

4. His name was Ezell Ford

5. He was 25 years old.

6. The police officers who killed him were named, Sharlton Wamper and Antonio Villegas.

7. Mr. Ford was halted by police and then walked away.

8. According to police as Mr. Ford walked away, he was “attempting to conceal his hands.”

9. The police fired and hit his body three times. One bullet hit his arm, another bullet entered his abdomen, and the third bullet entered his back.

10. The Coroner Report said there was an imprint of a gun on Mr. Ford’s lower back indicating he was shot at close range.

11. Police said Mr. Ford “tried to reach for the officer’s gun.”

12. Mr.Ford is dead. He is the only one in this tale who died.

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

I rarely swing my arms when walking.

The US Army made me confident that my body could handle anything.

I assume the nose evolved to warn us of danger.

At some point in life we feel confident that we are in charge of our life.

Age makes the body dependent on others.

There was never a baby born who was not cute to parents.

Some place finger on nose to ponder what is being said.

These days my main struggle is opening doors.

Days of sorrow for families of those flying planes out of Singapore.

For modern Americans, everything is “the greatest threat facing our society.”

Nazi–Who Me???

Members of the Republican party are aware of every group that President Obama has ever belonged to or talked with because when it comes to checking out the private and public lives of LIBERALS, no stone must be left untouched. Congressman Steve Scalia is from the great state of Louisiana and he wants the world to know that from now on in his role of Majority Whip in the House of Representatives there will be nonstop investigations of whatever Democrats have done or even thought of doing. For some reason, one of those Liberals, checked into his own background. It turns out that in 2002, young Steve gave a talk to members of a white supremacist group that had ties to white supremacists in Europe. The European-American White and Rights Organization-EURO had links to American Nazi David Duke. These folks hate blacks, immigrants and Jews, but what the heck, they do believe that whites are the oppressed people these days.

Steve is rather upset. “For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.” He just gave talks to bigots which hardly translates into being a bigot. Then again, he did not know that American Nazi, David Duke was connected to the group. As far as Steve is concerned it is bigots who are out to get him. At least the Republican party can begin the new power knowing it is out in the open that bigots control the legislature!

Texas Rangers Get Bad People

Texas is not only a state but it is also a state of mind. The folks who live in the great state of Texas so enjoy electing men and women to public office who are real AMERICANS! There is a lot of wealth floating around this state and the right folks have most of it. To be a Texan is to live on the right side of our Lord up in the sky. OK, so our Founding Fathers wanted to end the practice of sending to jail those who were not able to pay their debts, but this is modern Texas where no government body out side the borders of the state dare to tell Texans how to run their lives. As of this date, at least six people are in jail for the non-existent crime of not paying off loans on time, and about 1500 face criminal charges for the horrible crime of not paying back money that was borrowed. I do not know if students who owe money to the Federal government will be sent to jail.

Actually, there is a law in Texas which forbids sending to prison those unable to pay debts, but, what the heck, this is Texas and when it comes to matters of money, those with it, are in control. Of course, there is a Federal law which does not allow sending to jail debtors, but how dare that dude from Africa tell Texans who goes or does not go to jail! Next thing the black dude will tell the great state of Texas that it can not kill prisoners. After all, Texas leads the nation in killing prisoners!