Monthly Archives: March 2015


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.

Iran, Iran, Iran

As you will recall, Republicans and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been shouting about the ill timed negotiations with the evil government of Iran. According to the Republican party, the incompetent President Barack Obama is giving into the government of Iran and thus surrendering to the forces of terror. For some reason, the offers being made to the Iran government are being refused on grounds that the so called 5 Powers plus one refuse to give into Iran demands. I do get confused. On one hand, Bibi insists we are giving into the demands of Iran while Iran insists their opponents refuse to accept their terms. Heck, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even walked out of the room in disgust with the Iranian refusal to accept a fair plan.

Basically, Iran wants an immediate end to sanctions while the other side wants a gradual relaxation of sanctions. I wonder what next Republicans will charge Obama with doing–refusing to accept the demands of Iran??


We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.


I wonder which right I have that I do not have according to Republicans?

If Christians have rights exactly which freedoms for non-Christians must be respected?

All the teams I rooted for are not in the Final Four. Another example of anti-Semitism.

America was a healthier land before people were forced to have health insurance.

I think God would support my right to pollute the world.

There are days when I wonder if God will ever return to the scene of his greatest creation disaster!

Iran On Our Minds

The American people will know within the coming twenty four hours whether or not John Kerry and fellow negotiators have been able to convince the government of Iran to agree to a process of ensuring that nation does not proceed on the road to nuclear weapons. At this point the only Middle Eastern nation that is permitted to make nuclear weapons is Israel. After all, we know that Israel would never invade another area in the region. The only nation that is allowed to bar UN inspectors into its nuclear facilities is Israel. So, it is time for Iran NOT to follow the Israel path and open its facilities to the United Nations and not to proceed with creating nuclear weapons. I do not know if an agreement will be reached. I do know that Iran has the right to develop a nuclear industry if it is based on principles of no nuclear weapons.

Reality: at some point the world has to bestow trust on the government of Iran. The agreement, if reached, will not be perfect. That is reality. Hopefully, with economic sanctions ending and goods and trade with Iran the young people of that nation will eventually get the right to express their desires for peace and the threat of war from Iran will end.

Israel Always On Our Minds!

I confess to actually believe that important issues confronting the United States of America are healthcare, the rising inequality of income, student loans, the need to rebuild our infrastructure or decent wages for those who work. But, in the state of Maryland it is now clear that whoever becomes their next US Senator must focus on the most important issue of the day– where does the candidate stand on the issue of Israel! Democratic candidate Chris Van Hollen wants Democrats to know that he will stand with AIPAC, the American Public Affairs Committee which is a mouth piece for the Netanyahu government. He promises to love Israel and these days in many American Jewish circles that means back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the other hand Donna Edwards likes the J Street crowd of those who are soft on Israel and really hate Israel. It has now come down to the issue of whether or not one hates or loves Israel.

To LOVE ISRAEL, a candidate must support the Netanyahu government.

To Hate ISRAEL a candidate opposes the Netanyahu government.

I am an American who is a Jew, I am not a Jew who is an American.

Always This Race Business

James Knowles is mayor of a nice small Christian town which is in St. Louis County in the state of Missouri. Things were going along rather well in this tiny bastion of decency and life. The police stopped people who did not know how to drive and issued them tickets. After aloo, it is a lot easier issuing traffic tickets than making people pay taxes. Then one terrible night a cop was threatened by a big black dude and he had to save his life so he fired his gun. According to the mayor, “regardless of the merits of a lot of things that happened, I think that it is unfortunate that the Department of Justice always tried to narrow it down to race.” Race, Race, Race, the Obama administration can’t get that word out of the life in Ferguson, Missouri.

Knowles believes the Justice Department report on R— is a “miscarriage of justice.” Let’s get clear the people who most suffered on that night are white folk. This is the group which has been oppressed, this is the group that now has to pay income tax to run the city. Knowles is right, this is not “fair.” And, it you want further proof that he is speaking the truth, just check in with Fox News!