Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

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 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!

Life Before Obamacare

It is now two years since that hated event when President Obama imposed the worst example of tyranny this nation has endured. He imposed a law that requires people to be healthy. In the annals of tyranny this must be the most vile and hateful law that has ever been passed since it takes away the right of the American people to be ill. So, what has happened to this nation since we now must become healthy?

1. Nearly ten million people who lacked health insurance now have it.

2. The cost of health care has declined.

3. People with pre-existing conditions now have low cost access to health insurance.

4. Doctors are not rebelling.

5. Senator Ted Cruz who denounced this evil has now asked to become a member of Obamacare!!

And, the sky has not fallen!

Religious Freedom For All

There are times when Republicans employ the word, “freedom” in ways that defy any semblance of intelligence. I was raised when the expression “religious freedom” referred to the right of people to practice their religion in face of discrimination and hatred. Heck, back in those days, we were concerned that this fight entailed the very right to even live because some government refused to allow people to pray. We have moved a long way from the days of the Holocaust to a time when someone who makes cakes is now the center of religious freedom. In the state of Indiana as well other parts of the USA, if those who bake cakes do not wish to sell their products to gays and lesbians they have now have a constitutional right to say, NO.

I wonder what next will become a right that Republicans will make into a law:

1. I have a constitutional to drive my car at whatever speed God says.

2. I have a constitutional right to pee in the streets, it is my dick!

3. I have a constitutional right to bring my gun to the Congressional galleries. Just check the 2nd Amendment.

The world has gone mad now that Republicans control state government.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada,Toronto Star: “Chaos In Yemen”

Sorry, yesterday’s news.

Japan, Japan Times: “Bad Boys Back In Town”

I wouldn’t mind the bad boys, it is the ignorant who bother me.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You Will Remember His Name””

It’s Ted Cruz and he will make certain you remember his name.

France, Connexion: “Nuns Take To The Road”

I assume it is the road that leads higher and higher.

Norway, Norway Post: “Kids Weak On Drawing Conclusions”

Heck, we have a Congress of alleged adults who can not even conclude how to pass a law!

Turkey Is Finally Upset

Turkish President Recep Erdogan runs a tight ship in his land and increasingly decides who can speak and what they say. He has allowed his nation to become an open land for Jihadists headed in the direction of Syria. Ordinarily, he does not comment about terrorists except to complain that those opposing such people continue to insult Turkey about the so-called genocide toward Armenians a century ago. But now, Recep is really upset. “Iran is trying to dominate the region. Could this be allowed? This has begun to annoy us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this. Iran has to change its view. It has to withdraw any forces whatever it has in Yemen as well as in Sryia.”

Turkey has a powerful armed force and it could assist in the war against terrorism. So far, it has remained on the sidelines. Perhaps, it is time for Turkey to get serious. A first step would be to halt the passage of young jihadists through its land who are headed for Syria and Iraq. Glad to have you on board, Mr. Erdogan!

We Are Surrounded!

The election in Israel is over and Bibi Netanyahu is still the prime minister. There is one thing that is certain in life, leaders of Israel will shout to the rooftops that there nation is surrounded and therefore it is imperative to take the first step in defense by attacking Gaza. IN 2013 this Muslim entity was invaded by Israel causing the death of 39 and the wounding of 3,964. In 2014 Gaza was invaded which resulted in the death of 2,314 and the wounding of 17,124. As you will recall this invasion originated because some Muslim men murdered three innocent Jewish boys. It only stands to reason and fairness that if three Jews are murdered, then 2,000 Muslims must be killed including 1600 innocent men, women and children. I usually get many Jews upset because of my refusal to buy into the chant that innocent Israel is surrounded by Arab states that only seek to kill each and every Jew in that land. Examine the record:

Egypt has not fought a war in nearly forty years and its army lacks the capability to challenge the IDF.

Jordan can hardly keep under control its minority which is composed of Palestinians.

Lebanon lacks any armed force although it does have Hamas and thousands of missiles. An attack on Israel would unleash the full force of the IDF.

Saudi Arabia has never fought a war against any major power.

Syria?

Iraq?

Israel has 80 atomic bombs including submarines that can fire nuclear weapons.

What was that again about being “surrounded?”

Mystery Of Death

The ultimate mystery of life is death. We know that the end of our journey in life must always conclude in the end of life. I, like millions, can not shake loose of the story about how Andreas Lubitz ended his journey along with the journeys of dozens of others when he shut the door of his cockpit to the Captain and quietly and silently headed the plane downwards to a murderous conclusion. We are now discovering that this man had emotional problems, and hid them from his superiors. He never revealed anything about who he was, he hid from others feelings of depression and illness, and simply went about his business of death. We now know that a doctor informed him that he was “unfit to work.”

I confess that this story haunts me. The death of 150 people without any warning, the end of life for little children is simply among the most horrible tales ever told. German authorities will be making some changes in the manner of who flies a plane. From now on there will always be two pilots together. OK, a little more money will be spent. At age 84 I am never surprised on how we humans can kill. It would be so wonderful if we could focus on life and cherish each moment of avoiding Death!