Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if there are life forms on other plants which think as do members of the current Republican party?

A dream is another word for “hope.”

Some fear change, some have to change their minds.

A dog could never be my best friend.

Best thing about McDonald’s, the morning solitude.

Some smooth tummy before eating.

I pay no attention to the TV while in a restaurant.

People are worried about tomorrow’s weather, me, I only care about today.

Difficult to hold coat and get coffee.

Always forget to hate.

Once Again, Israel-Palestine Issues Remain Issues

It took fifty years to finally resolve the conflict between Cuba and the US, but it is now over sixty years without a resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. There is no doubt for most of that time Palestinians lacked leadership willing to resolve the conflict, but there are now Palestinians seeking to achieve peace with Israel. Palestine leaders are asking the United Nations to help resolve their problems with Israel. Here are some suggestions:

1. Israel settlements on the West Bank should be consolidated into an area of about five percent of the land.

2. Israel and Palestine would enter into an economic Union to simulate both economies.

3. A Water Authority would be created to handle this important issue. Jordan could join in handling this issue.

4. A new technology University would be created to bring together Palestinians and Israelis.

5. A joint Israel and Palestinian Armed force would be charged with assuring peace on the West Bank.

6. Israel would pay a billion dollars a year to provide homes for refugees returning to the West Bank.

Some concrete steps for peace.

Nigeria Bonkers Over Boko!

Nigeria has the largest population of any African nation, its economy has the potential to become a modern one, and it has abundant sources of Oil. Nigeria is a divided nation with northern regions being mainly populated by Muslims and the remainder of the nation being Christian. The President is usually someone from the South and he is a Christian. During the four years an extremist Muslim group, Boko Haram, has run wild all over Nigeria killing and capturing females. Opposed to them is the so called “Nigerian Army.” In reality there is an army that exists on paper and an army that actually exists. Corrupt officers collect salaries for soldiers who simply do not exist and they take money designed to purchase weapons and deposit those funds into their bank accounts. Ironically, the oil rich Nigeria nation lacks money to even get arms and ammunition for their soldiers. Ironically, Boko Haram has higher quality weapons than those available to Nigerian soldiers.

The Nigerian government has sentenced to death 54 soldiers for refusing to go into battle. The soldiers refused because they lacked weapons with which to fight. Not a single one of the 54 is an officer! Lawyers for the 54 argue, “instead of bringing unpatriotic officers to task, military authorities have engaged in diversionary tactics of sending soldiers to death.” Until Nigeria confronts corruption in its army and government, then Boko Haram will run wild!

Marco Rubio Is Upset About Cuba

Senator Marco Rubio is very upset because that man in the White House has decided to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. You know, the land from which Marco’s parents fled in order to flee from tyranny. He terms the President as being the “world’s worst negotiator” which leaves me a bit confused. Either Marco does not want any negotiation with the Castro brothers or he wants a different outcome from the negotiation. For years Marco has been against any form of negotiation. However, if Marco was the President he would have gotten much more from the Castro gang.

1. Fidel would have been compelled to apologize to all Cubans now living in Florida for being a bad man.

2. Fidel would agree to raise wages of all Cuban workers.

3. Fidel would have promised to disband the Cuban armed forces.

4. Fidel would have agreed to give each and every Cuban immigrant to the US a sum of $100,000.

5. Fidel would have promised to welcome Capitalism to Cuba.

As I recall when then President Richard Nixon opened relations with Communist China all he did was agree to exchange Ambassadors. Marco, we have attempted for over half a century to end the Castro regime and it is still there. Enough is enough.

Donald Trump On Whatever

Frankly, there has been an amazing silence from the red headed man who simply knows everything about everyone and when he speaks, those around must stand at attention and listen to his words of wisdom. As I recall, Donald Trump was a fervent supporter of a man named, George Bush. Donald was quick to appear on Fox News in order to support his leader against unfair attacks by those LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS who inhabit the Democratic Party. Silence is not the ordinary stance of a man who regards himself as God’s gift to humanity. Jeb Bush of the Bush family has decided to investigate the possibility that we Americans might just desire his Bush like knowledge as our next President. Obviously, this did not sit well with Donald since Jeb forgot to check with him.

“The last thing we need is another Bush. Obama has been a terrible President, but Bush likewise was a terrible President. We have two beauties there so I am not a fan of the Bush group.” However, I am certain he is a fan of the Trump group. I hate to tell Donald but not a single important Republican is worried about being fired by Donald. He might just go and build another casino that he can close.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Dead On The Internet”

Sounds like a good place to die.

USA, aol: “Torturers Heroes To Cheney”

At least it shows that Cheney is loyal to his comrades.

Russia, Moscow Times: “”A New Start”

In Putin Russia that means invading a new country.

Sweden, Local: “Snow Shortages Moves Ski Races”

Have you guys considered Siberia, they could use some money.

France, Connexion: “Train Conductors Start Strike”

At least the engineers are working.

The Horror Inn Pakistan

I confess to being unable to cease thinking about the recent horror in Pakistan where suicide bombers from the Taliban murdered over 100 children and wounded another hundred. The most horrible picture was from the Pakistan Taliban where a group of men are so excited at the massacre of MUSLIM CHILDREN! I simply do not understand how any person who believes in a religion would jump for joy at the murder of children from their religion. I have spent hours thinking about this event and nothing makes sense to me. I do grasp that the children had fathers who were enemies of the Taliban,but why pick on the children? I confess to being raised in New York City in which gangsters, under no condition would ever murder children or wives of their enemies. The rule of my childhood was that one could not pick on children of those you hate.

OK, Taliban leaders are besides themselves with joy at these murders. Fellows, you will have a lot of explaining to do when you get up there in the sky, and I can guarantee there will not be any virgin gals for you!!

Whatever Happened To Xmas?

Each Christmas season I am compelled to listen to commentators discuss the end of Christmas due to Socialist ideas of liberals seeking to undo the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Just about every night there must be a comment by Bill O’Reilly about the destruction of the Christmas spirit by those who hate Christmas. I decided to initiate an investigative act of journalism and find out what is destroying the Christmas spirit in our fair land. Here are my results:

I drove around the streets of Lombard, Illinois, a nice suburb of the city of Chicago. After visiting about sixty blocks of the area this is what I discovered:

1. Only two Santa Claus figures on the front lawn.

2. Only four houses had tiny little figures of Christ and the other folks with him.

3. Not a single example of a house with gobs of lights on it.

4. Two Menorah decorations by some Jews.

5. Not a single house had big signs with the words MERRY CHRISTMAS.

6. No snowmen on the front lawn made by kids. Of course, that might be due to the lack of snow.

Yes, Bill and the folks at Fox News, it is them damn Socialists here in Lombard that are destroying the Xmas spirit.

P.S. I did contact Santa up in the North Pole and ask him to help out. He refused to offer guarantees of appearing.

End Of Democracy In Turkey

About ten years ago in Turkey the Justice and Development Party won a free election and assumed power in the nation. It was led by Recep Erdogan who became the prime minister and promised a new style form of Muslim leadership. His party pushed for creation of a modern economy, and hopefully would be able to enter the European Union which would further stimulate the economy. Erdogan also promised to end efforts by Turkey’s generals and admirals who continually over threw governments they did not like. Erdogan was successful and ended rule by the Armed forces. He was successful in creating a modern economy in a Muslim society. He pushed for the end of laws that restricted the rights of Muslims in schools where females were forbidden to wear the chador in college classes. But, something happened to Erdogan along the path of modernity. He increasingly became obsessed with the wonder of POWER. His administration has put in jail more journalists than any other nation in the world. He has step by step begun the process of ending democracy within his nation.

Erdogan has become convinced that former ally, Fetullah Gulen, an imam who now resides in the United States of America and has fought for democracy in Turkey, is part of a plot to take over power in Turkey. When Turkish police uncovered evidence of corruption on the part of Erdogan and his associates, the then Prime Minister initiated prosecution of district attorneys and judges who supported police action. The editors of Zaman, among the largest circulation newspapers in Turkey are now in jail. They are charged with being agents of Gulen who seek to overthrow the government. Those who WERE CORRUPT are now free and those who initiated the corruption charges are now in prison. Bye, bye democracy in Turkey.

Rouble Rouble Stop Dropping In Value

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin remains very popular to the people of Russia. His approval ratings continue to hover in the high eighties. Of course, I live in the United States of America, a land in which the people of this fair land just voted to support the Republican Party whose policies caused a great recession and got us into wars in the Middle East. But, Americans, just like Russians prefer in power those who cause problems than those who might solve them. The Russian Rouble has fallen in value at least fifty percent and continues dropping. Oil prices are now down by fifty percent. The great Vladimir Putin has done NOTHING to make Russian industry an important factor in the economy since he prefers that Russia should depend upon the export of oil. The price for a barrel is now about $55 while it was about $110 a year ago. Putin has infuriated western Europe, he has angered Saudi Arabia by supporting the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and he has made the United States the leader of imposing sanctions upon the Russian economy.

But, the people of Russia so like this man who has “restored pride” by seizing the Crimea and causing civil war in Ukraine. So, they flock to his banner of stupidity and watch their economy implode. Such is the price of those lacking common sense. I speak from experience, I recall how Americans felt pride to invade Iraq and get those ever disappearing weapons of mass destruction. Follow Putin and destroy the Russian economy. Hey,take a trip to Russia, you now can get 65 Roubles for each dollar – a year ago you would have gotten 30!