Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

Kobani Deaths Continue

I have written today about hysteria in America, but when one gazes at world events, the only apparent common pattern is death and destruction. No, these murders are not in any way comparable to deaths in World War II. We do not have a Holocaust, but we do have killers who openly boast about their murders. ISIS murderers in the embattled city of Kobani which is filled with Kurds is besieged by ISIS forces. Naturally, these men of God must show the world another example of how they can chop off a head. This is probably the first time since the French Revolution so much attention has been paid to chopping off heads. OOPs, sorry, I forgot about Saudi Arabia which so far this year has chopped off a dozen heads without a word of complaint from the Western world.

Death has become the natural event in Kobani. US Planes are bombing ISIS forces with some success. We can now boast that our bad guys are dying. So, this must be good news. Death will not leave the environs of Kobani, he has found a fall resting place. At least Death is a happy person in Kobani!

I Do Not Understand

I suspect it will take at least twenty years before any future historian or sociologist can make sense of what has been transpiring in this society over the past decade. There is something mysterious and strange about behaviors of our young people. They inhabit a world they make on their own within the confines of Social Media. Jaylen Fryberg is dead. He also is responsible for the deaths of at least two of his friends. We now know that he texted these friends to have lunch with him. He then strode into the lunchroom, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot his FRIENDS. No, he did Not shoot his enemies, just his friends. Why is the great mystery of this shooting. A popular boy, an athlete, the Prince at a homecoming somehow became furious towards his friends.

I simply do Not understand this shooting. It does not fit into any pattern of logic. It was simply an explosion of anger and hate towards those who were friends. We today can not explain such behavior. The only pattern we do know is that our society is filled with nonstop anger, hate, and hysteria. We have placed our youth into this environment, and most probably the end result is not pleasant for anyone. Hysteria rules the land. What have we done to our youth??

Life In Putinland

There are stories that come from Russia which reveal the extent of how Vladimir Putin has transformed a budding democratic society into one where what the Great Leader says is truth must be the truth or decide to spend your life in some prison in Siberia. The entire staff of the State Central Museum of Cinema has resigned. Yes, the entire staff of trained professionals because they do not wish to work for someone who simply mouths of the ideas of Putin, the great expert on cinema. The entire staff claims that Putin appointed Lavria Solonitsya “has demonstrated her incompetence more and more.. the non-transparency of her decisions has come accompanied with a stubborn unwillingness to listen to the opinions of employees.”

What better description of President Vladimir Putin. Place an egomaniac in charge of the nation and he will appoint like thinking people to key jobs. Anyway, I assume these employees will be offered a nice job at a cinema in Siberia.

Ebola And Myth Of Crisis

According to my estimate of what has occurred in the great myth of Ebola, about five people within a population of about 315,000,000 people have actually been found to have the disease. Last year about 25,000 people died in car accidents and about 30,000 left this world due to gun shootings. Naturally, these two deadly diseases are never cited as causing a “crisis.” We have become a nation controlled by fear. Lock up those who come from Africa, but never lay a hand on those who shoot rifles and pistols resulting in the death of thousands. There is NO Ebola CRISIs. We have become fixated on our fear of the unknown. UN Secretary Ban Ki- Moon uttered a few calm words to America. He said that healthcare workers, “should not be submitted to restrictions that are no based on science.”

Wow, imagine a leader who actually believes in the concept of SCIENCE! Calm down, the sky is NOT falling. You will NOT get Ebola. All you will get is a case of the jitters!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Suicide Bomber Threat Ends After Four Years”

Are you certain that is enough time, how about twenty years?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Want Circumcision Banned”

OUCH!

USA, Army Times: “Lure Recruits With Women And Alcohol”

Where can I sign up, right now!!

USA, NY Post: “Guns For The Blind”

Just check the 2nd Amendment, we blind folks got our rights!!

France, Connexion: “Stores May Have To Give Away Food”

What next, pay workers a decent wage?

Inept Government Myths!

It has now become an accepted belief for the American people that “big government” is not working. Every poll reveals further evidence that Americans do not believe their government is able to confront issues of the day. The prevailing view is that if there is a problem, the government can not solve it. Of course, this myth does not indicate who or what else would handle problems? Let us examine the record:

1. Over thirty million Americans receive their Social Security and Medicaid checks on time.

2. Call the hotline for Social Security and someone responds within five minutes.

3. The Affordable Care Act is working after some initial glitches.

4. Their are health inspectors checking all sorts of facilities every moment of the day.

5. Crime has gone down dramatically over the past two decades. I assume that was due to “big government.”

6. Schools, with all their problems, are functioning and about 50,000,000 kids are learning something.

7. It was Big Government that gave African Americans the right to vote.

8. It was Big Government that gave gays and lesbians their rights.

9. It was Big Government which gave women their rights of equality in the workplace.

10. It is Big Government which has made certain that planes are safe.

Enough withe the Big Government myths.

Iraqi Unintended Consequences

The Republican party has spent this election blasting President Obama for failures in Iraq. According to this story, the great war leader, George Bush left office with the presence of an Iraq army prepared to fight against all enemies. It was failure on the part of Obama to retain American troops in Iraq which resulted in the debacle of a collapsed Iraq army. Nice story, completely incorrect. It was under the administration of George Bush that Nouri al-Maliki became head of Iraq. This sectarian bumbling incompetent leader angered the Sunnis and drove them to support terrorist groups in order to protect themselves from the brutality of the Maliki government. The reason no US troops were retained in Iraq is clear- President Obama refused to leave them because the Maliki government insisted that any US soldier charged with a crime in Iraq would be tried by a Sharia court. Imagine the reaction of Fox News to that one!S.

ISIS had about 25,000 men when they confronted the Iraq “army” of over 200,000. The Iraq army fled the field of combat and left tanks and missiles for ISIS. Yesterday, ISIS forces shot down an Iraq Army helicopter with one of those missiles. This means many US attack Helicopters can not be used in Iraq or Syria due to the loss of the equipment. Blame the problem on its source- the failed government of Maliki which allowed corruption to run rampant and destroyed morale in the Iraq armed forces!

Arrest Our Heroes!

Believe it or not but the American people used to be intelligent and brave enough to confront dangers without being treated as some delicate flower who could not be allowed out in the sun because it might get too much sunshine. We used to be a nation that welcomed challenges, but in modern America hysteria and fear are in the hearts of our leaders. Ebola is NOT going to sweep through this country. Some mistakes were made –by the way in the great state of Texas whose Governor Rick Perry continues to blame President Obama for errors committed by TEXAS HOSPITALS! There is something ludicrous when the Governor of Texas yells about President Obama when his own hospital was at fault. We now have a new dimension of hysteria. Dr. Chris Christie of the state of New Jersey has instituted 21 days of quarantine for any healthcare worker returning from Africa. Governor Christie is the same man who understands how to handle traffic on the George Washington Bridge, and now has become an expert on healthcare. Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned from West Africa is now in quarantine even though she has NOT tested positive for Ebola.

President Obama has warned of “unintended consequences” of this hysterical response to Ebola. Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined the fear parade and also imposed quarantines. My question is whether these actions were proposed by medical leaders in the states of New York or New Jersey? As Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated: “The problem is the hero, having come back from the front, having done the right thing, is treated with disrespect.” Ms. Hickox feels as though she is being treated like a criminal. There are pygmies in our land, not giants of leadership!!

We Need A 21st Century Armed Force

In 1940, the United States of America has a smaller army than Bulgaria, and our troops were training with wooden rifles. President Franklin Roosevelt then compelled Congress to vote necessary funds in order to create a modern army and navy. What does it mean to have a “modern” armed forces? It requires providing those serving with the proper equipment, and leadership. Let’s face reality. Our present armed forces are not designed for fighting in the twenty first century. We continue building tanks and jet planes when we need troops who are versed in fighting wars against guerrilla organizations. We continue building aircraft carriers although there is absolutely no need for them. China has exactly ONE aircraft carrier, and we worry about the Chinese navy. What would a modern armed force look like?

1. Special forces, men and women who are able to function in lightening strikes would be increased.

2. We need men and women who understand the nature of their enemy. They must be educated about Islamic traditions and concepts.

3. We need officers who understand the enemy. Few, if any, American officers who entered Iraq or Afghanistan understood their enemies. They wanted to blast away with terrible results for the civilian population.

4. Our armed forces must understand how to work cooperatively with local populations.

During World War II when American soldiers entered France or Italy they were provided information about people of those nations. How many US soldiers knew anything about the people of Afghanistan or Iraq prior to those invasions? An educated soldier is a more effective one. That is essential in the 21st century!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if elections for God are financed by the Koch Brothers?

I walk in the air, never in malls.

A woman dressed in white always captures my attention.

Cell phones compel people to spend their days looking down.

I never walk in sandals.

My hope is that Death takes off for a winter break.

Allowing a car to get in front of you means it is the last car to get the green