Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

On Multiculturalism

There are days when I wonder if somehow or in some way I failed to recognize my bigotry in modern America. Actually, the expression “pluralism” was coined in a New Republic magazine in 1916 in an effort to recognize America in this era. At that point in time, 25% of Americans were either immigrants or children of immigrants, today the figure is about 8%. The issue of creating a society in which people of varying religions, colors and ethnic heritages has long been at the center of how to recognize differences while creating a sense of unity. I laugh when Americans today worry about Hispanic children in schools who come from parents who do not speak English. In my immigrant neighborhood, the merchants like my pop who had a butcher store spoke Yiddish, not English to their customers. Multiply by a factor of ten if you seek to compare the issue of multiculturalism in 1914 with that of today.

So, what happened to we children of immigrants? We joined the army and helped win World War II. We joined the Army and fought in Korea. We got jobs, we invented things, we help create new industries like television and we wound up living in neighborhoods with those who in our childhood were the enemy. Fight to ensure equality for all, but every so often take a deep breath and recognize that times have changed, are changing and will continue to change. The United States of America, for all its failures to aid those at the bottom and those seeking equality HAS made a few strides. Again, what has changed is simply not enough.

Thoughts On Life In Boehnerland

The American people have now enjoyed about two months under the rule of Republicans in Congress. Based on this experience it is now clear:

1. The hordes of ISIS pose greater danger to our nation than the hordes of Latin American kids.

2. Money speaks twenty four hours a day and seven days a week and 12 months in the year.

3. If the choice is either getting rid of some Mexican person or an ISIS person, you know the answer.

4. Just do the opposite of whatever Obama says or does and Sheldon Adelson will reward you very well.

5. Defend Israel over America is the new slogan of Republicans. Let me alter that remark, defend Bibi Netanyahu and screw Israel is the important thing in life.

6. The Republican controlled Senate has failed America.

7. Jeb wants to get elected and if he has to insult George, so what?

8. I am beginning to miss Rick Perry and his words of wisdom.

9. Gridlock is the norm these days for government.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Back To Normal”

Republicans are holding the Obama administration hostage to their hated of immigrants.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Boko Haram Boast Of Slaughter”

Now we know that God wants to murder children.

Norway, Norway Post: “Guide To Dining On Budget”

Please pass me the glass of water!

Sweden, Local: “Beggars Evicted”

I assume you are not discussing Wall Street beggars who get government handouts.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Women Told Find Rich Husband”

You darn well won’t find one in Moscow unless a buddy of Putin

Non Education In America

The arrival of social media to the world has brought many wonderful benefits, but it has also spawned the creation of “colleges” or should I say, places that pose as colleges. There is a corporation by the name of Corinthian and this company which poses as a college has over 70 campuses with 110,000 students. They sell education online and they sell dreams to those lacking an understanding of the job market. Thousands of poor people get themselves into enormous debt on the promise that taking this canned piece of crap termed a “college course” leads to good jobs. Latonya Suggs is twenty five with a child and she attended something termed, “Everest College” –owned by Corinthian. She was told her degree would lead to employment as a probation officer. She now works in a hotel as a maid and she owes the federal government, $75,000!

Ms.Suggs and other such victims are demanding cancellation of the debt by the US Department of Education. It was the responsibility of this federal agency to supervise colleges. These debts should be forgiven. Oh, Corinthian is declaring bankruptcy and going out business. Along with its departure goes the dreams of thousands.

Can I Cover My Head?

Every so often a case comes up which deals with fundamental human rights and we all should halt whatever we do today and focus on this critical issue of our time. Abercrombie & Fitch sells clothes to one and all who enter its doors. This company has standards and one Samuthan Elauf wants to work and at the same time cover her head with a hijab. So we know have another issue dealing with hair and what should or should not go on the top of our head. The young Muslim woman believes that God insists she cover her head, the businessmen insist they have policies. According to Abercrombie & Fitch, the color black is banned since it conveys the wrong image in their stores. They also do not think customers want to be served by anyone who has something on her head.

We propose the following solution to this great issue of the day:

1. Muslim women now should wear white covered hijabs.

2. Customers are now required to shut their eyes when dealing with a clerk.

3. Supervisors are required to wear a cap when checking out the hired help.

John Boehner Has Principles!

We Americans can get on our knees and thank God that John Boehner is ready, willing and able to protect us against the forces of terrorism that were created by the inept policies of one, Barack Obama. At a time when ISIS is murdering people or the nut cases in Nigeria are kidnapping and killing, as far as John is concerned the greatest threat to the American people are those who enter America in order to pick our crops and clean up our dirt. John and his merry group of nut cases in the House of Representatives have passed a bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security as long as they ensue no money goes to handle illegal immigrants. I do realize that few reading this have the historical understanding possessed by House Republicans who are convinced some illegal immigrant kids pose the real threat to the survival of the American nation.

The US Senate can not get support to pass a similar bill and wants to pass two bills, one that funds DHS and one that deals with children. According to John: “I’m waiting for the Senate to act on the bill.” So, come Friday, less money for DHS and fewer working to deal with terrorism. Sheldon Aldeson and the billionaires are happy, they will get tax cuts and when one has a billion, the fear of terrorists is not central to life. Republican congressman John Fleming wants America to know, “To cave in on this point, I think our leadership sees real danger in doing that.”

Welcome to America one and all terrorists. Just don’t allow them Hispanic kids to enter!

Tales Of Bill O’Reilly In Combat

There is one thing that is certain in life, those who adhere to the Republican Party are the bravest folk in our land. They are also the wisest people in our land since they alone know that Barack Obama was born in another land and simply lacks guts to do anything. Bill is still upset because some reporters challenged his accounts of being a man under fire in Argentine during the Falkland Island wars back in the 1980s. It now appears that not only did Bill confront terrorists in Argentine, but he also went face to face with bad people who murdered several nuns in El Salvador. According to Bill: “I was in El Salvador when I saw nuns get shot in the back of the head.” He went on to say that he arrived in El Salvador to work for CBS early in 1981.

Now, this is one great story. Bill arrived in El Salvador in 1981 to see the nuns get shot. There is one slight problem with this story. The nuns got shot in 1980. I do apologize for being picky, but I thought reporters were duty bound to check facts. Oh, in 2009, Bill told WVVH-TV that he arrived in El Salvador just after the nuns got shot.

Now, you know why Fox News hired Bill.

God Not A Martian!

Pat Robertson told viewers of his 700 Club that after consulting God it was now clear to him that the Big Guy up in the sky does not want to have we earthlings head up to Mars. According to Pat, the Old Man made the Earth, the Old Man made we humans and he does not want anyone or anything to venture out into space. I decided to give a call to God and check with him about what Pat told we earthlings.

M: I wanted to check with you since you are the Boss of the Universe as to whether we should venture up to Mars.

G: Where did you say you are from?

G: Look kid, I have made billions of planets, you can’t actually believe that remember every single one.

M: But, Pat Robertson said he talked with you about this Mars thing.

G: Pat, who?

M: Sir, down here on planet Earth we have some folks like Sarah Palin who check with you about things like immigrants and health care.

G: Oh, you mean the crazy woman who calls at all hours of the day and night? God, I can’t get a good night’s sleep without the phone ringing.

M: So, Sir, should we venture out to Mars?

G: The universe is open to all life forms. Go where the hell you want.

M: Can I tell Pat it is OK to go to Mars?

G: Just tell that dude to quit pestering me!!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Oh, to be a child and run with the wind.

No world leader today impresses me.

No American political leader impresses me other than Senator Warren.

Why do we refer to the “Valley of Death” but never to the “Valley of Life?”

Life offers second chances, why not Death?

Long time since I heard, “show me the money.”

I have always loved a good mystery.

Why Do Israelis Elect Idiots?

Let us get a few facts clear when discussing the nation of Israel. It contains about eight million Jews in an area of the world which contains nearly two hundred million Muslims and about forty million Christians. I admit the Israel air force is the best in the region and the Israel army is certainly the best. Of course, the American army was the best in the world and has yet to be able to defeat guerrilla style forces in the region. Members of the Democratic party in the USA contacted the Israel prime minister and urged that he meet with them during his trip to the United States in order to discuss with Republicans why they are right to hate a president who was twice elected by the American people. Senator Richard Durbin and Senator Diane Feinstein asked the Israel leader to meet with Democratic senators.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu responded that he could not in order not to “compound the misperception of partisanship. So, the Israel leader does not wish to be perceived as favoring one party over the other. I assume that is why the Israel ambassador to the United States of America secretly met with Republican congressmen to plan this trip!

So, Israelis, why did you elect this man to lead your country. Do you people have an appointment with disaster?