Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

ISIS In Ramadi

I am so happy that the US army is training about five thousand “moderates” to confront the armed forces of ISIS. There is a theory within the USA that the best way to fight ISIS is to create a moderate group of Muslims who will desire to charge into battle because they believe in moderation. The factor that makes ISIS so threatening is that its forces are stimulated by the power of hate, violence, religion,and conquest. For some reason those in the West have lost their desire to fight and believe that sending men into battle who do not believe with fervor the cause for which they fight will somehow, in someway lead to victory. The only enemy of ISIS who will defeat this group of terrorists is another group of terrorists who are driven by a love for democracy. You know, the same attitude that permeated British and Americans who fought in World War II.

The training program for “moderates” doesn’t even have a moderate chance for success. Muslims who are driven, who want with fervor, democracy, are the only ones who will defeat the forces of terror. Of course, the problem is lack of charismatic leaders in the Muslim world who seek democracy and modernism. Find those people and ISIS will be defeated.

Bushes In Your Life

Wee are now entering thirty years of Bush folks somewhere near or around the White House. So, to understand the Bush clan:

1. A Bush holding your hand means the other one might hold a knife.

2. Together the Bush dynasty has led to three wars for America.

3. I believe the behavior of the Bush clan is bush league.

4. When a Bush lights a fire it can become a firefight.

5. Few Bushes grow up to be giant trees in the forest.

6. Plant a bush on your lawn and it will transform into a fungus that devours your sons and daughters.

I believe it is time to replace our bushes with flowering plants of beauty.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Sex Ed Protests”

For hands-on education, I hope.

UK, Guardian: “Moronic Immigration”

I guess seeking food is a form of being a moron.

France, Connexion: “17 Rare Monkeys Stolen”

Don’t worry, you can readily find them in the US Congress.

Sweden, Local: “Missing Girl Found”

I guess she is now not missing.

Norway, Norway Post: “Love Hotel”‘

No Republicans allowed in

ONLY IN REPUBLICAN AMERICA

I continually encounter young people who inform me that “politicians are all crooks so who needs to vote for one crook over another.” Actually, not all politicians are crooks, although politicians in modern America are controlled by the needs of money. Three days ago a horrible tragedy made clear why young people should vote and vote for politicians who, at least, are concerned about the welfare of this nation. The Amtrack tragedy outside of Philadelphia is a vivid example of what is happening in this country due to the crazy ideas of Republicans in Congress. Two days after eight people died in a train wreck and dozens were injured the Republican controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to REDUCE EXPENDITURES FOR AMTRACK BY ONW BILLION DOLLARS!!

There is a piece of technology that currently is found in most civilized societies that have trains. It is called: Positive Train Control. Had this technology been used on Amtrack train lines, the tragedy would have been avoided. Roger Ford, of the UK Modern Railway magazine, summed up the situation in America: “When it comes to signaling technology, the Americans are primitive.” Such is the fruit of electing nut cases to Congress whose only goal is to reduce taxes on the wealthy. For the rest of Americans, go to hell– or to Heaven!

It’s Only Water

I gather there is some minor problem in the state of California about lack of water. People are being ordered not to water their lawns and to be extra careful about how they use water during the day. Tim Brown is CEO of the Nestle company which sells water in bottles. You know, this company takes water from rivers, places the water in bottles, and then sells people the water they could easily drink by going to the rivers. Anyway, Tim wants the people of California to know that his company will “absolutely not stop bottling water in California, and would like to increase it. The fact is, if I stop bottling water tomorrow, people would buy another brand of bottled water. People need to hydrate. As the second largest bottler in the state, we’re filling a role many others are filling.

Has anyone considered the idea of ending bottled water and simply go to the faucet and drink it? Believe it or not, it is the same water!!

Nancy Speaks For Devil

Nancy Gordeuk is, or should I say, was, the principal of TNT Academy in a southern state of this nation. Students and parents were attending a graduation ceremony and the valedictorian was due to give her speech. Suddenly, for some unknown reason, Nancy informed the parents and students that the ceremony was over and a group arose and began heading for the exit. Of course, the valedictorian was sitting there bewildered at this sudden turn of events. As parents arose and walked, Nancy spoke the following words: “look, who is leaving, all the black people.” Frankly, I have no idea if those who arose and began to depart were only the black people in the audience, but it is doubtful. Anyway, Nancy later informed her bosses it was all due to the Devil, himself.

“A terrible mistake on my part of the graduation ceremony on Friday night. The devil was in the house and came out of my mouth.” The good news is that no black people heading for the doors were shot by Nancy. After all, when black folks show their backs, what else must be done than to blast away? She is now fired.

Middle East 101 For Dummies

marco Rubio and Rand Paul have suddenly become experts about Middle Eastern foreign policy. Both men have emerged as the leading experts on policy in this area of the world. Both men are determined the only solution in dealing with problems is to “send in the troops.” They demand action, and are tired of the inept policy of President Obama who refused to take strong military action, right now. Frankly, I doubt if either one of these two brave men who have never served their nation in the military have the slightest knowledge of what is happening in Iraq or Yemen.

1. Both demand confronting the “Iran-backed” Houthi in Yemen. Actually, the Houthi have two enemies in Yemen. One was the government which they drove from power. However, their main enemy is -AL QAEDA! I doubt if Rand or Marco even knows the group they want to take out is leading the fight against al Qaeda which both hate.

2. Actually, the Houthi initially were NOT backed by Iran, it was only AFTER the Houthi demonstrated success that Iran offered support. So, how come the US did not offer support?

3. Rand and Marco are the great friends of Israel. I hate to inform them but Israel is one of the problems in the area. Its failure to work with Palestinian leaders and create a modern Palestinian state is A cause of problems, not THE cause.

4. I hate to inform Marco and Rand that use of force was the MAIN problem of the Bush administration. It was GEORGE BUSH whose use of force created ISIS.

It is time for being calm and focus on economic development and provide young people in the region a reason to support Western powers. Above all, it is necessary to allow the emergence of Muslim moderate leaders if we desire peace in the region.

So, ends Middle East 101 for Dummies

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

Republicans believe in myths, the rest of us believe in reality.

Ted Cruz who opposes special treatment for Hispanics, termed himself, Hispanic, on the entry form to Harvard.

In discussing the Middle East, one wonders, where have all the good guys gone?

I suspect, “gone to graveyards, everyone.”

These days, hard to differentiate between, Jeb and George.

I wonder if we will enjoy a post Fox News era?

These days, I so miss Sarah Palin. At least she was funny stupid.

Four years ago, Herman Cain, today, Ben Carson, the necessary black dumbbell.

Iraq Myths

Once upon a time there was a great American president who sent soldiers into battle, and defeated the bad people. He did all the right things, bombing and shooting and before anyone knew what had happened all the bad people were gone. Unfortunately, this great man was soon replaced by a black dude from Africa who refused to follow the ideas of the great American president, and before anyone knew what had happened, all the bad people had returned to power. Jeb Bush was at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas when 19 year old Ivy Ziedrich, made the comment, “your brother created ISIS.” She went on to note that he was “spouting nationalist rhetoric.” Well, mam, those are fighting words to a real man of the West.

According to Jeb, “when we left Iraq, security had been arranged, al-Qaeda had been taken out.” Really.

1. It was President George Bush who appointed Prime Minister to the position of leadership.

2. It was Maliki who turned on Sunni leaders and made them turn toward terrorism.

3. Prior to 2001 the group known as “al-Qaeda, at best, had about one thousand followers.

4. By the time Iraq had been at war for three years, al-Qaeda had, at least, ten thousand followers.

IT WAS GEORGE BUSH WHO WIPED OUT THE TWO LEADING ENEMIES OF IRAN– AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ!

P.S. When US troops entered Iraq there were 800,000 Christians living in peace. When George Bush left office, half the Christian population had fled Iraq.

IRAQ WAS NEVER STABLE.

Another Fox News myth.

A Train Too Fast

By now, the entire American nation knows about the wreck of an Amtrack train that was going too fast and wound up in a wreck with the loss of at least eight people. The story captured my attention. NO,not the fact that there had been a train wreck. NO, not the fact that several people are dead. NO, the figure that jumped out to me was that the train was “going too fast at the speed of a hundred miles an hour.” Hell, there have been trains for years that go over a hundred miles an hour. But, in the United States of America, a train that runs at the speed of 100 miles per hour is “going too fast.” In countries like China or France, there are trains that go over 300 miles an hour. Heck, in Japan there trains go faster than one hundred miles an hour.

What has happened to the USA? We used to boast about our fast trains and planes. We used to boast about our wonderful interstate road system. But, we now have Republicans who vote against any bill that will rebuild our infrastructure. Ironically, it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who created the interstate road system and raised taxes to accomplish that task. Oh, for the day when we can say thatourtrain was ONLY going 300 miles per hour!