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

There is a fatigue of body and a fatigue of mind.

To be alone with mind, is to be alone with knowledge.

Women always sit first, why?

If you encounter hot air on the way to work, don’t worry, Ted Cruz is speaking someplace.

Winter cold makes me wear jacket in coffee shop.

I AM my brother’s keeper.

Old expression, “follow the money” describes politics in modern America.

Its Terrorism, Not Islam

The Republican party has discovered a new issue that is becoming the most important way to fight terrorists. President Obama made a speech in which he urged that when confronting the issue of terrorism, we should make a distinction between a terrorist and the religion of that person. “We must never accept the premise put forward because it is a lie, not should we grant terrorists the religious legitimacy they seek. They are not religious leaders, they are terrorists. We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who pervert religion.” Naturally, these words upset the folks at Fox News and members of the Republican party who are convinced that each and every Muslim is a friend of terrorists.

If one’s religion is to be cited when terrorists go into action, then:

1. How about citing the CHRISTIAN GERMAN NAZIS?

2. How about citing the CHRISTIAN FASCIST ITALIANS?

3. How aout citing the CATHOLIC SPANISH INQUISITION?

Oh Them Beggars In Madrid

I spent my early life in the city of New York where just about every subway ride some man wandered through the car seeking a few coins. Or, on subway platforms men and women offered their musical talents to lighten life underground or for those headed home after a tough day hauling boxes for a living. In Madrid there is a new directive to all employees. They are to be on guard against potential violence. NO, the enemy is not a Muslim terrorist but beggars, musicians and gay folk. This is rather interesting. If I work on the Madrid underground, I must constantly be on guard in case somehow I encounter a gay person. Here is my confusion:

1. If someone laughs at a joke does this mean they are then in the state of being a gay person?

2. Exactly which personal characteristic allow me to decide if someone is a gay personal, of the sexual persuasion?

3. It would assist if the authorities had pictures of these gay folk.

In other words, if you find yourself on the Madrid underground, display a somber face and do not laugh!

Money Is Sexy

There is something about the lure of money or a bit of power that can turn a woman’s head. Henry Kissinger, hardly the most sexy man on this planet always attracted gorgeous female to his side. French diplomat and rather wealthy guy has cut a swath through beautiful women,bout for some reason is always in court because he somehow or another decided to fool around with prostitutes of chamber maids. His friend, philosopher Bernard Henri Levy describe the man who would never appear in any ad as a rather dynamic individual. “Charisma, seductive, yes certainly; a friend to women, first of all to his own woman. But this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously, no.” Quite a portrayal of a man for all women.

However, Doominique Strauss Kahn has a propensity for being at parties with prostitutes where he sort of engages in rough play. He now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon of violence, but not with his penis. Anyway, Dominique is rather upset because how was he to know those women who so adored him were prostitutes. He thought that animal charm attracted them to the dumpy little man.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Don’t Buy Unless Free”

If it is free, how can I buy something?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Noses That Backfire”

ACHOO!

Norway, Norway Post: “Preschool Teacher Caught Drunk”

She just wanted kids to lap up some knowledge.

China, China Daily: “Should Naked Tourists Be Blacklisted”

Nope, why cover their nudity with blackness?

UK, Guardian: “Another Draw”

The state of government in America.

Obama Hates America!

I have been alive during sixty years of presidential elections and have witnessed candidates arguing they were a superior candidate then their opponent. But, until elections in which a black dude who was born in Africa, I have NEVER heard one candidate claim his opponent hated America because he was not a real American. Barack Obama has made mistakes, he has fouled up–just as has anyone who became president of this nation. Rudy Giuliani was attending a meeting of fellow Republicans when the mouth that roars nonsense, let go with another of his profound observations on Barack Obama. “I do not believe–and I know this isa horrible thing to say–but i do not believe that this president loves America.” Of course he does not, how can anyone who was born in Africa have love for the American people? There is politics, and there is simply politicians who do not like the American form of democracy. In this land, we conduct a political campaign with respect for our opponents. THAT is the AMERICAN way of politics.

When it comes to wallowing in dirt, Rudy is the number one proponent of insulting opponents. Any person who has been nominated to run for president is an AMERICAN. We can oppose him, but it contradicts the essence of our democratic process of elections to question that person’s love of this country.

Conservatives In Action Mean NO Action For Poor People

Conservatives in America want power so they can prove that enacting conservative laws will result in peace and prosperity to all who dwell in this fair land. Actually, we have a vivid example of what occurs when conservatives become the party leading society– the United Kingdom. Under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, the people of England are being subject to what constitutes a conservative concept of government. Jessica was 22 weeks pregnant and had to walk two miles to get to the food bank because she was too poor to take public transportation. She was receiving an Employment and Support Allowance for her mental health issues after she had given birth to a still born child. Jessica was informed that after she failed to attend a session on “work focus” she would witness a reduction in her allowance.

In merry England if those who are poor they may be subject to less money for failing to attend obesity sessions and then reduce their weight. After all, a philosophy that urges less government supervision of people just wants to check their weight. Conservatives believe those with wealth do not need government supervision or government laws and regulations, but when it comes to what poor people weigh, send in government agents!

Hop Bus, Get Raped

The people of Turkey are part of an ancient civilization that has long been a source of peace. But, there is also something that has become all too often a frequent aspect of the culture of that land. Twenty year old Ozgecan Aslan simply got on a mini bus on her way home and the end result of this simple action wound up with her battered body being found. It was clear that she had been raped and then murdered. The sad aspect of this case is she was not the first woman to get on a bus and wind up raped and murdered. She was attacked by the bus driver, his dad and another guy. The fact this group worked together is clear they had long planned an attack on a woman. Thousands are in the streets of Turkey demanding an end to the campaign against women.

Many blame the government of President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development party which believes the greets threat to women in Turkey stems from lack of education about the Muslim religion. Each month President Erdogan comes out with new ideas about making Muslim women more Muslim rather than making Muslim women more secure. He has become obsessed with more religious education rather than become concerned about the safety of women on public transport.

Bibi Is Upset Because They Will Not Let Him Play

The White House is finally getting bored and tired of rants from the prime minister of Israel who demands that he be part of negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. He definitely has proved that if the world will listen to his ideas, there would not be any compromise with Iranian leaders and the only conclusion is to allow American and Israel planes to bomb the hell out of Iran. Josh Ernest, Obama spokesperson said the Israel leader was engaged in a “continual practice of cheery picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the negotiating position of the United States.” He went on to make clear “there is no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position has not been accurate. There is no question about that.”

Harsh words, but accurate words. The last thing these negotiations need is a bull in the china shop whose only goal is to force the world to attack Iran and create mass destruction. The sad part of Bibi’s rants is that if he is allowed to pursue his ideas, thousands of Israelis would die. Benjamin Netanyahu is the worst nightmare for the people of Israel. Barack Obama is the man seeking to protect the state of Israel.

Jeb–Send In The Troops

There is one thing to be said about the Bush boys, when it comes to war, they are ready and willing to send in the troops. Of course, neither of the Bush boys has ever actually been to war, but they are not adverse to sending American troops into action. Jeb recently informed the world, “I love my father and brother,” but he does have his own ideas. According to this military genius, if the United Staes of America can make certain the world knows that we have the greatest armed force in the world, “it is less likely that we will need to put our men and women in uniform in “harms way.” Let me get his ideas clear:

1. Increase the military budget.

2. Create a powerful armed force.

And then, there will be an end to Muslim terrorism.

As I recall, in 2003 the United States HAD the world’s most powerful armed force. As I recall, there was not a nation in the world that could compete with American troops. And, yes, and the result was the fiasco of the Iraq war. When will the Bush boys ever learn, the military is not the way to win wars that entail fighting bands of men who are connected to local populations? Everything Jeb is calling for has already been in place. More guns are not the solution. How about more ideas?