Author Archives: Fred Stopsky

Sleeping With The Enemy

There are people in America who spend their waking and sleeping hours worried about who is sleeping with whom. There are soldiers of God who believes the Big Guy up in the sky on his infinite trips around the universe mainly is concerned with the issue of which life form is sleeping with which life form. In all honesty, I do not know if God casts an angry look at some monkeys or lions who engage in sex with a monkey or lion of the same sex. I have read the words of Jonathan Saenz, head of the important Texas organization known as Texas Values. Jonathan is enrolled in the fight against homos, gays, or whatever you wish to term those who fuck with someone of the same sex. Of course, if one lives in the great state of Texas it goes without saying that gays and lesbians are not welcomed in the land of purity.

Jonathan is married to a woman. He believes in men marrying women. Alas, for Jonathan. His wife, or should I say, ex-wife, teaches elementary school and has a friend named Ercimin Paredes. For some reason, Corrine decided that bedding down with Ercimin provided greater sexual pleasure than with Jonathan. Thus, the defender of Texas against lesbians wound up with a lesbian wife who soon became his ex-lesbian wife. Such are the trials and tribulations of those fighting against the hordes of lesbians at the border–or within- the state of Texas.

The Coup That Never Was

Theere is scant doubt that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will win this year’s Nobel Prize for the biggest screw up among world leaders. He inherited a government that included Sunnis and Kurds, he inherited a possibility to create a stable and functioning government. But, this angry, ignorant man, decided that his Shiite faith made it necessary to persecute Iraq Sunnis and ignore Kurds in the north. He definitely was incredibly successful at driving from the government Sunni and Kurdish leaders. He even made certain that Iraq Sunnis, who are divided among fundamentalists and secular factions all united and gave aid and support to militant fanatic members of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu, who has been working to establish an inclusive government in Iraq, was contacted by Kurdish sources which claimed that Maliki was attempting to stage a coup. Iraq army and police halted the coup and restored order to the capital. Hopefully, moderate Sunni and Kurdish groups can unite with the Shiites and restore stability to Iraq. Who knows, maybe, George Bush was right and democracy actually came to Iraq!

Ferguson Follies

During my forty five years in the St. Louis area, I spent many working with teachers in Ferguson, Missouri. Frankly, as far back as I can recall, the city was poor, most folks in it were black who had taken over the decrepit area when whites began to move out in the 1950s. In other words, Ferguson was just another typical black area in the state of Missouri. Over the years its schools gradually became all black, a handful of white teachers remained in order to get their pensions, and it was generally agreed that Ferguson schools were not the place to send one’s children. Suddenly, after years of being completely ignored by the media, the people of Missouri, Ferguson is now in the news-big time. What caused this shift from being a place no one knew or cared to know?

Simple, just have the police blast away at some unarmed kid. OK, the police argue that Michael Brown was being thrust into a police care when he broke free and ran away. Naturally, and I do mean, Naturally, police ran after him blasting away with their guns. The police had absolutely not a shred of evidence that Michael Brown had any weapon or intended to do bodily harm to anyone. But, they shot an unarmed teen ager. Yesterday during the day and night, the streets of Ferguson were filled with angry people, some throwing Molotov cocktails at the police.

I guess, finally the police have evidence someone is attempting to do bodily harm.

One More Ceasefire To Go

Israel and Hamas just agreed to another cease fire. In theory this one is allegedly to last four days, or was it five? We suggest the following form of ceasefire:

1. Each side exchanges weapons with the other side.

2. An Israel general assumes command of Hamas while a Hamas dude takes over the IDF.

3. John Kerry organizes soccer games for soldiers on both sides.

4. John Boehner agrees that Republicans will go along with the idea of a ceasefire.

5. John McCain is sent in to Gaza in order to engage in a duel with any Hamas leader who dares to accept his challenge.

6. After six days of non-violence have passed, both sides devote six days in order to fire weapons into the sea.

Then, when peace has reigned for a month, the IDF and Hamas agree to rebuild Gaza!

My ideas are not any crazier than those currently being discussed.

Mt. Sinjar Rescue Must Be Done

There is scant doubt the American people do not understand the difference between use of force in order to accomplish humanitarian goals rather than use of force in order to accomplish political goals. A few hundred American Marines and Special Forces are on top of Mt. Sinjar working on plans to help Yazidis refugees reach a safe place. This is NOT another stupid invasion of Iraq, this is a demonstration that Americans still believe it is their responsibility to assist those who are oppressed in the world. NO, we cannot assist every person who is starving or living under brutal rule, but there are opportunities which enable the use of American armed forces to accomplish humanitarian objectives,. Reality: 99% of Americans are out of Iraq. Talk about fighting has been replaced by talk about saving lives.

Perhaps, for the first time, President Obama is acting like a leader. He is taking decisive steps to assist people who lack the capacity to save their lives. America has not always been a symbol of freedom, it all too often has allowed itself to get sucked up in the world of dictators and ignorance. Reality: Not a single advisor to George Bush had the slightest understanding of the Middle East, let alone the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Let us aid those on Mr. Sinjar, and in so doing, we aid America to become a symbol of freedom.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

we offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Why are there no ads about going from slim to fat?

Some go through life seeking to be disliked.

She enters coffee shop, glances around, turns and leaves. A missed romance?

I am a man of ritual, I adhere to specific behaviors each day.

Bad news, the apes took over this planet. Good news, the Republicans did not.

Fear should be a long lost relative who remains long lost.

Those who served in the armed forces miss the spirit of comradeship.

Atheists miss the opportunity to blame someone for misfortune in life.

John Boehner shot an arrow into the air, it fell to earth in Bullshit Square.

Children prefer looking under the table than on top of it.

To fear being ignorant is first sign of knowledge.

Some waddle through life, some hip hop, and some just stride ahead.

Mom serves two teen age boys. Why?

Rule of Conflict: Be first one in marital dispute who gives the hug.

Two difficult words for politicians: I apologize.

I wonder what would be the initial thought of an alien who lands on Earth?

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

Children love to be swung.

Husband usually takes end seat.

Lauren Bacall Is Dead

Lauren Bacall is dead. For most people, she does not mean anything other than another dead actress. She was an attractive woman, but when it came to sexuality, Lauren Bacall was not in the same category as Marilyn Monroe or Ava Gardner. She was born in Brooklyn, just another attractive Jewish girl who had to surrender, as did many Jews, her real name in the anti-Semitic America in which she was raised. She became a model, and finally wound up in Hollywood as an actress. However, Ms. Bacall was something other than an actress. She was a fighter for human rights. She was also an actress who was deeply involved in politics, and supported liberalism in her daily life.

Lauren Bacall was once asked which men most attracted her. At the head of her list was Adlai Stevenson who ran for President in 1952 and 1956. She considered a man with an excellent mind to be “sexy.” Her husband, Humphrey Bogart was only concerned about her interest in men with minds, he told her that his greatest fear is that she would become the lover of Adlai Stevenson. She never did. But, she never ceased her fight for equality for Negroes nor her fight to support illegal Mexican workers. So, goodbye to a woman, an actress, and a fighter for human rights!

WHAT IF?

Republican congressmen had to live on Food Stamps?

The Koch brothers spent their days and nights with minds filled with Coke?

Barack Obama explained his ideas in a manner that was understood by the American people?

John Boehner played a game of golf with the President?

Robin Williams allowed his humor to control his mind?

This country simply had extended Medicare to all Americans?

We gave each new born baby a loaded gun to play with in the crib?

Hamas ceased using civilians to fire their weapons?

Israel got some common sense, ceased building settlements in the West Bank and recognized the nation of Palestine?

Women in America had complete control over their bodies?

Boko Haram nut cases got Ebola?

God came back from His vacation and began paying attention to this crazy planet?

Father Of The Year!!

I assume within the jihad movement in the Middle East there must be awards to mothers and fathers who do the best job of raising little Jihad boys and girls. For a true jihadist, the ultimate glory in life is to participate in some glorious blast that kills innocent people as well as self. What could be more nobler than death itself? Nasser al-Sharyeq is a dad who lives in Saudi Arabia and his wife has divorced him. Naturally, since this is Saudi Arabia dad was given custody of the ten and eleven year old boys. To be honest, Saudi Arabia is not the sort of country in which dad takes time off on weekends to play some sport with the boys-kicking a soccer ball or shooting baskets is not in the repertoire of the typical Saudi dad.\

His ex-wife just received an Instagram from her former hubby in which he informed her that the boys and he were currently in Turkey, but headed for the big lights in Syria. He uttered some warm words of comfort to the mother of these boys. “Count your children as birds in heaven” because dad was taking them to Syria in order to join the fight.

Too bad we just missed Father’s Day in June. Just think what a wonderful Father’s Day it could have been for Mr. Shayyeq if he and the boys were up in heaven!!

Has God Considered Suicide?

The other day I was sitting quietly wondering what God is thinking way up in the sky. This God is responsible for millions of planets, and I assume that he has created zillions of life forms on them. We humans are only a tiny, tiny, tiny part of the universe. So, what does God think about this planet that we call, Earth? I have no idea what God terms it. I assume the Big Guy up in the sky seeks to do a good job. I assume that God takes pride in his creations. So, what is God left with regarding these humans? There has not been a single day since the first life forms appeared on this planet that one life form or another was engaged in killing another. Heck, on planet Earth we even kill those of the same life form. It is difficult for me to believe this same pattern exists on all the planets in the universe. Logic suggests we are the aberration, not the norm.

The past few years haves witnessed nonstop killing and murders in the Middle East, in Africa, while in America people who claim to be “Christians” and “Jews”shout hatred toward some children seeking a safe haven! Surely, there must come a moment when God wonders: “how did this come about? What was my role in this mad planet of Death?” We humans commit suicide while in a state of despondency. Do Gods attain the same state?