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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

I have always waited for Godot.

Purple presence on hand reveals age.

Study an individual if you seek to study humans.

Long time since heard, “lean and hard.”

I often feel lost in America.

Jesus was right, turn other cheek away from hate.

I now carry a band-aid for my hand which easily bruises.

I trust the walk through the Valley of Death is in springtime with flowers in blossom.

Baggy pants do not become any woman.

Children enjoy playing with face of an adult.

Customers are allowed to talk with staff in McDonald’s.

We ponder a machine more than we ponder a person.

Young children clutch parent tightly around neck for safety.

Literally, these are heavy times for Americans.

I have an old fashioned worker mind, the boss IS the enemy.

There is a time to say, goodbye.

Sitting alone in McDonald’s is a time for peace.

Conversation With An Alien

I must confess to having been in constant contact with an alien from the planet of Xul. The Xulian selected me because there was interest on his planet concerning the strange life forms known as “humans” who reside on the planet of Earth. Each month we spend exactly two hours in which the Xulian anthropologist interviews me about some incident on planet Earth. This interaction is then sent to a panel of Xulians who are deciding whether or not planet Earth should be destroyed in order to prevent Earthians from spreading their violent behavior throughout the universe.

We recently discussed the situation in South Sudan.

X I gather this area of the planet has abundant oil and thus people should be able to live in sa prosperous manner.
M Yes, it along with countries like Nigeria or the Congo have plenty of natural resources so people should be well fed and housed.
X But, thousands of these people are starving. Explain.
M One group took over the government of South Sudan and got into an argument with another group while both these groups do not like the government of Sudan.
X What are they arguing about?
M Part of the argument is that some are Muslims, some are Christians and some just want to control the oil in order to get rich.
X Ah, your planet’s continual fighting and killing over this strange concept of a God who created them and now they believe God created some of them, but the others who were created by God insist their ideas about God are correct and thus they must kill those whose ideas about God are not correct.
X OK, I have previously heard this madness. So people who have resources will die.
M About a million will die although they have the ability to ensure none would die.
X Enough, some day we will find this “God” that allegedly created this mess.

Bomb Defused In Europe

There is new hope in Europe the potentiality of violence on the continent might be avoided by resorting to common sense and cooperation. The Organization for Co-operation in Europe(OSCE) persuaded representatives from the United States, Russia and the European Union, to stand down from shouting and threatening one another in order to avoid a stupid action. After all, it was a hundred years ago in June, 1914 when European nations began the process of shouting and screaming and threatening until the guns of August initiated a war that tore apart Europe and resulted in the deaths of forty million –all because A prince was murdered. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov calmed down and worked with fellow Europeans and the Americans in order to defuse a potential scene of violence and preventing another catastrophe in Europe.

Under terms of the agreement, the OSCE will supervise disarmament of illegal groups in the Ukraine, amnesty will be granted for crimes-other than murder, and the Ukraine government will begin a process that results in devolution of Constitutional powers to provinces in the Ukraine. The United States also agreed to reduce sanctions on Russia and, hopefully, get people to begin behaving like intelligent humans.

Hopefully, no Guns of August in 2014!

Anti Semitism In Ukraine

My father arrived in the United States of America after enduring bitter moments of anti-Semitism in his native Ukraine. Those who claim in Ukraine to be true Russians in heart seized some buildings in the city of Donetsk, raised the Russian flag and decided to make clear they also were, in heart, just old fashioned haters of Jews. Those dressed in the uniform of the Russian army handed out leaflets which demanded that Jews in the city be registered and pay a fine for the crime of being a Jew! The leaflet warns Jews failure to register would result in having their citizenship taken away, possible deportation and seizure of their assets. For some strange reason, this threat was not followed up by mass shootings-or does that come later?

Vladimir Putin continues his exhibition of bravado with warnings that HE must save the people of eastern Ukraine from the possibility of living in a democratic society. I assume that he means HE will deliver them from the evil of homosexuality and free speech and other such atrocities!

High In Colorado

The famous singer, John Denver, once wrote a beautiful song about getting high in Colorado, and if he were alive today most probably would have added a few new verses to this celebration of getting high in the high mountains of Colorado. In the resort area of Vad Valley where those with gobs of money gather to display their clothes and cars and wealth, a new gadget has arrived in town that will soon become a new center of attention. It is a vending machine that is called: Zazzz. It is the first identity verifying vending machine that dispenses joy to one and all. Place your money into the machine and it will draw upon state-of-the-art technology in order to identify who you are and then, if the proper age, allow you to obtain marijuana.

You may now purchase edible marijuana products along with other forms and shapes of marijuana. Yesterday, Kristie Kirk was on a 911 phone call for nearly a half hour seeking aid and assistance because her husband was really high after consuming an edible marijuana product. She pleaded and begged, but in the end he killed her.

I assume this means one can get high in Colorado in order to engage in some low actions of violence and hatred!

Mind Your Legs!

I am a child of the New York City subways, trolleys and buses so the issue of “space” has loomed large in my life. As a teenager, the wonder of being thrust against the body of a woman at rush hours sent a certain part of my body upward in time and space. Ah, to cop a feel of a woman due to her body crashing into mine, was the highlight of my day. The situation in Turkey is somewhat different. Men sit with legs drawn far apart in order to show women they have something in the center which rises with each glance in their direction. This has resulted in a growing mass movement by Turkish women: “Don’t Occupy My Space” and “Mind Your Legs”

Turkish women have gone on the offense and now use their phones to take pictures of the bearded ones with legs thrust apart in order to make their face known throughout the world. I always thought that Turkish men were conservatives who did not wish women to display too much of their bodies, but I guess it is OK to raise the flag between your feet.

Family Comes First-Depends On Which Family!

There are moments in time when the real world makes the fictional world come across as not very real. Jennifer Pan was a nice 24 year old girl whose family was rather strict and insisted upon careful supervision of her social life. Heck, she had to be home by 9:00 p.m. Eventually, mom and dad forbid Jennifer from seeing her boy friend, David Wong. Given this situation, how could the young lovers discover opportunities to be with one another. Jennifer contacted the police and informed them that a gang had burst into her house, shot and killed mom while Dad was close to death and in a coma. She was tied up and robbed but eventually freed herself and made the police aware of what had happened.

A great story of a brave young woman who fought to protect her family. Unfortunately for Jennifer, dad awoke from his coma, and told what actually happened. It turned out “the gang” was really David Wong and the criminals were Jennifer and boy friend. When police asked why she had resorted to violence, the response was “family comes first” and in this case, it was the family planned with David and herself!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Day Care Rapist Identified”

I assume it was not one of the customers.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Government Gives Ok To Circumcision”

Ouch!

China, China Daily: “Answer Call To Pray”

If not, duck the thunderbolt from up on high!

UK, Independent: “Leave Them Teachers Alone”

They first have to fill out reports, then if have some time, they will teach children.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Right To Cry Over Spilled Milk”

In America under Republican rule, the poor will even drink the milk that was spilled.

UK, Guardian: “What Else Is In His Head?”

If a member of the Republican party the answer is easy–Nothing!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bush Paints Putin”

I assume much better than he did the situation in Iraq.

America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.