Category Archives: 2008 Elections

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “What Are You Scared Of?”

Republicans gain control of US Senate

New Zealand,New Zealand Herald: “I Didn’t Have Time To Pray”

That assumes God had time to listen to it.

Norway, Norway Post: “Tourist Caught Speeding Before Crash”

Shows the worth of a warning.

USA, aol: “Hope In Sight After 16 Operations”

Absolutely, I can guarantee there will be a seventeenth operation!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Court Grants Boat Injunction”

From now on, no one on the boat the boat does not like!

Sweden, Local: “Apes Get Revenge”

Into the cages with humans?

UK, Guardian: “Trial Of Abuse”

The longest trial in US history and the culprits are Congressmen.

Democratization Of Violence

Violence has always been an integral aspect of life on planet Earth. From the days when Cro-magnons used stones or spears or arrows in order to kill either one another or the Neanderthals, violence has been a daily occurrence among those who term themselves to be–humans. So, it is not surprising that violence is party of our daily life, and those who employ this tactic justify the murder of other life forms. However, there is now a difference in how violence is utilized. Due to advances in technology, an emergence of small sized powerful weapons of destruction just about any group can gain possession of the power to murder large numbers of people. The recent shooting down of a plane in Ukraine by a small number of men who were given access by the Russian government of a Buk missile is a vivid example of our modern capabilities for murder.

We can expect in the coming years that such powerful weapons will become smaller in size, and more powerful in consequences. The Israel government insists that it can “destroy” Hamas. Yes, today, Hamas will be enormously weakened, but tomorrow Hamas or another Muslim violent group will gain control of some weapon which can murder hundreds of Jews some place in Israel. Eventually, biological weapons will emerge to murder on a large scale. Crazies such as Hamas do not care if they kill their own people, they are engaged in a crusade to destroy Israel.

So, what is the solution to this reality? Israel, and every other nation, must work for peace with its neighbors. This will require compromise. But, without peace, enemies will eventually have the power to murder on a large scale. Sorry, Prime Minister Netanyahu, this is REALITY!

Day Of Rage -Soon Months Of Rage!

I was born a Jew, raised as a Conservative Jew by parents who had escaped the vicious anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe in the early part of the twentieth century. At least eleven of my relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, and my uncle and his three daughters fought in the forests of the Ukraine during World War II. I have spent my life Jew in America who is horrified at actions of the Israel Defense Force in Gaza is termed to be a “self hating Jew.”I now confront the reality that any Jew in America who is horrified at the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is termed, a “self hating Jew.” So, be it. It was a horrible act by some group of Palestinians to murder three innocent Jewish boys in Israel. But, as of this date, at least 840 people in Gaza have also been murdered, some are vicious terrorists, but the majority are simply innocent civilians caught in the middle of a war that will go on and on and on. The UN had established the Beit Hanom School in Gaza, UN officials informed the IDF of the coordinates of the school, but Israel forces bombed the location and murdered innocent children.

The word is “murdered,” not “killed.” Israel forces continue to destroy homes and businesses of innocent people in their quest to end the power of Hamas in Gaza. Yes, Hamas is composed of ruthless murderers who have placed innocent people at risk due to their hatred of Jews. Yes, the tunnels have to be destroyed. But, the murder of innocent people will have but one consequence– hundreds of new terrorists are being born in the world of Gaza and on the West Bank. Palestinians had a “day of Rage” on the West Bank and five were killed, including one by a Jewish settler. Dozens are wounded. Today a day or rage, tomorrow years of rage.

There is only ONE solution. A COMPROMISE agreement between Palestinian leaders and Jewish Israel leaders. It must be based on the following:

1. The end of further West Bank settlements.

2. The establishment of a Palestinian government on the West Bank.

3. A compromise settlement of the refugee issue. Most probably, this would entail (a) some form of financial settlement, (b) return of X number of refugees to the West Bank.

4. Establishment of a joint Educational Commission to foster a peace and reconciliation curriculum in Israel and Palestinian schools. We must look to youth to create a new world of peace. After all, Jews and Germans now work together -even after the murder of SIX MILLION JEWS.

Hey America-Let’s Fight With Turkey!

The Gaza war continues to ripple across the Middle East creating one new conflict after another. For some strange reason, Muslim Turkey has been upset at the invasion of Gaza and death of hundreds of fellow Muslims. Unlike, George Bush who didn’t give a damn that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians were being oppressed by an Iraq government placed in power by the United States, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is furious at the death of civilians in Gaza. Let me make clear that Recep Erdogan is a petty tyrant who has been active in crushing democratic forces in his own nation, but he certainly is correct in fighting to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza. Yes, he did employ harsh words towards Israel, why is this a surprise to anyone? What else should the leader of a Muslim nation do other than seek to save the lives of fellow Muslims? In fairness to him, Erdogan has been working with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to obtain a cease fire.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogu is upset at comments made by a State Department spokesperson who said: “the U.S. believes Erdogan’s statements were offensive and wrong.” What else could Erdogan say but, “If America is still saying Israel is using its right to self-defense, then it should be critical of itself. It is America that is offensive.”

Perhaps, it is time for American diplomats to, while acknowledging the right of self defense, to also acknowledge the right of civilians to be able to live. A civilian certainly has the right of self defense, and that includes still being able to live.

Gasps Of Death Finally Conclude

Throughout my life the issue of our death penalty has been a difficult one for me to resolve in my mind. I do understand how someone whose wife or daughter was raped or killed or someone whose husband or wife was murdered for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time would seek revenge against the killer. I suspect if this happened to a loved one in my family, the desire for vengeance would be strong. In other words, having thoughts of a violent revenge against someone who has done terrible wrong to your loved ones is normal. However, there is simply too much actual evidence that in X percent of murdering convicts, the person executed was really innocent. Thus, one is left in the position of either supporting the concept that it is OK for one innocent person to die in order to exact vengeance upon an evil doer or one is confronted with the concept that if one innocent person must die to satisfy our desire for vengeance it is OK.

Joseph Wood was convicted for being a double murderer. He was sentenced to be executed in the state of Arizona. Last night he was given a drug execution. Something went wrong with the drugs. He was given them, and then over the following 1187 minutes gasped and snorted in agony before death finally ended his torment. Our Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. That is the 8th Amendment. As one who believes in the Constitution, I cannot support any punishment which violates its basic tenets. Therefore, I must oppose the Death penalty.

Shoot Out At OK Hospital

Back in the old days of America when the nation was expanding into the West it was established practice for the local sheriff to FORCE men to check in their guns when in town. Of course, in those days there was no National Rifle Association to yell about CONSTITUTIONAL rights to carry my gun wherever I damn well please. These AMERICANS believed the Second Amendment referred to MILITIA, NOT TO INDIVIDUALS! In the city of Darby, Pennsylvania there is the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital which contains many psychologists and health care workers. Patient Richard Potts was being escorted to see his doctor, Lee Silverman. As they entered the office of Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychologist, Mr. Potts, suddenly reached into his coat, pulled out a gun, and killed caseworker, Theresa Hunt. Within a moment, Dr. Silverman crouched behind his desk, reached up into a drawer and pulled out his gun. A gun battle ensued in which Mr. Potts was hit and fell down. Dr. Silverman was also wounded.

These days,due to our crazy ideas about guns, we cannot even forbid guns in hospitals for fear the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of Americans are being violated. I find it intriguing that Dr. Silverman now carries a weapon to kill along with his mind which is trained to save. Imagine a world in which doctors carry guns! What has happened to the sanity of Americans??

Cut The Girls For God

The other day, having nothing better to do I pondered why the practice of mutilating young girls had emerged in several parts of the world. Obviously, most places in the world do not practice a process of mutilating females in order to make them less likely to engage in wanton sexuality with men. Female Genital Mutilation is practiced by in Muslim and Christian areas of Africa and the Middle East or in parts of Pakistan. Of course, it is not done to all girls. Since the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq seized control of northern Iraq, this issue has emerged as a possible threat to young Muslim females. There are reports that ISIS has issued a fatwa which will require all Muslim girls to undergo Female Genital Mutilation in order to “print immoral behavior.”

If cutting sexual organs prevents immoral sexual behavior then how come we don’t mutilate the penis? Oops, I forgot that we Jews, and many Muslims, do slice off a part of the penis. Me included! Funny, it never made me avoid sexual behavior. Heck, if there is an attractive female who wants to make out with this 83 year old Jewish old man, please see me– immediately!

However, there is no joke about subjecting young girls to such brutal behavior.

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

Some never forgive.

Some never forget.

Friday, an end for some, a beginning for others.

If you refuse to hate, there is no reason to forgive anyone.

There is a time and place for everything.,

Some cut sandwich in half to eat it.

Some people are readily forgotten.

I have always followed the star of life.

Their are riches in the wallet, and riches in the heart.

In a group, there is always someone who will cast the first stone.

Some deserve, some don’t.

Some tweet, some are tweeted.

Blue skies for me means peace and harmony.

In the end, the unknown becomes the known and the known becomes unknown.

Some think with certainty.

Find purse, turn it in, she gave me $30. Wow!

I am a stranger among strangers.

Hopefully, what we leave behind, surpasses what we arrived with.

I wonder about wearing a white beard.

All have a right to procrastinate.

Death Takes No Holiday

There are moments when one longs for an old fashioned war that has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with power or wealth or prestige. Adolf Hitler sought power, and the Allies combined to defeat his armies, conquer Germany, and assist Germans to renew their lives in peace and prosperity. Heck, the US and England defeated Japan in a war that led to millions of deaths, the war concluded, Japan signed on the dotted line, they were occupied, and since then Japan has known only prosperity and peace. But, wars in the Middle East are intertwined with religion. Sunni vs Shiite, or Jew vs. Muslim. You can also throw in Christians in either of those equations. Muslim Hamas decided to send rockets into Israel or if it was not Hamas, then the honor of this stupidity belongs to any of an assortment of local Gaza terrorists. Three innocent Jewish boys were murdered which resulted in the murder of an innocent Palestinian Muslim boy, and from that point on, the race to see which side could murder more innocent people began.

I understand that Hamas and its affiliates have been sending rockets into Israel. It is clear that Israelis can not accept a world in which rockets zoom over their skies. BUT, it is also clear that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking an excuse to invade Gaza, and blast away. Does one evil equal the other? Who cares? Palestinians have been seeking for years to get Israel to halt West Bank settlements. If President Abbas had been empowered to create an independent Palestinian state, the current war in Gaza may or may not have been. Certainly halting West Bank settlements is not the end of the world for Israel. The people of Israel-Jews and Muslims and Christians have been engaged in war for half a century.

The latest count is 700 dead Gazans including children murdered while in a UN school. 29 Jewish soldiers are dead. Peace and the end of violence not only impacts Jews in Israel, it also impacts Muslims in Gaza or the West Bank. It is now time for peace.

Step One: End further West Bank settlements and get down to the issue of how other issues can be resolved.

You Forced Us To Shoot Down Plane!!

There is a basic problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin– he is so accustomed to saying or doing whatever he damn well wants to without any consequences that it is difficult for him to grasp that once upon the road of lies, eventually the lie will be outed. Alexander Khodakovsky, a leader of the separatist Vostok battalion in eastern Ukraine, told reporters the truth about what happened to the plane. “The Buk, I know about. I head about it. I think they sent it back..they probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its existence.” Actually, Mr. Khodakovsky is not apologizing for the tragedy, he is simply attempting to prove that his comrades had the guided missile system and were forced to use it. Confused, please allow this man to proceed with his explanation.

“The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence the volunteers have this technology through the fault of Russia. It(Ukraine government) not only did nothing to protect security, but provided the use of this weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians.” In other words, we told you our forces had the capability to shoot down a plane, and you criminals allowed a peaceful plane to fly over Ukraine. Thus, we would never have shot down a peaceful plane since our goal was to shoot down Ukraine planes. Simply put, the entire tragedy is the fault of the Ukraine government for not accepting that we could shoot down planes.

I await the explanation of President Putin. I suspect he will award a medal to Mr. Khodakovsky for presenting a clear, concise understanding why it is not we who are guilty but YOU!