Category Archives: 2008 Elections

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Prayer Cloaks In High Demand”

I have a hunch this is in Gaza!

UK, Guardian: “And, So It Goes”

If in the US Congress, the end of this is: “nowhere!”

Canada, Toronto Post: “Right To Be Forgotten”"

This sums up children from Central America seeking safety from murderers.

US, NY Post: “Amputate Penis By Mistake”

This story gives me a rise!

China, China Daily: “High Speed Train Breaks Down”

I assume this train is now known as a Slow Speed Train?

Australia, Canberra Times: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Now, if we could find some cheap young gorgeous women!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Size Isn’t Everything”

Ah, my constant excuse when engaged in sex!

Guns Of August-Are They Upon Us?

it was exactly one hundred years ago today, that millions of soldiers from France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and England were heading toward borders in order to prevent THE ENEMY from invading their lands. It was a hundred years ago today, that the sound of war was growing louder and louder. Each nation was prepared to fight. Why? The prior month in the city of Sarajevo in the southern region of Austria Hungary, the son of the Emperor was shot by a man bent on seeking the rights of oppressed people. This set in motion a series of events that wound up causing the deaths of twenty million. At the beginning of this tragedy not a single European nation was seeking war, by the end of this tragedy, most were bent on war. Not a single European nation thought the assassination would result in anything other than a bit of anger. By the end of this sequence in which none wanted war most were ready for war.

World War I occurred at a moment in time when Europeans had enjoy one hundred years of virtual peace. Since 1815, there had only been two or three minor wars on the continent. Most leaders thought that peace could be maintained. But, in 1914, they all got trapped in a process in which a minor incident became increasingly a major event. There simply was no process to halt the march toward war. It just proceeded.

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin lacks a sense of stability. He rules over a Russia which lacks a legislature to reign him in or a media that could rip him to pieces. He has become accustomed to doing as he desires without any interference. A normal leader, after the shooting down of a civilian plane, would hesitate, not Putin. He simply does what he wishes to do. So, what can be done before the Guns of August again blast away?

1. There is need for an immediate meeting between Russia, Germany, France, England and the US. Leaders of these nations must meet together and discuss what happened in August, 1914. All must pledge the Guns of August must never fire again.

2. Leaders of Germany, France, England and the US must convey to Putin that even if he invaded Ukraine, they would not respond with military forces. However, they would immediately ban any financial transactions with Russia, ban Russian products from their lands as well as forbid the entry of any Russian. He would be allowed to seize Ukraine, but Russia would become an economically isolated nation.

America Needs A Healer

As one reviews the history of American presidents over the past fifty years it is apparent that not a single one was able to create a sense of leadership that encompassed those of differing views and beliefs. The polarization of Americans into separate groups, each committed to firm beliefs has grown and grown. Our society lacks the sense that only a leader could convey that those who seek a different America also have a place within America. The last American leader who offered that sense of a society bound together seeking a new America was Robert Kennedy. He died on the road to becoming president because another of those fun nuts was angry and decided to end a life. After all, as the National Rifle Association argues, one has the Constitutional right to kill, if one believes his rights are threatened.

On the night when Martin Luther King was murdered, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis. He spoke calm words to those who were Negroes, he spoke of the pain that he, as a white man had suffered, when a white man murdered his brother. He then walked the streets of Indianapolis offering words of calm to angry Negroes. Robert Kennedy was just as comfortable in a group of white conservative workers as he was with liberals. His words were always about the importance of recognizing that to be an American was to be concerned about ALL Americans. Neither Bush nor Obama has ever been able to convey that feeling. For Robert Kennedy, the plight of those who were poor or disadvantaged was primary to the American dream. He often took the side that was being oppressed, regardless of political consequences. And, thus he died with his dream of a united caring America.

I was struck at lack of presence of President Obama at the border to hug and welcome children seeking refuge. Yes, such a sight would be terrible politics, but such a sight would be what a leader of
America must convey.

$9.95 A Month Of Truth!

I was recently chatting with Sarah Palin, who remains my main guide to the modern world, when Sarah informed me of her growing concern that Americans lack an ongoing voice who speaks the truth. She said, that one night she had an epiphany while gazing out her window at the Siberian steppes. What would happen if each and every American, every week could chat with her? Her greatest concern is that people are “tired os the media filter. So, we’re(the “we’re” means, Sarah) gonna do something about it.” And, when Sarah Palin decides to do “something about it,” we can only warn all bears and deer–and Humans to head for shelter! This is one tough mama speaking!

So, now listen carefully to her offer. For only $9.95 a month-or a yearly figure of, $99.95, this is what you will get. “We’ll talk about the issues that the main media won’t talk about.” Please remember that Sarah is America’s leading expert on the bear and deer perspective of life. She will not only wrestle a bear but bear down on evil doers in this society. Finally, we Americans can get THE TRUTH!

Ok, Ok so maybe Sarah is a bit confused about where the nation of Afghanistan is located. Big deal. But, it would be a big boost for America is we got the Palin perspective on Afghanistan–she will throw in Pakistan for no additional charge.

I gather that Sarah is even willing to, not only chat with drug lords on the border with Mexico, but she will also challenge them to a shoot out at the OK Corral!!

God Bless you Sarah, now to my bank in order to get that $99.95. By the way, Sarah, what is the $.95 for?

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Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

ABC Of Republican End Of Poverty Program

I do understand there are those who believe in some liberal authoritarian idea that providing high paying jobs to workers might result in the end of poverty. In 1965, the average member of the United Automobile Workers(UAW) earned the equivalent of about $70 an hour in 2014 terms. No, automobile workers did NOT need Food Stamps. They earned the equivalent of about $100,000 today and thus could purchase a home, send their kids through college, and enjoy a decent middle class life. I was so over joyed to read that Congressman Paul Ryan understands how we can return to those good old days of middle class life.

Paul Ryan explained the ABc of current poverty.

1. “We basically have a poverty management system from the Federal government, a safety net program that is not getting people out of poverty.

2. “Poverty is a complicated program that needs to be customized.”

3. The solution to ending poverty is to turn poor people over to “trained state benefits officers” who will teach them how to take the “path up” out of poverty.

In other words, if one seeks to end poverty that individual can secure an upward bound program at McDonald’s that pays $7.25 an hour. In other words, this individual could earn $1200 a month, and almost $14,000 a year. Wow! I hate to inform Paul but that is BELOW the level that is identified as being “poor.” Gee, Paul, how about living for a year on $14,000 a year?

Or, we could return to the days when business leaders believed if they paid good wages to workers, then they, in effect, were creating consumers who would purchase their goods.

Ah Benghazi, We Knew You Well

I spent several hours talking with a member of the Republican party who wanted to make certain this blog was telling the truth about events in Libya. As any informed person knows, the present lack of stability in Libya is the result of failure on the part of HILLARY CLINTON! This past weekend while Hillary was off raising money, diplomats from Germany, England France and the United States had to flee for their lives from Islamic militants seeking their deaths. There is fighting between those seeking to create a secular government in Libya, who are led by General Khalia Hiftar, and al-Qaeda which seeks to impose a traditional sharia law upon one and all.

Naturally, Fox News blames Hillary Clinton. If only she had personally flown to Benghazi and grabbed a weapon, and blasted away at militants our ambassador would still be alive, and militants would have surrendered to the awesome woman on top of the wall! If only Hillary would halt her fund raising tours, get in a jet plane, fly to Libya, and blast away at militants! As one English diplomat said: “today, the priority is getting out.”

I wonder if Senator John McCain could jump into a jet plane and fly to Libya where he could, single-handedly, end the civil war!

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

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

The Israeli – Hamas Dilemma

During the momentary lull in Gaza fighting it is time to examine what is happening in Israel and among Palestinians. During the 1967 war, Israel gained control of the West Bank. At that point in time, Jordan ruled the West Bank because the concept of an independent Palestinian state had yet to be born. Israeli leaders in 1967 were prepared to allow an independent Palestinian state to be created in 1967 in return for recognition and peace, but no Arab nation took up the offer. This began the current stalemate in the region. It was simply a matter of time and politics before conservatives in Israel took up the cry of settling on the West Bank in order to restore the ancient land of Israel. There simply was no Arab nation willing to negotiate with Israel until President Sadat of Egypt initiated a peace agreement. Unfortunately, only Jordan was willing to go along with recognition of the state of Israel.

During the past forty years, the “settlers movement” within Israel continued to gain strength and power. By the year 2000 it was a force in Israeli politics. Benjamin Netanyahu seized the opportunity to incorporate this group along with conservative factions in Israel in order to become Prime Minister of the country. He soon recognized that creating the “Iran Threat” would produce votes. Shout that Israel is threatened by Iran in order to engender fear, and the result is more votes. Examine the Netanyahu political approach and the war in Gaza makes sense:

1. He opposed efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to forge an alliance with Hamas. Of course, if Abbas signed a treaty with Israel, this would FORCE HAMAS to go along with it or face massive disapproval by Palestinians.
2. Instead, Netanyahu continues to gain support from Settlers on the West Bank who now number over 500,000. Instead of forcing Hamas to become engaged in a political process, Netanyahu simply encourages their extremists to engage in violence.
3. REALITY: If President Abbas announces the end of his government, this means Israel would have to assume responsibility for government of the West Bank. This is the ISRAEL NIGHTMARE. Within thirty years there would be more Muslims in Israel than Jews. What then?

In one sense, the current horror in Gaza serves the political aims of Hamas and Netanyahu. Both Hamas and Netanyahu require a crisis in order to gain political power. Eventually, fighting will cease. President Abbas, the moderate, has been virtually destroyed by the Gaza war since now revenge and violence are the mantra of most Palestinians. The refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to compromise with Abbas has brought to power violent extremists within the Palestinian community.

Putin Postures Proudly, Refuses Peace

It was exactly one hundred years ago today that European leaders postured and threatened in hope to intimidate their opponents. It was a hundred years ago today that Europeans had lived for a hundred years without any major war on their continent. In June, 1914, the murder of an Austrian nobleman set in motion a month of threats and promises and calling millions up to become part of armies. It was a hundred years ago that European diplomats exchanged warnings and demands. It was a hundred years ago, that within a few weeks the guns of August would initiate a World War that resulted in the deaths of over twenty million people. At any moment during this process of setting off on the road to war it could have been prevented if diplomats ceased threatening and engaged in dialogue.

Today in Ukraine, it is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not back down. One expected after the murder of 298 passengers on a plane that Putin would think twice about escalating the situation in Ukraine. He is not. The Pentagon reports “we have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rockets” to separatist groups in Ukraine. The Russian government insists all problems are caused by Ukrainians. “Those who shot from Ukraine carried out this shooting purposely with the intention to kill Russian law enforcement officials.”

How to prevent the Guns of August in 2014?

1. Immediate and complete sanctions upon the nation of Russia.

2. A ban on export or import of any goods from Russia.

3. A ban on allowing any Russian to enter European countries or the USA.

4. Seizure of Russian bank accounts in European countries or the USA.

Bite the bullet of peace to avoid the guns of August!