Category Archives: 2008 Elections

Tunisia Beacon In Middle East

Americans have forgotten that the Arab Spring initially sprung up in the country of Tunisia. It was in that land where people rose up against a dictatorship which had been in power for over forty years. Tunisia is also a country in which secular Muslims have lived in peace with Christians and Jews. Yes, there are still some Jews living in Tunisia. At no point during the past few years have those with secular ideas been suppressed by a Tunisian government. The “Muslim” party of the land has worked with secular groups to restrain fundamentalists from imposing any form of Sharia law upon the people of Tunisia. The past few days a democratic election was held in which secular leader Beji Essebi won about 55% of the vote. There were a few scattered attempts to employ violence by fanatics but these were crushed by armed forces.

In other words, there is a democratic Muslim society in the Middle East. It has free elections and fanatics are challenged by the armed forces. I realize this is not what most Americans have been led to believe. Even Bill Manher is convinced that the Muslim religion is not appropriate to democracy. Sorry Bill, just check out Tunisia!

North Korea Is Upset. So Is Fox News

There are moments when listening to comments from the leaders of North Korea when I wonder if Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News is really the owner of that country. The wording, the vocal anger at hatred toward President Obama are the same from North Korea as is heard each day on Fox News. Kim Jong-un is a rather plump man who sort of walks with a limp and he just does not enjoy any sort of comment that is negative. After all, it has been nearly seventy years since anyone has publicly made a negative comment to a leader of North Korea. The very idea that one does not agree with the words of wisdom from the Great Leader is simply not part of the lexicon of anyone in North Korea.

North Korea has “clear evidence” that the United States is a “cesspool” of violence. Actually, Fox News commentators would regard that comment as not appropriate since they regard Barack Obama as the center of incompetence, of stupidity, of hatred of the United States and just about any crime you can name. Finally, Fox News has discovered another group which shares its hatred of the black dude in the White House. I wonder of Rupert will soon be establishing relations with the jolly little man in North Korea.

Madness Of Anger

Two police officers were murdered by a mad man, and now conservatives are ready to excuse the death of innocent black men by the police because two of those who serve the city of New York are dead. A nut case boasted on the Internet that he had planned to murder some cops. “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take one of ours…let’s take two of theirs.” So, he carefully planned the deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were shot while in their patrol car. From these two deaths, some police have reached the conclusion that Mayor Bill de Blasio is responsible. Let me get this clear:

1. Eric Garner was murdered by police although he never was any threat to anyone.

2. Protesters expressed their anger.

3. This even came after the death of Tamir Rice, age 12, a noted criminal in the playground.

4. This came after the death of a black man in Walmart who was looking at guns for sale.

So, the conclusion is according to heads of police organizations: “Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly in your hands.”

Two brave decent men died at the hands of a nut case. HE is responsible for their deaths just as some incompetent police officers are responsible for the deaths of innocent men. The issue is creating police forces in which violence is the LAST resort. The issue is ending ready access to weapons of destruction in America!

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

Long time since I heard: “take the high ground.”

Some sit back with eyes wondering about the world.

Few place one finger on forehead while thinking.

Everyone needs a safe place in which to retreat.

Somewhere over the rainbow is a rainbow.

We have become a tired nation.

In the end all Americans are immigrants.

I get upset if the coffee is not very hot.

Some bend head while looking.

One can not be guilty of offering too much love.

Beware The Consequences!!

The government of North Korea is very upset at George Clooney and others who claim they had anything to do with hacking of Sony files. A mysterious person who works for the Foreign Office in North Korea but prefers that his name not be revealed to the world demanded that America work with the peace loving leaders of North Korea in order to find out who and what did the hacking. He, or we assume, Kim Jong-un wants to investigate this crime against humanity. “The US should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation. We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture as the CIA does.”

So, what are the “serious consequences?”

1. Denis Rodman will be denied entry to North Korea as well as other NBA players.

2. North Korea will ban any and all films made by George Clooney.

3. Speeches by the Great Leader no longer will be shared with the American people. They will be forced to listen to Ted Cruz, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Talk about TORTURE!

Please Barack, have a joint investigation!

Republican Food Fight

Florida Senator Marco Rubio regards himself as the nation’s number one expert on Cuba because his parents escaped from that land. Of course, he has not spent time in Cuba, but who has to devote efforts to leaning first hand about conditions in Cuba to regard himself as THE expert on this land which lies a hundred miles away from us. Marco is now furious at statements by fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul who is supporting the Obama action to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. According to Marco, the Senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to Cuba.. On the other hand, according to Rand Paul, the man from Florida is a “Cold War warrior” who fears dealing with the “brave new world of diplomacy.”

Heck, even Republican Senator Jake Flake from Arizona is hailing the Obama decision since it opens the door for billions of dollars in farm sales. Jake thinks it is “time to try something different.”Now wait a second, we have isolated Cuba for half a century and the Castro brothers still run it. Please give Marco another fifty years to try out his ideas!

It’s Not Me, It’s You!

We Americans must suffer from the stupidity and arrogance of Tea Party leaders such as Ted Cruz while the people of Russia have their lives ruined by a man whose ego surpasses the highest mountains on this planet. Vladimir Putin gave another speech in which he made clear that any problem of the every falling ruble was NOT his fault, but it results from an organized plot of the United States of America which seeks to destroy the nation of Russia. He assured the people of Russia that everything was going to be OK. Just trust the man who can wrestle a bear and win the battle. Just follow the man who is not afraid of a Ukranian army and can beat it with one hand tied behind his back.

Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Ikea and dozens of other Western business organizations are dumping their efforts in Russia and ceasing to do business. Apple has just suspended its online work in Russia. According to Putin, the problem stems from Western “dogmatism” which is designed to weaken the great people of Russia. Face reality, this man lacks any desire to live in the world of reality. He is quite prepared to destroy the Russian economy because Vladimir never is wrong. It is always –THEM!

A Turkish Fairy Tale

The people of Turkey are bright, hard working and have created an enormously successful society in the Middle East. Turkey has the potential to become the most important nation in the Middle East. But, for many Turks the past hovers in their minds and it is necessary to make certain that what never happened, happened. We Americans know that once upon a time our ancestors had slaves and slavery was NOT a time of joy for those who were the slaves. A hundred years ago in Turkey, a campaign of slaughter and death was carried out by the Turkish army against Armenians who lived in their country. An estimated one million was killed, and the shame of that action lives on today. The modern shame is denying what happened in the past.

In Ankara,Gazi University has opened a competition “to remind people of the genocide committed by Armenians against Turks and to halt the claims of so-called Armenian genocide.” So, how about the following competitions?

1. We request studies by those who seek to end the hateful lies against the German people about the so-called Holocaust? It is time to get the truth out how Adolf Hitler fought to protect Jews but was murdered by those Jews!

2. We request learned documents about how Americans worked so hard to protect Indians but were thwarted by savages who murdered innocent men, women and children.

Got the point?

What Went Wrong In Iraq?

The history of the Iraq War has been a tale told by idiots bearing scant resemblance to what actually happened. From day one when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld uttered lies about the so called Weapons of Mass Destruction until today, the American people have been fed one lie after another. There was no reason to have a war, and the hoax that began it simply continued day after day. The Bush decisions to fire every soldier in the Iraq War allowed thousands of men with weapons in their hands to initiate a civil conflict that continues today. Perhaps, the most critical mistake was a propaganda war which insisted the famous “Surge” led by General David Petraeus was the reason for reduction in fighting by al Qaeda.

The most important factor in crushing al Qaeda stemmed from creation of Awakening Councils led by Sunni tribes. They handled forces of Osama bin Laden and led to peace. American leaders obtained promises from Prime Minister Maliki that Sunni leaders would be integrated into the Iraq army and Sunni tribes treated with respect. That promise was broken by Shiite leader Maliki and today we live with consequences of his actions. He destroyed confidence among Sunnis and the child of his decision is ISIS.

Peace in Iraq will only come about if Shiite leaders seek to create a new Iraq. Simple as that.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “Anti-Theft Xmas Trees”

So, Santa, keep your hands to yourself!

Italy, Local: “In Italy, God Plans To Look Away”

Is that good or bad news for the Vatican?

Norway, Norway Post: “Effort To Promote Human Rights”

This is one story that has nothing to do with Kim Jong-un!

USA, aol: “What You Need To Know About About Gun Club?”

Oh well, it is just a matter of time before you WILL know about the gun club.

UK, Guardian: “Stay In Style”

There will be no changes in the style of Republican congressmen next year.