Category Archives: Barack Obama

I Got A Right To Blast Away!

I, along with millions of men and women served in the United States armed forces where we learned how to use weapons of war. Actually, I was an above average rifleman and was urged to become a sniper. My sergeant persuaded me not to pursue that line of fighting since snipers are in dangerous places on the battlefield. Thus, my confusion reading about men and women who so love their rifle or handgun or whatever. A weapon only makes sense if you are in combat, but why would anyone in his right mind desire to carry around a gun? Ronald William Prestage, current President of National Pork Producers decided to carry a gun into the Rayburn Office building in Washington D.C. Perhaps, he was disturbed about the pork bills sifting through Congress as our representatives attempt to get goodies for people in their district–or people who donate money for the pork. Oh, he does have a permit for a concealed weapon in the state of South Carolina. Sorry, as of this moment, that is not recognized in the District of Columbia. I am certain Justice Scalia will rule that people have a right to enter Congressional buildings with guns!

A few days ago, the press secretary for Republican Congressman Tom Marino, Ryan Shucart, was halted as he attempted to enter the Rayburn Building with a loaded gun. What goes on with these nut cases? Why a gun in the Rayburn Building? Of course, perhaps, Mr. Shucart is getting bored with the inaction of Congress and seeks a bit of excitement?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Priest Says Football Is Gay”

That must mean there are over a billion gays in this world.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Accuse Protesters Of Protesting Erdogan Comments”

For once, Recep Erdogan got it right about protesters.

Italy, Local: “Enough Is Enough”

How about forming a government before the end of the year??

USA, NY Post: “Run Of The Bulls”

I assume that refers to the Bullshit from Republicans in Congress!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Army Plans To Thin Ranks”

Hopefully, of incompetents.

Sweden, Local: “Pledge To Help Prostitutes”

Physically or financially?

USA, aol: “Middle Class Shrinking”

And, number of wealthy is rising!

Israel -Hamas Redeux

During the past few weeks a few million words have been written regarding the current crisis in the Middle East. There are times when words are a weapon of war, unfortunately at this moment, actual weapons of war are in action. The entire issue of conflict between Israel and Middle Eastern nation has been on the world’s agenda for over sixty years. Yes, there have been a few examples of peace such as the agreement between Egypt and Israel or the agreement between Israel and Jordan, but the winds of war continue to blow. There IS a Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and he DOES desire peace between Palestinians and Israel. If we take a step back from the current slaughter of people in Gaza and ask: how did this war get started,? we are left with a degree of uncertainty. Or, are we left with a sense that both Hamas and Israel literally needs a conflict?

Let me make clear there are no innocent parties in this conflict. Hamas leaders are besides themselves with joy as thousands of Gazans are wounded and hundreds are killed. The more innocent people die in Gaza, the more Hamas leaders can seek more money, more support, and more arms from outside groups. The leaders of Hamas are trapped in a vicious cycle of war and death. They lack any political plan for the future of Palestinians other than war and death. If war halted tomorrow in Gaza, what would Hamas leaders do? The answer is simple-build new tunnels!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also lacks a plan for the future other than build new settlements in the West Bank. Reality check: What if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally disbanded and told Israel that it is now in charge of all Palestinians? That would result in an Israel in which at least 30% of the population was Muslim or Christian. Since these groups have a higher birth rate it means by 2050, Jews are the minority in Israel. This IS REALITY. So, what is the response of Netanyahu-invade, kill, destroy tunnels. One Israel bomb hit a family of 25, at least 18 children died.

Eventually, fighting will cease. Death will take a temporary holiday. Eventually, hundreds of children will die. But, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to refuse accepting reality. The ONLY hope for a peaceful Israel is negotiating with President Abbas. Negotiating requires COMPROMISE. And, in Israel that means desires of the state of Israel take precedence over the desires of West Bank settlers.

Say, Whatever Happened To Iraq??

During the past two weeks the world has been focused upon events in Ukraine and in Gaza. World leaders are issuing statements, making claims, offering advice and threatening action if the other side does or does not do something. As our gaze shifts to the Ukraine or to Gaza, our gaze does not shift to Iraq. Hey, remember, there is a war still going on in Iraq. We complain about leaders of Hamas, but what about leaders of the Iraq government? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to refuse any compromise with Sunni leaders, and has lost confidence of Kurd leaders in Iraq, and ISIS continues to hold large areas of northern Iraq. It amazes me how short is our attention span on any issue in the Middle East. From day one when President George Bush refused UN requests for more time to check out the presence of alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction, the American response to anything connected with Iraq is to blunder along without any logical policy.

Iraq is a greater mess than the situation in Gaza. It is a nation tottering on the brink of collapse. Is ISIS gains control of Iraq this means it possesses the money and power to engage in biological warfare as well as pursue a nuclear component. Is it possible for our State Department to focus on two issues -simultaneously??

What Can Be Done In Ukraine?

Rebel separatists in Ukraine just shot down two Ukrainian jet planes with their guided missiles. It is now quite clear these crazy people have not got the message of a cease fire. Silence reigns from Moscow at the news. This means President Putin has received the message of no more guided missiles but prefers to ignore it. So, what is left for the world?

1. Raising the level to new heights of sanctions against Russia.

2. The United States to announce it will supply oil to any European nation which agrees to support sanctions.

3. A ban on any person from the US or supporting European nations to visit Russia.

4. A ban on allowing exports from Russia to enter nations.

5. A ban on exports to Russia.

One is tempted to urge sending NATO planes into Ukraine to bomb missile sites, but that is too risky. However, in simple English, quarantine Russia. Putin must confront the fact he is NOT boss of the world.

My Spy Is Your Spy!

During the past five years this blog has offered defense to the Obama administration, given the virulent hatred emanating from members of the Republican party and media. Fox News has been on a campaign of hatred against any and all members of the Democratic party. BUT, President Obama must accept some responsibility for his incredible ability to create problems for no other reason than he regards himself as a defender of truth which requires violation of human rights–in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. Hacking the phone of OUR ALLY GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR MERKEL makes NO sense other than if one allows our spy agencies to do anything without supervision, they will blunder along. The CIA station chief in Berlin has been ordered out of Germany. Every effort on the part of the German government to obtain a “no spy” agreement with the President has been ignored. Gee, Barack, you have gone from being an admired person in German to one who is detested for violating the rights of YOUR ALLY!

There simply is no explanation of this incredible stupidity. Why would any sane, intelligent leader, turn down a request from HIS ALLY for a ‘no spy’ agreement? After creating a crisis over nothing, the President is now willing to discuss this topic with German officials. I suspect the dying words of Barack Obama will be: “NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY.”

When will President Obama cease creating problems? All he does is provide ammunition for Fox News to blast him.

Turkey Wants To Kill Universities

A decade ago, the Justice Development Party of Turkey gained power, and took away power from the military which for decades had decided who would govern in the land. Since obtaining power, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has installed a regime that is more alike that once led by the military. Slowly, but surely, he has taken power away from independent agencies of the government. The once independent judiciary has lost power, the police made a mistake of investigating corruption by the Erdogan family, schools must now toe the official line. Students who have protested often wind up in jail, and Turkey now leads the world in the number of journalists who are in prison.

The latest power grab by Erdogan is to give power to the Higher Education Board(whose leaders he appoints) to decide executive boards of universities–even private universities. This Board will decide who gets tenure, who gets a promotion, and they will even volunteer to assist college professors in deciding what to teach. The next step for Erdogan is to become President, and make that office all powerful.

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

Barack Obama comes across as a man alone.

As we grow older, we forget how we were mentally formed.

Today, is simply a revision of yesterday.

We can gaze into another’s eyes, but can we gaze into the soul?

Gentleness of daughter to dad is a wonder and joy.

In the end, I am who I am, no other.

Dawn breaks, question is -will we?

I knew, but never knew my father.

Hopefully, the child always remains in the adult mind.

Cherish each memory of life.

A nation enthralled by emotion is a nation headed for disaster.

A major issue is whether humans can behave as humans.

Some teen girls walk with wondrous eyes.

Activist Judges Rule The Land

As the reader recalls, for the past twenty years, Republicans have been decrying and complaining about “activist judges” who sit in Washington making decisions that impact the lives of Americans. Brown vs Bd of Education in 1954 ended the constitutional right of those who believed in segregation and FORCED those American citizens to bend to the authority of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. For decades the Republican chant of “activists judges” has sounded the cry for action. Republicans have been demanding that ‘THE PEOPLE’ should rule, not nine unelected Judges! However, for some strange reason, Republican leaders apparently do NOT object to ACTIVIST JUDGES WHEN their decisions agree with Republican beliefs. For example:

1. Corporations are people with the right of free speech.

2. Guns are OK for everyone at any time and no state has the right to prevent Americans for possessing guns. Of course, for TWO HUNDRED YEARS, the Supreme Court said it was constitutional to have gun laws.

3. Corporations have the right to practice their religion and force others who work for them to obey their version of religious freedom.

A Federal Appeals Court just ruled that subsidies to people under the Affordable Care Act is not legal since the law says subsidies can only be “given through an exchange established by the State.” In other words, Federally established health care programs can not give subsidies to those lacking money for health care!

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.