Category Archives: Hilary Clinton

John Kerry, The Nowhere Man

barghouti It is now sixty five years since the state of Israel was formed and thus formalized a conflict that already had been in existence within the province of Palestine and later the Mandate of Palestine. The state of Palestine was proclaimed in the 1970s after Jordan decided to rid itself of administering the Palestine created by the United Nations. In 1967, Israel defeated Jordan in a war and assumed control of the West Bank area. It is now 47 years since this event occurred and conflict continues over who owns the West Bank or which part of the West Bank belongs to who? Israel has sent thousands of settlers into the West Bank even though this area originally was part of the state of Palestine created by the UN. John Kerry has worked his butt off attempting to secure a compromise.

Part of the problem is that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority lack a government which has a firm majority in a legislature and each requires coalition members to survive. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has allied with West Bank settlers and religious zealots who insist upon no retreat. President Abbas is demanding the release of Marwan Barghouti from prison. This man committed crimes, but there is evidence he is ready to work for peace. After all, Nelson Mandela was convicted of crimes.

At this point in time, John Kerry is going nowhere very slowly.

Westboro Church Clueless

Adherents of the Westboro Baptist Church are among the most interesting people in America. They are the only group that makes members of the Tea Party come across as logical and loving folk. Church members led by Fred Phelps have roamed the United States for years appearing at funerals of those who died in the Afghanistan or Iraq war with banners proclaiming their special brand of hate and anger. “God Hates Fags” or “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” are among the more pleasant of their banners of hate. They hate any and all aspects of modern life, but are not articulate as to the world they desire. Counter Demonstrators turned out yesterday and held aloft a banner that read: “Sorry For Your Loss.” Naturally, to Westboro folk, those are fighting words of anger toward them.

A spokesperson, Steve Drain, made clear their response to a statement of compassion: “I just don’t even know what they mean by what they’re saying.” The initial words of intelligence from this group.

Foreign Policy Of Fight To Finish!

I do listen to words of advice from some members of the Republican party regarding what now to do about the situation in the Crimea and Ukraine. Of course, not a single one of them has the slightest idea as to the location of these areas in the world other than they are close to Russia. Fox News with its collection of well fed men who apparently have never fought anyone physically, are hot to trot about standing up to Vladimir Putin. They all want to make clear they are not some wussie like the black dude in the White House. Naturally, the pert cute blonds who pose as authorities on foreign policy are ready to fight to the last member of our armed forces is dead because beloved Crimea is first in their hearts and souls.

The voices of we need to do more and more to make clear to Russia that any attack on any nation will be met with the full force of the United States of America. I am a bit confused. When Russia invaded the country of Georgia–our then president George Bush did not send military forces and not a peep from Fox News or the Republican party.

Of course, if President Obama dispatched planes to Ukraine, the howl of anger from Fox News and the Republican party would be heard in the Crimea!! The Republican mantra is that Democrats should fight wars while Republicans should cut taxes and there will be peace in the world.

Mythical Creature Killed In Texas?

The people of Texas are noted for finding mythical creatures that must be killed in order to protect our society from blood sucking animals who take our money and our lives in order to fatten their own bodies. A family in rural Texas noted a strange animal walking across their fields and got their guns and killed the strange beast. They believe this dead marauder is a chupacabra, a mythical animal who resembles a coyote but goes around sucking the blood of other animals and has been cited in various parts of America. We are proud in this blog to present the true story of a mythical beast in Texas who sucks blood and wanders the land seeking victims.

The mythical beast goes by the name of Ted Cruz. He wants to suck the blood of those on Food Stamps because those who feast on this money simply are sucking the blood of our wealthy folk. Ted knows that once a blood sucker gets loose on the range then it is only a matter of time before it is after YOUR money and your home and your life savings. These chupacrabra also go by the name of “unemployed” or “poor,” but their goal is always the same–suck out the very essence of a wealthy person’s savings in order to satisfy their need for money to pay for gambling or drugs or alcohol. Isn’t it about time those in this land who belong to the NRA go into the streets and slaughter the chupacrabra who fill our streets with their lazy bodies and blood sucking mouths!!

Prostitution OK For Cops

It has now become clear to me why I have wasted my time by being a college professor instead of a policeman in the state of Hawaii. Hawaiian police are begging the state legislature not to change a law which they regard as vital to the pursuit of criminals. The law allows policemen and undercover agents to sleep with any and all prostitutes if engaged in pursuit of a crime. Of course, if they catch someone who is engaged in prostitution the person can not be arrested if they are members of the Hawaii police department. Let me get this straight:

1. A man goes to a house of prostitution and has sex with a prostitute. Off to jail.

2. A man goes to a house of prostitution and has sex with a prostitute. Off to home if a cop.

I have a hunch that in just about any city in America many prostitutes engage in sex with cops because the alternative is winding up in jail. I guess the police of Hawaii simply have made legal what is allegedly illegal in America.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Putin Imperial Ambition”

First the Ukraine, and then the world!

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Parents Bully Teachers”

Does this mean no apple today?

China, China Daily: “Kindergarten Closed For Drug Use”

Never too early to start is my motto.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Week From Hell”

In America, every week in Congress is from hell.

Germany, Der Spiegel: “I’d Shake Hands With Devil”

If poor in America, that means shaking hands with Republicans in Congress.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Man Shot In Sydney”

Heck, in America only one man shot is good news!

France, Connexion: “Half French Men Have Affair”

With half French women is the question?

Italy, Local: “Half Corsica Men Use Viagra”

Is this good or bad news?

Please Mr. President

Just check your daily newspaper for a photo of dour faced Obama gazes off into space as President Mahmoud Abbas talks and talks. For some reason, the head of the Palestinian Authority is not in love with Israel demands for what was once supposed to be the homeland for Palestinians, but now house by house has been transformed into homes for Jewish settlers in quest for more and more land. The president of Palestine showed the president of the United States of America a map which depicts land that allegedly belonged to the state of Palestine but now is in the hands of people from the state of Israel. “It is an ugly map,” he said, “this was supposed to be land of the Palestinian people.” As I recall, that land was supposed to be for the Palestinian people because the United Nations made a compromise which provided land for both Jews and Palestinians.

Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority is upset at Israel demands that Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” In response, he noted: “I have my religion. I have my story. When they ask me to recognize the Jewish state, what they are doing is asking me to change my narrative.”

Those who have worked hard to ensure the narrative of the American story includes, not only white Anglo Saxon Protestants but Catholics and Italians and Jews and Indians, the entire narrative is correct which encompasses plural narratives.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I prefer women wearing tight to loose jeans.

To truly think, requires work and thought.

Some walk with hand on hip.

Few humans explore their inner world.

Some seek,some are sought.

Some grow old, some grow young in their mind.

After integrity, few things are as important.

The future lies undiscovered.

I was born in the working class and shall die in it.

In each life, resides a great story.

Some communicate through silence.

To test Death is to test Life.

Anyone can become a hero.

Some must shake the bottle before opening it.

Some doze through life.

To know what I don’t know is to know.

Some boast of their ignorance.

There ARE things that should remain silent to others.

There ARE times to tell off people for their stupidity.

Some fear the night, some the day.

Some never fear.

Venezuela Descends Into Chaos

It is now over sixty years since Fidel Castro overthrew a dictator in Cuba and installed his version of dictatorship which he termed. “communist.” Fidel promised the people of Latin America that “communism” would rid the continent of hated “Yankees” and herald the arrival of a new democratic way of life in which oligarchs and imperialists would no longer control the nation. He found a fervent admirer in Hugo Chavez, the leader of Venezuela. Chavez is now dead and his disciple, Nicolas Maduro still is trapped in an ideology that long since has meant anything resembling the truth. Venezuela has oil and it has used oil income to support an ineffective economic structure that no longer functions to meet basic needs. Pedro Perez, a 64 year old man, noted, “I spend five or six hours in a queue just to buy two packs of flour or two bottles of cooking oil.”

Such is life in Venezuela. Thousands now protest in the streets demanding an economic structure based on sound principles that can restore vitality to their economic lives. Maduro responds with brutal force and sends to prison those opposing his regime. In the last election, Maduro won by less than one percent of the vote, but he insists “Venezuelans” support his policies. Violence is escalating and there will be more dead or in jail. A touch of reality is needed in Venezuela.

SAVE THE CHILDREN

I have devoted a good part of my life to the study of the Holocaust and was among those who founded the St. Louis Holocaust Center in an effort to provide remembrance, but also education, so that such horror would never again occur in the world. Alas, this effort at remembrance is no longer viable in the modern world. One can not employ expressions such as “holocaust” or “genocide” since these words more aptly fit what occurred in the Nazi era of hate and violence. Frankly, I am a loss of words in discussing what has happened in the nation of Syria during the past three years of horror. Children having legs amputated because hospitals lack proper equipment to save them or babies in incubators dying when the power goes off or a wounded person knocked out since there is no anesthesia. Just think, in the 21st century we are unable to vaccinate children!

An organization, Save the Children seeks to prevent more Syrian children from dying. In the city of Aleppo which has more people than Paris only 36 doctors remain to serve the population of 2.3 million. Half the doctors in Syria have fled for their lives.

My question: Where are religious leaders in the Middle East and what are they doing to save lives of Muslim children?? Obviously,the answer is silence. We wonder at the silence of the 1940s as we live in the silence of the early years of the 21st century.