Category Archives: Hilary Clinton

Politics First, And Always

Preisdent Obama is confronting extensive criticism because he has refused to take action about immigration reform until after the elections. A few months ago, he proposed extensive climate change action which resulted in Democratic candidates losing ground in their fight for reelection. Throughout his presidency, President Obama has demonstrated a lack of political knowledge which has led to extensive Republican gains in the House and Senate. The greatest political folly was pushing for health care reform before pushing for jobs and ensuring the rich did not get richer. Franklin Roosevelt began his administration in the height of Depression by creating FOUR MILLION JOBS within six months so those in despair had their self concept restored by earning money and doing something constructive. He waited two years before creating the Social Security system.

From day one of his precedency, Barack Obama has been among the most inept POLITICIANS in American history. The President of the United States is also leader of his POLITICAL party, a role Obama simply has ignored. In a democracy, the President must be a POLITICIAN in order to get laws passed. For Obama, we give him a “D” grade. Sorry Barack, it requires POLITICAL skills to pass laws you desire. It is OK to hold off on immigration reform. The important thing is to return to it AFTER THE ELECTIONS!

Top 3% Tops 97%

The media reported some very sad news today. A study by economists indicate our wonderful top 3% of people ONLY control 54% of our wealth. Sorry, I just made mistake. They do NOT control 54% of wealth, they control 54.4% of our wealth. Sorry, for that slip of the finger. In 1989 this wonderful group of people only controlled 44.8% of the wealth of America. I gather pundits on Fox News are quite upset. These figures are another example of how Barack Obama SOCIALISM is destroying our free enterprise system. Any Fox News pundit understands that as those with wealth gain more and more money, they then share this money with those on the bottom. It is called, the “trickle down theory” of economics. If only the top 3% could control 90% of our wealth, consider the enormous amount of this money that would shortly be in the hands of our middle class. Consider how many new Nanny jobs would be created for the middle class? Consider how many new jobs would be created for those working on yachts?

Instead of creating wealth our wealthy folks are so upset at only being in possession of 54.4% of the wealth, they spend their days angry and refusing to create wealth for the middle class. Please vote this year for US Senators who are committed to the proposition that our top 3% are entitled to 97%. Once we have reached this level, then we have a new 3% group– our middle class! They will then possess 3% of our wealth! God Bless the Wealthy, they are truly the children of Jesus Christ!

Whatever Happened To Al-Assad?

During the past few months as stories about ISIS have filled the media, it is rare to come across anything about Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He certainly does not get the media attention that was so common a few months ago. So, I talked with the man.

M: I notice that the media does not pay attention to you these days.

A: Absolutely correct. I am furious. I kill people, but all the media talks about is this ISIS!

M: I guess you feel upset at being ignored?

A: Ignored? When was the last time the New York Times put my photo on its front page?

M: Beats me.

A: I murder, I bomb, I kill, and all I get is a slight mention on page 24.

M: I think you are front page worthy!

A: Compare attention to my dear friend, Vladimir Putin and attention to me.

M: Your buddy certainly is number One for the media.

A: Remember the good old days when Vladimir got a few words and I dominated the media?

M: Ah, the good old days when you were Number One murderer.

A: Well, one day I will return to that position.

M: If I was in Syria, I would do everything in my power to get you back on the top spot.

A: what was your name again? Do that, I can get you a good deal on a new car.

No Troops On Ground

The fear of ISIS continues to worry leaders of Western nations. After all, this group must have at least 20,000 soldiers ready to kill. It is rather strange that when Adolf Hitler had an army of EIGHT MILLION ARMED WITH THOUSANDS OF TANKS AND PLANES, there was less worry. We have become frightened by a few thousand soldiers who lack planes or artillery or tanks. They have now become a “threat” to world security. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the formation of a “core coalition” that will confront the latest example of terrorism. As I recall, a few years ago, it was al-Qaeda that was going to destroy the western world and take over the Middle East. As Kerry put it: “we need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster Iraq security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on without committing our forces.” In other words, “no boots on the ground.”

Obviously, the concept of a “core coalition” makes sense. Obviously, a core coalition of Turkish, Egyptian, Algerian and Jordanian forces could handle ISIS, and all they would need is US air support. If there is to be a “core coalition” then its formation should be announced by nations in the Middle East, not the US or the European Union. It is time for Middle Eastern nations to pay attention to terrorism.

Israel Will Build 284 New Homes

The Israel government announced that it was going to construct 284 new homes. Ordinarily, when a government decides to build homes for its people, the world cheers at this announcement of economic vitality. After all, who can be against building and providing homes for people? Of course, the new homes are in a settlement named, Elkana, and this settlement is NOT in the state of Israel, but on land that used to be owned by Palestinians. Technically speaking, this is in violation of international law. Sorry, I forgot that some Israelis claim that God himself wants Jews to build homes in land owned by Palestinian Muslims. As a human who does not seek to mess with the Big Guy up in the sky, what can one say, but, go on building and building. I assume God on his trip to billions of planets has but one thought in his mind– why don’t Jews build some more homes in the West Bank?

The US government protested, the UN protested, the European Union protested, Palestinians protested, but building homes continues and continues. Perhaps, Israelis will explain how such construction builds the foundation of peace in the Middle East? Just asking. So, God, please don’t get mad at me!

Whatever Happened To Our Athletes?

I am a sport lover, and throughout my life, baseball, and basketball and football absorbed my attention. I was raised when a baseball pitcher was expected to pitch nine innings, and few worried about a relief pitcher coming to his aid. Today, managers worry about how many pitches a professional athlete is allowed to throw for fear his arm will suddenly cease functioning. In 1939 or 1949 no one ever counted pitches. The assumption was that throwing more pitches led to an arm that would become stronger, not weaker. Today, a player hits 220 and is rewarded with a contract for $5 million. In other words, a stumble bum earns more in one year than Babe Ruth earned in a lifetime, and he hit over 700 home runs!

We live in a world in which professional athletes earn incredible amounts of money, and managers baby them. Heck, in my youth a doubleheader meant two games right after one another and spectators paid one price for two games! We have coddled, worried about and babied a generation of entitled spoiled brats. The result is we have athletes who behave as though they are not able to extend themselves to the utmost of their abilities.

Oh, to live again in a world in which young boys and girls played without adult supervision and learned they could handle life quite well!

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

I never see a film with a “warm story” since it gives me chills.

Solitude is our loving friend who allows us to know ourselves.

Child eats, mom fiddles with IPad, whatever, Rome burns.

I wonder what will replace cell phones?

Where have all the leaders gone? To Wall Street?

We live our lives in fear of money or love or sex, in the end, the only fear is-Death.

I am a child of immigrants, speaking another language was normal in my life.

Little boy proudly holds open door for mom.

Never underestimate the political stupidity of a Harvard graduate.

Little girl first runs to grandma, an easy touch.

My coupon for free bagels expired, I feel cheated.

Dad enters diner with baby and young son, so where is mom?

In America, some born to have wealth, some to provide wealth for others.

I so enjoy the feeling of sweat.

Never underestimate the laziness of those under 25.

Say, What About Ferguson?

The Department of Justice has launched a new investigation into the Ferguson Police Department in order to ascertain the impact of prejudice upon its members when they encounter black skinned people. The Justice Department wants to conduct a study, they want to research this issue. One can assume they need evidence before doing something. Each time there is an outbreak of violence which is the aftermath of murdering this or that black skinned guy, it is always followed by a “study.” We Americans believe fervently in the importance of studying the obvious. Heck, it took fifty years of studying to conclude there was need for a national health insurance scheme that had been in place within most European nations for fifty years. We continue to study the impact of smoking on human bodies.

Of course, we do NOT study the impact of allowing every American to posses a gun. We know the National Rifle Association has already done a study which proves that if every American had a gun, there would be an end to crime. So, lets study Ferguson. Frankly, any half intelligent person in this nation knows the outcome of the study. Ferguson police are prejudiced. Gee, and no one paid me for this conclusion!

Where Is Muslim Outrage At ISIS?

The Israel invasion of Gaza which led to the death of over two thousand people led to mass demonstrations around the Muslim world including marches in major European cities. Leaders of Muslim communities in England or France or Germany or in America denounced the government of Israel for its behavior. But, for some reason the world has not witnessed any Muslim marches denouncing ISIS which has been brutally murdering not only Christians and Yazidis, but thousands of Muslims! Yasmine Bahrani, professor of Journalism at the American University in Dubai wants to know where are Muslims for peace and justice, and where are Muslims who hate the brutality of ISIS and Boko Haram? “As long as our condemnations remain tepid, we give the impression that we accept the murderers” who have swept through the Middle East with hatred and brutality.

Professor Bahrani raises an important point. The vast majority of Muslims in this world do NOT believe in beheading innocent people, they do not believe in Boko Haram massacres of MUSLIMS, nor do they believe in murdering thousands of Muslims in Iraq. But, only silence is heard from Muslim leaders when these events transpire. Where are the voices of protest? Where are Imams marching for peace? It is time for Muslims to become vocal about their beliefs in democracy and peace.

When Will Netanyahu Ever Become A Jew?

There is no question that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the support of most Jews in Israel. Of course, he does not enjoy the support of most Muslims and Christians who happen to be Israeli citizens. Knesset MP Nitzan Horowitz is among those Jewish Israelis seeking to create a democratic society in which ALL members enjoy equal rights, and which is led by someone who seeks to establish the basis of peace within the Middle East. According to Ms. Horowitz, “Netanyahu knows very well that there is a unique opportunity for major diplomatic action in the Middle East together with all the moderate factors but he does not want it, and does everything to sabotage it so he can survive politically.” I agree but disagree with her view. Yes, political factors influence Netanyahu, but his heart and mind are fixed on the proposition that Jews can never trust any Muslims. He is convinced that Muslims have no desire to live in peace with Jews.

This concept is now prevalent among Jewish Israelis. They feel beleaguered and surrounded by hostile forces of hate. They have survived for fifty years within such a world, and believe they can survive another fifty. For them, this attitude is what a Jew must believe. Jews such as Horowitz are regarded as simplistic optimists who really do not understand the reality that it is impossible for Jews and Muslims to ever live in peace and security. It is a belief. But, it is not the belief of Jews who have fought for centuries to establish democratic societies in which those of all faiths live together in peace.