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HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “What You Need To Know About Guns Clubs”

Bang, bang, dead, dead?

Sweden,Local: “Beauty Contest Coming Up”

Contestants are: Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush!

France, Connexion: “Row Over Cribs In Public Places”

I assume next will be the row over breasts in public places.

China, China Daily: “Stay In Style”

Join the Republican Do Nothing Congress this spring.

UK, Guardian: “Here Comes Santa”

And, there goes my money!

There is no question that being a police officer is a stressful and dangerous position in life. There is also no question that our police departments have bought into the incorrect idea of “broken windows.” There is no evidence that transforming petty actions into major crimes does anything other than foster violence. The death of Eric Garner, a man who had been peddling cigarettes for years stemmed from the broken window concept and the need for police to produce evidence of crime in order to please their superiors. A few days ago a sick young African American named, Brimsley decided to take out his anger on innocent police and murdered two officers who were sitting in their patrol car. His action has unleashed anger from the Fox News crowd and folks like Rudy Giuiliani who insist that protecting the safety of police officers is the real problem in America. Many in the New York City police department are furious at Mayor Bill de Blasio who they claim displayed disrespect to all police officers when he condemned the murder of Eric Garner.

There are TWO ISSUES: safety of police and excessive use of force by police. The murder of two innocent police officers who were doing their duty has NOTHING to do with the need to address violence on the part of some police officers. Police should not be angry at the Mayor, their anger should be directed at the false policy of Broken Windows!

Jolly Chris Christie Is Never Jolly

There are many now aspiring to become the Republican candidate for president in 2016. Rick Perry in Texas is meeting with professors who allegedly are teaching him about what is happening in the world. Since Rick has absolutely no idea about the Middle East, let alone the ideas of Vladimir Putin, these sessions will hopefully allow him to grasp there is a world outside of Texas. Over in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has his own problems. The man who could walk into any department store and be hired for the holiday season as Santa Claus simply lacks a merry attitude toward life. Sandy Booket went to a town meeting in hope of getting under the skin of Chris. Among the easiest things to do with Christie is to have his anger quickly emerge when posed a serious question. NO, she did not post any questions about abortion or police violence, the woman asked Chris if he had permission from Bruce Springsteen to use his music at Republican political events.

Naturally, Chris rose to the challenge. How dare any liberal imply that he used music from his idol, Bruce Springsteen without permission. “I saw Bruce about a week and half ago. He had every opportunity to tell me not to. He didn’t tell me.” I trust this is now clear. We may not know what Chris thinks about the deaths of Eric Garner or Tamir Rice, but we do know that he can use the music of Bruce, his buddy, whenever he so desires!

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!

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.