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HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Dinosaur Stolen From Museum”

Has anyone contacted the Flintstones to get it back?

Sweden, Local: “Pregnant Woman Gets Fuel Voucher”

I assume it is to fuel up the tummy?

UK, Guardian: “New War On Terror”

It begins in Washington this January and it is directed at the White House.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Try A Wine Bath”

The nectar of life and happiness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Principal Charged With Child Porn”

He just believes in hands-on learning.

Idiots Delight In Ferguson, Missouri

The study of history is no longer among the topics that are part of the school curriculum. Oh, this January, there will be speeches about the life of Marin Luther King, a few celebrations, but it is doubtful if teachers will actually devote time to studying his ideas. After all, they do not lend themselves to a tweet. The idea of reading intently, discussing with intelligence, has been replaced by a line that allegedly deals with any topic in the curriculum. So, we tweet in one sentence complex ideas, and assume that we now know all about the idea. Martin Luther King devoted his life to fostering the concept of peaceful civil disobedience. This concept entails accepting the idea of being beaten by police, but refusing to respond with violence. The assumption is that over time, a population will become horrified at the scene of innocent men, women, and children being beaten, and will be ready to rethink their ideas.

A black militia group known as RbG Black Rebels is headed for Ferguson, Missouri in order to lend their ideas of violence to a volatile situation. They are posting rewards for: “We are paying $5K for location of officer Darren Wilson, no joke, no crime, we just wan a get his photo an ask him a few questions.” Oh, they offer $1K for information about members of his family. This is a sick group whose behavior indicates a lack of knowledge about Martin Luther King. They are itching for violence.The only question about these dudes is: how many will die?

“Gunman In Library”

I was raised in the slums of the Bronx, New York City. In my neighborhood, anyone who carried a gun was termed to be “crazy.” As I recall, only “Crazy Sam” won that comment, and when police were on the scene, we made certain that Sam was not. Students at Florida State University were studying in the library when some noticed a student who was not carrying any books, but a gun. One girl tweeted to her mom, “there’s a gunman in the library. I love you.” Fortunately, she is still alive although three other students are in the hospital with bullet wounds. The police soon arrived and blasted away at the gunman. I can just anticipate the National Rifle Association response:

1. Students have a constitutional right to carry guns.

2. If all students in the library had guns, there would have been a shootout in the library, and no cops would have been required to appear.

3. Why isn’t there any place in the library for those with guns to study how to shoot?

We continue with guns. The arguments are now boring because we have members of Congress who fear the NRA more than they do ISIS.

Oh, the gunman is now dead!

Only Big Government Will Save Us From ISIS!

Once upon a time in the United States of America we confronted real dangers to our survival such as a civil war or World War II when we confronted the best army in the world in Germany as well as millions of Japanese soldiers and sailors. I simply do not recall the fear that now runs through this nation about ISIS, a band of soldiers numbering about 30,000 who lack artillery, tanks or planes. But, for some Americans ISIS is “the greatest threat in history.” There were times during the Vietnam war when some insisted that Viet Cong soldiers would get in wooden ships and sail across the Pacific Ocean and land in California in order to rape and pillage. Exactly how ISIS will destroy America is never explained. Yes, they could set off some bombs, yes, they might kill a few dozen people, but this organization lacks capability of doing real harm. The United States Senate failed by one vote to pass the USA Freedom Act which would prevent the National Security Agency from gathering bulk phone records and intruding into th e lives of American citizens.

All one has to do in order to give greater power to government over our private lives is to SHOUT: ISIS. Opponents claim we need to check on Americans in order to prevent terrorism in this nation.

1. Forget about Mexico, the border with Canada cannot be completely secured. A terrorist can easily slip across the border. Such is life. And, such is possible death for a few Americans.

2. A ship can enter our harbor with explosives and blow itself up. Such is life, such is death.

Reality: over a dozen years since 9/11 and no major terrorist act against Americans.

Much Ado About Nothing

The infamous Keystone XL oil pipe line remains a pipe dream for those who support construction of the link between Canadian tar sands and a seaport in Texas which would send the oil to nations throughout the world. When this fight began the United States of America was in dire need of new oil because it was dependent upon foreign nations to meet national oil requirements. Republicans have shouted that construction of this pipe line would create “millions of jobs” and bring prosperity to America. OK, those working on construction of the pipeline would get jobs, however, we are discussing, thousands, not millions. Even in Republican controlled Nebraska the government is hesitant about having a pipeline go through its land. As I recall, Republicans believe in “state rights” unless state rights do not accord with their political views. Poor Senator Mary Landrieu who is fighting for her life to get elected hoped passage of HER bill might result in victory in a runoff. Alas, that will not happen because the bill fell one vote short of passage.

Reality: at this moment in time the United States of America produces more oil than any other nation in the world due to fracking. We do NOT need more oil at this time. Actually, Canada is in the process of sending their oil to ports on their west coast, and, most probably, to the east coast. There is NO problem. So, calm down and relax. We are NUMBER ONE! So there, Saudi Arabia!

On Adrian Peterson And Rights!

Adrian Peterson is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings football team in the National Football League. He is an outstanding running back, but a few months ago, in his role as father, Mr. Peterson crossed the line of behavior. He used a twig to beat his little boy. According to Mr. Peterson, his dad beat him so what else could he do but beat his son. I assume he means the only concept of punishment that was known to him was use of a twig to beat a little boy. After hesitating to punish Mr. Peterson, Roger Goodell, the head of the NFL finally decided to come down hard. His punishment is banning Mr. Peterson from playing a year and surrendering millions of dollars. Most liberals hail the decision as the right punishment for the act of domestic violence. However, the punishment raises a few human rights questions:

1. Does my employer have the right to punish me if I resort violence in my family life?

2. Does my employer function as cop, jury and judge?

3. Does my employer have the right to define domestic violence?

4. Are there are actions in my private life that my employer has the right to inflict punishment because he does not agree with my actions?

5. Can my employer decide that my political views might be construed as impacting his business and therefore he has the right to punish me?

We need to rethink what employers can do to their employees. How about an impartial third party who makes decisions?

Social Media And Stupidity

I was born decades before the arrival of social media and during that time period, undoubtedly, felt and expressed numerous stupid ideas. I was fortunate because a dumb thought remained with either myself or a few people. It never dawned upon me to make certain that everyone on this planet was aware of my stupidities. In other words, before the arrival of social media, one had the constitutional right to say dumb things. At worst, after opening my mouth and uttering words that were silly, uncaring, or just plain dumb, only one person really was aware that I was an idiot. Jump start to the arrival of social media, and, for some reason, it is now common for people to express an idiotic idea and broadcast it to the world.

Amy Strickland, was teacher of the year in Norfolk, Virginia. She was promoted to the job of assistant principal of Booker T. Washington High School. So, what does this women who is teaching in a high school that has a large percentage of black students tweet to one and all: she displayed a photo of black boys with white girls accompanied by her comment. “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.” Duh! I ave no idea whether or not she thought the comment was a joke. But, thanks to social media the name of Amy Strickland is now known far and wide as a racist idiot.

The Fire This Time!

Let me make clear there is no justification for committing murder either against your enemy or your friends. The definition of being a civilized person is that we employ our mouth rather than physical violence agains those we hate. It is particularly horrible when people enter a house of worship and violate their own religion by hacking to death those who are the “enemy.” Two Palestinian males wielding meat cleavers entered a synagogue and brutally murdered several Jews including four rabbis. This horror was simply a horror just waiting to occur. The two Palestinians came from East Jerusalem where Jews are purchasing homes in predominantly Muslim areas. Who doubted for a moment that it was simply a matter of time before some crazed young Palestinians would engage in an orgy of hate and violence? Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as always, is promising a “harsh response.”

Unfortunately, the Middle East is bereft of a leader such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, both men knew that responding with violence only ensured there would be nonstop violence. “You kill my people, so I kill your people” is a plan leading to death, not peace. If Netanyahu were a King or Mandela, this is what he would propose:

1. A conference to resolve issues in Jerusalem based on respect for all parties.

2. A promise of COMPROMISE.

3. A promise that for once there will be give-and-take in order to resolve West Bank issues.

The Fire This Time should not lead to The Fire Next Time!

The Fires Of Ferguson

As you recall, it was nearly six months ago when a police officer in the city of Ferguson, Missouri shot to death an unarmed black youth who was threatening his life. As you recall, Darren Wilson became concerned because a black boy was walking down the street. After all, in this day of Stop and Search, if any black boy walks down the street he is, by definition, a threat to society. Darren Wilson shot to death a husky black boy. Let us be clear on one point, the black boy did NOT initiate contact. I was raised on the streets of South Bronx, New York City. The first lesson in life one learned was to avoid contact with police because the end result would be to your detriment. Oh, I was also taught to avoid getting a stranger angry because you never knew if he had a gun. Sound advice for young men, and even sounder for cops.

A Grant Jury has been hearing the case and will announce their decision within the coming days. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for Ferguson, and called in the National Guard. I am confused. During the past six months has the Ferguson police force recruited black cops? Have state and local officials undertaken economic programs to rebuild and provide jobs? Have police been meeting with people and soliciting their ideas, including recommendations for hiring young black males and females to the police force? Perhaps, it requires some new fires to get these programs to appear?

Santa Baby, Check The Present!

These are the best of times, these are the worst of times, these are the days of madness, these are the days of weirdness. Reading stories from around the world one is never surprised to learn of a new approach to what some Americans regard as “humor.” Two Americans in Thailand went to some strange place, they insist to having no idea where they went since an unknown source directed them to the store. All these Americans wanted was to uncover an interesting Xmas present for their friends back home in Nevada. So, what does one send to a good friend for the holiday season– BODY PARTS! Their friends received the head of a baby, a foot and some other pieces of good cheer. !

It was a joke, according to these two young men. Now, a good joke would have been to send your own head to Nevada. Perhaps it could play at casinos!