Category Archives: Mitt Romney

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

Kurds Enter Kobani

The Turkish government has finally allowed Kurds from Iraq to send troops into surrounded Kobani, and hopefully, end the prospect of mass murder and shots of heads being chopped off. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally bowed to international pressure and allowed those from his hated enemies to send armed troops who will fight against ISIS. There is something ironic that after the famed invasion of George Bush in 2003, the only Iraqis who want to fight for democracy are the Kurds. This is one group of Muslims who hate ISIS and will not flee from armed encounters with the fanatics of hate. Hopefully, with additional troops, bombings of ISIS forces, and more weapons of war, a Muslim army will fight, and defeat ISIS. The question remains as to why is this group of Muslims ready to fight against ISIS, while other Muslim Iraq soldiers ripped off their uniforms and fled for their lives when ISIS appeared?

The answer is simple. Kurds have a government which is supported by the population. Kurds believe in their right to have such a government and will fight for it. Most Iraqis only have the government that was installed by former President Bush, a government of kleptomaniacs whose only thought was money and power. The government of Nuri al-Maliki spent its time making life miserable for Sunnis and turned them toward the only alternative of ISIS. Get a government in Baghdad that seeks honesty and respect for all Iraqis, and ISIS will shortly disappear.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

Sarah Palin Wants To Return To Politics

Sarah Palin has offered to the American people a wonderful gift–she is considering a return to political wars and may even throw her hat into the ring. If there is one thing about Sarah it is her forceful manner of speaking. “The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with the message hopefully running for public office in the future.” I am not exactly clear as to who are “they” since it could be members of her own family who engaged in a fight with Mama Bear a few weeks ago. Or, it could be those “Democrats” or it could be those “Republicans” who refuse her advice. Consider the manner in which her return to politics can save America:

1. She could challenge Vladimir Putin to a shoot out in the wilds of Alaska. Winner take all, the US vs Russia on line.

2. She could have a shoot out with members of her family since this group so enjoys a good family fight.

3. She could offer to take on ISIS either with guns or with fists.

4. Of course the real battle she could readily win is with this dude known as, EBOLA.

God Bless Sarah Palin, the real coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Why Not Just Auction Off Election?

One wonders what our Founding Fathers would have thought about the incredible cost of elections in the United States of America? I assume that other than Justice Scalia there are few in this nation who actually believe the “original intention” of the wig headed men two hundred years ago created the Constitution intended that one could purchase a seat in Congress. So, why not just admit that seats are for sale and instead of submitting we Americans to the nonstop voices filling our TV sets with words of doom if we vote for the other guy, why not just have an auction and allow whoever has the dough in a congressional seat of a state to simply openly purchase a victory in the allegedly thing we term, an election?

1. In each congressional seat allow an open auction. The one submitting the highest bid simply is the next congressmen.

2. Money from these auctions could be used for some meaningful task such as new roads or money for schools.

Let’s end the pretense of a “free election” in which the person who offers intelligent ideas is elected. Those days are over.

In fact, why not just auction of the United States of America to the Koch Brothers?

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 do not understand why women place blond in beautiful dark hair.

I love my white hair, I would die for it.

I was in a movie theater in which no one was in the initial three rows. Another bomb threat?

These days with my bad hearing a prefer subtitled films.

Those sitting in the middle of a row have a dilemma, exit right or left?

Store had a sign, “Final Sale Days.” I wonder if that is forever?

I wonder if Jesus would actually return to this planet?

I recall during basic training being taught about the Geneva Convention, is that still around?

I saw a license plate that read: “God’s Work Is Uplifting” For some strange reason I read it as “God’s Work Is Shoplifting”

Dark clouds. Lightening. I guess God is angry about something.

What Went Wrong In Afghanistan

It is now clear after a dozen years from the initial invasion of Afghanistan what went wrong with American policy. Most Americans have forgotten that a large portion of the “invasion” force was composed of Afghan warlords and their armies. Afghanistan in 2001 and Afghanistan in 2014 is a large geographical areas in which dozens of tribal groups live as they have lived for a few thousand years. About a thousand years ago, these people converted to the Islamic religion, but they have always, and still are, governed by rules, traditions, values that predate the arrival of the Islamic religion. Americans sought to impose a “democratic ethos” to “Afghanistan.” But, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio imposed upon tribal peoples a concept of nationalism that simply did not exist. Their idea of “nationalism” was their tribe, not the nation of Afghanistan.

Back about 2004, a British think tank proposed focusing upon tribal leaders rather than upon the government in Kabul. The argument was to create local armed forces which would guarantee peace and security within their tribal areas. Instead, the Bush, and then the Obama administrations continued their idea of “nation creation” when the population was tribal creation. Our failure to grasp that security lay within the power of tribes allowed the Taliban to return to power in many areas of Afghanistan.

We also failed to understand that growing poppy was the road to economic success for countless Afghan farmers. So, we destroyed their crops and drove them into the hands of the Taliban which preferred to allow poppy growing as long as they got a cut of the sales. We should have purchased the entire poppy crop, and made farmers our loyal allies!

I Do Not Understand

I suspect it will take at least twenty years before any future historian or sociologist can make sense of what has been transpiring in this society over the past decade. There is something mysterious and strange about behaviors of our young people. They inhabit a world they make on their own within the confines of Social Media. Jaylen Fryberg is dead. He also is responsible for the deaths of at least two of his friends. We now know that he texted these friends to have lunch with him. He then strode into the lunchroom, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot his FRIENDS. No, he did Not shoot his enemies, just his friends. Why is the great mystery of this shooting. A popular boy, an athlete, the Prince at a homecoming somehow became furious towards his friends.

I simply do Not understand this shooting. It does not fit into any pattern of logic. It was simply an explosion of anger and hate towards those who were friends. We today can not explain such behavior. The only pattern we do know is that our society is filled with nonstop anger, hate, and hysteria. We have placed our youth into this environment, and most probably the end result is not pleasant for anyone. Hysteria rules the land. What have we done to our youth??

Life In Putinland

There are stories that come from Russia which reveal the extent of how Vladimir Putin has transformed a budding democratic society into one where what the Great Leader says is truth must be the truth or decide to spend your life in some prison in Siberia. The entire staff of the State Central Museum of Cinema has resigned. Yes, the entire staff of trained professionals because they do not wish to work for someone who simply mouths of the ideas of Putin, the great expert on cinema. The entire staff claims that Putin appointed Lavria Solonitsya “has demonstrated her incompetence more and more.. the non-transparency of her decisions has come accompanied with a stubborn unwillingness to listen to the opinions of employees.”

What better description of President Vladimir Putin. Place an egomaniac in charge of the nation and he will appoint like thinking people to key jobs. Anyway, I assume these employees will be offered a nice job at a cinema in Siberia.