Category Archives: 2008 Elections

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, al Ahram: “Gay Imam”

I suspect that such behavior in Saudi Arabia would result in a headless imam.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”

What does this say about cops?

USA, aol: “Creepy Old Men”

I assume this is another story about our House of Representatives?

UK,Guardian: “Illegal Lemonade Stand”

I’ll drink to it!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”

No one is perfect!

The Squirrel And Me

I was driving down a street in Lombard, Illinois when suddenly a squirrel appeared. I halted my car, watched the animal which apparently was doing some thinking, and within a few seconds dashed away. Later, returning front he library my car found itself in the same street, and lo and behold, the squirrel made another appearance. It halted, I halted, it reflected, and then dashed away. I went to a coffee shop and thought about the squirrel. A squirrel traces its ancestry back a few million years. It was not until about one hundred years ago that a squirrel found itself confronted by a new enemy–the automobile. Within a relatively short period of time, the squirrel adjusted its behavior to take into account cars. In other words, this tiny brained animal was able to revolutionize its behavior within a few decades in order to survive.

I live with animals that possess much more developed brains. These human animals have been living with the arrival of weapons that could completely destroy human life on the planet. But, have these human animals altered their behavior? Of course not. They hate, they kill, they murder despite evidence such behavior is dangerous to human survival. Isn’t it about time we invited some squirrels to help us alter behavior?

Pistorious And Justice

It now appears that Oscar Pistorious will spend time in jail for “negligent and unreasonable” behavior. According to Judge Mesipe “I am not persuaded that as reasonable person would have fired four shots into a toilet cubicle. I am of the view that the accused acted hastily.” A fair point. If a person who kills another person without premeditation does that mean this individual is not guilty of murder? This concept raises many questions concerning the act of murder. Can one argue that most murders are examples of “unreasonable behavior?. For example, could one argue that being raised in poverty produces people who behave unreasonably when confronted with potential violence to them?

Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri was raised in a culture that believed black skinned teenagers were potential threats, and thus his behavior in shooting was an example of “unreasonable behavior?” Frankly, the vast majority of murders could fit into her definition of murder. What then?

John McCain Is Always Right!

Senator John McCain is ready to fight someone at the drop of the hat. He is ready to portray Barack Obama as the cause of any and all problems in the world. The Senator has now charged Obama policies for the current rise of ISIS. He charges that leaving Iraq was a mistake. “And the fact that they didn’t have a residual force in Iraq overriding his military advisers is the reason why we’re facing ISIS today.” Let’s look at the record:

1. President George Bush negotiated with the Iraq government to have American forces out of the country by 2011.

2. President Obama AGREED to leave a residual force of about 5,000 American troops PROVIDED that US forces were not subject to trial in an Iraq court of law.

3. The Iraq government refused to this request. I wonder what Senator McCain would have said if an American soldier was tried for a crime in a Muslim sharia law court!!

ISIS is the result of the George Bush invasion of Iraq that was supported by Senator John McCain!

Oh, the Wall Street Journal has concluded that Dick Cheney was correct all the time.

Rhetoric Of Hate And Anger Goes Nowhere!

Israel was founded upon the proposition that Jews were ready to discuss any and all issues. Over the decades all too many Jews have slipped into an anger that prevents intelligent discussion regarding problems. The South African Jewish Report produced a story that shocked most people in South Africa. A reporter named Reich compared Archbishop Desmond Tutu to HITLER! In fact, the newspaper had a picture of the famous as though he was Adolf Hitler! Tutu was accused of “preying on Jews together with Hamas” One wonders what is the intention of such rhetoric? Desmond Tutu fought for civil rights in South Africa, not with weapons of war, but with words of peace.

It is time for Jews throughout the world to recognize that opponents do not hate Jews, they dislike Israel foreign policy. Attacking Desmond Tutu only garners enemies, not friends. End rhetoric, and invite Tutu to discuss his views!

Hamas Ready To Talk?

The history of the 20th century is marked with examples of two groups which hate one another finally recognizing it is time to end disputes and live in peace with one another. Irish people fought against the British for over two hundred years before both parties agreed in the 1920s to live in peace with one another. During the 1990s, Nelson Mandela, leader of black South Africans reached an historic agreement with whites that ended apartheid. Israeli leaders insist their opponents are savages, terrorists, and it is impossible to negotiate with them. Of course, within a few years after the founding of Israel its leaders worked cooperatively with German leaders despite the fact Nazi Germany murdered SIX MILLION JEWS!

Hamas leader, Musa Abu Marzuk openly made comments of the intention of his group to discuss issues with Israel. “Just as you negotiate with weapons, you can negotiate with talk. UP to now our policy as no negotiation with Israel, but others should be aware that this issue is not taboo.” OK, Hamas is a terrorist group. So was the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela. If Prime Minster Netanyahu would issue a statement agreeing to talk, who knows what might occur? Better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war!

Scots To Vote -NO!

The people of Scotland have enjoyed several months of playing with the idea of leaving Great Britain, and enjoying themselves as member of their own nation. But, alas, there is such a thing as ECONOMIC REALITY. In this day and age, banks, currency, titles to mortgages, pensions, and health care play a more important role than one’s sense of independence. Latest figures from Scotland reveal the NO vote is now the choice of 47.6% while the YES vote is held by 42.4%. The figures reveal that women are more likely to vote NO because they are more afraid of life in an independent nation that does not enjoy support from banks.

Modern reality: BANKS control our lives. We depend upon them for our money sources. English banks made clear that if Scots voted NO, they would vote NO for maintaining their services in Scotland. We predict no independence for Scotland

Pay Fines To Run Government

The United States of America must be among the few nations in this world that has its government financed by fees gathered by the police. Anyone who has driven in this country has probably encountered the cop waiting on the outside limits of a town for an out-of-state car that can be pulled over for the crime of -SPEEDING. I, along with millions, have been caught in the act of a crimes. I was going 28 miles per hour in the zone that clearly said, the rate was 25 miles per hour. Oh, the cop does not take you to jail, just the court house where a friendly judge tells you to pay the $25 or the $50 and be on your way. Naturally, those with dark skins are more likely to be pulled over.

At a recent meeting in Ferguson, Missouri, angry black people demanded the City Çouncil( white folk) end this practice in their town of using cops to pay for running the town. It is estimated that 20% of government expenditures in Ferguson derive from this or that fee paid by someone for this or that crime. You know, jay walking or a driving with a busted headlight. Hopefully, blacks in Ferguson get the message, they must VOTE and take control of THEIR TOWN!

Hordes Of Immigrants Are Coming!

Political leaders in America continue insisting there is a problem with our borders. Of course, they mean our border with Mexico, not our border with Canada. I daily encounter people who are worried that hordes of immigrants are ready to pour over the border with Mexico and…. The “and” part is what fascinates me. And, do what? I gather they will take jobs away from Americans. They will take away those wonderful jobs picking peaches and lettuce that pay one at least $5 an hour. Or, they will throw you out of work in the meat packing plant, the job you went to college, and that was supposed to provide you an income that would purchase a house and send your kids to college. Yep, them immigrants, want to take away our jobs and…

1. The presence of 12,000,000 immigrants in America provides goods to seek them, services to sell them.

2. Illegal immigrants pay taxes which fund schools or highways.

3. Illegal immigrants provide jobs to teachers, doctors, and merchants.

4. The presence of illegal immigrants provide jobs to truck drivers who haul materials to sell these people.

In 1918 about one out of four Americans was an immigrant. For some reason, this nation did not collapse. Now their grandchildren want to get rid of immigrants. How times have changed!

Cool Handed Barack

Barack Obama finally gave a speech that outlined specific points he intended to pursue. He made clear that no American troops would be fighting on the ground, but there presence was to focus on training, logistics and intelligence. Naturally, Republicans are angry because he did not come across as filled with passion and anger toward ISIS. In this day and age, one must display hate, fury, and a desire to wipe out the enemy or you are not really in sync with the American people. I gather there are many who insist that ISIS poses a serious threat to the security of Americans. One recent poll reveals that 41% of Americans believe that ISIS is a threat to a member of their family. This figure indicates that 120,000,000 Americans might be injured or killed by a group of 20,000 guys currently in the desert of Iraq!

Give me a break. It is time to end this hysteria. OK, a few dozen might make it into the United States of America and kill some folk. Last year, AMERICANS KILLED 30,000 AMERICAN WITH THEIR GUNS! The real threat to America is from AMERICANS! It is time to calm down and relax.