Category Archives: 2008 Elections

Iran Is Not The Problem, It Is Part Of The Solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arguing that Iran should not be invited to discussions concerning issues in the Middle East. The presence of this nation “would not be appropriate” because according to his reasoning, “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” How about?

1. The United States had forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. European Union forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

3. United Kingdom troops were on the ground in Iraq.

Iran’s presence is important if issues in the Middle East are to be resolved. Iran has close connections with Syria, with Hamas, and the situation in Lebanon. How about bringing together any and all nations in the Middle East who are concerned with creating stability?

Anti-Semitism Has Nothing To Do With Israel

There are all too many people in this world who believe that since the large majority of people who live in Israel are Jewish, this means all Jews in the world approve of policies carried out by the Israel government. In reality, a sizable number of Jewish Israelis do not agree with the polices of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A rally was held over the weekend in Israel to demonstrate opposition to the rampant anti-Semitism which is spreading across Europe. From Russia to the shores of England one can find examples of groups who believe all problems in this world are the result of actions by Israel,and somehow, all Jews in the world are part of some vast conspiracy of plots and violence.

I have been hearing these1 stories since childhood during World War II. Identify a problem, discover a Jewish name somehow connected to this problem, and Voila, blame it one the Jew. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear that the idea that somehow German people are under some form of threat to their existence because of Israel “is an outrageous scandal that we cannot accept.” Frankly, there are plenty of groups in Europe and the Middle East bent on proving that Jews lie behind anything and everything that goes wrong in the world.

Adolf, your ideas live on

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

Where Are Arab Nations?

The President of the United States has given an address to the nation concerning what the US will do in the Middle East in order to halt the spread of ISIS. Most European leaders have made statements. But, for some strange reason Arab nations and Turkey have yet to be heard from. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri insists that his nation is very upset at the slaughter of fellow Sunni Muslims, but this “doesn’t mean that we will participate in military action.” However, much as his government is horrified at actions of ISIS, “we believe that this action and the elimination of terrorism is a collective responsibility for all members of the international community.”

Let me get this straight:

1. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group.
2. ISIS is murdering Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

But,the Arab nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey believe the “international community” must take action!

When will Arab nations stand up to defend MUSLIMS??

So,What About Ukraine??

The dilemma of Ukraine remains a dilemma. Russian convoys are crossing over into Ukraine, carrying something that is termed, “humanitarian aid.” The Ukraine government believes they are still at the stage of war with their friendly neighbor. So, what do the Nations of the European Union intend to do about this? Actually, Nothing is probably what they will wind up doing. What can they do?

1. Implement a total ban on travel to and from Russia.

2. Institute a total ban on shipment of goods to and from Russia.

3. Freeze bank accounts of Russian businessmen who have huge assets outside of Russia.

4. Refuse to allow Russian officials to attend international meetings.

5. Seek a vote in the United Nations Assembly that censures Russia.

David Cameron Wants Action -Or Does He?

British Prime Minister David Cameron is rather upset at the picture of ISIS beheading a citizen of his nation. David Haine is guilty of the crime of working to aid people in need within Syria, and now has paid for his kindness by death at the hands of those who thrive on death. David Cameron has made clear that his nation will not tolerate such behavior. He intends to challenge these creatures who embody evil by doing something. What exactly does he want to do?

1. His government will support the government of Iraq.
2. His government will do something, not quite clear as to what that is, to support the US air attacks.
3. His nation will provide humanitarian aid.
4. His government will protect English citizens at home.

There is nothing in his comments regarding military action, but he does promise “aid.”

I wonder if he will rush to the aid of Scots if they become an independent nation?

Some Like Pain

There are times in my life when actions by individual Americans leave me flustered and confused. Matthew Todd Miller arrived at the airport in Yongyang, North Korea, approached North Korean officials and store up his tourist visa insisting that he wanted asylum from the evil American empire. OK, I can understand why any normal person subjected to a nation whose lawmakers devote their time to collecting dollar bills instead of actually paying attention to the business of the nation would lead any sane person to seek asylum somewhere. But, North Korea? How about the Muslim state of ISIS?

Anyway, Matthew has been sentenced to six years at hard labor. He now implores the evil American government to do something. Who are these people?

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

Some believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

Adrien Peterson, Dad Of Year

There is no question that Adrien Peterson is an outstanding back in the National Football League. His performance with Minnesota has placed him among the best running backs in football. Now, as to his performance as a father, there is no question that he should be running from that role, quickly. His four year old boy pushed his five year old brother off his bike. As far as we know, the five year old is still alive and in good health. But, dad was very upset. After all, how many four year old boys push someone? How many four year old boys push their older brother? Gee, I was once a four year old boy who had a five year old older brother, and my first memory of life is hitting him over the head with my shovel! I adored my older brother, but at age four, logical thinking was just beginning.

Adrien Peterson decided to teach his four year old boy a lesson. He found a branch from a tree, and proceeded to beat the hell out of the boy. He struck him on legs, back, buttocks and scrotum. The boy wound up bloody. Adrien insists this form of punishment is what his folks did to him, so why not do it to his son? Idiot, your parents taught violence, now you are teaching violence, and, perhaps, your son will grow up to be another Ray Rice who punches out his girl friend.

How about a few lashes on the back, buttocks and scrotum of the beater. He can then recall the good old days of youth?

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!