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Politics First, And Always

Preisdent Obama is confronting extensive criticism because he has refused to take action about immigration reform until after the elections. A few months ago, he proposed extensive climate change action which resulted in Democratic candidates losing ground in their fight for reelection. Throughout his presidency, President Obama has demonstrated a lack of political knowledge which has led to extensive Republican gains in the House and Senate. The greatest political folly was pushing for health care reform before pushing for jobs and ensuring the rich did not get richer. Franklin Roosevelt began his administration in the height of Depression by creating FOUR MILLION JOBS within six months so those in despair had their self concept restored by earning money and doing something constructive. He waited two years before creating the Social Security system.

From day one of his precedency, Barack Obama has been among the most inept POLITICIANS in American history. The President of the United States is also leader of his POLITICAL party, a role Obama simply has ignored. In a democracy, the President must be a POLITICIAN in order to get laws passed. For Obama, we give him a “D” grade. Sorry Barack, it requires POLITICAL skills to pass laws you desire. It is OK to hold off on immigration reform. The important thing is to return to it AFTER THE ELECTIONS!

Israel Will Build 284 New Homes

The Israel government announced that it was going to construct 284 new homes. Ordinarily, when a government decides to build homes for its people, the world cheers at this announcement of economic vitality. After all, who can be against building and providing homes for people? Of course, the new homes are in a settlement named, Elkana, and this settlement is NOT in the state of Israel, but on land that used to be owned by Palestinians. Technically speaking, this is in violation of international law. Sorry, I forgot that some Israelis claim that God himself wants Jews to build homes in land owned by Palestinian Muslims. As a human who does not seek to mess with the Big Guy up in the sky, what can one say, but, go on building and building. I assume God on his trip to billions of planets has but one thought in his mind– why don’t Jews build some more homes in the West Bank?

The US government protested, the UN protested, the European Union protested, Palestinians protested, but building homes continues and continues. Perhaps, Israelis will explain how such construction builds the foundation of peace in the Middle East? Just asking. So, God, please don’t get mad at me!

Whatever Happened To Our Athletes?

I am a sport lover, and throughout my life, baseball, and basketball and football absorbed my attention. I was raised when a baseball pitcher was expected to pitch nine innings, and few worried about a relief pitcher coming to his aid. Today, managers worry about how many pitches a professional athlete is allowed to throw for fear his arm will suddenly cease functioning. In 1939 or 1949 no one ever counted pitches. The assumption was that throwing more pitches led to an arm that would become stronger, not weaker. Today, a player hits 220 and is rewarded with a contract for $5 million. In other words, a stumble bum earns more in one year than Babe Ruth earned in a lifetime, and he hit over 700 home runs!

We live in a world in which professional athletes earn incredible amounts of money, and managers baby them. Heck, in my youth a doubleheader meant two games right after one another and spectators paid one price for two games! We have coddled, worried about and babied a generation of entitled spoiled brats. The result is we have athletes who behave as though they are not able to extend themselves to the utmost of their abilities.

Oh, to live again in a world in which young boys and girls played without adult supervision and learned they could handle life quite well!

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 never see a film with a “warm story” since it gives me chills.

Solitude is our loving friend who allows us to know ourselves.

Child eats, mom fiddles with IPad, whatever, Rome burns.

I wonder what will replace cell phones?

Where have all the leaders gone? To Wall Street?

We live our lives in fear of money or love or sex, in the end, the only fear is-Death.

I am a child of immigrants, speaking another language was normal in my life.

Little boy proudly holds open door for mom.

Never underestimate the political stupidity of a Harvard graduate.

Little girl first runs to grandma, an easy touch.

My coupon for free bagels expired, I feel cheated.

Dad enters diner with baby and young son, so where is mom?

In America, some born to have wealth, some to provide wealth for others.

I so enjoy the feeling of sweat.

Never underestimate the laziness of those under 25.

Where Is Muslim Outrage At ISIS?

The Israel invasion of Gaza which led to the death of over two thousand people led to mass demonstrations around the Muslim world including marches in major European cities. Leaders of Muslim communities in England or France or Germany or in America denounced the government of Israel for its behavior. But, for some reason the world has not witnessed any Muslim marches denouncing ISIS which has been brutally murdering not only Christians and Yazidis, but thousands of Muslims! Yasmine Bahrani, professor of Journalism at the American University in Dubai wants to know where are Muslims for peace and justice, and where are Muslims who hate the brutality of ISIS and Boko Haram? “As long as our condemnations remain tepid, we give the impression that we accept the murderers” who have swept through the Middle East with hatred and brutality.

Professor Bahrani raises an important point. The vast majority of Muslims in this world do NOT believe in beheading innocent people, they do not believe in Boko Haram massacres of MUSLIMS, nor do they believe in murdering thousands of Muslims in Iraq. But, only silence is heard from Muslim leaders when these events transpire. Where are the voices of protest? Where are Imams marching for peace? It is time for Muslims to become vocal about their beliefs in democracy and peace.

Same Sex Marriage Not Democratic

In the great state of Louisiana there is a great judge by the name of Martin LC Feldman who intends to protect the children of his state from the horror of being a child in a same sex marriage. He upheld the law in his beloved state which forbids those of the same sex to marry, and especially to have children to care and love. According to the Feldman thesis, Louisiana had a “legitimate interest under a rational bias for address the meaning of marriage through the democratic process.” In other words, if a majority of folks in Louisiana don’t want same-sex marriages they have the right to vote such laws. Of course, the democratic process a few years back forbid those with black skins from marrying folks with white skins, and the democratic process forbid those with black skins from being in schools with those in possession of white skins. It was simply an example of the democratic process.

Judge Feldman went on to warn that allowing same-sex marriages would produce “unintended consequences” such as family incest. I assume he means that two guys or two gals would seduce their children. A rather fascinating piece of logic. Frankly, the thinking process of this judge will become a source of humor when a higher court reviews his decision. Just a matter of time before democracy is replaced with social justice.

France Says No To Russia

During the past few years the French government has been engaged in working cooperatively with Russian attempts to improve the quality of their naval forces. After being urged for nearly a year by the United States, France has finally informed the Russian government it would not deliver a Mistral class amphibious vessel which originally was sold to them for about $1.7 billion. Naturally, the Russian government shrugged off the comment and insisted this refusal would not impact their naval plans. Hogwash! Neither China nor any other nation in the world aside from those in the West has the technical knowledge to build such vessels. There is not much to the Russian navy, and now there is even less.

The message from this refusal is one that every member of the European Union should heed. End ALL relations with Russia. Ban flights to and from Russia. Ban exports or imports to and from Russia. Hit Russia in the economic belly in order to finally get across to Putin that Russia is not economically capable of standing alone in the world!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Why Hurt Our Own People?”

Because they are there?

USA, NY Post: “Leading Like A True American”

With his assault rifle, I assume?

Egypt, al Ahram: “Terror Training Illegal”

Not in the Middle East!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Therapy For Homeless”

Exposure to cold weather gets them ready for winter months.

UK, ‘Guardian: “Pilot’s False Alarm”

Just getting you people ready for the landing in the sea.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Creepy Old Men”

Led by the most creepy man-Vladimir Putin!

Say, Whatever Happened To?

The normal pattern of American media is to become tremendously engaged in some sort of civil rights issue, expend thousands of hours explaining or denouncing this or that person and group, and finally, without uttering a sound disappear into oblivion. Our media has a one month capacity to become concerned. At some point after the month concludes, the media drifts off to another “incident.” Michael Brown is dead. Eric Garner is dead. We have seen, read and heard countless “experts” declaiming and proclaiming their opinions about what happened along with assurances this type of murder must end in America. Alas, within another month a similar murder occurs. And, the cycle of “experts” informing the public either what just happened or the importance of DOING SOMETHING must occur.

As far as I know, not a single change has occurred in Ferguson, Missouri nor has a single change occurred in New York City about police choking people to death. OOPS, Sorry, I forgot these events are being STUDIED by EXPERTS. The month has drawn to an end. We must now shift attention to the next shooting or choking. I can assure one and all by October few in America will even remember the name- MICHAEL BROWN. The only certainty in America when the topic of racism is introduced is that not much will be done -for the long term solution of these ideas.

What Might A Middle Eastern Program Be?

President Obama has been criticized for lack of a Middle Eastern program. There is no question since becoming president he has failed to outline a logical course of action in the Middle East. Aside from being clear that American forces would no longer fight in Iraq, and that America would not get involved in the horror of Syria, Barack Obama has never laid out a strategy for the Middle East. Sorry, Barack, but being clear about what you will NOT do is not a strategy. So, what might be a strategy?

1. Have John Kerry meet with Iranian leaders in order to form a new Middle East alliance centered on Iran, the US, and Turkey working together.

2. Make clear to Iran they can have a non-lethal nuclear program.

3. Make clear to Israel it MUST recognize the independent state of Palestine.

4. Make clear to Israel it MUST accept a compromise which allows current Jewish settlers to remain in the West Bank, but turns remaining land over to the Palestinian Authority.

5. Establish, together with the European Union, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab leaders, a new Middle East Economic Union which initially includes Turkey, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco. The purpose of this Economic Union is stimulating economies and providing jobs for young Arabs. Get people into productive work rather than unproductive killings.

In other words, there must be a two pronged Middle Eastern strategy, one focusing on jobs and economic development, the other on creation of a Middle Eastern armed force to confront ISIS. The United States could provide equipment for this force which contains men from: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Algeria and Morocco. It should be led by an Iranian general.