A member of the United States Air Force has been informed that he must depart unless on his re-enlistment process he takes an oath of allegiance to the United States that includes the words, “so help me God.” It turns out the Air Force is the only branch of our armed forces that insists someone who does not believe in God must pledge allegiance to God or forsake belonging to the armed forces. A few years ago, there were reports from the Air Force Academy of efforts by religious folk to propagate their ideas among those in the Academy. What exactly does God have to do with being a loyal American is a mystery of life. Most reports indicate at the minimum about 10% of Americans are atheists in one way or another. Heck, at least thirty percent of Americans don’t belong to any religious group!
We insist that “God Is ON Our Side” when we go off to kill the “enemy.” We insist that God helped us win the bet or ensured that we had the winning hand in a poker game. Frankly, “so help me God” should only mean that I love my fellow humans, so help me God!
By the way, those who lead the US Air Force, ISIS believes that God is on their side, so help me God!
We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.
New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Politician Is Hot Thinker”
I would wait until he cools off a bit.
Canada, Toronto Star: “One Mean Bunch”
Congressional Republicans are NEVER mean to the wealthy!
Russia, Moscow Times: “Global Mission”
Vladimir wants the world to see him bare chested!
USA, aol: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”
At least she wasn’t beaten to death!
Australia, Canberra Times: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”
No one is perfect. Isn’t it about time patients did some thinking?
President Barack Obama is going to give a speech this Wednesday evening in which American foreign policy toward terrorist groups will be discussed. Believe it or not, but Barack finally has decided to invite Republican leaders, and a wide variety of foreign policy experts to the White House so that he can hear differing views. This blog has been urging such gathering for years, but whoever Barack Obama relies on for foreign policy advice, the idea of coming across as aggressive in world affairs has not been characteristic of this administration. Instead, we have been treated to comments about “I have yet to work out a strategy.” There are many good things to be said about the Obama administration, but forceful thinking about foreign affairs is not one of them.
Ed Royce, Republican Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the president’s action. Boy, this must be a first, a Republican with nice things to be said about Obama! However, Royce made clear he “wants a plan that brings our allies on board.” I assume that is the new plan. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein praised the President for “going on the offense.” I assume that five years into a presidency is just about the right time to go on the offense.
The good news is that Iraq now has a new Cabinet. The bad news is that Iraq has a new Cabinet. US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed formation of an inclusive group of men who represent all factors in the nation as the beginning of a process that will result in the end of ISIS. Frankly, we are not that impressed with arrival of Haider al-Abadi to the role of prime minister. Yes, the problem is that former Prime Minister al-Maliki was incompetent, a bigot who hated Sunnis and did everything in his power to create ISIS, but that is not the only problem. ISIS did not emerge from nothing. It was created with money that came from rich Muslims in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The government of Saudi Arabia for decades has been providing millions of dollars to violent Imams preaching words of hatred to those who stand for moderation and peace in the Arab world.
We would be more impressed if John Kerry was able to announce that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had decided to end any and all money outflows to terrorists. As long as groups such as ISIS get financial support from Saudi Arabians they will be functioning as threats to peace and security in the Middle East!
There is a country in Africa whose name is Gambia. There is a country in Africa named Gambia which is ruled by a man named, Yahya Jammin. There is a country in Africa in which most people believe that anyone who is gay or lesbian is not really a human being. There is a country in Africa which decided a hundred years ago or so to accept the ideas of Christianity. There is a country in Africa which has received money and assistance from American Christian leaders who hate gays and lesbians, and want to make certain that Gambians share their “Christian values.” There is a country in Africa named Gambia which has passed laws that define the act of homosexuality as “aggravated homosexuality” and thus the person acting in this manner can spend life in prison.
The President is an autocrat who believes that his words of wisdom are truly words of wisdom. He made clear to people of the nation, “we will fight this vermin called homosexuals or gays the same way we use in fighting vermin causing mosquitos, it not more aggressively.” He is simply the product of Christianity which came from America and continues to receive support from American Christian leaders.
The suspension for football player, Ray Price, for hitting his girl friend is being hailed by supporters of women rights as a needed action. Ray Price plays for the Baltimore Ravens, and there are now several pictures which depict him punching a girl friend, including one while on an elevator. There is no question this young man is a bully, an abuser of women, and a piece of shit. Given that, the decision to forbid him to play football raises questions. Oh, his team told him, goodbye, and the NFL said he was forbidden to play football for any team this year, and perhaps, forever. In other words, I am a jerk, I am an abuser of women, and my work life is ended.
I can just see the day when Hobby Lobby which believes the government does not have the right to force me to provide health insurance for women employees decides their religious principles compel them to fire workers who have abortions. I can just see Hobby Lobby going to the Supreme Court arguing that if an employee does harm to their body, that violates company policy, and thus they should be fired. The Ray Price decision opens the proverbial barn door. An employer does not have the right to decide what I do in my private life. Ray Price violated several laws, and should be placed on trial for those actions. But, allow a business to decide what is right or wrong in my private life is a threat to privacy. Sorry liberals, accept the firing of Ray Price, and one day you will gather the consequences of empowering business to decide what employees can or can not do!
We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.
NOBODY ASKED ME BUT
Friendship is a gift, not an obligation.
Prejudice has a thousand fathers.
Some talk to selves, some speak out loud, and a few converse with God.
The past dwells forever in our minds.
I enjoy the company of my mind.
People enjoy boasting the color of their skin, but not of their eye color.
Some hold proudly the pizza they just ordered.
The police explain away the mental gymnastics of why they shot someone.
There are friends of heart and friends of conscience.
I wonder if we would go to restaurants if they lacked rest rooms.
Which is more joyful, arriving at the pizza place or leaving it?
It has become a common sight in the streets of America, the churches of America, the stores of America for white men and women to wander around with loaded weapons since they are simply defending us against potential criminals bent on death and destruction. On August 4, Ronald Ritchie was in a Walmart store when he saw a customer holding a BB gun. The man with the gun was a black dude so add one plus one. What is the result? If a black dude has a gun in his hands, then look out for trouble. Ritchie called the police and told them: “A black man was walking around with a gun in the store” and he was pointing it at children. Ritchie emphasized that the black man was loading the gun and was a threat to those in the store. Police soon arrived, and within moments had murdered John Crawford, the black dude.
Let me get this clear. Walmart sells guns. I assume those who purchase guns, pick them up. I assume they might even point the gun in some direction. I assume that thousands of men in Walmart stores have pointers guns at people in the store. It turns out Mr. Ritchie was thrown out of the Marines. It turns out that he now admits there was no reason why John Crawford should have been shot. I would be more impressed if the police shot white dudes who wander our streets armed to the teeth!
This blog for months has been condemning failure upon the part of Muslim clerics to assume leadership in the fight against Muslims who kill Muslims. In Saudi Arabia, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh made clear that any Muslim who murder fellow Muslims acts in ways that are contrary to the Muslim religion. He took aim at ISIS as an example of Muslims who murder Muslims. “This group is aggressive and violent. If they fight Muslims, then Muslims must fight them.” This makes sense. Americans are upset because ISIS has murdered a few Americans in ways that are ghastly. But, this organization has murdered THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS. Just this past week, three soldiers in the army of Lebanon had their heads chopped off, and the Western media just ignored this example of barbarism.
The Western world continues to insist that ISIS poses a problem to the western world. It does not! The main objective of ISIS is spreading its brutality to fellow Muslims. Just like Muslims in Nigeria who slaughter innocent fellow Muslims, ISIS is mainly concerned with Muslims in the Middle East. Despite hysteria from Fox News, ISIS is not sending agents of death to Mexico in order to enter America and begin chopping off heads. This band of murderers seek to terrorize the Muslim world. It is time for Muslim clerics to take a stand for the people of their religion.
Every so often the media reports something said by former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and, for a moment, there is surprise in my mind, because Henry sort of belongs to the era of Dick Nixon, not to today. Anyway, Kissinger informed the media that “I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. I think a conflict with ISIS is important, but it is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran.” I assume these are his wise words of wisdom for those who live in the year, 2014. Of course, this wise man has been uttering words of wisdom for decades. How about a look at prior words of wisdom from Chairman Henry:
1. Chairman Henry was convinced that guerrilla forces in Vietnam posed a threat to the security of the United States of America.
2. Henry warned that if we did not defeat these guerrillas who lacked planes, tanks, missiles, or ships, they somehow might sail across the Pacific Ocean, land on the West Coast and march upon Washington.
3. Henry was an avid supporter of the Nixon invasion of Afghanistan.
4. Henry was an avid supporter of the Nixon invasion of Iraq.
FACT: The government of Iran has never invaded another nation. It was invaded by Saddam Hussein, but has never sent its troops across their borders to attack another nation. So, how can Iran pose a threat?
Oh, Henry, when US forces entered Afghanistan in 2001, the Iran reform President Khatami provided assistance to their efforts. I have a hunch that ISIS will never offer aid to the United States of America!