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China Ubber Alles!

The government of China is engaged in an interesting adventure into deciding what exactly are the borders of this nation. It has sent dozens of ships into the South China Sea in order to begin the process of transforming a reef or some sand into an island, and then claiming the new piece of land belongs to China. It goes further than only claiming ownership of an “island.” Once the “island” appears in the sea, then China decides who can fly over the island. According to the Chinese government: “It is a long standing task for China to safeguard its maritime rights and interests.

OK, so why can’t China:

Build an island off the coast of California and claim it belongs to China. No plane flights from San Francisco without approval.

Build an island off the coast of Italy and take control of the entire Middle East.

China forever and far ever is the new slogan!

Rand Paul Dilemma

There are moments when Senator Rand Paul comes across as a fighter for the rights of Americans. He has consistently opposed the rise of government authority to engage in surveillance of what Americans write or read. Every administration during the past twenty years has engaged in investigating possible “terrorist” actions by just reading what those of us who are not terrorist write in the normal process of living. The great American myth is that checking the private lives of Americans is a necessary step in the great crusade against terrorism. So, Senator Rand Paul is fighting this seemingly endless disruption of human rights in America.

However, this fighter for human rights is completely oblivious to the human rights of poor people, of those without health insurance. He has narrowed the definition of “human rights” to a single aspect of the role of government-what we read and write. Has he ever considered the right of people to eat? Has he ever considered the right of people to have access to health insurance? He cares about the right to be free from government interference in our private lives. But, he still only regards the rights of wealthy folk to keep their money as THE most important right in America!

When Will Police Learn?

Another day in America, another decision by a Grand Jury, another policeman who is allowed to get away with the murder of an innocent black skinned person. Officer Michael Berlo, and his fellow officers, were found Not Guilty of blasting away at a car which contained two unarmed human beings. Altogether the group of police fired 49 bullets into the car in which Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams were sitting. No shots had every been fired by those in the car, but for some reason, they constituted a “threat” to the safety of a group of police officers. According to Judge John O Donnell, the action of police officers was “not illegal.” He insisted the Grand Jury had to be confronted with evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” that this action was illegal on the part of police officers.

Altogether, there were TWELVE policemen at the scene. How and why they felt “threatened” is a wonder for the ages. The reality is that according to Grand Juries in the US if they victims have black skins, they can be killed. We suggest that from now on African Americans walk and drive wearing Biker Jackets if they want to live!

Good Times In Ireland

The Catholic Church confronted a reality in Ireland last week. There was a vote to decide if the nation of Ireland, which is predominately Catholic would accept the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Over 60% of Irish people said, YES! Diamund Matrin, Archbishop of Dublin became among the first Catholic bishops to openly express the need for the church to turn around. “We, the Church, have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of reality. I appreciate how gay and lesbian, men and women feel today. In a way, this is a social revolution.”

Yes, the Church has to turn around and confront reality. In America, over twenty percent of young people no longer consider themselves to be part of any church. Hopefully, Pope Francis lives long enough to appoint modern Cardinals who are ready to make the Catholic church once again a meaningful institution for young Catholics. If not, more and more of them will drift off into reality.

On Memorial Day

Memorial Day used to be among the most important holidays in the United States of America. It began as a day to commemorate those who had died fighting for the Union in the Civil War. Over three hundred thousand had been killed fighting to ensure that the United States of America endured as a nation. Those who died in Wold War I were remembered on Armistice Day in November. It was generally accepted that the 400,000 who died fighting in World War II would be remembered on Memorial Day and no special event was ever given them. Of course, in those days, serving in the armed forces was a part of the American ethos. Men were expected to be part of their nation’s armed forces because to be an American was to give something back to the nation. This concept ended withe the conclusion of the Vietnam War. Today, about one half of one percent ever becomes part of our armed forces.

Those under the age of 35 have very little interest or concern for the concept of doing something for the nation. We are a long way from the words of President Kennedy who said, “ask not what the country can doe for you, but what you can do for the country.” Today, the “country” consists of those with whom one engages on social media. The concept of “America” increasingly become a relic of the past. Narcissistic behavior is now the norm. If people are poor, blame it on them. Few today feel responsibility for the lives of Americans. We remember our selves, not the nation. WE are the new America!

Oh, for Republicans the only Americans worth their attention are those who will give them money to win an election. Perhaps, it is time for a new Memorial Day to remember the “job creators” who are forced to pay 1% of their salary in taxes!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, aol: “Pizzeria Robbed”

Are you sure it was not a take-out order?

UK,Guardian: “Unusual Powers Revealed”

Republicans can reduce the amount of money coming in and also reduce the national debt.

Egypt, al Arahm: “Court Bans Porn On Website”

Anywhere else is OK.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Foreign Anti-Torture Experts Expelled”

Heck, this is Putin Russia where torture if legal!

France, Connexion: “French Are Big Drinkers”

I will toast that statement!

Sheldon, Sheldon, What Would Mommy Say?

There is a nice Jewish boy who happens to possess a few billion dollars and he uses this money to fight the bad people in America and in the Middle East. His name is Sheldon Adelson and he gave $150,000,000 of his money to help defeat the terrorist friend who now resides in the White House. He has promised a few hundred million dollars of his money to any Republican who will help him fight the bad people in the world. Sheldon is now accused of having ties to crime lords in the Chinese enclave of Macau. Steve Jacobs, who worked in the casinos claims that Sheldon refused to terminate his relations with the notorious Chinese Triad that runs crime in the enclave. Sheldon, Sheldon, what would your Jewish mommy say about her nice little boy having connections with crime people?

Oh, and Sheldon is the leading supporter of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sheldon works to end any opportunity to create an independent state of Palestine because he considers any and all Palestinians as criminals! Let me get this straight, Sheldon opposes criminals in the Middle East but is now charged with working with criminals in Asia. We truly hope these charges are incorrect because Sheldon is a nice Jewish boy and nice Jewish boys only play with nice little boys!

Benghazi Forever

It is Saturday and Republicans want to make clear to the American people that the major issue confronting this nation is BENGHAZI. As you recall, FOUR Americans died because terrorists invaded the US Embassy int hat town which is located in the nation of Libya. For some reason, the Secretary of State failed to do her job and station herself, along with her weapon, inside the Embassy to blast away at a terrorist group which was entering the facilities. It is clear the primary responsibility of a Secretary of State is to wander from Embassy location to Embassy location in order to ensure there is tight security.

On October 23, 1983, terrorists blew up a Marine barracks in the city or Beirut in Lebanon and the end result was the death of TWO HUNDRED FORTY ONE Americans. Not a single member of the Democratic Party in Congress blamed President Reagan for that disaster. The event happened on a Sunday morning. I want to know why Ronald Reagan was not at his post with his machine gun blasting away at those terrorists!

Believe it or not, men die all over the world, and no President is ever held responsible for those deaths. BUT, Hillary Clinton is held responsible for the deaths of four people. Isn’t it time for Republicans to give this story a rest? I doubt if a single Republican could even place the location of Benghazi on a map!

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 am upset that Rick Santorum has given up his sweater for a jacket. He was so folksy.

Why not dress all young Americans in Biker jackets and end violence –by police?

I must confess that I feel abandoned since Sarah Palin ceased running for office. She gave me such joy.

Oh, for the days of unions when workers earned enough to buy a house!

Few under the age of 30 give a damn about wages paid to those who serve them.

I really enjoyed the last show of David Letterman.

I was raised in the era when the New York Yankees were a major team. Alas, this era is over!

McDonald’s Is Proud!

Thousands of people who have the privilege of working for the McDonald’s corporation gathered together at the headquarters of that wonderful organization in Oakbrook, Illinois in order to express their thanks to corporate leaders at the gift of $8 an hour to work. OK, so I lied. They came to display their anger at the sweat house wages they are paid in order to deliver hamburgers and milkshakes to the public. They were demanding a $15 an hour wage. “We work, we sweat, put $15 in our check.” “We’re tired of relying on Food Stamps to feed our families. We need $15 and the right to form a union and we need it now.” Certainly, the words of revolutionary forces seeking to storm the Bastille and chop off the heads of Kings and Queens.

McDonald’s CEO, Steve Eastbrook responded with some wise words that he is “incredibly proud” to pay his workers at least $8 an hour. Let me see, at &8 an hour I make:

$$320 a week. Almost $1300 a month. And nearly $1600 a year. And, I get the right to have Food Stamps! I wonder if McDonald’s corporate elite would work for these wages on month in the year.