Category Archives: Rudy Giuliani

On The Death Penalty

I confess the issue of a death penalty has always resulted in confusion about the issue. There are moments when I urged killing the terrible murderer, and there are moments when I do not believe we should kill, OK, we never employ the word, “murder” the person who had murdered. The European Union has abolished the death penalty, but in Hungary, its right wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban is urging return of the death penalty to Hungary. I doubt if murder is among the key issues in that land, but it is clear that hating Romas, who all too often wind up being convicted of crimes such as murder, IS an issue for him. According to Orban when speaking about the ban on the death penalty: “not everything is inscribed in stone. These rules are created by men and can therefore be changed by men. This is freedom, this is democracy.”

OK, a law can be changed. But, what have we learned about the death penalty. We know those who wind up on Death Row are from poor people. Not a single person in America who was executed for a crime during the twentieth century was a millionaire. Heck, it is doubtful if anyone could be termed to have come from the upper level of the middle class. Reality is that anyone who winds up dead for a crime was a poor person. That point alone, forces me to oppose the death penalty.

New Hillary Clinton

All signs point to the emergence of a new Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Heck, she is spending time in diners talking with folks in her own folksy manner. So, what can we expect from the new Hillary Clinton?

1. She will make economic inequality the center of her campaign.

2. She will blast away at the economic leaders of Wall Street and become the anti-corporate figure in the election.

3. She will be constantly discussing women rights.

4. She will be advocating paid maternity leave for women-and men.

5. She will be fighting for low cost day care.

6. She will come out for one form or another of reducing student loans. Expect some dramatic idea on this issue.

7. She will be arguing for nonpartisan congressional district decisions.

This is the new Hillary Clinton, the woman of the people and for the people!

Religious Rule In Israel

The American media is ready at the drop of a hat to describe religious fanatics in Muslim societies, but when it comes to Israel, any and all mention of religious fanatics escape the attention of American society. Has anyone ever heard a Republican, let alone a Democrat politician, ever rant and rave about religious abuse in the state of Israel? Religious leaders decide who can marry in Israel, they decide who is or is not a JEW!. Sorry, Reform Jews, you are not really Jews in their eyes. Religious leaders even decide who can pray at the Western Wall( in my childhood we term it the Wailing Wall). Women are forced to pray on their side of the partition while men are on the other side of the partition. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation decide how Jewish women can or cannot pray. It is clear that women are on the other side of the partition.

Some males decided to pass Torah scrolls to the women which caused a conniption to the good Rabbi. Ms. Hoffman of the Women of the Wall makes clear: “Rabbi Rabinowitz treats the motel as it it belong to him and enforces ultra Orthodox customs. It is insulting to be treated like second rate citizens oft he holiest place to the Jewish people.”

So, what was that about those crazy Muslim religious fanatics??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA,aol: “Natural Disaster Zone”

Seeking the Republican nomination for President.

Sweden, Local: “Comic Abducted By Police”

These days cops do need a laugh.

Germany, Der Spiegel: “Sex-Ed Protests”

We sure need some protests over failure to have hands-on teaching about sex.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Portrait Of An Election”

Painted in gold.

Canada, Gobe & Mail: “Jeb: Knowing What We Now Know”

If you are a Bush, it is better never to know what you know.

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

It is Monday, someone got shot in Texas, so what is new?

I await a day that does not begin with news of another person deciding to run for the Republican nomination for president.

American politics has shifted from comedy to farce.

I wonder if there was ever a day in the history of this planet when some life form did not die due to violence?

Some are born to die, some to live.

I have a hunch that Jesus just won’t return until guaranteed he will not be shot.

How about resurrecting the body of Ronald Reagan and having it run for president?

So, What’s New? Texas Shootout!

The sun came up today, and night will fall, that is the norm of life in America. Of course, the norm is also that someplace in the state of Texas someone will be blasting away with his Constitutional right to fire his weapon. Just check the Second Amendment. Three Bike gangs gathered at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco Texas in order to get involved in some wacko affairs. What else is supposed to happen in the state of Texas when there bike gangs gather together at a restaurant–they certainly did not come for the food. Anyway, for some reason, the bikers began to blast away, just remember they ate bikers and thus they are gun-toting, God-fearing red blooded Americans out for a Sunday experience. When the shooting was over nine men were dead and about eighteen others were wounded. We do know that the Bandidos and the Cossacks did most of the shooting.

Oh, the good news! none of the dead or wounded were innocent people. A group hid in the freezer for safety.

It was just another normal day in the state of Texas. The sun came up, and someone was killed with a gun.

Republican Follies Opens The Show

I do not know if this is good news or bad news, but John Bolton has announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Now, you might ask, “who the hell is John Bolton?” He was the UN representative of the Bush administration. On the other hand, George Pataki has announced that he might seek the Republican nomination. Now, you might ask: “who the hell is George Pataki?” He did serve as governor of New York state. Stand by for the latest description of the greatest show in town– who is the Republican candidate for president in 2016?

1. Lindsay Graham, the US senator from the state of South Carolina has informed America: “Tomorrow morning(today) I will be giving an important update on my 2016 plans and I want to make sure you are able to hear it.” I have a funny feeling no one other than Lindsay will be paying any attention to his decision.

2. As of this date we have yet to hear from Donald Trump or Rick Perry or Sarah Palin as to their desires to run for president. Again, I do not know if this is good or bad news for the Republican party.

I wonder if it would be beneficial for potential candidates to present themselves to a play director and have that person decide as to who should be the lead in the play of 2016 titled: “Running for President.”
It will be a comedy in three acts: Act 1: Deciding to run. Act 2: Running in the Primary. Act 3: Running for President.

I can guarantee this will be one funny play.

P.S. George H.W. Bush only served on term as president, why shouldn’t he run for a second term?

Confusion In Israel

The only thing certain about Israel is the failure within the nation to create a government that represents both domestic and foreign policies that will bring prosperity and peace to the people of the nation. Most observers have lost track as to the number of “ministers with portfolios” who currently constituted the Cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In order to forge a government, Bibi has given “government portfolios” to just about every group in order to get the 61 seats necessary to form a “majority government.” There are Cabinet officials who seek to focus on restoring economic sense, there are Cabinet ministers whose main goal is protecting the rights of religious Jews not to serve in the army and to receive government benefits in order to “study the Torah.”

There is no coherent foreign policy that would center upon working in a cooperative manner with the Obama administration. Instead, the goal of Netanyahu is to work with Republican congressmen in order to have them take over foreign policy in America. What could Netanyahu do?

1. Work with the Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog and form a government that would work for peace with Palestinians and end the control of religious fanatics in Israel. There is no difference between a Muslim clergy and a Jewish clergy when it comes to focusing upon uniting a nation by including those who do not believe clergy should be in government.

2. How about apologizing to President Obama and appointing an ambassador who is not the buddy of Republicans in Congress?

Ramada And ISIS

Two months ago there were signs of an active attempt on the part of the government of Iraq to organize a successful fight against ISIS. For the moment it appeared as though leaders in Baghdad were ready to forget about sectarian concerns and seek to unite the nation against a foreign body that had entered. In order to be successful against ISIS it would have required the Shiite government in the capital to reach out to the 30% of Iraq citizens who are Sunni and seek a united front. This would require arming Sunni groups and offering them an important role in government. Alas, this never happened. It would have required the United States to cease opposing soldiers from Iran to play a role in the fight against ISIS. So, to no one’s surprise, the so called “fight against ISIS” has halted.

Instead of moving forward, the Iraq army is moving backwards. Units friendly to Iran have been kept out of the fight which has allowed ISIS to once again become successful. Sorry Barack, the Iraq government needs any and all soldiers ready to fight ISIS. It is time to unite with Iran and destroy the main enemy–ISIS!

Does President Obama have any logical foreign policy for the Middle East??

ISIS In Ramadi

I am so happy that the US army is training about five thousand “moderates” to confront the armed forces of ISIS. There is a theory within the USA that the best way to fight ISIS is to create a moderate group of Muslims who will desire to charge into battle because they believe in moderation. The factor that makes ISIS so threatening is that its forces are stimulated by the power of hate, violence, religion,and conquest. For some reason those in the West have lost their desire to fight and believe that sending men into battle who do not believe with fervor the cause for which they fight will somehow, in someway lead to victory. The only enemy of ISIS who will defeat this group of terrorists is another group of terrorists who are driven by a love for democracy. You know, the same attitude that permeated British and Americans who fought in World War II.

The training program for “moderates” doesn’t even have a moderate chance for success. Muslims who are driven, who want with fervor, democracy, are the only ones who will defeat the forces of terror. Of course, the problem is lack of charismatic leaders in the Muslim world who seek democracy and modernism. Find those people and ISIS will be defeated.