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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer the observations about the human condition of a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Never allow a child to go to bed with anger in heart.

Become the guardian of love in your family.

If you can’t do something find a way to do something.

For some, the best company in life is their iPad.

I feel awkward encountering new employees in the coffee shop.

There is a time and place to walk away.

I assume up in Heaven there is a Customer Service Desk.

The great mystery of Life is God’s connection to humans.

These days man opens door and wife follows him.

Each day one needs a moment of silent reflection.

Let’s Secede

The recent defeat of Scotland’s effort to secede from Great Britain is simply one of a few dozen desires by people to secede from their mother country. Nationalism, the concept that diverse people could come together as part of one nation is a relatively new concept in human history. Yes, leaders like Alexander the Great conquered different peoples, but most retained their national identify although now part of an empire. However, the French Revolution ushered in the concept of allowing peoples to come together and form a “nation.” I recall in 1954 attending college in Paris, France and sharing a dormitory room with a French student. He quickly made clear to me that he was from Normandy, that was his identity.

The people of Catalonia in Spain were told by the nation’s Constitutional Court they could not have a referendum in order to vote for secession. As for the idea of secession, how about?

1. Encouraging the people of Texas to take a fling being on their own.

2. Allowing anyone who is a member of the Tea Party to become an independent nation. That means, no Social Security, no roads in front of their home, no Health care, no attendance for their children at public schools, etc..

3. Then again, what exactly does America lose if the great state of Mississippi is no longer with us?

Killing Leader Of Bad People Is No Policy

The foreign policy of the United States of America for over a decade has been predicated upon the assumption that if one kills the leader of bad people, the result will be the end of bad people. From George Bush promises to kill Osama bin Laden to President Obama’s joy at killing Osama bin Laden the American people have been assured that if one gets rid of those on the top of terrorist groups the end result is no more terrorist groups. This is an interesting theory, but the facts do not support the theory. From day one of the aftermath of 9/11 there have been promises, actions to kill the leader of bad guys since once he is gone, then… This has always been a THEORY, not a policy supported by evidence. Each day drones go out to spot a bad guy, and then blast him to pieces. The only result of this policy is that another ad guy emerges to take his place.

Terrorist groups contain men and women who believe in ideology based upon hate. Yes, they do follow a leader, but if he is gone, another person will step up to the role of leadership. One cannot defeat ideas with bombs. It is time to end the belief that killing one person ends the group. Sorry, no evidence supports this theory!

France Shifting Right

Throughout Europe there is a continuing shift in attitudes of people due to economic malaise and fear of people who are Muslims or who are from Africa. Thousands of Africans are seeking refuge in European nations, and this has led to fears that only encourage forces of hate to gain increasing influence and power. French President Francois Hollande was elected to represent a new Socialist program of economic success, and this inept leader has only caused anger and fear. As he turned toward conservative ideas of fiscal restraint and austerity as an economic solution, the result has been disastrous. Ironically, a Socialist has been implementing programs that here in America are championed by the Tea Party and Republicans. France needed a good dose of economic stimulation, and preferred Republican ideas of cutting and cutting which has resulted in economic stagnation.

Sunday was a day for elections in France. The far right National Front finally was able to elect members to the upper house of the French Parliament. Hollande lost his majority in the French Senate. European leaders have failed to make clear a policy of handling immigrants which has resulted in conservatives stoking fears into votes. In many ways, this is similar to America refusing to confront issues of illegal immigrants. Fear usually wins out over common sense.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, Washington Post: “America Is Shifting Right”

THAT, is the problem, not the solution.

Sweden, Local: “Feminists A Dark Force”

Much to the disappointment of Republicans.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Cops Steal Traffic Fines”

I assume they will be fined for this action.

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

Females, run for cover!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “I Will Beat This”

Unfortunately, all too often the beating is upon kids!

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

Never allow a child to go to sleep with anger in heart.

Become the guardian of love.

If you can’t solve problem, ask for advice. Usually, it is free.

Better to pay now, than later.

Holidays have lost their meaning.

Some reach deep into purse, some into heart.

I distance self from people when in coffee shop.

For some, best companion is iPad.

These days elderly couple grow alike in body size.

Most shake heads as other talks.

There is a time and place to just shut up.

Are You Still Alive??

I do not know if any other human is still alive in Europe or the United States of America since we now know the appearance of terrorist groups threatens the very existence of our societies. American planes, Saudi Arabian planes and even some from Jordan or Qatar are blasting sites in Syria and Iraq currently under control of ISIS or one of the other dozen terror groups which daily display their power on the Internet. Just to make Americans feel fearful they chop off the heads of some innocent people. It is part of their campaign of terror– only the “terror” they display is on TV, which today has become a more powerful weapon than any machine gun or bomb on a battlefield. Recent surveys reveal that at least one out of three Americans fears they will be killed by “terrorists.” As of this day, after thirteen years of fighting in the Middle East about six thousand Americans lost their lives in the fight against terrorism. However:

1. During the battle of Antietam during the Civil War, over fifteen thousand died in that single fight in three days.

2. During the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, over ten thousand died in the course of a SINGLE WEEK!

3. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to Washington D.C.

No, terror groups are not going to kill you today or tomorrow. You face greater danger from AMERICANS with guns in their hands than from any terrorist. You face greater danger from any AMERICAN sitting in a car, that weapon of mass destruction than from any terrorist!

Modern Americans are the most fearful Americans in history! BOO!

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

New McDonalds, same old people.

In every end is a new beginning.

There are wars of necessity and wars of choice.

We fight terrorists and they fight us.

To understand one’s strengths is to understand one’s weaknesses.

For many, there is the slavery of the mind.

We all too often forget the importance of love.

Once I was poor, today I am not. Never forget who I once was.

There are days when I wish that I didn’t wish.

For some, their gun is their penis in action.

Never underestimate the importance of a free mind.

Clueless In Middle East

There is no question that President Barack Obama is rather upset about events in the Middle East. No, he is not angry at ISIS or terror groups as much as furious at refusal of Sunni leaders in the region to take a stand against terrorism. Leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and a few minor places refuse to address the issue of terrorism in the region other than to demand that America do something about it. Oh, President Obama did get Saudi Arabia to send some planes to drop bombs. He did get a few Jordanian planes in the air and Egypt has promised their planes will shortly be in the air dropping bombs. Of course, this will come as a welcome relief to Egyptians since their armed forces ordinarily point weapons at them. So, the United States of America has compelled some Middle Eastern Sunni leaders to drop bombs.

The real issue is “troops on the ground.” Sorry, dropping bombs on ISIS or any terror group will result in some moments of terror, but within an hour they are all back to normal and will chop off some more heads. Only TROOPS ON THE GROUND will end terrorism in the Middle East. Of course, in addition to troops, there is need for economic reform to create jobs. Sorry, Republicans, President Obama is not at fault, how about directing your anger toward Sunni Middle Eastern leaders??

Americans Believe Republicans Fight Terrorism!

Among the most incompetent of President Obama’s failures in leadership is his inability to make clear the origin of groups like ISIS. Perhaps, he might speak about the following:

1. In 2001, al-Qaeda consisted of about 5,000 followers. Today, in the thousands.

2. In 2001, Iran had two powerful enemies on its borders-Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to President Bush, enemies of Iran were destroyed.

3. It was the war in Iraq which created terrorist groups. This was the legacy left to the next president.

4. It was President Bush who arranged for American troops to leave Iraq in 2011.

The Bush blunders created havoc and chaos in the Middle East. NO president could have eradicated what was the Bush legacy unless he simply packed up our troops and left!

REPUBLICANS CREATED THE CURRENT CHAOTIC SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST!!