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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

Mystery of Life: Why do people adorn bodies with Tattoos?

At age 84 I increasingly stumble when walking.

There comes a point in life when all one can say is, “that’s life”

Pain in a heel ensures that one walks with difficulty.

Fear not the dawn, it just signifies another day of work.

I so miss running.

Our government increasingly resembles the gang that could not shoot straight.

For some, mother is in the face of the daughter.

Unfortunately, for some the body of mom is the body of daughter.

Some slap knee when others depart.

Kid Barack In Action

There is a new fighter in the boxing ring in Washington D.C. Weighing in at 180 pounds and displaying two lethal hands of power is one, Kid Barack, the fighting dude from Hawaii. For some reason Kid Barack has been hiding his lethal two fists for over six years. Instead of displaying his powerful blasts to the stomachs of Republican leaders the Kid has behaved like a mild mannered sissy kid like Clark Kent who wanders life hiding his true identity as Superman. Kid Barack is now hitting Republicans with one blow to the stomach after another. He just grins when they respond with anger. Oppose man made climate change? OK, another veto of pipe lines. Oppose treating children from Mexico with dignity? How about a rabbit punch to the kidney?

It has been a long time coming, but Barack Obama is finally showing his opponents that he will stand up for human rights. Now, how about showing this toughness and release from Guantanamo those who have need been charged with any crime? How about taking on those police who refuse to behave as a member of a police force whose duty it to PROTECT PEOPLE! Go after the bad cops and support the good ones.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian” “Snow And Ice Alert”

I will skip this story.

France, Connexion: “Should We Say, Je Suis Ahmed?”

Heck, add whatever you want after, Je Suis!

Norway, Norway Post: “Norwegians Don’t Shop On Sundays”

Nor, do they go to church on Sundays.

Canada, Toronto Star: “News You May Have Missed”

Republicans were silent one night this week. Guess why?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Diesel Ban”

I guess that means no diesel cocktails tonight.

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 record what others do not.

Some speak with truth if mouth filled with food.

Our lives are dominated by self inflicted goals.

Some walk by me in coffee shop and gaze at me who is writing.

Never reject an act of kindness from another.

Today we live, tomorrow we die–eventually.

Some read with deep concentration.

Fear is the norm in 2015.

No more joyful sight than children checking out books in library.

I am a bigot, I expect an Asian girl to be smart.

Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

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

A boss at a meeting speaks with the voice of truth.

Sometimes the short road takes a long time to reach a desired destination.

On arriving late one must wave hands in greeting.

To write is to live forever.

If I wipe the table clean then I am a job destroyer.

Old time gangsters were more interesting than modern gangsters.

I dislike looking up to tall men. Makes me feel short.

In my childhood I wore a white tee shirt in the summer.

Sometimes, to glance backwards is to see ahead.

One must accept with grace the reality there are things we will never know.

Why Islamophobia?

I am now 84 years old and during my existence on this planet have been compelled to endure fear of many forms of evil. As a child I had nightmares of Christian Nazis who would come to America and murder this little Jewish boy. Then came the Russian Communists who soon were followed by the North Korean and Chinese Communists. In all honesty, I never feared any Muslims, after all they had not murdered six million Jews as had European Nazis. So, today, I am told to fear Muslims since they are out to murder and kill. Actually, if one added up all the humans killed by Muslims since 2001 that total would be less than the number of people killed in one week by Russian or Chinese Communists.

So, why this wild fear of Muslims?

1. Muslim youth in Europe are trapped in poor paying jobs that offer no dream of a good life.

2. Too many Muslims are living in ghettoes where they live in slums and lack contact with non-Muslims.

3. Muslims wind up doing the dirty jobs of European societies.

4. Muslims are not attending integrated schools. Then again, European schools have done a terrible job of aiding Muslim students succeed.

5. Muslim imams have failed to teach the meaning of their religion. They have allowed imams of hate to take over the religious education of youth.

6. Throw in social media which makes hate easier to spread.

7. And, definitely add the name of George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to the list of those who help create terror groups. P

Put these factors together and one winds up with hate, violence and fear.

The Cockroach On The Plate

I have spent my life working in the cause of human rights since my time in the US Army when I assisted in integrating the US Seventh Army in Germany. But, ever once and a while I encounter a story about “human rights” that blows my mind. This story appeared on Martin Luther King day, and I am certain if he was still alive this fighter for human rights would have grabbed the first plane to South Africa and stood shoulder to shoulder with two women who were willing to risk their very lives in order to further the cause of and end to bigotry in their land. Lesedi Mouche and a friend were sitting in a restaurant in Rosebank, South Africa when they noticed a cockroach on their luncheon plate.

Let me get this straight:

1.Two black women were in a restaurant.

2. The restaurant was owned by black people.

3. A cockroach appeared on the scene.

4. The two women are taking this case to the South African Human Rights Commission.

Ah, for the days when King confronted bullies and bigots, if only he had to confront cockroaches in his fight for equal rights. Then again, what about the rights of cockroaches!!

Banish Winter TV Blues

The onset of winter leads to a sense of the blues in those areas of the nation in which people must endure winter weather and snow. We offer some tips on how society can end the blues for those who must endure this form of despair:

1. No more TV shows in which Mike Huckabee declaims about the evil un-American folks who live on the west or east shows. Last night on Jon Stewart he insisted those on the coasts are not really true Americans. Sorry Mike, but a few million men from the east and west coasts risked their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Exactly what did the chubby minister of God ever do to help save America?

2. An end to Beyonce and her demanding body. Frankly, she turns me off with her pseudo sense of power.

3. I would be so happy watching a TV show in which Rupert Murdoch explains why he created Fox News for we Americans. Or, he can head home to Australia and pester those people.

4. Allow me to watch a football game on TV without having to hear those inane comments from the blond haired woman on the sidelines who thinks she knows something about a game she never played.

5. I would so love to go to the movies and watch a film in which there was an issue other than than walking zombies and ghouls.

Oh well, at least the snow is pleasant to look at.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “New Donation Problem”

The 1% can only donate one percent of their wealth.

China, China Daily: “Arrest Man For Selling Unclean Pork”

You can’t blame this one on the Jews.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Agatha Christie In Istanbul”

She was there but she didn’t commit the crime!

Sweden, Local: “Children’s Genital Story Goes Viral”

I will just piss on this story.

Japan, Japan Times: “Creatures From The Unknown”

A great description of the new American Congress.