Category Archives: Africa

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Oldest Eeel Dies At 155″

Big deal, we have at least 220 heels in the House of Representatives.

USA, aol. “Does Race Matter”

it depends upon how fast you are.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Journalist Missing In Ukraine”

That isn’t the only thing or person missing in Putin Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

Was that “shut down” or “shake down?”

Africa, Mail & Guradian: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Now, you know why he is disabled!

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

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 always eat the bottom portion of a bagel first.

I saw this incredibly young mom with three kids. She must spend her days exercising.

I wonder if on holidays planes stop flying with their mail?

Every time I see a teen with a ten dollar bill it awakens feelings of awe for this Depression child.

I picked up three quarters. God leaves quarters, not dollars.

If I see a table with elderly people, I think it is “them,” not “me.”

A man spoke wisdom when he said “if you build a house in a hollow, why are you surprised that it gets flooded?”

My mind never thinks about the finality of life, too interesting being alive.

I picked up the phone and Lisa and Bob wanted to give me a TV. How sweet.

I do not like a stranger on the phone addressing me as, “Fred.”

I am the child of immigrants so I support all immigrants, legal or illegal.

Pistorious In Jail-Sort Of!

Oscar Pistorious who was found guilty of killing Reeva Steekamp was finally sentenced to something for this murder. The judge told Mr. Pistorious that he would have to go to jail for five years. His attorney has argued placing this prominent man in any jail would inevitably lead to him being gang raped by other prisoners. His attorney has been pleading for him to suffer the penalty of the girl’s death by spending time suffering the remorse of guilt. After all, the pain of guilt is certainly more severe than actually going to jail. And, based on his performance during the trail when his cries of anguish filled the courtroom, perhaps, sentencing him to a life of remorse and sorrow is the most severe penalty that could be provided a criminal. Of course, imagine if he was a black teen age boy, what black skinned judge would send him to jail? The one true event in life on planet Earth is that if you got money, the penalty for ANY crime never is similar to that accorded poor folk.

Actually, the FIVE YEAR sentence is not really, FIVE YEARS. According to South African law, Oscar is eligible for parole after serving ten months. At that point he will be released and his penalty will be transformed into “correctional supervision.” So, who is surprised by these turn of events. I was once told there is not a single example in American history during the 20th century of someone who possessed a million dollars of being sentenced to death for killing another. Life is similar in South Africa.

Freedom To Assemble Dead?

As a child in New York City schools, I was taught all about the American Revolution. It was pointed out to this child of refugees, that among the wonderful characteristics of living in America, is that people could openly inform the government of their displeasure with its behavior. The right to petition the government was considered a fundamental right accorded to all Americans. As a teacher for over fifty years of history, this right was discussed in my classes. I spent over forty years teaching in the St. Louis county area, and assumed this land was in the United States of America. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nepheed, was with some fellow protesters outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, when police arrested her on, as of this date, two unspecified violations of the law. She was told there was no right to protest in St. Louis country, particularly outside of police stations.

Of course, she will be released after posting bond. This arrest simply reinforces the prevailing attitude in the St. Louis area that racists control the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Initially, Michael Brown was murdered (the word is “murdered,” not killed) because he violated the law by walking down a street in the evening. In both events, a black person was NOT engaged in any form of violence when halted. They were WALKING. Perhaps, it is time to change the Constitution and clearly make it a crime to walk in public during the evening if one’s body skin is dark. At least then, honesty will reign in this land.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Clues About Oracle Uncovered”

No, he is not Ted Cruz!

USA, NY Daily News: “Slum Lord Lives In Mansion”

Being a slum lord is the road to living in mansion.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Pistorious Could Be Gang Raped In Jail”

In America this could never occur, inmates have constitutional rights to carry guns!

Norway, Norway Post: “Pastor Dies After Writing Nude Girls”

Was it the writing or the nude girls that gave him the heart attack?

China, China Daily: “Tips For Driving In China”

Red means go?

Good News: No Ebola In Nigeria

There is some good news on the Ebola front. No, the Muslim fanatics are not the cause of Ebola nor can we blame ISIS for this one. The World Health Organization announced there has not been a single case of Ebola in the nation of Nigeria during a six week period. WHO spokesperson, Rui Vaz said, “this is a spectacular success story. It shows that Ebola can be contained, but we must be clear that we won a battle, the war will only end when the West Africa is also declared to be free of Ebola.”

I do realize this is bad news for those on Fox News. The pert cute blond haired idiots will have to learn some new words to recite when on screen. Barack Obama can now claim, the entire Ebola scare was similar to the roll out of Obamacare, a few mistakes, but all is now working. Oh, you can check the sky tonight, it has not fallen. That is a guarantee!

Stop The Real Terrorists!

There is a war on terrorism, but for some strange reason this war does not apply to wealthy members of the Muslim community in the Middle East. Every expert on terrorism knows that untold hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing to Muslim terrorists from wealthy people in the Gulf states such as Qatar or Kuwait or Bahrain. Lord Deighton, commercial secretary of the British Treasury charges that rich Muslim donors from these states are channelling money to terror groups in the Middle East. For example, he says that in Qatar, Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi sent $1.84 million to groups that are on the American blacklist as terror organizations. He is simply one of dozens of such individuals who support terror,and don’t forget money coming from our beloved ally Saudi Arabia. After all it was the Saudis who financed creation of madras schools for young Afghan boys that eventually became the Taliban!

The silence of American leaders about these groups is amazing. We have “allies” who send money to those seeking to destabilize the Middle East, and America remains silent. One is left with the most with a smile since we all know that “money speaks” in almost any and all situations. The real enemy in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia, sponsor of just about every terror group, including those which have killed American soldiers!

Blasphemy Leads To Death In Pakistan

It was just another story from Pakistan about another denial of human rights to someone who is not Muslim living in a Muslim society. The story has been repeated countless times, and those who are not Muslim in the nation of Pakistan will be denied their basic right to think tomorrow and the day after. The tale of Asia Bibi has been around for five years. She is a Christian woman living in Pakistan and she is very poor. She asked a colleague working with her in the fields to get her a drink of water, and the man replied that it would be “unclean” to fetch water for a Christian farm labor colleague. They had an argument. During the dispute, some Muslims insisted that Asia Bibi had insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Naturally, she was placed on trial and given the choice of convert or die.

This illiterate woman refused to abandon her faith and now the courts of Pakistan demand that she die. My question is where are the immams in this dispute? Where are Muslim scholars? Where are Muslim college professors in this dispute? Where are college students in the streets protesting this denial of human rights? The read sad aspect of this story is lack of any response from educated Muslims. They prefer to deny the right of people NOT to be Muslim! But, if a Muslim is denied human rights, watch them demonstrate in the streets with angry shouts of freedom for Muslims!! Shame on any educated Pakistani!

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

If we are going to ban air flights from Africa, will we ban ships from Africa?

I miss picking up a library book and checking who last took it out.

I enjoy a coffee shop where they check if you need a refill.

I always sigh with relief reading when someone in their eighties has died.

I miss Saturday night when we got our copy of the Sunday comics.

Is there a food that is not included in fast food establishments?

Ah, for the days when a holiday resulted in a doubleheader for one price.

I wonder if an American president will have once served in the military?

I am a bigot, I prefer people who speak with enthusiasm about life.