Category Archives: Africa

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “How To Build Connections At Work?”

More money would sure help to connect with me.

USA, NY Daily News: “Judge’s Job Listed In Classified”

I am certain lobbyists have their own Classified pages.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Sheep Roaming Free”

Baa bas to all.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Spanish Town Named ‘Kill The Jews’ Renamed.”

Courtesy of the state of Texas it will now be called, “Kill The Black Dude President”

USA, aol: “Defendant Shot In Courtroom”

That is one way to reduce the cost of trials!

Sweden, Local: “Am I Going To Die?”

Eventually.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Twitter Toes The Line In Turkey”

Prime Minister Erdogan is all a twitter about graft stories!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some read with intense look.

Some read with intense mind.

Some fear love, some enjoy hate.

As one grows older, scratches linger.

I know that God takes vacations, how come Death does not?

What is valuable to one generation may not be to another.

Oh, to be able to take a trip through time!

Never forsake a friend.

We can not trick our heart.

Some pollute the planet, some our minds.

Many old people continue wearing jackets of younger days.

I believe cops deserve free food and drink.

Old adage: a fool and his money are soon parted.

Where have all the old adages gone?

Why Is America Always Last?

We Americans so enjoy proclaiming to the world that we are NUMBER ONE and others are behind us in aspects of life. Select a category, check out world listings and what will you discover?

1. Life expectancy–about 25. But, ask a Tea Party stalwart and he will proclaim we are NUMBER ONE in having the best health care system. For some strange reason, in those societies with inferior systems, people live longer.

2. Poverty. Much less poverty in Denmark or Sweden or Germany or Singapore.

3. Upward mobility. During the 19th century we were NUMBER ONE. Today, just about every nation in the European Union leads us in enabling those born poor to rise to a middle class life.

Get the picture? The answer is clear. Our top five percent own 44% of our entire wealth. Yes, we are NUMBER ONE in that category. Unless we redistribute the wealth, we will never be NUMBER ONE.

In 1953, a leading Republican magazine, Life, boasted that under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, the top 5% owned 27% and the goal was to get it own to 17%!!

Teacher Of Year Schmeared!

I taught high school for ten years and have worked with thousands of secondary teachers. Anyone who works with young people understands there are ethical lines that cannot be crossed. One does not tell students how to think or about my political preferences or whether or not I like this or that political leader. Such comments do not belong in a classroom. Science teacher Gil Voight apparently has a differing view of teaching. He recently informed a black student in his class who said his dream was to become president of the United States: “I think we can’t allow another president like Obama whether he is black or white.” When told his words were not appropriate, Gil insisted that if he had said we couldn’t afford a white president no one would be upset.

The Board of Education has heard prior comments such as pointing a laser pointer toward a black student while commenting about an “African American Rudolph(red nosed reindeer). He has also been charged with calling a student, “stupid” and another “gay.” Mr. Voight insists some students are out to get him and that he is the Victim of plots. I believe Voight voided his right to teach children.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if all planets have hot and cold regions.

Some seek summer warmth, some seek winter cold.

Humans are territorial from birth.

We are prisoners of our emotions.

In the end, we are who we became in life.

Sometimes too much, too soon.

Sometimes too little, too late.

Sometimes, nothing.

Parents follow the child into the play area.

For Americans, there is never enough of anything.

For the elderly, just another day suffices.

There ARE things money can not buy.

Always reward love with love.

There are times to run like hell.

Some are born old.

Some are born young at heart.

Latest On MH370

For some strange reason, the CNN constant coverage of the missing MH370 flight has not been continued every moment of the day and night. After all, we still have not seen every square mile of the Indian ocean, and few images have been displayed about the Atlantic ocean or the Mediterranean Sea. I am disturbed at lack of reporting about strange noises that I heard coming from a strange car that followed me into my apartment complex. I distinctly heard a “ping noise” emanating from this car. Why no follow up? I realize they are searching for a “black box” but I have yet to hear any mention of a “yellow box” or an “orange box.” How come there is only concern about a “black box?” I suspect this is simply another piece of evidence that when a crime is committed one should look in the direction of “black things of folks.”

Angus Houston, who does not come from the city of Houston, Texas, is in charge of the search for this black thing that sends out a “ping” sound. There are unconfirmed reports a ping has been heard in waters near the city of Perth in Australia. I am shocked that CNN did not have a morning discussion as to the significance of this ping sound. I so miss those pert blond haired girls on Fox News who so love to pretend they know something about ping sounds. Of course, most of them believe the ping sound is proof that someone is playing ping pong.

Anyway, this is the absolute latest from Angus Houston: “There has been no major breakthrough in the search.” Great news. Why? Because he did NOT say there was no minor breakthrough in the search!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Pregnant Woman Carless After Crash”

I hope that is the only thing she lost.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Women Happier After Divorce”

And, in most cases, a lot poorer!

France, Connexion: “Man Lives In Beer For 12 Days”

A happy time with no cares.

UK,Guardian: “Car Crash App”

Is there an App for Heaven?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Are Retarded”

I assume this is from some retarded Swede?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Crime Starts To Pay”

As far as I know, here in America it never did stop-for those on Wall Street.

Pakistan, Dawn: “Drop Charges Against 9 Month Old Boy”

Hopefully, he was not charge with the crime of rape.

Netherlands, Dutch News: “Have You Seen This Seal?”

My lips are sealed about this.

Boko Haram Goes On Killing

The other day I printed a story about how the Boko Haram in Nigeria had kidnapped over 100 girls from the Governments Secondary School in Borno state in Nigeria. About twenty girls somehow jumped off trucks and disappeared into the dark where local villagers saved them and got them back home. The Nigerian army yesterday claimed at least 100 girls had been recaptured, but now admits the only “recaptured girls” are those who jumped from the truck. The stark truth is the so-called “Nigerian Army” is a collection of disorganized men led by a group of incompetent graft ridden collection of officers who best know how to steal oil in order to make gobs of money. It is estimated close to 30% of the Nigerian oil production winds up in the hands of corrupt officials. Nigeria is led by President Goodluck Jonathan whose only luck is to be the president so that he can ignore how friends –and enemies, steal and rob each day of the week.

My greatest confusion is lack of any comment from Nigerian religious leaders. Not a word,not a declaration of anger toward Boko Haram which kills in the name of the Prophet or of God of of their belief that anyone who desires a modern education is simply an unbeliever. Boko Haram translates into” Western Education is Forbidden.” But, these men drive in trucks made with Western education and blast away with weapons made with Western education and murder in the best Western education tradition. What exactly about Western Education do these nuts dislike?

And, where are the voices of men of God?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I have always waited for Godot.

Purple presence on hand reveals age.

Study an individual if you seek to study humans.

Long time since heard, “lean and hard.”

I often feel lost in America.

Jesus was right, turn other cheek away from hate.

I now carry a band-aid for my hand which easily bruises.

I trust the walk through the Valley of Death is in springtime with flowers in blossom.

Baggy pants do not become any woman.

Children enjoy playing with face of an adult.

Customers are allowed to talk with staff in McDonald’s.

We ponder a machine more than we ponder a person.

Young children clutch parent tightly around neck for safety.

Literally, these are heavy times for Americans.

I have an old fashioned worker mind, the boss IS the enemy.

There is a time to say, goodbye.

Sitting alone in McDonald’s is a time for peace.

Conversation With An Alien

I must confess to having been in constant contact with an alien from the planet of Xul. The Xulian selected me because there was interest on his planet concerning the strange life forms known as “humans” who reside on the planet of Earth. Each month we spend exactly two hours in which the Xulian anthropologist interviews me about some incident on planet Earth. This interaction is then sent to a panel of Xulians who are deciding whether or not planet Earth should be destroyed in order to prevent Earthians from spreading their violent behavior throughout the universe.

We recently discussed the situation in South Sudan.

X I gather this area of the planet has abundant oil and thus people should be able to live in sa prosperous manner.
M Yes, it along with countries like Nigeria or the Congo have plenty of natural resources so people should be well fed and housed.
X But, thousands of these people are starving. Explain.
M One group took over the government of South Sudan and got into an argument with another group while both these groups do not like the government of Sudan.
X What are they arguing about?
M Part of the argument is that some are Muslims, some are Christians and some just want to control the oil in order to get rich.
X Ah, your planet’s continual fighting and killing over this strange concept of a God who created them and now they believe God created some of them, but the others who were created by God insist their ideas about God are correct and thus they must kill those whose ideas about God are not correct.
X OK, I have previously heard this madness. So people who have resources will die.
M About a million will die although they have the ability to ensure none would die.
X Enough, some day we will find this “God” that allegedly created this mess.