Category Archives: Africa

Tunisia Closes Mosques

Two weeks ago two gunmen roamed along a beach in Tunisia and wound up murdering 30 tourists. Naturally, this has caused thousands of people not to come to Tunisia and has resulted in the loss of work for thousands of Tunisians. In one sense, this is a lose-lose situation for the people of Tunisia. There is no doubt that after twenty years of dictatorial government, most Tunisians do not trust their own government or they listen to the voices of hate and violence.

So, what can be done? The government just closed 80 mosques which they believe are led by imams preaching hate. PM Hassib Essid put it clear that if “we change a radical imam from a mosque,and the next day he is replaced by another extremist imam.”

The only hope lies in creating economies that provide jobs and get youth out of the cafes and talk about violence. Easy to say, hard to do.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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France, Connexion: “Shark Scare At Beach”

At least it is not in the water.

Norway,Norway Post: “Police Lose Free Travel”

Now how about losing free gun rights?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Murderer Declared Sane”

Of course Vladimir Putin is sane.

UK, Guardian: “Safe Schools”

In Texas, where each kid brings a gun.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Giant Mosquitos Arrive”

BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

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 assume Republicans now seek another dozen candidates.

NO political analyst could even imagine a candidate like Donald Trump.

Reality–Donald Trump is the ultimate creation of the Tea Party.

With a name like Jeb, it is hard believing he is a man of thought.

I continue expecting Sarah Palin to arrive on the scene– just imagine her on the stage!

There used to be a person named Herman Cain, I wonder if he is able to chip in with some wisdom.

Suggestion to Hillary–why not run with Trump?

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France, Connexion: “Tunnel Delays”

Not for El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Less Fertilizer Used”

Not in the US Congress!

Sweden, Local: “Fewer Beggars Around”

Actually, there are more than ever Wall Street beggars seeking government handouts!

Norway, Norway Post: “Action On Illegal Guns”

In America, the only “action” is to make them available to all.

UK, Guardian: “Investigate Naked Hair Salon”

As long as Donald Trump is around, hair is never naked.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Right To Be Forgotten”

Sorry, that is against the law when it comes to Putin.

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Sweden, Local: “Star Called Idiot”

To some,Trump is the idiot’s delight.

USA: aol. “Hot Summer”

Not these days in most cities.

France, Connexion: “Fewer Beggars Around”

They are all out begging for money to run in the Republican primary.

UK,Guardian: “Tunnel Delays”

Not when your name is El Chapo!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I so long for an idea about Iran from Republicans, any idea would do.

We need a return of the DRAFT so Republicans can have their sons or grandsons sent off to battle.

My dream is seeing Donald Trump in a uniform leading men into battle.

For some reason, “President” Netanyahu is not allowed to conduct US foreign policy.

Oppose the nutty ideas of Netanyahu and one becomes an anti-Semite.

If Netanyahu can conduct our foreign policy can Obama run Israel’s domestic policy?

Oh for an entire day without a gun death!

Pluto Gets A Visitor

I am 85 years old this year so there is only a slim possibility that I will be around when in 2030 a new giant telescope that is five times the size of the Hubble telescope is swung into action. However, I was alive today to see pictures from Pluto. Gee, Pluto has mountains, gee, Pluto has a smooth surface. Sorry,there is absolutely no sign of any form of life on this planet. Pluto is at the end of our galaxy and soon will be heading past our minor point in the universe on its way toward the stars.

I believe we Americans made a horrible mistake in giving up further exploration of the Moon. After the fifteen or sixteen or God knows how many Republican candidates leave the stage, the real human drama will continue as we take the first hesitant steps on the voyage that must be taken-venturing into the unknown. I hate to inform Republicans but if there really is a God, that entity is somewhere in the stars.

Heck,all this science stuff gives Republicans a headache.

Bill Cosby, Hero Or Villain?

I encountered Bill Cosby while in my thirties and never regarded him as a classic comic. He had his “bit,” and it was popular for many years. Then he went into television and portrayed the humorous, but loving father who was always ready to utter some wise words of advice. Unfortunately, Bill Cosby never got around to listening to the advice he handed out to his television children. There now is no question that Bill was a predator who abused women. He used his popularity, his fame as the wise decent man on the Cosby show to entice women into his bed, along with a few drugs.

President Obama at his press conference sort of summed up the Cosby epic. “If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge– a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.” Period!

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Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Driver Took Bomber To Bomb”

This is one explosive story!

Australia, Canberra Times: “Same Sex Myths”

Back before front?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Great Expectations”

We will have a single week without a new Republican presidential candidate?

France,Connexion: “Keep Cool”

These days in Chicago, we would so enjoy saying the word, “HOT.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Probe Liquor Breaches”

Burp!

The Art Of Political Selling

There is one pattern that has existed throughout the Obama administration, and that is his inept political ability to sell a good idea. Obama always behaves like a college professor who lectures and then assumes his “students” understand what was presented. Compared to Theodore or Franklin Roosevelt or John Kennedy or Abe Lincoln, Obama has completely failed to SELL his ideas. Sorry Barack, but a great president is a great salesperson.

1. Lincoln was a master of presenting complex ideas along with a joke or a demand that Americans display their greatness as people.

2. John Kennedy on day one of his presidency told the American people “what can you do for America?”

3. In 1940, England faced Nazi Germany alone and had run out of guns and ammunition. Most Americans did not want to go to war. So, in one of his fireside chats with Americans, Franklin Roosevelt used this metaphor: “if your neighbor’s house catches fire, and he comes to you asking to borrow a fire hose, surely, you would give him one. We are going to lend England destroyers and rifles and other equipment.” And, so England got military supplies that enabled it to continue fighting Germany. I have never heard a single metaphor from Obama that enables people to grasp an issue.

4. One night after America was at war, Franklin Roosevelt asked the American people to listen to him as he reviewed where American soldiers were fighting. By late evening, one out of two Americans had listened and followed his analysis of where fighting was going on. How many Americans today even know where Syria or Iraq are? Obama has never discussed these areas of fighting with Americans following with a map.

5. To this day I am shocked that we Americans never received an explanation about Obamacare from the government.

If Obama wants to sell this accord with Iran, he must become a president who talks WITH AMERICANS!