Category Archives: Africa

America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

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

The enemy within is the most dangerous enemy.

A trip through life is one in which there are valleys and hills.

Humans constantly clean dirt in order to obtain new dirt.

People starve and Republicans worry about birth control.

I so enjoy the act of stretching a leg.

Moment of shock seeing thin person working in fast food place.

We shiver at cold, but not when our heart acts with coldness.

I wonder why gold became so precious to humans.

End of family stores ended sense of local community.

There is one rendezvous never to make–with Death.

Do not be the captain of your fate, be the General.

Calendar is half price by January 15.

I wonder how most Americans would survive without the Dollar Store.

To be unemployed in 2014 is to live in fear.

Quandry: does mom or daughter take lead into Restroom.

To describe life is to explain life.

All too often we seek the hardest the thing needed the least.

To be lost in thought is not a Republican weakness.

Fewer ceremonies these days for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Some place hands on thigh while walking.

I am only able to nudge what is my fate.

Hank Aaron Hits Home Run

Hank Aaron has aroused the anger of right wing nuts and Republicans for uttering an honest statement concerning the state of racism in America. He agrees that black skinned folk are not being hung from branches of trees, but the assault upon President Obama is vicious and blatantly racial in tone and substance. As he puts it: “The biggest difference is that they(KKK) had hoods, now, they have neckties and starched shirts.” The howls of derision can be heard from the pert blond haired idiot women who preach nonsense on Fox News along with angry white men who are determined to prove that ANY problem in America or the world, is directly caused by allowing some black dude from Africa to become president.

Hank is receiving dozens of hate letters and emails due to his comment.

1. How many prior presidents were charged with being born in another country? Actually, John McCain was born on a navy base in Panama.

2. How many prior presidents were charged with being a Muslim? Of course, he belongs to a Christian church.

3. How many prior presidents were attacked for “hating America?”

4. Obama pushed health care, President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for Social Security and President Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare. I do not believe Roosevelt or Johnson were accused of being a dictator for these actions.

Boko Haram Again Goes Bonkers

Just about every day comes a new story from Nigeria about the actions of Boko Haram-”Western Education is Forbidden.” In most cases, these escapees from reality attack a school, kill the boys and cut up some girls. Yesterday, they took over a girl school and kidnapped 100 young ladies and no one knows what will happen to these children. President Goodluck Jonathan will issue some statement claiming his army has the crazies on the run, but all too often the army is the agency which is on the run away, and far away, from any military action against the bonkers people. Nigeria is undoubtedly the Number One nation in the world for corruption, inefficiency, and inept management. Its army might have some weapons, but they always make certain to be away from any scene of action.

In reality, this so-called army blasts away at villagers who were attacked and blames them for being attacked. The best luck for the people of Nigeria is to have Goodluck run out of luck as president.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Kidnapping Scares Chinese”

When the government does the kidnapping, who wouldn’t be scared?

Japan, Japan Times: “Plane Landed In The Sea”

We now all agree the plane did land someplace!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Wealthy Better Off Than Others”

Not in America, we love the wealthy and thank God they are worse off than we. I heard this on Fox News so it must be right.

Sweden, Local: “Let Swedes Swear In English”

Finally, an issue upon which all can agree!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Nausea Rises In The West”

Have you recently visited the United States of America? Is so, you know the answer why this is so.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Restaurant Bans Putin”

I assume that was before the restaurant was banned from existence.

France, Connexion: “Perfume Secret Ingredient”

Sounds like a smelly story to me.

Sorrow Of Nigeria

Nigeria is among the nations which are difficult to discuss because, although theoretically a democracy, it is one vast organization of criminals whose only goals in life are robbing their fellow citizens. Yes, Nigeria possesses oil and oil, yes, billions flow into the country, but, no, the money is never used to serve the needs of the 95%. It flows into the hands of those famous rich folk, the job creators of Nigeria. Who then can be shocked that fundamentalist Muslims would emerge and employ the rhetoric of serving God in order to serve their own needs for power and wealth. A basic belief of those in the Boko Haram is the reason one is being murdered is for his own benefit in order to deliver one more body to God up in the sky. Boko Haram struck again, they blew up a bus station on the outskirts of the capita. Latest report is that at least 71 are dead and over a hundred wounded.

President Goodluck Jonathan expressed, once again, his anger at this Boko Haram massacre of the innocent. Goodluck will continue issuing of regret while the stealing goes on and on, and the lives of Nigerians becomes worse and worse. The only way to combat the Boko Haram crazies is to create a modern society in which poverty is confronted and people have the option of living a decent life rather than watch young men meander over to crazies in the night.

Trial Dwindles Down To Tears

There is scant doubt the trial of the century for those living in South Africa is coming to an end. Oscar Pistorious was led through an emotional description of events by his own lawyer which provided him an opportunity to cry, shake with emotion and just let it all hang out in order to prove to the world that he loved his girl friend and was ready to do anything to protect Reeva the beautiful one. Unfortunately for Oscar Pistorious, he has been battered and attacked for days by the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, one mean dude. Mr.Nel is one of those pit bulls who never lets up and so enjoys tearing to bits any statement of someone on trial. Hour after hour he has honed in on inconsistencies in the Pistorious version of reality.

Why didn’t he immediately have Reeva call the police while he investigated?

Exactly what type of noises did he hear behind the locked door?

He claimed to move toward the burglar or burglars, but he didn’t have on his legs!

Throughout the past several days, Pistorious has engaged in one emotional crying binge after another. As Gel noted: “Mr. Pistorious, you’re sung your emotional state as an escape.” Of course he is. There simply is no logic to this story.

There are tears of anger, there are tears of fear, there are fears of terror, and there are fears of being convicted.

O.J. And Oscar On Trial

It is nearly twenty years since famous athlete O.J. Simpson was on trial charged with murdering a woman he allegedly loved. Oscar Pistorious, a white man in South Africa, is currently on trial for the murder of a woman that he allegedly loved. A white and a black man, a trial which has excited the world and offered ample opportunity for a crusading district attorney to make headlines and for the media to provide non-stop stories concerning the emotional state of the alleged murderer. We, the public, follow avidly each detail, each cross examination, we discuss the events while at work or with friends. We are fascinated, we devour key points that arrive dealing with the act of murder. Did HE really fire the shot or was there a third person who is the key witness to events that unfurled in the night of the murder?

Oh, what a glorious time for those in the media. But, there is something more important. We, the public, want this trial. We want an event in which someone who is powerful, a great athlete is confronting the issue of death and life. In the end, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted for the act of murder, but a large number of people continue to this day believe in his guilt and blame the media for allowing him to escape the death penalty. Ironically, today he is in jail for a different crime. So, what awaits Oscar? Will he escape only to fail at some future moment?

The only victor in either case was the media. So, will it be tomorrow.

Time For Truth Commission In America

Incoming President Barack Obama had many challenges, but none more important than how to handle the debacle of two invasions which had led to the death of thousands of Americans and wounding, mentally and physically, of over 40,000. Nelson Mandela in South Africa offered an excellent example of how a nation confronts evil in its past. He created the Truth and Reconciliation Committee which allowed any white person who had violated the rights -or even the life– of a black person under Apartheid could appear before the Commission, admit his guilt, apologize to the relatives of those who died, and was then given a pardon for his evil actions. This blog urged the new president to adopt this approach. Instead, Barack Obama said he did not wish to dwell on the past but only be concerned about the future. Today, we now are deep in anger over the past of what the CIA did, and hate grows stronger with each passing day.

The Senate Intelligence Committee under Dian Feinstein is furious and demands the complete truth from the White House which currently is in the position of defending those who violated the law. The Senate Committee believes “the CIA manipulated the media” by lying concerning the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. England established the Chilcot Commission which dealt with this issue openly and enabled those who suffered to hear the truth and those who tortured to admit their guilt. We NEED SUCH A PROCESS!

Pistorious Kabbuki Another Rashomon

There is but one thing all involved in the murder trial that features Oscar Pistorius–Reeva Steenkemp is deas. Other than that fact, the remainder of what happened in the story leading to her death depends on which version of reality is selected. Oscar insists that he heard sounds in the bathroom indicating an intruder was in his house and thus blasted away until he had killed Reeva who was in the toilet. There is another version of reality according to the prosecutor Gerrie Lee. In plain English, she informed the famous runner, “your version is a lie.” During his time in court with the Defense attorney, Oscar howled and cried and shook his body in order to make clear that he was in pain for the shooting of Reeva.

But, the prosecution has a different interpretation of this performance and it is based on some factual data. “We know there was no intruder, there was no ladder against the wall. We know that Reeva was in the toilet.” So, what happened? My questions:

1. How could he avoid knowing that she was in the toilet?

2. Did he tell her to call the police? Certainly, that would be a normal request.

3. Did he call out for the intruder to emerge from the toilet? Why not?

Just some questions.