Category Archives: Africa

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian: “Couple Flown To Grenada Instead Of Granada”

This is an example where bull shit clarified things.

Canada, Toronto Star: “How To Wear A Jump Suit”

Sitting down?

China, China Daily: “More Time For Alienation”

Let me alone ponder this one in darkness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Who The Fuck Is Patty?”

The drunken Irishman sitting next to you!

Russia, Moscow Times: “No Regrets”

Basic philosophy of Vladimir Putin.

USA, Wall Street Journal: “How Much Is Enough?”

Wall Street response–”until we got it ALL.”

UK, Guardian: “If Pet Eats iPhone, Does Warranty Hold?’

Call me later about this one.

Earth On Hot Streak

There are hot streaks in sport when a player just can’t fail to hit a home run or a team cannot lose a game. There are hot streaks in gambling when one simply continues hitting sevens with dice, roll after roll. There are hot streaks in life when a guy just continues meeting gorgeous gals who desire his body. There are hot streaks in politics when the economy booms, not thanks to you or peace reigns in the world, no thanks to you, and there are hot streaks in poker when I just can’t cease being dealt a royal flush. But, there are also hot streaks in this planet we call, Earth. New figures reveal that Mother Earth had a temperature average of 61.2 F, which means we wonderful Earthians have established a new high for hot temperature. This figure is 1.2 F over the 20th cemtury average!

Wow! If we Earthians can continue on this hot streak, who knows, maybe we can reach a point at which it is the end of all hot streaks? Perhaps, we can get so hot on our hot streak that folks on Venus might wish to hop over to our nice hot planet for a break from those Venusian hot winters? Perhaps, it is time to establish a World Cup for hot streaks? The nation that raises temperatures the highest is awarded with a huge cup filled with the hottest water known to humans?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Friendships of youth last forever and a day.

So, what is the day after forever like?

There was a moment in life when the penny was important.

Long time since heard, “a penny for your thought.”

Most worry about the money they desire rather than the money they need.

Wars today are fought by those whose family are not part of the 5%.

I wonder how one can invest in wars and make money?

Most commentators on Fox News just hate poor people.

No greater expectation than moving elsewhere.

To be poor is to be innocent.

Easy to forget our good deeds.

Elderly at McDonald’s cluster together in morning.

Hands of time move slower when we get older.

Oscar Pistorious Definitely Guilty Of Stupidity

Along with millions I have closely followed the murder trial of Oscar Pistorious who is accused of murdering his girl friend, Reeva Steenkamp. In all honesty, as I read how each side presents its arguments, I discover that my mind is able to agree with either the prosecution or the defense. But, there are moments when one is left with the feeling that Oscar is all screwed up. He comes across as a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is not surprising since he was born without legs, and a normal reaction to this condition would be some sort of anger at the unfairness of it all. I must admit confusion to the manner in which this trial is conducted since there is no jury, and a defendant accused of murder is allowed to wander around in perfect freedom. This is not exactly how we conduct murder trials in the good old USA.

For example, Oscar decided to go to a night club on Saturday night. Exactly what did he think would occur? Did Oscar really believe, given his fame and the trial that one could be at a night club without being noticed? Huh? Naturally, someone named Jared Mortimer approached the famous athlete, and guess what happened? They got into an argument, shoving ensued, and words were exchanged. Oscar had been drinking and got aggressive. How dumb can Oscar get? While engaged in a murder trial you get into a public fight?

“Too Much ABCD”

I am a citizen of the United States of America, you know, the land in which those with wealth decide who becomes president, the land in which it is perfectly OK in the eyes of half the population for a person to be denied health care due to lack of money. I live in a land in which one has the right to whip out a gun and shoot someone who gave an evil look to me that I regarded as “threatening.” So, it ill behooves me to make fun of those with strange customs concerning treatment of young girls. Maimuna Abdullah was married off by her parents for a couple of hundred dollars and sent to become the wife of Mahammandu Saidu, a person who never completed elementary school, and does not like to be around those who have education. OK, so he did promise his fourteen year old bride that she could go to school, but that was before he realized the problem of being married to a literate wife. After all, most of his friends did not have wives who could read or write or do simple math, so why should his wife be anything different?

He proceed to beat the hell out of her, broke her jaw, whipped her skin, and generally made life a hell. What was her problem? She had, “too much ABCD, too much ABCD.” He did not like being around a woman who “was educated and looking down on me.” She ran away, and dad beat the hell out of her and said return to your husband. Such was her plight as it is for a high percent of young girls in Nigeria. They are compelled to give up the idea of learning math, but above all, no more learning their ABCD!

Kick Or Pray

The 2014 World Cup has finally drawn to a conclusion which means that about one billion people can get back to the ordinary hum drum of daily life. Writing as an American who simply does not share the fervor that is so often demonstrated in nations that regard who wins the World Cup as among the most important issues in their lives. I appreciate the sport fanatic since I am one. Alas, not for soccer or World Cups, but for my beloved New York Giant football team or my long lasting love affair with the New York Yankees, and my tormented suffering with the New York Knick basketball team. So, I was intrigued by a study conducted in Saudi Arabia by Marian Dujain al-Kadi which reveals that 60% of Saudi females decide which team to root for in the World Cup based on the good or bad looks of players. Of course, in Muslim Saudi Arabia not only are women banned from driving a car, they don’t even have time in school for physical education. One is left wondering do Saudi women have extra energy and are dying to bang away at a football more than even banging away with a man?

The other aspect of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia that captures my attention is what happens if the game conflicts with prayer time. Sheik Mohamed al-Mahmoud insists that prayer takes precedence over the game. “When it is time for late evening and Ramadan-specific night prayers, one must go to the mosque and pray.” These are definitely not the words or advice of a sport fan. On Yom Kippur I would flee from the synagogue to find some friendly Christian family listening to the World Series. Since they recognized while I was not Jewish, I was a devout Yankee fan, they allowed me to listen.

I hate to inform the Sheik, but God is a fanatic sport fan. And, he is really upset that Saudi women cannot kick a ball!

Unpolitical Obama

Each passing day reveals increaded evidence that Barak Obama has never grasped the importance of why a successful American president must be the political leader of his party as well as its intellectural head. Upon his election in 2008 as president of the nation, Obama has the enthusiastic support of millions of young people who wanted, not merely the end of a disastrous war in Iraq, but birth of a new era in which America was a shining light to the world. As of this date, Obama has never assumed the mantle of champion of our youth. He has ignored their issues, gone agaisnt their desire for an end to secrecy whose only goal was to intrude upon the lives of Americans. He never grasped that youth were the leading users of the Internet, and thus thos ewho would be most impacted by spying. Those of us over age 70 are not spending our lives on cell phone, Facebook or the Internet. By allowing the NSA, the FBI, the CIA to intrude into our lives, Obama has alientated America’s youth. In effecct, his failure to focus on their needs resulted in their drift away from politics.

What can a youth centered Obam do?

1. A dramatic bailout of Student Debt.

2. Reduce interest rates for Studen Loans to 3%. About wha the US spends on its loans.

3. Offer 2 year Public Service positions in exchange for end of Student Loans.

Basically, do something that makes youth want to become politically engaged because Politics directly impacts their lives.

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

There are steps to war, are there for peace?

I have weekly dream of lottery riches.

Problem of revenge is to attain it is to feel bad.

I am a man of few moods.

Who knows what lurks in the mind of Barack Obama?

I have never known the fear of intense hatred.

Allow hatred to be a weekend guest in your heart, then watch it depart.

For many, the Devil is a long lost relative.

A person can never fool self.

I wonder how people who love God seek to kill His creatures.

Another Noah’s Ark movies, I think this is a rerun.

I so miss the joy of hitch hiking.

Flashing lights in distance slow down all cars.

Tender be your love for loved ones.

Be fearless in the fight to love another.

Older daughter gently aids younger one. So sweet.

I miss the cutting intelligence of JFK.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, NY DailY News: “Professor Strips For Students”

Hopefully, the mind, not the body.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Nightmare Nanny”

Nags, nags, nags.

Italy, Local: “Pope Does Not Pray For Victory”

Honest, not over the Devil?

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Why Relaxing Is Difficult?”

I live in America where Republicans control Congress.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Amazon Fights Amazon”

This is one big story!

France, Connexion: “Smoking Ban In Park”

I have a hunch the winds will handle this problem.

UK, Guardian: “New Twist On Shopping”

Keep the cart free of merchandise?

On National Debt

These days every conversation I have with a member of the Republican party entails their complaints about the National Debt. In their view, this monstrosity is the creation of the Democratic Party and its spendthrift approach to government. In their version of history, under Republican presidents our government was led by those who possessed sound fiscal thinking. It was very simple according to Republicans, lower taxes on the wealthy would result in job creation leading to more tax revenues into the government and the result would be the end of our National Debt and a balanced budget. Such is the Republican mantra.

Let’s Examine the Record:

Democrat President Jimmie Carter left a National Debt of $900 Billion.
Republican President Ronald Reagan inherited this $900 Billion. He left office with a
National Debt of $2.5 TRILLION.
George H.W. Bush inherited $2.5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 TRILLION
Democrat Bill Clinton inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 Trillion. However, he left office with a budget that showed a $400 billion surplus. If following presidents did what he did, the National Debt would have BEEN PAID OFF BY 2010!
George Bush inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $11 TRILLION. BUT, he wrote the budget for 2009 and it had a deficit of $1 Trillion.
Barack Obama inherited a $12 Trillion deficit and due to interest payments and a collapsed economy, the National Debt continued to rise to its current $12 Trillion.

So, which party is responsible for the National Debt?