After months of deliberation and conflict a decision has finally been rendered in a court in Africa. Oscar Pistorious is cleared of the charge of premeditated murder, and might come off with being convicted of killing his girl friend by mistake. Reality: Oscar is too famous to be sent to prison. Oscar is a white man who killed a white woman because he thought that a black man was out to kill the white woman, and what else could he do but kill the girl so that she would not be raped or ravaged by the black man? There is not a jury in murder cases in South Africa so the decision was in the hands of a nice elderly black skinned woman.
I have previously reviewed this case. It makes no sense for a man to blast away into a bathroom because he heard “noises.” At no point did he check to see if Reeva was OK back in the bedroom. He just shot into a door. OK, he is now a free man. This case proves if you are famous, have money, regardless of skin color in South Africa, you will go free!
It is not very often that I pick up my newspaper and discover that some minister of God explains God in ways that I never considered. Martin Driscoll is a minister of God, and decided to use the social media in order to make clear to we men how and why we should make use of the penis. You know, that piece of your body that hangs down in front. For some reason, Martin thought it necessary to employ the name of William Wallace in order to explain why God created the penis for men. In all honesty, I DO know that I possess a penis, I do know that this piece of my body exudes water throughout the day. I always thought the water was there to assist me in putting out fires. But, listen to the pastor explain this piece of my anatomy:
“The first thing about your penis is, despite the way it might seem, it is not your penis ultimately. God created you and it is his penis.” This penis needs a home, and Pastor Driscoll made me understand something that I never knew. Believe it or not, a woman’s body does NOT have a penis, but it has a place which would enable my penis to find a home. Gee, after all these years, I finally understand. Get the penis home!
Pastor Driscoll’s advice did not register with his congregation and dozens are leaving. I am shocked. How many pastors in American churches take the time to explain the penis?
It was about a month ago when attorneys in South Africa were arguing the case of Oscar Pistorious. As you most probably recall, he was charged with murdering his girl friend. Oscar claims that he heard a noise in the bathroom, took out his guns, and blasted away. He is sorry, shook, and mortified that his shots killed the girl. But, he is a man born without legs and thus prone to feeling helpless so what else could he do, but fire away? His defense is a wonderful defense. I am born without legs so it is normal for me to fear that any noise in the house can be a sign of danger.
Anyway, a month has gone by and no news from South Africa. Just checking. I wonder what are the odds on Oscar winding up in prison? I wonder what are the odds that Oscar winds up in a psychiatric institution for people born without legs who are prone to shoot when encountering noises??
Every so often I encounter the same story only it comes from a different location in the world. Invariably, the story describes how some teen age girl was murdered by relatives, and her parents most likely joined in the violence. There was a 15 year old girl living in a small village in Turkey, and one day her cousins got drunk, and having nothing better to do that day, raped her. Naturally, and I do mean, naturally, relatives were upset. OH, they were not upset at the rape, after all, boys must be boys. The grandmother, the grandfather, three aunts, four cousins, and dear old mom and dad, decided this girl lacked moral values. After all, she allowed herself to be brutalized by her male cousins. So, one of the boys got drunk, and then proceeded to strangle his female cousin.
After a few years, the story emerged and a Turkish court now is trying the case against the entire family structure. For some strange reason, the government does not agree that murdering a young girl is OK. There is no doubt in my mind, this same story will reappear, not in Turkey? Then in some other rural area in the Middle East, Africa or Asia.
I just do not understand these people. Does anyone?
We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.
New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Politician Is Hot Thinker”
I would wait until he cools off a bit.
Canada, Toronto Star: “One Mean Bunch”
Congressional Republicans are NEVER mean to the wealthy!
Russia, Moscow Times: “Global Mission”
Vladimir wants the world to see him bare chested!
USA, aol: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”
At least she wasn’t beaten to death!
Australia, Canberra Times: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”
No one is perfect. Isn’t it about time patients did some thinking?
There is a country in Africa whose name is Gambia. There is a country in Africa named Gambia which is ruled by a man named, Yahya Jammin. There is a country in Africa in which most people believe that anyone who is gay or lesbian is not really a human being. There is a country in Africa which decided a hundred years ago or so to accept the ideas of Christianity. There is a country in Africa which has received money and assistance from American Christian leaders who hate gays and lesbians, and want to make certain that Gambians share their “Christian values.” There is a country in Africa named Gambia which has passed laws that define the act of homosexuality as “aggravated homosexuality” and thus the person acting in this manner can spend life in prison.
The President is an autocrat who believes that his words of wisdom are truly words of wisdom. He made clear to people of the nation, “we will fight this vermin called homosexuals or gays the same way we use in fighting vermin causing mosquitos, it not more aggressively.” He is simply the product of Christianity which came from America and continues to receive support from American Christian leaders.
We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.
NOBODY ASKED ME BUT
Friendship is a gift, not an obligation.
Prejudice has a thousand fathers.
Some talk to selves, some speak out loud, and a few converse with God.
The past dwells forever in our minds.
I enjoy the company of my mind.
People enjoy boasting the color of their skin, but not of their eye color.
Some hold proudly the pizza they just ordered.
The police explain away the mental gymnastics of why they shot someone.
There are friends of heart and friends of conscience.
I wonder if we would go to restaurants if they lacked rest rooms.
Which is more joyful, arriving at the pizza place or leaving it?
These days it is unusual to pick up a newspaper(remember those things) or get on the Internet without encountering a story about this or that Muslim group doing this or that thing. Oh, occasionally there is a picture of the Pope hugging a kid. Turkish Minister of the Environment, Erdogan Bayraktar, has an explanation for the decline of Christianity in the world. He told a women’s group of the Justice and Development Party that Christianity is “no longer a religion.” According to this wise Muslim leader, “A religion teaches, it is a form of life that gives one peace and happiness. That is why people want to turn to Islam.” In his view, Christianity has simply become a “culture.” An interesting thought.
In the good old days, Christians fought fellow Christians, they tortured, they fought wars against “unbelievers,” but those glory days are no longer here. Instead, these Christians sort of live together in peace. Oh, they occasionally invade a Muslim nation–to bring them culture and peace. Or at least, that is what Christian leaders proclaim. As for Muslims, about 99% seek to live in peace and harmony with one another and other folk. Of course, there are Muslims who so love to blow themselves up or chop off the heads of unbelievers. I assume these deaths are meant to send the unbeliever up to Heaven. Perhaps, it is time for all religions to end their belief that it is OK to kill anyone, and just become a culture committed to the proposition of peace and joy and harmony with fellow humans!
I still have not recovered from the statement of President Obama that he has yet to “develop a strategy” for handling ISIS. This statement reveals not only that the President of the United States lacks a sense of planning, but that his Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff are off in slumber land rather than military thinking. Prior to the United States entering World War II, the Chiefs of Staff had prepared at least FOUR PLANS regarding American military policy if the US became involved simultaneously in wars against Japan and Germany at the same time. By the way, they had a plan which was predicated upon a surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Military leaders in Hawaii failed to carry it out. I am shocked the Joint Chiefs of Staff over the past few years have no prepared plans dealing with how to handle terrorist groups in the Middle East.
The statement simply reflects bungling on the part of our military leaders. For example, I assume they have plans dealing with a Russian attack on east European nations. If not, why not. A PLAN is simply that, a PLAN. It does not mean the US is going to do something, it simply means our leaders have plans in case someone else does something. In one sense, the Obama statement is a symbol of his entire administration– inept planning and failure to be a critical thinker in the modern world of complexity. What exactly do our military leaders do in their spare time–huddle with contractors on which one gets the contract?
The normal pattern of American media is to become tremendously engaged in some sort of civil rights issue, expend thousands of hours explaining or denouncing this or that person and group, and finally, without uttering a sound disappear into oblivion. Our media has a one month capacity to become concerned. At some point after the month concludes, the media drifts off to another “incident.” Michael Brown is dead. Eric Garner is dead. We have seen, read and heard countless “experts” declaiming and proclaiming their opinions about what happened along with assurances this type of murder must end in America. Alas, within another month a similar murder occurs. And, the cycle of “experts” informing the public either what just happened or the importance of DOING SOMETHING must occur.
As far as I know, not a single change has occurred in Ferguson, Missouri nor has a single change occurred in New York City about police choking people to death. OOPS, Sorry, I forgot these events are being STUDIED by EXPERTS. The month has drawn to an end. We must now shift attention to the next shooting or choking. I can assure one and all by October few in America will even remember the name- MICHAEL BROWN. The only certainty in America when the topic of racism is introduced is that not much will be done -for the long term solution of these ideas.