Category Archives: Africa

AirWar Continues In Middle East

Air strikes continue against ISIS in the Middle East. Members of ISIS continue to be killed. There are now reports that some Republicans are ready to vote for authorization of money to fund “appropriately vetted Syrian rebels” in order to get soldiers on the ground to fight ISIS. These Republicans are correct on one point, we do need men on the ground in order to defeat ISIS. But, which idiot in Congress came up with the idea that “Syrian rebels” could be the soldiers on the ground! Actually, there are thousands of potential troops on the ground for Iraq:

1. How about training Iraq soldiers? Yes, they do need training, they need competent officers, and they need to be paid on time.

2. How about twenty thousand from Jordan which has trained soldiers?

3. How about twenty thousand from Egypt? Heck, they are great at blasting away at Egyptians.

4. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia? Heck, they have received billions in arms from the US?

5. How about twenty thousand from Iran?

6. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia. Heck, we have given them billions in arms aid.

There are thousands of Arab soldiers ready to fight.

Iran Is Not The Problem, It Is Part Of The Solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arguing that Iran should not be invited to discussions concerning issues in the Middle East. The presence of this nation “would not be appropriate” because according to his reasoning, “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” How about?

1. The United States had forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. European Union forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

3. United Kingdom troops were on the ground in Iraq.

Iran’s presence is important if issues in the Middle East are to be resolved. Iran has close connections with Syria, with Hamas, and the situation in Lebanon. How about bringing together any and all nations in the Middle East who are concerned with creating stability?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples from headlines in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

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

Some believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, al Ahram: “Gay Imam”

I suspect that such behavior in Saudi Arabia would result in a headless imam.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”

What does this say about cops?

USA, aol: “Creepy Old Men”

I assume this is another story about our House of Representatives?

UK,Guardian: “Illegal Lemonade Stand”

I’ll drink to it!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”

No one is perfect!

Pistorious And Justice

It now appears that Oscar Pistorious will spend time in jail for “negligent and unreasonable” behavior. According to Judge Mesipe “I am not persuaded that as reasonable person would have fired four shots into a toilet cubicle. I am of the view that the accused acted hastily.” A fair point. If a person who kills another person without premeditation does that mean this individual is not guilty of murder? This concept raises many questions concerning the act of murder. Can one argue that most murders are examples of “unreasonable behavior?. For example, could one argue that being raised in poverty produces people who behave unreasonably when confronted with potential violence to them?

Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri was raised in a culture that believed black skinned teenagers were potential threats, and thus his behavior in shooting was an example of “unreasonable behavior?” Frankly, the vast majority of murders could fit into her definition of murder. What then?

Rhetoric Of Hate And Anger Goes Nowhere!

Israel was founded upon the proposition that Jews were ready to discuss any and all issues. Over the decades all too many Jews have slipped into an anger that prevents intelligent discussion regarding problems. The South African Jewish Report produced a story that shocked most people in South Africa. A reporter named Reich compared Archbishop Desmond Tutu to HITLER! In fact, the newspaper had a picture of the famous as though he was Adolf Hitler! Tutu was accused of “preying on Jews together with Hamas” One wonders what is the intention of such rhetoric? Desmond Tutu fought for civil rights in South Africa, not with weapons of war, but with words of peace.

It is time for Jews throughout the world to recognize that opponents do not hate Jews, they dislike Israel foreign policy. Attacking Desmond Tutu only garners enemies, not friends. End rhetoric, and invite Tutu to discuss his views!

Hordes Of Immigrants Are Coming!

Political leaders in America continue insisting there is a problem with our borders. Of course, they mean our border with Mexico, not our border with Canada. I daily encounter people who are worried that hordes of immigrants are ready to pour over the border with Mexico and…. The “and” part is what fascinates me. And, do what? I gather they will take jobs away from Americans. They will take away those wonderful jobs picking peaches and lettuce that pay one at least $5 an hour. Or, they will throw you out of work in the meat packing plant, the job you went to college, and that was supposed to provide you an income that would purchase a house and send your kids to college. Yep, them immigrants, want to take away our jobs and…

1. The presence of 12,000,000 immigrants in America provides goods to seek them, services to sell them.

2. Illegal immigrants pay taxes which fund schools or highways.

3. Illegal immigrants provide jobs to teachers, doctors, and merchants.

4. The presence of illegal immigrants provide jobs to truck drivers who haul materials to sell these people.

In 1918 about one out of four Americans was an immigrant. For some reason, this nation did not collapse. Now their grandchildren want to get rid of immigrants. How times have changed!

Surprise?Oscar Pistorious Not Guilty Of Murder!

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!