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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

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?

Whatever Happened To Christianity?

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!

On Having A Strategy

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?

Say, Whatever Happened To?

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.

Warning Levels Hit SEVERE

The nation of Great Britain has a schemata of levels of Danger to its security. Prime Minister David Cameron has now raised it to the SEVERE stage in light of actions by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. This is an excellent idea and we propose the following schemata for Americans who are concerned about the level of danger to their lives:

1. No Level of Danger: Any level of higher taxes for the upper 1%.

2. Modest Level of Danger: Having Governor Rick Perry run for any political office.

3. Worrisome Level of Danger: Barack Obama explains his foreign policy in the Middle East or Anywhere.

4. Red Level of Danger: Republicans gain control of the Senate this year.

5. Severe Level of Danger: Being a black skinned American walking along the street–Anywhere in America!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Once Americans reached the Moon, today we can’t build a bridge across the Hudson River.

Elderly folk take time studying the check.

He devours food while she orders it. An American love story.

Mental paralysis is more crippling than physical.

For a child to clutch mom’s hand is to clutch God.

If Christ returned today, would he be for the 1%?

If one does not love self, one cannot love another.

Handouts for teacher represent security.

Girl purses grow smaller each year.

Age stiffens body, hopefully not the mind.

Dog’s should not be allowed in restaurants, sorry that is a dog’s life.

Child eats, mom fiddles with computer, and Rome burns.

I never go to see a film with a “warm story.” They chill my heart.

I have never seen a Mexican worker eating alone.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Women Make Porn Films In Church”

These days one wonders if they are for the guy up in the sky or the guy who runs the church?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop”

Mayors only take shit from Wall Street folk.

France, Connexcion: “No More Love”

These days in France that refers to the President.

Russia,Moscow Times: “Russians Attack Cheese”

There is no doubt the Russian army can handle an enemy like cheese.

Sweden, Local: “Dad Takes Kids To War Zone”

He got clearance from the NRA that it was his second amendment right!

UK< Guardian: “Drunk On Success”

Who else but the mayor of Toronto??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: Too Much Dirty Politics”

You mean there is really such a thing as “clean” politics?

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Woman’s Body In Suitcase”

Some pack clothes, some pack mom in her clothes!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia’s Brainstorming Strategy”

Figuring out what is in the mind of Vladimir Putin?

Egypt, Al-Ahramm: “Egypt Cabinet Genocide Law”

Wipe out all members of the Muslim Brotherhood?

USA, NY Daily Cops: “Dancing Cops”

In Ferguson, that means fleeing from responsibility.

China, China Daily: “Lab Rats Get Reprieve”

Alive today, dead tomorrow?

No End In Sight In Gaza And Israel

Another breakdown in negotiations between Hamas and Israel. Another launch of rockets from Gaza and another launch of air strikes from Israel. Each side claims the mantle of “right.” Each side believes that its demands are reasonable. Each side wants to ensure its supporters that right in on their side. Another 70 rockets sent to Israel. One wonders exactly what is the purpose of these rockets other than being able to boast Hamas has rockets? A few fall onto the ground with a boom. Occasionally a few hit a house. On the other hand, Israel planes just killed the wife and son of Mohammed Diaf, an important military leader of Hamas. These killings certainly will further the cause of peace?

Frankly, it is amazing how Hamas leaders have lost touch with reality. Sorry, your men did NOT win any victory. Your side can NOT issue demands to Israel. So, what would reality entail?

1. Hamas must return to the Palestinian government.

2. Hamas leaders must realize they are in a weak negotiating position.

3. Hamas leaders must identity their IMMEDIATE GOALS?

4. Israel is NOT going to be destroyed this year or next year. So, what now is the issue for Hamas?

If Hamas can identify the immediate need, there is hope for a peaceful arrangement with Israel.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Monkey Ruined Me”

How about getting this monkey off my back!

USA, NY Post: “Stranger Saves Kids, Mom Punches Him”

Another tale of Republicans in Congress.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Had An Argument, I Won”

Sounds like PM Netanyahu arguing with self.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Police State In Turkey”

Noting to gobble about!

France, Connexion: “Concerns Over Nice Beaches”

I suspect they lack nude females!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Girl Finds Family”!

Germany, Der Spiegel: “Does Race Matter?”

It isn’t always a black and white issue!