Category Archives: Africa

So, Who Cares About Children?

Recent polls reveal that most Americans do not believe our nation has a moral obligation to assist those who are fleeing from persecution or violence in other lands. Figures indicate 53% do not want such folk in the good old USA while 44% open their arms to the afflicted. At age 83, I am quite aware that during the time period, 1880-1924 about TWENTY MILLION people fled from Europe and sought refuge in the United States of America. My parents left due to violence and persecution. In 1920 about one in four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 7%. Throughout the 19th century America was home to millions seeking refuge from poverty or violence in other parts of the world, although most came from European nations. The 53% saying, “No,” most probably are descended from those who arrived due to violence and poverty. They now spit in the eyes of great, great grandparents as unwelcome people. Figures show that 52% do not feel any compassion for the thousands of children seeking to escape beatings, rape or death in Central America although 46% display some sense of religious or moral feelings.

I understand fears of Americans that immigrants will “take their jobs” or create economic burdens. In reality, America desperately NEEDS immigrants. They are a source of workers who contribute to the Social Security fund as well as customers for products. Among the key issues facing America is how to handle a declining work force since without money from this group, the Social Security fund will run out of money by 2033. Of course, there are those such as myself who believe America MUST open its arms to people confronting violence and persecution. If not us, who else? WE are the nation that has always welcomed such people. If not now, when?

It’s Friday, So Here Is The Daily Benghazi Report

It is Friday, August 1, 2014, and we recognize that no one reading this blog would enjoy proceeding on their daily work or social tasks without benefit of the latest report on Benghazi. The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, is going to declassify its study of the infamous Benghazi attack. This report will make clear that NO order was ever given to ANYONE about STANDING DOWN. The report makes clear there were lapses in security, but no order was issued by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to result in the death of our ambassador or personnel. The House Committee makes clear that personnel “acted bravely.” However, we still have the NEW House Select Committee with a budget of $3.3 million to conduct still another investigation into nothing. We find amazing that not a single House investigation has ever been proposed to examine decisions made in the invasion of Iraq which resulted in death for over 4,000 Americans and wounding of 40,000.

As far as Republicans are concerned the death of AN American diplomat is more significant than the death of thousands of Americans. In an attempt to assist the new investigation, let me point out to Republicans:

1. The word, Benghazi, consists of two words–the name, Ben, and the word, ghazi or gaze.

2. The real issue to investigate is who is this: BEN?

3. The other issue to investigate is–what was Ben gazing at?

Please discover the answers to these questions so Americans can sleep peacefully tonight!

Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

Torture, Torture, Everywhere In America

As a child growing up in the United States of America during World War II, movies constantly depicted the horrible Germans and Japanese as brutal foes. They tortured people, they gassed to death innocent people, heck, they even chopped off the heads of American prisoners. Thus, I was taught to believe that in my wonderful America, we were NOT like these evil people. We treated prisoners with dignity because the war was being fought in order to prove to the world that decency and respect for human life was central to the meaning of a democratic society. Of course, that was before the advent to power of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and George Bush, three men who decided that was central to the meaning of our Constitution, had no place in THEIR WORLD. These men decided to adopt tactics of the German Gestapo and the Japanese army in order to “Save America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be issuing a 6,300 page document which describes in detail exactly how torture became the norm under President Bush’s fight to save AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. Former CIA directors are being given a chance to examine the document which provides evidence of torture during interrogations, rendition and detention. Oh, the report also provides a CIA defense of their behavior. I assume they argue, anything is OK to prevent Los Angeles from being destroyed by a hidden atomic bomb!

When a society becomes all they hate, it opens questions as to what originally did this society believe? I was raised to believe that Americans adhered to the US Constitution. When I entered the Army, I took the oath to defend this document. I thought President Bush took the same oath.

Question: What do we do to those who disregard their oath?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Call For People To Give Blood”

This call has been issued by the Vampire Association of Paris. It is urgent!

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Governor Gets Back To Work”

Gee, could we get the US Congress back to work?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Plane Disappears From Radar”

I have been told Mayor Bob Ford was at the controls, and he had some beer!

Japan, Japan Times: “Hail Abe Drive For Women”

The question is whether or not women summoned him to their rescue??

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Shifting To Underworld”

I have a hunch it is much freer being in the Russian underworld than in its top world,

Sweden, Local: “Snake Hunt After Man Bitten”

I assume this is one dude seeking to give that damn snake a bite!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Where Saints Go, We Go”

The Republican Congressmen version is: where the lobby money goes, we go!

Death Takes No Holiday In Gaza

Once the hounds of war are unleashed, they gain increased momentum as they run faster and faster. Today, we Americans forget how so many yelled with joy when President George Bush stood before a banner proclaiming, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Set in motion armies or guerrilla forces and each step along their path to killing results in more and more dead. Once the taste of blood is on their lips, a bit more blood is of no importance. A few weeks ago, there was a hesitant quiet along the Gaza and Israel border. Friday, marks the beginning of World War I a hundred years ago. Not a single person in the world on July 1, 1914 thought there would be a major war. A month later, misunderstandings, pride, foolishness had enveloped European leaders and they set in motion the slaughter of twenty million in a conflict no nation desired on July 31, 1914. However, the day war began streets in Berlin or Paris of Moscow or London were filled with joyous crowds chanting the song of war. This same process is now occurring in Gaza. Both sides are trapped in their promises to defeat the other, both sides have made promises of victory, both sides have gone too far down the road of war to believe it possible of returning from whence they began.

Hamas insists there can be no end unless Israel and Egypt lift the blockade. Why do they desire the lifting of this blockade? They need more concrete to build more tunnels through which they can get more weapons of destruction. Their policy of firing missiles was a show, not an act of military need. So, which Hamas leader is now prepared to admit making mistakes in strategy? On the other side is Israel. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) began an attack to wipe out missiles, stumbled into a maze of tunnels, and decided destroying tunnels was key to their decision to invade. The IDF was perfectly aware that Hamas encouraged civilians to gather close to those firing so the decision was made to blast away. It has now reached the point of blasting away. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon told the world: “The precise location of the Jabalia Girls Elementary School and the fact that it was hosting thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israel army 17 times to ensure its protection!”

However, once operating on the assumption that Hamas is always hiding within a crowd of civilians it becomes difficult to believe any crowd of civilians does NOT include Hamas fighters. So, the IDF races into battle to kill the enemy. At this point neither the IDF nor Hamas is clear as to who is the enemy!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Grant children freedom to be who they desire to be.

There is a time to just shut up.

Raise children to think other than what you think.

There is dirt on a table and dirt in some minds.

Little children love putting on the jacket by self.

Some organize food on table into assigned places.

There is a time and a place for a time and a place.

Always explore the unknown.

Short pants provide a sense of freedom.

There is a time to read, and a time to speak.

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

Muslim Vs Muslim-The Israel Mistake

The original Bush invasion of Iraq occurred at a time when conflict in the Middle East focused mainly upon Muslims focusing upon Israel or western Christian groups. Today, in 2014, the central conflict in the Middle East is Muslim vs Muslim. The defeat of Sunni Saddam Hussein, who had kept minority Sunnis under close control, resulted in triumph of Shiites who were determined to take revenge upon Sunnis who had for too long ruled over them. Syria was controlled by Sunni leaders such as the Assad family, but they were very secular in attitude and governance. Any demonstration of religion was for show purposes. The Assad clique had close working relations with secular Sunnis and Christians, and they were deeply concerned about rise of any Islamic religous figures. There regime was the perfect Muslim nation in which religion played a secondary role to that of power and prosperity. Bashar Assad married a very secular woman, and enjoyed the life of a modern upper class person. Yes, he attended the mosque, more for a photo op than for any deep involvement in religious issues.

The Middle East today is witnessing a new manifestation of older Sunni vs Shiite strugles. Shiites constitute about 15% of Muslims in the world, and a large percent of this group is located in the Middle East– Iran and Iraq. Islamic militants which swept into northern Iraq were Sunnis who resented loss of power in that nation to the Shiites. Hamas is as geatly opposed to the Egyptian government as it is to the Israelis. In Libya the conflict is between more secular Muslims vs more religious centered ones. The same struggle is dividing Tunisia and Algeria. Israel has nothing to do with these conflicts. Muslims are fighting Muslims.

A Shiite dilemma is they only possess power in the Middle East. Sunis dominate the Muslim religion throughout the rest of the world. If Shiites can not gain power in the Middle East it means they will never possess power anywhere in the world. A basic failure on the part of Israel is lack of understanding regarding the Muslim vs Muslim conflict. Instead of seeking alliances with secular Muslims, Israel fails to differentiate because its government views Muslims as some sort of monoithic entity. Israel must accept the Palestinian Authority as a leader in Palestine. It must empower Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and assist his efforts to destroy Hamas. How can this be accomplished?

1. Recognize the state of Palestine.

2. Accept that about 5% of the West Bank will constitute Jewish settlements.

3. Encourage the state of Palestine to forge a military alliance with Egypt in order to crush Hamas in Gaza. Israel could provide drones, and helicopters.

It is time the US and Israel recognied reality in the Middle East. The war to ensure peace must be won by Muslims, NOT Israel!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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Goodbye Neanderthals, Hello Cro-Magnons!

Fighting in Gaza continues. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) is blasting away at the only power plant in Gaza. Planes are targeting homes of Hamas leaders so if one has the misfortune to be related to anyone in the Hamas high command, rest assured when they return home tonight to their home,it will be a pile of rubble. Hamas insists on using concrete, which could build homes or businesses, for the purpose of constructing tunnels through which dedicated men will run in hope of coming out the other side to find an Israeli who could be killed or kidnapped. Most probably the number of dead in Gaza will rise to 1100, and then to 1200, and who knows the end total. After all, the innocent who die are simply, “collateral damage.”

There are times when I wonder about our Neanderthal predecessors. I wonder if they engaged in war, I wonder if they took joy in slaughtering the innocent. It increasingly becomes clear to me that Neanderthals simply could not grasp the mental outlook possessed by these weird Cro-Magnons. I suspect Neanderthals simply were only interested in killing animals in order to eat. They never got into the idea that a Neanderthal would experience joy and wonder by murdering other Neanderthals. Imagine encountering beings who looked somewhat like them, and these beings believed devotedly in the concept that life was only worth living if one could murder other life forms?

So, fighting will continue in Gaza. People will die. At some point, the fighting will experience a -PAUSE. In reality, throughout the human Cro-Magnon experience it has always been a -PAUSE- before the killing resumes and life gets back to being normal. Reality? The killing will NEVER end. It just goes on and on. We Cro-Magnons wiped out the Neanderthals. If things go according to form, we Cro-Magnons will eventually wipe out all the Cro-Magnons and leave this planet to–???