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Pope Francis, A Man Of God

We in America are struggling with how to confront our past, a past in our own lifetime in which those we elected to public office violated the American Constitution as well as international law and the moral foundation upon which we were raised. The Catholic Church is fortunate to have as its leader, a man who is not only of God, but speaks with the truth of everything that mankind has created in the way of human values. Appearing at the Catholic Children’s Bureau, he spoke with honesty and compassion to those who were abused by priests of the Catholic religion. He admitted that priests participated in abuse of children, and noted there were “quite a few in number.” He was quite clear the Church acknowledged what had transpired. It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward ith regards with how we will deal with this problem,and the sanctions that must be imposed.”

Perhaps, Pope Francis might speak to the President of the United States and persuade him to take a similar stand with regards to violation of human rights by the CIA and the NSA. Oh, he might be joined in this stand by Bush/Cheney/Rumnsfeld!!

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!

No Emotion In Torture

Michael Hayden if a former director of the National Security Agency and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency so, when it comes to issues of torture, this is one cool dude who knows how to control his emotion while watching someone water boarded and subjected to “advanced interrogation techniques.” General Hayden is now very upset because Senator Dianne Feinstein who used to agree with his assurances that his organizations never engaged in torture suddenly changed her tune and became angry learning that his assurances were simply a pack of lies. Hayden complained the actions of the Senate Intelligence Committee to blast the CIA for use of torture was the result of the “emotional” outburst by Senator Feinstein. I assume he means, how can we he-men operate for the safety of America when there are these soft females who do not grasp that torture in the defense of ending torture is the American way of waging war against terrorists

Senator Ron Wyden spoke for most American congressmen in his defense of Senator Feinstein. “General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public– he did it on domestic surveillance when he was head of the National Security Agency and he did it on torture when he was the CIA director.” In simple English, General Hayden and his torturing staff are, not only liars, but incompetent in the struggle to end terrorism in the world.

India Will Elect A Monster

The people of India will shortly participate in the world’s most populous election with over 700,000,000 voting for candidates to lead their nation. All reports indicate that Narenda Modi will become the next president of India. A dozen years ago he ran a state in India when over a thousand Muslims were slaughtered in a rampage of hatred set off by some killings on a train. Mr. Modi did not prevent the slaughter but encouraged such hatred to succeed. OK, so that was then and today is today. The problem with India is that one family for over sixty years has been in charge and one party, the National Congress, has basically run the nation. The family of Jawahara Nehru, a founder of modern India has run the show, and the results are mixed. India is definitely a modern democracy. The poor are still with us, and women fear for their lives in a society in which men rape and laugh and go home to rape and laugh.

Who knows? Perhaps, Mr. Modi has changed or evolved over the years. Perhaps, he has become a man who can jump start the economy of India in a manner that begins a process to end poverty and protects the women of this society. Who knows? At this point, Mr. Modi has the record of a monster. Will time tell another tale?

Republican Health Plan

It is quite clear that Republican leaders do not wish to witness any form of success for the idea of national health insurance. Of course, a peculiar aspect of this attitude is the fact that Republican presidents in the past supported at least one form of health insurance. The initial governor who pushed through a state health insurance program went by the name of Mitt Romney. Naturally, after supporting health insurance he decided that he was against health insurance. In fairness, he just meant that he was against health insurance proposed by any and all Democrats. So, where does this leave Americans with the Republican party?

1. If Republicans gain control of the Senate they will pass -along with the House of Representatives, one bill after another to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This will result in one veto after another by the President.

2. By the fall of this year, at least 8,000,000 Americans will be covered by the Affordable Care Act along with millions of others who are on Medicaid. Oh well, just end these laws and then…I forgot, there is always the Emergency Room. That wonderful capitalist invention in which someone pays for the health care of someone else who could not afford preventive health care insurance.

3. OR, the Republican Party will make minor changes in the Affordable Care Act and claim they are the ones who brought health insurance to those lacking it.

In Plain English–We Spy On Americans!

James Clapper is director of national intelligence and one would assume that a person in such a key position would have some command of the English language. However, if one is engaged in the spy business then one must resort to spy language which is a combination of gobbled gook and what passes for how people speak when seeking to make certain that no one understands a word that is spoken. Mr. Clapper appeared before Congress and responded to questions as to whether or not American spy agencies spied on fellow Americans. We provide his exact words: “There have been queries using US persons identifiers of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targets non US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.”

Let me take a crack at restating what he said in the English language. “We spied on Americans engaged in making a telephone call.” Last June, President Obama said: “When it comes to telephone calls nobody is listing to your phone calls.” Perhaps the president might attempt having a discussion with Mr. Clapper in which both speak the English tongue.

Chairman Rumsfeld On Foreign Policy

Don Rumsfeld is certainly among the world’s great experts on conduct of foreign policy. His brilliant diplomacy in Iraq and Afghanistan remain as textbook examples of how to transform peace into war and how to handle complex issues once a war is over–at least for the moment. Rumsfeld blasted the policies of Barack Obama in Afghanistan and defended President Hamid Karzai. Don believes it was the ineptness of Obama that angered the Afghan president. “By golly, they have trashed Karzai publicly over and over.” In the view of Don Rumsfeld a “trained ape” could have negotiated much more effectively than the president.

Let’s examine the record:

1. After defeating the Taliban with the aid of Northern Afghans, the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld decided not to pay anymore attention and shifted attention to Iraq.

2. As Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld could have insisted that American forces continue their encirclement of Osama bin Laden in a cave rather than leaving for other important business such as find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

3. No effort was made to develop a comprehensive program of creating an effective economy in Afghanistan. This failure set the stage for rise of the Taliban–again.

4. It was the dynamic trio which allowed corrupt leaders to take over Afghanistan including one, Hamid Karzai.

Heck, an untrained ape could have done better.

Oh, about Iraq…. and that diplomacy…

So Long Piers Morgan

Confession, I actually have never seen the Piers Morgan show, but I have seen him appear on other programs like Bill Maher so, in all honesty, I can say that I have some knowledge of this import from the United Kingdom. He is departing CNN and returning home. Just another limey who did not make it in the American scene. The cause of his demise is rather clear–RATINGS. The limey just tastes sour to the mouths of red blooded American members of the Tea Party and our beloved National Rifle Association. The NRA does not believe an ENGLISHMAN has any right telling we AMERICANS what to think. After all, we beat them in the Revolution and bid them a fair goodbye. This FOREIGNER thinks he has the right to urge taking away our gun rights! Go back to England and life safely is all I can say.

If you want to live in America, you have to get ready to become a sheriff at high noon. We don’t take to FOREIGNERS telling us “I just want Americans to stay alive.” We are AMERICANS, and we have the right to kill one another-it’s all in the fight for freedom. Go Home. Depart and leave us to our killing ways!

Christie Trumped In Bridge Game

Governor Chris Christie is not only somewhat physically overweight, but his brain just is weighed down with fear the infamous Bridgegate episode will end his dream of becoming the boy from New Jersey who wound up as president. Christie asked his own law firm to conduct an “impartial”investigation into what happened. In an amazing outcome, his lawyers were able to inform the world that Chris Christie is so clean that he could work as Santa Claus this coming Christmas. The blame for any and all problems was laid at the feet of his subordinates, and great blame was directed toward Bridget Anne Kelly. Ms. Kelly, mother of three, was fired by Chris in a post Xmas gift. She is now a single mom, unemployed, and with children to support. This is one Irish lass who is out for revenge.

Her lawyer, Michael Critchley, was quite clear as to who would be the object of her displeasure by the time smoke had cleared from this battle of the sexes. He described the Christie report as: “venomous, gratuitous, and inappropriate for sexist remarks concerning Ms. Kelly(and) they have no place in what is alleged to be an independent report.” He promised the Governor, that “if Ms. Kelly were provided with the appropriate procedural safeguards,” then my former buddy, she would be “fully cooperative” with any and all investigative bodies!

If I was Chris Christie I would drive with care when going over any bridge.

Mother Russian Warned

A consistent theme in American foreign policy for the past fifteen years has been for an American president to “warn” another nation about its dangerous foreign policy. President George Bush and his dynamic duo of Cheney and Rumsfeld constantly warned Saddam Hussein about his dangerous Weapons of Mass Destruction and wanted them destroyed. Of course, one problem is if you do not possess such weapons, how are they destroyed. President Obama is now warning President Vladimir Putin to remove his soldiers from the border of Ukraine and cease attempting to threaten Ukraine. When it comes to threatening any nation in the world, this is the sole prerogative of the United States of America. It should be understood that America threatens in the name of peace and security.

Frankly, we do not know how Putin will react in the coming weeks and months. He does want a piece of Ukraine and does not care how he gets it. The real issue is whether or not the United States and Europe is prepared to undergo the problems of cutting off trade with Russia. THAT is the prime question. Not,threats.