Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

Karzai Is For Peace And Security

There is scant doubt anyone who comments about the war in Afghanistan has run out of comments to utter than make any sense. Taliban forces control large areas of the country, the other day a newspaper man in the capital of Kabul was shot to death in the open and they got away. President Hamid Karzai lives in a fantasy world in which once upon a time the people of Afghanistan lived in peace and security until Western nations blasted their way into his nation and created chaos and war. In his fairy tale, due to his brave leadership, an Afghan army was created and they have done most of the fighting. However, their good work is undermined by American and NATO forces that spend their time killing innocent Afghan citizens with their planes and drones. Hamid made clear to his enemies, “I wan tho say to all those foreign countries who maybe out of habit or because they want to interfere, that they should not interfere.” In other words, depart.

In this fantasy world, 93% of the country is safely protected by the Afghan armed forces. Now, if the US really wants to help his nation, Mr. Karzai suggests it should launch a war against Pakistan which is the sanctuary for Taliban forces. Karzai does want the world to know, “I support peace.”

I believe those are wonderful parting words for Americans as they bid goodbye.

America Vs Human Rights

The vat majority of those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 regarded his victory as one that would result in respect for human rights and the end of brutality in prisons containing those charged with crimes during fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is clear that was a hope deferred. The United Nations human rights committee issued a damning report on the state of human rights in the USA. Among its targets is the infamous Guantanamo prison which still contains 150 human beings that the American government views as risks. It countered questions raised with the argument that detainees in this prison are being kept there “lawfully based under international and American law.” Just read the Bill of Rights which specifically states that people can be kept in jail for years without charges of crime being brought nor an actual trial. The Obama administration argues “continued lawful detention is necessary to protect against a continuing threat.”

OK, fair enough. But, if there was never a specific charge and never a trial to ascertain if the charge was viable, how does anyone know if Mr. X IS the guy who committed the crime? To claim “we think he is”is NOT in accordance with the US Constitution. The unresolved question is: will this damn prison ever close??

Perogatives Of Power

There are occasions when one must smile at charges from Dick Cheney about the Obama administration not standing up to terrorism. The only reason Dick and Don and George are not sitting in a jail cell is because Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to open the gates of secrecy and allow Americans entry into the black domain of torture and abuse of power by the former administration. England established the Chilcot Inquiry which has compelled even the former prime minister, Tony Blair, to testify under oath about the lies and misinformation that was fed people in the United Kingdom. Barack Obama should have established a bipartisan committee to investigate abuse of the Constitution, and abuse became legal.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is demanding access to documents dealing with torture and rendition of men charged with crimes to other countries where they were tortured. The White House refuses on grounds, “these documents p;retain to a previous administration..This is about precedent and the need institutionally to protect some of the prerogatives of the executive.” However, this is about CRIMINAL ACTIONS, it is not about what someone said. A crime must result in punishment or there is no law and order in a society.

After the disaster at Pearl Harbor, Congress examined all secret documents in order to identify if anyone was guilty of criminal neglect. Ditto need today.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I have never worn white clothes.

My pop never went to school, good or bad news?

Some talk, take bite, place hands on crouch.

My childhood apartment was tiny, but warm with love.

I miss the sound of the “I Cash Clothes Man” who wandered our streets.

The silence of pop taught me the beauty of silence.

I so long to see the plains of the Ukraine from whence pop came.

We can only go home again in spirit.

Many women wait for food order with hands classed together.

A woman has to shake her head when rising.

Food is food for me, I am Depression born.

The moment DOES come, but we do not know it is THE MOMENT!

Either children getting taller or I am getting shorter.

I dislike tight clothes.

I do not whisper in life, there are no secrets I know.

Missing Plane Theories

An important goal of this blog is keeping the public up to date regarding breaking news in the world. In an endeavor to discover what happened to the plane that fell from the air and no one knows where it landed, so we asked some experts to explain.

Tea Party: What else do you expect when you elect savages from Africa as your leader? Just another Obama bungle.

George Bush: I think the pilot discovered the Weapons of Mass Destruction and was thus blown out of the sky before he could tell their location.

Rural Christian American: It was the anti-Christ come down to punish we sinners. Remember the plane was loaded with Muslims!

Mitt Romney: If you only allowed the wealthy to fly the skies no such events would ever occur.

Sarah Palin: Did you note that Hillary Clinton was not on the plane? Is that a coincidence?

Vladimir Putin: We had to take defensive action against Fascists from the Ukraine.

Taliban Leader: Mess with us and you can expect to get blown up, you infidel!!

John Boehner: The solution to finding this plane is reducing taxes on the wealthy and emphasizing individualism!

Barack Obama: I know what happened but it would require you to take a graduate course in philosophy before I could explain the entire event.

John McCain: One Word: BENGHAZI!

GOD: I have enough problems explaining you Earth life forms to the other Gods!

I Reserve The Right…

Each day I give a blessing to God that he has made certain that America is defended by his chosen son, Ted Cruz, and the brave men and women of the Tea Party. These brave souls have been fighting to preserve the right of every God fearing decent Christian in America to have the right to decide whether he or she has to serve the pervert gays and lesbians. I thought it might be beneficial to list the rights which every Christian is entitled to in the United States of America:

1. I reserve the right to look you in the eye and decide that you are a gay and lesbian and then refuse any service requested.

2. I reserve the right to not pay income taxes since my religion forbids supporting a government that hates Jesus Christ.

3. I reserve the right to shoot anyone whose gaze toward me sends a chill down my back.

4. I reserve the right to have those with black skins walk on the other side of the street. Check the Constitution if you doubt this right!

5. I reserve the right to insist that teachers who teach my children have a white skin and are of the Christian faith.

6. I reserve the right to live in a neighborhood with those of my religious faith.

7. I reserve the right to have the power to do whatever any right I want insists that I do.

Mother Russia In Ukraine

Our beloved Mother Russia is once again under attack by forces of Fascism and all who love our dear country must come to its defense. Sixty years ago the armies of Nazism swept through our land until the brave Russian army put them to flight. Today, the forces of fascism in fascist Ukraine, home of the fascists is once again attempting to destroy our beloved Mother Russia. The Ukranians have organized an army of over 200,000 men to confront our out numbered 1,500,000 Russian troops, but our boys will fight to the last men to defend Mother Russia against the capitalist imperialist Americans who seek to overthrow the Soviet Union. Ooops, I sort of got carried away, after all, I am Vladimir Putin and I used to work for the KGB in the Soviet Union.

What else can anyone who loves the Motherland do but head to Crimea and defend our nation against the hordes of Ukrainians who threaten to sweep over our beloved motherland? First, the fascists took over Kiev and now they intend to put to death anyone who loves the Motherland. Thank God we
Russians have Vladimir Putin, the man who can beat a tiger with his bare hands. I hope that our beloved leader, the all-wise president of our nation challenges this black man from Africa to a duel at high noon.

We Russians might be outnumbered by these Ukranians, but we will triumph in the end!

Down In Size, But Up In Ability?

It has been many years since an American president had the courage to confront our military leaders and demand they create a modern armed force that meets the needs of modern life. President Eisenhower was the last president who seriously reduced the military budget, he could get away with it having been a famous general. There is absolutely no need for more jet planes, huge tank forces and all those aircraft carriers. Those are weapons for a war against another modern military force, and no such animal exists in the Middle East. We now require mobile fast moving armed force in which soldiers are trained to fight a guerrilla style war in which jet planes will be of scant use. The proposed budget for out armed forces will 490,000 to about 440,000 the lowest level since 1940. Some proposed planes like the A-10 are being cancelled.

I am certain Republican members of Congress who want to cut out “waste” in Food Stamps will be up in arms at the cancellation of new jet planes that are not needed. We need our military leaders to devote the coming year studying what would constitute the best form of modern military force and cease worrying about weapons that please members of Congress seeking goodies for their districts.

Good Old Days?

The Republican party insists this nation must return to the “good old days” when real Americans were in charge of the country. You know, the period from 1890 to 1924 when twenty four million ( a million each year) came to America in search of riches and a life freed from daily brutality. In 1914 one out of four Americans was either an immigrant or the child of one. Yes, the good old days when those “furriers” spoke English and respected American culture by eating good old fashioned American foods such as spaghetti or bagels or tacos. Perhaps, the Tea Party wants to go further back into the Good Old Days when them furrin Catholics like the Irish arrived speaking a strange form of English, drinking themselves drunk with whiskey or perhaps they mean them furring Germans who brought beer and other such customs to the American scene. Arriving with Irish Catholics came the original urban slums and dirt and horse shit in the streets along with criminal gangs.

Of course, there were not any of our furrin Mooselems among these hordes of criminals and drunken bums, just good old American Catholics and drunks! We did not have Muslims among us, but we did have children working in coal mines, over a hundred thousand prostitutes in New York City and political bosses who persuaded poor folk to vote the “right” way. There has always been a group to be despised, always a group to pick up the shit most Americans would not touch. And, above all, there was always a new foreign born people to dig our ditches, die in our mines and beg on the streets of our city. THOSE were the GOOD OLDE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH

There has always been some group at the bottom, and, of course, some group at the top who enjoyed slandering the poor, who once were their parents. Stick around long enough, and there will be people to blame for your troubles!

THE FUTURE OF WORK IN AMERICA

In the coming months we will offer a series of articles dealing with the future of 21st Century America.

FUTURE OF WORK

A century ago when Kodak company was formed to deliver pictures to Americans at the peak of its success over 100,000 people worked in this industry. Today, corporations like Google or Facebook employ a few hundred and are multi billion organizations. What happened? About sixty years ago in the aftermath of World War II, technology was introduced to the OFFICE much as it had been introduced a hundred years prior to the productive components of modern industrialization. At the origin of the Industrial Revolution there were jobs requiring physical strength, but slowly and gradually technology entered and it began to assume the task of physical labor not only in the factory but on the farm. Today, a million fewer automobile workers produce more cars than were required fifty years ago.

Computers are developing greater and greater ability to do work that previously was done by humans. Nothing can prevent this trend. Whether it is a hundred, or five hundred or a thousand years from now, robots will do the work that is now being done by humans. It is simply a matter of time. What exactly cannot be accomplished in 3000 that is currently being done by a human in 2014?

The future is clear. The human race will either do the following:

1. Restrict which jobs that can only be done by humans.
2. Place a quota in each occupation as to which jobs are done by humans and which by technology.
3. Identify only human type jobs.
4. Recognize that leisure is the logical outcome of technology driven societies.
5. Establish leisure driven societies in which humans engage in labor that best is done by humans.

We will continue this discussion.