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Gerry Manders In Our States

Among the American virtues was the invention of “gerrymandering” back in the 19th century when the nation was young, and our congressional leaders were still learning the fine art of politics. And, so, in order to ensure that once elected, none of our beloved leaders should ever again be compelled to confront an electorate in which there might be people who voted the wrong way, state legislators developed intricate maps which twisted and wound their way through a state in order to guarantee the elected only were confronted by voters who had voted for them. Thus, the fine art of gerrymandering now results in over 80% of our beloved congressmen virtually assured of re-election. For some strange reason, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis in Florida decided there was something wrong with this system. He wrote a 41 page decision which declares invalid most congressional seats in the state.

He offered proof that Republican legislators relied upon the advice and map skills of political consultants in drawing up safe congressional seats. Naturally, Republicans wound up with most of the seats. Heck, in the last presidential election, Democratic candidates for Congress received a million more votes than Republicans, but Republicans won a 25 seat majority in the House of Representatives. Lewis argues consultants “engaged in a conspiracy to influence and manipulate the legislature.”

It is about time in America to turn over to an impartial agency the task of drawing up congressional seat boundaries. How about entrusting the American Bar Association with that task?

Pope Asks For World Time Out

The World Cup involves nations throughout the world in competition to determine which is in possession of the best soccer(sorry for the American name) team in the world. There is no doubt if your nation’s team wins the cup, it will result in jobs, free health care, new housing for the poor, and wonderful schools for children. Now, how did I ever connect the World Cup to these events? Perhaps, I am still in a state of shock that King Lebron James has decided to hold his court in the Cleveland Cavalier court. Anyway, millions are focused on the World Cup so along comes that man of peace, Pope Francis with an outrageous idea. He is asking all nations of the world, for one minute, yes, just one damn minute to cease and desist from killing someone. The Pope is asking “for a moment of silence around the July 17th match to remember those stricken by war and unrest.” In other words, just for a fucking moment, could you guys just put down your weapons of destruction and avoid killing for A MOMENT!

I can just hear leaders of violence bellowing that if they don’t kill at this very moment, then those who murder will get ahead in the race to see who can murder more people! What would it do to our national prestige if we fell behind in the murder race? Oh, my God, imagine coming up second in the murder cup!

Most probably if they halt for a moment, our leaders of Death will undoubtedly make certain the next moment is twice as violent!!

What Ever Happened To?

As one listens to cries of fury on the part of members of the Republican party over borders, health care, the “imperial presidency of Barack Obama,” or any of the almost daily charges that American freedom is being taken away by “the government,” one is left wondering as to what has happened to this nation? There is such fury, such hate, such anger–and it is directed against fellow Americans who have done nothing that in any way, shape or form violates the United States Constitution. Lincoln suspended freedom of the press during the Civil War, he arrested people who disagreed with him, but no one shouted, “impeachment!” During the Korean War from 1950-1953 very similar voices of hate and anger were unleashed against President Harry Truman. Some Republicans blamed him for the war, and some accused him of being “soft on communism.” Of course, Truman organized the Containment Policy which halted communism,and the Marshall Plan which ended it in western Europe.

The current hatred emanating from Congress has rarely in prior times been so vicious. Something has happened to the American psyche which resulted in such intense hatred by Republicans toward President Obama and the entire Democratic Party. This anger spares no Democrat from charges of disloyalty to America. It is time to pose some questions.

Whatever happened to:

Congressmen playing poker with the President as it weekly occurred during the Reagan presidency?

Congressmen of both parties going out for a drink a the local pub?

Congressmen engaging in a friendly game of softball?

A defeated candidate for the presidency being invited by the president to give him a report on world conditions?

A defeated candidate for the presidency being invited to head up a commission on reform of government as when Harry Truman asked Herbert Hoover to do so?

Yes, what ever happened to the word, COMPROMISE?

Why are Americans so angry and filled with such powerful hate?

I find most frightening the current Republican fight to get rid of President Obama, regardless of the cost to this nation. He IS the president, regardless of mistakes, we ELECTED him. So, show some respect to the choice of voters!

God Of National Security!

For most Americans it may seem light years ago when we lived in a nation in which words such as National Security were rarely uttered. During WWII we were warned that a “slip of the lip” might result in some German spy learning when ships were sailing so he could contact submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. The worst moment in WWII was sending Japanese Americans to camps in the name of National Security. Of course, no case of spying by Japanese Americans was ever uncovered, and Japanese American soldiers became the highest decorated battalion during the entire war. Oh, the American government in the 1980s did apologize. However, these days the new State Religion is–NATIONAL SECURITY. If you seek to find the proverbial needle in the haystack, very easy, gather together thousands and thousands of haystacks and spend billions of dollars going through them because– you just might discover a needle. One simply does not know if a bad person left a needle in a haystack. I do understand that if I dare opposing study of haystacks the American government will classify me as a suspicious person, and, who knows, maybe a terrorist!

Several months ago, former NSA director Keith Alexander claimed his agency had prevented at least 54 terrorist attacks on America. He was called before the Senate Judiciary Committee and finally admitted, would you believe ONE terrorist attack–MAYBE! So, let me tap your phone, read your emails, make note of all your phone calls, and please remember I only do this in the name of OUR BLESSED GOD -NATIONAL SECURITY. Questions:

1. Did the NSA or the CIA predict the Arab Spring?

2. Did the NSA or the CIA predict the coming to power of Vladimir Putin?

3. Did the CIA predict what would happen in Vietnam?

I DO understand that successful CIA and NSA predictions are classified so no one knows what they did get right. Has anyone considered the possibility of making NATIONAL SECURITY our new God of life?

New Terrorist Source–Germany!!

There is often a moment in time, when one grasps the madness of human life in all its confusing and contradictory patterns. Such is now with discovery by the German government that the ÇIA recruited an employee who worked in the German secret intelligence agency, BND. Stop for a moment and ask self: why is the United States of America using valuable resources to spy on our allies in the fight against terrorism? Why are American spies tapping phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is our ALLY? Perhaps, I am dense, but would it not make more sense to tap phone calls of terrorists? In other words, American “Intelligence” devotes countless hours and millions of dollars spying on people who work with us to capture terrorists? Once again, another Obama example of incompetence. Several months ago, the German government learned of US spy efforts directed at Angela Merkel, and demanded an end. As of this moment in time, believe it or not, President Obama insists that he can NOT guarantee a cease fire in the war against our ally, GERMANY! Oh I forgot, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. In every case, NATIONAL SECURITY is the issue. Barack Obama is obsessed with NATIONAL SECURITY.

The German government is furious at US spy efforts in Germany. White House spokesperson, John Earnest, insists “we are trying to work with the Germans to resolve this situation appropriately.” He insists the American government can not interfere with “a pending German law enforcement investigation.” But, the US CREATED THE INVESTIGATION!! How about:

1. America forming a task force with BND to cooperatively work together?

2. How about making clear that ALL tapping ends of German officials. If Americans believe there are spies in Germany, simply inform, BND sources.

There is NATIONAL SECURITY and there is not National Security. When will Barack Obama conduct himself as a President who works with Allies, and does NOT spy on Allies!!!

The Fire This Time Leaves Aftermath–Always!

On September 11, 2001 a group of nineteen men initiated horrible events that resulted in the death of nearly three thousand innocent Americans. These men worked for an organization–al-Qaeda–that numbered, at best, about two thousand members. Today, the process initiated back in 2001 has resulted in al-Qaeda now having over 20,000 members, and, instead of being confined to Afghanistan, is now in Syria, Iraq, Algeria and dozens of other places of war. Our then President Bush insisted that his response to 9/11 would result in destruction of al-Qaeda and killing of Osama bin Laden. Yes, Osama is dead, killed by orders of a different president, but al-Qaeda remains a force of death and destruction. Today in Israel, the sounds of war, of revenge are powerful, and demand death and destruction. No one knows who were the cowardly murderers who selected three innocent young boys for their revenge. Three children died because of hate created by their elders- Israelis, Palestinians, and you name them. As always, the innocent die and the guilty live on to murder and murder the innocent.

Thousands of Israel troops are now on the border of Gaza.Israeli planes are pounding the Gaza Strip even as rockets are fired from it into Israel territory. The IDF has announced the beginning of “OPeration Protective Eagle.” There is a strong likelihood that thousands of Israel soldiers will blast their way into Gaza. There is a strong likelihood that innocent Arab children will die. Again, the innocent die because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The IDF told the world: “We are entering into a long operation. We are preparing further steps and a gradual expansion of our order of battle.”

Sorry, this statement is very similar to that made by President Bush preceding the invasion of Iraq. Colin Powell, US Secretary of State in 2001, but a former general, warned President Bush that if you go into the pottery shop and break china pieces, you are responsible for the damage. He was attempting to warn the president there are consequences when one initiates war. Invade Gaza, round up hundreds, put them in jail. Then what??

I can guarantee there will be dozens, perhaps, hundreds of missiles coming from Hamas centers in Lebanon and headed for Israel cities. What then? Invade Lebanon? Send Israel soldiers into Syria? When does it end??

Open Letter To John McCain

Dear Senator John McCain:

You are the son of admirals who served their nation in battles. You are the son of brave men who risked life in order to protect the freedom of this nation. You are a brave man who fought for his country,and, in so doing, were placed in a position of being tortured and abused. Today, you are a member of a political party that has lost all sense of decency and patriotism because its only goal is -power. It is bereft of ideas to improve the lives of Americans, it lacks goals to improve our nation. You are a member of a political party which engages in non-stop tirades and investigations into the death of four Americans in Benghazi, but refuses to examine the deaths of 5,000 Americans and wounding of 40,000 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You are a decent person who loves America. You are also a decent person trapped in a political party that has lost its way. You love America and have proven this love by risk of life. Men like Ted Cruz and John Boehner have never fought in the cause of American freedom. You know the men who landed on D-Day were Democrats and Republicans, but, more important, they were Americans who wanted to end the evil of Nazism. It is time for you to rise in the US Senate and send a message to fellow Republicans that the time to end this endless hatred must conclude.

You understand the destructive power of weapons of war. It is time to rise and speak out agains the NRA and their refusal to support reasonable laws that would protect our law enforcement agents and fellow citizens. It is time for you to be the American who risked his life. It is time to risk your political life and speak out for human decency and respect for fellow members of the government.

It is time for you to become John McCain, the son of admirals!

Oh Dem Spies!

The government of Germany is rather upset since they just discovered that an employee of their secret intelligence agency is, in reality, a spy for the government of one of their “enemies.” Naturally, the “enemy” is none other than the good old USA. In fairness, to President Obama, spying has become to America what hot dogs are to America. It is one of our national past times, and we can not enjoy a 4th of July picnic without the dessert of a good spy story. Now, you might ask, “why is the United States spying on one of its ALLIES?” Fair enough question. We spy because we have spies, and our government does not wish to increase the number of unemployed people in our society, so we spy. After all, if you hire spies, at least let them do their job of spying. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is getting tired of her ALLY spying on,not only her phone calls, but what transpires in her government. Her spokesman made it clear: “we don’t take the matter of spying for foreign intelligence lightly.”

I am certain President Obama has an explanation. We have to spy because their are bad people out there who seek to do us harm. So, what better way to damage these bad people but to spy on the good people who are our ally. Let us examine the 20th and 21st centuries when it comes to our spy agencies:

Death of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin in 1953 and subsequent events. Our spy agencies were completely wrong in what would happen.
Vietnam war. Our spy agencies did not have a clue about who were the Vietcong.
Sputnik, Russian space program, our spy agencies did not predict this event.
Collapse of the Soviet Union, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
Osama bin Laden, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
9/11 our spy agencies did not have a clue even though there were dozens of clues out there.
Arab Spring, our spy agencies did not predict this event.

So, who else but the clowns in our spy agencies would be wasting money and personnel spying on OUR ALLIES!!
Syrian war, our spy agencies were completely wrong.

Nicolas Sarkozy And Money

It should come as no surprise that a man who was president of a country has been charged with secret behaviors that border on the criminal. The only surprise is why some consider this to be a surprise. Nicolas Sarkozy who was president of France from 2007 — 2012 has been detained by the police for questioning. To be fair, he voluntarily went to the police station and allowed himself to be questioned. According to the allegations, and, at this point, they are simply allegations, then President Sarkozy made a deal with then dictator Muamar Gaddafi of Libya for some money to finance his re-election campaign in exchange for what we do not know. According to police charges, Gaddafi handed over about $60,000,000 stuffed in envelopes that were given to Sarkozy by a French heiress named Liliane Bettencourt. The allegation itself would make a terrific film, an elderly woman carrying stacks of enveloped stuffed with thousand dollar bills and meeting in some obscure French restaurant for the payoff.

The tale goes on. Sarkozy with his mole in the police department who filled in the president with plans to entrap him. The police tap phones of the President. Now, this is a hard one to believe. Are we to understand that a president’s phone can be tapped? Hey, no problem believing my phone can be tapped, but the president of the country?? The story is bizarre, but then again, anything to do with presidents these days is beyond comprehension. They inhabit their world, and we citizens have our world. Never the twain shall meet.

My question: how do I find a dictator who will give me enveloped stuffed with money?

On July 4th! A Day For Immigrants To Affirm!

This year marks my 83rd July 4th since I arrived in August of 1930 and thus missed July 4th of that year. July 4th always had meaning during my early years of life since I was a fanatic baseball fan and so loved having a double header(for the price of one game) played by all major league baseball teams. I could listen on my radio to the exploits of the New York Yankees in an era when they won world series after world series. Baseball players were giants in my life, they represented the end result of my dreams. Of course, my initial eleven July 4th came at a time when we had poverty, but no war. Then came World War II and July 4th was a day when we honored those who fought against Nazism and the Japanese. At least we knew very clearly who were the good and who were the bad guys in our lives. On July 4th we stood as a nation united, we felt as one in the struggle against evil. There was no ambiguity, the Nazis and “Japs” were the enemies.

As the child of immigrants, in those days no one differentiated between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants, we were simply immigrants blessed to be in a land where we all worked to defeat evil doers. I always felt a certain moment of patriotism standing at Yankee Stadium as the sang our nation’s song. Years later when I served in the armed forces, July 4th made me feel part of America. I was not the son of “foreigners,” I was an American. We understood that if one lived and worked in America it was simply a matter of time before they began to think and behave as an American. Who cared from whence you came, who cared if you were a recent arrival, the only important thing was–did you want to become an American!

I once wrote a history of America. I felt proud in so doing. It enabled me to bring together all memories of July 4th into one story. We Americans are ALL IMMIGRANTS! The issue for Americans has never been –how did you get here! No, the issue for Americans has always been–do you love America and will you fight for its continued existence!!