Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

Oh, Am I Tough!

It has has now become the accepted approach by all Republican candidates for president to display a verbal toughness to any and all evil forces in the world. Mike Huckabee promised that Iran would never get an atomic bomb and he is ready to do something about that future event. His words of defiance, promise of military action, are simply what each and every person seeking the presidency as a Republican is promising the American people. This is one group of really tough warriors who are ready to dispatch Americans into dangerous combat at the drop of a hat. As I recall, a few years ago there was a Republican president who was gung ho for war and destruction. Remember how he stood on an aircraft carrier with the announcement: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Not a single one of these Republicans has ever tested the horror of war. Rick Perry did serve in the military but never got close to anyone firing back at him. Yes, Mike, you are one tough dude. However, if you desire to bomb Iran, the people doing the bombing will not be named, Mike Huckabee. Some will die but you will be the one who talks about war and death. It is time for Republicans to send their own children into harm’s way before sending other young people to their deaths.

The main issue today is: Jaw, Jaw, Not War, War!

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

I assume the main qualification for running for president is to have never taken a science course.

Republicans insist they must end the IRS and increase military spending. I guess Houdini is their main secret weapon.

Oh, for a day in this world without a shot being fired!

We now have two doctors running for president. How about two turtle doves?

There ought to be a law requiring anyone running for president to speak softly.

I so miss the peace of night falling without violence in the world

Just think, in twenty years a Clinton and a Bush running for president!

Does America Have Moral Responsibilities?

There is fighting in Iraq, there is fighting in Yemen, there is fighting in Syria, there is fighting in Somalia there is fighting in Nigeria, three are hundreds of immigrants drowning in the sea as they desperately seek peace in some European nation. Once again, the United States of America has been drawn into fights and wars around the world. So, the question must be posed: “Does America have moral responsibilities to people of the world?” Examine the record of the 20th century

1. We came late to World War I and did play a role in the Allied victory. Most historians today agree that Imperial Germany did initiate the war. But, was the only solution to send American troops into combat? What would have happened if those fresh American soldiers had not arrived? Most likely both sides would have worked out a peace agreement.

2. The US was attacked by Japan in 1941 and entered World War II. Russian troops carried the main burden in the war along with British and American forces. There is no doubt we had to fight and end the threat of Nazi Germany winning.

3. After the end of WWII, the famous Cold War began. The theory of Containment was NOT to engage in war against the Soviet Union but to wait until internal forces within that nation ended communism. The
Vietnam war violated this theory. And, what happened? Internal forces changed the Soviet Union.

In other words, a nation can be a moral leader without engaging in war. We have never focused upon economic development in the Middle East. Perhaps, if we assisted the economic growth of Muslim societies there would not be wars now raging in the Middle East. Perhaps, peace and jobs is a the right moral stand for the US?

Black Helicopters Over Texas

There are moments in time when I desire for war to break out in the United States of America. The state of Texas is once again allowing paranoia to fill the air with cries that each and every Texan must stand up to fight for their rights against the tyranny that comes from Washington D.C. The US military is conducting exercises, just as the military does several times a year in various locations in the USA. But, for the maniacs who inhabit the state of Texas anything connected with the US government is merely part of a conspiracy to overthrow the people of Texas and reduce them to slavery. How about finally challenging the NRA in Texas for a shoot out between Special Services and the idiots who masquerade as real soldier? We can have the contest at high noon, the US military vs the Texas Rangers!

Texas receives billions of dollars from Washington D.C. since we have space programs located in that state and the entire budget comes from the evil GOVERNMENT. Frankly, anyone who claims that Washington D.C. is going to take away our rights by sending soldiers into Texas is stark raving mad! At this moment a majority in Congress is composed of Republicans who hate the Obama administration and the Supreme Court is controlled by conservatives. Do Texans really believe any US general would attack the state of Texas??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, aol: “Carly Florina: I Am Running For President”

Of which country?

Kenya, Nation: “Town House Turned Into Morgue”

So, what is new in Kenya these days?

UK,Guardian: “Teach Right From Wrong”

In the US Congress the slogan is teach wrong ideas as right ones.

France, Connexion: “Marriage For All”

Regardless of sex or being human?

Canada, Toronto Star: “American Bully”

His name is Ted Cruz!

Bombs Away–Who Cares?

During the past eighty years it has been a fundamental belief of American military leaders that bombing from the air will result in victory. At one point in 1943, General Chennault who led US fighter groups for the Chinese government insisted that if given more fighter planes he could bomb Japan into surrender. Today, we bomb and we bomb and we send drones to bomb all over Syria. Rami Abdel Ralman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is very upset about US air strikes. “Air strikes by coalition forces on Friday killed at least 52 civilians in a village in northern Syria located in the province of Aleppo. There was absolutely no evidence that any ISIS forces were in the area.

We bomb because there is no opposing air force to halt our bombing. Oh, there might be one or two American pilots whose plane will crash, but that increasingly is a remote possibility. So, if we bomb from the air then no US soldiers will die and we can claim the bombs are destroying al-Qaeda and ISIS. Funny, but before the bombing al-Qaeda had fewer followers. Then again, kill innocent civilians and their children or relatives will join the bad guys who they would consider to be the good guys while American good guys are considered to be the bad guys.

It all depends on who dies and who lives!

Indict Cops–Finally!

Millions of words have been spoken, millions of words have been written, but the murder of people goes on and on. I have spent my life teaching members of police departments about the history of crime so there is nothing but respect for these fine people. BUT, there is also a sense of reality about those who are members of police departments. Believe it or not but there are men and women who currently spend their lives as policemen who never should have been hired. The problem is not THE police, the problem has always been SOME police. In their rush to defend police against so called liberal complaints, all too many conservatives refuse to confront reality. In any organization there are incompetent people, so is it with police departments. It is time to throw the book at those who abuse the power vested in a member of a police department.

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has brought charges of second degree murder against six members of the police department for the death of Freddie Gray. These men deliberately caused the death of Mr. Gray while conveying him in a police van. They shackled his hands and feet, but refused to provide a seat belt so when the “rough ride” to the station concluded, his spine was nearly severed. In charging these six policeman with a crime, the state attorney is NOT charging all police with a crime. She is just charging those who were responsible for a death. Period. Sorry Fox News, this is NOT an attack on all police!

Money Not The Issue!

Liberals in America continually complain about the need to spend more money for our schools in order to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed in life. During the course of my life I have taught over ten thousand teachers along with about two thousand secondary students. I have taught teachers and students in rural America, the suburbs and in urban areas. The problem confronting American education is NOT lack of money. Look at the record:

In Baltimore, the scene of current conflict state, local and federal sources provide FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for the education of each student. NO nation in the world spends as much upon the education of children. In other words, for each class of 25 students it cost $375,000 for their education. American teachers are the highest paid educators in the world. At present, only 73% of young people graduate from high school compared with over 90% in South Korea. So, what is the problem:

1. The current bureaucracy of education wastes untold thousands upon bureaucrats who was money.

2. Children are taught a curriculum that has no relationship to the world of the twenty first century.

3. Teachers are wasting time teaching for tests rather than teach in order to develop critical and creative thinking.

4. Teachers work in isolation rather than work as members of teams.

5. Teachers lack opportunities to pursue their own critical thinking ideas.

It is time to create smaller schools in which teachers are responsible much as doctors working in a practice with other doctors.

Hurrah, Hurrah, We Hit Bad Guy

American military leaders are besides themselves with joy. A drone strike hit a group of men in Iraq and it turns out that one of them was the leader of evil ISIS, the notorious, evil, horrible, brutal Abu Kakr al-Baghdadi. Not only is Baghdadi a bad dadi, but he is also head honcho of the ISIS gang. Remember when President Obama was besides himself with joy as Special Forces shot to death the evil, horrible, brutal guy named Osama bin Laden? Yes, we were promised that once the bad leader was dead then……something was going to happen. We assumed that once the head guy was dead, then…… For over a decade American leaders have been talking big about capturing or killing bad guys. In the end many of them have been killed, wounded, or incapacitated, but the wars go on and on and on.

There is no connection with getting rid of the top guy and ending a civil insurrection. In order to end a civil war, and today, that is what is happening in Iraq and Syria, the people must be offered a new dream. So far, western nations and their “allies” in the Middle East lack a message, let alone a leader. People in the Middle East simply do not believe those in alliance with western powers represent a meaningful future. ISIS can only be defeated with IDEAS. There are no leaders out there or IDEAS to challenge ISIS. We can only celebrate when those emerge in the world of the Middle East.

I’m For Kim Jong-un

I am quite aware that many Americans do not like the leader of North Korea. For some reason,this pudgy little guy upsets leaders of the world nor does he please those who pontificate on Fox News. So, how about a few words in defense of our Great Leader, the Wise man of our times?

1. There are no street riots in North Korea.

2. There is no ISIS gang wandering around and killing folks.

3. No one gets beheaded in North Korea. OK, so a few have malnutrition, but no one is obese.

4. No millionaires can buy an election in North Korea.

5. No one has to suffer listening to blond haired idiot women on Fox News.

6. Kim Jong-un loves basketball.

7. People drink tea in North Korea but they do not have to listen to the Tea Party.

8. No black dude from Africa is head of North Korea–just good old yellow skinned leaders.

9. There is no draft of football players, just a draft of any and all young men and women.

10. AND,it is against the law to walk around with a gun in your possession!!