Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

Give Students Guns, Not Grades

I sometimes wonder whether or not allowing the people of Texas was among the greatest mistakes in the history of this nation. The Texas legislature is ready to pass a law that allows students in public colleges and universities to come to class with a concealed weapon on their person. I spent fifty years as a teacher which included time in a Harlem junior high school, a small town high school and a few other places. I taught gang leaders in Harlem and according to the state of Texas it would have been OK to allow these kids to come to class with a weapon. I know, the Second Amendment says anyone is allowed to carry a gun anywhere. I thought in Dodge City one had to check your weapons with the sheriff in order to come to town, but that was America then, and now we have a new America.

There are no words one can express about this growing madness in America. We are NOT adhering to the ideas of our Founding Fathers. We are not adhering to the values of Americans in the nineteenth century. We have become a nation of crazy people following crazy ideas that inevitably will result in crazy acts in our colleges.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Norway, Norway Post: “Social Worker Guilty Of Sex With Clients”

Now, this is one social worker who seeks to get close to her client.

USA, aol: “Sue Over Frozen Dinner”

At least you could warm up the frozen dinner!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Terror Camps Active”

If you are going to have terrorists, the least you can do is let them do their job.

China, China Daily: “Should Nude Tourists Be Blacklisted?

They should be seen but not heard.

Egypt, al-Ahram: “Stop Makine Home Made Bombs”

Idiot,not in the house, go outside and play!

On Being A Jew In Modern World

As one who was raised in the Jewish faith I increasingly find myself in a similar position to those who were raised as Muslims. We both have to endure the reality that people from our faith utilize hate and fear and violence against those who are weaker. In America, more and more Jews devote their lives to the plight of our endangered billionaires who are oppressed by the evil Barack Obama. Ah, for the days when Jewish leaders marched hand in hand with Martin Luther King and Jewish boys were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. We Jews used to lead the fight for social justice in America, we Jews fought for the rights of Hispanic immigrants, it was Jewish union leaders who established the initial schools in the South which were open to both black and white people. Heck, half of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade which fought against Fascists in Spain were Jews. We Jews wanted a world in which ALL humans, including Muslims enjoyed the right to a life of peace and prosperity.

We Jews used to believe that is one person in this world was oppressed, so were we oppressed. Today, I head Jews speak in angry and hateful terms about Muslims or poor people. I feel lost in the modern Jewish world now that Benjamin Netanyahu is again leader of Israel and will continue his hateful policies toward those who are not Jewish. I have no idea who he is other than a bigot and hating man. Frankly, I feel ashamed to be part of the modern Jewish world in which hate has replaced love.

The American Politician

I confess to having been born at another time in another America when those of differing political views had lunch together, played poker together and even went out for a drink with one another. Heck, there used to be an annual softball game between Democrats and Republicans. The current hatred between those of the two major parties only has one prior comparison, the years of 1860 and 1861 when the nation was torn apart due to the election of Abraham Lincoln who most Southerners believe wanted to end their precious slavery and take away their property rights. It is amazing how contemporary members of the Republican party echo these fears. Nonstop rants about property, shouts about the man from Africa, oh, that was a common charge about Abraham Lincoln. The gap grows wider each day between members of our two leading parties.

I was recently reading a book which dealt with George Washington during the 1780s when the nation lacked an efficient central government. Washington was upset at the lack of a powerful central government which could control and dominate states that lacked any sense of being part of an AMERICA. He completely opposed state rights and thought believing in one’s state before the nation was the hallmark of a political leader lacking faith in the United States of America. It is no surprise that the new Constitution begins with a statement about “we people” rather than “we states.”

A major problem with modern American politicians is their lack of knowledge about the history of this nation. If one serves in Congress then one serves the American people, not your congressional district and not your state. How about requiring politicians to pass a test on American history??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Just trust our job creators to create high paying $8 an hour jobs!

Canada, Toronto Star: “I Am Going To Mars”

Any place to escape Republican congressmen.

France, Connexion: “This Is A Good Steak”

I will stake my reputation on this.

Sweden, Local: “Cover Your Eyes I Will Be Tearful”

Another promise from John Boehner.

China, China Daily: “Keep Peiping Population Down”

Just have adults sleep in separate beds.

John Voight Speaks

I somehow stumbled upon the words of movie actor, John Voight and was surprised to learn that in addition to the craft of acting, this man is a noted expert on politics and world affairs. I thought it only fair that I should share his words of wisdom with the world:

“Barack Obama does not love America”

“John Voight loves John Voight”

“John Voight loves Republicans”

“john Voight loves money”

“Obama does not love Israel”

I assume:

“John Voight loves Bibi”

I get confused, why should any American president have to “love Israel?”

OOPs I was informed by Ted Cruz that in the second amendment in addition to saying one must love guns also says, one must love Israel!

By the way, is there anything in the Constitution that says one must love “America?”

Say “Rape” And Add Word: Pakistan

I confess to having been raised with the concept that one does not attack any religious figure, particularly someone of another faith. In a sense, these people are “off ground” to acts of violence. I do understand that members of the Taliban do not like any and all foreigners in their land. But, what sometimes gets me confused is when they blow themselves up and kill any and all people in an area. I assume but he law of probability some of those blown up are fellow Muslims. Oh, I forgot, there are bad and good Muslims, something like when Catholics hate Protestants which empowers any Christian to go ahead and murder a fellow Christian. OK,I get that point, but how does one understand when the Taliban rapes a 74 year old nun? For God’s sake, this is an elderly woman who spends her life praying to the big guy up in the sky.

OK, I must learn to accept that anyone is subject to rape in Pakistan, anyone is subject to being killed in Pakistan. I must accept that raping an elderly woman somehow, in some way, indicate the rapist is simply following the dictates of God. Logically speaking, this leaves only one conclusion – this God up in the sky really does not think much of his creations if he approves of rape and murder of them.

Such acts only leave me doubting the existence of God if he is in anyway connected with these creatures of death.

Will Israelis Vote With Minds?

In the coming days the people of Israel will cast their ballots and decide whether or not sanity rules rather than hysteria. Israel was founded as the one nation in the Middle East which was centered in an ethos of democracy and concern for all people. It arose in a world of dictatorships and had a foreign policy that wanted peace in the region.By the way in earlier days Israel had excellent relations with Turkey and even Iran. It was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who transformed the friends of Israel in Turkey into enemies. It is the policies of Benjamin Netanyhu which have led to the current situation in which the President of the United States of America no longer trusts or respects the government of Israel. The current isolation of Israel was created by Bibi and his American Jewish billionaires.

The voters in Israel w8iill determine if their country becomes part of those in the world seeking peace in the Middle East or whether Israel decides o walk the road leading to war and apartheid.

Alienated Americans

Over a hundred city years ago Karl Marx identified the concept of ALIENATION. He argued that modern industrial life resulted in those at work lacking a sense of accomplishment and that life had been transformed into an exchange of money. Old concepts of community were being ripped apart and an individual inhabited a world in which one felt apart from the society. In the last election in American fewer than forty percent of Americans actually cast a ballot. The great Republican victory involved a minority of Americans although those who hate Obama would never hesitate to vote against him. I have yet to encounter anyone under the age of 35 who has complete faith and trust in a political leader. The prevailing mode of thinking is that all politicians are corrupt and government has nothing to do with their lives other than to make them pay taxes. There is no sense of community in America. We just had 47 American US Senators display a disregard for the political process in which a president negotiates and then Congress has an input. Just imagine if in 1941 US Senators wrote Adolf Hitler in order to make clear that President Franklin Roosevelt did not speak for America.

Our young people are adrift in a society which does not give them a sense of purpose. They do their jobs and for many that job does not convey a sense of purpose of self fulfillment. They are alone and apart from their fellow citizens. Of course for half this century young male Americans came together in the armed forces and learned the meaning of being part of American society. Unfortunately, Barack Obama never understood the importance of speaking with the American people and he disregarded the power of press conferences in getting across a sense of dialogue with Americans.

So, we exist, just exist and we do not belong.

Iraq Wars Go On

Anyone under the age of 26 has spent half her or his life in a world in which there is a war in Iraq that somehow effects the lives of Americans. The closest analogy in American history was the war in Vietnam. Of course there was a Cold War for half a century, but this conflict dealt more with political issues than with armies engaged in killing one another. The latest chapter in the Iraq wars is now taking place on the outskirts of Tikrit which is the first step on the road to Mosul. As you recall it was several months ago that ISIS forces attacked Mosul only to discover that four divisions of Iraq soldiers simply put down their weapons and fled for their lives even though they outnumbered ISIS at least four to one.

At this moment, an Iraq army led by Iranian officers is attacking Tikrit and will soon take this city. For the first time Iraq soldiers believe their leaders represent something important to the lives of Iraq people. Sorry, American military personnel were never able to convey this concept. They always represented the non-Muslim West. Let’s see how the Iranian officers run this war. Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend!