Category Archives: Education

France Shifting Right

Throughout Europe there is a continuing shift in attitudes of people due to economic malaise and fear of people who are Muslims or who are from Africa. Thousands of Africans are seeking refuge in European nations, and this has led to fears that only encourage forces of hate to gain increasing influence and power. French President Francois Hollande was elected to represent a new Socialist program of economic success, and this inept leader has only caused anger and fear. As he turned toward conservative ideas of fiscal restraint and austerity as an economic solution, the result has been disastrous. Ironically, a Socialist has been implementing programs that here in America are championed by the Tea Party and Republicans. France needed a good dose of economic stimulation, and preferred Republican ideas of cutting and cutting which has resulted in economic stagnation.

Sunday was a day for elections in France. The far right National Front finally was able to elect members to the upper house of the French Parliament. Hollande lost his majority in the French Senate. European leaders have failed to make clear a policy of handling immigrants which has resulted in conservatives stoking fears into votes. In many ways, this is similar to America refusing to confront issues of illegal immigrants. Fear usually wins out over common sense.

YES MEANS YES!

I have spent most of my life working as a professor in colleges. Anyone who pay attention to the lives of female students soon becomes aware that a climate of sexual fear is all too common. They can be abused by males who believe they are God’s gift to females and when they desire sex, the answer had better be -YEs. The state of California has turned that word on its head. New legislation is designed to ensure that each and every female student deserves the right to be in a learning environment that is safe and healthy. From now on sexual activity on a college campus is based upon the principle there is “an affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” In other words, unless a woman makes clear to the male that she DOES want to engage in sex, any actions on his part to have sex with her will be considered to be an act of rape.

Legislation makes clear “the state of California will not allow schools to sweep rape cases under the rug.” Lack of resistance to sexual desires by males does NOT mean consent. Either the female makes a conscious statement or males now can be charged with rape. About time!

Bad News For Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin enjoys creating difficulties in the Middle East in order to prevent solutions to problems. He will veto any UN action that might lead to the destruction of ISIS or ending the conflict in Syria. His foreign policy is based on the principle of being an obstructionist to peaceful actions. Putin has blocked every effort to end terrorism in the Middle East. However, in the process of acting in this manner, the great leader has refused to confront how the Middle East directly impacts the safety of his beloved Mother Russia. Unfortunately for Russia, thousands of its Muslim citizens have gone to fight in the Middle East, and this can impact the safety of Russia.

A Russian official pointed out some problems for his nation. “We understand that these people have gained military experience and on top of that being religiously and politically inclined, upon returning h one can pose a serious threat to the national interests of our own country.” Yes, indeed, learning how to improvise destructive bombs in Iraq means upon return to Russia, one can do the same. The Putin policy of obstruction will one day lead to incredible terrorist activities in Russia. It is in the foreign policy interests of Russia to actively support efforts to destroy terrorism in the Middle East –or suffer the consequences in Russia!

The Iranian Solution

The essence of a successful foreign policy compels a nation to do what is in its national interests, not what is necessarily popular with political leaders. At this moment, American foreign policy in the Middle East requires focusing on destruction of terrorist groups which threaten the very basis of Iraq. We all hate dictators such as President Assad of Syria, he is a vicious cruel individual who is responsible for the deaths of over a hundred thousand people. Democrats and Republicans in Congress detest the “evil” Iranian leaders who have threatened the existence of Israel. Ahmmadinejad is no longer in charge of Iran, and the current President Hassan Rouhani is a practical man who wants to end sanctions against his nation. He has never uttered threats about Israel, but he does want his nation to continue with a nuclear program.

According to Rouhani, “the stakes are high. A failure to agree to a nuclear deal” could wind up being another American foreign policy failure. Iran has to be assured that it can have a nuclear program. After all, the only nation with nuclear weapons in the Middle East is Israel. We have no problem with Israel nuclear weapons, but, most Arab nations do have a concern. It is time to support Iranian nuclear development as long as it does not entail nuclear weapons. How about Israel announcing it will destroy SOME of its nuclear bombs?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, Washington Post: “America Is Shifting Right”

THAT, is the problem, not the solution.

Sweden, Local: “Feminists A Dark Force”

Much to the disappointment of Republicans.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Cops Steal Traffic Fines”

I assume they will be fined for this action.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

Females, run for cover!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “I Will Beat This”

Unfortunately, all too often the beating is upon kids!

Limits To Free Speech For Republican Politicians

Believe it or not but once upon a time the Republican party stood for freedom of speech for Republicans. Republican political leaders in the 1960s voted for civil rights, and Republicans were in the fight to end discrimination against black Americans. That was then, today is now. Senator Rand Paul has been making strange comments during the past few years. He opposes policies of war in the Middle East, talks about denial of rights to African Americans, and even warns about excessive use of force by police. Naturally, that got him in trouble with many Republicans. Then, he committed the worse crime of all. In some talks at college campuses Senator Paul said it was necessary to persuade most Americans to support restrictions on abortion prior to introducing anti-abortion legislation. Wow!

However, the good Senator finally realized making such statements could end his political career. Listen to the revised Paul idea about abortion. “I am one who will march for life and will continue to stand up in defense of life so long as I am privileged to be in office.” Oops, sorry about those comments regarding persuading Americans to support anti-abortion!

Another Beheading-In America!

I must apologize to the Fox Network for attacking their efforts to prevent ISIS from taking over the United States of America. Fox newscasters have led the fight to save this nation from the horrors of ISIS, and terrorist attacks. Wise leaders such as Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and the entire Republican party have repeatedly warned that it is simply a matter of time before each and Vaughan Food offices, grabbed a woman and proceeded to cut off her head! Yes, right here in God fearing good old America, an American had her head cut off! The man was upset, the man felt his right to work had been denied. After beheading the woman he attacked another one. Fortunately, Mark Vaughan who owned the company was an NRA member who had a gun. He proceeded to shoot the man and end the carnage.

So, what do we learn from this episode? We learn that each and every American must be armed to the teeth. Tomorrow when you get to work, take a hard look at the worker next to you. Is he reliable? Is he a Muslim? Would he cut off your head? If the answer to these question is YES, than go to work on Monday armed to the teeth. Why not shoot this person and prevent mass murder? Just remember, there could be an ISIS member next to you on the train or bus. Kill before you are killed!

Thank God we have Sarah Palin with her weapons of mass destruction!! God, if we only had an NRA member in the White House, we would all be safe!

Eric Holder Is Gone

Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to retire. There is no question during his tenure in office, this alleged leader in advocating civil liberties has been a man whose record is rather mixed. First, Holder has fought for civil rights for African Americans and been an advocate of the concept that skin color should not result in denial of basic freedom. He opposed efforts to reduce voting by state legislation that introduces strange requirements such as voter ID. Republicans have shifted the entire history of American voting by their claims of voter fraud. At best, of the over 100 million who voted for President there were fewer than 100 cases of voter fraud. Holder has made clear this cry for “justice” is simply another Republican trick to gain electoral victories.

However, Eric Holder has gone out of his way to impose restrictions upon reporters who expose government efforts to deny access to information. More reporters have been indicted under the Holder administration than under any prior Attorney General. Obama shouts for civil rights while at the same time sending to prison reporters who report upon government restrictions on access to information. Sorry, Mr. Holder, you failed to support civil rights for the media.

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

Never allow a child to go to sleep with anger in heart.

Become the guardian of love.

If you can’t solve problem, ask for advice. Usually, it is free.

Better to pay now, than later.

Holidays have lost their meaning.

Some reach deep into purse, some into heart.

I distance self from people when in coffee shop.

For some, best companion is iPad.

These days elderly couple grow alike in body size.

Most shake heads as other talks.

There is a time and place to just shut up.

Police Taught To Be Aggressive

During the course of any year in America, at best, fewer than twenty five people are actually murdered by someone with a gun who enters a school or church or business enterprise with the thought in mind of committing a shooting. The most horrible school murder occurred in the 1920s when a deranged man blew up a school. In other words, those who enter business establishments or schools or churches rarely have murder on their minds. Police in the town of Beavercreek, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio,k were given a pep talk about the importance of shooting first when encountering a possible perpetrator of shooting. The pep talk included a slide show of how deranged murderers killed innocent children in school. It was emphasized to police that getting off the first shot is the best way to avoid a mass murder. In other words, police were told to shift their mindset to one that will shoot first, and ask questions later.

Several days later, Sean Williams, a policeman, was told there was a shooter ready to kill people in a Walmart store. He rushed to the scene and saw John Crawford holding aloft a gun. Oh, Walmart SELLS GUNS. IN other words, those seeking to purchase a gun will ordinarily touch the gun or even lift the gun. Thousands do this every day in gun stores. But, officer Williams remembered the lesson and shot to death a customer, a black man named John Crawford. How about talk first as a policy??