Category Archives: Education

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Oldest Eeel Dies At 155″

Big deal, we have at least 220 heels in the House of Representatives.

USA, aol. “Does Race Matter”

it depends upon how fast you are.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Journalist Missing In Ukraine”

That isn’t the only thing or person missing in Putin Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

Was that “shut down” or “shake down?”

Africa, Mail & Guradian: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Now, you know why he is disabled!

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!

Something Huge Has Happened

The young people in Hong Kong continue their fight for social justice against a regime that simply does not even grasp the meaning of social justice. However, the leaders who China appointed to head the Hong Kong government have been compelled by month after months protests to listen carefully to the voice of young people. This is most likely the first time that a Chinese led government has been willing not only to listen, but to actually consider change of policies. The Hong Kong government agreed to participate in a debate with student leaders that was televised in order that the entire population had an opportunity to hear both sides in the dispute. Ms. Carrie Lam, who represented the government position, not only listened, but responded in a manner that is shocking to anyone who has studied the position of Chinese Communist leaders. Listen to her words:

“We cannot deny that in the past months the class boycott by you and the occupation movement something huge has happened. Such a social movement is large scale and its impact is moving.” She promised students that the government of Hong Kong would submit a formal report to the government of China recommending that changes should be made. Most probably, the report will be ignored, but millions of people in China would have heard the debate. It is simply a matter of time before the impact of these students is finally felt inside China.

Fight For Kobani Goes On And On

I can just hear Fox News commentators yelling about how President Obama allowed US military supplies to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists. There was an air drop and some of the parachutes landed among ISIS soldiers. Wow! During World War II every time there was an air drop at least ten percent of supplies fell among German troops. I hate to inform Republicans, but President Obama has yet to prove that he can control the air. Naturally, if America would only elect to public office men like Ted Cruz this nation would once again be in control of air. The entire ISIS episode is blamed on failures of President Obama. Let us examine the record:

1. It was under the administration of President George Bush that former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki came to power.

2. It was under the administration of President Bush that Maliki destroyed the alliance that had been formed between Shiites and Sunnis.

3. President Obama OFFERED to retain US soldiers in Iraq. It was PM Maliki who insisted that US troops would have to be under Sharia law if they committed a crime. Just imagine what Fox News would have screamed if Obama placed American troops under Sharia law?

The entire Iraq situation was the fault of President Bush. There simply was no sensible solution to issues in the area. There are times in history when if a nation makes mistakes, they live on as mistakes. ISIS is simply a result of the Iraq war, and guess who began that blunder??

Michael Brown Guilty!

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now prepared to prove that Michael Brown was guilty of all sorts of crimes, and it is now clear that officer Darren Wilson was simply protecting himself against a murderous individual. OK, it has taken a few months to accumulate the evidence, but once again, the cop is OK, and the bad guy is not. Examine the evidence:

1. Michael Brown was taller and stronger than officer Wilson.

2. Michael Brown had marijuana in his body the night of the attack.

3. Michael Brown was walking in the street at night.

4. Michael Brown reached for the gun of officer Wilson.

5. Michael Brown looked suspicious.

I have a hunch there are about ten million white skinned young men, the same age as Brown who were walking in the streets at night, had marijuana in their body, and might have resisted arrest. The central issue is always the same–why in God’s name are police stopping young black men who are NOT committing any crimes? Why are they halting and frisking INNOCENT young black men? If you were to halt white youth at the same rate as black youth are stopped, the end result would be the same– they have marijuana in their system!

How about a new police policy– let young men walk the streets and cease pestering them!!

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 always eat the bottom portion of a bagel first.

I saw this incredibly young mom with three kids. She must spend her days exercising.

I wonder if on holidays planes stop flying with their mail?

Every time I see a teen with a ten dollar bill it awakens feelings of awe for this Depression child.

I picked up three quarters. God leaves quarters, not dollars.

If I see a table with elderly people, I think it is “them,” not “me.”

A man spoke wisdom when he said “if you build a house in a hollow, why are you surprised that it gets flooded?”

My mind never thinks about the finality of life, too interesting being alive.

I picked up the phone and Lisa and Bob wanted to give me a TV. How sweet.

I do not like a stranger on the phone addressing me as, “Fred.”

I am the child of immigrants so I support all immigrants, legal or illegal.

Bad News For Fox News!

There is gloom in Fox News at recent events in Syria where ISIS has been fighting in the streets of Kobani. Fox News commentators, particularly the cute, pert, blond haired ones whose knowledge of the world is confined to what they read on notes handed to them. In fairness to these TV women they CAN read what is given them to read. For weeks, Sean and Bill and the others have been in a state of joy over advances by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of words have been told the American people about another “Obama failure.” After all, he is the reason there is terrorism in the Middle East. If only he had followed the dictates of former President George Bush who had defeated terrorism with his famous “surge” there would not be a single terrorist left in the entire region. So, what is the bad news?

Turkey has changed its policy and will now allow Kurds in peshmerga units to cross their territory and go to the aid of Kurds who are defending the city of Kobani. This is a dramatic shift for the Erdogan government which, up to this point, wanted ISIS to destroy Kurds who they regard as their enemy. The Turks finally realized that ISIS on its border was a greater threat than Kurds on its border. Another factor in Kobani has been air strikes by US and Coalition planes which have captured ISIS forces in open ground. Air lifts of weapons to Kurds in the city has helped turn the course of battle. A Kurdish soldier named, Ameen, commented: “the game has changed now. After the Americans provided us with weapons, we changed from being on the defense to attacking ISIS. I believe the next few days will bring us a victory.”

Could someone explain to me how Fox News can report a victory for Obama actions? Damn it, nothing ever goes right in this world!

Pistorious In Jail-Sort Of!

Oscar Pistorious who was found guilty of killing Reeva Steekamp was finally sentenced to something for this murder. The judge told Mr. Pistorious that he would have to go to jail for five years. His attorney has argued placing this prominent man in any jail would inevitably lead to him being gang raped by other prisoners. His attorney has been pleading for him to suffer the penalty of the girl’s death by spending time suffering the remorse of guilt. After all, the pain of guilt is certainly more severe than actually going to jail. And, based on his performance during the trail when his cries of anguish filled the courtroom, perhaps, sentencing him to a life of remorse and sorrow is the most severe penalty that could be provided a criminal. Of course, imagine if he was a black teen age boy, what black skinned judge would send him to jail? The one true event in life on planet Earth is that if you got money, the penalty for ANY crime never is similar to that accorded poor folk.

Actually, the FIVE YEAR sentence is not really, FIVE YEARS. According to South African law, Oscar is eligible for parole after serving ten months. At that point he will be released and his penalty will be transformed into “correctional supervision.” So, who is surprised by these turn of events. I was once told there is not a single example in American history during the 20th century of someone who possessed a million dollars of being sentenced to death for killing another. Life is similar in South Africa.

Freedom To Assemble Dead?

As a child in New York City schools, I was taught all about the American Revolution. It was pointed out to this child of refugees, that among the wonderful characteristics of living in America, is that people could openly inform the government of their displeasure with its behavior. The right to petition the government was considered a fundamental right accorded to all Americans. As a teacher for over fifty years of history, this right was discussed in my classes. I spent over forty years teaching in the St. Louis county area, and assumed this land was in the United States of America. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nepheed, was with some fellow protesters outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, when police arrested her on, as of this date, two unspecified violations of the law. She was told there was no right to protest in St. Louis country, particularly outside of police stations.

Of course, she will be released after posting bond. This arrest simply reinforces the prevailing attitude in the St. Louis area that racists control the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Initially, Michael Brown was murdered (the word is “murdered,” not killed) because he violated the law by walking down a street in the evening. In both events, a black person was NOT engaged in any form of violence when halted. They were WALKING. Perhaps, it is time to change the Constitution and clearly make it a crime to walk in public during the evening if one’s body skin is dark. At least then, honesty will reign in this land.