Category Archives: Education

I Do Not Understand Sudan Muslims

I have been fortunate in life meeting many outstanding people who adhere to the Muslim religion. The doctor who saved my life is Muslim as well as very close friends so it baffles me when encountering those of the Muslim faith who violate its basic principles in the name of Allah. The vast majority of Muslims in this world are just like Christians or Jews or Buddhists. Basically, most humans are decent and not into violence– sorry, Fox News, you folk are the exception to the rule of decency. A few months ago in the nation of Sudan a woman named Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for the heinous crime of converting from the Muslim religion to that of Christianity. In the nation of Sudan, it is perfectly OK for a Muslim man to marry a woman of another faith, but it is death for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian. Actually, Meriam was raised as a Christian and married a Sudan Christian who also had an American citizenship.

Anyway, after being sentenced to death, the Sudan High Court reversed the decision and she was able to leave the country. The Muslim religion guarantees the right of people to practice their religion. It is only in nations such as the Sudan that this basic principle is violated. Meriam is now in Italy and will soon be in the arms of Pope Francis!

I Got A Right To Blast Away!

I, along with millions of men and women served in the United States armed forces where we learned how to use weapons of war. Actually, I was an above average rifleman and was urged to become a sniper. My sergeant persuaded me not to pursue that line of fighting since snipers are in dangerous places on the battlefield. Thus, my confusion reading about men and women who so love their rifle or handgun or whatever. A weapon only makes sense if you are in combat, but why would anyone in his right mind desire to carry around a gun? Ronald William Prestage, current President of National Pork Producers decided to carry a gun into the Rayburn Office building in Washington D.C. Perhaps, he was disturbed about the pork bills sifting through Congress as our representatives attempt to get goodies for people in their district–or people who donate money for the pork. Oh, he does have a permit for a concealed weapon in the state of South Carolina. Sorry, as of this moment, that is not recognized in the District of Columbia. I am certain Justice Scalia will rule that people have a right to enter Congressional buildings with guns!

A few days ago, the press secretary for Republican Congressman Tom Marino, Ryan Shucart, was halted as he attempted to enter the Rayburn Building with a loaded gun. What goes on with these nut cases? Why a gun in the Rayburn Building? Of course, perhaps, Mr. Shucart is getting bored with the inaction of Congress and seeks a bit of excitement?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Priest Says Football Is Gay”

That must mean there are over a billion gays in this world.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Accuse Protesters Of Protesting Erdogan Comments”

For once, Recep Erdogan got it right about protesters.

Italy, Local: “Enough Is Enough”

How about forming a government before the end of the year??

USA, NY Post: “Run Of The Bulls”

I assume that refers to the Bullshit from Republicans in Congress!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Army Plans To Thin Ranks”

Hopefully, of incompetents.

Sweden, Local: “Pledge To Help Prostitutes”

Physically or financially?

USA, aol: “Middle Class Shrinking”

And, number of wealthy is rising!

Israel -Hamas Redeux

During the past few weeks a few million words have been written regarding the current crisis in the Middle East. There are times when words are a weapon of war, unfortunately at this moment, actual weapons of war are in action. The entire issue of conflict between Israel and Middle Eastern nation has been on the world’s agenda for over sixty years. Yes, there have been a few examples of peace such as the agreement between Egypt and Israel or the agreement between Israel and Jordan, but the winds of war continue to blow. There IS a Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and he DOES desire peace between Palestinians and Israel. If we take a step back from the current slaughter of people in Gaza and ask: how did this war get started,? we are left with a degree of uncertainty. Or, are we left with a sense that both Hamas and Israel literally needs a conflict?

Let me make clear there are no innocent parties in this conflict. Hamas leaders are besides themselves with joy as thousands of Gazans are wounded and hundreds are killed. The more innocent people die in Gaza, the more Hamas leaders can seek more money, more support, and more arms from outside groups. The leaders of Hamas are trapped in a vicious cycle of war and death. They lack any political plan for the future of Palestinians other than war and death. If war halted tomorrow in Gaza, what would Hamas leaders do? The answer is simple-build new tunnels!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also lacks a plan for the future other than build new settlements in the West Bank. Reality check: What if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally disbanded and told Israel that it is now in charge of all Palestinians? That would result in an Israel in which at least 30% of the population was Muslim or Christian. Since these groups have a higher birth rate it means by 2050, Jews are the minority in Israel. This IS REALITY. So, what is the response of Netanyahu-invade, kill, destroy tunnels. One Israel bomb hit a family of 25, at least 18 children died.

Eventually, fighting will cease. Death will take a temporary holiday. Eventually, hundreds of children will die. But, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to refuse accepting reality. The ONLY hope for a peaceful Israel is negotiating with President Abbas. Negotiating requires COMPROMISE. And, in Israel that means desires of the state of Israel take precedence over the desires of West Bank settlers.

Say, Whatever Happened To Iraq??

During the past two weeks the world has been focused upon events in Ukraine and in Gaza. World leaders are issuing statements, making claims, offering advice and threatening action if the other side does or does not do something. As our gaze shifts to the Ukraine or to Gaza, our gaze does not shift to Iraq. Hey, remember, there is a war still going on in Iraq. We complain about leaders of Hamas, but what about leaders of the Iraq government? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to refuse any compromise with Sunni leaders, and has lost confidence of Kurd leaders in Iraq, and ISIS continues to hold large areas of northern Iraq. It amazes me how short is our attention span on any issue in the Middle East. From day one when President George Bush refused UN requests for more time to check out the presence of alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction, the American response to anything connected with Iraq is to blunder along without any logical policy.

Iraq is a greater mess than the situation in Gaza. It is a nation tottering on the brink of collapse. Is ISIS gains control of Iraq this means it possesses the money and power to engage in biological warfare as well as pursue a nuclear component. Is it possible for our State Department to focus on two issues -simultaneously??

What Can Be Done In Ukraine?

Rebel separatists in Ukraine just shot down two Ukrainian jet planes with their guided missiles. It is now quite clear these crazy people have not got the message of a cease fire. Silence reigns from Moscow at the news. This means President Putin has received the message of no more guided missiles but prefers to ignore it. So, what is left for the world?

1. Raising the level to new heights of sanctions against Russia.

2. The United States to announce it will supply oil to any European nation which agrees to support sanctions.

3. A ban on any person from the US or supporting European nations to visit Russia.

4. A ban on allowing exports from Russia to enter nations.

5. A ban on exports to Russia.

One is tempted to urge sending NATO planes into Ukraine to bomb missile sites, but that is too risky. However, in simple English, quarantine Russia. Putin must confront the fact he is NOT boss of the world.

My Spy Is Your Spy!

During the past five years this blog has offered defense to the Obama administration, given the virulent hatred emanating from members of the Republican party and media. Fox News has been on a campaign of hatred against any and all members of the Democratic party. BUT, President Obama must accept some responsibility for his incredible ability to create problems for no other reason than he regards himself as a defender of truth which requires violation of human rights–in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. Hacking the phone of OUR ALLY GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR MERKEL makes NO sense other than if one allows our spy agencies to do anything without supervision, they will blunder along. The CIA station chief in Berlin has been ordered out of Germany. Every effort on the part of the German government to obtain a “no spy” agreement with the President has been ignored. Gee, Barack, you have gone from being an admired person in German to one who is detested for violating the rights of YOUR ALLY!

There simply is no explanation of this incredible stupidity. Why would any sane, intelligent leader, turn down a request from HIS ALLY for a ‘no spy’ agreement? After creating a crisis over nothing, the President is now willing to discuss this topic with German officials. I suspect the dying words of Barack Obama will be: “NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY.”

When will President Obama cease creating problems? All he does is provide ammunition for Fox News to blast him.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Barack Obama comes across as a man alone.

As we grow older, we forget how we were mentally formed.

Today, is simply a revision of yesterday.

We can gaze into another’s eyes, but can we gaze into the soul?

Gentleness of daughter to dad is a wonder and joy.

In the end, I am who I am, no other.

Dawn breaks, question is -will we?

I knew, but never knew my father.

Hopefully, the child always remains in the adult mind.

Cherish each memory of life.

A nation enthralled by emotion is a nation headed for disaster.

A major issue is whether humans can behave as humans.

Some teen girls walk with wondrous eyes.

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.

Sorry, Death Is Death

There is a difference when young men and women go off to fight in wars from those who witness death in their own homes. Members of the military understand that dying is a possibility if one is involved in a war. But, for those of us who are at home watching TV or playing with iPads, the concept of dying is beyond our comprehension. My home, my bedroom, my kitchen are safe places in the world so how could I die. Cassidy Stay,age15, was at home with dad and mom and two brothers and sisters when there was a knock on the door. A voice said he was a delivery man with a package. The door was opened. It turned out to be Ronald Lee Haskell, former husband of mom’s sister and he insisted that his former wife was some place in the house. Finally, he lined up the entire family, and proceeded to fire two bullets into the body of each person. Two parents are dead, two little boys are dead and two little girls are dead. He did not kill Cassidy Stay. She lives on. They held a funeral for her family and Cassidy said they were in a “better place.” It is a statement of sorrow, it is a plea of hope, it is the only way this young girl can make some sort of understanding of what happens in gun crazy America.

I am 83 going on 84. Death is the end. Sure,I tell people that I am going to heaven. But, reality,there is no better place elsewhere but here on planet Earth. Oh, Cassidy, I so wish your comment was accurate. The most important thing that Cassidy can do for the rest of her life is fight to end possession of guns in the hands of people in this gun-crazy nation!