Category Archives: Education

Hezbollah, The Good Guys?

I recognize any words that depict members of Hezbollah as other than savage terrorists would annoy the Israel government. Of course, the Palestinian branch of Hezbollah has agreed to serve in the Palestinian Authority government which means it can not engage in terrorist activity. The complexity about Hezbollah grows even more interesting when one discusses ISIS. In the valley of Bekaa, which lies on the border with Syria hundreds of Hezbollah are fighting ISIS which it regards as a threat to Lebanon, as well as to the Syrian government. Hezbollah soldiers told a correspondent their aim is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. So, let me explain:

1. The Israel government considers Hezbollah a threat to Israel.

2. The Israel government wants ISIS to be destroyed.

3. Hezbollah wants ISIS destroyed.

4. Turkey, allegedly is an ally in the fight against ISIS.

5. At this moment, Turkish planes are attacking Kurds who are fighting ISIS.

Question: How did we Americans get caught in this mad world??

Court Aborts Abortion Bans

The state of Texas is more than a physical entity, it is also a state of mind. Governor Rick Perry, among the great thinkers in our society, believes the “greatest threats to America” are caused by bans on guns and women who insist on having an abortion. Texas has passed one law after another to impede the right of women to have an abortion. Thank God,the US Supreme Court placed a hold on the latest attack on women, the 2013 anti-which closed all but a few abortion clinics in Texas. The law requires doctors working in an abortion clinic to have access to a hospital. Of course, many hospitals fear being connected with abortion so they block doctors from gaining access to the hospital.

The new ruling will enable about 2o of the existing 30 odd abortion facilities to remain open. Texas has ben attempting an end run against the Roe decision which allows abortion,. The government of Texas simply blocks access to abortion facilities, as part of its plan to end abortion in the state. The most remarkable aspect of this endeavor is lack of anger on the part of women to have their rights taken away. Vote against Republicans to vote for women rights!

Republicans Want ISIS Strategy

Fox News and Republicans are up in arms because there are not enough arms up in action in Iraq. They blame Barack Obama for the rise of ISIS and want to know why this group of terrorists have yet to be defeated. Let’s examine the record:

1. In 2006, when George Bush was president, his administration backed Nouri al Maliki to become head of the Iraqi government.

2. Since he assumed office this crooked, corrupt man has driven out from any place of responsibility Sunni men as well as sending thousands to jail. Maliki believes Shiites must dominate all aspects of Iraqi society, and the result is that thousands of Sunnis welcomed the arrival of ISIS.

3. ISIS consists of about 25,000 soldiers. The Iraqi army, allegedly has 250,000 soldiers. Do the math.

4. President Obama offered to retain US military advisers in Iraq but Prime Minister Maliki insisted that Americans would be subject sharia law if accused of a crime. Imagine what Fox News and Republicans would have shouted if President Obama had agreed to that demand.

Turkey is our “ally.” As Turkish troops stand idle, ISIS is blasting away at the Kurdish city of Kobani. Oh, the Turkish military is doing something–it is attacking Kurds. So, let me get this straight: Kurds are fighting ISIS and Turkey is fighting soldiers who are fighting ISIS. Sorry, the blame for problems in the Middle East rests on heads of Muslims in the region.

Return Of Poll Tax

I have ben voting for seventy years, and at no time during this time period did anyone ask me to produce a government issued photo ID. During the past presidential election over 100 million Americans voted, and fewer than 100 cases of voter fraud were ever uncovered. The most important words that any member of the Republican party can utter are: “this is the greatest threat in American history to our national security.” Of course, requiring voter ID has nothing to do with honest elections. It is simply a modern version of the Poll Tax. During segregation, any black who dared to seek to vote was required to pay money for that privilege. Let’s examine the issue:

1. A high percent of elderly people have ceased using automobiles. So, where do they get a government issued ID?

2. Millions of poor people do not own a car, so where do they get a government issued ID?

This supposed “greatest threat” can be solved by having each state government issue an ID to people. Naturally, Republicans will then chant, “this is the greatest threat to freedom in America.” I wonder if there is a Republican think tank that sits up nights identifying “greatest threats to America?”

‘Dr. Ryan On Climate Change

It has become a basic premise of any Republican politician to demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge concerning what is happening in America as well as the world. Representative Paul Ryan ran for the office of Vice President of the United States of America which, ordinarily, would result in a desire to a grasp concerning issues of world importance. But,he is a Republican who must adhere to ideas that make no scientific sense, and simply cast the individual as illiterate and ignorant. Ryan was engaged in a debate with a Democrat and was asked by a moderator to state his views on climate change. He insisted that since climate change had occurred throughout history, we should not blame people today for influencing our climate.

The moderator pushed the issue and noted that 97% of scientists believed human actions have influenced climate. Of course, Ryan replied, that was their view, and he disagreed with it. Again he was asked about climate change and insisted, “I don’t know” what has caused climate change. There is no doubt he earned an ‘A’ grade from the Tea Party. How can college educated people believe this nonsense? What has happened to education in America??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, New Statesman: Riot Club Lads”

How about a Peace Club to handle the Riot Club?

Sweden, Local: “Are Youth Today Boring?”

No, but their iPads sure are!

USA, aol: “Two Shot In Shoot Out”

They were simply exercising their 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Rat On Rivals”

How about just sending rats to your rivals?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “How Could It Have Been Mislaid?”

In the House of Representatives, they only mislay their sense of ethical behavior!

So, What’s With Ebola?

At this moment in time, exactly ONE nurse has become a victim of Ebola in the United States of America. Naturally, to Fox News pundits, we are confronting a massive threat to the very security of the United States of America. First, one nurse became ill, and then another and so on and so on. Nina Pham was among the nurses who treated the gentleman who brought Ebola from Africa. The pone clear aspect of this story is that procedures in hospitals are still not up to the standard necessary if Ebola is to be halted. Critics already are complaining that nurse Pham failed to adhere to proper safety procedures when she took off her hospital uniform. Something went amiss. How about?

1. Transforming a hospital in each city whose major concern would be to handle Ebola patients?

2. Ensuring that medical workers were provided with the necessary gear required in such an outbreak?

3. Sending the best experts on Ebola to any hospital which has such a patient in order to ensure proper training for staff?

OH, and having President Barack Obama to resign since he is the cause of this disease from Africa!!

Turkish Army Attacks The Wrong Army!

ISIS is fighting in the streets of Kobani against its Kurdish defenders while a Turkish army stands on the outskirts of town doing absolutely nothing. OOPs, I just wrote the wrong thing. The Turkish army is bombing and fighting against “terrorists” but these attacks are occurring, not in Kobani, but inside Turkey. Its air force just launched bombing assaults against the Kurdistan Workers’Party (PKK) which is composed of Turkish Kurds who seek some form of autonomy within the nation. The issue of rights for Kurds has long been a concern for the Turkish government. In 2011, both sides agreed to negotiate rather than fight one another. This air attack has, essentially, ended the truce and now civil war will return to Turkey. President Erdogan is more concerned with Kurds than with ISIS. In fact, he welcomes ISIS which is attacking Kurds. Let me explain the Middle East:

1. ISIS is composed of Sunni militants who incorporate both religious fanatics and secular people.

2. ISIS seeks to wipe out Shiite Muslims along with any Muslim “Heretic.”

3. ISIS wants to destroy any Kurdish nation that might appear.

4. Turkey, under Erdogan, wants to destroy Kurds.

5. Turkey wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

6. ISIS wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

7. The US and Turkey are allies.

Figure out what to do next!!

Oh, the one clear thing about this mess is–BARACK OBAMA IS AT FAULT!

Israel, My Israel!

It may come as a shock to the Israel government, but the United States of America is the only nation that enjoys the advice of AIPAC in the process of governance. The Israel lobby is not welcomed in nations throughout the world. British MPs votes 247 to 2 in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine. Naturally, this resulted in expressions of doom and disaster from Israel officials. The Israel government denounced this vote as “undermining chances for peace.” According to Israel logic, if Palestine becomes a nation it somehow poses a threat to Israel. According to Israel, recognition by Sweden of the state of Palestine, “sends a troubling message to Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make.” Wow!

1. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to make the tough choice of putting on hold any further building of settlements.

2. The government of Netanyahu has refused to put on hold building homes in east Jerusalem where Muslims live.

3. Pray tell which “tough choice” the current Israel government has made in the cause of peace?

Among the issues that create anger in Israel is decisions by President Abbas to work with Hamas. His formation of a government with Hamas BENEFITS Israel. Once Hamas is in the government, they are bound to recognize the state of Israel. As former US President Lyndon Johnson used to say, better to have your enemies in your tent than outside causing problems. It is time for Israel to make some “tough choices.” If you doubt what I write, just check with John Kerry who tried so hard to get Israel to confront reality. In the end, Apartheid will end.

Can Democrats Win Next Month?

Just about every Democratic candidate for US Senator is fighting of his life this autumn, and guess who is the cause of this distress? From day one of his administration, Barack Obama has regarded “politics” as beneath his responsibility as a leader of the nation. In many respects, Barack Obama is an Ivy League professor who prefers lofty thinking than dealing with mundane issues of governance. His disregard for the world of politics has virtually destroyed the ability of Democrats in many states to win an election. Ironically, Barack Obama is the perfect leader in terms of what young people seek in a leader. They abhor “politics” which is something that people who lack high standards of performance become involved in. So, what can, if anything, Obama do?

1. He can initiate a monthly, “Report to the Nation.” How about explaining in clear terms that the Affordable Care Act IS working?

2. He can send every American a report about the health care act.

3. He can challenge Republican leaders in Congress to monthly debates about current issues. This could be done via social media.

He can appoint a special commission to offer views about Middle Eastern policy and ask Senator John McCain to chair it.

Act like a leader, for God’s sake!