Category Archives: Egypt

Keeping Students On Task

I spent fifty years of my life working in the field of education including ten with boys and girls who were in secondary school. I taught in an all boys junior high school in Harlem where I was assigned the eighth grade discipline kids so I do know something about discipline and problems in a class. A teacher in an Egyptian secondary classroom decided that a boy was a problem who required some sort of discipline. By the time he got finished with the process of instilling good behavior patterns the boy had a brain hemorrhage and was close to death. We do not know the name of this “teacher” other than he still defends this process of discipline. He now says that “I had no intention to kill him, but the beating was part of discipline.”

Heck, his behavior of killing youth is no different from that of the Egyptian government which fires away when some young folks decide to protest. After all, when in Egypt if you do not like the teachers who run the country, place a dunce cap on your head and stand in the corner. I have a hunch one can not keep kids focused on work if they are dead. Just a hunch.

Another Subject Closed

There are some subjects that members of police departments study very intensely. They will never close the book on these subjects until the issue is a dead matter. Ironically, while police are vastly interested in his subject they do not believe it is necessary to go to a library and study it. Their knowledge of this subject comes from some inner feeling that each and every member of a police department feels and knows. I must admit this subject is a center of conversation among police. They discuss it, they analyze it, and simply can not end their interest in the subject. Tony Robinson, age 19, was the subject yesterday int he city of Madison, Wisconsin. He was studying at a college which means there was something wrong with him. He did not belong to a gang, just a school boy. Well, for some reason or another this subject came int contact with a member of the police force. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, a professor who taught this subject, reported what happened. “The officer did draw his revolver and discharged a shot that hit the subject.”

Perhaps, one day, we will identify people, not as subjects, but as humans. A subject is a topic, a human lives and breathes. Book closed on this subject. This subject will never be studied again.

Ferguson Redeux

The Justice Department just issued a report on the city of Ferguson, Missouri and its conclusion reveals some shocking news. Believe it or not but there is some, just some, evidence of discrimination in this fair city. I was amazed to learn that if your skin is black in this Missouri city, the likelihood of being stopped by police is rather high. If you drive a car, then there is a high chance it will be halted by police who simply want to check it out for drugs. If your skin is black, there is a greater probability that you will wind up in jai. In other words:

1. Blacks get more tickets.

2. Blacks are fined more often than whites.

3. Blacks are more often the ones who can not pay their fines.

4. This means that blacks wind up in jail more often for unpaid tickets.

I thought in our Constitution the Founding Fathers made clear they did not want paupers sent to jail. But, that was then, and now is now.

US Defends Israel

Even as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was blasting the foreign policy of President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry was defending the nation of Israel before the United Nations Human Rights Council. He charged the group continued to focus on human rights issues within Israel but ignored similar, if not worse, examples in other parts of the world. Ironically, just as Bibi was accusing the Obama administration of failing to support Israel, leaders of Palestinian groups were accusing the United States of failing to address human rights issues in Palestine because the Americans regard “Israel”as being above the law!”

For the record, the Dome that prevents missiles from hitting Israel was built with US technology and Money. So much for hating Israel.

Oh, former Israel President Shimon Peres said the actions of Netanyahu was the first time Israel leaders interfered into American politics

Israelis Respond To Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu represents the current government of Israel, but he does not represent what the entire population thinks regarding policy toward Iran. Isaac Herzog is an opposition leader who is offering the people of Israel an alternative approach to dealing with Iran that does not focus upon war. “There is no doubt the prime minister knows how to speak well, but the truth is that the speech, impressive as it was, did not prevent a nuclear Iran. The painful turn is that after all the applause, Netanyahu is alone and Israel is isolated.” Herzog’s comments along with those of other opposition leaders such as Tzipi Livni raise an issue that Israel must confront. At this moment in time, Israel lacks any friends in Europe, let alone other regions of the world. For example:

1. When Benjamin Netanyahu assumed office, Israel armed forces were holding joint military exercises withe Turkish army. Those days are over and Turkey opposes the government of Israel.

2. Israel relations with Jordan and Egypt are no longer close.

3. Not a single European government looks with approval at Israel and its policies, both domestic of foreign.

The Israel opposition wants to work with the US and European nations to bring peace to the Middle East.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily News: “Here We Go Again”

No law is a good law when Republicans control Congress.

Sweden,Local: “Genital Videos Unleashed”

I piss on this story!

France, Connexion: “Widen Duties For Dogs”

From now on they must pick up the shit.

UK, Guardian: “Baby Strapped To Wheel”

Big deal, Mitt Romney strapped a dog on top of his car!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Missing Man Turns Up”

If a missing man turns up he is not missing.

Preview Of Bibi Speech

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a speech tonight. We offer our readers a preview of what he will say. At least fifty members of Congress will not hear this speech because they prefer to boycott than to listen to a FOREIGNER give advice to Americans about their foreign policy. In the entire history of this nation this represents the largest number of congressmen who deliberately boycotters a speech by a foreign dignitary. Anyway, here is what Bibi will say.

1. I am one tough dude.

2. Barack Obama is not one tough dude.

3. John Kerry, who was awarded medals for bravery in the Vietnam war, has caved into Iran demands in a cowardly manner.

4. No deal with Iran ensures peace.

5. Since Iran will not have been provided with an alternative to peaceful use of atomic energy, there remains only one alternative–bomb the hell out of Iran.

6. Since Israel lacks the type of bombs that could penetrate Iran’s defenses, we need American bombers to blast away.

7. Israel stands for peace and that is why Israel uses force to end problems.

8. First Iranian terrorists came for opponents to democracy, then they came for Jews in Iran, then they will come for Israel,and then they will come for Europe, and then they will come for the United States of America.

As I said, this is sone tough dude.

Bibi Joins Fellow Republicans To Save World!

I assume this week anyone who cares about Israel or the United States of America will be glued to their iPads or television sets in order to see still another Republican inform the world how to get peace in t he world. Bibi Netanyahu is here to further the work of his dad in the cause of ensuring that Republicans once again govern the nation. His father was a professor here in America who also doubled as a fervent Republican. The Israel Ambassador to the United States of America used to double as a paid Republican worker. Anyway, Bibi is here to expose American government attempts to avoid a calamity in the Middle East. Bibi will inform cheering Republicans that the only road to peace in the Middle East is to bomb the hell out of Iran. After all, Bibi is an expert on peace in the Middle East. Since becoming prime minister of Israel:

1. The former close ties between Israel and Turkey have ceased after fifty years of close cooperation.

2. Jordan used to support Israel in many situations and now has ended this support.

3. There is not a single European nation that supports the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu.

So, Americans, cheer Bibi and perhaps we can end any and all good relations with nations in this world.

Another Missouri Day

I spent forty years of my life working in the state of Missouri and many days were in rural areas of the state where I taught teachers. If there is one place I know well, it is southern Missouri where segregation was still around up into the 1970s. In places like Flat River, if your skin was black make certain it was not being shown after sundown, at least not in the town of Flat River. One day I was a visiting Jew in a school in Doniphan, I can guarantee they have never seen a Muslim. So, I was not surprised to read about a man in southern Missouri who shot to death eight people and then rid the world of his body. Guns are to southern folk in Missouri what money is to the rest of us. They so love the gun.

Of course, there are more murders in St. Louis, Missouri with its population of about 250,000 than in most major metropolitan areas of this nation. I have no idea why this man killed eight people. I also have an idea that such murders will occur again and again in this state which prefers living in the nineteenth century when blacks knew their place and Jews never ventured into these areas. They love guns, they love death as long as they can retain the right to hold a gun anywhere they desire.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Back To Normal”

Republicans are holding the Obama administration hostage to their hated of immigrants.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Boko Haram Boast Of Slaughter”

Now we know that God wants to murder children.

Norway, Norway Post: “Guide To Dining On Budget”

Please pass me the glass of water!

Sweden, Local: “Beggars Evicted”

I assume you are not discussing Wall Street beggars who get government handouts.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Women Told Find Rich Husband”

You darn well won’t find one in Moscow unless a buddy of Putin