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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition  from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Donald Trump told an audience that he has ‘friends’ who are Muslim.

Donald continues referring to ‘stupid people.’ I wonder if that is a reference for the stupid people who invaded Iraq and created the current problems.

We don’t hear much these days from silent Ben Carson–good or bad news?

Americans so enjoy fearing non-threats.

Modern Americans have never had to fear a real enemy such as Nazi Germany or the Japanese empire.

Barack Obama has never grasped the importance of a President to educate Americans.

A 5% unemployment rate, banks solid once again, and guess who is to blame for this horrible situation?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Yesterday Republicans hated Hispanic people, today they hate Muslim people.

Donald Trump wants to bomb the hell out of ISIS. We ARE bombing the hell out of ISIS.

Nightmare-Imagine “President” Carly Fiorina leading this nation.

I assume Jeb Bush is seeking advice on dealing with ISIS from George.

Reality- no quick  fix to the ISIS problem.

There are moments when I want to go to Canada and live with intelligent English speaking people.

We need to create a new group to hate in this country. How about those Redskins, after all, we have feared them for over three hundred years!

Barack Obama As Leader

This blog has been arguing for over six years that Barack Obama has never studied the meaning of being President and this has been a source of his problems. The President in America is the symbolic as well as the political leader of the nation. Most countries in the world divide these functions between two functions – a monarch  and a political leader or a President and a Prime Minister. Obama constantly ignores his role as the Chief Educator of American  society. He never comes before the American people to explain his goals.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when Americans feared atomic war, President Kennedy appeared on TV to calm the nation. During WWII Franklin Roosevelt constantly appeared on the radio to discuss war events. At one point in 1943 he told Americans to listen to his radio discussion armed with a  map.He then proceeded to discuss how our military was functioning in the world. This is the meaning of leadership. Theodore Roosevelt often cited the “Bully Pulpit” of the presidency which means discussing, explaining  and ensuring that Americans understood the issues of the day.

At no point did President Obama discuss the new Affordable Care Act with the American people. Thus, he allowed Fox News and right wing nut cases to explain HIS law. Yesterday, he finally got on TV to discuss fears about terrorism. Unfortunately, this talk came to late since for a week Fox News and right wing nut cases have been framing the discussion. Barack Obama is a nice man and a well meaning man–he has failed in his role as Chief Educator for America.

Dealing With ISIS

Michael Flynn, director of  the Defense Intelligence Agency has offered some practical advice on dealing with ISIS. He points out there “were all kinds of reporting and strategic warnings  and even the guys in the Islamic State said they were going to attack overseas.” ISIS leaders told their followers “go forth and do good on behalf of our ideology.” So, there was no surprise that someplace and somewhere in Europe or the United States some sort of ISIS inspired attack would occur. That was the good news, but the bad news was that no one could possibly know the exact spot of the attack. So, what does he recommend for curbing the power of ISIS?

1. Cut off the sources of its wealth. That means Gulf State leaders have to crack down on Gulf State wealthy people who furnish ISIS with money.

2. Arab nations have to come together in some sort of an alliance and create a new Arab army.

3. Killing leaders via drone attacks only means another leader will emerge from he pack. Cease boasting about killing leaders since that will NOT end ISIS.

Never Ending Story About Death

There are moments tuned into the non-stop marathon of “experts”declaiming and declaring their views about why two young Muslims decided to end the lives of others as well as their own when one feels mentally and physically exhausted. It is clear that each “expert” has to say at least one thing different from what the previous talking head just explained. I was left with the following information:

1. Both were radical Muslims.

2.  The wife was the chief jihadist.

3. They were radicalized in Saudi Arabia.

4. They were radicalized via online sources.

5. They loved their baby or they were indifferent to the child.

6. Everyone at the mosque says he was a nice quiet guy.

7. The neighbors say both were nice quiet people.

8. The violence was caused by some arguments at work.

9. They planned the entire shooting and it had nothing to do with a work grievance.

10. I think I will go to sleep and for the moment, forget who said what!

Where Can Tourists Go?

Things are  not looking good for Russians seeking to find a nice quiet place for a vacation. Turkey is now off-limits, Egypt does not seem to be the best place to fly to or fly away from. The good old days of a few weeks in Syria would only result in a  beheading. So, where can work weary pleasure seeking Russians go these days?

1. Here in Chicago there is a beautiful lake, plenty of good restaurants and nice museums. Of course, a tourist might not respond to a cop and wind up dead.

2.  How about Baltimore, St. Louis and just about any city in the US? Just remember, when the cop says stand still, do not move a  muscle!

3. Of course, there is always Mexico, the land of sun and drugs. Oh, about those drug lords….

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if there are any  groups of people to whom Donald Trump does NOT have fantastic relationships with?

There are moments when Marco Rubio does not have a clue as to what he should be saying.

Is Lindsay Graham still in the race for president?

Carly Fiorina has become the poor woman’s version of bombastic Trump.

Then again, Carly always comes across as determined that she is always right!

I would so enjoyed watching his advisors show Ben Carson the location of Jordan on a map.

Ted Cruz has a dream, being a sheriff in a western town and gunning down the bad guys.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times:  “Cash Appointed Minister”

I assume this means there will always be money at hand.

France, Connexion: “Police Appeal For Bomber Identity”

The least the bomber can do is tell them, they DID say, Please!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Surge In Interest In Army”

Not from those running for office in America!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Very Popular Discussion”

Among Republicans it is always the faults of President Obama.

USA, Newsday:  “Pleads Guilty Goes To Jail”

Not if he works on Wall Street!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We need some brave explorers to venture into the dark recesses of the Trump mind.

I sure wonder what Abraham Lincoln is thinking about this collection of Republicans.

Marco Rubio is slowly disappearing into the west.

Ted Cruz should begin to wear two guns on his waist. I would advise not using them.

I continue wondering what kind of doctor Ben Carson was.

Barack Obama is among the most inept leaders in history. Silence is his concept of leadership.

Being a Muslim in Republican America is like being a Jew in Nazi Germany.Same fears.

On Defeating ISIS

There are no cameras rolling, I am not running for any public office so it is possible to discuss the situation in the Middle East with common sense.

1. ISIS is one outcome of the Iraq invasion of 2003.

2. ISIS is one outcome of the disastrous decision of President Bush to disband the Iraq army and send one million men home with gobs of weapons.

3. ISIS represents a portion of al Qaeda. Of course, the original al-Qaeda was formed during the war in Afghanistan against Russia. The CIA provided its weapons.

4. ISIS is an outcome of a Middle East that has languished behind other nations in terms of economic development. Anyone with education has to leave to get a good job–other than killing people.

Defeating ISIS will entail:

1. Vast economic development in the Middle East

2. A new form of the Muslim religion which marries modernity and faith.

3. Honest non-corrupt governments.