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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

Some read with intense look.

Some read with intense mind.

Some fear love, some enjoy hate.

As one grows older, scratches linger.

I know that God takes vacations, how come Death does not?

What is valuable to one generation may not be to another.

Oh, to be able to take a trip through time!

Never forsake a friend.

We can not trick our heart.

Some pollute the planet, some our minds.

Many old people continue wearing jackets of younger days.

I believe cops deserve free food and drink.

Old adage: a fool and his money are soon parted.

Where have all the old adages gone?

LESSONS OF LIFE

I was raised in the slums of south Bronx in New York City during the Depression. These are the lessons we were taught as poor people lacking any sense of power or connection to those who possessed the power of authority:

1. Never carry a gun. It can go off with terrible results.

2. Never pick a fight with a stranger, one never knows.

3. Always be loyal to those who are your friends.

4. Always repay a favor of kindness.

5. Never pick a fight with someone who can beat the hell out of you.

6. The cops protect those who have power.

7. Trust the Irish political bosses, they are your friends.

8. Republicans simply protect those with wealth.

9. Share what you have with those who lack. One never knows when you will be in that position.

10. Work your butt off whenever you get a job.

11. Vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt, he is your friend.

12. Adore Eleanor Roosevelt, she cares for you because you are poor.

13. Never steal in your neighborhood.

14. When walking in a strange neighborhood, walk gently

15. And, above all, fuck the wealthy!!

Court Does Not Affirm Affirmative Action

The United States Supreme Court voted to uphold the right of voters in a state to pass a constitutional amendment which prevents state colleges from using the concept of “race” as A factor in the admission of students. The vote barely passed in Michigan, but to the Justices the issue is whether or not citizens of a state have the right to decide issues of equality. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer voted with Conservatives and argued, “the Constitution foresees the ballot box, not the courts” as the key factor in resolving “differences” between members of society. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision which said Courts had to uphold the rights of citizens, particularly when States denied them their constitutional rights.

Sorry, Justice Breyer, we lived through the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy when individual rights were daily abused by the majority. The Constitution is there to protect people against the acts of the majority when those acts threaten freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Western Shoot Outs In Albuquerque

It is increasingly clear the city of Albuquerque is determined to win the best city of the nation award offered by the National Rifle Association. The police in this city do not waste time with words when their guns can speak with greater authority and deadliness. Since 2010, according to the Justice Department, its police have shot 38 people and 24 are now dead. I assume the police do not want a shoot out at the OK Corral unless they do the shooting and you do the dying. The Justice Department has repeatedly warned police in this city to cease rushing into shoot outs and utilize force as the LAST resort, not the first!

This time the victim was a 19 year old woman, completely unarmed. Mary Hawkes is the daughter of a local judge and has encountered problems in her life since childhood. She has been charged with drinking in public, with shoplifting and was currently on probation for assault.The crime that led to death was stealing a truck. Albuquerque police do not take gently to such crimes, steal one truck and who knows, the next thing is to rob a bank and then get an assault weapon and blast away. The US Justice Department has repeatedly warned Albuquerque police to use force as the last resort.

The unarmed 19 year old is dead.

India-Land Of Rapists

The people of India contain millions of wonderful human beings who work for the cause of human justice, but this nation is also home to some men who would be welcomed with open arms by those in our Tea Party. Some Indian leaders make statements that simply lack any sense of reality or interest in the lives of women. Mulayan Ssingh Yardev of the Socialist party in the state of Uttar Pradesh just had to inform the people of India that he must rank as the Number One woman hater in the world. He is very upset because two men in a recent Mumbai court decision were sentenced to jail for participating in a brutal gang rape of a woman. According to Yardev, if he is elected prime minister any law that sentences a man to jail for rape will be repealed because “boys will be boys.” After all, “following a girl-boy fight, the girl complains she was raped.” In the Mumbai rape the boys shoved a broom handle up her rear end.

One of his buddies, Abu Azmi went further. “Rape is punishable by hanging in India. But here noting happens to women, only to men, but women are also guilty.” Huh? How can one even respond to such stupidity. Oh, his son denounced dad and is furious at any and all rapists. I suggest we shove a broom handle up the butt of Abu!!

Death Takes No Holiday In Yemen

Over the Easter holiday in Yemen, which, of course, is not a holiday in Yemen, drones were blasting objects just as in the Ukraine, black hooded men were pretending to be soldiers fighting for freedom and peace and the Russian way of life. Every so often this weird idea enters my mind that we can spend one religious holiday in peace and quiet. An estimated 55 “militants” or “terrorists” or “Islamic fighters” or “bad people” were killed because “informed authorities”decided that these men were bad and members of al-Qaeda. How can I, or anyone else, dare to disagree with the CIA or the NSÅ or a member of “Special Forces” or some person operating a video stick in Virginia that when we Americans claim that a man is a bad person, he is!

The CIA on the scene insists all of the 55 who died due to Drone attacks were indeed, very, very bad people. OK, so a few minor innocent people died, but in the war against terror, once in a while the innocent must suffer. Barack Obama will sleep peacefully tonight knowing that 55 bad, bad people died in the fight for freedom and the American way of life!

Death Takes No Easter Holiday

I am an inhabitant of the United States of America. As a citizen of this country, the United States Supreme Court insists that I have the legal right to wander the streets armed to kill because the “2nd Amendment passed in 1787 says it.” Somehow, I doubt if those who wrote the Constitution really believed anyone, anytime, anywhere had the right to carry a gun and blast away if felt threatened. The Supreme Court, the National Rifle Association, our members of Congress and many state legislators insist the right to be armed is YOUR RIGHT! After all, “if you think” someone is a threat to your life, you have the right to shoot him! Given, this attitude, is it surprising that gangs of young men in Chicago believe since they are threatened they have the right to shoot and shoot?

Over the Easter weekend in Chicago 45 young people were shot with the result nine are dead and the others are in hospitals. According to Ronald Holt of the Chicago police, “fratricide” is occurring and many young people believe “the only way to resolve a conflict is to get a gun and go shoot to kill.” His 17 year old son died this way.

How are Chicago youth who shoot any different from NRA types who proclaim their right to use violence because they do not like this or that law? Right now NRA vigilantes are protecting the property of a rancher who refuses to pay the exorbitant fee of $1.35 per cow for grazing rights and Republicans hail these men as heroes!

Israel Again Displays Arrogance

There is no doubt the right of Jews to live in the state of Israel has never been acknowledged by many nations of the world. The reason is quite clear-there remains among many people an undying hatred of Jews. That is reality. However, the history of the Israel government in handling delicate issues pertaining to the religious center of Jerusalem which belongs to Jews, Christians and Muslims has been an adventure in disastrous public relations. Three religions converge on Jerusalem, three religions have sites they worship in Jerusalem, and three religions have the right to honor their legacy in Jerusalem. It is now Easter Week and Israel authorities have assumed the right to decide who can worship and who cannot. Robert Sergy, a UN official was even denied the right to enter religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem because Israel police have barricades through which worshippers can only pass–with permission of the Israel government.

Father Firas Aridah expressed the feeling of thousands of Christians who live on the West Bank: “the Israel authorities have said they are giving more permits this year to come from the West Bank, but the point is that Christians should be able to come here without permits.” Christianity was born two thousand years ago in Jerusalem and Christians are entitled to the right to pray not only during Easter Week, but throughout the year.

The Israel government needs a few lessons in public relations. To deny the right of worship to others simply increases hatred towards Israel.

GOP For Working People!

Leading Republicans gathered over the weekend in New Hampshire at something termed a, Freedom Summit, in order to share with the people of America their vision for this nation. It may come as a surprise to some, but Republicans are the party of those who work for a living, Republicans oppose the wealthy of Wall Street and stand for the middle class. According to Senator Rand Paul, it is impossible for the Republican party to become “the party of fat cats and Wall Street.” He informed all Americans that his party stood for the rights of those unemployed, those without health care, and for the “middle class.” I gather other Republican candidates shook their heads in agreement that the poor and unemployed are the center of their efforts to return America to prosperity.

At this moment in history, the United States has witnessed a continued drop in size of the middle class. In 1953, in Life magazine, the leading Republican magazine in America, there appeared an article by Frederick Lewis Allen which boasted that under the new Eisenhower administration the goal of the Republican party was to reduce the figure of having the top 5% of wealthy people control the nation’s wealth from the current 27% and get it down to 17%. THAT was the Republican goal!

Today the top 5% control 43% of our entire wealth. A thousand families have more wealth than 100,000,000 Americans. I have a hunch the Koch brothers are laughing tonight at this silly speech. After all, they control the Republican party!

What Can Obama Do?

It is now lear that Democrats are headed to a disaster in the fall of this year due to the inept political leadership of President Barack Obama. He has never grasped that a President is also a politician in a democracy. A President may control the Executive, but there is also the Legislature and the Judiciary. Drawing upon what great American Presidents did, let us offer some suggestions to the President.

1. Weekly press conferences in which he hammers away at key points. A Press Conference means that for that day the entire media focuses on what the President is thinking.

2. Challenge the Republican Party to Debates. Begin with the issue of how the top 5% own 44% of the wealth. Do the debates live on national TV.

3. Use his great fund raising structure to raise money for Democrat candidates this fall. BEGIN Now!

4. Send to every American a brochure which explains -in clear terms– the Affordable Care Act. This should have been done two years ago.

5. Hold a Fireside Chat each month. Select one topic and explain it in CLEAR TERMS to the American people.