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HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “McDonald’s Reopens In Moscow”

I can guarantee it will soon close because Putin is upset at Obama!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Do Not Stop Migrant Boats”

After all, the same ones that brought your ancestors.

USA, aol: “Cleveland Boy Shot”

Sorry, this is not new news, after all he was twelve and black with a toy gun!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Cyclist Hit By Car”

After an operation, the car is doing well.

Sweden, Local: “Police Seek Help In Sexual Assault”

I will do anything in my power to aid cops who are sexually assaulted!

Putin Offers Advice

There is one certainty in life, if one is seeking to read a stupid comment, just dial in to the Moscow Times for the latest statement about life from our Beloved Leader, Vladimir Putin. He so enjoys engaging in verbal judo, at which he considers himself to be a master. The Syrian Foreign Minister, Waid al-Moualem visited Moscow since there are few other capitals that would have a welcome mat for him. Naturally, he received hugs and kisses from Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Great Man himself. Putin wanted to make clear to all nations of the world, “we share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat. Russia will support Syria in countering this threat.” Let me get this clear:

1. The initial violence in Syria arose when people wanted human rights.

2. Good buddy Bashar decided the only human rights in Syria belonged to him.

3. Being a close ally of Putin meant that Assad acted like his mentor-kill anyone who dares opposing you!

Such began the madness in Syria, and such remains the madness in Russia for those seeking democratic rights.

Where Are The Leaders?

I was a man in his thirties when the decade of the sixties arrived and thus was intellectually and emotionally sensitive to what occurred. During the sixties there were numerous black leaders on the scene ranging from Martin Luther King to Malcolm X and great writers such as Ralph Ellison or James Baldwin or even student leaders like Stokely Carmichael. During the past few nights I have yet to see an important black leader engaged in the fight for human rights. Then again, I have yet to see someone with a white skin assuming the mantle of leadership. Sorry, Barack, you just do not come across as a leader of “black people.” During the past few nights our society has lacked any semblance of leadership from religious or political areas of America. Martin Luther King on his marches walked arm in arm with Jewish and Christian leaders as well as union fighters for social justice as Walter Reuther.

Where have people of these background gone? Where were the Catholic and Protestant ministers? Where were the Rabbis? Where were the political leaders of our society? Most probably home watching CNN and then retiring for a good night’s sleep. Our society is leaderless. Again, sorry, Barack but at this moment you have lost any semblance of being a leader. Did you check with Valerie about what to say last night??

AnotherNight Of Terror

Like millions of Americans I spent a good part of last night glued to CNN so I could watch the mayhem that was taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. Ironically, as a former professor of Education in St. Louis I used to work with teachers from that city. We often discussed prejudice and poverty which was all too common in Ferguson. In all honesty, prejudice against blacks was just normal in St. Louis. Heck, when I first arrived in the sixties Jews could not even purchase homes in certain suburban areas around St.Louis. So, the night unfolded, well armed police wandered the streets pushing back black skinned men, women and children. They were out protesting, this I understand. But, it was never clear to me what was the goal of protests last night? I saw them in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other places, people marching down the street, blocking highways in order to protest.

The essence of a protest is to accomplish something. I felt last night the protesters were engaged in an act of emotional anger. I am NOT criticizing their protests. But at some point Americans society must move from protests in the streets to actions in our legislatures about laws. I doubt if most protesting had any laws in mind they wanted to have passed. How about a few simple laws?

1. Police are trained to fire at the legs of potential offenders.

2. Then again, police are trained to initially focus on using words to calm down a potential child warrior or young black dude in the streets.

What Is The Point Of This Bill?

People of the Jewish faith control every important position in the government of Israel, they control the economic life of the nation, they control education, they even control which land owned by Muslims or Christians can be taken over, and yet that is still not enough for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuven Rivlin is a conservative, but he is also President of the nation of Israel. He is completely confused about new legislation being pushed by Prime Minister Netanyahu which would define the nation of Israel as a “Jewish nation state.” As he notes, the founders of the state of Israel were very clear that it was a nation in which minorities enjoyed full equal rights and Arabic would also be a national language. As Rivlin points out the founders insisted that “the Arab public not feel like Jews felt in the Diaspora. However, Benjamin Netanyahu has worked hard to frighten Jews throughout Israel and the world there is need to define Israel as a “Jewish state.”

If Israel is not defined as a Jewish state, then what exactly will happen? At this moment, TWENTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE IN ISRAEL ARE MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS! According to Netanyahu “national rights” must be reserved for Jews. Why? How about defining the United States of America as a “Christian state?” After all, Jews in America only constitute two percent of the population. This bill is madness gone mad. As Rivlin poses: What is the point of this bill?

Death At An Early Age

He was twelve years old, he was playing in the park just like those of us who once were twelve years old used to do. Just like most normal little boys he was pretending to be a cowboy or a detective out to get the bad guys. How many countless hours did I play “cops and robbers?” How many hours did I pretend to be a sheriff out to get the bad men and save the good people? Tamir Price was not walking down the street as a six foot black dude, he was just twelve years old. Some person called the police and said there was a little boy at the playground who was waving around a gun that was most probably a toy one. Police arrived at the scene and confronted a twelve year old boy. Most probably he was confused, a bit scared. Heck, he was only twelve. For some reason he pulled the gun from his waistband and held it aloft. I have a hunch most twelve year old boys would have been completely confused.

The police fired. Their shots hit him in the head. He died at the scene. I await the Grand Jury report in which police said they feared for their lives. After all, he had the face of a demon, and the mere sight of this little boy shook them up. We will protest, a Grand Jury will find “reasonable behavior” on the part of police and another black boy will be dead.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “91 Year Old Dead Woman Awakens”

She immediately headed to vote for Republicans since she prefers dead folk to those awake.

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Police Accept Bribes”

Why not, they are the police for God’s sake!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Far Right Has Crush On Putin”

And, Putin has a crush on any group opposed to human freedom.

USA, aol: “What Can You Get For $1.2 million?”

A Congressman?

China, China Daily: “Santa Claus Found”

If you were Santa Claus would you want to be around for Black Friday??

Wilsonia, The Wilson Bizarro World

I finally got around to reading the Grand Jury verdict in the case of Officer Darren Wilson. Let me review the situation:

1. A black boy was walking down the street.

2. The black boy was about six foot, four inches tall.

3. Officer Darren Wilson is about five feet eight inches tall.

4. So, Officer Wilson initiates an encounter with this huge guy.

5. Growing up in the slums of the Bronx we were taught never, ever, approach someone who could beat the hell out of you. Walk on and ignore him.

6. Officer Wilson somehow got this huge guy into his police car. According to Wilson, “and when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five year old holding onto Hulk Hogan… He had the most aggressive face… the only way I can describe it, it looked like a demon, that’s how angry it looked.” OK, so why the hell did you initiate a contact with a guy with an aggressive face who could beat the hell out of you? Schumck!

According to the Grand Jury, Darren Wilson had some scratches on the back of his neck and on his face, nothing serious.

My conclusion: Darren Wilson is lucky not to have been raised in the slums of New York City in which aggressive looking Jewish and Italian boys would have eaten him alive.

Selling Al Qaeda Franchises

Military forces in Yemen stormed a house and freed seven hostages. The hostages had been seized by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an outgrowth of the main organization which is fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and any other place that will allow them to engage in acts of terrorism. Yemen soldiers insist they freed an American officer who was engaged in training Yemen soldiers. The United States government denies that any US soldier was freed because there are no American forces in that nation. This incident has led me to explore other franchises that might be of benefit to anyone reading this blog.

1. We have a franchise for any terrorist group for the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Plenty of opportunities to engage in mayhem and violence.

2. How about the al-Qaeda franchise to attack McDonald’s establishments in Texas?

3. Then again, how about a franchise to sell Wendy hamburgers to those going on a suicide mission. At least their tummy should be full prior to ceasing to be a tummy.

4. As of this point there is no al-Qaeda branch on Wall Street. Then again, it might be too dangerous for al-Qaeda when they encounter our Wall Street sharp shooters.

5. By the way there is no al-Qaeda organization for pre-schoolers. Care to set one up?

Fire, Fire Burning Bright Into The Night

I am a citizen of the United States of America so there is never a doubt in my mind that when a police officer shoots a black kid, the Grand Jury verdict will conclude the unarmed young man posed a threat to the life of the man who held a gun in his hand. In St. Louis County, the Grand Jury decided that Officer Darren Wilson had every right to kill Michael Brown who lacked any weapons. Let me examine the evidence.

1. It is clear there is a bruise on the neck of Officer Wilson and a bruise on his cheek. It is still unclear whether or not these bruises posed a death potentiality to Wilson.

2. Originally, Michael Brown was walking down the street. All accept that scenario.

3. Officer Wilson initiated the encounter.

Anyway, Michael Brown is dead. Officer Wilson is alive. And the city of Ferguson, Missouri is burning bright. Young men and women are looting liquor stores, they are burning business establishments, hundreds of police are watching these events. For some strange reason the Grand Jury decided to release its findings at 8:00 p.m. when hundreds of people were wandering the streets of Ferguson. Any intelligent person would understand the report should have been released at 8:00 a.m. when everyone was sound asleep. But, this is St.Louis and when it comes to racial prejudice this city takes the prize. I speak from the experience of living in this area for forty years. I am NOT amazed at the stupidity of police failing to protect stores from looters. Police are standing in the streets watching the looting and burning.

The Afermath:

1. Fury in the hearts of those who are black –or white and believe that Officer Wilson was guilty of something.

2. The people of Ferguson have no immediate place to get food or access a drug store.

3. A small band of looters are now happy.

4. No intelligent proposals for peace came from the Grand Jury.

Fire, fire, burn brightly and burn down the lives of innocent people.