Category Archives: Gender Issues

Sad Times In Turkey

The modern nation of Turkey was formed from the dying Ottoman empire about 89 years ago when a soldier named Ataturk decided to lead a movement that would end a world of corruption and create a modern society based upon secular principles. I am not arguing that he wanted to create a democratic nation, but he did desire to end religious power. His followers are known as Kemalists and they reject the concept that religion should be the basis of modern life. Turkey for decades was based upon this principle of secularism. But, with the advent of the Justice and Development Party-AKP-Turkey has taken a new turn-and it is not for the better. Instead of military leaders the people of Turkey are now confronted with President Erdogan who believes a modern society requires strong religious values. I am not arguing that he suppresses those of different religions, but his government slowly, but surely is instituting more and more religious values–Muslim that is–into all aspects of society. In addition, he is slowly, but surely, eroding the democratic desires of a high percent of the population.

It has reached the point when Kemalists seeking to honor Ataturk are now accused of fostering violence. All they want to do is celebrate the work of a great Turkish leader. Something is very wrong in Turkey these days and religious freedom is being threatened. Erdogan is to Turkey what the Tea Party and our religious right are to America.

Indict Cops–Finally!

Millions of words have been spoken, millions of words have been written, but the murder of people goes on and on. I have spent my life teaching members of police departments about the history of crime so there is nothing but respect for these fine people. BUT, there is also a sense of reality about those who are members of police departments. Believe it or not but there are men and women who currently spend their lives as policemen who never should have been hired. The problem is not THE police, the problem has always been SOME police. In their rush to defend police against so called liberal complaints, all too many conservatives refuse to confront reality. In any organization there are incompetent people, so is it with police departments. It is time to throw the book at those who abuse the power vested in a member of a police department.

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has brought charges of second degree murder against six members of the police department for the death of Freddie Gray. These men deliberately caused the death of Mr. Gray while conveying him in a police van. They shackled his hands and feet, but refused to provide a seat belt so when the “rough ride” to the station concluded, his spine was nearly severed. In charging these six policeman with a crime, the state attorney is NOT charging all police with a crime. She is just charging those who were responsible for a death. Period. Sorry Fox News, this is NOT an attack on all police!

Money Not The Issue!

Liberals in America continually complain about the need to spend more money for our schools in order to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed in life. During the course of my life I have taught over ten thousand teachers along with about two thousand secondary students. I have taught teachers and students in rural America, the suburbs and in urban areas. The problem confronting American education is NOT lack of money. Look at the record:

In Baltimore, the scene of current conflict state, local and federal sources provide FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for the education of each student. NO nation in the world spends as much upon the education of children. In other words, for each class of 25 students it cost $375,000 for their education. American teachers are the highest paid educators in the world. At present, only 73% of young people graduate from high school compared with over 90% in South Korea. So, what is the problem:

1. The current bureaucracy of education wastes untold thousands upon bureaucrats who was money.

2. Children are taught a curriculum that has no relationship to the world of the twenty first century.

3. Teachers are wasting time teaching for tests rather than teach in order to develop critical and creative thinking.

4. Teachers work in isolation rather than work as members of teams.

5. Teachers lack opportunities to pursue their own critical thinking ideas.

It is time to create smaller schools in which teachers are responsible much as doctors working in a practice with other doctors.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Banks Abandoned”

Yep, the wealthy took out all the money!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Police, Army Raid House”

And, a good time was had by one and all with the women in the house.

Norway,Norway Post: “New Gas Discovery”

And, new earth quakes along with it.

USA, aol: “Hottest City”

It used to be Ferguson, but guess which city today is the hottest spot?

UK, Guardian: “Mr. Irrelevance”

Today in America, the title goes to –TED CRUZ!

I’m For Kim Jong-un

I am quite aware that many Americans do not like the leader of North Korea. For some reason,this pudgy little guy upsets leaders of the world nor does he please those who pontificate on Fox News. So, how about a few words in defense of our Great Leader, the Wise man of our times?

1. There are no street riots in North Korea.

2. There is no ISIS gang wandering around and killing folks.

3. No one gets beheaded in North Korea. OK, so a few have malnutrition, but no one is obese.

4. No millionaires can buy an election in North Korea.

5. No one has to suffer listening to blond haired idiot women on Fox News.

6. Kim Jong-un loves basketball.

7. People drink tea in North Korea but they do not have to listen to the Tea Party.

8. No black dude from Africa is head of North Korea–just good old yellow skinned leaders.

9. There is no draft of football players, just a draft of any and all young men and women.

10. AND,it is against the law to walk around with a gun in your possession!!

A Civilian’s Guide To Proper Encounter With Police

I was raised on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City so I learned at an early age how to behave when encountering the police.

1. Always walk on your heels since this is less threatening then walking on your soles.

2. Avoid any eye contact with police, just gaze at the ground.

3. If you have black skin walk with your hands behind your back in a position to be handcuffed.

4. Have a patch on your jacket indicating that you gave money to the police benevolent society.

5. Any initial words should be: “massa, massa, did I do anything wrong?”

6. of course walking backwards with hands held high is a good way to indicate you are a peaceful person.

7. When asked your name, say it is: “Mike Flynn” or “Bill O’Reilly.” If either of those names are not your name,head to a court and change your name to an Irish one.

8. It does help if you are walking a dog, a tiny one, that is.

9. It also helps if you are with a beautiful blond girl who smiles at the cops. Of course, if you are a black man this just angers cops.

10. It does help if you are bare chested to make clear there are no secret weapons in your possession.

Oh,Brownie points if you speak with a British accent.

Then again, being dressed like a member of the clergy also helps avoiding being shot.

Supreme Court Mumbo Jumbo

Chief Justice John Roberts is a graduate of a distinguished Ivy League Law School so it is certain that his comments on the current case before the court dealing with gay rights will be an artful and legal analysis of the issues being examined. I can not dare to even attempt offering any words of wisdom when confronted with a legal mind of this stature. But, let me give it a shot. First, let me offer the brilliant workings of this mind for the century as he offers a legal analysis:

“If Mary loves Joe they can be married. But, if George loves Joe, they cannot. This is an interesting point to consider.”

However, let me offer a more complex issue:

“Wood loves his master, Bill, but he cannot marry Bill. However, Mike loves his sadomasochist master, Bill, but he can marry Bill.” Is that constitutional?

Then again: “Sue the cat loves Julie the cat and they can mate, but Sam the dog who loves Julie cannot.” Is that constitutional?

Gee, I wish that I could have afforded to attend Harvard Law School!

Protests And Protests

The concept o people protesting is part of the history of America from the days when Boston folks protested against a Tea law. Name the war, and you will discover people who were out in the streets in one form of protest or another. Name the economic crisis and there is evidence of people in the streets demonstrating anger about the difficulties they encounter in life. Name the fight for human rights and Martin Luther King was not the first one, how about the fight for women rights? We Americans take to the streets to fight for this right or another. Such is the American experience. At this moment some people in the city of Baltimore are protesting. A problem in discussing protests is the focus is always upon those who are protesting and much less upon the object of the protest. In this case the object are police who violate the laws they are sworn to uphold.

We invariably wind up studying those who protest and argue why didn’t they employ other forms of displaying their anger. If we truly seek to end protests about police behavior then we have to focus on the training and attitudes of police. This problem will NOT be solved by discussing for the God !knows what time why people are protesting. We have to fix the problem and that means instituting changes in the manner in which police function in this nation. Do that and protests about police behavior will end

Republicans Confuse Me!

There are moments when it is difficult to understand what drives members of the Republican party. At present, Republicans are offering one nutty idea after another in order to prove they will not allow Iran to develop nuclear power for war. Marco and Rand and mike, and Jeb shout about the fear we Americans must have about Iran securing an atomic bomb. The current plan being negotiated would prevent Iran from getting an atomic bomb for at least ten years. But, for some strange reason, these Republicans never utter a word about nations that POSSESS AN ATOMIC BOMB! For the record:

1. Israel has at least 80 atomic bombs.

2. India and Pakistan have atomic bombs.

3. Saudi Arabia is mumbling about getting an atomic bomb

But worse of all, there is one nation whose leaders hate America and have boasted their desire to destroy it, but no Republican is demanding that country should renounce atomic development. NORTH KOREA HAS THE CAPABILITY TO FIRE AN ATOMIS WARHEAD ACROSS THE OCEAN. So, who do Republicans focus upon–IRAN! I have yet to hear a single Republican demand that North Korea recognize the state of Israel? I think Sheldon Adelson should insist that unless North Korea recognizes Israel, then the only course left to the United States is to launch an atomic war against those barbarians!!

It’s Bombing Time

Ever since the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld began wars in the Middle East it has become fashionable for other nations to get into the act of war. How can a nation earn respect in this area of the world unless it is launching planes into the air or dispatching war experts to train and arm soldiers? At this moment in time a whole lot of nations are headed toward Yemen in order to screw up those people. Of course in reality, what used to be termed the nation of YEMEN no longer exists. Just about every group from al-Qaeda to ISIS to Shiites or Sunnis or Saudi Arabia now vying to prove their ability to bomb, kill, destroy and devastate at least one big chunk of Yemen. Here is the scorecard:

1. The Houthis began as an independent Shiite group but their good work attracted the big league Iran team who decided to to make them part of the Iranian network.

2. President Selah who was supported by the USA is no longer on the team.

3. President Hadi who followed Saleh is now the rookie of the year and heading for the big leagues.

4. Saudi Arabia felt left out of sporting events and decided to enter their team. This team can mainly bomb and bomb and bomb. Of course, they have no idea who the hell they are killing except is certain hat hundreds of innocent civilians are dead.

5. The Houthi team hates al-Qaeda. The Saudi team hates al-Qaeda, but for some strange reason the old Yemen government and the new Saudi Arabian bombing team would rather fight one another than go after al-Qaeda which both hate.