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Ukraine, Another Sad Story

As the child of a father who spent his life in the fields of Ukraine, that nation has always provided me a warm spot of concern. Of course, being aJew was not the best thing in a land in which members of that religion all too often found a grave at the hands of Germans or members of Ukraine militia who hated all Russians and Yids. But, a Ukraine farmer did save my pop’s life so I must have some warm feelings for those Ukrainians who now suffer at the hands of Vladimir Putin and his buddies chanting hatred of Ukraine’s government. Ukraine is a complex place in which the majority of people hate Russians, but there are also many who recall with fondness the good old days of Soviet communism. Vladimir Putin has sent thousands of Russian soldiers, oops, Russian “volunteers” have crossed the border in order to protect Ukrainians from their own government.

President Porshenko now estimates that at least a thousand Soviet, oops, I mean, “Russian” soldiers with modern tanks and weapons are fighting alongside rebel groups. He also notes the presence of tanks and artillery. This is part of the Putin plan to seize as much of the Ukraine for the Soviet, oops, I mean, the nation of Russia. No NATO troops will arrive, and the task of maintaining the land of Ukraine is only in the hands of Ukrainians. Frankly, it is doubtful if they can prevent a division of their land. Such is the situation in dear old Ukraine.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I record what others do not.

Some speak with truth if mouth filled with food.

Our lives are dominated by self inflicted goals.

Some walk by me in coffee shop and gaze at me who is writing.

Never reject an act of kindness from another.

Today we live, tomorrow we die–eventually.

Some read with deep concentration.

Fear is the norm in 2015.

No more joyful sight than children checking out books in library.

I am a bigot, I expect an Asian girl to be smart.

YES, Islamophobia DOES EXIST!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear to those attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that Muslims DO confront a world in which being a member of the Muslim religion ensures that leaders of western nations will blame them for all problems in the world. “We want our friends in the West to see that Islamophobia has become a serious problem.” No honest person can disagree with this comment. People in the Christian West insist that Muslims are violent. This belief is from members of the Christian religion whose German people murdered over TWENTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II! And, Christians claim that Muslims are violent! Oh, I forgot that Muslims killed three thousand on 9/11. And, some Muslims have beheaded a dozen people. FACTS prove that Christians are the most violent people in the world. I can just hear someone arguing those Christians existed sixty years ago. Add up all those murdered by Muslims and they do not equal the 30,000 Americans killed by guns last year.

Erdogan went on to warn fellow Muslims they must rethink their behaviors. “When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in, terrorists and modern Lawrences.” He was referring to Lawrence of Arabia. I ordinarily blast the behavior of budding dictator, Recep Erdogan, but this is a refreshing honest comment on his part.

Enough with blaming ALL Muslims for the actions of SOME Muslims!

Putin Land Is Always Right

I doubt if members of the Republican Party of the USA recognize how their behavior towards President Obama is similar to the behavior of our Great and Wise Leader, Vladimir Putin. Putin and his lackeys are upset at the American leader because he is supporting the right of people in Ukraine to have their own form of government. Putin is also very angry that anyone, and when he says, anyone, that means anyone, would dare to challenge his actions about anything. His Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, made clear that the real terrorist regime in the world is –AMERICA! According to Lavrov: “The Americans have chosen a path toward confrontation, and do not evaluate their own steps critically. Yesterday’s address by President Obama stated that the central principle of the United States philosophy is based on one thing: that we we are right and everybody has to recognize that.”

Ironically, there is some truth in what Lavrov said. For over a decade American leaders insist they are right and all Muslim are wrong. However, Mr. Lavrov would make a stronger point if he also said that everything he charges America with doing is similar to everything that his boss, Vladimir Putin is doing. Vladimir Putin is just as right as American leaders who claim to always be on the side of God as they blunder into one land after another. How about Putin and Obama taking a lunch together to discuss how they agree?

Oh Dem New York Cops

I assume that any New York City member of the police department will turn his back on this story. It is just another of those cop hating liberals who spends his life seeking to defame those guardians of our lives who happen to be cops. Actually, I spent years teaching police about the history of crime. David Atali is a member of the police force who is stationed at the World Trade Center. He is an Orthodox Jew and has permission not to work on Saturdays. This definitely is a major crime which apparently does not please his fellow officers. He apparently made some cops furious. Oh no, they did not employ a choke hold on this man of evil. They simply greeted him with a “Heil Hitler” and “dirty Jew” comment in order to make clear they did not like the fact he does not work on Saturday. They even left a sign on his locker which said: “this sign is covered with bacon and grease.”

The real question is what is happening to members of the police force in this land. A FEW behave in ways that violate their duty to citizens. They employ a choke hold because a black skinned man is selling cigarettes and then become furious when called to account. They turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio who has the nerve to urge restraint on their part when encountering blacks or Hispanics and avoid killing them. Just another story of how SOME cops behave. And, most probably most cops will turn their backs on the mayor if he makes a comment about this tale of stupidity.

Just Another Dead American

Another American citizen died yesterday. There is not any important story to tell about Kaleb Ales. He was two years old. He was sitting in his parent’s car while they were engaged in moving boxes around as part of their desire to move to another home. He was just sitting in a car. So, how could any two year old wind up dead? Unfortunately, for Kaleb he was sitting in a car in the United States of America. In most societies on this planet, it would be virtually impossible for any two year old to wind up dead in a car. He was living in a land in which there are over THREE HUNDRED MILLION GUNS! Yes, this is God fearing America in which every person has the right to carry around a gun. If everyone has that right, surely it includes any child in this blessed land of guns.

For the record, Kaleb was not murdered by one of those Muslim terrorists. He simply opened a tiny door, found a gun and shot himself. After all, he was living in a civilized land. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualigtier, “Sometimes bad things happen.” No one is guilty of any crime. That damn little two year old had apparently never been taught about gun safety. It is all HIS fault!

What Obama Never Understood

Barack Obama has spent the past six years struggling to get the American people to support his ideas. From day one of his administration the President has never displayed a sense of American history since he has never provided evidence that he studied the actions of prior presidents who confronted severe economic problems. Newt Gingrich recently stated that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the best political leader of the twentieth century. Does anyone ever recall any statement by Barack Obama about how FDR handled the economic crisis we know as the Depression? Since Obama never learned anything from Roosevelt it is clear that his actions have resulted in giving Republicans control of large sectors of our political scene. So, what could he have done to avoid this calamity?

First, Obama could have grasped that a recession impacts all sectors of society. The person who lacks a job, the person whose wages are down, business leaders, small town people, young men and women. In other words, it is just as important as addressing banking and Wall Street issues as it is to meet the needs of those in pain and increasing poverty. FDR waited two years before pushing through Social Security while Barack Obama made health care the MOST important issue. Obama now talks about free community college programs but there was not a single program for young people in 2009! He now talks about infrastructure programs but this was not a focus in 2009.

FDR’s program addressed farmers, unemployed people, young people, reform of banking and Wall Street, women and children. He included the elderly in various relief programs but did not make his entire program based on their needs. During a Depression, leaders must address the IMMEDIATE needs of a wide spectrum of people, not just health care. For example, Obama lost the support of young people who had been enthusiastic about his candidacy. He never did anything about Student Debt! During the past election, students just ignored him. Why support someone who bailed out the banks but never bailed them out when they confronted student debt? He never bailed out people who watched their homes decline in wealth. But, he did bail out General Motors.

Barack Obama lacked any program that would meet the needs of ALL Americans. He focused upon Wall Street, he focused upon Banks, but nothing was offered to those who lacked wealth. THAT is the reason why Republicans won in Congressional elections in 2010 and 2014!

State Of The Union Not Universally Greeted

President Barack Obama gave a speech before members of the United States Congress and he apparently failed to gain support for his ideas from members of the body. Most Republicans are very upset because the dude from Africa did not get on his knees and promise to obey the dictates of Republican leaders. Most were furious because at no time during his speech did the President admit his party had lost the past election and they had won it. After all, if your party wins an election the other party should at least admit defeat and promise to do what you desire. After all, after Obama won the 2008 election, members of the Republican party met to plan how they would obstruct anything this man desired. There were no words about, “we lost the election so now we have to cooperate with the party that won it.” The fury of Republican complaints about the speech are simply ludicrous given the history of refusal on the part of that party to cooperate about anything during the past six years!

Oh, Senator Marco Rubio went into another of his angry outbursts about extending diplomatic relations with Cuba. After all, if a policy that has been in place for seventy years and has failed to change the government of Cuba it is certainly no time to make changes. All Marco wants is another seventy years of failure. OK the speech is finished, there was absolutely not way that anything stated by the President would have resulted in compliments from his opponents. Of course, if he had gone to his knees and promised to do what they said, most probably Republicans would have blasted him for not being humble enough.

The speech is over and it is time to begin the gridlock of doing nothing.

By the way, fewer than 40% of Americans actually voted in the past election. So, there is NO evidence “the American people support the Republican party.”

Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

A boss at a meeting speaks with the voice of truth.

Sometimes the short road takes a long time to reach a desired destination.

On arriving late one must wave hands in greeting.

To write is to live forever.

If I wipe the table clean then I am a job destroyer.

Old time gangsters were more interesting than modern gangsters.

I dislike looking up to tall men. Makes me feel short.

In my childhood I wore a white tee shirt in the summer.

Sometimes, to glance backwards is to see ahead.

One must accept with grace the reality there are things we will never know.