Category Archives: Gender Issues

Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

Tunnels To Hell

Once upon a time soldiers of opposing armies fought “fairly.” During World War I, an army would line up its soldiers in trenches, their artillery would blast away for a few hours in hope of disabusing enemy soldiers of the desire to fire their machine guns. During World War II, tanks might be at the head of charing soldiers, and their task would be to blast the armor into the enemy, in hope their soldiers would flee in panic. Or, we had pilots in the air staffing bombers and fighter planes whose task was to bomb and bomb, heck, soldiers, cities filled with civilians. In return, the enemy blasted away with their anti-aircraft weapons. On the seas, huge battleships or aircraft carriers sailed loaded with huge amounts of weapons or planes in order to kill the enemy. The only thing that was not out in the open were those nasty submarines lurking beneath the waves and ready to send torpedoes into unaware surface ships.

In other words, armies fought fairly. One knew where the enemy was, and an opposing army stood its ground ready for the assault. That was then, now is now. Hamas has constructed a vast array of tunnels through which their soldiers dash, ready to emerge into the open and catch Israel soldiers unaware of the danger. There is something sneaky about this form of murder. I thought murder had to be in the open. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) is upset at this unfair form of fighting. Perhaps, the IDF could give Hamas planes and artillery in order to have a fair fight? Let’s play by the rules of warfare.

Such is the modern state of military thinking. Fight fairly. Unfortunately, neither side fights fairly with civilians!

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Pay What You Want”

I believe that is the Republican program for our oppressed wealthy folk.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Thousands Hug Trees”

What people will do to get some sap!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop Scandal”

Talk about a shitty story to appear in a newspaper!

Sweden, Local: “Sweden Watches Norway Bomb Threat”

Talk about a fair weather friend!

USA, aol: “Footbridge Opens”

Another example of one small step for humanity!

China, China Daily: “Slow Train Scheduled”

I believe that describes the state of American railroads, every day!

Return Of Richard Nixon

We are currently remembering the infamous Watergate event back in 1974 when for the first time in American history a President decided to resign rather than face the possibility of being impeached. I find it ironic that Richard Nixon endorsed policies that the modern Republican party would consider ground for impeaching him. Imagine a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT who:

1. Urged a guaranteed income for all Americans.

2. Strongly supported Affirmative Action for black people.

3. As Vice President chaired an Affirmative Action program for Negroes.

4. Maintained a tax rate of up to 60%!

5. Backed equal rights for women.

Personally, he was an equal opportunity bigot ranting about Jews and blacks, but as President he kept his personal views to himself. There is absolutely no way this Republican would ever be supported by the modern Republican party. Ah, there was a time in American history in which Republicans were the party fighting for equal rights and the right of workers to have unions and decent middle class pay. Richard, we miss you–ssometimes!

Truth About M17!

After reading accounts by members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, this intrepid reporter flew to the Ukraine in order to get the truth about what is happening from members of Separatist loyal decent east Ukraine folk.

M: I read reports that you folks fired upon members of the OSCE. Is that true?
S: Absolutely false. We were camped in the forest having a marshmallow roast when we were attacked by some foreign forces.
M: What did they do, pray tell?
S: We saw some strange creatures wandering around picking up body parts. They were obviously ghouls embarked on a campaign to gather bodies in order to extract their blood.
M: Sounds sort of ghoulish to me. I thought they were collecting bodies of those killed in the M17 crash.
S: Fred, you are not that naive, are you? What crash? There never was any crash.
M: But, I read stories and saw pictures about the M17 plane from Malaysia which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
S: I suppose you also believe in fairies. Let me explain the truth. German fascists loaded a plane with corpses, they sent it headed toward Mother Russia, and as it passed over eastern Ukraine, a bomb inside the plane was timed to go off. Down came the plane, and down came the corpses.
M: Wow! I was sure fooled.
S: Due to the efforts of the beloved President Vladimir Putin, we rushed to the scene of this tragedy in hope of finding any living people. But, we could not allow these Fascist ghouls to recover the corpses, and suck out any blood still in them. We are decent Christian folk.
M: But, why are these Fascists doing these things?
S: The German Nazis failed to defeat Mother Russia in World War II, and now they are launching World War III. Thank God, the Great Leader Putin stands guard on the towers of peace.
M: Yes, thank God for our Great Leader. Do you think he might come to America and bring peace, and prosperity to our shores??

We Support John Boehner II

There are moments in my life when it is difficult to conceive that I am an inhabitant of an intelligent life form. Imagine being stuck in Heaven in a room filled with Tea Party folk led by Ted Cruz and John Boehner? My problem is that God gave me a mind which is trained to differentiate between reality and nonsense. I, honestly, attempt to listen and read what members of the Republican party say, I DO attempt to determine if they are speaking with some form of logic and coherence. John Boehner, head of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House is currently instituting a law suit against the President of the United States of America who he charges with ignoring Congress and making laws by himself. According to Boehner, this is the first time in American history that a President has behaved in such a manner. OK, so Obama made about 170 Executive Decisions and Saint Ronald Reagan made over 250, but St. Reagan was a Republican.

Yesterday, when questioned by members of the media about failure of Republicans to pass legislation about border issues, John Boehner noted the President of the United States currently had sufficient power to act without requiring any action by the United States Congress! I assume Congressman Boehner wanted the President to issue an Executive Decision and ignore Congress! Do I live in some form of fantasy land? Who are these people in the Republican Party??

Oh, I finally figured it out. There is John Boehner I, who is a Republican. Then, there is John Boehner II who uses his brain.

Court Makes Ass Of Itself!

It is bad enough to live at a time in history in which judges consider that a corporation is a person endowed with constitutional rights of free speech. I believe Justice John Marshall who headed the initial Supreme Court is spinning in his grave with disbelief. I live at a time when Judges regard the right of a Corporation to defend its religious beliefs even if they disregard the rights of employees. But, the New York State Appellate Court now deserves the award for being the top ass holds in the United States of America. The case involved a father who decided to beat up his little kid because the child employed a curse word. This is what these “learned” men came up with:

“The father’s open handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard a child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force,and doesn’t constitute excessive corporal punishment.” Huh? A child employed a “word?” Pray tell, how did this child know the word unless an ADULT had used it? The child never hurt another person. Once one proceeds on the road of violence, the end result is MORE violence. The child is being taught to employ violence when angry. THAT is the consequence of any form of corporal punishment. Yes, dad hit the child on his buttocks, but tomorrow that child might hit someone in the face. Or, given modern day America, take out a gun and blast away!

Obama Dismisses Russia

Once again President Barack Obama proved to the world that he is unable to get along with people. He has had over five years to work with the sensible hard working members of the Republican party in Congress. Heck, they have already passed 108 pieces of legislation, OK, so it is the lowest number in two decades. But, why didn’t they pass more important laws? It was the fault of Barack Obama. He simply refuses to understand the nature of how to create a vibrant economy. John Boehner has worked so hard. Latest figures reveal the average work load of an American congressman in 2014 is at least TWENTY EIGHT HOURS PER WEEK! That is twenty eight hours more than worked by folks on Food Stamps! If only Barack Obama was a nice Christian man, he would accept Republican ideas and work for harmony in America.

To make things even worse. Our President not only insulted Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he insulted the people of Russia. He dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything.” He went on to further insult the people of Mother Russia. “Immigrants are not rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy for a Russian male is 60 years.” Well, at least the immigrants in Russia are native born Russians, not a bunch of foreigners seeking to get across the border. And, in Putin Russia, he even places those who do not get along with him in a comfortable jail cell with three square meals a day! Can Obama match that record? Perhaps, President Obama could send those Latin American children to Moscow?

You Spy, We Spy

The German weekly, Der Spiegel reports that Israel spies spied on American Secretary of State, John Kerry last year while he was engaged in talking with Palestinian and Egyptian leaders in san effort to bring peace to the Middle East. As you know, Israel is very concerned what people say about their land. After all, Kerry made some outrageous comments warning Israel that its policies of refusing to negotiate or compromise might result in creation of a one state society in which Muslims were second class citizens, or, in plain English, an apartheid state. It is forbidden to even mention the “A” word among Israelis or their supporters in America. In light of this news about spying on allies, this blog proposes:

1. An international conference of spies from nations which consider themselves to be friends with one another.

2. Establishment of systems that can only be used by spies who are from friendly nations. These systems will facilitate spying and eliminate the guess work.

3. An exchange program in which spies from one nation will spend time spying for the nation they spied upon in order to spy against their own nation.

4. A “you can blow up one of our facilities if we can blow up one of your facilities” exchange program. Let’s keep things fair.

5. Eventually we can create a “Spy Nation” which consists of spies from around the world. Why not just them their own nation!

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

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

Somewhere over the rainbow is a rainbow.

Certain foods require large bites.

I wonder how many problems are really unsolvable.

Some cast stones, some catch stones.

Some stride with a grim determined look.

Some in life seek Death.

Some enjoy the laughter of Death.

My door is always open to life.

I wonder if machines are used in Heaven.

Some are not persuaded to know.

Some read for pleasure, some for knowledge.