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Kick Or Pray

The 2014 World Cup has finally drawn to a conclusion which means that about one billion people can get back to the ordinary hum drum of daily life. Writing as an American who simply does not share the fervor that is so often demonstrated in nations that regard who wins the World Cup as among the most important issues in their lives. I appreciate the sport fanatic since I am one. Alas, not for soccer or World Cups, but for my beloved New York Giant football team or my long lasting love affair with the New York Yankees, and my tormented suffering with the New York Knick basketball team. So, I was intrigued by a study conducted in Saudi Arabia by Marian Dujain al-Kadi which reveals that 60% of Saudi females decide which team to root for in the World Cup based on the good or bad looks of players. Of course, in Muslim Saudi Arabia not only are women banned from driving a car, they don’t even have time in school for physical education. One is left wondering do Saudi women have extra energy and are dying to bang away at a football more than even banging away with a man?

The other aspect of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia that captures my attention is what happens if the game conflicts with prayer time. Sheik Mohamed al-Mahmoud insists that prayer takes precedence over the game. “When it is time for late evening and Ramadan-specific night prayers, one must go to the mosque and pray.” These are definitely not the words or advice of a sport fan. On Yom Kippur I would flee from the synagogue to find some friendly Christian family listening to the World Series. Since they recognized while I was not Jewish, I was a devout Yankee fan, they allowed me to listen.

I hate to inform the Sheik, but God is a fanatic sport fan. And, he is really upset that Saudi women cannot kick a ball!

Unpolitical Obama

Each passing day reveals increaded evidence that Barak Obama has never grasped the importance of why a successful American president must be the political leader of his party as well as its intellectural head. Upon his election in 2008 as president of the nation, Obama has the enthusiastic support of millions of young people who wanted, not merely the end of a disastrous war in Iraq, but birth of a new era in which America was a shining light to the world. As of this date, Obama has never assumed the mantle of champion of our youth. He has ignored their issues, gone agaisnt their desire for an end to secrecy whose only goal was to intrude upon the lives of Americans. He never grasped that youth were the leading users of the Internet, and thus thos ewho would be most impacted by spying. Those of us over age 70 are not spending our lives on cell phone, Facebook or the Internet. By allowing the NSA, the FBI, the CIA to intrude into our lives, Obama has alientated America’s youth. In effecct, his failure to focus on their needs resulted in their drift away from politics.

What can a youth centered Obam do?

1. A dramatic bailout of Student Debt.

2. Reduce interest rates for Studen Loans to 3%. About wha the US spends on its loans.

3. Offer 2 year Public Service positions in exchange for end of Student Loans.

Basically, do something that makes youth want to become politically engaged because Politics directly impacts their lives.

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 are steps to war, are there for peace?

I have weekly dream of lottery riches.

Problem of revenge is to attain it is to feel bad.

I am a man of few moods.

Who knows what lurks in the mind of Barack Obama?

I have never known the fear of intense hatred.

Allow hatred to be a weekend guest in your heart, then watch it depart.

For many, the Devil is a long lost relative.

A person can never fool self.

I wonder how people who love God seek to kill His creatures.

Another Noah’s Ark movies, I think this is a rerun.

I so miss the joy of hitch hiking.

Flashing lights in distance slow down all cars.

Tender be your love for loved ones.

Be fearless in the fight to love another.

Older daughter gently aids younger one. So sweet.

I miss the cutting intelligence of JFK.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, NY DailY News: “Professor Strips For Students”

Hopefully, the mind, not the body.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Nightmare Nanny”

Nags, nags, nags.

Italy, Local: “Pope Does Not Pray For Victory”

Honest, not over the Devil?

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Why Relaxing Is Difficult?”

I live in America where Republicans control Congress.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Amazon Fights Amazon”

This is one big story!

France, Connexion: “Smoking Ban In Park”

I have a hunch the winds will handle this problem.

UK, Guardian: “New Twist On Shopping”

Keep the cart free of merchandise?

What Comes Next??

It becomes increasingly clear that regardless of who is president of the United States of America our foreign policy will not reflect long term thinking. Both George Bush and Barack Obama are more similar than different in their approach to confronting issues in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has been the only one in our government who thinks in long-term approaches, who seeks to assist in establishing the basis for permanent peace in the Middle East. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding the crest of a popular desire by many Israelis for an end to terror. His approach is to “out-terror” any Islamic terrorist. If they kill three Israelis, then he will kill a hundred. If they wound three Israelis, then he will wound 1200 Palestinians. For the short term, this approach might succeed in reducing rockets, but it is not a long term solution. At no point has Netanyahu offered a sensible compromise to the conflict with Palestine leaders other than to insist there will be more and more housing in the West Bank. Is there an end point to these settlements or do they proceed until no Palestinian is left on the West Bank?

Even the American government is now becoming frightened at the aggressive assault on Gaza. It is warning Israel not to send in ground forces. The UN is urging and urging Israel to reduce the assault and once again seek peace through negotiations. Naturally, Israel leaders insist prior efforts have only failed. Naturally, they blame President Abbas. This is the moment for Netanyahu to make a dramatic offer that can not be turned down. What might that be?

1. A promise that no further housing will be built on the West Bank.

2. An economic solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees. The Israel economy can certainly handle one billion a year for the coming two decades.

3. A promise that Israel will initially request the UN to establish a commission that will investigate any Israel complaint prior to massive assault on Palestinians. The commission could not prevent action,but it might slow down the process.

Finally, the time has come for a UN sponsored negotiator who would be charged with proposing the basis of compromise between Israel and Palestinians. Both sides would have to respond to the proposal. The Palestinian delegation would have to include a representative from Hamas if Hamas is still part of the coalition. The Israel delegation would have to include representatives from at least two other Israel political parties. We propose John Kerry as the UN negotiator. This means he would have to resign as US Secretary of State.

Wither Germany??

I confess. There are times when one is completely shocked by the inept manner in which President Obama conducts foreign policy. How could any intelligent president of the United States of America wind up making our loyal friend and ally, Germany, into an enemy? Well, Barack pulled it off. Chancellor Angela Merkel is now furious. On her recent trip to Washington, the German leader proposed a “no spy arrangement” between the US and Germany in which neither would spy on the other. President Obama REFUSED TO ACCEPT THIS PROPOSAL! Huh? Instead, American spy agencies hired Germans working in German intelligence to spy for them. Just think of it, America was finally learning what its ally, Germany was thinking! There are reports that Merkel is reconsidering her nation’s foreign policy and might reach out to Russia! President Obama simply does not grasp that by embarrassing an ally, one makes it difficult for a German leader to remain popular with the people of Germany. Thomas Oppermann, head of the SPD which is a coalition member of the current government is shocked.

“If it is confirmed that spying activities against the BND(German Intelligence Agency) took place…it will be an unprecedented assault on the parliament and our democratic institutions.” Barack, everyones does not share your madness about National Security, particularly when you spy on your friends. Frankly, this entire episode makes NO sense! How did America reach the point where its friends no longer trust our nation??

Iran’s Seven Year Itch For Peace

There is some good news coming from Iran, or at least any sensible person would interpret new Iranian proposals as constituting good news. Then again, when US Secretary of State John Kerry has to conduct foreign policy negotiation with one eye focused on Congress, is it at all possible that he can succeed in anything related to the Middle East, Asia, Europe or Africa? Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif offered a deal. Iran would freeze its current nuclear program for seven years on condition that after that moment, it would be free to conduct the same nuclear programs as found in other nations. At this point, Kerry and his allies in negotiation have been demanding a ten year freeze. In simple, clear English, both sides ARE close to an agreement. So, let us propose a compromise:

1. Iran freezes its nuclear program for eight years!

2. Israel agrees to reduce by a factor of 20% the number of atomic bombs in its facilities.

3. Israel and Iranian leaders agree to establish a joint commission which meets on a regular basis to discuss issues between the nations.

4. America returns to Iran money that was frozen after the Shah was overthrown in 1979.

Believe it or not, peace IS possible in the Middle East!

On National Debt

These days every conversation I have with a member of the Republican party entails their complaints about the National Debt. In their view, this monstrosity is the creation of the Democratic Party and its spendthrift approach to government. In their version of history, under Republican presidents our government was led by those who possessed sound fiscal thinking. It was very simple according to Republicans, lower taxes on the wealthy would result in job creation leading to more tax revenues into the government and the result would be the end of our National Debt and a balanced budget. Such is the Republican mantra.

Let’s Examine the Record:

Democrat President Jimmie Carter left a National Debt of $900 Billion.
Republican President Ronald Reagan inherited this $900 Billion. He left office with a
National Debt of $2.5 TRILLION.
George H.W. Bush inherited $2.5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 TRILLION
Democrat Bill Clinton inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 Trillion. However, he left office with a budget that showed a $400 billion surplus. If following presidents did what he did, the National Debt would have BEEN PAID OFF BY 2010!
George Bush inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $11 TRILLION. BUT, he wrote the budget for 2009 and it had a deficit of $1 Trillion.
Barack Obama inherited a $12 Trillion deficit and due to interest payments and a collapsed economy, the National Debt continued to rise to its current $12 Trillion.

So, which party is responsible for the National Debt?

Am I On The Black List??

Some have dreams to make a million, some have dreams to climb a mountain, some have dreams to sail across oceans, me, I have but one dream–to make the blacklist of the Russian government for being a website that encourages extremist ideas! When I was twenty eight I made the black list of Senator Joseph McCarthy for being a “communist” who spread bad ideas to my high school students. Thus, I was not allowed to get a teaching job in the state of California and had to flee east to New York. So, being on a black list is an honor for this dude. Imagine my surprise discovering there is a new black list in Russia. President Vladimir Putin established a new black list for websites that encourage “extremist ideas.” That certainly fits me. According to the new law if you donate money, post articles, or express support for “extremist views” then a fine or prison sentence awaits you in Russia.

My question is: how does one get on the list? I do try my best to describe Putin as a pussy who poses as a real man. He is ignorant, stupid, a criminal, a violator of human rights, a man who can boast of beating up three women while posing in pictures of shooting a defenseless animal. So, Vladimir, send me to jail. I lived to see Joe McCarthy drink himself to death, so how will you wind up dead?

Online Love -Hate

Even as I write there are millions of young Americans whose face, mind, and soul are fixed on something they are seeing on the Internet. There are millions of young Americans who spend their days “talking” with people they have never met, nor have they ever had a meal with, but who are now their “friends.” Their inner world, their inner thoughts, their inner fears, and their inner hopes are openly shared with people about whom they know only what is read in an Internet connection. These young people do not read books, all they need is the Internet or watching YouTube videos in order to understand the complexity of what transpires in the world. They have never studied history, they do not even know what expressions such as: international relations, political systems, or the Middle East actually mean. Such was Shannon Conley, a young nurse who went online and met the man of her dreams who hailed from Tunisia. Such is modern life, to fall madly in love with a “person” who only exists on your computer.

Shannon decided to abandon the Christian religion, convert to the Muslim religion, and decide to embark on a jihad against evil Americans. Since this is the good old USA or should I say, the good old, NRA, this twisted, confused young women readily got access to guns and training in the fine art of Death. She even stalked a church and made drawings for who knows what–a shooting? Anyway, Shannon purchased a one way ticket at the airport in Denver, Colorado, was seized by federal agents, and, most probably is headed for a jail cell.

Shannon, I hate to inform you, but your “lover” will NOT be launching an attack on the prison. Frankly, who knows if this “lover” is actually a real person. The only certain thing is that he exists on your computer. The isolation of the computer only leads to weird behaviors.