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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

For modern youth, the past slips through their minds.

We all too often become proponents for what will hurt our lives.

In any group, there is a “take charge” person.

Fewer parades these days.

Left alone, children play comfortably without adults.

Out of nowhere, a bloody nose.

I wonder which diseases were common to cro-magnons.

Our minds follow individual paths.

Some keep eye on the ground, some on the sky.

Some truths are fixed, some exist for the moment.

Hatred should be a momentary feeling.

Only humans engage in violence to end violence.

A king reigns, a president governs.

I always dreaded the last day of a vacation.

Words I dread, “rest in peace.”

We are blown by the winds of time.

2014 Americans are fascinated by stupidity.

Look Out For the Devil!

I greatly admire the work and efforts of Pope Francis to transform the Catholic Church into one in which the rights of all people are respected. I suspect that if he lives another ten years, there will be changes in the rights of women to hold important positions in the church. In many respects he is a modern version of the reforming Pope John XXIII who tried to introduce new modern ideas before his death. However, every once and a while Pope Francis speaks of things which are very religious and thus somewhat interesting to those who are not versed in deep religion. He warned Catholics, “look out because the Devil is present. The Devil is here.” I could interpret his remarks to represent a symbolic concept that something termed “the Devil” is around and living.

I was born in 1930 and lived during most of the twentieth century. To have lived in this century was to have witnessed the horror of Death as represented by the Holocaust, the untold murder of innocent people in Asia and Africa and God knows where else. If that was the work of ‘the Devil” so be it. I think murder, death, torture were the work of humans. Heck, we humans do not need a Devil to do what we can do each day of our lives–be beasts and all too human!!

Sex In Parliament?

The Parliament of England is among the most historic organizations in human history that long has stood for basic principles of democracy. Of course, until the twentieth century that hallowed institution was strictly a male preserve and females were best welcomed if they behaved with silence and proper respect for the good old boys who ran the place. Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labor Party in Parliament, informed the media there was need for an investigation into claims that female MPs and members of staff have been sexually harassed. She was joined in this claim by Amanda Platel who openly stated that she had been sexually harassed. She pointed out that a recent study revealed Parliament money was used to fund a nice gay sex party at a local hotel.

She was clear about the issue. “The truth is that there is an entrenched subculture of louche, predatory and deeply unpleasant behavior — the sad fact is that too many MPs live in an ammoral vacuum.” I get the feeling this feminist wants to deprive we men of our God given right to be sexual predators in the conflict between males and females. I guess she is just against God on this issue!

Racism In Australia

For over a hundred years the country we know as Australia adhered to a strict White Only policy which prevented anyone whose skin was not white no opportunity to come and enjoy life down under. Of course, Australians had the Aborigines who predated the whites and thus had to enjoy being a second class citizen in the land of their ancestors. Eventually, economics intruded into the lives of Australians since they must trade with nations in Asia and thus they eventually had to allow THOSE PEOPLE to enter their shiny white shores. Naomi Priest, a professor at Deakin University has completed a study of racism encountered by immigrants over the past decade. In reality, there is no need for any study since common sense would result in a conclusion that racism is alive and doing OK in the land of the Aussies.

Priest discovered a common complaint directed at immigrants is: “you don’t belong in Australia.” Of course, aside from the Aborigines, no human belongs in Australia. And, of course, the Aborigines were once immigrants from Asia. About 14% note they have been physically attacked or spat on or pushed. About 10% claim teachers do not believe immigrants are capable of advanced academic work. Nothing surprising. An immigrant attends school, it can be a pleasant time or a stressful time. It really depends on how school officials handle the situation.

Just remember that every example in America of a school shooting was committed by a white, middle class student attending a suburban school in which they felt selves objects of hate.

Cuba The Once Revolutionary State

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago the people of Cuba rose in anger against their dictator, President Batista, and sent him fleeing to the riches he had in the United States of America. Fidel Castro and his merry band of rebels entered Havana and promised people that the evil times of oppression and brutality were at an end. To prove his point, dozens of those who served the Batista government were placed against a wall and shot. The idea of a trial by jury was not part of the Castro regime which wanted to end Batista’s denial of human rights. Ironically, when Castro in 1953 made his first attempt at revolution and was captured, he was put on trial and received a jail sentence. Alan Gross, an American came to Cuba in order to work with the small number of Jews still in the country. His goal was simply to aid them gain access to the Internet.

Naturally, in the democracy known as Castroland, the government alone decides what you can watch or with whom you can speak. Mr. Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail, for attempting to overthrow the Batista regime, Fidel got a few years in jail. Mr. Gross attempted a hunger protest, but under pressure from his family, ended it. He added: “There will be no further protests until both governments show more concern for human beings and less for malice and derision towards each other.”

Too bad Gross did not attempt to overthrow the Batista dictatorship.

O.J. And Oscar On Trial

It is nearly twenty years since famous athlete O.J. Simpson was on trial charged with murdering a woman he allegedly loved. Oscar Pistorious, a white man in South Africa, is currently on trial for the murder of a woman that he allegedly loved. A white and a black man, a trial which has excited the world and offered ample opportunity for a crusading district attorney to make headlines and for the media to provide non-stop stories concerning the emotional state of the alleged murderer. We, the public, follow avidly each detail, each cross examination, we discuss the events while at work or with friends. We are fascinated, we devour key points that arrive dealing with the act of murder. Did HE really fire the shot or was there a third person who is the key witness to events that unfurled in the night of the murder?

Oh, what a glorious time for those in the media. But, there is something more important. We, the public, want this trial. We want an event in which someone who is powerful, a great athlete is confronting the issue of death and life. In the end, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted for the act of murder, but a large number of people continue to this day believe in his guilt and blame the media for allowing him to escape the death penalty. Ironically, today he is in jail for a different crime. So, what awaits Oscar? Will he escape only to fail at some future moment?

The only victor in either case was the media. So, will it be tomorrow.

Time For Truth Commission In America

Incoming President Barack Obama had many challenges, but none more important than how to handle the debacle of two invasions which had led to the death of thousands of Americans and wounding, mentally and physically, of over 40,000. Nelson Mandela in South Africa offered an excellent example of how a nation confronts evil in its past. He created the Truth and Reconciliation Committee which allowed any white person who had violated the rights -or even the life– of a black person under Apartheid could appear before the Commission, admit his guilt, apologize to the relatives of those who died, and was then given a pardon for his evil actions. This blog urged the new president to adopt this approach. Instead, Barack Obama said he did not wish to dwell on the past but only be concerned about the future. Today, we now are deep in anger over the past of what the CIA did, and hate grows stronger with each passing day.

The Senate Intelligence Committee under Dian Feinstein is furious and demands the complete truth from the White House which currently is in the position of defending those who violated the law. The Senate Committee believes “the CIA manipulated the media” by lying concerning the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. England established the Chilcot Commission which dealt with this issue openly and enabled those who suffered to hear the truth and those who tortured to admit their guilt. We NEED SUCH A PROCESS!

Condi Drops The Box!

In the search for the almighty dollar, Condoleezza Rice, along with the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, has ample opportunities to secure a nice position which makes her wealthy and gives her some power in our society. Condi decided to become a member on the Board of Dropbox, an organization which provides protection for our property and our secrets of life. According to the Board when asked why hire someone connected with the Bush violation of human life, the response was: “when looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint.” We admit, Condi Rice is certainly connected with expanding American footprints all over the Middle East. Of course, her footprint sort of was pushed into the faces of those arrested on bogus charges.

A new site, Drop Dropbox poses a question: “Given everything we know about the United States’ warrantless surveillance program and Rice’s role in it, why would we want someone like her involved with Dropbox, an organization we are trusting with our most important business and personal data??” A great question and now we need a great answer!

Pope Francis, A Man Of God

We in America are struggling with how to confront our past, a past in our own lifetime in which those we elected to public office violated the American Constitution as well as international law and the moral foundation upon which we were raised. The Catholic Church is fortunate to have as its leader, a man who is not only of God, but speaks with the truth of everything that mankind has created in the way of human values. Appearing at the Catholic Children’s Bureau, he spoke with honesty and compassion to those who were abused by priests of the Catholic religion. He admitted that priests participated in abuse of children, and noted there were “quite a few in number.” He was quite clear the Church acknowledged what had transpired. It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward ith regards with how we will deal with this problem,and the sanctions that must be imposed.”

Perhaps, Pope Francis might speak to the President of the United States and persuade him to take a similar stand with regards to violation of human rights by the CIA and the NSA. Oh, he might be joined in this stand by Bush/Cheney/Rumnsfeld!!

Life In Timberlake Not Sunny For Sunnie

The Timberlake Christian School in the state of Virginia is designed to teach young boys and girls how to be God loving decent Christian folk. However, in their midst is a young girl whose name is Sunnie Kahle and this young lady dares to wear her hair short and dress in jeans and tee shirts. She loves to play baseball and football and basketball and do things that God definitely designed to be done by boys. School officials, after making telephone calls to God Himself, have informed the grandmother of this child that her granddaughter has to get with the program–the one God designed. She was informed by school officials: “you’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment.” Ok, now that is clear, Sunnnie has to “understand that God made her female and her dress and behavior needs to follow with her Christian identity.”

Sunnie was made to understand that “sexual immorality” is not tolerated in this Christian school. Gee, I wonder how this applies to females playing in the NCAA basketball tournament. I guess it is time for them to dress appropriately when on the basketball floor of play. Dresses only permitted!