Category Archives: Gender Issues

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.

Sorry, Death Is Death

There is a difference when young men and women go off to fight in wars from those who witness death in their own homes. Members of the military understand that dying is a possibility if one is involved in a war. But, for those of us who are at home watching TV or playing with iPads, the concept of dying is beyond our comprehension. My home, my bedroom, my kitchen are safe places in the world so how could I die. Cassidy Stay,age15, was at home with dad and mom and two brothers and sisters when there was a knock on the door. A voice said he was a delivery man with a package. The door was opened. It turned out to be Ronald Lee Haskell, former husband of mom’s sister and he insisted that his former wife was some place in the house. Finally, he lined up the entire family, and proceeded to fire two bullets into the body of each person. Two parents are dead, two little boys are dead and two little girls are dead. He did not kill Cassidy Stay. She lives on. They held a funeral for her family and Cassidy said they were in a “better place.” It is a statement of sorrow, it is a plea of hope, it is the only way this young girl can make some sort of understanding of what happens in gun crazy America.

I am 83 going on 84. Death is the end. Sure,I tell people that I am going to heaven. But, reality,there is no better place elsewhere but here on planet Earth. Oh, Cassidy, I so wish your comment was accurate. The most important thing that Cassidy can do for the rest of her life is fight to end possession of guns in the hands of people in this gun-crazy nation!

No Fly, No War?

The killings continue in Gaza as the Israel army continues its campaign to wipe out launching facilities that send rockets into Israel. A new twist on this story concerns decisions by most major airlines to cease any flights in or out of Israel. After all, if rockets are in the air, the last thing desired is to have planes up in the sky. One suspects this ban was never anticipated by those planing the invasion of Gaza. Then again, has the Israel government a plan to end death for its citizens that goes beyond the present moment in time? UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reflects the feelings of many nations in demanding that Israel halt its current attacks in Gaza. Each minute, each hour, each day, the number of deaths grows higher and higher.

Let me make clear, that every nation in the world has a right to respond to military attacks upon its soil. No nation has to sit idly by while rockets descend upon its people. The right to employ force against violence is NOT the issue. The issue, and it will continue to be the issue is: what is the future of Israel as a society? Is the goal seizure of the entire West Bank and removal of Palestinians from the area? Is so, then the current invasion of Gaza makes some sort of sense. BUT, if the issue is: how does the Israel government develop a policy which enables Palestinians to have their own government, then the invasion makes scant sense. Why? Because after the guns grow silent in Gaza, thousands of young Palestinians have only one dream– to revenge the deaths of family and friends. Perhaps, it takes a year, perhaps two years, but in the future there will be other rockets.

What then? Another invasion?

A Ukrainian Dialogue

We offer a dialogue that readily could have taken place in eastern regions of Ukraine. This is an alleged dialogue between the author of this blog and a Ukrainian separatist.

M: I gather your group had nothing to do with that missile?

S: We simply want to separate from the Fascists in Kiev.

3: Why do you call them “fascists?”

S: Let me point out: these Fascist leaders are in Kiev, they do not like to speak Russian, and everyone knows that Ukrainians are Fascists.

M: What do you mean by, “Fascist?”

S: I mean anyone who lives in Fascist Ukraine is a Fascist and they want to kill loyal Russians as they did in WWII!

M: But, Ukraine fascists in WWII were found in just about every region of the Ukraine.

S: But, it was the Russian army which drove out the Fascists. And, today, it is the Russian government which opposes the Fascists in Kiev, so that should make clear who are the Fascists.

M: But, what about those photos showing BUK missile launchers going through a village in eastern Ukraine?

S: In reality, the photo was changed from going through the streets of Kiev,which is controlled by the Fascists, and shifted to a site in eastern Ukraine.

M Are you saying that no missile was fired?

S: All I am saying is that IF a missile was launched, it could only have come from the Fascists!

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.

Voodoo Days In England

As you recall from days in high school, we learned how English colonists in America went crazy about witches and thus the Salem Witch Trials. So, it is clear that people in England have a long, long history of discovering witches and having rituals to get rid of them. Of course, in honesty, just about every European country in the good old days, had problems with witches and devils, and, in the last resort, burning and killing Jews when they could not find a witch to burn. Kristen Sandberg, who heads the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Children, issued a blistering report that claims lack of action in England to halt voodoo rituals which involve children. It is now clear that hundreds of children have been abducted from Africa and brought to England where they are used in voodoo rituals.

It appears that many of these crazy rituals occur in London,and after being used to get rid of this or that evil spirit, many of the children are then raped, and killed. According to Ms. Sandberg it is unusual for any of these murderers to be caught or placed on trial or even wind up in jail. After all, they are mutilating and murdering African children. This is simply the latest example of madness which sweeps humans away from sanity into the arms of the latest weird idea about devils and witches and evil spirits. It would be great if those who conduct these rituals were the object of a ritual.

A Big Meow For Cicek!!

There are many important events transpiring in the world, but none matches the significance of what is happening in the Turkish town of Bolu. There are 34 shopkeepers in the Bolu Reyis Shopping Center who have been found guilty of harboring a notorious Islamic militant in their midst. City authorities insist the shopkeepers cooperate with demands for safety in the city. They demand that merchants become merchants of death and end the the reign of terror that has gone on for twelve long years in the shopping center. Intelligence agents finally identified the terrorist as going by the name of Cicek(Flower). Cicek is a cat who wanders the shopping center demanding food and drink from merchants. The city, no, the nation of Turkey, demands an end to terror within their midst and this can only occur if merchants will cease feeding the terrorist, seize her, and finally put this cat down–forever.

Merchants insist they love the terrorist. But, isn’t this all too common. The terrorist in our midst always has supporters who want murder and violence to prevail. Latest reports indicate that Cicek i somewhere. Most probably Cicek has headed for Mosul to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. So, those in Baghdad, be on the alert for a grey colored cat. She is the cat who brings death and destruction.

I gather that the NSA finally admitted they had lost track of this cat which means, is their a cat in the future of America who will make 9/11 look like a day in the country??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian: “Couple Flown To Grenada Instead Of Granada”

This is an example where bull shit clarified things.

Canada, Toronto Star: “How To Wear A Jump Suit”

Sitting down?

China, China Daily: “More Time For Alienation”

Let me alone ponder this one in darkness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Who The Fuck Is Patty?”

The drunken Irishman sitting next to you!

Russia, Moscow Times: “No Regrets”

Basic philosophy of Vladimir Putin.

USA, Wall Street Journal: “How Much Is Enough?”

Wall Street response–”until we got it ALL.”

UK, Guardian: “If Pet Eats iPhone, Does Warranty Hold?’

Call me later about this one.

Words Of Wisdom From The Chairman Of Truth

During the past decade of his life, President Vladimir Putin has not been contradicted by anyone, even when he was prime minister and his stooge, Medevedev was standing in for him as the president. He has known only flunkies who rush to nod their heads in agreement or laugh at his humor attempts or simply lick his boots when he points to them. Thus, the tradgedy of the Malaysian plane ic creating new problems for the Russian leader. Frankly, his flunkies made a blunder by shooting down a civilian plane carrying 298 people headed fro Malaysia. There simply is no way the chairman can brush off this tragedy by blaming “THE WEST” or the east or any nation in the world. This was a 100% Russian made blunder. So, the man who never apologizes, the man who always blames someone for his mistakes, is now compelled to hesitate, to seek compromise, and to avoid bluster and threats.

Puitin informed the world “we must do everything possible to provide seurity for the internationl experts on teh site of the tragedy. In the meantime, nobody should and has no right to use tthis tragedy to achieve their ‘narrowly selfish’ political goals.” I wonder if that applies to what US Secretary of State John Kerry was describing, ‘drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piloing bodies into trucks, removing both the bodies, as well as evidendce from the site.”

I have a hunch, the Chairman of Truth is ready to blast some sense into the separatist Ukrainians who made the Boss come across as incompetent.

3 Equals 550

Initially let me make clear the following analysis of events unfolding in Gaza and Israel and Palestine is not an attack on the presence of an independent6 state of Israel in the Middle East. Just about any criticism of Israeli policies results in cries they represent ANTI-SEMITISM! Those who care for the state of Israel believe its survival as a DEMOCRATIC nation depends upon its ability to forge meaningful relations with nations of the Middle East. Asa professor who has taught about the Middle East and mong the founders of a Holocaust Museum, it is clear that survival of Israel as a beacon of democracy depends upon its demonstration of leadership in the Middle East. At this moment, at leat 550 Palestinians are dead because initally three innocent Jewsih children were murdered. The numbver of Palestinian wounded has past the 3000 figure. There simply is no rational way of arguing that the murder of 3 requires the murder of 550 in order to demonstrate something.

OOps, there are now 25 dead Israeli soldiers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues, “all civilian casualties are unintended by us, but intended by Hamas.” An intersting equation. In fairness, Bibi is right, Hamas thrives on the killing of Palestinians by Israel. It furnishes them a new set of martyrs who must be avenged. The result is that thousands of Palstinian youth flock to the banner of Deat. Reality check: Israel has prevously launched invasions of Gaza. In each sorty, the Israel government promised the Jewish people of Israel(20% are Muslim or Christian) that THIS invasion was the FINAL INVASION. Each time the promise of finality, but each time the end result is growth in the number of Palestinians wiling to becme martyrs for revenge. Sorry, THIS TIME is NOT the last time.

Death in Gaza, destruction of homes simply ensures a new generation of those willing to murder Israelis. Frankly, they don’t care if the Israeli is Jewish or Muslim, Death alone serves their cause.

At some point Israel MUST

1. Agree that 90% of the West Bank belongs to Palestinians.

Once that is accepted, the road to peace can become a reality.

P.S. Isn’t it time for Death To take a holiday from the Middle East???