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HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Neo Fascists Want Apology”

Big deal, in America, torturers want an apology from Diane Feinstein!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Underwear Matters”

And, so do smells.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Keep A Cool Head”

I think this refers to Dick Cheney who has lost his head.

Norway, Norway Post: “A New Start”

I believe that is what is necessary in the CIA.

Russia, Moscow Times: “When Its Too Good To Be True”

Sanctions, sanctions, on the bad guys!

Punish The Torturers??

It is now clear among the most important mistakes made by the newly elected Barack Obama was failure to appoint an outside bipartisan commission to investigate CIA behavior during the Bush administration. As I recall, he did not want to stir up old problems, and preferred to pretend that from now on things would be OK. In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Commission was created to study the entire process of how Great Britain got involved in the Iraq war. We now must live with the errors of the Obama decision. Senator Mark Udall has called for the firing of CIA officials who participated in torture. CIA head John Brennan just a few weeks ago was arguing that “enhanced interrogation” helped to “thwart attacks, plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.” So, does President Obama retain this man whose comments do not accord with the reality of what actually happened. There is simply NO evidence that “enhanced interrogation” helped to capture terrorists or prevent terror attacks.

Many of those in the CIA who participated in torture are still around. Dick Cheney is going wild yelling that torture saved America and that those who tortured “deserve all the credit.” The ball is now in the court of Barack Obama. If he retains John Brennan then the report was a waste of time since those who tortured remain free from punishment. I wonder if Barack Obama these days wonders if he should have appointed a Chilcot style commission?

Lets Be Indignant Over Torture!

The torture report is now being presented to the American people. Fox News are their pundits are already issuing new hysteria about this horrible report which is really a pack of lies. One Fox News commentator insisted that he continued supporting torture as long as it “was done fairly. Indignation is sweeping the nation from those who have never lost trust in the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld theory of how to conduct a war. They insist that if Americans behave like sadists, then blame the Muslims who began the process of sadism. Who can forget the hysteria weapons-of-mass destruction- al Qaeda,-Saddam Hussein- chemical weapons ready to end the American nation that once was the norm of those who believed in Jack Bauer of 24 and the necessity of torturing in order to prevent Los Angeles from getting blown up? The new Republican norm is a state of INDIGNATION to Senator Diane Feinstein, the new source of unAmericanism. Mitch McConnell insists revealing torture “will significantly endanger American lives.”

As I recall, ISIS was beheading Americans prior to the issuing of this report. Believe it or not, but Muslims DID KNOW all about torture. We just endured the Ebola scare, the Health Care scare, the high taxes on job creator scare, and now we must become frightened because those who tortured and betrayed our basic American values will become known to the nation. Gee, as I recall the infamous Abu Ghraib pictures of torture were revealed during the administration of George Bush. This entire scare process is simply an attempt to transform Americans into frightened people who will support any action that violates the US Constitution. In other words, the good guy are those who tortured, and the bad guys are those who expose the good guys.

Welcome to frightened America in 2014

Students Vs Capitalists, Guess Who Wins?

I confess to having been born at another time and place when there was a Democratic Party which represented the interests of poor people, and worked to ensure that poor young students were able to go to college. In New York City we had FOUR FREE COLLEGES. The total cost for attending City College of New York was $25 — per year. This was occurring during the worse Depression in American history, but government insisted that poor people must be given an opportunity to educationally succeed. Actually, in fairness, the Republican party also supported free college education. Yesterday, Democrats in the US Senate decide that students were receiving too much money in Pell grants, and reduced expenditures.

Democrat US Senator Tom Harkin is moving to help students by awarding an extra $45 million into the pockets of private contractors whose task in life is to collect student debt. He wants to ensure better service in the collection of student loan debts. This from a liberal Democrat! It might be cheaper to turn over collection of student loans to the Mafia, I am certain they could do it for about $25 million.

Among the tragedies confronting wealthy people in the United States of America is their inability to have in the role of chief executive of the land someone with the intelligence, the determination and the ruthlessness as Vladimir Putin. This is a man who not only loves the wealthy, but has been determined to use his power in order to accumulate vast wealth. It was Putin who made an alliance with the infamous Oligarchs in order to rob blind the people of Russia. However, now that sanctions are impacting Russian industry, the men who possess billions are a bit upset. Wouldn’t you be angry when the value of their beloved ruble has declined at least 40%?

Russian billionaires have witnessed a decline in their wealth in the billions. But, what are their alternatives? Abandon Putin, and they risk having the story of how they become wealthy known to the people of Russia. Oh, a few like Michael Fridman have sold their shares of stock and headed for sunnier climes. But, the monster that you created is the monster who you must protect. At least here in America, the monsters of wealth have Congress to protect their wealth. Heck, those damn Democrats want to raise taxes at least 2%. The beginning of the end of wealthy Americans!

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

My motto in life, “the more life changes, the more life is the same thing.

There is always an open door to go through, the good news is that it leads to new opportunities.

Some require food to talk with others.

Man entered coffee shop with tie, and departed without one. Mystery of life.

I have absolutely no interest in firing a weapon, I shot enough in the Army.

People assume God bears a grudge against their enemies.

Little boys must pick their noses.

The future always begins today.

Girls must pull down their blouse.

Some fear the unknown, I fear the known

Plant A Tree and Die!

I have frequently been told that I am a “self hating Jew” because my dream is for Israel to exist in peace and cooperation with all nations in the Middle East. I have worked in the field of Holocaust education for over fifty years and did study in Israel, but according to the folks at AIPAC, unless I accept any and all actions by West Bank settlers and the Israel army against Palestinians, it is clear that I hate the state of Israel. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the unJewish actions by West Bank settlers who seize land from Palestinians, destroy their crops and insist these actions are necessary. Recently on the West Bank, a horse was stolen, by you know who, which resulted in angry actions by West Bank settlers. Zaid Abu Ain, a Minister in the government of the Palestinian Authority went to plant some trees. Yes, that was the threatening action he posed to the state of Israel.

It is clear the Minister was shoved, had arms placed around his throat, and wound up on the ground. He is now dead. According to the Israel newspaper, Haaretz, “after Abu Ain was hit by an IDF soldier” he fell to the ground. I am certain AIPAC will insist that once trees are allowed to be planted, the next step in Palestinian terrorism is murder of innocent Israel children. The worse threat to peace in the Middle East is AIPAC, and naturally the worse threat to a US Congressman who supports peace in the Middle East is AIPAC raising money to defeat him or her.

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I confess, after watching the infamous TV program, 24, one episode was enough to make me ill and promise never again to observe the great hero, Jack Bauer perform his feats of wonder that resulted in America never experiencing weapons of mass destruction by Islamic fundamentalists. Fortunately, the new US Senate report on torture put to rest the widespread belief in America that nations had to torture prisoners in order to obtain information. How many times did Jack with his face tight and close lipped express, “I’m talking about doing whatever is necessary to stop this warhead from being used against us.?” Of course, the popular “Zero Dark 30″ also argued that, while not very nice, torture was the only way to get the bad guys. The Senate report puts to rest this incorrect concept of how to handle prisoners of war.

During World War II, the bad guys tortured and beheaded, heck, they weren’t even Muslims! We Americans believed that we were the good guys who did not torture the enemy. Actually, there are few reports during the entire period of 1941-1945 or US interrogators torturing Nazi soldiers, but somehow, we did obtain necessary information, and we did actually win the war. Of course, we only had to confront the German army which was the best armed force in the world, unlike today when we confront the “worse threat to our existence” by 30,000 Islamic terrorists lacking planes, artillery or tanks.

Naturally, Dick Cheney still insists the torture is in accord with the US Constitution.

Whatever Happened To?

I was born in 1930 and thus had the opportunity to live during the administrations of a few American Presidents. I miss some of their behaviors in the year 2014.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

A President like Harry Truman who had on his desk the motto of his theory of being President: “The Buck Stops Here!”

Mail being delivered twice a day–during the Depression.

About 36% of workers belonging to unions.

Free colleges for poor people–we had four in New York City.

Nurses in school who monthly checked the health of children– my life experience in elementary school.

A President who talked with Americans and discussed world events.

A President who weekly held press conferences and allowed reporters to pose impertinent questions.

A New York Yankee team that won the world series.

Children played without parents being present.

Children who made their own toys.

The list could go on and on.

Fox News On Torture

Without securing permission from Fox News we have decided to present their interpretation of the report that was submitted by Senator Diane Feinstein to the world:

“Once again the Obama administration has made clear its hatred of the United States of America and the people who live within its borders. Once again it is clear that the office of President of the United States of America is occupied by a man who seeks to degrade our reputation and aid forces of Islam who seek to destroy the very basis of our society. The report of the so-called “torture” of prisoners simply reveals that when a free society which is dedicated to the ideals of our Founding Fathers attempts to defend itself against the horror of Islamic bestiality, those whose ideals are foreign to those of Americas, offer a report on how real Americans performed their duties.

1. There is not a single example in this report of any prisoner being beheaded.

2. This report transforms examples of physical fitness activities into “torture.”

3. No mention in this report is made of the brutalities of al-Qaeda or ISIS. Why?

4. There is not a single example in this report of anyone being shot by a firing squad.

5. No mention is made in this report that by retaining these brutal people in Guantanamo, the lives of thousands of American were saved.

When will Barack Obama begin acting like a true American?”