Category Archives: George Bush

America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

Protecting Voter Rights

There is scant doubt the most important issue in America for those of the Republican party is–fraud in voting. I realize some might regard jobs or unemployment or health care or our disintegrating infrastructure as things to worry about, but to the Republican party THE paramount issue in America is: VOTER FRAUD. Latest figures prove that of the 120,000,000 people who voted in the last presidential election at least 100 illegal votes were cast! Imagine, over 100 people lied about their right to vote. Can you imagine how many elections were changed by those 100 people? Anyway, the Republican party wants to ensure that no one who lacks voter ID can or should vote. Oh, many senior citizens no longer have or need ID, but, what the heck. If a single person who is not qualified to vote does vote, that is the end of American democracy.

VOTER ID SOLUTION: Each person who receives a Social Security card will be able to have their face placed on the card. Since just about everyone has a Social Security card, this ensures poor or middle class or the wealthy will have a voter ID. End of problem.

Billionaire Doing Jail Time!

This story will probably shock most Americans, but in the nation of Italy a judge has finally decided that those with wealth must pay some sort of penalty for their misuse of money. Here in the United States only ONE man was ever sent to jail for manipulating money-Bernie Madoff– while the hundreds of stock brokers and financial wizards who, literally robbed millions of Americans, have never seen the inside of a jail. And, to add to the injury, most have never even endured a court action. Most just have THEIR COMPANY, not them, pay a fine and then proceed to go their merry way robbing and stealing from the poor in order to give to the rich.

An Italian court has sentenced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who was found guilty of tax fraud to a severe penalty. OK, so he does not actually go to jail. Ok, so he is not exactly a prisoner. BUT, the judge made clear to Silvio that “once a week, and for a period of no less than four hours” he is to work in a home for the elderly doing something. Perhaps:

1. He might teach them how to cheat on their taxes.

2. He might teach them how to cheat in Bingo.

Or, if there is an attractive nurse around, he might teach her the joys of sex.

Hank Aaron Hits Home Run

Hank Aaron has aroused the anger of right wing nuts and Republicans for uttering an honest statement concerning the state of racism in America. He agrees that black skinned folk are not being hung from branches of trees, but the assault upon President Obama is vicious and blatantly racial in tone and substance. As he puts it: “The biggest difference is that they(KKK) had hoods, now, they have neckties and starched shirts.” The howls of derision can be heard from the pert blond haired idiot women who preach nonsense on Fox News along with angry white men who are determined to prove that ANY problem in America or the world, is directly caused by allowing some black dude from Africa to become president.

Hank is receiving dozens of hate letters and emails due to his comment.

1. How many prior presidents were charged with being born in another country? Actually, John McCain was born on a navy base in Panama.

2. How many prior presidents were charged with being a Muslim? Of course, he belongs to a Christian church.

3. How many prior presidents were attacked for “hating America?”

4. Obama pushed health care, President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for Social Security and President Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare. I do not believe Roosevelt or Johnson were accused of being a dictator for these actions.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Kidnapping Scares Chinese”

When the government does the kidnapping, who wouldn’t be scared?

Japan, Japan Times: “Plane Landed In The Sea”

We now all agree the plane did land someplace!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Wealthy Better Off Than Others”

Not in America, we love the wealthy and thank God they are worse off than we. I heard this on Fox News so it must be right.

Sweden, Local: “Let Swedes Swear In English”

Finally, an issue upon which all can agree!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Nausea Rises In The West”

Have you recently visited the United States of America? Is so, you know the answer why this is so.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Restaurant Bans Putin”

I assume that was before the restaurant was banned from existence.

France, Connexion: “Perfume Secret Ingredient”

Sounds like a smelly story to me.

Bush Lite Not Power Drink?

Jeb Bush, the brother who once was governor of Florida and whom dad and mom thought would become the second Bush president is finally exploring possibilities of seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. He recently shocked Republicans by arguing that illegal immigrants who venture north seeking a decent living wage are merely men and women who love their families and want them to have enough to eat. Such talk is heresy among Republicans who believe Jesus came for job creators, not the poor, and certainly not the oppressed. Senator Jim Imhofe of Oklahoma noted there is currently in America “a bit of Bush fatigue” and thought Republicans were seeking someone who “engenders enthusiasm for the base.”

I wonder if the same thing is applicable to Hillary Clinton. I suspect she has been around too long and her work may be welcomed, but there is nothing new emanating from her lips. Many Americans prefer Ted Cruz who speaks nonsense, but oh so sincerely!

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!!

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!