Category Archives: Human Rights

Why Do Men And Women Die For Islam?

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is dead. He is a man who somehow embraced the ideology of terrorism and proceeded to carry out deadly attacks in Canada, the land in which he was born. Michael parked his car near Parliament buildings and shot a guard, and then, somehow got past other armed guards and was headed for the building containing dozens of members of Parliament. Fortunately, Sgt. Kevin Vickers took out his gun and shot the killer. There are many unanswered questions about this incident.

1. How can a man with a weapon in his hand walk up to a government building that is guarded by soldiers?

2. Heck, another man jumped over the White House fence before being caught.

The real issue is what is causing so many thousands of young Muslims to embrace an ideology based upon the concept of hate? What draws these individuals to abandon values they were taught as children, and seek to die for a philosophy centered in violence? Why do those opposing groups such as ISIS lack a fighting spirit? The Iraq Army had over 200,000 men who proceeded to flee for their lives when confronted by 20,000 men? There is something lacking among modern Muslims, particularly among its leaders. There is failure to offer ideas that youth deem so important as to be willing to fight for them. Ironically, a similar feeling is found among modern youth in Western societies, and, most probably among those in nations such as China, Japan or India. The 21st century offers an unlimited access to people, but it does not offer a sense that one is prepared to fight for ideas. In America, we are frightened of immigrants from Mexico, we are terrified about a non issue such as Ebola, and we definitely are worried about doing anything that might impact the wealth of our wealthy citizens.

The bottom line is both in Islamic and non-Islamic societies there is not philosophical goal that is valued as central to the lives of people. We exist, but we do not believe in anything other than our daily life activities. How many Americans are prepared to give up their lives for ???

On Getting Dumped, Cluck, Cluck!

Every so often when one grows weary of words of fear coming from Fox News it provides a calm moment of life to focus on something that is simply an example of life on this beleaguered planet. There is a girl in China whose boyfriend dumped her. So, how does a female get over being dumped? This young damsel headed for the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and proceeded to spend a week eating chicken wings in order to get over the sorrow she was experiencing. Her story touched me because I also feel that I have been dumped by someone who I once thought cared about me. NO, it is not a beautiful woman, NO, it is not a handsome man, it is a man I once trusted to focus on the issues confronting America. Back in 2009, I thought newly elected Barack Obama was a man who had a from grasp of what it entailed to be President. Alas, such was my folly of thinking. So, what does one do when dumped by a political leader?

1. I might try McDonald’s and devour their hamburgers for days. Most probably, it would result in an upset stomach.

2. I could eat spaghetti everyday for a week, and wind up feeling Italian.

3. I could drink endless sodas and pee for eternity.

In reality, I do feel that a loved one dumped me. In reality I simply do not know how to confront this issue. Frankly, I do not see a single Democrat on the horizon with the intelligence, the ideas, the courage to confront the reality of modern America and provide ideas to solve our problems. We once had giants in the land, today, we have men and women whose idea of leadership is securing millions in contributions. Perhaps, this girl has the right idea, find a fast food outlet and spend some time devouring its contents.

On the other hand, there is the famous words of labor organizer, Joe Hill, who preparing to get murdered by the government of Colorado, sent a message to fellow union members: ORGANIZE!

Hunt For Red October

There is a mysterious ship somewhere off the coast of Sweden. It is sometimes seen, and then again, it is sometimes not seen. The government of Sweden worries who or what is in this ship. Naturally, this blog will clear up the secret of the infamous ship that is somewhere in the waters off the coast of Sweden. We offer some possibilities, based on our extensive knowledge of the waters in the vicinity of Sweden.

1. It contains a boat load of illegal immigrants from Mexico who got turned around once they encountered the Texas National Guard.

2. It is filled with refugees from West Africa seeking to bring Ebola to some northern clime and end its deadly attacks.

3. It is led by Vladimir Putin seeking to conquer Sweden and extend his rule over a greater area of the planet.

4. It contains a lost crew from the former Soviet Union who will not give up the fight for communism.

Question: What exactly can this ship do to worry anyone in Sweden?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Oldest Eeel Dies At 155″

Big deal, we have at least 220 heels in the House of Representatives.

USA, aol. “Does Race Matter”

it depends upon how fast you are.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Journalist Missing In Ukraine”

That isn’t the only thing or person missing in Putin Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

Was that “shut down” or “shake down?”

Africa, Mail & Guradian: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Now, you know why he is disabled!

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!

Something Huge Has Happened

The young people in Hong Kong continue their fight for social justice against a regime that simply does not even grasp the meaning of social justice. However, the leaders who China appointed to head the Hong Kong government have been compelled by month after months protests to listen carefully to the voice of young people. This is most likely the first time that a Chinese led government has been willing not only to listen, but to actually consider change of policies. The Hong Kong government agreed to participate in a debate with student leaders that was televised in order that the entire population had an opportunity to hear both sides in the dispute. Ms. Carrie Lam, who represented the government position, not only listened, but responded in a manner that is shocking to anyone who has studied the position of Chinese Communist leaders. Listen to her words:

“We cannot deny that in the past months the class boycott by you and the occupation movement something huge has happened. Such a social movement is large scale and its impact is moving.” She promised students that the government of Hong Kong would submit a formal report to the government of China recommending that changes should be made. Most probably, the report will be ignored, but millions of people in China would have heard the debate. It is simply a matter of time before the impact of these students is finally felt inside China.

Fight For Kobani Goes On And On

I can just hear Fox News commentators yelling about how President Obama allowed US military supplies to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists. There was an air drop and some of the parachutes landed among ISIS soldiers. Wow! During World War II every time there was an air drop at least ten percent of supplies fell among German troops. I hate to inform Republicans, but President Obama has yet to prove that he can control the air. Naturally, if America would only elect to public office men like Ted Cruz this nation would once again be in control of air. The entire ISIS episode is blamed on failures of President Obama. Let us examine the record:

1. It was under the administration of President George Bush that former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki came to power.

2. It was under the administration of President Bush that Maliki destroyed the alliance that had been formed between Shiites and Sunnis.

3. President Obama OFFERED to retain US soldiers in Iraq. It was PM Maliki who insisted that US troops would have to be under Sharia law if they committed a crime. Just imagine what Fox News would have screamed if Obama placed American troops under Sharia law?

The entire Iraq situation was the fault of President Bush. There simply was no sensible solution to issues in the area. There are times in history when if a nation makes mistakes, they live on as mistakes. ISIS is simply a result of the Iraq war, and guess who began that blunder??

Michael Brown Guilty!

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now prepared to prove that Michael Brown was guilty of all sorts of crimes, and it is now clear that officer Darren Wilson was simply protecting himself against a murderous individual. OK, it has taken a few months to accumulate the evidence, but once again, the cop is OK, and the bad guy is not. Examine the evidence:

1. Michael Brown was taller and stronger than officer Wilson.

2. Michael Brown had marijuana in his body the night of the attack.

3. Michael Brown was walking in the street at night.

4. Michael Brown reached for the gun of officer Wilson.

5. Michael Brown looked suspicious.

I have a hunch there are about ten million white skinned young men, the same age as Brown who were walking in the streets at night, had marijuana in their body, and might have resisted arrest. The central issue is always the same–why in God’s name are police stopping young black men who are NOT committing any crimes? Why are they halting and frisking INNOCENT young black men? If you were to halt white youth at the same rate as black youth are stopped, the end result would be the same– they have marijuana in their system!

How about a new police policy– let young men walk the streets and cease pestering them!!

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

I always eat the bottom portion of a bagel first.

I saw this incredibly young mom with three kids. She must spend her days exercising.

I wonder if on holidays planes stop flying with their mail?

Every time I see a teen with a ten dollar bill it awakens feelings of awe for this Depression child.

I picked up three quarters. God leaves quarters, not dollars.

If I see a table with elderly people, I think it is “them,” not “me.”

A man spoke wisdom when he said “if you build a house in a hollow, why are you surprised that it gets flooded?”

My mind never thinks about the finality of life, too interesting being alive.

I picked up the phone and Lisa and Bob wanted to give me a TV. How sweet.

I do not like a stranger on the phone addressing me as, “Fred.”

I am the child of immigrants so I support all immigrants, legal or illegal.