Category Archives: Human Rights

WE Need More Planes!

The United States Congress has finally figured out how to end violence in the Middle East. Oh, some might argue it is important to assist Middle Eastern nations in creating economies that offer work and development of self concept among youth, but the American Congress is united, bothDemocrats and Republicans, upon the notion that we need more planes in order to do more bombing. Oh, you are complaining that America could use its money rebuilding our aging infrastructure, but that is simply more of that liberal talk about providing jobs when the number one issue in the world is–BOMB THE BASTARDS in the Middle East! A House Committee has come out for passing legislation that would spend about FOUR HUNDRED BILLION in order to purchase more F-35 planes. I do realize some of you liberals complain that we need more money for health care, but which is more important– bombing the bastards of saving all those children by creating early childhood schools and daycare for those with children who work??

The American air force at this moment is the most powerful in the world. It can bomb-at will– because there are no planes to combat their missions. Bombs do kill those on the ground At this point there is not shred of evidence that any bombing offense has led to peace in the Middle East.

Republican slogan: BILLIONS FOR WAR, NOT A PENNY FOR THOSE IN NEED. That, in their view, is the American way of life–AND DEATH!

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

There are a lot of people who are happy but not happy about gay marriage.

I have not heard any nonsense from Sarah Palin. I wonder if she spends her time gazing out the window looking toward Siberia?

What ever happened to Herman Cain?

I have lost any knowledge as to the number of people seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Just think, what would America become if Ted Cruz was president??

The eyes of Texas are always gazing at guns.

I assume members of the NRA are buried with their guns, one never knows what lies ahead.

For Gay Marriage Anyone??

There are a few problems confronting the United States of America such as a crumbling infrastructure of student debts of lack of good jobs, but for those seeking the office of the president who are members of the Republican party the most important issue is who is or who is not going to attend a gay wedding.

1. Marco Rubio is against such weddings because he is not gay, but he would attend such a wedding.

2. Rick Santorum has principles and believes one should only attend a wedding in which one person was male and one was female.

3. Scott Walker would go even though he opposes such travesties of the institution of marriage.

4. Governor Kasich of Ohio is OK going to such weddings even though he is not gay, and make certain that is placed in print.

5. Senator Ted Cruz believes posing this question is another example of a “gotcha question.” He would not attend because the entire issue is one of “personalities and emotions.” It is clear that he does have a personality and he does have emotions.

6. Jeb Bush believes in “traditional marriage” but he would attend because “I have no hatred or bitterness in my heart for people that have a different view.”

7. No word as of this point from Governor Chris Christie who currently is stuck on the George Washington bridge.

Would you attend?

Explaining Turkey

There should be another category in awarding Nobel prizes for peace that is focused on deterring if the nation of Turkey is for or against peace in the Middle East. President Recep Erdogan has been opposed from day one of the government of President Assad in Syria. He opposes this man because Assad is really not a very devout Muslim and he is close to the government of Iran. Of course, the government of Turkey engages in trade and good relations with Iran, but Erdogan does not want them having anything to do with the government of Syria. The Kurds who reside in parts of Turkey and Syria were fighting against ISIS which is another group that Erdogan does not like, but when the Kurds asked for some help, President Erdogan refused. In other words when a group that opposes the group he does not like, he refuses to help them.

The story goes on and on. At no point has Turkey engaged in military action against Syria. As Erdogan notes, ” I do not believe air strikes are sufficient to defeat Daesh(ISIS) in either Syria or Iraq. A rand offensive is needed align with air strikes so that operations can be successful.” Ok, he wants an offensive operation, but for some reason he does not wish Turkish troops to be involved, just the other guys. Of course if the other guys ask for his aid the answer is-NO. At this point Turkey has the best armed force of any Arab nation. But, he wants the other guys to fight.

Whose On First In Yemen?

In an effort to clear up the situation in Yemen we offer a reader’s guide to the place known as Yemen:

1. There is a country known as Yemen.

2. In this country are people known as members of al-Qaeda.

3. In this country there is a group of people known as the Houthis who do not like the people from al-Qaeda.

4. There used to be a President named Saleh who the US supported.

5. Now Mr. Saleh is out of power and the US no longer supports him.

6. There is now a President Hadi who hates the Houthi and is now supported by the US.

7. Saudi Arabia and its allies used to like Mr. Saleh but now they like Mr. Hadi.

8. For some reason the Houthi and al-Qaeda are either helping one another while fighting one another.

9. Saudi planes bomb away and just kill anyone down there.

10. The US which sends drones to bomb away does not wish the Saudis to bomb away because they are not as accurate as a drone bomb away.

I trust you now understand who is fighting who and who the US supports– at least for today!

The Poor Migrant From Africa

Each day they board what is termed to be a “boat,” and each day some of those passengers wind up in the sea because they are simply refugees who have left their homes in search of a safe haven. The European Union has an organization that is known as, “Frontex.” According to its head, Fabrice Leggeri, “in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate, and this is not the mandate of the European Union. In simple English this means if a refugee is encountered, the goal is to catch them, hold them, and then send them back to Africa. It is a simple plan that is focused on the reality that Europe does not wish to have refugees within their borders.

Some might argue that a civilized society would at least check on the boats which are carrying refugees in order to make certain they are sea worthy. What exactly is the problem in checking boats? Why are criminals allowed to load up what they term to be a “vessel” in such a manner that many will simply overturn and cause the death of thousands? The “mandate” is not violated when care and concern is carried out. Frontex can easily return living people back to Africa rather than burying the bodies of dead Africans.

As I recall that guy named Jesus was from the other side of the Mediterranean!

Going Wrong Way?

Ordinarily, if one is of Mexican heritage and resides in the United States of America, the police pick you up for one reason or another, and before one knows what is happening, your body is in the nation of Mexico. After all, your ancestors were the original people of European ancestry who arrived in what we now term to be the state of Texas. Alondra Luna was in her high school classroom when the police arrived and before she could say, Houston, the screaming girl was on a plane headed for across the border into Mexico. It appears some woman in Mexico claimed to be the mother of this girl, but the girl had never seen the woman. For some reason, they did DNA testing and it was clear the teenager was NOT the daughter of this woman.

The good news is that Alondra is back in Houston with her real mother. The bad news is that she is back in Houston where people walk around with guns and police enjoy halting those of Mexican heritage and if you are not polite, then you might wind up dead. Violence in Mexico vs violence in Houston, which is worse?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Strange Smell”

Don’t worry, it is jus the aroma coming from the American Congress buildings

USA, NY Post: “Woman Shot On Texas Highway”

At least she was not shot in a Texas church.

Sweden, Local: “One-In-Three Russian Diplomats Are Spies”

That’s all?

UK,Guardian: “Nontraditional Families”

A man and a woman?

Japan, Japan Times: ‘Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain”

You mean he rolled up a mountain?

On Satire

The murder of French satirists is still on our minds. The debate is still on our minds as to what is permissible when it concerns satirists who simply are being satirists since such behavior is within their minds and blood. Australian Foreign Minister, Julia Bishop, raised some key issues concerning satire. “We see satire as an integral part of French society. Satie is controversial, it is provocative, it offense all religions,all political parties, nothing and no one is spared. It is a counter balance against power.” Well said. So, the question is: are their limits to satire and who should exercise such limits?

1. Satire if it is to continue to be satire has no limit. That is the meaning of satire.

2. If one does not like being the object of satire, then engage in a conflict of words rather than a conflict of violence.

3. The world has to encourage satirists to emerge within Muslim nations. How about a Satire Recovery Plan?

4. If the United States of America is to produce political leader such as Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, John Boehner, and the rest of the clowns what else do they expect other than ridicule??

5. Then again, a night of Fox News is an experience in how a TV network is engaging in satire without knowing it is engaging in satire.

In the end we need clowns in our lives as well as sane people given that sane people are producing the most bizarre nations in the world!

P.S. I wonder if God is a satirist who created this strange world?

Death Be Not Proud

Two men including the captain of the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean are now in custody because of their inept performance in steering a ship to disaster. It is now estimated that at least 700 human beings died as a result of this horror. The sad aspect of this tragedy is we know either this week or next week or next month another ship will sink with hundreds on board because the European Union has sen unable to devise a plan to handle refugees fleeing from the horrors of modern northern Africa. Either it is Boko Haram, ISIS, their own incompetent and corrupt government, their own army, the conflict between Christians and Muslim, or God knows what else but living in northern regions of Africa is not the place to be. Add in climate change and one has a recipe for disaster. We are witnessing the follies of mankind coming to fruition. For millions it is either die on the way to Europe of die by remaining at home. In many aspects this modern tragedy is similar to the departure of millions from eastern and southern Europe during the period from 1880 to 1925. People faced with starvation head elsewhere, it is among the oldest acts of humans. Heck, our ancestors fled from Africa in order to spread around the world.

The European Union needs a policy. We suggest:

1. Each EU country should be assigned Z number of refugees.

2. A massive economic plan must be initiated in northern Africa to provide work and a decent standard of living. Do that and they will remain.

3. The EU must work with the African Union to create a modern African Union armed force if Boko Haram and Libya is to become safe areas.