Category Archives: Human Rights

Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

ABC Of Republican End Of Poverty Program

I do understand there are those who believe in some liberal authoritarian idea that providing high paying jobs to workers might result in the end of poverty. In 1965, the average member of the United Automobile Workers(UAW) earned the equivalent of about $70 an hour in 2014 terms. No, automobile workers did NOT need Food Stamps. They earned the equivalent of about $100,000 today and thus could purchase a home, send their kids through college, and enjoy a decent middle class life. I was so over joyed to read that Congressman Paul Ryan understands how we can return to those good old days of middle class life.

Paul Ryan explained the ABc of current poverty.

1. “We basically have a poverty management system from the Federal government, a safety net program that is not getting people out of poverty.

2. “Poverty is a complicated program that needs to be customized.”

3. The solution to ending poverty is to turn poor people over to “trained state benefits officers” who will teach them how to take the “path up” out of poverty.

In other words, if one seeks to end poverty that individual can secure an upward bound program at McDonald’s that pays $7.25 an hour. In other words, this individual could earn $1200 a month, and almost $14,000 a year. Wow! I hate to inform Paul but that is BELOW the level that is identified as being “poor.” Gee, Paul, how about living for a year on $14,000 a year?

Or, we could return to the days when business leaders believed if they paid good wages to workers, then they, in effect, were creating consumers who would purchase their goods.

Ah Benghazi, We Knew You Well

I spent several hours talking with a member of the Republican party who wanted to make certain this blog was telling the truth about events in Libya. As any informed person knows, the present lack of stability in Libya is the result of failure on the part of HILLARY CLINTON! This past weekend while Hillary was off raising money, diplomats from Germany, England France and the United States had to flee for their lives from Islamic militants seeking their deaths. There is fighting between those seeking to create a secular government in Libya, who are led by General Khalia Hiftar, and al-Qaeda which seeks to impose a traditional sharia law upon one and all.

Naturally, Fox News blames Hillary Clinton. If only she had personally flown to Benghazi and grabbed a weapon, and blasted away at militants our ambassador would still be alive, and militants would have surrendered to the awesome woman on top of the wall! If only Hillary would halt her fund raising tours, get in a jet plane, fly to Libya, and blast away at militants! As one English diplomat said: “today, the priority is getting out.”

I wonder if Senator John McCain could jump into a jet plane and fly to Libya where he could, single-handedly, end the civil war!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

The Israeli – Hamas Dilemma

During the momentary lull in Gaza fighting it is time to examine what is happening in Israel and among Palestinians. During the 1967 war, Israel gained control of the West Bank. At that point in time, Jordan ruled the West Bank because the concept of an independent Palestinian state had yet to be born. Israeli leaders in 1967 were prepared to allow an independent Palestinian state to be created in 1967 in return for recognition and peace, but no Arab nation took up the offer. This began the current stalemate in the region. It was simply a matter of time and politics before conservatives in Israel took up the cry of settling on the West Bank in order to restore the ancient land of Israel. There simply was no Arab nation willing to negotiate with Israel until President Sadat of Egypt initiated a peace agreement. Unfortunately, only Jordan was willing to go along with recognition of the state of Israel.

During the past forty years, the “settlers movement” within Israel continued to gain strength and power. By the year 2000 it was a force in Israeli politics. Benjamin Netanyahu seized the opportunity to incorporate this group along with conservative factions in Israel in order to become Prime Minister of the country. He soon recognized that creating the “Iran Threat” would produce votes. Shout that Israel is threatened by Iran in order to engender fear, and the result is more votes. Examine the Netanyahu political approach and the war in Gaza makes sense:

1. He opposed efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to forge an alliance with Hamas. Of course, if Abbas signed a treaty with Israel, this would FORCE HAMAS to go along with it or face massive disapproval by Palestinians.
2. Instead, Netanyahu continues to gain support from Settlers on the West Bank who now number over 500,000. Instead of forcing Hamas to become engaged in a political process, Netanyahu simply encourages their extremists to engage in violence.
3. REALITY: If President Abbas announces the end of his government, this means Israel would have to assume responsibility for government of the West Bank. This is the ISRAEL NIGHTMARE. Within thirty years there would be more Muslims in Israel than Jews. What then?

In one sense, the current horror in Gaza serves the political aims of Hamas and Netanyahu. Both Hamas and Netanyahu require a crisis in order to gain political power. Eventually, fighting will cease. President Abbas, the moderate, has been virtually destroyed by the Gaza war since now revenge and violence are the mantra of most Palestinians. The refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to compromise with Abbas has brought to power violent extremists within the Palestinian community.

Putin Postures Proudly, Refuses Peace

It was exactly one hundred years ago today that European leaders postured and threatened in hope to intimidate their opponents. It was a hundred years ago today that Europeans had lived for a hundred years without any major war on their continent. In June, 1914, the murder of an Austrian nobleman set in motion a month of threats and promises and calling millions up to become part of armies. It was a hundred years ago that European diplomats exchanged warnings and demands. It was a hundred years ago, that within a few weeks the guns of August would initiate a World War that resulted in the deaths of over twenty million people. At any moment during this process of setting off on the road to war it could have been prevented if diplomats ceased threatening and engaged in dialogue.

Today in Ukraine, it is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not back down. One expected after the murder of 298 passengers on a plane that Putin would think twice about escalating the situation in Ukraine. He is not. The Pentagon reports “we have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rockets” to separatist groups in Ukraine. The Russian government insists all problems are caused by Ukrainians. “Those who shot from Ukraine carried out this shooting purposely with the intention to kill Russian law enforcement officials.”

How to prevent the Guns of August in 2014?

1. Immediate and complete sanctions upon the nation of Russia.

2. A ban on export or import of any goods from Russia.

3. A ban on allowing any Russian to enter European countries or the USA.

4. Seizure of Russian bank accounts in European countries or the USA.

Bite the bullet of peace to avoid the guns of August!

“Where Shall We Go?”

For a moment, for twelve hours, the guns of Gaza are silent. For a moment, another body will not be killed. For a few moments, children can sleep without the sounds of explosions and fear in their hearts. Yes, for a moment, the madness which constantly envelops the Middle East has ceased. For a moment, people can stumble through streets strewn with rubble, with body parts, and find a UN site that distributed food. Unfortunately, even the UN could not offer safety to sleep since the guns of July must sound in anger and hate. This all began with the death of three innocent Jewish boys who were brutally murdered by someone or some men determined to gain revenge by killing the innocent. Sorry, but that is the ongoing story of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, those in power shout while ordinary people suffer.

Israel Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon best summed up the crazy behavior which so dominates this area of the world. “At the end of the operation, Hamas will have to think very hard if it is wise to taunt us in the future.” Taunt us? Sorry, Mr. Yaalon, that is a comment I would expect from a twelve year old, not an important government official. Even as he spoke, Hamas was matching his childishness with boasts they will never give in until THEIR DEMANDS are accepted! Sorry, you did not “win” this war. No one has won anything. There are only losers in this conflict. Over 880 Gazans, and about 37 Israelis.

As always, the innocent die.

Are Nude Teachers Teaching?

I recently came across a story about a teacher in Pasadena, California who sent sexually explicit pictures of himself to over 300 students. Just imagine students opening their email to discover a few pictures of their science teacher displaying a body that might arouse interest. Given my own boredom with the teaching of science when a high school student, anything that might get me aroused and interested in the subject of science would have been worth the effort. There are high school subjects which bore students, and the question arises as to whether teachers should do everything within their power to arouse interest? So, how about a new curriculum for high school teachers?

1. If you got boobs, show them to us as part of your anatomy curriculum.

2. Can you transform the raising of your penis into a math lesson?

3. I realize some of your students regard you as an ass-hole, so why not display the ass in all its naked glory?

4. Hey man, if you got muscles, let me know so I will not challenge your manhood by silly behavior during the lesson.

5. A kissing lesson can be part of the curriculum about how to make friends.

Oh, his account was hacked.

Downtown Abbey On West Side Manhattan

I am a native of New York City or to be exact, person born and bred in the great borough of the Bronx. My parents left Manhattan for the more open land of the Bronx which in the 1930s still contained plenty of open space and low cost housing. In my childhood, there were apartment buildings in Manhattan which had a Doorman. He checked to see if you could even stand on the sidewalk outside the citadel which had been constructed for the wealthy or our fair land. In Bronx apartment buildings which were five stories in height, few had an elevator, and one walked up and down. So, much to my surprise, the old ways have not disappeared. Developers of a new 33 floor apartment building were given a tax break if they set aside some apartments for “poor people.” Since money was at stake, developers agreed to allow 55 people who are classified as “poor” to inhabit this building.

Oh, the “poor” are people who earn less than $55,000 a year so rest assured no one on Food Stamps will be in this building. Good news for the poor folk, they will have their OWN ENTRANCE! Thank God wealthy folk will not have to ride in an elevator with one of “those people!” Imagine, being in physical contact with someone who only earns $50,000! Well, I can sleep tight today knowing that our job creators will not be forced to share an elevator with the people who got one of their jobs!

Turkish High Speed Train Slows Down

The nation of Turkey just initiated its first high speed train,and its passengers included Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. The train left the capital of Ankara and was headed to Istanbul when something went wrong, and the train had to halt for repairs. A Turkish source informed me there were “question marks” and something suspicious about this incident. This intrepid reporter decided to check with other important world figures about this alleged crime.

1. Sarah Palin informed me there was no doubt this train was sabotaged by Hillary Clinton since a passenger on the train came from Benghazi and he knew what happened in that city!

2. John Boehner informed this reporter since the train was build by the national government of Turkey rather than by private free enterprise businessmen, what else could one expect than a train that goes nowhere?

3. Governor Rick Perry asked me if this train was headed towards the Mexican border, he was prepared to dispatch members of the Texas National Guard to head off this train.

4. A Fox News panel agreed this incident was linked to the Affordable Care Act, they needed a few more hours in order to gather evidence of the connection.

5. Donal Trump offered to buy out the government of Turkey and transform its trains into mobile Casinos.