Category Archives: Human Rights

Turkey Supplies ISIS Forces

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.

Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?

AirWar Continues In Middle East

Air strikes continue against ISIS in the Middle East. Members of ISIS continue to be killed. There are now reports that some Republicans are ready to vote for authorization of money to fund “appropriately vetted Syrian rebels” in order to get soldiers on the ground to fight ISIS. These Republicans are correct on one point, we do need men on the ground in order to defeat ISIS. But, which idiot in Congress came up with the idea that “Syrian rebels” could be the soldiers on the ground! Actually, there are thousands of potential troops on the ground for Iraq:

1. How about training Iraq soldiers? Yes, they do need training, they need competent officers, and they need to be paid on time.

2. How about twenty thousand from Jordan which has trained soldiers?

3. How about twenty thousand from Egypt? Heck, they are great at blasting away at Egyptians.

4. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia? Heck, they have received billions in arms from the US?

5. How about twenty thousand from Iran?

6. How about twenty thousand from Saudi Arabia. Heck, we have given them billions in arms aid.

There are thousands of Arab soldiers ready to fight.

Education , Texas Style

The state of Texas has a board which oversees the introduction of textbooks into the state. Many years ago, my textbook, The American Experience, which allegedly was a history of the United States of America encountered this group of people. Not a single person on this group is an historian, they do have housewives or beauty parlor operators. We were informed there was not a “Civil War,” but a “War Between The States” and if we would alter this situation, they might approve our book. We refused. Today, this group of idiots have become experts on science. Of course, they do rely upon the Texas Freedom Network and the Texas Center for Science Education for advice on science.

At the heart of education in the state of Texas is the Heartland Foundation sponsored by outstanding scientists such as the Koch brothers. They want textbooks in Texas to included the following sentences:

“Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing.”

“They don’t agree on what is causing the change.”

But, we do know the Koch brothers ARE changing education in the state of Texas!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples from headlines in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

Where Are Arab Nations?

The President of the United States has given an address to the nation concerning what the US will do in the Middle East in order to halt the spread of ISIS. Most European leaders have made statements. But, for some strange reason Arab nations and Turkey have yet to be heard from. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri insists that his nation is very upset at the slaughter of fellow Sunni Muslims, but this “doesn’t mean that we will participate in military action.” However, much as his government is horrified at actions of ISIS, “we believe that this action and the elimination of terrorism is a collective responsibility for all members of the international community.”

Let me get this straight:

1. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group.
2. ISIS is murdering Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

But,the Arab nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey believe the “international community” must take action!

When will Arab nations stand up to defend MUSLIMS??

So,What About Ukraine??

The dilemma of Ukraine remains a dilemma. Russian convoys are crossing over into Ukraine, carrying something that is termed, “humanitarian aid.” The Ukraine government believes they are still at the stage of war with their friendly neighbor. So, what do the Nations of the European Union intend to do about this? Actually, Nothing is probably what they will wind up doing. What can they do?

1. Implement a total ban on travel to and from Russia.

2. Institute a total ban on shipment of goods to and from Russia.

3. Freeze bank accounts of Russian businessmen who have huge assets outside of Russia.

4. Refuse to allow Russian officials to attend international meetings.

5. Seek a vote in the United Nations Assembly that censures Russia.

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

Some believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

Adrien Peterson, Dad Of Year

There is no question that Adrien Peterson is an outstanding back in the National Football League. His performance with Minnesota has placed him among the best running backs in football. Now, as to his performance as a father, there is no question that he should be running from that role, quickly. His four year old boy pushed his five year old brother off his bike. As far as we know, the five year old is still alive and in good health. But, dad was very upset. After all, how many four year old boys push someone? How many four year old boys push their older brother? Gee, I was once a four year old boy who had a five year old older brother, and my first memory of life is hitting him over the head with my shovel! I adored my older brother, but at age four, logical thinking was just beginning.

Adrien Peterson decided to teach his four year old boy a lesson. He found a branch from a tree, and proceeded to beat the hell out of the boy. He struck him on legs, back, buttocks and scrotum. The boy wound up bloody. Adrien insists this form of punishment is what his folks did to him, so why not do it to his son? Idiot, your parents taught violence, now you are teaching violence, and, perhaps, your son will grow up to be another Ray Rice who punches out his girl friend.

How about a few lashes on the back, buttocks and scrotum of the beater. He can then recall the good old days of youth?

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!

It’s Saturday, Surprise, No NFL Player Hit Anyone!!

Today is Saturday and we feel comfortable reporting that not a single member of the National Football League beat up on a woman or on his kids. After a Mr. Rice was depicted in a video punching out his wife with a right hook to the face that sent her to the floor, Minnesota half back Adrien Peterson was arrested by police for using a switch to beat up on his FOUR YEAR OLD SON! Oh, his defense is that his parents beat the hell out of him so, naturally, he had to do what was done to his FOUR YEAR OLD SON. Hardly a day goes by without another story of beating women, using drugs or hitting someone. Perhaps it is time that NFL players received a lecture each week that if you want to play football, restrict your anger and desire to hit someone to players on the other team!

It is rather ironic that on the weekend of football games in the NFL, the main stories are about players hitting people who are NOT on the football field! There are moments when one wonders what is happening to football players that leads to such physical assaults on their loved ones? Is there something going on that we don’t know about? For God’s sake, just play FOOTBALL!!