Category Archives: Human Rights

Turkish Army Attacks The Wrong Army!

ISIS is fighting in the streets of Kobani against its Kurdish defenders while a Turkish army stands on the outskirts of town doing absolutely nothing. OOPs, I just wrote the wrong thing. The Turkish army is bombing and fighting against “terrorists” but these attacks are occurring, not in Kobani, but inside Turkey. Its air force just launched bombing assaults against the Kurdistan Workers’Party (PKK) which is composed of Turkish Kurds who seek some form of autonomy within the nation. The issue of rights for Kurds has long been a concern for the Turkish government. In 2011, both sides agreed to negotiate rather than fight one another. This air attack has, essentially, ended the truce and now civil war will return to Turkey. President Erdogan is more concerned with Kurds than with ISIS. In fact, he welcomes ISIS which is attacking Kurds. Let me explain the Middle East:

1. ISIS is composed of Sunni militants who incorporate both religious fanatics and secular people.

2. ISIS seeks to wipe out Shiite Muslims along with any Muslim “Heretic.”

3. ISIS wants to destroy any Kurdish nation that might appear.

4. Turkey, under Erdogan, wants to destroy Kurds.

5. Turkey wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

6. ISIS wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

7. The US and Turkey are allies.

Figure out what to do next!!

Oh, the one clear thing about this mess is–BARACK OBAMA IS AT FAULT!

Israel, My Israel!

It may come as a shock to the Israel government, but the United States of America is the only nation that enjoys the advice of AIPAC in the process of governance. The Israel lobby is not welcomed in nations throughout the world. British MPs votes 247 to 2 in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine. Naturally, this resulted in expressions of doom and disaster from Israel officials. The Israel government denounced this vote as “undermining chances for peace.” According to Israel logic, if Palestine becomes a nation it somehow poses a threat to Israel. According to Israel, recognition by Sweden of the state of Palestine, “sends a troubling message to Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make.” Wow!

1. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to make the tough choice of putting on hold any further building of settlements.

2. The government of Netanyahu has refused to put on hold building homes in east Jerusalem where Muslims live.

3. Pray tell which “tough choice” the current Israel government has made in the cause of peace?

Among the issues that create anger in Israel is decisions by President Abbas to work with Hamas. His formation of a government with Hamas BENEFITS Israel. Once Hamas is in the government, they are bound to recognize the state of Israel. As former US President Lyndon Johnson used to say, better to have your enemies in your tent than outside causing problems. It is time for Israel to make some “tough choices.” If you doubt what I write, just check with John Kerry who tried so hard to get Israel to confront reality. In the end, Apartheid will end.

Can Democrats Win Next Month?

Just about every Democratic candidate for US Senator is fighting of his life this autumn, and guess who is the cause of this distress? From day one of his administration, Barack Obama has regarded “politics” as beneath his responsibility as a leader of the nation. In many respects, Barack Obama is an Ivy League professor who prefers lofty thinking than dealing with mundane issues of governance. His disregard for the world of politics has virtually destroyed the ability of Democrats in many states to win an election. Ironically, Barack Obama is the perfect leader in terms of what young people seek in a leader. They abhor “politics” which is something that people who lack high standards of performance become involved in. So, what can, if anything, Obama do?

1. He can initiate a monthly, “Report to the Nation.” How about explaining in clear terms that the Affordable Care Act IS working?

2. He can send every American a report about the health care act.

3. He can challenge Republican leaders in Congress to monthly debates about current issues. This could be done via social media.

He can appoint a special commission to offer views about Middle Eastern policy and ask Senator John McCain to chair it.

Act like a leader, for God’s sake!

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

As dictator of America, I will decree the end of cars and emergence of bikes in urban areas.

I have never drunk a latte. Am I late for a good thing?

If you see a group of Japanese in a large city, they will be carrying at least one camera.

Saw little girls in Chicago holding brown faced dolls.

No more delightful sight than one year old chasing birds on grass.

I wonder why elderly women reject white hair, it is beautiful.

Mystery of one young man and five attractive girls.

I saw a man with tee shirt, “Keep Dodgers In Brooklyn.” Only sixty years too late.

If three people walking, chances are the one in middle does more of the talking.

I have only been on a tour bus about three times in life, three times too many.

Putin Liquidates Good Guys

I recently have been studying life in Stalin Russia during the 1950s and encountered story after story of ordinary people, war veterans and famous writers being sent to the gulag for a reason or simply because a quota had to be filled and their name cropped up. Vladimir Putin is president of Russia, and apparently he longs for the good old days when the government decided what you read, what you said and what you thought. He has restored a dictator who murdered about FIFTEEN MILLION RUSSIANS to a new place of honor in the pantheon of famous Russians. The Russian Ministry of Justice is petitioning the supreme court for permission to “liquidate: an important human rights group in Russia known as Memorial. This group already has been forced to admit it is a “foreign agent” because it receives money from human rights groups outside Russia. It has committed the un-Russian idea of urging President Putin to “immediately cease Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Vladimir Putin has a hero in life, his name is Joseph Stalin. Stalin liquidated people and Putin wants to begin by liquidating ideas. People will then follow the liquidation process.

St. Louis Blues Blast Away

Many in the St. Louis area had expectations after the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson that issues of prejudice would be addressed. A month had gone by and another shooting of a black youth who was committing the crime of walking on the streets of St. Louis. Thousands gathered in the city to hear various speakers insist that peaceful demonstrations should continue. However, activist writer Cornel West insisted the problem lay with failure of African American leaders. He charged them with being “too obsessed with being successful rather than faithful to a cause.” He was followed by ministers, rabbis and imams urging people to demonstrate following the principles of Martin Luther King who was apparently “obsessed” with the notion that peaceful protest could result in change. One person complained to the media that “all these speeches before, you’ve heard them all before, that’s not going to change, right?” Another argued “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed.”

One can readily understand this frustration. But, one solution to the problem in Ferguson in which most people are black is to VOTE. If African Americans voted, took control of the city government, they would have a voice in determining who was a cop. I wonder how many who are frustrated actually voted in the last election in Ferguson or the city of St. Louis?

Ebola Is Here-Republicans In Joy!

Candidates for public office this fall has uncovered a new issue that concerns failure on the part of the Obama administration. Republicans and Fox News blast away daily on the issue of Ebola. Examine the record:

1. There was not a single case of Ebola when George Bush was President.

2. The evil of ISIS did not exist when George Bush was President.

3. Mr. Duncan who came from Africa with the disease was NOT halted at the border.

4. A nurse who treated the Ebola victim at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital now has Ebola.

5. She got this disease while Barack Obama was in the White House.

6. Barack Obama was born in Africa. Ebola is an African disease.

Add up the FACTS and one is left with one conclusion: Elect Republicans and Ebola will be defeated!

In Defense Of Cops!

Every so often one comes across a story about a brave policeman who is being punished for acting like a brave cop. Detroit cop Alex Vinson was involved in a robbery and during this process he encountered the fact that the criminal had a wonderful new watch. The policeman lives in an era when Wall Street folk steal the public blind and when their crimes are exposed, the only penalty is that they are forced to accept billions of dollars in compensation for robbing people. This is what is termed to be the “capitalist system” in operation. Steal from the ordinary American and become wealthy. Heck, the head of Goldman Sax once complained that he was being treated like a Jew during the Holocaust.

We offer support for Mr. Vinson. All he did was take the watch from the bad guy, and place it on his own wrist. Compared to Wall Street bankers he is a paragon of virtue. So, hail Mr. Vinson, he has learned that under capitalism, one steals and is rewarded. Unlike, Wall Street thieves, he simply stole from a thief. I think he is entitled to a decoration for valor in the face of the enemy.

Demonstrations In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is among the most difficult places in America to arouse feelings of anger about racial justice. At this moment in time, the city of St. Louis is predominantly composed of African Americans. The financial district has long since departed a city with too many black skinned people for the suburbs of Clayton, Missouri. The black-white divided is among the realities of this city. At this moment, for the first time in decades, thousands are in the streets demanding an end to shooting and murder of black youth. It began in the outlying area of Ferguson when police officer Darren Wilson decided to put six bullets in the body of Michael Brown. The police continue to insist that Mr. Brown initiated the conflict. As I recall, he was walking down the street when accosted by officer Wilson. A new shooting has made people in St. Louis furious. Three black youths were WALKING down the street which apparently made a security guard, a cop engaged in off duty work, worried. He then proceeded to get off thirteen bullets, six of which hit the body of Vonderick Meyers.

It is time to cease the “broken window” theory of halting “potential gangsters” and just allow black skinned folk to walk the streets. Neither of these shootings would have occurred if police ceased worrying about who was walking in the streets. For some reason, when white folks walk, it is OK. And, by the way, how about more target practice for cops? Thirteen shots standing near a person and only sic enter the body? Back to the firing range!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian: “Police Chief Silent About Shooting Teen”

I don’t think the teen was silent when he got shot.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Tax Credit For Fit Children Doubled”

I think we need more like tripling the credit.

France, Connexion: “Disneyland Paris Needs Bailout”

How about putting it in Berlin?

China, China Daily: “Stranglers Plan Move”

Just keep them out of Chicago where I live!

Norway, Norway Post: “Strike By Cleaners”

This is one dirty story not fit to be printed.