Category Archives: Human Rights

Silvio Seeks Penance

As we all know, Silvio Berlusconi is among the most wealthy people in the land of Italy. Silvio has run the country for years as though it was part of his vast holdings that enable the man well known for his parties to be well known to anyone in the government. For some strange and bewildering reason, Silvio actually was found guilty of doing something wrong. Ordinarily, in the land of Italy, those with dough just blow off any threat of a jail sentence. For some stranger reason, Silvio was sentenced for the crime of fraud. But, as everyone knows, there is no way Silvio will actually do any jail time.

Silvio is a noble man. Silvio is a generous man. Silvio loves people and seeks to serve their needs. So, in order to save the government of Italy from the expense of jailing or watching a criminal, he has volunteered, and I do mean, “volunteered” to spend a year aiding those with a disability. I assume the disability relates to spending money by gambling. Silvio will teach those with gambling disabilities how to transform the disability into an ability. A few months with Silvio and a disabled person could take money from your pocket in complete silence.

Oh Them Wetbacks, Watch Out!

The Justice Department is investigating the manner in which police connected to the department of public safety appear to regard the only safe thing to do is to blast away when confronted with a homeless dude. The police in Albuquerque believe any illegal immigrant is automatically deranged and ready to obliterate the nearest cop. The report cites examples of: “patterns of excessive force”or firing away at those who “posed a minimal threat” or those who were mentally disabled. Of course, in defense of the police, who would present the greater threat: the man who cleans floors in your office at 10:00 p.m or the stockbroker who takes your money and invests it in a new company? By now, we all have seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” which proves conclusively if you want to protect your money, give it to a beggar rather than a stock broker.

Illegal immigrants pose scant danger to anyone. The danger to all lurks in your computer or in your bank account which is given over to wealthy men who gamble away what you have so when the wetback illegal immigrant attempts to rob you, there is no money to hand over!

Another White Student Killer

The perennial cry of American conservatives, and quite a few liberals is about violence in urban schools. These groups insist that urban schools are filled with violent children and therefore we must enact zero tolerance to save these children from their peers. REALITY CHECK: During the twentieth century there has not been a single mass shooting of children in an urban school! Yesterday, another act of violence in a high school. The incident occurred in Murrysville High School outside of Pittsburgh. A boy went crazy and used a knife in order to stab about twenty students until subdued by a security guard and an assistant principal.

The violent person fit the description of a school killer:

1. White
2. Middle Class
3. Occurred in a suburban school.

As a teacher in an urban high school once observed to me: “When the children walk through that door they are safe for a few hours, when they leave, then death awaits them.”

Brandeis Reacts In Fear

Ayaan Hirsi is a critic of the Muslim religion and has fought against Islamic fundamentalists in Africa,the Netherlands and around the world. She is definitely not a person who is loved by those of the Muslim faith. Her experiences in Somalia and in her childhood caused deep feelings of anger against those who insist on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Muslim religion. She deeply resents male domination of women by fundamentalists, she resents genital cutting by these members of the Muslim faith. She has been blunt and makes clear that in her view, the Muslim is a “violent and nihilistic cult.” These are not pretty sounding words to make about a religion,and there is no question she utters generalities. A generality results in the innocent as well as the guilty being branded by words.

For some reason, those in charge of Brandeis were not aware of that Ms. Hirsi was all about. They had invited her to accept an honorary degree but when a letter arrived from the Council on American Islam Relations, bells sounded in the administration office. Just remember, College academic leaders always place money before other objectives. “We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. We regret that we were not aware of these statements.” Huh? She has been talking this way for over a decade. What, in the first place, led you to invite her?

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

Some must lean elbow on something hard while listening.

Man introduces self, a Gulf War veteran, we chat about the military.

If you take the low road, it always leads you down.

I await the winds of change.

These days we ignore those who fought our wars.

Feel sense of security when cops are in the coffee shop.

I wonder how we would live without money.

Some cannot gaze beyond the end of their nose.

To change behavior requires changing minds.

People discuss their lives, but not the life of America.

America is trapped in infantile paralysis.

Americans are “against,” but have no idea what they are for.

Anger and hatred paralyze a mind.

To believe one must have trust in another.

I no longer see soldiers in my daily life.

Why did my ancestors leave the warmth of Africa?

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!

What Teachers Should Do?

My initial job was a teacher of 8th grade in an all boys junior high school in Harlem where I was placed in charge of a class of boys who other teachers would not allow in their classrooms. My main issue was to ensure the boys remained in the classroom, learned, and were prevented to do harm to others because if they did, it would result in them winding up in a reform school. On several occasions, I had to pin a boy to the floor in order to prevent him from leaving the room. The boys knew that I cared and using physical violence to PREVENT violence was in their best interests. The boys always supported my actions because they knew if their fellow student left the room it would result in going to jail. I hail the effort of Mark Black who used physical RESTRAINT to prevent Blair Moore from leaving his classroom. Moore was charged with attacking a school official, having drugs and in possession of a box cutter.

The initial reaction of Superintendent Lyon was to suspend Mr. Black, but after a wonderful campaign by students which attracted 17,000 supporters the suspension was voided. Ms. Sandra Lyon admitted her action “caused great harm.” It is the responsibility of teachers to use physical force to PREVENT HARM TO THEIR STUDENTS.

No Emotion In Torture

Michael Hayden if a former director of the National Security Agency and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency so, when it comes to issues of torture, this is one cool dude who knows how to control his emotion while watching someone water boarded and subjected to “advanced interrogation techniques.” General Hayden is now very upset because Senator Dianne Feinstein who used to agree with his assurances that his organizations never engaged in torture suddenly changed her tune and became angry learning that his assurances were simply a pack of lies. Hayden complained the actions of the Senate Intelligence Committee to blast the CIA for use of torture was the result of the “emotional” outburst by Senator Feinstein. I assume he means, how can we he-men operate for the safety of America when there are these soft females who do not grasp that torture in the defense of ending torture is the American way of waging war against terrorists

Senator Ron Wyden spoke for most American congressmen in his defense of Senator Feinstein. “General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public– he did it on domestic surveillance when he was head of the National Security Agency and he did it on torture when he was the CIA director.” In simple English, General Hayden and his torturing staff are, not only liars, but incompetent in the struggle to end terrorism in the world.

Girl Scout Cookies

I am the father of three girls so it was normal for many years in my life to be prepared each spring, not only for the winds of April, but for the cookies of April when my daughters hustled up boxes and boxes of cookies. I had to bring a few boxes to work and engage in a trade with a colleague who had a daughter, I buy one from your kid and you buy one from my daughter. Such was the way that I spent those months in the midst of Girl Scout Cookie time. Ah, waiting by the entrance of a Supermarket and hawking a few dozen boxes! The Good Old Days of Cookies.

Naturally, one result is that I had to eat the cookies and gain weight which meant more walking and running to get rid of the pounds. This is why my heart goes out to Wendy Wilson who is now in jail for using counterfeit money to purchase those damn boxes of cookies. Instead of jail, why not sentence her to five months eating Girl Scout Cookies and doing the running to get rid of the weight??

Obama Cares Not For Immigrants

Once upon a time, a not so long time ago, there was this nice black skinned man who wanted to become president of the United States of America in order to extend the rights of those who are oppressed. Of course, he had some other thoughts, how to raise money and how to raise money. He definitely wanted a health care system and was convinced that if he only cooperated with Republicans they would cooperate with him. So, when the Republicans demanded that he return every damn illegal immigrant, he did three times as well as the prior Republican president. Barack Obama actually believes that if someone does as Republicans desire, they will reciprocate!! How naive can one be??

Since Barack Obama became president, four times as many illegal immigrants have been sent back to Mexico as occurred during the presidency of George Bush. And, how do Republicans respond to this, they BLAME OBAMA FOR NOT RETURNING IMMIGRANTS!! Kica Matos of the Center of Community Rights hit the nail on the head: “The irony is that this was a track that Obama and the Administration followed in order to show they were tough on immigration, and ..they seem to have lost track of the reason why they moved so aggressively.”‘

Jay Carney of the White House points out that 82% of illegal immigrants were sent back for a criminal offence. If you return after being deported, it is a felony!!