Category Archives: Human Rights

Oh Them Beggars In Madrid

I spent my early life in the city of New York where just about every subway ride some man wandered through the car seeking a few coins. Or, on subway platforms men and women offered their musical talents to lighten life underground or for those headed home after a tough day hauling boxes for a living. In Madrid there is a new directive to all employees. They are to be on guard against potential violence. NO, the enemy is not a Muslim terrorist but beggars, musicians and gay folk. This is rather interesting. If I work on the Madrid underground, I must constantly be on guard in case somehow I encounter a gay person. Here is my confusion:

1. If someone laughs at a joke does this mean they are then in the state of being a gay person?

2. Exactly which personal characteristic allow me to decide if someone is a gay personal, of the sexual persuasion?

3. It would assist if the authorities had pictures of these gay folk.

In other words, if you find yourself on the Madrid underground, display a somber face and do not laugh!

Money Is Sexy

There is something about the lure of money or a bit of power that can turn a woman’s head. Henry Kissinger, hardly the most sexy man on this planet always attracted gorgeous female to his side. French diplomat and rather wealthy guy has cut a swath through beautiful women,bout for some reason is always in court because he somehow or another decided to fool around with prostitutes of chamber maids. His friend, philosopher Bernard Henri Levy describe the man who would never appear in any ad as a rather dynamic individual. “Charisma, seductive, yes certainly; a friend to women, first of all to his own woman. But this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously, no.” Quite a portrayal of a man for all women.

However, Doominique Strauss Kahn has a propensity for being at parties with prostitutes where he sort of engages in rough play. He now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon of violence, but not with his penis. Anyway, Dominique is rather upset because how was he to know those women who so adored him were prostitutes. He thought that animal charm attracted them to the dumpy little man.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Don’t Buy Unless Free”

If it is free, how can I buy something?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Noses That Backfire”

ACHOO!

Norway, Norway Post: “Preschool Teacher Caught Drunk”

She just wanted kids to lap up some knowledge.

China, China Daily: “Should Naked Tourists Be Blacklisted”

Nope, why cover their nudity with blackness?

UK, Guardian: “Another Draw”

The state of government in America.

Obama Hates America!

I have been alive during sixty years of presidential elections and have witnessed candidates arguing they were a superior candidate then their opponent. But, until elections in which a black dude who was born in Africa, I have NEVER heard one candidate claim his opponent hated America because he was not a real American. Barack Obama has made mistakes, he has fouled up–just as has anyone who became president of this nation. Rudy Giuliani was attending a meeting of fellow Republicans when the mouth that roars nonsense, let go with another of his profound observations on Barack Obama. “I do not believe–and I know this isa horrible thing to say–but i do not believe that this president loves America.” Of course he does not, how can anyone who was born in Africa have love for the American people? There is politics, and there is simply politicians who do not like the American form of democracy. In this land, we conduct a political campaign with respect for our opponents. THAT is the AMERICAN way of politics.

When it comes to wallowing in dirt, Rudy is the number one proponent of insulting opponents. Any person who has been nominated to run for president is an AMERICAN. We can oppose him, but it contradicts the essence of our democratic process of elections to question that person’s love of this country.

Hop Bus, Get Raped

The people of Turkey are part of an ancient civilization that has long been a source of peace. But, there is also something that has become all too often a frequent aspect of the culture of that land. Twenty year old Ozgecan Aslan simply got on a mini bus on her way home and the end result of this simple action wound up with her battered body being found. It was clear that she had been raped and then murdered. The sad aspect of this case is she was not the first woman to get on a bus and wind up raped and murdered. She was attacked by the bus driver, his dad and another guy. The fact this group worked together is clear they had long planned an attack on a woman. Thousands are in the streets of Turkey demanding an end to the campaign against women.

Many blame the government of President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development party which believes the greets threat to women in Turkey stems from lack of education about the Muslim religion. Each month President Erdogan comes out with new ideas about making Muslim women more Muslim rather than making Muslim women more secure. He has become obsessed with more religious education rather than become concerned about the safety of women on public transport.

Bibi Is Upset Because They Will Not Let Him Play

The White House is finally getting bored and tired of rants from the prime minister of Israel who demands that he be part of negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. He definitely has proved that if the world will listen to his ideas, there would not be any compromise with Iranian leaders and the only conclusion is to allow American and Israel planes to bomb the hell out of Iran. Josh Ernest, Obama spokesperson said the Israel leader was engaged in a “continual practice of cheery picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the negotiating position of the United States.” He went on to make clear “there is no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position has not been accurate. There is no question about that.”

Harsh words, but accurate words. The last thing these negotiations need is a bull in the china shop whose only goal is to force the world to attack Iran and create mass destruction. The sad part of Bibi’s rants is that if he is allowed to pursue his ideas, thousands of Israelis would die. Benjamin Netanyahu is the worst nightmare for the people of Israel. Barack Obama is the man seeking to protect the state of Israel.

Jeb–Send In The Troops

There is one thing to be said about the Bush boys, when it comes to war, they are ready and willing to send in the troops. Of course, neither of the Bush boys has ever actually been to war, but they are not adverse to sending American troops into action. Jeb recently informed the world, “I love my father and brother,” but he does have his own ideas. According to this military genius, if the United Staes of America can make certain the world knows that we have the greatest armed force in the world, “it is less likely that we will need to put our men and women in uniform in “harms way.” Let me get his ideas clear:

1. Increase the military budget.

2. Create a powerful armed force.

And then, there will be an end to Muslim terrorism.

As I recall, in 2003 the United States HAD the world’s most powerful armed force. As I recall, there was not a nation in the world that could compete with American troops. And, yes, and the result was the fiasco of the Iraq war. When will the Bush boys ever learn, the military is not the way to win wars that entail fighting bands of men who are connected to local populations? Everything Jeb is calling for has already been in place. More guns are not the solution. How about more ideas?

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

In coffee shop, I am the man with a pen, but not machine.

Few know what they know.

Shout for joy today, but what about tomorrow?

Some move hands to make a point.

We always depart from today to greet tomorrow.

Few religious figures are famous in modern America.

Nurses are unsung heroes of our lives.

All too many worship at altar of hate.

Illness makes one fatigued.

To be alone with your mind is to be in the company of wisdom.

Putin Wins In Ukraine

There is no doubt that President Vladimir Putin is feeling that he is in control of the situation within Ukraine. There is no doubt that Separatists feel triumphant–for the moment. Ukrainian forces just withdrew from the city of Debaltseve and Separatists have entered the town. Of course, this is a violation of the CEASE FIRE agreement that Putin signed last week. But, then again, when Vladimir Putin signs any agreement, he alone decides as to its meaning. For the moment, Ukrainian separatists are celebrating in the streets. But, what of the long term?

1. Separatists in Ukraine have now allied with a nation whose economy is undergoing severe strain.

2. Ukraine, in the long run, will become a member of the European Union and its economy will eventually bounce back.

3. People in Separatist areas are condemned to live with a corrupt government that lacks a post industrial base. This means Russia and its friends in the Ukraine are doomed to an ever decreasing economy and growing unemployment.

Sorry, Separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT posses enough money, and he cannot assist those in the Ukraine to develop a successful economy. Fire your rifles in the air–today, tomorrow will mean financial struggles for those in this once “happy land.”

Bibi Continues Bumbling Along

I do not know how the people of Israel will vote in the coming weeks or whether they will continue in office Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the world increasingly regards this man as one who speaks with incoherence. Of course, I do know that Republicans in America regard him as a sage who knows about peace in the Middle East. Well, look at his record in the Middle East since becoming prime minister:

1. When he assumed office, Turkish and Israeli military conducted joint military exercises. Today, Turkey dislikes Israel and where once this nation was a supporter of Israel, it has become its enemy.

2. Israel and Jordan had close relations. Today, Israel is not welcome in Jordan.

3. The close relationship with Egypt is gone.

Netanyahu continues to make wild statements about how the Five Powers are negotiating with that land. “Just as Iran knows that t he deal is being outlined in the negotiations, it is only natural that Israel also know. The agreement being drafted, why should it be hidden” I believe this is a bad idea.” HUH? The essence of negotiations is that talks must be private. Yes, Bibi, the Iranians know what is being negotiated. Now, if Israel would like to negotiate about its behavior to Palestinians with the EU, I can guarantee Iran will not know what is being discussed!