Category Archives: Human Rights

Solving Police Brutality

During the course of my life, I have taught courses in the history of crime, and many of my students were members of the police force. I respect cops. But, it is increasingly obvious that all too many police simply cannot shake from their minds, an attitude that wen one puts on the uniform, everyone had better get out of the way. Sandra Anezquito was in a park in Brooklyn along with her seventeen year old son and husband. She is pregnant, the belly clearly displays budding life. A cop spotted the boy with a knife on his belt and prepared for action. During this episode a cop grabbed the pregnant woman by the arm and flung her belly forward to the ground. Her husband was arrested. Let me get this clear, a seventeen year old boy was with mom and dad in a park, and had a knife on his belt, so this required police action. How about:

1. Approaching mom and dad in order to request them to have the boy remove the knife?

2. How about approaching the boy and quietly telling him to remove the knife?

3. How about shooting the boy in the leg so he falls to the ground rather than mom?

It is time for police to relax and try talk, not bullets!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Reducing taxes results in less money for government, not more!

France, Connexion: “Shocking French Video

A French President NOT making love to a woman!

USA, Washington Post: “Why Is John McCain Always on CNN?”

He is THE expert on who should lead America, after all, he identified Sarah Palin!

Sweden, Local: “Donald Duck Gets Votes”

He may quack, but he is not a quack politician!

South Africa: “Life After Oscar Pistorious”

At least we will not hear gun shots.

Religion Rears Head In Turkey

A majority of people in Turkey are of the Muslim faith although there are Jews and Christians as well. However, the Alevi Muslims do not agree with most strict religious attitudes found among Sunni and Shiites. For nearly a century governments in Turkey have endeavored to establish a secular feeling in the education system in order to avoid imposing strict religious practices to those who disagree with such attitudes. The Alevi are open to secular ideas and work readily with those of other religions. However, since the rise of Recep Erdogan to power as head of the Justice and Development Party, a new attitude is being pushed in the nation. From now on girls as young as the fifth grade will be able to wear the chador in class, which until this moment has been banned.

Alevi Associations demonstrated outside the Ministry of Education in protest about recent decisions to make religious education compulsory within schools in the nation. They believe such education will strive to present a Sunni attitude within schools. Alevi groups are supported by the European Court of Human Rights which cited recent moves by President Erdogan as resulting in “inadequately equipped (schools) to ensure” religious freedom.

People Make Decisions!

As one gazes around the world, one thing is very clear, decisions by people have caused problems, not ideology. Vladimir Putin has changed policies in Russia which resulted in death and destruction in Ukraine. Chinese leaders are responsible for persecution of those seeking to create a democracy in the land. Muslim clerics created terrorist groups by preaching words of hate and violence. Identify any problem in the world and it is clear that people made choices. Recep Erdogan, now President of Turkey, turned away from working toward creation of a democratic nation. Heck, former President Gul disagreed with Erdogan choices and now Turkey is moving away from democracy. Current leaders of Egypt had many choices to create a modern Egyptian nation, but refused. Instead of focusing upon economic development and freeing forces of economic changes, Egyptian leaders decided upon policy of terror.

Here in America, people like Ted Cruz or John Boehner, chose policies of obstruction and policies that protect the wealthy in order to create the current state of gridlock. The present mess in Washington has nothing to do with ideology, it is the result of individual choices. If people behave in stupid ways, don’t blame it on ideology, it is their decision to be a nut case who lacks any sense of intelligence! Blame it on individuals, not some ideology or religion!

Hamas Continues Being Hamas

There is one certainty when discussing Hamas as an organization. It does not have the faintest idea as how to create a viable Palestinian state. Hamas leaders believe fervently that the Gun is the weapon of success, and only through killing, bombing, and fighting can a people denied their rights achieve lasting success. Hamas has run Gaza for years, and what is the result of this leadership? Thousands are dead, untold hundreds of homes and factories destroyed, but Hamas insists that its organization is successful. When asked to disarm and work for peace, Khaled Mashaal, leader of Hamas, was quite clear about his intention. “The subject of the resistant’s weapons is not open for negotiation.” Nope, Hamas will continue fighting.

A major problem is that when Hamas “fights for freedom,” a few thousand Palestinians who simply want to continue living, wind up dead. So, Hamas will meet with Fatah Palestinians leaders, it will meet with Egyptian negotiators, but it will continue insisting that only war is the road to peace and success. Dream on.

Another Intruder On White House Grounds

After consulting with leading Republicans in Washington I can now report they have gathered sufficient evidence in order to impeach President Barack Obama. Omar J. Gonzalez, a former member of the US armed forces was arrested by the Secret Service for leaping over the fence surrounding the White House and heading for the front door. House Speaker John Boehner is very upset that American citizens are not allowed to enter the White House without being subjected to violence. Mr. Gonzalez is NOT an illegal immigrant, he is a former sergeant in the Army and has every right as a citizen in this nation to carry around 80-0 rounds of ammunition for his legal weapons of war. The President allowed this citizen of America to be brutally assaulted just because he was carrying a machete and two hatchets. Show me in the Constitution where it says I can’t carry machetes of hatchets? I dare you, or the President to show me why I cannot carry rounds of ammo. Just check the 2nd Amendment!

This man who simply was exercising his 2nd Amendment rights if now under arrest. First they came for Omar Gonzalez, then they came for a guy who is now in the forests of Pennsylvania because some cop got in the way of one of his bullets. This is part of the Obama plot to arrest those who stand for freedom of killing bad people,and we all know who is the number one bad guy in this nation! Just check with the NRFA!

Fuck It, I Quit!

In every generation there arises a moment when someone utters a statement on television that we all so desire to have uttered. Charlo Greene works for an Alaskan TV station, KTVA, and following a story about the Alaska Cannaebis Club, she blurted out, “And, as for this job, not that I have a choice, but, fuck it, “I quit.” It turns out she is the owner of the club and has been working for the right of people in Alaska to have access to the use of marijuana. She is particularly concerned about those seeking to use marijuana who are ill and believe it can reduce suffering. Ms. Greene has pledged to fight “for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.”

I await from Ted Cruz: “Fuck it, I am a schmuck even though I went to Harvard.”

Or, Mitch McConnell, “fuck it, I have no idea how to fire this damn rifle!”

How about Rick Perry on Rick Perry? “Fuck it, this dude is one big fuckup.”

As for Barack Obama: “Fuck it, why didn’t I listen to advisers and study how Franklin Roosevelt handled a Depression.”

Then again, there is always Sarah Palin: “Fuck it, there is nothing to the story that I will wed that bear!”

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

There is always a third choice in life.

Muy elderly ears only hear fragments of words, good or bad news?

Some walk with fatigue.

Some carry unseen burdens of past.

I wonder if there is money in heaven.

Some are naturally curious.

Curiosity did not kill the cat, lack of it did.

Some remember what they should not.

Some are resentful, some are resourceful.

Some stride with hope.

Some seek Death, some Life.

DOCTOR Rick Perry Speaks About Surgery

I am not a doctor, medical one that is. I am a doctor of philosophy and thus have learned the importance of keeping my mouth shut when confronted with topics about which I do not know. The most important thing one learns while in pursuit of the doctorate degree is that ignorance is OK and just admit it. However, DOCTOR Governor Rick Perry is ready and willing to declaim and declare his views on the correct manner of conducing surgery. He offered his take on the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers. “It was interesting that when Joan Rivers, and the procedures that she had done, where she died, that was in a clinic. And, its just a curious thought that if she had that type of surgery whether or not that individual would still be alive.” In other words, if clinics throughout the United States adhered to Texas regulations about clinics people would still be alive.

Rick Perry closed half the clinics in Texas in order to deny women the right to have an abortion. His regulations refuse doctors who perform abortions the right to have access to work in hospitals. This ignorant, arrogant, heartless individual is now a medical expert. Oh, last week a female was executed in the great state of Texas. More prisoners are murdered in Texas than in any place on this planet.

MAVEN REACHES MARS!

I imagine there are millions of Americans still alive who recall the exciting days when our nation led the world in space exploration. I imagine there are millions still alive who experienced the thrill of an American stepping foot on the Moon. We then believed our nation was exploring the universe, sending men on trips beyond the stars, and enjoying the thrill of venturing into the unknown. NO, to be an explorer did not make the wealthy even more prosperous. NO, it did not mean that people had access to health care. NO, it did not mean we could reduce taxes and enjoy a life without evil government taking risks with our money. It was a time to dream impossible dreams of seeking to venture into space.

After a voyage of 441 million miles, the space craft named, MAVEN is now at the planet Mars. It will shortly descend to the surface and begin conducting experiments in order to determine if Mars once contained the elements of life. It will assist we humans to understand our universe. It will not result in lower taxes. It will not result in an expanding economy. It simply will solve problems. Of course, in the act of solving problems, new doors are opened into our ability to make life more successful on Earth!