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Condi Drops The Box!

In the search for the almighty dollar, Condoleezza Rice, along with the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, has ample opportunities to secure a nice position which makes her wealthy and gives her some power in our society. Condi decided to become a member on the Board of Dropbox, an organization which provides protection for our property and our secrets of life. According to the Board when asked why hire someone connected with the Bush violation of human life, the response was: “when looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint.” We admit, Condi Rice is certainly connected with expanding American footprints all over the Middle East. Of course, her footprint sort of was pushed into the faces of those arrested on bogus charges.

A new site, Drop Dropbox poses a question: “Given everything we know about the United States’ warrantless surveillance program and Rice’s role in it, why would we want someone like her involved with Dropbox, an organization we are trusting with our most important business and personal data??” A great question and now we need a great answer!

Pope Francis, A Man Of God

We in America are struggling with how to confront our past, a past in our own lifetime in which those we elected to public office violated the American Constitution as well as international law and the moral foundation upon which we were raised. The Catholic Church is fortunate to have as its leader, a man who is not only of God, but speaks with the truth of everything that mankind has created in the way of human values. Appearing at the Catholic Children’s Bureau, he spoke with honesty and compassion to those who were abused by priests of the Catholic religion. He admitted that priests participated in abuse of children, and noted there were “quite a few in number.” He was quite clear the Church acknowledged what had transpired. It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward ith regards with how we will deal with this problem,and the sanctions that must be imposed.”

Perhaps, Pope Francis might speak to the President of the United States and persuade him to take a similar stand with regards to violation of human rights by the CIA and the NSA. Oh, he might be joined in this stand by Bush/Cheney/Rumnsfeld!!

Pakistan, What Are You?

Every so often a story emerges from the land of Pakistan that leaves me wondering on which planet I live. I have met dozens of people who come from Pakistan,and they, invariably are intelligent, wise and deeply religious. Most are devout Muslims with high human values, and then up out of nowhere comes a strange story which leaves me baffled. In the land of Pakistan there dwells a NINE MONTH OLD TODDLER WHO IS NOW IN JAIL! Yes, he is in jail. Now, what exactly could a nine month old toddler do that would lead to a jail term? I guess he could wet his diaper or cry or make life difficult for parents.

This is the crime: police raided his home and the toddler threw some stones at the cops. He was seized, his diapers confiscated, and sent directly to the police station where the child was finger printed and told that from this day foreword he has a criminal record. HUH!

A REAL EXORCISM!

Among the many rules which govern my daily life no one is more important than avoiding coming into contact with any movie or TV program or person who is involved in the process of Exorcism. That is why the name of Bishop Marcel Lefebrve has never encountered my eyes and I have absolutely NO knowledge of the Society of Saint Pius X and its looney ideas concerning religion, human interaction and in any way, shape or form, their approach to how one deals with women who are raped. I would not be surprised if the priests of this sect decided the best way to handle a rape was to rerape the woman, but that is not exactly what they do. A French priest in 2010 apparently decided to come to the assistance of three women who somehow were connected by rape. He conducted an exorcism.

I have been unable to discover exactly how this exorcism was conducted other that it involved use of a broom, a toothbrush and scissors. One could readily allow imagination to take over at this point and figure out how those things somehow come together in order to wipe clean the rape. Three women at the Notre Dame de la Sablonnice school were put through the process and the aftermath is known only to French police.

I always though an exorcism concluded with a person being able to twist their head in various directions. I assume that is connected to a Jewish exorcism.

Secede Is Now A Right

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is very worried that Russian moves to encourage eastern areas of the Ukraine to break away might impact other areas of the region and lead to secession efforts. “We don’t want the Ukraine crisis to start a domino effect around the Black Sea.” He would prefer that any problems within the Ukraine or between Russia and that nation be resolved “within the framework of international law.” He does make a point, but he also disregards the rights of people to break away when they sincerely believe their rights are being taken away. For example:

1. Shouldn’t the people of Texas be allowed to form their own nation and make it mandatory for a shoot out each high noon in each city of the new nation?

2. We who believe in the New York Knickerbockers have not witnessed an NBA championship for forty years. We need to secede, form our own nation, form our own Professional Basketball league which guarantees each team at least one championship each ten years!

3. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to secede and form a new country that guarantees those designated as mentally retarded to become the president. Not only would this guarantee a female president, it would guarantee that Fox News finally has good news to report.

4. The House of Representatives must secede from the Senate and create its own version of the American legislature. Gerrymandering will guarantee Republican control forever, and America will finally be saved from LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS AND COMMUNISTS WHO SEEK THE MONEY OF JOB CREATORS!

Pistorious Kabbuki Another Rashomon

There is but one thing all involved in the murder trial that features Oscar Pistorius–Reeva Steenkemp is deas. Other than that fact, the remainder of what happened in the story leading to her death depends on which version of reality is selected. Oscar insists that he heard sounds in the bathroom indicating an intruder was in his house and thus blasted away until he had killed Reeva who was in the toilet. There is another version of reality according to the prosecutor Gerrie Lee. In plain English, she informed the famous runner, “your version is a lie.” During his time in court with the Defense attorney, Oscar howled and cried and shook his body in order to make clear that he was in pain for the shooting of Reeva.

But, the prosecution has a different interpretation of this performance and it is based on some factual data. “We know there was no intruder, there was no ladder against the wall. We know that Reeva was in the toilet.” So, what happened? My questions:

1. How could he avoid knowing that she was in the toilet?

2. Did he tell her to call the police? Certainly, that would be a normal request.

3. Did he call out for the intruder to emerge from the toilet? Why not?

Just some questions.

Headlines From World Press

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Court Reaches Riot Sentence”

In Putin Land, that means– off to Siberia!

USA, aol: “Collect Dead Students’ Debts”

Can they pay monthly?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Lion Makes It Home”

Would you like to be around those gun nuts in Texas?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Cyclist Hits Truck”

Truck is doing well at last reports.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Oscar Pistorious To Take Stand”

On his knees, I assume.

UK, Guardian: “Stuck In Traffic”

Some stuck in traffic, some stuck in poverty, take your choice.

France, Connexion: “President’s Love Nest”

Which one are you referring to?

Capabilities And Intentions

The essence of American foreign policy, and those of most nations is that the capabilities of an enemy must be carefully studied and considered in developing a foreign policy toward them. Years ago, the great foreign policy theorist, Hans Morgenthau warned that in creating foreign policy one must always examine your policy through the lens of your opponents. For example, America is very concerned that Iran must allow UN inspectors to examine their nuclear facilities. America is very concerned that a nation in the Middle East will gain DOES possess atomic bombs–its name is Israel. Our leaders assume that if Iran gained possession of an atomic bomb its intention would be to use it while Israel is committed to only employing atomic bombs if it is threatened with annihilation.

We assume evil intentions to those we dislike. Saddam Hussein did have a few missiles, none capable of going more than a few hundred miles, but President Bush was convinced those missiles somehow threatened the security of the USA. Of course, we possessed much more dangerous missiles, but he believed these would never be used against an innocent nation. Guess what happened?

Putin Threatens And Roars

Vladimir Putin believes that he is sitting on top of the world. His popularity rate is nearly 80%, not a Russian opposition person dares to challenge his authority and people in the world fear that Vladimir will do something stupid. He enjoys possessing the fear of others which to him means that Vladimir calls the shots and he always has the ability to move from calling a shot to actually blasting away. Russian troops are on the border of Ukraine, Russian supporters inside the Ukraine are seizing buildings and urging Russian troops to cross the border and come to their rescue. So, what is his charge against Western foes? Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov warned the world that “Russia has taken notice of the plans by certain members of the alliance(NATO) to deploy large military contingents on territories close to our border.”

Of course, this is nonsense, but creating uncertainty, instilling fear is what Vladimir so enjoys. To be feared is his goal, not to be respected or admired. He definitely has achieved that goal. The only remaining question is whether he is foolish enough to send Russian troops across the border into the Ukraine would mark the end of Russia as a prosperous nation. Why? Because, in the end, it is economics, not military that determines the future.

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?