Category Archives: Latin America

It’s Speed Up Time

Like just everyone else who terms self, American, I am the child of an immigrant. Between the years 1880-1924 about twenty million people from southern and eastern Europe came to the United States of America as immigrants. Most were fleeing poverty, religious hatred or violence. By 1920 we “New Immigrants” constituted 25% of the population. Today, thousands, NOT millions, of children are fleeing violence and brutality in Central America. They simply want a time to rest, to obtain an education, and become a positive factor in the United States. President Barack Obama, the child of an immigrant, fears taking a stand for immigrants. He is frightened because people like Senator Ted Cruz–his father was an immigrant, and he was born in Canada–scream hatred about immigrants. Immigrant Courts have been ordered to expedite deportation of children. In fact, kids have been rushed to the head of the line.

There is NO crisis about “Hordes” of children reaching the border. Fifty or sixty thousand children is nothing like the ONE MILLION who entered as immigrants during the initial decades of the 20th century. It is time for calmness, for charity, and for love of children to return to this nation. All these kids want is a chance to become a contributing member of society. During World War II, children of New Immigrants constituted about 20% of those fighting in our armed forces. Never forget, we are ALL immigrants!

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

What would life be without the “refill?”

Rich get richer but why must that result in poor getting poorer?

I do not believe there is a “cause” for anything, always, “causes.”

I wonder why the Devil was invented by humans?

Care for others results in care for self.

I never think about Zombies, they represent Death.

I prefer gambling on life rather than in Casinos.

I gaze up from writing and encounter a belly.

In my childhood, it was “brother can you spare a dime.” What is it today?

Some open door with look of trepidation.

For some the only after life is becoming dust.

As a child in the city I grew to love green.

As a child I was taught to walk slowly in an unknown neighborhood.

I sometimes think God works as a security guard at the city dumps.

Women enter store still clutching car keys.

HALT THE INVASION!

I thank God that America has citizens who are willing to risk their lives in order to protect this nation from an invasion of ruthless, savage, job destroying CHILDREN! A thirty car convoy is winding its way align the border with Mexico, it is filled with God fearing, decent, gun toting members of the National Rifle Association, and they are prepared to risk their lives in order to secure the border against the hordes of children seeking to violate our security system. There are unconfirmed reports these children are armed with dolls that talk. It is rather unclear if the talking dolls are speaking in some form of code that is being conveyed to drug lords back in Mexico. As the leader of these patriotic Americans noted, the goal of the convoy “is to defend America against an invasion.” He also noted the convoy has received “death threats.” It is unclear whether the death threats came from the children or their dolls. As the convoy went through Arizona, they halted in order to picket the offices of Senator John McCain, the author of many “pro-invasion legislation.” This blog believes Senator John McCain should be investigated, after all, he spent four years as a prisoner of the Viet Cong in Vietnam, why did he allow his plane to be “shot down?” Frankly, I never believed he was “shot down,” it was simply a ruse to become a prisoner so that he could be tortured.

Good News from Texas. Governor Rick Perry has alerted Texas Rangers to the invasion threat. Perry is fighting against “government funded programs” that seek to allow these children into our beloved land. Who knows what these young females will do? I have received reports they seek to take jobs away from decent American female prostitutes!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “We Need More Education”

That should be burned into the forehead of every Republican congressman.

USA, NY Post: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Stories such as these give me a lift in life.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Innocent Caught In Cross Fire”

An eternal story told in an eternal place.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Who Made The Bitch List”

No question, Sarah Palin heads it!

UK, Guardian: “Rich Get Richer”

This is a non-story. How about some new news?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “In Reality, Who Cares?”

The story of Gaza!

France, Connexion: “Mayor Breaks Gay Marriage Ban”

What a gay story!

What Should Be US Foreign Policy?

The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.

What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?

1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.

2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.

3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.

4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.

These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!

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

As yesterday becomes today, tomorrow becomes yesterday.

At age 83, next year is a dream.

Death is the stranger never to encounter.

I live with one leg in yesterday and one in tomorrow.

Who I am today is who I was at age 5.

At some distant point in time, there will be no tomorrow on Earth.

I so desire to meet an alien from a distant planet.

What “is” can always change.

There is always an alternative path in life.

I marvel at the ineptitude of professional coaches.

There is a moment when the first sip of coffee feels so delightful.

There is an art to living in peace.

It is never too late to become soon.

To read is to think.

To walk is to think.

To write is to think.

To run is to think.

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

The last President to have a balanced budget was Democrat Bill Clinton.

The last President who had a $200 billion surplus in his budget was Bill Clinton.

Two thirds of our National Debt came from Republican Presidents.

Under Barack Obama’s tenure twice as many illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than under George Bush.

Barack Obama has yet to fire any head of a secret service agency.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in lowering medical costs.

Not one mass shooting of students occurred in an urban school.

The vast majority of those blasting away in schools are white, from middle class families, and live in the suburbs.

The top tax rate in World War II was 90%!

The top tax rate in the 1950s when Republican Dwight Eisenhower was president was –90%!

There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rates and job creation.

One third of American bridges are in danger of collapsing.

WHAT CAN BARACK OBAMA NOW DO?

Reality is that President Barack Obama will confront a Congress in which Republicans control the House of Representatives, and perhaps the US Senate. In other words, he can not pass any meaningful legislation. Therefore, his reality is functioning as an American President who lacks power to alter the domestic lives of Americans. So, what is now possible?

1. Initiate a weekly press conference in which he makes clear which laws were proposed and which were ignored by Republicans.

2. The above information should weekly be spread on social media. Make clear what you are proposing and what Republicans are defeating.

3. Draw upon Executive power to completely revise our spy agencies, including firing some folks.

4. Sign “No Spy” agreements with all major American allies.

5. Initiate a weekly notification on Social Media as to which bridges and roads have become dangerous.

6. Make speeches in which the President talks “WITH” rather than “TO” people.

7. Make Congressional elections in 2016 as critical an issue as who becomes President.

8. Announce he will not accept pay as President since the government is now dysfunctional, challenge Congressmen to do the same.

9. Use the power of the Executive to allow children brought to America as children to remain.

10. Take out membership in the NRA and organize a group of its members to fight for sensible gun legislation.

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Pay What You Want”

I believe that is the Republican program for our oppressed wealthy folk.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Thousands Hug Trees”

What people will do to get some sap!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop Scandal”

Talk about a shitty story to appear in a newspaper!

Sweden, Local: “Sweden Watches Norway Bomb Threat”

Talk about a fair weather friend!

USA, aol: “Footbridge Opens”

Another example of one small step for humanity!

China, China Daily: “Slow Train Scheduled”

I believe that describes the state of American railroads, every day!

We Support John Boehner II

There are moments in my life when it is difficult to conceive that I am an inhabitant of an intelligent life form. Imagine being stuck in Heaven in a room filled with Tea Party folk led by Ted Cruz and John Boehner? My problem is that God gave me a mind which is trained to differentiate between reality and nonsense. I, honestly, attempt to listen and read what members of the Republican party say, I DO attempt to determine if they are speaking with some form of logic and coherence. John Boehner, head of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House is currently instituting a law suit against the President of the United States of America who he charges with ignoring Congress and making laws by himself. According to Boehner, this is the first time in American history that a President has behaved in such a manner. OK, so Obama made about 170 Executive Decisions and Saint Ronald Reagan made over 250, but St. Reagan was a Republican.

Yesterday, when questioned by members of the media about failure of Republicans to pass legislation about border issues, John Boehner noted the President of the United States currently had sufficient power to act without requiring any action by the United States Congress! I assume Congressman Boehner wanted the President to issue an Executive Decision and ignore Congress! Do I live in some form of fantasy land? Who are these people in the Republican Party??

Oh, I finally figured it out. There is John Boehner I, who is a Republican. Then, there is John Boehner II who uses his brain.