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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.

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

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

Somewhere over the rainbow is a rainbow.

Certain foods require large bites.

I wonder how many problems are really unsolvable.

Some cast stones, some catch stones.

Some stride with a grim determined look.

Some in life seek Death.

Some enjoy the laughter of Death.

My door is always open to life.

I wonder if machines are used in Heaven.

Some are not persuaded to know.

Some read for pleasure, some for knowledge.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Elks Get Ticket To Denmark”

Can they bring their antlers along?

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Resume Aid To Anti-Gay Uganda”

Another sad story from Africa

Australia, Canberra Times: “Axed Public Servants Head South”

With or without their heads?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Sleep Issues Start Young”

This rates a yawn.

USA, aol: “CIA Spied On Senate Committee”

I assume they were able to get a copy of the Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Captain John Sold”

Down the toilet, I assume.

France, Connexion: “Practice What You Preach”

Republicans preach gospel of lower debt and reduce taxes to increase it!

So, Who Cares About Children?

Recent polls reveal that most Americans do not believe our nation has a moral obligation to assist those who are fleeing from persecution or violence in other lands. Figures indicate 53% do not want such folk in the good old USA while 44% open their arms to the afflicted. At age 83, I am quite aware that during the time period, 1880-1924 about TWENTY MILLION people fled from Europe and sought refuge in the United States of America. My parents left due to violence and persecution. In 1920 about one in four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 7%. Throughout the 19th century America was home to millions seeking refuge from poverty or violence in other parts of the world, although most came from European nations. The 53% saying, “No,” most probably are descended from those who arrived due to violence and poverty. They now spit in the eyes of great, great grandparents as unwelcome people. Figures show that 52% do not feel any compassion for the thousands of children seeking to escape beatings, rape or death in Central America although 46% display some sense of religious or moral feelings.

I understand fears of Americans that immigrants will “take their jobs” or create economic burdens. In reality, America desperately NEEDS immigrants. They are a source of workers who contribute to the Social Security fund as well as customers for products. Among the key issues facing America is how to handle a declining work force since without money from this group, the Social Security fund will run out of money by 2033. Of course, there are those such as myself who believe America MUST open its arms to people confronting violence and persecution. If not us, who else? WE are the nation that has always welcomed such people. If not now, when?

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

For some, sports and sex rank one, two in set of priorities.

I never understood why Superman did not take care of Hitler and Nazis.

Many sources of information, the issue is which information one desires to know?

Loudest voice in sport discussion wins the argument.

Always seek the unattainable.

Chubby person allows thinner to proceed.

Few know the truth of their lives.

To be born in a slum is to have a fighter’s personality.

You can knock me down, I will get up again and again.

Night allows our pain to subside.

Professional athletes all too often not very professional.

I await the arrival of robot umpires in baseball.

My appetite at age 83 had departed to unknown regions.

Life is but a short experience in the human condition.

Who we are today differs from who we were yesterday.

Few know what they really know.

Computerized records everywhere except in a doctor’s office.

All too often humans prefer a fight rather than a handshake.

Chaos In US Senate

It was Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the United States House of Representatives. Just another day in Congress for a group which prides itself upon adherence to the Golden Rule that doing nothing prevents mistakes. John Boehner and other Republican leaders believe that no action is the best action. There is some logic in this attitude. If I never do anything then no one can blame me for making a mistake. In other words, the motto of House Republicans is: Those who do not, do something since do not is the rule for those seeking to prevent the act of do. President Barack Obama asked Congress to provide funds to assist in handling the alleged “crisis” on our border with Mexico. These days arrival of children to our border has become a new terrorist threat to the safety of American society. Even worse, these kids are prepared to take away jobs from decent hard working Americans. After all, millions of Americans desire to pick peaches and apples in our orchards only these Mexican terrorists seek to deny them an opportunity to make $7.25 an hour!! Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party said, no legislation about these children. So guess what happened? No legislation. Naturally, this will provide Fox News pundits hours to declaim and declare their ideas to the American people about the “crisis” on our border.

Eric Cantor, who is departing the hallowed halls of Congress due to the Tea Party offered some words of wisdom to his colleagues in a last speech. “We don’t always see eye to eye, even within our own party–in this chamber. But, that is how it is and is supposed to be.” Thank God this was not in the past, “what it supposed to be.” That is why we won World War II, built dams, roads, hospitals, airports, created Social Security for the elderly and Medicare. THAT was what Congress was supposed to be and do!