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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

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!

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

Some must feel self important to be important.

Few places in America does quiet reign.

Some believe self to be expert on human behavior.

Four children in descending size walk by me.

Old men hold wife by elbow while walking.

Superego at play in any dispute.

Few know what they really know.

Something special about kindness of strangers.

Little Children prefer standing upon chairs than sitting.

Long time since I just played with abandon.

Ah, for a film without wild driving cars!

In my youth, slum kids jumped from roof to roof.

Wise people know when to control ego.

In my youth, May 1 was a worker’s day of celebration.

Mom lets child go first, eventually reversed.

Long time since I heard, “kiss the boys goodbye.”

People discussing sports speak in loud voices.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Call For People To Give Blood”

This call has been issued by the Vampire Association of Paris. It is urgent!

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Governor Gets Back To Work”

Gee, could we get the US Congress back to work?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Plane Disappears From Radar”

I have been told Mayor Bob Ford was at the controls, and he had some beer!

Japan, Japan Times: “Hail Abe Drive For Women”

The question is whether or not women summoned him to their rescue??

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Shifting To Underworld”

I have a hunch it is much freer being in the Russian underworld than in its top world,

Sweden, Local: “Snake Hunt After Man Bitten”

I assume this is one dude seeking to give that damn snake a bite!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Where Saints Go, We Go”

The Republican Congressmen version is: where the lobby money goes, we go!

National Security Agency -Any Change?

Senator Patrick Leahy is working with a bipartisan group in the US Senate in order to pass new legislation which would curb power of the National Security Agency. Most Americans agree that our spy agencies have gone wild in their quest to “defend America” by taking away our freedom. In other words, in the drive to save our freedom, the NSA believes we must abandon our freedom. It is rather interesting, that in the midst of among the most divided Congress in American history, the only topic that garners bipartisan agreement is–NATIONAL SECURITY. Leahy is being supported by right wing nut case Senator Ted Cruz, who would never dare to express any agreement with the liberal from Vermont –unless the topic was NATIONAL SECURITY. The real question to pose about the need for new legislation is why do we need new legislation? I assume the President of the United States of America can fire officials who run the NSA and replace them with officials who believe in the American right of privacy. So, why this need by Congress to do what the president can and should do–tomorrow! The issue is NOT new legislation. The issue is our Presidents must begin to function as the guardian of our fundamental right to privacy. THAT is, and, has always been the issue of secrecy.

We have gone down the road of hysteria for over a decade. We have allowed fear to control our actions. We invent fears, we thrive on fear, and our President regards himself as guardian of Fear. It is time to replace excessive Fear with Reality. There is considerable doubt our current practices to “protect America” are always needed. Common sense is a neglected aspect of modern life. Yes, vigilance is required. But, exactly how many American born Muslims have committed any act that might be construed as unpatriotic? How many native born Muslims have engaged in any act of terrorism? THAT is reality!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Grant children freedom to be who they desire to be.

There is a time to just shut up.

Raise children to think other than what you think.

There is dirt on a table and dirt in some minds.

Little children love putting on the jacket by self.

Some organize food on table into assigned places.

There is a time and a place for a time and a place.

Always explore the unknown.

Short pants provide a sense of freedom.

There is a time to read, and a time to speak.

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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