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America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

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

The enemy within is the most dangerous enemy.

A trip through life is one in which there are valleys and hills.

Humans constantly clean dirt in order to obtain new dirt.

People starve and Republicans worry about birth control.

I so enjoy the act of stretching a leg.

Moment of shock seeing thin person working in fast food place.

We shiver at cold, but not when our heart acts with coldness.

I wonder why gold became so precious to humans.

End of family stores ended sense of local community.

There is one rendezvous never to make–with Death.

Do not be the captain of your fate, be the General.

Calendar is half price by January 15.

I wonder how most Americans would survive without the Dollar Store.

To be unemployed in 2014 is to live in fear.

Quandry: does mom or daughter take lead into Restroom.

To describe life is to explain life.

All too often we seek the hardest the thing needed the least.

To be lost in thought is not a Republican weakness.

Fewer ceremonies these days for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Some place hands on thigh while walking.

I am only able to nudge what is my fate.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Kidnapping Scares Chinese”

When the government does the kidnapping, who wouldn’t be scared?

Japan, Japan Times: “Plane Landed In The Sea”

We now all agree the plane did land someplace!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Wealthy Better Off Than Others”

Not in America, we love the wealthy and thank God they are worse off than we. I heard this on Fox News so it must be right.

Sweden, Local: “Let Swedes Swear In English”

Finally, an issue upon which all can agree!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Nausea Rises In The West”

Have you recently visited the United States of America? Is so, you know the answer why this is so.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Restaurant Bans Putin”

I assume that was before the restaurant was banned from existence.

France, Connexion: “Perfume Secret Ingredient”

Sounds like a smelly story to me.

Cuba The Once Revolutionary State

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago the people of Cuba rose in anger against their dictator, President Batista, and sent him fleeing to the riches he had in the United States of America. Fidel Castro and his merry band of rebels entered Havana and promised people that the evil times of oppression and brutality were at an end. To prove his point, dozens of those who served the Batista government were placed against a wall and shot. The idea of a trial by jury was not part of the Castro regime which wanted to end Batista’s denial of human rights. Ironically, when Castro in 1953 made his first attempt at revolution and was captured, he was put on trial and received a jail sentence. Alan Gross, an American came to Cuba in order to work with the small number of Jews still in the country. His goal was simply to aid them gain access to the Internet.

Naturally, in the democracy known as Castroland, the government alone decides what you can watch or with whom you can speak. Mr. Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail, for attempting to overthrow the Batista regime, Fidel got a few years in jail. Mr. Gross attempted a hunger protest, but under pressure from his family, ended it. He added: “There will be no further protests until both governments show more concern for human beings and less for malice and derision towards each other.”

Too bad Gross did not attempt to overthrow the Batista dictatorship.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Torture Daughter’s Boy Friend”

I guess it’s better than torturing your daughter.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Making Tracks To The Hills”

The gun nuts are coming, the gun nuts are coming!

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Man Arrested After Robbery”

Should we arrest him before the robbery?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Twitter Targeted”

I think PM Erdogan does not like stories about his corruption.

Sweden, Local: “How To Embrace A Swedish Hug”

Tightly?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Men Hated By Men”

Ah, the story of Russian gays living in gayless Russia.

UK, Independent: “Half Pets Obese”

Well, it is a better ratio than obesity among their owners.

China, China Post: “Leave Them Searchers Alone”

Just another few oceans to search in search of a ping.

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?

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Couple Leaves Its Children”

An unrequited wish when they become teenagers.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Leading Activist Freed From Jail”

I assume he is now free to be active in the Russian campaign in Crimea.

USA, NY Post: “Brother Runs Over Brother At Wedding”

If you saw or heard the bride then that was his wedding gift!

UK, Guardian: “MP Asks Girl If She Likes Being Spanked”

I assume this was to assist in writing a spanking new law.

Sweden, Local: “Kill Cop, Kill Self”

How about, Kill Self and then don’t kill cop?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “24 Secrets To Wealth”

Begin with $24 million.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Light At End Of Tunnel”

In America with a Republican controlled Congress, there is only light for those with wealth.

ZunZero Zeroed Out In Cuba

Shocking surprise in Latin America. We know the CIA and NASA were checking phone calls from the President of Brazil since it is their duty to protect the United States of America against foreign terrorists like the current Brazilian leader. It now turns out the CIA and other American agencies have organized a secret social network in Cuba which is called, Zunzero. At present nearly 50,000 Cubans who possess a cell phone are linked in this social network, which apparently is working to overthrow the government of Cuba. The Cuban government is upset because they never gave permission for the United States to spy in their land. Big deal, we Americans never gave permission for our government to spy in the United States!

Some Cubans enjoy being part of a social network that is not linked with their government although many do not wish to be part of an American spy network in their land. The basic principle of any social network is that others have the right to pester you day and night with their idiotic comments on life. Why are Cubans anything but glad to be pestered by an unknown body, this is what they have been experiencing for over half a century?

Anyway, I am glad the NSA or the CIA is working the Cuba beat, that means less time to pester those of us in the US who want some isolation from the big, bad government. We suggest that Cubans simply dial “S” for spy and yack along with another person.