Category Archives: Middle East

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observation on the human condition from the mind of a 24 year old trapped in the body of an 84 year old man.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I always avoid parking in places that I should not park in.

Bagels in my childhood were one penny. I will have to await Heaven to once again pay that price.

Sign said: “Get in touch With God” I prefer that He get in touch with me.

I hate huge cars that take control of parking slots.

I walked by a college girl who said on her cell phone: “I am all alone and can’t handle it.” I wanted to hug her but to do so would land me in jail.

My dream is to be abducted by aliens and taken to their planet. At least no Tea Party around.

In the old days men sold stuff by traffic lights, I no longer see them.

I was told that to rent I need home insurance, isn’t this my call?

I wonder if there are lawyers in Heaven?

Jihadists Come Running

A recent United Nations report indicates that over 15,000 Jihadists have arrived in the Middle East over the past few years. These are young men from countries as diverse as Russia, Ireland, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. They share a desire to hate and kill. There is no doubt this group of haters represent a 21st century phenomenon. Select any nation in the world, and you will uncover those who believe to be engaged in a fight against forces of evil. Heck, in the United States of America even our Supreme Court contains jihadists who intend to ensure that our wealthy folk once again rule the nation. What else is the Tea Party other than a band of jihadists filled with hate and anger. Jihadists in the Middle East seek to return to olden days, and American Jihadists want the good old days when “real Americans” ruled the land to become the new norm.

The common element in all these Jihadists is a sense of hate against anything that resembles modernity. Check out the Republican Party in Congress whose members boast of not believing in “science.” We now have throughout the world a rejection of modern thinking, and a felt need to return to those times when ignorance ruled the waves of government. Heck, poor al-Qaida is now considered too modern by these Jihadists. Perhaps, it is time to send Tea Party folk to the Middle East to fight. At least it will provide them a sense of doing something to alter all this nonsense about science and climate change.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “I Was Fooled”

The complaint of Americans who will vote for Republicans next week.

Sweden, Local: “Doctor Puts Patient In Taxi”

If this is my doctor, the taxi is probably a safer place than his operating table.

Norway, Norway Post: “Homeless Get Rides In Police Cars”

At least they will have a warm bed tonight in the jail!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Stop Crimes Against Journalists”

This is Putinland, print the wrong story, then you committed a crime!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Firemen Launch Damage Claim”

I didn’t know you could sue fire!

Whatever Happened To Barack Obama?

There is no longer a mystery about the behavior of Barack Obama in his role as President of the United States of America. The last time we Americans elected a college professor to the presidency was in 1912 when former Princeton University Professor Woodrow Wilson gained the White House. Just like former Professor Barack Obama, Wilson had some excellent ideas and did get important laws passed. But, like all college professors he much preferred giving lectures to the students who were the American people rather than engaging with them in an interactive debate. Wilson spoke TO people and he spoke Down to people. Barack Obama has the mind of a college professor, he gives the lecture, students take notes, and feed back to him what he said. If they fail to grasp what he said, tough luck, he always speaks clearly in his lectures and failure to understand what he said lies with the listener.

The one lesson we Americans who want a just society can learn from electing a college professor is never to do this again. Barack Obama never grasped the symbolism which is part of being President. He proceeded on HIS program regardless of whether he had persuaded Americans it was the right program. Instead of simply extending Medicare to all Americans, he invented a convoluted program known as the Affordable Care Act which even today, most do not understand. A great President is a great POLITICIAN. This was never understood by Obama. He, like most young Americans, regards POLITICS as something dirty. America comprises vast space and vast numbers of people. They must be organized and that includes compromise and paying attention to diverse needs and goals. College professors are always in charge and if you do not do what they want, the letter grade, F will ensue. In Politics, the letter grade, F, is given to the professor!

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

Kurds Enter Kobani

The Turkish government has finally allowed Kurds from Iraq to send troops into surrounded Kobani, and hopefully, end the prospect of mass murder and shots of heads being chopped off. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally bowed to international pressure and allowed those from his hated enemies to send armed troops who will fight against ISIS. There is something ironic that after the famed invasion of George Bush in 2003, the only Iraqis who want to fight for democracy are the Kurds. This is one group of Muslims who hate ISIS and will not flee from armed encounters with the fanatics of hate. Hopefully, with additional troops, bombings of ISIS forces, and more weapons of war, a Muslim army will fight, and defeat ISIS. The question remains as to why is this group of Muslims ready to fight against ISIS, while other Muslim Iraq soldiers ripped off their uniforms and fled for their lives when ISIS appeared?

The answer is simple. Kurds have a government which is supported by the population. Kurds believe in their right to have such a government and will fight for it. Most Iraqis only have the government that was installed by former President Bush, a government of kleptomaniacs whose only thought was money and power. The government of Nuri al-Maliki spent its time making life miserable for Sunnis and turned them toward the only alternative of ISIS. Get a government in Baghdad that seeks honesty and respect for all Iraqis, and ISIS will shortly disappear.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Free Lie Tests”

Only in modern China!

Norway, Norway Post: “Flu Campaign Gets Under Way”

If successful, everyone will have the flu!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Spreading The Word”

In America that means nonstop spreading the word of ignorance about why you should be elected!

USA, aol: “Pay Back The Money”

In America, Wall Street only knows to pay themselves your money!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Heated Benches For Winter”

In Putinland, at least your ass is having a good time!

A Plan To End Violence In Iraq!

Iraq is a society which has become a failed one. Violence is the norm in this alleged “nation.” Since the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld sent American troops into a country about which they knew nothing people in that area of the world has experienced nonstop violence. This is the reality of what we term, IRAQ:

1.There are three groups who inhabit this area of the world–Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.

2. Each of these groups simply wants to be left alone to govern themselves.

3. If this place termed, Iraq, was simply divided into three nations, the violence would end.

How about creation of the nation of Kurdistan, the nation of Sunniland, and the nation of Shiiteland?

The basic mistake of our dynamic trio was failing to understand that the concept of a Federation of three nations was the solution. Instead they imposed a nation upon three disparate groups of people. For some reason the Obama administration has continued the idiotic program of the Bush administration of refusing to allow Kurds to have their own nation. Barack, Kurds do NOT wish to be part of Iraq. Just end the American idea that we can enter any area of the world and impose on it our ideas of “nation” and “democracy!” We did this in Afghanistan and failed and we continue this in Iraq and fail. Stupidity is continuing behavior over and over that is not solving a problem.