Category Archives: Veterans

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Clues About Oracle Uncovered”

No, he is not Ted Cruz!

USA, NY Daily News: “Slum Lord Lives In Mansion”

Being a slum lord is the road to living in mansion.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Pistorious Could Be Gang Raped In Jail”

In America this could never occur, inmates have constitutional rights to carry guns!

Norway, Norway Post: “Pastor Dies After Writing Nude Girls”

Was it the writing or the nude girls that gave him the heart attack?

China, China Daily: “Tips For Driving In China”

Red means go?

Return Of Poll Tax

Asa boy growing up in New York City during the 1930s we read with dismay stories from the South about requiring people to pay a poll tax in order to vote or requiring Negroes to recite passages from a state Constitution in order to vote. I thought those days of denying the right to vote had ended in America. Alas, little did I know that five members of the US Supreme Court simply did not believe in the right to vote. Oh, they believe firmly in the right of corporations to speak their minds without interference from government. They believe corporations have the right to tell employees whether or not they have the right to medicines, but these five MEN do not believe that an American citizen has the right to go vote without paying for it.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is furious at her colleagues who denied an injunction against the Texas voter ID law by an appellate judge. “The greatest threat to public confidence in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposely discriminatory law, one that likely impinges an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.” She went on to note that the state of Texas has ben found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every election from and after the 1970s.

If Texas wants people to have a voter ID why not send one to every voter in the state of Texas??

Doctor Rick Perry Wants Bans

This blog can now confirm that one of America’s leading experts on Ebola is insisting that President Barack Obama institute a ban on travel to any nations in which there is a single case of Ebola. Governor Rick Perry of the state of Texas in which the first case of Ebola was uncovered would not respond to our inquiries as to whether travel from or to the state of Texas will now be banned. Although I have long been an opponent of the man from Texas, this is one time I agree with him. Let’s keep the nut cases from Texas confined to that state and not allow them to infect our society with their weird ideas about guns or abortion or education. You know, Texas is the state in which children are warned in schools about radical terrorists such as Martin Luther King who sought to undermine the white purity of the state. Hold on for a second! I was just informed that Governor Perry has become a “doctor.” Yes, Kilgore Cosmos University has awarded the leader of their state with the degree of Doctor.

Frankly, there is no surprise that Dr. Perry believes in bans on travel to and from infected nations. He is firmly in favor of banning people from voting in Texas, he is in favor of banning abortions in Texas, and he certainly wants to ban “those people” from down below who seek to enter the great state of Texas. I await:

1. A Texas ban on women from living in the state who are pregnant and not married to a man.

2. A ban on those who opposes guns from being able to own one.

3. A ban on anyone who holds a degree in any aspect of science. Texas does not need egg heads in their beloved land.

Mind Your Own Business!

Officer Darren Wilson of Michael Brown shooting fame has told investigators that in the process of struggling with the victim, that he felt his life was in danger. Let us return to the actual event.

1. Two young men were walking down the street.

2. Neither of the two men had actually committed an action that might make police worried.

3. Neither of these men was bothering anyone.

4. It was officer Wilson who approached them.

The first law of the streets that is learned by anyone who is raised in a poverty area of a city is that when walking among strangers, be quiet and respectful and avoid attracting attention to yourself. I learned this as a boy in the south Bronx. NEVER INITIATE CONFLICT was among my early education. Walk softly and be polite. If officer Wilson simply allowed people to walk down the street, he would never have believed himself to be in a life threatening situation.

How about the new golden rule for our police forces. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!

If this rule was followed by urban police, many “life threatening situations” would never occur!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Biden Says Erdogan Admits Mistakes”
“Biden Apologizes To Erdogan For Comment”

France, Connexion: “Rat Complaints”

We prefer Cheddar over Meunster!

UK< Guardian: “Campaign Targets Breast Cancer”

To get it or cure it is the question?

Norway,Norway Post: “Implant Bionic Eye”

I can see you wherever you go!

China, China Daily: “Kim Jong Un Makes Appearance”

I guess that means some generals will make a disappearance.

Hezbollah, The Good Guys?

I recognize any words that depict members of Hezbollah as other than savage terrorists would annoy the Israel government. Of course, the Palestinian branch of Hezbollah has agreed to serve in the Palestinian Authority government which means it can not engage in terrorist activity. The complexity about Hezbollah grows even more interesting when one discusses ISIS. In the valley of Bekaa, which lies on the border with Syria hundreds of Hezbollah are fighting ISIS which it regards as a threat to Lebanon, as well as to the Syrian government. Hezbollah soldiers told a correspondent their aim is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. So, let me explain:

1. The Israel government considers Hezbollah a threat to Israel.

2. The Israel government wants ISIS to be destroyed.

3. Hezbollah wants ISIS destroyed.

4. Turkey, allegedly is an ally in the fight against ISIS.

5. At this moment, Turkish planes are attacking Kurds who are fighting ISIS.

Question: How did we Americans get caught in this mad world??

Turkish Army Attacks The Wrong Army!

ISIS is fighting in the streets of Kobani against its Kurdish defenders while a Turkish army stands on the outskirts of town doing absolutely nothing. OOPs, I just wrote the wrong thing. The Turkish army is bombing and fighting against “terrorists” but these attacks are occurring, not in Kobani, but inside Turkey. Its air force just launched bombing assaults against the Kurdistan Workers’Party (PKK) which is composed of Turkish Kurds who seek some form of autonomy within the nation. The issue of rights for Kurds has long been a concern for the Turkish government. In 2011, both sides agreed to negotiate rather than fight one another. This air attack has, essentially, ended the truce and now civil war will return to Turkey. President Erdogan is more concerned with Kurds than with ISIS. In fact, he welcomes ISIS which is attacking Kurds. Let me explain the Middle East:

1. ISIS is composed of Sunni militants who incorporate both religious fanatics and secular people.

2. ISIS seeks to wipe out Shiite Muslims along with any Muslim “Heretic.”

3. ISIS wants to destroy any Kurdish nation that might appear.

4. Turkey, under Erdogan, wants to destroy Kurds.

5. Turkey wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

6. ISIS wants to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

7. The US and Turkey are allies.

Figure out what to do next!!

Oh, the one clear thing about this mess is–BARACK OBAMA IS AT FAULT!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

As dictator of America, I will decree the end of cars and emergence of bikes in urban areas.

I have never drunk a latte. Am I late for a good thing?

If you see a group of Japanese in a large city, they will be carrying at least one camera.

Saw little girls in Chicago holding brown faced dolls.

No more delightful sight than one year old chasing birds on grass.

I wonder why elderly women reject white hair, it is beautiful.

Mystery of one young man and five attractive girls.

I saw a man with tee shirt, “Keep Dodgers In Brooklyn.” Only sixty years too late.

If three people walking, chances are the one in middle does more of the talking.

I have only been on a tour bus about three times in life, three times too many.

St. Louis Blues Blast Away

Many in the St. Louis area had expectations after the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson that issues of prejudice would be addressed. A month had gone by and another shooting of a black youth who was committing the crime of walking on the streets of St. Louis. Thousands gathered in the city to hear various speakers insist that peaceful demonstrations should continue. However, activist writer Cornel West insisted the problem lay with failure of African American leaders. He charged them with being “too obsessed with being successful rather than faithful to a cause.” He was followed by ministers, rabbis and imams urging people to demonstrate following the principles of Martin Luther King who was apparently “obsessed” with the notion that peaceful protest could result in change. One person complained to the media that “all these speeches before, you’ve heard them all before, that’s not going to change, right?” Another argued “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed.”

One can readily understand this frustration. But, one solution to the problem in Ferguson in which most people are black is to VOTE. If African Americans voted, took control of the city government, they would have a voice in determining who was a cop. I wonder how many who are frustrated actually voted in the last election in Ferguson or the city of St. Louis?

Demonstrations In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is among the most difficult places in America to arouse feelings of anger about racial justice. At this moment in time, the city of St. Louis is predominantly composed of African Americans. The financial district has long since departed a city with too many black skinned people for the suburbs of Clayton, Missouri. The black-white divided is among the realities of this city. At this moment, for the first time in decades, thousands are in the streets demanding an end to shooting and murder of black youth. It began in the outlying area of Ferguson when police officer Darren Wilson decided to put six bullets in the body of Michael Brown. The police continue to insist that Mr. Brown initiated the conflict. As I recall, he was walking down the street when accosted by officer Wilson. A new shooting has made people in St. Louis furious. Three black youths were WALKING down the street which apparently made a security guard, a cop engaged in off duty work, worried. He then proceeded to get off thirteen bullets, six of which hit the body of Vonderick Meyers.

It is time to cease the “broken window” theory of halting “potential gangsters” and just allow black skinned folk to walk the streets. Neither of these shootings would have occurred if police ceased worrying about who was walking in the streets. For some reason, when white folks walk, it is OK. And, by the way, how about more target practice for cops? Thirteen shots standing near a person and only sic enter the body? Back to the firing range!