Category Archives: Veterans

Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As To Iraq

As you may or may not recall back in 2008 the newly elected President Obama promised to end our wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. OK, he did remove most soldiers from Iraq although he did insist upon a “surge”in Afghanistan which was about as successful as the one in Iraq–in other words, it never worked aside from a few months. I do not blame Barack Obama for the ineptitude of Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who single handedly created the current mess. His anti-Sunni program turned thousands against the Iraq government and compelled most to ally with ISIS. Most probably Obama had limited options in Iraq. Although he could have frozen any and all aid until a coalition government was formed in Iraq.

President Obama will soon dispatch about 1,500 US troops to join the 1,000 currently training Iraq forces. Did Obama have options? Most probably not. However, he could have offered the Iranian army military equipment if they would train Iraqi soldiers. Of course, that would have annoyed AIPAC and led Republicans to go ballistic. I await the Republican military strategy for Iraq. So do Americans!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “I Will Miss Him”

Say, whatever happened to Barack Obama?

China, China Daily: “Strengthen Graft Fight”

Never abandon the right to get a bit of graft, why else get elected?

France, Connexion: “Ruling On Flight Delays”

Yes, they are legal!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You Still Here?”

I will fight for justice today and tomorrow!

Sweden, Local: “Stockhold Therapy Tax”

If only we had such a therapy tax in America for members of Congress!

A Decision From Left Field On Gays

It was simply a matter of time before a conservative judge in the United States of America got in touch with God and realized that allowing gays and lesbians to marry had made the Big Guy up in the sky very angry. After all, God is not married so how can males and females marry those of the same sex? Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the 6th C circuit Court of Appeals has decided that allowing gays and lesbians is a violation of the US Constitution. He believes the Constitution places power in the hands of States so he is voiding any overthrow of bans on gay marriages in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Just trust the “work of state democratic processes” is the cry of Sutton. As I recall, it was the work of state democratic processes that denied the right of blacks to marry whites or allow black children to attend schools with whites, and certainly democracy in States made clear our Constitution did NOT allow those black folks to drink at the same water fountain as we white folks!

The Supreme Court will void this decision. It is the last gasp of those who live in another century!

Stop Them Americans From Voting!

Republicans are constantly warning the American people that its greatest dangers come from Muslim fanatics or Ebola. The frightened masses of Americans went to the polls fearing some terrible danger that lurks on the borders of America, and it must be stopped. It is clear a majority of those who voted–remember that a majority of Americans never cast a ballot– were convinced their vote was a weapon to save America from—??? Less than forty percent of Americans actually cast a ballot. What have we learned from this election. If few Americans DO vote, then laws and restrictions against voting favor conservative forces.. Reality is that fanatics on the right will vote because their hearts are filled with the passion of hate. There is scant doubt that hundreds of thousands of Americans never got a chance to vote. The Republican party did a magnificent job of reducing voting. Reality check: the most important electoral power in possession of Republicans is reducing the number of those who do not vote. It worked!

So, what is the goal of those who seek that America is once again a land in which the right to vote is not abused.

1. A mass program using social media must make Americans aware of what happened to the right to vote in 2014.

2. The president must hold weekly press conferences in which he discusses the right to vote.

3. Groups like the AARP must make the elderly understand that their right to vote is being denied by Republicans.

4. High school teachers must begin to discuss this topic in Social Studies classes.

5. How about wealthy folk purchasing ads on billboards about the right to vote?

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

A man walked by me laughing, how about making laughter compulsory when out public?

I learned to drive in my twenties, is that the reason I struggle backing into a parking spot?

I drove my wife to the airport at 5:00 am. when there was no traffic, we need 5:00 a.m. traffic throughout the day.

I always feel awkward when in an “upscale plaza”

When I was a child an overdue book in the library resulted in a penny fine. Ah, the good old days.

A “red light” day for me means hitting every red light.

I always dip into the dish of pennies that one can take to use for purchasing a bagel.

Rainy days are times to reflect upon life and God.

I have the ability to wreck an umbrella very easily.

So, What Went Wrong For Democrats?

I am currently a citizen of the state of Illinois and spent the past few months enjoying a campaign for governor of the state that resulted in a Republican winning that office in a state that is heavily Democratic. Let me review why Bruce Rauner, the latest millionaire won an election.

1. I do not recall a single political idea proposed by Governor Pat Quinn about what he intended to do if re-elected.

2. Governor Quinn did not speak about raising minimum wages, he did not speak about health care, he did not speak about jobs.

3. Governor Quinn spent untold millions informing we citizens that Bruce was an evil man.

4. I watched one political commercial after another about a company owned by Bruce that cheated elderly folk.

5. In a nutshell, the Democratic candidate ran an attack program that made clear that Bruce had gobs of money and cheated people. This apparently, meant that I should vote for Quinn.

The Democratic party this election focused on personal issues rather than on political issues. Democrats did NOT offer any ideas about how they would make America an economic powerhouse that provided higher wages and more jobs. In Colorado Mark Udall spent his entire campaign on the issue that he would protect women’s rights. The right to have an abortion IS important, but it is not THE issue for Americans. I doubt if Colorado voters were provided ideas to improve their lives. That is what doomed Democrats!

The Tragedy Of Israel

I regard myself as not only a Jew, but one is really cares about the nation of Israel. I have been told by fellow American Jew that I am a “self hating Jew” because I continue to cite crimes by the Israel government and demand that it cease persecuting Palestinians. According to AIPAc, I must always express only good words about the Netanyahu government and believe fervently in my heart that Israel is always right even when the government of Israel is wrong. The International Criminal Court just cited the Israel attack in 2010 on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmavra in which eight Turkish citizens were murdered by Israel troops as a possible war crime. The ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza during the Israel invasion of that area. According to AIPAC, I should blame the Turks for bringing food to the people of Gaza since such things aided terrorists to continue their fighting.

The ICC wil not pursue this event. It will go down as another example of how “terrorists” endeavored to destroy Israel by sending food to people in need of food. Of course, the Netanyahu government will insist there were armed men on board the ship. Yes, a few probably had a pistol or so. But, what prevented the Israel government from simply allowing the ship to dock, supervising the unloading of supplies and allowing the ship to return to Turkey?

Oh, prior to this event, Israel and Turkish military conducted joint exercises. After this fiasco, Israel had its excellent relations with Turkey ended. Check with AIPAC about how Turkey insulted Israel and plotted its destruction by sending food to Gaza!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Blind Faith”

Barack Obama’s main problem, he has blind faith in his political knowledge.

China, China Daily: “Blue Skies Greet Leaders”

Not the leaders of the Democratic Party!

France, Connexion: “Court Throws Out Graffiti Case”

Chalk that one up!

Japan, Japan Times: “Band Of Jihadists”

Off with their heads!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You Still Here?”‘

The feeling of many Democrats this morning about Barack Obama!

Libyans Think To Be In Libya

The good news is that British armed forces are attempting to train soldiers from Libya about the manner in which soldiers engaged in battle are expected to conduct themselves. The bad news is that Libyan troops are being trained in England on how to perform on a battlefield. A contingent of Libyan soldiers were sent to Bassingburn in Cambridge and placed with British troops who were attempting to teach them how a modern armed force operates on fields of war. The Libyan soldiers became confused and thought they were back in dear old Libya. When they went to town, these men proceeded to grop women on the streets and even assaulted a few females just like they do every day back in good old Libya. Naturally, British officials were infuriated and those soldiers were returned to Libya, post haste.

At some point the manner in which women are treated in some Muslim nations must change. Despite all Muslim cries about how Western women are too loose, the real problem is that too many Muslim men in the Middle East are too loose. From now on when any Libyan soldiers in England go to town, they will be accompanied by British soldiers. And, women head in the other direction.

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

City kids have greater opportunity to explore the world than those living in the suburbs.

My kingdom for a good Jewish rye bread!

Americans yell about what they hate, but have no clue as to what they desire.

I resent changes in libraries, I still desire the card catalogue system.

A woman in McDonald’s handed sections of the daily newspaper to people.

Life in rural America means limited access to good medical facilities.

Old folk devote considerable time to discussing illnesses.

When I observe a table of four talking, one is usually silent.

I always sink to my knees when speaking with a child.

America should shift to the four day work week and save on gasoline.