Category Archives: Veterans

Days Of Glory Over?

Last Wednesday President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class of West Point and his comments to this group of young men and women suggests that America is entering upon new era in its conception of foreign policy and war. President Bush was ready to send men into battle because the “thought” there were the infamous weapons of mass destruction. He thought America had to invade Afghanistan because that was the place where Obama bin Laden trained and outfitted those who would blow up the World Trade Center. In neither case were these governments a threat to the national security of the United States despite efforts of Cheney and Rumsfeld and the president to convince the American people of the guilt of Saddam Hussein and company.

Based on the Obama speech it is now clear that America is prepared to take action when issues of global concern pose “a direct threat to the United States.” However, in the speech the president raised a new concept when international moral or political issues arose which threatened the well being of people, “the threshold for military action must be higher.” For example, in the kidnap of 300 Nigerian girls, the United States will not ask its soldiers to intervene even though moral issues are involved. From now on -into the foreseeable future, it must be a direct military threat to America’s security.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Army Rounds Up Critics”

Ah, once again in Egypt.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Al Ale Of A Good Time”

Burp went Rob Ford.

Sweden, Local: “Rent Rabbits This Summer”

Now, hop to it!

USA. NY Daily News: “Idiots Guide To Politics”

Simple, just vote for Republicans.

UK, Guardian: “Man Plays Chicken With Train”

I guess he is clucking up in heaven.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Bike Legend Assaults Girls”

Now, exactly what was he a legend about??

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “I’m A Touchy Feely Sort Of Person”

Just feel for my lips!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, Al Ahram: “Hezbollah Chief Warns Of Foreign Fighters In Syria”

Absolutely, they are from Hezbollah

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Pope Urges Peace In Middle East”

He wants Jews and Muslims to settle things in a Christian manner.

USA, Newsday: “Obama Pledges Help To Veterans”

Just five years to late.

China, China Daily: “Pot Calls Kettle Black”

Once again, blame it on the black people.

UK, Guardian: “Subway Food Ban”

I need time to chew on this development.

Thailand, Bangkok Post: “Thai Coup Leader Names PM”

That is what happens when you are a coup leader, you become the new leader.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Tourists Welcomed To Toronto”

Just bring some beer and whiskey for the mayor.

Obama -Madder Than Hell!

Five years ago Barack Obama was running for the position as President of the United States of America. He promised, if elected, to end problems in the Veterans Administration that caused thousands of people to be denied prompt and effective treatment of their medical treatment and other benefits. Five years have passed. Veterans still wait and wait to even get a session with a doctor or a meeting to discuss benefits due to those who served in the armed forces. General Shinseki who now heads the VA hasn’t done a damned thing to solve “problems.” Wait time can be weeks or months, or, even a year for a veteran in need of care. A White House spokesman informed veterans, the President is “madder than hell.” Now, that is reassuring.

The President of the United States of America is responsible for what his Cabinet does –or does not do. There have been endless stories about VA problems and finally Barack Obama gets the message. OH, he is surprised about these problems because no one told him about them!FIVE YEARS is a long time to learn about what you are responsible for. As Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel(a Veteran of combat) recently said:”We know things went wrong. Somebody’s got to be accountable here, like in any situation.”

Shinseki MUST GO-NOW!

America, The Used To Be Great??

Just about every day there appears another story concerning the decline of America’s middle class, the fact we Americans live fewer years than people in twenty other nations in this world, the concentration of wealth in the top one percent, and the crumbling of our infrastructure. The other day I discovered that members of the Walton family who own Walmart possess more money than 35% of Americans. Naturally, Fox News and Republicans will insist that was the goal of our beloved Founding Fathers. Yep, they wanted one percent to have more than 35%. Read the Constitution, it is all in there.

At this present moment, a twenty year old European or Canadian stands greater chance of ending up in the middle class than a twenty year old American. A baby born in the good old USA has a life expectancy of about 78, same baby born in Japan lives eight more years. The other day Russian announced their space station would be off limits to American astronauts. HECK, we began the space program, we landed men on the Moon,now we can’t even build a bridge under the Hudson River!

This is a nation without dreams. This is a nation pretending there is no global warming. This is a nation pretending that an economy can boom when one percent have more money than forty percent. This is crazy thinking and the end result is further and further decline of this nation. So, Republicans gain control of the US Senate in November, and it is a guarantee that not another bridge or tunnel or road will be built.

Republicans will not be happy until the 1% own 99%.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, aol.com: “Americans Doubt Big Bang”

That’s what comes when Koch brothers spend big bang dollars on misinformation.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Girl, 3, shoots brother, age 2.

In Texas, that is her constitutional right, just read the 2nd Amendment!!

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Why We Pay $20 For Movie Ticket?”

The answer to that question is the mystery of my life.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Woman Survives Dog Attack”

Alas, the dog did not.

Sweden, Local: “Plane Lands After Bomb Threat”

A lot better than after the bomb attack.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Doctors Listens To Animals”

Heck, the Republican party listens to millionaires, I’d take the animals any time.

France, Connexion: “Drunken Donkey Slows Commuter Traffic”

Is that good or bad news?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “What Canadians Not Allowed To Know”

That mayor Rob Ford was actually sober today?

Sweden,Local: “Pub Shortage Increases”

I assume that means drunks decrease.

France, Connexion: “Crime Starts To Pay”

I’d be more impressed by a headline that says, “Crime Does Not Pay”

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Money Can’t Buy Happiness”

But, just about everything else!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Assad Runs For Third Term”

Hopefully, that is the deadliest.

New Zealand,New Zealand Herald: “Slain For Bag”

I assume he was a bag man.

USA, aol: “Go Easy On Rapist”

He didn’t come??

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 a time to let go in life.

Even God can not judge, so why do you?

We used to share ideas, now we turn to iPad.

I have never been on a diet.

I only admire those deserving to be admired.

Embrace love to be embraced.

I wonder if Heaven has a toll gate.

Some fear an idea, it is only an idea!

I have never had keys dangling from belt.

Always keep moving on the road of life.

Some hold empty cup while listening.

Enjoy the company of those who laugh.

In a group, wife looks toward husband when speaking.

In time, there arrives a moment when there is no time left.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Day Care Rapist Identified”

I assume it was not one of the customers.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Government Gives Ok To Circumcision”

Ouch!

China, China Daily: “Answer Call To Pray”

If not, duck the thunderbolt from up on high!

UK, Independent: “Leave Them Teachers Alone”

They first have to fill out reports, then if have some time, they will teach children.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Right To Cry Over Spilled Milk”

In America under Republican rule, the poor will even drink the milk that was spilled.

UK, Guardian: “What Else Is In His Head?”

If a member of the Republican party the answer is easy–Nothing!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bush Paints Putin”

I assume much better than he did the situation in Iraq.

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 modern youth, the past slips through their minds.

We all too often become proponents for what will hurt our lives.

In any group, there is a “take charge” person.

Fewer parades these days.

Left alone, children play comfortably without adults.

Out of nowhere, a bloody nose.

I wonder which diseases were common to cro-magnons.

Our minds follow individual paths.

Some keep eye on the ground, some on the sky.

Some truths are fixed, some exist for the moment.

Hatred should be a momentary feeling.

Only humans engage in violence to end violence.

A king reigns, a president governs.

I always dreaded the last day of a vacation.

Words I dread, “rest in peace.”

We are blown by the winds of time.

2014 Americans are fascinated by stupidity.