Category Archives: Veterans

They’re Watching You!

I, together with millions of Americans was so pleased in 2008 that we could vote for a president who was a former teacher of Constitutional law. After eight years of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld abusing the very basis of our Constitution we looked forward to a new era in which the rule of law would be the normal operating mode of our government. Barack Obama taught CONSTITUTIONAL LAW! Surely, a person with that background would uphold the law and ensure that constitutional rights would be accorded to one and all. And, then meant, also to those in jail. Alas, that was then, and now is now.

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union identifies a new approach in our government to the issue of individual rights. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now taking photos of our license plates in order to establish a data base. OH, the DEA is also taking pictures of those who drive the car as well as those who are passengers. I assume this also is part of a data base. Hey, whatever happened to the idea of individual rights. OH, I am certain our Constitutional lawyer will make certain that he is only doing this to protect us against bad people.

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

Never reject an act of kindness from another.

Today we live, tomorrow??

Never forget to fight for social justice.

Bewildering moment, not a person in sight in the library.

Sign of times, fear has become the new norm.

No more cheerful sight than children checking out books.

I wonder if government can ever become loved by people?

One expects an Asian girl to be studious.

A President is only as good as his staff.

I have never heard an audio book.

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

Some rub eyes with palm of hand.

I experience guilt being alone in a booth.

In the end we do not know where we are going.

There is a time and place for a time and place.

I record what others do not.

Mama at supper always said, “so enjoy.”

Some are so happy with a full mouth of food.

Our lives are complicated by self inflicted goals.

At age 84 I am not in a hurry about anything.

Some walk with hands stiffly by side.

Karl Marx Was Right!

The demise of the Soviet Union led most people to conclude the ideas of Karl Marx were wrong for the world. A brutal dictatorship which murdered millions of innocent people and stifled any ability of people to inhabit a world of ideas resulted in few accepting the precepts of Karl Marx. First of all, Marx never urged establishment of a leadership that killed members of the working class nor did he urge gulags and death camps for poor people. The society created by Joseph Stalin was NEVER the dream of Karl Marx. Unfortunately, the ideas of Marx were never followed by those who claimed to be his intellectual children. Let’s examine the record of what Karl Marx actually DID say:

1. He forecast that wealthy capitalists would dominate the economic life of society. FACT: The latest count is that 1% of the wealthiest humans have more wealth than the other 99%.

2. He predicted the gradual economic decline of the middle class. This is exactly what is happening in capitalist societies whether they be the United States of America or Greece.

3. He predicted that workers would feel alienated from their daily work. They would cease having pride in what they do. Just ask those working in fast food places or those in a part time job.

4. He predicted that religion would be an opiate that blinds people from reality. Check your daily newspaper or web site for confirmation of what he said.

5. He predicted that wealthy people would control government. Anyone who disagrees?

Karl Marx urged a society in which there was distribution of wealth based upon the principle of “from each according to his ability.” Sounds good to me!

THINGS THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN IN 2015

Following are events that will not occur in 2015.

1. George Bush will not announce that he is running for vice president on a ticket headed by brother, Jeb.

2. Barack Obama will not end his aloofness attitude as president.

3. Chris Christie will not weigh in at 180 pounds.

4. Sarah Palin will not be shown at a Homeless shelter hugging one of those dirty kids.

5. Justice Scalia will not support continuance of the Affordable Care Act.

6. New York Mayor de Blasio will not be shot by a cop.

7. We will go an entire year without a single story about police shooting an unarmed black male.

8. Some app will got appshit.

9. Vladimir Putin will be shown hugging a gay man.

10. Fox News will run an expose about the growing disparity in America between the wealthy and middle class.

You have my word on these non-events!

Drone Always Gets Its Target

For some reason, a cop who is standing about ten feet from some man without a gun can not fire his weapon and hit a leg or arm, he has to blast away at the heart. So, it is good news that a drone up in the sky can not only spot a person in a house and deliver a blast that tears apart the house without damaging the silverware or even slightly wounding another person. According to our experts, there are few times when a drone hits an innocent person. Over the weekend in Pakistan an American drone fired away and killed 31 militants. NO, it did not kill “some,” it killed exactly 31 militants. If you doubt this accuracy, just ask the drone. You see, the drone can see all very clearly, and just by gazing at a face it knows which of these Muslim dudes is the extremist one who has a date with death today. So, who am I to doubt that exactly 31 “militants” died in this raid.

I assume when these “accurate” attacks take place there is no innocent person sleeping in the corner of the room. Nor, when the bomb blasts the room, it does not disturb the baby sleeping in a crib just a room away. Every independent study of drone attacks has uncovered evidence that HUNDREDS of innocent people have been killed by drone attacks. Perhaps, if drones are so accurate they can be placed in charge of training police how to hit an arm or leg rather than a heart?

Guess Who Is Running For President?

The new year isa certainly bringing good tidings for what will await the American people in the coming months. Just when we thought that rotund Chris Christie would be the only slab of blubber in the list of men or women seeking the high office of the land, our favorite mouth of stupidity is going to take the plunge and get his feet in the race that will run for another two years. Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee who has spent the past few years commentating for fox News wants the world to know that he is ready to give it a shot, and when we say, “shot,” is has no relationship to his love of guns. The only bad news is that Mike wants to make clear, “I’m not going to make a decision about running until late this year.”

Of course, if he does run, his job mouthing Fox News views will have to cease. There is something about “ethics” that prevents someone who comments on TV to also run for public office. He wants potential donors to know that he surely appreciates their dough, but he is frightened that sponsors do not like someone talking about their product to also be talking about politics. I believe we need Mike, at least he is openly funny and ignorant.

Should Men Be Moms?

There is a health minister in Turkey who is convinced that only women should mother a child. He made clear to all those in Turkey that men should stay away from babies and behave like men. According to Mehmet Muezzingoglu “motherhood is not a career which everyone can have. It is not a career men can have. It is a career which is never disputable sand is sacred.” Turkish writer, Eli Safaki who has a career as a writer as well as feeling able to be a mom responded: “motherhood is not a career. Turkish women should decide their own paths of life.” Of course, at this very moment all over America and many nations in the world, husbands and wives are sharing the job of raising children while they also hold down jobs.

I raised two children from the ages of one and two all by myself while I held down a job teaching in a college. I do understand how women often asked me: “do you also do the cooking and wash their clothes?” Unfortunately, I could not afford a cook or butler, so it fell to me to handle these tasks in life. Men can do any job connected with raising children except that one that involves a breast.

Idaho Seeks To Protect Marriage

Governor “Butch” Otter of the great state of Idaho is determined to protect the citizens of this state agains the horde of Gays and Lesbians seeking to enter this domain and pollute the minds of its inhabitants with weird ideas about who can or should be allowed to marry. I do understand that in Idaho a potato is not allowed to marry with another potato. I do understand that in the state of Idaho dogs who wish to do “it,” must be of different sexes. Anyway, Butch and his Attorney General want the Supreme Court to respond to the question: “whether the federal constitution prohibits a stare from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.” How about answering the following questions?

1. Did the Founding Fathers believe that a white person had the right to keep a black skinned person as a slave?

2. Did they believe that only males could vote?

3. Did they believe that Jews and Catholic could vote? (many states in the 1790s did not allow these people to vote)

And, so on and so on. How about accepting that time changes our views on what is or not legal? Our Founding Fathers did not know about automobiles and speed limits, therefore?

Happy New Year For Vladimir??

It was fourteen years ago on New Years eve, 1999, that President Boris Yeltsin of Russia turned over power to a former KGB agent named, Vladimir Putin. Little did he know that his protege had big ideas about what should occur in Russia. Boris still lived in the shadow of Communist Soviet Union and hoped that both Gorbachev and he represented a new spirit for the Russian people that would lead the nation into an era of cooperation with the European Union and the United States. They felt it was time to end the Cold War and initiate an era of Warm feelings and cooperation with the world. Putin arrived, and so did a group of oligarchs who plundered Russia of its riches on the road to wealth and power. Putin worked with these men including many who were his cronies from the old days of the secret police. Since then, a portion of the population has enjoyed the good life, but only a portion, the majority of people have more access to wealth, but each year they fall further and further into poverty and despair.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political commentator in Russia raises several issues confronting the nation. “The question is not whether Putin stays on, but whether the horse survives. he has no plan.”He promised to protect freedoms of speech, conscience, the media and property. In those early days he assured the people of Russia they would enjoy the “fundamental rights of a civilized society.” Unfortunately, they now enjoy the rights of a totalitarian society. What next for Mother Russia?