Category Archives: Veterans

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.

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

Some turn to see, some just turn.

Sometimes the Emperor IS without clothes.

Listen to advice.

The unknown simply is the unknown.

I hate driving in the snow and ice.

Winter brings a frozen silence.

From whence we come, we cannot return.

For where we go, we cannot return.

It is said, we are the Çaptain of our fate, more like the private.

To help others is to help ourselves.

Humans originally depended upon visual memory.

To enrich living one must live with a richness of spirit.

Age causes difficulty in rising from a seat.

We recall what is important for our lives.

Sun brings warmth, sun brings life.

The story of a single human life is the story of humanity.

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

Some must lean elbow on something hard while listening.

Man introduces self, a Gulf War veteran, we chat about the military.

If you take the low road, it always leads you down.

I await the winds of change.

These days we ignore those who fought our wars.

Feel sense of security when cops are in the coffee shop.

I wonder how we would live without money.

Some cannot gaze beyond the end of their nose.

To change behavior requires changing minds.

People discuss their lives, but not the life of America.

America is trapped in infantile paralysis.

Americans are “against,” but have no idea what they are for.

Anger and hatred paralyze a mind.

To believe one must have trust in another.

I no longer see soldiers in my daily life.

Why did my ancestors leave the warmth of Africa?

Republican Health Plan

It is quite clear that Republican leaders do not wish to witness any form of success for the idea of national health insurance. Of course, a peculiar aspect of this attitude is the fact that Republican presidents in the past supported at least one form of health insurance. The initial governor who pushed through a state health insurance program went by the name of Mitt Romney. Naturally, after supporting health insurance he decided that he was against health insurance. In fairness, he just meant that he was against health insurance proposed by any and all Democrats. So, where does this leave Americans with the Republican party?

1. If Republicans gain control of the Senate they will pass -along with the House of Representatives, one bill after another to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This will result in one veto after another by the President.

2. By the fall of this year, at least 8,000,000 Americans will be covered by the Affordable Care Act along with millions of others who are on Medicaid. Oh well, just end these laws and then…I forgot, there is always the Emergency Room. That wonderful capitalist invention in which someone pays for the health care of someone else who could not afford preventive health care insurance.

3. OR, the Republican Party will make minor changes in the Affordable Care Act and claim they are the ones who brought health insurance to those lacking it.

America Needs Healing

Dianne Feinstein who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee has steadfastly defended the CIA and the NSA in the name of “SECURITY.” She has always supported their behavior and claimed those who seek to besmirch the reputation of our security forces are simply unwitting agents of terrorism because to allow the truth to emerge how the CIA handles prisoners would harm the American reputation in the world. FINALLy, Senator Feinstein has emerged from her dream world and confronted the reality of how CIA agents are, in fact, agents of depravity when it comes to the interrogation of those CHARGED with crimes. There actually IS a difference between being told the CIA BELIEVES you are a terrorist and the CIA being able to prove the charge the claim in a court of law.

Her committee has declassified by a vote of 11-3 large portions of a so-called, “classified document” that deals with interrogation. According to the Senator, these documents are “shocking” and the behavior of CIA agents stands in “stark contrast to the values as a nation” that we Americans cherish. “The nation admits its errors as painful as this may be.”

Thanks for honesty. Now, the time has come to appoint a bipartisan committee that will investigate interrogations techniques used against captives. We can follow the ideas of Nelson Mandela’s Truth Committee which granted immunity to anyone who abused people as long as they admitted their guilt and openly apologized.