Category Archives: Veterans

New Style Taliban

It is a common event in human history for violent groups to evolve from their terrorist backgrounds into a more moderate status. In Bakakhshan province in Afghanistan a new style Taliban has become to emerge that is fundamentally different from Taliban groups elsewhere in the country. Many of these Taliban men have now accepted some of the pleasures of modern life. They allow young girls to go to school. They enjoy watching television and dancing to music. They regard beheading enemies to be a violation of the Koran and the meaning of the Muslim religion. Just imagine, members of Taliban dancing and singing. What next, to sing and dance with WOMEN!

This group of Taliban warriors seek to create a viable economy and establish some form of modern government that is not corrupt. Perhaps, these are Taliban who deserve some contact by the Afghan government which might agree to work with them. Perhaps, it is time to establish modern Taliban groups that want to end war and work for peace at the local level. A heck of a lot better than sending in the drones of destruction.


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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Moscow Welcomes Kim Jong un”

To a basketball game?

France, Connnexion: “Chicken Rules The Roost”

In Congress, Republicans play chicken with our economy.

USA, aol: “Dirty Money Confiscated”

Not in Wall Street!

Norway, Norway Post: “Criminals Deported”

And, not a single one is a wealthy person.

Sweden, Local: “Widen Duties For Dogs”

So, now dogs must guard cats?

Keep Your Hand To Yourself!

I was born and raised in New York City so the sight of men and women begging for a handout on the subway was the norm. Actually, I enjoyed the guys and gals who played their guitars in the subway and usually handed them a few coins. Who can turn down a great folk song sung by anyone? The government in Ft. Collins, Colorado is very upset at the sight of people engaged in panhandling. The government has decreed that holding open your hand for a handout is now illegal. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Ft.Collins on grounds it is transforming a harmless plea for a few coins into a criminal act. They want any signs about seeking coins to be ripped to pieces. After all, this is Ft. Collins and keep your hands to yourself.

I wonder if the hand out seeking help applies to lobbyists who daily seek the votes of members of the government? I wonder if any member of the state legislature is being asked for help, and in this case the person seeking help gives the coins! I forgot, Wall Street gives and it does not accept coins in return–would you believe millions of dollars are their coins of transaction?


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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Dick Imports Reduced”

I piss on such stories!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Moscow Welcomes Kim Jong un”

Vladimir and Kim, what a conversation must ensue!

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Leak Secrets To Dalai Lama”

Let me mediate on this one.

UK,Guardian: “Here We Go Again”

First the Republican Ebola fiasco and now the vaccination madness!

France, Connexion: “Chickens Rule The Roost”

Give them four clucks!

What ToDo In Ukraine?

As you recall it was just over a decade ago when the American government led by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld decided that our very survival as a country was threatened by the presence of
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the only road to peace was the road to war. This nation is now confronted by another possible war, and it has nothing to do with Muslims, and everything to do with terrorists. However, these terrorists are Christians, and they do sort of possess weapons of mass destruction. Separatists in Ukraine are moving into new areas, and behaving as an arm of Russian foreign policy. Senator John McCain and many members of Congress urge President Obama to send in weapons and get this war escalated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging caution and now allowing the conflict to escalate. Most probably, President Obama is sort of confused about what to do.

Whether we like it or not, Soviet (oops, I mean, Russian) leader, Vladimir Putin wants a war. He has no idea how his Ukraine adventure could escalate into a war that might threaten peace in the world. Sorry, Ukraine might have to lose some land. However, the long term prospect is that Putin cannot continue allowing sanctions to be imposed without damaging the lives of Russians. Caution is the best policy. It might not get approval from Fox News, but such is life-and peace!

Brian We Love You

Poor Brian Williams is in trouble for telling fibs in class. He has been telling the tale of how while in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003, his plane was hit and he survived. It turns out the helicopter that was hit was not the one in which he rode. OK, so a TV person told lies. How about:

1. Fox News Lies about WMD in Iraq

2. Fox News fibs about “job destruction” caused by Obamacare?

3. Fox News stories about the Ebola scare?

4. Fox News stories about those immigrants taking jobs away from Americans?

And, so on, and so on….

I got Rights!

The Republican party has made clear to we Americans that the era of BIG GOVERNMENT is over, and we the people no longer have to endure the tyranny of some government official telling us how to live our lives. Freedom is here! Each individual American now has the right to decide making decisions about his or her life. So, here is my list:

1. I demand the right to drive as fast or slow as I desire.

2. I have the right to refuse paying any taxes, federal, state or local.

3. I have the right to not wear a seat belt in a car.

4. I have the right to tear up any ticket given me by a government employee such as a policeman.

5. I have the right to wear a concealed weapon when attending a speech by President Obama. Of course, he has the same right.

6. I have the right to demand an A grade in any college course I take.

If you doubt these rights, just check the 2nd Amendment, paragraph three.

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.


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


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.


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


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.