Category Archives: Multicultural

Our world is experiencing a historic transformation as millions move from one area of the globe to another. We intend to openly and honestly confront issues arising from this vast migration as it impacts people and societies.

Screwing American Soldiers

There are moments in life when one wonders as to the manner in which we treat those who serve in the armed forces. Let’s get one thing clear, over 90% of the American people do not wish to serve in the armed forces of this country although this country is quite willing to become involved in wars that someone has to fight in. OK, let’s really get honest, would you believe that 98% of the American people mighty want the country to get into wars, but don’t summon them to fight in these conflicts. There is a Servicemembers Civil Relief Act which allegedly provides loans to soldiers and veterans seeking further college education. The Sallie Mae and Navient Corporation have been charged with charing troops additional money for the cost of their loans which comes to $60 million. They agreed to pay the money, but deny any wrongdoing. I assume they don’t mind paying out the money, they are decent nice folk.

So, we have organizations which over charge those who are fighting to them. What most angers me is the interest rate charged these men and women is capped at 6%. First of all, anyone who served is entitled to free education, just like those who served in WWII and Korea received. At worst they should not be charged anything.

Guess Who Gets Arrested In America??

The one constant statistic that has never changed in American history is that of who is charged with a crime. Throughout the nineteenth century, a high percent of criminals were Irish immigrants, and then at the dawn of the twentieth century, a high percent of those arrested were Italians and Jews. If you are poor, then you will more likely wind up in a jail in America. So, the latest study by the American Civil Liberties Union about crime in Minnesota comes as no surprise. Do you want a guess? Yes, you are right, it is those people whose skin is somewhat darker than than most Americans. The study reveals the following figures:

1. A black skinned person is 8.86 times more likely to be arrested for disorderly conduct than a person with a white skin.

2. A black skinned person is 7.54 times more likely to be arrested for vagrancy.

3. A black skinned person is 11.5 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana.

In other words, there is nothing new in America.

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

Kurds Enter Kobani

The Turkish government has finally allowed Kurds from Iraq to send troops into surrounded Kobani, and hopefully, end the prospect of mass murder and shots of heads being chopped off. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally bowed to international pressure and allowed those from his hated enemies to send armed troops who will fight against ISIS. There is something ironic that after the famed invasion of George Bush in 2003, the only Iraqis who want to fight for democracy are the Kurds. This is one group of Muslims who hate ISIS and will not flee from armed encounters with the fanatics of hate. Hopefully, with additional troops, bombings of ISIS forces, and more weapons of war, a Muslim army will fight, and defeat ISIS. The question remains as to why is this group of Muslims ready to fight against ISIS, while other Muslim Iraq soldiers ripped off their uniforms and fled for their lives when ISIS appeared?

The answer is simple. Kurds have a government which is supported by the population. Kurds believe in their right to have such a government and will fight for it. Most Iraqis only have the government that was installed by former President Bush, a government of kleptomaniacs whose only thought was money and power. The government of Nuri al-Maliki spent its time making life miserable for Sunnis and turned them toward the only alternative of ISIS. Get a government in Baghdad that seeks honesty and respect for all Iraqis, and ISIS will shortly disappear.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Free Lie Tests”

Only in modern China!

Norway, Norway Post: “Flu Campaign Gets Under Way”

If successful, everyone will have the flu!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Spreading The Word”

In America that means nonstop spreading the word of ignorance about why you should be elected!

USA, aol: “Pay Back The Money”

In America, Wall Street only knows to pay themselves your money!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Heated Benches For Winter”

In Putinland, at least your ass is having a good time!

A Plan To End Violence In Iraq!

Iraq is a society which has become a failed one. Violence is the norm in this alleged “nation.” Since the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld sent American troops into a country about which they knew nothing people in that area of the world has experienced nonstop violence. This is the reality of what we term, IRAQ:

1.There are three groups who inhabit this area of the world–Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.

2. Each of these groups simply wants to be left alone to govern themselves.

3. If this place termed, Iraq, was simply divided into three nations, the violence would end.

How about creation of the nation of Kurdistan, the nation of Sunniland, and the nation of Shiiteland?

The basic mistake of our dynamic trio was failing to understand that the concept of a Federation of three nations was the solution. Instead they imposed a nation upon three disparate groups of people. For some reason the Obama administration has continued the idiotic program of the Bush administration of refusing to allow Kurds to have their own nation. Barack, Kurds do NOT wish to be part of Iraq. Just end the American idea that we can enter any area of the world and impose on it our ideas of “nation” and “democracy!” We did this in Afghanistan and failed and we continue this in Iraq and fail. Stupidity is continuing behavior over and over that is not solving a problem.

Wasting Time, Wasting Money

In the mid point of the 19th century as cities began to burst with thousands of people a new institution was created –the modern police force. Prior to the 1860s few cities had anything other than some night watchmen to patrol the streets of a city. The original purpose was to prevent crime or to capture those engaged in a crime. No one in his right mind would have thought the purpose of police was to halt citizens walking along the street. CRIMINALS who threatened the lives of citizens was the enemy of the new police force. Oh, most cops were from the newly arrived Irish immigrants since being a member of the police force was equivalent to being a man without any talent. In other words, a cop was merely the name of a bum. For some reason that original purpose has dramatically changed over time. Today, our cops spend their waking hours pestering people who are NOT engaged in the act of crime, but simply walking along the street minding their own business.

Police in Denver just engaged in raids in order to find marijuana in the state of Colorado which allows the sale of marijuana. As I recall, the citizens of that state voted to allow its residents to purchase and use this product. But, marijuana is a “deadly product” which can kill people. If police are interested in activities leading to death, why not just seize any car on the road and prevent 30,000 deaths each year? Then again, police could invade offices of stock brokers and seize their assets in order to prevent economic crimes against ordinary citizens. Why in God’s names are police raiding marijuana sites in a state that allows marijuana??

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

I do not understand why women place blond in beautiful dark hair.

I love my white hair, I would die for it.

I was in a movie theater in which no one was in the initial three rows. Another bomb threat?

These days with my bad hearing a prefer subtitled films.

Those sitting in the middle of a row have a dilemma, exit right or left?

Store had a sign, “Final Sale Days.” I wonder if that is forever?

I wonder if Jesus would actually return to this planet?

I recall during basic training being taught about the Geneva Convention, is that still around?

I saw a license plate that read: “God’s Work Is Uplifting” For some strange reason I read it as “God’s Work Is Shoplifting”

Dark clouds. Lightening. I guess God is angry about something.

What Went Wrong In Afghanistan

It is now clear after a dozen years from the initial invasion of Afghanistan what went wrong with American policy. Most Americans have forgotten that a large portion of the “invasion” force was composed of Afghan warlords and their armies. Afghanistan in 2001 and Afghanistan in 2014 is a large geographical areas in which dozens of tribal groups live as they have lived for a few thousand years. About a thousand years ago, these people converted to the Islamic religion, but they have always, and still are, governed by rules, traditions, values that predate the arrival of the Islamic religion. Americans sought to impose a “democratic ethos” to “Afghanistan.” But, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio imposed upon tribal peoples a concept of nationalism that simply did not exist. Their idea of “nationalism” was their tribe, not the nation of Afghanistan.

Back about 2004, a British think tank proposed focusing upon tribal leaders rather than upon the government in Kabul. The argument was to create local armed forces which would guarantee peace and security within their tribal areas. Instead, the Bush, and then the Obama administrations continued their idea of “nation creation” when the population was tribal creation. Our failure to grasp that security lay within the power of tribes allowed the Taliban to return to power in many areas of Afghanistan.

We also failed to understand that growing poppy was the road to economic success for countless Afghan farmers. So, we destroyed their crops and drove them into the hands of the Taliban which preferred to allow poppy growing as long as they got a cut of the sales. We should have purchased the entire poppy crop, and made farmers our loyal allies!