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.

What Can Be Done In Ukraine?

Rebel separatists in Ukraine just shot down two Ukrainian jet planes with their guided missiles. It is now quite clear these crazy people have not got the message of a cease fire. Silence reigns from Moscow at the news. This means President Putin has received the message of no more guided missiles but prefers to ignore it. So, what is left for the world?

1. Raising the level to new heights of sanctions against Russia.

2. The United States to announce it will supply oil to any European nation which agrees to support sanctions.

3. A ban on any person from the US or supporting European nations to visit Russia.

4. A ban on allowing exports from Russia to enter nations.

5. A ban on exports to Russia.

One is tempted to urge sending NATO planes into Ukraine to bomb missile sites, but that is too risky. However, in simple English, quarantine Russia. Putin must confront the fact he is NOT boss of the world.

My Spy Is Your Spy!

During the past five years this blog has offered defense to the Obama administration, given the virulent hatred emanating from members of the Republican party and media. Fox News has been on a campaign of hatred against any and all members of the Democratic party. BUT, President Obama must accept some responsibility for his incredible ability to create problems for no other reason than he regards himself as a defender of truth which requires violation of human rights–in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. Hacking the phone of OUR ALLY GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR MERKEL makes NO sense other than if one allows our spy agencies to do anything without supervision, they will blunder along. The CIA station chief in Berlin has been ordered out of Germany. Every effort on the part of the German government to obtain a “no spy” agreement with the President has been ignored. Gee, Barack, you have gone from being an admired person in German to one who is detested for violating the rights of YOUR ALLY!

There simply is no explanation of this incredible stupidity. Why would any sane, intelligent leader, turn down a request from HIS ALLY for a ‘no spy’ agreement? After creating a crisis over nothing, the President is now willing to discuss this topic with German officials. I suspect the dying words of Barack Obama will be: “NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY.”

When will President Obama cease creating problems? All he does is provide ammunition for Fox News to blast him.

Turkey Wants To Kill Universities

A decade ago, the Justice Development Party of Turkey gained power, and took away power from the military which for decades had decided who would govern in the land. Since obtaining power, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has installed a regime that is more alike that once led by the military. Slowly, but surely, he has taken power away from independent agencies of the government. The once independent judiciary has lost power, the police made a mistake of investigating corruption by the Erdogan family, schools must now toe the official line. Students who have protested often wind up in jail, and Turkey now leads the world in the number of journalists who are in prison.

The latest power grab by Erdogan is to give power to the Higher Education Board(whose leaders he appoints) to decide executive boards of universities–even private universities. This Board will decide who gets tenure, who gets a promotion, and they will even volunteer to assist college professors in deciding what to teach. The next step for Erdogan is to become President, and make that office all powerful.

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

Barack Obama comes across as a man alone.

As we grow older, we forget how we were mentally formed.

Today, is simply a revision of yesterday.

We can gaze into another’s eyes, but can we gaze into the soul?

Gentleness of daughter to dad is a wonder and joy.

In the end, I am who I am, no other.

Dawn breaks, question is -will we?

I knew, but never knew my father.

Hopefully, the child always remains in the adult mind.

Cherish each memory of life.

A nation enthralled by emotion is a nation headed for disaster.

A major issue is whether humans can behave as humans.

Some teen girls walk with wondrous eyes.

Activist Judges Rule The Land

As the reader recalls, for the past twenty years, Republicans have been decrying and complaining about “activist judges” who sit in Washington making decisions that impact the lives of Americans. Brown vs Bd of Education in 1954 ended the constitutional right of those who believed in segregation and FORCED those American citizens to bend to the authority of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. For decades the Republican chant of “activists judges” has sounded the cry for action. Republicans have been demanding that ‘THE PEOPLE’ should rule, not nine unelected Judges! However, for some strange reason, Republican leaders apparently do NOT object to ACTIVIST JUDGES WHEN their decisions agree with Republican beliefs. For example:

1. Corporations are people with the right of free speech.

2. Guns are OK for everyone at any time and no state has the right to prevent Americans for possessing guns. Of course, for TWO HUNDRED YEARS, the Supreme Court said it was constitutional to have gun laws.

3. Corporations have the right to practice their religion and force others who work for them to obey their version of religious freedom.

A Federal Appeals Court just ruled that subsidies to people under the Affordable Care Act is not legal since the law says subsidies can only be “given through an exchange established by the State.” In other words, Federally established health care programs can not give subsidies to those lacking money for health care!

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.

Sorry, Death Is Death

There is a difference when young men and women go off to fight in wars from those who witness death in their own homes. Members of the military understand that dying is a possibility if one is involved in a war. But, for those of us who are at home watching TV or playing with iPads, the concept of dying is beyond our comprehension. My home, my bedroom, my kitchen are safe places in the world so how could I die. Cassidy Stay,age15, was at home with dad and mom and two brothers and sisters when there was a knock on the door. A voice said he was a delivery man with a package. The door was opened. It turned out to be Ronald Lee Haskell, former husband of mom’s sister and he insisted that his former wife was some place in the house. Finally, he lined up the entire family, and proceeded to fire two bullets into the body of each person. Two parents are dead, two little boys are dead and two little girls are dead. He did not kill Cassidy Stay. She lives on. They held a funeral for her family and Cassidy said they were in a “better place.” It is a statement of sorrow, it is a plea of hope, it is the only way this young girl can make some sort of understanding of what happens in gun crazy America.

I am 83 going on 84. Death is the end. Sure,I tell people that I am going to heaven. But, reality,there is no better place elsewhere but here on planet Earth. Oh, Cassidy, I so wish your comment was accurate. The most important thing that Cassidy can do for the rest of her life is fight to end possession of guns in the hands of people in this gun-crazy nation!

No Fly, No War?

The killings continue in Gaza as the Israel army continues its campaign to wipe out launching facilities that send rockets into Israel. A new twist on this story concerns decisions by most major airlines to cease any flights in or out of Israel. After all, if rockets are in the air, the last thing desired is to have planes up in the sky. One suspects this ban was never anticipated by those planing the invasion of Gaza. Then again, has the Israel government a plan to end death for its citizens that goes beyond the present moment in time? UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reflects the feelings of many nations in demanding that Israel halt its current attacks in Gaza. Each minute, each hour, each day, the number of deaths grows higher and higher.

Let me make clear, that every nation in the world has a right to respond to military attacks upon its soil. No nation has to sit idly by while rockets descend upon its people. The right to employ force against violence is NOT the issue. The issue, and it will continue to be the issue is: what is the future of Israel as a society? Is the goal seizure of the entire West Bank and removal of Palestinians from the area? Is so, then the current invasion of Gaza makes some sort of sense. BUT, if the issue is: how does the Israel government develop a policy which enables Palestinians to have their own government, then the invasion makes scant sense. Why? Because after the guns grow silent in Gaza, thousands of young Palestinians have only one dream– to revenge the deaths of family and friends. Perhaps, it takes a year, perhaps two years, but in the future there will be other rockets.

What then? Another invasion?

A Ukrainian Dialogue

We offer a dialogue that readily could have taken place in eastern regions of Ukraine. This is an alleged dialogue between the author of this blog and a Ukrainian separatist.

M: I gather your group had nothing to do with that missile?

S: We simply want to separate from the Fascists in Kiev.

3: Why do you call them “fascists?”

S: Let me point out: these Fascist leaders are in Kiev, they do not like to speak Russian, and everyone knows that Ukrainians are Fascists.

M: What do you mean by, “Fascist?”

S: I mean anyone who lives in Fascist Ukraine is a Fascist and they want to kill loyal Russians as they did in WWII!

M: But, Ukraine fascists in WWII were found in just about every region of the Ukraine.

S: But, it was the Russian army which drove out the Fascists. And, today, it is the Russian government which opposes the Fascists in Kiev, so that should make clear who are the Fascists.

M: But, what about those photos showing BUK missile launchers going through a village in eastern Ukraine?

S: In reality, the photo was changed from going through the streets of Kiev,which is controlled by the Fascists, and shifted to a site in eastern Ukraine.

M Are you saying that no missile was fired?

S: All I am saying is that IF a missile was launched, it could only have come from the Fascists!

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.