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.

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

The last President to have a balanced budget was Democrat Bill Clinton.

The last President who had a $200 billion surplus in his budget was Bill Clinton.

Two thirds of our National Debt came from Republican Presidents.

Under Barack Obama’s tenure twice as many illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than under George Bush.

Barack Obama has yet to fire any head of a secret service agency.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in lowering medical costs.

Not one mass shooting of students occurred in an urban school.

The vast majority of those blasting away in schools are white, from middle class families, and live in the suburbs.

The top tax rate in World War II was 90%!

The top tax rate in the 1950s when Republican Dwight Eisenhower was president was –90%!

There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rates and job creation.

One third of American bridges are in danger of collapsing.

Guns Of August Are Silent

For the moment, and I do mean, the Moment, the guns of August have grown silent. Under sponsorship of Egypt both Israel and Hamas representatives are meeting to discuss what now happens? Should there be a resumption of the Guns of August resuming in order to bring into reality, the Guns of September or the Guns of October? For the first time in a month, no one got killed in Gaza or in Israel. According to a Hamas spokesperson, “Netanyahu has failed 100%.” We have now entered the stage of: we beat you, nah, nah. You can’t do anything to me, nah, nah.” I do not doubt for a moment that Hamas leaders are proud of the fight they wages, and interpret the current truce as a sign of Israel weakness, and their great victory. Of course, Israel leaders are proud they destroyed most Hamas tunnels. Naturally, on both sides there is a touch of regret at the collateral damage that occurred due to fighting. The Collateral damage is 1875 dead and thousands wounded on the Gaza side while 64 Israelis are dead.

So, where does the situation now stand?

1. Hamas believes it won a great victory and is entitled to fruits of success. Hamas insists Israel move away from the border and allow concrete and other weapons of war to enter in order to rebuild the tunnels.

2. Israel believes it won a great victory and wants Hamas to disarm.

3. Egypt is supporting Israel and wants an end to Hamas.

4. The US is lost. John Kerry did everything in his power to avoid this calamity, and now is hated by Netanyahu and supporters of Israel.

5. Barack Obama is out doing what he can do –raise money for an election.

6. Those who died are now voiceless.

Prediction: Another war, more deaths.

WHAT CAN BARACK OBAMA NOW DO?

Reality is that President Barack Obama will confront a Congress in which Republicans control the House of Representatives, and perhaps the US Senate. In other words, he can not pass any meaningful legislation. Therefore, his reality is functioning as an American President who lacks power to alter the domestic lives of Americans. So, what is now possible?

1. Initiate a weekly press conference in which he makes clear which laws were proposed and which were ignored by Republicans.

2. The above information should weekly be spread on social media. Make clear what you are proposing and what Republicans are defeating.

3. Draw upon Executive power to completely revise our spy agencies, including firing some folks.

4. Sign “No Spy” agreements with all major American allies.

5. Initiate a weekly notification on Social Media as to which bridges and roads have become dangerous.

6. Make speeches in which the President talks “WITH” rather than “TO” people.

7. Make Congressional elections in 2016 as critical an issue as who becomes President.

8. Announce he will not accept pay as President since the government is now dysfunctional, challenge Congressmen to do the same.

9. Use the power of the Executive to allow children brought to America as children to remain.

10. Take out membership in the NRA and organize a group of its members to fight for sensible gun legislation.

Was Anyone There?

Today, for some strange reason, no one is getting killed in Gaza. The war is now in a lull moment. However, there are more important issues that remain. During the closing years of the 19th century, rulers of the Ottoman Empire decided to invite Jews to farm land in what was then the province of Palestine. An assumption was that native Palestinians were backward, and the region was in need of modern ideas, particularly in the area of agriculture. There were thousands of young Jews in eastern Europe desperately seeking to “return to the land” since Russian officials refused to allow Jews to become land owners. Thus, was created two modern ideas– Palestinians were not good guardians of the land, and Jews were interested in modern agricultural ideas. Thus, among those Jewish settlers(thousands of Jews did live in Palestine who traced their ancestry back to Biblical times, but they were poor and lacked funds to become farmers) an idea became accepted. Jews were the ones who made the land blossom because Muslim Palestinians lacked the will, the intelligence, or desire to make dessert areas bloom with crops.

Inherent among many Zionists was a belief that no one was farming the land so it stood to reason that Jews had a right to farm land lying fallow. From this belief it was a short jump to conclude that Jews were entitled to possess the land in the absence of Muslim Palestinians who were anything other than lazy, incompetent farmers. Over time, Zionists developed ideas that it was the Jews who deserved to settle in Palestine and eventually transform it into the modern state of Israel. This form of thinking was remarkably similar to English colonists who arrived in America, and discovered some people, who they called, “Indians.” Since Indians did not focus upon agriculture(there was limited farming) English colonists concluded they had a right to farm land that had been fallow.

It is time for Israel leaders to recognize that Palestinians HAVE lived in the area we term, Palestine, for a few thousand years. Establishing Jewish settlements is simply an act of stealing land from those who inhabit it. BOTH peoples are native to the region. From that point, the only issue is how to determine which people should control which areas of land?

Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

Tunnels To Hell

Once upon a time soldiers of opposing armies fought “fairly.” During World War I, an army would line up its soldiers in trenches, their artillery would blast away for a few hours in hope of disabusing enemy soldiers of the desire to fire their machine guns. During World War II, tanks might be at the head of charing soldiers, and their task would be to blast the armor into the enemy, in hope their soldiers would flee in panic. Or, we had pilots in the air staffing bombers and fighter planes whose task was to bomb and bomb, heck, soldiers, cities filled with civilians. In return, the enemy blasted away with their anti-aircraft weapons. On the seas, huge battleships or aircraft carriers sailed loaded with huge amounts of weapons or planes in order to kill the enemy. The only thing that was not out in the open were those nasty submarines lurking beneath the waves and ready to send torpedoes into unaware surface ships.

In other words, armies fought fairly. One knew where the enemy was, and an opposing army stood its ground ready for the assault. That was then, now is now. Hamas has constructed a vast array of tunnels through which their soldiers dash, ready to emerge into the open and catch Israel soldiers unaware of the danger. There is something sneaky about this form of murder. I thought murder had to be in the open. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) is upset at this unfair form of fighting. Perhaps, the IDF could give Hamas planes and artillery in order to have a fair fight? Let’s play by the rules of warfare.

Such is the modern state of military thinking. Fight fairly. Unfortunately, neither side fights fairly with civilians!

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Pay What You Want”

I believe that is the Republican program for our oppressed wealthy folk.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Thousands Hug Trees”

What people will do to get some sap!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop Scandal”

Talk about a shitty story to appear in a newspaper!

Sweden, Local: “Sweden Watches Norway Bomb Threat”

Talk about a fair weather friend!

USA, aol: “Footbridge Opens”

Another example of one small step for humanity!

China, China Daily: “Slow Train Scheduled”

I believe that describes the state of American railroads, every day!

Return Of Richard Nixon

We are currently remembering the infamous Watergate event back in 1974 when for the first time in American history a President decided to resign rather than face the possibility of being impeached. I find it ironic that Richard Nixon endorsed policies that the modern Republican party would consider ground for impeaching him. Imagine a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT who:

1. Urged a guaranteed income for all Americans.

2. Strongly supported Affirmative Action for black people.

3. As Vice President chaired an Affirmative Action program for Negroes.

4. Maintained a tax rate of up to 60%!

5. Backed equal rights for women.

Personally, he was an equal opportunity bigot ranting about Jews and blacks, but as President he kept his personal views to himself. There is absolutely no way this Republican would ever be supported by the modern Republican party. Ah, there was a time in American history in which Republicans were the party fighting for equal rights and the right of workers to have unions and decent middle class pay. Richard, we miss you–ssometimes!

Truth About M17!

After reading accounts by members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, this intrepid reporter flew to the Ukraine in order to get the truth about what is happening from members of Separatist loyal decent east Ukraine folk.

M: I read reports that you folks fired upon members of the OSCE. Is that true?
S: Absolutely false. We were camped in the forest having a marshmallow roast when we were attacked by some foreign forces.
M: What did they do, pray tell?
S: We saw some strange creatures wandering around picking up body parts. They were obviously ghouls embarked on a campaign to gather bodies in order to extract their blood.
M: Sounds sort of ghoulish to me. I thought they were collecting bodies of those killed in the M17 crash.
S: Fred, you are not that naive, are you? What crash? There never was any crash.
M: But, I read stories and saw pictures about the M17 plane from Malaysia which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
S: I suppose you also believe in fairies. Let me explain the truth. German fascists loaded a plane with corpses, they sent it headed toward Mother Russia, and as it passed over eastern Ukraine, a bomb inside the plane was timed to go off. Down came the plane, and down came the corpses.
M: Wow! I was sure fooled.
S: Due to the efforts of the beloved President Vladimir Putin, we rushed to the scene of this tragedy in hope of finding any living people. But, we could not allow these Fascist ghouls to recover the corpses, and suck out any blood still in them. We are decent Christian folk.
M: But, why are these Fascists doing these things?
S: The German Nazis failed to defeat Mother Russia in World War II, and now they are launching World War III. Thank God, the Great Leader Putin stands guard on the towers of peace.
M: Yes, thank God for our Great Leader. Do you think he might come to America and bring peace, and prosperity to our shores??

We Support John Boehner II

There are moments in my life when it is difficult to conceive that I am an inhabitant of an intelligent life form. Imagine being stuck in Heaven in a room filled with Tea Party folk led by Ted Cruz and John Boehner? My problem is that God gave me a mind which is trained to differentiate between reality and nonsense. I, honestly, attempt to listen and read what members of the Republican party say, I DO attempt to determine if they are speaking with some form of logic and coherence. John Boehner, head of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House is currently instituting a law suit against the President of the United States of America who he charges with ignoring Congress and making laws by himself. According to Boehner, this is the first time in American history that a President has behaved in such a manner. OK, so Obama made about 170 Executive Decisions and Saint Ronald Reagan made over 250, but St. Reagan was a Republican.

Yesterday, when questioned by members of the media about failure of Republicans to pass legislation about border issues, John Boehner noted the President of the United States currently had sufficient power to act without requiring any action by the United States Congress! I assume Congressman Boehner wanted the President to issue an Executive Decision and ignore Congress! Do I live in some form of fantasy land? Who are these people in the Republican Party??

Oh, I finally figured it out. There is John Boehner I, who is a Republican. Then, there is John Boehner II who uses his brain.