Category Archives: Peace

Adrien Peterson, Dad Of Year

There is no question that Adrien Peterson is an outstanding back in the National Football League. His performance with Minnesota has placed him among the best running backs in football. Now, as to his performance as a father, there is no question that he should be running from that role, quickly. His four year old boy pushed his five year old brother off his bike. As far as we know, the five year old is still alive and in good health. But, dad was very upset. After all, how many four year old boys push someone? How many four year old boys push their older brother? Gee, I was once a four year old boy who had a five year old older brother, and my first memory of life is hitting him over the head with my shovel! I adored my older brother, but at age four, logical thinking was just beginning.

Adrien Peterson decided to teach his four year old boy a lesson. He found a branch from a tree, and proceeded to beat the hell out of the boy. He struck him on legs, back, buttocks and scrotum. The boy wound up bloody. Adrien insists this form of punishment is what his folks did to him, so why not do it to his son? Idiot, your parents taught violence, now you are teaching violence, and, perhaps, your son will grow up to be another Ray Rice who punches out his girl friend.

How about a few lashes on the back, buttocks and scrotum of the beater. He can then recall the good old days of youth?

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!

It’s Saturday, Surprise, No NFL Player Hit Anyone!!

Today is Saturday and we feel comfortable reporting that not a single member of the National Football League beat up on a woman or on his kids. After a Mr. Rice was depicted in a video punching out his wife with a right hook to the face that sent her to the floor, Minnesota half back Adrien Peterson was arrested by police for using a switch to beat up on his FOUR YEAR OLD SON! Oh, his defense is that his parents beat the hell out of him so, naturally, he had to do what was done to his FOUR YEAR OLD SON. Hardly a day goes by without another story of beating women, using drugs or hitting someone. Perhaps it is time that NFL players received a lecture each week that if you want to play football, restrict your anger and desire to hit someone to players on the other team!

It is rather ironic that on the weekend of football games in the NFL, the main stories are about players hitting people who are NOT on the football field! There are moments when one wonders what is happening to football players that leads to such physical assaults on their loved ones? Is there something going on that we don’t know about? For God’s sake, just play FOOTBALL!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, al Ahram: “Gay Imam”

I suspect that such behavior in Saudi Arabia would result in a headless imam.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”

What does this say about cops?

USA, aol: “Creepy Old Men”

I assume this is another story about our House of Representatives?

UK,Guardian: “Illegal Lemonade Stand”

I’ll drink to it!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”

No one is perfect!

The Squirrel And Me

I was driving down a street in Lombard, Illinois when suddenly a squirrel appeared. I halted my car, watched the animal which apparently was doing some thinking, and within a few seconds dashed away. Later, returning front he library my car found itself in the same street, and lo and behold, the squirrel made another appearance. It halted, I halted, it reflected, and then dashed away. I went to a coffee shop and thought about the squirrel. A squirrel traces its ancestry back a few million years. It was not until about one hundred years ago that a squirrel found itself confronted by a new enemy–the automobile. Within a relatively short period of time, the squirrel adjusted its behavior to take into account cars. In other words, this tiny brained animal was able to revolutionize its behavior within a few decades in order to survive.

I live with animals that possess much more developed brains. These human animals have been living with the arrival of weapons that could completely destroy human life on the planet. But, have these human animals altered their behavior? Of course not. They hate, they kill, they murder despite evidence such behavior is dangerous to human survival. Isn’t it about time we invited some squirrels to help us alter behavior?

John McCain Is Always Right!

Senator John McCain is ready to fight someone at the drop of the hat. He is ready to portray Barack Obama as the cause of any and all problems in the world. The Senator has now charged Obama policies for the current rise of ISIS. He charges that leaving Iraq was a mistake. “And the fact that they didn’t have a residual force in Iraq overriding his military advisers is the reason why we’re facing ISIS today.” Let’s look at the record:

1. President George Bush negotiated with the Iraq government to have American forces out of the country by 2011.

2. President Obama AGREED to leave a residual force of about 5,000 American troops PROVIDED that US forces were not subject to trial in an Iraq court of law.

3. The Iraq government refused to this request. I wonder what Senator McCain would have said if an American soldier was tried for a crime in a Muslim sharia law court!!

ISIS is the result of the George Bush invasion of Iraq that was supported by Senator John McCain!

Oh, the Wall Street Journal has concluded that Dick Cheney was correct all the time.

Hamas Ready To Talk?

The history of the 20th century is marked with examples of two groups which hate one another finally recognizing it is time to end disputes and live in peace with one another. Irish people fought against the British for over two hundred years before both parties agreed in the 1920s to live in peace with one another. During the 1990s, Nelson Mandela, leader of black South Africans reached an historic agreement with whites that ended apartheid. Israeli leaders insist their opponents are savages, terrorists, and it is impossible to negotiate with them. Of course, within a few years after the founding of Israel its leaders worked cooperatively with German leaders despite the fact Nazi Germany murdered SIX MILLION JEWS!

Hamas leader, Musa Abu Marzuk openly made comments of the intention of his group to discuss issues with Israel. “Just as you negotiate with weapons, you can negotiate with talk. UP to now our policy as no negotiation with Israel, but others should be aware that this issue is not taboo.” OK, Hamas is a terrorist group. So was the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela. If Prime Minster Netanyahu would issue a statement agreeing to talk, who knows what might occur? Better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war!

Scots To Vote -NO!

The people of Scotland have enjoyed several months of playing with the idea of leaving Great Britain, and enjoying themselves as member of their own nation. But, alas, there is such a thing as ECONOMIC REALITY. In this day and age, banks, currency, titles to mortgages, pensions, and health care play a more important role than one’s sense of independence. Latest figures from Scotland reveal the NO vote is now the choice of 47.6% while the YES vote is held by 42.4%. The figures reveal that women are more likely to vote NO because they are more afraid of life in an independent nation that does not enjoy support from banks.

Modern reality: BANKS control our lives. We depend upon them for our money sources. English banks made clear that if Scots voted NO, they would vote NO for maintaining their services in Scotland. We predict no independence for Scotland

Hordes Of Immigrants Are Coming!

Political leaders in America continue insisting there is a problem with our borders. Of course, they mean our border with Mexico, not our border with Canada. I daily encounter people who are worried that hordes of immigrants are ready to pour over the border with Mexico and…. The “and” part is what fascinates me. And, do what? I gather they will take jobs away from Americans. They will take away those wonderful jobs picking peaches and lettuce that pay one at least $5 an hour. Or, they will throw you out of work in the meat packing plant, the job you went to college, and that was supposed to provide you an income that would purchase a house and send your kids to college. Yep, them immigrants, want to take away our jobs and…

1. The presence of 12,000,000 immigrants in America provides goods to seek them, services to sell them.

2. Illegal immigrants pay taxes which fund schools or highways.

3. Illegal immigrants provide jobs to teachers, doctors, and merchants.

4. The presence of illegal immigrants provide jobs to truck drivers who haul materials to sell these people.

In 1918 about one out of four Americans was an immigrant. For some reason, this nation did not collapse. Now their grandchildren want to get rid of immigrants. How times have changed!

A Convoy To Someplace With Some Thing

A Convoy of about 260 trucks is heading from Russia towards the border with Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, the man whose heart always reaches out to those who are oppressed or afflicted has concluded that a spirit of love and compassion compels him to send supplies to the forces of Right fighting in eastern Ukraine. After all, the man who created this conflict wants the world to know that he will “make sure that the Ukraine conflict ends as soon as possible.” Let me get this clear: Vladimir begins a war and now wants to end one! I apologize for my stupidity. After all, how can a great leader who seeks the Nobel Prize win this award unless he ends a war? In other words, this conflict was created in order to provide an opportunity for Vladimir to come across as a peace maker.

Vladimir goes to great lengths presenting an image to the world of a decisive, clear headed and wise leader. Perhaps, just perhaps, he now realizes that his actions have gotten Russia into a bind. Perhaps, he never thought that Obama or Merkel would take a tough stance. Me thinks Vladimir got out foxed by Western leaders who decided to say, “the hell with our business with Russia, it is now time to take a stand, and economics be damned! He never saw that approach coming. So, now what to do is his biggest question??