Category Archives: Peace

Cuba Again In News

There is something rather strange occurring in the halls of Congress. On one hand, Marco Rubio, the son of those who fled the island of Cuba and Ted Cruz the Hispanic born in Canada seek to continue all restrictions on interactions with the evil folk who run Cuba. After all, if a policy that has been in place for seventy years has yet to bring about change in Cuba, who knows what will occur after another seventy years of doing nothing? A band of eight Republican and Democratic Senators are introducing legislation to dissolve restrictions on travel and trade with the Commies in Cuba. Why?

1. American farmers see a new place to sell their farm goods just off the shore of this nation.

2. American industrialists are confident they can sell and even build in Cuba. Consider the drop in costs for manufactures which are made a hundred miles away?

3. Young Cuban Americans want to have connections to their relatives on the island.

In the end, MONEY SPEAKS!

Mother Russia Demands Justice !

I assume those under the age of thirty have scant memories of the good old days when the Soviet Union existed and ruled over most of eastern Europe including the eastern region of Germany. That was the time when secret police in the “Democratic” part of Communist Germany made certain they knew what you thought or did twenty four hours of the day. In order to protect East Germans from the filth that was pouring out of West Germany they even constructed walls and fields of mines. Sergei Naryshkin who is a member of the Russian Duma is rather upset at criticism of his nation’s actions in Ukraine or Crimea. He, along with some other Duma folk, are demanding a new referendum in Germany since the unification of that nation took place without one. “Unlike the Crimea” in which there was a free vote supervised by the Russian army, the German people never had the opportunity to decide if they wanted to be united.

Sounds fair to me. Of course, the end result of such a vote would undoubtedly result in Vladimir Putin becoming head of Germany and providing those people of his wisdom and bravery. Then again, the people of the South in America never had a referendum to decide about becoming part of the Union. It was all done by force of arms.

St. Louis Police Blues

The city of St. Louis was among the key places where jazz began to become an important aspect of our culture. The city of St. Louis used to be the fifth largest city in America with a population of over 500,000 people. Today, this once key metropolis has about 220,000 and still declining in population. Oh, the city of St. Louis does own the distinction of always being either the first or third metropolitan area with the most murders, heck, one day St. Louis will surpass New York City in murders. In recent months, the area of St. Louis has been in the news due to the shooting in Ferguson which resides just at the tip of St. Louis city. The other day the city of St. Louis was discussing the possibility of creating a civilian-over sight board when things got testy. State Representative Jeff Roorda,who is also the business manager of the city police got into a shoving match and pushed a black lady who proceeded to shout, “you mother fucker white supremacist.” After than chaos reigned.

Mr. Roorda wears a wrist bracelet which honors Darren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown. Exactly what is the real problem in having an oversight board whose task is serving as an impartial body when police encounter problems with civilians? If the cop has nothing to hide, what is the big deal? Heck on Blue Bloods there is an over sight board and police continue to do their jobs! The task opt police is to PROTECT CIVILIANS!

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

In older days I wore a white tee shirt under my shirt.

I dislike looking up to tall men because they are looking down on me.

Sometimes, to glance backward is to glance ahead.

One must accept with grace there are things that will NOT occur during one’s life time.

Some present a determined look approaching eating a bagel.

Ultimate triumph is to be true to self.

Some place hand in back pocket exiting an eating place.

One must never ration praise.

Some touch nose when sitting down.

I so enjoy stretching out my legs when seated.

From Gaza To Beirut?

The nation of Israel is currently engaged in an election to determine which political party will gain power. If there is one thing that inspires Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to flex his muscles is the advent of an election. After all, he saved Israel from the hordes of Muslim fanatics who were ready to swarm out of Gaza and take over Israel. A missile hit an Israel military vehicle near the border of Lebanon which definitely poses an immediate threat to the existence of the state of Israel. The prime minister issued a warning to one and all. “I suggest that all those who are challenging us on our northern border remember what happened in Gaza.” At least Bibi is clear about his intentions. There were hundreds of missiles fired from Gaza and that resulted in actions leaving over 2,000 Muslims dead and thousands of homes destroyed. So, what is the result of firing A missile?

We can expect some form of military action from Israel. This event allows Bibi to once again pose as the savior of Israel from some horrible end. Let me make clear that any nation has a right to defend itself against attacks. As of this moment, there is no danger in the north to the nation of Israel. The solution to war is the table of peace and talks and honest negotiation. THAT is the salvation of Israel!!

Kim Jong Un To Visit Russia

If your name is Vladimir Putin these are lonely days of sorrow. No visitors from the West, no one paying any attention to your words of wisdom. Sorry, that is not exactly accurate, if you reside in the modern Soviet Union, oops, sorry again. I meant in the land of Russia the words of wisdom flow from the lips of your great leader just about 24 hours a day. But, for some reason, this man of brilliance and ability is not recognized for his mental prowess else where in the world. OOPs, again. It now appears that the great and wise leader from North Korea, one Kim Jong-un will shortly be heading to Moscow in order to visit his budding friendship with his new buddy. We can expect the following to occur during the visit:

1. Kim Jong-un will be depicted shooting basketballs in order to prove that he is a great athlete.

2. This will necessitate Vladimir Putin to wrestle a bear or at least a monkey.

3. The two men will greet marching soldiers.

4. The two men will sign some document which promises dire things to occur to those in the United States of America.

5. They will eat a heck of a lot of food and drink until they are drunk. After all, they already are drunk with power.

In the end they will announce their friendship. I wonder if Kim Jong-un will get to observe his buddy’s men in Ukraine shooting innocent people?

Deflated Footballs Topic Of Day

I love sports since playing ball was my only opportunity to feel important. I was a natural athlete who was outstanding in any athletic activity that I attempted. These days, my first act upon opening a newspaper is to read what happened in sports, not what happened in the world outside. For the past two weeks, the number one story in every sport section if the deflation of footballs by the Boston Patriot football team in their win over the Colts. “Deflate Gate” is the topic which consumed millions of words from those interested in sports. We inhabit a society in which money is the source of power. We have taught ourselves that the pursuit of money and power allows one to ignore the rules of fair play so why be surprised the Boston team simply deflated footballs in pursuit of victory? The overwhelming interest in this silly event is simply another manifestation of what has happened to America. WIN, WIN, regardless of ethical behavior. That is the message of our lives.

A new report indicates the Koch brothers and their buddies are prepared to spend 900 BILLION DOLLARS in the coming presidential election. I am certain a high percent of Americans support the right of those with wealth to use those resources in pursuit of victory. THIS STORY IS THE ONE THAT SHOULD CONSUME OUR LIVES! The hell with football stories!

Blizzard That Wasn’t

There are moments in modern times when I just shrug my head and wonder what has transformed people into frightened sheep who are consumed with fear. I was a seventeen year old boy when the famous blizzard of 1947 hit New York City. As the snow fell, my pop who had a small butcher shop sent me out to deliver orders for people, and there was no fear in his mind. A little snow, big deal, he was raised in the fields of Ukraine where snow fell quite heavily during the winter. As he snow continued falling until it had left 26.4 inches on the ground, most small businessmen were still working because they could not afford to close down the shop and flee to the safety of their tiny business. The mayor of New York City was not issuing bulletins of fear, we accepted the blizzard as simply an act of God that had to be endured because tomorrow we still had to eat.

So, the “experts”closed down the entire city of New York. No planes, no trains, no subway. Gee in 1947 the subway continued to function and people got around the city. There is something about the modern world of America which fears itself. There is no sense that ‘come on blizzard,” we will not fear your arrival. Doomsday is the current message of fear. Actually, FEAR is the operating word from our leaders. Just mention, 9/11 and people will accept just about any violation of their basic rights. There used to be giants in the land, today there are pygmies.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Shoveling Snow Slow Death”

I have a hunch shoveling Putin shit is more deadly.

Canada, Toronto Star: “School Board Is Rotten”

I guess they have to stand in the corner with dunce caps on head.

France, Connexion: “Ban Sale Of Coke To Teens”

You mean no more Coca Cola for the young ones?

UK, Guardian: “Sugar Price Fixing”

What a sweet story.

Australi, Canberra Times: “Doping Revelations”

Told by a real dope?

Ted Cruz, Our Modern McCarthy

The other day I watched a clip of Senator Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas making one of his now famous rants and raves about the evils of Obama and the need to close our border in order to prevent illegals from destroying our nation. I was particularly struck how this Harvard educated man employed expressions such as “gosh darn” and pretended to be one of the boys who wander around in jeans and high boots pretending to be homespun cowboys back from the range. It is doubtful if the Ivy League graduate ever got on a horse and rod the range rounding up cattle. He does work hard at seeking to project an image of an ordinary American who got a degree from Harvard. Of course, it is rathe ironic that someone born to an American mother in the great state of Canada insists that he a “real” American unlike the black dude who was born in Africa.

In many ways he reminds me of Senator Joseph McCarthy from the 1950s who rode the horse of anti-communism in order to frighten Americans and wreck the lives of thousands of Americans. Most historians believe that Joe got into the anti-communist business in order to get re-elected and then discovered it was a path to power. Ted Cruz really does not give a damn about illegal immigrants. His words of false anger simply disguise his desire for power, regardless of how many suffer. Ted, Joe McCarthy wound up the laughing stock of America. You already have won this distinction.