Category Archives: Joe Biden

AnotherNight Of Terror

Like millions of Americans I spent a good part of last night glued to CNN so I could watch the mayhem that was taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. Ironically, as a former professor of Education in St. Louis I used to work with teachers from that city. We often discussed prejudice and poverty which was all too common in Ferguson. In all honesty, prejudice against blacks was just normal in St. Louis. Heck, when I first arrived in the sixties Jews could not even purchase homes in certain suburban areas around St.Louis. So, the night unfolded, well armed police wandered the streets pushing back black skinned men, women and children. They were out protesting, this I understand. But, it was never clear to me what was the goal of protests last night? I saw them in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other places, people marching down the street, blocking highways in order to protest.

The essence of a protest is to accomplish something. I felt last night the protesters were engaged in an act of emotional anger. I am NOT criticizing their protests. But at some point Americans society must move from protests in the streets to actions in our legislatures about laws. I doubt if most protesting had any laws in mind they wanted to have passed. How about a few simple laws?

1. Police are trained to fire at the legs of potential offenders.

2. Then again, police are trained to initially focus on using words to calm down a potential child warrior or young black dude in the streets.

Turkey Charges US Acts Turkey

President Recep Erdogan was to last year the prime minister of Turkey, but decided he preferred the role of president in order to pursue his dreams of making Turkey the number one nation in the Middle East. HIs Justice and Development Party assumed power over ten years ago, and ended military rule of the nation. Of course, in pursuit of that goal he has increasingly demonstrated an authoritarian attitude and does not enjoy having anyone contradict his views regarding what is necessary. Vice President Joe Biden has flown to Turkey in an attempt to resolve issues in conflict.

1. Erdogan believes the war against Kurds is THE most important issue in the Middle East.

2. Erdogan believes that if President Bashar al-Assad was removed as head of Syria, then peace and prosperity would return to the Middle East.

3. Erdogan is not impressed with the power of ISIS which he considers a lesser threat than the Kurds.

4. Turkey is allegedly a partner in NATO, but he ignores this body in the Middle East.

5. Erdogan does not like anyone contradicting his ideas, that is why more reporters are in jail in Turkey than in any other nation.

6. Erdogan has refused to work with Greece and Cyprus about issues of oil and gas in the Mediterranean.

Joe, good luck. You will need it when with President Erdogan. He will make Mitch and John and Ted come across as reasonable folks!

The Plight Of The Wealthy In America

There are moments in my life when guilt is felt because for some reason, my heart is not in zinc with Republicans who continue insisting that wealthy folk in this nation are oppressed by Big Government. Recent studies by Emanuel Saez and Gabriel Zuchman reveal the sad plight of our wealthy oppressed men and women who must dwell in shanty mansions without daily access to ordinary folks. Just imagine, no time in the diner talking with people who engage in hard physical labor. According to these economists:

In 1980, the top 1% controlled 7% of our wealth. However, due to bad times, today they control 22%.

The wealth of 90% of Americans fell from 36% to 23%.

Let me explain why this is good news for Americans. Less wealth, means less access to health care. This means you die earlier and open new job opportunities for young Americans. I finally understand why Republicans want the wealthy to get more and more. This leads to earlier deaths, more jobs for the funeral business. And, more jobs at the lower rung of our economy.

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

A man walked by me laughing, how about making laughter compulsory when out public?

I learned to drive in my twenties, is that the reason I struggle backing into a parking spot?

I drove my wife to the airport at 5:00 am. when there was no traffic, we need 5:00 a.m. traffic throughout the day.

I always feel awkward when in an “upscale plaza”

When I was a child an overdue book in the library resulted in a penny fine. Ah, the good old days.

A “red light” day for me means hitting every red light.

I always dip into the dish of pennies that one can take to use for purchasing a bagel.

Rainy days are times to reflect upon life and God.

I have the ability to wreck an umbrella very easily.

Obama’s Night of Sorrow

In 2008, many Americans such as yours truly decided we needed a new voice after eight years of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and we rejected Hillary Clinton because we assumed she was too close to the world that must be changed. So, we elected a former college professor who had spent a few years as US Senator. We assumed that he had new ideas and would institute changes in American society. Unfortunately, we did not realize his complete lack of knowledge concerning how politics operated in a federal system of government. Barack Obama must rank among those elected to the presidency who lacked any understanding of government in this nation. He has made clear a distaste with the political process which he regards as beneath his contempt. The result has been six years of incompetent leadership in America. Please do not get me wrong, Obama has some excellent ideas, but it is one thing in American politics to have ideas, and another to get them transformed into laws. So, what went wrong with the Obama administration?

1. Barack Obama never established a working relationship with Democrats in Congress. He rarely speaks with members of Congress let alone listens to their political needs.

2. Barack Obama has pushed legislation without any consideration as to whether these laws politically benefit Democrats in Congress.

3. Barack Obama assumed the presidency in the midst of an economic crisis. He was urged by some of his advisors to read carefully how Franklin D. Roosevelt handled the Depression, but he never studied this model. FDR focused on two issues for the short term–fixing the banking system and then JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. He took office in March and by August about 4,000,000 men and women were working rebuilding roads, bridges, reforesting our forests and building hospitals or bridges, etc..

4. Barack Obama was elected with support from young Americans. He failed the first requirement of a good politician, reward those who elected you. Where was any legislation to address the issue of Student Loans? Nothing was given youth for their hard work. A successful politicians MUST reward his supporters. Yes, that is “politics,”but that is how one governs in a huge nation such as the United States of America.

To sum up: former Professor Barack Obama though the was still back teaching in college where students took notes and obeyed the professor.

Why Not Just Auction Off Election?

One wonders what our Founding Fathers would have thought about the incredible cost of elections in the United States of America? I assume that other than Justice Scalia there are few in this nation who actually believe the “original intention” of the wig headed men two hundred years ago created the Constitution intended that one could purchase a seat in Congress. So, why not just admit that seats are for sale and instead of submitting we Americans to the nonstop voices filling our TV sets with words of doom if we vote for the other guy, why not just have an auction and allow whoever has the dough in a congressional seat of a state to simply openly purchase a victory in the allegedly thing we term, an election?

1. In each congressional seat allow an open auction. The one submitting the highest bid simply is the next congressmen.

2. Money from these auctions could be used for some meaningful task such as new roads or money for schools.

Let’s end the pretense of a “free election” in which the person who offers intelligent ideas is elected. Those days are over.

In fact, why not just auction of the United States of America to the Koch Brothers?

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

If we are going to ban air flights from Africa, will we ban ships from Africa?

I miss picking up a library book and checking who last took it out.

I enjoy a coffee shop where they check if you need a refill.

I always sigh with relief reading when someone in their eighties has died.

I miss Saturday night when we got our copy of the Sunday comics.

Is there a food that is not included in fast food establishments?

Ah, for the days when a holiday resulted in a doubleheader for one price.

I wonder if an American president will have once served in the military?

I am a bigot, I prefer people who speak with enthusiasm about life.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Biden Says Erdogan Admits Mistakes”
“Biden Apologizes To Erdogan For Comment”

France, Connexion: “Rat Complaints”

We prefer Cheddar over Meunster!

UK< Guardian: “Campaign Targets Breast Cancer”

To get it or cure it is the question?

Norway,Norway Post: “Implant Bionic Eye”

I can see you wherever you go!

China, China Daily: “Kim Jong Un Makes Appearance”

I guess that means some generals will make a disappearance.

Barack Obama-Inept LEADER!

From day one of becoming President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has displayed an inability to get across to Americans that he actually is doing something correct. The man simply lacks political ability to explain when he is on the correct path. Latest economic figures reveal the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9%. and that 248,000 new jobs were created in September. How many Americans know about these figures? Since January 1 this year about 1.2 million fewer Americans are without work. The Affordable Care Act is working, but how many Americans know that it is? For some reason, Barack Obama simply lacks the ability to convey success. Instead, most Americans believe that he has failed at everything.

A President has several roles:

1. He is commander in chief of the armed forces.

2. He is the Chief Executive. In that role, he enforces law.

3. He is the chief legislator. It is his job to work with Congress getting new laws passed.

4. He is in charge of Foreign Policy.

5. He is an Educator who makes certain that Americans are kept informed.

6. He is leader of his Political Party and organizes them to pass laws.
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7. He is the symbolic head of our nation.

Exactly how many of these roles has Barack Obama fulfilled? Heck, even Democrats say he never meets or discusses laws with them!

Chaos In US Senate

It was Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the United States House of Representatives. Just another day in Congress for a group which prides itself upon adherence to the Golden Rule that doing nothing prevents mistakes. John Boehner and other Republican leaders believe that no action is the best action. There is some logic in this attitude. If I never do anything then no one can blame me for making a mistake. In other words, the motto of House Republicans is: Those who do not, do something since do not is the rule for those seeking to prevent the act of do. President Barack Obama asked Congress to provide funds to assist in handling the alleged “crisis” on our border with Mexico. These days arrival of children to our border has become a new terrorist threat to the safety of American society. Even worse, these kids are prepared to take away jobs from decent hard working Americans. After all, millions of Americans desire to pick peaches and apples in our orchards only these Mexican terrorists seek to deny them an opportunity to make $7.25 an hour!! Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party said, no legislation about these children. So guess what happened? No legislation. Naturally, this will provide Fox News pundits hours to declaim and declare their ideas to the American people about the “crisis” on our border.

Eric Cantor, who is departing the hallowed halls of Congress due to the Tea Party offered some words of wisdom to his colleagues in a last speech. “We don’t always see eye to eye, even within our own party–in this chamber. But, that is how it is and is supposed to be.” Thank God this was not in the past, “what it supposed to be.” That is why we won World War II, built dams, roads, hospitals, airports, created Social Security for the elderly and Medicare. THAT was what Congress was supposed to be and do!