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Xmas In Middle East

It is the day after Christmas and all is as is has been for several years in the Middle East. Oh, some tourists are visiting Bethlehem or singing Christmas songs, but life is somewhat normal for those living in the area.

1. The government of Jordan is warning ISIS that they should not behead the Jordan pilot who was captured while bombing ISIS. So, what is the protocol for handling someone who drops bombs on you?

2. Terrorists in speed boats attempted to capture oil terminals in Libya, killed twenty two soldiers but never go the oil.

3. South Lebanon is worried that war in Syria will soon spread to its land.

4. In Israel, settlers continue seizing land from Palestinians and Prime Minister Netanyahyu complains that no one wants to negotiate with him.

5. In Gaza leaders of Hamas are planning and plotting some sort of revenge.

6. Tunisia has a free election and militants were wiped out by voters.

7. In Turkey, President Erdogan continued his efforts to restore the Muslim religion to its former prominence. Much to the chagrin of secular Turks.

None of these events made Fox News.

Just another day in the Middle East.

A Chat With Santa

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Santa in the North Pole. He had asked what I want for Xmas, and my reply was to chat with the man who is actually beloved by members of the Tea Party and Barack Obama.

M: So, Santa, is there anything different about this Christmas from previous ones?

S: Well, to tell the truth it has been a rough one. Can you imagine what it is like getting this sleigh across open water when in the old days we had gobs of snow?

M: I hope you are not like those Socialist Liberals always complaining about the sol-called global warming?

S: Santa cares about all folks, whether or not they be liberals, socialists, or wealthy.

M: So, what did you bring to those working on Wall Street?

S: Actually,nothing. They already got their Xmas present in November. Bonuses and new laws to prevent them from paying any taxes.

M: Are you against those job creators?

S: Well, it would sort of help if we Santas got some health benefits, carrying those loads is mighty tough on my back.

M: I have always wondered if Santa ever got angry at anyone?

S: Have you ever dealt with little Teddie Cruz, he gets so angry if I leave some presents at the homeless shelter. He claims I am encouraging laziness and giving the money of those with wealth to a bunch of bums who live off the work of others. A real gem is little Teddie.

M: How do you feel about President Obama?

S: That is one curious dude. He could use a present of a good speech writer. I call him the Great Miscommunicator.

M: Anything for Vladimir Putin?

S: Vodka and a muzzle for his mouth is the best I can do.

M: Anything for Sarah Palin or Ms. Bachmann?

S: A bear to wrestle for Sarah and a history book for the woman who could use a bit of knowledge.

M: What can I get for you?

S: Snow would help.

New York, New York, An Angry Town!

A large number of members of the New York City Police Department are furious at Mayor Bill de Blasio who had the nerve to complain about excessive use of force that has resulted in the deaths of people who lie in New York City. Everyone now knows the story. Police decided to arrest Eric Garner for the crime of selling loose cigarettes and this resulted in a choke hold that caused his death. Frankly, this is an open and shut case of excessive force. So, Mayor de Blasio urged police to hold back on such actions. We all now know that a nut case decided to murder two police officers. He killed them because he was angry at the death of Eric Garner! In simple English, these deaths were directly the result of actions by police. Neither I not anyone else knows whether the killer would have murdered the two police officers if not for the death of Eric Garner. It appears the two events are connected.

Now, some members of the police force blame Mayor de Blasio for the murders. Huh! His call for calm and care about handling crime was sensible and designed to reduce anger, not to increase anger. Police are turning their backs when the mayor appears in protest against his words of caution. Somehow, urging police to avoid use of force is now translated into a call to murder police! Again, no one knows how the murderer of the police would have functioned without the death of Eric Garner. Perhaps, another incident would have unleashed his madness. Stop blaming the mayor for expressing words of caution.

Bye Bye Justice Scalia, Leave The Court!

One continually hears stories about the “brilliant” mind of Justice Anthony Scalia even though his opinions support any and all desires of those with wealth. He has absolutely no interest in the interests of the American people. However, it is clear that he enjoyed watching the TV show, “24” and the adventures of Jack Bauer. How and why a Supreme Court Justice believes that TV shows depicting torture and abuse of people is in accord with the US Constitution is a mystery. He recently gave a talk in which this Supreme Court Justice argued: “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘oh torture is terrible.’ You post the situation where a person you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions.” In such a situation, then one has the right to torture.

When asked if the US Constitution allowed torture, he responded: “I don’t know what article of the Constitution that would contravene.” As a teacher my students and I discussed the Bill of Rights which forbids, “cruel and unusual punishment.” If that does not apply to torture, then what does? Oh, years ago when asked if an anonymous tip could result in halting and searching a car, Justice Scalia commented. “Let the car go, Bye,Bye, L.A.” Such are the words of a brilliant mind!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Neo Fascists Want Apology”

Big deal, in America, torturers want an apology from Diane Feinstein!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Underwear Matters”

And, so do smells.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Keep A Cool Head”

I think this refers to Dick Cheney who has lost his head.

Norway, Norway Post: “A New Start”

I believe that is what is necessary in the CIA.

Russia, Moscow Times: “When Its Too Good To Be True”

Sanctions, sanctions, on the bad guys!

Among the tragedies confronting wealthy people in the United States of America is their inability to have in the role of chief executive of the land someone with the intelligence, the determination and the ruthlessness as Vladimir Putin. This is a man who not only loves the wealthy, but has been determined to use his power in order to accumulate vast wealth. It was Putin who made an alliance with the infamous Oligarchs in order to rob blind the people of Russia. However, now that sanctions are impacting Russian industry, the men who possess billions are a bit upset. Wouldn’t you be angry when the value of their beloved ruble has declined at least 40%?

Russian billionaires have witnessed a decline in their wealth in the billions. But, what are their alternatives? Abandon Putin, and they risk having the story of how they become wealthy known to the people of Russia. Oh, a few like Michael Fridman have sold their shares of stock and headed for sunnier climes. But, the monster that you created is the monster who you must protect. At least here in America, the monsters of wealth have Congress to protect their wealth. Heck, those damn Democrats want to raise taxes at least 2%. The beginning of the end of wealthy Americans!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “False Conductor Arrested On Train”

Hopefully, he was collecting false money.

Sweden, Local: “Neo-Facists Want Apology”

How dare anyone insult Adolf, he loved dogs!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Turkey Drifting Toward Irrationalism”

If one lives in an irrational world, it is just normal to be irrational.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Student Who Poisoned Roommate Gets New Trial”

Did he poison the judge?

China, China Daily: “China Ships Water To Maldives Islands”

What else would an island need but water?

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

Give a bottle to a child and he will shake it.

All children will duel with any form of stick.

America has become a fearful nation that is afraid of itself.

I so enjoy watching rain fall. I used to walk in it.

I assume it rains on all planets?

Ultimate question: Is Heaven a better place to be?

It must be anti-semitism, but I never win the lottery. Has any Jew won it?

Old saying: “It’s only money.” You bert and do we want it.

I continue challenging fate by living.

I assume one day I will read from a kindle.

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

Hug by mom is like being hugged by God.

Fewer workers and more work in modern America.

“Greed” is the modern American disease.

Whatever happened to motorcycle guys?

Modern Americans gaze at machines all day long.

I chronicle the story of America.

America has shifted from “we” to “I.”

I do not see as many pony tails on female heads.

K-12 is free, why not college?

I feel oppressed if the toilet does not flush.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Putin Gets 8th ‘Degree Black Belt”

I assume tigers will be running for their lives!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “I Do Not Wish To Run”

Words never spoken by those in the US Congress.

USA, aol: “Poverty Penalized”

You damn poor folks earn to much money, time to help job creators.

Sweden, Local: “So, How Was Everybody’s Thursday?

Full tummy and hands full of junk picked up in stores!

Australia, Canberra Times: “Bad Week Gets Worse”

Just wait to Congress meets, a bad spring will get worse!