Category Archives: Joe Biden

For The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has been around for a few thousand years and has endured one crisis after another. My interest as a Jew was working in a Catholic college for  many years during which time I witnessed wonderful nuns and priests attempt to introduce changes into the church. So, here are a few words for the church from an outside source. They are directed to Pope Francis.

1. Establish a council of nuns who would meet once a month and engage in an open honest dialogue with the Pope. Listen to the girls, they are interacting with Catholics every day.

2.  Establish a council of priests who encompass all backgrounds and views. Let them speak their minds.

3. Establish a lay council, again representing diverse views. Have a monthly dialogue.

More diverse views is what a Pope needs in these troubled times.

What Ever Happened To Disaster?

During the past presidential election Republicans insisted that election of Barack Obama to another four years in office ensured the end of America as we know it. Mitt insisted that without his austerity program unemployment would rise, the national debt would continue on its voyage to the moon and people would be rioting in the streets demanding fiscal intelligence. Each month this year, for  some strange reason, new jobs have exceeded 220,000 and the unemployment rate is dropping. Actually, the yearly national debt is rising at the lowest rate in years. And, this is all happening without the genius of Mitt and his buddy, Paul Ryan.

Chuck Hagel was termed by Republicans as a weak person who would allow Iran to do what it desired and would not stand up to North Korea. Even Republicans are now agreeing that Hagel has been strong on North Korea. They now also agree that Obama and Hagel have worked effectively for peace in the Middle East.

I await the inevitable disaster of another Obama administration.


We offer observations on the human condition from a 22 year old mind trapped in an 82 year old body.


My body reveals evidence of age, not my mind.

Choice, a decaying body or decaying mind?

I feel cheated if someone in coffee shop is sitting in MY seat.

I wonder what is the most difficult decision for God.

We say, “thank God”for good things but not bad ones.

I do not wish evil to others, leave that to the Devil.

For many, working in a caring  occupation leads to not caring.

Teenage boy dream-buying lunch for gorgeous girl.

A bewildering sight for one born in Depression is girl buying boy lunch.

Some fear Death, some fear life.

All too often I am among people, not with them.

I am Jewish by birth but inwardly possess the Irish melancholy.

I rarely stand with hands in jacket pockets.

I was born old.


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

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:  ”Perfect Story”

Republicans finally understand economics 101.

Turkey, Hurriyet:  ”Online Shopping Booms”

Employment declines in stores.

Sweden, Local: “Child Poverty Debate”

Let them starve or let them live decent lives?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post:  ”Doomsday Drama”

Republicans playing roles of idiots.

Russia, Moscow Times:  ”Putin Not Pictured With Crime Boss”

Unless it is a photograph of him?

Canada, Toronto Star:  ”I Was A Bully”

Confessions of Newt Gingrich.

Triumph Of NRA Member

I am born in 1930 at a time when most normal people assumed the government could have laws dealing with who could possess weapons of destructon. There was a National Rifle Association but its members mainly focused on having a good time during hunting season. As a high school teacher in northern California many of my male students went off with dad in September for a wek of hunting. I now live in 2013 at a time when a boy named Adam Lanza was allowed by his mother to possess numerous guns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and for Xmas in 2012 sweet mom was buying him still another gun.

Adam wound up murdering innocent children at Sandy Hook School. Prior to leaving on his mission of death, Adam killed mom. The sad or ironic aspect of this strange tale of stupidity is Adam never allowed mom a chance to purchase the gun for Xmas!

Oh, he also had knives and a seven foot spear. What was this woman thinking??

Defend America, No Vacations

The Republican party is determinted to defend the American way of life. It is a well known American tradition that those who own dogs, take dogs for a walk and clean up the poop. Our gallant Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama and his wife who goes around with beautiful dresses while Michele can only afford less beautiful dresses of engaging in extravagant expenditures. First on her mind is the dog walker who walks Bo the dog of Sasha and Mali. Of course, there is no such  dog walker but if Michele claims there is one, what else can we do but acknowledge the intellectual giant of modern Republican thinking?

Representative Steve King joined in the effort to reduce our national debt. He is upset that at a time of austerity Sasha and Mali will be spending a week in the Bahamas. OK, so Republicans just spent a week at a resort blasting Democrats for not spending time with the homeless and sleeping in homeless beds, but if we care about our national debt halt all trips to the Bahamas or any place outside of


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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald:  ”I’m A Flawed Character”

Who isn’t?

Norway, Norway Post:  ”Zookeeper For A Day”

Hopefully not for Congress.

USA, aol:  ”Cat Deal Ends In Kidnapping”

A meow ending.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:  ”City Sizzles”

A hot time in the old town.

Turkey, Hurriyet:  ”Lawyer Taken Into Custody”

The issue is for how long.

Sweden, Local:  ”Beat Child For Being A Witch”

Was it caught  red handed around a boiling pot?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post:  ”Mayor Burns Party Card”

Oh well, no more gay times at parties for this guy.

A Budget Too Far

Finally, there is a budget that has been passed in Congress. Actually, there are two budgets that have been passed in Congress. A Paul Ryan budget would result in lowering the national debt by about four trillion dollars and it even ensures that those with wealth will not see one additional penny taken from them. In fact, they will be rewarded for being wealthy by having their taxes reduced. Ryan believes that if wealthy people become wealthier this results in poorer people becoming poorer. This is an interesting equation-more money for the wealthy and less money  available for those who are poor. We term this the “Christian Budget”since it is well known that Jesus Christ argued the most important goal in life was to provide more for those with and less for those without. If you doubt this, just read the Sermon on the Mount.

The US Senate also passed a budget which we term the “Anti-Christ Law” since it raises taxes on those who are close to Jesus. As any economist argues, every dollar taken from those with leads to one less job for those seeking work. The
Devil himself haunts the Senate.





We offer observations on the human condition from a 22 year  old mind trapped in an 82 year old body.


We live with hope and die with pessimism.

It is neither the best nor worst of times.

Dad always caresses young daughter’s hair.

Some eat with serious look, it is only food not the fate of the world.

When mom sits she always places arm around shoulder of youngest child.

The last unknown will always remain unknown.

Sometimes it is best to forget.

In a group of women there is always one who is the shortest and pudgy.

Sometimes it is best to remember.

Three thin teenage girls, now or forever is the question.

Mystery of life: why do some wear dark glasses in a coffee shop?

I alone know who I am and am not.

To ignore human rights in the name of “security” is to ignore human rights.

I have never feared the truth of my life.

Some prefer the back to the front door of life.

If I am not proud of who I am, who will be?

Most take jacket off by first removing left arm.

I have white hair and women say, “hi,” dark hair and no comment.

Managers in fast food places slouch when walking.

Nothing more joyous than sun after rain.

Purchase four sodas and  price reduced, purchase one and it remains same. Capitalism in action.

I have never lied to anyone as to whether I would hire them.


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

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:  ”Shake Rattle Roll”

Another session of the US House of Representatives.

Sweden, Local: “Woman Attacks Man With Sausage”

A lot smarter than with a gun.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Gangster Script”

Anything said today by Vladimir Putin.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald:  ”I Did Not Cook My Wife”

Obama did!

Norway, Norway Post:  ”I See Him As Ugly”

Name any Republican leader and this fits.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post:  ”Lost Dog Finds Way Home”

Another sad dog story.

China, China Daily:  ”Publish Bush Obituary”

Sorry, he died years ago