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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 ignorance was a virtue, Ted Cruz would be a saint in heaven.

I found a weather beaten dime. I wonder what is its story?

When my wife and I enter a car dealer establishment the salesman always comes to me. I make clear she makes car decisions.

If Barack Obama is on the “left,” then who is in the center?

I have a hard time handling a tall attractive woman holding open the door for me.

I wonder who made the decision that prices change on Wednesday?

Mystery of life: who or what decides our gas prices?

Given obesity and lap tops, we need larger tables in coffee shops.

Wonderful, I made fifteen green lights before hitting a red one!

Four tall women entered the coffee shop within a ten minute time period. Were they trying to tell shorty something?

Turkey Lives In Isolation From Reality

The behavior of Turkey in the tragedy that is unfolding in the city of Kobani defies any rational explanation other than its leaders inhabit a world that has nothing to do with planet Earth. Turkish soldiers stand idle in their tanks as ISIS tanks and weapons blast away at Kurds in Kobani. The entire focus of Turkey is upon Kurds in their land who constitute at least 20% of the population. Only a mad man would anger a large segment of the population which already contains armed groups. President Erdogan insists the real enemy is NOT ISIS, but the Kurds in Kobani. He is infuriated that American planes dropped supplies to Kurds who are fighting ISIS. He charges President Obama is “arming terrorists.” In his view, there is nothing to fear from ISIS.

The Kurds, the Kurds are the enemy. It is this group which must be destroyed. Does this man realize that once ISIS conquers Syria, it will be sending Islamic terrorists into Turkey in order to create the basis for a war? Such an event would then result in Kurds rebelling and Turkey will become a mess. It is very simple for Erdogan:

1. Negotiate with Kurdish leaders for some form of autonomy in the nation that would satisfy Kurdish desires.

2. Destroy ISIS around Kobani and win the admiration of Turkish Kurds.

For God’s sake, do something to prevent a massacre in Kobani! That event will create a new civil war in Turkey!

No Surprises In Israel

It was simply a matter of time before some Palestinian did something that resulted in the death of an innocent Jewish Israeli(twenty percent of people in Israel are NOT Jewish). A Palestinian man drove his car into some pedestrians and a baby died. In an east Jerusalem neighborhood, Palestinians threw rocks at Jews who had moved into the area. Naturally, most Jewish organizations in America will cite these examples of death and hate as evidence that it is impossible for Jews to ever trust Muslims. On the other hand, these same people will insist that Muslims can always trust Jews. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks a foreign policy that would lead to permanent peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The current Israel foreign policy is based upon the concept of CONTROL. Just keep Palestinians under control and all problems disappear. Just tell Israelis that no Palestinians can ever be trusted and life will go on in peace.

This is the foreign policy of denial. Reality: those areas under control of the Palestinian Authority have NOT been areas in which violence against Jews occur. Instead of extending the power of strength of the Palestinian Authority, PM Netanyahu wants to weaken it. Reality check: A sensible peace based upon compromise IS possible.

1. Halt further West Bank settlements.

2. Halt further settlements in East Jerusalem.

3. Transform control of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority.

4. Develop economic programs between Israel and Palestinians.

These steps would move the process forward of peace.

Republican Strategy-Deny Voting!

The history of America contained the story of a never ceasing fight to empower people with the right to vote. It was not only women who were denied the right to vote, but millions of white men, and black men and women. In our history books we teach children that by 1920 all Americans over the age of 21 had the right to vote, and eventually all Americans over the age of 18 had that right. Fast forward to the 21st century, and now the right to vote is being denied millions. Our Conservative controlled Supreme Court has done all in its power to deny voting rights on grounds there is no threat to voting in states of this nation. Please explain how supposedly intelligent men(not a female on the Supreme Court believes this nonsense) ignore state laws that restrict voting to people? The current strategy of Republicans is to deny the right to vote by demanding IDs of voters. For over two hundred years we voted in America without any ID required. The ID requirement has nothing to do with voting, but it has a great deal to do with NOT voting!

In Florida, about 11 million will vote. About one million of those who should be voting will not vote because Republicans changed the law to deny the right to vote by anyone who has a felony in their record. One can be a businessman who tricks people into losing their money and still vote. But, get drunk and you lose that right. Where is the anger among those on Social media about this denial of the right to vote??

Why Do Men And Women Die For Islam?

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is dead. He is a man who somehow embraced the ideology of terrorism and proceeded to carry out deadly attacks in Canada, the land in which he was born. Michael parked his car near Parliament buildings and shot a guard, and then, somehow got past other armed guards and was headed for the building containing dozens of members of Parliament. Fortunately, Sgt. Kevin Vickers took out his gun and shot the killer. There are many unanswered questions about this incident.

1. How can a man with a weapon in his hand walk up to a government building that is guarded by soldiers?

2. Heck, another man jumped over the White House fence before being caught.

The real issue is what is causing so many thousands of young Muslims to embrace an ideology based upon the concept of hate? What draws these individuals to abandon values they were taught as children, and seek to die for a philosophy centered in violence? Why do those opposing groups such as ISIS lack a fighting spirit? The Iraq Army had over 200,000 men who proceeded to flee for their lives when confronted by 20,000 men? There is something lacking among modern Muslims, particularly among its leaders. There is failure to offer ideas that youth deem so important as to be willing to fight for them. Ironically, a similar feeling is found among modern youth in Western societies, and, most probably among those in nations such as China, Japan or India. The 21st century offers an unlimited access to people, but it does not offer a sense that one is prepared to fight for ideas. In America, we are frightened of immigrants from Mexico, we are terrified about a non issue such as Ebola, and we definitely are worried about doing anything that might impact the wealth of our wealthy citizens.

The bottom line is both in Islamic and non-Islamic societies there is not philosophical goal that is valued as central to the lives of people. We exist, but we do not believe in anything other than our daily life activities. How many Americans are prepared to give up their lives for ???

On Getting Dumped, Cluck, Cluck!

Every so often when one grows weary of words of fear coming from Fox News it provides a calm moment of life to focus on something that is simply an example of life on this beleaguered planet. There is a girl in China whose boyfriend dumped her. So, how does a female get over being dumped? This young damsel headed for the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and proceeded to spend a week eating chicken wings in order to get over the sorrow she was experiencing. Her story touched me because I also feel that I have been dumped by someone who I once thought cared about me. NO, it is not a beautiful woman, NO, it is not a handsome man, it is a man I once trusted to focus on the issues confronting America. Back in 2009, I thought newly elected Barack Obama was a man who had a from grasp of what it entailed to be President. Alas, such was my folly of thinking. So, what does one do when dumped by a political leader?

1. I might try McDonald’s and devour their hamburgers for days. Most probably, it would result in an upset stomach.

2. I could eat spaghetti everyday for a week, and wind up feeling Italian.

3. I could drink endless sodas and pee for eternity.

In reality, I do feel that a loved one dumped me. In reality I simply do not know how to confront this issue. Frankly, I do not see a single Democrat on the horizon with the intelligence, the ideas, the courage to confront the reality of modern America and provide ideas to solve our problems. We once had giants in the land, today, we have men and women whose idea of leadership is securing millions in contributions. Perhaps, this girl has the right idea, find a fast food outlet and spend some time devouring its contents.

On the other hand, there is the famous words of labor organizer, Joe Hill, who preparing to get murdered by the government of Colorado, sent a message to fellow union members: ORGANIZE!

Hunt For Red October

There is a mysterious ship somewhere off the coast of Sweden. It is sometimes seen, and then again, it is sometimes not seen. The government of Sweden worries who or what is in this ship. Naturally, this blog will clear up the secret of the infamous ship that is somewhere in the waters off the coast of Sweden. We offer some possibilities, based on our extensive knowledge of the waters in the vicinity of Sweden.

1. It contains a boat load of illegal immigrants from Mexico who got turned around once they encountered the Texas National Guard.

2. It is filled with refugees from West Africa seeking to bring Ebola to some northern clime and end its deadly attacks.

3. It is led by Vladimir Putin seeking to conquer Sweden and extend his rule over a greater area of the planet.

4. It contains a lost crew from the former Soviet Union who will not give up the fight for communism.

Question: What exactly can this ship do to worry anyone in Sweden?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Oldest Eeel Dies At 155″

Big deal, we have at least 220 heels in the House of Representatives.

USA, aol. “Does Race Matter”

it depends upon how fast you are.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Journalist Missing In Ukraine”

That isn’t the only thing or person missing in Putin Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

Was that “shut down” or “shake down?”

Africa, Mail & Guradian: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Now, you know why he is disabled!

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!