Category Archives: Politics

Anti Semitism In Ukraine

My father arrived in the United States of America after enduring bitter moments of anti-Semitism in his native Ukraine. Those who claim in Ukraine to be true Russians in heart seized some buildings in the city of Donetsk, raised the Russian flag and decided to make clear they also were, in heart, just old fashioned haters of Jews. Those dressed in the uniform of the Russian army handed out leaflets which demanded that Jews in the city be registered and pay a fine for the crime of being a Jew! The leaflet warns Jews failure to register would result in having their citizenship taken away, possible deportation and seizure of their assets. For some strange reason, this threat was not followed up by mass shootings-or does that come later?

Vladimir Putin continues his exhibition of bravado with warnings that HE must save the people of eastern Ukraine from the possibility of living in a democratic society. I assume that he means HE will deliver them from the evil of homosexuality and free speech and other such atrocities!

High In Colorado

The famous singer, John Denver, once wrote a beautiful song about getting high in Colorado, and if he were alive today most probably would have added a few new verses to this celebration of getting high in the high mountains of Colorado. In the resort area of Vad Valley where those with gobs of money gather to display their clothes and cars and wealth, a new gadget has arrived in town that will soon become a new center of attention. It is a vending machine that is called: Zazzz. It is the first identity verifying vending machine that dispenses joy to one and all. Place your money into the machine and it will draw upon state-of-the-art technology in order to identify who you are and then, if the proper age, allow you to obtain marijuana.

You may now purchase edible marijuana products along with other forms and shapes of marijuana. Yesterday, Kristie Kirk was on a 911 phone call for nearly a half hour seeking aid and assistance because her husband was really high after consuming an edible marijuana product. She pleaded and begged, but in the end he killed her.

I assume this means one can get high in Colorado in order to engage in some low actions of violence and hatred!

Mind Your Legs!

I am a child of the New York City subways, trolleys and buses so the issue of “space” has loomed large in my life. As a teenager, the wonder of being thrust against the body of a woman at rush hours sent a certain part of my body upward in time and space. Ah, to cop a feel of a woman due to her body crashing into mine, was the highlight of my day. The situation in Turkey is somewhat different. Men sit with legs drawn far apart in order to show women they have something in the center which rises with each glance in their direction. This has resulted in a growing mass movement by Turkish women: “Don’t Occupy My Space” and “Mind Your Legs”

Turkish women have gone on the offense and now use their phones to take pictures of the bearded ones with legs thrust apart in order to make their face known throughout the world. I always thought that Turkish men were conservatives who did not wish women to display too much of their bodies, but I guess it is OK to raise the flag between your feet.

Family Comes First-Depends On Which Family!

There are moments in time when the real world makes the fictional world come across as not very real. Jennifer Pan was a nice 24 year old girl whose family was rather strict and insisted upon careful supervision of her social life. Heck, she had to be home by 9:00 p.m. Eventually, mom and dad forbid Jennifer from seeing her boy friend, David Wong. Given this situation, how could the young lovers discover opportunities to be with one another. Jennifer contacted the police and informed them that a gang had burst into her house, shot and killed mom while Dad was close to death and in a coma. She was tied up and robbed but eventually freed herself and made the police aware of what had happened.

A great story of a brave young woman who fought to protect her family. Unfortunately for Jennifer, dad awoke from his coma, and told what actually happened. It turned out “the gang” was really David Wong and the criminals were Jennifer and boy friend. When police asked why she had resorted to violence, the response was “family comes first” and in this case, it was the family planned with David and herself!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Day Care Rapist Identified”

I assume it was not one of the customers.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Government Gives Ok To Circumcision”

Ouch!

China, China Daily: “Answer Call To Pray”

If not, duck the thunderbolt from up on high!

UK, Independent: “Leave Them Teachers Alone”

They first have to fill out reports, then if have some time, they will teach children.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Right To Cry Over Spilled Milk”

In America under Republican rule, the poor will even drink the milk that was spilled.

UK, Guardian: “What Else Is In His Head?”

If a member of the Republican party the answer is easy–Nothing!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bush Paints Putin”

I assume much better than he did the situation in Iraq.

America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.

Anyone Made A Suggestion About You?

The United States government recently informed the government of Australia there is reason to believe that some time last year, two citizens of Australia who were in Yemen died in a drone attack. One, whose name was Christopher Harvard, went by the name of Abu Suhaib al-Australi and was most probably in a camp with other “suspected militants” when a drone came from up high and blasted away down below. The “suspected militant” died due to “collateral damage.” After all, no one can expect a drone to always be perfect. Sometimes, the bad guys must be killed, and if a few innocent ones die in the process. just bad luck. After all, Mr. Harvard could have been driving his car to the supermarket in order to purchase a steak when another car killed him in a crash. No different scenario than being blasted to pieces by accident.

The report given to the Australian government contains statements such as: “suspected militants” or “there was a suggestion they were involved in kidnapping Westerners for ransom.” It is unclear who or what led to “the “suggestion” or exactly what is a “suggestion.” But, someone “suggested” these two men were Muslim militants and since they were in Yemen, the suggestion must have been correct. After all, if someone “suggests” to the police that I robbed the bank it only stands to reason they would arrest me or even shoot me since they had a concrete “suggestion.”

Protecting Voter Rights

There is scant doubt the most important issue in America for those of the Republican party is–fraud in voting. I realize some might regard jobs or unemployment or health care or our disintegrating infrastructure as things to worry about, but to the Republican party THE paramount issue in America is: VOTER FRAUD. Latest figures prove that of the 120,000,000 people who voted in the last presidential election at least 100 illegal votes were cast! Imagine, over 100 people lied about their right to vote. Can you imagine how many elections were changed by those 100 people? Anyway, the Republican party wants to ensure that no one who lacks voter ID can or should vote. Oh, many senior citizens no longer have or need ID, but, what the heck. If a single person who is not qualified to vote does vote, that is the end of American democracy.

VOTER ID SOLUTION: Each person who receives a Social Security card will be able to have their face placed on the card. Since just about everyone has a Social Security card, this ensures poor or middle class or the wealthy will have a voter ID. End of problem.

Oh, Them Muslims!

There is one consistent aspect of the American story from day one of creation of this nation. We have always sought a group to depict as “the enemy.” Originally, the Indian was “the savage” who was brutal and had to be exterminated and driven from the land. It required a few hundred years, but eventually they were driven onto reservations and thus ended, “the Indian menace.” Next, came the Catholics with their Pope driven religion, and refusal to accept the Protestant religion. It was not until the election of Catholic John F. Kennedy in 1960 that the era of hating Catholics finally came to an end. Of course, the “Jew” always loomed large in American minds as an evil, Communist or Socialist or blood sucking criminal preying on young girls. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that Jews were accepted into mainstream America.

Since 9/11, the MUSLIM has become the most prominent evil character in our lives. The New York City Police Department even established a special Muslim unit whose task was to infiltrate Muslim groups, their mosques, their phones, their mail and so on. Muslims were photographed, arrested on “suspicion,” lured by secret agents to make anti-government comments and their clergy threatened with punishment for daring to make a comment not approved by the FBI or the CIA. Finally, the courts of America have cracked down on dragnet approaches to surveillance of Muslims. The New York City Police Department under William Bratton have just announced the special “Muslim unit” is no more.

As of this date, exactly how many “Muslim terrorists” have been identified? Check with the special unit. But, there has not been any significant bombing in New York City since 9/11.