Category Archives: Politics

Plant A Tree and Die!

I have frequently been told that I am a “self hating Jew” because my dream is for Israel to exist in peace and cooperation with all nations in the Middle East. I have worked in the field of Holocaust education for over fifty years and did study in Israel, but according to the folks at AIPAC, unless I accept any and all actions by West Bank settlers and the Israel army against Palestinians, it is clear that I hate the state of Israel. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the unJewish actions by West Bank settlers who seize land from Palestinians, destroy their crops and insist these actions are necessary. Recently on the West Bank, a horse was stolen, by you know who, which resulted in angry actions by West Bank settlers. Zaid Abu Ain, a Minister in the government of the Palestinian Authority went to plant some trees. Yes, that was the threatening action he posed to the state of Israel.

It is clear the Minister was shoved, had arms placed around his throat, and wound up on the ground. He is now dead. According to the Israel newspaper, Haaretz, “after Abu Ain was hit by an IDF soldier” he fell to the ground. I am certain AIPAC will insist that once trees are allowed to be planted, the next step in Palestinian terrorism is murder of innocent Israel children. The worse threat to peace in the Middle East is AIPAC, and naturally the worse threat to a US Congressman who supports peace in the Middle East is AIPAC raising money to defeat him or her.

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I confess, after watching the infamous TV program, 24, one episode was enough to make me ill and promise never again to observe the great hero, Jack Bauer perform his feats of wonder that resulted in America never experiencing weapons of mass destruction by Islamic fundamentalists. Fortunately, the new US Senate report on torture put to rest the widespread belief in America that nations had to torture prisoners in order to obtain information. How many times did Jack with his face tight and close lipped express, “I’m talking about doing whatever is necessary to stop this warhead from being used against us.?” Of course, the popular “Zero Dark 30″ also argued that, while not very nice, torture was the only way to get the bad guys. The Senate report puts to rest this incorrect concept of how to handle prisoners of war.

During World War II, the bad guys tortured and beheaded, heck, they weren’t even Muslims! We Americans believed that we were the good guys who did not torture the enemy. Actually, there are few reports during the entire period of 1941-1945 or US interrogators torturing Nazi soldiers, but somehow, we did obtain necessary information, and we did actually win the war. Of course, we only had to confront the German army which was the best armed force in the world, unlike today when we confront the “worse threat to our existence” by 30,000 Islamic terrorists lacking planes, artillery or tanks.

Naturally, Dick Cheney still insists the torture is in accord with the US Constitution.

Whatever Happened To?

I was born in 1930 and thus had the opportunity to live during the administrations of a few American Presidents. I miss some of their behaviors in the year 2014.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

A President like Harry Truman who had on his desk the motto of his theory of being President: “The Buck Stops Here!”

Mail being delivered twice a day–during the Depression.

About 36% of workers belonging to unions.

Free colleges for poor people–we had four in New York City.

Nurses in school who monthly checked the health of children– my life experience in elementary school.

A President who talked with Americans and discussed world events.

A President who weekly held press conferences and allowed reporters to pose impertinent questions.

A New York Yankee team that won the world series.

Children played without parents being present.

Children who made their own toys.

The list could go on and on.

Fox News On Torture

Without securing permission from Fox News we have decided to present their interpretation of the report that was submitted by Senator Diane Feinstein to the world:

“Once again the Obama administration has made clear its hatred of the United States of America and the people who live within its borders. Once again it is clear that the office of President of the United States of America is occupied by a man who seeks to degrade our reputation and aid forces of Islam who seek to destroy the very basis of our society. The report of the so-called “torture” of prisoners simply reveals that when a free society which is dedicated to the ideals of our Founding Fathers attempts to defend itself against the horror of Islamic bestiality, those whose ideals are foreign to those of Americas, offer a report on how real Americans performed their duties.

1. There is not a single example in this report of any prisoner being beheaded.

2. This report transforms examples of physical fitness activities into “torture.”

3. No mention in this report is made of the brutalities of al-Qaeda or ISIS. Why?

4. There is not a single example in this report of anyone being shot by a firing squad.

5. No mention is made in this report that by retaining these brutal people in Guantanamo, the lives of thousands of American were saved.

When will Barack Obama begin acting like a true American?”

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?

Aftermath Of Anger Holds True

At age 84 it has been my live experience to have lived through dozens of demonstrations of anger in the United States of America. The Sixties alone produced almost daily protests against the Vietnam war or the plight of fruit workers in California. Of course, during the 1930s people were marching just about every day to protest the existence of poverty in our fair land. Frankly, I have lost track about the hundreds of people who have been killed by police or abused by them over the years. However, there is usually some sort of protest, pictures of angry folk in the streets, shouts demanding an end to oppression, and promises of the government to appoint a commission to study the anger. OH, this learned body requires a few months to reach a conclusion that some people are angry about police actions and something should be done about police departments.

We are just entering the aftermath of Ferguson or deaths in New York City and Cleveland in which unarmed black skinned men were shot down by armed police who feared for their lives. Things have gotten rather quiet over the past few days. Of course, at Fox News they continue to insist the victims were the police who fired their weapons. I assume there will be some form of report, it will appear in the media for a day, or maybe two days. Then it will disappear into the sinkhole of reports never again to see the light of day unless someone is writing their dissertation on the event. Silent Night, Holy Night, it is Christmas and time to forget past wrongs.

Torture OK In USA

The President of the United States of America is very upset at police brutality, and our Attorney General wants action in order to end the abuse of black Americans by police forces. President Obama constantly calls for an end to racial profiling, he demands to have all records of police action released to the public. Attorney General Holder is a fighting force for equal justice to all Americans, and argues that it begins by treating those with black or Hispanic names as decent human beings entitled to their Constitutional rights to justice. For some reason, this theory of rights to those accused does not apply to anyone who is in the prison we know as Guantanamo. Oh, the US government just allowed six inmates to leave the prison and wind up in Uruguay where they can become free men. Most of have been in jail for years without any charges brought against them and tortured and abused.

The lawyer for Abu Wa’el Dhia is now with his client in Montevideo and furious at the fact that this man was held in a jail for TWELVE YEARS WITHOUT ANY CHARGES BEING FILED AGAINST HIM. He was force fed when on hunger strikes and when the lawyer demanded to see videos of this treatment, Attorney General Holder, fighter for human rights, denied the request. The Guantanamo prison is OUR AMERICAN SHAM. Thousands march to end police abuse in America, but no one marches to end abuse and denial of rights to those in Guantanamo. How about Eric Holder releasing the charges against these men?

Let’s Fear Immigrants!

We in America regard immigrants as an important topic, and for millions these people from across the border in Mexico somehow pose a threat to the very existence of this nation. Ironically, similar feelings are sweeping Western Europe which battles the influx of refugees from places like Syria or Africa or any number of Middle Eastern Muslim nations. Right wing political parties are growing in power whether in France or Italy or Sweden or the United Kingdom. The cry is being sounded they are taking away your jobs driving buses or picking fruit. In Sweden, the Sweden Democratic Party is now capturing about 17% of the vote with a campaign promise that if granted power they will end the influx of “those people.” Naturally, the main characteristic of “those people” is they come from the Middle East and are of the Muslim religion.

Former Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeld caused an uproar when he pointed out “we late 25 million people living in the Nordic region. There are endless fields and forests.” He noted that “space” was available for millions and there was no reason to panic. Sorry, “those people” will cause white skinned folk to panic because they do not want to have “them” in their pure white lands. If there is one thing uniting white people all over the world is a fear of “those people.”

Death In A Synagogue

There is a pattern of hate in the world. Whenever the Israel government appears to assume an aggressive stance and attack Palestinians, there are people who assume that all Jews are responsible for what occurs in Israel. For some reason, Irish people in the United States of America have no connection as to what happens in Ireland, but the concept that Jews all over the world have a connection with one another still lives on within the Christian and Muslim worlds. Levi Rosenvial, age 22, was praying in a Chabad synagogue in Brooklyn when he was attacked by a man shouting, “I want to kill the Jew.” he proceeded to stab the man at prayer. Actually, there is something ironic in seeking to murder a person who is praying to his or her God. I always assumed the purpose of praying was to show respect.

It turns our that Calvin Peters is a well known criminal with a record a mile long. After the stabbing he was confronted with police and charged them. The result was that Calvin died of a bullet in his chest. Just another victim of hate and anger and lack of any sense of reality. I have no doubt that another Jew somewhere in the world will die because of some action of Israel. Oh, if Jews could only be treated as the Irish are!

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

I embrace the new–partially.

I always keep one foot back in the past.

I feel sorry for those not interested in the past.

I assume finger nails were essential for human survival.

Each day I need an hour of peaceful solitude.

Some are touched by physical beauty, some by mental.

White goes well with jeans.

I love warmth of sun, my ancestors were from the Middle East.

Long time since I wore a name tag.

I so miss standing on a highway with thumb up seeking a ride.