Category Archives: Politics

Republicans Support Equal Pay For Wealthy Folk

There are few certainties in life, but when it comes to anything to do with equal pay for women, one can bet the Republican party will take a strong stand in favor of fairness. Of course, when Republicans mention the word, “fairness,” they mean we should be fair to those who run corporations. Democrats in the US Senate introduced a bill that called for fairness in pay and “lost”because they were only to persuade 52 to vote for it while 40 opposed. The proposed law would prevent corporations from paying women less than men when both were doing the same job. Rushing to the rescue of women from this horrible idea was Senator Mitch McConnell. He is terribly concerned for women, and once they can earn as much as men, there is only one outcome–they will lose their jobs!

Let the wise man speak: “At the time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on the problem while lining the pockets of trial lawyers.” If women have the right to sue to obtain equal pay this means the law only benefits trial lawyers. If there is one group Republicans hate it is trial lawyers. Of course, they love trial lawyers who ensure that businessmen never pay high taxes.

Beheading OK For Our Side

Among the ironic aspects of America’s anger against ISIS for beheading people is that one of our main allies makes a habit of not only beheading, but also engaging in the act of crucification. Saudi Arabia is among the leading nations of the world which engage in the act of beheading folk. Only they behead men who steal or rape a woman or happen to say the wrong thing. Sheik Nimir is a Shiite living in a nation that is governed by strict Sunni Muslim laws. He allegedly inspired fellow Shiites to speak out against the King of Saudi Arabia, and there might be evidence that he inspired some to take up arms against the government. Of course, in Saudi Arabia being “against the King” is a high crime and it could result in losing one’s head.

A Saudi court is now urging the Sheik be crucified because of his heretical views and anti-monarchy attitudes. Over a dozen, not two, men have been beheaded this year in the country of Saudi Arabia which has joined the coalition to end ISIS beheading of people. So glad the right beheading folk are on OUR side!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a twenty four year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Rare to see someone eating lunch and reading a book.

We fiddle with fingers rather than with minds.

Green is Earth, so what are the colors of distant planets?

Tomorrow is always yesterday.

Children love playing with opening a bottle.

I enjoy sight of mom engaged in serious discussion with son.

A word can convey more power than an action.

Work through failure it is merely the road to success.

Story of America, from Lincoln To Mitt Romney.

Story of America, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

Turkey Supplies ISIS Forces

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.

Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?

Another Day, Another Black Man Dead

The only certainty in the world of media is that today, and, tomorrow, there will be a story about police shooting a black man. Damien Hunt was a twenty two year old black man who was in a mall, and near a bank. A 911 call alerted local police that a black man was brandishing a samurai style sword and threatening the lives and security of people in the mall. Police arrived on the scene and discovered the black dude with his “samurai style” sword. What else could police do but to begin firing away. It is clear they shot him once outside a bank, he apparently ran some further steps, and they sent a few bullets into his body.

The “samurai style”sword was the type one purchases at a souvenir shop, no, it was not a real sword. Let us assume this black man raised the toy sword in the air. Exactly how many police officers feared for their lives at the sight of this toy sword? OK, so they shot him once. Ok, so he fell to the ground. But, why the additional shots? It is clear that American police have gone crazy either with fear or with their weapons which are used to kill. How about training police to hit legs or arms?

Alas, the war on black males continues and will continue.

Education , Texas Style

The state of Texas has a board which oversees the introduction of textbooks into the state. Many years ago, my textbook, The American Experience, which allegedly was a history of the United States of America encountered this group of people. Not a single person on this group is an historian, they do have housewives or beauty parlor operators. We were informed there was not a “Civil War,” but a “War Between The States” and if we would alter this situation, they might approve our book. We refused. Today, this group of idiots have become experts on science. Of course, they do rely upon the Texas Freedom Network and the Texas Center for Science Education for advice on science.

At the heart of education in the state of Texas is the Heartland Foundation sponsored by outstanding scientists such as the Koch brothers. They want textbooks in Texas to included the following sentences:

“Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing.”

“They don’t agree on what is causing the change.”

But, we do know the Koch brothers ARE changing education in the state of Texas!

Iran Is Not The Problem, It Is Part Of The Solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arguing that Iran should not be invited to discussions concerning issues in the Middle East. The presence of this nation “would not be appropriate” because according to his reasoning, “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” How about?

1. The United States had forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. European Union forces were on the ground in Afghanistan.

3. United Kingdom troops were on the ground in Iraq.

Iran’s presence is important if issues in the Middle East are to be resolved. Iran has close connections with Syria, with Hamas, and the situation in Lebanon. How about bringing together any and all nations in the Middle East who are concerned with creating stability?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples from headlines in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

Where Are Arab Nations?

The President of the United States has given an address to the nation concerning what the US will do in the Middle East in order to halt the spread of ISIS. Most European leaders have made statements. But, for some strange reason Arab nations and Turkey have yet to be heard from. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri insists that his nation is very upset at the slaughter of fellow Sunni Muslims, but this “doesn’t mean that we will participate in military action.” However, much as his government is horrified at actions of ISIS, “we believe that this action and the elimination of terrorism is a collective responsibility for all members of the international community.”

Let me get this straight:

1. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group.
2. ISIS is murdering Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

But,the Arab nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey believe the “international community” must take action!

When will Arab nations stand up to defend MUSLIMS??

So,What About Ukraine??

The dilemma of Ukraine remains a dilemma. Russian convoys are crossing over into Ukraine, carrying something that is termed, “humanitarian aid.” The Ukraine government believes they are still at the stage of war with their friendly neighbor. So, what do the Nations of the European Union intend to do about this? Actually, Nothing is probably what they will wind up doing. What can they do?

1. Implement a total ban on travel to and from Russia.

2. Institute a total ban on shipment of goods to and from Russia.

3. Freeze bank accounts of Russian businessmen who have huge assets outside of Russia.

4. Refuse to allow Russian officials to attend international meetings.

5. Seek a vote in the United Nations Assembly that censures Russia.