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America In 2050

Among the most serious defects of modern political leaders is their failure to function in long term thinking. Just about every important world political leader can not get beyond thinking in terms of next year. We decided it was time our readers got a glimpse into the world of 2050.

1. At this point in time, a majority of people residing in America will NOT trace their ancestry back to Europe.

2. Women will be a majority in college, a majority in key business leadership positions and, hopefully, either a majority of close to it in Congress.

3. We can expect a woman as President.

4. About one fourth of Americans will fall into the category of being of mixed racial backgrounds.

5. Robots or some form of them will handle the vast majority of work in our society.

6. People will live in “smart houses” that make decisions including what to order for dinner tonight.

6. Leisure will be an important component of the American economy.

7. The impact of global change will begin to be apparent even to each and every American.

8. Congress will be investigating as to the nature of life in America in the year 2100. This will be a major issue for all in politics.

9. Viewers will now be able to feel the experience being seen.

10. Education will be handled in small schools which are linked technologically all over the world.

11. Oh, what we now know as “tests” will have long since disappeared from education.

12. A sensible tax rate will now be accepted by most Americans due to the large percent of people past retirement age.

13. Education and work for retired people will be a major focus of society.

14. Life expectancy will now be 100 for most Americans.

15. A major project will be sending people to investigate possible life on Mars.

16. The UN will become the focus of creating a world wide citizenship status that enables an individual to travel and reside in any nation in the world.

17. There will be growing interest in how to create the basis of world wide planning.

18. Use of money will have ceased, everything will be handled electronically. Alas,no more penny.

19. A political party will be formed that seeks to grant robots some form of “rights.”

20. Congressional districts will be created by non-partisan commissions.

Sort Of Cease Fire

Every so often in the Middle East there arrives a moment, just a moment, when one is capable of considering the possibility that some sort of quiet might reign in the region. In Libya, they are firing rockets into cities, in Egypt, missiles are being fired by Islamists who hate the Islamist government of General Sisi which has imprisoned members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Of course, under President Morsi, the Brotherhood imprisoned Islamists who did not agree with the other Islamists. Anyway, the Egyptian government persuaded the Israel government to hold off on further bombings that have left hundreds dead or wounded. The Arab League accepted the cease fire, Egypt supported the cease fire, Israel said OK to the cease fire, but Hamas continues to insist that firing rockets which result in the deaths of hundreds somehow, in some way, furthers the cause of Palestinian independence. Hamas leaders think something like this:

“If we can get Israel to kill a few thousand people in Gaza or in other parts of Palestine, the people will reject President Abbas and come running to us. Who else but we can guarantee that people die? The more who die, the more families that become radicalized, and the more followers flock to us. So, please Israelis, continue to kill and kill and help us recruit more fanatics filled with hatred. We of Hamas believe the road to heaven is filled with bodies of the dead. Just heap up the bodies and we can climb on them in order to reach Heaven.”

Leave it to Hamas and no one will be left to live in Palestine.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Black goes nicely with pink.

If I dwell in the House of the Lord, what is the monthly rent?

Mom has blond hair with dark streaks as does daughter.

One wondrous moment when child serves mom.

Is chubby mom the future for daughter?

There are unlimited chances in life, so take one.

Some dwell too often on past slights.

Tall boys place hands in pockets to appear taller.

White haired woman dressed in white is a fetching sight.

This is not a good time to be elderly and poor in America.

A lottery for many is the most important dream of life.

Some waddle to death.

We elderly await the dawn and hope for another one.

Why must front and back of human body be covered but not the face?

Mystery of life: shoe lying in middle of road.

There are mysteries that will always remain a mystery.

I have always wanted to work in a supermarket.

Are We Americans Racist?

Attorney General Eric Holder when assuming office back in 2009 made some comments that continue to infuriate members of the Republican party. He was commenting on attacks made on the new president. He said that “in things racial we always and continue to be in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He was recently asked if this view continues to be held by him. Holder responded, “there’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there is a racial animus.” There is no doubt that racism continues to dwell in the hearts and minds of all too many Americans. But,the question as to whether or not Barack Obama has fostered these ideas is another question? Could he have handled the racial aspect of assuming the presidency in other ways than how he performed? In defense of Obama, there is no question whatever and how ever he handled anything as president, X number of Americans would have responded with hate and venom toward him. They would have accused him of not being a “real American.” Certainly, that has been the main focus of Fox News. Their commentators continue to raise the issue of “patriotism” and his alleged hatred of the US Constitution.

However, there is no doubt in my mind, regardless of which Democrat became president in 2008, a similar response would have emerged. Republicans of the 21st century are filled with incredible anger and hatred toward anyone who suggests sane policies. They are convinced that terrorism is the main enemy of this country and Obama has failed to halt its spread. They also are convinced this nation depends for its economic survival on our top 5% of wealthy people. During my 84 years as an American I have never witnessed such a love of wealthy people and dislike of poor ones. Frankly, this is the confusion that drives me crazy. Why do so many Americans adore those who have rather than those who do not?

We are less racial and more stupid is the problem. I suspect when unions left the scene we lost an institution that provided education and realism to the average American worker. Today, they rely on things like Fox News.

Warehouse The Kids!

Members of the Republican party have finally identified the real threat from terrorists, and they are furious at refusal of President Obama to respond to a potential influx of thousands of militants who pose a real and present danger to our nation. No, these are not Muslim terrorists. No, these are not members of violent members of Boko Haram from Nigeria. No, they are not coming from eastern Ukraine with guns in hand. Thank God, we have Republican Congressman Michael McCaul who has identified the most important threat to our survival as a nation. So, who are the terrorists seeking to dwell within our midst while they employ their weapons of horror? If you go to our border with Mexico and gaze outward it is possible to see the advancing hordes descending upon our border. They are children fleeing beatings, rape and murder. And, now, according to the Republican party they intend to enter our hallowed grounds and commit horrors unknown to Americans. They intend to go to school, do their homework or work in our fields picking peaches and strawberries. Imagine the mayhem that will emanate from these actions?

Congressman McCaul has a plan. “I think we have to have a deterrence, and if we are to build facilities, we should build them in countries of origin in Central America.” He wants to construct warehouses for the children. Talk about a man who loves Jesus Christ. There is no doubt if Jesus was alive today he would be standing on the border line with gun in hand aiming at—? Who is the question?

Women Move Bishop In Chess Game Of Religion

I have often wondered how the history of this world would have progressed if a group of women were the ones who wrote a Bible that explained the origin of we humans? Alas, men wrote the Bible, and men decided how God thought. Of course, it was their assumption that God was a man, and there was some divine reason why a group of men wound up writing a Bible. The Church of England for the past twenty five years has been confronting pressures to allow women in the Church to possess equal powers to those enjoyed by men. Yesterday, the Church of England national assembly that is known as the General Synod voted on a motion regarding the status of women. The vote was 351 in favor of allowing women to become a Bishop with only 72 against the motion. Thus, the necessary two-thirds vote changed church regulations. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby welcomed the vote, although he acknowledged that all were not happy at the outcome. “As delighted as I am by the outcome, I am also mindful of those within the church for whom the result will be difficult and a cause for concern.”

Frankly, I have never figured out why this issue causes division. I assume if one is a member of the clergy getting people INTO the church is the issue, not keeping them outside. Does anyone really believe the Big Guy up in the sky gives a damn if He is speaking to a man or a woman??

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.

Marry When Old Enough?

Mehemet Gormez, head of the Turkish Religious Affairs Directive is very concerned about the issue of child marriages. Many mothers and fathers decide to marry off a daughter for financial reasons, for fear they will select their own groom or because they seek to please some male in search of a wife. Gormez challenges those of the Muslim faith who believe their religion urges them to marry off young girls. He denies there is any evidence that the Muslim religion sanctions such actions. “Those who attempt to find evidence of such mercilessiness in Islam are doing an injustice both to the religion and to the girl.” He insists it is “unacceptable” to connect the Prophet Muhammad to such behavior.

Gormez correctly insists that child marriage is a crime. But, then again, many countries in Africa and Asia also believe in child marriage. Just check with Boko Haram in Nigeria. In fact, they kidnap children and deliver them to some old fart who needs a young woman to do the dirty work of life.

On Sports Stars And Power

There is a new show going on at your local sports arena or stadium. It is the roving caravan of sport stars inquiring which team will pay them the most for their talents. Just imagine, in the major leagues these days, I baseball player who hits 210 winds up making five million dollars. Heck, that is more money than Babe Ruth earned in his entire athletic career! At this moment, King Lebron James is visiting his loyal subjects and will soon announce which team will be blessed with his presence in the coming year. Of course, if the team really is serious about securing the talents of this talented basketball player, they will have to give him twenty or twenty five million of their dollars. It must be wonderful to travel from one city to another, be given luxurious hotel rooms, wonderful meals, and the company of gorgeous females who ooh and ah at every word you speak to the huddled masses seeking your blessing.

I wonder if Pope Francis gets jealous at attention paid to these men who can jump high in the air, pass balls to the side without looking, and all it requires is about 48 minutes of work –three times a week! Of course, baseball players stand still in one spot or make a dash for a ball, and then insist they are “tired.” I doubt if the average American baseball player could make the five o’clock check out time in a steel plant. Lazy, arrogant heroes of the masses. Once there were giants in the land of sports, today pampered children demanding rewards that go beyond that received from our sport giants of the past who worked twenty years at their game.

Bombs Away Bombs Away Peace

There is no question that the history of negotiations between Israel and Arab leaders reveals a story of missed opportunities, incompetent Palestinian leadership, and roads that were never explored. Yasser Arafat in 2001 refused the Clinton plan which gave Palestinians about 95% of what they desired, he wanted, 100%! Such has been the past. But, today, there is another Palestinian leader, President Abbas, who seeks a genuine solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Yes, there is the presence of Hammas. We can assume Israel’s claim that Hammas had something to do with the death of 3 innocent Jewish children. The response of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bombings,words of hate and violence, will have consequences. Israel claims its bombings have destroyed missiles, weapon bases, militants, and, of course, a few dozen innocent Muslim children. A mosque has been hit, a center for disabled people has been hit, schools have been hit, all in retaliation for the death of 3 innocent children.

Death of a Jewish child is painful, so is death for a Muslim child, painful, as well as the child of an atheist or Christian. As I recall, there have been previous bombing campaigns with the promise that THIS time bad people will be killed, and there will be no more bombings or deaths of Israelis. Frankly, one has lost track as to how many bombing campaigns were launched that were the last bombing campaign. American colonists fought for seven years against the most powerful nation in the world, they lost 90% of the battles, but finally won the last one. Of course, the “end” only arrived when both sides sat down to negotiate peace. THAT is the only hope for peace in the Middle East. Netanyahu’s heroes are warriors. Perhaps, it is time to model another hero-Nelson Mandela who did not allow the deaths of innocent black South African children to get in the way of peace–even with those who had brutally killed the innocent!