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Oh Them Wetbacks, Watch Out!

The Justice Department is investigating the manner in which police connected to the department of public safety appear to regard the only safe thing to do is to blast away when confronted with a homeless dude. The police in Albuquerque believe any illegal immigrant is automatically deranged and ready to obliterate the nearest cop. The report cites examples of: “patterns of excessive force”or firing away at those who “posed a minimal threat” or those who were mentally disabled. Of course, in defense of the police, who would present the greater threat: the man who cleans floors in your office at 10:00 p.m or the stockbroker who takes your money and invests it in a new company? By now, we all have seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” which proves conclusively if you want to protect your money, give it to a beggar rather than a stock broker.

Illegal immigrants pose scant danger to anyone. The danger to all lurks in your computer or in your bank account which is given over to wealthy men who gamble away what you have so when the wetback illegal immigrant attempts to rob you, there is no money to hand over!

Headlines From World Press

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Court Reaches Riot Sentence”

In Putin Land, that means– off to Siberia!

USA, aol: “Collect Dead Students’ Debts”

Can they pay monthly?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Lion Makes It Home”

Would you like to be around those gun nuts in Texas?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Cyclist Hits Truck”

Truck is doing well at last reports.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Oscar Pistorious To Take Stand”

On his knees, I assume.

UK, Guardian: “Stuck In Traffic”

Some stuck in traffic, some stuck in poverty, take your choice.

France, Connexion: “President’s Love Nest”

Which one are you referring to?

Capabilities And Intentions

The essence of American foreign policy, and those of most nations is that the capabilities of an enemy must be carefully studied and considered in developing a foreign policy toward them. Years ago, the great foreign policy theorist, Hans Morgenthau warned that in creating foreign policy one must always examine your policy through the lens of your opponents. For example, America is very concerned that Iran must allow UN inspectors to examine their nuclear facilities. America is very concerned that a nation in the Middle East will gain DOES possess atomic bombs–its name is Israel. Our leaders assume that if Iran gained possession of an atomic bomb its intention would be to use it while Israel is committed to only employing atomic bombs if it is threatened with annihilation.

We assume evil intentions to those we dislike. Saddam Hussein did have a few missiles, none capable of going more than a few hundred miles, but President Bush was convinced those missiles somehow threatened the security of the USA. Of course, we possessed much more dangerous missiles, but he believed these would never be used against an innocent nation. Guess what happened?

Another White Student Killer

The perennial cry of American conservatives, and quite a few liberals is about violence in urban schools. These groups insist that urban schools are filled with violent children and therefore we must enact zero tolerance to save these children from their peers. REALITY CHECK: During the twentieth century there has not been a single mass shooting of children in an urban school! Yesterday, another act of violence in a high school. The incident occurred in Murrysville High School outside of Pittsburgh. A boy went crazy and used a knife in order to stab about twenty students until subdued by a security guard and an assistant principal.

The violent person fit the description of a school killer:

1. White
2. Middle Class
3. Occurred in a suburban school.

As a teacher in an urban high school once observed to me: “When the children walk through that door they are safe for a few hours, when they leave, then death awaits them.”

IDIOTS OF THE YEAR!

Every so often one encounters a story about people that makes one wonder why Noah ever started the entire thing again about human evolution. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman decided to take their sailing ship on a voyage around the world. Sounds OK for a couple with nothing else to do. Oh, they have a one year old and a three year old who are nice sweet young girls, but unfortunately lack any ability or strength to be of any use on such a voyage. As I recall, my three young daughters at that age required a few visits to the doctor. Oh, I forgot, Eric and Charlotte are not only qualified sailors but also possess extensive medical skills.

It required the US Navy, planes, sailors jumping into the water to swim to the boat and a few million dollars worth of money to save their young daughter from an illness. Oh, the response of these two schmucks, “We were then and remain confident that when are prepared as any crew will.” Really! Arrogant, stupid, ignorant as any crew will be is more like it!

Putin Threatens And Roars

Vladimir Putin believes that he is sitting on top of the world. His popularity rate is nearly 80%, not a Russian opposition person dares to challenge his authority and people in the world fear that Vladimir will do something stupid. He enjoys possessing the fear of others which to him means that Vladimir calls the shots and he always has the ability to move from calling a shot to actually blasting away. Russian troops are on the border of Ukraine, Russian supporters inside the Ukraine are seizing buildings and urging Russian troops to cross the border and come to their rescue. So, what is his charge against Western foes? Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov warned the world that “Russia has taken notice of the plans by certain members of the alliance(NATO) to deploy large military contingents on territories close to our border.”

Of course, this is nonsense, but creating uncertainty, instilling fear is what Vladimir so enjoys. To be feared is his goal, not to be respected or admired. He definitely has achieved that goal. The only remaining question is whether he is foolish enough to send Russian troops across the border into the Ukraine would mark the end of Russia as a prosperous nation. Why? Because, in the end, it is economics, not military that determines the future.

Brandeis Reacts In Fear

Ayaan Hirsi is a critic of the Muslim religion and has fought against Islamic fundamentalists in Africa,the Netherlands and around the world. She is definitely not a person who is loved by those of the Muslim faith. Her experiences in Somalia and in her childhood caused deep feelings of anger against those who insist on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Muslim religion. She deeply resents male domination of women by fundamentalists, she resents genital cutting by these members of the Muslim faith. She has been blunt and makes clear that in her view, the Muslim is a “violent and nihilistic cult.” These are not pretty sounding words to make about a religion,and there is no question she utters generalities. A generality results in the innocent as well as the guilty being branded by words.

For some reason, those in charge of Brandeis were not aware of that Ms. Hirsi was all about. They had invited her to accept an honorary degree but when a letter arrived from the Council on American Islam Relations, bells sounded in the administration office. Just remember, College academic leaders always place money before other objectives. “We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. We regret that we were not aware of these statements.” Huh? She has been talking this way for over a decade. What, in the first place, led you to invite her?

Another Day In Pakistan, A Few More Deaths

One reaches a point in discussing issues within Pakistan or its neighbors when there arrives a moment of wonder as to how did this nation ever reach this state of insanity? The people of Pakistan contain within its midst wonderful, intelligent and caring humans, but somehow the process of creating a nation resulted in so many unresolved issues that just getting through a day in that country without some bomb killing people is a wonder to behold. A fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad was filled with people doing their shopping when suddenly the place was torn apart by bombs exploding and killing. Afzai Khan put it this way: People were dying. People were crying. People were running. People were torn apart.Body parts were everywhere.”

Yesterday, the Pakistani Taliban were able to deny any connection. A “not us” statement emerged from their leaders. It turns out the bombers were from a Baluch separatist group that wanted to make a statement. Exactly, what is the statement remains unknown to me –or anyone else.

My question: will religious leaders emerge and go among their people insisting upon respect for fellow Muslims?

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

Some must lean elbow on something hard while listening.

Man introduces self, a Gulf War veteran, we chat about the military.

If you take the low road, it always leads you down.

I await the winds of change.

These days we ignore those who fought our wars.

Feel sense of security when cops are in the coffee shop.

I wonder how we would live without money.

Some cannot gaze beyond the end of their nose.

To change behavior requires changing minds.

People discuss their lives, but not the life of America.

America is trapped in infantile paralysis.

Americans are “against,” but have no idea what they are for.

Anger and hatred paralyze a mind.

To believe one must have trust in another.

I no longer see soldiers in my daily life.

Why did my ancestors leave the warmth of Africa?

US Senate Nuts Act Like Nuts

There are times when it is quite clear our Founding Fathers had a different interpretation as to what a Senate could be in reality. They envisioned a group of elderly white men who pondered great questions based on reading and thinking and discussing important issues. Alas, we are in 2014, and those who serve in the US Senate regard the almighty buck as the only almighty thought in their head. Our Senators seek money from right wing Jewish zealots in America who have gobs of money, and whose idea of fairness and diplomacy has nothing to do with the majority of American Jews. So, the US Senate wants legislation that prevents Iran from sending its choice as Ambassador to the United Nations because it is claimed that in 1979 he was involved in the Tehran Embassy crisis!

After World War II, we forgave the Germans even though they had murdered 30 million people. We forgive Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and George Bush although their actions led to the death of thousands of Americans. But, Hamid Aboutalebi, former Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Italy, cannot be forgiven for NOT killing any Americans!