Category Archives: Politics

Drone Always Gets Its Target

For some reason, a cop who is standing about ten feet from some man without a gun can not fire his weapon and hit a leg or arm, he has to blast away at the heart. So, it is good news that a drone up in the sky can not only spot a person in a house and deliver a blast that tears apart the house without damaging the silverware or even slightly wounding another person. According to our experts, there are few times when a drone hits an innocent person. Over the weekend in Pakistan an American drone fired away and killed 31 militants. NO, it did not kill “some,” it killed exactly 31 militants. If you doubt this accuracy, just ask the drone. You see, the drone can see all very clearly, and just by gazing at a face it knows which of these Muslim dudes is the extremist one who has a date with death today. So, who am I to doubt that exactly 31 “militants” died in this raid.

I assume when these “accurate” attacks take place there is no innocent person sleeping in the corner of the room. Nor, when the bomb blasts the room, it does not disturb the baby sleeping in a crib just a room away. Every independent study of drone attacks has uncovered evidence that HUNDREDS of innocent people have been killed by drone attacks. Perhaps, if drones are so accurate they can be placed in charge of training police how to hit an arm or leg rather than a heart?

Guess Who Is Running For President?

The new year isa certainly bringing good tidings for what will await the American people in the coming months. Just when we thought that rotund Chris Christie would be the only slab of blubber in the list of men or women seeking the high office of the land, our favorite mouth of stupidity is going to take the plunge and get his feet in the race that will run for another two years. Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee who has spent the past few years commentating for fox News wants the world to know that he is ready to give it a shot, and when we say, “shot,” is has no relationship to his love of guns. The only bad news is that Mike wants to make clear, “I’m not going to make a decision about running until late this year.”

Of course, if he does run, his job mouthing Fox News views will have to cease. There is something about “ethics” that prevents someone who comments on TV to also run for public office. He wants potential donors to know that he surely appreciates their dough, but he is frightened that sponsors do not like someone talking about their product to also be talking about politics. I believe we need Mike, at least he is openly funny and ignorant.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “Sex At 72″

Just try it at 84!

Russia, Moscow Times: “No Leadership Short Cuts”

When one had Vladimir Putin, one does not need any other leader.

USA, NY Post: “Bad Brakes Caused Accident”

Just another bad break.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Want Circumcision Banned”

Ouch!

Sweden, Local: “Opera Bans Veiled Women”

I guess no more operas dealing with Arabian nights.

So, What With Nigeria?

I am old enough to remember the time when except for Liberia and Ethiopia all areas of Africa below the Sahara were under the control of European colonial powers. There were young African men and women who argued for the end of colonialism and restoration of traditional African ways of life and government. They insisted that all ills currently faced by people in Africa stemmed from the evils of colonialism. Just turn over power to Africans and those evils would disappear. Today, not an African nation is ruled by a colonial power. Unfortunately, the dream has not been transformed into a world of peace and prosperity. Nigeria is the most populous nation on the African continent. It has enormous deposits of oil, which if employed to develop the economy would produce an era of prosperity. However, Nigeria is ruled by a group of kleptomaniacs who used the wealth for their own selfish purposes. Imagine a nation of millions being pushed around by a few thousand members of Boko Haram?

The so-called army of Nigeria is composed of soldiers whose pay is stolen by their officers. These “soldiers” lack something called, military equipment. They have constantly rebelled because they are sent into battle against Boko Haram without proper military equipment. It is time for the people of Nigeria to demand an end to the “colonial rule” of its upper classes whose only goal is making money.

Should Men Be Moms?

There is a health minister in Turkey who is convinced that only women should mother a child. He made clear to all those in Turkey that men should stay away from babies and behave like men. According to Mehmet Muezzingoglu “motherhood is not a career which everyone can have. It is not a career men can have. It is a career which is never disputable sand is sacred.” Turkish writer, Eli Safaki who has a career as a writer as well as feeling able to be a mom responded: “motherhood is not a career. Turkish women should decide their own paths of life.” Of course, at this very moment all over America and many nations in the world, husbands and wives are sharing the job of raising children while they also hold down jobs.

I raised two children from the ages of one and two all by myself while I held down a job teaching in a college. I do understand how women often asked me: “do you also do the cooking and wash their clothes?” Unfortunately, I could not afford a cook or butler, so it fell to me to handle these tasks in life. Men can do any job connected with raising children except that one that involves a breast.

Idaho Seeks To Protect Marriage

Governor “Butch” Otter of the great state of Idaho is determined to protect the citizens of this state agains the horde of Gays and Lesbians seeking to enter this domain and pollute the minds of its inhabitants with weird ideas about who can or should be allowed to marry. I do understand that in Idaho a potato is not allowed to marry with another potato. I do understand that in the state of Idaho dogs who wish to do “it,” must be of different sexes. Anyway, Butch and his Attorney General want the Supreme Court to respond to the question: “whether the federal constitution prohibits a stare from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.” How about answering the following questions?

1. Did the Founding Fathers believe that a white person had the right to keep a black skinned person as a slave?

2. Did they believe that only males could vote?

3. Did they believe that Jews and Catholic could vote? (many states in the 1790s did not allow these people to vote)

And, so on and so on. How about accepting that time changes our views on what is or not legal? Our Founding Fathers did not know about automobiles and speed limits, therefore?

No News In Israel

If there is one certainty in the year, 2015, it is that Israel leaders and Palestinian leaders will not be meeting in order to finally resolve issues pertaining to the creation of a lasting peace in this region of the Middle East. The enduring word that depicts this conflict is: FRUSTRATION. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to approach the upcoming election in Israel as the Macho Man who does not budge an inch in defending the rights of Israeli settlers to take over land they believe was given to them by GOD. Now, how can one argue against the old man up in the sky? He definitely told the people of the old book, they could take any and all land they desired. Of course, it is clear that God has no interest in the people of Palestine.

President Abbas who heads the Palestine Authority is also -FRUSTRATED. So, he has decided to go to the International Criminal Court seeking their power to protect the rights of Palestinians. Naturally, any sane person knows such action is a vivid example of—TERRORISM! Imagine, going to a court of law and having it decide-whether or not Israel can take over land that belongs to the people of Palestine. What next, a discussion in the United Nations? These are direct examples of TERRORISM! God bless Bibi Netanyahu for refusing to allow TERRORISTS to impose their will upon the Middle East.

Jeb Seeks The Bush Of Power

I am certain that in 2008 when George Bush left the oval office, the vast majority of Americans, Republican and Democrat, assumed this was the end of the Bush era. We breathed a sigh of relief that George and his war would become events of the past, and it was time to enter a new era. The very thought of four more years of Bush as President was not in the minds of the American people. Well, eight years have passed, John McCain and Mitt Romney took their shot at becoming president and never hit the bull’s eye. We were left with the black dude from Africa who had some interesting ideas, but lacked any grasp of how to perform as a beloved leader of the nation. So, guess who is now on the political horizon? JEB BUSH! His mother originally opposed her son seeking the prize that had been won by dad and brother, but she has now come around to the prospect of another boy in the white House.

Jeb has resigned from all those Boards of Director positions that provide one with gobs of money without having anything to do but collect the dough. Jeb is now ready to present himself as “just another American guy” who only seeks to help his fellow Americans. OK, so he has a few bucks, OK, so he spends his time with billionaires, at heart, he is simply, Jeb, the guy you would have a beer with at the pub. I await with glee Ted Cruz and the Tea Party taking aim at this ordinary man.

Should Death Be Not Proud?

The Boston area is now the scene of an upcoming trial which will test the ideas of life or death. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits in a solitary cell where he has the entire day and night alone with his thoughts about his heinous behavior a little over a year ago when he and his brother set off bombs during the Boston Marathon that led to the deaths of three people, resulted in the loss of legs for sixteen people and left another 260 wounded. I have no idea as to what this young man thinks about each day and night. I have no idea as to whether he is confused, angry, frightened, or lives in sorrow and regret. I doubt if in his wildest dreams he ever thought the destruction he wrought would ever occur. However, the reality is that death was his companion on that eventful day. His brother in crime is dead, his family is frightened and some of his friends who thought they were loyal now reside in jail.

His attorney, Judy Clarke is raising an important legal question. Can this trial take place in Boston before an impartial jury of 12 people? Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States of America who opposes the death penalty is urging that it be the aim of this trial. There is not a doubt in the world that Guilty will be the verdict of this trial. Ms. Clarke raises an issue that fair minded people must consider. Should the trial be shifted to a new venue?

Hysteria In America

Since the infamous 9/11 bombings, this nation has enjoyed a decade of hysteria about alleged threats and worries regarding some sort of terrorist attack. Since the past summer when people began to protest about the murder in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent murders of people like Eric Garner in New York, the silly season is in high tension. Some nut case who goes by the name of Jason Valentine, has been sending tweets regarding his ideas to handle police in the St. Louis area. He mentioned his intention of “frightening 10 or more people,” and promised that on New Year’s eve it would become a “kill a pig night.” He also claimed that some sort of explosion would occur in a St. Louis municipal building. His threats have resulted in charges against him for potential terrorist attacks agains the police. As far as anybody knows, none of these events ever took place beyond being posted as a tweet.

It is time to restore common sense in this nation. Tweeting is NOT akin to shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. Just about every day Republicans tweet about their desire to end health care for millions which if carried out would result in the death of thousands, but no grand jury investigates these tweets. As Franklin D. Roosevelt told the American people decades ago, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Period!