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Pope Asks For World Time Out

The World Cup involves nations throughout the world in competition to determine which is in possession of the best soccer(sorry for the American name) team in the world. There is no doubt if your nation’s team wins the cup, it will result in jobs, free health care, new housing for the poor, and wonderful schools for children. Now, how did I ever connect the World Cup to these events? Perhaps, I am still in a state of shock that King Lebron James has decided to hold his court in the Cleveland Cavalier court. Anyway, millions are focused on the World Cup so along comes that man of peace, Pope Francis with an outrageous idea. He is asking all nations of the world, for one minute, yes, just one damn minute to cease and desist from killing someone. The Pope is asking “for a moment of silence around the July 17th match to remember those stricken by war and unrest.” In other words, just for a fucking moment, could you guys just put down your weapons of destruction and avoid killing for A MOMENT!

I can just hear leaders of violence bellowing that if they don’t kill at this very moment, then those who murder will get ahead in the race to see who can murder more people! What would it do to our national prestige if we fell behind in the murder race? Oh, my God, imagine coming up second in the murder cup!

Most probably if they halt for a moment, our leaders of Death will undoubtedly make certain the next moment is twice as violent!!

Secure The Border, Demands Perry!

I am currently engaged in writing the history of 1953 as it unfolded in the United States of America. In the course of this research, the topic of borders and immigrants continually crops up. Those immigrants coming from Mexico were referred to as, “wetbacks” and their numbers hovered around 800,000 a year. This would be the equivalent of about 3,000,000 in 2014 terms. However, there was an illegal immigrant influx from our northern border with Canada which was estimated to be about, 500,000– 1,500,000 in 2014 terms. The president was Dwight Eisenhower, a famous general from WWII. I have yet to encounter a single story which blames President Eisenhower for the immigrant situation. Not a single Democrat blamed the Republicans, not a single Democrat argued that President Eisenhower was refusing to carry out the law. Not a single Democrat called for impeachment. Frankly, I have yet to come across a single demand to send in the National Guard.

Fast forward to 2014 and a Democrat is President. According to Texas Governor Rick Perry, “five hundred miles south of the Rio Grande Valley there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding that has been created by bad public policy, in particular, failure to secure the border.” There is a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of children are fleeing from Central America in order to save their lives from rapists, gangsters and murderers. Perry met with President Obama, they shook hands. Obama insisted, “I indicated to him that what he said made sense”(placing the National Guard closer to the border.). Obama wants more aid to help children, but he also agrees on deporting immigrants. Perry blames Obama for failures of President Bush to do anything.

The only humanitarian crisis is that children are at risk. Rick Perry has no threats to his life. How about worrying about the children??

Voice Of Putin Muted

Vladimir Putin is –or shall we say, was– a great hero to those in eastern areas of Ukraine who did not wish to become part of the new nation if it was to be led by those seeking closer ties with the west. A separatist groups emerged in eastern Ukraine which proclaimed its independence, welcomed members of the Russian military–dressed in civilian clothes, that is, and warned the Ukraine government not to step foot in their beloved land. During the past few months, there have been numerous clashes, many won by rebels who were armed by the Russian government, but despite the rhetoric of independence, it is now clear that most eastern Ukrainians prefer taking their destiny with the west rather than the east. Ukraine troops finally battered their way into rebel strongholds and have now gained control of Slaviansk and Kramaforisk. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced: “The state flag of Ukraine is proudly waving over the city which militants thought was their impregnable fortress.”

A rebel leader, Denis Pushlin, expressed the feelings of many eastern militants. “What to say, nice words of Putin, about protecting Russians.” Rebels never understood that for Putin, the interests of his wealthy allies in Russia who were businessmen was always tops on his agenda. Sanctions hurt the wealthy, and when money is the subject, the hell with militants!!In the coming months separatists will soon learn that Putin wants to separate himself from them because to do so, hurts pocket books of wealthy Russians!

Rick Perry Exposes Ulterior Motive!

Governor Rick Perry of the great state of Texas has led that state for several years. During his term of office, former President George Bush was in charge of our southern border with Mexico. The facts are this: three times the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico have been deported back to Mexico by President Obama than were under President Bush. I do not recall any complaint from Governor Perry during the Bush years about failure of the president to take action against illegal immigrants. But, Rick wants the world to know that he has uncovered a secret plan by the Obama administration to flood our borders with illegals. Perry told Fox News, (who else) that Obama has a plan that entails secretly conveying to Central American children that the border awaits their arrival. “I have to believe that when you do not react in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive at work.” I assume he means, President Obama wants Central American children to arrive in the USA, somehow get a voter ID and then vote for Democrats in elections this fall. Why didn’t I think about this?

There is something ironic concerning the Republican insistence that Barack Obama is responsible for children seeking refuge in America,and delays in returning them to their homes in Central America. A law was passed during the administration of George Bush which PREVENTS the speedy return of children. The original intention of the law was to prevent trafficking in children by smugglers. In other words, President Obama can NOT quickly return the children because a REPUBLICAN CONGRESS passed such a law.

However, Governor Perry correct about President Obama. He is inept in his failure to convey the truth about his record on deportations to the American people. When will he learn how to communicate with Americans??

Sins Of Our Fathers Fall On The Innocent

There is scant doubt that Pope Francis inherited a mess that each day grows in size and complexity. Upon becoming Pope, he had to confront the issue of sexual abuse upon the part of priests. It was never his mess, but unless the new Pope reacted with firmness and fairness he risked alienating millions of Catholics who had never recovered from the continual non-stop reports of crimes against young people by priests. In, most probably, his strongest confrontation with the problem, Pope Francis was blunt, was honest, and promised action against those who had abused children as well as against those who knew, but pretended to be ignorant. The Pope stated in blunt terms: “before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and crimes of clerical abuse committed against you.” He went on to promise that the Church must “make reparation” to those who were abused.

Not only did Pope Francis take on priests who were guilty of abusing children, he also confronted members of the church hierarchy who remained silent. According to Pope Francis, “sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members as well as by abuse victims” must now be dealt if these horrible crimes are to be resolved. From now on, those who assume leadership positions must understand that failing to act makes one as guilty as those who acted without regard to human decency.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “No Peace Anywhere”

Is this good or bad news?

China, China Daily: “Wife Of World’s Tallest Man”

At least she has a husband that she can look up to.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Mayor Quits Race Over Dog Poop Incident”

Please keep such shitty stories off this blog.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Putin For Ukraine Cease Fire”

Ukrainians cease fire, that is.

UK,Guardian: “Inside Erotica Collection”

Watch out, don’t burn your hands!

Sweden, Local: “Builds Snow Man In June”

That will be a cold day in Hell before this happens.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “My Life As Pregnant Teen”

This is one heavy tale of woe.

“We Will Deport The Children”

I was a young boy living in America during the 1930s when children in Germany whose crime was to be Jewish were confronting the horror of hatred and violence. The United States of America,k basically, refused to allow thousands of Jews to escape death by coming to our nation as immigrants–this was the era of Depression. The American government even refused to allow children to enter our sacred shores. Fortunately, England did agree to accept hundreds of German Jewish children which enabled them to escape the Holocaust. There is no Holocaust in Central America, but the lives of children in Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador is filled with daily fear of beatings, rape or death at the hands of rival drug gangs that believe in the cult of death. Thousands of children from these lands have fled to the border of America in hope of asylum from the horror that awaits them at home. They have arrived in response to rumors that if they reach the US border, they will be allowed to enter and then sent to relatives in America.

Naturally, since the children do not have a million dollars, Republicans do not want them in THEIR country. Naturally, President Obama continues believing that if he is tough on the border, then Republicans will cooperate with him on immigration reform. To believe such nonsense is to believe the Tooth Fairy exists. US Secretary of State John Kerry told Central American leaders the children will not be allowed to enter. “We obviously understand people who want to do better and who look for a better life. But at the same time there are rules and laws, and there is a process, and there is false information that is being spread about benefits that might be available to the young people.”

Have we not learned anything from the Holocaust? How about allowing children with relatives in America who are willing to allow the children to live with them to enter? The fact that children would have a home and food and education without requiring federal dollars does not impact the survival of this nation. However, it does impact the survival of these children.

Hurrah, Hurrah, Nazi Heroes!

Anyone who has studied the history of the German army in eastern Europe and Russia is painfully aware that in many areas, Nazi soldiers were welcomed as heroes, and that many local folk joined in the murder of innocent Jews–their fellow countrymen and neighbors. Of course, during the war, Hitler’s troops murdered an estimated 25,000,000 Russians. Ironically, those who once welcomed German forces wound up getting killed by the people they regarded as their liberators from communism. I never cease to be amazed and bewildered encountering stories from Russia and eastern European countries about the rebirth of Nazism and glorification of Adolf Hitler. How do people wind up regarding as their hero the person who killed their ancestors??

The FIFA warned Russia about its displeasure at behavior of Russian fans who displayed Nazi symbols during a World Cup game. These days neo-Nazis in Europe display a Celtic cross which resembles the swastika. Russia already is under warning because its fans chanted racist words and songs during a match as part of the Euro 2016 games. Again, please explain how Russians in 2016 think Adolf Hitler who killed over 30,000,000 Russians is a good guy??

The Original Intention Of Our Founding Fathers

I have spent my life in the study of American history, and at one point even wrote a history of the United States of America. I have read the words of our Founding Fathers, James Madison or Alexander Hamilton or George Washington, and definitely what Thomas Jefferson wrote about religious freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution dealt with FREEDOM. Our Founding Fathers were concerned about Freedom of speech, of thought, and definitely of religion. I am not a legal scholar in any way,shape or form compared to the knowledge of Justice Scalia or Justice Roberts or any of the so-called Original Intention judges claiming to know what was in the minds of our Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, for this group of “legal scholars” it is quite clear they are not “scholars” when it comes to history nor when it comes to our Founding Fathers. The Hobby Lobby most probably has our Founding Fathers up in Heaven shaking their heads in confusion and bewilderment that any so-called, “scholar” would believe it was their intention that one’s religious views were more important than the views of our political leaders.

Most important for our Founding Fathers was: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. They wanted an end to government having links to churches and imposing a “government view” upon the inhabitants of America. They wanted a world in which all could pray as they desired, and that no religion could be linked to operations of the government. Jefferson once said he wanted his fight to separate church and state to be mentioned on his tomb stone. Allowing a corporation to insist their religious views allowed them to refuse to obey the government would have shocked Jefferson.

And, by the way, Justice Scalia, our Founding Fathers differed and argued throughout the Constitutional Convention, there was no ONE INTENTION. However, it is clear that all agreed on separation of church and state. It would be patriotic if Catholic Supreme Court Justices separated THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS from their role as judges who do not represent the Catholic Church on matters of legality. Their responsibility is to represent the views of Americans in 2014.

Drug Cartels In Mexico Vs People

I continue to be confused about drug wars in Mexico. One would assume the Mexican army when sent to confront drug cartels would be able to gain victory on the field of battle. However, the figures are quite clear as to who is winning which battle. Since 2007, about 85,000 Mexicans have been murdered by drug cartels who battle one another as well as torment the lives of innocent Mexicans. In the state of Michoacan self defense vigilante groups have emerged. They are tired of the kidnapping, the brutality, the extortion, and the murder that goes on and on. OK, one can blame we Americans for creating this mess due to our drug laws which only transform poor into wealthy Mexican gangs. They draw upon our desire for drugs in order to murder their fellow Mexicans as gangs battle one another for control of this or that drug territory.

How come a modern army possessing tanks, planes, armed helicopters and a navy is unable to defeat in combat drug gangs? I am confused. The only logical explanation is the ineptness of the Mexican “army.” The Mexican army cannot even sweep through a town with tanks and weapons in order to clean up a single area. How come? Perhaps, the vigilante groups are the only intelligent mechanism to defeat drug lords. Of course, if these vigilantes win, they most probably will transform themselves into a new drug gang and the story will repeat itself over and over again.

How about legalizing drugs in America, and allow the Federal government to supervise sale of drugs in government certified stores?