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Pope Takes On Godfather!

I am a child of the Bronx, New York City, a place in which all children were taught that on no condition should they get members of the Mafia angry with them because it would result in bad things happening. My pop paid the Mafia for their willingness to pick up his garbage at our butcher shop, and always threw in a few steaks to please the guys. Well, I guess this Pope Francis never got the message about not angering the Godfather. He came out with some nasty remarks about the Mafia. “Those who in their lives follow the path of evil, as mafioso do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.” Wait a second. How is it possible that the Godfather is not in communication with God. Heck, I am certain that God checks with the Godfather before doing anything. Why else do we have a Godfather?

According to this Pope guy, “The evil must be fought against, it must be punished and we must say no to it.” Not where I come from in the Bronx! OK, so they have an “adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.” But, then again, if we excommunicate the Mafia what do we do about the Koch brothers and their campaign of evil? I would be real impressed in the Pope excommunicated the entire Republican party leadership in Congress for their evil and contempt for the common good of Americans!

The Price Of “Christianity”

There is no doubt that during the 19th century European nations invaded and conquered huge areas of Africa. They claimed to be bringing the benefits of “civilization” to the benighted people of Africa. Along with the guns came prayer books and Christianity. Europeans wanted to make certain that Africans wore proper clothes, and thought in proper ways about God and their daily lives. Along with European ministers of faith, came American priests and ministers who wanted to make certain that an African thought just like the American next door to you. American ministers of God were particularly concerned about homosexuality and imposed on the African a fear, no, a hatred of those who were homosexuals. During the past thirty years American ministers have been providing money and hatred to Africans in in order to ensure that homosexuals do not get the right to even live.

Uganda has passed laws that make a homosexual act to be a crime. This “crime” can result in five to ten years in jail, but also can lead to a death sentence. It is now common in Uganda for newspapers to print the names of those deemed to be “homosexuals” in order to encourage vigilante attacks upon these men and women. The United States government has now made clear to Uganda leaders that such laws violate human rights. Military exercises with the Uganda armed forces have been cancelled, money for police training has been ended, funds for health clinics have been diverted to other nations, and Uganda leaders are now denied visas to the United States.

It would help human rights in Uganda if American religious leaders ceased their efforts to spread hatred of gays and lesbians.

Republicans Stand For Individual Rights

Anyone who reads material from the Republican party or who watches Fox News quickly understands that the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt believes strongly in the right of an individual to control her destiny–and certainly her body. Florida Governor Rick Scott just signed into law HB1047 which now makes it a crime for women to abort a fetus is a doctor believes the fetus can survive. The new bill replaces the existing law which prevents an abortion if the woman is 24 weeks into her pregnancy. I assume the new law places the decision as to whether or not an abortion occurs in the hands of your friendly doctor. Oh, the new law makes clear if the doctor provides the wrong answer to a pregnant woman and says the fetus can not survive, that doctor can wind up in jail!!

Republicans believe each person has a right to carry a weapon.
Republicans believe each businessman has the right to determine if a worker has health insurance.
Republicans believe each wealthy person has the right to spend and spend in order to get his candidate elected.
BUT Republicans do NOT believe each woman has a right to decide what is done to HER body!!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In a coffee shop one can speak with strangers.

Americans regard getting a parking space as a great triumph.

Elderly blond woman sits with purse in lap, waiting. For what?

Some sit with angry look on faces.

There are times in life to move on.

If person is waiting, and rises, arms placed around waist.

Some resign from life, some are resigned to death.

Mystery of Life: how would Christians react to an illegal immigrant from Palestine named Christ?

Death is an equal opportunity employer.

Love a gun, invite Death.

Lottery provides a daily failure.

Brilliant people usually are modest about self.

Some tear pages with care.

Some smile while eating. I do not.

After the end, we dwell in the valley or peace.

Some rub hands prior to eating.

Elderly wife in charge of placing sandwich before husband.

Some display serious look while working with laptop.

Where Are Religious Leaders?

Hardly a day goes by without some example of human brutality or damage to planet Earth. Children are kidnapped in Nigeria or kidnapped in Israel, thousands just got shot in Iraq, millions go without health care or enough food to eat, but it is rare for any member of any religion to speak out. The so-called “religious right” in America are concerned about two males marrying, but have absolutely no concern that over thirty million Americans lack access to health insurance. Hundreds of thousands of young people in this country struggle to pay off debts while Wall Street billionaires get free handouts from the government to pay off their debts Heard any comment from religious leaders about this inequity? Thousands of Hispanic “illegal immigrants” are stranded, but how many churches have opened their doors to care for children?

The silence of imams in the Middle East and Africa is bewildering to me. I, a Jew, speak out more often and with more violence in defense of Muslim rights than most Muslim clerics. Boko Haram is a group of crazy Muslims, but how many Muslim clerics denounce the murder of thousands of Muslims by these nut cases? Let me make clear, it is not only Muslim clerics, but Jewish and Christian and Buddhist who remain silent in the face of atrocities. Heck,in Myanmar the assault upon Muslims is being led by Buddhist monks!

Oh, a word about planet Earth which needs some assistance to remain as planet Earth. I assume if there is a God up there in the sky, He must be pissed off as to what is being done to HIS planet! Just remember, those of the clergy, you guys had a chance to speak out for this planet and blew it. I sure as heck hope the Earth God is not into revenge!!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some physically shrink, some mentally.

Right hand person places left hand in pocket when walking.

As we grow old, new words enter mind.

I enjoy peaceful silence of McDonald’s on Sunday afternoon.

Some men do have a sad face.

Sight of beauty, an elderly couple holding hands.

Irish politicians in my childhood made “Government” a personal experience.

All too often dreamers are more realistic than realists.

I live in past and future simultaneously.

To forget is to destroy the past.

Drive through despair with confidence.

Some fiddle with sleeve while talking.

Long time since I heard, “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun.”

Some right hand people hold tray with left hand.

Some teach children to hate, some to love.

Tea Party Pot Boils Over

There is good news in America, the evil Eric Cantor has fallen from grace, and been replaced by a real God fearing, 100%, blue blooded Christian by the name of David Brat. Finally, we will have men and women in Congress who will protect us from the terrorism of Catholics pouring across our borders in order to sweep our streets, pick up our garbage, cut out mean, and baby sit our children. Just imagine if we Americans had to do those tasks! Tea Party folk want to get someone in charge of Congress who will finally refuse to work with Barack Obama. Pet Sessions from the great state of Texas issued a warning to members of Congress. “I think this administration needs to be prodded and reminded that the entire sovereignty of the United States is at risk if we do not secure our border, north, south, east and west.”

I believe that under the administration of the dude from Africa TWICE AS MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN DEPORTED THAN WERE UNDER THE PRIOR PRESIDENT FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS! The pot has boiled over and Tea Party activists want to change leadership of the Republican party from the Boehners and Cantors who have devoted the past five years doing whatever Barack Obama desires. After all, this Congress has passed fewer laws than any prior in fifty years. That is what happens when Republican leaders become stooges of the president.

Albuquerque Shooting Grounds

The National Rifle Association insists that we Americans have the right to bring our weapons into municipal offices because the Second Amendment guarantees our right to do whatever we desire in order to protect our body from government actions. Protesters in Albuquerque entered the offices of Mayor Richard Berry in order to protest the killing of 25 people in their city by the police over the course of four years. Professor David Correia of the University of New Mexico was arrested for assaulting a police officer. New footage clearly proves he placed his arms in the air to ensure one and all knew that he was not intending bodily harm. Let us examine the criminal mistakes of this college professor:

1. At no point did he show police officers that he was armed.

2. At no point did he threaten action by the NRA against government officials.

3. At no point did he contact Fox News and asked dispatch of one of their blond haired beauties who could pose dumb questions to the police about violation of the 2nd Amendment.

4. At no point was anyone shot by demonstrators.

5. Imagine if this group came armed to the death with automatic weapons!

Jews Cannot Torture!

I admit to my prejudice when the topic of torturing people arises. At least ten of my relatives died during the Holocaust and I spent a good part of my life working on Holocaust education. I read diary accounts by Nazi doctors who participated in actions that led to the death of innocent people. Usually, the diary notes the need to take part in an “Aktion.” No Jew can support any activity by a member of the medical profession who partakes in actions that can result in torture of the innocent or their death. I understand there are those who have seen the TV show, 24, and believe only torture of the bad guys can save New York from destruction.

Dozens of Palestinians are being held in Israel jails on grounds of “administrative detention.” In simple English, this means the Israel government regards the person as a security risk. Over one hundred Palestinians have been held on this charge for months without any formal charge being leveled at them. The Israel government is fast-tracking a new law which allows force feeding. The Israel Medical Association,(IMA) issued a statement reading: “Force-feeding is torture, and we can’t have doctors participating in torture.”

A doctor who tortures a person is behaving like doctors in Nazi Germany. How can any Jewish doctor engage in such action? It insults every Holocaust survivor.

Never Forget D-Day

The speeches have been made. The dignitaries have gotten their pictures taken as though any of them had anything to do with the June 6, 1944 landings in Normandy. Hand over heart in remembrance is now compulsory for anyone who wants to pose as a “leader.” Unfortunately, not a single one of world “leaders” who was in Normandy a few days ago has the intelligence, the mental toughness, and the desire to work with other nations to ensure peace in the world. June 6, 1944 was a different time, a different place, and it certainly had different leaders. Imagine the United States of America, the Soviet Union, England, and French exiles working together for a common purpose–the end of tyranny in the world? Heck, President Obama can’t even gain cooperation of Republicans in Congress whose only dream is more money for the wealthy. In 1944, the top tax rate was 90%! And, thousands of wealthy businessmen came to Washington to work as “Dollar a Year” men whose love of nation far surpassed their love of money.

Sorry, Congressman Boehner, but the 90% WWII tax rate never got below 70% until the 1980s and WE HAD PROSPERITY! Believe it or not, but the wealthy paid and paid, but the jobs kept on getting created. D-Day was another time and place when we were ALL AMERICANS. Just remember, those who fought received the G.I.Bill of Rights which guaranteed free education plus money to live on. And, PROSPERITY grew!