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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!

D-Day Anniversary-America Once Great

It is the 70th anniversary of the day when British, Canadian, French, American troops landed on the beaches of France as part of the plan by which the Soviet Union and its allies would end the regime of Adolf Hitler. In the morning as dawn broke, German soldiers awoke to see 5,000 ships staring at them while cannons boomed and troops headed for the beaches of Normandy. It was an Allied effort, actually Americans constituted only 45% of those who landed. The British and Americans devised an incredibly complex plan which worked out, and within a day 150,000 men were on the beaches fighting for their lives. About 20,000 American and British paratroopers landed behind the lines and engaged German troops. So, what was unique about this day?

1. American leaders actually had a war plan that worked.
2. American leaders actually worked in a cooperative manner with allies.
3. The plan required pin point military decisions that actually worked.
4. American troops knew why there were landing on a distant beach, and who was the enemy.
5. There was close cooperation between the air force and ground troops.
6. The entire American nation was behind the effort.
7. Believe it or not but the top tax rate was 90% on the wealthy.
8. Wealthy people were willing to give their riches for the country’s need.
9. Believe it or not but high tax rates only led to more job creation.
10. We all were proud to be Americans.

That was then, today is now.

Horror Of Abandoned Irish Women

I am old enough to recall a time when teenage girls who became pregnant were treated as though the had come into possession of the plague. They were shunned and treated as though possessed with a virus that if allowed to emerge into the air would infect thousands. In my Bronx neighborhood, we referred to a pregnant girl as “going to Chicago” which meant, simply, going to get an abortion. In Ireland, the construction of some new houses has resulted in discovery of murder grounds. Between the 1920s and 1940s the Bon Tecours nuns ran a home for unmarried women who had become pregnant. They delivered the baby in the village of Tuam, then left the baby with the nuns. Villagers recall emaciated young children who were here today and gone tomorrow. Unfortunately, being “gone” did not mean being adopted. They were gone, forever.

House builders uncovered a huge septic tank that contains at least 800 bodies of young children. One elderly villager recalled they called these “illegitimate” children by the name of “Home Babies.” The “Home Baby” was shunned by other children and beaten by nuns. We now know, they were starved or beat to death.

The horror is how could nuns behave in this manner? I am baffled. Perhaps, Pope Francis will visit this site and pray for the souls of these unfortunate children. There are simply no words to describe such behavior to children.

You Have Freedom To Think As I Do

I recently encountered the ideas of a Turkish professor who is a devout Muslim and it became clear that his ideas are not only found among conservative fundamentalist Muslims, but represent the thinking of many Christians and Jews. Professor Hayrettin Karaman argues that modern secularism “does not have aspects which are in harmony with or parallel to Islam. He does agree with the concept of freedom of religion, but in his interpretation of this concept that means everyone has the right to freedom of thinking providing it directs the individual to believe in Islam. He does have ideas concerning the idea of pluralism. At the “bottom of pluralism lies the relativity of right and wrong, good and bad. “This goes against the essence of Islam.”

Ironically, the same manner of thinking is found among many Orthodox Jews or Christians. Heck, in America, we have Republicans who believe seeking to raise taxes one percent will result in the decline of America and simply punish our beloved job creators who will cease to job create. Those who posses the “truth” know there is only ONE TRUTH and that is what they believe. When it comes to this approach to thinking, one discovers such thinkers in ANY religion!