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Death Takes No Holiday In Gaza

Once the hounds of war are unleashed, they gain increased momentum as they run faster and faster. Today, we Americans forget how so many yelled with joy when President George Bush stood before a banner proclaiming, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Set in motion armies or guerrilla forces and each step along their path to killing results in more and more dead. Once the taste of blood is on their lips, a bit more blood is of no importance. A few weeks ago, there was a hesitant quiet along the Gaza and Israel border. Friday, marks the beginning of World War I a hundred years ago. Not a single person in the world on July 1, 1914 thought there would be a major war. A month later, misunderstandings, pride, foolishness had enveloped European leaders and they set in motion the slaughter of twenty million in a conflict no nation desired on July 31, 1914. However, the day war began streets in Berlin or Paris of Moscow or London were filled with joyous crowds chanting the song of war. This same process is now occurring in Gaza. Both sides are trapped in their promises to defeat the other, both sides have made promises of victory, both sides have gone too far down the road of war to believe it possible of returning from whence they began.

Hamas insists there can be no end unless Israel and Egypt lift the blockade. Why do they desire the lifting of this blockade? They need more concrete to build more tunnels through which they can get more weapons of destruction. Their policy of firing missiles was a show, not an act of military need. So, which Hamas leader is now prepared to admit making mistakes in strategy? On the other side is Israel. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) began an attack to wipe out missiles, stumbled into a maze of tunnels, and decided destroying tunnels was key to their decision to invade. The IDF was perfectly aware that Hamas encouraged civilians to gather close to those firing so the decision was made to blast away. It has now reached the point of blasting away. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon told the world: “The precise location of the Jabalia Girls Elementary School and the fact that it was hosting thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israel army 17 times to ensure its protection!”

However, once operating on the assumption that Hamas is always hiding within a crowd of civilians it becomes difficult to believe any crowd of civilians does NOT include Hamas fighters. So, the IDF races into battle to kill the enemy. At this point neither the IDF nor Hamas is clear as to who is the enemy!

Impeachment Redeux?

Throughout the history of the United States of America only two presidents confronted the prospect of being impeached–Andrew Johnson in the 1860s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In each case, the honor of introducing impeachment charges fell to the Republican party. Richard Nixon in the 1970s certainly engaged in actions that bordered on the illegal. Although, there was discussion among Democrats about impeachment, these charges were never filed. In other word, the party of Impeachment is the Republican party. An estimated 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives are hot to engage in an impeachment war with President Barack Obama. Among the issues for this group is the fact that Obama has issued Executive Orders because he has been unable to persuade this group to pass any laws that are needed in this nation. Heck, our Infrastructure Fund to build roads and bridges is nearly empty, and Republicans insist that no money can be spent on such worthless things such as roads or dams or bridges. At this juncture in history, the United States, which once led the world in infrastructure innovation, is now among the least able to do anything.

The issue of Executive Orders is rather interesting. At this moment, the following presidents issued at least twice as many Executive Orders as has Obama–Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln. For some reason, neither of these men was confronted with the prospect of being impeached. I wonder why?

We Can Go It Alone!!

Once again, Vladimir Putin is showing the world that he is not a dude who will bend to the reality of our world. He inhabits his own world. In Mother Russia, HE is the decider. Oh, there is a legislature, there are some judges, but Vladimir Putin is THE DECIDER. It is rather difficult after years of doing whatever he desires, ordering people around, and enjoying Absolute control of all means of communication for this man to accept the reality there are other forces in this world which also can impact Mother Russia. In face of new European and American sanctions, THE MAN insists that no one can tell him what to do. His response to sanctions is issuing a warning that Russia does not need any outside relations and can go it alone within its own economy. Of course, as of this moment in time, few Americans or Europeans purchase any Russian technology. When was the last time anyone purchased a Russian made phone or TV or cell phone? At least 90% of Russia’s defense industry depends upon Western technology in order to do anything. Naturally, the toadies who inhabit Russia’s parliament are 1000% behind the Boss. MP Alexei Pushko warned America: “Obama will go down in history… as the US President who started a new Cold War.”

The coming months will not be easy. Reality is that Putin does not face any pressure from anyone within Russia to alter his way of handling foreign affairs. Heck, he does what he desires within Russia which means life today in that land is not that far different from the good old days of Communism when expressing a view point could land one in prison or a gulag out in Siberia. In one sense, time has stood still in Russia. Its people are closer to the Communist era when issues of freedom are confronted. No one knows what The Boss will do. That, is also Reality!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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Another Pakistan Riot, More Dead People

Among the ideas that I have learned during my 83 years on this planet is that each and every religion, at some point, is ready to kill in the name of their founder, who undoubtedly urged the end of murder. I guess it was the weekend and folks in Gujranwala, Pakistan had nothing else to do after spending their time in prayer, so they decided to engage in a riot. Frankly, at this point in time, folks in Pakistan will riot over anything. Heck, a teen girl allowed her knee to show, let’s have a riot. A boy and a girl fall in love, but, alas, they belong to the wrong clans, let’s riot and kill them. Someone on Facebook posted the picture of the Kaaba, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, but along with this picture there were photos of nude folk. Naturally, this requires a riot.

The grandmother and her two granddaughters were members of the minority Ahmadi sect. If you want to live in Pakistan, please do not belong to any minority sect. To belong to the wrong sect means you desire to reach Heaven right now. Ghulam Ahmed, who lived in the 20th century preached for the equal distribution of wealth, and opposed interests of the wealthy.

I have an unconfirmed report that Tea Party gun men are flying to Pakistan to fight for the rights of those with wealth,k after all, they are the job creators!

$9.95 A Month Of Truth!

I was recently chatting with Sarah Palin, who remains my main guide to the modern world, when Sarah informed me of her growing concern that Americans lack an ongoing voice who speaks the truth. She said, that one night she had an epiphany while gazing out her window at the Siberian steppes. What would happen if each and every American, every week could chat with her? Her greatest concern is that people are “tired os the media filter. So, we’re(the “we’re” means, Sarah) gonna do something about it.” And, when Sarah Palin decides to do “something about it,” we can only warn all bears and deer–and Humans to head for shelter! This is one tough mama speaking!

So, now listen carefully to her offer. For only $9.95 a month-or a yearly figure of, $99.95, this is what you will get. “We’ll talk about the issues that the main media won’t talk about.” Please remember that Sarah is America’s leading expert on the bear and deer perspective of life. She will not only wrestle a bear but bear down on evil doers in this society. Finally, we Americans can get THE TRUTH!

Ok, Ok so maybe Sarah is a bit confused about where the nation of Afghanistan is located. Big deal. But, it would be a big boost for America is we got the Palin perspective on Afghanistan–she will throw in Pakistan for no additional charge.

I gather that Sarah is even willing to, not only chat with drug lords on the border with Mexico, but she will also challenge them to a shoot out at the OK Corral!!

God Bless you Sarah, now to my bank in order to get that $99.95. By the way, Sarah, what is the $.95 for?

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Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

ABC Of Republican End Of Poverty Program

I do understand there are those who believe in some liberal authoritarian idea that providing high paying jobs to workers might result in the end of poverty. In 1965, the average member of the United Automobile Workers(UAW) earned the equivalent of about $70 an hour in 2014 terms. No, automobile workers did NOT need Food Stamps. They earned the equivalent of about $100,000 today and thus could purchase a home, send their kids through college, and enjoy a decent middle class life. I was so over joyed to read that Congressman Paul Ryan understands how we can return to those good old days of middle class life.

Paul Ryan explained the ABc of current poverty.

1. “We basically have a poverty management system from the Federal government, a safety net program that is not getting people out of poverty.

2. “Poverty is a complicated program that needs to be customized.”

3. The solution to ending poverty is to turn poor people over to “trained state benefits officers” who will teach them how to take the “path up” out of poverty.

In other words, if one seeks to end poverty that individual can secure an upward bound program at McDonald’s that pays $7.25 an hour. In other words, this individual could earn $1200 a month, and almost $14,000 a year. Wow! I hate to inform Paul but that is BELOW the level that is identified as being “poor.” Gee, Paul, how about living for a year on $14,000 a year?

Or, we could return to the days when business leaders believed if they paid good wages to workers, then they, in effect, were creating consumers who would purchase their goods.

“Where Shall We Go?”

For a moment, for twelve hours, the guns of Gaza are silent. For a moment, another body will not be killed. For a few moments, children can sleep without the sounds of explosions and fear in their hearts. Yes, for a moment, the madness which constantly envelops the Middle East has ceased. For a moment, people can stumble through streets strewn with rubble, with body parts, and find a UN site that distributed food. Unfortunately, even the UN could not offer safety to sleep since the guns of July must sound in anger and hate. This all began with the death of three innocent Jewish boys who were brutally murdered by someone or some men determined to gain revenge by killing the innocent. Sorry, but that is the ongoing story of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, those in power shout while ordinary people suffer.

Israel Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon best summed up the crazy behavior which so dominates this area of the world. “At the end of the operation, Hamas will have to think very hard if it is wise to taunt us in the future.” Taunt us? Sorry, Mr. Yaalon, that is a comment I would expect from a twelve year old, not an important government official. Even as he spoke, Hamas was matching his childishness with boasts they will never give in until THEIR DEMANDS are accepted! Sorry, you did not “win” this war. No one has won anything. There are only losers in this conflict. Over 880 Gazans, and about 37 Israelis.

As always, the innocent die.

Downtown Abbey On West Side Manhattan

I am a native of New York City or to be exact, person born and bred in the great borough of the Bronx. My parents left Manhattan for the more open land of the Bronx which in the 1930s still contained plenty of open space and low cost housing. In my childhood, there were apartment buildings in Manhattan which had a Doorman. He checked to see if you could even stand on the sidewalk outside the citadel which had been constructed for the wealthy or our fair land. In Bronx apartment buildings which were five stories in height, few had an elevator, and one walked up and down. So, much to my surprise, the old ways have not disappeared. Developers of a new 33 floor apartment building were given a tax break if they set aside some apartments for “poor people.” Since money was at stake, developers agreed to allow 55 people who are classified as “poor” to inhabit this building.

Oh, the “poor” are people who earn less than $55,000 a year so rest assured no one on Food Stamps will be in this building. Good news for the poor folk, they will have their OWN ENTRANCE! Thank God wealthy folk will not have to ride in an elevator with one of “those people!” Imagine, being in physical contact with someone who only earns $50,000! Well, I can sleep tight today knowing that our job creators will not be forced to share an elevator with the people who got one of their jobs!