Category Archives: Christianity

Forever And A Day-Obamacare

Republican leaders reacted violently to President Obama’s comment that it was “time to move on” to some other topics in America, perhaps our crumbling infrastructure or our need to re-educate workers for 21st century jobs or a few issues in the Ukraine or the Middle East. House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy violently disagrees with such ideas because, “Republicans can not nor will not accept the law.” I imagine that in 2040 the main issue for the Republican party will be getting rid of “that law.” At this moment in time, America ranks about 25th in life expectancy because we have this fantastic free enterprise system of health care that has left fifty million with the Emergency Room doctor as their doctor of record.

In a sense Republican refusal to address the health needs of Americans is simply a symbolic example of their refusal to confront any issue other than the nonstop-We cannot reduce taxes because the job creators will …. they never do explain what the job creators will do if taxes are raised. Go to Russia with their money?

Latest figure is that EIGHT MILLION HAVE SIGNED UP. I expect that within the coming months Death Panels will be formed to begin the process of getting rid of excess folk in order to lower health care costs. Oh well, 2040, and we will still be fighting the battle of health care.

People’s Republic Of Donetsk

Two days ago leaders from the United States, Europe and Russia met to discuss a process that will de-escalate the potential for violence in the Ukraine. Masked men, many wearing Russian uniforms have taken possession of buildings in eastern Ukraine and proclaimed the birth of nations. Denis Pushlin, the self proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic is now the proud owner of a few buildings in eastern Ukraine which certainly makes him a president or a prime minister of a building or so. Denis insists he will not give up his nation until the criminals in Kiev surrender to him and allow the little man with the little Russian accent to become the big guy running the Ukraine. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, the former crooked boss, Yulia Tymoshenko who spent a few years in jail on trumped up charges made by Viktor Yanukovych, has returned with her golden hair to urge on fighting for freedom. She wants to create a “resistance militia” to fight people like Dennis.

Time Out For Peace. The foreign ministers agree that war would be a disaster. They want to de-escalate the possibility of violence. It is time for Tymoshenko and Pushlin and all the other pseudo leaders to return home and allow some peace and quiet to reign. It is time for the children to return to their play areas and allow some mature people to design a process of peace.

Boko Haram Goes On Killing

The other day I printed a story about how the Boko Haram in Nigeria had kidnapped over 100 girls from the Governments Secondary School in Borno state in Nigeria. About twenty girls somehow jumped off trucks and disappeared into the dark where local villagers saved them and got them back home. The Nigerian army yesterday claimed at least 100 girls had been recaptured, but now admits the only “recaptured girls” are those who jumped from the truck. The stark truth is the so-called “Nigerian Army” is a collection of disorganized men led by a group of incompetent graft ridden collection of officers who best know how to steal oil in order to make gobs of money. It is estimated close to 30% of the Nigerian oil production winds up in the hands of corrupt officials. Nigeria is led by President Goodluck Jonathan whose only luck is to be the president so that he can ignore how friends –and enemies, steal and rob each day of the week.

My greatest confusion is lack of any comment from Nigerian religious leaders. Not a word,not a declaration of anger toward Boko Haram which kills in the name of the Prophet or of God of of their belief that anyone who desires a modern education is simply an unbeliever. Boko Haram translates into” Western Education is Forbidden.” But, these men drive in trucks made with Western education and blast away with weapons made with Western education and murder in the best Western education tradition. What exactly about Western Education do these nuts dislike?

And, where are the voices of men of God?

Conversation With An Alien

I must confess to having been in constant contact with an alien from the planet of Xul. The Xulian selected me because there was interest on his planet concerning the strange life forms known as “humans” who reside on the planet of Earth. Each month we spend exactly two hours in which the Xulian anthropologist interviews me about some incident on planet Earth. This interaction is then sent to a panel of Xulians who are deciding whether or not planet Earth should be destroyed in order to prevent Earthians from spreading their violent behavior throughout the universe.

We recently discussed the situation in South Sudan.

X I gather this area of the planet has abundant oil and thus people should be able to live in sa prosperous manner.
M Yes, it along with countries like Nigeria or the Congo have plenty of natural resources so people should be well fed and housed.
X But, thousands of these people are starving. Explain.
M One group took over the government of South Sudan and got into an argument with another group while both these groups do not like the government of Sudan.
X What are they arguing about?
M Part of the argument is that some are Muslims, some are Christians and some just want to control the oil in order to get rich.
X Ah, your planet’s continual fighting and killing over this strange concept of a God who created them and now they believe God created some of them, but the others who were created by God insist their ideas about God are correct and thus they must kill those whose ideas about God are not correct.
X OK, I have previously heard this madness. So people who have resources will die.
M About a million will die although they have the ability to ensure none would die.
X Enough, some day we will find this “God” that allegedly created this mess.

Anti Semitism In Ukraine

My father arrived in the United States of America after enduring bitter moments of anti-Semitism in his native Ukraine. Those who claim in Ukraine to be true Russians in heart seized some buildings in the city of Donetsk, raised the Russian flag and decided to make clear they also were, in heart, just old fashioned haters of Jews. Those dressed in the uniform of the Russian army handed out leaflets which demanded that Jews in the city be registered and pay a fine for the crime of being a Jew! The leaflet warns Jews failure to register would result in having their citizenship taken away, possible deportation and seizure of their assets. For some strange reason, this threat was not followed up by mass shootings-or does that come later?

Vladimir Putin continues his exhibition of bravado with warnings that HE must save the people of eastern Ukraine from the possibility of living in a democratic society. I assume that he means HE will deliver them from the evil of homosexuality and free speech and other such atrocities!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Day Care Rapist Identified”

I assume it was not one of the customers.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Government Gives Ok To Circumcision”

Ouch!

China, China Daily: “Answer Call To Pray”

If not, duck the thunderbolt from up on high!

UK, Independent: “Leave Them Teachers Alone”

They first have to fill out reports, then if have some time, they will teach children.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Right To Cry Over Spilled Milk”

In America under Republican rule, the poor will even drink the milk that was spilled.

UK, Guardian: “What Else Is In His Head?”

If a member of the Republican party the answer is easy–Nothing!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bush Paints Putin”

I assume much better than he did the situation in Iraq.

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.

Action In Ukraine

I can hear the sound of one shoe hitting the floor which indicates the Ukrainian government has finally decided to confront terrorists who seek to create violence in hope that having a few killed or wounded would open the door for President Vladimir Putin to send in his troops in order to restore law and order, Russian style, that is. Members of the Ukrainian army and special forces drove Russian backed terrorists from an airport and soon will drive them from buildings that have been seized in eastern areas of the country. Naturally, President Putin expressed his outrage at this “anti-constitutional action” by a government to take over a building owned by the government. This from a man who sends to jail on trumped up charges dozens of Russians whose only crime is not licking his boots!

So, what might happen:

Scenario One: Putin will send his troops across the border to “protect Russian citizens who happen to live in the Ukraine”

Scenario Two: Putin will go to the UN demanding action to protect Russian citizens.

Scenario Three: Putin will send in troops but deny he sent them in while insisting they were Russians who voluntarily rode their tanks and helicopters into the Ukraine to protect Russians.

Scenario Three is very likely.

Hank Aaron Hits Home Run

Hank Aaron has aroused the anger of right wing nuts and Republicans for uttering an honest statement concerning the state of racism in America. He agrees that black skinned folk are not being hung from branches of trees, but the assault upon President Obama is vicious and blatantly racial in tone and substance. As he puts it: “The biggest difference is that they(KKK) had hoods, now, they have neckties and starched shirts.” The howls of derision can be heard from the pert blond haired idiot women who preach nonsense on Fox News along with angry white men who are determined to prove that ANY problem in America or the world, is directly caused by allowing some black dude from Africa to become president.

Hank is receiving dozens of hate letters and emails due to his comment.

1. How many prior presidents were charged with being born in another country? Actually, John McCain was born on a navy base in Panama.

2. How many prior presidents were charged with being a Muslim? Of course, he belongs to a Christian church.

3. How many prior presidents were attacked for “hating America?”

4. Obama pushed health care, President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for Social Security and President Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare. I do not believe Roosevelt or Johnson were accused of being a dictator for these actions.

Boko Haram Again Goes Bonkers

Just about every day comes a new story from Nigeria about the actions of Boko Haram-”Western Education is Forbidden.” In most cases, these escapees from reality attack a school, kill the boys and cut up some girls. Yesterday, they took over a girl school and kidnapped 100 young ladies and no one knows what will happen to these children. President Goodluck Jonathan will issue some statement claiming his army has the crazies on the run, but all too often the army is the agency which is on the run away, and far away, from any military action against the bonkers people. Nigeria is undoubtedly the Number One nation in the world for corruption, inefficiency, and inept management. Its army might have some weapons, but they always make certain to be away from any scene of action.

In reality, this so-called army blasts away at villagers who were attacked and blames them for being attacked. The best luck for the people of Nigeria is to have Goodluck run out of luck as president.