Category Archives: Christianity

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!

Michael Brown Guilty!

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now prepared to prove that Michael Brown was guilty of all sorts of crimes, and it is now clear that officer Darren Wilson was simply protecting himself against a murderous individual. OK, it has taken a few months to accumulate the evidence, but once again, the cop is OK, and the bad guy is not. Examine the evidence:

1. Michael Brown was taller and stronger than officer Wilson.

2. Michael Brown had marijuana in his body the night of the attack.

3. Michael Brown was walking in the street at night.

4. Michael Brown reached for the gun of officer Wilson.

5. Michael Brown looked suspicious.

I have a hunch there are about ten million white skinned young men, the same age as Brown who were walking in the streets at night, had marijuana in their body, and might have resisted arrest. The central issue is always the same–why in God’s name are police stopping young black men who are NOT committing any crimes? Why are they halting and frisking INNOCENT young black men? If you were to halt white youth at the same rate as black youth are stopped, the end result would be the same– they have marijuana in their system!

How about a new police policy– let young men walk the streets and cease pestering them!!

Pistorious In Jail-Sort Of!

Oscar Pistorious who was found guilty of killing Reeva Steekamp was finally sentenced to something for this murder. The judge told Mr. Pistorious that he would have to go to jail for five years. His attorney has argued placing this prominent man in any jail would inevitably lead to him being gang raped by other prisoners. His attorney has been pleading for him to suffer the penalty of the girl’s death by spending time suffering the remorse of guilt. After all, the pain of guilt is certainly more severe than actually going to jail. And, based on his performance during the trail when his cries of anguish filled the courtroom, perhaps, sentencing him to a life of remorse and sorrow is the most severe penalty that could be provided a criminal. Of course, imagine if he was a black teen age boy, what black skinned judge would send him to jail? The one true event in life on planet Earth is that if you got money, the penalty for ANY crime never is similar to that accorded poor folk.

Actually, the FIVE YEAR sentence is not really, FIVE YEARS. According to South African law, Oscar is eligible for parole after serving ten months. At that point he will be released and his penalty will be transformed into “correctional supervision.” So, who is surprised by these turn of events. I was once told there is not a single example in American history during the 20th century of someone who possessed a million dollars of being sentenced to death for killing another. Life is similar in South Africa.

Freedom To Assemble Dead?

As a child in New York City schools, I was taught all about the American Revolution. It was pointed out to this child of refugees, that among the wonderful characteristics of living in America, is that people could openly inform the government of their displeasure with its behavior. The right to petition the government was considered a fundamental right accorded to all Americans. As a teacher for over fifty years of history, this right was discussed in my classes. I spent over forty years teaching in the St. Louis county area, and assumed this land was in the United States of America. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nepheed, was with some fellow protesters outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, when police arrested her on, as of this date, two unspecified violations of the law. She was told there was no right to protest in St. Louis country, particularly outside of police stations.

Of course, she will be released after posting bond. This arrest simply reinforces the prevailing attitude in the St. Louis area that racists control the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Initially, Michael Brown was murdered (the word is “murdered,” not killed) because he violated the law by walking down a street in the evening. In both events, a black person was NOT engaged in any form of violence when halted. They were WALKING. Perhaps, it is time to change the Constitution and clearly make it a crime to walk in public during the evening if one’s body skin is dark. At least then, honesty will reign in this land.

Obvious Is Obvious!

The German secret police, the BND, have concluded their investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian plane, MH17 which was flying over Ukraine when a missile blasted it to pieces. According to our beloved leader, the Great Vladimir Putin, the reason for this disaster was evident–some Nazis emerged from their graves in Ukraine, grabbed a missile system and shot down the plane. If the Great One explains any event, it is always the truth. For some strange reason, these Germans,and please remember, they are Germans, simply will not accept the truth. The BND told a parliamentary committee that Ukraine separatists had captured a BUK air defense missile system at a Ukraine military base, and used it to shoot down the plane. Although over 100 Dutch citizens died in the crash, the Netherlands has not been actively pursuing any investigations of the disaster.

This report will be filed. German newspapers are filled with stories of anger. Vladimir Putin will pontificate once again about Nazis. And, in the end, this story will disappear into the black hole of never doing anything about evil men in our time. Frankly, the stakes are too high. Russia has nuclear weapons, and when a nation is in possession of such weapons of mass destruction, we simply gaze in another direction. Such is modern life.

Good News: No Ebola In Nigeria

There is some good news on the Ebola front. No, the Muslim fanatics are not the cause of Ebola nor can we blame ISIS for this one. The World Health Organization announced there has not been a single case of Ebola in the nation of Nigeria during a six week period. WHO spokesperson, Rui Vaz said, “this is a spectacular success story. It shows that Ebola can be contained, but we must be clear that we won a battle, the war will only end when the West Africa is also declared to be free of Ebola.”

I do realize this is bad news for those on Fox News. The pert cute blond haired idiots will have to learn some new words to recite when on screen. Barack Obama can now claim, the entire Ebola scare was similar to the roll out of Obamacare, a few mistakes, but all is now working. Oh, you can check the sky tonight, it has not fallen. That is a guarantee!

Blasphemy Leads To Death In Pakistan

It was just another story from Pakistan about another denial of human rights to someone who is not Muslim living in a Muslim society. The story has been repeated countless times, and those who are not Muslim in the nation of Pakistan will be denied their basic right to think tomorrow and the day after. The tale of Asia Bibi has been around for five years. She is a Christian woman living in Pakistan and she is very poor. She asked a colleague working with her in the fields to get her a drink of water, and the man replied that it would be “unclean” to fetch water for a Christian farm labor colleague. They had an argument. During the dispute, some Muslims insisted that Asia Bibi had insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Naturally, she was placed on trial and given the choice of convert or die.

This illiterate woman refused to abandon her faith and now the courts of Pakistan demand that she die. My question is where are the immams in this dispute? Where are Muslim scholars? Where are Muslim college professors in this dispute? Where are college students in the streets protesting this denial of human rights? The read sad aspect of this story is lack of any response from educated Muslims. They prefer to deny the right of people NOT to be Muslim! But, if a Muslim is denied human rights, watch them demonstrate in the streets with angry shouts of freedom for Muslims!! Shame on any educated Pakistani!

Pope Francis Pooped On By Bishops!

Thee is no question that Pope Francis seeks to introduce changes in the Catholic Church that would make millions of Catholics more willing to attend religious services. He supported efforts by modern thinking Bishops in the recent conclave to offer a welcome of greeting to homosexuals that encouraged them to attend church services. It was apparent when members of the conclave argued that gays and lesbians should be equal members of the Church that such talk was regarded as heresy by the majority. Even though Pope Francis was supporting those seeking to transform the Catholic Church into a 21st century institution, in the end those who have fixed thinking that what was true in the fifteenth century must be true today. The original document that was written with the full support of Pope Francis was changed at the end.\

The document now reads that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and dignity” but the document went on to insist that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The original document said that gays and lesbians had “gifts to offer the Church.” Pope Francis is now at a crossroad, can he push ahead for changes that might encourage those leaving the Church to return, or does he allow conservatives to deny the existence of a modern world? He might have to become more of a leader with a firm grip on events if the Catholic Church is to be saved from its own rigidity!

Things Not Happening Today

There are things that will not occur in the United States of America today:

1. No black teen will be halted or shot.

2. Rick Perry utters an intelligent comment.

3. Stephen Colbert does a show without praising himself.

4. Barack Obama talks WITH people rather than to them.

5. John Boehner desires to pass a law that benefits poor people.

6. Congressmen play a game of softball together regardless of party affiliation.

7. Mitt Romney addresses a labor union meeting.

8. Pope Francis urges rights for women in Catholic Church.

9. It is proven that Mitch McConnell does have a backbone.

10. A Wall Street tycoon pays taxes at a higher rate than his secretary.