Category Archives: Christianity

So, Who Is Working?

The government of India is employing a new system for government employees. The experiment allows anyone in India to check on what a public servant is doing at this very moment. As a citizen in India, I can log in at a government website and discover if an employee checked into work today and whether or not he is at his desk. Alas, the website does not allow me to know if this person is actually doing work while seated at this desk. How about in America?

1. We have a website that allows us to know if our congressman is actually in the House of Representatives.

2. A website that allows us to know which bills our congressman has introduced this year.

3. A website that allows us to know what did our congressman say in Congress.

4. A website that allows Fact Check to inform us as to whether what our congressman spoke is factually correct.

Good Lord if we had that website Ted Cruz would have to remain silent when in the US Senate!

Then, again, how about a website that checks on commentators who speak on TV?

In fairness, we will exempt religious leaders from these websites. Now, as to God….

Ebola Is Here, Run For Hills!

Today’s pictures from New York City depict thousands of people wearing white masks to protect themselves against Ebola. It appears that a doctor who was working in west Africa returned and has been preliminarily diagnosed with Ebola. I recall in 1938 the famous “Martian threat” that sent thousands of New Yorkers fleeing for their lives. A radio broadcast came across as presenting a real Martian invasion in New Jersey. Naturally, the thousands headed across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. Today, if one seeks to frighten Americans just say the magic word, EBOLA. We have become a nation of frightened people who lack the courage to confront danger with calmness. Actually, there is NO danger from Ebola in America. To reassure my fellow American:

1. If someone coughs, you will not get Ebola.

2. If someone sneezes, you will not get Ebola.

3. If someone touches your sleeve, you will not get Ebola.

4. If someone sits next to you on the subway, you will not get Ebola.

Allow medical staff to treat the doctor and stop this panic reaction.

Please remember this advice comes from DOCTOR Fred Stopsky. OK, so my DOCTOR title has to do with Education, big deal, I am still a Doctor with as much experience in medicine as those yelling on Fox News!

Forget About The Iraq Army

Every so often I realize that over a decade has passed since the trio of George, Dick, and Don sent our men and women into Iraq to bring democracy to the backward people of that region. I recall the days when Americans were promised by President Bush that he was fully in charge of what was being done to ensure that Iraq had a modern government and that Iraqis would become a leading democratic government. Oh, and along the way of this task being accomplished evil doers such as al-Qaida would be destroyed. That was then, today is now. It is so easy to blame Barack Obama for every problem in the Middle East when, in reality, he inherited a mess, and simply lacked the ability to transform disaster into some form of success. What is most amazing about this story is American failure to grasp some basic concepts regarding the situation in Iraq.

1. Iraq is composed of tribes. These tribal groups are centered in religion. About 30% are Sunnis and the remainder are Shiite.

2. Urban Iraqis have a much higher percent of people educated in modern school systems, but they still are centered in religion.

3. Saddam Hussein destroyed leaders who might have led the nation.

4. Americans imposed leaders who never were leaders.

Reality check: The current Iraq army lacks faith in its purpose. It has been led by kleptomaniacs whose only desire was to make money. Iraq army officers never trained soldiers, let alone inspired them to fight. It will take months, hopefully, to equip and inspire an Iraq army to fight.

Amnesty International On Second Class Nation

I confess to having been born at a different time and a different place. I was raised in the slums of south Bronx in New York City when gangs inhabited our world. Murder Incorporated still existed in Brooklyn, and criminals did not think twice about shooting people they did not like. Yes, we had police who patrolled our neighborhood. But, police in those days walked the beat. They knew most of the people, and it was common if they encountered a boy who committed a crime that was not serious to deliver the boy, not to the police station, but to his parents where it was made clear the next time meant jail. There was no war between neighborhood folk and the police. Amnesty International usually issues reports about violence in third world countries. These days AI is issuing reports about the third world nation known as the United States of America. After all, how many nations in this world arm the police with military equipment that ordinarily is found on battlefields of war?

Amnesty International noted that police in Ferguson, Missouri, site of among the great battles of the 21st century, employed “less lethal ammunition that can hurt people.” It pointed out the in Ferguson,Missouri, they were “equip;ing officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield.” How did we Americans evolve from neighborhood cops who knew people to soldiers equipped to do battle with the folks we, allegedly, police were to protect. These days, neighborhood folk have to be protected against their own police!

Republican Strategy-Deny Voting!

The history of America contained the story of a never ceasing fight to empower people with the right to vote. It was not only women who were denied the right to vote, but millions of white men, and black men and women. In our history books we teach children that by 1920 all Americans over the age of 21 had the right to vote, and eventually all Americans over the age of 18 had that right. Fast forward to the 21st century, and now the right to vote is being denied millions. Our Conservative controlled Supreme Court has done all in its power to deny voting rights on grounds there is no threat to voting in states of this nation. Please explain how supposedly intelligent men(not a female on the Supreme Court believes this nonsense) ignore state laws that restrict voting to people? The current strategy of Republicans is to deny the right to vote by demanding IDs of voters. For over two hundred years we voted in America without any ID required. The ID requirement has nothing to do with voting, but it has a great deal to do with NOT voting!

In Florida, about 11 million will vote. About one million of those who should be voting will not vote because Republicans changed the law to deny the right to vote by anyone who has a felony in their record. One can be a businessman who tricks people into losing their money and still vote. But, get drunk and you lose that right. Where is the anger among those on Social media about this denial of the right to vote??

Why Do Men And Women Die For Islam?

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is dead. He is a man who somehow embraced the ideology of terrorism and proceeded to carry out deadly attacks in Canada, the land in which he was born. Michael parked his car near Parliament buildings and shot a guard, and then, somehow got past other armed guards and was headed for the building containing dozens of members of Parliament. Fortunately, Sgt. Kevin Vickers took out his gun and shot the killer. There are many unanswered questions about this incident.

1. How can a man with a weapon in his hand walk up to a government building that is guarded by soldiers?

2. Heck, another man jumped over the White House fence before being caught.

The real issue is what is causing so many thousands of young Muslims to embrace an ideology based upon the concept of hate? What draws these individuals to abandon values they were taught as children, and seek to die for a philosophy centered in violence? Why do those opposing groups such as ISIS lack a fighting spirit? The Iraq Army had over 200,000 men who proceeded to flee for their lives when confronted by 20,000 men? There is something lacking among modern Muslims, particularly among its leaders. There is failure to offer ideas that youth deem so important as to be willing to fight for them. Ironically, a similar feeling is found among modern youth in Western societies, and, most probably among those in nations such as China, Japan or India. The 21st century offers an unlimited access to people, but it does not offer a sense that one is prepared to fight for ideas. In America, we are frightened of immigrants from Mexico, we are terrified about a non issue such as Ebola, and we definitely are worried about doing anything that might impact the wealth of our wealthy citizens.

The bottom line is both in Islamic and non-Islamic societies there is not philosophical goal that is valued as central to the lives of people. We exist, but we do not believe in anything other than our daily life activities. How many Americans are prepared to give up their lives for ???

Hunt For Red October

There is a mysterious ship somewhere off the coast of Sweden. It is sometimes seen, and then again, it is sometimes not seen. The government of Sweden worries who or what is in this ship. Naturally, this blog will clear up the secret of the infamous ship that is somewhere in the waters off the coast of Sweden. We offer some possibilities, based on our extensive knowledge of the waters in the vicinity of Sweden.

1. It contains a boat load of illegal immigrants from Mexico who got turned around once they encountered the Texas National Guard.

2. It is filled with refugees from West Africa seeking to bring Ebola to some northern clime and end its deadly attacks.

3. It is led by Vladimir Putin seeking to conquer Sweden and extend his rule over a greater area of the planet.

4. It contains a lost crew from the former Soviet Union who will not give up the fight for communism.

Question: What exactly can this ship do to worry anyone in Sweden?

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!!