Category Archives: Christianity

Court Makes Ass Of Itself!

It is bad enough to live at a time in history in which judges consider that a corporation is a person endowed with constitutional rights of free speech. I believe Justice John Marshall who headed the initial Supreme Court is spinning in his grave with disbelief. I live at a time when Judges regard the right of a Corporation to defend its religious beliefs even if they disregard the rights of employees. But, the New York State Appellate Court now deserves the award for being the top ass holds in the United States of America. The case involved a father who decided to beat up his little kid because the child employed a curse word. This is what these “learned” men came up with:

“The father’s open handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard a child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force,and doesn’t constitute excessive corporal punishment.” Huh? A child employed a “word?” Pray tell, how did this child know the word unless an ADULT had used it? The child never hurt another person. Once one proceeds on the road of violence, the end result is MORE violence. The child is being taught to employ violence when angry. THAT is the consequence of any form of corporal punishment. Yes, dad hit the child on his buttocks, but tomorrow that child might hit someone in the face. Or, given modern day America, take out a gun and blast away!

Obama Dismisses Russia

Once again President Barack Obama proved to the world that he is unable to get along with people. He has had over five years to work with the sensible hard working members of the Republican party in Congress. Heck, they have already passed 108 pieces of legislation, OK, so it is the lowest number in two decades. But, why didn’t they pass more important laws? It was the fault of Barack Obama. He simply refuses to understand the nature of how to create a vibrant economy. John Boehner has worked so hard. Latest figures reveal the average work load of an American congressman in 2014 is at least TWENTY EIGHT HOURS PER WEEK! That is twenty eight hours more than worked by folks on Food Stamps! If only Barack Obama was a nice Christian man, he would accept Republican ideas and work for harmony in America.

To make things even worse. Our President not only insulted Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he insulted the people of Russia. He dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything.” He went on to further insult the people of Mother Russia. “Immigrants are not rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy for a Russian male is 60 years.” Well, at least the immigrants in Russia are native born Russians, not a bunch of foreigners seeking to get across the border. And, in Putin Russia, he even places those who do not get along with him in a comfortable jail cell with three square meals a day! Can Obama match that record? Perhaps, President Obama could send those Latin American children to Moscow?

OOPS, I Guess We Did Spy On You!

The Central Intelligence Agency was founded after disbandment of the World War II OSS spy group. The theory behind establishing a spy agency was to provide intelligence regarding events that happened throughout the world. In other words, the ÇIA was allegedly the eyes of America, and supposedly could provide information as to what would occur in the world. So, what is the record of this organization?

1. It organized the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran in 1953 which initiated the process of Islamic militants gaining power in that country.

2. It overthrew the democratically elected government of Guatemala.

3. It was completely wrong in 1961 about the desire of Cubans to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

4. It was completely wrong about Vietnam.

5. It was completely wrong about the Cuba Missile crisis.

6. It was completely wrong about desire of Chinese Communist government leaders to seek cooperation with the US.

7. It never anticipated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

8. It was disastrously wrong about supplying weapons to Islamic militants in Afghanistan.

So, what about the current fiasco. CIA Director, John Brennan, apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee because CIA agents hacked the email accounts of staff members attached to the Senate committee. According to a CIA spokesperson, “Some CIA employees acted in a manner in contrast to the common understanding reached between the ÇIA and the committee in 2009 regarding access to the RDINET.

Question: why did these CIA employees violate the law? Did they refuse to obey CIA leaders?

Modesty For Woman, Not Men.

I regard myself as a man who is open to new ideas. I enjoy engaging in open discussion with those offering differing viewpoints. But, I confess to having confusion whenever someone speaks about the need for women to be modest in their attire. For some reason, the assumption is that God or Christ spends their days gazing down on this insignificant planet checking to see if any woman has not covered her face or body. Coptic Christian Orthodox Bishop Bisboy in Egypt announced to women in his domain, that henceforth they were to behave like a good Muslim woman. He banned women from wearing trousers, blouses or using makeup when in HIS church seeking communion. Back in 2012, he advised Christian women to follow the precepts of Muslim females. “I call on Christian girls to learn from veiled Muslim women with their modesty. Some Christian women might be displeased with me, but the Virgin Mary and nuns wore modest clothes.”

I assume the Bishop is an expert on attire two thousand years ago in the Middle East. Of course, we lack any photos about what women wore although we do have some drawings. But, definitely, we do not have a scrap of evidence about the attire of the Virgin Mary. Frankly, if God or the Virgin Mary was interested in women wearing veils, one wonders whether she wants males to also wear veils. How did this idea get going that women must cover up, but men wear whatever the heck they desire? If covering the face is a sign of respect for God or those up THERE, why aren’t men displaying similar “respect?”

Fires Rage In Northern California

Fires are raging in northern areas of California as the state confronts new and more powerful forces of nature that are ripping through vast areas of the United States. High temperatures, severe drought, high winds and thunder storms combine to alter normal temperatures in the state. Government spokesmen believe the scale and intensity of “fire activity is what the state normally sees in September.” It is clear that California has entered a new phase in weather. I decided to check with the noted Climate Scientist, Congressman Paul Ryan whose analysis of what causes weather change is undoubtedly among the most read in America.

M: So, Congressman Ryan, what is your take on the fire storms in northern California?
R: Weather is weather. It comes and it goes.
M: So, you do not believe that our climate is experiencing change?
R: There has always been fires in California. So, why get excited because there are fires?
M: But, Congressman Ryan, these fires are of a new intensity.
R: Ho hum, we Republicans are not going to give into hysteria. There have always been fire storms, today there are fire storms, so why worry?
M: So, the Republican party is not worried?
R: I have been informed by reliable commentators on Fox News that fires have been set by Democrats in order to frighten the American people. It is a Fire Conspiracy of the Obama Administration to frighten us into allocating money that should go to reducing taxes on our wealthy job creators!
M: But, if you hired more fire fighters, wouldn’t that create more jobs?
R: OK, finally you have made your point. Perhaps, I can check with Republican strategists how to create more fires in order to benefit manufacturers of fire equipment!

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Among my favorite songs is Pete Seeger’s, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” It is a haunting tune about death of young men during the Vietnam War. Unlike, patriotic songs of World War II, this one focuses on young men who are going to their deaths while sweethearts gather flowers in the field of agony. There is a gentleness to the song, a nostalgic memory of life that will shortly end because the Gods of War seek Death for those trapped in societal demands to kill “the enemy.” Some nights I go on YouTube and listen to the words and sounds of this song while in the hidden recesses of my mind, thoughts of young Americans returned from the madness of Afghanistan and Iraq whisper cries of pain. I cry listening to gentle words of peace. I cry for the souls of young men and women who will never know the joy of holding a new born baby in their arms. I feel sadness for being part of a society that sent them off to fight for –what and who? Yes, the orders came from George Bush, yes, the orders came from Barack Obama. Yes, our presidents were convinced there was a cause for which one should surrender life, and joy, and love.

I listen to words and sounds as tears fill my eyes. We never sent these young people to dwell in fields of flowers where they could hold hands with a loved one and feel the beauty of sun beating upon body as two people lay laughing amidst the flowers of love. We spoke of Mars to them, and forgot the tenderness of Venus. They returned from wars about nothing with wounded hearts and bodies, that is, if they ever returned. I so wish these young people could have been given life and hope by society. They needed a place in the Sun, and received a place in Hell of battle.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Alas, the field is barren of beauty, only Death resides in it!

Sean Hannity Out Foxed

The benefit of being a commentator on Fox News is knowing that whatever you say, no one will ever contradict your version of reality. Sean Hannity was furious that Russell Brand displayed a YouTube attack on his coverage of the Middle East. It is now official policy of Fox News that any negative comment regarding actions by Israel Defense Forces will send that person to a session in the corner wearing a dunce hat. Sean decided to respond to this vicious assault on his intelligence. He invited three people to his program whose task was to nod their heads whenever he opened his mouth. Sean made clear that Brand was a moron, heads nodded. Sean then launched into a defense of Israel actions in Gaza. Oh my God! One head did not nod in agreement. Geraldo Rivera, for some inexplicable reason supported Brand comments. He actually said: “I think there are two sides of the story that are not being told. You have seen what happened at the UN school, Sean. We can no longer ignore what has happened.”

There are unconfirmed reports Sean Hannity will spend some time in a hospital. It will be a Fox run hospital. Only Fox news is shown to patients. Under no condition is anyone allowed in the hospital who actually believes there are TWO sides to a story!! God bless you, Sean, never abandon the faith. There is only ONE side of the story, and it is the one offered by Saint Murdoch. Never abandon the faith, Sean. In the end, Fox News will prove you were right all along.

As for that Rivera person, who knows what fate awaits him??

A Chicago Tale Of Death

This is simply another tale of a man shooting another man in city of Chicago. The idea of someone getting shot to death in Chicago would not arouse the interest of too many people who inhabit that city of violence. Oh, the man who did the shooting was not a black or Hispanic young person, and the man who was shot was not a drug dealer or hoodlum. The shooting occurred in an office building in downtown Chicago rather on the streets of a slum where drug lords ply their trade. Regardless of where the shooting happened, reality is this is simply another manifestation of America’s love affair with guns. Oh, I forgot, guns do not kill people, but people kill people. Fifty years ago, this debate was central to conflicting arguments as to how to control automobile deaths. In today’s terms, that meant in 1950 about 70,000 died in auto accidents. However, past generations were not bothered by the National Rifle Association, and its bogus claims to “Constitutional rights.” The FEDRAL GOVERNMENT passed legislation compelling safety standards in automobiles such as seat belts, and the result was dramatic reduction in the number of auto fatalities. I vividly recall cries of “my right” not to be forced to wear a seat belt!

Believe it or not, common sense prevailed in the past unlike the madness which currently paralyzes the ability of government to control use of guns. Oh, in Chicago, a man working in a technology company who was demoted, went into the office of the CEO, shot and killed him, and then committed suicide. As one employee commented: “we don’t know what to make of it.” Actually, you do. Fight for gun control and help end the American madness with guns. How about introducing the Dodge City law back in the 1880s: NO GUNS ALLOWED IN TOWN!

So, Who Cares About Children?

Recent polls reveal that most Americans do not believe our nation has a moral obligation to assist those who are fleeing from persecution or violence in other lands. Figures indicate 53% do not want such folk in the good old USA while 44% open their arms to the afflicted. At age 83, I am quite aware that during the time period, 1880-1924 about TWENTY MILLION people fled from Europe and sought refuge in the United States of America. My parents left due to violence and persecution. In 1920 about one in four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 7%. Throughout the 19th century America was home to millions seeking refuge from poverty or violence in other parts of the world, although most came from European nations. The 53% saying, “No,” most probably are descended from those who arrived due to violence and poverty. They now spit in the eyes of great, great grandparents as unwelcome people. Figures show that 52% do not feel any compassion for the thousands of children seeking to escape beatings, rape or death in Central America although 46% display some sense of religious or moral feelings.

I understand fears of Americans that immigrants will “take their jobs” or create economic burdens. In reality, America desperately NEEDS immigrants. They are a source of workers who contribute to the Social Security fund as well as customers for products. Among the key issues facing America is how to handle a declining work force since without money from this group, the Social Security fund will run out of money by 2033. Of course, there are those such as myself who believe America MUST open its arms to people confronting violence and persecution. If not us, who else? WE are the nation that has always welcomed such people. If not now, when?

Who Are These People In Congress?

I am the child of two of the TWENTY MILLION people who came to America during the period, 1880-1924. I am the child of two people seeking to escape violence and hatred in eastern Europe. I am the child of two people who arrived in America lacking the ability to speak English and in a state of poverty. I am the child of two people who were accused of taking jobs away from native born Americans. I am the child of two people who were accused of being dirty, and who engaged in criminal activities. In other words, my parents never would have been allowed into America if 2014 Republicans were in charge of the government. My parents, along with other immigrants inhabited slums, they lived in apartment buildings which had one toilet per floor. The Mafia was born in this era, and it consisted of Italian and Jewish gangsters, the children of immigrants. The new immigrants brought crime and poverty to America. But, they also brought new ideas, people with energy to create new industries. In 1920, one out of four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 8%.

The Republican led House of Representatives, which consists of a high percentage of people who trace their ancestry back to the New Immigrants of 1880-1924, passed a bill intended to prevent President Obama from halting deportation of people brought to America as children by illegal immigrants. In other words, X percent of those in Congress who voted for this bill never would have been born in America if similar attitudes existed a hundred years ago. I have a hunch their great, great grandparents are crying up in Heaven.