Category Archives: Christianity

Putin Liquidates Good Guys

I recently have been studying life in Stalin Russia during the 1950s and encountered story after story of ordinary people, war veterans and famous writers being sent to the gulag for a reason or simply because a quota had to be filled and their name cropped up. Vladimir Putin is president of Russia, and apparently he longs for the good old days when the government decided what you read, what you said and what you thought. He has restored a dictator who murdered about FIFTEEN MILLION RUSSIANS to a new place of honor in the pantheon of famous Russians. The Russian Ministry of Justice is petitioning the supreme court for permission to “liquidate: an important human rights group in Russia known as Memorial. This group already has been forced to admit it is a “foreign agent” because it receives money from human rights groups outside Russia. It has committed the un-Russian idea of urging President Putin to “immediately cease Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Vladimir Putin has a hero in life, his name is Joseph Stalin. Stalin liquidated people and Putin wants to begin by liquidating ideas. People will then follow the liquidation process.

St. Louis Blues Blast Away

Many in the St. Louis area had expectations after the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson that issues of prejudice would be addressed. A month had gone by and another shooting of a black youth who was committing the crime of walking on the streets of St. Louis. Thousands gathered in the city to hear various speakers insist that peaceful demonstrations should continue. However, activist writer Cornel West insisted the problem lay with failure of African American leaders. He charged them with being “too obsessed with being successful rather than faithful to a cause.” He was followed by ministers, rabbis and imams urging people to demonstrate following the principles of Martin Luther King who was apparently “obsessed” with the notion that peaceful protest could result in change. One person complained to the media that “all these speeches before, you’ve heard them all before, that’s not going to change, right?” Another argued “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed.”

One can readily understand this frustration. But, one solution to the problem in Ferguson in which most people are black is to VOTE. If African Americans voted, took control of the city government, they would have a voice in determining who was a cop. I wonder how many who are frustrated actually voted in the last election in Ferguson or the city of St. Louis?

Ebola Is Here-Republicans In Joy!

Candidates for public office this fall has uncovered a new issue that concerns failure on the part of the Obama administration. Republicans and Fox News blast away daily on the issue of Ebola. Examine the record:

1. There was not a single case of Ebola when George Bush was President.

2. The evil of ISIS did not exist when George Bush was President.

3. Mr. Duncan who came from Africa with the disease was NOT halted at the border.

4. A nurse who treated the Ebola victim at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital now has Ebola.

5. She got this disease while Barack Obama was in the White House.

6. Barack Obama was born in Africa. Ebola is an African disease.

Add up the FACTS and one is left with one conclusion: Elect Republicans and Ebola will be defeated!

In Defense Of Cops!

Every so often one comes across a story about a brave policeman who is being punished for acting like a brave cop. Detroit cop Alex Vinson was involved in a robbery and during this process he encountered the fact that the criminal had a wonderful new watch. The policeman lives in an era when Wall Street folk steal the public blind and when their crimes are exposed, the only penalty is that they are forced to accept billions of dollars in compensation for robbing people. This is what is termed to be the “capitalist system” in operation. Steal from the ordinary American and become wealthy. Heck, the head of Goldman Sax once complained that he was being treated like a Jew during the Holocaust.

We offer support for Mr. Vinson. All he did was take the watch from the bad guy, and place it on his own wrist. Compared to Wall Street bankers he is a paragon of virtue. So, hail Mr. Vinson, he has learned that under capitalism, one steals and is rewarded. Unlike, Wall Street thieves, he simply stole from a thief. I think he is entitled to a decoration for valor in the face of the enemy.

Demonstrations In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is among the most difficult places in America to arouse feelings of anger about racial justice. At this moment in time, the city of St. Louis is predominantly composed of African Americans. The financial district has long since departed a city with too many black skinned people for the suburbs of Clayton, Missouri. The black-white divided is among the realities of this city. At this moment, for the first time in decades, thousands are in the streets demanding an end to shooting and murder of black youth. It began in the outlying area of Ferguson when police officer Darren Wilson decided to put six bullets in the body of Michael Brown. The police continue to insist that Mr. Brown initiated the conflict. As I recall, he was walking down the street when accosted by officer Wilson. A new shooting has made people in St. Louis furious. Three black youths were WALKING down the street which apparently made a security guard, a cop engaged in off duty work, worried. He then proceeded to get off thirteen bullets, six of which hit the body of Vonderick Meyers.

It is time to cease the “broken window” theory of halting “potential gangsters” and just allow black skinned folk to walk the streets. Neither of these shootings would have occurred if police ceased worrying about who was walking in the streets. For some reason, when white folks walk, it is OK. And, by the way, how about more target practice for cops? Thirteen shots standing near a person and only sic enter the body? Back to the firing range!

On Columbus Day

It is October and the fight over whether to have a holiday for Columbus has already begun. Some regard the Italian who sailed for the Spanish as among the worst conquerers in history. I have spent years studying this man and read just about everything he wrote. So, let me offer some reasons why his voyages are important in world history.

1. He did NOT prove the world was round, every scholar knew it was. He did prove there was land across the Atlantic Ocean.

2. His voyage sparked an outbreak of scholarly thinking among Europeans about the world.

3. His voyage provided Europe with incredible wealth which helped spark an economic boom.

4. His voyage led to sharing of foods which soon impacted the lives of people in Europe, and eventually, the world.

6. He transformed Spain into a powerful nation.

7. His voyage sparked other nations to venture into the Western Hemisphere.

8. His voyage led tho the destruction of the Aztec empire, and the Inca empire. I am not arguing whether these events were good or bad, simply, that they happened.

9. His voyage made Christianity a world religion.

IN other words, this man was important in world history, for the good and the bad.

Divide Iraq And End Violence

From day one of the American invasion of Iraq our government has failed to grasp problems in that “country.” The result continues to be an inability of reducing violence in this collection of groups that were thrown together to become a “nation.” The so called nation of Iraq consists of three groups:

Shiites

Sunnis

Kurds

It is time to confront reality and form three nations. Allow the Sunnis to have their own nation. Allow the Shiites to continue governing what we term, the nation of Iraq and allow Kurds to be what they desire to be -an independent nation. The Obama administration refuses to allow Kurds to function as a nation. It refuses to allow them to sell oil. It is time for President Obama to get a lecture about what really is situation in this alleged “nation.” It is NOT a nation. Sunnis will not be peaceful members of a country run by Shiite leaders who hate them. Sorry, President Obama, we should not NATION BUILD. Face reality. If not, we will witness constant wars and terrorism.

It’s Friday, Let’s Hate Muslims!

There are about one billions six hundred million members of the Muslim faith scattered around the world. There are about 200,000,000 located in what we term to be the Middle East. The horrible ISIS group consists of about 30,000, that is thousand, not millions. They have conducted themselves with hatred and brutality, but the sum total of people killed is under ten thousand. People in Australia are upset at this behavior and have decided that since SOME Muslims are brutal murderers it means that all Muslims behave in this manner. Many Australians are particularly upset at the sight of Muslim women wearing a hijhab. There have been dozens of attacks upon Muslim women in Melbourne and Sydney. Females have been insulted, things thrown at them because they happen to wear a hijab.

This is simply hysteria gone mad. Exactly how does a woman wearing something on her face impact the life of anyone? Of course, the number of women who wear a hijab is, perhaps, under 5% of all Muslim women in Australia. Muslim lawyer, Lydia Shelly made clear: “As a Muslim woman, I am very concerned that this is impacting the rights and freedom of movement for Muslim women.” There are even examples of Muslim women with children having coffee thrown upon them. So nice that Australians behave in such a Christian manner!

So, What Is Middle Eastern Policy?

With each passing day it becomes obvious there is no coherent foreign policy in place within the Middle East. Let me quickly explain what is happening:

1. American and their “allies” are bombing ISIS.

2. It does not require great intelligence to hide when planes appear.

3. ISIS soldiers retreat to safe places, watch the bombing and then get back on their tanks.

4. For some reason, ISIS soldiers are better equipped with weapons and tanks than their opponents.

5. Turkey refuses to do a damn thing about ISIS other than allowing terrorists to cross over into Syria.

6. There are few, if any, examples in history that bombing destroys soldiers who are well armed.

Question to President Obama:

What is bombing does not halt ISIS, then what?

Or,

What are long term goals of American foreign policy in the Middle East?

Broken Windows Leads To Broken Bodies!

There is a theory concerning how to prevent crime which has dominated the thinking of American police during the past twenty years. It is termed: “broken windows.” The essence of this thinking is that if police allow criminals to break a window during a crime it establishes a precedence for them to go on to higher levels of crime. Halt broken windows, and then crime will decrease. The result of this theory leads to halting young men on the streets, frisking them or watching out for minor issues such as whether or not a young man is smoking marijuana in public. Marcel Hamerl was walking down a street in New York City when accosted by a policeman who challenged him. He accused the 17 year old of breaking the law and then proceeded to knock out the boy with one blow. As the boy lay on the ground he muttered: “Mister, it was just a cigarette, just a cigarette.”

Naturally, the boy is under arrest. He might go to jail. Each year in jail costs the city of New York about $30,000. Why is anyone halted who smokes anything? So what if a 17 year old boy smokes marijuana is public. How does that create crime? If smoking marijuana was a crime, then half of Wall Street men would be in jail!