Category Archives: Christianity

Should Men Be Moms?

There is a health minister in Turkey who is convinced that only women should mother a child. He made clear to all those in Turkey that men should stay away from babies and behave like men. According to Mehmet Muezzingoglu “motherhood is not a career which everyone can have. It is not a career men can have. It is a career which is never disputable sand is sacred.” Turkish writer, Eli Safaki who has a career as a writer as well as feeling able to be a mom responded: “motherhood is not a career. Turkish women should decide their own paths of life.” Of course, at this very moment all over America and many nations in the world, husbands and wives are sharing the job of raising children while they also hold down jobs.

I raised two children from the ages of one and two all by myself while I held down a job teaching in a college. I do understand how women often asked me: “do you also do the cooking and wash their clothes?” Unfortunately, I could not afford a cook or butler, so it fell to me to handle these tasks in life. Men can do any job connected with raising children except that one that involves a breast.

Idaho Seeks To Protect Marriage

Governor “Butch” Otter of the great state of Idaho is determined to protect the citizens of this state agains the horde of Gays and Lesbians seeking to enter this domain and pollute the minds of its inhabitants with weird ideas about who can or should be allowed to marry. I do understand that in Idaho a potato is not allowed to marry with another potato. I do understand that in the state of Idaho dogs who wish to do “it,” must be of different sexes. Anyway, Butch and his Attorney General want the Supreme Court to respond to the question: “whether the federal constitution prohibits a stare from maintaining the traditional understanding and definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.” How about answering the following questions?

1. Did the Founding Fathers believe that a white person had the right to keep a black skinned person as a slave?

2. Did they believe that only males could vote?

3. Did they believe that Jews and Catholic could vote? (many states in the 1790s did not allow these people to vote)

And, so on and so on. How about accepting that time changes our views on what is or not legal? Our Founding Fathers did not know about automobiles and speed limits, therefore?

Jeb Seeks The Bush Of Power

I am certain that in 2008 when George Bush left the oval office, the vast majority of Americans, Republican and Democrat, assumed this was the end of the Bush era. We breathed a sigh of relief that George and his war would become events of the past, and it was time to enter a new era. The very thought of four more years of Bush as President was not in the minds of the American people. Well, eight years have passed, John McCain and Mitt Romney took their shot at becoming president and never hit the bull’s eye. We were left with the black dude from Africa who had some interesting ideas, but lacked any grasp of how to perform as a beloved leader of the nation. So, guess who is now on the political horizon? JEB BUSH! His mother originally opposed her son seeking the prize that had been won by dad and brother, but she has now come around to the prospect of another boy in the white House.

Jeb has resigned from all those Boards of Director positions that provide one with gobs of money without having anything to do but collect the dough. Jeb is now ready to present himself as “just another American guy” who only seeks to help his fellow Americans. OK, so he has a few bucks, OK, so he spends his time with billionaires, at heart, he is simply, Jeb, the guy you would have a beer with at the pub. I await with glee Ted Cruz and the Tea Party taking aim at this ordinary man.

Should Death Be Not Proud?

The Boston area is now the scene of an upcoming trial which will test the ideas of life or death. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits in a solitary cell where he has the entire day and night alone with his thoughts about his heinous behavior a little over a year ago when he and his brother set off bombs during the Boston Marathon that led to the deaths of three people, resulted in the loss of legs for sixteen people and left another 260 wounded. I have no idea as to what this young man thinks about each day and night. I have no idea as to whether he is confused, angry, frightened, or lives in sorrow and regret. I doubt if in his wildest dreams he ever thought the destruction he wrought would ever occur. However, the reality is that death was his companion on that eventful day. His brother in crime is dead, his family is frightened and some of his friends who thought they were loyal now reside in jail.

His attorney, Judy Clarke is raising an important legal question. Can this trial take place in Boston before an impartial jury of 12 people? Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States of America who opposes the death penalty is urging that it be the aim of this trial. There is not a doubt in the world that Guilty will be the verdict of this trial. Ms. Clarke raises an issue that fair minded people must consider. Should the trial be shifted to a new venue?

Hysteria In America

Since the infamous 9/11 bombings, this nation has enjoyed a decade of hysteria about alleged threats and worries regarding some sort of terrorist attack. Since the past summer when people began to protest about the murder in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent murders of people like Eric Garner in New York, the silly season is in high tension. Some nut case who goes by the name of Jason Valentine, has been sending tweets regarding his ideas to handle police in the St. Louis area. He mentioned his intention of “frightening 10 or more people,” and promised that on New Year’s eve it would become a “kill a pig night.” He also claimed that some sort of explosion would occur in a St. Louis municipal building. His threats have resulted in charges against him for potential terrorist attacks agains the police. As far as anybody knows, none of these events ever took place beyond being posted as a tweet.

It is time to restore common sense in this nation. Tweeting is NOT akin to shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. Just about every day Republicans tweet about their desire to end health care for millions which if carried out would result in the death of thousands, but no grand jury investigates these tweets. As Franklin D. Roosevelt told the American people decades ago, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Period!

Happy New Year For Vladimir??

It was fourteen years ago on New Years eve, 1999, that President Boris Yeltsin of Russia turned over power to a former KGB agent named, Vladimir Putin. Little did he know that his protege had big ideas about what should occur in Russia. Boris still lived in the shadow of Communist Soviet Union and hoped that both Gorbachev and he represented a new spirit for the Russian people that would lead the nation into an era of cooperation with the European Union and the United States. They felt it was time to end the Cold War and initiate an era of Warm feelings and cooperation with the world. Putin arrived, and so did a group of oligarchs who plundered Russia of its riches on the road to wealth and power. Putin worked with these men including many who were his cronies from the old days of the secret police. Since then, a portion of the population has enjoyed the good life, but only a portion, the majority of people have more access to wealth, but each year they fall further and further into poverty and despair.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political commentator in Russia raises several issues confronting the nation. “The question is not whether Putin stays on, but whether the horse survives. he has no plan.”He promised to protect freedoms of speech, conscience, the media and property. In those early days he assured the people of Russia they would enjoy the “fundamental rights of a civilized society.” Unfortunately, they now enjoy the rights of a totalitarian society. What next for Mother Russia?

New Year Predictions

We offer predictions as to what will occur in the year 2015.

1. We predict many priests in the Catholic Church will pray for the demise of Pope Francis and his silly ideas of reform.

2. We predict that another plane will disappear into the Java Sea triangle.

3. We predict that a new law will be passed in Congress to assure we have pipe lines to carry needed oil.

4. We predict that President Obama will run out of pens due to signing so many repeal laws.

5. We predict that Ted Cruz will not offer his ideas to any Ivy League audience.

6. We predict that Vladimir Putin will wrestle a bear in order to handle Russia’s financial crisis.

7. We predict the New York Knicks WILL win another basketball game.

8. We predict some college kid will announce a new computer idea that will sweep the nation, if not the world.

9. We predict that Republicans will debate whether or not Congress should actually meet this year.

10. We predict that Jeb Bush will announce he desires brother George to be his running mate in 2016.

11. We predict that Elizabeth Warren will emerge as the only Democrat with balls!

12. We predict that somewhere in America another black boy will be shot by police because he sold sodas without a permit.

Sadness Of Weirdness About Albinos

I am a citizen of the United States of America so I hesitate to comment on the unusual ideas of those living in other nations of the world. There are witch doctors in Africa and we have nut cases in this country who nightly appear on Fox News. There is a concept that is held by many inhabitants residing in east African nations that anyone who has an albino appearance is somehow possessed of incredible powers to do good. This idea is akin to that held by Republicans who believe if one is possessed by millions of dollars then one is prepared to devote working hours in order to increase the wealth of fellow Americans. Call it what you desire, but this is witch craft carried to the nth degree. Anyway, in Tanzania since 2000 at least 74 people have been murdered who are albinos. The latest victim is a four year old girl who has disappeared and her dad and three others are suspect.

An entire Albino corpse sells for about $60,000 but most bodies are cut up and parts sold to those seeking good luck. An election is coming up in Tanzania so many political seekers want an Albino part in order to win an election. This is similar to America where political figures want money from witch doctors in order to win an election.

The Madness of Israel Goes On

I was joyous at news that a new nation had arrived in the world in 1948 with the birth of Israel. I have worked on Holocaust education, studied in Israel and been supportive of nation in which Jews are able to feel safe and secure. However, I also believe the essential concept of the new nation of Israel was that her twenty percent of people who are Muslim and Christian also had the right to feel safe and secure. From day one of the creation of Israel, among the most important issues has been emergence of a Muslim nation which would cooperate with Israel in establishing peace and security for all people in the region. Unfortunately, it has been decades since a Muslim leader has been willing to negotiate with Israel. However, the leader of Egypt in 1978, President Sadat, did agree with peace. However, the leaders of Jordan have worked for peace with Israel. And now, the leader of Palestine, President Abbas is willing to have peace.

President Abbas and his allies on the Security Council attempted to get a resolution passed which would require the end of Israel occupation of the West Bank within three years. It failed passage by one vote due to pressure exerted upon Nigeria by the US and Israel. So, if not now the end of occupation, then when? A nation that has as its Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is not ready to move toward peace for itself or the region. It is time to end the occupation of the West Bank and fight the good battle for peace and justice for ALL people in the West Bank.

Two Yea rOld Shoots Mom!

Every so often another story about shooting and death really captures my attention. I was raised in the slums of the south Bronx in New York City where we had gangs and gang fights, and we also had the Sullivan law which prohibited the easy access to a weapon of death. Veronica Rutledge lived in the small town of Hayden, Idaho and she took her four children out shopping. They were in an electronic store in this small town, and the two year old child was sitting in the shopping cart. The toddler reached into mom’s purse as most children do, and found a strange toy. The baby played with the toy which actually, was a small revolver. Baby went bang, bang and mom slumped over dead. Dad said that his wife had a permit to carry a concealed gun and wanted the world to know that “she was not responsible” for the accident.

If not her, then who? Why in God’s sake is a mother taking a gun with her while out shopping in a small town where everyone knows one another? This is the ultimate madness of our gun laws. I await a gun shooting at a wedding as the groom reaches out for the ring.