Category Archives: Islam

Horror Of Guantanamo Lives On

As you may recall we are a democratic nation which adheres to principles of justice and humanity. You may recall that incoming President Barack Obama promised to end the brutality that had been created by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio who established a prison in Guantanamo in our part of Cuba. Of course, the rest of Cuba is controlled by communists who hate the rule of law and social justice. I assume since Americans were on Cuban soil what else could they do but behave like Communists running another gulag. Mohamedou Ould Slahi has spent the past twelve years in that inferno we call a “prison.” Yes, in the 1990s he did work for jihad in Afghanistan when that land was controlled by the Soviet Union. Of course, so was the CIA which funded Muslim jihad against the enemy of America. He was captured and since that day has never been charged with any crime. He has never seen a piece of evidence that links him with al-Qaeda. He has endured torture and brutality at the hands of those in the employ of President Obama, you know, the dude who was taught constitutional law!

US District Court Judge Jamews Robertson ordered the release of Mr. Slahi but Attorney General Eric Holder simply requested to appeal that verdict which means more years of delay. Mr. Slahi has just released his diary of brutality and abuse. When did it become part of the American story to torture and abuse people? What has happened to our nation and its standards of Law?

Bibi Behaves Like Bibi

There is no doubt that future historians will regard the foreign policy of President Barack Obama in the Middle East as a story of failed opportunities to move toward peace in the region. From day one of his administration he has bowed before Israel’s lobby, AIPAC, whose members are theoretically loyal Americans, but in reality serve the purposes of those Israelis refusing to seek peace with Palestinians. Let me make perfectly clear that the interests of Israel lie on pursuing the path of peace with Palestinians. Let me also make perfectly clear that Palestinian leaders have turned down one after another proposals for peace from those Israel leaders who DID seek such an end for their nation.

With the rise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the road to peace has become increasingly difficult. The nonstop seizure of land by Jewish settlers makes any effort to gain peace very problematic. To make matters worse, Bibi Netanyahu has blatantly interfered in the affairs of America by supporting the Republican Party. So, there is no surprise that House Speaker John Boehner issued an invitation for the prime minister of Israel to address Congress. This has shocked the White House. Bernadette Meehan of the NSC issued a statement. “We do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to new elections so as to avoid the appearance of influencing elections in a foreign nation.” Actually, the Prime Minister of Israel had no intention of seeing the President of the United States. This is an unheard of insult to the leader of America. Ordinarily, a head of state seeks permission from another head of state prior to talking with local political leaders.

Score one for AIPAC which will undoubtedly raise millions for Republicans in the next AMERICAN election!

YES, Islamophobia DOES EXIST!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear to those attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that Muslims DO confront a world in which being a member of the Muslim religion ensures that leaders of western nations will blame them for all problems in the world. “We want our friends in the West to see that Islamophobia has become a serious problem.” No honest person can disagree with this comment. People in the Christian West insist that Muslims are violent. This belief is from members of the Christian religion whose German people murdered over TWENTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II! And, Christians claim that Muslims are violent! Oh, I forgot that Muslims killed three thousand on 9/11. And, some Muslims have beheaded a dozen people. FACTS prove that Christians are the most violent people in the world. I can just hear someone arguing those Christians existed sixty years ago. Add up all those murdered by Muslims and they do not equal the 30,000 Americans killed by guns last year.

Erdogan went on to warn fellow Muslims they must rethink their behaviors. “When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in, terrorists and modern Lawrences.” He was referring to Lawrence of Arabia. I ordinarily blast the behavior of budding dictator, Recep Erdogan, but this is a refreshing honest comment on his part.

Enough with blaming ALL Muslims for the actions of SOME Muslims!

Nothing New On Middle Eastern Front

It is common in any discussion about the Middle East for experts to offer some form of “explanation” as to why this or that group committed a horrible crime. Muslims blame other Muslims or blame Israelis. Jews in Israel blame Muslims -just remember that about 17% of people in Israel are Muslims. The death of innocent people can never be “explained away.” There is absolutely no right of anyone, regardless of their anger to murder the innocent nor torture the innocent. People in Tel Aviv got on a bus and headed for work. Just another boring day on a bus headed for the daily grind. A Palestinian boarded the bus, headed for the driver and then took out a kitchen knife and began to stab people. At least nine are injured, and the man was finally wounded by police. There is no doubt this crime will be cited by some Israelis as justification to build more walls or, perhaps, to segregate riders on busses or not allow Palestinians on any bus that contains Jews.

Both Jews and Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian Authority live in the past which they insist most continue in the present and into the future. As of this point in time neither side has any form of leadership which offers solutions to the problems between the rival groups. Sorry, about that last sentence. Both sides DO have proposals, continue the present! If the hole is getting deeper, the solution is to make it ever deeper and, hopefully, one day wind up in China.

State Of The Union Not Universally Greeted

President Barack Obama gave a speech before members of the United States Congress and he apparently failed to gain support for his ideas from members of the body. Most Republicans are very upset because the dude from Africa did not get on his knees and promise to obey the dictates of Republican leaders. Most were furious because at no time during his speech did the President admit his party had lost the past election and they had won it. After all, if your party wins an election the other party should at least admit defeat and promise to do what you desire. After all, after Obama won the 2008 election, members of the Republican party met to plan how they would obstruct anything this man desired. There were no words about, “we lost the election so now we have to cooperate with the party that won it.” The fury of Republican complaints about the speech are simply ludicrous given the history of refusal on the part of that party to cooperate about anything during the past six years!

Oh, Senator Marco Rubio went into another of his angry outbursts about extending diplomatic relations with Cuba. After all, if a policy that has been in place for seventy years and has failed to change the government of Cuba it is certainly no time to make changes. All Marco wants is another seventy years of failure. OK the speech is finished, there was absolutely not way that anything stated by the President would have resulted in compliments from his opponents. Of course, if he had gone to his knees and promised to do what they said, most probably Republicans would have blasted him for not being humble enough.

The speech is over and it is time to begin the gridlock of doing nothing.

By the way, fewer than 40% of Americans actually voted in the past election. So, there is NO evidence “the American people support the Republican party.”

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

A boss at a meeting speaks with the voice of truth.

Sometimes the short road takes a long time to reach a desired destination.

On arriving late one must wave hands in greeting.

To write is to live forever.

If I wipe the table clean then I am a job destroyer.

Old time gangsters were more interesting than modern gangsters.

I dislike looking up to tall men. Makes me feel short.

In my childhood I wore a white tee shirt in the summer.

Sometimes, to glance backwards is to see ahead.

One must accept with grace the reality there are things we will never know.

Banish Winter TV Blues

The onset of winter leads to a sense of the blues in those areas of the nation in which people must endure winter weather and snow. We offer some tips on how society can end the blues for those who must endure this form of despair:

1. No more TV shows in which Mike Huckabee declaims about the evil un-American folks who live on the west or east shows. Last night on Jon Stewart he insisted those on the coasts are not really true Americans. Sorry Mike, but a few million men from the east and west coasts risked their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Exactly what did the chubby minister of God ever do to help save America?

2. An end to Beyonce and her demanding body. Frankly, she turns me off with her pseudo sense of power.

3. I would be so happy watching a TV show in which Rupert Murdoch explains why he created Fox News for we Americans. Or, he can head home to Australia and pester those people.

4. Allow me to watch a football game on TV without having to hear those inane comments from the blond haired woman on the sidelines who thinks she knows something about a game she never played.

5. I would so love to go to the movies and watch a film in which there was an issue other than than walking zombies and ghouls.

Oh well, at least the snow is pleasant to look at.

Putin Hates Charlie

There are many demonstrations in areas of Russia in which Muslims live. In a nation that refuses to allow demonstrations about human rights and even sends to jail those who dare protest about anything, the nation of Russia these days is witnessing thousands of people in the street yelling and screaming about those horrible people in France who dared to draw a cartoon. In the city of Grozny, capital of Chechnya, a land in which thousands of Muslims were murdered by Russian troops, thousands flocked to the streets in order to demand another beheading or murder of cartoonists. They carried signs insisting “I Love My Prophet Muhammed.” A Russian spokesperson said: “you and I see how European journalists and politicians utter false slogans about free speech and democracy.” Yes, in Putin Russia where thousands of Muslims have been killed by the government, Muslims are upset at cartoons in France!

There is something horribly wrong among Muslims in Russia who are joining hands with the devil who murdered Muslims. I have a hunch a few cartoons is more helpful to the cause of Muslims than aiding Putin in his campaign against freedom in Russia.

Karl Marx Was Right!

The demise of the Soviet Union led most people to conclude the ideas of Karl Marx were wrong for the world. A brutal dictatorship which murdered millions of innocent people and stifled any ability of people to inhabit a world of ideas resulted in few accepting the precepts of Karl Marx. First of all, Marx never urged establishment of a leadership that killed members of the working class nor did he urge gulags and death camps for poor people. The society created by Joseph Stalin was NEVER the dream of Karl Marx. Unfortunately, the ideas of Marx were never followed by those who claimed to be his intellectual children. Let’s examine the record of what Karl Marx actually DID say:

1. He forecast that wealthy capitalists would dominate the economic life of society. FACT: The latest count is that 1% of the wealthiest humans have more wealth than the other 99%.

2. He predicted the gradual economic decline of the middle class. This is exactly what is happening in capitalist societies whether they be the United States of America or Greece.

3. He predicted that workers would feel alienated from their daily work. They would cease having pride in what they do. Just ask those working in fast food places or those in a part time job.

4. He predicted that religion would be an opiate that blinds people from reality. Check your daily newspaper or web site for confirmation of what he said.

5. He predicted that wealthy people would control government. Anyone who disagrees?

Karl Marx urged a society in which there was distribution of wealth based upon the principle of “from each according to his ability.” Sounds good to me!

Gun Rights For Kids!

I admit my frustration with the current leadership of the National Rifle Association. I assumed those leading this great American institution would support the rights of Americans to possess a weapon of their choice. I was shocked and amazed when police in Evansville, Indiana took away a gun from an American citizen and there was not a word of protest from the NRA! A mother in that town who is divorced and going steady with Michael Barnes, a God fearing wonderful son of America, decided that her two year old son was ready to play with guns. So, he had the boy place a 40 caliber gun in his mouth. Remember, it is NEVER too early to get our red blooded boys familiar with the working of a gun. OK, so Michael has committed a few robberies, so did many great American gun heroes like Dillinger or Jesse James.

What is so wrong with allowing a two year old to play with a gun? Once he understands that guns are great to suck on, the next step is he will be ready to fire this weapon of love. So, where is the NRA on this issue? We need to rewrite the 2nd Amendment to read: “Every American citizen from birth on has the right to defend him or herself with a weapon of their choice!