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Danes Don’t Act Like Danes

The story of the Holocaust is replete with tales of horror, it was a time when people turned their backs on neighbors because they were Jewish. In thousands of examples, the average person gazed away when innocent people were loaded onto trains and sent to their deaths. But within this horror stood the example of the noble people of Denmark who gathered together in order to save the Jews of Denmark.

Fast forward seventy years until 2016. Denmark is the destination of thousands of Muslims fleeing death in the Middle East. A new law in Denmark requires each of these refugees to turn over to the Danish government any wealth they possess over the sum of $1100. This money will be used to care for refugees.

Oh, in fairness, the Danish government will allow refugees to keep anything that has sentimental value.

Hillary Hits Home Run

There is no question that Hillary Clinton was on her game last night at the Democratic debate. In contrast to Bernie, she was calm. She was forceful, she cited  specific events to support her ideas. Hillary has learned that Americans do not want a candidate to wander off into generalities. Bernie promises and promises but does not present specific details on how what he promises will be paid for except to cite new taxes.

Reality: there are two important issues confronting Americans. One is income inequality and lack of good paying jobs. The other is fear of “terrorists.” At no point during the evening did Bernie cite how he would confront the latter except to cite his vote agains the Iraq invasion. Hillary discussed her efforts to create a coalition to deal with Iran. Bernie never explained how he would bring together nations in the Middle East to fight terrorism.

At the conclusion of the debate when asked who was the president who most influenced her, Hillary cited Abraham Lincoln. She noted he used the federal government to build the transcontinental railroad. He established free land grant colleges. He welcomed immigrants. A brilliant piece of political thinking to link the issues of 2016 with the issues of the Civil War.

Bernie The Candidate

I watched the Democratic debate and decided to view this interaction through the eyes of someone who is 65 plus. Those who fall into this category lived through the administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill  Clinton and then Bush and Obama. The dominant characteristic of president in this group was they were calm during a crisis. They spoke softly and firmly in order to calm the American people.

Bernie Sanders is the complete opposite of how American presidents present themselves to the public. He shouts, he waves arms, he speaks with a voice threatening doom and destruction. He speaks about being a “democratic Socialist.” I also have been a Democratic Socialist my entire life, but I make certain to cast ideas within the framework of the American experience, because the word “Socialist” does not play well with 95% of Americans.

Bernie appeals to those who are under the age of 30, and loses just about anyone over the age of 65. He fails to place his ideas within the American context. Examples:

He shouts “Socialism” instead of quietly saying: “I want to restore the free enterprise system to ALL Americans. If I earn $116,000 I pay 6% of my salary in Social Security, if I earn $600,000 I pay 1% of my salary in Social Security. Let’s give every American an opportunity to pursue his or her economic dreams.” Instead, he cites foreign nations. Sorry Bernie, that is a no, no. Why not cite Theodore Roosevelt or Franklin Roosevelt?

Bernie presents himself as someone outside of the American dream. He never cites Abraham Lincoln who created free land grant colleges. Why not?

Donald Trump Discusses Everything

Donald Trump gave Wolf Blitzer an interview and discussed just about everything on his mind:

!. Megyn Kelly: “She hates me. She is not fair. Maybe I will show up Thursday for the Fox debate, maybe not. Of course, she can’t stop me.  I have no idea why she hates me. Everyone loves me but this woman!”

2. Sarah Palin. “Now, this is one smart woman. A real good woman, a woman who loves America–unlike a woman we all know who does not–and she is loved by the American people. Sure, I would put her in my Cabinet. She is one tough cookie, a real woman, a woman of the people. We need such women,not like that broad from Fox News.”

3. ISIS. “Do I have a great plan to handle ISIS. I sure do have a great plan and when I put it into action that will be the end of ISIS. What is the  plan? I am not like that stupid Obama who always told the enemy our plans. Keep them off balance, keep them guessing, that is part of my Great Plan. I will guarantee you, Wolf, I will guarantee the American people that MY great plan will end ISIS So, you Muslims, beware the Donald man is going to wipe you out!”

4. Obama. “He is stupid. The entire Obama government is stupid.We need some smart guys in government, and yours truly is the guy. I am a great business man, I am a great thinker, and I am NOT stupid!”

No Shoot Out At Airports

The Federal Transport Security  Administration reports a record number of guns  have been confiscated at airports. We checked with several Republican candidates about this apparent violation of the 2nd Amendment.

Ted Cruz: “First Obama came for the guns at airports, then he came for the guns in subways, and next he will come for YOUR GUN!

Carly Fiorina: “I dare any member of the Obama Gestapo to take my  gun which I intend to carry on a plane in order to halt a terrorist attack. I DARE them!

Ben Carson: “I really don’t think we should take guns away from people who want to carry them on planes. That would hurt their feelings.”

Donald Trump:  “I intend to build a great wall around airports to prevent government agents from getting in to take away our 2nd Amendment guns.”

Check Mate In Saudi Arabia

I have been playing chess all my life and never once thought about the game in the manner that it is regarded by some Muslim clerics. Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdelaziz al-Sheikh has issued a fatwa to all those in his land seeking to engage in a game of chess.  He terms the playing of chess as “included under gambling” and a “waste of  time and money and a cause of  hatred and enmity between players.”WoW!

The good news is that the hated Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini years ago gave the OK to play chess in his nation. NOW, that is a good reason to re-establish relations with Iran and tell the Saudis to go play with their oil rigs!

Another Peaceful Day in Pakistan

Pakistan enjoys an unusual role in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and within its own border.  During the 1990s, the Pakistan secret service –ISI- organized young Afghan boys who were attending madrases paid for by Saudi Arabia to learn how to hate the US and the west. It was from this group that the Taliban was created to take over Afghanistan. Even today, large groups of Taliban live in safety within the border of Pakistan.

However, some Taliban are furious that Pakistan officials still work with the US.  They have carried out horrible massacres of students in Pakistan schools. They struck again two days ago murdering ten children and wounding dozens. Just about every day somewhere in Pakistan, the Taliban-created by the ISI murders the children of Pakistan!!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

If t he word, “great” were stricken from the English language Donald would not be able to make a single speech.

If gibberish were a virtue then Sarah Palin would be a saint in heaven.

I increasingly miss Rand Paul from these debates.

Ben Carson reminds me of the little boy who just dropped his ice cream cone and is looking at it.

I continue hear the expression, “take America back again,” and did not realize it was taken someplace by someone or some thing.

WE really need Carly Fiorina these days to save our nation from something!

Who Gets Killed Today?

Each day we pick up a newspaper to discover how many  people got killed in Syria. Each day, some commentator in Syria shows pictures of dead bodies, and it is absolutely certain at least three of four will be children.  Latest figures indicate that since Russia began its bombing offense a few  months ago, at least 1,000 civilians have been killed. The Russians insist they also killed  893 Islamic militants. Most probably the dead bad guys are those who oppose President Assad.

My questions are:

How does a pilot know exactly which guy down below is a bad guy?

Who collects this data– the pilots or some people in some office, somewhere?

Is there any possibility, even a slim one, that innocent people also die during these attacks?

P.S. The other guys killed over 4,000 bad guys.

It’s Getting Hottter

Anyone seeking to be elected for any position in the United States of America is warned that any statement regarding changes in our  weather is akin to an attack on the very foundation of what America holds dear– we are an exceptional The year 2015 set the record for the hottest year since such records were kept back in 1850. Global temperature was 0.75C degrees higher and even higher than the prior record of 0.57C in 2014. So, why this rise:

1. The current group of candidates seeking the Republican nomination produce sufficient  hot air to cause global warming to increase.

2. One hour of Sarah Palin talking, or what goes for a “talk” causes hot air storms to rip through the Middle East and create drought and ISIS to thrive.

The good news is that if Donald Trump were elected President we would not have this daily explosion of hot air. So, vote for Trump if you want to end global warming!