Category Archives: Muslims

Bibi -Check Reality!

I do understand that among all too many Jews in this country if anyone makes any negative comment about the mouth that roars in Israel, one Benjamin Netanyahu, then one is guilty of “hating Jews” or “hating Israel.” However, each day it becomes increasingly clear that Bibi Netanyahu has lost any contact with reality in the Middle East. The Interdisciplinary Center in Hevzilya, which is an Israel center of academic study, recently conducted a secret survey in Saudi Arabia. They wanted to know how typical Saudi Arabia inhabitants thought about current issues. Here are the results:

53% named Iran as their main enemy.
22% named the Islamic State as an enemy.
18% named Israel as an enemy.

Oh, 85% supported the Saudi Peace Initiative which offered recognition of Israel in exchange for return to the 1967 borders.

One conclusion of this study is that Saudis have a great identify of interests with Israel and are ready to make peace. So, how about it, Bibi, work for peace?

On Goodwin’s Law

There is a law which recently has come to my attention. According to Goodwin’s Law, “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approached one.”

How about a few other laws?

1. If Rick Santorum speaks longer than five minutes, he invariably will make a nasty comment about Pope Francis and bad scientists.

2. If Jeb Bush makes a speech, he will, at some moment, refer to his brother, George, and get in hot water.

3. If Ted Cruz opens his mouth for more than two minutes the issue of what exactly did he learn at Harvard enters the picture.

4. If Sarah Palin makes any comment, at some point someone will wonder why John McCain ever selected her in 2008 will arise.

5. If Rick Perry appears wearing glasses, someone will make a comment about his “new approach.”

Stopsky’s Final Law, allow any candidate for the Republican Party to speak, and within one minute there is a reference to Barack Obama as the blame for Iraq problems.

Turkish Paranoia Continue

Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party arrived on the scene a dozen years ago and instituted several important changes in society. The Army was finally prevented from interfering in the political process and the economy began to take off. But, somehow, along the way, Erdogan increasingly has become a man obsessed with the belief there are powerful forces throughout the world who spend their days and nights seeking to destroy both him and his party. The other day he informed the world about his “enemies.” According to him the American “Armenian lobby, homosexuals, and those who believe in Alevism, all those represent the representatives of sedition. (The Alevi are those who believe in a version of the Muslim religion which preaches tolerance for all).

He is very angry at the Turkish Democratic People’s Party which he claims receives support from “foreign media outlets seeking to make Turkey their colony.” Oh, among those “foreign media sources are The New York Times, the BBC and CNN.

Give it a break, Recep, I do not believe the New York Times has sessions devoted to infiltrating Turkey!

On Free Education

I am currently writing a book about the year, 1953, and thus encounter stories from that time period. I was reading the autobiography of Jack Welch who grew up to become the CEO of General Electric. Mr. Welch came from a poor family and attended the University of Massachusetts. He paid FITY DOLLARS FOR ALL COURSES EACH SEMESTER. His total cost for a college education, including room and board was ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. I attended City College of New York where my total cost for the entire four years was ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS since I lived at home. The point that most intrigues me is the attitude of the children and grandchildren of Jack Welch. I bet most of them oppose free education for poor people since it would cost them higher income tax. The lives they live today of wealth and security came because Jack Welch got a “free ride” in his education. Of course it was not a “free ride,” it was simply recognition by society that if youth are able to obtain higher education, the entire society winds up benefiting with them paying more in taxes.

So, what has happened to the traditional American belief that all children are entitled to a free education? CCNY was founded in 1848 and continued the concept of free education until the 1960s. Free college education always worked for the benefit of American society and it will work today. Unfortunately, those whose parents got the free education no longer believe in the concept. I wonder why?

P.S. Free college education most benefited the new poor immigrants.

Israel Girls Are Shafted

I do realize that if one is an American Jew the last thing one should do is utter any words about a problem in Israel. To state the obvious about problems in Israel is to be termed a “self hating Jew” or one “who hates Israel.” Anyway, there area few problems in Israel and one concerns the rights of young Jewish females to dress as they like. Many Israel high schools have introduced dress codes that blatantly discriminate again young girls. For example, they are not allowed to wear shorts to school. Here is the issue described by the girl who is identified as “R.14.” “There is a situation here in which they are blaming the victim. They tell girls not to come with shorts because the boys look. WE are the victim and they are blaming us. We aren’t a Haredi high school. At one high school girls were detained and arrived late for impotent exams.

Perhaps, it is time for American reform Jews to recognize that Israel each year is drifting into a theocracy in which the Orthodox impose their medieval ideas upon the rest of the population. They control marriage, they claim that all land designated for Palestinians by the UN belongs to them because God himself said so. The original Israel which was a beacon of democracy has now become a theocracy which is more like Muslim nations than democratic ones in the world.

We Solve Syria Mess

The so called nation of Syria has become a basket case of horror so it is time for new thinking. We offer some concrete proposals on how to end fighting and death in Syria:

1. President Bashar al Assad might turn over the country to President Vladimir Putin of Russia who would arrive with an army and air force. Naturally, Putin would go into the field of combat and beat the bad guys.

2. Have a shoot out at noon. Each leader of each faction faces off with an opponent and the last guy standing runs Syria.

3. Israel could drop o few of its atomic bombs and wipe out the mess. Ooops, I forgot, Israel is surrounded and defenseless!

4. How about allowing FIFA to take over the country and stage football games with the winner taking all?

5. Then again we could have a contest as to who best knows passages from the Quran, sort of a spelling bee.

I have a hunch these ideas make more sense than what currently is on or off the table.

The Real Sorrow Of FIFA

The media is all upset at bribery and corruption among FIFA leaders, but few are focusing on the real horror of this group of crooks. They award nations the right to hold the World Cup, but rarely place any conditions on the nation that receives this billion dollar gift. Qatar will be hosting the World Cup in 2022. It is a small country, but has gobs of oil so when it comes to billions, head for this land. Unfortunately, its population is not accustomed to hard physical labor and this task is outsourced to poor people from African or Asian lands. These men and women do the tough physical tasks while the native born folk sort of supervise the work. As of this moment any stadiums or other facilities are being build by imported labor.

The last count is, as this moment, about 1,200 workers have died while doing this hard labor. These people are allowed into Qatar, but have a hard time leaving. Their passport is confiscated by the boss and this prevents anyone complaining about work conditions, and God knows, the idea of a labor union would get anyone shot on the spot. A report by the International Trade Confederation estimated by the time all construction is ended, about 2200 people will be dead due to bad working conditions!

THIS is the real horror of corruption in FIFA!

A Hamas “Discussion”

Every so often Muslim groups in the Middle East utter some words that leave one wondering if they ever read what they say. Mushafa al Sawwat is a Palestinian journalist who works for Hamas and he came out for a plea that his group should sit down with the Israel government and have a “discussion.” He wants the Israel government and the Hamas government to understand that it is better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war. “If the negotiations are aimed at achieving general interests, without recognizing or making aid to the enemy,m then why should Hamas be afraid of direct or indirect negotiations?” The goal of these negotiations are simple: Israel should agree to release all Palestinian prisoners, lift its blockade, and accept that Hamas has the right to end the state of Israel.

Now, these seem to be fair goals that any Israel government would agree to. Hamas destroys Israel and in return?? On which planet is this guy living? NEGOTIATIONS ordinarily among humans refers to some give and take on each side. No wonder Hamas is restricted to a small plot of land.

Jeb Bush Salutes Our Heroes!

I feel so reassured to know that at least one candidate of the Republican party refuses to abandon our admiration for the former government of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Jeb Bush wants the American people to know that “what I admire most about my brother was that he kept us safe. And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.” He also wants Republicans to know that he disagrees with Senator Rand Paul who wants to end government surveillance of our lives. “This is a matter of national security. We shouldn’t surrender the tools that keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless;” Mighty strong words in defense of the Bush-other Bush, that is– policy of defense against weapons of mass destruction.

I wonder what the five thousand Americans who died in this venture into nothing that had anything to do with terrorism feel now that they are dead. I wonder if the 40,000 who were wounded feel about being “saved” by President Bush feel about that caring effort. And, I wonder what the estimated 500,000 who returned with PTSD feel about being “saved” by George Bush? I have a hunch this campaign approach is a losing one.

Erdogan Refutes The New York Times!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan is always ready to defend his nation against any and all enemies. He has now uncovered a vicious new foe whose only task in life is attacking the brave people of Turkey. Not only does this enemy verbally attack and attack, but it is seeking to give aid and comfort to ISIS as well as all terrorist groups in the Middle East. President Erdogan is sick and tired of these constant written assaults on his nation by, none other than: THE NEW YORK TIMES! Thank God Erodgan was quick enough to uncover the latest plan of this arch enemy. President Erdogan informed the world that the New York Times “called the Ottoman ruler Sultan Abdulhamind an absolute monarch.” Not only has the New York Times been smearing the good name of the Turkish government today, but it now displays “hate that is directed to the Ottoman state.” Wow!

Erdogan is convinced the New York Times is “close to the Armenian lobby and now recently the state of Pennsylvania.” Now, you might wonder why this American newspaper is making alliances with the state of Pennsylvania, so let me clear things up. In this state which harbors anti-Turkish rebels lives one Islamic cleric named Fethullah Gulen, whose only task in life is smearing the name of Erdogan. I believe the cleric and the New York Times have been referring to the fact that Turkey has now placed in prison over two hundred media reporters who also hate the Ottoman empire!