Category Archives: Muslims

IRAQ –Send In NRA And Tea Party!!

It has become increasingly clear as events unroll in Iraq that the only hope for survival of this nation is to send in the NRA and members of the Tea Party. Just imagine how General Ted Cruz would handle the situation in that nation that has arisen due to actions of Islamic militants? Just imagine if red blooded God fearing decent Americans were allowed to use their guns, and actually shoot men who also had guns? Just imagine what men who readily take care of defenseless deer would do to those barbaric Muslim fanatics?? I believe it is time for the whimp President Obama to step aside and allow men who understand how to fight, and who are patriots in the fight against terrorism to have an opportunity to carry out their beliefs in violence.

OK,there are a few problems such as Iraq Prime Minister Maliki who is to fighting terrorism as the NRA and
Tea Party are to fighting against poverty and national security. Whatever makes sense, simply do the opposite. OK, so Maliki is corrupt, so is the NRA and Tea Party. OK, so Maliki wants to stir up sectarian division within the nation, so do the NRÅ and Tea Party. OK, when it comes to actually solving any problem, Maliki will do the opposite. I believe this also fits members of the NRÅ and Tea Party.

Read the words of a Sunni Iraq political leader who wants his nation to address problems and solve them. Sunni MP Hamed al-Mudlaq: “We are at a crossroads with Maliki. We need to forget about sectarian divisions that are currently in place. Mr. Maliki has torn this country apart with religious and political sectarianism and corruption.”

Response of Mr. Maliki supporters: “What we are against is formation of a government outside the Constitution.” Spoken like a true NRA or Tea Party member!

US Downgrades Obama

Recent polls indicate that most Americans are not impressed by the presidency of Barack Obama.In some polls he now ranks as the least competent American president since the end of World War II. Naturally, the Republican party and Fox News and those who hate the very thought of someone with dark skin as our president will applaud this view. This blog has frequently been critical of the performance of our president, but is he the worst since 1945 is an interesting question? If he is, we should examine what he did or did not do.

1. A president is the national spokesperson of the nation. Every great president was able to communicate ideas to the public. On this point, He has never explained anything that he does. Even today, most Americans still do not know the meaning of his Affordable Care Act. Ironically, when Americans are polled on specific pieces of the act, they agree with it. Given this discrepancy, the rating must be–D.

2. He inherited a mess in Iraq. In fairness he did what had to be done in Iraq–leaving. However, again, there was no clear statement about why we did not sign any agreement with the Iraq government. To this day, few Americans know it was refusal on the part of the Iraq government to allow American soldiers to be tried in military courts that ended our presence. Why the secret? Tell it to the American people. If America was leaving Iraq, then what was to be our policy in the Middle East? He never offered one. Rating: D-

3. Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu constantly refused to compromise with Palestinian leader President Abbas. After the victory in 2008, the new president had about one year to compel Netanyahu to engage in peace talks. He hesitated, he refused to get tough. Sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East with the power to get tough with Netanyahu and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority might have gotten results. Perhaps not, but it was worth a try. Rating: C

4. Republicans were out to get him from day one of his administration. In 2009, he had a majority in both houses of Congress. He never learned the lesson of Franklin Roosevelt that the initial 100 days was the time to push through laws. He never learned the importance of co-opting Republicans. For example, asking Senator John McCain to be his representative in Afghanistan by heading a study group to come up with future policy. Meeting each and every member of Congress in a private session by the end of 2009. Would it have changed Republicans? Most probably not, but it was worth a gamble. Rating C-.

5. Obama remains the most aloof president in recent times. He has the worst record for press conferences of any American president since WWII. He never learned the importance of the press conference. Each press conference means that day, the president controls the news. He did not reach out to reporters, he stood away from them. He did not use the press conference to speak with Americans in clear terms. Rating: D.

So, how do we rate Obama? Definitely, not among the top presidents since WWII. Most probably a C one.

Flight From Or Toward Mosul??

The American media is filled with horror stories from Iraq and Republican congressmen are daily reciting their outrage on Fox News how Barack Obama “lost Iraq to Muslim terrorists.” A new mantra is emerging within the Republican party that things were going great in Iraq until the dude from Africa took office, and began a campaign to transform peaceful Iraq into a divided nation. However, on the road leading from or to Mosul which is now under control of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq,(ISIS) a different story is emerging. Those traveling the road leading to or from Mosul now encounter Kurdish troops–”Last Peshmerga Checkpoint” which are manned by Kurdish troops ready and able to handle the ISIS. A driver told a reporter that he was headed back to Mosul. “Everything is normal there. The ISIS people do not interfere. Hospitals, municipal services, it’s business as usual. In other words, a city of nearly two million people was taken over without any opposition by a few thousand men.

A police officer who was headed back to Mosul explained to a reporter why he was going home. He bitterly discussed his Shiite superiors. “They don’t even consider we Sunnis to be human beings. Only Shiites got promoted to become officers. We were second class citizens.” Now he wants to return to a city run by Sunnis who intend to make Shiites second class citizens. So, those in cars headed south from Mosul are Shiites or any of the remaining Christians who fear death in a city run by Sunnis. In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected any idea of forming a coalition government that includes Sunni and Shiites. That is why people are headed north to Mosul or south away from Mosul.

They Know Best For You!

There is good news coming out of Washington D.C. pertaining to the right of Americans to enjoy some sort of privacy in their lives. The good news is that those who decide what is right or wrong about what can or can not be invaded is still under the control of our government. We can sleep comfortably at night knowing the NSA, the CIA, the FBI and God knows what other agencies are awake and protecting us against evil doers. It is so wonderful knowing that our beloved government knows better than you and I what you and I should do or can not do. The Privacy and Civil Liberties for Oversight Board(PCLOB) is awake when you and I are asleep. PCLOB Chair David Medine wants one and all to know that his agency walks “right up to the line of constitutionality” because it loves Americans and understands more completely than the average American what sort of privacy he is entitled to.

Medine supports warrantless searches just weeks after the House of Representatives voted to end them. OK, so we elected the House of Representatives, but who knows better what should be our rights, those we elect or those who spend day and night knowing what is good for us? Think of the PCLOB as your friendly doctor who knows that you have cancer and he will make certain the cancer will not kill you. Just follow his directions, he knows best. Look at the bright side, you can have sex with your spouse or loved one, and the PCLOB will not be checking on your performance. Who you fuck is your business, provided, of course, it is not some Muslim terrorist!

Then again, would you sleep more comfortably tonight if the PCLOB supervised your sex life?

Revenge Not Sweet, Just Revenge

I am a citizen of the United States of America so it is normal in my society for people with anger to murder the innocent. Each year hundreds die due to someone whipping out a gun and blasting away at someone else because he feels justified in engaging in the act of murder. Three Jewish boys were murdered in Israel,and their bodies placed in shallow graves. Murder is a horrible act, the murder of children even more so. No one can comfort a parent whose child was killed by those who have hate in their hearts and lack any sense of compassion. Since the kidnapping occurred, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in raising the level of hate in his country by promises of revenge. He has made quite clear that revenge against the killers must occur. Unfortunately, at this moment, no one knows for certainty exactly who are the murderers. Netanyahu blames members of Hamas. There is a high probability his guess is correct. Hamas contains thousands of young men whose goal in life is to murder innocent Jews. However, at this moment, there is no evidence that Hamas leaders ordered or sanctioned the murders.

Two nights ago hundreds of Israelis roamed the streets of Jerusalem chanting, “death to Arabs.” Seventeen year old Mohammad Abu Khdar was on his way to prayers. Suddenly, a dark colored car drove up to him, three men got out and shoved him into the car. About an hour later his dead body was found in another part of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkakt made clear, “this is a horrible barbarous act which I strongly condemn.” Netanyahu termed it a “reprehensible murder.” However, for days he has charged that Palestinian President Abbas is somehow responsible for the behavior of men seeking revenge against Jews. I wonder if we can now hold Prime Minister Netanyahu responsible for the death of this innocent child?

Of course not, Benjamin Netanyahu did not kill Mohammad Abu Khdar. People incited by cries of “revenge” decided to commit an act of what they termed to be, “revenge.” As usually occurs, when people are driven by “revenge,” the innocent die. Always the innocent!

On July 4th! A Day For Immigrants To Affirm!

This year marks my 83rd July 4th since I arrived in August of 1930 and thus missed July 4th of that year. July 4th always had meaning during my early years of life since I was a fanatic baseball fan and so loved having a double header(for the price of one game) played by all major league baseball teams. I could listen on my radio to the exploits of the New York Yankees in an era when they won world series after world series. Baseball players were giants in my life, they represented the end result of my dreams. Of course, my initial eleven July 4th came at a time when we had poverty, but no war. Then came World War II and July 4th was a day when we honored those who fought against Nazism and the Japanese. At least we knew very clearly who were the good and who were the bad guys in our lives. On July 4th we stood as a nation united, we felt as one in the struggle against evil. There was no ambiguity, the Nazis and “Japs” were the enemies.

As the child of immigrants, in those days no one differentiated between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants, we were simply immigrants blessed to be in a land where we all worked to defeat evil doers. I always felt a certain moment of patriotism standing at Yankee Stadium as the sang our nation’s song. Years later when I served in the armed forces, July 4th made me feel part of America. I was not the son of “foreigners,” I was an American. We understood that if one lived and worked in America it was simply a matter of time before they began to think and behave as an American. Who cared from whence you came, who cared if you were a recent arrival, the only important thing was–did you want to become an American!

I once wrote a history of America. I felt proud in so doing. It enabled me to bring together all memories of July 4th into one story. We Americans are ALL IMMIGRANTS! The issue for Americans has never been –how did you get here! No, the issue for Americans has always been–do you love America and will you fight for its continued existence!!

Get Marriage Proposal, Wrong Guy, Death Awaits

I am a member of what is termed, “Western Civilization,” so it ill behooves me to make comments regarding those of Asian or African regions of the world which over the centuries have evolved their own ideas pertaining to the act of marriage. After all, we Christians and Jews have murdered millions of people because they had differing religions. We don’t have to get into the entire story of the Holocaust which is a tale of murder, slaughter, horror and death. So, I tend to be careful when discussing religious behavior in other parts of this planet. But, every once and a while, I just have to shake my head in wonder how any humans can behave to those who seek to get married. I do understand that way back in the history of Western Civilization young folk had to get permission to marry from their parents, but that was a long time ago and today we are in the 21st century.

But, just about every week there is one or another story from Pakistan in which young people want to marry against the wishes of parents, and the end result is –Death! Muafia Bibi decided, for one reason or another, that she wanted to marry a 30 year old guy who had just ended two prior marriages. Anyway, mom, dad, her uncles and grandpa lured the newly married couple to the family house, and then proceeded to kill both of them. Just a simple case of getting hitched without permission.

In another example, a 20 year old girl rejected the marriage proposal of a 26 year old guy who proceeded to douse her with gasoline and set her afire. Just some further love tales from Pakistan.

Three Children Died–Dozens More Also Will Die

Three sweet innocent young boys were found dead in Israel or Palestine or whatever one seeks to term a piece of land in what is known as the Middle East. These boys simply wanted to live a life filled with learning and prayer hoping in this process to become closer to God. Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, Naftal Fraenkel were Jews, they were teenagers, they were innocent of any injustice or hatred, but they are dead. Even as I write these words, Israel bombers are blasting the Gaza Strip in the anger and fury that ordinarily follows when a loved one is murdered in the Middle East. A few innocent Muslim boys are already dead, and there is scant doubt that others will follow. As so often is the case in what we term, the Middle East, the death of one must be avenged by the death of a dozen. ALL sides in this conflict are determined that Death must be the answer to any hurt committed to one of their own. For ALL sides in this conflict, God urges them to take revenge, at least that is their interpretation of God.

Israel claims that Hamas was behind the murders. Hamas claims they had nothing to do with the murders. There is no doubt we most probably will not discover who did the killings, or whether or not Hamas ordered these killings. Israel insists the murderers are Murwan Kawasmme and Abu Ayshe. Most probably the Israel secret police are correct, I simply do not know, but must accept those who devote their lives to killing have knowledge. Bombs are falling in the Gaza Strip as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises -REVENGE AND JUSTICE. He blames Palestinian President Abbas for the murders even though the Palestinian leader denounced these killings and offered assistance to uncover the culprits.

Perhaps, if those in charge in the Middle East would halt for a moment in their anger, in their desire for revenge and seek a true revenge for these deaths. Perhaps, these boys would best be remembered if in their deaths, both sides abandoned revenge for a moment and worked out a peaceful approach to their conflicts. If their deaths led to peace, and the end of revenge, then their deaths were not in vain.

Ban The Burqa? Why?

The French government has passed laws that make it a crime for a woman to wear a burqa while out in public. The theory behind this law is somehow having a woman who wanders the streets with her face all covered up somehow makes it difficult for her to act in accordance with French culture. Somehow, this act of covering up impairs the ability of the French people to “live together” as citizens of France. Judges at the European Court of Human Rights(ECHR) issued a ruling that supported the French government. We assume that people in France can now sleep comfortably knowing that the hordes of Muslim women who wear the burqa in public must uncover their faces to the world. Latest figures indicate that within a nation containing over 50,000,000 people only 1,900 are women seeking to cover their face!

I once taught in a college in New York City in which there were female students who wore a burqa. I met with them privately, discussed calmly their needs and we negotiated a compromise. I was told how close to their bodies I could approach before they felt uncomfortable. I agreed when one saw me in my office, they could bring a friend and the door was left open. However, they also agreed that since this was a public college, they would sit in groups with males. The sky did not fall. Life went on and we were a class in which all were shown respect for their ideas.

Oh, there were also Orthodox Jewish girls. They also did not wish to be in my office unless accompanied by another female. They also made clear that I could never touch their bodies like shake their hands. Again, life went on. Why can’t we simply display respect for those whose customs do not agree with our own??

The Original Intention Of Our Founding Fathers

I have spent my life in the study of American history, and at one point even wrote a history of the United States of America. I have read the words of our Founding Fathers, James Madison or Alexander Hamilton or George Washington, and definitely what Thomas Jefferson wrote about religious freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution dealt with FREEDOM. Our Founding Fathers were concerned about Freedom of speech, of thought, and definitely of religion. I am not a legal scholar in any way,shape or form compared to the knowledge of Justice Scalia or Justice Roberts or any of the so-called Original Intention judges claiming to know what was in the minds of our Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, for this group of “legal scholars” it is quite clear they are not “scholars” when it comes to history nor when it comes to our Founding Fathers. The Hobby Lobby most probably has our Founding Fathers up in Heaven shaking their heads in confusion and bewilderment that any so-called, “scholar” would believe it was their intention that one’s religious views were more important than the views of our political leaders.

Most important for our Founding Fathers was: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. They wanted an end to government having links to churches and imposing a “government view” upon the inhabitants of America. They wanted a world in which all could pray as they desired, and that no religion could be linked to operations of the government. Jefferson once said he wanted his fight to separate church and state to be mentioned on his tomb stone. Allowing a corporation to insist their religious views allowed them to refuse to obey the government would have shocked Jefferson.

And, by the way, Justice Scalia, our Founding Fathers differed and argued throughout the Constitutional Convention, there was no ONE INTENTION. However, it is clear that all agreed on separation of church and state. It would be patriotic if Catholic Supreme Court Justices separated THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS from their role as judges who do not represent the Catholic Church on matters of legality. Their responsibility is to represent the views of Americans in 2014.