Category Archives: Religion

Kansas Is Not A Happy Place

The ongoing mantra of the Republican Party is that reducing taxes on the wealthy, reducing government expenditures results in a fantastic economic boom and an incredible rise in good paying jobs for all Americans. Governor Sam Brownback in the great state of Kansas has experimented with those supposedly sound economic concepts. The result is a growing state debt that has risen to over one billion dollars, declining government services for people, and -believe it or not– declining jobs for people! The great Brownback “experiment in economics”has failed. Moddy’s has dramatically reduced the credit rating of the state of Kansas because even economists do not believe the concept that reducing income results in more money and more jobs.

Just about every Republican running for a state office is currently trailing his Democratic rival. Every poll indicates that people in Kansas do not believe they are enjoying good times. They are worried sick about a declining economy, lack of money for schools, lack of money for those seeking health care, and lack of trust in the great Brownback “economic experiment.” Just imagine if Mitt Romney had become President and tried out this economic theory upon the American people?

Mother Russia Not So Happy

The people of Russia have slumbered for years while Vladimir Putin extends his power. His adventures in Ukraine have resulted in death for dozens of Russian soldiers and his defiance of sanctions by the United States, the European Union and nations like Japan caused the Russian economy to suffer. US and European technology is essential for tracking and exploration of Arctic areas for oil, but sanctions caused this material to become unavailable for Russia. Blackwater Group LP, a financial institution, announced it was pulling our of Russia due to declining economic opportunities. Oil production has declined about 20% for the Russian economy. Putin’s belief he can simply approach China for economic assistance is not working because that country lacks skilled people to work in extracting oil from frozen regions of the world. There is a growing scarcity of goods in Russia even while Putin declares he will continue fighting for the “rights” of Ukranians.

There was an amazing sight in Moscow this weekend. Tens of thousands marched to protest Putin’s Ukraine policies. Tens of thousands were shouting, “No To War” or “Putin Stop Lying.” For the first time in years Vladimir Putin was not being hailed as a great man. Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue, and the “great leader” will finally come to his senses.

Democrats On Offense

Democratic candidates are plunging into the fight against conservatism by returning to the good old days of liberalism. Instead of retreating from the Affordable Care Act, they are defending the law that caused so much grief after its disastrous debut last fall. From North Carolina to Colorado, Democratic candidates for the US Senate are making clear that a vote for Republicans is a vote to support the concept that in America, we believe those who have a lot deserve to get even more while those without should be grateful the boss care so much about them they are willing to pay $7.25 cents a hour. This attitude has been lacking since the arrival of Barack Obama to the presidency. He entered office when the economy had collapsed, and proceeded to assist banks and Wall Street unemployed folk while those who had lost homes or jobs were left unattended.

PBS is currently showing the story of Franklin Roosevelt, a man born to wealth who fought for the rights of those without. Unfortunately, Obama has lacked a sense of history from day one of assuming the office of President. Unlike FDR who made clear, “I welcome the hatred of wealthy men” he has surrounded himself with men and women who are mainly concerned about the safety of wealthy men. Hopefully, if Democratic candidates this fall can win by fighting for those without, a new message will emerge for the Democratic Party. Return to the glory days of Franklin Roosevelt!

Let’s Play Football

It is Sunday in America and in stadiums throughout the land men and women will be watching the physical assaults by men against other men. In the good old days, this was a day when people had fun. Alas, today, men will not be playing on the field due to their playing with fists against girl friends, wives, and their children. The National Football League has suddenly become aware that within their midst are men who enjoy playing with fists against family members and that is not permitted. Of course, this has been going on since the first football game was played a hundred years ago. There is nothing new to violence in America.

I wonder what would happen if every business in America suspended employees who employ violence against their loved ones. After all, this is America, a land in which everyone is permitted to possess a gun. I assume those with guns fire them. We educate our youth that it is OK to fire weapons of destruction and then are shocked when they use fists instead of guns. What would this land be if no one, except police, used weapons of violence?

End The Gridlock, Finally!

We are prepared to offer several concrete proposals that would result in ending the gridlock in Washington.

1. Vice President Biden resigns and is replaced by Ted Cruz. Ted would then have to speak with the evil one at least once a day.

2. Democrats agree to end all taxes on those earning above $1 million. The nation will then witness a flood of jobs that would end unemployment. Carry out Republican ideas and allow the American people to judge results!

3. Appoint Sarah Palin as Secretary of State and allow her to personally take care of the ISIS problem.

4. End Food Stamp programs and establish free access at garbage dumps to all Americans.

5. All major networks would present speeches by Mitt Romney at least once a day to keep Americans aware of what a Romney presidency would have looked like.

Five sensible actions to end gridlock!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We ofer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Ways To Make Life Simple”

Just elect men and women with simple minds.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Cut taxes and get more money for the government.

USA,Washington Post: “Reluctant Warrior”

Two word description of Barack Obama?

Sweden, Local: “Wins Fights For Death Benefits”

Naturally, he is dead.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Don’t Act Against God”

If you do, watch out for the thunder bolts!

Say, What About Climate Change?

As I recall, President Obama has promised to work on the problem of climate change. Of course, Republicans have been consulting such eminent scientists as Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. I must point out that Ted is a graduate of Harvard College which means he obtained a first class education while at that institution of higher learning. Based upon his learning, there is no such thing as “climate change,” it is simply a liberal attempt to take money from those who create jobs in order to stuff the pockets of a bunch of people in Asia or Africa. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is rather pessimistic about chances of persuading those with money to give some to the UN fund that works with climate change. Germany did offer 1 Billion, WoW! As of this moment, the US is not going to waste our money on such wasteful projects as climate change since half the American population does not believe such a thing is occurring.

Yes, Congress appropriated a few billion to fight terrorism in the Middle East, but not a single penny for climate change. Thank God America has Fox News to report the truth about climate change!

OH, Them Ukrainian Rebels!

There is something that is called, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and it is located in the eastern part of what is also called, Ukraine. These rebels shot down an airliner and murdered a few hundred people, but, according to them, this never happened. In fact, they even wonder whether or not there was actually a plane up in the sky. According to their version most probably the Ukraine government persuaded America or England to gather up dead bodies and then fling them to the ground in order to destroy the good name and work of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Miraslav Rukdenko, who speaks for this “Government,” is also concerned about the recent referendum in Scotland. After all, if Scots can break away from England, why can’t Slavs break away from Ukraine.

“I would not rule out the possibility that the British authorities falsified the results of the referendum. Several percentage points could have been manipulated to preserve the union of Great Britain.” Then again, he posed the question as to why Scotland was allowed to have a referendum and one was denied to the people of Donetsk. I am confused. I recall that Donetsk had a “referendum” which concluded that its people wanted to depart from Ukraine and become part of Mother Russia. Oh well, if only Donetsk could have a referendum, Putin style!

Moishie The Squirrel

The other day while driving my car I encountered a squirrel in the street carefully gathering nuts and such stuff for the long winter that lies ahead. I decided to halt for a while and chat with this creature of God. His name is Moishie and he is Jewish. Yes, my friends, squirrels also believe in various forms of religion. Moishie does have relatives in Israel as well as in Palestine and other Arab nations. Naturally, I asked Moishie what he thinks about we humans. He informed me that among squirrels we are known as “Big Foot” and sometimes as “The Destroyers.” According to him, humans are only good for wiping out just about everything on this planet. His cousin in Gaza told him about the bombing and destruction. Moishie wants to know why we Big Feet folk are always dropping these bombs and killing one another. The concept of killing a fellow squirrel is simply not known to those creatures who allegedly have tiny brains.

I spent an hour attempting to explain human behavior to this squirrel. He thanked me. Then he said: “My Big Foot friend, keep up your work and one day we squirrels will inherit the Earth. Just blast away until there are no more humans on Earth. So long, have a good one.”

I bid goodbye to Moishie and wondered how a human could become part of squirrel society?

So God, Talk To Me!

Justin Welby is the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Church of England so one would assume this man has daily contact with God up in the sky. He recently surprised those who believe in God by admitting to a bit of doubt on his part. “I mean there are moments where you think, is there a God, where is God. Praying over something, ending up saying to God, ‘Look this is all very well and good, but isn’t it about time you did something if your really up there which is probably not what the Archbishop of Canterbury should be saying.” These words of honesty are ones which daily enter my mind and, most probably, the minds of most in the Church of England.

If one really does believe in God, then one is left with questions as to exactly what does this God believe about we humans? If He really did create we humans, surely then he is partly responsible for our ongoing wars and hate and violence. If YOU are up there, how about gazing down and doing something about the madness which occurs each moment on this planet? Finally, an Archbishop is posing the right question: where the hell are YOU?