Category Archives: Religion

The Shocking Chicago Video

Even as I write these words a video is being released in Chicago which depicts the action of police officer Jason Van Dyke. On October 20, 2014, Dyke along with several other officers encountered 17 year old Laquan McDonald wandering the streets with a 4 inch knife that he used to slash at car tires. Although there were several policemen at the scene, although Laquan had never made any effort to attack the cops, police officer Van Dyke decided to take action. He pumped, not one, not two, not ten, but SIXTEEN bullets into the body of a teenager who was on the ground in pain and near death.

Jason Van Dyke is being indicted for murder. Naturally, he will claim that his “life was in danger” from a 4 inch knife that never was pointed at him. There will be demonstrations,there may be riots. It is time for police to behave as GUARDIANS OF PEACE.

Such is life in Chicago where gangsters murder 11 year old boys and cops murder 17 year old boys.

Oh, not a Muslim terrorist in sight.

Don’t Mess With Vladimir

Vladimir Putin is very angry. A Russian plane flying over Syria somehow drifted off course and wound up on the border of Turkey and Syria. At this point the story becomes a bit confused. Turkish pilots insisted they had attempted to warn the Russians they were now in Turkey but the Russians kept on flying. Turkish fighter planes then shot down the Russian plane.

According to Putin, “our military is doing heroic work against terrorism. But the loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorism. We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today.”

As I recall, Republicans are insisting that US planes blast away and pay no attention to Russian planes that are blasting away. How about a war with Russia? After all, General Trump has a PLAN to wipe out the Russians and take over that country!


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


Donald Trump should turn to writing fiction. That’s all he talks about.

At some point, all Americans were refugees.

Such tough talk of war from Republicans who never served in the military.

Talk about ISIS turns Americans away from talk about higher minimum wages.

Bernie Sanders is dead, he simply does not come across as a leader in war.

Who knows what awaits America when fear rums rampant?

I wonder who we next hate when Muslims are not the topic?


I so enjoy the rants of Republican candidates how they will destroy ISIS by bombing or putting all Muslims in jail. Few examine the reasons for the ongoing success of ISIS. Reality is that young men and women are voluntarily seeking to become part of this group. Why?

1. ISIS offers hope of being part of some meaningful experience in a world in which few can obtain this desire.

2. ISIS offers fascinating videos on the Internet of young men doing daring things, young men shouting with glee.

3. The videos capture a spirit of belonging at a time when fewer and fewer feel they belong to any meaningful experience or group.

4. ISIs offers membership in a group of brave young men. Who cares what they are doing, they certainly come across as willing to sacrifice their lives.

5. The post industrial world emphasizes the Self, it does not enable people to feel part of the group. But, being part of the group has been the most important feeling for thousands and thousands of years.

6. Best of all ISIS provides a meaningful way to die.

How Long The Refugees?

They journey on foot, they journey using rubber boats, they journey in trucks while hidden in the back, sometimes they die in those trucks. They are the unwanted, they are the refugees who are wandering around Europe seeking a place of refuge. They are the people who frighten most Europeans because they desire to work, they desire to find a place where their children can actually go to schools without fear of being killed by bombs or nut cases dressed in black who chant death, death, death.

They are the refugees from Syria, from places in Africa, they are the modern wandering Jew. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised them a home in her land. We wonder how long this promise will be fulfilled. Already, she is hinting at restrictions, the voices of fear within her land grow louder. Frankly, there are just too many refugees and it is simply a matter of time before she must announce restrictions.

In modern times, the refugee is not a welcome person. Certainly, not when modern people fear terrorists or lack of work. The door will soon be shut.

Maybe Climate Change?

If there is one topic that I know about it is the cowardly behavior of textbook companies. In the 1970s, I published with Addison Wesley the first high school American text book on the history of the United States that contained an entire chapter devoted to the lives of black Americans.We were told by several Southern state textbook committees that unless we removed that chapter, they would not accept our book. We did not and thus lost thousands of sales.

A new study of California textbooks reveals the issue of climate change is NOT being addressed by textbook companies. Any reference to climate change is accompanied by words such as: “could” “might” “may’ and students are informed, “Not all scientists agree about the causes of climate change.” Yes, there is Dr. Carson who does not. California should make clear to any textbook company that if they offer such dribble they will not sell a single textbook in the state of California. They are doing this to ensure sales in red states.


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


We need some brave explorers to venture into the dark recesses of the Trump mind.

I sure wonder what Abraham Lincoln is thinking about this collection of Republicans.

Marco Rubio is slowly disappearing into the west.

Ted Cruz should begin to wear two guns on his waist. I would advise not using them.

I continue wondering what kind of doctor Ben Carson was.

Barack Obama is among the most inept leaders in history. Silence is his concept of leadership.

Being a Muslim in Republican America is like being a Jew in Nazi Germany.Same fears.

Confronting ISIS

Just about every Republican has a plan on handling ISIS. To sum up their plans–bomb, bomb, bomb, and a few boots on the ground, but not too many. Here is reality:

1. ISIS simply represents deep seated issues within aspects of those sectors of the world which have not entered the modern era of economies that offer incentives for young people to become productive members of society. If not, ISIS,there will be a dozen similar groups.

2. ECONOMICS is at the center of a long range plan. The Middle East needs vast economic investments.

3. Saudi Arabia MUST be confronted. It is the source of the Taliban and of ISIS. It is Wahabbi clerics who created these organizations and they live in Saudi Arabia and preach from that center. An American president, a French president an English prime minister and a German leader must make clear to Saudi Arabia it is either the end of Wahabbi sparked terrorism or Saudi Arabia will confront terrorism without the West. If no such action is taken, ISIS will continue to exist.

Perhaps, Donald has a PLAN to handle Saudi Arabia, we await information about the great PLAN.

Ben Carson On The World

I recently was engaged in a conversation with Ben Carson as to the health ingredients of bagels and was enthralled by his perceptive comments.

1. Have you noticed how many people who do not eat bagels get sick?

2. I highly recommend Gefilte Fish for health reasons. Look at how many Jews live so long.

3. If I had a choice between prayers and open heart surgery, no doubt it is on my knees.

4. People ask if I am Negro or a colored person, I am Ben Carson.

5. I see no reason to call them “gays” perverts is more like the truth.

6. The only nude position is with your spouse in bed.

7. Perhaps if Hispanics would become slaves for a hundred years they could then claim the right to live in America.

Republicans On Handling ISIS

I asked a group of Republican candidates to offer their solutions on handling the ISIS threat:

Marco Rubio –I want a comprehensive program unlike the Obama partial program.

Ted Cruz– Bomb the shit out of these infidels.

Jeb Bush –give me a moment while I check with George. He knows all about such stuff.

Carly Fiorina –Stand Tough. Stand Tall. Stand American. That’s the way to defeat ISIS. Anyone who can fire thousands of employees has the guts to take on ISIS.

Rand Paul –Do nothing, let all the Arabs fight among themselves.

John Kasich–I handled problems as governor of Ohio and I assure one and all I can handle ISIS.

Lindsay Graham –Send in the troops, let’s get some boots on the ground!