Category Archives: Religion

Why Do Americans Hate Health Insurance?

It is assumed in most civilized nations of the world that governments should provide health insurance to those who dwell within their borders. It is assumed that once people become ill they lack the means to cure themselves and require some access to doctors and hospitals. It is assumed that a purpose of government is to prevent death. These assumptions make sense to anyone who has ever been ill. Heck, during my treatment for cancer some drugs cost about $1000 a shot. So, why would any intelligent inhabitant of this planet be against providing such care to its citizens. As a result of what we term, “Obamacare” the number who do not have access to health insurance has dropped from 17.3% to 13.8%. I assume this is good news. But, alas, it angers many Americans. I assume those who are angered currently have access to health insurance.

I assume lost in the conflict over health insurance is the concept of “freedom.” Many in this nation believe that providing health insurance somehow denies people the freedom to die from illness. After all, the right to die without medical care is what Jesus Christ urged in the Sermon on the Mount. There are moments when I simply do not understand the American people. They want the right to kill people with a gun and the right for others to die.

Yes, we ARE an EXCEPTIONAL nation!

Why Do We Love Guns?

Among the mysteries of my life is the fascination with guns by so many Americans. Actually, the vast majority of Americans do NOT own a weapon of destruction, but for some reason these people link the right to possess a gun with “freedom.” I was raised in the slums of the Bronx in New York City where anyone who has a gun was considered to be sort of crazy. We had the Sullivan Act which made possession of a gun to be a crime. Yes, we did have some gangs which fought with zip guns, but they usually were weapons which could only fire one shot. The very idea of having a weapon that enabled blasting away at other people was simply beyond the imagination of most poor people. After John F. Kennedy was murdered, there were new demands to make possession of any weapons more difficult.

During the past four years Americans have donated nearly $100 million to the National Rifle Association. Each year about 30,000 people in this country are killed by guns. Oh, I did serve in the US Army and learned to fire all sorts of weapons. Of course, in the Army if you said, “gun,” a sergeant would shout, “a gun is your prick, a weapon is your rifle.” I guess that means those loving guns are pricks, in more ways than one.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, Newsday: “Sue Over Frozen Dinner”

Damn right, who wants to eat a frozen dinner!

Norway, Norway Post: ‘Police Shooting Disconnected”

I guess Norwegian police are learning from American.

UK, Guardian: “Get Terror Camp Active”

NO terror camps, no money spent on military.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Noses Can Be Dangerous”

I give this story three ACHOOS

Russia, Moscow Times: “Is Marriage A Fraud?”

Sort of depends who is your spouse?

Bill’s Battle Stories

Each day another prominent Republican makes our day by recounting their bravery during a time of crisis. Rudy has made clear that he alone saved New York City from the horror of 9/11 and now
Bill O’Reilly wants America to praise him for the battle he waged in the city of Buenos Aires during the Falkland war. The Falkland Islands lie about a hundred miles off the shore of Argentine, and Bill never actually stepped foot on any of them, but he undoubtedly is a hero of that struggle. According to Bill, he watched police in the capital city confront mobs of protesters and they were fifing teargas at those who opposed the war. Naturally, this means being in Buenos Aires while what ‘FIGHTING’ there was occurred a hundred miles away places one in a “combat zone.” Of course, during World War II I was a child in New York
city where I confronted Nazi tanks and guns.

Bill is very upset at those who question his bravery. He yelled at a Emily Steel, a reporter, that she had better report his heroism or face the consequences. If she did not tell the truth about his heroism, “i’m coming a after you with everything I have. You can be certain it is a threat.” Some fight with guns, and Bill fights with bull shit. I suggest that Bill and Rudy form a firm that gives presentations on how to make money by recounting tales of being in a combat zone.

Wither England?

Current polls reveal that the United Kingdom might elect a Labor government to replace the current Conservative government of David Cameron. Among the issues confronting any new government in this nation is what should be the program to change to present to people. Among the topics of this challenge are:

1. How does one deal with immigration from other European nations? All members of the EU must allow immigrants to enter.

2. What type of economic model should be pursued? Should England pursue more central government initiative or devolve power to local entities?

3. Should England pursue a policy that witnesses greater power to the central government of the European Union?

4. Should England opt out of the European Union?

5. Should the government push for a higher minimum wage?

In other words does England need a government that confronts income inequality?

Wait and see the end result.

Mouth That Roared

Members of the Republican party have a rendezvous with any nut case who can utter words of defiance and hatred of the president of the United States of America. For years this title has been held by Senator
Ted Cruz who believes any and all problems in this nation are the result of immigrants from the land of Mexico. I should make clear he refers to illegal immigrants. Of course, Ted was born in Canada, but what the hell, his mom was American. Now, after years of making millions of dollars speaking to businessmen about his heroism during 9/11 surrounded by dozens of cops wants to once again emerge into the limelight of making more money by attacking the patriotism of President Obama. Now, Congressman Darrell Issa is touting the wise words of the millionaire from New York. Darrell made clear that Rudy needs our “thanks” for clarifying the issue of who is a patriot.

Rudy and Darrell believe the president does not believe in the American experience of being an exceptional nation. I wonder if there is a nation in this world, a group of people in this world who do not regard themselves as “exceptional.” The issue is not whether a nation is exceptional, but what is the nature of that exceptional behavior? I do know that Rudy Giuliani is exceptional as making money using the bravery of others.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUTQ

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 ear old body

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Winter in Chicago means wear jacket in coffee shop.

Barack Obama was never a student of American history.

Follow the money if you want to know who wins the next election.

Oh, to be a child and once again run free.

No world leader today impresses me.

No American political leader impresses me.

I wonder if I will ever walk through the Valley of Death?

Muslims Unite For Jews

There are groups in Israel and the United States which seek to portray the lives of Jews living in Europe is a fearful one. AICPAC and other members of the Jewish Lobby in America are producing films which claim that to be a Jew in a European country is to be in a similar situation that confronted Jews during the 1930s who were living in Germany, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urges European Jews to come to Israel and be safe. Of course, on the other hand, he frightens Israel Jews with dire stories of mass attacks from Iran that would destroy their country. A bit confusing. On one hand, Jews confront death in Europe and Jews confront death in Israel so come to Israel!

In the city of Oslo in Norway, about ONE THOUSAND MUSLIMS came together to take a stand against anti-semitism in their land. They wanted to make clear to the 1,000 Norwegian Jews that Muslims were their friends. They gathered around a synagogue making clear their views: “Humanity is Me, and We are hear to-we demonstrate that!” Muslims for Jews. I wonder if there are Muslims for Jews in Israel??

Life In ISIS Land

Even as I write these words somewhere on the social media there are some teen age Muslim girls enjoying interacting with some wonderful Muslim boys about the joy that awaits those who seek fulfillment of their dreams by coming to the land of ISS. Just last week three teens somehow caught a plane to Turkey from the United Kingdom so they might find a wonderful loving husband and enjoy the joys and comforts of living in ISIS land. Most probably they will wind up in Raqqa in Syria. Well kids, welcome to this wonder land.

1. Not much food around.

2. Fail to behave and a few lashes on your young bodies.

3. Wear a white veil under the black one in order to inform all young men you seek a nice husband.

4. NO social media except what ISIS says is allowed.

5. Bombs falling from the sky.

6. No one under thirteen can work.

7. No school.

Yes, you kids, welcome to the land you so desire to inhabit!

“General” Bill O’Reilly In Action

About thirty years ago a great war raged in the Falkland Islands which lie off the coast of Argentine. This epic struggle held the future of the world in its hands as British and Argentine soldiers clashed with one another. Over the years, Bill O’Reilly has discussed his bravery reporting the battles of this great conflict. David Corn, editor of the magazine Mother Jones, now claims this man who nightly reports the “News” on Fox News sort of embellished his role in this conflict. “For years O’ Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t stand up to scrutiny when claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never stepped foot on.” Apparently he reported the Falkland ISLAND story while in Buenos Aires.

Bill is very upset at another of these LIBERAL smear campaigns to destroy his heroic actions in this conflict. After all, he could look out the window of his hotel and see the islands. Surely, this brave act counts as being in a war zone! Now about Brian Williams…