Category Archives: Religion

Turkey Allows Bombing- Hurrah!

A Turkish army is poised on its border just outside the besieged city of Kobani as Kurds fight to prevent a mass human massacre. This army has tanks, well trained soldiers and could within a week drive ISIS from the area, and if it so desired, drive ISIS from Iraq. However, the army sits and listens and does nothing. However, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally allowed American plans to use his airports in order to blast away at the Muslim terrorists. Erdogan regards Kurds as the major enemy facing Turkey, not Islamist terrorists. His plan is to allow ISIS to wipe out Kurds, and thus end their desire for an independent nation. Allowing American bombing is simply a ploy to come across as a partner in the fight against terrorism. Of course, for him, terrorism against Kurds is a good thing.

However, Erdogan is opening a new issue for his nation. If Kurds are massacred in Kobani, we can expect the emergence of mass terrorism within Turkey as its Kurdish citizens resort to violence in response to his failure to lead the fight against ISIS. We predict dark violent days for Turkey.

Putin Liquidates Good Guys

I recently have been studying life in Stalin Russia during the 1950s and encountered story after story of ordinary people, war veterans and famous writers being sent to the gulag for a reason or simply because a quota had to be filled and their name cropped up. Vladimir Putin is president of Russia, and apparently he longs for the good old days when the government decided what you read, what you said and what you thought. He has restored a dictator who murdered about FIFTEEN MILLION RUSSIANS to a new place of honor in the pantheon of famous Russians. The Russian Ministry of Justice is petitioning the supreme court for permission to “liquidate: an important human rights group in Russia known as Memorial. This group already has been forced to admit it is a “foreign agent” because it receives money from human rights groups outside Russia. It has committed the un-Russian idea of urging President Putin to “immediately cease Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Vladimir Putin has a hero in life, his name is Joseph Stalin. Stalin liquidated people and Putin wants to begin by liquidating ideas. People will then follow the liquidation process.

St. Louis Blues Blast Away

Many in the St. Louis area had expectations after the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson that issues of prejudice would be addressed. A month had gone by and another shooting of a black youth who was committing the crime of walking on the streets of St. Louis. Thousands gathered in the city to hear various speakers insist that peaceful demonstrations should continue. However, activist writer Cornel West insisted the problem lay with failure of African American leaders. He charged them with being “too obsessed with being successful rather than faithful to a cause.” He was followed by ministers, rabbis and imams urging people to demonstrate following the principles of Martin Luther King who was apparently “obsessed” with the notion that peaceful protest could result in change. One person complained to the media that “all these speeches before, you’ve heard them all before, that’s not going to change, right?” Another argued “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed.”

One can readily understand this frustration. But, one solution to the problem in Ferguson in which most people are black is to VOTE. If African Americans voted, took control of the city government, they would have a voice in determining who was a cop. I wonder how many who are frustrated actually voted in the last election in Ferguson or the city of St. Louis?

Ebola Is Here-Republicans In Joy!

Candidates for public office this fall has uncovered a new issue that concerns failure on the part of the Obama administration. Republicans and Fox News blast away daily on the issue of Ebola. Examine the record:

1. There was not a single case of Ebola when George Bush was President.

2. The evil of ISIS did not exist when George Bush was President.

3. Mr. Duncan who came from Africa with the disease was NOT halted at the border.

4. A nurse who treated the Ebola victim at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital now has Ebola.

5. She got this disease while Barack Obama was in the White House.

6. Barack Obama was born in Africa. Ebola is an African disease.

Add up the FACTS and one is left with one conclusion: Elect Republicans and Ebola will be defeated!

In Defense Of Cops!

Every so often one comes across a story about a brave policeman who is being punished for acting like a brave cop. Detroit cop Alex Vinson was involved in a robbery and during this process he encountered the fact that the criminal had a wonderful new watch. The policeman lives in an era when Wall Street folk steal the public blind and when their crimes are exposed, the only penalty is that they are forced to accept billions of dollars in compensation for robbing people. This is what is termed to be the “capitalist system” in operation. Steal from the ordinary American and become wealthy. Heck, the head of Goldman Sax once complained that he was being treated like a Jew during the Holocaust.

We offer support for Mr. Vinson. All he did was take the watch from the bad guy, and place it on his own wrist. Compared to Wall Street bankers he is a paragon of virtue. So, hail Mr. Vinson, he has learned that under capitalism, one steals and is rewarded. Unlike, Wall Street thieves, he simply stole from a thief. I think he is entitled to a decoration for valor in the face of the enemy.

Iraq Knows NO Peace

Perhaps, one day in the future, people in Iraq will experience a complete day without someone getting blown to pieces. I confess there are moments of confusion being able to understand why or how anyone who believes in God or religion is able to proceed to murder innocent men, women and children. Somehow, it is hard to conceive of any God up in the sky who demands murder of the innocent in His name. More suicide bombers in Baghdad, more broken bodies. At this point in time it is simply open season on those who have nothing to do with the government of Iraq, nothing to do with any of the assortment of groups who sincerely are committed to murder and destruction.

I recall that back in the 1950s there were Americans who used to say: “Kill a Commie For Christ.” Although they expressed this silly idea, few, if any, did anything other than shoot off their mouth. Perhaps, it is time for religious fanatics in Iraq to just shoot off their mouths and leave the innocent alive to go to the mosque and pray??

Demonstrations In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is among the most difficult places in America to arouse feelings of anger about racial justice. At this moment in time, the city of St. Louis is predominantly composed of African Americans. The financial district has long since departed a city with too many black skinned people for the suburbs of Clayton, Missouri. The black-white divided is among the realities of this city. At this moment, for the first time in decades, thousands are in the streets demanding an end to shooting and murder of black youth. It began in the outlying area of Ferguson when police officer Darren Wilson decided to put six bullets in the body of Michael Brown. The police continue to insist that Mr. Brown initiated the conflict. As I recall, he was walking down the street when accosted by officer Wilson. A new shooting has made people in St. Louis furious. Three black youths were WALKING down the street which apparently made a security guard, a cop engaged in off duty work, worried. He then proceeded to get off thirteen bullets, six of which hit the body of Vonderick Meyers.

It is time to cease the “broken window” theory of halting “potential gangsters” and just allow black skinned folk to walk the streets. Neither of these shootings would have occurred if police ceased worrying about who was walking in the streets. For some reason, when white folks walk, it is OK. And, by the way, how about more target practice for cops? Thirteen shots standing near a person and only sic enter the body? Back to the firing range!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian: “Police Chief Silent About Shooting Teen”

I don’t think the teen was silent when he got shot.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Tax Credit For Fit Children Doubled”

I think we need more like tripling the credit.

France, Connexion: “Disneyland Paris Needs Bailout”

How about putting it in Berlin?

China, China Daily: “Stranglers Plan Move”

Just keep them out of Chicago where I live!

Norway, Norway Post: “Strike By Cleaners”

This is one dirty story not fit to be printed.

On Columbus Day

It is October and the fight over whether to have a holiday for Columbus has already begun. Some regard the Italian who sailed for the Spanish as among the worst conquerers in history. I have spent years studying this man and read just about everything he wrote. So, let me offer some reasons why his voyages are important in world history.

1. He did NOT prove the world was round, every scholar knew it was. He did prove there was land across the Atlantic Ocean.

2. His voyage sparked an outbreak of scholarly thinking among Europeans about the world.

3. His voyage provided Europe with incredible wealth which helped spark an economic boom.

4. His voyage led to sharing of foods which soon impacted the lives of people in Europe, and eventually, the world.

6. He transformed Spain into a powerful nation.

7. His voyage sparked other nations to venture into the Western Hemisphere.

8. His voyage led tho the destruction of the Aztec empire, and the Inca empire. I am not arguing whether these events were good or bad, simply, that they happened.

9. His voyage made Christianity a world religion.

IN other words, this man was important in world history, for the good and the bad.

Saving America From Black Boys!

Another day, another shooting in St. Louis, Missouri. Let me make clear that I strongly agree that police should fire their weapons when under threat of being killed. However, perhaps, maybe, there is need to make some alternations in the manner in which police approach strange black teens who are walking on the streets at night. I do understand, that black teens are, as Republicans would put it, “the most dangerous threat to the security of the United States in history!!” OK, there was a Civil War, OK, there were World Wars, but none can compare to the threat to our everyday security than the sight of black teen boys walking along the street at night in your neighborhood. Worry about Ebola, worry about ISIS, cease worrying and begin to worry about the threat of black boys on the streets at night. So, here are my suggestions to end this threat to American society:

1. Black teen boys must remain in their neighborhood after 7:00 p.m.

2. No black boys allowed to walk in any neighborhood in which most people are white.

3. Black boys must wear bright yellow jackets when walking out of their neighborhood.

4. All teen age black boys must cease wearing pants with pockets so they cannot hide their guns.

5. When walking at night black teens should be reciting prayers out loud.

6. If a black teen sees a cop, do not run, just get on your knees and beg for life.