Category Archives: Satire

Punish The Torturers??

It is now clear among the most important mistakes made by the newly elected Barack Obama was failure to appoint an outside bipartisan commission to investigate CIA behavior during the Bush administration. As I recall, he did not want to stir up old problems, and preferred to pretend that from now on things would be OK. In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Commission was created to study the entire process of how Great Britain got involved in the Iraq war. We now must live with the errors of the Obama decision. Senator Mark Udall has called for the firing of CIA officials who participated in torture. CIA head John Brennan just a few weeks ago was arguing that “enhanced interrogation” helped to “thwart attacks, plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.” So, does President Obama retain this man whose comments do not accord with the reality of what actually happened. There is simply NO evidence that “enhanced interrogation” helped to capture terrorists or prevent terror attacks.

Many of those in the CIA who participated in torture are still around. Dick Cheney is going wild yelling that torture saved America and that those who tortured “deserve all the credit.” The ball is now in the court of Barack Obama. If he retains John Brennan then the report was a waste of time since those who tortured remain free from punishment. I wonder if Barack Obama these days wonders if he should have appointed a Chilcot style commission?

Whatever Happened To?

I was born in 1930 and thus had the opportunity to live during the administrations of a few American Presidents. I miss some of their behaviors in the year 2014.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

A President like Harry Truman who had on his desk the motto of his theory of being President: “The Buck Stops Here!”

Mail being delivered twice a day–during the Depression.

About 36% of workers belonging to unions.

Free colleges for poor people–we had four in New York City.

Nurses in school who monthly checked the health of children– my life experience in elementary school.

A President who talked with Americans and discussed world events.

A President who weekly held press conferences and allowed reporters to pose impertinent questions.

A New York Yankee team that won the world series.

Children played without parents being present.

Children who made their own toys.

The list could go on and on.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “False Conductor Arrested On Train”

Hopefully, he was collecting false money.

Sweden, Local: “Neo-Facists Want Apology”

How dare anyone insult Adolf, he loved dogs!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Turkey Drifting Toward Irrationalism”

If one lives in an irrational world, it is just normal to be irrational.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Student Who Poisoned Roommate Gets New Trial”

Did he poison the judge?

China, China Daily: “China Ships Water To Maldives Islands”

What else would an island need but water?

Death In A Synagogue

There is a pattern of hate in the world. Whenever the Israel government appears to assume an aggressive stance and attack Palestinians, there are people who assume that all Jews are responsible for what occurs in Israel. For some reason, Irish people in the United States of America have no connection as to what happens in Ireland, but the concept that Jews all over the world have a connection with one another still lives on within the Christian and Muslim worlds. Levi Rosenvial, age 22, was praying in a Chabad synagogue in Brooklyn when he was attacked by a man shouting, “I want to kill the Jew.” he proceeded to stab the man at prayer. Actually, there is something ironic in seeking to murder a person who is praying to his or her God. I always assumed the purpose of praying was to show respect.

It turns our that Calvin Peters is a well known criminal with a record a mile long. After the stabbing he was confronted with police and charged them. The result was that Calvin died of a bullet in his chest. Just another victim of hate and anger and lack of any sense of reality. I have no doubt that another Jew somewhere in the world will die because of some action of Israel. Oh, if Jews could only be treated as the Irish are!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I embrace the new–partially.

I always keep one foot back in the past.

I feel sorry for those not interested in the past.

I assume finger nails were essential for human survival.

Each day I need an hour of peaceful solitude.

Some are touched by physical beauty, some by mental.

White goes well with jeans.

I love warmth of sun, my ancestors were from the Middle East.

Long time since I wore a name tag.

I so miss standing on a highway with thumb up seeking a ride.

Let’s Learn Ottoman Language!

There are times when Turkey’s President reminds me of the American Republican Party. Recep Erdogan inhabits the world of the past which he insists belongs in the present. Republicans want to return religion to schools in order to ensure that all American children understand the Earth is only 12,000 years old. And, all that talk about science is full of crap. Of course, I am not a scientist, but I feel confident in discussing science. President Recep Erdogan is determined to restore the Muslim religion to its dominant place in Turkish society even though about half the population is sort of secular in terms of their belief in religion. So, what is the first step to return Turkey to its heritage–Make Compulsory The Teaching Of The Ottoman Language In Schools! If only people could speak Ottoman, then any and all problems would disappear from his nation.

As far as Erdogan is concerned, “whether they want it or not, the Ottoman language will be learned and taught in this country. If we can do our best for religion, then sectarian conflict will end.” Spoken like a man who belongs to the Tea Party! So, if you are interested in doing business in Turkey, brush up on your Ottoman. How do we get this guy into America and have him run for President in 2016?

Another US Threat To Al-Qaeda

Another innocent human being was murdered by al-Qaeda, and another American President issued the usual response of informing the world that he considers such actions as a violation of international norms of behavior. Since 9/11 when President George Bush promised the nation that he would get the evil leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, it has become a new custom that America (1) issues and angry statement about the act, (2) promises that all evil doers will be murdered, and (3) adopts a somber and threatening tone to utter these remarks. What is the reality

1. Such comments please al-Qaeda leaders because they provide evidence that their actions are hurting the enemy.

2. Nothing changes, people will be killed. Sorry, that is reality.

How about responding with silence? That response would, at least, confuse al-Qaeda.

Chairman Ditka Speaks

I am currently a resident of the Chicago area and thus must read the words of former Chicago Bears linebacker, Mike Ditka whose political comments were widely spread during the past race for governor of the state of Illinois. Most probably, seeing his words actually repeated in the daily press about politics and world affairs gave this former football player the desire to share his wisdom on just about every event in recent times. We will not make any comments, just print his words of wisdom.

On whether of not Michael Brown had his hands up: “That’s note what happened.l I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know that’s not what happened.”

On climate change: “Look,I don’t know th at first thing about climatology, but let me tell you one thing about climatology. It’s a bunch of nonsense and I know its nonsense despite knowing absolutely nothing whatsoever about it.”

Benghazi: “I’ll tell you this much,I wasn’t there and have no idea what actually happened.But what happened was entirely the fault of the Obama administration’s fault. I don’t know whose fault it was, but I know it was their fault.”

On pancakes: “Never had a pancake. Not once, I am a waffle man. But if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that pancakes are delicious.”

I believe that Mr. Ditka would make an excellent candidate for the Republican party in 2016. He can win on a platform based on the principle: I don’t Know but I do Know!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Hug by mom is like being hugged by God.

Fewer workers and more work in modern America.

“Greed” is the modern American disease.

Whatever happened to motorcycle guys?

Modern Americans gaze at machines all day long.

I chronicle the story of America.

America has shifted from “we” to “I.”

I do not see as many pony tails on female heads.

K-12 is free, why not college?

I feel oppressed if the toilet does not flush.

Bad Guys Acting Like Good Guys

It was many, many years ago back in the 1950s when I first entered the field of education. I was teaching an 8th grade class of Negro and Hispanic boys in a junior high school in Harlem. One day the boys asked me to explain what the heck was happening in the world and this is what I told them:

“During World War II the bad guys were the Germans and Japanese. The good guys were the Americans, the British and the Russians and Chinese. After the war ended, we decided that the bad Germans and Japanese really were the good guys, and the good guys Russians and Chinese were really the bad guys. So now we are friends with the former bad guys who are really good and the good guys are really bad guys. Is that clear?” They gazed at me as though I was stark raving crazy. Today, in Iraq, Iranian planes bombed ISIS. You know the bad Iranians are now working with their former enemies to kill the new bad guys.

Naturally, American authorities and Iranian authorities deny that Iranian planes are working in conjunction with Americans in Iraq to destroy ISIS. Admiral John Kirby wants the world to know: “Nothing has changed about our policy of not working with Iranians.” Oh, in Tehran, authorities deny they are cooperating with the evil nation of America.

Nothing has changed in life. We are all crazy!