Category Archives: Satire

Return Of Poll Tax

Asa boy growing up in New York City during the 1930s we read with dismay stories from the South about requiring people to pay a poll tax in order to vote or requiring Negroes to recite passages from a state Constitution in order to vote. I thought those days of denying the right to vote had ended in America. Alas, little did I know that five members of the US Supreme Court simply did not believe in the right to vote. Oh, they believe firmly in the right of corporations to speak their minds without interference from government. They believe corporations have the right to tell employees whether or not they have the right to medicines, but these five MEN do not believe that an American citizen has the right to go vote without paying for it.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is furious at her colleagues who denied an injunction against the Texas voter ID law by an appellate judge. “The greatest threat to public confidence in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposely discriminatory law, one that likely impinges an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.” She went on to note that the state of Texas has ben found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every election from and after the 1970s.

If Texas wants people to have a voter ID why not send one to every voter in the state of Texas??

Bombs Away At Kobani

Air strikes continue on ISIS forces that are attacking the Kurdish city of Kobani. There is something ironic that over a decade after American forces invaded Iraq, American forces are still fighting in Iraq. Of course, once upon a time, the government of Turkey was our “ally,” but today the government of President Recep Erdogan is committed to the war against terrorists from Kurdistan whom he considers to be a greater threat than any ISIS force. Bombs fall on Kobani as Turkish tanks and troops watch the action from a mile away in Turkey. American and other coalition planes drop bombs, and seek to destroy ISIS through the air. Once again, Americans believe that bombs dropped from planes will “destroy the enemy.” Examine the facts of bombing from the air:

1. US and British air forces were daily sending 1,000 planes to bomb Germany. They destroyed vast sectors of cities, but up until thirty days before the end of World War II in Europe, the German army was still fighting against its enemies.

2. There is still criticism by many Jewish groups about the issue of bombing train tracks leading to death camps. At no time, until two months before the fighting ended in Europe did the German army fail to repair bombed train tracks within four days.

3. We bombed and bombed in Vietnam, and it was the bombers who finally left Vietnam.

We can bomb Kobani. However, unless either one of the following happens, it can not win the war: (1) troops on the ground arrive from coalition forces, (2) the Kurdish army is provided modern weapons and logistical support to take on ISIS. Do either one of these actions and ISIS will be destroyed. Bomb away all you want, it will not end ISIS!

Go On Attack, Never Stop!

The rise of Social Media has created a new phenomenon in our society. Yes, there have always been demagogues who attack leaders of groups, but their power was restricted to newspapers or magazines or books, hardly the source of a huge number of people. However, today, any ordinary person can transform self into a “hero” who is protecting American society agains this or that evil. On a minor level, one can make social media comments about a person you do not like. They respond, and soon others join in the conflict which in the past only included the people engaged in a conflict. Suddenly, hundreds, if not thousands, are commenting an vying to come across as significant participants in the debate. The Ebola story is simply another manifestation of how a problem has escalated into a national issue. Once again, as with climate change, those with knowledge, are cast aside because some jerk in North Dakota insists she really understands the spread of disease. Social Media has created the instant expert on any issue in life.

This process also can transform anyone into a victim. I decide to write something about Matt Damon. I simply make up an outrageous story about this actor, people respond, and I know for sure that hundreds will pick up my story as true and build on it. Within a few days, poor Matt is on the defense while his supporters now regard their hero as a victim of evil. This process goes on at the local level of young people in a school as well as public figures. Just say whatever comes into your mind, and within days you will have obtained a following of true believers.

Welcome to the world of social medcia!

Obama Plays Lawyer Rather Than Leader!

Once again, President Barack Obama has decided to play law professor rather than assume the mantle of leader of the nation. A college professor makes clear to students that he is always right, and for any comment by a student, he is quick with a retort to prove them wrong. The White House is arguing that the 1973 War Resolution which allows Presidents a sixty day window in which to respond to violent acts does not apply to bombings in Iraq against ISIS. In theory, October 7 would mark the end of legal bombings in Iraq, and require an act of Congress to continue such action. However, lawyer Obama now cites the 2001 and 2002 Authorization Military Force resolutions passed to allow President Bush to pursue Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida as justification for bombing in Iraq.

When will Barack Obama learn how to be a leader. He should have rushed to Congress and obtained authorization for bombing in Iraq. Does he actually believe that Republicans would vote against such action? How dumb can Obama be? No Republican running for re-election would provide his opponent the opportunity to blast his failure to “protect America.” This was a golden opportunity to get Republicans as your ally in this war. Instead, he allows them to stay on the sidelines offering negative comments. He took them off the hook of responsibility.

Barack Obama needs an old time Irish politician in the White House to guide his behavior.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Biden Says Erdogan Admits Mistakes”
“Biden Apologizes To Erdogan For Comment”

France, Connexion: “Rat Complaints”

We prefer Cheddar over Meunster!

UK< Guardian: “Campaign Targets Breast Cancer”

To get it or cure it is the question?

Norway,Norway Post: “Implant Bionic Eye”

I can see you wherever you go!

China, China Daily: “Kim Jong Un Makes Appearance”

I guess that means some generals will make a disappearance.

Can Democrats Win Next Month?

Just about every Democratic candidate for US Senator is fighting of his life this autumn, and guess who is the cause of this distress? From day one of his administration, Barack Obama has regarded “politics” as beneath his responsibility as a leader of the nation. In many respects, Barack Obama is an Ivy League professor who prefers lofty thinking than dealing with mundane issues of governance. His disregard for the world of politics has virtually destroyed the ability of Democrats in many states to win an election. Ironically, Barack Obama is the perfect leader in terms of what young people seek in a leader. They abhor “politics” which is something that people who lack high standards of performance become involved in. So, what can, if anything, Obama do?

1. He can initiate a monthly, “Report to the Nation.” How about explaining in clear terms that the Affordable Care Act IS working?

2. He can send every American a report about the health care act.

3. He can challenge Republican leaders in Congress to monthly debates about current issues. This could be done via social media.

He can appoint a special commission to offer views about Middle Eastern policy and ask Senator John McCain to chair it.

Act like a leader, for God’s sake!

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.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Humans so frequently refer to God’s Wrath, is it themselves who are filled with anger?

I wonder if celibacy arose because there is no Mrs. God?

At age 84, I so like the word, “rebirth.”

One does not gain wisdom from age, it comes from an inquiring mind.

People at computers reach point where they lean back and gaze.

Since computers think, do they ever think about other computers?

There are sounds from my youth which never again will be heard.

Two lonely iPads met for lunch.

There is no doubt one must speak exiting the coffee shop on that damn cell phone!

Tea Party folk hate God’s work-people– but insist they like God!

Hey, What About Yemen??

This blog simply wants to alert our readers that when you grow weary of reading about terrorists in Syria or Iraq or Egypt or Israel, take a deep breath and have your eyes wander down the map of the Arabian peninsula to the nation of Yemen. Yep, it is at the bottom of this area. Frankly, foreign policy wonks have lost track of how long fighting has been going on in this region which is on the border of Saudi Arabia and all its oil.

1. Most people in the country are Sunni Muslims.

2. There is a Shiite minority which has been in rebellion for the past who knows how many years.

3. There are also al-Qaeda groups in the hills.

4. America uses drones in this area to kill the bad people.

5. The Houthi minority of Shiites recently took over the capital and forced changes in the Sunni led government.

6. Al Qaeda suicide bombers blow themselves up and kill innocent men, women and children to increase chaos.

Prediction:

Within a few years this chaos will hit Saudi Arabia. After all, Saudi Wahabbi Muslims created the chaos so it is only fair they get a taste of what they created by funding madrases to educate young boys to hate any form of modern life!