Category Archives: Satire

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Among my favorite songs is Pete Seeger’s, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” It is a haunting tune about death of young men during the Vietnam War. Unlike, patriotic songs of World War II, this one focuses on young men who are going to their deaths while sweethearts gather flowers in the field of agony. There is a gentleness to the song, a nostalgic memory of life that will shortly end because the Gods of War seek Death for those trapped in societal demands to kill “the enemy.” Some nights I go on YouTube and listen to the words and sounds of this song while in the hidden recesses of my mind, thoughts of young Americans returned from the madness of Afghanistan and Iraq whisper cries of pain. I cry listening to gentle words of peace. I cry for the souls of young men and women who will never know the joy of holding a new born baby in their arms. I feel sadness for being part of a society that sent them off to fight for –what and who? Yes, the orders came from George Bush, yes, the orders came from Barack Obama. Yes, our presidents were convinced there was a cause for which one should surrender life, and joy, and love.

I listen to words and sounds as tears fill my eyes. We never sent these young people to dwell in fields of flowers where they could hold hands with a loved one and feel the beauty of sun beating upon body as two people lay laughing amidst the flowers of love. We spoke of Mars to them, and forgot the tenderness of Venus. They returned from wars about nothing with wounded hearts and bodies, that is, if they ever returned. I so wish these young people could have been given life and hope by society. They needed a place in the Sun, and received a place in Hell of battle.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Alas, the field is barren of beauty, only Death resides in it!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

For some, sports and sex rank one, two in set of priorities.

I never understood why Superman did not take care of Hitler and Nazis.

Many sources of information, the issue is which information one desires to know?

Loudest voice in sport discussion wins the argument.

Always seek the unattainable.

Chubby person allows thinner to proceed.

Few know the truth of their lives.

To be born in a slum is to have a fighter’s personality.

You can knock me down, I will get up again and again.

Night allows our pain to subside.

Professional athletes all too often not very professional.

I await the arrival of robot umpires in baseball.

My appetite at age 83 had departed to unknown regions.

Life is but a short experience in the human condition.

Who we are today differs from who we were yesterday.

Few know what they really know.

Computerized records everywhere except in a doctor’s office.

All too often humans prefer a fight rather than a handshake.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some must feel self important to be important.

Few places in America does quiet reign.

Some believe self to be expert on human behavior.

Four children in descending size walk by me.

Old men hold wife by elbow while walking.

Superego at play in any dispute.

Few know what they really know.

Something special about kindness of strangers.

Little Children prefer standing upon chairs than sitting.

Long time since I just played with abandon.

Ah, for a film without wild driving cars!

In my youth, slum kids jumped from roof to roof.

Wise people know when to control ego.

In my youth, May 1 was a worker’s day of celebration.

Mom lets child go first, eventually reversed.

Long time since I heard, “kiss the boys goodbye.”

People discussing sports speak in loud voices.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Call For People To Give Blood”

This call has been issued by the Vampire Association of Paris. It is urgent!

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Governor Gets Back To Work”

Gee, could we get the US Congress back to work?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Plane Disappears From Radar”

I have been told Mayor Bob Ford was at the controls, and he had some beer!

Japan, Japan Times: “Hail Abe Drive For Women”

The question is whether or not women summoned him to their rescue??

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Shifting To Underworld”

I have a hunch it is much freer being in the Russian underworld than in its top world,

Sweden, Local: “Snake Hunt After Man Bitten”

I assume this is one dude seeking to give that damn snake a bite!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Where Saints Go, We Go”

The Republican Congressmen version is: where the lobby money goes, we go!

Report In Al Ahram About Gaza

Given the reality that members of the American Congress are ready and willing to accept any act by Israel, and condemn any act by Hamas, we decided to present what an Arab newspaper is discussing events in Gaza. According to al Ahram in Egypt, Hamas only seeks to end the fighting and desires peace to reign in Gaza. Yasser Abed Rabbo, who heads the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), “after extensive calls and consultations with the brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian leadership announced on behalf of everyone the willingness for a cease fire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours.” I always find it rather interesting that “the brothers” never include, “the sisters.” So, at this moment, Hamas will accept a 24 hour truce. Great news. At least for 24 hours people in Gaza will not be ducking shells and missiles. Of course, on Saturday, the UN(not the brothers) urged adoption of a 72 hour truce, but Hamas rejected it. There is something sad about this statement. Imagine at this moment, with over 1100 dead–77% being innocent civilian, an Egyptian newspaper is discussing a “24 hour” ceasefire!

Let me be perfectly clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shares responsibility for this slaughter of the innocent because he has consistently refused to engage with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for peace between Israel and Palestinians. Based on what al Ahram reports, it is clear that Hamas, and the brothers, just want to continue fighting because it has become a sign of their manhoods to fight and fight to the bitter end. There is not a single story in al Ahram offering ideas for peace in the Middle East. Al Ahram is correct in condemning actions of Israel in their nonstop bombing which has resulted in death of the innocent. But, it it time for Arab media to present ideas and suggestions on how to achieve peace in the Middle East.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Grant children freedom to be who they desire to be.

There is a time to just shut up.

Raise children to think other than what you think.

There is dirt on a table and dirt in some minds.

Little children love putting on the jacket by self.

Some organize food on table into assigned places.

There is a time and a place for a time and a place.

Always explore the unknown.

Short pants provide a sense of freedom.

There is a time to read, and a time to speak.

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

What Can Australia Do About Putin?

President Obama is engaged in various actions directed at Russia and its leader, the noble Vladimir Putin, but I began to wonder as to what can nations that were directly involved in the crash of one of those Malaysian airlines in Ukraine do about the death of its citizens? After all, 38 Australians died on that plane and their families are suffering from the deaths of loved ones. So, what exactly can their government do to punish the man responsible for death of family members?

1. Australia could refuse to allow Putin to land in Brisbane, and be able to attend the G20 meeting next month.

2. Of course, if Australia bans the Putin man, he will complain and make threats to everyone in sight.

3. Australia could identify Vladimir Putin as a criminal and ask Interpol to arrest this guy.

4. Australians could send millions of letters to Russia addressed to Putin and louse up the Russian postal system.

5. Australians could draw funny faces about this man, and place them on his Facebook account.

6. Australians could launch a massive email campaign against Putin.

Think about it this way, if Australians did the above, they would be doing more than the European Union has–or will do!

Goodbye Neanderthals, Hello Cro-Magnons!

Fighting in Gaza continues. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) is blasting away at the only power plant in Gaza. Planes are targeting homes of Hamas leaders so if one has the misfortune to be related to anyone in the Hamas high command, rest assured when they return home tonight to their home,it will be a pile of rubble. Hamas insists on using concrete, which could build homes or businesses, for the purpose of constructing tunnels through which dedicated men will run in hope of coming out the other side to find an Israeli who could be killed or kidnapped. Most probably the number of dead in Gaza will rise to 1100, and then to 1200, and who knows the end total. After all, the innocent who die are simply, “collateral damage.”

There are times when I wonder about our Neanderthal predecessors. I wonder if they engaged in war, I wonder if they took joy in slaughtering the innocent. It increasingly becomes clear to me that Neanderthals simply could not grasp the mental outlook possessed by these weird Cro-Magnons. I suspect Neanderthals simply were only interested in killing animals in order to eat. They never got into the idea that a Neanderthal would experience joy and wonder by murdering other Neanderthals. Imagine encountering beings who looked somewhat like them, and these beings believed devotedly in the concept that life was only worth living if one could murder other life forms?

So, fighting will continue in Gaza. People will die. At some point, the fighting will experience a -PAUSE. In reality, throughout the human Cro-Magnon experience it has always been a -PAUSE- before the killing resumes and life gets back to being normal. Reality? The killing will NEVER end. It just goes on and on. We Cro-Magnons wiped out the Neanderthals. If things go according to form, we Cro-Magnons will eventually wipe out all the Cro-Magnons and leave this planet to–???

ABC Of Republican End Of Poverty Program

I do understand there are those who believe in some liberal authoritarian idea that providing high paying jobs to workers might result in the end of poverty. In 1965, the average member of the United Automobile Workers(UAW) earned the equivalent of about $70 an hour in 2014 terms. No, automobile workers did NOT need Food Stamps. They earned the equivalent of about $100,000 today and thus could purchase a home, send their kids through college, and enjoy a decent middle class life. I was so over joyed to read that Congressman Paul Ryan understands how we can return to those good old days of middle class life.

Paul Ryan explained the ABc of current poverty.

1. “We basically have a poverty management system from the Federal government, a safety net program that is not getting people out of poverty.

2. “Poverty is a complicated program that needs to be customized.”

3. The solution to ending poverty is to turn poor people over to “trained state benefits officers” who will teach them how to take the “path up” out of poverty.

In other words, if one seeks to end poverty that individual can secure an upward bound program at McDonald’s that pays $7.25 an hour. In other words, this individual could earn $1200 a month, and almost $14,000 a year. Wow! I hate to inform Paul but that is BELOW the level that is identified as being “poor.” Gee, Paul, how about living for a year on $14,000 a year?

Or, we could return to the days when business leaders believed if they paid good wages to workers, then they, in effect, were creating consumers who would purchase their goods.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.