Category Archives: Social Justice

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples from headlines in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

About which woman to bed?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Is In Hospital”

I trust they have stocked up on beer.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Onions Stolen”

This is one smelly story.

USA, aol: “When She Says, NO”

For a healthy American boy, she means, “YES.”

Norway, Norway Post: “Police Raid Grocery Store”

Fully armed with guns and tanks, I assume!

UK, Guardian: “Managers Cut Salaries”

Not on Wall Street!

Where Are Arab Nations?

The President of the United States has given an address to the nation concerning what the US will do in the Middle East in order to halt the spread of ISIS. Most European leaders have made statements. But, for some strange reason Arab nations and Turkey have yet to be heard from. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri insists that his nation is very upset at the slaughter of fellow Sunni Muslims, but this “doesn’t mean that we will participate in military action.” However, much as his government is horrified at actions of ISIS, “we believe that this action and the elimination of terrorism is a collective responsibility for all members of the international community.”

Let me get this straight:

1. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group.
2. ISIS is murdering Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

But,the Arab nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey believe the “international community” must take action!

When will Arab nations stand up to defend MUSLIMS??

So,What About Ukraine??

The dilemma of Ukraine remains a dilemma. Russian convoys are crossing over into Ukraine, carrying something that is termed, “humanitarian aid.” The Ukraine government believes they are still at the stage of war with their friendly neighbor. So, what do the Nations of the European Union intend to do about this? Actually, Nothing is probably what they will wind up doing. What can they do?

1. Implement a total ban on travel to and from Russia.

2. Institute a total ban on shipment of goods to and from Russia.

3. Freeze bank accounts of Russian businessmen who have huge assets outside of Russia.

4. Refuse to allow Russian officials to attend international meetings.

5. Seek a vote in the United Nations Assembly that censures Russia.

David Cameron Wants Action -Or Does He?

British Prime Minister David Cameron is rather upset at the picture of ISIS beheading a citizen of his nation. David Haine is guilty of the crime of working to aid people in need within Syria, and now has paid for his kindness by death at the hands of those who thrive on death. David Cameron has made clear that his nation will not tolerate such behavior. He intends to challenge these creatures who embody evil by doing something. What exactly does he want to do?

1. His government will support the government of Iraq.
2. His government will do something, not quite clear as to what that is, to support the US air attacks.
3. His nation will provide humanitarian aid.
4. His government will protect English citizens at home.

There is nothing in his comments regarding military action, but he does promise “aid.”

I wonder if he will rush to the aid of Scots if they become an independent nation?

Some Like Pain

There are times in my life when actions by individual Americans leave me flustered and confused. Matthew Todd Miller arrived at the airport in Yongyang, North Korea, approached North Korean officials and store up his tourist visa insisting that he wanted asylum from the evil American empire. OK, I can understand why any normal person subjected to a nation whose lawmakers devote their time to collecting dollar bills instead of actually paying attention to the business of the nation would lead any sane person to seek asylum somewhere. But, North Korea? How about the Muslim state of ISIS?

Anyway, Matthew has been sentenced to six years at hard labor. He now implores the evil American government to do something. Who are these people?

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

Some believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

Social Media Socialises The Mind

I was raised in a world in which people read newspapers and magazines as well as listen to the radio. New York City had 11 daily newspapers and most people read at least one or two. Obviously, most American cities rarely had more than two newspapers. Thus, for the vast majority of Americans it was common to read the same newspaper as a person who had differing political viewpoints. The 6:00 clock news was seen by the majority of Americans once television appeared in our lives. In other words, a majority of Americans were familiar with world issues. Of course, during World War II there were daily maps and stories in every newspaper. We shared a common base of knowledge even though we differed as to its meaning.

Social media, in theory, offers an incredible opportunity for people to engage with differing ideas. However, reality is the vast majority of Americans on social media only read those which agree with their particular views on life. It becomes less and less possible for Americans to have the same base of knowledge. We are fragmented intellectually into small sectors of information. Social media has been most successful in narrowing the base of knowledge rather than extending it. Today, the average person using social media has LESS knowledge than previously in history. Sorry, they do know more about what they already know!

Iran’s Role In Middle East

The American government has just decided that action must be taken against ISIS and other terror groups in the Middle East. US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that Iran’s presence was not desired in any conference dealing with policy in the Middle East. He argued their presence “would not be appropriate” on grounds that “Iran has been deeply involved with its forces on the ground in Syria.” Kerry is absolutely correct, Iran HAS been involved in fostering the civil war in Syria by aiding dictator Bashar al-Assad. Of course, one could argue this involvement is all the more reason why Iran should be at conferences dealing with the region. Reality: Iran hates the Sunni led ISIS and wants it destroyed. Iran wants the Shiite led Iraq to be a successful entity. In other words, the foreign policy goals of Iran are the same as those of the United States of America. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, a concept that is a realistic approach to foreign policy.

Iran has troops which can be directed to Iraq and quickly crush ISIS. A combination of American air power and Iranian forces on the ground would result in destruction of ISIS within a few months. It is time to bring Iran into discussions that center on how can the Middle East become a region that is at peace and economically successful? Oh, and invite Israel to participate in such discussions!

It’s Saturday, Surprise, No NFL Player Hit Anyone!!

Today is Saturday and we feel comfortable reporting that not a single member of the National Football League beat up on a woman or on his kids. After a Mr. Rice was depicted in a video punching out his wife with a right hook to the face that sent her to the floor, Minnesota half back Adrien Peterson was arrested by police for using a switch to beat up on his FOUR YEAR OLD SON! Oh, his defense is that his parents beat the hell out of him so, naturally, he had to do what was done to his FOUR YEAR OLD SON. Hardly a day goes by without another story of beating women, using drugs or hitting someone. Perhaps it is time that NFL players received a lecture each week that if you want to play football, restrict your anger and desire to hit someone to players on the other team!

It is rather ironic that on the weekend of football games in the NFL, the main stories are about players hitting people who are NOT on the football field! There are moments when one wonders what is happening to football players that leads to such physical assaults on their loved ones? Is there something going on that we don’t know about? For God’s sake, just play FOOTBALL!!

Sarah Palin Always In News

Ah, it has been a long time since this blog reported anything about Sarah Palin. You recall the woman who ran for the office of Vice President of thee United States of America? I so miss her pithy comments about life, politics, and her insights into foreign policy. After all, each morning she gazes out her window and explores Russia which is only a few miles away. I am still confused why President Obama has not consulted her concerning American foreign policy in the Middle East. I realize that Sarah is adored by millions in this land. She even has two TV shows, and without her comments on the world, how could Fox News make it through the day? Sarah is not merely a woman, she is an institution. Sarah is living proof that at least one third of people in this nation are complete fools and idiots!

The Palin family decided to have a birthday party for Todd’s 50th anniversary of being alive. It sort of wound up with drunken brawls in the front yard as daughter Bristol, was punching away and the guys were howling their drunken words to the world. Sarah reportedly attempted to inform her drunken children that she was SARAH. I so await Fox News reports of how some black dudes attempted to break up this party and were repulsed by Palin men who hurled beer bottles to protect the Palin women.