Category Archives: Social Justice

Impeachment Redeux?

Throughout the history of the United States of America only two presidents confronted the prospect of being impeached–Andrew Johnson in the 1860s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In each case, the honor of introducing impeachment charges fell to the Republican party. Richard Nixon in the 1970s certainly engaged in actions that bordered on the illegal. Although, there was discussion among Democrats about impeachment, these charges were never filed. In other word, the party of Impeachment is the Republican party. An estimated 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives are hot to engage in an impeachment war with President Barack Obama. Among the issues for this group is the fact that Obama has issued Executive Orders because he has been unable to persuade this group to pass any laws that are needed in this nation. Heck, our Infrastructure Fund to build roads and bridges is nearly empty, and Republicans insist that no money can be spent on such worthless things such as roads or dams or bridges. At this juncture in history, the United States, which once led the world in infrastructure innovation, is now among the least able to do anything.

The issue of Executive Orders is rather interesting. At this moment, the following presidents issued at least twice as many Executive Orders as has Obama–Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln. For some reason, neither of these men was confronted with the prospect of being impeached. I wonder why?

National Security Agency -Any Change?

Senator Patrick Leahy is working with a bipartisan group in the US Senate in order to pass new legislation which would curb power of the National Security Agency. Most Americans agree that our spy agencies have gone wild in their quest to “defend America” by taking away our freedom. In other words, in the drive to save our freedom, the NSA believes we must abandon our freedom. It is rather interesting, that in the midst of among the most divided Congress in American history, the only topic that garners bipartisan agreement is–NATIONAL SECURITY. Leahy is being supported by right wing nut case Senator Ted Cruz, who would never dare to express any agreement with the liberal from Vermont –unless the topic was NATIONAL SECURITY. The real question to pose about the need for new legislation is why do we need new legislation? I assume the President of the United States of America can fire officials who run the NSA and replace them with officials who believe in the American right of privacy. So, why this need by Congress to do what the president can and should do–tomorrow! The issue is NOT new legislation. The issue is our Presidents must begin to function as the guardian of our fundamental right to privacy. THAT is, and, has always been the issue of secrecy.

We have gone down the road of hysteria for over a decade. We have allowed fear to control our actions. We invent fears, we thrive on fear, and our President regards himself as guardian of Fear. It is time to replace excessive Fear with Reality. There is considerable doubt our current practices to “protect America” are always needed. Common sense is a neglected aspect of modern life. Yes, vigilance is required. But, exactly how many American born Muslims have committed any act that might be construed as unpatriotic? How many native born Muslims have engaged in any act of terrorism? THAT is reality!

We Can Go It Alone!!

Once again, Vladimir Putin is showing the world that he is not a dude who will bend to the reality of our world. He inhabits his own world. In Mother Russia, HE is the decider. Oh, there is a legislature, there are some judges, but Vladimir Putin is THE DECIDER. It is rather difficult after years of doing whatever he desires, ordering people around, and enjoying Absolute control of all means of communication for this man to accept the reality there are other forces in this world which also can impact Mother Russia. In face of new European and American sanctions, THE MAN insists that no one can tell him what to do. His response to sanctions is issuing a warning that Russia does not need any outside relations and can go it alone within its own economy. Of course, as of this moment in time, few Americans or Europeans purchase any Russian technology. When was the last time anyone purchased a Russian made phone or TV or cell phone? At least 90% of Russia’s defense industry depends upon Western technology in order to do anything. Naturally, the toadies who inhabit Russia’s parliament are 1000% behind the Boss. MP Alexei Pushko warned America: “Obama will go down in history… as the US President who started a new Cold War.”

The coming months will not be easy. Reality is that Putin does not face any pressure from anyone within Russia to alter his way of handling foreign affairs. Heck, he does what he desires within Russia which means life today in that land is not that far different from the good old days of Communism when expressing a view point could land one in prison or a gulag out in Siberia. In one sense, time has stood still in Russia. Its people are closer to the Communist era when issues of freedom are confronted. No one knows what The Boss will do. That, is also Reality!

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.

Muslim Vs Muslim-The Israel Mistake

The original Bush invasion of Iraq occurred at a time when conflict in the Middle East focused mainly upon Muslims focusing upon Israel or western Christian groups. Today, in 2014, the central conflict in the Middle East is Muslim vs Muslim. The defeat of Sunni Saddam Hussein, who had kept minority Sunnis under close control, resulted in triumph of Shiites who were determined to take revenge upon Sunnis who had for too long ruled over them. Syria was controlled by Sunni leaders such as the Assad family, but they were very secular in attitude and governance. Any demonstration of religion was for show purposes. The Assad clique had close working relations with secular Sunnis and Christians, and they were deeply concerned about rise of any Islamic religous figures. There regime was the perfect Muslim nation in which religion played a secondary role to that of power and prosperity. Bashar Assad married a very secular woman, and enjoyed the life of a modern upper class person. Yes, he attended the mosque, more for a photo op than for any deep involvement in religious issues.

The Middle East today is witnessing a new manifestation of older Sunni vs Shiite strugles. Shiites constitute about 15% of Muslims in the world, and a large percent of this group is located in the Middle East– Iran and Iraq. Islamic militants which swept into northern Iraq were Sunnis who resented loss of power in that nation to the Shiites. Hamas is as geatly opposed to the Egyptian government as it is to the Israelis. In Libya the conflict is between more secular Muslims vs more religious centered ones. The same struggle is dividing Tunisia and Algeria. Israel has nothing to do with these conflicts. Muslims are fighting Muslims.

A Shiite dilemma is they only possess power in the Middle East. Sunis dominate the Muslim religion throughout the rest of the world. If Shiites can not gain power in the Middle East it means they will never possess power anywhere in the world. A basic failure on the part of Israel is lack of understanding regarding the Muslim vs Muslim conflict. Instead of seeking alliances with secular Muslims, Israel fails to differentiate because its government views Muslims as some sort of monoithic entity. Israel must accept the Palestinian Authority as a leader in Palestine. It must empower Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and assist his efforts to destroy Hamas. How can this be accomplished?

1. Recognize the state of Palestine.

2. Accept that about 5% of the West Bank will constitute Jewish settlements.

3. Encourage the state of Palestine to forge a military alliance with Egypt in order to crush Hamas in Gaza. Israel could provide drones, and helicopters.

It is time the US and Israel recognied reality in the Middle East. The war to ensure peace must be won by Muslims, NOT Israel!

Wars Of Choice, Wars Of Necessity

Political scientist Richard Haas has identified two forms of war that we Americans have fought during our history-wars of choice, and wars of necessity. Let me briefly review has this concept fits into the history of American wars:

1. American Revolution. In 1776, the American colonists had the highest standard of living in the world. They enjoyed free speech, freedom of religion freedom of the press,and 90% of laws that impacted them were passed by a Colonial legislature. A majority of people opted for war. Most probably, further self government would have arrived within thirty years. A War of Choice

2. The War of 1812, by any definition, falls under the category of a War of Choice.

3. The War with Mexico in 1846 was definitely a war of Choice. America invaded Mexico.

4. The Spanish American War of 1898 was initiated by the US, and is a War of Choice.

5. World War I was a choice by President Wilson to support England despite the fact American ships were being attacked by both German and English vessels. A War of Choice

6. World War II is clearly an example of a War of Necessity. America was attacked.

7. The Korean War. North Korea attacked South Korea, and America made the choice to support South Korea. A War of Choice.

8. The Vietnam War was clearly a War of Choice.

9. The Gulf War of 1991 was a War of Choice.

10. The invasion of Afghanistan was a War of Choice.

11. The invasion of Iraq was a War of Choice.

12. The Civil War is rather unusual. It was an internal war. There is no question that President Lincoln had to respond to the threat of secession with force. A War of Necessity although many Southerners would argue it was a War of Choice.

After reviewing this list it is clear that only World War II was supported overwhelmingly by 95% of the people. In all other wars, America had a divided society. It is not surprising that in 2014, Americans are divided about the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither of these wars had a 90% agreement.

Perhaps, the issue is that America entered two wars of Choice, and the choice was incorrect!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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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–???