Category Archives: Social Justice

Don’t Sing On Subway Platforms!

I was born and bred on the streets of the Bronx in New York City. I spent the initial twenty years of my life riding the subway and thus became acquainted with rules of behavior on this method of transportation. The most important rule taught me was to “mind your own business.” If some people wanted to sing on the subway, let them blast away. If some people came asking for coins, just shut your eyes and pretend to be asleep. Actually, I did enjoy listening to young boys and girls sing since it made the journey more enjoyable. As long as others kept their hands off my body, let them perform and be happy was my slogan of life. Andrew Kalleen was playing music and singing on a subway platform when challenged by police to cease and desist. He refused. Actually, Mr. Kalleen cited the New York City Transit code which specifically allows “artistic performances” and even allows “kindly acceptance of donations.”

This response was to New York City police a defiance. Police continued to insist that one needed a “permit” to sing. The police were wrong and they were further wrong to arrest Mr. Kalleen. The real issue why are police wasting their time arresting people for legally singing in the subway? This is just another example of the fallacy of our “broken windows” theory which insists upon arresting small crimes in order to prevent more important ones. How about New York police entering Wall Street offices and enforce laws against small crimes? Oops, all they would find would be LARGE CRIMES!

Songs never caused people to fear for their lives!!

Blasphemy Leads To Death In Pakistan

It was just another story from Pakistan about another denial of human rights to someone who is not Muslim living in a Muslim society. The story has been repeated countless times, and those who are not Muslim in the nation of Pakistan will be denied their basic right to think tomorrow and the day after. The tale of Asia Bibi has been around for five years. She is a Christian woman living in Pakistan and she is very poor. She asked a colleague working with her in the fields to get her a drink of water, and the man replied that it would be “unclean” to fetch water for a Christian farm labor colleague. They had an argument. During the dispute, some Muslims insisted that Asia Bibi had insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Naturally, she was placed on trial and given the choice of convert or die.

This illiterate woman refused to abandon her faith and now the courts of Pakistan demand that she die. My question is where are the immams in this dispute? Where are Muslim scholars? Where are Muslim college professors in this dispute? Where are college students in the streets protesting this denial of human rights? The read sad aspect of this story is lack of any response from educated Muslims. They prefer to deny the right of people NOT to be Muslim! But, if a Muslim is denied human rights, watch them demonstrate in the streets with angry shouts of freedom for Muslims!! Shame on any educated Pakistani!

Pope Francis Pooped On By Bishops!

Thee is no question that Pope Francis seeks to introduce changes in the Catholic Church that would make millions of Catholics more willing to attend religious services. He supported efforts by modern thinking Bishops in the recent conclave to offer a welcome of greeting to homosexuals that encouraged them to attend church services. It was apparent when members of the conclave argued that gays and lesbians should be equal members of the Church that such talk was regarded as heresy by the majority. Even though Pope Francis was supporting those seeking to transform the Catholic Church into a 21st century institution, in the end those who have fixed thinking that what was true in the fifteenth century must be true today. The original document that was written with the full support of Pope Francis was changed at the end.\

The document now reads that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and dignity” but the document went on to insist that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The original document said that gays and lesbians had “gifts to offer the Church.” Pope Francis is now at a crossroad, can he push ahead for changes that might encourage those leaving the Church to return, or does he allow conservatives to deny the existence of a modern world? He might have to become more of a leader with a firm grip on events if the Catholic Church is to be saved from its own rigidity!

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??

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

If we are going to ban air flights from Africa, will we ban ships from Africa?

I miss picking up a library book and checking who last took it out.

I enjoy a coffee shop where they check if you need a refill.

I always sigh with relief reading when someone in their eighties has died.

I miss Saturday night when we got our copy of the Sunday comics.

Is there a food that is not included in fast food establishments?

Ah, for the days when a holiday resulted in a doubleheader for one price.

I wonder if an American president will have once served in the military?

I am a bigot, I prefer people who speak with enthusiasm about life.

Things Not Happening Today

There are things that will not occur in the United States of America today:

1. No black teen will be halted or shot.

2. Rick Perry utters an intelligent comment.

3. Stephen Colbert does a show without praising himself.

4. Barack Obama talks WITH people rather than to them.

5. John Boehner desires to pass a law that benefits poor people.

6. Congressmen play a game of softball together regardless of party affiliation.

7. Mitt Romney addresses a labor union meeting.

8. Pope Francis urges rights for women in Catholic Church.

9. It is proven that Mitch McConnell does have a backbone.

10. A Wall Street tycoon pays taxes at a higher rate than his secretary.

Doctor Rick Perry Wants Bans

This blog can now confirm that one of America’s leading experts on Ebola is insisting that President Barack Obama institute a ban on travel to any nations in which there is a single case of Ebola. Governor Rick Perry of the state of Texas in which the first case of Ebola was uncovered would not respond to our inquiries as to whether travel from or to the state of Texas will now be banned. Although I have long been an opponent of the man from Texas, this is one time I agree with him. Let’s keep the nut cases from Texas confined to that state and not allow them to infect our society with their weird ideas about guns or abortion or education. You know, Texas is the state in which children are warned in schools about radical terrorists such as Martin Luther King who sought to undermine the white purity of the state. Hold on for a second! I was just informed that Governor Perry has become a “doctor.” Yes, Kilgore Cosmos University has awarded the leader of their state with the degree of Doctor.

Frankly, there is no surprise that Dr. Perry believes in bans on travel to and from infected nations. He is firmly in favor of banning people from voting in Texas, he is in favor of banning abortions in Texas, and he certainly wants to ban “those people” from down below who seek to enter the great state of Texas. I await:

1. A Texas ban on women from living in the state who are pregnant and not married to a man.

2. A ban on those who opposes guns from being able to own one.

3. A ban on anyone who holds a degree in any aspect of science. Texas does not need egg heads in their beloved land.

Has Nigeria Gone Bonkers?

The so called nation of Nigeria is led by among the most corrupt groups on this planet. Despite hundreds of billions provided this nation, most probably less than five percent went to the people of Nigeria since the government and its kleptomaniac allies simply siphoned off the money. Nigeria is divided between a northern region that is mainly Muslim and a southern area which is Christian. The incredible stealing of money and lack of support for the people of Nigeria led to the emergence of a Muslim terror group, Boko Haram– Western education is sinful. This group has attacked villages, murdered hundreds and kidnapped 200 girls. Most in this group were Christians but they were forced to convert to the Muslim religion. There has been ongoing negotiation by the Nigerian government to secure release of the girls since the nonexistent Nigerian army lacks the ability to handle any group that fires back at them. This “army”consists of poor kids who are not paid on a regular basis, lack proper equipment and simply do not know how to fight a war. Their officers usually steal their pay.

Anyway, Air Chief Marshal Alex Baden told a group that “I wish to inform this audience that a cease fire agreement has been reached with Boko Haram.” The government insists it has been negotiating with the secretary general of Boko Haram, a man named, Danladi Ahmadu. However, Shehu Sani, an expert on Boko Haram, does not believe there is any such agreement. “The whole thing is a hoax. Ahmadu is not part of Boko Haram.

Stayed tuned for the truth which, hopefully, will emerge!

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!

So, Who Really Is Barack Obama??

I understand that most Liberals and Democrats deride Fox News and charge that it is being unfair to the current President of the United States of America. However, recent events prove conclusively that Fox News has been sounding an alarm about the dude from Africa which not only is true, but understates the case against Barack Obama. For years, Fox News has argued that Obama was not born in America, but in Africa. There is now evidence that Fox News was correct that Barack Obama was NOT born in America. However, I regret to inform the ever vigilant Fox News commentators, particularly those cute pert blond haired damsels, they got the story half right. Examine the following evidence:

1. A top secret spy plane landed at Vandenberg Air base in California.

2. The X-37B mini space shuttle has been hovering above our planet for 674 days.

3. I can now prove that within this space ship are those from the Planet XUL. Those from Planet Xul are dark skinned. They are married to dark skinned females. They only produce dark skinned female children for the simple reason that for every two births of female Xulians, one turns into a male.

4. Barack Obama was not born in Africa. He was born on X-37B. After gestation on the space ship he emerged as an Earth looking male.

To prove my point. Xulians are not impacted by Ebola. Barack Obama has this immunity. That is why he doesn’t care if Ebola spreads. It will not impact his own family.

Once again Fox News is the only outlet really telling the truth to Americans.