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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.

It Will Not End Until No One Is Left!

In all honesty, there simply are no new words to add to what has been described and reported in Gaza. Each day more die. Each day more buildings are destroyed. Each day more tunnels are blasted to pieces. Each day rockets and shells explode. Following is the latest list:

64 dead Israeli soldiers— 1418 dead Palestinians — 3196 Israel shells into Gaza — 2842 rockets fired into Israel by Hamas

The only certainty in this fighting is that by tomorrow these figures will be higher. Each day hate and anger grow more intense. One thing is very clear, this fighting has created a new generation of Palestinians and Jews who are determined not to live in peace with one another. Both sides have become convinced the other is, and will always be, the other. Any prior work to construct bonds of friendship is now over. Both sides will continue to fight. Hamas has a special problem– no Arab nation is ready to supply weapons or economic aid. Egypt is working closely with Israel to destroy Hamas. The people of Gaza have been abandoned.

Who knows, perhaps on some future day in this unhappy region the last person will die and the entire area will be devoid of any human life. I assume on that day this last survivor will have a look of joy and happiness knowing he is the LAST survivor and with his death peace finally returns to the region! I assume he will go to his death with a feeling of triumph because HIS side had the last man standing!

Chaos In US Senate

It was Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the United States House of Representatives. Just another day in Congress for a group which prides itself upon adherence to the Golden Rule that doing nothing prevents mistakes. John Boehner and other Republican leaders believe that no action is the best action. There is some logic in this attitude. If I never do anything then no one can blame me for making a mistake. In other words, the motto of House Republicans is: Those who do not, do something since do not is the rule for those seeking to prevent the act of do. President Barack Obama asked Congress to provide funds to assist in handling the alleged “crisis” on our border with Mexico. These days arrival of children to our border has become a new terrorist threat to the safety of American society. Even worse, these kids are prepared to take away jobs from decent hard working Americans. After all, millions of Americans desire to pick peaches and apples in our orchards only these Mexican terrorists seek to deny them an opportunity to make $7.25 an hour!! Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party said, no legislation about these children. So guess what happened? No legislation. Naturally, this will provide Fox News pundits hours to declaim and declare their ideas to the American people about the “crisis” on our border.

Eric Cantor, who is departing the hallowed halls of Congress due to the Tea Party offered some words of wisdom to his colleagues in a last speech. “We don’t always see eye to eye, even within our own party–in this chamber. But, that is how it is and is supposed to be.” Thank God this was not in the past, “what it supposed to be.” That is why we won World War II, built dams, roads, hospitals, airports, created Social Security for the elderly and Medicare. THAT was what Congress was supposed to be and do!

Game Of Death Enters Extra Innings!

Let me make clear the views of this blog concerning war in Gaza.

1. No nation can allow rockets from any source to land on its soil. That is a given.

2. No nation or group can place the lives of civilians at risk if it can in any way be avoided.

We begin with the above premises. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raises a key issue when saying, “Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire ..which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population of Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activities in the Gaza Strip.” The Israel prime minister is raising a key point, but he also fails to raise other key points.

1. Israel shells and missiles ARE killing the innocent. Which, if any, steps can be taken to reduce this situation?

2. Are there other political steps which can be taken that would lessen the influence of Hamas among Palestinians?

I am not a military expert, but certainly steps could be taken to reduce(note, I say, “reduce,” not “end.”) the killing of civilians. Netanyahu has a responsibility to those civilians just as he has a responsibility for his fighting men. Throughout the history of this human race, the innocent have always died in wars. All one can do is REDUCE the numbers of innocent people who die.

Political: This is my main complaint about Prime Minister Netanyahu. His failure to engage in meaningful negotiations with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority set the stage for growth of power in Gaza of Hamas.(Actually, there is now considerable evidence if an honest election was held in Gaza, Hamas would lose it). So, what can Prime Minister Netanyahu do at this moment?

1. Announce a freeze on any construction of new settlements on the West Bank.

2. Announce that Israel recognizes creation of a Palestinian nation.

3. Urge creation of a Middle Eastern “Marshall Plan” funded by the regions’ oil states and Israel which would be used to improve living standards within Palestine, Egypt and Syria.

4. Announce that eastern Jerusalem could become the capital of Palestine.

5. Agree to discussions concerning the ongoing refugee problem. Israel has a legitimate right to note over 700,000 Jewish refugees had to flee Arab nations. There are both a Palestinian refugee issue and a Jewish refugee issue. Thus, there is a basis for compromise.

NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. That is the best way to reduce power of Hamas!

“Dr.” Paul Ryan Speaks About Science

I enjoyed a normal education. I went to school, was required to take courses in science such as biology, and chemistry. It was my assumption those who taught such courses actually knew something about the field of science. Little did I realize until reading the words of “Dr” Paul Ryan, who spends his time in the United States Congress, that those posing as “scientists” lack any knowledge about what is going on in this world. For some reason, these “scientists” claim that action by humans is altering the climate in this world. According to Paul Ryan, do not listen to people who masquerade with Ph.Ds or boast of studying geology and weather. They lack his knowledge which was gained in talks with lobbyists and pollsters. These are the true scientists in our world. Let me share the wise words of Paul Ryan:

“Climate change occurs no matter what. My question is: can or should the federal government do something about it…. And, all it will do is end up hurting our economy, our people, and especially low income people. I see an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth.” I trust Americans will listen carefully to the words of someone who has absolutely NO knowledge about what is occurring on our planet. However, in fairness to Paul, he IS an expert on fostering wealth for those who are wealthy. He is against the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT” doing anything. I wonder if Paul has any knowledge what prior Republican leaders did:

!. Abraham Lincoln introduced the income tax. He had the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT finance construction of the Intercontinental railroad which dramatically changed our economy. He pushed through the Homestead Act which allowed thousands to get free land–talk about aiding the poor. He also had government provide financial aid to colleges.

2. Theodore Roosevelt is responsible for creation of our National Parks. He had the Federal Government finance construction of the Panama Canal. He pushed through anti trust laws and regulation of Big Business.

3. Dwight Eisenhower is responsible for creation of our intercontinental roads. FINANCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

4. Franklin Roosevelt had airports built, shipyards constructed, dams built, reforested our nations, constructed roads, built railroad stations, etc..

Imagine an America with Paul Ryans as president, instead of these men??

Remember The Alamo!

Many Americans are angry about Mexicans coming into THEIR land and taking away THEIR jobs. Of course, from an historical viewpoint, Mexicans used to own THEIR land. We forget that most of the southwest was once the property of the Mexican government, and many people of Mexican descent can trace their history further back than Governor Rick Perry or Tea Party members. British musician Phil Collins is among the world’s most well read people about the famous battle of The Alamo during the American settler revolt against the Mexican government during the 1830s. The Mexican government invited Americans to settle in Texas. Then, those lousy Mexicans decided to end slavery. Hell, what better reason to rebel than to protect the sanctity of YOUR PROPERTY! Anyway, Phil Collins has the world’s greatest private collection of Alamo memorabilia. He decided to donate the material to the state of Texas.

Among the over 500 pieces was a Davy Crockett rifle, cannon balls from the battle, and the buckle worn by William Travis who led the Americans. According to Phil he initially got hooked on The Alamo while watching the TV series, Davy Crockett. “Everybody’s got something they escape to.” I assume that those who do not want “foreign Mexicans” coming to their land might pick up a history book and learn that the real “illegal immigrants” are the Americans who revolted against a government that wanted to end slavery!

John Kerry Wanded

These days Secretary of State John Kerry never gets an opportunity to sleep in his own bed, let alone work in his own office since he is on the go working to reduce violence in the Middle East or in the Ukraine. One suspects he has lost track of time and place. A few days ago, our Secretary of State found himself in Cairo at the airport since he was visiting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the ever required need to get an Egyptian leader to address issues of democracy in his own nation. Kerry was halted by security guards who proceeded to inspect his body with their wands. I assume they were worried about this tall, lanky man who did not speak Egyptian and was on his way to see the president of their nation. The hand held electronic device finally obtained evidence that a Mr. Kerry was NOT a terrorist and could proceed.

The Egyptian government insisted it was perfectly normal to wand a visiting American Secretary of State. After all, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Nabal Fahmy was wanted at Kennedy air port. Oh well, a new crisis. We have now introduced the “wand” issue. Who should or should not be wanted? Another day, another foreign policy issue. Such is life in the Middle East.

A Woman’s Life In Tehran

Over thirty years have passed since Islamic militants seized power in Iran and deposed of secular leaders who mistakenly thought ending the rule of a Shah would result in creation of a democratic society. For thirty years, educated Iranians have struggled to maintain their individuality while inhabiting a society in which old men with beards decided what young men with or without did or did not do. In a recent article published in the New Statesman, the life of a upper middle class girl was described. She attends a university which gains her access to people of divergent ideas, and it is rather easy to obtain videos depicting sex as well as the same movies that are shown in Western nations. “Tahmineh” told a reporter that, although raised in a conservative family which forces her to wear an all-encompasing black chador, she still drinks alcohol, and attends parties with her university friends. “I first hand anal sex when I was 21. Of course, I want to have proper sex, but until I know for sure that my boy friend wants to get married, I can’t engage in proper sex.” She makes clear that many of her friends are “allowed to hang out with boys, but are still expected to be virgins so they all have anal sex instead.”

Those with wealth, those who have access to a university have access to the latest Western fashions and ideas. She attends parties at which alcohol is served, people kiss, people discuss ideas that are contrary to those of Iranian leaders. Tahmnineh, in many aspects enjoys the life of a modern Western female, except for the emphasis upon anal sex. She also is aware than in Tehran which has 12,000,000 people there are at least 300,000 “special girls.” In plain English, this means there are 300,000 prostitutes allowed to work and earn a living by the conservative government. The reporter discovered there are thousands of girls from supposedly conservative families who now work in Tehran, earn money and live apart from their families.

The question whose answer is still unknown is what happens to Iranian youth who will continue to have access to Western ideas? At which point will they rebel? Or will they?

Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

So, What Comes Later?

I thoroughly agree with the concept that a nation has the right to defend its territorial integrity. I agree that a nation has the right to wipe out any groups seeking to cause it harm. I agree that Israel has the right to make certain no bombs are headed for its people. Frankly, any nation in the world would take action to halt such violence against its territory. The government of Israel made clear “when a ceasefire proposal that answers Israel’s important needs is laid on the table, it will be considered.” Even as he spoke Israel tanks were blasting away at civilians seeking refuge in a UN school. Let me examine the Israel statement.

1. What are Israel’s “needs?”

2. What does “consider” mean?

3. What comes after the conclusion of the war in Gaza?

It is quite clear that Israel’s “needs” entail an end to bombs entering its nation. Hopefully, “consider” means address ALL issues linked to the fighting in Gaza. To simply respond to the need for an end of bombs is not enough because ceasing at that point any meaningful discussions does not address the issue of “what comes after conclusion of the war in Gaza?” Unless this issue is addressed in a “meaningful manner” a few years from now there will be more bombs and within a year there will be suicide bombers blasting away in Israel. Does anyone in the Israel government actually believe that this war has not created a new generation of suicide bombers! They are now teens and within a few years they will be ready and willing to die for Allah by killing Jews.

So, what must be done–NOW!

1. An end to further West Bank settlements.

2. Consolidation of all West Bank settlements into an area of the West Bank not to exceed 5% of the land.

3. Recognition of the new state of Palestine.

4. The right of Palestinians to have its capital in east Jerusalem.

5. Creation of a new “Marshall Plan” for the region whose aim is stimulating the economies of Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, along with that of Israel.

Get youth into meaningful education and jobs if one seeks to avoid suicide bombers!