Category Archives: United States

The Issue Of Africa Is Our Issue

It is doubtful if one in a hundred Americans this day gave a single thought to what is happening in Africa, other than sickness. It is a continent that is far away,and other than thoughts about Ebola the lives of Africans is never on the minds of the American people. Each year a few hundred thousand Africans seek to leave their homes and enter the European Union. Along the way, thousands die in deserts or in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the lost people whose demise goes unreported in the media. Heck, these humans did not kill anyone, they did not chop off any heads, they simply wanted an opportunity for a better life. My parents were among the TWENTY MILLION EUROPEANS who left their homes during the period, 1890-1924 seeking a new life in America. They were allowed to enter this promised land, and the end result is they transformed America into a greater country.

In the fall of 2013 a group of 113 people from Niger left for Europe. At the end of the journey only 13 arrived. Most died in the deserts of northern Africa. In the hottest part of the desert, an adult sitting in the shade loses one liter of water an hour. When fluid reaches a half percent of his-her weight, the process grows more significant in terms of being able to survive, and when it hits 10% the person is disoriented and unable to walk without stumbling. The death of these people went unnoticed. Thousands more will die. Just another group of immigrants doomed to death.

Thank God my parents were able to migrate to America!

Obama Careless Kills Democrats

I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.

1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.

2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?

3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!

4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!

5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!

Fight For Kobani Goes On And On

I can just hear Fox News commentators yelling about how President Obama allowed US military supplies to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists. There was an air drop and some of the parachutes landed among ISIS soldiers. Wow! During World War II every time there was an air drop at least ten percent of supplies fell among German troops. I hate to inform Republicans, but President Obama has yet to prove that he can control the air. Naturally, if America would only elect to public office men like Ted Cruz this nation would once again be in control of air. The entire ISIS episode is blamed on failures of President Obama. Let us examine the record:

1. It was under the administration of President George Bush that former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki came to power.

2. It was under the administration of President Bush that Maliki destroyed the alliance that had been formed between Shiites and Sunnis.

3. President Obama OFFERED to retain US soldiers in Iraq. It was PM Maliki who insisted that US troops would have to be under Sharia law if they committed a crime. Just imagine what Fox News would have screamed if Obama placed American troops under Sharia law?

The entire Iraq situation was the fault of President Bush. There simply was no sensible solution to issues in the area. There are times in history when if a nation makes mistakes, they live on as mistakes. ISIS is simply a result of the Iraq war, and guess who began that blunder??

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

I always eat the bottom portion of a bagel first.

I saw this incredibly young mom with three kids. She must spend her days exercising.

I wonder if on holidays planes stop flying with their mail?

Every time I see a teen with a ten dollar bill it awakens feelings of awe for this Depression child.

I picked up three quarters. God leaves quarters, not dollars.

If I see a table with elderly people, I think it is “them,” not “me.”

A man spoke wisdom when he said “if you build a house in a hollow, why are you surprised that it gets flooded?”

My mind never thinks about the finality of life, too interesting being alive.

I picked up the phone and Lisa and Bob wanted to give me a TV. How sweet.

I do not like a stranger on the phone addressing me as, “Fred.”

I am the child of immigrants so I support all immigrants, legal or illegal.

Bad News For Fox News!

There is gloom in Fox News at recent events in Syria where ISIS has been fighting in the streets of Kobani. Fox News commentators, particularly the cute, pert, blond haired ones whose knowledge of the world is confined to what they read on notes handed to them. In fairness to these TV women they CAN read what is given them to read. For weeks, Sean and Bill and the others have been in a state of joy over advances by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of words have been told the American people about another “Obama failure.” After all, he is the reason there is terrorism in the Middle East. If only he had followed the dictates of former President George Bush who had defeated terrorism with his famous “surge” there would not be a single terrorist left in the entire region. So, what is the bad news?

Turkey has changed its policy and will now allow Kurds in peshmerga units to cross their territory and go to the aid of Kurds who are defending the city of Kobani. This is a dramatic shift for the Erdogan government which, up to this point, wanted ISIS to destroy Kurds who they regard as their enemy. The Turks finally realized that ISIS on its border was a greater threat than Kurds on its border. Another factor in Kobani has been air strikes by US and Coalition planes which have captured ISIS forces in open ground. Air lifts of weapons to Kurds in the city has helped turn the course of battle. A Kurdish soldier named, Ameen, commented: “the game has changed now. After the Americans provided us with weapons, we changed from being on the defense to attacking ISIS. I believe the next few days will bring us a victory.”

Could someone explain to me how Fox News can report a victory for Obama actions? Damn it, nothing ever goes right in this world!

Freedom To Assemble Dead?

As a child in New York City schools, I was taught all about the American Revolution. It was pointed out to this child of refugees, that among the wonderful characteristics of living in America, is that people could openly inform the government of their displeasure with its behavior. The right to petition the government was considered a fundamental right accorded to all Americans. As a teacher for over fifty years of history, this right was discussed in my classes. I spent over forty years teaching in the St. Louis county area, and assumed this land was in the United States of America. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nepheed, was with some fellow protesters outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, when police arrested her on, as of this date, two unspecified violations of the law. She was told there was no right to protest in St. Louis country, particularly outside of police stations.

Of course, she will be released after posting bond. This arrest simply reinforces the prevailing attitude in the St. Louis area that racists control the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Initially, Michael Brown was murdered (the word is “murdered,” not killed) because he violated the law by walking down a street in the evening. In both events, a black person was NOT engaged in any form of violence when halted. They were WALKING. Perhaps, it is time to change the Constitution and clearly make it a crime to walk in public during the evening if one’s body skin is dark. At least then, honesty will reign in this land.

Obvious Is Obvious!

The German secret police, the BND, have concluded their investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian plane, MH17 which was flying over Ukraine when a missile blasted it to pieces. According to our beloved leader, the Great Vladimir Putin, the reason for this disaster was evident–some Nazis emerged from their graves in Ukraine, grabbed a missile system and shot down the plane. If the Great One explains any event, it is always the truth. For some strange reason, these Germans,and please remember, they are Germans, simply will not accept the truth. The BND told a parliamentary committee that Ukraine separatists had captured a BUK air defense missile system at a Ukraine military base, and used it to shoot down the plane. Although over 100 Dutch citizens died in the crash, the Netherlands has not been actively pursuing any investigations of the disaster.

This report will be filed. German newspapers are filled with stories of anger. Vladimir Putin will pontificate once again about Nazis. And, in the end, this story will disappear into the black hole of never doing anything about evil men in our time. Frankly, the stakes are too high. Russia has nuclear weapons, and when a nation is in possession of such weapons of mass destruction, we simply gaze in another direction. Such is modern life.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Clues About Oracle Uncovered”

No, he is not Ted Cruz!

USA, NY Daily News: “Slum Lord Lives In Mansion”

Being a slum lord is the road to living in mansion.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Pistorious Could Be Gang Raped In Jail”

In America this could never occur, inmates have constitutional rights to carry guns!

Norway, Norway Post: “Pastor Dies After Writing Nude Girls”

Was it the writing or the nude girls that gave him the heart attack?

China, China Daily: “Tips For Driving In China”

Red means go?

Good News: No Ebola In Nigeria

There is some good news on the Ebola front. No, the Muslim fanatics are not the cause of Ebola nor can we blame ISIS for this one. The World Health Organization announced there has not been a single case of Ebola in the nation of Nigeria during a six week period. WHO spokesperson, Rui Vaz said, “this is a spectacular success story. It shows that Ebola can be contained, but we must be clear that we won a battle, the war will only end when the West Africa is also declared to be free of Ebola.”

I do realize this is bad news for those on Fox News. The pert cute blond haired idiots will have to learn some new words to recite when on screen. Barack Obama can now claim, the entire Ebola scare was similar to the roll out of Obamacare, a few mistakes, but all is now working. Oh, you can check the sky tonight, it has not fallen. That is a guarantee!

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!!