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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

In older days I wore a white tee shirt under my shirt.

I dislike looking up to tall men because they are looking down on me.

Sometimes, to glance backward is to glance ahead.

One must accept with grace there are things that will NOT occur during one’s life time.

Some present a determined look approaching eating a bagel.

Ultimate triumph is to be true to self.

Some place hand in back pocket exiting an eating place.

One must never ration praise.

Some touch nose when sitting down.

I so enjoy stretching out my legs when seated.

From Gaza To Beirut?

The nation of Israel is currently engaged in an election to determine which political party will gain power. If there is one thing that inspires Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to flex his muscles is the advent of an election. After all, he saved Israel from the hordes of Muslim fanatics who were ready to swarm out of Gaza and take over Israel. A missile hit an Israel military vehicle near the border of Lebanon which definitely poses an immediate threat to the existence of the state of Israel. The prime minister issued a warning to one and all. “I suggest that all those who are challenging us on our northern border remember what happened in Gaza.” At least Bibi is clear about his intentions. There were hundreds of missiles fired from Gaza and that resulted in actions leaving over 2,000 Muslims dead and thousands of homes destroyed. So, what is the result of firing A missile?

We can expect some form of military action from Israel. This event allows Bibi to once again pose as the savior of Israel from some horrible end. Let me make clear that any nation has a right to defend itself against attacks. As of this moment, there is no danger in the north to the nation of Israel. The solution to war is the table of peace and talks and honest negotiation. THAT is the salvation of Israel!!

Kim Jong Un To Visit Russia

If your name is Vladimir Putin these are lonely days of sorrow. No visitors from the West, no one paying any attention to your words of wisdom. Sorry, that is not exactly accurate, if you reside in the modern Soviet Union, oops, sorry again. I meant in the land of Russia the words of wisdom flow from the lips of your great leader just about 24 hours a day. But, for some reason, this man of brilliance and ability is not recognized for his mental prowess else where in the world. OOPs, again. It now appears that the great and wise leader from North Korea, one Kim Jong-un will shortly be heading to Moscow in order to visit his budding friendship with his new buddy. We can expect the following to occur during the visit:

1. Kim Jong-un will be depicted shooting basketballs in order to prove that he is a great athlete.

2. This will necessitate Vladimir Putin to wrestle a bear or at least a monkey.

3. The two men will greet marching soldiers.

4. The two men will sign some document which promises dire things to occur to those in the United States of America.

5. They will eat a heck of a lot of food and drink until they are drunk. After all, they already are drunk with power.

In the end they will announce their friendship. I wonder if Kim Jong-un will get to observe his buddy’s men in Ukraine shooting innocent people?

Deflated Footballs Topic Of Day

I love sports since playing ball was my only opportunity to feel important. I was a natural athlete who was outstanding in any athletic activity that I attempted. These days, my first act upon opening a newspaper is to read what happened in sports, not what happened in the world outside. For the past two weeks, the number one story in every sport section if the deflation of footballs by the Boston Patriot football team in their win over the Colts. “Deflate Gate” is the topic which consumed millions of words from those interested in sports. We inhabit a society in which money is the source of power. We have taught ourselves that the pursuit of money and power allows one to ignore the rules of fair play so why be surprised the Boston team simply deflated footballs in pursuit of victory? The overwhelming interest in this silly event is simply another manifestation of what has happened to America. WIN, WIN, regardless of ethical behavior. That is the message of our lives.

A new report indicates the Koch brothers and their buddies are prepared to spend 900 BILLION DOLLARS in the coming presidential election. I am certain a high percent of Americans support the right of those with wealth to use those resources in pursuit of victory. THIS STORY IS THE ONE THAT SHOULD CONSUME OUR LIVES! The hell with football stories!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Shoveling Snow Slow Death”

I have a hunch shoveling Putin shit is more deadly.

Canada, Toronto Star: “School Board Is Rotten”

I guess they have to stand in the corner with dunce caps on head.

France, Connexion: “Ban Sale Of Coke To Teens”

You mean no more Coca Cola for the young ones?

UK, Guardian: “Sugar Price Fixing”

What a sweet story.

Australi, Canberra Times: “Doping Revelations”

Told by a real dope?

Obama Now Takes On India!

There definitely is a new kid in town who is ready to take on the world in order to demonstrate that no one can frighten him into silence. President Barack Obama was in India wrapping up some trade agreements when he decided to inform the people of that nation it was time for them to end their war on women. “We know from experience that nations are more successful when their woman are successful.”He mad the point that nations “can’t simply ignore the talents of half of their people.” He also threw in some words about the all too often harassment of women on the streets of India where it is very difficult to convictf rapists. The President insisted that women “should be able to go about the day -to walk the streets or ride the bus, and be treated with dignity.’

For this to occur the police and courts of India have to decide that a rapist belongs in prison, not on the street or riding a bus where they can touch, kidnap and abuse women. The ball is in the court of the government of India.

Ted Cruz, Our Modern McCarthy

The other day I watched a clip of Senator Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas making one of his now famous rants and raves about the evils of Obama and the need to close our border in order to prevent illegals from destroying our nation. I was particularly struck how this Harvard educated man employed expressions such as “gosh darn” and pretended to be one of the boys who wander around in jeans and high boots pretending to be homespun cowboys back from the range. It is doubtful if the Ivy League graduate ever got on a horse and rod the range rounding up cattle. He does work hard at seeking to project an image of an ordinary American who got a degree from Harvard. Of course, it is rathe ironic that someone born to an American mother in the great state of Canada insists that he a “real” American unlike the black dude who was born in Africa.

In many ways he reminds me of Senator Joseph McCarthy from the 1950s who rode the horse of anti-communism in order to frighten Americans and wreck the lives of thousands of Americans. Most historians believe that Joe got into the anti-communist business in order to get re-elected and then discovered it was a path to power. Ted Cruz really does not give a damn about illegal immigrants. His words of false anger simply disguise his desire for power, regardless of how many suffer. Ted, Joe McCarthy wound up the laughing stock of America. You already have won this distinction.

Handguns Of Death

It was just another day in the United States of America and someone was killed by another person who employed a gun in order to end the life of another. I was raised in the Depression in New York City long before the NRA was a power in the land. We played cops and robbers of cowboys and Indians. Since this was a time of poverty, we kids had to make our own guns out of wood. Actually, it was not too hard to construct a weapon of mass destruction, but for us this meant shooting pieces of cardboard from the gun. In those days, we had the Sullivan Act which made it difficult for most people to possess a gun. So, if anyone got hurt with a gun, it simply was a piece of cardboard hitting them in the face. Fast forward to America in the year, 2015. Two brothers in Eagan, Minnesota were also playing cops and robbers, one was thirteen and the other was fifteen. They discovered a 9 mm handgun along with gobs of ammunition. The result was death for the thirteen year old.

I assume that dad and mom wanted a gun in case some bad person attempted to enter their home and do some bad thing to one and all. I have a hunch they would have been better off with one of our wooden handguns.

Bibi Seeks To Halt Peace In Middle East

The Obama administration just ended a policy that has failed to work for nearly seventy years when it decided to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Naturally, to Republicans if something has not worked for seventy years why not continue for seventy more. A similar Republican and Democratic approach is the policy desired toward Iran. Before discussing this issue, let me fill in readers with the story of what happened to our policy toward Iran in 2001. As you recall, American forces swept into Afghanistan after the 9/11 horror. What Americans do NOT know is that President Khatami, then leader of Iran, offered aid to Americans and worked with our military leaders by providing Intelligence about Taliban forces. He also prevented the Taliban from entering Iran. Khatami offered the US a deal. He agreed to recognize Israel, cease aiding terrorists, accepted UN review of his nation’s atomic development and wanted in return the end of sanctions and recognition of his government. President Bush turned down the deal.

Today, President Rouhani is attempting his best to reach an agreement with Western nations. But, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu wants to pull another Bush response to Iran. According to PM Netanyahu, “in the coming weeks, the powers are liable to tech a framework agreement with Iran, kan agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state.” In other words, Iran would become like that other Middle Eastern state which refuses to allow UN into their nuclear facilities–Israel! It is time to end this madness and work With the Iran government. Cease being frightened by someone like Bibi Netanyahu whose only response is always -kill and kill!

We Americans have becomes so accustomed to the fear spread by Fox News or Republican leaders about how Barack Obama has failed to halt the spread of Muslim terrorists that we simply forget how safe life is in the good old USA. The people of the Philippines have been living with the reality of Muslim terrorists for over three decades. They thought the problem was solved last year when leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) agreed to lay down the arms of 11,000 soldiers in return for extensive local autonomy in the southern area of that country. Sorry Fox News, groups like the MILF actually murder and kill citizens of their nation. However, the the Philippines had failed to kill a top ruthless terrorist named, Zulkifi Abdhir who remained at large planning further bombing attacks. He was responsible years ago for the bombing in Bali that cost the lives of 202 people.

Commandos thought they had trapped this thug while pursuing a group of his followers. For some reason the Commandos ran out of bullets and now thirty are dead. Such is life and death when a nation confronts real terror attacks, not the false ones that are claimed by Fox News. We do not know if Abdhir is dead or wounded, but we do know that 30 commandos are dead.