Category Archives: US Foreign Policy

Cut And Stitch Women

About sixty years ago when the Egyptian military was in charge of the country, women enjoyed a powerful role in the goal of creating a modern society. They walked around without head coverings, they attended college, served in government posts, and were no longer compelled by their parents to undergo genital mutilation. That was then, today is now. The old ways of compelling young girls to undergo Genital Female Circumsicion FGM has returned with a vengeance. Dr. Raslan Fadl, an Islamic cleric was acquitted in a court of law of the crime of mutilating 13 year old Sohair al Bata’a. After all, he is a doctor, and doctors are entitled to a few mistakes such as causing the death of a teenager.

According to the doctor, his problems stem from “those dogs rights groups.” You know, western infidels who seek to prevent the forced ceremony that cuts into the female body in order to make sex a sense of hurt in order to halt any woman from engaging in adultery. A UN report insists this practice is now common among Egyptian females, age 15-40. I guess modernity had not yet arrived in ancient Egypt.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Dinosaur Stolen From Museum”

Has anyone contacted the Flintstones to get it back?

Sweden, Local: “Pregnant Woman Gets Fuel Voucher”

I assume it is to fuel up the tummy?

UK, Guardian: “New War On Terror”

It begins in Washington this January and it is directed at the White House.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Try A Wine Bath”

The nectar of life and happiness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Principal Charged With Child Porn”

He just believes in hands-on learning.

North Korea May Go Nuclear

North Korean leader Kim Jong un is rather upset. He has gone without any access to NBA players for months, and he has acquired a limp that makes shooting basketball rather difficult. The UN issued a report about the violation of human rights in North Korea, and this sort of comment about his leadership just got the pudgy little man a bit upset. Satellite photos reveal the firing up at a facility that had been working on nuclear weapons. In 2007, North Korea agreed to halt work at Yongbyon in return for food. After all, if one devotes most money to creating bombs, how much is left over to get food for your people? Anyway, the world has hurt Kim Jong un’s feelings. We suggest:

1. Send an NBA team to play basketball games in North Korea.

2. Allow Kim Jong un to be photoed making layups against the NBA players.

3. Send in a circus which would fit into the climate of folly that pervades in North Korea.

4. Allow North Korea to field a team in the NBA. That would end any talk about nuclear weapons.

Naturally, the people of North Korea are just too exhausted to attend basketball games.

Finally, Pakistan Deals With Rape Victims

The “nation” of Pakistan over the past sixty years has gradually, but consistently, become a dysfunctional state of anarchy and madness. In its origin there were educated leaders seeking to create a modern secular focused nation that would adhere to the Muslim religion, but also respect people of other faiths. They wanted to create a MODERN nation that would adhere to ideas regarding the role of women in society. Instead of that dream becoming reality, the dream has been transformed into a nightmare of ancient ideas running rampant. During the past eight years in Pakistan, at least 3000 women have been murdered by their relatives because of allegedly “immoral behavior” that violated family “honor.”

Finally, a Pakistani Court has imposed the death sentence upon the family of Farzana Parveen who was brutally murdered by -father, brother, two cousins– because she married the wrong man. This murder took place outside the gates of the Lahore High Court! Imagine this family beating to death their daughter, their sister, their cousin, in broad daylight in the center of a city! The Court imposed a death sentence upon the group of four. They continue insisting the issue is “honor.” How come a man can marry whomever he desires and it never violates family HONOR?

Idiots Delight In Ferguson, Missouri

The study of history is no longer among the topics that are part of the school curriculum. Oh, this January, there will be speeches about the life of Marin Luther King, a few celebrations, but it is doubtful if teachers will actually devote time to studying his ideas. After all, they do not lend themselves to a tweet. The idea of reading intently, discussing with intelligence, has been replaced by a line that allegedly deals with any topic in the curriculum. So, we tweet in one sentence complex ideas, and assume that we now know all about the idea. Martin Luther King devoted his life to fostering the concept of peaceful civil disobedience. This concept entails accepting the idea of being beaten by police, but refusing to respond with violence. The assumption is that over time, a population will become horrified at the scene of innocent men, women, and children being beaten, and will be ready to rethink their ideas.

A black militia group known as RbG Black Rebels is headed for Ferguson, Missouri in order to lend their ideas of violence to a volatile situation. They are posting rewards for: “We are paying $5K for location of officer Darren Wilson, no joke, no crime, we just wan a get his photo an ask him a few questions.” Oh, they offer $1K for information about members of his family. This is a sick group whose behavior indicates a lack of knowledge about Martin Luther King. They are itching for violence.The only question about these dudes is: how many will die?

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

Some are hustlers through life.

Be a gardner of the love flower.

Few today walk with hands folded behind back.

We are passengers on a boat headed for an unknown destination.

I wonder if God runs a life lottery.

Kids sit down before mom or dad does.

A chubby 8 year old is a patient, not a child.

At least technology forces writing.

Some eat to die.

Love is a stranger who never knocked on the door of Ted Cruz.

Only Big Government Will Save Us From ISIS!

Once upon a time in the United States of America we confronted real dangers to our survival such as a civil war or World War II when we confronted the best army in the world in Germany as well as millions of Japanese soldiers and sailors. I simply do not recall the fear that now runs through this nation about ISIS, a band of soldiers numbering about 30,000 who lack artillery, tanks or planes. But, for some Americans ISIS is “the greatest threat in history.” There were times during the Vietnam war when some insisted that Viet Cong soldiers would get in wooden ships and sail across the Pacific Ocean and land in California in order to rape and pillage. Exactly how ISIS will destroy America is never explained. Yes, they could set off some bombs, yes, they might kill a few dozen people, but this organization lacks capability of doing real harm. The United States Senate failed by one vote to pass the USA Freedom Act which would prevent the National Security Agency from gathering bulk phone records and intruding into th e lives of American citizens.

All one has to do in order to give greater power to government over our private lives is to SHOUT: ISIS. Opponents claim we need to check on Americans in order to prevent terrorism in this nation.

1. Forget about Mexico, the border with Canada cannot be completely secured. A terrorist can easily slip across the border. Such is life. And, such is possible death for a few Americans.

2. A ship can enter our harbor with explosives and blow itself up. Such is life, such is death.

Reality: over a dozen years since 9/11 and no major terrorist act against Americans.

Much Ado About Nothing

The infamous Keystone XL oil pipe line remains a pipe dream for those who support construction of the link between Canadian tar sands and a seaport in Texas which would send the oil to nations throughout the world. When this fight began the United States of America was in dire need of new oil because it was dependent upon foreign nations to meet national oil requirements. Republicans have shouted that construction of this pipe line would create “millions of jobs” and bring prosperity to America. OK, those working on construction of the pipeline would get jobs, however, we are discussing, thousands, not millions. Even in Republican controlled Nebraska the government is hesitant about having a pipeline go through its land. As I recall, Republicans believe in “state rights” unless state rights do not accord with their political views. Poor Senator Mary Landrieu who is fighting for her life to get elected hoped passage of HER bill might result in victory in a runoff. Alas, that will not happen because the bill fell one vote short of passage.

Reality: at this moment in time the United States of America produces more oil than any other nation in the world due to fracking. We do NOT need more oil at this time. Actually, Canada is in the process of sending their oil to ports on their west coast, and, most probably, to the east coast. There is NO problem. So, calm down and relax. We are NUMBER ONE! So there, Saudi Arabia!

The Fire This Time!

Let me make clear there is no justification for committing murder either against your enemy or your friends. The definition of being a civilized person is that we employ our mouth rather than physical violence agains those we hate. It is particularly horrible when people enter a house of worship and violate their own religion by hacking to death those who are the “enemy.” Two Palestinian males wielding meat cleavers entered a synagogue and brutally murdered several Jews including four rabbis. This horror was simply a horror just waiting to occur. The two Palestinians came from East Jerusalem where Jews are purchasing homes in predominantly Muslim areas. Who doubted for a moment that it was simply a matter of time before some crazed young Palestinians would engage in an orgy of hate and violence? Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as always, is promising a “harsh response.”

Unfortunately, the Middle East is bereft of a leader such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, both men knew that responding with violence only ensured there would be nonstop violence. “You kill my people, so I kill your people” is a plan leading to death, not peace. If Netanyahu were a King or Mandela, this is what he would propose:

1. A conference to resolve issues in Jerusalem based on respect for all parties.

2. A promise of COMPROMISE.

3. A promise that for once there will be give-and-take in order to resolve West Bank issues.

The Fire This Time should not lead to The Fire Next Time!

Virgin Cops Report For Duty!

I am among the world’s greatest fans of police stories. My evenings are spent watching Law And Order with its crew of strong women who subdue criminals and display their ardor for the job. Of course, being a cop means they also have some lover, either a fellow policeman or a lawyer of someone who is tough and strong. So, much to my surprise to learn that in Indonesia, if you want to become a cop then you have to be a virgin. Oh, let me make clear this does NOT apply to males, just females. The Police Chief Health Inspector insists that women must undergo a virginity test if they desire to capture the bad guys. “All women who want to become a policewomen should keep their virginity.” I assume there is a correlation between being a virgin and catching bad guys. For some strange reason this has nothing to do with males on the force.

One woman described the entrance exam in order to become a cop. “They inserted two fingers with a gel.. it really hurt. My friend fainted.” Now, would you want anyone on the police force who fainted because someone inserted two fingers into their vagina? I am unclear what is the equivalent insertion for males.