Category Archives: War

Freddie Gray Story Continues

The story of the tragic death of a black man named Freddie Gray in the city of Baltimore, Maryland continues to unravel with scant credit to the police of that city. We do know that Mr.Gray was stopped by police for some minor infraction of driving codes. We do know that SIX policemen were engaged in subduing ONE man, and we do know that he was placed in the back of a police van in a state of collapse with a leg hanging limp. We do know that he requested an inhaler because he had asthma. That we do know. We do not know exactly what occurred once Mr. Gray was placed in the back of a van. However, we do know that when the van arrived at police headquarters and the back of the van was opened, Mr. Gray was dead due to a broken neck. So, what happened?

1. Mr. Gray fooled around with his neck while handcuffed and twisted it until he was dead.

2. There were other prisoners in the van and they broke his neck.

3. The van halted suddenly and it caused a broken neck.

4. OR?

Michael Davey of the Police Department insists that police did not enter the van after Mr. Gray was placed in it. “Policy is policy, practice is something else. It is not always possible for officers to enter the rear of the transport vans that are very small, and this one was very small.”

So, SIX officers feared for their lives because a single man who was handcuffed somehow in some way posed a danger to their safety?? NO COMMENT

WE Need More Planes!

The United States Congress has finally figured out how to end violence in the Middle East. Oh, some might argue it is important to assist Middle Eastern nations in creating economies that offer work and development of self concept among youth, but the American Congress is united, bothDemocrats and Republicans, upon the notion that we need more planes in order to do more bombing. Oh, you are complaining that America could use its money rebuilding our aging infrastructure, but that is simply more of that liberal talk about providing jobs when the number one issue in the world is–BOMB THE BASTARDS in the Middle East! A House Committee has come out for passing legislation that would spend about FOUR HUNDRED BILLION in order to purchase more F-35 planes. I do realize some of you liberals complain that we need more money for health care, but which is more important– bombing the bastards of saving all those children by creating early childhood schools and daycare for those with children who work??

The American air force at this moment is the most powerful in the world. It can bomb-at will– because there are no planes to combat their missions. Bombs do kill those on the ground At this point there is not shred of evidence that any bombing offense has led to peace in the Middle East.

Republican slogan: BILLIONS FOR WAR, NOT A PENNY FOR THOSE IN NEED. That, in their view, is the American way of life–AND DEATH!

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

There are a lot of people who are happy but not happy about gay marriage.

I have not heard any nonsense from Sarah Palin. I wonder if she spends her time gazing out the window looking toward Siberia?

What ever happened to Herman Cain?

I have lost any knowledge as to the number of people seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Just think, what would America become if Ted Cruz was president??

The eyes of Texas are always gazing at guns.

I assume members of the NRA are buried with their guns, one never knows what lies ahead.

The Poor Migrant From Africa

Each day they board what is termed to be a “boat,” and each day some of those passengers wind up in the sea because they are simply refugees who have left their homes in search of a safe haven. The European Union has an organization that is known as, “Frontex.” According to its head, Fabrice Leggeri, “in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate, and this is not the mandate of the European Union. In simple English this means if a refugee is encountered, the goal is to catch them, hold them, and then send them back to Africa. It is a simple plan that is focused on the reality that Europe does not wish to have refugees within their borders.

Some might argue that a civilized society would at least check on the boats which are carrying refugees in order to make certain they are sea worthy. What exactly is the problem in checking boats? Why are criminals allowed to load up what they term to be a “vessel” in such a manner that many will simply overturn and cause the death of thousands? The “mandate” is not violated when care and concern is carried out. Frontex can easily return living people back to Africa rather than burying the bodies of dead Africans.

As I recall that guy named Jesus was from the other side of the Mediterranean!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Strange Smell”

Don’t worry, it is jus the aroma coming from the American Congress buildings

USA, NY Post: “Woman Shot On Texas Highway”

At least she was not shot in a Texas church.

Sweden, Local: “One-In-Three Russian Diplomats Are Spies”

That’s all?

UK,Guardian: “Nontraditional Families”

A man and a woman?

Japan, Japan Times: ‘Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain”

You mean he rolled up a mountain?

Death Be Not Proud

Two men including the captain of the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean are now in custody because of their inept performance in steering a ship to disaster. It is now estimated that at least 700 human beings died as a result of this horror. The sad aspect of this tragedy is we know either this week or next week or next month another ship will sink with hundreds on board because the European Union has sen unable to devise a plan to handle refugees fleeing from the horrors of modern northern Africa. Either it is Boko Haram, ISIS, their own incompetent and corrupt government, their own army, the conflict between Christians and Muslim, or God knows what else but living in northern regions of Africa is not the place to be. Add in climate change and one has a recipe for disaster. We are witnessing the follies of mankind coming to fruition. For millions it is either die on the way to Europe of die by remaining at home. In many aspects this modern tragedy is similar to the departure of millions from eastern and southern Europe during the period from 1880 to 1925. People faced with starvation head elsewhere, it is among the oldest acts of humans. Heck, our ancestors fled from Africa in order to spread around the world.

The European Union needs a policy. We suggest:

1. Each EU country should be assigned Z number of refugees.

2. A massive economic plan must be initiated in northern Africa to provide work and a decent standard of living. Do that and they will remain.

3. The EU must work with the African Union to create a modern African Union armed force if Boko Haram and Libya is to become safe areas.

Let’s Snub Russia

Leaders of Western nations in Europe have decided not to attend events in Russia being held to remember the end of World War II. The Russians commemorate that finality on a different day in May than what is followed in Western Europe and the United States. So, to show dislike for Russian leader, Vladimir Putin the West will not send anyone to help the Russian people recall the days when there was a great alliance which included the US, England and the Soviet Union. The world would not be what it was, for better or worse if not for the gallant Russians who fought Nazi Germany. Here is the record:

1. At all times in Europe, the Russian army confronted about 70% of the German army.

2. At least 28 million Russians died during World War II.

3. About 300,000 American soldiers died in fighting Nazi Germany.

4. It was Russian troops who dealt one blow after another in the fight to end Nazism.

5. We can not forget what Russians did during those difficult years.

The world owes Russia a debt just as Russia owes a debt of gratitude toward England and the USA. To snub heroes is not being heroic!

Let’s Kill A Leader

American political,military, and media leaders are convinced that if we just take out a leader of some group, the terrorists will then disappear and peace will reign once again. As you recall the joy that was felt when Osama bin Laden was killed by our special forces. President Obama hailed the act and announced that we had finally avenged those who had died on 09/11. Osama is no longer with us, but since that day, the number of members of al-Aqaeda has grown and grown. There is absolutely no correlation between getting the bad guy and ending the bad guys. It now appears that ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in one of those drone attacks. Once again, if this man went to his grave does anyone actually believe that is the end of ISIS?

Those who belong to these groups BELIEVE they are engaged in a holy cause. Heck, Jesus died but his followers grew and grew in numbers. One can no kill an idea by killing the leader of the idea. We need IDEAS in order to combat ideas. We do not need drones, but leaders with IDEAS who will rally people and gain their support. Perhaps, the problem is that America lacks such leaders and all we have left are Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and the rest of the clowns.

School Death, Spanish Style

There was a death in a school when a high school student, armed with a cross bow entered the school and shot a teacher with an arrow. Students huddled in their classrooms and tried to shut the door, but the boy was able to get into a few rooms and wound four of his classmates. He was finally subdued. Notice the difference between a boy armed with a crossbow and a boy armed with a rapid firing weapon which can send dozens of bullets all over the school in a few seconds. In Spain, we talk about A death, not the death of a dozen. Friends say the boy had been talking for days about his desire to murder teachers but no one paid any attention. After all, this is 2015 and students watch films in which young boys blast away with guns and murder a few dozen. We now accept as “normal,” the idea that a student openly discusses a desire to murder his teachers of fellow students.

The difference in Spain is that obtaining weapons of mass destruction is difficult. Heck, here in America it is now LEGAL to bring a gun to a college classroom in Texas. Heck, the student can carry a concealed gun and it is legal. Something has gone crazy in America since now over 50% of our people support the idea of people being able to walk around with weapons that can fire dozens of bullets. The only solution is to move to Spain and just confront the terror of a crossbow.

Oh, no report of Muslims in the area

Terrorists Or Freedom Fighters?

A war is raging in Yemen, and it is clear that if a soldier who kills someone is allied with American or Saudi Arabian forces, his act is considered to be a blow for democracy. However, if a soldier murders an innocent person and that soldier is part of the Saudi Arabian coalition, this is a blow for freedom. Saudi planes just bombed the capital of Yemen, Sana’s and the result was a massive explosion which undoubtedly led to the death of some bad people. Let us clear up this situation:

1. The United States of America has been supplying arms to the government of Yemen. However, it is doubtful if these people were elected in a free election.

2. The Houthi minority in Yemen has been fighting the government for years WITHOUT ANY AID FROM IRAN. Actually, Iran decided to back them AFTER they had gained power.

3. When America supports any government in the Middle East, then, by definition, we are supporting forces of democracy. Tell that one to thousands in Egyptian prisons.

America continues believing the central issue is war and death. I do not oppose supporting those fighting ISIS with weapons. BUT, unless there is an economic plan to provide jobs and meaningful work to the masses, all the guns will not win any war. It is time to end the idea that groups supported by the US are “forces of democracy.” Frankly, it is difficult finding any group right now which can claim to support democracy and peace in the Middl East.