Category Archives: War

Bombs Away In Turkey

The government of President Recep Erdogan is committed to the goal of ending democracy in Turkey. The so-called ‘coup’ attempt by soldiers has been crushed. Of course,no  one knows if this ‘coup’ was organized by President Erdogan as part of a plan to destroy opposition parties. He used this “coup’ as the means of arresting over 50,000 people,including members of the military, judges, lawyers,teachers,professors,deans of colleges,journalists and he made certain to close any and all opposition journals.  These steps were taken in order to “save democracy” from evil opponents of the president.

At the same time as seeking to end democracy, President Erdogan has stepped up his campaign to destroy the rights of Kurds in Turkey. He prefers to fight Kurdish soldiers who oppose Syrian President Assad even though Erdogan wants to end the regime of Assad. Yesterday, a 13 year old boy walked into a marriage ceremony of Kurds and blew himself up. Most probably by ISIS. In one word, Turkey has become a MESS!

What About Exports?

I listen carefully to the speeches of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Both are furious at the loss of “millions of high paying jobs to China.” Their assumption is the reason for decline of certain factory jobs is because business is taking their production to Asia, particularly, the evil China. Just think, we now produce clothes, shoes, assembly of computers and other such “high paying jobs” elsewhere but in America. For some reason, neither Sanders nor Trump ever mention the word, EXPORT.

In June this year, the United States EXPORTED $183 billion in goods to other nations. We IMPORTED, $227 billion from other countries. To simplify, if we ended import of goods from overseas, we might add about 4,000,000 jobs. Of course, since other nations would raise tariffs on our  goods, we might lose 3,000,000 jobs.

Shouting and screaming to rip up  trade deals gets the applause of millions. Unfortunately, if we do as Trump and Sanders urge, there might be millions of jobs lost by Americans. And,many of them would be high paying jobs!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We  offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Just once, just once, I would so welcome Donald actually telling us HOW he will attain his ideas.

Picture of five  year old Syrian boy in chair breaks anyone’s heart.

This will be the dirtiest political race in history.

I just can  not grasp how any intelligent person would vote for Trump.

Trump supporters would be a great market for any con man.

Olympic swimmers are unbelievable, or should I say, their story is unbelievable.

I am amazed how many medals the UK  is winning, more that China!

 

What Now For Hillary?

Among the confusing aspects of this election is how poll numbers wander all over the place. Four days ago Hillary was leading by 12 points, yesterday by four points. The reality that she must confront is whether she likes it or not, a large percent of the population is simply not enthusiastic about her campaign. NO, that is not accurate,it is not what she says that bothers her, but her personality, her past behavior, and just plain old trust of her motives for running.

One must add into this mix the reality of how the media has portrayed Hillary. Any false accusation is presented as possibly true. The nonstop reputation of “Benghazi”eventually raised doubts about her despite the reality that no Secretary of State in history has ever been held responsible for an attack on an Embassy. It is about time Hillary fights back. She should continually cite the death of 241 Marines in 1983 who died in Beirut due to a terror attack. Not a single Democrat charged President Reagan with that disaster. How about Hillary shouting day after day, BEIRUT.

It would help Hillary if she actually could give speeches that had some inspiring words. Donald promises everything without mentioning how he would achieve them. Hillary describes how she actually will achieve them. But, she needs speech writers who can transform her ideas into glowing words of hope. Sorry, as of this date, that is not happening.

Trump Spells Out His Plan

The “new” Donald Trump made a speech. OK, he continued to wave his tiny arms in order to make a point. But, Donald wanted one and all to know that he had a plan to make America Great Again. We offer the specifics of his plan:

I am going to bring back high paying jobs from China.

I am going to make certain that coal miners have high paying jobs.

I am going to wipe out ISIS, frankly, it will be easy.

I am going to end the Death tax and make certain those with over a few million do not have to pay a Death Tax.

I am going to build a Great Wall.

I am going to ensure that each American young person can attend college.

I am going to cut taxes.

I am going to balance the budget.

Trust me,trust me, I am a Great Businessman who has created thousands and thousands of jobs. Just ask the maids in my hotels about the high salaries they earn!

OH, please, let’s not get into details.

Sad Days In Turkey

Fifteen years ago when Recep Erdogan became  prime minister of Turkey, both conservatives and liberals expected positive changes in the nation. They rallied behind his efforts to control the military and prevent future military coup attempts that, at least temporarily, ended democracy. In those days he was aided by followers of Fetullah Gulen, a fairly progressive Muslim who wanted a democracy not controlled by the military.

After about seven years of power during which Erdogan had respected democratic institutions, the desire for power grew stronger and stronger. By this  year, Turkey had more journalists in jail than in any other nation. He closed newspapers that disagreed with his policies, and fired judges who respected the law. Last month a “coup” endeavored to overthrow his government. He claims it was initiated by followers of Gulen, and so far over 40,000 people have been arrested.

At this point, the free press of Turkey no longer exists. Thousands of teachers and professors have lost their jobs. Judges have been fired. Turkey has become the latest nations ruled by a dictator. Sad times to be turkey!

Cover Up! Or, Don’t!

I  was born in 1930 at a time when women still wore one piece bathing suits. Most regarded themselves as more liberal, more daring, more sexy than women in earlier years who really covered their entire body. Then, came the  joyous 1940s when this perverted little boy gaze with wonder and awe at the new thing–bikini bathing suits. Oh,my God, we now could really see that women had bulging breasts! What a joy going to Coney Island now became. But, in all honesty, most American women retained the full body swim suit for the coming twenty years.

France is now in turmoil over the burkina. It is a swim suit for women that covers up their body,just as we used to do in America. According to French Prime Minister  the burkinis “are not compatible with the values of France.” Let me get this straight: France is worried to death about death from terrorists, but its prime minister is most worried about how Muslim women dress in the water! Which values require wearing a bikini?

Frankly, the only “value” pertaining to a bikini is sex crazed teen boys like I used to be! Take one guess what we did in the water while gazing at women in a bikini?

P.S. I can assure the prime minister, we would never have had sexual thoughts when gazing at Muslim women wearing a burkini.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25  year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

The circus just came to town and Donald Trump will be the ringmaster of it.

If ignorance of American history was a virtue, then Donald Trump would be a saint in heaven.

Frankly, I would hate to be halted by Brazilian police as our swimmers were the other night.

We Americans love our guns, and our guns love to kill us.

If there were no emails to discuss, what then would Trump discuss?

We Americans certainly are Great Again in the Olympics.

I doubt if Donald Trump could pass the basic immigrant test about American history.

I so wish that Hillary Clinton could speak in terms that lift hearts.

Republicans And US History

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is the most un-American candidate to ever run for the office of president. I suspect Donald has absolutely NO idea about the history of this nation. He made another of his tirades in which he demanded that immigrants to America pass a patriotism test. Of course, if Donald had to take a test regarding what is America, he would be sent back to his ancestor’s home in Germany.

Constitutional lawyer Lawrence Tribe termed Donald’s idea of inciting that immigrants prove they were loving Americans is unconstitutional. “The  proposal is deeply un-American, is probably unconstitutional, and would fail in Congress. I know for certain that Trump never heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act which prevented anyone from China to enter the US. This 1882 law was not changed until the 1940s. We Americans do NOT have political tests for immigrants. Of course, there are some minor problems– who writes the test, who grades the test, what if some liberals or conservatives disagree with this question or that question?

Middle Eastern Silliness

There are moments when Middle Eastern conflicts reach the level of how children behave in life. There was a judo match between a Jewish Israeli and a Muslim Egyptian.  Islam El Shelby got beat by the Jew Or Sasson,and the norm in judo is for the two combatants to bow to one another and shake hands. But,  the Egyptian has high moral and religious views so he refused to shake the his opponent’s hand. There is no question this behavior demonstrates the ultimate ridiculous aspects of Middle Eastern conflict.

The Olympic Committee made clear, “the Egyptian’s conduct was contrary to   the rules of fair play, and against the spirit of friendship embodied in Olympic values.” So, they told him to get the hell out of Brazil and take his childish behavior back to the other kids back in Egypt. When will those in the Middle East reach the level of children aged twelve?

Of course, then again we have a presidential election here in America where the biggest child of all is Donald Trump.