Category Archives: War

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

We Americans know how to burn down cities, but struggle with making them a place for all citizens.

I never understand why charging some police with a crime means I am charging ALL police with a crime.

There is a report that Republicans will once again repeal Obamacare.

John Roberts is to being a Chief Justice as Alex Rodriguez is to being a model for American youth.

I await a Republican fight for protect our dogs against same sex behavior.

I have never understood how burning your neighborhood somehow makes it more successful.

We have forgotten that Martin Luther King stood for nonviolence

Sad Times In Turkey

The modern nation of Turkey was formed from the dying Ottoman empire about 89 years ago when a soldier named Ataturk decided to lead a movement that would end a world of corruption and create a modern society based upon secular principles. I am not arguing that he wanted to create a democratic nation, but he did desire to end religious power. His followers are known as Kemalists and they reject the concept that religion should be the basis of modern life. Turkey for decades was based upon this principle of secularism. But, with the advent of the Justice and Development Party-AKP-Turkey has taken a new turn-and it is not for the better. Instead of military leaders the people of Turkey are now confronted with President Erdogan who believes a modern society requires strong religious values. I am not arguing that he suppresses those of different religions, but his government slowly, but surely is instituting more and more religious values–Muslim that is–into all aspects of society. In addition, he is slowly, but surely, eroding the democratic desires of a high percent of the population.

It has reached the point when Kemalists seeking to honor Ataturk are now accused of fostering violence. All they want to do is celebrate the work of a great Turkish leader. Something is very wrong in Turkey these days and religious freedom is being threatened. Erdogan is to Turkey what the Tea Party and our religious right are to America.

Wolves Have Returned

Thousands of years ago wolves roamed the area we now know as Europe. They scavenged for food, they killed smaller animals and even on some few occasions they did kill a human. For some reason the myth of a wolf seeking human game has persisted for these thousands of years. Actually, as long as humans remain out of sight, the wolf will not disturb this form of animal. There are now reports that wolves have returned to parts of Germany causing many to urge organizing soldiers to get rid of this creature of prey. The last human murdered by a wolf in Germany occurred about 400 years ago, but there is still fear in Germany. Actually, there are wolves which should be hunted down and gotten rid of:

Donald Trump is a wolf on prey seeking the money of people. He robs them in his gambling casinos.

Ted Cruz is the number one wolf who seeks to kill those daring to cross the Rio Grande and enter his territory.

Sarah Palin gazes out of her window and sees the wolves seeking to cross the Bering Strait and enter her domain of Alaska.

Then again, the entire Republican party are merely members of a wolf pack which seeks the bidding of rich wolves who are hungry for the blood of poor people!

Indict Cops–Finally!

Millions of words have been spoken, millions of words have been written, but the murder of people goes on and on. I have spent my life teaching members of police departments about the history of crime so there is nothing but respect for these fine people. BUT, there is also a sense of reality about those who are members of police departments. Believe it or not but there are men and women who currently spend their lives as policemen who never should have been hired. The problem is not THE police, the problem has always been SOME police. In their rush to defend police against so called liberal complaints, all too many conservatives refuse to confront reality. In any organization there are incompetent people, so is it with police departments. It is time to throw the book at those who abuse the power vested in a member of a police department.

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has brought charges of second degree murder against six members of the police department for the death of Freddie Gray. These men deliberately caused the death of Mr. Gray while conveying him in a police van. They shackled his hands and feet, but refused to provide a seat belt so when the “rough ride” to the station concluded, his spine was nearly severed. In charging these six policeman with a crime, the state attorney is NOT charging all police with a crime. She is just charging those who were responsible for a death. Period. Sorry Fox News, this is NOT an attack on all police!

Money Not The Issue!

Liberals in America continually complain about the need to spend more money for our schools in order to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed in life. During the course of my life I have taught over ten thousand teachers along with about two thousand secondary students. I have taught teachers and students in rural America, the suburbs and in urban areas. The problem confronting American education is NOT lack of money. Look at the record:

In Baltimore, the scene of current conflict state, local and federal sources provide FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for the education of each student. NO nation in the world spends as much upon the education of children. In other words, for each class of 25 students it cost $375,000 for their education. American teachers are the highest paid educators in the world. At present, only 73% of young people graduate from high school compared with over 90% in South Korea. So, what is the problem:

1. The current bureaucracy of education wastes untold thousands upon bureaucrats who was money.

2. Children are taught a curriculum that has no relationship to the world of the twenty first century.

3. Teachers are wasting time teaching for tests rather than teach in order to develop critical and creative thinking.

4. Teachers work in isolation rather than work as members of teams.

5. Teachers lack opportunities to pursue their own critical thinking ideas.

It is time to create smaller schools in which teachers are responsible much as doctors working in a practice with other doctors.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Banks Abandoned”

Yep, the wealthy took out all the money!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Police, Army Raid House”

And, a good time was had by one and all with the women in the house.

Norway,Norway Post: “New Gas Discovery”

And, new earth quakes along with it.

USA, aol: “Hottest City”

It used to be Ferguson, but guess which city today is the hottest spot?

UK, Guardian: “Mr. Irrelevance”

Today in America, the title goes to –TED CRUZ!

Hurrah, Hurrah, We Hit Bad Guy

American military leaders are besides themselves with joy. A drone strike hit a group of men in Iraq and it turns out that one of them was the leader of evil ISIS, the notorious, evil, horrible, brutal Abu Kakr al-Baghdadi. Not only is Baghdadi a bad dadi, but he is also head honcho of the ISIS gang. Remember when President Obama was besides himself with joy as Special Forces shot to death the evil, horrible, brutal guy named Osama bin Laden? Yes, we were promised that once the bad leader was dead then……something was going to happen. We assumed that once the head guy was dead, then…… For over a decade American leaders have been talking big about capturing or killing bad guys. In the end many of them have been killed, wounded, or incapacitated, but the wars go on and on and on.

There is no connection with getting rid of the top guy and ending a civil insurrection. In order to end a civil war, and today, that is what is happening in Iraq and Syria, the people must be offered a new dream. So far, western nations and their “allies” in the Middle East lack a message, let alone a leader. People in the Middle East simply do not believe those in alliance with western powers represent a meaningful future. ISIS can only be defeated with IDEAS. There are no leaders out there or IDEAS to challenge ISIS. We can only celebrate when those emerge in the world of the Middle East.

I’m For Kim Jong-un

I am quite aware that many Americans do not like the leader of North Korea. For some reason,this pudgy little guy upsets leaders of the world nor does he please those who pontificate on Fox News. So, how about a few words in defense of our Great Leader, the Wise man of our times?

1. There are no street riots in North Korea.

2. There is no ISIS gang wandering around and killing folks.

3. No one gets beheaded in North Korea. OK, so a few have malnutrition, but no one is obese.

4. No millionaires can buy an election in North Korea.

5. No one has to suffer listening to blond haired idiot women on Fox News.

6. Kim Jong-un loves basketball.

7. People drink tea in North Korea but they do not have to listen to the Tea Party.

8. No black dude from Africa is head of North Korea–just good old yellow skinned leaders.

9. There is no draft of football players, just a draft of any and all young men and women.

10. AND,it is against the law to walk around with a gun in your possession!!

Just A Ride In A Van

I understand that some folks in Baltimore, Maryland are upset at the cops in their city. I don’t know why these people are in the streets shouting and looting and yelling at the work of our believed police force. So, what actually happened to this guy, Freddie Gray who has caused this problem that currently upsets many folks in the city of Baltimore? First, he looked directly into the eyes of city police, anyone knows that is a major criminal act. Then, he ran away, didn’t this idiot realize that running away from cops is, in effect, a provocation? Of course, if he had run directly at the cops, this would have constituted a direct challenge to their safety and they would have blasted away. Anyway, we now know the cops put Freddie in a van, shackled him but did not place a seat belt to protect his body front the movement of the van.

OK, so the cops decided to play a game, one they have played many times before without causing a civil disturbance. The game is “driving the van in such a way that the prisoner in the back gets thrown around. Heck, this is just like going to a carnival and taking a ride. Apparently during the “rough ride” Freddie was thrown against a bolt and his head suffered some injuries that resulted in his death. I do not understand why so many folks are upset. Are they against rides in a carnival? Oh, some accidents do occur in the carnival, why not in a cop carnival whose goal is simply to give everyone laugh??

Supreme Court Mumbo Jumbo

Chief Justice John Roberts is a graduate of a distinguished Ivy League Law School so it is certain that his comments on the current case before the court dealing with gay rights will be an artful and legal analysis of the issues being examined. I can not dare to even attempt offering any words of wisdom when confronted with a legal mind of this stature. But, let me give it a shot. First, let me offer the brilliant workings of this mind for the century as he offers a legal analysis:

“If Mary loves Joe they can be married. But, if George loves Joe, they cannot. This is an interesting point to consider.”

However, let me offer a more complex issue:

“Wood loves his master, Bill, but he cannot marry Bill. However, Mike loves his sadomasochist master, Bill, but he can marry Bill.” Is that constitutional?

Then again: “Sue the cat loves Julie the cat and they can mate, but Sam the dog who loves Julie cannot.” Is that constitutional?

Gee, I wish that I could have afforded to attend Harvard Law School!