Category Archives: Asia

Hong Kong Masses Mass For Freedom

The sight of tens of thousands marching in protest is a welcome sigh to those of us tired of thousands marching in the name of terrorism and violence. The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with the sight of over a hundred thousand people, many being young students, who are furious withe the government of Hong Kong and its new electoral law that would allow leaders of the Communist Party to take care of electing the chief official in Hong Kong. This is the first time in over twenty years that Chinese youth are seen marching in peace for the right to exercise their democratic rights as humans. We all recall prior events when the Chinese government murdered hundreds who dared challenge their rule. As of this point those who protest are engaging in peaceful civil disobedience. There is not an example among the tens of thousands of violent behavior.

One does not know what is in the mind of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Will he allow the sight of these students marching for democracy? Will he consider these pictures which are now on Facebook and other social media outlets to continue being shown? Will there be new murders in Hong Kong? No one knows. We can only pray that guns do not appear in Hong Kong.

Danger Signs In Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world,but it rarely is discussed by those who believe they know all about MUSLIMS. Indonesia is a democracy and within its borders there are Christians and various sects of the Muslim religion. It recently held a presidential election which witnessed the victory of Joko Windodo, a poor boy who rose to fame and victory. He is the symbol of millions seeking to make their nation even more modern, reduce religious strife and endeavor to prove to the world that a Muslim society can contain within its borders those of varying religious and political views. Hew has promised reforms, he has promised to end corruption.

However, the man he defeated for the presidency Prabowo Subianto is furious. His political coalition is now considering pushing for laws that would end direct election of President and allow the legislature, which he controls, to elect a President. Prabowo represents those seeking to end religious freedom and return Indonesia to a state of conflict. Hopefully, Joko can organize Indonesians to fight for freedom!

Say, What About Climate Change?

As I recall, President Obama has promised to work on the problem of climate change. Of course, Republicans have been consulting such eminent scientists as Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. I must point out that Ted is a graduate of Harvard College which means he obtained a first class education while at that institution of higher learning. Based upon his learning, there is no such thing as “climate change,” it is simply a liberal attempt to take money from those who create jobs in order to stuff the pockets of a bunch of people in Asia or Africa. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is rather pessimistic about chances of persuading those with money to give some to the UN fund that works with climate change. Germany did offer 1 Billion, WoW! As of this moment, the US is not going to waste our money on such wasteful projects as climate change since half the American population does not believe such a thing is occurring.

Yes, Congress appropriated a few billion to fight terrorism in the Middle East, but not a single penny for climate change. Thank God America has Fox News to report the truth about climate change!

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

I have never used ketchup on any breakfast item.

I go crazy if anything gets stuck between my teeth.

America is at an impasse except for those on social networks. They babble along.

I allowed a car to cut in the line, and no arm waved indicating a thank you!

To accept life is not to approve life.

I doubt if there are tooth fairies in Heaven.

At 84, I wonder about my mind, it would certainly help those at 24 if they did some mind wondering!

Those raised on city streets “read people” when encountering a stranger.

Misread people can result in misread consequences.

Long time since I bossed anyone. No regrets.

I so miss Rick, Newt, Herman, Mitt and the gals!

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

USA, New York Post: “Don’t Forget Your Gun”

Sound advice to cops out to shoot a dark skinned man.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Real Estate Boom In Arctic”

Each house comes with a furnished igloo!

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Motorist Dies When Car Hits Truck”

So, how about the truck, is it still alive?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Election”

Gee, I wonder who won?

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Working On Trust Issues”

Hopefully, Oscar has work cut out for him with next girl friend!

Some Like Pain

There are times in my life when actions by individual Americans leave me flustered and confused. Matthew Todd Miller arrived at the airport in Yongyang, North Korea, approached North Korean officials and store up his tourist visa insisting that he wanted asylum from the evil American empire. OK, I can understand why any normal person subjected to a nation whose lawmakers devote their time to collecting dollar bills instead of actually paying attention to the business of the nation would lead any sane person to seek asylum somewhere. But, North Korea? How about the Muslim state of ISIS?

Anyway, Matthew has been sentenced to six years at hard labor. He now implores the evil American government to do something. Who are these people?

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 believe in God, some do not. Me, I have patience, eventually I will discover.

Rick Perry is a born again Christian, I wonder if he checked with Christ.

I wonder if one has to be “gifted” to teach “gifted children?”

Some order food with a look of awe on face.

Big butts do not necessarily result in big minds.

Little boy places arms on legs waiting for mom to speak.

Fox News needs to correct something, it might be more accurate to say, Fox since News rarely is presented.

I always compare noses of children with those of parents.

To emphasize point, people move their hands.

Some fear Muslims, I fear those who fear Muslims.

Children so enjoy showing parents something, anything.

Rarely does an article in a newspaper cause me to reflect.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Egypt, al Ahram: “Gay Imam”

I suspect that such behavior in Saudi Arabia would result in a headless imam.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Woman Bites Cop And Dies”

What does this say about cops?

USA, aol: “Creepy Old Men”

I assume this is another story about our House of Representatives?

UK,Guardian: “Illegal Lemonade Stand”

I’ll drink to it!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Doctor Forgot To Diagnose Cancer”

No one is perfect!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

What would life be without the “refill?”

Rich get richer but why must that result in poor getting poorer?

I do not believe there is a “cause” for anything, always, “causes.”

I wonder why the Devil was invented by humans?

Care for others results in care for self.

I never think about Zombies, they represent Death.

I prefer gambling on life rather than in Casinos.

I gaze up from writing and encounter a belly.

In my childhood, it was “brother can you spare a dime.” What is it today?

Some open door with look of trepidation.

For some the only after life is becoming dust.

As a child in the city I grew to love green.

As a child I was taught to walk slowly in an unknown neighborhood.

I sometimes think God works as a security guard at the city dumps.

Women enter store still clutching car keys.

HAMAS AND HIROSHIMA

Sixty nine years ago this week, two atomic bombs were dropped on the nation of Japan. These were the first and only such bombs to be exploded on this planet. The bombs dropped on the empire of Japan. For over a dozen years the Japanese armed forces had murdered millions of innocent people. They had raped their way through cities such as Nanking, and Japanese officers regarded as normal taking photos of US airmen having their heads chopped off. The American people had not forgotten when thousands of US soldiers who surrendered in the Philippines were marched to their death. By 1945, the Japanese Navy was resting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, its air force was down to a few hundred planes, and thousands of soldiers were attempting to flee for their lives in the jungles of Burma or on scattered areas of Asia. The people of Japan had been fire bombed by the US air force resulting in the death of over 80,000 in Tokyo and hundreds of thousands elsewhere.

After the initial atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, General Anami told the Cabinet his men were ready to fight on. Most Navy officers who were in the Cabinet said it was time to end the slaughter. But, Anami and his companions wanted to fight on and on. After the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Anami announced to the Cabinet, “there is life in Death.” He wanted to continue fighting. Even after the Emperor said it was time for peace, General Anami and his Army followers were not ready to end the war. Over a million Japanese civilians were dead. Anami said, “we can still eat grass, we must continue.” Thousands of children had been melted to death, but for Japanese military leaders, the only path was to fight in order to have a noble death.

There is remarkable similarity among Hamas leaders to this attitude of Death before Life. About 1900 were killed by the Israel army in Gaza. Most probably about 400-500 of these dead Palestinians were members of Hamas. The remainder were innocent civilians. Hamas leaders deliberately had their men mingle among civilians, a ploy that resulted in the death of innocent people. Inherent among Hamas followers is there is “Life in Death.” Unfortunately, as in Japan, those arguing for “life in death”invariably means civilians must die. There is something arrogant about deciding that someone else must die in order for you to maintain the “dignity” of fighting and killing.

An issue confronting American leaders in August, 1945 was whether or not they had options to avoid future bombing. Fortunately, Emperor Hirohito stepped in to end the fighting. If not for him, millions more would have died. The same issue confronts Israel leaders. Are there options to avoid further fighting with Hamas?