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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?

Whatever Happened To?

These days I wonder about, Whatever Happened TO:

The end of the Cold War in Europe?

The balanced budget that President Clinton left newly elected President Bush?

The promise of Barack Obama to end secrecy in government?

Our failure to pay attention to the words of wisdom of Sarah Palin?

The agreement that in view of John Kennedy’s assassination something had to be done to control access to guns?

The concept that a business was just that, a business, not a person?

Michelle Bachmann who daily offered her thoughts which led to another column about nonsense?

Firing those in government who lied to the President and Americans?

When we called people, people, not folks?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Saddam Hussein was dead?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Muammar Gaddafi was dead?

Creation of the independent state of Palestine?

When people at lunch talked with one another rather than with a machine?

Save New York From Terrorists!

The city of New York has been confronting potential attacks since the infamous 9/11 assault by fanatic Muslims. I understand that Secretary of State John Kerry is wandering the Middle East or confronting evil doers from Russia, but why has he failed to address the real terrorist attack? As of this moment, there is no evidence that John Kerry, nor President Obama planning to make trips to New York City in order to prevent another 9/11. While the world burns with horror, the Obama administration remains oblivious to threats here at home. Fortunately for America, there is one man in the New York City Police Department who is ever vigilante in the quest to prevent a terror attack. Chief of Department Phillip Banks ordered his men to begin surveillance of potential violent individuals who each day were engaged in activities that posed threats to the safety of New Yorkers. So Banks had deployed several men to take pictures of anyone engaged in the act of selling untaxed cigarettes! Imagine, men out in the open selling cigarettes that had not paid the tax!

It was due to this diligent, hard working police officer that police spotted one Eric Garner on Staten Island selling the untaxed contraband. According to Banks such behavior impacted “the quality of life” of New Yorkers. He made clear to one and all, that we police “address behavior and conditions.” `He ordered police to get Eric Garner off the streets. In the ensuing struggle to complete this task, Eric Garner was choked to death. I assume that for Chief Banks, this was simply “collateral damage” as always occurs in a war. New Yorkers can sleep peacefully tonight knowing those selling untaxed cigarettes are either dead or in jail!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “We Need More Education”

That should be burned into the forehead of every Republican congressman.

USA, NY Post: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Stories such as these give me a lift in life.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Innocent Caught In Cross Fire”

An eternal story told in an eternal place.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Who Made The Bitch List”

No question, Sarah Palin heads it!

UK, Guardian: “Rich Get Richer”

This is a non-story. How about some new news?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “In Reality, Who Cares?”

The story of Gaza!

France, Connexion: “Mayor Breaks Gay Marriage Ban”

What a gay story!

What Should Be US Foreign Policy?

The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.

What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?

1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.

2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.

3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.

4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.

These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!

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

As yesterday becomes today, tomorrow becomes yesterday.

At age 83, next year is a dream.

Death is the stranger never to encounter.

I live with one leg in yesterday and one in tomorrow.

Who I am today is who I was at age 5.

At some distant point in time, there will be no tomorrow on Earth.

I so desire to meet an alien from a distant planet.

What “is” can always change.

There is always an alternative path in life.

I marvel at the ineptitude of professional coaches.

There is a moment when the first sip of coffee feels so delightful.

There is an art to living in peace.

It is never too late to become soon.

To read is to think.

To walk is to think.

To write is to think.

To run is to think.

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

The last President to have a balanced budget was Democrat Bill Clinton.

The last President who had a $200 billion surplus in his budget was Bill Clinton.

Two thirds of our National Debt came from Republican Presidents.

Under Barack Obama’s tenure twice as many illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than under George Bush.

Barack Obama has yet to fire any head of a secret service agency.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in lowering medical costs.

Not one mass shooting of students occurred in an urban school.

The vast majority of those blasting away in schools are white, from middle class families, and live in the suburbs.

The top tax rate in World War II was 90%!

The top tax rate in the 1950s when Republican Dwight Eisenhower was president was –90%!

There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rates and job creation.

One third of American bridges are in danger of collapsing.

WHAT CAN BARACK OBAMA NOW DO?

Reality is that President Barack Obama will confront a Congress in which Republicans control the House of Representatives, and perhaps the US Senate. In other words, he can not pass any meaningful legislation. Therefore, his reality is functioning as an American President who lacks power to alter the domestic lives of Americans. So, what is now possible?

1. Initiate a weekly press conference in which he makes clear which laws were proposed and which were ignored by Republicans.

2. The above information should weekly be spread on social media. Make clear what you are proposing and what Republicans are defeating.

3. Draw upon Executive power to completely revise our spy agencies, including firing some folks.

4. Sign “No Spy” agreements with all major American allies.

5. Initiate a weekly notification on Social Media as to which bridges and roads have become dangerous.

6. Make speeches in which the President talks “WITH” rather than “TO” people.

7. Make Congressional elections in 2016 as critical an issue as who becomes President.

8. Announce he will not accept pay as President since the government is now dysfunctional, challenge Congressmen to do the same.

9. Use the power of the Executive to allow children brought to America as children to remain.

10. Take out membership in the NRA and organize a group of its members to fight for sensible gun legislation.

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Pay What You Want”

I believe that is the Republican program for our oppressed wealthy folk.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Thousands Hug Trees”

What people will do to get some sap!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop Scandal”

Talk about a shitty story to appear in a newspaper!

Sweden, Local: “Sweden Watches Norway Bomb Threat”

Talk about a fair weather friend!

USA, aol: “Footbridge Opens”

Another example of one small step for humanity!

China, China Daily: “Slow Train Scheduled”

I believe that describes the state of American railroads, every day!