Category Archives: Asia

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Elks Get Ticket To Denmark”

Can they bring their antlers along?

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Resume Aid To Anti-Gay Uganda”

Another sad story from Africa

Australia, Canberra Times: “Axed Public Servants Head South”

With or without their heads?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Sleep Issues Start Young”

This rates a yawn.

USA, aol: “CIA Spied On Senate Committee”

I assume they were able to get a copy of the Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Captain John Sold”

Down the toilet, I assume.

France, Connexion: “Practice What You Preach”

Republicans preach gospel of lower debt and reduce taxes to increase it!

Who Is This Man?

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 with anticipation and hope that he will turn America away from policies of George Bush which violated the essence of our Constitution. I voted for him in hope that a man who believed in human dignity, a man who had taught students about the Constitution, a man whose family legacy incorporated hatred for those seeking to employ violence in order to foster their values. Instead, Barack Obama has become simply a light version of George Bush. In his recent press conference, the President offered still another defense of those who employed torture of individuals based upon the premise there was an immediate threat to the United States which required torturing prisoners in order to avoid an atomic bomb going off in Los Angeles. This is what the PRESIDENT of the United States of America told reporters:

“We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. It is important for us not to feel sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that these folks had” “Tough job?” The person who is tortured has the “tough job,” not the torturer! We fought World War II against Germany which had the best Army in the world, we fought against Japan which had an outstanding Army, and we did NOT torture people! Our interrogators employed a variety of basic techniques that did not include torture. We refused to sink down to the level of German and Japanese use of torture. And, in those days, our future often was on the line. There was NO crisis confronting America, there was NO fear an enemy could win, it was clear from day one our enemy consisted of a few thousand fanatic men who lacked the means to inflict any serious attacks upon the USA. If one follows the logic of Barack Obama:

1. OK, so we did kill some Jews, but we were under pressure to win a war. Please don’t be sanctimonious just because we tortured and killed a few folks!

2. OK, so we tortured captured American soldiers. Please don’t be sanctimonious, we were under considerable pressure against a great American and a great British Army!

Who is this man??

Who Are These People In Congress?

I am the child of two of the TWENTY MILLION people who came to America during the period, 1880-1924. I am the child of two people seeking to escape violence and hatred in eastern Europe. I am the child of two people who arrived in America lacking the ability to speak English and in a state of poverty. I am the child of two people who were accused of taking jobs away from native born Americans. I am the child of two people who were accused of being dirty, and who engaged in criminal activities. In other words, my parents never would have been allowed into America if 2014 Republicans were in charge of the government. My parents, along with other immigrants inhabited slums, they lived in apartment buildings which had one toilet per floor. The Mafia was born in this era, and it consisted of Italian and Jewish gangsters, the children of immigrants. The new immigrants brought crime and poverty to America. But, they also brought new ideas, people with energy to create new industries. In 1920, one out of four Americans was either an immigrant or child of one. Today, the figure is about 8%.

The Republican led House of Representatives, which consists of a high percentage of people who trace their ancestry back to the New Immigrants of 1880-1924, passed a bill intended to prevent President Obama from halting deportation of people brought to America as children by illegal immigrants. In other words, X percent of those in Congress who voted for this bill never would have been born in America if similar attitudes existed a hundred years ago. I have a hunch their great, great grandparents are crying up in Heaven.

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

For some, sports and sex rank one, two in set of priorities.

I never understood why Superman did not take care of Hitler and Nazis.

Many sources of information, the issue is which information one desires to know?

Loudest voice in sport discussion wins the argument.

Always seek the unattainable.

Chubby person allows thinner to proceed.

Few know the truth of their lives.

To be born in a slum is to have a fighter’s personality.

You can knock me down, I will get up again and again.

Night allows our pain to subside.

Professional athletes all too often not very professional.

I await the arrival of robot umpires in baseball.

My appetite at age 83 had departed to unknown regions.

Life is but a short experience in the human condition.

Who we are today differs from who we were yesterday.

Few know what they really know.

Computerized records everywhere except in a doctor’s office.

All too often humans prefer a fight rather than a handshake.

“Dr.” Paul Ryan Speaks About Science

I enjoyed a normal education. I went to school, was required to take courses in science such as biology, and chemistry. It was my assumption those who taught such courses actually knew something about the field of science. Little did I realize until reading the words of “Dr” Paul Ryan, who spends his time in the United States Congress, that those posing as “scientists” lack any knowledge about what is going on in this world. For some reason, these “scientists” claim that action by humans is altering the climate in this world. According to Paul Ryan, do not listen to people who masquerade with Ph.Ds or boast of studying geology and weather. They lack his knowledge which was gained in talks with lobbyists and pollsters. These are the true scientists in our world. Let me share the wise words of Paul Ryan:

“Climate change occurs no matter what. My question is: can or should the federal government do something about it…. And, all it will do is end up hurting our economy, our people, and especially low income people. I see an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth.” I trust Americans will listen carefully to the words of someone who has absolutely NO knowledge about what is occurring on our planet. However, in fairness to Paul, he IS an expert on fostering wealth for those who are wealthy. He is against the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT” doing anything. I wonder if Paul has any knowledge what prior Republican leaders did:

!. Abraham Lincoln introduced the income tax. He had the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT finance construction of the Intercontinental railroad which dramatically changed our economy. He pushed through the Homestead Act which allowed thousands to get free land–talk about aiding the poor. He also had government provide financial aid to colleges.

2. Theodore Roosevelt is responsible for creation of our National Parks. He had the Federal Government finance construction of the Panama Canal. He pushed through anti trust laws and regulation of Big Business.

3. Dwight Eisenhower is responsible for creation of our intercontinental roads. FINANCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

4. Franklin Roosevelt had airports built, shipyards constructed, dams built, reforested our nations, constructed roads, built railroad stations, etc..

Imagine an America with Paul Ryans as president, instead of these men??

Let’s Do A Little Cutting

A sixteen year old girl in the city of Sasebi, Japan, decided something was lacking in her life. For some girls, there is a lack of social life or communication with mom an dad is not the best, but for this girl, the problem was clear. She had yet, although already the age of sixteen, had never had an opportunity to dissect another human. OK, some lack food, some lack access to education, and many lack access to a good job, but certainly, just about every person on this planet has access to murdering someone. Just check the local headlines in your paper or the ever ready iPad. As the young lady put it, “I just wanted to kill someone. I bought the tools”

Imagine the typical teen in our modern society. Planes are blasting thousands in the Middle East. Putin is dissecting the nation of Ukraine. Boko Haram is running wild in Nigeria murdering everyone in sight because this stupid people want to go to school! So, one can understand why this nice teen ager decided to strangle her best friend, and then proceed to cut off her head. I think this girl felt left out of the action, and simply wanted to do what everyone else her age was doing– killing other people.

So, Japanese teenager, welcome to the Human Race!

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

Some must feel self important to be important.

Few places in America does quiet reign.

Some believe self to be expert on human behavior.

Four children in descending size walk by me.

Old men hold wife by elbow while walking.

Superego at play in any dispute.

Few know what they really know.

Something special about kindness of strangers.

Little Children prefer standing upon chairs than sitting.

Long time since I just played with abandon.

Ah, for a film without wild driving cars!

In my youth, slum kids jumped from roof to roof.

Wise people know when to control ego.

In my youth, May 1 was a worker’s day of celebration.

Mom lets child go first, eventually reversed.

Long time since I heard, “kiss the boys goodbye.”

People discussing sports speak in loud voices.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Call For People To Give Blood”

This call has been issued by the Vampire Association of Paris. It is urgent!

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Governor Gets Back To Work”

Gee, could we get the US Congress back to work?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Plane Disappears From Radar”

I have been told Mayor Bob Ford was at the controls, and he had some beer!

Japan, Japan Times: “Hail Abe Drive For Women”

The question is whether or not women summoned him to their rescue??

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Shifting To Underworld”

I have a hunch it is much freer being in the Russian underworld than in its top world,

Sweden, Local: “Snake Hunt After Man Bitten”

I assume this is one dude seeking to give that damn snake a bite!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Where Saints Go, We Go”

The Republican Congressmen version is: where the lobby money goes, we go!

We Can Go It Alone!!

Once again, Vladimir Putin is showing the world that he is not a dude who will bend to the reality of our world. He inhabits his own world. In Mother Russia, HE is the decider. Oh, there is a legislature, there are some judges, but Vladimir Putin is THE DECIDER. It is rather difficult after years of doing whatever he desires, ordering people around, and enjoying Absolute control of all means of communication for this man to accept the reality there are other forces in this world which also can impact Mother Russia. In face of new European and American sanctions, THE MAN insists that no one can tell him what to do. His response to sanctions is issuing a warning that Russia does not need any outside relations and can go it alone within its own economy. Of course, as of this moment in time, few Americans or Europeans purchase any Russian technology. When was the last time anyone purchased a Russian made phone or TV or cell phone? At least 90% of Russia’s defense industry depends upon Western technology in order to do anything. Naturally, the toadies who inhabit Russia’s parliament are 1000% behind the Boss. MP Alexei Pushko warned America: “Obama will go down in history… as the US President who started a new Cold War.”

The coming months will not be easy. Reality is that Putin does not face any pressure from anyone within Russia to alter his way of handling foreign affairs. Heck, he does what he desires within Russia which means life today in that land is not that far different from the good old days of Communism when expressing a view point could land one in prison or a gulag out in Siberia. In one sense, time has stood still in Russia. Its people are closer to the Communist era when issues of freedom are confronted. No one knows what The Boss will do. That, is also Reality!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Grant children freedom to be who they desire to be.

There is a time to just shut up.

Raise children to think other than what you think.

There is dirt on a table and dirt in some minds.

Little children love putting on the jacket by self.

Some organize food on table into assigned places.

There is a time and a place for a time and a place.

Always explore the unknown.

Short pants provide a sense of freedom.

There is a time to read, and a time to speak.

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.