Category Archives: Asia

The Russians Were Here First!

After learning that new evidence makes clear the original inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere came from Siberia,I headed for Moscow to discuss this news with the Great Leader,the one and only Vladimir Putin.

M: Well,Great Leader, what do you think about the new evidence which proves once and for all the original inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere came from Siberia?

P: Just further evidence that all parts of the world were originally settled by people from Mother Russia.

M: How will this news effect your country?

P: I am immediately moving in the Security Council for the United States of America to be declared to be part of Mother Russia.

M: Wait a second, you mean that you will become the Great Leader of Mother America?

P: Not only that, but I am entering my name as the Republican candidate for president.

M: How can you do that?

P: I am an older American and a true American unlike these illegal immigrants like Donald Trump or Rick Santorum, and certainly much more of an American than, oh, I forget his name, you know the guy with glasses who cannot recall who or what is in the Cabinet.

M: Well, we now have seventeen candidates in the primary. I will just head home to warn my gay friends that you might be our next President.

Remember Republicans On War Heros?

Members of the Republican party are very upset over comments made by Donald Trump. Trump charged that John McCain was “not a hero” because he was captured during the Vietnam war and underwent horrible torture. Now Perry and Rubio and Jeb Bush are furious that anyone would stoop so low as to insult a man who was a war hero. Gee, as I recall, back during the 2004 election, John Kerry, who had won the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and purple hearts for being wounded was viciously attacked by Republicans for not deserving his medals.

Swift Boat For Truth Veterans attacked John Kerry claiming he never should have been awarded any medals for bravery. President George Bush, who never served in Vietnam, applauded this attack upon a war hero. He wrote Bud Day who led the smear,”I simply can not express in words how much I value your willingness to stand up against John Kerry.”

So,now Republicans are upset at Donald Trump for doing what they once thought was great-insult a war hero!

A Tale Of Three Men In 1968

The year was 19698 and over four hundred thousand young Americans were fighting in a far away place known as Vietnam. One of these young men was involved in the political world and obtained at least four draft deferments because, as he so aptly noted, “I had better things to do”than fight in faraway wars. His name was Dick Cheney. Another young man was attending an Ivy League college, going out with gorgeous women and having wonderful dinners at night clubs. By the time he graduated from college and went to work in dad’s real estate firm he had accumulated $271,000. He also obtained draft deferments and never went to war. His name was Donald Trump.

The third man was in a prison in North Vietnam and had been tortured and beaten and abused for months. He turned down a deal under which he would apologize for fighting against the Viet Cong and then would be allowed to go home. He turned down the deal. His name was John McCain.

Children At War

Omar Khadr was a child who was caught up in war when the United States invaded Afghanistan back in 2001. Yes, he did engage in war, yes, he did fire at the enemy, yes, he is guilty of being one of the bad guys. HIs father was an Islamic fanatic who insisted that his son get into the battle and kill the enemy. He was all of 15 years of age. He threw some grenades that led to soldiers being injured or one dead. He then spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay prison where he had plenty of opportunity to become an even more fervent Islamic fanatic.

He rejected Islamic fanaticism and only wanted to become a normal person. He apologized for his youthful mistakes. It is time for the United States to allow a victim of Islamic fanaticism to once again become part of the human race.

World War II Lingers On

World War II has been over for seventy years but its legacy is still impacting millions of people in Asia. During WWII the Japanese Army murdered over five million people in countries such as China or Korea, but Japanese government for years have worked hard to deny anything bad occurred during the war. They continue insisting that Japan was defending herself agains the evil WEST which, unfortunately, led to some acts that everyone should forget.

1. The Japanese Army forced thousands of women to serve as prostitutes.

2. The Japanese Army raped thousands of women.

3. The Japanese Army forced millions to die of starvation.

But, these days, the nation of Japan continues refusing to confront these horrors of war. It glorifies those who did the killing and will not accept any responsibility. South Korea still has problems dealing with a Japan that will not apologize for past cruelties.

The United States Senate in the 1980s apologized to those of Japanese-American ancestry for the horrible internment of over 100,000 innocent people. Japan might learn a lesson, the act of apology is a wonderful feeling of self worth.

Trans Pacific Partnership

After living 84 years there area few things that one has learned. Among them is the continual human movement towards international trade. Reality is that one decade jobs from America headed to Europe, the next decade they headed to China and then Vietnam and then Bangladesh. The new Trans Pacific Trade(TPP) has aroused anger among Democratic congressmen who insist they must protect “jobs” here in America from the low cost ones that are present in Asia.I continually hear comments about “protecting good solid blue collar jobs right here in the good old USA.” Reality, those jobs face greater threat from technology than they do from places in Asia. Within fifty years they will all be handled by some wonderful thinking robots. So, what are the alternatives:

1. Create new no-cost training centers to provide technology jobs for those who currently are in factories.

2. Redistribute the wealth and guarantee each American a guaranteed income.

3. Vastly raise the number of jobs in human relations such as education or social welfare.

4. Invent new jobs that could not be handled by robots.

Sound bizarre, but this is modern reality.

Sad Plight Of Rohingyas

The Rohingyas are Muslims who came from Bangladesh about a hundred years ago and were encouraged by British colonialists to settle in what then was called, Burma. Burma was then and is now mainly a Buddhist nation. You know, the calm and peaceful Buddhists that American peace lovers cite as a people of peace and serenity. During the past two years government sponsored mobs have killed thousands, driven over two hundred thousand from their homes and did a bit or raping along the road of destruction.

As of this moment not a single Muslim nation in Southeast Asia has offered to aid their fellow Muslims. I do not know of any public outcry from Muslim clerics urging aid for these Muslims. Has anyone seen a charity created by wealthy Muslims, you know,the guys who fund ISIS and militant terrorists? When do Muslims cry out for their fellow Muslims?

Take A Deep Breath

There are nations which require improved work opportunities for people, a modern transportation system such as high speed trains or low cost planes, but in India, Prime Minister Modi has come up with an innovative approach to dealing with economic and social problems. It might be an idea for Republicans seeking the presidency since this can be attained without increasing taxes on our beloved wealthy job creators. According to PM Narendva Modi the problems of India can be solved by daily use of yoga. Just think what Ted Cruz can do with this idea– reduce taxes and do more yoga and America once again will be profitable and happy.

Arvind Singh, a sales person summed up the new program: “It’s really the only healthy way to start the day. Much better than eggs or a sandwich or tea.” This definitely has to become the rally cry of Republicans. Live on $7.25 an hour, just do your yoga and happiness will be your daily feeling.

All Quit On Middle Eastern Front?

In November, 1918 the guns of war fell silent because those fighting finally agreed it was time to put away the violence that had destroyed the lives of over twenty million humans and destroyed vast areas of land. In May, 1945 those fighting in Europe allowed the guns of war to become silent. It would take until August for all guns to cease blasting away in Asia, at least for the moment. The tragedy of modern life is that we will NEVER have a day when weapons grow silent and peace, at least for the moment arrives. Our young men, and these days, our young women, will never know what it is like to live in peace, at least for the moment. Heck, little Corporal Adolf Hitler went home in November, 1918 and, at least enjoyed a few years of peace and quiet.

Modernity means there will never be ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. We are doomed to lives in which the guns of war go on and on and on. Does anyone in Syria have the faintest idea who is on their side, let alone knowing when peace will arrive? They just go on and on fighting and killing because they know there will never be an ALL QUIET ON THE SYRIAN FRONT moment.

Guantanamo Forever

There are always some certainties in life and when it comes to the issue of the infamous 9/11 then Fox News and most Republicans are absolutely certain that torturing people, innocent of guilty was an absolute necessity. During World War II, when the US and its allies fought the German army and the Japanese army, they, for some strange reason, did not have to resort to torture. OK, there were incidents when members of our armed forces did torture the enemy, but such tactics were never part of the policies of our government. And, gee whiz, we defeated enemies which had combined forces of at least fifteen million men. Of course, when it comes to defeating an enemy which has, at best, about one hundred THOUSAND, the threat to our very existence is much greater.

Majid Khan was one of the two bit terrorists who was involved with Osama bin Laden and the CIA needed information so they sort of tortured the guy. He claims they poured ice water over this genitals, beat the hell out of him. A rule enforced by those who tortured during the Bush administration is that lawyers for the person being tortured were not allowed to tell anyone their client was being tortured. This was an example of how the American government got information. I hate to inform the Bush folks that interrogators during World War II obtained information without beating the hell out of anyone. Just ask Henry Kissinger who was an interrogator if he ever employed torture!