Category Archives: Europe

It’s All Greek To Me!

Like millions of others I have been following the Greek crisis with interest. Let me get this straight:

1. The Greeks owe a heck of a lot of money.

2. I believe that most EU nations owe money, heck, we American are in hock to about $18 Trillion.

So,the EU solution is to reduce salaries, reduce money in circulation and,voila,Greece gets back to normal.

There are a few states here in America like Kansas which cut and cut expenditures and there was no,voila!

Greece needs government sponsored work to ensure that all are working.

Greece needs funds to stimulate new enterprises. This requires more money.

The more people working,the more money in circulation,the more goods that can be purchased. Basic Economics I.

Germany Forgets Again

The entire world is being impacted by the collapse of the Greek economy. There is no doubt that Greece has run up enormous debts due to one government after another which simply refused to tax the wealthy and offered very good pensions to its citizens. Despite demand by the European Union to get serious and tax those with wealth, Greek governments insist they want to be bailed out. In fairness to the people of Greece, once upon a time, they were generous to Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has every right to demand action by Greece. But reality is that over 30% of Greeks lack a job and pensions are declining. After World War II, Germany was in an economic mess. It had committed, not merely atrocities against people, but it had wrecked the economy of nations such as Greece. In order to assist German recovery, Greece was among several nations that cancelled German debts! It was the ability of Germany to restructure its debt that enabled Germany to become a great economic power.

Seems to me that Germany does have a right to demand Greek action to make the wealthy pay up, but it certainly means that Germany should provide Greece what Greece provided it.

On Debts And Greece

I have reached the point where any story discussing the plight of Greece just does not register with me. I wonder:

1. How does one collect on a nation that will not pay its debts?

2. Should we send in the Mafia to collect the debts?

3. If the EU takes over Greece,can they sell the Parthenon?

4. OK, Greece is dead broke, so how does someone or some nation that is dead broke pay up?


Have Greece become the 51st state and Greeks can handle picking apples and being nannies.

Ted Cruz will like them because they are not from Mexico.

Behead Your Drinking Buddy?

Every so often behavior by those seeking to behead infidels sort of gets confusing. Yasmin Salhi, a Muslim Frenchman decided to have a few drinks with his boss and then as sort of a dessert to chop off his head. He drove a truck,he hung around with some guys and came across as just another working stiff seeking to make a living. He was born in France, educated in France, but at this point in time decided that driving a truck loaded with explosives into chemical warehouse would really make his day a notable one.

The only sign of change in his life is the appearance of a beard. But, heck, walk along any street in America and there are bearded men. So,wha led to the change? Frankly, I do not have a clue. Is there something in the water in France that sets off ordinary people and transforms them into beheaders?

Nukes For Europe?

Many still alive in America spent a good part of our lives experiencing the Cold War when no one knew if when or where someone would send an atomic bomb to initiate the end of civilization. Today,Vladimir Putin so enjoys pretending he can use atomic bombs in order to compel the world to,not only listen to his words,but to obey his demands for respect. Frankly,no one knows if this man is crazy enough to actually employ nuclear weapons as part of his diplomatic efforts.

The US is now talking about sending nuclear weapons back to Europe as part of some “show of force.” America and the European Union made a mistake in moving quickly into eastern Europe and talking about placing weapons on the border of Russia. It is time to move back, quiet down the rhetoric, and make certain no one is showing off any nuclear weapons.

Refugees Continue Walking And Sailing

There are those who continually complain about the massive numbers of refugees who are seeking new homes in more economically advanced nations. People like Dylann Roof believe that the United States of America is being overwhelmed by the hordes of people heading for our shores. Europe believe their very existence is threatened by African or Muslim “invaders” seeking to “take over their nations.” A brief examination of history makes clear this is not the first such “invasion,” and those of the past were much more severe.

1. Thousands of years ago Neanderthals were invaded by Cro-Magnons who soon took over their lands and sent them into extinction.

2. Invaders from England and other European nations not only invaded the New World, but wiped out untold millions in the process.

3. MY parents were among the horde of dirty, poor, desperate invaders who came to America seeking a new life. Between 1890-1925 about TWENTY FIVE MILLION IMMIGRANTS FROM EUROPE arrived in America. Just about everything being said concerning Africans or Muslims was said about this group.

Newcomers have been wandering from one place to another for about 50,000 years, Calm down, one day the newcomers will be the oldcomers and saying the same things about the newcomers!

Military Heading East?

There is Vladimir Putin, there is eastern Europe, there is the border of Russia, and there is what the hell to do in order ensuring the peace and security of nations such as Latvia or Estonia or Poland from the hungry desires of the leader of Russia. Ten years ago, President Bush placed missiles on the border of Russia and, guess what, it got Russians angry. Now, the US will be placing tanks and weapons in east European nations as a signal to Russia that we will protect our allies. So, what will be the result of this action:

1. Russia will place more troops on its border with east European nations.

2. Vladimir Putin will present himself to the Russian people as protecting them against the evil West.

3. At some point or another, there will be an “incident” that sends diplomats scurrying to resolve the problem.

4. Instead of stability this action simply increases tension.

There is no need to place weapons in eastern Europe simply increase sanctions.

Jeb One Tough Texan

Jeb Bush was raised in the great state of Texas and the Alamo is fixed in his mind how a brave group of men fought for freedom and died in the effort. Of course, one of the factors that led Texans to rebel against the government of Mexico which originally had allowed them to enter the country was the decision by those heathen backward people to end slavery in the country. So, Texas rebelled in the name of freedom.

Well, Jeb is now in Europe where he is making clear to Europeans that if elected, he will clean up the mess because no God-fearing Texan would allow Vladimir Putin to bully him. He also blasted President Obama for not standing up to Putin. When asked about his own plans, Jeb was direct: “Look, I’m here to learn, to listen and to learn and get a better sense of all this.” I assume he will learn that President Obama and EU leaders have implemented sanctions. In other words, Jeb now agrees with Obama!


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

USA,aol.: “Our Cross To Bear”

Actually, it is more like 18 crosses for those running for president.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Putin To Visit Pope Francis”

Most probably to give him a lecture about the glory days of Mother Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: Few Care About Father’s Day”

Dads always have a friend in greeting card companies.

Sweden, Local: “Pen Deal On Welfare”

One meal a day will keep Wall Street in money?

France, Connexion: “Police Crackdown On Pickpockets”

From now on from your pocket into our pockets.

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!