Category Archives: Europe

Chaos In US Senate

It was Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the United States House of Representatives. Just another day in Congress for a group which prides itself upon adherence to the Golden Rule that doing nothing prevents mistakes. John Boehner and other Republican leaders believe that no action is the best action. There is some logic in this attitude. If I never do anything then no one can blame me for making a mistake. In other words, the motto of House Republicans is: Those who do not, do something since do not is the rule for those seeking to prevent the act of do. President Barack Obama asked Congress to provide funds to assist in handling the alleged “crisis” on our border with Mexico. These days arrival of children to our border has become a new terrorist threat to the safety of American society. Even worse, these kids are prepared to take away jobs from decent hard working Americans. After all, millions of Americans desire to pick peaches and apples in our orchards only these Mexican terrorists seek to deny them an opportunity to make $7.25 an hour!! Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party said, no legislation about these children. So guess what happened? No legislation. Naturally, this will provide Fox News pundits hours to declaim and declare their ideas to the American people about the “crisis” on our border.

Eric Cantor, who is departing the hallowed halls of Congress due to the Tea Party offered some words of wisdom to his colleagues in a last speech. “We don’t always see eye to eye, even within our own party–in this chamber. But, that is how it is and is supposed to be.” Thank God this was not in the past, “what it supposed to be.” That is why we won World War II, built dams, roads, hospitals, airports, created Social Security for the elderly and Medicare. THAT was what Congress was supposed to be and do!

“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??

Confederacy Still Alive-Only In Europe

Modern America retains those who believe fervently in the idea of a separate Confederate nation. During the year, at some point or another, they hold celebrations about their beloved Confederacy and pretend they are in a battle. These mock battles invariably result in victory for the forces of slavery. Ironically, many separatist and neo-Nazi groups in Europe have taken up the star and bar flag of the Confederacy as these people fight for the right to be bigots. Ukrainian separatists have displayed the Confederate flag–along with that of Texas! I wonder if Governor Rick Perry will fly to Donetsk and stand with his fellow believers in secession and war against democracies. After all, Rick can handle children, why can’t he handle the Ukrainian army? The amazing aspect of this fascination with Nazi flags and flags for those who fight to retain slavery is that grandparents of separatists were murdered by Nazis!! How can a grandchild believe those who brutally killed their grandparents is someone to admire? I assume for this group, Adolf Hitler is a man of courage who fought for human rights!

Alexander Hug, who is deputy head of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) has been attempting to investigate the crash site of the downed Malaysian plane. As he commented: “an airplane crashes over a war zone, totally innocent vacationers fall from the sky, and access is prevented.” The reason is clear. Russia, which lost twenty-five million to Nazis during World War II now insists those who did the killing are heroes of Mother Russia. Russian TV Channel One was reporting that Western sources were preventing access to the crash site. Such is life in Putin Russia.

Torture, Torture, Everywhere In America

As a child growing up in the United States of America during World War II, movies constantly depicted the horrible Germans and Japanese as brutal foes. They tortured people, they gassed to death innocent people, heck, they even chopped off the heads of American prisoners. Thus, I was taught to believe that in my wonderful America, we were NOT like these evil people. We treated prisoners with dignity because the war was being fought in order to prove to the world that decency and respect for human life was central to the meaning of a democratic society. Of course, that was before the advent to power of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and George Bush, three men who decided that was central to the meaning of our Constitution, had no place in THEIR WORLD. These men decided to adopt tactics of the German Gestapo and the Japanese army in order to “Save America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be issuing a 6,300 page document which describes in detail exactly how torture became the norm under President Bush’s fight to save AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. Former CIA directors are being given a chance to examine the document which provides evidence of torture during interrogations, rendition and detention. Oh, the report also provides a CIA defense of their behavior. I assume they argue, anything is OK to prevent Los Angeles from being destroyed by a hidden atomic bomb!

When a society becomes all they hate, it opens questions as to what originally did this society believe? I was raised to believe that Americans adhered to the US Constitution. When I entered the Army, I took the oath to defend this document. I thought President Bush took the same oath.

Question: What do we do to those who disregard their oath?

National Security Agency -Any Change?

Senator Patrick Leahy is working with a bipartisan group in the US Senate in order to pass new legislation which would curb power of the National Security Agency. Most Americans agree that our spy agencies have gone wild in their quest to “defend America” by taking away our freedom. In other words, in the drive to save our freedom, the NSA believes we must abandon our freedom. It is rather interesting, that in the midst of among the most divided Congress in American history, the only topic that garners bipartisan agreement is–NATIONAL SECURITY. Leahy is being supported by right wing nut case Senator Ted Cruz, who would never dare to express any agreement with the liberal from Vermont –unless the topic was NATIONAL SECURITY. The real question to pose about the need for new legislation is why do we need new legislation? I assume the President of the United States of America can fire officials who run the NSA and replace them with officials who believe in the American right of privacy. So, why this need by Congress to do what the president can and should do–tomorrow! The issue is NOT new legislation. The issue is our Presidents must begin to function as the guardian of our fundamental right to privacy. THAT is, and, has always been the issue of secrecy.

We have gone down the road of hysteria for over a decade. We have allowed fear to control our actions. We invent fears, we thrive on fear, and our President regards himself as guardian of Fear. It is time to replace excessive Fear with Reality. There is considerable doubt our current practices to “protect America” are always needed. Common sense is a neglected aspect of modern life. Yes, vigilance is required. But, exactly how many American born Muslims have committed any act that might be construed as unpatriotic? How many native born Muslims have engaged in any act of terrorism? THAT is reality!

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!

Bring On The Pagtans!

Gaze around the world. Can you locate a single area in which war and death is not the major industry? Heck, gaze around the so-called Judaic/Christian United States of
America, and what do you osbserve? Nearly half the population which lives in the 21st centtury actually believes the world is only 10,000 years old! Most Americans believe in this or that God which results in 5% of the people who control 42% of the wealth. Imagine believing that yur “God” supports the idea of depriving people of health care or accepting that most people lack the means for a decent life for themselves or children. Heck, a few thousand children seek to enter the country, most would live with relatives and most Americans go wild with fear! CHILDREN ARE THE PROLEM? No, claim these nut cases, there is no problem when people wander around with guns and assault rifles, but when kids simply desire to live with their relatives, then the entire socie5y is under threat!!

It is time to accept the reality that our GOD is simply not doing a very acceptable job. Perhaps, it is time to give Paganism a shot at running this world. Or, if you don’t want a Pagan society, how about one based upon atheism?? Let me put it this way, anything, anyone, any belief, could not do a worse job of creating a society in which love, peace and economic equality were the norm. Please do not get me wrong. I have always liked our God. However, I think God needs another shot at creating a society of life forms which prefer love and joy over murder and mayhem. I hear tell there is a nice pleasant planet a few hundred million miles away and it really could use a God!

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Guns Of August-Are They Upon Us?

it was exactly one hundred years ago today, that millions of soldiers from France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and England were heading toward borders in order to prevent THE ENEMY from invading their lands. It was a hundred years ago today, that the sound of war was growing louder and louder. Each nation was prepared to fight. Why? The prior month in the city of Sarajevo in the southern region of Austria Hungary, the son of the Emperor was shot by a man bent on seeking the rights of oppressed people. This set in motion a series of events that wound up causing the deaths of twenty million. At the beginning of this tragedy not a single European nation was seeking war, by the end of this tragedy, most were bent on war. Not a single European nation thought the assassination would result in anything other than a bit of anger. By the end of this sequence in which none wanted war most were ready for war.

World War I occurred at a moment in time when Europeans had enjoy one hundred years of virtual peace. Since 1815, there had only been two or three minor wars on the continent. Most leaders thought that peace could be maintained. But, in 1914, they all got trapped in a process in which a minor incident became increasingly a major event. There simply was no process to halt the march toward war. It just proceeded.

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin lacks a sense of stability. He rules over a Russia which lacks a legislature to reign him in or a media that could rip him to pieces. He has become accustomed to doing as he desires without any interference. A normal leader, after the shooting down of a civilian plane, would hesitate, not Putin. He simply does what he wishes to do. So, what can be done before the Guns of August again blast away?

1. There is need for an immediate meeting between Russia, Germany, France, England and the US. Leaders of these nations must meet together and discuss what happened in August, 1914. All must pledge the Guns of August must never fire again.

2. Leaders of Germany, France, England and the US must convey to Putin that even if he invaded Ukraine, they would not respond with military forces. However, they would immediately ban any financial transactions with Russia, ban Russian products from their lands as well as forbid the entry of any Russian. He would be allowed to seize Ukraine, but Russia would become an economically isolated nation.

Putin Postures Proudly, Refuses Peace

It was exactly one hundred years ago today that European leaders postured and threatened in hope to intimidate their opponents. It was a hundred years ago today that Europeans had lived for a hundred years without any major war on their continent. In June, 1914, the murder of an Austrian nobleman set in motion a month of threats and promises and calling millions up to become part of armies. It was a hundred years ago that European diplomats exchanged warnings and demands. It was a hundred years ago, that within a few weeks the guns of August would initiate a World War that resulted in the deaths of over twenty million people. At any moment during this process of setting off on the road to war it could have been prevented if diplomats ceased threatening and engaged in dialogue.

Today in Ukraine, it is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not back down. One expected after the murder of 298 passengers on a plane that Putin would think twice about escalating the situation in Ukraine. He is not. The Pentagon reports “we have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rockets” to separatist groups in Ukraine. The Russian government insists all problems are caused by Ukrainians. “Those who shot from Ukraine carried out this shooting purposely with the intention to kill Russian law enforcement officials.”

How to prevent the Guns of August in 2014?

1. Immediate and complete sanctions upon the nation of Russia.

2. A ban on export or import of any goods from Russia.

3. A ban on allowing any Russian to enter European countries or the USA.

4. Seizure of Russian bank accounts in European countries or the USA.

Bite the bullet of peace to avoid the guns of August!

You Forced Us To Shoot Down Plane!!

There is a basic problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin– he is so accustomed to saying or doing whatever he damn well wants to without any consequences that it is difficult for him to grasp that once upon the road of lies, eventually the lie will be outed. Alexander Khodakovsky, a leader of the separatist Vostok battalion in eastern Ukraine, told reporters the truth about what happened to the plane. “The Buk, I know about. I head about it. I think they sent it back..they probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its existence.” Actually, Mr. Khodakovsky is not apologizing for the tragedy, he is simply attempting to prove that his comrades had the guided missile system and were forced to use it. Confused, please allow this man to proceed with his explanation.

“The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence the volunteers have this technology through the fault of Russia. It(Ukraine government) not only did nothing to protect security, but provided the use of this weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians.” In other words, we told you our forces had the capability to shoot down a plane, and you criminals allowed a peaceful plane to fly over Ukraine. Thus, we would never have shot down a peaceful plane since our goal was to shoot down Ukraine planes. Simply put, the entire tragedy is the fault of the Ukraine government for not accepting that we could shoot down planes.

I await the explanation of President Putin. I suspect he will award a medal to Mr. Khodakovsky for presenting a clear, concise understanding why it is not we who are guilty but YOU!