Category Archives: Europe

A Nation Fearing Fear

I was born in the great Depression when one out of four people lacked a job. It was a time before Social Security, before unemployment insurance, before minimum wage laws and before the government provided assistance to children. I was a teen during World War II when in 1942 the Japanese navy had nine aircraft carriers and we had three. I lived when Germany had an army of eight million and they were the first to develop guided missiles and jet planes.

But, for some strange reason we did not have political leaders who nonstop warned us of dire things to occur. According to Republicans, America is “facing the worst threat to its survival in history.” ISIS has about sixty thousand fighters,  no planes, no aircraft carriers, no artillery, no guided missiles and certainly, no atomic bombs.

What has become of the American people who fought a terrible civil war and its leaders were convinced of victory? FACTS: Since 9/11  fewer than 200 Americans have been killed in this nation. Oh, over 300,000 have been killed by guns wielded by native born Christian Americans.

As President Franklin Roosevelt calmly told us: “You have nothing to fear but unreasonable fear.” There is NO threat to America –other than the one posed b God-fearing Christians who want to kill and kill–themselves!

Anti-Semites Reach Out To Jews!

As fear and hysteria sweeps across Europe some rather strange bed fellows are winding up sharing the same beds. The National Front political party headed by Marine Le Pen has emerged with a high vote in regional contests in France.  Historically, the National Front was openly anti-Semitic but Ms. Le Pen has decided to end such talk and reach out to French Jews for an alliance against Muslims. Let me get this clear:

1. An openly anti-Semitic political party wants to become friends with Jews.

2. Many Jews are ready and willing to forge an alliance with people who just yesterday wanted Jews out of France.

3. I get it, let’s find someone who both groups can hate and forge a hate alliance!

I await French Jews reaching out to German groups which are openly anti-Semitic and make Adolf Hitler the new leader of pro-Jewish groups.

How Long The Refugees?

They journey on foot, they journey using rubber boats, they journey in trucks while hidden in the back, sometimes they die in those trucks. They are the unwanted, they are the refugees who are wandering around Europe seeking a place of refuge. They are the people who frighten most Europeans because they desire to work, they desire to find a place where their children can actually go to schools without fear of being killed by bombs or nut cases dressed in black who chant death, death, death.

They are the refugees from Syria, from places in Africa, they are the modern wandering Jew. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised them a home in her land. We wonder how long this promise will be fulfilled. Already, she is hinting at restrictions, the voices of fear within her land grow louder. Frankly, there are just too many refugees and it is simply a matter of time before she must announce restrictions.

In modern times, the refugee is not a welcome person. Certainly, not when modern people fear terrorists or lack of work. The door will soon be shut.

Paris Is Burning

The terrorist attacks in Paris represent a new approach to the use of violence in human history. We are now living in an era in which social media is the tool of violence. These attacks could not have occurred without the ability of people who obtained the idea to kill and murder on social media. They, most probably, did not receive any specific orders on how to carry out the violence, heck, just wander around social media and one gets a graduate education in the use of violence. They communicated with one another via social media, they developed their plans to murder via social media, and after their deaths there are hundreds of other terrorists ready to continue their work.

Even as I write, men and women are communicating via social media on how they can become the next glorious group of heroes who murder the innocent in the name of God or whoever. We are in a new era in which those seeking to die for some cause will continue and continue this approach to life –and death. Last night it was Paris, tomorrow it might be London or Moscow or New York. Frankly, no one does not understand how to end the use by terrorists of social media. Perhaps, there is some technological genius who can figure out a way to halt the use of social media for violence.

Paris is Burning and there is no end in sight unless we simply destroyed the monster we created in social media.

The Mets Are Went Down To Defeat

I do realize this blog is supposed to focus upon world events and issues of importance to humankind. Well, for some of us,baseball and football and basketball are a lot more important than who ISIS killed today.The New York Mets were killed, no, murdered, by their incompetence and the pitchers of the Kansas City Royals. These are not joyous days in the city of New York. First,we had to deal with idiots from Texas or the states of the South who continue electing men and women who would fail getting through elementary school, and now we have to endure a bunch of hicks from Kansas City doing harm to our lives.

Let me explain the reasons for the Mets losing the World Series:

1, Barack Obama caused the Ebola scare and since he finished with that one he decided to scare New Yorkers. Remember, he comes from Hawaii, wherever that place is.

2. Ted Cruz never got a chance to filibuster the umps and that’s why the Mets lost.

3. John Boehner cried for the Kansas City Royals,but not one tear for the Mets!

4. Met players were forced to listen to Ben Carson explaining his tax program and they just fell asleep. Unfortunately,they kept on sleeping on the baseball field.

5. Donald Trump is from New York.The Met Hispanic players were afraid he would send them back to the Dominican Republic or Mexico or wherever and they were afraid to get hits against the gringoes.

German Right Wingers Hate Muslims

In modern times any effort to assist refugees is bound to create a backlash by those readily able to stir up fear and confusion regarding who are these refugees and how will they impact–YOUR JOB. Pegida is a German hate group whose goal is to stir up violence against refugees who currently are entering Germany. The old, and ever faithful cry, the newcomers are after your job, want to rob you and definitely seek to rape your daughter. Pegida thugs are throwing fire bombs into refugee centers, and attacking people in the streets.

There are now reports some Pegida thugs are taking jobs as security workers in refugee camps in an effort to find new ways of creating trouble. Fortunately. Chancellor Merkel remains steadfast in her desire to welcome newcomers into Germany. She understands that Germany’s population will dramatically decline in the second half of this century without a few million refugees.

Is It Legal To Hate?

The people of France endured the horrors of World War II first hand since they were under Nazi occupation for nearly four years. Like many European nations they witnessed the Holocaust first hand since thousands of French Jews died in death camps. France today, has several laws which touch on the topic of hate speech. It is a crime to engage in the “incitement to discrimination.” At this point, the law mainly focuses upon hatred toward Muslim citizens. Marinne Le Pen, daughter of a man who was noted for hate speech against Jews, now heads the National Front whose main enemy are Muslims residing in France.

She is now being charged with hate speech. She was angry because Muslims, who lack sufficient mosques, sometimes pray in public. According to Ms. Le Pen,”this is an occupation of territory.” I always thought if one really believed in God one could pray to him anywhere and at any time. I do not think the Big Guy up in the sky worries if you pray to Him it must be inside a building.

Fear Consumes Germany

The fires of hate once again are ablaze in Germany after a half century of calm and peace. Pegida-Patriotic Europeans–wants the rabble from the Middle East to bypass their beloved Germany. I await their leaders quoting from Adolf about the pure Aryan race which is the best in the world. I hate to inform these folks but the Aryans lived quite close to Syria in the Middle East. They sure did not come from the Motherland of Germany. So, now Pegida followers are fire bombing refugee camps to burn out the lower life that comes into their pure land from the Middle East.

Chancellor Angela Merkel deserves some sort of medal for enabling Germany to become the leader in fighting for the rights of Syrians just seeking a place of refuge.Most probably she will get politically damaged by the fight for democracy and humanity that she is waging. Who knows if a German Donald Trump will emerge? Then again,perhaps, Donald will head across the ocean to rescue Germany from those illegal immigrants??

Angela No Longer Angel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has definitely placed her head on the chopping block because this refugee from Communist East Germany has made clear that her country WILL accept those fleeing from the chaos in the Middle East. Even as I write these words, thousands of people from Syria or Iraq or just about any place in the Middle East are heading towards Germany.The latest estimate is by the end of the year nearly one million refugees will have reached Germany. Naturally,the backlash is growing as German politicians wonder whether their country can absorb so many immigrants.

Reality–there is no question that Germans will rebel at the arrival of one million people from the Middle East. Even the Turkish immigrants who have been in Germany for over fifty years will become upset. The logical solution is to distribute the refugees among all nations in the European Union. Most probably,that will not happen. So, what is the future? Frankly, I do not have a clue and neither does Angela Merkel.

Give Them A Kick!

The nation of Hungary has been transformed over the past decade into a bastion of hatred and prejudice. Its leaders hate Jews, they hate Romas, they particularly hate those damn immigrants. Petra Laszlo, a photographer, was taking pictures of immigrants when they began to move forward. The camera was shooting, hundreds of immigrants broke through the corridor and rushed toward me.” She wound up with a picture showing her kicking two kids as they attempted to get by her. Naturally, she insists that she is not a racist.

Then again, being a Hungarian does lay one open to charges of bigotry and hatred. Well, at least she was not taking pictures of the wall being built in Hungary to keep out–THOSE PEOPLE!