Category Archives: Europe

Why Islamophobia?

I am now 84 years old and during my existence on this planet have been compelled to endure fear of many forms of evil. As a child I had nightmares of Christian Nazis who would come to America and murder this little Jewish boy. Then came the Russian Communists who soon were followed by the North Korean and Chinese Communists. In all honesty, I never feared any Muslims, after all they had not murdered six million Jews as had European Nazis. So, today, I am told to fear Muslims since they are out to murder and kill. Actually, if one added up all the humans killed by Muslims since 2001 that total would be less than the number of people killed in one week by Russian or Chinese Communists.

So, why this wild fear of Muslims?

1. Muslim youth in Europe are trapped in poor paying jobs that offer no dream of a good life.

2. Too many Muslims are living in ghettoes where they live in slums and lack contact with non-Muslims.

3. Muslims wind up doing the dirty jobs of European societies.

4. Muslims are not attending integrated schools. Then again, European schools have done a terrible job of aiding Muslim students succeed.

5. Muslim imams have failed to teach the meaning of their religion. They have allowed imams of hate to take over the religious education of youth.

6. Throw in social media which makes hate easier to spread.

7. And, definitely add the name of George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to the list of those who help create terror groups. P

Put these factors together and one winds up with hate, violence and fear.

Fights I Would Love To Observe

The other day while having a cup of coffee my mind wandered into fantasy and I pondered fights that I would love to witness.

1. Sarah Palin vis Vladimir Putin in a wrestling match.

2. John Boehner vs Mitch McConnell is a fight over which one can utter the most platitudes.

3. Ted Cruz vs Rush Limbaugh in a contest as to who can shit the most.

4. Marco Rubio vs any Castro brother in speeches as to who best loves Cuba.

5. Fox News commentators vs a machine that contains factual information.

6. Pope Francis vs a right wing Cardinal in a praying duel as to who best represents what God desires.

7. Harvad law student Barack Obama vs an old fashioned political boss debating how to reach the average American.

8. ISIS vs al-Qaeda in a shooting match for who is the best terrorist.

Ukraine Just Wants Peace

In a recent interview with Der Spiegel, Arsenly Yatsenyuk, head of Ukraine discussed his nations conflict with Vladimir Putin. As he pointed out, “the European Union is always playing by the rules.(but) Putin plays with the rules.” Unfortunately, Ukraine is so close to Russia and so far from God or Western Europe. Make a long spit from Ukraine and you have hit the land of Russia. The Ukraine leader is a realist. “A military solution would not be the best solution to deter Russia from further aggression.” Ukraine’s reality is that Vladimir Putin has one thought in mind. “His survival depends on land grabs of foreign territories. He need new annexations.” For some reason, the people of Russia are anxious for more land grabs because it restores their pride in being a “great nation.”

Ukraine is going to build a 1,243 mile wall on the border of Russia. Sorry, this is not a good idea. The solution lies with being firm, developing the economy of his nation, getting people back to work. Those regions which of his land which so love Mother Russia will sing a new tune if people in Ukraine are living in a modern economy. “The European Union remains our dream.” So, work for that dream and don’t waste money on walls.

Some Germans Fear Those Muslims!

As I recall from my childhood, during the 1930s a prevalent fear within Germany was about all those Jews and people from eastern Europe who represented an illness that threatened the health of people in Western Europe, particularly those in Germany. Poor Adolf had to spend his waking hours figuring out ways to prevent the “vermin” and decadent hordes seeking to enter Germany get a foothold. At least today, most Germans are not worried about them Jews or east Europeans. Today, thank God, they have a new fear of having the blood of Germans be polluted by filth. People from Africa and the Middle East are seeking to escape from war and poverty and are willing to do the dirt jobs in Western Europe.

Felix Menzel, age 29, is really worried, not only for his fellow Germans, but for all of Europe. “I see a serious threat coming our way from outside Europe. I feel especially pessimistic about the overpopulation of Africa and Asia. And, I believe that what is unfolding in Iraq and Syria at the moment is a clear harbinger of the first global civil war.” Poor Felix is worried about “Europe’ weakening soul.” I do feel for Felix. Then again, if these vermin don’t come to Germany, who picks up the trash and works their butts off in dirty filthy jobs? Hey, Felix, why not get a job hauling trash and in that way prevent one of these dirty people from working in your beautiful nation?

No News In Israel

If there is one certainty in the year, 2015, it is that Israel leaders and Palestinian leaders will not be meeting in order to finally resolve issues pertaining to the creation of a lasting peace in this region of the Middle East. The enduring word that depicts this conflict is: FRUSTRATION. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to approach the upcoming election in Israel as the Macho Man who does not budge an inch in defending the rights of Israeli settlers to take over land they believe was given to them by GOD. Now, how can one argue against the old man up in the sky? He definitely told the people of the old book, they could take any and all land they desired. Of course, it is clear that God has no interest in the people of Palestine.

President Abbas who heads the Palestine Authority is also -FRUSTRATED. So, he has decided to go to the International Criminal Court seeking their power to protect the rights of Palestinians. Naturally, any sane person knows such action is a vivid example of—TERRORISM! Imagine, going to a court of law and having it decide-whether or not Israel can take over land that belongs to the people of Palestine. What next, a discussion in the United Nations? These are direct examples of TERRORISM! God bless Bibi Netanyahu for refusing to allow TERRORISTS to impose their will upon the Middle East.

Happy New Year For Vladimir??

It was fourteen years ago on New Years eve, 1999, that President Boris Yeltsin of Russia turned over power to a former KGB agent named, Vladimir Putin. Little did he know that his protege had big ideas about what should occur in Russia. Boris still lived in the shadow of Communist Soviet Union and hoped that both Gorbachev and he represented a new spirit for the Russian people that would lead the nation into an era of cooperation with the European Union and the United States. They felt it was time to end the Cold War and initiate an era of Warm feelings and cooperation with the world. Putin arrived, and so did a group of oligarchs who plundered Russia of its riches on the road to wealth and power. Putin worked with these men including many who were his cronies from the old days of the secret police. Since then, a portion of the population has enjoyed the good life, but only a portion, the majority of people have more access to wealth, but each year they fall further and further into poverty and despair.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political commentator in Russia raises several issues confronting the nation. “The question is not whether Putin stays on, but whether the horse survives. he has no plan.”He promised to protect freedoms of speech, conscience, the media and property. In those early days he assured the people of Russia they would enjoy the “fundamental rights of a civilized society.” Unfortunately, they now enjoy the rights of a totalitarian society. What next for Mother Russia?

Young Americans Not “In” History

I am the child of immigrants who made the long voyage from eastern Europe and arrived in the promised land of America. In 1914, ONE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS WAS AN IMMIGRANT! To be an immigrant of the child of one makes the individual conscious of what is America and the importance of learning about the history of this nation. Actually, I wound up writing a history of the United States of America. I have taught about one thousand teachers who became Social Studies educators. I am most amazed these days how those under the age of 35 lack a sense of the history of this country. They lack a desire to be “in” the history of this land and stand apart lacking a sense of how one is connected to the past. Those who are immigrants, yes, the “illegals,” are much more conscious as to why one desires to live in America and how becoming a citizen is a wondrous event. To be “in” history is to possess an emotional attachment to the promised land of America.

I am NOT referring to learning facts and figures about the past. To be “in” history is to gain an awareness of how the values and ideas of this nation, with all its tragic faults such as slavery and murder of Indians, require a commitment that each and every person in this land enjoy its prosperity. To be “in” history is to be conscious of one’s responsibility to fellow Americans. In other words, to be the exact opposite of ideas spouted by Republicans who believe the story of America is that of those with wealth. The story of America is how individuals worked with their hands and hearts to create a society in which those lacking wealth could work their way up the ladder of prosperity.

As an American my responsibility is to all other Americans. We are brothers and sisters, we are not enemies. And, I classify as “American” all those who reside within its borders, regardless of whether a citizen or not.

Nazi–Who Me???

Members of the Republican party are aware of every group that President Obama has ever belonged to or talked with because when it comes to checking out the private and public lives of LIBERALS, no stone must be left untouched. Congressman Steve Scalia is from the great state of Louisiana and he wants the world to know that from now on in his role of Majority Whip in the House of Representatives there will be nonstop investigations of whatever Democrats have done or even thought of doing. For some reason, one of those Liberals, checked into his own background. It turns out that in 2002, young Steve gave a talk to members of a white supremacist group that had ties to white supremacists in Europe. The European-American White and Rights Organization-EURO had links to American Nazi David Duke. These folks hate blacks, immigrants and Jews, but what the heck, they do believe that whites are the oppressed people these days.

Steve is rather upset. “For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.” He just gave talks to bigots which hardly translates into being a bigot. Then again, he did not know that American Nazi, David Duke was connected to the group. As far as Steve is concerned it is bigots who are out to get him. At least the Republican party can begin the new power knowing it is out in the open that bigots control the legislature!

Vladimir Is Upset!

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is very upset with a whole lot of people in this world. It is very difficult being a dictator and growing accustomed to speaking without anyone daring to contradict your words of wisdom. I doubt if Vladimir can recall the last time any person in Russia expressed a contradiction to what he uttered which makes difficult being in a world in which there are human beings who hold opposing views to the man who knows all. At this point in time, Vladimir is very upset at those who belong to the notorious NATO alliance. As far as Vladimir is concerned its real name is– NAZI ALLIANCE! He charged the “build up of ATO military potential and its empowerment with global functions implemented by violation of international law” is a threat to humankind.

In many respects Vladimir, formerly of the notorious Soviet Union KGB only understands a world in which the threat of nuclear war requires non-stop adherence to defending Mother Russia against evil forces who inhabit western Europe. Here is the reality he refuses to confront:

1.The last time Russian troops were actually engaged in a war against those with air forces of artillery or tanks was in 1945.

2. Talk is cheap but action would be a disaster for the Russian people.

Rouble Rouble Stop Dropping In Value

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin remains very popular to the people of Russia. His approval ratings continue to hover in the high eighties. Of course, I live in the United States of America, a land in which the people of this fair land just voted to support the Republican Party whose policies caused a great recession and got us into wars in the Middle East. But, Americans, just like Russians prefer in power those who cause problems than those who might solve them. The Russian Rouble has fallen in value at least fifty percent and continues dropping. Oil prices are now down by fifty percent. The great Vladimir Putin has done NOTHING to make Russian industry an important factor in the economy since he prefers that Russia should depend upon the export of oil. The price for a barrel is now about $55 while it was about $110 a year ago. Putin has infuriated western Europe, he has angered Saudi Arabia by supporting the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and he has made the United States the leader of imposing sanctions upon the Russian economy.

But, the people of Russia so like this man who has “restored pride” by seizing the Crimea and causing civil war in Ukraine. So, they flock to his banner of stupidity and watch their economy implode. Such is the price of those lacking common sense. I speak from experience, I recall how Americans felt pride to invade Iraq and get those ever disappearing weapons of mass destruction. Follow Putin and destroy the Russian economy. Hey,take a trip to Russia, you now can get 65 Roubles for each dollar – a year ago you would have gotten 30!