Category Archives: Europe

Oh Dem Spies!

The government of Germany is rather upset since they just discovered that an employee of their secret intelligence agency is, in reality, a spy for the government of one of their “enemies.” Naturally, the “enemy” is none other than the good old USA. In fairness, to President Obama, spying has become to America what hot dogs are to America. It is one of our national past times, and we can not enjoy a 4th of July picnic without the dessert of a good spy story. Now, you might ask, “why is the United States spying on one of its ALLIES?” Fair enough question. We spy because we have spies, and our government does not wish to increase the number of unemployed people in our society, so we spy. After all, if you hire spies, at least let them do their job of spying. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is getting tired of her ALLY spying on,not only her phone calls, but what transpires in her government. Her spokesman made it clear: “we don’t take the matter of spying for foreign intelligence lightly.”

I am certain President Obama has an explanation. We have to spy because their are bad people out there who seek to do us harm. So, what better way to damage these bad people but to spy on the good people who are our ally. Let us examine the 20th and 21st centuries when it comes to our spy agencies:

Death of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin in 1953 and subsequent events. Our spy agencies were completely wrong in what would happen.
Vietnam war. Our spy agencies did not have a clue about who were the Vietcong.
Sputnik, Russian space program, our spy agencies did not predict this event.
Collapse of the Soviet Union, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
Osama bin Laden, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
9/11 our spy agencies did not have a clue even though there were dozens of clues out there.
Arab Spring, our spy agencies did not predict this event.

So, who else but the clowns in our spy agencies would be wasting money and personnel spying on OUR ALLIES!!
Syrian war, our spy agencies were completely wrong.

One More War In Ukraine

This is the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I which resulted in the deaths of over twenty million people. Among the areas which suffered tremendously during this conflict was what is now termed, the Ukraine. It was the scene of brutal fighting between Russian and German soldiers, but after Russia left the war, it became the center of a civil war in Russia which led to the death of thousands. During World War II at least three or more million died in the Ukraine as German and Russian troops fought as well as the murder of at least a million Jews by German soldiers. So, it is no surprise in 2014 to witness additional fighting and dying in the Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind a separatist attempt to break off eastern Ukraine from the main government. Putin supplied “separatists” with money, troops and equipment. But, reality finally sunk into the brain of Putin that his actions were leading to economic sanctions and billions of dollars were being taken out of Russia by frightened businessmen.

So, Putin wants: separation of Ukraine into regions, and the right of eastern Ukrainians to separate and become allies of Mother Russia. But, Putin understands this must policy must be conducted in secret. However, newly elected President Petro Poroshenko is not lying down before the threat of separation. He has ordered a full scale attack on separatists. Unfortunately, the Ukraine army is not the best in the world so things are getting bloody. Putin wants a cease fire, Poroshenko wants a surrender. The end result will depend on how financially difficult it is for Russia to handle this problem. If money flows out of Russia, and businessmen do not flow in billions, then Putin must depart the rich black earth of the Ukraine.

The end result will depend on business interests, not the people of Ukraine!

Ban The Burqa? Why?

The French government has passed laws that make it a crime for a woman to wear a burqa while out in public. The theory behind this law is somehow having a woman who wanders the streets with her face all covered up somehow makes it difficult for her to act in accordance with French culture. Somehow, this act of covering up impairs the ability of the French people to “live together” as citizens of France. Judges at the European Court of Human Rights(ECHR) issued a ruling that supported the French government. We assume that people in France can now sleep comfortably knowing that the hordes of Muslim women who wear the burqa in public must uncover their faces to the world. Latest figures indicate that within a nation containing over 50,000,000 people only 1,900 are women seeking to cover their face!

I once taught in a college in New York City in which there were female students who wore a burqa. I met with them privately, discussed calmly their needs and we negotiated a compromise. I was told how close to their bodies I could approach before they felt uncomfortable. I agreed when one saw me in my office, they could bring a friend and the door was left open. However, they also agreed that since this was a public college, they would sit in groups with males. The sky did not fall. Life went on and we were a class in which all were shown respect for their ideas.

Oh, there were also Orthodox Jewish girls. They also did not wish to be in my office unless accompanied by another female. They also made clear that I could never touch their bodies like shake their hands. Again, life went on. Why can’t we simply display respect for those whose customs do not agree with our own??

Hurrah, Hurrah, Nazi Heroes!

Anyone who has studied the history of the German army in eastern Europe and Russia is painfully aware that in many areas, Nazi soldiers were welcomed as heroes, and that many local folk joined in the murder of innocent Jews–their fellow countrymen and neighbors. Of course, during the war, Hitler’s troops murdered an estimated 25,000,000 Russians. Ironically, those who once welcomed German forces wound up getting killed by the people they regarded as their liberators from communism. I never cease to be amazed and bewildered encountering stories from Russia and eastern European countries about the rebirth of Nazism and glorification of Adolf Hitler. How do people wind up regarding as their hero the person who killed their ancestors??

The FIFA warned Russia about its displeasure at behavior of Russian fans who displayed Nazi symbols during a World Cup game. These days neo-Nazis in Europe display a Celtic cross which resembles the swastika. Russia already is under warning because its fans chanted racist words and songs during a match as part of the Euro 2016 games. Again, please explain how Russians in 2016 think Adolf Hitler who killed over 30,000,000 Russians is a good guy??

Putin Punts Rather Than Hits The Line

President Vladimir Putin is engaged in some form of play, but the rest of the world just does not know which sport is currently on his mind. After demanding that his stooges in the Russian Parliament grant him the right to send the Army into Ukraine, he decided to reverse course, and now asked the upper house to revoke what they gave him the right to do. In reality, this move prevents Russia from winding up as the most hated nation in Europe, and all but ensures that business leaders will think twice before investing in dear Mother Russia. Even as he spoke, separatists shot down a Ukraine helicopter that was carrying personnel whose job it was to install equipment to monitor the existing cease fire. It goes without saying, this is one cease fire that is currently firing away.

I have been informed that Ted Cruz would like to investigate the role played by President Obama in the entire Ukraine mess. Naturally, John McCain wants the US Air Force to bomb Ukraine and end separatism in that nation. Sarah Palin is calling for an investigation into the role played by Hillary Clinton in the Ukraine. Oh, Governor Rick Perry when asked to comment wanted to know if this Ukraine was near the border of Texas.

Supreme Court Hedges On Environment

There is not a doubt in my mind that two hundred years from now, out descendants will be shocked at behavior of modern Americans who refused to accept blatantly clear scientific evidence that climate changes were occurring on this planet due to actions by humans. This is NOT a debate, the evidence is now known by any intelligent thinking person that continued actions by humans, regardless if they are conservative or liberal, Christian or Muslim or Jew, heck, even if they are atheists, that planet Earth is undergoing dramatic climate change. The Obama administration has issued guidelines for factories that seek to prevent further emissions of gases that harm the planet.

The Supreme Court agreed to the legality of most Obama administration rules on emissions, particularly for new and first time plants. They must adhere to new standards. Why this issue is even being debated is a mystery and enigma. Hell, glaciers are melting, what else does Fox News and the talking cute pert blond haired idiots need to know?

Pope Takes On Godfather!

I am a child of the Bronx, New York City, a place in which all children were taught that on no condition should they get members of the Mafia angry with them because it would result in bad things happening. My pop paid the Mafia for their willingness to pick up his garbage at our butcher shop, and always threw in a few steaks to please the guys. Well, I guess this Pope Francis never got the message about not angering the Godfather. He came out with some nasty remarks about the Mafia. “Those who in their lives follow the path of evil, as mafioso do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.” Wait a second. How is it possible that the Godfather is not in communication with God. Heck, I am certain that God checks with the Godfather before doing anything. Why else do we have a Godfather?

According to this Pope guy, “The evil must be fought against, it must be punished and we must say no to it.” Not where I come from in the Bronx! OK, so they have an “adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.” But, then again, if we excommunicate the Mafia what do we do about the Koch brothers and their campaign of evil? I would be real impressed in the Pope excommunicated the entire Republican party leadership in Congress for their evil and contempt for the common good of Americans!

The Price Of “Christianity”

There is no doubt that during the 19th century European nations invaded and conquered huge areas of Africa. They claimed to be bringing the benefits of “civilization” to the benighted people of Africa. Along with the guns came prayer books and Christianity. Europeans wanted to make certain that Africans wore proper clothes, and thought in proper ways about God and their daily lives. Along with European ministers of faith, came American priests and ministers who wanted to make certain that an African thought just like the American next door to you. American ministers of God were particularly concerned about homosexuality and imposed on the African a fear, no, a hatred of those who were homosexuals. During the past thirty years American ministers have been providing money and hatred to Africans in in order to ensure that homosexuals do not get the right to even live.

Uganda has passed laws that make a homosexual act to be a crime. This “crime” can result in five to ten years in jail, but also can lead to a death sentence. It is now common in Uganda for newspapers to print the names of those deemed to be “homosexuals” in order to encourage vigilante attacks upon these men and women. The United States government has now made clear to Uganda leaders that such laws violate human rights. Military exercises with the Uganda armed forces have been cancelled, money for police training has been ended, funds for health clinics have been diverted to other nations, and Uganda leaders are now denied visas to the United States.

It would help human rights in Uganda if American religious leaders ceased their efforts to spread hatred of gays and lesbians.

Wall In Or Wall Out?

We inhabit a time in history when leaders want to build walls. In Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu wants an ever higher, better wall to keep out terrorists. In America, the Republican party is committed to the proposition that a wall will prevent illegal Hispanics from entering our fair land, and building our roads or picking strawberries so that God fearing American people will be denied the right to be a migrant worker. Of course, that is the dream of every American youth, pick peaches since there are no jobs in the corporate world. So, why be surprised when a leader in Ukraine wants to build a wall to keep out Russians whose desire is to once again rule Ukraine.

Billionaire businessman Ihor Kolomoisky is proposing the construction of a 1,200 six foot high wall along the border with Russia. Naturally, the wall will also allow for electronic fields, mines and an assortment of weapons of destruction in order to make certain that separatists keep to themselves in dear Mother Russia. Ihor holds the title of “governor” so why not allow him to spend his own money on this wall of separation?

Now, if only someone could build a wall that keeps Vladimir Putin holed up in the Kremlin without any access to the world….

Where Are Religious Leaders?

Hardly a day goes by without some example of human brutality or damage to planet Earth. Children are kidnapped in Nigeria or kidnapped in Israel, thousands just got shot in Iraq, millions go without health care or enough food to eat, but it is rare for any member of any religion to speak out. The so-called “religious right” in America are concerned about two males marrying, but have absolutely no concern that over thirty million Americans lack access to health insurance. Hundreds of thousands of young people in this country struggle to pay off debts while Wall Street billionaires get free handouts from the government to pay off their debts Heard any comment from religious leaders about this inequity? Thousands of Hispanic “illegal immigrants” are stranded, but how many churches have opened their doors to care for children?

The silence of imams in the Middle East and Africa is bewildering to me. I, a Jew, speak out more often and with more violence in defense of Muslim rights than most Muslim clerics. Boko Haram is a group of crazy Muslims, but how many Muslim clerics denounce the murder of thousands of Muslims by these nut cases? Let me make clear, it is not only Muslim clerics, but Jewish and Christian and Buddhist who remain silent in the face of atrocities. Heck,in Myanmar the assault upon Muslims is being led by Buddhist monks!

Oh, a word about planet Earth which needs some assistance to remain as planet Earth. I assume if there is a God up there in the sky, He must be pissed off as to what is being done to HIS planet! Just remember, those of the clergy, you guys had a chance to speak out for this planet and blew it. I sure as heck hope the Earth God is not into revenge!!