Category Archives: Germany

Are You Really Listening To Me?

During the past twenty four hours President Obama has claimed to lack knowledge of any problems facing launching of the Affordable Care Act, of spying on leaders of Germany and France and other assorted world leaders. The Spanish government has decided to get into the “why the hell are you Americans spying on the good guys” party. This followed a story in El Mundo which claimed the NSÅ was listening into phone calls of about 60.5 million Spanish people. Once again another European country told American ambassadors there was supposedly something about “trust” between nations. Naturally, American diplomats made clear these interventions into the lives of Spanish people was necessary to prevent them from serious harm from foreigners. Remember, under Barack Obama the magic words are NATIONAL SECURITY. Say those words and you can do whatever you desire.

One increasingly gets the image of a president playing with his children and occasionally being interrupted in order to pay attention to something about the government.

America Ubber Alles

Many years ago a German leader insisted that his nation was destined to be all over the world and the end result would be a world controlled by Nazi Germany. Today, there is a government which insists it has the right to check on what each nation is doing because God Himself has appointed it to survey the entire planet identifying all the bad people who reside on it. So far, Brazil, France, Mexico,and UK, as well as dozens of other countries have complained about US spies checking into their private correspondence. Yesterday, the German Foreign Ministry, summoned the US Ambassador folling reports of American intelligence hacking into their files. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a personal complaint to the president who continues to insist that America has the right to hack any and all files.

Just check the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution which grants the American people control of the world.Or, if that doesn’t work, how about shouting: NATIONAL SECURITY of TERRORIST.

Let me see:

Phone hacking

No Health access

Checking on Muslim citizens

Gee, do we need the return of George Bush??

Spies Galore

Each day presents a new story about how the United States of America is spying on a friendly nation-IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY! After stories appeared about spying in Brazil, Germany, France, now add Mexico to the list. President Obama is SHOCKED that American spies are spying on our allies. Gee, it is a big surprise to this innocent man from Chicago. He has enforced the most rigid policies of punishment toward those who leak stuff on grounds knowing about anything in our government is a threat to our very lives. The government of Mexico is a bit upset. “Mexico did not ask for an explanation. It asked for an investigation!” So, our president will get over his surprise and do something. I expect a meeting and an explanation, but how can those who engage in the act of spying investigate their own spying??

Barack Obama could use a good course on the topic of human rights. For some reason, this former professor of constitutional law never took his own class.

United Nations In Syria

A recent story from Germany reveals that hundreds of young men from that country have headed to Syria in quest of some fighting time. They will join thousands of Chechens, Libyans, Tunisians,Belgians, and folk from throughout the world. After all, going to Syria is like when Americans went to California in search of gold. I assume some of these men already have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya or Chad or who knows where in their quest for some meaning to life. How else learn about life than kill people? I suggest it is time to:

1. Establish a new Hall of Fame for the man or woman who has fought in the most places.

2. Create a new medal for gallentry in action.

3. Hold Second Amendment shooting contests.

4. Challenge President to an arm wrestling contest.

5. Create a new prayer for death.

Which Language To Speak?

I, together with millions of Americans, am the child of immigrants. My parents arrived in the United States without any knowledge of the English language. They always lived and worked in a Jewish community which meant they could ge through the day only speaking the Yiddish language. They read newspapers written in Yiddish and attended a shul where one prayed in Hebrew and spoke Yiddish. As the years went on, they eventually learned to read, write and speak in English, but, in all honesty, they could have readily survived with the Yiddish languge. They voted in every election since they would never miss an opportunity to vote. Oh, they always each day read one English language newspaper. I recently came across a case in Germany in which a Turkish family that arrived penniless, worked hard, began a business selling pizza until it collapsed during the recent economic problems that impacted Germany.

Mom and dad are barely able to speak German since their customers were always from the local neighborhood. The unemployment office is now demanding they learn German if they desire to receive unemployment benefits. I have no idea as to the connection between speaking German and receiving unemployment money. They worked, they paid taxes and no one demanded they speak German in order to pay their taxes, but now the demand is being made.

Jew In The Box!

Many, many years ago I was working with teachers in rural areas of southern Missouri when a teacher asked a favor of me. She wanted me to visit her school so that students could actually see a Jew. I did go but discussed the Holocaust with students. Fast forward to 2013 and at the Jewish Museum in Berlin they have a special exhibit each day which is called: A Jew In The Box. Visitors can ask the Jew questions about the meaning of Judaism and what they think about issues in the world. I assume the belief is that all Jews share similar ideas about Judiasm or world events. JournalistMiriam Widman took a turn in the box and discvered the weirdness of this position. Stephen Kramer of the Central Council of Jews in Germany poses a question: “why don’t they give him a banana and a glass of water, turn up the heatand make the Jew feel real cozy in his glass box?”

Ms. Widman, originally felt rather insulted, but soon realized that many Germans simply had never actually seen a Jew and were curious about an era in their history. The world of their ancestors no longer exists. Who knows, if the German population continues to change, one day there will be a German in the box!

Oh, Those Nazis!

Since the end of World War II, the people of Japan have constructed a modern democratic society. However, their failure to address behavior during World War II in which Japanese soldiers murdered millions of people and raped a few million women has never been addressed. It is t his attitude which led Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso to utter inane remarks about how modern Japan can learn from those good old Nazis of yore. There is a movement within Japan to rewrite the Japanese Constitution and allow the nation to create a modern armed force. Aso suggested following the method employed by Adolf Hitler who simply voided the democratic Weimar Republic Constitution. As Aso notes, “it was changed before people realized it. Why don’t we learn from that method?”11

I assume it means the Japanese government should void those parts of the Constitution which prevent aggressive war. Just what Japan needs–go to war against China!!

Berlin Delight

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, decided to spend a few days in Berlin in order to explore how other cities conduct their social lives. He wound up singing praises about the government of that lovely German city. It turns out that among the most important concerns for the people of Berlin  is “fornicating in their many magnificant parks.” Ah, now that is a goal for all cities, your greatest concern is having people ’do it”in public. Unlike American Republicans, who rant and rave because someone on welfare used their check to purchase a cigarrette, the Berlin government allows those on welfare to possess the same rights as a millionaire, they actually can make decisions concerning their own lives.

The fine for public sex is $198 while if one is unemployed, the fine is $45. Now that is reasonable. The wealthy in Berlin actually pay more in fines than those who are poor. How about such a system for we Americans? And, how about sending middle class and wealthy people to prison for using drugs!!

Ah, For Days Of Adolf!

There are still milliions who have fond memories for the days of dear old Adolf Hitler, the man who knew how to kill. There are still  many who prefer their communities rid of the riff raff who make life unbearable because they dress in old clothes and or smell dfferently. For many in Europe “those peope”go by the name of –Roma. They inhabit the fringe of society and they simply have large families not like the desired one or two children. Gilles Bourdouleix, may of Cholot recently became very angry at the sight of some Roma who were illegally setting up tents. What else could he say but, “maybe Hitler did not kill enough.”

Yes, those were the times, no Roma, no Jews, and certainly no gays in town. Just decent, hard working white folk. Oh well, the good news is this man spoke what was in his mind while others think these thoughts and express other words. At least, a bit of honesty.

Do I Trust America??

It seems such a long, long time ago that Europeans were disgusted with the presence of George Bush and his nutty war in Iraq. They longed for a new president who would restore the name and reputation of the United States of America as a nation that upheld the ideals of human dignity and respect for law and order. After all, Barack Obama was a former professor of law and had promised to end secrecy in government and respect the rights of other nations. Alas, that was then and today is now. So, what did our gallant fighter for human rights proceed to do–or NOT do?

1. He did not close Guantanamo Bay prison.

2. He did not release all those in the prison who had no charges against them that could be proved in a court of law.

3. He did not end the drone campaign, he EXTENDED IT!

4. He indicted more “whistle blowers” than any prior president.

5. He extended and extended spying on Americans.

Today, only 49% of Germans trust the United States. And, similar figures exist in most nations of the world.