Category Archives: World News

This daily review will present headlines and a short paragraph concerning issues presented in newspapers throughout the world.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines from the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Dinosaur Stolen From Museum”

Has anyone contacted the Flintstones to get it back?

Sweden, Local: “Pregnant Woman Gets Fuel Voucher”

I assume it is to fuel up the tummy?

UK, Guardian: “New War On Terror”

It begins in Washington this January and it is directed at the White House.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Try A Wine Bath”

The nectar of life and happiness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Principal Charged With Child Porn”

He just believes in hands-on learning.

North Korea May Go Nuclear

North Korean leader Kim Jong un is rather upset. He has gone without any access to NBA players for months, and he has acquired a limp that makes shooting basketball rather difficult. The UN issued a report about the violation of human rights in North Korea, and this sort of comment about his leadership just got the pudgy little man a bit upset. Satellite photos reveal the firing up at a facility that had been working on nuclear weapons. In 2007, North Korea agreed to halt work at Yongbyon in return for food. After all, if one devotes most money to creating bombs, how much is left over to get food for your people? Anyway, the world has hurt Kim Jong un’s feelings. We suggest:

1. Send an NBA team to play basketball games in North Korea.

2. Allow Kim Jong un to be photoed making layups against the NBA players.

3. Send in a circus which would fit into the climate of folly that pervades in North Korea.

4. Allow North Korea to field a team in the NBA. That would end any talk about nuclear weapons.

Naturally, the people of North Korea are just too exhausted to attend basketball games.

Finally, Pakistan Deals With Rape Victims

The “nation” of Pakistan over the past sixty years has gradually, but consistently, become a dysfunctional state of anarchy and madness. In its origin there were educated leaders seeking to create a modern secular focused nation that would adhere to the Muslim religion, but also respect people of other faiths. They wanted to create a MODERN nation that would adhere to ideas regarding the role of women in society. Instead of that dream becoming reality, the dream has been transformed into a nightmare of ancient ideas running rampant. During the past eight years in Pakistan, at least 3000 women have been murdered by their relatives because of allegedly “immoral behavior” that violated family “honor.”

Finally, a Pakistani Court has imposed the death sentence upon the family of Farzana Parveen who was brutally murdered by -father, brother, two cousins– because she married the wrong man. This murder took place outside the gates of the Lahore High Court! Imagine this family beating to death their daughter, their sister, their cousin, in broad daylight in the center of a city! The Court imposed a death sentence upon the group of four. They continue insisting the issue is “honor.” How come a man can marry whomever he desires and it never violates family HONOR?

Idiots Delight In Ferguson, Missouri

The study of history is no longer among the topics that are part of the school curriculum. Oh, this January, there will be speeches about the life of Marin Luther King, a few celebrations, but it is doubtful if teachers will actually devote time to studying his ideas. After all, they do not lend themselves to a tweet. The idea of reading intently, discussing with intelligence, has been replaced by a line that allegedly deals with any topic in the curriculum. So, we tweet in one sentence complex ideas, and assume that we now know all about the idea. Martin Luther King devoted his life to fostering the concept of peaceful civil disobedience. This concept entails accepting the idea of being beaten by police, but refusing to respond with violence. The assumption is that over time, a population will become horrified at the scene of innocent men, women, and children being beaten, and will be ready to rethink their ideas.

A black militia group known as RbG Black Rebels is headed for Ferguson, Missouri in order to lend their ideas of violence to a volatile situation. They are posting rewards for: “We are paying $5K for location of officer Darren Wilson, no joke, no crime, we just wan a get his photo an ask him a few questions.” Oh, they offer $1K for information about members of his family. This is a sick group whose behavior indicates a lack of knowledge about Martin Luther King. They are itching for violence.The only question about these dudes is: how many will die?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some are hustlers through life.

Be a gardner of the love flower.

Few today walk with hands folded behind back.

We are passengers on a boat headed for an unknown destination.

I wonder if God runs a life lottery.

Kids sit down before mom or dad does.

A chubby 8 year old is a patient, not a child.

At least technology forces writing.

Some eat to die.

Love is a stranger who never knocked on the door of Ted Cruz.

Only Big Government Will Save Us From ISIS!

Once upon a time in the United States of America we confronted real dangers to our survival such as a civil war or World War II when we confronted the best army in the world in Germany as well as millions of Japanese soldiers and sailors. I simply do not recall the fear that now runs through this nation about ISIS, a band of soldiers numbering about 30,000 who lack artillery, tanks or planes. But, for some Americans ISIS is “the greatest threat in history.” There were times during the Vietnam war when some insisted that Viet Cong soldiers would get in wooden ships and sail across the Pacific Ocean and land in California in order to rape and pillage. Exactly how ISIS will destroy America is never explained. Yes, they could set off some bombs, yes, they might kill a few dozen people, but this organization lacks capability of doing real harm. The United States Senate failed by one vote to pass the USA Freedom Act which would prevent the National Security Agency from gathering bulk phone records and intruding into th e lives of American citizens.

All one has to do in order to give greater power to government over our private lives is to SHOUT: ISIS. Opponents claim we need to check on Americans in order to prevent terrorism in this nation.

1. Forget about Mexico, the border with Canada cannot be completely secured. A terrorist can easily slip across the border. Such is life. And, such is possible death for a few Americans.

2. A ship can enter our harbor with explosives and blow itself up. Such is life, such is death.

Reality: over a dozen years since 9/11 and no major terrorist act against Americans.

On Adrian Peterson And Rights!

Adrian Peterson is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings football team in the National Football League. He is an outstanding running back, but a few months ago, in his role as father, Mr. Peterson crossed the line of behavior. He used a twig to beat his little boy. According to Mr. Peterson, his dad beat him so what else could he do but beat his son. I assume he means the only concept of punishment that was known to him was use of a twig to beat a little boy. After hesitating to punish Mr. Peterson, Roger Goodell, the head of the NFL finally decided to come down hard. His punishment is banning Mr. Peterson from playing a year and surrendering millions of dollars. Most liberals hail the decision as the right punishment for the act of domestic violence. However, the punishment raises a few human rights questions:

1. Does my employer have the right to punish me if I resort violence in my family life?

2. Does my employer function as cop, jury and judge?

3. Does my employer have the right to define domestic violence?

4. Are there are actions in my private life that my employer has the right to inflict punishment because he does not agree with my actions?

5. Can my employer decide that my political views might be construed as impacting his business and therefore he has the right to punish me?

We need to rethink what employers can do to their employees. How about an impartial third party who makes decisions?

Social Media And Stupidity

I was born decades before the arrival of social media and during that time period, undoubtedly, felt and expressed numerous stupid ideas. I was fortunate because a dumb thought remained with either myself or a few people. It never dawned upon me to make certain that everyone on this planet was aware of my stupidities. In other words, before the arrival of social media, one had the constitutional right to say dumb things. At worst, after opening my mouth and uttering words that were silly, uncaring, or just plain dumb, only one person really was aware that I was an idiot. Jump start to the arrival of social media, and, for some reason, it is now common for people to express an idiotic idea and broadcast it to the world.

Amy Strickland, was teacher of the year in Norfolk, Virginia. She was promoted to the job of assistant principal of Booker T. Washington High School. So, what does this women who is teaching in a high school that has a large percentage of black students tweet to one and all: she displayed a photo of black boys with white girls accompanied by her comment. “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.” Duh! I ave no idea whether or not she thought the comment was a joke. But, thanks to social media the name of Amy Strickland is now known far and wide as a racist idiot.

The Fire This Time!

Let me make clear there is no justification for committing murder either against your enemy or your friends. The definition of being a civilized person is that we employ our mouth rather than physical violence agains those we hate. It is particularly horrible when people enter a house of worship and violate their own religion by hacking to death those who are the “enemy.” Two Palestinian males wielding meat cleavers entered a synagogue and brutally murdered several Jews including four rabbis. This horror was simply a horror just waiting to occur. The two Palestinians came from East Jerusalem where Jews are purchasing homes in predominantly Muslim areas. Who doubted for a moment that it was simply a matter of time before some crazed young Palestinians would engage in an orgy of hate and violence? Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as always, is promising a “harsh response.”

Unfortunately, the Middle East is bereft of a leader such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, both men knew that responding with violence only ensured there would be nonstop violence. “You kill my people, so I kill your people” is a plan leading to death, not peace. If Netanyahu were a King or Mandela, this is what he would propose:

1. A conference to resolve issues in Jerusalem based on respect for all parties.

2. A promise of COMPROMISE.

3. A promise that for once there will be give-and-take in order to resolve West Bank issues.

The Fire This Time should not lead to The Fire Next Time!

The Fires Of Ferguson

As you recall, it was nearly six months ago when a police officer in the city of Ferguson, Missouri shot to death an unarmed black youth who was threatening his life. As you recall, Darren Wilson became concerned because a black boy was walking down the street. After all, in this day of Stop and Search, if any black boy walks down the street he is, by definition, a threat to society. Darren Wilson shot to death a husky black boy. Let us be clear on one point, the black boy did NOT initiate contact. I was raised on the streets of South Bronx, New York City. The first lesson in life one learned was to avoid contact with police because the end result would be to your detriment. Oh, I was also taught to avoid getting a stranger angry because you never knew if he had a gun. Sound advice for young men, and even sounder for cops.

A Grant Jury has been hearing the case and will announce their decision within the coming days. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for Ferguson, and called in the National Guard. I am confused. During the past six months has the Ferguson police force recruited black cops? Have state and local officials undertaken economic programs to rebuild and provide jobs? Have police been meeting with people and soliciting their ideas, including recommendations for hiring young black males and females to the police force? Perhaps, it requires some new fires to get these programs to appear?