Category Archives: World News

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

Tea Party Defies American People!

Mr. Cliven Bundy is a determined citizen who intends to secure his rights as an American to live off the land owned by the American people and not pay a damned single penny. Pseudo heroes have rallied around the latest “hero” of Fox News and the Tea Party. Mr. Bundy has a melon ranch and runs hundreds of cattle on land that is the property of this nation, not that of another corporation out to make money for itself. The process of saving western lands began under the regime of that notorious SOCIALIST –President Theodore Roosevelt, a REPUBLICAN. Teddy wanted to prevent greedy capitalists from taking over land that should be held in trust for future generations of Americans. Thus, was born great national parks and efforts to protect wild life and the soil of America.

The Bureau of Land Management charges ranchers who seek to graze the land $1.35 per month for each cattle. Without this grazing land, ranchers would have to pay much larger sums in order to provide food for their cattle. Mr. Bundy now owes $1.1 million and insists that he can have his cattle graze without paying for grazing American land. Naturally, hundreds of Tea Party zealots are rallying against “the government” and are armed and ready to blast away at Federal agents. “Come Stand With Us For Freedom” is their banner. Once again, the wealthy refuse to pay even minimum charges to their government. Once again, the wealthy only have one concern-MAKE MONEY OFF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!

How To Start A War?

In late August, 1939, some Nazi German soldiers dressed in uniforms of the Polish army attacked a German outpost on the border of Poland. Naturally, Adolf Hitler had to “defend Germany against attacks by the Polish army,” and thus began World War II in Europe. In April, 2014, pro Russian militants established road blocks in the country of Ukraine and suddenly according to one man, “four cars pulled up to our roadblock. We wanted to conduct a check and then they opened fire on us with automatic weapons.” A few days ago an agreement had been reached between Russia, the US and the European Union which called for an end to violence in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine government denies opening fire on anyone, but it does insist that Ukraine soldiers should be in charge of Ukraine territory.

We await a speech by President Vladimir Putin in which the bare chested leader announces that Russian troops must invade the Ukraine in order to “protect Russian citizens” from the Ukraine government. I guess that means Mexico can send troops into the United States to protect Mexican citizens from the American government.

US Congress Opposes Peace

The government of Iran is furious at recent action by the United States government which refused to grant a visa to the person its government nominated to be their delegate to the United Nations. Hamid Aboutelabi is charged with the crime of being involved with seizure of American hostages in 1979 and thus poses a risk to the security of the United States of America. This denial of what is a normal process was caused by actions of the United States Congress where both Republicans and Democrats seek money from the Israel lobby and if Benjamin Netanyahu sneezes then it is incumbent upon American congressmen to run for a handkerchief. This is disgraceful behavior. Leading nations of the world are engaged in diplomatic discussions with Iran in order to avoid the prospect of a nuclear race in the Middle East. And, the ignorant people in our Congress allow prejudice and desire for money to stand ahead of the world’s need for peace.

I assume if we return to 1979 for war criminals, how about:

1. Ronald Reagan who provided aid and comfort to Saddam Hussein.

2. Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney who authorized torture which was in violation of international law?

3. The British for killing Americans during the War of 1812.

Disgusting behavior!

Latest On MH370

For some strange reason, the CNN constant coverage of the missing MH370 flight has not been continued every moment of the day and night. After all, we still have not seen every square mile of the Indian ocean, and few images have been displayed about the Atlantic ocean or the Mediterranean Sea. I am disturbed at lack of reporting about strange noises that I heard coming from a strange car that followed me into my apartment complex. I distinctly heard a “ping noise” emanating from this car. Why no follow up? I realize they are searching for a “black box” but I have yet to hear any mention of a “yellow box” or an “orange box.” How come there is only concern about a “black box?” I suspect this is simply another piece of evidence that when a crime is committed one should look in the direction of “black things of folks.”

Angus Houston, who does not come from the city of Houston, Texas, is in charge of the search for this black thing that sends out a “ping” sound. There are unconfirmed reports a ping has been heard in waters near the city of Perth in Australia. I am shocked that CNN did not have a morning discussion as to the significance of this ping sound. I so miss those pert blond haired girls on Fox News who so love to pretend they know something about ping sounds. Of course, most of them believe the ping sound is proof that someone is playing ping pong.

Anyway, this is the absolute latest from Angus Houston: “There has been no major breakthrough in the search.” Great news. Why? Because he did NOT say there was no minor breakthrough in the search!

Death Drones On In Yemen

A drone killed some people in Yemen over the weekend. Any discussion of drone attacks encounters the problem as to whether or not those killed were terrorists and the issue as to how does the United States definitely conclude that men riding in a car definitely are terrorists bound for some evil action. US officials insist that “at least nine militants are dead” as a result of a drone that was hovering over the area for at several days. According to the officiaL version, and who can contradict the official version, there was a car with “terrorist elements on board who were planning to target civil and military institutions.” Now, who can be against preventing such attacks, given that the information came from “officials” employed by the United States government?

I am slightly unclear as to what is meant by “terrorist elements.” Does this mean they were people or something that falls under the name of “elements?” How did the US know for certain these men were terrorists? Oh, a local medical doctor claims that at least three civilians who had nothing to do with terrorism also died. But, the good news is the civilians were not “elements” so who cares!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Pregnant Woman Carless After Crash”

I hope that is the only thing she lost.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Women Happier After Divorce”

And, in most cases, a lot poorer!

France, Connexion: “Man Lives In Beer For 12 Days”

A happy time with no cares.

UK,Guardian: “Car Crash App”

Is there an App for Heaven?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Are Retarded”

I assume this is from some retarded Swede?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Crime Starts To Pay”

As far as I know, here in America it never did stop-for those on Wall Street.

Pakistan, Dawn: “Drop Charges Against 9 Month Old Boy”

Hopefully, he was not charge with the crime of rape.

Netherlands, Dutch News: “Have You Seen This Seal?”

My lips are sealed about this.

Forever And A Day-Obamacare

Republican leaders reacted violently to President Obama’s comment that it was “time to move on” to some other topics in America, perhaps our crumbling infrastructure or our need to re-educate workers for 21st century jobs or a few issues in the Ukraine or the Middle East. House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy violently disagrees with such ideas because, “Republicans can not nor will not accept the law.” I imagine that in 2040 the main issue for the Republican party will be getting rid of “that law.” At this moment in time, America ranks about 25th in life expectancy because we have this fantastic free enterprise system of health care that has left fifty million with the Emergency Room doctor as their doctor of record.

In a sense Republican refusal to address the health needs of Americans is simply a symbolic example of their refusal to confront any issue other than the nonstop-We cannot reduce taxes because the job creators will …. they never do explain what the job creators will do if taxes are raised. Go to Russia with their money?

Latest figure is that EIGHT MILLION HAVE SIGNED UP. I expect that within the coming months Death Panels will be formed to begin the process of getting rid of excess folk in order to lower health care costs. Oh well, 2040, and we will still be fighting the battle of health care.

Mitchell Enhances His Interrogation

James Mitchell is a psychologist, you know, one of those people who sits and talks with you, poses questions to get your mind thinking of new ways to approach old problems, and views himself as a person who is committed to aiding others attain self knowledge. However, he was hired by the CIA to assist with designing the “enhanced interrogation” procedures which supposedly enabled the American government to capture bad people. A recent report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee argued that “enhanced interrogation” never led to arrests or aided in the war against terrorism. Naturally James does not have much faith in those who dwell in the halls of Congress rather than in the dark rooms of some prison. As he noted, “the people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time. You can’t ask someone to put his life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them ten years later.”

Fair enough. However, during WWII when the United States fought against the best army in the world, Nazi Germany, or a hard fighting group of soldiers like the Japanese, we did NOT employ enhanced interrogation methods. Our Intelligence drew upon psychological approaches that avoided torture and their results were outstanding. Sorry James, but during Basic Training in 1951 we were informed on at least three occasions that torture was NOT permissible. We were living in the aftermath of the Nuremberg Trials which sent those who employed torture to jail or to their death.

So, exactly what was not known about torture several years ago??

Online Crime A Crime

I work online writing this blog but spend few hours actually engaged in any sort of interaction with those whose lives is centered in chatting with people who may or may not exist in the world of the Internet. There is something strange about the process of talking with people who may or may not actually exist and sharing your intimate secrets. Mohammad Hasan Khalid was a 15 year old boy who was physically ill and decided that he wanted to become involved in the outside world. He contacted Colleen LaRose whose fictional name was, “Jihad Jane,” and these two teenagers decided to engage in the act of killing a Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilk, who had printed a cartoon in which the head of the Prophet Muhammad had been placed on the body of a dog. Silly, yes, criminal, no. The FBI monitored the two teens as they ranted and planned a crime that never was carried into action. Jihad Jane wound up with a ten year sentence while young Khalid was just convicted and sent to jail.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Lindy, noted that Mohammad was only fifteen when he began to plot something that would nor could ever become implemented. He was engaged in Internet bravado in which young people play at being heroes or villains. As Mr. Lindy noted: “The FBI used a kid who was extraordinarily vulnerable” and they wound up ruining his life, or should we agree the boy was encouraged to ruin his life.

No invention since the birth of humanity has the potential to transform children into villains and murderers. Of course, they never murder anyone, just with their words. Off with their heads!

People’s Republic Of Donetsk

Two days ago leaders from the United States, Europe and Russia met to discuss a process that will de-escalate the potential for violence in the Ukraine. Masked men, many wearing Russian uniforms have taken possession of buildings in eastern Ukraine and proclaimed the birth of nations. Denis Pushlin, the self proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic is now the proud owner of a few buildings in eastern Ukraine which certainly makes him a president or a prime minister of a building or so. Denis insists he will not give up his nation until the criminals in Kiev surrender to him and allow the little man with the little Russian accent to become the big guy running the Ukraine. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, the former crooked boss, Yulia Tymoshenko who spent a few years in jail on trumped up charges made by Viktor Yanukovych, has returned with her golden hair to urge on fighting for freedom. She wants to create a “resistance militia” to fight people like Dennis.

Time Out For Peace. The foreign ministers agree that war would be a disaster. They want to de-escalate the possibility of violence. It is time for Tymoshenko and Pushlin and all the other pseudo leaders to return home and allow some peace and quiet to reign. It is time for the children to return to their play areas and allow some mature people to design a process of peace.