Category Archives: World News

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

Fuck It, I Quit!

In every generation there arises a moment when someone utters a statement on television that we all so desire to have uttered. Charlo Greene works for an Alaskan TV station, KTVA, and following a story about the Alaska Cannaebis Club, she blurted out, “And, as for this job, not that I have a choice, but, fuck it, “I quit.” It turns out she is the owner of the club and has been working for the right of people in Alaska to have access to the use of marijuana. She is particularly concerned about those seeking to use marijuana who are ill and believe it can reduce suffering. Ms. Greene has pledged to fight “for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.”

I await from Ted Cruz: “Fuck it, I am a schmuck even though I went to Harvard.”

Or, Mitch McConnell, “fuck it, I have no idea how to fire this damn rifle!”

How about Rick Perry on Rick Perry? “Fuck it, this dude is one big fuckup.”

As for Barack Obama: “Fuck it, why didn’t I listen to advisers and study how Franklin Roosevelt handled a Depression.”

Then again, there is always Sarah Palin: “Fuck it, there is nothing to the story that I will wed that bear!”

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

There is always a third choice in life.

Muy elderly ears only hear fragments of words, good or bad news?

Some walk with fatigue.

Some carry unseen burdens of past.

I wonder if there is money in heaven.

Some are naturally curious.

Curiosity did not kill the cat, lack of it did.

Some remember what they should not.

Some are resentful, some are resourceful.

Some stride with hope.

Some seek Death, some Life.

DOCTOR Rick Perry Speaks About Surgery

I am not a doctor, medical one that is. I am a doctor of philosophy and thus have learned the importance of keeping my mouth shut when confronted with topics about which I do not know. The most important thing one learns while in pursuit of the doctorate degree is that ignorance is OK and just admit it. However, DOCTOR Governor Rick Perry is ready and willing to declaim and declare his views on the correct manner of conducing surgery. He offered his take on the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers. “It was interesting that when Joan Rivers, and the procedures that she had done, where she died, that was in a clinic. And, its just a curious thought that if she had that type of surgery whether or not that individual would still be alive.” In other words, if clinics throughout the United States adhered to Texas regulations about clinics people would still be alive.

Rick Perry closed half the clinics in Texas in order to deny women the right to have an abortion. His regulations refuse doctors who perform abortions the right to have access to work in hospitals. This ignorant, arrogant, heartless individual is now a medical expert. Oh, last week a female was executed in the great state of Texas. More prisoners are murdered in Texas than in any place on this planet.

Kansas Is Not A Happy Place

The ongoing mantra of the Republican Party is that reducing taxes on the wealthy, reducing government expenditures results in a fantastic economic boom and an incredible rise in good paying jobs for all Americans. Governor Sam Brownback in the great state of Kansas has experimented with those supposedly sound economic concepts. The result is a growing state debt that has risen to over one billion dollars, declining government services for people, and -believe it or not– declining jobs for people! The great Brownback “experiment in economics”has failed. Moddy’s has dramatically reduced the credit rating of the state of Kansas because even economists do not believe the concept that reducing income results in more money and more jobs.

Just about every Republican running for a state office is currently trailing his Democratic rival. Every poll indicates that people in Kansas do not believe they are enjoying good times. They are worried sick about a declining economy, lack of money for schools, lack of money for those seeking health care, and lack of trust in the great Brownback “economic experiment.” Just imagine if Mitt Romney had become President and tried out this economic theory upon the American people?

Mother Russia Not So Happy

The people of Russia have slumbered for years while Vladimir Putin extends his power. His adventures in Ukraine have resulted in death for dozens of Russian soldiers and his defiance of sanctions by the United States, the European Union and nations like Japan caused the Russian economy to suffer. US and European technology is essential for tracking and exploration of Arctic areas for oil, but sanctions caused this material to become unavailable for Russia. Blackwater Group LP, a financial institution, announced it was pulling our of Russia due to declining economic opportunities. Oil production has declined about 20% for the Russian economy. Putin’s belief he can simply approach China for economic assistance is not working because that country lacks skilled people to work in extracting oil from frozen regions of the world. There is a growing scarcity of goods in Russia even while Putin declares he will continue fighting for the “rights” of Ukranians.

There was an amazing sight in Moscow this weekend. Tens of thousands marched to protest Putin’s Ukraine policies. Tens of thousands were shouting, “No To War” or “Putin Stop Lying.” For the first time in years Vladimir Putin was not being hailed as a great man. Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue, and the “great leader” will finally come to his senses.

Democrats On Offense

Democratic candidates are plunging into the fight against conservatism by returning to the good old days of liberalism. Instead of retreating from the Affordable Care Act, they are defending the law that caused so much grief after its disastrous debut last fall. From North Carolina to Colorado, Democratic candidates for the US Senate are making clear that a vote for Republicans is a vote to support the concept that in America, we believe those who have a lot deserve to get even more while those without should be grateful the boss care so much about them they are willing to pay $7.25 cents a hour. This attitude has been lacking since the arrival of Barack Obama to the presidency. He entered office when the economy had collapsed, and proceeded to assist banks and Wall Street unemployed folk while those who had lost homes or jobs were left unattended.

PBS is currently showing the story of Franklin Roosevelt, a man born to wealth who fought for the rights of those without. Unfortunately, Obama has lacked a sense of history from day one of assuming the office of President. Unlike FDR who made clear, “I welcome the hatred of wealthy men” he has surrounded himself with men and women who are mainly concerned about the safety of wealthy men. Hopefully, if Democratic candidates this fall can win by fighting for those without, a new message will emerge for the Democratic Party. Return to the glory days of Franklin Roosevelt!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Ways To Make Life Simple”

Just elect men and women with simple minds.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Cut taxes and get more money for the government.

USA,Washington Post: “Reluctant Warrior”

Two word description of Barack Obama?

Sweden, Local: “Wins Fights For Death Benefits”

Naturally, he is dead.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Don’t Act Against God”

If you do, watch out for the thunder bolts!

Say, What About Climate Change?

As I recall, President Obama has promised to work on the problem of climate change. Of course, Republicans have been consulting such eminent scientists as Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. I must point out that Ted is a graduate of Harvard College which means he obtained a first class education while at that institution of higher learning. Based upon his learning, there is no such thing as “climate change,” it is simply a liberal attempt to take money from those who create jobs in order to stuff the pockets of a bunch of people in Asia or Africa. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is rather pessimistic about chances of persuading those with money to give some to the UN fund that works with climate change. Germany did offer 1 Billion, WoW! As of this moment, the US is not going to waste our money on such wasteful projects as climate change since half the American population does not believe such a thing is occurring.

Yes, Congress appropriated a few billion to fight terrorism in the Middle East, but not a single penny for climate change. Thank God America has Fox News to report the truth about climate change!

Strategies, Obama Style

President Obama has been discussing the need for strategies in the Middle East. He is now proposing some strategies. I listened carefully to his talk and learned the President seeks to organize a coalition of Arab states who would gather together and destroy ISIS. This strategy entails more troops to aid the Iraq government, more bombing attacks, and more military equipment for those fighting against evil ISIS. I was struck with what was not part of this strategy. There is not a single word about Economic Development. There is not single effort to develop Middle Eastern economies so that hundreds of thousands of young men had jobs instead of sitting around cafes arguing and talking about jihad.

So, what MUST be done in the Middle East?

1. A Marshall Plan that requires Middle Eastern nations to develop modern economies.

2. The money would be dependent upon Middle Eastern nations working together.

3. The emphasis would be upon job creation.

4. Israel would be encouraged to hire bright young Egyptians, Jordanians, and Palestinians. These young people could return to their nations and initiate the creation of technology companies.

Give people jobs NOT GUNS!

OH, Them Ukrainian Rebels!

There is something that is called, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and it is located in the eastern part of what is also called, Ukraine. These rebels shot down an airliner and murdered a few hundred people, but, according to them, this never happened. In fact, they even wonder whether or not there was actually a plane up in the sky. According to their version most probably the Ukraine government persuaded America or England to gather up dead bodies and then fling them to the ground in order to destroy the good name and work of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Miraslav Rukdenko, who speaks for this “Government,” is also concerned about the recent referendum in Scotland. After all, if Scots can break away from England, why can’t Slavs break away from Ukraine.

“I would not rule out the possibility that the British authorities falsified the results of the referendum. Several percentage points could have been manipulated to preserve the union of Great Britain.” Then again, he posed the question as to why Scotland was allowed to have a referendum and one was denied to the people of Donetsk. I am confused. I recall that Donetsk had a “referendum” which concluded that its people wanted to depart from Ukraine and become part of Mother Russia. Oh well, if only Donetsk could have a referendum, Putin style!