Category Archives: World News

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

Russia’s Afghanistan??

During the 1980s, when Vladimir Putin was an obscure operative for the Russian secret police, the KGB, a Russian Communist leader decided to come to the aid of some Afghan Communists and sent Russian troops into the land. About ten years later, and thousands of dead Russian soldiers later, the Russians departed that land of sorrow. Now, there is another Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, who has decided to send in the troops, this time, not to Afghanistan, but to Syria. Putin insists his soldiers will mainly be members of the air force or navy,no boots on the ground.

So, welcome, Vladimir to the mess in Syria. Send in your troops, sent in your air force, send in your navy. There will come a day when some Russian soldiers will be killed on the streets of Damascus,and Vladimir will demand revenge.Again Russian troops will die.

Barack, just remember, there is NO western solution to the mess in Syria, remain out and let them fight it out. In the end, Muslims must solve their own problems.

Keep Gun Laws In Place

At the age of 85 I have lived through some interesting events in the history of the United States of America. Perhaps, the most unusual is the shift in how Courts interpret the Constitution concerning the issue of guns. As a child growing up in New York City we confronted Courts that made possession of guns a criminal offense. Their decisions were supported by the US Supreme Court. But,these are now different times and instead of the Mafia or criminals from Europe who arrived at the turn of the twentieth century and gained control of crime, we now have untold nut cases out there seeking their moment of fame.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that colleges that attempted to ban guns on the campus exceeded their authority. “Oregon law actually forces colleges to allow guns on campus ground.” Oh,and concealed weapons are also legal


Republicans On Guns

We tend to forget there is one party that is completely united in the task of preserving our beloved Constitution and our way of life –or, if you prefer, our way of death. Republicans are ready to stand up for freedom,democracy,and the right to shoot.Just listen to these voices of calmness in the midst of anti-gun hysteria:

Bill O’Reilly: These shooting are simply “the cost of our freedom that allows insecure people to kill so many people.”

Jeb Bush: “Stuff just happens. There is always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something. But,it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

Donald Trump:”Because you have sick people. They happen to be intelligent.And you know,they can be as sick as hell and they’re geniuses in a certain way. They are going to be able to break the system.”

I must confess that Donald Trump has way of explaining issues so that one is left wondering how in hell did I wind up on the other side from Donald!

Some Rosebury Folks Happy

Every time there is a shooting and some folks get killed, we can thank God some people retain a sense of calm and decorum in the midst of hysteria by those who seek to stamp on the US Constitution. The owner of the Rosebury Gun Shop shouted the good news that always accompanies shootings and killings. “I’ve just ordered some more ARs(assault rifles). There’s always a rush on them after a big shooting. We can’t keep the stuff on the shelves.” There is now a cardboard cutout of President Obama with a sign saying: “Gun Salesman Of The Year.”

I do not believe those opposing the right to own a gun and kill people grasp the economic importance of shootings. If you would step back from anger and examine the economic importance of a few gun deaths, you might change your mind. Consider such shootings as the recent one in Oregon as simply a job-creating exercise to restore economic health to this nation.

I guess those liberals opposing guns want to keep gun deaths in the hands of those Mexicans and deprive native born Americans from helping this nation to prosper!

Why ISIS Wins?

Latest figures indicate that during the past two years nearly 30,000 new recruits have entered Syria and Iraq to assist ISIS in its goal of creating a Muslim society in those countries. The US military just spent FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to train Syrian soldiers to fight ISIS or any other bad group opposed to President Assad. The end result was NINETY SOLDIERS who fled at the first sign of the enemy. I believe we now have five men ready to fight. So, what went wrong for us and right for ISIS?

1. ISIS establishes law and order in a city. After fifteen years of terror and chaos most just want some law and order in their lives.

2. ISIS ends all corruption. If you own a business, no more paying out to terror groups.

3. ISIS restores basic services like electricity.

4. ISIS establishes schools for children. OK, they just study the Koran, but they are in a school

5. ISIS restores traditional roles for women–cook, clean and have sex with your hubby.

6. ISIS emphasizes they are Muslims.

In other words, ISIS establishes some form of normality for people.

And, best of all, ISIS is composed of fellow Muslims, not those associated with Western forces.

IN other words, ISIS soldiers are fighting for their beliefs,not for money!

Why We Failed In Iraq

Every Republican candidate for President yells the same mantra–Obama refused to leave American soldiers and once they are president there will be more boots on the ground. Not a single one has the faintest idea why a decade after Saddam Hussein was defeated and then executed, there is nothing but chaos in Iraq. So, what went wrong?

1. The Americans disbanded the Iraq Army and allowed one million men to head home with arms. Nothing was done to work with Iraq officers to establish law and order. If there was one thing those dudes understood was how to impose law and order.

2. At the time of 9/11 Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, at best,numbered about 2,000. The US invasion opened opportunities for al-Qaeda to recruit thousands of followers determined to drive out the infidels. Guess who were the “infidels?”

3. Since day one of the end of Saddam, one corrupt group of Iraq leaders after another group of corrupt leaders has been in charge of Iraq

4. Actually, Joe Biden at the time uttered some common sense– establish a federal concept in which Sunni Iraqis had their own state. This would have destroyed al-Qaeda.

5. Bush folk pushed for installation of Prime Minister Maliki whose goal was to crush Sunnis and allow his pals to get rich while running Iraq.


Yes, Carly,we need more boots on the ground.


We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.


These days stay out of Chicago if you want to live.

I was raised in a world in which there were gun laws, now there are just gunmen.

Ben Carson rises in the polls and now I want Donald as President.

Rise of Carly Fiorina is proof that each moment another sucker gets to the age to vote.

Gee, these days, I feel sorrow for John Boehner who tried to lead a band of crazy people.

I guess Mitch McConnell is next on the hit list.

How about Ted Cruz heading to Syria and ending the power of ISIS?

Death In Chicago

Chicago is known as the windy city, but these days it increasingly is known as the deadly city. This week, over a fifteen hour time period, fourteen people were shot as rival gangs blast away at one another and at anyone in sight. A pregnant mother of two and a grandmother were walking across the street when a car pulled up, the window was lowered and someone quietly fired away killing them both and leaving a ten month old baby lying on the ground. These days newspapers daily report at least one death by shooting every twenty four hours. The other day three were killed while enjoying a barbecue.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says,”enough is enough.” Frankly, in gun crazy America,death by shooting is now enshrined in our Constitution which the Supreme Court rules allows each and every American to possess guns. There simply is need for this Supreme Court to return to historic Court decisions that allowed cities and states to enact gun control laws. How about going back to the good old days when those with guns had to leave them with the sheriff when they entered town!

So, What’s With Hillary?

Within a few weeks there will be a debate among Democrats which will number about four men and a woman. Guess who will be the damsel on the stage? Yep,it will be Hillary. Of course, Bernie will be around to talk about social justice and inform the others on that platform that to be a Democrat for decades was to be the candidate for social justice. So, how does Hillary confront this reality?

1. Yes,she must pound away at the rising cost of drugs and present a plan of action.

2. Instead of the slogan of “Black Lives Matter”how about some concrete suggestions. Here in Chicago over a fifteen hour time period six people were murdered by gang members and over a dozen wounded. So, Hillary, how about fighting for strict gun control laws?

3. Hillary has to confront the student debt issue and propose specific ways of reducing the amount as well as new approaches to paying them off.

Hillary, come out fighting and be forceful and direct.

More Troops On The Ground?

The ongoing mantra of Republican candidates is the need for “more boots on the ground.” If we just send a few thousand American soldiers the war against ISIS will be over within a few months. As I recall, that was the promise of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld who assured the American people we would be welcomed by joyous crowds. Latest figures indicate that during the past three years at least 30,000 new recruits have joined ISIS. Send in our boys and we can double that numbers.

There is a city in Afghanistan named Kundiz. It was attacked by Taliban forces numbering less than a thousand soldiers. Inside the city were over FIVE THOUSAND AFGHAN SOLDIERS. The Taliban took the city and the soldiers are now on a mountain top protecting an air base. After all, planes can fly them quickly away from actual fighting.There are plenty of boots on the ground, but few contain the feet of soldiers who want to fight for their country.