Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

Kurds Enter Kobani

The Turkish government has finally allowed Kurds from Iraq to send troops into surrounded Kobani, and hopefully, end the prospect of mass murder and shots of heads being chopped off. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has finally bowed to international pressure and allowed those from his hated enemies to send armed troops who will fight against ISIS. There is something ironic that after the famed invasion of George Bush in 2003, the only Iraqis who want to fight for democracy are the Kurds. This is one group of Muslims who hate ISIS and will not flee from armed encounters with the fanatics of hate. Hopefully, with additional troops, bombings of ISIS forces, and more weapons of war, a Muslim army will fight, and defeat ISIS. The question remains as to why is this group of Muslims ready to fight against ISIS, while other Muslim Iraq soldiers ripped off their uniforms and fled for their lives when ISIS appeared?

The answer is simple. Kurds have a government which is supported by the population. Kurds believe in their right to have such a government and will fight for it. Most Iraqis only have the government that was installed by former President Bush, a government of kleptomaniacs whose only thought was money and power. The government of Nuri al-Maliki spent its time making life miserable for Sunnis and turned them toward the only alternative of ISIS. Get a government in Baghdad that seeks honesty and respect for all Iraqis, and ISIS will shortly disappear.

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Free Lie Tests”

Only in modern China!

Norway, Norway Post: “Flu Campaign Gets Under Way”

If successful, everyone will have the flu!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Spreading The Word”

In America that means nonstop spreading the word of ignorance about why you should be elected!

USA, aol: “Pay Back The Money”

In America, Wall Street only knows to pay themselves your money!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Heated Benches For Winter”

In Putinland, at least your ass is having a good time!

A Plan To End Violence In Iraq!

Iraq is a society which has become a failed one. Violence is the norm in this alleged “nation.” Since the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld sent American troops into a country about which they knew nothing people in that area of the world has experienced nonstop violence. This is the reality of what we term, IRAQ:

1.There are three groups who inhabit this area of the world–Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.

2. Each of these groups simply wants to be left alone to govern themselves.

3. If this place termed, Iraq, was simply divided into three nations, the violence would end.

How about creation of the nation of Kurdistan, the nation of Sunniland, and the nation of Shiiteland?

The basic mistake of our dynamic trio was failing to understand that the concept of a Federation of three nations was the solution. Instead they imposed a nation upon three disparate groups of people. For some reason the Obama administration has continued the idiotic program of the Bush administration of refusing to allow Kurds to have their own nation. Barack, Kurds do NOT wish to be part of Iraq. Just end the American idea that we can enter any area of the world and impose on it our ideas of “nation” and “democracy!” We did this in Afghanistan and failed and we continue this in Iraq and fail. Stupidity is continuing behavior over and over that is not solving a problem.

Wasting Time, Wasting Money

In the mid point of the 19th century as cities began to burst with thousands of people a new institution was created –the modern police force. Prior to the 1860s few cities had anything other than some night watchmen to patrol the streets of a city. The original purpose was to prevent crime or to capture those engaged in a crime. No one in his right mind would have thought the purpose of police was to halt citizens walking along the street. CRIMINALS who threatened the lives of citizens was the enemy of the new police force. Oh, most cops were from the newly arrived Irish immigrants since being a member of the police force was equivalent to being a man without any talent. In other words, a cop was merely the name of a bum. For some reason that original purpose has dramatically changed over time. Today, our cops spend their waking hours pestering people who are NOT engaged in the act of crime, but simply walking along the street minding their own business.

Police in Denver just engaged in raids in order to find marijuana in the state of Colorado which allows the sale of marijuana. As I recall, the citizens of that state voted to allow its residents to purchase and use this product. But, marijuana is a “deadly product” which can kill people. If police are interested in activities leading to death, why not just seize any car on the road and prevent 30,000 deaths each year? Then again, police could invade offices of stock brokers and seize their assets in order to prevent economic crimes against ordinary citizens. Why in God’s names are police raiding marijuana sites in a state that allows marijuana??

Sarah Palin Wants To Return To Politics

Sarah Palin has offered to the American people a wonderful gift–she is considering a return to political wars and may even throw her hat into the ring. If there is one thing about Sarah it is her forceful manner of speaking. “The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with the message hopefully running for public office in the future.” I am not exactly clear as to who are “they” since it could be members of her own family who engaged in a fight with Mama Bear a few weeks ago. Or, it could be those “Democrats” or it could be those “Republicans” who refuse her advice. Consider the manner in which her return to politics can save America:

1. She could challenge Vladimir Putin to a shoot out in the wilds of Alaska. Winner take all, the US vs Russia on line.

2. She could have a shoot out with members of her family since this group so enjoys a good family fight.

3. She could offer to take on ISIS either with guns or with fists.

4. Of course the real battle she could readily win is with this dude known as, EBOLA.

God Bless Sarah Palin, the real coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Why Not Just Auction Off Election?

One wonders what our Founding Fathers would have thought about the incredible cost of elections in the United States of America? I assume that other than Justice Scalia there are few in this nation who actually believe the “original intention” of the wig headed men two hundred years ago created the Constitution intended that one could purchase a seat in Congress. So, why not just admit that seats are for sale and instead of submitting we Americans to the nonstop voices filling our TV sets with words of doom if we vote for the other guy, why not just have an auction and allow whoever has the dough in a congressional seat of a state to simply openly purchase a victory in the allegedly thing we term, an election?

1. In each congressional seat allow an open auction. The one submitting the highest bid simply is the next congressmen.

2. Money from these auctions could be used for some meaningful task such as new roads or money for schools.

Let’s end the pretense of a “free election” in which the person who offers intelligent ideas is elected. Those days are over.

In fact, why not just auction of the United States of America to the Koch Brothers?

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

I do not understand why women place blond in beautiful dark hair.

I love my white hair, I would die for it.

I was in a movie theater in which no one was in the initial three rows. Another bomb threat?

These days with my bad hearing a prefer subtitled films.

Those sitting in the middle of a row have a dilemma, exit right or left?

Store had a sign, “Final Sale Days.” I wonder if that is forever?

I wonder if Jesus would actually return to this planet?

I recall during basic training being taught about the Geneva Convention, is that still around?

I saw a license plate that read: “God’s Work Is Uplifting” For some strange reason I read it as “God’s Work Is Shoplifting”

Dark clouds. Lightening. I guess God is angry about something.