I am of Russian origin, and long felt proud for the role of Russian soldiers and civilians in the war to crush Nazi Germany. During the 1940s, the people of Russia fought against tyranny in their cities, in their plains and in their forests. Millions died in the battle to protect Ukraine from Nazi invaders. However, today, the silence of Russians is reflects a generation that has been cowed into being cowards. There are now Russian troops inside Ukraine aiding separatists. Hardly a day goes by without another lie from President Putin. Today’s lie is that any Russians inside Ukraine went there on their own decision. At least a thousand are fighting along side separatists. Ukraine forces captured nine Russian paratroopers only to be told there are no Russian troops who could possible be in Ukraine.
Exiled Russian businessman, Michael Khorordovsky was blunt in his appeal to his fellow Russians. “Our authorities are always lying, in the 80s about Afghanistan, in the 90s about Chechnya, and now about Ukraine. Why are we remaining silent? Have we become cowards? Are we scared of even thinking now?”
I regret to admit, my Russian people can only utter the silence of the lambs.
One hundred years ago in August, 2014 the Guns of August signified opening of World War I. The Guns of August in 2014 signified opening of the battle for Ferguson, Missouri. As with August, 1914, the battle commenced with death of a person at the hands of a man holding a gun. In 2014, the man with the gun was a government employee while the victim was just another street dweller who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In both cases, mass hysteria followed the shooting. In 1914, huge crowds marched in city streets shouting their desire for revenge, for war, and the joy of battle. In 2014, crowds marched through streets chanting hatred toward the government of Ferguson, Missouri. Ironically, those shouting anger represented two thirds of the city, but they never had any interest in running the city. Marchers preferred being run than doing the running and policing.
So, for the moment there is All Quiet On The Ferguson Front. A major issue yet to be decided is whether black inhabitants of this city desire to take it back from white bigots by voting in the next city election? If they do, if they gain control of Ferguson, then black inhabitants will dwell in a city run by themselves! I wonder if they will vote?
There are unconfirmed reports from Sara Goodwill, our roving correspondent who reports on National Football League events that trouble is brewing in the locker room of the St. Louis Ram team. NO, it has nothing to do with shootings in Ferguson, Missouri. A much more critical racial and sexual battle has commenced in the locker room. Michael Sam, the first, and, allegedly only representative of the gay community seeks employment as a tight end. Naturally, if one wants to become a tight end, it also means their end must be firm, tight, and untouched by male hands. Members of the St. Louis Ram team have not been discussing shooting in the St. Louis area, but a much more critical issue–should members of the St. Louis Ram team shower in the same area where Sam showers? This dilemma has raised several issues:
1. Are players allowed to whirl their towel in the direction of Sam’s lower extremities?
2. If a bar of soap falls to the ground, are Ram players allowed to reach down and expose their rear end if Sam is in the vicinity?
3. Is a Ram player allowed to be completely naked in the shower if Sam is close by?
I am fully aware that football players hug and kiss one another after a touchdown, but what is the proper response to this event if Sam is present? These are THE issues confronting St. Louis in August, 2014!
We wish to announce the formation of a new Foundation which will employ this blog in order to further its work for peace in the world. The new Guns For Kids Foundation seeks to provide each and every newborn baby with a gift handgun, and upon attainment of their fifth birthday, they will receive a Uzi submachine gun. Guns For Kids believes that each child needs knowledge on how to fire weapons, after all, what if a nine month child is molested? If they had within the crib a child size handgun, then the predator could be shot. Imagine if a kindergarten child has her crayons stolen by some first grade criminal? If she had her own Uzi submachine gun, such criminal behavior would soon end, and the criminal sent to an early grave. Guns For Kids makes no distinction upon race, creed or sex. We seek to arm American children in order to ensure that peace reigns in our beloved nation.
Guns for Kids will also end adult violence toward kids. Tell me I have to be home by 10:00 p.m? Now,that threat allows me to respond with a bullet in the brain. Oh, I checked with Supreme Court Justice Scalia and was informed our Founding Fathers strongly believed in the ideas of Guns for Kids! That is why hey referred to a “well armed Militia.” Everyone knows they wanted youth to become the militia.
Every so often my life on planet Earth results in an inability to grasp how the human species thinks and behaves. Today, the Internet displayed photos of Hamas soldiers celebrating with glee as they fired off weapons and shouted, “We Won, We Won!” Huh? At this moment, at least 2100 inhabitants of Gaza are dead, a few thousand are wounded, and thousands of houses are wrecked. So, exactly what did you guys, “win?” Oh, I forgot, they killed about sixty Israel soldiers and three civilians. I gather in their view, 2100 for 64 sort of evens up somehow. Meanwhile in Israel, latest polls reveal fury on the part of a large percent of Jewish Israelis(always remember that 20% of Israel citizens are NOT Jewish) are furious at Prime Minister Netanyahu for failing to “win.” I gather these folks believe to “win” entails the killing of every single Hamas soldier along with any and all young Gaza males who might wind up joining Hamas.
It would be a fascinating study to explore how Jewish Israelis regard the concept of “victory.” I regret to inform them that “victory” only makes sense if war concludes and no one else dies. Where oh where has the Peace Now movement in Israel gone –now that we need it?
A recent event on a plane bound from New Jersey to Colorado will undoubtedly become a new rallying cry for members of the Tea Party. Tea Party supporters become incensed when our “rights” are taken away by government. Just consider the denial of rights to Officer Darren Wilson, not being allowed to shoot criminals! A male passenger on this plane was sick and tired of having his knees denied their Constitutional right to extend themselves to the length they desire. Please check your copy of the Constitution which clearly says that not only are we entitled to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of guns, but also the right for our feet to just stretch out on a plane ride. Male passenger X placed a $20 gadget to his folding table which prevents the person sitting in front from leaning back their chair. For some reason, the woman in front became angry they shouted at one another, and she hurled some water in his face.
The plane was diverted to Chicago and both asked to leave the plane. This is another example of Big Government taking away the right of a man to control movement of HIS body parts. First, Big Government took control of my legs, next they will assume control of my arms, and finally they will assume control over my mind. Stand up for Freedom! We need the Supreme Court to rule that legs are protected by the Constitution!!
An important goal of this blog is providing useful information to women. It is clear to observers of the human condition that female members of this planet are in need of advice on how to conduct themselves when on a date. It is important for women to understand their conduct toward males can result in damage to themselves if they fail to meet high standards of proper decorum. So, in hope of assisting our backward thinking female readers, we present some words of advice from English Judge Mary Mowat. Judge Mowat told the Oxford Mail that her years of presiding on cases dealing with rape had led to certain ideas that would prevent such violence against women.
1. The problem with rape cases is it consists of “one person’s word against another, and the burden of evidence is that you have to be sure before you convict.
2. The only way to reduce the act of rape is when woman “stop getting so drunk.” In other words, to prevent a penis penetrating your body is to cease DRINKING!
3. According to Mowat, it is difficult to convict a rapist if women keep on saying, “I can’t remember what I said.” So, women keep sober, write down everything you say to the man during the date, and judges like Mowat can be prepared to urge conviction.
We intend to publish a “rape journal outline” that women can carry with them at all times.
Remember, WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU SAY!
Every so often, my mind becomes confused at debates that rage within the United States of America over supposedly “important” issues. I understand that in 1492, “scholars”k argued about the length of the Atlantic Ocean or exactly what was in Africa, or what caused most diseases. But, why today are we arguing about:
1. Global climates change. Over 90% of scientists are producing evidence this is happening, so what is the “debate” about?
2. Trickle down economics. There is absolutely NO evidence that reducing taxes on wealthy people leads to economic progress. During the period 1945-1970, there was a huge growth in our economy, and the top tax rate was at least 70% vs today’s 39%. So, what is the argument?
3. American government has always been centered in free enterprise. Absolutely historically in correct. From Alexander Hamilton’s tariff program to assist American business compete against English imports to construction of roads, canals, railroads, giving away free land under the Homestead Act to minimum wage laws, etc.. the Federal government has ALWAYS been involved in the economy.
4. Bombing will lead to defeat of guerrilla forces. How about checking out the Vietnam War?
So, why the heck is there a debate about these issues?
We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.
Indonesia, Jakarta Post: “Women Make Porn Films In Church”
These days one wonders if they are for the guy up in the sky or the guy who runs the church?
Canada, Toronto Star: “Mayor Quits Over Dog Poop”
Mayors only take shit from Wall Street folk.
France, Connexcion: “No More Love”
These days in France that refers to the President.
Russia,Moscow Times: “Russians Attack Cheese”
There is no doubt the Russian army can handle an enemy like cheese.
Sweden, Local: “Dad Takes Kids To War Zone”
He got clearance from the NRA that it was his second amendment right!
UK< Guardian: “Drunk On Success”
Who else but the mayor of Toronto??
People in Gaza and Israel have spent the past seven weeks engaged in a conflict. This conflict has been going on for over sixty years. Each time the prospect of a peaceful agreement appears possible, the guns begin to fire. This seven week killing rampage began with the horrible murder of three Jewish kids who were hitch hiking. There is NO justification for murdering children. Of course, in response an Israel nut case organized the murder of a Palestinian boy. From that point on, it was bombs, missiles, rockets, tanks blasting away without any regard for who was going to die. Neither side can claim innocence for the death of the innocent. Today, there is supposed to be another cease fire, and Hamas has agreed to work with the Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas. OK, I understand there are those in Israel who will claim there is no reason to trust Hamas. Of course, there are Palestinians who believe there is no prospect of Israel ceasing its murderous campaign.
What must now be done?
1. Israel has to realize that Hamas inside the government of Palestine is the first step toward peace. When asked how he handled enemies, President Lyndon Johnson replied he wanted them inside his tent in order to keep an eye on them.
2. Finally, Israel has to accept the concept of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem.
3. Finally, Palestinians have to accept reality– refugees are not returning to Israel. HOWEVER, there is no reason they cannot be settled in the West Bank.
FINALLY, both sides have to accept the concept that constant war is NOT a long term foreign policy. Only Peace is a long term foreign policy.