Iran Sanctions

The United States government imposed a new set of sanctions against Iranian banks, businesses and individuals who are connected with their nation’s quest for nuclear development. At present, negotiations are occurring between Iran and major powers. Naturally, the Iranian government is upset. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson warned: “These actions have a negative and non-constructive impact on the trend of talks.” Makes sense. If nations are talking, they are not fighting. Russia has been violating the rights of Ukraine, but most European nations refuse to impose severe sanctions because it is bad for their business. The goal of sanctions is to get nations to a negotiating table. If they are talking, why endanger the process by imposing sanctions?

There is plenty of time once talks end to impose punitive actions against Iran. Take a gamble in life. As long as Iran is engaged in productive discussions, hold off on further sanctions. At this point in time, the government of Iran, unlike that of Russia, is willing to discuss issues in a calm and productive manner. Further that process and hold off on further negative actions.

Domestic Violence And Work

A controversy has arisen in the National Football League concerning to what extend should it have rules and regulations regarding what is done to players who are guilty of domestic violence. A player, Ray Price, was suspended, but critics insist on much more severe penalties to those who batter wives. Lost in this discussion is our relationship as employees in organizations and what transpires in our home life. There ARE laws governing behavior in a family. There ARE penalties for those who use force upon wives or children. The real issue is whether or not my employer should step in and penalize me because I abuse women?

Once the door is opened allowing my boss to decide whether I am punished for what happens in my family, this means society allows my employer to intrude into the daily lives of its employees. This could be a disastrous event. Does my employer now decide punishment if I do not attend religious services? Does my employer govern my social interactions? I work for some dude. Period. At work, my boss can decide what I do at work. But, no employer should decide what I do in my private life. If a football player is a wife beater, his team could provide access to therapy. But, it has no right to decide any other punishment. Keep the two worlds apart-my job and my home life!

HEADLINES IN WORLD PRESS

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

UK, Guardian: “Toilet Paper Shortage”

Heck, what else in Congress given the shit that pours out by the hour!

Norway, Norway Post: “Euthanize Racoons”

Let me chomp a bit on this story.

Singapore, Singpore Times: “Malaysia Airlines Fires 6,000″

Latest reports are that 6,000 Malaysians are now missing.

USA, NY Post: “The End Is Near”

Sorry, Fox News can never end its stupidity, that is what makes it Fox News!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Bedbugs Found On Train”

They have to sleep someplace!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Don’t Believe Me”

I agree, Vladimir, your name is Putin, what else?

Abortion Wars Continue In Texas

It is over forty years since a Supreme Court in America ruled that women had the right to control what happened to their bodies. Ironically, those who decry “government” imposing restrictions of my right to carry weapons, believe fervently that government has the right to tell a woman what she can do or not do with her body. Ironically, those opposing government laws requiring people to have health insurance support the right of government to regulate women’s behavior. Ironically, those opposed to government laws requiring that all children have access to day care or adequate food and shelter, believe government can regulate women each day of the year.

Texas, like many states has passed laws that impose severe restrictions on abortion facilities. Texas demands that doctors have access to hospitals prior to acting like a doctor in an abortion clinic. The Texas legislature imposes restrictions on every facet of an abortion clinic. Naturally, the Texas legislature would never impose such restrictions on a business operation. Many Texans believe the war against women is a must, but the war for decent living is not!

I Don’t Have To Tell You My Name!

Once upon a time in the United States of America its citizens could walk the streets without having to speak with anyone, particularly members of the police. They were Americans and thus entitled to the right of silence. Christopher Lollie was sitting in a location near a bank with his children. For some reason, someone in the bank interpreted the man on a bench with some sort of criminal behavior. Lollie was shortly accosted by a member of the police demanding identity. He responded: “I don’t have to tell you who I am, I haven’t broken any laws. The problem is I am black. That’s the problem.”

Naturally, the end result was another police statistic about some sort of “crime” that was committed. Chalk up another crime by a black man in America. There is something sad about this incident because each day it is replicated hundreds of times by police to black males. Fortunately, Mr. Lollie was not shot six times!

Don’t Mess With The Man!

A major problem in Russia, Ukraine and the world is President Putin’s complete and absolute control over all aspects of the government. He has no institution or people able to check this power, and thus the bully man so enjoys speaking to the world in tones that insist it is either his way or no way. Speaking before a pro-Kremlin youth camp, the boss made clear, that “Russia is a one of the leading nuclear powers,” and “it is best not to mess with us.” In any language these words are a threat, but hopefully, not a promise. Putin has decided what will take place in Ukraine, and it that government either agrees with his decision or it faces the prospect of more Russian soldiers entering the country.

What then for the world?

1. The European Union and the United States of America must announce a complete boycott of the purchase of goods from Russia as well as the sale of such products.

2. The United States must admittedly announce it will sell oil to European nations as well as gas.

3. Both the US and the European Union must cease allowing planes to fly to Russia or allow passengers from that country to land in their countries.

4. Leaders of China, the US, and the European Union must meet with an open agenda. Make clear to Putin that no force will be employed against Russia, but that country will become an isolated entity in the world. No sanctions will be lifted if Russia forces its way into eastern Ukraine.

Make Putin explain economic chaos to his business community!

Warning Levels Hit SEVERE

The nation of Great Britain has a schemata of levels of Danger to its security. Prime Minister David Cameron has now raised it to the SEVERE stage in light of actions by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. This is an excellent idea and we propose the following schemata for Americans who are concerned about the level of danger to their lives:

1. No Level of Danger: Any level of higher taxes for the upper 1%.

2. Modest Level of Danger: Having Governor Rick Perry run for any political office.

3. Worrisome Level of Danger: Barack Obama explains his foreign policy in the Middle East or Anywhere.

4. Red Level of Danger: Republicans gain control of the Senate this year.

5. Severe Level of Danger: Being a black skinned American walking along the street–Anywhere in America!

John Rizzo On Torture

In a recent interview with Der Spiegel, John Rizzo who worked in the CIA from 1976 to 2009 made clear to the world that he is proud of “enhanced interrogation” procedures. Rizzo claimed that he was part of the group that met with incoming President Barack Obama in order to make clear what they were doing with captured terrorists. “He reviewed the operations and found them to be effective and valuable.” Naturally, this is a view by Rizzo, and we have yet to hear from President Obama whether this interpretation was an accurate rendition of his views in 2009. Rizzo claimed he was somewhat surprised at the reaction of Obama since he was rather critical of Bush procedures during the campaign of 2008.

Rizzo makes clear, “I was certainly an architect of the interrogation program” and continues to be proud of his efforts. After all, “there has been no second attack on American soil.” In other words, we water boarded people, they confessed, and this is the reason why there was no second attack. Of course, there is possibly another interpretation. Perhaps, al-Qaeda never had plans for a second attack. Perhaps, it was a one shot effort by an organization lacking in the capability of making a second assault. Perhaps, the United States over estimated capabilities of this organization from day one after September 11?

The history of al-Qaeda has yet to be written or even understood. There is no question that President George Bush lacked any grasp of the Middle East or of its religious differences. Why did he invade Iraq, a nation ruled by secular, anti-religious brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein? Of course, he could have invaded religious fanatics in Saudi Arabia who were funding terrorist groups, but that would have impacted our oil supplies. Perhaps, we tortured the wrong people?

President Obama’s Suit Main Issue

The President of the United States of America held a press conference in order to discuss issues of the world. Many in the audience were particularly drawn to the attire and appearance of the president. He had a nice tan, he wore a light beige suit along with a white shirt and a taupe striped tie. After these important issues were discussed, members of the media then listened carefully to the president of the most powerful nation in the world declaim upon issues in the Middle East. OH, he was asked about his policy in the Middle East. Following are his words of wisdom:

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.” I trust all are clear on this point.

“We don’t have a strategy.” I trust all Americans are pleased to know their leader lacks a strategy.

“We can rout ISIS on the ground and keep a lid on things temporarily, but as soon as we leave, the same problems are going to return.”

Gee, that is reassuring.

He warned Middle Eastern nations that it is time for a “wake up call” and they are the ones who must defeat ISIS.

Of course, our wonderful friend, Saudi Arabia, has been financing for decades this and that terrorist group because its leaders fear any sort of democratic process for Muslim people.

OH, beginning after Labor Day, the president, like most Americans, can shift to wearing dark suits. In other word, our foreign policy in the Middle East is to wear dark suits once again.

Explaining Pakistan-Simply!

Let me explain to any and all Americans the presence in this world of a nation that is known as: PAKISTAN.

1. Pakistan is an independent nation located in southeast Asia.

2. It has a government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

3. It has General Rahed Sharif who heads the armed forces.

4. There is no family connection between Rahed and Nawaz.

5. There has been a civil war raging in Pakistan since before any reader was born.

6. Imran Khan is a famous person who used to play cricket and now wants to play prime minister.

7. Naturally, General Sharif met with him to discuss politics.

8. Muslim terrorists daily blast this or that Pakistan city.

9. The people of Pakistan have absolutely no idea what their army does other than meet with politicians.

10. But, the people of Pakistan know their army does not enjoy meeting or taking orders from the prime minster.

To sum up, terrorist wander the cities of Pakistan killing folk while Muslim insurgents blast away in rural areas.

To sum up, for members of the armed forces, most soldiers should be stationed on the border with India since no terrorists are coming from that direction.

I assume you now understand Pakistan. I don’t!