Gasps Of Death Finally Conclude

Throughout my life the issue of our death penalty has been a difficult one for me to resolve in my mind. I do understand how someone whose wife or daughter was raped or killed or someone whose husband or wife was murdered for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time would seek revenge against the killer. I suspect if this happened to a loved one in my family, the desire for vengeance would be strong. In other words, having thoughts of a violent revenge against someone who has done terrible wrong to your loved ones is normal. However, there is simply too much actual evidence that in X percent of murdering convicts, the person executed was really innocent. Thus, one is left in the position of either supporting the concept that it is OK for one innocent person to die in order to exact vengeance upon an evil doer or one is confronted with the concept that if one innocent person must die to satisfy our desire for vengeance it is OK.

Joseph Wood was convicted for being a double murderer. He was sentenced to be executed in the state of Arizona. Last night he was given a drug execution. Something went wrong with the drugs. He was given them, and then over the following 1187 minutes gasped and snorted in agony before death finally ended his torment. Our Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. That is the 8th Amendment. As one who believes in the Constitution, I cannot support any punishment which violates its basic tenets. Therefore, I must oppose the Death penalty.

Shoot Out At OK Hospital

Back in the old days of America when the nation was expanding into the West it was established practice for the local sheriff to FORCE men to check in their guns when in town. Of course, in those days there was no National Rifle Association to yell about CONSTITUTIONAL rights to carry my gun wherever I damn well please. These AMERICANS believed the Second Amendment referred to MILITIA, NOT TO INDIVIDUALS! In the city of Darby, Pennsylvania there is the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital which contains many psychologists and health care workers. Patient Richard Potts was being escorted to see his doctor, Lee Silverman. As they entered the office of Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychologist, Mr. Potts, suddenly reached into his coat, pulled out a gun, and killed caseworker, Theresa Hunt. Within a moment, Dr. Silverman crouched behind his desk, reached up into a drawer and pulled out his gun. A gun battle ensued in which Mr. Potts was hit and fell down. Dr. Silverman was also wounded.

These days,due to our crazy ideas about guns, we cannot even forbid guns in hospitals for fear the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of Americans are being violated. I find it intriguing that Dr. Silverman now carries a weapon to kill along with his mind which is trained to save. Imagine a world in which doctors carry guns! What has happened to the sanity of Americans??

Cut The Girls For God

The other day, having nothing better to do I pondered why the practice of mutilating young girls had emerged in several parts of the world. Obviously, most places in the world do not practice a process of mutilating females in order to make them less likely to engage in wanton sexuality with men. Female Genital Mutilation is practiced by in Muslim and Christian areas of Africa and the Middle East or in parts of Pakistan. Of course, it is not done to all girls. Since the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq seized control of northern Iraq, this issue has emerged as a possible threat to young Muslim females. There are reports that ISIS has issued a fatwa which will require all Muslim girls to undergo Female Genital Mutilation in order to “print immoral behavior.”

If cutting sexual organs prevents immoral sexual behavior then how come we don’t mutilate the penis? Oops, I forgot that we Jews, and many Muslims, do slice off a part of the penis. Me included! Funny, it never made me avoid sexual behavior. Heck, if there is an attractive female who wants to make out with this 83 year old Jewish old man, please see me– immediately!

However, there is no joke about subjecting young girls to such brutal behavior.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some never forgive.

Some never forget.

Friday, an end for some, a beginning for others.

If you refuse to hate, there is no reason to forgive anyone.

There is a time and place for everything.,

Some cut sandwich in half to eat it.

Some people are readily forgotten.

I have always followed the star of life.

Their are riches in the wallet, and riches in the heart.

In a group, there is always someone who will cast the first stone.

Some deserve, some don’t.

Some tweet, some are tweeted.

Blue skies for me means peace and harmony.

In the end, the unknown becomes the known and the known becomes unknown.

Some think with certainty.

Find purse, turn it in, she gave me $30. Wow!

I am a stranger among strangers.

Hopefully, what we leave behind, surpasses what we arrived with.

I wonder about wearing a white beard.

All have a right to procrastinate.

Death Takes No Holiday

There are moments when one longs for an old fashioned war that has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with power or wealth or prestige. Adolf Hitler sought power, and the Allies combined to defeat his armies, conquer Germany, and assist Germans to renew their lives in peace and prosperity. Heck, the US and England defeated Japan in a war that led to millions of deaths, the war concluded, Japan signed on the dotted line, they were occupied, and since then Japan has known only prosperity and peace. But, wars in the Middle East are intertwined with religion. Sunni vs Shiite, or Jew vs. Muslim. You can also throw in Christians in either of those equations. Muslim Hamas decided to send rockets into Israel or if it was not Hamas, then the honor of this stupidity belongs to any of an assortment of local Gaza terrorists. Three innocent Jewish boys were murdered which resulted in the murder of an innocent Palestinian Muslim boy, and from that point on, the race to see which side could murder more innocent people began.

I understand that Hamas and its affiliates have been sending rockets into Israel. It is clear that Israelis can not accept a world in which rockets zoom over their skies. BUT, it is also clear that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking an excuse to invade Gaza, and blast away. Does one evil equal the other? Who cares? Palestinians have been seeking for years to get Israel to halt West Bank settlements. If President Abbas had been empowered to create an independent Palestinian state, the current war in Gaza may or may not have been. Certainly halting West Bank settlements is not the end of the world for Israel. The people of Israel-Jews and Muslims and Christians have been engaged in war for half a century.

The latest count is 700 dead Gazans including children murdered while in a UN school. 29 Jewish soldiers are dead. Peace and the end of violence not only impacts Jews in Israel, it also impacts Muslims in Gaza or the West Bank. It is now time for peace.

Step One: End further West Bank settlements and get down to the issue of how other issues can be resolved.

You Forced Us To Shoot Down Plane!!

There is a basic problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin– he is so accustomed to saying or doing whatever he damn well wants to without any consequences that it is difficult for him to grasp that once upon the road of lies, eventually the lie will be outed. Alexander Khodakovsky, a leader of the separatist Vostok battalion in eastern Ukraine, told reporters the truth about what happened to the plane. “The Buk, I know about. I head about it. I think they sent it back..they probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its existence.” Actually, Mr. Khodakovsky is not apologizing for the tragedy, he is simply attempting to prove that his comrades had the guided missile system and were forced to use it. Confused, please allow this man to proceed with his explanation.

“The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence the volunteers have this technology through the fault of Russia. It(Ukraine government) not only did nothing to protect security, but provided the use of this weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians.” In other words, we told you our forces had the capability to shoot down a plane, and you criminals allowed a peaceful plane to fly over Ukraine. Thus, we would never have shot down a peaceful plane since our goal was to shoot down Ukraine planes. Simply put, the entire tragedy is the fault of the Ukraine government for not accepting that we could shoot down planes.

I await the explanation of President Putin. I suspect he will award a medal to Mr. Khodakovsky for presenting a clear, concise understanding why it is not we who are guilty but YOU!

Paul Ryan Has A Plan

Congressman Paul Ryan has a plan. Yes, he has a plan to end poverty in America. “I want to talk about how we can expand opportunities in America. I don’t have all the answers; nobody does. But, by working together, we can build a healthy economy.” So, how will this blessed event occur? Simple. Consolidate all federal anti-poverty programs into one block, turn over this sum to the States, allow them to decide how best to distribute the money, and, voila! Poverty is ended. Ryan emphasized his plan is “budget neutral” which means not an extra cent for those who are poor. Of course, he wants to reduce taxes which means millions of dollars extra for those who have millions. For some reason, Mr. Ryan wants budget neutrality for the poor, but when it comes to the wealthy, the sky is the limit. The Congressman of the wealthy does not offer any ideas as to what would happen if some States decided to use this money for other purposes? Oh, I forgot, all they have to do is take their rationale to the Supreme Court which will agree the wealthy are an oppressed class in America!

In fairness to Paul, let me note he believes if only poor people could get solid advice from someone that would somehow end their poverty. In other words, the Ryan Program is based on poor folk going to an office, getting advice from some bureaucrat– one who works for a State government– and this ends being poor. Gee, I wonder why I never thought of this brilliant idea to end poverty in America??

Rick Perry To The Border

If you are an American citizen, the good news is your night will not be disturb by hordes of criminals wandering the streets of your neighborhood. I can now promise each and every American the days of fear are over! Governor Rick Perry of the great state of Texas has mounted his horse, and dashed toward the border with Mexico in order to stand, armed with assault rifles in order to blast away at the hordes of Mexicans headed for the border. Rick has ordered over a thousand National Guardsmen to take up arms and march toward the Rio Grande in order to prevent an invasion of ‘those people.’ Governor Perry believes the recent arrival of Mexicans has become a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. He believes we need the National Guard, more Border Patrols, jet planes, and the assistance of our Navy in order to repel terrorists headed for America.

Of course, the new “horde” consists of children fleeing from beatings, rape and murder in their native lands. They seek refuge with relatives in America which certainly classifies as a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. Naturally, Governor Perry blames you-know-who for this “disaster.” Just check with whoever is discussing illegal immigrants on Fox News and they will make clear the you-know-who is none other than the you-know-who inhabiting the White House.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce made a weekend visit to Honduras and returned to inform Americans that children were fleeing due to economic interests, not due to fear of violence. During his weekend, Congressman Pearce never left the hotel due to his fears of violence. Oh well, a weekend makes anyone an expert, particularly if he never left the hotel!

I Do Not Understand Sudan Muslims

I have been fortunate in life meeting many outstanding people who adhere to the Muslim religion. The doctor who saved my life is Muslim as well as very close friends so it baffles me when encountering those of the Muslim faith who violate its basic principles in the name of Allah. The vast majority of Muslims in this world are just like Christians or Jews or Buddhists. Basically, most humans are decent and not into violence– sorry, Fox News, you folk are the exception to the rule of decency. A few months ago in the nation of Sudan a woman named Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for the heinous crime of converting from the Muslim religion to that of Christianity. In the nation of Sudan, it is perfectly OK for a Muslim man to marry a woman of another faith, but it is death for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian. Actually, Meriam was raised as a Christian and married a Sudan Christian who also had an American citizenship.

Anyway, after being sentenced to death, the Sudan High Court reversed the decision and she was able to leave the country. The Muslim religion guarantees the right of people to practice their religion. It is only in nations such as the Sudan that this basic principle is violated. Meriam is now in Italy and will soon be in the arms of Pope Francis!

I Got A Right To Blast Away!

I, along with millions of men and women served in the United States armed forces where we learned how to use weapons of war. Actually, I was an above average rifleman and was urged to become a sniper. My sergeant persuaded me not to pursue that line of fighting since snipers are in dangerous places on the battlefield. Thus, my confusion reading about men and women who so love their rifle or handgun or whatever. A weapon only makes sense if you are in combat, but why would anyone in his right mind desire to carry around a gun? Ronald William Prestage, current President of National Pork Producers decided to carry a gun into the Rayburn Office building in Washington D.C. Perhaps, he was disturbed about the pork bills sifting through Congress as our representatives attempt to get goodies for people in their district–or people who donate money for the pork. Oh, he does have a permit for a concealed weapon in the state of South Carolina. Sorry, as of this moment, that is not recognized in the District of Columbia. I am certain Justice Scalia will rule that people have a right to enter Congressional buildings with guns!

A few days ago, the press secretary for Republican Congressman Tom Marino, Ryan Shucart, was halted as he attempted to enter the Rayburn Building with a loaded gun. What goes on with these nut cases? Why a gun in the Rayburn Building? Of course, perhaps, Mr. Shucart is getting bored with the inaction of Congress and seeks a bit of excitement?