Bill Cosby–Old News?

I recall the initial appearance of Bill Cosby on television. His portrayal of a black family did not have any connection with typical portrayals of blacks as comic characters who spoke funny and behaved like fools. The Cosby show was undoubtedly a revolutionary event in the history of American television. He was bright, had a great sense of humor and was able to transcend both black and white worlds in a manner that was respectable for all viewers. Frankly, at that time I never bothered to read comments regarding his personal life. He was an interesting man and comic so who cared what he did with his personal life. I never gave a thought to rumors that he abused women, it just didn’t jibe with the character on television. In other words, the man portrayed on television, was for me, the real Bill Cosby.

As the years passed my view about Bill Cosby underwent changes. I was shocked with comments he made deploring the behavior of black youth. He became critical of young blacks who resorted to violence. There is a thin line between deploring behavior and understanding behavior. Many black youth had their lives ruined because of jail time due to using drugs. Cosby was never sensitive to the reality that when a black boy did drugs it resulted in jail, but when a white boy did drugs, he was sent to see a psychologist. Frankly, I was shocked to read about Cosby’s sexual escapades with young women. Again, these charges did not make sense to me, but too many continue to come. Netflix just cancelled his comedy special. Ah, for the days of Bill and the family!

Much Ado About Nothing

The infamous Keystone XL oil pipe line remains a pipe dream for those who support construction of the link between Canadian tar sands and a seaport in Texas which would send the oil to nations throughout the world. When this fight began the United States of America was in dire need of new oil because it was dependent upon foreign nations to meet national oil requirements. Republicans have shouted that construction of this pipe line would create “millions of jobs” and bring prosperity to America. OK, those working on construction of the pipeline would get jobs, however, we are discussing, thousands, not millions. Even in Republican controlled Nebraska the government is hesitant about having a pipeline go through its land. As I recall, Republicans believe in “state rights” unless state rights do not accord with their political views. Poor Senator Mary Landrieu who is fighting for her life to get elected hoped passage of HER bill might result in victory in a runoff. Alas, that will not happen because the bill fell one vote short of passage.

Reality: at this moment in time the United States of America produces more oil than any other nation in the world due to fracking. We do NOT need more oil at this time. Actually, Canada is in the process of sending their oil to ports on their west coast, and, most probably, to the east coast. There is NO problem. So, calm down and relax. We are NUMBER ONE! So there, Saudi Arabia!

On Adrian Peterson And Rights!

Adrian Peterson is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings football team in the National Football League. He is an outstanding running back, but a few months ago, in his role as father, Mr. Peterson crossed the line of behavior. He used a twig to beat his little boy. According to Mr. Peterson, his dad beat him so what else could he do but beat his son. I assume he means the only concept of punishment that was known to him was use of a twig to beat a little boy. After hesitating to punish Mr. Peterson, Roger Goodell, the head of the NFL finally decided to come down hard. His punishment is banning Mr. Peterson from playing a year and surrendering millions of dollars. Most liberals hail the decision as the right punishment for the act of domestic violence. However, the punishment raises a few human rights questions:

1. Does my employer have the right to punish me if I resort violence in my family life?

2. Does my employer function as cop, jury and judge?

3. Does my employer have the right to define domestic violence?

4. Are there are actions in my private life that my employer has the right to inflict punishment because he does not agree with my actions?

5. Can my employer decide that my political views might be construed as impacting his business and therefore he has the right to punish me?

We need to rethink what employers can do to their employees. How about an impartial third party who makes decisions?

Social Media And Stupidity

I was born decades before the arrival of social media and during that time period, undoubtedly, felt and expressed numerous stupid ideas. I was fortunate because a dumb thought remained with either myself or a few people. It never dawned upon me to make certain that everyone on this planet was aware of my stupidities. In other words, before the arrival of social media, one had the constitutional right to say dumb things. At worst, after opening my mouth and uttering words that were silly, uncaring, or just plain dumb, only one person really was aware that I was an idiot. Jump start to the arrival of social media, and, for some reason, it is now common for people to express an idiotic idea and broadcast it to the world.

Amy Strickland, was teacher of the year in Norfolk, Virginia. She was promoted to the job of assistant principal of Booker T. Washington High School. So, what does this women who is teaching in a high school that has a large percentage of black students tweet to one and all: she displayed a photo of black boys with white girls accompanied by her comment. “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.” Duh! I ave no idea whether or not she thought the comment was a joke. But, thanks to social media the name of Amy Strickland is now known far and wide as a racist idiot.

The Fire This Time!

Let me make clear there is no justification for committing murder either against your enemy or your friends. The definition of being a civilized person is that we employ our mouth rather than physical violence agains those we hate. It is particularly horrible when people enter a house of worship and violate their own religion by hacking to death those who are the “enemy.” Two Palestinian males wielding meat cleavers entered a synagogue and brutally murdered several Jews including four rabbis. This horror was simply a horror just waiting to occur. The two Palestinians came from East Jerusalem where Jews are purchasing homes in predominantly Muslim areas. Who doubted for a moment that it was simply a matter of time before some crazed young Palestinians would engage in an orgy of hate and violence? Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as always, is promising a “harsh response.”

Unfortunately, the Middle East is bereft of a leader such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, both men knew that responding with violence only ensured there would be nonstop violence. “You kill my people, so I kill your people” is a plan leading to death, not peace. If Netanyahu were a King or Mandela, this is what he would propose:

1. A conference to resolve issues in Jerusalem based on respect for all parties.

2. A promise of COMPROMISE.

3. A promise that for once there will be give-and-take in order to resolve West Bank issues.

The Fire This Time should not lead to The Fire Next Time!

The Fires Of Ferguson

As you recall, it was nearly six months ago when a police officer in the city of Ferguson, Missouri shot to death an unarmed black youth who was threatening his life. As you recall, Darren Wilson became concerned because a black boy was walking down the street. After all, in this day of Stop and Search, if any black boy walks down the street he is, by definition, a threat to society. Darren Wilson shot to death a husky black boy. Let us be clear on one point, the black boy did NOT initiate contact. I was raised on the streets of South Bronx, New York City. The first lesson in life one learned was to avoid contact with police because the end result would be to your detriment. Oh, I was also taught to avoid getting a stranger angry because you never knew if he had a gun. Sound advice for young men, and even sounder for cops.

A Grant Jury has been hearing the case and will announce their decision within the coming days. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for Ferguson, and called in the National Guard. I am confused. During the past six months has the Ferguson police force recruited black cops? Have state and local officials undertaken economic programs to rebuild and provide jobs? Have police been meeting with people and soliciting their ideas, including recommendations for hiring young black males and females to the police force? Perhaps, it requires some new fires to get these programs to appear?

Virgin Cops Report For Duty!

I am among the world’s greatest fans of police stories. My evenings are spent watching Law And Order with its crew of strong women who subdue criminals and display their ardor for the job. Of course, being a cop means they also have some lover, either a fellow policeman or a lawyer of someone who is tough and strong. So, much to my surprise to learn that in Indonesia, if you want to become a cop then you have to be a virgin. Oh, let me make clear this does NOT apply to males, just females. The Police Chief Health Inspector insists that women must undergo a virginity test if they desire to capture the bad guys. “All women who want to become a policewomen should keep their virginity.” I assume there is a correlation between being a virgin and catching bad guys. For some strange reason this has nothing to do with males on the force.

One woman described the entrance exam in order to become a cop. “They inserted two fingers with a gel.. it really hurt. My friend fainted.” Now, would you want anyone on the police force who fainted because someone inserted two fingers into their vagina? I am unclear what is the equivalent insertion for males.

Santa Baby, Check The Present!

These are the best of times, these are the worst of times, these are the days of madness, these are the days of weirdness. Reading stories from around the world one is never surprised to learn of a new approach to what some Americans regard as “humor.” Two Americans in Thailand went to some strange place, they insist to having no idea where they went since an unknown source directed them to the store. All these Americans wanted was to uncover an interesting Xmas present for their friends back home in Nevada. So, what does one send to a good friend for the holiday season– BODY PARTS! Their friends received the head of a baby, a foot and some other pieces of good cheer. !

It was a joke, according to these two young men. Now, a good joke would have been to send your own head to Nevada. Perhaps it could play at casinos!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Should Schools Have Dress Codes?”

Absolutely, children can not come to school naked!

France, Connexion: “Maniac Gendarme”

He roams the streets arresting gendarmes?

Australia, Canberra Times: “Senate Defector”

Hey man, if you had to listen of Ted Cruz ramble on about immigrants, why not head for Mexico?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Tiger On Loose near Paris Disneyland”

OK, he lacks francs to enter, just let the tiger in, who would know the difference?

Russia, Moscow Times: “New War On Terrorism”

Just capture Putin and end terrorism in Russia!

Check Mate Female Bishop!

I was raised in the good old days when female Jews sat behind curtains and women who went to church knew it was their duty to get on their knees and pray to God. This was before all these new ideas about female equality and the belief that God is some sort of female thing up in the sky. Whatever happened to the time when we men spoke and women listened to our wonderful words of wisdom? Imagine Father Flaherty being Mrs. Flaherty! Ah, for the days of old when a man was a man and a woman was a woman. Well, those days are no longer true in the Church of England. About twenty years ago they allowed women to become a priest so it was simply a matter of time before they wanted a promotion.

The Church of England announced that from now on women can become Bishops. The Archbishop of Canterbury, John Welby, who runs the joint made clear to one and all that females will have a voice in running the entire operation. First, they were pawns, then they became bishops, what next??