After months of deliberation and conflict a decision has finally been rendered in a court in Africa. Oscar Pistorious is cleared of the charge of premeditated murder, and might come off with being convicted of killing his girl friend by mistake. Reality: Oscar is too famous to be sent to prison. Oscar is a white man who killed a white woman because he thought that a black man was out to kill the white woman, and what else could he do but kill the girl so that she would not be raped or ravaged by the black man? There is not a jury in murder cases in South Africa so the decision was in the hands of a nice elderly black skinned woman.
I have previously reviewed this case. It makes no sense for a man to blast away into a bathroom because he heard “noises.” At no point did he check to see if Reeva was OK back in the bedroom. He just shot into a door. OK, he is now a free man. This case proves if you are famous, have money, regardless of skin color in South Africa, you will go free!
Barack Obama finally gave a speech that outlined specific points he intended to pursue. He made clear that no American troops would be fighting on the ground, but there presence was to focus on training, logistics and intelligence. Naturally, Republicans are angry because he did not come across as filled with passion and anger toward ISIS. In this day and age, one must display hate, fury, and a desire to wipe out the enemy or you are not really in sync with the American people. I gather there are many who insist that ISIS poses a serious threat to the security of Americans. One recent poll reveals that 41% of Americans believe that ISIS is a threat to a member of their family. This figure indicates that 120,000,000 Americans might be injured or killed by a group of 20,000 guys currently in the desert of Iraq!
Give me a break. It is time to end this hysteria. OK, a few dozen might make it into the United States of America and kill some folk. Last year, AMERICANS KILLED 30,000 AMERICAN WITH THEIR GUNS! The real threat to America is from AMERICANS! It is time to calm down and relax.
We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.
NOBODY ASKED ME BUT
Friendship is a gift, not an obligation.
There are friends of heart and friends of convenience.
Prejudice has a thousand fathers.
Some talk to self aloud, others only within.
The past dwells forever in our mind.
People enjoy boasting of their skin color.
Our choice is always to love or to hate.
I enjoy being is silence enjoying my mind.
Some grasp the pizza proudly as though won a prize.
Some dig into pocket seeking to grasp a treasure.
A member of the United States Air Force has been informed that he must depart unless on his re-enlistment process he takes an oath of allegiance to the United States that includes the words, “so help me God.” It turns out the Air Force is the only branch of our armed forces that insists someone who does not believe in God must pledge allegiance to God or forsake belonging to the armed forces. A few years ago, there were reports from the Air Force Academy of efforts by religious folk to propagate their ideas among those in the Academy. What exactly does God have to do with being a loyal American is a mystery of life. Most reports indicate at the minimum about 10% of Americans are atheists in one way or another. Heck, at least thirty percent of Americans don’t belong to any religious group!
We insist that “God Is ON Our Side” when we go off to kill the “enemy.” We insist that God helped us win the bet or ensured that we had the winning hand in a poker game. Frankly, “so help me God” should only mean that I love my fellow humans, so help me God!
By the way, those who lead the US Air Force, ISIS believes that God is on their side, so help me God!
This week the people of Scotland will decide whether or not they intend to remain part of the nation known to the world as, Great Britain. This arrangement has been in place for only 307 years so it is still in the process of working out any kinks. OK, Scots have fought in a few wars alongside the Brits in the South. OK, Scots receive billions of pounds from the guys and gals in the South. OK, so Scots have pledged allegiance to British monarchs for a few hundred years. But, for some strange reason a lot of Scots have now decided it is time to split and run. A few economists have noted that leaving Great Britain leaves Scotland without a national currency, without membership in the European Union, and without access to that wonderful health care system.
I assume since we Americans have the Tea Party, it stands to reason that Scot folk have their own version. Stand alone against the world is the motto of those seeking independence for Scotland. A great motto. Sounds very brave and noble. But, there is always Monday morning reality. I find interesting that in the 21st century there is increasing evidence of breaking into smaller units. Heck, the people of Texas want to be independent, and able to handle immigrants their own way-blast away!
Have the Scots thought of joining with Texas as part of a new nation?