Trials And Fears Of Recep Erdogan

About ten years ago, Recep Erdogan took over as Prime Minister of Turkey and initiated programs that led to a soaring national growth in productivity. He effectively ended the power of Turkey’s armed forces to intervene and end civilian government when displeased by some action of an elected government. There is no doubt that Erdogan made Turkey a nation that no longer faced the prospect of generals deciding how government would function. He also ended policies that curtailed the power of Muslim religious people, policies such as denying the right of females to wear a chador while in a college classroom. There is no doubt that his policies made Turkey a safer place. HOWEVER, along with these actions Erdogan revealed an ever increasing authoritarian attitude which resulted in the arrest of more journalists than has occurred in any nation in the world.

Erdogan is now President of Turkey and he continues to push his pro-Muslim ideas in a country in which secular Muslims are not interested in having their children deal with religion while in a public school. His latest idea is to push for teaching the Ottoman language! He has also become fearful of a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen who lives in the United States charging this man with fomenting revolution in Turkey. Actually, his followers believe in honest government, an idea which is not in accord with the Erdogan style of governance. Dozens of police officers have been arrested for seeking to uncover corruption in the government, and you can guess who are the corrupt officials!

Putin Lays Down Threat

I do not know if the black dude who currently inhabits the Oval Office understands that when he challenges the Great Leader of Russia, then he challenges the very essence of the man who is not afraid of anyone or any wild animal in the forest. Vladimir Putin is making clear that any sanctions pushed by Barack Obama do not frighten him one bit. Heck, he has already halted import of fruits into his country., fuck with him and one fucks with the right to eat apples and oranges. He wants President Obama to understand that “something” is going to happen to the US leader or the United States of America. As of this moment, we are not clear as to what actually is the threat, nor are we clear how Putin will carry it out. However, we believe it might entail one of the following:

1. A challenge at high noon for a wrestling match.

2. A challenge to participate in a hunt for wild animals and the winner takes over the other country.

3. A photo challenge as to whose bare chest is the most intimidating.

Anyway, Barack, beware, you have been warned!

Freedom Of Speech Vs Freedom To Live

We are still in the opening years of the great technology revolution that each day not only changes our lives, but changes our conception of basic ideas such as freedom of speech. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia is engaged in a dissipate with YouTube which goes to the very basic concept of freedom of speech. She wants an anti-Muslimm video removed because its very existence poses a threat to her life. The video claims that she uttered anti-Muslim comments which leads people to believe that she hates the prophet Mohammad. She never uttered the words attributed to her. Now, she confronts the possibility that some Muslims might regard her as one who has insulted their prophet.

Three judges in the 9th Circuit Court are demanding that YouTube remove the offensive video on grounds that its presence poses a threat to the life of Ms.Garcia. On the other hand, some argue this is a threat to the First Amendment right to free speech. Of course, she is now receiving death threats. We agree with the judges, free speech does not allow anyone to yell, “fire” in a crowded theater.

Another Day, Another Shooting

It is difficult these days failing to read about another shooting. Of course, each year in America about 30,000 people die as a result of someone firing a weapon for some reason. Yesterday, we read about police shooting an unarmed man, and, of course, this was not an isolated incident. Yesterday, at the Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, some man in his twenties who apparently was an African American began to blast away at students who were walking home. Four were wounded, and it is feared that at least one will die of wounds. The shooting is unusual because in 99% of these cases, the shooter is a fellow student and is white. There is suspicion that the shooting stemmed from gang wars since students at this high school are termed, “at risk” which means they prior had some problems in school.

Karen Williams, a relative of one of the students who was wounded, summed up the situation with these words: “I’m frustrated. I’m sad. The world today is just out of control.” Yes, it is. Latest figures reveal that for the first time most Americans support the right to bare arms. We are the only high tech society with such a viewpoint.

We Did Not Torture In World War II

During the course of my life, I have read about two thousand books dealing with the topic of World War II. The German army in that conflict had eight million soldiers, excellent tanks and artillery and a powerful air force. I do understand that contemporary supporters of torture believe that al Qaeda and ISIS are the “greatest threat in American history to our survival as a nation.” Of course, neither of these groups has possession of tanks, artillery, planes or ships such as submarines, but, what the heck, they are the “greatest threat.” At no point did the US Army employ torture of prisoners. Of course, there might have been some examples in the field, but torture was NOT an official policy. Teams of IPW -Interrogation of Prisoners of War- talked with German soldiers and used the power of intelligent inquiry to obtain the information we desired. Of course, we also had the “Enigma” program which listened into German communications. But, at no time during the war was the official policy to use torture of prisoners. Ironically, the greatest abuse of people was the Internment of Japanese Americans due to hysteria on the part of American generals on the West Coast. Reality was that Japanese Americans never helped the nation of Japan.

George Tenet, head of CIA from 1997 to 2004 insists that the torture program “was effective in saving the lives of Americans.” His comment stands in contradiction to the US Senate Report. I am certain that Republicans will go to their graves convinced that torture is in accord with the American form of government.

Bye Bye Justice Scalia, Leave The Court!

One continually hears stories about the “brilliant” mind of Justice Anthony Scalia even though his opinions support any and all desires of those with wealth. He has absolutely no interest in the interests of the American people. However, it is clear that he enjoyed watching the TV show, “24″ and the adventures of Jack Bauer. How and why a Supreme Court Justice believes that TV shows depicting torture and abuse of people is in accord with the US Constitution is a mystery. He recently gave a talk in which this Supreme Court Justice argued: “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘oh torture is terrible.’ You post the situation where a person you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions.” In such a situation, then one has the right to torture.

When asked if the US Constitution allowed torture, he responded: “I don’t know what article of the Constitution that would contravene.” As a teacher my students and I discussed the Bill of Rights which forbids, “cruel and unusual punishment.” If that does not apply to torture, then what does? Oh, years ago when asked if an anonymous tip could result in halting and searching a car, Justice Scalia commented. “Let the car go, Bye,Bye, L.A.” Such are the words of a brilliant mind!

Tamir Rice Got Murdered

I confess to being a fanatic follower of law and order shows on television. I never miss an episode of “Blue Bloods” and make certain that at least once a day I view an episode of “Law and Order.” I assume watching those shows has made me aware that police are well trained and endeavor to “talk down” a criminal prior to using their weapons. Heck Officer Reagan on “Blue Bloods” would do anything in his power to persuade a twelve year old boy to put down his weapon, and would avoid, even at cost to himself, taking out his weapon and blasting away at the boy. I do realize that TV shows are fiction, but they allegedly derive from actual police events.

The murder, yes, the murder, of Tamir Rice was a blatant abuse of police power. A twelve year old boy enjoying himself with a toy gun was shot down by police who apparently “feared for their lives.” Sorry, most boys at one point or another have played with guns in parks. It is time for police to calm down and follow the example of Officer Reagan and talk down a little boy.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some fear the unknown, I fear any and all technology.

People these days work hard to become obese.

Honor thyself to honor others.

It is beneficial to know what you do not know.

Teen girls chew and talk.

I assume cafe people used their hands to talk.

Tomorrow will arrive, just have patience.

I buy things in order to be a job creator.

Each day a new idea is born.

Work hard at identifying things to learn.

Nuremberg Trials, 2014!

In 1946, after conclusion of World War II, the Allied nations conducted a trial of Nazi leaders. I wonder how this trial would have been handled by current members of the Republican Party:

Ted Cruz: “I am sick and tired of hearing about what Nazi leaders did a few years ago. What was done, was done. It is time to move on and stop attacking poor Adolf. He loved dogs, he built highways, and he certainly would not allow a bunch of Africans migrate to the white nation of Germany!

John Boehner: “Once again the Obama administration wants to display its anger at Christian people and protect foreigners who seek to undo the good work of decent hard working white people. For God’s sake quit attacking decent middle class people and protecting Gypsies and other lower class people who somehow got hurt. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why are we attacking job creators such as the Krupp family and Adolf Hitler. He got Germans back to work, a lot more than President Obama has ever done.”

John Brennan: “We have to focus on what Nazi Germany did right rather than focus on what it did wrong. OK, so they sometimes employed enhanced interrogation techniques that led to the death of a few Jews, but what about Nazi success? They were attempting to end Communism from spreading and threatening the American people. Instead of aiding Adolf Hitler, we aided Communists and that is why the world has problems today. Quit harping on a few rogue interrogators and look at the big picture. If not for Adolf, there would not be a nation today of Israel. So how come Jews do not give that man some credit?”

Fox News: We have with us today, a great champion of anti-Communism, of anti-Muslim terrorists. So Chancellor Adolf Hitler, please explain what you were attempting to accomplish before Russians and Americans and English people got in your way?

Adolf: ” I simply wanted to create jobs for Germans. I got the economy back on track. I restored pride in being a German. I halted the spread of Communism which attempted to destroy the free enterprise society and I aided Job Creators to restore the German economy. OK, I admit that along the way our enhanced interrogation methods did lead the death of a few Jews. Please don’t get me wrong, but some of my best friends were Jews. I am sick and tired of these attacks on our camps where we simply were trying to get people back to work. It is time to move on!”

CIA Did Good Things-So Says Brennan

CIA director John Brennan is upset. For some strange and unknown reason some politicians do not appreciate the success of CIA operators. John insists the CIA “did a lot of things right and it is time to put aside this debate and move forward to focus on issues that are relevant to our current national security challenge.” He is also 100% certain that “the detention and interrogation program provided useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives.” Whenever the CIA is challenged to produce the results they claim that is happening, the Brennan statement invariably emerges. Well, look at the record:

1. The CIA did not predict the outcome of the Communist success in Vietnam.

2. The CIA was completely incorrect as to what would happen in the Soviet Union after the death of dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953.

3. Of course, the CIA was completely wrong as to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

4. The CIA was wrong about the success of Fidel Castro in Cuba, he is still in charge.

5. The CIA was completely wrong about what would occur in Iran.

6. The CIA was completely wrong about the success of al-Qaida in Iraq.

I do believe it is about time we as Americans had a discussion about this failed intelligence agency whose track record is always being wrong!

Qaid