Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

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

A boss at a meeting speaks with the voice of truth.

Sometimes the short road takes a long time to reach a desired destination.

On arriving late one must wave hands in greeting.

To write is to live forever.

If I wipe the table clean then I am a job destroyer.

Old time gangsters were more interesting than modern gangsters.

I dislike looking up to tall men. Makes me feel short.

In my childhood I wore a white tee shirt in the summer.

Sometimes, to glance backwards is to see ahead.

One must accept with grace the reality there are things we will never know.

Why Islamophobia?

I am now 84 years old and during my existence on this planet have been compelled to endure fear of many forms of evil. As a child I had nightmares of Christian Nazis who would come to America and murder this little Jewish boy. Then came the Russian Communists who soon were followed by the North Korean and Chinese Communists. In all honesty, I never feared any Muslims, after all they had not murdered six million Jews as had European Nazis. So, today, I am told to fear Muslims since they are out to murder and kill. Actually, if one added up all the humans killed by Muslims since 2001 that total would be less than the number of people killed in one week by Russian or Chinese Communists.

So, why this wild fear of Muslims?

1. Muslim youth in Europe are trapped in poor paying jobs that offer no dream of a good life.

2. Too many Muslims are living in ghettoes where they live in slums and lack contact with non-Muslims.

3. Muslims wind up doing the dirty jobs of European societies.

4. Muslims are not attending integrated schools. Then again, European schools have done a terrible job of aiding Muslim students succeed.

5. Muslim imams have failed to teach the meaning of their religion. They have allowed imams of hate to take over the religious education of youth.

6. Throw in social media which makes hate easier to spread.

7. And, definitely add the name of George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to the list of those who help create terror groups. P

Put these factors together and one winds up with hate, violence and fear.

The Cockroach On The Plate

I have spent my life working in the cause of human rights since my time in the US Army when I assisted in integrating the US Seventh Army in Germany. But, ever once and a while I encounter a story about “human rights” that blows my mind. This story appeared on Martin Luther King day, and I am certain if he was still alive this fighter for human rights would have grabbed the first plane to South Africa and stood shoulder to shoulder with two women who were willing to risk their very lives in order to further the cause of and end to bigotry in their land. Lesedi Mouche and a friend were sitting in a restaurant in Rosebank, South Africa when they noticed a cockroach on their luncheon plate.

Let me get this straight:

1.Two black women were in a restaurant.

2. The restaurant was owned by black people.

3. A cockroach appeared on the scene.

4. The two women are taking this case to the South African Human Rights Commission.

Ah, for the days when King confronted bullies and bigots, if only he had to confront cockroaches in his fight for equal rights. Then again, what about the rights of cockroaches!!

Banish Winter TV Blues

The onset of winter leads to a sense of the blues in those areas of the nation in which people must endure winter weather and snow. We offer some tips on how society can end the blues for those who must endure this form of despair:

1. No more TV shows in which Mike Huckabee declaims about the evil un-American folks who live on the west or east shows. Last night on Jon Stewart he insisted those on the coasts are not really true Americans. Sorry Mike, but a few million men from the east and west coasts risked their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Exactly what did the chubby minister of God ever do to help save America?

2. An end to Beyonce and her demanding body. Frankly, she turns me off with her pseudo sense of power.

3. I would be so happy watching a TV show in which Rupert Murdoch explains why he created Fox News for we Americans. Or, he can head home to Australia and pester those people.

4. Allow me to watch a football game on TV without having to hear those inane comments from the blond haired woman on the sidelines who thinks she knows something about a game she never played.

5. I would so love to go to the movies and watch a film in which there was an issue other than than walking zombies and ghouls.

Oh well, at least the snow is pleasant to look at.

Putin Hates Charlie

There are many demonstrations in areas of Russia in which Muslims live. In a nation that refuses to allow demonstrations about human rights and even sends to jail those who dare protest about anything, the nation of Russia these days is witnessing thousands of people in the street yelling and screaming about those horrible people in France who dared to draw a cartoon. In the city of Grozny, capital of Chechnya, a land in which thousands of Muslims were murdered by Russian troops, thousands flocked to the streets in order to demand another beheading or murder of cartoonists. They carried signs insisting “I Love My Prophet Muhammed.” A Russian spokesperson said: “you and I see how European journalists and politicians utter false slogans about free speech and democracy.” Yes, in Putin Russia where thousands of Muslims have been killed by the government, Muslims are upset at cartoons in France!

There is something horribly wrong among Muslims in Russia who are joining hands with the devil who murdered Muslims. I have a hunch a few cartoons is more helpful to the cause of Muslims than aiding Putin in his campaign against freedom in Russia.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “New Donation Problem”

The 1% can only donate one percent of their wealth.

China, China Daily: “Arrest Man For Selling Unclean Pork”

You can’t blame this one on the Jews.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Agatha Christie In Istanbul”

She was there but she didn’t commit the crime!

Sweden, Local: “Children’s Genital Story Goes Viral”

I will just piss on this story.

Japan, Japan Times: “Creatures From The Unknown”

A great description of the new American Congress.

Karl Marx Was Right!

The demise of the Soviet Union led most people to conclude the ideas of Karl Marx were wrong for the world. A brutal dictatorship which murdered millions of innocent people and stifled any ability of people to inhabit a world of ideas resulted in few accepting the precepts of Karl Marx. First of all, Marx never urged establishment of a leadership that killed members of the working class nor did he urge gulags and death camps for poor people. The society created by Joseph Stalin was NEVER the dream of Karl Marx. Unfortunately, the ideas of Marx were never followed by those who claimed to be his intellectual children. Let’s examine the record of what Karl Marx actually DID say:

1. He forecast that wealthy capitalists would dominate the economic life of society. FACT: The latest count is that 1% of the wealthiest humans have more wealth than the other 99%.

2. He predicted the gradual economic decline of the middle class. This is exactly what is happening in capitalist societies whether they be the United States of America or Greece.

3. He predicted that workers would feel alienated from their daily work. They would cease having pride in what they do. Just ask those working in fast food places or those in a part time job.

4. He predicted that religion would be an opiate that blinds people from reality. Check your daily newspaper or web site for confirmation of what he said.

5. He predicted that wealthy people would control government. Anyone who disagrees?

Karl Marx urged a society in which there was distribution of wealth based upon the principle of “from each according to his ability.” Sounds good to me!

Nigeria Has Bad Luck Of The Draw!

I assume that any nation whose leader has the name, Good Luck, would feel confident they are in the hands of someone who is the right person in the right place at the right time. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, and now has the largest gross national product. Its history resulted in a division within the country. Most people living in northern Nigeria are Muslim while most in the south are Christian. For the most part, presidents of Nigeria have tended to be from the Christian sector of the nation. During the past several years a group known as Boko Haram has been terrorizing the entire country, although most of its murders are in Muslim areas. These honker Muslims insist that “Western Education” is the source of all evil in the world. Just during the past year, they kidnapped over 300 Christian girls who were then given Muslim husbands. The current estimate is they murdered over four thousand people last year.

Nigeria does have an army. In fact, the Nigerian army is loaned out to the UN for peace keeping projects with the government and Army officers keeping most of the money. In a country of 170,000,000 people,the 25,000 Boko Bums have more weapons and fire power than the entire army of Nigeria. It is a rare event when Nigerian soldiers get their entire pay, let alone modern weapons with which to fight. Goodluck Jonathan is again running for president so he and his buddies can continue stealing money from oil revenues and not creating a modern army.

I think the people of Nigeria need a leader whose name is: Badluck Jonathan!

Poor Man’s Hero -Mitt, The Man Who Stands For Their Interests!

Finally, after years of Clinton and Bush and Obama the American people finally have a candidate who will represent the interests of poor people, the homeless, and our suffering middle class. For the third time, Mitt Romney has thrown his hat into the ring of political combat. Just listen to a candidate whose only thoughts and dreams are for those who lack a decent income: “It is a tragedy, a human tragedy, that the middle class in this country, by and large, doesn’t believe the future will be better than the past. We haven’t seen rising income over decades. The rich have gotten richer, inequality has gotten worse.” The poor man’s rich hero is ready to come to the rescue of those without. When was the last time that someone who had millions took and interest in the plight of those without? If we elect Mitt as President, thence can expect:

1. He will cut taxes on the wealthy because these caring, loving men and women on Wall Street have but one dream- ensure that every American can afford a million dollar house just like them!

2. He will end apartments for the homeless so they can cease living on government handouts and get handouts the old free enterprise way- stand on the street corner with hands out.

3. He will help every young American become healthier by ending Food Stamps which force people to purchase cheap unhealthy foods. Check the garbage cans in the back of upscale restaurants and feast on good food!

4. Mitt believes in the “trickle down theory” of economics. As the rich get richer, then they spend more money which results in jobs for everyone who wants to earn $7.25 an hour. If Mitt can only get this theory into practice, then every American will have an opportunity to get a job. After all Andrew Carnegie began as a poor boy and wound up as a multi-millionaire. Becoming rich can happen if you BELIEVE it can happen.

5. Mitt will push through a law that states in clear English- every American child must have parents who earn at least $100,00o0 a year.

I so await talks from President Romney how he wound up rich, the trick is to be born to a wealthy dad or mom!