It’s 2016 and my New Years resolution is join the far right in not being “PC”! NO I ain’t joining the Republican party! I just want to be able to talk to them since they have decided not to be “PC”! Lets see who blinks first!

I am NOT antisemitic! Anti-Zionist? Maybe! Depending on the definition. Too often the word hate is used in the definition of both.

As I have said in previous postings, I feel the need to define terms, as Top Gun felt “the need for Speed”. I DON’T HATE PEOPLE! ANY PEOPLE!

I strongly disagree with the many, many of the actions of Israel. And to do so IS NOT anti-Semitic. I don’t care how many times you say it is, how loud you say it or who says it.

So If we define Zionist as one who supports “the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.” Then I probably am anti-Zionist. For too many reasons to go into in this post.

Suffice it to say, I have a problem with taking land from people, to give to another and then refusing to allow those displaced to ever return, while encouraging Jews from all over the world to come to Israel. It’s a thing called the “Right of Return”. It’s important!

I have a problem with taking land because a book, sacred to many, but still a book, written by who knows who, said, it’s O.K.

Having lived in the middle-east for many years, and having been there just a year ago, believe me I know just how much can be lost in translation. Trust me!  Never mind translation, just a story told over and over changes with each telling. Like the time back in 1960 Adana…….well never mind, Just trust me on this!

So I might be an Anti-Zionist, but I should say, as an atheist, I don’t have a dog in that fight when it comes to religion. So my logic is totally void of religious influence. Whereas it appears Zionism is based almost entirely on Religion. So there!

I am EXTREMELY worried that our relationship with Israel threatens our Democracy!

Slavery aside, I believe in America. I believe in so-called “American Values”. I believe in Americans as basically good people. Because I believe in these things, I choose to believe   Americans in general support Israel without knowing why except for religious reasons.

I am suggesting we examine more secular reasons why we support Israel with our eyes wide open. Our understanding of Israel has never been more crucial. As Israeli’s like to say, “our very existence is at stake”. Our PRESS WILL NOT TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR ALLY!

So let us begin with, did you read or hear about the front page article run in the NYT, which some, including me, found not only to be an ad for AIPAC,(the strongest Jewish lobby in America) but extremely offensive. When ANYONE, country or PAC THREATENS the President of MY COUNTRY, I tend to go all stars and stripes on them!


This was taken from the Mondoweiss ( commenting on the NYT article:

The tone of the current dispute is raising concerns among some of Mr. Obama’s allies who say it is a new low in relations between AIPAC and the White House. They say they are worried that, in working to counter AIPAC’s tactics and discredit its claims about the nuclear accord with Iran, the president has gone overboard in criticizing the group and like-minded opponents of the deal.

“It’s somewhat dangerous, because there’s a kind of a dog whistle here that some people are going to hear as ‘it’s time to go after people,’ and not just rhetorically,” said David Makovsky, a former Middle East adviser for the Obama administration and now an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.

Wait a second! AIPAC is spending $20-40 million to defeat the president’s signature foreign policy achievement. It is acting in concert with a right wing foreign leader. This same group, and same foreign leader, lobbied for the Iraq war, an unending disaster in US foreign policy. Why not “go after” them? Instead, the Times is publishing pure propaganda for the right wing Israel lobby, several of whose members are quoted in the article — Makovsky, Malcolm Hoenlein, and Marshall Wittmann. –

This was taken from the same article:

“Ronald Reagan opposed AIPAC when he defied Israeli objections over the sale in 1981. A decade later, George H. W. Bush took on the group during a fight over housing loan guarantees for Israel, saying he was just “one lonely little guy” going up against a thousand lobbyists on Capitol Hill.”

The housing loan guarantees fight was especially interesting. Please read but here is a snippet:

Published: September 15, 1991

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14— As President Bush faces off against Congress in his effort to delay its consideration of $10 billion in loan guarantees for Israel, he confronts one of the most powerful lobbies in the capital.

Israel’s supporters in American politics put at least $4 million into last year’s election campaign, sent at least 1,000 volunteers to Capitol Hill last week and are trying very hard to sign up sizable, perhaps veto-proof majorities in Congress to back the loan guarantees, which are meant to help Israel provide housing for its large influx of Soviet Jewish émigrés.

President Bush, who wants consideration of the guarantees delayed until January, portrayed himself at a news conference on Thursday as “one lonely little guy” contending against “powerful political forces” who want Congress to act without delay.”

 “the loan guarantees, which are meant to help Israel provide housing for its large influx of Soviet Jewish émigrés.”

Remember I said the “right of return” was important!

Understand we are NOT talking about the NRA or any other domestic lobby. This is a foreign Country! Friend or not it is a FOREIGN COUNTRY!

You see the problem I have here is that I do understand how lobbying works. But there is, and has to be, a line not to be crossed. Lobbying crosses the line when it becomes “interference”! It crosses the line when it is NOT registered as a foreign agent but acts as such.

AIPAC is an instrument of the Israeli government and always has been. And therefore should be registered as a foreign agent. But Israel has fought this tooth and nail. Yet The same woman who referred to Palestinians as “snakes” recently presented a bill in Knesset that would REQUIRE NGO’S in Israel primarily funded from foreign governments to register? demanding that the U.S. and EU governments not intervene in internal Israeli legislation.  REALLY?  read more:

(Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s freshly appointed justice minister, pictured in 2014. She
had her sentiments expressed in the picture below when she “posted” on face book
that the Palestinian mothers should be killed so that they could not have “little snakes”!
A call for GENOCIDE)

I thought Netanyahu addressing a joint session of congress COULD BE seen as “intervening”.  BIG TIME! He could have declined. He could have said in the interest of US-Israeli relations, and since the White House was opposed based on the timing, I respectfully decline. But his political aspirations would not allow that. He had an election coming up. So election trumps relations. Definitely no pun intended!

Nitanyahu makes all the news shows and constantly reminds us that Israel is our closes ally. We have “shared values”. I personally don’t think so! As I said from the onset religion has NOTHING to do with my opinion! When you say “Shared Values to me, I’m thinking fairness, justice, truthfulness. I don’t see these things coming from Israel.

Of course we really don’t hear anything about that! Which again speaks to my point of the “Blackout” of  negative news in America about Israel.

Conservatives are lousy at governing but unbelievably good at disinformation and getting their message out. Hear it enough you start to believe it. But let’s take a look at this “shared values” thing. I try to ALWAYS leave links to references whenever possible. I don’t want anyone to just take my word at face value. Although I must say I’m a pretty honest person. That said!

Did you know that Israel attacked a US Navy ship killing 34 crewmen and wounding another 174.  This happened in 1967 and in my humble opinion greatly shaped US-Israeli relations.

Did you know that we have told the world the Israel-Palestine issue has to be resolved between direct negotiations between the parties? And have used our Veto powers in the UN to shield Israel. You did?

Well did you know that while we were telling the world that, the Likud party of which Netanyahu is the leader, and currently the ruling party of  Israel has ALWAYS maintained that Jerusalem would NEVER be divided and would always remain under Israeli rule? That is kind of important since a big part of the two state solution rests on east Jerusalem being the Capital of Palestinian state.


Yet after more than six years of recent negotiations with the Palestinians, Netanyahu the head of the LIKUD party said on the eve of this last Israeli election there would be no two state solutions on his watch? Many believe that pronouncement won him the election.

This was while Netanyahu was telling CNN they needed a “partner in peace”! He lied to our faces! And made us look like fools to the rest of the world.

Recently President Carter who probably knows more about this than anyone living or dead, said the two state solution is dead BECAUSE of ISRAEL. NOT PALESTINE!

Did you know during Israel’s 2014 attack on GAZA  another a member of the Likud party Ayelet Shaked  posted on her Face Book page the following referring to the Palestinians:

“They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there. “

Over 500 Palestinian children died in last year’s attack on GAZA. I’m sure Ayelet Shaked was thrilled!!

I asked a friend of mine, after last year’s incursion into GAZA , how could he blindly support Israel after over 500 Palestinian children were killed? His answer was “children die in war”! He was so cavalier about it. How can you be that cavalier about the death of Palestinian children, and expect empathy for the Holocaust? Just imagine someone saying “yeah the Holocaust was bad, but in war sh*t happens get over it!” I dare you!

But then again they were ONLY Palestinian babies! Not Jewish babies!

Did you know Netanyahu, appointed Ayelet Shaked; yes that same Ayelet Shaked , Minister of Justice? I think that speaks volumes. The woman who looks at Palestinians lower or equal to “snakes” as the MINISTER OF JUSTICE?

Did you know that illegal settlements continue to be built as of this post? Illegal according to the U.N.

Did you know Mohammed Abu Khdeir a Palestinian teenager was BURNED TO DEATH prior to the 2014 attack on Gaza?

Did you know that an 18 mo Palestinian baby named Ali, and his father and mother were BURNED TO DEATH by the same illegal settlers?  This seems to be the weapon of chose by these cowards. His 4 yr old brother is hanging on by a thread. Still no one has been convicted! Yet we make movies glorifying how good Israeli intelligence is! Another just came out this week,Tracking down German Nazi’s ALL OVER THE WORLD! But can’t find the people responsible for this heinous crime in an area 141 sq miles! BULL!

I guess this falls under the label of “Israel has a right to defend itself”! Because we know Ali would have grown up to be a “terrorist”! And fighting “Terrorism” is a part of our “SHARED VALUES”!

Did you know that 90% of attacks by Israeli illegal settlers on Palestinians go uncharged?

Did you know Israel is an APARTHEID state? Yes I said APARTHEID!

Did you know a new luxury apartment complex in Israel under construction in the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa is only offering homes to Jewish buyers. Shared Values?

“in a revealing radio interview in 2010, the United States senator indicated he believed God had chosen him to be a guardian of Israel. “[M]y name, as you know, comes from a Hebrew word,” Schumer said to Nachum Segal, founder of “the Jewish world’s premier English-language internet radio network.” The Hebrew word, Schumer said, is “shomer, which means guardian. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov [in the Ukraine] and I believe Hashem [God], actually, gave me that name, as one of my roles that is very important in the United States Senate [is] to be a shomer for Israel. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body.”….

Of course this is just twitter, but what’s going around in “twitter world” is that Schumer: is talking about “Secondary sanctions” on Europe to force Iran back to the negotiation table. I’m trying to run down the quote. As I said this is “twitter world” talk. But IF true,and he utters this nonsense in any official capacity, it should trigger an immediate recall. This is not the rhetoric of a US Senator but rather that of a member of the Knesset.

 Dahlia Scheindlin @dahliasc speaks of what she calls “Dual Loyalties” as an out, for Jewish politicians. I’m sorry I don’t know of any such reference in the oath they took.

And all this rhetoric about “IRAN MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON”!  Is crazy talk to begin with.

Iran threatened to wipe Israel off the map! I get that. That was uttered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. HE IS NO LONGER THE PRESIDENT!

Russia threatened us the same way. The difference was they actually HAD the bomb. What I don’t get, is why it is necessary for the United States of America to go to war with Iran because of it.

 Our deal with is Israel, is to have their back against any aggression. ACTUAL AGGRESSION! We would be PLAIN STUPID to go to war with Iran, because of rhetoric!

And please don’t give me that same old tired Neville Chamberlain argument. There is no comparison to be had here. Certainly not an intelligent one.

If Israel doesn’t want the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle-East, why does Israel refuse to ratify the Non-proliferation Treaty?

Because ISRAEL has Nuclear weapons and everyone knows it. Netanyahu during his address to the joint session said “Israel can defend itself”. THEN DO IT ALREADY!

How can we just be blind to these things? America is better than this. Americans are better than this.

Israel wants us to get a better deal with Iran. I want a better deal with Israel. Before it’s too late! Israel has entirely too much influence in our politics and on our Politicians!

The amount of money Israeli lobbyist pay our ELECTED Politician’s is obscene.

To all those who want to “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK ” OR MAKE  AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ” OR ANY  any other such nonsense…START HERE! Lets see if you serious or Et tu  BRUTE?

To the rest of us remember they are an ally NOT the 51st STATE!








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I’m Not A Journalist, I Just Play One On Television……………And I wouldn’t be caught dead in a Holiday Inn!


I recently watched Smerconish on CNN. He brings on Michael Muskasey , former U.S. Attorney General. Now the discussion was on the never-ending emails of Sec. Clinton. That day the State Dept. says 22 of the emails will not be released because they have been deemed “TOP SECRET”! So among other things, Muskasey says, “well since the emails were not released at all, it’s apparent someone must have removed the classification in order to get them on the Secretaries server. That’s a Federal offense!”

I must admit that upon hearing it I thought about the relationship between Vampires and Radishes. A guy sees a farmer planting radishes and asks if he has been hurt with his crop of radishes like so many other farmers. The farmer says, oh these are not for market; it’s to keep the Vampires away. The guy says Vampires? There are NO Vampires! The farmer says, yeah these radishes really work! “

This email thing is just another Republican attempt to injure Secretary Clinton. She sat thru 11 hours before a house committee on her emails. The umpteenth investigation.  And the only reason it was televised is because she INSISTED on it being televised. The committee wanted it to be closed-door. That way they could continue with baseless accusations and innuendo. But this way the American people saw EXACTLY what it was about. NOTHING!

I know we are in the so-called “Silly Season” of the political process. But it’s getting serious now. The press is SELECTING the Presidential Nominees. CNN talks about Donald Trump 24/7. Fox has an ongoing Reality Show with Donald Trump and is too stupid to know that’s the ONLY THING he knows! He is going to win and we lose. By the way I watched the last Republican Debate and as a Democrat, to me it was the ONLY substantive one they’ve had. Of course I didn’t agree with the answers but I did the questions. At least they touched on issues rather than, “did you hear what Trump said about your mama”?

The networks are picking the nominees AND THAT IS WRONG! And I’m a Democrat and should be ecstatic because the selection on Donald J. Trump all but guarantees a Democratic WIN! But it’s deeper than that. Donald Trump says “I’m going to deport 11 million undocumented people and they will have to come back thru this “beautiful wall” which I will build and I will get Mexico to pay for it”!

Now, I’ve already said I’m NOT a Conservative BUT! I thought one of the major tenants of Conservatism is “SMALLER GOVERNMENT”! If I’m right then WHY has NOT ONE so-called “Journalist” PUSHED Trump to explain at least one of his plans. How would that work WITHOUT increasing the size of Government? How much will the “BEAUTIFUL “wall cost? And HOW and WHY would Mexico pay for it? Not to mention the ex President of Mexico, says “that’s silly! Why would Mexico pay for some %^&% Wall?”

He wants to stop allowing Muslims from coming into the country? AT WHAT COST? Any fool knows WITHOUT them, defeating ISIS or DASH is perhaps impossible. So are WE going back in, because no matter what you think of Muslims they aren’t STUPID! Asking them to form a coalition BEHIND you since they ALL want to LEAD, and then tell them they are NOT WELCOME in our country?  HOW EXACTLY does that work? He wants to “bomb the hell out of ISIS and take the oil”; does he understand that Iraq is a sovereign Country? How to you intend to TAKE the oil?

And EXACTLY WHEN was America GREAT since it no longer is? Was it before Political Correctness? Perhaps when John Wayne was kicking Santa Ana’s Ass at the ALAMO? EXACTLY WHEN?

And why would a war be a better strategy than the Deal the President made? Or the way our sailors were released. One candidate said it was a shame to see our sailors “stripped of dignity” with their hands over their heads. Why didn’t you ask “What would you have done?”  Better yet, WHAT should they have done? Fight it out? And you do know that we were NOT the only country involved in this deal. And do you know what would happen if your first day in office you back out of the deal? So many questions, so few Journalists! ASK THE DAMN QUESTION ALREADY!

And when you had two CUBAN Senators, arguing over immigration has NOT ONE journalist brought up the “WET FOOT DRY FOOT doctrine!  For those that may not know. You see if you are CUBAN none of this “crap” applies. All you have to do is reach “shore” hence “dry foot” and you are good to go and be eligible for FULL CITIZENSHIP IN ONE YEAR”. Government subsidies etc. Why do you think you don’t hear Florida Cubans exerting their formidable political influence into this argument? IT DOES NOT APPLY TO THEM. In other words they don’t have no skin in the game!  “Wet foot” means if you are caught at sea you will be returned to Cuba. Yeah Right! Wink, Wink! Yet these two argue over “Dreamers” and a path to citizenship?
Aljazeera America filed Bankruptcy and will stop broadcasting in April! And it’s a damn shame!

Now we have to get our News from Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members! Actors!

We should insist they stay in a Holiday Inn AT LEAST once a year!






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December 14, 2012

It too is a day that will live in infamy. This is the day “Sandy Hook” became a National known like “9/11”. You don’t have to explain it. Everybody knows what happened.

And unfortunately it became the day that showed we cared more about a damn gun that took the lives of so many babies than babies themselves.

The possession of your GUN outweighs the life of all those babies? And  please don’t give me that same tired argument that mental illness is the cause. Of course Mental Illness is the reason ANY person would even think of such a thing let alone carry it out Captain Obvious!

BUT IT WAS THE GUN AND THE BULLETS THAT KILLED ALL THOSE BABIES. And perhaps had he not had that type of weapon SOMEONE may have been able to stop him. MAYBE! But out of all the mass shootings carry out with semi automatic weapons, how many were stopped by a “good guy with a gun”?  The only good guy with a gun that stopped a mass killing, I know of, was a lot of cops.

Just because you take a gun safety course and get a piece of paper that says you can carry a gun,  you better pray to whatever God you believe in that you are never in that position. Unless you have killed a man with a gun before, the ONLY course that can prepare you for that is one in which someone is shooting BACK AT YOU! It aien’t  like in the movies. Most people will freeze and the others end up shooting someone they didn’t  intend to.

It’s time for all the anti Planned Parenthood  GUN OWNERS to stand up and show the same PASSION FOR THE SANDY HOOK BABIES.

You want to SAVE babies, then help PASS LAWS that may prevent another Sandy Hook!

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It Ain’t All About You!

I ran across this by accident, and for several reason felt compelled to respond.

First was the characterization of the Black Lives Matter movement as somehow being anti-Semitic. Yeah!

The other was “Playing the anti-Semitic card”!

Now of course,this is “JUST ONE PERSON!” But as I’ve said  Israel has become the “third rail”, NOT TO BE TOUCHED! It appears that ANY criticism is immediately labeled anti-Semitic and therefore without merit. But this woman has taken it to new high. Accusing the Black Lives Matter movement as an “anti-Semitic movement.”

My first response was Trump-like! WOW!

Watch and make up your own mind!

This woman’s video surpasses anything that I might write to prove my point that the anti-Semitic, Holocaust card is played WAY TOO MUCH!

Look, I don’t agree with everything that everyone “proclaiming” to be in the Black Lives Movement does. But the downside of an organization which is decentralized is you can’t control who claims to be associated with it. Nor can you denounce every action taken, in the name of Black Lives Matter! Like TO ME, the “interrupt” tactic ,when Bernie Sanders was speaking was plain STUPID! But for me, I didn’t know Bernie was Jewish until the Iran deal came up and everyone started talking about Jewish lawmakers.

So, let’s be clear: Black Lives Matter came about loosely after Trayvon Martin’s death  but picked up in intensity after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, etc. etc.

It’s about Black people being killed by Police!

The statistics of Black unarmed men and women killed by Police is hard to wrap your mind around.

So many have tried to “Change the Subject” by saying “Stop saying Black Lives Matter” and say “All lives Matter”.

When Police start KILLING ALL PEOPLE we will. Until then “Black Lives Matter” is the subject.

And the Black Lives Matter movement has NOTHING to do with Antisemitism!

When EVERYTHING is anti-Semitic or somehow related the Holocaust , you have a mental problem for which you should seek help.

Or you are using it to say, because we are Jewish you CAN NOT criticize us or the State of Israel because of the Holocaust!

To which I say, “BULL”! Apartheid is Apartheid! But that’s for another conversation!

I believe, the world becomes a better place by shining the light of constructive criticism on it. ( I just made that up………so I could be wrong!)

Anyway, this is just one woman who speaks only for herself.


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The Danger of SYNONYMS!

Recently someone, who shall remain unnamed, accused me of attacking their religion (Christianity) by criticizing Israeli settlers and the Israeli government. My criticism was brought on by the firebombing of a Palestinian family’s home by Jewish settlers. 

That act, resulted in an 18 month old BABY named Ali, his father, and his mother BEING BURNED ALIVE. His 4 yr old brother has survived. So far! To say I was upset is an understatement. But, I apologized for my profanity!

I was also critical of Israel’s undermining of President Obama’s effort in the so-called “Iran Deal”. The option to which, in my OPINION, is WAR!

Anyway, I was so blind-sided by this accusation; it took me some time and discussions with family members to wrap my mind around it. Because of the way I was confronted, I felt compelled to address this in a public way, in the event this person repeats this accusation to others. This is not out of the question!

As Popeye the sailor would say “I yam what I yam”!

MY NAME IS MY NAME and the reputation attached, is important to me. That includes my birth name, pseudonyms, or “nick-names” by which I may be known.

I am an Atheist and as such, have NO religious interest, and NEVER write about RELIGION, and try to avoid TALKING about it. Anything that appears on this Blog and written by me, is STRICTLY from a political perspective! If I reference Religion, here, or in speaking about political issues, I attempt to do so within a POLITICAL FRAMEWORK!

But I will defend to the death, YOUR right to your religious beliefs, no matter what those beliefs might be. Whether Christian, or Muslim or Hinduism, Judaism or any other!

When I joined the US military, in part, that’s what I thought I was doing.  Defending those VERY rights. YOURS and MINE!

War taught me many things. Not the least of which, is WAR IS INSANE! And I will speak against it whenever and, wherever I can. Even if it makes me sound crazy! What is that song…? “I love it (I don’t care)”?  Well when it comes to speaking out about WARI DON’T CARE!”

This BLOG exists partly for that reason. I deal with national and international issues. But it is NOT a travel log. So I’m sure from time to time I will say things which you may disagree with. THAT’S FINE! I don’t profess to be an expert on everything I write about. I encourage the sharing of views. AND I WILL NEVER, INTENTIONALLY SAY OR WRITE, ANYTHING I KNOW TO BE OFFENSIVE!

HOWEVER, my point is your rights STOP where mine BEGIN!

I am NOT a professional writer nor do I pretend to be one. If you are reading this, then that’s obvious. But I thought I had better mention it just in case you are not reading this. (Insert laugh here).

But because I am not a professional, doesn’t mean I SPEAK or WRITE in SYNONYMS.

When I say “America”, this IS NOT a synonym for “Christianity”!

When I say “India”, this IS NOT a synonym for “Hinduism”!

When I say “Israel”, this IS NOT a synonym for “Judaism”!

When I say “Turkey”, this IS NOT a synonym for “Islam”!

I will probably never be a renowned bestselling author, but I know the difference between a religion and a country. And unless you can prove you are “Mr. Spock” I will not allow you to tell me what I’m thinking!


Criticizing Israel IS NOT anti-Semitic.

Criticizing Turkey IS NOT an attack on Islam.

You can’t play that card with me! No matter how many times you say it or how LOUD you say it…IT JUST AIN’T!


Can you imagine how difficult communication becomes, if YOU THINK in SYNONYMS and others don’t?  Talk about “LOL”!

Imagine overhearing a conversation where one person tells another:

 “Since I’m retired now, I think I’ll take a trip to Christianity and from there we might visit Hinduism”! Try booking that ticket!

That’s what it SOUNDS like when you THINK in SYNONYMS.  A SYNONYM for that type of thinking might be “C-R-A-Z-Y!”

And to the person who accused me of insulting their religion. Next time someone says something like I did, you might consider acting like a grownup and say “I’m not comfortable talking about this!” Or ” I find your comments offensive”. I would have apologized, and never mentioned it again. I think most people would do the same. Just a suggestion!

Separation of state and church is part of my DNA! An upcoming post will address that very issue, as it relates to the current US political primaries. (This was written before this came up.)

I welcome ALL criticism.  I can handle it!  If you think I’m moron, say so, it’s OK I can handle it. No matter how vile, your remarks about me, or my comments, it will be published!



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Why I never became a Navy Seal

But before I get to that, I want to begin by examining portions of an article from the New Yorker magazine. It was a compilation of many interviews with Darin Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown, and his wife Barb.

Trust me it is relevant.

 AUGUST 10, 2015 ISSUE

The Cop

Darren Wilson was not indicted for shooting Michael Brown. Many people question whether justice was done.


“In our many discussions, Wilson rarely spoke of Michael Brown. Twice, I asked him if he had reflected on what kind of person Brown was. The first time I asked, it was early May, and Brown’s parents had just filed their civil lawsuit against him. “You do realize that his parents are suing me?” he said. “So I have to think about him.” He went on, “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all! His tone was striking, given Wilson’s own turbulent childhood.

Six weeks later, Wilson told me that he had never really had a chance to contemplate who Brown was, because he had been preoccupied by the maelstrom that followed the shooting. I asked him if he thought Brown was truly a “bad guy,” or just a kid who had got himself into a bad situation. “I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me, so I don’t know,” Wilson said.

Barb also said that she rarely thought about Brown. But she thought about a woman named Stephanie Edwards, whom she knew well. Edwards was the mother of Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather. Before becoming a cop, Barb had worked with Edwards at a grocery store. Barb says that they talked every day for roughly ten years, learning minute details of each other’s lives, but they didn’t keep in touch when Barb became a cop.”

In another portion of the several interviews Wilson said:

“Good values, Wilson insisted, needed to be learned at home. He spoke of a black single mother, in Ferguson, who was physically disabled and blind. She had several teen-age children, who “ran wild,” shooting guns, dealing drugs, and breaking into cars.

Wilson, who is from Texas, is the son of a woman who repeatedly broke the law. His mother, Tonya Dean, stole money, largely by writing hot checks. After completing high school, she married Wilson’s father, John, who had been her English teacher. They soon had two children to support—Darren and his younger sister, Kara—but Dean spent wildly. She left John Wilson for another man, Tyler Harris, who ran a Y.M.C.A. They had a child, Jared, and Darren and Kara lived with them. “Tonya had me in debt—almost twenty thousand dollars—that first year,” Harris told me. Dean, it seems, often repaid debts to one person by stealing money from someone else.

The family eventually moved to St. Peters, west of St. Louis. When Wilson was thirteen, he stopped trusting his mother altogether, because she stole funds that she had helped raise for his Boy Scout troop. He worried that she would steal what little money he made working summer jobs, so he opened two bank accounts. The first, which had almost no money in it, was a decoy. He put his real earnings in the second, secret account. Wilson also tried to preempt his mother’s stealing. Once, he warned a friend’s parents not to let her inside their house, because she would surely find a way to steal their identities and max out their credit cards.”

O.K. So what has this have to do with me never becoming a Navy Seal? Everything! When I joined the military right out of high school, I had to go on a special diet in order to gain weight to meet the minimum weight requirements. I was a really small kid. Anyway, most people know about the Seals but few know that it really is an acronym for Sea, Air, and Land Teams. My problem was my size, but beginning with the fact that not only could I not swim, I was apparently too small to carry the weight required to be a SEAL.

My point is, all the discussion about the need for better police training shows a lack of understanding of the problem. Police don’t kill people because of the lack of training. Police kill people because so many should not be cops in the first place. Like I couldn’t have, shouldn’t have, been a Navy SEAL, Darin Wilson should not have been a cop. Period!!! The Navy could have taught me to swim, could have lightened my pack, and helped me overcome other disqualifying issues. But, at what cost? Perhaps the lives of my team members! In this case it cost the life of unarmed Michael Brown.

Wilson said: “I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me, so I don’t know,”

So his intent was to kill you?

 Really?  We hear that a lot! 

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A Sheriff in Texas stated, after a trooper was killed at gas Station: “Cops Lives Matter too”!

“Let’s just drop the “BLACK LIVES MATTER RHETORIC”!

Why would you associate the “Black Lives Matter” movement to this?

Did the suspect say “I killed him because I’m a member of the Black Lives Matter movement”?


It’s like every time a cop kills an unarmed Black man we want to immediately CHANGE THE SUBJECT  and talk about “black on black crime”!


I’m sick and tired of this “all lives matter” crap. Of course ALL lives matter. But what you are really trying to do is CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

I’m sorry about this trooper’s death. I’m sorry for his family and children. 24 cops were killed this year. And that is a shame.

But the fact remains THAT AN ESTIMATED 102 people who died during encounters with law enforcement in 2015 were unarmed. They TOO had families. And Children!

This is an estimate because the police are NOT REQUIRED to keep track of police shootings. But they can tell you at the drop of a hat how many police have been killed.

The difference is that even when we have video of COPS KILLING UNARMED BLACK MEN, they will most likely NEVER be arrested or  be indicted by a Grand Jury, and go to trial.


In this case the suspect is in custody, and bet your LAST dollar he is indicted, convicted, and TEXAS will execute him!  And If  he did it, rightfully so!


The sheriff blames the killing of the Trooper on the “rhetoric” “BLACK LIVES MATTER”!

He says “Let’s just drop the “BLACK LIVES MATTER RHETORIC”!

RHETORIC, designed to get people all worked up to kill cops.  Outside agitators!

NOT THIS TIME SHERIFF! I’ve seen this movie too many times.



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The Day Israel Attacked America.

Where were you on 6/8/1967.  Nearly everyone can remember where they were on 9/11 when we were attacked by Al Qaeda. But I’m fairly certain almost no one remembers where they were on 6/8/1967 (If they were born) when we were attacked by ISRAEL

If you are finished laughing I’ll continue. I admit I had to think for a moment. But yeah, I remember! I was at Incirlik AB Turkey. It was the 4th day of the 6 day war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The 6th of June 1967. But what I couldn’t have remembered, because I didn’t know until this week, thanks to a film by directed by Richard Belfield, and produced by James Scott and Elaine Morris, is that on that day Israel attacked and attempted to sink the USS Liberty.

34 killed 172 injured, 2/3 of the crew. Israel said it was a MISTAKE! Sound familiar? That word was used a lot some 47 years later  in the latest incursion into GAZA. Why not? It seems to work. The survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty say it’s a lie! And they can PROVE it. They have the audio tapes. Israel knew exactly who we were. The film is called “The day Israel attacked America”.


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A Palestinian Epiphany

Today I had an “epiphany”.  I’ve waited YEARS to use this word!

But at last, “@Palestine” (which reports the latest news & commentary on Palestine), published an article that gave me the chance. It was entitled “What it is to be Palestinian in The US”.

Now, I write and tweet about Palestine all the time. Here and any place I can. Because, I believe, as Black Americans we have to continue to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. We can’t allow ourselves to be isolated and expect to win. Our struggle IS and always has been GLOBAL! As it was when we supported Madiba (A name affectionately used to refer to Nelson Mandela) as he fought APARTHEID in South Africa and we fought RACISM in America. That fight continues today! But in writing about APARTHEID in Israel, my concentration has always been focused on those imprisoned in the West Bank and GAZA.

Hence my “epiphany”! Cable News has had hours of shows dedicated to the use of the so-called “N” word. Careers ended for the use of it. Paula Deen comes to mind.

Charges of  Antisemitism likewise killing careers. Helen Thomas comes to mind.

Charges of homophobia killing careers.  Isaiah Washington comes to mind.

But most importantly, all have POLITICAL CORRECTNESS attached.

For just a moment close your eyes. Imagine yourself being PALESTINIAN, here in the United States, watching the Republican debate and hearing every last Republican candidate say: “If elected my FIRST phone call will be to Bibi (affectionately used to refer to Israeli PM Netanyahu) to assure him, there is NO daylight between Israel and the United States!” “We stand with Israel because of our shared Values”!

What a Palestinian might feel, hearing this is, what you are really saying is:”no matter what you do to Palestinians “we got your back”! Including illegal settlers burning an 18 mo old Palestinian baby to death?

The following day, Cable News was NOT ablaze with “did you hear what Carly Fiorina said last night”?

The reason is simple.

In the US there is “NO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” for Palestinians!

What a shame! And I do mean “SHAME”!



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