Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas.
My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the AFL/CIO. My dad was a painting contractor. We shopped at the Working Man's Store.
Dad's reading matter was the Old Mole the house organ of the Socialist Workers Party. I played the saxophone and became a young fan of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Duke Ellington. Naturally, I gravitated to the Civil Rights movement.
After college to avoid the draft, I joined the US Army Reserve. Alas, this came to crowd control, which was a euphemism for busting radical potheads. When I ducked out of this duty, my commander bundled me off to a unit doomed to go to Vietnam. Ironically, my old unit went to Vietnam and the new one stayed home.
I studied economics in graduate school where I watched America go mad with war. Afterwards, I joined the rat race for a decade.
When Ronnie Reagan became President, I took up residence in Israel.
The 11 books listed below describe my adventures in Israel.
The articles reflect additional thoughts that expand on the author's ten volumes Genesis Begins the Millennia. The work begins in 1995 with a fictional account of ordinary Israelis absorbed with everyday events. There are extraordinary happenings the characters gradually recognize as portents of the Messianic Age. Volumes four and five show why the Messiah decided to delay His arrival.
Volumes six through ten [Tradebombers] begin six weeks before the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. Again, the characters portray ordinary citizen reaction to extraordinary events.
A Perspective on Crime and Punishment in America
But a direct attempt by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to stage an attack on American soil raises the question of whether the United States would have to take broader and more clearly visible retaliatory military action. One government official said the topic was likely to come up before the National Security Council.
Thursday, December 31, 2009(2 comments)
Wars Without Finance Have No Chance
Why should 58+2 play second fiddle to 40 niggling nabobs of negativism? The Democrats managed to put 60 Senators together for cloture. They gave Nebraska $300 millions for Nelson's single vote. Obviously, the Democrats can't be trusted with $1.00 to buy milk at the corner store.
The UDHR Has Centered My Life Since 1992
For Mary Robinson and me the most painful part is the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not enforced. Victims of abuse must make individual or class actions in the European Courts. Plaintiffs and witnesses face great dangers from their home countries. The legal costs can be enormous.
Saturday, December 19, 2009(1 comments)
Counter Terrorism Mamas and WMD Survival
In the age of miniaturized atomic weapons, they can enter the country in a modest suitcase or a golf bag. The first warning will be the blast itself. If a person is within a kilometer of it, he is toast. Outside this radius, the chances of survival are good with a little common sense.
Thursday, December 10, 2009(1 comments)
If Israel Controlled America, Afghan War Would End
The Escalation in Afghanistan May be a Clever Ruse
What Do You Think of This Possible Finesse from Obama?
House Progressives continue to claim they oppose war. If they are serious, they could refuse funding the next supplemental. Likewise, the Republicans could act on their complaints about big deficits and spending. They can join Progressives to scuttle the Afghan War.
Saturday, December 5, 2009(5 comments)
Afghanistan Will Not End Well
The president's party will not support his new policy, his budget will not accommodate it, our overstretched and worn-down military will be hard-pressed to execute it, and Americans' patience will not be commensurate with Afghanistan's limitless demands for it. This will not end well. – George F. Will, WaPost
Thursday, December 3, 2009(1 comments)
All Corrupt Officials Indulge in Debauchery
Every tyrant will say the end justifies the means. In the final analysis, though, the means become the ends in themselves.
After the Americans tortured prisoners to no positive result, the sadistic pleasures became the payoff for the war game. At this point every prisoner is dangerous as a potential witness.
Sunday, November 22, 2009(1 comments)
The Anti-Death Squad; the Right to Live
Throughout the ages the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have reigned supreme. The chances are the curses of war, pestilence, famine and disease have visited your doorstep. If you were lucky enough to be at work at the time, perhaps they claimed your spouse. In the final analysis they kill all of us, but this is not an excuse to make their mission easier for them.
Saturday, November 21, 2009(3 comments)
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. - Martin Luther King
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Martin Luther King and Unjust Laws Today
"I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
Saturday, November 14, 2009(4 comments)
Our Health System is More Deadly Than Taliban
The wise ruler tends to the health of his people. He would not allow the insurance companies to murder 122 citizens per day through lack of health coverage. He would serve his military veterans better than to ignore the 6 of them who die every day lacking good medical care.
Lacking proper medical services, barbaric nations still find the funds to stage preemptive wars and to construct new weapons systems.
Friday, November 13, 2009(1 comments)
Americans Should Take a Lesson from History
The American citizens should have voted for legislators who would not take bribes from the military/industrial complex to wage perpetual land wars in Asia. They should have stopped selling nuclear secrets to tyrants in the Middle East. They should have ended the arms shipments to Israel of exotic and cruel weapons of war for field testing.
Thursday, November 12, 2009(9 comments)
What if Sirhan Sirhan Had Missed?
Aside from Depression Era and Civil Rights reforms, the last century was a vast wasteland for human rights. It took a terrible toll from the human spirit. Almost everyone knows the system needs drastic overhaul. Few citizens can identify specific ills and the means to correct them. Even fewer people dare to speak in terms of real problems and solutions.
Thursday, November 12, 2009(1 comments)
From Elitists to Grassroots They Get It Wrong
Eric Cantor happens to be the only Jewish Republican Republican. Intelligent and intense, one might have expected a stronger response from him. Does he condone mixing Obama and Hitler? "No, I don't, because obviously that is something that conjures up images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful."
Typical of many right wingers, the man is afraid.
Book Review: How Aid Hurt Palestine by Anne Le More
Yet, many years and billions of dollars later, Palestinians are poorer and further from statehood than ever before, and their dysfunctional national institutions face an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy." Ali Abunimah
Friday, October 30, 2009(10 comments)
Will Dracula Get the GOP Nod in 2012?
Furthermore, those other 600 organizations, which still receive billions from the U.S. government, were actually found to have committed actual crimes, such as millions of dollars worth of fraud, have been charged with murder and the deaths of U.S. troops, and even involve child prostitution and sex slavery!
Monday, October 26, 2009(6 comments)
We Are at Fault not Barack Obama
White House officials see things differently. They see an opportunity to corner critics of the president's policies, especially on health care and financial regulations, and, in the process, further marginalize the Republican Party.
Privately, officials have talked with relish for months of the potential to isolate the GOP as a narrow party of white, Southern conservatives with little appeal to independent-minded voters.
Movie Review: Ajami, Israel 
Does Ajami approach universality? If it does, I would not be surprised. I can see a small boy in Pittsburgh watching the movie and realizing he is in the hands of the harsh Police. The young woman disowned by her family after she married out of her religion might take comfort in not being stoned to death. The taxpayer who lost everything to the bankers may empathize with the peasant who never had anything.
Monday, October 19, 2009(1 comments)
Single Payer Brings Home Our Troops from Afghanistan
Maybe, the knuckle draggers would want to escape the death penalty by doing constructive work in the war zone. Afghanistan is the third poorest nation in the world. She has suffered a great decline since the Taliban managed her heroin trade.
Thursday, October 15, 2009(18 comments)
The World War One Origins of Corporate Communism
We citizens have lost control of our lives. Similar to what happened in the USSR we have no power over the means of production, the sources of jobs and credit. We are fed by mindless mass media sycophants. The truth is subject to gag order.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009(5 comments)
The Corporate Enslavement of America
So far, the forces of reaction have stymied the Obama initiatives
We remain stalled in Iraq and mired in Afghanistan. The Fed made $2trillions disappear. The financial sector runs amok unchecked by any standard. The health insurance industry owns the Senate.
If the reactionaries continue to stifle organized labor, the worker/consumer won't have a ladder to climb out of the deep dark hole of recession.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009(3 comments)
Americans Replace 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
We witness the death of a nation
Decent indigents die early lacking health care. John Ensign mocks the dead. They were too poor to live.
Alan "Die early" Grayson speaks to power for those who died from the abuse. Each one of us must resist the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse before he dies from the abuse.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009(4 comments)
Who Has the Courage of His Convictions?
Most noticeable throughout this worldwide recession is the dearth of knowledgeable people willing to speak to power. The operative word is fear and the method is intimidation.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009(1 comments)
Peace Negotiations Stalled in the Seventh Century
From my early going to science fiction movie days, I determined the American way of dealing with anything or anybody different was to kill him. The Joe McCarthy era did nothing to remove my impression. After losing 7.2 millions of their citizens to the American way of death, some Asians are writing about the problem in a constructive fashion.
Saturday, October 3, 2009(3 comments)
The Struggle and Danger of Speaking to Power
As you view the videos, you will see the common bonds between Manji and Beck. Both speak to power in no uncertain terms. Both face assassination for their outspokenness. Glenn Beck admires her for facing her death unequivocally.
Saturday, September 26, 2009(3 comments)
The Return of McCarthyism
This article highlights a remarkable historical shift. Capitalism has become the primary economic engine for the world especially in China. That nation was quick to recover from the recession and is now enjoying an eight percent annual rate of growth. The former bastion of capitalism the USA has become mired in kleptocracy, plutocracy and oligopoly a Valhalla for the rich.
McCarthyism has returned with all its ugliness.
Saturday, September 26, 2009(1 comments)
The Spirit of Community
The spirit of community is alive and well in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The citizens work together to make their habitation a little bit better into a community. Couldn't other places improve the life of their people?
Here is a suggestion for Afghanistan.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009(2 comments)
Prosecuting Government and Corporate Pirates
At current rates, 540,000 Americans will die over the next 12 years simply because they can't afford insurance.
As forcefully noted by Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, a Harvard University Professor involved in the latest study, even the so-called "public option" would not come close to resolving the crisis in American health care. Single-payer (Medicare for All) is the only solution.
Monday, September 7, 2009(4 comments)
Health Care, Obama and the USA May Fail; but the Dream Lives
Universal Health Care May Fail Along with the USA, but the Dream Will Continue as Long as Human Beings Exist
From South Boston to Jakarta, Indonesia, there are pictures of the Kennedy brothers. Many appear within small shrines candles lit daily.
The universal dream is that, "My boy will be a better man than I ever was."
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The West Bank Settler on the Wrong Side of the Fence
The Israeli right wing is not in the category of extremist movements in the USA or in the Muslim World. In search of conflict, the media often exaggerates differences to flesh out a story that is not there. In this article Al Jazeera presents most of the touchstones on the rise of the political right in Israel. Other sources were rejected as too biased. They read like a CIA report.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009(5 comments)
Shame on You, America
All of us know people who believe in the death panels. Ask them tomorrow if they still give credence to the rumor. The chances are they still hold to it. Once we tell a lie, it is most difficult to dislodge.
Sunday, August 23, 2009(6 comments)
Criminalizing Your Backyard Garden
Twenty-six years ago I designed a self-sustaining geodesic dome house with a roof garden. The Small Business Administration rejected my proposal. Thus, it was with a sense of irony I read about Monsanto seeking to impose on organic farmers and backyard growers. If legislators pass Monsanto's proposed laws, they will discourage independent food growers who do not use Monsanto products or protocols.
Thursday, August 20, 2009(4 comments)
Minnie Mouse Groped
Our lead story features Pennsylvanian John Moyer visiting Disney World with his grandchildren. They were touring in Toontown when they met Minnie Mouse. While John posed for a picture with Minnie, he fondled her fake mouse boobs and patted her butt. He did it in front of his grandkids, but at an angle they could not see. After the family walked away, Minnie notified her boss and he alerted the Disney Police.
Sunday, August 16, 2009(2 comments)
General Electric Has Shackled MSNBC News
With Keith muzzled, NBC strives to wreck its other liberal star Rachel Maddow. They have scheduled her for "Meet the Press" to debate health care with three Republican Neanderthals. I had no doubts she would win in a walk until I realized David Gregory would be host. The man sucks up to authority like a puppy dog in heat. Broadcast pros who moderate can twist any discussion guest into a pretzel.
Saturday, August 15, 2009(2 comments)
Health Insurance Reform May Be a Bridge too Far
Aside from the poll, the politicians claiming that Obama plans euthanasia for old folks include Sarah Palin, Newt Gingritch, John Bohner, Mitch McConnell and the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. Media personalities promoting the euthanasia myth include Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and several others. Any lie will do about birth certificates, reverse racism, etc to sabotage the recovery.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The US Public Volunteered to Roll Under the Bus
Many of our leaders will tell you in private that God has chosen them to lead us. They rule by Divine Right above the limiting Ten Commandments and the Constitution. These ridiculous institutions serve to keep the peasants in line.
When the leaders indulge in adultery and torture, they enjoy increased status among the great unwashed masses. Going unpunished is proof they walk in the grace of God.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Kathleen Cleaver on Human Rights
To many, Kathleen Cleaver is best known for marriage to Black Panther leader and Soul on Ice author Eldridge Cleaver. Since the couple's divorce in 1987, however, she has staked out a reputation all her own as a law professor and expert in African-American history.
She is one of the few in my generation to turn out well.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009(2 comments)
The Wisdom of Angela Davis
The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.
We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
A Middle East View by Someone Who Lives There
There is a surfeit of articles written about the Middle East by pundits who don't live there. Many ex-pats and exiles fear execution if they return to the region. Others write from translations ignorant of the nuances of the languages spoken there. They show no evidence of meeting a native in his habitat. They cope with issues that may interest foreigners, but have no relevance for the native folks.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I Resist: Palestine: A Campaign Like Never Before
The Palestinians could have had their own country many years ago if they had abandoned their side bets. Only military victory could have returned them to their original homes in Israel or would have led to a one-state solution. Nobody can give anybody their human rights. They are a matter between the people and their elected representatives.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Coping with an Undersea Mud Volcano in Java
This is the fifth and final documentary on the subject power and people. From the cursory view, the outside observer will judge the issue in terms of his political predilections.
Drilling on a fault line is risky business. Our skills at predicting earthquakes are primitive at best. My dogs and cats are my early warning system. Whenever they bolt from my garden making as much noise as they can, I know to brace myself.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Coup D'Etats are a Honduran Racket
In the Peruvian Rain Forest a Few Weeks Ago the World Deserted.....
The Indigenous human beings who live there. Against International Law and precedence three Canadian mining companies and three US oil firms moved to despoil the native lands.
Alone, the natives face machine guns. Washingtonians should remember Smedley Butler is dead. If Blackwater surrounds the Beltway, who will rescue the rascals?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Operative Word for a future Palestine is Demilitarized Zone
On Sunday while the Iranians were rioting and Bibi Netanyahu was giving his foreign policy speech at Bar-Ilan University, President Obama was enjoying a round of golf. The dye is cast. The Palestinians can have a state of their own provided they renounce violence and stop teaching hatred to their children. Concurrent with this, their new nation must cease being a launching pad for the Iranian goals.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Obama Speech: Pundits Erred; People Got It Right
Basic Obama: First, I acknowledge your history. Second, it's time each of you recognize the other side's history, that you stop thinking that somehow by admitting the other side's suffering you'll erase your own. And now that you've acknowledged history, stop holding on to it.
Sunday, June 14, 2009(4 comments)
Honor Killing an Ancient Curse Updated
For the past three weeks, Jordanian bloggers have been renewing calls against "honor killings," following a court conviction of a father and his two sons for beating his daughter to death for "going out with full makeup."
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Support Happy Birthday for Aung San Suu Kyi
It is the first political campaign to use twitter with an integrated website to harness the reach and influence of some of the world's most influential celebrities. Through replies and re-tweets, the campaign message reached an estimated 5 million people through Twitter alone in its first five days.
One of those who tweeted support for Aung San Suu Kyi was Yoko Ono.
Sunday, June 7, 2009(2 comments)
How Did the Tiger Get into the Bath Tub?
"I am Sulaiman Ladwai. I swear by Almighty God that I knew and named my eldest daughter Walaa' [loyalty] as a premonition of allegiance to the state of Lieberman. My whole family and I will be loyal to the state. We will see you at Yarkon Park on Independence Day. Arabs are allowed to enter, right?" [Spoof loyalty oath mocking a proposal to institute a Loyalty Oath for Palestinian Israelis.]
Thursday, June 4, 2009(4 comments)
Tiananmen Square: Free Speech Crushed
'Damn it, we have never really stood up before. We have always been crawling on the ground so why can't we just stand up occasionally to take a break? We submit to humiliation to our countrymen at home so that we have to hold our heads high to you foreigners. Or we will be suffocated by our simmering fury!
Monday, June 1, 2009(3 comments)
Does the US Treasury Dept Anticipate World Rule?
Almost daily the reports of Republican wrong doing mounted. Yet, the President went into denial. The worst was his backtracking on torture. Senior Republicans felt free to confess to acts they claimed not to be torture. When legal experts cited the examples as clearly torture and murder, those guilty fell behind the ancient national security defense. Abusing prisoners had kept us safe.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Live Free or Die Without Dignity
Freedom of speech is basic, but even more important is the ability for the readers to respond without fear of troll bashing, vilification and abuse. We are into three generations of fear mongering leaders who have bullied us into one disaster after another. More and more I see my articles and others challenged on the quality of our argument. These new members lack a long history, but they treat the issues with respect unafraid
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Leftist Jihadist Alliance and Its Implications for Israel
"Leftist Jihadism is a threat that comes from profoundly undemocratic forces that don't have the same conception of human dignity or freedom, and which abuse Israel as a kind of representative of the broader West and Western liberal-democratic values," said Kenney. "I also very acutely understand the nature of the new anti-Semitism, and I think it's even more dangerous than the old European anti-Semitism."
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Mira Awad and Noa Arab/Jewish Duo Sing for Peace
For over 50 years the Eurovision Song Contest has featured artists from 22 European countries plus Tunisia, Israel and Lebanon. This year Lebanon dropped out because the Israeli entry was a duet one Palestinian and a Jewess. Moreover, they had scheduled to sing a peace song. "There must be a way." This caused a furor particularly from Arab intellectuals. They said that Mira would be singing on a stage drenched in blood.
Saturday, May 23, 2009(2 comments)
Mark Twain, Bibi and Barack
The creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn visited the Holy Land in 1867. He hoped to realize one thousand and one nights of fantasies on his travels, but instead found himself in the company of dull middle-aged Americans, which made him describe the trip as "a funeral excursion without a corpse."
Thursday, May 21, 2009(5 comments)
Howard Zinn's Three 'Just' Wars
Unless a nation is attacked directly, her leaders have many alternate options to consider before the war card is even on the table. Too many American leaders have fallen into an easy trap. If they can find a popular excuse to attack [a just cause], they will. The military/industrial complex is prepared for perpetual war. Their profitability depends on it. Other options are woefully underfunded and untested.
Sunday, May 17, 2009(19 comments)
The Funny Side of Porn Censorship
Censoring pornography is akin to stopping a river with a broom. It's a joy to see the stuffed shirts try. On the other hand nobody dares laugh at political censorship in Egypt. It's the one-way path to a dungeon.
So, it is a little game we play. We disguise our angst letting it out as farce. The mullahs have their gin and tonics. We have ours. Nobody talks about it.
Friday, May 15, 2009(2 comments)
It Takes Generations to Get That Dumb
Pakistan is one of the recipients of the nuclear secrets and has built an arsenal. The irony is the regime is highly unstable and could fall to the Taliban. As their leaders have threatened to nuke the USA that government has escalated her military efforts in the AfPac region.