While we’re on the subject of burkhas…
This is not a subject I ever recall hearing discussed—I did not even know the name of the bloody garment—before turmoil in the Middle East became a daily topic. Turmoil has been turmoiling for thousands of years, but only recently on the scale of time has become noticed in the West.
The subject of women covering themselves is hotly discussed in the media and courtrooms. In some European countries, such fashion items are banned in public or their banning is a topic of frequent political debate. For some, this attire flies in the face (apologies: pun intended) of western/christian values. And, in this day and age of women’s liberation, it is seen as a sign of oppression.
Thinking about this, I tried to think of other examples and came up with…Catholic nuns. No one seems to have a problem with the manner in which they cover up. Perhaps, because they choose to do so and are not coerced by male, repressive governments/religion, this is not seen as comparable. Maybe the fact that the face is visible is less threatening. I see a system in which weak men, afraid of anyone looking at their (often unappealing) wives or daughters (who can be sold to the highest bidder), want to hide their “possession”.
In the end, people can do whatever they want, as long as it does not affect me. There are enough attractive women running around without covering up, if case I want to ogle.
Covetous thoughts have not entered my mind for a long time, even without respecting books of ancient myths.
Betsy DeVos Says She Did Math on Trump’s Tax Plan and It Will Save Nation Eleventy Krillion
By Andy Borowit
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a ringing endorsement from the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that she did the math on Donald Trump’s tax plan and that she estimates it will save the United States roughly eleventy krillion dollars.
“I took out a pencil and paper and figured it out the old-fashioned way,” DeVos told reporters. “I wound up going through a lot of paper, because eleventy krillion has ten hundredteen zeroes.”
DeVos stressed that the eleventy-krillion figure was actually a conservative estimate. “The exact number was between eleventy and ninety-quelve, but I rounded down to eleventy,” she said.
The Education Secretary said that the national debt, which currently stands at more than twenty trillion dollars, would be greatly reduced by the eleventy-krillion-dollar windfall.
“If you subtract eleventy krillion from twenty trillion, you get a number so small it has no name,” she explained.
If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
The founder of Playboy has died. Anyone hearing of this surely has memories of his magazine. From deep within the depths of my memory, in a file labeled Insignificant, I recall my early forays into the pages.
Unlike many, who claimed to have liked only the articles, I like the articles and looking at the girls. After all, I am a normal male of the species. I, like many, learned something about female flesh, which we thought might help us with the real thing (but probably didn’t). This was a time before the internet, when sources of such fare were limited and those covered up the best bits. My, how times have changed in the land with the world's highest consumption of pornography.
More enticing than the magazine, available at many outlets and hardly costly, was the lure of Playboy Club. This was beyond the reach of most, either geographically or financially. The magazine inflamed imaginations. I recall my first—and last—entry into this rarified atmosphere: a visit to the club in New Orleans with an Army colleague, who was foolish enough to have paid to become a member. I soon recognised the scam, the moment I learned that shooting pool with a Bunny cost $1 a shot. Huh? Buying expensive drinks should have been profit enough, but Playboy management understood the susceptibility of stupid men, made even stupider when toggling skimpily clad females. I soon left and sought a bar on Canal Street playing good music.
Although the bubble of the illusion about the clubs was burst, I continued to flip through the pages of a magazine, if I found one lying around somewhere. If time permitted, I I read an article of two…
Republicans Sadly Admit Their Dream of Keeping Poor People from Living Longer Is Over
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Saddened and more than a little wistful, Senate Republicans acknowledged on Tuesday that their long-standing dream of keeping poor people from living longer was at its end.
Choking back tears, Senator Lindsey Graham admitted that his crusade to halt the longevity of the poor had turned out to be a quixotic one at best.
“We made a solemn promise to the American people that we would do everything in our power to keep the poor from living so darn long,” he said, his voice quavering. “We didn’t get it done.”
While saying that he did not want to “play the blame game,” Graham could not resist pointing fingers at senators who broke ranks with the G.O.P. leadership over its quest to stall the poor’s unacceptably surging life expectancy.
“I always thought that preventing the poor from living longer was a bedrock Republican principle,” he said bitterly. “I guess I was wrong.”
On the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan urged Graham not to wallow in defeat but to move on to other Republican agenda items, like tax reform. “We may not be able to keep the poor from living longer, but we can still make them poorer,” he said.
I do not knew whether to laugh or be disgusted by politicians (or anyone)—especially ones that have never worn a uniform—who disparage others by saying that some action “disrespects the sacrifices made by our soldiers”. This is the height of hypocrisy. All politicians consider soldiers to be disposable pawns, used and then ignored. Look at how veterans are treated in the United States. How about “respecting their sacrifice” by offering reasonable benefits and care? Do not use this flimsy excuse for an argument to hide your lack of character and your dishonesty.
People Who Feared Obama Would Take Their Guns Happy to Have Trump Take Their Health Care
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who feared that Barack Obama would come for their guns are happy that Donald Trump is coming for their health care, a new report finds.
In interviews conducted across the country, people expressed satisfaction that, by taking away their ability to see a doctor rather than their ability to shoot people, the federal government “finally has its priorities straight.”
“I couldn’t get a night’s sleep, worrying about Obama taking away my guns,” Carol Foyler, a gun owner from Kentucky, said. “Now that we have a President who’s just taking away my family’s health care, I can breathe easier.”
Harland Dorrinson, a gun fancier from Wyoming, concurred. “In Europe, everyone has health care and no one has guns,” he said. “You couldn’t pay me to live there.” Noting that thousands of people die in hospitals every year, he added, “Health care has killed more people than guns have.”
Tracy Klugian, a gun hobbyist in Florida, said he strongly supported the Trump Administration’s policy, which he summarized as, “If you like the guns you have, you can keep those guns.”
He said that the prospect of becoming ill without health insurance does not concern him in the least. “If I get a disease, I’ll shoot at it,” he said.
Television offers so much garbage programming, that one does not expect to find something worthwhile, informative, and admirable.
I had seen an announcement of this PBS documentary and had been sceptical.
Much has been written and uttered on this subject, little of which was worth wasting one's time on. There have been some excellent books, but little reached a mass audience (people to do not read).
I watched the first episode of the PBS program on the history of the Vietnam War and can recommend this to everyone. This is a significant event in the history of the country, so people need to understand the true story behind the US involvement, the lies that were told, and the lessons that have yet to be learned by politicians and citizens.
Some have already complained about time being given to peace movement. These are certainly people that enjoy students, who are merely exercising a right to voice an opinion, were beaten and even shot by armed police officers. These are also surely the same ones that praise people being shot because of skin color.
One must merely watch Fox News or listen to talk radio to understand that the war caused irreparable damage to the country and few learn any lessons.
I had the privilege of “serving my country” and I was foolish enough at the time to believe the lies. I felt fortunate to witness, firsthand, the most significant event of my life and not have had to rely on the likes of Time magazine. I realised the incompetence of the US military and the corruption of the occupation (a story for another day). I had seen the beginnings of the anti-war movement, but did not understand the impact it would have. Nor did I understand the lasting damage of what the government and military leaders had caused. Only later, when I started to read the history, did I begin to see a bit of light, but the darkness lingered…
The few people in the United States that pay attention to news beyond a radius of ten miles of their residence might have noticed that Germany held an election. The outcome is as predicted: Angie won again. That is not news.
The news, which is getting most of the attention, is the success of a new far-right party, the AfD. Many are making comparisons to the NSD, the party of Adolph Hitler. Some fear a rebirth of the Nazi movement, with all its negative implications for Europe and the world.
Not a chance. Germany remains a boring, democratic country. Most that voted for the AfD did so in protest to certain policies of the major centrist parties, not out of conviction for the loonies on the Right. Anyone knowing the country will understand that the German military is weak and weakening, thus no threat to its neighbors as were their ancestors in 1939. And, Germany has long since won what Hitler was unable to do: conquer Europe using economic power, not military might. Of course, more discussion in Brussels and major capitals is needed than one needs if one uses tanks, Germany still pulls a lot of strings…and might even hold the ball.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.