Monday, November 30, 2015

Donald Trump channeling Adolph Hitler


I give Donald Trump NO thumbs up!  

When "the Donald" started his presidential campaign some months ago, I thought of him as a clown on the stump.  When can we get this clown off his podium? I thought.

Sadly,  Republicans have catapulted Trump to the top of the heap.  He is the front runner in every state in which he speaks and throughout the U.S.  Who'd a thunk?

I never dreamed Americans would actually take him seriously, but apparently a lot have. His rocket rise to the top and his staying there has really concerned me.  As time goes on, his campaign gets scarier and scarier and not at all funny.  He is becoming scary because he is playing on the fears Americans have in these dangerous times.

I have begun to see eerie similarities between demagogue Trump and another evil demagogue - Adolph Hitler.

Trump wants to "Make America Great Again,"- the greatest country in the world.


This is the same message Hitler charismatically touted to the German citizens in the 1930's.
Make Germany Great Again - the greatest country in the world.  And we fought WWII to stop him from world dominance.

Hitler started with blaming the Jewish population for all the ills that Germany was experiencing at the time.  They were taking away jobs from good Germans.  Trump is saying the same thing.  He says Mexicans, in particular, are doing the same thing in the U.S. - taking away jobs from Americans.  He, of course, lumps all Mexicans together and says that they are murderers and rapists that we are letting into our country.  Again, an eerie similarity to Hitler's comments about the Jewish people.

Trump rejects any kind of amnesty for undocumented workers already living here or any kind of pathway to citizenship. Even President Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to approximately one million undocumented workers in 1986, and Reagan is heralded as practically a 'god' to the Republicans.

Trump says he wants to round up eleven million of them and send them back to their countries of origin. He promises to build a 20 ft wall along our southern border with Mexico to keep them out. East Berlin built a wall to keep its citizens in, but even that came down in 1989.  I suppose undocumented workers will be sent to detention camps until they can be processed and removed. Same thing Hitler did with his "undesirables."

Trump is pandering to Americans fear rather than seeing the greatness of America that is already here - our diversity -  because we all have ancestors from somewhere else.  We are not all Native Americans, so our lineage had to come from somewhere and that somewhere is outside the U.S.

Trump has ratcheted up anti-Muslim hate and fear mongering just as Hitler did against the Jewish population in Gernany.  Trump says he would "certainly implement" a federal database to register an estimated three million Muslims living in America today.  This is exactly what Hitler did with the Jewish population - each and every Jew had to register with the Gestapo/or the central government in their German towns and cities.

Trump says he would not rule out having Muslim-Americans carry a special form of ID noting their faith.  Hitler had the Jews wear the yellow star of David. Not much of a difference. 

Recently a Black Lives Matter protester was beaten at the scene of one of his speeches and Trump casually and cavalierly remarked, "he deserved to be roughed up."  The same tactic and response Hitler used during his rise to power.

If Trump becomes president, how far away are we from rounding up "undesirables":  the undocumented, Muslims, refugees,  the homeless, just to name a few?  How far away are we from detention camps, internment camps, and concentration camps here on U.S. soil? How far away are we from people hiding in attics and cellars a la Anne Frank?

The hatred that Trump spews is no different from Hitler's.  Get rid of these "undesirables", like Hitler did with the Jewish, and America Will Be Great Again.  How far away are we from forcing our "undesirables" into concentration camps and finding a "Final Solution" to them?

Trump's presidential run says less about Trump and, sadly, more about Americans and the state of our nation.

Copyright  2015  Suzannah Wolf Walker  all rights reserved

Monday, November 23, 2015

ISIS Terrorism - the Insanity Continues


For the life of me, I do not understand why the world keeps this ridiculous cycle going.  It is just like a hamster on its wheel.  Running madly but getting nowhere.

Since 9/11 when the World Trade Center Twin Towers were destroyed by Al Queda the world has been spinning its wheels in fighting first, Al Queda and now ISIS, and today the world is stuck in the mud.

While the world has thwarted some terror attacks before they happened, the terrorists still are able to get by our security and intelligence screens and land some pretty devastating attacks on the world.  Case in point:  the Paris attacks this last week, the Russian jet liner explosion, the Beruit suicide bombings, the Mali hostage attacks.  American lives have been lost in these attacks as well.

Each one has brought death and destruction to so many people and their families.  Precious lives lost and families torn apart forever by the deaths.  Good people dying while the evil continues to live.

I am not an expert in the geo-political situation in this world, so you may take my comments with a grain of salt, but I am coming from a place called common sense.  A place many Americans are coming from these days.

I won't even go into the Iraq War, fought because of weapons of mass destruction which never existed there, because I have written enough about that at the time.

What I don't understand is our continued response to ISIS which is to send arms, money, and advisers to the natives in Iraq and Syria to have them raise armies to fight ISIS. They are not capable of fighting against ISIS and they know it. In fact, the Iraqi army put down their arms and fled from ISIS knowing they could not fight them.  They know they will be slaughtered it they do and if captured they will be beheaded.  Only the strongest armies of the world - the U.S., European countries, and NATO have the means of defeating ISIS.

So when we have one of these terror attacks we send our big, bad fighter jets to bomb ISIS, for example, in Raqqua, and then we stop after the bombs are dropped.  Of course, ISIS knows we will do this, because we have done this time and time again, so especially the ISIS leaders make themselves scarce from where the bombs fall.

Because of all this, the Syrians and many Iraqis are fleeing the middle east by the hundreds of thousands and Europe is struggling with finding them all homes.  The U.S. is only taking ten thousand of them over the next two years and now some Americans and politicians are fearful and going berserk over having them come here because several of the Paris terrorists came into Europe hidden with Syrian refugees.

We keep repeating the same behavior and expecting different results.

During WWII, Hitler and his German army was stopped not only with bombing but also with boots on the ground in Europe.  We stopped Hirohito and the Japanese army by having boots on the ground in the South Pacific and completely ended the war with the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

ISIS and Hitler are the two most evil regimes we have been up against in modern times.  I realize WWII was a different era, but we put boots on the ground and fought after Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.

Why aren't we putting boots on the ground in the middle east, Syria and Iraq, and once and for all stopping ISIS?   We cry and mourn and wail about terrorist attacks, but we are not cutting off the snake's head.  Until we do that, there will be more terror attacks and deaths to deal with. 

I hate to see our soldiers over there fighting too.  But I hate seeing innocent people killed by terrorists even more.  This is why nations have armies; to protect us in time of war.  And, we are at war with ISIS as Francois Holland has announced.

I for one, want ISIS stopped because right now they are the most evil element in the world. Then we need to go after Al Queda and the Taliban in the same manner. And Africa obviously needs help riding its continent of Boko Haram.   The world needs to rid itself of these terrorist groups.  Until we do this, there is no real safety and security anywhere in this world.

We must be more vigilant and we need to have some kind of response, as well, on social media to counter attack ISIS' insidious use of it to recruit fighters, soldiers, and suicide bombers.

When is the world going wake-up and fight ISIS instead of putting states of emergencies  in place that restrict  a people's democratic rights.  This is what ISIS wants.  We are playing right into their hands.

Copyright  2015  Suzannah Wolf Walker   all rights reserved

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ISIS Terrorism in Paris


Je suis Paris.

Je suis Francais.

My condolences to all of the people of France.  What a horrible week it has been, but I commend the French people for going on with their lives and not being intimidated by ISIS. To walk the streets of Paris again, brings Paris back to the "city of light."

Now, how do we stop ISIS?  I don't know.

What I do know is that we must alter our response to ISIS if we ever want to defeat them. The same old, same old is not working.  We have the same response each time, bombing them in Syria, and then wonder why we are not defeating them.  To have the same response to each western attack by ISIS and then wonder why we are not defeating them is INSANITY.

While we were sleeping, thinking we had won the war in Iraq, ISIS quietly and quickly grew to terrorize Syria and Iraq.  The Syrians are fleeing their country rather than fighting back. The Iraq army laid down their arms and fled rather than fight ISIS knowing they would be slaughtered if they did.

We think we have contained ISIS in Syria.  Obviously we have not.  They are still sending their "soldiers" to the west to wreck havoc with free and democratic societies, and so far it is working.  

For every one we kill, ten more rise up to fill the slot.  ISIS appeals to the disenfranchised, the hopeless, and the petty criminals.  ISIS gives these lost young people, in their 20's and 30's, a home, a sense of belonging, and a cause for which to fight.  These misguided youth have a cause to believe in for the first time in their lives.

So, what do we do to stop ISIS?  I don't know.

We know and understand that true Islam is not a violent religion of death.  I have not read the entire Q'uran, but the parts I have read espouse love and peace, not death and destruction.

What, then, do we do with ISIS, whose followers believe in their own brand of Islam, that teaches hate, terror and death to all that do not share their beliefs?  What do we do with an organization that is clearly not a "JV team" and that sells women as sex slaves?  What do we do with a people that behead all that do not believe in their radicalized Islam?  What do we do with a people that reject democracy for a totalitarian medieval caliphate?  What do we do with a people that want to extend that caliphate to rule world wide?

Obviously, as a world, we have to provide better opportunities for these disenfranchised youth so that they have something else available to them than joining ISIS.  

I think, world wide, we have the military means to defeat ISIS.

The world must unite, and that includes other Muslim nations, to defeat ISIS once and for all, so that those who have died in France, London, Madrid, Beirut, Egypt, and the U.S. have not died in vain.


Copyright  2015  Suzannah Wolf Walker  all rights reserved

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Newton's Diagram

AP Calculus exam                                                                     

quiet musings on

a bleak November day

The wind roars and whistles along

 rattling the windows

Outside each leaf joining another

swirling around 

to form a small cyclone

just outside the window

"Let's open the window and catch leaves!" he exclaims.

Compete innocence.

Later, sirens roar

as dark death descends to claim its victims.                       

It swoops down to collect its due

. . . a stadium

. . . a restaurant

. . . a theatre

Perpetrated by evil

wrapped in a false cloak of faith

Allah Akbar!

Where is the innocence?

La vie en rose?


Copyright 2015  Suzannah Wolf Walker  all rights reserved

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Hilarious Late Show with Stephen Colbert

          Today, my favorite all-time TV show is the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Not my favorite late night show, but my favorite show on all of TV.  

         Colbert has succeeded David Letterman with a flair that is funny, acerbic, zany, and as a comedic genius all at the same time.  He is a refreshing replacement for Letterman, who could be too serious and sometimes too intellectual.  Colbert has an intellect that can be comedic or serious depending on the topic or interview and he has a razor sharp wit.

         I have not laughed out loud so much as I have with his late night show.  He is so energetic and his show so high energy that I am fully wide awake and fully engaged watching his show.  He does not disappoint.

        At the end of the day, I want to be able to laugh out loud and forget my cares, and for this hour I do.  He is funnier than Jerry Steinfeld, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Margaret Cho, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel, and, I never though I would say this, but Johnny Carson as well.  Colbert is a crack-up!  He is even giving SNL some real competition.

        Just in the short time he has been on the Late Show (only since September) he has grown as a comic and an interviewer.  On his first show, his interview with George Clooney was mediocre and a bit silly, although he did ask Clooney about Darfur.  

        But, he has become much better.  His interview with Jeb Bush was brilliant and he did not let Bush get away with evading any questions or giving ho-hum answers.

       I loved his Halloween show with Colbert as a vampire.  He was hilarious and the jokes just kept on coming.  His scenes with trick or treaters were a rare treat.  When Charlie Rose came out, transformed into Frankenstein, I was surprised that a somewhat serious interview could take place.  

       Colbert has a rubber face that can convey any thought or emotion and he uses that contorted face in every situation from monologue, to comedic sketch, to interview.  But at all times he is an adult having fun and we have fun right along with him.  

       He has transformed the Ed Sullivan theater into his own.  I love the dome and think that is a brilliant idea.  I love the jazz band, Jon Baptiste and Stay Human, from New Orleans, Lousianna.  Baptiste and Colbert have a real rapport with one another and it shows.

       With all the controversy over whether Colbert could just be himself and not the persona he was on the Colbert Report, I think he has succeeded brilliantly.  I see a real person on the show and not just some character.  Do I think he is wearing a mask?  No.  Do I think I am seeing the 'real' Colbert?  Yes.

      As Colbert moves on with his shows I believe he will become better and better at what he does best:  comedy and interviews.  And, I will continue to laugh out loud for years to come.

      Oh, and by way, he dances way better than Ellen.