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Brimstone Corner of Jamaica Plain - 30 May 2015

Think about FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, and ask yourself why its corruption surprises anyone.  It’s sports, money ball, part of the international institution that has couch potatoes suffering people like Vick and Rice and Simpson and Brady for the sake of their ignorant bigotry.  It’s normal humanity, worshiping mammon by way of betting pools in bars, ordinary popular hypocrisy.

The question is why it’s popular, and part of the answer is that identifying with “winners” is a way of feeling better about our miserable selves, however cheap and phony.  But another part is that mass media take advantage of that cheapness and phoniness by promoting more of it to help them sell advertising to other cheap phony beggars.  And the cheapness stops when they deploy such ploys to foster wars in the name of religion.

Remember the Kingston Trio.  They, in the sixties, when other folksingers were protesting war, protested a ploy to increase mass transit revenue in Boston by assessing fares not only to ride but to stop riding, and now Boston is capitalizing on that by naming its electronic fare cards for that song.  Questions in that are how audacious that is and how ignorant the people in that bastion of “liberalism” must be to suffer it.


Justice rolling over the levees - 29 May 2015

United States media and government financial pundits are saying that China’s capitalism they call communism is failing now.  I own shares of MCDFX and BRSFX, a mutual fund of large cap China stock and a mutual fund of small cap United States stock, and so far this year my MCDFX investment has appreciated at a rate that annualizes at nearly 75 percent while my BRSFX investment has been stagnant.  But, of course, xenophobic “patriots” denying the inevitability of global sharing will argue that China is cheating by retaliating in kind against the xenophobes’ futile protectionism.

Money-mongering works on the sports model as sports work on the war model.  The Tea Party says it’s fiscally conservative, but it promotes protectionism against other nations while promoting free trade domestically, and it named itself for the Boston Tea Party.  The Boston Tea Party was a retaliation against transoceanic protectionism.

It’s like Las Vegas trying to keep poor black folks out of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  


Cameras catching fairness and balance - 28 May 2015

The Stolen Valor Act is legislation the second President Bush signed to criminalize faking war heroism.  The Supreme Court declared it in contravention of the First Amendment, and now we have Lindsey Graham calling his having been an Air Force lawyer credentials for deciding to put “boots on the ground,” earning himself not credentials but the swift boat boot from presidential candidacy Coward Kerry earned.

But we can be sure that Republicans who rationalize against him during the primary debates will rationalize for him in the general election if he out rationalizes their rationalization in the primary elections.  The whole mess is part of the media nonsense that presents Putin’s sex life as relevant to world peace while presenting Clinton’s sex life as irrelevant to anything.   Our mass media treat the film The Interview as fact.

So consider the relevance of these facts.  Pickpocketing is ordinary on the Eiffel Tower, and Africans congregate on the steps to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to charge tourists for admission to it, and tourists can see the basilica from the tower.  Response to that, typical of the mass media fictional farce, might be saying that Africans are in cahoots with ISIS because the basilica’s towers resemble minarets of mosques. 


Cashing in on common sense - 27 May 2015

Pundits promoting the increase to $15.00 per hour of the minimum wage in the City of Angels are saying our economy needs it to give people money to spend on the economy.  Obviously that argues for paying Peter to pay Paul to pay Peter to pay Paul to pay Peter, exactly the cycle that created the “great recession” by letting people borrow cash they couldn’t repay, piling mortgages onto credit cards and student loans.  I, a rational investor, have bought four homes since 2001 and sold the first three for more than I paid.  I bought the first by a fixed rate mortgage.  So I had cash for the rest.

Contrast that to the previous owner of the home I now own.  In 2006 he paid $115,000 for it, and in 2012 he let it go into foreclosure while he owed more than $80,000 on the mortgage, leaving me to buy it from the bank for $37,000 in 2013.  People say I’m lucky, but fact is that any of them could do what I did, through remembering the sixth grade.

Lucky are the affluent people arguing against basic arithmetic and simple semantics.  


Hobby horse losers - 26 May 2015

ISIS’ claim that it will use funds from the oil it controls to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan is one more indication that it’s a Mossad counter-intelligence operation.  And United States media and government pundits have swallowed that hogwash and are spewing it onto Obama with a fish hook they call Islam. The only entity whose interests driving another wedge between the United States and Pakistan will serve is Israel. 

The “revelations” of “bin Laden’s bookshelf” are only more hogwash.  Pundits, the ones still ignoring conspicuous evidence that bin Laden died of kidney failure long before the Abbottabad hoax, are of course swallowing that hoax.  And they’re saying that the claim that he had books about the United States and recommended attacking the United States instead of Arab nations indicates a “fixation” with the United States.  Any rational military strategist understands Sun Tzu’s dictum that military success requires knowing the enemy.  And we the people are letting Hebrew Semites pit us against Arab Semites.

We the people should be grateful that Obama has swallowed neither the hook nor the hogwash.  And we could well pray that Lindsey Graham, who has swallowed the hogwash and the hook and the line and the sinker and is trying to sink the whole world with himself, not be President of the United States.  He’s correct in saying we desperately need to defeat ISIS, but he’s ignoring who ISIS obviously is, the Israelis. 


What aren’t we talking about? - 25 May 2015

The FBI is now charging wacko kids falling for Mossad’s ISIS counter-intelligence with “attempting to provide material support to terrorists.”  One problem is the ability of proving intent, and another is defining the terms “material” and “support,” making the charge “virtually” meaningless.  Law in the land of the land of the free is growing as goofy as the dufus diction of the ratings of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Cackle Clinton, by dodging questions, is setting herself up for a fall, because every question she refrains from answering will be a weapon against her in the debates, and she’s letting the volley of them grow into a barrage.  And that’s in addition to the facts that people tend to fear the unknown and that she’s proven that she’s inept at debating.  And supporting her already requires ignorantly emulating her defiance of democracy.

Visiting Paris last year reminded me of visiting Tangier a few years earlier, partly because the primary language of both cities is French and partly because Tangier is famous for thieves, and the Eiffel Tower’s public address system warned its visitors of pickpockets.  And now United States mass media are reporting that Eiffel Tower employees are striking for the welfare of visitors.  Here we only strike for our welfare.


Freakish fickle fate - 24 May 2015

Irish poet William Butler Yeats apparently fell in love with Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne.  People say he had a brief physical encounter with her and begged her to marry him and briefly affianced her daughter she bore with the Irish military officer she married instead of Yeats.  Compare that romantic debacle to Jewish CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer’s apparent affection for Jewish State Department spokesperson Marie Harf.

One difference is that Blitzer is much older than Harf, and another difference is that Yeats’ image was on a decade of printings of Irish twenty pound notes, but a similarity is that Harf has a Jewish husband.

My favorite bar has above its bottles of booze a sketch of Yeats’ twenty-pound image a barmaid there drew before marrying a United States Marine officer.


Bridges - 23 May 2015

Famous feminist Gloria Steinem is one woman among many marching from South Korea to North Korea, across the demilitarized zone between those two nations, for peace.  Many women’s rights activists are fighting for the right to be as militant as men while those women are marching against militancy.  Think about the word “distaff,” referring to the female side of marriages, and hope for fewer sticks and stones. 

But, meanwhile, we have Heehaw Hillary, who stood by Bubba Bill’s destroying the career of a female intern by failing to preside over his own fly, seeking to preside over the government of the United States, his job when he did it.

And they’re of the party of the Camelot Kennedys.


Sickly soliciting snakes - 22 May 2015

Heehaw Hillary isn’t a statesperson but plays one on TV.  Tuesday, responding to people pointing out that she avoids questions, spent about five minutes replying to about five questions.  One person asked her whether she intends to continue associating with corrupt politicians, and she replied that she has a lot of friends and intends to continue associating with her old friends, essentially defining “cronyism.”

And another person pointed out State Department decisions favoring people who contributed funds to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, and she replied to that by saying that she wishes that the State Department would make her e-mails available to Congress sooner than it is, raising the question of whether Mossad named ISIS in honor of Bubba Bill’s questioning what is is.

Crosby, Stills and Nash, in the era during which Bubba Bill said he smoked dope but didn’t inhale, recorded the song “Marrakech Express” referring to charming cobras in the square, in the capital of the first nation to accept that the United States are a nation.


The credibility crapshoot - 21 May 2015

Media and government pundits who a few months ago said al Qaeda and ISIS are rivals are now saying someone they say is an al Qaeda leader is the person who most probably will replace the ISIS leader they say Delta Force killed Friday.

And such pundits also say ISIS is masterfully using “social media” to promote itself, while they ask how ISIS can be so masterful, but ignore the obvious answer.  ISIS is a Mossad counter-intelligence operation that has mass media masters from Spielberg to Zuckerberg on its side.  And consider also Jane and Sidney and Avraham Harman.

And such pundits say Chinese people pay millions of dollars for dogs.  Actually, many Chinese people eat dogs, because dog cost them less than would lambs.  And most of them invest more of their income in produce than in stocks or bonds. 


Falling among thorns - 20 May 2015

The Diaspora is the spread of Judaism beyond the land Judaic people say God promised them.  When Muslims took that land from them, many of them emigrated to Antwerp when it was Europe’s banking center, and dominated its diamond trade.  When Nazis persecuted them in Antwerp, many of them emigrated to the financial center of the United States, where they continue to dominate Manhattan’s diamond trade.

Since then, much of Manhattan’s diamond trade has moved from Wall Street uptown, near Times Square.  And Judaism is more evident there, in what people all over Earth now call the Diamond District, than it is in lower Manhattan.  But Judaic worship of Mammon remains prominent in both banking and commodities markets all over Earth.

The Qur’an directs worshiping the god of Abraham but differs from the Torah in that it proscribes usury.  The Torah proscribes coveting several commodities but doesn’t list   cash or buying power.  But both the Qur’an and the Torah call women a commodity.


The distaff side - 19 May 2015

ISIS “oil emir” Abu Sayyaf said, before U.S. Delta Force commandos killed him while trying to capture him Friday, that Islam has never been a peaceful religion.  That assertion denies the Qur’an and slanders Muhammad, and so it’s one more piece of evidence that ISIS is a Mossad counter-intelligence operation, not an Islamic state.  Moreover, mass media are saying the commandos captured his wife, for intelligence.

The Qur’an promotes protecting women, and Muhammad’s wife set him up in her father’s international trade business, but most U.S. pundits say Muslims say women are unintelligent.  The people who shot Malala didn’t do it because she is a girl trying to learn but because they were men trying not to learn.  Malala is Islamic while people like Abu Sayyaf and Mossad and U.S. government and media pundits ignore Islam.

And the Torah says Israel has been bellicose since before he left his mother’s womb.  And we should ask why, while Christians are more than a third of humanity and call Jesus God and the prince of peace and claim to believe in him, humanity is perpetually at war in the name of God.  If the Gospels are correct, and “people of faith” have faith as a grain of mustard seed, all the problems of humanity are their own damned fault.


Fate and wind - 18 May 2015

How can anyone claiming to believe in Jesus promote “capital punishment?”  And how can anyone believing in eternal life believe in death or call it a penalty?  And why did the Associated Press telephone Tsarnaev’s father to tell him such people would kill him?

But religion is replete with hypocrisy.  The Qur’an says that God is merciful and condones killing only in self-defense, but in the two centuries immediately following Muhammad’s delivering it Muslims rampaged from Mecca to Austria, to kill for land as do Christians and Jews.  And consider the argument for war in the Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu song of God, says that we shouldn’t have a problem with killing, because God eventually kills everyone, and creates some of us to help him.  Jesus called Pharisees like Saul of Tarsus hypocrites!  Why did Christians crusade?


Dividing our houses - 17 May 2015

Whether or not race is a factor in culture, culture is a factor in raising children to be adults, and the culture surrounding families may not be the culture of the family.  So we have European Americans joining African American gangs and Islamic children joining Christian churches.  But that blending of cultures is infrequent where we have ghettos.

The South African European African government instigated civil war by forcing African Africans to live in ghettos it called homelands.  They were like what the United States’ government calls reservations and what the Israeli government calls refugee camps.  But Africans had learned from Europeans since their kidnapping and enslaving them.

Now, in the homeland three religions call holy, the opposite of all that is true.  The United States promoted Israelis’ right to create a ghetto for themselves and call it a state.  So we have a civil war between the people who live in that land but outside the ghetto and the people in the ghetto with the United States supporting the ghetto people.


And are you a brute? - 16 May 2015

Obama is criticizing Fox News with diction Fox News anchors or pundits perhaps haven’t used.  But Obama’s criticism and diction accurately reflect the Fox News tea party attitude toward poverty and other misfortune.  If Obama’s criticism is irrational the reason is only in that it doesn’t recognize that MSNBC is also irrationally elitist.

“My shoes?” a survivor of the Amtrak 188 crash said, “They’re not my shoes.  A lady gave me her shoes.”  That showed her appreciation of a woman who wished to help in any way she could and probably felt bad about finding nothing more to do.  Now contrast that with the politicians using that crash on their corridor of power to promote their grandiose pretentions, and with other survivors of the crash, pandering self-pity.

Partisanship rots government, and mass media pass it on to the people, rotting them.  We the people of the United States are the wealthiest people on Earth while complaining more than any other people on Earth.  And, while other people struggle to solve their problems, we the people watch TV.  We’re heading the way of Rome.


Typical Christian soldiers - 15 May 2015

The Torah says Israel’s aggression and greed began before he left Rebekah’s womb.

A difference between Judaism and Islam is that the Torah says God directed killing for land, while the Qur’an says God directed killing only in defense against such as that, and that’s the difference between crusading and jihad.

Truman descended from German Jews.  He declared Irgun terrorist, but later he pushed the United Nations to declare Israel a nation with Irgun leading it, after Begin led Irgun to bomb the King David Hotel.  Begin, of course, became Prime Minister of Israel.

Begin also signed the Camp David Accords, but Israel violated them under his leadership and under all later leadership, and today we the people of the United States call Jimmy Carter a Bigot for pointing out those facts.

The Gospels say Jesus came with a sword and celebrated the genocidal Passover.


For ethnic cleansing - 14 May 2015

Blaming African Americans for drug addiction is like blaming Cherokees for drunkenness.  And blaming Palestinians for trying to defend themselves against Israelis is like blaming Apaches for trying to defend themselves against European Americans.  The longest-lasting state-sponsored effort at genocide is the one by the United States against the natives of the continent European Americans named North America.  In New Orleans, in the French Quarter in a bar whose attorney owner calls the Abbey, I met a drunken drug addict Sioux prostitute.  We the people call her Suzy.

And the United States government “gave” survivors of that genocide land for which European Americans found no use and forced them to live in those refugee camps we call Indian reservations.  And now the United States government is “helping” them by letting them have gambling casinos and paying them to store nuclear waste on those “reservations.”  And “liberal” European Americans ignore all that in defense of abortion.

The European American who sold me my ticket to see Mt. Rushmore recommended that next I see a national park memorializing Custer.  I ignored his recommendation and drove on to Sioux Falls before stopping for the night.  I saw no park for Sitting Bull.


Diversion from diversity - 13 May 2015

Football is why I left New Orleans the last time.  The first time I left was to take care of a family situation in Colorado, and the second time I left was because I was having too much fun in the joie de vivre of the French Quarter, but the third time was because the corrupt politicians had sold the Quarter to Las Vegas.  My main problem with Katrina was that Las Vegas bought the Saints the Super Bowl to attract back gambling tourists.

A result was that the Quarter is now mostly one big sports bar with poker machine, and a result of that is the attrition of my friends, with their joie de vivre.  Ruthie the Duck Lady died during one of my absences, and Uncle Lionel and Coco Robicheaux died during my last stay there, and no one’s replacing them.  And, when Coco died, the money mongering creeps diverted his second line funeral away from the Quarter.

And Las Vegas “cleaned up” Bourbon Street by replacing its strip joints with “gentlemen’s clubs.”  Before that, hardly anyone, neither tourists nor residents, took Bourbon Street seriously, but now they must.  Tourists are killing prostitutes, and taking their commercial degeneracy to bars off Bourbon Street, where formerly both tourists and residents talked about matters more important prostitution and sports.


Burning the phoenix - 12 May 2015

Sunday morning the American Broadcast Company said on its show This Week that ISIS is using “social media” to urge people to kill Americans “wherever you find them.”  The Qur’an proscribes killing humans for any purpose other than defense of Muslims’ homes, and that phrase is a reply to Islamic reluctance to kill in mosques, for any purpose.  But the craziest part of that ABC story is in how few Americans would hear ISIS urging, if cable and broadcast television networks didn’t tell them, calling it news.

“Find God’s match for you,” says ChristianMingle.com on television, to suck cash from Christians and other hypocrites.  But that’s little different from selling “indulgences,” or from cash fat medieval people paying artists to violate the Second Commandment by depicting them with saints and paying priests to display those images in churches!  How Christian is honoring John, if he had his mother beg Jesus for a throne, in heaven?

Look at the violation of the Second Commandment on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, the fortress of the Roman Catholic Church of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, the Roman Catholic Church.  Michelangelo didn’t depict God and Adam extending middle fingers to each other.  But Christians say Michael sent Lucifer to hell. 


Ignorantly overarching patronymics - 11 May 2015

The New England Patriots are patriotic as the New Orleans Saints are saintly.  So a question patriotic or saintly people might well ask is why anyone cares how full of wind a football is.  People who care are like those who hung a Saints flag over the banner of the statue of Johanne of Domremy at the French Market, as though Johanne’s banner didn’t display fleurs de lis centuries before football, to consider the lilies of the field.

Patriots might more appropriately honor the United States’ independence from England than call their homeland a new England.  And Don McLean should have learned the purpose of a levee instead of complaining in his song “American Pie” that one was dry.  Patriots eat apple pie as saints eat humble pie. 

Mark Twain said that Johanne of Domremy, whom the Roman Catholic Church calls a saint after murdering her for defending her homeland from a nation that calls her Joan, the epitome of patriotism. 


Fiction and focus - 10 May 2015

Media and government pundits continue to blame Islam for ISIS inspiring wackos, radicalizing already radical people, etc.  The only difference between the nutcase who emulated the Batman Joker character and murdered people in a movie theatre and the nutcases emulating ISIS is that more ISIS emulation exists because ISIS receives more media coverage.  Religion and ideology are irrelevant to homicidal maniacs, and also irrelevant to yahoos who misrepresent the Qur’an or the Bible, for any purpose.

And another example of media and government pundits missing the point is CNN calling Bimbo Banfield’s absurdity the Legal View.  Now she’s said that success of Marilyn Mosby’s effort to prosecute the murderous police in Baltimore depends on whether the knife Freddie Gray had in his pocket was legal.  She said that, if the knife  is illegal, the police had “probable cause” to arrest him, ignoring the question of whether they had probable cause to confront him when they did, to chase him down and knock him down, to search and arrest him, to kill him.

The town where I most often reside was a major stop on the Underground Railroad and has a large Arabic population.  It’s also an illegal drug hub for three states and has more bars per capita than any city I’ve visited outside New Orleans and Las Vegas, and it lost 14% of its population between the last two censuses, and 90% of its African American population.  And its City Council blocked placing a homeless shelter with drug rehabilitation services in its bankrupt drug hub central business district.


How can ISIS inspire anyone? - 9 May 2015

One indication that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus was unrepentant and directed the writing of the Gospels is the many instances in them of Jesus contradicting himself.  The most egregious example may be the assertion that he said he came not to bring peace but to bring a sword while his preaching turning the other cheek and healing the chief priest’s servant’s ear and reprimanding Peter for cutting it with a sword are more indicative of most of what the Gospels say he said.  Of course a problem with those contradictions is that people can pick whatever agrees with their own inclinations.

And, if we the people of the United States love our neighbors, why don’t we call all people of America Americans?  Imagine what Europeans must think of our shrieking about securing our border with Mexico!  Anyone in Europe can travel as freely between Spain and France as we the people in the United States do between Indian and Michigan while we call the French xenophobic.

Does anyone remember that Timothy Leary preached that LSD expands the mind but waived extradition to let the United States’ narcotics attaché to Afghanistan return him to prison in California.


Fatal pharisaical fraud - 8 May 2018

Why do Jews and Christians and Muslims kill?

The Qur’an calls liars losers, and it says that God will punish hypocrites by burning them eternally after judging them on judgment day, and so do the Gospels.

Consider that in the context of revelations of Roman Catholic priests molesting children and Roman Catholic bishops covering for the priests and Roman Catholic cardinals covering for the bishops and Roman Catholic popes covering for the cardinals and hiding them in the Vatican.

And ask why Christians condemn jihad, while praising the crusades and why United States coins violate the United States Constitution, “law” of “the land of the free.”

Who and what and why  do we the people think we are?


Patriotism and preaching - 7 May 2015

Why are media and government pundits calling Marilyn Mosby’s plea for peace a political rush to judgement?  She said that she heard the public pleas for justice in return for peace, but she immediately followed that by saying that she needed the public to provide peace, long enough for her to deliver the justice!  Those media and government propaganda pundits are ignoring the second part of that.

And why are media and government pundits calling killing to avenge cartoons of Muhammad Islamic?  The Qur’an directs violence only in defense against Muslims’ property!  And Muslims don’t draw cartoons of Jesus or Moses.

That kind of punditry belongs in Las Vegas!


Wishing and washing - 6 May 2015

Bob Schieffer, on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, said the United States have been trying to give African Americans equal rights since being a nation.  Facts are that Washington and Jefferson “owned” slaves, that the nearest thing to trying Washington did was stipulating in his last will and testament that his slaves be free on his wife’s death, and that the nearest thing to trying Jefferson did was saying that eventually slaves would “rise from the dust.”  Washington’s wife freed his slaves before her death, because she was afraid they would rise from the dust, to kill her for their freedom.

Fortunate for the African Americans trying to rise from the dust in Baltimore is that Al Sharpton didn’t stir up much dust there as publicly as he ordinarily irreverently irrelevantly does.  He tried to upstage Baltimore’s female African American mayor at a press conference after the riots, but during them he left Representative Elijah Cummings to lead the outside influence, relevantly and reverently and successfully.  He succeeded in not muddying the suddenly rolling water.

But media and government pundits continue to waffle as did Washington and Jefferson, as did the United States government when it reneged on the promise of an acre of land and a mule to slaves the Civil War freed, as they always have before and after Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act for votes.


The Tenth Commandment - 5 May 2015

The Dao De Jing, the primary scripture of Taoism, says that the worst misfortune is not knowing what is enough.  I know people, whose only income is from social security, who have filled their homes with things for which they have no use.  Most of it is junk, but they refuse to throw it away, and I suspect that the reason is that they feel that losing it would keep them less wealthy than billionaires owning houses they nearly never use.

And racism is also in indirect proportion to buying power.  The term “redneck” originated in reference to European American farmers bending their necks to plowing beneath the sun.  But now both European Americans and African Americans use that term to refer to drunken racist European Americans both also call white trash.

And same is true of illegal drug use and other crime.  Of Earth’s half dozen most popular religions, only Buddhists are less violent than Taoists, and Buddhists have more buying power.  And they preach more.    


Juries and peers - 4 May 2015

The Fraternal Order of Police added insult to injury by calling the indictment of the murderous policed in Baltimore a rush to judgment.  No prosecutor has all the pertinent facts before any trial, and no trial reveals all the pertinent facts, but Marilyn Mosby knew enough.  What the FOE did was a more prejudicial rush to judgment.

We should ask why police need a union as we should ask why teachers need a union.  In Wisconsin teachers turned in counterfeit sick slips to play hooky from their jobs after abdicating their jobs by preaching their partisan opinions to students instead of teaching them the facts we the people paid them to teach.  And those Baltimore police officers, whether or not they did what the indictment says they did, abdicated their official duty.

What Marilyn Mosby did was precisely her job, and the only union prosecutors have is the political unity that elected her to her job, unity that as easily can take it from her.  The FOP, the fraternal order of piggish prejudice that calls itself a union, works only for one small segment of the citizenship.  And it defends that segment right or wrong.


Truth and justice - 3 May 2015

A half century ago, mass media showed a picture of little Kim Phuk running naked among troops Lyndon Johnson sent to Vietnam to kill what he called little yellow people, with smoke rising from her village behind them.  Some people said that picture showed the troops trying to help little Kim Phuk and the other children in the picture while others said it showed the troops trying to do what Johnson said he sent the troops to do.  What is shows is both, as media pictures show both responsibility and racism, in Baltimore.

Mass media are showing a video of the arrest of Freddie Gray, beginning with picking him up from the ground beside a bicycle, not showing how he went to the ground.  Yesterday CNN aired an African American nutcase saying the video shows police breaking Gray’s back by twisting his leg after the video shows him limping after the police picked him up from the ground.  The video shows how he received neither injury.

But one thing no reasonable person can deny is that the alliance between Crips and Bloods to diminish the destruction shows that those two gangs are more like sports teams than like armies.  They fight and sometimes kill each other for fun, but know that peaceful people deserve a peaceful life, and proved it.  And no one pays them.  


The entertainment business - 2 May 2015

We the people of the United States, falling for promotion from our commercial mass media, feel sorry for Jack Kerouac and Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for dying on drugs, while we blame less affluent people for their drug addiction, despite their having more cause for despair.

And we the people of the United States blame Afghans for exporting opium to us and blame Columbians for exporting Cocaine to us and blame Mexicans for exporting Marijuana to us.

We the people of the United States buy and use the stuff.


The Fifth Commandment - 1 May 2015

The racist “religious right” preaches family values.  But an African American term for insulting one’s family is “playing the dozens,” because most value their extended family, but insulting one’s mother is the worst.  Witness that kid in Baltimore, taking those blows from his mother and leaving the riot to go home with her, and her pointing out that his Facebook friends told him not to be “mad at his mom” but to “give her a big hug.”

In the 1950’s most white folks associated illegal drugs with jazz music and jazz music with African Americans.  White Jack Kerouac left a Columbia University scholarship, to hang out with white people using illegal drugs and raving about jazz music, and wrote about himself doing that.  He moved his mother from New Jersey to a little white clapboard house he bought for her in Florida and died of drug abuse it its bathroom.

And white Elvis Presley also expressed extraordinary love for his mother, and he acknowledged his debt to African American music, and he died much as Kerouac did.  And European Americans, from South Boston destitution to Wall Street affluence, abuse illegal drugs and brag about it.  And the percentage of African Americans going to church every week is larger than that of European Americans claiming Christianity.


Fellowship, conscience, responsibility - 30 April 2015

“If I ever get out of here,” sang Bob Seeger in a rock song, “I’m going to Kathmandu.”  Seeger grew up in Detroit, and both Detroit and New Orleans have far more African American inhabitants than have other United States cities, and the population of both of those cities is less than it was when Seeger first sang that song.  The European American “religious right” said the reason for Hurricane Katrina was that New Orleans is sinful, and the New Orleans Café is a bar in Kathmandu, and now the Earthquake.  Jesus, however, told us to love our neighbors.  And he said that faith can do anything.

Most people in street gangs in the United States are African American, and most people responding to disasters by looting in the United States are African American, and so are most people committing other crimes in the United States.  So most racist European American people, descendants of the people who enslaved African American people, say African Americans are genetically criminal.  Such people made them so desperate.

Those Caucasian religious right creeps, if they know that Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha, might say that’s the reason for the earthquake.  But, like Jesus, the Buddha preached universal charity.  And Buddhists make no exceptions to that.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Dust, a novel  
Ashes and Angels
works in regress and progress

Kim - a 1901 novel

Were all on Earth claiming or denying any sectarian religion to set aside their bigotry long enough to read this book carefully, they would lead the rest of us to understand and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

This is a beautiful book, a song from the spirit of bold-faced truth, selah.


Philomena - a 2013 film

A danger of this wonderfully accurate presentation is that other poor people might regard the heroine’s continuing loyalty to the Church as promoting such.  Saul of Tarsus suckered Jesus’ disciples into perverting Jesus’ ideals into the mammon mongering and power grubbing we now call Christianity.  And that perversion intimidated that poor woman and keeps intimidating countless others into paying to burn candles in fear for God’s eternal goodness to goodness.


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

This is a love story.  British and Australian government conspired to kidnap about 130,000 children and ship them from Britain to Australia for agricultural and sexual slavery.  This movie depicts the heroic efforts of one loving woman standing against all odds to return those children to whatever remained of what they’d loved.

What we the people of the United States call Jacksonian democracy was President Andrew Jackson’s telling the Governor of Georgia to ignore the United States Supreme Court’s support for the unalienable rights of the natives of the eastern side of this continent and kidnap many thousands of them and send them to the western side of this continent.

Decades after kidnapping the children, the British and Australian governments apologized to the children they’d kidnapped and enslaved and raped, but the United States government has never apologized to the thousands of men and women and children they kidnapped and killed by what reasonable people call the trail of tears.


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

Every politician or soldier, every media executive or producer, every news media anchor or reporter, every sexist or racist or nationalist or Republican voter or Democrat voter, every Yankees fan or Red Socks fan and every other bigot picking one side against all other sides, for no reason other than putting his or her interests above all others’, without regard to history or common decency or other facts, should see this presentation and go back to school.


Modern Times a 1936 Film

Suddenly we live in a time long past the political issues of this film.  We have risen from all that to a complacency that has us calling communication tweeting and sexual companionship hooking up.  Such is how Greece and Rome fell.


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

This film implies that white communists fronted Nelson Mandela and that he was sexually promiscuous, more than forty years after J. Edgar Hoover used the same approach against the junior Martin Luther King, and less than three years before Dirty Harry implied that a white soccer player saved South Africa.


Nixon - a 1995 film

This film begins with the correct caveat that it isn't the whole truth and may wholly misrepresent any truth, and the next screen quotes the evangel Matthew quoting Jesus, implying that Nixon sold his soul.  CNN calls Oliver Stone a controversial director, after his wife has turned the American Broadcasting Company's evening news into an all Advil Oprah drugh opera, like Stone's movies.

Whether or not Nixon told his mother to think of him as her faithful dog, a fact Stone tries to soap or drug is that Nixon ended Johnson's insane war.  History allows no excuse for either Nixon's hubris or stones.  Or Hirohito's or Truman's or Kennedy's or Hoover's.

History allows no excuse for Hitler or Netanyahu.  Democracy needs objective reporting from ABC to Hollywood.  Stone is at least as contra-factual as Nixon.


Avatar - a 2009 film

The weirdest thing about this film is that nearly every mass media critic said its point was commercial technological superiority.  The point fair watchers find from this film is that technology should serve democracy, not superiority or demagoguery, not alienation.  Families risk death to flee Mexico to pick fruit for the free and legally republican citizens of the United States.

And, instead of welcoming them, the people too lazy to do such work create laws to keep them out.  They say that those people who can't afford immigration lawyers should not be allowed to attend their tea party.  They call fruit pickers drug dealers to get them out of their faces.

America, the land illegal immigrants stole from its natives, allows a population that sucks up to advertizing that it should be all Advil, while calling people not on Face Book degenerate.


Network - a 1976 film

Netflix, a generation after this film appeared, bills it as a prediction.  What it is is a fact of human life, recognizing that Jewish gold and Arabic black gold are no different in their effect on the ecumenical economy, the power of abstraction to make humans value hubris more than their lives.  It sold Archie Bunker and Tide as it sells Oprah Winfrey and Tylenol.


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

The Israelis should remember the holocaust when they do what they're doing to the Palestinians.  Arithmetic is that the Israelis keep building settlements while the United States tells them to stop building but never to dismantle.  The "com" in compassion means with, and so compassion is a two way street and not a path of vengeance, and the Palestinians are more Semitic than the Israelis and neither German nor Egyptian.  Nothing is more holy than home, and God made the land three religions call holy the homeland of  people of many religions, long before crusades or jihads or the unprovoked Jericho slaughter.  And the land of the free calls the Israeli theocracy, Irgun terrorizing Fatah, democracy.


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

The novel is one of the few books whose promise bore out so poorly from its beginning that I couldn’t finish reading it.  And the film was more inane, beginning with someone saying he was a history teacher responding to someone saying he was an archeologist saying that the early church had buried the title prophecy in the 6th century A.D., by suggesting that Franciscans might have done it.  Francis began his life in the 12th century A.D.

The title prophecy says that the present millennium shall begin with people’s recognizing the violence that has pervaded history and stopping it.  Instead, the new millennium has begun with the historical inaccuracy of the Da Vinci Code making it the most selling novel of the first decade of this millennium.  But maybe we can take hope from that.

The prosperity of the last decade of the second millennium after Christ caused the recession of the first decade of the third millennium after Christ.  We hope that that might force teachers and students and everyone else to work for all living for awhile.



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

This film begins with its producer saying its basis is scripture and historical documents and that Moses’ accomplishment was to free people from slavery   Next, the film misquotes the Torah and says Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses because she drew him from water.  “Moses” is from Egyptian for “son”.

Dan Brown admits The Da Vinci Code to be fiction and still has nothing on Cecil B. DeMille for hogwash misrepresenting the Bible and history, and so we have to ask why this film raised no Roman Catholic outrage.  We’re thinking that maybe it’s sexism, since nearly no female character in it shows any purpose other than to fawn over men to give them sons or suck.  But the next question, after how the Motion Picture Association of America ignores its violence to rate it G, is why no Judaic outrage.  We’re thinking the Chosen might still be choosing the golden calf over the Ten Commandments, with help called Christian. 

The Bible says  the Israelites did to the Midianites, the people it says took Moses in and gave him their king’s daughter, worse than what Egypt did to them and worse than what the Nazis did to the Jews.  Maybe Israel let the film slide because it glosses over that and what Israel keeps trying to do to the Palestinians.


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

The author, Jim Garrison, Orleans Parish District Attorney, the only person to prosecute anyone for the assassination of J. F. K., is as crazy as Ann Coulter and the persons he accuses, if he wrote the book.  The book falls apart in many ways incidental to Garrison's hubris or paranoia.

One way is by its inclusion of the terms “false sponsor” and “sheep-dipping”.  The people Garrison tracked must have been sheep-dipped false sponsors, as he must have been on the other side of the coin his book flips like dice.  The people he accuses range from the CIA to Johnny Carson, as though that huge body of people could have kept such complicity from the huge body of people with whom they associate, and so on to all of Earth.

Another way is in its assignment of motive, a factor essential to any prosecution in court.  Garrison would have us believe that hundreds of people in a dozen government agencies conspired against Kennedy on the basis of their belief that he was going to prevent the war in Vietnam.  Besides the question of why anyone wouldn’t like that, a fact is that Kennedy sent more troops to Vietnam than Eisenhower had.  We suspect a more obvious motive for that assassination, far beyond New Orleans.

Kennedy killed those people at the Bay of Pigs, by changing the original CIA plan and refusing to accept responsibility.  Kennedy changed United States relations with the Soviet Union from checkers to the verge of nuclear destruction of all life.  So, a few genuinely concerned persons at top levels of the Soviet and United States governments killed him to prevent that destruction.  The false sponsors must have been after the fact.   

I have no doubt that the assassination was a conspiracy, as we agree that Oswald couldn’t have done all the shooting.  But the human resources management of the deed must have been more constrained, leaving the smoke and mirrors the book sells to people as crazy as Garrison.


Idocracy - a 2005 film

This film predicts a future when people try to grow crops with Gatorade, where the hero saves the world by watering the crops.  In the present, people calling themselves environmentalist are trying to save the world by putting corn into gas tanks, while people around the world are starving.

That hero's name is Not Sure, while in this day and age people claiming to be smart say they're not sure, when truth they know is that they simply don't know.  Those people are the people who say we should do something for the people of Darfur while saying we shouldn't have done anything for the people of Iraq.  They are people like Mitt Romney and John Kerry, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Those people are the people who put criminals above persons, who haven't had a chance to choose life better than crime and say their choice is compassionate, liberal.  As this film indicates, those people are already taking their world into the dust this film predicts.



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

The Beatles are a microcosm.  Kids sing about holding hands until they acquire power, and then they let go of their friends’ hands and their own minds, for what Solomon called vanity.  Like Greece and Rome, the United States were a world power before they alienated their kids in Birmingham and Vietnam, and those children turned their nation into an escape from everything.

The Beatles said they named themselves for the Beatitudes, before they turned to drugs, or after they rode them, to compromise, for fame.  Now, Lennon is dead, and McCartney is white bread, and the First World is all Advil.  Now, Lenin is dead, while Liverpool and the Irish suffer.  Viva Las Vegas, the ways of the world.

Irish and Iraqi suffer for no reason beyond the I in their names, as Israel suffers for no reason more than that humans prefer bigotry and drugs to the Ten Commandments, from the diamond minors in South Africa to the diamond merchants in New York, to you inactivists.


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

My favorite lines in that film are from a white couple entering the club.  The white man says, “At least they don’t let niggers in here!”  The white woman asks, “They don’t let them into their own club?”

So Richard Gere gets billing over Gregory Hynes, two decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and now two more decades have passed, making more than forty years.  Bootleggers like the Kennedy’s owned Harlem in the roaring twenties, and now the Clintons have moved in!  How long, O Lord?

Now we’re engaged in a great civil war, to see whether Obama can run the Clintons out of Harlem, and the Whitehouse.  Cotton is white, while pickers are black, and now black has another fight to pick.


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

Harry Potter answered a question most of us think impossible.  The way to world peace is through the understanding that is friendship.

Nearly everyone claiming a religion claims it as a superstition, although every founder of every remaining major religion argued mainly one point, the sharing essential to prosperity, loving one’s neighbor.

Terror isn’t Islamic, as it isn’t Mosaic or Christian.  Terror comes from such as Crusades and Jihads.  Terror is in what Joshua did and in what Osama Bin Laden is doing and in what Hitler did and in what Israel is doing.  It's in what every bigot does, and it won’t stop until all of us stop trying to blame it on Moses or Muhammad or Jesus, on everyone but ourselves. 

It won’t stop until we stop making excuses to covet our neighbors’ land, until we stop perverting the teachings of the founders of our religions from the Rishi’s to Muhammad, into ignorance of them.

Only then shall we have something worth fighting for, and stop fighting.  The essential weapon for peace is not secret.  It’s plain.


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

Tolstoi said, in War and Peace, that the cause of the Napoleonic Wars was the first French corporal.  This film says the same, that the cause of killing is rationalizing some excuse for it, be it vengeance or following orders, or supporting one’s country, or one’s family, or oneself.  This film also says that we’re all in that craziness together, but it does not loudly enough say that, were each of us to refuse, it would all stop.  Snail darters would die of their own accord, and they and all else could rest in peace.  That Pierrepoint fellow was not the last hangman.


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

John Donne, not Jack Kennedy or Ernest Hemingway, said this:  "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

This film shows that Ireland and Iraq are similar far beyond the fact that the names of both countries begin with "Ir" when written in the Roman alphabet.  Ireland means anger land, and anger dominates both countries.  And so does greed.

When an Irishman told us that the strife between Catholics and Protestants in his country has nothing to do with religion, we didn't understand.  This film explains.

And neither is the strife between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq religious, and nor is Israel.


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

Consider the operant steps in this plot.  A team conspires to throw the World Series because its members think they’re underpaid.  Late in the series they decided not to throw the series because the bookies aren’t paying them.  None of them considers his family’s welfare until a thug for the bookies threatens to kill one’s wife.  A judge a salary offer before accepting responsibility for correcting all that.  A kid asks one of the players to say the mess ain’t so about baseball.  Joe, it was so in all professional sports then, and it’s so now.


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

Although Mr. Carter writes from the point of view and with the tone of his claim to Christianity, sometimes uses words and phrases particular to popular expression of persons calling themselves Christians, and occasionally points out facts particular to such persons, this book is nearly all factual.  That is, rather than expressing opinions, it mostly points out circumstances and events verifiable through public records.  Yet, it has a reputation for being controversial.

Of course the reason is that few people bother to differentiate between facts and opinions, because most people are as opinionated and biased as some say Jimmy Carter is, and few people bother to research public facts, much less see for themselves, as Mr. Carter has.  In fact, if the book has any shortcoming, it’s that Mr. Carter doesn’t succinctly point out the most significant facts defining the situation.

Those facts are: that Israelites or Israelis have been oppressing Philistines or Palestinians since the battle of Jericho, an onslaught with no provocation whatsoever; that Israelis have killed far more people and broken far more promises than Palestinians have; and that the 1967 Israeli state was not one nation until 1949.

Moreover, if that former head of government of the United States of America were to carry religious metaphors in defense of the United States of America, he might have pointed out how David defeated Goliath’s superior physical size.

Now, Israel has nuclear weapons and air superiority through military aid from first world nations, as European nations took superior weapon technology on the Crusades.

So, now, Islam is continuing Saladin's jihad, against the world whose trade center is now Wall Street.

All a president needs to do to stop the terror is be fair.

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

This film, set at the beginning of World War II, screened at the beginning of the United States presidency's escalation of Truman's advisory mission in Vietnam into a full scale war Nixon would would end.

Three years earlier, West Side Story screened, asking the same questions.  One film is about nations, while the other is about gangs while the only difference is scale, while presidents have ignored the politics of both.

Both films, in retrospect, should cause us to ask why they didn't change humanity's prospects.  That is, we should ask why we care more now about American Idols than about the ordinary people of Iraq or Darfur.

Both films have iconic weaknesses.  In one, a poor nun saves a family of aristocrats, and the other's title suggests that west is better than east.  But the two share an eminently importantly iconic question.

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

This film set the theme for the best of Hollywood since.  We had a problem with its epitaph, when the bar owner took the sign out of the window inviting folks in to be themselves and tore it in two, saying that enough is enough.  But then we remembered that integrity is always exactly enough and shouldn't need a reminder!  What's your dream?


Shinea 1996 film

Nothing is more important than music.  Nothing is more important than the harmony of inspiration.  This film says that.

The horror of the holocaust lives on, from the horror of the captivity.  This film tries to deliver a lesson to the Germans and the Egyptians, and the Israelis, all of us.  The holy land is hardly holy, despite how the sun shines on Karn Hattin.  Why don't Christians visit the Mount of Beatitudes?

In the sixties, when the great society sent millions of Americans to kill Vietnamese doing nothing but trying to live their lives as best they could, a popular song borrowed a melody from Rachminov s second piano concerto and assigned it the lyrics “When I was young, I never needed anyone.  Making love was just for fun.  Those days are done.”

Rachmaninov’s third piano concert is more difficult to play than his second while his second, played more in the film, is more sweet.  And popular music is more sweet now, in the war on terror that has made Bethlehem a combat zone.  How is Christ's birthplace in the shadow of death?

Astrology, psychology, stars and butterflies, what life comes down to is common sense.  This film is quite lovely.


somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond - a 1931 poem

A Harvard poet wrote that poem between the two world wars, between his imprisonment in France for driving an ambulance and German imprisonment of France for nothing.

Films we find near to that poem are The Painted Veil and The Tiger and the Snow.  Both films show what love between two people should be, as they show what love is.

Imagine Nero walking the Great Wall, if you wish such as that.  We all must remember that our enormous room is a small roe's chest.  Otherwise we cannot love.



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

"Oh, my dear, that's one to tell your grand children. . . .  Don't worry:  I love God, even though I sometimes don't know what he's doing. . . .  Love is like a flame; it burns and is visible to all. . . .  None of us will ever leave Sumatra. . . . Amen."


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

This book is exactly an autobiography.  Other works in that genre try to explain the effect of the life in question on others’ lives.  This book tells succinctly how Woody Guthrie grew to produce his effect.  Woody and his story are works of dynamic integrity.  We need to listen, closely.

Woody Guthrie was communist, in the sense that we all should share God's bounty.  He was not a Marxist or a Leninist or a Stalinist.  Nor was he a Washingtonist or a Jeffersonist.

Nor was he an Amerigo Vespugian or a Paulist or any other kind of excuse for a name.


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

Both authors were at the top level of the Central Intelligence Agency.  One planned the U2 project and the operation Kennedy turned into the debacle at Bay of Pigs.  The other, recruited into the agency from college during the Johnson administration, worked his way up to directing the agency during the first Bush administration.  But the first declines to blame Kennedy for the mess he made, and the second hardly mentions the former Director of Central Intelligence who appointed him to that position while President, making both books smoke screens for coversion.  But any competent CIA analyst could synthesize truth from the details.


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

With great technical and aesthetic prowess, this film shows how cheap and cowardly and stupid humans have become, the abstraction of the word “humanitarian”.  Many of its details and time lines don’t work together, but neither do many humans attend much to what’s in their faces, rationalizing private greed against public concern.  Journalists and politicians and doctors and lawyers keep trying to take advantage of the weakness of humans trying to be as suicidal, self-destructive, as they are.  One of the twelve tasks of Hercules was to kill the Titan Antaeus, the difficulty being that Antaeus regained his strength whenever he was down to Earth.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences keeps proving itself Herculean.  But most important are our children.  Note the dedication.


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

This was a Sundance production.  It’s set in New Mexico, the state of the united ones whose flag represents the sun.  Its theme is the power of the people, and it shows how humans can unite for the best of their life and love, against the power of humans who unite for smaller selves.

But it waves a rabbit dead to excuse firing to frighten humans.  Beans contain as much protein as animal meat, leaving killing cattle less practical than killing trees for golfing.  Humans eat like pigs, but we work harder at it.

This film promotes considering the lilies of the field, while it promotes eating sparrows.   It does not pass through the eye of the needle.  But it helps.


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

In this film, Woody Allen closes his career by admitting the cause of his success, that he has catered to hypochondriacs, people who seek only pity.  Aristotle pointed out the technical difficulties of the staging of his time, and the French called those limitations an ideal and adhered to that absurdity long after Shakespeare freed the rest of us, and long after Eisenstein offered us Shakespeare’s best wishes, and now their pride is in ennui.  Cinema, at its best, goes straight to our hearts by opening our eyes, not by giving us more weak excuses.  In this film, Allen admits he has nothing on Eastwood.  And cinema is still beginning.  To show, to move.  Just see.


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

Richard Wright said that Ms. McCullers accepted blacks.  More recently, linguists have called the non-white grammar and diction of blacks the “negro non-standard dialect”.  African Americans no longer wish to be called Negroes, and Ms. McCullers did not accurately represent their dialect.  But she did faithfully represent the lonely hearts of the down and out!  Can Mick ever rediscover her music?


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

What’s the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist?  This film is a story of redemption, a story of love for the best and worst of us.  If one can divorce oneself from merchandising and violence, this film is beautiful.   In its beginning, the protagonist is a soldier who failed to die in battle, a person dead of his past and living without future.  In the end, his horse’s head is above his, as he bows to “the peace all of us seek and few of us ever find.”


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

This is another beautiful book. The man who wrote it must have been in love. Maybe a little as Mark Twain must have been to write Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.


War and Peace an 1869 novel

Tolstoy, while fathering thirteen children with a woman he married when she was half his age, is mostly about his love for her.  The last hundred-some pages of the book he wrote while she bore most of them try to justify the book otherwise, as an essay on war regardless of peace.  And, maybe so, he died leaving his wife, the mother of his children, to justify his thinking.  Many of us live and die that way.  We ignore our life.


"Nothing on Earth is worse than bigotry,
and bigotry cannot survive without hypocrisy."


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