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Pay for play - 27 August 2016

Rudolf Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City we called “America’s mayor” after 9/11, is siding with Terrorist Trump.  But that should surprise no one, considering his attitude toward Islam since then and toward immigrants before then, despite his being Mayor of the city of Ellis Island.  Giuliani is at the forefront of calling terrorist hypocrites calling themselves Islamic radical Islamists and calling the poverty of Mexican people criminal.

But hypocrisy is also among Democrats.  If you invest in stocks on Wall Street, you’re investing in companies that employ people, but investing in campaigns for election to government positions invests only in opinions.  And Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill are using donations to their “charity” to influence our government in their private interest.

The current campaigning for election to preside over the government of the United States is no more rational than sports.  The candidates, whether or not they preach policies, are working only for power.  They’re more unruly than a spitball.

 

Blinking and winking - 26 August 2016

Stalin and Hitler called their murderous hypocrisy socialism as ISIS calls its murderous hypocrisy Islam.  And mass news media support lies, as they use the words “optics” and “perception” and “semantics” to mean the opposite of what dictionaries say they mean, as universities teach how to lie credibly in “communication” courses.  But the epitome of such was Saul of Tarsus changing his name to Paul and calling Pharisees Christians.

But consider this perception.  Touching the tip of a thumb to the tip of an index finger imitates the letter “O,” and it semantically signifies an acronym for misspelling “all correct,” as “oll korrect.”  Now Dingdong Donald Terrorist Trump does that while Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd touches tips of his middle fingers to tips of his thumbs, signifying thumbing his nose at us and that we should go fuck ourselves, optically doubling down.

My voting strategy tentatively remains writing the name Condoleezza Rice on an absentee ballot, and voting for all Republicans on the ballot, other than Trump.  And, if we the people believe what we say, many others of us will do the same because Rice was a member of the party of Jefferson Davis before she recognized the Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy.  And Republicans would block Cackle Clinton’s hypocrisy.

 

The scope of our trials - 25 August 2016

Decisive Donald postponed his flipping his flopping concerning illegal immigrants.  Healthy Hillary said that her avoiding questions concerning Benghazi by falling on her head was because of her health.  And neither of them, while accusing the other of not proposing means for keeping their promises, is publicly proposing means for keeping promises.  But any proposal from either would be irrelevant.  We know that both lie.

And yet both Dingdong Donald supporters and Heehaw Hillary supporters are saying they’d support them more readily if they’d say something other than what they’re saying.  We the people, while seeing and hearing evil from them and speaking evil against them, believe anything they say that agrees with what we say.  That’s the epitome of gullibility.

We’re more gullible than the three monkeys.  Instead of covering our eyes and ears and mouths, we look and listen and speak and ignore what we see and hear and say, and blame anyone not ourselves.  We swallow both our own and others’ hogwash.

 

Rube Goldberg cubism - 24 August 2016

Kellyanne Conway is standing by Dingdong Donald’s sexism as Heehaw Hillary stood by Bubba Bill’s.  And she’s doing it for the same reason, to further her career at the cost of any career and the general welfare of anyone, male or female.  Of course Terrorist Trump’s motive for hiring her is his hope that she’ll suck women silly enough to vote for Cackle Clinton into voting for him instead.

And, of course, his motive for firing Mealy Mouth Manafort was the reports of Manafort’s dealings with Russia.  Those reports supported pundits’ accusations that Terrorist Trump is dealing with Russian.  But, of course, Dingdong Donald didn’t say that.

His campaign, no matter how many times he reorganizes it, shall be nonsense.

 

Branches of Davidians - 23 August 2016

The book Genesis says that Israel’s favorite wife died giving birth to his last son beside a road while he was on the lam because his sons Simeon and Levi killed his only daughter’s husband and father in law and every other male in their town and that Israel buried her beside the road and moved on.  It says that her name was Rachel and that Israel’s name was Jacob and that he began using the name Israel because Simeon and Levi made his name stink in the land God had promised him.  And Exodus says that Moses descended from Levi and that God appointed Levi’s descendants Israel’s priests.

History says that President Truman’s mother descended from Jacob and Rachel Jung, Judaic Germans who immigrated to New York the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and that they changed their name to Young to fit in with the English colonists.  And more recent history says that an Israeli drove a bulldozer over a girl, killing her for standing between it and the home of a Palestinian pharmacist, and that her name was Rachel.  And, while she was a college student from the United State of Washington, the United States government made no request for retribution.

Terrorist Trump supporter Arizona Senator Jeff Sessions called Iran a theocracy, and Terrorist Trump supporter Goofy Gingrich calls himself a historian and calls the Palestinians a “made up people,” and the United States government calls Israel a democracy.  Israel is a theocracy, and the Palestinians descended from the Philistines, who were Greeks who crossed the Mediterranean at about the time the Israelites crossed the Jordan.  And the Iranians were Persians, and the government of Israel was a Zionist organization Truman called terrorist, before he promoted its legitimacy.

 

Polling and trolling - 22 August 2016

Stalin populism, what Stalin promised to the masses, was what we now call liberalism.  Hitler populism, what Hitler promised to the masses, was what we now call conservatism.  Stalin promised to liberate a share of the gross national product to the masses while Hitler promised to conserve pride in nationalism by destroying competition.  Consider the the campaigns of Cackle Clinton and Terrorist Trump.  They're analagous.

Dingdong Donald is trying to elicit votes from destitute African Americans by promising to keep Mexicans from competing with them in the labor market.  Heehaw Hillary is trying to elicit votes from destitute African Americans by promising to require wealthy people to relinquish to them part of their piece of the American pie.  So, to African Americans, choosing between them elicits deciding how desperate is their destitution.

But other questions are whether either of them can or will use the Presidency to keep either promise.  And we know that each of them lies, and we know that each of them has lied to acquire a huge piece of the American pie, and we know that neither of them is willing to share it.  It’s a little like comparing “faith” with “the force,” like asking whether Tim Tebow would pay for an artificial heart, knowing that they seldom work.

 

Giving buffalos a bad name - 21 August 2016

Falsely reporting a felony and public intoxication and vandalism are crimes, in the United States and presumably in Brazil, and slander is a civil infraction.  Those Olympian punks minimally committed the civil infraction and at least two of the crimes, and media pundits are saying we should let them slide if they admit to them and apologize, because they’re “sports heroes.”  And those punks lied in their “apology.”

And the slander in Brazil is against an entire nation.  The New York Post called those punks “ugly Americans,” but the book The Ugly American doesn’t refer to crimes and slander but only to contemptible behavior arising from crass ignorance, contempt for customs but not laws.  And those punks in Brazil were representing our entire nation.

Yet their behavior wasn’t as egregious as what “explorers” and “colonists” did to the humans and beasts of the continents they named for the Italian Amerigo Vespucci.  Those “swimmers” didn’t overthrow any government.  And they didn’t kill anyone.

 

Peter King propaganda - 20 August 2016

French municipal governments are banning “burkinis” from beaches.  “Burkini” is a word bigots have coined to refer to suits in which Islamic women swim.  The reason those governments have forbidden them is that bigots are causing trouble for the women in them.  That is, they’re persecuting the women, because other people are persecuting them.  The obvious question is why they persecute instead of prosecuting persecutors.

But media and government pundits in the land of the free are saying that the problem is that France has admitted too many Muslims.  And a question that raises is why those municipal French governments are behaving more as those pundits would have them behave than as the federal French government behaves.  And the obvious answer to that question also answers the question of how Trump is popular in the United States.

The masses are a mess.  Trump appeals as Hitler appealed, dragging the populace into a ditch of degeneracy by promoting legitimizing the bigotry of a huge hateful minority, by selling that minority voice to the mass media.  And the mass media buy it because its entertainment value sells advertising and because their “anchors” are as unreasonable as Trump.  They argue against him but also irrationally.  Their reasoning is as Trump’s.

 

Cause and prohibition and effect - 19 August 2016

The University of Notre Dame epitomizes the bigotry of sports and religion.  “Notre dame” is French for “our lady” and refers to the mother of Jesus, but the university is far more famous for its football team it calls the fighting Irish, pointing to Irish Roman Catholics and Protestants killing each other for decades.  That emulates the Thirty Years War by pitting that Roman Catholic university particularly against Protestant universities.

But religion and sports aren’t the cause of humans killing one another.  We killed one another over beer during the “roaring twenties” and kill one another for fun.  We try to use God as an excuse, while most people calling themselves Christian spend less time in church than they spend watching sports, because sports entertain them more.

Someone recently told me that he thinks that we’re in the end of days and that God created “the Devil” to give us “free will.”  He was talking about the war on terror and ignoring the Christian and Muslim land grabs of the Middle Ages.  And he’s Polish.

 

How do you spell “potato”? - 18 August 2016

The most ignorant European Americans are supporting Dingdong Donald while the most ignorant African Americans are supporting Heehaw Hillary.  Many of the most ignorant European Americans live in Appalachia while many of the most ignorant African American Americans live in Arkansas.  And, in both places, the reason for the population imbalance is residual historical destitution from historical disparate despair.

But, while considering that, let’s consider the European American who tried to climb Trump tower.  He’s a high school dropout residing in a Virginia District of Columbia suburb, and is parents were vacationing in Europe when he made his climb, and he announced his plan on YouTube in a hoody.  Part of Virginia is in Appalachia, and hoodies have become a symbol of African American protests against such as Trump.

The climber’s ethnicity is Irish, but he changed his name from Joseph Ryan to Stephen Rogata, and he said he was trying to deliver to Trump, whom he and his father support, a message.  Conspicuously everything he did drew mass media attention to his effort in ways by which ISIS and Terrorist Trump excel at drawing it.  But a question to which I’ve found no answer is how he or maniacal “ISIS sympathizers” pay for equipment.

 

Par Dieu for the course - 17 August 2016

The Mypillow.com TV ad’s air a guy they say invented his pillow.  While pitching it, he has a chain with a cross on it around his neck, and part of the advertisement depicts him manufacturing it with the chain with the cross around his neck.  Appropriate questions are how Christian he is and how Christian are people who think he’s Christian and buy what he sels because they think it’s Christian or makes sleeping more Christian.

On a promontory on the southern coast of Greece is a temple to Poseidon.  Before Saul of Tarsus founded Christianity, polytheistic materialistic Greeks thought Poseidon was the god of the sea, and the temple faces where the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas meet.  Hinduism is a monistic religion that says that God is everything and that uses rivers flowing into the ocean as a metaphor for realizing the universal unity of God.

Meanwhile Jews and Christians and Muslims are robbing and killing each other in the name of God.  Adherents of each of those religions claim that God loves them more than he loves adherents of the other two and more than every other human they say God also created.  The origin of the modern English work “bigot” is old English words meaning by God that acquired that meaning by Normans mocking English swearing.

 

Literacy and writing in votes - 16 August 2016

Stopping hacking is about as feasible as stopping people from listening to what people say on public streets.  And, if the DNC doesn’t like it, it should hire some hackers to build a firewall to protect its local area network from the World Wide Web.  But ask why the RNC isn’t complaining about hacking or about a vast left wing conspiracy.  Such Heehaw Hillary paranoia is fodder for Dingdong Donald.  And competence is a question.

And we the people both Republican and Democratic are teaching terrorism to children around the world and calling it sports.  “Right to play” is an organization of athletes traveling to “undeveloped” countries and promoting sports in schools as we the people of the United States commercialize it in our universities and in our ghettos.  Sports teams are a model for bigotry and essentially are gangs and generalize to idealize war.

And we should ask how “pro-choice” is more or less “humanitarian” than “capital punishment.”  Republicans promote denying adult killers the unalienable right to life while Democrats promote denying that unalienable right to humans who have never had a chance to choose it.  But good news is that Terrorist Trump and Cackle Clinton may be the straws that shall break both backs and put us on a more reasonable track.

 

Hearts and hats - 15 August 2016

A Heehaw Hillary supporter said that Dingdong Donald doesn’t know that words matter.  Terrorist Trump excels at using words to inspire support for his asininity, while Cackle Clinton loses support because she denies what “is” is, while we the people waffle between the two.  Some of us suck up to Trump’s terrorism, while others of us suck up to Clinton’s more direct dishonesty, while few of us bother to try to learn what any “is” is.

But it’s nothing new.  Legend says that Pocahontas saved John Smith from natives of this continent we named for an Italian.  Official documents say that she converted to Christianity and changed her name to Rebecca and married John Rolfe and that Rolfe took her to England in English clothing and called her a “civilized savage.”

Compare that to how Bubba Bill and Dingdong Donald treat their wives.  Heehaw Hillary is conspicuously more of a political ally than a wife.  And Model Melania is conspicuously a Trump Trophy. 

 

Food fight ferocity - 14 August 2016

One way mass media terrorize us is by reporting causes of death less probable than dying by falling downstairs.  And politicians respond to that by recommending regulations to make those causes less probable than dying by lightning strikes.  Death by side effects of prescription drugs is more probable than death by falling down stairs.

And neither Terrorist Trump nor Cackle Clinton nor Barrack Hussein Obama founded ISIS.  Yahoo Netanyahu founded ISIS, and knowing that is part of why Obama refuses to call it Islamic, and Cackle Clinton is clueless.  And Las Vegas yahoo Sheldon Adelson is paying such as Dingdong Donald and Goofy Gingrich to spew yahoo hogwash.

And anyone who ordinarily uses the World Wide Web for purposes more important than trying to aggrandize his ego knows all that.  Bill Gates gave us a way to afford learning easily facts that could make us safer by helping us make reasonable demands of the people we elect to preside over our government.  But we resent Gates’ profitability.

 

Shades and tints of ignorance - 13 August 2016

How is Fox News not “the media?”  Yes, MSNBC and CNN and the broadcast networks generally earn the designation “liberal media,” but Fox News is a TV network and has similarly earned the designation “conservative media.”  Yet pundits Fox News airs and supports routinely complain about “the media” to Fox News “anchors.”

Of course it’s all populism!  Every mass media TV network is in the business of selling advertising we call commercials!  Populism is commercialism, and Fox News mainly attracts people gullible enough to support Dingdong Donald’s commercialism, and to shop on the Home Shopping Network!

But many “college-educated” watch HLN and are as gullible.  Many of them support Borscht Bernie’s economic absurdity because their college education isn’t in economics.  And many of them denigrate Pee-Wee Herman while aggrandizing Woody Allen.

 

Sheep and wolves in blindfolds - 12 August 2016

Recognize this irony.  Green Party candidate for Presidency Jill Stein, while complaining about Wall Street to MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, had a skyline view of the neighborhood that converted Boston from colonialism to capitalism behind her.  Framing her were the Prudential building backing up her left and the Hancock building and the MFS building backing up her right.  Insurance companies are investment companies, and MFS invented the mutual fund, which defines Wall Street.  Insurance companies and mutual funds are the main means by which Wall Street capitalizes on Main Street.

And recognize this irony.  403b is the paragraph of United States tax law that permits “nonprofit” companies to do for their employees what paragraph 401k permits companies that openly operate for profit to do for theirs.  My first investment in mutual funds was through a 403b account, while I was finance administrator for a homeless shelter in Boston, and the shelter offered only MFS funds.

The fundamental irony of humanity is that we humans, while saying and presumably believing that our ability to reason makes us superior to other animals, are suckers for own ignorance.

 

Fact-checking - 11 August 2016

A CNN pundit’s phrase “message discipline” indicates the main problem with politics.  But the problem isn’t that politicians lack message discipline but that media and government pundits subordinate message discipline to message truth.  Dingdong Donald’s reading from teleprompters what pundits and media reporters call his economic position and say is what he believes is what they call message discipline.

The only part of Terrorist Trump’s economy speech that we can be sure was sincere was pointing out that protesters synchronized their protesting to spread them through his speech.  But pundits failed to agree with that, as they’ve failed to disagree with Cackle Clinton’s saying that she specifies policies, while he only denigrates her.  That “economic position” speech was far more specific than any of her prattle about policy.

The current campaigns for the presidency of the United States remind me of how people in the “cradle of liberty” deal with paucity of parking spaces.  They pull out of parking spaces and get out their cars and throw objects into the parking spaces they’ve vacated before driving on.  What the current candidates and the pundits say is like those objects that that anyone can throw onto the sidewalk or into a dumpster.

 

Why is Heehaw Hillary cackling? - 10 August 2016

Fox News’ Judaic Howard Kurtz is campaigning conspicuously for Terrorist Trump, while Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Jive Jake Turkey Tapper, Creepy Kurtz’s cohorts on MSNBC and CNN, are mealy mouthing, against him.  A question is which batch of bigots, the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, is most Judaic.  And clues aren’t that Sheldon Adelson is a Republican or that Democrats fired their Judaic chair.

The problem is that humans are habitually irrational.  The word “dumb” originally referred to inability to speak, but now we use it to refer to stupidity, as though silence is stupid.  Honest Abe said that remaining silent and being thought a fool is better than speaking out and removing all doubt.  We humans say that our ability to reason makes us superior to dumb animals.  But we use it to rationalize being what we call beastly.

Howard Kurtz and his cohorts and Terrorist Trump and his competitors would do well by reading Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias.”  “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:” says the inscription on the pedestal of a “colossal wreck” of a statue it describes; “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”  The statue has broken and fallen into decay a desert while “boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away.”

 

Fate and foolishness - 9 August 2016

Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary may be performing the political service we the people most vociferously are demanding now.  Republicans supporting Terrorist Trump and Democrats supporting Cackle Clinton are committing political suicide.  And a result will be a tremendously dynamic shake-up of both parties that will effectually reconstitute them.  That’s what Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy did.  But honesty will effect this one.

But it won’t be a shift in the ignorance of the electorate that has us calling the war on terror a war of religions.  An acquaintance of mine told me Saturday that the reason God created “the devil” was to give us “free will.”  Facts are that the Bible doesn’t say God created the devil or Satan or the angels or Lucifer and that most people calling themselves Jews or Christians or Muslims have read neither the Bible nor the Qur’an.

And people, both Republican and Democratic, saying that we the people shouldn’t block Muslims from immigrating to the United States, or emigrate all the Mexicans not in the United States illegally, behave as though we should.  Such is why the people of the country in which Martin Luther instigated the Protestant reformation were active in what Hitler called the Third Reich.  And partisanship is inherently bigotry thriving on ignorance. 

 

Flagging and flags - 8 August 2016

Michael Phelps, after a conviction and two arrests for driving drunk and admitting that he smoked a water pipe on a college campus, carried Old Glory for the United States at the Olympics Friday.  We the people of the United States are letting our nation sink further and further into the egocentric degeneracy of sports and drugs.  And the current campaign for the Presidency of the United States is an indication of that degeneracy.

Terrorist Trump, if he presides over the government of the United States, shall have a Sheldon Adelson cabinet.  Be sure that Goofy Gingrich, who also received support from that Judaic Las Vegas casino magnate, will be prominent in it.  He may be the only person to have campaigned for nomination to be Vice President of the United States, and he has said he’s hoping to receive a consolation prize from Dingdong Donald.

And another indication of the integration of religious bigotry and hypocrisy with that is calling a football team the Saints.  Jehanne of Domremy saved her nation from a century of foreign invasion, and the Roman Catholic Church called her a saint fifteen centuries after calling her a heretic, and killing her.  Now New Orleans Saints fans display their fleur de lis banner over the one on her statue near St. Louis Cathedral.

 

Lotteries and logic - 7 August 2016

Dingdong Donald is a Bubba Bill shill.  Dingdong’s current TV advertisement is like a pitch on the Home Shopping Network.  Bubba knows that we the people are generally like the people who fall for such ploys.  And mass media aren’t fact-checking the Purple Heart and Gold Star support Terrorist Trump is claiming.  And cable news pundits are taking Iran’s word against Obama’s.

Before Obama’s news conference following a Pentagon briefing regarding ISIS, CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper said that Obama’s administration ransomed captives from Iran, and during the conference CNN’s Barbara Starr accused him of weak waffling.  Obama answered each of those accusations during the conference by pointing out previous news reports contradicting them.  But CNN will apologize when Trump does.

And note that Jive Jake and Barbara Starr and Wolf Blitzer are Judaic and that ISIS does far more harm to Muslims than to Jews.  We the people swallow their hogwash for the same reason that we sympathized with Humphrey Bogart’s character in the movie Casablanca.  To most of us intelligence and entertainment are such as pumping cash into Las Vegas slot machines.

 

Sound bite suicide - 6 August 2016

The current campaign for the Presidency of the United States resembles the movie V for Vendetta.  But a difference is that keeping Terrorist Trump out of the Whitehouse will let Cackle Clinton into it.  In the movie the government goes its merry, or mundane, way.

And, in the movie, Bubba Bill isn’t driving the train with the mass news media gladly riding it.  And Klingon Clinton’s post-impeachment bounce was bigger than either Heehaw Hillary’s or Dingdong Donald’s post-convention bounce.  Clinton was more popular at the end of his Presidency than Obama is now.

And Obama’s now more popular than either Terrorist Trump or Heehaw Hillary, and all the profit from that will go to Heehaw Hillary, by helping Dingdong Donald fizzle.  Obama’s legacy isn’t as secret as the legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush.  Bush’s is CIA secret.      

 

Crap shoot consumption - 5 August 2016

Dingdong Donald’s political suicide is part of Bubba Bill’s plan to return himself and Heehaw Hillary to the Whitehouse and demolish the party of Honest Abe for the fun of it.  Slurpee Bloomberg said that his being from New York enables him to knows a conman when he sees one, but he didn’t point out that Dingdong Donald is also from New York or that Heehaw Hillary was a New York Senator or that Bubba Bill put his primary headquarters in New York City.  Bubba Bill, because he’s a conman, knows one when he sees one, and he conned conman Dingdong Donald, into helping him con you.

We the people need to think for ourselves.  Pundits are telling us that the “flatness” of wages indicates that the economy isn’t growing.  Wages are flat because inflation is flat with employment high because interest rates are low to let the economy take care of itself despite the pundits.  And Wall Street is a market and not a con game, and Warren Buffet works in that market, while Dingdong Donald doesn’t.  But Main Street does.

And so do cable news financial pundits.  They’re advice cons you into violating Buffet’s common sense advice to buy cheap and sell dear.  And, if you have confidence in their con, you’ll sell cheap to them and buy dear from them and sink while they swim.

 

Who would kill Norma Jean? - 4 August 2016

A blank sheet of paper covered most of the copy of the United States Constitution the father of the Islamic United States Army captain who heroically died in Iraq held up in response to Terrorist Trump.  So, to know why, I looked closely at pictures of it on television until I saw that letters above the sheet of paper were Arabic.  And now my question is why Cackle Clinton thought he should hide reading it in a Semitic language.

The Kahn’s plainly also speak English, and we should ask whether either Heehaw Hillary or Dingdong Donald speaks any language, other than English.  We call the President of the United States the leader of the free world while not expecting them to be able to communicate with most of the people in it.  That’s xenophobic protectionism.

So Obama qualified his saying Heehaw Hillary is the most qualified person ever to run for the Presidency, by listing positions she’s held but not specifying her performance in them, or either what she’s done for other women or how anyone killed Norma Jean.

 

What, exactly, time is it? - 3 August 2016

Heehaw Hillary, in her first Fox News interview in five years, blamed her subordinates at the Department of State for her response to Benghazi and blamed the Democratic National Committee for her leadership of the Democratic Party.  Everything she does is like her saying that Dingdong Donald shouldn’t be Commander in Chief because he takes the bait of her tweets.  A fact is that her saying that was her taking his Twitter bait.

And, also during that Fox New interview, she said that she was afraid she might weep while she was talking about being the first female nominee for the Presidency for a major political party.  And she guffawed when she said that, earning her right for us to call Heehaw Hillary, or Cackle Clinton.  She dings Dingdong Donald’s dong for him.

Neither Trump nor Clinton has any notion of what appropriately presiding over the government of the United States requires.  Trump would have us again call the United States Department of Defense the Department of War.  And Clinton competes for that.

 

Qualities of quagmires - 2 August 2016

Media and government pundits are finding new ways to spin what Dingdong Donald factually says, and a recent one is to distract from the factuality by fantasize motives for his pointing them out, and all that spinning spirals them into the dirt and helps him spin us into the dirt.

And Heehaw Hillary is the pundit in chief for that spiral into the murk of mud.  She says he doesn’t say how he’ll do what he says he’ll do while neither does she.  And his main approach to campaigning is to tell people nonsense they already believe while hers is to tell people nonsense they wish to believe but don’t.

Terrorist Trump’s approach is like Jimmy Carter’s denying the Ayatollah Khomeini’s assertion that the United States Embassy in Teheran was a nest of spies.  Cackle Clinton’s approach is like Richard Nixon’s denying that he was a crook.  So define “pragmatism.”

 

The hierarchy of human greed - 1 August 2016

Bogus Brian and Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd have a new little buddy.  He’s Yuppie Kornacki, and he anchors in blue shirts and rolls up their blue sleeves below their blue collars, and he’s at least as bogus and cheap and trivial as his mindless mentors.  He and they are as goofy as Dingdong Donald, who now has said that his youngest son is more proficient than he, passing twitter technology by being able to hack passwords.

Terrorist Trump ordinarily avoids being conspicuously bogus.  Tweeting, because of tweets’ avoiding context, avoids the possibility of sound-biting him out of context, and he relies largely on spewing nonsense no one can prove, to give himself the semblance of “telling it like it is.”  An example of the latter is his referring to polls, most recently polls of opinions of whether he received a “bounce” from the Republican National Convention.

But Cackle Clinton is more trustworthy in but one way, that she and Dingdong Donald are both liars and thieves, while he but not she preaches killing.  He pointed out that not he but Tea Party Ted preached carpet bombing, but nearly everything he says concerning international policy indicates that the word “strong” to him is a euphemism for murderous, recently complaining that “we don’t even get to water board.” 

 

The Slurpee jihad - 31 July 2016

The edition of “A Handbook to Literature” the Advanced Composition course that was a requirement for my degree in English required says that the ability to recognize irony is the surest sign of intelligence and sophistication.  Dingdong Donald may not know the difference between irony and sarcasm, but anyone of ordinary intelligence and sophistication should have known that his telling Russia to release 30 thousand of Heehaw Hillary’s e-mails was serious only in that it was a sarcastic sneer, and pundits spinning it otherwise similarly lack intelligence and sophistication.  Recognize that irony.

Pundits parse peoples’ prejudice, and another example is media and government pundit reaction to the most famous statement from Malcolm X, the one that contains the phrase “by any means necessary.”  People like Terrorist Trump said he was recommending terrorism, but he didn’t say that terrorism was one of the means necessary, and neither does the Qur’an he preached.  He was compassionately literate.

Bloomberg called Dingdong Donald a conman and said he knows that because he’s from New York.  Yes, Terrorist Trump is a conman, and his main method is to tell the truth until he drops the lie.  So he may win by way of the consistency of pundit lies.

 

Turnout - 30 July 2016

People who say Presidents of the United States should send troops to destroy the governments of other nations are saying Putin shouldn’t meddle in the election of Dingdong Donald or Heehaw Hillary.  And media and government pundits of the United States are perverting their freedom of expression into spinning their hypocrisy against Terrorist Trump’s spinning it.  So we must think for ourselves or sink with the pundits.

But most of you are afraid of facts.  The main cause of bigotry is people desperate to think they’re better than they feel they are.  So they irrationally rationalize ways to think anyone not like them must be stupid or evil.  And our efforts range from sports to religion with partisanship in between.  Ask how grass is more beautiful than dandelions.

President Lynden Johnson ordered more than a half million United States citizens to Vietnam to kill what he called little yellow people to stop the spread of communism.  Beyond Vietnam is only the deep blue sea.  And no human is yellow.

 

What happened to Moses’ wife? - 29 July 2016

The main difference between Terrorist Trump and Cackle Clinton is that Heehaw Hillary wouldn’t kill anyone intentionally.  Each of them is a liar and a thief, but Dingdong Donald’s supporters don’t care, while Borscht Bernie and his supporters do.  Most of Cackle Clinton’s supporters care, but most of them are desperately trying to talk themselves into thinking she isn’t what she is, while Bernie’s shriek against all of that.

But Bernie’s weakness is that he preaches taxes, while Trump’s strength is that he preaches killing people, and populism is the key to the Whitehouse.  And killing people is more popular than taxes, because most of us would rather keep our cash than accept Bernie’s insistence that we let our government spend it on our neighbors, and most of us are bigots.  Mass media sells bigotry to sell advertising to suck cash from us.

It’s the martyr pitch.  The Qur’an says nothing about martyrdom, but hypocrites calling themselves Islamic preach martyrdom, because Christians preach martyrdom.  We the people are more Christian than Islamic but not to be martyrs but to save ourselves from death and send ourselves to a city with gold streets.  Muslims prefer good company in a garden with rivers running through it.  To many Christians obesity is their martyrdom. 

 

Too late and too little - 28 July 2016

The DNC, by way of the Clintons’ Aunt Jemima Brazile, apologized to Borscht Bernie and all Democrats.  Let’s consider what an apology does, whether it creates a different past or guarantees a different future, whether it provides any predictable promise.  The reason the DNC railroaded Bernie was that he sincerely preached what the DNC has hypocritically preached since Camelot Kennedy faked the populism of civil rights.

The pretentious propaganda of political punditry is older than the literacy that’s history.  Winston Churchill said that all one must do to learn the weakness of democracy is to ask voters what they think.  And English for “Mein Kampf,” the title of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, is “my struggle” and precedes a subtitle saying the struggle was against stupidity.  And Hitler says in his introduction to it that not writing but speeches create revolutions but that he wrote those two volumes to create a lasting record of his revolt.  But fact is that we the people perpetually prefer random prattle to records we’ve written.

And yet media and government pundits routinely tell us that what people say is what they believe.  Consider Charlie Chaplin’s movie Modern Times, and compare it to Borscht Bernie’s message and ask yourself what Camelot Kennedy’s family’s bootlegging labor unions do for anyone in our age of information technology and whether they ever earned what workers paid them.  Let’s apply the World Wide Web.

 

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Angels, a work 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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