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Trusting playing Jesus on TV - 3 March 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, whom media and government pundits ignorantly dubbed Jihadi John, is a homicidal maniac.  That’s not particular to any religion or socioeconomic classification or sex.  What drives a person wacko varies vastly.

And CNN ignorantly asked whether the Shroud of Turin is fact or forgery.  That the shroud exists is a fact, and a fact is that many people think it covered Jesus’ face in his tomb and retains an image of his face, and factually calling it a forgery would require discovering facts indicating the mentality of the person who first made that claim more than seven centuries ago.  And a factual relationship between then and now is that then iconoclasts were using the Second Commandment unreasonably irrationally, to destroy any artificial images of creation, as ISIS is now.

The key words are “ignorantly” and “unreasonable” and “irrational,” words antithetical to humanity’s claim to superiority to dumb animals who don’t do deeds ISIS does, behavior humans ignorantly unreasonably irrationally call beastly.


Care and wishes - 2 March 2015

Bubba Clinton’s laissez-faire economics let capitalism thrive in the United States, and his Presidency culminated in the election to the Presidency of Russia of Putin, who let capitalism thrive in that nation.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are complaining about Mohammed Emwazi being in a Pittsburgh Pirates hat.  The first nation to accept that the United States is a nation was an Islamic nation grateful help from the United States in its battles against pirates.  By calling itself pirates, that sports team encourages conscienceless violence, like its and Emwazi’s.

Bubba Clinton also stopped a CIA operation to assassinate Saddam Hussein that the President Bush who helped Ford finish our withdrawal from Vietnam initiated to make war against Iraq unnecessary.


Finance, uture, faith - 1 March 2015

Check out the new Prudential commercials.  They say we shouldn’t have faith in a fortuitous future but should plan for the worst.  Considering that the Gospels say that Jesus said that anything is possible with faith and that we shouldn’t worry about the future, an appropriate question is whether Prudential or its customers are Christian, but that’s also an appropriate question for hospitals, many of which claim to be Christian.

And check out the people claiming to be Christians who are complaining about ISIS destroying art!  Islam decries artificial imagery because the Qur’an honors the second of the Torah’s Ten Commandments!  And so, ostensibly, do Christians!

Why do Christians ignore that iconoclasm was Judaic before Christian before Islamic?


Nutcase monkey wrenches - 28 February 2015

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the verdict in the trial of the guy who killed the “American sniper” is “an emotional victory for the family” of the sniper.  Mitchell must be talking about “closure,” the euphemism people calling themselves liberal use to try to justify vengeance, in the face of their claims to pacifism.  Routh, whether or not he “knew right from wrong,” was crazy and probably will kill himself in a “correctional institution.”

And a question no one asked in his trial is why he gained so much weight in jail if the jailers weren’t feeding him drugs to calm his craziness.  And a question media and government pundits are failing to ask in regard to that five foot two inch “radicalized Islamist” in Brooklyn in red tennis shoes with no laces is why anyone would take seriously anyone who threatened to blow up Coney Island if he couldn’t kill the President.  So the most important question is how crazy the rest of us are.

Obama said that those Brooklyn guys are the “new face of terror.”  Yes, they’re the face of the fanatics who terrorize the rest of us by telling us such nutcases are terrorizing us, the face that makes faces at the soldiers going crazy trying to defend us from the terror those fanatic pundits motivate.  I’m a veteran of both Vietnam and Afghanistan and have never seen the United States government and media behave so crazily.


Us and them - 27 February 2015

Now ISIS is kidnapping Christians, and pundits are asking why and pointing out that ISIS has killed mostly Muslims, but the same pundits are ignoring the fact that that ISIS has done no harm to Israel and consistently indicates by its acts that it’s a Mossad counterintelligence operation.  And anyone thinking Islam is more bellicose than Judaism hasn’t read the Qur’an or hasn’t read the Torah or has read neither.  Or they may be the bigots ignoring the Gospels to say war is just against anyone not Christian.

Here’s a millennia-old message for anyone thinking ISIS is Islamic.  “So some say that anyone knowing the enemy and knowing himself shall not be in danger in a hundred engagements.  Anyone not knowing the enemy but knowing himself shall sometimes be victorious but sometimes meet defeat.  Knowing neither the enemy nor oneself shall meet defeat in every engagement.”  So said Sun Tzu in his treatise on the “art” of war.

And the difference between ISIL and ISIS is further indication of egocentric ignorance.  The second “S” in ISIS refers to an Arabic word for land where Arabs live, while the “L” in ISIL refers to what Romans called the same land because it’s east of where they lived, in the direction of the levitating sun.  And Romans kidnapped Semites for sports.


The electoral collage - 26 February 2015

CNN pundit Liz Trotta, while complaining that the Clinton Foundation accepts funds from people who agree with Clinton politically, said that Hillary has a tough row to hoe toward the presidency because she “has yet to acquire” the “charm” Bill has.  Yes, Heehaw Hillary is less charismatic than Bubba Bill, but her main weakness is that she lacks reasoning, being about as rational as Trotta.  But she beats Lindsey Graham.

If the Democratic Party nominates her, the Republican Party need only nominate someone reasonably rational, to take the Presidency hands down.  But it has shrieking warmongering maniacs like Graham and Peter King throwing their hats into the ring where Ted Cruz is already flailing away its chances and nominated Random Romney last time around.  And reasoning and rationality currently lack grass roots popularity.

In the hinterland, in the provinces where candidates for the Presidency seldom campaign, people either receive their opinions from other pundits or favor the populism of triviality anchorless broadcast news announcers deliver.   Bryan Williams lied to artificially aggrandize himself, and Scott Pelley ignores the answers interviewees give him to his own questions, and David Muir is nearly all soap.  But they’re on our TV’s.


Rationality and reasoning - 25 February 2015

My maya has been a little quirky lately.  In the last few days, Tom Fuentes has had a little round Band-Aid on the left side of his forehead, and Rudolf Giuliani has had a black streak in the middle of the top of his forehead, and Michael McCaul has had something hanging from his left nostril, all while ranting against Islam on national TV.  And none of the anchors interviewing them pointed out those extraordinary details of presentation. 

But my maya often seems a little weird to me.  My friend Coco Robicheaux, the tequila-drinking cocaine-inhaling New Orleans musician who invented hoodoo rock, once told me that Bill Clinton once tracked him down and took him to dinner.  And, in my maya, I see no reason to doubt Coco’s veracity.

But, in my mind, weirder is the Jefferson Davis party’s currently setting aside its racial equality hypocrisy to try to lynch Obama for liberally supporting separation of church and state.


Mob mentality mongering - 24 February 2015

For years I’ve used Twitter and Facebook and my own domain on the World Wide Web to protest Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the bias against Islam that has resulted from perversion of Islam in retaliation against Israeli bellicosity, but no one has used any media to recruit me into that perversion or any other terrorism, and I’ve never found a website or Facebook or Twitter account supporting it.

Yet daily on television I hear that ISIS is using “social networking” to recruit people into that anti-social behavior!  So TV must be recruiting radical extremists to look for excuses for anti-social networking!  No one is radicalizing those maniacs!

Did anyone call the people who lynched Mussolini and his mistress radical Catholicists?


Dividing the fall - 23 February 2015

The Qur’an decries religious factions, Islamic or Christian or Judaic people claiming a religion claiming that other people claiming that religion are wrong about it, but we have Sunnis and Shiites killing each other over their disagreement of what Islam is as we’ve had Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox Christians and innumerable denominations of Protestants killing each other over their disagreement of what Christianity is as we had the Kingdom of Judah at war with the Kingdom of Israel all under God’s sun.

And all of it’s arrogance!  All of it’s humans claiming to believe that God is omniscient and omnipotent while they claim that God needs them to punish people they say God created!  And Christians say that pride is the deadliest of the seven deadly sins!

And why do “places of worship” have roofs between worshipers and heaven?


Creatively standing by penis envy - 22 February 2015

I’ve read the Janson’s A History of Art and am now about a third of the way through Gardner’s Art through the Ages.  Both are efforts to explain art in terms of other historical forces, and the authors of both presume that their presumptions are necessarily ours, but the authors of Janson’s also try to explain it in Freudian terms.  And neither book points out the sexist phallic symbolism in Wyeth’s Christina’s World.

The Janson was a man, and Gardner was a woman, but men are the authors of the most recent editions of both books, although a woman was one of the authors of the edition of Gardner’s I’m reading, and it emphasizes female participation in art.

And another question is why feminists keep lionizing Clinton and Kennedy.


War and peace - 21 February 2015

Of the half dozen most popular of Earth’s religions, each has a record of calling violence good, except the one that originated in China.  Taoism, which has more adherents than has Judaism, focuses on acceptance and acquiescence and not on any claim of superiority or any other difference between elements of creation.  To many people of China and the rest of Earth yin and yang are polar while to Taoists they’re harmonious.

The words “yin” and “yang” originally referred to the sunny and shady sides of a mountain.  And the I Ching treats them as metaphors for other differences, dark and light and night and day and inside and outside and vaginas and penises and women and men, jamming everything onto one side or the other forcing such as deciding whether women or men are weak or strong.  Taoists see sides as one mountain.

And consider all that in terms of international relations.  Philosophers call Taoism quietism, and George Herbert Walker Bush called himself a quiet man in his speech accepting the nomination for the Presidency, after playing the “China card” while noisy Kissinger took credit for it.  And Obama was quiet in his opposition to religious bigotry, before his final term permitted him more flexibility, and now he speaks more freely.


Conscienceless bias - 20 February 2015

The phrase “holy war” is neither in the Qur’an nor in the Bible.  And the Qur’an authorizes war only in defense against infidels attacking Muslims.  But the Bible says God told the Israelites to invade Canaan to murder all of its inhabitants.  And it says doing that was holy because God promised the Israelites the land because they were more holy than the people whose home it was.  And that’s Israel’s argument now.

My question is how that differs from what the Ku Klux Klan does.  Yes, Muslims called invading Western Europe jihad, but so did Christians call invading Eastern Europe crusades.  Both were hypocrites blasphemously discordant with their own scriptures.

And I also wonder why the Earth’s greatest democracy helps inflict such terror.  


Horse hockey - 19 February 2015

Mass media are telling us that murderer in Denmark “may have” been a copycat killer and had gang connections, besides his connection with ISIS by copying it, as though ISIS isn’t a gang.  That’s a function of ISIS, giving maniacs of any category, street gangsters or anyone else, an irrational rationality to exercise their homicidal mania, so the rest of us can blame it on Islam.  And look at Yahoo Netanyahu’s new propaganda.

Now Netanyahu, who ordinarily says Israel isn’t safe because its neighbors are retaliating against it, has said that all Jews should immigrate to Israel because they’re not safe anywhere else.  Apparently he thinks Steven Spielberg would have a better shot at life and liberty and pursuing happiness in Tel Aviv than he has in Hollywood.  I’m thinking of the International Federation of Christians and Jews begging for cash for “needy Jews in Israel.”  Netanyahu said Israel has plenty of cash to support anyone wishing to immigrate.  But craziest are we the people questioning none of that.

Our mass news media have reported that Jews in the United States and Europe are saying that yahoo should support what they call the diaspora, but John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Peter King and most others we the people have elected to represent us in our government suck up to Netanyahu, and none of those three is Jewish.  The cause of the war on terror is yahoos supporting Yahoo Netanyahu.


Bridges and nowhere - 18 February 2015

Boehner was correct in saying we the people need to hear Yahoo Netanyahu’s message, and Obama was correct in implying that our mass media hype terrorism, as does Yahoo Netanyahu.  We the people of a nation where people of other nations flock to receive its university education should be sophisticated enough to see through the hypocrisy of Yahoo Netanyahu and commercial mass media hype!  But are we?

Mass media tell us that Islam is misogynistic and that Iran is a terrorist Islamic state despite Iranians’ having elected female politicians for decades.  And mass media are telling us that Obama supports Hillamneycare while telling us he made a fool of himself to support it in his recent BuzzFeed video!  How sophisticated are people who think he thinks conspicuously deliberately mispronouncing “February” supports anything?

The version of A Handbook to Literature my Advanced Composition university professor assigned says that the ability to recognize irony is one of the surest signs of intelligence and sophistication.  Obama correctly pronounced “February” in the BuzzFeed video but set that aside to pronounce it “fib-you-wary” to tell you the people Hillamneycare is robbing to be wary of the fib that it is!  How sophisticated is failing to get that?


Cochons like Cauchon - 17 February 2015

Negotiating is what we humans say makes us superior to dumb animals.  It’s using words to communicate our reasoning to each other until we find reasons for common understanding!  So why do we stand mute before people we call terrorists, and why do we call kidnappers terrorists when they call themselves Muslims while we don’t when they call themselves anything else, and why do we habitually ignore dictionaries? 

I’m thinking of Johanne of Domremy, whom ignorant masses call Joan of Arc, whose king whose crown she delivered to him refused to ransom her.  She was a soldier of his nation, and the nation threatening his crown had ransomed her and delivered her to an ecclesiastical court of the church that now calls her a saint, and ransoming loyal soldiers was customary then!  Why didn’t the U.S. government try to ransom Kayla Mueller?

The answer maniacs like Congressman Peter King shrieks is that ransoming her would have encouraged other shrieking maniacs to capture other people for ransom.  Maniacs are maniacs, and terrorists are terrorists, and kidnappers are kidnappers, and their behavior isn’t rational, whatever their reasons!  Why are religions and politics no more rational or reasonable than they were at Jericho or Calvary or Roncesvalle?


Rot by any other name - 16 February 2015

Whenever anyone calling himself a Muslim kills anyone, media and government pundits of the greatest democracy on Earth call him a terrorist, and we the people agree.  But, if killing is by others, police in our streets or children in their schools or atheists in their neighborhoods or Israelis in Gaza or the Ku Klux Klan anywhere, we call them anything other than terrorists.  That whole bucket of “unconscious bias” is a terrorist hate crime.

And let’s look at Islamic extremism in my home town.  Coldwater is a predominantly Republican city of about eleven thousand people more than thirty miles from any larger city, and it has many Muslims because owners of a foundry that closed decades ago immigrated Arabs, because Coldwater’s nearly entirely white population wouldn’t work in it.  Yet the Arab crime rate is nearly zero in this major methamphetamine market.

Coldwater, besides being more than 90% white, has more bars per capita than any other city in which I’ve lived, unless we can call the French Quarter of New Orleans a separate city, and it also has more mosques per capita than any city in which I’ve lived.  And white people call black people niggers in those bars, but people here seldom kill each other, except by selling each other drugs.  Murder is a methodical process.


Hobbs in Calvin - 15 February 2015

Marie Harf is scary.  She’s blonde with a name that may be German or Hebrew or Arabic, and she’s the main media liaison for the United States Department of State after having been the CIA’s main media liaison and the main media liaison for Obama’s reelection campaign, and I thought she was robotic as a Stepford wife until I saw her on CNN Thursday in a black dress with a string of pearls and bright red but not long fingernails, correcting Wolf Blitzer’s misunderstandings with conciseness and precision Presidential candidates need, for Presidential debates.  She is incredibly credible.

And that’s what scares me.  All that could keep her from election to the Presidency is that her handlers might fear she’ll out slick them and run from her as roaches run from light.  And her step from being robotic to showing spirit against Blitzer and in support of Obama may be from her ability to learn anything, including dramatic demeanor, quickly.

What we humans call intelligence is often a factor in the success of sociopaths.


Horseplay and scapegoats - 14 February 2015

Now, besides killing countless Muslims, ISIS has murdered a Jordanian F16 pilot and a United States citizen trying to alleviate the suffering of other Muslims ISIS and Israel are trying to kill.  If the United States government increases its share of activity in its coalition with mostly Islamic nations fighting ISIS, Mossad might remove its operatives from ISIS and let the coalition kill the maniacs Mossad recruited into ISIS as the FBI recruited that crazy kid to try to bomb Congress, accomplishing Mossad’s mission.  But, meanwhile in the Ukraine, negotiating with terrorist Putin may be proving productive.

And consider this alternative to terrorizing the Taliban.  We the people of the United States can vent our violence by playing video games or watching football on television.  Few Afghans have either couches or those couch potato options, and so many of them vent their violence more directly and actively, through tribal warfare and games like buzkashi.

So let’s spend a few million dollars on providing electricity and television stations and televisions and PlayStations and video games to Afghans.


Shades of bullying - 13 February 2015

Until Tuesday night, when Twitter blocked my account, I had no notion that mass media maniacs took me seriously.  Twitter said its reason was that a tweet of mine seemed “automated,” but the blocking was a few minutes after I tweeted to Wolf Blitzer the question of what a psychotherapist would say about CNN’s former FBI Assistant Director pundit’s facial twitch, when I tried to tweet my appreciation for the life of Kayla Mueller.  Blitzer has more than 777 thousand Twitter followers while I have 23.

Kayla Mueller had the heart of Rachel Corrie and died by the same old circumstances.  Both Mueller and Corrie went to Gaza to help Palestinians under Israeli oppression, and Mossad’s ISIS operation murdered Mueller for helping Syrians after an Israeli bulldozer operator crushed Corrie to death for standing between it and a Palestinian pharmacist’s home.  Kayla’s now public letter says essentially what Rachel’s most public e-mail said.

But mass media maniacs are using Kayla’s death as propaganda for Yahoo Netanyahu, and now a guy in Chapel Hill has murdered over a parking dispute the Muslim family that was his next door neighbors, and mass media maniacs are saying the parking dispute makes whether the killing was a hate crime questionable.   


Uniting to fall - 12 February 2015

CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper said Obama’s refusing to draw publicly a “red line” for military action against Putin’s efforts to take the Ukraine from the Ukrainians is ineffective.  Such Jive Turkeys also said that Obama’s publicly drawing time lines for withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan was ineffective.  And Tapper’s among the turkeys treating calling messages military strategy.  Jake’s “journalism” is only his jive.

And so is the punditry of former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and present member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Peter King.  The guy routinely ignorantly rants against anyone not sharing his particular brand of Bigotry.  And now he’s contradicting himself with Tapper’s jive.

Both remind me of Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists ignoring Arlen Specter’s bipartisanship in leaving the Democratic Party to be a Republican Senator after fantasizing the “magic bullet theory” as an attorney for the Warren Commission.


Who’s your daddy? - 11 February 2015

My mother took me to Methodist Sunday school before I could read.  But, after I learned to read well enough to win a Bible memorizing the titles of the books of the Old Testament, I quit going because the notion of “original sin” seemed to me to be unfair.  And I’ve accepted the sense God gives me ever since.

But that’s not true of my siblings.  My brothers kill defenseless animals because their peers in our Michigan home town measure how macho they are by how many they kill.  And my two sisters still living on Earth are Christians who haven’t read the Bible.

Only my oldest sister, the one not now living on Earth, followed the sense God gave her as freely as did our parents, who also have wandered off to other infinity, hopefully happily.


Aristotle and the Gordian knot - 10 February 2015

Whom did Billy the Kid kill?

A Fox News pundit said the battle with ISIS is ideological.  Whatever ideas the people managing ISIS use to try to justify it, it’s what Obama called it, a death cult.  Ideological is the punditry managing the ideas of the masses.

Any idea is inherently abstract.  Exemplifying that are the “world leaders” who decry “negotiating with terrorists” but traveled to Moscow to negotiate with Putin.  Abraham Lincoln asked how many legs a dog has if you call its tale a leg.

And ideological pundits agreeing with ISIS calling itself Islamic wonder at its mastering of mass media and ignore obvious indications that Mossad is managing ISIS through such as the mass media Mark Zuckerberg invented.

Who killed Billy the Kid?


Separation of church and facts - 9 February 2015

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama compared the crusaders and inquisitors to ISIS, and pundits are saying the crusades and the inquisitions are irrelevant because they were “a thousand years ago.”  The KKK’s symbol is a cross, and it continues to burn crosses as torches to illuminate its terrorism, and Roman Catholics continue to protect child molesters from prosecution and continue to swarm to Bourbon Street to use Lent as an excuse for debauchery.  Obama’s comparison is valid because the hypocrisy that drove the crusades and the inquisitions thrives all over Earth today.

And media and government pundits, instead of condemning the hypocrisy that drives such as ISIS, define their condemnation in terms of types of atrocity.  They say, for example, that ISIS is atrocious because it burned the Jordanian fighter pilot alive, but they ignore that Truman burned alive countless Japanese civilians while also ignoring that Truman’s mother was Jewish.  And they ignore that Truman’s mother was Jewish.

Such pundits, by treating effects as though they’re causes, contribute to continuing causing the effects.  And consider what such people cause by calling ISIS’ terrorizing a form of Islam.  That’s like calling John Goeghan’s child molesting a kind of Christianity.


Importune opportunistic prevarication - 8 February 2015

Pundits complained about Boehner inviting Yahoo Netanyahu to address the United States Congress, but not about his inviting the Jesuit Pope who calls himself Francis, and Obama will meet with the Pope but not the Prime Minister.  It’s all a First Amendment issue, the right of anyone to talk whether or not anyone will listen, which is also a First Amendment right.  But pundits say Presidents have no right to “messages.”

Consider the message Japan sent by giving cherry trees to the United States.  A legend says George Washington chopped down a cherry tree but couldn’t lie about it.  The United States is the only nation to have deployed nuclear weapons, using them to murder more than a hundred thousand Japanese civilians after their military had lost their war against the United States, and the United States government still lies about it.

And, similarly, Bryan Williams has stepped into the shoes of Hillary Clinton.  Clinton said she was running from sniper fire in Bosnia while she was accepting flowers from a little girl, and Williams said a rocket hit a helicopter in which he was flying thirty miles from the helicopter the rocket hit, and CNN’s anchorless Legal View anchor Ashley Banfield is defending both.  Oh what a wicked web we wantonly weave for our wishes. 


Optimism - 7 February 2015

I don’t understand why Christians try to subordinate the observations of Jesus and the Magdalena to the preachings of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus.

And, were I to believe in death or martyrdom, as apparently do many people calling themselves Muslims, I might try such an escape from the world that’s apparent to me, a world with ignorant media and government and religious pundits desperately terrorizing desperate others into their desperate disparate divisive ditch.

But, being a Hindu Buddhist Taoist and not a Jewish Christian Muslim, I try to cultivate not weed patches of delusions but the garden of truth.


The blame game - 6 February 2015

The disinformation we call intelligence is getting scarier and scarier.  Andrea Mitchell said this week that the effort of a perpetrator of the Charlie Hebdo attack to escape, by holding hostages in a kosher grocery store and killing one, was a bombing.  And that’s a relatively trivial example of the mass news media not only failing to report the news accurately but also failing to question the reporting of government political pundits.

And the “outing” of Valery Plame was a landmark debacle of that kind but in the other direction.  Media pundits revealed through their media connections that she was a CIA operative, and government political pundits failed to point out that she was an analyst, at best.  But none of such would happen if we the people didn’t suck it up.

Most of us have enough intelligence to recognize inconsistencies in reporting.  But, either we’re too lazy to pay attention, or we support the lies because we wish they were true.  The latter is what makes hypocritical bigotry possible.


Self and worth - 5 February 2015

Now Whitney Houston’s daughter has passed out in a bathtub.  With her and her mother note Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Norma Jean, etc.!  Why are entertainers so unhappy with their lives?

A message we should take from all of that fatality is that money can’t buy happiness.  And people who pray to win lotteries should take that lesson to heart!  But why doesn’t talent make people happy?

I enjoy writing and singing and playing my guitar and trying to play my keyboard.  But I do all that not for money but because I feel it’s worth doing!  Don’t those people value their talents?


Ignorance, arrogance, bigotry - 4 February 2015

The effect of atmosphere in the PSI of air in a football is a function of the effective of temperature on the density of the air.  That CNN said it’s a function of leakage, besides being an indication of the trustworthiness of “the most trusted name in news,” is an indication of the state of education in the United States.  And that’s a function of how much the United States’ educational institutions subordinate academics to sports.

Ask Christians whether they worship Jesus or promise of eternal life.  Then ask them why, if they believe in Jesus, they call results of faith miracles.  Mark and Luke, who weren’t Jesus’ twelve primary disciples, while saying that Jesus told a woman her faith made her whole said that what made her whole was virtue going out of Jesus..

Anti-Israeli terrorists are neither Islamic nor anti-Semitic.  Most of them are Arabic, and both Hebrews and Arabs are Semitic, and the Qur’an supports Judaism and forbids Terrorism.  And radicalizing doesn’t work on anyone not already radical.


Children and crusades - 3 February 2015

Who are the “we” we the peoples’ media and government pundits tell us are at war with Islam?  A fifth of humanity is Islamic, and Muslims are peaceful neighbors in the United States and all over the rest of Earth!  The phrase “Super Bowl Sunday” indicates how Christian are we the people.

Would we apply the rules we recommend against injury and violence and dishonesty in the NFL to our home team as we would to the other NFL teams?  We’re as likely to do that as Christians are likely to stop using “Islam” as a synonym for “terrorism!”  We pick a side and defend it regardless of fact.   

Why don’t we take responsibility for ourselves?  If we did, we’d include the kids terrorizing each other in the schools we create for them in our definition of “terrorism,” and we’d recognize that many of them do it because their peers exclude them from football!  We enjoy bigotry.


Slings and arrows - 2 February 2015

If ISIS is Islamic, and Muslims regard women as U.S. media and government pundits say they do, why does it care what Jordanians might do to Sajida al-Rashawi?  If Sajida al-Rashawi and Hayat Boumeddienne are what those pundits call Islamist, why did they escape the murderous attacks in Jordan and Paris, in which their male partners died?  When will those pundits recognize the obvious indications that Mossad leads ISIS?

Jordan is both predominantly Islamic and an ally of the United States, and both of those women are far more like Jael and Judith and Golda Meir than like Malala Yousafzai, and so is the attitude of U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham and John McCain!

More Islamic is the jihad of a boy who famously threw a rock at a tank in Bethlehem. 


No ticky, no shirty, and no excuse - 1 February 2015

The difference between Muslims and what media and government pundits call Islamists is the difference between the people who put Benazir Bhutto into power and the people who murdered her.  The extremism of the nuts who shot Islamic Malala Yousefzai is no more Islamic than that of Saul of Tarsus excluding the Gospel of the Magdalena from the Bible and proscribing all women from talking in Church.  Defining Islamic Jihad as aggression is as Islamic as saying crusading to emulate Judaic imperialism is Christian.

But such aggression entertains the people of the United States as it does humans all over Earth, explaining the size of the Superdome and the Coliseum, and the perpetuity of war.  The main difference between Buzkashi in Afghanistan and Football in Texas is in the armor of the participants.  Afghans are more courageous than we people.

Or maybe they’re more desperate.  They lack the purchasing power to be couch potatoes.  So they participate more in the violence that entertains them.


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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