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David and discord - 28 November 2015

People claiming Hinduism murdered Hindu Mohandas Gandhi for trying to make peace with Muslims, and people claiming Islam murdered Muslim Anwar Sadat for trying to make peace with Jews, and now Jews are murdering Muslims in the name of Islam.

And Christians call Jimmy Carter anti-Semitic for pointing out the fact that the way Israelis treat Palestinians is like the way South Africa’s European African government treated Africans.

The ignorance of such people is evident, in their denying the fact that far more Semitic people are Islamic than are Judaic, and in their denying ISIS is Judaic.


In your face - 27 November 2015

Turkey has been predominantly Islamic since Muslims defeated crusaders and changed the name of Constantinople to Istanbul.  And Russia has been predominantly anti-Judaic since before it supported predominantly Islamic nations against Israel during the Cold War.  But United States government and media pundits are saying Turks and Russians killing each other is in the interest of what’s now calling itself the Islamic State.

Everything ISIS does, both materially and spiritually, is against Muslims.  Materially, nearly everyone its killing is Islamic, and it’s forcing Muslims it doesn’t kill to seek refuge in predominantly Christian countries.  And, spiritually, it pits Christians against Muslims and terrorizes them into rejecting the refugees.

But we the people haven’t welcomed refugees since we imprisoned Japanese Americans after the Great Depression drove us to seek economic refuge in states not our homes.


Deviance - 26 November 2015

A CBS “reporter,” citing the Paris attack “ringleader” bragging that he lied his way across borders, said ISIS “doesn’t lie.”  ISIS is inherently a lie, an Israeli counterintelligence operation recruiting homicidal maniacs to kill Muslims, in the name of Islam.  Its function is to make Judaic violence appear to be Islamic violence misrepresenting anything to defraud more peaceful people into alliance with Israel. 

Look at Salah Abdeslam, who left his suicide vest behind and his brothers dead, after or during the Paris attacks.  He’s like the Israeli ISIS leadership that sent him and his brothers there to do the killing to blame Muslims for it.  He’s safe, wherever he is, and the Israelis are safer wherever they are, in Syria or in Iraq, or in Israel.

The desperate nutcases Mossad’s “social networking” is recruiting with the help of less random mass media are neither Islamic nor Judaic.  Each is desperate because disparate by social alienation.  Each is a lone wacko.


Blindsiding - 25 November 2015

James Woolsey, ignoring how quickly France’s government tracked the “ringleader” of the Paris attacks, blamed them on Snowden and lack of “metadata.”  The quick tracking suggests that French intelligence is tracking crazies far more substantially and specifically than by building a random anonymous data base.  So a question Woolsey’s comment raised is what qualified him to be Directory of the Central Intelligence Agency.

And pundits promoting screening for “Christians” raise a similar question.  That question is how anyone can screen against hypocrisy and reminds me of a Mormon who told me she voted for Ronald Reagan because he closed his eyes and silently prayed on TV.  The question is how she thought she knew what he was thinking while he did that.

It’s the question of how democratic was Old Hickory and how republican was Honest Abe.  Jackson told a Governor to ignore the United States Supreme Court and alienate the unalienable rights of the Cherokees.  Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday.


Whence from here? - 24 November 2015

The current campaign to preside over the United States government for the Party of Lincoln is a looney cartoon, with Jeb Bush playing the part of the big chicken Foghorn Leghorn and Tea Party Ted playing the part of the little hawk Henry IX, and Tirading Trump and Creepy Carson playing the part of the Warner Brothers board of directors.

The Warner brothers who founded that company did it by driving through Appalachia showing movies to coal miners before proprietors of a chain of funeral parlors expanded into public parking and bought controlling interest in those brothers’ company.

The best hope we the people have for the party of Lincoln is that it use the primary election process to park the raving characters in a political morgue.


Yahoos and Houyhnhnms - 23 November 2015

John Kerry, after proving his cowardice in Vietnam and his hypocrisy there and after he used it to leave there early, is excellently supporting the most rational and reasonable United States international policy since the George Herbert Walker Bush administration.  And John McCain, after proving his courage in the Hanoi Hilton but reacting to his experience there by vindictively xenophobicly trying to obstruct that policy, has pointed out that Tea Party Ted’s vindictive xenophobia violates his claim to believe in Jesus.  Accordingly pundits should now be asking how Kerry and McCain learned so late in life.

But, because they’re not learning, they’re not asking.  They should also be asking how the phrase “Allahu akbar” is worse than the phrase “Elohim godol.”  But, instead, they’re calling being against Islam Islamophobic and being against Judaism anti-Semitic, ignoring that far more Semitic people are Islamic than are Judaic and calling Islam apocalyptic, while the notion of the apocalypse is Christian.

Israel’s ISIS, or ISIL or DAESH or whatever else anyone calls it, is the most hypocritically destructive government operation since Hitler used a cross of Aryans’ to symbolize his effort at genocide.


Are times changing? - 22 November 2015

While saying that the government of France found and killed the “mastermind” of the Paris attacks days after the attacks and can prove it by finger prints from remains of the body, United States media and government pundits are saying the “intelligence” of the government of France is weak, in its ability to stop terrorists from immigrating there.  Yet those pundits are saying the Intelligence of the United States is strong in having killed Osama bin Laden years after 9/11and being unable to prove it because it dumped that body into the Persian Gulf.  Technology, but not intelligence, dramatically improves.

Whom do you trust?  Do you trust CNN’s failure to raise those questions while saying ISIS is more effective with Facebook than is its Jewish founder?  Do you trust your friends or neighbors who use Facebook to ramble about ESPN?

Compare the resources of Daniel Ellsberg to the resources of Edward Snowden!


Odds and evasion - 21 November 2015

MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, nearly immediately after saying he wouldn’t air an “ISIS Times Square video” because it would terrorize us, aired it.  And he and CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper are at the front of a media trend to ask ignorant questions of experts and government officials.  And political politeness requires those government officials and experts to answer those ignorant questions as though they were pertinent.

“Do something where you are,” says the Israeli counterintelligence operation media pundits call ISIS while government pundits call it ISIL, inspiring to murder their neighbors homicidal maniacs whose insanity prevents them from traveling.

Of course most of Earth’s population is outside Israel.


The fundamental cause of terrorism - 20 November 2015

John McCain, who often indicates his bellicosity and xenophobia but isn’t of the Tea Party and doesn’t claim to be evangelical,  said this week that he’s a Christian and berated Tea Party Ted for not loving his neighbors.  And other pundits are accusing Jeb Bush of that for saying that the United States might welcome Christian immigrants because Christians aren’t terrorizing the Middle East.  Bush didn’t say we shouldn’t let Muslims immigrate, but general unjust gist of ranting of many pundits of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party is that we should, all to defend Israel.

We should ask them to ask Yahoo Netanyahu why, if God promised the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham, Judaism excepts Ishmael and Esau and their descendants from that promise, and why it excepts eleven of the sons of Israel and their descendants, whom we now call Samaritans.

Christianity, considering that the Gospels say Jesus used a Samaritan to exemplify what he said was the second great commandment, is cutting off its nose to spite its face.


The new pacifism - 19 November 2015

People now demanding that Obama stop trying to remove Assad demanded that he try to remove him before ISIS began trying to remove him.

Obama’s legacy won’t be Hillamneycare but his standing up to people like Tea Party Ted and Yahoo Netanyahu’s United States mass media propagandists, including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper and Dana Bash and his MSNBC propagandist Chuck Todd, people ordinarily partisan Democrats.

Bash, without asking how anyone knew Cruz’s father didn’t immigrate from Cuba to retaliate for Castro, accepted Cruz’s word that he had not.


Who is doing what and to whom? - 18 November 2015

The Jewish population of New York City is second only to the Jewish population of Israel, and the Islamic population Paris is far larger than the Islamic population of Paris, making New York City a far more likely target for “radical Islamists.”

So Al Qaeda is far more probably Islamic than is ISIS, and the 9/11 attack was on a financial center while the Paris attacks were on the general public, and particularly immigrant neighborhoods.

And ISIS is recruiting “homegrown” despair and using those people’s suicidal despair to kill ordinary people while its leadership stays safe in its sanctuaries in Iraq and Syria.


Judaists - 17 November 2015

I know, because I participated in it, that a Nixon Administration counterintelligence operation ended the Afghan monarchy.  And I know, because I researched the question through open sources after leaving Afghanistan and the Defense Intelligence Agency, that Camelot Kennedy was a bull in the China shop of the Cold War.  And I know from watching TV more recently that ISIS is an Israeli counterintelligence operation.

A question pertinent now is whether anyone will assassinate Yahoo Netanyahu for the sake of Paris.  Obama correctly said France is the oldest ally of the United States, but he didn’t mention that Morocco was the first nation to recognize that the Unites States are a nation, or that Moroccans now speak French because the French benevolently ignored Tours and Roncesvalles while colonizing the Moroccan caliphate.  No Islamic state would attack France, but a counterintelligence operation calling itself an Islamic state would, to undercut French sympathy with Islam and blame Islam for all terrorism.

All you need to do to recognize the character of Judaism is to read the Bible from beginning to end without sectarian prejudice.  And all you need to do to understand why Islam is behind only Christianity, in the popularity of humanity’s half dozen most popular religions while Judaism is the least popular, is similarly to read the Qur’an.  The Qur’an prescribes defense against the materialistic pharisaical irrationality of Christianity.


Honey and money - 16 November 2015

MSNBC’s Lying Brian, anchoring reporting the terrorist attacks in Paris, aired a reporter saying she thought an “arrondissement” might be a neighborhood.  He responded by saying he was having trouble with his “high school French” and followed that by airing a reporter saying the French government routinely deploys troops in “full battle gear” at the Eiffel tower.  I saw no weapon in any circle of Paris when I was there last November.

And Williams also blamed losing contact with a reporter on heavy cellphone traffic because of the attacks.  The random nonsense he spews because he has nothing sensible to say is typical of his profession and explains why NBC didn’t fire him and continues to throw him into our faces by its cable network.  And I get it all by satellite.

Wacky Williams’ nonsense shouldn’t be on TV for the same reason Creepy Carson shouldn’t be President of the Unites States.  Brian is dishonest, and Ben is murderous, and both character traits are sociopathic.  They suck unjustifably.


Death and trumpets - 15 November 2015

Consider the dramatic irony of Trump tirading that Carson’s effort to murder a childhood friend proves him an incurable child molester.  Carson admitted to having been murderously pathological and said that all that saved him from being a murderer was his friend’s belt buckle blocking the effort by breaking the knife.  And both Trump and everyone else I’ve heard report all that through the mass media is ignoring what it all is.

One issue facing us right now is that Creepy Carson has a sociopathic past and a sociopathic present demeanor.  Carson, not only by his smugness but also by his immigration proposals, shows the hatefulness by which he tried to kill that kid.  And Trump’s proposals are similar, and he totally missed the point that Carson was lying, whether or not the belt buckle saved the kid.

The most substantial difference between Trump and Carson is that Trump rants less calmly.  And the horror of it all is that enough people agree with their hateful ranting to put them at the top of the polls for candidacy for the Presidency of the United States misrepresenting the Party of Lincoln.  We the people need to get a sane grip.


Drama in spades - 14 November 2015

“Mexico, land of beauty where gardenias grow,” says a song.  Before I heard that song, I had been to Tijuana as a teenager looking for the mythical Blue Fox with its donkeys with girls, and I wondered how Mexico was a land of beauty.  And now, with the drug violence and people fleeing it for the dream of the San Joaquin, I wonder more.

But I also wonder both why people celebrate the Day of the Dead south of the Rio Grande and why people celebrate All Hallows Eve north of the Rio Grande.  And I wonder why Creepy Carson claimed that a childhood friend’s belt buckle saved him from Carson’s trying to kill him with a knife and why Dingdong Donald called that child molestation.  And I wonder why TV reporters are failing to call it what it what it was.

And I wonder why media reporters call pictures of violence graphic.  “Graphic” refers to writing, not to drawing or painting or filming, or to anything particularly “disturbing.”  I wonder what language we speak, and why both the people of the United States of Mexico and we the people of the United States of America tend to ignore gardenias.


South of Boston - 13 November 2015

Trump said that anyone who thinks walls don’t work should ask the Israelis.  Walls work at creating contention but not at making or keeping peace.  Anyone who thinks walls work at anything productive should ask the Germans.  Robert Frost said that good fences make good neighbors.  But they’re killing Mexicans and Palestinians.

Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. McCain and Mr. Trump, tear down those walls as Mr. Gorbachev managed to let the Berliners tear that wall down, and mend diplomatic fences.  And the weirdest part of the fact that Republicans advocate walls and wars is that they also claim to advocate laissez-faire economics.  They oppose common decency.

When I was a child, I read over and over a story in comic book form of a friendship between Benjamin Franklin and a mouse, while Sylvester’s efforts to kill Tweety in his cage to eat him drove me to despair.  And I’m and MBA while capitalists invest in both Franklin and Sylvester types.  The Tea Party serves poison to guests.


232 plain words - 12 November 2012

When Louisiana state police told me nobody would drive to from Michigan to New Orleans from Michigan by way of Laredo and spend but one night in Laredo, I should have pointed out to them that I also flew from Boston to Israel to see what the Israelis were doing to the Palestinians hiding from them in the Church of the Nativity, and spent less than an hour in Bethlehem.  A picture is worth many tons of prejudicial conjecture.

And that’s why I went to Laredo.  I wished to see how drug traffic was affecting the people living along the border, and I went to the least legal part of Nuevo Laredo, la zona de tolerancia.  And I walked there the five miles from my hotel in Laredo, stopping in bars along the route to talk with people not too scrupulous to drink alcohol, and I found the main complaint of all of them not the drug traffic but their poverty.

And the same was true of the Palestinians with whom I spoke in the land Israel occupies contrary to United Nations mandates.  Palestinians willingly talked with me while Israelis ranted at me and restricted my movements to where the problems were visible.  The Palestinians told me what they desired wasn’t to punish the Israelis for taking their land but only that they let them live in peace in their homes. 


Whoring nappy heads - 11 November 2015

Women get short shrift in regard to the twentieth century civil rights movement.  The Capitol Rotunda honored Rosa Parks for her funeral and honors her image since, but few people recognize that she worked for the NAACP before Dr. King was an activist, or that her arrest for trying to keep her seat gave him his raison d'être.  And Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz worked hand in hand after their husbands’ assassinations.

And Nina Simone used her popularity and lost most of it by using her talent to support civil rights.  And once she told Dr. King that she couldn’t be nonviolent, and Dr. King told her that was alright, and called her sister.  And Simone loved classical music, and resented that she could play her popular music in Carnegie Hall, but not classical music.

We aggrandize Maya Angelou for her trite poetry without pointing out that it didn’t particularly support civil rights.  And most of the African American women we honor are for their musical ability.  White folks say black folks have rhythm and can jump.   


Old stomping grounds - 10 November 2015

I walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and this picture is of it from the direction of the attack, from a point of view of the government staring the people in their faces before clubbing and trampling them.

I also stopped in Nashville and drank a couple of pints of beer in a couple of places on Broadway.  I wonder why people call those people, who don’t farm as black folks begged to do, rednecks.  They’re not working people.

And the musicians don’t tape tip cans to their microphones as they did the first time I was there, and Nashville has replaced the strip joints in Printers Alley with such redneck joints, but it’s all prostitution.


Proof of pudding - 9 November 2015

Consider this example of police profiling.   In heavy traffic, on my way from Laredo to New Orleans, I squeezed my Mustang between two cars to change to a faster lane as were many other drivers.  A state policeman stopped me and told me and told me I was too close to the car in front of me and asked me where I was going and from where I was coming.  And, after a few more questions, he told me to go to go to a travel plaza at the next exit, where another policeman awaited us, and helped him search my car.  They said the reason was that they thought that anyone going to New Orleans after but one night in Laredo must be running drugs.

I’m not saying I’m anything like Jehanne of Domremy, but the situation reminded me of how people from the Dauphin to many people today questioned her motives and her sanity, and the police said no one would do what I did.

My reply to the police, like Jehanne’s reply both to the Dauphin and to Cauchon, was that I would.


Of the kinds it takes - 8 November 2015

Gibtown, a few miles south of Tampa, is a place where many homeless carnies go at the end of the carnival season each year.  So, having worked carnival through about a half dozen seasons, I should have known better than thinking I might find a motel room there in November.  But I enjoyed discussing my problem with customers at the Showtown Bar.

And, although I didn’t find my homeless friend in Sarasota, in New Orleans I found a friend I hadn’t seen in years.  He’s neither a carnie nor homeless, but he’s on my top ten list of crazy people, although I don’t find him as offensive as others do.  He’s a roofer with a degree in art, and his mother named him for Bobby Darren, and his last name is French for “the nut.”

My carnie friend I hoped to see in Gibtown didn’t show.  But I found Darren harassing people at Checkpoint Charlie, and I dragged him to Molly’s to help me harass Tara, the barmaid there who’s studying to be a nurse.  This picture isn’t of Molly’s but of the Showtown, and I have no clue who the girl is in the middle of it, apparently posing for the picture.


Just clean fun - 7 November 2015

My first visit to the Whiskey River Saloon in Malone, I was on my way from New Orleans to Abilene to see an old friend, and I decided to take back roads hoping to find a bar across the street from a motel.  I opened a conversation with a truck driver in a cowboy hat and found myself at a Texas version of a stammtisch, what Germans call a table where a pub’s owner welcomes the customers he or she most regularly welcomes to it.  It was all about shooting pool and Texas two-step until after midnight, but I must have been there on a weekend, that time.  This time, on a Wednesday, it closed at 10:00 p.m.

In Laredo, I slept at the Ramada Plaza after walking from there across the border to Mexico, to Nuevo Laredo.  The immigrants on our side of the border were poor, but the Mexicans on their side of the boarder were far poorer, disgusting me further with McCain and Cubio Rubio and Tea Party Ted and Trump.  Those politicians are too disparate for compassion for the desperate.

A difference between prostitution and drug addiction in Mexico and prostitution in countries such politicians say have developed is the standard of living of the prostitutes and the drug addicts.


Molly's - 6 November 2015

I’m on another road trip.  My first stop was the Whiskey River Saloon, in Malone, Texas.  My next was to walk out on the streets of Laredo and across the Rio Grande to Nuevo Laredo.  Now I’m in New Orleans again, and tomorrow I’ll be at the Showtown Bar, in the town carnies call Gibtown, Gibsonton, Florida.  From there I’ll drive to Sarasota to try to find a friend from my homeless days working day labor there.  And after that I’ll walk across the infamous Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma.  After that my mustang friend will return us to our new home.  Most of my homeless travel was by hitchhiking.



Ranting and raving - 5 November 2015

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a military police major who deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard, calls herself a combat veteran.  Tell that to Colonel FiFi, the first female Thunderbird pilot, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who commanded the 333d Fighter Squadron.  Gabbard is also a Hare Krishna calling herself a Hindu.

“I knew my child was in trouble when he was ten,” said a pundit quoting a mother to Jive Jake Turkey Tapper, complaining about lack of availability of child guidance.  Neither the pundit nor Tapper raised the question of what that mother was doing during those ten years.  Nor did they raise the question of why she wished to dump her responsibility.

And Gabbard took the oath of Congressional service with a hand on the Bhagavad Gita.  The Bhagavad Gita is a secondary scripture of Hinduism fictionalizing an avatar of the Hindu personification of preservation saying warriors should kill because they’re warriors.  And he also says we should worship him instead of the universal God.


Intellect and integrity - 4 November 2015

Paul Ryan is mixing partisan rhetoric with the common sense that put him into his job.  He said that Obama has proven himself untrustworthy by sidestepping Congress for immigration reform and that accordingly he’ll obstruct immigration reform during Obama’s Presidency.  He must know that Obama sidestepped Congress because Congress wasn’t stepping and accordingly will work to set the stage to step forward.

Not doing that would be a clear breach of his promise to give Congress a fresh start.  It would purposely support partisanship grudges that have kept Congress in a quagmire.  Ryan’s understanding of both economics and how Congress can work can sidestep that.

But he’s said he’ll go home weekends, to attend his kids’ sports events and to bow hunt, and that suggests that he cares more for opposition than for harmony.


The education nation - 3 November 2015

ISIS claimed responsibility for bringing down that Russian airliner over the Sinai.  That claim, whether or not it’s true, to people who think about what counterintelligence is, considering that the Sinai is where the Torah says God delivered the Ten Commandments, is one more indication that ISIS is an Israeli counterintelligence operation.  Note that Russian action against action favoring Assad is excepting ISIS.

Judaic people fled what they call the Promised Land because they couldn’t get along with the people the Torah says God promised to destroy.  And Germany and Russia welcomed them, but they wore out their welcome in those countries, as the Torah says Israel wore out its welcome in Egypt.  So they bought United States mass media.

And they’re buying Las Vegas, the main cancer causing the decline of the United States, as such destroyed Rome.  Note that Newt Gingrich’s main supporter was a Judaic Las Vegas casino developer.  And now look at Dingdong Donald.


The absurdity of sectarian sexism - 2 November 2015

Why can’t women be Roman Catholic priests?  They can be Roman Catholic saints, and the Roman Catholic Church says that both male and female saints can mediate between God and lay Roman Catholics, both male and female!  Of course the answer is that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus said women shouldn’t talk in church.

Why do Hindus say woman are an inferior caste?  The Upanishads say that Gargi was the wisest Brahmin questioning the Brahmin Yajnavalkya’s claim to the Kshatriya Janaka’s cows!  Of course the answer is that most Hindu men muddle in maya.

Why does the Yi Jing treat women as the lesser half!  The precept of yin and yang is that all is inseparable unity!  Of course the answer is that Chinese men are as silly as other men.


Trick or treat - 1 November 2015

Male chauvinism, with help from many women, is alive and sick in the United States.  When she was campaigning to be John McCain’s Vice President, Carly Fiorina said that Barbara Boxer’s hair was “so retro,” and Boxer frantically responded with a “makeover.”  And most support for Heehaw Hillary is from women, despite the fact that she stood by Bubba Bill despite what he did to Monica Lewinski, a female intern in his charge.

And, when a judge sentenced a punk to a year in jail, for following a statutory rape tradition at at John Kerry’s prep school, a female CNN reporter called what that senior male did to the girl was a meetup, and she called the girl a freshman.

And people are still pitying the parents of JonBenét Ramsey, for setting up their daughter as a target, at best.


Depression and recession - 31 October 2015

Because a girl refused to stop talking on her cellphone or leave a classroom, a deputy sheriff threw her and her chair to the floor, and dragged both to the door.  The sheriff said that what the deputy did was proper, except that he shouldn’t have thrown the girl, and media pundits are agreeing.  And so are students who saw it.

That’s the sort of approach to international relations we’ll have if Trump presides over our government.  Calling them losers, he’ll bomb anyone who disagrees with him, making Obama’s sidestepping Congress look like honoring it.  But sports fans honor such.

So Paul Ryan’s way of becoming Speaker of the House is a breath of clean air.  He walks the talk about serving the people.  And he didn’t ask for the job. 


Slick - 30 October 2015

While Bubba Bill let Monica Lewinski preside over his penis, he let Heehaw Hillary’s health insurance scam fall through his cracks, but now he’s praising Hillamneycare and cackling that it’s a result of her humanitarian attitude since law school.  Their relationship may be similar to Adolf’s and Eva’s.  But the thrill apparently is gone.

Chuck Todd told the senior elder of the Seventh Day Adventists that he’s Jewish.  One question is how someone with his name is Jewish, but asking that is like asking why Harry Truman’s mother’s maiden name was Young, and not Jung.  Jewish immigrants changed their names to get along with their new neighbors before burdening them.

Similarly, the Israelites tried to get along with the Egyptians early in their flight to Egypt from famine in Canaan, when the Egyptian government gave them their welfare.  And Moses tried to get along with the Midianites, when he fled to them after killing and Egyptian, but he later slaughtered them.  Entitlement is of course political.


Woeful wickedly weaving - 29 October 2015

Eisenhower sent a thousand advisory troops to Vietnam.  Kennedy increased that troop strength to fourteen thousand, and Johnson increased it to a half million before Nixon and Ford reduced it to zero, nearly two decades after Eisenhower’s initial effort.  And Nixon used no troops to end the Afghan monarchy, but that began what pundits are now calling America’s longest war, before those pundits say it began.  Such is how ISIS sucks.

Sucking is what quagmires do.  ISIS is an Israeli counterintelligence operation, and it’s sucking Obama into sending troops to defend efforts to remove Assad, against others enemies of Assad’s.  And United States media and government pundits say Israel is a United States ally.

What the Burgundians did to Jehanne of Domremy is straightforward in comparison to what Israel is doing to the United States.


Beauty and beasts - 28 October 2015

CNN aired an African American pundit and a European American pundit arguing about whether black lives matter, followed that reporting with a report of Tony Blair apologizing for supporting invading Iraq but not for removing Sadistic Hussein from power, without raising the question of whether Iraqi lives matter.

Actually life isn’t matter.  Matter has life, and humans tend to behave as though losing their physical bodies costs them their spirit, but each of the half dozen most popular of humanity’s religion says life goes on forever in some form.  The occidental three say we take our physical bodies somewhere extraterrestrial while the oriental three say we return to the spirit that created our physical bodies.

But the weirdest part of all of that “reasoning” we humans do is that we have habitually murdered each other throughout the history we define by our ability to write it and often do it in name of God, whether we call God Yahweh  or the father or the son or the holy ghost or Allah, or Brahman or enlightenment or the way.



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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