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Literacy and lunacy - 30 January 2015

Reading serves several purposes, supporting one’s prejudices or answering honest questions or raising new questions or creating new understanding, but the validity of any of those purposes depends on how carefully one reads.  Most of my reading has been cursory, but I’m rereading the primary scriptures of the half dozen most popular of Earth’s religions as carefully as I can, to write a book accurately comparing them.  The main reason humans talk peace but wage war isn’t differences between the scriptural foundations of religions but failure to understand the similarities of those foundations.

Among my discoveries in reading the Qur’an is that it preaches the Bible, including the immaculate conception of Jesus and much Mosaic law, but little of the Sermon on the Mount or the Ten Commandments.  But another is that the Qur’an preaches killing only for self-defense while the Torah preaches killing for land.  So people asking why people kill each other and themselves should include American kids in their question.

The answer to either is that bigotry alienates.  Permitting anyone from expounding religious tenets in schools is more in keeping with the United States Constitution than is forbidding it.  But teachers shouldn’t act as an umpire enforcing their own.


The gory grandiosity of glorification - 29 January 2015

Who invented the Internet, Al Gore or the United States Department of Defense, or God?  Are you, with all your modern technology Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Bill Gates made inexpensively available to you, happier than Bedouins and Kuchis were before the war between Judaism and Islam overran the land they freely walked with candles and camels?  What did Jesus mean by saying the truth shall make us free?

Jesus also said that the kingdom of God is within us, and that agrees with the Hindu assertion that each self is identical to the universal self, which is God.  But the Roman Catholic Church, ignoring the fact that the word “catholic” means “universal,” says God isn’t in Hindus or Bedouins or Kuchis.  And so do the Protestants, adherents to denominations the universality of the Roman Catholic, to preach their own sectariansim.

A possible explanation for bigotry is that humans know better but find it useful.  Roman emperors called themselves Gods, while being reasonable enough to govern more people than any human ever had, indicating that they knew the absurdity of their claim.  Constantine claimed to convert to Christianity, but his subsequent behavior consistently contradicted the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount, and so had Paul’s and John’s.


Karn Hattin - 28 January 2015

The Torah says Israel is no one’s ally, and the books of Kings say Judah is no ally of the other tribes of Israel or of anyone else, and yet Christians follow the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus.  Saul, after calling himself Paul, directed the writing of the New Testament, which interprets Old Testament Judaic prophesies of God sending a Messiah to save Judah from death by its enemies as prophesies of God sending a Christ to save anyone from any death.  “Christ” is a Greek word for “Messiah,” and Saul directed the writing of the New Testament and wrote most of it himself in Greek, decades after the crucifixion.

A problem with all of that is that the Gospels, books of the New Testament that Saul directed writing but didn’t write, say Jesus called Pharisees hypocrites and a nation of vipers.  And those Gospels, ostensibly the most extensive quoting of Jesus, don’t say that he claimed to be the Messiah, or God’s only begotten son.  Those claims are in the Gospels, but from the people who wrote them, after accepting Saul’s Pharisaism.

Most of what the Gospels say Jesus said says that goodness is its own reward.  Most of what the New Testament says otherwise ignores the Sermon on the Mount to sell eternal life in exchange for worshiping the Messiah.  Saul poisoned the apostles.


Wholly holey holy - 27 January 2015

Tom Brady reminds me of Barbra Streisand.  Brady compared his deflating footballs to ISIS as Streisand compared her singing “Happy Days are Here Again” to Clinton’s deviance.  And both excel at how they pay for their lives while neither accepts responsibility for effects of either their words or their deeds on our lives.  Streisand, while posturing as a feminist, stood by Bill Clinton against Monica Lewinski.  And Brady has people calling his phoniness ballghazigate.

The New England Patriots are about as patriotic as the New Orleans Saints are saintly.  Football undermines the standards of our educational institutions and the values of our children and our religion by exemplifying the violent bigotry hypocrites calling themselves Islamic call jihad while hypocrites calling themselves Christian call it crusading.  War is normal to humanity because humans find it entertaining.

And, if the Bible is factual, it all began with the first human family, and grew from fratricide to war by way of God ordering some of his creation to kill others of his creation for their land.  And weirdest of all of it is that people claiming to believe the Bible blame all of it on people who believe in the Qur’an.  The Qur’an preaches reconciliation of all Semitic people.


Neighbors and fences - 26 January 2015

What’s an investigative reporter?  People calling themselves that and reporting the war on terror as though it’s a war on Islam in defense of Judaism plainly haven’t taken the trouble to read the Qur’an or the Torah!  The Qur’an is an effort to enfold Arabs into the religion of the Bible and to reconcile Christians with Jews.

Richard Engel, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, is a prime example.  He was in Baghdad when the second Bush administration accomplished the mission of removing Saddam Hussein from power, and he speaks Arabic fluently, and he’s Jewish.  But he also agrees with ISIS that it’s Islamic and uses “Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist.”

Why do we the people and humanity in general insist on conflict?  We talk about peace and say we’re superior to dumb animals in our ability to reason, but our favorite entertainment is people beating each other for fun or money, and our religions we call peaceful have caused most of our wars!  That isn’t reasonable.


Savings and loans - 25 January 2015

Tom Brady is typical of what sells football to couch potatoes, people who think a wonderful life is watching people push each other around, by any means unnecessary.

He stood in front of TV cameras as they sat in front of their TV’s, in a stocking cap appropriate for couch potatoes letting their “educational” institutions sink their education to football level or for kids to whom couch potato parents represent people like Brady as role models, and told them they should let him do whatever he likes because he’s not as dangerous as ISIS. 

He may be as dangerous as ISIS, if couch potatoes swallow his hogwash and spew it onto their ballots, when they vote for people who should protect us from him and ISIS.


Write and wrong - 24 January 2015

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee entitled his most recent book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.  Attitudes like his and Yahoo Netanyahu’s are why that Palestinian was so desperate this week that he attacked Israel with a knife.  And Netanyahu’s response was to advise tourists not to ride public buses, which routinely carry several Israeli soldiers carrying rifles, with magazines in them ready to go.

And a question I have is why the “liberal” government and media pundits, who claim to support civil rights and not to be sectarian, support Israel’s routine murderous oppression of Palestinians in the name of God.

Palestinians and wild dumb animals, unlike religiously and politically talking humans, kill only for food or self-defense.


Hebrew Hollywood hypocrisy - 23 January 2015

The “documentary” film Salinger says Salinger married a Nazi, after participating in the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Dachau, and implies that he was a pedophile.  The film’s producers and most of the people in it are Jewish, and tried to use the film to increase their fame and fortune by climbing over Salinger’s dead body, demonstrating what Salinger called phoniness.  The film also says that Salinger converted to what it calls “Vedanta religion” and thought of his work in terms of the Bhagavad-Gita.

Salinger’s attitude toward adolescent girls was the attitude that had Mark Twain write Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc and dedicate it to his wife and befriend some adolescent girls, essentially taking them under his wings, in his later years.  It’s the attitude that puts the meaning of the title of Catcher in the Rye in Holden Caulfield’s effort to remove a “fuck you sign” from a wall in a stairway of his sister Phoebe’s school.  Mark Twain named himself for safe passage as Salinger named Phoebe for light of day.

The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus typifies Judaism.  He commandeered the movement Jesus began, and directed his followers to write the Gospels decades after the crucifixion, and those Gospels say Jesus’ last supper celebrated the Torah’s assertion that God murdered every Egyptian firstborn child for the sake of the Israelites.  And the most horrendous massacre in any scripture is Moses’ ordering the Israelites to kill every man and woman and child of his wife’s tribe, except the young virgin girls, and enslave them.


Under the sun - 22 January 2015

In this millennium, anyone in a position to autopsy Yasser Arafat should be able to tell us if he died of radiation poisoning, but the news media aren’t telling us that.  In this millennium, anyone with a computer should be able to read the Qur’an and know that it supports Christianity and Judaism, but we aren’t using our media to tell ourselves that.  In this millennium Christians think faith and martyrdom are buying pills from Pfizer to cure their restless leg syndrome.

In this millennium, anyone in a positon to transcribe information from a flight data recorder should be able to do it in minutes, but mass news media are telling us that technicians have been transcribing data from the Flight QZ8501 flight data recorder for days, and need more days to get it done.

In this millennium, as in previous millennia, humans use whatever information technology they have to prove to each other how trivial they are.


All that jazz - 21 January 2015

“Anti-Semitic” would be an appropriate term for what media and government and religious pundits inappropriately call Islamist.  The Arabic Semitic population is many times the size of the Hebrew Semitic population, and those terrorists those pundits are calling Islamist are doing far more harm to Muslims than they are to Jews, and most Arabs are Islamic.  But Judaic propagandists have commandeered the term “anti-Semitic” to refer only to being against Semitic Hebrews, effectually denying the existence of the Arabic Semitic majority, by calling it anti-Semitic.

And another wacky term such pundits absurdly spew is “sleeper cell,” to refer to groups of terrorists as though anyone psychotic enough terrorize would be sane enough to curb his psychosis for months or years, waiting for some other psychotic to order him to deploy his psychosis.  Ask yourself whether the Klu Klux Clan kept its sheets on their beds.  And ask why no one called it Christianist.

It’s all like calling Nancy Wilson anti-Semitic for competing with Barbra Streisand or calling Hugh Hefner Semitic for changing the name of the Playboy Jazz Poll to Pop Poll to let Streisand win it.


Modern English - 20 January 2015

Judaism defines bigotry.  The word “bigot” originated from Normans mocking Angles swearing “by god” that they weren’t inferior to their conquerors.  The Bible says the tribe of Judah tried to conquer the other eleven tribes of Israel after supporting the Israelites’ claim to being so superior to other humans that God gave them the right to kill them for their land.  And the greatest democracy on Earth supports that.  Try explaining that.

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister said Sunday that Islamists pervert Islam.  But he continued to use the word “Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist” as though its first two syllables aren’t “Islam.”  And  an American Broadcasting Company This Week “anchor” said Sunday that Muslims are a quarter of humanity but not that the notion that all of them are terrorizing the rest of us is absurd.

Let’s consider why the Amish population is increasing while the Jewish population is decreasing.  Part of the answer is that Amish people stop calling people strangers when they move among them and accept their way of life while Jewish people call people who aren’t descendent from Judah strangers forever.  Bigotry is arrogant alienation.


East side, west side, wherever - 19 January 2015

William Franklin Graham III, evangelical son of former Fuller brush salesman evangelist Billy Graham, said that the world is at war with Islam and that Islam has no history of peace.  The Qur’an, referring to the Bible, calls Christians and Jews people of the book and says Muhammad was but one in the line of Biblical prophets.  Islam originated as an effort to unify polytheistic Arab warlords in accordance with Judeo Christian tradition. 

But crazier is that the Bible is far more bellicose than is the Qur’an, and the crusades were wars in direct opposition to anything the Bible says Jesus said, and Moses perpetrated the most horrendous massacre on record against his wife’s tribe.

And Graham’s religious right is a current bellicose political influence.


When will we ever learn? - 18 January 2015

United States “intelligence” services, instead of tricking crazy kids into Guy Fawkes plots on Congress, should investigate the probability that Hayat Boumeddienne is a Mossad agent.  Sun Tzu, a Chinese philosopher and military strategist, said fifteen centuries before other Chinese invented gunpowder that basic to military success is knowing the enemy.  But U.S. “intelligence” ignores both the Qur’an and the Torah.

And the father of that kid whom the FBI helped hatch that plot to bomb Congress said he’d “beat his butt” if he caught him doing such a thing.  If that kid is an enemy, knowing him requires knowing why he would do such a thing, but CNN called him a momma’s boy without mentioning the possibility that his parents drove him crazy.  Mass media are reporting it as a rerun of the ignorant reporting of Adam Lanza’s barfly gun nut mother.

But it’s human normalcy, and the civil war wasn’t civil, but the definition of incivility.  The Confederacy wasn’t a confederacy but an effort to maintain failure to recognize an entire race as confederates.  That and the division of the United States along the Mason and Missouri Compromise lines was an example of the side-picking bigotry typical of humanity.  And Lincoln’s political party now supports such.  Knowing isn’t in it.


To the moon - 17 January 2015

A quick glance at who benefits most from it will tell you that ISIS technology is Israeli technology as Guardians of Peace technology is SONY technology.  But media and government pundits apparently would foster their fictional bogey men than inform us of any quick glances they might take.  We the people prefer xenophobia to facts, and politicians and advertisers know that, and capitalize on it at our expense.

And an indication of all of that is pundit reaction to the picture that’s selling millions of copies of Charlie Hebdo after it’s failed to sell more than 60 thousand copies of any other issue.  The picture is conciliatory, indicating that Muhammad would weep at what those murderers calling themselves Muslims did, but pundits are calling it defiant.  It’s only defiant against hypocrisy, what the Qur’an calls munafiqun, but that doesn’t sell.

Also, although Muhammad was illiterate, the Qur’an says the angel Gabriel told Muhammad to read, and the word “Qur’an” refers to reading and reciting, and the Qur’an reasons its points.  And anyone who thinks Ralph’s shaking his fist in Alice’s face in the Honeymooners and laughs is more like the fictional bogey men than like Charlie Hebdo or the pundits.  Munafiqun is normal humanity.


The black hole of hypocrisy - 16 January 2015

To Muslims Islam is submission to God, but many Muslims say God desires that women submit themselves to men, and Paul says that more clearly in his epistles than does Muhammad in the Qur’an.  Such people ignore the Islamic woman who founded Earth’s oldest university and that the girl people call Joan of Arc because her father was of Arc saved her homeland from a century of foreign invasion in three months against the will of her father by military skill no one taught her.  Such people, Islamic and Christian and Jewish, ignore that Malala Yousafzai is Islamic and say that Hayat Boumeddiene is.

Boumeddienne, after instigating the man who murdered the four hostages in the kosher grocery store, fled to the land of ISIS before the attack.  Islam originated from Muhammad’s acceptance of the scriptures Christians and Jews share, and Muslims and Jews share that grocery store because of the Torah’s dietary proscriptions, and media aren’t indicating that the killer’s motive in the store was any of Boumeddienne’s motives.  The apparent plan for the attack worked more for Israel than for Islam.

ISIS is conspicuously a Mossad counterintelligence operation, and Yahoo Netanyahu paraded through Paris as though he had liberated France from the Nazis, and ignorant bipartisan bigots in the United States are saying Obama should have flown to Paris to help other national leaders cheer that murderous creep.


Rationale - 15 January 2015

Historians have called the Middle Ages, the European times between the “classical” times and the Renaissance, the Dark Ages.  What those “Islamist” homicidal maniacs did to Charlie Hebdo was mild in comparison to the wars and inquisitions medieval “Christians” perpetrated to accord with the Second Commandment.  And the Dark Ages were also the times of Western European Christians raging across Eastern Europe to take land from Muslims.  And, when they took Jerusalem from them, they didn’t give it back to the Jews.  They called it the Kingdom of Jerusalem and themselves its kings.

And consider the Parthenon.  Its name is from a Greek word for “virgin,” referring to the Greek goddess of both war and wisdom, Athena.  During the Renaissance, Muslims stored explosives in it, and Christians hit it with their own explosives that exploded the Muslims’ explosives.  The Parthenon remains in ruin, and a British lord removed most of its statuary to the British Museum, ostensibly to protect them from war between Muslims and Christians after the Age of Reason.  The statue of Athena in it didn’t survive.

Now CNN has said that France’s Jewish population is the third largest of any Western European nation, while ignoring France’s huge Islamic population that resulted from French colonization of North Africa, and ignoring that the Islamic caliphate that preceded French colonization making Morocco a French “protectorate” was the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent nation.


Balaam’s epitaph - 14 January 2015

Bill Maher is about as funny as Lindsey Graham.  Both blamed every Muslim for what those murderous hypocrites did to Charlie Hebdo, with Maher saying that any Muslim would murder to avenge an effort to ridicule Muhammad, and Graham saying the war on terror is a religious war against Islam.  Each is a hateful bellicose ignorant bigot.

They’re essentially calling Malala a murderer.  Yes, taking offense at a cartoon is crazy, but so is generalizing the craziness of four people to nearly two billion people trying to live their lives productively and peacefully.  And those murderers in Paris, especially the one who killed the four hostages, had demonstrated their insanity publicly for years.

And, by blaming the whole thing on Arabs or Islam, Maher and Graham are also ignoring the facts that Menachem Begin orchestrated the murder of dozens of mostly British non-combatants at the King David Hotel and became head of the Israeli state and that Truman murdered a hundred thousand Japanese after they’d lost the war.


Kingdoms within me - 13 January 2015

Hindu scripture says that the Atman is Brahman, that each separate self is the universal self, which is God.  Buddhist scripture says that attaching importance to words or the differences they describe distracts us from realizing the beauty and truth of the universal self.  Taoist scripture says that the happiest villagers can hear the sounds of neighboring villages but feel no need to visit them.  Occidental scriptures say we should convert or kill people who believe other scriptures.  That defines bigotry and terrorism.

I have the fortune of residing in a house on a lot with no house across the street from it or on the lot surrounding it.  One of my brothers resides in the top story of my three-story house, and I’ve rented an addition on the back of the house to a woman with two children, but I seldom see any of them.  I make a weekly trip to Walmart, and I spend between one and two weeks of most years traveling outside the town where my house is, but most of my discontent comes from watching news on television.

The Tao Te Ching, which originated several millennia before the invention of television or the World Wide Web, says you can know everything without leaving your house.  The Diamond Sutra and the Upanishads, which may be as old as or older than the Tao Te Ching, say that we imagine our differences.  I suppose that I could be happier by not imagining myself watching television and responding to it on the World Wide Web.   But I‘m imagining that I must imagine it.  Je pense donc je suis.


Wholeness, safeness, peace - 12 January 2015

I, a Hindu Buddhist Taoist, don’t understand the Jewish or Christian or Islamic notion of either death or eternal life.  I don’t understand how anything can come from nothing or go nowhere, and my sense of reality tells me I dream while I’m asleep without knowing whether I’m dreaming or sleeping and accordingly never knowing whether I’m awake.  So thinking life ends in a sheol or continues forever in fire and brimstone or in a city of gold or a garden with rivers running beneath seems to me absurdly presumptuous.  I can’t be sure any of that wouldn’t be dreams.  And I think I may be dreaming scriptures.

If al Qaeda perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo murders, it has once again proven that it isn’t Islamic, but mass media keep calling it Islamist.  In the Qur’an “jihad” refers only to a struggle in defense of Islam, but mass media have coined the term “jihadi” as a synonym for “terrorist.”  All that adds up to a propaganda war Judeo Christian mass media are waging against a religion that preaches most preaching of Moses and Jesus.

“Do not kill yourself,” instructs the Qur’an, Islam’s scripture.  Al Qaeda or not, those murderers in Paris emulated not Islam, but the Hollywood movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Thelma and Louise.  And think of Jesus, Saint Stephen, etc.


Mission irresponsible - 11 January 2015

Obama’s response to Sony’s hoax to send The Interview directly to streaming earned him more right to say “Je suis un Parisien.” than Kennedy had to say “Ich bin ein Berliner.”  And CNN earned no trust by saying, regarding the maniacs killing Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in the name of Islam, that France is “one of America’s oldest allies.”  France, which bankrupt its treasury to support the American Revolution, is the United States’ oldest ally.

The Oprah approach to news that’s had George Stephanopoulos move ABC’s news show “This Week” from Washington to New York for his convenience in hosting the ABC’s soap show “Good Morning America” has spread to every mass news network!

Next will we have Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie join the Tea Party congress?


The first estate - 10 January 2015

The Chinese words “yin” and “yang” illustrate the absurdity of us humans’ saying we’re superior to dumb animals.  Those words, as their diagram now famous around the world indicates, originally referred to the shady and sunny sides of a mountain, and Tao Te Ching quietist Lao Tze focused on the essential harmony of the two sides being of one mountain, but I Ching commentator Confucius focused on the polarity that essentially defines the English word “bigotry.”  The I Ching says yin is darkness and weakness and female and yang light and strength and male and extends such beyond 64 abstractions.

Now, although both the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching are famous around the world, Confucius is more famous than Lao Tze despite his saying Lao Tze was the wisest person he’d ever met.  And the I Ching is more indicative of Occidental civilization despite the fact that the Magdalena defined the Tao in her gospel, saying “The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into that essence.”  The reason that’s not famous is that sexist Saul of Tarsus, who wrote in epistles against women talking in church, kept it out of the Bible.

A current example of bigotry and the ignorance on which it depends is mass media reporting of the killing of the cartoonists in Paris.  The only complaint in the Qur’an against Judaism is that Jews ignore their prophets and particularly Moses and the Ten Commandments, and accordingly the Islamic complaint against making images of Muhammad is that it violates the Second Commandment, the commandment against making images of anything God’s created.  So those murderers calling themselves Muslims might as reasonably violate the Sixth Commandment to kill any cartoonist.


Odds and ends - 9 January 2015

When George Herbert Bush ran for the Presidency, pundits pointed out that no previous President of the United States had fewer than five letters in his last name, but now two Presidents have had the same four-letter name.  So I have no qualms in suggesting that the next President and Vice President might both have four-letter last names.  I’d like to see them be Bush and Rice.

And I think Jeb Bush and Condoleezza Rice would be unbeatable running mates.  Bush, although I don’t agree with his position on Cuba, is the most reasonable candidate pundits are portraying as a possible runner.  And Rice was a Democrat before she was a Republican and accordingly has demonstrated the bipartisanship we the people say Washington desperately needs.

However, an alternative possibility is that Bush run and select Ted Cruz as his running mate, committing electoral suicide as McCain did by selecting Palin.  I regret my vote for them, since McCain has proven his xenophobic bellicosity since he lost the election, and Palin has proved the pundits correct about her.  But I suspect that Bush might shift his stance on Cuba.


Flowers and snipers - 8 January 2015

What’s the difference between a draftee and a draft dodger?  Many troops smoked marijuana in Vietnam and don’t deny inhaling it, but Bill Clinton said that when they were doing that he smoked marijuana in England but didn’t inhale it, and many of those troops were homeless when Clinton was President of the United States!  Relevant questions are whether Bubba Bill lied and what Heehaw Hillary smoked in Bosnia.

Southern Democrat Cackle Clinton proved against African American Hawaiian Obama in the 2008 primary that she’s unelectable, but the party of Jefferson Davis is saying she’s a shoe-in for the nomination now, and it’s trying to lynch Obama to prove it.

The Jefferson Davis Party and the Tea Party may hand the election to Jeb Bush.   


ISIS, Netanyahu, covert - 7 January 2015

Now U.S. mass news media are reporting a little girl’s surviving a plane crash as inconsistently as they are the Sony Interview hoax and the Israeli ISIS hoax and the Panetta bin Laden hoax and flight MH370.  They’re absurdly sensationalizing it for advertising revenue as though the simple and obvious facts of that little girl’s courage and persistence and general strength of character aren’t sensational enough.  The only reporter I believe is the old man who found her at his door and still weeps in admiration. 

I saw, for $5.99 “on demand” from my cable service, the film The Interview Sony hyped by saying a North Korean group it called Guardians of Peace scared it out of theatres.  It ridicules the propaganda and decadence of the United States’ government and mass media and people more than it does the government and propaganda and people of North Korea.  So, if Kim Jong Un likes Dennis Rodman, he must love that movie mock.

And an indication that the The Interview accurately portrays U.S. mass news media is that George Stephanopoulos, the American Broadcasting Company’s Chief Anchor, said he found the film funny.  And Yahoo Netanyahu is laying low.  ISIS is doing his job. 


Championing the bit - 6 January 2015

Labor unions originally served the public, but people like Honey Fitz and Jimmy Hoffa turned them into a commercial scam to serve themselves, and that’s what they are now.  A few years ago Wisconsin teachers used counterfeit sick slips to play hooky from their jobs, and now New York police are deliberately failing to do their jobs, all at the instigation of unions.  Unions are now a cancer on public service.

Why doesn’t the ASPCA recognize that humans are animals?  The obvious reason is that the ASPCA is an organization of humans behaving as did the prosecution in the Scopes monkey trial!  We humans consistently prove ourselves unreasonable.

And yet we insist that our yap is more reasonable than the whinnying of Houyhnhnms.


The mindlessly manifest decadence dilemma - 5 January 2015

Amazon Instant Video is offering streaming The Interview for $5.99.  A question I’ve heard no pundit ask or answer is whether Sony receives a higher profit margin from theatres than from streaming or DVD’s.  Every indication is that Sony management, not a disgruntled Sony employee or a crazy Korean dictator, is the “Guardian of Peace.”

New Year’s morning I dreamed that I had a pistol of the type people call peacemakers and that my reason for having it was to kill a warmonger.  But, rather than send myself to hell by killing him, I decided to let him send himself to hell by killing me.  But, as I awoke, I questioned the chances of redeeming either of those motives.

A Daily Beast pundit said on CNN that combat aircraft have black boxes that eject on impact with water and that commercial aircraft should have the same, and the interviewer didn’t ask him how we’re to find the aircraft if the pinger isn’t on it, or why aircraft with no “sensitive” technology shouldn’t have both.


Paltry pecuniary punditry - 4 January 2015

New Year’s Day I saw the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and had two problems with it.  One was that Mr. Smith responds to words against him by running around punching people, and the other is that it implies that the whole problem with politicians is that capitalists buy them, as though politicians who sell themselves aren’t capitalists.  Look at the financial statements of nearly anyone running for election to Congress.

The movie reminds me of the No Scum Allowed Saloon, a tiny bar in the tiny town White Oaks, New Mexico.  White Oaks was a gold mining boom town when Billy the Kid hung out there while killing people supporting a dry goods monopoly robbing the ranchers, but now White Oaks is a ghost town.  Yet the guy who now owns the tiny bar that was an attorney’s office in the days of Billy the Kid charges prices higher than in New York.

A friend of mine owned the saloon when I was business manager of the Lincoln County News, and his prices encouraged the cowboys to take breaks from riding fences to drink beer there, and my friend called the bar the White Oaks Saloon.  I learned of the new owner’s capitalism when I took a road trip to visit old friends in Texas and Arizona and New Mexico.  And my Ford Mustang was the only mustang at the hitching rails.


Demographics of demagoguery - 3 January 2015

Did Scalise speak to David Duke’s organization because he agreed with it or to talk it out of its nonsense or simply for votes to be in a position to do whatever he wished to do either way?

One factor in the question is that Scalise’s congressional district is the whitest in Louisiana and includes both Duke’s home parish and the parish where Louis Armstrong International Airport is but doesn’t include the parish where the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward are!

But the fundamental question is whether Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott types have turned the party of Lincoln into a tea party accusing people willing to work for their living of robbing it.


Contemptible contemporary confederacy - 2 January 2015

I don’t believe in anything.  I believe in God, but I don’t believe God is anything in particular, but rather that God is everything and everything God.  The Bible says that God created man in his own image, but I suspect that God created everything in God’s own image, which everyone shares.  Hindus say that the atman is Brahman, that each particular self is identical to the universal self, and that’s as sensible to me as anything.

I say how things seem to me, but I don’t think that how things seem to me to be is necessarily how things are, because opinion seems to me to be inherently prejudicial.  But concerning flights MH370 and QZ8501: Either QZ8501 didn’t crash in the Java Sea; or MH370 didn’t crash in the Indian Ocean.  And QZ801’s crash in the Java Sea was phenomenal while MH370’s crash in the Indian Ocean is fantastically hypothetical.

The world as it seems to me to be has the President of New York City’s police union accusing New York City’s mayor of inciting African Americans to murder policemen and retaliating against that by inciting New York City’s police officers to diminish their duty to serve and protect the people of New York City.  “Lynch,” the union President’s name, refers to police behavior sixty years ago.  Now it’s in images on TV.


Public relations passivity - 1 January 2015

What’s up with feminism, women’s liberation, etc?  A female former director of the National Transportation Safety Board used the phrase “fer sher” to reply affirmatively to a CNN QZ8501 question!  Valley girl bimboism has again become a female ideal.

Could that be a product of Heehaw Hillary standing by her man?  The Democratic party, which is at the forefront in promoting cosmetic abortion, is ignoring the fact that Cackle Clinton has given us more reasons not to vote for her since she lost the primary to Obama than she did before!  It’s most powerful pundits are saying she’s a shoe-in.

But, more important, why aren’t she and other politicians speaking up against the hogwash mass news media are spewing concerning flight QZ8501?  Ask yourself whether you should vote for someone so apathetically ignorant!  It’s irresponsible.


From Canaan to Southeast Asia - 31 December 2014

CNN said Sunday night that air traffic control refused flight QZ8501 permission to climb to 38,000 feet because too many other aircrafts were at that elevation, but CNN said Monday morning that the flight might have crashed because it was flying too slowly for lift at that elevation, although returning to its original elevation might have given it the lift.

Bob Dylan sang in the sixties that the answer to the question of how many deaths we’ll suffer before knowing that too many people have died is blowing in the wind.  I would ask how many death’s we’ll sanction before knowing that too many people have lied.  And government and mass media are still lying about Vietnam and Cuba.

And, curiously, Dylan’s birth name is Zimmerman, and he claimed Judaism before he converted to Christianity, before converting back to Judaism.  The Israelites didn’t care about the Canaanites they murdered because they weren’t Israelites.  And we the people of the United States don’t care about Indonesians.   


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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