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Trumping touting Trump - 23 May 2016

Jive Jake Turkey Tapper showed pictures of 101st Airborne Division troops protecting the Little Rock Nine and said they were defending them from “an angry mob.”  Fact is that Republican President Eisenhower deployed them to protect those kids from Arkansas National Guard troops Democratic Governor Faubus deployed to keep them out of school.  CNN’s partisanship perpetuates the bigotry Tapper ostensibly berated.

And the same day, immediately after CNN aired an advertisement for itself depicting Wolf Blitzer as a caring correspondent helping a diversity of reporters report what’s important, Blitzer began his Situation Room show by saying, “Happening now, breaking news.”  News media subordinate fact to being first, letting haste make waste for the sake of ratings, ignoring our basis for rating.  News media ignore what’s important to us. 

An example of that is ignoring the troop strength statistics from Eisenhower through Kennedy and Johnson to Nixon and Ford and blaming Vietnam on Republicans.  But, more pertinent to Tapper’s tapping is that the riots that tore the United States apart were also during Johnson’s escalating Eisenhower’s advisory mission into a war the Islamic fighter Muhammad Ali refused to fight.  Mass Media are selling us down the river.


Doing the best you can - 22 May 2016

If Terrorist Trump is President of the United States, his attitude will exacerbate the terror that pervades Earth both inside and outside the United States more than it did during the Cold War, and his response to the result of his attitude will be like Jerk Johnson’s. While Borscht Bernie is silly, and Heehaw Hillary has the integrity of a garbage dump, neither of them is as dangerous.  But Cackle Clinton’s most likely to lose against Trump.

And Hillary is more dangerous than Bernie, and we desperately need to reverse the trend toward bellicosity pervading humanity since before the Torah preached the dominion of bigotry.  Bernie’s religion is the religion of the Torah, but none of the three preaches any religion, and Bernie’s wife is Roman Catholic.  And that suggests balance.

Both Trump and Clinton are scavengers, bottom feeders sucking whatever they can from anyone, but Clinton doesn’t preach hate.  Bernie’s main problem is that he ignores the hateful horror pervading humanity.  But he may heed Yahoo Netanyahu.


Evading the evidence - 21 May 2016

Now Heehaw Hillary hypocrites are blaming Borscht Bernie for the way of LBJ.  In 1968, the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, a year of races riots in cities all over the United States, political riots disrupted the national convention of the Democratic Party, its effort to decide whether to turn from Johnson’s divisiveness.  Now the Democratic National Committee is trying to muzzle Bernie’s sixties response to Hillary’s mealy mouthing.

Part of the problem is our Camelot Kennedy creepy economy.  Cackle Clinton supporters are people who want something for nothing and cry because they’re not as much more wealthy than people of other nations that they would be if constructive people paid more taxes.  But Bernie supporters agree with Hillary supporters on that.

The problem, now as in 1968, is that we the people are too busy protesting to understand what’s happening to us.  And we’re still ignoring the motive for the assassination of Camelot Kennedy.  We keep blaming it on the weapon.


Barbara Bush’s boys - 20 May 2016

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd spewed some statistical correlations between campaigns for the Presidency and news cycles.  News cycles are how long people like Cheap Chuck talk about something before they talk about something else, and part of the absurdity of spewing those statistics is that no one is exactly like Trivial Todd, each media pundit deciding for himself what crap he thinks is worth shooting at the public for their ratings.

A news cycle worth rating is the five decades George Herbert Walker Bush devoted to ending the Cold War while Truman and Kennedy and Johnson and Reagan did all they could to turn it hot.  And another news cycle worth rating is the five decades between Truman’s initiating the war on terror and Bush’s using the kills he’d developed to put his first son in position to deal with that.  But pundits rate only for their particular fortune.

And, like all “empirical” scientists, statisticians depend on abstraction, on asking hypothetical questions, to rate hypotheses.  Every “sophisticated” statistical measure has at its base a hypothesis statisticians hypothesized to rate their hypotheses.  Scientists, like philosophers, love thinking they know more than other scientists or philosophers know.  They compete against common sense.  They’re pundits.


Principles and hypocrisy - 19 May 2016

Pandering Priebus called selecting Cackle Clinton instead of Terrorist Trump to preside over the government of the United States a suicide mission.  Heehaw Hillary, after literally falling on her face after Benghazi proved how little respect she received at the State Department, is likely to be more open to advice from advisors.  But Dingdong Donald consistently proves his arrogant destructive ignorance concerning every issue.

We the people are letting ourselves sink into the politics of trying to fight lying with lying.  And another example is the people donating to “charities,” the Wounded Warrior Project and the National Vietnam Veterans Association and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews being three conspicuous examples, proving our own ignorance and our gullibility.  And weirdest is that all those scams target people old enough to know. 

The financial statements of “nonprofit” organizations are public, and the lies of Priebus and Clinton and Trump are on national television every day, and so are the lies of that Jewish scam.  Israel is a welfare state starving and otherwise killing Palestinians after stealing their land and doing it all in the name of God.  And Priebus and Clinton and Trump call that theocracy driving anyone not Jewish to suicidal despair a democracy.    


Hearts and houses - 18 May 2016

Listen to the Republican politicians rationalizing sucking up to Terrorist Trump to “unify” their party.  They’re doing exactly what he’s doing, saying they’ll compromise their integrity to perpetuate their organization, regardless of any of its shifts in ideals since John Quincy Adams founded the National Republican Party to oppose trail of tears Democrat Andrew Jackson.  Yes, Honest Abe, not calling a lie a lie is but one more lie.

And look at Fox News feminism.  Howard Kurtz, on his show Media Buzz, interviewed three women from prominent publications, and each of them irrationally rationalized Dingdong Donald’s behavior, and particularly his lying.  One of them called his fraud bragging about his asininity to the Washington Post a silly but harmless joke.

People are dying from war and starvation and both because of lies of people sitting in big swiveling leather armchairs behind desks on which they sign directives for people to do to each other things they say they say are contrary to their conscience.


Semantics and insanity - 17 May 2016

Alabama Senator Sessions, the first United States Senator to endorse Terrorist Trump, said Sunday that we need to stop people from “the Muslim world” from entering the United States and that we need to recognize that terrorist extremists threaten the United States.  Terrorist extremism is not Islamic, and the Muslim world includes all the land Israelis occupy, and Obama understands that while Dingdong Donald says the opposite.

And Heehaw Hillary supporters are calling Borscht Bernie a spoiler and saying he should stop campaigning against her.  Since polls show that he stands a stronger chance of defeating Dingdong Donald in the general election, that essentially says he should ignore the people of the United States, besides his ideals.  But we call that politics.

And, meanwhile, spring has sprung again, and we the people of the United States are resuming our battle against dandelions, trying to defeat their wonderful strength, trying to kill their joyful color, calling them weeds.


Moving the bar - 16 May 2016

OUT# is a Fox News talk show with five female anchors talking to one male guest as though they take Jive Jake Turkey Tapper seriously.  Road*Warriors is a recent MSNBC emulation of OUT# with a group of female reporters talking as though Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd is their mentor.  All of them talk as though what’s most important is how cute or smart they seem.

They’re the media equivalent of Heehaw Hillary and Dingdong Donald.  Heehaw on TV last week took a phone from someone and took a selfie of herself and gave it back to him.  Excepting his arm and hand and phone, he was in front of neither the TV camera nor his phone, and she smiled through all that as though acquiring a picture of her is something he couldn’t have done for himself on the Web, with his phone at home alone.

And Dingdong Donald’s current campaign ploy is saying that he’s been lying all along and will lie differently if we the people elect him to preside over our government.  He says he’s not a politician, but that ploy precisely exemplifies what the word “politician” has come to mean to people complaining about politicians, and his supporters don’t care.  They’re also conscienceless.


The ends of the earth - 15 May 2016

Pharisees interpret prophesies of a messiah resurrecting the kingdom of Judah to prophesy resurrecting all Jews and say he’ll descend from the Judaic king who divided the house of Israel into the kingdom of Judah in Jerusalem against the kingdom of the other tribes of Israel in Samaria.  Christians say Jesus was that messiah, and some say the color of Africans’ skin is God’s mark on Cain for jealous fratricide and prophesy resurrection of the confederacy that tried to disunite the United States, to perpetuate enslaving Africans.  Jesus said a house that divides against itself can’t stand.

The Roman Christian church pawned the crown of thorns to the Greek Christian church to finance crusading to take Jerusalem from Muslims who took it from Jews who took it from other Semitic people.  Louis IX, Louis the Crusader, the king of France the Roman Church now calls Saint Louis, used gold from the French treasury to buy it out of hock, and now it’s thornless in Paris in a blood red box in a church.  An earlier king of France dedicated that church to the mother of Jesus, and later French kings sold those thorns to finance other wars, and Louis IX died of dysentery in Tunis on his way to a crusade.

Hindus and Buddhists and Daoists believe in unity while Christians and Muslims and Jews believe in bigotry.  Those are the six most popular religions, and the most popular of them is Christianity, while the least popular is Judaism.  And Judaism is the most murderous, saying God promised to help the Israelites kill other people for land, and Jews ignore their scripture to call their Judaic state Israel.  Judaic scripture is far more murderous than is Islamic scripture, except that Islamic scripture supports Judaic scripture, and Judaic scripture is also Christian scripture.  We need west to meet east.


Denial and anger - 14 May 2016

Heehaw Hillary and Dingdong Donald have in common that both are paranoid delusional.  Cackle Clinton calls anything anyone says against her a vast right wing conspiracy while Terrorist Trump says that anyone who disagrees with him is picking on him or not being fair to him.  Currently Clinton is saying the FBI is out to get her while Trump is saying the IRS is out to get him while both are ignoring the rule of law.

And Borscht Bernie, the only other person remaining in the race between Democrats and Republicans for the Presidency, is saying Wall Street is out to get everyone.  Bernie’s campaign is like Ralph Nader’s, essentially saying that commercial business is unsafe at any speed, while ignoring the dangers from other directions.  Paranoia is egocentric, and those two preach to greed of couch potato quarterbacks, ignorant bums.

They’re people who say we shouldn’t talk with terrorists, essentially saying both that we shouldn’t understand our enemies and that anyone we don’t understand is our enemy, deliberately but ignorantly perpetuating enmity.  They’re like Christians supporting Jews against Muslims because they’ve read neither Islamic scripture nor the Judaic scripture that’s part of Christian scripture.  Princes of paranoia are unsafe at any speed.


Selling out simplicity - 13 May 2016

An MSNBC pundit said Dingdong Donald has been “getting away with things that would be career-ending for most politicians.”  Plain obvious facts in pundits’ faces are that what he’s done has won him the Republican Party’s nomination to be President of the United States and that doing it has blown out of the water careers of several other politicians.  Pundits ignore the simple fact that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

And pundits are ignoring the fact that what Dingdong Donald is saying about Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill is plain obvious fact.  But they’re also ignoring the plain obvious fact that the proof of political correctness is in whether we the people vote for it.  And they’re also ignoring the fact that, if what a parrot or a monkey says is true, it’s true.

And the “art of the deal” is whatever does the deal, and Dingdong Donald and Barack Obama agree on one point, that you can’t make a deal if you don’t negotiate with the persons who have the power to accept the deal.


Killing the bars - 12 May 2016

Now media and government pundits are saying that unifying the Republican Party is Dingdong Donald’s responsibility.  The disunity of the Republican Party began with former Democrats like Strom Thurmond and Jessy Helms and continued through Thurmond’s protégé Trent Lott to Tea Party Ted.  And any Terrorist Trump unification would be completion of the creeping corruption of those hateful hypocritical bully bigots.

He’d make the Republican Party like the Democratic Party, the party of the Jefferson Davis slavery and the Andrew Jackson trail of tears, and the Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy Thurmond and Helms took seriously.

He’d blur the lines as Davy Crockett’s National Republican anti-Jacksonian party did.


Hawks and hypocrisy - 11 May 2016

A fundamental difference between occidental religions and oriental religions is the difference between materialism and spiritualism.  Judaism and Christianity and Islam are sets of rules for behavior in a material world and offer material reward for behaving in accordance with the rules, eternal life in a city with gold streets for Christians or in a garden with flowing streams for Muslims, and only temporal rewards on Earth for Jews.  Hinduism and Buddhism say that the differences of material life are a cycle of illusion that eventually shall resolve into the bliss of consciousness of absolute unity of all.

As though feathers and a beak and a gizzard are spiritual, the Gospels says that the holy spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, and they say that Jesus’ disciples saw him take his body to heaven with him.  And, while both Christians and Jews mourn the dead, the only proclamations of any life after death in the Torah is of sleeping with ancestors in graves.  And Jews and Christians and Muslims initiate most of our wars.

So the fact that a billionaire Judaic Las Vegas casino magnate is supporting billionaire Presbyterian New York terrorist Trump shouldn’t surprise us.  And neither should the illegal and prescription drug epidemic in the Bible belt.  Taoists simply accept.


Boxing your thoughts - 10 May 2016

People saying Dick Cheney was President while the second President Bush held that title should note that Cheney has indorsed Terrorist Trump while both Bush Presidents and the second Bush President’s brother Jeb are keeping conspicuous their contempt for him.

Partisan punditry is a form of bigotry, and another example is Democratic pundits’ responding to Obama’s speech to the class graduating from Howard University this year by saying it promoted Heehaw Hillary, ignoring Obama’s avoiding mentioning her in that speech and ordinarily.

Cheney has advised Presidents since before Gerald Ford succeeded Richard Nixon, and Obama signed the Hillamneycare unaffordable insurance scam only for reelection support from Bubba Bill, and note that Heehaw left the Department of State after Benghazi.


Side show effects - 9 May 2016

Media and government pundits are agreeing with Obama that the Presidency isn’t a reality show.  But a question more indicative of how Dingdong Donald has won the Republican nomination to preside over the United States government is why anyone calls reality shows reality shows.  Be it “Survival” or “The Apprentice,” all that’s real about reality shows is that they’re really bogus real people, suckering us on real TV’s.

So, apparenty, P. T. Barnum was correct in saying that a sucker’s born every minute.  And evidence of that is in human institutions ranging from the legal and illegal drug industries to religions.  The basis of the war on terror is people blaming their killing each other on scriptures they haven’t read.

The New Testament misrepresents the Old Testament, and the Qur’an misrepresents both the New Testament and the New Testament, and no scripture is more murderous than the Torah.


Symptoms of withdrawal - 8 May 2016

Paul Ryan’s declining to ding Donald’s dong may work both for him and against Trump.  It shows an extraordinary amount of integrity that’s more presidential than the behavior of anyone who has run for this year’s election to our Presidency.  But media and government pundits are saying he’s hurting the Republican Party by perpetuating it’s disunity as though Terrorist Trump hasn’t helped the Tea Party creep that crazy crap.

Ryan, since he stepped from his budget precision to Romney randomness and from that to the negotiation needs of the speakership of the House of Representatives, has learned much and has proven by not endorsing the Bubba Bill suicide bomber that his learning has improved his character.

His foreign policy experience remains thin, but we can be sure that he wouldn’t be as brash ash Dingdong Donald, or as bogus as Heehaw Hillary.


How to bleach your baloney - 7 May 2016

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, while mentioning that Dingdong Donald has campaigned at far less cost to anyone than has any other candidate for 2016 election to the Presidency and ignoring that the reason he’s succeeded in winning the nomination that way is that touts like Todd have given him billions of dollars of publicity, said the day after Trump sewed up the nomination that he’ll need to change that to win the general election.

But the main questions now are who the running mates shall be and how they can affect the election.  Trump’s selecting Kasich would prove Trump a hypocrite, as Kasich’s accepting that selection would prove Kasich a hypocrite, and Trump’s main message has been against hypocrisy.  And Heehaw Hillary’s selecting Borscht Bernie might attract votes from “independents” and from people saying she’s too much of an “insider.”

But electing Dingdong Donald or Tea Party Ted or Heehaw Hillary or Borscht Bernie would show why the words “common” and “vulgar” colloquially mean crass and crude while literally meaning popular and ordinary.  The color of partisanship, either Republican or Democratic, is neither red nor blue but the color of chameleons.  Each of those candidates proves each day P. T. Barnum’s edict of a sucker born each minute.   


The sophistication market - 6 May 2016

MSNBC, after Tea Party Ted fired Rick Tyler for helping him lie, hired him.  Now MNNBC calls Liar Tyler a political analyst and paid him to campaign for his former boss, until that campaign ended.  And, the day before Ted quit, Tyler said Trump supported Walmart and that “virtually everything” Walmart sells comes from China.

And media and government pundits continue treating voting as choosing the most effective liar.  Instead of arguing who would most effectively perform the duties of the positions candidates are requesting, they argue about which of them is more effectively campaigning, and tragically so do the candidates.   Evangelical Ed, when he quit his campaign Tuesday night, told voters Dingdong Donald is “a hell of a competitor.”

And, during the fight for Indiana delegates, mass media reported that Indiana has more deaths by prescription drug overdose than has any other state.  The obvious reason for that is that drug companies push drugs on television by implying that popping pills is what smart people do.  TV has made the tiniest towns cosmopolitan.


In what state is Angola? - 5 May 2016

Tea Party Ted’s and Creepy Carly’s aspirations to preside over the government of the United States are dead.  And, if Borscht Bernie hasn’t ended Heehaw Hillary’s, Dingdong Donald probably shall.  And yet Terrorist Trump’s campaign is a Bubba Bill ploy to elect her to preside.

Partisanship is no longer relevant.  Killing fetuses is no more progressive than killing criminals is conservative, and the ideal for which most of the electorate vote their desire for something for nothing, and people both for and against prayer in school pray to win the lottery.  And politicians campaign on that basis.

And the Jesus card is no more relevant than the woman card.  Note what Italians, most of whom call themselves Roman Catholic, did to Mussolini and his mistress.  We humans, despite using the word “humane” as though it’s a synonym for “compassionate,” crusade for greed.   


Evangelical phallic symbols - 4 May 2016

The party of Jefferson Davis now has a reputation for pacifism, but Bubba Bill Jefferson Davis Clinton’s wife Heehaw Hillary is campaigning in leather jackets, and she said that Democrats not supporting her are “off the reservation.”

And Goofy Gingrich, confirming the conversion of the party of Abraham Lincoln to another party of Jefferson Davis, said that Terrorist Trump could improve international relations by selecting a general to be his vice president.

A difference between occidental religions and oriental religions is that occidental religions say God is in heaven and pits people against one another while oriental religions say god is everywhere and everyone.


Reasons for ratings  - 3 May 2016

Let’s think about why women are antipathetic to Heehaw Hillary and why African Americans are antipathetic to Borscht Bernie.  Bernie is Jewish, and the notion that God chose one people to rob and kill all others is antipathetic to anyone who has suffered the oppression that bigotry promises, and Hillary helped her man destroy the career of a female intern in his charge.  So playing any anti-bigotry card is hypocrisy for both.

Bigotry is complex, and a recent example of that was firing a substitute teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan.  That cornflake capital’s school board said the motive was that she used the word “vagina” while talking about Georgia O’Keefe’s flower pictures, while art critics generally say they resemble vaginas, and “vagina” is an academic term.  Less appropriate is not pointing out that Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World pictures a penis.

And let’s think about why Bobby Knight endorsed Terrorist Trump.  Of course the reason is that sports are essentially bigotry, people trying to humiliate other people for no reason other than self-aggrandizement, egocentric greed.  And the reason Lindsey Graham endorsed Tea Party Ted is that Trump is less likely than Ted to support Israeli terrorism against people pursuing happiness in places outside the United States.   


When will they ever learn? - 2 May 2016

What the California protests against Terrorist Trump are saying is that electing either him or Tea Party Ted to preside over our government will return the United States to the reason Lyndon Johnson knew better than running for reelection.  Johnson’s turning the Cold War hot in Vietnam and his failure to support either the Civil Rights Act or the Voting rights act after signing them, tore the United States into disastrous disunity as the preaching of those to candidates for the party of Lincoln would.  They’d finish the job thugs like Thurmond started after taking Jefferson Davis Party hypocrisy seriously.

People like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond corrupted the Republican Party after jumping ship from the Democratic Party because they believed Camelot Kennedy’s civil rights lip service.  Electing either Terrorist Trump or Tea Party Ted to the Presidency would finish destroying the party of George Herbert Walker Bush.  Bush devoted a half century to keeping people like them from turning the Cold War into Harry Truman hell.

While Ambassador to the United Nations and Envoy to China and Director of Central Intelligence, Bush diplomatically turned China against the Soviet Union and against the Soviet Union, while Thurmond and Helms and Reagan threatened nuclear holocaust.


Pretension and inattention - 1 May 2016

Heehaw Hillary stood by her man after he destroyed the career of a female intern in his charge by being unable to preside over his zipper.  Creepy Carly campaigned for nomination to the Presidency by saying that the hair of a female senator of the opposing party was “so retro.”  We need to ask ourselves what feminism is and what women’s rights are and whether either Heehaw Hillary or Creepy Carly knows or could care less.

And we might also remember that women rejecting Elizabeth Dole’s candidacy for the Presidency said she’d had too many facelifts.  And we need to note that Barbara Boxer, the woman whose hair Phony Fiorina said was retro, did a major makeover to her physical appearance after that assertion.  We don’t need any superficial President.

And women can be as evil or apathetic or irresponsible as men, as African Americans can be as evil or apathetic or irresponsible as European Americans, as Christians can be as evil or apathetic or irresponsible as Muslims.


Cruising for bruising - 30 April 2016

A picture of Jane Fonda is circulating on Facebook with a caption calling her the first domestic terrorist.  Fonda was protesting Johnson’s building a force of a half million United States citizens to kill as many Vietnamese citizens as they could, and more than 57 thousand of them died trying, for no rational reason.  And another example of domestic terrorism is the Christianity of the person putting the picture on my timeline.

Murderous hypocritical bigotry is ordinary in religion and politics.  Creepy Carly, in her speech accepting Tea Party Ted’s request that she be his candidate for the Vice Presidency, said her mother was her Sunday school teacher and taught her that her life is a gift from God and that what she does with it is a gift to God.  What she and her running mate are doing with their lives is preaching murderous bigotry in Jesus’ name.

Phony Fiorina didn’t mention in that speech that she favors alienating the right of people desperately fleeing murderous terrorism in the United States of Mexico to pursue happiness in the United States of America.  And she didn’t say in it that she supports denying other murderous people any of the seventy times seven chances for repentance Jesus directed.  But she did preach the right to own murderous weapons.


Both sides now - 29 April 2016

The current campaign for the Presidency of the United States is bridging the gap between the party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of Jefferson Davis in the way that Camelot Kennedy and Thug Thurmond did. 

Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted and Heehaw Hillary and Borscht Bernie are honestly or erroneously spewing hypocritical hogwash. 

They’re trying to do to us voters politically what Ted Kennedy did to Mary Jo Kopechne physically.


The Branch Davidians - 28 April 2016

One thing the Torah and the Gospels and the Qur’an have in common is that each honors Moses.  And one thing Jews and Christians and Muslims have in common is that many of them ignore their scriptures and violate the commandments Moses delivered saying they came from God.  A question is whether those people read their scriptures or are lying about believing them and think they’re fooling either their neighbors or God.

The Torah says God didn’t know Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil until he came down from heaven and saw them in their leaf aprons.  But the Gospels say that Jesus was God’s son and said that a sparrow can’t fall with God not knowing it.  And the Qur’an says many times that God knows all that anyone does.

But a vital question on Earth today is why Christians ignore the Bible to accept Judaic  assertion that the Kingdom of Judah is the Kingdom of Israel.  And that includes the question of why the Israelis treat Samaritans as Palestinians.  See John 4.


Fashioning your fear - 27 April 2016

The complaints against Judaism in the Qur’an are but two.  One is that David divided the Israelites against one another into the Kingdom of Judah with its base in Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Israel with its base in Samaria.  And the other is that the Judaic people have killed their own prophets, and it includes Jesus among the Judaic prophets and agrees that Mary was virgin when she gave birth to him, and with all that he said.

And the Qur’an permits jihad only in defense against oppression of Muslims.  The rational for 9/11, was a combination of the assumption that the United States government is of the people of the United States and the fact that the government of the United States supports what Israel is doing to Muslims, but ISIS is killing far more Islamic people than is anyone else.  So that proves that ISIS is by no means Islamic.

If we the people agree with that policy our government pursues in agreement with Tea Party Ted and Terrorist Trump, we’re as ignorant as they are, and no more evangelical.  Supporting that policy requires denying what the evangels say he said about loving our neighbors and what they say was his reply to the question of what a neighbor is.  But we’re too busy trying to think we’re better than anyone not like us and loving us.


Dragging the goats - 26 April 2016

Borscht Bernie, ignoring the fact that Dingdong Donald is depending on new voters, said Sunday that Democrats win when voter turnout increases.  People who haven’t ordinarily voted are either young or politically irresponsible, and ignorance is a factor in both categories, as is egocentrism.  Bernie’s attracting lazy beggars, while Donald’s attracting greedy jerks, and both are touting policies no reasonable voter supports.

And the same is true of Heehaw Hillary and Tea Party Ted.  Both preach ideals that no one who understands either economics or sociology thinks are reasonable.  Their differences are only in how they go about trying to fool any voter of any kind.

So none of them is more politically correct than either the Taliban or ISIS.


Alas poor you - 25 April 2016

Current TV GE advertisements depict a prospective employee meeting a “developer” on an urban sidewalk.  The prospective employee has taped a twenty dollar bill to a copy of his resume and drops it on the sidewalk in front of the employee and directs the employee’s attention to it.  When the employee says he doesn’t hire, the prospective employee removes his watch from his wrist, and puts it onto the wrist of the employee.  The employee again says he doesn’t hire but not until he lifts his wrist to accept the watch the prospective employer offers.  A question is who wishes to work with such.

And another question is why GE would hire such.  And another question is who would be silly enough to buy Liberty Mutual insurance after seeing that company’s TV advertisements saying it insures against irresponsibility.  And another question is how people too ignorant to research policy prices of competitors before buying insurance can afford to pay Liberty Mutual’s.

But other questions are why evangelicals don’t read the Bible and why anyone votes for Tea Party Ted or Dingdong Donald or Heehaw Hillary or Borscht Bernie.


The warrantless commissions - 24 April 2016

I was watching CNN when I heard of the death of Prince, and CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper asked CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta whether the flu probably killed him, and Gupta said it probably didn’t.  He said that it might kill older or younger people, but that it probably wouldn’t kill anyone Prince’s age, unless his immune system was weak.  Implying AIDS at that point was grotesquely irresponsible.

Formerly I wondered why I’d heard of the artist formerly known as Prince but didn’t know his name or anything he’d done.  Now I know that Prince Rogers Nelson was a son of a jazz musician and a social worker and that he and others recorded several songs of his that I’ve heard but didn’t much appreciate.  And I know that his commercial success exceeded his fame for his music and that the reason was his caring sharing.

And, earlier that day, CNN aired its Celebrity Jeopardy Champion John Berman interviewing Loser Lindsey Groupie Graham.  Graham three times said that Tea Party Ted might be a good President because Abraham Lincoln didn’t win the Republican nomination on the first nomination.  Berman pointed out that things weren’t the same then but didn’t point out that Cruz is less of a Lincoln than Quayle was a Kennedy.


Judgement of Jethro - 23 April 2016

Republican Reince said he’s not conspiring against Dingdong Donald.  A political party is by definition a conspiracy, and Partisan Priebus heads a coalition that’s against Terrorist Trump, by any means politically plausible.  And propaganda is such a means.

But another question is why CNN is airing him more than it airs Democrat Debbie.  He made that remark during a CNN “special” reporting his private life to the extent of also interviewing his wife.  So CNN may have done that to let him show how silly he is.

The Qur’an says we can’t keep secrets from God, but whether news networks can keep secrets from politicians may be a question only God can answer, whether or not God is as evangelical as many Republicans say they are or as Judaic as Shultz or Blitzer.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, a work in regress and progress .

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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