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Practical personal preference - 22 September 2014

I watch TV and drive a Ford.  General Motors and Chrysler Corporation advertise on TV more, but the free publicity they receive on TV news is about recalls and bankruptcy and bailouts, while Ford has had none of those problems!  Why would anyone buy a car from them or from any other car company that doesn’t walk its talk?

But that’s not why I drive my Mustang convertible.  I drive it because I enjoy driving it and looking at it and because its 305 horsepower V6 is plenty of engine for anything legal and because its takes me thirty miles on a gallon of gasoline and because Camaros seem gaudy to me.  I gladly suffer poor winter traction for all that.

The question is why we buy what we buy.  The answers are many, including that we lack funding for what we prefer, but I would rather have no car than mine for which I paid less than $30,000!  Do you know whether the manufacturer of your car has recalled it, or did you buy it only because of ad’s, or because it’s cheap? 

 

Technology and integrity - 21 September 2014

Media reporters are asking how ISIS grew so quickly but not saying who ISIS is.  ISIS calls itself an Islamic state, but it doesn’t behave as a state, and its behavior isn’t Islamic.  Pundits should listen to Sun Tzu and try to know who and what the enemy is. 

But apparently media and government pundits think they have as much interest both in propaganda and in terror as does ISIS.  Without knowing who or what ISIS is, pundits are saying it’s a “radical Islamist terrorist organization,” and they’re ignoring whom and where ISIS is killing and telling us that next they’ll be killing us here.  A half century ago, before the World Wide Web left no excuse for lies, media reports were more factual.

And the weirdest part is that we the people have access to the World Wide Web in our homes and on our telephones and yet swallow the hogwash pundits puke through our televisions.  Factcheck.com is a propaganda machine.  But we can do it ourselves.

 

When will we ever learn? - 20 September 2014

In the 1960’s, the United States’ mass media music industry protested the hypocrisy of the party of Jefferson Davis, ranging complaints from oppressing black people in the United States to invading yellow people in Vietnam.  The Kingston Trio, a group other protesters called commercial, complained that the subway system in the city that calls itself the cradle of liberty charged people not only to enter the tunnels but  also to exit them, and they called the song “Charlie on the MTA.”  In this millennium, Boston is commercializing its electronic subway tickets as Charlie cards, flaunting our hypocrisy.

Protesting often is perverse or perhaps lacks perspective.  Now people publicly are protesting laws discriminating against pit bulls.  Pit bull fans tend to be football fans, and football fans tend to be Michael Vick fans, despite what he did to pit bulls.  Christians protest violence against Jews but promote violence against Muslims.  Violence is typical of the bigotry we call sectarianism and preach for humanity.  It’s against all of life.

But it may not be hypocrisy.  It may be only irrationality, since we humans say we’re superior to other animals by being more reasonable, while we call irrational thinking rationalization.  The bottom line is that we humans seldom know what we’re saying.

 

Louis the crusader - 19 September 2014

Why does anyone bother joining ISIS?  Wolf Blitzer reported that the Ferguson grand jury doesn’t expect to decide whether to indict the killer cop until next year because it works but one day per week, and Blitzer and CNN’s legal pundit Jeffrey Toobin said that’s good because it means the jury wants to take time to learn all the facts, and neither asked why the jury works but one day per week!  Prosecuting the murderer of Michael Brown is about as likely as prosecuting the murderer of Rachel Corrie.

CNN and the other main TV news networks called ISIS the worst enemy of the Syrian government before they called it the worst enemy of the resistance movement against the Syrian government.  CNN and the other main TV news networks have told us that supply tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are military attack routes from Gaza into Israel.  And we the people swallow their hogwash while our world self-destructs.

Media and government pundits blamed the United States Army Corps of Engineers for damage to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina while praising Las Vegas for the game of money ball it played to give the Saints Super Bowl rings to bring bettors back to New Orleans and increase its crime rate that was already horribly high.

 

 

One thing at a time - 18 September 2014

Media and government pundits are calling ISIS behavior medieval.  The Middle Ages were a time of people calling themselves Islamic trying to grab land west of the Levant, while people calling themselves Christians tried to grab land east of Europe, all in the name of God.  They were also the time during which the Roman Catholic Church had more political and military influence than it had before or has had since.  And they were the time of England and France invading each other.  And they produced America.

The main difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is that faith in science diminished faith in the Church, and much of that came by way of Europeans accepting Arabic advances in medicine and mathematics.  Arabs invented the zero, and Arabic numerals replaced Roman numerals in Europe, because no Roman numeral expresses zero.  We can count with Roman numerals but can’t calculate.

But sectarian absurdity still vies with science.  A metaphor for that in that Paris, whose name comes from Celts there before Romans, the two highest points are la Basilique du Sacré Coeur and la Tour Eiffel while the basilica is newer than the tower.  And the basilica resembles mosques more than it resembles basilicas.

 

North to Alaska - 17 September 2014

Lindsey Graham and John McCain at last fully have fledged themselves for the funny farm.  Graham said Sunday that ISIS is 31,000 troops controlling territory the size of Indiana.  South Vietnam is nearly twice the size of Indiana, but Lyndon Johnson couldn’t control it with more than fifteen times as many troops, and ISIS has had but a year to control northern Iraq while Kennedy and Johnson had eight years to control southern Vietnam.  And McCain said Obama could secure the United States’ thousands of miles of borders 100% in two years “if he wanted to.”  I can see the moon from my house.

But mass media let facts slip into the ditch with the blind masses who let them lead them.  “Does the NFL have a problem with violence?” asked Fox News on a banner at the bottom of my TV screen Sunday, as though the NFL isn’t in the business of selling violence.  And a minute of research would tell anyone on the Web that “Islam” is an Arabic word for peaceful acceptance, while both Sunnis and Shiites are trying to jerk anyone into accepting them, making both “Sunni Islam” and “Shiite Islam” oxymoronic.

Consider Charley Chaplin’s movie Modern Times.  Congress passed wage and labor laws to solve the problems it depicts, but the Kennedy legacy is the Hoffa legacy of sucking cash to let them be unproductive, while we the people affectionately call the murderously sexist football Kennedys America’s monarchy.  And the primary proponent of that insanity is the party of Jefferson Davis calling itself liberal to control the media.

 

The brass ding-a-lings - 16 September 2014

The American Broadcasting Company said Sunday on This Week that 90% of Americans think ISIS is a credible threat to the United States homeland.  Polls measure what the masses say, and the masses repeat what the mass media say, and the mass media propagandize.  And mass media next extend their mass propaganda by repeating what the polls say the masses say.

And Martha Raddatz, the anchor on ABC’s This Week this Sunday’s, showed a map of Iraq indicating about sixty ISIS strongholds on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers between Syria and Baghdad.  If ISIS is 30 thousand troops, sixty strongholds would require 500 troops per stronghold, about 60 troops per mile of river.  We should ask ourselves why we the masses don’t bother with arithmetic.

And we should also ask ourselves why we don’t bother with language.  Media and government pundits are bickering about whether we’re at war with ISIS but aren’t defining “war”.  And Raddatz also said Sunday that U.S. involvement in IRAQ had defined “mission creep” as though increasing Eisenhower’s thousand troops in Vietnam into Johnson’s 500 thousand didn’t.

 

Marketplaces - 15 September 2014

Coldwater, within its 12,000 people, has an Islamic ghetto.  It’s here because a foundry imported labor from the Middle East because people in this part of the Midwest wouldn’t work in its filth.  It’s a ghetto not because the Muslims alienate themselves but because racism has been a Coldwater tradition since before bigots murdered the father of Malcolm X in Michigan’s capital.

Another Coldwater tradition is yard sales.  It’s how people here pass on things they don’t need to other people here who don’t need them and eventually will pass them on through their own yard sales.  And another Coldwater tradition is illegal drugs people here circulate as they do that other stuff they think they need but don’t.

A ghetto in Tangier is of people from the United States and Europe.  They’re there for drugs illegal here but legal there and available there at low prices because demand for them is lower there than here.  Those drug addicts alienate themselves from the natives.

 

Slouching toward Bethlehem - 14 September 2014

“ISIS is an ideological threat,” said an MSNBC pundit to former government pundit Jane Harman, whose husband published Newsweek. That media pundit went on to say that we must deal with an ideological threat ideologically.  And Harman said nothing to him.

ISIS is killing people, and I’ve known no media to report ISIS claiming any ideology, unless incoherent hateful ranting is ideological.  Consider Irish poet William Butler Yeats and the reaction of Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne to his efforts to court her.  She walked the walk and would have nothing to do with his talking the talk.

She slept with him once but generally rejected him, and he extended his obsession to the daughter of her and the soldier she married instead of him, and she also rejected him.  We have the media and the government and the soldiers.  We have disjunction. 

 

Pain and gain

How not guilty is Pistol Pistorius?

Psychologists are generalizing to Janay Rice reasons other women stay with men who beat them.  Mrs. Rice is defending her share in the cash we pay her husband for entertaining us with his violence.  Yet psychologists tend to be Democrats.

Yet what’s anomalous in that is generally anomalous among Democrats.  Kennedys, who have killed many women, are iconic among people calling themselves liberals favoring women’s rights.  And also iconic among them are Bill and Hillary Clinton after she stood by him after he destroyed the career of a female intern in his charge.

The Democratic Party was the party of Andrew Jackson and Jefferson Davis and Orville Faubus and George Wallace, and Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms before they switched to the Republican Party, in response to Kennedy hypocrisy for votes.

How guilty is any grandiose jerk?

 

Counterintelligence - 12 September 2014

33-year-old Marie Harf scares me more than anyone else I see most days on TV.  With an undergraduate degree in Jewish studies and a graduate degree in Foreign Affairs she entered the CIA as an analyst and is now Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department.  From her fresh face and big glasses, she delivers Yahoo Netanyahu’s propaganda more articulately than does the yahoo, and her husband’s name is Joshua.

The phrase “charming cobras in the square” in Graham Nash’s song “Marrakesh Express” refers to the central marketplace of a Moorish caliphate that ruled most of the Iberian Peninsula and might have overrun France and taken Rome, had Charlemagne’s grandfather not hammered its army back from Tours before Charlemagne’s rear guard stopped another of its efforts at Roncesvalle, but the cobras and their charmers seemed to me old or sick when I visited that square, the jāmiʻ al-fanāʼ, five years ago.  France retaliated for Roncesvalle by colonizing Morocco.  Roland blew his horn loudly.

Harf isn’t old or sick.  She was Obama’s main national security advisor for his campaign for reelection, and her quick precision in response to interviewers makes Heehaw Hillary Cackle Clinton’s random buffoonery more obvious, and Harf also outshines every other person media are telling us might be a 2016 contender for the Presidency.  What scares me most about Harf is the likelihood of her running in 2020 or 2024.

 

Progressive pecuniary pollution - 11 September 2014

NBC, on its nightly news, said a farmer’s making a difference by trucking people from the center of a city to his farm to let them discover fresh produce, and it presented a woman in the center of the city saying the convenience stores in her neighborhood have too little produce, and that the farmer’s helping her lose weight.  The last farmers’ market I saw in the United States was New Orleans’ French Market, and what sold it out to tourist shopping wasn’t Katrina but Las Vegas, after corrupt politicians sold out New Orleans.  But, in China three years ago, I saw several central city farmers’ markets.

And I didn’t see any smog there, although I did saw lot of fog in the mountains, as I’ve seen it in water colors from China from centuries before the invention of the automobile.  Those trips from the city to the country are likely to create as much smog as would transporting produce to the center of the city.  We could learn from the Chinese.

But the xenophobia that rises from the bigotry inherent to humanity makes that unlikely.

 

Competition - 10 September 2014

So “Meet the Press” dumped David Gregory for Chuck Todd.  Gregory preached to interviewees rather than interviewing them, but the reason I’ll not return to watching “Meet the Press” isn’t that Todd is silly in different ways, but that I moved from New Orleans to Coldwater.  I watch talk shows from 9:00 until 11:00  each Sunday morning, and NBC’s New Orleans affiliate broadcasts “Meet the Press” during that time, but Coldwater’s doesn’t.  That’s also why I stopped watching “Fox News Sunday”.

I try to be fair and balanced.  In Boston I watched both of those shows and “This Week” and “Face the Nation” between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Sundays before “Fox News Sunday” switched time slots.  But in Coldwater none of them are on T.V. after 11:00, except the pundit half-hour of “Face the Nation,” and none are on from 10:00 to 10:30.

But I said “so” to mock its being the new “look”.  A few years ago pundits began often beginning sentences with “look”.  Now they’re more often beginning sentences with “so”.

 

Scholarship and scoundrels - 9 September 2014

Malala is Islamic, but media and government pundits are ignoring her, to call ISIS Islamic.  ISIS calls itself Islamic and calls itself a state, but the Qur’an supports violence only in self-defense, and a state has citizens.  ISIS is only a terrorist gang.

Obama has deported no one.  He presides over the executive branch of a government that has become more efficient in enforcing immigration law its legislative branch has enacted in response to its electorate.  And people who said we shouldn’t put “boots on the ground” in Iraq are saying we should in Syria.  Saddam Hussein treated Iraqis as Bashar al-Assad is treating Syrians.  We the people damn whatever any Presidents do.

The media pundits agreeing with ISIS propaganda propagate ISIS terrorism, and the government pundits complaining about Obama’s having no strategy against ISIS propagate their own propaganda, suggesting no strategy to him.

 

Mahabharata - 8 September 2014

Scriptures of each of the half dozen most popular of Earth’s religions preach peace and proclaim mercy.  But people claiming each of the three of those that originated in the Western Hemisphere preach war under some circumstances while the most popular scripture of one of the three that originated in the Eastern Hemisphere does.  And people claiming the three occidental religions perpetually war against each other.

The Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu Song of God, says that warriors should wage war because that’s what they are and not worry about it because God is going to kill everyone anyway.  And the Torah says God created some people to kill other people to take their land.  The Gospels don’t preach war, but Christians crusaded, ignoring them.

The general concept is that faith is particular, that infidels are people who have faith in any religion not ours, essentially that God created them to give us someone to kill.  Each occidental religion says God is good.  But each says not to everyone.

 

Can we laugh? - 7 September 2014

One MSNBC reporter said that “of course” the McDonnells had no prior criminal record, and another said he had placed Bob as number two on a list of people he expected Random Romney to select as his running mate, after a jury convicted them of taking bribes to use his political power to promote “tobacco-based health products.”  “My trust remains in the lord,” said Bob after the verdict.  He has the integrity of Mormon Mitt.

But pundits tend not to preach integrity.  Joan Rivers proved her integrity by trying to stay the same while trying to reinvent us, but pundits are saying her success was from changing, by frequently reinventing herself.  More successful was Nelson Mandela, who stayed the same through a generation in prisons, but pundits also say that of him.

Pundits, while claiming to point out others’ weaknesses, point out their own.  They ask silly questions like why kids kill each other and why people not from the Levant go there to join ISIS.  The answer is that pundits help insanity try to excuse itself.

 

Substance vs. absurdity - 6 September 2014

The bipartisan ostracism of Obama is reminding me of Mad magazine’s campaign to elect Alfred E. Newman to the Presidency.  Both parties are complaining most basically that Obama isn’t as mad, as ignorantly egocentrically trivial, as they are.  Obama doesn’t fly off the handle to make himself seem substantial as did Kennedy.

He said he has no strategy against ISIS, and pundits are saying that was the wrong message, and one said specifically that he’s not telling us what we want to hear.  He’s telling the truth, that no media or government pundit has ever accurately predicted what ISIS will do, other than that it’s violent.  The truth is what I want to hear, and the pundit who said we don’t want to hear the truth indicated her dedication to propaganda, to lies.

We live in a world where the mission of mass media is blowing smoke into our faces, a world where we the people of Earth’s greatest democracy accept that as normal for the people we elect to our government, a world we’re letting burn while we fiddle away our right to complain by tweeting smoke and blowing it through Facebook.

 

The silence of the slick - 5 September 2014

Government pundit Peter King called ISIS Islamic but said their motive isn’t religious but political against the United States, and media pundit Jake Tapper agreed with him but asked whether the ISIS murder of a Jewish citizen of the United States would give Obama a basis for a strategy, ignoring the meaning of “religious” and “strategy.”

But consider this counter-intelligence hypothesis.  Government and media pundits have said that ISIS has a two billion dollar budget for ten thousand soldiers, including a hundred from the United States and three hundred from the United Kingdom and five hundred from other European nations, and that its leadership is mostly former officers of Saddam Hussein’s military.  That suggests that external intelligence operatives are close enough to ISIS to provide enough information to defeat it and that it’s a NATO counter-intelligence coalition whose mission is to defeat Syria’s government and opposition to Iraq’s.

Or, of course, another hypothesis is that the pundits are full of beans.  But, whatever the situation is in the Levant, ISIS is an extension of foreign invasion of it.  The only way to stop the war on terror is to stop terrorizing the Levant, and essential to that is stopping supporting Israel’s terrorist occupation, since most Israelis are from outside the Levant.

 

Custer’s continuing crouch - 4 September 2014

Smart is the new stupid as smartphones are the new ignorance.  Formerly people read or looked out the windows or talked with their fellow passengers as they rode public buses.  Now they text or tweet or post their Facebook status from their iPhones or reread old texts or tweets or statuses.  That is, in this brave new world, we use the World Wide Web to narrow our worlds.  It’s one step away from absolute egocentrism.

George Santayana said that ignoring the past condemns us to repeat it.  We’re ignoring the present, except the little pieces of it that directly pertains to us, while the world is burning from Missouri to the Holy Land.  We make the American dream a nightmare.

But we’ve done that since before the Little Bighorn and the trail of tears.

 

The mod squad - 3 September 2014

Two black pundits and a white pundit argued Sunday on CNN about why black urban youths push their pants below their butts.  White rural youths did that in the fifties to be rebels without a cause, and black and white youths and adults wore hip hugger bell bottoms in the seventies, when white business men wore colorful polyester suits resembling the zoot suits Malcolm X wore when he was a Boston burglar before he went to prison and joined the Nation of Islam and wore sixties conservative suits.  And many white rural youths today are wearing urban gear to emulate the urban rebellion.  

Uncle Lionel, a friend of mine who played a base drum in second line funerals in New Orleans, had a huge second line following his casket from Marigny through the French Quarter to his memorial in Armstrong Park upon his death at eighty.  He wore his wristwatch below his thumb and said his reason was that he wanted to have time on his hands!  Why do Don King and Al Sharpton and Michelle Obama straighten their hair?

Before selling tickets to heaven, Billy Graham learned to suck cash from people with little of it by selling Fuller brushes, and Joseph Smith learned his salesmanship by selling real estate.  And “urban gear” includes football jerseys.  It’s no profile.

 

Parental guidance inadvisable - 2 September 2014

A nine-year-old girl killed her UZI instructor because he didn’t instruct her to handle the recoil well enough.  USI’s are Israeli, and the Torah says that Cain killed Abel because God appreciated Abel’s gifts of animals he killed more than Cain’s gifts of what he raised from the land, and evangelical Christians are a large segment of the membership of the National Rifle Association!  Why, considering the second of the Ten Commandments, is a picture of God giving life to Adam on a ceiling in the Vatican?

The answer to that question is that idolaters defeated iconoclasts in a debate over art that extended from Medieval Roman Catholicism into Renaissance Protestantism!  Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg All Saints’ Church, in the first quarter of the sixteenth century!  But what won the debate was wealthy people wishing to have their images in paintings of saints!

None of it is spiritual.  It’s the ability of us humans to talk ourselves into any absurdity we think suits us.  Luther’s main complaint was that the Church was selling people tickets to heaven, but Protestant ministries now collect funds during church services, and murderous bigotry remains a Judeo-Christian tradition.

 

The me the deluge generation - 1 September 2014

“Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry,” sang Don McLean in his song “American Pie,” obviously not knowing what a levee is.  Katrina told the world what a levee is and what can happen when levees aren’t as dry as the United States Army’s Corps of Engineers has tried to keep them for more than a century.  But media and government pundits proved our ignorance by blaming the Corps of Engineers for that levee breech.  It was the second breech in the Corps’ century of wonderful success.  But we swallowed the pundits’ hogwash then as we do now.

And it was also an example of pundit terrorism, telling us we have no one ably protecting us from floods, as they’re now telling us all our Muslim neighbors are trying to kill us.  But they couldn’t get away with that if we didn’t let them, if we didn’t derive perverse pleasure from finding people to blame, people to hate.  To understand our neighbors is to love them.

And an indication of how tragically ignorant we are is that the World Wide Web has made finding pundit errors easier than reading the Times-Picayune on the Moonwalk.

 

Not so bad old days - 31 August 2014

Does anyone remember pool rooms?  They were places where people shot pool and drank beer and chewed tobacco and spat into spittoons without worrying about whether they missed!  Now some bars have pool tables, but spittoons were obsolete long before most cities legislated against smoking in bars, and bars are cleaner  in appearance but not in the behavior of their many patrons who prefer illegal drugs to their fancy drinks.

But what drives me nuts is the sophistry.  Pool hall patrons didn’t think they were cool, and they didn’t think their beer was expanding their minds, and “click” was a sound of pool balls hitting one another.  “Clique” wasn’t in their vocabulary.

And they generally felt no reason to lie about themselves!

 

Brain damage - 30 August 2014

Timothy Leary, the Harvard professor who popularized LSD in the seventies by saying we should drop out of social responsibility and escaped from a minimum security prison in California to fly to Afghanistan, waived extradition to accept a DEA escort out of jail in Afghanistan and back into jail in the U.S.A.  Afghanistan is famous for drugs people as silly as Leary buy illegally in the United States, and the United States is also the main market for legal pain killers, by prescription or from open shelves.  Rush Limbaugh addicted himself to a popular prescription painkiller while Pfizer told us to be all Advil.

But we, people as silly as Limbaugh and Leary, blame Afghans and Mexicans and anyone else not ourselves for our buying their products.  We pride ourselves on our free trade capitalism and blame others for theirs.  We say we can do no wrong.

And we wonder why people of less free nations resent us.

 

Language and illiteracy - 29 August 2014

The Levant did not receive its name from Levi, the patriarch of Israel’s priesthood who murdered his sister’s husband and father-in-law and all the other men of their city while they were healing from the circumcision he demanded as her bride price, the great grandfather of Moses.  It received its name from the Latin origin of the English words “lift” and “levitate” because from Rome the Levant is in the direction of the rising sun.  But descendants of Levi’s brother Judah have tried to imperialize it for three millennia.

Another piece of etymological misrepresentation is the notion that the English word “law” originated from Levi’s name by way of the book of Leviticus, the book of the Torah that extends the commandments the book of Exodus says Moses received on Mount Sinai, far beyond what would fit on two stone tablets Moses could carry.  The origin of the English word “law” is the French word “loi” and also ultimately from Latin.

But Israel is behaving as though it has a legal right to the Levant, and the Roman Catholic Church has removed Cardinal Law from legal jurisdictions of children he permitted priests to molest, and we call all that arrogant perverse hypocritical misrepresentation of the Bible literally calls the Ten Words Judeo-Christian.

 

Branch Davidian baloney - 28 August 2014

Last week a “journalist” asked the Defense Department’s primary spokesman whether the Pentagon could spend sooner funds congress has approved for fiscal year 2015.  Admiral Kirby might well have asked her whether she plays the lottery because learning to earn her way in the world requires more time than she’s willing to spend.  The United States government’s fiscal year 2015 begins in five weeks.

Similarly media pundits are calling ISIL’s behavior Islamic and medieval, ignoring the land-grabbing rampage from Europe to the Levant by which Christians defined the Middle Ages and the Roman Catholic inquisitions that extended from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, and ignoring behavior like ISIL’s the Bible says Israel inflicted on its neighbors more than a millennium before the Qur’an began the Middle Ages.

My question, if people with college educations spend so little time trying to understand what they say, is how we can expect any of us to understand each other.  Bigotry and greed and hate define religious hypocrisy, and other examples are people praying to win the lottery, and praying to kill as the Bible says David did.  Peace is not a high priority for people treating the “Prince of Peace” as a liar.

 

Forty acres and a mule - 27 August 2014

Lindsey Graham ignored Iran and Israel to say ISIL is “the most prominent terrorist organization in the world.”  ISIL is not a state, but Israel is a state with nuclear weapons after originating as what both the United Kingdom and the United States called a terrorist organization, and Iran is a state progressing toward having nuclear weapons.  ISIL is more violent than either Iran or Israel but lacks their prominence or power.

But the weirdest part is that the world’s greatest democracy calls Iran a “state sponsor of terror” but calls Israel a democracy.  This week the Israeli government destroyed the homes of 43 Palestinian families, saying its motive was to destroy one Hamas office in the apartment building, and people like Lindsey Graham call that behavior self-defense.  The Bible says God withdrew his promise of land to Israel because of its iniquity.

Compare the Israeli theocracy to slavery in the United States.  General Sherman issued a “field order” to give land to slaves who had worked it as slaves, but General Grant rescinded that order soon after his election to the United States Presidency, and Grant didn’t claim to be God.  And the Israelites didn’t work the Promised Land before they claimed that God promised it to them and ordered them to murder all its inhabitants.

 

Creeping catastrophic commercialism - 26 August 2014

CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked Saturday whether ISIL is “the new Taliban.”  The Taliban originated as the political leadership of the Mujahedeen, a coalition of Afghan tribes the United States government helped defend Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion, and one difference between ISIL and the Taliban is that the United States gave the Taliban weapons before ISIL stole weapons the United States gave the Iraqi government, while another difference is that the Taliban has never threatened the United States homeland.  Another difference is that the Taliban never used a British rapper to behead anyone.

Sciutto also asked whether the father of a Dutch ISIL volunteer was like his son.  The father had risked his own life to travel to the Levant to bring his son home, and Sciutto’s question was in response to the father’s saying that Muslims in the Levant called him heroic, as though anyone who receives praise from any Muslim must be a terrorist.  CNN is a terrorist organization, broadcasting prejudicial hateful bigotry, to the masses.

Mass media terrorize the masses in that way.  And such prejudicial generalization throws masses of bystanders to people like ISIL and al Qaeda.  Consider the Bedouins in Canaan and the Kuchis in Afghanistan trying to mind their ancient peaceful business.

 

The Missouri compromise - 25 August 2014

By saying they’re on the side of the family, CNN’s Legal View “anchor” questioned the credibility of witnesses of the murder of Michael Brown, but she didn’t question the credibility of Wilson’s friend who wasn’t there.  Early in the reporting of the debacle in Ferguson, a government pundit said that he would say that Ferguson’ police were like the Keystone Kops, but that he didn’t wish to insult the Keystone Kops.  I would say the same about most of the United States’ media and government pundits policing the First Amendment and ask why we the people keep swallowing their hogwash.

CNN’s Jake Tapper is like MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, and the two of them are like Fox News’ Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld, elitist trivial callous ignorant partisan yuppies.  To have their jobs they must have relatively high IQ’s and relatively extensive educations.  But, apparently, neither IQ nor education indicates responsibility or common decency.

It’s commercialism.  Those people are playing to their target audience, the target market of the people who pay their networks, for advertising.  “Smart” is synonym for “slick.”

 

The jungle books - 24 August 2014

East is east, and west is west, and CNN knows neither the difference nor the relationship.  Media and government pundits are calling Islam an eastern Religion and using the word “western” to refer to behavior different from ISIL terrorism.  The “L” in ISIL refers to the Levant, and the Levant is in the western hemisphere, and Islam is as Judeo-Christian as Christianity and Judaism.

Of the half dozen most popular religions of Earth, three of them originated in the orient, and three in the occident.  The three occidental religions are Judaism and Christianity and Islam while the three oriental religions are Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism.  And, for whatever reason, Judaism is the least popular.

I think it’s because Judaism is the most exclusive.  Only Judaism treats converts eternally as strangers.  And it’s not only the most xenophobic, but also the most violent of the six, more than most U.S. soldiers in Vietnam.

 

Rabbits with guns - 23 August 2014

Obama said that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.  Apparently, Obama hasn’t read the 31st chapter of the fourth book of the Torah, the book of Numbers.  Radical Judaism motivates what U.S. media and government pundits call radical Islam.

Obama also said a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st Century.  Israelis are behaving as the Bible says Israelites did nearly 21 centuries before the Qur’an initiated Islam.  And nothing in the Qur’an is as murderous or otherwise violent as is ISIL or that chapter of the Bible.

ISIL is neither Islamic nor a state.  It’s a reaction to the Judaic state that has terrorized the Levant since before the Zionist terrorist organization Irgun we’ve made its government bombed the King David Hotel.  Israel murdered dozens of nurses there.  

 

The American nightmare - 22 August 2014

Asking Ferguson citizens to stay at home is like asking Gaza citizens to die playing dead, and asking them not to gather in public is like asking them not to vote at polls, but that’s what Missouri government is asking them to do.  A way to prove that the looters aren’t residents of Ferguson is for the residents to stay at home after dark, and let police arrest the outsiders.  But the value of that depends on the police reporting honestly.

An indication that racism is alive and sick in the United States is people saying the present here is “post racial.”  Humanity will be racial until after countless generations of interracial marriage, and humanity probably will be racist that long also, all over earth.  And the discrepancy between how media report rich white folks and poor black folks on drugs is another indication.

Media reporters showed pity for Jack Kerouac and Elvis Presley killing themselves with drugs while less than fifty years old and for Michael Jackson.  Jackson tried to make himself appear and sound white and married Presley’s daughter.  “He might have been on something,” said a CNN reporter, of Michael Brown. 

 

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."

Dust

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