Literacy and lunacy
30 January 2015
Reading serves several purposes,
supporting one’s prejudices or answering honest questions or raising new
questions or creating new understanding, but the validity of any of
those purposes depends on how carefully one reads.
Most of my reading has been cursory,
but I’m rereading the primary scriptures of the half dozen most popular
of Earth’s religions as carefully as I can, to write a book accurately
The main reason humans talk peace but
wage war isn’t differences between the scriptural foundations of
religions but failure to understand the similarities of those
Among my discoveries in reading
the Qur’an is that it preaches the Bible, including the immaculate
conception of Jesus and much Mosaic law, but little of the Sermon on the
Mount or the Ten Commandments.
But another is that the Qur’an preaches
killing only for self-defense while the Torah preaches killing for land.
So people asking why people kill each
other and themselves should include American kids in their question.
The answer to either is that
Permitting anyone from expounding
religious tenets in schools is more in keeping with the United States
Constitution than is forbidding it.
But teachers shouldn’t act as an umpire
enforcing their own.
The gory grandiosity
29 January 2015
Who invented the Internet, Al
Gore or the United States Department of Defense, or God?
Are you, with all your modern
technology Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Bill Gates made
inexpensively available to you, happier than Bedouins and Kuchis were
before the war between Judaism and Islam overran the land they freely
walked with candles and camels?
What did Jesus mean by saying the truth
shall make us free?
Jesus also said that the kingdom
of God is within us, and that agrees with the Hindu assertion that each
self is identical to the universal self, which is God.
But the Roman Catholic Church, ignoring
the fact that the word “catholic” means “universal,” says God isn’t in
Hindus or Bedouins or Kuchis.
And so do the Protestants, adherents to
denominations the universality of the Roman Catholic, to preach their
A possible explanation for
bigotry is that humans know better but find it useful.
Roman emperors called themselves Gods,
while being reasonable enough to govern more people than any human ever
had, indicating that they knew the absurdity of their claim.
Constantine claimed to convert to
Christianity, but his subsequent behavior consistently contradicted the
ethics of the Sermon on the Mount, and so had Paul’s and John’s.
28 January 2015
The Torah says Israel is no
one’s ally, and the books of Kings say Judah is no ally of the other
tribes of Israel or of anyone else, and yet Christians follow the
Pharisee Saul of Tarsus.
Saul, after calling himself Paul,
directed the writing of the New Testament, which interprets Old
Testament Judaic prophesies of God sending a Messiah to save Judah from
death by its enemies as prophesies of God sending a Christ to save
anyone from any death.
“Christ” is a Greek word for “Messiah,”
and Saul directed the writing of the New Testament and wrote most of it
himself in Greek, decades after the crucifixion.
A problem with all of that is
that the Gospels, books of the New Testament that Saul directed writing
but didn’t write, say Jesus called Pharisees hypocrites and a nation of
And those Gospels, ostensibly the most
extensive quoting of Jesus, don’t say that he claimed to be the Messiah,
or God’s only begotten son.
Those claims are in the Gospels, but
from the people who wrote them, after accepting Saul’s Pharisaism.
Most of what the Gospels say
Jesus said says that goodness is its own reward.
Most of what the New Testament says
otherwise ignores the Sermon on the Mount to sell eternal life in
exchange for worshiping the Messiah.
Saul poisoned the apostles.
Wholly holey holy
27 January 2015
Tom Brady reminds me of Barbra
Brady compared his deflating footballs
to ISIS as Streisand compared her singing “Happy Days are Here Again” to
And both excel at how they pay for
their lives while neither accepts responsibility for effects of either
their words or their deeds on our lives.
Streisand, while posturing as a
feminist, stood by Bill Clinton against Monica Lewinski.
And Brady has people calling his
The New England Patriots are
about as patriotic as the New Orleans Saints are saintly.
Football undermines the standards of
our educational institutions and the values of our children and our
religion by exemplifying the violent bigotry hypocrites calling
themselves Islamic call jihad while hypocrites calling themselves
Christian call it crusading.
War is normal to humanity because
humans find it entertaining.
And, if the Bible is factual, it
all began with the first human family, and grew from fratricide to war
by way of God ordering some of his creation to kill others of his
creation for their land.
And weirdest of all of it is that
people claiming to believe the Bible blame all of it on people who
believe in the Qur’an.
The Qur’an preaches reconciliation of
all Semitic people.
Neighbors and fences
26 January 2015
What’s an investigative
People calling themselves that and
reporting the war on terror as though it’s a war on Islam in defense of
Judaism plainly haven’t taken the trouble to read the Qur’an or the
The Qur’an is an effort to enfold Arabs
into the religion of the Bible and to reconcile Christians with Jews.
Richard Engel, NBC’s Chief
Foreign Correspondent, is a prime example.
He was in Baghdad when the second Bush
administration accomplished the mission of removing Saddam Hussein from
power, and he speaks Arabic fluently, and he’s Jewish.
But he also agrees with ISIS that it’s
Islamic and uses “Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist.”
Why do we the people and
humanity in general insist on conflict?
We talk about peace and say we’re
superior to dumb animals in our ability to reason, but our favorite
entertainment is people beating each other for fun or money, and our
religions we call peaceful have caused most of our wars!
That isn’t reasonable.
Savings and loans
25 January 2015
Tom Brady is typical of what sells football to couch
potatoes, people who think a wonderful life is watching people push each
other around, by any means unnecessary.
He stood in front of TV cameras
as they sat in front of their TV’s, in a stocking cap appropriate for
couch potatoes letting their “educational” institutions sink their
education to football level or for kids to whom couch potato parents
represent people like Brady as role models, and told them they should
let him do whatever he likes because he’s not as dangerous as ISIS.
He may be as dangerous as ISIS, if couch potatoes swallow
his hogwash and spew it onto their ballots, when they vote for people
who should protect us from him and ISIS.
Write and wrong
24 January 2015
Presidential candidate Mike
Huckabee entitled his most recent book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.
Attitudes like his and Yahoo
Netanyahu’s are why that Palestinian was so desperate this week that he
attacked Israel with a knife.
And Netanyahu’s response was to advise
tourists not to ride public buses, which routinely carry several Israeli
soldiers carrying rifles, with magazines in them ready to go.
And a question I have is why the “liberal” government and
media pundits, who claim to support civil rights and not to be
sectarian, support Israel’s routine murderous oppression of Palestinians
in the name of God.
Palestinians and wild dumb animals, unlike religiously and
politically talking humans, kill only for food or self-defense.
23 January 2015
The “documentary” film
Salinger says Salinger married a Nazi, after participating in the
Normandy invasion and the liberation of Dachau, and implies that he was
The film’s producers and most of the
people in it are Jewish, and tried to use the film to increase their
fame and fortune by climbing over Salinger’s dead body, demonstrating
what Salinger called phoniness.
The film also says that Salinger
converted to what it calls “Vedanta religion” and thought of his work in
terms of the Bhagavad-Gita.
Salinger’s attitude toward
adolescent girls was the attitude that had Mark Twain write
Personal Recollections of Joan of
Arc and dedicate it to his wife and befriend some adolescent girls,
essentially taking them under his wings, in his later years.
It’s the attitude that puts the meaning
of the title of Catcher in the Rye
in Holden Caulfield’s effort to remove a “fuck you sign” from a wall in
a stairway of his sister Phoebe’s school.
Mark Twain named himself for safe
passage as Salinger named Phoebe for light of day.
The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus
He commandeered the movement Jesus
began, and directed his followers to write the Gospels decades after the
crucifixion, and those Gospels say Jesus’ last supper celebrated the
Torah’s assertion that God murdered every Egyptian firstborn child for
the sake of the Israelites.
And the most horrendous massacre in any
scripture is Moses’ ordering the Israelites to kill every man and woman
and child of his wife’s tribe, except the young virgin girls, and
Under the sun
22 January 2015
In this millennium, anyone in a
position to autopsy Yasser Arafat should be able to tell us if he died
of radiation poisoning, but the news media aren’t telling us that.
In this millennium, anyone with a
computer should be able to read the Qur’an and know that it supports
Christianity and Judaism, but we aren’t using our media to tell
In this millennium Christians think
faith and martyrdom are buying pills from Pfizer to cure their restless
In this millennium, anyone in a positon to transcribe
information from a flight data recorder should be able to do it in
minutes, but mass news media are telling us that technicians have been
transcribing data from the Flight QZ8501 flight data recorder for days,
and need more days to get it done.
In this millennium, as in previous millennia, humans use
whatever information technology they have to prove to each other how
trivial they are.
All that jazz
21 January 2015
“Anti-Semitic” would be an
appropriate term for what media and government and religious pundits
inappropriately call Islamist.
The Arabic Semitic population is many
times the size of the Hebrew Semitic population, and those terrorists
those pundits are calling Islamist are doing far more harm to Muslims
than they are to Jews, and most Arabs are Islamic.
But Judaic propagandists have
commandeered the term “anti-Semitic” to refer only to being against
Semitic Hebrews, effectually denying the existence of the Arabic Semitic
majority, by calling it anti-Semitic.
And another wacky term such
pundits absurdly spew is “sleeper cell,” to refer to groups of
terrorists as though anyone psychotic enough terrorize would be sane
enough to curb his psychosis for months or years, waiting for some other
psychotic to order him to deploy his psychosis.
Ask yourself whether the Klu Klux Clan
kept its sheets on their beds.
And ask why no one called it
It’s all like calling Nancy Wilson anti-Semitic for
competing with Barbra Streisand or calling Hugh Hefner Semitic for
changing the name of the Playboy Jazz Poll to Pop Poll to let Streisand
20 January 2015
Judaism defines bigotry.
The word “bigot” originated from
Normans mocking Angles swearing “by god” that they weren’t inferior to
The Bible says the tribe of Judah tried
to conquer the other eleven tribes of Israel after supporting the
Israelites’ claim to being so superior to other humans that God gave
them the right to kill them for their land.
And the greatest democracy on Earth
Try explaining that.
The United Kingdom’s Prime
Minister said Sunday that Islamists pervert Islam.
But he continued to use the word
“Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist” as though its first two
syllables aren’t “Islam.”
an American Broadcasting Company This
Week “anchor” said Sunday that Muslims are a quarter of humanity but not
that the notion that all of them are terrorizing the rest of us is
Let’s consider why the Amish
population is increasing while the Jewish population is decreasing.
Part of the answer is that Amish people
stop calling people strangers when they move among them and accept their
way of life while Jewish people call people who aren’t descendent from
Judah strangers forever.
Bigotry is arrogant alienation.
East side, west side,
19 January 2015
William Franklin Graham III,
evangelical son of former Fuller brush salesman evangelist Billy Graham,
said that the world is at war with Islam and that Islam has no history
The Qur’an, referring to the Bible,
calls Christians and Jews people of the book and says Muhammad was but
one in the line of Biblical prophets.
Islam originated as an effort to unify
polytheistic Arab warlords in accordance with Judeo Christian tradition.
But crazier is that the Bible is far more bellicose than
is the Qur’an, and the crusades were wars in direct opposition to
anything the Bible says Jesus said, and Moses perpetrated the most
horrendous massacre on record against his wife’s tribe.
And Graham’s religious right is a current bellicose
When will we ever
18 January 2015
United States “intelligence”
services, instead of tricking crazy kids into Guy Fawkes plots on
Congress, should investigate the probability that Hayat Boumeddienne is
a Mossad agent.
Sun Tzu, a Chinese philosopher and
military strategist, said fifteen centuries before other Chinese
invented gunpowder that basic to military success is knowing the enemy.
But U.S. “intelligence” ignores both
the Qur’an and the Torah.
And the father of that kid whom
the FBI helped hatch that plot to bomb Congress said he’d “beat his
butt” if he caught him doing such a thing.
If that kid is an enemy, knowing him
requires knowing why he would do such a thing, but CNN called him a
momma’s boy without mentioning the possibility that his parents drove
Mass media are reporting it as a rerun
of the ignorant reporting of Adam Lanza’s barfly gun nut mother.
But it’s human normalcy, and the
civil war wasn’t civil, but the definition of incivility.
The Confederacy wasn’t a confederacy
but an effort to maintain failure to recognize an entire race as
That and the division of the United
States along the Mason and Missouri Compromise lines was an example of
the side-picking bigotry typical of humanity.
And Lincoln’s political party now
Knowing isn’t in it.
To the moon
17 January 2015
A quick glance at who benefits
most from it will tell you that ISIS technology is Israeli technology as
Guardians of Peace technology is SONY technology.
But media and government pundits
apparently would foster their fictional bogey men than inform us of any
quick glances they might take.
We the people prefer xenophobia to
facts, and politicians and advertisers know that, and capitalize on it
at our expense.
And an indication of all of that
is pundit reaction to the picture that’s selling millions of copies of
Charlie Hebdo after it’s failed to sell more than 60 thousand copies
of any other issue.
The picture is conciliatory, indicating
that Muhammad would weep at what those murderers calling themselves
Muslims did, but pundits are calling it defiant.
It’s only defiant against hypocrisy,
what the Qur’an calls munafiqun,
but that doesn’t sell.
Also, although Muhammad was
illiterate, the Qur’an says the angel Gabriel told Muhammad to read, and
the word “Qur’an” refers to reading and reciting, and the Qur’an reasons
And anyone who thinks Ralph’s shaking
his fist in Alice’s face in the Honeymooners and laughs is more like the
fictional bogey men than like Charlie Hebdo or the pundits.
Munafiqun is normal humanity.
The black hole of
16 January 2015
To Muslims Islam is submission
to God, but many Muslims say God desires that women submit themselves to
men, and Paul says that more clearly in his epistles than does Muhammad
in the Qur’an.
Such people ignore the Islamic woman
who founded Earth’s oldest university and that the girl people call Joan
of Arc because her father was of Arc saved her homeland from a century
of foreign invasion in three months against the will of her father by
military skill no one taught her.
Such people, Islamic and Christian and
Jewish, ignore that Malala Yousafzai is Islamic and say that Hayat
Boumeddienne, after instigating
the man who murdered the four hostages in the kosher grocery store, fled
to the land of ISIS before the attack.
Islam originated from Muhammad’s
acceptance of the scriptures Christians and Jews share, and Muslims and
Jews share that grocery store because of the Torah’s dietary
proscriptions, and media aren’t indicating that the killer’s motive in
the store was any of Boumeddienne’s motives.
The apparent plan for the attack worked
more for Israel than for Islam.
ISIS is conspicuously a Mossad counterintelligence
operation, and Yahoo Netanyahu paraded through Paris as though he had
liberated France from the Nazis, and ignorant bipartisan bigots in the
United States are saying Obama should have flown to Paris to help other
national leaders cheer that murderous creep.
15 January 2015
Historians have called the Middle Ages, the European times between the
“classical” times and the Renaissance, the Dark Ages.
What those “Islamist” homicidal maniacs did to Charlie Hebdo was
mild in comparison to the wars and inquisitions medieval “Christians”
perpetrated to accord with the Second Commandment.
And the Dark Ages were also the times of Western European
Christians raging across Eastern Europe to take land from Muslims.
And, when they took Jerusalem from them, they didn’t give it back
to the Jews. They called it
the Kingdom of Jerusalem and themselves its kings.
And consider the Parthenon.
Its name is from a Greek word for “virgin,” referring to the Greek
goddess of both war and wisdom, Athena.
During the Renaissance, Muslims stored explosives in it, and
Christians hit it with their own explosives that exploded the Muslims’
explosives. The Parthenon
remains in ruin, and a British lord removed most of its statuary to the
British Museum, ostensibly to protect them from war between Muslims and
Christians after the Age of Reason.
The statue of Athena in it didn’t survive.
Now CNN has said that France’s Jewish population is the third largest of
any Western European nation, while ignoring France’s huge Islamic
population that resulted from French colonization of North Africa, and
ignoring that the Islamic caliphate that preceded French colonization
making Morocco a French “protectorate” was the first nation to recognize
the United States as an independent nation.
14 January 2015
Bill Maher is about as funny as Lindsey Graham.
Both blamed every Muslim for what those murderous hypocrites did
to Charlie Hebdo, with Maher
saying that any Muslim would murder to avenge an effort to ridicule
Muhammad, and Graham saying the war on terror is a religious war against
Islam. Each is a hateful
bellicose ignorant bigot.
They’re essentially calling Malala a murderer.
Yes, taking offense at a cartoon is crazy, but so is generalizing
the craziness of four people to nearly two billion people trying to live
their lives productively and peacefully.
And those murderers in Paris, especially the one who killed the
four hostages, had demonstrated their insanity publicly for years.
And, by blaming the whole thing on Arabs or Islam, Maher and Graham are
also ignoring the facts that Menachem Begin orchestrated the murder of
dozens of mostly British non-combatants at the King David Hotel and
became head of the Israeli state and that Truman murdered a hundred
thousand Japanese after they’d lost the war.
Kingdoms within me
13 January 2015
Hindu scripture says that the Atman is Brahman, that each separate self
is the universal self, which is God.
Buddhist scripture says that attaching importance to words or the
differences they describe distracts us from realizing the beauty and
truth of the universal self.
Taoist scripture says that the happiest villagers can hear the sounds of
neighboring villages but feel no need to visit them.
Occidental scriptures say we should convert or kill people who
believe other scriptures.
That defines bigotry and terrorism.
I have the fortune of residing in a house on a lot with no house across
the street from it or on the lot surrounding it.
One of my brothers resides in the top story of my three-story
house, and I’ve rented an addition on the back of the house to a woman
with two children, but I seldom see any of them.
I make a weekly trip to Walmart, and I spend between one and two
weeks of most years traveling outside the town where my house is, but
most of my discontent comes from watching news on television.
The Tao Te Ching, which
originated several millennia before the invention of television or the
World Wide Web, says you can know everything without leaving your house.
The Diamond Sutra and the
Upanishads, which may be as old as or older than the
Tao Te Ching, say that we
imagine our differences. I
suppose that I could be happier by not imagining myself watching
television and responding to it on the World Wide Web.
But I‘m imagining that I must
Je pense donc je suis.
Wholeness, safeness, peace
12 January 2015
I, a Hindu Buddhist Taoist, don’t understand the Jewish or Christian or
Islamic notion of either death or eternal life.
I don’t understand how anything can come from nothing or go
nowhere, and my sense of reality tells me I dream while I’m asleep
without knowing whether I’m dreaming or sleeping and accordingly never
knowing whether I’m awake.
So thinking life ends in a sheol or continues forever in fire and
brimstone or in a city of gold or a garden with rivers running beneath
seems to me absurdly presumptuous.
I can’t be sure any of that wouldn’t be dreams.
And I think I may be dreaming scriptures.
If al Qaeda perpetrated the
Charlie Hebdo murders, it has once again proven that it isn’t
Islamic, but mass media keep calling it Islamist.
In the Qur’an “jihad” refers only to a struggle in defense of Islam, but mass media
have coined the term “jihadi” as a synonym for “terrorist.”
All that adds up to a propaganda war Judeo Christian mass media
are waging against a religion that preaches most preaching of Moses and
“Do not kill yourself,” instructs the Qur’an, Islam’s scripture.
Al Qaeda or not, those murderers in Paris emulated not Islam, but
the Hollywood movies Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid and
Thelma and Louise. And
think of Jesus, Saint Stephen, etc.
11 January 2015
Obama’s response to Sony’s hoax to send
The Interview directly to
streaming earned him more right to say “Je
suis un Parisien.” than Kennedy had to say “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
And CNN earned no trust by saying, regarding the maniacs killing
Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in
the name of Islam, that France is “one of America’s oldest allies.”
France, which bankrupt its treasury to support the American
Revolution, is the United States’ oldest ally.
The Oprah approach to news that’s had George Stephanopoulos move ABC’s
news show “This Week” from Washington to New York for his convenience in
hosting the ABC’s soap show “Good Morning America” has spread to every
mass news network!
Next will we have Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie join the Tea Party
The first estate
10 January 2015
The Chinese words “yin” and “yang” illustrate the absurdity of us
humans’ saying we’re superior to dumb animals.
Those words, as their diagram now famous around the world
indicates, originally referred to the shady and sunny sides of a
mountain, and Tao Te Ching
quietist Lao Tze focused on the essential harmony of the two sides being
of one mountain, but I Ching
commentator Confucius focused on the polarity that essentially defines
the English word “bigotry.”
The I Ching says yin is darkness and weakness and female and yang light
and strength and male and extends such beyond 64 abstractions.
Now, although both the
Tao Te Ching and the
I Ching are famous around the
world, Confucius is more famous than Lao Tze despite his saying Lao Tze
was the wisest person he’d ever met.
I Ching is more indicative of
Occidental civilization despite the fact that the Magdalena defined the
Tao in her gospel, saying “The
Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with
one another, and they will be resolved again into that essence.”
The reason that’s not famous is that
sexist Saul of Tarsus, who wrote in epistles against women talking in
church, kept it out of the Bible.
A current example of bigotry and the ignorance
on which it depends is mass media reporting of the killing of the
cartoonists in Paris.
The only complaint in the Qur’an
against Judaism is that Jews ignore their prophets and particularly
Moses and the Ten Commandments, and accordingly the Islamic complaint
against making images of Muhammad is that it violates the Second
Commandment, the commandment against making images of anything God’s
So those murderers calling themselves
Muslims might as reasonably violate the Sixth Commandment to kill any
Odds and ends
9 January 2015
When George Herbert Bush ran for the Presidency, pundits pointed out
that no previous President of the United States had fewer than five
letters in his last name, but now two Presidents have had the same
four-letter name. So I have
no qualms in suggesting that the next President and Vice President might
both have four-letter last names.
I’d like to see them be Bush and Rice.
And I think Jeb Bush and Condoleezza Rice would be unbeatable running
mates. Bush, although I
don’t agree with his position on Cuba, is the most reasonable candidate
pundits are portraying as a possible runner.
And Rice was a Democrat before she was a Republican and
accordingly has demonstrated the bipartisanship we the people say
Washington desperately needs.
However, an alternative possibility is that Bush run and select Ted Cruz
as his running mate, committing electoral suicide as McCain did by
selecting Palin. I regret my
vote for them, since McCain has proven his xenophobic bellicosity since
he lost the election, and Palin has proved the pundits correct about
her. But I suspect that Bush
might shift his stance on Cuba.
Flowers and snipers
8 January 2015
What’s the difference between a draftee and a draft dodger?
Many troops smoked marijuana in Vietnam and don’t deny inhaling
it, but Bill Clinton said that when they were doing that he smoked
marijuana in England but didn’t inhale it, and many of those troops were
homeless when Clinton was President of the United States!
Relevant questions are whether Bubba Bill lied and what Heehaw
Hillary smoked in Bosnia.
Southern Democrat Cackle Clinton proved against African American
Hawaiian Obama in the 2008 primary that she’s unelectable, but the party
of Jefferson Davis is saying she’s a shoe-in for the nomination now, and
it’s trying to lynch Obama to prove it.
The Jefferson Davis Party and the Tea Party may hand the election to Jeb
ISIS, Netanyahu, covert -
7 January 2015
Now U.S. mass news media are reporting a little girl’s surviving a plane
crash as inconsistently as they are the Sony Interview hoax and the
Israeli ISIS hoax and the Panetta bin Laden hoax and flight MH370.
They’re absurdly sensationalizing it for advertising revenue as
though the simple and obvious facts of that little girl’s courage and
persistence and general strength of character aren’t sensational enough.
The only reporter I believe is the old man who found her at his
door and still weeps in admiration.
I saw, for $5.99 “on demand” from my cable service, the film
The Interview Sony hyped by
saying a North Korean group it called Guardians of Peace scared it out
of theatres. It ridicules
the propaganda and decadence of the United States’ government and mass
media and people more than it does the government and propaganda and
people of North Korea. So,
if Kim Jong Un likes Dennis Rodman, he must love that movie mock.
And an indication that the The Interview accurately portrays U.S. mass
news media is that George Stephanopoulos, the American Broadcasting
Company’s Chief Anchor, said he found the film funny.
And Yahoo Netanyahu is laying low.
ISIS is doing his job.
Championing the bit
6 January 2015
Labor unions originally served the public, but people like Honey Fitz
and Jimmy Hoffa turned them into a commercial scam to serve themselves,
and that’s what they are now.
A few years ago Wisconsin teachers used counterfeit sick slips to
play hooky from their jobs, and now New York police are deliberately
failing to do their jobs, all at the instigation of unions.
Unions are now a cancer on public service.
Why doesn’t the ASPCA recognize that humans are animals?
The obvious reason is that the ASPCA is an organization of humans
behaving as did the prosecution in the Scopes monkey trial!
We humans consistently prove ourselves unreasonable.
And yet we insist that our yap is more reasonable than the whinnying of
The mindlessly manifest decadence
5 January 2015
Amazon Instant Video is offering streaming The Interview for $5.99.
A question I’ve heard no pundit ask or answer is whether Sony
receives a higher profit margin from theatres than from streaming or
DVD’s. Every indication is
that Sony management, not a disgruntled Sony employee or a crazy Korean
dictator, is the “Guardian of Peace.”
New Year’s morning I dreamed that I had a pistol of the type people call
peacemakers and that my reason for having it was to kill a warmonger.
But, rather than send myself to hell by killing him, I decided to
let him send himself to hell by killing me.
But, as I awoke, I questioned the chances of redeeming either of
A Daily Beast pundit said on CNN that combat aircraft have black boxes
that eject on impact with water and that commercial aircraft should have
the same, and the interviewer didn’t ask him how we’re to find the
aircraft if the pinger isn’t on it, or why aircraft with no “sensitive”
technology shouldn’t have both.
Paltry pecuniary punditry
4 January 2015
New Year’s Day I saw the movie Mr.
Smith Goes to Washington and had two problems with it.
One was that Mr. Smith responds to words against him by running
around punching people, and the other is that it implies that the whole
problem with politicians is that capitalists buy them, as though
politicians who sell themselves aren’t capitalists.
Look at the financial statements of nearly anyone running for
election to Congress.
The movie reminds me of the No Scum Allowed Saloon, a tiny bar in the
tiny town White Oaks, New Mexico.
White Oaks was a gold mining boom town when Billy the Kid hung
out there while killing people supporting a dry goods monopoly robbing
the ranchers, but now White Oaks is a ghost town.
Yet the guy who now owns the tiny bar that was an attorney’s
office in the days of Billy the Kid charges prices higher than in New
A friend of mine owned the saloon when I was business manager of the
Lincoln County News, and his
prices encouraged the cowboys to take breaks from riding fences to drink
beer there, and my friend called the bar the White Oaks Saloon.
I learned of the new owner’s capitalism when I took a road trip
to visit old friends in Texas and Arizona and New Mexico.
And my Ford Mustang was the only mustang at the hitching rails.
Demographics of demagoguery
3 January 2015
Did Scalise speak to David Duke’s organization because he agreed with it
or to talk it out of its nonsense or simply for votes to be in a
position to do whatever he wished to do either way?
One factor in the question is that Scalise’s congressional district is
the whitest in Louisiana and includes both Duke’s home parish and the
parish where Louis Armstrong International Airport is but doesn’t
include the parish where the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward are!
But the fundamental question is whether Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott
types have turned the party of Lincoln into a tea party accusing people
willing to work for their living of robbing it.
2 January 2015
I don’t believe in anything.
I believe in God, but I don’t believe God is anything in particular, but
rather that God is everything and everything God.
The Bible says that God created man in his own image, but I
suspect that God created everything in God’s own image, which everyone
shares. Hindus say that the
atman is Brahman, that each particular self is identical to the
universal self, and that’s as sensible to me as anything.
I say how things seem to me, but I don’t think that how things seem to
me to be is necessarily how things are, because opinion seems to me to
be inherently prejudicial.
But concerning flights MH370 and QZ8501: Either QZ8501 didn’t crash in
the Java Sea; or MH370 didn’t crash in the Indian Ocean.
And QZ801’s crash in the Java Sea was phenomenal while MH370’s
crash in the Indian Ocean is fantastically hypothetical.
The world as it seems to me to be has the President of New York City’s
police union accusing New York City’s mayor of inciting African
Americans to murder policemen and retaliating against that by inciting
New York City’s police officers to diminish their duty to serve and
protect the people of New York City.
“Lynch,” the union President’s name, refers to police behavior
sixty years ago. Now it’s in
images on TV.
Public relations passivity
1 January 2015
What’s up with feminism, women’s liberation, etc?
A female former director of the National Transportation Safety
Board used the phrase “fer sher” to reply affirmatively to a CNN QZ8501
question! Valley girl
bimboism has again become a female ideal.
Could that be a product of Heehaw Hillary standing by her man?
The Democratic party, which is at the forefront in promoting
cosmetic abortion, is ignoring the fact that Cackle Clinton has given us
more reasons not to vote for her since she lost the primary to Obama
than she did before! It’s
most powerful pundits are saying she’s a shoe-in.
But, more important, why aren’t she and other politicians speaking up
against the hogwash mass news media are spewing concerning flight
QZ8501? Ask yourself whether
you should vote for someone so apathetically ignorant!
From Canaan to Southeast Asia
31 December 2014
CNN said Sunday night that air traffic control refused flight QZ8501
permission to climb to 38,000 feet because too many other aircrafts were
at that elevation, but CNN said Monday morning that the flight might
have crashed because it was flying too slowly for lift at that
elevation, although returning to its original elevation might have given
it the lift.
Bob Dylan sang in the sixties that the answer to the question of how
many deaths we’ll suffer before knowing that too many people have died
is blowing in the wind. I
would ask how many death’s we’ll sanction before knowing that too many
people have lied. And
government and mass media are still lying about Vietnam and Cuba.
And, curiously, Dylan’s birth name is Zimmerman, and he claimed Judaism
before he converted to Christianity, before converting back to Judaism.
The Israelites didn’t care about the Canaanites they murdered
because they weren’t Israelites.
And we the people of the United States don’t care about