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From Peor to the Acropolis - 29 August 2015

We say Athens was the first democracy.  But, a few years before the centennial of that government, an Athenian court convicted Socrates of discordance with the city’s religion and sentenced him to suicide, and only “citizens” of Athens could vote there then.  A few years before the bicentennial of that “democracy,” a census counted 21,000 citizens, 10,000 foreign residents, and 400,000 others.  The 400,000 others were women and children and slaves.  Athens was about as democratic as Israel.

The Torah says that, in the five generations from Israel to Moses, the descendants of Israel grew to outnumber Athens in the time of Plato.  And it says that their government was a theocracy of male judges and that they enslaved each other besides people they captured in battle.  And it says that all “strangers among them” were subject to them.

And both they and the “modern” nation of Israel except, from their primary God’s commandment not to kill, their killing people discordant with their religion.


An Army/Navy game? - 28 August 2015

Let’s compare the two oldest living former Presidents of the United States.  Carter is a Baptist while Bush is a Presbyterian, and pundits have accused both of being “Anti-Semitic,” and we the people reelected neither.  Carter wrote a book accurately comparing how Israelis treat Palestinians to how the South African government treated Africans, and Bush’s father had banking relationships with Germany, during World War II.

But other pundits say the reason Carter and Bush were one-term Presidents is that the United States’ economy sunk at the end of their terms.  Carter was up against OPEC’s initial inflation and the unemployment rate increase that arose from returning Vietnam veterans and the women’s rights movement.  And Bush was up against the instability that followed his winning the Cold War.

Either way, we the people undervalue both Carter and Bush, by ignoring facts.  And we’re doing the same to Obama, by swallowing hogwash from Strom Thurmond Republicans and William Jefferson Davis Clinton Democrats, which we receive by way of their mass media propaganda machines Fox News and MSNBC.  But Carter fired Bush.


The global denial - 27 August 2015

A CNN reporter said that “three Americans and a Brit” stopped the guy with the pistol and the AK47 on the train in France, and a CNN anchor asked what precautions we the people of the United States should take, while traveling in “these foreign countries.”  That diction, like Uncle Tom Lemon labeling African American protesters “black lives matter people,” is among many indications of the bigotry of CNN’s editorial stance.

And, meanwhile, we the people say that “a British accent” makes people sound more “intelligent” than people who speak as do we the people of the United States.  And we say that French clothing styles and French perfume makes people look and smell more “elegant” than we ordinarily do.  Think of imitation and flattery.

It all reminds me of my little home town.  Its civic leaders take great pride in its Second French Empire opera house.  But they don’t care that I rescued my Second French Empire house from the town’s drug addicts


The Thelma and Louise solution - 26 August 2015

Fox News is the main mass media propaganda machine for Strom Thurmond Democrats calling themselves Republicans.  They’re racists disagreeing with the party of Jefferson Davis since Camelot Kennedy gave lip service to civil rights for votes.  But, while they hate African Americans and Hispanic Americans, they promote the Hebraic American minority partly by calling Yahoo Netanyahu Bibi and Kosher Kurtz Howie.

And MSNBC is the main mass media propaganda machine for the William Jefferson Davis Clinton hypocrite party and also calls Netanyahu Bibi.  Of course the reason for all that is that the tiny Hebraic minority controls a majority of media and financial companies in the United States.  It occupies both Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

So let’s rethink the phrase “liberal media” and ask what it conserves.  Apparently our money and media favor the millennia old claim that God promised to help a tiny minority murder anyone else for their land.   And we call defense against that terrorism.


The British disease - 25 August 2015

John McCain responded to the current stock market correction by promising that it will never happen again.  He blamed the dip on the global market, and apparently he learned both his xenophobia and his generally irrational bellicosity while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, but that’s no excuse for Dingdong Donald or Tea Party Ted.  And neither is it an excuse for the people of the United States who vote for their promises.

But we the people have a massive record of swallowing hogwash.  One example is the popularity of Oprah Winfrey, who’s made a lucrative career of claiming finding meaning for her life in her public relations promotions, one example being funding a school for girls in Africa she nearly never visits.  She also gave cars to her mostly white audience.

Her mission was to increase her buying power by making fools of people.  And she and Dingdong Donald have proved that mission possible at the expense of the integrity of the rest of us.  Their market believed that Tom loving Kat was a possible mission.


Does thinking make it so? - 24 August 2015

“Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony” as pianos define music.

Police are killing African Americans, and African Americans are killing police, and Muslims are killing Jews, and Jews are Killing Muslims, and kids are killing other kids.  And humans are killing themselves, sometimes after killing others and sometimes by intimidating others into killing them, and all that has become a market segment of our mass entertainment industry.  Too bad we can’t ask Darwin what he thinks of that.

Such behavior is peculiar to humanity and is occurring now more than ever in the history that humanity invented.  We humans claim that we’re the top of the evolutionary chain, and we call success at climbing that change survival of the fittest, but we’re proving ourselves misfits.  And we’re doing all that at a time when we’re also claiming extraordinary success in science and technology through our ability to reason.

And much of it is in the name of God, and mass media and government pundits try to blame it on Islam, a religion whose name refers to submission.  And craziest in that is the fact that the each of Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions says God is infinitely loving and merciful.  Humanity uses its ability to “reason” to “rationalize” irrationally thinking we’re better than anyone else.   And occidental religion defines that bigotry.

Taoists join black and white in their defining symbol of peace and harmony.


Blaming the light - 23 August 2015

Jimmy Carter is showing what faith is.  He’s showing the faith of Taoists by doing what health professionals say he should do, and smiling through it because he’s aware of the absolute goodness of God, whatever the details.  What I find craziest in the pharisaical Gospels is their implying that Jesus thought God forsook him on the cross.  And now “news” reporters are saying Carter’s “battling cancer.”  Faith is the beauty of truth.

And heed what Carter said about his wife.  He said, after 69 years of marriage with her, that she’s the best of all his life.  Compare that to Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill, while comparing it to George and Barbara Bush, and admit what “is” is.

Carter isn’t of the Camelot Kennedy party of Jefferson Davis.


Atman and bravado - 22 August 2015

According to scripture Hinduism is both more monistic and more monotheistic than Judaism.  Hindus scripture treats everything from breath to the sun as gods because Hinduism’s most basic premise is that everything is God because God is everything.  Judaic scripture doesn’t say that the god of Abraham is the only god but only that we shouldn’t take any of the other gods before the jealous vindictive god of Abraham.

And, while the Gospels say that Jesus contradicted himself, much of what they say he says accords with Hinduism.  They say that he said that the kingdom of God is within you and that loving our neighbors is like loving God.  Hindus, in their monism and monotheism, would say that God is everywhere and that God is everyone.

And that’s a difference between Jimmy Carter and Yahoo Netanyahu.  For Carter cancer isn’t cancerous but simply a transition in his eternal life.  For Netanyahu death is what the god of Abraham promised to help him inflict on his neighbors.


The reign of national perversity - 21 August 2015

Now, in the tradition of wolves in sheep’s clothing, a man who founded a foundation for assisting girls having problems has pleaded guilty to having sex with minors, and an “elite” preparatory school whose name is for the Pharisee “saint” Paul apparently has a tradition of senior males having sex with frosh females.

A question I have, considering the problems of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, is whether Errol Flynn was the only pedophile Hollywood power.  Many people blame the problems on fame, but fame arises from talent and hard work, before infamy.  And Elizabeth Taylor sympathized with Michael Jackson.

But the next question is what caused Errol Flynn to behave as he did, and another question is whether he or Justin Bieber is bisexual, and another is whether Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are, and another is why Jolie ignores her famous father, and another is why media report the problems, but not the questions.


Terror by trails of tears - 29 August 2015

Why are media and government pundits arguing with Dingdong Donald?  Within his dingy donging is his promise that he’ll ignore the Constitution of the United States to evict from the United States people whose birth was in the United States from parents who violated United States immigration law to be in the United States at the time of the birth!  Of course the answer to my question is that pundits we call anchors and call legislators know that few voters have read the Constitution, whether or not they call themselves patriots as people call themselves Christians, while ignoring the Bible.

But, similarly, we the people call such behavior our manifest destiny.  Democrat President Andrew Jackson advised a Democrat Governor of Georgia to ignore the United States Supreme Court to evict from Georgia natives of the land we call the United States and push them west and presumably eventually into the Pacific.  And the United States government has neither prosecuted nor apologized for Wounded Knee.

Instead, the United States government awarded the Medal of Honor to twenty of the Wounded Knee murderers, and it still calls Custer a hero for dying by Sioux self-defense while trying to slaughter them by the same regiment fourteen years earlier!


Slow-boating - 19 August 2015

Cackle Clinton’s unelectability isn’t in Benghazi or her e-mail but in her lying, another example being her saying she was running from sniper fire while she was accepting flowers from a little girl in Bosnia, as Coward Kerry recommended himself for a Silver Star for shooting from behind a fleeing soldier someone else had wounded.

Four generations ago Sheriff Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid.  The sheriff militantly supported a dry goods monopoly the kid militantly tried to destroy.  Still people disagree on the questions of how many people either killed and how legitimate was either’s killing, although the goldmining boomtown that created the inflation that motivated the monopoly is now a ghost town, leaving little legacy either for Pat or for Billy.

Kerry’s most enduring legacy will be his leading the negotiations for the nuclear weapon deterrence agreement between Iran’s government and the governments of seven other nations.  Heehaw Hillary’s most enduring legacy will be her standing by Bubba Bill’s questioning what “is is.”  Dingdong Donald could beat her in a general election.  


Laissez-faire - 18 August 2015

Free trade is a “conservative” doctrine that’s “progressive” for everyone.  It recognizes that sharing fruits and sharing labor go hand in hand.  It’s pure practicality.

Dingdong Donald promised to have corporate takeover artist Carl Icahn help him negotiate with other countries for jobs.  The reason corporations are moving jobs from the United States to other countries is that people of other countries are willing to work for a competitive wage.  Both Trump and Icahn know that the base of that problem is that unions help people in the United States be too lazy and greedy to compete. 

Borscht Bernie promised us he’ll fire Dingdong Donald.  That is, he promised to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, to let union management manage corporations.  Sanders, like Trump, knows that no President is in a position to manage either corporations or unions, but each also knows that most voters vote not for facts but for promises, because they’re too lazy to distinguish between pies in the sky and hogwash.

A friend of mine was an electrical contractor in Michigan before he retired from that business, and bought an old brick building that had been a lawyer’s office in a ghost town that had been a boomtown when Billy the kid hung out there killing people who supported a dry goods monopoly that was robbing the county’s ranching families, and he turned the building into a saloon and prospected for gold in the hills behind it.

But each autumn my friend and the Mexican woman he married in New Mexico returned to Michigan to pick cherries with the illegal immigrant farmworkers there.


Carpe diem carping - 17 August 2015

Now Mossad’s ISIS counterintelligence operation has deployed chemical weapons, and the bipartisan lynch mob that says Obama should suck up to Israel is blaming him for that, as Cubio Rubio agrees with Camelot Kennedy about Miami mania.

Let’s ask what Cuban citizens of the United States have against Cuban citizens of Cuba and why an Arizona sheriff is blaming the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for how many people he arrests because of his xenophobic bigotry.

The lynch mob is saying we should punish Cuba for seizing control of Havana’s Intercontinental hotel in response to Kennedy’s boycott.  That’s like saying we should punish African Americans for being desperate.  Of course bigots do that too.


Proving the pudding - 16 August 2015

Now that Trump has toned down his tirades, mass media are giving him less coverage and giving more to Cackle Clinton, letting us hear her tin drum.  Mass media are now reporting that she’s turned her “private server” over to the United States Department of Justice and reminding us that she said she wouldn’t.  But reporters are ignoring that servers are hardware computer geeks can empty as easily as they can empty buckets.

A pertinent question may be whether computer geeks are predominantly Democratic, as are mental health professionals and prescription medication addicts and abortionists and atheists, but also pertinent is whether they vote.  Most computer geeks I’ve met are proudly out of the main stream and into a stream that parallels the stream in which rednecks flow.  They prefer agricultural drugs and killing adults with weapons.

But it’s all about entertainment.  The way to attract most humans to other humans is the same as the way to attract them to behavior.  Heehaw Hillary’s and Dingdong Donald’s head-bobbing and arm-waving lacks attachment to sports equipment.  But Donald’s buying power exceeds Hillary’s obvious efforts to acquire it by any means necessary.  That makes him more credible than she in minds of greedy humans.


Problems of belief - 15 August 2015

More than any others, of the people I’ve known to call themselves Christian in my lifetime, Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa seem to me to have accorded with what Jesus seems to me to have tried to teach.  Carter was the most prominent United States government official to point out that Israel’s government’s treatment of Palestinians was the bigotry of South Africa’s government’s treatment of indigenous Africans.  Christians agree with the Judaic notion that God creates most people to let other people kill them.  And they pharaisaically call that faith.  Cancer isn’t Carter’s.

And, while cancer was distracting him from his mission, “environmentalists” were covering the surface of a reservoir with balls to keep the water from evaporating.  That, of course, will deprive the life beneath the water of the light it needs for survival, subordinating the life of plants and dumb animals to the life of domineering humans, as the Torah says we should.  Consider the sparrows and the lilies of the field.

We’re a nation of Butch Cassidy’s and Sundance Kids, each of us trying to dominate everyone else in any way we can, and asking our government to treat honest immigrants as the Bolivian government treated those murderous thieves we “lionize.”


Pictures and words - 14 August 2015

Now mass media are showing video police say excuses one of them shooting an African American with a pistol.  The video shows the man fleeing with a crowd of African Americans before turning back and pointing the pistol at whoever was threatening the crowd.  The pertinent question is whether the threat to the crowd was police or some of the other European American “patriots” flagrantly wielding firearms in Ferguson.

And now the FBI has arrested a young man and woman for trying to fly to Syria to provide medical help to Muslims in the crossfire between ISIS and the Syrian government, and Mass news media are saying the FBI “caught them” trying to “join ISIS,” as though the FBI is psychic.

Our law enforcement officials are murdering us and puffing themselves up like Wellington at Waterloo with hot air punditry from our government and unions and media.


Murder and Midianites - 13 August 2015

Behind CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper, while he was reporting Chuck Schumer’s decision to vote against Obama’s Iran nuclear weapons deterrence agreement, was a picture of the United States Capitol and beside it pictures of the United States’ flag and Israel’s flag, with Israel’s flag above the United States’ flag.  Note that both Schumer and Tapper, like Wolf Blitzer and other CNN anchors claiming our trust, are Jewish.

CNN coverage of the “war on terror” is like police union coverage of police murdering African Americans.  A Missouri police union responded to the protests on the anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown by calling the day Darren Wilson Day.  United States media and government pundits steadily are morphing into lynch mobs.

And a police chief is blaming the INS for an illegal immigrant killing a woman after a police department released him on bond.  Essentially he was saying that the guy killed the woman because that’s what illegal immigrants do.  Darren Wilson isn’t one.


Howard Kurtz and the Mongols - 12 August 2015

Let’s compare Trump to ISIS.  ISIS, while claiming to be Islamic, consistently acts against Islam and in favor of Judaism.  Trump, while claiming to be Republican, distracts attention from others campaigning for the Presidency, and that mostly favors Cackle Clinton’s unwillingness to answer question, to accept responsibility.  And consider his threat to make his candidacy third party.  Think what that will do for her.

And, similarly, consider the claims that Jon Stewart is in cahoots with Obama.  Obama hasn’t verbally disagreed with Stewart’s rants, but he’s often silently flinched at Stewart’s claims to be saying what Obama thinks, when he’s on his silly show.  We the people are fortunate that Obama’s actions are louder than Stewart’s words.

Trump said that people commonly say that blood is coming out of the eyes and noses and ears of people who disagree with them.  And, similarly, he said that calling people killers is complementary.  He and Stewart build walls.


Empirical diagnostic statistics - 11 August 2015

Both Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary are saying people are picking on them.  Clinton calls that a vast right wing conspiracy to wage war on women while Trump calls it excessive left wing political correctness.  Actually both of those wackos are paranoid delusional.

That’s a clinical diagnosis from the predominantly Democratic mental health profession.  Freud, who indicated substantial attraction to his wife’s sister, politically incorrectly accused women of penis envy and men of having the hots for their mothers.  And he called everything longer than its width a phallic symbol, but he died of mouth cancer his cigar addiction presumably caused, after saying that “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

So consider the political correctness of Rush Limbaugh with his addiction to cigars and OxyContin.  He rages with Trump against Clinton after she stood by how her man Bubba Bill applied a cigar to Monica Lewinski.  And pill-pushing is also primarily Democratic.


Caring for what you ask - 10 August 2015

Megyn Kelly, moderating a Fox News debate among Republican candidates for the Presidency, pointed out to Dingdong Donald that he’d said a woman belonged on her knees.  Democratic feminists support Heehaw Hillary despite her standing by Bubba Bill after he destroyed the career of a female intern in his charge by having her on her knees.  And Creepy Carly campaigned saying an opponent’s hair was “so retro.”

Pundits are preaching that, by not pointing out Trump’s sexism, Republicans are too “soft” on him.  The most reasonable approach to Trump Republicans can take is the approach the Buddha advised his followers to take toward an asinine arrogant person among them claiming to be also a follower.  In his last sutta, he advised ignoring the ignorant blowhard, leaving him either to leave them or to leave his offensive behavior.

A current example of bipartisanship is that both Republicans and Democrats are trying to lynch Obama for believing the truth shall make us free.  His approach to Iran is exactly what people say he should do, but people speak differently when the chips are down, when peace is at hand.  People still ignore the facts that Johnson turned Eisenhower’s advisory mission in Vietnam into a war and that Nixon ended the war.


Declarations of independence - 9 August 2015

Republicans are saying Obama’s assertion that refraining from approving the nuclear deal with Iran would be a step toward “conventional” war is exaggeration.  Republicans also said that refraining from invading Iraq would have been a step toward “nuclear” war!  Which of those terrorist exaggerations was most terrifying?

But such insanity isn’t new in the United States of America.  After serving as Secretary of State, the founding father of the United States’ financial system killed its Vice President, in a duel!  How does that fit into Constitutional “strict constructionism?”

Republicans also say the Constitutional provision for arms for “well regulated militia” guarantees that anyone law hasn’t declared criminal or otherwise crazy can wield guns.


Dogmatic deleterious delusion - 8 August 2015

In 1968, I fell asleep in a chair in the main waiting room of the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City, and a policeman awakened me and asked me to show him my bus ticket.  In 1995, after the Authority removed the chairs to deter homeless people from taking shelter there, a policeman asked me to show him my bus ticket as I sat on the floor drinking a quart of milk.  In 2012, in the main waiting room of the train station serving the city of the sangam most sacred to Hindus, I took this picture of people apparently less paranoid than Muslims or Christians or Jews anywhere.

Paranoia is what has people praying for health in churches, buying drugs to cure “restless legs syndrome,” and paying to see cancer movies.  A current TV mattress commercial, to suck people into buying new mattresses, shows a picture of a dust mite.  Define “terrorism” and “faith”.

We the people of the United States waste our wealth on deliberate misery.


Rallying monster trucks - 7 August 2015

Trump is only a distraction.  He’s like Sean Penn meeting with Saddam Hussein’s Foreign Minister.  Mass media maniacs flash such nonsense in our faces because they know that most of us are mass media maniacs.  We the people suck up such nonsense for the same reason we paid to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  When the dust settles, Trump will be as politically as dead as Saddam, and so he’ll totally miss graduation.

But he is hurting Heehaw Hillary, more than he’s hurting the Republican candidates, because the Republican candidates will debate him.  Heehaw Hillary is debating no one, and she’ll fall on her face as she did to avoid answering to Benghazi, when she does.  None of her few replies to questions have answered the questions.

Probability is that Jeb Bush calmly will blow Cackling Clinton off the debate stage, after doing the same to Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted and other random Republicans, if no Democratic candidate blows her away first.


Selling Christian scions - 6 August 2015

Trump is only a distraction.  He’s like Sean Penn meeting with Saddam Hussein’s Foreign Minister.  Mass media maniacs flash such nonsense in our faces because they know that most of us are mass media maniacs.  We the people suck up such nonsense for the reason we paid to see Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  When some dust settles, Trump will be as politically as dead as Saddam, and so he’ll totally miss graduation..

It’s a little like people calling the relationships between Prince Charles and Princess Diana and between Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes marriages.  People who do that have no family values and at best are likely to raise children to the stature of Michael Jackson.  They’re couch potatoes as clueless as their mass media guides.

They’re like people thinking that the Midianites deserved what Moses did to them, that crusading is holier than jihad, and that hunting recreates.  They pharisaically ignore common sense.  They pass gold plates in churches.


Justice rolling down like hogwash - 5 August 2015

In 1976 a wacko went to prison for burying a box from a box truck, hijacking a school bus and kidnapping the children on it and its driver, and putting them in the box.  Sixteen hours later, they escaped from the box, and now the wacko is leaving prison on parole, and one of the children is saying the wacko treated her “like an animal in a cage,” and pundits who called Jerry Brown Governor Moonbeam are blaming the parole on him.  One question I have is whether any animal rights activists recognize the indictment on how humans treat animals or ask what “recreational hunting” recreates.

Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese American Iva Toguri went to Japan to help a sick relative, and after the attack couldn’t return home.  The Japanese government intimidated her into using her English language fluency to broadcast propaganda, and a journalist from the United States promised her $2000 to tell her story, after the war.  Instead of paying her the $2000 she needed for her family, he turned her over to the United States government, which imprisoned her six years.

The wacko kidnapper’s motive was money, but he was so wacko that the victims escaped before he could deliver the ransom note, and the bus driver saw his license plate number.  The United States government set a record for blowing tax money on the trial by which it convicted Iva Toguri and called her Tokyo Rose.  She, the trial proved, was no more Tokyo Rose than Jerry Brown is the man on the moon.


Standing by men - 4 August 2015

A woman said, of that dentist who killed the Lion in Zimbabwe, that he should “man up” and return to Zimbabwe and accept responsibility.  The problem is that what he did was a response to the assertion in the Torah that “man” should have dominion over the beasts.  So he’s like Heehaw Huckabee, who Sunday morning deployed the phrase “church-going gun-owning people,” arguing that he’s the “man” for our Presidency.

People like that dentist and Huckabee and Trump with his “beauty pageants” are as masculine as Ike Turner.  They’re like Leonard Bernstein saying that God put Tina Turner on earth to teach other women how to walk on high heels.  They’re who killed JonBent Ramsey and Norma Jean and Bambi’s mother.

But the weirdest part of all that is that women calling themselves Feminists and Democrats use lipstick, which originated as a means for women to please men, as a symbol of femininity.


Tea party trauma - 3 August 2015

The Torah says God rained forty days and forty nights to wash away unjust humans from the Earth, and Gospels say Jesus defied satanic injustice through forty days of fasting in the wilderness, but here we are.  The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is beginning a march from the core of slavery to the capital of the land of the free.  It’s another forty days for justice at last to roll down freely like water.

Humans are a gaggle of hypocrites, and another example is that we the people who owe our freedom to defeat of the craziness of King George of England now honor the English monarchy more than we honor our democracy, and we think speaking the English language as the English do is an indication of extraordinary intelligence.

A metaphor of “evangelical” bigotry may be that London has a big wheel for amusement, while the deer park where the Buddha began his teaching has a smaller one of the same kind, but to symbolize setting rolling the wheel of truth.



Pharisaical sectarian insanity - 2 August 2015

Buddhists, agreeing with Jesus that loving neighbors is like loving God and that the kingdom of God is within you, seek to realize the unity of the universe by extinguishing the illusion of differences that causes all strife.  But Christians ignore Jesus, to pass gold plates in ostentatious churches and preach on street corners that God promises eternal life in a city with streets of gold in a land of milk and honey for people he chooses, while he eternally burns the rest somewhere else.  That difference between Buddhism and Christianity is the difference between spirituality and materialism.   

And consider the “conservatives” saying they believe in Jesus, but preaching depriving people of any chance of repentance by killing them, and calling guns a “God-given” right.  And they say “liberals” are unreasonable in their complaints against public prayer and displays of the Ten Commandments.  “Evangelical” prayers defy the sixth of them.

And other Christians support Judaic killing of Muslims for trying to defend themselves.


Telling without asking - 1 August 2015

Dana Bash told Wolf Blitzer that “like all the other Republican candidates, he [Donald Trump] said he’ll repeal Obamacare immediately.”  The most immediately problem with that is that not even Trump is irrational enough to think he can repeal immediately the act Republicans and Democrats inaccurately call Obamacare for different reasons.  But a longer term problem is CNN’s crassly partisan bashing and blitzing of Hillamneycare.

And consider this deviant diction from MSNBC.  Jewish Andrea Mitchell, wife of Jewish Alan Greenspan, called the dentist’s killing the lion in Zimbabwe a brutal slaying.  The most immediate problem with that is that the lion was a brute while the slayer was a human.

Now imagine how any partisan media would report single Condoleezza Rice campaigning to be President.


Vast wingless conspiracy - 31 July 2015

Why do we the people of the United States ignore our history?

Before Jefferson Davis, in the history of the Democratic Party, which is older than the “Grand old Party,” is Andrew Jackson’s racism, the “Trail of Tears.

Jackson, a picture of whom is on each twenty-dollar bill, told the Democratic governor of Georgia to ignore a Supreme Court injunction against forcing the Cherokees to move to Oklahoma.

Look at a map of the United States and define “the South” and “the Midwest” and “republican” and “democratic” and “The Missouri Compromise”.

What, exactly, do “conservatives” conserve or “liberals” liberate?


Creeping cacophonous confederacy - 30 July 2015

A Republican Senator, pointing out that Ronald Reagan said the eleventh commandment was for Republicans not to speak against one another, said he was referring both to Trump tirades and to Republican tirades against Trump.  Fact is that the reason more than a dozen people are calling themselves Republican candidates for the Presidency is that the Republican Party has disintegrated into factionalism.  Trump and the “tea party” and the “evangelicals” are subordinating the laissez-fair ideals of what was the party of Lincoln to their private interests opposing those ideals.

Of the current gaggle of “republican” candidates, only Jeb Bush shows calm and apparently sincere accordance with the fairness and balance Fox News claims, and Fox News employs pundits ranting as randomly as Trump.  The strongest chance the Republican Party has of refraining from repeating the debacle of Random Romney is to nominate Bush with Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.  But it must ask her.

She was a Democrat before she was a Republican, and that indicates the nonpartisanship we the people are currently idealizing, and she proved her ability to work with people as reasonable as the first President Bush and as unreasonable as Cheney. 


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Dust, a novel  
Ashes and Angels
works in regress and progress

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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