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The me the deluge generation - 1 September 2014

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

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

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


Not so bad old days - 31 August 2014

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

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

And they generally felt no reason to lie about themselves!


Brain damage - 30 August 2014

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

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

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


Language and illiteracy - 29 August 2014

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

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

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


Branch Davidian baloney - 28 August 2014

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

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

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


Forty acres and a mule - 27 August 2014

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

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

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


Creeping catastrophic commercialism - 26 August 2014

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

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

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


The Missouri compromise - 25 August 2014

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

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

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


The jungle books - 24 August 2014

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

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

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


Rabbits with guns - 23 August 2014

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

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

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


The American nightmare - 22 August 2014

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

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

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


Shots heard around the world - 21 August 2014

Missouri is embarrassing all of the United States of America.

“No justice, no peace” is an appropriate motto for both Ferguson and Gaza.  But we humans often use the word “justice” as though it’s a synonym for “vengeance.”  Actually vengeance is a hole in which we bury both justice and peace beneath violence.

And CNN’s attention deficit disorder accords with that.  CNN showed witnesses in Ferguson saying that Wilson shot at Brown while he was running away and kept shooting when Brown turned around and raised his hands.  But now CNN is ignoring the second part of that and saying that the autopsy disagrees with the witnesses by indicating that the shots hit brown from the front.

And CNN is ignoring that the autopsy also indicates two shots to the back of Brown’s head and that one of those shots was from above his head and accordingly suggests that he was either running with his head back or bowing forward in sumbission.

The New Orleans Café is a large popular bar in Kathmandu.


The color gray - 20 August 2014

The only difference between what police officer Darren Wilson did to a black person in Ferguson and what army officer William Calley did to “little yellow people” in My Lai is the number of persons each murdered.  Racism is a form of xenophobia, and xenophobia rises from ignorance, and ignorance rises from egocentrism.  And it’s all basic to war, whether or not police have military weapons, as James Earl Ray proved.

Al Sharpton’s soliciting offerings to the family with help from others who have jumped on the commercial bandwagon distracts from the main problem.  But his bringing the third Martin Luther King to the gathering in the church pointed straight to it.  And King’s eloquence on notice so short proved his understanding of the mission of his father.

But let’s also remember that Calley was a junior whose father owned a jewelry store in which he worked after his jail time.  Apparently both the sins and the sensitivity of the fathers pass on from generation to generation.  Heritage can bring horror or hope.


Relationships and differences - 19 August 2014

Lyndon Johnson, after signing the Voting Rights Act to suck votes from African Americans, built in Vietnam a military force of more than a half million United States citizens to kill what he called little yellow people.  Now the Governor of Missouri is trying to turn Missouri state police Captain Ron Johnson into his uncle Tom and is trying to hide behind him, and he’s likely to try to blame Johnson for the failures of himself and of the Mayor of Ferguson and of Ferguson’s police chief, if not for the Ferguson police officer’s murdering Michael Brown.  The party of Jefferson Davis is alive and sick.

And MSNBC, the Jefferson Davis network, is presenting Jewish pundits ignoring Israel’s similar behavior against Palestinians to decry the racism in Ferguson.  And Saturday MSNBC presented as a pundit the Uncle Tom police chief of Cincinnati.  And all the Ferguson mayor needs to do to diffuse the situation is arrest the murderer.

And Lyndon Johnson honed his bullying skills teaching high school.


Eyeless in America - 18 August 2014

Jericho now has no wall around it, but Israel has built a wall around itself with Jericho outside it, and Israel has walled in Gaza.  One question I have is how Israelis think they have a right to block Gaza from the Mediterranean Sea and accordingly all the surface of Earth outside Israel.  And another question I have is why Egyptians think Israelis have a right to bombard Egypt against Gaza.

United States government and media pundits say that Israeli bombardment of tunnels to Egypt and Palestinian refugees in Egypt is for the protection of Israel, and the Egyptian government that’s hardly more stable than the Afghan government and recently was as unstable as the Iraqi government is negotiating between Gaza and Israel, while it might reasonably be siding with Gaza in self-defense.

Israel is political cancer in the Levant, and it has been since Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down.  The best the United States government could do for the Levant peace and in turn world peace is to let the people of the Levant force Israelis to tear down their walls.  But, instead, the United States government brings heat on its people by its unfair imbalance.


Fiction and fraud - 17 August 2014

CNN and other TV networks have said Robin Williams was a street performer when a producer made him Mork on Happy Days.  IMDB and Wikipedia say that after training at Julliard he performed in nightclubs and that his first television performance was on Laugh-In.  CNN also said people on Mount Sinjar rationed water with bottle caps while they had so much of it that they didn’t bother touching a pallet of it the U.S. dropped.

ABC’s Peter Jennings was the last person to work his way from investigative journalism to being the principal evening news anchor for any of the three major broadcast television networks.  He reported combat from combat zones and the civil rights movement of the sixties from the streets and reported precisely.  Compare that to Diane Sawyer’s and David Muir’s previous experience.

And, until he announced his resignation because of it at the end of his last evening of anchoring ABC World News Tonight, Jennings never mentioned his cancer on television.  Compare that to what Robin Roberts has been doing for years from Sawyer’s previous venue.  Commercializing sickness is a kind of terrorism.  


Restraint and constraint - 16 August 2014

Malcolm X didn’t say what means are necessary.  The Mayor of Ferguson said police have a right to “lose their tempers in tense situations.”  His police officers arrested journalists in a McDonalds trying to use the WIFI there to file their reports online.

Jehanne of Domremy took a sword into battle but didn’t use it.  She had but two hands, and she used one of them for the reins of her horse and the other to hold her banner.  Her sword remained in its scabbard, but the troops under her command used their swords to kill, raising the question of whether they were her weapons.

That Mayor, by defending the murderous police officers under his command, raises that question under less dire circumstances.  Jehanne was defending her homeland from foreign invaders.  Michael Brown was a resident of Ferguson.


Religion and relinquishing - 15 August 2014

In Thailand, for Hollywood and us, Robin Williams shouted, “Good morning, Vietnam.”  In Iraq, for United States troops, he waited while his audience turned away from him to the sound of a bugle playing Retreat for the day and saluted.  Williams told those troops that had never happened to him, an entire audience turning away from him saying, “Forget him!”  That bugle call signals the end of a duty day, but the troops are ready to respond to any call to duty at any time, and their response to the sound showed that.

“Karma,” contrary to the sixties San Francisco flower child notion that it’s punishment for bad acts, is a Sanskrit word for work that Hindus use to refer to returning to realization of the omnipresence of God by way of doing the best we can with our life.  The Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu song of God, says a warrior must go to war and fight and kill because he’s a warrior.  But it says God decides every action because everyone is God.

Dealing drugs is a major industry in Thailand, and many U. S. troops tragically learned that on “rest and recuperation” from Vietnam, and also I’ve heard that Bob Dylan is a heroin addict.  Whatever their troubles, Dylan and Williams have not buried their talents, their gifts from God.  Thailand and San Francisco have killed others more quickly.   


Sinking the intrepid - 14 August 2014

Fox News’ The Five, like MSNBC’s The Ed Show, is a show I can’t bring myself to suffer.  But Monday, which is one of my two weekly MSNBC nights, I switched from The Ed Show to The Five long enough to see if it was the same five.  It was, and its principal one said Muslims “have been fighting for three thousand years” before another irregular regular said red-headed Islamists are rare.  Muhammad founded Islam by delivering the Qur’an less than 1500 years ago.  And, unlike Judaism, Islam isn’t a genetic heritage.

The evangels and other apostles who wrote the New Testament ignored the Immaculate Conception to say Jesus descended from Judah.  But that ignorance is the only complaint Muhammad made against Christianity in the Qur’an, as the only one against Judaism is against people calling themselves Judaic, ignoring their own prophets.  And Mormon’s preach that anyone can be Jewish by deciding to be Jewish and say that natives of North America are Judaic.

So why is the United States government siding with the descendants of Judah?  Morocco, most of whose people became Muslims less than a century after Muhammad founded Islam, was the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent nation about two centuries after Muhammad founded Islam!  And the United States Ship Constitution gained its fame fighting with Moroccans against Barbary pirates.


Thoughts and prayers and legalese - 13 August 2014

How is what the “Islamic state” is doing to the Kurds different from what the “Jewish state” is doing to the Palestinians?  Neither former Air Force lawyer Lindsey Graham nor his boss former Navy pilot John McCain has strategic military experience!  Strategic is Israel sucking others into making and taking hits for Israel.  And media pundits are “recognizing” the “Islamic State” as a state with a “caliphate!”  How ignorant is that?

Yes, the world is in turmoil, but the question is why.  The question is why people are killing each other, and the answer is not that all Muslims are terrorists or that all Jews are imperialists, or that God by any name told anyone to kill anyone.  The answer is that imperialism from Israeli leadership has made some Palestinians so desperate for their unalienable rights that some of them are willing to sacrifice their lives for others’ lives.

And that’s the definition of martyrdom and isn’t particular to Islam.  Yes, the Holocaust was the most horrible act of humanity, but remembering it for the purpose of vengeance or recompense against people who took no part in it is also horribly humane!  Humanity shall not be at peace until humans stop pitching themselves blindly into the vicious cycle of vengeance that humans insanely euphemistically call justice and closure.


Beggars and choosers - 12 August 2014

On CNN, a Politico pundit said Islamic children said they’d rather be a Jihadist in reply to the question: “Which would you rather be, a suicide bomber, or a jihadist?”  Suicide, to United States government and media pundits, is a method of jihad.  According to the Qur’an, jihad is only for self-defense, the opposite of suicide.  So those kids were only saying they didn’t wish to kill themselves.  Ignorance is a main means to mass murder.

TV advertisements beg contributions to Israel’s economy, but on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures yesterday a Jewish pundit said Israel’s economy is a success because the Israeli government drafts all Israeli children into the Israeli army before college, teaching them to make decisions in a diversity of situations.  Actuality includes that Alan Greenspan is Judaic, while other Judaic people dominate other United States banking and the United States’ mass media, while United States taxpayers bolster Israel’s economy.  And Islamic men’s attitude toward women was in the Bible, in the eleventh chapter of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, a half millennium before the Qur’an.

So, if you’re a Christian citizen of the United States, ask yourself why you didn’t know that or that the terminal at Kandahar International Airport remained empty from its construction in sixties at the expense of United States taxpayers until the Soviets occupied it in the eighties after the United States government engineered the fall of the Afghan monarchy in the seventies to make Afghanistan the Soviet Union’s Vietnam.


Shooting from hippies - 11 August 2014

Proving his Judaism, CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper called ISIS “blood thirsty jihadists,” ignoring the facts that ISIS is murdering Muslims and that the Qur’an says that Jihad is only to defend Muslims.  Tapper’s talking in popular culture clichés is like Marie Osmond sucking up to Mormon sexism by saying “as women we’re always worried about how we look.”  Imagine why John Lenin married Yoko Ono.

ISIS is now calling itself the Islamic State, in response to Israel’s demanding that everyone call Israel a Judaic state, and violently emulating other insane Israeli bigotry.  ISIS is murdering Christians as Israel murdered Rachel Corrie as al Qaeda murdered thousands of citizens of the United States because the United States’ government of the people supports Israel’s keeping anyone not Jewish out of its government and murdering anyone it can who has a problem with that.

The marriage of Irish Lenin and Japanese Ono was a statement against Johnson’s drafting United States citizens to send them to Vietnam to kill “little yellow people.”  My year in Vietnam with the United States Army taught me that most Vietnamese didn’t know the difference between communism and capitalism.  They had too little wealth either to invest or to share but knew we were trying to kill them.


Busting Kennedy busts - 10 August 2014

Obamas enemies are two classes of the religious wrong and many classes of people too lazy to pay attention to facts.  The two classes of religious wrong are Tea Party Republicans calling themselves the “religious right” but worship mammon and hate their neighbors not of their race and people of other political parties and religious claims complaining that Obama’s doing too little to support Israel’s behaving in the same way.

Fox News is the Tea Party network, but the Jefferson Davis party network MSNBC featured this week a summer camp in Maine where Palestinian and Israeli adolescents played together.  One of the Israeli adolescents said she hopes the play will teach the Palestinian adolescents to understand the Israelis “even though most of them are terrorists.”  And the MSNBC reporter, the Jewish wife of a Jewish former Chairman of the United States’ Federal Reserve Board, called that “refreshing.”

Fox News says the United States’ invasion should continue while MSNBC says it shouldn’t have begun, but both cheered when troops of the United States Army used a tank to pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein, when Iraqis apparently were unable to do it.  We the people of the United States, despite our talk of unalienable rights, try to alienate others’.  And partisanship is mainly but another form of random bigotry.


Hermitage - 9 August 2014

Putin is a populist punk.  He’s neither a monarchist nor a Marxist.  He’s antithetical both to Gorbachev and the old men of the Kremlin Gorbachev undercut.  His “improvement” of the economy during his first term as President turned the national department store near Red Square into a luxury shopping mall but filled it with goods few Russians are able to buy.  And rural Russians continue to live as poorly as they lived before Tolstoy.

Near the end of Putin’s first term as President, I saw that on a trip by public bus from Moscow to Tula, the town nearest to Tolstoy’s estate where he built the first school for serfs.  Behind the bus station was a mall with outlets for Gucci and Calvin Klein, but inside the bus station was a toilet with no toilet paper and holes in the floor instead of toilets, and a woman charged the equivalent of about a dime for admission to it.  And, between Moscow and Tula, clothing hung freezing on clotheslines over produce gardens outside ramshackle houses.

Putin is more like Stalin than like either Khrushchev or Peter the Great.  Stalin promised Russia the sharing of communism but gave it the greed of totalitarianism as has Putin, but Khrushchev had the sense to blink at Kennedy’s push toward nuclear confrontation while Putin behaves as Kennedy.  And Putin’s malls are not the window to the west Peter made of Petrograd but a one way mirror reflecting himself against Russia’s poor.


Dividing into unions to fall - 8 August 2014

Murder is always both offensive and defensive.  Jimmy Hoffa acquired much wealth from people whose wealth he increased.  Whoever removed him from our presence must have desired both more from Hoffa and more for himself.  So an Afghan soldier murdered a United States general in his chain of command.  And such is why Palestinians support Hamas.

Hoffa was a gangster.  “Gangster” is a term we use to denigrate members of gangs of people we don’t like, but other gangs of people are unions and political parties and religions and nations and armies and sports teams, whose fans behave as gangsters.  Al Qaeda and the government of Israel are gangs whose members behave as gangsters as are the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

A “spokesman” for the United States Army said United States government personnel “vetted” the Afghan soldier who killed the general before training him to defend his nation.  The United States Department of Defense is a gang that is behaving as gangsters toward Afghans.  Anyone whom the killing of the general surprises is as crazy as most sports fans.


Uniting the fall - 7 August 2014

Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat, a Jew and a Christian and a Muslim, met at Camp David in 1978.  The name of the meeting place is appropriate, since Begin’s Zionist terrorist organization Irgun bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem two years before the United Nations recognized Irgun as the government of Israel thirty years before the meeting.  Israel has never kept its Camp David promises.

Also appropriate to the situation is that King David was the Judaic king who separated Judah from the other tribes of Israel by trying to be the king of all of them.  The Torah says God promised the land of Canaan to all the descendants of Abraham, but Judaic people now say he promised it only to descendants of Abraham’s great grandson Judah, and they’re killing descendants of Abraham’s and Isaac’s and Jacob’s other sons to take it.  And, of United States Presidents, only Carter has pointed that out.

The United Nations recognizes the facts, but United States President Harry Truman pushed the United Nations to call Irgun the government of Israel, in recompense for the Holocaust.  Truman’s mother was a descendant of Jacob and Rachel Jung, German Jews who immigrated to New York the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and changed their name to Young to assimilate.  That wasn’t Judaic.


Mind over matter - 6 August 2014

We’re not dead because we can’t die.  Scientists say the universe began with a big bang.  But, if nothing existed before the bang, the most reasonable question to ask in response to that “science” is what banged.  The most popular oriental religions say that you’re the universe and that the variety of existence you call reality is what you’re imagining.  An inference is that you’ve always existed but have imagined yourself into forgetting your existence before your imagining your current limit of imagination.  But the most popular occidental religions say God imagined you in his image.  They describe God as having your limitation of imagination.

Imagine that.  I’m a Hindu Buddhist Taoist who accepts much of what the Gospels say Jesus said but little of what the apostles say he meant.  In her Gospel, the Magdalena agrees with me, but Paul and apostles who walked with Jesus kept her Gospel out of the Bible.  The first sentence of what they didn’t destroy of her Gospel defines what Taoists call the way, the process of recognizing that you’re hallucinating, of returning to absolute reality, the truth that makes you free, nirvana.

I once decided to imagine myself homeless and spent two years wandering across the United States earning my food by working carnival and day labor construction and landscaping.  And I earned enough surplus cash to buy a pickup truck and put a roof on its bed to make it my home.  But that made parking a problem.


Silver poisoning from lead bullets - 5 August 2014

Where are the Christians?  The Gospels say that Jesus said our faith can make us whole and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves!  But we the people of the United States are promoting killing neighbors and leaving our sick ones in Africa for fear of their and our lack of faith in the goodness of God.

And the same people complain when our government “goes it alone!”  Why, before recessing last week, did the United States Congress vote to spend nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for Israel’s “iron dome” but vote on nothing for the desperate children along the Rio Grande?  And it’s doing nothing to protect Israel’s neighbors from Israel!

Congress has voted to spend not one penny to protect either the United States’ neighbors’ children or Israel’s neighbors’ children, and we the people of the United States are protesting in our streets our Center for Disease Control bringing sick people home, for lack of faith in common decency!


A hickory switch - 4 August 2014

Andrew Jackson encouraged the Governor of Georgia to kill thousands of natives of this continent by forcing them from their homeland and sending them to what they called reservations in territories outside the United States.

United States Presidents from Harry Truman to Obama have encouraged Presidents of Israel to do the same to Palestinians.  Now a statue of Jackson is in a park where homeless people sleep across the street from the Whitehouse.  We called Jackson’s racism Jacksonian democracy as we call the Israeli theocracy a democracy.

Joe, it ain’t so, you know.  Jacksonian democracy drove natives of the land of the free to drink as the Israeli theocracy is driving natives of the Holy Land to suicide.  And white Christians blame the victims for their despair.


Self-righteous wrong - 3 August 2014

What do Edward Snowden and Alex Wagner have in common?  Both are elitist idealists, trying to seem to be good rather than trying to be good, trying to seem smart rather than trying to understand!  In that they’re both like the “religious right.”

They, and the Israelis and the Palestinians, are like Foghorn Leghorn and Henry IX and David and Goliath.  Snowden and Wagner and the Israelis and the little chicken hawk rant while the rest of the world tolerates their insanity!  But, how long, O Lord?

All we have to do is try to understand each other!  If we did that we’d learn quickly that we all want our unalienable rights!  But too many of us think that having our unalienable rights requires taking them from others while others find war fun!


Everywhere nowhere man - 2 August 2014

Yahoo Netanyahu appoints propagandists like Regev and Lerner, and Coward Kerry appoints propagandists like Psaki and Harf, and CNN swallows their hogwash.  And CNN has Wolf Blitzer, the most trusted anchor of that most trusted name in news spew their hogwash on the rest of us.  And politicians we the people of the United States appoint to represent us represent them.

But, concerning the United States, Coward Kerry is at the core of the crap.  He went to Vietnam and murdered a Vietnamese freedom fighter by shooting him while he was fleeing after other soldiers wounded him.  He recommend himself for a Silver Star for that and for a Purple Heart for wounds in his butt from running from a pile of rice after he threw a hand grenade into it.  And he recommended himself for three more Purple Hearts to reduce his time there from a year to four months.  And, on return to the United States, he protested against the soldiers he left behind.

He has no integrity.  “Flip flopper” is a euphemism for his absolute lack of it.  After begging out of Vietnam and protesting against the people he left behind, he ran for the Presidency of the United States, by misrepresenting himself as a war hero.  And now he’s promoting murdering innocent people in the Holy Land.  Let’s see what he says after he leaves the State Department.


Liturgy in La La Land - 1 August 2014

Less than a half century ago college students in the United States gave their lives to deploy the First Amendment to help “little yellow people” in Vietnam, but now little children are dying in Gaza and at our border in the name of democracy, and our college students are speaking more against laws against marijuana.

Hypocrisy with hypochondria is epidemic in Self-Pity City.  It’s evident in the many Christian churches full of sick people ignoring that Christian scripture says Jesus said their faith can make them whole and praying that their sickness not kill them despite Jesus saying everyone has eternal life either in Heaven or in Hell.  And it’s evident in the many Synagogues and Mosques in which people ignore that their scriptures tell them to love their neighbors and not to commit suicide.  They murder their neighbors, sometimes by killing themselves along with their neighbors, from faithless despair.

The words “God” and “good” are etymologically synonymous.  Some people demonstrate their faith in one or the other or both by doing whatever their heart tells them is good.  College students in the United States did that a half century ago without preaching any sectarian religion.  Now they prefer pot.


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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