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Yin being yang - 16 October 2018

Of the six most popular religions, the three that aren’t Abrahamic share their basic premise, that absolute happiness depends on realizing universal unity.  The only differences among them are how succinctly their scriptures explain that and how clearly they incorporate compassion in their explanation.  Daoist scripture is the most succinct while Buddhist scripture most clearly incorporates compassion in its explanation.

Buddhism grew from Hinduism and, besides its explicit identification of compassion as unity, is different from Hinduism only in that it doesn’t use metaphorical deific personifications to explain its premise.  And the Indian Buddhist monk Bodhidharma originated Zen and the meditation method we now call tai ji quan by synthesizing Daoism into Buddhism.  Bodhidharma’s name is Sanskrit for consciousness of the good law.

And Bodhidharma did that in China, at the Shaolin Buddhist monastery, and his followers took it to Japan.  Zen is a Japanese pronunciation of chan, which is a Chinese pronunciation of dhyana, which is Sanskrit for meditation.  But, because the Abrahamic religions are divisive, they interpret the Hindu metaphorical deific personifications as though they’re literal and polytheistic and not an effort to explain that everything is God.


Dog eat dog - 15 October 2018

Christianity has always lacked unity.  The Bible says that Jesus, responding to his disciples’ bickering about which of them would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, tried to reunify them by telling them that the least of them would be greatest.  But it says that, after the crucifixion, Paul divided the church into two factions, one for what he called his gospel of uncircumcision, and one he let Peter lead.  And, after Paul’s death, Christianity divided into the Roman Church and the Greek Church.  And later what people called Catholicism had one pope in Rome and another in Avignon.  And later the church divided into Catholicism and Protestantism.  And now we have countless Protestant denominations.  And often the strife has been murderous.  It’s been wars.

The French Wars of Religion were more than thirty years of Catholics and Protestants killing one another.  And the Thirty Years War was essentially over interpretation of the Second Commandment and resulted in changing the political map of Europe, one example being separating Holland effectually into The Netherlands and Belgium and making Flanders part of France.  And, in the twentieth century, Irish Catholics and Protestants killing one another divided Ireland into a country for each faction.

And Judaic scripture says that Judaism is a result of factions of Israelites killing one another, and people calling themselves Islamic have ignored their scripture’s injunction against dividing into factions and separated themselves into Sunnis and Shiites killing one another, making murderous bigotry common to all the Abrahamic religions.


Price of perpetration - 14 October 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is colluding with the Saudi government as he’s colluding with the Russian government.  He said that, if the Saudi government murdered anyone, “it’s a terrible thing.”  But he said that “nobody knows anything about it.”

He’s bragged about his commercial interests in both Russia and Saudi Arabia, and he’s promised no retaliation for whatever happened to that Washington Post journalist at the Saudi consulate in Budapest, as he’s supported no retaliation against anything Putin’s done.

But a difference is that the United States Government has done the same for Saudi Arabia, punishing Afghanistan for 9/11 while ignoring that each of its perpetrators was from Saudi Arabia, to sell Saudis weapons and buy their oil.


Analysis and synthesis - 13 October 2018

The next time someone tells you that everyone has a right to his opinion or belief, ask him whether he understands that he’s saying that everyone has a right to ignorance and prejudice and bigotry, whether he understands that he’s saying that everyone has a right to be wrong.

The next time someone tells you that he doesn’t have much education but has common sense, ask him what he thinks the word “common” means and how much education he thinks is common and whether he has that much education, and ask him whether he home schools his children to keep them common.

But more important than how many books one reads is how thoroughly one considers what one reads.  Think of the people calling themselves Judaic or Christian or Islamic while killing one another in the name of God.  And consider what the Qur’an says of asses carrying books.


Politics of exclusion - 12 October 2018

Here are some reason to believe in Jesus.  He said that the kingdom of God is within you.  He said that loving your neighbor is like loving God and that the truth shall make you free.  He said that being in the depth of an ocean with a millstone around your neck would be better for you than for you to harm a child.  He told his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.  And he decried hypocrisy.

Here are some reasons not to be Christian.  A Pharisee, and not Jesus, founded Christianity.  Pharisees idolize the murderous bigotry of David and accordingly demanded crucifying Jesus.  Christians subordinate believing in Jesus’ telling them to love their neighbors as their selves to believing in John’s telling them to believe that Jesus descended from David and that God crucified Jesus for Christians’ eternal life.  Jesus’ disciple Matthew said that Jesus told John that John didn’t understand the kingdom of God.  Christian leadership molests children and protects child-molesters.

Here are some reasons not to vote for Dirtbag Drumpf.  Mainstream media are now telling us that Dirtbag Drumpf colluder Rick Gates tried to collude with Israeli “intelligence” for help to fake Dirtbag Drumpf into our Presidency.  Tending to validate that report is that the percentage of Judaic Dirtbag Drumpf cabinet members far exceeds the percentage of Judaic United States citizens.     


Belief and baloney - 11 October 2018

Here’s a simple syllogism.  The Bible says that Jesus said that one’s faith can make one whole.  So sick people who say that they have faith in the Bible and in Jesus are either illiterate or lying.  And, if they use doctors or drugs, they plainly have more faith in them than in the Bible or Jesus.  They could solve the problem by admitting that they don’t have faith as a mustard seed.  But perhaps their pride in their notion of self-righteousness stops that.  And their treating their sickness as martyrdom suggests that.

One Christian, to convince me that she reads the Bible, quoted on Facebook both of Timothy’s epistles.  But her quotation from his first epistle cited the verse numbers but neither the chapter number nor which of his epistles she was quoting.   So, instead of proving that she’s read the Bible, she again proved her deceit.

Timothy deprecated “unlearned questions” about the “wholesome words” of Jesus.”  But a learned question is why none of the epistles of either Timothy or Paul quote any words of Jesus.  The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus instituted history’s most grandiose con game.


Disintegration - 10 October 2018

What do people mean when the say that they’re Catholic but not “practicing Catholics?”  Working on my translation of the Dao De Jing, I’ve found much justification for Bodhidharma’s synthesizing Daoism with Buddhism to create “the way of Zen,” and Bodhidharma also originated tai ji quan as an alternative to martial arts and also a variation of what Hindus call hatha yoga, to achieve nirvana that way!  So I practice that.

Of the six most followed religions, the basic tenet of each of the three that originated in what Europeans and European American Americans call the Far East is that realizing the unity of the universe is the way to bliss, while the basic tenet of each of the three that originated in what they call the Middle East is bigotry!

They say that God is separate from his creation and prefers some of his creation to others of it and will take them to bliss in heaven if they obey him and send them to burn in hell if they don’t.


Playing the odds - 9 October 2018

Senator Susan Collins said that she voted for Kavanaugh to restore unity to America.  Actually, she voted for him to unify the Republican Party against the Democratic Party and the whole world, in exchange for the Republican Party’s support for her reelection.  Her motive, to win votes for reelection, was the same as Democrat Manchin’s voting for Kavanaugh and against his party because most of his constituents are Republicans.  It wasn’t left or right or center or conservative or progressive or Republican or Democrat.

Those words, in political discussion, are meaningless.  Try applying any of them to an abortion or and execution or to protectionism or free trade, or to any of the forms of bigotry for or against which people preach, from sexism and racism to partisanship. So we need to rid our Constitution of the Electoral College, because conserving it has progressed into bargaining for votes, by partisan manipulation of the will of the people. 

Collins joined the ranks of Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake.  Both of them support Dirtbag Drumpf or anything else they think will help them “win” election.  Flake is betting against the value of Dirtbag Drumpf’s support while Graham votes for it.  And Dirtbag Drumpf capitalized on such to “win” election.  And his “base” is the biggest loser.


Bragging to complain - 8 October 2018

Think of the Christians who ignore that the Bible says that Jesus said that our faith will make us whole, to tout their illnesses and doctors and drugs through the social media of the World Wide Web by calling them trials, as though they’re martyrs like Jesus.  Think of the Christians who ignore most of the Bible, including the contradictions and inconsistencies in it and the evidence in it of the reasons for them, to say that they believe all of it while everything they say about it indicates that they haven’t read most of it.  Think of all the Christians who preach that “owning guns is a God-given right.”

Ask the hypocritical Christians why most of what they say of the Bible isn’t in the Bible.  Ask them whether the reason is that they give their attention only to the parts they find while seeking support for their prejudices, and ask them how they think their friends feel when they tell them about their illnesses and doctors and drugs, while asking for their prayers.  And ask them whether they’re fooling themselves or think they’re fooling God.

A question for all Christians is why their preachers preach more about the Pharisee Paul than about the person Paul said was the Christ, and a question for every dishonest person is how they think they’d feel, if they cleared their conscience of their lies.


Denial and distraction - 7 October 2018

Pandering Pence, regarding international political hacking, preached more of his pretention this week.

Ignoring the differences between exploiting and meddling and between methods and motives, he said that Russian hacking is meager, in comparison to Chinese hacking.  Yes, China is more skillful at hacking, but China isn’t faking Facebook accounts, and its interest is in ousting Dirtbag Drumpf, and we the people of the United States share that interest.  And what China is doing is what every nation, including the United States, tries to do.

Pence, like Lindsey Graham is sucking up to Dirtbag Drumpf, by faking Dirtbag Drumpf news at our expense.


Hindu Buddhist Dao - 6 October 2018

A step toward curing PTSD and any other disease is to recognize the ubiquity of cause and effect, the actuality that everything is the cause of everything, what Hindus call karma.  Obstructing recognizing that is the pluralism that fosters the dualistic theism that has people thinking that the word “karma” refers to retribution and redemption.  But a Hindu discipline that can cut that knot is Jnana Yoga, a method of dhyana, meditation.

“Jnana” is a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge, and “yoga” is a Sanskrit word meaning unity that Hindus use to refer to realizing the unity of the universe, and jnana yoga is meditating on how everything relates to everything through cause and effect.  One result of that discipline is recognition that everything anyone does is a result of everything.  And another result of it is absolute compassion.

But more difficult than recognition is realization.  Thinking isn’t as powerful as feeling, and people tend to feel that denying that causes other than their decisions determine their behavior diminishes them, but a next step can be meditating on the Diamond Sutra.  It’s an effort to express in words both the omnibenevolence and omnipotence of yoga.


The little picture - 5 October 2018

What’s “messaging?”  Media and government pundits talk about whatever it is as though it has substance!  A Mormon told me that she voted for Reagan because he closed his eyes when he prayed on TV.  Reagan told the world on TV that pacifists are “grass-eating know-nothings!”  How could she know whether he was praying?

What message did Kavanaugh send by saying that he volunteers for a Roman Catholic soup kitchen and has never done anything wrong in his life and likes beer?  What message does Baptist Preacher Fox News pundit Huckabee send by saying that owning guns is a God-given right?  Whom are they fooling?

Apparently they’re fooling Dirtbag Drumpf’s base, as Camelot Kennedy fooled his base to the extent that many members of the party of Jefferson Jumped ship to corrupt the party of Abraham Lincoln, as Southern Democrat Bubba Bill had Wellesley graduate standing by him.


The long run - 4 October 2018

This morning, the show CBS Early Morning featured a story warning us of dying of germs on airplanes, not only in the restrooms but also in the cabin air.  We need to redefine the word “terrorism” to include that sort of reporting at breakfast time.  And we also need to include most TV drug advertising.

People have told me that, because all TV news they see is bad news, they don’t watch TV news.  And that’s a way that TV news anchors are colluding with Dirtbag Drumpf and ISIS.  And it terrorizes us into having no basis for our votes.

And, if we don’t vote, we don’t have a democracy.  And, if we do vote with no basis, we have no democracy.  So news anchors and drug companies are anarchists.


Lies and legacy - 3 October 2018

Whether or not Kavanaugh “wins” a seat on the United States Supreme Court, Dirtbag Drumpf has already appointed one mealy-mouther to a seat on it, and his other acts and the reactions of both Democrats and Republicans to them have us in a mess not likely to come out in decades of wash. 

And mainly it’s escalation of political deceit, and it began with Heehaw Hillary’s lack of credibility and Dirtbag Drumpf’s ingenuous reaction to it, and it’s grown into a lying contest between most Republicans and most Democrats. 

And one piece of evidence of that wicked web is the escalation of incidents of media and government pundits using the word “incredibly” as though it means “credible.”


Lessons in lessening - 2 October 2018

I voted for Jimmy Carter and George Herbert Walker Bush.  I voted for McCain against Obama, and I voted for Obama against Romney, and I voted for Condoleezza Rice against Dirtbag Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary.  But now, after Rice sat behind Kavanaugh for his confirmation, I’m out of candidates.

Of those votes, I’ve regretted but two, the one for McCain and the one for Rice.  The xenophobia McCain demonstrated during Obama’s Presidency led me to regret voting for him.  And now Lindsey Graham’s ranting for Kavanaugh and supporting Dirtbag Drumpf has led me to wonder how McCain could have thought that Graham was anyone’s friend.  And now Rice’s supporting sociopath Kavanaugh has led me to regret voting for her.  So, this November, I’ll vote only to rename Dirtbag Drumpf Ozymandias.

I’ll vote only for Democrats for the United States Congress.  And I’ll vote for no candidate Dirtbad Drumpf has endorsed for a state or local office and for no candidate who has supported Dirtbag Drumpf.  That is, I’ll vote for no one for his or her self, but only against Dirtbag Drumpf.


Fire and fire - 1 October 2018

Richard Blumenthal, arguing against Kavanaugh’s appointment to our Supreme Court, said that Roe v. Wade gives women the right to choose whether to become pregnant.  Roe v. Wade only gives women the right to end pregnancy, whether or not they choose to be pregnant, for any reason or no reason.  That sort of misrepresentation, what people call shooting one’s self in the foot, is how Dirtbag Drumpf’s lies elected him.

Think about Camelot Kennedy and Bubba Bill in the context of Democrats’ preaching women’s rights.  The MeToo movement hasn’t ended the Democratic Party’s treating them as icons and hasn’t stopped their defending Heehaw Hillary’s standing by her Bubba.  And Camelot Kennedy proved his racism before he proved his hypocrisy.

We now have two circumstances dominating our discourse simultaneously.  We have the MeToo and NoJusticeNoPeace movements awakening our self-righteousness.  And we have Dirtbag Drumpf’s political success encouraging emulating his deceit.


Levels of deception - 30 September 2018

One somewhat reasonable motive for Feinstein’s waiting until after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings before publicizing Ford’s letter is that it would have made no difference to Dirtbag Drumpf.  Doctor Ford said that she tried to enter her accusation into the process before the nomination, hoping that Dirtbag Drumpf would have withdrawn it, but she was mistaken.  And so it all goes on and on and on.

During her testimony, Doctor Ford sided with body on the mind/body problem, saying that brain chemistry causes anomalous behavior.  And, because I suspect that many mental health professionals have a vested interest in their profession, that diminished her credibility for me.  And so did her saying that she’s afraid to fly but frequently flies.

But compare that to Kavanaugh’s saying that he doesn’t like to brag, while portraying himself as someone who has never done anything wrong in his half century of life and saying that compassion was his reason for not asking his drunken buddies to testify.


Mealy mouthing the mendacity mill - 29 September 2018

Now, Michael Avenatti has emulated Diane Feinstein, somewhat.  Feinstein, publicizing Ford’s letter to her, asked that we “respect her privacy,” and Avenatti asked the same for Swetnick, as he tweeted a picture of her.  But differences are that  Swetnick’s accusations were in a legal format that could open her to prosecution for perjury and that Avenatti asked for immediate FBI interrogation of her and her witnesses.

But, either way, both Avenatti and Feinstein were unnecessarily slick.  And, either way, so have been media and government pundits, and so has been Dirtbag Drumpf, in his inanely crass ways.  And, either way, Kavanaugh’s denials have indicated that he has absolutely no conscience or integrity.

His quick and coherent responses during his confirmation hearings fooled me.  And I’ve spent years interacting with carnival game agents.  So he’s slicker than professional liars.


Ability to reason - 28 September 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf, talking to the United Nations, made evident to any competent mental health professional that the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States should remove him from our Presidency.  His saying that his administration has “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country” plainly demonstrated that he’s what the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association calls paranoid delusional.  But our media and government pundits are bickering over whether our Deputy Attorney General should suggest that.

The Security Council of the United Nations recognized that Dirtbag Drumpf is paranoid delusional.  Its member represent many nations of our world, and also present were representatives of many other nations, and they laughed at him.  And, effectually, they were laughing at us for electing him, and their justifiably taking neither him nor us seriously materially undercuts his effectiveness, both internationally and domestically.  That plainly fits the criteria the 25th Amendment sets for removing a President.

But fake news is supporting him.  An MSNBC pundit said, regarding the possibility of a female lawyer with experience in prosecuting sexual assault cases questioning Kavanaugh’s accuser, that lawyers are out to kill while Senators are out to be responsible to their constituents.  Actually, the difference between a lawyer and an attorney is that a lawyer works for the law, while an attorney works for his client.


Who killed communism? - 27 September 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf told the United Nations that the Monroe Doctrine has been United States policy since Monroe.  Monroe declared it in his 1823 State of the Union Address, and its tenet was that the United States wouldn’t tolerate European colonialism or other interference with the governments of the Americas, and that neither would the United States interfere with European governments.  Now think about Russian collusion.

And World War I made the Monroe Doctrine obsolete, and World War II made it impossible, and consider the war on terror.  So Dirtbag Drumpf’s speech to the United Nations proved that he either has no notion of history or thinks the rest of the humanity doesn’t.  Or perhaps he was only playing to his ignorant xenophobic “base.”

And his international financial dealing proves that he’s aware of economic globalization and willingly participates in it for his private profit.


Dirtbag Drumpf’s global decency deficit - 26 September 2018

The reason China can sell steel and other products to the United States at prices lower than our cost of producing them is that Chinese people work for lower wages.  So Dirtbag Drumpf’s tariffs, by increasing unemployment in China while increasing inflation in the United States, decrease the wealth of ordinary people in both countries.  And China’s retaliatory tariffs increase both unemployment and inflation in both countries.

Whether or not Dirtbag Drumpf knows that, he knows that most of his voters know that the tariffs hurt Chinese people, while they ignore the obvious effect on us.  And, whether or not Dirtbag Drumpf is a racist, he “wins” votes by inspiring racism.  He and his “base” are the United States’ version of ISIS.

And the same applies to other countries, from Canada and Mexico to England and France, but nearly five times as many people are in China than are in all those countries together.


He said. / She said. - 25 September 2018

The Kavanaugh debacle gets crazier and crazier.  Media and government pundits are treating the conflict between Judge Kavanaugh and Doctor Ford as though it’s analogous to the conflict between Dirtbag Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary.  And they’re treating all of it as though the MeToo movement is against all the men in the United States.

“I just want to say to the men in this country,” said a female Democratic Senator, “Just shut up and stand up.”  Sexism is sexism, whatever the gender of the perpetrator, and perpetrating it while deprecating it is like spitting into the wind.  And, after that Senator also told all the men of the United States to “do the right thing for a change,” the Congressional Representative to whom Professor Ford initially delivered her accusations for airing said on TV that “women share their secrets with each other.”

Intellect is the ability to understand relationships and differences.  And, regarding the Kavanaugh/Ford debacle, our punditry is ignoring the relationships and differences between it and whether we should have hired or fired Bubba Bill or the second President Bush or Dirtbag Drumpf.  The main difference is that we haven’t yet hired Kavanaugh.


Death threat discourse - 24 September 2018

The “news coverage” of the confirmation of Kavanaugh is indicative of what deferring to Dirtbag Drumpf has done to our public interlocution, the conversations that should drive our politics, our democracy.

The two most pertinent questions concerning what Judge Kavanaugh did or didn’t do to Professor Ford are whether he did it and whether he would do such now, but our public interlocution about it has deviated into partisan quibbling, about how to quibble about it. 

And both Republicans and Democrats are obstructing any effort to answer the two most pertinent questions, with Republicans blocking FBI investigation, and Democrats blocking direct dialog.


Small and shrinking - 23 September 2018

Albion, Michigan, is where I now reside.  The Recorder, its weekly newspaper, has published no letters to the editor in more than a month.  Instead, each week, it publishes its policies for that, including injunctions against libelous or slanderous attacks on persons or businesses.  In a letter of mine the editor didn’t publish, I mentioned several circumstance suggesting corruption at city hall, spanning the eighteen years of this millennium.  But I carefully complied with the policies.

I named no person or business.  But The Recorder has, for the years of property tax arrearages I mentioned, and the millions of dollars of illegal opioid sales.  And pointing out facts already indisputably public isn’t libelous or slanderous or an attack.  Albion is sinking into the conscienceless decadence of arrogant apathy.  It needs a nudge.

But The Recorder published an article praising the opioid sellers’ church activities.


Academic? - 22 September 2018

A surgeon and his girlfriend have been raping women, and a homeless man living in woods near a golf course murdered an Iowa State University golfer he tried to rape while she was playing golf, and the President of Iowa State University said that the university regrets the loss of “any student athlete.”

One question is whether that “educator” thinks Michigan State University regrets what its executives let that sports doctor do to its student athletes, and another question is whether he thinks Duke University regrets renting  a house for its student lacrosse players to hire a stripper and stiff her, but the main question is whether university executives regret what happens to any student who isn’t an athlete.

And a question larger than that question is whether educators or the rest of us consider or care about their attitude or the causal relationship between their attitude and murder and sexual assault and homelessness and stripping.


Consciousness - 21 September 2018

My reason for summarizing for publication the definitive scriptures of humanity’s six most popular religions is that most people seem to me to ignore not only other people’s religions’ scriptures but also their own.

My reason for delineating for publication the fundamentals of Tai Ji Quan for is that, ignoring that it’s a Buddhist Daoist alternative to martial arts, most of its practitioners treat it as a martial art.

My reason for translating for publication the Dao De Jing is that other translations of it seem to me to be interpretations to accord with the translators’ prejudices.

My reason for everything I do is yoga, hatha yoga or jnana yoga or Dhyana yoga, to understand how everything relates to everything.

My hope is to realize the unity of the universe.



Rome and the Bible Belt - 20 September 2018

If Paul, the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, repented any of his behavior, beyond his persecuting people who called Jesus the Christ, the Bible doesn’t say that he did.  And the notion that a Christ, a descendent of David’s whom God would anoint to resurrect the kingdom of Judah, would resurrect people who had obeyed God’s commandments, is a doctrine of the Pharisees.  And the Gospels says that Jesus told his Disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.

In Paul’s epistles in the Bible, his only use of the word “gospel” is refer to what he calls the gospel of uncircumcision, and he says in his epistle to the Galatians that he wrote it at least fourteen years after the crucifixion, but his apostle Luke refers to his Gospel at the beginning of his book of Acts, and John refers to his gospel at the beginning of his book of Revelation.

The only factor mitigating the notion that Paul was a fraud is that he didn’t omit from the Gospels Jesus’ telling his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.  Luke says, in his book of Acts, that Paul resurrected the dead.  But Paul doesn’t say that in his epistles.


Kinds of corruption - 19 September 2018

Now Dylan Farrow is playing the MeToo card against Allen, and Senator Feinstein is playing the MeToo card against Kavanaugh, and a candidate Dirtbag Drumpf endorsed is featuring one of MSU’s sports doctor’s victims in a TV campaign advertisements.  Whatever Allen or Kavanaugh did, their accusers haven’t validated their accusation, and using the MeToo bandstand as a bully pulpit for such diminishes its credibility.  And using it to elect someone who shares Dirtbag Drumpf’s contempt is at best deplorable.

But, with Feinstein and that sports doctor victim behaving that way, it may work for him.  And a female Democrat campaigning to be Governor of Michigan is promoting tax policies that cost a female Governor of Michigan her job and countless others’.  The Democratic Party is doing nothing to change what gave Dirtbag Drumpf the Presidency.

In November, we’ll have a choice between candidates who support Dirtbag Drumpf’s lies and incompetence and candidates who still support Heehaw Hillary’s.


Regression from progression - 18 September 2018

Here’s some news we might well wish were fake.  A Roman Catholic school is sponsoring a team of violent video game team players, and a Bible Belt school has approved beating children, with 1x6 wooden paddles.  Obama was correct in saying that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t the totality of our current political chaos but only a symptom of it.

One question is whether those Christians have read what the Bible says Jesus said of harming children.  But a larger question is how the United States Constitution is letting such happen.  And a CBS news anchor said that the paddling isn’t cruel or unusual.

And that mainstream broadcast news anchor also said that 31 percent of the Bible Belt parents signed letters approving that corporal punishment.


Passion and pretention - 17 September 2018

This is for people calling themselves Christians but lacking the faith necessary to read the Bible.  The reason the Old Testament, the scripture of the religion that murdered Jesus, is in the Bible is that Paul was a Pharisee.  And he and his apostles say that he resurrected the dead but couldn’t make an apostle well enough to travel.

Carefully reading the New Testament will tell you that Pharisees were a Judaic sect that demanded the Crucifixion, that Paul bragged about being a Pharisee after he told that story about the road to Damascus and changed his name from Saul, that two of the evangels were Paul’s apostles and not Jesus’ disciples, and that but four of Jesus’ disciples were Paul’s apostles, falling for his scam.

This is for Christians who post their illnesses and medications on Facebook while saying that the spirit was in them at “revival meetings.”  Only the truth shall make you free, and faith requires more than saying that one believes, more than calling oneself a Christian.  The Gospels say that your faith shall make you whole.


Genuine authentic hogwash - 16 September 2018

“What’s he thinking?” asked Wolf Blitzer while reporting Dirtbag Drumpf’s saying that “3000 people didn’t die,” in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

That may be a rare example of a news anchor or media or government pundit admitting that he doesn’t know what Dirtbag Drumpf thinks, but it also may be a rare example of Dirtbag Drumpf indicating what he thinks, while not saying what he thinks.

He apparently correctly thinks that his “base” is too ignorant to verify anything he says and accordingly believes any nonsense he says.


Did Russians kill Yasser Arafat? - 15 September 2018

Norah O’Donnell, one of the female anchors of the show CBS this morning, told a victim of CBS executive abuse of women that she supports her 100 percent.  O’Donnell and her co-anchor Gayle King supported Charlie Rose 100 percent for years before CBS fired him before other news media reported that the problem was organizational.  The MeToo movement needs to move against what it might designate the fungus among us.

And Gayle King said, while reporting a successful law suit against that My Pillow creep, said that she bought some of his pillows and likes them.  Such feeds the credibility of such as Dirtbag Drumpf saying that “3000 people didn’t die” from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  Fake news anchors effectually collude with fake Dirtbag Drumpf.

And it’s endemic across all six of our main TV news networks.  And perhaps the most tragic example is that each of them ignores the obvious fact that ISIS isn’t Islamic and does more for Israel than for any other entity.  It fosters what they call the war on terror.


Divisions of bedevilment - 14 September 2018

Weird in the ignorance that people call religion and deploy as bigotry is that media and government pundits don’t question why the Iranian government calls the United States government the great Satan.  The reason that Islam shares the Satanic personification of evil with Christianity and Judaism is that the Qur’an says that it confirms the Gospels and the Torah.  But, apparently, pundits don’t know that Islam is an Abrahamic religion.

The Qur’an also says that the angel who announced Mary’s pregnancy to her dictated the Qur’an to Muhammad.  And the reason Muslims pray toward Mecca is that the Qur’an says that the Abraham built the Kaaba in the main mosque there.  They built the mosque around it and prayed toward Jerusalem before they migrated to Medina.

And the first contention between Muslims and Jews was when Jews allied themselves with the pagan Arabs who drove the Muslims from Mecca.  And the Arabic word “jihad” doesn’t mean holy war but struggle.  And the Qur’an fosters it only against oppression.


without kings or communists or theology:

Books and a screenplay by
Billy Lee Harman
Angels, Ashes, Dust

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.


The Only Living Boy in New York - a 2017 film

This movie is about a bunch of fortunate people feeling sorry for themselves and treating their self-pity as though it were a social science.  When the Pierce Brosnan character tells the Kate Beckinsdale character that he deserves her, he defines the theme of this tragically maudlin film, that such people get what they deserve.  They beget more ways to feel sorry for themselves.


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'd lead the rest of us to understand and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.


Dunkirk - a 2017 film

This film portrays the horrors of war.  And it closes with a soldier who has survived Dunkirk reading Churchill’s saying in a newspaper that might shall restore the British Empire.  That’s like people in the Bible Belt saying “the south shall rise again,” like Churchill and Truman compensating for the holocaust by pushing the United Nations to make Irgun, a Zionist organization both had designated terrorist, for murdering noncombatants, the government of Israel.  It’s like Truman murdering a hundred thousand Japanese civilians after their government had lost the war.  It’s the base of Dirtbag Drumpf’s efforts to “make America great again.”


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 drug 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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