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Sides and senselessness - 18 August 2017

A question is whether MSNBC’s Random Ruhle is trying to suck Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” into swallowing her hogwash.  She mindlessly mugs as though she’s drunk, while she sucks from a coffee mug and preaches nonsense to interviewees, as though she’s shaming them.  So, whether or not that’s her intention, she’s part of the difficulty of firing Dirtbag Drumpf.  And New Orleans’s skinhead mayor removed a statue of Lee.  And he flaunted his hypocrisy while doing it.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s reductio ad absurdum argument that removing statues of Lee could lead to removing statues of slave owners Jefferson and Washington is valid.  But he should have mentioned Andrew Jackson, who was not only a general and a President but also a slave-owning Democrat who instigated the trail of tears, but he didn’t while protesting removing a statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.  And pundits opposing Dirtbag Drumpf are also proving lack of fairness and balance by omitting Andrew Jackson from the mud in the bathwater they’re trying to throw out with babies.

Yet a positive result may be that all those people calling criminals clowns may drain themselves from the swamp they say isn’t theirs.  They’re the clowns they’re sending into the fray, and they’re making Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodham seem serious, and Dirtbag Drumpf and Random Ruhle mainly stir up the murk.  Let’s tune them out with Timothy Leary and tune out the opioid crisis while we’re at it.  Leary called hallucinations mind-expansion.  Think about that.


Conserving libertine corruption - 17 August 2017

The mother of that neo-Nazi nutcase in Charlottesville said she tried to ignore his political attitude, and next she said that she didn’t know he was going to a “white-supremacist” rally, that she thought it had “something to do with Trump.”  One pertinent question is how any reasonably and responsibly attentive person doesn’t know that Dirtbag Drumpf is “alt-right.”  Another is why any responsible mother ignores a child.

Besides the fact that he’s using our taxes to pay alt-right Bigot Bannon to be his Chief Political Strategist, Dirtbag Drumpf’s packing his “administration” with generals and calling them his generals indicates his bellicosity, besides his delusions of grandeur.

And failing to recognize that is like ignoring that child abuse is Roman Catholic law.


Keeping crap where it belongs - 16 August 2017

A symptom of Dirtbag Drumpf’s paranoia, his delusions of grandeur and persecution, is his judging what’s great or good.  He says Manafort is “a good man,” and he says that of other people as though he’s forgiving them, as though judgement and forgiveness are his to deliver.  His delusions of persecution are more conspicuous, his ranting against anyone pointing to his delusional behavior, but delusions of grandeur are also paranoia.

And his affiliation with Bigot Bannon is an indication of his paranoia.  Media and government pundits speak of his presence in the Whitehouse as though it’s a problem that Dirtbag Drumpf can solve by firing him.  But the problem isn’t that Bigot Bannon is in the Whitehouse but that Dirtbag Drumpf is a person who would put such there.

And another symptom is that he supports labor unions and protectionism while calling himself a businessman.  Businessmen like Moocher Scaramucci capitalized on the labor movement to suck cash from lazy beggars.  Let them stay in Las Vegas.


Telling it as it isn’t - 15 August 2017

Melania Drumpf said that “nothing justifies violence,” and other media and government pundits said the same, but Dirtbag Drumpf and the pundits also say that violence justifies violence.  And, while Bigot Bannon’s “alt-right” initiated the rally in Charlottesville, “liberals” went there with weapons to trade blows.  The reasonable response is to let Dirtbag Drumpf and his bigot buddies rhetorically ridicule themselves.

But rhetoric is weird on all sides.  The term “red neck” referred to farmers bowing to plows before it acquired its current pejorative meaning by referring to the general lack of education of farmers and extending that to the ignorance of drunken bigots.  Now it refers to people who would have voted for the politicians who backed out on General Sherman’s promising former slaves forty acres of land and a mule to help plow it.

That is, it refers to Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base,” which includes evangelicals who ignore Jesus’ injunction to “turn the other cheek.”  And a political pundit who exemplifies that is Hypocrite Huckabee, the Baptist preacher who fathered the person who officially is Dirtbag Drumpf’s primary rhetorical supporter, his “press secretary.  The “Bible belt” is states that joined the “confederacy” to support Democrats against Republicans.


Lessons and evils - 14 August 2017

Kuchis are a people in Afghanistan.  Until the Soviet Union’s government made Afghanistan a pawn in the Cold War, the Kuchis were more nomadic than the Israelites before Egyptians gave them the land of Goshen, but now many Kuchis are Taliban commanders because residual fighting has destroyed their way of life.  The Taliban is a coalition of tribes the United States’ government supported against the Soviets.

The Kuchis’ way of life is collateral damage from ignorance of history.  “Collateral damage” is a side effect of the democracy of sacrificing minorities to the “greater good.”  We the people of the United States often try to defend minorities, but not if they’re in a faraway land where people are killing our soldiers, regardless of the justification of that.

The United States’ government created the Taliban by ending the Afghan monarchy to suck the Soviet Union’s government into making Afghanistan its Vietnam.  And now the Kuchis are helping the Taliban defend them from our war.  And we call them terrorists.


Mob mentality marketing - 13 August 2017

Some members of Congress are looking into using the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution to fire Dirtbag Drumpf for being a nutcase.  Any competent mental health professional would say his delusions of grandeur are neurotic if not psychotic, but mental health professionals acquiring cash by acting as expert witnesses are likely to call his capitalizing on presiding by firming his commercial interests in Russia are likely to call that a valid business interest, and that points to the main difficulty in firing him.  Too many pundits and politicians and other people are too much like Dirtbag Drumpf.

A recent indication of his delusion is his saying that Player Putin’s evicting hundreds of United States diplomats reduces the United States government’s payroll.  Apparently Dirtbag Drumpf thinks that Player Putin has the power to fire United States government employees from the United States government.  Apparently fake Dirtbag Drumpf is ignoring his advisors to listen to the mass media reports he ordinarily calls fake news.

Surely his advisors know that much of what he says suggests that he flunked ninth grade civics.  And the next question is what kind of fiction he watches when he’s not watching cable news.  He hasn’t denied media reports that he watches a lot of TV.


Friends and countrymen - 12 August 2017

Kim Jong Un threatened to attack “water near Guam.”  Dirtbag Drumpf responded by threatening North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”  And the American Broadcasting Company called the threat to attack water a threat to attack Guam.  That sort of rhetoric and fake news led to United States soldiers collecting Vietnamese ears.  And it also accelerated civilian protests against the war in Vietnam.

Dirtbag Drumpf is the worst president since Johnson, and Jerk Johnson was the worst president since Truman, and the three have a common “base.”  They’re ignorant warmongering bigots desperate to think they’re better than anyone else.  But Johnson and Truman recognized the error of their warmongering ways.

Truman and Johnson, instead of calling their ways winning, refrained from running for their final term our Constitution permitted.


The fourth world - 11 August 2017

Sebastian Gorka, a Hungarian advising Dirtbag Drumpf’s National Security Advisor, said we can’t defeat terrorism, if we don’t call it what it is, and that it’s Islamic.  And he said that an analogy arguing for that is that chemotherapy is a cure for cancer, but that we won’t use it if we don’t call cancer what it is, cancer.  And a “black op’s” contractor advised Dirtbag Drumpf to pay him solve the problems in Afghanistan.

Barry McCaffrey, a former United States Army general and current media pundit, said that Afghanistan is both tribal and diverse.  Nearly all the people of Afghanistan are Islamic and living in poverty, and Afghanistan’s tribes stopped fighting one another over Afghanistan’s few resources when the United States government ended the Afghan monarchy, to suck them into uniting against the Soviets who replaced it.  Now the main diversity in Afghanistan is the United States military fighting the coalition of the tribes that morphed into the Taliban and welcome any assistance against the United States.

Land unites both the Afghans and the Israelis.  The barren land of Afghanistan unites the Afghans in poverty while the Israeli’s call the land they claim a land of milk and honey.  And, instead of having the United States government supporting them because the United States is predominantly Christian, the Afghans suffer the disdain of the United States because Judaic scripture is also Christian scripture.


Bourbon Street blues - 10 August 2017

The Buddha’s birth was in Nepal.  Bob Seger sang that, if he ever gets out of here, he’s going to Kathmandu.  Kathmandu is a haven for expatriate druggies, and The New Orleans Café is a pub in Kathmandu’s main druggie neighborhood, for both expatriates and tourists.  But, if you’re thinking I’m arguing that the Buddha and Bob Seger are druggies, note that Manischevitz is kosher.  It’s also cheap wine that many winos drink.

And I’ve heard that Bob Dylan owns homes in New Orleans and Woodstock.  And I’ve heard that he’s was a Jew before he was a Christian before he was a Jew again.  And I’ve hear that he’s a heroin addict.

A lot of baloney seems to me to be blowing in the wind.


Dodging the drift - 9 August 2017

We should be grateful that Dirtbag Drumpf’s “administration” contradicts him.  Imagine what would happen were his “subordinates” to respond to him as Lieutenant Calley responded to Captain Medina at My Lai.  Nikki Haley gave credit to her “team" for winning United Nations sanctions against North Korea.  She referred to the National Security Council, and to Rex Tillerson, her boss.  But she gave none to Dirtbag Drumpf.

And he’s contradicting his most loyal supporters.  Kellyanne Conway, responding to polls indicating that Dirtbag Drumpf’s base is shrinking, mealy-mouthed that the defectors were only demanding that he stay on base.  But he said is base is growing.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” is people who would have chanted “LBJ all the way.”


Delusions of grandeur - 8 August 2017

The origin of the name of the tiny town where I reside is a word for white that’s older than every current European language.  My home is on a one-block street, and the owner of one of the homes on that street is African American and has owned her house more than a decade, while each of the other homeowners on it is European American and has owned his house less than a decade.  And a bartender at one of the two bars in the town’s central business district is a daughter of the bar’s owner and said that my European American neighbors bought their homes before “the blacks” predominated.

Facts are irrelevant to Dirtbag Drumpf’s baseless base.  “Trust me,” said that bartender in reply to my saying that Albion’s African American population is 39 percent, “it’s predominantly black.”  She said, ignoring social services reporting requirements, that our Census Bureau doesn’t count African Americans who don’t earn their living.  At home I learned that the census number I had given her was incorrect.  It’s 29.9 percent.

Republicans who support Dirtbag Drumpf’s “protectionism” are like Democrats who supported Jerk Johnson’s signing legislation to suck African Americans into supporting his hypocrisy for votes while he drafted them to kill what he called “little yellow people.”


Who killed JonBenét? - 7 August 2017

The parents of a 12-year-old who killed herself are suing her school.  Media reports say she was an excellent student and athlete, and pictures of her indicate more reason to praise her appearance than to ridicule her, but her parents say she was a victim of “cyber-bullying.”  And a mental health professional, responding to the question of why a child so excellent lacked the self-confidence to blow of the anti-social “social media,” said she may have been “depressed.”  Scholarship and athletics are symptoms of the opposite of clinical depression.  Lawsuits are a symptom of abdication of responsibility.

The most pertinent question is whether the parents ever told the child that she needed to develop her values on the basis of social responsibility.  But more probable, since we humans generally share Dirtbag Drumpf’s notion that winning is making other people lose, is that they praised her for conforming to others’ values.  And that defines sports.

Parents share with schools the double-bind of teaming with one another against others.


Making greedy groveling great again - 6 August 2017

“I won New Hampshire because it’s a drug-infested den,” said Dirtbag Drumpf to Mexico’s President to talk him into faking that he’d pay for the wall between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, and the argument defines much of his base.  I know a Dirtbag Drumpf supporter who recently bought a house he calls his dream home in the northern rural part of New Hampshire that’s home of most of its drug overdoses, and he paid more cash for the house than his legal employment indicates he could have had, and he sold his previous home on a similar cash deal.  Go figure.

And other rats are deserting Dirtbag Drumpf’s sinking ship.  People who said he “tells it like it is” are learning that he’s as fake as the fake news he decries.  And the deadbeats who thought he’d increase the number of union jobs are recognizing that he cares only for his private profit, as he did when he stiffed Polish immigrants, in New York City.

He’s like the Jericho harlot who protected her family by selling her city to the Israelites.


Darkening heaven’s door - 5 August 2017

Mercy Hospitals, a chain of hospitals the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns founded a generation ago, is airing a TV advertisement airing an obese priest saying Mercy Hospitals saved his life from a heart problem.  One question, considering the notion that God helps those who help themselves, is why the priest didn’t have enough faith to change his diet.  But the main question is Christians’ general discordance with Jesus.

In the sixties, Bob Dylan converted from the Judaic religion to Christianity, and he sang songs protesting the bellicosity that the Judaic part of the Bible promotes.  His song “Blowing in the Wind” is discordant with the Psalms of David praising God for helping him kill the people of the land Jews claim promised them, for trying to reclaim it.  But now popular music promotes drugs that the Vietnamese deployed for biological warfare.

Rumors say that Dylan, while not changing his name back to Robert Zimmerman, has converted back to the Judaic religion.  And rumors say that he succumbed to the heroin addiction many United States military persons brought back from Vietnam.  And that may also be a failure of the faith Christianity preaches.  But a conspicuous contribution to the problem is commercial TV advertising.  It pushes “pain-killers” and other drugs.


Shores of Tripoli - 4 August 2017

Political Panetta was Bubba Bill’s Chief of Staff before he was Director of the CIA before he was Secretary of Defense.  So he carried his political partisanship into those positions after Washington and Eisenhower carried their military experience into the Presidency.  Panetta engineered the Bin Laden Abbottabad fake news as a disinformation operation for the Democratic Party.  And now he’s preaching to Kelly.

One question is how thick is General Kelly’s skin.  People called the United States Ship Constitution Old Ironsides and called a general fighting for the party of Jefferson Davis during the United States Civil War Stone Wall.  But an example of the fake news pundits calling themselves anchors is MSNBC’s Random Ruhle’s using the word “sir” as a synonym for “liar” while MSNBC is the main propaganda front against Dirtbag Drumpf.

And advertisers on the three main broadcast television networks and the three main cable news networks are commercializing Dirtbag Drumpf’s use of the words “deal” and “win.”  The effectiveness of the thickness of skin or walls or hulls is relative to the weapons against it, and we should hope that the most effect weapon against fraud is truth, and accordingly use the Fifth Amendment.  But mass media are meager help.


The Yahoo Netanyahu communist crapshoot - 3 August 2017

North Korea is one of China’s sticks as ISIS is one of Israel’s sticks.  That’s clear to anyone who sorts out the fake news, but Dirtbag Drumpf apparently thinks he’s telling us something we don’t know, while apparently not knowing he has no adequate carrot to offer China.   And he’s talking about ISIS as though he and his Judaic son-in-law don’t know that ISIS is killing Muslims and Christians for Israel all over Earth.

Dirtbag Drumpf misrepresents everything.  He calls himself a businessman, but he’s threatening stopping the tax subsidies for Insurance companies while ignoring the fact that doing that would increase premiums, if he doesn’t use the tax savings to pay for the pre-existing conditions causing the unaffordability of insurance.  And he says he’s not a politician but denies that essential balance because it’s anathema to his Tea Party.

And our media and government pundits are equally fake.  They’re saying that General Kelly’s strength is his experience with discipline while his weakness is his lack of experience with politics.  You don’t need to be a politician or an economist or an MBA to sort out the fake news from the provable news and recognize the relationships and differences between Israel and ISIS and China and North Korea and insurance and risk.


Spitting into wind - 2 August 2017

DirecTV is selling Islamophobia to deaf people.  A spokesman for the government of Australia said regarding the Sunday attempt to bomb an aircraft in Australia that his government is doing what it can against terrorism.  He didn’t say “Islamic terrorism,” but DirecTV closed captioning said he did, and most Australians are more racist against aboriginal Australians than most European Americans are against African Americans.

In the “modernist” fifties, the United States government built an international airport in the modernist architectural style in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  In the civil rights seventies, a United States government disinformation operation ended the Afghan monarchy, to suck the Soviets’ government into invading Afghanistan and turning it into their Vietnam.  So the first extensive use of Kandahar International Airport was for the Soviet invasion.

Now we are engaged in a trivial civil war of millennials ignoring history to revive all that goofiness.  The civil war is because the only unity among millennials is that ignorance and triviality.  They receive most of their theology and politics and news from Saturday Night Live.  And our mass news media are selling them Saturday Night Live.  Popular music ignores politics to sell drugs.  And so do TV advertisements.  It’s a war of prattle.


Devils and details - 1 August 2017

Imagine the United States and China getting along together as peacefully as British John and Japanese Yoko did.  In a way, with Chinese stock driving the current boom at the New York Stock Exchange, they are.  But, apparently, Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t know that while he’s trying to capitalize on it.  He’s saying that his promise to “make America great again” is the base of the boom.  He’s the Mark David Chapman in the analogy.

And his “administration” is a gaggle of people behaving similarly to one another.  Consider the political background of Bigot Bannon and Moocher Scaramucci and Secession Sessions.  And he’s hired an inordinate number of professional warriors.

We’ll see how former Marine Corps General John Kelly interacts with The Mooch.


Perspective - 31 July 2017

Will Rogers was a “humorist” who said he never met a man he didn’t like.  Government pundits are generally humorless and often say that people with whom they disagree are friends are theirs.  So a question is whether anyone intends having the pundits speaking to the mass TV media while they’re standing in front of a statue of Will Rogers to be a joke.  TV pundits speak from outside the Whitehouse.  The statue is inside the Capitol.

Dirtbag Drumpf is no person’s friend, and neither are persons calling him their friend, whether they’re hypocritical or sincere.  That Dirtbag Drumpf is no person’s friend is conspicuous in his turning against people who have tried to be his friend.  And Secession Sessions may be sincere while Pandering Priebus may be hypocritical.

Dirtbag Drumpf is no joke, and a question is whether future pundits will ever wish to speak to the people of the United States with an image of him behind them, but statues of Presidents who have left the Presidency in disgrace are also in the Capitol.


What stops where? - 30 July 2017

Moocher Scaramucci profanely implied that Pandering Priebus and Bigot Banning are “leakers,” and Speaker Ryan refused to say whether he agreed or disagreed with The Mooch, but he called Pandering Priebus a close friend of his.  Ryan is walking a tight rope to try to maintain the integrity of the party of Lincoln in the subterfuge that began with rats fleeing Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy.  But now he has a hand from McCain.

And look at the latest subterfuge from Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She faked her way into chairing the Democratic National Committee to take advantage of the hypocrisy of Camelot Kennedy to promote Judaic bigotry.  And now she’s faking sympathy for a faker from Pakistan who’s helped her be about as Islamic as the hypocrisy of ISIS.

And Dirtbag Drumpf would collude with Kim Jong Un if he thought he could “win” a dollar from the “deal.”  He’s about as Republican as Debbie Wasserman Schultz is Democratic.  And Player Putin is about as Communist as Sadist Stalin.


Huffing - 29 July 2017

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said that Dirtbag Drumpf’s banning transgender troops from our military service isn’t clear.  Dirtbag Drumpf said that transgender troops will “no longer serve in our military,” and Blitzer said he didn’t clearly say whether he’d require discharging those now serving, as though “no longer” doesn’t mean now.  Blitzer didn’t ask how long Dirtbag Drumpf would wait before he implemented his Muslim ban.

But courts stopped the Muslim ban, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the troops that he’ll wait for official notice and implementation guidance before he acts in any way on Dirtbag Drumpf’s tweet, and Dirtbag Drumpf hasn’t delivered official notice.  Probability is Dirtbag Drumpf’s purpose for the transgender ban and others of his recent tweets is only to distract from his more substantial behavior.  He is bogus.

The only reasonable response is to ignore what he says to devote more energy to acting on what he does.  Media and government pundits speaking as though he means what he says are helping him blow smoke.  Soon Director Mueller will martial enough evidence to feel certain of success in a subpoena of Dirtbag Drumpf’s tax returns.  And that will force Dirtbag Drumpf’s filthy hands.  He’ll order Sessions to fire Mueller.


Camp Kushner crap - 28 July 2017

Democrats are saying that Republicans have had eight years produce a reasonable alternative to Hillamneycare.  But they’re also acknowledging that Hillamneycare has flaws while ignoring that they’ve had eight years to produce reasonable repairs.  The blame game over Hillamneycare is as bipartisan as its origin, and John McCain’s begging Congress to recognize that and produce a bipartisan solution shows that his brain tumor hasn’t made him as mindless as Dirtbag Drumpf, but fake Dirtbag Drumpf and the fake mass news media are too busy beleaguering each other to admit that.

And the same is true of the “war on terror,” which is most essentially a war between people trying to defend Muslims against people supporting Israel and people supporting Israel’s murderous bigotry, because of Judaic dominance of the mass media and Pharisaical Christian dominance of our Congress.

And Dirtbag Drumpf is at the core of that also, with his Judaic son-in-law supporting his Muslim ban, while saying he’s brokering peace in the Middle East.


By whom and for what? - 27 July 2017

Now media and government pundits are saying that Moocher Scaramucci didn’t know what to expect from Dirtbag Drumpf when he accepted the job of misdirecting Dirtbag Drumpf’s “commuications.”  “The Mooch” is a mooching money grubber working for a mooching money grubber, and that punditry is fake news about a person whose job is now faking news, for a faker like him.  Such is how Dirtbag Drumpf has built his “base.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is prosecuting human traffickers while providing support for their victims.  Texas Congressman Will Hurd, talking about the dead humans in that trailer in San Antonio, said that human trafficking is a threat to “our” safety.  Human trafficking is a threat to the humans the human traffickers are trafficking.  Hurd’s talk is like Dirtbag Drumpf’s Muslim ban.  Hawley’s action is what means are necessary.

And it’s also both common sense and common decency.  It’s the fairness and balance that Fox News claims while hiring Generals like Jack Kean to prostitute their stars to sell such as Bellicose Bolling’s books.  And Dirtbag Drump asked the Boy Scouts of America “who the hell wants to talk politics in front of the Boy Scouts” but dishonored the position of Attorney General of the United States to demand loyalty to his lies.


Truth and consequences - 26 July 2017

Chuck Schumer said that the days of the competition to which Adam Smith referred are gone.  And he cited the merger of Exxon and Mobil as an indication of that, but he was talking about health insurance and ignoring how huge insurance companies are, and he blew off the question of whether he’d vote for the “single payer option.”  Schumer’s on Borscht Bernie’s page of John Maynard Keynes’ arguments against our common sense.

Insurance company executives are beggars and thieves.  They steal by telling us the same lies that people calling themselves liberal tell us.  And ultimately their logic is the same as the logic of Moocher Scaramucci and every other Wall Street money monger.

And what they call the great recession was nothing like the Great Depression.


Whose kemo sabe? - 25 July 2017

Moocher Scaramucci has begun his tenure of “communicating” for Dirtbag Drumpf by saying that he’ll explain what Dirtbag Drumpf means when media and government pundits say he’s flipping or flopping and that Dirtbag Drumpf wears his heart on his sleeve.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s flipping and flopping that includes throwing beneath his careening bus people he’s praised indicate that he has no heart and has no friends because he’s no one’s friend.  So now rumors are circulating saying that he’ll throw Priebus beneath his bus as readily as he’s thrown others who have shown that to us.

And he’s already throwing both Pandering Priebus and Pandering Pence beneath his bus by letting them be themselves.  Their pandering, when his Presidency ends in his throwing himself beneath his bus, will tie them to its front bumper.  And that’s the most productive factor in Dirtbag Drumpf’s Presidency.

Moocher Scaramucci and Panderers Priebus Pence shall help Dirtbag Drumpf drain himself and them they from the swamp.


Consequences of complicity - 24 July 2017

Spicer quit because hiring Moocher Scaramucci ripped away the last remnant of his ability to do his job.  The reason Pandering Priebus didn’t quit is that his job is to try to save the Republican Party from Dirtbag Drumpf.  Spicer tried to help Priebus do that job, but Spicer was face to face with the mass media every day while back to back with Dirtbag Drumpf, between a rock and a hard place with no way out to either left or right.

Sarah Sanders Hypocrite Huckabee is a closer fit.  Apparently she’s conscienceless, but evangelical Republicans and feminist Democrats are likely to give her more space, right and left.  So she’ll not need protection Moocher Scaramucci isn’t likely to provide.

Sanders and Scaramucci would have supported Democrat Jackson’s trail of tears.


The senseless majority - 23 July 2017

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to throw Secessionist Sessions under his bus.  Sessions is part of the corruption of the party of Abraham Lincoln that began when Strom Thurmond and others defected from the party of Jefferson Davis because they thought Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy for votes was sincere.  He and Dirtbag Drumpf are different only in that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t as particular in on whom he tries to capitalize.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s Muslim ban isn’t an effort to capitalize on Muslims but an effort to capitalize on Islamophobes and on Judaic bigots.  He doesn’t care whom ISIS kills, as long as his or others’ lip service against the killing helps him capitalize on people Yahoo Netanyahu is duping.  And both he and Player Putin are drawing sympathy to Israel.

And they’re all capitalizing on the mob mentality that makes the phrase “mob mentality” nearly synonymous with the term “populism.”  What they’re doing is how people like Sessionist Sessions organize lynch mobs.  They don’t need to join the mobs.


Diversion from dependability - 22 July 2017

The answer to the question of why Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t go on the road to promote the Republican Party’s healthcare legislation is that no pertinent person believes what he says.  And the problem with his G20 dinner chat with Player Putin isn’t that he may have made a deal but that neither of them honors deals.  Dirtbag Drumpf, whether or not he’s a politician, is partial only to himself and accordingly not politically partisan.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s dealing is like Coward Kerry’s calling himself a war hero after shooting from behind a fleeing Vietnamese soldier and begging a Silver Star for that and begging some Purple Hearts to cut his assignment to Vietnam by two thirds to return to the United States and protest people behaving in Vietnam as he did.

It’s like the pundits now trying blame the Somali police officer who shot a woman who called 911 on his being from an Islamic nation.  We have war and peace and prejudice and waffling.  Racism is terrorism.


The little women - 21 July 2017

MSNBC’s Cutie Kay Twinkle Tur batted her eye lashes and smirked while “covering” Dirtbag Drumpf’s campaign to preside over the United States government and now similarly sits in for MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd.  And MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle “anchors” as though she’s a Miss Universe contestant making a speech about “civics” to prove she’s more than a bimbo while MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace “anchors” shrieking as though she’s a fifties housewife seeing a mouse.  Apparently MSNBC’s notion of feminism is the same as that of Miss Universe contest broker Dirtbag Drumpf.

Fifties TV housewife Alice was far ahead of her time when she quietly let Ralph Cramden prove that he was a typical fifties husband.  And reasonable women’s rights activists would say that MSNBC and Dirtbag Drumpf are far behind our time in sharing Ralph’s attitude.  But Heehaw Hillary, partly by touting her coloring her hair as proof of her feminism, failed in her campaign against Dirtbag Drumpf.

Apparently the honeymoon is over for the women’s rights movement that began with other civil rights movements while women also protested against Jerk Johnson’s hypocrisy.


Begging the budget - 20 July 2017

A side effect of pushing drugs on TV is the opioid epidemic.  TV advertisements say that we should be “all Advil” and that we’ll be better parents if we pop Aleve to be able to shoot baskets with our children.  Street corner pushers have pushed illegal imports from Mexico since before the sixties but haven’t succeeded in middle America until legal manufacturers began using mass media to inundate us with their perverse arguments.

Jerk Johnson drove kids to drugs by sending them to Vietnam, where the Vietcong made drugs that were difficult to obtain in the United States easy to obtain for United States soldiers in Vietnam, and many of those soldiers brought the demand of their addiction home.  Some of them took it to middle America while some of them took it further by joining such as the Hashbury counterculture.  But we lack that despair.

Jerk Johnson drove us to mortal despair.  Most of the despair to which Dirtbag Drumpf is driving us is embarrassment.  And no one is forcing United States citizens to compromise their sense of common decency to fight in Afghanistan.  The Department of Veterans Affairs may be over prescribing opioids, but so are private hospitals and physicians, and criminal pharmacists.  And their main pushing is through TV advertising.


Dialog and dysfunction - 19 July 2017

Healthcare is a Gordian knot because partisan politicians are unwilling to cut preexisting conditions from insurance.  Having a “single payer” system for “preexisting conditions” would lower insurance premiums enough to compensate for taxes to pay for care for the conditions against which no insurance company could reasonably insure, but the term “single payer” is anathema to Republicans.  And Democrats also are selling us insurance.

Insurance is bipartisan because Democrats like that it insures healthcare while Republicans like that insurance companies are Wall Street investment companies.  But a fact that Dirtbag Drumpf ignores to fakes that the current stock market growth is because of him is that most of the current growth is in stock in companies outside the America he says he’s making great again.  China stock is booming above all else.

Republicans are correct in saying that cutting taxes contributes to economic growth.  The argument is prima fascia, that having more cash to spend creates more purchasing, while having more cash to invest creates more for that cash to purchase.  And the reason China stock is booming is that China isn’t a democracy and can add to its prices the cost of protection and yet sell to us at prices lower than our producers can offer.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, work in regress and progress,
comparing scripture.

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 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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