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Truth and freedom - 23 February 2018

The Dao De Jing, the definitive scripture of the fifth most popular religion, says that the greatest calamity is not knowing what’s enough.  So think of Dirtbag Drumpf’s billions of dollars of real estate buying power, and think of the bag ladies who over flow grocery carts with their bags of things, because they have no real estate.  And think of what war mongers like Dirtbag Drumpf are doing to the recently free real estate of Afghanistan.

And compare that to the Judaic claim that God prefers the descendants of Judah to all others and promised to help them kill any others for their land.  And read the Torah to confirm that, and read the Qur’an to know that it says that such people are like asses carrying books, and ask yourself whether so are you.  That would have prevented 9/11.

Power doesn’t bring peace.  Acceptance of the unalienable right of peaceful people to live as they choose is the only way to bring peace.  And, unless you recognize that, and help those kids in Florida, you’ll have “blood on your hands,” again and again.

 

Telling it as it is - 22 February 2018

One wonder in the debate over that killing in that school in Florida is Emma Gonzalez.  Five kids are leading a rebellion against adults refusing to accept their responsibility, and the other four tend to grandstand and wander off the point, as do adults pundits.  But Gonzalez stands beside the others or sits behind them until they stop talking, or until an adult directs a question particularly to her, and then she cuts through the crap.

And, of course, adult punditry is a huge load of the crap.  CNN’s John Berman, after calling those kids kids, apologized and called them young adults.  They’re kids protesting against the denial of responsibility of adults like Berman.  And other media and government pundits are calling them na´ve.  That denies everyone’s self.

Essentially it denies the power of truth.  Politicians going against the power of the elegant eloquence of Emma Gonzalez will fall on their faces.  “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA:” that child directly indicted, “Shame on you!”

 

The adults in the room - 21 February 2018

The husband and wife who took in that kid who killed those kids in Florida said that they put his AR-15 into their “gun cabinet” but didn’t know he was enough of a “monster” to use it.  And parents of the dead children are saying that the death of their children was their loss far more often than they decry the children’s loss of their lives.  The Bible’s notion of “dominion” extends from “owning” dumb animals as pets to “having” children.

And parents deny their responsibility.  The Bible also says that Solomon addressed his proverbs to one of his sons, presumably the one who divided the house of Israel against itself, by dominating his “subjects” more severely than had his father.  And remember that the proverb asserting that sparing the rod spoils the child is one of Solomon’s.

And listen to what surviving children say after “grief counseling.”  They quite plainly say what the counselors counsel them to feel while telling them they need to “get in touch with their feelings.”  But some of them are assigning responsibility appropriately.

 

How bin Laden could hide - 20 February 2018

Recently, while Dirtbag Drumpf tweeted that Mueller’s indictments proved no collusion, media and government pundits have begun to point out that the problem isn’t with whether he helped Russians influence our election but with his helping Russians launder his and their money.  The indictments indicate that Player Putin doesn’t need Dirtbag Drumpf’s help to try to influence our elections, but laundering money is inherently collusion, deliberate collusion.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is an international monger of billions of dollars of buying power and expertise in evading paying taxes.

And the comparison to Watergate is also absurd.  While Tricky Dicky was pulling us out of Vietnam, Media and government pundits were blaming him for Jerk Johnson’s escalating our advisory mission there into a war, and Nixon was tricking the Soviets into invading Afghanistan to make it there Vietnam.  Watergate was both criminal and ineffectual, but it was an effort to finish what he’d started, despite the populist punditry.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s talk about national security is only part of his capitalizing on the xenophobia of his “base,” to keep his presidential power to monger more money through Russia or China or anywhere else, anywhere he can collude for it.

 

If I ever get out of where? - 19 February 2018

Dictionaries say intelligence is the ability to understand relationships and differences.  No people kill for fun as much as do we the people of the United States calling it hunting, and no people spend as much on watching violent sports as do we the people of the United States, and no people’s children kill other children more than do ours.  Blaming the children is but one of the ways we the parents abdicate our responsibility.

An initial lesson in the training of a “school shooter” is failing to select him for a sports team because his father didn’t play catch with him.  Yet we call teaching sports to our children bonding and being positive role models, while plain actuality is that it teaches children bigotry against peaceful people, or neglected children.  Look straight at it.

And the President of the United States calls countries where people are in poverty because they’re not greedy or violent shitholes.  And he can do that because his “base” is we the people who do such sincerely.  And others say hypocrisy is more adult.

 

What’s an adult? - 18 February 2018

Florida Democrat Senator Bill Nelson said that the trouble with “assault rifles” is that they aren’t for hunting but for killing.  The obvious question is how he and others arguing that the second Amendment declares legality of bearing firearms for any purpose not criminal think that what we humans call hunting isn’t killing for fun.  Fundamental to humanity is preaching our dominion over anyone different from us.

And we blame the underdogs for it all.  In 1965, a United States Army captain ordered a lieutenant to murder all the inhabitants of a village in Vietnam, and the United States Army prosecuted the lieutenant but not the captain.  And now the United States Congress is defending permitting weapons for anyone not legally criminal or crazy, and our dominant religion has preached for millennia that killing for land is a “God-given right.”

New media have said the guy who killed those kids in Florida had lost his father and his mother and the woman who adopted him in the two years before he killed those kids, and Dirtbag Drumpf and other media and government pundits are ignoring that, whether or not it’s true.  And the mother of another “school shooter” was a barfly who taught him his weaponry and owned the weapons he deployed.  But pundits call her his victim.

 

Firing the survivors - 17 February 2018

Before presiding over the United States’ government and building a half-million-man military force to kill what he called little yellow people in Vietnam, Jerk Johnson taught Mexican immigrants in an elementary school only for them in a small town in southern Texas, and he was a Democrat.  Hypocrite Huckabee was a Baptist preacher, before he ran for that presidency while calling owning firearms a God-given right, and he’s a Republican.  So we need to ask Democrats and Republicans what they’re trying to progress or conserve and which of them care about children dying in schools.

The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States says that that we the people of the United States have the right to bear arms in a “well regulated militia.”  Kids killing kids aren’t a well-regulated militia, and neither are any of the people we permit to purchase firearms, and neither is the Congress of the United States.  So let’s regulate.

Let’s elect people who know the difference between politics and a TV “reality show.”

 

Populism and pretention - 16 February 2018

Now media and government pundits are saying that the security problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s secretary was that someone may have blackmailed him because he abused his wives, but both the FBI and Dirtbag Drumpf knew he abused his wives, and Dirtbag Drumpf evidently didn’t care.  So that adds up to more collusion between those fake news pundits and fake Dirtbag Drumpf.  None of those touting creeps “tell it like is.”

And they’re not digging into the depths of the problem.  They’re not pointing out the effect on children of men beating their mother.  Apparently they can’t carry their reasoning beyond the target to the collateral damage.  And that collateral damage may be both deeper and longer.  We need to teach that in sex education classes.

But humans generally enjoy violence.  That’s why football is the most remunerative of all sport.  And we know from news that NFL players beat their wives more than do others in any other profession.

 

From Jericho to Tel Aviv - 15 February 2018

Matthew’s Gospel says that Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor is like loving God and that all the law and the prophets hang on those two commandments.  And Luke’s Gospel says that, when a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus what he needed to do for eternal life, Jesus told him to do those two things.  And Luke’s also says that the parable of the good Samaritan was Jesus’ response to the lawyer’s asking him who’s his neighbor.  Samaritans were descendants of Israel who rebelled against the descendants of Israel’s son Judah.  So, essentially, that parable admonished Jews against judging by race.

But now Israelis, to treat Samaritans as though they’re Palestinians, are ignoring that Palestinians descended from Greeks.  And the whole problem in that land now originated with the Israelites saying that God promised them the land of Canaan because all the descendants of Canaan were evil.  Judaism is three millennia of racism.

And, to Christians, eternal life from Jews’ killing Jesus is more important than loving neighbors.

 

Integral serendipity and slapdash insanity - 14 February 2018

Joan Baez is from New York City.  Her birth was on Statin Island, but her father’s and his father’s were in Mexico, and her father’s father left the Roman Catholic Church to be a Methodist minister, but her mother was a daughter of an Anglican priest in Scotland, and Joan’s family became Quakers when she was a child.  And, to protest war, she and Judaic Christian Jewish Bob Dylan sang his song “With God on Our Side” together.

Compare that to Dirtbag Drumpf.  His grandfather married a Presbyterian in Germany and immigrated to the United States and changed his name from Drumpf to Trump.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s birth was in Queens, and the Presbyterian denomination of Christianity originated in Scotland, but he says he’s Presbyterian.  And he threatens war and promotes and defends offending anyone not like him.

And compare all that to Kim Phuc.  United States military dropped napalm on her village, and she became a Christian after surviving burns from that, and defected to the United States.  And the Vietnamese and United States government and Christians use her for propaganda.

 

Iron sides of sinking integrity - 13 February 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf’s removing the security classification of Republicans’ “memo” but refusing to remove the security classification of the Democrats’ is neither republican nor democratic.  And, since the actuality of security isn’t partisan, his behavior shows a willingness to compromise United States security to be partisan.  We the people need to remember what our free public education tells us are democracies and republics.

The United States Ship Constitution and the United States Marines fought against Mexicans and Muslims “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,” but the Constitution of the United States forbids blaming United States citizens for what their ancestors did, and an Islamic nation was the first to recognize our independence.

We the people need to understand that the phrase “in God we trust” doesn’t legislate any particular opinion of what God is and to remember what our free public education tells us our Constitution and Declaration of Independence say of religion and rights.

 

Winners and quitters - 12 February 2018

Pandering Pence, sitting within easy conversation distance of Killer Kim’s sister at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Seoul, neither spoke to her nor looked at her.  And Wolf Blitzer, as though she weren’t there for same reason Pandering Pence was there, had his explainer Brian Todd promote paranoid conjecture on why she was there.  Antipathy is no excuse for blowing common decency against the wind.

The key to peace is communication, and Blitzer and Pence are ordinary examples of media and government pundits preaching against that, and Blitzer is Judaic while Pence is Christian.  Dirtbag Drumpf is neither or both, and we need to be rid of him before the end of his term, to avoid two terms of Pandering Pence.  And Blitzer isn’t helping.

But, with the whole mess supporting Yahoo Netanyahu, the head of the terrorist organization ruling Israel and perpetuating the war on terror, three millennia of efforts to defend against Israelite terrorism, hope for the peace of common decency is thin.

 

Kinds of collusion - 11 February 2018

Rand Paul’s Wednesday rant, whether or not it was generally factual, contained some factual errors that put all of its credibility into question.  He said Pakistan’s imprisoning the doctor who said bin Laden was in Abbottabad is reason to stop our aid to Pakistan, and he said that our government paid seven hundred thousand dollars to study whether Neil Armstrong used the preposition “a”, while referring to his stepping onto the moon.  Because Political Panetta ordered dumping the body from Abbottabad into the Persian Gulf, no one knows whether it was bin Laden’s, and “a” isn’t a preposition but an article.

But consider this questionable credibility.  Democrats, while ordinarily promoting such as the anti-monopoly law that disintegrated AT&T’s monopoly decades ago, are now promoting the monopolistic merger of AT&T with the merger of Warner and Time and AOL and CNN.  Their motive is that Dirtbag Drumpf is against it, despite his officially saying he’s a Republican, while Republicans generally promote such.

And consider this one.  In the 1950’s, the United States Agency for International Development built a modern airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  But the first use of it was for the Soviet invasion in the 1970’s, suggesting that international fiscal corruption isn’t new, and lending credibility to Rand’s rant.

 

 

Times not changing - 10 February 2018

Imagine protesting against Dirtbag Drumpf as we did against Jerk Johnson.  Imagine songs of strawberry fields and the dreams of the San Joaquin.  Imagine supporting others’ rights as we do ours.  Imagine common decency.

Bob Dylan sang that the answer to the question of how many years away is common decency is blowing in the wind.  Now, presumably for asking that question, he’s “won” the Nobel Prize for Literature, but the Nobel committee called him arrogant for not thanking them for the prize, and his songs since the seventies haven’t asked that question.  And Alfred Nobel was a Judaic weapons manufacturer before Robert Zimmerman was Judaic before he was Christian before he was Jewish.

Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to treat the United States as Yahoo Netanyahu treats Palestine.  He’s trying to evict the people who came to the United States with dreams of working in strawberry fields.  And most of us support that.

 

Sorts of sorting - 9 February 2018

United States military force removed Sadist Saddam and a statue of him, and people protesting that are supporting removing statues of Confederate generals, while keeping Dirtbag Drumpf in our Presidency.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” is racists shrieking that “the south will rise again,” but the reason they can do that is the reason others of us can promote removing the statues of the southern generals, and protest removing Sadist Hussein.  It’s the First Amendment to our Constitution making being unreasonable a lawful right, as long as we don’t enact what we promote, as our troops did in Iraq.

The problem is that Dirtbag Drumpf is in a position to order our troops to be as unreasonable as he is.  The protests against the second President Bush invading Iraq after the first President Bush withdrew our troops from Iraq didn’t stop him from doing it.  And Dirtbag Drumpf, as did Camelot Kennedy, is provoking excuses to do such.

Neither President Bush provoked anyone to do anything.

 

The hypocritical oaths - 8 February 2018

My V.A. doctor died.  I think, because his name was Mohammed, that he may have been a Muslim.  I hope, because all I like in the Qur’an is its promise to believers of a garden with flowing streams, that he’s in that garden if he was Islamic.  I don’t think he much liked his job, but occasionally he laughed and looked straight into my eyes when I said something I thought was straight to the point at hand, and so I know Dr. Amin was everyone’s friend.  Imagine providing healthcare for people who have learned to think anyone with your name is their enemy, but keeping your faith, in common decency.

Republicans and Democrats are humans, and each human seeks to conserve some circumstances and to progress others, as each human has both a right hand and a left hand.  And every politician compromises his integrity to some extent to elicit votes from other humans.  And voters define those labels for themselves.

But some humans have no integrity.  Historical examples are Stalin calling himself a communist and Hitler calling himself a socialist.  And a current example is Dirtbag Drumpf calling himself a Republican.

 

Fits and survival - 7 February 2018

Think about motives for conspiracies to kill.  Camelot Kennedy nearly turned the Cold War nuclear, after he made his way into our Presidency by way of his family’s bootlegging fortune, which it turned political through a labor union to support drivers of hooch trucks after prohibition ended.  And Huffer Hoffa continued that synergy of gangsters and labor unions with violence and arrogance like that from Dirtbag Drumpf.

I, after reading the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf, am neither a communist nor a Nazi.  And, after reading the definitive scriptures of each of the six most popular religions, I’m a Hindu Buddhist Daoist believing in Jesus but not in the apostles and not a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew.  So I wonder at media and government punditry preaching that government pundits’ memos determine what we the other people believe.

The Judaic philosopher Isaiah Berlin wrote a book he called The Hedgehog and the Fox.  In it he said that monists are like hedgehogs while pluralists are like foxes, essentially siding with the three Abrahamic religions against Hinduism and Buddhism and Daoism, by arguing that being unable to see the forest for the trees is superior philosophy.  That idealizes every kind of bigotry and denies the productivity of sharing.

 

Focus and faith - 6 February 2018

The four persons threatening the security of the United States most are Dirtbag Drumpf, Player Putin and Killer Kim, and Yahoo Netanyahu.  And what puts Dirtbag Drumpf at the top of the list is that he’s in cahoots with Player Putin and Yahoo Netanyahu and provokes Killer Kim to escalate his threat.  And what puts Yahoo Netanyahu at the bottom of the list is that we the people could stop his threat by recognizing it.

Judaism is the least popular of the six most popular religions because it’s both the most bellicose and the most racist.  Yet, because it’s the base of Christianity, the most popular of those six religions, most citizens of the United States support and defend it, as we do our Constitution.  And that motivates its victims to terrorize us.

And another factor in Dirtbag Drumpf’s threat is that he distracts us from all that.  We the people, to pay attention to his bellicose racist asininity, ignore other threats.  And our media and government pundits are colluding with that.

 

Security of whom? - 5 February 2018

That “memo” nonsense gets crazier and crazier, and the craziest part is that the people saying the memo or memos shouldn’t be public are essentially saying that we the people of the United States and the leaders of other nations are too stupid to know how silly the memo is, or the memos are, or whatever.  Obviously Dirtbag Drumpf is the perpetrator of the absurdity, and anyone reasonable can see that, and ignore the hook.

And media pundits, and especially MSNBC’s Noxious Nicole Wilter Wallace and Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, are leading the delivery of that Dirtbag Drumpf distraction.  We the people need to know each component of the memo mess, partly for confidence that we’re part of our democracy, but mainly to know it’s nonsense.  It’s our nation.

But, instead, we have media and government pundits missing that point, and also missing the “message” they’re sending by giving Dirtbag Drumpf reason to walk calmly before cameras, while they run about like beheaded chickens.

 

The grate repression - 4 February 2018

Both Democrats and Republicans are trying to fight Dirtbag Drumpf.  But, contrary to the motto of the United States of America, they’re fighting one another about how to do it.  Republicans are trying pandering and wheedling him, while Democrats are rejecting anything he might sign, regardless of whether they agree with it.  And a result all that nonsense is that Dirtbag Drumpf is a murderous monkey wrench in our general welfare.

Ordinarily misery loves company.  Ordinarily, in a calamity, people join forces to solve the problem.  To protect one another from people they’re trying to kill, soldiers treat one another as brothers, regardless of race.  But Republicans and Democrats agree on neither partisanship nor party policy.  Both behave as does Dirtbag Drumpf.

That adds up to victimizing the general welfare while calling it teamwork.  That is, de facto, Republicans and Democrats and Dirtbag Drumpf are teaming up against the general population.  They’re monkey wrenches in our democracy.

 

Huh? - 3 February 2018

For more than a week media and government pundits have played fast and loose with a “memo.”  A few of them said they’d read it, but many said the reason many hadn’t was that they lacked security clearance to see it, and some saying they hadn’t read it but wished to see it were in the “intelligence community.”  So all that yap was no news the pundits called news, and now their no news is doubting that the memo is the memo, etc.

So here I sit, trying to pay close enough attention to whether the person talking has or hasn’t read what memo, before considering the opinion the person is preaching.  And a pundit for RealClearPolitics said that the problem with all of that is that people are “cherry-picking” information.  The problem is that hogwash isn’t cherries.

It’s like the Lone Ranger’s riding around on a white horse he calls Silver, while shooting silver bullets while hiding his identity behind a mask with help from a native American, who calls him by a name that has no meaning.

 

Talking through hats - 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party was the party of Harry Truman’s slaughter of 100 thousand civilians, Jefferson Davis’ confederation for slavery, and Andrew Jackson’s trail of tears.  And it was the party of Camelot Kennedy’s complicity in whoever killed Norma Jean, pushing us nearly into nuclear war to make “the other fellow blink,” and racist hypocrisy for votes.  And all of that, and Bubba Bill’s victimizing women and questioning what “is” is, defines the disunity of Dirtbag Drumpf.  Yet the Democratic party, to rebut his state of disunion, threw another Camelot Kennedy at us.  And we’re calling such progressive.

The current improvement of the economy is a result of the stability Obama permitted after initially furthering the policies of the second President Bush.  It’s our regaining confidence and has been slow because of doubt from the housing crash and from Bush’s departure from the laissez-faire economics Republicans ordinarily conserves.  And it’s worldwide.

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, need to pay more attention to facts than to either the cheerleading or the terrorism that political pundits tout.

 

Fairness and balance - 1 February 2018

Consider this ticket for 2020.  Susan Collins is a Republican more Democratic than many Democrats, and Joe Manchin is a Democrat more Republican than many Republicans, and both talk straight.  And, by talking straight, I’m not referring to such as Dirtbag Drumpf’s telling it as it isn’t or Bubba Bill’s questioning what “is” is.  Both reasonably refer to relevant facts in any debate.  And neither sneers or scoffs or rants.

Collins has led bipartisan agreement on taxes, and Manchin has the executive experience of being Governor of West Virginia, and the National Governors Association elected him to Chair it while he was running for election to his current job.

And neither would appoint someone who inflated drug prices for Eli Lilly to be our Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

Means of malingering - 31 January 2018

Universities compromise academic standards for revenue from sports, and that’s the main reason Michigan State University faculty let “that Nassar thing” continue for years, but people who are decrying what that sports doctor did continue to cheer the Spartans.  But most sports fans are couch potatoes unable to be competitive either academically or athletically.  So none of that should surprise anyone academically competent.

It’s like draft dodger Dirtbag Drumpf touting supporting our military and our veterans.  It’s like Coward Kerry recommending himself for a Silver Star and a Purple Heart, for blowing rice up his butt by throwing a grenade into a pile of it and turning his back to it, to come home early from Vietnam and protest the war.  And it’s like his calling himself a war hero to run for the Presidency and like pundits calling the heroic swift boaters liars.

Hypocrisy is heartless.  It’s why Christians fought the crusades to grab the “promised land” from Muslims and keep it for themselves, and it’s why Christians now ignore all that and their scriptures to support Judaism against Islam, fueling the terror in the war on terror.  And it’s why Republicans support Dirtbag Drumpf as Democrats supported Bubba Bill and why we the people complain of immigrants taking jobs we refuse to do.

 

The fifth estate - 30 January 2018

We the people of the United States have a four-party political system.  Besides the Republican and Democratic parties, we have Las Vegas and Judaism influencing our politics, and they influence our elections far more than Putin can.  And they also often influence the other two parties far more than do those parties’ official leadership, and they otherwise cross party lines more than do the others, through Las Vegas money.

Currently the most conspicuous connection between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas is through Dirtbag Drumpf.  Sheldon Adelson was Dirtbag Drumpf’s main donor during his campaign, and Steve Wynn became the Republican National Committee’s financial director soon after Dirtbag Drumpf’s election, and both he and Dirtbag Drumpf graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.  And the connection goes far deeper.

Wynn’s father changed his name from Weinberg, as Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather changed his name to Trump, to fit in with the goy population.  And Wynn share’s Dirtbag Drumpf’s attitude toward women, and all that adds up to a situation far more dangerous to the United States than Johnson’s jerking, our second-longest war.  Supporting Israeli terrorism motivated 9/11 and is why we ignore that ISIS is an Israeli operation.

 

Are yuppies the new hippies? - 29 January 2018

An MSNBC pundit, talking about Dirtbag Drumpf and the “porn star” he paid, said that “David didn’t get away with murdering Bathsheba’s husband.”  But the Bible says that God punished David only by killing the child of that adultery and murder.  And it says that David’s next son, by Bathsheba after he married her, was Solomon.  And so goes the Judaic Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd channel.  And he was talking to Andrea Mitchell.

But let’s consider other creepy punditry.  Alcohol is addictive, and countless people kill by driving drunk and beat their wives every day, but congress isn’t considering funding treatment for alcohol addiction.  The reason is that no law forbids using alcohol, and people promoting legalizing marijuana are denying that driving on cannabis is at least as dangerous as driving on beer, raising the question of how common law is common.

Our common law system depends on common decency, and our democratic system depend on the fairness and balance of the electorate, and all of that depends on looking straight at the facts.   Laws against drugs shouldn’t be against using them but against users’ criminal behavior while using drugs.  Laws against buying and selling them only create crimes.  And Congress can tax legal sales.  And every user knows better.

 

Still standing strong - 28 January 2018

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to call out that Michigan State University sports doctor for molesting more than a hundred girls, was on the show CBS This Morning last week.  Remember that CBS fired that show’s anchor Charlie Rose for his sexual harassment and that its two female anchors responded by saying they’d honored and respected him during years of that.  Denhollander, responding to them on their show, demonstrated intellect and articulation making her an excellent candidate for their jobs, interrupting their mealy mouthing to say the problem is accountability, responsibility.

And the judge who sentenced that Michigan State sports creep to 175 years in prison said it wasn’t about her but about the victims she called survivors.  But most of what she said, including her saying the situation wasn’t about her, was about her.  And she had enough makeup on her face for a circus clown, and people laughed, as she spoke.

But Hollander showed cut through the levity, giving that creep a look she said on that show was to show him it was over, done.

 

Spinning and integrity - 27 January 2018

A week ago, ABC’s affiliate WZZM aired one of its anchors interviewing a TV Plexiderm advertisement actress, as though it were a news.  A few days later, on aired a woman reporting on her effort to drink at every brew pub in Michigan, talking about her drunkenness as though it were funny.  And we wonder why Dirtbag Drumpf gets away with calling news fake, and why anyone was silly enough to vote for him, to do anything.

And CNN, “the most trusted name in news,” is supporting Israeli terrorism by saying that both Israelis and Palestinians are ideological.  Israel is a theocracy, what Yahoo Netanyahu calls a Jewish state, while Palestinians are only an ethnic minority not inherently religious.  Yet a CNN pundit asked where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat.

And tattoos covered the beer-hopping woman’s right arm.  Formerly, tattoos in the United States were a mark of drug addiction, but now many people we the people find entertaining have tattoos.  And we wonder why we have an epidemic of opioid-popping.

 

Repentance and forgiving - 26 January 2018

Let’s consider the difference between a “porn star” and a Whitehouse intern and how either can be politically important.  The question is whether Dirtbag Drumpf’s sexual relationship with a “porn star” should earn him impeachment as Bubba Bill’s sexual relationship with a Whitehouse intern earned him impeachment.  Both lied that they didn’t do it, but Dirtbag Drumpf paid the woman to tell no one, after Bubba Bill’s obstruction of justice was only his own lying.  But part of the question of political importance is in the impact of impeachment.  Bubba Bill kept his Whitehouse job.

So an answer to the questions may be that the difference is politically irrelevant.  But another question is how the circumstances of either situation is relevant to the Me Too movement.  Women continued to support Bubba Bill, but Heehaw Hillary lost election to Dirtbag Drumpf, and women are shrieking against that.

And that brings in the question of hypocrisy.  Dirtbag Drumpf has publicly demonstrated his contempt for women.  Bubba Bill keeps preaching women’s rights.

 

The ISIS crusade - 25 January 2018

Hell Harry was the first Judaic President of the United States and our only President who ever deployed nuclear weapons.  Camelot Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic President of the United States and our only other President who took us as near to Nuclear war as is Dirtbag Drumpf.  So asking whether Dirtbag Drumpf is Presbyterian or Judaic is about as relevant as asking which partisan politician caused the “shutdown.”

Judaic scripture is by far the most bellicose scripture of any of the six most popular religions, and Christian scripture says that Christ said that he didn’t come to bring peace but to bring a sword to divide us against one another, while Islamic scripture forbids war for any reason other than defense.

And media and government pundits, ignoring that children learn squabbling from adults, have said that the “shutdown” was because our Congress was squabbling as children in a sandbox.

 

What we’re winning - 24 January 2018

Xenophobic Bellicose Lindsey Graham is campaigning for the Presidency by sucking up to Dirtbag Drumpf.  And Pandering Pence, behind Dirtbag Drumpf all the way, told our troops on the border between Jordan and land Israelis are occupying contrary to international law that they’ll never know what they’re worth.  Think of the song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” saying that we’ll meet our mother on the other side of the Jordan.

One thing that Jews and Christians and Dirtbag Drumpf have in common is no sympathy for the refugees the War on Terror Israel instigated is creating.  And Dirtbag Drumpf extends that terror to Mexicans trying to flee the drug terror and poverty in Mexico.  He and his “base” say that one bad immigrant makes them all bad.

Think of bad apples spoiling the barrel and of Israel herding Palestinians into Gaza to shoot them like fish in a barrel.  Think of whether fish or any species other than humanity would do such.  Think of the nature of nature.

 

The killing gall - 23 January 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf’s collusion with Putin is commercial and not political.  It’s been money laundering, and the LLC provision in the Tax bill makes international money laundering easier, and Putin’s propaganda was no more effective against Heehaw Hillary than was her hypocrisy.  And media and government pundits’ saying that the “shutdown” is other than another partisan distraction are only delivering more of such news laundering.

And it succeeds because the devil is in the details.  Any reasonably attentive person knows that the stock market boom is despite Dirtbag Drumpf and not because of him.  But not only his “base” but also most of those media and government pundits help him blow his trumpet stupidly out of tune with the economy.

And the people who suffer from that absurdity are not only poor children and honest and industrious immigrants and refugees, but also we the adult citizens of the United States, because it instigates terror.

 

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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.

 

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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