The libertine media
30 September 2014
A fox news pundit said on the most recent Jewish Sabbath that the Qur’an
has “two references to beheading.”
“Strike above their necks” and “strike them in the neck”, the two
phrases in the Qur’an that come nearest to indicating beheading, both
direct behavior in defensive battle!
And how about the beheadings of Goliath and Saul and Sheba in
David’s efforts to lead Judah to dominate the other eleven tribes of
A sermon on the website of Coldwater’s Church of the Nazarene says that
a woman who “still lives in the Soviet Union” went to prison in Siberia
for trying to share Christ’s joy and that Paul wrote his epistle to the
Philippians while he similarly suffered in chains and near death in
prison in Rome. Russians
renamed Leningrad St. Petersburg decades ago, and Paul used his Roman
citizenship to flee to Rome to escape Jewish prosecution, and so his
imprisonment there was what we call protective custody.
I listened to that sermon because Jesus was from Nazareth but
Saul from Tarsus.
And such hypocrisy isn’t exclusive to religion.
David Muir may be the most successful groupie ever, now that ABC
is representing him as a field reporter by showing pictures of him in
dangerous places, under the protection ABC bought for for Diane Sawyer!
Why do we swallow such hogwash, follow people like that pastor
and David Muir into the ditch they dig for their fame or fortune,
pouring our fortune into their plates?
Insanity and asininity
29 September 2014
Consider this intelligence.
ISIS is killing Syrians and Iraqis and has beheaded a French citizen and
a British citizen and two United States citizens while killing no
Israeli other than one of the United States citizens it beheaded.
And an Oklahoma wacko promoted converting to Islam before
beheading a co-worker after losing his job.
All that, except maybe beheading the American Israeli, is in the
interest of Israel. Think
Also consider that Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper and top executives of
CNN and MSNBC and Fox News are Jewish, and ask why media pundits have
coined the terms “Islamist” and “jihadist” and use them to refer to
behavior the Qur’an proscribes, and consider why that Oklahoma wacko
thought he was Islamic.
The irony in Jake Tapper’s sarcasm is either in his ignorance or in that
he isn’t ignorant. Either
way, the twitter generation is buying it as it’s buying those propaganda
terms, as it trusts CNN with its 140 character ADD.
Mob mentality marketing
28 September 2014
A female media pundit said a male media pundit’s saying Goodall is a
“fucking liar” is “locker room language.”
That people generally call such language locker room language
shows that people generally know what scumbags jocks generally are.
Yet both men and women pay them to entertain them by being that
So those people, like Goodall, are liars.
And another liar is the chief of the Ferguson police chief.
He said that he knew members of his department were like the cop
who murdered Michael Brown and that he’s sorry he did nothing to change
that. If he let that be,
he’s a person who would let it be, and that makes him a hypocrite.
People like him and Goodall and the people who pay them are who killed
Norma Jean. They’re the
people who thought Kennedy was a brave young man when he took the world
to the brink of nuclear destruction to “make the other fellow blink.”
They’re the people who find his charming Jackie and Marilyn
Never ending story?
27 September 2014
When I was in Afghanistan helping the United States government end the
Afghan monarchy, citizens of Kabul set their watches by an old cannon on
a wall Afghans built to keep Genghis Khan from conquering the country,
as Chinese built the Great Wall of China to stop earlier Mongols.
An old man fired the cannon each day at noon, and Afghanistan had but
one department store then but now has some modern shopping malls, while
that old cannon lies idle in the dirt on top of that old wall.
“Does anybody really know what time it is?” asked the band Chicago
Transit Authority, when Vietnam was the main problem.
The rabid hole
26 September 2014
Obama did what McCain and Graham and King said he should do, and McCain
and Graham replied by saying he should extend that to “barrel bombing”
Syria, and King is keeping silent.
Now we know that Obama has a strategy, and that he isn’t tipping
his hand before plays it, as McCain and Graham and King have said he
shouldn’t. Maybe they can
barrel bomb the egg from their faces.
People like Complaining King and Cackle Clinton are people like those
who said the United States should have rid Iran of the Shah and
supported the Ayatollah. And
they’re still denying that the United States embassy in Teheran, with
its CIA and DIA contingencies every United States embassy has, was the
nest of spies the Ayatollah said it was.
And then and now they’re supporting the people who made the
Ayatollah popular by such as barrel bombing their neighbors.
Calling ISIS a state, like not calling McCain/Graham a two-headed
monster, is the opposite of the China absurdity.
The United States government for decades refused to call a state
the People’s Republic of China’s more than a billion civilians and more
than three million square miles of land.
And still we humans say our tirades are more reasonable than the
barking of hyenas.
War and piecemeal
25 September 2014
Did the Iraq veteran who jumped over the front fence of the Whitehouse
and ran through its front door while the Secret Service and its dogs
were guarding the President in its back yard from which he was departing
intend to load the 800 round of ammunition in the car he’d driven there
into the three-inch knife he took over the fence?
Famous mental health professional Abraham Maslow said we humans try to
satisfy our needs in a hierarchy satisfying our most physical needs
before satisfying our needs less physical.
His hierarchy, from most basic to most abstract, is physiological
before safety before love and belonging before esteem before
question I have is where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and people
with PTSD fall into that hierarchy.
“Live on CGI” is how Heehaw Hillary Cackle Clinton defined her presence
at a fundraiser for the Clinton Global Initiative!
She claims to care for the esteem of women but stood by Bubba
Bill when he showed he cared nothing for the esteem of a female intern
in his care or for the esteem of the Presidency!
Yet she receives respect!
Asinine academic arrogance
24 September 2014
What’s new? Of course
Goodell’s “damage control” involves training and punishment!
Those are stock responses to any “misbehavior,” from dogs
urinating on carpets to sexism in “the workplace.”
And, except perhaps for dogs who are more reasonable than humans,
those responses nearly never works!
What’s that popular definition of “insanity”?
Prisons, whether we call them correctional institutions or penal
institutions, mainly train convicts to resent their punishment.
And “sensitivity training,” whether its target is sexism or
racism, is generally a joke to people who need it.
Listen to the comments after a session.
How did Malcolm X react to centuries of racism, and the burning of his
family home and the murder of his father and his foster parenting,
either before or after five years in prison?
Random resentful reciprocation
23 September 2014
Calling ISIS a state is like saying Lieutenant Calley was mayor of
My Lai. It’s like calling
Hitler the head of state of France before actual heads of actual states
sent their military forces to Normandy and drove him to suicide.
Robert Gates, Sunday on ABC’s This Week accurately assessed and
appropriately commended Obama’s strategy against ISIS, saying the
mission should be to keep ISIS from keeping the territory it’s invaded.
But Gates evaded one defining fact Sunday.
He said that Syria operates in four of the defining segments of
the situation in the Middle East and that one of those segments is
conflict between “secularists and Islamists.”
The cause of the conflict in the Middle East is Judaic aggression
against anyone there who isn’t Judaic.
Defense against that and any support for it is Islamic.
But ISIS aggression is against anyone who isn’t whatever ISIS is.
ISIS, like Israel, is like racists saying they’re not racist
because they hate everyone.
Practical personal preference
22 September 2014
I watch TV and drive a Ford.
General Motors and Chrysler Corporation advertise on TV more, but the
free publicity they receive on TV news is about recalls and bankruptcy
and bailouts, while Ford has had none of those problems!
Why would anyone buy a car from them or from any other car
company that doesn’t walk its talk?
But that’s not why I drive my Mustang convertible.
I drive it because I enjoy driving it and looking at it and
because its 305 horsepower V6 is plenty of engine for anything legal and
because its takes me thirty miles on a gallon of gasoline and because
Camaros seem gaudy to me. I
gladly suffer poor winter traction for all that.
The question is why we buy what we buy.
The answers are many, including that we lack funding for what we
prefer, but I would rather have no car than mine for which I paid less
than $30,000! Do you know
whether the manufacturer of your car has recalled it, or did you buy it
only because of ad’s, or because it’s cheap?
Technology and integrity
21 September 2014
Media reporters are asking how ISIS grew so quickly but not saying who
ISIS is. ISIS calls itself
an Islamic state, but it doesn’t behave as a state, and its behavior
isn’t Islamic. Pundits
should listen to Sun Tzu and try to know who and what the enemy is.
But apparently media and government pundits think they have as much
interest both in propaganda and in terror as does ISIS.
Without knowing who or what ISIS is, pundits are saying it’s a
“radical Islamist terrorist organization,” and they’re ignoring whom and
where ISIS is killing and telling us that next they’ll be killing us
here. A half century ago,
before the World Wide Web left no excuse for lies, media reports were
And the weirdest part is that we the people have access to the World
Wide Web in our homes and on our telephones and yet swallow the hogwash
pundits puke through our televisions.
Factcheck.com is a propaganda machine.
But we can do it ourselves.
When will we ever learn?
20 September 2014
In the 1960’s, the United States’ mass media music industry protested
the hypocrisy of the party of Jefferson Davis, ranging complaints from
oppressing black people in the United States to invading yellow people
in Vietnam. The Kingston
Trio, a group other protesters called commercial, complained that the
subway system in the city that calls itself the cradle of liberty
charged people not only to enter the tunnels but
also to exit them, and they called the song “Charlie on the MTA.”
In this millennium, Boston is commercializing its electronic
subway tickets as Charlie cards, flaunting our hypocrisy.
Protesting often is perverse or perhaps lacks perspective.
Now people publicly are protesting laws discriminating against
pit bulls. Pit bull fans
tend to be football fans, and football fans tend to be Michael Vick
fans, despite what he did to pit bulls.
Christians protest violence against Jews but promote violence
against Muslims. Violence is
typical of the bigotry we call sectarianism and preach for humanity.
It’s against all of life.
But it may not be hypocrisy.
It may be only irrationality, since we humans say we’re superior to
other animals by being more reasonable, while we call irrational
The bottom line is that we humans seldom know what we’re saying.
Louis the crusader
19 September 2014
Why does anyone bother joining ISIS?
Wolf Blitzer reported that the Ferguson grand jury doesn’t expect
to decide whether to indict the killer cop until next year because it
works but one day per week, and Blitzer and CNN’s legal pundit Jeffrey
Toobin said that’s good because it means the jury wants to take time to
learn all the facts, and neither asked why the jury works but one day
per week! Prosecuting the
murderer of Michael Brown is about as likely as prosecuting the murderer
of Rachel Corrie.
CNN and the other main TV news networks called ISIS the worst enemy of
the Syrian government before they called it the worst enemy of the
resistance movement against the Syrian government.
CNN and the other main TV news networks have told us that supply
tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are military attack routes from Gaza into
Israel. And we the people
swallow their hogwash while our world self-destructs.
Media and government pundits blamed the United States Army Corps of
Engineers for damage to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina while
praising Las Vegas for the game of money ball it played to give the
Saints Super Bowl rings to bring bettors back to New Orleans and
increase its crime rate that was already horribly high.
One thing at a time
18 September 2014
Media and government pundits are calling ISIS behavior medieval.
The Middle Ages were a time of people calling themselves Islamic
trying to grab land west of the Levant, while people calling themselves
Christians tried to grab land east of Europe, all in the name of God.
They were also the time during which the Roman Catholic Church
had more political and military influence than it had before or has had
since. And they were the
time of England and France invading each other.
And they produced America.
The main difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is that
faith in science diminished faith in the Church, and much of that came
by way of Europeans accepting Arabic advances in medicine and
mathematics. Arabs invented
the zero, and Arabic numerals replaced Roman numerals in Europe, because
no Roman numeral expresses zero.
We can count with Roman numerals but can’t calculate.
But sectarian absurdity still vies with science.
A metaphor for that in that Paris, whose name comes from Celts
there before Romans, the two highest points are
la Basilique du Sacré Coeur
and la Tour Eiffel while the
basilica is newer than the tower.
And the basilica resembles mosques more than it resembles
North to Alaska
17 September 2014
Lindsey Graham and John McCain at last fully have fledged themselves for
the funny farm. Graham said
Sunday that ISIS is 31,000 troops controlling territory the size of
Indiana. South Vietnam is
nearly twice the size of Indiana, but Lyndon Johnson couldn’t control it
with more than fifteen times as many troops, and ISIS has had but a year
to control northern Iraq while Kennedy and Johnson had eight years to
control southern Vietnam.
And McCain said Obama could secure the United States’ thousands of miles
of borders 100% in two years “if he wanted to.”
I can see the moon from my house.
But mass media let facts slip into the ditch with the blind masses who
let them lead them. “Does
the NFL have a problem with violence?” asked Fox News on a banner at the
bottom of my TV screen Sunday, as though the NFL isn’t in the business
of selling violence. And a
minute of research would tell anyone on the Web that “Islam” is an
Arabic word for peaceful acceptance, while both Sunnis and Shiites are
trying to jerk anyone into accepting them, making both “Sunni Islam” and
“Shiite Islam” oxymoronic.
Consider Charley Chaplin’s movie Modern Times.
Congress passed wage and labor laws to solve the problems it
depicts, but the Kennedy legacy is the Hoffa legacy of sucking cash to
let them be unproductive, while we the people affectionately call the
murderously sexist football Kennedys America’s monarchy.
And the primary proponent of that insanity is the party of
Jefferson Davis calling itself liberal to control the media.
The brass ding-a-lings
16 September 2014
The American Broadcasting Company said Sunday on This Week that 90% of
Americans think ISIS is a credible threat to the United States homeland.
Polls measure what the masses say, and the masses repeat what the
mass media say, and the mass media propagandize.
And mass media next extend their mass propaganda by repeating
what the polls say the masses say.
And Martha Raddatz, the anchor on ABC’s This Week this Sunday’s, showed
a map of Iraq indicating about sixty ISIS strongholds on the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers between Syria and Baghdad.
If ISIS is 30 thousand troops, sixty strongholds would require
500 troops per stronghold, about 60 troops per mile of river.
We should ask ourselves why we the masses don’t bother with
And we should also ask ourselves why we don’t bother with language.
Media and government pundits are bickering about whether we’re at
war with ISIS but aren’t defining “war”.
And Raddatz also said Sunday that U.S. involvement in IRAQ had
defined “mission creep” as though increasing Eisenhower’s thousand
troops in Vietnam into Johnson’s 500 thousand didn’t.
15 September 2014
Coldwater, within its 12,000 people, has an Islamic ghetto.
It’s here because a foundry imported labor from the Middle East
because people in this part of the Midwest wouldn’t work in its filth.
It’s a ghetto not because the Muslims alienate themselves but
because racism has been a Coldwater tradition since before bigots
murdered the father of Malcolm X in Michigan’s capital.
Another Coldwater tradition is yard sales.
It’s how people here pass on things they don’t need to other
people here who don’t need them and eventually will pass them on through
their own yard sales. And
another Coldwater tradition is illegal drugs people here circulate as
they do that other stuff they think they need but don’t.
A ghetto in Tangier is of people from the United States and Europe.
They’re there for drugs illegal here but legal there and
available there at low prices because demand for them is lower there
than here. Those drug
addicts alienate themselves from the natives.
Slouching toward Bethlehem
14 September 2014
“ISIS is an ideological threat,” said an MSNBC pundit to former
government pundit Jane Harman, whose husband published Newsweek. That
media pundit went on to say that we must deal with an ideological threat
ideologically. And Harman
said nothing to him.
ISIS is killing people, and I’ve known no media to report ISIS claiming
any ideology, unless incoherent hateful ranting is ideological.
Consider Irish poet William Butler Yeats and the reaction of
Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne to his efforts to court her.
She walked the walk and would have nothing to do with his talking
She slept with him once but generally rejected him, and he extended his
obsession to the daughter of her and the soldier she married instead of
him, and she also rejected him.
We have the media and the government and the soldiers.
We have disjunction.
Pain and gain
How not guilty is Pistol Pistorius?
Psychologists are generalizing to Janay Rice reasons other women stay
with men who beat them. Mrs.
Rice is defending her share in the cash we pay her husband for
entertaining us with his violence.
Yet psychologists tend to be Democrats.
Yet what’s anomalous in that is generally anomalous among Democrats.
Kennedys, who have killed many women, are iconic among people
calling themselves liberals favoring women’s rights.
And also iconic among them are Bill and Hillary Clinton after she
stood by him after he destroyed the career of a female intern in his
The Democratic Party was the party of Andrew Jackson and Jefferson Davis
and Orville Faubus and George Wallace, and Strom Thurmond and Jesse
Helms before they switched to the Republican Party, in response to
Kennedy hypocrisy for votes.
How guilty is any grandiose jerk?
12 September 2014
33-year-old Marie Harf scares me more than anyone else I see most days
on TV. With an undergraduate
degree in Jewish studies and a graduate degree in Foreign Affairs she
entered the CIA as an analyst and is now Deputy Spokesperson for the
State Department. From her
fresh face and big glasses, she delivers Yahoo Netanyahu’s propaganda
more articulately than does the yahoo, and her husband’s name is Joshua.
The phrase “charming cobras in the square” in Graham Nash’s song
“Marrakesh Express” refers to the central marketplace of a Moorish
caliphate that ruled most of the Iberian Peninsula and might have
overrun France and taken Rome, had Charlemagne’s grandfather not
hammered its army back from Tours before Charlemagne’s rear guard
stopped another of its efforts at Roncesvalle, but the cobras and their
charmers seemed to me old or sick when I visited that square, the
five years ago. France
retaliated for Roncesvalle by colonizing Morocco.
Roland blew his horn loudly.
Harf isn’t old or sick. She
was Obama’s main national security advisor for his campaign for
reelection, and her quick precision in response to interviewers makes
Heehaw Hillary Cackle Clinton’s random buffoonery more obvious, and Harf
also outshines every other person media are telling us might be a 2016
contender for the Presidency.
What scares me most about Harf is the likelihood of her running
in 2020 or 2024.
Progressive pecuniary pollution
11 September 2014
NBC, on its nightly news, said a farmer’s making a difference by
trucking people from the center of a city to his farm to let them
discover fresh produce, and it presented a woman in the center of the
city saying the convenience stores in her neighborhood have too little
produce, and that the farmer’s helping her lose weight.
The last farmers’ market I saw in the United States was New
Orleans’ French Market, and what sold it out to tourist shopping wasn’t
Katrina but Las Vegas, after corrupt politicians sold out New Orleans.
But, in China three years ago, I saw several central city
And I didn’t see any smog there, although I did saw lot of fog in the
mountains, as I’ve seen it in water colors from China from centuries
before the invention of the automobile.
Those trips from the city to the country are likely to create as
much smog as would transporting produce to the center of the city.
We could learn from the Chinese.
But the xenophobia that rises from the bigotry inherent to humanity
makes that unlikely.
10 September 2014
So “Meet the Press” dumped David Gregory for Chuck Todd.
Gregory preached to interviewees rather than interviewing them,
but the reason I’ll not return to watching “Meet the Press” isn’t that
Todd is silly in different ways, but that I moved from New Orleans to
Coldwater. I watch talk
shows from 9:00 until 11:00
each Sunday morning, and NBC’s New Orleans affiliate broadcasts “Meet
the Press” during that time, but Coldwater’s doesn’t.
That’s also why I stopped watching “Fox News Sunday”.
I try to be fair and balanced.
In Boston I watched both of those shows and “This Week” and “Face
the Nation” between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Sundays before “Fox News
Sunday” switched time slots.
But in Coldwater none of them are on T.V. after 11:00, except the pundit
half-hour of “Face the Nation,” and none are on from 10:00 to 10:30.
But I said “so” to mock its being the new “look”.
A few years ago pundits began often beginning sentences with
“look”. Now they’re more
often beginning sentences with “so”.
Scholarship and scoundrels
9 September 2014
Malala is Islamic, but media and government pundits are ignoring her, to
call ISIS Islamic. ISIS
calls itself Islamic and calls itself a state, but the Qur’an supports
violence only in self-defense, and a state has citizens.
ISIS is only a terrorist gang.
Obama has deported no one.
He presides over the executive branch of a government that has become
more efficient in enforcing immigration law its legislative branch has
enacted in response to its electorate.
And people who said we shouldn’t put “boots on the ground” in
Iraq are saying we should in Syria.
Saddam Hussein treated Iraqis as Bashar al-Assad is treating
Syrians. We the people damn
whatever any Presidents do.
The media pundits agreeing with ISIS propaganda propagate ISIS
terrorism, and the government pundits complaining about Obama’s having
no strategy against ISIS propagate their own propaganda, suggesting no
strategy to him.
8 September 2014
Scriptures of each of the half dozen most popular of Earth’s religions
preach peace and proclaim mercy.
But people claiming each of the three of those that originated in
the Western Hemisphere preach war under some circumstances while the
most popular scripture of one of the three that originated in the
Eastern Hemisphere does. And
people claiming the three occidental religions perpetually war against
The Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu Song of God, says that warriors should wage
war because that’s what they are and not worry about it because God is
going to kill everyone anyway.
And the Torah says God created some people to kill other people
to take their land. The
Gospels don’t preach war, but Christians crusaded, ignoring them.
The general concept is that faith is particular, that infidels are
people who have faith in any religion not ours, essentially that God
created them to give us someone to kill.
Each occidental religion says God is good.
But each says not to everyone.
Can we laugh?
7 September 2014
One MSNBC reporter said that “of course” the McDonnells had no prior
criminal record, and another said he had placed Bob as number two on a
list of people he expected Random Romney to select as his running mate,
after a jury convicted them of taking bribes to use his political power
to promote “tobacco-based health products.”
“My trust remains in the lord,” said Bob after the verdict.
He has the integrity of Mormon Mitt.
But pundits tend not to preach integrity.
Joan Rivers proved her integrity by trying to stay the same while
trying to reinvent us, but pundits are saying her success was from
changing, by frequently reinventing herself.
More successful was Nelson Mandela, who stayed the same through a
generation in prisons, but pundits also say that of him.
Pundits, while claiming to point out others’ weaknesses, point out their
own. They ask silly
questions like why kids kill each other and why people not from the
Levant go there to join ISIS.
The answer is that pundits help insanity try to excuse itself.
Substance vs. absurdity
6 September 2014
The bipartisan ostracism of Obama is reminding me of
Mad magazine’s campaign to
elect Alfred E. Newman to the Presidency.
Both parties are complaining most basically that Obama isn’t as
mad, as ignorantly egocentrically trivial, as they are.
Obama doesn’t fly off the handle to make himself seem substantial
as did Kennedy.
He said he has no strategy against ISIS, and pundits are saying that was
the wrong message, and one said specifically that he’s not telling us
what we want to hear. He’s
telling the truth, that no media or government pundit has ever
accurately predicted what ISIS will do, other than that it’s violent.
The truth is what I want to hear, and the pundit who said we
don’t want to hear the truth indicated her dedication to propaganda, to
We live in a world where the mission of mass media is blowing smoke into
our faces, a world where we the people of Earth’s greatest democracy
accept that as normal for the people we elect to our government, a world
we’re letting burn while we fiddle away our right to complain by
tweeting smoke and blowing it through Facebook.
The silence of the slick
5 September 2014
Government pundit Peter King called ISIS Islamic but said their motive
isn’t religious but political against the United States, and media
pundit Jake Tapper agreed with him but asked whether the ISIS murder of
a Jewish citizen of the United States would give Obama a basis for a
strategy, ignoring the meaning of “religious” and “strategy.”
But consider this counter-intelligence hypothesis.
Government and media pundits have said that ISIS has a two
billion dollar budget for ten thousand soldiers, including a hundred
from the United States and three hundred from the United Kingdom and
five hundred from other European nations, and that its leadership is
mostly former officers of Saddam Hussein’s military.
That suggests that external intelligence operatives are close
enough to ISIS to provide enough information to defeat it and that it’s
a NATO counter-intelligence coalition whose mission is to defeat Syria’s
government and opposition to Iraq’s.
Or, of course, another hypothesis is that the pundits are full of beans.
But, whatever the situation is in the Levant, ISIS is an
extension of foreign invasion of it.
The only way to stop the war on terror is to stop terrorizing the
Levant, and essential to that is stopping supporting Israel’s terrorist
occupation, since most Israelis are from outside the Levant.
Custer’s continuing crouch
4 September 2014
Smart is the new stupid as smartphones are the new ignorance.
Formerly people read or looked out the windows or talked with
their fellow passengers as they rode public buses.
Now they text or tweet or post their Facebook status from their
iPhones or reread old texts or tweets or statuses.
That is, in this brave new world, we use the World Wide Web to
narrow our worlds. It’s one
step away from absolute egocentrism.
George Santayana said that ignoring the past condemns us to repeat it.
We’re ignoring the present, except the little pieces of it that
directly pertains to us, while the world is burning from Missouri to the
Holy Land. We make the
American dream a nightmare.
But we’ve done that since before the Little Bighorn and the trail of
The mod squad
3 September 2014
Two black pundits and a white pundit argued Sunday on CNN about why
black urban youths push their pants below their butts.
White rural youths did that in the fifties to be rebels without a
cause, and black and white youths and adults wore hip hugger bell
bottoms in the seventies, when white business men wore colorful
polyester suits resembling the zoot suits Malcolm X wore when he was a
Boston burglar before he went to prison and joined the Nation of Islam
and wore sixties conservative suits.
And many white rural youths today are wearing urban gear to
emulate the urban rebellion.
Uncle Lionel, a friend of mine who played a base drum in second line
funerals in New Orleans, had a huge second line following his casket
from Marigny through the French Quarter to his memorial in Armstrong
Park upon his death at eighty.
He wore his wristwatch below his thumb and said his reason was
that he wanted to have time on his hands!
Why do Don King and Al Sharpton and Michelle Obama straighten
Before selling tickets to heaven, Billy Graham learned to suck cash from
people with little of it by selling Fuller brushes, and Joseph Smith
learned his salesmanship by selling real estate.
And “urban gear” includes football jerseys.
It’s no profile.
Parental guidance inadvisable
2 September 2014
A nine-year-old girl killed her UZI instructor because he didn’t
instruct her to handle the recoil well enough.
USI’s are Israeli, and the Torah says that Cain killed Abel
because God appreciated Abel’s gifts of animals he killed more than
Cain’s gifts of what he raised from the land, and evangelical Christians
are a large segment of the membership of the National Rifle Association!
Why, considering the second of the Ten Commandments, is a picture
of God giving life to Adam on a ceiling in the Vatican?
The answer to that question is that idolaters defeated iconoclasts in a
debate over art that extended from Medieval Roman Catholicism into
Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and Luther
nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg All Saints’
Church, in the first quarter of the sixteenth century!
But what won the debate was wealthy people wishing to have their
images in paintings of saints!
None of it is spiritual.
It’s the ability of us humans to talk ourselves into any absurdity we
think suits us. Luther’s
main complaint was that the Church was selling people tickets to heaven,
but Protestant ministries now collect funds during church services, and
murderous bigotry remains a Judeo-Christian tradition.
The me the deluge generation
1 September 2014
“Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry,” sang Don McLean in
his song “American Pie,” obviously not knowing what a levee is.
Katrina told the world what a levee is and what can happen when
levees aren’t as dry as the United States Army’s Corps of Engineers has
tried to keep them for more than a century.
But media and government pundits proved our ignorance by blaming
the Corps of Engineers for that levee breech.
It was the second breech in the Corps’ century of wonderful
success. But we swallowed
the pundits’ hogwash then as we do now.
And it was also an example of pundit terrorism, telling us we have no
one ably protecting us from floods, as they’re now telling us all our
Muslim neighbors are trying to kill us.
But they couldn’t get away with that if we didn’t let them, if we
didn’t derive perverse pleasure from finding people to blame, people to
hate. To understand our
neighbors is to love them.
And an indication of how tragically ignorant we are is that the World
Wide Web has made finding pundit errors easier than reading the
Times-Picayune on the
Not so bad old days
31 August 2014
Does anyone remember pool rooms?
They were places where people shot pool and drank beer and chewed
tobacco and spat into spittoons without worrying about whether they
missed! Now some bars have
pool tables, but spittoons were obsolete long before most cities
legislated against smoking in bars, and bars are cleaner
in appearance but not in the behavior of their many patrons who
prefer illegal drugs to their fancy drinks.
But what drives me nuts is the sophistry.
Pool hall patrons didn’t think they were cool, and they didn’t
think their beer was expanding their minds, and “click” was a sound of
pool balls hitting one another.
“Clique” wasn’t in their vocabulary.
And they generally felt no reason to lie about themselves!