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Atlanta Jim - 19 December 2014

“Here in Asia, defending honor is everything,” said a CNN reporter.  He was in South Korea talking about the Sony Studios hacking and saying Kim Jong Un might be defending his honor.  One problem with what that reporter said is that it’s as absurdly prejudicial as saying all black people can tap dance, and another problem is that it prejudges that Koreans did the hacking, and not Japanese trying to promote the film.

And CNN pundit Jim Sciutto said the school shooting in Pakistan Tuesday was an example of the “sick calculus” of Muslims.  Sciutto’s calculus is as sick as saying that all Roman Catholics molest children, and he also spoke of the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban as though they’re one organization, although the Afghan Taliban denounced the school shooting.  The Taliban originated as a reaction against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and didn’t spread to Pakistan until the United States invaded Afghanistan and treated the Taliban as though it were the same as al Qaeda.

The likelihood of Sony being behind Guardians of Peace may not be as probable as the likelihood of Mossad being behind ISIS.  But, in a world where the word “intelligence” often refers to people “outsmarting” other people by lying to them, it’s no more extreme than accusing Lee Harvey Oswald of doing something no reasonable person thinks he could have done.  And it’s all possible because we the people like simple answers.


Thundergroan - 18 December 2014

Wholesale media anti-Islamic propaganda is grotesquely out of joint.  Now U.S. mass news media are saying media reporting of ISIS “inspired” that Iranian Australian to kill his wife and publicly expose his genitals before ISIS existed.  And Australia’s Prime Minister said that wacko’s wacko behavior was “politically motivated.”

Next will we say that Cosby’s behavior was because he’s African American and that the reason African Americans behave that way is that many Africans are Islamic?  Will we say Tina Turner moved to Germany and called the German language the mother tongue because she’s an Islamic Nazi deserving what Ike did to her?  Will we say kids killing their classmates in the United States are Islamic and inspired today’s terror in Pakistan?

CNN’s pundit former Assistant Director of the FBI Tom Fuentes said Monday that ISIS behaves the way it does to inspire “lone wolfs” like that nut case in Australia.  And another CNN pundit predicted that ISIS will claim responsibility for that killing because it behaves as insanely as he did.  ISIS might if it’s a Mossad operation.


Frittering and twittering - 17 December 2014

Attitudes toward history can be weird.  Coldwater has an opera house a guy built in 1882 in emulation of the Louvre courtyard.  The construction of the Louvre was in the sixteenth century, but local “historians” say the architectural style of the opera house is “Second French Empire,” although the second French empire was in the nineteenth century and ended more than a decade before the construction of the opera house.

Nineteenth century French architects emulated the Renaissance, but the opera house resembles the Louvre particularly, not the Renaissance generally.  It’s little like saying that people who say “yadayadayada” are Hindus.  “Yadayadayada” approximates Sanskrit for “whatever.”

But the part I don’t understand is why giving humanity easy access to the World Wide Web hasn’t rid humanity of provincialism.


Trumping technology - 16 December 2014

ISIS has the military strength of about two infantry divisions.  It has no air force, and its political strength is far less than was the Vichy governing of France during World War II, and popular support of the Vichy government was nearly zero.  Yet media and government pundits in the United States, a nation with many infantry divisions and the most powerful air force on earth, call ISIS formidable and ratify its claim to be a state.

Part of the reason for the success of ISIS is that mass media exaggerate to profit by sensationalism, and part of the reason is that government officials we elect exaggerate problems, to exaggerate our need to reelect them.  And CIA torture is partly because we humans disprove our claim to be superior to dumb animals by unreasonably running our yaps.  General Hayden competes with Saint Paul’s pharisaically contradicting himself.

So none of that is new.  In 1431, nineteen-year-old Johanne of Domremy defeated all efforts of a court of about sixty clergy of the Roman Clergy to convict her of heresy, by answering their absurd questions matter-of-factly.  But they arranged to burn her at the stake without convicting her.  We humans consistently demonstrate how inhumane we are.  They did it by more unreasonable rationalization.


Wealth and weirdness - 15 December 2014

Racism and sexism are the blind trying to blind the not so blind.  In the United States, most racism is against people who were slaves in the United States, but resentment of the Chinese out-capitalizing U.S. capitalism is another example.  And so was the United States Department of Defense not only trying to capitalize Vietnam but also organizing Vietnamese prostitution and sending troops to Bangkok for more if it and calling it R&R.

Regarding Bill Cosby, maybe next we’ll repeat what J. Edgar Hoover said about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Hoover, besides calling King a communist, cited his extramarital behavior as an example of Africans rooting like rabbits.  But Cosby’s capital hid him. 

Muslims might point out that the Solomon said that money is the answer to everything.


And times for aggrandizing vanity - 14 December 2014

Solomon, wisely or not, preached that nothing’s new.  Cosby’s still a scumbag, and ISIS is still terrorizing Syria and Iraq, and the CIA is still calling disinformation intelligence, and racism remains rampant in the land of the free, and pundits still mealy mouth.  And, meanwhile, the mass news media are calling the mealy mouthing breaking news.

Concerning Cosby a pundit asked a victim how she felt about being a black woman complaining about a black man.  No one would ask a white woman how she felt about complaining about a white man.  We seriously need to get a grip.

The whole human tragicomedy reminds me of London’s skyline since London added the London Eye to Big Ben.


Millstones - 13 December 2014

Johanne of Domremy, whom humans weirdly call Joan of Arc, indicated the futility of torture when the ecclesiastical court accusing her of heresy threatened to put her on the rack.  She said that she might say anything under torture but that she would say later that she said it only because she was under torture.  In the six centuries since then our human reason apparently hasn’t risen to the plain sense of a nineteen-year-old girl.

And seventeen-year-old Malala, who received her Nobel Peace Prize this week, further demonstrated that.  An Islamic woman founded Earth’s oldest university, but Christians say educating women isn’t Islamic, and so do Muslims.  Malala is Islamic.

And the Ten Commandments accord more with Islam than with Judaism.


Asking and telling - 12 December 2014

Diane Feinstein pointed out to Wolf Blitzer that media reporting of the CIA torcher report is an example of media terrorizing by exaggerating to sensationalize.  Blitzer, ignoring Feinstein’s also saying that neither Bush nor Powell knew of any torcher beyond waterboarding, responded by asking Feinstein whether she was calling the current CIA director a liar.  Feinstein showed that she, long of the “liberal” political party, can be reasonable.  Blitzer showed that he, long of the “liberal” media, can be absurd. 

Blitzer’s question, besides being an example of what she said media do, implied either that he thinks no one can make an honest mistake or that she thinks that.  And, also on the day of that interview, CNN reporters called Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty CIA operations.  Misrepresenting Hollywood fiction as CIA fact is not an honest mistake.

But questions I have are how the covert torturers slipped through the CIA’s recruiting process and why the Defense Department drafted overt homosexuals for Vietnam. 


Historical hysteria - 11 December 2014

One difference between the civil rights protests now and those a half century ago is the number of young white people standing beside black people.  In the sixties white kids were too busy protesting against the war in Vietnam to pay much attention to the struggles of African Americans trying to get the government to act on the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  Then they had cause to protest for their own civil rights.

But no large scale civil rights movement ever arose for the aborigines of this continent who still suffer at the hands of the government.  Most of them live in poverty on their reservations where they eke out their living by providing gambling to white folks or by storing nuclear waste for the government.   The nearest thing to protesting for them that white folks are doing now is complaining that the capital calls its football team redskins.

We humans tend to try to put ourselves ahead of our neighbors, and one reason few us the people protested against the Trail of Tears the party of Jefferson Davis instigated long before the Civil War may be that the most massive media were newspapers, while now we watch war live on TV.  But that’s also the reason troublemakers are making trouble for the people protesting lawfully now.  TV shows where they can make trouble.


Orchestrating dissonance - 10 December 2014

Rush Limbaugh, before calling the United States government a regime, said Eric Holder called police an occupying force.  Nancy Snyderman has made a career of capitalizing on misrepresenting herself as a martyr to events of her own life and furthered that with her response to complaints of her sensationalizing Ebola while showing by her behavior that she didn’t believe her sensationalism.  We need facts.

Snyderman and Limbaugh, while misrepresenting from opposite ends of U.S. partisanship, have three things in common.  Both promote themselves at the expense of the rest of us, and both have promoted prescription pain killers by their behavior, and both do it through mass media.  Mass media make terrorism possible.

And now media pundits are promoting the nonsense that terrorists are likely to terrorize in response to a partisan rant against the CIA.  That assumes that terrorists terrorizing against the United States government believe in it.  Think about it.


Preaching against Ecclesiastes - 9 December 2014

Eric Garner’s namesake daughter said that murdering her father wasn’t a racism problem but a police problem.  Part of the problem is that police generally are people who think that physical force is essential to peace, but the main part of the problem again conspicuous in the Unites States is that police apply that physical force mostly against African Americans, and that’s a fact.  And the paramedic was also white.

Bill de Blasio and others offering training as a solution to unreasonable police force are ignoring that police inflicting it have already received training instructing them not to.  De Blasio’s wife is African American, but he’s a member of the party of the Jefferson Davis, and his mealy mouthing supports the choke hold Tea Party mad hatters are applying to the party of Abraham Lincoln.  And it’s all under the media’s lights and in no way new.

The word “ignorance” doesn’t refer to stupidity but to ignoring.  Media and government pundits aren’t ignoring that police and paramedics aren’t too stupid to understand training, but they’re ignoring that police and paramedics have received training but ignored it, to kill Eric Garner.  And most of those ignorant pundits hold academic degrees from universities that compromise academics standards to sell violent sports.


Beggars and buggers and burgers - 8 December 2014

I worked for Saint Francis House, the Boston homeless shelter where Mark Wahlberg’s brother Jim with a Saint Francis tattoo on the back of his neck was a substance abuse counselor while moonlighting in a porno shop, when the shelter used donations for diversity training to cover for racism on the part of its executive management before giving me three months’ severance pay to go away and stop complaining about such.

The most substantial difference between the Wahlberg brothers and other South Boston drug addict punks is that Mark’s clever enough to profit from his lack of conscience.  Now he’s asking a court in the “cradle of liberty” to pardon him for beating a guy’s eye out.  And his PR people are saying his professional acting has earned the pardon.

That’s the logic of the Cosby victim who said the reason she didn’t complain about his raping her was that she didn’t wish to undercut the hypocrisy of his media presence.  Those people rob any sucker any way they can.  And we buy their Wahlbergers.


Black holes and sun spots - 7 December 2014

CBS said on its Evening News that the “grand jury” process is “enshrined” in the constitution.  The word “grand” is nowhere in the constitution, not in conjunction with the word “jury,” or anywhere else.  But the main problem with that assertion is that media can get away with such misrepresentation because we the people of the United States are about as likely to read our Constitution as Christians are to read their Bible.

Another example of the problem of punditry is that Cosby was a role model by using the mass media to promote his hypocritical punditry, and one of the women accusing him said the reason she didn’t report his assault earlier was that she didn’t want to interfere with his hypocritical message, because his lies were positively idealistic.  And we’re too busy idealizing Derek Jeter to point out the shirt on the cop murdering Eric Garner.

We enshrine racism and sexism and nationalism and sectarianism and any other kind of bigotry that incites us to violence.  I was in a bar in Tangier a few years ago, and the bartender in that Islamic nation that was the first nation to recognize the United States as a nation was mocking how Muslims pray, as his customers laughed.  The one thing we humans have in common is our ability to fictionalize fault in anyone but us.


Bias and bigotry - 6 December 2014

Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld said the cause of the murder of Eric Garner was taxes on tobacco.  And Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren said the cause of the murder was that the police ignored Garner’s saying he couldn’t breathe.  Both of them were blowing smoke.

But the Bible says that the last supper of Jesus celebrated the Passover.  The Bible also says that Jesus said that tying a millstone to a person’s neck and throwing him into an ocean would be better for him than that he harm a child.  And the Passover celebrates God’s killing all the firstborn children of all the Egyptians as though all the Egyptians and their children were guilty of what the Pharaoh did.

The Bible also says both that God is not a respecter of persons and that the Israelites are his chosen people.  The New Testament says that gentiles can go to heaven if they repent and believe in Jesus.  But the Old Testament says Jews can kill them anyway.


Barnum and baloney - 5 December 2014

Media and government pundits are alleging that a woman the Lebanese government arrested a few days ago may have been a wife of the man they allege leads ISIS and may have helped him do that.  The Bible alleges that linguistic difference began with the tower of Babel, while history says that tower was a ziggurat Mesopotamians built in Babylon, around the time the Bible says Abraham’s descendants were captive there.  And history says that Isis was the Egyptian goddess of motherhood, and that Canaanite shepherds ruled Egypt between pharaohs, allegedly at about the time of Abraham.

Anyway, it’s all political, as is that media and government pundits and pollsters are alleging that Republican Party is alleging that Ben Carson is the front runner for candidacy to be the next Republican President of the United States.  Medical doctor Carson stands as much chance of election to Presidency in 2016 as pizza magnate Cain stood in 2004.  The circumlocutious race to the next Presidency has begun.

History of those races during the current millennium suggests that Heehaw Hillary and Mormon Mitt will again race but lose, but it also suggests that the Tea Party will undercut anyone as rational as Jeb Bush, to keep copping out the American dream.   


Better a millstone - 4 December 2014

St. Louis’ NFL team stepped aside from violence long enough to protest against police violence, and St. Louis responded to that by protesting against those football players, and an NBC pundit suggested that the police sue the NFL.  And now the police department that murdered Michael Brown in St. Louis suburb Ferguson has said it may charge Brown’s stepfather with inciting a riot by expressing his anger at the murder of his stepson by calling for burning Ferguson down.   It all gets crazier and crazier.

Another NFL player, one with a Harvard degree, demonstrated rare responsibility by taking his eight year old son to a press conference to show off the kid’s mathematical ability.  The kid showed his ability to multiple numbers in the ninety’s in his head, and the father nearly forgot to thank his audience as he and his son left the podium, and turned back with a thank you.  But a news reporter, as though many adults could do what the kid did, said that what was amazing was that the kid’s but eight, and no one asked why the father wasn’t doing something useful, with his Harvard education.

Note that the white policeman who murdered an African American by choking him to death, for waving his arms and asking the police why they were detaining him, was in a football jersey.  Violence is entertainment, and mass news media thrive on it, and another question is why they don’t take responsibility for fostering it while another is why no one accuses them of inciting rioting.  And government pundits do the same and often become media pundits after relinquishing their government power to incite people.


The American dream - 3 December 2014

Anchoring ABC’s This Week this Sunday, Martha Raddatz said we should move on from Ferguson, but she didn’t say to where we should move.  We’ve moved from the Civil War to the Montgomery bus boycott to the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act without leaving behavior like Wilson’s behind.  Etymologically the word “competition” means walking together while we use it to refer to moving ahead of everyone else.

We have Janay Rice supporting Ray to support her life as a wife of an NFL player aside from suffering from the violence that’s essential to football.  We buy football tickets and elect to our government people who say the reason immigration reform is necessary is that we’re turning away computer experts who could make our lives easier.  A more important reason immigration reform is necessary is to be fair to people who feed us.

As picking cotton to clothe others was when slaves did it, picking strawberries to feed others is backbreaking work “illegal aliens” do, and slaves had less of a chance of starving or freezing to death than do “illegal aliens.”  New legislation is no more likely to move us from Ferguson to the American dream than old legislation has.  The only solution to humanity’s being what we call inhumane is that we develop a conscience.


Cold killing hands - 2 December 2014

A Fox News “anchor”, interviewing a PTSD veteran and someone claiming to cure him by taking him hunting and fishing, said that other PTSD therapists say the appropriate approach is to have the patient relive the trauma until he inures himself to it.  The pundit said the two approaches are the extreme opposites of each other, but the main trauma causing the stress is guilt from killing, and killing is inherent to hunting and fishing.  And the pundit also, after calling hunting and fishing Zen, said Ray Rice’s offense was “violating the NFL’s policy against domestic violence.”

And think what the Obama lynch mob anchors.  Now, after complaining that Obama is spending too much time on vacation and fundraising and golf to manage his administration, it’s calling him a micromanager.  And Jewish Senator Chuck Schumer, who has called Hillamneycare the main success of his administration, now says Obama paid too much attention to Hillamneycare and not enough to defending Israel.

Meanwhile pundits are saying Ferguson protestors in V for Vendetta masks are plagiarizing Occupy Wall Street, as though the Wall Street protesters weren’t plagiarizing the Hollywood movie, which is about the British parliament.


Pyramid scams - 1 December 2014

A Fox News pundit on its show OUT# on Thanksgiving added a reason to call the show outnumbered.  She said, arguing for saying “merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays,” that 51% of the people on her Christmas card list are Jewish.  Since she’s a U.S. mass media employee, while fewer than a quarter of a percent of humans are Jews, that’s an indication of how disproportionately Judaism controls our mass media.

And, on Black Friday, CNN announced the reprieve of violent Ray Rice.  Like Moses and Joshua, humanity is irrationally greedy and violent, and proof of that is forgiving the violence of football players because it entertains us.  And that’s also a media function, and NBC’s Bryan Williams said the term “Black Friday,” which originated in “the city of brotherly love” the year of the Civil Rights Act, has always been with us.

An example of the ignorance of history mass media promote both as fiction and as news is the Hollywood “classic” The Ten Commandments.  That movie, the year of the Montgomery bus boycott, ignored the fact that Egypt’s pyramids are more than a millennium older than Moses to depict Israelite slaves building them.  Now CNN, to defend Darren Wilson, is airing Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas.


Riddles - 30 November 2014

Fox News, on Thanksgiving, promoted the Wounded Warrior Project.  Fox News promotes itself as being conservative capitalist, but the Wounded Warrior Project’s financial statement indicate that most of its budget goes to promoting itself, and that nearly all of the rest of it goes to counseling groups.  Conserving capitalism like that consumes funds we the people could invest in concrete productivity.

But a more flagrant scam is the International Federation of Christians and Jews.  That’s the organization airing the TV commercials soliciting donations for the poor Jews in Israel.  Jews are stereotypically fiscally efficient, and Israel is more of a welfare state than any nation on earth, and that organization’s financial statements say that all of its expenditures go to other fundraising organizations.  The purpose of laws requiring publishing financial statements is clarity.  IFCJ’s financial statements only obfuscate.

Part of the problem is that few people look at the financial statements of organizations they voluntarily fund, and part of that problem is that trying to do that is likely to take the donor into labyrinthine layers of other organizations’ financial statements.  That’s somewhat true of the Wounded Warrior Project financial statements and flagrantly true of those of the International Federation of Christians and Jews. 


Retrogression - 29 November 2014

Why do TV news reporters confuse people visiting their families for Thanksgiving with Little Red Riding Hood surviving a walk through woods to save her grandmother from a wolf?  Why, more than a century after Susan B. Anthony won the First Amendment for women, are female TV news reporters reporting in spike heels?  Why did a psychiatrist, whom Fox News ostensibly aired for her “expertise,” call prejudice confirmation bias?

Look at the career of George Stephanopoulos with the American Broadcasting Company.  After serving Clinton in the Whitehouse, he replaced Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts as anchor of ABC’s This Week when it drew more powerful guests than any other TV show.  But, from that, he followed in the footsteps Soapy Diane Sawyer to replace her as anchor of ABC’s soapy Good Morning America when Sawyer began anchoring ABC’s World News Tonight in soap.  Now Sawyer groupie David Muir is soaping World News Tonight.  And Stephanopoulos is choking on soap.

Let’s try to imagine what Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks would think of Sarah Jessica Parker and Oprah.  Women’s liberation has shifted from suffrage to abortion, from the right to participate in the First Amendment to the right to be as irresponsible as men.  But Cackle Clinton might be the main indication of the problem, calling accepting flowers from a little girl in Bosnia dodging sniper fire, standing in pant suits by her man.


Truth and freedom - 28 November 2014

Trials in courts of the United States are between two sides.  A grand jury proceeding is a prosecutor arguing or not arguing effectively or ineffectively for or against his side.  What happened in Ferguson was like Saddam Hussein determining whether or not to try Uday and Qusay.  A constitutional lawyer would not say the concept of double jeopardy would apply to such.  Let’s ask why our mass media aren’t pointing that out.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Wilson as congenially as the prosecutor did.  And a Fox News reporter, the morning after the second night of rioting in response to the grand jury decision, correctly said that people in Ferguson would regard that interview as they do the grand jury decision.  But that reporter also said that a Ferguson policeman grabbed a protester kneeling with her hands in the air “by the scruff of her neck as you would a kitten.”  Maybe he and Wilson would do that to a kitten.  I wouldn’t.

Maybe Stephanopoulos wouldn’t, and maybe his motive for cutting Wilson slack was from a wish to stop the violence in Ferguson, but the only way to stop the violence in Ferguson or anywhere else is to stop the bigotry.  And the only way to stop bigotry is to stop hypocrisy and look facts straight in the face and bring them to light plainly and simply.  Yet, weirdly, the “religious right” ignores the Bible saying Jesus told us that. 


Missouri burning - 27 November 2014

Media are reporting the resignation of Hagel and the rapes at the University of Virginia as they’re reporting the murder and riots in Ferguson.  They’re offering unreasonable arguments for and against all of it while ignoring the fundamental problem.  The fundamental problem is that yapping humans are more violent than are dumb beasts.

That 48-hour warning that prosecutor promised in Ferguson was strategic propaganda.  If he kept that promise, either no one told any protesters or the mass news media, or the media were in cahoots with the police to incite riots to try to use them as excuses for what Wilson did.  Either way, the grand jury declared hunting season open on African America, and media reporters are telling us burning a liquor store is worse than murder.

One piece of insanity in the reporting of Hagel’s resignation is the claim that he knows nothing about strategy because he wasn’t an officer.  On the ground, he saw results of orders of officers, and he saw in the United States Congress how tactics can undercut strategy.  Jessica Lynch knows more about war than does Leon Panetta.


Copout - 26 November 2014

I recognize that Bill Cosby is a degenerate scumbag, but I don’t understand why Roman Polanski didn’t similarly hit the fan, when he directed Tess of the Durbervilles.  I think the black female Fox News pundit who said Cosby was the most powerful man in Hollywood should change her name to Oprah.  And male black CNN pundits prove themselves to be Uncle Toms in regard to Ferguson and immigration and other bigotry.

CNN consistently proves itself untrustworthy on issues ranging from world politics to consumer protection.  The day the pundit said Cosby had been the most powerful man in Hollywood, CNN promoted a company charging $4.00 for deferring UPS and FedEx and USPS deliveries to it for delivery after ordinary business hours, as thought that promotion were news.  UPS and FedEx and USPS permit pickup at their locations after ordinary working hours.  That service costs the consumer considerably less than $4.00.

Moreover, CNN is now emulating MSNBC and Fox News emulation of the National Enquirer approach to news, airing sensationalist stories as though they’re historical documentaries.  That’s not new in broadcast television, with ABC making Diane Sawyer its evening news anchor, and moving its This Week anchor to Sawyer’s soapy morning slot.  But CNN’s promise at its founding was to deliver only important relevance.


Means unhappily necessary - 25 November 2014

In 1955, when Rosa Parks sat down on that bus in Montgomery and refused to give up her black seat to a white man, Nixon was the name of both the head of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Vice President of the United States.  Raymond Parks, Rosa’s Husband, was a member of an organization raising funds for the defense of the Scottsboro Boys and hosted meetings of the group in their home while Rosa was secretary to the NAACP chapter.  All of us, like Malcolm X, should wonder how one of those Nixons received his name.

Obama’s immigration order isn’t extraordinary.  The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order.  William Henry Harrison, whose Presidency was the shortest, issued the fewest executive orders.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose Presidency was the longest, issued the most.

Compare Obama’s immigration order to Netanyahu’s ordering demolition of homes and saying it deters suicide.


Hastily hawking hogwash - 24 November 2014

China doesn’t have many immigrants, and neither did I see any tourists from the United States in the 2 weeks I spent traveling across China a few years ago, but neither did I see any smog.

My main reason for going there was that the Tao Te Ching seems to me to be more consistent than any other religious scripture, but I found people in China to hurry as much as people in New York, making me wonder where were all the Taoists.

But I also wondered where all the Christians were while I sat alone on the Mount of Beatitudes.  Everywhere I go I find generalizations not fitting actuality.  Prejudice is nonsense. 


Faith in fraud - 23 November 2014

“A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits,” don’t say voters in Ferguson or New Orleans.  After the Long/Edwards legacy sent New Orleans’ last African Mayor to prison for participating in its corruption, the people of New Orleans voted a white skinhead to sit in his seat, although most of them are black.  The problem in New Orleans, like the problem in Ferguson, is that the black majority has quit believing in voting.

And the “liberal” media aren’t helping.  One of the many factors Ferguson and Sanford have in common is the media reporting of police propaganda.  Regarding both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, police made no claims that they injured the patrolmen who murdered them until the court process began, and then they claimed severe injuries not evident in photographs they released to the media immediately following the murders.

In Ferguson, as the grand jury’s decision approached, firearm sales increased.  CNN reported that but didn’t report or raise the question of what race bought most of the weapons, and CNN hired as a legal pundit the attorney who orchestrated the acquittal of the murderer of Trayvon Martin, and aired his opinion on Michael Brown immediately after reporting the increase in firearm sales.  Yet we the people trust CNN.


Black and white - 22 November 2014

Chong, of Cheech and Chong, said on Fox News’ show Out# that what Jonathan Gruber said about Hillamneycare typifies politicians.  Whether or not Chong is correct, doing that is easy because neither politicians nor we the people they represent take the time to read bills as extensive as is Hillamneycare, and Gruber’s assertion says mainly that he’s seeking Republican employment.  None of it is particular to Obama.

Chong also said that, if we had no national borders, we wouldn’t have immigration problems. That’s obvious, as obvious as that sports are an example of the tendency of humanity toward violent discrimination for the fun of it, but Chong also said that marijuana has caused no death by motor vehicle.  We don’t know that, because we don’t test for tetrahydrocannabinol after motor vehicle accidents, as we do for alcohol.

We run our yaps.  We say we’re superior to dumb animals by being able to reason, and we use “dumb” as a synonym for “stupid,” but none of that is reasonable.  Dumb animals kill less than humans do and don’t kill for fun but only for food or defense.  Consider the phrase “pure as the driven snow” we use to praise what we desecrate. We humans kill each other for wealth and kill ourselves by wasting our wealth.


Sheep and shysters - 21 November 2014

Why is CNN saying that North Koreans worship Kim Jong -un?  Every person everywhere rules his own mind to the extent of being able to decide not to generalize as CNN pundits do!  Most people understand the concept of a silent majority and the hope anyone can have for rebellion.

English colonists rebelled against English colonization as Indian Hindus rebelled against English colonization as Indian Muslims rebelled against Hindu rule following Gandhi’s rebellion and created Pakistan and Bangladesh after Russians and Chinese rebelled against monarchies before people rebelled against the successors of those monarchies.

Someday shall we the people of the United States rebel against the propaganda the news network we most trust spews contrary to what’s obvious to us?  We might need to rebel against commercial drug companies first!  They have too many of us trying to be all Advil.


Literacy and lunacy - 20 November 2014

Peter Kassig’s parents thanked “one god of many names” for their son.  Israeli claims to worship the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob imply polytheism by suggesting that others have other gods.  And Judaism dissociates itself from descendants of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob who didn’t descend from Judah, whom Judaism says was but one of the twelve sons of Jacob, whom Judaic scripture says the god of Judaism called Israel.

Mossad is the “intelligence” arm of the nation that calls itself Israel while demanding that the descendants of Israel not descendant from his son Judah call it a Judaic State.  David started that by overthrowing the descendant of Israel’s son Benjamin whom Judaic scripture says God anointed as the first and only king of all of Israel.  Now Mossad has recruited ISIS, descendants of Abraham or anyone else, to terrorize anyone.

And Christians are sucking up to all that, perhaps because the notion of a Christ came from the Pharisees, a Judaic sect of which Saul of Tarsus, who called himself Paul, was one.  We can reasonably ask why the Gospels say Jesus descended from David because Joseph did while also saying that God and not Joseph was Jesus’ father.  The Gospels say that Mary was a cousin of a descendant of Jacob’s son Levi.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Dust, a novel  
Ashes and Angels
works in regress and progress

Kim - a 1901 novel

Were all on Earth claiming or denying any sectarian religion to set aside their bigotry long enough to read this book carefully, they would lead the rest of us to understand and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

This is a beautiful book, a song from the spirit of bold-faced truth, selah.


Philomena - a 2013 film

A danger of this wonderfully accurate presentation is that other poor people might regard the heroine’s continuing loyalty to the Church as promoting such.  Saul of Tarsus suckered Jesus’ disciples into perverting Jesus’ ideals into the mammon mongering and power grubbing we now call Christianity.  And that perversion intimidated that poor woman and keeps intimidating countless others into paying to burn candles in fear for God’s eternal goodness to goodness.


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

This is a love story.  British and Australian government conspired to kidnap about 130,000 children and ship them from Britain to Australia for agricultural and sexual slavery.  This movie depicts the heroic efforts of one loving woman standing against all odds to return those children to whatever remained of what they’d loved.

What we the people of the United States call Jacksonian democracy was President Andrew Jackson’s telling the Governor of Georgia to ignore the United States Supreme Court’s support for the unalienable rights of the natives of the eastern side of this continent and kidnap many thousands of them and send them to the western side of this continent.

Decades after kidnapping the children, the British and Australian governments apologized to the children they’d kidnapped and enslaved and raped, but the United States government has never apologized to the thousands of men and women and children they kidnapped and killed by what reasonable people call the trail of tears.


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

Every politician or soldier, every media executive or producer, every news media anchor or reporter, every sexist or racist or nationalist or Republican voter or Democrat voter, every Yankees fan or Red Socks fan and every other bigot picking one side against all other sides, for no reason other than putting his or her interests above all others’, without regard to history or common decency or other facts, should see this presentation and go back to school.


Modern Times a 1936 Film

Suddenly we live in a time long past the political issues of this film.  We have risen from all that to a complacency that has us calling communication tweeting and sexual companionship hooking up.  Such is how Greece and Rome fell.


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

This film implies that white communists fronted Nelson Mandela and that he was sexually promiscuous, more than forty years after J. Edgar Hoover used the same approach against the junior Martin Luther King, and less than three years before Dirty Harry implied that a white soccer player saved South Africa.


Nixon - a 1995 film

This film begins with the correct caveat that it isn't the whole truth and may wholly misrepresent any truth, and the next screen quotes the evangel Matthew quoting Jesus, implying that Nixon sold his soul.  CNN calls Oliver Stone a controversial director, after his wife has turned the American Broadcasting Company's evening news into an all Advil Oprah drugh opera, like Stone's movies.

Whether or not Nixon told his mother to think of him as her faithful dog, a fact Stone tries to soap or drug is that Nixon ended Johnson's insane war.  History allows no excuse for either Nixon's hubris or stones.  Or Hirohito's or Truman's or Kennedy's or Hoover's.

History allows no excuse for Hitler or Netanyahu.  Democracy needs objective reporting from ABC to Hollywood.  Stone is at least as contra-factual as Nixon.


Avatar - a 2009 film

The weirdest thing about this film is that nearly every mass media critic said its point was commercial technological superiority.  The point fair watchers find from this film is that technology should serve democracy, not superiority or demagoguery, not alienation.  Families risk death to flee Mexico to pick fruit for the free and legally republican citizens of the United States.

And, instead of welcoming them, the people too lazy to do such work create laws to keep them out.  They say that those people who can't afford immigration lawyers should not be allowed to attend their tea party.  They call fruit pickers drug dealers to get them out of their faces.

America, the land illegal immigrants stole from its natives, allows a population that sucks up to advertizing that it should be all Advil, while calling people not on Face Book degenerate.


Network - a 1976 film

Netflix, a generation after this film appeared, bills it as a prediction.  What it is is a fact of human life, recognizing that Jewish gold and Arabic black gold are no different in their effect on the ecumenical economy, the power of abstraction to make humans value hubris more than their lives.  It sold Archie Bunker and Tide as it sells Oprah Winfrey and Tylenol.


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

The Israelis should remember the holocaust when they do what they're doing to the Palestinians.  Arithmetic is that the Israelis keep building settlements while the United States tells them to stop building but never to dismantle.  The "com" in compassion means with, and so compassion is a two way street and not a path of vengeance, and the Palestinians are more Semitic than the Israelis and neither German nor Egyptian.  Nothing is more holy than home, and God made the land three religions call holy the homeland of  people of many religions, long before crusades or jihads or the unprovoked Jericho slaughter.  And the land of the free calls the Israeli theocracy, Irgun terrorizing Fatah, democracy.


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

The novel is one of the few books whose promise bore out so poorly from its beginning that I couldn’t finish reading it.  And the film was more inane, beginning with someone saying he was a history teacher responding to someone saying he was an archeologist saying that the early church had buried the title prophecy in the 6th century A.D., by suggesting that Franciscans might have done it.  Francis began his life in the 12th century A.D.

The title prophecy says that the present millennium shall begin with people’s recognizing the violence that has pervaded history and stopping it.  Instead, the new millennium has begun with the historical inaccuracy of the Da Vinci Code making it the most selling novel of the first decade of this millennium.  But maybe we can take hope from that.

The prosperity of the last decade of the second millennium after Christ caused the recession of the first decade of the third millennium after Christ.  We hope that that might force teachers and students and everyone else to work for all living for awhile.



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

This film begins with its producer saying its basis is scripture and historical documents and that Moses’ accomplishment was to free people from slavery   Next, the film misquotes the Torah and says Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses because she drew him from water.  “Moses” is from Egyptian for “son”.

Dan Brown admits The Da Vinci Code to be fiction and still has nothing on Cecil B. DeMille for hogwash misrepresenting the Bible and history, and so we have to ask why this film raised no Roman Catholic outrage.  We’re thinking that maybe it’s sexism, since nearly no female character in it shows any purpose other than to fawn over men to give them sons or suck.  But the next question, after how the Motion Picture Association of America ignores its violence to rate it G, is why no Judaic outrage.  We’re thinking the Chosen might still be choosing the golden calf over the Ten Commandments, with help called Christian. 

The Bible says  the Israelites did to the Midianites, the people it says took Moses in and gave him their king’s daughter, worse than what Egypt did to them and worse than what the Nazis did to the Jews.  Maybe Israel let the film slide because it glosses over that and what Israel keeps trying to do to the Palestinians.


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

The author, Jim Garrison, Orleans Parish District Attorney, the only person to prosecute anyone for the assassination of J. F. K., is as crazy as Ann Coulter and the persons he accuses, if he wrote the book.  The book falls apart in many ways incidental to Garrison's hubris or paranoia.

One way is by its inclusion of the terms “false sponsor” and “sheep-dipping”.  The people Garrison tracked must have been sheep-dipped false sponsors, as he must have been on the other side of the coin his book flips like dice.  The people he accuses range from the CIA to Johnny Carson, as though that huge body of people could have kept such complicity from the huge body of people with whom they associate, and so on to all of Earth.

Another way is in its assignment of motive, a factor essential to any prosecution in court.  Garrison would have us believe that hundreds of people in a dozen government agencies conspired against Kennedy on the basis of their belief that he was going to prevent the war in Vietnam.  Besides the question of why anyone wouldn’t like that, a fact is that Kennedy sent more troops to Vietnam than Eisenhower had.  We suspect a more obvious motive for that assassination, far beyond New Orleans.

Kennedy killed those people at the Bay of Pigs, by changing the original CIA plan and refusing to accept responsibility.  Kennedy changed United States relations with the Soviet Union from checkers to the verge of nuclear destruction of all life.  So, a few genuinely concerned persons at top levels of the Soviet and United States governments killed him to prevent that destruction.  The false sponsors must have been after the fact.   

I have no doubt that the assassination was a conspiracy, as we agree that Oswald couldn’t have done all the shooting.  But the human resources management of the deed must have been more constrained, leaving the smoke and mirrors the book sells to people as crazy as Garrison.


Idocracy - a 2005 film

This film predicts a future when people try to grow crops with Gatorade, where the hero saves the world by watering the crops.  In the present, people calling themselves environmentalist are trying to save the world by putting corn into gas tanks, while people around the world are starving.

That hero's name is Not Sure, while in this day and age people claiming to be smart say they're not sure, when truth they know is that they simply don't know.  Those people are the people who say we should do something for the people of Darfur while saying we shouldn't have done anything for the people of Iraq.  They are people like Mitt Romney and John Kerry, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Those people are the people who put criminals above persons, who haven't had a chance to choose life better than crime and say their choice is compassionate, liberal.  As this film indicates, those people are already taking their world into the dust this film predicts.



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

The Beatles are a microcosm.  Kids sing about holding hands until they acquire power, and then they let go of their friends’ hands and their own minds, for what Solomon called vanity.  Like Greece and Rome, the United States were a world power before they alienated their kids in Birmingham and Vietnam, and those children turned their nation into an escape from everything.

The Beatles said they named themselves for the Beatitudes, before they turned to drugs, or after they rode them, to compromise, for fame.  Now, Lennon is dead, and McCartney is white bread, and the First World is all Advil.  Now, Lenin is dead, while Liverpool and the Irish suffer.  Viva Las Vegas, the ways of the world.

Irish and Iraqi suffer for no reason beyond the I in their names, as Israel suffers for no reason more than that humans prefer bigotry and drugs to the Ten Commandments, from the diamond minors in South Africa to the diamond merchants in New York, to you inactivists.


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

My favorite lines in that film are from a white couple entering the club.  The white man says, “At least they don’t let niggers in here!”  The white woman asks, “They don’t let them into their own club?”

So Richard Gere gets billing over Gregory Hynes, two decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and now two more decades have passed, making more than forty years.  Bootleggers like the Kennedy’s owned Harlem in the roaring twenties, and now the Clintons have moved in!  How long, O Lord?

Now we’re engaged in a great civil war, to see whether Obama can run the Clintons out of Harlem, and the Whitehouse.  Cotton is white, while pickers are black, and now black has another fight to pick.


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

Harry Potter answered a question most of us think impossible.  The way to world peace is through the understanding that is friendship.

Nearly everyone claiming a religion claims it as a superstition, although every founder of every remaining major religion argued mainly one point, the sharing essential to prosperity, loving one’s neighbor.

Terror isn’t Islamic, as it isn’t Mosaic or Christian.  Terror comes from such as Crusades and Jihads.  Terror is in what Joshua did and in what Osama Bin Laden is doing and in what Hitler did and in what Israel is doing.  It's in what every bigot does, and it won’t stop until all of us stop trying to blame it on Moses or Muhammad or Jesus, on everyone but ourselves. 

It won’t stop until we stop making excuses to covet our neighbors’ land, until we stop perverting the teachings of the founders of our religions from the Rishi’s to Muhammad, into ignorance of them.

Only then shall we have something worth fighting for, and stop fighting.  The essential weapon for peace is not secret.  It’s plain.


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

Tolstoi said, in War and Peace, that the cause of the Napoleonic Wars was the first French corporal.  This film says the same, that the cause of killing is rationalizing some excuse for it, be it vengeance or following orders, or supporting one’s country, or one’s family, or oneself.  This film also says that we’re all in that craziness together, but it does not loudly enough say that, were each of us to refuse, it would all stop.  Snail darters would die of their own accord, and they and all else could rest in peace.  That Pierrepoint fellow was not the last hangman.


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

John Donne, not Jack Kennedy or Ernest Hemingway, said this:  "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

This film shows that Ireland and Iraq are similar far beyond the fact that the names of both countries begin with "Ir" when written in the Roman alphabet.  Ireland means anger land, and anger dominates both countries.  And so does greed.

When an Irishman told us that the strife between Catholics and Protestants in his country has nothing to do with religion, we didn't understand.  This film explains.

And neither is the strife between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq religious, and nor is Israel.


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

Consider the operant steps in this plot.  A team conspires to throw the World Series because its members think they’re underpaid.  Late in the series they decided not to throw the series because the bookies aren’t paying them.  None of them considers his family’s welfare until a thug for the bookies threatens to kill one’s wife.  A judge a salary offer before accepting responsibility for correcting all that.  A kid asks one of the players to say the mess ain’t so about baseball.  Joe, it was so in all professional sports then, and it’s so now.


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

Although Mr. Carter writes from the point of view and with the tone of his claim to Christianity, sometimes uses words and phrases particular to popular expression of persons calling themselves Christians, and occasionally points out facts particular to such persons, this book is nearly all factual.  That is, rather than expressing opinions, it mostly points out circumstances and events verifiable through public records.  Yet, it has a reputation for being controversial.

Of course the reason is that few people bother to differentiate between facts and opinions, because most people are as opinionated and biased as some say Jimmy Carter is, and few people bother to research public facts, much less see for themselves, as Mr. Carter has.  In fact, if the book has any shortcoming, it’s that Mr. Carter doesn’t succinctly point out the most significant facts defining the situation.

Those facts are: that Israelites or Israelis have been oppressing Philistines or Palestinians since the battle of Jericho, an onslaught with no provocation whatsoever; that Israelis have killed far more people and broken far more promises than Palestinians have; and that the 1967 Israeli state was not one nation until 1949.

Moreover, if that former head of government of the United States of America were to carry religious metaphors in defense of the United States of America, he might have pointed out how David defeated Goliath’s superior physical size.

Now, Israel has nuclear weapons and air superiority through military aid from first world nations, as European nations took superior weapon technology on the Crusades.

So, now, Islam is continuing Saladin's jihad, against the world whose trade center is now Wall Street.

All a president needs to do to stop the terror is be fair.

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

This film, set at the beginning of World War II, screened at the beginning of the United States presidency's escalation of Truman's advisory mission in Vietnam into a full scale war Nixon would would end.

Three years earlier, West Side Story screened, asking the same questions.  One film is about nations, while the other is about gangs while the only difference is scale, while presidents have ignored the politics of both.

Both films, in retrospect, should cause us to ask why they didn't change humanity's prospects.  That is, we should ask why we care more now about American Idols than about the ordinary people of Iraq or Darfur.

Both films have iconic weaknesses.  In one, a poor nun saves a family of aristocrats, and the other's title suggests that west is better than east.  But the two share an eminently importantly iconic question.

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

This film set the theme for the best of Hollywood since.  We had a problem with its epitaph, when the bar owner took the sign out of the window inviting folks in to be themselves and tore it in two, saying that enough is enough.  But then we remembered that integrity is always exactly enough and shouldn't need a reminder!  What's your dream?


Shinea 1996 film

Nothing is more important than music.  Nothing is more important than the harmony of inspiration.  This film says that.

The horror of the holocaust lives on, from the horror of the captivity.  This film tries to deliver a lesson to the Germans and the Egyptians, and the Israelis, all of us.  The holy land is hardly holy, despite how the sun shines on Karn Hattin.  Why don't Christians visit the Mount of Beatitudes?

In the sixties, when the great society sent millions of Americans to kill Vietnamese doing nothing but trying to live their lives as best they could, a popular song borrowed a melody from Rachminov s second piano concerto and assigned it the lyrics “When I was young, I never needed anyone.  Making love was just for fun.  Those days are done.”

Rachmaninov’s third piano concert is more difficult to play than his second while his second, played more in the film, is more sweet.  And popular music is more sweet now, in the war on terror that has made Bethlehem a combat zone.  How is Christ's birthplace in the shadow of death?

Astrology, psychology, stars and butterflies, what life comes down to is common sense.  This film is quite lovely.


somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond - a 1931 poem

A Harvard poet wrote that poem between the two world wars, between his imprisonment in France for driving an ambulance and German imprisonment of France for nothing.

Films we find near to that poem are The Painted Veil and The Tiger and the Snow.  Both films show what love between two people should be, as they show what love is.

Imagine Nero walking the Great Wall, if you wish such as that.  We all must remember that our enormous room is a small roe's chest.  Otherwise we cannot love.



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

"Oh, my dear, that's one to tell your grand children. . . .  Don't worry:  I love God, even though I sometimes don't know what he's doing. . . .  Love is like a flame; it burns and is visible to all. . . .  None of us will ever leave Sumatra. . . . Amen."


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

This book is exactly an autobiography.  Other works in that genre try to explain the effect of the life in question on others’ lives.  This book tells succinctly how Woody Guthrie grew to produce his effect.  Woody and his story are works of dynamic integrity.  We need to listen, closely.

Woody Guthrie was communist, in the sense that we all should share God's bounty.  He was not a Marxist or a Leninist or a Stalinist.  Nor was he a Washingtonist or a Jeffersonist.

Nor was he an Amerigo Vespugian or a Paulist or any other kind of excuse for a name.


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

Both authors were at the top level of the Central Intelligence Agency.  One planned the U2 project and the operation Kennedy turned into the debacle at Bay of Pigs.  The other, recruited into the agency from college during the Johnson administration, worked his way up to directing the agency during the first Bush administration.  But the first declines to blame Kennedy for the mess he made, and the second hardly mentions the former Director of Central Intelligence who appointed him to that position while President, making both books smoke screens for coversion.  But any competent CIA analyst could synthesize truth from the details.


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

With great technical and aesthetic prowess, this film shows how cheap and cowardly and stupid humans have become, the abstraction of the word “humanitarian”.  Many of its details and time lines don’t work together, but neither do many humans attend much to what’s in their faces, rationalizing private greed against public concern.  Journalists and politicians and doctors and lawyers keep trying to take advantage of the weakness of humans trying to be as suicidal, self-destructive, as they are.  One of the twelve tasks of Hercules was to kill the Titan Antaeus, the difficulty being that Antaeus regained his strength whenever he was down to Earth.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences keeps proving itself Herculean.  But most important are our children.  Note the dedication.


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

This was a Sundance production.  It’s set in New Mexico, the state of the united ones whose flag represents the sun.  Its theme is the power of the people, and it shows how humans can unite for the best of their life and love, against the power of humans who unite for smaller selves.

But it waves a rabbit dead to excuse firing to frighten humans.  Beans contain as much protein as animal meat, leaving killing cattle less practical than killing trees for golfing.  Humans eat like pigs, but we work harder at it.

This film promotes considering the lilies of the field, while it promotes eating sparrows.   It does not pass through the eye of the needle.  But it helps.


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

In this film, Woody Allen closes his career by admitting the cause of his success, that he has catered to hypochondriacs, people who seek only pity.  Aristotle pointed out the technical difficulties of the staging of his time, and the French called those limitations an ideal and adhered to that absurdity long after Shakespeare freed the rest of us, and long after Eisenstein offered us Shakespeare’s best wishes, and now their pride is in ennui.  Cinema, at its best, goes straight to our hearts by opening our eyes, not by giving us more weak excuses.  In this film, Allen admits he has nothing on Eastwood.  And cinema is still beginning.  To show, to move.  Just see.


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

Richard Wright said that Ms. McCullers accepted blacks.  More recently, linguists have called the non-white grammar and diction of blacks the “negro non-standard dialect”.  African Americans no longer wish to be called Negroes, and Ms. McCullers did not accurately represent their dialect.  But she did faithfully represent the lonely hearts of the down and out!  Can Mick ever rediscover her music?


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

What’s the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist?  This film is a story of redemption, a story of love for the best and worst of us.  If one can divorce oneself from merchandising and violence, this film is beautiful.   In its beginning, the protagonist is a soldier who failed to die in battle, a person dead of his past and living without future.  In the end, his horse’s head is above his, as he bows to “the peace all of us seek and few of us ever find.”


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

This is another beautiful book. The man who wrote it must have been in love. Maybe a little as Mark Twain must have been to write Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.


War and Peace an 1869 novel

Tolstoy, while fathering thirteen children with a woman he married when she was half his age, is mostly about his love for her.  The last hundred-some pages of the book he wrote while she bore most of them try to justify the book otherwise, as an essay on war regardless of peace.  And, maybe so, he died leaving his wife, the mother of his children, to justify his thinking.  Many of us live and die that way.  We ignore our life.


"Nothing on Earth is worse than bigotry,
and bigotry cannot survive without hypocrisy."


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