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Silver and lying - 23 March 2017

Neil Gorsuch is a sociopathic creep, and he plainly demonstrated that fact during his “confirmation” hearings, and media and government pundits are saying he performed well.  He bragged about another attorney saying he was like Perry Mason, and Lindsay Graham said he pleased him and that he was afraid Herr Drumpf might instead have nominated “someone from TV,” and media reporters also ignored that he may as well have.  Gorsuch answered every question as though he were trying out for a TV show but lacked the acting skill for a part other than in a soap opera, and pundits fell for it.

We the people can fire Herr Drumpf in less than four years.  But we the people can never fire a Supreme Court Justice, and so we’ll be stuck with creepy sociopathic bogus Neil Gorsuch until he dies, if our Congress “confirms” him.  And our representatives are indicating that they approve of him because they wish his lies were true.

They’re like people flying in the sunshine above the clouds and ignoring the shady storm beneath them.


Buying cheap and selling dear - 22 March 2017

An MBA, I’m aware that success of stock market investment ordinarily depends on diversification, and so I selected ten mutual funds that vary from one another across geographical areas and levels of capitalization and risk strategies and use my E*Trade brokerage account to shuffle my investments among them.  I decide my shuffling by going online each Wednesday and tracking the gains and losses of each of those funds and have learned from that process that the general growth of the stock market since Herr Drumpf’s “win” is despite him and not because of him.  Segments keep shifting.

Herr Drumpf campaigned on promises of promoting domestic investment and especially in small business and inhibiting investment in other countries and especially in China.  Investment in domestic equity mutual funds and especially in small business domestic equity funds increased at the beginning of his Presidency but has decreased since.  And investment in international equity mutual funds and especially in China equity funds decreased at the beginning of his Presidency but has increased since.

That’s why people diversify their investments.  I’ve profited from my E*Trade account since Herr Drumpf’s election.  But all my profit from it since his election has been from my investment in Asian equity mutual funds.  I expect to profit from domestic equity mutual funds in the next few years.  But that will depend on investing in them after Herr Drumpf sinks them.


Limits of power - 21 March 2017

The “liberal” party of Jefferson Davis is throwing Aunt Jemima Donna Brazile under all the busses Rosa Parks liberated.  Herr Drumpf’s “win” has both Republicans and Democrats scavenging their own party to emulate his success at convincing people that lying is talking straight.  Herr Drumpf has proven that electability depends not on integrity but on fooling some of the silliest people most of the time in particular places.

Politically, racism is mainly a religious problem, and a main basis for many religions is bigotry.  And both racism and partisanship are inherently bigoty and depend on propaganda for political success.  That’s how the party of Abraham Lincoln has become the tea party and how the party of Jefferson Davis has become the Camelot party.

And the electoral college is keeping social media from changing that.  We the people can force our government to bridge the gap between Selma and Montgomery only by demanding repealing it.  Only that can save us from such as Herr Drumpf.


The ordinary irrationality of reasoning - 20 March 2017

An MSNBC pundit called the 123-page American Health Care Act a big sweeping bill.  Hillamneycare is more than 2000 pages, but of course such unfair imbalance is ordinary for a pundit for the main propaganda machine of the Camelot party, but neither can we expect fairness or balance from pundits for the tea party’s Fox News.  We can of course expect what they’re delivering, bickering about their baloney, a means for mendacity.

And, of course, it’s nothing new.  European American attorneys couldn’t convince European American judges that the United States Constitution plainly says that the Scottsboro Boys never should have been in jail.  A European American attorney was able to bail Rosa Parks out of jail but not able to make the bus boycott unnecessary.

When a homeless shelter fired me for complaining about its discrimination against African Americans, a European American attorney told me my complaint would have no weight in court, because I’m not African American.


Bickering about baloney - 19 March 2017

Wolf Blitzer, in a long interview with Paul Ryan about the American Health Care Act, ignored everything Ryan said.  Ryan answered each of Blitzer’s questions reasonably and specifically, and Blitzer replied by repeating irrelevant irrationality, and Ryan also reasonably replied to that.  And the tea party is also arguing irrational unreasonable irrelevance against the act while Herr Drumpf proves that he doesn’t understand it.

Dodging direct diction, a tactic all political parties liberally conserve, is a bipartisan growth industry since Herr Drumpf’s election.  One example is the current debate over the difference between “coverage” and “care,” and another is the current debate over the difference between “wiretapping” and “surveillance,” whether wiretapping requires tapping wires.  It’s like Heehaw Hillary’s question of wiping a hard drive with a cloth.

Muhammad Ali, in a public service message against tooth decay, said that “we must whup Mr. Tooth Decay.”  If he did that today, he’d risk Lindsay Graham accusing him of radical Islamic terrorism against kids with cavities, and the tea party and the Camelot Kennedy party would jump into the fray with all four of their faces.  And Fox News and MSNBC would prolong the fray with Judaic CNN pushing them into the prolonging.


Webs and wickedness - 18 March 2017

Democrats are arguing that, because Republicans haven’t yet offered the legislation Ryan separated from American Health Care Act because of Congressional rules, the supplemental legislation is empty promises.  Fact is that, if Republicans don’t offer it, Democrats can and can argue for it by pointing out that Republicans promised it.  So, if it doesn’t make its way through congress, both parties shall lose more of their credibility.

And another freaky element of bipartisan hypocrisy is Herr Drumpf’s honoring Andrew Jackson by keeping a portrait of him beside the desk in the oval office and laying a wreath on his grave on his birthday.  Jackson was a Democrat, a founding father of the party of Jefferson Davis that now calls itself liberal, but he advised a Democratic governor of Georgia to impose the trail of tears despite the Supreme Court.  Consider.

What a wonderful world.  Louis Armstrong learned to play trumpet in the cheaper of New Orleans’ two neighborhoods marketing prostitutes.  Our federal government closed both, but they consolidated on Bourbon Street and crowded out the convent that was there, and Prostitution still thrives there, and New Orleans’ main airport and the park surrounding New Orleans’ Theatre of the Performing Arts bear Louis Armstrong’s name.


Fake news Flynn and intelligence - 17 March 2017

An MSNBC pundit asked why countries other than the United States provide more effective healthcare at less cost than does the United States.  The pundit was arguing against the American Health Care Act, but the answer to the question argues for the American Health Care Act, because it’s the difference between “coverage” and care.  Health insurance permits healthcare providers to charge any prices they desire.

The American Health Care Act won’t “decimate” Medicare.  It’ll “touch” Medicaid, by diminishing its dependence on insurance, but it won’t touch Medicare.  People arguing that it’ll decimate Medicare are ignoring that Ryancare includes legislation in addition to the principal act and that so does the report from the Congressional Budget Office.

And Herr Drumpf shot Ryan in the foot by distracting from that debate by initiating the tapping gate debate.  The residual debate between Herr Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary is about as rational as a barroom brawl.  And now its dragging sick old people into it.


Mainstream alternative news - 16 March 2017

Traitor Tom Creepy Cotton epitomizes the current trouble of the United States.  He’s running for our Presidency, and he’s solicited support from supporters of Herr Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu by sucking 47 tea party senators into signing a letter to Iran against Obama, and now he’s soliciting support from supporters of Heehaw Hillary by misrepresenting the American Health Care Act.  But we can hope for swiftboating.

Coward Kerry was a Navy officer in Vietnam and begged medals to return early and protest the sorts of things he did there.  Creepy Cotton was an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned to protest any government policy that doesn’t agree with his xenophobia.  And we the people of the United States, like most people of every other nation on earth, tend to pay attention to facts that agree with our particular prejudices.

So we ignore that Bigot Bannon’s position in the Whitehouse is the chance that we’ve already given Herr Drumpf.  And we ignore that the predominance of Judaism in CNN’s leadership proves that CNN is a propaganda machine for Yahoo Netanyahu’s Israel its now promoting by calling Putin the most powerful man in the world.  And we ignore that Soap Oprah’s money mongering conspicuously is by way of Aunt Jemima marketing.


Reasoning and rationing - 15 March 2017

Opponents to the American Health Care Act are refusing to recognize the difference between “coverage” and care while proponents of the act are pointing out that coverage doesn’t necessarily provide care.  The word “coverage” in that context refers to insurance while the word “care” refers to healthcare that high insurance premiums and deductibles may make unaffordable.  So the opponents are ignoring the basic goal.

Of course, AARP is against the American Health Care Act, because both AARP and Hillamneycare are mostly insurance scams.  The “discounts” AARP promotes, for health insurance and for automobile insurance and for travel and other costs, are from prices that aren’t competitive and to prices that that aren’t competitive.  The act’s provisions for competition will lower our health insurance costs by raising patients’ ability to choose.

It’s like Shakespeare’s notion that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  Yes, it would, but roses are in many varieties, and the smell isn’t the only marketing factor, and price and appearance are two of them.  Insurance is a price we pay for appearance, and it won’t deliver what we need if we can’t afford to buy it, and Hillamneycare forces us to pay the government for nothing if we can’t buy insurance.


Basically brackish brackets - 14 March 2017

Ways to fire Herr Drumpf are stacking up from Russia to Washington, but a bigger problem is how to fix the political system that hired him, the Electoral College and the ninniness of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Firing Herr Drumpf will put Pandering Pence into the Whitehouse for the remainder of his term and will inflict the Camelot Kennedy party of Jefferson Davis on us next.

And we the people, whose favorite entertainment is teams of people fighting one another for no rational reason, like things that way.

We don’t bother with rationality.

It’s too difficult.


Like pulling teeth - 13 March 2017

My dentist asked why our political system can’t produce candidates for our Presidency for whom we can reasonably vote.  I immediately thought of Condoleeza Rice, who was a Democrat until she recognized the Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy of the party of Jefferson Davis, and then switched to being a Republican to work against the Strom Thurmond blatancy of the party of Abraham Lincoln.  The tea party drove her away.

Fighting bigotry and other corruption in our republic is often a thankless job.  South Korea’s government has both convicted its President of corruption and fired her.  But our government is so democratic that it impeached Bubba Bill but didn’t fire him and nearly hired Heehaw Hillary after she stood by him.

I wrote a vote for Condoleeza Rice when we the people offered me a choice between Herr Drumpf and Cackle Clinton.  But Rice is showing no inclination to jump back into the corruption.  She’s teaching against it.


The devils in the derailing - 12 March 2017

People who shall vote against the American Health Care Act are in three categories.  The largest category shall be Democrats resenting Republicans’ cleaning up the Hillamneycare mess they passed.  The second largest category shall be Republicans willing to sacrifice the actuality of a total reduction of taxes to conserve their dogma of no new taxes.  And the most meager category is the people hating Herr Drumpf to the extent that they’ll cut off their noses to spite his face.  Paul Ryan has returned to the fairness and balance and fiscal prowess that pushed him to be Speaker of the House.

If Congress rejects the American Healthcare Act, the reasons shall be unreasonable and neither medical nor financial, and its approach to “preexisting conditions” makes that clear.  It’ll lower health insurance premiums by paying for treatment for them from taxes, and opening health insurance companies to interstate competition shall also lower health insurance premiums, making up for the taxes.  Grudges aren’t reasons.

And Herr Drumpf, while Ryan was presenting his PowerPoint pitch for his excellent offering, tweeted that producing the act Ryan literally handed to us on national television was “going well,” proving he had nothing to do with it, to any reasonable person.


Fragmentation - 11 March 2017

We may be able to dump Herr Drumpf in fewer than four years.  Investigating his Russia connections may produce probable cause to subpoena his tax returns.  And, whether or not he’s guilty of treason, those returns may produce evidence of other conflicts of interest he’s hiding.  From the standpoint of criminality Herr Drumpf may make Bubba Bill seem unimpeachable.  Bubba’s crime was only his misrepresenting what “is” was.

Think of Humpty Dumpty and Rubik’s cube.  Herr Drumpf is steadily losing support from people who don’t need his support.  And the Republican holdouts who are holding office shall dump him if the alternative is criminal prosecution of them for complicity with him.

Replacing Hillamneycare may be easier than restoring Herr Drumpf’s credibility.


Bottom feeders and bottom lines - 10 March 2017

Recently an alternative news aficionado told me that China owns the people of the United States by owning nearly all of the national debt of the United States.  When I pointed out to him that Chinese entities hold but $1.3 trillion of the United States’ $20 trillion national debt, he replied that China holds more of that debt than does any other nation, and that China is the greatest threat to our security.  Actually China’s economy depends on the success of the United States’ economy and accordingly is no kind of threat to the United States while our alliance with Israel makes us a target for terror.

But our mass media is also inaccurate.  Consider their response to Ben Carson, Herr Drumpf’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, calling slaves immigrants.  He didn’t say they were the same as immigrants or refugees from Mexico or Syria, but media and government pundits on each of our six main TV mass media networks said he did, while they ignored his creepiness while it was more maudlin that Soap Oprah.

Creepy Carson tried to kill a childhood friend of his by stabbing his stomach and bragged about that while he was running for our Presidency.  He would have cheered while the bulldozer crushed Rachel Corrie.  He’s selling out his race for Herr Drumpf.


R2D2 - 9 March 2017

Let’s consider how humanitarian is “vetting” either candidates for appointment to government positions or candidates for refuge in the United States.  The word “vetting” originally meant examining as a veterinarian would, and so it literally means treating someone as a humanitarian would treat a dog, and not as any veteran of military force treated enemies.  But try telling that to former military lawyer Lindsey Graham.

But consider what “humanitarian” means.  Humanity is the only species that either kills other species for fun or kills its own species for religion.  And we call that courage while the origin of the English word “courage” is a Roman word meaning heart.

Most humans’ attitude toward life suggests that they have artificial hearts.


Public pulp pit - 8 March 2017

Members of the Republican Party whom we the people have elected to positions in our government are increasing their agreement with Herr Drumpf.  But Fox News, the Republican Party’s main propaganda machine, is decreasing its agreement with him since he tweeted that nonsense about Obama tapping his Trump Tower telephone.  That mainly says that Fox News is no different from MSNBC, the Democratic Party’s main propaganda machine, in being primarily commercial.  But it also says that the market both seek is shifting further from Herr Drumpf.  And the market is we the people.

But an element of Herr Drumpf’s silliness that we the people tend to ignore is his bipartisan insistence that Hillamneycare is Obamacare.  Recognizing that Obama resisted Hillamneycare and accepted it only because he needed Heehaw Hillary’s husband Bubba Bill’s support for reelection would require recognizing that Obama had no desire that Cackle Clinton succeed him.  We the people often ignore the obvious.

Purple mountain majesty is from haze, and Herr Drumpf is president because of his and media and government pundits’ commercial and political haze, and another example of it is Herr Drumpf’s using the Oval Office for photo opportunities through its windows.


Fear and fraud - 7 March 2017

Soap Oprah pointed out the weirdest factor in Herr Drumpf’s Presidency.  He knows no more about how to preside over a democracy or how to participate competently in the diversity of the governments of the world or how to manage military force than she does.  And part of that problem is the reason he’s President, that neither do we the people of the United States who pay them billions of dollars, essentially for fooling us.

But that’s politics.  Paul Ryan is a fiscal expert, but he’s preaching international relations, because he wishes to be president.  Lindsey Graham was a military lawyer, but he’s preaching economics and military warfare, because he wishes to be President.  And they have Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura and Al Franken as role models.  We’re calling sucking leading and lying communicating.

Now we have a head to head contest between Herr Drumpf and Al Franken, and our mass commercial media are letting Franken take the lead in it, because “news anchors” are also anchorless.  It’s about Herr Drumpf’s saying Obama “wire tapped” Trump Tower, as though hiring the NSA and telephone surveillance are like hiring burglars and hiding a tape recorder, as Nixon did.  And agreeing with that silly simile is bipartisan.


Lying there by the juniper - 6 March 2017

An MSNBC pundit said Russia is “clouding” Herr Drumpf’s agenda.  Russia is part of Herr Drumpf’s agenda, and Bigot Bannon clarifies Herr Drumpf’s agenda, and MSBNBC clouds everything.  MSNBC, and Fox News and CNN, cloud the clear fact that ISIS is an Israeli counterintelligence operation, the clear fact that both the Republican party and the Democratic party cloud their agenda, and the clear fact that they’re commercial.

Cable news and partisan politics and Yahoo Netanyahu and Propaganda Putin and Herr Drumpf are all in the business of diversions and distractions.  It’s economics, and people who don’t know that are either ignorant or stupid, and the horror is that it all fosters war.  It’s like the violent racist bigotry of the old testament of the promised land. 

Its function is robbing one another, and we train our children to it in Sunday school and little league.  It’s like all the cash Camelot Kennedy’s family sucked from people too lazy or insufficiently affluent to buy or use copper kettles.  It’s all a Sessions session.



Preservation of pretention - 5 March 2017

A drunk drove into a Mardi Gras crowd in New Orleans, and our mass media ignored the nature of Mardi Gras to suggest that it may have been “radical Islamic terrorism,” proving the tendency of our media to terrorize.  Mardi gras” is a French phrase meaning fat Tuesday and referring to the annual last chance for raising hell before the fasting and repenting beginning Ash Wednesday.  So it was radical Christian terrorism.

And another example of radical Christian terrorism was evangelical Christians saying that Hurricane Katrina was God punishing New Orleans for fostering such celebrations through the Bourbon Street culture of decadence that attracts tourists all year.

And now Las Vegas has terrorized most of the the music from New Orleans.


The Truman show - 4 March 2017

A difference between Hitler and Herr Drumpf is that Hitler said that a weakness with democracy is that its making the people responsible permits political leaders to abdicate responsibility.  Herr Drumpf blames anyone other than he for his failures, but Hitler killed himself for the failure of the war he promoted through Mein Kampf, if he didn’t fake that to flee to Argentina.  So we can’t be sure which of those creeps is most hypocritical.

And the same is true of their religious professions.  Herr Drumpf said he’s a Presbyterian, but his daughter converted to Judaism to marry a Jew her father has assigned to “negotiate” with Yahoo Netanyahu, and the Secretary of the Treasury Herr Drumpf appointed is Jewish.  But references to “God” pervade Mein Kampf.

Another question is why Herr Drumpf, whose grandfather Drumpf immigrated to New York from Germany, claims a Scottish Christian denomination.  And he should note that that “New York’s finest” descended from Irish immigrants.  They were a huddled mass.



Tea party tridents - 3 March 2017

General McMasters, Herr Drumpf’s National Security Advisor, agreed with any responsibly literate person and advised Herr Drumpf not to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”, because 1.6 billion people are Muslims and know that Islam isn’t terrorism, radical or not.  But, predictably, Herr Drumpf ignored him, and he continues to prefer advice from bigot Banning to advice from anyone else, proving the absurdity of his supporters’ saying we should give him a chance to prove himself.  His preference for Bannon’s bigotry proves he has no intention of trying any fairness or balance.

And that increases the probability of someone like Borscht Bernie or Heehaw Hillary being the next President of the United States.  Neither Silly Sanders nor Cackle Clinton is more honest or more reasonably political than is Herr Drumpft.  And none of the three understands the essentials of either diplomacy or economics.

So selecting a political party is like drawing a line between two seas.


Point of view - 2 March 2017

I began reading Mein Kampf to learn whether Hitler’s problem with Judaism was the same as is mine.  My problem with Judaism is its homicidally racist premise that God prefers the descendants of one man to all the other humans and promised to help them kill any other humans for their land and for anything else they acquired in the lives God gave them.  So I’m happy to have learned that Hitler’s most specific claim against Jews is the opposite of my problem with Judaism.  He says in Mein Kampf that Marx and all the other Judaic people believe that all men are equal.  So, plainly, he lied or ignored.

Unhappily, from reading Mein Kampf, I’ve learned that Herr Drumpf and our media and government pundits and every partisan politician deploy Hitler’s popularity ploys.  The attitude of most of those people is the notion of manifest destiny that caused Andrew Jackson to send Cherokees on the trail of Tears and Hitler to try to conquer all humans.  And Herr Drumpf keeps a portrait of Andrew Jackson beside the desk in the Oval Office.

It’s the sort of populism that prompted John Rolfe to take Pocahontas to England as China sent Pandas to Virginia.  The English dressed her in the gaudy English fashion of the English monarchy.  And she died in Gravesend while trying to return home.


Bigotry and begging - 1 March 2017

The party of Jefferson Davis proved its roots by electing Tom Perez to chair the Democratic National Committee.  It booted female African American Donna Brazile out of her incumbency and politically tarred and feathered Islamic Keith Ellison for being honest regarding the United States’ relationship with Israel many years ago.  Perez is a Camelot Kennedy Gangster Hoffa labor union scammer promoting such skimming.

And those are plain facts.  They’re plain on TV and on the World Wide Web, but most people on Facebook and Twitter influence TV and the World Wide Web and elections by ignoring those plain facts, preferring their private pretentions.  They’re like the guy who threw a pie into Bill Gates’ face to protest his earning his billions of dollars.

Democrats are liberal in the way that Republicans are conservative.  Both parties promote the platform in the epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible.  Timothy, a pharisaical disciple of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, said in it that Jesus sanctified tithing for priests.


Posterity and pretention - 28 February 2017

Yes, “news” is “fake,” but so are Herr Drumpf’s “alternative facts,” and so is much of what both media and government pundits say, and so is all partisanship.  When Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of our House of Representatives, she waved the gavel in the presence of children of several ethnicities in a mix that didn’t represent the balance of our citizenship, either sexually or racially.  It was only fake posturing.

But that’s normal.  Many women behave as though feminism is the right to kill fetuses, and many African Americans behave as though black is more beautiful than white, and Jews and Christians behave as though Arabs aren’t Semitic, and Hebrews originally weren’t Jews but residents of Hebron, if the Bible isn’t fake.  It’s all normal and bigotry.

Sunday morning, the Columbia Broadcasting System aired private citizens discussing Herr Drumpf, and the most optimistic was a father who said he replied, to his daughters’ asking him how we elected Herr Drumpf, that each election eventually strengthens us.


Populist propaganda politics - 27 February 2017

Herr Drumpf rallies are like football, and this year’s CPAC meeting was a Herr Drumpf rally, after Counselor Conway promised it would be a tea party.  But both football and the members of the Republican Party calling themselves the tea party are protectionist and conservative in that they try to conserve their private wealth while acting against conservative economics.  And the whole mess is as cheaply expensive as Herr Drumpf.

And the party of Jefferson Davis calling itself democratic is trying to fight it by being the same.  MSNBC, it’s main propaganda machine, uses Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd as its point man and uses a guy in a yuppie suit, a necktie with khaki trousers and a blue collar shirt with its sleeves rolled to his elbows, as a warm-up act.  Fake news.

Only Heehaw Hillary’s preaching protectionism is consistent with ordinary hypocrisy.  And the “liberal” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science is doing the same by promoting honoring La La Land.  It’s all like masturbating in a movie theatre.


Wolves of Zion - 26 February 2017

Neo-Freudian psychologist Erik Erikson said sanity is the ability to trust.  “Alternative facts,” like “alternative news,” are for people so desperately untrusting that they’re afraid of research.  Yes, mass media misrepresent, but a way to find facts is by comparing reports across the spectrum and accepting the most credible or looking to original sources.  And that would inform us that reasonably believing Herr Drumpf or Bigot Bannon or Pandering Pence depends on research.  And most of us have the World Wide Web, access to a limitless collection of sources, both alternative and original.

The problem is that few of us bother.  If we did, we’d know that Bigot Bannon’s being in Herr Drumpf’s cabinet indicates that Herr Drumpf is every kind of racist, but few of us know that both Hebrews and Arabs are Semitic.  Fake News Flynn’s Islamophobia is anti-Semitic, and few of us recognize that Herr Drumpf’s firing him but not firing Bigot Bannon says only that Herr Drumpf is both anti-Semitic and a liar, at least by omission.

And the reason for that is our swallowing the hogwash of both MSNBC and Fox News ignoring the fact that using the term “anti-Semitic” to mean anti-Judaic is anti-Semitic by denying the existence of every Arab while Israelis say Arabs deny their right to exist. 


Snow and seasons - 25 February 2017

Mass television media pundits are saying that our mass social media are influential.  A difference is that the social media pundits are you and me and anyone else with a Facebook account.  The reason we’re more influential than the TV pundits is that we’re the people the TV pundits try to sucker.

And the same is true of the government pundits.  We elect many of them because they sucker us during their campaigns.  But, to “win” our votes again, they need to do what they promised during their campaigns.

Those who don’t are no more likely to keep their positions than people in Boston are likely to keep their parking spaces.


Delusion and despair - 24 February 2017

”We National Socialists, who are fighting for a new world view, must never take our stand on the famous ‘basis of facts,’ and especially not on mistaken facts,” said Hitler in Mein Kampf.  And, on the next page, he said that a proverb says that victory shall always be won by him who attacks, but later Russia’s winter defeated his attacks, as it defeated Napoleon’s.  Look, Herr Drumpf, on the endless sands around Ozymandias.

And look on the world view of MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Fox News’ Economy Eric Bully Bolling.  The monkey wrenches Herr Drumpf is throwing into our partisan works may destroy the hypocrisy of the party of Abraham Lincoln but leave the spoil to the hypocrisy of the party of Jefferson Davis.  It’s like Sunnis and Shiites.

And it’s like the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah, and the Thirty Years war between the Roman Catholics and the German Protestants, etc.  Herr Drumpf’s weltanschauung is blindly leading the blind.  But it’s not new under anyone’s sun.


Propaganda and boneyards - 23 February 2017

Barbara Starr, of CNN’s Blitzer/Tapper/Bash Yahoo Netanyahu axis, argued against Herr Drumpf eliminating ISIS.  That suggests that, whether or not Herr Drumpf knows more about ISIS than do our generals, she surely does.  ISIS is doing more for Israel than the modern Israeli military and United States aid to it has suggested Israel could.

The problem with Hitler was that he was too much like Israel while also being dishonest.  Judaism is a religion of a race, and the religion is what Hitler called a weltanschauung, but the Jewish race continues while the Aryan race blended many centuries ago with the civilizations it conquered by the assimilation Hitler decried.  So Hitler was no Aryan.

And Hitler’s murdering six million Jews hardly compares with the number of people Jews have killed in the name of God since they spearheaded the army of Moses that Joshua led for the killing of the inhabitants of the land of Canaan after Moses ordered it to annihilate his wife’s tribe after accepting her father’s advice to appoint judges.


Playing us again - 22 February 2017

Define “intelligence.”  What some people call it is telling us that South Korea’s government had two women kill a half-brother of North Korea’s “supreme leader” in Malaysia while he was trying to fly to Tokyo’s Disneyland.  The guy was no friend of the “supreme leader,” and the “supreme leader” was no friend of South Korea, and Malaysia is famous for killing people by losing them after boarding flights.

But that’s typical of the mass media that put Herr Drumpf’s “reality” into the Whitehouse, the mass media that’s now complaining about his firing Fake News Flynn after complaining about his hiring him, the mass media that’s complaining about his complaining about their behaving as he does.

In 1973, the year a Nixon administration counterintelligence operation ended the Afghan monarchy, I knew a Lebanese spy who owned the only bowling alley in Afghanistan.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, a work 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 drug opera, like Stone's movies.

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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