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Puerility - 9 February 2016

“Let the children lead,” say people who have organized a movement to integrate Brooklyn’s public school system, a half century after the Birmingham Children’s Crusade.  And that points directly at a problem that the Bible points out in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Old Testament saying that the sins of the parents pass on through generations and the New Testament saying that entrance to heaven requires becoming as little children.  Adults, including people calling themselves evangelical and preaching bigotry in Sunday schools, train children to be like them.

Kids who enjoy baseball are kids other kids invite to join their team.  And, after that implementation of segregation, the kids in the teams enjoy baseball while their parents fight with each other and the adult officials.  And adult sports involve players fighting on the playing field and adult fans fighting in parking lots after the games.  And universities compromise academics in favor of such ignorance.  They teach our children that.

And segregation is integral not only to the schools of Brooklyn but also to the neighborhoods of the “cradle of liberty.”  And the United States Ambassador to the United Nations says she’s a member of the Red Sox Nation.  Consider UNICEF.   

 

The opportunity cost - 8 February 2016

Heehaw Hillary’s tirade against Borscht Bernie in what mass media are calling a debate cost her.  It was against his simply stating facts that prove her lack of integrity, and her response in the style of Tirading Trump only proved her insanity, while Borscht Bernie responded appropriately.  Instead of arguing against her nonsense, he simply shook his head with dismay on his face as she rambled her rant, her absurdly unrighteous indignity.

But Bernie’s proposing that we remove earning limits from eligibility to receive social security payments shows his unreasonable irrationality.  Doing that would permit what he calls “the top one percent” to be in the top one percent of social security recipients.  As things stand, they’re in the bottom zero percent, and his proposal would cost all taxpayers.

But, on the other side, Slurpee Bloomberg’s considering entering the contest suggests that we may have an alternative to the current gaggle of goofs.  Condoleezza Rice, the most reasonably rational possibility, could enter dynamically.  And Biden still may bite.

 

The monkey trial - 7 February 2016

Democrats are arguing about which of them is “really progressive” while Republicans are arguing about which of them is “really conservative.”  Democrats say they’re trying to progress the Constitution of the United States while Republicans are saying they’re trying to conserve it.  But neither party nor we the people of the United States voting for them are saying what anyone means by “progression” or “conservation” or “reality.”

Ignorance is seizing our days.  We have easier access to facts than we’ve ever had, and yet we conserve our ignorance and progress head-on into walls, while we tweet nonsense into each other’s face.  Our partisanship conserves the establishment while we blame whatever party isn’t ours for the gridlock partisanship establishes.

And the same is true of calling people liars.  Trump and Clinton flagrantly lie, and a person who flagrantly lies is a liar, and lying is neither progressive nor conservative.  And calling lying about whether someone is a liar is not “politically correct.”

 

Iconocrap - 6 February 2016

Intellect is the ability to understand relationships and differences, and integrity is being one person and speaking and behaving in accordance with the character of that one person, but campaigning to be President of the United States is neither of those.

Charisma is the ability to charm people, and obnoxiousness is the intentional or unintentional poisoning of other people’s attitudes toward oneself, but Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted and Heehaw Hillary are obnoxiously charming people into voting for them.

Spirituality is the opposite of materialism, and so praying to win the lottery or a football game or the Presidency of the United States is the epitome of hypocrisy, but voters and candidates for the Presidency of the United States do that and claim to be spiritual.

 

Who would kill Rachel Corrie? - 5 February 2016

One problem with the Iowa caucus is that, because the Democrats don’t vote individually but in groups, we have no way of knowing the Democratic turnout.  And another problem with it is that the complexity of that party’s process discourages people from turning out.  And another is that what those who turnout do isn’t secret.  So the Democratic Party is hardly democratic.  That party’s “caucus” is intimidation.

And another travesty of democracy is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  While the racial and religious demographics of the performers and their audiences approximates the racial and religious demographics of all of humanity, nearly every person deciding who receives “academy awards” is Caucasian, and an inordinate number is Jewish.  Judaic persons are fewer than a quarter of a percent of humanity.

And such imbalance is in other mass media.  Lester Holt is the first African American network nightly news anchor, and his appointment to that position drew less media attention than is the possibility of Borscht Bernie being the first Jewish President of the United States, and that possibility is zero.  Truman descended from Jacob and Rachel Jung, German Jews who immigrated to New York, changing their name to Young.

 

Artificial heartless arithmetic - 4 February 2016

One of many freaky factors of the Cackle Clinton campaign is that neither she nor mass media are calling her a septuagenarian.  Mass media are making an issue of Borscht Bernie’s 74 years, and he’s facing the fact head on and has joked about it saying he’s considered competing for a senior boxing title instead of running for the Presidency, while Heehaw Hillary doesn’t mention her age.  68 is nearer to septeptuaginta than is 74.

And, also on the subjects of health and linguistics and politics, the phrase “single payer” misrepresents any alternative to Hillamneycare, unless we the people are but one taxpayer.  Saying that socializing medicine billing would bill one payer is like saying the government dies every time a soldier dies in a war.  And, were taxes to pay for all healthcare, all taxpayers would pay less for healthcare than we pay for Hillamneycare.

The “top one percent” would pay private physicians under the delusion that government doctors are inferior.  And, if they didn’t, caring for that one percent of us would cost less than we’re paying for healthcare under the Hillamneycare health insurance scam.  And, contrary to media reporting of the healthcare the United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides, generality is that it’s more proficient than is private healthcare.

 

Buffaloing - 3 February 2016

Bubba Bill is playing the gullible goofs of every party against all interests.  His party of Jefferson Davis is obstructing people more credible than Heehaw Hillary wishing to run against her and is protecting her from proving her absurdity in debates.  And his pal Dingdong Donald is running such interference against the party of Abraham Lincoln by dominating mass media by clowning and sucking support from the similarly obnoxious.

And all of it is personal.  Media and government pundits throw the word “personal” around as though it isn’t nearly synonymous with “political.”  What Bubba Bill did to his intern was personal, and presiding over the government of the people and by the people and for the people of the United States is personal, and Dingdong Donald’s lying about thousands of New Jersey Muslims is personal.  And, moreover, lying people are liars.

And Tirading Trump’s using wounds of warriors as a political ploy is personal, and Cackle Clinton’s using the wounds of Gabby Giffords is personal, and both healthcare and health insurance are personal.  And so is Wall Street investing, be it a career choice or a sideline like 401k and 403b and IRA accounts, and so is fighting and dying all over Earth.  And, tragically, so is propaganda and other obfuscation of the actual.

 

The holistic cost - 2 February 2016

Political leaders have depended on popular gullibility since millennia before Pharaohs called themselves gods.  Tea Party Ted and Dingdong Donald are a current component of that tradition, and Sunday Cubio Rubio said on the CBS talk show Face the Nation that elections are in the hand of God, but Heehaw Hillary capitalizes on gullibility in different ways.  She said Sunday that e-mails on her private server that the State Department is saying shouldn’t be public because making them public would diminish the security of our nation should be public because she didn’t mark them secret.

And Borscht Bernie said Heehaw Hillary was lying when she said he doesn’t support Planned Parenthood.  She said he spoke against it, and he responded by saying he voted for it, and a pundit jumped in the middle of that argument saying that law keeps Planned Parenthood from using government funds for abortions, while Planned Parenthood depends on government funds to exist while it funds abortions and sells body parts from them, for further funding!  Who is gulling whom in all that insane mess?

And, in the other party, consider Cruz’s cruising for a bruising by mocking Trump’s trumpeting.  That’s the pot calling the kettle black, and consider how that’s like Jews and Christians and Muslims sharing Biblical bigotry, claimants to each of those religions calling claimants to the other two bigots.  The weirdest thing about humanity is our ability to gull ourselves by unreasonably saying our reasoning makes us superior.

 

The ethanol market - 1 February 2016

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, MSNBC’s point preacher for its promoting Heehaw Hillary’s unpresidential campaign to preside, said classifying her e-mails after she sent them is “over-classification gone amok.”  If making the e-mails public will endanger the security of the people of the United States or any other people now, whether or not publicizing them public would when she sent them, they shouldn’t be public.  That’s the difference.

Dingdong Donald joined the Wounded Warrior Project before he held his “wounded warrior” rally to suck attention from the Republican debate last week.  He’s been ignoring public facts to tirade against the United States Department of Veterans Affairs since the beginning of his unpresidential campaign to preside.  A glance at the Wounded Warrior Project’s public financial statements would tell Trump it’s a scam, and the V.A. is more effective than Hilamneycare, and less expensive.  And private practitioners malpractice more than do V.A. practitioners.  Let’s watch all the news.

And Cheap Chuck supported him in that.  He aired a pundit saying veterans would fare better if the government would pay private practitioners for their healthcare.  The V.A. pays for veterans’ for visits to emergency rooms of any hospitals, and it pays for veterans to receive all their health care from private practitioners if they live further than forty miles from the V.A. facility nearest them.  But slander is an effective potboiler. 

 

The new Michael Jackson movie - 31 January 2016

Dingdong Donald’s claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose supporters defined the campaign category of Bubba Bill.  Impeachment didn’t diminish Bubba’s popularity, and people claiming to be fighting for feminism continue to support him after he destroyed the career of a female intern by not being able to preside over his own zipper, and they’re supporting Heehaw Hillary’s having helped him.  The moral of all that nonsense is that we the people need to stop our confidence in charisma and start attention to what candidates to represent us in our government do to people.

But the current campaigning is weird in many ways.  Heehaw is winning by default, by shirking in Dingdong Donald’s shadow with the help of the “liberal” media and the Democratic National Committee.  The DNC is putting up no one against her, and is minimizing the amount of debating she does, leaving only Borscht Bernie competing against her, and his nonsense is as silly as her absurdity, and Bubba can bury him.

And Bernie’s meeting with Obama will help her by distancing her from the Obama lynch mob.  And that completes the promotion of him as nothing but a sparring partner for the DNC’s candidate.  Bernie’s sixties “liberalism” is like old white guys playing jazz. 

 

Christ and the bread lines - 30 January 2016

Muslims don’t behead.  The only reference to beheading in the Qur’an is an injunction not to behead enemies in battle but instead to “strike them below their necks.”  But the Bible says that David used Goliath’s sword to behead him after decapacitating him from a distance as drones do.  And, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Vatican, Michelangelo depicted Judith beheading Holofernes with his sword while he slept.  From their glass houses, Jews and Christians throw stones at Muslims for defending themselves, the only application of jihad the Qur’an permits.

But we the people of the United States have a history of bigotry.  We took the land of the free from its natives and built much of our wealth on the backs slaves and tried to justify all that by saying they weren’t Christians.  And, before calling many of them New York’s finest, we treated Christian families fleeing the potato famine in Ireland as we now are treating Christian families fleeing drug violence and poverty in Mexico.

And weirdest is that the people currently campaigning to preside over our government on a platform of such bigotry call themselves evangelical, but that’s been ordinary here since Puritans hanged Mary Dyer on Boston Common, for being Quaker.

 

Research and developmental propaganda disorder - 29 January 2016

Heehaw Hillary, talking in Iowa this week, said that Iowa has the “the world’s biggest 3D printer.”  Ostensibly, she was praising Iowa’s participation in computer technology, but she showed her ignorance as she did when she was talking about wiping her e-mail server.  So, to those who know the difference between a printer and a server, she must have fell on her face saying that as she fell on her head to dodge talking about Benghazi.

Yet, to most voters, the difference between her and Borsht Bernie, and the difference between Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted, is as clear as the difference between the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas.  Ancient Greeks distinguished them by building a temple to their god of the sea on a promontory pointing between them.  But, to anyone looking out from the temple, it’s all water blending as insignificantly as Greek religion.

We could draw distinction between Borscht Bernie’s Judaism and Hypocrite Huckabee’s and Tea Party Ted’s and Dingdong Donald’s claims to evangelism.  But they’re all demagogues, and none of them behaves as the evangels said Jesus did, while each of them tries to crucify all the others’ preaching.  And that includes Heehaw Hillary, although neither she nor Borscht Bernie proselytizes religion, sticking to political sermons.  

 

The costume party - 28 January 2016

Neither Heehaw Hillary nor Borscht Bernie nor that other guy showed any understanding of “the issues” in Des Moines Monday night.  And one thing they have in common is that they’ve been in the thick of United States politics without apparently learning anything.  Bernie apparently doesn’t know the difference between Wall Street and other real estate while Hillary still asks what difference events makes.

And mass media foster such irrelevance.  Dingdong Donald called Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians two Corinthians, and reporters and “anchors” and pundits on each of the main broadcast and cable TV networks have tried to ridicule him for using a cardinal number and not an ordinal number, while they ignore the relevance of his roots in slumlording and gambling to his claims to evangelism.  And consider how evangelical would be Silly Sarah’s taking her spice rack to a showdown on Fifth Avenue.

Current candidates for the Presidency of the United States are representing themselves as John Rolfe presented Pocahontas to the British monarchy.  They dress themselves in silly disguises to make themselves seem to be whatever they think we the people wish them to be.  But the craziest part of it is that we the people swallow their hogwash.  And then we go back to watching football and sitcoms.  Those of us shouldn’t vote.

 

Looking through the ignoring glass - 27 January 2016

George Stephanopoulos told Spike Lee he’d follow him on Good Morning America with a report of the new Michael Jackson movie.  Remember that Stephanopoulos was a Clinton staffer during Bubba Bill Jefferson Davis Clinton’s Presidency and that Bubba is now an absentee landlord in Harlem.  So weirdest in that exchange was Lee bumping fists with Stephanopoulos in response to that joke on the dead skin-bleaching Jackson.

People who live in glass houses need to move out of them.  Borscht Bernie, because of his public record of saying women fantasize men raping and beating them, is refraining from pointing out that Heehaw Hillary helped Bubba Bill destroy the career of a female intern in his care by refraining from presiding over his zipper.  And, for the same reason, Heehaw Hillary is refraining from throwing stones at Borscht Bernie from her glass house.

But Bernie also has a glass house problem on the Hillamneycare issue.  If he’s a competent socialist, he knows that Hillamneycare is an insurance scam, and accordingly contrary to his idealizing against Wall Street.  And that’s evidence he could use against Hillary by calling her in cahoots with Random Romney.  “This is my seventeenth snow emergency,” said Corpulent Christy.  Politicians play dodgeball.

 

To conserve or liberate what? - 26 January 2016

Who killed Norma Jean?  Why did Jacqueline Kennedy sound like Marilyn Monroe?  Why is Borscht Bernie using the Simon and Garfunkle song “America” for his campaign?  Why is Queen Rania of Jordan agreeing with President Obama of the United States concerning ISIS?  Why is the Tea Party disagreeing with her?  What killed Camelot Kennedy?

Dingdong Donald said he’d vote for anyone the Republican Party nominates, before he said he wouldn’t vote for Tea Party Ted if the Republican Party nominates him, and Borscht Bernie says that all billionaires are bad and that no one should need to earn anything!

The whole mess of them, whether they call themselves republican democratic or independent, is of the Jefferson Davis Cackle Clinton Bubba Bill party.

 

Ignorant Internet ingrates - 25 January 2016

“We do a lot of things well, in Washington, DC,” said an MSNBC weather reporter Friday, “but snow is not one of them.”  And, later that day, an MSNBC news reporter said the loss of customers to a “gorgeous coffee shop” in Flint was an indication that poisoning the water there might also be an economic problem.  Whether you call that snow or smoke, both MSNBC reporters were blowing it, at the expense of more than two cities.

But that shouldn’t surprise us.  MSNBC is the network of Lying Brian Windless Williams and Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Camelot Chris Matthews and Ridiculing Rachel Maddow.  And it’s the network that gives its “anchors” Sundays and other holidays off to air Caught on Camera and Lockup instead of misrepresenting important “news.”

Important was catching on camera Michigan’s governor hiring a PR firm to fight lead poisoning.  But MSNBC and other news media are why politicians feel the need to be so crass and dishonest.  Our only option is to use the World Wide Web beyond tweeting.

 

The sound of sniper fire - 24 January 2016

Fourteen years ago, when the Israelis had the Church of the Nativity under siege because some Palestinians were hiding from them in it, they blocked off Bethlehem to keep tourists from seeing what they were doing.  Now ISIS terrorists are killing people using cell phones to tweet against them, and United States mass media are reporting the killing but not the victims’ demographics, the fact that nearly every person tweeting is Islamic.  In 2002, Palestinians snuck me into Bethlehem at risk of their lives, because they wanted everyone to see what the Israelis were doing routinely in Bethlehem.

Two years ago, I flew to France to see sites of Medieval French History, and I visited battlefields from Roncesvalles to Orleans.  Returning home, I saw in a terminal at De Gaulle International a little red piano with a sign on it inviting people to play it, and I saw several children try to play it but no adults!  Would Jehanne of Domremy have tried?

Adults, not children, invented football and violent video games and guns and war, and we buy them for children, after selling them to them.

 

Driving to distraction - 23 January 2016

Wall Street, with your 401k and IRA investments, is in the dirt.  Media and government pundits are blaming that on China and oil prices, but those situations began weeks before the crash.  And those pundits are ignoring the fact that the factor that preceded the crash most immediately was the raising of the base interest rate by a quarter of a percent and one other obvious factor.  Consider what electing Dingdong Donald or Tea Party Ted or Heehaw Hillary or Borscht Bernie would do to Earth’s economy.  Electing any of them to lead it would destroy international confidence in it.  And that’s up to you.

We the people of the United States ignore interest rates to study batting averages.  We bail out of our 401k and IRA accounts when the stock market crashes, instead of taking Warren Buffet’s common sense advice and taking the opportunity to buy cheap, selling cheap instead after buying dear.  And we blame that on Wall Street while we own Wall Street and sell our and our children’s future by failing to take responsible for ourselves.

Because buying stock requires only money and a decision, confidence is more tangible in capital investments than it is in baseball, and mutual fund performance statistics and portfolio information are more readily available than is comparable sports information.

 

As pop goes the culture - 22 January 2016

We might ask why Dingdong Donald, who says he doesn’t like losers or people who let people capture them as did Silly Sarah’s mate for the run for the Presidency they lost, why he likes Silly Sarah.  But the craziest factor concerning her endorsing Dingdong Donald is that MSNBC’s Bogus Brian and Cheap Chuck are responding to the news of her endorsement cheering.  And they trotted out Nicolle The View Wallace to help them.

But the immoral in that story is the probable reason they’re cheering.  MSNBC, like every mass media network, is in the entertainment business.  And we the people suck all that up as we did Pervert Peewee Hedonist Herman, and as we do NFL wife-beaters and the drug addicts of “America’s pastime,” making them role models for our children.

But the craziest component of the current campaigning for the Presidency is that the probable alternative to Dingdong Donald is Heehaw Hillary, and she’s as superficial as the only person running against her for the Democratic nomination, Borscht Bernie.


Leading to what? - 21 January 2016

Dingdong Donald, wailing about the wall along the Rio Grande he says he’ll have Mexicans buy for us, cited the Great Wall of China as an example of success.  Fact is that the Great Wall of China is many walls Chinese people built for protection from invaders.  And none of them worked, and the builders of some of them where invaders who had crossed one, and assimilated in China as most Mexicans assimilate here.

Jericho’s wall didn’t keep out the Israelites, and Kabul’s wall didn’t keep out Genghis Khan, and Hadrian’s wall didn’t keep the Scots from ruling the land he left.  And the Berlin Wall fell of its own weight as did those walls and as shall the wall the Israelis are building on the foundation of their genocidal paranoid delusion.  The only reasonable approach to discord is to find ways to accord, and build on that foundation, on peace.

But Robert Frost, the poet of Camelot Kennedy’s inauguration, said in a poem he didn’t read there that “good fences make good neighbors.”  The Berlin Wall arose during Kennedy’s Presidency and fell after some person or persons stopped him from turning the Cold War hot by killing him.  Walls are but evidence of bigotry, and all they do is foster more bigotry, and eventually each wall crumbles as justice rolls over it like water.

 

Losers - 20 January 2016

Why do we the 300 million people of the United States let our government pit us against more than a billion people trying to defend themselves against 14 million people our taxes are helping kill 12 million people to take their land?  Why do the people of the “Cradle of Liberty” throw lounge chairs into streets to protect their parking spaces from their neighbors?  Why do citizens of the greatest democracy show so little compassion?

Trump didn’t build his business by making himself useful on Main Street or by investing in the international investment on Wall Street!  He built his billions of dollars of buying power by extending his father’s slum lord operation into investing in hotels for people to lose their buying power to him by gambling!  Only a lottery player would vote for him!

And most of the citizens of the United States call themselves Christian, and most of the lottery players are among them, and pray to win.  And the politicians most bellicosely promoting that genocidal effort call themselves evangelical.  It’s all hypocrisy.

 

What would Sadist Hussein say? - 19 January 2016

The Obama lynch mob, when it isn’t saying Obama has no strategy, says he divulges his strategies.  And it shrieked when Obama signed the nuclear weapons treaty with Iran with no provision for the release of United States citizens in Iranian prisons.  Now, suddenly, on the day of the first benchmark of the nuclear weapons, the Iranian government has released four of the prisoners, but the lynch mob keeps shrieking.

The release of the prisoners stunned the mob a little, but by the end of the day it was irrationally rationalizing deprecation of the release, and not committing what Aristotle called the contiguity error of logic.  The contiguity of the benchmark and the release doesn’t necessarily indicate any causal relationship, and Obama is saying that no direct causal relationship exists, but that some exists is hardly deniable.  Indirection is relative.

We humans formerly filled negotiation rooms with tobacco smoke, and we continue to fill them with diplomatic smoke and mirrors, and that must have happened in Vienna.  But now the xenophobic hate-mongering terrorizing genocidal Islamophobic bellicose ignorant bigots who justify Obama’s clandestine maneuvering will blow more of their cancerous smoke into the newly open space.  Ask the former prisoners what they think.    

 

The broken cross - 18 January 2016

The reason the Iowa Caucus has failed to predict Republican nominations to the Presidency is that generally Iowans have proven themselves to prefer the Strom Thurmond Tea Party to the Abraham Lincoln Republican Party.  And, similarly, they’re likely to prefer the Jefferson Davis Bubba Bill Party to anything genuinely either republican or democratic.  It’s hedonistic hypocrisy like ISIS calling itself Islamic.

Referring to the crusades, Indonesia’s government rejected Christian help dealing with ISIS, correctly pointing out that they’re part of the problem by being party to the problem.  The only actors in the situation not hypocritical are Yahoo Netanyahu and his Zionist Irgun government.  The Torah incites what Christians say the Qur’an incites.

Humans, generally, are suicidal.  And we kill ourselves by being murderous, generally behaving as people calling themselves Muslims while ignoring the Quran’s injunction against suicide.  The phrase “suicide bomber” moronically is not an oxymoron.

 

Ignoring the sparrows - 17 January 2016

Jehanne of Domremy saved her homeland from a century of foreign invasion.  Such is how the Qur’an defines “jihad,” but ISIS and other people calling themselves Muslims are franticly flailing away at anyone who disagrees with them, whether or not they threaten them.  And the same is true of the New Orleans Saints others playing sports and also of Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted and other contenders for presidency.

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  A question we need to ask is why fans of the New Orleans Saints hung their banner with its fleur de lis over the banner with fleur de lis on the statue of Sainte Jehanne at New Orleans’ French Market!  And we should ask how Tea Party Ted is evangelical.

Hypocritical bigotry is the religion of most people calling themselves religious, whether the religion they claim is Christianity or Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism or Daoism or Judaism, and much of that arrogant lying is in grandiose displays like the ceiling of the Sistine chapel with its violation of the Second Commandment to misrepresent God giving Adam life and to represent a woman violating the Sixth by means of decapitation.

 

Do the fundamental things apply? - 16 January 2016

Jim Miklaszewski, NBC’s Chief Pentagon Correspondent, responded to Iran’s coast guard boarding United States Navy boats near an Iranian island by asking why the sailors on the boats didn’t shoot at the coast guard and by saying that the fact that one of them is a woman indicates that they weren’t “special op’s.”  He, essentially, was suggesting that two small boats could wage war against a nation and that no woman could be a special military operations operative.  So his response was one more indication that our mass media are ridiculously bellicose and sexist.  NBC isn’t Fox.

And David Muir, ABC’s World News Tonight “anchor,” airing Tea Party Ted’s saying that Dingdong Donald “embodies New York values,” failed to point out the probable effect of that on Cruz in the New York primary, giving Trump an edge.  Instead he treated the comment only as an indication of how Cruz and Trump are reacting to each other.  We the people need not pundits but reasonably rational mass media reporters and anchors.

We need media to provide us reasonably and rationally means to vote for our representatives in our government.  Instead we have a commercial entertainment business capitalizing on our ignorance.  We need not counterintelligence but intelligence.

 

Sequestering our sensibility - 15 January 2016

ISIS, deliberately, is a loose cannon.  By telling them they’re acting for God and good, it sucks desperate people into flailing against their despair, in any direction available to them.  And, because less than a quarter of a percent of people are Judaic, that flailing is mostly against the 31 percent of humanity that’s Christian and the 21 percent that’s Islamic.  So ask yourself who would accept those odds.  And define “collateral damage.”

And, in that regard, we the people of the United States are accepting the logic of attorneys who reject jurors who watch television.  The problem with that is in the question of what kind of people don’t take the trouble to be aware of what’s happening in the world outside their egos.  Words for that are “ignorant” and “irresponsible.”

Conscientious people are responsible and use their responsibility to try to know responsibility because they understand that ignorance is irresponsible and that responsibility requires knowing causes and effects of responses. 

 

Who’s your nanny? - 14 January 2015

Terror isn’t what anyone does to you but how you feel about what you think might happen to you.  So Pfizer terrorizes most people in the United States more than does ISIS, by way of the TV advertisements it uses to sell you pills to cure diseases you didn’t think you might have, until the advertisements told you that you might.  And the side effects of many of the drugs might harm you more than the drugs will help you.

And those side effects probably do more harm than ISIS does.  The harm that ISIS does is in few homes of you the people of the United States while the drugs are in huge numbers of your homes.  And other industries also sell you harmful products, ranging from automobiles to coffee, a drug Pfizer doesn’t sell.

And that harm depends on our own discretion or lack of discretion.  Ignorance licenses ISIS, and you easily can stop popping pills, simply by deciding.  But we the people decide to be suckers.

 

Why Saul of Tarsus changed his name? - 13 January 2015

Dingdong Donald and Borscht Bernie are campaigning for Heehaw Hillary for Bubba Bill.  Trump’s tirades against Heehaw and Bubba are gaining sympathy for them and clearing the sexism debate before the media admit them to the stage if the Democratic Party nominates Cackle Clinton for the Presidency.  And Sanders’ sexist theories he published and is sidestepping by ignoring Clinton sexism will defeat him in primaries.

It’s all about media marketing to the masses.  And, perhaps more nefarious, note that Howard Kurtz and Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper are all Jewish.  They’re the anchors of the Fox News show Media Buzz and the MSNBC show Meet the Press and the CNN show The Lead.  And the cable news media they lead are marketing the credibility of Israel’s ISIS counterintelligence operation.  And, of course, Wolf Blitzer is also Jewish.

It’s about trust.  We the people of the United States keep trusting Camelot Kennedy after the mass media helped him kill Norma Jean and nearly kill all of us by way of his bombastic rhetoric nearly turning the Cold War hot.  And Camelot Chris continues to promote that and is Roman Catholic as was Camelot Kennedy.  We the people aren’t likely to elect anyone openly Judaic to the Presidency soon.  But, how long, O Lord.

 

Freudian phallic facts - 12 January 2016

A paranoid schizophrenic in Philadelphia dressed in a white robe as some Muslims do and shot a policeman in a patrol car.  The policeman he shot arrested him, and he said that he was working for ISIS and that police are contrary to Islam, and Philadelphia’s police correctly said that what the wacko did was contrary to Islam.  But, in the paranoid delusional fog now customary, media and government pundits are berating the chief.

Borscht Bernie and Bubba Bill are pod partners.  Sanders said in print that women fantasize rape and now support’s Heehaw Hillary’s support for what Clinton did in the oval office.  And media and government pundits call that balance of bigotry fair.

It’s all like the Taliban’s disabling the old gun by which Afghans set their watches.

 

Cruzing for bruising - 11 January 2016

Let’s ask Tirading Trump what he thinks about getting Shorty, and let’s ask him what he thinks about that affluenza kid and his wacko mother fleeing to Mexico, after he said that “Mexico doesn’t send its best people here.”  Elements of those questions are whether we should extradite El Chapo and whether we should have extradited that “spoiled rich kid.”  And Dingdong Donald also said that he “got lucky” avoiding the draft.

And let’s ask Trivial Todd whether he agrees with Tirading Trump that we the people are stupid.  Reporting the most recent arrest of El Chapo, Cheap Chuck said that the United States is trying to extradite him to put him in prison, “perhaps in the United States.”  Apparently, either he doesn’t know what extradition is, or thinks you don’t.

I, after working for the DIA in Kabul in the seventies, keep wondering at United States media and government pundits saying in the eighties that the Ayatollah Khomeini was wrong in his ranting that the United States embassy in Teheran was a nest of spies.

 

Politics of pretension - 10 January 2016

Wolf Blitzer has graduated from reporting news to making it to lying about it to make it while he’s reporting it.  He’s “doubling down” on his “stirring the pot” of the question of whether Dingdong Donald is trying to apply his “birther” notions against Tea Party Ted.  He threw into his pot of anti-Republican hogwash John McCain’s saying that neither does he know whether the Constitution proscribes Canadians from the Presidency.

We the people need to reject propaganda in the name of news.  Kim Jong Un is emulating Wolf Jiving Blitzer and Tirading Trump, by talking nonsense and otherwise behaving absurdly, for entertainment value.  And people like Blitzer and Trump and Cruz are taking him seriously because that also entertains the average voter.

In the Internet age, the age that has succeeded newsboys’ hollering that we should read all about “scoops” in “extra” editions of newspapers, “exclusives” are hardly possible.  So people like Blitzer exclusively slant news.  Stop those presses.

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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 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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