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Plastic - 29 June 2015

People say Hitler was “a genius.”  And people ask others people say are “smart” why they’re not “rich.”  But my question is why many of those people, while talking about how smart or “humane” they and others are, are shamelessly bloodthirsty on television.

Part of that question is how anyone who can rise to the leadership of a nation or engineer an escape from a maximum security prison is stupid enough to be sociopathic, but a larger part of it is why people don’t complain when mass media reporters gloat about vengeance, but instead gloat with them.

Mental health professionals use the term “sociopathic” to refer to people who feel neither pain nor passion, and a combination of cognitive competence and affective apathy is necessary for aligning the colors of Rubik’s cube, but gloating is passionate.

 

The bloody tabernacles - 28 June 2015

The Torah says Israel swindled his twin brother out of his patriarchal inheritance and blessing.  And it says that, after he lied to his father to swindle his brother out of his patriarchal blessing, his mother advised him to flee possible retaliation from his father and brother.  It says she told him to flee to her brother and that upon his arrival in his uncle’s land he found his uncle’s daughter Rachel at a well and eventually married her.

It also says that Rachel died giving birth to Israel’s last son and that Israel buried her beside the road because he was on the lam from his son Levi’s murdering Israel’s only daughter’s husband and all the men in her husband’s town because he didn’t approve of the marriage.  And it says Levi was the great grandfather of Moses and Aaron and the patriarch of Israel’s priests.  Perhaps that’s why Israel crushed Rachel Corrie.

But, considering Israel’s scriptural and historic record of violent bigotry, what’s most extraordinary concerning the murder of Rachel Corrie is that the government of the United States, a nation whose predominant religion is Christianity, hasn’t held Israel accountable for it.  And the United States might try harder to defeat ISIS if it weren’t obviously a Mossad operation.  Let’s question the intelligence of “counterintelligence.”

 

Artificial intelligence - 27 June 2015

Some people care to understand while others care only to take.  People who care both to understand and to take are likely to be able to pay for a heart transplant.  People who care only to understand are likely to learn that, because life is eternal, we don’t need.

That’s how truth sets us free, but few of us bother much with truth, either spiritually or materially.  This week one of the anchors of a morning TV talk show responded to a report that breakfast cereal manufacturers have promised to use less dye in their products by saying she thought we shouldn’t eat sugar mornings.  She said she was sorry for thinking that but not that she was sorry for ignoring what “breakfast” means.

After fasting all night, we need energy and have all day to burn the sugar, and she gave no reason for her thinking.  But compare that to people voting without researching the records of political candidates.  And compare it to Christians not reading the Bible.

 

Smoking the bears - 26 June 2015

“They shot him down like a dog in the street,” said a man protesting the murder of Walter Scott in Charleston, suggesting that shooting dogs in streets is normal.  Humans claiming to love their pets while “putting them down” and “neutering” them and buying and selling them is as hypocritical as humans claiming not to be racist.  But hypocrites “humanely” cough far more cash to the NSPCA than they chuck to the NAACP.

“Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam,” sing patriots of the “manifest destiny” as they destroy forests to build their homes at the tops of “purple mountains’ majesty,” and they destroy more to save them from forest fires.  And humans say humans behaving as no dumb animal would or could are “beastly.  We’re the least reasonable species.

And we kill more of our own species than does any other species, and people claiming to believe in Jesus and loving neighbors and turning the other cheek are at the head of the human pack in that, and they call people trying to defend themselves terrorists.    

 

Pulling dogs’ legs - 25 June 2015

Obama said “nigger,” as I and many others say “nigger,” whether or not we’re calling anyone a nigger, and the Obama lynch mob is quoting him with no quotation marks around “nigger,” proving that all elements of language matter.  Another example of language mattering is people ignoring that few Islamic people are terrorists to use the phrase “Islamic terrorism” to refer to people falsely claiming to be Islamic.  Obama’s speaking English accurately while other people try to euphemize problems beneath bigotry they claim to proscribe while bickering along with Bubba Bill about what “is is.”

We the people are out of control.  And one indication and cause of that is commercials ranging from Pfizer telling us to be “all Advil” to Liberty Mutual offering to insure us against irresponsibility with the back side of the Statue of Liberty in the background while another is that the kid who killed the nine people in their church in South Carolina published his hate manifesto on his World Wide Web domain he named for the colonist who endowed the Rhodes scholarship.  “LastRhodesian.com” could refer to Bubba Bill.

But Obama also says “is is,” between verbs of sentences and noun clause acting as predicate nominatives of the sentences, when but one “is” is necessary.  That shows what the departure of “common core” from United States education has done to our language in the last past half century.  But Obama’s language, in his second-term presidential flexibility, speaks straight to our problems while others’ evades them.

 

Potboilers - 24 June 2015

People thinking Jesus spoke as does Al Sharpton or as does any megachurch or papal preacher are as unreasonably irrational as people thinking Jesus avenged himself against a fig tree that had no figs when he was hungry. 

They’re like disciples forgetting he fed five thousand followers with five loaves of bread and two fish and thinking his warning against the leaven of the Pharisees referred to their not having any bread with them. 

They’re like the apostles of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus calling themselves Christians.  They’re too lazy to read the Bible carefully.  But they call it the word of God.

 

Down the river - 23 June 2015

Sunday on the American Broadcast Company’s This Week talk show’s “roundtable,” one pundit for the party of Jefferson Davis said the forgiveness of the congregation of Charleston’s African Methodist Episcopal church shows that we the people of the United States have “overcome” what killed members of their congregation, and another of them said that one thing she “loves” about “the African American community” is how it “comes together in faith.”  And another, a Jewish “human resources coordinator” for a homeless shelter in Boston, once told me she loves African Americans because they have “such nice southern accents.”  All those people showed the creeping crassness of prejudice.

The south is sinking again and dragging the union with it.  Every popular genre of music native to “the land of the free” originated in New Orleans.  But New Orleans’ last remnant of that history is Preservation Hall, a nonprofit organization of old guys playing jazz in a small room a half block from Bourbon Street, which Las Vegas franchise “gentlemen’s club” now dominate.  And most of the venues on the other streets of the French quarter are now sports bars with poker machines.  The music there has died.

And consider Heehaw Hillary’s bobbling her head to her lip service to equal rights.  She stepped a little back from standing by Bubba Bill last week, by calling Obama the first black president after decades of calling William Jefferson Clinton that, but she’s still cackling off questions.  And so those pundits at that “roundtable” stand by her. 

 

Baiting bloodthirsty brats - 22 June 2015

Obama correctly pointed out that, except killing by governments or in defense against governments, the United States has more mass murders than has any other nation.  And Rand Paul agreed with him, but Obama blamed it on lawful availability of firearms while Paul blamed it on not knowing “where salvation comes from,” and others also blame particular components of particular killings for the whole horrible plague.  Racism and atheism and legality of weapons are symptoms and not the cause of the homicidal mania that has people looking for any means or excuse to kill anyone any way they can.

Our mass media create a forum for abstraction.  “Abstraction” etymologically refers to being out of touch, mass media “expert” pundits are affluent people with affluent friends, while homicidal maniacs are relatively affluent people with few friends.  Their association is mainly with the mass media, and mass media reporters report sensational insanity because it entertains insensitive people, and the friendless seek that attention.

The solution is that all of us accept responsibility, and responsibility isn’t purveying private agenda, either commercial or religious or political.  That’s only more of the discriminatory bigotry that keeps maniacs out of touch.  It’s only more abstraction. 

 

Context - 21 June 2015

Part of “the glory that was Greece” is a temple to the Greek god of the seas on a promontory pointing between what we call the Mediterranean Sea and what we call the Aegean Sea.  Whether or not Poseidon or geographers can see the difference between those two seas, I could see no line or difference in color or waves or any other difference between them, as I sat at that temple on that promontory.  A basic premise of the two most popular oriental religions is that all differences are illusion while a basic premise of the two most popular occidental religions is that bigotry is best.

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgement Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!” said Rudyard Kipling.  Kipling’s birth was in India, and his death was in England after years in the United States with his wife, who was from Vermont.  But people tend to ignore what follows “never the twain shall meet.”

And both Chinese people American people tend to ignore that the words “yin” and “yang” originally referred to the shady and sunny sides of a mountain and to treat them as polar as though the two sides aren’t of the same mountain and must get along together.  Confucius and Laozi say that, and Confucius points it out in his commentary on the Yi Jing, the change book.  But the Yi Jing elaborately polarizes yin and yang.

 

John Smith - 20 June 2015

Consider this United States history.  The United States government permitted slavery until 1864 and prohibited women from voting in national elections until 1920 and until 1924 prohibited ancestors of the people who inhabited the “land of the free” when Europeans invaded and colonized it from being citizens of the United States and called them Indians in the act.  And we the people still deny the Declaration of Independence.

It’s a language problem.  The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” but we say that some men aren’t men and that the rights of the mothers of men are evidently alienable.  We hold ourselves independent of our senses.

What’s evident is that we hold ourselves superior to others’ selves every chance we get.  Egocentrism, sexism, racism; geocentrism, anthropocentrism, nationalism; partisanship, sectarianism, bigotry.  That is, what’s evident to reasonably rational people is that we humans claiming to be superior to dumb animals habitually pervert our own words, to convince ourselves that we have an unalienable right to do anything we wish.

 

Crosstalk - 19 June 2015

Crazier than the white woman who talked the Spokane chapter of the NCAAP into thinking she was African American and making her its President are the “liberal” pundits who coined the phrase “transracial” to defend her reaction to her parents.  Mental health professionals tend to be liberal, but competent mental health professionals would suggest that the woman reacted against her parents’ adopting four black children in ways many children react against the arrival of younger siblings.  They tend to resent their parents’ attention to the younger siblings and to emulate their differences.

If Rachel Dolezal is transracial, Michael Jackson was transracial for a more rational reason, to compete in a market that’s mostly white.  But the term “transracial” ordinarily refers to what Dolozel’s parents did with the children they adopted and not to her desperation.  It refers to welcoming another race and not to wishing to be of it.

And youngest sibling Michael Jackson made himself different from his siblings.

 

Dallas buyers club - 18 June 2015

Humans are crazy, and a recent example of human insanity is the calls to kill the lion who reached through a car window and killed a woman trying to take a picture of her, and another example is humans in helicopters trying to shoot sharks for attacking human swimmers, while humans have laws permitting killing each other, if they invade each other’s homes.  And humans wonder why a human killed a human who took humanity to the brink of nuclear destruction to make another human blink.  We’re nuts.

Anyway here’s my seventeen-month-early voting.  No way will I vote for Tea Party Ted or Dingdong Donald or Hypocrite Huckabee or Sanctimonious Santorum or Grievous Graham or Frantic Fiorina or Creepy Carter or Cubio Rubio.  And no way will I vote for Soapy Sanders or Heehaw Hillary.

And I’d vote for Jeb Bush, against anyone else now running and against Elizabeth Warren, but I’d rather vote for Condoleezza Rice.

 

Sky, pie, lie - 17 June 2015

My father bought my family’s first television the year of the Sputnik, and we didn’t have a telephone until after he died three months before the first Kennedy assassination, but I’ve had my own domain on the World Wide Web longer than any one I know has had e-mail.  My reasons for welcoming the information technology explosion are that I always value efficient and efficient tools and that curiosity has driven me through all of my life.

The opposite of that is ignorance.  My father, watching news reports of the Sputnik on television, asked me whether I believed them.  I didn’t understand his question, and when I bought a computer running Windows 95 I told one of my sisters that nearly all of us would have a computer and be on the World Wide Web within ten years, and she said she never would.  But a year later she had a computer.  And she put it on the Web.

But she’s a “born again Christian” who hasn’t bothered to read the Bible and uses her computer only to keep in touch with her family and friends.  The World Wide Web, by dynamically diminishing the validity of any rationalization of any excuse for ignorance, dynamically has diminished the validity of any rationalization for bigotry.  But bigots are using the Web dynamically to increase their dissemination of their ignorant bigotry.

 

From a distance - 16 June 2015

Heehaw Hillary, in the rally “relaunching” her campaign to be President, said her hair won’t turn gray in the Whitehouse.  She said that after pointing out that Bubba Bill’s hair is gray and before saying the reason hers won’t gray is that she’s colored it for years.  Remember that she stood by Bubba’s questioning what is is, and that feminists rejected Elizabeth Dole for her makeup and facelifts, and understand people not trusting her.

And next try using modern technology to understand rather than to ignore.  In our homes and in bars we can access the World Wide Web and learn both what candidates have said and what they’ve done.  I paid less than a hundred dollars for an electronic keyboard that’s teaching me piano more effectively than my college piano teacher did, but I appreciate the spinet at Charles de Gaulle airport, for the freedom of children.

Sunday Lindsey Graham said that Rand Paul is the only Republican candidate for the presidency who wouldn’t more effectively deal with ISIS than is Barrack Obama.  Graham’s military service was in the Air Force, and the Air Force doesn’t put boots on the ground but kills from a distance, and he was a JAG officer.  Graham is no more credible than Paul or Sanders or Cruz or Heehaw.  Consider pianist Condoleezza Rice.   

 

Dodgeball - 15 June 2015

Heehaw Hillary isn’t a statesperson, but she plays one on TV by refraining from cackling while she makes Lindsay Graham faces while talking about foreign policy, while Bubba Bill tags along impersonating a genial codger giving her about as much support as he gave Monica Lewinski.

And Cackle Clinton also allied herself with the Obama lynch mob by remaining moot regarding the free trade bill Friday.  Pelosi at least gave some lip service support to that bill that fits both conservative and progressive economic ideals.  But Pelosi also bailed when the chips were down.

For an accurate indication of the lack of political difference between the Party of Jefferson Davis calling itself democratic and the Tea Party calling itself republican look at the demographics of the children present when Pelosi claimed the gavel for the House of Representatives.

 

Facing facetious facts - 14 June 2015

In the twentieth-century United States civil rights movements, the rioting began in the 1960’ and continued into the 1970’s when mass media tried to heal the wounds by sitcoms pointing to problems, but since the seventies mass media have called explicit representation of the problem politically incorrect.  And now we’re in the middle of a result of that massive effort to sweep the problem under the rug.  Cops can kill for fun.

And, by negligence, mental health professionals are part of the problem.  Mass media are reporting that those two murderers who escaped from that New York prison had help from a prison employee.  Prisons employ mental health professionals, and mental health professionals learn in school that sociopaths are charming, and so all prison employees should receive training warning them not to let convicts bamboozle them.

And, if mass media were to point that out in news stories and in sitcoms, we the people of the United States and our legislators and justices might change the law to recognize that sociopaths are insane while knowing they’re wrong.  But, if many of us the people weren’t sociopathic, mass media couldn’t have profited by presenting Peewee Herman to our children.  And the Roman Catholic Church couldn’t call pedophiles priests.

 

Deliberately dealing denial - 13 June 2015

The McKinney cop’s attorney said he “allowed his emotions to get the better of him.”  Such absurdity may be a responsibility of a defense attorney, but fact is that people’s character determines their emotions, not the other way around.  Neither “mob mentality” nor “peer pressure” relieves responsibility for reasoning.

Intellect is the ability to understand relationships and differences.  The opposite of that is seeking fragments of information agreeing with one’s prejudices but ignoring information different but relevant.  The word “pharisaical” has come to refer to that, and a way to be pharisaical is to refuse to watch mass media news because it may pharisaically lean against one’s own pharisaical leanings and require some reasoning.

Yes, for commercial and political reasons, mass media “news” is ordinarily pharisaical, and many pharisaical people play into that by watching only TV networks they’ve learned to expect to agree with them, but we can spread our attention across the networks and cross check reports with other sources.

 

The leisure class - 12 June 2015

In its beginning, Boston was a Puritan colony whose citizens hanged a woman on Boston Common, for not quaking from being a Quaker.  Now, Boston is a bastion of “liberalism,” which promotes women’s rights and separation of church and state.  But, also now, segregation thrives from South Boston to the North End.

Italians dominate the North End while Irish dominate South Boston while African Americans dominate Dorchester and Roxbury while yuppies dominate the South End and the Back Bay while old money dominates Beacon Hill.

And Bostonians show their feeling for their neighbors by reserving neighborhood parking spaces by putting furniture in them.

 

Choosing to steal - 11 June 2015

The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus directed the writing of the New Testament in Greek long after the Crucifixion.  Most of it is his epistles, and his Greek scribe Lucas wrote the Gospel According to Luke, and also the book of Acts.  That explains the New Testament use of the Greek word “christ” to refer to Jesus, and it may explain why the Gospels quote Jesus as though he contradicted himself and why they refer to the Old Testament prophesies of a Messiah saving Israel from enemies as though they refer to Jesus saving people from death, to subordinate doctrine of Jesus to doctrine of the Pharisees.

In Acts Luke introduces the story that Saul “saw the light on the road to Damascus” and repented his Pharisaical doctrine in favor of Jesus and changed his name to Paul to indicate his repentance.   And also in Acts Luke says God killed a husband and wife for not turning over to Peter all of their proceeds from selling some property, and he acted as a scribe for Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, which is mainly an effort to excuse Luke’s having solicited funds from them.   And, several times in the New Testament, Paul capitalizes on being a Pharisee as he does on being a Roman.

Perhaps the most egregious assertion that Jesus contradicted himself is Matthew’s Gospel saying Jesus said that he didn’t come to bring peace but to bring a sword.  Luke’s Gospel doesn’t say he came to bring a sword, but it says he said he didn’t come for peace but to divide people against one another, essentially defining the word “bigotry.”  Luke’s Gospel also says Jesus said the kingdom of God is within you, essentially paraphrasing the Hindu notion that the Atman is Brahman, but Luke isn’t likely to have understood that. 

 

How to remember the Holocaust - 10 June 2015

We use the word “conservative” to refer people trying to conserve the cycle of vengeance and domination of other humans and other species that the Torah says is our “God-given right.”  And we use the word “progressive” to refer to people calling that stuff closure and liberality to conserve it while progressing on to behavior more libertine.  The main difference is that progressives don’t try to blame their hedonism on God.

But place the Patriots Act in that posturing.  People can desire privacy for many reasons, one being to avoid criminal prosecution and another being to avoid employment discrimination, against behavior not criminal.  “Conservatives” promote the Patriots Act for the first reason while “progressives” denigrate it for the second.

But now Hastert.  If we had faith in humanity, we’d recognize that the truth can make us free, not because Jesus said so but because understanding each other helps us help each other and guide each other and find happiness together.  Hastert only lies.

 

Who’s looking, at you, kid? - 9 June 2015

The phrase “ISIS sympathizer” is nonsense.  The wackos who try to emulate ISIS sympathize with nothing and no one.  They latch onto ISIS only to try to legitimize their insanity or to try to be less lonely than they are.  And the phrase “lone wolf” indicates that fact to sympathetic people.  Consider the words “desperate” and “disparate.”   

People are saying American Pharoah proved that, if a great horse has a great jockey and a great trainer, he or she can win the Triple Crown.  In 2002, War Emblem, with American Pharoah’s jockey and trainer, won both the Derby and the Preakness by more lengths than did American Pharoah, but he “stumbled” nearly to his knees at the Belmont’s gate and finished eighth, and his owner died of a heart attack, a few months later.  His owner was an Islamic Arab, and American Pharoah’s owner is a Judaic Egyptian who misspelled “pharaoh,” and 2002 was the first Triple Crown after 9/11.

See the movie Casablanca.  Its story involves the complexity of humanity from sex to war with vice and intrigue in between.  And the facts that it’s fiction and that mass media were able to make a fortune selling to us and still are indicate the principal problem of humanity.  Our emotions condemn our intellect to cyclic ignorance.  Play it again.

 

Parlaying predatory prayer - 8 June 2015

Ask yourself why the “religious right” preaches “capital punishment” and “hunting” and says guns are a “God-given right.”  Of course the answer is that the Judeo-Christian tradition began with the Torah, which says that we should avenge any harm to us and that man has dominion over the beasts, and deifies what Moses did to the Midianites for bigotry before what Joshua did to Jericho for land.  But then ask why the “religious right” claims belief in the preeminence of Jesus, while ignoring what the Gospels say he said about neighbors and sparrows, and lilies of the field while it tries to eradicate dandelions.

And, after asking those questions, ask why the Baltimore Police Commissioner blamed the looting of drugstores in response to the murder of Freddie Gray for an increase in drug abuse in Baltimore.  Consider how drug addiction works and the population of Baltimore and the pervasiveness of drug abuse in that population before the murder and ask how significant is that temporary and relatively small increase in supply.  That claim is also is a function of the notion that God prefers some of his creation to others of it.

Few of us humans live up to what we say makes us superior to dumb animals.  Few of us are what we call humane, and most of us use our ability to reason to irrationally rationalize, to talk ourselves into doing whatever we wish to do despite our own conscience.  But the craziest part of it is that we do it in the name of God, that we blame God for our murderous hatred and greed, while we claim to believe God good.

 

Touting cheap talk - 7 June 2015

How about those Duggar Christians.  “But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea,” Matthew 18:6 says Jesus said.  Yes, the Gospels also say that he said we should forgive people seventy times seventy times, if they repent.  But the Duggars mealy mouth minute by minute.  Count that.

Christianity has been commercial since Luke said God killed a husband and wife for not handing over to Peter all their proceeds from selling a property.  And Christians have emulated the arrogant greed of Isael’s claim that God ordered them to kill others of God’s creation for land at least since the crusades.  It’s Elmer Gantryism.

I’m thinking of my sister who calls herself a born again Christian and brags about her diseases and her visits to doctors and her popping of pain killers as though she’s a martyr to her having too little faith to make herself whole.

 

Just who do you think you are? - 6 June 2015

“Is America turning into a nation where people focus mainly on themselves?” asked Fox News The Five Dana Perino, preening the answer.  Perino, who was Whitehouse spokesperson for the second President Bush before joining that Fox News farce, is the epitome of factious egocentrism.  But that’s the opposite of focusing on oneself, because it requires denying that oneself knows better, making it effectually self-denial.

And Caitlin Jenner and the Joker killer are other indications of the answer.  Jenner could have appeared as she does now before the surgery.  And the Joker killer, in his long interview with the mental health professional for the trial, obviously indicated that his motive was to feel.  That defines “sociopathic,” lacking feeling driving persons to seek feeling, desperately.  And de facto that also defines the behavior we call extreme sports.

And it may also answer the question of who killed Norma Jean.  Norma Jean Baker changed her name to Marilyn Monroe to be a movie star and marry a baseball player and a playwright and her acting teacher and jump into bed with a President of the United States.  Norma Jean killed herself, with the willing help of countless people claiming to love her, as Pete Seeger suggested in his song in which he asked us that.  

 

The Saddleback sickness - 6 June 2015

We the people of the United States are the freest and otherwise wealthiest people on Earth, and yet our children kill themselves and each other more than do the children of any other nation, and more of us are in prison.  Muslims kill themselves and others all over Earth because Christians and Jews make them suffer for the holocaust and for not being Christians or Jews.  But the affluent majority spawns most mass murderers here.

I think the reason is parental neglect.  We the people of the United States also send more of our children to day care centers.  We relinquish responsibility for them to employees of commercial operations and blame their despair on video games.

Kid’s in Afghanistan, with war in the yards of their mud huts, don’t do that.

 

Why we take Kim Jong Un seriously - 4 June 2015

CNN said Monday that a “wiring problem” may make the United States’ missile defense system ineffectual.  One question is how CNN knows, and another question is to what extent the system is ineffectual, but the main question is why CNN terrorizes us with such incomplete reporting.  Its tack is that of the drug companies it advertises.

And another question is why it hires “former” CIA operatives to terrorize us.  Anyone who has ever requested CIA employment knows that the CIA proscribes its operatives from publicizing their affiliation with the CIA.  So those guys, if they ever worked for the CIA, must now be counterintelligence operatives for the CIA with CNN complicity.

I’m sorry for the SEAL’s CNN and the CIA swore to secrecy for Panetta’s Abbottabad bin Laden hoax.  My United States government intelligence experience tells me that the Ayatollah Khomeini was correct in his assertion that the United States embassy in Tehran, like all U.S. embassies, was a nest of spies.  So, apparently, is CNN.

 

Entertaining slurping slop - 3 June 2015

Clinton challenger Bernie Sanders may be like Bubba Bill if not like Heehaw Hillary.  He published an essay saying that men fantasize about “a woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused,” and that women fantasize “being raped by 3 men simultaneously.”  He tried to excuse that by saying he wrote it 43 years ago, but 43 years ago he was 31 years old and running for political office, bidding to be a United States Senator and a Governor.

Someone once told me he hadn’t read War and Peace because he reads for entertainment.  So do I, but what entertains me is learning truth that might set us free, not swallowing hogwash or soap.  Bernie Sanders conspicuously spews both, and so do Bubba Bill and Heehaw Hillary, questioning what is is.

Abraham Maslow said we rise from needing sex to needing ethics.  Apparently some of us sink from needing sex to demanding perversion.  But none of us need that. 

 

The means unnecessary - 2 June 2015

The Bible says Israel divided itself into kingdoms of Judah and Israel.  History says Ireland divided itself, ostensibly partly to preserve the differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants, factions of Christianity.  Now pundits are preaching that Iraq, which we call the cradle of civilization, should divide itself by separating itself into a nation of Sunni Muslims and a nation of Shiite Muslims.  “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom,” says Proverbs 18:1.  “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand,” says Mark 3:25.

Another division was the United States Civil War, and an extension of that division was the United States civil rights movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act, a century later.  And that movement had a division in it, between Black Muslim Malcolm X and Baptist preacher Martin Luther King, Junior.  And Judaism drove that wedge.

And, like the “crusades,” the “war on terror” is Christians fighting Muslims over Israel.

 

Abstraction and ignorance - 1 June 2015

Being a United States Army veteran of Vietnam and Afghanistan with a 50 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and being a Hindu Buddhist Taoist who has reason to believe that Jesus correctly said my faith can make me whole, I leave my healthcare to the V.A. rather than spending my fiscal livelihood on expensive second opinions.  And the only problem I have with the V.A. is that each time I go for my annual pit stop my doctor’s nurse asks me whether I have any desire to harm myself or others.  The V.A. is a government service for a government service of harming others.

Thinking of ISIS and My Lai, I wonder what the difference is, and I think it’s only a matter of scale.  ISIS is an organization of homicidal maniacs trying to excuse their killing by saying it’s for the greater good, that they follow their leaders because their leaders know what good is greater, but that’s the opposite of integrity.  Note that Johanne of Domremy led cavalry charges but never killed anyone herself.

Memorial Day, before the Monday holiday law, was the day people like those murderous leaders and followers burned to death that loving child.

 

Just whom do you think you are? - 31 May 2015

In his Joker journal, that wacko who killed those people in that movie theatre in Colorado asked why, why life and why death and why anything.  Throughout history people have asked that, but other people have responded by trying to figure out, by reading and thinking and generally experiencing life.  They might ask why that guy thought he could answer that question by killing other people but not himself.

He also said in his “Composition Book” that his mind is real but not his body.  The Gospels say Jesus said that, and the Diamond Sutra says the Buddha said that, but both Jesus and the Buddha said that the appropriate response is to keep one’s mind charitable.  Jesus said both that the kingdom of God is within you and that loving your neighbor is like loving God after the Buddha said charity is the path from suffering.

But that joker is normal.  He emulated a movie as other people emulate ISIS.  It’s like sports fans donning shirts with sports players’ names and numbers on them.  We prove our lack of belief in ourselves by using our minds to imagine we’re other people’s selves.  Hindus say that each individual self is the universal self, that the universal self is God, who is everything.  But most of us insist on separating ourselves.  So we kill.

 

Brimstone Corner of Jamaica Plain - 30 May 2015

Think about FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, and ask yourself why its corruption surprises anyone.  It’s sports, money ball, part of the international institution that has couch potatoes suffering people like Vick and Rice and Simpson and Brady for the sake of their ignorant bigotry.  It’s normal humanity, worshiping mammon by way of betting pools in bars, ordinary popular hypocrisy.

The question is why it’s popular, and part of the answer is that identifying with “winners” is a way of feeling better about our miserable selves, however cheap and phony.  But another part is that mass media take advantage of that cheapness and phoniness by promoting more of it to help them sell advertising to other cheap phony beggars.  And the cheapness stops when they deploy such ploys to foster wars in the name of religion.

Remember the Kingston Trio.  They, in the sixties, when other folksingers were protesting war, protested a ploy to increase mass transit revenue in Boston by assessing fares not only to ride but to stop riding, and now Boston is capitalizing on that by naming its electronic fare cards for that song.  Questions in that are how audacious that is and how ignorant the people in that bastion of “liberalism” must be to suffer it.

 

Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

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

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

Dust

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