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Tea party trauma - 3 August 2015

The Torah says God rained forty days and forty nights to wash away unjust humans from the Earth, and Gospels say Jesus defied satanic injustice through forty days of fasting in the wilderness, but here we are.  The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is beginning a march from the core of slavery to the capital of the land of the free.  It’s another forty days for justice at last to roll down freely like water.

Humans are a gaggle of hypocrites, and another example is that we the people who owe our freedom to defeat of the craziness of King George of England now honor the English monarchy more than we honor our democracy, and we think speaking the English language as the English do is an indication of extraordinary intelligence.

A metaphor of “evangelical” bigotry may be that London has a big wheel for amusement, while the deer park where the Buddha began his teaching has a smaller one of the same kind, but to symbolize setting rolling the wheel of truth.



Pharisaical sectarian insanity - 2 August 2015

Buddhists, agreeing with Jesus that loving neighbors is like loving God and that the kingdom of God is within you, seek to realize the unity of the universe by extinguishing the illusion of differences that causes all strife.  But Christians ignore Jesus, to pass gold plates in ostentatious churches and preach on street corners that God promises eternal life in a city with streets of gold in a land of milk and honey for people he chooses, while he eternally burns the rest somewhere else.  That difference between Buddhism and Christianity is the difference between spirituality and materialism.   

And consider the “conservatives” saying they believe in Jesus, but preaching depriving people of any chance of repentance by killing them, and calling guns a “God-given” right.  And they say “liberals” are unreasonable in their complaints against public prayer and displays of the Ten Commandments.  “Evangelical” prayers defy the sixth of them.

And other Christians support Judaic killing of Muslims for trying to defend themselves.


Telling without asking - 1 August 2015

Dana Bash told Wolf Blitzer that “like all the other Republican candidates, he [Donald Trump] said he’ll repeal Obamacare immediately.”  The most immediately problem with that is that not even Trump is irrational enough to think he can repeal immediately the act Republicans and Democrats inaccurately call Obamacare for different reasons.  But a longer term problem is CNN’s crassly partisan bashing and blitzing of Hillamneycare.

And consider this deviant diction from MSNBC.  Jewish Andrea Mitchell, wife of Jewish Alan Greenspan, called the dentist’s killing the lion in Zimbabwe a brutal slaying.  The most immediate problem with that is that the lion was a brute while the slayer was a human.

Now imagine how any partisan media would report single Condoleezza Rice campaigning to be President.


Vast wingless conspiracy - 31 July 2015

Why do we the people of the United States ignore our history?

Before Jefferson Davis, in the history of the Democratic Party, which is older than the “Grand old Party,” is Andrew Jackson’s racism, the “Trail of Tears.

Jackson, a picture of whom is on each twenty-dollar bill, told the Democratic governor of Georgia to ignore a Supreme Court injunction against forcing the Cherokees to move to Oklahoma.

Look at a map of the United States and define “the South” and “the Midwest” and “republican” and “democratic” and “The Missouri Compromise”.

What, exactly, do “conservatives” conserve or “liberals” liberate?


Creeping cacophonous confederacy - 30 July 2015

A Republican Senator, pointing out that Ronald Reagan said the eleventh commandment was for Republicans not to speak against one another, said he was referring both to Trump tirades and to Republican tirades against Trump.  Fact is that the reason more than a dozen people are calling themselves Republican candidates for the Presidency is that the Republican Party has disintegrated into factionalism.  Trump and the “tea party” and the “evangelicals” are subordinating the laissez-fair ideals of what was the party of Lincoln to their private interests opposing those ideals.

Of the current gaggle of “republican” candidates, only Jeb Bush shows calm and apparently sincere accordance with the fairness and balance Fox News claims, and Fox News employs pundits ranting as randomly as Trump.  The strongest chance the Republican Party has of refraining from repeating the debacle of Random Romney is to nominate Bush with Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.  But it must ask her.

She was a Democrat before she was a Republican, and that indicates the nonpartisanship we the people are currently idealizing, and she proved her ability to work with people as reasonable as the first President Bush and as unreasonable as Cheney. 


Looking through hats - 29 July 2015

Apparently Turkish government intelligence now recognizes that ISIS is an Israeli counterintelligence operation.  Turkish Muslims responded to the crusades against Islam by taking Constantinople from the Greek Orthodox Church and renaming it Istanbul.  And, from there, they continued their operation into nearly taking Vienna.

That was jihad.  Jihad is Islamic defense of Muslims.  Arabic Muslims took Jerusalem because of Judaic aggression against Muslims in Islam’s homeland.  And, after European crusaders took the land three religions call holy from Muslims in the name of Christ and called it their Kingdom of Jerusalem, Muslims took it back.  Now, what Christians call the war on terror is a result of Christianity, supporting Judaic terrorism. 

Spin this through Judaic/Christian/Islamic materialism.  Whitney Houston’s song “One Moment in Time” defines Buddhism.  Now Houston is dead, leaving the question of whether she achieved nirvana, as J. D. Salinger suggested people like his fictional Seymour Glass might.  But, anyway, neither terrorized others.  Define “spiritual”. 


The minimal wage - 28 July 2015

Why does Fox News “anchor” its “news” shows with Jodi Arias lookalikes?  Arias was a sociopathic media monger, and Fox News also anchors its shows with Donald Trump talk-alikes, mammon-worshiping warmongers!  The best we can hope from them is that they’re only bimbos and bozos.

What do media and government pundits think “copycats” copy?  The Joker killer and the Lafayette movie theatre killer and all those ISIS emulators are copying killing and using those other models only as an effort to have company in their misery!  Pundits, by coining jargon, ignore diseases to treat symptoms.

Into what briar patch would sociopaths have us throw them?  Circumstances of their social or antisocial interaction have pitched them into despair so complete that conscience and compassion have departed from their personalities!  That’s why they often force us to dump them into death.


The accidental official - 27 July 2015

Now Cackle Clinton is saying she didn’t know the security classification of e-mails she sent through her own server.  My Defense Intelligence Agency experience tells me that persons in sensitive positions receive instruction in classification criteria and are responsible for implementing it for documents they create.  And, if she’d used servers of the Department of State, the Department of State would be responsible for the security.

I once told Dan Quayle’s brother that I nearly let a mugger lead me into an alley in Tangier to rob and kill me.  The mugger saw me looking at a street map and asked me what I sought and offered to take me to it but led me into narrower and narrower streets until I decided the next street was too narrow and turned back.  Chris, Dan’s brother, told me I should have known better in a city with Tangier’s reputation.

And I was a tourist, and Chris’s only government employment was enlistment in the United States Marines, and Clinton had been a United States Senator for New York after being the wife of a President of the United States.  If she didn’t know better, after all that experience in New York and Washington, she should not have been Secretary of State.  But now people are saying she should be President. 


Jeffersonian Jesuit Jews - 26 July 2015

The Torah says an Egyptian pharaoh welcomed Israelites and gave them land when they were about 70,000, but it says a later pharaoh who knew nothing of the original agreement enslaved them after they had increased beyond a half million, and it says that God retaliated against that later pharaoh by killing the first born child of every Egyptian.  The Gospels say that Jesus said that better for anyone offending a child would be casting him into a sea with a millstone hanging around his neck.  But the Gospels also say that Jesus’ last meal celebrated that killing of Egyptian children.

“A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest,” sang Simon and Garfunkel in their song about a boxer, and Dan Brown and ISIS are such men.  And so are the media and government pundits ignoring that ISIS is conspicuously an Israeli counterintelligence operation.  And so is anyone saying the death of Sandra Bland was “simply a suicide.”

But, of course, Christian churches grandiosely violate the Second Commandment.


The weewee market - 25 July 2015

Tirading Trump and Oops Perry, besides calling themselves candidates for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, have other impertinent posturing in common.  Trump impertinently postured against the spectacles in which Perry impertinently postures.  And mass media call such impertinence sending messages.

And other pieces of impertinence are the reporting of Sandra Bland’s saying she suffered from depression and the arresting officer’s saying she kicked him.  Last year, she suffered from depression from losing a child, and more recently she said that she and other African American suffered from depression from such as what that policeman did to her.  And, if she kicked the policeman, she did it after he threatened to Taser her and attacked her in her car and told her he’d lock her up for complaining.

Media and government pundits capitalize on the entertainment value of news, and often they create news by setting up straw men, to increase that value.  And Trump and Perry and many others successfully capitalize on that by making straw men of themselves.  They huff and puff from inside the media’s brick house.


Normal nonsense - 24 July 2015

Media and government pundits, asking why Tirading Trump is at the top of the Tea Party polls for the Presidency, are ignoring obvious answers.  One is that, while Republicans honoring their party’s Lincoln legacy denounce Trump’s Tea Party obnoxiousness, the Tea Party is populist.  And mass media are capitalizing on the entertainment value of obnoxiousness to bury other candidates beneath that of Trump.

So define “outspoken”.  Many pundits say Trump “says it like it is” as many say Christie speaks his mind.  Attention to fact beyond what mass media display to couch potatoes shows that neither Trump nor Christie is sincere.  They’re like NRA members calling themselves evangelical.  Loud hypocrisy is the most sociopathic.

And, while couch potatoes swallow and regurgitate TV hogwash, people who can’t afford televisions are voiceless because they’re too busy doing jobs or begging for jobs couch potatoes are unwilling to do.     


How about you sports fans? - 23 July 2015

Define show business.  Bill Cosby played Noah on a phonograph album after Charlton Heston played Moses in a movie. 

The Torah says God thought Noah was the best man on earth and says God delivered the Ten Commandments through Moses.  But Heston talked violation of the Sixth Commandment as Cosby walked violation of the Seventh.  And the mass news media try to entertain us by violating the Ninth Commandment.

And, meanwhile, we the people buy that the martial arts of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez indicated no violence.


Franticly fleeing facts - 22 July 2015

"My name causes national security alerts” said Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez for his high school yearbook, “What does yours do?"  Now, six years later, classmates of his are saying they thought he was joking, and media and government pundits are interpreting that complaint against official bigotry as an arrogant threat.  And they’re denying that it and his father’s abuse motivated his mixed martial arts and his terrorism.

“I hate to tell you,” said Donald Trump, of his deprecating prisoners of war.  And media and government pundits are also failing to point out the word “hate” in that phrase.  And having Howard Kurtz report the mass media Judaism dominates is like having a fox guard a chicken coop.

Media reporting of the “war on terror” is like the movie The Ten Commandments depicting Israelites building pyramids more than a millennium older than Moses.


Your sister’s keeper - 21 July 2015

For not signaling before changing lanes, police stopped an African American woman visiting Waller County, Texas.  They knocked her down and handcuffed her and took her to the county jail, and the Sheriff kept her there three days without bail and says she hanged herself, and now mass media are saying her having said she “suffered from a little depression and PTSD” supports his claim.  She had said that publicly, in reference to her opposition to police brutality against others, not in reference to any clinical diagnosis but in reference to the depressing trauma of racist violence many suffer.

A homeless shelter in Boston fired me for complaining about the shelter’s European American management discriminating against the shelter’s African American “guests.”   I complained to a European American attorney, and she said I had no case against the shelter, because I wasn’t African American.  Such as that is the mark of Cain.

But I’m still wondering how politically correct was “Sex in the City.”


How Christian were most crusaders? - 20 July 2015

Wolf Blitzer blitzed that the Tennessee terrorist’s background indicates ISIS inspired him.  The guy’s mother fled to a crisis center because his father beat her and her children, and he wrestled in high school and went into “mixed martial arts” before traveling to Jordan, the Islamic nation most consistently in alliance with the United States.  And, after his return from Jordan, police reported evidence of his using marijuana and cocaine and alcohol contrary to Islamic doctrine.  Warmonger Wolf routinely proves his alliance with Yahoo Netanyahu.  And that’s sectarian propaganda.

And Fox News Happening Now anchor Jon Scott, disagreeing with Obama’s aversion to calling terrorism discordant with Islam Islamic, said that what quacks as a duck probably is one.  Obama’s argument is that, because ISIS and other terrorists behave contrary to Islam, they’re not Islamic.  Scott, like many other pundits, needs to consult a dictionary.

And most media and government pundits graduate from United States universities.


Our radical irresponsibility - 19 July 2015

Government and media pundits, talking about the “devout Muslim” who killed the Marines in Tennessee Thursday, said that the United States government was on “heightened alert” for terrorism during Ramadan and that the killer may have killed Thursday because Ramadan would end Friday.  Government and media pundits randomly spew any hogwash.  Fact is that Islam forbids fighting during Ramadan. 

And that’s a difference between Ramadan and Passover.  Christians say that Jesus’ last meal was a celebration of Passover, and Jews say that Passover is a celebration of God passing over Israelite children, to kill the firstborn children of Egyptians, for what their pharaoh did.  Christians ignore Jesus as the Tennessee killer ignored Muhammad.    

“I did say that,” said Jessica Lynch, regarding reports that she said she was also an American soldier when troops rescuing her said they were, but she also said that media and government pundits were otherwise spewing hogwash, capitalizing on her.


The mendacity business - 18 July 2015

Tea Party Ted called on Tirading Trump at his office.  Besides ranting, Denigration Donald and Crusading Cruz have in common that they’re contrary to free trade, but the real estate dealer would obstruct it by tricky dealing while the senator would obstruct it by tricky legislation.  Either method, by a President of the United States, would diminish respect for the United States internationally and is contrary to the party of Honest Abe.

So they should take a tack opposite to Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.  Thurmond and Helms responded to Kennedy’s civil rights lip service for votes by switching from the party of Jefferson Davis to the party of Abraham Lincoln.  Ted and Trump should recognize the hypocrisy of the Clintons and switch from the Tea Party to Oprah’s.

Oprah also has billions of dollars of buying power, and she acquired it by selling European American values to African Americans, and she wouldn’t jeopardize that by being as honest as Obama is with his second term flexibility.


Spitting on the eyes of the blind? - 17 July 2015

Yahoo Netanyahu, responding to the Iran nuclear agreement, correctly called the “war on terror” theological.  Of the half dozen most popular of Humanity’s religions, only Judaism says that God prefers its inheritors to the adherents of any other religion, and it says God promised to help descendants of Israel kill other humans for their land.  And the Torah says Israel swindled his twin brother out of his inheritance and blessing.

The Bible is full of the terrorism of the Israelites in general and the tribe of Judah in particular.  Compare 9/11 to what the Book of Numbers says Moses ordered the Israelites to do to the Midianites for preaching their religion to Israelites.  It says he gave the virgin Midianite girls to his solders but ordered them to kill all the other Midianites. 

And, saying God prefers descendants of Israel’s son Judah over descendants of Israel’s other twelve sons, Judaism promotes fratricide.  And Netanyahu’s first name is of the tribe of the king of Israel Judaic David ousted.  And “Netanyahu” means “gift from God.”


Devils and details - 16 July 2015

We need to hope, regarding the Nuclear weapons agreement between Iran and six other nations, that most of the United States Congress isn’t as silly as is much of the media and government prattle about it.

One element of that prattle treats the United Nations arms embargo as the United States economic sanctions.  The United Nations aren’t the United States, and the arms embargo is entirely against the Iranian government, while the sanctions mostly punish the Iranian people.  And the Arms embargo is also against Russia.

If, as Webster’s New World College Dictionary says it is, Intellect is the ability to understand relationships and differences, pictures of the prattlers could well be in dictionaries, to illustrate “ignorance.”


Side effect sales - 15 July 2015

Now news terrorists are telling us that medical terrorists are telling us that pain killers will kill us by attacking our hearts.

My not being a drug addict minimizes the effect of that on me, but more ordinary citizens of the United States willingly addict themselves to painkiller pills, and drug companies are drug pushers profiting by pushing us into such as being “all Advil.”

The news will most affect faithless Mammon-worshipers, many who call themselves Christians, and many who don’t.


Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva - 14 July 2015

7.2 billion humans live on earth.  The Gospels are the primary religious scripture for 2.2 billion of them, while for 1.6 billion of them it’s the Qur’an, while it’s the Torah for 14 million.  The Gospels proscribe killing other humans for any reason, while the Qur’an permits killing to defend humans believing in the Qur’an, while the Torah preaches killing for land.  And the Gospels are primary religious scripture for 70.6% of the 321 million citizens of the United States democracy.  But the government of the United States helps humans who preach the Torah kill for land humans who permit the Qur’an.

What I seem to myself to say is how things seem to me to be.  But I’m not sure of the actuality of any entity separate from my imagination.  Yet I feel that good will to all the entities in my imagination is essential to godliness.  And I suspect that what Jesus and Keats seem to me to have said of truth is true.  So I hope for freedom and beauty for all.

Lawyers are saying that, by meticulously planning to dress as a movie character to kill movie watchers, the killer proved his sanity.


Airheads - 13 July 2015

United States mass media reports are saying China hacked the FBI’s computers.  You can be sure that the FBI is hacking Chinese computers, but you can’t be sure that the FBI is as successful as Chinese hacking efforts, although the FBI uses Chinese computers.  Components of the situation are incompetence and sour grapes.

We the people of the greatest democracy on earth terrorize ourselves by swallowing media and government pundits’ hogwash.  While China’s average real income is far below the United States’ average real income, United States government and media pundits are telling us the Chinese are paying millions of dollars for pet dogs, and we fatten ourselves at MacDonald’s.  Some of the people of China are eating stray dogs.

A metaphor for our martyrdom may be flying above the clouds.  We the people complain about the price of airline tickets, but we can pay it and see the sunny side of the clouds blocking our view of Earth.  Below that silver lining are billions of people from China to Mexico desperately desiring the luxury we the people call poverty.


Not knowing trouble - 12 July 2015

A policeman told two guys road-raging at one another to grow up.  Children don’t behave that way until adults teach such behavior to them.  And parents are more likely to fight over sports, on their own behalf or on behalf of children, than are children.

Jeb Bush said we the people need to work more hours.  That’s a call for more full-time jobs, but Jefferson Davis party pundits are spinning it into a call for employers enslaving us, and they’re calling Bush’s elucidation spin!  Who says we don’t need Common Core?

Adults care more about taking sides than about common sense, productivity isn’t a common goal of adults or a common component of their notion of wealth, and they pass their trivial and violent groping approach to life from generation to generation.   


The baloney market - 11 July 2015

Trump is doing to Jeb Bush what Heehaw Hillary is doing to herself.  Cackle Clinton is avoiding making public her notion of “what the definition of ‘is’ is.”  Trump, with the help of mass media networks capitalizing on his “entertainment value,” are avoiding letting Bush be as public while Borschtbelt Bernie is filling the Clinton campaign’s void.

But, also this week, a descendent of Jefferson Davis denounced the heritage of the hypocrisy of the party of Jefferson Davis.  She, a representative of the people of South Carolina in their government, said to those people and their other representatives in the house where their representatives officially represent them that the confederacy of bigotry must end.  And eighty percent of those representatives voted agreement.

Trump, however much buying power he has or hasn’t, doesn’t represent the party of Abraham Lincoln.  His insane assertions concerning Mexicans are typical of the party of Jefferson Davis and not worth two cents.  In having said he loves Mexicans, he’s like a “liberal” I heard say she loves African Americans, for their “nice southern accents.”


Failing to seize the daylight - 10 July 2015

Cackle Clinton, in the first TV interview of her campaign for the Presidency, pointed out that labor unions increase wages.  But she didn’t point out that increasing wages for labor union members increases prices for everyone, and she didn’t point out that unions decrease productivity by keeping incompetent and lazy employees in jobs others need.  “Labor” unions are in the business of charging people for letting them cost the rest of us.

And another recent “news” story concerns a cancer specialist who told his patients they had cancer when he knew they didn’t.  Drug companies similarly market on the basis of deception including fictionalizing disease and selling us pills to cure them.  Commerce and politics are routinely deliberately conspicuously hypocritically fraudulent.

And think of the Scottsboro “boys,” and ask for what Alabama gave them “pardon” three decades after Alabama citizens Rosa and Raymond Parks tried to defend them, and succeeded in integrating seats of Alabama’s capital’s buses.


Diversity and distraction - 9 July 2015

In 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, I underwent Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson.  Private Jennings, an African American, slept in the bunk above the one where I slept and suggested that on our first pass to leave the post he and I go together to Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, the nearest city.  Because I grew up in a town in Michigan where school teachers “taught” equal rights, although its “civic” leaders assured that no African American owned a home there, I didn’t know that Jennings was joking.  I learned it when I reminded him after we signed out.  I found him speechless.

Consider the current television commercials for Norfolk Southern Railway.  They depict two African American coworkers plainly friends to one another and to all the customers Norfolk Southern serves.  And note that “Norfolk” is a contraction of “northern folk” and that Norfolk Southern is a result of Southern Railway acquiring Norfolk and Southern Railway, extending the routes of Southern Railway, north to Norfolk, Virginia.

And note that Muhammad Ali was Cassius Clay before he converted to Islam and refused to fight in Vietnam because the Qur’an proscribes war against any one not attacking Muslims and that Vietnam wasn’t attacking the United States.


Walls tumbling down - 8 July 2015

In Chicago, on the Fourth of July, someone murdered a seven-year-old kid while he was watching fireworks, and a CNN anchor reporting that said it “had nothing to do with terrorism,” raising many questions.  One question is whether CNN anchors can read a dictionary, and another is why we the people celebrate the founding of our democracy by celebrating “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”  Any killing is terrorism.

That CNN anchor also said that the killer may have been trying to kill the kid’s father, but that we shouldn’t consider that in considering how terrible was the killing, further indicating tragically irrational reasoning.  Louis Armstrong, who was like that kid in that he was African American, said that the badness of our world is only in what we humans are doing to it.  And Louis Armstrong grew up among prostitutes and drug addicts.

That CNN anchor is like an albatross around the necks of the people who trust CNN.  Louis Armstrong is a spirit trying to return life to the wings of that albatross, and we should take heart from that and work to return that spirit to the wonderful world we’re wasting by terrorizing each other, but we’re too busy ignoring our complicity.  We’re working at misunderstanding each other instead of understanding our common care.


The huddling masses - 7 July 2015

Pundits responding to the five-year economic crisis in Greece are calling Greece the cradle of democracy.  Fact is that the only people who could vote in the ancient Greek “democracy” were members of its equivalent of the United States Congress and that its members were only wealthy people.  That excluded the majority of the Greek people, and many of the Greek people were slaves of the voters, and of other Greek people. 

Now the Obama lynch mob is blaming Obama for San Francisco’s setting free the Mexican illegal immigrant who’s also an illegal drug dealing murderer, essentially agreeing with Donald Trump, and the mob is bipartisan.  San Francisco is “liberal” in that it doesn’t arrest people only for being illegal immigrants, and that honors the Declaration of Independence, while not being federal policy.  It’s purely democratic.

San Francisco’s oldest bar has been there since the gold rush and is at the border of the city’s China Town and North Beach neighborhoods.  Most of San Francisco’s Chinese immigrants live in its China Town while most its homosexuals live in its North Beach.  And the bar is a haven for anyone willing to go there and put up with the Chinese and homosexuals and bikers and alcoholics and bums who are its regulars.


Amos and Antoinette - 6 July 2015

Trump and Oprah are different in that Trump is a European American man while Oprah is an African American woman, but they’re similar in that both have devoted their lives to piling up buying power, and in that the main business of both is show business.

Another difference between the two is that Oprah appeals to African Americans, but another similarity is that she appeals to European Americans by selling African Americans short, by selling European American culture to everyone.

Oprah opened a school for girls in Africa and said it defines her life but nearly never visits it, and that’s as cheap as Trump preaching women’s rights to be in “beauty pageants,” and most of us literally buy both brands.


But seriously now - 5 July 2015

At last New York canned the Clinton Correctional Facility warden.  Weird in that is that the state took so long, but weirder is in that mass media news anchors are asking whether we should hold him accountable, ignoring the obvious complicity of the prison’s staff in the murderers’ escape!  And how about the staff letting the prisoners cook hamburger in their cells and lending them tools to rewire their cells to enable doing that?

And similarly weird is mass media attitude toward Trump.  Mass media pundits are presenting as though its debatable the question of whether he should be President of the United States!  How can they or we the people think his racism and his habit of calling anyone who points a morons or a loser don’t disqualify him?

Mass media remind me of a bartender who said Ruthie the Duck Lady was running a confidence game on her when she gave her a dollar for a bottle of beer and said she didn’t have the other fifty cents!


Royal street music - 4 July 2015

In the District of Columbia, the seat of the government of the United States, someone said she may have heard gunshots.  The D.C. and U.S. governments responded by deploying as though she had seen someone shooting and by holding a mass media “press conference” to inform us of details of nothing having happened other than that.  Paranoid punditry has terrorized the United States into being a nation of Chicken Littles.

I’m saying I’m seeing something.  I’m saying that I’m seeing that our government and mass media are terrorizing us.  I remember when “trick-or-treat” referred to behavior like children soaping windows of adults who refused to give them candy.  Now government and media pundits are telling us to hide our children in our houses to protect them from our neighbors.  Mental health professionals call a result of that “self-fulfilling prophesy.” 

And I also saw on TV a guy standing on a street warning drivers of police ahead and some people harassing people writing citations for parking violations.  And the “anchors” reporting that obstruction of government officials enforcing the law debated among themselves whether those people were “good guys.”  Such people are helping make our streets more dangerous and depriving honest people of fairly sharing parking spaces.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

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

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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