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Beyond Mata Hari - 28 March 2015

Technology has come a long way since the main weapons for killing remotely were slings and arrows.  Now we have fighter planes and pilotless drones and intercontinental ballistic missiles.  A child can do it.

And, although the United States Department of Defense doesn’t permit women to put their boots on the ground in combat, it permits them to fly fighter planes and operate computers.

And, while all that’s going on, the ethics to which our mass media pay most attention are women’s rights, not their right not to be drafted, but their right to kill.


Meeting the twain - 27 March 2015

Of Earth’s half dozen most popular religions, three are oriental while the other three are occidental, and a difference between east and west is prayer.  Hindus and Buddhists and Taoists meditate to understand God, while Jews and Christians and Muslims pray, to tell God how to behave.  Yet Christians say Hindus are pagan.

And Christians, people who believe in the Gospels, books “Apostles of Christ” wrote in Greek under the direction of Pharisee Saul of Tarsus decades after the Crucifixion, say Jesus suffered on the cross and conspicuously fear death and build hospitals, denying their own claims to faith and eternal life.

And the occidental religions, contrary to their professions of peace and love, have been at war against each other and themselves since their founding.  Their foundation, through the perversion of their scriptures, is claiming self-righteousness.  That’s bigotry.


Investigative abdication - 26 March 2015

The Bible doesn’t say David was a child when he killed Goliath.  And it cites skill with a sling as a standard for measuring ability as a warrior, and the reason David could kill Goliath with one was that he could do it from a distance, beyond the reach of the giant and his sword.  So we might well ask why Christians lie to children in Sunday school.

But those lies don’t measure down to the lies of the Roman Catholic child-molesting priests or the Morman Boy Scout leader now in the News or the members of those churches who let them do what they did, despite what the Bible says Jesus said about millstones and people harming children, of whom it says is the Kingdom of God.

And CNN cited a Mormon Elder and Bishop who did that as though Elders and Bishops were high-ranking.  Mormon Bishops are local pastors, and Mormons call Elders the boys who knock on your doors to proselytize, and the question in that is why CNN didn’t ask.  CNN should have learned that while Romney ran for the Presidency.


Cruising for bruising - 25 March 2015

Chris Wallace told the CIA director that his not calling people perverting Islam Islamic is ignorant.  “Kill them wherever you find them,” says the Qur’an in regard to people trying to kill Muslims, to give Muslims permission to defend themselves in mosques.  And now ISIS is killing Muslims in mosques while people as ignorant as Wallace call ISIS Islamic.

But perverting religion isn’t exclusive to people calling themselves Islamic.  Crusaders waged war in the name of Christ’s cross, and it wasn’t defensive but offensive against Muslims, people peacefully in their homeland.  And, when Saint Francis traveled to the “Promised Land” to negotiate peace between the Crusaders and the Islamic defensive Jihad, the Muslims welcomed him while the Christians told him to go back to Europe.

And current crazies call the Tea Party Republican, despite the obvious fact that it flagrantly rejects the ideals of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President.  And current crazies call the Clintons liberal, despite what Bubba Bill did to a female intern, and that Heehaw Hillary stands by him.  A tail is not a leg and has no legs.


Proving a negative - 24 March 2015

CNN questioned whether Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz should have asked his employees to talk about racism at work.  Specifically, CNN asked whether talking about racism over coffee was appropriate, and CNN’s blonde anchor asking suggested that Jewish CEO may have done it only as a PR stunt.  But the CEO denied that by claiming that he grew up in the projects with lower middle class people of a diversity of races.

And next that anchorless anchor aired people saying that the Justice Departments finding no evidence of where Michael Brown’s hands were when Darren Wilson shot him more than a half dozen times makes the assertions that they were in the air lies.

Such people acquitted JonBenét Ramsey’s parents of any abuse of their daughter.


Suicide and sensibility - 23 March 2015

A Fox News pundit said the United Nations is “anti-Simetic” (sic).  The United Nations is a democracy, and nearly a third of humanity is Christian while more than a quarter of humanity is Islamic while less than a quarter of a percent of humanity is Judaic, and Israel isn’t a democracy but a theocracy.  And far more humans are Arabic than are Hebrew, and most Arabs are Islamic and nearly none Judaic, and all Arabs are Semitic.

Yet we the people of the greatest democracy anywhere ever stand behind Israel, against everyone else, including us.  9/11 was a reaction against that, and still we and our government we elect and most of the media massively entertaining us motivate more of such, by way of plain prejudicial ignorance.  We let Israel get away with murder.

Now ISIS has massacred Muslims in their mosques, and still we deny the conspicuous fact that it’s Israeli counterintelligence, a Mossad operation.  We need to think about the terms “counterintelligence” and “disinformation.”  We need to look up “intellect.”


The short term - 22 March 2015

Ferguson may be a hint at the problem with the Secret Service.  Police tend to be violent and judgmental because they must be to some extent to do their jobs.  And, the longer a person is in a job, the more the experience that comes with the job affects the judgment.  African Americans, because of the despair European Americans have inflicted on them, often break the law and provide unpleasant experience to police.

And the same is true of the rest of us.  We the people heard that the murderers on 9/11 called themselves Islamic, and we hear that most people calling themselves Muslims are African, and that affects our judgment of African Americans.  And, no matter how obviously Yahoo Netanyahu lies, we judge him as an enemy of our enemy.

And we ignore indications as obvious as that ISIS recruiting Tunisians to discredit the Arab spring is one more indication that ISIS is a Mossad operation and that Israel isn’t a democracy but a theocracy and that theocracy is by definition bigotry.



Whose father who art where? - 21 March 2015

Now Ron Reagan, following the lead of the International Federation of Christians and Jews begging alms for “poor Jews in Israel,” is begging alms for atheists and agnostics.  Besides the most obvious problems with that, a problem is the fundamental difference between atheists and agnostics, that atheists presumptuously claim that God doesn’t exist while agnostics humbly say they don’t know.  And Junior takes the atheist side. 

And more media mania regarding celebrity politicians whom we the people have never elected to any political office is all the hype about Caroline Kennedy receiving threatening telephone calls.  Ambassadors routinely receive threatening telephone calls, and you can be sure that so has Ron Reagan, maybe from his friends.  We the electorate lose our credibility by encouraging politicians to pay attention to such scions.

But we humans have done such throughout history.  A case in point is that France continues to call Joan of Arc the Savior of France while ignoring that her name wasn’t Joan or Jeanne but Johanne and that she wasn’t from Arc and that patronymic family names weren’t customary there then.  And Paris has a gold statue of her while she was a poor farm girl and was never in Paris.


Beasts and beauty - 20 March 2015

Yahoo Netanyahu campaigned for reelection by telling Israelis that Palestinians were flooding the polls, and that his decades of claiming to support creation of a Palestinian state were a lie, and he won the election.  If Palestinians were flooding the polls, and the Israeli government officials counting the votes counted all the votes, he couldn’t have won the election.  And yet he remains popular in the United States democracy.

Calling him a Yahoo is valid far beyond noting the sound of the last two syllables of his name.  In Gulliver’s Travels, animals physically resembling horses behave by standards humans call humane, while animals physically resembling human behave by standards humans call beastly.  A plain fact is that humans lie and kill more than do horses.

In fact, humans are the only animals who lie, and they kill far more than do any other animals.  And, after we humans read a story or watch a movie indicating that and agree, we close the book or leave the theatre and go on as we do.  And we pray for such.


Who need a pink Cadillacs? - 19 March 2015

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said that concussions are “something the NFL has been plagued with in the last few years.”  Concussions must have plagued the NFL much more in the years before diagnosing them and complaining about them increased dramatically in the last few years.  And that NFL “star linebacker” who announced his resignation is acting wisely by taking the money you’ve paid him and leaving the NFL.

Think of Joe Louis.  People beat him so senseless that he ended up a doorman in Las Vegas.  He never received as much pay for boxing as NFL players do for tackling each other, but consider the senselessness of NFL players from O. J. Simpson to Michael Vick and ask yourself whether concussions contributed to it, if steroids didn’t.

The Tao Te Ching says that the worst misfortune is not knowing when you have enough, and that could include concussions and steroids, and money.


Emancipation or emulation? - 18 March 2015

The problem with Heehaw Hillary isn’t how she communicates but that she lies instead of communicating.  The problem with her e-mails is such as that she said she didn’t use her telephone to send messages about Benghazi, although photographs show her using her telephone other than for vocal conversation, while she was reacting to that situation.  The problem in it is that both she and Bubba Bill chronically deny what is obviously is.

And the problem with Cackle Clinton’s yap about the glass ceiling is that she stood by her man as Jackie stood by Camelot Kennedy.  And a problem with the feminists of the Democratic Party is that so do they!  What is Rachel Maddow thinking?

Why don’t we all wish to be equal to ourselves?


Mixing messages mindlessly - 17 March 2015

Pundits who said the First Amendment didn’t apply to Michael Brown’s father when he said “burn the bitch” are saying it applies to those punks who said “hang ‘em from a tree.”  A traditional argument against both Michael Brown’s father and those punks is that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to someone who “shouts ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre.”  But those pundits are essentially telling us that arson is worse than murder.

A movie I tremendously enjoyed is The Last Samurai because it’s a story of guilt and despair and more guilt ending in redemption.  But others have said the film is about war or Samurais or Tom Cruise and said they enjoyed it because they enjoy or don’t enjoy war or Samurais or Tom Cruise.  I enjoy the film while enjoying none of that.

People miss points.  Humans, despite their claim to reasoning, unreasonably rationalize their own tunnel vision.  And that’s why Tom Cotton wrote to Iran. 


Rednecks and moonshine - 16 March 2015

Media and government pundits are asking why Obama appointed a Secret Service veteran to solve Secret Service problems and saying the Secret Service problems are Obama’s fault because they arose during his Presidency.  The veteran Obama appointed retired from the Secret Service before his Presidency, and the pundits should be asking a question they also should be asking regarding the State Department problems while Cackle Clinton was Secretary of State, whether the problems were a result of disdain for the boss!  Is the Secret Service part of the Obama lynch mob?

But media and government pundits are as likely to ask that question as they are likely to ask the President of the NAACP why he told Wolf Blitzer that Ferguson African Americans vote more in national elections than in local elections.  Blitzer asked him to clarify his blaming that on “disenfranchisement,” but neither of them said how a federal vote might be more powerful than a local vote, ignoring the obvious indication of corrupt candidate selection.  We might well also ask whom the President of the National Association for Advancement of Colored people is trying to advance and to what end.

Why do bigots call bias unconscious?  ESPN pundits could also ask why Danica Patrick left the Indy circuit after establishing a record of consistent success any driver would admire from a male driver, but instead they’re reporting that male drivers are accusing her of cowardice, for having few accidents!  Like that NAACP President, Patrick is contributing to the problem by capitalizing on the problem, but that’s also as much of the problem as is Aunt Jemima’s sucking up to the party of Jefferson Davis in general and standing by Heehaw Hillary’s standing by Bubba Jefferson Davis Clinton.


George Foreman grills - 15 March 2015

An African American CNN reporter said people in Ferguson thought firing the Ferguson Chief of Police solved the problem.  No reasonable person thought firing the Chief of Police without firing his boss the Mayor solved anything!  Who trusts CNN?

St. Louis’ police chief said “protesters” shot those two policemen in Ferguson “just because they were police officers.”  When he said that, no one had arrested anyone for those shootings, and so that chief knew neither how many shooters shot nor any other affiliation in the shooting, and the protesters aren’t protesting police for being police, but for doing the opposite of their jobs.  That police chief appointed himself judge and jury.

And another CNN pundit asked whether Ferguson police had “lost credibility to control the streets.”  Yes, they obviously have and obviously should, and the same is true of that St. Louis police chief and of CNN!  Can we sell them down the river?.


Dominion - 14 March 2015

A vote for anyone signing the “open letter to Iran” 47 people calling themselves republicans signed is a vote for treason.  And among those politicians of the United States Congress are John McCain and Chuck Grassley and Pat Toomey and Orrin Hatch and Rand Paul.  We the people cannot reasonably support anyone who thinks our constitution needs support from any other government be it a friend or a foe.

But our mass media aren’t pointing that out, as our mass media aren’t pointing out in regard to Ferguson that a police chief has no motive for raising revenue for a city, unless the people receiving the revenue are giving the police chief a share.

Those 47 congressmen and Ferguson’s mayor must go the way of the chief.


Teamsters - 13 March 2015

The Torah says a Pharaoh welcomed the Israelites into Egypt and gave them land before they multiplied from about seventy to more than a half million.  And history says that descendants of Israel’s son Judah found themselves so welcome in Germany that today more than ninety percent of Jews descended from Jews who settled in Germany and took German names!  So what turned Egyptians and Germans against them?

A difference between Judaism and each of the others of Earth’s half dozen most popular religions is that Judaism isn’t only a religion but also a genealogical heritage.  We tend to use “ghetto” pejoratively, and Judaic people tend to reside separately from other people, wherever they settle.  And they tend to prosper, and we humans tend to resent anyone who prospers more than we do, as Judah did in Egypt and Germany.

But do legitimate reasons exist for us to resent Israel and Judah?  Besides what the Gospels say Jews did to Jesus, consider what the Torah says the Israelites did to the tribe of the woman Moses married before saying God forbade marrying outside Israel!  Jack Ruby’s parents were orthodox Jews who named him Jacob Rubenstein before he operated strip clubs in Dallas and killed Lee Harvey Oswald and died of cancer.


Apples and barrels - 12 March 2015

ABC’s soapy David Muir exemplified the current populism of TV broadcast network news with a story about a family to whom neighbors donated a new car because a teacher punished one of the children of the family for being late to school because neither of the family’s two cars was running well.  Attention came to the problem when someone photographed the punishment, the child sitting behind a piece of cardboard the teacher set up, to separate him from the others in class.  Questions Muir didn’t ask were what kind of nut was the teacher and how poor is a family with two cars.

Compare that to the Bush family.  Prescott Bush was a banker and a senator, and his son George Herbert Walker Bush was a President of the United States who fathered Governors of Texas and Florida, and at least one President of the United States.  A question in that is whether anyone ever punished them or gave them anything.

Common to those circumstances is the question of who spoiled David Muir.


Selling sociopathic sensationalism - 11 March 2015

Cackle Clinton is establishing a pattern.  Whether or not restricting her e-mails to an account on a server in her home while Secretary of State was unlawful, her delaying her response to the charges puts further in question her falling on her head from a blood clot, and using that as an excuse to delay testifying about Benghazi.  And, anyway, her lying about running from sniper fire proved her less Presidential than Brian Williams.

I’m thinking of the cover of the book Dying to Kill: the Allure of Suicide Terror.  A Jewish woman wrote it, and the cover depicts a picture of Yasser Arafat behind a girl with something resembling sticks of dynamite on her waste, as she sits on the shoulders of a man among others in a public gathering.  We need a President who looks for causes.

Cackle Clinton, like Mia Bloom, postures unsympathetically to draw sympathy.  In the United States, African Americans are more criminal than European Americans, because of despair European Americans have caused them.  Clinton is only her own attorney.


Preaching and poverty - 10 March 2015

CNN and Netanyahu are calling ISIS behavior medieval.  It’s medieval in that it emulates the iconoclasm in response to the second of the Torah’s Ten Commandments that was the ostensible cause of the schism between the Roman and Greek Christian churches, and it’s medieval in that it emulates other international wars of religion that were a part of that, and it’s medieval in that it calls war holy.  “Jihad” is a nonsectarian Arabic word for any struggle while “crusade” refers to the crucifixion, and the Torah says God promised land on Earth for killing, while the Qur’an promises it only in heaven.

Most Selma African Americans didn’t march as most Ferguson African Americans don’t vote.  The reason isn’t apathy but that European Americans had trod on them so long that that they ran out of reasons to expect anything else.  A century passed between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Voting Rights Act, and five decades passed between Selma and Ferguson, and we the wealthy still blame the victims.

Blaming Mexicans for illegal drug traffic into the United States essentially blames sellers for buyers.  Protecting our border requires only that we stop buying what the drug cartels are selling.  Every problem on Earth is because of mindless greed.


Inciting to riot - 9 March 2015

CNN asked why “anti-Semitism” is increasing in the United States.  About a twelfth of the Israelites were Judaic, and many times more Semitic people are Arabic than are Hebrew, but we the people of the United States use the term “anti-Semitic” to mean anti-Judaic.  Essentially, that denies the existence of nearly all Semitic persons, while the Judaic state calling itself Israel demands that all peoples recognize its right to exist.

And CNN is ignoring that nearly everything ISIS does favors the Israelis.  And CNN pundits, while demanding that Arabs put “boots on the ground” to destroy ISIS, never point out that Israelis have more military might than has any Arab nation while Israelis do nothing against ISIS.  We the people should be asking why Israelis are anti-Semitic.

Louis Armstrong, in his introduction to his recording of the song “What a Wonderful World,” pointed out that people asking how anyone can call Earth wonderful with all its wars should recognize that “it ain’t the world that’s so bad; it’s what we’re doing to it.”


Outside the box - 8 March 2015

Ashley Banfield, who is neither a lawyer nor a journalist, plays both on TV for CNN.  On her Legal View show, CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told HLN’s anal attorney Nancy Grace that she was wrong in ranting that the decision of the second jury deciding whether to kill Jodi Arias was a travesty of justice, and Ashley abstained from anchoring the discussion on one side or the other.  But, years of watching CNN has told me that the only element of that exchange that was extraordinary for CNN was that Tepid Toobin deviated from CNN’s populism.

Typical of CNN’s populism is its having said the same day that U.S. teenagers are joining ISIS because they think it’s fighting a religious war.  For that assertion to be valid, those kids would have to be religious, and CNN didn’t say what their religion was before ISIS “radicalized” them.  But the most grotesque of it all is that CNN said that the number of those teenagers is about 180 as though that’s a lot of kids, and that makes the populism not religious but terrorist anti-Islamic propaganda, which CNN popularizes.

CNN and other commercial mass media train the populace as the populace trains its pets it says it loves.  We the people of the Unites States swallow hogwash from breakfast tables to church pews and bars because mass media tell us it’s ambrosia.  And we’re hanging ourselves in the hoops through which they jump us. 


In a blood red box - 7 March 2015

Anyone aware of the eight year war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980’s might wonder why Iran’s and Iraq’s military are now fighting side by side against ISIS.  But those who do must be among those who say that ISIS is as Islamic as are Iran and Iraq.  Iran and Iraq intelligence may see ISIS as the anti-Islamic Israeli operation it obviously is.

And think of the cash Arizona’s religious right blew on a second shot at denying Jodi Arias a shot at redemption.  Arias apparently is a stone cold killer, what mental health professionals would call a sociopath, and she may thrive in prison if anyone can.  But so are people killing in the name of Christ and hating neighbors as Arizona politicians do.

The problem with religion isn’t religion but hypocrisy and ignorance.  Venetian Christians hocked the crown of thorns to the Greek Orthodox Church to finance the Roman Church’s wars, and Louis the Crusader used French funds to buy it out of hock, to take it to Paris.  And later Kings of France sold the thorns to finance more wars.


Ears and mouths of beholders - 6 March 2015

Now the IRS has admitted that it didn’t try to find e-mails relevant to IRS investigations last year.  Anyone who has ever administered a commercial or government computer network and was watching the news then knew that.  The question is why none of the major U.S. TV news outlets reported that.

And the same is true of the fact that the TaNaKh is far more bellicose than is the Qur’an.  Anyone who has ready access to both the TaNaKh and the Qur’an and to people who have read one or the other or both.  So none of the major U.S. TV news “anchors” is an investigative reporter.

I wonder if Ralph Nader would point that out, were he to run for the Presidency now, a half century after the demise of the Corvair.  I doubt that he would, because he’d have to investigate the questions, and decide whom to believe.  I enjoyed my Corvair and would report only that fact to him.


Balaam’s ass - 5 March 2015

CNN’s National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said we should investigate why two students of London’s Westminster University besides “Jihadi John” joined him in ISIS.  Essentially she was saying that entities of the university other than Emwazi must have conveyed to his acquaintances propaganda from websites to which CNN’s anchors and pundits and other media and government pundits draw attention.  And she said that to Wolf Blitzer a few minutes after he pronounced the last two syllables of Netanyahu’s name as “yow” rather than as “yahoo.”  We should investigate CNN’s editorial bias.

And Blitzer also called the buffoonery the propagandist he calls Bibi spewed to the United States Congress the next day a “landmark.”  And the United States Congress literally buys it, and Tuesday stood on their feet cheering when Yahoo pointed out that Israel is the “one and only Jewish state,” in contravention of the United States Constitution’s separation of church and state!  Do we the people know who we are?

The Bible says Israel began violating the Ten Commandments while Moses was receiving them from God before Moses did against his wife’s tribe before Joshua did for the “Promised Land” before David did to divide Israel against itself.


Remembering the Alamo - 4 March 2015

Stopping nuclear proliferation is as possible now as stopping proliferation of the notion that the earth isn’t flat was possible in the Middle Ages.  North Korea has nuclear weapons while we the people of the United States tend to think North Koreans are stupid.  And Muslims, who invented the decimal system, were at the front in the Renaissance march that took science beyond the geocentrism of the Roman church.

And no fence makes neighbors good nor bad.  What makes good neighbors is people understanding one another, and that requires communication, not obstruction.  And the development of drones is one more indication of the absurdity of building a fence along the border between the United States and Mexico to keep illegal drugs south of it.

The problem isn’t nuclear weapons or drugs.  The problem, as Obama indicated, is the lack of compassion of humanity.  And Christian bigots are at the front of that.


Trusting playing Jesus on TV - 3 March 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, whom media and government pundits ignorantly dubbed Jihadi John, is a homicidal maniac.  That’s not particular to any religion or socioeconomic classification or sex.  What drives a person wacko varies vastly.

And CNN ignorantly asked whether the Shroud of Turin is fact or forgery.  That the shroud exists is a fact, and a fact is that many people think it covered Jesus’ face in his tomb and retains an image of his face, and factually calling it a forgery would require discovering facts indicating the mentality of the person who first made that claim more than seven centuries ago.  And a factual relationship between then and now is that then iconoclasts were using the Second Commandment unreasonably irrationally, to destroy any artificial images of creation, as ISIS is now.

The key words are “ignorantly” and “unreasonable” and “irrational,” words antithetical to humanity’s claim to superiority to dumb animals who don’t do deeds ISIS does, behavior humans ignorantly unreasonably irrationally call beastly.


Care and wishes - 2 March 2015

Bubba Clinton’s laissez-faire economics let capitalism thrive in the United States, and his Presidency culminated in the election to the Presidency of Russia of Putin, who let capitalism thrive in that nation.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are complaining about Mohammed Emwazi being in a Pittsburgh Pirates hat.  The first nation to accept that the United States is a nation was an Islamic nation grateful help from the United States in its battles against pirates.  By calling itself pirates, that sports team encourages conscienceless violence, like its and Emwazi’s.

Bubba Clinton also stopped a CIA operation to assassinate Saddam Hussein that the President Bush who helped Ford finish our withdrawal from Vietnam initiated to make war against Iraq unnecessary.


Finance, uture, faith - 1 March 2015

Check out the new Prudential commercials.  They say we shouldn’t have faith in a fortuitous future but should plan for the worst.  Considering that the Gospels say that Jesus said that anything is possible with faith and that we shouldn’t worry about the future, an appropriate question is whether Prudential or its customers are Christian, but that’s also an appropriate question for hospitals, many of which claim to be Christian.

And check out the people claiming to be Christians who are complaining about ISIS destroying art!  Islam decries artificial imagery because the Qur’an honors the second of the Torah’s Ten Commandments!  And so, ostensibly, do Christians!

Why do Christians ignore that iconoclasm was Judaic before Christian before Islamic?


Nutcase monkey wrenches - 28 February 2015

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the verdict in the trial of the guy who killed the “American sniper” is “an emotional victory for the family” of the sniper.  Mitchell must be talking about “closure,” the euphemism people calling themselves liberal use to try to justify vengeance, in the face of their claims to pacifism.  Routh, whether or not he “knew right from wrong,” was crazy and probably will kill himself in a “correctional institution.”

And a question no one asked in his trial is why he gained so much weight in jail if the jailers weren’t feeding him drugs to calm his craziness.  And a question media and government pundits are failing to ask in regard to that five foot two inch “radicalized Islamist” in Brooklyn in red tennis shoes with no laces is why anyone would take seriously anyone who threatened to blow up Coney Island if he couldn’t kill the President.  So the most important question is how crazy the rest of us are.

Obama said that those Brooklyn guys are the “new face of terror.”  Yes, they’re the face of the fanatics who terrorize the rest of us by telling us such nutcases are terrorizing us, the face that makes faces at the soldiers going crazy trying to defend us from the terror those fanatic pundits motivate.  I’m a veteran of both Vietnam and Afghanistan and have never seen the United States government and media behave so crazily.


Us and them - 27 February 2015

Now ISIS is kidnapping Christians, and pundits are asking why and pointing out that ISIS has killed mostly Muslims, but the same pundits are ignoring the fact that that ISIS has done no harm to Israel and consistently indicates by its acts that it’s a Mossad counterintelligence operation.  And anyone thinking Islam is more bellicose than Judaism hasn’t read the Qur’an or hasn’t read the Torah or has read neither.  Or they may be the bigots ignoring the Gospels to say war is just against anyone not Christian.

Here’s a millennia-old message for anyone thinking ISIS is Islamic.  “So some say that anyone knowing the enemy and knowing himself shall not be in danger in a hundred engagements.  Anyone not knowing the enemy but knowing himself shall sometimes be victorious but sometimes meet defeat.  Knowing neither the enemy nor oneself shall meet defeat in every engagement.”  So said Sun Tzu in his treatise on the “art” of war.

And the difference between ISIL and ISIS is further indication of egocentric ignorance.  The second “S” in ISIS refers to an Arabic word for land where Arabs live, while the “L” in ISIL refers to what Romans called the same land because it’s east of where they lived, in the direction of the levitating sun.  And Romans kidnapped Semites for sports.


The electoral collage - 26 February 2015

CNN pundit Liz Trotta, while complaining that the Clinton Foundation accepts funds from people who agree with Clinton politically, said that Hillary has a tough row to hoe toward the presidency because she “has yet to acquire” the “charm” Bill has.  Yes, Heehaw Hillary is less charismatic than Bubba Bill, but her main weakness is that she lacks reasoning, being about as rational as Trotta.  But she beats Lindsey Graham.

If the Democratic Party nominates her, the Republican Party need only nominate someone reasonably rational, to take the Presidency hands down.  But it has shrieking warmongering maniacs like Graham and Peter King throwing their hats into the ring where Ted Cruz is already flailing away its chances and nominated Random Romney last time around.  And reasoning and rationality currently lack grass roots popularity.

In the hinterland, in the provinces where candidates for the Presidency seldom campaign, people either receive their opinions from other pundits or favor the populism of triviality anchorless broadcast news announcers deliver.   Bryan Williams lied to artificially aggrandize himself, and Scott Pelley ignores the answers interviewees give him to his own questions, and David Muir is nearly all soap.  But they’re on our TV’s.


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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