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Getting over it - 24 July 2014

On May Day 1960 a Russian surface-to-air missile ended a CIA flight over Russia from Pakistan.  The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, had left the United States Air Force as a captain to fly U-2 spy planes for the CIA as a GS-12.  U-2’s flew to about twice the cruising elevation of today’s passenger airliners and took photographs with film cameras.  Kennedy responded to photographs from another U-2 by nearly turning the Cold War nuclear.  Let’s compare all that to MH17.

Satellites provide electronic imagery in far more detail and from far higher than did the U-2’s.  Those pictures Kennedy used showed only that missiles larger than the CIA knew to have been in Cuba previously had arrived in Cuba.  Kennedy’s motive was to boost his reelection chances by seeming to be a strong President.

Now, Senator McCain and Representative King and others are saying Obama should behave similarly, by punishing Russian people as we’re still punishing Cubans.

 

Xenophobic self-pity - 23 July 2014

“Mexico,” sang the Diamonds in a popular song in the United States, “land of beauty where gardenias grow.” 

But that was before the United States’ illegal drug market expanded from Vietnam veterans and flower children and urban poverty to farmers and financiers.  Now criminals in every country from Columbia to Mexico have adopted the greed of New York’s diamond merchants to capitalize on U.S. drug demand.  Before the seventies most Mexican crime served U.S. tourists in border towns like Tijuana and Juarez and Nogales. 

But the market denying responsibility and is blaming children seeking refuge from what what it continues to cause.

 

Losing paradise - 22 July 2014

Michelle Fields, a Tea Party media pundit who habitually rants against anyone trying to share the wealth of wealthy citizens of the United States without having the ability to manipulate others to take what they need, Saturday on Fox News’ “Cashin’ In” railed that Central American children are robbing North American children.  Someone once told me Rachel Corrie deserved to die for screaming at Israelis bulldozing Palestinian homes!  What kind of shrieking is a capital offense?

Coward Kerry, the Secretary of State who begged Purple Hearts to cut his tour in Vietnam by two thirds, Sunday said that Israelis have a right to defend themselves and that Hamas is claiming “higher ground.”   Kerry claims that Palestinians have no right to try to defend themselves while Israel claims that God gave it the right to take Palestinians’ homeland!  How can we call someone like Kerry a diplomat?

Fields’ first name is for the archangel the Bible says made of Heaven a battlefield to send the archangel of light to hell.  And Kerry fosters making of the land of the free the battlefield that removed from office a politician whose name was for the archangel the Bible says announced to Mary her conception of Jesus!  To what is this world coming?

 

Tweety and Sylvester - 21 July 2014

Putin, unlike Khrushchev, apparently is as crazy as Kennedy, but apparently he controls his nation’s central intelligence agency, and so it isn’t likely to put him out of our misery.  A possible relationship between MH17 and MH370 is drugs, with Putin and his central agency apparently in the trafficking for which Thailand is famous and probably focal.  Sorting fact from conjecture in media reporting of MH370 suggests that it landed on Thailand’s Isthmus of Kra. Mass media call Kennedy’s son a tragic hero for killing himself and others by crashing an aircraft.  MH17 crashed on the fifteenth anniversary of his doing that apparently on drugs.

Did whoever shot down MH17 do it to sucker mass media into misreporting it to further evade their responsibility for misreporting the disappearance of MH370?  Media are frequently referring to the coincidence while reporting no similarity between the events beyond that Malaysian Airlines operated both aircraft!  Commercializing terror is media business as usual.

But, regarding “intelligence,” why don’t we the people of our democracy use the World Wide Web and other modern communication technology to know mass media spew hogwash?

 

Bifocals - 20 July 2014

United we stand; divided we fall, said Aesop.  And the Bible say Jesus said that several times in several ways.  But the Israelites divided themselves against themselves and accordingly fell into the hands of the Babylonians.  And now Greeks and Christians and Jews all teach their children to divide themselves into teams for what they call sports.  So kids knock each other down.

It’s what humans do.  Each of us divides his or her self against all the rest of creation, and Christians and Jews try to justify that by quoting the Bible saying humans shall have dominion over the beasts, while we ignore that beasts aren’t as “beastly” as humans are.  And that’s all despite the commercial success of Disney’s creations from Bambi to Ben and Me.

Ben and Me originated as a print biography of Benjamin Franklin from the point of view of a mouse in his house.  Amos, the mouse, is a friend of Ben’s and helps him with his inventing, but we actual humans murder dandelions, as though they’re roaches.  And the President of the United States said the crash of MH17 is a tragedy only if Americans died.

 

Dues - 19 July 2014

“Someone went rogue on my watch,” said Corpulent Christy about the George Washington Bridge closures.  “I’m responsible for that,” he continued completing his emulation of Cackle Clinton’s Benghazi baloney, proving contradicting oneself bipartisan.  People saying freedom isn’t free are semantically superficial, as we’re free to accept responsibility, our charge for it.

The V.A. doesn’t need more staffers!  The staff it has wanders the hallways and takes long lunch hours and plays computer games while ignoring patients standing in front of its desks!  What the V.A. needs is the ability to fire the bums in order to make room for staffers willing to do its job!

Why do we rubberstamp our partisanship and employment?  Is it because we’re too lazy to pay attention to issues as we’re too lazy to do our jobs?  Are we too lazy to be conscientious?

 

 

Quietism - 18 July 2014

Dick Cheney said he thinks Obama is the worst President of his lifetime.  I think the worst President of my lifetime was Kennedy and that the best was George Herbert Walker Bush and that Obama is doing the best any President could do with what the Tea Party and the Clintons have made of Congress.  And I wonder how Cheney could have been so close to history during the many years of his life and now preach partisanship from the unhealthiness of his heart.

Bush quietly devoted a half century to traveling all over Earth working on winning the Cold War while Reagan was mostly in the movie business in California.  Kennedy nearly turned the Cold War hot for no purpose other than to use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to seem to be doing something as Reagan did.  And Obama is taking the hit for people like Kennedy.

Kennedy proved his senselessness not only through the Cuban missiles and Bay of Pigs but also by ignoring the Civil Rights Movement until it beat his TV time.

 

Couch potato conscience - 17 July 2014

LeBron’s mother, single and wishing to give him a better life than she thought she could provide, relinquished his care to a football coach.  Amy’s mother, desperate to provide to her daughter a better life, fled from her violent homeland and did what she needed to do to bring her daughter to the United States!  Why are we the other people of the United States of America treating LeBron as a hero but treating Amy as a criminal?

Of course the answer is that LeBron entertains us.  And a similar question and answer is why we treated as heroes all those gymnasts and dancers who fled from the Soviet Union.  Black men and white women can jump while little brown girls fall through cracks.

We the people of the wealthiest nation on earth are the most egocentric people on earth.

 

Mindless millstone militants - 16 July 2014

Was Fredricka Whitfield further out of line by accusing Joan Rivers of baiting animal rights activists by being in a fur for the cover picture of her new book, or was Rivers further out of line by accusing 49-year-old goofily giggling Whitfield of cosmetic surgery, but who cares?  The most serious element of the debate is that Rivers claims to be nothing but a comedian while Whitfield claims to be a new anchor!  By that measure Rivers has at least more integrity.

But compare the integrity of either of them to the integrity of Jehanne of Domremy or Malala Yousavzai or Rachel Corrie, who risked their lives for others, at less than half their age.  And consider the integrity of Amy, a seven-year-old girl now in a detention center at the United States’ southern border, for leaving Central American violence to rejoin her mother.  Amy has with her only some clothing she’s carrying in a plastic bag and a scrap of paper, with the address of her mother in North Carolina on it, in a pocket of her jeans.

Consider whether any seven-year-old citizen of the United States of America could have kept that scrap of paper through all that.  “Detention center” is a euphemism for “jail,” as “correctional institution” is a euphemism for “prison,” and so ask yourself what in hell the media and government pundits are talking about!  Why do you or anyone else care more for Joan Rivers or Fredricka Whitfield than for any one of those desperately courageous children? 

 

Complicity in Camelot - 15 July 2014

Sunday morning, on Face the Nation, the Columbia Broadcasting System threw into our faces Yahoo Netanyahu asking us to imagine eighty percent of our nation under threat from missiles.  Actuality is that the “iron dome” our nation helped Israel develop has reduced to zero the percent of threat of Palestinian missiles to 100 percent of the land the United Nations sanction as Israel.  But we the people of the United States also suck up to insanity in regard to American children.

That is, we swallow hogwash, from media and government propagandists.  On CNN, Miguel Marquez used the phrase “compassion not just justice” to refer to the alternative to Israel’s murdering defenseless Palestinians, and Ana Navarro used the word “repatriate” to refer to refusing refuge in North America to children fleeing drug violence in Central America!  Are those Hispanic pundits afraid those children will take from them their piece of the American pie?

And Pat Buchanan, a “religious right” former candidate for the Presidency, said Obama could help solve the problem at our border by “taking an airplane down there for a couple of hours.”  Obama is deploying his executive power where he can, and he’s dealing with congress as well as any President could in our current political climate, by blowing smoke at smoke.  He’s applying his executive privilege and leaving incongruous Congress to fail to make destructive change.

 

Dedication to distortion - 14 July 2014

The United States government forbids women from being officially directly militarily combatant, while the Israeli government drafts everyone of either sex, into the footsteps of Golda Meir.

Friday CNN aired a Hamas spokesman accused Israel of targeting civilians before airing an Israeli spokesman accusing Palestinians of targeting civilians.  A larger percentage of Israelis than Palestinians are professional soldiers, and a far larger percentage of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons are women and children than are Israelis in Palestinian prisons.  And that Israeli spokesman, ignoring the fact that every neighborhood in the tiny Gaza strip into which Israeli officially crams Palestinians is residential, said the Palestinian military uses civilians as shields.

And the United States government officially trains women for combat and officially recognizes their skill in weaponry and tactics and officially supports anything Israel officially does.

 

Panhandling for Caesar - 13 July 2014

To the Tea Party, the crisis in the “humanitarian crisis” along the United States’ border with Mexico is that North Americans are having to pay for common decency to Central Americans.

And another element of insanity in that situation is that North Americans are the main market for the drug dealers from whom the refugees are seeking refuge, and those wackos in Murietta are behaving as though they’re on some kind of drugs, and Eric Bolling said on Fox News yesterday that “50,000 kids are storming our border.”

Children are dying of thirst on their way to our border and at our border and on our side of our border because they believed that we the people of the United States are “humanitarian.”

 

The greedy oppression - 12 July 2014

In the Bible the only difference between the behavior of the Israelites and the behavior of the Philistines is that the Philistines don’t say God is on their side.  Now the Judaic people calling themselves Israel and calling descendants of Philistines Palestinians are numerically superior to those people in that land only because military superiority Christians have given them has forced those people to take refuge in other lands!  Who are David and Goliath in the war on terror?

A Hispanic North American Tea Party woman asked on CNN what’s wrong with refusing women and children refuge, to “repatriate” them to the Central American drug dealers, from whom they seek refuge.  That’s like ancestors of the Irish who immigrated to the cradle of liberty for refuge from the potato famine in their homeland complaining against the government of Boston letting ancestors of Africans Americans whom Europeans kidnapped into slavery living in public housing projects in South Boston.  It’s like ancestors of victims of the Holocaust eliciting support from the land of the free to treat Palestinians as the Nazis treated Jews.

United States media and government pundits are saying that the current escalation of the debacle between the Israelis and the Palestinians might escalate into “all-out war.”  Hamas’ military capability is microscopic in comparison to Israel’s, and the Israeli government has herded Palestinians into Gaza to murder them, as “sportsmen” shoot fish in a barrel!  How can we the wealthy people of the land of the free support murderous oppression anywhere under God?

 

Is love cruel? - 11 July 2014

Francis and Clare were an item.  Francis was a wag before he was a saint, and Clare worshiped him one way or another, and both died early of physical illness.  A question among the many about them is how healthy they might have been had they married and had children.

They grew up together in Assisi, and Clare followed him anywhere and founded an order of sisters, to follow his order of brothers.  And, upon their deaths, St. Anthony let the Church end their orders’ vow of poverty.  And now the Franciscans are a premier fundraising agency.

So, in the question, is whether they might have been healthier had they not starved themselves for a Church that didn’t care.  Maybe the cause of the whole thing was that Francis didn’t love Clare as much as she loved him.  But that would indicate that he wasn’t Christian.

 

Vanity and insanity - 10 July 2014

JonBenét Ramset’s parents, whether or not their hands did the strangling, murdered their daughter.  And Cooper’s parents, whether or not they researched the effects of leaving anyone in a hot car, murdered their son.  Their hedonistic attitudes led to the deaths.

And, tragically, those parents are normal.  Parents consistently respond to deaths of their children by saying they lost their children, as though the tragedy isn’t in that the children lost their lives, as though the loss is only theirs!  Why do we call giving birth to children having children?

Instead of raising children, we try to sink children into our egocentric delusions of grandeurs, imposing on them our ideals.  JonBenet’s parents’ ideal was advertising sexuality as Cooper’s parents’ ideal was “a childfree lifestyle.”  Free love is neither free nor love.

 

Cover of time - 9 July 2014

Anyone who thinks the Israeli government will prosecute its soldiers who beat that Palestinian kid from the United States has forgotten Rachel Corrie, and chances are slimmer that the Israeli government will prosecute the Israeli civilians who burned that kid’s cousin alive, because we the people don’t care for anyone not us.

We the wealthiest people on Earth have forgotten the Great Depression of our own nation.  Our notion of poverty is not owning a television, and our mass media tell us to protect ourselves from disasters by checking the Internet, because the poorest of us have access to it.  During the depression we didn’t have homeless shelters.

Then services for the homeless were mostly taking soup from kitchens out to sidewalks.  Now what we call soup kitchens are cafeterias serving three course meals registered dietitians plan and supervise in buildings with both the kitchen and the dining room.  And now TV commercials solicit funds for Jews starving Muslims.

 

The couch potato compassion famine - 8 July 2014

We the people of the United States are saying that the “detention centers” along our border with Mexico that are housing children fleeing Central America look like “refugee camps.”  The difference between a detention center and a refugee camp is the difference between how Israel tries to house Palestinians and how Jordan houses them.  Any decent person hopes we’re treating those children as refugees.

But we the people of the United States apparently aren’t all decent.  Apparently, many of us have forgotten that the founding fathers of our nation were immigrants, and the message we’ve embedded in concrete at Ellis Island.  “Bring us your huddled masses,” we said when we remembered who we are.

Bigot Brewer and Whoops Perry and Xenophobes McCain and Graham andYahoo Netanyahu are emulating NAZI’s, and we the people of the United States are sucking up to them, as Eva Braun did to Hitler.

 

The three thousand years war - 7 July 2014

Three Israeli teenagers disappeared, and the Israeli government launched a full scale house to house attack into Palestinian territory, and found the kids dead outdoors.  Palestinians responded with stones and firebombs, and CNN said the Israeli government responded to that with rubber bullets, as though that restraint justified the initial outrage.  And still the only claims that Palestinians killed the kids are from the Israelis and without evidence.

The reason the Palestinians respond with stones and firebombs and suicide is that they have nearly nothing but desperation to combat the Israelis’ weapons of mass destruction.  They have no homeland security against massive random home invasion.  Yet we the people of the greatest democracy on earth call Israel a democracy.

That massive hypocrisy is like the Roman Catholic Church murdering the sixteen year old Jehanne of Domremy for the desperation by which she saved her homeland from a century of foreign invasion.

 

Ugly is as ugly does! - 6 July 2014

The “elephant man” defines humanity.  We laugh or sneer at or spit on or kill people we imagine are worse than we are because they’re different from us.  That’s the basis of bigotry, racism and sexism and sectarianism and nationalism and xenophobia and homophobia and spaying kittens we say we love, and hunting and other sports.

But we don’t know any better, because what makes us inferior to dumb animals is that we have the ability to fool ourselves into anything, and our most basic drive is to stay alive.  And we use our ability to talk ourselves into anything to talk ourselves into thinking our life is worth more than others’ lives.  So we denigrate them sometimes to death.

Mental health professional use the phrase “paranoid delusional” to refer to that but only if it exceeds what mental health professionals call normal.  “Paranoid delusions” include both delusions of persecution and delusions of grandeur.  And we humans take pride in talking ourselves into hating anyone not like us.

 

King of hearts - 5 July 2014

“I am heartbroken that this bug got the best of me,” said Serena Williams as though we the public won’t reasonably suspect that the bug wasn’t the drugs that have sports players destroying their health, to please drug addict fans shirtless in war paint the colors of Old Glory.

Sports and drugs entertain, and many entertainers use drugs, and it’s all from our desperately trying to think we’re better than we feel we are by trying to think we’re better than others.

The bug that’s getting the best of Williams is the paranoid delusional despair we call humanity.

 

Time out of our minds - 4 July 2014

“Death to Arabs,” shout Israelis against the majority of Semitic people, while they call any criticism of the Hebrew minority of Semitic people anti-Semitic.  And weirder than that is that they’re screaming about the Palestinians, who descended from the Philistines, who were Greek.  And the Israelis are treating the Samaritans, whom Jewish scripture says are Israelite, as they treat Palestinians.

That should surprise no one who has read the Torah account of Moses ordering the Israelites to violate half of the Ten Commandments by massacring his wife’s tribe.  And another question is why people who claim to be Christians and also to believe in the Torah as part of the Bible don’t ask why Israelites hate their neighbors.  But the same Christians call the movie The Ten Commandments historical.

The film depicts Egyptians killing Israelites by forcing them to build pyramids.  The construction of the Egyptian pyramids was about a millennium before Egyptians enslaved the Israelites.  And neither would anyone who believes what the Gospels say Jesus said join the NRA or promote capital punishment as did Charlton Heston.  But, to most of us, Heston is ancient history.  Ignorance prevails.

 

Who cares? - 3 July 2014

Bubba Bill billed himself as "the education president.”  Heehaw Hillary, who stood by his destroying the career of an intern in his care by failing to preside over his zipper, took nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the coffers of a university to preach her hypocrisy to its students.  So of course the party of Jefferson Davis and George Wallace and the mayors of Little Rock and Birmingham who used government leadership to deprive children of rights the declaration of independence from such says are unalienable is promoting that hypocrisy to creep another Clinton into the presidency of the government of and by and for we the voting people.

But the fact that we the people silently suffer mass news media says we don’t care enough to attend to facts.  And other recent examples are in the coverage “the most trusted name in news” is giving to the selection of Robert MacDonald to manage the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.  A CNN anchor said that MacDonald, who is a West Point graduate who served five years as an ranger in the 82d Airborne Division, has no military experience.

And another CNN commentator said that by selecting MacDonald Obama was “thinking outside the box.  MacDonald also headed Proctor and Gamble after working for that successful business company for 34 years.  Mass media also abdicate their educational responsibility.

 

Plowshares and pruning hooks - 2 July 2014

Including “sex education” in public school curricula began at about the same time as the first Philadelphia teacher strike.  Now union teachers are preaching their political opinions and any other opinions in public schools, as did the Wisconsin teachers who used counterfeit sick slips to play hooky from doing that, to receive more cash for it.  But a more important question is why parents abdicate their parental responsibility by leaving their children to the will of teachers.

And the answer is tunnel vision, and an example is the response I ordinarily receive, when I tell people my favorite movie is The Last Samurai.  They ignore the word “last” in that title, and the fact that the story begins with a former soldier trying to drown in booze his  guilt from what he did to the people of this content, and the fact that the film ends with the soldier finding peace in the village of his dead Samurai friends.  Be sure that the soldier will not teach their children war.

But our public schools do.  Without exception, they teach nationalistic xenophobic provincialism and call it patriotism, and they subordinate academics to sports to drive the bigotry home.  And the word “sex” comes from the Latin word for different and that the French word for bigotry is “sectarisme” from the same origin, and that the world “bigot” originated from Normans mocking the English they conquered, for swearing “by God” that the invasion was insufferable.

 

Who’s your mama? - 1 July 2014

Does anyone remember when bullying was something boys did to each other with fists and not something girls did to each other with Facebook?  Then fathers told their sons to fight back, but now mothers are taking their daughters’ verbal fight to their schools, instead of telling their daughters that all they need do is not heed the words but that they can also fight back with their own words!  But, on the other hand, fathers of two boys who recently killed other kids in their schools said they wished not that they’d been better fathers but that their sons hadn’t been born.

And yet on the first hand, HLN’s graceless Nancy Grace used her words to drive a mother to suicide, alleging that the mother had caused her daughter’s problems.  And, more recently, Grace was at the head of the lynch mob trying to convict Casey Anthony of killing her daughter, despite evidence suggesting that Casey’s parents killed the child, and evidence indicating that they’d been lousy parents to their son also.  And, still more recently, law and mass media let graceless Grace be the first to tell the father of a missing child that his son was in his basement.

It’s a social problem, a psychological problem humans define by their choice of entertainment, and it has its roots in bigotry and particularly in sexism.  Danica Patrick, in a sport males dominate as they dominate most sports, through years proved herself the most consistently successful Indy car driver but marketed herself as a glamour girl and left the Indy circuit for NASCAR where glamour girls are more marketable!  And why did the Indy boys say her using her skill and presence of mind to keep her from taking their rash risks wasn’t competitive?

 

Uptown and downriver - 30 June 2014

The Renaissance was a shift from “spiritualism” to “humanism.”  “Spiritualism” among Christians still refers to the materialistic superstition into which John and Paul perverted Jesus’ view of life while “humanism” refers to materialism without the superstition.  Janson, pere or fils, in their History of Art says: “When Boccaccio praised Giotto’s imitation of nature, he was not in a position to know how many aspects of reality Giotto and his contemporaries had failed to investigate!”  Have the Jansons or anyone else investigated all aspects of reality or been in a better position to investigate all aspects of reality than materialism suggests Jesus was?

The Renaissance also gave birth to colonializing Earth, and New Orleans remains Earth’s capital of cohabitation of “spiritualism” and “humanism,” beginning as the capital of French colonialism in what tout le monde calls America.  That city has been a penal colony and the home of two nunneries and Degas, and it gave birth to every genre of music generic to the United States as Europe during the Renaissance gave birth to the diatonic scale that all Earth’s music now uses.  And now Las Vegas sports betting has bought the city and the decadence of its Bourbon Street.

Both of my living sisters call themselves Christians while one of them devotes herself to hate while the other devotes herself to self-pity.  Neither of my brothers calls himself a Christian, but both take pride in murdering defenseless animals, calling it sport as does the “religious right.”  I believe in Jesus but don’t call myself a Christian, and I’ve been criminal and felt more at home in New Orleans than in our hometown or anywhere else, before sports bigotry drove me away.

 

Dogs’ worst enemy - 29 June 2014

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner said that obstructing Supreme Court Justices’ path to up the steps of their place of work is no more justifiable than their choosing to permit people to choose to complain on public pedestrian walkways about people choosing to abort their children.  Some women need abortions to save their lives, but many women abort their children for no reason other than to abort their responsibility, for results of their “hooking up.”  We the people need our court to get to its balancing workbench.

But we the people of all sexes and races and parties generally work toward our own separate interests at the cost others’ interests.  “Black is beautiful” is a reaction to “white supremacy,” and MSNBC is a reaction against Fox News, and it’s all propaganda.  But nowhere is bigotry more conspicuous than in what we call religion.

Crusades and jihads are examples, but so is praying for our nation to win wars justifiably or not, and for the side we pick in sports.

 

Life and death and worth - 28 June 2014

Consider whether Kennedy’s life or Oswald’s or Ruby’s was more valuable or harmful.  Kennedy turned the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba into a crisis that nearly turned the Cold War hot enough to burn humanity out of existence.  And he diverted the CIA’s plan to inspire an insurgency at Trinidad into an invasion at Bay of Pigs and left his invasion force to die on the beach for lack of air support he’d promised.  Ruby was a petty gangster in the strip club business and was dying of cancer.  Oswald was a dupe.

A similarity between the Warren Commission magic bullet theory and the InMarSat Indian Ocean theory is that both are contrary to plain facts, while a difference is that hardly any media or government pundit promotes swallowing the Warren Commission hogwash while nearly every media or government pundit promotes swallowing the InMarSat hogwash, and that raises the question of whether the difference is because a President's life is more or less important than 239 less influential people.

And that, considering that the prominence of questions regarding the circumstances of the death of Marilyn Monroe falls between those regarding the Kennedy assassination and the MH370 disappearance, raises the question of whether movie stars are more influential than Presidents on the lives of such as Norma Jean.

 

Talking and doing - 27 June 2014

George Herbert Walker Bush, accepting the nomination to run for the party of Lincoln to be President of the United States, called himself a quiet man.  In its beginning at the end of World War II, the United States Central Intelligence Agency mainly recruited from Ivy League Colleges, and Bush entered Yale immediately after World War II and was a legacy member of Yale’s secret Skull and Bones society, and the CIA tells its new recruits to tell no one other than their spouses of their relationship to the agency.  Robert Gates must know that his calling himself the first to rise from an entry level CIA position to directing the agency is counterintelligence.

And note that while Bush was away from his spouse, ostensibly prospecting for mineral rights for his oil company the Harriman family helped him found, Gorbachev traveled from his college in the Soviet Union to Western Europe when the Soviet Union was permitting nearly no Soviet citizen to leave the Soviet Union.  And note that Bush was Ambassador to the United Nations and Envoy to China and CIA Director while Reagan was in California.  And note how his son followed him into the Presidency.

At the end of the first gulf war Gorbachev was hanging onto his Presidency of the Soviet Union by a thread threatening to hang him.  The cost of removing Soviet client Saddam Hussein then would have ended both Gorbachev’s Presidency and détente.  So the second President Bush removed Saddam Hussein for his father and for all of Earth.

 

For all the children anywhere - 26 June 2014

The weapon of mass destruction the Bush family wished to remove from Iraq was Saddam Hussein.  The first President Bush prolonged his life because removing him then would have prolonged the life of the Soviet Union indefinitely.  Those were the Bush family’s missions, and the Presidents Bush accomplished them, and the rest is mission creep.

Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq’s neighbors outside Iraq, and he and his sons murdered their neighbors inside Iraq, and now he and they are gone.  What has happened in Iraq since the second President Bush claimed accomplishment of the mission has been inertia bellicose creeps like John McCain and Lindsey Graham and that King creep sustain.  They, and not the Bush family, are the jerks trying to jerk other people’s regimes into sucking up to them.

And they, and not people living up to the legacy of Lincoln, call themselves Republicans while trying to lynch the first black President for trying to live up to the legacy of Lincoln internationally.  Those people’s tea party excludes the masses huddling wherever they can to defend themselves from such people.  They drive suicidal despair.

 

Mission and meaning - 25 June 2014

If alcoholism and homosexuality are genetic Whoops Perry’s saying so isn’t any more of a mistake than Cackle Clinton’s laughing at lie detector tests.  Amelia Rose Earhart has about as much sense of the spirit of Amelia Earhart as she has of the spirit of yoga.  A problem is that people have a problem with semantics because they ignore semantics.

“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word Hindus use to refer to realizing the unity of the universe.  The modern Ms. Earhart used it to refer to what yuppies pay to do together on mats and said she does it to train for flying a machine around Earth.  That’s as spiritual as Perry’s religious right.

In function, McCarthy and Cantor are like Dan Quayle, unnecessary.  Bush didn’t, as Boehner doesn’t, need anyone obstructing his action.  So they suffered mealy mouth breathing ninnies. 

 

The lilies of the field - 24 June 2014

Why do humans war against deer and dandelions?  Why all over Earth, since long before David divided the Israelites into the warring factions that fell into the hands of the Babylonians, has “divine right of kings” been a human institution?  Why do we humans behave as though God gave us dominion so we can destroy the rest of creation and each other?

How is the crisis of the children fleeing to North America from Central America humanitarian?  How does the Republican “religious right” love their neighbors’ children less than does the Democratic “choice?”  How do we humans forget what we say we are?

What do we humans think are either humanity or integrity?  What do we humans think makes us more reasonable than the dumb animals?  What do we think we mean?

 

Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

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

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

Dust

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