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Cruising for bruising - 30 April 2016

A picture of Jane Fonda is circulating on Facebook with a caption calling her the first domestic terrorist.  Fonda was protesting Johnson’s building a force of a half million United States citizens to kill as many Vietnamese citizens as they could, and more than 57 thousand of them died trying, for no rational reason.  And another example of domestic terrorism is the Christianity of the person putting the picture on my timeline.

Murderous hypocritical bigotry is ordinary in religion and politics.  Creepy Carly, in her speech accepting Tea Party Ted’s request that she be his candidate for the Vice Presidency, said her mother was her Sunday school teacher and taught her that her life is a gift from God and that what she does with it is a gift to God.  What she and her running mate are doing with their lives is preaching murderous bigotry in Jesus’ name.

Phony Fiorina didn’t mention in that speech that she favors alienating the right of people desperately fleeing murderous terrorism in the United States of Mexico to pursue happiness in the United States of America.  And she didn’t say in it that she supports denying other murderous people any of the seventy times seven chances for repentance Jesus directed.  But she did preach the right to own murderous weapons.


Both sides now - 29 April 2016

The current campaign for the Presidency of the United States is bridging the gap between the party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of Jefferson Davis in the way that Camelot Kennedy and Thug Thurmond did. 

Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted and Heehaw Hillary and Borscht Bernie are honestly or erroneously spewing hypocritical hogwash. 

They’re trying to do to us voters politically what Ted Kennedy did to Mary Jo Kopechne physically.


The Branch Davidians - 28 April 2016

One thing the Torah and the Gospels and the Qur’an have in common is that each honors Moses.  And one thing Jews and Christians and Muslims have in common is that many of them ignore their scriptures and violate the commandments Moses delivered saying they came from God.  A question is whether those people read their scriptures or are lying about believing them and think they’re fooling either their neighbors or God.

The Torah says God didn’t know Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil until he came down from heaven and saw them in their leaf aprons.  But the Gospels say that Jesus was God’s son and said that a sparrow can’t fall with God not knowing it.  And the Qur’an says many times that God knows all that anyone does.

But a vital question on Earth today is why Christians ignore the Bible to accept Judaic  assertion that the Kingdom of Judah is the Kingdom of Israel.  And that includes the question of why the Israelis treat Samaritans as Palestinians.  See John 4.


Fashioning your fear - 27 April 2016

The complaints against Judaism in the Qur’an are but two.  One is that David divided the Israelites against one another into the Kingdom of Judah with its base in Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Israel with its base in Samaria.  And the other is that the Judaic people have killed their own prophets, and it includes Jesus among the Judaic prophets and agrees that Mary was virgin when she gave birth to him, and with all that he said.

And the Qur’an permits jihad only in defense against oppression of Muslims.  The rational for 9/11, was a combination of the assumption that the United States government is of the people of the United States and the fact that the government of the United States supports what Israel is doing to Muslims, but ISIS is killing far more Islamic people than is anyone else.  So that proves that ISIS is by no means Islamic.

If we the people agree with that policy our government pursues in agreement with Tea Party Ted and Terrorist Trump, we’re as ignorant as they are, and no more evangelical.  Supporting that policy requires denying what the evangels say he said about loving our neighbors and what they say was his reply to the question of what a neighbor is.  But we’re too busy trying to think we’re better than anyone not like us and loving us.


Dragging the goats - 26 April 2016

Borscht Bernie, ignoring the fact that Dingdong Donald is depending on new voters, said Sunday that Democrats win when voter turnout increases.  People who haven’t ordinarily voted are either young or politically irresponsible, and ignorance is a factor in both categories, as is egocentrism.  Bernie’s attracting lazy beggars, while Donald’s attracting greedy jerks, and both are touting policies no reasonable voter supports.

And the same is true of Heehaw Hillary and Tea Party Ted.  Both preach ideals that no one who understands either economics or sociology thinks are reasonable.  Their differences are only in how they go about trying to fool any voter of any kind.

So none of them is more politically correct than either the Taliban or ISIS.


Alas poor you - 25 April 2016

Current TV GE advertisements depict a prospective employee meeting a “developer” on an urban sidewalk.  The prospective employee has taped a twenty dollar bill to a copy of his resume and drops it on the sidewalk in front of the employee and directs the employee’s attention to it.  When the employee says he doesn’t hire, the prospective employee removes his watch from his wrist, and puts it onto the wrist of the employee.  The employee again says he doesn’t hire but not until he lifts his wrist to accept the watch the prospective employer offers.  A question is who wishes to work with such.

And another question is why GE would hire such.  And another question is who would be silly enough to buy Liberty Mutual insurance after seeing that company’s TV advertisements saying it insures against irresponsibility.  And another question is how people too ignorant to research policy prices of competitors before buying insurance can afford to pay Liberty Mutual’s.

But other questions are why evangelicals don’t read the Bible and why anyone votes for Tea Party Ted or Dingdong Donald or Heehaw Hillary or Borscht Bernie.


The warrantless commissions - 24 April 2016

I was watching CNN when I heard of the death of Prince, and CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper asked CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta whether the flu probably killed him, and Gupta said it probably didn’t.  He said that it might kill older or younger people, but that it probably wouldn’t kill anyone Prince’s age, unless his immune system was weak.  Implying AIDS at that point was grotesquely irresponsible.

Formerly I wondered why I’d heard of the artist formerly known as Prince but didn’t know his name or anything he’d done.  Now I know that Prince Rogers Nelson was a son of a jazz musician and a social worker and that he and others recorded several songs of his that I’ve heard but didn’t much appreciate.  And I know that his commercial success exceeded his fame for his music and that the reason was his caring sharing.

And, earlier that day, CNN aired its Celebrity Jeopardy Champion John Berman interviewing Loser Lindsey Groupie Graham.  Graham three times said that Tea Party Ted might be a good President because Abraham Lincoln didn’t win the Republican nomination on the first nomination.  Berman pointed out that things weren’t the same then but didn’t point out that Cruz is less of a Lincoln than Quayle was a Kennedy.


Judgement of Jethro - 23 April 2016

Republican Reince said he’s not conspiring against Dingdong Donald.  A political party is by definition a conspiracy, and Partisan Priebus heads a coalition that’s against Terrorist Trump, by any means politically plausible.  And propaganda is such a means.

But another question is why CNN is airing him more than it airs Democrat Debbie.  He made that remark during a CNN “special” reporting his private life to the extent of also interviewing his wife.  So CNN may have done that to let him show how silly he is.

The Qur’an says we can’t keep secrets from God, but whether news networks can keep secrets from politicians may be a question only God can answer, whether or not God is as evangelical as many Republicans say they are or as Judaic as Shultz or Blitzer.


The evangelical vote - 22 April 2016

The birth of Billy the Kid was in New York City, and his baptism was in a Roman Catholic church about eight blocks from Wall Street, before his mother took him to New Mexico. 

In New Mexico, he killed at least eight people, in an effort to protect Lincoln County cowboys and their families from a dry goods monopoly, and the county’s sheriff killed him after he escaped from its jail after the Governor of New Mexico who wrote Ben Hur: a Tale of the Christ reneged on a promise to pardon him. 

The Governor was Republican, but neither the Sheriff nor the Kid campaigned for their jobs, and the most famous documentation of their religious attitudes is in other people’s books.


Holes and doughnuts - 21 April 2016

One thing Dingdong Donald and Tea Party Ted have done for the electorate is to eradicate the future effectiveness of Corpulent Christie and Groupie Graham.  Governor Christie crushed his credibility by endorsing Terrorist Trump after that lie about people of New Jersey cheering the fall of the World Trade towers.  And Senator Graham is now touting Tea Party Ted after calling him a poisonous alternative to a Trump bullet.

But, of course, it’s all political propaganda.  Goofy Gingrich, who campaigned for the Presidency by calling himself smart while calling anyone running or voting against him stupid, is now calling both Tea Party Ted and Terrorist Trump intelligent.  And Borscht Bernie and Heehaw Hillary are desperately dodging their home team racism.

And, generally, we the people are like the European Americans drunk on Bourbon Street in the middle of a city whose population is mostly African American.  Most African Americans on Bourbon Street tap dance for the tourists.  It’s like Washington. 


Research and development - 20 April 2016

Fox News pundit Juan Williams has a written a book he’s called We the People.  Its cover pictures heads resembling Ronald Reagan and Billy Graham and two people I don’t recognize on the face of a cliff resembling Mount Rushmore.  He says his purpose in writing the book was to indicate how people more recent than Lincoln and Roosevelt have further elaborated on the political ideals Washington and Jefferson helped found.

And, while touting his book to Fox News anchor New Orleans native Arthel Neville, he said that Borscht Bernie is closer to being the first Jewish President of the United States than has been anyone else.  Harry Truman’s mother descended from Jacob and Rachel Jung, Jewish Germans who immigrated to New York the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and changed their name to Young.  Think of alienation.

So spring has sprung, and the cherry trees the people of Japan gave to the United States before Truman deployed nuclear bombs to kill a hundred thousand Japanese civilians, have bloomed for the 105th year since the gift and the 72nd year since Truman made himself the only person to deploy a nuclear weapon to kill.  Such ignorance is what keeps New Orleans native Satchmo from that book cover.  It isn’t wonderful.


Sparrows and lilies - 19 April 2016

Blaming Saudi Arabia for al Qaeda is like blaming the United States for the Ku Klux Klan.  My total income is $12.04 per hour, and all of that over $7.50 per hour is entirely discretionary, because I paid my mortgage before I retired from working for money and incurred no other debt in the last fourteen years before doing that.  And blaming tigers or whales for killing their captors is like blaming Abraham Lincoln for the Civil War.

Most English translations of the Bible are fewer than 1500 pages.  So anyone with a sixth grade United States education can read one carefully in fewer than four years by reading one page of it per day.  So nearly every United States citizen who hasn’t done that, but calls himself a Christian and says that he loves God and that the Bible is the word of God, deserves to have his picture beside “hypocrite” in English dictionaries.

But people are threatening to sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11, and the two candidates now campaigning to preside over the United States government for the Democratic Party are quibbling over whether to increase the $7.50 minimum wage beyond $12.00 to $15.00, while other people are quibbling over vengeance against tigers or over imprisonment of whales, when they’re not debating what or whom is fit to survive, in the eyes of God.


The hunger games - 18 April 2016

The Brooklyn “debate” between Heehaw Hillary and Borscht Bernie indicated that they envy Dingdong Donald.  They ranted at one another and talked over one another and ignored one another as Terrorist Trump taught Tea Party Ted to do.  And Clinton confirmed her emulation of Trump by grinning at the altercations while saying she was glad to be in Brooklyn where Trump’s slumlord father taught him to be a mercenary jerk.

Bernie tried to distance himself from the Manhattan Diamond District greed that’s part of his ethical heritage by flying to the Vatican as he tries to distance himself from it by calling himself a socialist.  But the reason his main base is young people is that young people are na´ve by definition.  They haven’t learned the social synergy of capitalism.

All of them are deceitful, campaigning for the Presidency by means of the disinformation counterintelligence we’ve come to call intelligence, the sort of thing that spawned ISIS by pawning Afghanistan for the Cold War and paying Irgun for World War II.


Baptism by hosing - 17 April 2016

Bubba Bill’s rant against gangs is like any other effort to excuse oppression by ignoring the desperation it causes.  It’s bigotry as ignorant as the evangelical Christian assertion that the color of Africans’ skin is the mark of Cain.  So both Democrats and Republicans can be racist hypocrites whose claims to be otherwise are only ploys for political power.

One classic example is Camelot Kennedy’s responding to the Birmingham children’s crusade by giving lip service to civil rights for votes.   And another classic example is people like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms responding to that by switching to the party of Abraham Lincoln to corrupt it.  And the recent Hollywood movie fictionalizing Lincoln as a hypocrite is an example of mass media manufacturing the bandwagon.

Television was why Camelot Kennedy launched his lies.  He couldn’t deny what that then new mass medium showed people in their living rooms.  And now TV news reporters are saying Borscht Bernie should have campaigned for the New York primary in New York instead of accepting a “photo opportunity” in the Roman Catholic capital.


Our faith in the faithless - 16 April 2016

Heehaw Hillary, who represented New York in the United States, said while campaigning in the New York primary that she “was so proud to be a New Yorker.”  And Borscht Bernie, who was one of the people of New York City who comprise the largest Judaic population outside Israel, that he “was born here in New York City.”  And, in that primary, Dingdong Donald is doubling down on his Brooklyn slumlord father.

But Heehaw is from Arkansas, and Borscht represents Vermont in the United States Senate, and Dingdong has bet most of his billions on Las Vegas.  And Heehaw banked her election to the Senate on Bubba Bill’s being an absentee landlord in Harlem to dodge his Arkansas racist reputation, and Borscht married a Roman Catholic and calls himself a socialist to distance himself from the Diamond District, while Dingdong is bragging about building his billions beyond Brooklyn.  And, if we the people considered nativity, New Yorkers wouldn’t be fans of the New York Yankees not from New York.

Integrity isn’t a norm for humanity.  Consider the fact that more than 90 percent of the Judaic people alive today descended from people who fled the land they say God promised them and settled in Germany, and the fact that Christians pay more attention to Pharisee Saul of Tarsus than to the person he called Christ, and the fact that the Qur’an touts both Christianity and Judaism.  All of us throw stones from glass houses.


Off the wall - 15 April 2016

Judaism isn’t monotheistic.  The Torah says the god of some ancestors of Judah was jealous of other gods and promised he’d help the descendants of Judah’s father kill for land if they’d worship him more than they worship other gods and to kill them if they didn’t.  And a question relating to that is why the creator of all the life on earth doesn’t have dominion over humans and needed some of them to help him kill some others.

And Christianity, while otherwise monotheistic, includes the Torah in its scripture and calls its proscription against worshiping other gods the first of God’s ten principal commandments.  And Islam, while calling the notion that God has partners foolish, also says that the Torah is messages from God.  Judaism is the root all those religions.

And that Judaic claim that God promised to help the descendants of Judah’s father kill for land is the cause of what we’re calling the war on terror.  Islamic people are trying to defend themselves against Judaic imperialism.  And Christians are supporting it.


Selling out souls - 14 April 2016

Will Smith, one of the football players people call saints, is dead.  After he dined in New Orleans with his wife and a former New Orleans police officer, a guy who had sued the police officer for killing his father rammed a Hummer into the back of the Mercedes Smith was driving and shot Smith and his wife, but his wife survived.  Another incident between Smith and police was when Smith dragged his wife down a street by her hair.

One pertinent question is why media reporters are talking as though Smith lived up to the name of his team.  And the Will Smith who’s a movie star is in a movie soliciting sympathy for football players receiving concussions from trying to give other football player concussions for cash.  And we the people cough up that cash.

And note that all those people are African Americans.  And note that people tout sports as a way for American Americans to escape the oppression of European Americans.  And note the tragedy of that gladiator fiction.


Civilization and incivility - 13 April 2016

Dingdong Donald is saying the Republican Party’s delegate system is corrupt because that party doesn’t always distribute delegates in proportion to votes, and Borscht Bernie is begging for the Democratic Party’s super delegates, people that party appoints regardless of votes.  But Sunday morning Cokie Roberts correctly pointed out that no law determines how parties determine their nominees.  Parties aren’t governments.

But the Constitution of the United States is the legal determinant of the United States of America and demands that its government be democratic.  So we the people of the United States might well ask the legislators we elect why they haven’t yet repealed its Twelfth Amendment, the amendment that deprives us of the right to elect directly the people who preside over our government, considering current computer capability.  The Electoral College is now at best an unnecessary layer of obfuscating complication.

But another question is why the Democratic Party is less democratic than is the Republican Party.  The super delegates are the equivalent of the patricians of the Roman Republic and the citizens of ancient Greece keeping women and slaves from voting.  But the United States government ignored its Constitution for centuries and, instead of admitting their ignorance of the Constitution, our legislators amended it.


Lilies and sparrows and churches - 12 April 2016

Besides to suck votes or cash, motives for claiming Christianity are fear of death and the bigotry of thinking we’re better than our neighbors, but people for whom any of those motives is primary either haven’t read the Bible or don’t believe it.

The Gospels say Jesus promised eternal joy only to people who don’t do any of that other stuff, and those people say that they love God and that the Bible is the word of God, and that proves them liars.

And a question particularly pertinent to all that is whether, besides lying to their neighbors whom Jesus said they should love, they’re lying to themselves or to God.     


Context and contemplation - 11 April 2016

Why do we use the word “love” as though it’s a synonym for “sex?”  Why do we use the word “beauty” as though it particularly refers to glamorous women?  Why did an English poet say beauty is truth in an ode he said was on a Greek urn?  Why do Law schools tell us that the purpose of lawyers is to discover truth?  Why are most of our politicians lawyers we’ve voted into our legislature?  Who elected Bubba Bill and Heehaw Hillary?

Why does the Pope prefer homosexual men to any women?  What, exactly, did the evangel John mean when he called himself the disciple Jesus loved?  Why did Saint Paul say women shouldn’t talk in church?  What’s the difference between disciples and apostles?  Why couldn’t any of them heal themselves?

Why do we use the word “adult” as though it’s a synonym for “pornographic?”  Why, instead of helping children be the best they can be, do adults try to teach them to be like adults?  Do you reason?


Wondering at life - 10 April 2016

Consider media reporting of the man in the white jacket walking beside men in black jackets media reports say killed themselves exploding bombs at Brussels Airport.  The other two men had gloves on their left hands, and media reports say the gloves were to conceal detonation buttons, and media reports say the man without a glove was pushing the heaviest bomb.  And now media reporting, after showing pictures it says are of him walking seven miles before it stops showing pictures of him, says he also escaped the Paris suicides but now is in jail while it ignores Israeli control of ISIS.

And consider differences between reporting World War II and reporting the fourth world war we’re calling the war on terror after we called the third world war the cold war.  A media pundit coined the phrase “the greatest generation” to refer to support for the second world war.  But now mass media pundits are terrorizing the masses.

Such frantic chaos is what Hitler created by way of the Holocaust.


The dumb and the dead - 9 April 2016

News reporters are saying Abraham Lincoln’s party needs to find a way to attract African American voters.  Jefferson Davis’ party did that by having Camelot Kennedy give lip service to civil rights after the Birmingham Children’s Crusade, and people like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms took him seriously and jumped ship to corrupt Abraham Lincoln’s party.  So now we have the Tea Party and the Bubba Party.

Only humans lie.  Reason we have wars and call hunting a sport are greed and hate.  And much of it is in the name of God, as the Israelites said God told them to kill for land, as the Israelis do now.  But Judaism is by far the least popular of the six most popular religions, and that may suggest that most humans don’t buy such, but too many do.

One way for the Republican Party to attract African Americans is to lie as convincingly as does the Democratic Party.  But the most effective way would be to deliver actual civil rights.  And that requires voters to research records to elect honest people.


Bipartisan baloney base - 8 April 2016

Standing in line to vote in Wisconsin, a couple voting for Borscht Bernie let a guy voting for Tea Party Ted cut in line in front of them, and a TV reporter asked the couple why they let the guy cut and asked the guy who cut what he thought of the couple.  More significant than their answers is why none of those four people expressed any concern for the people behind them in the line.  Apparently each of the four is an egocentric jerk. 

But note that Wisconsin is the state where teachers taught their political opinions in public school classes and used counterfeit sick slips to play hooky from their jobs to picket for more pay.  And note that members of Wisconsin’s legislature played hooky from their jobs and went to another state to support those irresponsible teachers.  Whether one parties with tea or with borscht is hardly relevant to any of that.

But we the people of the United States and most of the people we’ve elected to represent us in our government call people driving other people to suicidal despair democratic while we call the people they drive to despair democratic.  So the thoughtless callousness of those Wisconsin voters and the people for whom they vote shouldn’t surprise us.  Bucking lines degenerately defines “the American dream.”


The second commandment - 7 April 2016

A mass media “reporter” said that thousands of people are leaving Paris to escape Islamic terrorism.  Yasser Arafat, after Truman and Churchill contradicted their calling Zionists terrorists and talked the United Nations into calling them a nation, sent his wife to Paris to escape Judaic terrorism.  And the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was the only Paris attack somewhat in support of Islam and did nearly no harm to Judaism.

And both Paris and Brussels have been havens for Muslims, and most of the attacks by people claiming that ISIS inspired them have been against Muslims, and nearly none of them have done any harm to Jews.  And that “reporter” was not in a position to know the motives of the fleeing people.  He, de facto if not de jure, is a Judaic terrorist.

ISIS, conspicuously, is a Mossad counterintelligence operation, and terrorism terrorizes, whatever its motive.  Drug advertisements terrorize the masse into giving drug companies money.  And pundits terrorize by ignoring facts.


Peace and productivity - 6 April 2016

Now an “anchor” has tried to out-trump Trump by asking him whether a man should “put his hands on a woman.”  He was referring to Trump’s campaign manager’s putting a hand on a reporter who put one of hers on Trump.  Consider the political correctness of asking whether a woman should “put her hands on a man.”  Both phrases, whatever their denotation, have sexist connotation.  So that interviewer was as dingy as Donald.

And we the people not Amish think the Amish are weird.  Amish homes are away from ours, and the Amish have horses plowing their fields and pulling their buggies, while we others are in too much of a hurry to do that and try to demean our neighbors by buying cars we think are better than theirs.  And we pay the Amish to build for us.

And the Amish don’t preach.  They don’t call their children Amish until they’re adults and call themselves Amish.  And most of their children do, instead of leaving their community to join ours, the insanity we call normal.


For what do we fear? - 5 April 2016

Borscht Bernie told an Islamic woman that he’s Jewish and not racist.  Fact is that Judaism is inherently racist, preferring descendants of Judah to all other people, while Islam is not.  And Islamophobic Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee of the United States House of Representatives, said that he has nothing against Terrorist Trump and thinks he should be President of the United States.

Dingdong Donald was correct in saying that we should punish women who have abortions if abortions are unlawful, and news “anchors” have bullied him into saying he was incorrect, while calling him a bully.  And other pundits are ignoring the fact that parents teach their children to be bullies to say he behaves as a schoolyard bully. We need adults to unlearn the insanity by which we need and ignore our legal system.

Leonard Bernstein, the composer of the Broadway musical West Side Story, was Jewish.  That show depicts a kid telling a cop he’s depraved “on account of” he’s deprived, while it musically misrepresents gang warfare while suggesting that it’s tragic, while its title suggests what Kipling told us of east and west.  That more than a half century ago we watched it and wept and forgot why we wept is normal for humanity.


Generations - 4 April 2016

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, ostensibly deprecating Terrorist Trump’s means of making his billions, told us that peace between Israelis and Palestinians isn’t a real estate deal.  But, if Jewish Todd and Presbyterian Trump believe the scriptures that define the religions they claim, they think it’s a real estate deal that’s failed through three millennia.  The Bible says they’ve fought over the land of Canaan since before David killed Goliath.

And Trump’s terrorizing for turf is what attracts his supporters.  His supporters are sports fans, people who think fighting other humans for yards of football fields and killing defenseless animals wherever they find them defines superiority, people who think “winning” depends on making others lose.  Ask them how to stop killing in schools.

And ask them and Trump what they think we should do about police driving children to despair.  They’ll tell you, if they’re consistent in their “sportsmanship,” that we should give their kids guns.  And their asinine arrogant attitude also recruits for ISIS.



Pant suit politics - 3 April 2016

Soccer women are suing to receive the same remuneration soccer men receive.  They’re pointing out that their performance earns as much advertising ticket revenue as men’s does.  So they’re not receiving the share they earn is about as funny as Ralph’s shaking a fist in Alice’s face in the fifties.  And we the people still call the fifties the good old days and laugh at the Honeymooners.  That must be politically incorrect.

But something today’s feminists don’t point out is that women were the de facto heads of most households in the fifties.  Most men went out and earned household purchasing power and turned most of it over to their “housewives” when they came home.  Women made nearly all the purchasing decisions while men gratefully honored the results.

Ralph made an ass of himself, and Alice and Trixie knew that, and so did Ed.  But now we’re politically incorrectly outsourcing child-raising to women specializing in it in daycare centers.  And women are demanding the right to behave as Ralph.   


Facetious financial fraud - 2 April 2016

The TV advertisement with women quoting Dingdong Donald suggests that men don’t have faces and that men aren’t fat and that all pigs are female.  It, like Cubio Rubio’s remark about sizes of hands, trumps into Trump’s hand.  The only way to defeat him is by pointing out facts.

Such senseless flailing reminds me of an obese human resources coordinator for a homeless shelter for which I was finance administrator.  She said her always voting Democrat proved she wasn’t prejudicial, and she said in the shelter’s staff lunchroom that she didn’t know whether the Roman Catholic Church should canonize Mother Theresa but did know it should canonize Princess Diana, and she habitually violated the shelter’s requirement that staff members pay for food they took from the client dining room and ate in the staff dining room.  And she was Jewish and ate herself to death.

Some government and media pundits have pointed out that Trump’s flailing is already undercutting our nation’s international relations and economy.  But most of them are augmenting that problem by flailing the same kind of crap he flails.  We need to let him eat himself to death.



Cities of gold on hills of beans - 1 April 2016

Monday, in Minnesota, Terrorist Trump blamed Mexicans for people of Minnesota buying drugs from Mexico, but all day Tuesday MSNBC devoted its coverage to his campaign manager’s grabbing a reporter’s arm after she grabbed an arm of Dingdong Donald’s.  The way to defeat Dingdong Donald Terrorist Trump is not to emulate his ignorant asininity but to specify how he’s an ignorant asinine terrorist dingdong.

But that isn’t likely to happen.  Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd is trumping Trump’s asininity and is MSNBC’s main spokesman against him, and Katy Turr is emulating Todd as he ignorantly emulates Trump, and they’re dragging Andrea Mitchell into their asininity.  And other mass media networks are similarly politically incorrectly ignorantly asinine.

But neither is that new.  Ancient Greeks, whom we say created democracy, designated a woman both their god of wisdom and their god of war.  And they said she was virgin whose her birth wasn’t from a womb but as an adult from the male chief god’s head.


Mass media mission - 31 March 2016

Now an “issue” is public restroom privacy.  Pundits are asking how we can know whether a person is “transgender” when he or she or both enters a restroom.  A simple solution is to make all restrooms like women’s restrooms with separate stalls for functions requiring privacy.  We can install locks people can lock from inside the stalls and can’t unlock from outside.  Anyone of any sex can urinate without a urinal.

Dingdong Donald’s popularity depends on Soap Oprah’s obfuscation.  Both ramble nonsense that blurs diction and distinctions, and we the people swallow their hogwash because they might give us a car, or otherwise make us feel we’re better than our neighbors.  But the main problem is that such distracts us from important problems.

While Terrorist Trump and Tea Party Ted are sucking the sensibility out of the room, Yahoo Netanyahu is continuing his ISIS counterintelligence operation with their encouragement, and Heehaw Hillary needn’t explain what “is” is. 


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, a work in regress and progress .

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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