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Dealing duplicitous diction - 10 December 2018

How isn’t using the word “tribal” to refer to partisanship racist?  And how is it less subtle than calling sports teams the Red Skins or the Chiefs or calling African Americans you people?  And why do partisan pundits both Republican and Democratic do it?

And how is it less racist than Dirtbag Drumpf’s Muslim ban?  And how is it less racist than ignoring the fact that many times more Semitic people are Islamic than are Judaic to call people who are against Judaism anti-Semitic?  And how is it less racist than the United States government’s support of the racist government of Israel?

And why do we wonder why people in Darfur and Yemen are hungrier than people in Israel and the United States?  And why do the mass media of the United States permit the International Federation of Christians and Jews to solicit funding by picturing on television old people standing in line for food in snow in Israel?  How can they not know that Israel is a welfare theocracy for Judaic people and receives nearly no snow?

And why don’t media or government pundits either Republican or Democratic point out that the reason Dirtbag Drumpf is able to sell his claims that news is fake and evade prosecution for his blatant criminal fraud is that they and the news anchors and other people we the people of the United States call journalists are as fake as he is.

But, most fundamentally, how can bigotry and ignorance continue to drive the political discourse in the wealthiest and most democratic nation on earth more than two centuries after the institution of its Constitution.


Creed of compliance - 9 December 2018

Ask people which, dandelions or grass, is better.  Many will tell you that dandelions are weeds, and some will tell you that dandelions give them hay fever, and some will tell you that that dandelions disrupt the beauty of an expanse of green grass.  But then ask people whether music would be more beautiful if it were all repetition with no variation and what’s the difference between grass and hay and between weeds and flowers.  And then try to figure out what the Evangel John meant when he told us that God is the word.  And then look up the relationship between semantics and logic in a dictionary.

The origin of the word “logic” is a Greek word meaning “word,” and semantics are how we use words for meaning, making the relationship identity.  But consider this way that words have material meaning, this illustration of what the Greek logician Aristotle called the contiguity error of logic, in the realm of numbers.  Pundits say that what Dirtbag Drumpf says he’s doing is the cause of what financial markets do.

The difference between a weed and any other plant is whether humans cultivate them.  And both weeding and cultivating is a way of jerking things around.  So these questions are of freedom and bigotry.


Legacy and leniency - 8 December 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf, clasping his hands tight in his armpits with his arms tight against his obese chest like a kid refusing to eat his vegetables, pouted all the way through the funeral of the quiet and gentle man President George Herbert Walker Bush in the United States’ national cathedral.  Pundits have said that Dirtbag Drumpf has been gracious by being relatively quiet this week, but the maximum of his graciousness was his staying clear of the official government funeral in the rotunda of our capitol, the more genuinely universal cathedral of our democracy.  There, genuine dignitaries, both Democratic and Republican, were as genuinely gracious as the former Presidents who strained to be gracious to him at the funeral in the Christian cathedral.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s method of mismanagement is to trick people into doing tricks for him.  He calls that the art of the deal, but the actuality of it is the artifice of fraud, a confidence game that inevitably ends in contempt.  And the contempt is all that he shares.

He and his pals Player Putin and Killer Kim and MBS are heading full tilt to trash heap of history.


Militance and Mammon - 7 December 2018

Think about the crown of thorns.  The Bible says that Jewish leadership demanded that the Roman governor of Jerusalem crucify Jesus because Roman leadership forbade them from killing anyone.  And it says that, when the governor complied by directing soldiers to do it, the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head to mock him because the Jews said that he’d called himself the king of the Jews.

That’s all the Bible says of it, but the Roman Catholic Church says that Venetian bankers hocked it to the Byzantine empire, to finance building ships for the crusades.  And it says that a crusading king of France redeemed it and built a chapel for it behind the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris.  And now it says that it’s in the Cathedral.

What the church says is it was in a reliquary of gold and jewels.  But now it’s in a blood red box behind the pieta behind the alter of the cathedral.  So a question is whether the blood red box is more appropriate for it than the gold and jewels.

Automobility - 6 December 2018

Consider the drunk who designated his Tesla to drive him home.  And consider Ralph Nader, the sixties consumer advocate who called himself an independent and ran for our Presidency, after writing a book about Corvairs and calling both the book and the fuel-efficient car “Unsafe at Any Speed.”  Stereotypical Republicans tend to be all alcohol and drive trucks while stereotypical Democrats tend to be all Advil and drive fuel-efficient cars.

I drove a Corvair in the sixties and now drive a Mustang, and I ordered the Mustang from the factory to have a manual transmission, to have something to do while I’m driving.  I use cruise control for fuel efficiency, but I find myself paying more attention to it for adjusting to traffic flow than I’d pay to my foot without it, and I appreciate that both the cruise control and the manual transmission help keep me awake.  So compare that to trusting your life to a Tesla.

And consider the question of what Republicans and Democrats are trying to conserve or liberate or progress.  I remember being sixteen years old and hoping I’d never be an adult and stop enjoying Elvis Presley’s music.  And now I’m worrying about the possibility of learning not to enjoy my Mustang convertible.  But I’ve already quit drinking alcohol but haven’t replaced it with Advil.  And I’m a computer technician seldom using my phone. 


Taking and giving - 5 December 2018

Perhaps the most dynamic examples of bipartisanship in the two years of Dirtbag Drumpf’s presidency were Republicans Flake and Corker quitting their Senate seats.  A Democrat is taking Flake’s seat, and a Republican spokesperson for Dirtbag Drumpf’s Bible Belt base is taking Corker’s seat.  So both, while calling themselves Republicans, did what they most dynamically could do to further weaken the Republican Party.

Perhaps they did it to give themselves time to run to take Dirtbag Drumpf’s place, but a Senate seat is a bully pulpit for such a run, and quitters don’t win.  A winner is George Herbert Walker Bush, who worked 4 ½ decades to dismantle the Soviet Union and left the Presidency when he had done what he needed it to do.  That’s public service.

But one might argue that what Flake and Corker did was public service.  We the people of the United States need such people to flake off and put a cork in it.  Now we need #Grinsley Grab and other Republicans to quit sucking up to Dirtbag Drumpf.


Tunnel vision trivia - 4 December 2018

Media and government pundits continue to withhold credit from George Herbert Walker Bush.  The day after he died, an ABC pundit called him the Forest Gump of twentieth-century politics, saying that he was everywhere making mistakes.  And a CNN anchor asked his former Chief of Staff John Sununu what Bush meant when he said that he was grateful for his missions accomplished.  George Herbert Walker Bush dedicated 4 ½ decades to the dismantling of the Soviet Union that culminated during his Presidency.  But Sununu said only that Bush presided over the end and the reunification of Germany.

And the pundits also responded to Dirtbag Drumpf ‘s using his death to excuse his canceling a press conference by saying that he did it to honor Bush.  Such pundits, including most pundits calling themselves historians, have a Disneyland notion of history.  They don’t know the difference between Fess Parker and Davy Crockett.  They think that the Alamo was always a fort.  They think in fragments of sensationalism.

They talk of Bush letting others have the credit.  But they ignore that, while he was playing the China card from the United Nations to China, he let Kissinger have credit for that.  It’s like Dukakis campaigning against him by asking “where was George.” 


Sense of purpose - 3 December 2018

Average life span in the United States is diminishing, and the those tallying that trend are saying that its main causes of are increases in drug overdoses and in suicides, but they’re not saying why people are using drugs or why they’re killing themselves.  Media and government pundits tend to agree with Dirtbag Drumpf to the extent of blaming the drug use on Mexicans.  But few of them are offering a clue to causes of the suicides.

A conspicuous reason for the increase in drug overdoses is that drug manufacturers push drugs on TV.  And a clue to the reason for the increase in suicides may be the fact that medical doctors kill them selves more than do people of any other profession.  The clue may be in the question of how people who can’t help themselves can help others.

And those medical doctors are helping the pharmaceutical companies push the drugs.  So that could give them a double dose of the guilt that may be driving people both to the reciprocal causes suicide and drugs.   Imagine life being either all opioids or “all Advil.”


Pretention and perspective - 2 December 2018

Let’s compare Dirtbag Drumpf to Gerald Ford.  Ford pardoned Nixon, who perpetrated Watergate to save his Presidency, during which he began the withdrawal from Vietnam that Ford completed.  Dirtbag Drumpf is suggesting that he’ll pardon Paul Manafort for corrupting Dirtbag Drumpf’s campaign by collusion with Russian corruption threatening to reconstitute the Soviet Union Nixon and Ford used their Presidencies to dismantle.

And another comparison is that Ford and George Herbert Bush were able to channel the talents of Cheney and Rumsfeld away from their xenophobic bellicosity and into intimidating but productive diplomacy.  Dirtbag Drumpf is more xenophobic and bellicose than were Cheney and Rumsfeld.  And his administration is in chaos.

Dirtbag Drumpf, with the collusion of both Tea Party Ted and Grinsley Grab, is doing all he can to reverse the legacy of every Republican President from Abraham Lincoln to George Herbert Walker Bush.


Faith in fraud - 1 December 2018

The Gospels say both that Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor is like loving God and that he didn’t come to bring peace but to bring a sword to divide us against one another.  The most obvious reason for that contradiction is that it’s the reason the scripture of Christianity includes the violent scripture of Judaism.  The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus directed the writing of the Gospels.

Note also that the Book of Acts of the Apostles says that Saul of Tarsus healed and resurrected people after changing his name to Paul but that his epistles in the name Paul say that illness kept some of his apostles from traveling.

And note that the authors of two of the four Gospels were Paul’s apostles and not Jesus’ disciples.


Karma - 30 November 2018

One goofy argument for Dirtbag Drumpf’s sending troops to defend the United States against refugees is that he’s only asking the troops to do their job.  That was Jerk Johnson’s argument for building a half-million-man military force to kill what he called little yellow people.  He said that he was protecting the world from communism.

An actuality of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam is that troops came home with drug addiction.  And an actuality of Dirtbag Drumpf’s claim that the Central American refugees at our border are criminals is that any criminals among them are trying to enter the United States to capitalize on the drug epidemic that Jerk Johnson initiated.  And most of the refugees’ motive for migrating is to flee those criminals.

And the troops coming home from Vietnam also brought alcoholism and herpes.  And the United States Government sold them the alcohol at low prices and supported prostitution for their entertainment.  And it encouraged collecting ears and committing other atrocities contributing to PTSD from shame that they also brought home.  


Redskins and bluebloods - 29 November 2018

United States mass news media are reporting an escalation of anti-Semitism “in recent years.”  That escalation began on 11 September 2001, when nineteen Arabs killed themselves and nearly three thousand United States citizens, to protest the United States government’s support of Judaic militance in the land Judaic scripture says God promised them and throughout what Romans called the Levant.  And now, because we the people of the United States are beginning to recognize that Judaic militance is the main cause of the terror in that region, it’s escalating again.  Arabs and Hebrews, because no other people’s native language is Semitic, are the people whose Semitism is most identifiable.  But, because of the Judaic dominance of our mass media, few of us recognize that.

But that’s how we humans are.  Militant imperialism began long before the battle of Jericho, and Greeks and Romans and Christians calling themselves crusaders have perpetrated it since then, and Muslims have emulated Christians and Jews because Islamic scripture says that it confirms Christian and Judaic scripture.  And we the people of the United States celebrate it on our national holiday we call Thanksgiving.

And we subordinate academic standards to sports in our Universities.  Sports originated with Spartans organizing athletics to train for militant imperialism.  And we begin training children for it in elementary schools.


Murder from Manhattan to Mayberry - 28 November 2018

A United States Senator has written a book in which he calls partisanship tribalism.  And, touting that book on Fox News, he said that normal people coach little league and paint their faces to go to football games.  Tribes, like political parties, are groups of people larger than a family but smaller than a nation, but what ties them together isn’t ideology, but race.  And sports fans have less in common with one another than have members of political parties.  Judah and the Cherokees are tribes.

But that Senator is only a symptom of the escalating irrationality of humanity.  A national broadcast TV network praised a blind fourteen-year-old for learning to play violent video games and bragging about his number of “kills.”  Both that Senator and that blind boy point directly at the desperate disparateness driving our epidemic of mass killings.

And the Senator also deprecated people watching cable news to be aware of the problem and its causes and try to solve the problem by obviating its causes.


What it takes - 27 November 2018

People in France are now violently protesting an increase in tax on individual purchases of automobile fuel.  Four years ago, I rented a car at Charles de Gaulle Airport and drove all over France, and I paid more for tolls than for gasoline.  So one question is why the French didn’t protest that, but another question is what they’d do if Dirtbag Drumpf were their President, instead of a former Mushy Macron bromance.

And a much larger question is what motivates people to protest, and in that question is why we the people of the United States aren’t protesting the clear and present danger of Dirtbag Drumpf as we protested for civil rights and against Vietnam, and the tragic answer may be that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t doing anything directly against us.

If Dirtbag Drumpf were promoting lynching as that Mississippi Senator did, drafting troops to send them into Mexico to kill the immigrants as Jerk Johnson did, we might be out to do to him and his family what Italians did to Mussolini and his girlfriend.


Selling vanity under the sun - 26 November 2018

Perhaps a reason that the Bible Belt states were slave states is that Paul preaches slavery in his epistles.  One example is his first epistle to Timothy, in which he gives instructions to Timothy before ordaining him Bishop of the church of the Ephesians, presumably for that purpose.  He tells Timothy, for the name of God and his doctrine not to be blasphemed, to let all slaves under the yoke count their masters worthy of honor.

Most Bible Belt Christians are Baptists, while Dirtbag Drumpf calls himself a Presbyterian, but a link is through love for what Paul calls filthy lucre while soliciting it for the church through threats of death and damnation.  Of course slavery was for filthy lucre for the slavers, and I once attended a Sunday morning service at a Presbyterian church in the Michigan town where I grew up, and a man in the pew behind me told me between hymns of the church’s building fund.  I, remembering people dressing in their “Sunday best” for church, was one of the few attendees in a business suit.

And I was there with my Methodist sister, who says that she believes all of the Bible for her salvation, and now lives in the Bible Belt.  Obviously, since she doctor shops for prescription drugs, she doesn’t believe the Bible’s saying that Jesus’ said that one’s faith can make one whole.  But the Bible Belt is also famous for moonshine among people who earned the appellation “redneck” by bowing to plows after losing slavery.


Not cracking nuts - 25 November 2018

Michigan, like most places between Manhattan and Hollywood, is a place where men traditionally kill Bambi’s mother and wait until Bambi is an adult and kill him and hang his antlers on their living room walls. 

And recently a Michigan affiliate of a national TV network reported news that sales of hunting licenses are down in Michigan and that Michigan sellers of hunting equipment are hoping that the MeToo movement will fill the gap. 

That suggests that women, who are both traditionally and biologically havens for life, wish to be as murderous as men.  But the tragedy is that many women calling themselves women’s rights activists agree with that.  Freud would call that penis envy.


Why can’t we all just get along? - 24 November 2018

The United States government dismantled the Soviet Union by three operations, playing the China card and sucking the Soviet government into destabilizing itself by making Afghanistan its Vietnam and supporting globalist Gorbachev throughout his career, and Republican George Herbert Walker Bush managed those operations through four Republican Presidencies.

But Dirtbag Drumpf is doing everything he can to support player Putin’s efforts to reconstitute the Soviet Union, and he’s also doing all he can to regress China’s progress to the glasnost of global capitalism, from the xenophobia and poverty of the “cultural revolution” that Dirtbag Drumpf crony Killer Kim continues to foster in Korea, and Dirtbag Drumpf is also doing everything he can to regress the United States to the antebellum slavery economy and the murderous “open carry” chaos of the wild west.

That is, Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to regress the United States from centuries of progress, and Lincoln was also a Republican.  But Republicans support Dirtbag Drumpf, and Democrats say that the chaos he’s causing is because he’s a Republican, while fact is that he’s far too egocentric to be partisan.  Donald Jerk Trump is only a tyrannical Trumpist.


Humanitarian hogwash hell - 23 November 2018

When will adults stop teaching children to behave as adults?  Children, before parents buy them toys to train them to jerk their environment around and send them to little league to train them to jerk other people around, enjoy their environment and other people!  And evidence of the difference between the common decency of children and the common aggressiveness of adults is children watching on the sidelines as their parents pick fights with little league umpires.

Basically, parents teach their children greed and bigotry, what politicians are actuating when pundits say that they’re behaving as children!  Such behavior requires many years of training in institutions adults call academic institutions while they subordinate their academic responsibility to football for funds!  And Larry Nassar is an adult!

Children are the people who were praying in the streets of Birmingham as firemen deployed hoses against them as police deployed dogs against them as the President of the United States ignored them until he deployed hypocrisy for votes.


All we need to do - 22 November 2018

Donald Trump is crazy, not only unethical and unreasonable but also paranoid delusional by the definition of that term in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of the American Psychiatric Association, and his symptoms are conspicuous and dangerous.  Symptoms of delusions of grandeur are his calling himself a genius and saying that he knows more about military strategy and tactics than the generals and more about forest management than the management of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and symptoms of his delusions of persecution are his ranting against news media and Democrats as though they’re out to get him personally, but those symptoms aren’t the most dangerous of his symptoms.  His most dangerous symptoms have been his reactions to Putin and Kim and now to bin Salman.

All of Trump’s delusions are typical of people who prefer “alternative news” to mass media news.  But his obvious admiration for murderous tyrants and his assertion that the United States government is as murderous indicates both that he wishes to be a murderous tyrant and that he feels that the power justifies the killing and is something he “won” with his election to preside over the United States government.  And now he’s proving that in everything he says of bin Salman and the Khashoggi killing, and the bottom line is that he’s conspicuously demonstrating precisely the reason for the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and we need every media and government pundit and mental health professional to point that out.

True is that, besides people who share his preference for alternative news, Trump’s main support is from Republicans sucking up to him for his support.  But treating the problem as though it’s partisan only distracts from the life and death danger of his psychiatric disorder in his position of power, and Republican Fox News pundit Chris Wallace indicated his awareness of that throughout his interview, but Wallace is an exception.  We the people of the United States need media and government pundits to unite at least on ridding our government of that clear and present danger by pointing plainly and precisely at what it is.


Bridging the gap - 21 November 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf refusing to listen to the recording of the Khashoggi killing is like voters refusing to watch news on TV.  And he further proved the irony of his notion of fake news this week by buying into the Political Panetta Osama Bin Laden Abbottabad hoax by saying that a general who told the truth about him should have caught bin Laden sooner.  And he spewed that hogwash at Panetta’s boss Obama and at Heehaw HIllary.

But, suddenly, despite Dirtbag Drumpf’s denial of the blue wave, some light at end of the tunnel may some new senators, 35 women who caught the wave.  Perhaps they’ll reject the Democratic Party’s conserving its pride in people like Camelot Kennedy and his brother Teddy and Bubba Bill.  Imagine the MeToo momentum from that.

And we can hope that they might understand the economics of Insurance, and stop the bipartisan support of bribing health insurance companies to pay for “pre-existing conditions,” and pay for them by making Medicare their single payer.


Giving pigs a bad name - 20 November 2018

Do slavery Bible Belt gun nut evangelical Baptist preacher hypocrite Huckabee or his Dirtbag Drumpf touting daughter believe that the truth shall make them free?  And how about the pedophile Roman Catholic priests and the Popes and Arch Bishops trying to hide their tracks?  And how about the preachers pitting Christians against one another in church softball leagues?

And how about the people calling themselves Christians, while either ignoring or accepting the Bible’s saying that homosexuals should die and that women talking in church are a shame, whether or not they’ve ever believed in any of the lies of Presbyterian Judaic Dirtbag Drumpf?

And what kind of people believe Paul’s and his apostle Luke’s stories of the road to Damascus and of God killing a husband and wife for selling their property and not paying Peter all of its price?


Do clothes make the man? - 19 November 2018

The cliché “politically correct” long ago became politically incorrect.

The beginning of its demise was when Dirtbag Drumpf said it was politically incorrect.  That prompted Dirtbag Drumpf supporters to be less politically correct than they had been.  And it prompted Dirtbag Drumpf opposers to shriek that everything any Dirtbag Drumpf supporter did was politically incorrect.  And a current example is the uproar over a Washington Examiner Dirtbag Drumpf supporting pundit’s tweeting that the clothing of Congressional freshwoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t indicate that she struggled.  Both Cortez and the pundit showed more political correctness than did the “politically correct” pundits.

Dirtbag Drumpf is rotting our democracy while pundits wallow in that rot.


Wielding wicked webs - 18 November 2018

The reason for what media and government pundits call the United States’ longest war is regime change.

A Nixon administration disinformation operation ended the Afghan monarch while I was there working for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Reagan/Bush administration covert support for the Mujahedin gave the Taliban the Soviet puppet government that replaced the monarchy, and Clinton administration overt military and diplomatic opposition to the Taliban catalyzed the current chaos.

The reason al Qaeda found refuge in Afghanistan was popular Afghan support for the Taliban.


Are you Yorick? - 17 November 2018

Mel Gibson’s anti-Judaism dropped him from Hollywood’s version of heaven.  But Dirtbag Drumpf, with Judaism the only exception to his bigoty, remains the main star in Washington’s version of heaven.  And Gibson was drunk, when he knocked himself from mass marketability, but Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t drink alcohol and thus lacks even that ignoble excuse and any other rationale other than constitutional egocentrism.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s motive for bigotry is the same as Hateful Hitler’s.  The rationale beneath both Donald’s bigotry and Adolf’s bigotry is eliciting support from bigots.  And the success of that rationale depends on the ignorance endemic to bigots.  It depends on their being too lazy to verify anything anyone says.  It depends on success of lies.

But that, to some extent, is true of anyone who sucks a living by sucking votes.  And a conspicuous example is Grinsley Grab’s selling out John McCain to suck up to Dirtbag Drumpf.  And, in a democracy, the only solution is refraining from ignorance.


Dredging collateral drudge - 16 November 2018

The reason Dirtbag Drumpf has both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party on the ropes is that people like Grinsley Grab populate both parties.  And an excellent example of how partisan electioneering works is Democrat Arlen Specter’s sliming the single-bullet theory past the Warren commission and switching parties to collect his reward.  That’s the flip flop side of the Camelot Kennedy civil rights hypocrisy collusion.

And consider the wacko collusion or conspiracy theory Democrat Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Garrison spewed in his book On the Trail of the Assassins.  No one who could be a District Attorney would believe that so many wackos from so many places could secretly collude or conspire to do anything.  So his book was but a distraction.

But the craziest part is that Democrats deserting the Democratic Party, because they believed that Camelot Kennedy was sincere in his lip service to civil rights for votes, were able to flip Abraham Lincoln’s party into Jefferson Davis’ party’s flop.


Sorts of slavery - 15 November 2018

A Bible Belt evangelical tells me that she’s read and believes all of the Bible.  Of course, partly because the evangels disagree with one another in the Bible, that’s impossible.  And when I quote the Bible to point out that what she says or does is contrary to what the Bible says, she quotes the Bible to support what she says or does, but she does that a few days after I do my part.

And most of her quotations aren’t from Jesus but from Paul’s or his apostles’ epistles, and often her quotations don’t support her argument, in their original context.  So my guess is that, like Baptist Preacher Hypocrite Huckabee’s Dirtbag Drumpf toady daughter, she runs to her preacher for the quotations.  And he spews more of his hypocritical hogwash she’s already swallowed.

And she swallows it again and spews it at me, and of course that’s typical of the Dirtbag Drumpf’s gun nut evangelical base, but a question I have is whether she or those other ignorant Bible Belt bigots are fooling themselves or are lying to God.  And she also told me that she’s given to God control of her hypochondria she touts as martyrdom.  She begs drugs, for it from doctors.


The evangelical base - 14 November 2018

An indication of both why Dirtbag Drumpf is President and why the frequency of mass murders has increased during his presidency is the ability of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus to have made Christianity the most popular religion by smothering the peaceful teachings of Jesus in the pharisaical doctrine against which Jesus warned his disciples.  God didn’t give man dominion over the beasts, or prefer the descendants of a power-mongering greedy liar to all other humans, or promise to help them kill for land.  And Jesus didn’t come with a sword to divide humans against one another.

Islam, with the Qur’an saying that it confirms the Bible, is the second most popular religion.  And, while Judaic scripture is most of Christian scripture, Islam is more than a hundred times more popular than is Judaism.  And the reasons are two, that Judaism prefers descendants of Judah to all other racial heritages, and that Judaic scripture separate from the pharisaical doctrine of Christianity doesn’t promise eternal life.

Earth has plenty of resources to feed and house all humans in comfort.  But humans like Saul of Tarsus and Dirtbag Drumpf create institutions from the Vatican to Las Vegas to swindle out of their wealth the people they don’t kill.  Snakes are more rational.


Dealing executive disorder - 13 November 2018

Billy the Kid killed.  He sided with ranchers against a dry goods monopoly while government law enforcement sided with the dry goods monopoly.  And the monopoly hired people it called regulators to kill people who killed for the ranchers.  But that, in comparison to how Dirtbag Drumpf is commandeering the law and the military force of the United States government, was common decency.  So let’s define “political.”

The word “political” originally referred to helping people get along with one another.  It didn’t refer to pitting people against one another, and the word “president” originally referred to managing a system, not to disintegrating it.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s using our presidency to use our government against itself is the ultimate abuse of power.

Consider the difference in legitimacy between the Lincoln County Regulators and the United States Army, the difference in desperation between the ranchers then and the immigrants now, and the difference in motive between Billy the Kid and Dirtbag Drumpf.


Descendancy - 12 November 2018

A woman sick of the killings in the United States that have no relationship to religion or greed said she hoped to God for no one to send her any more prayers.  Dirtbag Drumpf says that he sends prayers, while his only other conspicuous connections with religion are that his daughter married Kosher Kushner, and his evangelical “base.”  But a basic tenet of Judaism is killing for land, and evangelicals say that owning firearms is a “God given right,” and so each of us might well wish for no more prayers to God from them.

And consider this in that mix.  A few decades ago, parents and teachers idealized honesty by presenting to children the story of George Washington admitting to his father that he’d chopped down a cherry tree, but Dirtbag Drumpf tells the truth only when it helps him argue his lies.  And that problem with our Presidency goes back at least to more nearly three quarters of a century before Dirtbag Drumpf.

To symbolize peace, Japan gave the United States the Washington Cherry trees forty years before Hell Harry slaughtered a hundred thousand Japanese noncombatants after Japan’s military had lost the war, and Truman’s mother descended from Jewish immigrants.


Gold from lead - 11 November 2018

Democrats said that the stock market contraction before that no-surprises election was from uncertainty while Republicans said it was from fear of a blue wave.  And Democrats said that the resurgence after that predictable election was because it was over while Republicans said that it was because they kept the Senate.  But every reasonable investor knows that they created the whole dribble and bubble deliberately.

They play by such nonsense.  The big investors spur panic by simultaneously selling stock and spewing hogwash.  And, when the sheep follow them into the ditch they invent, the big investors buy back by the new low prices until prices return to the balance of the invisible hand of ordinarily market forces.

And, because such is how they “win” their credentials, media financial pundits know that and help foster it.


No direction bound - 10 November 2018

And so the saga continues.  Dirtbag Drumpf fires Secessionist Sessions to gloat a victory rap to capitalize on the wimping of the party of Jefferson Davis and Camelot Kennedy and consolidate the confidence of his bigot base.  And Investigator Mueller responds to the firing by consolidating the confidence of common decency and the foundation of the factuality of the firing’s being but one more piece of Dirtbag Drumpf obstruction of justice by asking Dirtbag Drumpf questions he knows Dirtbag Drumpf shall obstruct regarding his fellow Russian commercial colluder Stonewall Stone.

But so many snakes are in this swamp that they effectually collude with one another by confusing all the issues.  It’s like partisanship, each person taking his own side against each other side, while preaching whatever he thinks anyone who might support him is likely to support.  The obstruction is the hypocrisy that blurs every shape and color.

And that delusion of difference fosters more of the same for more greed and violence.


Tunnel myopia tyranny - 9 November 2018

That election somewhat diminished Dirtbag Drumpf’s power to help his “base” inflict George Wallace party of Jefferson Davis politics.  But the fact that the “blue wave” was mostly a washout proved that neither does a majority of the people of the United States trust in Camelot Kennedy partisan hypocrisy.  So Dirtbag Drumpf was correct in praising Partisan Pelosi for her part in that Camelot Kennedy Heehaw hypocritical wimp-out.

But think of how much worse it nearly was.  If the Dirtbag Drumpf tea party had kept our House of Representatives, the Bible Belt would have emulated the Bible Belt of the Camelot Kennedy sixties, with Dirtbag Drumpf supporters firehosing children in the streets.  Now, perhaps, they’ll need to restrict such behavior to immigrants.

But, with the party of Abraham Lincoln now emulating the party of Jefferson Davis of the nineteenth century sixties and the party of Jefferson Davis trying to help them sell insurance, that election showed no hope for common decency or common sense.


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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.


The Only Living Boy in New York - a 2017 film

This movie is about a bunch of fortunate people feeling sorry for themselves and treating their self-pity as though it were a social science.  When the Pierce Brosnan character tells the Kate Beckinsdale character that he deserves her, he defines the theme of this tragically maudlin film, that such people get what they deserve.  They beget more ways to feel sorry for themselves.


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'd lead the rest of us to understand and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.


Dunkirk - a 2017 film

This film portrays the horrors of war.  And it closes with a soldier who has survived Dunkirk reading Churchill’s saying in a newspaper that might shall restore the British Empire.  That’s like people in the Bible Belt saying “the south shall rise again,” like Churchill and Truman compensating for the holocaust by pushing the United Nations to make Irgun, a Zionist organization both had designated terrorist, for murdering noncombatants, the government of Israel.  It’s like Truman murdering a hundred thousand Japanese civilians after their government had lost the war.  It’s the base of Dirtbag Drumpf’s efforts to “make America great again.”


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 drug 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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