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What would reasonable people do?
- 10 December 2013
- 10 December 2013
Media and government pundits are citing Mandela’s having been as congenial to Castro as he was to Clinton as though it means Mandela wasn’t all good. Castro idealized communism while Stalin and later Soviet leaders perverted Marx’s ideals and the Russian revolutions into a reversion to feudalism. He was a freedom fighter and remains a victim.
And now, when he’s out of office a half century after Kennedy turned the presence of Soviet missiles no one proved to be nuclear into a crisis that nearly caused nuclear war, the United States government keeps punishing all the people of Cuba with Kennedy’s trade embargo.
Perpetuating that asinine anachronism can come from but motive, to perpetuate purposelessly the Camelot Kennedy crap, to foster fiction.
Unalienable eternal life
- 9 December 2013
- 9 December 2013
“I am a Yankee,” said Nelson Mandela in a New York Yankees jacket and hat in New York City, and CNN’s Around the World co-anchor Australian Michael Holmes said his favorite movie about Mandela is Invictus because it’s “about” South Africa’s national Rugby team defeating other nations’ Rugby teams. Mandela would have said to Bostonians about the Red Sox what he said to New Yorkers about the Yankees, and he would have felt bad for South Africa’s Rugby team had it lost but also happy for the winning team, because he’s of each and every team. Humanity’s violent hateful sadistic egocentric bigotry didn’t limit Madiba’s compassion.
He was congenial to William Jefferson Davis Clinton not because Clinton was his friend but because Mandela was everyone’s friend and because Clinton had power to do good. He was congenial to Jimmy Carter both because Carter had power to do good and because Carter was and is his friend and a friend of South Africans as he’s a friend of Palestinians. Clinton used Rosa Parks’ congeniality hypocritically to aggrandize himself and now is doing the same to Mandela. And so is Donna Brazile while keeping calling Clinton the first Black President.
And media reporters are also missing the point of South Africans’ shift from grief to jubilation. The grief was because Mandela would no longer walk and dance and laugh on Earth with them, and the jubilation is because he passed into bliss, and that is sincerely Christian. Media reporters, while claiming to have Christian faith, say the jubilation is for what Madiba left. Love is not what sports fans or sports teams do. It’s the truth and beauty that can set us free.
8 December 2013
- 8 December 2013
Coldwater’s City Council has rejected a proposal to develop drug rehabilitation services and a shelter for the homeless in Coldwater’s central business district. The arguments against the proposal essentially came down to the notion that it might deter people from going to that area to spend. Another way of saying that is to say that hiding problems is better than solving them. Coldwater is extremely short on employment and long on drugs. And these are the holidays.
Drug dealing has a pecking order. At the top are the politicians and other merchants receiving cash directly from it. Immediately beneath them are the politicians and merchants who, rather than disrupt their synergy with the top level, support it by pretending it doesn’t exist. The next lower level in remuneration is the people who simply mind their own business innocently trying to enjoy their lives. And at the bottom are the people who float the top two levels by sinking themselves by buying and using the drugs.
I wrote to the City Council and the Daily Reporter and pointed out that homeless shelters don’t put desperados onto streets but take them off streets and help them be less desperate. But, in this town where I’ve seen that pecking order to be flagrantly endemic over a half century, I see no reason to have much hope for a reasonably productive response. So I also pointed out that two of Boston’s three largest shelters are at each end of its central shopping and financial district.
Bleeding out the window
- 7 December 2013
- 7 December 2013
I first heard about Bob Dylan in English class in 1963. My high school college preparatory English teacher harbored an Air Force deserter in his garage. Dylan was born Zimmerman but changed his name in honor of a Welsh poet who drank himself to death. I’ve read that he was a Jew before he was a Christian before he was a Jew. And now I have to wonder why he said people can smell race in blood. Fee fie foe fum. I don’t get it.
I’ve also heard that he’s a heroin addict. And a friend of mine who was a cocaine addict and a musician and is in the Louisiana songwriters’ hall of fame and died about the same way Dylan Thomas did told me he’s partied with Bob Dylan. But, be that as it may, he’s proved his genius to me in performances I’ve seen of his in New Orleans and Detroit.
So I have to wonder what genius is. I do that every time I hear of Hitler or any other person who can breeze through an IQ test but uses whatever ability he has consciencelessly. But Bob Dylan’s songs tell me he doesn’t believe conscience is in blood.
Apples and oranges and juice
processing plants - 6 December 2013
- 6 December 2013
Calling anything anyone is doing through healthcare.gov enrolling in Obamacare misleads in several ways. We don’t call registering on any other website enrolling in it, and we don’t call buying insurance by any other means enrolling in the insurance company, whether we buy it through an independent agency or through an agency the insurance company franchises or owns. And it isn’t Obamacare but Hillamneycare.
And, similarly, what we’re calling the Obama administration isn’t Obama’s. A presidency is the President’s administration only to the extent that the persons officially subordinate to the president are loyal to him. The Clinton machine with the help of people like Panetta has been sabotaging Obama’s cabinet since Hillary lost to Obama’s Chicago machine.
And, similarly, comparing the United States to Shanghai is like comparing China to New York City or Japan to Mumbai. But, on the question of education, we should wonder why United States mass media news reporters are so irrational. Most graduated from U.S. universities.
Kitchens and heat -
5 December 2013
- 5 December 2013
No one has to work for Walmart. People saying Walmart doesn’t pay them “a living wage” can quit and try to find other employment. If they don’t the probable reason is that they believe that no one else will pay them more. And the same is true of the football players crying about concussions. It’s unions turning them into beggars.
And the Walmart protesters interrupted Christmas shopping. That is, to beg gifts for themselves, they tried to stop people from giving to others. And a pundit talking about football concussions on TV extended that nonsense into war.
She denied women’s equality by saying they need both sports and military training standards to be less for them than for men.
Liars, beggars and thieves,
murdering - 4 December 2013
- 4 December 2013
Let’s look at the Torah’s timeline. God promised the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham. Abraham left it and went to Egypt and had sons who had sons who had sons. Moses and Joshua said that God promised that land only to the descendants of one of the sons of one of the sons of Abraham. And they waged war to take the land from all the descendants of all those sons, who by then must have been many millions of people, by the numbers in Numbers.
Now let’s look at the timeline the books of kings chronicle. A descendant of one of the sons of the son of a son of Abraham to whose descendants Moses and Joshua said God promised the land tried to take the land from the descendants of the other eleven sons of that son. The descendants of the other eleven sons of Israel set up the kingdom of Israel in Samaria to rebel against the kingdom descendants of the other son of Israel set up in Judah, the land that bears the name of that son because Moses and Joshua said it was his descendants’ share, of the land God promised to his and his brothers’ descendants.
And let’s look at how all that stands now. Israel was the son Moses said inherited the land, and Judah the son of Israel whose descendant David tried to take the land from the descendants of Israel’s other sons. But descendants of Judah now call themselves Israelis and descendants of Israel’s other sons Samaritans. And, since before Jesus’ time, they’ve denied that Samaritans descended from Israel. And yahoo Netanyahu perpetuates the lying for the land.
Silly cyber sucking
- 3 December 2013
- 3 December 2013
Since I upgraded my web browser to Explorer 11, I can’t see my credit card or pending bank transactions on my bank’s online banking site, and my bank’s “customer service” told me to “upgrade” to Google Chrome or Firefox. That’s not upgrading but changing from the browser that will soon be standard on every new Windows computer to a nonstandard third party browser. I felt as though I’d walked into healthcare.gov on black Friday.
When I told that to a teller at my bank she said she doesn’t have a laptop and uses her phone for her banking with no problem. I wondered how well she manages her finances on a screen so small, and how much she sees when she buys online, if she buys online. But tweeting, limiting one’s thoughts to 140 ASCII characters, is also self-inflicted tunnel vision.
And that’s as popular as black Friday. It’s for people who let other people tell them how to behave because they’re also too lazy to plan. They could put their potential purchases into their online shopping carts and compare prices on any Monday or any other day.
How the Senate doesn’t work
- 2 December 2013
- 2 December 2013
The purpose of filibustering is to postpone voting to delay democracy. Those filibustering hope those who might vote against them might change their minds, but filibusters seldom bring new facts to lights, and seldom new arguments. And often their content is irrelevant to the question.
If, as many media and government pundits are now claiming, diluting their function radically changes how the United States Senate works, we the people who vote Senators into office should be grateful, and we should vote those who voted against the change out of office.
And, if we’re going to keep blaming Obama for hillamneycare, we should give him credit for diminishing the function of filibustering, because he pushed far harder for that than for the similarly undemocratic federal health insurance agency.
What would Jesus or the Buddha do?
- 1 December 2013
- 1 December 2013
That a hotshot Hollywood producer acquired weapons for Israel should surprise no one. Anyone responsibly attentive knows that the most prominent Hollywood executives and producers and directors are Jewish as are the most prominent executives in other mass media of the United States. But neither should 9/11 have surprised us, considering that the United States government generally sucks up to media and other Israeli lobbyists, despite the despair Israeli imperialism causes Samaritans and Palestinians and other neighbors of the Jewish state the United States government pushed the United Nations into calling Israel.
But 9/11 did surprise us, and we the people of the United States are responding by supporting the cause of it, suicidally and sadistically denying the obvious. Rachel Corrie would have been on the cover of Time and Newsweek were the founders and top executives of those print media not Jewish. But, instead, they display Yahoo Netanyahu, and the United States government did nothing in response to the Israeli bulldozer driver murdering her, for standing between the bulldozer and the home of a Palestinian pharmacist.
It’s like sports. We pick a side and support it for no reason other than that we picked the side. We call some political parties left and other political parties right while left and right are relative only to our own physical bodies. And we do the same with religion, picking one and killing for it while ignoring not only the precepts of the other religions but the precepts of our own. We ignore similarities to suffer differences.
In a pretty how town
- 30 November 2013
- 30 November 2013
A Facebook friend of mine with whom I graduated from high school asked her Facebook friends to say in one word how they met her. My word was “kindergarten”, and I declined an invitation to walk to school with another girl in our class because my Facebook friend’s brother had an electric train set in their family’s guesthouse behind their home, which was between my family’s apartment and our school. But I remember no conversation with her outside that guesthouse, and my only other memory of her is of seeing her refusing a corsage a classmate of ours we called Professor offered her at Coldwater’s Masonic Temple, at our eighth grade graduation dance.
But I remember her to have resembled her Facebook picture, and I remember that the person she eventually married was a jock and went with the girl I thought had the biggest breasts in our high school, while I have no memory of the size of my Facebook friend’s breasts. And I remember thinking that something must have been wrong with her because I thought that anyone who was as pretty as she was should have been more popular than she was. And I remember thinking that such thoughts must have given the Professor the courage to offer her the corsage.
I understand that a reason I didn’t offer her a corsage is that I didn’t have enough cash to buy one when I was in the eighth grade. But I don’t understand why I have so few memories of someone I thought so pretty, while I remember being in high school with the girl I rejected in favor of her in kindergarten, although neither do I remember any conversations with her after kindergarten. I don’t understand anyone’s forgetting so much of what’s been so near.
The baloney market -
29 November 2013
- 29 November 2013
How about the current TD Ameritrade TV advertisements. They depict “an architect with two children and a mortgage” worrying about his retirement. If he’s an architect at retirement age, his children must be out of college and supporting themselves, and he must have wasted a lot of cash he could have used to pay off his mortgage.
And the advertisement says that he’d have to be a vampire to retire at the age at which he expects to be able to retire and that he’d rather be a mime. The vampire in that nonsense is that sucking advertisement, and architects can speak against that misrepresentation of their profession, if they’re not mimes. TD Ameritrade belongs in Canada.
An example of Toronto dominion is Mayor Ford. My IRA was with Toronto Dominion, and I cashed it in at an honorable return on investment, but I didn’t ask any Toronto Dominion adviser for advice. I used their website to buy and sell stocks and mutual funds after doing my research independently. And E*Trade charges less for that.
Wackos for wackos -
28 November 2013
- 28 November 2013
Why are we the people of the United States thankful for robbing and killing the natives of the continent we call for a Roman?
“I have the largest mental health facility in my state,” professed some silly mental health hospital administrator, through the most trusted name news. What that claim proves him to have is delusions of grandeur, and presenting that wacko as an expert proved CNN untrustworthy, but CNN and that silly sucker are normal humans. And part of the reason is that too many of us listen to mental health professionals and to the mass media promoting them.
We enjoyed hating long before anyone called anyone a mental health professional, but consider the CNN pundit who said that being vegan was like playing a piano without using the black keys, and consider why former President Clinton and his former Vice President are vegans. Gore’s becoming one prompted that CNN pundit’s nonsense, and both Clinton and Gore say it’s for their health, but consider Isaac Bashevis Singer. He replied to someone asking him whether he was a vegetarian for his health by saying it wasn’t for his health but for the chickens’.
That, by human norms, was crazy. And consider a story about a “humane” shelter a national broadcast TV affiliate in Michigan presented as local news with the reporter complaining about the shelter’s having killed a lot of animals as such operations normally do, and praising the shelter for not having killed any animals so far in 2013, but consider a story on the same station the night before. It praised people trying to murder Bambi’s mother.
How reasonably do we humans think turkeys need us to pardon them for our wishing to eat them instead of beans and rice?
27 November 2013
- 27 November 2013
The fundamental notion of Hinduism is that that the Atman is Brahman, that each separate self is part and parcel of the universal self, and that accordingly separateness is illusion. And that’s also implicit in Jesus’ saying that what he said are the first and second commandments are like one another and in his saying that the kingdom of God is within you. And the extraordinary events of my life tell me that that notion, essentially that creation is the imagination of the only being, seems reasonable to me.
In Mark Twain’s novella The Mysterious Stranger, a character he calls Satan tells two boys who come across him while wandering in woods that they’re but a vagrant and homeless and useless thought, “wandering forlorn among the empty eternities.” I’ve wandered from Hannibal woods to the hill over the Sea of Galilee where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount and on to sangams of the Ganges, with no now living person preaching to me that concept, which is also in the Upanishads and the Gospels. Imagine that.
The only question I have is whether I should be forlorn. I’m having a lot of fun wandering through my imagination, but I don’t enjoy imagining all the forms of bigotry from sports to sectarian religion or the misery I imagine them to cause, but I hope I can imagine them away as I imagined away my sickness I though physical when I was eight. So I decry that separateness to you, whether or not you’re but figments of my imagination, to prove at least that I have faith as a grain of mustard seed.
Hope, faith, charity
- 26 November 2013
- 26 November 2013
In my eighth year I had been sick during each of my four Christmas vacations from school. And I was crying myself to sleep nearly every night because of pain from my rotten teeth because my parents couldn’t afford to pay dentists. So I decided to stop being sick, and I have suffered no illness beyond a few colds since then, and in my eighteenth year my first visit to a dentist discovered but two cavities, so small that the dentist filled them in one visit, with no anesthesia.
In my 28th year I fell from a motorcycle and broke on a rock the helmet on my head. It was a football helmet the person with whom I was riding had given me to wear because I had no helmet with me when I stopped at his house to invite him to go riding. Two years later, while I was driving at night on a country road, a narrow bridge arching higher than the road kept me from seeing an approaching car until I was on the bridge. Neither I nor the driver of the other car had time or space to avoid a head-on collision, but I never saw the other car again, and no collision occurred. I heard nothing, and saw nothing in my rear view mirror, and drove on home.
In my 49th year my home was an old pickup truck. And nights, as I tried to sleep beneath the plywood roof I’d built over its bed, I wondered how I’d ever escape that homeless destitution. I spent my fiftieth birthday in jail for driving that truck drunk and lost it because I couldn’t pay the price of towing and storing it while I was in jail. Five years later, I bought a condominium unit, and now in my 67th year I own the house that’s my home. And I provide homes to other folks.
Ferocious phantasmagoric fiction
- 25 November 2013
- 25 November 2013
Blaming Dallas for killing Kennedy is like blaming Jerusalem for killing Christ, except that more people of Jerusalem participated in the killing of Jesus than people of Dallas participated in the killing of Kennedy, and that killing Kennedy was more justifiable.
Similarly, giving Kennedy credit for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act is like blaming Obama for hillamneycare, except that Kennedy signed neither the Civil Rights Act nor the Voting Rights Act.
It’s all like saying that Oswald, who achieved only minimal qualification with any Marine Corps rifle, could have hit any human head from that distance with the rifle he left at the window.
24 November 2013
- 24 November 2013
Nearly forty years ago Michael Skakel beat a fifteen-year-old girl to death with a golf club after saying he could get away with murder because he’s a Kennedy. His attorneys kept him clear of charges for more than twenty years and kept him out of prison nearly five more years after the indictment. But this week, on the day before the fiftieth anniversary of the killing of John Kennedy, a judge released him saying his attorneys were incompetent.
First, considering that Ted Kennedy became an elder statesman after driving a young woman into a strait and leaving her there to drown, we should ask why the Kennedy family’s attorneys let Skakel ever enter prison. Second, we should ask how his release coincided so closely with the anniversary of the other killing, after all those years. But mass commercial media nearly never ask anything contrary to Camelot Kennedy fiction.
Of course possible answers are that Skakel was indefensible and that the Kennedy family is now spitting in the faces of anyone who disagrees with their fiction. The Kennedy family built its fortune on bootlegging and on turning the Teamsters into a way to profit by diverting trucks from delivering hooch after prohibition. And asking you to “ask not what your country can do for you” contradicts the Gettysburg Address.
23 November 2013
- 23 November 2013
What Damon and that less famous white guy point out on water.org is elegant. Scientists say carbon is the basic element of life, but only air is more essential to life than water is, in innumerable ways. And that most of us take it for granted proves the need for attention to it.
Hinduism recognize the importance and power of water by calling it a god, and Taoism say it’s the weakest but strongest entity on Earth, and look at the Grand Canyon. But a song popular among “Christians” calls paradise an uncloudy day in a city of gold. God is in the rain.
I’ve seen firsthand how corrupt people profit monetarily from “non-profit” organizations, but that organization can be a pinnacle of profit for people in poverty, people for whom monetary profit is irrelevant, because they are losing their life, by lacking clean water.
Out of Africa -
22 November 2013
- 22 November 2013
Now people are complaining about Obama’s choosing to attend a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington instead of a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. He couldn’t do both, and people would complain about him making the other choice also, putting him on the horns of a dilemma between a rock and a hard place. And CNN said his saying he couldn’t attend both contradicted his calling it a scheduling problem.
And another story CNN perverted this week was water.org. Matt Damon understands how important water is, because we need to drink it to stay alive and because we need it for sanitation to avoid sickness besides starvation and for growing food, while the poorest people in the United States take it for granted. CNN laughed at him for talking about toilets.
Water is essential to life on Earth while CNN is essential to nothing. CNN could be useful by objectively reporting important circumstances but instead sensationalizes for the sake of trivia. Let its purveyors, if the grapes survive, drink merlot.
How we all get along
- 21 November 2013
- 21 November 2013
Here we go again. That gun freak George Zimmerman has again freaked out with a gun. A jury may find reasonable doubt, because the only witness of his freaking out was the person who says he freaked out, as a jury found reasonable doubt that he murdered Trayvon Martin, because Martin was the only witness then, and he’s dead.
And part of the problem is that we live in a violent world with humanity more violent than other species. Humans kill innocent animals for the fun of it and call that and the violent games of football and hockey sport. And, millennia after the battle of Jericho, we war as frequently and as violently as then but with more massive weapons. Zimmerman, who’s crying about being broke, could pawn his guns. But some other nut might buy them.
And look at Mayor Ford. Yesterday he said his run for reelection will be war, and a few minutes later he knocked an elderly councilwoman to the floor, during a meeting of Toronto’s city council. Ford, unfortunately and tragically, is as normal as the people who find his behavior entertaining as they shall on his new media show.
The mendacity market
- 20 November 2013
- 20 November 2013
Some people complain about Obama not picking a church. Indeed, unlike Don Lemon and Bill O’Reilly and Ed Schultz, Obama is neither sectarian nor partisan. He’s Islamic to the extent that he doesn’t say “Islamist” when he means “terrorist,” and he’s Republican to the extent that he’s undermining the credibility of hillamneycare to return the insurance industry to the private sector, and he’s Democrat and Republican to the extent that he doesn’t suck up to Romney.
That is, he’s reasonable, while Lemon sucks up to white folks by sucking up to Bill O’Reilly, while Schultz talks as though he’s evangelical, while each of them is partisan. They are touts, propagandizing for their employers, who primarily are in the business of selling advertising. The only ideology in any of it is commercialism.
Obama, however, has nothing to gain. His flexibility in his second term permits him to enact by any means necessary. And, while Lemon and O’Reilly and Schultz sell, a means is absurdity.
For Bambi’s mother -
19 November 2013
- 19 November 2013
As I was making a bank deposit, a man at the next teller window responded to the teller’s asking him how his day was going by saying he was just waiting until noon, when Michigan law would let him hunt. He said that on opening day people were shooting at leaves when they couldn’t find deer to shoot. I thought of the word “rabid”.
And that evening a national broadcast TV network affiliate broadcasting to my area of Michigan presented as local evening news a little girl bragging about going out to kill deer with her father. A problem with the women’s rights movement is that women are demanding the right to be as murderous as men. And I thought of “prochoice” against “prolife.”
But none of that’s new. The Bible says Solomon said that nothing is new under the sun, and that he proved his wisdom by suggesting that two women arguing over which of them was the mother of a child they cut the child in half, and that each take for herself one of the dead halves of the child. That father is training his daughter to be like the woman who accepted the deal.
Yard ball -
18 November 2013
- 18 November 2013
A half century after John Fitzgerald Kennedy caused the purposeless death of hundreds by requiring the CIA to change an insurrection plan from a landing at Cuban city of Trinidad into an invasion plan landing at the Bay of Pigs, a half century after he nearly caused the death of the rest of humanity by picking a fight with the Kremlin over missiles in Cuba no one knew to be nuclear, we’re celebrating his death as though he were a martyr.
And his daughter is celebrating it by launching her assignment as Ambassador to Japan. Thanks to the assassination, the only deployment of nuclear weapons remains Truman’s deployment of them to kill hundreds of thousands of Japanese, most of them civilians after the allied forces depleted the force of the Japanese armed forces. And, while bragging on TV about her assignment to Japan, Ms. Kennedy pronounced “service” as “serve us.”
We call such nonsense the Kennedy myth, but “myth” isn’t fiction but stories that are truer than fact, because they go straight to our hearts. John Kennedy was a loose cannon, a bull in the china shop of life on Earth, and what he sent to our hearts is the insanity that makes us sports fans despite the plain fact that sports define bigotry and belligerence. Football playing Kennedy made the other fellow blink as Truman made many fellows die.
Fraud and fallibility
- 17 November 2013
- 17 November 2013
How did Gloria Borger, CNN’s Chief Political Analyst, get her Job? She talks like Corpulent Christie, as though elections shouldn’t depend on what politicians do, but on how sociopathically they can lie and bully! Oh, of course, that’s how she got her job.
Borger, like media and government pundits in general, fosters fooling folks into thinking Presidents preside over all success and failures of governments over which they preside. And Obama, apparently recognizing that we the people fall for that fooling, is behaving as though he presides over insurance companies. Congress hasn’t amended the hillamneycare legislation, but Obama is saying that he’s amended it by asking insurance companies to reinstate the policies they’ve canceled, against the hillamneycare promise that we the people could keep our policies.
Obama claimed responsibility, but Congress passed the bill against his wishes, and no human could know all that’s in its two thousand pages, much less the eventual effects of much of what’s in them, or the cooperation of any on whom the bill depends!
Mealy mouthing martyrdom
- 16 November 2013
- 16 November 2013
Why was Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, behind sunglasses while she interrogated people in the Philippines? Was she trying to impress those poor people with her stylishness, or hiding her pupils because they were as big as those of Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent? Why do mass media try to equate drugs with health?
And why do people buy drugs despite hearing the long list of side-effects the FDA requires the drug companies to disclose when they advertise drugs on TV? Would you rather have high cholesterol or the liver damage and memory loss and headaches statins are likely to give you as a tradeoff? And why does Pfizer call laughing a lot a disease?
Is being sick prestigious if you know the big words for your drugs or your diseases or the acronyms for them that you can text to your family and friends? Do we have nothing better to do with our lives than make people feel sorry for us? Why is cancer the main subject of conversation at my American Legion post?
Cuba and communism -
15 November 2013
- 15 November 2013
A Roman Catholic, perhaps not knowing what he was asking, asked me why most Hindus live in third world Countries.
Why didn’t Japanese loot during the tsunami? Philippinos looted, and most of them are Roman Catholic, while the dominant religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism! But, in Paul’s Elmer Gantry world, maybe that’s the answer.
We could argue that most Philippinos are less wealthy than most Japanese, but we could also argue that Buddhists renounce material wealth, making them as hypocritical as Christians. But those are similarities between people claiming to be Christian and people claiming to be Buddhist. And victims of the Tsunami also lacked the most basic needs.
The answer may be that Buddhists accept their blessings while Christians pray for them, despite the fact that Jesus instructed praying for nothing material beyond daily bread, since the Vatican is grotesquely materially gaudy!
Most Roman Catholics live in monetarily poor countries all over all three worlds while most Hindus live in India.
The deadliest of deadly sins
- 14 November 2013
- 14 November 2013
“These people,” said Fareed Zakaria, referring to poor Islamic people seeking democracy in the Middle East. Zakaria’s origin on Earth is an Islamic family in India, but he left India and built a multimedia career through Newsweek to CNN, and frequently tries to ridicule Muslims. He’s like CNN’s Don Lemon agreeing with Bill O’Reilly’s efforts to demean the despair of centuries of calling African Americans you people.
But that sort of thing is generally popular again. Both news media and advertising media are using the phrase “equal rights” to refer to equal right to demean. Women are trying to ridicule men as men are trying to ridicule women, and “black folks” are trying to ridicule anyone they say are not as black as they as white folks still try to ridicule anyone they say are not as white as they.
And the whole mess is extending to other conditions, with Michelle Obama campaigning against obesity while people like Governor Christie and Mayor Ford are becoming poster boys for both obesity and obnoxiousness, but the craziest part is that people are demeaning themselves by trying to demean people like them.
Why don’t we call Judaism Leviism?
- 13 November 2013
- 13 November 2013
CNN’s John King “converted” to Judaism, to marry CNN’s Dana Bash, née Schwartz. A question I have, despite the Mormon notion that anyone who becomes a Mormon becomes a Jew, is how anyone can convert to Judaism. “Judaic” means descendent from Judah.
Moreover the religion we call Judaism originated long before the birth of Judah, a fact Jews admit when they say their God is the God of Abraham, a great grandfather of Judah. And Muslims also worship that God, and many of them also descended from Abraham by way of Abraham’s other sons and the other sons of his son Isaac, Judah’s grandfather. And Judah’s father had eleven other sons, the patriarchs of the other eleven tribes of Israel, Judah’s father.
And descendants of Judah are descendants of his copulating with his daughter in law because he thought she was a prostitute. And the other tribes, rebelling against Judaic David’s effort to rule them, set up their own kingdom in Samaria. We might ask how religious any of that is.
The slippery ditch -
12 November 2013
- 12 November 2013
At about 2:00 a.m. a 19-year-old black woman drove her car into a car that wasn’t moving, and at about 4:00 a.m. a 54-year old man stepped out of his house and shot her in her face with a shotgun, killing her. Besides that, the only other information I’ve been able to acquire has been that the killer called the killing an accident and that no one has charged him with a crime and that the woman’s friends and neighbors are complaining, and no mention of the situation was on the NBC Nightly News the evening before the funeral. The situation is in Michigan, one of the states with a “stand your ground” statute, and many questions are conspicuously outstanding.
What was the woman doing during the hours between the crash and her death? Did anyone perform an autopsy, and did it discover any drugs in her system or any injury to her head besides from the shotgun blast, if so? Did she stop at any other house, and why did she stop at the killer’s house, if not?
Mass news media conspicuously are failing to do their job.
11 November 2013
- 11 November 2013
CNN aired a person who helped managed Clinton’s impeachment “damage control” saying Toronto’s Mayor Ford should show contrition. Clinton never showed contrition for destroying women’s careers, and neither did Teddy Kennedy for escaping prosecution for negligent homicide for drowning a woman, and both became elder statesmen their party still lionizes. We the people tend to prefer slimy audacity to contrition.
And Obama is now a victim of that. By talking nonsense about it, he’s doing what he can to throw hillamneycare under the bus, but hillamneycare and the nonsense he’s talking are likely to throw his legacy under the bus. And we need his legacy to be respect for an African American Presidency.
Otherwise, the party of Jefferson Davis and William Jefferson Clinton will succeed in their tokenism, making improbable any other African American Presidency.
This is a beautiful book, a song from the spirit of bold-faced truth, selah.
The Jungle Book – some 1894 stories for childrenKipling set in jungle of India where he grew up this fictional but metaphorical society of various species of life. It’s a gift to children to help them know that we’re all different, but also all alike in our need that no one alienate what Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence calls unalienable rights, life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Kipling’s stories say that the way to guarantee those rights is to understand each other, because understanding our similarities brings accepting our differences, leaving failing to accept that the only crime.
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 filmEvery 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.
Rendition – a 2007 film
Tolstoy was a communist before Marx and Lenin rationalized a way for Stalin to give Joseph McCarthy an excuse to terrorize as Hitler did. This film says what War and Peace says, that the cause of all war is the first person who obeys the orders of megalomaniacs like Napoleon and Hitler, and that the way to peace is recognizing that all of life is one family. And it says that the problem between Jews and Muslims is that Muhammad retaliated against Joshua’s violation of the Ten Commandments. It says what the fireman at the Children’s march said, when he refused to roll water unjustly.
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?
Flags of our Fathers - two 2006 films
The second of these is Letters from Iwo Jima. The first looks at Iwo Jima from the United States side, and the second looks at that island from the Japanese side, and both show flagging responsibility, of fathers. Anyone seriously considering these films in tandem with the rest of life will ask why so few humans look at the Israeli/Palestinian situation from both sides, and whether Stephen Spielberg does! Maybe he does, but when shall humanity in general learn that compassion is the only salvation?
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?
Shine – a 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 Glory – a 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.
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,
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