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Detraction and distraction - 22 June 2017

Herr Drumpf’s real estate developer son-in-law Jared Kushner’s main real estate property is at 666 Fifth Avenue on Manhattan in New York City.  Kushner is Jewish, and Herr Drumpf’s daughter Ivanka “converted” to Judaism to marry him, and the evangel John says in the thirteenth chapter of his book Revelation that 666 is the number of the beast.  And, be that as it may, that building is in trouble for commercial reasons.

And, from a political standpoint, consider all that in relationship with the fact that Herr Drumpf has said that the complaints against him are “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.”  Let’s remember that Democrats called the banker father of George Herbert Walker Bush a Nazi because he had commercial interests in Nazi Germany.  The problem with partisan punditry is that it depends on our ignorance.

Herr Drumpf and his attorney and media and government pundits are bickering about whether Herr Drumpf is under investigation.  And the bickerers are ignoring the facts that question hinges or spirals or plummets on the definition of the word “investigation” and that the definition varies with the varying context.  The FBI may use it as a file title while Webster’s New World College dictionary says it can refer to any examination.

 

Siding with ignorance - 21 June 2017

Again, a terrorist attack in Paris, a city with a large Islamic population in a country that has had close relationships with Arab countries since it relinquished its colonization of what were Islamic caliphates, legitimate Islamic caliphates, not like ISIS.

And, meanwhile, media and government pundits keep playing meaningless word games.  They can agree with the bogus ISIS claim that it’s Islamic all they wish, but fact is that everything ISIS does is contrary to Islam, and most of the people it’s killed were Islamic.  And it’s targeting Muslims in Muslim countries and undermining the acceptance of Muslims in countries with centuries of history of acceptance of Muslims.

Those pundits are inspiring Islamophobia and encouraging maniacs like Herr Drumpf and his followers.  They’re fostering Islamic despair by calling Islamic desperate people ISIS inspires to be suicidal.  Those pundits and ISIS are working hand in hand.

 

Callous creeping crap - 20 June 2017

Part of the difficulty of ridding our Presidency of Herr Drumpf is that media pundits damn him both for making promises and for not keeping them.  When he makes one of his hateful promises, they talk about its hatefulness until he breaks it, and then they call him a flip flopper.  The way to get along is consistently to reason against hate while being grateful for its alternatives.  Vindictiveness is only more hate.  And hypocrisy promotes it.

And opposition to the American Healthcare Act is the same kind of problem.  Democrats call it Trumpcare while Republicans call it Obamacare Light.  But the Affordable Care Act is Hillamneycare while the American Healthcare Act was Ryancare.

We have right and wrong and unreasonable and irrelevant.

 

How we assume - 19 June 2017

A Herr Drumpf supporter said in an interview on MSNBC that we should continue to punish Cubans in Cuba because they’re our neighbors.  He said that their proximity to us makes them more of a threat to us than is China or Russia but didn’t say that we should also punish Mexicans in Mexico.  The name of the game is unreasonable rationale.

And another Herr Drumpf supporter, saying on Facebook that his family is angry at him, said we should all just get along.  Questions are whether he knew he was quoting Rodney King and whether the police who beat King would have voted for Herr Drumpf.  And that Herr Drumpf supporter also called Obama a Muslim and said Herr Drumpf is trying to “keep the Muslims from taking over the country.”  Jews dominate the mass media Herr Drumpf calls fake because they’re against him.  So much for social media.

The whole thing is like people poisoning dandelions because they’re “weeds” and not like grass.  They demand that their lawns be of one color and one species while they relegate other colors and species to areas of their yards they don’t call lawn.  It’s a sort of herbal apartheid that has no basis in ethics or aesthetics or common sense or anything else.

 

Hoop dream hoohah - 18 June 2017

The Cosby trial court sequestered its jury it recruited from two hundred miles from the courthouse, and the rationale for all of that was to keep people from knowing what mass media and the people near the scene of the crime the prosecution alleges are saying of it, ignoring that media made that public for years before the convening of the court or the selection of the jury.

The venue of “celebrity” trials is the mass media, and anyone who ignores the mass media is in solitude from society, either intentionally or because of some debility.

And probability of such people being in the jury pool is nearly zero.

 

Crowns of thorns - 17 June 2017

Claire McCaskill, after Nancy Pelosi said that sports bring people together, said we shouldn’t take sides.  The essence sports is dividing people against one another, and both McCaskill and Pelosi are partisan Congresswomen, and they were referring to the shooting at Wednesday’s practice for a Congressional baseball game.  McCaskill didn’t mention baseball, but a question is whether they know what they said, either of them.

And Democrat Pelosi, who is perhaps more “liberal” than Democrat McCaskill, also said Wednesday that she prays for Republicans on Sundays.  And Republican Newt Gingrich proved his derangement by calling the Democrat who did the shooting “deranged” before saying that violence of Democrats shouldn’t “surprise” anyone.  Gingrich proved his divisiveness long before he was Speaker of the House before Pelosi. 

Consider that Jesus was before Lincoln before Kennedy before Thurmond before Tea Party Ted before Herr Drumpf.  Those people are links in the chain of decrease in integrity and increase in hypocrisy that’s now conspicuously bipartisan in the governing of the United States.  And Herr Drumpf calls himself a Presbyterian while proving his bigotry against Muslims to capitalize on the bigotry of Israeli theism and Russian atheism.

 

Unsafe at any time anywhere - 16 June 2017

During the Cold War, our media and government pundits called nations in alliance with the United States the first world and nations in alliance with the Soviet Union the second world, and they called nations that didn’t take sides the third world.  Now, presumably because most of the nations that didn’t take sides were nations with too many problems of their own to bother with other nations’ problems, our media and government pundits are calling nations struggling to develop their economies the third world.  And so they’re calling Cuba, ignoring that it was in alliance with the Soviet Union, a third world country.

The reason for the despair of the people of Cuba isn’t that they or their government is communist.  The government of Cuba, like the governments of Russia and China, never has been communist.  The leaders of the communist revolutions in those countries broke their promises to their supporters and reverted their government to medieval feudalism.  And, if we the people of the United States didn’t have our Constitution, Herr Drumpf would do that to us.  And so now he’s pushing to punish those people further.

Herr Drumpf crept into the Whitehouse by lying to ignorant arrogant jerks.  One of them said that Putin is an “ally” of his and that she supports him because he’s a “businessman.”  And many of them are “evangelical” Christians supporting the murderous pharisaical bigotry of Israel.

 

Gentility and complicity - 15 June 2017

John McCain, during the Senate’s public interrogation of James Comey, conspicuously confused problems and people while Comey politely replied to each of his questions.  Etymologically the word “polite” is a synonym for the word “political,” and the only factors in Herr Drumpf’s behavior that make calling him a politician inaccurate are rudeness and crudeness, basically that he’s an ignorant jerk.

McCain, since his eight years in the “Hanoi Hilton,” is understandably xenophobic.  And his xenophobia is nonpartisan and has extended from the Far East to the Middle East.  Herr Drumpf complaints against the Far East and the Middle East and the West aren’t his xenophobia but political ploys to suck support from xenophobic voters.

But, perhaps weirdest, is the failure of that “basket of deplorables” to decry Herr Drumpf’s cahoots with Russia.  Perhaps those people believe Herr Drumpf’s lies, and perhaps they think he’s playing Putin, as Putin is playing him.  But, either way, it’s weird.

 

Road to Damascus - 14 June 2017

Evangelical Herr Drumpf supporter Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is about as much like Jesus as Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett was when he hid in a church to use it as a military fortification to try to take Texas from its Mexican natives.

The militant promised land business is in the Bible only because Pharisee Saul of Tarsus took over the church after the crucifixion by talking some of Jesus disciples into his creepy pharisaical crap.

Herr Drumpf called Comey a coward for being honest, while Herr Drumpf is afraid truth might make us free, and so is his evangelical support.

 

Collateral creeping crap - 13 June 2017

Opana is the latest trend in drug addiction, and the corporations manufacturing and marketing it are saying that it works well when people use it as they tell them to, and that the United States government should ignore the addiction problem.  Consider the name of the stuff, that it’s a contraction of the phrase “opium pain addiction, and try justifying their argument.  And compare street pushing to corporate marketing.

It's like using the word “message” to refer to lies.  Aunt Jemima Brazile said Sunday on ABC’s show This Week that the Democratic Party is “back on message.”  In ordinary political campaigning the word “message” effectually refers to lying, and the reason Herr Drumpf is President is that his message “resonated” with many voters, while Heehaw Hillary’s message that his message was inconsistent resonated against most of them.

Recently I learned an effect of messaging on the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I asked my primary care physician’s nurse to renew my Ibuprofen prescription for occasional inflammation of my sternum muscles since I was in the Army during the Vietnam era.  She thought I said Vicodin and said the V.A. was restricting opioid prescriptions because of news and blamed the problem on the drug manufacturers.

 

Truth and freedom - 12 June 2017

Basher Bash, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, said Comey has a “flare for drama” and was “leaving droppings” during his testimony before the Senate last week.  And Brian Todd, CNN’s chief explainer, followed that by essentially saying that Comey is part of “the swamp.”  Note that Bash and Todd and CNN’s main “news anchors” are Judaic.  And note Herr Drumpf’s approach to Israel and ISIS.  And try explaining that.

“Lordy, I hope so,” said Irish Comey, whose undergraduate degree is in Religion, in response to the question of whether Herr Drumpf has “tapes” of the conversation in which Comey said Herr Drumpf asked him, regarding the investigation of Fake News Flynn, to let it go.

Comey, who called himself a Republican for many years, now calls himself independent.

 

Terms of termination - 11 June 2017

Comey leaked those memoranda to a friend he knew to be honest and trustworthy for reasons he explained.

They should be national secrets only if Herr Drumpf hasn’t made public to the whole wide world that he’s the scumbag those memoranda prove he is by his words.  The criteria for classifying national secrets are whether divulgence would be detrimental to national security and who has a need to know.  But media and government pundits apparently think the criteria are whether we call investigations investigations or liars liars.

Herr Drumpf is a liar, and the FBI was investigating Heehaw Hillary, and we the people need to know.

 

Factions and fiction - 10 June 2017

The only people complaining against James Comey are sneaks.  That includes both Herr Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary and any partisans saying he shouldn’t have revealed when it was true whether the FBI was investigating people who were important to us.  And he behaved accordingly in his testimony to Congress Thursday, and by not waiting until Thursday to tell us the key points of it, and the attention to that is appreciation.

Imagine how J. Edgar Hoover might have behaved toward Tricky Dicky during the Watergate investigation, if he hadn’t died during the month before the burglary, after three years of working for Tricky Dicky.

And ask yourself whether Herr Drumpf would have pulled us out of Vietnam.

 

Colors of egocentrism - 9 June 2017

A TV advertisement portrays kindergarten children ignoring their teacher while she tries to ignore them and says that nothing is more important than her vacation.  What’s most conspicuous in the advertisement is that she’s vacated her responsibility to the children, as TV drug advertisers plainly indicate that they’ve vacated their responsibility to their customers to make them “all Advil” or all opioid or whatever, as TV news media subordinate their responsibility to society to suck cash from the advertisers.  And, from Advil to steroids, they promote our abdicating our responsibility to all around us.

A half century ago, men drank beer in cardrooms and pool halls, but they didn’t try to train their children to do that.  Now men drink beer in sports bars, and men and women drink alcohol in other drinks and use other drugs in dance clubs, and they encourage their children to participate in sports.  Sports are the main market for steroids.

And sports, trying to humiliate neighbors for fun, are a model for bigotry.

 

Who is Herr Drumpf’s market? - 8 June 2017

The Mayor of London is Islamic, and London has welcomed Islamic refugees, and ISIS says it perpetrated the attack at London Bridge.  And still our mass news media are swallowing and spewing the hogwash that ISIS is Islamic.  And Herr Drumpf, while calling those media fake, is fostering that fakeness.  And, conversely, the fake media pundits are faking fighting Herr Drumpf.  CNN’s John King is obviously emulating him.

And such fraud is corrupting life from Wall Street to Main Street.  The small midwestern town where I grew up has an Islamic ghetto because a foundry recruited Arabs before the Arab oil boom because the town’s European Americans wouldn’t work in the filthy foundry.  And nearly all of that European American majority supports Herr Drumpf.

And that small town is a major hub for dealing illegal drugs in three states.  And the police ignore that fact and have now supported it by closing the bar where the drug users hung out.  It wasn’t as clean as the one where the drug dealers hang out.

 

From Cordoba to Carnaby Street - 7 June 2017

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks at London Bridge.  ISIS claims responsibility for anything any nutcase says ISIS inspired him to do.  ISIS puts a load of crap on the World Wide Web, and some desperate nutcase mixes it with his despair and calls himself an Islamic Martyr and relieves himself of his disparate despair by way of killing others and himself, and mass news media agree with him and ISIS.

And we the people eagerly swallow all that hogwash, because blaming terrorism on Islam is more politically correct than blaming it on Judaism, because the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus talked followers of Jesus into following him.  That’s why the murderous Judaic scripture of vengeance and greed that Christians call the Old Testament is in the Bible.  And it’s why Roman Catholics in Italy did what they did to Mussolini and his girlfriend.

Karma” is a Sanskrit word for action that Hindus use to refer to cause and effect.  Muhammad tried to unify Christians and Jews and convert Arabs into alliance with them.  But Jews and Christians rejected Muhammad’s efforts and allied with pagan Arabs against him.  And Muhammad and his followers formed an army to defend against that.  And two centuries later it conquered Spain and invaded France.

 

Politics of distraction - 6 June 2017

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States mandates both freedom of expression and separation of church and state.  But now media and government pundits are saying we should restrict the World Wide Web to keep it from “radicalizing” people they call Islamic terrorists.  The Qur’an forbids terrorism, and so none of the participants in that exchange of expression are Islamic, and I’m saying that on the World Wide Web.

And among the participants in that exchange of expression are Herr Drumpf and Neil Gorsuch, the President of the United States and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the President is radically using the World Wide Web to preach to his radical political base while saying he’s a Presbyterian.

That’s the core of the current constitutional crisis Herr Drumpf has escalated to firing the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for doing his job.

 

Fallacy - 5 June 2017

Fake Heehaw Hillary and fake Political Panetta are fortifying the felony of fake Herr Drumpf.  Heehaw Hillary is doubling down on the paranoia and triviality that cost her the election.  And Political Panetta is doubling down on the felony of his Abbottabad Osama bin Laden fraud.  Both helped Bubba Bill creep the Obama administration into his notion of what “is” is.   And Herr Drumpf is capitalizing on that by calling it Obama’s legacy.

“Doubling down” is a blackjack term, a term pundits use in accordance with the popular attitude that building casinos helps the economy, ignoring the fact that people lose more money at the casinos than the casinos pay their employees.  And that notion, and the notion that “beauty contests” are feminist, helped Herr Drumpf “win” our Presidency.  And Heehaw Hillary supported Herr Drumpf’s anti-feminism by standing by her man.

Herr Drumpf’s presidency depends on sexism and racism, and sexism and racism depend on paranoid delusions, and paranoid delusions depend on ignorance.  And, because ignorance is ordinary, it’s a component of the populism that creates mass media ratings.  So political parties use it to win elections by misrepresenting what “is” is to seem what they aren’t.  And Herr Drumpf capitalized on all of that.  He’s political. 

 

The Carter/Bush connection - 4 June 2017

The problem with fake news is that it’s ordinary.  The speech Herr Drumpf spewed to excuse his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement was full of assertions, and pundits who support him agree with them while pundits who are against him disagree with them, while all of them spew alternative assertions.  From Twitter, we know Herr Drumpf spews hogwash, but few other pundits draw so much attention to themselves.

And another problem is that pundits pollute what they spew with irrelevance.  Herr Drumpf spewed that his election wasn’t to be President of Paris but to be the President of Pittsburg.  And a pundit apposing him spewed that most of the people of Pittsburg who voted in our last election for our Presidency voted against him.

Relevant is whether the Paris Climate Agreement promotes coal mining in China while proscribing it in Pennsylvania.  But the most conspicuous pundits on both sides stood mute on that question.  Ivanka’s shoes took top billing.

 

The people of the book - 3 June 2017

The weirdest factor in suicide bombing may be that people call it Islamic.  The basis of Islam is Christianity, as the basis of Christianity is Judaism, and none of those religions preaches suicide.  What motivates suicide is despair, lack of faith in any possibility of enjoying life, and neither the Qur’an nor the Bible promises a shortcut to bliss by way of suicide.  And, accordingly, neither calls suicide martyrdom.  Despair is secular insanity.

Yet Jews and Christians are at the front of people calling suicide bombers Muslims.  Suicide bombers don’t read the Qur’an, and neither do Christians or Jews, whatever they call themselves.  And, while the Qur’an says it confirms the Gospels and the Torah, it excepts from that confirmation the Torah’s claim that God preached killing for land.

The Qur’an says that persecution is worse than Murder but proscribes killing for any reason other than self-defense.  People calling themselves Christians were crusaders and inquisitors and lynch mobs.  They called African Americans uppity animals.

 

Candid crap and future fraud - 2 June 2017

Every moment Herr Drumpf remains in our Presidency increases the possibility of corruption in the future.  His presidency will encourage people like him to run for our Presidency in hope of sliding in slime like his as he is.  And Angela Merkel concisely pointed out the escalating effect of that on all of our world.

He’s no more trustworthy than Propaganda Putin or Joker Jong Un.  And, whatever anyone from France to China thinks of our United States, the example the Constitution of the United States sets for the world is the glue keeping it as coherent as it is.  And Herr Drumpf’s hogwash is pushing its most productive provisions to their limit.

Its First Amendment is both its greatest strength and the reason we the people must tolerate Herr Drumpf’s tweets until we can prove his lies.  But another problem with the Constitution is that the electoral college it mandates permitted his minority election.  The technology he uses for tweets makes it no means necessary.

 

Bridges to nowhere - 1 June 2017

Herr Drumpf’s performance at Arlington National Cemetery Monday should be enough to turn most of his supporters against him.  His mugging and waving at the crowd and lip-syncing to our National Anthem and calling veterans angels and otherwise upstaging them showed what a bogus showman he is.  The only supporters we should expect to remain behind him after that are the fans of his TV display we weirdly call a reality show.

But Barbara Starr, CNN’s Chief Pentagon Correspondent, supported that display.  She said, while people were applauding him and clicking their camera shutters and talking among themselves about him at the cemetery, that the silence around him showed extraordinary respect for him.  And remember that her religion calls such hutzpa.

But perhaps that’s why she did it.  Her religion defines itself by the hutzpa of calling the descendants of Judah God’s chosen people.  It’s like calling Bubba Bill and Teddy Kennedy elder statesmen after what they did to women.

 

Where is Jehanne? - 31 May 2017

Hell, in Judaic scripture, is any grave.  In Christian scripture, it’s a place where people who don’t abide by Christian scripture burn eternally after their life on earth, if during that life they don’t repent that disobedience.  Islamic scripture agrees with what Christian scripture says hell is.

Judaic scripture says that God promised to help some people kill other people for land.  Christian scripture says that, if someone strikes one of our cheeks, we should turn the other and forgive people seventy times seven times and leave judging to God.  Islamic scripture says submitting to God permits killing only for self-defense.

Heaven, in Judaic scripture, is a place beyond the sky where God and angels live.  Christian scripture says it’s also a place where people who haven’t earned eternal life in hell find eternal bliss.  Islamic scripture says the reward for submission to God is eternal happiness in a garden.

 

Patriotism and punks - 30 May 2017

Some goofy pundit said that the difference between the United States and Europe is that we the people of the United States embrace our Islamic neighbors.  Both France and the United Kingdom were welcoming Islamic refugees and helping them settle while we the people of the United States elected Herr Drumpf to preside over keeping them out of here.  And the people of Wall Street keep mosques out of their neighborhood.

And, as Memorial Day approached, a punditry promotion said that liberating the Jewish prisoners at Dachau is “who we are.”  The United States government entered World War II because of Pearl Harbor and imprisoned peaceful Japanese citizens of the United States for the same reason.  Our soldiers didn’t know what they’d be doing.

I spent ten years in our army, in Germany with our soldiers calling Germans krauts and in Vietnam with our soldiers calling Vietnamese gooks and in Afghanistan with our soldiers calling Afghans ragheads, all after World War II and before 9/11.

 

Six or a half dozen? - 29 May 2017

Heehaw Hillary’s commencement speech at Wellesley this year displayed how she lost to Herr Drumpf.  Wellesley is her alma mater, and she talked about worrying about what the mortar board would do to her hair when she graduated, displaying the trivializing of women that Herr Drumpf promoted through “beauty” contests.  It was the “stand by your man” nonsense that she displayed when her husband destroyed Lewinski’s career.

And, when she choked on her words, she said she needed a lozenge.  She says she’s tough enough to be Commander in Chief of the armed services of the United states while they’re fighting people play buzkashi.  She’d be crying about football players crying about the concussions they receive doing what they know causes them.

Buzkashi players don’t wear helmets, and other people trying to defend Muslims from Israeli terrorism willingly die for their families, if not for their religion.  She may not be as hypocritical or as dangerous as Herr Drumpf.  But she’s as delusional.

 

In your face - 28 May 2017

Herr Drumpf is blaming media pundits for his unpopularity while media pundits are blaming him for their unpopularity.  Actuality is that mass media put Herr Drumpf into the Whitehouse by broadcasting his nonsense at no charge to him.  We the people have a legitimate complaint against that synergy while neither they nor he have any.

It’s counterintelligence on both side.  It’s like Yahoo Netanyahu’s ISIS operation, ISIS killing Muslims while calling itself Islamic, and Yahoo Netanyahu saying that threatens Israel.  And our media and government pundits are promoting that disinformation also.

But, of course, the problem is that we the people support it.  We swallow that hogwash as though it isn’t fake news from all sides.  We ignore plain facts in front of our faces.

 

Telling Mueller what to say - 27 May 2017

Mindless Muir, who succeeded Soapy Sawyer to “anchor” the show the American Broadcasting Company calls World News Tonight, said the “guru” who “created hatha yoga” fled the United States to escape punishment for sexually molesting women.  Guru” is a Sanskrit word meaning teacher, and hatha yoga is a discipline for realizing the unity of the universe that a Hindu guru originated before the compilation of the Judaic scripture Christians call the Old Testament, and Muir is as bogus as that person he reported.  But that’s typical of the Abrahamic bigotry governing this side of Earth.

Herr Drumpf called people he calls Islamists losers.  The Qur’an calls people who don’t submit to the god of Abraham losers and says they’ll burn eternally in hell.  A pundit, indicating that he’s as ignorant as is Herr Drumpf, said Herr Drumpf’s calling Islamists losers wasn’t severe enough.  Herr Drumpf, intentionally or not, was arguing directly against what Muhammad would say of him and Yahoo Netanyahu.  It’s cyclic absurdity.

And now Billy Bush is trying to capitalize on his sexist conversation with Herr Drumpf by deploying the diction of “pop psychology” to claim repentance.   His absurdity suggests that the family of George Herbert Bush is Honey Fitz’s.  Pretention perpetuates itself.

 

Kingdom within us - 26 May 2017

We say what people say we should say.  We pick a party or a religion and say what others of that party or religion say we should say.  And, if we think for ourselves, we do it to excuse what our party or religion says we should think.  The leaders of our parties and religions aren’t in business for us.  They’re like Herr Drumpf.

Currently media and government pundits are calling Judaism and Christianity and Islam the three great religions.  They say that to convince us that they’re not bigots, but their saying that indicates their bigotry against Hinduism and Buddhism and Daoism, and they also deny the monism of those three great religions by saying that Judaism and Christianity and Islam are the monotheistic religions.  They ignore all of their scriptures.

Hindus and Buddhists and Daoists believe that God is everything and accordingly worship everything.  That insight and outlook accords with Jesus saying that loving our neighbors is like loving God, but Jews and Christians and Muslims say that God is in a place in the sky, separate from us.  Define “conscience.”

 

Regulators - 25 May 2017

Herr Drumpf, speaking to more than fifty Arab leaders, used the word “Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist,” and our media and government pundits are saying he “softened his tone,” against Islam.  The problem may be that those pundits don’t know that the inflection “ist” and the infection “ic” are semantically identical.  But, if so, the reason may be that the pundits learned in communication courses to ignore their English courses.

Anyway, a fundamental cause of the war on terror is ignorance and irresponsibility of our media, what many of our media and government pundits call the fourth branch of our government.  Pundits say that the war on terror is a war to defend Judaism against Muslims, and that assertion makes clear that that those pundits haven’t bothered to read the scriptures of those religions, which plainly indicate that Judaism originated in terrorism millennia before Islam originated in hope of uniting the three religions that originated in Judaism.  Reading a page a day since 9/11 would have obviated that.

But Obamacare, the act our Congress absurdly called the Affordable Healthcare Act, is longer than the Qur’an and the Torah together.  And members of our Congress said it was too long to read before they voted for it, and now they’re saying the American Healthcare Act is too long to read, while it’s a fraction as long as Hillamneycare.  And killing has more entertainment value than understanding despite the claims of humanity.

 

Who can’t lie? - 24 May 2017

Media and government pundits are saying that Herr Drumpf shouldn’t tweet.  And they’re saying that the reason he shouldn’t tweet is that it lets people know what to expect from him.  And, at the same time, they’re saying that they never know what to expect from him.  What Herr Drumpf tweets is hardly relevant either to what he may tweet next or otherwise does.  Opportunities are momentary.  He’s an opportunist.

And so are the pundits.  Their problem is that they can’t keep up.  And they’re in the message business while Herr Drumpf is in the obfuscation business.  And that’s why their messages against him drain from him as water from wax.  Honesty is irrelevant either to them or to him.

But we the people still have the cherry trees people of Japan gave us before Truman murdered a hundred thousand of them.

 

Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:


Ashes and Dust
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Angels, work in regress and progress,
comparing scripture.
 

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

Dust

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