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Rome and the Bible Belt - 20 September 2018

If Paul, the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, repented any of his behavior, beyond his persecuting people who called Jesus the Christ, the Bible doesn’t say that he did.  And the notion that a Christ, a descendent of David’s whom God would anoint to resurrect the kingdom of Judah, would resurrect people who had obeyed God’s commandments, is a doctrine of the Pharisees.  And the Gospels says that Jesus told his Disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.

In Paul’s epistles in the Bible, his only use of the word “gospel” is refer to what he calls the gospel of uncircumcision, and he says in his epistle to the Galatians that he wrote it at least fourteen years after the crucifixion, but his apostle Luke refers to his Gospel at the beginning of his book of Acts, and John refers to his gospel at the beginning of his book of Revelation.

The only factor mitigating the notion that Paul was a fraud is that he didn’t omit from the Gospels Jesus’ telling his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.  Luke says, in his book of Acts, that Paul resurrected the dead.  But Paul doesn’t say that in his epistles.

 

Kinds of corruption - 19 September 2018

Now Dylan Farrow is playing the MeToo card against Allen, and Senator Feinstein is playing the MeToo card against Kavanaugh, and a candidate Dirtbag Drumpf endorsed is featuring one of MSU’s sports doctor’s victims in a TV campaign advertisements.  Whatever Allen or Kavanaugh did, their accusers haven’t validated their accusation, and using the MeToo bandstand as a bully pulpit for such diminishes its credibility.  And using it to elect someone who shares Dirtbag Drumpf’s contempt is at best deplorable.

But, with Feinstein and that sports doctor victim behaving that way, it may work for him.  And a female Democrat campaigning to be Governor of Michigan is promoting tax policies that cost a female Governor of Michigan her job and countless others’.  The Democratic Party is doing nothing to change what gave Dirtbag Drumpf the Presidency.

In November, we’ll have a choice between candidates who support Dirtbag Drumpf’s lies and incompetence and candidates who still support Heehaw Hillary’s.

 

Regression from progression - 18 September 2018

Here’s some news we might well wish were fake.  A Roman Catholic school is sponsoring a team of violent video game team players, and a Bible Belt school has approved beating children, with 1x6 wooden paddles.  Obama was correct in saying that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t the totality of our current political chaos but only a symptom of it.

One question is whether those Christians have read what the Bible says Jesus said of harming children.  But a larger question is how the United States Constitution is letting such happen.  And a CBS news anchor said that the paddling isn’t cruel or unusual.

And that mainstream broadcast news anchor also said that 31 percent of the Bible Belt parents signed letters approving that corporal punishment.

 

Passion and pretention - 17 September 2018

This is for people calling themselves Christians but lacking the faith necessary to read the Bible.  The reason the Old Testament, the scripture of the religion that murdered Jesus, is in the Bible is that Paul was a Pharisee.  And he and his apostles say that he resurrected the dead but couldn’t make an apostle well enough to travel.

Carefully reading the New Testament will tell you that Pharisees were a Judaic sect that demanded the Crucifixion, that Paul bragged about being a Pharisee after he told that story about the road to Damascus and changed his name from Saul, that two of the evangels were Paul’s apostles and not Jesus’ disciples, and that but four of Jesus’ disciples were Paul’s apostles, falling for his scam.

This is for Christians who post their illnesses and medications on Facebook while saying that the spirit was in them at “revival meetings.”  Only the truth shall make you free, and faith requires more than saying that one believes, more than calling oneself a Christian.  The Gospels say that your faith shall make you whole.

 

Genuine authentic hogwash - 16 September 2018

“What’s he thinking?” asked Wolf Blitzer while reporting Dirtbag Drumpf’s saying that “3000 people didn’t die,” in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

That may be a rare example of a news anchor or media or government pundit admitting that he doesn’t know what Dirtbag Drumpf thinks, but it also may be a rare example of Dirtbag Drumpf indicating what he thinks, while not saying what he thinks.

He apparently correctly thinks that his “base” is too ignorant to verify anything he says and accordingly believes any nonsense he says.

 

Did Russians kill Yasser Arafat? - 15 September 2018

Norah O’Donnell, one of the female anchors of the show CBS this morning, told a victim of CBS executive abuse of women that she supports her 100 percent.  O’Donnell and her co-anchor Gayle King supported Charlie Rose 100 percent for years before CBS fired him before other news media reported that the problem was organizational.  The MeToo movement needs to move against what it might designate the fungus among us.

And Gayle King said, while reporting a successful law suit against that My Pillow creep, said that she bought some of his pillows and likes them.  Such feeds the credibility of such as Dirtbag Drumpf saying that “3000 people didn’t die” from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  Fake news anchors effectually collude with fake Dirtbag Drumpf.

And it’s endemic across all six of our main TV news networks.  And perhaps the most tragic example is that each of them ignores the obvious fact that ISIS isn’t Islamic and does more for Israel than for any other entity.  It fosters what they call the war on terror.

 

Divisions of bedevilment - 14 September 2018

Weird in the ignorance that people call religion and deploy as bigotry is that media and government pundits don’t question why the Iranian government calls the United States government the great Satan.  The reason that Islam shares the Satanic personification of evil with Christianity and Judaism is that the Qur’an says that it confirms the Gospels and the Torah.  But, apparently, pundits don’t know that Islam is an Abrahamic religion.

The Qur’an also says that the angel who announced Mary’s pregnancy to her dictated the Qur’an to Muhammad.  And the reason Muslims pray toward Mecca is that the Qur’an says that the Abraham built the Kaaba in the main mosque there.  They built the mosque around it and prayed toward Jerusalem before they migrated to Medina.

And the first contention between Muslims and Jews was when Jews allied themselves with the pagan Arabs who drove the Muslims from Mecca.  And the Arabic word “jihad” doesn’t mean holy war but struggle.  And the Qur’an fosters it only against oppression.

 

Conscience and character - 13 September 2018

An evangelical I know said that the first time she saw NFL players kneeling on TV her TV was on mute, and she though they were praying, and praised the lord.  And a dog-loving sports fan bar fly I know told me that, because all the news is bad, she never watches it.  Those are two sorts of people who might vote for Dirtbag Drumpf because their friends told them to.  They say politics don’t interest them.  They shouldn’t vote.

Their basis for their vote isn’t reasonable.  Their friends are either people like them or people who are otherwise unreasonable.  They’re no more reasonable than the people ISIS is able to inspire, people desperate to think they’re worth more than they have reason to believe they are, because they feel they have no values of their own.

That’s how evangelists become billionaires, and it’s how the Roman Catholic Church is surviving supporting molesting children, and its how Dirtbag Drumpf is able to subordinate mainstream news to his alternative news in the minds of his “base.”

 

Libertines and liberals - 12 September 2018

Democrats saying that Judge Kavanaugh would reverse Roe v. Wade, because he volunteers for a Roman Catholic soup kitchen, should get a grip on their spin. For six years, I was Finance Administrator for a homeless shelter the Roman Catholic Church founded, and its Executive Director and Human Resources director were Jewish.  And Camelot Kennedy, the favorite son of the Democratic Party, was Roman Catholic.

But a problem with Roe v. Wade is interpreting it to allow any discretionary abortion.  Planning parenthood doesn’t need to be refusing to accept responsible for a pregnancy arising from discretionary behavior.  And neither the behavior nor the abortion is for the health of the mother.

And denying an embryo the right to choose to live doesn’t promote choice.

 

Repealing the law - 11 September 2018

In my time beyond my daily three hours of working on my summaries of scripture, I’m now writing a book detailing the common denominators of books ostensibly defining tai ji quan, books that effectually bicker with one another.  Bodhidharma, the monk who synthesized Daoism and Buddhism into Zen in Eastern China at the Shaolin Monastery, also originated what people generally call tai ji quan.  But many tai ji quan practitioners say that a Daoist monk originated it at the Wudang Mountain monastery about three hundred miles from the Shaolin monastery, and others say that both monks are myths.

In the more than fifteen centuries since Bodhidharma’s parinirvana, people have developed his discipline into different forms and explained it in different terms and told stories about one another, and the Shaolin Monastery is now a sort of academy for martial arts.  But the short writings that people now calling their discpline tai ji quan call the tai ji quan classics say that it serves the three fundamental purposes Bodhidharma formulated for it at the Shaolin Monastery.  And one is an alternative to martial arts.

The alternative is to establish harmony with the opponent, and its practice sequence is a form of the approach to realizing the unity of the universe that’s the origin of what people in the United States call yoga, and the other purpose is an approach to what physical health professionals call biofeedback, but now most of its practitioners are treating it mainly as a combative martial art, going the way of the Shaolin Monastery.

 

Fake news collusion - 10 September 2018

Consider the deep fourth estate Hateful Hitler screeched about, and consider that Basher Bash works for CNN, while Pinetta Bash works for MSNBC.

Consider that the Chief Political Correspondent for the most trusted name in news married the Chief of Staff of our Central Intelligence Agency and Secretary of Defense and that now both Pinetta Bash and Pinetta are now political correspondents for MSNBC, and consider that both Bashes are Jewish and that so are CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper and MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, and that so are CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

And Consider that Tapper calls his show The Lead, while Todd calls a segment of his how The Lid, while Dirtbag Drumpf’s daughter is Jewish.

 

Influencing our elections - 9 September 2018

The irrationality of Dirtbag Drumpf’s deep state delusion isn’t its depth but its breadth.  Such people may lurk in the depths of our government, but they lack the rationality and congeniality to broaden their paranoia into collusion for power, and that leaves them in their deep state.  And, for Dirtbag Drumpf’s nonsense to be valid, those people would need to be in a position to jerk around most of the 535 members of our congress.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s conspiracy theory is like Jim Garrison’ conspiracy theory.  Garrison was an Orleans Parish District Attorney who said that a huge gaggle of wackos wandered all over Louisiana and Texas colluding to put wacko Oswald into position to kill Camelot Kennedy.  That many wackos couldn’t have been that deep.

Dirtbag Drumpf reminds me of an “alternative news” aficionado who told me that a shadow government has been subordinating the Constitution of the United States to the Magna Carta since before the writing of our Declaration of Independence.

 

Why aren’t humans dumb animals? - 8 September 2018

Those pundits arguing for that Cosby Show actor are arguing against themselves.  Their including the phrase “even though,” in their assertions that a TV actor should be proud of being a grocery checkout clerk, implies that one shouldn’t.  And it implies that the grocery business isn’t as important as the entertainment business, and they’re talking as though the guy needs rescue from that proud plight, from being like ordinary people.

We need to consider all the words a person says and also consider their context.  If you say you believe something and don’t say why, you’re talking only about yourself and not about what you say you say you believe, and people who think you’re a liar or a fool won’t care what you say.  But they may believe you if they find you credible otherwise.

That’s part of your context, and so is public punditry part of your context, if you watch TV.  So consider the complexity of being in a position to decide whether to vote to confirm appoint of a person to our Supreme Court.  Think of that the next time you vote.

 

Biting faces to spite noses - 7 September 2018

Judge Kavanaugh said two things during his confirmation hearings that are essential to the integrity of anyone in a judicial position in the United States government.  He said that he decides for our law and not for himself, and he said that the operant factor in our common law system is common sense, and he obviously has the education and experience to do the job.  And part of the common sense of our common law is that, because Dirtbag Drumpf can’t fire or direct a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Dirtbag Drumpf’s opinion of Kavanaugh’s can’t decide his decisions on it.

We’re burying ourselves in our partisanship.  The hundred thousand documents Kavanaugh is concealing aren’t records of his judicial experience but records of attorney experience.  And, unlike Gorsuch, what he said and how he behaved during his hearings indicated spontaneity and candidness that accorded with the meaning of his words.  And his words to Democrats treating him as they treat Dirtbag Drumpf plainly indicate that he’s no Dirtbag Drumpf.  Dirtbag Drumpf is the opposite of common law.

And, besides the quickness of his responses in the hearing, sitting behind him was another Republican of immense integrity.  Condoleezza Rice hasn’t appeared so publicly since she left public service to teach international relations at Stanford University.  She isn’t a cheap greedy fraud but a George Herbert Walker Bush Republican.  We need her, and any friend of hers, in our government.  We don’t need partisan prejudice.

 

Means of mongering - 6 September 2018

Lindsey Graham said that he forgives Meghan McCain for calling Dirtbag Drumpf a cheap greedy fraud and saying that America was always great.  And, apparently, people at her father’s funeral forgave Graham for selling him out to suck up to Dirtbag Drumpf.  But a difference is that Meghan McCain did nothing that needed forgiving from anyone.

Graham is like the “nature” photographer who said that the reason we need to keep grizzly bears on the endangered species list is that otherwise children won’t be able to see them when they invade the bears’ homes.  His notion of friendship is one way, with McCain being his friend, while he’s no one’s friend.  So, yes, he’s like Dirtbag Drumpf.

Their ideal is dominion, the bigotry of subordinating to their separate selves anyone not their friends, and their notion of friendship is what Grubbing Graham and Dirtbag Drumpf do to one another.  And they habitually do exactly what Meghan McCain said Dirtbag Drumpf does.  They capitalize both on one another and on common decency.

 

The money changers - 5 September 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is selling Pakistan to ISIS.  ISIS calls itself an Islamic state, but most of the people it kills are Islamic, and it’s not a state but a murderous Israeli disinformation operation.  Pakistan is an Islamic state, having gained its independence from India for that purpose, and the United Nations recognizes that.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is canceling security aid for Pakistan.  It’s like giving Jerusalem back to Israel.

Everything Dirtbag Drumpf does, from moving our embassy to Jerusalem to appointing a Jewish lawyer to head the United States Treasury Department suggests that he’s Jewish.  And Judaic scripture, from the racism inherent in it to the greed it demonstrates by killing for land, promotes his notion of greatness.  And consider his favorite daughter.

Ivanka “converted” to Judaism to marry Kosher Kushner.  That, if Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t Jewish, is the only exception to his conspicuous racism.  He conspicuously deprecates everyone who isn’t either a European American citizen of the United states or Jewish.

 

Selling out service - 4 September 2018

Saturday, descending from Marine One, after Meghan McCain called him a cheap fraud at her father’s funeral and said that “America was always great,” Dirtbag Drumpf delayed returning the salute from the Marine at the bottom of the steps until he was past the Marine, and then he jerked his jacket and frowned on.  Perhaps he knows that no active or veteran military person of the quality necessary to receive the assignment to guard the President of the United States would vote for him.  His phrases “my military” and “my veterans” are nothing more than what Cindy McCain called cheap fraud.

I spent all of the Vietnam Era in the United States Army.  I was in Vietnam before the Tet Offensive, and I was in Afghanistan when a Nixon administration disinformation operation ended the Afghan monarchy, and I have a fifty percent Veterans Administration disability rating.  And, in my many years of depending on V. A. medical care in Michigan and Massachusetts and Louisiana, I’ve found no reason to think V. A. medical care is less competent than is commercial medical care.

Dirtbag Drumpf would have us think that the TV reports of malpractice suits against private hospitals and doctors are fake news.  But “privatizing” is a euphemism for “commercializing,” as Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to commercialize the Presidency, for his private profit.  And anyone who votes for him either admires that or is grotesquely gullible.

 

The doctrine of the mean - 3 September 2018

MSNBC punditry is now saying that Tea Party Ted and Cubio Rubio are alternatives to “Trumpism.”  One meaning of that is that Democrats don’t care that Dirtbag Drumpf supports Tea Party Ted’s protectionism and Cubio Rubio’s antipathy for the people who couldn’t escape Cuba as his parents did.  And another meaning of it is that Democrats think that Dirtbag Drumpf’s asininity is a coherent ideology that he deliberately created.

And a question it raises is whether the Democratic Party is a coherent ideology its claimants share.  The United States have three main political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and the Judaic Party, and only the Judaic Party has a coherent ideology.  And it fosters no political candidates for election in its own name.

Instead it supports candidates of other parties who support the Judaic platform, and that’s how Joseph Lieberman received election to the United States Senate while calling himself independent, by such as preaching Judaism at Baptist John McCain’s funeral.

 

Bipartisan baloney brands - 2 September 2018

Weird, of course, in Dirtbag Drumpf’s paranoia regarding the World Wide Web, is that the one thing he’s done competently is tweet his crass ignorant arrogance, to his crass ignorant arrogant base.  And weird about his yap about the “liberal” media undercutting what he calls conservative is that George Will and Bill Kristol, two of the most conservative Republicans, are complaining against him on MSNBC.  MSNBC, by being the Democrats’ main propaganda machine, is the most “liberal” news network.  So Will and Kristol are more “fair and balanced than” Fox News.  And Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t.

And weird is that Dirtbag Drumpf is less fair and balanced than Secessionist Sessions.  Both of them depend on the evangelical hypocrisy of the Confederate Bible Belt that Baptist Preacher Hypocrite Huckabee helps the National Rifle Association exemplify by saying that “owning guns is a God-given right.  But they undercut one another.

A category of fake news is pundits and “anchors” and reporters both Democratic and Republican using the word “heartfelt” to refer to fake prayers.

 

Paranoia and punditry - 1 September 2018

Four of our six most popular TV sources of news are trying to talk us out of supporting Dirtbag Drumpf.  The reason they haven’t substantially changed the situation is that their methods of argument don’t substantially differ from the methods of the other one.  So we need them to air less opinions and more fact, to tell us what Dirtbag Drumpf says and does but not tell us what reporters or pundits think, to let us think for ourselves.  Examples of opinions distracting us from facts are reporters telling us what Dirtbag Drumpf or Killer Kim think or are trying to do.  That requires judging others by oneself.

CNN, “the most trusted name in news,” spends hours on that in a show it calls Inside Politics.  That show is mainly CNN’s John King smirking and sneering at Dirtbag Drumpf in accordance with his opinions he expresses sarcastically.  We need CNN to use those hours to inform us of the effects of Dirtbag Drumpf’s behaving as its “anchors” do.

An example is that CNN could point out that the distribution of the stock market boom indicates that it’s despite Dirtbag Drumpf’s protectionism and not because of it.

 

Foundations of sand - 31 August 2018

Michigan politics are thin.  The Republican candidate to be Governor is a Dirtbag Drumpf supporter running a TV advertisement saying he’ll stop human trafficking, with the woman in the advertisement says that the persons who trafficked her were her high school classmates, suggesting that the candidate doesn’t know what trafficking is.  And the Democratic candidate to be Governor is running a TV advertisement in which she says that she’s going to do all she can to make Medicare universal in Michigan.

And Michigan’s Republican candidate for the United States Senate is an African American evangelical Dirtbag Drumpf supporter whom Dirtbag Drumpf endorsed.  And the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate is running a TV advertisement saying that she saved the Great Lakes from Dirtbag Drumpf.  Neither has used TV to make a policy statement.

And, meanwhile, my homeowners insurance increased by fifty percent.  And my insurance company said that the reason for more than forty percent of the increase is that claims have increased in Michigan!  Is it PFAS or lead or what?

 

Legacy - 30 August 2018

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has said that we should rename the Russell Senate Office Building for Republican Senator John McCain.  Democratic Senator Richard Russell, the current namesake of that building, the oldest building exclusively for the use of the United States Senate, led a 1930’s Congressional collusion against civil rights legislation, the “conservative coalition.”  Considering the recent protests against monuments to the Confederacy, perhaps Schumer is trying to shuffle Russell and the fact that the Democratic Party was the party of Jefferson Davis further under the rug, by naming the building after one of the last Republicans who lived up to the fact that the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln.

And Schumer is Jewish, while McCain was Episcopalian before he was Baptist, and McCain’s farewell letter says that we shouldn’t confuse “tribal rivalry” with patriotism.  Murderous tribal rivalry is the core of Judaic scripture, while the Gospels say that Jesus said that the second commandment is to love one’s neighbor as oneself and that it’s like the first commandment, to love God wholly.  And the Democratic party’s Jewish chairperson resigned in her disgrace of compromising ethics for partisanship.

But, perhaps, McCain has at last pushed Dirtbag Drumpf, who calls himself a Presbyterian and a Republican while he fosters racism and depends on Jewish lawyers and has a daughter who “converted” to Judaism, into shaming himself out of our faces.

 

Prostration and pretention - 29 August 2018

Responding to the departure of John McCain, several media and government pundits said that they’d thought, when Dirtbag Drumpf said that people called McCain a hero because of his capture, but that he liked “people who weren”t captured,” that his campaign had ended.  And responses of several Senators, both Republican and Democratic, indicate why they were wrong.  They’re no John McCain.

Coward Kerry, who cut his assignment to Vietnam by two thirds, by injuring himself for a Purple Heart and recommending himself for a Silver Star for shooting a fleeing soldier others had already wounded, to leave behind less cowardly troops and protest them while he was safe at home, said that McCain had considered asking him to be Vice President.  And Flakey Flake, who’s quitting the Senate because he couldn’t stand the heat from speaking up against Dirtbag Drumpf, wrote a newspaper “elegy” for McCain and touted it on Sunday morning talk shows, presumably to climb over McCain’s dead body, into the Whitehouse.  And Lindsay Graham, who sold out McCain to suck up to Dirtbag Drumpf, laid low.

McCain said that Kerry was a friend of his, and he responded to Republican complaints against his befriending a Democrat with “two words, too bad.”  And Graham may be sucking up to Dirtbag Drumpf to weasel him and may be laying low in remorse for losing his greatest and most sincere political friend.  But everything Flake says suggests that he doesn’t understand what he’s saying.

 

Cities and hills - 28 August 2018

Why does anyone stand for the national anthem but kneel for prayer?  The problem with those football players’ kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before football games is the ambiguity of the message!  Effectually, whether or not they’re praying to God, they’re praying to make America great again.  They’re asking that police stop breaking laws and return to enforcing them!  Who doesn’t understand that?

Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t understand it, and neither do the media and government pundits preaching that the protestors are either patriotic or unpatriotic, and neither do the sports fans saying that that sports are for unity and should be separate from politics and that the protesters are depriving them of their right to have fun.

The word “sports” originated with Spartans using athletic games to train for war, and the word “politics” shares its origin with the word “police,” a Greek word for civility.

 

Ways to worry - 27 August 2018

Michael Caputo, a former Dirtbag Drumpf campaign advisor, said on Fox News that Investigator Mueller isn’t investigating a crime.  He said he’s “investigating a man to bring him down,” and he said that Criminal Cohen would plead guilty to anything, for a reduction in his prison sentence.  Investigating Dirtbag Drumpf is investigating many crimes, and we the people of the United States desperately need him to fall, and the notion of pleading guilty to reduce a prison sentence is weird.

But Caputo’s nonsense defines the labyrinthine absurdity of the Dirtbag Drumpf debate.  Media and government pundits both Republican and Democratic are dealing diction deviantly to rationalize their partisan positions.  And, since a political party is inherently a conspiracy, that’s collusion to influence elections.

Otherwise, Democrats could Demolish the Republican Party easily, but their partisan pretentions play into his hands.

 

Nuance and nonsense - 26 August 2018

Some protestors tore down a monument to the racism of the Confederacy, and a Mexican farmworker in the United States illegally raped and killed a young woman, and neither Dirtbag Drumpf nor Fox News is arguing that those events validate what Dirtbag Drumpf says of Mexicans and Africans.  Fake Dirtbag Drumpf spewed some fake news that African Africans are killing European African farmers in South Africa, but essentially that’s only flailing against the wind, further suggesting that he knows he’s on the ropes.  So a question is why most Republicans keep wallowing in his dirt in their swamp.

Of course, that rape and murder wasn’t indicative of Mexican farmworkers lacking green cards, and those students who destroyed the monument didn’t assault living humans, and Lindsay Graham surely understands that, but he’s taken another tack.  His suggesting that Dirtbag Drumpf fire Secessionist Sessions for disagreeing with him straddles the line.  Taking one racist side against another moderates only his integrity.

And Democrats are doing the same but in the other direction.  They’re praising Secessionist Sessions for disagreeing with Dirtbag Drumpf.  Either way, they’re proving that they’re of the party of Jefferson Davis, and that’s always been their direction.

 

Fame and fortune and fraud - 25 August 2018

Why did Asia Argento jump on the Me Too movement’s bandwagon.  And why does she have all those tattoos, and why did her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain have all those tattoos, and how was Bourdain the boyfriend of someone with a sexual attraction to young boys, and why would he pay that kid to be quiet about her, and why does her last name mean money?  And why aren’t media pundits asking those questions?

And why did Rachael Denhollander, the Michigan attorney and former gymnast who excellently articulately denounced that creep Michigan State University Doctor Nasty Nassar, support Brian Calley’s campaign to be Michigan’s Governor?  Doesn’t she know that Calley was Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor while Michigan’s Governor was complicit in poisoning the people of Flint with lead and poisoning people of other cities with PFAS.  And how can she not know that Calley claims affinity with Dirtbag Drumpf.

And why do media reporters and pundits talk of Rose McGowan’s drama on the Me Too movement’s bandstand as though any competent movie director would think it seems sincere?  And what difference is between those questions and the question of how Dirtbag Drumpf is President?  Is it only degrees?

 

According to ability - 24 August 2018

Former CIA director John Brennan said that Dirtbag Drumpf is “treasonous,” and pundits are responding to that as pundits have responded to the question of Dirtbag Drumpf’s “collusion” with Russians, as though statutory definitions of words and dictionary definitions of words are the same.  If draft dodger Dirtbag Drumpf had combat veteran Hateful Hitler’s courage and charisma, he’d make the horrible mess of the United States government that Hateful Hitler made of the German government, because he has Hateful Hitler’s hateful attitude.  That’s as treasonous as anyone can be.

The reasons he can’t do it are that the United States Constitution proscribes anyone from doing that and deters most people from colluding or conspiring to do it.  But it also prevents courts from punishing people for it before they accomplish physical acts making their intention physically evident.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s directing a Killer Kim military parade down Pennsylvania would be evidence only if the military were his.

And, because of the difference between nouns and adjectives in both dictionaries and criminal and civil law, a person can be treasonous while not accomplishing the crime treason, and Dirtbag Drumpf can’t sue Brennan, because attitudes aren’t deeds.

 

Disparity and despair - 23 August 2018

I’m a Hindu Buddhist Daoist believing in Jesus but not the apostles.  I believe in anyone who believes that the truth shall make one free and that one’s faith can make one whole and that the kingdom of God is within oneself, that the first commandment is to love God with all one’s heart and soul and mind and that that loving one’s neighbor as oneself is like loving God, and that drowning in the depth of a sea with a millstone about one’s neck is better for one than is harming a child.  And I don’t believe in anyone saying that he came to divide people violently against one another or killing a fig tree because it has no figs when one is hungry or celebrating the notion that God would send an angel to kill all the firstborn children of any country, or in anyone thinking that God would forsake anyone, in any circumstances.

The basic premise of both Hinduism and Buddhism is that the truth that shall make us free is that everyone is God because God is everything.  So they would say that the reason that loving one’s neighbor is like loving God is that ones neighbor is God because God is everything.  And the basic premise of Daoism is that the way to realize that is to minimize oppression by maximizing acceptance.

I suspect that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus directed the evangels to misrepresent Jesus and that the reason he didn’t omit from the Gospels Jesus’ most truthful assertions is that he didn’t understand them.

 

Literacy and apostasy - 22 August 2018

One inconsistency in the Bible is in the question of whether Jesus was Judaic or Levitic.  The Gospels say that he was both a descendent of Judah’s descendent David and that he descended only from Mary and God, and it says that the mother of John the Baptist was a cousin of Mary’s and that both parents of John the Baptist descended from Levi, and the Bible also says that David’s father was an Ephrathite.  Ephrathites are descendants of Judah’s brother Joseph’s son Ephraim.

And part of the question of whether Jesus was a Christian is in that the Book of Acts says that no one called anyone a Christian before people called Paul’s followers that in Antioch.  Those people were Greeks, and both the word “christ” and the word “messiah” mean anointed, the difference between them being that “christ” is from a Greek word, while “messiah” is from a Hebrew word.  Both words refer to Judaic prophesies that God would anoint a descendant of David to resurrect the kingdom of Judah and rebuild Jerusalem with its temple.

And the notion that the messiah would resurrect people who had complied with God’s commandments was particular to the Pharisee sect of Judaism.  And the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus made that notion fundamental to Christianity decades after the crucifixion, and he and his apostles preached it to Greeks and Romans, besides Jews.  Greek is the language of the Gospels, and Paul’s epistles suggest that he directed writing them, at least fourteen years after the crucifixion.

 

Abdication of responsibility - 21 August 2018

Albion has no high school but has a municipal income tax.  Marshall and Homer and Springport are much smaller towns but have high schools and no municipal income tax.  The reason Albion’s government proposed outsourcing its children’s education was that their schools were bankrupt.  And the reason Albion’s parents voted for the proposal was that their children’s schools were incompetent.  And the obvious reason for all of that was incompetence or corruption of our government.

Our Mayor says on his reelection flyer that he was a member of our City Council for a decade before he was our Mayor.  During that tenure, Albion lost its hospital and its high school, while its main pharmacy sucked in millions of dollars through the illegal opioid market.  That makes that campaign flyer not credentials but an indictment, and the proprietor of Albion’s oldest business is a decade and a half past due in paying his property taxes, and he was the Mayor.

Before we vote this November, we the people of Albion need to ignore promises and pay attention to the facts in front of our faces, and we need to look for any that aren’t.  The cost of the loose “historic” bricks on Superior Street is a metaphor for Albion’s government.  No hospital, no high school, no city.

 

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The Only Living Boy in New York - a 2017 film

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

 

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

Dunkirk - a 2017 film

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

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