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Hawkers and hookers - 25 April 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf is saying he supports veterans while he’s packing his cabinet with warmongers.

That’s like Jerk Johnson’s saying he supported civil rights while he sent about two million United States soldiers to Vietnam to kill what he called little yellow people.

And Dirtbag Drumpf is supporting Player Putin’s support for Bashar al-Assad.


Contracts with crap - 24 April 2018

Killer Kim has promised to stop testing his ability to wield nuclear weapons halfway around earth.  His word is about as reliable as Dirtbag Drumpf has made the word of the United States government in the Paris Accords and would have it be in the Iran Agreement.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is talking as though he’s won Killer Kim’s promise.

It’s like pundits asking General Electric to guarantee that its response to the recent explosion of one of its engines will “guarantee” that “it’s safe to fly.”  It’s like promising “a chicken in every pot” or the Democratic Party’s promising that Heehaw Hillary would be better for the general welfare than is Dirtbag Drumpf.  It’s like Bob Barker or Soap Oprah telling people to “come on down” to their promises of winning.

We have a long road of problems ahead of us, and the Democratic Party’s most recent response to Dirtbag Drumpf is to sue him for conspiring to defeat Heehaw Hillary.  The party of Jefferson Davis is promising no end to its hypocrisy for votes that put Dirtbag Drumpf into our Presidency.  Essentially that’s “doubling down” on failure.


Gulling and gullibility - 23 April 2018

An example of the absurdity of our punditry industry is that media and government pundits are saying that Dirtbag Drumpf thinks Investigator Mueller is treating him unfairly.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s problem with Mueller’s investigation is that Mueller is going to tell the whole world of Dirtbag Drumpf’s criminal behavior.  Dirtbag Drumpf knows his behavior and is lying every way he can to prevent what his own unfairness has earned.

And the fact that those pundits talk as though they don’t know that indicates their own unfairness and dishonesty.  Trusting people who say liars believe their lies is like trusting people who use phrases like “trust me” and “to tell the truth” and “believe me.”  Trustworthy and honest people expect people to trust them and believe them.

It’s like Basher Bash, Chief Political Correspondent for “the most trusted name in news” dressing in leather some days and in little girl dresses some days.  She shifts the fashion of her behavior with the winds of commerce and politics.  Ask her husband.


Where to build a wall - 22 April 2018

Terrorism is intentionally terrifying people.  So look at the TV drug advertisements, with some of them advertising diseases the drug companies fictionalize, and many of them advertising pain to sell pain killers.  And think of the phrase “self-fulfilling prophesy.”

And listen to media and government pundits, promoting legalizing Marijuana while decrying the opioid epidemic, and ask why we have illegal drug traffic.

Legal drug companies and punditry are pushing the problem.


Biofeedback - 21 April 2018

I don’t believe a friend of mine just died of cancer.  I don’t believe in cancer, and neither do I believe in death, and the reason is the same as the reason I’m a Hindu Buddhist Daoist, believing in Jesus but not in the apostles, or in Judaism or Christianity or Islam.  What seems to me to have been my life suggests to me that everything is a figment of everyone’s imagination and that Rick and his brother Greg, whom people seem to me to think killed himself, remain friends of mine.  A question is why I’ve imagined such things happening to people I imagine to be my friends.  But I imagine it to be the question of faith.

Hindus worship everything, because they think everything is God because God is everything, and Buddhists do the same but don’t express that in Hindu metaphorical personification or ritual, and the fundamental tenet of Daoism is universal acceptance.  But Jews and Christians and Muslims say that God is separate from his creation, and blames and punishes humans he created for not being what he wished to create, and pits those who are against those who aren’t.  And I think I’ve read the definitive scripture of each.

I mean I think I may imagine them.  And I’m writing or imagining writing a book summarizing them for others I imagine may read it and understand the disjunction that seems to me to come from ignorance and stop killing one another all over earth in the name of God.  But I’m finding difficult imagining people who don’t read the scriptures in which they say they believe trying to imagine anything they don’t already imagine.


Unreasonable abstract reasoning - 20 April 2018

Media and government pundits are calling Dirtbag Drumpf’s attorney Michael Cohen a fixer.  “Fixer” isn’t a legal term but a colloquial term referring to an attorney who helps a client obstruct justice.  And Hannity is a media pundit supporting all Dirtbag Drumpf says, and Hanity said that Cohen is a friend of his who gave him real estate advice, and real estate dealing is Dirtbag Drumpf’s main front for his many means of sucking bucks.

And waffling diction is also a principle means for diplomacy, and an example of that is the title of Madeleine Albright’s new book, Fascism.  Etymologically, “Fascism” refers to a bundle of sticks, and politically it refers to the immediate advisors and protectors of a dictator.  The metaphor is of a bunch of little sticks protecting a big stick they surround.

Think of cabinets and collusion and of Hannity and Cohen and Dirtbag Drumpf.  And think of the Republicans violating their integrity to support Dirtbag Drumpf because he says he’s a Republican.  And think of how their diction clouds our national judgement.

So consider another metaphor.  Hercules, to kill the titan Antaeus, needed to deprive him of grounding.  And add to that the metaphor of clouds having silver linings.

And think of how Dirtbag Drumpf is deploying us to strangle our democracy.


Affluence and asininity - 19 April 2018

Comey answered questions.  His book responds both to what Dirtbag Drumpf said to him and to what Dirtbag Drumpf said to the rest of us, and it responds to how we and media and government pundits responded both to him and to Dirtbag Drumpf, and that includes what Cubio Rubio said of the size of Dirtbag Drumpf’s hands.  But now media and government pundits are using the first amendment to claim that Comey shouldn’t.

And, as usual, we the people are swallowing their hogwash.  We demand our rights while denying others’, and we ignore how the two relate to one another, preferring differences to relationships.  Note the relationship between Coca Cola and cocaine and between caffeine and steroids and between couches and potatoes and sports and war.

Remember that “happy days” were the days when TV rose to center stage in our lives and promoted Coca Cola and Cadillacs with fins.  Since then we’ve followed that trend from fifteen cent hamburgers to Big Macs.  And now Dirtbag Drumpf is President.


To whom can you turn? - 18 April 2018

Comey said he briefed Dirtbag Drumpf on assertions that he watched prostitutes peeing on one another in Moscow.  The most important question isn’t whether he could have been blackmailed but whether he did it, and the answer to that question depends on validating Comey’s sources and investigating further, and neither media nor government pundits are pointing that out.  But it may not be important to people supporting Bubba Bill.

And “Stormy Daniels,” facing Dirtbag Drumpf’s “fixer” in court Monday, provided the entertainment value the Democratic Party has sold since Norma Jean sang “Happy Birthday” to Camelot Kennedy.  And another example of “liberal” hypocrisy is Starbucks’ management’s calling police to arrest two African Americans for not spending cash before trying to use a Starbucks restroom.  That’s typical “liberal” yuppie bigotry.

But it’s normal.  And another example of it is the fact that no national government has been communist, that the leaders of every communist revolution betrayed the revolution, as soon as they “won” government power.  Of course, both the people who voted for Dirtbag Drumpf and the Republicans who support him are deplorable, but Democrats are as deplorably hypocritical as Dirtbag Drumpf’s “evangelicals.”


Oprah and Rosanne - 17 April 2018

Consider, while noting the expanding presence of obesity in TV advertising, what protesting has become in the United States.  Think of people risking and losing their lives from Kent State to the Pentagon to protest the United States’ involvement in Vietnam.  And ask how many now would walk the fifty miles from Selma to Montgomery.  Looting and destruction remain components of protesting.  But that’s like eating.

And imagine Dirtbag Drumpf walking from the Whitehouse to the Lincoln Memorial late at night to talk with protestors after their day of protesting.  Tricky Dicky did that and began the reversal of Jerk Johnson’s escalation of sending us to Vietnam to kill what he called little yellow people.  He lowered the number from a half million there to 30,000.

So look at Dirtbag Drumpf and ask whether plaque in his brain might be part of his problem.  And ask how different from him are we the people who similarly build bridges to nowhere for ourselves.  Starving people in “shithole countries” may kick our fat asses.


The varieties of mercenary experience - 16 April 2018

Yes, Facebook is profiling its users to sell advertising, and so is Microsoft and Amazon and every other large operation we use on the World Wide Web.  If you browse for a product on Amazon.com or Wallmart.com or HomeDepot.com, you open Internet Explorer and see an offering for the product as soon as you close the shopping site, whether or not you’d logged onto the shopping site.  And it may tell you your zip code.

And Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t the only politician in office for commercial profit.  Paul Ryan is promoting an MBA to replace him, and of course he can continue to capitalize on his government connections, after he leaves Congress.  The problem with Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t that he’s capitalizing on his position but that he’s doing it criminally.

And the same is often true of “lawyers.”  Attorneys have been capitalizing on their clients since long before European American attorneys sold out the Scottsboro boys.  And look at Mark Geragos and Gloria Allred.


Sound bite decadence - 15 April 2018

CNN is airing a history of Camelot Kennedy and his family, and the blurbs promoting it suggest that it tells how slimy they were, from bootlegging to marital infidelity and killing women.  So a question is why CNN is undercutting the Democratic Party’s hole card, while the Republican Party is on the rocks, because of Dirtbag Drumpf.  And the tragic answer may be that we the people like such as Camelot Kennedy and DIrtbag Drumpf.

And CNN surely knows that.  Look at how media and government pundits have responded to Director Comey’s job performance and how they’re responding to his book.  They’ve accused him of having an ulterior motive for being factual, for making facts with no security classification available to us when he learned them, instead of hiding them until we had no use for them in deciding our vote for our Presidency.

Pundits would have damned Comey either way.  And they’re essentially blaming Republicans for not colluding with him.  That’s like blaming Malcolm X for being Islamic but not blaming Muhammad Ali for being Islamic.  Muhammad Ali was a sports star, and he protested against our involvement in Vietnam, but didn’t complain against racism.  Malcolm X used the means available to him to fight for inalienable rights.



What we do to our wonderful world - 14 April 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf and Player Putin are overtly disagreeing.  Dirtbag Drumpf may think that may improve his chances of reelection.  And Player Putin may favor that, for the reason he tried to help him into our Presidency, that Dirtbag Drumpf is making a mess of our democracy, and our relations with all other nations, including Israel.  Israel profits from Russia agreeing with Syria and Iran.  Its lamentation sucks our support.

Consider the current Allstate insurance TV advertising.  A kid damages his family’s car and praises his parents for paying for “accident forgiveness.”  The parents glare at him, conspicuously knowing he’s playing them, and curtail the conversation by acceding to his angling, evading their responsibility to guide him to responsibility.

The reason Player Putin supports Iran and Syria is that his main mission is to destabilize international relations.  And that’s also why Yahoo Netanyahu engineered ISIS.  And our punditry falls for all that facetiousness.


Missing the mission - 13 April 2018

In 2020, after Investigator Mueller fires Dirtbag Drumpf, we’re likely to have another weird election.  The candidates, considering our apparent affection for hypocrisy and money mongering, may be Pandering Pence and Soap Oprah.  And that would give fake news another heyday.

Consider this conversation between Nicole Wallace and Jeremy Bash.  Wallace is an MSNBC anchor who’s made her fame by badmouthing Dirtbag Drumpf, and Bash is a former husband of CNN’s Jewish Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, and also a former Chief of Staff of our Central Intelligence Agency and our Department of Defense.  Wallace called Bash a leading participant in Political Panetta’s Bin Laden Abbottabad hoax, and Bash replied that Dirtbag Drumpf’s Syria and Russia approach is “highly scary and highly concerning,” and neither accused the other of mealy mouthing.

Current political punditry is like a bar that’s been in San Francisco since the Gold Rush.  It’s a biker bar on the border between San Francisco’s North Beach, the main neighborhood of San Francisco’s homosexual populace, and San Francisco’s China Town.  Imagine a brawl there.

The hogwash market - 12 April 2018

What made the United States of America great is what’s keeping us from firing Dirtbag Drumpf.  But, nonetheless, it’s diminishing our credibility in the view of people of other nations, both democracies and dictatorships, all over earth.  It’s making us appear to admire private fame and fortune more than we care for the general welfare.   But, with our apparent affection for Princess Diana, we may next elect Soap Oprah to Presidency.

The reason the government of the United Kingdom doesn’t suffer much from the decadence of such as Princess Diana or the soap that slimes it into obscurity is that the British monarchy doesn’t govern.  Neither does Dirtbag Drumpf, but the Constitution of the United States does, and it says he does.  And Mueller will eventually dump him.

But people jealous of our democracy are likely to pay more attention to Dirtbag Drumpf’s corruption than to the reasons for the constraints on investigator Mueller.  They’re not likely to understand the dynamics of his firing the “fixer.”  But we should.



Notions of martyrdom - 11 April 2018

The reason Dirtbag Drumpf waffes about Russia and Syria is that he doesn’t care.  He said, while he was campaigning for the Presidency, that he could shoot some one on Fifth Avenue in New York City and not deter his “base” from supporting him.  And Trump Tower, where a fire killed an art collector specializing in Andy Warhol works a few days ago, is on Fifth Avenue and indicative of his completely commercial concern.

He says he’s not a “globalist,” but his commercial corruption is global and globally detrimental both to global commerce and to global peace, and that’s exactly what his “base” supports.

He’s capitalizing, both commercially and political, on xenophobia.


Artifice - 10 April 2018

Of the six most popular religions, the most fundamental difference between the three occidental religions and the three oriental ones is bellicose bigotry, that the definitive scriptures of the three occidental religions explicitly promote it while those of the three oriental religions explicitly promote universal acceptance.  So think about why the people of China let their government constrict their behavior while Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical base supports his trying to punish them more by his tariffs.  And ask why his economic base, while preaching laisse faire economics, supports evangelical bigotry.

Essentially that’s jerking people around in the name of God.  And, in secular terms, it’s paranoid delusional psychosis, since China’s government isn’t as bellicose as the government of the United States, and wasn’t during the Cold War.  That makes the xenophobia Dirtbag Drumpf and his “conservative” base promotes irrational.

The basic question is what we could be if we’d let ourselves be the best we can be.


Competing for what? - 9 April 2018

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, saying that Dirtbag Drumpf is in charge of nothing, touted the acronym CHINO.  But, when Susan Glasser, who was then on his Meet the Press panel, said that a problem with punditry is pundits’ talking as though Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to do what they would do, he blew off her remark as though it were a mosquito.  Both Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Dirtbag Drumpf are commercially sucking blood.

The reason Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t presiding over his administration is that government isn’t his primary business.  His only interest in his government position is that it gives him clout for his commercialism, and the reason Cheap Chuck buries the news in his yuppy smirking is that his primary business is also fame for his fortune, and we the people are falling for both.  Both are capitalizing on the commerce of entertainment.

And look at Apple’s and Facebook’s executive response to attention to the obvious fact that they’re using the World Wide Web to learn our interests to know how to suck cash from us.  But the tragedy is that all those humans know humanity has an addiction to dominion, and that tragedy is conspicuous from little league to university football teams, and on to war.  Entertainment capitalizes on the relationship between sports and war.


Prices of beans and rice - 8 April 2018

Now Dirtbag Durmpf is deploying the National Guard to do the job he says a wall could do.  No one has so grotesquely misused our well-regulated militia since a Democratic Governor of Arkansas deployed the Arkansas National Guard to keep nine African American children out of school.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is saying his motive is that Mexicans are raping women desperately trying to escape that by doing what he says the wall or the National Guard should keep them from doing.  And he’s saying all that to blame Democrats for terminating DACA.  Only he, no one else, refused extending DACA.

But ignorance and insanity are bipartisan.  MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd trotted out Jesse Jackson on his Meet the Press show on the anniversary of the death of Doctor King.  The reason Jackson isn’t in any pictures of King dead on the balcony of the motel is that he ran for cover while Ralph Abernathy held King’s bleeding head.

All that may help explain why Condoleezza Rice refuses to run for our presidency.


Targets and subjects of investigation - 7 April 2018

Fake media and government pundits are terrorizing senior citizens.  Ignoring that the stock “market fluctuation” is fluctuation, they’re saying that people close to retirement should fear it, for its effect on their 401(k) accounts.  Anyone paying attention to the fluctuation across the span of equity mutual funds knows it doesn’t parallel the behavior of Dirtbag Drumpf’s that the pundits are saying is the cause of all the market fluctuation.

And, of course, that’s also true of fake Dirtbag Drumpf’s claiming that the fluctuation when it’s high is because of his behavior.  And, paradoxically or not, the arguments of both fake Dirtbag Drumpf and the fake pundits have their base in xenophobia.  China stock has fluctuated neither more nor less than United States Stock through the yack.

And all those facts are publicly available.  So, regarding fake Dirtbag Drumpf and the other fake pundits, we the people might well behave as the three monkeys.  But many of us are ignoring what we see, while we hear the evil the pundits speak, and speak it.


Can killers operate smart phones? - 6 April 2018

Ordinarily, when cable news producers decide that “breaking news” deserves immediate live reporting, the anchor of the show then running anchors the reporting.  But, when news of the YouTube shooting broke, MSNBC had Bogus Brian Waffling Williams anchor it during the time slot for Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd.  And Fox News had Shepard Smith anchor that coverage during the time slot for Greg Gutfeld.

And the question of why goes beyond that question of division of labor to the question of what’s intelligence.  And that can go to the questions of why people say Hitler was a genius, why the United States Department of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms is a law enforcement agency separate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and why the Secret Service answers to the Treasury Department!  What’s that division of labor?

R. D. Laing, a neo-Freudian psychologist, said that compartmentalization is a symptom of schizophrenia.  So, since “schizophrenia” refers to a psychotic break from “reality,” let’s also ask why religions disagree about what God is.  And let’s ask why Dirtbag Drumpf is President of the United States while Bill Gates isn’t and why neither skill with a Rubik’s cube nor Jeopardy championship predicts either political or financial success.

Price of eggs - 5 April 2018

A Jewish Comedian said on Fox News that “Passover passed over Easter this year.”  Passover is week-long feast, celebrating an angel’s passing over homes of Israelites while killing all the first-born children of Egypt, and it began the day before Easter this year.  A question is why Jesus, after saying that being thrown into a sea with a millstone around one’s neck is better for a man than would be harming a child, celebrated the Passover the night before his crucifixion.  The answer must be that Paul’s Pharisee apostles wrote the Gospels more than fourteen years later.  And that’s no comedy.

It’s tragic terrifying pharisaical political murderous mendacious bigotry, and It’s all part of why the United States Government and the evangelical Christians of Fox News support the Zionist terrorism that drives Muslims to suicidal jihad, and that’s what motivated the murderous suicidal jihad that occurred on 9/11, initiating the terror against Muslims we now call the war on terror, and supporting the lie that ISIS is Islamic.

And it’s why our government did nothing when an Israeli soldier murdered a Washington college student, for standing between the bulldozer he was driving and a Palestinian pharmacists house, eighteen months after 9/11.


Kinds of cannibalism - 4 April 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs said Dirtbag Drumpf fired him for being contrary to “privatizing” veterans’ healthcare.  His vacationing on taxpayers’ money was Dirtbag Drumpf’s ostensible reason, but Dirtbag Drumpf hasn’t fired his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for spending $130,000 of taxpayers’ money for a dinner table for his office, and he’s asked his “private physician” to be his next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  That “private physician” is a Navy doctor who, perhaps explaining why Rosanne Barr supports Dirtbag Drumpf, said Dirtbag Drumpf’s obesity is heathy.

That Navy doctor said Dirtbag Drumpf’s genes make his obesity healthy.  No empirical scientist says that nature trumps nurture, but sycophancy may trump empiricism, in Dirtbag Drumpf’s mind.  And empirical studies indicate that most veterans prefer the dedication of V.A. doctors to the money mongering of private physicians.

But Dirtbag Drumpf’s capitalism suggests that he already has an artificial heart.


Working at what? - 3 April 2018

Regarding police shooting Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s back yard in Sacramento two weeks ago, the Sacramento Police Officers Association said Clark took a “shooting stance,” before the police shot eight bullets into him as he turned away from them.  That’s but one indication of what the labor movement has become since people like Jimmy Hoffa perverted it from its original purpose.  Now we need laws against “unions.”

And the fact that that the Democratic Party continues to support “labor unions” while they try to feed us such hogwash indicates that the Democratic Party remains the party of Jefferson Davis.  And let’s remember that unions supported electing Dirtbag Drumpf to preside over our government.  Dirbag Drumpf is corrupting the party of Lincoln.

It’s like the bipartisan notion that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to shoot dumb animals.  It’s like Dirtbag Drumpf’s calling himself a Republican while displaying a portrait of Democrat Jackson in the Oval Office.  Jackson promoted the trail of tears.


Who’s on first? - 2 April 2018

Much of the fake news of fake Dirtbag Drumpf is fake media and government pundits’ speaking of him as though they’re not fake. They say he’s trying to behave as they would but failing at it, while all he’s trying to do is use the Presidency as a way to do what he’s always done, monger for his own fortune and fame.  He doesn’t care for democracy or world peace or for anything else toward which most politicians posture.

And neither does his “base.”  His use of Twitter provokes pundits, and his deprecation of Amazon provokes people who voted against him, but computer literacy isn’t a priority for people whose FICO score keeps them from having a credit card.  They’re like the people who hoped for Hitler not to improve the general welfare but to improve theirs.

And Dirtbag Drumpf knows that.  He deliberately deals not unity but disjunction.  Only his immediate gratification motivates him.  The question of whether Player Putin or Killer Kim undermines our democracy or bombs us isn’t his problem.  He could profit from it.


The cost of doing business - 1 April 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf preaches reducing taxes and increasing trade and employment with companies in the United States.  Amazon does all that, helping its customers avoid paying sales tax, and it’s a United States company and employs people in the United States.  And that it employs the United States Postal Service to deliver what it sells contributes to the United States Postal Service employing people in the United States.  But now Dirtbag Drumpf is treating Jeff Bezos worse than he’s treating Player Putin during his current spat with Putin.  But a question is whether his “base” shops on line.

Bezos, to some extent, is betraying his base.  Because its growth has placed distribution centers all over the United States, the tax break is ordinarily for its sales through suppliers other than Amazon, suppliers in states not the buyers’.  And Amazon is increasing prices to promote Amazon Prime for its free shipping savings.

But we the people can work around all that as we worked around Prohibition.


Coming around and going around - 31 March 2018

In the 1840’s, masses of people immigrated to the United States from Ireland because of a potato famine there, and now Dirtbag Drumpf is complaining about tariffs on agricultural production the United States exports to China.  If he were President of the United States in 1844, he’d be complaining against the Irish immigrants whose ancestors are now many of New York’s finest police officers.  He’d say they had no skills.

And another question is what we the people do with steel.  The main cause of the fall in steel production in the United States isn’t that Chinese steel is cheap but that we the people of the United States have used our freedom to become people who have skills to do work that’s easier than working in a steel plant.  Chinese people use it to build our cars.

The American dream is having the freedom to become the best one can become.  It isn’t the freedom to oppress people by depriving them of the American dream.  We the people need to tell Dirtbag Drumpf that his notion of what’s “great” isn’t ours.



Patrician plebian punks - 30 March 2018

The decline and fall of Greece and Rome was by way of decadence.  Republicans are saying that, because Bubba Bill retained the Presidency after his impeachment for lying about how his sperm stained the dress of a Whitehouse Intern in the Oval Office, we shouldn’t pick on Dirtbag Drumpf.  That argument, while its basis is in fact, essentially claims that two wrongs, in a chain of decadence now a popular trend, make a right.

And Dirtbag Drumpf knows that and is exploiting it.  Part of the problem is that the women suing him are as decadent as he is.  But most of the problem is that we the people of the United States have been supporting that sort of thing since people laughted about reading Playboy “for the articles.”

We’re fiddling while taking advantage of our democracy by voting it into dirt.  The main reason people of other nations dislike us is jealousy.  But we’re working mainly toward changing that.


Pagans and Pocahontas - 29 March 2018

Those nuns praying for basketball teams to beat one another are indicative of the principle problem with the three Abrahamic religions.  They’re like the Greek and Roman religions in that they promote pride in various categories of human bigotry.  Sports began with Greeks training for war and developed into Roman gladiators.

Of the six most popular religions, the two most popular are Abrahamic, and so is the least popular.  And the definitive scriptures of the two most popular promote the scriptures of the least popular, which are monotheistic but not monistic and say that God is different from men only in that he’s more powerful, and that he commands humans to behave more ethically than he does.  But he tells some to disobey his rules.

The other three of those six religions are monistic.  People claiming the Abrahamic religions call the most popular of the other three polytheistic, but people claiming that religion worship everything as God because they believe everything is God, because they believe God is everything.  And the other two are less metaphorically monistic.

Prices of privacy - 28 March 2018

Zuckerberg is no Gates.  Gates gave us a computer operating system that gave us the World Wide Web.  Zuckerberg gave us a computer application that sucks us into publishing our personalities on the World Wide Web for him to suck advertisers into paying him to let them suck us into buying their products or disservices.

And we’re throwing Zuckerberg’s pie into Gates’ face, by using the World Wide Web to sell ourselves short, instead of to understand the world.  And such myopia is how Dirtbag Drumpf is President and why we don’t know the danger of his making Bellicose Bolton his National Security Advisor.  Those two jerks are pissers in a podcast.

Both politics and commerce are functions of both information and disinformation.  The World Wide Web gives us access to both, but it gives us enough information to learn the difference, if we try.  But most of us respond to fragments of information and disinformation by publishing whichever agrees with our prejudices.


National rifle dissociation - 27 March 2018

A half million people filled Pennsylvania Avenue from our Whitehouse to our Capitol to support the Never Again movement.  Most of the marchers weren’t old enough to vote, but it was the largest protest march in the history of our nation, and they will be.  And, perhaps most eloquently, they specifically demanded living long enough to vote.

Many of the speakers were adults climbing onto the kids’ bandstand to support their separate political purposes.  And some of the kids who spoke demonstrated more desire to share in the grandstanding than that they understood the reason for it.  But the last speaker was Emma Gonzalez, and she demonstrated her understanding and sincerity with her tears as she stood silent for the length of time of the shooting that killed her friends at that school in Florida, before she told the kids to fight for their lives “before it’s someone else’s job.”

So, if no one else does it before it’s their job, those kids will dump Dirbag Drumpf and all the other phony adults, like that Playboy model who polluted the Me Too movement by saying that she and Dirtbag Drumpf were in love with one another, and the adults both Democratic and Republican who prove their hypocrisy by saying hunting isn’t killing.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Books and a screenplay by
Billy Lee Harman
Angels, Ashes, Dust

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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