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Jungles and books - 25 October 2016

What Trump and pence have in common is ignoring the opinions they claim.  What Clinton and Kaine have in common is bobbling their heads.  They’re all like animal rights activists thinning the herd.  They’re denying any freedom not theirs.  They’re bogus baloney.

Humanity is the most dog-eat-dog species.  Dogs don’t eat dogs, but humans kill each other for power for greed, and we call commercial success at the expense of other humans competition.  Were that not true, neither Dingdong Donald nor Heehaw Hillary could be a candidate to preside over the most democratic nation on Earth, ours.  Patricians in Rome were more republican than are they.  And we’re voting for them.

Nearly no dumb animal kills for any reason other than for food or procreation.  Humans kill for fun, and male humans beat the female humans with whom they create, because we can talk ourselves into anything.  Remember what you ate the last evening you saw Bambi.


Deliberating collateral damage - 24 October 2016

Most of the golf I’ve played was at the Kabul Golf and Country Club when I was helping the DIA help the CIA end the Afghan monarchy to destabilize the Soviet government.  And there I nearly won the only tournament in which I played, because my handicap was high because I didn’t lie on my score cards, and most of the others playing were diplomats.  I lost in the sudden death playoff by touching sand with my club in a bunker.

Diplomats are liars who will kick sand in your face to deceive you, and the same is true of Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary, and the same is true of theologians.  Only what Judaism and Christianity share, of the scriptures of the six most popular religions, condones ISIS.  Only what Christians call the Old Testament condones beheading.

And, besides helping the United States win the Cold War, ending the Afghan monarchy made Afghanistan a battleground in the War on Terror, which clergy of three religions are calling a war of religions, as are secular media and government pundits.


Faith in what? - 23 October 2016

“The silent majority stands with Trump,” say placards people wave at rallies for Dingdong Donald, but facts are indicating that his supporters are a noisy minority.  Neither he nor Heehaw Hillary depends on fact to present his ploys to preside over our government, and each of the candidates to be Vice President mealy mouths as deceitfully as his bosses brazenly lies, while people suck it all up.  Stop that.

We can vote against all of it.  If we think Cackle Clinton shall be our next President, we can vote for every Republican who didn’t endorse Terrorist Trump, and we ca do the opposite if we think Terrorist Trump shall be our next President.  And we can write otherwise for anyone who might honestly and rationally preside over our government.

Kelly Ayotte committed political suicide by saying she may write the name of Terrorist Trump’s candidate to be his Vice President.  That should be a lesson to anyone who thinks the problem doesn’t cross party lines.  We need the majority to be nonpartisan.


Meals and mouths - 22 October 2016

We the honorable and not deplorable people of the United States must do this year what we must do any year.  We must vote only for people we approve, and we the people are indicating that most of us approve neither Dingdong Donald nor Heehaw Hillary, and we can write on ballots the name of anyone.  And doing that will send a message of disapproval to such as Reince Priebus and Debby Wasserman Schultz.

Las Vegas is the gutter of United States decadence as Bourbon Street is the gutter of New Orleans decadence.  And that the debate Wednesday was there indicates what media and government pundits call American exceptionalism excepts people willing to earn their livings.  And it explains the exceptionalism of the people who nominated Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary.

But another group of exceptional people is the Amish.  They don’t have televisions, and they don’t fight one another or us others, and they build our houses for us at competitive prices.  Their most radical behavior is domesticating horses for their purposes.  Anthropocentrism is a form of bigotry.  But it isn’t hateful.


Up and down all around - 21 October 2016

Deplorable is that anyone would vote for either Terrorist Trump or Cackle Clinton.  And perhaps more deplorable than that is that the reason Dingdong Donald has his standing with the public is that mass media promote people with his personality.  Soapy Sawyer’s boy mindless Muir replaced her, and the guy who sits in for him on weekends is a Charlie Sheen lookalike, and NBC keeps promoting Lying Brian after firing him.

And sex is a major factor.  Dingdong Donald’s supporters are people who support his sexism, and Heehaw Hillary’s supporters are people who think feminism is being like Dingdong Donald’s wife, and Heehaw Hillary encourages that.  But reasonable people seeing the film West Side Story recognize its title’s denigration of the east side.

The next President of the United States shall be the person who draws the most people to the poles.  Dingdong Donald’s supporters express more enthusiasm for him, but most of them are people who don’t ordinarily vote, while Heehaw Hillary’s do.  But none of those people understand the problem.


Obfuscating the problem - 20 October 2016

A barometer of the current campaigns to preside over our government is difference between the campaigns in how media and government pundits report “conspiracy theories.”  A cornerstone of Heehaw Hillary’s campaigns for herself and Bubba Bill is her saying that any disagreement with them is a “vast right wing conspiracy,” and a cornerstone of her current campaign is her accusing Dingdong Donald of accusing her and her party and his party and the media of conspiring against him.  And the mass media are agreeing with her while Terrorist Trump isn’t calling his paranoia conspiracy.

And, similarly, both Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary are advocating resetting our relationship with Russia.  The difference is only in to what they’ll reset it, and that changes each time either of them rattles a campaign ploy and calls it a foreign policy statement, when they take a break from insulting each other.  And the pundits keep failing to point out the appropriateness of their debating that crapshoot in Las Vegas.

And, similarly, Kelly Ayotte, the third musketeer of John McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s xenophobia conspiracy, is saying that her opposition to Terrorist Trump’s paranoia may be to vote for his candidate to help him preside, his main suck-up.


Hay seeds and mustard seeds - 19 October 2016

Evangelical Christians apparently think God needs help from Dingdong Donald to control the United States Supreme Court.  And the creeps in Kansas calling themselves crusaders and trying to emulate ISIS by attacking Muslims are another example of the lack of faith either generally or in Jesus that Christians convey.  It exemplifies ignorance and the bigotry that’s how Ralph Kramden and Archie Bunker keep entertaining us.

Bubba Bill claimed that he’s a redneck, and media and government pundits who depend on rednecks for their popularity are saying he was denigrating other rednecks, and none of them are pointing out that the word “redneck” originally referred to the sun burning backs of necks of farmers bowing to plows to earn their living and their families’.

But Ralph and Archie weren’t farmers, and now we ordinarily use the term “redneck” to refer to European Americans who use illegal drugs, particularly bootleg booze and homegrown pot while we have no term for urban European American drug addicts.  


Leading the lemmings - 18 October 2016

Albion, Michigan, the town that’s now my hometown, has outsourced its residents’ children’s education to its county’s seat, twelve miles away.  The process began when their municipal government let the schools deteriorate to the point that its residents took advantage of a legislative opportunity to choose schools anywhere for their children to send them anywhere outside Albion.   And that government, unlike most of Michigan’s municipal governments, assesses a municipal residential income tax and accordingly receives more revenue per capita than do towns of a quarter its population educating children from head start through high school.

I grew up in Michigan but traveled all over Earth for a half century before I retired from working for money and returned here from New Orleans.  New Orleans’ government let New Orleans’ schools deteriorate to the point that New Orleans’ residents sent their children to Roman Catholic schools.  By a municipal charter, Albion has a Methodist baccalaureate college that’s bailing Albion out of its economic depression in many ways but not to educate the children here, and irony in that is that the college is an institution for education.  So a relevant question is how methodically Albion’s city council interacts with the college.  And the question goes both ways.

I settled in Albion partly because all I missed in Michigan is snow and maple trees and partly because I was able to buy a house I love for $30,000.  The reason I could do that is the low demand for homes in a town that has no schools, and that’s also a reason responsibly rational corporations won’t move their operations to Albion, their responsibility to the children of their employees.  And no one currently campaigning to be Mayor of Albion is publicly indicating awareness of the fact that outsourcing from Albion the education of children is municipal suicide, that children will leave as soon as they can and never return, for lack of reasonable hope.



Bollywood - 17 October 2016

Katy Tur, MSNBC’s main point person for the Dingdong Donald campaign, bats her eyelids and poses as though she’s campaigning to be Miss Universe.  And the seventy-year-old woman who’s saying Terrorist Trump traumatized her on an airliner a quarter of a century ago isn’t saying why she didn’t complain to a flight attendant.  A problem with feminism is that too many women emulate the attitude that also calls men hunks.

And Tur used the phrase “in this country” to complain about the cloud of dust in which Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill and media and government pundits obfuscate.  Actually, that cloud of dust is the main export of the United States of America, since manufacturing globalized.  That’s why we have Miss Universe contests.

I keep remembering a human resources coordinator for a homeless shelter in the name of Francis of Assisi saying in its staff lunchroom that she didn’t know whether Mother Teresa should be a saint but that she was sure that Princess Diana should be.


Cities on hills - 16 October 2016

Bob Dylan is receiving the Nobel prize for literature, and his songs for peace during the Vietnam War and his lyrical style certainly earned that, but CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper mocked him and the Nobel committee for it.  Part of the irony in that is that Jive Jake is Jewish while Dylan is Jewish, although he renounced Judaism for some time, during his protestations for peace.  Let’s ask Tapper whether he eats kosher Turkeys.

Religion is often weird.  An extraordinarily formidable natural fortress is the rock that Athenians call the Acropolis.  Their city’s name is for Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of both war and wisdom, and the largest building on the Acropolis is a temple to Athena, and it’s in ruins because of a war between Christians and Muslims.

Venetians hit it with mortars while Turks were using it as an ammunition dump.  And the centuries of war between those factions included swapping the capital of Turkey back and forth among Turks and Romans and Greeks.  And it was all religious.


Ignorance and ignobility - 15 October 2016

Media and government pundits, by saying that WikiLeaks’ leaking of Heehaw Hillary’s e-mails is Russian, are saying that WikiLeaks is Russian.  That’s part of the politics of locker room banter by which Dingdong Donald won nomination to preside over our government against our rational reasoning.  In our sports mentality, we call offending anyone with whom we disagree talking straight, and talk in circles in efforts to defend it.

Someone recently told me that God created “the devil” to give us free will and asked me why I’m writing a book comparing the six most popular religions.  I replied by telling him that I think that understanding one another might keep us from willfully killing one another in the name of God.  And he said religion isn’t the reason for such behavior.

So I told him that Daoism says the most powerful thing is the softest thing.  He asked me for an example, and I gave the Dao De Jing’s example of water, and asked him whether he’d seen the Grand Canyon.  He replied to that by saying he doesn’t travel.


Truth and trickery - 14 October 2016

People, including people who write histories of art, ignore the obvious fact that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  And Dingdong Donald, who said that models are more beautiful than other women and that he carries Tic Tacks because he compulsively kisses beautiful women, is one of them.  And remember Tom Cruise, his trouncing on Oprah’s sofa in regard to Katy Holmes, before their five year “TomKat” marriage fallout.

Artists, whatever the aesthetic value of their art, sell their product by talking about it.  Picasso, from cubism to his political mural Guernica, was a master of abstract theory.  But artists have done that since the debates among ancient Greek and Roman artists.

It’s like Soap Oprah saying the school she founded in Africa defines her life.


Phallic football phonies - 13 October 2016

Dingdong Donald said that his bragging about what he’s done to women was “locker room banter,” and several media reporters have said that men don’t speak that way in locker rooms, but they do.  Locker rooms are where people prepare to humiliate other people and call it sports, and the general attitude in them is what people euphemistically call competition, and the basis is taking sides.  Humanity calls women the distaff side.

And the problem isn’t particular to the United States.  Millennia ago, Chinese Taoists called the sunny sides of mountains yang and the shady sides yin, and they drew a diagram representing a mountain from above it to indicate that the two sides were the sides of one mountain.  But, since then, Chinese people have interpreted that representation as though it indicates opposition and particularly between the sexes.

And now, all over Earth, people commonly use the words “yin” and “yang” to mean opposition.  That suggests that all of humanity, all of the species that has adapted the name it’s given itself to mean kindness, is grotesquely hypocritical and shares that violent hypocrisy.  The Beatles named themselves for the Beatitudes, and sang a song saying that black and white live in harmony on a piano, but didn’t mention Daoism.


Reputation - 12 October 2016

Dingdong Donald’s saying he loves women reminded me of the cover of the photograph on the cover of the book Bill and Hillary, the Marriage.  In that photograph, Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill are standing beneath a tree and smiling, but they’re not k-i-s-s-i-n-g.  Bubba has an arm around Heehaw, but his other hand is in one of his pockets, and the tree is a weeping willow.

And Terrorist Trump’s calling his bragging that he can grope women locker room banter reminds me of wife-beating football players.  And his saying he carries Tic Tacs, in case he compulsively starts kissing a woman because he loves “beauty,” reminded me of Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”  The poem says that beauty is truth, but the ancient Greeks are famous for hedonism, which they attributed to their deceitful Gods.

But what troubles me most about the current campaign to preside over our government is what it does to our international relations.  The Sunday night debate between Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary wasn’t a discussion of government policy but the candidates’ correctly pointing out each other’s sexual degradation.  And the world knows that we’re a democracy.


Pretension - 11 October 2016

Someone once asked me how the Bible is relevant to the current war on terror.  The reason it’s relevant is that the Israelis try to use it to excuse what they’re doing.  And a reason both the Bible and the Qur’an are relevant is that the Old Testament of the Bible is far more violent than is the Qur’an.  And media and government pundits are saying that Islamic behavior is medieval.  Judaic behavior is from several millennia earlier.

And, politically, both Terrorist Trump and Cackle Clinton are now playing the Christian card.  Trump said that he apologizes “if” what he bragged he does “offended anyone,” and his supporters are saying that we should forgive him for what he said and did because he said it and did it eleven years ago, while law requires other sex offenders to register their culpability for life.  And Cackle Clinton isn’t even apologizing for Bubba Bill.

And they lie, and their supporters support not only their lies but also lies from Yahoo Netanyahu and ISIS, despite the obvious fact that ISIS isn’t Islamic but a Judaic counter-intelligence operation.  So religion, but not history, is irrelevant because both lying and begging forgiveness have been ordinary throughout history.  And no commandment in the bible forbids lying beyond bearing false witness against neighbors.


Video game veracity - 10 October 2016

Mass media are implying that their “anchors” aren’t voters.  They’re saying that Heehaw Hillary and Dingdong Donald may be more polite while debating in a “town hall setting” because questions will be from voters and not from mass media “moderators.”  Mass Media “moderators” are professional agitators while voters who are more desperate for a moderate presidency are likely to be more conscientious and careful in their inquiries.

But such callous ignorant arrogance has been a driving force in “photojournalism” since its beginning.  Alfred Stieglitz, crossing the Atlantic in first class quarters on a ship in 1907, walked about the ship until he came to a barrier keeping him out of the quarters of the passengers less fortunate than he.  And there he took a photograph of those passengers literally beneath him and said his photograph was of “simple people.”

That photography pioneer gave that photograph he took while World War I was brewing the title “The Steerage” because the quarters of the least fortunate passengers was near the steering of the ship.  During World War II, one of the films people saw to escape their thoughts of the war was National Velvet.  And the photograph on a poster advertising that film was of Elizabeth Taylor steering a horse by jerking its head around.


Uses for knees - 9 October 2016

The Governor of Florida, a state where an explorer from a Christian nation sought the fountain of youth, responded to a hurricane to which the United States government gave the name of the evangelist Matthew by telling people to leave Florida because of the storm, saying we have but one life to live.  Except Judaism and Daoism, each of the six most popular religions says that death is but a transition to another life, and Daoism says that death doesn’t happen to people who accept life.  But hypocrisy is normal, for a species claiming those religions but mourning the dead, calling them dearly departed.

And Judaism, which says that the best we can expect from death is to sleep in graves with our ancestors, has a sect that interprets prophesies of resurrecting its kingdom to prophesy resurrection of every Jew.  And that sect is the foundation of Christianity, which extends that promise of resurrection to any people, if they agree with them on who the savior is.  Christians and Muslims say we’ll live eternally in heaven or hell.

And, unlike Hindus and Buddhists, Christians and Muslims say that eternal life is material, as the Christians say the spirit of God descended as a dove onto the person they say is their savior, and they kill people who disagree with them, as do Jews.


Ghost town gab - 8 October 2016

When Guantanamo Bay was certainly central to the path of Hurricane Matthew, mass media reporters were talking about what it might do to Haiti and Florida but not about whether it might close Guantanamo Bay for Obama, and turn the terrorists there into boat people floating to the United States.  Ordinarily security of the prison there is a concern for media and government pundits.  Think of Relationships and differences.

But that may be from accurate market measurement.  When I picked up my absentee ballot from my town’s City Clerk, I mentioned to her the possibility of Matthew closing Guantanamo Bay for Obama, and she laughed but changed the subject to her canceling a trip to Florida.  Albion has a Methodist baccalaureate collage but no other schools.

When I was General Manager of the weekly newspaper serving the county seat of the county where Billy the Kid killed dry goods monopolists in the Lincoln County Wars, we mainly reported drug traffic from Mexico, and the Apaches’ nuclear waste dump.


Worth - 7 October 2016

Do any politicians care about people who earn their living?

“Miss Universe!” exclaimed Heehaw Hillary, “How do you get more acclaimed than that?  Not all of us can be so fortunate!”  Feminists might well ask why she thinks letting people like Dingdong Donald exploit them is fortunate.  Neither Terrorist Trump nor Cackle Clinton values women more than does Bubba Bill.

And anyone might well ask Kelly Ayotte whether she thinks Gary Johnson should be a role model for her children.  After calling Dingdong Donald one, she said that neither he nor Heehaw Hillary should be, and she repeated the maxim that the choice 8 November shall be of the lesser of two evils.  But she didn’t say whether a more reasonable option might be to vote for the least of three goofs.

A reasonable Republican pundit said that the Tea Party has forced Terrorist Trump “on us.”  But we might ask Cackle Clinton and Random Romney how forcing people to buy insurance they can’t afford provides anything “affordable” to them.  And Insurance companies invest your premiums on Wall Street.

Every politician, like every union, capitalizes on others’ earning!


Common sense and common rights - 6 October 2016

What, besides prescriptions and legality, is the difference between the drugs powering the campaigning of Dingdong Donald and Heehaw Hillary and the drugs with which African Americas try to escape the politics of such as Terrorist Trump and Cackle Clinton?  What, besides the ability to afford attorneys, is the difference between the immigrants both Republicans and Democrats say are desirable and the ones who desperately sneak across our borders to find a way to feed their families?  Besides those differences, how are your rights less alienable or more ethical, than any others’.

And why would anyone pity Kim Kardashian?  Why, considering the horrors the people who own no jewels suffer, are the media reporting the theft of ten million dollars in jewels from her as though it’s a security problem?  And what does she do for any of the people who give her the fame by which she’s acquired the funds to buy the jewels?

Is she a Heehaw Hillary feminist or a Dingdong Donald spouse candidate?


Death by Doonesbury - 5 October 2016

“We have met the enemy,” said cartoon character Pogo Possum, “and he is us.”  He was referring to land pollution, but the current campaigns to preside over the government of the United States are suggesting that we’ll self-destruct long before the landfills are full, because most of us are generally as decadent as Nero.  And the decadence isn’t any class of people any more than any class any class tries to demean.

We’re playing possum.  In the middle of this road, we’re staring into headlights, and waiting for the impact.  Those people who voted for either Dingdong Donald or Heehaw Hillary voted for their own decadent egocentric ignorance and nothing else.  And that’s especially tragically true of the politicians endorsing them.  They must know better.

Our most responsible action this 8 November is to vote for neither of them, while voting for persons of the party opposing the person we think shall be the next President of the United States, excepting persons who endorsed Terrorist Trump or Cackle Clinton. 


But what do you care? - 4 October 2016

Fox News, the mass media news network of what people perversely call conservatism, is trying to deny those credentials by presenting “gay guy” Eric Shawn and “black gal” Arthel Neville as “co-anchors.”  But it hedges on that effort by giving Shawn, who is both male and European American while Neville is both female and African American, more airtime.  So we the people easily can see what Fox News’ managing editors “really think.”

Discovering what politicians “really think” is more difficult.  We don’t know whether Dingdong Donald shall use his understanding of tax law to prevent himself from taking advantage of it.  And we don’t know whether Heehaw Hillary will use her understanding of what she helped Bubba Bill do to women to prevent others from emulating that.

And consider Coward Kerry, who went to Vietnam and begged Purple Hearts and a Silver Star to come home early and protest that war before calling himself a war hero, and now is preaching deepening the United States’ quagmire in the Middle East.


Escapism - 3 October 2016

Heehaw Hillary supporters depend on Comedy Central for their news, while Dingdong Donald Supporters depend on “alternative news” for their news, because they have less of a sense of humor or are more serious.  The problem is that all those people are too lazy to pay attention to facts while all of those people prefer fiction that fits their personal perversity.  We need an electorate that has no vested interest in private ignorance.

Consider the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Dingdong Donald supporters might think it supports their xenophobia while Heehaw Hillary supporters might think it supports their egalitarianism.  And their alternative fictional arguments might similarly diversely interpret the Magna Carta and the Baron Wars and Robin Hood.

And think what they’d do with Katherine Ross and Queen Guinevere and the maid Marion.  Consider that women can have organisms more frequently than can men.  And note that no children are in those stories.


Protectionism and politics - 2 October 2016

Hackers stealing cash are criminal.  Hackers discovering what people say on the World Wide Web and passing it on to the public are performing a service.  People afraid of other people knowing what they say shouldn’t say it, on the World Wide Web or on their “smart” phones on buses on their way to work, or anywhere else.  Hacking Heehaw Hillary’s e-mails contributed to democracy.  Now let’s hack Dingdong Donald’s taxes.

And we the people try doing whatever we choose to do with any data.  Dingdong Donald’s calling that Miss Universe Miss Piggy is sexist, and so is Heehaw Hillary’s implying that calling women fat is more sexist than saying men have false hair, and partisanship is only another form of bigotry.  The beauty of truth isn’t private.

And the same is true of justice.  It should flow down like water, but some people would have it pour down like water boarding, and they call it vengeance.  Both media and government pundits promote at least the latter lie.


Efficacy of protectionism - 1 October 2016

Dingdong Donald is dinging the wall he’s promising to build.  He promises to keep people out of the United States if they’re willing to work for lower wages than are United States Natives.  But he’s exporting from the United States production of products from which he directly profits and uses the word “they” and not the word “we” when he refers to we the people of the United States over whose government he’s trying to preside.

But CNN, whose principle reporters are Judaic, said Obama’s doing nothing against hacking because he hasn’t publicized technological details.  The ultimate xenophobia is calling people Islamic for what they do in defense against the Israeli theocracy that Christians have supported since Harry Truman pushed to legitimize Menachem Begin’s terrorism.  Truman’s mother descended from Jewish immigrants to the United States.

Compare the Bible to the Qur’an, and you’ll see that Judaism is far more murderous than Islam, but most people calling themselves Christians have read neither.  Actuality is that the Qur’an promotes both Christianity and Judaism while Trump, whose family’s name was Drumpf before immigrating to the United States, often uses Yiddish idioms.  And note that Yahoo Netanyahu is laying low while ISIS is doing his work for him.


Bipartisan populist bigotry - 30 September 2016

Both George Herbert Walker Bush and Ronald Reagan earned baccalaureate degrees in economics.  So Reagan must have known that what he called supply side economics while Bush called it voodoo economics wasn’t policy but inevitability.  It was an observation of the actuality of the laissez-faire economics Adam Smith postulated in his book Wealth of Nations.  And it was the theory that the Republican Party called conservative economics before the Tea Party turned it against free trade.  And John Maynard Keynes’ government control economic theory was the Democratic Party’s.

Now, Bubba Bill has enacted NAFTA, and Obama is trying to enact TPP.  And Terrorist Trump and the Tea Party are shrieking against both while Heehaw Hillary waffles.  And the pundits who preceded the Tea Party are laying low in that controversy.

It’s like Rush Limbaugh trading his Havana cigars for OxyContin.


Victory and veracity - 29 September 2016

Tricky Dicky pulled the United States out of two quagmires.  One was the United States’ invasion of Vietnam, and the other was the United States’ currency protection pundits fallaciously called the gold standard, and both moves were admission of plain facts that eventually made our economy less stupid.  Watergate was an act of desperation he perpetrated perhaps because he correctly thought we the people generally ignore facts.

And now our two main political parties have nominated to preside over our government two persons who, whether or not they ignore facts, deny them.  They’re more desperate moment by moment than Nixon was when he approved the Watergate debacle that unseated him.  And you can be sure they’ll preside as desperately and dishonestly.

Imagine how the commercial operations that provide nearly all the jobs in the United States will react to the desperation and dishonesty of either of those candidates.  Another appropriate word is “unpredictability.”  We need dependability.


Weapons of more massive destruction - 28 September 2016

The current campaigns to preside over the government of the United States are part of the bipartisan effort to lynch the legacy of the first African American President.  Terrorist Trump’s interest is obvious, and Cackle Clinton began her effort by shoving Hillamneycare beneath his pen in exchange for her support and Bubba Bill’s for the reelection of Obama.  Either, while presiding, will reverse the best he’s done.

And the “debate” between Dingdong Donald and Cackle Clinton while not as lethal in the short run may be far more lethal in the long run than the “duel” in which Vice President Aaron Burr killed former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

Both those positions, and that of the President, have far more power now.


Running and hiding - 27 September 2016

A wall can’t be high or low or wide enough to block tunnel or water or air travel.  We say that Islam is medieval, but ignoring the lessons of the Berlin Wall and the Kabul wall and the Great Wall of China is further from the facts of current technology, and it shows the absurdity of both Terrorist Trump and Yahoo Netanyahu.  The only way to deter threats to any nation is to accept globalization by working at ways to understand one another.

And, while Heehaw Hillary’s many lies indicate that we can’t trust her, Dingdong Donald’s claim that his ancestors in Germany changed their name from Drumpf to Trump during the Thirty Years War shows that he’s also ignorant.  The Thirty Years War wasn’t between Germany and England but between Protestants and Roman Catholics.  More likely is that his ancestors changed their name to immigrate to the United States.

And the most likely reason for them to do that would be that they were German Jews.  That’s why Hell Harry Nuclear Holocaust Truman’s mother’s ancestors changed their name from Jung to Young the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  And whoever made that claim the first section of Trump’s Wikipedia biography must have done it in a silly effort to forestall those reasonable suppositions.


Sean Penn vs. Ridgemont High - 26 September 2016

Pundits are now saying that Heehaw Hillary may lose the debate this evening because Dingdong Donald may restrain himself.  That suggests that Heehaw Hillary, who relies on teleprompters far more than does Dingdong Donald, may be unable to think of anything say beyond her assessment of his offensiveness to her.  And it also suggests that what Dingdong Donald says about her isn’t factual or substantial or important to us.

But what it mainly suggests is that how candidates say what they say is more important to us than what they say.  And one media pundit said that Walter Mondale’s laughing when Ronald Reagan said he wouldn’t exploit his age and inexperience was from desperation.  I’ve met Mondale and suspect that his laughter was sincere appreciation.

And I also suspect that Obama vetoed the bill to permit families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia wasn’t because he doesn’t advocate permitting anyone to sue anyone but because he wishes to get along with Saudi Arabia and expects an override.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, a work in regress and progress .

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



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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