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Millstones and sticking out necks - 20 November 2017

Roman Catholics kept their loyalty to their denomination of Christianity despite the Roman Catholic clergy’s defending their child abuse we call pedophilia.  And now Christians calling themselves evangelical are supporting a politician who has abused children in that way and calls himself a evangelical Christian now and did while he committed those crimes.  Note what the gospels say Jesus said of harming children.

Part of the problem is fake news, and not that news reporter lie about what people do, but that they claim to know what only the people they report can know.  News reporters speak as Dirtbag Drumpf did when he said that Player Putin believes what he say.  Neither fake Dirtbag Drumpf nor fake news reporters know whether people believe what they say.

The situation reminds me of a Jewish Democrat who married an Italian medical doctor and said that she wasn’t sure whether the Roman Catholic church should canonize Mother Teresa but was sure that it should canonize Princess Diana.

[Agnes]

 

A city on a hill - 19 November 2017

Al Franken is an arrogant jerk.  I saw him yawn in the face of a hotel desk clerk and demand that she deliver a copy of USA Today to his room next morning.  She told him she wasn’t sure she could, and I told him I’d be sure he received one, but USA Today was late next morning.  And, just as Franken stepped from the elevators to check out, the delivery person told me that.  I pointed to the delivery person and asked Franken whether he’d heard him.  He looked at the delivery person and sneered and turned to the desk clerk.  He wordlessly checked out and stepped into a waiting limousine.

“You can do anything to them if you’re a celebrity,” said Dirtbag Drumpf, of women.  But “star power” is as crazy as the Greeks worshiping gods who impregnate women and take sides in wars.  And Athena was their goddess of both wisdom and war.

It’s but one more brand of degenerately asininely insane bigotry. 

 

Suicide and sensibility - 18 November 2017

With media and government pundits calling the Me Too movement a cultural phenomenon and what’s going on in our country now, a question is whether any of them remember the movie Thelma and Louise and think that the women decrying Hollywood Harvey and Judge Roy Moore should drive into the Grand Canyon, or only shut up as the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus said that they should do in church.

That’s two millennia of cultural phenomena from Israel to Arizona, and the most pertinent question is why they didn’t speak up before the Roman Catholic Church omitted the gospel of the Magdalena from the Bible, ignoring that the men’s gospels say she was the first person with whom Jesus spoke after the crucifixion.

The most positive element of all that actuality is that Hollywood Harvey didn’t produce the movie Thelma and Louise.

 

Missions of implausibility - 17 November 2017

“Thank you for the opportunity not to try to answer that,” said Secessionist Sessions in response to a member of the United States Congress, as though he was auditioning for a spot on Saturday Night Live.  “Is lying to Oprah legal?” asked a panelist on CNN’s show Inside Politics, referring to Joe Biden’s telling Soap Oprah that he hasn’t decided whether to run for the Presidency in 2020.  None of that nonsense is any kind of joke.

And John Conyers, the Detroit Congressman who gave Rosa Parks a job when she decided to leave Secessionist Session’s secessionist state, said that Sessions’ refrain that he doesn’t recall may be because of his age, and a CNN reporter ignored Conyers’ age, to take him seriously.

A text for my advanced composition course in college says that “the ability to recognize Irony is one of the surest signs of intelligence and sophistication.”

 

Up and down and around and back - 16 November 2017

The New Testament of the Bible says that John the Baptist was a precedent for Christ and was a reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.  The Judaic scripture Christians call the Old Testament of the Bible says that Elijah’s immediate successor cursed some children for calling him a baldhead and that two female bears came from woods there and tore 42 of them.  So a question is what the evangelical Christians who voted for Dirtbag Drumpf think should happen to Killer Kim, and another question is what Yahoo Netanyahu thinks of all that, considering his also consistently praising Dirtbag Drumpf.

And then there’s China.  The words “yin’ and “yang” originally referred to the shady and sunny parts of a mountain and were a metaphor for unity in view of change, with the sun lighting different parts of the mountain at different times of the day, while it’s but one mountain.  But, since then, yin and yang have become a metaphor for polarity, suggesting that change is permanent, and that the sun is a bigot.

Some people would argue that, because Rodney King was a drug addict and drowned in his swimming pool, his asking why we can’t all get along is inappropriate.

 

Freight and fear - 15 November 2017

An answer to all those people asking “why now?” in regard to people now complaining of sexual assault decades ago is the “me too” movement.  The Me Too movement has given them courage by promising them support from countless other victims.  And a shame is media saying that’s a “cultural phenomenon.”

But a bigger shame is that evangelicals in the Bible belt are trying to mobilize Christianity against the victims.  Bubba Bill didn’t have their support, and neither does Hollywood Harvey, but Judge Roy Moore does.  And, while Hollywood Harvey is Jewish, Bubba Bill says he’s a Southern Baptist.

And, anyway, truth is truth.  Democrats defending Bubba Bill were no more reasonable than Republicans defending Judge Roy Moore.  But, outside the Bible Belt, most ordinarily partisan politicians, including the Bible Belt’s Republican Senate Majority Leader, are speaking against him.  

 

The choosing people - 14 November 2017

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, gave Bigot Bannon an audience.  Because most of its graduates graduate into being officers in the United States Army, questions are whether it otherwise teaches bigotry and whether its graduates lead other soldiers into bigotry, and how that affects possibilities for peace on earth.  Compare systematic indoctrination in an educational institution to statues of Robert E. Lee.

Of course we could also consider its position in the Bible belt and how the fact that Judaic scripture is most of the Bible influences the fact that evangelical Christians say that “owning guns is a God-given right.”

We need to consider how every effect has a cause.

 

Testaments - 13 November 2017

Alabama’s State Auditor, to justify what a woman in her fifties said Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore did to her when she was a girl in her early teens, said that Mary and Elizabeth where in their teens when Joseph and Zacharias married them.  One relevant factor is that the Bible says that they married them, and another relevant factor is that the Bible doesn’t say how old they were, and the relevance of the second factor is that it indicates that the State Auditor hasn’t read the Bible.  And you can be sure that neither have most of the people calling themselves evangelical Christians who vote for such.

And MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd reporting that called it a current cultural trend.  Ask any competent psychologist why Elizabeth Taylor had so many husbands while supporting equal rights for homosexuals.  And ask why both Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Hollywood Harvey Weinstein are Judaic.

Christians promote Judaic dominance of both media and government punditry.

 

Nationalism and heritage - 12 November 2017

CNN’s Basher Bash is bashing China’s government for its civil rights record.  Israel is a theocracy that has forced from the land it occupies a people that was the majority in that land before the United Nations called any of it Israel.  And, while most of those people are refugees in other lands, Israel permits no one not Judaic to participate in its government, and Basher Bash is Judaic.

And we the people of the United States, the greatest democracy ever, support all that.  But we have a long history of such, including slavery and the trail or tears and Wounded Knee and saying behaving as the Israelis do in “the promised land” is our “manifest destiny” on this continent, and calling 1.7 billion Muslims terrorists because some of them terrorize us for helping Israel terrorize them.  And most of us say we’re Christian.

We need to read the Bible and the Qur’an.  Anyone who’s read the Bible knows that terrorism is fundamental to Judaism.  And anyone who’s read the Qur’an knows that Islam permits killing only for self-defense.  The most violent assertion in the Qur’an is its saying it confirms both the Torah and the Gospels.  And electing Dirtbag Drumpf to lead our government confirmed our ignorance.

 

Suicide by police - 11 November 2017

Fake Dirtbag Drumpf is using AT&T’s trying to acquire Time Warner to set fake news up for a fall.  The acquisition will give AT&T control of CNN and other communications operations, and MSNBC is agreeing with AT&T’s argument that it’s vertical integration, and accordingly doesn’t monopolize.  It will create one huge company controlling communications horizontally across the United States and all around Earth, and thus CNN and MSNBC ordinarily would raise a huge fuss and would now, were Dirtbag Drumpf not faking protesting it, to suck the “liberal” media into promoting it, to spite him.

The situation reminds me of the Lincoln County Wars.  A company monopolized the dry goods market, in Lincoln County, New Mexico.  And, when people protested, the company hired a bunch of people it called regulators, to quell the protests by any means necessary, and Billy the Kid responded in kind.

Government supported the regulators, and Lincoln County’s Sherriff killed Billy the Kid, with support from New Mexico’s governor.

 

Church and slate - 10 November 2017

Now United States legislators are pushing to legalize taking firearms to church.  The guy who killed 26 people in that little church in Sutherland Springs took firearms to church!  How in hell can those legislators think that taking more firearms to church will solve the problem?

Perhaps we can call the problem division of labor.  Firearms are for our military and police, and that’s the meaning of the phrase “well regulated militia” in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United State, not that “owning guns is a God-given right.”  And we also need to leave policing rogue police to well-regulated police.

But we’ve divided ourselves against one another to the extent that we can’t do anything together.  And so division of labor has become an excuse for feminism and labor strikes and not to promote it but to protest it.  Does anyone remember when division of labor was a family value?

 

Making friends and influencing people - 9 November 2017

Mike Rogers, former chair of the intelligence committee of the United States House of Representatives, said this week that Russia’s government’s efforts to influence our 2016 Presidential election divided the people of the United States racially.  Besides the fact that racism in the United States didn’t begin in 2016, people anywhere can research any assertion by anyone to learn whether it’s true or hogwash and to decide whether to swallow it, whether or not it’s true.  And I pay a lot of attention both to international punditry and to national news and remember no Russian effort to make anyone racist.

I remember plenty of Dirtbag Drumpf’s efforts to make us racists, but media and government pundits now generally agree that the Russian government’s efforts failed to change the results of the election, and that leaves Mike Rogers’ assertions only ignorant bigotry.  But brands of bigotry are proliferating, and Heehaw Hillary is correct in saying that Dirtbag Drumpf is a sexist, besides being a racist.  And mass media aren’t helping.

CNN is now airing a TV advertisement saying an apple is an apple despite bigotry.  But CNN’s “anchors” flagrantly support the Democratic Party against the Republican Party.  And they flagrantly supports Israelis and Hebrews against Palestinians and Arabs.

 

Means of suicide - 8 November 2017

Sun Zi, a Chinese general and philosopher, said about 25 centuries ago that winning requires knowing oneself.  The first person I saw on TV reporting from Sutherland Springs the killing at the little church there said that we need to learn whether the killer was “self-radicalized.”  Media and government pundits now immediately suspect Muslims while we memorialize dead children by praising them for being sports fans.

And the Lieutenant Governor of Texas began his punditry by ignoring that 75 percent of United States citizens are Christians to say that the cause of the shooting is that people in the United States hate Christians.  And he argued his absurdity by pointing out that the Bible says that Jesus told his disciples that people would kill them.  A main problem with Christianity is that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus directed the writing of the Gospels.

And those Gospels also say both that Jesus said that loving our neighbors is like loving God and that he said that he didn’t come to bring peace but to bring a sword to divide people against one another.  Of course Saul’s changing his name to Paul and commandeering the church explains that contradiction and many others.  And it also helps to explain why the killer wasn’t the only person who had a rifle at that little church.

 

Fostering bottom feeders - 7 November 2017

Aunt Jemima Brazile said Sunday that she’s been fighting politically since she was nine years old.  And she was referring to the book she’s recently published, in which she effectually disowns her niece Heehaw Hillary and her nephew Bubba Bill and her family, what they’ve made of the Democratic Party.  She denied disowning it, and she may remain in its ranks, if it responds to her book by disowning the corruption it points out.

Her book says that Heehaw Hillary tried to bribe it against Borscht Bernie by kicking a hundred million dollars into its coffers.  Brazile says that Bernie could have done the same and didn’t, but the core of the corruption is that the Democratic Party begs for such, and needs it to survive.  It’s like labor unions demanding union dues.

But a positive result of her book may be that the Democratic Party takes it to heart and drains its swamp enough to put forward a Presidential prospect its constituency can condone and elect to replace creepily corrupt Dirtbag Drumpf.

 

Kinds of collaboration - 6 November 2017

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is using Donna Brazile to upstage his corruption, and he’s called Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas again to do it, effectually undermining his argument.  Yes Heehaw Hillary tried to buy the 2016 Democratic Party’s primary election, as he tried to collude with Russians to win the general election, and Donna Brazile did all she could to help her.  And, successful or not, that they tried is reason to vote for none of the three.

Excepting Judaism and homosexuality, of the kinds of bigotry we the people most commonly decry, Dirtbag Drumpf has supported each.  At the top of the list are Muslims and Mexicans, with women other than Ivanka running third, but ordinarily less vociferously.  And he’s proven that his saying he loves someone is often a Judas kiss.

And now the United States Army has proven that he’s not its Commander in Chief.  He ranted that our Army should shoot Bergdahl for defecting to the Taliban.  But it only busted him out of its ranks.

 

Hating another 1.7 billion people - 5 November 2017

Islamophobia is the United States’ new brand of bigotry.  Sexism faded with women’s suffrage and faded much further during the feminist movement that paralleled the anti-racism and anti-war protests of the sixties and seventies and may dynamically fade now with the Me Too movement against such as Hollywood Harvey.  Racism against African Americans faded with the Emancipation Proclamation and again during the civil rights movement that began with Rosa Parks sitting on that bus, in the first capital of the Confederacy in December of 1955, giving Reverend King something to preach.

And racism against Semitic Hebrews faded because of the Holocaust.  But, with the fading of racism against Semitic Hebrews, racism against Semitic Arabs increased.  And that motivated 9/11, and 9/11 motivated more racism against Semitic Arabs, and especially against Arabic Muslims.

And now Israel is pushing it through ISIS.

 

Propping up propaganda - 4 November 2017

Richard Engel, NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent, reported the invasion of Iraq in 2003 for ABC News.  He’s Jewish and from New York, but he has a B.A. degree in international relations from Stanford and speaks Arabic, and his father worked for Goldman Sachs.  And, regarding the nutcase who killed eight people near Wall Street and asked for an ISIS flag for his hospital room, Judaic Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd interviewed him for his MSNBC show Meet the Press Daily.  Of course both promoted the notion that ISIS and the nutcase are Islamic.  It all argued for Israeli disinformation.

The Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s wall, Afghanistan’s wall against Genghis Khan and the Berlin Wall, Israel’s Wall against the Palestinians and Dirtbag Drumpf’s wall against Mexicans.  Good walls don’t make good neighbors and don’t protect anyone from the impetus of common decency.  And, eventually, neither do disinformation walls.

And bewailing a remnant of a wall of the second Judaic temple won’t rebuild the temple.

 

Action and reaction - 3 November 2017

Media and government pundits against Dirtbag Drumpf say his attitude toward Muslims is against the ideals of our democracy.  But, as soon as that guy in Lower Manattan shouted allahu akbar, the New York Police Department called what he did a terrorist attack, proving that the notion that “Islam” is a synonym of “terrorism” is an official government opinion, and those pundits agreed en masse.  Obviously it was a terrorist attack, but so were the attacks in Columbine and Las Vegas, and terrorism isn’t Islamic. 

And those pundits ignore that ISIS inspires people to kill Muslims.  And so do most of us, and that’s much of the reason we the people of the United States elected Dirtbag Drumpf to preside over our government, despite plain facts.  Pundits are powerful.

They study our prejudices and reinforce them for advertising revenue and votes.

 

Litigation and evolution - 2 November 2017

Anyone who thinks Tricky Dicky was a crook and doesn’t think Dirtbag Drumpf is should change his name to Papadopoulos.  And anyone who thinks Tricky Dicky was a traitor and doesn’t think Dirtbag Drumpf is should change his name to Manafort.  Compare burglary for “opposition research” to collusion with an enemy government for “dirt.”

And anyone who watched TV news during Watergate and is watching TV new now should recognize the difference in attention to attorneys.  The news then was what the attorneys did.  But the news now is what attorneys say.

And the news then was what the defendants did.  The news now is what attorneys say they do.  It’s sleight of no hands.

 

What’s politically incorrect? - 1 November 2017

Now a pundit has written a book prophesying the fall of China, and its popularity is because we the 324 million people of the United States wish China would fall, with its 1.37 billion people.  It’s our heritage, our manifest destiny, destroying anyone who has what we want, but the people of China make much of what we want, at prices we pay while they can’t.  So, if they fall, inflation and our laziness will destroy our economy.

An example of how poor we are is that the mypillow.com creep can afford his TV budget.  Another is that we can afford NFL tickets, and another is that we can afford prescription opioids, and another is that a CBS anchor said she bought one of those pillows and likes it.  She was reporting a law suit against that creep for false advertising.

Of course a question is how she bought one, when the law suit was for his saying that he was selling two of them for the price of one, while he didn’t offer the possibility of buying but one.  Our ignorance and laziness is destroying our economy.  Do a job.

 

Routes and rhetoric - 31 October 2017

Apparently Random Romney is planning to run for the Presidency again, this time by way of the Senate for Utah, against Flake.  Flake apparently is running for the Presidency by way of quitting his job in the Senate for Arizona.  Both are Mormons running against evangelical Christians.  And both are running from outside the Bible Belt.  But, otherwise, their tack is different.

It’s like the bipartisanship of Hillamneycare.  Mormon Mitt enacted it in Massachusetts when he was Governor there.  And Heehaw Hillary tried to enact it federally earlier and succeeded in enacting it federally later.  And now both Republicans and Democrats call Obama care.  It’s like Dirtbag Drumpf telling us to believe him.

It’s like Rose McGowan telling us she’s us.  She’s a movie actress who had more to gain by acquiescing, and now she has more to gain by hitching a ride on other women’s coattails, and she’s made them her band wagon.  She’s hardly most women.

 

Missing the point - 30 October 2017

Oswald’s wacko overtures to Russia and Cuban made him a prime target for conspirators to make him a fall guy.  And the fact that few documents remain for declassification suggests that the classifiers who withheld them longer than the others thought that revealing information in them would be more dangerous than revealing what they revealed earlier.  But CNN is saying the opposite of all of that.

And Dirtbag Drumpf is as bogus.  He invited children of Whitehouse reporters into the Oval Office and tried to turn them against their parents.  But mass news reporters treated that as a joke, as though ridiculing parents to their children is funny, and the Democratic Party’s MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd was one of them.

The whole mess is about as funny as Dennis Rodman in Korea or Sean Penn in Iraq.  Oswald’s overtures to Russia and Cuba were like Dennis Rodman’s to North Korea and Sean Penn’s to Iraq.  But Oswald was more vulnerable.

 

Bombs over Gaza - 29 October 2017

Bigot Bannon is against Semitic Hebrews and Semitic Arabs and anyone else not a WASP.  The most likely reason Dirtbag Drumpf dumped him is that he didn’t except Semitic Hebrews from his bigotry.  Dirtbag Drumpf excepts only Semitic Hebrews from his bigotry.  But he’s fooling the WASP’s of the Bible Belt.  They’re his “base.”

But he’s not the first.  Goofy Gingrich calls himself a historian, but his main credentials for that are college degrees, and a small college in the Bible Belt refused him tenure to be a history professor.  Perhaps the professors there disagreed with his attitude that made Semitic Hebrew Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson the main funder for his campaigning to be president by calling himself smart and most of us others stupid.

People like Dirtbag Drumpf and Goof Gingrich and Hell Harry are people who would agree with interning Japanese citizens of the United States as Dirtbag Drumpf is pushing to expel Islamic citizens of the United States and with imprisoning a Japanese woman because she may have been one of the many anonymous Tokyo Roses.

 

Failures of intelligence and faith - 28 October 217

Jehanne of Domremy, a girl English-speaking people call Joan of Arc because “Joan” is an English form of her name and because her father may have been from Arc, saved her homeland from a century of English invasion in three months when she was sixteen years old.

And, because she said God told her to do it, people ignore the ability and knowledge she needed to do that and say she must have been schizophrenic, in this feminist age!

So how can Hollywood Harvey Weinstein’s behavior surprise anyone?

 

Eyeing the wheel of truth - 27 October 2017

Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Mormon bigot, mealy mouthed around Dirtbag Drumpf until he lost support from his constituency, and then he wrote a book mealy mouthing against Dirtrbag Drumpf, and next he announced that he’s retiring from the Senate.  Senator Bob Corker, who never mealy mouthed around Dirtbag Drumpf and is popular with his constituency, has also announced that he’s retiring from the Senate.  But both said they’re leaving the Senate to avoid collusion with Dirtbag Drumpf or his supporters.  Of course they could best fight them in the Senate.  So let’s look at their 2020 chances.

Flake has to dig himself out of a hole, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s “evangelical Christian” bigots outnumber Mormons, and Flake said he wouldn’t try to fire Dirtbag Drumpf.  The only factor against Corker is his mealy mouthing that irrational rationale for leaving the Senate.  But the memory of the electorate may be as short as the “news cycle.”

And circumstance around the world may be as volatile.

 

Exceptionalism and elitism - 26 October 2017

John King, the “anchor” of CNN’s show Inside Politics, said of the cowboy hat congresswoman who berated Dirtbag Drumpf for what he said to the widow of La David Johnson that “she probably helped him stay off the streets and make something of himself.”  That suggestion that no African American could make himself a United States Army Special Forces sergeant if no one diverted him from his tendency toward crime is more racist than whatever Dirtbag Drumpf said.  And King “converted” to Judaism to marry CNN’s Basher Bash but has since separated from her off the CNN sets.

Next Hypocrite Huckabee or his daughter Sycophant Sanders may call Sergeant Johnson’s widow’s departure from European American grammar evidence that African Americans are animals useful only for plantation work mules can’t do.  “No,” she said, elegantly and eloquently and directly to the point, replying to George Stephanopoulos asking her whether she had anything else to say to Dirtnag Drumpf, “I got nothin’ to say to him.”  Neither have I, and that’s why I don’t follow him on Twitter, and that goes for every fake government or media pundit.

And a question is where is the outrage against CNN.  And Basher Bash, ignoring that more than a half dozen people heard Dirtbag Drumpf’s telephone call to Myeshia Johnson, that it’s a question of his word against hers.  At least James Earl Jones should withdraw from CNN’s advertising the recording of him saying it’s “the most trusted name in news.”

 

Manifesting our destiny - 25 October 2017

The name of the philosophical notion that everything is a cause and an effect of everything is “determinism.”  Consider the relationship between the poverty of Cherokees in Oklahoma and Andrew Jackson’s pushing Georgia’s government to force them to go there, and the relationship between the despair of Palestinians in Lebanon and Harry Truman’s pushing to let Israel’s government force them to go there, and how now Dirtbag Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu perpetuate such terrorism.  The Spanish Harvard philosopher George Santayana tried to warn all of us against ignoring history.

A philosophy aficionado I know, before and after his eleven-year-old son ask him for permission to stab him with a butter knife in a restaurant, questioned the validity of the notion that everything is a cause and effect of everything.  Also, responding to his sons swinging on a coat rack, he complained to him of the possibility of having to pay for the coat rack if he broke it and paying the doctor bill if he broke his head.  And he argued with his son when his son tried to give his mother credit for doing something for him.

And he also said that his son’s coaches for team sports teach him the rules of the games but said that they don’t teach him that winning requires making other teams lose.  Instead of jerking children around, we need to ask children what they think and try to understand what they say, both to tell them we respect them and to let them find their way not to repeat our mistakes.  By that we humans might make a better world.

 

Drought of integrity - 24 October 2017

Both Republicans and Democrats are disagreeing with Dirtrbag Drumpf on “bailing out insurance companies.”  What that says, since Republicans claim to favor “free trade” while Democrats claim to be against “big business,” is that both Republicans and Democrats are hypocritical.  And Dirtbag Drumpf, since he was a Democrat before being a Republican, apparently can’t decide when or how to flip or to flop over anything.

But a productive result of all that may be the implosion of Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy that drove Southern Democrats to desert the party of Jefferson Davis to corrupt the party of Abraham Lincoln.  The actualities of response to Dirtbag Drumpf is shaking up the entire actuality of politics in the United States.  We may have a genuine revolution.

And we need Condoleezza Rice, who fell into Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy before falling out of it to support George Herbert Walker Bush sincerity, to lead the settling of the dust from the flipping and flopping from the last half century of wallowing with pigs for pork.

 

The looking glass - 23 October 2017

What happened to the tea party?  Dirtbag Drumpf has upstaged its effort to destroy what remained of the party of Abraham Lincoln after Southern Democrats defected from the party of Jefferson Davis because of Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy for votes!  With a little luck the remnants of the party of Abraham Lincoln will defect from Dirtbag Drumpf’s racism and turn the party of Camelot Kennedy into the party of Abraham Lincoln.

But the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States permits mad hatters to join any political party or to form their own.  And now we have a guy with a haircut like Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd’s touting a book in which he says that Ho Chi Minh was a puppet for a shadow government.  And Cheap Chuck’s MSNBC is helping him tout it.

How many people know that Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X worked for the Parker House, the hotel in our “cradle of liberty” that invented the white bread Parker House roll, Ho Chi Minh as a baker and Malcolm X as a busboy?

 

Who’s your uncle? - 22 October 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf, telephoning an African American Goldstar widow, said he knew for what he’d enlisted and called him her guy and not by his name, and so an African American congresswoman complained of that, in a cowboy hat.  And media and government pundits, to blame Dirtbag Drumpf for the death of the husband, are accusing the other soldiers in the operation of abandoning him on the battlefield.  Pundits are grasping at straws to impeach Dirtbag Drumpf, while he hands them handles they could use to him down, and CNN is the lead in that de facto complicity.

Jive Jake Turkey Tapper, interviewing a Goldstar father complaining of such as Jive Jake Turkey Tapper dragging dead soldiers and their families into their claims for fame and fortune, completely ignored that grieving father to continue “politicizing” him.  Such media and government pundits are treating Dirtbag Drumpf as Br’er Rabbit treated the tar baby.  And Dirtbag Drumpf must be laughing up his sleeves as Br’er Fox did.

And, if the media and government pundits were either as foxy as Br’er Rabbig or at home in Dirtbag Drumpf’s briar patch, they wouldn’t have slugged into General Kelly’s open and plain and directly sympathetic response from nearly a half century of service.

 

Bigotry and betrayal - 21 October 2017

CNN “reported” that Dirtbag Drumpf telephoned the father of one of the United States soldiers who died in Niger, that the father complained to Dirtbag Drumpf that his wife was receiving the “death benefits” and that he was receiving none, and that Dirtbag Drumpf promised to send him $25,000 but didn’t, until the Washington Post reminded him, a few days ago.  And media pundit Wolf Blitzer complained only of Dirtbag Drumpf’s delay in paying and aired government pundit Chris Coons calling paying generous.  That punditry explains why people voted for Dirtbag Drumpf’s presidency.

Blitzer is Jewish, and Coons’ first name suggests that he’s Christian, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s principal political base is what both call the “religious right.”  And the religious right, contrary to the main message of Jesus in the Bible, preaches capital punishment and preaches that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the “God-given right to own guns.”  And the whole bunch preaches Islamophobia.

But the Qur’an says it confirms the Gospels and the Torah, and the Gospels say that Jesus celebrated the Passover at his last supper before Jews killed him, and the Torah say that celebrates God sending an angel to kill all the first-born children of Egypt.

 

Huffing and puffing - 20 October 2017

Now we’re letting Dirtbag Drumpf distract us into the question of whether our Presidents must telephone families when a member of the family in our military service dies.  One pertinent question is whether Jerk Johnson telephoned the family each of the more than 57,000 troops who died in his invasion of Vietnam.  But a more pertinent one is why he behaved in the spirit of Dirtbag Drumpf by sending them there to kill Vietnamese people.

Partisan pots accuse partisan kettles, and none of it accomplishes the mission of governing the greatest democracy as John McCain correctly said one should, and those football players kneeling during the national anthem are helping fake Dirtbag Drumpf and the fake news media muddy the water we need to roll down like justice.

Concerning Hillamneycare, questions are why medical doctors desert medicine to join Congress and why congressmen desert congress to join the news media, and why pundits are ignoring that the origin of the mess was bipartisan.

 

Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:


Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :
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Angels, work in regress and progress,
comparing scripture.
 

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

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