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Logic and logistics - 24 May 2018

Both Heehaw Hillary and Dirtbag Drumpf have proven themselves incompetent and corrupt.  Dirtbag Drumpf can’t deal with his cabinet, and the staff of our Department of State held Heehaw Hillary in contempt, before the Benghazi debacle.  And components of news that aren’t fake are reports of Dirtbag Drumpf’s business dealings and Heehaw Hillary’s participation in the “non-profit” Clinton Foundation’s “influence peddling.”

So one question is why anyone voted for either of them, and another question is why they retain the support of their parties, and those are the most important questions.  They indicate that the greatest democracy is going to hell in a handbasket, and Democrats are depending on the incompetence and corruption of Republicans to return them to our Presidency, leaving us no where to turn.  We need electoral reform.

And the first step would be easy.  The Electoral College is susceptible to influence peddling, and the reasoning that created it isn’t reasonable in our information age, when we can count votes at the speed of light.  The reason for it was that state and local governments could hold elections for electors before the national election.  The electors had time to ride horses to the conventions.  And that’s also why we have parties.


Columbia - 23 May 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf, before Pandering Pence “swore in” Waterboarder Haspel to direct our Central Intelligence Agency, asked God to bless the CIA and America.  And news reporters are now reporting that representatives not only of Russia but also of Saudi Arabia and Israel offered to help Dirtbag Drumpf be President of the United States.  Those three governments have but one common goal, to undermine the democratic processes that keep our nation one of common decency, and not autocratic or theocratic.  And Dirtbag Drumpf was the most chaotic candidate.  Define “well regulated.”

The evangelical Governor of Texas said that video games are causing kids to kill.  In the fifties, second only to sports, “shoot-em-up” movies were boys’ favorite entertainment, and their favorite game was pretending to shoot one another, with cap guns.  Violence has been ordinary in the United States since our “wild west” defined our “manifest destiny” by inspiring movies to inspire boys to play “cowboys and Indians” decades later.

And Yahoo Nethanyahu, by saying that “everyone in the Middle East” supports Dirtbag Drumpf, emulated Dirtbag Drumpf.  Heehaw Hillary wouldn’t be paranoid enough to accuse the United States’ Justice Department of being out to get her.  Define “justice.”


Any means unnecessary - 22 May 2018

Consider this “news” story.  A woman thought she heard a dog barking at 2:30 a.m. and went outside her house and saw a bear attacking her daughter, and the reporter said that the child survived but that the authorities were hunting for the bear, to “put it down.”  We humans, in our anthropocentric bigotry, kill “dumb animals” for irresponsibility but don’t blame humans for evading their responsibility for their children.

And now a question is whether the “authorities” will do anything to that guy whose son killed ten people in a school in a town Texans named for a saint.  Reporters have said that he owned the shotgun and revolver the kid used and that he said he didn’t know how he obtained them.  But they’ve said that no one had any reason to expect the kid to kill.

And they’ve said that he was in a black trench coat like the ones in which the Columbine kids killed and that other kids have said he was in it at school every day and that he complained of bullying and that a coach bullied him.


What in hell is he talking about? - 21 May 2018

Another “school shooting,” and this one was in the state most famous for “guns,” Texas.  And Dirtbag Drumpf, who bragged while campaigning for election to our presidency that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not deter his “base” from voting for him, responded by rambling the same promises he makes and breaks in every similar situation.  We the people of the United States need to deport him to Putindom.

And we need to do the same to everyone who says that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees us the “God-given right to own guns.”  Perhaps the most pertinent question is why those people of our literate nation haven’t read that short paragraph carefully enough to know that it assures that right only to a “well regulated militia.”  Too bad we can’t swap Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” for Mexicans.

The reason walls haven’t worked in China or Afghanistan against Mongols or in Israel against Palestinians is the same reason Dirtbag Drumpf’s wall won’t work here.  Much news is fake, but enough facts slip through the fake punditry to let us know basic actuality, and no one can build a wall against thoughts.  And that’s especially true in our information age, and more acts follow understanding actuality, one way or another.


Lazy and hazy - 20 May 2018

Consider the possibility that Dirtbag Drumpf is putting Raucous Rush out of business.  Loudmouth Limbaugh made his fame by going out on limbs on which Dirtbag Drumpf swings, but most mass media pundits are ignoring him while Dirtbag Drumpf rants in Rush’s style, perhaps lopping Limbaugh’s limb.  Perhaps the reason for all of that is that both are in the entertainment business while Dirtbag Drumpf has a bigger bully pulpit.

He had the TV audience for his “reality show,” and now he can bully the government of the United States into paying attention to him, while Raucous Rush depends mainly on less major media.  So, perhaps he’ll be entirely out of business by the time we the people put Dirtbag Drumpf out of office, if Mueller doesn’t.  Let’s hope for both.

And, while we’re hoping, we might well demand of Democrats that they fill the gap well.  Currently most of them are standing by the woman who’s most responsible for Dirtbag Drumpf’s election.  Partisan politics are now mainly a smoke-blowing contest.


Victory and vociferousness - 19 May 2018

Now, apparently, Killer Kim is playing Dirtbag Drumpf as Player Putin has.  Killer Kim knows that, because Dirtbag Drumpf has no credibility among reasonable people, he’s hanging his chances for credibility on seeming to be more reasonable that Killer Kim.  Killer Kim doesn’t need credibility in his homeland, and he has no reason to expect any credibility from our nation, beyond that for which Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to play him.

And, meanwhile, Dirtbag Drumpf’s cabinet is also trying to play him.  But a problem is that media and government pundits are inaccurately comparing him to Tricky Dicky.  Dicky was tricky, and he cared about the people of the United States, while Dirtbag Drumpf is a buffoon and cares for nothing beyond his own fame and fortune.

So those pundits, by saying that Dirtbag Drumpf is like Tricky Dicky, are demonstrating that they’re more like Dirtbag Drumpf than like Tricky Dicky, and Tricky Dicky was also less criminal than Dirtbag Drumpf, and quaked from war.


The forest and the trees - 18 May 2018

Evangelical-in-Chief Pandering Pence is the highest-ranking member of Dirtbag Drumpf’s dirtbag cabinet.  But that’s a mixed metaphor, since a cabinet is a box and not a bag, and so let’s call it a gaggle of cannibals.  Dirtbag Drumpf hires them to be loyal to him, and that leaves them disloyal to one another, and Pandering Pence is no exception.

And we might consider the significance of that in view of what the evangels said Jesus said of hypocrites.  Pence is backstabbing the other cannibals to weasel his way into his own the Presidency.  Try mixing that with Hamilton and Burr.

And, while you’re stirring all that into your stew pot, think about who’s profiting from mixing the messes in Iran and Syria and Russia.


Why the Buddha left his father’s palace - 17 May 2018

The debate regarding Dirtbag Drumpf’s “communications staffer” saying that John McCain’s opinion doesn’t matter because he’s “dying anyway” festers weirder and weirder.  Of course the reason she doesn’t apologize is that Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t apologize, but a deeper problem with Dirtbag Drumpf is that he cares for nothing beyond his claim to fame and fortune, and CNN is showing concerning the “kidney procedure” of Melania Drumpf that neither does it.  A CNN pundit asked why the procedure wasn’t in the seven miles between the Whitehouse and Walter Reed.

And, while all that’s going on, Jews are killing Palestinians by the dozens and wounding them by the hundreds for being too near Israel’s Drumpf wall along the Gaza border.  And CNN is saying that the reason the Israelis are deploying gas and explosive munitions against the Palestinians is that the Palestinians are throwing stones.  Of course the reason for that is that CNN’s reporting and editorial staff is dominantly Judaic.

None of them care about anyone other themselves.  In order for suffering in Sudan or Bhutan to be “news” stories, it must be a result of genocide or mass famine, or AIDS.  It’s like calling poor countries third world nations because they suffer too much to align themselves with second world communist nations or the first world capitalist nations.


Fallout - 16 May 2018

Read the Bible.  The Judaic part of it says that the capital of Israel was Samaria while the capital of Judah was Jerusalem.  Yahoo Netanyahu, by calling Israel a Judaic state, is trying to have it both ways.  And CNN called the opening of our embassy in Jerusalem a moment of triumph.  CNN’s editorial staff is dominantly Judaic.

I recently said that 400 thousand Palestinian refugees are in Lebanon and Jordan.  But I’ve learned that was a mistake, that more than 400 thousand Palestinian refugees are in Lebanon, while more than two million are in refugee camps in Jordan.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s Jewish son-in-law ignored that to speak at the Jerusalem embassy’s opening.

And the international destabilization that leaving the “Iran deal” and that exacerbates plays into Player Putin’s hands, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s dealing with Killer Kim mainly distracts from all of it, as does his other crap.  It’s as though we’ve elected Sean Penn to preside over our government.  The word “entertainment” means pulling in.


Optics of communication - 15 May 2018

After growing up in a small city in Michigan, and more than a half century of living in several countries on three continents and visiting 31 countries and 44 states, I live in a smaller city in Michigan.  Respecting the tradition of town pubs, places where people eat and drink and talk of local politics and other concerns, I developed a habit of visiting each of my current town’s two pubs each Saturday Afternoon.  But, last week, people in the smaller of those two pubs interpreted my comparison of racism in those two small Michigan towns as though I were racist and didn’t belong in their public forum.

Coldwater, the town where I grew up, had a foundry in which European Americans refused to work, and it imported Arabs to work in it, but it closed anyway.  Albion, the town where I now reside, had a foundry in which Europeans Americans refused to work, and it imported African Americans to work in it, but it also closed anyway.  And Coldwater now has a large Arab American population, while Albion has a large African American population, and racial relations are tense in both towns.  And I said that both towns were “stuck with” their “people” and that they need to learn to get along together.

A daughter of the owner of that pub had told me to “trust” her that, because most of Albion’s African American population is on welfare, it’s more than what the census says.  And the owner of the other pub told me the reason it has no pool tables is that “bad element,” and so I think the problem for me in both pubs is the buzz of colloquial diction, that Albion’s racial tensions make the words “stuck” and “people” offensive here.  I referred those people to my public writing, my book I dedicated to Rosa Parks and my website, but one replied by asking me whether my website is “white supremacist.”


Time and up - 14 May 2018

Evangelists are in Dirtbag Drumpf’s base because they and he are warmongers and racists and sexists.  Note that the Bible promotes killing anyone not descendant from Israel for their land in the name of God and that the apostle Paul said that the man is the head of the woman and that women speaking in church is a shame and that they should curb their questions until they’re at home and ask their husbands to teach them there.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s notion of feminism is marrying and fathering models and hiring a woman who directed torturing people to direct our Central Intelligence Agency.

But part of the problem is that many women think that lipstick and high heels are emblems of feminism.  That’s like Judaic Leonard Bernstein saying that God made Tina Turner to teach other women how to walk on high heels.  And other women think feminism is being a football fan.

Football players are famous for beating their wives as Ike beat Tina.


Promising under oath - 13 May 2018

Pundits are saying that waterboarding Gina Haspel’s calmness before our Congress indicates “professionalism.”  Professionals are people who profess, and Haspel professed waterboarding and now professes belief in law, and calmness while lying and hating is symptomatic of sociopaths.  And “law” concerning waterboarding is an indication of our common law system changing laws to fit shifting common conscience.

We need to consider how our Congressional conscience has changed toward waterboarding from the 9/11 Presidency of the second Bush to the healing Presidency of Obama.  And, from a political perspective, we need to note that Lindsey Graham deprecated Dirtbag Drumpf before sucking up to him after sucking up to John McCain.  And now Graham is supporting waterboarding after McCain deprecated it.

We the people of the United States and every other nation run in circles.  The Buddha announced his enlightenment in what Buddhists call the thread of the wheel of truth, and now a carnival wheel ride is in the deer sanctuary where he delivered that thread, to end all suffering.  And a similar wheel is now a landmark in London, after Richard the Lionhearted crusaded for Roman Catholics, before Henry XIII made them unlawful.


Whose home is a homeland? - 12 May 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical base is calling for him to “win” the Nobel Peace Prize.  That’s reasonable, to people who have read the Bible and know that the Judaic notion of peace is success in keeping people from defending their homeland, and know that Nobel was Jewish.  Nobel’s business was explosives, and the success of Dirtbag Drumpf with Killer Kim came from exchanging threats, of mutual nuclear destruction.

One question is whether saving three prisoners is worth placating Killer Kim.  Another question is whether either Killer Kim or Dirtbag Drumpf is more likely to keep promises than is Yahoo Netanyahu.  And another is how Dirtbag Drumpf will deal with Iran.

Note that Yahoo Netanyahu isn’t complaining about Killer Kim.


Common sense and common decency - 11 May 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf’s displays a picture of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office.  Jackson, a Democrat, perpetrated the trail of tears by advising the Governor of Georgia to ignore a Supreme Court injunction against it.  So, of course, Dirtbag Drumpf nominated a water boarder to direct our Central Intelligence Agency.  But the operant question is how the party of Abraham Lincoln is now the party supporting that.  Lincoln was a Republican.

Of course the answer is that political parties are partisan only in that they support one another and not any particular ideals.  The Republican Party was against Dirtbag Drumpf before they were for him because he “won” our Presidency while calling himself a Republican.  The Democratic Party bought into Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy for votes and reversed that hypocrisy to stand by Heehaw Hillary after she stood by Bubba.

Persons, but not personalities, carry weight.  Dirtbag Drumpf is a Dirtbag, but Republicans support him, because he calls himself a Republican.   Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms deserted the party of Jefferson Davis when Camelot Kennedy preached civil rights for votes.  But most Democrats stood by him as they stand by Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill.  The “swamp” is a cesspool of hogwash.


Following and leading - 10 May 2018

In my week in New Orleans, I never turned on the TV in my hotel room, and I ignored the TV’s in the bars.  And the first news story I saw on my TV after I returned home was our Congress interrogating water boarder Haspel.  So, apparently, not much is new.

Notes I have from watching TV the day before I left for New Orleans refer to Dirtbag Drumpf firing his chief attorney and of his former doctor under fire for mentioning that Dirtbag Drumpf used drugs to grow his hair.  And the main question media and government pundits asked concerning Doctor Bornstein’s saying that was whether his doing it publicly was a crime.  We should ask not Cobb but Avenatti.

But a more important question is what other drugs Dirtbag Durmpf uses.  The most important questions concerning him are what crimes he has committed and is commiting.  And any pundit evading those questions is effectually colluding with him.



How Dirtbag Drumpf is like Coward Kerry - 4 May 2018

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace shrieks against Dirtbag Drumpf as Fox News’ Maria Bartiroma shrieks for him.  Their shrieking does nothing for or against reasonable people’s thoughts of Dirtbag Drumpf and makes them resemble Dirtbag Drumpf.  Wallace and Bartiroma are guests at the liberally elitist tea party.

And so is “America’s mayor.”  Giuliani jumped on the 9/11 bandwagon and has ridden it onto Dirtbag Drumpf’s “legal team.”  He fits on both wagons by ignoring the motive for 9/11 and blaming innocent peaceful Muslims for it.

The whole mess is like Dirtbag Drumpf’s last two “personal physicians” behaving as hippy and veteran drug dealers.

Ask how Bornstein’s records threaten Dirtbag Drumpf.

And investigate that.



Details of devils - 3 May 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf is playing evangelicals as Paul played Peter.  The Gospels say that Jesus warned his disciples against the doctrine of the Pharisees.  But the Book of Acts says that Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, after being complicit in the stoning of the first Christian martyr, told a story about Jesus talking to him from the sky after the crucifixion and changed his name to Paul, and tracked down Peter and told the story to him.  And Paul’s disciple Luke never met Jesus but wrote the Book of Acts and one of the Gospels.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical base is a bunch of ignorant pharisaical hypocrites.

And note that the only person to deploy Nuclear weapons in war was Hell Harry and that his mother descended from Jacob and Rachel Jung, German Jews who immigrated to the New York colony the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and changed their name to Young.  And note that Oppenheimer’s parents were German Jews and that Einstein was a German Jewish immigrant and that Einstein provided the theory Oppenheimer applied to nuclear weapons.  And ask yourself why the United States government officially isn’t sure that Israel has developed nuclear weapons.

And note that Dirtbag Drumpf pals around with Yahoo Netanyahu more than with Player Putin, and note that Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather immigrated to New York from Germany, and changed his name to Trump.  And not that bigot Dirtbag Drumpf accepted his daughter’s marrying Kosher Kushner, and appointed him to deal with Israel concerning Israel’s efforts to take Palestinians’ land, as the Bible says they’ve tried to do through three millennia.  And ask why our media, ostensibly opposing Dirtbag Drumpf, spew hogwash at him like white Br’er Rabbit punching the tar baby.


Ignoring the passover - 2 May 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf has timed moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to coincide with annual Palestinian protests against Israelis forcing them into imprisonment in Gaza and into refuge in Lebanon and Jordan.  Already, during those protests, Israeli snipers have killed more than thirty protesters at the border between Gaza and the United Nations Israeli mandate.  And Dirtbag Drumpf would order the same in Tijuana if he could.

Israelis also has walls, and Palestinians are defying them, as the caravan is defying them at the border between Tijuana and San Diego.  And an MSNBC pundit said that, because Palestine has no United Nations mandate to be a nation, the border between Gaza and Israel isn’t a sovereign border.  And that’s typical of our media and government punditry trying to excuse Israel’s illegally expanding its borders.

And it’s also typical of the attitude of Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical “base.”  He and they would make Mexico a prison for poor people if they could, as Israel is herding Palestinians into Gaza and bombing and otherwise besieging them there, blocking delivery of their basic needs.  That Dirtbag Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu are buddies and that Ivanka says she’s Jewish also suggest that bigot Dirtbag Drumpf is Jewish.


Arguing with a straw pig - 1 May 2018

“Anything that makes a veteran feel better, we support,” said a doctor speaking for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  That attitude, and not the trafficking of drugs into the United States from Mexico or Columbia, is the foundation of the opioid epidemic.  And legal United States drug companies promote it in TV advertising, and so do media and government pundits promoting legalizing marijuana, while they ignore other plain facts.

An example is Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, promoting a commercial pain killer he says is a marijuana derivative but has no THC.  He says that THC is the “active ingredient” in marijuana, while he ignores the obvious fact that another ingredient must be active, if that derivative has no THC but kills pain.  And police know that marijuana increases the likelihood of automobile accidents.

And consider the relationship between “the munchies” and obesity and the relationship between “pot paranoia” and mental health.  Of course, if marijuana is no more harmful than beer, it should be no less legal than beer.  But the problem is that media and government pundits are pushing marijuana.  That they’re not pushing beer indicates personal bias.  And, anyway, two wrongs don’t make a right.



Varieties of terrorism - 30 April 2018

A problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s corruption is that it distracts attention from more important concerns.  While we the people and our media and government pundits are paying attention to Dirtbag Drumpf’s irrationality, we and they are delaying our attention to DACA and to the increase in terrorism that we can reasonably expect to occur in a couple of weeks, because of what Dirtbag Drumpf rejected and what he promised.  His failure to extend DACA will have an impact much like what Israel does to Palestinians, and his moving our embassy to Jerusalem encourages that, both in three months.

And we the people and our media and government pundits are also ignoring the relationship between Dirtbag Drumpf’s collusion with Player Putin and his collusion with Killer Kim.  Player Putin, to undercut reasonable international relations, supports Killer Kim as he supports Bashar al-Assad and Dirtbag Drumpf.  And we’re letting the “summit” with Killer Kim be but one more distraction from that and Iran.

We need to recognize that, while what Dirtbag Drumpf is doing with Killer Kim may improve reasonable international relations, Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t care.  His only concern is hoping it’ll improve his credibility.  So it shouldn’t.


Times not changing - 29 April 2018

Indicative of political partisanship is that the party of Jefferson Davis, after decades of Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy for votes, is now siding with Secessionist Sessions.  That is, the Democratic Party is trying to rest on its hypocritical laurels, while both having and eating its historical cake.  It’s like Judaic Jive Jake Turkey Tapper trying to maintain CNN’s trust by attacking Judaic Scott Israel for not protecting a mostly Judaic school.

We the people of the United States need to pay closer attention.  Consider the relationship between all that and Dirtrbag Drumpf’s “base.”  Dirtbat Drumpf’s “base” is violently and ignorantly hypocritical evangelical couch potatoes.  Think of FanDuel.com and the main marketing tool of our universities.  Our tradition of bigotry is epidemic.

It began with the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus founding the Roman Catholic Church on the hypocrisy of ignoring Jesus’ warning his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.  And now it has us supporting Judaic terrorism.  Read the Bible.


Politics and junkies - 28 April 2018

Media and government pundits have said that Player Putin has been in positions ranging from being a KGB agent to directing the KGB.  George Herbert Walker Bush has been in positions ranging from being a CIA agent to directing the CIA.  And both have presided over their nations’ governments.

Drunken drug pusher Ronny Jackson “withdrew” from Dirtbag Drumpf’s nominating him to direct our Department of Veterans Affairs.  He said the reason was that his postoperative vetting was distracting from Dirtbag Drumpf.  Distracting is how Dirtbag Drumpf ordinarily deals.

And it’s also how media and government pundits ordinarily deal.  And a result of that is that we the people are treating the whole mess as we treat Hollywood movies and TV sitcoms.  Imagine any of us protesting as we did in the sixties.


Is “mummy” the word? - 27 April 2018

Think about “vetting.”  Michael Avenatti, the attorney defending “Stormy Daniels” against Dirtbag Drumpf, received a baccalaureate degree in political science from Dirtbag Drumpf’s alma mater and graduated first in his class from George Washington University Law School.  And Ronny Jackson, the Navy doctor Dirtbag Drumpf tried to hire to lead the United States Department of Veterans affairs, boozed and pushed drugs at work and couldn’t get along with his coworkers while he ostensibly cared for the health of Presidents.  And note that the word “vetting” originated with Veterinarians caring not for veterans but for “beasts.”  And think about Jackson’s dealing drugs.

Perhaps Dirtbag Drumpf, who tweets nonsense at 6:00 a.m., values drug-pushing drunk Jackson for the same reason he hired his nutcase doctor who praised his health before he was President, and perhaps he tried to kick Jackson upstairs to bribe him to keep hiding truth, as he did “Stormy Daniels.”

Note that the Sphinx is part human and part lion.


Values and judgements - 26 April 2018

The father of the kid who killed in that Waffle House in Nashville gave his son the firearms twice.  Police took them from the son once and gave them back to the father, and the father gave them back to the son, and here we are again!  Does anyone remember the mother who owned the firearms her son used for a multiple killing and trained him to use them and complained about him in the bar where she was a fly?

This time, some media and government pundits are suggesting that the father had some responsibility, but ordinarily media and government pundits speak of parents as thought they’re victims.  And that denial extends not only to crimes by kids but also to crimes killing kids!  Who blames JonBenét Ramsey’s parents for making her bait?

But the pundits may be blaming the Waffle House killer’s father because the kid had no clothes under his coat.  Note that the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences rates nudity more severely than killing!  Are “violent video games” “adult entertainment?”


Hawkers and hookers - 25 April 2018

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

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

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


Contracts with crap - 24 April 2018

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

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

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


Gulling and gullibility - 23 April 2018

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

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

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


Where to build a wall - 22 April 2018

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

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

Legal drug companies and punditry are pushing the problem.


Biofeedback - 21 April 2018

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

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

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


Unreasonable abstract reasoning - 20 April 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Affluence and asininity - 19 April 2018

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

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

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


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Angels, Ashes, Dust

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


Dunkirk - a 2017 film

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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