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Focus and fraud - 18 January 2018

CNN, referring to talk of Mormon Mitt running for our Senate, said that Mormons support immigration.  The Book of Mormon says that the founders of the Mormon Church were Israelites who came to this continent to evade the Babylonian Captivity.  And it also says that they divided against each other as Judaic Scripture says the house of Israel divided against itself.  And Mormons have proven themselves racist.  Look straight at it.

And Judaism is inherently racist.  Its fundamental premise is that God preferred the descendants of Israel to all other humans and promised to help them kill for land.  And CNN’s most prominent pundits it calls reporters and anchors are Judaic.

Apparently, to Mormon Mitt and Yahoo Netanyahu, immigration is colonial invasion.


Faith and terrorism - 17 January 2018

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a Hare Krishna.  Hare Krishna is a sect of Hinduism that promotes the Bhagavad Gita.  The Bhagavad Gita, by saying that warriors, because they’re warriors, should ignore their conscience to continue killing, contradicts the primary scriptures of Hinduism.  They promote the unity of the universe, and Gabbard said that the United States government shouldn’t have removed from leadership Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein, for invading their neighbors.  Apparently her notion of unity is Israel’s Yahoo Netanyahu’s notion of settlements.

Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic saint.  He was a hedonistic rich kid before he repented and left a girl who loved him and went to the “promised land” to try to negotiate and end to the “crusades.”  Now Clare, the girl Francis left in Assisi, is also a Roman Catholic saint, but the crusaders rejected Francis’s efforts, after the Muslims accepted them.  The crusaders called the land the Kingdom of Jerusalem for a few decades.  But Muslims took it back from them.

What we call winning is weird.  “OMG,” said a lottery “winner,” after he named the corporation he formed to manage what he “007.”  And Soap Oprah launched her run for our Presidency with a video in which she begged for pity for residing in a neighborhood where a mudslide killed people.


Who’s your daddy? - 16 January 2018

Democrat Durbin said that Dirtbag Drumpf asked why “we” need immigrants from “shithole” countries in Africa and not immigrants from countries like Norway.  No one denied that Dirtbag Drumpf said that, until some republicans said two days later that he didn’t use the word “shithole,” and a Republican media pundit said he used the word “shithouse.”  And Republican Senator Traitor Tom Creepy Cotton said that he meant to say that immigration shouldn’t depend on country of origin.  And, meanwhile, work to govern the United States has stopped.  So Dirtbag Drumpf’s distraction is working.

And another distraction is that both Republicans and Democrats are speaking of Dirtbag Drumpf’s adult sons and daughter as though they’re children.  They’re saying that criticizing them should be “off limits,” while Dirtbag Drumpf works to deny unalienable rights to countless children, by opposing DACA and CHIP.  Distraction dilutes debate.

It’s like ignoring the conspicuous fact that the cause of death of JonBenét Ramsey was her parents’ trying to raise her as Dirtbag Drumpf raised Ivanka.


Expression and depression - 15 January 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf deals distraction, and partisan pundits are capitalizing on the distraction, either for or against him.  Bellicose xenophobic Lindsey Graham said he spoke up to Dirtbag Drumpf’s calling countries with mostly African American populations shitholes.  But only Democrat media pundits are reporting that, and Dick Durbin didn’t mention it while he was reporting what he heard, in the meeting.  The talk then turned all partisan.

Dirtbag Drumpf is unstable.  His words, his commerce, his partisanship, and everything else he says would “make America great again,” are all unstable.  And the whole product, all that racism and sexism and claiming to be otherwise, whether or not he believes anything he says, adds up to his personal attitude, his mind.

And letting it continue in our Presidency is heading the United States toward emulating North Korea.  And our media and government pundits are distracting us from that fact.  The 25th Amendment is the means necessary.


People of what? - 14 January 2018

A government pundit said that an example of the American dream is an immigrant working three jobs and having tears in his eyes when he says that one of his children is in college and that the other has graduated from college.  One question is why the guy had to work three jobs for that, and another is why other government pundits are saying that only people who already have graduated from college should immigrate here, but Dirtbag Drumpf sank the punditry to a new low.  He said that that immigration should be from wealthy countries like Norway and not from “shithole” countries like Nigeria.

And, with his “model” wife and daughter, he’s also on the wrong side of the sexism question.  But we should ask why neither the Me Too Movement nor the Time’s up movement is pointing out the relationship between that and his popping into Miss Universe dressing rooms.  Both racism and sexism are populist traditions.

And they’re old traditions.  Eva Braun, Clara Petacci, Melania Drumpf!  What means are necessary?


Integrity and credibity - 13 January 2018

Apparently Dirtbag Drumpf receives his news from what he calls fake news.  Imagine him reading a bill he signs or listening to our Congress, which the party he says is his dominated before his election, or listening to his cabinet he appointed.  But, with him being the flip-flopper in chief, all of that is irrelevant.

But one factor is certain.  Because honest people don’t need to remember whether they’ve said what people say they’ve said.  If people say they said something they wouldn’t say, they know they didn’t say it, because they wouldn’t.  And, if people say they said something they would say but don’t remember saying, they support it because it’s what they believe.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s wall is between his inner self and his outer self.

What’s relevant is that Dirtbag Drumpf is a liar and a crook.  He’s a contemptible and contemptuous greedy and hateful arrogant phony.  And media and government pundits who don’t know that are like him.  And they identify themselves by saying he thinks what he says.  They don’t think what they say.


Gracelessly buying Graceland - 12 January 2018

Now Soap Oprah is testing Dirtbag Drumpf’s waters.  Her net financial assets may be nearly as much as his, and she may be less criminal and somewhat more compassionate than he is, but she also may be as fake as he is.  Perhaps, if she runs for our Presidency, she’ll promise each of us a new car.

But all of it’s like Elvis Presley asking Tricky Dicky to let him be an undercover FBI agent.  The problem is that, since we the people of the United States were silly enough to elect Dirtbag Drumpf to our Presidency, we’re likely to do the same for Soap Oprah.  Tricky Dicky wasn’t silly enough to grant Elvis’ request.

We the people of the United States corrupt our democracy by star power.  The illuminati blind us into trying to be like them, and an example of that is wearing shirts with football players’ names and numbers on them, but the tragedy is that they capitalize on our weaknesses.  Bigotry and greed are two.


In the interest of egocentrism - 11 January 2018

Where’s Heehaw Hillary in the Me Too movement?  Why are the Hollywood women who made the most of what happened to them too trying to upstage the Me Too movement with their Time’s Up movement?  Why did Meryl Streep call Hollywood Harvey God while she was standing by him?

And how about Melania Drumpf?  Does she or Ivanka Drumpf care about the innocent North Korean women and children Dirtbag Drumpf is threatening to annihilate?  And how about the women and children struggling in Mexico and Cuba?

How does resort travel weigh in the debate over walls and sanctions?


Rights and opinions - 10 January 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is saying that his compassion will be good for all the world.  Whether or not CHIP is an insurance scam, Dirtbag Drumpf cares no more for children other than his than he cares for any refugees, and he’s holding countless children hostage against his “wall.”  And fake news is saying that the main problem with that Wolff wacko’s book about him is that it “goes after” Dirtbag Drumpf’s children.

The main problem with Wacko Wolff’s book is that not only fake Dirbag Drumpf but also other fake media and government pundits take it seriously.  But, because fake news also reports facts, we can compare news channels to verify facts.  All Dirtbag Drumpf and other pundits present is nonsense.

So, if we wish to know what may happen because of what’s actually happening, we need to evaluate government pundits’ nonsense to guess whether they mean what they say.


Jokers and brokers - 9 January 2018

Dirtrbag Drumpf said that the United States aren’t a country he wants to “look foolish.”  That claim, considering that no President has made the United States look more foolish than has he, was a tacit admission that his “presidency” has failed.  And the fact that people are taking that slander monger Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury seriously is proof of that beyond the conspicuousness of his Alabama base voting against him.

And he’s feeding the flames of both.  He supported Judge Roy Moore’s Republican opponent before he lost.  So voting for Moore in the primary election was a vote against Dirtbag Drumpf.  And voting against Moore, when Dirtbag Drumpf supported him in the general election, confirmed that Bible Belt crash and burn.  He’s his own worst enemy.

And he’s also praised Bigot Bannon for calling him a great man after selling him down the river and himself with him.


Dominion over doofuses - 8 January 2018

Part of the problem with Dirtbag Drumpf is political suicide bombers.  MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Ninny Nicole Wacko Wallace spew partisan hogwash as goofy as Dirtbag Drumpf’s personal hogwash.  And Fox News is swallowing Dirtbag Drumpf’s hogwash as though it’s personal to Goofy Gutfeld.

Partisan propaganda both for and against Dirtbag Drumpf is basically dogs eating dogs.  And all of it throws dog biscuits to Dirtbag Drumpf, and he’s eating them up and spewing them back in terms like “fake news,” successfully discrediting his opponents.  And they give him too much credit.

Dirtbag is a liar, and his motive is his own fame and fortune, not making anything else great.  He has no political agenda, and whatever intelligence he has goes into distracting attention from his commercial agenda, what he calls business.  His business is proving buffoons.


Why trust CNN? - 7 January 2018

Consider what’s conspiracy.  Reasonable attention to facts says that Lee Harvey Oswald lacked both the mental skills and the rifle skills to do what the United States government officially says he did.  And Reasonable attention to facts says that strip club owner Jack Ruby had no motive to kill Oswald.  And reasonable attention to facts says that ISIS is in no way Islamic.  So ask who spews the hogwash.  And ask why.

Elements of argument prosecutors present to juries are motive and opportunity.  The most reasonable motive to kill Camelot Kennedy was that he was pushing to make the Cold War nuclear.  And the most reasonable motive to convince people that ISIS is Islamic is to draw sympathy to Israel to support its three-millennia grab for land.

And the most likely opportunity to kill Camelot Kennedy and set up Oswald and Ruby and Arlen Spector to distract from facts is CIA political connections.  And the CIA must know that ISIS is a Mossad disinformation operation.  Think monkey wrenches.


How is Sarah a Huckabee? - 6 January 2018

Looks like Mormon Mitt may be the next person to represent the state of Utah in the United States Senate.  For people who aren’t Mormons, thinking a person can become a descendent of Judah by deciding to be a Mormon may seem a little weird, and Judaic people expressed their agreement when the Mormons made Anne Frank officially a Mormon a few years ago.  But “latter day saints” dominate the electorate of Utah.

Dirtbag Drumpf says he’s a Presbyterian, because one of his grandmothers was Presbyterian, but her husband was a Lutheran.  And his daughter Ivanka “converted” to Judaism to marry Kosher Kushner.  And George Herbert Walker Bush, before he called himself an Episcopalian for political reasons, married Presbyterian Barbara Bush in a Presbyterian church.  But Republicans tend to tout religion more than do Democrats.

Ordinarily religion isn’t political in the United States.  Politicians, before and after we elect them, ask for God’s help.  But they also ostensibly support freedom of religion, and they change religions for political or other exigencies, excepting perhaps Bible Belt bozos.  The most conspicuous religiosity in the politics of the United States is preferring Judaism to Islam.  And that contradicts what both Muhammad and the evangels said.


Following Nero’s fiddling - 5 January 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is faking caring for the people of Iran.  His “presidency” mainly has been an effort to fire the FBI.  Everything else he does or tweets is an effort to distract attention from that.  But Mueller is giving him rope to hang himself, waiting to receive a sure base for a subpoena of his tax returns, which will prove his treasonous conflict of interests.  Player Putin is blackmailing Dirtbag Drumpf and has played him for decades.

And those distractions include risking nuclear war with Killer Kim and escalating the war on terror with Yahoo Netanyahu.  His Muslim ban proves the hypocrisy of his tweeting to the people of Iran that he sympathizes with them.  And it all adds up to driving peaceful Muslims to suicidal despair.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s bombast for his bigot base is provoking both Killer Kim’s nuclear weapon development and Yahoo Netanyahu’s ISID disinformation development. 


Evangelicals and the vacation market - 4 January 2018

Economic sanctions don’t hurt oppressive governments, which rake their share of their nations’ wealth off the top, but the people the governments oppress.  So Dirtbag Drumpf is showing his tyrannical asininity by pushing for sanctions against North Korea and Iran, and he’s showing his hypocrisy by not pushing for sanctions against Russia, but Congress proved its asininity by overriding him against Russia.  But Kennedy started it.

Camelot Kennedy started that kind of crap, by blockading Cuba more than a half century ago, and Obama tried to stop it.  And now Dirtbag Drumpf, while trying to let Russia off the hook, is trying to put Cuba back on the hook.  And “liberal” pundits are preaching for Cubans while preaching against Russians.

“Conservative” pundits are against everyone, but that’s because Southern Democrats deserted the party of Jefferson Davis to corrupt the party of Abraham Lincoln, when they swallowed Camelot Kennedy’s hogwash.


Lilies and dandelions and fields - 3 January 2018

New Year’s Day, writing the second draft of my book summarizing the definitive scriptures of the six most popular religions, I reached the chapter for the Lotus and Diamond and Heart Sutras.  And, on the way, I found on the World Wide Web Edward Conze’s translation of the Diamond and Heart Sutras into English paragraphs alternating with the paragraphs in the original Sanskrit.  And, quite plainly, it’s as literal as my translation of the Dao De Jing from the original Chinese.  And it confirms my understanding of the Diamond Sutra.  I’d found other translations questionable.

And my translation of the Dao De Jing was a struggle for me.  Chinese is a synthetic language, a language with no grammatical inflection, leaving much opportunity for ambiguity.  And the Chinese language in the time of the composition of the Dao De Jing had few standard rules of syntax, and looking to other “translations” for help usually confirmed my suspicion that they weren’t translations, and I know nearly no Sanskrit.

So finding Edward Conze’s translation greatly eased my task and increased my confidence.  And I had already suspected that the Dao De Jing and the Diamond Sutra were the most reasonable scriptures.  So it answers some questions about me.


Dance of dominion - 2 January 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is blackmailing Congress, by holding the dreamers hostage to force Congress to play for his “wall,” after he said he’d force Mexico to pay for it.  His notion of making deals is constructing hoops and hurdles and walls between parties and the pertinent actualities.  He’s making our Presidency a dog and pony show.

And the protests in Iran are an indication that Obama’s agreement with Iran’s government is working.  The Iranian government, were the United States government unwilling to deal in good faith with it, would have killed far more than two protesters.  But Dirtbag Drumpf is saying the protests excuse breaking Obama’s deal.

And the tax bill Congress passed is more than a dog biscuit.  It’s a step toward a tax system that accords not with the protectionism of the now dying Tea Party but with the ideals of the Boston Tea Party.  So it’s also one more indication that Dirtbag Drumpf is unable to preside over our Congress.


Running with the bully market - 1 January 2018

TD Ameritrade, in the face of the MeToo movement, continues to air its TV advertisements portraying a man trying to sell TD Ameritrade retirement advice by hitting on women the advertisements portray as goofy yuppies buying his pitch.

It’s Dan Brown feminism.  In his goofy book The Da Vinci Code, he has a male Harvard English professor telling a female French cryptologist the etymology of the French word sangreal, and he’s wrong.  But she, who the book says is a descendent of the Magdalena, swallows his hogwash.

Relevant or not, the crown of thorns is in the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, in a chapel behind its pieta.  Its reliquary was in the shape of chalice of gold with jewels until the churched moved it into a blood red box.  Think of blood and treasure.


Unsafe at any reasonable cost - 31 December 2017

Our economy sank into stagflation during Carter’s Presidency because the supply of jobs and products couldn’t keep up with the demand of the reduction in military force after the Vietnam war and the success of the women’s liberation movement.

So our electorate blamed Carter and gave Reagan credit for the eventual catchup he correctly called supply side economics during his Presidency.  And the shift from the Bush Presidency to that of Bubba Bill’s was similar, with our electorate again buying economic stupidity of electoral politics, and look at us now.  Giving Dirtbag Drumpl credit for what Obama did to improve the economy is political déjà vu.

But the Democratic Party is effectually falling on its sword for running Heehaw Hillary.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s tax bill repealed the economic flaw in the unaffordable healthcare act that made it Hillamneycare and not Obamacare.  But Democrats voted against it.


Basics of bigotry - 30 December 2017

What media and government pundits call the war on terror is murderous competition among sects of Judaism.  Despite the fact that scripture particular to Christianity says Jesus told his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisee sect of Judaism and that Pharisees demanded the crucifixion, the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus led Christianity after the crucifixion, and most of Christian scripture is Judaic.  And Islamic scripture says its purpose is to confirm Christian and Judaic scripture and explain it for Arabs.

The ultimate goal of Judaism is to rule Earth.  The ultimate goal of Christianity and Islam is to live eternally in a place similar to Earth but more pleasant.  The ultimate goal of Hinduism and Buddhism is to realize the unity of the universe.  The ultimate goal of Daoism is to accept whatever.  And those are the six most popular religions.

So consider why those pundits, most of whom claim Christianity while few are ever bipartisan, nearly always side with Judaism against Islam.


Remembering Presbyterian immigrants - 29 December 2017

AT&T and Comcast are paying each of their employees a thousand-dollar bonus.  They can afford to do that, since DIrtbag Drumpf repealed Obama’s restriction on varying charges for internet service and pushed the AT&T/CNN, making them the oligarch of mass media.  And, wonder of wonders, another result of all that is that large capital stock has boomed beyond small capital stock since Dirtbag Drumpf’s “tax cut” passed.

But media and government pundits, both Republican and Democrat, are ignoring the relationship.  It’s like Davy Crockett killing a bear when he was three and putting a coon’s skin on his head when he was a former Congressman helping to take Texas from Mexico.  Dirtbag Drumpf is turning small business into a bear market.

And the Alamo was a remnant of Spanish Roman Catholic colonialism.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is also turning making Mexicans fruit pickers suffer for Mexican drug dealers.  And he’s supporting treating Palestinians similarly.


Collateral damage collusion - 28 December 2017

Drug addiction and genital herpes in the United States escalated with Jerk Johnson’s escalating our involvement in Vietnam.  North Vietnamese forces used both as chemical weapons while United States forces were using napalm to destroy their jungles.  And our troops brought both home and set stages for such as Hashbury and acid trips.  But now legal drug addiction is driving the stock market.  And TV advertising pushes it.

But Dirtbag Drumpf and other media and government pundits, both Republican and Democratic, are blaming Mexicans.  One fact is that that the reason illegal drugs are coming into the United States is that we the people of the United States are buying them.  And another is that most Mexican immigrants come her to flee the traffickers.

It’s like the war on terror.  By ignoring the cause, by swallowing hogwash from fake Dirtbag Drumpf and other fake plundits, we the people of the United States are perpetuating both.  The cause of the war on terror is our supporting Israeli terrorism.


What “was” wasn’t - 27 December 2017

Regarding The Post, the new movie about the Washington Post publishing the “Pentagon papers,” here are relevant statistics.  The number of United States Troops in Vietnam at the end of Eisenhower’s Presidency was fewer than a thousand, and that number increased to more than fifteen thousand during Kennedy’s and to more than a half million during Johnson’s, and the number decreased to fewer than thirty thousand during Nixon’s Presidency and to zero during Ford’s.  But, although the papers Ellsberg delivered to the Post tell only of before Nixon’s Presidency, the movie blames Nixon.

Tricky Dicky’s only complicity of “Pentagon papers” was his “plumbers’” pushing against publishing them.  And the Post’s publishing that pushing resulted in government prosecutors’ dropping all criminal charges against Ellsberg.  So, at least effectually, Tricky Dicky tricked the prosecutors into pushing Ellsberg off the hook.

Yes, Nixon was a crook, and Ford may have lost election by letting him off the hook.  But Bubba Bill remained President after impeachment.  And the Post helped him off that hook.


Where one hangs one’s hook - 26 December 2017

Consider this fact regarding the famous picture of the final evacuation of the United States Embassy in Saigon.  The last United States citizens to leave Vietnam at the end of the war were the staff of its Defense Attaché Office, and the Defense Attaché System is an arm of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and its “staff” is military personnel like Fake News Flynn.  I know that because I was one of them in Kabul in the 1970’s.

I was there when the CIA and the DIA ended the Afghan monarchy for Tricky Dicky to trick the Soviet Union into making Afghanistan its Vietnam.  But I never considered selling what I knew to the Soviet Union as Fake News Flynn has sold his “intelligence” to any ready buyer.  And, unlike Dirtbag Drumpf, neither did Tricky Dicky.

Dicky’s trick, after six more years of help from the CIA, succeeded.  By then, George Herbert Walker Bush had gone from being Director of Central Intelligence to being Vice President and de facto National Security Advisor.  But I resigned.


Brands of hypocrisy - 25 December 2017

Now CNN has said that ISIS “inspired” a former “Marine with a sharpshooter qualification” to ask an FBI agent to help him with a terrorist attack.  One problem with that assessment is that the “sharpshooter” is our Defense Department’s designation for mediocre weapon qualification, with “expert” being the designation for the highest weapon qualification, and “marksman” designating minimal qualification.  And another problem with that assessment is that the FBI approached that wacko former marine.  “Entrapment” is the legal term for that sort of thing.  The wacko only ranted.

And CNN aired the wacko’s mother saying that she asked him why he was dressing as a Muslim and that he replied that he believed in what he was doing and that she thought he was responding to some “desperate anger” he had.  Our mass media are ignoring that ISIS only inspires people who have “desperate anger” and know nothing of Islam and are looking for any excuse to kill.  And note that Lee Harvey Oswald was a Marine with a marksman qualification looking for any excuse to act on his disgruntlement.

And all that is ways that our media and government pundits are as fake as fake Dirtbag Drumpf calling himself a Presbyterian while promoting Israeli terrorism and ignoring the plain fact that ISIS is contrary to the Qur’an and kills mostly Muslims.


Money and murder - 24 December 2017

128 members of the United Nations voted to condemn Dirtbag Drumpf’s promise to move the United States Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Nine nations voted against that, and CNN’s Judaic Jive Jake Turkey Tapper agreed with the nine, and he called the condemnation of Dirtbag Drumpf condemnation of the United States.  And CNN pundits said US monetary support of the UN should have bribed the 128.

Define “treason.”  Player Putin has paid Dirtbag Drumpf to suck up to him, and he knows that United States support of Israel prompted 9/11, and he knows that moving the embassy to Jerusalem will provoke more of such.  And the United Nations’ response is plain proof of the effect of that treachery on our international relations all over Earth.

And we the people of the United States say the problem is between Dirtbag Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary.  And a CNN pundit recently said law exonerated the Duke Lacrosse players’ stiffing a stripper.  And we the people are committing suicide by opiates.


Commerce and counterintelligence - 23 December 2017

Biographies of George Herbert Walker Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev provide indications that they met in Paris in the 1950’s and worked together to dismantle the Soviet Union until they succeeded four decades later.  Now, while most pundits ignore most, we have public indications that Player Putin has played Dirtbag Drumpf into favoring his private welfare over the general welfare of all of Earth.  That’s the “collusion” of Dirtbag Drumpf.

Putin was KGB, and Gorbachev rose to the Presidency of the Soviet Union upon the death of the Director of the KGB, but Gorbachev was on the side of common decency and pitched horseshoes with Bush at Kennebunkport.  Player Putin played Dirtbag Drumpf into hosting a Miss Universe Pageant in Russia and from that into other greed for his private welfare.  And, together, they similarly played the Director of the DIA.

Player Putin is no Communist, and Dirtbag Drumpf is no Republican, and neither does either claim to be a socialist.  Both, whatever hogwash they spew in their speeches, are fascists and provoking the international trepidation that Hitler provoked in the 1930’s before he recruited Mussolini as Player Putin is playing Dirtbag Drumpf.  And our media and government pundits are responding as the United States did before Pearl Harbor.


The African Methodist Episcopal Church - 22 December 2017

Ask yourself why, since snow nearly never falls either in Bethlehem or in Rome, Christians wish for white Christmases.  The answer may be the protests against Paul’s Roman Catholicism that arose with Luther in Germany and Calvin in Switzerland.  But neither does snow fall much in the evangelical Bible Belt.

And, while you’re at it, ask yourself why Christians have killed in the name of Christ since before those protests divided Christianity into countless Protestant denominations.  And, after those protests, Christians killed each other for thirty years over the question of whether statues in places where Christians congregate violate the Second Commandment.  One result of that war was the division of snowy Holland into The Netherlands and Belgium.

So a certainty is that Christianity hasn’t eliminated bigotry or greed.  Christians fight over Christmas gifts in stores and fought the United States’ Civil War over whether slaves were human.  Christian citizens of the United States’ Bible Belt argued that they weren’t and accordingly couldn’t be Christians.


Falsifying phallic fantasies - 21 December 2017

Apparently, with the help of the pro-choice party, the Me Too movement is fizzling.  Another movement is recommending that Freaky Franken renege on his promise to leave our Senate.  And probability is that he planned for that, to use the promise to keep Judge Roy Moore out of the Senate, and to renege after that succeeded.  And that would be consistent with Camelot Kennedy party policy.  It stands by Bubba Bill.

And, along with that in current news, is escalation of calling Kobe Bryant a hero.  The NBA, to retire another of his jerseys, is again ignoring what he did to a hotel room attendant.  And sports fans, both male and female, keep pitying Will Smith for his violent death after his violence against his wife while they called him a Saint.

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to promote psychanalytical sexism such as penis envy.  But, perhaps more freaky, a Republican Senator has that Democrats treated Franken unfairly.  Consider that bipartisanship.


Reality of responsibility - 20 December 2017

Why is fake news playing the fake Dirtbag Drumpf China Card?  While Dirtbag Drumpf was threatening to curb Chinese competition, growth in China stock fueled the boom in the stock market Dirtbag Drumpf said he was fueling, with the shift toward United States small capital stock beginning only with the promise of the tax cut!  And Dirtbag Drumpf didn’t drive the creation of the tax bill, if he didn’t foster its LLC provision, for his profit.

And why is CNN promoting its “CNN Heroes” show by airing one of its “hosts” practicing faking tears for the “heroes?”  And CNN promotion for it New Year’s Eve show has the other “host” ordering a comedian from his seat and asking the comedian whether he’s “wearing pants!”  But such is what’s “trending” with our failing to fire Dirtbag Drumpf.

And does anyone remember when George Herbert Walker Bush played the China Card to defeat the Soviets?  Then fake news ignored Bush’s presence at the United Nations and in China and at the CIA to give credit to Kissinger.  But Bush is a “quiet man.”


For the children - 19 December 2017

Apparently Republicans are about to avenge themselves for the Democrat health insurance bill by similarly jamming their tax bill through Congress and including in it repeal of the Hillamneycare “individual mandate.”

And we the people are responding similarly, with polls saying that the Republicans’ tax bill is the least popular bill since the Democrats’ insurance bill, despite the bipartisan unpopularity of that Hillamneycare mandate.

We the people, for our government to liberate or conserve the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, need to examine more deeply and competently than do the pundits the details of all legislation.


Grabbing the goats - 18 December 2017

Lenin used the phrase “useful idiot” to refer to people outside Russia who supported Russia.  Player Putin is no communist, but he’s plainly finding Dirtbag Drumpf a useful idiot, and that’s the collusion problem.  It isn’t that the Putin is trying to meddle in our elections or that Dirtbag Drumpf helped him do it.  Yes, he’s trying, but he didn’t need Dirtbag Drumpf’s help for that.  And now he’s playing Dirtbag Drumpf against himself.

And he’s playing our other media and government pundits against themselves, with MSNBC and Fox News treating the problem as though it’s the contention between Heehaw Hillary, and their treating Director Mueller’s investigation the same way.  The problem is that Dirtbag Drumpf, for the sake of his commercial interests in Russia, is helping Putin play him and us and is trying to play us for the sake of those interests.  We should be grateful that Mueller knows all of that and is investigating accordingly.

And Shifty Schiff is at the head of the pack in swallowing that hogwash and spewing it onto Democrats.  And Democrats are following his partisan suicide to the extent that they wouldn’t vote for a Republican bill if it saved us from letting big business throttle small business access to us on the World Wide Web.  They’re ignoring conspicuous actuality to behave as though every Republican is a derelict Dirtbag Drumpf devotee.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

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.

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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