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Money and manipulation - 25 September 2017

Susan Collins and John McCain are against the perpetuation of Hillamneycare most Republican Senators are pushing.  And, while media and government pundits ignore the fact, they’re hand in hand in their reasoning.  They’re asking that the Senate debate the bill in committees with full disclosure.  The discussion could make it less of an insurance scam than Hillamneycare is.  Covering “preexisting conditions” must be by our taxes.

But we’re not likely to hear that either from Republican Fox News or from Democratic MSNBC.  MSNBC should be the candidate for presenting it, but Cutie Katy Trivial Tur and Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd dominate MSNBC’s presentation, and they’re as fake as Dirtbag Drumpf.  Both miss the points by focusing on how cute or cheap they might be.

They may be clever or “smart,” and they may have proved that by passing IQ tests or graduating from universities with honors or by playing office politics, but we should ask how socially productive are Jeopardy champions or Rubik’s Cube champions.

 

Collaborating to kill Rachel Corrie - 24 September 2017

CNN is airing a “special report” of Special Forces fighting the Taliban, ignoring that the CIA created the Taliban by creating the Mujahedeen, which morphed into the Taliban after it evicted the Soviets.  And now, after calling Valery Plame a CIA operative, CIA is saying she didn’t know what she was doing when she retweeted an assertion that the United States are “driving Israel’s wars.”  CNN is no CIA but may be an arm of Mossad.

A CNN anchor asked what Dirtbag Drumpf “sitting down with” Killer Kim would “look like.”  The obvious answer to that question is that it would look like an Abbott and Costello tragedy.  And CNN also responded to the contest between Dirtbag Drumpf and Comedian Kimmel concerning Hillamneycare by calling Kimmel a talk show host. Hillamneycare is an insurance scam, and Comedian Kimmel and Dirtbag Drumpf, and every other pundit CNN airs, support that element of it.  Both CNN and the Dirtbag Drumpf “administration” promote fake news.  Both promote pro-Israeli disinformation.

What motivated 9/11 was United States media and government promotion of Israelis’ terrorism against the Islamic neighbors of their “Jewish state.”  And that continues, and Hillamneycare and the alternative to currently in the United States Congress undercut our general welfare, and our economy more generally.  Ask why your government didn’t protest the Israeli murder of a Washington college student for protesting against Israel.

 

Heartless artificial hearts - 23 September 2017

People are killing Muslims in Myanmar, and Buddhism is the most popular religion there, and our media and government pundits are reporting both of those facts while ignoring the fact that a fundamental tenet of Buddhism is to love every living being as a mother loves her only child.  And no predominantly Christian or Judaic regime is decrying the killing.  But Judaic Joe Lieberman is praising Dirtbag Drumpf.

The Bible says that both the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah were murderous racist regimes.  And Israel, since Churchill and Truman pushed the United Nations to call it a nation under the government of the Zionist terrorist organization Irgun, has proven it still is.  And Yahoo Netanyahu is also praising Dirtbag Drumpf.

Supporting any of that requires ignoring Jesus.  Except some pharisaical exceptions, the Gospels suggest that Jesus was more Buddhist than Judaic, and the pharisaical excepts suggest that Christians are Pharisees.  Ask the Saul of Tarsus how

 

The manifest destiny blame game - 22 September 2017

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” said Dirtbag Drumpf while threatening deploying nuclear weapons, to “annihilate North Korea.”   Apparently Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t know the difference between Kim Jong Un and more than 25 million other people he’s threatening to murder for living in North Korea.  Either he’s a homicidal maniac or doesn’t know that no dictatorial regime is its country’s populace.

But, apparently, neither do we the people or most other people.  We and our media and government pundits use phrases like “the Russians” to refer to what Player Putin does.  And pundits ordinarily ignore that “economic sanctions” don’t punish national leaders.

Such is how we the people buffalo ourselves into ignoring that we killed the bison that were part of purple mountains’ majesty.

 

Stars and Sterns - 21 September 2017

Now, as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War, Dirtbag Drumpf’s pal Player Putin has intimidated Belarus into helping Russia threaten Poland.  And Dirtbag Drumpf, proving the pudding of a pundit’s assertion that he’s a “zero gravity chamber,” said he’ll “make the United Nations great.”  But all that’s chump change in comparison to his copying Camelot Kennedy’s Cuba nuclear policy to threaten annihilating North Korea.

And he’s supporting Israeli.  Israel is nuclear power, and Einstein laid the theoretical ground Oppenheimer made actual, and Truman did against Japan what Camelot Kennedy and Dirtbag Drumpf have threatened against Cuba and North Korea.  And Einstein and Oppenheimer and Truman’s mother were Judaic.

And Dirtbag Drumpf’s family, from Frederick Drumpf’s changing his name and calling himself Presbyterian to Ivanka Drumpf’s “converting” to Judaism to marry Kosher Kushner, suggests that he’s also Judaic.

 

The copper coil crap shoot - 20 September 2017

Both ISIS and Dirtbag Drumpf are doing all they can against Muslims.  So, despite the fact that ISIS calls itself Islamic, both are supporting Israel.  And yet, while CNN’s most prominent anchors and correspondents are Judaic, they’re decrying both Dirtbag Drumpf and ISIS.  Of course the reason is that they’re helping Yahoo Netanyahu in his propensity toward disinformation.  But few of us think that disinformation is intelligence.

Compare that to prohibition, beginning by noting the thriving illegal capitalism during those years, 1920 to 1933.  And next note that the Black Tuesday stock market crash was in 1929 and that we praise Camelot Kennedy and call his family, which build its fortune by that illegal capitalism, America’s monarchy.  And think about Trump Tower.

Dirtbag Drumpf was the Camelot Kennedy candidate.  The Democratic Party was the party of Jefferson Davis until he gave lip service to civil rights for votes.  So read the Bible and ask yourself why we pity a people that killed for land and enslaved to use it.

 

New York’s finest potato famine - 19 September 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf threatened “fire and fury” against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, and Kim Jong Un responded by threatening to make “ashes and darkness” of the Unites States of America, while we the people have more fire and fury while they the people have more ashes and darkness.

And, meanwhile, we the people are adding ashes and darkness to St. Louis by fire and fury against one another there after the United Nations sanctioned more ashes and darkness against they the people. 

Economic “sanctions” always sanction an increase in ashes and darkness but not against leaders like Dirtbag Drumpf and Kim Jong Un.

 

Political policy ploys - 18 September 2017

We the people blur our ethics.  A temple to the Greek god of the sea overlooks the border between the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.  And the line between what conservatives try to conserve and what liberals try to liberate is as obscure.

One question is why “liberal” Democrat pundits are arguing for immigration by saying we the people need better medical doctors.  Another question is why they think immigrating people with skills is better than bringing us the huddled masses.  And another is why we the people of the United States aren’t better medical doctors.

MSNBC’s Pundit/Anchor Nicole Wallace is trying to beat Dirtbag Drumpf by playing by the most arrogant of his rules.  He makes values judgements, saying things and people are bad or good, but not delineating his criteria.  And Wallace wails while she does it.

 

The means necessary - 17 September 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf is now playing bipartisan.  He played Republican enough to suck the sewer of the Republican party into voting for him, but he mainly promoted Democrats before that, and now reverting to that.  But the bottom line for him is whatever he thinks promotes his own fame and fortune, and most dangerous in his current partisan ploy is that we the people may think he’s “fair and balanced,” and reelect him if he runs again.

And because, instead of presiding over our government, he’s posturing for his separate fame and fortune, what’s most likely to keep us from hiring him again is the possibility of firing him, by “special” prosecution.  “Photo ops” and “tweeting” and otherwise spewing his hogwash may be relatively relaxing for him.  But it isn’t for us. 

We’re suffering from his not suffering from the stress of trying to lead the free world.  He’s political only in the way that Pocahontas was political when her husband shipped her to England.  Governing is politics.

 

Responsibly independent finance - 16 September 2017

This is to thank Bill Gates and E*Trade.  E*Trade couldn’t be, if Bill Gates hadn’t given us the World Wide Web, and E*Trade and my Windows Money App have given me ways to know better than to listen to Fox News or a professional investment counselor.  Since I opened my E*Trade brokerage account at the end of 2014, it has out-performed the Dow by an average annual rate of nearly seventy percent, partly because tools on the World Wide Web have permitted me to track the stock market in a way that has permitted me to know that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t protecting us from our trade with China.

My strategy is to track ten mutual funds that invest mostly in stocks but otherwise respond differently to the market.  The differences are in geographical area and size of capitalization and investment strategy, and I set up an Excel spreadsheet to calculate easily their performance since I opened the account, to know when to sell and what to buy.  And I heed Warren Buffets common sense advice to “buy cheap and sell dear.”

Other brokerage firms still require telephoning a “counselor” to trade.  And they advise the purchases paying them the most in commissions and require the customers to pay them for that disservice.  So think of who may have pitching that pie into Gates’ face.

 

Walking and talking and faking - 15 September 2017

Heehaw Hillary, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, has raised her head again to publicize her complaints against her loss last year in a book in which she slanders la pucelle d’Orleans.  Ignoring that her name wasn’t Joan and that she wasn’t from Arc, she calls her Joan of Arc and says she “had a lot of great things to say until they burned her at the stake,” as though Jehanne of Domremy was a pundit and not an effective soldier.  Joan is an English name, and the English were her mortal enemies, and Jack of Arc was an English form of her father’s name in her time before the sexism of patronyms.

And, in her book, she demeans democracy, by saying Dirtbag Drumpf couldn’t have won the election if it hadn’t been sick for decades.  So now she’s playing the Dirtbag Drumpf card, suggesting that we should have elected her to our Presidency to “make America again,” after the decades of decadence.  And Democrats are praising that.

MSNBC, the main propaganda machine for the Democratic Party, is airing panels of pundits promoting her book of baloney.

 

The varieties of commercial experience - 14 September 2017

Now a TV advertisement is for a drug to “improve the appearance of bruising.”  Football players’ wives might need that to stay in their marriages but not for their health, and check out that PCMatic creep capitalizing on his wife and kids, and look at the expressions on their faces.  And that MyPillow.com mealy mouther is now advertising his presence in people’s bathrooms besides in their bedroom.

ISIS lies on “social media” to inspires desperate people to kill one another.  Those other advertisers lie through “mass media” to inspire other desperate people to give them their money.  And each of those advertisers diminishes people’s “quality of life.”

They try to make us all Advil or all whatever else they’re pushing.

 

The nadir of unsafe at any speed - 13 September 2017

Pundits who ordinarily oppose Dirtbag Drumpf are now praising his response to hurricanes.  But the main mass media news outlets haven’t reported anything he’s done beyond extending the debt limit three months to sign a funding bill.  So, apparently, the pundits are referring only to what they and mass media reporters call messaging.  Thus those pundits’ message is “fake news of fake presiding.”  It’s the same old crap.

But, with media reporters standing in the rain and derogating other people doing that, we’re swallowing many brands of hogwash.  Yet, since I drove into the path of Hurricane Dora in a Corvair station wagon, I have no room to talk.  Dora did record damage to Jacksonville but fizzled before catching up with me in Tallassee.

I think everything is a figment of everyone’s imagination.  While imagining punditry, I don’t let it determine my other imagining, and I honor others who don’t.  But I wish I didn’t imagine what happens to people who do.

 

War and weather - 12 September 2017

As I write this, my TV is telling me that Hurricane Irma is in the Gulf of Mexico, and that it’s next landfall will be at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center.  But, while ordinarily my TV tells me of how much we care for our veterans, it’s not now telling me that.  Instead it’s telling me mainly about potential problems in Tampa and Naples.  But it’s telling me the storm isn’t likely to hit Naples.  And Tampa is north of Bay Pines.

So my mind is going through my memories of being a patient at Bay Pines and of sitting through several nor’easters in Boston.  In Boston, during nor’easters, people put lawn furniture in the street.  It’s to reserve them after they shovel snow from them.

At Bay Pines people need people to be more neighborly.

 

Words and streets - 11 September 2017

Bigot Bannon is helping to sink Dirtbag Drumpf’s sinking his ship.  The prominence of Mensch Mnuchin and Kosher Kushner in Dirtbag Drumpf’s “administration” suggests that Dirtbag Drumpf dumped Bigot Bannon because he didn’t except Judaism from his bigotry.  But Bigot Bannon is promoting all of his bigotry from Breitbart while claiming continuing loyalty to Dirtbag Drumpf.

“When you side with a man,” he said quoting the movie The Wild Bunch,” you side with him.  That quotation defines the word “bigotry,” picking a side and defending it regardless of common decency or any other common sense, as people side with religions and nations and football teams.  The side of bigotry is right or left or wrong.

So let’s quote the English poet Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias.”  “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”  In the poem the quotation is on the pedestal of a statue lying broken in a desert.

 

Yoga and nibbana - 10 September 2017

CNN last week aired pictures of people waiting hours in cars for gasoline and sandbags while criminals from their county’s jail filled sandbag.  One question is how much gasoline the people burned to acquire the sandbags, and another is whether anyone evacuates jail inmates, or animals from the zoos.  Mass media also reported the evacuation of pets while saying animals in zoos excel at surviving storms inside cages.

Another question is why people retire from Michigan to Florida.  They say it’s to flee snow, but one question is whether they prefer hurricanes to snow, and another is how much highway space their RV’s are consuming in their current flight.  I love snow and wind and rain and prefer wolves to dogs for their freedom.

I’m a Hindu Buddhist Daoist believing in Jesus but not in the apostles.  I think that, if I were Jewish or Christian or Islamic, I’d worry more about storms and death.  But I believe in the unity of the universe.

 

Where to go from where - 9 September 2017

Talking to people in South Dakota, Dirtbag Drumpf touted a South Dakota company that closes real estate deals as though it exemplifies small business, and he cited its owner’s complaints against taxes as though they were typical.  That’s like a fox joining another fox in a chicken coop and telling the chickens that the fox among them is another chicken.  And he took Outsourcing Ivanka along on that freakily fraudulent foray.

Dirtbag Drumpf plays his brands of bigotry time and time again.  And a frequent refrain in his pitch is his telling us to believe him.  If his lying weren’t conspicuous, he wouldn’t need to tell anyone to believe him, and that his lying is conspicuous makes that refrain his least credible claim.

And he asked whether we should brand our manufacturing “made in the United States” or “made in America.”  He’s trying to evict back to South America people living in the United States.  His brand is fraud.

 

Advice and consent - 8 September 2017

Positive in Dirtbag Drumpf’s countering Obama’s DACA executive order by an executive order is his leaving Congress six months to replace it with legislation, and that’s positive not only because legislation is more permanent but also because most members of congress are more compassionate than Dirtbag Drumpf, but pundits opposing him are responding by denigrating his lack of leadership.

The question is why people who ordinarily denigrate Dirtbag Drumpf’s leadership are now saying he should inflict on them and the rest of us more of his denigrating dealing!

Why don’t they welcome his abdication of responsibility he says he “won?”

 

Homelands and hazards - 7 September 2017

“Economic sanctions” against countries are like human shields.  They punish the people far more than they punish the governments.  Kim Jong Un won’t eat the grass Player Putin said “the Koreans” would eat rather than ending “their” nuclear development efforts.  And neither have sanctions made Player Putin or the Castros eat grass.  Sanctions only work against democracies.

Democracies are countries of freedom of choices right or wrong.  The people of Houston accepted two mistakes from the planners of their city, building it on a flood plain and centralizing commercial business, both conspicuous to anyone attentive.  The developers proved their knowledge of the first by including the reservoirs.  And every major city has suffered from the second.  But people there let both slick by them.

In a democracy, the people have the ability to stop such, but they need to accept that responsibility by paying attention.  But most of us pay more attention to the promises of television advertisements than we do to practical long term considerations.  We let real estate developers inflict on us their attitude that motivated killing for the “promised land” and the “manifest destiny.”

 

Creepy capitalism and planned parenthood - 6 September 2017

Both Mensch Mnuchin and Dirtbag Drumpf have glamourous goy wives.  So a question is whether Ivanka Drumpf converted to Judaism before marrying Kosher Kushner or only made her Judaism public.  And another question is why media pundits are ignoring that question to complain against Melania Drumpf boarding Airforce One in high heels and also ignoring that she changed into sneakers before disembarking in Corpus Christi.

Ivanka Drumpf, contradicting Dirtbag Drumpf’s preaching “America first,” is also making shoes in China.  That, whether or not it’s ethical, is hypocritical while she preaches Dirtbag Drumpf’s preaching.  But it’s not hypocritical if she believes in the Judaic claim that God killed Egyptian babies to motivate Egyptians to give Israel their jewelry.

But consider the hypocrisy of saying Jesus celebrated that killing the night before his crucifixion.  Earlier the Gospels say he preached against harming children and said we must be like them to enter heaven.  But a Pharisee founded Christianity.

 

 

Our longest war - 5 September 2017

A former CIA Deputy Director said Sunday that Kim Jong Un is paranoid and violent but isn’t crazy.  And media and government pundits are saying both that Dirtbag Drumpf can’t be reasonable because he’s seventy years old and that Kim Jong Un can’t be reasonable because he’s 32 years old.  We need to agree on terms, not only on the terms “intelligence” and “crazy,” but also on the terms “age discrimination” and “bigotry.”

The word “bigot” originated with Christian Normans mocking Christian Angles for swearing at them by God, after the Normans conquered the Angles to take their land, as the Israelites took the land of Canaan.  Compare that to the Mongols conquering Afghanistan but leaving after finding no use for it.  And consider the Afghans’ land now.

Before the Soviet Union and the United States fought over Afghanistan, Afghans set their watches by an old gun they used only for announcing noon each day, but now that gun lies in dirt while louder guns fire at every hour in their formerly peaceful land.

 

Nests of nonsense - 4 September 2017

The Canada investment company owning the name of the home court of the New England Patriots is airing TV advertisements mainly selling salesmanship.  It depicts a TD Ameritrade agent listening to sales prospects to extent that he can sell to the prospects the notion that he and his company listens to people.  And, in that process, the prospects show how goofy and gullible, susceptible to his sales pitch, they are.

It’s a little like Dirtbag Drumpf sucking goofy greedy people into voting for him by promising to be as goofy and greedy as they are.  And he kept his customers through firing our FBI director as Player Putin might fire his FSB director despite his customers’ antipathy for anything not “American.”  They appreciated that his motive was greed.

And Republican and Democratic government and media pundits support that process by ignoring that Mitch McConnell’s wife is a member of Dirtbag Drumpf’s “administration” while they advertise antipathy between the Senator and the President.

 

Taking care of small business - 3 September 2017

John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio who ran against Dirtbag Drumpf, has now allied himself with the Democrat Governor of Colorado to replace or repair Hillamneycare.  Kasich’s parents were Roman Catholic, and he said regarding that alliance that he hears God’s call, and that life is short.  Questions are why he believes neither in faith healing nor in eternal life, if he honors his father and mother, by believing in their god.

But consider the Dirtbag Drumpf “administration” and Hurricane Harvey.  Besides the Texas National Guard, the United States Department of the Navy has sent Navy and Marine members to help, while Dirtbag Drumpf talks only of future economic assistance.  Probability is that Secretary of Defense Mattis filled Dirtbag Drumpf’s leadership gap.

Needs, if we believe presumably Jewish former University of Chicago psychologist Abraham Maslow, are on a hierarchy from base to peak with satisfying the basic physiological needs necessary before we can worry about the next level of needs.

 

The golden rule - 2 September 2017

Ken Langone, the “home improvement” entrepreneur who arranged the financing for founding Home Depot, also did that for a hospital he named for himself.  Regarding Harvey and Houston, he said that volunteers are by the grace of God, and that price gougers should have “their eyes cut from their heads.”  Apparently he’s one of those “evangelicals” ignoring the peaceful preaching of Jesus to preach “capital punishment.”

Compare that to the Muslim Malcolm X saying that we should promote common decency “by any means necessary.”  People like Langone, apparently thinking that killing is a means necessary for “correction,” accused Malcolm X of thinking that.  And the “news anchor” interviewing Langone said Harvey is of “Biblical proportion.”

It’s like Dirtbag Drumpf offering prayers.  Dirtbag Drumpf plainly cares only for his own fame and fortune.  He makes that plainly evident by promoting Russia, where he has commercial interests plainly evident and not “fake news,” while he tries to punish China.

 

The Alamo, My Lai, etc. - 1 September 2017

An MSNBC anchor passed to Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd complaints of Dirtbag Drumpf’s responding to present problems in Texas by promising only future economic help, and Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd responded by saying we should root for the Astros, advertising his asininity.  And Dirtbag Drumpf waved a Texas flag, as though the people of Louisiana aren’t welcome in Texas, as though they shouldn’t help as the people of Texas helped them during Katrina.  Bigotry apparently trumps everything else.

Certainly it does in the Torah.  Like Israel’s ISIS, Dirtbag Drumpf and the “fake news” media are disinformation operations, and the distraction supports both Dirtbag Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu.  And circumstances suggest that Dirtbag Drumpf is also Judaic.

The question is why anyone calls worshiping Mammon worshiping God.

 

The inanity rate of inflation - 31 August 2017

While we’re complaining about outsourcing jobs, let’s ask ourselves how so many of us can afford computers and football tickets, and how many Mexican or Chinese or Indian people can.  And let’s ask ourselves how many of those people could afford union dues and who profits most from the union dues we pay and why we do what with our computers.  The essential question is the cost of bread in comparison to cake.

And Dirtbag Drumpf ignores the affluence of the United States drug market to rant against the people trying to escape the poverty in Mexico, calling them rapists and drug dealers while ignoring the fact that the drugs dealers wouldn’t traffic drugs to the United States, were we the people of the United States not both able and willing to buy them?

And consider Alyssa Milano’s TV promotions of the NSPCA, and watch on your TV the rescues of we the people’s pets from Hurricane Harvey, and ask yourself why we the people of our wealth denigrate the people of China for eating dogs.

 

Reinventing the wheel - 30 August 2017

The failure of response to Hurricane Katrina was from disorganization that the second President Bush “inherited.”  Bush couldn’t correct that immediately, but he and Obama have corrected it since, and now Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to take credit for those corrections.  It’s like Reagan taking credit for the prosperity that resulted from the dust settling from the temporarily negative but eventually positive events of Carter’s term.

Dirtbag Drumpf is mainly a distraction.  Whatever respect he’s winning is by way of distracting attention from events he’s letting go to hell in his handbasket.  And what he calls fake news is fake in that it helps him distract attention by reporting those events mainly in the context of the load of crap he delivers at his rallies and through twitter.

Media and government pundits are like dogs chasing their tales.  They’re defeating themselves by trying to use Dirtbag Drumpf’s tactics to defeat him.  And one effect of that is that it magnifies his vote while drowning ours in the hogwash he spews.

 

Snakes and charms - 29 August 2017

Compare pardoning “Sheriff Joe” to firing Gruesome Gorka.  One question is whether Hurricane Harvey distracted attention from those Dirtbag Drumpf deeds, but another question is whether those Dirtbag Drumpf deeds distracted attention from Hurricane Harvey, and any answer other than that both did both is partisan politics.  Pertinent is that we should hope that neither Joe nor Gorka has ever been more politically pertinent.

We should pay more attention to what Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t doing.  One example is that ignoring the historical relationship between Spain and Morocco lets ISIS credibly claim responsibility for the terrorism in Barcelona.  Another is leaving Harvey to FEMA. 

Both domestic and international politics are suffering from Dirtbag Drumpf distraction.

 

Balance of trade - 28 August 2017

Mensch Mnuchin and Dirtbag Drumpf have in common that they’re money mongers and that they married what the Torah calls strange women, and they also have that in common with Kosher Kushner, and all three women are “glamorous.”  Yet media and government pundits are asking why “Jewish American” Gary Cohn didn’t resign from chairing Dirtbag Drumpf’s National Economic Council.  Cohn can calculate the odd odds.

And, in their desperation, media pundits have resurrected the Plame game.  They’re rearing her “glamorous” head on TV again to call her a “former covert intelligence operative” to imply that she’s an expert in the security implications of Dirtbag Drumpf’s money mongering with Russia.  And they’re ignoring the Miss Universe connection.

The question is what’s the market.  The Chinese government is trying to feed the Chinese people while Player Putin is playing Dirtbag Drumpf to feed himself.  The problem is that greed is more “populist” than providing for the general welfare.

 

The eye of the needle - 27 August 2017

Lindsey Graham, as though Hitler wasn’t both crazy and politically strategic, said that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t crazy but politically strategic.  And other media and government pundits, as though crazy people can’t read what they don’t believe, are saying that Dirtbag Drumpf is one person when he reads from teleprompters and another when he speaks ad lib.  All those pundits are emulating Camelot Kennedy’s admiration for Hypocrite Hitler and accordingly indicating that they’re like them and Dirtbag Drumpf.

Dirtbag Drumpf, if he believes that stuff about Pershing and pig blood, is certifiably crazy.  But he’s playing to the part of his base that prefers “alternative news” to what he says is “fake news.”  And part of the fakeness of what he calls fake news is failure to understand the relationships and differences.  Media pundits argue with Dirtbag Drumpf as though he believes what he says.  And they call his lack of credibility populism.

Christianity is also populism, in that it’s the most popular religion on earth, and that partly depends on its including Judaic scripture in Christian scripture.  Judaism, because it doesn’t offer eternal life, is the least popular of the six most popular religions. But its promise of material wealth to people who believe in God is popular.

 

Context and consequences - 26 August 2017

One problem with the 49ers quarterback protesting bigotry is that football is a model for bigotry.  Fundamentally football is one group of people trying to defeat another group of people for fun or money or other reasons that have no relationship to common decency.  And another problem with his kneeling in protest is that the original 49ers were literally gold-diggers.  And the guy’s changed the color of his skin with tattoos.  It’s a little weird.

But it may not be as crazy as the preaching of “moral equivalency” concerning the violence in Charlottesville.  People saying that nothing justifies violence are saying that some people beating people with sticks are more moral than other people beating people with sticks and accordingly bear no blame for their violence.  Their arguments are morally equivalent to Dirtbag Drumpf’s arguments that all Muslims are all bad.

Bigotry is bigotry, and it’s the main difficulty in ridding the world of terrorism, besides being the main difficulty in ridding the United States of Dirtbag Drumpf.  Consider Malala, and ask yourself whether she won the Nobel prize for peace because she demanded girls’ right to education, or because Muslims were depriving her of it.  Incidentally, no beheadings are in the Qur’an, but about a hundred are in the Bible.

 

Terrorism trumping truth - 25 August 2017

Both the Torah and the Bhagavad Gita promote war in the name of the creator of everything.  But the Torah promotes it to take land for people it says God prefers, while the Bhagavad Gita promotes it for people to be what they are, if they’re of the warrior caste.  Yet, otherwise, both Judaism and Hinduism praise peace.

An example of the craziness of bigotry is Political Panetta’s Abbottabad bin Laden fraud, and now he’s said that solving the situation in Afghanistan depends on securing the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is through a barren wilderness.  It’s through rugged mountains in which only smugglers and other fugitives live, and the only road from the capital of Afghanistan to the capital of Pakistan is a gravel road through the mountains, and no cities are on the border!  How can a former CIA director think or say that securing the Hindu Kush is easier than securing the Rio Grande?

Compassion depends on understanding, and understanding depends on honesty, not partisan propaganda.  Saying that Dirtbag Drumpf is wrong about “liberal” violence against “conservative” violence plays into his hands by arguing the notion of “my country right or wrong.  “Patriotism” is a synonym for “nationalism.”

 

Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:


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

Kim - a 1901 novel

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

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

Dust

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