- 24 May 2018
Both Heehaw Hillary and Dirtbag Drumpf have
proven themselves incompetent and corrupt.
Dirtbag Drumpf can’t deal with his
cabinet, and the staff of our Department of State held Heehaw Hillary in
contempt, before the Benghazi debacle.
And components of news that aren’t fake
are reports of Dirtbag Drumpf’s business dealings and Heehaw Hillary’s
participation in the “non-profit” Clinton Foundation’s “influence
So one question is why anyone voted for either
of them, and another question is why they retain the support of their
parties, and those are the most important questions.
They indicate that the greatest
democracy is going to hell in a handbasket, and Democrats are depending
on the incompetence and corruption of Republicans to return them to our
Presidency, leaving us no where to turn.
We need electoral reform.
And the first step would be easy.
The Electoral College is susceptible to
influence peddling, and the reasoning that created it isn’t reasonable
in our information age, when we can count votes at the speed of light.
The reason for it was that state and
local governments could hold elections for electors before the national
The electors had time to ride horses to
And that’s also why we have parties.
- 23 May 2018
Dirtbag Drumpf, before Pandering Pence “swore
in” Waterboarder Haspel to direct our Central Intelligence Agency, asked
God to bless the CIA and America.
And news reporters are now reporting
that representatives not only of Russia but also of Saudi Arabia and
Israel offered to help Dirtbag Drumpf be President of the United States.
Those three governments have but one
common goal, to undermine the democratic processes that keep our nation
one of common decency, and not autocratic or theocratic.
And Dirtbag Drumpf was the most chaotic
Define “well regulated.”
The evangelical Governor of Texas said that
video games are causing kids to kill.
In the fifties, second only to sports,
“shoot-em-up” movies were boys’ favorite entertainment, and their
favorite game was pretending to shoot one another, with cap guns.
Violence has been ordinary in the
United States since our “wild west” defined our “manifest destiny” by
inspiring movies to inspire boys to play “cowboys and Indians” decades
And Yahoo Nethanyahu, by saying that “everyone
in the Middle East” supports Dirtbag Drumpf, emulated Dirtbag Drumpf.
Heehaw Hillary wouldn’t be paranoid
enough to accuse the United States’ Justice Department of being out to
- 22 May 2018
Consider this “news” story.
A woman thought she heard a dog barking
at 2:30 a.m. and went outside her house and saw a bear attacking her
daughter, and the reporter said that the child survived but that the
authorities were hunting for the bear, to “put it down.”
We humans, in our anthropocentric
bigotry, kill “dumb animals” for irresponsibility but don’t blame humans
for evading their responsibility for their children.
And now a question is whether the
“authorities” will do anything to that guy whose son killed ten people
in a school in a town Texans named for a saint.
Reporters have said that he owned the
shotgun and revolver the kid used and that he said he didn’t know how he
But they’ve said that no one had any
reason to expect the kid to kill.
And they’ve said that he was in a black trench
coat like the ones in which the Columbine kids killed and that other
kids have said he was in it at school every day and that he complained
of bullying and that a coach bullied him.
hell is he talking about?
- 21 May
Another “school shooting,” and this one was in
the state most famous for “guns,” Texas.
And Dirtbag Drumpf, who bragged while
campaigning for election to our presidency that he could shoot someone
on Fifth Avenue and not deter his “base” from voting for him, responded
by rambling the same promises he makes and breaks in every similar
We the people of the United States need
to deport him to Putindom.
And we need to do the same to everyone who
says that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
guarantees us the “God-given right to own guns.”
Perhaps the most pertinent question is
why those people of our literate nation haven’t read that short
paragraph carefully enough to know that it assures that right only to a
“well regulated militia.”
Too bad we can’t swap Dirtbag Drumpf’s
“base” for Mexicans.
The reason walls haven’t worked in China or
Afghanistan against Mongols or in Israel against Palestinians is the
same reason Dirtbag Drumpf’s wall won’t work here.
Much news is fake, but enough facts
slip through the fake punditry to let us know basic actuality, and no
one can build a wall against thoughts.
And that’s especially true in our
information age, and more acts follow understanding actuality, one way
- 20 May 2018
Consider the possibility that Dirtbag Drumpf
is putting Raucous Rush out of business.
Loudmouth Limbaugh made his fame by
going out on limbs on which Dirtbag Drumpf swings, but most mass media
pundits are ignoring him while Dirtbag Drumpf rants in Rush’s style,
perhaps lopping Limbaugh’s limb.
Perhaps the reason for all of that is
that both are in the entertainment business while Dirtbag Drumpf has a
bigger bully pulpit.
He had the TV audience for his “reality show,”
and now he can bully the government of the United States into paying
attention to him, while Raucous Rush depends mainly on less major media.
So, perhaps he’ll be entirely out of
business by the time we the people put Dirtbag Drumpf out of office, if
Let’s hope for both.
And, while we’re hoping, we might well demand
of Democrats that they fill the gap well.
Currently most of them are standing by
the woman who’s most responsible for Dirtbag Drumpf’s election.
Partisan politics are now mainly a
- 19 May 2018
Now, apparently, Killer Kim is playing Dirtbag
Drumpf as Player Putin has.
Killer Kim knows that, because Dirtbag
Drumpf has no credibility among reasonable people, he’s hanging his
chances for credibility on seeming to be more reasonable that Killer
Killer Kim doesn’t need credibility in
his homeland, and he has no reason to expect any credibility from our
nation, beyond that for which Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to play him.
And, meanwhile, Dirtbag Drumpf’s cabinet is
also trying to play him.
But a problem is that media and
government pundits are inaccurately comparing him to Tricky Dicky.
Dicky was tricky, and he cared about
the people of the United States, while Dirtbag Drumpf is a buffoon and
cares for nothing beyond his own fame and fortune.
So those pundits, by saying that Dirtbag Drumpf
is like Tricky Dicky, are demonstrating that they’re more like Dirtbag
Drumpf than like Tricky Dicky, and Tricky Dicky was also less criminal
than Dirtbag Drumpf, and quaked from war.
and the trees
- 18 May 2018
Evangelical-in-Chief Pandering Pence is the
highest-ranking member of Dirtbag Drumpf’s dirtbag cabinet.
But that’s a mixed metaphor, since a
cabinet is a box and not a bag, and so let’s call it a gaggle of
Dirtbag Drumpf hires them to be loyal
to him, and that leaves them disloyal to one another, and Pandering
Pence is no exception.
And we might consider the significance of that
in view of what the evangels said Jesus said of hypocrites.
Pence is backstabbing the other
cannibals to weasel his way into his own the Presidency.
Try mixing that with Hamilton and Burr.
And, while you’re stirring all that into your
stew pot, think about who’s profiting from mixing the messes in Iran and
Syria and Russia.
Buddha left his father’s palace
17 May 2018
The debate regarding Dirtbag Drumpf’s
“communications staffer” saying that John McCain’s opinion doesn’t
matter because he’s “dying anyway” festers weirder and weirder.
Of course the reason she doesn’t
apologize is that Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t apologize, but a deeper problem
with Dirtbag Drumpf is that he cares for nothing beyond his claim to
fame and fortune, and CNN is showing concerning the “kidney procedure”
of Melania Drumpf that neither does it.
A CNN pundit asked why the procedure
wasn’t in the seven miles between the Whitehouse and Walter Reed.
And, while all that’s going on, Jews are
killing Palestinians by the dozens and wounding them by the hundreds for
being too near Israel’s Drumpf wall along the Gaza border.
And CNN is saying that the reason the
Israelis are deploying gas and explosive munitions against the
Palestinians is that the Palestinians are throwing stones.
Of course the reason for that is that
CNN’s reporting and editorial staff is dominantly Judaic.
None of them care about anyone other
In order for suffering in Sudan or
Bhutan to be “news” stories, it must be a result of genocide or mass
famine, or AIDS.
It’s like calling poor countries third
world nations because they suffer too much to align themselves with
second world communist nations or the first world capitalist nations.
- 16 May 2018
Read the Bible.
The Judaic part of it says that the
capital of Israel was Samaria while the capital of Judah was Jerusalem.
Yahoo Netanyahu, by calling Israel a
Judaic state, is trying to have it both ways.
And CNN called the opening of our
embassy in Jerusalem a moment of triumph.
CNN’s editorial staff is dominantly
I recently said that 400 thousand Palestinian
refugees are in Lebanon and Jordan.
But I’ve learned that was a mistake,
that more than 400 thousand Palestinian refugees are in Lebanon, while
more than two million are in refugee camps in Jordan.
And Dirtbag Drumpf’s Jewish son-in-law
ignored that to speak at the Jerusalem embassy’s opening.
And the international destabilization that
leaving the “Iran deal” and that exacerbates plays into Player Putin’s
hands, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s dealing with Killer Kim mainly distracts
from all of it, as does his other crap.
It’s as though we’ve elected Sean Penn
to preside over our government.
The word “entertainment” means pulling
- 15 May 2018
After growing up in a small city in Michigan,
and more than a half century of living in several countries on three
continents and visiting 31 countries and 44 states, I live in a smaller
city in Michigan.
Respecting the tradition of town pubs,
places where people eat and drink and talk of local politics and other
concerns, I developed a habit of visiting each of my current town’s two
pubs each Saturday Afternoon.
But, last week, people in the smaller
of those two pubs interpreted my comparison of racism in those two small
Michigan towns as though I were racist and didn’t belong in their public
Coldwater, the town where I grew up, had a
foundry in which European Americans refused to work, and it imported
Arabs to work in it, but it closed anyway.
Albion, the town where I now reside,
had a foundry in which Europeans Americans refused to work, and it
imported African Americans to work in it, but it also closed anyway.
And Coldwater now has a large Arab
American population, while Albion has a large African American
population, and racial relations are tense in both towns.
And I said that both towns were “stuck
with” their “people” and that they need to learn to get along together.
A daughter of the owner of that pub had told
me to “trust” her that, because most of Albion’s African American
population is on welfare, it’s more than what the census says.
And the owner of the other pub told me
the reason it has no pool tables is that “bad element,” and so I think
the problem for me in both pubs is the buzz of colloquial diction, that
Albion’s racial tensions make the words “stuck” and “people” offensive
I referred those people to my public
writing, my book I dedicated to Rosa Parks and my website, but one
replied by asking me whether my website is “white supremacist.”
Time and up
- 14 May 2018
Evangelists are in Dirtbag Drumpf’s base
because they and he are warmongers and racists and sexists.
Note that the Bible promotes killing
anyone not descendant from Israel for their land in the name of God and
that the apostle Paul said that the man is the head of the woman and
that women speaking in church is a shame and that they should curb their
questions until they’re at home and ask their husbands to teach them
And Dirtbag Drumpf’s notion of feminism
is marrying and fathering models and hiring a woman who directed
torturing people to direct our Central Intelligence Agency.
But part of the problem is that many women
think that lipstick and high heels are emblems of feminism.
That’s like Judaic Leonard Bernstein
saying that God made Tina Turner to teach other women how to walk on
And other women think feminism is being
a football fan.
Football players are famous for beating their
wives as Ike beat Tina.
- 13 May 2018
Pundits are saying that waterboarding Gina
Haspel’s calmness before our Congress indicates “professionalism.”
Professionals are people who profess,
and Haspel professed waterboarding and now professes belief in law, and
calmness while lying and hating is symptomatic of sociopaths.
And “law” concerning waterboarding is
an indication of our common law system changing laws to fit shifting
We need to consider how our Congressional
conscience has changed toward waterboarding from the 9/11 Presidency of
the second Bush to the healing Presidency of Obama.
And, from a political perspective, we
need to note that Lindsey Graham deprecated Dirtbag Drumpf before
sucking up to him after sucking up to John McCain.
And now Graham is supporting
waterboarding after McCain deprecated it.
We the people of the United States and every
other nation run in circles.
The Buddha announced his enlightenment
in what Buddhists call the thread of the wheel of truth, and now a
carnival wheel ride is in the deer sanctuary where he delivered that
thread, to end all suffering.
And a similar wheel is now a landmark
in London, after Richard the Lionhearted crusaded for Roman Catholics,
before Henry XIII made them unlawful.
is a homeland?
- 12 May 2018
Now Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical base is
calling for him to “win” the Nobel Peace Prize.
That’s reasonable, to people who have
read the Bible and know that the Judaic notion of peace is success in
keeping people from defending their homeland, and know that Nobel was
Nobel’s business was explosives, and
the success of Dirtbag Drumpf with Killer Kim came from exchanging
threats, of mutual nuclear destruction.
One question is whether saving three prisoners
is worth placating Killer Kim.
Another question is whether either
Killer Kim or Dirtbag Drumpf is more likely to keep promises than is
And another is how Dirtbag Drumpf will
deal with Iran.
Note that Yahoo Netanyahu isn’t complaining
about Killer Kim.
sense and common decency
- 11 May
Dirtbag Drumpf’s displays a picture of Andrew
Jackson in the Oval Office.
Jackson, a Democrat, perpetrated the
trail of tears by advising the Governor of Georgia to ignore a Supreme
Court injunction against it.
So, of course, Dirtbag Drumpf nominated
a water boarder to direct our Central Intelligence Agency.
But the operant question is how the
party of Abraham Lincoln is now the party supporting that.
Lincoln was a Republican.
Of course the answer is that political parties
are partisan only in that they support one another and not any
The Republican Party was against
Dirtbag Drumpf before they were for him because he “won” our Presidency
while calling himself a Republican.
The Democratic Party bought into
Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy for votes and reversed that hypocrisy to
stand by Heehaw Hillary after she stood by Bubba.
Persons, but not personalities, carry weight.
Dirtbag Drumpf is a Dirtbag, but
Republicans support him, because he calls himself a Republican.
Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms
deserted the party of Jefferson Davis when Camelot Kennedy preached
civil rights for votes.
But most Democrats stood by him as they
stand by Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill.
The “swamp” is a cesspool of hogwash.
- 10 May 2018
In my week in New Orleans, I never turned on
the TV in my hotel room, and I ignored the TV’s in the bars.
And the first news story I saw on my TV
after I returned home was our Congress interrogating water boarder
So, apparently, not much is new.
Notes I have from watching TV the day before I
left for New Orleans refer to Dirtbag Drumpf firing his chief attorney
and of his former doctor under fire for mentioning that Dirtbag Drumpf
used drugs to grow his hair.
And the main question media and
government pundits asked concerning Doctor Bornstein’s saying that was
whether his doing it publicly was a crime.
We should ask not Cobb but Avenatti.
But a more important question is what other
drugs Dirtbag Durmpf uses.
The most important questions concerning
him are what crimes he has committed and is commiting.
And any pundit evading those questions
is effectually colluding with him.
Drumpf is like Coward Kerry
- 4 May
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace shrieks against
Dirtbag Drumpf as Fox News’ Maria Bartiroma shrieks for him.
Their shrieking does nothing for or
against reasonable people’s thoughts of Dirtbag Drumpf and makes them
resemble Dirtbag Drumpf.
Wallace and Bartiroma are guests at the
liberally elitist tea party.
And so is “America’s mayor.”
Giuliani jumped on the 9/11 bandwagon
and has ridden it onto Dirtbag Drumpf’s “legal team.”
He fits on both wagons by ignoring the
motive for 9/11 and blaming innocent peaceful Muslims for it.
The whole mess is like Dirtbag Drumpf’s last two
“personal physicians” behaving as hippy and veteran drug dealers.
Ask how Bornstein’s records threaten Dirtbag
And investigate that.
- 3 May 2018
Dirtbag Drumpf is playing evangelicals as Paul
The Gospels say that Jesus warned his
disciples against the doctrine of the Pharisees.
But the Book of Acts says that Pharisee
Saul of Tarsus, after being complicit in the stoning of the first
Christian martyr, told a story about Jesus talking to him from the sky
after the crucifixion and changed his name to Paul, and tracked down
Peter and told the story to him.
And Paul’s disciple Luke never met
Jesus but wrote the Book of Acts and one of the Gospels.
Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical base is a
bunch of ignorant pharisaical hypocrites.
And note that the only person to deploy
Nuclear weapons in war was Hell Harry and that his mother descended from
Jacob and Rachel Jung, German Jews who immigrated to the New York colony
the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and
changed their name to Young.
And note that Oppenheimer’s parents
were German Jews and that Einstein was a German Jewish immigrant and
that Einstein provided the theory Oppenheimer applied to nuclear
And ask yourself why the United States
government officially isn’t sure that Israel has developed nuclear
And note that Dirtbag Drumpf pals around with
Yahoo Netanyahu more than with Player Putin, and note that Dirtbag
Drumpf’s grandfather immigrated to New York from Germany, and changed
his name to Trump.
And not that bigot Dirtbag Drumpf
accepted his daughter’s marrying Kosher Kushner, and appointed him to
deal with Israel concerning Israel’s efforts to take Palestinians’ land,
as the Bible says they’ve tried to do through three millennia.
And ask why our media, ostensibly
opposing Dirtbag Drumpf, spew hogwash at him like white Br’er Rabbit
punching the tar baby.
- 2 May 2018
Dirtbag Drumpf has timed moving embassy from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to coincide with annual Palestinian protests
against Israelis forcing them into imprisonment in Gaza and into refuge
in Lebanon and Jordan.
Already, during those protests, Israeli
snipers have killed more than thirty protesters at the border between
Gaza and the United Nations Israeli mandate.
And Dirtbag Drumpf would order the same
in Tijuana if he could.
Israelis also has walls, and Palestinians are
defying them, as the caravan is defying them at the border between
Tijuana and San Diego.
And an MSNBC pundit said that, because
Palestine has no United Nations mandate to be a nation, the border
between Gaza and Israel isn’t a sovereign border.
And that’s typical of our media and
government punditry trying to excuse Israel’s illegally expanding its
And it’s also typical of the attitude of
Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical “base.”
He and they would make Mexico a prison
for poor people if they could, as Israel is herding Palestinians into
Gaza and bombing and otherwise besieging them there, blocking delivery
of their basic needs.
That Dirtbag Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu
are buddies and that Ivanka says she’s Jewish also suggest that bigot
Dirtbag Drumpf is Jewish.
with a straw pig
- 1 May 2018
“Anything that makes a veteran feel better, we
support,” said a doctor speaking for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
That attitude, and not the trafficking
of drugs into the United States from Mexico or Columbia, is the
foundation of the opioid epidemic.
And legal United States drug companies
promote it in TV advertising, and so do media and government pundits
promoting legalizing marijuana, while they ignore other plain facts.
An example is Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief
medical correspondent, promoting a commercial pain killer he says is a
marijuana derivative but has no THC.
He says that THC is the “active
ingredient” in marijuana, while he ignores the obvious fact that another
ingredient must be active, if that derivative has no THC but kills pain.
And police know that marijuana
increases the likelihood of automobile accidents.
And consider the relationship between “the
munchies” and obesity and the relationship between “pot paranoia” and
Of course, if marijuana is no more
harmful than beer, it should be no less legal than beer.
But the problem is that media and
government pundits are pushing marijuana.
That they’re not pushing beer indicates
And, anyway, two wrongs don’t make a
- 30 April 2018
A problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s corruption is
that it distracts attention from more important concerns.
While we the people and our media and
government pundits are paying attention to Dirtbag Drumpf’s
irrationality, we and they are delaying our attention to DACA and to the
increase in terrorism that we can reasonably expect to occur in a couple
of weeks, because of what Dirtbag Drumpf rejected and what he promised.
His failure to extend DACA will have an
impact much like what Israel does to Palestinians, and his moving our
embassy to Jerusalem encourages that, both in three months.
And we the people and our media and government
pundits are also ignoring the relationship between Dirtbag Drumpf’s
collusion with Player Putin and his collusion with Killer Kim.
Player Putin, to undercut reasonable
international relations, supports Killer Kim as he supports Bashar
al-Assad and Dirtbag Drumpf.
And we’re letting the “summit” with
Killer Kim be but one more distraction from that and Iran.
We need to recognize that, while what Dirtbag
Drumpf is doing with Killer Kim may improve reasonable international
relations, Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t care.
His only concern is hoping it’ll
improve his credibility.
So it shouldn’t.
- 29 April 2018
Indicative of political partisanship is that
the party of Jefferson Davis, after decades of Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy
for votes, is now siding with Secessionist Sessions.
That is, the Democratic Party is trying
to rest on its hypocritical laurels, while both having and eating its
It’s like Judaic Jive Jake Turkey
Tapper trying to maintain CNN’s trust by attacking Judaic Scott Israel
for not protecting a mostly Judaic school.
We the people of the United States need to pay
Consider the relationship between all
that and Dirtrbag Drumpf’s “base.”
Dirtbat Drumpf’s “base” is violently
and ignorantly hypocritical evangelical couch potatoes.
Think of FanDuel.com and the main
marketing tool of our universities.
Our tradition of bigotry is epidemic.
It began with the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus
founding the Roman Catholic Church on the hypocrisy of ignoring Jesus’
warning his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.
And now it has us supporting Judaic
Read the Bible.
- 28 April 2018
Media and government pundits have said that
Player Putin has been in positions ranging from being a KGB agent to
directing the KGB.
George Herbert Walker Bush has been in
positions ranging from being a CIA agent to directing the CIA.
And both have presided over their
Drunken drug pusher Ronny Jackson “withdrew”
from Dirtbag Drumpf’s nominating him to direct our Department of
He said the reason was that his
postoperative vetting was distracting from Dirtbag Drumpf.
Distracting is how Dirtbag Drumpf
And it’s also how media and government pundits
And a result of that is that we the
people are treating the whole mess as we treat Hollywood movies and TV
any of us protesting as we did in the sixties.
- 27 April 2018
Think about “vetting.”
Michael Avenatti, the attorney
defending “Stormy Daniels” against Dirtbag Drumpf, received a
baccalaureate degree in political science from Dirtbag Drumpf’s
alma mater and graduated first
in his class from George Washington University Law School.
And Ronny Jackson, the Navy doctor
Dirtbag Drumpf tried to hire to lead the United States Department of
Veterans affairs, boozed and pushed drugs at work and couldn’t get along
with his coworkers while he ostensibly cared for the health of
And note that the word “vetting”
originated with Veterinarians caring not for veterans but for “beasts.”
And think about Jackson’s dealing
Perhaps Dirtbag Drumpf, who tweets nonsense at
6:00 a.m., values drug-pushing drunk Jackson for the same reason he
hired his nutcase doctor who praised his health before he was President,
and perhaps he tried to kick Jackson upstairs to bribe him to keep
hiding truth, as he did “Stormy Daniels.”
Note that the Sphinx is part human and part
- 26 April 2018
The father of the kid who killed in that
Waffle House in Nashville gave his son the firearms twice.
Police took them from the son once and
gave them back to the father, and the father gave them back to the son,
and here we are again!
Does anyone remember the mother who
owned the firearms her son used for a multiple killing and trained him
to use them and complained about him in the bar where she was a fly?
This time, some media and government pundits
are suggesting that the father had some responsibility, but ordinarily
media and government pundits speak of parents as thought they’re
And that denial extends not only to
crimes by kids but also to crimes killing kids!
Who blames JonBenét Ramsey’s parents
for making her bait?
But the pundits may be blaming the Waffle
House killer’s father because the kid had no clothes under his coat.
Note that the Motion Picture Academy of
Arts and Sciences rates nudity more severely than killing!
Are “violent video games” “adult
- 25 April 2018
Dirtbag Drumpf is saying he supports veterans
while he’s packing his cabinet with warmongers.
That’s like Jerk Johnson’s saying he supported
civil rights while he sent about two million United States soldiers to
Vietnam to kill what he called little yellow people.
And Dirtbag Drumpf is supporting Player Putin’s
support for Bashar al-Assad.
- 24 April 2018
Killer Kim has promised to stop testing his
ability to wield nuclear weapons halfway around earth.
His word is about as reliable as
Dirtbag Drumpf has made the word of the United States government in the
Paris Accords and would have it be in the Iran Agreement.
And Dirtbag Drumpf is talking as though
he’s won Killer Kim’s promise.
It’s like pundits asking General Electric to
guarantee that its response to the recent explosion of one of its
engines will “guarantee” that “it’s safe to fly.”
It’s like promising “a chicken in every
pot” or the Democratic Party’s promising that Heehaw Hillary would be
better for the general welfare than is Dirtbag Drumpf.
It’s like Bob Barker or Soap Oprah
telling people to “come on down” to their promises of winning.
We have a long road of problems ahead of us,
and the Democratic Party’s most recent response to Dirtbag Drumpf is to
sue him for conspiring to defeat Heehaw Hillary.
The party of Jefferson Davis is
promising no end to its hypocrisy for votes that put Dirtbag Drumpf into
Essentially that’s “doubling down” on
- 23 April 2018
An example of the absurdity of our punditry
industry is that media and government pundits are saying that Dirtbag
Drumpf thinks Investigator Mueller is treating him unfairly.
Dirtbag Drumpf’s problem with Mueller’s
investigation is that Mueller is going to tell the whole world of
Dirtbag Drumpf’s criminal behavior.
Dirtbag Drumpf knows his behavior and
is lying every way he can to prevent what his own unfairness has earned.
And the fact that those pundits talk as though
they don’t know that indicates their own unfairness and dishonesty.
Trusting people who say liars believe
their lies is like trusting people who use phrases like “trust me” and
“to tell the truth” and “believe me.”
Trustworthy and honest people expect
people to trust them and believe them.
It’s like Basher Bash, Chief Political
Correspondent for “the most trusted name in news” dressing in leather
some days and in little girl dresses some days.
She shifts the fashion of her behavior
with the winds of commerce and politics.
Ask her husband.
build a wall
- 22 April 2018
Terrorism is intentionally terrifying people.
So look at the TV drug advertisements,
with some of them advertising diseases the drug companies fictionalize,
and many of them advertising pain to sell pain killers.
And think of the phrase
And listen to media and government pundits,
promoting legalizing Marijuana while decrying the opioid epidemic, and
ask why we have illegal drug traffic.
Legal drug companies and punditry are pushing
- 21 April 2018
I don’t believe a friend of mine just died of
I don’t believe in cancer, and neither
do I believe in death, and the reason is the same as the reason I’m a
Hindu Buddhist Daoist, believing in Jesus but not in the apostles, or in
Judaism or Christianity or Islam.
What seems to me to have been my life
suggests to me that everything is a figment of everyone’s imagination
and that Rick and his brother Greg, whom people seem to me to think
killed himself, remain friends of mine.
A question is why I’ve imagined such
things happening to people I imagine to be my friends.
But I imagine it to be the question of
Hindus worship everything, because they think
everything is God because God is everything, and Buddhists do the same
but don’t express that in Hindu metaphorical personification or ritual,
and the fundamental tenet of Daoism is universal acceptance.
But Jews and Christians and Muslims say
that God is separate from his creation, and blames and punishes humans
he created for not being what he wished to create, and pits those who
are against those who aren’t.
And I think I’ve read the definitive
scripture of each.
I mean I think I may imagine them.
And I’m writing or imagining writing a
book summarizing them for others I imagine may read it and understand
the disjunction that seems to me to come from ignorance and stop killing
one another all over earth in the name of God.
But I’m finding difficult imagining
people who don’t read the scriptures in which they say they believe
trying to imagine anything they don’t already imagine.
Unreasonable abstract reasoning
20 April 2018
Media and government pundits are calling
Dirtbag Drumpf’s attorney Michael Cohen a fixer.
“Fixer” isn’t a legal term but a
colloquial term referring to an attorney who helps a client obstruct
And Hannity is a media pundit
supporting all Dirtbag Drumpf says, and Hanity said that Cohen is a
friend of his who gave him real estate advice, and real estate dealing
is Dirtbag Drumpf’s main front for his many means of sucking bucks.
And waffling diction is also a principle means
for diplomacy, and an example of that is the title of Madeleine
Albright’s new book, Fascism.
Etymologically, “Fascism” refers to a
bundle of sticks, and politically it refers to the immediate advisors
and protectors of a dictator.
The metaphor is of a bunch of little
sticks protecting a big stick they surround.
Think of cabinets and collusion and of Hannity
and Cohen and Dirtbag Drumpf.
And think of the Republicans violating
their integrity to support Dirtbag Drumpf because he says he’s a
And think of how their diction clouds
our national judgement.
So consider another metaphor.
Hercules, to kill the titan Antaeus,
needed to deprive him of grounding.
And add to that the metaphor of clouds
having silver linings.
And think of how Dirtbag Drumpf is deploying us
to strangle our democracy.
- 19 April 2018
Comey answered questions.
His book responds both to what Dirtbag
Drumpf said to him and to what Dirtbag Drumpf said to the rest of us,
and it responds to how we and media and government pundits responded
both to him and to Dirtbag Drumpf, and that includes what Cubio Rubio
said of the size of Dirtbag Drumpf’s hands.
But now media and government pundits
are using the first amendment to claim that Comey shouldn’t.
And, as usual, we the people are swallowing
We demand our rights while denying
others’, and we ignore how the two relate to one another, preferring
differences to relationships.
Note the relationship between Coca Cola
and cocaine and between caffeine and steroids and between couches and
potatoes and sports and war.
Remember that “happy days” were the days when
TV rose to center stage in our lives and promoted Coca Cola and
Cadillacs with fins.
Since then we’ve followed that trend
from fifteen cent hamburgers to Big Macs.
And now Dirtbag Drumpf is President.
Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:
Books and a screenplay by
Billy Lee Harman
a 1901 novel
Were all on Earth claiming or
denying any sectarian religion to set aside their bigotry long enough to
read this book carefully, they'd lead the rest of us to understand
and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.
- a 2017 film
This film portrays the horrors
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
a 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 Glory –
a 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 –
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."