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Kingdom within us - 26 May 2017

We say what people say we should say.  We pick a party or a religion and say what others of that party or religion say we should say.  And, if we think for ourselves, we do it to excuse what our party or religion says we should think.  The leaders of our parties and religions aren’t in business for us.  They’re like Herr Drumpf.

Currently media and government pundits are calling Judaism and Christianity and Islam the three great religions.  They say that to convince us that they’re not bigots, but their saying that indicates their bigotry against Hinduism and Buddhism and Daoism, and they also deny the monism of those three great religions by saying that Judaism and Christianity and Islam are the monotheistic religions.  They ignore all of their scriptures.

Hindus and Buddhists and Daoists believe that God is everything and accordingly worship everything.  That insight and outlook accords with Jesus saying that loving our neighbors is like loving God, but Jews and Christians and Muslims say that God is in a place in the sky, separate from us.  Define “conscience.”


Regulators - 25 May 2017

Herr Drumpf, speaking to more than fifty Arab leaders, used the word “Islamist” as a synonym for “terrorist,” and our media and government pundits are saying he “softened his tone,” against Islam.  The problem may be that those pundits don’t know that the inflection “ist” and the infection “ic” are semantically identical.  But, if so, the reason may be that the pundits learned in communication courses to ignore their English courses.

Anyway, a fundamental cause of the war on terror is ignorance and irresponsibility of our media, what many of our media and government pundits call the fourth branch of our government.  Pundits say that the war on terror is a war to defend Judaism against Muslims, and that assertion makes clear that that those pundits haven’t bothered to read the scriptures of those religions, which plainly indicate that Judaism originated in terrorism millennia before Islam originated in hope of uniting the three religions that originated in Judaism.  Reading a page a day since 9/11 would have obviated that.

But Obamacare, the act our Congress absurdly called the Affordable Healthcare Act, is longer than the Qur’an and the Torah together.  And members of our Congress said it was too long to read before they voted for it, and now they’re saying the American Healthcare Act is too long to read, while it’s a fraction as long as Hillamneycare.  And killing has more entertainment value than understanding despite the claims of humanity.


Who can’t lie? - 24 May 2017

Media and government pundits are saying that Herr Drumpf shouldn’t tweet.  And they’re saying that the reason he shouldn’t tweet is that it lets people know what to expect from him.  And, at the same time, they’re saying that they never know what to expect from him.  What Herr Drumpf tweets is hardly relevant either to what he may tweet next or otherwise does.  Opportunities are momentary.  He’s an opportunist.

And so are the pundits.  Their problem is that they can’t keep up.  And they’re in the message business while Herr Drumpf is in the obfuscation business.  And that’s why their messages against him drain from him as water from wax.  Honesty is irrelevant either to them or to him.

But we the people still have the cherry trees people of Japan gave us before Truman murdered a hundred thousand of them.


Killing mustard seeds - 23 May 2017

The Qur’an forbids Muslims dividing against one another.  But the division between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims originated from Muslims disagreeing over who would succeed Muhammad.  And now that dispute is part of the war on Terror, with Shia Muslims the minority of Islam but the majority in Iran, while our media and government pundits treat all Muslims as though they promote the Iranians’ radical extremism.

Islam originated in Saudi Arabia, and fewer than fifteen percent of the people of Saudia Arabia are Shia Muslims, but our media and government pundits are accusing their government of supporting the terrorism of the Persian Shiite government of Iran.  Part of the reason for that may be that Saudi Arabian Osama bin Laden directed the terror on 9/11.  But that unreasonable rationale depends on ignoring Islam and ordinary hypocrisy.

The Saudi Arabian government prefers Herr Drumpf to Obama only because Herr Drumpf is less reasonable toward Iran, and Herr Drumpf’s interest in Saudi Arabia is only commercial, for his private gain.  Islam originated as an effort to extend Christianity, and its grounding in Judaic scriptures, to the Arabs of Saudi Arabia.  But that effort failed because of Judaic support of pagan Arabs against Muhammad.


Sorting bigots and suicide bombers - 22 May 2017

Imagine Joe Lieberman replacing James Comey.  One thing it would do would be to confirm the collusion of Herr Drumpf and Judaic Jared with Yahoo Netanyahu.  Lieberman says he’s independent, and he’s not a Democrat or a Republic, because he’s Judaic.  Imagine him investigating the counterintelligence collusion between Israel and ISIS.  Imagine the escalation of terrorism in response to such an appointment.

But Herr Drumpf’s presidency may drain the swamp in the long run.  Pandering Pence and other people supporting him are destroying their future in American politics.  And Lieberman will go down the drain with the rest of them.

The bigots are blowing each other away.


The east bank - 21 May 2017

Only Yahoo Netanyahu and CNN can save Herr Drumpf from impeachment.  Judaism, with its claim that God prefers the descendants of one man to all other humans, defines bigotry in general land racism in particular.  Herr Drumpf is selling out his silly supporters not by being in commercial collusion with Russians but by being in political collusion with Israel.  His main base is evangelical gentiles.  And they sell themselves.

The crusaders were Roman Catholics who took Jerusalem back from Muslims but didn’t give it back to Jews, and the Protestant reformation didn’t protest or reform that treatment of “the promised land” as though the Gospels say God promised to help them kill its inhabitants to take it from them, what the Torah says God promised the Israelites.  And now evangelicals are treating North America as though it’s their manifest destiny.

Herr Drumpf is behaving as did Camelot Kennedy.  In 1963, Kennedy ignored what’s now Herr Drumpf’s main base sicking dogs and firemen with hoses on children praying for their unalienable rights, until mass media called the children’s efforts their crusade, prompting Kennedy’s lip service to civil rights for votes.  Now both Herr Drumpf’s base and most media and government pundits are calling Islamic refugees terrorists.


Ignoring the obvious - 20 May 2017

A problem with Herr Drumpf’s sucking air out of the news is that it distracts attention from the root cause of what we’re calling the war on terror.  Israel, in contravention of the United Nations’ mandate for the State of Israel and other international law, has forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land.  And the United States government motivated 9/11 by supporting that Israeli terrorism against those people.

Herr Drumpf is keeping us eyeless outside Gaza and Bethlehem, and that supports Yahoo Netanyahu’s terrorism, whether or not he intends it.  And the yap about Russia doing what we should expect Russia to do distracts attention from Herr Drumpf’s attempts to keep the people Syria and Israel and ISIS are driving from their homeland from taking refuge in the United States.  Intelligence is understanding relationships.

I’ve been there.  I’ve seen that Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and the death place of Rachel, is a combat zone.  It’s mainly a Palestinian city, partly because of the United Nations sanctions and partly because Jews don’t support Christianity as Christians support Judaism.  The Torah says Israel was on the lam for murder when Rachel died giving birth to his twelfth and last son.  And it says he buried her there beside the road.


Wide world wailing - 19 May 2017

Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s equivalent of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, said that Herr Drumpf said that the Western Wall in Jerusalem doesn’t belong to Israel.  She also said it’s part of the “original temple,” the temple Judaic scripture says God told Solomon to build, but actuality is that one of the Herods who governed Jerusalem during the Roman occupation of Jerusalem ordered the construction of that wall.  The United Nations reserved it for Israel in 1948, but a problem with bigotry is how few bigots know the foundation of their bigotry, and neither government nor media pundits are an exception.

Herr Drumpf said Russians are laughing up their sleeves at the “fake news” of his telling Israeli secrets to them, but the most dangerous fake news our main mass media news outlets are fostering is the notion that ISIS is Islamic and not an Israeli counterintelligence operation, and Herr Drumpf is helping his son in law Judaic Jared foster that.

And Herr Drumpf’s claim that he did it to help Russia help against ISIS ignores that Russia is helping Syria against ISIS.


Prosecution and persecution - 18 May 2017

A CNN pundit told Jive Jake Turkey Tapper that “the Chinese people” value mercenary connections to autocratic power.  Of course Judaic Jake, whose religion says that God prefers the descendants of one of Israel’s twelve sons to all other humans, didn’t point out the bigotry inherent in that accusation against more than a billion humans.  Nor, of course, would Herr Drumpf decry that agreement with his racist nationalistic bigotry.

Fox News is beginning to turn away from Herr Drumpf.  And Lindsey Graham’s most recent Herr Drumpf flipflop was to say that we need an honest independent prosecutor to investigate what he previously said wasn’t criminal but counterintelligence.  But, nevertheless, Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling are still spewing Herr Drumpf hogwash.

And, perhaps because its populism produces rating promoting advertising, no mass media news outlet is pointing out that the most pertinent factor in Herr Drumpf’s presidency isn’t his lying and money grubbing but his racist nationalistic bigotry.


Standards of life - 17 May 2017

Media and government pundits apparently think loyalty is honor among thieves.  John Dean’s complicity with Tricky Dicky’s lying about Watergate was a felony he later somewhat mitigated by being honest in court.  Rod Rosenstein’s complicity in firing Director Comey was from his loyalty to Yahoo Netanyahu.  That’s why he denied complicity when Herr Drumpf began catching flak.  Herr Drumpf has no loyal friends.

Herr Drumpf’s friends are like the media and government pundits who say all of us have a right to worship the god of their choice and ask God to bless America.  That, if they don’t think that God is the name of one of the many gods, effectually asserts both polytheism and monotheism and is blasphemous to both.  And Herr Drumpf is at the head of the line in that hypocrisy by treating America as though God promised it to him.

It’s like Jews treating Samaritans as though they’re Palestinians and calling Israel a Jewish state.  Judaic scripture indicates that the Samaritans are the remnant of the Kingdom of Israel against which the Kingdom of Judah rebelled.  And Christians who ignore that support Herr Drumpf because he shares their ignorance and hypocrisy.  Honest people have faith in truth setting them free.  They don’t weave wicked webs.


Horns of Hattin - 16 May 2017

A difference between Tricky Dicky firing Special Prosecutor Cox and Herr Drumpf firing Director Comey is the crimes under investigation.  Nixon had instigated a burglary to help him retain the Presidency to finish work he thought was in the interest of the United States and all the world.  Trump’s collusion with Russia is only in his commercial interest and is against the interest of all others on Earth.  And that’s at best treasonous.

And the same is his trying to set up Rosenstein as his fall guy.  That was a power play to use his Kushner’s relationship with Yahoo Netanyahu as leverage to use Judaic Rosenstein to pull Sessions back into power.  And consider Sessions’ bigotry in relation to the “message” of Herr Drumpf receiving an honorary law degree for his political commencement speech at Liberty University, a school for evangelism, in Lynchburg.

And media and government pundits are fostering such theological hypocrisy by saying we should honor all people, no matter what god they worship, except Muslims.  Muslims and Christians and Jews worship the god of Abraham while Jews and Christians ignore the Torah to say God didn’t promise land to all of Abraham’s but only to descendants of Judah.  Torah says Judah was but one of the countless great grandsons of Abraham.


Sides and sales - 15 May 2017

Lester Holt, the first and only African American ever to be the principal anchor of a broadcast TV network evening news presentation, is also the only one now consistently speaking directly and pertinently and demonstrating feelings appropriate to what he says.  And he demonstrated all that in his interview with Herr Drumpf that’s international news now.  He drew Herr Drumpf into effectually pleading guilty to felonious fraud.

But MSNBC, the cable subsidiary of his broadcast network that now employs the “anchor” whose fraud forced him out of the anchor chair Holt now holds, is now undercutting Lester by the showboat grandstanding of which showboat grandstanding Herr Drumpf accused Director Comey.  MSNBC Live is a showboat for pundits grandstanding to compete for ratings with Herr Drumpf’s fraudulent “reality show.”

Meanwhile, Judaic Deputy Attorney General Rosentstein is playing the same dissonant tune to keep Herr Drumpf’s son in law in cahoots with Yahoo Netanyahu, and the “liberal” media are undercutting RyanCare by calling it TrumpCare.  It’s all promotion of alternative fake messages that are making America an embarrassment all around Earth.  None of it is for health care or any other care beyond showboat grandstanding.


Fiction and factions - 14 May 2017

Hypocrite Huckabee calls himself evangelical, but his daughter is bearing false witness against Director Comey, lying that he lost the confidence of the “rank and file” of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  That raises the question of what are evangelical family values, as Herr Drumpf is raising the question of what are Presbyterian family values, as Ivanka and Jared are of Judaic family values.  And fake news is fostering fake religion.

Arabs are Semitic, and Palestinians are Philistines and descended from Greeks, and the Qur’an says that it confirms the Torah and the Gospels.  And mass media, by ignoring all that and reporting the current constitutional crisis as though it’s a problem of message and timing, are effectually pleading guilty to Herr Drumpf’s fake news accusations.  And our government pundits march to the beat of the media pundits.

Fake news, fake history, fake religion.  Alternative news, alternative history, alternative integrity.  Lester Holt, the first African American broadcast network evening news anchor, is the only network news anchor who consistently asks and tells directly and pertinently.  And his network, instead of firing the liar he replaced, transferred him to its cable news subsidiary.  And that subsidiary is primarily a partisan propaganda machine.     


Jacksonian democracy and jack asses - 13 May 2017

Monkeys don’t use wrenches.  The people throwing wrenches into the works of impeaching Herr Drumpf are partisan media and government pundits.  People saying Director Comey timed his informing the public to influence the election are humans who would do that and judge others by themselves.  He told us, when he knew it, what he thought we the people needed to know.   No “constitutional crisis” is his wrench.

And one of those perverse wrenches is the Deputy Attorney General who signed a letter telling Herr Drumpf to fire Comey.  He, previously, proved himself nonpartisan, and that suggests that he didn’t write the letter, but signed it because Herr Drumpf told him to.  So he may be the second of Herr Drumpf’s nonpartisan victims in this debacle.

Monkeys, and other “dumb” animals, ordinarily get along with one another.  They don’t lie or kill for fortune or fun as do humans we’ve come to call politicians.  And that we the people use the word “political” to mean lying for election defines the crisis.


Creeping constitutional crisis - 12 May 2017

Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd, who has been one of MSNBC’s two main point persons in complaining against Herr Drumpf, is now trying to excuse his firing Director Comey.  One reason may be that MSNBC is the main propaganda machine for the Democratic Party, and Heehaw Hillary is blaming Comey for her losing the election, but another may be Judaic Jared.  Both Cheap Chuck and Andrea Mitchell, the other MSNBC’s two main complainers against Herr Drumpf, are Judaic and accordingly have an interest in keeping Kushner in position to throw monkey wrenches into the Palestine problem.

And that alone is a reason to fire Herr Drumpf.  His Presidency works full throttle toward destabilizing the entire world and especially the Middle East.  His efforts to ban Muslims from the United States and arguing for it by supporting the ISIS lie that ISIS is Islamic augments Israeli counterintelligence disinformation.

And our mass media, not only MSNBC but also Fox News and CNN, are helping him do that by distracting attention from the actualities that make it obvious.


Propaganda and perspective - 11 May 2017

Drugs, the element of our culture that has parents teaching children to admire athletes on steroids because they “win,” the element of our culture that’s the market for the illegal drug traffic across our southern border and the horror south of it that drives innocent poor people across it, the element of our culture that originated the “opioid epidemic” that addicted Rush Limbaugh, are motivating Herr Drumpf’s political “base.”

Herr Drumpf supporters support his notion that “winning” is ignoring problems and terrorizing victims.  And James Clapper, a former Air Force General and Director of National Intelligence, responding to the question of how the United States government should respond to Russian efforts to influence our elections, told our Congress that the USIA should be on steroids!  What’s terrorism?

USIA, the United States Information Agency, is our government’s primary agency informing other nations of United States culture.  ISIS, an Israeli counter intelligence operation, calls itself Islamic while it plainly and conspicuously kills mostly Muslims.  And our mass media fosters that lie and the lie that Palestinians are Arabs while Arabs aren’t Semitic.


Containing Las Vegas - 10 May 2017

The reason the medical profession likes health insurance isn’t that it provides health care.  The reason is that it pays for health care, and it permits the medical profession to inflate prices, as the insurers inflate premiums.  That’s the reason health care professionals don’t like the Affordable Health Care Act, and the reason the tea party doesn’t like it is that insurance companies invest in Wall Street, not in health care.

Insuring “pre-existing conditions” isn’t insuring.  Insuring is betting against conditions ever existing.  The American Health Care Act solves that problem by using taxes to pay for pre-existing conditions.  And that would require insurance companies to lower premiums for healthy people by obviating their crying about Hillamneycare.  And its freeing interstate competion would also keep insurance from being a shell game.

And another health shell game is people moving to other states for their health.  Hillamneycare is requiring healthy people in Michigan and New York to pay for the health care of unhealthy people in Arizona and Florida.  Correctly, Ryan is saying that the main Hillamneycare  problem is its unaffordability and lack of availability.  But he might more completely explain the cost effect of the states’ rights shell game.


The purposes of picking sides - 9 May 2017

Penn State students pressured a peer into drinking himself to death, and the peer’s father said that no parent should suffer the loss of a child, as though his son hadn’t lost anything.  One question is who taught the students to drink, and another is why they idealized jerking their peers around, and the answer to both questions is the same.  It’s the human legacy that made Herr Drumpf able to “win” presiding over our government.

Desire for dominion defines humanity.  Horse racing is an example, with humans trying to use them as a mechanism for “winning” money from other humans, as though the horses have no other value of their own.  And the  “reasoning” that we humans say is our superiority to the “dumb” animals isn’t telling us which of the horses will “win.”

At the beginning of Johnson’s effort to kill “little yellow people,” popular musical entertainment was a story of youth gangs in New York City, in which a gang member sang to a police officer that he was depraved because he was deprived.


The hate estate - 8 May 2017

MSNBC mainly markets to people wishing to think they’re smart, while MSNBC mainly markets to people wishing to think they’re strong, while CNN mainly markets to people valuing sincerity.  And they do that by airing “anchors” who act those pretentious parts while their words indicate that neither they nor their networks’ management cares for anything more than maximizing their market share by any means they suspect may be necessary.  So, while Herr Drumpf calls them fake while they call him fake, we have failure to communicate anything conscientiously smart or strong or honest by boob tube.

And, meanwhile, our world is on fire, and their “competition” fans the flames, fostering the bigotry that each decries.  And the current political situation in France indicates that the problem isn’t particular to the United States.  It’s normal humanity.

And, of course, we teach it to our children.


Executive order exceptionalism - 7 May 2017

Now Herr Drumpf, who’s trying to keep Muslims out of the United States, has signed an Executive Order to violate the separation of church and state the United States Constitution requires, to permit tax exemption for organizations refusing to serve people whose behavior isn’t Christian.  But another question is whether exempting any sectarian organization from taxes is Constitutional.  Tax exemption burdens all others.

And, while announcing that order, Herr Drumpf praised a group of Roman Catholic nuns for their success in court.  Herr Drumpf brags about his ability to litigate and uses litigation as a form of both commercial terror and commercial remuneration.  And now he’s fostering making litigation liturgical as the Torah legislates killing for land. 

Apparently Herr Drumpf’s notion of how to “make America great again” is to return it to the attitude that had us laughing at Ralph shaking a fist in Alice’s face and calling them honeymooners.  His whole political approach is an oxymoron.  He’s only a jerk.


The white cliffs of ignorance - 6 May 2017

The town where I reside was a station on the antebellum underground railroad.  And, about a half century after the Civil War, a foundry here recruited African American workers from southern states and built housing for them.  But, about a quarter of a century later, a municipal statute proscribing “negros” from owning homes here compelled the family of Malcolm X to sell back a house others had bought for them.

Now, nearly forty percent of the population of this little town in mostly rural Michigan is African American, and its Mayor is African American and graduated from Princeton University.  But one indication of the racism here was a European American prominent citizen asking me whether I, a European American sharing a block with African American, have a gun.  And Albion has a Methodist liberal arts baccalaureate college.

And we wonder at bigotry in Boston, a city whose population is more than fifty times that of Albion, a city of ghettos.  Boston’s slogan “a city of neighborhoods” is a euphemism for segregation, an irrational rationalization for the fact that its North End is an Italian ghetto while South Boston is an Irish Ghetto while African Americans live south of South Boston.  But Boston’s Chinatown includes oriental people who aren’t Chinese.


Reason and rationality - 5 May 2017

The Democratic Party supports media commerce while the Republican Party supports capital commerce.  The Democratic party supports labor unions because they’re popular while the Republican Party supports investment in companies that provide jobs.  The TV “reality” show that’s the Herr Drumpf party favors many members of labor unions while also giving lip service to investment Democrats call trickledown theory.

Psychologists say that paranoia is of two types.  One is the delusions of persecution that lost Heehaw Hillary our Presidency.  The other is the delusions of grandeur Herr Drumpf emphasized to overshadow his delusions of persecution, to capitalize on the delusions of persecution and grandeur of his political “base,” to “win.”

I knew a Jewish Democratic homeless shelter human resources coordinator who married a Roman Catholic and said that she wasn’t sure whether Mother Teresa should be canonized but that she was sure Princess Diana should.


Failing to note - 4 May 2017

Herr Drumpf says he Presbyterian.  But, referring to Kim Jong Un killing his uncle, praised such “leadership” by calling him a pretty smart cookie.  That’s like Greek gods eating their children. 

And he also said that Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and prompted the killing of more than a thousand Cherokees by advising ignoring the United States Supreme Court to force them to Oklahoma from their home in Georgia before he died sixteen years before the Civil War, hated the civil war.

A question is how, after his publicly fostering such alternative facts and alternative history and alternative “fake news,” anyone is silly enough to say Herr Drumpf “tells it like it is.”


By virtue of the way of water - 3 May 2017

I’ve finished the first draft of Angels, the book in which I’m summarizing the messages of the definitive scriptures of the six most popular religions, but it needs complete rewriting.  I’m calling it Angels because the origin of the word “angel” is a Greek word meaning messenger that entered the English language by way of translating the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament.  And I hope to make it both precise and readable,

I’m writing the book in hope that comparing the messages of Christianity and the other two Judaic religions using the word “angels” to the three of those six religions that don’t might show people that the bigotry of the people of the three Judaic religions is not only murderous but also suicidal and absurd.

One example of the absurdity is that English-speaking Christians don’t know that both “El” and “Allah” are forms of a Semitic word for God and that IsraEl means fighting God.


How do you spell zero? - 2 May 2017

Last week, Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd interviewed Michael Abramowicz, President of Freedom House.  Freedom House ostensibly promotes free speech, but Israel is a theocracy refusing freedom of the press and religion and participation in government to anyone not Judaic, and both Abramowicz and Cheap Chuck are Jewish.  Cheap Chuck also fakes news against Herr Drumpf, but Herr Drumpf’s Secretary of the Treasury is also Judaic and tried trumping the anti-Trump fake news by saying his boss has disclosed his finances more fully than has anyone else, also on television last week.

But fake news extends from MSNBC’s Judaic Ridiculing Rachel Mocking Maddow to African American Soap Oprah.  Maddow, a few weeks after “breaking the story” of the Flint water crisis, said the people of Flint had too many bottles of water while they begged for more.  And Oprah, who said a few years ago that funding a school for African girls gave her life meaning, last week tried to bribe a little African American girl to recognize her and browbeat the child by asking her how many names “start with ‘O’.”

But none of that could be a problem if we the people paid more attention.  The devil is in the particulars, but Herr Drumpf and his paranoid delusional supporters generalize that it’s a conspiracy of the mass media industry.  And, while Judaism is both a religion and a race and accordingly inherently a conspiracy, the main problem is how little the people of lesser conspiracies and the people who don’t conspire pay to details.


Accepting the way to absolution - 1 May 2017

Here’s some alternative news.  Some people think a “shadow government” is governing the United States.  The government of the United States is the President, nine Justices of its Supreme Court, its Congress of a hundred members of its Senate and 435 members of its House of Representatives, the Governors and the governments of the fifty states and countless counties and townships and municipalities, and the United States Constitution and the other federal and state and local laws.

And, to me, the notion that a group of people can secretly govern all that is far less reasonable than the notion that one god creates and controls all that and the earth and the sky and schizophrenia and everything else.  So I think everything is a figment of everyone’s imagination.  That’s why I’m a Buddhist.

We can imagine that sunlight divides a mountain against itself or that it illuminates it differently at different times.


Winnowing weeping willows - 30 April 2017

What’s love?  How is loving your spouse like loving your neighbor or your nation?  How is it like loving your favorite sports team or your dog, and why do we use a Greek word meaning loving children to refer to molesting children, and is that what the Greek Gospels mean when they say Jesus loved children?

What’s history?  Why is CNN advertising its show its calling Songs that Shaped History by having Billy Joel say he put a fireman’s hat on his piano, when he was singing about the terrorist attacks on 9/11, to help him concentrate to keep from losing it?  Is it because Joel is Judaic as are CNN’s most prominent reporters?

What’s winning?  Is it necessarily defeating others?  Does “competition,” a word that originated from Greek words meaning walking together, now mean walking against or walking over or treading on or trampling?  Who won Jerusalem when the United Nations gave Palestinians’ homeland to Zionist terrorists?


Insurgency - 29 April 2017

Prescott Bush, the Connecticut Senator and banker who fathered George Herbert Walker Bush, invested in German banks competing with the dominance of Jewish banks there during the rise of the NaZi party.  So Democrats campaigned against the Republican Presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush by calling his father a Nazi.  Prescott and George Herbert and Jewish banker Mnuchin all graduated from Yale.

But perhaps weirder is that Herr Drumpf’s main base is people like Bigot Bannon, people who hate anyone who isn’t a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, people like Hitler.  But, unlike Hitler and the Bush family and Mnuchin, they have nearly no knowledge of economics and join unions whenever they can.  Herr Drumpf will play anyone.

And the same is true of Yahoo Netanyahu.  Anyone who watches cable or broadcast TV news and thinks about what he sees and hears knows that ISIS is killing for Israel.  And Herr Drumpf has his Bible belt bigot base thinking he’s against ISIS.


Nasty national nonsense - 28 April 2017

Herr Drumpf signed a list of promises for his first hundred days of presiding.  And Monday night Columbia Broadcasting Network’s Evening News “anchor” called that list Herr Drumpf’s Gettysburg Address.  That’s but one example of the crass insensitivity to and ignorance of history that our mass media display every day.

But, apparently, it sells advertising time, and advertisers are emulating it, or the anchors are emulating the advertisers.  Symbicort is a drug AstraZeneca pushes ostensibly for breathing difficulty it emulates chat acronyms to call COPD, and its advertisements represent a grandfather as the blowhard fairytale wolf, and his grandchildren as the pigs.  And the ad’s grandchildren favorably compare its grandfather to the blowhard.

And the new University of Michigan football coach told his players that he wants them not to be “good” but to be “great.”  That, tragically, is like the former Western Michigan University football coach who recruited criminals into his team and university.  It’s like Herr Drumpf’s notions of what would “make America great again.”


Heartlessness - 27 April 2017

Herr Drumpf, speaking to Holocaust survivors, talked as cheaply as he talked of “little babies” dead in Syria.

Whether or not Ivanka and Jared are Jewish, Herr Drumpf cares nothing for anything beyond whether he’s OK, since he’s the zero of his touching thumbs to index fingers when he talks his cheap talk.

If he cared, for any others, he wouldn’t be treating Mexicans as his favorite president treated Cherokees.


Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:

Ashes and Dust
Some memories and a novel available at :

Angels, work in regress and progress,
comparing scripture.

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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


Philomena - a 2013 film

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


Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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


Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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


Modern Times a 1936 Film

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


Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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


Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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


Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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


Network - a 1976 film

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


The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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


The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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



The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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


On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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


Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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



Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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


The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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


The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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


The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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


Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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


The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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


Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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


Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.


The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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


Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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


Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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


Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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


Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."


Babel - a 2006 film

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


The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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


Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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


The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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


Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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


War and Peace an 1869 novel

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


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


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