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Consequences of complicity - 24 July 2017

Spicer quit because hiring Moocher Scaramucci ripped away the last remnant of his ability to do his job.  The reason Pandering Priebus didn’t quit is that his job is to try to save the Republican Party from Dirtbag Drumpf.  Spicer tried to help Priebus do that job, but Spicer was face to face with the mass media every day while back to back with Dirtbag Drumpf, between a rock and a hard place with no way out to either left or right.

Sarah Sanders Hypocrite Huckabee is a closer fit.  Apparently she’s conscienceless, but evangelical Republicans and feminist Democrats are likely to give her more space, right and left.  So she’ll not need protection Moocher Scaramucci isn’t likely to provide.

Sanders and Scaramucci would have supported Democrat Jackson’s trail of tears.


The senseless majority - 23 July 2017

Now Dirtbag Drumpf is trying to throw Secessionist Sessions under his bus.  Sessions is part of the corruption of the party of Abraham Lincoln that began when Strom Thurmond and others defected from the party of Jefferson Davis because they thought Camelot Kennedy’s hypocrisy for votes was sincere.  He and Dirtbag Drumpf are different only in that Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t as particular in on whom he tries to capitalize.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s Muslim ban isn’t an effort to capitalize on Muslims but an effort to capitalize on Islamophobes and on Judaic bigots.  He doesn’t care whom ISIS kills, as long as his or others’ lip service against the killing helps him capitalize on people Yahoo Netanyahu is duping.  And both he and Player Putin are drawing sympathy to Israel.

And they’re all capitalizing on the mob mentality that makes the phrase “mob mentality” nearly synonymous with the term “populism.”  What they’re doing is how people like Sessionist Sessions organize lynch mobs.  They don’t need to join the mobs.


Diversion from dependability - 22 July 2017

The answer to the question of why Dirtbag Drumpf doesn’t go on the road to promote the Republican Party’s healthcare legislation is that no pertinent person believes what he says.  And the problem with his G20 dinner chat with Player Putin isn’t that he may have made a deal but that neither of them honors deals.  Dirtbag Drumpf, whether or not he’s a politician, is partial only to himself and accordingly not politically partisan.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s dealing is like Coward Kerry’s calling himself a war hero after shooting from behind a fleeing Vietnamese soldier and begging a Silver Star for that and begging some Purple Hearts to cut his assignment to Vietnam by two thirds to return to the United States and protest people behaving in Vietnam as he did.

It’s like the pundits now trying blame the Somali police officer who shot a woman who called 911 on his being from an Islamic nation.  We have war and peace and prejudice and waffling.  Racism is terrorism.


The little women - 21 July 2017

MSNBC’s Cutie Kay Twinkle Tur batted her eye lashes and smirked while “covering” Dirtbag Drumpf’s campaign to preside over the United States government and now similarly sits in for MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd.  And MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle “anchors” as though she’s a Miss Universe contestant making a speech about “civics” to prove she’s more than a bimbo while MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace “anchors” shrieking as though she’s a fifties housewife seeing a mouse.  Apparently MSNBC’s notion of feminism is the same as that of Miss Universe contest broker Dirtbag Drumpf.

Fifties TV housewife Alice was far ahead of her time when she quietly let Ralph Cramden prove that he was a typical fifties husband.  And reasonable women’s rights activists would say that MSNBC and Dirtbag Drumpf are far behind our time in sharing Ralph’s attitude.  But Heehaw Hillary, partly by touting her coloring her hair as proof of her feminism, failed in her campaign against Dirtbag Drumpf.

Apparently the honeymoon is over for the women’s rights movement that began with other civil rights movements while women also protested against Jerk Johnson’s hypocrisy.


Begging the budget - 20 July 2017

A side effect of pushing drugs on TV is the opioid epidemic.  TV advertisements say that we should be “all Advil” and that we’ll be better parents if we pop Aleve to be able to shoot baskets with our children.  Street corner pushers have pushed illegal imports from Mexico since before the sixties but haven’t succeeded in middle America until legal manufacturers began using mass media to inundate us with their perverse arguments.

Jerk Johnson drove kids to drugs by sending them to Vietnam, where the Vietcong made drugs that were difficult to obtain in the United States easy to obtain for United States soldiers in Vietnam, and many of those soldiers brought the demand of their addiction home.  Some of them took it to middle America while some of them took it further by joining such as the Hashbury counterculture.  But we lack that despair.

Jerk Johnson drove us to mortal despair.  Most of the despair to which Dirtbag Drumpf is driving us is embarrassment.  And no one is forcing United States citizens to compromise their sense of common decency to fight in Afghanistan.  The Department of Veterans Affairs may be over prescribing opioids, but so are private hospitals and physicians, and criminal pharmacists.  And their main pushing is through TV advertising.


Dialog and dysfunction - 19 July 2017

Healthcare is a Gordian knot because partisan politicians are unwilling to cut preexisting conditions from insurance.  Having a “single payer” system for “preexisting conditions” would lower insurance premiums enough to compensate for taxes to pay for care for the conditions against which no insurance company could reasonably insure, but the term “single payer” is anathema to Republicans.  And Democrats also are selling us insurance.

Insurance is bipartisan because Democrats like that it insures healthcare while Republicans like that insurance companies are Wall Street investment companies.  But a fact that Dirtbag Drumpf ignores to fakes that the current stock market growth is because of him is that most of the current growth is in stock in companies outside the America he says he’s making great again.  China stock is booming above all else.

Republicans are correct in saying that cutting taxes contributes to economic growth.  The argument is prima fascia, that having more cash to spend creates more purchasing, while having more cash to invest creates more for that cash to purchase.  And the reason China stock is booming is that China isn’t a democracy and can add to its prices the cost of protection and yet sell to us at prices lower than our producers can offer.


The noisy minority - 18 July 2017

A Fox News method of faking news is shills.  It airs panels of Republicans with a token Democrat arguing incompetently against them.  MSNBC is more direct, employing frauds like Bogus Brian Waffling Williams, whose incompetence is in that they’re like Dirtbag Drumpf in caring for no one more than they care for themselves.  Fox News does that with Grubby Gutfeld and Bookie Bolling.  But their fakery is more facetious.

CNN is the most sophisticated of the cable news networks.  It’s “the most trusted name in news” partly by being neither Republican nor Democratic.  CNN’s party is Judaism, and we the people of the United States trust it because it doesn’t preach that fact conspicuously, but spins wool to pull over our otherwise partisan eyes.

But it’s all spinning.  Mohandas Gandhi was a Hindu who spent a lot of time using spinning wool as an approach to yoga.  Yoga” is a Sanskrit word for union that Hindus use to refer to realizing the unity of the universe.


What would Tea Party Ted do? - 17 July 2017

MSNBC’s Katy Tur said that, when Bubba Bill and the second President Bush criticized Dirtbag Drumpf but didn’t deploy his name, they “veiled” their criticism.  Cuty Katy entered the national spotlight by smirking while batting her eyelashes while “covering” Dirtbag Drumpf’s campaign for election to our Presidency.  And, while she said that, she was in a black jacket with lapels over a black shirt with a white border around her neck.  We might ask whether that veiled criticism or mockery of the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.  That her father named himself Hanna Zoey suggests that she’s Jewish.

A less translucent veil is over the question of whether Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather named himself Trump to veil his Judaism.  Dirtbag Drumpf, in Paris on Bastille Day, said that “a lot of people don’t know” that France was the United States’ first ally, but people too ignorant to know that are likely to support Dirtbag Drumpf, and he’s of course one of them.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s ignorance veils Yahoo Netanyahu’s veils from him and us.

And still less translucent is the veil over the fact that Christianity is a sect of the Pharisee sect of Judaism.  One indication is in the answer to the question of why evangelicals call “guns” a “God-given right.”  That veils ignorance with hypocrisy.


Who’s slicking whom and why? - 16 July 2017

Why are Goldstone and Kushner helping Dirtbag Drumpf throw himself under his bus?  Could the reason be that Yahoo Netanyahu has no more use for him or for Player Putin’s support for ISIS?  Does Yahoo Netanyahu think he’s likely to lose ISIS soon?

Camelot Kennedy behaved that way!  He jerked the CIA around long enough to pervert its Trinidad insurgency into the Bay of Pigs invasion!  And, after that tragic debacle, he fired the Director of Central Intelligence and gave the CIA’s Director of Operations, who planned both the Trinidad insurgency and the U2 project that revealed the Soviet missiles in Cuba, a medal and demoted him!

What “is” is isn’t likely to be what people who don’t pay attention think it is.  Some people call that politics while some call it politeness while others call it hogwash.  But the proof of it is in what happens to people who swallow it and spew in onto others.


Purpose, priorities, pretention - 15 July 2017

Don and Dirtbag Drumpf are throwing one another under their bus, and Sarah and Hypocrite Huckabee are doing the same to one another, and that might be productive.  What media and government pundits are trying to do against them is failing because pundits are throwing themselves under their buses by being like them.  They’re doing what they’re calling collusion because they don’t know that collusion is reciprocal.

The business of the mass media is commercial gulling.  The business of government should be to serve the people, but election to do that business often depends on gulling, and we call that populism.  We need to consider what we need to conserve and liberate.

Sucking is sometimes reciprocal, but a question is whether humming birds know they’re helping flowers, or whether flowers know they’re helping hummingbirds.


Glorification and grandiosity - 14 July 2017

Now, of course, Tea Party Ted is praising Dirtbag Drumpf”s declaring war against half of Earth.  But spinning is ordinary for both the Tea Party and the Camelot Kennedy Party, and an example is pundits calling asking the Russian government to release to the United States government any emails it receives by hacking or otherwise is improper, and may be treasonous.  Promoting Dirtbag Drumpf is bipartisan in many absurd ways.

Player Putin is baiting Dirtbag Drumpf.  That’s the lesson we the people should learn from the emails his namesake son has released in response to accusations that he colluded with Russians against Heehaw Hillary by meeting a Russian attorney promising to help the Dirtbag Drumpf campaign disparage Heehaw Hillary.  But our fake news media are responding to faking the fake Dirtbag Drumpf family as though defrauding frauds is collusion.  The “co” in “collusion” means with and indicates a reciprocal voluntary relationship.  Gullibility in presiding can harm more than gulling.

Consider this collusion between Greece and Rome.  Romans made a marble copy of a bronze statue of a naked Gaul dying with a trumpet lying beside him.  Some say the Gaul is a gladiator while some say he was a soldier while some say he was a trumpeter.  But both Dirtbag Drumpf and his namesake son habitually blow their own horns.  And now they may be throwing each other beneath their bus.  And that fiddling is a lot of gall.


Both sides now - 13 July 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf suggested that he might make the wall he says he’ll build between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico a “solar wall.”  He says that would help Mexico pay for the wall, suggesting that he thinks not only that his suggestion might please environmentalists but also that it might please Mexicans.  So, while saying he’s not a politician, his suggestion defines the political term “populism.”

He’s trying to “expand his base.”  That’s another political term, and his suggestion isn’t likely to be noxious to his current base, which is mainly cheap people.  But a question is why his “collusion” with Russia, whether or not its purpose was to influence the election against our democracy for his purposes, isn’t alienating him from his “right wing” base.

Of course the answer is that they’re violent ignorant suckers.  As long as he promises to “bomb the shit out of them,” if the antecedent of his pronoun “them” isn’t they, they’ll support him.  They don’t care if Mexico is a “land of beauty where gardenias grow.”


Separation of absurdity and state - 12 July 2017

A Fox News pundits said that Syrians are “spilling from the Golan Heights into Israel.”  Contrary to international law, Israelis occupied the Golan Heights for a while, as it’s now illegally occupying the land between Lebanon and the Sea of Galilee that’s immediately west of the Golan Heights.  For Syrians to spill from the Golan Heights to what’s legally Israel, they’d have to spill more than fifty miles, across Palestinians’ homeland.

Such is how Fox is no more our friend than are Putin and Dirtbag Drumpf.  Such is what inspired 9/11, and Fox News isn’t the only cable news network spewing such prejudicial hogwash, since our government pundits are doing it also.  Today, Israel is a small nation bordering on the Mediterranean, not a nation from Gaza to Gilead.

Remember the book Ben and Me.  Its purpose was to teach children to prefer neighborliness to arrogance.  In it, Benjamin Franklin, who harnessed electricity, besides engineering our democracy, befriends a mouse in his house.


Theories of relativity - 11 July 2017

Romans were the first people to call countries east of the Mediterranean the Levant. Like the word “levitation,” “levant” originated from Latin for lifting, and it refers to the sun rising in the east, east of Rome.  Similarly, we call the Greek Orthodox Church the Eastern Orthodox Church because Greece and Turkey are east of Rome, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.  But Constantine confused all that in Constantinople.

The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus said in one of his epistles he wrote after calling himself Paul that the first people to use the term “Christian” to refer to his apostles were apostles of his in Antioch.  Antioch was a Greek colony in Turkey where Paul proselytized on his way to Rome to found the Roman Catholic Church before the Roman Emperor Constantine accepted Christianity.  Now Constantinople is Istanbul.

It’s all point of view.  Istanbul is between Rome and Jerusalem, and most people there now are Islamic, while Jerusalem is between Mecca and Istanbul.  And the President of the United States has declared war against the eastern hemisphere, while it’s west of the western hemisphere from Hollywood Boulevard while east of it from Wall Street, and the Constitution of the United States permits such ignorant egocentric points of view.


Blur of baloney - 10 July 2017

The second President Bush told Ellen Degeneres that he introduced Putin to his little dog and that Putin responded by introducing Bush to a big dog.  Bush’s obvious point was that Putin is a creepy bully, and Degeneres responded with an appropriate joke of her own, asking whether Bush was saying Dirtbag Drumpf should get a big dog.  But MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd tried to spin all of that against all Republicans.

It reminded me of Pierre Cauchon spinning men’s clothing against la pucelle d’Orleans.  Both the Bishop and la pucelle were French and Roman Catholic, but Cauchon had chosen to be partisan for the English because he thought they might make him an Archbishop, if he burned la pucelle.  Note that Cauchon rimes with French for pig.

And note that the Bible’s proscription against people dressing in clothing not ordinary for their sex is in the Torah, in the chapter of that Judaic part of the Bible that also proscribes anyone dressing in wool and linen, together.


Denying getting along - 9 July 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf declared to a group of Eastern European officials that the west is at war against the east.  And he said that the west is civilization while the east is trying to destroy civilization, and those Eastern European officials and other Polish people there stood and applauded, and our media and government pundits are calling Dirtbag Drumpf’s speech eloquent.  And they’re saying that it was extraordinarily “Presidential.”

North Korea is east of Europe, but so are South Korea and the Philippines and Japan, and Vietnam and Taiwan and China.  And, if Dirtbag Drumpf intended his declaration of war against the eastern half of Earth to be a declaration of war against Islam, we need him to learn that the Qur’an says it confirms both the Torah and the Gospels and that Muslims pray in the direction of Mecca because the Qur’an says that the Kaaba was Abraham’s home.  And, whether or not Abraham lived in Mecca, the Bible says that his birth was further east, between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, in Mesopotamia.

And, of the six most popular religions, the most peaceful are the three that originated east of Mesopotamia.  And, while anthropologists call Mesopotamia the cradle of civilization, they also say modern languages from the English Channel to the Ganges River originated north of Mesopotamia in what’s now Russia.  And they call both Hebrew and Arabic Semitic and include both in that Indo-European language family.


Conserving liberating missing the point - 8 July 2017

Much of Fox News is now an infomercial for books by bellicose bigot Bolling promoting Dirtbag Drumpf.  John King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, called Corpulent Christie authentic when he kept his constituents from the beach where he celebrated Independence Day and tried to excuse that by saying the beach is “one of” his residences.  And NBC faked firing fake Brian Williams by moving him to MSNBC.

We keep repeating history.  Camelot Kennedy’s matriarchal grandfather was a bootlegger who was Mayor of Boston and Represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.  He called himself Honey Fitz, but his name was John Fitzgerald, as is Camelot Kennedy’s.

Both of those Fitz’s were as fitfully fake as Dirtbag Drumpf, and our fake mass news media promote the notion that their family was “America’s monarchy,” and they’re arguing with Dirtbag Drumpf as though he believes what he says.


Wages of waffling - 7 July 2017

Cubio Rubio agrees with Dirtbag Drumpf’s support of Camelot Kennedy’s punishing the Cuban people for what their fake Communist government did to them.  And now MSNBC, the main propaganda machine for Camelot Kennedy’s Jefferson Davis party, is idealizing tea party Cubio Rubio as an alternative to Dirtbag Drumpf!  Will the hypocrisy of partisanship ever leave the land of the freedom of politicians to deploy it?

Of course the answer is that it isn’t likely to leave it while we the people are sports fans!  And the same is true of the propaganda of every other form of bigotry, every form of centrism we use to convince ourselves that we’re better than our neighbors, from sexism to sectarianism!  We treat war as though it’s a football game!

While the Roman Catholic church incorporates the doctrine of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus that women shouldn’t talk in church, some women are demanding rights equal to men’s to kill in combat, while others identify themselves with lipstick.


Forms of fiddling - 6 July 2017

One of Dirtbag Drumpf’s propaganda ploys is to suck generalizations.  He deploys one bomb or deters one company from outsourcing or helps one baby, and the suckers who support him swallow from it the notion that it defines him, while actuality is that it’s the exception that proves his unruliness.  And media and government pundits in opposition to him are failing partly because they deploy similar propaganda similarly absurdly.

An example is Ana Navarro’s ranting that Herr Drumpf’s CNN WWE video endangers her and her CNN compatriots.  That may be true, but she couches her rants in patriotic preaching that would embarrass Thomas Payne, who learned his propaganda in France.  She’s but one Republican riding Herr Drumpf’s bandwagon. 

And CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, responding to Corpulent Christie’s trying to excuse his lounging on a beach from which he prohibited his constituents by saying it’s “one of the places” he “lives,” called Christie authentic.


Foe phooey fumbling - 5 July 2017

A pundit said that Dirtbag Drumpf watches cable news more than do cable news reporters.  That WWE video was on cable news in 2007, with Dirtbag Drumf pummeling the WWE chief, but without the CNN logo on his face.  And Heehaw Hillary deployed it against Dirtbag Drumpf for the campaign she lost to him.  And cable news also aired it then but is ignoring that fact now.  Both Dirtbag Drumpf and mass media are fake.

And religious hypocrisy also emulates Dirtbag Drumpf.  His grandfather Drumpf changed his name to Trump after marrying a Presbyterian and emigrating from Germany to the United States.  That Grandfather Drumpf’s religion is questionable, but the Presbyterian denomination originated in Scotland, and the grandmother Drumpf in question was from Scotland, while most Jews then were living in Germany, and using German names.

That may explain why Dirtbag Drumpf says he’s Presbyterian, but welcomed Ivanka’s “conversion” to Judaism to marry Judaic Jared Kushner, whose name is as German as Drumpf as he advises Dirtbag Drumpf.  And other homicidal Judaic hogwash is saying that ISIS beheading is Islamic, while no beheading is in the Qur’an, while several are in the Bible.  The Judaic part of the Bible says David beheaded Goliath after stoning him.


Why women aren’t Roman priests - 4 July 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is selling Dirtbag Drumpf sexism, which is a version of the evangelical sexism that the Torah and Paul’s epistles and the Qur’an support, while the Gospels don’t support it.  It’s an element of the bigotry that includes dominion over the beasts and European Americans calling African Americans beasts to deny love of Jesus to them.  The Gospels say Jesus warned his disciples against Pharisee Paul’s doctrine.

And both Soap Oprah and Mormon Marie capitalize on obese women.  They promote the notion that beauty depends on how thin one’s skin is.  And that’s similar to the Islamic notion that women should hide their beauty beneath clothing.  So rationalizing dominion through bigotry is a human norm.  It’s part of what we call reasoning.

But its most powerful and popular expression has its foundation in Judaism.  Saul of Tarsus talked Jesus’ brother James and Peter and others of Jesus’ disciples into his sect of Judaism.  And the Qur’an says it confirms Christianity and Judaism.


The sexist niche - 3 July 2017

The Mika and Joe show has Mika saying that she’s tough and doesn’t care what Dirtbag Drumpf says about her but that she cares what he’s doing to the country, and it has Joe saying he also cares more about the country than about himself, and both talk about standards.  They remind me of a Democratic obese human resources coordinator of a homeless shelter who asked me whether we should hold the President of the United States to a higher standard than we hold the rest of us.  Now Democrats Mika and Joe are deploying the rhetoric she deployed to favor Bubba Bill to deprecate Dirtbag Drumpf.

One problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s remark concerning facelift blood is that he’d have that problem were he a woman.  And NBC’s Katy Tur is now touting her tolerance of Dirtbag Drumpf’s complaints against how she reported his campaign for the presidency as though she’s a victim.  She’s earned the name Cuty Katy by batting her eyelashes.

The difficulty in firing Dirtbag Drumpf is like the difficulty in charging JonBenét’s parents. 


Trickle down fact - 2 July 2017

Dirtbag Drumpf’s saying that we’re “witnessing the greatest political WITCH HUNT in American history” ignores a factor that should be obvious.  The probability of so many people being so vehemently against indicates prima facia the existence of an extraordinary number of reasons to be.  So his claim speaks against him in that way, and it also speaks against him by suggesting he may be a witch, whatever that it.

But pundits also fall on their faces by way of their word games.  Many of them, regarding Hillamneycare and Trumpcare are speaking of market forces.  That’s tacit agreement with the fact that the insurance market is part of the stock market.  And pundits on both sides of the question are doing it.  It’s distraction from action. 

Such is why we have depression and recessions.  People take sides for their separate gain and capitalize on other people doing the same.  And we the ordinary people just trying to get along suffer far more than do those greedy callous frauds.


Promoting propaganda piecemeal - 1 July 2017

One problem with Planned Parenthood is that its name is misleading.  Neither contraception nor abortion plans parenthood, and the organization provides no services for men, who are also parents.  And it says its services are for reproductive health while its main service is preventing reproduction.  So many legitimate arguments are against our government funding it.  But the pundits arguing against it ordinarily ignore them.

Hitler had legitimate complaints against Judaism.  Jews controlled Germany’s banks and mass media and promoted communism and had created it.  The problem was what Hitler did about it, selling his complaints to other ignorant violent bigots who killed millions of Jews for him, and now most of us support Israeli efforts to treat Palestinians as Hitler did Jews.  The solution to any problem is the truth.  Only truth makes us free.

But pundits ordinarily evade actuality.  They ordinarily base their arguments on “sound bites” and “photo ops.”  An example is an MSNBC “anchor” airing a reporter ranting against Sarah Huckabee with Huckabee saying “I disagree completely.”  Her complete sentence was disagreement behavior with which the reporter disagreed.  Such faking supports Huckabee’s and Dirtbag Drumpf’s claims that news is fake.


Seeing and saying and solving - 30 June 2017

Republican Senator Susan Collins is proving her integrity in an evasive but hopefully effective way.  She’s seeking alliance with Democrats to defeat Dirtbag Drumpf and the dirtbag Republicans who are sucking up to him.  And she’s using criticism of the dirtbag perversion of the American Health Care Act from Ryancare into Trumpcare to make that plea.

In 1429 a sixteen-year-old girl said that God told her to do two things to save her homeland from a century of foreign invasion.  Whether God told her to do those things is questionable, but that she did them and that they were necessary and sufficient to turn the tide of that invasion in favor of her homeland is historic fact, and that’s the actual meaning of the word “faith.”  Compare that to Presbyterian Dirtbag Drumpf’s and evangelical Sarah Huckabee’s and her father’s hypocrisy nearly six centuries later.

And, meanwhile, media and government pundits are proving their hypocrisy by faithlessly grasping at straws.  One pundit tried to argue against Trumpcare by asking how a woman would feel if her husband came home and told her he’d received a raise that was less than the rate of inflation.  That’s the feminism of Heehaw Hillary and Bubba Bill.


Skin deep skinning - 29 June 2017

Part of pundits’ playing into the hand of Herr Drumpf is their saying he said his Muslim ban wasn’t a ban.  They do that to call his calling it a travel ban a flip flop, while the legitimate complaints against it aren’t that it bans some travel, but that it bans Muslims.  And John King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, who converted to Judaism to marry CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, anchors the show Inside Politics, for such.

The CNN show Inside Politics is a bunch of pundits sitting at a table to sneer in support of King’s sneering at Herr Drumpf.  And doing that not only gives Herr Drumpf credibility but also gives Herr Drumpf’s doing the same regarding ISIS credibility.  ISIS is an Israeli counter-intelligence operation, and so are Herr Drumpf and Eric Bolling, and John King.

That’s one thing CNN and Fox News and MSNBC have in common.  Islam is far more peaceful than is Judaism, and ISIS is doing far more harm to Muslims than to Jews, and saying otherwise is disinformation.  It’s propaganda in collusion with Yahoo Netanyahu.


Branches of Davidians - 28 June 2017

Either Jesus’ brother James or one of his two disciples is the namesake of the California city that calls its Major League baseball team the Padres that celebrate what the city calls Military Sunday by violating the sabbath by doing their job.  But a precedent for that is the Israelites under the command of Joshua circling Jericho seven days while blowing horns and shouting.   Their job was working at murdering the people of that city.

Hardly any Christians now honor the sabbath, but that’s but one of many questions regarding Christians including Judaic scripture in their scripture, besides that Jews murdered Jesus.  Of course the reason they promote the Torah with the Gospels is that Saul of Tarsus talked them into being Pharisees.  But they ignore it in many ways.

It’s like Elvis Presley singing “spirituals” on Sundays in Las Vegas and dying of drug addiction on one of his toilets at Graceland.


How dogs are humans’ friends - 27 June 2017

Judaic Jon Ossoff’s fifty million bucks couldn’t buy the Bible belt.  He failed to buy Goofy Gingrich’s former congressional seat for Democrats in the Bible belt state Democrat Jimmy Carter governed.  Democrat Bubba Bill governed a Bible belt state, but he and Heehaw Hillary are natives of that States, as Jimmy Carter is a native of the state he governed, and Bill plays the Bubba card to the rednecks, while Ossoff blows them off.

Politics lead people by their noses, and people are a variety of market targets, and politicians must dance among them to “win.”  People say that the core of politics is the economy while they also say that legalizing marijuana and building casinos improve the economy.  Actuality is that casinos steal people’s money while marijuana steals their brains.  And the prescription drug market does both.  Try insuring people from that.

Hillamneycare, the unaffordable Affordable Healthcare Act people call Obamacare, is an insurance scam.  And political pressure is shifting the American Healthcare some people call Trumpcare while others call it Ryancare into being another unaffordable insurance scam.  But, eventually, what decides everything political is the balance or imbalance of misrepresenting factors ranging from tattoos to what people call religion.


War and preaching - 26 June 2017

Herr Drumpf is President of the United States for the same reason that Heehaw Hillary isn’t.  We the people admire people like him and Bubba Bill because most of us are as silly as Heehaw Hillary.  I’ve pointed out many reasons that Herr Drumpf is President, but all of them are components of that, sucking up to slickness.  Herr Drumpf made his fame and fortune through lying about what “is” is.  And Heehaw Hillary bought Bill’s lies.

And you can be sure that Herr Drumpf neither knows nor cares what the Department of Veterans Affairs does or how well it does it.  Some media and government pundits have reported some exceptions to the excellent medical care the V.A. provides and have built it into a bandwagon for themselves.  Next those pundits and Herr Drumpf may recommend “privatizing” it by passing it to one more unaffordable insurance scam.

I’m a disabled veteran of both Vietnam and Afghanistan, and a large portion of V.A. employees are disabled veterans, and that means that we take care of one another.  It’s part of the notion of a band of brothers that includes sisters while people like Herr Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary are why women suffer high heels.  And most Veterans are seeking neither Herr Drumpf’s notion of reality nor Heehaw Hillary’s notion of liberality.


Gone with the greedy winning - 25 June 2017

Herr Drumpf said that Comey “better hope” he had no “tapes.”  That was a goofy bluff, and what he said about who was investigating whom was a goofy joke, and any reasonably attentive person knows that.  So the media and government pundits who are saying otherwise are playing into Herr Drumpf’s goofy hand.  They’re letting Herr Drumpf play them as Nero’s fiddle.  Yes, meanwhile, they’re ignoring what’s important.

And Al Franken is at the head of the line.  He’s a comedian, joking and smirking as does Herr Drumpf, and media and government pundits who take Herr Drumpf seriously are taking Franken seriously.  I once saw him yawn in the face of a hotel desk clerk.

They’re like gamblers on riverboats paddle-wheeling slaves back south.


Dominion over terror - 24 June 2017

The main motives for selecting a religion are two.  One is the desire for eternal life, while the other is the desire to think oneself better than other selves, but the freakiest part is that people kill others to prove themselves superior.  And also freaky is that the two religions of the six most popular that do that most are Judaism and Islam, and those two prove that each day, by their acts.

Judaism, perhaps because its scriptures don’t promise eternal life, is the least popular of the six most popular religions.  It’s more murderous than Islam while Christianity, the most popular religion, supports it.  And the scriptures of Islam support the Judaic and Christian scriptures.

And Christians call Muslims terrorists and support Jews killing them.


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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