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Deific developmental disorder - 15 August 2018

The part of the Bible that’s all of the scripture of Judaism and most of the scripture of Christianity says that the second commandment is to create no image of anything God created.  But the part of the Bible that’s scripture only to Christianity and Islam says that the second commandment is to love one’s neighbor as oneself and that it’s like the first commandment.  And both parts of the Bible say that the first commandment is to love God with all one’s heart and soul and mind.

And Christians say that what the Judaic part of the Bible says is the second commandment doesn’t mean what it says.  Most of them say that it doesn’t forbid creating images but only forbids worshiping the images one creates, and they talk as though the first commandment is believing that Jesus is the Christ, and that he died to let them live forever.  And Muslims agree with Jews about both commandments.

Perpetuating the misinterpretation of the Judaic second commandment is that the New International Version of the Bible mistranslates it to accord with the popular Christian misinterpretation.  A reason Jews and Muslims don’t make that mistake is that both Hebrew and Arabic are Semitic languages.  Most Christians read neither of the Bible’s languages.

 

Force and responsibility and faith - 14 August 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf has tried to collude with Salvadoran rapists.  After calling immigrants from south of the Rio Grande rapists and taking their children from them, he’s sent back to El Salvador a woman who fled to the United States to escape rape at home, and he also sent her daughter she brought here for protection.  And he ordered that horror in the middle of the night in contempt of a court injunction against it.

We the people of the United States need to ask ourselves how Dirtbag Drumpf is able to dam the flow of justice in our democracy, and an answer may be in our reaction to what a son of a prominent person calling himself a Muslim did to eleven children he fathered, in New Mexico. Contrary to the Qur’an’s forbidding killing for any reason other than in defense against oppression, he confined them filthy and starving in rags in a hole and tried to train them to kill other children, and he may have killed one of them. And we the people, like Dirtbag Drumpf’s ignorant evangelical “base,” are willingly calling such Islamic.

Part of the process of jnana yoga may be imagining people like Dirtbag Drumpf and Player Putin and Sadist al-Assad and Yahoo Netanyahu and their relationship to people like Hypocrite Huckabee and Partisan Pelosi we imagine, for the purpose of recognizing that what we imagine their imagining inflicts is grotesque tragic horrible absurdity, and ultimately unimagining it by extinguishing it with our other delusions of differences.

 

Why is this woman winking? - 13 August 2018

A democratic pundit, referring to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer’s saying that he’s “exploring a run” for the Presidency, told MSNBC pundit Nicole Wallace that Democrats aren’t like Republicans and would “be offended by someone coming into their party with no record with Democratic policy.”

One error in that logic is that Dirtbag Drumpf’s main political record before running against Heehaw Hillary was his hanging out with Bubba Bill, and that he offended most Republicans during the campaign, but that most them suck up to him since he “won.”

And another problem with that punditry is that it exemplifies the conscienceless partisanship that motivated those Republicans’ flopping flipping.

 

Rules of evidence - 12 August 2018

The fundamental premise of Hinduism is that everything is everything and that all differences are delusion, and the fundamental premise of Buddhism is that extinguishing that delusion is the way to end all suffering, and one of the ways Hindus designate for that is jnana yoga.

Jnana” is a Sanskrit word meaning knowing, and jnana yoga is the effort to understand how everything relates to everything, and that’s why I read and write about the scriptures of the six most popular religions and why I watch and write about history and the news and why I’ve worked more than seventy jobs and traveled all over Earth.

And the fundamental premise of Daoism is absolute acceptance, and it’s all why I don’t freak out about it, but only look for common sense.

 

 

Accepting infinite actuality - 11 August 2018

Across the street in front of my house, in a neighborhood near woods at the edge of my little town, is a vacant lot.  And, behind the houses facing the next street with their backs to the lot, are trees and bushes making the houses hardly visible from my house at this time of each year.  Before moving in, I had a handyman replace two sash windows with one plate glass window, in the wall facing the street. And, each morning, between 6:30 and 7:00, in a chair facing the window, I make an effort at dhyana yoga.  This morning a doe walked into the lot and stopped and looked toward the window and moved on.  And, a few seconds later, another doe did the same.  And a few seconds later a fawn did.

Yoga” is a Sanskrit word for union that Hindus use to refer to realizing the unity of the universe.  Zen” is a Japanese pronunciation of “chan,” which is a Chinese pronunciation of “dhyana,” which is Sanskrit for meditation.  Zen Buddhism is a synthesis of Daoism and Buddhism that an Indian Buddhist monk originated in China.

It’s become more popular in Japan than in China.  But meditation, in Hinduism and Buddhism and Daoism, isn’t sectarian.   Its purpose is to realize unity.

 

God and Mammon - 10 August 2018

Jay Seculow, a “lawyer” who’s faked for Dirtbag Drumpf on TV since before Dirtbag Drumpf’s son’s famous Drumpf domain meeting with commercial Russians, calls himself a messianic Jew.  That means that, like Saul of Tarsus, he’s a Pharisee preaching that Jesus is the messiah Christians call the Christ because Paul preached to Greeks.  And Sekulow is also Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

That’s an organization evangelist Pat Robertson founded to abolish our Constitutional separation of church and state.  And, through affiliation with the ACLJ and his group Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism and other “nonprofit” organizations, Sekulow has sucked at least sixty million bucks into his and his family’s private and commercial purposes.  And, while doing all that, he hosts a talk show with his Jewish father.

And Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism sucked many of those bucks through telemarketing with Sekulow also approving soliciting donations from destitute and jobless people.  And sources of this information are Legal Times and The Washington Post and The Guardian and Attorneys General of New York and North Carolina.  We the people of the United States desperately need to define the term “evangelical base.”

 

Kinds of fakes - 9 August 2018

Female Democrats campaign against treating women as objects.  But female Democrats are ignoring that Ivanka Drumpf capitalized on operating sweat shops in poor countries and that Melania Drumpf said she didn’t care about the children Dirtbag Drumpf separated from their parents at the Rio Grande, to praise them for faking not agreeing with Dirtbag Drumpf, after capitalizing on making objects of themselves.  And a female Democrat Senator has idealized a female “retail sales clerk” for saying that she’s “dreaming” of making objects of women by operating a “beauty salon.”

Heehaw Hillary pundit Hilary Rosen is an exception, but her exceptionalism is partisan, and it’s fake.  Rosen, referring to the Drumpf women’s not acting on their words, said that they aren’t like Barbara Bush holding a baby with AIDS.  That’s true, but she said that Barbara did that because George’s policies showed no compassion, and that isn’t.

Lies are lies, and fake is fake, and hypocrisy is hypocrisy, and it all of that distorts voters’ reasons for their votes, if the phonies are media or government pundits.

 

Boobs on tubes - 8 August 2018

Does anyone remember when people went to public houses for social networking?  Now, social networking is through small digital video screens, and people go to pubs mainly to watch sports on large digital video screens!  And kids, instead of playing outside with their friends, play inside with their video games or play against other kids at sports adults organize.

And LeBron James, however much commendation he deserves for pointing out that Dirtbag Drumpf is divisive, was dead wrong in saying that sports have never been about dividing people.  The primary goal of every sport is to “win” by making another person or team of persons lose.  Division has always been the principal purpose of sports.

But fake news fosters that misrepresentation.  And an MSNBC pundit said that Basketball LeBron is from sixty miles south of Cleveland.  Akron, LeBron’s home town, is fewer than forty miles south of Cleveland.

 

The toxicology market - 7 August 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf said that Investigator Mueller’s accepting the position of Special Counsel a week or two after he interviewed him for the position of FBI Director Mueller had formerly held indicates “conflict of interest.”  Probability is that, during that interview, the two of them discovered that their interests conflicted, because Dirtbag Drumpf has a career conflict of interest with common decency, while Mueller has a career interest in investigating that.  And that suggests that Dirtrbag Drumpf’s tweet in that regard was mainly another example of Dirtbag Drumpf’s deliberately misrepresenting actuality.

But Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t alone in that.  The reason media and government pundits use the word “collusion” to refer to conspiracy is the same as the reason they use the phrase “uncomfortable relationship with the truth” to refer to lying.  They, like Dirtbag Drumpf, mealy mouth to avoid responsibility for the actuality of “telling it like is.”

That’s why “fake news” media can’t defend themselves against fake Dirtbag Drumpf.

 

Priorities - 6 August 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf has knowingly personally deliberately directly deported the wife of a United States Marine veteran of Iraq, after appeals directly to him from both Congress and that naturalized United States citizen veteran, separating her not only from him but also from their two daughters.  That proves either that he hates Mexicans more than he appreciates veterans or that he thinks his “base” does, and it proves unequivocally that he’s a bold-faced liar, either way.  And it also proves the lack of integrity of every media or government pundit of any party not publicly pointing out that conspicuous lack of it.

But that’s hardly relevant to Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical bigotry base, people who may think Mexicans are the devil because most of them are Roman Catholic, as they think African Americans aren’t human and that therefore they should have dominion over them.  And it’s hardly relevant to the people who voted for him and are afraid to admit that they were wrong.  Truth isn’t likely to free any of those people from their delusions.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s lies appeal to what we humans call humanity, the unreasonable rationalization we call reasoning while it’s our ability to talk ourselves into anything we think will please us, with thinking we’re better than others near the top of our list.

 

Hiding on TV - 5 August 2018

Joker Giuliani said Investigator Mueller should “put up or shup up.”  Mueller is investigating and indicting and convicting and has put one person up in prison while Giuliani runs his yap.  If Giuliani doesn’t watch his yap, Mueller may put him up in prison for obstruction of justice, or conspiracy or collusion or whatever else media and government pundits call what he and Dirtbag Drumpf are doing.

And now Dirtbag Drumpf has added to his distracting a recommendation that we create a “space force.”  The logic is the same as what changed the Army Air Corps into the Air Force, and that’s the ancient logic that separated the Navy from the Army, and it may be sound.  But, by the same logic, Dirtbag Drumpf could also create a Cyber Force.

But our media and government pundits, instead of blowing the recommendation off as inevitable, are helping Dirtbag Drumpf use it as a distraction.  And MSNBC asked Commander Kelly for his advice.  He retired two grades short of the rear admiral rank.

 

Planning pastoring parenthood - 4 August 2018

Evidence that neither Dirtbag Drumpf nor Fox News is Republican is in that George Will and Bill Kristol are appearing on MSNBC complaining about him.  George Will has been a mass media spokesman for the Republican Party for many decades, and Bill Kristol has competed with him for his respect from people calling themselves conservative for several decades, and MSNBC is the Democratic Party’s main mass media propaganda machine.  MSNBC will air anyone who complains about Dirtbag Drumpf, and Will and Kristol will say what they think through any media available to them, and Fox News isn’t.

And that also suggests that Will and Kristol and MSNBC have more integrity than Dirtbag Drumpf and the Tea Party and Fox News.  But another indication of the corruption of our two-party system is how long Democrats procrastinated pointing out that calling conspiracy collusion doesn’t make it legal.  Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, asked how many legs a sheep has if one call’s its tail a leg.

Calling people Republicans or Democrats doesn’t make them Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis, and saying that it does is like saying that the commandment against killing isn’t against killing one calls capital punishment or abortion, but here we are.

 

 

The hinterland political hogwash market - 3 August 2018

The primary election in Michigan this month is a cameo of the creepiness Dirtbag Drumpf has made national.  The candidates in the Republican column of the ballot are claiming to be more like Dirtbag Drumpf than the others.  And one of them is an African American saying he’s a veteran and relies on God and guns, while another says the African American is a “phony conservative” who “partnered with” Jesse Jackson.

And one of the candidates in the Democrat column has an Arabic name but imitates evangelicals to preach against Dirtbag Drumpf’s bigotry, while another is advertising on TV that she’ll fix the roads because twice in two years she’s had to fix the windshield of the car she’s driving in the advertisement, while another has built two major chemical research companies.  The third isn’t a Democrat, but the ballot has no column for independents, and he allocated to his fifty employees 1.5 million dollars of his proceeds from selling the second of the two companies.  And he’s an immigrant from India.  

So I’m voting for him to be Governor.  He supported his eight siblings when he was a child in India before he came to the United States and earned a PhD.  And he says in one of his TV advertisements that Dirtbag Drumpf calls him “an infestation” and that he’ll “keep Donald Trump racism out of Michigan,” and perhaps he can use his PhD to purify the water in Flint and eliminate the PFAS pollution, in what we call “pure Michigan.”

 

The 25th Amendment - 2 August 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf says we need a “merit-based immigration policy,” while his main merit is his ability to swindle people, the opposite of merit.  It deprives people of wealth, while the agriculture and construction workers who immigrate here from what he says are “shithole countries” contribute to the general welfare, for lower wages than most of us would demand.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather immigrated here for the gold rush.

And now he’s said that Special Counsel Mueller’s motive for investigating him is vengeance, against him for the amount of the dues he assesses for membership at one of his “luxury resorts,” and he called that a business deal.  Mueller might investigate the rates at Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather’s Klondike boarding houses.  Define “gouge.”

But it all adds up to the definition of the word “paranoia.”  Mental health professionals say it’s delusions of both persecution and grandeur.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s tweets indicate that a picture of him should be beside that definition in the DSM.

 

The depth and width of the swamp - 1 August 2018

Pandering Pence, speaking of returning the remains of United States veterans of the war between North Korea and South Korea, said Sunday on Fox News that he’s proud to work for Dirtbag Drumpf.  He also spoke pridefully of his father’s surviving Korea, and he also referred to his evangelical notion of God, and he associated Dirtbag Drumpf with that.  Pandering Pence’s lack of integrity desecrates the First Amendment.

And on and on it goes.  Joker Giuliani tries to laugh off his lack of integrity.  And media and government pundits, both those who ostensibly support Dirtbag Drumpf and those who ostensibly decry him, continue to say that that Dirtbag Drumpf means what he says.  And that makes them liars or fools or both.  And we the people suck it up.

Politicians lie because we the people believe their lies.  That’s why Dirtbag Drumpf is President and why Bubba Bill remains popular.  And Pandering Pence and Dirtbag Drumpf are suggesting that the same is true of evangelists and evangelicals.

 

The Fifth Amendment and the Fourth Estate - 31 July 2018

Two months ago, Joker Giuliani said that Michael Cohen is an “honest and honorable lawyer,” but last week he said that he’s “lied about everything for decades.”  And Sunday he said that the reason for the discrepancy is that he didn’t know two months ago that Cohen was a liar and that he personally loves Dirtrbag Drumpf.  One question is why he loves someone who has depended on Cohen’s lying for decades, and part of that question is how he couldn’t know that Dirtbag Drumpf has been a bold-faced liar longer than two months, and another part of it is how he couldn’t infer that of Cohen.

And, also Sunday, Corpulent Christy said that Giuliani’s contradicting himself concerning Cohen is an effort by him and Dirtbag Drumpf to discredit Cohen.  Of course Giuliani was discrediting himself by contradicting himself, and Corpulent Christy was discrediting himself by failing to point that out, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s base says that he and Dirtbag Drumpf “tell it like is.”  And our “news” media let all that slime slide.

A Fox News anchor, referring to NFL players “taking a knee” against murderous police racism, said that she prefers not to “hear about politics” while she’s “trying to enjoy herself,” but she closed that show of hers by saying it was “a pleasure,” for her.

 

Red and blue and black and white - 30 July 2018

Shifty Schiff, the ranking Democrat member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives, said that Dirtbag Drumpf “weakened his position in Helsinki.”  That depends on what his position is, and his position requires protection from Player Putin’s snitching, on his commercial collusion with him and other Russian money mongers.  So Schiff’s intelligence is peccable.

Neither Nunes nor Schiff demonstrates concern for the general welfare.  Each is conspicuously partisan and conspicuously willing to misrepresent facts for the welfare of his position in his party for his reelection.  That is, each is like Dirtbag Drumpf, in groping for fame and fortune irrelevant to making America or anything else great.

And our partisan media aid in that.  And anyone can learn that by watching both Fox News and MSNBC and seeing which airs Nunes and which airs Schiff and that neither airs both.  And therein is the difficulty in ridding our government of Dirtbag Drumpf.

 

Soap Oprah’s meaning of life - 29 July 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf, after refusing to answer questions from a reporter in the Oval Office, ostracized her from a press conference in the Rose Garden.  And CNN said that in the Oval Office she was representing all of “the five television news networks” and that the press conference in the Rose Garden was open to reporters from each.  So a question is which network, of ABC and CBS and NBC and CNN and MSNBC and Fox News, CNN was saying isn’t one of “the five” networks.

MSNBC is the Democratic party’s main mass media propaganda machine while Fox News is the Republican party’s.  So that question essentially asks what’s the party of “the most trusted name in news.”  And another question is which network that reporter ordinarily represents.

Dirtbag Drumpf is fake, and all six of those “television news networks” are fake, including both CNN and Fox News.

 

Why Pompeo drinks Diet Coke - 28 July 2018

Now Republicans helping Dirtbag Drumpf destroy their party are saying that Dirtbag Drumpf’s conversing with Player Putin and Killer Kim is constructive because it’s “open.”  One problem with that claim is that Dirtbag Drumpf’s two hours with Player Putin in Helsinki was open only to them and Player Putin’s translators.  And another problem is that lying, what each of those pathological jerks mainly does, is the opposite of open.

Openness, what Gorbachev called Glasnost because he’s Russian, is productive because the truth shall make us free.  But those Republican media and government pundits calling Dirtbag Drumpf open are like the Democrats saying he believes his lies.  And they’re claiming otherwise in face of the fact that he pays people to hide truth.

Their basic lie is their denying that they see and hear and speak evil.  And that behavior is so common among politicians that people are commonly using it as though it defines the word “politics.”  That word formerly referred to the “science” of governing.

 

Bipartisan snake oil - 27 July 2018

General Barry McCaffrey told Andrea Mitchell that the VA should pay other healthcare providers to provide healthcare for veterans who don’t live near a VA healthcare provider.  For years, the VA has been doing that for veterans who live further than fifty miles from a VA facility, and McCaffrey was Bubba Bill’s Director of the Office of National Healthcare Policy.  Such is why MSNBC’s Democrat propaganda is failing to dilute Dirtbag Drumpf’s hogwash.  It’s like Dirtbag Drumpf’s threatening revoking security clearances of people having none.  It exemplifies the actuality of “fake news.”

And another MSNBC pundit responded to McCaffrey by telling Mitchell that McCaffrey was saying that we should “privatize” VA health care and saying that he agrees.  McCaffrey didn’t say that, and privatizing VA healthcare would be a leap from the frying pan into the fire, since “private” is a synonym for “commercial” in this context.  Outsourcing VA healthcare is unfortunate but occasionally necessary.

And MSNBC “anchor” Katy Tur touted Player Putin’s credibility.  She said that his saying that he wanted Dirtbag Drumpf to “win” proves that he colluded with Dirtbag Drumpf.  He’s suckering both Dirtbag Drumpf and our punditry.

 

Socioeconomicism - 26 July 2018

Healthcare is one of the problems falling through the cracks of Dirtbag Drumpf distraction.  Dirtbag Drumpf dumped the “individual mandate,” the most conspicuously noxious element of Hillamneycare, but he did nothing to solve the main problem.  The main problem is that it’s an insurance scam, that it inflates insurance premiums by forcing insurance companies into the impossible, insuring against “preexisting conditions.”

The only reasonable solution is the “single payer option” for the uninsurable.  Funding them as we fund Medicare would both lower premiums and expedite care.  The government could identify the people with the conditions and play the hospitals and doctors directly with no haggling with insurance company administrators working for the top one percent. 

But that’s a bipartisan difficulty.  Pundits like Borscht Bernie support it because they doesn’t understand the economics of paying “the top one percent.”  And pundits like Fiscal Forbes support it because they’re among that top one percent.

 

 

The shape of political nonsense - 25 July 2018

Now Gowdy is talking about Dirtbag Drumpf as Comey talked about Heehaw Hillary.  While saying that Dirtbag Drumpf colluded with Player Putin on TV in Helsinki, he’s saying that we have no evidence of his having colluded with Player Putin, and that our Congress has no reason to impeach him.  And he’s Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

Our media and government pundits talk in absurd circles.  A Fox News “anchor” asked a United States Congressman whether a Democratic Congresswoman was correct in saying that the notion that Israelis are invading Palestine is at the base of the platform of the Democratic Party.  Fox News and that Congressman are Republicans.

The Bible says that both Israelites and Philistines, the predecessors of the Israelis and the Palestinians, invaded the land of Canaan.  And the United States Constitution forbids such sectarianism.  But our national currency says we trust God.

 

Deep state dilemma - 24 July 2018

Mikhail Gorbachev, during the one Presidential term of George Herbert Walker Bush, pitched horseshoes with Bush at Bush’s home in Kennebunkport.  And, in the remainder of that term, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and the leader of the Polish opposition to Soviet dominance became President of Poland, and the Berlin Wall fell.  But Bush refused to talk with Boris Yeltsin, the first person the people of Russia elected to the Presidency of the Russian Federation, when he visited the Whitehouse.  Destroying the Soviet Union didn’t guarantee the results of democracy.  But collaboration produced it.

The problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s collusion with Player Putin that must have occurred when they talked two hours in Helsinki isn’t that they talked.  The problem is that, because Dirtbag Drumpf is a dirtbag but isn’t the player Player Putin is, Player Putin must have dominated the discourse.  And the collusion must have begun commercially, with Player Putin helping Dirtbag Drumpf launder money, long before the campaign.

That’s no danger to Player Putin.  Because he’s demolished the democracy of the Russian Federation, nothing he does is illegal.  But the United States remain a democracy under the stipulations of the United States Constitution.

 

Who can hack most competently? - 23 July 2018

Now MSNBC is pushing trusting “the cloud.”  It aired “news” that an MS server site has concertina wire around it and that it’s more secure than our houses.  The obvious problem with that is that IP’s are the people most likely to have an interest in selling our data.  It’s like Facebook telling us that giving it our phone numbers makes us more secure.  And now Facebook is telling us to give our passwords to “five trusted friends.”

Consider this scenario.  You have a belief and express it on your computer and learn something that tells you that the belief is both incorrect and shameful.  You can delete it from your computer, but you can’t delete it from Microsoft’s OneDrive servers in “the cloud,” partly because of their physical security and electronic “redundancy.”

And now various World Wide Web providers are telling us they can free us from our password problems by such as digital face recognition.  We can change our passwords relatively easily.  Try changing your face.

 

Preaching political pretention - 22 July 2018

Consider these indications of the fakeness of media and government pundits.  They claim that, because Player Putin said he preferred Dirtbag Drumpf, Dirtbag Drumpf colluded with him.  And they claim that, because Dirtbag Drumpf shouldn’t be President, Heehaw Hillary should be President.  And they claim that, because Republicans are partisan, Democrats aren’t.  One need not be Aristotle to know that all that is illogical.

Player Putin prefers Dirtbag Drumpf to Heehaw Hillary because he’s more destructive.  That is, he’s the most evil of those two evils our two party system presented to us, the most maliciously fake of the two fakes.  And, were he to have “won” with the party of his pal Bubba Bill, Democrats would be supporting him as Republicans are supporting him.

Fundamentally, concerning Dirtbag Drumpf, the main problem with media and government pundits is that they claim that, because Dirtbag Drumpf is fake, they aren’t.  Their egocentric irrationality undercuts the First Amendment.  And they must know it.

 

Abdicating social networking - 21 July 2018

A version of Partisan Pelosi’s saying we shouldn’t impeach Dirtbag Drumpf is another Democratic Party pundit’s saying Democrats should promote the Democratic Party’s platform but shouldn’t campaign against Dirtbag Drumpf.  Such partisanship, both Democratic and Republican, is the main difficulty in ridding the United States government of Dirtbag Drumpf.  And more difficulty is in the media and government pundits’ calling Dirtbag Drumpf “the leader of our country” as he does.

The Constitution of the United States permits Presidents to lead only the executive branch of our government.  And it limits that, and so the members of the United States Congress who respond to the President of the United States as though he’s their boss are effectually treasonous, whether or not they’re partisan.  But that’s how parties work.

And our two-party system is the epitome of that.  And our Electoral College is an obsolete perpetuation of it.  We could tally the total popular vote in a day.

 

Blowing smoke to fight fire with fire - 20 July 2018

Everything Dirtbag Drumpf does is a lie, but occasionally what he says is true, making his motive the lie.  An example is his saying that what cost the Democratic Party the election was its making Heehaw Hillary its candidate.  So, in that matter, the Democratic Party is lying by saying that he’s lying.  And the same is true of colluding with Player Putin in that matter.  The problem is that he colluded with Player Putin in other matters.

Dirtbag Drumpf colludes with Russians in money laundering and other commercial matters.  And, when he denies colluding, he refers to the election and not to the commercial matters.  And Democrats support the dishonesty of that tactic by also focusing on the election while ignoring Dirtbag Drumpf’s commercial collusion.

And so, in that way, people ostensibly against Dirtbag Drumpf are promoting him by his own brand of dishonesty.  They snicker and sneer at him while doing what he does in that and other ways.  And they’re similarly misrepresenting Mueller’s investigation.

 

Liars and lying about liars - 19 July 2018

Only the Democratic Party can save the Republican Party now.  The corruption of the Republican Party began with Southern Democrats fleeing to it from Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy, and the next step was the Tea Party preferring promoting protectionism to conserving laissez-faire economics, and Dirtbag Drumpf has finished the job.  But the Democratic Party may save it by “doubling down” on Heehaw Hillary’s hypocrisy.

Heehaw Hillary, not “the Russians” or the FBI, handed Dirtbag Drumpf our Presidency.  And now CNN Democrats are promoting Mendacious Mitch’s Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy.  David Duke’s pal Skinhead Landrieu removed the statue of Robert E. Lee from New Orleans and is saying he did it for civil rights, and “the most trusted name in news” is airing a “special” praising that hypocrisy, suggesting that it’s presidential.

And our media and government pundits continue to say that Dirbag Drumpf swallows his own hogwash.  CNN’s Jive Jake Turkey Tapper told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he has no doubt that Dirtbag Drumpf “loves America.”  Dirtbag Drumpf is sucking up to Player Putin either because he thinks Player Putin may help him suck bucks in the future or because Player Putin is blackmailing him for his having done that in the past.

 

Sound and fury signifying anything - 18 July 2018

Consider all the news the Dirtbag Drumpf distraction is keeping us from hearing.  The only reason we’re hearing of Syria now is that Dirtbag Drumpf is talking with Player Putin while Player Putin is supporting Sadist Assad.  But the main reason we ordinarily hear of Sadist Assad is that he’s a factor in the ISIS Israeli disinformation operation, which plays to the common interest of Player Putin and Yahoo Netanyahu, instability.

Dirtbag Drumpf capitalizes on instability for money laundering.  Player Putin capitalizes on instability to make Dirtbag Drumpf seem to be as absurd as he is.  And Yahoo Netanyahu capitalizes on instability to distract attention from what Israelis do to their neighbors.  So they capitalize on one another’s instability.  And we the people are paying the bill.

Judaic “news” sources: Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, John King, Jeffrey Toobin, Gloria Borger, Barbara Starr, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Katy Tur, Greg Gutfeld, Howard Kurtz, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Drumpf; and Yahoo Netanyahu.

 

Issues and implications - 17 July 2018

Because Dirtbag Drumpf and Player Putin march to their own discordant drummers, the “timing” of the indictment of the Russian hackers is irrelevant to the “summit” timing, and so are all of our media and government pundits’ opinions of it.  And, if Dirtbag Drumpf weren’t President, Kavanaugh’s having said a President shouldn’t be investigated would be irrelevant.  And pundits are postulating that the short term timing of that is long term.

Recently a few pundits have said that Dirtbat Drumpf admires the autocracy of Player Putin and Killer Kim.  But those pundits also ignore that Dirtbag Drumpf makes that conspicuous by spewing hogwash as blatantly as they do.  Part of the problem is that much of the hogwash they spew is that Dirtbag Drumpf swallows his own hogwash.

Were Dirtbag Drumpf not President, Kavanaugh’s confirmation to be a Supreme Court Justice would be as welcome to Democrats as was Kennedy’s, and that’s one more indication of Dirtbag Drumpf’s success in “directing the narrative” of our politics.

 

Sense and humor - 16 July 2018

MSNBC’s Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd mocked Dirtbag Drumpf for saying “we don’t hear the word ‘England’ often enough.”  He said, apparently thinking that the United Kingdom replaced England, that it was like not hearing the word “Ottoman” often enough.  Such absurd sneering and snickering, mocking Dirtbag Drumpf’s ignorance while proving their own, is one way in which Democrats habitually play into the hands of Dirtbag Drumpf.

The Democratic Party’s most prominent argument that Dirtbag Drumpf colluded with “the Russian” is pointing out that he asked them to publicize any of Heehaw Hillary’s email they might have.  He didn’t ask them to hack, but only to provide what media and government pundits were demanding, if they had them.  A word for that is “irony.”

Our Department of Justice couldn’t have identified those Russian hackers by any means other than by hacking, and that’s what intelligence agents call ELINT and not HUMINT, electronic intelligence and not human intelligence.

 

Waste of time - 15 July 2018

“Pro-U.S., Anti-Trump,” said a sign in London.  In the sixties a popular book was The Ugly American.  A Babbel TV commercial says that the reason Europeans speak more languages than Americans do is that they use Babbel.  The reason they speak more languages is that they recognize the importance of communicating with their neighbors.  The Strzok Congressional hearing was goofier than Parliament’s raucous tradition.

A popular phrase in the sixties was “thick-soled Americans.”  Dirtbag Drumpf is thick-souled and thick-hearted and thick-headed.  And the London balloon effigy of Dirtbag Drumpf as a baby offends babies but accurately depicts the tan lines around his eyes and accurately suggests that he cries when he doesn’t get what he wants.

Dirtbag Drumpf lied that his inauguration drew a record crowd, but unquestionable is that his visit to England this week drew a record crowd, more people than have ever protested an American President in London.

 

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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'd lead the rest of us to understand and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.

 

Dunkirk - a 2017 film

This film portrays the horrors of war.  And it closes with a soldier who has survived Dunkirk reading Churchill’s saying in a newspaper that might shall restore the British Empire.  That’s like people in the Bible Belt saying “the south shall rise again,” like Churchill and Truman compensating for the holocaust by pushing the United Nations to make Irgun, a Zionist organization both had designated terrorist, for murdering noncombatants, the government of Israel.  It’s like Truman murdering a hundred thousand Japanese civilians after their government had lost the war.  It’s the base of Dirtbag Drumpf’s efforts to “make America great again.”

 

The Red Tent - a 1997 novel

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

 

Philomena - a 2013 film

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

 

Oranges and Sunshine - a 2011 film

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

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

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

 

Wrong is Right - a 1982 film

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

 

Modern Times a 1936 Film

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

 

Catch a Fire - a 2006 film

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

 

Nixon - a 1995 film

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

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

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

 

Avatar - a 2009 film

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

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

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

 

Network - a 1976 film

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

 

The Devil's Arithmetic - a 1999 film

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

 

The Celestine Prophecy - a 1993 novel and a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

 

The Ten Commandments a 1966 film

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

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

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

 

On the Trail of the Assassins - a 1978 book

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

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

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

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

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

 

Idocracy - a 2005 film

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

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

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

 

 

Across the Universe a 2006 Film

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

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

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

 

The Cotton Club - a 1984 film

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

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

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

 

The Order of the Phoenix - a 2007 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Last Hangman a 2005 film

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

 

Meditation XVII - a 1623 sermon

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

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a 2006 film

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

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

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

 

Eight Men Out a 1988 film

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

 

Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid a 2006 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart is truth, beauty.

 

The Sound of Music - a 1965 film

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

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

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

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

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

The Time of Your Life - a 1948 film

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

 

Shinea 1996 film

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paradise Road - a 1997 film

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

 

Bound for Glorya 1943 autobiography

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

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

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

 

Reflections of a Cold Warrior and From the Shadows 1996 memoires

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

 

Jude the Obscure - an 1895 novel

"Because we are too many."

 

Babel - a 2006 film

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

 

The Milagro Beanfield War a 1988 film

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

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

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

 

Hollywood Ending a 2002 film

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

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter a 1940 novel

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

 

The Last Samurai - a 2003 film

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

 

Sister of the Road - a 1937 novel

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

 

War and Peace an 1869 novel

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

 

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

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