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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.

 

Officially imposing partisanship - 14 July 2018

By way of bags of mail to the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

My absentee ballot forbids voting my conscience.  It requires either voting for candidates of but one of but three parties on the ballot, or writing on the ballot one or more names not on it, or both.  That is, specifying that “you cannot ‘split your ticket,’” it forbids voting “independent.”

That’s plainly and perversely unconstitutional, and so I’m asking whether it’s Michigan legislation, while I’m hoping it’s only executive overreach.

I’m asking by USPS because I wish to receive a reply with a signature of a government official.

Over the signature of me a person.

 

Thoughts and prayers for whom? - 13 July 2018

Recent events have tested international compassion.  Generally, regarding the immigrant children in the United States and the boys in the cave in Thailand, our news media suggest that we the people of the United States have passed the test.  But the devil is in the details, and Dirtbag Drumpf has ignored the boys in Thailand and sneered at the immigrant children, and we elected him to preside over our government.

And note the contradictions in the reporting of the boys in the cave.  News media reporters said, when the first four boys left the cave, that they were first because they were least healthy.  But they said, when the last four boys left the cave, that the first four boys to leave were the most healthy.

And reporters throughout the reporting of the separation of the immigrant children from their parents have called it taking the children from their parents, as though the loss is the parents’.

 

Training for adulthood - 12 July 2018

Never much liked MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle until Tuesday.  She was showing a picture of a twenty-year-old kid in his Army uniform in Afghanistan and said that he’d died shielding other soldiers from a blast and had been in the Army two years.  “He was survived,” she said after saying he was planning to reenlist, “by his mom and dad.”  And I heard the tears come to her eyes between her word “survived” and her word “by.”  Being off camera suggests sincerity far beyond what’s ordinary for media pundits.

Media and government pundits seem to me to have demonstrated more sincerity regarding the immigrant children and the Thai boys.  But that’s an exception that tragically proves the rule, and much of what they say of them is typical of them, often ignoring the main problem.  Most of the concern they express is for the parents.

Humans tend to treat children as thought they’re possessions.  Most of the reporting of the immigrant reunions is of the emotions of the parents “getting their children back.”  And much of it praises the boys mainly for being soccer players.

 

 

Snickerbawkers - 11 July 2018

Joker Giuliani said two months ago that Investigator Mueller’s investigation would end in two weeks, and media and government pundits both took him seriously and said that he was absurd, ignoring the obvious as they ordinarily do.  Giuliani, by means including contradicting Dirtbag Drumpf publicly, is helping Dirtbag Drumpf seem as ridiculous as he is.  The problem is that seeming ridiculous is how Dirtbag Drumpf sucks in his base.

Apparently Joker Giuliani is trying to help Dirtbag Drumpf prove he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and not lose votes from his “base.”  So, because Dirtbag Drumpf has conspicuously tried to prove that since before he said it, helping him prove it only emulates him.  And look at the Joker’s pinky ring.

And Dirtbag Drumpf must be snickering up his sleeves at Chuck pushing to prohibit appointing Justices in even number years and at Nancy advising against impeaching him and at media pundits talking as though he’s trying to practice what he preaches.

 

The doctrine of the Pharisees - 10 July 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf Christians are no more religious than are ISIS Muslims.  His Press Secretary’s Baptist preacher father says that “owning guns” is a “God-given” right, and a Roman Catholic he’s talking of appointing to the United States Supreme Court said that her devotion to her religion won’t influence her opinions of law, effectually that she won’t let God guide her conscience.  She lacks both integrity and reasoning either way.

But Jewish Senator Diane Feinstein was incorrect in calling her attitude dogmatic.  Willingness to flip and flop against what one says one believes is antithetical to the definition of the word “dogma,” and saying that one is willing to do that is doing it, unless the dogma is hypocrisy.  But perhaps hypocrisy is the dogma of Roman Catholicism.

Fifteen centuries ago, a pope called Mary of Magdala a prostitute, and the Church agreed with him until a half century ago.  Now it agrees that he had neither scriptural nor factually historical reason for that accusation.  But still it says popes are infallible.

 

Bills of goods - 9 July 2018

Soap Oprah, weirdly conspicuously in a TV interview last week, proved she’s bogus.  She said that, because a passenger on a commercial airline flight told her she didn’t seem to be herself, she bought an airplane to avoid such people.  She said that she’s always herself, and next she said that students now expect to have a brand as soon as they graduate, but that establishing a brand takes decades.  Surely she knows that the word “brand” is marketing jargon for creating a fictional impression to suck bucks.  Both she and Dirtbag Drumpf have been financially successfully bogus for many decades.

Dirtbag Drumpf is more dangerously bogus, but Soap Oprah has been more obnoxiously bogus than she was in that interview, and one illustrates a pattern of hers.  After funding a school for girls in Africa, she said it revealed to her the purpose of her existence, and she’s said that of other PR plays of hers.  Her purpose is sucking bucks.

Note the demographics and posturing of this picture of her mongering money by promising to give it away decades ago.

 

Why Dirtbag Drumpf is President - 8 July 2018

Michigan requires partisan voting.  When one votes one must declare a party, and the choice of parties are Republican and Democratic and Libertarian, and the ballet one receives lists only the candidates for the party one declares.  Absentee ballots list the candidates for all three parties but list them in three separate columns and forbid voting in more than one column.  And instructions with the absentees ballots say that “you cannot ‘split your ticket.’”  All of that’s plainly unconstitutional.

One question is why no class action suit has changed that.  But the answers may be two, that the Electoral College encourages it, and that we the people of the United States prefer preaching to learning.  It’s like sports, picking one team and supporting it, regardless of the character or skill of the members of the team.

And a word for that is “bigotry.”  It’s people wishing to think that by God they’re better than other people.  Ask people calling themselves Christians whether they’ve read the Bible.

 

Descendancy - 7 July 2018

Now Dirtbag Drumpf’s Secretary of Health and Human Services has said that the number of children Dirtbag Drumpf has separated from their parents is fewer than three thousand.  A few days ago the number was a few more than two thousand, and that says of Dirtbag Drumpf that his Executive Order is meaningless, because he and his cabinet are ignoring it.  He’s bragging that he’s doing worse than dragging his feet.

And, perhaps because they’re in the word business, media and government pundits are preaching what he should say more than what he should do.  They’re like his base saying it voted for him because he “tells it like it is” and continuing to swallow his hogwash through all his proof that he’s a liar.  And Ancestry.com is following his lead.

Capitalizing on the dirtbag market, Ancestry.com is airing on TV a woman proudly saying that one of her ancestors was a moonshiner, and a man saying that one of his ancestors was a bootlegger.

 

Foundation of sand - 6 July 2018

“We will survive this,” said MSNBC’s former Democratic Member of the United States House of Representatives Joe Scarborough, of Dirtbag Drumpf.  That’s the Democratic Party’s strategy for dumping Dirtbag Drumpf, to hunker down until term limits eliminate him from our Presidency and then do what pundits call doubling down, trying again the Camelot Kennedy Partisan Pelosi Heehaw Hillary Bubba Bill hypocrisy that pushed people to put Dirtbag Drumpf into our Presidency.  And the tactic of the MSNBC punditry is to snicker at Dirtbag Drumpf’s crass hypocrisy as does his “base.”

If you doubt that, note that Partisan Pelosi insists that we shouldn’t impeach Dirtbag Drumpf, and watch the snickering and sneering of MSNBC’ Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd and Nicole Wallace and Rachel Maddow.  And ask why no one is articulating Democratic policies more loudly and clearly than are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul.  And Sanders and Paul aren’t Democrats.

28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be a rising star in the Democratic Party.  In a New York primary election she defeated a nine-term Republican member of our House of Representatives.  But she’s wading into a bipartisan swamp.

 

The Old Testament and the Little League - 5 July 2018

“What’s the difference, between Miami and Cleveland?” asked LeBron James.  And he said that “they’re the same,’ and he said that before he dumped Cleveland for Los Angeles, proving the absurdity of anyone calling any professional sports team the home team.  Like Dirtbag Drumpf, Professional athletes care only for their own fame and fortune, not for the folks who fan their funds to them.

It’s all part of the absurdity of humans saying that our ability to reason makes us superior to “dumb” animals.  And another part of that absurdity is the notion that God preferred the descendants of one man to all other humans and promised to help them kill other humans for their land.  Conspicuous actuality is that we humans use what we call reason to talk ourselves into doing anything we wish to do.

And sports are the epitome of our egocentrism.  The word “sport” originated with Spartans using athletics to train themselves for war.  Sports are persons or groups of persons trying to humiliate other persons or groups of persons for fortune or fame or fun.  The word competition originally referred to walking together, but now it refers to walking against others, or over them.  And we call it winning.

 

Rendering to Caesar - 4 July 2018

One factor in the question of who will be the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is that Dirtrbag Drumpf was “pro-choice” before he was “pro-life.”  And another factor is that he’s preaching that embryos have a right to life while he deprives children whose birth was in Central America of their right to life with their mothers.  But such self-contradiction is ordinary for politicians both “progressive” and “conservative.”

Democrats say both that women have a right to kill embryos and that we don’t have a right to kill murderers, while Republicans say both that women don’t have a right to kill embryos and that we do have a right to kill murderers, but Dirtbag Drumpf is preaching the Republican contradiction only for votes from them with his vindictive sexist base.

Media and government pundits say they don’t understand how Dirtbag Drumpf thinks.  Understanding how he thinks requires only recognizing that he cares only for his own fame and fortune.  That’s the motive and the explanation for all he says and does.

 

Our alien nation - 3 July 2018

Why are we the people of the United States saying that what Dirtbag Drumpf is doing to families is “inhuman” and ”not what this country is all about?”  Who elected Dirtbag Drumpf and the Republican politicians who support him and the Democratic politicians saying we shouldn’t try to impeach him?  Why aren’t we accepting responsibility?

And why are the protesters saying that we should eliminate ICE?  And why are media and government pundits saying that we shouldn’t eliminate ICE but that we need only to change its managers and policies?  Don’t any of those people know that what ICE is doing to the children isn’t policy but only what Dirtbag Drumpf is ordering ICE to do?

Don’t the protestors and pundits know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a department of the executive branch of the United States government and that Dirtbag Drumpf is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States government and accordingly is failing to execute his executive order to reunite 2000  of the families he’s separated.

 

PAC-MAN role models - 2 July 2018

Sycophant Sanders, referring to the murders at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, said that attacking journalists is wrong.  And Dirtbag Drumpf said the same, but attacking journalists is his most consistent policy, and a reasonable question would have been whether he inspired that nutcase to kill.  After any mass killing, media and government pundits immediately ask whether ISIS inspired them, and Dirtbag Drumpf acts as ISIS.

We need fairness and balance.  The day Dirtbag Drumpf announced the date of his impending “summit” with Player Putin, he attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a FoxConn plant in Wisconsin, and both actions are typical Dirtbag Drumpf money ball.  FoxConn is Taiwan company that’s famous for driving its employees to suicide.

And it’s the largest manufacturer of video game devices while pundits say that video games inspire “school shootings.”  You can be sure that Dirtbag Drumpf grubs money any way he can and launders it anywhere he can.  He’s the epitome of hypocrisy.

 

Kinds of crusades - 1 July 2018

Myopia is nearsightedness, being able to see what’s near to oneself, but unable to see what’s far from oneself.  Tunnel vision is being able to see things at which one is directly looking while being unable to see anything else.  And persons with either of those maladies are unable to see the forest for the trees.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary says that intellect is the ability to understand relationships and differences.  In our world of Dirtbag Drumpf and Partisan Pelosi, which has evolved from the party of Jefferson Davis corrupting the party of Abraham Lincoln by way of Camelot Kennedy and Strom Thurmond, the bigotry we call partisanship has conspicuously demonstrated all those maladies and no intellect.  Differences are neither relationships nor understanding.

The word “bigotry” originated with Normans misunderstand Angles swearing at them by God after the Norman conquest of the Angles.  And the war on terror is Muslims trying to defend themselves against Christians siding with Jews against Muslims.  But Muslims are more Christian than are Jews.

 

Ends and odds - 30 June 2018

Neither does Dirtbag Drumpf care who’s a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  His only criterion is that the person not anger his base, and he’ll nominate anyone the Republic Party recommends, if the person meets that criterion.  But Democrats are already arguing partisan policy.

And they’re arguing with one another.  Camelot Chris Loudmouth Matthews was on MSNBC shrieking at its stand-in for Cheap Chuck Trivial Todd that the Democratic Party will implode if it doesn’t delay the nomination until after the November elections.  And his only reply to the stand-in’s asking how Democrats can do that was to say we’ll see.

And neither did he explain how his party will implode.  It’s already imploding, because Democrats don’t unite on anything, while Republicans are uniting behind Dirtbag Drumpf.  But all of them argue about who’s the swing vote in a five-t- four vote.  Each of the five voting together is the swing vote.

 

P’s and Q’s - 29 June 2018

Dirbag Drumpf neither hates Muslims nor loves Harley Davidson.  He’s using both to suck his xenophobic bigot base into voting for him.  If Harley Davidson begins building bikes in Europe, its customers are more likely to ditch Harley Davidson than to ditch Dirtbag Drumpf, and Dirtbag Drumpf knows that.  Dirtbag Drumpf has too much greed and too little integrity to hate or love anyone.  He cares only for his fame and fortune.

Part of the reason he succeeds is that his base is like him, and part of the reason he succeeds is that most Democrats are like him, saying he believes what he says because they often don’t believe what they say.  Caring for one’s fame and fortune is how one is able to afford to run for government office.  Making money takes money.

An analogy is sports fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets talking about football players’ salaries.  They’re not likely to know how much of that salary goes into promoting the football players.  And they lack such skills for themselves.

 

The winter of our discontent - 28 June 2018

“Knock ‘em out,” said Dirtbag Drumpf of people protesting his campaign for our Presidency, and he said he’d like to punch one of them in the face.  And now he’s saying that Representative Maxine Water’s asking people to refuse to serve the people who serve him and to tell them why is uncivil.  And Democrats are agreeing with him while actuality is that they’re not doing what they could to rid us of his bigotry.

Partisan Pelosi is advising against impeaching Dirtbag Drumpf, and Democratic pundits complaining against him aren’t asking the Republican pundits to show pictures of the little girl weeping up at him on the Time cover, since they said Dirtbag Drumpf’s orders never separated her from her mother.  And, while DIrbag Drumpf is dragging us into medieval mentality, Saudi Arabian women are driving their way gleefully out of such dirt.

We the people of the United States forced Tricky Dicky and Jerk Johnson to fire themselves, and someone killed Camelot Kennedy when he pushed us to the brink of a nuclear holocaust “to make the other fellow blink,” but Dirtbag Drumpf keeps sliming by while behaving far more dangerously than Dicky did and promising to be as dangerous as Jerk Johnson was and as dangerous as Camelot Kennedy tried to be.

 

Compassion and competition - 27 June 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf is promoting a “merit-based immigration policy.”  Buddhism and Christianity promote merit-based salvation, but in Buddhism merit is “developing a boundless heart toward all beings as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life,” while that’s the opposite of what Hypocrite Huckabee and his daughter Sycophant Sanders and Dirtbag Drumpf preach.  To them merit is bigotry.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s notion of a merit-based immigration policy is accepting only people who don’t need to immigrate, only people who can contribute to our society by such as practicing medicine or advancing electronic information technology, and turning away anyone else.  If we need more MD’s or IT’s, the reason is that our MD’s and IT’s are inferior to MD’s and IT’s in other countries, or that our educational institutions can’t complete with educational institutions in other countries, or that our kids can’t or won’t cut the curriculum, or a combination of all of it.  And none of it’s the American dream.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” is mainly people in the Bible Belt and the rust belt.  Agriculture has failed in the Bible Belt because of people who would depend on slavery, and manufacturing has failed in the rustbelt because of labor unions, and laziness is the common denominator in all of that.  In the United States, only Hollywood and Silicon Valley are globally competitive, and Silicon Valley is falling behind South Korea.

 

The Electoral College - 26 June 2018

A restaurant refused service to Dirtbag Drumpf’s Sycophant Sanders, and Hypocrite Huckabee responded by tweeting that MS-13 members are Partisan Pelosi’s reelection committee, producing a perfect picture of the dirt into which Dirtbag Drumpf has driven us.  African American Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings had the grace to say that the restaurant should have served Sanders, but neither she nor her father would have had the grace to serve Cumming, if law didn’t require it.  And European American Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi epitomizes Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy.

We need to rid ourselves of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.  Jefferson Davis defectors from Camelot Kennedy hypocrisy began corrupting the party of Lincoln, and the Tea party made that corruption normal, and Dirtbag Drumpf has finished the job.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is correct in saying that Chuck and Nancy are representative of the partisan obstructionism that keeps Democratic Party corrupt.

And ask your self what would have been the reaction from either party if Sycophant Sanders’ sycophant predecessor’s mother had tried to defend him against the derogation that eventually forced him to drain himself from Dirtbag Drumpf’s swamp.

 

Blaming the victims - 25 June 2018

While Dirtbag Drumpf calls the parents of the children he’s abusing drug dealers, part of the abuse he’s inflicting on the children is forcing drugs on them, in the cages where he’s imprisoned them.  Note that much of the reason their parents bring them here is for them to escape the drug dealers.  And we the people of the United States are the reason for the drug trafficking.  We make the trafficking profitable.  We’re the market.

And, because we refuse to do it for a competitive wage, we’re also the market for the agriculture and construction illegal immigrants do.  And that’s why farmers and contractors hire illegal immigrants, and also why they abuse them as Dirtbag Drumpf did building hotels, before he was President.  And we knew that during the campaign.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s main “base” is people who argue for slavery by saying that only European Americans are human.  But the rest of us also benefit from Central American Europeans Americans doing work we’re too lazy to do.  So message that.

 

Mixing the messaging - 24 June 2018

“I really don’t care,” said Melania Drumpf: “Do you?”  And media and government pundits are asking what she meant, as though the message wasn’t plain on the back of her jacket on TV, as she was boarding an aircraft to fly to see what Dirtbag Drumpf has done to thousands of children.  And, as though she hadn’t said she didn’t care, Dirtbag Drumpf said she was only asking the “fake news media” whether they cared.

But many media and government pundits are fake.  Melania Drumpf is an immigrant who made her way to the United States by capitalizing on what the Me Too movement is protesting, and her daughter-in-law Ivanka is capitalizing on the misery of people who can’t flee the horrors of Central America, by manufacturing luxury clothing in sweatshops there.  But media and government pundits talk as though they’re his victims.

They’re as much a part of his swamp as Hypocrite Huckabee’s daughter Sycophant Sanders, or Secessionist Sessions and Callous Kirstjen, or Pruitt and Carson.  And, while media and government pundits often say that Pandering Pence and Coddling Kelly are trying to keep Dirtbag Drumpf in control, they collude with him at least as much as do the others.  Fake news mainly distracts from the problem by emulating them.

 

Desperation and disparation - 23 June 2018

A pundit referring to bullying said we’re in a different world now than we were forty years ago.  Between fifty and sixty year ago, I passed through high school with bullies physically beating other kids, and kids no one called bullies told less resourceful kids that they had cooties.  Kids routinely beat or ostracized kids who didn’t dress in the current fashion or didn’t play sports because they couldn’t pay for sports equipment.

Most of the bullies in that world were “jocks.”  And another pundit said that the girl to whom that pundit was referring was “a quiet girl and a cheerleader,” and another “news story” during that broadcast was of parents brawling on a ball diamond, because of a call in the “youth softball game” their brawl disrupted.  And cheering isn’t quiet.

And the “anchor” reporting the story of the quiet cheerleader said bullies told her to kill herself.  One question is where they heard of such a thing, and another question is where the girl heard of complying, if not from “news.”  Suicide wasn’t in my world.

 

Relationships and differences - 22 June 2018

A prominently influential mental health professional, to argue that what Dirtbag Drumpf has done to children along the Rio Grande is child abuse, said that evidence indicates that such trauma causes long term changes in brain chemistry.  Common sense says it’s child abuse, and common sense also says that memory is what makes it long term, whether or not the trauma causes changes in brain chemistry, because remembering it will cause the same feelings, and the children won’t forget it.  And, like Dirtbag Drumpf, she ignored the long term social effects.  Desperation can make people desperados.

Dirtbag Drumpf is saying that the parents of the children he’s abused are criminals, while what he’s done to the children might drive anyone to crime, as racism has driven many African Americans to crime.  “I’m depraved on account of I’m deprived,” says a “juvenile delinquent” to a police officer, in the musical “comedy” West Side Story.  And that title implies bigotry, between east and west or north and south, anywhere.

“Publish or perish” is an axiom of academic survival.  That mental health professional was promoting her academic fame and fortune as Dirtbag Drumpf is promoting his political fame and fortune.  And both are obscuring the obvious.

 

Bottom feeding from the top - 21 June 2018

What Dirtbag Drumpf and his swamp have done to children from south of our border is nothing new to public policy in the United States.  It rises from the thinking that has us imposing what we call sanctions on the people of other countries, as though that will deter people like Dirtbag Drumpf from doing what they do, as though it doesn’t give them more incentive to do it.  Conscienceless jerks will take their cut from anyone.

The operant word is “conscienceless.”  To People like Killer Kim and Player Putin and Dirtrbag Drumpf, public policy is whatever they can do to serve their separate selves, and so sanctions can deter them only if their people have nothing more to lose.  The argument for sanctions is essentially that they’ll shame shameless people.

What Dirtbag Drumpf hopes to gain from his public policy is votes from people who admire how he’s gains by his lack of conscience.  He gropes for votes to keep the commercial power of our Presidency.  He’s both a sadist and a thief.

 

What we’re teaching our children - 20 June 2018

Pundits are saying that Dirtbag Drumpf should push Mexicans to accept more immigrants from further south.  That’s a recommendation to push those desperate emigrants from the firepan into the fire.  Mexicans have the problems other Central Americans have.

And evangelist Franklin Graham is now saying Dirtbag Drumpf shouldn’t be doing what he’s doing to children.  Graham pushed his Bible Belt evangelicals to push that conscienceless creep into the White house.  And now he’s trying to dodge responsibility.

*And Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical Press Secretary is trying to pass the buck from herself and his evangelical Attorney General to his more secular but at least as conscienceless and callous Secretary of Homeland Security.

 

Suffering the children - 19 June 2018

All Dirtbag Drumpf says or does is a lie.  The artifice of his dealing, or negotiating or campaigning, is spewing varieties of hogwash to see which varieties people swallow and then spewing more of those varieties.  Note, regarding his wall, that history has proven, from the Great Wall of China to the wall now failing to divide “the promised land,” that walls don’t provide border security.  But he’s saying that not having his wall excuses his no compassion policy he calls a no tolerance policy and could stop with a telephone call.  And he’s saying that Obama’s policies are laws requiring his policies.

Sunday Morning, for more than a half hour, the American Broadcasting Company aired Bigot Bannon demonstrating Ditbag Drumpf’s propaganda method.  He said that he’s Roman Catholic but that the Pope’s decrying Dirtrbag Drumpf’s policy against children is because the Pope isn’t “infallible” regarding “public policy.”   And he said that he’s “proud of the deplorables” and that what Dirtbag Drumpf does isn’t lying but delivering “a vernacular that connects with people.”

And Jonathon Karl, the ABC “anchor” interviewing him, grinned through the interview as though no one would swallow that hogwash.  And, after the interview, pundits on what ABC calls its This Week roundtable spewed their particular varieties of hogwash.  But one correctly said that neither Republicans nor Democrats are providing solutions.

 

Sticks and stones - 18 June 2018

A daughter of a Baptist preacher who was Governor of Arkansas is now the principal spokesperson for the President of the United States.  The President keeps on the wall of the office we the people of the United States have given him for his job a portrait of the President who told the Governor of Georgia to ignore our Supreme Court to send people indigenous to this continent on the Trail of Tears.   The Trail of Tears was our government’s killing thousands of them, by forcing them to leave their homeland at one end of what we now call the Bible Belt and travel beyond its other end, Arkansas.

That Baptist former Bible Belt Governor also said that “owning guns is a God-given right,” and the guy that President appointed to head our Department of Justice was a Senator from Alabama, between Georgia and Arkansas in the Bible Belt.  And, to justify separating desperate children from their desperate parents, he quoted the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus telling Christians in Rome to obey Roman law because God ordained it.  Saul, after he changed his name to Paul and founded the Roman Catholic Church, also ordered slaves to obey the people enslaving them and women to obey their husbands.

And the problem is neither Republican nor Democratic, since Jefferson Davis and Andrew Jackson and that Georgia Governor were Democrats, and you can be sure that Secessionist Sessions both knows and condones that the Bible Belt states were most of the confederation of slavery states.  And you can be sure that neither the Dirtbag Drumpf family nor the Bible Belt evangelists understand how loving one’s neighbor is like loving God.  Recognizing universal unity and realizing universal love are reciprocal causes.

 

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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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