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Does what happens in Thailand stay in Thailand? - 16 March 2018

When a person asks the CIA for employment, the CIA’s first response is to tell the person to tell no one of the request, but now we have people working for TV news networks and in government positions to which we the people elect them, bragging about their CIA affiliation, for cash or credibility.  And now we have “former” CIA officials and other government and media pundits arguing for the appoint of Gina Haspel to direct the Central Intelligence Agency.  They’re saying that her waterboarding is excusable because she was only obeying orders when she commanded its use.

So a question is what’s more justifiable, appointing CIA analyst Gates to direct the CIA and promoting him to direct our Department of Defense, appointing political Panetta to direct the CIA and promoting him to direct our Department of Defense, appointing political Pompeo to direct the CIA and promoting him to direct our Secretary of State, or promoting a “former Black Op’s commander” to direct the CIA on TV.

My knowledge of the CIA recruiting process is from my having requested it for myself after working for the Defense Intelligence agency and learning the Ayatollah Khomeini was correct in calling our embassy in Tehran a nest of spies.


According to ability - 15 March 2018

Media and government pundits talk about “politics” and “policy” as though they have no substance.  To argue for or against substance, when they have no substantial argument, they call it poor policy or politics.  That’s like calling communism ideology, while ignoring that policies of political leaders of nations calling themselves communists ignore the substance of the ideology of communism, the substance of sharing.

The purpose of all that punditry is to distract us from actuality, and the purpose of that is deceit, of the kind we call propaganda.  Consider that the word “abstraction” originated from Latin meaning out of touch and that Greeks say Hercules had to hold the Titan Antaeus off the earth to strangle him.  Being down to earth restored Antaeus’ strength.

And consider neo-Freudian psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs.  He said that we can’t worry about abstract considerations like self-esteem until we satisfy concrete needs like food and shelter.  And ask Dirtbag Drumpf what “optics” are.


Roads to responsibility - 14 March 2018

Conspicuously, Dirtbag Drumpf is willing to maintain his monetary wealth by any means necessary, and his means are deceit to maintain his political power.  Compare that to Malcolm X, who called for keeping the promise of the unalienable rights to all people by any means necessary, while his means were mainly by telling the truth to make us free.  One means Dirtbag Drumpf is deploying is promoting the racism of his electoral “base.”

After the Ku Klux Klan burned Malcolm’s family’s home in Nebraska, the congregation of the Baptist church where his father was a minister helped his family buy a house in Michigan, not knowing that a statute in that little Michigan town proscribed African Americans from owning homes there.  The town forced the family to sell back the house, and European Americans killed Malcolm’s father by pushing him beneath a trolley car on his way home from church, after the family moved to Michigan’s capital.  And, because police called the death suicide, their insurance company refused to pay.

And next the state of Michigan decided that Malcolm’s mother’s working three jobs to support Malcolm and his siblings, put the children into separate foster homes and put their mother into what Dirtbag Drumpf would call a mental hospital, because of her despair from losing her husband and children.  And Dirtbag Drumpf complains about having to build his billions on the few millions his father left him.  So define “dirt bag.”    


Responsibility and consequences - 13 March 2018

One factor pundits are ignoring in the question of Dirtbag Drumpf’s competence in the “art of the deal” is the difference between negotiating for money and negotiating for peace.  One difference is that, if a negotiator violates terms of a monetary contract, the other negotiator can retaliate by effectually ending the contract by violating other monetary terms, and then going about business as he previously did, with little collateral damage.  But, if Killer Kim resumes shooting nukes, Dirtbag Drumpf can retaliate only by making the people of North Korea suffer more than Killer Kim is making them suffer.

So, as Jerk Johnson did against Vietnam, Dirtbag Drumpf is jerking us out of the box of common decency and into his box of sadistic perversity.  And another example of perversion of our democracy is Sessionist Sessions’ suing the State of California for trying to give illegal aliens due process of law.  The rule of law of our democracy is congress legislating, and our Supreme Court balancing the power, not attorneys suing.

And a function of the first amendment is t permit mass media to provide the people with information and a voice.  But our media pundits, to preserve the partisan perversity of government pundits, are ignoring all of that.  So we need to do our own research.


Sick puppies fiddling while burning - 12 March 2018

Originally, the American Dream was freedom from alienating our rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but now the American dream is depriving of those rights anyone not a citizen of the United States of America.  That’s not true of all citizens of the United States, but it’s true of enough of us to elect Dirtbag Drumpf, to preside over our government.  And it’s why people who want our wealth desire nothing to do with us.

And our mass media aren’t helping.  If the sincerest form of flattery is imitation, pundits like Nicole Wallace and Megan Kelly are flattering Dirtbag Drumpf, by emulating his unreasonable irrationality to try to argue against him.  And such pundits are ignoring the fact that the parade Dirtrbag Drumpf is planning for Veterans Day flatters Killer Kim.

Such people succeed because we swallow their hogwash.  And that’s more destructive to our economy and our general welfare than were our manufacturing industries before the labor movement.  Our decline and fall is preferring winning the lottery to earning.


Merrily recycling tokens of greed - 11 March 2018

Sessionist Session’s suing sanctuary cities is but one more example of Dirbag Drumpf’s dodging due process of law.  It’s an effort by the United States Department of Justice to imprison people who are no threat to justice to rid us of them.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” is trying to justify it by pointing out that some “illegal immigrants” have committed crimes other than immigrating to escape the horrors of their homeland.  Most of those people are illegal only because they couldn’t afford a lawyer in their homeland.  And, generally, citizens of the United States commit more crimes than do those people.

But we may teach them to be criminals.  An NFL player is promoting himself over the dead body of a kid whose parents buried him in a jersey with the football player’s name and number on it.  The kid died in the Florida “school shooting,” and “school shooters” generally are kids whom other kids have alienated from their teams and other company.

Xenophobia is part of the culture of “elitism” Dirtbag Drumpf’s “base” promotes.


Recycling dead weight - 10 March 2018

Dirtbag Drumpf says eligibility for immigration to the United States should require skills and not only family relationships.  One question we might ask is how he can think that the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness should depend on whether one has skills.  And another we might ask is what skills he’s taught to his children improve our general welfare.  And the main question to him is how his skills help any families not his.

But many of us might reply that money mongering is a valuable skill.  Those are we the people who play the lottery and go to Las Vegas on vacation to try to “win” enough cash to go to a beach and lie on their backs doing nothing.  They’re the people who think that pursuing happiness is antithetical to earning one’s living.  Common decency would leave those people in Las Vegas with happens there.  That would end Las Vegas.

And yet we the people deprecate productive people, people from or in what Dirtbag Drumpf calls shithole countries, people desperate to pursue their happiness by doing for wages we the people think demean us work we think is beneath us.  We, with Dirtbag Drumpf, say those people are robbing us, by increasing our real income, by doing jobs we refuse to do.  Asses are more productive than those citizens of the United States.


The hypocrisy market - 9 March 2018

Gary Cohn, Dirtbag Drumpf’s chief economic advisor, Director of our National Economic Council, has resigned from supporting Dirtbag Drumpf’s collusion with Yahoo Netanyahu, and he’s Jewish.  By emulating Hitler, partly by ignoring international law to expand Israel’s dominion in the Middle East, Dirtbag Drumpf and Yahoo Netanyahu are improving Hitler’s reputation.  And Cohn apparently doesn’t think he needs them.

And, of course, a reason may be the effect on international economics of Dirtbag Drumpf’s and Yahoo Netanyahoo’s policies.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s tariffs, by profiting only him and his cronies dealing in stocks, capitalize on poverty and place the burden on the rest of us.  And that’s also true of Yahoo Netanyahu’s forcing millions of Palestinians to take refuge in countries outside their homeland.

Dirtrbag Drumpf is in the bankruptcy business, and Yahoo Netanyahu is in the bigotry business, and both brag about that.  Like Hitler’s bigotry, Dirtbag Drumpf’s bigotry is a façade for capitalizing on poverty, and Yahoo Netanyahu is profiting from the de facto synergy.  China’s government isn’t evicting its populace.


Blackmail and bigotry - 8 March 2018

Some guy who was one of Dirtbag Drumpf’s aides refused to talk to Mueller after he’d talked to him 5 ½ hours, and now he’s saying that he thinks Mueller “has something on” Dirtbag Drumpf, “something during the election.”  But, immediately after saying it’s “something during the election,” he said it’s “something about his business.”  And that’s typical of government and media government pundits’ distracting from the main crime.

Similarly, media and government pundits tried to deprecate George Herbert Walker Bush because his father had banking interests in Germany, during Hitler’s rise to power.  Actuality is that Judaic bankers controlled German banking then, and that’s part of why Hitler tried to kill all the German Jews, who also controlled German media.  So punditry calling Prescott Bush anti-Judaic essentially complained against Judaic complicity.

The FBI sent Al Capone to prison for tax evasion.  He slimed his way out of all the accusations of murder and violation of the Constitutional Amendment against alcoholic beverages.  And Dirtbag Drumpf’s tax evasion by way of money laundering is both more dangerous and less lawful than what media and government pundits are mainly and absurdly decrying.  Player Putin blackmails Dirtbag Drumpf.  That isn’t collusion.


Why can’t west meet west? - 7 March 2018

Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in a news cycle that screwed itself underground many months ago.  But she defines the Me Too movement and the Never Again movement and the war on terror while they screw each other underground.  She’s a woman a man shot for going to school, and the man called himself a Muslim while ignoring Islamic scripture, and media and government pundits buried all that in bigotry.

Peace, peace, when no peace is,” Judaic scripture says the prophet Jeremiah prophesied the Jews would cry, when God would plunish them for their iniquity.  And, throughout Judaic scripture, what Christians call the Old Testament, Israelites call peace subduing others, for defending themselves.  And the Qur’an says it confirms Judaic scripture and Christian scripture.

And Christian scripture says it confirms Judaic scripture.  And Paul, the Pharisee who founded the Roman Catholic Church, wrote that the man is the head of the woman and that women should learn from man at home and that their speaking in church is a shame.  It’s all shame in the name of God.


Rationality and reasoning - 6 March 2018

A friend of mine killed is father.  Mike, my friend, was a Vietnam veteran living in a van in a gravel pit.  His father, a police officer, pointed a pistol at Mike’s head and told him to be respectable.  So Mike took the pistol from his father and shot him with it, and a court called Mike guilty but mentally ill and sentenced him to prison, for the duration of prison psychologists’ calling him mentally ill.  That was about four decades ago, and now it’s Dirtbag Drumpf’s notion of mental health treatment, and he’s promoting funding it with federal income taxes.  And now another young man has killed his police officer father.

And we’re bickering about whether three years of age makes a difference against whether a kid might kill.  Parents of eighteen-year-old kids are far older than 21 years, and so are all our legislators and the psychologists we certify to decide whether people are crazy, and Dirtbag Drumpf.  And killing one another has been normal for humanity through at least three millennia.  And adults always have done nearly all that killing.

The reason kids kill is that adults teach them to kill.  And one way is by teaching them sports and calling that being a positive role model.  Fathers teach their sons “America’s pastime” and assault little league umpires for saying their sons aren’t doing it well.


Apartheid family values - 5 March 2018

On my current trip through the Mikra, what Christians call the Old Testament, I again today came across one of its may assertions that God will pass the iniquity of the fathers onto the third and fourth generations.  And I thought of a guy I know who calls himself a philosopher, and I remembered that he told me his father was a Christian who spent eleven years in our Army, and that the son of the guy I know asked his father for permission to stab him with a table knife while they shared a pizza.  So a question I have is whether both fathers tried to browbeat their children into their form of fanaticism.

That father also told me both that philosophy is a way to find a way to make the world a better place and that belief in free will is compatible with determinism while determinism is belief in the universality of cause and effect.  And I also heard him, responding to his son’s saying his mother did something for him and expressing gratitude, arguie that he and not his sons mother did it.  The son calmly told the father some details of the event.

Despair brings disparateness, and desperate disparateness is the foundation of bigotry, and bigotry is the foundation of war.  And that father also told me that his son learns the rules of soccer but not how to defeat others.  Irrationality is fundamental to humanity.


International three-card monte - 4 March 2018

Consider the relationship between Hope Hicks and Rob Porter and the Me Too movement.  Porter beat his wives, and Dirtbag Drumpf and his Chief of Staff knew that but appointed him Dirtbag Drumpf’s secretary, and Hope Hicks hooked up with him while she was Dirtbag Drumpf’s Communications Director.  And Fox News is praising her, and MSNBC isn’t disagreeing with Fox News, or pointing out the connection.

That’s one unfortunate example of bipartisanship.  But a longstanding economically unfortunate example is tea party protectionism.  Republicans preach free trade, but the tea party is calling itself Republican while preaching protectionism, by calling it fair trade.  Democrats preach protectionism because it gives citizens of the United States jobs.  But it takes jobs from people less wealthy than we people of the United States.

Free trade is fair in that it validates competition.  It balances the labor market and every other market on the basis of quality and quantity of production.  If we impose tariffs on China, we pay higher prices for Chinese products and buy fewer, lowering our real income and effectually firing poorer Chinese people.  Only people like Dirtbag Drumpf and Carl Icahn profit from protectionism.  They don’t earn but “win” by ease of shuffling.


Pawning the crown of thorns - 3 March 2018

Fox News’s show “Outnumbered” is four women making a show of arguing Fox News’ notion of “conservatism” to a man, and one of them argued a few days ago that the reason for the delay in granting Kosher Kushner top secret security clearance is that he hasn’t been through the process, because he isn’t a politician.  The reason for the delay is that the investigation has revealed that he may be as corrupt as Dirtbag Drumpf, and Dirtbag Drumpf couldn’t pass such a background and couldn’t receive top secret security clearance, but he has access because he’s President.  That’s the problem.

Kosher Kushner, whether or not he has security clearance, has access because his father in law is Dirtbag Drumpf.  So the answer to media and government pundits’ questioning how he can continue helping Yahoo Netanyahu oppress Palestinians is the same as the answer to their questioning whether his relinquishing legal commercial responsibility for his interests divested him from them.  Dirtbag Drumpf’s what his “is” is.

And President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the United States’ military force is part of what he is.  And his attitude toward Koreans and Palestinians and people who are “mentally ill” is all one attitude.  It’s his notion of “winning.”



God and Mammon - 2 March 2018

In the sixties, a trio whose names were Peter and Paul and Mary protested the war in Vietnam, by singing the questions of where all the flowers have gone and when we’ll ever learn.  Those names are famous from Christian scripture, and scripture particular to Christianity is Pharisaical interpretation of Judaic scripture, and the Pharisees were a sect of Judaism.  So let’s consider how Joshua and Custer and Andrew Jackson and Dirtbag Drumpf have replied to such questions.

And let’s ask why we keep burying our hearts in the “promised land” and our “manifest destiny.”  And let’s ask why the evangelist Billy Graham lay in state in the United States’ beneath the Romanesque dome of its capitol, for leaving his job selling Fuller brushes door to door, to sell Christianity all around Earth.  And let’s ask who believes the state of the United States government is separate from Christianity.

And, while we’re considering all those questions of the history of humanity, let’s ask what “billionaire” real estate developer and money launderer Dirtbag Drumpf considers, when he looks at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln on a penny, and reads beneath it the slogan “In God we trust.”


Inciting to riot - 1 March 2018

Now draft dodger Dirtbag Drumpf is saying that he’d have run into that school in Florida with no weapon to save those kids.  And Sheriff Israel is saying that his leadership of his department was “amazing” and that he can’t be responsible for what his followers do.  And “pro-life” evangelicals are denying the possibility of redemption by repentance to preach death for their murderous flock.

The responsible deny responsibility, and the hype of hypocrisy is a doctrine on which media and government pundits capitalize from one “news cycle” to the next, and that’s why “never again” is a promise as difficult to keep now as it was before our Civil War.

From the “promised land” to the “manifest destiny,” From Joshua to Jackson and Dirtbag Drumpf, humanity.


Kinds of corruption - 28 February 2018

The road through the Khyber Pass from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the opium addiction in China that spread to San Francisco and on across the United States by way of Chinese labor building our railroads isn’t of yellow bricks.  But gold-bricking was the motive for the British trade that trafficked the opium from Afghanistan to China to balance England’s trade deficit from importing tea from China.  And gold-bricking motivates the international pharmaceuticals companies that are pushing opioids in the United States and in other nations and for the less lawful trafficking to our market.

But that isn’t the only way the United States drug market has grown.  In the roaring twenties, alcohol was the main drug addiction problem in the United States, but providing marijuana and heroin at a prices lower than the price at which our government sold our troops alcohol in Vietnam was a kind of North Vietnamese chemical warfare, and the troops brought their addiction home.  And they shared it with the protesters.

And no one is recognizing responsibility.  The owners of the two pubs in my small hometown have removed pool tables from their pubs.  And both say the reason is that they attract violent people since we the people graduated from alcohol to other drugs.


Our video games on steroids - 27 February 2018

Anyone thinking that religion can be separate from government doesn’t know what religions are, and any of us thinking they or others of us don’t care about politics don’t know what politics are.  Religions are opinions of what governs everything, and politics are opinions of how our neighbors should govern or protect our behavior or that of our neighbors.  And arguing denying any of that requires either hypocrisy or ignorance.

During the United States’ invasion of Vietnam, a Harvard professor preached that we the people should take a hallucinogenic drug, to tune in to truth and drop out of society.  Now, TV advertisements are pushing drugs, telling us that we should be all Advil and pop Aleve to be better parents, and media and government pundits are using the Never Again movement to tune out the Me Too movement, and they’ll soon in turn tune out the Never Again movement.  And hypocrisy and ignorance will continue to govern society.

And many persons speaking for the Me Too movement and the Never Again movement are working to make them partisan political movements.  And that includes kids in the Never Again movement, partly because they’ve learned punditry from adults on TV and partly because some of those pundits are scripting them, deliberately.  No movement for the general welfare will succeed with most of us care only for our separate selves.


Law and dishonor - 26 February 2018

What Christians call the Second Epistle to the Corinthians is a letter by the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus using his Greek apostle Luke as a scribe and effectually a guidebook for evangelical fundraising.    It’s partly an effort to shame people into accepting Pharisaical doctrine and partly a threat to deprive them of the eternal life it promises.  Jesus warned against the Pharisees.

“The Snake,” what Dirtbag Drumpf called a rock and roll song and used to argue nature against nurture, is actually an anthem against women and the mental health profession, besides asserting that snakes’ defending themselves is immoral, and it’s fundamentally an argument for racism, besides antifeminism.

But Israel, the Sheriff of Broward County, demonstrated Judaic religious heritage and not Judaic racial history when he called his deputies cowards.  That four of them did it suggests that the problem is policy.  And he’s responsible for policy.


The beggar market - 25 February 2018

Most media and government pundits speaking against Dirtrbag Drumpf are saying that the reason he doesn’t speak against Player Putin is that Player Putin doesn’t speak against Dirtbag Drumpf.  The reason they don’t speak against one another is that they’re in collusion, but the collusion isn’t to undercut our election process but to launder money, and Player Putin is blackmailing DIrtbag Drumpf.  And those pundits are ignoring that while saying that others in association with Dirtbag Drumpf are security risks because of susceptibility to blackmail for behavior not relevant to national security.

And media and government pundits are also failing to point out that the NRA is legally blackmailing people we the people elect to represent us in our government.  If politicians don’t support the NRA, the NRA doesn’t help them fund their campaigns for election or reelection, and that’s blood on the hands of pundits yapping about national security.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is promoting that against the security of children.

And it’s all about money mongering.  The greatest threat to our national security is mongering money for private interests.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is helping other media and government pundits turn our nation’s capital into a swamp like Las Vegas.


Profiles in hypocrisy - 24 February 2018

Greedy bigotry is popular in the United States, and much of the cause of that is that most citizens of the United States call themselves Christians, and the definitive scripture of Christianity is the Bible.  The Old Testament is the definitive scripture of Judaism, and the primary tenet of Judaism is that God prefers descendants of Israel to all other people and promised to help them kill for land with descendants of Judah first in the order of battle.  And that notion extended into “Puritans’” taking land for their “freedom of religious expression” and the “trail of tears” for the United States’ “manifest destiny.”

And, during the United States’ Civil War, the United States promised forty acres of land and a mule, to slaves the war freed from working land for others, but it reneged.  That is, government officials like real estate money launderer Dirtbag Drumpf reneged, after other government officials freed them and promised them the land.  And that’s the fundamental difference between what hunters are and what teachers should be.

People like Dirtbag Drumpf and NRA members are like the “communists” who perverted the promise of “from each according to his ability” and “to each according to his need” into a twentieth century reversion to medieval feudalism.


Truth and freedom - 23 February 2018

The Dao De Jing, the definitive scripture of the fifth most popular religion, says that the greatest calamity is not knowing what’s enough.  So think of Dirtbag Drumpf’s billions of dollars of real estate buying power, and think of the bag ladies who over flow grocery carts with their bags of things, because they have no real estate.  And think of what war mongers like Dirtbag Drumpf are doing to the recently free real estate of Afghanistan.

And compare that to the Judaic claim that God prefers the descendants of Judah to all others and promised to help them kill any others for their land.  And read the Torah to confirm that, and read the Qur’an to know that it says that such people are like asses carrying books, and ask yourself whether so are you.  That would have prevented 9/11.

Power doesn’t bring peace.  Acceptance of the unalienable right of peaceful people to live as they choose is the only way to bring peace.  And, unless you recognize that, and help those kids in Florida, you’ll have “blood on your hands,” again and again.


Telling it as it is - 22 February 2018

One wonder in the debate over that killing in that school in Florida is Emma Gonzalez.  Five kids are leading a rebellion against adults refusing to accept their responsibility, and the other four tend to grandstand and wander off the point, as do adults pundits.  But Gonzalez stands beside the others or sits behind them until they stop talking, or until an adult directs a question particularly to her, and then she cuts through the crap.

And, of course, adult punditry is a huge load of the crap.  CNN’s John Berman, after calling those kids kids, apologized and called them young adults.  They’re kids protesting against the denial of responsibility of adults like Berman.  And other media and government pundits are calling them naïve.  That denies everyone’s self.

Essentially it denies the power of truth.  Politicians going against the power of the elegant eloquence of Emma Gonzalez will fall on their faces.  “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA:” that child directly indicted, “Shame on you!”


The adults in the room - 21 February 2018

The husband and wife who took in that kid who killed those kids in Florida said that they put his AR-15 into their “gun cabinet” but didn’t know he was enough of a “monster” to use it.  And parents of the dead children are saying that the death of their children was their loss far more often than they decry the children’s loss of their lives.  The Bible’s notion of “dominion” extends from “owning” dumb animals as pets to “having” children.

And parents deny their responsibility.  The Bible also says that Solomon addressed his proverbs to one of his sons, presumably the one who divided the house of Israel against itself, by dominating his “subjects” more severely than had his father.  And remember that the proverb asserting that sparing the rod spoils the child is one of Solomon’s.

And listen to what surviving children say after “grief counseling.”  They quite plainly say what the counselors counsel them to feel while telling them they need to “get in touch with their feelings.”  But some of them are assigning responsibility appropriately.


How bin Laden could hide - 20 February 2018

Recently, while Dirtbag Drumpf tweeted that Mueller’s indictments proved no collusion, media and government pundits have begun to point out that the problem isn’t with whether he helped Russians influence our election but with his helping Russians launder his and their money.  The indictments indicate that Player Putin doesn’t need Dirtbag Drumpf’s help to try to influence our elections, but laundering money is inherently collusion, deliberate collusion.  And Dirtbag Drumpf is an international monger of billions of dollars of buying power and expertise in evading paying taxes.

And the comparison to Watergate is also absurd.  While Tricky Dicky was pulling us out of Vietnam, Media and government pundits were blaming him for Jerk Johnson’s escalating our advisory mission there into a war, and Nixon was tricking the Soviets into invading Afghanistan to make it there Vietnam.  Watergate was both criminal and ineffectual, but it was an effort to finish what he’d started, despite the populist punditry.

Dirtbag Drumpf’s talk about national security is only part of his capitalizing on the xenophobia of his “base,” to keep his presidential power to monger more money through Russia or China or anywhere else, anywhere he can collude for it.


If I ever get out of where? - 19 February 2018

Dictionaries say intelligence is the ability to understand relationships and differences.  No people kill for fun as much as do we the people of the United States calling it hunting, and no people spend as much on watching violent sports as do we the people of the United States, and no people’s children kill other children more than do ours.  Blaming the children is but one of the ways we the parents abdicate our responsibility.

An initial lesson in the training of a “school shooter” is failing to select him for a sports team because his father didn’t play catch with him.  Yet we call teaching sports to our children bonding and being positive role models, while plain actuality is that it teaches children bigotry against peaceful people, or neglected children.  Look straight at it.

And the President of the United States calls countries where people are in poverty because they’re not greedy or violent shitholes.  And he can do that because his “base” is we the people who do such sincerely.  And others say hypocrisy is more adult.


What’s an adult? - 18 February 2018

Florida Democrat Senator Bill Nelson said that the trouble with “assault rifles” is that they aren’t for hunting but for killing.  The obvious question is how he and others arguing that the second Amendment declares legality of bearing firearms for any purpose not criminal think that what we humans call hunting isn’t killing for fun.  Fundamental to humanity is preaching our dominion over anyone different from us.

And we blame the underdogs for it all.  In 1965, a United States Army captain ordered a lieutenant to murder all the inhabitants of a village in Vietnam, and the United States Army prosecuted the lieutenant but not the captain.  And now the United States Congress is defending permitting weapons for anyone not legally criminal or crazy, and our dominant religion has preached for millennia that killing for land is a “God-given right.”

New media have said the guy who killed those kids in Florida had lost his father and his mother and the woman who adopted him in the two years before he killed those kids, and Dirtbag Drumpf and other media and government pundits are ignoring that, whether or not it’s true.  And the mother of another “school shooter” was a barfly who taught him his weaponry and owned the weapons he deployed.  But pundits call her his victim.


Firing the survivors - 17 February 2018

Before presiding over the United States’ government and building a half-million-man military force to kill what he called little yellow people in Vietnam, Jerk Johnson taught Mexican immigrants in an elementary school only for them in a small town in southern Texas, and he was a Democrat.  Hypocrite Huckabee was a Baptist preacher, before he ran for that presidency while calling owning firearms a God-given right, and he’s a Republican.  So we need to ask Democrats and Republicans what they’re trying to progress or conserve and which of them care about children dying in schools.

The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States says that that we the people of the United States have the right to bear arms in a “well regulated militia.”  Kids killing kids aren’t a well-regulated militia, and neither are any of the people we permit to purchase firearms, and neither is the Congress of the United States.  So let’s regulate.

Let’s elect people who know the difference between politics and a TV “reality show.”


Populism and pretention - 16 February 2018

Now media and government pundits are saying that the security problem with Dirtbag Drumpf’s secretary was that someone may have blackmailed him because he abused his wives, but both the FBI and Dirtbag Drumpf knew he abused his wives, and Dirtbag Drumpf evidently didn’t care.  So that adds up to more collusion between those fake news pundits and fake Dirtbag Drumpf.  None of those touting creeps “tell it like is.”

And they’re not digging into the depths of the problem.  They’re not pointing out the effect on children of men beating their mother.  Apparently they can’t carry their reasoning beyond the target to the collateral damage.  And that collateral damage may be both deeper and longer.  We need to teach that in sex education classes.

But humans generally enjoy violence.  That’s why football is the most remunerative of all sport.  And we know from news that NFL players beat their wives more than do others in any other profession.


From Jericho to Tel Aviv - 15 February 2018

Matthew’s Gospel says that Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor is like loving God and that all the law and the prophets hang on those two commandments.  And Luke’s Gospel says that, when a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus what he needed to do for eternal life, Jesus told him to do those two things.  And Luke’s also says that the parable of the good Samaritan was Jesus’ response to the lawyer’s asking him who’s his neighbor.  Samaritans were descendants of Israel who rebelled against the descendants of Israel’s son Judah.  So, essentially, that parable admonished Jews against judging by race.

But now Israelis, to treat Samaritans as though they’re Palestinians, are ignoring that Palestinians descended from Greeks.  And the whole problem in that land now originated with the Israelites saying that God promised them the land of Canaan because all the descendants of Canaan were evil.  Judaism is three millennia of racism.

And, to Christians, eternal life from Jews’ killing Jesus is more important than loving neighbors.


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Angels, Ashes, Dust

Kim - a 1901 novel

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


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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