- 15 August
The part of the Bible that’s all of the
scripture of Judaism and most of the scripture of Christianity says that
the second commandment is to create no image of anything God created.
But the part of the Bible that’s
scripture only to Christianity and Islam says that the second
commandment is to love one’s neighbor as oneself and that it’s like the
And both parts of the Bible say that
the first commandment is to love God with all one’s heart and soul and
And Christians say that what the Judaic part
of the Bible says is the second commandment doesn’t mean what it says.
Most of them say that it doesn’t forbid
creating images but only forbids worshiping the images one creates, and
they talk as though the first commandment is believing that Jesus is the
Christ, and that he died to let them live forever.
And Muslims agree with Jews about both
Perpetuating the misinterpretation of the
Judaic second commandment is that the New International Version of the
Bible mistranslates it to accord with the popular Christian
A reason Jews and Muslims don’t make
that mistake is that both Hebrew and Arabic are Semitic languages.
Most Christians read neither of the
responsibility and faith
Now Dirtbag Drumpf has tried to collude with
After calling immigrants from south of
the Rio Grande rapists and taking their children from them,
he’s sent back to El Salvador a woman who fled
to the United States to escape rape at home, and he also sent her
daughter she brought here for protection.
And he ordered that horror in the
middle of the night in contempt of a court injunction against it.
We the people of the United States need to ask ourselves how Dirtbag
Drumpf is able to dam the flow of justice in our democracy, and an
answer may be in our reaction to what a son of a prominent person
calling himself a Muslim did to eleven children he fathered, in New
Mexico. Contrary to the Qur’an’s forbidding killing for any reason other
than in defense against oppression, he confined them filthy and starving
in rags in a hole and tried to train them to kill other children, and he
may have killed one of them. And we the people, like Dirtbag Drumpf’s
ignorant evangelical “base,” are willingly calling such Islamic.
Part of the process of jnana yoga may
be imagining people like Dirtbag Drumpf and Player Putin and Sadist al-Assad
and Yahoo Netanyahu and their relationship to people like Hypocrite
Huckabee and Partisan Pelosi we imagine, for the purpose of recognizing
that what we imagine their imagining inflicts is grotesque tragic
horrible absurdity, and ultimately unimagining it by extinguishing it
with our other delusions of differences.
Why is this
- 13 August 2018
A democratic pundit, referring to Stormy
Daniels’ lawyer’s saying that he’s “exploring a run” for the Presidency,
told MSNBC pundit Nicole Wallace that Democrats aren’t like Republicans
and would “be offended by someone coming into their party with no record
with Democratic policy.”
One error in that logic is that Dirtbag Drumpf’s
main political record before running against Heehaw Hillary was his
hanging out with Bubba Bill, and that he offended most Republicans
during the campaign, but that most them suck up to him since he “won.”
And another problem with that punditry is that
it exemplifies the conscienceless partisanship that motivated those
Republicans’ flopping flipping.
- 12 August 2018
The fundamental premise of Hinduism is that
everything is everything and that all differences are delusion, and the
fundamental premise of Buddhism is that extinguishing that delusion is
the way to end all suffering, and one of the ways Hindus designate for
that is jnana yoga.
is a Sanskrit word meaning knowing, and jnana yoga is the effort to
understand how everything relates to everything, and that’s why I read
and write about the scriptures of the six most popular religions and why
I watch and write about history and the news and why I’ve worked more
than seventy jobs and traveled all over Earth.
And the fundamental premise of Daoism is
absolute acceptance, and it’s all why I don’t freak out about it, but
only look for common sense.
- 11 August 2018
Across the street in front of my house, in a
neighborhood near woods at the edge of my little town, is a vacant lot.
And, behind the houses facing the next
street with their backs to the lot, are trees and bushes making the
houses hardly visible from my house at this time of each year.
Before moving in, I had a handyman
replace two sash windows with one plate glass window, in the wall facing
the street. And, each morning, between 6:30 and 7:00, in a chair facing
the window, I make an effort at dhyana yoga.
This morning a doe walked into the lot
and stopped and looked toward the window and moved on.
And, a few seconds later, another doe
did the same.
And a few seconds later a fawn did.
is a Sanskrit word for union that Hindus use to refer to realizing the
unity of the universe.
is a Japanese pronunciation of “chan,”
which is a Chinese pronunciation of “dhyana,”
which is Sanskrit for meditation.
Zen Buddhism is a synthesis of Daoism
and Buddhism that an Indian Buddhist monk originated in China.
It’s become more popular in Japan than in
But meditation, in Hinduism and
Buddhism and Daoism, isn’t sectarian.
Its purpose is to realize unity.
- 10 August 2018
Jay Seculow, a “lawyer” who’s faked for
Dirtbag Drumpf on TV since before Dirtbag Drumpf’s son’s famous Drumpf
domain meeting with commercial Russians, calls himself a messianic Jew.
That means that, like Saul of Tarsus,
he’s a Pharisee preaching that Jesus is the messiah Christians call the
Christ because Paul preached to Greeks.
And Sekulow is also Chief Counsel for
the American Center for Law and Justice.
That’s an organization evangelist Pat
Robertson founded to abolish our Constitutional separation of church and
And, through affiliation with the ACLJ
and his group Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism and other
“nonprofit” organizations, Sekulow has sucked at least sixty million
bucks into his and his family’s private and commercial purposes.
And, while doing all that, he hosts a
talk show with his Jewish father.
And Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism
sucked many of those bucks through telemarketing with Sekulow also
approving soliciting donations from destitute and jobless people.
And sources of this information are
Legal Times and
The Washington Post and
The Guardian and Attorneys
General of New York and North Carolina.
We the people of the United States
desperately need to define the term “evangelical base.”
- 9 August 2018
Female Democrats campaign against treating
women as objects.
But female Democrats are ignoring that
Ivanka Drumpf capitalized on operating sweat shops in poor countries and
that Melania Drumpf said she didn’t care about the children Dirtbag
Drumpf separated from their parents at the Rio Grande, to praise them
for faking not agreeing with Dirtbag Drumpf, after capitalizing on
making objects of themselves.
And a female Democrat Senator has
idealized a female “retail sales clerk” for saying that she’s “dreaming”
of making objects of women by operating a “beauty salon.”
Heehaw Hillary pundit Hilary Rosen is an
exception, but her exceptionalism is partisan, and it’s fake.
Rosen, referring to the Drumpf women’s
not acting on their words, said that they aren’t like Barbara Bush
holding a baby with AIDS.
That’s true, but she said that Barbara
did that because George’s policies showed no compassion, and that isn’t.
Lies are lies, and fake is fake, and hypocrisy
is hypocrisy, and it all of that distorts voters’ reasons for their
votes, if the phonies are media or government pundits.
- 8 August 2018
Does anyone remember when people went to
public houses for social networking?
Now, social networking is through small
digital video screens, and people go to pubs mainly to watch sports on
large digital video screens!
And kids, instead of playing outside
with their friends, play inside with their video games or play against
other kids at sports adults organize.
And LeBron James, however much commendation he
deserves for pointing out that Dirtbag Drumpf is divisive, was dead
wrong in saying that sports have never been about dividing people.
The primary goal of every sport is to
“win” by making another person or team of persons lose.
Division has always been the principal
purpose of sports.
But fake news fosters that misrepresentation.
And an MSNBC pundit said that
Basketball LeBron is from sixty miles south of Cleveland.
Akron, LeBron’s home town, is fewer
than forty miles south of Cleveland.
The toxicology market
- 7 August 2018
Drumpf said that Investigator Mueller’s accepting the position of
Special Counsel a week or two after he interviewed him for the position
of FBI Director Mueller had formerly held indicates “conflict of
Probability is that, during that
interview, the two of them discovered that their interests conflicted,
because Dirtbag Drumpf has a career conflict of interest with common
decency, while Mueller has a career interest in investigating that.
And that suggests that Dirtrbag
Drumpf’s tweet in that regard was mainly another example of Dirtbag
Drumpf’s deliberately misrepresenting actuality.
Drumpf isn’t alone in that.
The reason media and government pundits
use the word “collusion” to refer to conspiracy is the same as the
reason they use the phrase “uncomfortable relationship with the truth”
to refer to lying.
They, like Dirtbag Drumpf, mealy mouth
to avoid responsibility for the actuality of “telling it like is.”
“fake news” media can’t defend themselves against fake Dirtbag Drumpf.
6 August 2018
Drumpf has knowingly personally deliberately directly deported the wife
of a United States Marine veteran of Iraq, after appeals directly to him
from both Congress and that naturalized United States citizen veteran,
separating her not only from him but also from their two daughters.
That proves either that he hates
Mexicans more than he appreciates veterans or that he thinks his “base”
does, and it proves unequivocally that he’s a bold-faced liar, either
And it also proves the lack of
integrity of every media or government pundit of any party not publicly
pointing out that conspicuous lack of it.
hardly relevant to Dirtbag Drumpf’s evangelical bigotry base, people who
may think Mexicans are the devil because most of them are Roman
Catholic, as they think African Americans aren’t human and that
therefore they should have dominion over them.
And it’s hardly relevant to the people
who voted for him and are afraid to admit that they were wrong.
Truth isn’t likely to free any of those
people from their delusions.
Drumpf’s lies appeal to what we humans call humanity, the unreasonable
rationalization we call reasoning while it’s our ability to talk
ourselves into anything we think will please us, with thinking we’re
better than others near the top of our list.
Hiding on TV
5 August 2018
Giuliani said Investigator Mueller should “put up or shup up.”
Mueller is investigating and indicting
and convicting and has put one person up in prison while Giuliani runs
If Giuliani doesn’t watch his yap,
Mueller may put him up in prison for obstruction of justice, or
conspiracy or collusion or whatever else media and government pundits
call what he and Dirtbag Drumpf are doing.
Dirtbag Drumpf has added to his distracting a recommendation that we
create a “space force.”
The logic is the same as what changed
the Army Air Corps into the Air Force, and that’s the ancient logic that
separated the Navy from the Army, and it may be sound.
But, by the same logic, Dirtbag Drumpf
could also create a Cyber Force.
media and government pundits, instead of blowing the recommendation off
as inevitable, are helping Dirtbag Drumpf use it as a distraction.
And MSNBC asked Commander Kelly for his
He retired two grades short of the rear
Planning pastoring parenthood
- 4 August 2018
that neither Dirtbag Drumpf nor Fox News is Republican is in that George
Will and Bill Kristol are appearing on MSNBC complaining about him.
George Will has been a mass media
spokesman for the Republican Party for many decades, and Bill Kristol
has competed with him for his respect from people calling themselves
conservative for several decades, and MSNBC is the Democratic Party’s
main mass media propaganda machine.
MSNBC will air anyone who complains
about Dirtbag Drumpf, and Will and Kristol will say what they think
through any media available to them, and Fox News isn’t.
also suggests that Will and Kristol and MSNBC have more integrity than
Dirtbag Drumpf and the Tea Party and Fox News.
But another indication of the
corruption of our two-party system is how long Democrats procrastinated
pointing out that calling conspiracy collusion doesn’t make it legal.
Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican
President, asked how many legs a sheep has if one call’s its tail a leg.
people Republicans or Democrats doesn’t make them Abraham Lincoln or
Jefferson Davis, and saying that it does is like saying that the
commandment against killing isn’t against killing one calls capital
punishment or abortion, but here we are.
The hinterland political hogwash
- 3 August 2018
election in Michigan this month is a cameo of the creepiness Dirtbag
Drumpf has made national.
The candidates in the Republican column
of the ballot are claiming to be more like Dirtbag Drumpf than the
And one of them is an African American
saying he’s a veteran and relies on God and guns, while another says the
African American is a “phony conservative” who “partnered with” Jesse
And one of
the candidates in the Democrat column has an Arabic name but imitates
evangelicals to preach against Dirtbag Drumpf’s bigotry, while another
is advertising on TV that she’ll fix the roads because twice in two
years she’s had to fix the windshield of the car she’s driving in the
advertisement, while another has built two major chemical research
The third isn’t a Democrat, but the
ballot has no column for independents, and he allocated to his fifty
employees 1.5 million dollars of his proceeds from selling the second of
the two companies.
And he’s an immigrant from India.
voting for him to be Governor.
He supported his eight siblings when he
was a child in India before he came to the United States and earned a
And he says in one of his TV
advertisements that Dirtbag Drumpf calls him “an infestation” and that
he’ll “keep Donald Trump racism out of Michigan,” and perhaps he can use
his PhD to purify the water in Flint and eliminate the PFAS pollution,
in what we call “pure Michigan.”
The 25th Amendment
- 2 August 2018
Drumpf says we need a “merit-based immigration policy,” while his main
merit is his ability to swindle people, the opposite of merit.
It deprives people of wealth, while the
agriculture and construction workers who immigrate here from what he
says are “shithole countries” contribute to the general welfare, for
lower wages than most of us would demand.
And Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather
immigrated here for the gold rush.
And now he’s
said that Special Counsel Mueller’s motive for investigating him is
vengeance, against him for the amount of the dues he assesses for
membership at one of his “luxury resorts,” and he called that a business
Mueller might investigate the rates at
Dirtbag Drumpf’s grandfather’s Klondike boarding houses.
But it all
adds up to the definition of the word “paranoia.”
Mental health professionals say it’s
delusions of both persecution and grandeur.
And Dirtbag Drumpf’s tweets indicate
that a picture of him should be beside that definition in the DSM.
The depth and width of the swamp
- 1 August 2018
Pence, speaking of returning the remains of United States veterans of
the war between North Korea and South Korea, said Sunday on Fox News
that he’s proud to work for Dirtbag Drumpf.
He also spoke pridefully of his
father’s surviving Korea, and he also referred to his evangelical notion
of God, and he associated Dirtbag Drumpf with that.
Pandering Pence’s lack of integrity
desecrates the First Amendment.
And on and
on it goes.
Joker Giuliani tries to laugh off his
lack of integrity.
And media and government pundits, both
those who ostensibly support Dirtbag Drumpf and those who ostensibly
decry him, continue to say that that Dirtbag Drumpf means what he says.
And that makes them liars or fools or
And we the people suck it up.
lie because we the people believe their lies.
That’s why Dirtbag Drumpf is President
and why Bubba Bill remains popular.
And Pandering Pence and Dirtbag Drumpf
are suggesting that the same is true of evangelists and evangelicals.
The Fifth Amendment and the Fourth
- 31 July 2018
ago, Joker Giuliani said that Michael Cohen is an “honest and honorable
lawyer,” but last week he said that he’s “lied about everything for
And Sunday he said that the reason for
the discrepancy is that he didn’t know two months ago that Cohen was a
liar and that he personally loves Dirtrbag Drumpf.
One question is why he loves someone
who has depended on Cohen’s lying for decades, and part of that question
is how he couldn’t know that Dirtbag Drumpf has been a bold-faced liar
longer than two months, and another part of it is how he couldn’t infer
that of Cohen.
Sunday, Corpulent Christy said that Giuliani’s contradicting himself
concerning Cohen is an effort by him and Dirtbag Drumpf to discredit
Of course Giuliani was discrediting
himself by contradicting himself, and Corpulent Christy was discrediting
himself by failing to point that out, and Dirtbag Drumpf’s base says
that he and Dirtbag Drumpf “tell it like is.”
And our “news” media let all that slime
A Fox News
anchor, referring to NFL players “taking a knee” against murderous
police racism, said that she prefers not to “hear about politics” while
she’s “trying to enjoy herself,” but she closed that show of hers by
saying it was “a pleasure,” for her.
Red and blue and black and white
- 30 July 2018
Schiff, the ranking Democrat member of the Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives, said that
Dirtbag Drumpf “weakened his position in Helsinki.”
That depends on what his position is,
and his position requires protection from Player Putin’s snitching, on
his commercial collusion with him and other Russian money mongers.
So Schiff’s intelligence is peccable.
Nunes nor Schiff demonstrates concern for the general welfare.
Each is conspicuously partisan and
conspicuously willing to misrepresent facts for the welfare of his
position in his party for his reelection.
That is, each is like Dirtbag Drumpf,
in groping for fame and fortune irrelevant to making America or anything
partisan media aid in that.
And anyone can learn that by watching
both Fox News and MSNBC and seeing which airs Nunes and which airs
Schiff and that neither airs both.
And therein is the difficulty in
ridding our government of Dirtbag Drumpf.
Soap Oprah’s meaning of life
- 29 July 2018
Drumpf, after refusing to answer questions from a reporter in the Oval
Office, ostracized her from a press conference in the Rose Garden.
And CNN said that in the Oval Office
she was representing all of “the five television news networks” and that
the press conference in the Rose Garden was open to reporters from each.
So a question is which network, of ABC
and CBS and NBC and CNN and MSNBC and Fox News, CNN was saying isn’t one
of “the five” networks.
MSNBC is the
Democratic party’s main mass media propaganda machine while Fox News is
the Republican party’s.
So that question essentially asks
what’s the party of “the most trusted name in news.”
And another question is which network
that reporter ordinarily represents.
Drumpf is fake, and all six of those “television news networks” are
fake, including both CNN and Fox News.
Pompeo drinks Diet Coke
- 28 July
Republicans helping Dirtbag Drumpf destroy their party are saying that
Dirtbag Drumpf’s conversing with Player Putin and Killer Kim is
constructive because it’s “open.”
One problem with that claim is that
Dirtbag Drumpf’s two hours with Player Putin in Helsinki was open only
to them and Player Putin’s translators.
And another problem is that lying, what
each of those pathological jerks mainly does, is the opposite of open.
what Gorbachev called Glasnost because he’s Russian, is productive
because the truth shall make us free.
But those Republican media and
government pundits calling Dirtbag Drumpf open are like the Democrats
saying he believes his lies.
And they’re claiming otherwise in face
of the fact that he pays people to hide truth.
lie is their denying that they see and hear and speak evil.
And that behavior is so common among
politicians that people are commonly using it as though it defines the
That word formerly referred to the
“science” of governing.
Bipartisan snake oil
- 27 July 2018
Barry McCaffrey told Andrea Mitchell that the VA should pay other
healthcare providers to provide healthcare for veterans who don’t live
near a VA healthcare provider.
For years, the VA has been doing that
for veterans who live further than fifty miles from a VA facility, and
McCaffrey was Bubba Bill’s Director of the Office of National Healthcare
Such is why MSNBC’s Democrat propaganda
is failing to dilute Dirtbag Drumpf’s hogwash.
It’s like Dirtbag Drumpf’s threatening
revoking security clearances of people having none.
It exemplifies the actuality of “fake
MSNBC pundit responded to McCaffrey by telling Mitchell that McCaffrey
was saying that we should “privatize” VA health care and saying that he
McCaffrey didn’t say that, and
privatizing VA healthcare would be a leap from the frying pan into the
fire, since “private” is a synonym for “commercial” in this context.
Outsourcing VA healthcare is
unfortunate but occasionally necessary.
“anchor” Katy Tur touted Player Putin’s credibility.
She said that his saying that he wanted
Dirtbag Drumpf to “win” proves that he colluded with Dirtbag Drumpf.
He’s suckering both Dirtbag Drumpf and
26 July 2018
is one of the problems falling through the cracks of Dirtbag Drumpf
Dirtbag Drumpf dumped the “individual
mandate,” the most conspicuously noxious element of Hillamneycare, but
he did nothing to solve the main problem.
The main problem is that it’s an
insurance scam, that it inflates insurance premiums by forcing insurance
companies into the impossible, insuring against “preexisting
reasonable solution is the “single payer option” for the uninsurable.
Funding them as we fund Medicare would
both lower premiums and expedite care.
The government could identify the
people with the conditions and play the hospitals and doctors directly
with no haggling with insurance company administrators working for the
top one percent.
But that’s a
Pundits like Borscht Bernie support it
because they doesn’t understand the economics of paying “the top one
And pundits like Fiscal Forbes support
it because they’re among that top one percent.
The shape of political nonsense
- 25 July 2018
Now Gowdy is
talking about Dirtbag Drumpf as Comey talked about Heehaw Hillary.
While saying that Dirtbag Drumpf
colluded with Player Putin on TV in Helsinki, he’s saying that we have
no evidence of his having colluded with Player Putin, and that our
Congress has no reason to impeach him.
And he’s Chairman of the Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of
and government pundits talk in absurd circles.
A Fox News “anchor” asked a United
States Congressman whether a Democratic Congresswoman was correct in
saying that the notion that Israelis are invading Palestine is at the
base of the platform of the Democratic Party.
Fox News and that Congressman are
says that both Israelites and Philistines, the predecessors of the
Israelis and the Palestinians, invaded the land of Canaan.
And the United States Constitution
forbids such sectarianism.
But our national currency says we trust
Deep state dilemma
- 24 July 2018
Gorbachev, during the one Presidential term of George Herbert Walker
Bush, pitched horseshoes with Bush at Bush’s home in Kennebunkport.
And, in the remainder of that term, the
Soviet Union disintegrated, and the leader of the Polish opposition to
Soviet dominance became President of Poland, and the Berlin Wall fell.
But Bush refused to talk with Boris
Yeltsin, the first person the people of Russia elected to the Presidency
of the Russian Federation, when he visited the Whitehouse.
Destroying the Soviet Union didn’t
guarantee the results of democracy.
But collaboration produced it.
with Dirtbag Drumpf’s collusion with Player Putin that must have
occurred when they talked two hours in Helsinki isn’t that they talked.
The problem is that, because Dirtbag
Drumpf is a dirtbag but isn’t the player Player Putin is, Player Putin
must have dominated the discourse.
And the collusion must have begun
commercially, with Player Putin helping Dirtbag Drumpf launder money,
long before the campaign.
danger to Player Putin.
Because he’s demolished the democracy
of the Russian Federation, nothing he does is illegal.
But the United States remain a
democracy under the stipulations of the United States Constitution.
Who can hack most competently?
- 23 July 2018
Now MSNBC is
pushing trusting “the cloud.”
It aired “news” that an MS server site
has concertina wire around it and that it’s more secure than our houses.
The obvious problem with that is that
IP’s are the people most likely to have an interest in selling our data.
It’s like Facebook telling us that
giving it our phone numbers makes us more secure.
And now Facebook is telling us to give
our passwords to “five trusted friends.”
have a belief and express it on your computer and learn something that
tells you that the belief is both incorrect and shameful.
You can delete it from your computer,
but you can’t delete it from Microsoft’s OneDrive servers in “the
cloud,” partly because of their physical security and electronic
various World Wide Web providers are telling us they can free us from
our password problems by such as digital face recognition.
We can change our passwords relatively
Try changing your face.
Preaching political pretention
- 22 July 2018
these indications of the fakeness of media and government pundits.
They claim that, because Player Putin
said he preferred Dirtbag Drumpf, Dirtbag Drumpf colluded with him.
And they claim that, because Dirtbag
Drumpf shouldn’t be President, Heehaw Hillary should be President.
And they claim that, because
Republicans are partisan, Democrats aren’t.
One need not be Aristotle to know that
all that is illogical.
prefers Dirtbag Drumpf to Heehaw Hillary because he’s more destructive.
That is, he’s the most evil of those
two evils our two party system presented to us, the most maliciously
fake of the two fakes.
And, were he to have “won” with the
party of his pal Bubba Bill, Democrats would be supporting him as
Republicans are supporting him.
Fundamentally, concerning Dirtbag Drumpf, the main problem with media
and government pundits is that they claim that, because Dirtbag Drumpf
is fake, they aren’t.
Their egocentric irrationality
undercuts the First Amendment.
And they must know it.
Abdicating social networking
- 21 July 2018
A version of
Partisan Pelosi’s saying we shouldn’t impeach Dirtbag Drumpf is another
Democratic Party pundit’s saying Democrats should promote the Democratic
Party’s platform but shouldn’t campaign against Dirtbag Drumpf.
Such partisanship, both Democratic and
Republican, is the main difficulty in ridding the United States
government of Dirtbag Drumpf.
And more difficulty is in the media and
government pundits’ calling Dirtbag Drumpf “the leader of our country”
as he does.
Constitution of the United States permits Presidents to lead only the
executive branch of our government.
And it limits that, and so the members
of the United States Congress who respond to the President of the United
States as though he’s their boss are effectually treasonous, whether or
not they’re partisan.
But that’s how parties work.
two-party system is the epitome of that.
And our Electoral College is an
obsolete perpetuation of it.
We could tally the total popular vote
in a day.
Blowing smoke to fight fire with
- 20 July 2018
Dirtbag Drumpf does is a lie, but occasionally what he says is true,
making his motive the lie.
An example is his saying that what cost
the Democratic Party the election was its making Heehaw Hillary its
So, in that matter, the Democratic
Party is lying by saying that he’s lying.
And the same is true of colluding with
Player Putin in that matter.
The problem is that he colluded with
Player Putin in other matters.
Drumpf colludes with Russians in money laundering and other commercial
And, when he denies colluding, he
refers to the election and not to the commercial matters.
And Democrats support the dishonesty of
that tactic by also focusing on the election while ignoring Dirtbag
Drumpf’s commercial collusion.
And so, in
that way, people ostensibly against Dirtbag Drumpf are promoting him by
his own brand of dishonesty.
They snicker and sneer at him while
doing what he does in that and other ways.
And they’re similarly misrepresenting
Liars and lying about liars
- 19 July 2018
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.
Hillary, not “the Russians” or the FBI, handed Dirtbag Drumpf our
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.
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
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
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
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
So they capitalize on one another’s
And we the people are paying the bill.
“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
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.
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
Part of the problem is that much of the
hogwash they spew is that Dirtbag Drumpf swallows his own hogwash.
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
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.
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
A word for that is “irony.”
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
Waste of time
15 July 2018
Anti-Trump,” said a sign in London.
In the sixties a popular book was The
A Babbel TV commercial says that the
reason Europeans speak more languages than Americans do is that they use
The reason they speak more languages is
that they recognize the importance of communicating with their
The Strzok Congressional hearing was
goofier than Parliament’s raucous tradition.
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.
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
Afghanistan without kings or communists or theology:
Books and a screenplay by
Billy Lee Harman
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.
- a 2017 film
This film portrays the horrors
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
a 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 Glory –
a 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 –
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."