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Bill Clinton Elbows His Way Back Into The News

June 6, 2018

Old Bill Clinton has once again forced his way into the news, peddling another ghost-written book – a novel this time. Every washed-up politician has a book or two out. Who suspected we had such literary talent galumphing around in our sleazy politico pool? This output of books reminds me of these words from Tolstoy:  “If you asked someone, ‘Can you play the violin?’ and he says, ‘I don’t know, I have not tried, perhaps I can,’ you laugh at him. Whereas about writing, people always say: ‘I don’t know, I have not tried,’ as though one had only to try and one would become a writer.”

This time, in media interviews, the oafishly riggish Clinton fancies himself a champion of abused women – well why not? He created so many of them. Bill’s escapades with reluctant women landed him in court, forcing him to dip into Hillary’s bulging Cattle Futures investment fund so he could pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to his victim Paula Jones. Christopher Hitchens once wrote about how he’d have so loved to have heard that particular conversation between the Clinton Co-Presidents…

Ah, how I miss Hitchens. Although he fell out of favor with liberals (an extremely easy thing to do) he sure wielded a keen pen.

We can find some of the most shatteringly vitriolic words ever to come from the pointed pen of Christopher Hitchens in his writing about Bill Clinton’s fawning, obsequious, toadying, unctuous, arrogant, and flat out false words at the funeral for the execrable Richard Nixon.

Not only did Clinton refer to Nixon’s DREAM OF WORLD PEACE – tell that to the nations he carpet bombed – but Clinton demanded that we no longer criticize Nixon for anything that is merely a part of, and not the totality of, Nixon’s life. Meaning no more critical thinking about the only president so feculent and crooked that he had to resign.
So, talking about Nixon’s hatred of Black people and Jews, or mentioning his use of the IRS to, in his own words, “screw our enemies,” gets squelched because we’d be taking these foul, abhorrent incidents out of the context of Nixon’s whole life. We must, of course, remember that the man had a puppy…

To Clinton, Nixon stands tall as a brave seeker of truth and peace who played the role of a loving grandfather – meaning, presumably, that Nixon didn’t wire tap and slander his grandchildren.

Bill Clinton demands context? Okay. Try this for context: All the horrible things Nixon did in the course of his entire political career, from his Red-Baiting beginnings to his final yearnings to vaporize the people of Vietnam by dropping thermonuclear weapons on them, to his denouncing Peace Activists as “bums,” to his using bag-men to pay off his covert squad of thugs who committed burglaries at his behest, all this outweighs anything good Nixon may have done.
If you can stomach 6 minutes of verbal ipecac worthy of Uriah Heep, watch and listen as Bill Clinton mythologizes a severely mentally ill man who put the whole world at risk, a man who saw the presidency as a weapon with which to destroy all the people who had ever dared to cross him, a man who lived life in a toxic bubble of sycophants, paranoia, and rage in which the rule of law meant nothing but a minor inconvenience… and contorts him into a peace-loving adorable ol’ grampa – and then arrogantly claims to say all this on behalf of the whole nation. meaning you and me.
And as usual, Bill Clinton manages to find time to focus on himself…
Yuck.

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I Must’ve Slept Through The Revolution…

May 20, 2018

Times Square NYC Post-Cold War


During the cold war, millions of Americans lived in fear of the USSR taking us over. 

Whenever I’d meet such frightened people I would ask: “And what exactly will Russia do with America once they take us over?” 
Here is what I was told: 
We will have masked police with machine guns in our streets… 
The government will tap all our phones and read our mail…
News will not report events, but will tell us just what government wants us to think…
Journalists who don’t fall in line will be prosecuted for telling the truth…
Our water will be poisoned…
Our votes won’t count…
An elite will control the economy…
Protest will be stifled or controlled by a handful of people…
Secret Police will infiltrate private groups…
We will live in a constant state of war overseas…
We’ll have no medical care…
People will be forced to work three jobs just to survive…
Government will ignore our complaints…
Millions of Americans will be in prison…
People will starve as those in power get richer and richer…
Government will be shrouded in secrecy for “security” reasons…
Hmmmm.
I guess Russia DID take over America after all.

You’re Being Ridiculous

December 13, 2017

This notorious and insulting imprecation – spoken by “comedian” Sarah Silverman – essentially telling people at a convention to shut-up – gives us a perfect example of the kind of trouble people get into when they use the verb TO BE.
For those who don’t recall the moment when a pissed-off comic treated half the democratic party as hecklers, take a look:

“YOU’RE BEING RIDICULOUS,” she said to the very people she and the other Hillary supporters needed to win over.
She used the verb TO BE two times in her insulting, condescending, scolding tirade. 50% of her words.
And it infuriated the progressive wing of the party – which then launched DEMEXIT and helped drive the democrats to the brink of bankruptcy. It has brought the democrats so low, that today they celebrate a victory of 1.5% over a raving religious fanatic and all ’round nincompoop. Any port in a storm, I guess.

What Silverman did came as no surprise to me. The Withers (“I’m With ➔HER”) treat all who differ from them with unveiled smugness and contempt. To this day, they blame the Sanders voters for She Who Must Be Elected losing to a TV gameshow host. But they never wanted them anyway:
So why blame them now as Hillary and her myrmidons consistently do? They do it out of sheer pique and an inability to take responsibility.

But back to the irate and heavily medicated Sarah Silverman and YOU ARE BEING RIDICULOUS!
Her words amount to a condescending GOD-LIKE pronouncement of stern judgment. It did not have to happen like this.
Suppose Silverman had used the more clear form of English known as E-PRIME – in which the verb TO BE never gets used. This makes for more personal and responsible communication.
Some examples from THIS LINK

Consider the following paired sets of propositions, in which Standard English alternates with English-Prime (E-Prime):
lA. The electron is a wave.
lB. The electron appears as a wave when measured with instrument-l.
2A. The electron is a particle.
2B. The electron appears as a particle when measured with instrument-2.
3A. John is lethargic and unhappy.
3B. John appears lethargic and unhappy in the office.
4A. John is bright and cheerful.
4B. John appears bright and cheerful on holiday at the beach.
5A. This is the knife the first man used to stab the second man.
5B. The first man appeared to stab the second man with what looked like a knife to me.
6A. The car involved in the hit-and-run accident was a blue Ford.
6B. In memory, I think I recall the car involved in the hit-and-run accident as a blue Ford.
7A. This is a fascist idea.
7B. This seems like a fascist idea to me.
8A. Beethoven is better than Mozart.
8B. In my present mixed state of musical education and ignorance, Beethoven seems better to me than Mozart.
9A. That is a sexist movie.
9B. That seems like a sexist movie to me.
10A. The fetus is a person.
10B. In my system of metaphysics, I classify the fetus as a person.

Get the picture? E-Prime makes us take personal responsibility for the expression of our thoughts. I have written several entire books without ever using the verb TO BE.
Consider: Would the outrage at Silverman’s scolding, reckless, and divisive words perhaps have rolled off the backs of half the party had she said something like:
“It seems to me that you have taken a ridiculous position.”
or
“You strike me as ridiculous.”
or
“I think of your support for Sanders as ridiculous.”
These comments sans the verb TO BE may stir up controversy, but they no longer hit people as an insult; as fighting words. Had she eschewed the verb TO BE, Silverman then expresses – and takes personal responsibility for – her opinion. She no longer speaks as The High and Mighty Arbiter of Thought.
Meaning with E-Prime, Silverman could have started A CONVERSATION by stating how SHE feels. And then others can respond later. Her belligerent pronouncement “You’re Being Ridiculous” stops conversation dead in its tracks.
She spoke in the role of an exasperated parent giving an unruly child a rap on the knuckles. How the hell did she think people would react to that?  
And here we arrive at the key to the whole problem: Clearly, Silverman DID NOT THINK. She shot from the hip.

The most often expressed problem people have with using E-Prime boils down to this: it takes them too long to formulate their thoughts. Yes, speaking in E-Prime forces the speaker to THINK before talking.
Does anyone consider THINKING BEFORE SPEAKING a bad thing?

Perhaps had Silverman, who gets paid huge sums of money to communicate, understood the basics of communication, she would not have alienated the very people she needed on Election Day. And owing to her rash and clumsy dressing down, democrats could not unite behind their flawed candidate who needed every vote out there.

As to Al Franken, standing there simpering and then making the lame excuse that Silverman spoke as a joke, he may not have ended up in a fight for his political survival had the words not come across as an insult. I find it quite clear that democrats have turned against Franken because of his smiling and making excuses for Silverman at this precise moment. Democrats desperately need the Sanders wing to return to the fold. Ousting Franken amounts to a calculated sacrifice made to placate the people he and Silverman insulted in that moment. But the progressive wing of the party will have none of that. The democrats simply cannot un-ring that bell.
And this didn’t have to happen. It only happened because an inept communicator spoke four hostile and judgmental words – half of them… the completely unnecessary verb TO BE.
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I did not kid you about my books. I refused to use the verb TO BE in these three books, except when quoting other people (and once as the punchline to a joke). Thoughts crystalize this way. We no longer pronounce – we explain. Nor have I used the verb TO BE in any of its forms in the introductions to some of the other books available. Take a look. 

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It Is All Scripted, Folks.

December 2, 2017

The Today Show Announcing The End Of Matt Lauer


How moving, how touching earlier this week to see the forlorn and chapfallen Women of The Today Show speaking from the heart about the pain, desolation, and sorrow they experienced upon learning – just moments before airtime – the shocking news that their beloved Matt Lauer lost his job. 

Yes, the words poured right from their lachrymose little hearts… or… the calculating hearts of the network bosses who slapped these mushy sentiments onto the studio TelePrompTers…
… as the revealing photograph above shows.

Believe NOTHING these TV people present.
As I keep pointing out: it is ALL scripted and approved. 

Everything you see on television – from The Today Show in the morning, to those Late-Nite “comedians” with their political commentary – is scripted and delivered to you by actors trained to make it look spontaneous. That is what actors do.
During my days as a press agent, I routinely saw my own copy from my press releases presented word for word on the air as spontaneous banter between the anchor and the “reporter” covering the story.

With billions of dollars at stake – do you seriously think that these media conglomerates would leave these things to chance? It is all show-biz, folks.

Remember…

May 23, 2017

“Access” To Insurance Is NOT The Answer

May 3, 2017

I will go against the flow now.
Jimmy Kimmel.
He is a trained actor who is in the pay of a major corporation. His job is to get viewers to do things.
See a specific movie.
Watch a new TV show.
Buy the Swimsuit Issue.
Support the ACA.
For all its pulling at the heartstrings, that monologue of his touting the glories of the ACA amounts to corporate propaganda against Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare.
Nothing works better in marketing than helping children. And that is what this man did.
If his corporate bosses didn’t want you to see this, you would not have seen it.
So at this critical juncture, a corporate millionaire makes a tear-stained plea for the ACA.
No mention of Single-Payer?
It was all about ACCESS to health insurance.
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
With this talk, Kimmel became an insurance salesman.
And he used the standard tricks of the trade, including THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
Look: If you think the only choice is the ACA or Paul Ryan’s plan, then you have been successfully sold.
Kimmel and the other performers did their job.
We need Universal Healthcare.
Not “access” to insurance.

Family Dysfunction Persisted

March 21, 2017

As you may have heard by now, noted literary lion Chelsea Clinton has published a new book.
With a speed of hand that would shame Mickey Spillane or Edgar Wallace, the Great Weird Hope of the Clinton dynasty got a book deal (the favored corporate method for bribing people in political life) and in doing so she inadvertently shows us how untreated child-abuse travels through the generations.

The book bears the name SHE PERSISTED, a PR phrase coined to promote another book deal – that one for the already wealthy Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In the Clinton Clan, persisting has a perverse history.

By now, who doesn’t know the story of Hillary as a 4 year-old getting thrown out of the house by her abusive mother? The child had endured taunting from bullies in the park, as most children do, and so she ran home to her mother for comfort and succor. What did this FOUR YEAR-OLD CHILD get instead? As Hillary compulsively relates it over and over again, even 65 years later, her mother had the love and foresight and compassion to… throw her out of the house.
Mother Rodham blamed little Hillary for the situation, said she “gave up” and called her daughter a coward who she would not welcome in the home until THE BABY dealt with the tormentors.
Slam went the door. Does anyone, other than Hillary, really believe this callous treatment had a salubrious effect on the child?

Hillary Clinton has, for the past 65 years, related that story with pride. She says it shaped her character. Well, yes, it did. But not the way she seems to think. To Hillary Clinton, giving up means losing mother’s love and – more to the point – getting kicked out of the house. One can only imagine the depths of fear and anxiety – Separation Anxiety – this “loving mother” sparked in her infant child.

As Dr. Gabor Maté notes: “In an anecdote related by the former Secretary of State herself as an example of salutary character building, four-year-old Hillary runs into her home to escape neighbourhood bullies. ‘There is no room for cowards in this house,’ says her mother, sending the child out into the street to face her tormentors. The real message was: ‘Do not feel or show your pain. You are on your own.’ Over six decades later the candidate hides her pneumonia even from her doctor and from those closest to her. Repeatedly she has overlooked her husband’s outlandish infidelities, defending him against disgrace— no doubt suppressing her own emotional turmoil in the process.”
(Emphasis added)

Hillary Clinton has never received treatment for this early-childhood trauma – and to me, every single time she relates the story she presents a 4 year-old’s repressed cry for help. To this day, Clinton shows an irrational view of the world as a place populated by “bullies” who she, and she alone, MUST stop. She even cited this as her Raison D’être for seeking the Presidency upon receiving the democratic nomination.

And then, in her own words, spoken in her first speech after losing the election, Hillary Clinton had one strong message:

For Mrs. Clinton, 65 years after her mother terrorized her by throwing her out of the only home she knew, giving up – no matter how useless the fight may be – means the loss of love and home.
Sheer stubbornness has become a virtue in Hillary-Land. What manner of person NEVER concedes loss? Or error? Or understands the pragmatic need for a strategic concession to an opponent? I’ll tell you what manner of person: A DANGEROUS PERSON.

Untreated family abuse wends its way down through the ensuing generations. So it came as no surprise to me to see that Chelsea Clinton, an adult-child who owes everything she ever got to her parents, also carries this mania. And in the aftermath of her mother’s embarrassing election loss to a known “bully” and TV game-show host, it falls upon the adult-child to become the mother Hillary wanted but never had. Thus the topic of Chelsea’s new book fits right into mommy’s mania – as the cover makes crystal clear:

The child taking care of the needs of the mother perverts the natural flow of life. Yet this child – at age 35 – has made a career of just that. Making speeches for mother (and in a subtle way sabotaging her in the process – displaying resentment) and even talking of entering politics herself – a clear attempt by a chile to vindicate the family after repeated losses and scandals. I mean, let’s face it, after seeing the sheer hell that BOTH her parents underwent, what child would say “THAT’S the career for me!”? Would Chuck Wepner, Jr. ever consider boxing? Hell, even the NIXON off-spring knew better…

Does Chelsea really see stubbornness as a virtue? Or has she taken up the call simply to soothe her wounded mother? And for god sake WHY peddle this swill to CHILDREN? Can this adult-child not relate her feelings to grown people? I see it as bad enough when family abuse gets passed on through the generations. But to deliberately pass it on to children one does not even know becomes a form of mass abuse. All to justify a mother who has long had the time and ample financial resources to GET THERAPY and change the warped view of the world she brags about carrying… ONE speech to Wall Street would have paid for Hillary’s therapy and then some.

Upon seeing the announcement of this book, I got hit with a wave of sadness. I hoped that Chelsea’s children don’t face similar horrendous abuse. Considering that the abuse has gotten mythologized as “character building,” will Chelsea take the chance to throw her own children out of the house at age 4? Will she do as her grandmother did, and make a mother’s love conditional

If Chelsea sees the delusion of stubbornness as a virtue, and sees it as good enough to spread to countless unknown children through her book – I wonder how she sees her own children? And their children after her? Where does it end. When she has a son, will she name him SUE?

Well, that comprises the problem which the Clintons must one day face. OUR problem, I see as more alarming: We as a nation must learn to stop electing to positions of power those damaged people who still suffer under the weight of untreated childhood abuse. But because of the alarming rate of abuse in America, such wounded and deluded people resonate with the bulk of our neighbors. Possibly even you… or me.

Seeing Danger Everywhere

March 9, 2017
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Last year former CIA head Leon Panetta found himself drowned out at the Democratic convention with shouts of NO MORE WAR:

Just a few days ago, the 78 year-old Panetta told CBS news that Trump’s tweeting weakens the presidency and  (GASP!) prevents him from starting wars. This… is a disappointment to him?

“I think, I think that is raising the most serious danger with regards to the ability of this president to relate to a very dangerous world,” Panetta said.

Dangerous world…

One of the key components of the far right-wing mindset is the firm belief that we live in a dangerous world which must be subdued and conquered through strength.

Rudy Giuliani is a case in point.
I remember seeing Giuliani give a speech to the GOP convention back when he was considered relevant. Like many conservatives he sees threats everywhere. After that, he spoke about this almost every time he delivered a speech. He insists that the world is a dangerous place, filled with people who want to kill us.

How does this happen to a person?

As with many fear-based people, Giuliani suffered early-childhood abuse at the hands of his parents and he now labels that very abuse as the best thing that ever happened to him. 
Giuliani – even today at age 72 – tells the story of being a 3 year-old in Brooklyn where the other kids worshiped, as children are often wont to do, the Brooklyn Dodgers, their local baseball team.
At that time, Giuliani’s father – for reasons unknown, other than the fact that his record shows him to be a sadistic thug (of the type Giuliani later make a career out of prosecuting) – would dress little Rudy in a NY Yankees uniform and send him out of the house. For wearing the uniform of the Bronx team in Brooklyn, Rudy would get beaten up. Every day. And his old man did nothing to help. In fact, he just kept sending Rudy out in that uniform – which all the other kids hated.
Sounds pretty grim, right?
But Giuliani says that what his father did helped build character. Well, yeah, a WARPED character.
From the NY Times in 1989:
When Mr. Giuliani was about 3 years old, his father, a dedicated Yankees fan, bought his son a Yankees uniform and cap. Mr. Giuliani’s mother dressed him in the uniform and sent him out to play in Flatbush. He was pounced on by a group of boys almost immediately. They were Dodger fans.
”They took the hat and threw it in the mud,” Mr. Giuliani recalled. ”They threw me in the mud, too, and probably whacked me around a little bit. I ran upstairs and either my mother or father said, ‘Well, now you’re going to be a Yankee fan.’
”So,” he continued, ”I kept wearing that Yankee uniform, and I kept getting thrown in the mud.”
He is still a Yankee fan.
Note the repression: the kids PROBABLY whacked him around. He doesn’t know? He cannot tell if his mother or father gave him dubious advice that he still obeys, yet he QUOTES that advice?
He was THREE YEARS OLD at the time and was still relating this tale of woe at age 45.
At over 70 he continues.
These are signs that a person suffered greatly and still carries it about in a repressed/mythologized way. Is the brutality Rudy suffered at the hands of the kids at a truly formative age, and his family’s indifference to his suffering, the reason for his seeing the world as a dangerous place? For him, at the time it was dangerous! Whatever the cause – and this is the alarming part – Giuliani STILL insists on wearing a Yankee uniform whenever he can. He sends out SIGNED pictures of himself this way. As an old man, Giuliani is still reacting to a situation that happened in 1947…
Compare Giuliani’s story with the story of Hillary Clinton’s mother having thrown her out of the house at age 4 – and her need to repeat the tale over and over and over while insisting that it was an act of motherly love and character building. Hillary’s mother did this because Hillary was abused by bullies and she came home crying. Clearly what the mother did – rejecting a child in pain – was worse than anything the other kids did. A 4 year-old RELIES on the parent. But her mother punished her in a most horrible way that without doubt set off a crisis of separation anxiety. And this too NEVER left Mrs. Clinton. Even as an elder, she still needs to please her dead mother:
People with untreated/unresolved childhood trauma are not “crazy” nor are they necessarily “bad” people. They are damaged people. These people suffer deeply yet they will never acknowledge it. After 60 years of living like this, it becomes not a part of who they are but who they are in their entirety. And putting such people in positions of power is dangerous. Lethal. Ask the surviving citizens of Libya and Honduras – where Hillary “stood up to bullies” – how they liked having her help…
Clearly, there exists in such damaged people a stubbornness that makes them adhere to the self-created mythology of their brutal childhood – while projecting it onto the world. They still say, to dead parents, It’s NOT my fault, Mommy/Daddy! The WORLD is DANGEROUS! Don’t blame ME!
In my work as a Tarot Consultant I regularly hear from people who have undergone the most horrible things that life can throw at a person. Yet they sought out help and coped with the problems in a productive way. They all have in common a willingness – a desire! – to face the issue and resolve it so they may not be dominated by dead fears.
None of us grew up unscathed. But many of us got help in dealing with these things rather than allow them to fester to the point where we compulsively live our lives in reaction to a situation that no longer exists.
On a personal note: For years I have told people that I had a childhood only Charles Dickens could have written. I can never undo it – but I don’t have to mythologize it. The physical torture I endured and the mental abuse – these are part of who I am and always will be, but they do not RULE or DEFINE who I am.
Because I got help.
The last thing I can imagine about myself is that at age 70+ I will be standing in front of people I don’t know, repeating day after day stories of early childhood abuse and praising my parents for inflicting this damage on me.
Looking at Hillary Clinton and Giuliani, I have to wonder what happened to Panetta so many, many years ago that now, at age 78, he can face a crowd of THOUSANDS saying to him NO MORE WARS and have it mean absolutely nothing to him. He SMILED at this! I would certainly question myself if I underwent that experience. Judging from his subsequent comments, Panetta only saw that as confirmation that the world is dangerous – meaning, the world is against him personally.
Do we really want such people in charge of our society?
Really?

1955’s TRIAL… Nothing New Under The Sun

February 18, 2017

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This post concerns a rarely seen film. A powerful film; which may explain why it rarely got shown since its release in 1955. New to home video, it dealt with a topical subject when made. And, sadly, the raw ugly truth it conveys about American life remains topical over 60 years later.

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As noted thousands of years ago “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Specific issues may change, but society always remains the same, explosive powder keg awaiting a match, often applied by the very people who trick us into believing they want to help us or lead us. Left and Right will mean nothing if the powder keg blows up. And someone always profits from the blast.

In the film TRIAL, each extreme gets revealed as equally deadly when a town becomes a pressure cooker of conflict over a seeming murder.

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The story seems deceptively simple: A sheltered law professor with no experience beyond a classroom gets caught up in the real world – and learns that he knows almost nothing about the real practice of law.  If you think America today with its political opportunists who say one thing but do another, who spread racism for profit in new – this film from 1955 (though set in 1947) will show you that nothing has changed. Including those “tolerant liberals” who, inside, harbor just as much prejudice as any klansman.

All sorts of people get involved in a racially charged murder case for all manner of personal profit. We gradually discover that each character has a personal axe to grind: Holding on to a law professor job. Running for governor. Keeping real estate values high. Remaining police chief. Proving himself above racism. And, most deadly, changing society at any cost. As the story unfolds, each character willingly – eagerly! – turns up the heat under the pressure cooker to further his own needs.

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This tension creates a crackling, powerful film about extremists of all sorts. Some elements in the film will seem quaint now, but substitute modern groups like the DNC – who want their way regardless of the consequences – and it still works. What kind of a group will gladly cause horrific damage just so they can proclaim “WE TOLD YOU SO” in order to raise money for themselves?
See what I mean? Still works today.

Opportunists willing to destroy everything and anyone to promote themselves have always operated freely among us. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they get opposed successfully. But first we must know them when we encounter them; something not always so easy to see.  When our passions get roused, when we believe that we can clearly tell the “good” people from the “bad,” then we make ourselves ripe for the picking. We blindly give those with ulterior motives the power to manipulate us.

As the lead character says early on: “I learned a long time ago that when someone says ‘decide right now’ that that’s the time to take your time.” He knows this. Does he do it?

Fundamentally, this film presents a cautionary tale about the difference between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing. Passion and certainty cloud the mind. Whether in the courtroom or the bedroom. This film could easily get set in today’s America, using any “populist” movement in place of that shown from the 1940s. As one character slyly notes, “never trust anyone”. Especially those you consider leaders. You may not really know what goals they have dedicated themselves to.

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Little wonder TRIAL never made it to home video till 2014. It says things which even today most people just refuse to hear.

Over the years, Mark Robson proved himself a serious film director and the novelist/screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, son of Herman, had solid credentials as well. Mankiewicz lived a long life, till 2015, so he must have seen the situations in his story played out over and over and over.

TRAIL deceives. This film looks like one thing (another courtroom drama, though an excellent, realistic one) yet, like the events depicted, TRIAL really shows another thing. Glenn Ford performs at his best here as the Ivory Tower lawyer who gets, reluctantly, a taste of the real world. Katy Jurado again plays her patented “suffering Mexican mother,” Rafael Campos appears as the young man who might have… or perhaps not…
Of particular note to me: The cinematography of Robert Surtees. It heightens the proceedings with some genuine surprises. Juano Hernandez as the judge performs up to his usual high standards and excels as a man who faces heat from all sides. Arthur Kennedy snared an Oscar® nomination for playing the smartest man in the room. Perhaps too damn smart…

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I consider TRIAL worth seeing to understand much of today’s events, for it presents a warning against extremism when it comes cloaked in virtue. Don’t all extremists believe they alone know the “truth”?

Always question. Always look deeper. Never call anything true for no other reason than it comforts you or reinforces your beliefs.

Do so, and you likely don’t know any more than the people who pull the strings on the puppets want you to know. Consider instead the very real possibility that you, yourself, represent the main puppet.

Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll always lose sight of everything else.

 

Don’t Follow Blindly!

December 3, 2016
Much of the world hails Fidel Castro as a hero of freedom.
Here, he is reviled.
Much of the world considers Barack Obama to be a mad bomber – destroyer of people and nations.
But here he is considered a wonderful, intellectual progressive.
See how experience guides decisions?
What if Mr. Obama droned YOUR town?
What if Cuba sent much needed doctors into your town?
Nothing is as cut and dried as it appears on the surface. Or on a bumper sticker.
When American officials and the news media denounced Nelson Mandela as a bloodthirsty communist terrorist, the African continent knew who their friends were.
Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, and African leader Nelson Mandela gesture during the celebration of the

Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, and African leader Nelson Mandela gesture during the celebration of the “Day of the Revolution” in Matanzas Saturday, July 27, 1991. Cubans celebrate 38th anniversary of the revolution. (AP Photo/Alejandro Balaguer)

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News used to be called “The First Draft of History.”

Now? News is mostly thought-control which gets spoon-fed to us by multimillionaires on corporate payrolls. People like this, as many have now come to realize:

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Do you seriously believe that someone who gets paid $30,000 PER DAY (yes, PER DAY) has even the slightest interest in telling us the truth?
Never forget the old adage:

“Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.”

If an informed opinion differs from my own, I try to find out why.

THAT is why all through the election I posted my objections to electing Hillary Clinton and BEGGED her supporters to correct me. I did this time and again. I even offered to vote for Hillary if anyone could overcome HALF of my objections.

None so much as tried. In place of discussing my objections they merely insulted me in the most vile ways. Then the flew off into the Oppression Olympics, saying a person whom they glibly perceived as a well-off white male can NEVER “understand.” A convenient cop-out. And these are the self-described LIBERALS!

In 1964 humorist Jean Shepherd defined a SLOB as any person who doesn’t know the difference between thinking and believing. Shepherd wisely predicted that in the future such people will shut out all thoughts that do not conform to their beliefs. This is a perfect description of BIGOTRY.  The day which Shepherd predicted has indeed arrived. Political partisans have devolved into fundamentalist religious nuts. When I opposed Hillary, I was treated like a heretic who was charged with spitting on the Holy Books. The Ignorati have discovered politics and now bigotry reigns. You are either with them or you are EVIL.

Rev. Eliot’s Law #4:
Don’t believe what you are told to believe.