CAnceled UN

The virtual opening of the 75th General Assembly, laments/cheers the breakup of the world’s ‘bedrock of freedom.’ — with the disintegrated family of nations moving to align with China.

Father’s Day

Having thrown out motherhood long ago (“get your rosaries off my ovaries!”), the protesters are now trashing fatherhood, patriarchy — God, Himself.    

“Holy Bat Flu, Batman”

This time of purification is also a time to purify what is below the surface (in the heart), which can help reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone following the NYC Health Department’s guidelines on “sex” in a pandemic, will likely contribute to community spread and destroy themselves in the process.

Genocide In Rwanda

“Why had the devil been allowed to walk among us unchallenged, poisoning hearts and minds until it was too late?” Immaculee Ilibagiza, “Left To Tell” (Hay House, 2006) On this the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, one can see similarities to the way people were educated (deformed) in Rwanda, in the years leading up to the genocide, and the way many Americans…

Modeling Freedom

The engraving, made by French/German printmaker Alfred Johannot (c.1830), around the time of Delecroix’s: Liberty Leading the People, depicts a black Catholic nun in Morocco dialoguing with a ‘liberty’ scholar. She seems to be skeptical of his notions (see her eyes and hands), perhaps having found true freedom and enlightenment in communion with her God. Coincidentally, there is presently an exhibition at Columbia University on…

Russian & American Meddling

A day of hand-wringing in the US over Russian meddling in its 2016 election falls on the 100th anniversary of the murder of Russian Tsar Nicolas II  and his family by Bolsheviks, backed by American banker Jacob Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. This after the US had supported the Russian Revolution and Mr. Schiff had funded the Japanese in a war with Russia…

Royal Stamp

Issued by the British Post Office on the day of their 1981 wedding. Robert Indiana (1929-2018) Artwork: 1965 Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card (silkscreen).

Unhinged

Would that the American people had confronted their government’s wicked intervention (and calls for regime change) in Syria, starting in 2011. That once beautiful country has been destroyed by American made weapons. The fact that the U.S. has been allied with Great Britain, in pulverizing Iraq and Syria, is not making America great again. Whatever claim the U.S. might have on greatness came when…

Passover

“May the Father of mercy have mercy upon a people that have been born to him. May he remember the covenant with the patriarchs, deliver our souls from evil hours, check the evil inclinations in them that have been carried by him, grant us his grace an everlasting deliverance, and in the attribute of his goodness fulfill our desires by salvation and mercy.” Standard…

Vaishnava

Remembering Gandhi who was murdered on January 30, 1948. “He is the true Vaishnava who knows and feels another’s woes as his own. Ever ready to serve, he never boasts. He bows to everyone and despises no one. keeping his thought, word and deed pure. Blessed is the mother of such a one.” Narsimha Mehta

Balfour Declaration

History has shown the anti-Zionist Jews of 1917 (including Edwin Montagu and Lucien Wolf) were right to oppose the erection of the Modern State of Israel — one of the great crimes of all time — which can’t be countenanced by anything in the bible. Today Israeli leaders, who failed to follow the call of secular Zionists to be just with the Palestinians, are…

Foxes

President Trump’s relationship with the State of Israel (which drives his desire to undo the Iran Deal and may explain how he is still in the Picture – White House) is not unlike that of the ‘hapless’ actresses with Harvey Weinstein.

Comic Con

Have Western values made the Eastern man better? How about Western man? Ku Hung-Ming, The Story Of A Chinese Oxford Movement, 1910

UN Ops

Reduced to being an empty backdrop for photo-ops, the United Nations — sans leaders from Myanmar, Russia and China — will begin another session this week, its founding principles and charter in shambles (along with Syria), having been destroyed in recent years by leaders from Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and Washington.

Waiting for Biya

Cameroonians await the arrival of their leader in NYC – September 17, 2017

Prayer For the Well-Being of All

The annual UN prayer service, ahead of the opening of the 72nd Session of  the United Nations General Assembly, was held Monday at the Church of the Holy Family in NYC — presented by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, President…

‘Potentially Catastrophic’

From the place where he dwells he gazes on all the dwellers on the earth, he who shapes the hearts of them all and considers all their deeds. Psalm 32 One shouldn’t understate the role of Providence in the creation of the awesome hurricane Irma, nor the power of prayer in appealing to Providence to alter its course and reduce its severity. Photo: NASA

‘Fire & Fury’ Brat!

President Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and immature policies toward Korea (North and South) seem also intended to shore up his precarious position at home, by assuaging and gaining sympathy from his many opponents on the left and right. A similar miscalculation was made in 1914 by the weak and despised Tzar Nicholas II of Russia — leading him to go to war with Germany and…

Visage of War

Would that Mr. Trump reached across the table of the G-20 meeting, with every fiber of his being, and offered that the U.S. lead the world in disarmament, while at the same time advocating for the reunification of Korea, as concrete ways to grow the world’s prosperity and improve the environment.

Six Days

Fifty years after the Six Day War, the Modern State of Israel obsesses over its physical survival versus its moral survival as a democratic Jewish state. Politics are seen as the means by which Israelis think about the meaning of Jewish existence (rather than union with God). The result is a people who have “cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and…

Live Deep

Midtown, NYC – June 2, 2017

New York to Paris

On this day ninety years ago, US airmail pilot Charles Lindberg (‘Lucky Lindy’) — having taken off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island the day before — landed at Le Bourget Aerdrome, Paris, after a 33 hour flight. Years later in his book, The Spirit of Saint Louis, Mr. Lindberg comments: “We have seen the aircraft, to which we devoted our lives, destroying the civilization that created…

‘Jewish Cultural Heritage’

Reflecting on the Modern State of Israel @ 69. The editors of Chaim Weitzmann: Statesman of the Jewish Renaissance  (The Zionist Library, 1974), refer to the 19th century Jewish philosopher Ahad Ha’am who suggested that what “preserved the Jewish nation during the 2000 years of the Diaspora and enabled the Jewish people to retain a unity which transcends geographical, political and economic diversity was the unity…

Norseman

Carl XVI Gustof of Sweden (aka The King of Sweden), strolls on the Upper East Side today.

DPRK-US Missile Crisis

United Nations – April 28, 2017 One would hope that the current nuclear missile crisis is the beginning of the end, not for the world, but for the existence of nuclear weapons in the world. Perhaps the only way to end the crisis, peacefully, is for the U.S. to take the lead in turning the entire world into a ‘nuclear weapons free zone.’ Reagan tried at Reykjavik…

Nikkatsu Action Cinema

US ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN today that the US is “prepared to do more” in Syria. This after six years of American intervention in that country, supporting the rebels seeking to topple the Assad government and plunder the country. No one has done more to aid in the destruction of Syria (beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus”), including 400,000+ deaths and millions of refugees, than the…

Russian Revolution Redux

One-hundred years after a Marx inspired revolution replaced the Romanovs with Marx inspired anarchy and tyranny — the rebellion continues, with false notions of freedom and rights ushering in domination, division, and destruction, as seen in the Arab Spring and Black Lives Movement. Thus, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “while throwing off the bonds of convention, and standing free from all allegiance to established religion, law,…

International Women’s Day

“Female Debility and Irregularities—It is a self-evident fact that the finer the work, and the more complicated a piece of machinery, the more liable is it to become deranged, or out of order; and the more skillful must be the mechanic who undertakes to make any necessary repairs.” Dr. Chase’s Recipes, 1866

Changing World Order

On this President’s Day, a lobby wall at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, that normally has portraits of the U.S. president, vice president, secretary of state, and ambassador to the United Nations, sits empty. Hopefully Mr. Trump will keep the U.S. engaged with the world community, not as a dick nation (fomenter of revolutions and arms trafficker) but rather as a force for solidarity…

‘New World Order’

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson supported the Russian Revolution and brought the U.S. into the Great War (WWI), in support of a ‘new world order.’ Today, Obama officials are accusing Russian president Putin of being a threat to the new world order. In his final press conference President Obama said the sanctions on Russia were due to Russia violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by annexing Crimea. Actually it was…

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem”

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34 Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should…

Christmas Greetings

Artwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981 “When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4

Women in Diplomacy

The Women’s International Forum (WIF) paid tribute today to Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This on the day that Antonio Guterres, former president of Portugal, was sworn in to succeed Mr. Ban. Joining Mrs. Ban (third from left) were Mrs. Faika Zaki, Mrs. Sofia Herrera Cubillo, Ms. Sonia Balcazar Maza Cuadra, H.E. Ms. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ms. Malini Nambiar, and…