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TheAmericanCowboy2TheAmericanCowboy3Amid boxes of discarded library books, at a Salvation Army in NYC, was a marked copy of Will James’ The American Cowboy (Scribner, 1942).

The last words in the book, all upper case: “The COWBOY WILL NEVER DIE.”

America’s last and lost ‘cowboys’ are wearing Prada and plotting wars against Russia and China.

GermanyIsrael2015aMay 12, 2015 marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The German Consulate in New York hosted an event this evening commemorating the anniversary with a panel discussion that included representatives of ARSP (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace), a German non-profit that sends volunteers to work with Holocaust survivors.

In remarks before the panel discussion, an Israeli official said that Germany and Israel together were “repairing the world” and “making the world a better place.”

Among the 10 milestones noted by the panel, in the German/Israeli reconciliation, was #3 Germany providing Israel with nuclear capable submarines in 1957, which was against German law.

In activities such as this, that focus on “remembrance and lessons” from the Holocaust, a blind spot often exists, as the Germans are presented (even by themselves) as the sole perpetrators, and the Jews as the sole victims — who maintain they have nothing to be “ashamed” of. And yet an honest reading of history reveals plenty of Jewish culpability (Marxist and Zionist) for both World Wars, and reasons to be ashamed, up to the present day, with the wiping of Palestine off the map.

One panelist said: “Forgiveness is not a concept for Israelis.”

We would suggest that people who cannot forgive others, or seek forgiveness for themselves (especially with nukes in their hands), are in no position to “repair the world.”

Pride2015dPride2015cPride2015Pride2015fThe triumph of the will in the recent Supreme Court decision, on same-sex marriage, is not the same as the triumph of truth and love.

The decision of a few on the Bench to go along with the wishes of an infantile mob, rather than rational principles based on truth, adds a new dimension to American barbarism.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

AliceInWonderlandAliceInWinderland2“Dear dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same person when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, ‘Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Alice 150 Years in Wonderland is at the Morgan Library & Museum (June 26-October 26, 2015).

The show includes: the original manuscript of Alice on loan from the British Library, drawings, proofs, rare editions and correspondences.

Artwork: John Tenniel

King2014iConfederateFlagThe American narrative: ‘a New World created by rebels’ — escaping the kings of the Old World — who make themselves sovereign, is resulting is a nation of ‘kings’ seeking to dominate others (see Obama positioning American tanks in Eastern Europe).

Ironically, those who make themselves sovereign — with ‘no fear, no boundaries, & no limits’ — are the new slaves (of the evil one).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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Bonhams-Maritime4Bonhams-Maritime2Bonhams-MaritimeBonhams in New York is auctioning Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts on June 25, 2015.

Tree-FathersDay“God was my shaper.
He hammered. He wrought me.

Mightily, frailly,
Insculpted and embosed,
With His hammer of wind,
And His graver of frost.”
–Francis Thompson

The challenge is to be in the hands of the Heavenly Father.
Then we know who we are.

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