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TheFourSeasons1TheFourSeasonsOne day after The Four Seasons Restaurant, a modernist temple once considered the most important restaurant in the world, auctioned off the last of its Philip Johnson banquettes and Mies Van der Rohe chairs—and turned off the lights, president Obama told the DNC, the US is “stronger and more prosperous than when we started.” Mr. Obama likes to takes credit for saving the country from the Great Recession of 2008-09, when in fact all he did was instruct others to change the accounting rules (allowing Wall Street to run wild again), print and borrow trillions of dollars, and fudge the unemployment numbers. The result was not a recovery, but rather a country in the twilight zone that now threatens the world.

American ArtIn her remarks to the DNC, Michelle Obama said the U.S. is “the greatest country on earth” — a curious statement given that her country is at war with itself and the world, and even with truth itself.

Artwork: “War Face On!” by Mark B. Springer, Warren Correctional Institute, Ohio

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Trump0716trumpery n. adj. 1. showy but worthless 2. delusive, shallow

If elected president, can Donald Trump avoid trumpery and put his “Art of the Deal” acumen to work — to unwind real estate investment structures (REITs, private equity & hedge funds) that have been a source of rent inflation and barriers to small business creation in the US?

 

Dread6Those seeking to lead the U.S., and those seeking to tear her down, are joined by their inability to be truthful. Past progress and accomplishment in America came at the hands of people who were less untruthful than today’s leaders.

“The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

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Press-NYDailyNewsThe inflamed and untruthful way many in the Press have covered/commented on recent police shootings in the US has likely added to ignorance, hatred and the body count — but maybe that’s the idea.

There is a long history in America of disinformation being used to mislead people into war.

Black Lives Matter is part of a Black Power movement bent more on domination and destruction, than true justice and peace. Presented as an attempt to reform policing, the movement is really an attack on order and “whiteness” itself.

The virulent agitators of America’s Black Power movement are not unlike the Bolsheviks that started the Russian Revolution, with American presidents supporting both movements.

Given the mindset of many black leaders, there is no reason to believe the Black Power Movement will be any less deadening than Bolshevism, and its aftermath.

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GarageSale2016aGarageSale2016bIn America’s garages, innovation is leading to liquidation.

 

BondholdersHistorically, Independence Day in America has celebrated “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Over the years, the American people have grown less conscious and more unhinged from democratic structures and institutions—with the government less accountable to the people. America today is more “of the bondholders, by the bondholders, and for the bondholders,” as evidenced in this week’s flurry of activity in Washington to make sure Puerto Rico’s bondholders got paid.

After WWI, the bondholders, most of whom were American farmers forced to buy bonds to fund the war, didn’t get paid on time but rather years later with inflated dollars causing many to go bust. Today’s bondholders: hedgies, private equity firms and Saudis are getting paid, as the experiment in self-rule goes bust.

Father'sDay2016aHuman identity, in all it’s aspects of solitude and communion, is anchored in the reality of “made in the image of God.” Rebelling from that starting point, and original unity, has led to widespread disorder within and among persons.

With a new consciousness, in communion with the Father, humanity is formed again as the communion of persons.

“Cause us to return, O our Father, unto thy Law: draw us near, O our King, unto thy service, and bring us back in perfect repentance unto thy presence. Blessed art thou. O Lord, who delightest in repentance.” Afternoon Service, The Standard Machsor, 1925

 

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