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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Johnny Carson (1925-2005) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Comedian and Tonight Show Host for 30 Years ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #052 Published February 1, 2005 ~~~
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Quote for the Mardi Gras Month of February:

Critics are of two sorts: those who merely relieve themselves against the flower of beauty, and those, less continent, who afterwards scratch it up.
William Empson, Critic and author

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Table of Contents

1. February's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for February
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Beet Soup or Borscht
6. New Poems from Yes, and Even More!
7. Reviews and Articles Added for February:

8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
2006: Jan#061,Feb#062,Mar#063,Apr#064,May#065,Jun#066,Jul#067,Aug#068,Sep#069,Oct#06a,Nov#06b,Dec#06c
2007: Jan#071,Feb#072,Mar#073,Apr#074,May#075,Jun#076,Jul#077,Aug#078,Sep#079,Oct#07a,Nov#07b,Dec#07c
2008: Jan#081,Feb#082,Mar#083,Apr#084,May#085,Jun#086,Jul#087,Aug#088,Sep#089,Oct#08a,Nov#08b,Dec#08c
2009: Jan#091,Feb#092,Mar#093,Apr#094,May#095,Jun#096,Jul#097,Aug#098,Sep#099,Oct#09a,Nov#09b,Dec#09c
2010: Jan#101,Feb#102,Mar#103,Apr#104,May#105,Jun#106,Jul#107,Aug#108,Sep#109,Oct#10a,Nov#10b,Dec#10c
2011: Jan#111,Feb#112,Mar#113,Apr#114,May#115,Jun#116,Jul#117,Aug#118,Sep#119,Oct#11a,Nov#11b,Dec#11c
2012: Jan#121,Feb#122,Mar#123,Apr#124,May#125,Jun#126,Jul#127,Aug#128,Sep#129,Oct#12a,Nov#12b,Dec#12c
2013: Jan#131,Feb#132,Mar#133,Apr#134,May#135,Jun#136,Jul#137,Aug#138,Sep#139,Oct#13a,Nov#13b,Dec#13c
2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
2016: Jan#161,Feb#162,Mar#163,Apr#164,May#165,Jun#166,Jul#167,Aug#168,Sep#169,Oct#16a,Nov#16b,Dec#16c
2017: Jan#171,Feb#172,Mar#173,Apr#174,May#175,Jun#176,Jul#177,Aug#178,Sep#179,Oct#17a,Nov#17b,Dec#17c
2018: Jan#181,Feb#182,Mar#183,Apr#184,May#185,Jun#186,Jul#187,Aug#188,Sep#189,Oct#18a,Nov#18b,Dec#18c
2019: Jan#191,Feb#192,Mar#193,Apr#194,May#195,Jun#196,Jul#197,Aug#198,Sep#199,Oct#19a

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1. February Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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For newcomers to the Digest, we have created a webpage of all the Violet-n-Joey cartoons! Check it out at: Also note the rotating calendar and clock that follows just to the right of your mouse pointer as you scroll down the page. You'll also see the clock on the 404 Error page if you make a mistake typing a URL while on the website.

The Violet-n-Joey Cartoon page is been divided into two pages: one low-speed and one high-speed access. If you have Do NOT Have High-Speed Access, you may try this Link which will load much faster and will allow you to load one cartoon at a time. Use this one for High-Speed Access.

This month Violet and Joey learn about Reading and Writing.

#1 ""Readin' & Writin' " " at

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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for February are:

Sam DiChiera in Australia

Kathy Serafin in Michigan

Congratulations, Sam and Kathy!

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Out Our Way:

We know from talking to many of you that this is your "don't miss" place in the Digest, so we endeavor to make it fun and informative for you every month. One good reader, Cole Gralapp, told his brother, my son-in-law, Wes, something like this, "When I ask you what's going on in your family, I usually get monosyllabic grunts, but I can read Bobby's Digest and get details about what's happening." [Thanks, Cole.] Another good reader is my daughter, Maureen Bayhi, who is shown in the photo below pointing to a sign which says, "Fishing: a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other."

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We began our New Year of 2005 with the traditional New Orleans fare to ensure prosperity and good health: boiled cabbage and blackeye peas over rice (See photo). I'll give that recipe to you in some future Digest.

The New Year got off to a whimper instead of a bang when, after LSU scored with seconds left in the NY's day bowl game to take the lead, they allowed Iowa to score on a long TD play as the clock expired. The LSU defensive man was in zone coverage and because of the hurry-up offense, didn't switch to man-to-man at the last second and he allowed the Iowa receiver to run by him uncovered. Amazing fact is that in 1958 when LSU won its first National Championship, Iowa was the runner-up in second place. Bye, bye Saban, you ain't no Saint, Nick. Athletic Director Skip Bertman lost no time in getting Les Miles lined up as new head coach. Here’s a young coach who doesn’t want to coach in the NFL and can bring multiple championships to LSU like Bertman did as Baseball Coach. Good pick, Skip. From a metaphoric point of view, I would have preferred the new coach were name “More” Miles, but, hey, look what a man with the name “Skip” did: multiple National Championships in Baseball for LSU.

On Jan 2, the New Orleans Saints were playing for a chance at a Wild Game playoff berth with a win against the Carolina Pantherers that had twice knocked them out of the playoffs. Last year the Saints made a last second TD on a six man lateral and pass play that covered most of the field and then missed the extra point to tie the game. This year they played a great game against the Panthers, holding off a Panther comeback to win 21-18 in the last seconds of the game. Now the Jets had to win for the Saints to go to the playoff. As the Saints game was nearing a close, I was watching the Rams-Jets game on one of the other TVs in the Timberlane Screening Room, and the Jets were coming back. They tied the game in the last seconds in regulation. They got in field goal range and Doug Brien, a former Saint, missed it wide right! The flub cost the Saints the playoffs and he’s not even playing on the team anymore! Then the Rams went on to win that game in over-time and knock the Saints out of the playoffs! That close!

On my way duck hunting, I stopped by my high school chum, Shelby, to see what new old motors he had acquired and restored. I saw an old washing machine motor (ca. 1905) with a horse's head on the end of the exhaust. He started it up and the exhaust began puffing out of the nostrils of the horse as if it were galloping on a wintery day. To see an .mpeg movie clip of Shelby's motor running with smoke coming from horse's nostrils, turn on your sound and Click Here(Note: .5Mb file) See also still photo of motor with Bobby & Shelby.

Drove up to Alexandria, Louisiana to go duck hunting with my son-in-law Wes and his good friend Oday. Each day we got five, one large duck or goose, and four smaller blue or green wing teals. Look for a photo of these two veteran duck hunters with their retrievers, Wes has the chocolate Lab and Oday the blonde Lab. On the second day we three hunters each shot a green wing teal and Snickers the chocolate Lab quickly retrieved the first one and came back and sat down as if, "Well, my job is done." It was the first time she had more than one duck to retrieve and she had to be taught that her job isn't done until she has brought back all the ducks to her host who feeds, shelters, and provides her opportunities for her favorite sport.

The next week my friend Brian and I joined our barber friend, Mike Nuccio of VIP Barbershop, in his favorite sport, fishing for specks. We boated about four specks and a flounder before the tide had finished running out. It was one of the shirt sleeve fishing days of winter we enjoy often during New Orleans winters.

Next I enjoyed one of my favorite sports, talking to a group of people about some subject I know about. This time it was to an IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) group called Dimensions of Life which meets each Sunday in New Orleans. They wished to learn more about Rudolf Steiner and I was glad to oblige. Dave Lyons in introducing me said, "I've read somewhere that someone who has studied 90 books on one subject has the equivalent of a PhD in that subject, so here’s Bobby Matherne who has a double-PhD in Rudolf Steiner’s works.” I had one sharp question about Steiner's claim that the heart is not a pump, “If you were in the hospital suffering a heart attack, would you want your doctor to treat your heart as a pump?” I replied that I didn’t accept the presupposition that I would be in that condition, and I was accused of evading the question. Finally I said, “If I were conscious I’d tell him no don't treat it as a pump, but if unconscious I’d expect him to use whatever tools and knowledge he had to best fix my situation.”

Another presentation I made was reading the long poem by Lisel Mueller, "The Triumph of Life: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley," as a preface to a lecture on Bio-Ethics. The voice in the poem is that of the woman who wrote "Frankstein" as a 19-yr-old girl and she is speaking to you and me today about what we are doing in our biogenetics laboratories. (To read the poem on-line, Click Here.)

With the Saints out of the NFL playoffs, the sports attention has turned to the New Orleanes Hornets and the LSU Tigers. The Hornets had an abysmal start to their season, but the new coach Byron Scott has acquired a bunch of new and energetic players who are beginning to show some winning spirit. LSU is in second place in the SEC West and going strong.

I uploaded the Christmas Snow photos and the trip to the Children's Museum with my grandchildren, Gabe, Molly, and Garret. I asked Gabe to come along to help me keep tabs on the two younger ones, but as it turned out, I only added another kid to keep track of. They had a ball in the kid's supermarket, kid's cafe, piloting the kid's tug, and so on. My two daughters came back to rescue Granpa just in time.

We lost Johnny Carson this month and I'd like to share my first memory of Johnny and Ed McMahon on tv. It was in early 1962 right after I graduated from LSU and was being recruited for my first job. I was home a lot and heard that Johnny Carson was going to replace Jack Paar on the Tonight Show. He was currently on a daytime show called, “Who Do You Trust?”, so I tuned to see if Jack’s replacement could make the grade. I remember so well one bit that made me laugh. Johnny was reading from a card, “The Mississippi River is the world’s deepest river.” And from off-screen, in a mode the whole nation would soon be experiencing every weekend night, Ed said, “And the wettest.” Pan back to Johnny’s face which froze in this gesture of puzzlement all of America soon came to love. We will miss you, Johnny, and have good memories every time we think of you.

Got a call from Doyle Henderson. He's doing fine. He needed to get a new cell phone that had a ringer loud enough for him to hear. He's down the hill from Big Bear living in his motor home while receiving chelation and hyperbaric chamber treatments for his ankles which had been losing circulation due to his diabetes. He still hasn't sold his cabin in Fawnskin, but says the good news is that the prices are climbing back up as the forest fires in the area recede into history.

What else did we do this month? We drove to see Buster and Emily (See Photos) to give her a birthday present and they invited us to join them for dinner at the Olive Garden Restaurant at Esplanade Mall. After a delicious meal we left them to do some shopping at Macy’s for some clothes and bath towels. We also bought from a catalog this month a new embroidered quilt for our bed(See photo of it below).

Del's mom is doing a bit better after her post-Christmas surgery and we're hopeful for a complete recovery. Your prayers are much appreciated.

Till next month, may each of you enjoy Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Groundhog's Day, and enter into a blessed Lenten season as we head into Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and into Fall in the Southern.


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Words Women Use If you're a Guy, you may learn something; if you're a woman, you may get a laugh.

Making Paper Submitted by Shirley Anne Cox on Jan. 21, 2005:

Daniel, age 3, and Jacob, age 2, were watching one of their favorite DVDs in their Uncle Mike’s room. Fearing the unacustomed quietness Daniel's mother, Elizabeth, peeked into the room to find both boys bent over lookiing excitedly into the computer's printer. With his hand on the paper feed button, Daniel said, "Look, Momma! We're making paper." She had to laugh at those two boys standing so proudly in a pile of clean white paper that they were sure they had made on their own with no help from anyone else.

The Five Most Popular ARJ1 Reviews Read During 2004:

1. Humorous Look at the Ups and Down of Japanese Stock Market and Sex Partners Way of the Urban Samurai
2. The Bridges of Madison County Classic Love Story
3. When Rabbit Howls Truddi Chase's coping with Multiple Personalities
4. Thinking in Pictures Temple Grandin's coping with Autism
5. Flowers for Algernon The poignant story of a thirty-year-old baker's helper, Charly Gordon, in his striving to overcome his retardation.

Prominent Links to Bobby Matherne's Writing on the Website:

I'd like to start off with two prominent links from folks who attempt to ridicule my writing. Like they say in Hollywood, "Just get the spelling on my name right!"

Two Links which Attempt to Ridicule My Writing on the Website:
In the spirit of the quotation by Schopenhauer shown below, I'd like to share with you two of the websites which attempt to ridicule the nascent science of doyletics and the work of Rudolf Steiner, both of which are featured prominently on this website.

All Truth goes through three stages:
First it is ridiculed.
Then it is violently opposed.
Finally it is accepted as self-evident

-- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)., Philosopher

When I read these folks' rantings, I feel like Mark Twain did when he heard the people of the town were planning to tar and feather him and ride him out of town on the rail. He said, "If it weren't for the honor involved, I'd just as soon not."

1. Loon of the Month:

This bunch of ratbags didn't even have the decency to make the Loon of the Month, but included us in its Honorable Mention. (Note: I use the name they use to identify themselves and their website domain.)
Words from the Chief Ratbag:
"There is a very nice waterfront seafood restaurant near my place called 'Doyle's'. When you go there for lunch it's a really relaxing experience and the cares of the world just seem to float away like the little boats leaving the nearby wharf. I never feel fear, anxiety or anger when I have a forkful of lobster in one hand and a glass of chardonnay in the other. . . "

2.Positive Atheism's Big List of Scary Quotes:

The title of the page is enlightening — atheists certainly have a lot to be scared of, even positive athiests. Given that they must be pure materialists they would certainly not like to read any quotes by Rudolf Steiner who understood materialism very well, but who created a spiritual science to balance the cold, leaden weight of materialism, skepticism, and atheism. This links to an alphabetic list, so scroll down to Rudolf Steiner's name or do a Find.

Three Links which Extol My Writing on the Website:

3. A quotation from Art is the Process of Destruction, my essay on what constitutes true art:
Great Quotes about Art on Phoenix Arts Group Website

4. Jerry Pournelle's Blog Points to My Review of QED:
Richard Feynman and Quantum Mechanics

5. Here is a synopsis of How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, with comments, by Bobby Matherne:
Included in the Kansas State University Syllabus for English 287


Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
“National Treasure” (2004) — the search for the Knights Templar’s treasure is on and Nicholas Cage has to start by stealing the Declaration of Independence. An updated Indiana Jones epic with the search taking us to Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, and Boston. A real cliff hanger, spooky cobwebs, dark tunnels, secret doors, and a spicy chick. Hang onto your scroll case and Meerschaum pipe — the game is afoot!
“Spinning Boris” (2004) in which the tres amigos, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia, and Liev Schreiber, are brought to Moscow to help get Boris Yeltsin elected President in the first election following the overthrow of the Soviet Union. Only problem is our heroes don’t speak any Russian and the guys with guns who hired them want Boris to lose the election, something he’s already doing admirably well on his own, trailing the Communist and several others with only 11% of the vote when his saviors-to-be arrive. In this screen adaptation of a true story we watch from behind-the-scenes as pollsters manipulate the voters to get their man elected. Watch what happens when American spin topples the Russian Bear.
“Wicker Park” (2004) An amazing movie — something strange is going on and only one character in the film knows what is happening and that character is revealed as we watch her remove her extensive makeup after a Shakespearean drama as the film of her applying it is run backwards. Bit by bit as her peacock eye and white face makeup are removed, she is revealed as the villain. And yet she is but a victim of her own heart. A love story with suspense, intrigue, drama, enigmas, and deep karmic attractions at many levels.
“The Reckoning” (2004) Paul Bettany as a defrocked priest who lost his frock during a frocking frolic with a parishioner’s wife during which her husband was killed. In a reprise of his lonely walk in “A Knight’s Tale”, this time with clothes on (even though defrocked symbolically), Paul meets a traveling band, this time of actors instead of jousting knights. In a powerful performance with Willem Defoe, the two of them endeavor to free a women sentenced to hang for killing a young man of the village.
“A Wedding for Bella” (2001) When we meet Bella, she is elderly and happily married. She is a delightful Italian lady in Chicago who has unofficially adopted Scott Biao, the baker downstairs, as her son. So how can Bella have a wedding? That’s the question which runs through viewers’ minds through the first half of the movie in which we watch Scott’s life as he juggles a bakery and an executive career with no time for girls. The scenes in the bakery shop with the man-child pie maker and other assistants are marvelous. Then Scott’s card games with Mascimo, Bella’s crotchety husband. Where’s the wedding? Watch and see.
“A Door in the Floor” (2003) with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger as an estranged couple who have lost two teenaged sons and won’t talk about it, so it drives their lives apart into a curious craziness. Jeff’s craziness is a lucrative children’s book business and artistic philandering. Kim’s craziness is long bouts of catatonia. When Jeff tells the story of the deaths of the sons, he tells it as a story in which he refers to himself in the third person, a sure sign that he is dissociated from the events in his memory, while Kim’s catatonia indicates that she is associated in her memory, reliving the shock in the first person. Don’t miss the door in the floor — for Jeff it’s the only way out.
“Wimbledon” (2004) Paul Bethany (Chaucer in "Knight's Tale") and Kirsten Dunst play Wimbledon: he's the 119th-seeded UK and she's the top ten-seeded US player. He about to retire from tennis and she an up-and-comer shepherded by her ambitious and ubiquitous father. How can these two ever get a chance to meet, much less fall in love, and which one will become the best tennis player in the world: the Brit or the Yank?
“Touching Wild Horses” (2004) A touching movie about non-touching of both the wild horses and the bitchy aunt who watches them. When the nephew, orphaned of his father, sister, and with his mother in a coma, arrives on this island inhabited only by his aunt, a ranger, and wild horses, you know his aunt’s injunction to not touch the wild horses will soon be violated by the youngster. But the events which lead up to her being expelled for his touching a wild orphaned pony also lead her closer to her nephew and to his mother, her only sister. A walk on the wild side of nature, up close and personal through the wide eyes of a 12-yr-old boy.
“Spartan” (2004) Val Kilmer as the one man sent metaphorically by the King of Sparta to rescue the US President’s daughter. He has his hands full with the girl when he arrives in Dhubai and soon he finds that the Secret Service wants him and her dead. A James Bond thriller of an assignment and the “Ice Man” is just the one for the job.
“The Color of Money” (1986) “Fast" Eddie Felson has slowed down a bit after giving up his day job as “Hustler” thanks to Minnesota Fats some twenty years earlier when he encounters Tom Cruise showing every bit the verve and elan of Eddie all those years ago. Eddie takes Vincent under his wing, which is like a rooster taking a wildcat under its wing. But Vincent (Tom Cruise) learns enough from Eddie to accomplish two things: go out on his own as a hustler and prod Eddie back into pool and the inevitable showdown of the tyro and the teacher. Amazing look at the two actors doing the same thing during the course of this movie. Thus a Teacher, So Also a Learner!
“All the King’s Men” (1949, B&W) With a remake in the works, I thought we’d watch the original movie of Robert Penn Warren’s classic novel loosely based on the life of Huey P. Long. Broderick Crawford in his pre-Highway Patrol days never seemed so young and brash in any movie as he did playing the flamboyant governor who dragged Louisiana kicking and screaming into the 20th Century.
“Waiting for Guffman” (1996) aka “Red, White, and Blaine” — the name of the play that the folks of this small town wait for to celebrate their sesquicentennial which the mayor informs the townspeople is the 150 year anniversary of the founding of the town by Mr. Blaine who told his covered wagon crew, “I smell a tinge of salt air — we have found California!” Short of his estimate by only 2,000 miles, they settled and formed the town of Blaine, Missouri. Sweet, charming, funny, poignant — all the charms of small town America with big city aspirations play out in the course of this wonderful movie.
“Passion of the Mind” (2000) with Demi Moore as a woman leading a double life in New York City and outside of Paris in the countryside. In NYC she is a single executive and in France she is a single mother of two daughters, 11 and 5. We discover that she is one person who when she goes to bed in NYC wakes up in France and vice versa. Both realities are equally real and in each one she has a good friend she talks to and a boy friend she falls in love with. The denouement develops with grace, charm, and insight as she blends herself back into one reality — but which one? You never know until you find out.(See also "Secret Window" for interesting comparison and similar movie technique.)
“Luther” 2003 Joseph Fiennes of “Romeo in Love” puts a lock hold on Luther and leads all of Germany into a reforming of the Church by his courage and his translation of the Bible into German so the people can recover the direct connection with Christ Jesus that they had lost due to the materialistic decadence of the religious of Luther's time.
“Cellular” (2004) Kim Basinger is abducted by thugs and stashed in an attic with a smashed phone. Piecing the phone enough together to dial a number by making and breaking the connection, she gets a young man, Ryan, on his cell phone and attempts to get him to help her. From this setup, Ryan does just about everything wrong right up to the end when he pulls a trick out of his bag to nap the bad guys. Get Bill Macy on his cell, he'll be glad to help out.
“The Forgotten” (2004) What could make a woman forget her 9-yr-old son? And what if she remembers anyway – why would someone want her to forget again? There’s always the alien abduction theory, but that’s too far-fetched, isn’t it? What if she finds a man who had forgotten his daughter and then remembers her? Two people made to forget? A zany, but fun movie full of suspense. Two great endings on the DVD. Watch them both.
“Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) Harold and Kumar are the Cheech and Chong duo of the “Oh-Ohs” on the basis of this one movie. Harold is a Korean in an investment firm and Kumar is a Hindu trying to stay out of medical school by flubbing his interviews. One night they get stoned and watch a TV commercial for White Castle hamburgers and set out on an epic journey at 1 am to find the ultimate burger and get laid, in that order. Things are never clear sailing till the very end but the trip is at times gross, disgusting, enlightening, stupid, insightful and rollickingly funny — put the kids to bed and enjoy a trip into your own youthful college follies.
“Miracle” (2004) Consider it a miracle if you’re an American and never heard of the 1980 Olympic performance of the USA hockey team. If you didn’t, make it up right away with this movie; if you did, enjoy the back story as this group of genuine college age amateurs beat the best of the best — the Russian professionals playing 15 years together and never before beaten in the Olympics.

Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

“Little Black Book” (2004) A DVD STOMPER. This actually has its first scene inside an ersatz “Jerry Springer Show”. Enough said. Slammed it into mailer immediately.
“Employee of the Month” (2004) A DVD STOMPER. Employee of the Month is the Worst Movie of the Year. Of the decade. Of the Past Century. Matt Dillon gets outwitted by women and shot, again. Since it was by movie blanks and not real 9mm bullets, watch out for another one with him in it.
“Border Blues” (2003) A DVD STOMPER. Title should have been Border Reds as three of the cast played Russians stuck on the Mexico-USA border. Shoddy production values, poor script, lack of continuity, boring, indecipherable at times, and uninteresting.
“Silver City” (2004) A DVD STOMPER. Tarnished to the core. Waste of Chris Cooper's talents.
“Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004) Somebody should have killed the movie instead. Run, don't walk, kicking and screaming away from this one and leave all the kicking and screaming on the screen.

Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

“Dodge Ball: True Underdog Story” (2004) with Ben Stiller who reprises his Zoolander persona as a super-hip and super-hyper Globo Gym owner. The theme of this movie is similar to “Wimbledon” but the milieu is farcical-modern rather than staid-traditional. Average Joe’s Gym against Globo Glitz — average joes versus steroid mutants — in a Dodge Ball championship to save Average Joe’s Gym from being eaten up by the Globo Conglomerate. Rip Torn looks like he just graduated from Chris Walken’s school of seedy character development as he plays a foul-mouthed dodge ball icon in a wheelchair.
“The Aviator” (1985) Christopher Reeve is a pilot trainer in the opening scene in which a frightened trainee takes over the controls in sheer terror and dies in a fiery crash. It occurs to me that this man’s life could have been saved had he done a speed trace to convert his doylic fear memories into cognitive memories. Then he could have successfully landed his plane without fear. This movie shows how someone, crippled from a fall, became liberated from her juvenile need to resist everyone and everything around her.
“Paparazzi (2004)” which asks the question: “Can a cowboy from Montana defeat the urbane paparazzi making money for immorally taking photographs of his family?” And if the cowboy lowers himself to their tactics, will the Colombo-type detective throw him in jail for serially killing the four cretin paparazzi when he discovers a coat reversed in a car? Peter Faulk eat your heart out — you could never get away with this.
“Pursued” (2004) Remember “Paparazzi” the movie? This is a retread using instead of a gang of rabid photographers, one crazed job recruiter. Slater plays a sleazeball head hunter who will literally commit murder to get his placement to take the job. Our hero is faced with taking a job he doesn’t want or putting his wife and daughter’s lives in danger from this oily wacko. Once more intelligent morality wins out against criminal intent.
“The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” (2002) with Helen Mirren as Karen Stone, the aging actress who has no other life than her looks and the stage, and now, as both recede, she attempts to re-capture her youth by taking incredibly bad advice from Ann Bancroft, a scheming leech who provides her young hunks for a price.
“Uptown Girls” (2003) seemed to be a bit of fluff for the first half of the movie — some spoiled grown-up brat, raised by a nanny, offspring of a famous rock star, who was clueless about the real world — till her parents died in a plane crash and at 23 she was forced to get a job as a nanny to another spoiled brat of 8 years old. A cute, precocious, and less-than-lovable little girl who acted as if she were 23 and who was indulged in her every wish by her famous and rarely present mother. The second half of movie takes us into their relationship where they both learn to get real with themselves and with each other.
“Helen of Troy” (2003) in which the stories of the Iliad are portrayed in striking fashion centered around Helen’s love affair with Paris. The movie makes clear that Alexandros had his name changed to Paris when he was found by a shepherd after being abandoned by his father due to Cassandra’s dire prophecy about her brother at his birth. Get ready to see the thousand ships launched by Helen’s face. Watch this one before you watch “Troy” (2004) to see the contrast of the made for TV Helen one with the big Hollywood production of Troy.
“House of Cards” (Trilogy, 1990, 1994, 1995) Francis Urquhart aka FU is a ruthless MP who runs for Prime Minister in this BBC, PBS, Masterpiece Theatre set of movies and he will stop at nothing in his quest to make Britain forget Margaret Thatcher. You might say this is a brilliant portrayal of the British Parliament and the goings-on between the headlines. You might say that after you’ve watched all three. The third series, “The Final Cut”, begins with FU shooting his favorite dog and burying her — so for the third time, he kills a bitch who outlived her usefulness to him. Who will be next? Will it be the important Greek girl or the sexy new Parliamentary Private Secretary? You might very well say he is destined for a fall — you might say that, but I could not possibly comment on that.

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(Adapted from one told at my carnival krewe's breakfast.)
Boudreaux had acted in a bit part in a movie filmed in South Louisiana and was invited to a lavish party in Hollywood for the cast. As the crowd ate and drank around the swimming pool, the host came out and noticed a huge alligator was swimming in his pool. He got everyone’s attention and announced, “I’ll give one million dollars to anyone who will kill that alligator and toss it out of my pool.”

Silence fell over the crowd as everyone stared in awe at the menacing alligator. Suddenly the silence was broken by a splash from one end of the pool. As the crowd watched, a man was wrestling the alligator, rolling over and over in the water, until finally the alligator stopped trashing and was thrown up on the side of the pool, completely lifeless. From the steps of the pool emerged a wet and bedraggled Boudreaux.

The host hurried over to where Boudreaux was and shook his hands thanking him. “I’m going to write you a check for a million dollars right now to show my gratitude, Boudreaux” he said to the still dripping Cajun.

“Mais no, t’anks,” Boudreaux said, “I don’ want no money me.”

“But, Boudreaux, let me give you something to show my thanks,” the host insisted, “How about a new Rolls Royce?”

“Mais no, t’anks,” Boudreaux politely insisted.

“But, Boudreaux, isn’t there anything I can give you?”

“Mais yeah, Sha. You can give me de moo-dee bastard dat t'rowed me in the pool!”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for February, 2005 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Beet Soup or Borscht

Background on Beet Soup or Borscht: This is a quick and easy soup to fix. Our pantry usually has cans of beets as I like to eat them in the summer right out of the can. My mother, Annette, gave me beets because I refused as a child to eat liver. She seemed to think that the blood-red liquid of the beets was equivalent to the blood of raw liver. It was only later that I discovered that true root vegetables like carrots, beets, and radishes are an important brain-development food. Not surprising that I loved beets and radishes.

1/2 to 1 stalk of celery
2 small Cans of Beets (non-pickled)
2 yellow onions
1 Bay Leaf
Half can of evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 Tbsp of Butter
1 Can of chicken broth

Chop onions and open can of beets.

Cooking Instructions
Sautée; in butter till translucent. Add beets from can. Bring to boil, add broth, bring to boil. Add bay leaf. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 15 mins at light boil. Run through blender to chop most of beets finely. Pour back into pot, add evaporated milk. Stir well and leave to simmer till ready to eat.

Serving Suggestion
Serve hot from the pot.

Other options
Goes well with buttered stone-ground wheat toast on the side.

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6. New Poems from Yes, and Even More!
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      All That Matters

From the invisible sheet of falling water
      a human being emerges
       shattering the form of the watery sheet.

It is the shattered form that matters.

It is the shattered form that permits us
       to perceive, to secrete, to digest

That we are flashes of Intuition
       actuating the sinews of Inspiration
       motivating the structures of Imagination.

We are the shattered form that matters,

We are all that matters
That is all that matters.

All That Matters: Written on September 17, 1996 in my bed in Timberlane master bedroom at 10:50 am. I stayed in bed all day to keep company with a head cold so it would be encouraged to leave after three days. I spent all day reading and sleeping and it felt wonderful not to have to call up a supervisor to get permission to stay home, since I had been retired for over a year and thus my own supervisor. Got out of bed in the late afternoon to run to Joe Henry’s drugstore on Bellemeade to buy some zinc tablets. I had just read how a comprehensive test showed that taking them would likely reduce the extent of a head cold from 10 days to 3 or 4 days.
       I read the remainder of
The World of Senses, The World of Spirit by Rudolf Steiner and while reading page 62, the inspiration came for this poem. Parts of the poem were written on the inside rear cover and other parts on page 62. The operant quote is:
When form sprays into these activities, when shattered form, that is to say matter, is driven into the organism it brings about sense activity, gland secretion and metabolic activity. Hence it is evident that in these activities we have to do with breaking form, with a form that breaks to pieces. It is nothing more than special manifestations of the destruction process in form that meets us in sense activity, gland secretion, and the activity of digestion. They are particular processes of what we can describe in general as the destruction process in form, or as the shooting of form into matter.
      Steiner talks about two sets of men, “the man of senses, glands and digestion, and on the other hand the man of nerves, muscle, and bone.” The first set is transitory, as the reports of the senses, the secretions of the glands, and work of digestion takes places in short time spans of seconds to hours. The second set is more permanent, lasting for years or a full lifetime. How are these two sets of men related to each other? By the living blood that flows between the two sets. Steiner gives more information on the importance on blood on pages 60 through 65.
      Later that evening, Del came home from work and I read the poem to her.
      She said to me, “What you are writing about, Bobby ...”
      “Yes?” I asked.
      “All that matters,” she replied.
      Building Stones

When the Earth has evolved apace
      and scattered dustwise into space
      will it disappear without a trace
      or will there be something in its place?

When Man has eaten up his food
      from all the earthen fields and wood
      will he disappear in easy mood
      or will something be left that’s good?

When Spirit seeks to build new homes
      as over empty space It roams
      will Man provide the building stones
      from his nerves, sinews, and his bones?

Building Stones: Written on September 17, 1996 in my bed in Timberlane master bedroom at 11:26 am. I was reading page 64 of The World of Senses, The World of Spirit when I was inspired to write this poem. The last line and the title comes directly from the text of the following quote:

But something is saved through man from the material process of the earth and lives in the general cosmos, in the universe; and it is what can arise through Inspiration, Intuition and Imagination. In this way man gives to the world that wherefrom the world builds itself up anew. Man, as it were, provides the building-stones.
       Just as we humans bear our individual souls through the gate of death, so too “the earth bears over into the Jupiter existence what has come of the Imaginations and Inspirations and Intuitions of man.” Steiner points out that the outstreamings of the bones provide the Imaginations, the outstreamings of the sinews provide the Inspirations, and the outstreamings of the nerves provide the Intuitions that will be the building stones of the next cycle of creation. From the destruction of present nerves, sinews (muscles), and bones comes the seeds of Intuitions, Inspirations, and Imaginations from which the next cycle of creation will spring.
      Entropy is the on-going process of life as it decays ever so slowly into disorder. To remain alive requires devoting energy to overcoming the natural entropy of life processes. What Steiner is saying, in other words, is that the on-going processes of entropy in the nerves, sinews, and bones create outstreamings of Intuitions, Inspirations, and Imaginations into the cosmos. He cautions that “these words are not very happy, but we have no others.”
                  The Law of Karma

In a lifetime,
       more or less,

You must clean up
       your own mess.

The Law of Karma: Written on September 17, 1996 in my bed in Timberlane master bedroom at 11:31 am. I was reading The World of Senses, The World of Spirit. The operant quote was on page 65:

Thus, what we ray forth from us falls into two parts; that which is gladly received by the cosmos and that which the cosmos rejects. The cosmos is not pleased with the latter and leaves it alone. It remains where it is. How long does it remain? It remains there until such time as the human being comes and himself destroys it by means of outstreamings, which are a kind able to destroy it; and as a general rule no other man has the power to destroy outstreamings that are rejected by the cosmos than the one who himself sent them out.
As I read the last sentence of the above passage, this thought came to me, “You must clean up your own mess.” Shortly after I shared that with Del the first line came to me. The new line makes explicit the thought that the messes we clean up extend over lifetimes.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for February:
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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: Towards Social Renewal - A Book on Rethinking the Basis of Society by Rudolf Steiner

In this amazing book written in 1919, Rudolf Steiner laid down his principles for what he thought was necessary for society to prosper. His principles for society were based on the threefold nature of the human being as a body of three autonomous subsystems: head subsystem (nerves and nervous system), the rhythmic subsystem (respiratory and circulatory systems), and the limbic subsystem (the metabolism, legs, and arms). Corresponding to these subsytems of the body are the three subsystems of society: the economic life, the political life, and the cultural life.

If you would like a hopeful view of the future of the world, study this review and the books it recommends.

2.) ARJ2: "The Leopard" (Il Gattopardo) by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Guest Review by William D. Reeves

The author of this Guest Review, Bill Reeves, says about the book, "The Leopard is my favorite novel and I urge you to read it. It combines a grand historical scope with intimate characterization. All of its details and incidents fit together to shape one artistic experience."

Ken Bartlett writes, "The Leopard" (Il Gattopardo) is a study of character within the context of a time of crisis. There is action but it is secondary to the commentary of an intelligent, worldly, ironic and cynical prince whose acute observations have given a word to contemporary Italian politics: gattopardismo. It derives from Don Fabrizio's statement that for everything to remain the same everything must appear to change. [Written by Ken Bartlett of the University of Toronto for its Tantalizing Titles Series.]

Read the review below, and then get yourself a copy of the book.

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I hear often from my Good Readers that they have bought books after reading my book reviews. Keep reading, folks! As I like to remind you, to obtain more information on what's in these books, buy and read the books — for less information, read the reviews.

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In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my reading which has come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you if we had the opportunity to converse during the month. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

1. True Government Requires No Ceding of Rights

One argument about government that has been popular is that we the people must give up some of our rights to the government in order for it to do its job. John Jay spells out that argument in the quote below made at the founding of United States of America in its present form:
"Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers." --John Jay, Federalist No. 2 [From Jan. 6, 2005, The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily]
Note that Jay’s definition of government presupposes a coercive bureaucracy of the type which currently passes for government in these United States. But a true government of the type proposed by Dr. Andrew J. Galambos makes it unnecessary for the people to cede to it any of their natural rights as it will have no power other than to provide services to the people who require them. It will be a power of the type we invest in a restaurant to provide us with food — a power that can be withheld if the restaurant fails in its obligation to our satisfaction.

How such a government might be constituted is delved into in greater detail in my review of Towards Social Renewal - A Book on Rethinking the Basis of Society. When such a true government is built, the so-called governments will dissolve for lack of support and then a government of the free, by the free, and for the free will rise on the Earth.

2. The Fall into Freedom

Christ Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” to the crowd surrounding the woman who had committed adultery. He could not and did not say to any crowd, “Let he who is without sin crucify me,” because being without sin was unknown in humankind at the time and it was clearly going to be sinners who would crucify Christ Jesus — the very sinners that He had come to redeem. Thus, all of humankind was responsible for His death on the cross, not just the hands of those who cruelly whipped Him and nailed Him to the cross.

And He said, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” They could not know what they were doing, why it was they sinned, because their gift of freedom had come from Lucifer. This gift, which precipitated their ability to sin, came from a higher spiritual being than humans were at the time. Gifts from higher spiritual beings have consequences that lower spiritual beings such as humans cannot understand or ever learn to deal with properly — it is like giving a loaded gun to a child.

Christ Jesus understood that when He said, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” Christ was present at the time when Lucifer made his gift of freedom to human beings --- Christ knew the consequences of that gift since He was a spiritual being of at least the rank of Lucifer at the time. One can easily discern in the story of the three temptations in the desert that Christ knew Lucifer from before. Christ Jesus knew there in the desert that He had come to redeem humankind from a precipitous fall into the black abyss of death, a Fall triggered by the same higher spiritual being, Lucifer, who dared to tempt Him with the very fruits of freedom precociously planted in the sphere of Earth. Once thus redeemed, humankind find its way into the spiritual world once more.

“In the fulness of time” the Bible says, Christ came. That phrase refers to the point at which humankind was ready to tip over the abyss and needed His Light to show them the abyss which lay before them so that they might, with all that freedom provided them, turn their back on the abyss, and seek once more in complete freedom the spiritual world. To seek the spiritual world in complete freedom is the current charge of humankind and Christ has come again in glory, in His etheric Body, to be our guide. We have only to ask, and He will be at our side.

3. The Minority Got Us Outnumbered . . .

Note in the quotation below that Albert Gallatin avers that "no majority" has a right to deprive us of the rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights.
The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the rights of the people at large or considered as individuals. ... [I]t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. --Albert Gallatin [ from The Federalist Patriot, Founders' Quote Daily for January 24, 2005.]
But to quote Walt Kelly as he had Pogo say, decades ago, "The minority got us outnumbered." Today it seems that any minority, even a minority of one, has a right to deprive individuals of doing simple things like posting a sign saying "Merry Christmas" in public, e.g., even though the majority of individuals would appreciate such a sentiment during Christmas time.

Minorities which use such tactics to coerce the majority are using a right intended to keep the US government from establishing a religion by law. These minorites are using the right spelled out clearly in the Bill of Rights to do the exact opposite of what was intended. They are using it for establishing a-religion, i. e., no religion, by law. Such minorities and so-called governments which support such anti-Bill of Rights sentiments will find themselves becoming more and more minor or marginalized over the years as they create a backlash which will produce the opposite of what they strive for, Thank God.

4. Martin Luther and the German Edition of the Bible

This morning it occurred to me why Luther translated the Bible into German. In writing this commentary, I build on what I had studied in Rudolf Steiner's works. My original input is the idea that Luther saw that the German Bible was essential to providing the soon-to-be spiritually-blind people of the new era with direct access to the words of the Bible to help them bolster their faith. This faith was going to be required in the new era of human evolution when people would no longer know by direct perception of the spiritual realities.

As I watched "Luther" (see cinema blurb above), I was interested to see how the movie handled what Rudolf Steiner called "Luther's position as a man with one leg in Greco-Roman era and one leg in the modern era" which began in 1413. He further described how humans of the earlier epoch could still see into the spiritual world enough to know that God, angels, and devils existed, and could even talk to them. To such people having a Bible written in Latin, which only scholars and theologians could read, was not a detriment because they had access to the spiritual realities that the religious talked about in their sermons and catechisms. They could see and feel the reality of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ and did not argue over whether it was real. As Steiner so rightly points out, “Discussion begins when direct knowledge disappears.”

In Luther we find a man who could still perceive spiritual beings — he argued with spiritual demons constantly as he strove to understand his mission on Earth. Somewhere along his path, it must have occurred to him that the special access to spiritual world perception — which he and many others had — was soon to come to a close, and when that happened, people would be required to accept on faith what the theologians and priests told them. In addition, many priests and Church fathers of Luther’s time had wandered off into non-spiritual issues and had led their flocks astray. The only hope for the salvation of the common folk was to provide them with a Bible they could read — one written in the language of the people — which for Luther was German. Armed with faith and a German Bible — printed on the new printing presses of Johann Gutenberg — the people of the new era, in which direct perception and knowledge of the spiritual world was no longer to be possible, would be able to survive with a living faith and understanding of the spiritual world.

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