What Shall the Righteous Do?

Black 47 – Fanatic Heart

At the tail end of the song, Fanatic Heart, by American Celtic rock band Black 47, a voice is heard, crying, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (That comes from Psalm 11: 3.) The song Fanatic Heart owes a debt to a poem by William Butler Yeats, “Remorse For Intemperate Speech”:

Out of Ireland have we come.
Great hatred, little room,
Maimed us at the start.
I carry from my mother’s womb
A fanatic heart. [1]

Free and fair elections are at the foundation of our government in the United States. IF the 2020 election was fraudulent, the foundations are destroyed and then, what shall the righteous do? Millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen. Ashli Babbitt was one of this group. She believed the righteous thing was to travel to Washington, DC and raise hell. On January 6, 2021, she was shot dead in our nation’s capital. A video of her slaying has not yet been scrubbed clean from YouTube as of this writing. It comes courtesy of El País, the second most circulated daily newspaper in Spain as of December 2017. [2] El País warns, at the start of the video, “Estas imágenes pueden herir su sensibilidad” (These images might wound your sensibility).

El momento en el que Ashli Babbitt es disparada en el cuello

Also tragically dead on January 6th was police officer Brian D. Sicknick, though in his case the cause of death is not as clear as in Ashli Babbitt’s case.

The song, Fanatic Heart, begins amidst the tense background of a Twelfth of July parade in Northern Ireland and tells the story of an Irish nationalist who lost someone he loved that day, and then was arrested, interrogated, and tortured by British security forces. [3]

I remember your eyes from the 12th of July
When the sirens were screamin’ and the flames lit the sky
And you held me so tight, thought you’d never let go
‘Til the bullets exploded on the pavement below
Then I laid you down next to a burnt out car
Screamed out for help but you were gone too far
Still got that picture of you locked away from the start
Developing inside my fanatic heart.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Remorse For Intemperate Speech”, by William Butler Yeats. (1931) https://allpoetry.com/Remorse-For-Intemperate-Speech
[2] “El País”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 9, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Pa%C3%ADs
[3] Customer review at Amazon of Black 47’s 1993 album “Fire of Freedom”. Review by Paul Haspel.


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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition


Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, and that is just the point: It comes when you least expect it. Already even the U.S. president has had his Twitter and Facebook accounts locked due to “policy violations”. [1] Who will be next? Will Ersjdamoo suddenly disappear? Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

In the Columbus times, during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, they too had “heresies” such as now with the religion of science, the newest god to be worshiped. In 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy. [2] Suspected heretics were on the prowl. Dangerous ideas had to be rooted out. And in our time too there are heretics who do not blindly worship “the science” but instead point out flaws in the latest god.

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. [3] The viral test is also known as a diagnostic test. There are two types of diagnostic tests – molecular tests, such as RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins from the virus. [4] “The variety of testing platforms for SARS-CoV-2 available today can be rather confusing,” admits Memorial Healthcare. They call PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. [5] The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test makes millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail. [6] The Corman-Drosten test uses RT-PCR . However external peer review of the RTPCR test to detect SARS-CoV-2 reveals 10 major scientific flaws at the molecular and methodological level. [7]

The CDC has the mortality rate for 2019: The age-adjusted death rate decreased by 1.2% from 723.6 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2018 to 715.2 in 2019. [8] Final mortality data for 2020 is not expected to be available for months, reports Snopes. Preliminary and incomplete 2020 mortality statistics did make it appear that 2020 was a typical year (nothing extraordinary for mortality count), however CDC cautions the data are “incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes.” [9]

In spite of these confusions, Illinois’ Governor J.B. Pritzker follows “the science”, says he, which makes him way smarter than the average Ersjdamoo who can’t make heads or tails of it. Governor J.B. has kindly allowed the Illinoisans to smoke pot, which is helpful for us in these times. [10]

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[1] “Twitter & Facebook JAIL Trump over mixed message to protesters, threatening to delete POTUS’ account for ‘policy violations’”, Russia Today (RT), January 7, 2021. https://on.rt.com/ayva
[2] “Spanish Inquisition”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 7, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition
[3] “COVID-19 Testing Overview”, CDC, Updated Dec. 7, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
[4] “Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics”, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-disease-2019-testing-basics
[5] “What’s The Difference Between COVID-19 Rapid and PCR Tests?”, Memorial Healthcare, November 9, 2020. https://www.memorialhealthcare.org/whats-the-difference-between-covid-19-rapid-and-prc-tests/
[6] “Polymerase chain reaction”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 7, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymerase_chain_reaction
[7] “External peer review of the RTPCR test to detect SARS-CoV-2 reveals 10 major scientific flaws at the molecular and methodological level”, ResearchGate, November 2020. https://tinyurl.com/y4osyo8v
[8] “Mortality in the United States, 2019”. NCHS Data Brief No. 395, December 2020. By Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A., Jiaquan Xu, M.D., and Elizabeth Arias, Ph.D. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db395.htm
[9] “Was 2020 a ‘Typical Year’ for US Deaths Despite COVID-19?”, by Jessica Lee. Snopes, January 5, 2021. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/typical-year-covid-deaths/
[10] “Governor Follows ‘The Science'”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 8, 2021. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2021/01/08/governor-follows-the-science/


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Governor Follows “The Science”

JB Pritzker 🔥SAVAGE🔥 and 😂FUNNY😂 moments compilation

If you live in a state that is sinking fast, you might as well have a big funny fat guy as governor. Such is the case in Illinois, where Governor J.B. Pritzker follows “the science”.

“The science” tells us Illinois is bankrupt. Governor J.B. hoped to get around that with a “Fair Tax” amendment to the Illinois Constitution, but the voters rejected the proposal in November 2020. One Patrick Pfingsten examines the latest Illinois skullduggery at https://www.theillinoize.com/

From Pfingsten and other sources the buzz is, something is cooking now under the lid in this, our Land of Lincoln. The pot appears to be set to boil over in the wee hours of this Friday/Saturday, when Illinoisans are fast asleep.

Ersjdamoo is still waiting for Illinois to reveal the 2020 death statistics. Throughout the state, horse-drawn carts must be operating, with a man calling as he goes, “Bring out your dead!” The 2020 numbers had not been released as of early January 7, 2021. You can check for updates at this link: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/vital-statistics/death-statistics

Lucky we are here to have a governor who follows “the science”. “The science” has whispered into the ear of Governor J.B. and told him to raise the tiers. Raising the tiers means the restaurants cannot have indoor dining, for one thing. Another is that the public library has closed its doors (ouch!).

“The science” though is coming into question, suggesting we might have here a false god. (Do not have false gods, orders the First Commandment. And notice it is the Number 1 Commandment, preceding all others.)

Even though “the science” says the coroner-virus originated in China, a dissident god says traces of the virus were found in a March 2019 sewage sample from Spain, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China. [1] And not just Spain but the coroner-virus may have been in California before China announced the outbreak, a study suggests. [2]

“The science” told us to rely on the Corman-Drosten test to determine who had the coroner-virus. Again though, a dissident god, also calling themself “the science”, found “[t]he published RT-qPCR protocol for detection and dignostics of 2019-nCoV and the manuscript suffer from numerous technical and scientific errors, including insufficient primer design, a problematic and insufficient RT-qPCR protocol, and the absence of an accurate test validation.” For the full report, try this link: https://tinyurl.com/y4osyo8v

“Drosten” of the Corman-Drosten test is Christian Drosten, of the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. He is “the Anthony Fauci of Germany”. An article in May in Bild, a German newspaper, accused Drosten of having “worked dishonestly,” and peddled “false conclusions” about the infectivity of the SARS-Co-V2 virus. [3]

Oh dear, oh dear. What are followers of “the science” to do, with heresies now appearing? Maybe it’s time to bring back the Spanish Inquisition!

“I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition!”, says the mill worker. And then suddenly Cardinal Ximénez (Michael Palin) and his assistants, Cardinal Biggles (Terry Jones) and Cardinal Fang (Terry Gilliam) burst into the room and Ximénez shouts, “NO-body expects the Spanish Inquisition!” [4]

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[1] “Coronavirus traces found in March 2019 sewage sample, Spanish study shows”, by Nathan Allen & Inti Landauro. Reuters, June 26, 2020. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spain-science/coronavirus-traces-found-in-march-2019-sewage-sample-spanish-study-shows-idUSKBN23X2HQ
[2] “The coronavirus may have been in California before China announced outbreak, study suggests”, by Eric Ting. SFGATE, September 12, 2020. https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/coronavirus-study-California-December-China-spread-15562449.php
[3] “Public health journal ‘seeking further expert advice’ on January paper about COVID-19 PCR testing by high-profile virologist”. Retraction Watch. https://tinyurl.com/y2hxkd4c
[4] “The Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python)”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 6, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spanish_Inquisition_(Monty_Python)


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Hijos de la Chingada

Tráiler La Usurpadora 2019

A grandiose Mexican soap opera, La Usurpadora, continues apace. This is not just an ordinary soap opera. It takes the genre to a level few could have envisaged. The production is on a stupendous scale. “Spare no expense,” ordered the producers. And this is how Octavio Paz says the Mexicans tend to do things. In one village, Paz asked the mayor, “What is the yearly income for your town government?” The mayor admitted they were very poor, with annual revenue about 3,000 pesos. “And how do you spend that 3,000 pesos?” Paz further inquired. “Mostly on fiestas, señor,” replied the mayor. [1]

Perhaps you have seen them, riding bicycles to and fro, in your town: transplanted Mexicans, neither Mexican nor American, they “float in the air”, never mixing or uniting with the North American world. [2] Perhaps you have wondered about the strange land from whence they come, as did Octavio Paz. Seeking understanding, Ersjdamoo dared the language barrier and began watching La Usurpadora. The Mexican First Lady feels trapped by duties of state. She lures an idealistic Colombian woman who looks exactly like her to Mexico. A switch takes place and the Colombian woman becomes the usurpadora (usurper). From this, mathematical plot complexities multiply until at last your mouth gapes and you cry, “¡Ay, caramba!

In 1810, Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave a shout of rebellion, and ever since, on each September 15th, there is a fiesta called Grito (shout) which commemorates that event. At the Grito fiesta, everyone shouts, “¡Viva México, hijos de la chingada!” (That word – chingada – is ordinarily forbidden, like “the F word” and “the N word” here in the United States.) Octavio Paz, seeking clues to Mexico’s identity, explores the root, chingar, and finds various meanings. One meaning found is “the violated Mother”, raped by the Spanish Conquistadores. The symbol of the violation is Doña Malinche, a native woman who became the mistress of Hernán Cortés. The “Mexican people have not forgiven La Malinche for her betrayal.” [1]

Another fiesta they have down there is La Llorona (The Weeping Woman), on May 10th. In pre-Conquest times, she was the earth-goddess Cihuacóatl. Now she wanders the streets of Mexico late at night, weeping and crying out, many Mexicans still believe. [1]

The Spaniards and others who have “violated” Mother Mexico are all of them machos, chingones, hence the Grito each September 15th: “¡Viva México, hijos de la chingada!” This shout, says Octavio Paz, signifies a deeply-held wish “to live closed off from the outside world and, above all, from the past.” Perhaps that is why the transplanted Mexicans here in the U.S. “float” – i.e., they are both here and not here simultaneously. [1]

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Labyrinth of Solitude (and Other Writings), by Octavio Paz. New York: Grove Press, 1985.
[2] “Usurpadora Provides Escape”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 2, 2021. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/usurpadora-provides-escape/


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The Function at the Junction

The Function At The Junction- Shorty Long- 1966.

To the Aztecs, “[s]pace and time were bound together and formed an inseparable whole. There was a particular ‘time’ for each place…” Each particular space-time “possessed its own virtues and powers”. It was each particular locality of individual points of space-time which brought about whatever event. The individual had no control. “Only the gods were free, and only they had the power to choose – and therefore, in a profound sense, to sin.” [1]

Lots of curves – you bet!
And even more when you get
To the junction.

The little train that was rolling down the tracks to the junction experienced lots of curves, in the old TV series, Petticoat Junction. The truer geometry is not what is immediately accessible to our senses, but adds a fourth dimension. Hermann Minkowski’s geometry introduced a four-point coordinate system: t, x, y, and z. The question of “gravity” was supposedly solved by Isaac Newton yet, in truth, he only provided a mathematical description. “To this day, we do not have a physical description [of gravity].” A part-explanation was offered by Albert Einstein in which gravity manifests as a curvature of space-time. Einstein replaced Minkowski space-time with a curved space-time manifold. [2]

When the little train that was rolling down the tracks reached Petticoat Junction, there were even more curves!

Lots of curves – you bet!
And even more when you get
To the junction.

The curves were all bending inward toward a particular locality, the Aztec spot of individual points of space-time which brought about whatever event. The individual had no control. Only the gods were free. Paradoxically though, by accepting the will of the god, the individual became free. “Thy will be done,” says the Christian, who thereby escapes three-dimensional causality.

Today, January 6, 2021 (the time), there is to be a massive gathering in Washington, DC (the locality). But it is the particular locality in space-time which brings about the event. What will happen? Only the gods can freely choose, because they are not constricted by the three dimensions only. All others are actors on the stage – unless, paradoxically, they surrender to the will of the god.

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[1] The Labyrinth of Solitude (and Other Writings), by Octavio Paz. New York: Grove Press, 1985.
[2] The Language of Mathematics, by Keith Devlin. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2000.


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Lots of Curves – You Bet!

TV Land promo Joseph P. Carson Uncle Joe Petticoat Junction (circa 1998)

Come ride the little train that’s a-rollin’ down the tracks to the junction.
Forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the junction.
Lots of curves – you bet!
And even more when you get
To the junction.

Uncle Joe was a sly codger on the old TV series, Petticoat Junction. “Codger” is an abbreviation for “coffin dodger”. Uncle Joe was “movin’ kinda slow” admitted the show’s theme song, indicating Joe’s motor was winding down and his days were numbered. Already “Kate” had taken over key operations at the Shady Rest hotel. It was only a matter of time before Uncle Joe wore out and “Kate” (Kamala) would be president. Already, when that crucial phone call had come at 3 o’clock in the morning, Uncle Joe (Biden) had slept through the ringing and it was “Kate” who finally answered.

All this did or did not happen after an imminent juncture in the parallel universe, arriving January 6, 2021. In one alternative universe a railroad switchman diverts the train from Petticoat Junction to Maralago Mesa and it is Donald J. Trump who answers the emergency phone call at 3 o’clock in the morning.

There are other key junctures in time, when things can go different ways. In early January 2020, Chinese state media reported the first known death from a “new virus” that had infected dozens of people in China. The coronavirus, which surfaced in the city of Wuhan, had put the region on alert, but there was “no evidence that it can spread among humans”, reported The New York Times. [1] Terrifying video from the Chinese city, smuggled past censors, showed scenes reminiscent of the Middle Ages, the plague, and “bring out your dead.” Concurrent to the Wuhan horror scenes was an outbreak of food poisoning. You can do a Google search on “Wuhan food poisoning” and you’ll be surprised at how common food poisoning is in China. So it was a key juncture: two things came together in the same space and time: a “new virus” and an outbreak of food poisoning. Things could go in two different ways, either to “new virus” or to “food poisoning” (the subtleties of both together would be beyond the ken of most).

In the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of January 2, 2021 was reported the theory of Augustus Le Plongeon, who believed there had been several “Adams & Eves”, “that man, far from descending from a single pair, located in a portion of the earth’s surface, has appeared on every part of it where the biological conditions have been propitious to his development and maintenance”. [2] Now comes news that the “new virus” whose “Adam & Eve” were supposed to have been only and exclusively in Wuhan may have been caused by separate outbreaks around the world. [3]

And here’s another curve ball: an “astonishing review” conducted by a group of senior scientists of a paper on which most Covid testing is based comprehensively debunked the science behind the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to detect Covid, finding 10 fatal flaws, including major failings in the operating procedure and potential conflicts of interest among its authors. The PCR test appears to be defective! If so, this calls into further question constant statistics inundating us. [4]

Lots of curves – you bet!
And even more when you get
To the junction.

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[1] “China Reports First Death From New Virus”, by Amy Qin and Javier C. Hernández. New York Times, Jan. 10, 2020 (Updated Jan. 21, 2020).
[2] “Usurpadora Provides Escape”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 2, 2021. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/usurpadora-provides-escape/
[3] “Covid-19 pandemic ’caused by separate outbreaks’ around the world, China was just the first to report – Chinese FM”, Russia Today (RT), January 3, 2021. https://on.rt.com/ayld
[4] “Flawed paper behind Covid-19 testing faces being retracted, after scientists expose its ten fatal problems”, by Peter Andrews. Russia Today (RT), December 9, 2020. https://on.rt.com/awvf


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Petticoat Government, at the Junction

Petticoat Junction Theme Song

And that’s Uncle Joe, he’s a movin’ kinda slow, at the Junction.

At the Petticoat Junction, Uncle Joe was movin’ kinda slow. Often he would be dozing on the front porch of the Shady Rest Hotel. Inside, it was Kate who really ran things.

There’s a little hotel called the Shady Rest at the Junction.
It is run by “Kate” (Kamala), come and be her guest at the Junction.
And that’s Uncle Joe (Biden), he’s a movin’ kinda slow, at the Junction.
Petticoat Government!

But maybe this train won’t be going to the Junction. Maybe the switchman will sidetrack it to Maralago Mesa, and the Shady Rest won’t be getting guests. There are still two possible alternate universes at this point.

IF the switchman does not send the train to Maralago Mesa and it goes to the Petticoat Junction, then get ready for Petticoat Government, where the smothering-mothering accelerates and quarantines are indefinite. (It’s all for your own good, Big Mama says.) In the Soviet Union, if you were a dissident, Mother Russia was just trying to help you when she sent you to the mental hospital. Under the Petticoat Government, if you are a “conspiracy theorist” then of course you “need help” and it’s off to the Shady Rest for you!

The Petticoat Government just wants to nourish and protect you, can’t you see that? It is not “locking you up”, it is guarding your health. Father Trump was too bold; he was letting you run wild. Mother Kamala though wants you to be extra safe. A big divorce came and who shall have custody of the children? “Do you want to go with your mother or your father?” asks the judge. “But why can’t it be like it was? I love them both,” you reply. Sorry, but the decree is final. You can’t have both parents like before. The lawyer for “Kate” (Kamala) points out that at least there will be a masculine presence, Uncle Joe (Biden), if she gets custody. Father Trump is a bit flamboyant, the lawyer further insinuates. The judge raises an eyebrow at this. Father Trump’s lawyer is tongue-tied.


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Secrets of Jim Acosta

José de Acosta, member of the Society of Jesus, missionary and author (Wikimedia Commons)

José de Acosta (1539/1540 – 1600) was a sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit missionary and naturalist in Latin America. Among his books was, Historia natural y moral de las Indias. [1] The “New World” is not new, it is old, he declared. Even though the sky is round, the learned scholars of Acosta’s time believed the fabric of the world was like a house whose roof did not cover all parts. It followed that part of earth was hanging in the air. Divine Scripture affirmed that the sky was a tabernacle, hence like a house. [2]

Much weighty cosmogony is discussed at the opening of Acosta’s Historia. It was a different zeitgeist back then than what we have now, though what we have now is only a temporary zeitgeist, as are they all. Key figure for the current zeitgeist is Jim Acosta, a caricature you see often on CNN. And what if Jim Acosta is a descendant of José de Acosta, logo for the zeitgeist of bygone times?

In the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you notice the Cortez. What if she is a descendant of Hernán Cortés, Conquistador of Mexico? Wouldn’t that be something?

In Mexico we have descendants of Spaniards, “Indians”, and French. (The French invaded Mexico while Abraham Lincoln was preoccupied by civil war. After the American Civil War, the French vamoosed when they saw battle-hardened Union soldiers under the command of General Phil Sheridan assembling at the border. But many everyday French stayed.)

In the previous blog entry, a wild Mexican soap opera, La Usurpadora, was discussed. The version mentioned is currently available on Amazon Prime and stars Sandra Echeverría as both the usurper and the usurped. (Other versions have been made.) In the United States, a version could be titled El Usurpador, with Joe Biden playing usurper and Donald Trump playing usurped. Borrowing from the Sandra Echeverría version of La Usurpadora, we could have a kind-hearted nurse-companion by Joe’s side who knows the True Secret but Jim Acosta is unable to ferret it out. Instead, Jim Acosta is fixated on the doings of Donald Trump now holding court on a reindeer ranch in the north of Finland. [3] Other characters from the Mexican series could be filled in: the Colombian mother of the usurper, the catty wheelchair bound mother-in-law of the usurped, the special investigator brought in by the Mexican president who is baffled by how his wife has changed (he doesn’t know there has been a switch).

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[1] “José de Acosta”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 1, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_de_Acosta
[2] Historia natural y moral de las Indias, by José de Acosta. 1590.
[3] “Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 123”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 23, 2020. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/goodbye-again-columbus-part-123/


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Usurpadora Provides Escape


A wasteland of “politically correct” so-called entertainments clutters the American landscape. Each show or movie has a “politically correct” message tucked inside. Does no one simply tell a story anymore!? In desperation Ersjdamoo turned to Mexican programming, and found a gem: La Usurpadora (a reboot based on the 1998 Mexican series of the same name and the first series of the anthology series “Fábrica de sueños”).

I know that La Usurpadora is basically just another telenovela, a genre immensely popular in Mexico. Even so, it has high production values, and the acting in lead role of usurpadora by Sandra Echeverría is excellent. A drawback is it’s in Spanish, but like I say, the U.S. landscape of “entertainments” has become so jejune that even a show in a language you don’t entirely understand is better.

We have in La Usurpadora the theme of the double. One is the Mexican First Lady who feels trapped by duties of state; the other is an idealistic Colombian woman who looks exactly like the First Lady. A switch takes place and the Colombian woman becomes the usurpadora (usurper).

What is this Mexico, this land to the south? Even Octavio Paz, a Mexican, had trouble figuring that out. In Los Angeles he noticed all the transplanted Mexicans and their sub-culture, neither Mexican nor American, the pachucos. These, I take it, were the zoot-suiters and low-riders. In Los Angeles, says Paz, winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Mexicanism “floats in the air” yet never mixes or unites with the North American world. [1] And here where the Ersjdamoo Headquarters is located, Champaign, Illinois, it is the same: You see them on their bicycles, often riding on the sidewalk (but that’s okay), hurrying to and fro; they “float” while at the same time pervading the atmosphere.

Who were these people?, wondered Washington Irving. They had to have come from somewhere, else they did not come from anywhere at all. And Irving cites Paracelsus who thought each “race” was auto-indigenous, i.e., they originated where they were, with their own “Adam & Eves”. [2] Later, after Irving, in 1896, Augustus Le Plongeon theorized similarly:

It “is now [1896] admitted by the generality of scientists, that man, far from descending from a single pair, located in a portion of the earth’s surface, has appeared on every part of it where the biological conditions have been propitious to his development and maintenance; and that the production of the various species, with their distinct, well-marked anatomical and intellectual characteristics, was due to the difference of those biological conditions, and to the general forces calling forth animal life prevalent in the places where each particular species has appeared, and whose distinctive marks were adapted to its peculiar environments.” [3]

Fray Juan de Torquemada though noticed a similarity to the wanderings of the Israelites to account for these indigenous people. La Gente Mexicana saliò de Atztlan por mandado del Idolo Huitzilopuctis. That deity commanded them to leave their homeland, promising them he would make them Lords and Rulers of all regions and they would populate all nations. Obeying the command they departed, taking their idol with them in an ark, carried by four high priests with whom Huitzilopuctis communicated, giving them prophecies of their journey, laws, rites, ceremonies and sacrifices. Huitzilopuctis caused bread to rain from the sky upon them and water to issue from stones. [4]

It is all very mysterious, like much else these days. In the midst of bafflement, Ersjdamoo had escaped with Christopher Columbus to another time. Time travel is one way to avoid the incessant mendacity. Another is to escape into the double world of La Usurpadora.

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Labyrinth of Solitude (and Other Writings), by Octavio Paz. New York: Grove Press, 1985.
[2] History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Washington Irving. From History, Tales & Sketches, Library of America.
[3] Queen Móo and the Egyptian Sphinx, by Augustus Le Plongeon, M.D. New York: Privately published, 1896.
[4] La Monarquia Indiana, by Fray Juan de Torquemada


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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 160

Depiction of Cristóbal Colón (Narrative and Critical History of America – Volume 2, edited by Justin Winsor. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1886.)

In May 1505 he was “a way-worn, melancholy, and neglected man; oppressed more by sorrow than even by his years and infirmities.”

As his health sank unto death, Cristóbal Colón was surrounded by only a few faithful friends. I picture him though, in his final moments, smiling to himself and deciding, “It has been a most excellent adventure!”

On May 20, 1506, Cristóbal Colón, Admiral of Spain, gave up the ghost. Washington Irving estimates he was about 70 years of age. Colón’s body was deposited in the convent of St. Francisco. The iron manacles in which he had been brought back to Spain in chains were buried with him, at his request. In 1513, his remains were moved to the Carthusian monastery of Las Cuevas of Seville.

And here commences a mystery: Where is Cristóbal Colón now buried? Justin Winsor dismisses as fable the story of King Ferdinand having the remains moved to Seville. Washington Irving says that in 1536 “the bodies of Columbus and his son Diego were removed to Hispaniola, and interred in the principal chapel of the cathedral of the city of San Domingo; but even here they did not rest in quiet, having since been disinterred and conveyed to the Havanna, in the island of Cuba.” Winsor agrees that someone’s remains were disinterred and relocated to Cuba, but whose? A record of the 1536 burial was not entered into the church archive until 1676, where it said the admiral had been buried at the right of the altar. But so also was Diego Colón buried there, alongside his father. A century later, two vaults were discovered, one on the “gospel side” and the other on the “epistle side” of the altar. It was supposed the remains on the epistle side were those of Don Bartholomew Colón. Which body was moved to Cuba: Diego’s, Bartholomew’s, or Cristóbal’s? Cristóbal Colón had been buried with his memento chains. Alexander von Humboldt “says that he made a futile inquiry of those who had assisted in the reinterment at Havana, if there were any trace of these fetters or of oxide of iron in the coffin.”

(Sources: The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, by Washington Irving. Author’s revised edition. New York: Putnam, 1850; Christopher Columbus and How He Received and Imparted the Spirit of Discovery, by Justin Winsor. Stanford, CT: Longmeadow Press, 1991. Reissue of Winsor’s 1891 book.)


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