Category Archives: Justice


One for Ezra – In Aotearoa New Zealand we look after and we appreciate our remnant peoples. We also appreciate what remaining remnants of all earth’s resources there are to share with everyone on the planet, through sustainable living.

Once upon a time, a painter named Rembrand(t) painted this painting titled, The Feast of Belshazzar. It was painted on canvas, 167.6 x 209.2cm. In 1639 Menasseh published this interpretation in his book De terminu vitae.  Menasseh was a mysti[k]s scholar who would explain the meanings of culture to humanist scholars of his times. He also introduced his painter friend to Ephraim Bonus, a doctor. Like Menasseh, Bonus was a Portugese-Jewish member of Rembrandt’s community.

Rembrandt painted his friends because he discovered in his paintings that they had slightly distinct features, different to other subjects he had painted. This body of work, where Rembrandt became interested in their physiognomic peculiarities, was because Rembrandt believed not only the high priests but all Jews, even Jesus Christ, had looked like this. In the 1650s a young Jew frequently modeled for Rembrandt’s students while they were on their Christ painting modules of art in education.

Author Christian Tumpel notes “This reflects the change in the Master Painter’s attitudes towards the Jewish people: this people, who were distinguished because Jesus Christ came from their midst, had not ceased to be brothers of the Christians by remaining true to the faith of their fathers.”

Riveting stuff from the Arts World in the reference section of Visual Audio Arts BHPL, CA 90210.

Like I said… in Aotearoa New Zealand we are remnant conscious and remnant mindful people. We think green and that includes preserving peoples lives because we are incredibly real. There’s not a fake or shaved bone in most of our faces – we like to look after our original remnant people first, before we rock out and be super heroes like we can be and we excel at too – as if we have secrets to hide and have to. We don’t. Because such a view is our real status as a nation, and we too are in positions of changing this, getting it right before we can rock out and save everyone else’s non-Rembrandt thinking humanistic consuming ways that’s too heavy on the gas pedal –expecting spiritually-minded people to put ourselves on the block, for them, and go to battle and wrangle – without much of a thought to that… we must return to Rembrandt’s work.

I am sorry if we misled you that we didn’t know our ethics and morals and whose priorities lie where. We know where ours lie in New Zealand. We are decent people. This is our current status on justice. I love that about New Zealand, just like this magnificent Rembrandt painting also reminds us. Daniel saved whole kingdoms from toppling once. The best part of all, he did it from a basis of saving his own remnant through serving foreign kings with the truth on matters. His own remnant were once in states of captivity. He was quite a remarkable guy. His guidance never came from the systems of guidance around him. It came from a higher source.

One of our own great painters name in New Zealand was Colin McCahon. He once did a painting representing a candle in the dark. The candle was in the foreground of an Egyptian pyramid background. I am that candle today, writing on this zero-budget, virtual wall from Beverly Hills. Who would have thought? Not me. However, Remnants are US.

The original Daniel was a friend of Ezra.

In New Zealand our greatest weapon on earth is our humility a sense of fair justice that can Rise Up above fear. We don’t fear nuclear weapons, because injustice is the greatest bomb of all to my people. Because of that. There is a principle that is spiritual, that states people who are just are respected, even by their ‘enemies.’ Justice preserves the life of a King, through wise counsel that is spiritually grounded in the rich fertile whenua of ethics. This is our best defense plan. It does cost a lot though. I hold this painting up as a symbol of justice today. Justice is a living spirit in New Zealand we all serve, honor, work hard to maintain. Justice is our passion, it is what we do well with gifted eyes for the world and strong hearts that can look at facts and divide an equation fairly. Not for ourselves alone to look good, in this fleeting moment of time, but beyond us all, for generations still to come.

Peace. Mauri ‘Ola. Ni hao.

[This painting is mounted in London at the National Gallery. T 11. Bredius 497. RRP A110. Christian Tumpel is the author of Rembrandt, Images and Metaphors - published by Haus Books, London. The book is a reference book and can be borrowed at the Beverly Hills Public Library's Arts Library before being returned for other people to share, read, enjoy and consume too.]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.4.11~



[Some guy covers USA Today's Front page. He has a mayor's badge. He's new at his job. He wants to throw the average worker of his State, under the bus, to balance the depleted books he inherited in budget short falls. He's caught in a cross-fire that's an economic fire. His name is Gov. Scott Walker. Is he doing the right thing, or, openly selling out his State's workers too cheaply - Associated Press]

The Associated Press report today, that a little judge, on tour, has put her foot down to temporarily halt of the bill that aims to dismantle unions negotiation power with average American workers. The bill (favored by Republicans and backed heavily by The Koch Brothers) openly aims to strip American workers of labor laws rights, lowering wages of average people in Wisconsin.

One judge says, hold that thought. For now. Her name is Maryann Sumi. Let’s see how she rolls. Read up.

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge for the second time directed the state to put on hold an explosive law that strips most public workers of nearly all their union bargaining rights, ordering officials on Tuesday to follow her original instructions to stand down.

“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined,” said a visibly annoyed Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi. “That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Earlier this month, Sumi issued an emergency injunction prohibiting the Wisconsin secretary of state from formally publishing the law – the final step before it could take effect.”

I like Sumi’s stance on the issue. Communities are about people sharing resources to stay strong. When 10% of a nation keep pushing to erode more from the majority of Americans, this is unwise, it’s a recipe for civil war in the future and an uprising of injustice here in the USA, if the greedy, like The Koch’s don’t curb their greed.

Then on the other hand, China, who bypasses a Judge Sumi view, continue to underpay people thus holding (allegedly) a no.1 spot on a global stage of the world economy by doing exactly what the Koch brothers hope to achieve. Busting Wisconsins Unions. Where is the parity in the middle between China’s elite’s politics and American’s richest families – on this one issue of ‘scrapping over lowering labor’s worth’ in Wisconsin?

That’s what this news show is all about really. You can’t help but feel for all, in this raging debate in Wisconsin. I mean Wisconsin are good people. Wisconsin burgers are a hit in Auckland City. Wisconsin has a globally tested culture, people appreciate and support. Doesn’t Scott see this? Just recover the losses a bit slower over recouping strategies with a strategic interest, not a total stripping of man power. Woman power too.

Todd Richmond has the full story of how little Judge Mariann Sumi is putting the brakes on Scott’s strategy as Gov right now. Read it at Chron.Com.

I’m going to have a break for a bit. It’s time to get tacos for dinner in Hollywood. Love them. They remind me of the yummy food in Texas. A little spicy. And they’re affordable. Back in a bit. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



The pen [that can write just laws for majority] is mightier than the sword–Winston Churchill

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



When men and women give their lives for noble and just causes that are fair for the majority of people on earth, this is wisdom.

When men and women give their lives for an elite who revel like pigs in their own injustice, this is not wisdom or humane but stupidity. If one plays the numbers game.–Horiwood.Com

If a man or women holds three weapons at once in a photograph, as opposed to three cheques that have the power to fund three water bores in villages of people in the world who don’t yet have daily access to safe drinking water, is the person holding the weapons or the cheques prolonging life of good people–more the hero or not?


Here’s a story about ‘blood is thicker than water.’

We live in an era where people matter, if they’re dead. Count Von Dracula can count. It’s like a corpse economy as a currency of history’s ghosts. Like double indemnity, cashing in the blood of war’s martyrs to recruit for a new sense of renewed power refueling identity in the blood of democracy.

It’s like a muster. Unless we drink the blood of new people’s live on war’s battlefields we feel like we are losing our place in the world. Or, we have lost our way.  Read the rest of this entry »



“Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home (in America).”

This is my last column for The New York Times after an exhilarating, nearly 18-year run. I’m off to write a book and expand my efforts on behalf of working people, the poor and others who are struggling in our society. My thanks to all the readers who have been so kind to me over the years. I can be reached going forward at .

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11



Visual – On Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood CA 90069, you can step inside the Directors Guild of America HQ and see some of this nation’s finest directors, photographed on set of their biggest box office films. I always feel extremely calm, when I’m in this building. Lately, I’ve been going there a lot.

Today Words of Journalism to share are – “The current maldistribution of wealth is scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth.

This inequality, in which an enormous segment of the population struggles while the fortunate few ride the gravy train, is a world-class recipe for social unrest. Downward mobility is an ever-shortening fuse leading to profound consequences.

A stark example of the fundamental unfairness that is now so widespread was in The New York Times on Friday under the headline: “G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether.” Despite profits of $14.2 billion — $5.1 billion from its operations in the United States — General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year.

As The Times’s David Kocieniewski reported, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore.”–Bob Herbert is not finished talking about why 10% of America are killing 90% of America, willingly.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



One of my favorite journalists in America, Bob Herbert is resigning. He’s moving on. His commentary is legendary, because he always based it in reality, of what real people were experiencing in the rubble of political realities, economic decisions not considering at all the little people and the aftermaths of these. As a journalist who actually does journalism, he’s a good one.

Herbert’s resignation letter reads as so:

“I have been writing a column for 25 years, nearly 18 at The New York Times. The deadlines and demands were a useful discipline but for some time now I have grown eager to move beyond the constriction of the column format, with its rigid 800-word limit, in favor of broader and more versatile efforts. So I am leaving The New York Times and the rewards and rigors of daily journalism with the intent of writing more expansively and more aggressively about the injustices visited on working people, the poor and the many others in our society who find themselves on the wrong side of power.

I am writing a book called Wounded Colossus about some of the great challenges facing the United States and will be part of a new, soon-to-be-announced effort to help bolster progressive journalism in the cause of a more generous and just America.

My years at The Times have been wonderful and I will miss working for the greatest newspaper in the world. But sometimes a mission presents itself, and I could not look in the mirror if I did not respond.”

Herbert’s New York Times boss and friend, Andy Rosenthal writes in response:

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Posted by horiwood on March 27, 2011 in Bob Herbert, Journalists, Justice, New York, News