Trump Speaketh Before His Minions

Last evening Mr. Trump addressed to the joint houses of Congress. The 45th President of the USA was greeted by applause from both sides of the aisle, as he made his way to the podium. Representatives and Senators stood his hand and upon his standing before the microphone his GOP minions burst into a celebratory standing ovation signifying the defeat of the Neo-Cons and Neo-Liberals. This was their night and sticking tightly to a speech written by his daughter Ivana Mr. Trump spoke of the many issues facing this nation.

A protest against hate crimes.

A $1 trillion infrastructure package.

The Wall.

Immigration.

Crime.

Drugs.

Corporate-controlled Health Care.

Lower tax rates for corporations and the wealthy.

And extra money for the Pentagon.

I shut it off after fifteen minutes.

This is his country now.

Ours exists in our minds.

RESIST.

Do not surrender.

Free Palestine.

Both in the Middle East and Here.

Memories Of Palestine

Several years ago I was getting gold chains on 47th Street to show a customer at the Plaza Hotel store opened by Richie Boy. Business was slow at the exchange and the older gold dealer asked with a Levantine accent, “Where are you from?”

“Boston.” No one in the Diamond District had ever asked my origins. I am a goy. Gentiles don’t really count except on the Shabbath, when the Hassidim need us to turn on the lights.

“Are you Jewish?” He picked out several heavy necklaces.

“No, I’m the Shabbath Goy.”

“I’m not Jewish either. I’m an Armenian born in Israel.” Armenians are scattered through the jewelry business. “I left in 1957.”

“That’s a while ago.” I had been five when he arrived in the USA

“I’ve spent my entire working life on this street.”

“And have you ever seen times like this?” I signed the memo.

“Never.”

“Not even in Palestine.” I put the gold necklaces into a packet and slipped it into my jacket.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone on this street call it that.” He smiled with a lost sadness. “Palestine. It wasn’t like they said. All that dreck about changing the land from desert. Feh. It was beautiful. More natural. Like Utah. And the fruit. It wasn’t fake like now. But what can you do?”

“Just remember I guess.” Like I remember so many good things in New York like the Second Avenue Deli, the St. Mark’s Movie Theater, and CBGBs.

“Well, have a good day.”

I thanked him for his best wishes and headed back to the Plaza Hotel. It was a little after 10.

My cellphone rang. It was Richie Boy.

“Why aren’t you at the Plaza?”

“I had to pick up some pieces to show a customer.” The Plaza store had nothing like them in our inventory

“Hurry up.”

“Yeah, sure.” I hung up and slowed my pace.

In the past no one was in such a hurry as the 21st Century.

Certainly not in Boston and not Palestine.

I was going to open late.

It happened every day when business was slow.

It was a land of many faiths.

A land of Milk and Honey.

Palestine had access to the sea.

The Wailing Wall.

The beauty of Palestine is not gone.

Just buried under modernity.

Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Several years ago Israel downloaded images of the nearly 2000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls on the Internet for scholars to study the ancient biblical text. None of the fragments mention of the contract between Yahweh and the Zionists for the 20th Century annexation of Palestine, but who knows some day maybe someone will find such a document?

The lost lease of Israel.

Then no one could dispute their claim to the Holy Land.

Until then justice for Palestine.

89th Academy Awards

Everyone in the Arts dreams about the Oscars.

Actors, directors, producers, actresses, writers, musicians, make-up artists, cinematographers, costumers et al.

I know I’m leaving out someone, but who doesn’t in an Academy Awards acceptance speech.

Even I once held such dreams, but tonight I’ll be watching the Boston Celtics versus Detroit. I have no dreams any more. Not of standing at that gloried dais in Los Angeles.

I only went to the cinema once last year, but that doesn’t exclude my predicting the winners from having only seen the trailers and posters, so and the winners are.

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton

I like Mark Wahlberg. He comes from Boston.

Best Film Editing

I support all Science Fiction movies

Best Costume Design

Jackie – Madeline Fontaine

Even though Nathalie Portman doesn’t look a thing like Jackie.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

I like their names.

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young

Space movies rule and fuck LA LA LAND

Best Production Design

Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte

I’m all in.

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare

I love French people.

Best Documentary – Short Subject

The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Stop the Endless War.

Best Documentary – Feature

I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck

We worship the righteous dead.

Best Foreign Language Film

Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
I have been to Melansia.

Best Animated Feature Film

The Red Turtle – Michaël Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

Anyone but Disney.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I was a Math Major at University.

Best Original Screenplay

20th Century Women – Mike Mills

This quirky film with weird dancing scene at punk clubs was the only Oscar nominee I saw in 2016

Best Supporting Actress

Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula

She has kind eyes.

Best Supporting Actor

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton

I would love to see this veteran win one.

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle Leblanc

Viva La France.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler

A shout out for Falmouth, Mass.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

De La Belle Province – Quebec.

And finally the moment we have bee waiting for.

Best Picture of 2016

Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Because it’s always good to recognize the best.

The Unpower Of The Press

Through his campaign Donald Trump complained about the lack of impartiality from the Mainstream Media. In truth CNN and MSNBC loved the billionaire’s antic for providing their viewers with cheap entertainment and their interviewers pitched softballs to the GOP candidate, never calling him out on his lies.

Not that Trump’s supporters waver in their faith in the crusade to make America great again.

They are cursed by the miracle of deception.

Truth is not truth. Lies are truth. Trump excelled parroting the blurbs of their paranoid fears, but recent allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election had Trump crowing about the constant barrage of falsehoods from reporters at the White House briefings, so Trump banned his detractors from a press gaggle with Scott Spicer in the White House.

New York Times banned.

CNN banned.

Politico banned.

The Guardian, BuzzFeed, the BBC, the Daily Mail banned.

As enemies of the state.

Maybe now they will report the news.

Show us Donald Trump’s birth certificate.