Monday, January 2, 2017

Don't Cancel Pure Genius!

I loved this show.

I am so sick of the blood letting, the car chases, lovers flopping into bed after banging against walls and tearing their clothes off -- ugh -- the utter disdain for originality AND the constant use of the F-Bomb! This little show is something different with fresh ideas and fresh faces.  It is hopeful and inspiring. The writing could improve, but the over-all concept is hope.  Whether the fictionalized cures could be realistic some day or not, I wouldn't know. Some say yes and some say no.

Nevertheless, we need more shows on Broadcast TV that our children can watch. And this is one with a theme of goodness, generosity and beneficence, rather than greed, arrogance and utter lack of morality,



Israel's Apartheid

I am an American woman and U.S. citizen – a staunch supporter of Israel. 

I’ve admired the Israeli people for years -- long after I got over my teenage infatuation with Ari ben Canaan (Exodus, 1958).  I fervently believed in the courage and fearlessness of the Haganah (now, the IDF), the inherent romantic ideal of the Sabra and the immensely sensible structure of the Kibbutzim.  

The Israeli people brought forth a veritable garden from the dry and rocky Negev Desert. They elected the miraculously astute Golda Meir as their Prime Minister long before most countries would take their women seriously as political leaders. And, they allowed their women to fight!  This is a country to be proud of, I remember thinking – they were resourceful, brainy and courageous.

But then, they elected Benjamin Netanyahu as their Prime Minister and I began to doubt. Netanyahu appears to have no desire for the peace process.  I believe he descends from an innate hatred of the Arabs and thinks the only thing they understand is force; to wit, the long-standing wars and the continued illegal settlements or “outposts” on Palestinian land.  

He is taking the two state solution down the tubes and his answer to Kerry’s reasoned speech on December 28, expressing sentiments that most of us agree with, is to have a temper tantrum and behave like a child.

Of whom does he remind me?   

With doubts about the myriad financial conflicts with our own president elect, we now hear that Prime Minister Netanyahu may himself have been involved in inappropriate financial dealings – graft – which is currently being reported in Israeli newspapers.

He is not satisfied with the newly published newspaper owned by Sheldon Adelson blaring support for him and given away for free seven days a week; he is said to have been recorded in an attempt to “negotiate” with the editor of Adelson’s major competitor to be less critical of his administration.  

It is a sad thing to see this brave and exceptional country with a history of brainy and gutsy leaders, languish in the devious grasp of this pompous prima donna.  I have come to despise his muscle-flexing and his interminable fear-mongering over Iran, his lack of respect for our current president Obama and his underhanded attempts to influence our president-elect.

Bradley Burston, an English language journalist for Ha’aretz says of Netanyahu, “. . . he has poisoned his country. Israel is broken and battered and weak with fear . . . His legacy is decay."
  
Not only that, but in 2015, this same respected newsman wrote that the Israeli policy now amounts to apartheid, stating: "I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. . .Not anymore . . . Our Israel is what it has become: Apartheid."

Apartheid!  And blatant apartheid supported by the Likud government and many readers of Adelson’s free Israel Hayom.  

We Americans will never be far from our greatest ally – Israel.  However, Benjamin Netanyahu and his extreme right-wing government are a plague to our long-standing positive relationship. I sincerely hope that he is forced to resign as it would not only be a blessing for Israel, but for the U. S. as well.    

May God bless both countries today, the second day of this new year and beyond. May we remain watchful that our Democracies do not descend into autocracies, led by spoiled and pampered demagogues, whose own self-interest is their number one goal.  





Tuesday, November 22, 2016

JFK Remembered . . .

. . .by me at least.

Not much said of the dynamic young president after these 53 years.  But I remember and I pause today on the anniversary of an evil deed that changed the history of the world.  Rest in peace, JFK    

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Good Bye AL JAZEERA


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lost Opportunity

"The Good Wife" is becoming a bad girl.

That’s just part of it. 

Grace’s maturity makes her mother’s school-girlish, over-the-top, giggly advances towards her current flame, Jason, seem even more ridiculous. Eroticism, no. Embarrassing, yes.  To believe that a forty-something well-respected and professionally successful woman -- the governor’s wife, no less -- would compromise herself and her staff in order to indulge in a lewd and unnecessary scene of public sex, is not only ludicrous, it is stupid. 

But that’s not all that’s stupid! The intellectually bland and boring drip of this season's scripts, filled with sex, careless decisions, betrayal of long standing friendships,  and stupid, STUPID, antics of previously sensitively portrayed characters in the series, is unforgivable.   

To wit: the judge who spends an entire scene on his hands and knees trying to swat ants or some kind of bugs from under the desk – while conducting a session in court; the brilliant (but quirky) female attorney who performs Yoga postures while conducting a business meeting; her former husband, another attorney played by an otherwise believable actor, who cuddles his pet pooch wherever he goes – even while pacing the hallowed halls of the Courthouse.  And lastly, dear Eli, who is still standing on an upturned trash can in order to eaves-drop on hearings through the vent in the handicapped bathroom.

It is sad to see the decline of a once intellectually entertaining series that was believable and viable – and, on broadcast TV.  What a wasted opportunity to be relevant!  

Thank goodness for "Madame Secretary.'







Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Day at the Zoo