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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Trumps now; anyone guess!

The President’s sudden and unexpected decision to send Tomahawk missiles to a Syrian airfield as a response to Assad’s gassing of their population has been advertised as a humanitarian but measured response to send a message to Assad. (The damage to only one of the airstrips was apparently minimal.) This sudden action has had the result of making Trump finally look “Presidential” for the first time.

Donald’s “explanation” of this action which he read from a teleprompter, goes along with this view mentioning “God” more than once. The fact that the real Donald never gave any indication that he ever listened to any “god” other than himself or perhaps other members of his alt-right staff is totally contradicted here and the rather mild “responses” from Russia and others makes it seem to me that this was planned and deliberate rather than in any way “quixotic”!

Considering that Trump is under suspicion of having stolen the 2016 election with the help of at least one foreign power (see Putin), I have to think that this is further “help” from the same sources and I don’t think we should be “suckered” into this “explanation”!

I think this is an attempt to short-circuit and distract from any pending investigation much as Trump’s fact-free charge that he was wire-tapped by the Obama administration.

I’m not claiming that the preceding is now untrue but the “truth” is always changing with the Donalds and now the worsening relations between the Trumps and the Russians may be a fact or not. I think nobody now knows. Not even the Donalds!

Friday, March 24, 2017

The death of Joseph Dillon Ford

My Eulogy on Joe Ford’s Facebook page:


I'm shocked that you didn't survive your illness and my condolences to your family. and all the other members of the Delian Society whose lives you touched.

I am honored to have been chosen by you as a founding member of the Delian Society and had hoped that you would survive me.

Perhaps I can show my gratitude by writing something in your memory. Or perhaps we can do the same by a collaborative collection in your memory similar to those we did in the past.


Ed Gold

Joe was, not only a frequent commentator on my own Facebook page, but  also an occasional contributor to this blog.
The musical project I mentioned above is beginning to take shape and I am hoping to contribute to it if my age and mental condition will allow it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Donald in our future

 That the "election" of Trump was a result of many factors including interference in the election by more than one foreign country, Putin's Russia and Bibi Netanyahu's orthodox Israeli government immediately come to mind. And, yes, FBI director James Comey's ill-timed  investigation of Hillary's emails which eventually came to nought after that damage had already been done.

We are also told that liberals have in Roger Cohen's Times opinion piece "lost sight of their country."

but I say we are not guilty of putting this completely unqualified and downright dangerous fool in charge of our country and I would have to say that his "election" was in no way legitimate after looking at the real facts!

After all the many countrywide and global  protests which I expect to persist during Trump's tenure, I and many others have to ask "What now?"

Will it be what the little 6-7 year old I recently encountered who said "impeach" and who later left no doubt who he was talking about by giving his name or will they simply "fire" him after he stops being useful to them?

While I wish him no harm I simply don't want him as my president and there are many who agree!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wagner's Parsifal and our electoral aftermath

I think my last post turned out to be rather prophetic and possibly shows that I saw it coming!

And it's not only Trump but an almost worldwide turn to the right. For instance Marine Le Pen, the extreme right wing candidate in France now thinks it quite possible that she and her party will take over the French government.

Lest you think I'm not taking this fiasco seriously, I can only say I feel like Amfortas in Wagner's "Parsifal" who has a wound which won't heal.

But I don't think it can be healed by an impure fool, if you know who I mean!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Now Hillary is tied with Trump!!! How did that happen?

I've always thought that she has an absolute talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

I will not ever vote for Trump and Hillary has been an energetic and fine public servant over the years. But she has apparently been a lousy candidate!!!!

I recall years ago that I left our YMCA one rather drizzly evening and walked north. I approached Bed, Bath and Beyond (?) and, as I did, I saw a blonde lady running out of it followed by a man with an umbrella who was unable to keep up with her and she ran into a waiting limousine and drove away quickly.

I am quite certain this was Hillary and I believe she and Bill lived to the west of Broadway.

If she can not beat Donald in the debates, there is no hope.

How do you lose to an absolute phony like The Donald?

Perhaps she has found a way!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Having watched a good part of the speeches last night at the Democratic National Convention after the formal nomination of Hillary Clinton, allow me to share my thoughts on them.

What they all had in common, of course, were attacks on Donald Trump, the Republican nominee and, perhaps most interestingly considering his position as an independent and a billionaire, those by Michael Bloomberg.

Mr. Bloomberg has hardly been a favorite of mine over the years especially because of his self-serving opportunism in allowing himself a third term as Mayor of New York City after which he restored the status quo of the two-term limitation.

But I can almost forgive him when he endorsed Hillary at the DNC and exposed the Donald as the total fraud and sociopath that he is! (And anyone, like Donald who suggests that Russia hack Hillary's emails is engaged in an act of near-treason!)

From other viewpoints, the speeches by the others were equally effective especially those by Vice President Joe Biden, Tim Kaine the VP nominee, and President Obama's final speech as President before the DNC.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The making of the modern Jewish identity

from Wikipedia:
Buchenwald concentration camp, photo taken April 16, 1945, five days after liberation of the camp. Wiesel is in the second row from the bottom, seventh from the left, next to the bunk post.[10]

This may seem a rather radical viewpoint but hear me out:

What brought these thoughts on was the death at 87 yesterday of Elie Weisel, the Nobel prize winner, Holocaust survivor and, in some respects. most important chronicler of the Holocaust.

I often get questions about whether being Jewish refers to religious beliefs, being a Zionist or just some other, vaguely cultural, factors.

And though I consider myself Jewish, I have not, for all my life, believed at all in any god and this was true of both my parents even if both my maternal grandparents were devout. And I've never been a Zionist nor have I ever been to Israel. Although it is true that much of my family was wiped out in the Holocaust some did find a refuge in Palestine-Israel.

But I did go to Hebrew School and had a Bar-Mitzvah. When asked by the Hebrew School principal if I wanted  to become a rabbi, my mother firmly answered no!

No, I think modern Jewish identity was largely shaped by the Holocaust!!

When the Nazis came to power they found a handy scapegoat, mostly but not entirely, in the Jews and, besides murdering countless numbers of Jewish men, women and children, banned the outputs of Jewish writers, composers, and other artists. Even composers, for example, who converted in order to have careers such as Mahler or whose families earlier converted like Felix Mendelssohn's, were banned. (Carl Orff famously refused to replace Felix Mendelssohn's music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream".) And if you doubt Felix himself resented this forced conversion, you don't know enough about him including his correspondence with his sister Fanny as well as his setting of Goethe's  "Die erste Walpurgisnacht"

In short, for better or for worst, the definition  of modern Jewish identity would agree with Uncle Adolph's as anyone who was born Jewish or who had any Jewish ancestors!