Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday Updates

It's with great joy that I announce my computer only needed a video card ... all else is working perfectly. Soon everything will be back to normal in Ellie's World. The past few days my blogs have been edited and posted by my friend George. I just want to thank him again and again and again ...

So here we are on another beautiful fall day in the city as off I go to another school reunion this time with Linda Z in Long Island. Pic to follow ....

When Harry Met Meghan

The frenzy over Prince Harry and Meghan Markel continues building to a feverish pitch this spring. We need this romantic adventure, set against the backwash of dramas now in play in the hologram. Watching Harry and Meghan talking about how they met ... with stories yet to come .... is definitely a positive diversion filled with the stuff we enjoy in a romantic film.

Tracing Meghan's British roots resulted in some very interesting connections to the royal family. One of her ancestors was beheaded on orders given by King Henry VIII - his wealth and land confiscated. Further, Meghan is not the first in her family to set foot in a royal palace. One of Megan's great great great grandmothers, a woman named Mary Bird, once worked at Windsor Castle. It's all connected through bloodlines and the Matrix.

Most people I know are thrilled that these two people, from different backgrounds and cultures, are allowed to marry with the blessings of the Royals. This was unthinkable in the days when Prince Charles married Diana ... a marriage that was doomed from the start. We all learn by the mistakes of the past and hopefully move forward as that knowledge guides us into a more realistic future.

Trump vs Pocahontas

I've always been fascinated by the Native American Code Talkers. They helped define and influence a positive outcome for World War II. They were also involved in an episode of "The X-Files" called Anasazi - among other films and documentaries. They tap into the spiritual side of Native American culture something many embrace.

Monday, it was nice to see them honored in a ceremony at the White House until ... Trump referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas. OK, we've come to understand that Trump is going to put Big Foot in Big Mouth, day after day ... showing his ignorance and insensitivity to events. This is what happened ...

President Trump on Monday transformed a White House ceremony to honor Navajo veterans of World War II into a racially charged controversy, using the event as a platform to deride Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

Standing in the Oval Office alongside three Navajo code talkers, whom he called “very, very special people,” Mr. Trump dispensed with his prepared remarks and took aim at Ms. Warren without naming her, resurrecting a famous nickname as the veterans stood stonefaced.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Mr. Trump said to the veterans, ages 90 and older, who wore their military uniforms for the occasion, juxtaposed with turquoise and silver, hallmarks of Navajo culture. “Although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

He made the remarks while standing in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson - favorite of Mr. Trump's - who served as the nation's seventh president and signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which resulted in the mass displacement and deaths of Native Americans often referred to as the Trail of Tears.

The comment made for an awkward moment during an otherwise uplifting event, organized to pay tribute to the contributions of the young Native Americans recruited by the United States military to create top-secret coded messages used to communicate during battles. This was the latest instance of a president who relishes any opportunity to land a hit against a political opponent, veering sharply off-script with divisive speech and quickly setting off a furor.

The Voice

I'm not one who watches reality shows, but there is one that captures my total each season, especially in the final performances ... The Voice. I generally don't have time to watch the performers' back stories so I record the show and listen to the performances the next day.

From the silly antics of the four coaches each season, to the staging, fashions, hair, make up, and most of all the unbelievable performances by hopefuls in the world of music. I sit there each week enjoying the final live performances, wondering how they manage to get all of that together in one week. Truly amazing. More than that, from all of this talent, how does one chose a winner? I know ... The audience votes on their favorite performer but it's got to be hard when everybody is so talented. It comes as no surprise that the show is in it's 13th season. I can see it continuing till ... the end. Good luck everyone.