Marina Berkovich, Author

Writer, Poet, Filmmaker


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Day 7-8 Melania and The Liberals

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Melania is a beautiful intelligent woman, who speaks many languages and is holding her own in this powerful family. The attacks she and her child were subjected to thus far are appauling. I, for one, made fun of the Obamas for naming their daughter Natasha (Sasha for short) because that is stupid! Natasha and Sasha are 2 absolutely distinct names, but the Red fervor the Obamas displayed there says it all. But I was never-ever-ever making fun of their girls. Only the liberals (read tyrants) of the modern day can terrorize children of the president.

One liberal imbecile refused to interview Melania because she speaks with an accent. That is what passes as "liberal" values these days.

Synonyms of LIBERAL are tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened; More permissive, free, free and easy, easygoing, libertarian, indulgent, lenient. That, my friends is not present in the "liberal media" and "liberal masses"... If you pick an argument over this - you are the intolerant member of "liberal masses." Unless you are in media, of course. Then you are altogether another creature. But more about that another time.

Day 6 Visas, Wall, Hold the MONEY...DOW 20,000

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 8:05 PM

The liberal socialists, communists and other idiots who support Islam, because they are either too stoned or too ignorant to understand the danger, are now creating the narrative of an unhappy idiots Trump family so that they can take control and continue where Obama did not finish the dissimation of this wonderful nation USA.

In 6 days of just working - not gulfing, lunching, redecorating his offices or other bull - our President Trump had signed intelligent acts, which will begin bringing us from under the yoke of the tyrant and ururper, who may very well turn out to be an impostor like the world has never seen yet, Barak Hussein Obama.

We stopped giving away visas to teerorist countries, we will build the wall on the southern border to keep the illegals away, we will prove that 1.8 million dead voters were Democrats for Hillary illegal or otherwise liars. Finally, we can start raising our heads proudly again.

I am looking forward to the time CNN and NBC will pay the heavy price for dispensing socialism and love for Shariah. I am looking forward to new system of Education, free of the socialist, pro-Palestinian, pro-Islam propaganda. Looking forward to day 7. As we all know, President Trump does not rest.

Day 5 PP, TPP, tbd...

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 9:50 PM

Women's Rights? Who's kidding whom?!

Your same old same old is getting OLDER! These women last weekend did not march so that there will be women's healthcare options for women. They already have them! In the USSR - a woman I knew had 28 abortions by the age of 25! The women who marched in DC last week were mostly communists and socialists wanting to make USSR out of USA. Do you want to experience 28 abortions? If yes, support Planned Parenthood, and you may eventually beat that record!  PP is the organization that has outlived its purpose. In the olden days, they were needed. Now every doctor, clinic, hospital are doing the same... People who defend Planned Parenthood were never their customers! Or if they were, they are still unaware of plethora better choices for woman's health, prenatal care and all that jazz. We've come a long way, babes! Let's move forward to a better tomorrow.Stop this ludicrous pretense of a fight for your existing rights! Enjoy them by having healthy reproductive organs and don't forget to use the contraceptives!


All I know is that there used to be a thriving Garment District in Manhattan, and I visited many unique shops and small factories there. And then one day, there was nothing left except a statue of a man who used to work there.

tbd (to be determined)

The liberal loudnmoths are screaming anything they can, because if they scream, they probably think, they can outshout their opponents. That is in itself a form of superbullying. They resort to all sorts of low blows, because that's all that they are left with after eight years of Obama's deception. Of course if you contantly repeat to yourself "when they go low, we go high." you may eventually ascribe a new high to the word "low." In reality, it is a statement of poor coordination. No handshake can arise out of such idiotic stance. So they show pictures of smaller crowds, and intently-listening Trumps, and Facebook idiocy after idiocy, because there is no low they have not learned from teh Obamas... With Trumps. many changes are taking place now, and it is to be determined how quickly they will have a side effect of redefining the word high to mean "high."

Reflection on Matters Days 1-4

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Day 1, Friday. This is why I love USA

On January 20, 2017, heading to 12:00 luncheon, a non- political one, where valet drop off-line with no alternative held us up for half hour, my husband and I walked into the room of 250 strangers and immediately realized that the speaker is also late. The Ritz connected them to live streaming of CNN so that they were all watching inauguration on a large presentation screen. We sat down moments before the start of the National Anthem. Everyone got up, placed their right hand over their hearts and sang it. When I grew up under socialism, they watched us to make sure we would be singing. Here, 250 strangers of different beliefs and politics got up to unite in their love for USA! Nothing can take my love of USA away!

Day 2,  Saturday Jan 21 Women that March to Soros's Drum are DUMB

They descended on DC and while some of them were honestly dumb, women like Madonna, who read statements so obviously prepared for them by the adenga propagandeurs are scum! I can cite of 100 years of socialist history, one idiot woman after another buying this evil nonsense.

Madonna"s Net Worth is $560 mil, Scarlett Johansson"s $80 mil, Ashley Judd's $22 million! Show me a man you personally know who amassed a fortune like that! These women are the living testament to equality! And also to stupidity! If they really wanted to help women or inspire them - they would have spent a day in one of Washington DC's ghetto neighborhoods building homes for teenage mothers, or something like that. They certainly had able bodied crowd of 500,000 with nothing to do but release frustration, they could have shamed into it! They could have spent the day productively, building, creating, positively. Helping others could have made a difference. But it was just a publicity stunt to those super wealthy chicks! They screamed obsenities, littered the streets. Well, we were all lucky this group did not vandalize stores...

Day 3, Sunday Jan 22 The Press Conference Lessons in Journalism

If the newly installed President's Press Secretary has to teach journalists how to be journalists, their conscience has been on vacation with Barak Obama during the last eight years. There are none of them that are visibly endowed with honor, integrity or even common sense. They were riding on the Barak Obama's "I'm above reproach, cause I'm the first Black President" band wagon, never criticizing or condemning, so that he got away with an array of crimes...I can't wait until they are persecuted - The Obamas and The Clintons...Journalists can be chosen anew to form a pool of intelligent, fair-minded, objective, patriotic reporters, like in the good old days of 20th century...

Day 4, Monday January 23 A New Sheriff in Town sweeping with The New Broom

...let's help with the clean-up and the resistance to loosers who have been building and will continue to build roadblocks to progress. They may call themselves progressives, but it reminds me of a girlfriend of mine (in a pure use of the word) who kept saying about herself that she is "so wonderful" hoping everyne else will buy it. And we all did after hearing it for years. After hearing anything for years, one is bound to buy into it! Obama was counting on it! He forgot that freedom speaks with a clearer and louder voice! Trump is sweeping everything. There is so much garbage that was created by Obama. So much was stolen, way into the final minutes of his occupying that office of decency! Every day will be a productive day for The Donald. Excuse me, Mr. President Trump.

9/11/2001 Fifteen Years Later

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Yes, that's me - happily celebrating my birthday on the NY harbour boat, a short cruise we arranged for family and friends, heading toward downtown Manhattan, toward sunset, posing for and taking some of the most memorable photos of the spectacular NYC skyline, the way we knew it then. World Trade Center to my right, behind me...

Then at 9AM on 9/11/01 a friend called from her office to ask: "Are you watching it?" "What?" I said switching to CNN that instant and just in time to watch the second plane hit.

It was just about noon on 9/11/01, most phones had stopped working, we have not been able to reach my daughter's dad and I headed to high school to pick her up, dreading the moment I would have to tell her this. As it turned out when he was able to call at around 6pm, he was transferred out from 68th floor, where he would have most certainly died from impact, to the building a couple blocks away, just a few days prior. From his new office he watched the second plane flying by his window. He saw the passengers' horrified faces and followed them with his eyes to the point of hitting the South Tower just where he would have been... He was on the phone with London co-workers who in turn were on the phone with the coworkers who walked up in hopes to escape and then either jumped or collapsed with the building...I am forever a broken-hearted New Yorker with many similar stories to remember.

I think we still had the TV transmission at about 3pm on 9/11/01 when my mom's significant other called. He then worked in the Piano Museum right by WTC, was in the basement at the time of the South Tower collapse, heard and felt it and, completely ignorant of what was going on, opened the door to the street to find himself in the midst of all that white debris cloud. He and his 3 coworkers locked the Museum, and walked to NJ ferry. They witnessed many horrors, such as people jumping and landing near them, and stepping over bodies and body parts. We picked him up in NJ, white from head to toe, unable to utter a single complete sentence. He did not talk about what he saw until years later...I will never forget or let anyone else forget that it was Islamic Terrorism that caused America's heartbreak! 

On September 11. 2001 millions of parents around the world had to explain to their children what terrorism is and how heartless the "humans" who carry out such acts of terror against civilians and civilization. It was not an easy task and we were all doing best we could, while ourselves trying to understand what just happened. My daughter made a new friend on 9/10/01. At about 8PM on 9/11 her mom called our home through very unstable telephone service, looking for Darina. The girl could not return home, they were in a midst of a move to NJ, and her mom was in NY on the other side of now closed bridges and tunnels. Darina was picked up from HS by their thoughtful family friends earlier in the day, as it later turned out, but became my temporary third child for the next few months, when in the aftermath of 9/11, their house purchase fell through, because the sellers were supposed to move to Battery Park...The flowers Darina gave me on the day of the girls' graduation were very special to me. She was G-d's gift to our family to help us endure these next several months, when Radio Free Europe was working in our home studio at all odd hours of day and night, because they lost access to their downtown building, and we had 2 film directors working on the 9/11 films right in our home as well...9/11 in our home lasted for a long time. We did not lose anyone close to us, like so many people whose stories we helped get out. We gained a temporary child to help us all cope and heel together.

My birthday universe

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM

The older I get the less of a holiday my birthday becomes. I think if I am going to pivot at this speed, by the age of 95 my birthday will once again feel like a national holiday!

Roses: the paler the better.

In lieu of this year's birthday cards, do your bit for USA a safe return to its Judeo-Christian foundation.

I have not eaten my cake. I do not bake cakes.

I breakfasted on red caviar, will have wine for lunch and lamb for dinner. A long way since ramen, but loved every noodle I ever ate.

Started the day by getting negativity out of the way: first call - Mom!

Will end the day with love and peace. Wishing you the same.

Little Russia

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 7:10 PM

At the May 29th 2016 Naples Symphony performance of PI Tchaikovsky's  Symphony N2, aka "Little Russian" in English. Language is such a misleading and manipulative tool. Much more so than music. Music is pure and gives away all falsehoods to the listener. Language is capable of camouflage. Even when not masked by pronounciation, vocalization and intonation. In Russian, it's Malorossiyskaya. This is a reference to Ukraine, dating to the Romanov rule. We always live in PC times. It was not PC to call it "Ukrainian" at the time of Tchaikovsky and it's so not PC to call it "Little Russian," especially when The Big Russian Bro is watching! And listening.

International Children's Day 2016

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 6:35 PM

International Day for Protection of Children is observed on 1st June since 1950. It was established in Moscow). It is really a Socialist holiday! But the very best one they ever created!

I always remember it, maybe because I am an eternal child at heart. I do not remember celebrating it. I remember the indelible mark the very fact that children need to be protected and that there is a special day in the calendar just for children left on my impressionable mind.

Half the world and half a century away I awakened this morning with the bright thought on my mind - it's Children's Day!

* Picture by Towndown based on adobe's photoshop or inkscape

A Road From Rome

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Film Festival reflections

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

My film about Naples was screened last week at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. It was objectively speaking the only well and professionally made film in its category. The remainder of the films were amateur attempts at filmmaking, some very abstract, some in very poor taste, in my opinion. But it was really good to be among people who want to be filmmakers and/or are filmmakers all week long. I truly enjoyed the experience. I also got to meet people I never thought of meeting and ride to Fort Myers Beach and back several times over the loveliest of local landscapes.