Monday, September 26, 2016

Palmer - Generosity knew No Bounds. Golf Game Always in Bounds. I Do Not Understand Those Who Depend upon Narcotics. Donald Versus Hillary.

I do not understand why people need to indulge in narcotics and smoke weeds etc. Is their life really so bad they have lost all self-control and self-respect and are so desperate they think altering their mind will permanently solve their issues?

I am from the old school where you respected your parents, did what authorities demanded and did not talk back to police.  Consequently, I grew up partly neurotic, made some mistakes, took control of my life and came out fairly well. Now I am close to the end of my life, continue to be out of step with what are called the norms and glad of it.

I guess this is what happens to a society when you raise young people believing they are entitled to their wants as well as their needs and everything becomes "Pablum" from their education to their life style and diminished responsibilities.

As for myself, I believe the world is better because of America and am saddened by what is happening to the country I love.

As you know, I believe Obama was the wrong president for America and he has left us weakened, confused and at each other's throats.  That is the legacy I will remember him for and not the rose colored crap he would have you believe.
Arnold Palmer, a golfing legend and great humanist passes away after a full life at 87.

Our Orlando granddaughter was born in the hospital named after his wife.  Palmer's generosity knew no bounds. His golf game was always in bounds.
This is a response from a dear friend and fellow memo reader from a doctor to whom he forwarded my "Atlas Shrugged" Ayn Rand, comments. According to this doctor, if you want what he is facing vote for Hillary. (See 1 below.)
I have no problem distinguishing between Hillary and Donald.

If you want government solutions, vote for Hillary.  If you want more taxes, vote for Hillary.  If you want a president with a record of mistakes, poor judgement and who is a basic liar, vote for Hillary.

If you want more of the same and someone cognizant of perpetuating Obama's legacy then  vote for Hillary. If you want to keep Bill in the limelight, vote for Hillary.  If you dislike the way America is being policed , vote for Hillary.  If you believe deficits do not matter and pigeons never come home to roost, vote for Hillary.  If you believe in Socialism then vote for Democrats and Hillary.

If you can put aside Trump's poor taste at times and braggadocio and swallow hard at some of his dumb remarks then he is your man.  Trump has touched the 3rd rail and openly discussed what is on most minds of Americans but whose voices have been stilled by PC'ism.  He has done so in a distasteful manner at times but he has offered solutions, some practical some perhaps not.

He has run a unique and refreshing campaign and proven it can be done on a smaller budget.  He has worked hard at and been tireless delivering his message. He has a basically cheerier outlook and even has a sense of humor and is more of a real person, warts and all.

He has surrounded himself with talented professionals from a variety of fields and should he be elected will , in all likelihood, exceed expectations despite the mass media which will oppose everything he says and does.

I also believe Obama has wrecked the chances of any successor to shine so whomever wins will have a very uphill 4 year struggle to solve our many problems which Obama worsened and even added a few new ones.
Think about this even if Rush said it because he is absolutely correct. (See 2 below.)
 " When  you see that in order to produce,  you need to obtain the  permission from men who  produce  nothing;  when you see that money is  flowing to those  who deal   not in  goods,  but in favor; when you see  that men get rich   more  easily from  graft  than  by work,  and your laws no longer protect you against them , but  protect them against  may know   that your  society is doomed."

This  is  a quote  from Atlas Shrugged.

 "It  came  to  my mind  again  after going to   meeting  this  Saturday at  Piedmont  Hospital  where   bureaucrats  from Washington  told  us  how  we  are to practice medicine   this year  and how  they are going to determine   what  our  pay  and  practice  modes will be. It  was  very scary. Payment will be  for  outcomes.  So  a  thoracic surgeon got up and said how he was  caring  for a  man with  lung cancer who would not  stop  smoking so this man had  many many visits to the doctor and  many episodes of  pneumonia. The  doctor  across the street  not  caring  for this man  has a better  profile  because  this  man  seeking many visits to a doctor ruins his  profile. The patient that weighs  400 pounds and will not lose weight  has  many more complications that the lean  patient and the doctors who care for  obese  patients  have a worse  profile and will be  paid less. This has  come to  fruition already  as  last week I saw  a healthy  20 year old   referred to me  for the first time. She has had  5  eye muscle surgeries in the past and now has seen  5  ophthalmologists  none of whom will operate on her. She is healthy, no  smoking, no cancer and has  good insurance-private. So her father asked me why  none the 5  doctors would operate on his daughter. I explained to him that  his daughter will take at least  2  surgeries  to  get straight eyes and maybe  more and that  this  will ruin the profile of the  ophthalmologist who  cares for her.

So those of you who   want this type of  medicine , vote  for  Clinton.  

After  a few  years of this   type of medicine, most  doctors will lose  their expertise for  caring for complicated  problems  fearing that those  patients will  ruin their  profile..

You all  laughed at me  when I  warned you about Obamacare. Now you see   the results. It is not  too late  to change,That  is if you  care about your  children and  grandchildren. Zane"


2) Rush Limbaugh:

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound.  No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.

 Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.

 If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

 Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs.  If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry.  And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18.  When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.  (Actually, soldiers are put in harm's way by politicians and commanding officers.)

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting.  In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you?  Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country.  It's just really sad.  Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise.  Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing.  Make sense?

 However,our own US Congress voted themselves a raise.  Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month.  And most are now equal to being millionaires plus.  They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.  If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

 I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hillary's Health Remains An Issue. Boorish and Vulgar but Not Racist? Critical Evening.

Hillary's health remains  legitimate issue. (See 1 below.)
It seems the initial reaction of the mass media, when there is a shooting of a black person, favors the anti-police narrative. (See 2 below.)
What he says in this video is factually correct.  However, because he also happens to be black and is using a vulgar word to make his point it is deemed boorish but acceptable. Were he white, it would still be vulgar and boorish but also racist: QwCCj8Dx-gk 

Is America mature enough to have a reasoned discussion about our various cultures and their up and downsides and what we can do to resolve the divide?
Tonight will be critical for both candidates but could be determinant as well. Stay tuned.

Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian Bargain

“Oh what tangled webs we weave, when we first practice to deceive.”  Sir Walter Scott
When Dr. Lisa Bardack[*] was asked to become Hillary Clinton’s personal physician in 2001, it had to have been a crowning moment in the career of the Mt. Kisco internist.  Dr. Bardack could have anticipated little downside.  She already had the responsibility -- and legal obligation under HIPAA -- to protect the privacy of her patient.  She and her staff would have to be especially scrupulous in the case of a senator with presidential ambitions, but this should not have posed a serious problem.

Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton corrupts everyone who serves her.  And this year Bardack encountered difficulties she could not have foreseen in 2001:

1.  Clinton developed serious medical issues.

2.  The candidate was being videoed, not only during campaign stops, speeches, townhalls, and the rare press conference, but before and after events -- by individuals with cell phones who were under no obligation to obey orders given to servile journalists to turn off their cameras.

3.  The internet not only permitted the mass distribution of these videos and photos, but it enabled those who were curious to check Bardack’s reports against information available on reputable medical sites.  It also enabled skeptical physicians to share their doubts with hundreds of thousands of readers.

In July 2015, the Clinton campaign asked Bardack to give the candidate a clean bill of health.  She was to disclose, selectively, some of her patient’s medical history.  But the letter was not widely analyzed until after the disturbing September 11 video by Zdenek Gazda, the Zapruder of 2016.  It was no longer possible to dismiss those asking questions about Hillary’s health as right-wing conspiracy theorists, and the campaign now requested a second letter from Dr. Bardack explaining the event.  The physician duly issued a report on September 14.  Now her real problems began.

Let’s take a look at the two letters and some of questions doctors have asked about the diagnoses and treatment.

Bardack’s summary revealed a couple of major health problems that had not been previously disclosed.  We had been told that Clinton suffered an elbow fracture in 2009 and a concussion in 2012.  The fact that a woman in her mid-60s would fall twice ought perhaps to have raised some red flags.  In particular, unless you’re being tackled or attacked, a concussion can usually be avoided by the body’s reflexes.  Arms are extended to break the fall.
But now the public learned that some time in 2009 and in December 2012, the month of the concussion, Clinton had suffered blood clots.

She already had a history of clotting.  Running for the Presidential nomination in the fall of 2007, Hillary gave an extended interview on her 60th birthday in which she disclosed that she’d had a life-threatening medical emergency in 1998.  The crisis had been kept a secret not only from the public, but from her staff, who were told she had a sprained ankle.  Clinton’s foot had swollen and she was in great pain.  A White House doctor told her to rush to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where the diagnosis of a blood clot was made.  "That was scary,” Hillary said, “because you have to treat it immediately -- you don't want to take the risk that it will break lose and travel to your brain, or your heart or your lungs.  That was the most significant health scare I've ever had."  Clinton assured the reporter that she was no longer on blood thinners. This was probably the last time Hillary spoke candidly about her health.

What Clinton had was a deep vein thrombosis, or venous thromboembolism (VTE).  The blood clot is usually in the leg, and in Hillary’s case, it was behind the right knee.

Now Dr. Bardack revealed that Hillary had had two others.  The first, in 2009, was another VTE, but the second was still more serious.  It was a right transverse cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).  This is a clot in one of the two channels between layers of the dura, the membrane enclosing the brain, which receive blood and cerebrospinal fluid.  A clot here means that blood flow out of the brain is impeded, and there is the potential for a hemorrhage if there’s leakage into the cerebral tissues.  The Johns Hopkins Health Library refers to it as a rare form of stroke affecting only five in one million individuals.  It’s treated with anti-seizure medicines as well as anticoagulants, and the complications range from impaired speech, difficulty moving parts of the body, and vision problems to death.

There were two problems in the 2015 letter relating to the clot:

1)  Clinton, her physician wrote, “began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot.”  But this is not something anticoagulants do.  Two of these drugs are mentioned by Bardack:  Lovenox, which was discontinued in 1998, and Coumadin (warfarin). 

Bristol-Myers-Squibb, its manufacturer, says explicitly that the medication doesn’t dissolve clots: 
COUMADIN has no direct effect on an established thrombus, nor does it reverse ischemic tissue damage.
Every doctor prescribing Coumadin knows this.  Because of patient expectations, all reputable medical sites, like the NIH’s PubMed, repeat the warning.

There are thrombolytic (clot-dissolving) drugs, injected by catheter or infused through an i.v., but none are mentioned by Bardack.  In any case, the embolisms for which thrombolytic agents are indicated don’t correspond to Clinton’s, and these drugs are never referred to as anticoagulants.

2.  A second problem comes with the duration of the symptoms.  Bardack says that these lasted for less than two months.  But according to Bill Clinton, his wife’s injury “required six months of very serious work to get over.”
Of course it could be that the four addition months of symptoms were the result not of the concussion, but the CVST.  However, it would not be easy to differentiate these symptoms.  One is instinctively disinclined to take the former President’s word on anything, but there’d be no reason for him to exaggerate the length of time it took his wife to recover.

In any case, what the public was told was an elbow fracture (Hillary sported a State Department sling) and a concussion (she was jokingly presented with a football helmet by her minions) coincided with problems much more ominous.

3.  A third issue in the 2015 letter is Bardack’s final evaluation of her patient.  Twice she calls Clinton “a healthy female” and concludes that “she is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

While Bardack could hardly have been expected to write otherwise, the truth is that anyone who is on lifelong Coumadin is not in excellent physical condition.  As is well known, warfarin was developed as a rat poison, and increases significantly the risk of intracranial bleeding.   A recent ten-year study of 32,000 veterans found that nearly one-third developed intracranial bleeds while on warfarin.  The vets were over 75, but the high figure was still very disturbing, though probably not surprising to most physicians.

Dr. Milton Wolf, a board-certified radiologist, writes, “Coumadin carries a substantial risk for patients, particularly those with fall risk. Spontaneous hemorrhage common, intracranial and elsewhere. I see it commonly, including life-threatening brain bleeds. Normal, healthy patients are NEVER, NEVER prescribed Coumadin.”  There are safer anticoagulants.  “Coumadin is typically given to those who can’t afford the newer drugs or reserved for cases that are refractory to the safer drugs.”  Wolf speculates that Clinton probably has a hypercoagulable blood disorder.  Coumadin would otherwise be given only to patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (like the vets) or with prosthetic heart valves, both of which can cause hypercoagulation.

The interactions with warfarin are also sobering.  In addition to avoiding both NSAIDs and acetaminophen, users are advised not to use, or to use with caution, antibiotics, anti-fungal medications, anti-depressants, and seizure medication -- carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol), phenobarbital (Solfoton), and phenytoin (Dilantin).
Whether or not Hillary has been put at risk by seizure medications, the whole world now knows about her propensity to fall.  The airplane and podium stumbles and her being helped up a short flight of steps had gone viral long before the 9/11 collapse.  And we know nothing about the falls that have occurred off-camera, except for the one that gave her a concussion.  Family friends have told Ed Klein these falls are frequent.  And head trauma is the number one concern for patients on Coumadin.

4.  Still another disclosure in Bardack’s July 2015 letter raised eyebrows.  In addition to taking Coumadin for the rest of her life, Hillary will also be on Armour thyroid until she dies.  Unlike CVST, hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, is common.  In fact, the most frequently prescribed drug in the U.S. (though not the most lucrative) is Synthroid, synthetic levothyroidoxine, the major hormone the gland produces.

Armour thyroid is an extract of desiccated pig’s thyroid.  The therapy dates to the 19th century, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that it not be used.  But a case can be made for natural thyroid therapy, and one recent study found that more patients prefer it, though there was no difference in the control of symptoms.  These include memory problems and difficulty thinking clearly.  A physician who is one of the most vocal advocates of natural thyroid switched to a different brand of natural thyroid after Armour changed the tablet formula in 2009.

1.  Bardack disclosed that Clinton was given a brain scan for an ear infection after she had “experienced significant improvement in her symptoms.”  The physician of a patient “in excellent health” would not normally order a CT scan for an ear infection that was being successfully treated by antibiotics and a myringotomy tube.  Bardack’s caution, however commendable, suggests she was worried about some underlying problem.
2.  Bardack then discusses Hillary’s pneumonia.  When an upper respiratory infection persisted for a week after Clinton had been prescribed antibiotics and allergy medicine, Bardack, on Sept. 9, ordered “a non-contrast chest CT scan, including a CTA calcium score.”

According to Dr. Wolf, a CTA (a CT angiogram) scan always requires a contrast.  On the other hand, a CT calcium score study must always be non-contrast, otherwise “the coronary calcifications would be masked by the contrast in the arteries.”  The radiologist concluded that “Hillary’s doctor just claimed Hillary got a perfect score on a test that does not exist.”

It’s likely that Bardack misstated what she’d ordered -- though one would think she would be extraordinarily careful in a letter that would be read by millions.  A coronary calcium scoring CT does not use contrast, while a CTA requires it. A simple thoracic CT, which is what Hillary must have received, may or may not be done with contrast.

3.  Then there’s the finding from the scan:  “a small right middle-lobe pneumonia,” further described as “a mild non-contagious bacterial pneumonia.”

Doctors immediately questioned this diagnosis.  There is no such thing as a non-contagious pneumonia, tweeted Dr. Wolf. How did Hillary pick it up?  What about all the reports  the campaign circulated about staffers who’d come down with pneumonia, including manager Robbie Mook?

While bacterial pneumonia is not as contagious as viral pneumonia, there is no test to determine whether or not a patient is contagious.  A doctor defending Bardack listed three types of bacterial pneumonia not likely to be contagious.  The only one that Hillary could possibly have had was aspiration pneumonia.

The dubious adjective “non-contagious” may have been dictated to Bardack by Clinton.  The problem, obviously, was that after her collapse, the candidate went directly to her daughter’s apartment, where she presumably exposed her grandchildren to pneumonia, then, 90 minutes later, bounced out of the building, exulting that it was a beautiful day in New York, and embraced a little girl, exposing her, too, to the infection.
Other doctors have also pointed out how the photo-op undercut the “pneumonia” explanation.  “I’m feeling great,” Hillary said three times, not something a pneumonia patient is likely to exclaim.

4.  Apart from a case of “mild non-contagious pneumonia,” what felled Clinton on September 11th, wrote Bardack, was that “she became overheated and dehydrated.”  Even MSM reporters questioned the “overheated” pretext.  The day was partly cloudy and the temperature about 80, with a slight breeze.  Dehydration is hardly less suspicious.  First of all, it’s been used repeatedly for other falls.  And medical science has come up with a cure for dehydration.  While Marco Rubio was ridiculed for taking a swig of water in the middle his reply to the President’s 2013 State of the Union address, no one who valued his job would criticize Hillary for “re-hydrating” during an event.  One would expect that someone who had experienced multiple falls and was on Coumadin would take every precaution to avoid dehydration -- especially when it’s such a simple matter.

5.  If Hillary’s dramatic recovery casts doubt on Bardack’s diagnosis, so does the fall itself.  It was not a swoon, as one might expect, where Clinton appeared woozy, lost consciousness, and her knees buckled.  Instead, she becomes stiff and immobile.  She is propped up against a bollard.  It’s only when the Secret Service agents attempt to propel her forward that she falls.  It’s not clear she’s lost conscious; she is just frozen, unable to move.
6.  Pictures taken of Clinton en route to the van also undermine Bardack’s explanation.  In one, Hillary is being given what appears to be a finger squeeze test.

The test is a neurological exam, sometimes used also as a test for arthritis.  There would be no reason to administer it to a patient suffering from pneumonia.
In the second photo, the same woman, Christine Falvo, appears to be monitoring Clinton’s pulse as they walk.  Hillary has her other hand pressed against her chest, an unusual position for someone in motion, but a good way to disguise the pill-rolling tremor associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Also present in the photos, inevitably, is the bulky African-American Secret Service agent who clearly has had some medical training.  When Hillary froze during a speech on August 4, it was he who rushed to her side, put his hand on her back, kept repeating, “Keep talking, keep talking,” and then shooed away the other agents.  Some sites have posted pictures of him holding what appears to be a diazepam injector, used for seizures, but the images are too blurry to positively identify the object.

There is no photo of either the Secret Service medic or Falvo offering the dehydrated Hillary a bottle of water.
7.  Bardack’s 2015 letter mentioned the Fresnel prism glasses Hillary wore to eliminate double vision.  The 2016 letter makes no mention of the Zeiss Z1 blue lenses she was wearing on September 11th.  These are used to help prevent seizures, particularly in photosensitive epilepsy, and improve motor control.  They are not normally prescribed for patients with pneumonia or seasonal allergies.

8.  Also unmentioned by Bardack are Hillary’s repeated coughing episodes, going back at least to January of this year.  Here’s video of eight.  Has Clinton had pneumonia for nine months?  Or is this a symptom of a neurodegenerative problem causing pulmonary aspiration?

9.  Finally, the fact that Hillary was not rushed to a hospital after the collapse and given another CT suggests that her handlers knew exactly what was going on.  And it wasn’t pneumonia.

The physician who has put forward the most plausible case that Hillary is suffering from Parkinson’s disease is Dr. Ted Noel, whose videos I linked in a recent blog post.

Though there’s been no sign so far of the pill-rolling tremor or the shuffling gait characteristic of Parkinson’s, other evidence suggests Clinton is suffering from the disease, or experiencing side effects associated with the drug most commonly used to manage it, levodopa, which include disorientation and confusion and dyskinesia (involuntary muscle movements).
Examples of the latter are Clinton’s spasmodic head movements while being questioned by several reporters (attributed by Hillary to her cold chai tea) and, less dramatically, her response to the light show at the end of the Democratic convention.

Dr. Noel has a newer video out that further undercuts Bardack’s credibility.  In addition to mentioning Wolf’s point about CT angiography, he carefully describes problems with the oxygen saturation levels reported by Hillary’s physician, and her use of an outdated test to manage Clinton’s hypothyroidism.

If she doesn’t have Parkinson’s, Hillary clearly has some major neurological disorder. 

Bardack has already been targeted by Google reviewers.  Purportedly coming from Chelsea is a one-star rating and the comment, “My mother died of Parkinson’s after she was diagnosed with pneumonia.”

Lisa Bardack will be fortunate if satiric reviews are the worst consequences for the disinformation campaign she has helped wage in Hillary’s behalf.

[*] Bardack was raised in Larchmont, NY, in affluent Westchester County, the daughter of Lester Bardack and Judith Frankle.  Her father was president of Ulano Industries, a Brooklyn chemical manufacturer, and her mother a rabbi, formerly of Congregation B’nai Elohim in Scarsdale and later an instructor at Western Connecticut State.  Bardack’s sister Amy, also a Conservative rabbi, was recently appointed Director of Education for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Both sisters married doctors who were themselves the sons of doctors.
Bardack graduated from Penn and NYU Medical School.  She did her residency at Cornell University Medical Center in New York, now Weill Cornell, was board certified in 1993, and joined Mt. Kisco Medical Group, later CareMount Medical, the largest medical group in the state, with over 500 physicians and 500,000 patients, where she’s Chair of Internal Medicine.



Tulsa Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Tells Her Side Of The Story… “I Was Never…”

The attorney for Betty Shelby, who was identified as the Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who shot and killed a black man in Tulsa on Friday night, has gone public to describe how she felt when she encountered the potentially dangerous situation, and her story explained a great deal.

Scott Wood, Shelby’s attorney, told ABC News that when Selby encountered Terence Crutcher, 40, Friday night, he refused to follow more than two dozen commands. He reached into an open window of a car before Shelby felt she was in a threatening situation and shot him.
“I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then,” Shelby told detectives in an interview, Wood said. She thought Crutcher was reaching into his car for a weapon when she fired the shot.

Shelby and another officer were responding to a domestic violence call when they came across Crutcher’s SUV in the middle of a street. Crutcher was also standing in the middle of the street. Shelby approached the car and noted the doors were closed, and the windows were open.

Crutcher didn’t respond to Shelby’s questions, and Wood said Shelby believed Crutcher was on some kind of drug.
She pulled her weapon and ordered him to get on his knees. He did not comply and moved toward the SUV instead. Wood said Shelby then ordered Crutcher to stop and put his hands in the air. He did not obey those orders and continued walking to the car.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Projecting - Clinton's Are Masters. Our Stealth Daughter, Down The Hatch/Dante! War On The Horizon?

The Clinton's are masters at projecting.  They accuse others of what they have done. This is and has been their tactic for over 30 plus years.   Will they continue to be allowed to do it and will the public continue to be sucked in by it them?  Stay tuned.

I still maintain Trump is going to come out on top because Hillary is yesterday.

We have a stealth real estate daughter, Abby Nelson - Dagny and Blake's mother.  By that I mean  she does things and we are the last to know.

Lo and behold she is one of the featured speakers at a  Real Estate Conference taking place in Nashville. Go girl!

Perhaps next time you will let us know in advance.
Dante Stephensen is a friend of mine of long standing.  I helped him when he first got started in "Underground Atlanta" with a jazz club called "Down The Hatch."

He invited me to be an investor and financially I should have but I was then a general partner in a NYSE Firm, headquartered in Atlanta, and feared if something happened I would get bad publicity but I did help Dante establish a profit sharing plan for his employees.

Over the years, Dante moved "Down The Hatch" to Buckhead where it remained for several decades until real estate taxes forced him to shut down so a high rise condo could be built on the site. "Down The Hatch" was modeled after an old sailing ship and had some of the best Atlanta jazz players.  They served  wonderful drinks and great fondues.

Our son now hopes to open a similar jazz club in one of his rehabilitated sites in Beechview. (See 1 below.)
Good ideas that become bad ones because they are impossible to implement  should be forgotten and not continued to be pursued. (See 2 below.)
Obama believes the best way to avoid confrontation is cower.

He will soon be gone but the impact of his cowardly policies will linger and eventually lead to war on some other president's watch who chose to reverse the course of Obama's feckless policies.

Ironically, should Trump become president it could happen on his watch not because of bellicosity but simply because he will not tolerate what Obama would and did. (See 3 below.)
Successful president picker chooses. (See 4 below.)

Dante's Down the Hatch Documentary Update
Hello, all!  I have good news that has been a long time coming—the labor of love that became an award-winning documentary is finally available!  Because Jef Bredemeier, the former employee and filmmaker, has had little luck finding a distributor for our movie, he has decided to run a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of getting national distribution.  This means that if you’d like to get a digital download of the film or any number of Dante’s Down the Hatch memorabilia offered, you can do so by following the link below. 

For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a venue for artists and creators to get their ideas and artwork out to the people who are interested in them.  It is set up like this: The artist offers gifts to those who donate to his cause; the larger the donation, the sweeter the gifts rewarded. For example, if you donate $5, you will be emailed a special thank you video.  For $25, you get your own digital copy of the documentary film.  There are many more gifts for various amounts, so please look through it all!

The point of all this is that we need your help spreading the word about this campaign.  Please feel free to forward this email to all of your friends, talk about it at work, and sing its praises at church!! 

Here is the link:

So….I hope this message finds you well, but I will ask that you please do not respond to this email.  I am taking a two week train trip and won’t be back in town until the end of September.  Again, thank you for your help getting out the message!!!


Obama’s “Palestinian Land”

On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. His passing comment on Palestinian Arab-Israel conflict underscored why peace did not advance, and his relationship with Israel worsened over his term.
US President Barack Obama addressing the United Nations
September 20, 2016

Obama’s UN remarks covered a lot of activities during his eight years in office, including the Iranian nuclear deal; opening relations with Cuba; and tackling climate change. He spoke about the Arab-Israeli conflict very briefly, but the remark was telling:

“…surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settlePalestinian land.  We all have to do better as leaders in tamping down, rather than encouraging, a notion of identity that leads us to diminish others.”

“Palestinian land.”  What exactly is Palestinian land, according to the parties themselves? According to the United States? According to Obama?
Oslo Agreements

Since 1993, successive US governments have stood behind the Oslo Accords signed by both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, and its successor document, Oslo II signed in 1995.  That document was the last agreement signed by the two parties to settle the “Question of Palestine.”

Oslo II clearly spelled out what was “Palestinian land” to be fully governed by the Palestinian Authority in regards to military and civil administration.  That area is known as “Area A” in EGL (east of the Green Line) and the Gaza Strip.  Israel handed over all of that land to the Palestinians over a decade ago.

“Area B” in EGL/west bank of the Jordan River, is a mixed territory, in which the Palestinian Authority has responsibilities for civil matters, and military matters are coordinated jointly.  That land is neither “Palestinian Authority” nor “Israeli” exclusively.

“Area C” makes up the majority of EGL, and is “Israeli Territory,” in which Israel administers all matters, including civil and security responsibilities.

Map showing Areas A, B and C, east of the Green Line

The Israelis and Palestinians negotiated and agreed to the contours of these three blocks.  The parties also worked on a plan for additional land to be transferred from “Israeli Territory” to “Palestinian Authority Territory” over the years 1995 to 2000.  However, Yasser Arafat (fungus be upon him) rejected those negotiations at the last moment, and launched the Second Intifada in September 2000, as the interim Oslo II Accord was due to become permanent.  As such, no additional transfer from Israeli Territory to Palestinian Authority Territory has occurred.

As every US administration has pushed for the two parties to negotiate a two-state agreement on the basis of the Oslo Accords, there is NO BASIS for Obama to refer to Area C as “Palestinian Land.”  That land will continue to be Israeli land until such time as they agree to transfer parts of it to the PA.

As there is no Israeli “occupation” or “settlement” activity in the Israeli territory of Area C, Obama’s mischaracterization of Israeli actions in that land that they legally administer explains his comments and treatment of Israel since he took office in 2009.

Mandate of Palestine

It is also worth noting that international law, established in the 1920 San Remo agreement and the 1922 Mandate of Palestine, specifically gave Jews the legal rights to live and settle throughout Judea and Samaria (the entity known as EGL/West Bank did not even exist when five Arab armies illegally attacked Israel (1948-9) and Jordan annexed the region in 1950.)

The Palestine Mandate stated:

secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion” (Article 1) Jews were to have full civil rights throughout Palestine, such as buying and building homes.

The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power.”(Article 5) which Britain did anyway when it separated the east bank of the Jordan River to the Hashemite Kingdom, but which wasn’t a foreign power.

The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.” (Article 6) specifically stating that Jews were to settle throughout Palestine, including lands that Obama believes Jews “occupy”.

The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine.” (Article 7) in which Jews do not only move and settle the land, but become citizens of the country if they live ANYWHERE in the land, including Judea and Samaria.

No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants of Palestine on the ground of race, religion or language. No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole ground of his religious belief.” (Article 15) clearly states that no person should be barred from living anywhere in the land just because they are Jewish – as if human rights law wasn’t enough.

International law – and human rights law – clearly allow Jews to live throughout EGL/the West Bank. The Oslo Accords signed between the parties specifically state that Israel controls all of Area C until such time as the parties negotiate the transfer of more lands.

The notion that Jews living in houses that they have every legal and moral right to live in, is somehow connected to Obama’s belief of a “permanent occupation of Palestinian land” is false, misleading and arguably anti-Semitic on every level.

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