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.

The Real Syrian ‘Moment of Truth’

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