Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gators. Liberal Grand Poobah, Dershowitz Defends Bannon. Narrow Minds, Narrow Results Can't Wait For Ellison and Democrats To Openly Attack Israel!

Obama Gators.




And finally:

Welcome Aboard Trump Flight 1600 | The Sean Hannity Show
One of my son-in-laws pointed out one third of all Democrats in The House come from just: "three states: Mass, Ca, and NY.

I suggested that: "Narrow minds create narrow results."
I cannot wait for the Democrats to come out openly against Israel rather than getting there by taking the slow train.  Perhaps their election of Muslim Ellison, as head of The DNC, will help speed up the process.(See 1 and  1a below.)

The Bannon attacks are symptomatic of a sickness among elite liberals. They must tear down everyone whose views are different than their own.  Even Professor Dershowitz, the liberal grand poobah, has been willing to speak out: "Attorney Alan Dershowitz admitted Tuesday there is no evidence Steve Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump's top advisor, holds anti-Semitic views despite public outcry.
Dershowitz, a civil liberties lawyer, made the remark during an interview with MSNBC. (See 1b below.)
This was sent to me by one of my closet friends and fellow memo readers.

As I read it, I was reminded of some of the things I learned as early as when I was in military school and then implemented when I too served in the military (fortunately I never had to kill.).  Contrast this with the cry babies running around protesting the election of someone they have been told they must dislike because he does not measure up to their politically correct standards. The more I watch them and listen to their pathetic inanities the more I want to puke. (See 2 below.)
I want to end this memo explaining why I believe it is wise we not expect Trump to make America Great and that should not be the standard by which we judge him. That said, I do believe he might be able to put America's train back on the tracks and set a trajectory away from the  tragic direction Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett had us on for 8 years. (See 3 below.)
1) Hillary’s loss accelerates the Democrats’ turn against Israel

Israel’s supporters were hoping Hillary Clinton could forestall the Democratic Party’s seemingly inevitable turn against the Jewish state. Clinton’s loss last week means we’re officially après Hillary — and must prepare for the flood.

This could be the last US presidential election that Israelis don’t have to watch with existential dread.

At least, the first signs of a post-Clinton Democratic Party aren’t good. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a fiery critic of Israel, is the front-runner to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman.

As Scott Johnson detailed in The Weekly Standard when Ellison was on the verge of winning his House seat in 2006, before his congressional career Ellison had worked with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and even defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism.

Ellison has left Farrakhan far behind, but his Israel criticism remains scathing. As the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported, Ellison “has organized letters urging pressure on Israel, and was an advocate of drawing lessons from the UN Goldstone Report following the 2009 Gaza War.” Even Richard Goldstone, the author of the infamously anti-Israel report, wound up essentially disowning it.

On a trip to Israel last summer, Ellison posted a photo of a sign in Hebron declaring Israel to be an apartheid state and land thief. He has also called for Israel to end the blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip — despite the fact that Gaza-based terrorists have launched over 11,000 rocket attacks on Israeli civilians since Israel withdrew from the strip in 2005. Amid the 2014 war to stop those attacks, Israel discovered that Hamas had built a vast system of underground tunnels from Gaza to Israel in preparation for mass terror attacks.

Yet Ellison is far from a lone voice among Democrats; indeed, he’s co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

In his quest for the party chairmanship, Ellison has the backing of soon-to-be Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer — who prides himself on his pro-Israel bona fides and is now using his credibility on the issue to elevate Ellison. (Retiring Sen. Harry Reid offered his own endorsement over the weekend.)
Schumer might just be bowing to the new reality. According to the Pew Research Center, Democrats sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians by a 43-29 margin — but that’s far closer than just a few years ago.

And among liberal Democrats, it flips: Liberals prefer the Palestinians by a 40-33 margin.

We saw this play out over the summer, as Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Sanders had massive support among young liberals, who are increasingly hostile to Israel. Hillary won the nomination, but the message was clear: The future of the Democratic Party clearly belongs to those backing Sanders.

Diving into the numbers only paints a bleaker picture. In their book “Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance,” Dana Allin and Steven Simon (the latter a former Mideast adviser to President Obama) argue demographics will pull the two countries apart.

Hispanics, who accounted for more than 50 percent of US population growth between 2000 and 2014, according to Pew, vote overwhelmingly Democratic, as do African-Americans. Allin and Simon predict that minorities will see more in common with the Palestinians than with Israel (the daft comparisons between Jim Crow and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians get ever more common), and Democratic priorities will reflect that.

“And,” the authors write, touching on what really worries the pro-Israel community, “it will inflame the left-right divide in America.”

Democrats are in the minority now, but won’t be forever, and will obviously field a presidential candidate in 2020. What happens then?

“In the absence of active demonization by” Obama, says one official at a pro-Israel organization, “I think we’re still a cycle or two away from Democrats turning on Israel” full force. But, he notes, the future isn’t bright — and “progressives are lost, of course.”
Israeli officials are used to being able to count on bipartisan support in Congress, and they didn’t seem too worried no matter which way the US presidential election went this year. It might be the last time they have that luxury.

1a)The Peace Paradox of Israel

Lee S. Bender co-authored a book, “Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed From A-Z” (Pavilion Press) with Jerome Verlin, and … [More] has been speaking about anti-Israel bias and activities to numerous schools, synagogues, churches and civic groups, and written dozens of articles published in local and national media. He is Co-President of the Zionist Organization of America-Greater Philadelphia District, a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, Israel Advocacy Committee of Jewish Federation among other organizations. A former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, he has been in private practice as a trial attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1995. [Less]
Since its re-establishment in 1948, Israel has sought to live in peace with both its Arab citizens and its Arab neighbors. Yet, there are several biblical injunctions that are seemingly in conflict with each other regarding Israel’s responsibilities to promote and seek peace, and protect itself from its enemies:
“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey out of Egypt, how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary and cut down all the stragglers in your rear. Therefore, when the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” Deuteronomy 25:17-19

“If someone is coming to kill you, rise against him and kill him first.” Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 72:1
You were slaves, treat strangers kindly:
“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23:9
“You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.” Leviticus 19:13
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.” Leviticus 19:33
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:34

So, how to reconcile these instructions when Israel and the Jewish People have been dealing with Arabs in their midst who have declared an unending war on them and do not recognize their right to exist?
Those on the dovish-left generally emphasize the latter teachings regarding treatment of “strangers” as their primary argument for why the status quo is unacceptable and why Israel must immediately make peace with and territorial concessions to the Palestinian Arabs. These adherents always place the onus squarely on Israel, ignoring any responsibility on the part of the Arabs. It is the ultimate paternalistic argument and dangerously naïve.

Those on the hawkish-right generally emphasize Amalek and the classic Talmudic principle of self-defense. If there is homicidal intent, self-defense is not merely permitted, it is required. The sordid history of Arab pogroms, wars, and terrorism against Jews in Israel and elsewhere is self-evident.

Ultimately, the best Israel can do now is to manage the situation. Palestinian Arabs are not interested in true peace, and are clearly not ready nor prepared for it. They have brainwashed multiple generations– since the Oslo Accords in 1993 especially- and developed a culture of hatred, violence, demonization of Jews and delegitimization of Israel. The status quo is not unacceptable now – this is the best “peace” Israel can get now and for the foreseeable future. Israel must resist the pressure from the “peace-now-niks” for an instant “solution.” There simply is none.

Meanwhile, we must stop our insistence in the West that we know better than the Israelis as to the nature of their security issues and “what is best for them.” After all, they are a free and democratic nation. Instead, Israel must play the long game, and place the onus squarely on the Arabs to come forward with an open hand. The Arabs have rejected a state of their own within the Palestine Mandate living side by side with Israel six times since 1937, and continue to reject normalization and punish those who attempt to engage with Israelis.

So here is my suggestion: Let the Palestinian Arabs start by amending their charters (Fatah, PLO, Hamas) to remove the offensive provisions that call for the armed struggle and destruction of Israel, and the genocidal passages encouraging the murder of all Jews; cease engaging in terrorism and violence against Israelis; cease the teaching and preaching of hatred in their schools, mosques and media; cease naming streets, squares and stadiums for so-called “martyrs” who murder Jews; cease delegitimizing Israel in international forums and the UN; live up to their obligations under Oslo; affirmatively recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People just as Israel has recognized the aspirations of the Palestinian Arabs — and then we can talk.

1b) Why the Big Lie About Steve Bannon?

All the existential rage of the defeated and humiliated elites is now focused against Steve Bannon -- the architect of Trump's victory, the media genius who won the battle with less than a fifth of the financial resources at Hillary Clinton's disposal.

I know Steve Bannon, and have had several long discussions with him about politics. Steve is fervently pro-Israel, and it is utterly ridiculous to suggest that he is anti-Semitic.
Other observant Jews who know Bannon -- for example, Joel Pollak -- attest to his support for Israel and his friendship for the Jewish people.

We have learned from the sewage-storm directed at Bannon that the Establishment plays dirty, and that the formerly Republican #NeverTrumpers aren't just misguided ideologues, but also yellow-bellied, gutter-crawling, backstabbing, bushwhacking liars. Hell hath no fury like a self-designated elite scorned.

1/2 boy 1/2 man

If you read this, you WILL forward it on.
You just won't be able to stop yourself
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to' square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except 
Our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...
A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

Prayer wheel for our military.... Please don't break it Please send this on after a short prayer.
Prayer Wheel
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries.
There is nothing attached....
This can be very powerful..

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
3) When Donald crafted the phrase "Make America Great Again" I thought it was a clever campaign slogan but I also thought it carried a downside because no single person can accomplish a "uge" goal all by them-self.

We are a "uge" nation with "uge" problems and no single mortal can accomplish the Herculean.

For example, even if Trump causes a significant change in our tax laws and corporations are given the opportunity of repatriating profits held elsewhere and even if these corporations do so and then build factories in America etc. the plants they build will probably not employ workers at the level of a comparable plant built in the '50's because robots, technology, software has permanently replaced human manpower.

Can a revived economy result in more employment?  Of course. But 25 million in 4 years?  That would suggest an economy in full, if not robust, recovery which would cause other dislocations which would impede growth, ie. rising interest rates, wages, inflation  and a "uge" increase in domestic demand extending world wide in all probability.  I doubt this is doable and/or sustainable without dangerous overheating.

And I have yet to introduce the potential reduction in productivity that initially accompanies significant re-employment thus, the impact on earning expectations.

Second, to get the ball rolling, so the economy can begin a resurgence, suggests additional deficit spending that elevates financial stresses in the face of our existing enormous debt levels.

Can Trump re-stimulate the economy without increasing our treacherous debt? Not hardly because, unless he and Congress cut entitlements, it is unrealistic to contemplate such happening.  I daresay the riots over Donald's election would fade/pale in comparison with those associated with rebelling that would accompany goring sacred oxen.

The decades'embrace of Keynesian spending  and entitlements by Progressives equates to a permanent girdle which chokes off and immediately challenges any attempt at sane fiscal policies. Trump will find himself trapped regardless of his desire to "Make America Great." Ever tell a woman/wife she does not need a new pair of shoes? You do so at the risk of life and/or limb!

Can Trump impose a hiring freeze, de-fund certain programs, departments and agencies? Yes? Can he do so without paying a "uge" political price? No!

Hell, he is already finding out forcing cities who want to protect illegal immigrants who kill American citizens may be rational, may appeal to those who elected him but it will not happen at the snap of his finger. Stupidity wrapped in inertia  is a powerful TACO.

So what am I alleging? I am laying the predicate for Trump falling short of his goals, campaign commitments and desires.  Not because that will prove him to be a failure but simply that he should not be judged by unrealistic and un-achievable metrics.

Can he accomplish a change in our tax laws? Yes and I expect he will. Can he address and resolve some of the issues pertaining to illegal immigration?  Yes and I expect he will. Can he reverse many of the retrogressive actions, rules, regulations accomplished through penmanship and phone violations by Obama of the Constitutional process?  Yes.and I believe he will. Will he bring about a more effective management of our nation's health care?  Yes, and I believe he will.  Will he even make a dent in the care rendered our veterans, even cause NATO members to up their contributions and America to become more energy independent?  Yes, and  I think he will.

That said, he will still fall short of his own desires and expectations and, you know, every "fall short" will be judged a failure by his detractors, the "loyal opposition" which seeks blood for having lost and even those who voted for Trump because everyone always wants more.  That is the downside of human nature.

So I intend to judge Trump, not based on his soaring rhetoric.  Rather, I will judge Trump's success as president based on how far he and his administration takes us away from the Obama/Jarrett failures and I suggest you do as well.

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