Monday, May 29, 2017

Palmetto Bluff A Must Low Country Visit!!!!

Dagny graduates from pre-school and now will begin learning math etc.
While away I read the Wall Street Journal and occasionally caught snippets of the news.  The bashing of Trump continues and the outrageous and selective reporting about Trump continues.  While at Palmetto Bluff the NYT's was delivered to our room so I scanned it and  continue to be discouraged by the biased reporting and downright hatred expressed towards him and his family. The mass media are suffering from a virulent disease known as bias. The virus first attacks the eyes and then gradually creeps down the spine paralyzing the mass media's ability to report accurately and without editorializing.

I also caught a rebroadcast of Hillary's graduation speech at her Alma Matter.  She had a few self-deprecating lines to humanize herself and then told her raptured audience about the spread of lying in our nation.  Had I been in the audience I would have done something uncharacteristic and would have shouted out Benghazi, Uranium, Keep Your Doctor, Iran Deal etc.
The woman is absolutely shameless.
I am going to post most of these articles without comment as I have a lot of catching up to do with mail etc. but I have to comment on Trump believing he has been lied to by Abbas.

Why we continue sending money to The Palestinians and the U.N.  both angers and offends me. Why we reward tax dollars upon those whose values are the antithesis of our's is beyond dumb, it is outrageous because we continue to reward those who are sticking their thumbs in our eyes.

How can we castigate Abbas for paying stipends to those amongst his population when we are doing the same by financing Abbas? (See  all below.)
If you have never been to Palmetto Bluff, I urge you go.  It was a former corporate retreat and is now a very exclusive home owner retreat but still can be visited by those who want to have lunch, spend a weekend or longer or just tour the beautiful property of some 20,000 acres.  It is about 30 miles from Savannah and is bounded by the May River.

They have added a beautiful inn and cottages, they have a variety of excellent restaurants.  For those who want to enjoy a quiet beautiful setting in The Low Country you cannot do any better than spending a few days or longer  at Palmetto Bluff.

For those who live at The Ladings, it is a must visit.

The prices ain't cheap either.

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Alan Dershowitz: Civil Liberties Threatened With Kushner Probe

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that reports that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was under FBI scrutiny on Russia pointed to an inquiry that was "being done backwards" and "raises great concerns about civil liberties."
"Usually, you can point to a statute and say, 'We're investigating crime under this statute,'" Dershowitz told Anderson Cooper on CNN before referencing special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

"When Hillary Clinton was being investigated, at least we knew what the statute

The Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday that the FBI was investigating Kushner's meetings last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a banker from Moscow.
Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, said that her client would cooperate with the probe.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered with Congress what he knows about these meetings," she said in a statement. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry."

Dershowitz had some advice for Gorelick, whom he said was a former student.
"I would say, first to the investigators: 'Before you talk to my client, I want to know what your authority is. What your jurisdiction is.'"
Lacking that foundation, Dershowitz likened the Kushner inquiry to the words of Joseph Stalin's secret police chief, Lavrentiy Beria: "Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime."

"I don't like criminal investigations to start on hoping that once you have the target, maybe we'll find the crime, maybe we'll find the statute – and if we can't find the statute, we'll stretch the statute to fit the person.
"I don't want to ever see that come to America."

Merkel says EU cannot rely on US and Britain any more

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany no longer can “rely fully” on its allies, including President Donald Trump, who refused to commit the United States to the Paris climate accord during the G7 summit.
Merkel, campaigning in Munich for a fourth, four-year term in the September elections, did not name the country or leader but she clearly was referring to the United States.
Trump said Saturday he will decide this week whether to commit to the goals of the 195-nation climate agreement in 2015 that was endorsed by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Trump said Germany is “very bad” for its trade practices, including sales of autos, and the country was one of the NATO members Trump singled out for not adequately supporting the alliance financially in defense with 2 percent of their gross domestic product.
“The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over,” she said at the campaign event. “This is what I experienced in the last few days.”
Six nations at the summit in Sicily — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Great Britain — backed the climate accord.

“The whole discussion about climate was very difficult, not to say unsatisfactory,” she said. “There’s a situation where it’s six — if you count the European Union, seven — against one.”
“This is not just any old agreement, but it is a central agreement for shaping globalization,” she said, adding, “There are no signs of whether the U.S. will stay in the Paris accords or not.”
She’s also dealing with Britain’s decision last year to depart the European Union.
And she had to intervene with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels to settle a dispute over visits to German troops stationed in Turkey.
While Merkel said Sunday that it was important for Germany to maintain friendly relations with the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the country “would have to fight for our own future ourselves.”
Merkel is counting on a strong relationship with new French President Emmanuel Macron.
White House may tacitly recognize Jerusalem as capital in Knesset-Congress event
All Members of Knesset, Congress and Senate were invited to the event, which was organized by Israel's Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.

Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will take part from the Knesset. All members of Knesset and both houses of Congress have been invited to the event, which was organized by Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

While the US does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the parts of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in 1967, White House participation in the event could be viewed as tacit acknowledgment of Israel’s position regarding Jerusalem. The event comes after Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall during his trip here last week but held back from making any mention of Jerusalem Day, celebrated the day after he left the country.

In his letter to the senators and the congressmen, Edelstein wrote that Jerusalem, “the eternal capital of the State of Israel, is the seat of our parliament – the Knesset. Jerusalem is also the city where the prophets of Israel spoke to the world of the universal values of morality, equality, freedom and monotheism. In Jewish tradition, this is the city where heaven and earth are linked together and the home of the holy Temple [is situated], sacred to all Jews around the world.”

Edelstein pointed out that people of all religions come to pray in Jerusalem and described the custom of writing wishes to God and putting them in the cracks of the Western Wall. He invited American lawmakers to send him their prayers.

“I will make sure your notes are placed between the sacred stones of the Western Wall,” he wrote.

So far, the Knesset has received 15 notes to put in the Kotel.

The event comes along with a strong push from Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu called on the US and all other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin both asked Trump to recognize the capital during his visit to Israel last week.

Trump furious with Abbas: You lied to me

President Trump reportedly outraged with Palestinian Authority leader. 'The Israelis showed me that you are involved in incitement.’

By David Rosenberg

President Donald Trump lambasted Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, after the president claims the PA leader deceived him regarding his party’s involvement in anti-Israel incitement.

Trump met with Abbas in the PA-controlled city of Bethlehem last week during his two-day visit to Israel. The two held a joint press conference, at which time the president praised Abbas’ commitment to restarting negotiations with Israel for a final status agreement.

But according to a report by Channel 2 Sunday evening, the closed-door meeting between the president and the PA chairman was anything but cordial.

A US official present during the meeting claims the president expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.

“You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled at Abbas, referencing the PA leader’s March trip to the US capital.

During his March get-together with the president, Abbas claimed he was dedicated to advancing peaceful relations with Israel, and that the PA was not engaged in incitement against the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu publicly called out Abbas’ claim, noting the PA’s continued material support for jailed terrorists and promotion of hateful propaganda encouraging young Arabs to take up arms against Israel.

"I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace,” said Netanyahu. “Unfortunately, that's not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay 
terrorists,” he said at the opening of a meeting with the Romanian prime minister in Jerusalem.

According to the American official who spoke with Channel 2, beyond the PM’s statement, Israel also provided the White House with proof of the PA’s support for and promotion of terrorism.

“You talked to me about peace, but the Israelis showed me that you are personally supporting incitement,” Trump reportedly told Abbas last week.

During their joint presser last Tuesday, President Trump alluded to the PA’s funding for jailed terrorists, calling it an obstacle to peace.

"Peace can never take root in a place where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” said President Trump.

“We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice. Peace is a choice we must make each day, and the United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children all across the region."

While Trump did neither of those things, he mentioned the millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem during his address at the Israel Museum.

Linda Sarsour and the Deafening Silence

avatar by Dov Hikind

It’s said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Or as author Harlan Ellison phrased it, everyone’s entitled to their own door to hell — as long as they don’t slam my foot in it. These maxims come to mind as my phone rings, and someone asks me about attending the anti-Linda Sarsour protest at CUNY on May 25.

Organized by activist Pam Geller, this protest is the only one addressing the travesty of CUNY pretending that Sarsour’s scheduled commencement speech at its Graduate School of Public Health on June 1 has anything to do with free speech. Or that anything in Sarsour’s doctrine is even vaguely in concert with public health or health policy.

The problem, as I see it, isn’t that Sarsour’s cunning has bought her some Jewish friends whose goal is to make her seem kosher. These far-left Jewish liberals see only Sarsour’s eagerness to raise money for American Jewish cemeteries, and are willing to look beyond her tweets (which celebrate filling Israeli cemeteries with new bodies).

The problem also isn’t short-sighted feminists who accept Sarsour as their new spokesmodel, despite her advocacy of Sharia law, which would strip these feminists — and all women — of rights that even females on the Mayflower possessed. And the problem isn’t politicians who allow Sarsour to fundraise for their re-election campaigns, and then excuse her fetish for murderers as “just her opinion.”

No, the problem is the complacency of the right and the intelligent middle. The problem is the hush that’s fallen over those who know better, but turn a blind eye as this advocate of terrorism will be tacitly legitimized by CUNY.

The problem is the deafening silence.

But Pam Geller is not staying silent. And the speakers who will address the crowd in front of CUNY on May 25 won’t be silent either. While everyone else who understands the danger that Sarsour poses seems content with hand wringing and issuing notes of tepid criticism, there are a few good people who are actually willing to stand up.

I look around as Sarsour, this blood-thirsty wolf in a liberal sheep’s clothing, is given a pass by those who “disagree with what she says, but feel she has the right to say it.” And I can either shake my head with disgust and disbelief, or stand up with those willing to oppose her. And that’s what I will do on May 25.

I may not agree with everyone who speaks before or after me. I may take issue with some 
of their beliefs. But their beliefs don’t call for my death by stoning, or the other “progressive” tactics of Linda Sarsour’s beloved “intifada.” If a pair of female rabbis can forgive Sarsour’s romantic view of terrorism and excuse her Twitter fantasies of “taking Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s vagina away” as “a little mean,” I can surely stand with Milo Yiannopoulos and everyone else from the LGBT community and other walks of life who understand that Sarsour’s political agenda, if successful, would place all of our collective heads in the basket of jihad.

My personal public health and policy requires that I keep my head.

Dov Hikind is a Democratic New York state assemblyman.

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