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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

May God Bless You Mr. President!


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/obamas-arizona-speech-transcript-video/69467/

President Obama's Arizona Speech: Transcript
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Jan 12 2011, 8:55 PM ET
As Prepared for Delivery.


To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.

As Scripture tells us:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff, and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech. They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders - representatives of the people answering to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns to our nation's capital. Gabby called it "Congress on Your Corner" - just an updated version of government of and by and for the people.

That is the quintessentially American scene that was shattered by a gunman's bullets. And the six people who lost their lives on Saturday - they too represented what is best in America.

Judge John Roll served our legal system for nearly 40 years. A graduate of this university and its law school, Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain twenty years ago, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and rose to become Arizona's chief federal judge. His colleagues described him as the hardest-working judge within the Ninth Circuit. He was on his way back from attending Mass, as he did every day, when he decided to stop by and say hi to his Representative. John is survived by his loving wife, Maureen, his three sons, and his five grandchildren.

George and Dorothy Morris - "Dot" to her friends - were high school sweethearts who got married and had two daughters. They did everything together, traveling the open road in their RV, enjoying what their friends called a 50-year honeymoon. Saturday morning, they went by the Safeway to hear what their Congresswoman had to say. When gunfire rang out, George, a former Marine, instinctively tried to shield his wife. Both were shot. Dot passed away.

A New Jersey native, Phyllis Schneck retired to Tucson to beat the snow. But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 year-old great-granddaughter. A gifted quilter, she'd often work under her favorite tree, or sometimes sew aprons with the logos of the Jets and the Giants to give out at the church where she volunteered. A Republican, she took a liking to Gabby, and wanted to get to know her better.

Dorwan and Mavy Stoddard grew up in Tucson together - about seventy years ago. They moved apart and started their own respective families, but after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy's daughters put it, "be boyfriend and girlfriend again." When they weren't out on the road in their motor home, you could find them just up the road, helping folks in need at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with their dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers.

Everything Gabe Zimmerman did, he did with passion - but his true passion was people. As Gabby's outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits they had earned, that veterans got the medals and care they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks. He died doing what he loved - talking with people and seeing how he could help. Gabe is survived by his parents, Ross and Emily, his brother, Ben, and his fiancée, Kelly, who he planned to marry next year.

And then there is nine year-old Christina Taylor Green. Christina was an A student, a dancer, a gymnast, and a swimmer. She often proclaimed that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the major leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her. She showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age, and would remind her mother, "We are so blessed. We have the best life." And she'd pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.

Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken - and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness.

Our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 Americans who survived the shooting, including the congresswoman many of them went to see on Saturday. I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here, where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak. And I can tell you this - she knows we're here and she knows we love her and she knows that we will be rooting for her throughout what will be a difficult journey.

And our hearts are full of gratitude for those who saved others. We are grateful for Daniel Hernandez, a volunteer in Gabby's office who ran through the chaos to minister to his boss, tending to her wounds to keep her alive. We are grateful for the men who tackled the gunman as he stopped to reload. We are grateful for a petite 61 year-old, Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the killer's ammunition, undoubtedly saving some lives. And we are grateful for the doctors and nurses and emergency medics who worked wonders to heal those who'd been hurt.

These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, all around us, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, just waiting to be summoned - as it was on Saturday morning.

Their actions, their selflessness, also pose a challenge to each of us. It raises the question of what, beyond the prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward. How can we honor the fallen? How can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations - to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we've seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "when I looked for light, then came darkness." Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind.

So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.

But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

After all, that's what most of us do when we lose someone in our family - especially if the loss is unexpected. We're shaken from our routines, and forced to look inward. We reflect on the past. Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in awhile but every single day?

So sudden loss causes us to look backward - but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. We may ask ourselves if we've shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame - but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.

That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions - that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed - they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. We may not have known them personally, but we surely see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis - she's our mom or grandma; Gabe our brother or son. In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America's fidelity to the law. In Gabby, we see a reflection of our public spiritedness, that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.

And in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

So deserving of our love.

And so deserving of our good example. If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let's make sure it's worthy of those we have lost. Let's make sure it's not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives - to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let's remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud. It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other's ideas without questioning each other's love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here - they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.

That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.

Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called "Faces of Hope." On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life. "I hope you help those in need," read one. "I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles."

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we've lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America.

20 comments:

Arthur said...

This lady certainly has her head screwed on right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4dksiRW-Yg&feature=player_embedded

Queens insider said...

http://www.torahanytime.com/scripts/media.php?file=media/Rabbi/Special_Event/2011-01-02/Keeping_Kids_Safe_From_Inappropriate_Behavior_at_School_and_in_the_Neighborhood/Rabbi__Special_Event__Keeping_Kids_Safe_From_Inappropriate_Behavior_at_School_and_in_the_Neighborhood__2011-01-02.wmv

Don't be fooled. This is to make it appear that Queens Vaad heads Schonfeld and Schwartz are on the side of abuse victims.

Schonfeld and Schwartz are staging a show.

They are trying to repair the damage done to their reputations for the Bryks cover up. They only allowed his Vaad membership to "expire" because JBAC went to the newspapers after endless Queens Vaad stonewalling. The blogs also went viral against the Queens Vaad for allowing a pedophile attracting kids with cookies at his bakery to remain long after his arrest. They only removed Ebstein the baker after he pleaded guilty because it was going to be in the newspapers.

Schonfeld and Schwartz had no choice but to participate in the Young Israel gathering because the "Ad hoc" woman's group had threatened to go public against the Vaad about a list of Queens child molesters that the public is not yet aware of.

Queens insider said...

Part 2

The Vaad is still promoting Bryks's hachnosas kallah gemach on their website.

The Vaad removed Bryks's name from association with Vaad mikvaos but this was only a cover up after bad publicity as he still retains control.

Bryks still has unsupervised access to any Queens Vaad shul.

Someone from the Vaad, later proven to be Chaim Schwartz (who used to work for the Agudah), has been posting messages on Rabbi Shain's blog attacking child victim advocates and falsely claiming that "all the gedolim from the last dor said to keep these things quiet".

http://theunorthodoxjew.blogspot.com/2008/04/steve-mostofskys-nasty-history-on-child.html

National Council of Young Israel's President has been covering up for child molesters for years.

In one case he is suspected of covering up together with Bryks mechuten Moshe Faskowitz in Queens, possibly with Queens DA Richard Brown turning a blind eye. Richard Brown is friends with Brooklyn DA Charlie Hynes who has a long history of covering up for heimishe child molesters in return for huge campaign contributions.

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/investigative/wheelchair-bound-lawyer-sex-assault-case-dismissed-20110112

The Queens DA office which participated in Schonfeld's show is corrupt. They are not aggressive against real molesters but bring trumped out charges against someone who could not possibly be a molester.

Anonymous said...

JWB says:

Part 1 of 2

http://www.winnipegjewishreview.com/article_detail.cfm?id=667&sec=1&title=THE_STORY_THAT_CONTINOUS_TO_HAUNT_OUR_COMMUNITY:_RABBI_BRYKS_TO_BE_SUBJECT_MATTER_OF_EPISODE_OF_NEW_DOCUMENTARY_SERIES_FOR_VISION_T.V.

THE STORY THAT CONTINUES TO HAUNT OUR COMMUNITY: RABBI BRYKS TO BE SUBJECT MATTER OF EPISODE OF NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES FOR VISION T.V.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER RABBI HENRY BALSER GOES ON THE RECORD RE HIS ROLE IN THIS SAGA- READ IT HERE

By Rhonda J. Spivak, B.A., L.L.B., January 5, 2011

The case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks who has been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse against children but never charged with a crime will be the subject matter of part of an episode in a documentary series currently being produced by Apocryphal Productions for Vision Television.

According to the Jewish Week, [New York] June 29, 2010 " Rabbi Bryks, who was investigated by police in Winnipeg, on suspicion of inappropriate contact with children at Winnipeg’s Torah Academy where he was principal, resigned from the Orthodox Union’s Rabbinical Council of America in 2003 without admitting any wrongdoing. Bryks, who currently lives in Queens reached a negotiated agreement to leave the Rabbinical Board of Queens in the fall of 2009."

"Rabbi Bryks, as principal of the Torah Academy in Winnipeg was found in 1988 to have tickled and hugged some students but denied more serious charges of sexual molestation, according to press reports. While the more serious charges were not substantiated by an investigation by Winnipeg social workers, the substantiated contact was deemed inappropriate and the Winnipeg Child and Family Services agency recommended that the school adopt guidelines against such behavior. The school closed in 1991, about a year after Rabbi Bryks left Winnipeg."

Allan Levine in his recent book“ Coming of Age,” on p.420, refers to "the agency issuing a report that concluded that Bryks' behavior of having children sit on his lap while he tickled them was "neither appropriate nor professional", but not illegal."
Tanya Fleet of Apocryphal Productions, who is researching visual material for the documentary series, told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that the series will consider “the issue of sexual abuse or allegations thereof pertaining to children in religious communities… The themes to be examined are why it is prevalent, why is it kept quiet, and what is now being done to try and stop potential abuse. We will talk to experts in the fields, activists, survivors and their families.”
According to Fleet, the series which is being produced by Christopher Sumpton and Robin Benger, will deal with these issues in the Catholic community, the Evangelical Christian community, as well as in Judaism and Islam.
The painful saga relating to Rabbi Bryks in Winnipeg will be part of an episode that will focus on orthodoxy in Judaism, and will also deal with the orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

In 1993, after Rabbi Bryks moved to New York, a former student in Winnipeg accused him of having fondled him at the school when the student was 8, but prosecutors reportedly declined to file criminal charges, citing lack of corroboration. When the boy, Daniel Leven. at age 17, was asked to re-record a statement he had given earlier, he committed suicide.

Anonymous said...

JWB says:

Part 2 of 3

Martin Levin [Daniel’s father] has been interviewed for the upcoming documentary series.
Levin, currently lives in Toronto and is the book editor of the Globe and Mail.
Former Winnipegger Alan Mendelsohn is the producer of the episode of the series relating to the Jewish community. Mendelsohn has previously worked at the CBC as a producer at The Journal.

Herzlia Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, where Rabbi Bryks served, took down the plaques in his honour on the Tree of Life in the lobby of the synagogue in September, 2010. Herzlia's actions, close to 17 years after Levin's suicide, occurred less than two months after members of the Jewish community in Winnipeg had a full opportunity to read the article by Adam Dickter, Assistant Managing Editor of the Jewish Week (New York), June 29, 2010 , which was posted in the latter part of July, 2010 on this website and elsewhere. To read this article click on Rabbi Ephraim Bryks Leaves Rabbinical Board of Queens Under A Cloud.

In the email sent to Herzlia membership days before Yom Kippur this past year, Dr. Earl Hershfield, President of the Board of Herzlia wrote:

“In response to repeated requests, and after much deliberation, the Board of Directors of Herzlia – Adas Yeshurun has decided to remove all plaques on the Tree of Life in the Shul lobby dedicated in honour of [Rabbi] Ephraim Bryks”[emphasis added].
He also wrote “As a Shul, we have a responsibility to provide moral and ethical leadership for our community.”
In the same email, he wrote “In accordance with a recent resolution taken by the Rabbinical Council of America, Herzlia – Adas Yeshurun condemns all forms of abuse in the strongest terms. Policies and procedures are being developed by your Board to direct future action. Reporting suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities does not violate the Torah’s prohibition of mesirah (turning a fellow Jew over to a non-Jewish authority) or arka’ot (adjudicating cases in a secular court). We are obligated by Jewish law to do so as the concern for saving a life and respecting the law of land are paramount.”
Levine in his recent book “ Coming of Age,” on p.420 writes that “Daniel Levin alleged that Bryks molested him." He further wrote "According to Sarah Levin, [Daniel’s mother] Bryks had given Daniel candy to keep him quiet and told him that God would punish him if he ever told anyone what had transpired. This threat of retribution was echoed by other children who came forward.”
A previous documentary was made on the case of Rabbi Bryks by CBC Television and produced by Noah Erenberg, a member of our Jewish community and a graduate of the Joseph Wolinsky class of 1982. The documentary was hosted by the late Danielle Keefler and aired nationally in February 1994.

Anonymous said...

JWB says:

Part 3 of 3

http://www.winnipegjewishreview.com/article_detail.cfm?id=667&sec=1&title=THE_STORY_THAT_CONTINOUS_TO_HAUNT_OUR_COMMUNITY:_RABBI_BRYKS_TO_BE_SUBJECT_MATTER_OF_EPISODE_OF_NEW_DOCUMENTARY_SERIES_FOR_VISION_T.V.

Levine’s book says on page 421, “Attempts by Rabby Bryks to sue CBC and CNN, which also broadcast the documentary, were discontinued for lack of funds.”

Noah Erenberg's name is not mentioned in Levine's book on pages 419-421.

The Winnipeg Jewish Review has spoken to Rabbi Henry Balser who is now living in Florida.

Rabbi Balser told the Winnipeg Jewish Review “I almost broke into tears when I read [in the Winnipeg Jewish Review] that Herzlia Synagogue finally took down the plaques in honour of Rabbi Bryks.”

In his book, Levine writes on page 420 “Bryks was nearly hired to head a Jewish school in Montreal until parents there learned of the allegations in Winnipeg.”

Rabbi Balser told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that he was giving spiritual advise and comfort to a family who came to him, alleging their child had been molested by Rabbi Bryks.
Rabbi Balser told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that “The vice principal from the Montreal [school] contacted me on the advice of an orthodox Rabbi.”
Rabbi Balser said “I relied not just on the word of the family that I spoke with. I also did some investigation of my own, and decided then that I was on solid ground in telling the Rabbi in Montreal that I would not recommend Bryks.”
Rabbi Balser told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that he told the Montreal Rabbi this even though he feared potentially being sued by Bryks.
Balser also told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that he was thankful that Shaarey Zedek Synagogue backed him up and was willing to pay any related legal fees he may have had to incur in so doing.

The Winnipeg Jewish Review will report on further details of the upcoming documentary series to be aired on Vision Television in due course.

In his book on page 419, Levine writes that the "biggest controversy in the Herzlia's history-in fact, arguably the most controverisal matter in the annals of the Winnipeg Jewish community-involved Rabbi Bryk's..." [emphasis added].

In his book on page 420 Levine refers to the Winnipeg-produced CBC television documentary about Bryks as "controversial."

Below is the article by Adam Dickter in the Jewish Week.

See also: Rhonda Spivak's editorial of September 5, 2010.

Anonymous said...

Stupid post, UOJ.

I don't want to have to read what this faker was told to say by his teleprompter.

The guy is trying to milk this tragedy for points against the Republicans who are for once in a position to stop his socialist agenda.

Anonymous said...

JWB says:

Alleged pedophile continues to pretend to be protector of women:

http://imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1785346

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PostPosted: Yesterday at 5:35 pm Post subject: re: For my children and me...

To help you get your Get, you should contact Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. He can get stubborn criminals to give a Get, and he has. This is why he has done over 8,000 Gitin for the Jewish community. HIs office is located in Kew Gardens, NY.

I can tell you that my ex didn't want to give me the Get, and Rabbi Bryks convinced him.

There is only one person that Rabbi Bryks has not had success, and that is with Ariel Hacohen.

But the fact that he has convinced 8,000 men to give their wives Gitin is incredible.

Please call Rabbi Bryks at ...

Elliot Pasik said...

God bless the President, and God bless America.

Thank you for posting, UOJ. You're a man of conscience!

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html#mod=djemWMP_t

Parenting and appropriate education is a major factor why China will be the number one economic superpower within the next decade!

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

Thank you Elliot, I remember when we started our work together in the trenches back in 2005. We've come quite a ways, would you say?

Jefferson, with all his human failings was indeed a giant!

"Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

� At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.

� At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

� At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

� At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

� At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

� At 23, started his own law practice.

� At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

� At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.

� At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

� At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

� At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and
wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

� At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

� At 40, served in Congress for two years.

� At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated
commercial treaties with European nations
� At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

� At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

� At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

� At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

� At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s
size.

� At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

� At 65, retired to Monticello.

� At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

� At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
Virginia and served as its first president.

� At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered".

Gabe Feldman said...

This guy considers himself to be modern orthodox

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/01/13/2011-01-13_manhattan_doctor_could_get_millions_in_reward_money_after_blowing_whistle_on_med.html

A Manhattan doctor could reap millions for doing the right thing.

Dr. Gabriel Feldman blew the whistle on what federal prosecutors are calling the city's attempt to bilk taxpayers out of "tens of millions" by overbilling Medicaid.

Now the feds are fighting to recover more than $60 million - and Feldman stands to get a 15%-25% cut of the cash under the whistleblower law.

When told last night that some might consider his actions courageous, Feldman said, "I appreciate that very much, but I can't talk about it." He referred calls to his lawyer.

The feds charge the city improperly approved 24-hour home care for thousands of poor, elderly patients, often despite the recommendations of doctors paid to review the cases.

A doctor, for instance, suggested a 75-year-old with dementia should be moved to a psychiatric facility because she routinely tried to jump out the window. Yet, the city approved 24-hour home care for her.

Feldman, a 49-year-old upper West Sider, is one of the doctors the city contracted to make recommendations.

After the Human Resources Administration ignored his gripes, he filed a complaint with the court in fall 2009.

As a result, the feds investigated the 17,500 people who received 24-hour personal care services and allege misbilling was widespread over a 10-year period.

The feds suggested the city was apt to favor home care because the state and federal governments split the cost; institutionalizing a patient requires the city to help share the cost.

Anonymous said...

JWB says:

The math is absurd. He would have to do 1 Get a day for 22 years.

>To help you get your Get, you
>should contact Rabbi Ephraim
>Bryks. He can get stubborn
>criminals to give a Get, and he
>has. This is why he has done over
>8,000 Gitin for the Jewish
>community. HIs office is located
>in Kew Gardens, NY.

Tendler Trinity of human Garbage said...

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/israeli-press-office-apologizes-for-bra-gate/?src=twrhp

They must have been in charge of security

ORA gets results said...

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/one-mans-odd-fight-against-ladies-nights/

A Manhattan lawyer who has filed a series of antifeminist lawsuits in recent years -– with little success — has suffered his latest defeat: the United States Supreme Court refused to hear what he calls his “ladies’ night lawsuit.”

In 2007, the lawyer, Roy Den Hollander, filed a class-action suit against Manhattan nightclubs like Copacabana, China Club, Lotus and Sol, claiming that they discriminated against men by offering free or reduced admission to women on “ladies’ nights.” Mr. Den Hollander contended that these offers violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

The suit, filed in federal court, was dismissed, and so was a subsequent appeal. Mr. Den Hollander then submitted a petition to the United States Supreme Court on the same issue. He said he received word on Wednesday that the court had refused to hear the case.

“Of course, the three females on the court probably voted against it,” Mr. Den Hollander said on Thursday. “Fighting for the rights of men is not very popular thing to do in America these days.

Mr. Hollander said that the basis of his case is that feminism is a religion. “The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that religion is a belief system that occupies the same space in a person’s activities as a traditional religion like Catholicism or Protestantism – a system that dictates your ethical and moral standards and activities.”

“The feminists have taken control over every institution in this country — they want to take control over men,” he said. “I’m going to fight them to my last dollar, last breath.”

Charles Schwab said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/business/14norris.html?hp=&pagewanted=print

Schwab’s Unkept Promise

By FLOYD NORRIS
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Charles Schwab said his firm was “on the side of the investor,” but it obfuscated the risks of a losing fund

It turns out that Schwab did not live up to those promises during the financial crisis, for which it agreed this week to pay $119 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, most of which will go to investors who bought into Schwab’s marketing hype for a fund full of risky investments that was promoted as a safe way to do better than a money market fund.

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btw, as Mark Levin pointed out tonight, Obama would've been much more effective when pleading for more civil discourse had he personally apologized for all the open disdain he and his top people have heaped upon Republicans since Day One. And who was it that recently stated, "If they bring a knife [to the table], we bring a gun!"?

Someone help me out here please...

Anonymous said...

Obama:

If they bring a knife, we bring a gun!

Obama:

Get in their [Republican] faces.

Obama: 20 Year disciple of Rev Wright, sat in his pews as his Reverend cursed out America, the Jews, and the white man. Obama sat in his pews for twenty years, as his dear reverend screamed like a madman "Not G-d bless America. G'd damn America. The US of KKK......"

Obama!!! The ultimate divider......

Using the latest tragedy to fool the American people..............

Glenn Beck Copies UOJ said...

Beck on AZ Memorial: Obama Truly Was the President of the United States of America.

Anonymous said...

Krauthammer said the President rose to occasion, and was unbelievably "inspirational." Krauthammer said the President was "quite remarkable, extremely effective" and "extremely succesful." When Hume was invited to criticize the speech as "political" he defended the President by saying the message was bound to be political since he is, after all, the President. Hume praises the President for adapting to the mood of the audience, and states he is likely to benefit politically from it.