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Sadly, I find myself in total agreement with Smerel. The inmates at any federal prison would seek an immediate “compassionate release” if forced to share a cellblock with the prior POTUS.
If you travel anywhere in the world, it is not unusual to see road sighs bilingual or trilingual to reflect either large segments of the locals speaking a second language or accommodating tourists. When hiking in Patagonia earlier this summer, we were amused by the frequent national park signs reminding us in English, Spanish and HEBREW to carry out our trash.August 18, 2022 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm in reply to: Allen Weisselberg, longtime Trump executive, pleads guilty to tax scheme #2116518
A bit of irony that the two highest profile Trumpkopfs serving prison time are named Cohen and Weisselberg….several other erhliche yidden would still be in prison but for 11th hour pardons….August 18, 2022 1:06 pm at 1:06 pm in reply to: Anyone know of a shabbos getaway for parshas Eikev ? #2116392
What do you mean by a “weekend”?? There are several hotels/resorts with good hashgacha with different types of activities. Are you looking for a “singles” weekend, something involving “group activities”, a “learners weekend”??
CA: I suspect all of us engage in a degree of hyperbole on certain trigger issues in which we are emotionally invested. Doesn’t really mean we were “wrong” but certainly could have expressed our views or disagreement in more civil or artful terms.
“He is popular for the same reason Trump was popular: he does not lie….
Azoy….Trump is by far the most flagrant and pervasive liar among all contemporary politicians to the extent he can no longer even remember a lie he told an hour ago. All politicians lie but Trump clearly has exceeded any modern record of inventing facts real time and his loyal Trumpkopfs believe whatever he says is true at any point in time. I don’t think BG is a liar per se; he just exploits the fears of younger voters very effectively.
Actually, I thought so on one occasion but on further reflection I realized I was wrong.August 16, 2022 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm in reply to: The coffee room is ussor and I’m trying to make sure people chap #2115684
Moishalah: Didn’t you know there is a shidduch crisis?? The CR provides a “safe” environment to meet your beschert. Ask any of the three Mrs. UJMs or Rebbitzen Milhouse all of whom found a segulah by posting here in the CR.
Wear WHATEVER you want and makes you feel good about yourself and conforms to the norms of your hashkafah and minhag hamokom. If following the minhag of your father/grandfather is important to you, than do so but ultimately, be yourself. The ebeshter won’t judge you because of your sense of fashion or lack thereof and your chelek of olam haboh is not contingent on a wearing a gartel or the size of your kipah.
” There is something humane here that we need to appreciate even if there are some quirks in character….”
For some of us, we are dealing with actions and attributes that are so far beyond what might reasonably be considered “quirks in character” that its unlikely we will ever find common ground. Both sides view another 4 years of Trump as an existential issue for our country with no compromise possible. My often expressed wish is for BOTH sides to find new candidates without the baggage of the geriatric incumbents. Hope springs eternal
Perhaps a minor technicality but the statutes cited in the warrant under which Trump arguably might be charged are based on the term “National Defense Information” not “classified” information. The definition of this term is informed by extensive case law.
Jack….I’d be the last person to “trust” Trump with anything. My comment about “showing off” was more directed at some stupid photo of him cavorting with Kim il Sung or a compromising email intercept about French President’s Macron’s alleged infidelity. My sense is that while some of the documents are classified, if the DOJ really thought there was anything at Mar a Lago that literally jeopardized national security or nuclear weapons programs, they wouldn’t have waited months to “negotiate” for their return. I could be wrong but just don’t think we are dealing with existential documents. That having been said, I certainly hope they nail him for what he has illegally taken from the WH.
Syag: All this is just Act 29, scene 7 of an ongoing screenplay that seems to be written in real time by some former writers for West Wing with a dark sense of humor nibbling on hallucinogenic mushrooms with a questionable hashgacha. The naive Dems keep thinking that somehow THIS will be the straw that broke the camel’s back and finally result in Trump being skewered. The even more gullible MAGAs (formerly known as Republicans) keep gulping the cool aid and making believe Trump’s actions are “normal” and allowing themselves to be shafted (w/o the benefit of preparation X) and accepting this as the “new normal” for their leader. Even if showing early signs of dementia, at least Biden kept his promise to be “boring” since I really believe Garland is running this investigation w/o any WH input.
I’ve always suspected that deep inside many Litvishe yiddin beats the heart of a chassidishe fashion wanabee waiting to break out of the rigid black and white world of conformity and find some sartorial element to let their inner fashionista shine (without, of course, being accused of borderline tzinius violations for calling too much attention to their non-conforming Litvishe lvush).
Comparisons to the Rosenbergs and suggestions of espionage charges actually being brought against Trump and meshugaas from the left. We already have enough garbage from the right so this stuff is totally counterproductive. My sense is that Trump simply wanted to hold on stuff he could bring out and show off to visitors or possibly even use for financial gain. I don’t think he ever considered “selling” classified information to our enemies since he would be too dumb to pull of such a stunt and no foreign adversary would take anything he offered seriously.
“Trump has the authority to declassify and transfer to his personal ownership [documents taken during the FBI search of Mar a Lago]
We keep hearing this mantra from Trump and his chevrah. It is only partially true. Trump does have ultimate declassification authority but certain documents cannot be declassified at all and others require certain minimal procedures be followed. However, even after declassification, he CANNOT simply “transfer” (aka steal”) the documents and hide in his office and bedroom. They remain the property of the U.S. government (with the exception of certain momentos (aka gifts) from foreign governments of nominal value. Otherwise, they remain accessible to an ex-President but under the custody and control of the National Archives.
AAQ: I read Dershowitz’s op ed and rather convoluted effort to bring back Hillary into the debate. The FBI/Comey intrusion into the 2016 election with his 11th hour news conference on the “server” and the “emails) was a key factor in her loss (along with her being a generally unlikable candidate). The facts of the Clinton cases, whether you agree with the tactical decision to get a warrant or not, were materially different from a legal perspective and the operative regs than Trump simply stuffing boxes with classified or top secret documents and hauling them home and storing them in his bedroom at a public country club and in the basement next to the basement storage room for the bar (albeit with an “extra lock” requested by the government attorneys trying to recover those documents after his lawyers lied about even having them).
When confronted with the fact that under statute and clear language in the CFR an outgoing President (nor anyone acting on his behalf) cannot simply “remove” government-documents from the WH and take them home regardless of whether or not they were “declassified” (in his own mind), Trump’s lawyer was at first silent for about 15 seconds and then changed the subject to Obama’s 30 million documents at his home in Chicago. When then confronted with the fact that those 30 million documents are under the control of the national archives at a secure government warehouse, the lawyer quickly pivoted “what about Clinton” and then offered the most bizarre argument that somehow “all the documents” taken from Mar a Lago were “privileged” communications w/o explaining what “privilege” would apply to a President’s communications with foreign leaders, top-secret national security intercepts, etc.
Same game over and over again. Deny, obfuscate, change the story, accuse everyone else of having done the same thing, attribute it all to those out to get you, rinse, wash repeat.
Wear a blue shirt and all these problems go away.
Syag: The warrant and the “inventory” of documents seized will be released later this afternoon. I’m hoping they don’t redact the descriptive information.
1: Are you suggesting that UJM is in the “closet” and reveal his true identity or even thinking of coming out?? I find that highly unlikely. g
2cents…..There were highly classified docs removed from Mar a Lago. Trump may claim he retroactively “declassified” everything he stole from the WH. Yes, he could have declassified those docs when he was in the WH and followed a simple procedure to do so. There is no evidence he did.
“If there are no jews in your area, then why not fly to catch a minyan?”
Because some of us don’t have chassidim offering to charter private jets to fly us somewhere to daven b’tzibur while on vacation
So now there is a story running in WaPo
that the classified documents’ Trump took from the White House were top-secret “nuclear-related” memos etc. (aka pros and cons of dropping a nuclear bomb in the Gulf-of Mexico to assure that Hurricane Dorian extended its path beyond the Weather Bureau’s official forecast and hit Alabama as per his Sharpie-drawn falsified map in 2019)
AAQ: And just when I thought you were becoming a bit more woke…
AAQ: This they/them preferred pronoun meshugaas really became a big minhag in the past 2-3 years, just in time for Covid, work-from-home and non-stop conference and Zoom calls. Try being a participant on a business conference call with several law firms, their clients, bankers etc. where one of the participants has signaled they want to be referenced as “they/them” and you can go totally looney tunes trying to figure out whose on first. You want to be respectful of people’s choices but its truly mind-numbing.
In the time it takes him to draft one of his “tweetlach” on his new Emes social media site, Trump could clear up all this stuff by releasing a copy of the search warrant and explain why he has refused to return the relevant documents after months of denial that he still held any classified materials. If the DOJ was wrong and there were no classified docs, than the Republicans are entirely within their political rights to yell gevalt.
“this thread starting to sound like the yentas in imamother who will argue about anything”
Just to be certain c’v that you weren’t being sexist, a “yenta” is a gender neutral term and should be referenced in they/them binary pronouns.
CS is correct, on pop-ups. We have seen notes tacked on to the bulletin boards outside of some Ranger Stations and Visitors Centers at national parks advertising pop-up minyanim. There is frum life outside of the NYS Thruway rest area in Sloatsburg
“yup all of the above make me and anyone else with a brain feel great when we pay our grocery bill that doubled since Brandon took over…”
Clearly, you don’t fall within the peer group referenced in your post since anyone with a brain can easily access the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites and confirm that food prices have NOT increased by 100 percent since January 2021. The actual increase as of June 2022 varies between 14% and 17% depending on which metric you use to measure typical
“basket” of groceries for family of 4.
There were jars of kimchee from the “Beloved Leader”(aka Kim Jong-un) apparently hidden along with the boxes of classified documents to deter the search dogs used by the FBI agents. Outrageous tactic and also cruelty to animals.
Assuming there is some “there” there, than the last phrase of the underlying statute has some relevance.
“Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing [subject to the Presidential Records Act], that willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined” $2,000, up to three years in prison or “shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
“A possible argument against would be that Hashem sends you a mitzvah and you should do that rather than looking for a better one…”
Sadly, you have no assurance that some guy who shows up at your door or at the beis medrash dressed in fakempt yeshivish lvush carrying a frayed letter laminated in plastic signed by some rebbelah you may never have heard of is the personification of a mitzvah sent your way by the Ebeshter. Always do your diligence and only offer funds if you have confirmed the legitimacy of the recipient (unless you simply offer a dollar bill and send him on his way) .
It depends on the road you are taking…..
Godaven….Com is usually the best place to start your search. I find it the most reliable and frequently updated although calling ahead is a good idea if there is a phone contact listed. There are still some Covid era changes in effect
Trump is using this search to renew his “victimhood” status and raise funds for his PACs. I agree entirely with the speculation above that the DOJ would not have approved the warrant if it was focused on a pro forma violation of the Presidential Records Act or some arcane dispute between lawyers at the National Archives and Trump as to which tchachkas he received from foreign leaders must be turned over to the government. There has to be some large issues here. If not, this would be a massive blunder for DOJ and the FBI.
We don’t have any “facts” because the Trumpkopfs have still failed to provide a detailed inventory of what documents they removed from the WH and the legal basis for withholding them under the Presidential Records and Archives regs. Conversely, 45 has repeatedly claimed he is not subject to most laws governing prior occupants of the Oval office, can pardon HIMSELF (along with all his clowns) and could “shoot somone on Fifth Avenue” w/o consequences.
BTW: He is sitting for deposition today in the NYS investigation of the potential fraud in his tax filings and property valuation. Perhaps he will be asked about the “love letters” from the Dear Leader and what they might bring at auction or what other documents got the big “flush” in the West Wing and Mar a Lago (although those matters may be somewhat off-topic for the NY AG).
I’m fairly certain Garland, with extensive trial court experience drilled down fairly deeply on the scienter arguments of whether DOJ could demonstrate that Trump had both knowledge of the nature of removing the relevant documents and the intent to maintain possession in violation of the Presidential records act. Each incoming President is personally briefed on those rules literally from the moment they walk into the oval office. (You generally cannot establish lack of scienter in a federal criminal proceeding by arguing there were ways you might have arguably achieved the same outcome legally albeit in practice you pursued another strategy).
I have to believe, however, that in this case, there was MORE than some minor violation of the rules requiring Presidents to turn over the chotchkas they receive from foreign government valued over $50 along with any communications from foreign leaders (which seems to be what the Trump lawyers claim are the contents of the withheld boxes). Just a hunch that they wouldn’t jeopardize the January 6/election overturn investigation with some nickle and dime Records Act violation and the predictable firestorm it elicited.
A core value in charitable giving is to provide what you can to a truly needy individual subject to two basic limitations.
1. Give within your own means w/o increasing risk to your family or denying them basic needs.
2. Determine within the constraints of time, situational context and privacy, whether the person(s) to whom you are giving have done what they can to improve their own status before turning to others for support. h
This is common sense and doesn’t require consultation with others. Where you cannot take the time to make such inquiries, give a pro forma dollar bill and move on.
AAQ: There is an explicit process for “declassification” which must be followed, even by POTUS. Dershowitz can make talmudic arguments, but they will fall on deaf ears absent supporting contemporaneous documentation. An ex-President cannot retroactively “declassify” documents he took from the WH that hadn’t been declassified as of noon on 1/20/21.
Just to be clear, Trump had been forced to return 14 boxes classified materials several months ago after the National Archives learned in February that he had illegally taken these materials from the White House when he left back on January 20th. However, he had failed to return at least 12 other boxes of documents which were equally classified which were seized yesterday pursuant to the warrant signed by a federal magistrate. His lawyers have yet to explain WHY he withheld these documents in the first place and why they lied about the existence of the additional materials he failed to return. Trump himself is in the best position to answer all the questions being raised by the usual Republican shills .
Syag: Hope does spring eternal….at this point, neither imaginary or naive or wishful. Until someone explains how/why 14 boxes containing classified information were removed from the WH rather than transferred to the Archives pursuant to law, a lawful warrant was issued and served by federal law enforcement.
As I’ve said, watch natural gas prices, not gasoline. The latter will keep trending down while the former are still hovering around $8/MMBTU. If we or Europe have an unusually cold winter, prices could easily spike north of $10/MMBTU as space heating and electric generation demand soar.
I found some of these speakers, who you sarcastically reference as “baalebatim” to be considerably more articulate and provided more engaging messages than some of the others whose videos were linked side-by-side on the YWN news pages. You don’t need semicha to be able to communicate daas torah that resonates on a day such as Tisha Ba’av.
“Also, waze was developed in Israel. I don’t know whether team is still there…”
Noam Bardin, who was the CEO of Waze from about 2009 through the Google acquisition, just left the company in mid-2021. He split his time between the NYC metro area and Israel and kept much of the original tech team intact after the Google acquisition. Recently, however, much of the Israeli team has dissolved.August 7, 2022 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm in reply to: how did early jews keep warm in terribly cold climates during the winter? #2112823
Memo to file:
Drinking hot tea will provide some short-term warming affect to the body but generally not result in maintaining a warm body temperature over a sustained period of exposure to freezing temperatures. Adding some sugar to the water might extend the warming benefits. Adding alcohol may actually be counter-productive even though it may induce short-term feeling of “warmth”.
Rumpus: Get a life!! If you don’t want to listen to these motivational/inspirational programs, don’t tune in.
“There’s a button to press that takes a split second… [and] it lets Waze know that there’s a cop on the side of the road”
Perhaps the OP, in his usual creative mode, is thinking about how this really great app can also address another one of his priorities which is how to alert yiddeshe neshamas about a potential exposure to pritzus. Specifically, why couldn’t the software engineers add a new “Tzinus Alert” button along with those for radar traps and speed cameras that would warn you that there is an inappropriately dressed woman about 4 or 5 blocks ahead so the driver knows to shut his eyes while driving along that stretch of the road.
P.S. And the driver behind him can use the Waze “accident alert” button to notify other drivers that the ehrliche yid in front of his car had just crashed into a double parked delivery truck while driving with his eyes closed.
I’ll continue to hold by my apikorsus that it is irresponsible for parents to have children they know they cannot afford to feed, house and care for.
Naming buildings after individual donors carries some risks. We all know of several recent cases where years AFTER the donation, there are negative developments with regard to that individual or new information becomes available that requires distancing. Do we really want to have a Madoff’s or Epstein’s name on the facilities used by yiddeshe mosdos??
Avram: Your reading of my post was that the Tana in the Mishna “made up” the 18 yo age for kiddushin w/o any basis. Not what I said. There had to be some rationale for 18yo (versus 17 yo or 19 yo)……it is an age level where he believed that a young man was READY to assume the responsibilities for marriage and presumably, his conclusion was informed by his own experience, based on what he knew at the time. If the age was simply a function of the earliest age when a young man could produce children, the mishna would have said 14 yo.
As to your belief that one should marry w/o regard to their ability to support themselves, some of us disagree. If they have parents who can readily support them, fine. If not, they have some responsibility to accrue the resources w/o forcing their parents to beg for money. Its within their ability to work and obtain those funds on their own. If they choose not to, thats their decision. My reference to W-2s did not establish a wealth test for marriage. If you intention is to have children asap, then its also your responsibility to be able to provide for their medical care, food, housing etc. (or should the parents go out and beg for that money too after they’ve finished paying off the caterer).