Friday, January 18, 2019

trump stops congressional flights because of shutdown

President Trump on Thursday abruptly denied military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart, in a stunning decision that followed her call to delay the State of the Union address amid the government shutdown.
In a curt letter, Trump said her trip has been “postponed.”
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote.
but his wife still permitted

Shutdown? What shutdown? Melania flies to Mar-a-Lago in Air Force jet despite her husband grounding Nancy Pelosi AND canceling top officials' trip to Davos

  • Melania Trump was in route to Mar-a-Lago on an Air Force jet as President Donald Trump grounded Speaker Pelosi's government plane to Afghanistan
  • An Air Force plane with the first lady's call sign was spotted in route to Florida 
  • Additionally, President Trump canceled his administration's trip to Davos
  • The cancelation came after Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff slammed the administration for canceling Pelosi's trip when they had foreign travel scheduled
  • The White House move came after Pelosi sent Trump a letter saying he should not give the State of the Union address on Jan. 29 if there is still a shutdown
  • Trump sent her a letter in reply saying he was canceling her travel so negotiations on reopening the government could continue 


  1. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 18, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Trump is not Cyrus. Edmund Balfour was.


  3. This is going to be the best State of the Union speech ever. President Trump speaking while standing in front of a sitting (shall I say, grounded?) Speaker Pelosi behind him.

    The sparks will fly!

  4. Torah thought on this week’s parsha יתרו
    “16When they have a dispute, it comes before me [Moses], and I decide between one person and another, and I make known the laws and teachings of God.
    21You [Moses] shall also seek out from among all the people capable men who fear God, trustworthy men who spurn ill-gotten gain. Set these over them as chiefs of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, and 22let them judge the people at all times. Have them bring every major dispute to you, but let them decide every minor dispute themselves. Make it easier for yourself by letting them share the burden with you. 23If you do this—and God so commands you—you will be able to bear up; and all these people too will go home unwearied.” (Exodus 18:16,21-23).

    שמות פרק יח פסוק כא
    וְאַתָּה תֶחֱזֶה מִכָּל הָעָם אַנְשֵׁי חַיִל יִרְאֵי אֱלֹקִים אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת שֹׂנְאֵי בָצַע וְשַׂמְתָּ עֲלֵהֶם שָׂרֵי אֲלָפִים שָׂרֵי מֵאוֹת שָׂרֵי חֲמִשִּׁים וְשָׂרֵי עֲשָׂרֹת:
    Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael (Lauterbach vol. 2 p. 183)
    “Moreover, Thou Shalt Provide Out of All the People. You shall look for them with your prophetic power. Able Men אנשי חיל,that is wealthy people of means. Such as Fear God יראי אלקים, who when sitting in judgment, fear only God. Men of Truth אנשי אמת, that is, people of trust. Hating Unjust Gain שנאי בצע, those who when sitting in judgment hate to accept money.”
    מכילתא דרבי שמעון בר יוחאי פרק יח פסוק כא
    ואתה תחזה מכל העם אתה תחזה [להם מנבואה אנ]שי חיל אילו עשירים בעלי ממון יראי אים אלו [שיראים מן המקום בדין] אנשי אמת אלו בעלי הבטחה שונאי בצע אילו [ששונאין לקבל ממון] כך דברי ר' יהושע ר' אלעזר המודעי או' ואתה [תחזה מכל העם תחזה להם באספקלריא] כמחזית זו שהמלכים חוזים בה [אנשי חיל אלו בעלי הבטחה י]ראי אים אלו שעושים פשרה בדין [אנשי אמת כגון ר' חנינא בן דוסא וחביריו] שונאי בצע אלו ששונאין ממון עצמן [והלא דברים קל וחומר ומה אם ממון] עצמן הן שונאין ממון אחרים [על אחת כמה וכמה ושמת עליהם ג'] שרי אלפים שש מאות שרי [מאות ששת אלפים שרי חמשי]ם שנים עשר אלף שרי עשרות [ששת ריבוא נמצאו דייני יש'] שבעת ריבוא ו[שמונת אלפים] [ושש מאות]

    Judges/magistrates/assistants/rabbis 1) decide between litigants and 2) teach laws/rules/regulations applicable. Yitro advises “You [Moses] shall also seek out from among all the people capable men אנשי חיל who fear God יראי אלקים, trustworthy men אנשי אמת who spurn ill-gotten gain שנאי בצע.” Hertz Chumash: “An elaborate system of judges and assistant judges is here indicated.”

    Look to me William Barr fits the description... Honesty, thanks for
    “To use it as a shield while reporting an accusation of massive significance violates every conceivable standard. Real journalists do not report something, then caution that it may not be true. You certainly don’t accuse the president, or anyone else, of a crime unless you are persuaded by evidence it is true.”

  5. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 20, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    very nice, I have a very quick vort-
    In the Original Torah, Adam is told that he can eat from every fruit tree in the garden except one. What this means symbolically is another question. However, when reading Hareidi "philosophy" we see that they are on an entirely different planet from the Torah - everything is assur, meaning everything that the Torah permits is essentially assur or shameful. And those who indulge in this worldly activities are seen as reshaim. the situation went so far that the Steipler gaon had to write a kuntres saying the marital relations are good and a mitzvah, because of the strict views of others in his society.

  6. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 21, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Yes, I follow. Very interesting.
    Balfour declaration and Cyrus declaration. Ohr Sameach said the oaths no longer an issue after San remo and Balfour. We had sanballat who opposed Ezra, just like satmar oppose Rav Kook. Follow?

  7. He was writing against the gerrer "takanot".
    Was covered here a few years ago

  8. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 25, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Yes, following

  9. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 25, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Competition to be the frummest, bal tosif. The other side of reform.


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