Sunday, September 24, 2017

USA's Reaction During National Anthem; Many Causes

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        
Our 15 star flag from 1795 to 1818
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort M'Henry", a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.
Children in the USA are taught in school to stand when it is played
as a sign of respect to our country and our flag, just as they are taught to put their
right hand over their heart when they say the pledge of allegiance to the flag. 
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.
Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight's last gleaming?…
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket's red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
George Washington Crossing the Delaware, fighting for a creation of a USA  in 1776
It doesn't hurt to stand for a 60 second National Song. People are expected to remove their footwear while going into a temple with a friend. The point is, there are somethings which are sacred to others; if by your personal choice you choose to not perform certain acts in certain situations, you will be unknowingly disrespecting the people who believe in that very act.  In India, tons of ritual-residue are dumped into Ganges (the holiest of the rivers in India). The people in the Government see the colossal amount of pollution, but no Government dares to shut down the practice.The analogy shows the expectations of people for respect of something; a belief in something. Our American flag is a representation of our American history with all its greatness and its flaws.  It's us and our belief system.   Do you understand the value of being a citizen of the United States and living under this flag?  
The USA was created by disgruntled people with Britain.  Britain, as usual, took over other countries in order to use their raw materials.  North America was no different ever since 1620 when the Pilgrims sailed dangerous seas and managed to arrive at Plymouth Rock.  It took the growing population 156 years  to throw off the shackles of Britain and stand  on their own feet as a new nation.   Americans with ancestors from this period remember with pride their family members who fought in the Independence of 1776, the battle of 1812.                                            

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776.

There were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.
The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.  I was born in 1934.  I remember 1941 and wanting a bicycle, something very hard to come by during that year when WWII started. I thought it would never end.  Newspapers only wrote about how the war was going.                                      
The 10,000th Syrian refugee entering USA
People from all over the world still want to immigrate to our country.  It is the desired place of refuge.   There is a long waiting list.  At the same time, refugees have entered our country for many years now because the Arab Spring has gone into all the other seasons since December 10, 2010. To top that number, we've had illegal immigration going on with people sneaking into the USA from Mexico and Central America, places who do not provide any possible jobs for their people.  All these people seek the freedom provided by the USA.
NFL Players across US kneel during national anthem to protest Trump's feud with the league about lack of patriotism over not standing for national anthem.  This game was in England. They stood for England's national anthem.  
Colin Kaepernick and Erin Reid kneel during National Anthem, 49ers game against Rams on a Monday.  a couple of Rams raised their fists in protest.   They were protesting police discrimination and brutality against Blacks.   Reid explained that when the flag is lowered, it is when someone has died and shows respect, so this is why they decided to kneel.
Our most favorite sports population have decided that the $millions they accept in wages as being such outstanding  athletes is okay, but they are dissatisfied.  They have shown their dissatisfaction by refusing to stand when the national anthem is played as a pre-nationalizing experience to starting their game.  Now 8 year old children playing football are also copying this behavior.  No doubt it is already hitting schools when they do play the anthem or study it in music classes.  
Entire Garfield high school football team is kneeling during their game against West Seattle High.  They are protesting "social injustices."  
This has become a topic of debate that is quite serious at a time our country faces danger from North Korea and Iran.  We are in danger of being hit by some form of atomic warfare if these rogue countries get their way and we are facing big strong athletic men who don't want to stand in public for their country's national anthem.  It's hard for a country striving to be so good to please everyone.  Maybe the high schools will take this debate on in their debating classes.  Is it fit and proper to show your disfavor with things publicly by going against the national expectations of standing for a national anthem?  All countries have one and stand for theirs, too.  What happens in their country if publicly known athletes refuse to follow good form? 
When I was in high school, our  boys in the class year of 1951 didn't get to graduate.  They were all  drafted into the Army or they enlisted in a different force.  We had the Korean War going on.  It started June 25, 1950 and ended July 27 1953.  There was a draft in place during the Korean Conflict.  Between the Korean War's outbreak in June 1950 and the armistice agreement in 1953, Selective Service inducted over 1.5 million men. Another 1.3 million volunteered, usually choosing the Navy or Air Force Congress passed the Universal Military Training and Service Act in 1951 to meet the demands of the war. It lowered the induction age to 18½ and extended active-duty service commitments to 24 months. Despite the early combat failures and later stalemate in Korea, the draft has been credited by some as playing a vital role in turning the tide of war. 

The Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People's Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. ...
 The Korean peninsula is still divided today. North Korea is ruled by a dictator family's only son, Kim Jong-un.  Pyongyang's Foreign Minister says it is now inevitable that their missiles will now hit the USA mainland. This is his response after Trump's calling their leader the Rocket Man.  Trump said it after hearing about their missile tests that are getting greater in distance, reaching for the USA's mainland and army bases.  
When we see our American flag, we should feel pride in our country.  It's a one in a million country.  There is no other like it or with such a history.  It's helped out Europe in WWI and WWII.  It helped Korea and Vietnam.  It's helped Israel.  When you come right down to it, who else do countries go to when in fear of their life?  It's the home of the United Nations.  Do Americans still hold respect for this land of the free and home of the brave?  Do you understand why it is the home, only 241 years old,  of the free and land of the brave with only 45 presidents? 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Portland, Oregon-Sanctuary City and What This Means

Nadene Goldfoot                                        

Portland, Oregon is a sanctuary city.  This means the city government refuses to follow the federal government rules for all 50 states about its immigration rules.  They are allowing anyone who has managed to sneak into the country illegally to stay.  Their reasoning seems to benefit the city with supplying it with cheap labor, using their hard earned money to buy products and thus help the economy.  However, they are also a drain on the economy by causing more problems for the educational departments, police more often than imagined, and health fields like the hospitals.  Portland is almost like a swimming pool in a neighborhood without being fenced off for safety.  It's rules allow drugs to be sold legally and is the 5th highest rated city in the USA for fun according to this morning's report. It will not help the federal workers to remove illegal immigrants targeted for emigration by the feds for reasons of criminality.  Did I mention that it's possible the illegals are also voting in elections?  Checks and balances of true citizens that vote may be laxer than hoped for.   

Israel, almost 3,500 years ago started sanctuary cities. "They were places of refuge for the accidental killer.  The relative avenging the murdered kinsman was forbidden to enter the refuge or harm the slayer.  In ancient times down to the period of the monarchy of Kings Saul, David and Solomon, the function was fulfilled by the altar.  Moses set aside 6 special cities of refuge.  The cities were "Golan, Ramoth, and Bosor, on the east of the Jordan River, and Kedesh, Shechem (now Arab Nablus), and Hebron (Biblical Kiriath-Arba) on the western side."The monarchy eventually took over authority to adjudicate such cases.  The Talmud emphasized that they were places for expiation and only operative in cases of contributory negligence.  Sheer accident required no expiation, while grave carelessness could not be adequately atoned for by seeking sanctuary. "
Now the cities in the United States, like Portland, are using their cities as a place of refuge for illegal immigrants.  People from outside our country are expected to enter through the legal channels and give up following their old king, president or whatever and accept USA rules.  By claiming to be a sanctuary city, they feel they are still entitled all the monies coming to them even though they are breaking the law.  They think they can just pick and choose the laws they intend to follow, and should be treated like other cities who follow ALL the federal laws.  It's like how many of us treat our religion.  

Immigrants into the United States are to do it with a Visa. Here's one from India.   If they enter by sneaking in without the Visa, they have entered illegally.  People from Mexico have been doing this for many years.  This is due to lack of jobs in Mexico, among most reasons.

 There are two types of visas: immigrant and non-immigrant. Immigrant visas allow foreign nationals to enter and reside in the U.S. for the long term. Non-immigrant visas are issued for limited periods of time and for specific purposes, such as tourism, business, study, temporary work or medical treatment.  DACA (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was a special program of President Obama's, a special provision for children. On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.  DACA has allowed 800,000 to come into the USA.  They must have not had a criminal record.  It did not have congressional approval.  The ending of the program would cause them to be expelled from the USA, but could re-enter eventually through legal means.  

There is the legal way to become a citizen of the United States and that is to apply for naturalization after being here for 5 years if you came in legally and had a green card. Most all of our Jewish ancestors were eventually naturalized citizens.  

"Path to U.S. Citizenship

United States lawful permanent residency, informally known as green card, is the immigration status of a person authorized to live and work in the United States of America permanently. Green cards are valid for 10 years for permanent residents, and 2 years for conditional permanent residents. After this period, the card must be renewed or replaced. The application process may take several years. An immigrant usually has to go through a three-step process to get permanent residency that includes petition and processing.
  • Have lived within the state, or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence, for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing the application. Students may apply for naturalization either where they go to school or where their family lives (if they are still financially dependent on their parents).
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a green card holder for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application
  • Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application
  • Reside continuously within the United States from the date of application for naturalization up to the time of naturalization
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).  This means they are to join a class and learn these facts in preparation to becoming a citizen.  
  • Be a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law"

Illegal Border crossing[edit]

Border patrol at sea by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

HMC Vigilant, one of several customs cutters of the UKBA, capable of speeds up to 26 knots departing Portsmouth Naval Base.
Immigrants from countries that do not have automatic visa agreements, or who would not otherwise qualify for a visa, often cross the borders illegally in some areas like the United States–Mexico border, the Mona Channel between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the Strait of GibraltarFuerteventura, and the Strait of Otranto. Because these methods are illegal, they are often dangerous. Would-be immigrants have been known to suffocate in shipping containers,[53] boxcars,[54] and trucks,[55] sink in shipwrecks caused by unseaworthy vessels, die of dehydration[56] or exposure during long walks without water. An official estimate puts the number of people who died in illegal crossings across the U.S.-Mexican border between 1998 and 2004 at 1,954 (see immigrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border).
Human smuggling is the practice of intermediaries aiding undocumented immigrants in crossing over international borders in financial gain, often in large groups. Human smuggling differs from, but is sometimes associated with, human trafficking. A human smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is usually free. Trafficking involves a process of using physical force, fraud, or deceptionto obtain and transport people.
Types of notorious human smugglers include Snakehead gangs present in mainland China (especially in Fujian) that smuggle laborers into Pacific Rim states (making Chinatowns frequent centers of illegal immigration) and "coyotes", who smuggle undocumented immigrants to the Southwestern United States and have been known to abuse or even kill their passengers.[57] Sometimes undocumented immigrants are abandoned by their human traffickers if there are difficulties, often dying in the process. Others may be victims of intentional killing.  
The question arises:  Can cities get away with only following certain laws and ignoring others?  How about allowing Blacks into public schools.  Can a city ignore this law?  If you allow one city to ignore laws, how can you control other cities to be sure to follow all the laws of the land?  How do you manage to control such a large country as the USA and hope they are all following our basic laws of the land?
In the beginning of our country, it was founded by immigrants, so there were no Visas.  There was no need.  It just needed people from the Western Civilization to establish residence here like those that came first; the Pilgrims in 1620  of Massachusetts and Early English Immigration to New England.  Jamestown, in Virginia, was founded in 1607 and is generally regarded as the first permanent English settlement in North America
St Louis in 1939 when Jews were not allowed anywhere for sanctuary. 
They didn't have baptismal records or Visas. 
900 Jews were on this ship and were turned back to Europe. 
When Jews needed a sanctuary in 1939, they could not find one in any country.  There were still strict laws that all followed about allowing Jews to enter, and their numbers were limited with strict conditions.  They had to have a citizen take full responsibility for them economically.  The country was afraid that they would take jobs away from the established citizens.  
Today, people have the same fears about immigrants.  The country now has a population of 326, 474, 013.  Portland's population is  633,309. 
Oregon's Mexican migrant workers work here half the year and drive to Texas for the rest of the year.  Usually the farmer provides housing. 
In January protesters voiced their opinion.  Notice her scarf.  As gangs wear certain colors, her scarf also says what she is for.  
Protesting Session's arrival on Tuesday to explain about the law 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Israel's 2017-5778 New Year Threats

Missile test in February by Iran to use on Israel
Warhead will be atom bomb, something they're working on 24/7-
all according to the accord struck by USA.
Trump spoke about it today in UN. 
Attacks in Jerusalem have led to attacks in the West Bank where our IDF have to quell them. 
The hot spots that Israel is facing start right at home with the West Bank.  The Palestinian leaders that should be talking about peace with Trump today instead are the leaders of incitement.  This raises tensions and spurs a rise in terrorist attacks against Israelis.
Hamas is actively rebuilding its terror infrastructure and are stockpiling more advanced rockets and constructing new terror tunnels into Israel from Gaza.
Jordan's pro-Western monarchy faces challenges from Islamic extremists and economic strains from a flood of Syrian refugees.
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula remains lawless, with militant Islamists growing in power, waging an insurgency against the Egyptian government and threatening attacks on Israel.   Here are Egyptian Security Forces executing ISIS militants.
Hezbollah, the terrorist group backed by Iran in Lebanon has more than 150,000 rockets of which many are capable of striking any location in Israel being it's such a tiny country.  This is a sculpture outside of  Bint Jbell, Lebanon of rockets aimed towards Israel.
Syria has been taken over by Islamist radical groups that are affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS.They are programmed to hate and attack Israel.
ISIS is dedicated to murdering all those who disagree with its views of Israel and now control formidable territory and resources of Iraq.  Here ISIS is beheading one of 7 for delinquency  during a fight.
The worst threat of all is from Iran who continues to foment chaos throughout the Middle East.  They have incited civil strife and destruction in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain while threatening Israel with its terrorist proxies.
 They've threatened Israel with an atomic bomb attached to a missile and all the practicing that North Korea has been doing was learned from Iran.
 No one would listen to Netanyahu's pleas when he spoke to the few Senators left to hear his speech in Washington DC.  It's nice to think the best of people, but not when they've been vocal about their intentions about Israel.
Iran's ballistic missile 
"Several missiles were deployed during a military exercise, in defiance of new US sanctions on Iranian interests. Tehran and Washington are again at loggerheads, just 18 months after a landmark nuclear deal."  So what happened?  Did we just give up complaining about it?  Not Israel.  They're too close for comfort.  

Yet Israel will be stoic and face another year under dire threats and our prayer is that Rosh HaShanah will bring peace to the world, including Israel.  "Jews all over will celebrate by reflecting upon the past, correcting one's mistakes, planning for the future, praying for a healthy and sweet year and celebrating with holiday meals."

 AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, America's pro-Israel Lobby in Washington DC
Rabbi Kalvin Packouz