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Charles-Krauthammer-interviewIt has been quite a weekend as Donald Trump has continued his wrecking of the World Order culminating in attacking long-standing US Allies.     This is why I join many in lamenting this very sad news as Charles Krauthammer has said that he has a few weeks to live.    Despite my profound disagreements with him over the years, he had the courage to stand up to Donald Trump.   He’s in my Thoughts & Prayers as I am proud to call him one of the courageous conservatives I have worked to honor including Max Boot, Charlie Sykes & a Few Others.    I also appreciate Professor Turley’s thoughtful tribute to him that I have the pleasure to share for my weekly notation

This week, the political and journalistic world was rocked by the news that columnist Charles Krauthammer had only weeks to live. The news came from Charles himself in a characteristically elegant and simple goodbye. I have been personally devastated by the news. I have known Charles for many years and there are few people who […]

via Charles Krauthammer Says A Final Goodbye — JONATHAN TURLEY

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It has been a busy first week of June as I have been busy w/commitments at the Daily Outsider and other projects.  It was also a privilege to be witness to Democracy and the implications of Primary Day on Tuesday for the General Elections.

For this weekly here in my WordPress Corner, I decided to feature the latest out of the Palestine Chronicles with a number of very perceptive articles on the plight of Palestine.    Razan al-Najjar, that Angel of Mercy, became the latest victim as she was killed by an Israeli Bullet despite having had her hands up.     A realization of simple basic rights is not just possible by many around the World–there lies the profound tragedy of Palestine that the World seems not to want to listen.

Challenging times…May the soul of this beautiful Angel of Mercy Rest in Peace:

Source: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Colonization–Not-Occupation—Razan-Al-Najjar—BDS–Argentina-Cancels-Israel-Match—Blog–Freedom-Flotilla—More—.html?soid=1102110590019&aid=5_KJGI-m74g

It is Memorial Day as I took some time to reflect gearing up for the new month.      Although it is a day to honor all the fallen (and I will be joining our City’s Event later on this morning).    But this from Senator Flake captured the essence of calamity of our times:

A lot to contemplate–a very very powerful 27 minutes that all should take note….A tough one to listen to….

 

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This is an interesting development and what Professor Turley notes is absolutely remarkable as we are witness to it all:

 

Multiple defendant cases often resemble a lethal form of musical chairs as targets grab deals — leaving the loser still standing to face a full array of charges and cooperating witnesses. Trump former counsel Michael D. Cohen must be feeling like the music is about to stop after his close business associate Evgeny A. Freidman […]

via Cohen Partner Flips and Agrees To Cooperate With Prosecutors — JONATHAN TURLEY

Working away on commitments for the Daily Outsider as I saw this –whether Europe is able to be successful is an open question in light of the continued profound challenges Iran faces right now due to the sheer incompetence of the Regime…The Letter begins as follows:

An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

14.05.2018

Ms. Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

European Commission

Berlaymont 1049

Brussels

We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union’s intention to …

Source: Open Letter To Federica Mogherini | The Iranian

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As I write this, it is “mid week” here as I wanted to share this that a Facebook Friend Shared from the Prophet, Khalil Gibran as I hope all enjoy:   ·

 

                                               Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life , not half a life”

~Khalil Gibran

It is the dawn of a new week and I wanted to “drop by” by  My WordPress corner with this insight on leadership –a great read by Randy Crowley:  

This past Monday I had the great fortune of sitting in on a conversation with former U.S. President Barack Obama. Before I sound too prideful or self-aggrandizing, let me clarify something. I was in a room with 10,000 of my not-so-closest friends, and I wasn’t actually involved in the discussion, per se. I attended the […]

via 3 Things About Leadership I Learned From a 1 Hour Conversation With President Obama — Leading with Trust

Out & About….

 

I have been working away on projects for the Daily Outsider   while working on a number of Community Projects.    Please enjoy this “Food 4 Thought” For the Week-End:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” Source: BrainPickings.com Maria Popova In January of 1961, as John F. Kennedy’s inauguration […]

via JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time — TheBreakAway

It has been another profound week as I tended to commitments for the Daily Outsider related to Iran while continuing to be “Virtually Breathless” with some of the on-going daily soap opera around President Trump.

The Esquire’s Charlie Pierce released a column right after the President made his statement on Iran which is a read for all as he rightly called America “Renege Nation”.   His Words speak for themselves which I also released yesterday while on Twitter.   It is a very tough read.

As the Iran dilemma shocked the World, there was also the on-going personal drama surrounding the President.   The Daily Outsider released a Notation on this as the Lawyer For Stormy Daniels uncovered some startling revelations about millions being paid to Michael Cohen.   As I was assessing it all, if Professor Turley (one of the best legal minds in the Country which I don’t sometimes agree with) continues to underscore this, the President has a challenge on his hand–and oh BTW, it will be great if this image of his was used vs. the Stuff prevalent on his Social Media Profiles:

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY: Below is my column in USA Today on the real danger of the Stormy Daniels case. The danger in the campaign finance allegation is the fact of the investigation not necessarily the charge itself. The fact that there is an ongoing investigation presents a more straightforward basis for prosecutors to…

via How A Porn Star Can Take Down A President — What i found intersting today…

As I write this, it appears that the elections in Lebanon have achieved a few milestones.   Elie Faras reflects on this as I wanted to feature this for my weekly “drop in” to my WordPress corner with some interesting milestones reached–it appears that the apathy of the people was evident–which is a shame:

Here are his opening thoughts..as always interesting read…

On a more than depressing electoral day, a glimmer of hope that started two years ago with Beirut Madinati in Beirut – 1 translated into both Joumana Haddad and Paula Yacoubian becoming parliament members tonight, the first two ever civil society candidates to enter Lebanese parliament. Joumana Haddad’s win for the minorities seat also makes […]

via Kollouna Watani’s Joumana Haddad & Paula Yacoubian Are Now Parliament Members — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares