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As the new week dawns, I picked this up courtesy of Success Magazine which is a nice way to help begin a reasonably “quiet” week” :

Source: You’re Killing It! 15 Quotes for an Unstoppable Attitude

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It is another day in the reality TV show that is the Trump Presidency.   President Trump has announced his pick–someone who has argued for nearly unchecked Executive Power, has been against Abortion and has also written against the Affordable Care Act.  Corey Robin’s beautiful historical analogy was worth noting which I hereby note while being “out & about” in my “WordPress Corner”…

Profound challenging times indeed….

During the Roosevelt Administration, they were known as the Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse). They were Justices Butler, McReynolds, Sutherland, and Van Devanter. They voted, again and again, against the New Deal. This is what they looked like. Tonight, with Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh, we have the Five Horsemen. They are Chief Justice Roberts…

via The Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Corey Robin

It has been quite a week–and that’s putting it mildly as I was knee-deep in supporting the Work of the Daily Outsider & Other Projects.   It is bound to be quite a summer as well.

There has been a frenzy of analysis over the retirement of Justice Kennedy–and for the record, his record is almost 90% conservative–and yes he’s the least of the Reagan Appointees.    There are a lot of political give-and-takes as all sides gear up.     The retiring Justice himself noted it as such:  The Cases “Turn”…I don’t!!

Professor Turley was busy like many other pundits reflecting upon this as he noted this about embracing the ideals–something that Justice Kennedy himself noted in the closing concurring opinion upholding the Travel Ban.    I am with Professor Turley that the disgraceful Korematsu decision was finally relegated to the dustbin of history–but the travel ban though is in and of itself another legacy that the Court may have to contend with especially as it continues to tilt towards the Right both at the Supreme Court and as the President continues busily filling judgeships–interesting times indeed as June 2018 drifts away and July is before us.

Wishing all in the US a safe & happy 4th as I leave you all w/this from Professor Turley….

–For decades, law professors have discussed the 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States as one of the most disgraceful and indefensible opinions ever issued by the United States Supreme Court. Yet, the Court has continued to cite Korematsu and has never expressly disavowed its denial of basic constitutional rights to Japanese Americans. In a virtual […]

via The Long Overdue Death of Korematsu v. United States — JONATHAN TURLEY

Want to Be Successful? Do These 7 Things in Your Spare TimeOn this final week of June, please enjoy this simple advise…Onward to July!!!

Source: Want to Be Successful? Do These 7 Things in Your Spare Time

Megacities Shortdocs

For this week in my “WordPress Corner” I thought I’d do something a tad different I ran across this courtsey of the team  IJNet for all who live in  megacities–the folks at @MegaCities ShortDocs  are looking for a 4 Minute presentation–the winner will get a trip to Prize and a reasonable stipend to enjoy Paris…

Here is the “opening” by IJNet

Professional and amateur documentarians who live in one of 38 megacities around the world are invited to submit a 4-minute video on urban challenges and solutions.

Source: Megacities Shortdocs accepting entries [Worldwide]

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

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