Tuesday, February 23, 2016

31 Great Quotes from Justice Scalia

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

When Things Don't Work Out as Planned  
Not everything will turn out the way we wish it would. Since we will have to deal with this, we need to think about how we will react when things don't happen as planned. Your reactions to these situations will always depend on what you tell yourself about the experience.
If your conversation with yourself  is the kind you have when you are angry, sad, bitter, or stressed, you will become angry, sad, bitter, or stressed. If your self- talk is the kind you have when you react wisely or joyfully, you will become wiser or joyful.
If your self-talk is the kind you have when you react in a spiritually elevated way, you will become more spiritual. If your self-talk is the kind you have when you find something good and positive, you will find something good and positive and will feel good.
Regardless of your initial reaction, you can always choose to change your current self-talk. You can learn to respond in the way that you really wish to respond.
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Liberty's Creeping ErosionBy: Moshe Feiglin 

A new law giving police the authority to conduct a body search on anyone they deem suspicious passed the Knesset earlier this month.

Now, they will be allowed to biometrically mark us. They will be allowed to frisk us because they don't like the way we look. They will be able to arrest us, with no access to an attorney. They can torture us (to turn us into pariahs). Everything, of course, is done in order to protect us.
So how is it that the more they rob us of our liberty, the less security we have? Long live the state of honor and liberty!
Remember the names of the MKs who voted in favor of this law. When elections come, they will talk a lot about human rights.
What is liberty? Liberty means taking responsibility for your fate. Slavery means depositing your fate in the hands of others. In other words, the more that other people control your fate, the less liberty you enjoy. In order to be free, you must allow as few people or systems as possible to run your life. The ultimately free person is he who is controlled by no one – especially not himself. Dictators – those humans who have transformed themselves into gods – are actually the most enslaved people on earth.
The truly free person is he who is committed only to G-d. It is not easy for us to know what G-d wants from us. Each of us has the privilege and the obligation to try to reach that understanding and to draw his conclusions without coercion. But the principle remains: The truly free person is he who believes in G-d.
The greatest slavery mechanisms in human history were created by radical leftist ideologies that negated the existence of G-d and thus denied the sanctity of life. Stalin's Communism murdered more people than Hitler's National Socialism. Mao's Communism murdered more people than the sum of all the victims of both World Wars combined. The murderousness of the Communist party in some countries continues until this very day. In fact, most of humanity, including those people who live in democratic countries – are still enslaved. Some live in iron cages while others live in golden cages, but the lesson learned from the redemption from Egypt is still waiting to be actualized.
Does the Nation of Israel, the nation that suffered slavery to humans in Egypt and made the difficult transition to exclusive service of G-d, have a message of liberty for the billions of modern-day slaves? Indeed it does. Israel has the key to true liberty – the service of no one or nothing but G-d. That message, though, is currently buried under layers of self-deception. To illuminate the world with its message of liberty, Israel must transform itself into a free country.
What is a free country? According to the definition of liberty above, a free country is a country in which most of the authority is in the hands of the citizens, who have true freedom of choice. In today's Israel, the citizen has no influence over any of the country's power hubs. Yes, he can vote for the parliament, but his vote has no significance. The fate of the country is not determined in the parliament, but by the media, the state prosecution and other power hubs that all work together. None of these mechanisms are elected by the public or profoundly affected by its criticism.
In the authentic Jewish liberty state, the citizen is responsible for his fate. He elects his leaders and representatives to parliament in direct district elections. In the district-election method, every citizen becomes a party "central committee member," whose opinion is important to his elected representative.
In the Jewish liberty state, the citizen has a wide range of media options. Today, he can only choose between leftist broadcasts, because any non-leftist broadcasting stations are immediately made illegal.
In the Jewish liberty state, the nation chooses its judges. Candidates for judicial positions must first have a public hearing. Their stand on the Jewish identity of the state, the definition of family, the release of terrorists, the expulsion of Jews from their homes and more should be public knowledge before the voting begins.
In the Jewish liberty state, parents decide how their children are educated and are able to choose from various educational approaches.
In the Jewish liberty state, national land belongs to the Nation of Israel – to all Jews. Every new Jewish family is entitled to a lot of land somewhere in the entire Land of Israel. Those who claim this is impossible can just look to see what is happening in Wadi Ara, where the State of Israel is effectively giving its land to every new Arab family.
In the Jewish liberty state, loyalty is the national behavioral code. Captives are not abandoned, Pollard is not abandoned, and allies such as the Southern Lebanese Army are not abandoned.
In the Jewish liberty state, there is no compromise with evil. Evil is fought, giving the citizens the security they deserve and liberating them from "protective" walls and fences.
About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.
He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Le

Trump: 'What Obama Has Done to Israel Is a Disgrace'

By: David Israel
Published: February 19th, 2016

Trump on Hannity   
Trump on Hannity
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Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said,
Hannitty said, "[Israel is] our number one ally in the region, and that alliance has been, well, fractured."
Trump responded, "Israel is so important. What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace. How they even talk to us is hard to believe. How do they talk to Obama? You know, I have friends who support Obama, I said, How do you do it? It's almost like they do it out of habit. They agree he's been terrible…
"You look at what he's done to Israel, with just this Iran deal, which is such a terrible deal. He's been the worst thing that's ever happened to Israel.
"Now, a lot of my friends that are Jewish do not support him any longer. But I still have some that do. I say, How can you do it?"
Hannity commented, "He's been horrible to Israel."
Trump said, "You know what? I think it's habit. They do it out of habit."
The data confirm Trump's notion: In 2008, US Jews voted in droves for Barack Obama, 78-22 over Republican John McCain. That trend has shifted somewhat in 2012, when the vote was 69-30 for Obama over Mitt Romney. The only time in recent history Jews split their vote almost evenly was in 1980, when they gave incumbent Jimmy Carter only 45% of their vote, vs. 39% to Ronald Reagan.

We are the last people in the world to be trigger happy. We die to save other people's lives. It is time to shoot to kill , not be lambs being led to the slaughter

Israel must not be 'trigger-happy' in blocking attacks, defense chief says

Moshe Ya'alon backs army chief after uproar over proper use of force amid wave of Palestinian terrorism

We must act calmly, judiciously and with discretion in order to prevent hurting innocent people and to avoid creating a situation in which our outrage causes us to lose our humanity, and ultimately, lose sight of justice," he said.
"We must not allow our senses to be dulled and must not become trigger-happy simply because our blood is boiling," Ya'alon added. "We need to know how to win and still remain human."
A day earlier, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot told students at a Bat Yam high school that the army's rules of engagement were adequate to deal with terrorist threats, and said security forces must shoot to kill perpetrators of attacks only if the circumstances are life-threatening.
His comments were interpreted as a veiled criticism of police reaction to attacks.
"When there's a 13-year-old girl holding scissors or a knife and there is some distance between her and the soldiers, I don't want to see a soldier open fire and empty his magazine at a girl like that, even if she is committing a very serious act," Eisenkot said. "Rather, he should use the force necessary to fulfill the objective."
In a still image from security camera of the scene, a young Palestinian girl lashes out with a pair of scissors in an attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)
In a still image from security camera of the scene, a young Palestinian girl lashes out with a pair of scissors in an attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)
Eisenkot was apparently referring to an attack carried out by14- and 16-year-old Palestinian teens armed with scissors who stabbed and lightly wounded an elderly man in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market in November.
Police opened fire, killing the 16-year-old and critically wounding the 14-year-old.
Channel 10 TV said Eisenkot's remarks angered "senior Jerusalem police officers," who took them as a personal attack on the policeman who fired the fatal shots in the market incident.
The officer was later investigated by the Justice Ministry's police investigations department on suspicion he used excessive force by continuing to shoot the girl when she no longer constituted a threat.
Former director of the Shin Bet security service Yuval Diskin and opposition lawmakers Tzipi Livni and Elazar Stern came out in support of Eisenkot's remarks.
In a Wednesday Facebook post, Diskin called Eisenkot's directive "incredibly sane" and said that security forces "who cannot disassemble scissors or disarm a knife in the hands of a 13-year-old should not be serving as a combat soldier."
"When the chief of staff explains the rules of engagement in regard to the values of the IDF, the Israeli public should know now more than ever that the fate of our children rests in the hands of a commander worthy of the task," said Livni, chairwoman of the Zionist Union faction.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan responded to the back-and-forth, saying there was no daylight between his stance and Eisenkot's.
"It's too bad they are showing the public this in a misleading way. Police are thwarting attacks and doing this in life-threatning situations without any hesitation," he said.
In a wave of terrorism since the beginning of October, Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks have taken the lives of at least 25 Israelis, plus an American, Eritrean and Palestinian bystander.
At the same time, 172 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, the overwhelming majority while carrying out attacks but others during clashes and demonstrations.
A number of attackers in recent months have been young teenagers. A tally released by the Shin Bet earlier this week showed that nearly half of Palestinian attackers were below the age of 20. Some have been as young as 13.
In December, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom enraged Israeli officials when she called on Jerusalem to halt what she called "extrajudicial executions" in response to Palestinian attacks. She followed up her comment with a demand for "thorough" investigations into the killing of Palestinians by the Israeli security forces.

31 of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's Greatest Quotes

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by Charlie Spiering13 Feb 20161,859

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today of apparent natural causes, according to officials, after attending a private party at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas. In memory of his long career of constitutional originalism on the Supreme Court and his characteristic wit and good humor, here is a list of some of his greatest quotes:

Speaking to college graduates:
"Never compromise your principles, unless of course your principles are Adolf Hitler's, in which case you would be well advised to compromise them as much as you can." – Justice Scalia
"Indeed, follow your star if you want to head north and it's the North Star. But if you want to head north and it's Mars, you had better follow somebody else's star." – Justice Scalia
On following your conscience:
"More important than your obligation to follow your conscience, or at least prior to it, is your obligation to form your conscience correctly." – Justice Scalia
"Sometimes people come up to me and inquire, 'Justice Scalia, when did you first become an originalist?' As though it's some weird affliction, you know, 'When did you start eating human flesh?'" – Justice Scalia
On the game of soccer:
"If it were impossible for individual human beings (or groups of human beings) to act autonomously in effective pursuit of a common goal, the game of soccer would not exist." – Justice Scalia
On the lack of a Constitutional right to abortion:
"You think there ought to be a right to abortion? No problem. The Constitution says nothing about it. Create it the way most rights are created in a democratic society. Pass a law. And that law, unlike a Constitutional right to abortion created by a court can compromise." – Justice Scalia
On the Constitution being a tool for change:
"A Constitution is not meant to facilitate change. It is meant to impede change, to make it difficult to change." – Justice Scalia
On disagreeing with people:
"I respect the people who have them, but I think those views are just flat out wrong." – Justice Scalia
On his combative arguments in the Supreme Court:
"I attack ideas. I don't attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can't separate the two, you gotta get another day job."- Justice Scalia
On the F-word being used in modern television:
"I occasionally watch movies or television shows in which the f-word is used constantly, not by the criminal class but by supposedly elegant, well-educated, well-to-do people. The society I move in doesn't behave that way. Who imagines this?" – Justice Scalia
On arguing:
"I love to argue. I've always loved to argue. And I love to point out the weaknesses of the opposing arguments. It may well be that I'm something of a shin kicker. It may well be that I'm something of a contrarian." – Justice Scalia
On Bush v. Gore:
"I and my court owe no apology whatever for Bush versus Gore. We did the right thing. So there!" – Justice Scalia
On his big family:
"Well, we didn't set out to have nine children. We're just old-fashioned Catholics, you know." – Justice Scalia
On God's blessings on America:
God has been very good to us. One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor." – Justice Scalia
On free speech:
"I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better. That's what the First Amendment is all about." – Justice Scalia
On the constitutionality of flag burning:
"If I were king, I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag. However, we have a First Amendment, which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged." – Justice Scalia
On the Second Amendment:
"Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct." – Justice Scalia
In response to a Boston Herald article:
"From watching too many episodes of 'The Sopranos,' your staff seems to have acquired the belief that any Sicilian gesture is obscene." – Justice Scalia
Defending a state's right to make it's own immigration laws:
"If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign State." – Justice Scalia
His dissent in the Supreme Court ruling declaring Obamacare constitutional:
"This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare." – Justice Scalia
"Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved." – Justice Scalia
On the separation of powers and gridlock:
"If a bill is about to pass that really comes down hard on some minority [and] they think it's terribly unfair, it doesn't take much to throw a monkey wrench into this complex system. Americans should appreciate that; they should learn to love the gridlock. It's there so the legislation that does get out is good legislation." – Justice Scalia
"If you read the rest of the section, you would say, to find a way to find a meaning that the language will bear that will uphold the constitutionality. You don't interpret a penalty to be a pig. It can't be a pig." – Justice Scalia
In reaction to criticism from Obama:
"What can he do to me? Or to any of us? We have life tenure and we have it precisely so that we will not be influenced by politics, by threats from anybody." – Justice Scalia
His best friend in the Supreme Court:
"My best buddy on the court is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has always been." – Justice Scalia
On hunting with Dick Cheney:
"Dick Cheney is a very good wing shot." – Justice Scalia
On breaking the law:
"I have exceeded the speed limit on — on occasion." – Justice Scalia
On being controversial:
"A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man." – Justice Scalia
On whether moral principles are enforced in the Constitution:
"As I have observed before, the Constitution does not forbid the government to enforce traditional moral and sexual norms. … It is enough to say that the Constitution neither requires nor forbids our society to approve of same-sex marriage, much as it neither requires nor forbids us to approve of no-fault divorce, polygamy, or the consumption of alcohol." – Justice Scalia
On trying to legislate through the courts:
"Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law. That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society." – Justice Scalia
On being a good judge:
"If you're going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you're not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you're probably doing something wrong." – Justice Sc