Gen. Castellaw on Trump’s Latest Insult to US Military

Former Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. John Castellaw released this response yesterday to Trump’s comment that he could sit down and teach a couple of things to former Army War College dean and retired Army Colonel, Jeff McCausland:

— by Lieutenant General John Castellaw

Retired generals and admirals hold a press conference supporting Hillary Clinton for Commander in Chief.  (Photo: Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Retired generals and admirals hold a press conference supporting Hillary Clinton for Commander in Chief. (Photo: Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Donald Trump’s disrespect for our military knows no bounds. This week, as brave American troops embarked on a crucial mission supporting anti-ISIS forces in Iraq, Trump was already declaring defeat. He called our leaders stupid for not following his uninformed advice. And now he’s personally insulting a military expert and retired Army Colonel who served for 30 years for knocking his ‘plan.’

A complex operation to take a major city – with hundreds of thousands of civilians, untold traps and IEDs, and the possibility of street-to-street fighting – requires careful planning and methodical execution, not a fly-by-night bum’s rush.

But sadly, none of this is surprising coming from Donald Trump. Over the course of this campaign, he has claimed to know more about military operations than our generals do. He has mocked U.S. prisoners of war. He has insulted Gold Star families. He has joked about how he always wanted a Purple Heart. He has never apologized for any of it. He calls our military a ‘disaster’ and then turns around and asks the country to make him our Commander-in-Chief. It’s a disgrace, and we can never let him assume that sacred role.

Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (ret) led Marines around the world for 36 years while flying more than two dozen different types of aircraft. Castellaw served with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, commanded the American force in the multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command at the height of the war in Iraq.

Trump Senior Adviser Promotes Leading Anti-Semitic Hate Site Endorsement

ajdelgadoretweetmore1— by Eric Hananoki

A. J. Delgado, a senior adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, retweeted a Trump endorsement from an anti-Semitic website that started an online campaign harassing Jewish people.

Members of the alt-right and white nationalist movement have been heavily supporting Trump’s campaign, and the candidate and his team have been courting members of the movement, including appearing in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages.

On October 11, Delgado retweeted the anti-Semitic website The Right Stuff, which wrote:

At this point anyone not insane enough to want a war with Russia should vote Trump.

ajdelgadoretweetmoreThe tweet prior to the message that Delgado retweeted was an anti-Semitic attack on Republican strategist Dan Senor. The site’s Twitter account header image is of Confederate soldiers.

As Media Matters noted, The Right Stuff is a white nationalist blog that frequently leads anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish people.

The Right Stuff started the virulently anti-Semitic “parenthesis meme” in which Jewish names are surrounded by parentheses — “(((name)))” — often in order to target them for online abuse on social media. The Anti-Defamation League has added the symbol to its online database of hate symbols, with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stating:

The echo symbol is the online equivalent of tagging a building with anti-Semitic graffiti or taunting someone verbally.

According to The Right Stuff’s editors, they started the parenthesis meme because “all Jewish surnames echo throughout history.” They add: “The inner parenthesis represent the Jews’ subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism.”

The site’s leader, Mike Enoch, told The Guardian that the site believes in racial separation:

Other adherents emphasize their desire for racial separatism. Mike Enoch, from the site the Right Stuff, a major hub for the dissemination of alt-right materials, says: “The core principle, in my view, is ethno-nationalism, meaning that nations should be as ethnically and racially homogeneous as possible.

Enoch wrote in a Reddit AMA on the “Alt Right” subreddit that “if there had been a more stingent [sic] restriction on Jews entering academia and the media and lobbying politically many problems would not have arisen. The country was basically given over to Jews after 1965 and they had lots of power even before that.”

He added: “I think the idea that race is the foundation of a nation is the key. And yeah, I stand by that statement. I don’t care if a country has a social healthcare policy or something like that as long as it is white.”

Natalie Portman Campaigns in Lower Merion

Natalie Portman headlines voter registration drive at Clinton campaign office in Ardmore.

Natalie Portman.

The award-winning actress Natalie Portman made several stops in the Philadelphia region as she campaigned for Hillary Clinton, on Monday, October 10th. At the Lower Merion-Narberth Democratic Committee headquarters in Ardmore, a large crowd gathered, including State Senator Daylin Leach and his daughter Brennan.

I got to ask the last question and Ms. Portman gave an insightful and extensive answer.
Earlier in the day Mike Pence, Trump’s running-mate, had held a press conference, avowing his acceptance of Jesus. He pressed his Christian faith, and accepting grace and forgiveness. He called Trump’s “apology” sincere.

I asked Ms. Portman, on the eve of Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, what she felt about Pence’s pulling the “Jesus Card.” Ms. Portman looked pained as she rattled off all the different ethnic groups and women whom Trump has offended, insulted and threatened. She does not believe religion should be used as a club to beat anyone or any group. And she is really looking forward to having Hillary Clinton as the first woman President.

At another area event, also on October 10th, Ms. Portman’s talk was video recorded. She started by talking about being a mother. (She did not let her five year old son watch the Clinton-Trump debate Sunday night!) Then she reminded audience members that Tuesday, Oct. 11th is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania. She ended with questions from the audience. Video credit: Splash News and the Daily Mail.

B’nai B’rith Hurricane Relief

Remains of House in Haiti

Remains of House in Haiti. Photo: AP

B’nai B’rith International is opening its Disaster Relief Fund to provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Matthew living in the United States, Haiti and Cuba. Hurricane Matthew started as a tropical storm in the mid-Atlantic and quickly rose to hurricane status, traveling up the U.S. coast. [Read more…]

Dan Segal Honored

Seth Kreimer, Dan Segal, Bonnie Squires and Ken Myers. Photo: Bonnie Squires

Seth Kreimer, Dan Segal, Bonnie Squires and Ken Myers. Photo: Bonnie Squires

by Bonnie Squires

Editor’s Note: This is just a brief summary of the event. Expect a longer version soon.

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice celebrated its 11th anniversary with an award reception on September 27 in honor of Dan Segal, Esq., an outstanding attorney with the Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller law firm and a well known Jewish community advocate.

A crowd of over 80 people gathered at the home of Kathy and Jeff Pasek in Ardmore. They represented the many different strands of Segal’s life and activities. [Read more…]

President Obama Speaks at Rally in Philly

President Obama speaks at rally in Philadelphia for Hillary.

President Obama speaks at rally in Philadelphia for Hillary.

At 12:30 about 40 people were awaiting POTUS’ arrival on the Tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport, under warm sunny skies.

Yolanda Dugger, of Philadelphia, had an iPad ready to record the president’s arrival. She said she admired the president for the success he had after growing up without his biological father. Dugger, 57, said she hoped Obama’s story would inspire young men in single-parent homes “and empower them to be better people.”

Mike Bernstein, 15 (but turning 16 Wednesday) held the book “Obama’s Legacy” by Michael Days. “It’s fun,” he said of waiting to see the president. [Read more…]

Racist Supporters of Trump: “Deplorable” or “Hard-working”?

On Friday, Hillary Clinton said that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belong to a “basket of deplorables,” by which she meant “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” “xenophobic,” and “Islamophobic,” among other categories. (See below for transcript.)

Trump strongly objected, and she apologized for saying it was half.

Now, the question arises: “How many of Trump’s supporters belong in this ‘basket’?”
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Hillary Speaks Out Against Trump’s “Alt-Right” Policies

Hillary Clinton Outlines Dangers of Trump’s Divisive “Alt-Right” Candidacy in Reno

At a speech in Reno on Thursday, Hillary Clinton highlighted Donald Trump and his advisors’ embrace of a hate movement – the disturbing “alt-right” political philosophy. This “alt-right” brand is embracing extremism and presenting a dystopian view of America, Clinton said, which should concern all Americans regardless of party.

Clinton argued that Trump’s embrace of this ideology, cemented by hiring the former head of a leading “alt-right” website Breitbart.com as his campaign CEO, dovetails with a troubling history of hateful behavior: Trump was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for racial bias in the 1970’s and started his presidential campaign calling Mexicans criminals, drug traffickers and rapists.

Clinton contrasted Donald Trump’s divisiveness with her vision of an America that is stronger together. Clinton said, “So no one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed. Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’ White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right.’ But the hate burns just as bright. […] this isn’t just about one election. It’s about who we are as a nation. It’s about the kind of example we want to set for our children and grandchildren.”

Full Transcript of remarks by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Hillary’s “Three Million Stronger” Initiative Brings Her Back to Philly

Current PJVoice President Bonnie and Future US President Hillary.Hillary Clinton came to West Philadelphia High School as her latest stop in her campaign’s “Three Million Stronger” Initiative, to register and commit three million Americans to vote this November and the Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s president and publisher were on the scene live tweeting from the event.

votePennsylvanians are now able to register to vote online, thanks to the efforts of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was the first speaker to the standing-room only capacity crowd. Congressman Bob Brady then introduced Clinton. She highlighted her five-part economic plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and contrasted her agenda for tax fairness and investing in Pennsylvania with Donald Trump’s plan to give large tax breaks to the wealthy.

He wants to eliminate the estate tax, which does nothing for 99.8 percent of all Americans, but if Trump is as wealthy as he claims to be, it would save his family $4 billion. Now, I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training. In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.

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