JCCs and Schools in 12 States Attacked Just Today
500 Headstones Overturned at a Jewish Cemetery on SaturdayÂ
“A member of my family evacuated from a JCC today. He is three years old.”
While it’s just mid-afternoon 20 Jewish schools and community centers across the nation have receivedÂ bomb threats from both inside and outside the U.S. Federal law enforcement says the attacks are “coordinated.”Â
Today marks at least the fifth day this year that terror attacks targeting mostly Jewish children, and elderly people, have occurred. Additionally, at least two Jewish cemeteries this month have been attacked, with hundreds of of gravestones being overturned. On Saturday, a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia suffered a massive attack. Originally reported as 100 headstones, a new report saysÂ more than 500 headstones were overturned.Â
Today, organizations in at least 11 states â€“Â Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to theÂ JCCÂ AssociationÂ ofÂ NorthÂ AmericaÂ â€“ received bomb threats, but minutes ago NBC News’ Peter Alexander posted a list that also includes Rhode Island, bringing the total to 12 states:
BREAKING: In total, 20 bomb threats received today by JCC’s (13) & Jewish day schools (7). Full list of sites here. pic.twitter.com/TIwyDSCzot
â€” Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) February 27, 2017
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 27, 2017
“The calls range from individuals phoning in bomb threats to â€œrobo calls,â€ which are either machine-generated voice threats or recordings,” CBS News reports, calling it “a nationwide investigation.”
“The FBI is also examining whether hacked communication devices were used. Whoever is behind the calls may have hacked into other peopleâ€™s phones, communication devices, and/or email addresses and is using those means to make the threats.”
In Scarsdale, New York, 100 children had to be evacuated earlier today:
Today’s attacks bring the total since Trump becameÂ President to at least 89 attacks against schools and community centers.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer today took the extraordinary step of denouncing the recent attacks.
â€œThe president continues to be deeply disappointed and concerned into the reports of further vandalism at Jewish cemeteries,â€ Spicer said. â€œThe president continues to condemn these and other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts.â€
Press Sec: Pres. Trump “deeply disappointed and concerned” by new incidents of vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish communities. pic.twitter.com/MVMaNGSZVJ
â€” ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad) February 27, 2017
just to put this in context- when you hear a JCC received a bomb threat and had to be evacuated- most of those are fucking preschools.
â€” Ari Fishbein (@arifishbein) February 27, 2017
â€” sandy wheatley (@regal480) February 27, 2017
A member of my family evacuated from a JCC today. He is three years old.
â€” (((Carly Pildis))) (@CarlyPildis) February 27, 2017
â€” Samantha Levy-Arnold (@TheSamanthaLevy) February 27, 2017
â€” (((Mark Russell))) (@MarkusJRussell) February 27, 2017
â€” Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 27, 2017
This infuriates me. Kids evacuated from a JCC while POTUS barks at a Jewish reporter to sit down and offers only perfunctory disapproval. https://t.co/Eg88zzKHvl
â€” Mr. Media Training (@MrMediaTraining) February 27, 2017
My son was evacuated this morning in a #JCC bomb threat. This is not normal. It is not ok. It’s not the future I want for any of our kids.
â€” Andrea Flynn (@dreaflynn) February 27, 2017
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Justice Breyer’s Decision to Quote Gettysburg Address and ‘Civil War’ in Retirement Remarks ‘Not by Accident’: Experts
During his unscripted remarks with President Joe Biden at a White House event Thursday to announce his retirement, Justice Stephen Breyer made very specific mention of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, quoting from the iconic president’s famous Civil War-era speech (video below.)
Bloomberg White House reporter Jennnifer Epstein observed the Justice, who will have served for 28 years on the nation’s highest court, held up a copy of the Constitution at one point as he was speaking.
Breyer holds up his pocket Constitution as he discusses his service on the Supreme Court and his retirement plans pic.twitter.com/8YdBRWE932
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“Please listen carefully,” NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss urged. “Not by accident did Justice Breyer, in appearance with President Biden, quote Lincoln saying that the nation was ‘engaged in a great Civil War’ and remind us that the American system is always an experiment whose survival must never be taken for granted.”
Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal calls Breyer’s remarks “brilliant,” and also notes his civil war remarks were not by accident.
A brilliant speech by Justice Breyer just now. It cannot have been an accident that he singled out Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the lines about civil war.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 27, 2022
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan observed, “Justice Breyer seems to be … pointedly talking about threats facing the country. and about how future generations will determine and see whether this experiment succeeds.”
The LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols says Justice Breyer was “suggesting America’s still engaged in ‘a civil war’ but expressing optimism that the democratic experiment will endure.”
BREYER: “People have come to accept this Constitution and … the importance of a rule of law … we are now engaged in a great civil war to determine whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure … I am an optimist and I’m pretty sure it will.” pic.twitter.com/9sVo5DKA2d
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 27, 2022
‘Calls for Pelosi to Become President’: Nikki Haley Again Mocked – This Time for Demanding Biden and Harris Resign
Former Trump-era UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is being mocked after she called for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to resign.
“If Joe Biden loved our country, he would step down and take Kamala Harris with him because the foreign and domestic policy situation is beyond dangerous at this point,” Haley tweeted Thursday.
Haley, who is believed to be a 2024 GOP presidential candidate if Trump does not run, made the same remarks on Fox News one day earlier. Her Twitter page is filled with her own retweets of that story.
Many people, including Bloomberg News White House reporter Jennifer Epstein pointed out that the Speaker of the House is second in line to the presidency.
Haley doubles down on her call for Pelosi to become president. https://t.co/RFJDCOndj4
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“This is why people don’t take you seriously,” commented The Atlantic’s Molly Jong-Fast.
“You’re a ridiculously silly person,” tweeted best-selling author Benjamin Dreyer, the copy chief at Random House.
Historian Kevin M. Kruse added:
As bad as Fulbright’s idea was, at least it would’ve worked out as he intended.https://t.co/LSU6RTuJq4
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 27, 2022
But political science professor Jeffrey Lazarus got to the bottom of what’s really happening here:
The idea that Democratic control of government is ipso facto illegitimate is becoming increasingly common in Republican circles. https://t.co/EsbTbrhB0P
— Jeffrey Lazarus (@jlazarus001) January 27, 2022
Others also served up scathing responses:
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) January 27, 2022
“Today, due to an overwhelming sense of hyperbole, I announce my resignation.”
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) January 27, 2022
Wow Nikki Haley wants to decapitate our government like Putin does. Again the GOP is not on the side of the USA. https://t.co/BCrJCKvrY2
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 27, 2022
Mainstream media’s “serious” Republican has a few “serious” words on foreign policy: https://t.co/Gp4DZVXo95
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) January 27, 2022
This is just so monumentally stupid and hypocritical that I don’t even know where to start. https://t.co/C57u1NSUxf
— Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1) January 27, 2022
You betrayed our country for Donald Trump and Putin. And you still do their bidding.
— Mikko Alanne (@MikkoAlanne) January 27, 2022
Might be time to admit that Haley was never a serious person. https://t.co/npLgF8UkKC
— @DukeStJournal (@DukeStJournal) January 27, 2022
Please explain in detail what they have done that is worse than the last 4 years both domestically and abroad. Nikki Haley wants to put Pelosi in charge. The GOP doesn’t even know why they are attacking anymore. It’s like they have a random outrage generator they click every day https://t.co/QYyPKeB3Zr
— Russell Foster for Texas (@RussellFosterTX) January 27, 2022
I did not expect to see Nikki Haley endorsing Nancy Pelosi for president but here we are https://t.co/ee3i3ESaz0
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) January 27, 2022
— tré easton (@treeaston) January 27, 2022
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
Palm Beach Lawmaker Sues Local Paper Over Attempt to Access Jeffrey Epstein Records
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the local County Clerk of the Courts is asking the courts to make the paper pay the legal fees he incurred while blocking attempts to access grand jury records related to a 2006 Jeffrey Epstein investigation.
Getting right to the point, the Post’s Jane Musgrave wrote, “Despite insisting he wants the public to know why serial molester Jeffrey Epstein escaped serious punishment 15 years ago, Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joe Abruzzo wants to punish The Palm Beach Post for trying to open secret records that could do just that.”
As the report notes, Abruzzo employed the Tampa law firm belonging to Shane Vogt to fight the request at a cost of $32,794 and, in a motion before Circuit Judge Donald Hafele, seeks double that plus additional costs.
At issue are the grand jury transcripts that the Florida lawmaker successfully kept away from the paper.
Explaining the Post’s case, Musgrave wrote, “The newspaper went to court after records showed only one teen was called to testify to the grand jury even though dozens told police Epstein sexually abused them at his Palm Beach mansion.”
“Further, sources familiar with the grand jury proceedings said the 14-year-old girl was vilified by state prosecutors,” she added. “Rather than focus on her claims of abuse, lieutenants for then-State Attorney Barry Krischer quizzed her about her online social media posts where she talked about drinking and boys, they said.”
The report continued, “In court papers, The Post’s attorneys argued that releasing the records would reveal what happened and whether Krischer bowed to pressure from Epstein’s high-octane defense team.”
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