Resolved: “The federal government should allow the display of religious symbols in public spaces.”

No debate here.

The federal government already allows the display of religious symbols in public spaces.

See my careful research at nathanielsegal.mysite.com – The Ten Commandments – Public Policy Issues.

See especially “A Final Word from the Supreme Court of the U.S.

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Basic Law- Jerusalem- Capital of Israel

(Unofficial translation, 30 July 1980)

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel 1. Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.
Seat of the President, the Knesset, the Government
and the Supreme Court
2. Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the State, the Knesset, the Government and the Supreme Court.
Protection of Holy Places 3. The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings towards those places.
Development of Jerusalem 4. (a) The Government shall provide for the development and prosperity of Jerusalem and the well-being of its inhabitants by allocating special funds, including a special annual grant to the Municipality of Jerusalem (Capital City Grant) with the approval of the Finance Committee of the Knesset.

(b) Jerusalem shall be given special priority in the activities of the authorities of the State so as to further its development in economic and other matters.

(c) The Government shall set up a special body or special bodies for the implementation of this section.


MENAHEM BEGIN
Prime Minister

YITZCHAK NAVON
President of the State
* Passed by the Knesset on the 17th Av, 5740 (30th July, 1980) and published in Sefer Ha-Chukkim No. 980 of the 23rd Av, 5740 (5th August, 1980), p. 186; the Bill and an Explanatory Note were published in Hatza’ot Chok No. 1464 of 5740, p. 287.


Original web pages from The Knesset and from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jerusalem in maps

Jerusalem during the British Mandate and the plan for an internationalized Greater Jerusalem – Corpus Separatem
JerusalemCorpusSeparatum

The Municipality of Jerusalem – 1949 through 1993

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Reunited Eastern and Western JerusalemJerusalemConsulateGeneral.png

 

The Jerusalem Governate according to the PA

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Maps have been digitally altered by Nesanel Segal from the source versions.

President Trump intends to levy tariffs against unfair trade partners

It seems that U.S. President Trump is invoking an arcane section of a 1974 U.S. law (as amended through February 2016) allowing him to actually levy tariffs.

Ordinary Americans — such as myself — look at the U.S. Constitution and see how Congress lays “Duties, Imposts …” and “regulate[s] Commerce with foreign Nations …” (Article I, Section 8)

However, it further seems that Congress delegated power to the president for reacting quickly to unfair trade practices. (By the way, the Congressional bill, Trade Act of 1974  [Public Law 93–618, as amended] runs 273 pages.)

Congress works slowly; the president can react swiftly.

Nevertheless, the law provides for public hearings before affected parties suffer unfavorable outcomes.

Without hearings, Mr. Trump has joined the ranks of previous imperial presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

The Stock Market lost 3% of its value …

… so your portfolio is three percent less than it was just a few days ago..

Not necessarily. If you own a representative sample of the Standard and Poor’s 500 stocks, then you probably lost around three percent of the value of your portfolio. If you had invested in one sector, you may have lost even more. If you had invested in another sector, you may have lost nothing, or your portfolio may have even grown in value.

‘Timmle’ – a new word

From a ‘thing in my life’ to ‘TIML’ to ‘timmle’.

I’ve often had to say that “I have to contend with a bipolar disorder” instead of saying “I have a bipolar disorder.” If I have this disorder, perhaps it will go away? It doesn’t work this way, though. If I have it, it’s unlikely to become lost.

However, a bipolar disorder is a ‘thing in my life’ – a timmle. “One of my timmles is a bipolar disorder.” Perhaps a pedant would object to “my thing in my life,” but I’d like the word ‘timmle’ to lose its literal origin and to become a regular word.

This new word is neutral. “Intelligence is a timmle that is a blessing. You may have this timmle, too.” Neither of us deserves intelligence. We were born with it just as I was born with a bipolar disorder. It is basically a ‘thing in our lives’.

A timmle may also be temporary. “The tire with a slow leak was a timmle until I bought a new one.”

The neologism came from an advertisement for a medication that I heard of. “Psoriasis was a thing in my life until I took this advertised medication.” I’d rather say that than “I am a psoriasis sufferer.” I’d much rather say ‘timmle’ than use bipolar as an adjective – “I am bipolar.” I myself have an extensively composite identity, and the mild bipolar symptoms are just a timmle since my medications reduce symptoms. Here again, “Medications are a timmle, probably for the rest of my life, though.”