Monthly Archives: February 2012
Huff Post blasted today a headline: “Art Jones, Illinois Republican Congressional Candidate, Says Holocaust Never Happened.” I ran a FEC search on this guy’s shortened and full name (Arthur) and he does not show up on the Federal Election Commission database; certainly not in the campaign financial disclosure reports. In other words, this guy is perhaps a clown who happens to be in the Republican Party, and even if he knows how to file papers eventually, he will likely not get much support. I therefore don’t think anyone in the Republican Party needs to apologies for this fool just as Democrats don’t (need to) apologize for Jews on the fact that – according to an ADL poll – the Democratic Party has more anti-Semites in it ranks than does the Republican Party.
Pressed at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Clinton told lawmakers Wednesday that the administration has pledged its strong support for Israel and put more money behind that pledge than any other administration. Obama is seeking $3.1 billion in military assistance for Israel in next year’s budget, which would make it the largest recipient of U.S. aid. Republicans have questioned the administration’s budget request for a joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense program, arguing that it’s too low. In fact, the amount is close to the current level. The election-year criticism comes ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week. AP
Two weeks ago, the Orthodox-Jewish head-Janitor of Pupa Shul in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was arrested on charges that he illegally sold cigarettes and that he had in his possession a stamp to certify boxes as if they were taxed. He was released within 24 hours and without any bail. However, from reading some reports, you went away with a total different story.
For example, the initial report was headlined as Holy Smokes. Rabbi in Cig-Tax Bust. The report reads that a ‘Brooklyn Rabbi… could land 15 years behind bars’ for the above offenses. Oddly, the reporters claim the person to be 26 years of age, when in fact he is 45.
Gold futures dropped more than $77 an ounce Wednesday and posted a loss for February of 1.7%, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke failed to offer an indication of further quantitative easing, boosting the dollar and pressuring dollar-denominated gold… Crude-oil futures returned to higher ground Wednesday, leaving the contract for April delivery up 52 cents, or 0.5%, at $107.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the month, oil climbed 8.7%. Market Watch
Exclusive Interview: Joe the Plumber Agitated that Jewish Paper Backs Opponent Who Signed Pro-Palestinian Letter
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, tells GestetnerUpdates.com in an exclusive interview that he “does not understand” why the Jewish Week backs Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D) in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District where Wurzelbacher himself is running on the Republican line.
Kaptur was one of 54 lawmakers to pen a pro-Palestinian letter to President Obama in early 2010.
Greg Sargent Reports: Contraception has popped up in various ways in a number of close Senate contests, and Dems are planning to push GOP candidates on whether they support the Blunt amendment, which would allow insurers and employers to deny coverage of health services they find morally objectionable.
Tellingly, some Dems have begun calling this the “Blunt-Brown Amendment,” hoping to hang it around the neck of Scott Brown, who’s facing a stiff challenge from Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, where this has become a major issue.
With all the talk of Romney being electable and that Christie needs to jump in to save the day, the following news is striking. The Hill reports: Mitt Romney trails President Obama among New Jersey voters in the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 49 percent to 43, even with Christie as his running mate. Without Christie, Romney would trail Obama 49 percent to 39.
Gross domestic product expanded at a 3 percent annual rate, the quickest pace since the second quarter of 2010, the Commerce Department said in its second estimate. That was a step up from the 2.8 percent pace it reported in January. Economists polled by Reuters had expected fourth-quarter GDP would be unrevised at a 2.8 percent pace. The economy grew at a 1.8 percent pace in the third quarter. – CNBC
According to Dr. Ira Sheskin, director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies at the University of Miami, Romney’s appeal to Jewish voters extends beyond his stance on Israel and Iran. Of the three likely Republican candidates, Romney will most likely capture the most Jewish votes, he says.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Seante Budget Committee that he did not advise Israel against striking Iran’s nuclear facilities. He said he had spoken to Israeli officials about the timing of such a strike. “We’ve had a conversation with them about time, the issue of time,” Dempsey told the panel about his discussions with Israel. Dempsey was in Israel late last month and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, President Shimon Peres and his counterpart, Benny Gantz. In an interview with CNN less than two weeks ago, Dempsey said that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “destabilizing.” JTA
CORRUPTION OF THE FIRST ORDER: Green Energy CEO Made First DNC Donation Same Day as Requesting WH Meeting
LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday amid revelations of his company’s political proximity — and his own closeness — to the White House and Obama administration officials.
The Daily Caller first reported one week ago on emails and documents that indicate political ties and numerous meetings between LightSquared and Obama administration officials as the company was undergoing regulatory review.
Politico: Only 19 percent of Israelis polled expressed support for an attack without U.S. backing, according to a poll I conducted — fielded by Israel’s Dahaf Institute Feb. 22-26 — while 42 percent endorsed a strike only if there is at least U.S. support, and 32 percent opposed an attack regardless.
Israelis remain confident the U.S. would support them, at least diplomatically (38 percent), or join the war on Israel’s behalf (27 percent) — even if Israel struck Iran without Washington’s approval. Only 15 percent expect reduced American support. What seems behind these attitudes is an assessment of the consequences of an Israeli attack.
While President Obama may not be Wall Street’s ideal candidate, stock prices are rising on growing expectations he will be re-elected this November. Part of that, market pros say, is simply that investors feel more certain about who will be in the White House for the next four years and which policies they will have to deal with. CNBC
As scheduled, Beren was set to face off against Dallas (Texas) Covenant School at 9 p.m. on Friday, after sundown to begin the Sabbath. Beren officials filed an official appeal of the game time with the TAPPS state office , but that motion was denied, sending Dallas Covenant on to the state title game without having to hit a single shot in the semifinal.
Beren wasn’t quite able to reach that achievement, though no one can say the school didn’t pull out all the stops trying to find a way to make it work. The team had already rescheduled two prior playoff games to keep its magical 23-win season alive, playing a first round game against Austin (Texas) Hill Country School at 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening (after Sabbath was officially over) and moving the start time of its third-round game from 7:30 p.m. to noon on Friday.
Turn-out in today’s presidential primary election looks to be about the same or less than it was four years ago, according to a sampling of clerks in key precincts the Free Press is using to analyze the vote. “The absentee voter ballot requests are pretty much the same as last time,” said Farmington Hills City Clerk Pam Smith. “We’re right on par with that and we’re planning for that kind of turnout.” Freep.Com Via Drudge
From The Blaze: At a time during which Obama could desperately use the support of faith leaders, it seems his council of religious advisers, much like his relations with Catholic leaders, has gone, as Politico notes, “dark.” While his initial weeks in office offered people of faith the promise that he would be in-tune with their needs, it seems the structure of religious leadership he had setup and assembled with great fanfare has since dwindled and gone unused. Politico has more:
Forward Reports: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan decried what he called Jewish control of the media and accused “Zionists” of trying to push America into war with Iran.
Farrakhan spoke for three hours Sunday before a crowd of thousands at the 82nd annual Saviors’ Day celebration in Chicago.
In his address, along with the accusation about a war with Iran, Farrakhan asserted that Jews were responsible for a controversial 2008 cover of The New Yorker that depicted President Obama in Muslim garb, according to the Religion News Service.
Politicker Reports: COMMUNITY Magazine, a monthly publication that claims a solid circulation in Brooklyn’s Sephardic Jewish community, not only endorsed the Republican candidate in the race to replace corrupt former State Senator Carl Kruger, but they went nuclear in working to persuade their readers follow suit.
Their message starts on the cover, which contains a giant picture of Mr. Storobin with the influential Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, declaring it a mitzvah (commandment) to vote for the candidate on March 20th.
Ben Shapiro Observes: While Muslims riot in Afghanistan, murdering soldiers over the accidental burning of Korans – Korans which had been used by terrorists to transmit Islamist messages – it turns out that the U.S. military has routinely burned Bibles in Afghanistan to be more sensitive to Muslims. (My Note: AND OBAMA NEVER SAID SORRY ON THIS)
As CNN reported back in 2009:
Reuters Reports: A Canadian company’s decision on Monday to proceed with part of a U.S. pipeline might end up muffling one of the Republicans’ loudest arguments in this election year: that President Barack Obama has pursued failed energy policies.
TransCanada Corp announced it intended to begin work on the southern leg of the $7 billion Keystone XL project, from Oklahoma to Texas, leaving for later another run at the more controversial, and complicated, northern segment. (My Note: IN OTHER WORDS, OBAMA STILL DID NOT APPROVE THE KEY SECTIONS SO HOW IN HELL DOES THIS MUFFLE REPUBLICAN ATTACKS?)
Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker said Monday that he backs Gov. Chris Christie’s education reform measures — including school choice and teacher tenure changes — but he is critical of the new plan for higher education. Booker, a Democratic rising star often mentioned as a possible gubernatorial contender next year to Christie, a Republican, made the comments during a meeting Monday with the Asbury Park Press editorial board. APP
The Forward Report: The debate over circumcision has spread to Colorado, where two lawmakers are seeking to reinstate Medicaid funding for the procedure after it was cut last year.
“From my perspective, it is a social justice issue,” said Democratic Denver Senator Joyce Foster, who is co-sponsoring the bill with Senator Irene Aguilar. Foster is married to Steve Foster, rabbi emeritus at Temple Emmanuel, Denver’s largest Reform synagogue. “We will be denying people who are on Medicaid the choice,” she continued. “If they want to have their sons circumcised, they should be able to.”
Colorado’s anti-circumcision activists, or “intactivists,” counter that the procedure is harmful and unnecessary. They say that the money could be better spent elsewhere.