Daily Archives: 03/28/2012
Weeekly Standard Reports: There was an amazing exchange today at the State Department press briefing when the press secretary refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said in response the question.
When pressed further, Nuland stood her ground. “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. That’s all I have to say on this issue,” said Nuland. Later, an apparently irritated spokesman again repeated her commitment not to answer the simple question. “I don’t have anything further to what I’ve said 17 times on that subject,” said Nuland. “OK?”
Kalmen Yeger, the Manager of the Lew Fidler campaign, says the following: It has become clear that the Storobin team has run an illegal mail-in campaign which is not permitted in New York. We do not know the ethnicity of any voter but we do know that people who voted twice should have only one vote counted. Worse, the Board of Election discovered that many people who claimed on the absentee ballots to be permanently invalids somehow showed up to vote in person too on Election Day…
I am not much of a legal head, but one of the things I remember clearly from the Florida 2000 mess, is a 7-2 Supreme Court ruling which objected to the Democrats’ system of recounting only a few Gore-friendly Counties with the goal to squeeze out more Gore votes. Of course, Democrats until today focus on the final 5-4 ruling whether recounting in this unconstitutional way should continue (the five votes were against continuing). But to its core, even two Liberals on the Court joined in the ruling that the idea to pick only specific counties for recount is against the Equal Protection guarantees in the Constitution.
Here in NY SD 27, the campaign of Russian-American Republican David Storobin claims that Democrat Lew Fidler objects to count dozens upon dozens absentee ballots that have Russian names. The logic of course would be to choke off votes that would by bigger margins go to Republican Storobin. So if Fidler cannot prove in court why he objects to these votes, they will indeed need to be counted. But being declared “winner” for a few days and then overturning this win by the courts, is perhaps what some people want to achieve in order to fire up a base for future elections…
The following is an official statement from the Storobin campaign: “As the afternoon has progressed, a troubling pattern has emerged in the Fidler campaign’s objections to absentee ballots. It has become clear that they have shifted to a tactic of ethnic exclusion, objecting to almost all of the absentee ballots from the Russian election districts and with Russian last names. Dozens and dozens of Russian votes are not being counted today because of the Fidler campaign’s objections to these votes. Whether this is a delay tactic meant to stall the process or a blatant attempt to disenfranchise Russian supporters of David Storobin, we will insists that all votes be counted.”
The winner won’t be known until November, but planning the presidential inaugural shindig started Wednesday – and senior Sen. Chuck Schumer was elected to head up the joint committee that organizes the ceremonies at the Capitol come January 21, 2013. Schumer’s Senate partners on the party-planning committee are Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rules Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn). From the House side are Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). “You think planning your wedding was hard with your future mother-in-law? Try sitting on this committee,” quipped one Hill wag. – Daily News Daily Politics
H/T @USReports for this one. Politics on the Hudson: The town of Ramapo is at the center of a new filing in a federal lawsuit over New York’s redistricting process, with a town councilman alleging that the state’s new Assembly districts separate the town’s Hasidic Jewish communities and like-minded villages.
Councilman Yitzchok Ullman filed an intervenor complaint in a previous lawsuit requesting court intervention in redistricting, saying that the split Ramapo districts violate the “one person, one vote” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by separating the Hasidic populations in the villages of New Square and Kaser.
Bloomberg News Reports: Billionaire investor George Soros lost a challenge to his 2002 insider-trading conviction, with the European Court of Human Rights’s Grand Chamber refusing to review whether France had violated his rights.
TJC.Com Reports: Peter Feldmann won 57% of the vote to become Frankfurt’s mayor, a position he will take on in July. Mr Feldmann is not the first Jewish mayor of Frankfurt – the city was run by Ludwig Landmann between 1924 and 1933 – but he is the first since the Holocaust. In fact, no major German city has voted in a Jewish mayor since the Nazi era.
Mr Feldmann, a liberal Jew, is from the German Social Democrat party and five years ago he co-founded the SDP’s Jewish wing. The pre-war Jewish community of Frankfurt was the second largest in Germany, numbering 30,000. It now stands at 7,000 – roughly one per cent of the city’s population. Mr Feldmann said his Jewish identity had no impact on the campaign, which he said was “a testament to the strength of our open and liberal city”.
Tunisia’s Jewish community said Wednesday it was making an official complaint over anti-Semitic slogans chanted at a protest demanding the imposition of sharia, or Islamic law, in the country. “This is the third time this sort of thing has happened. It’s too much. I can’t accept it and that’s why I’m lodging a complaint,” Roger Bismuth, the representative of the Jewish community told AFP. “Justice must be done,” said Bismuth, who was received on Tuesday by Speaker Mustapha Ben Jafar. Tunisia — a Muslim majority country of more than 10 million — is home to a Jewish minority of about 1,500. – AFP
PETA who led the charge against Agriprocessors and who kills 95% the animals it has, is losing support from a vocal person. The Daily Caller Reports: While promoting her new fragrance at a West Hollywood hotel, a woman, who has been identified as Christina Cho, threw white flour at Kim Kardashian. It turns out that Cho is a major PETA activist who has a history of staging anti-fur protests in PETA’s name. Cho’s sister is also a top PETA official in Los Angeles, TMZ reports.
Khloè Kardashian, [a sister of Kim,] has been a vocal supporter of the organization… and while the animal rights groups claims to have had no part in the red carpet incident, Khloè is not buying it.
“I just received word that the woman responsible has very close ties to PETA, despite PETA publicly stating otherwise,” Khloè wrote her personal website. “Not only has PETA lied to the public, but they have proved that they support this kind of behavior. “I’ve been a vocal supporter of PETA for a long time,” she continued, “but I have also been very vocal about anti-bullying, so this was a huge disappointment for me [and] I am absolutely disgusted by their behavior.”
Next up, if you listen to Democrats, they’re acting as if Zimmerman is a horrible racist who killed Trayvon Martin for being black. Yet, he’s a Democrat. How can that be? Because I thought only Republicans could be racist?
Last but not least, don’t liberals incessantly tell Hispanic Americans that conservatives are racists? Yet, we have a lynch mob hatefully bearing down on a Hispanic American who may have just been defending himself and liberal Democrats are the ones leading it and declaring him guilty without a trial — while conservatives are saying, “Let’s find out all the facts before we render any judgment here. We want Trayvon Martin to get justice, but George Zimmerman should have justice, too.”
According to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania of Republican voters released today, Mr. Romney – who trailed Mr. Santorum by 29 percentage points in an F&M poll a month ago - was only two points behind in the latest poll, 30 percent to 28 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 9 percent support, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia had 6 percent. – Times Tribune
The national average price this morning for a regular gallon gas is $3.911, according to AAA. This is exactly twenty cents shy of the record $4.111 reached in July 2008. The overnight rise in prices is day 45 out of the last 49 days that prices rose.
The longest day-to-day rise in gas prices was in 2009, Obama’s first year in office, when prices rose fifty consecutive days. Today’s average is higher than the 2011 average of $3.52 a gallon, which broke the record annual average set in 2008 at $3.24 a gallon.
As they compete for their party’s nomination to represent the 9th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman has accused U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell of voting “to remove the public option from the Affordable Health Care Act.” Rothman, who made that claim in a March 16 interview on NJToday, needs to double-check his colleague’s voting record. PolitiFact New Jersey found that Rothman is wrong, because Pascrell — just like Rothman — voted for a House bill that included a public option. A U.S. Senate bill, which became the final law, did not include the public option. – Star Ledger
In this election year, even liberal Democrats are seeking to protect their flanks by touting hawkish credentials on Israel. For J Street, the dovish pro-Israel lobby whose annual Washington conference wrapped up recently, that makes 2012 a year for swimming upstream. The group is targeting its message where it believes it will have the most impact: Jewish Democrats who support President Obama. “They do need to take a stand on what it means to be pro-Israel so politicians stop pandering,” said J Street’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, referring to dovish Jewish voters who he believes could have a much bigger impact. – Forward
WHNT Reports: Farrakhan is scheduled to address students at Elmore Gymnasium on April 10th. A coalition of student groups asked the long time Nation of Islam head to come earlier this month, saying Farrakhan brings a message of “hope and positive energy.” But Jewish groups in north Alabama scoffed at that assessment, calling it outrageous and insulting. The 78 year-old leader has a long history of anti-Semitic statements, along with other disparaging racial remarks.
“All I can say is shame on A&M for allowing him [Farrakhan] to come,” said Etz Chayim synagogue member Max Rosenthal. “We [Jews] are related to Satan according to Mr. Farrakhan…Mr. Farrakhan is a rabid hate-monger, a rabid anti-Semite, and I think all he’s going to do is try to poison the minds of the A&M students. It’s a real disaster to the community, and I believe it’s going to be very divisive.”
Only 28% in a CNBC Poll believe they are better off than four years ago. Back in 1992 before Bush lost re-election, 37% said things are better than four years earlier. Only 36% expect things the economy to be better in a year from now.
The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services projects the state will generate about $537 million less in revenue than Gov. Chris Christie is predicting for the next 15 months, according to a report obtained by The Star-Ledger. Christie expects revenue to grow by 7.4 percent in fiscal year that begins in July, a figure that is the higher than any other state in the nation and more than double the national average, according to a Star-Ledger analysis. He wants to use the added revenue in his $32.1 billion spending plan to pay for tax cuts, increase funding for school districts and to make the state’s largest-ever pension payment. – SL
Forward Reports: Six world powers and Iran reportedly have agreed to meet to discuss the Iranians’ controversial nuclear program.