Daily Archives: 03/29/2012

ALL OF THE ABOVE? New Obama EPA Rule Will Halt New Coal Power Plants!

The Washington Post:

The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

In other words, you can’t use nor produce energy from any new Cole plant in the near future.


Firefighters Back Elizabeth Crowley For NY6

“Elizabeth Crowley has a proven record. When she became Chair of the Fire Committee, I saw someone dedicated to improving public safety,” UFA President Stephen Cassidy said in a statement. “In my view she’s the best candidate because I’ve seen her in action, and the Uniformed Firefighters Association is proud to endorse her for Congress.” The UFA formalized the endorsement in front of Engine Company 306 in Bayside, Queens — one of the firehouses which Crowley, as chair of the Council’s Fire Committee, lobbied to keep open. A total of 20 fire companies were targeted for closure for budgetary reasons by Mayor Bloomberg in 2011. – NYDN


Unorthodox Author Reveals Why She Published a WSJ Edition on 9/11

In this Globe and Mail Interview, NYTBS Author Deborah Feldman admits that she misreprents/spins in her book Unorthodox “for the sake of the narrative” she wants to present against the Hasidic Community.

Here is the take away part: Read more »


Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran

ABC News Via Yahoo Reports: Two reports today about Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran and for Iran to reach a compromise in upcoming nuclear talks.

The first report in Foreign Policy quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran’s northern neighbor Azerbaijan from which Israel could launch air strikes or at least drones and search and rescue aircraft.

The second report from Bloomberg, based on a leaked congressional report, said that Iran’s nuclear facilities are so dispersed that it is “unclear what the ultimate effect of a strike would be…” A strike could delay Iran as little as six months, a former official told the researchers.

“It seems like a big campaign to prevent Israel from attacking,” analyst Yoel Guzansky at the Institute for National Security Studies told ABC News. “I think the [Obama] administration is really worried Jerusalem will attack and attack soon. They’re trying hard to prevent it in so many ways.” Read more »


Columnist Pokes Republican Agenda by ‘Learning’ it Into the Haggadah

Steve Sheffey Writes: Jewish history is littered with sects, groups of people kind of like Jews who celebrate the same holidays and have many of the same customs, yet are somehow different.

Today’s sect is known as “Jewish Republicans,” few in number but very loud. Like most Jews, they celebrate Pesach, but they’ve got their own Haggadah. The differences between their Haggadah and ours are instructive.

After drinking the first cup of wine, most Jews wash their hands, but the Republicans stay seated and wait for the water to trickle down.

Most Jews then eat a green vegetable, but the Republican Haggadah follows the ruling of Rabbi Reagan that ketchup qualifies as a vegetable. Ketchup is not green, but green is the last thing any Republican would want to be. (Reagan does have this in common with Moses: Neither ever set foot in the land of Israel.) Read more »


Israeli Military Cancels Traditional Passover Vacation & Orders All Troops on Alert

According to YNetNews, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has ordered that all IDF units cancel the break that is traditionally granted. Every unit will reportedly operate to its full and normal capacity throughout Passover. This, of course, will require that thousands of soldiers who typically take a break during the holiday will be forced to report for duty — for at least a portion of it, anyway. In the end, soldiers will need to divide vacation days among themselves in order to ensure that all military units are at optimal strength. – The Blaze


Why NY Senate Republicans are Not Going After State Senator Carlucci

A well-connected political operative in New York tells me with frustration that the reason the NY State Senate Republicans are not going after freshman Dem State Senator Carlucci is because Rockland County GOP Chairman Vincent Reda:

Said the operative: The Senate leadership and political heads “know that Vinnie and his cronies suck. Reda did not win anything the last ten elections. He is just losing everything with massive margins.”


Mega Million Jackpot Larger Than Solyndra Loan Guarantee…

The pot Thursday afternoon is $540 million. The Obama Administration’s loan guarantees to the now-dead green energy Solyndra firm invested by a major Obama donor, was $535 million.


Pro-OWS Former CIA Spy Applies for Job at PLO Washington Office

Eli Lake Reports: The Twitter feed belonging to Lynnae Williams at first glance looks like most Twitter feeds. There are tweets about what she is reading (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “Madame Bovary”); tweets about politics (leans towards the Occupy movement); and tweets about food (tuna casserole, carrot-cake muffins). But on closer inspection, the feed features something rare for Twitter and even the Internet: detailed disclosures about the CIA. On Tuesday for example, Williams tweeted, “The #Farm is #CIA’s training center near #Williamsburg, Virginia. I think it’s the Kisevalter Center or something.”

I caught up with the 35-year-old would-be spy on Wednesday at the Washington mission for the Palestine Liberation Organization. She was interviewing for a job there in government and press relations. “The interview went well,” she said, even though “I don’t have substantial knowledge in the area. I don’t speak the language.” Williams, who does speak Japanese, added, “I don’t know enough about the [Arab-Israeli] conflict, but I hope they resolve it.” Read More at The Daily Beast

Has Top Obama Jewish Bundler David Geffen Abandoned O?

Josh Nathan Kazis writes: In 2008, billionaire media mogul David Geffen was among Barack Obama’s most  visible Hollywood supporters. A top-level fundraiser for the Obama campaign,  Geffen hosted major Hollywood events and launched a tide-turning media attack  against primary opponent Hillary Clinton.

In 2012, he’s all but absent from the political landscape. Sure, Geffen has given the maximum allowable personal donation of a few  thousand dollars to the Obama campaign, but that’s not saying much in the age of  the super PAC. Unlike fellow Dreamworks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Geffen is  missing from Obama’s list of bundlers  and his list of super PAC donors. Geffen is the only  top-tier Jewish 2008 bundler for Obama who is not bundling in 2012, excluding  those currently working for the federal government. Read more »


REPORT: ‘Israelis Have Bought an Airfield’ North of Iran

Haaretz Via Forward Reports: Israel has been granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan on Iran’s northern  border, Foreign  Policy reported Wednesday, quoting senior U.S. diplomats and military  intelligence officials. Read more »


Bloomberg: Obama Adopted ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Economic Policies

“Over the past year, as the candidates jockeying for the Republican nomination raced to the right, the Obama campaign has sought to re-energize its base by tacking left,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote in a WSJ Op-Ed. “The president not only embraced the frustration expressed by Occupy Wall Street protesters—which was real—but he adopted their economic populism.” – Politicker


Gas Prices Up 46 of Last 50 Days; Now $0.19 Shy of All Time High

The national average price this morning for a regular gallon gas is $3.921, according to AAA. This is exactly ninteen cents shy of the record $4.111 reached in July 2008. The overnight rise in prices is day 46 out of the last 50 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.


Brown Leads Josh Mandel in Ohio 46-36

A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio shows Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) leading Republican challenger Josh Mandel (R) by double-digits, 46% to 36%. Said pollster Peter Brown: “Sen. Sherrod Brown retains his double-digit lead in the Ohio U.S. Senate race. As is the case with President Obama’s lead in the White House race, the Democratic margin is made up almost completely of the votes of women.” – Political Wire


Wealthy Jewish Gingrich Backer Adelson Does Not Like Santorum Nor Romney

New Yorker Reports: Seventy-eight-year-old billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into New Gingrich’s campaign by way of the Winning Our Future Super PAC, but it appears he’s through writing those checks. Adelson spoke informally (but on video) to a small group yesterday at his hotel and casino, The Venetian, and said he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” with respect to his chances of winning the GOP nomination. Apparently Adelson has spent enough time in a casino to figure out odds. He also had some words for Romney and Santorum. “I know Rick [Santorum]. I like him. We’re friendly,” Adelson said. “But I got to tell you something, I don’t want him running my country.”

Adelson lamented that Santorum is too caught up in social issues. The billionaire doesn’t sound like he’ll be lining up to support Romney, either.

Romney is “not the bold decision maker like Newt Gingrich is,” Adelson said. He went on to explain that every time he posits a question to Romney, Mitt basically waffles and says he’ll think about it, or he’ll get back to him, unwilling to commit to a position.

“Everything I’ve said to Mitt — ‘Let me look into it.’”


House Votes Down Copy of Obama’s 2013 Budget by a 419-0 Vote

The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political “gimmick,” an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House. White House officials said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the sponsor of the alternative, was using Obama’s top-line spending and revenue numbers as a budget proposal, without any specifics. On the House floor, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) agreed that Mulvaney’s amendment was not, in fact, Obama’s entire budget proposal. – The Hill


VIDEO: Obama Admin’s Position on HCR Explained in 36 Seconds


Op-Ed: The Jewish Vote Shifts Power Balance to Brooklyn Republicans

The close race in Brooklyn’s 27th State Senate district between Democrat Lew Fidler and Republican David Storobin still remains too close to call, with Storobin ahead with 119 votes. As absentee ballots are being counted and possible court challenges might delay the process, the winner has not been officially declared yet, yet the Republicans in the senate are confident that Storobin will at the end pull an upset and be sworn in as State Senator.

Regardless of the final outcome, the obvious conclusion adopted by the pundits and local party officials is, that the Brooklyn Republican party has made some significant inroads in Southern Brookyn. Largely, due to the heavy Orthodox Jewish and Russian communities, that despite being registered as Democrats cast their ballot for the Republican candidate.

The political shakeup in Brooklyn by Congressman Turner and David Storobin is likely to change Brooklyn politics and shift power over to the Kings County Republicans. Selecting candidates that represent the Jewish community, run competitive races in districts with a heavy Jewish population, at the cost of incumbent Democrats and Jewish Democratic power brokers.

The Question that remains open is with regard to the super Jewish district, which is in talks with Senate Leaders and local officials. The candidate to be agreed upon remains wide open depending on the winner of the SD27 special election. If David Storobin wins and moves in to Boro Park, then it’s likely that he will be picked as the candidate in an open race, and may as well run on the Democratic line.

Other names floating around as possible candidates if Fidler pulls an upset and wins in the final count, are Simcha Felder and Noach Dear that would rather run as an Orthodox conservative on the Democratic line, but might as well face a primary challenge by the Republican nominee that may choose to seek the Democratic nomination. Based on the fact that most registered democrats in Boro Park and Midwood are conservative oriented, and that a low turnout primary is basically as the general election turnout.

The Bottom line is, that regardless of the issues brought up and the record presentation, the Jewish vote may yet again play a big factor in the upcoming election year.  And may place the Democratic Party in Brooklyn and in upstate in a tough spot, of taking a chance losing a party picked candidate or an incumbent seat, or run candidates that represent the dramatic change of the dynamics in the district.

Email: Jacob@Jacobkornbluh.com

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U.S. Treasury Levels New Sanctions Against Iran

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed additional sanctions against Iranian engineering firms linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and individuals and companies linked to the Iranian state shipping line. “Treasury is sending a clear signal to the international community that Iran’s attempts to evade international sanctions will not go unnoticed,” Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement. The additional sanctions were announced Wednesday. – JTA


Video of Rubio Endorsing Romney on Fox Show

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