Monthly Archives: May 2012

Nan Hayworth Campaign Spokesperson: ‘Hurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senators’

Mediaite Reports: The comment was on the Facebook page called “NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Discussion Center” — and it’s “mission is to foster civil multi-partisan discussion about issues impacting citizens of New York’s U.S. House District represented by Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.” The post in question criticized Hayworth for not crediting Obama for a recent drop in gas prices.

Townsend’s comment, in response to another commenter, Tom, read: Read more »

Congressman Turner on Storobin’s Victory in NYS Senate Special

“Brooklyn and Republican is no longer a non sequitur. With the election of David Storobin there are now five elected Republicans in Kings County, and there is a principal reason why: Voters are demanding fiscal accountability from their leaders and Republicans are providing it. Huge congratulations to David on a hard-fought win.”

VIDEO: Bloomberg On Soda Ban: “We’re Simply Forcing You To Understand”

You can still buy large bottles in stores. But in a restaurant, 16 ounces is the maximum that they would be able to serve in one cup. If you want to order two cups of the same time, that’s fine. It’s your choice. We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things. We’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup,” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about his proposal to ban sugary drinks 16oz or larger. RCP

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CA30 – Photo: Congressman Berman Named ‘Councilman’ on Parade Signs

After spending millions of dollars in his June 5 race against U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Howard Berman is still finding it difficult to make it clear to voters who he is. It didn’t help that the Canoga Park/ West Hills Chamber of Commerce hung a Memorial Day street banner referring to “Councilman Howard Berman.” Daily News

NJ9 – Video: Brutal ad by Rothman Against Pascrell

Rep. Steven Rothman is going big in the last days of his Democratic primary against Rep. Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s newly drawn 9th district. His campaign just released a television ad about the environment that is on the air in the expensive New York City market. The money behind it is well into the six figures. Redistricting forced both Members to compete for the same Democratic-leaning seat.- Roll Call

Brooklyn – Fidler Claims Storobin Won by Violating Laws

Lew Fidler, the Democrat who lost by sixteen votes a special election for a disappearingState Senate seat, gave up but claims his Republican opponent is a fraud: Of course, I am disappointed in the overall result and the many messages it may be sending about politics in our community and our borough.

            I am also very troubled by a clear fallacy of the Election Law which enabled Mr. Storobin’s campaign to violate the law without repercussion. Read more »

Is Being Poor a Disqualifier for Public Office?

Drudge Report linked to a story today with the headline that “Thirteen candidates have past bankruptcies or criminal records.” It’s about thirteen U.S. Senate candidates.

My question is: why put a bankruptcy which may come as a result of financial failure and distress in the same category as “criminal records?” If you file your taxes according to law but you can’t pay the actual bill, is it a crime or rather an illustration that wrong tax levies are at times placed on people who barely make it through the week?

One of the people on the list filed for Chapter Seven after losing $89K in Lehman Brothers. Is that a crime? Or is the crime that the guy should have asked for a GM-style bailout?

NYSen – VIDEO: Bob Turner’s Ad

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Turner released his first television ad of the 2012 campaign cycle, one which plays heavily on what has been his chief calling card: his 2011 upset victory over David Weprin for a Congressional seat in Queens and Brooklyn. – NYO

NY7 – MASSIVE Voter Registration Drive Among Hasidim Ahead of June 26 Primaries

The battle between ten-term Dem Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and NYC Councilman Eric Dilan for New York’s Seventh Congressional District seat is hitting a boiling point with forces from both camps in a rush to register as many Hasidic voters possible from Williamsburg Brooklyn ahead of the Friday deadline.

Velasquez is backed by the “Aroynem” sect of Satmar in addition to NY Senator Gillibrand, while Dilan is backed by the “Zaloynim” sect of Satmar in addition to Vito Lopez the Boss of the Brooklyn Dem Party. Read more »

NY7 – Dem Candidates Battle Who is More Pro-Israel, in District of Anti-Zionist Satmars

NYDN Reports: In his push to represent New York’s new 7th Congressional District, Dilan said the 10-term incumbent had “the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation,” according to one of his campaign handouts (read a pretty blurry copy below).

He bashed Velazquez as one of the few members of Congress who refused to sign a 2010 letter urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons and threatening Israel. Read more »

DOCUMENT: Official Notice of Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee Hearing on Ostreicher Case

According to the official Jacob Ostreicher – Notice, a hearing by a House sub-committee on Foreign Affairs will be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday June 6 10:00 AM. The official subject of the hearing is “The U.S. State Department’s Inadequate Response to Human Rights Concerns in Bolivia: The Case of American Jacob Ostreicher.”

As of now only the wife and a daughter of Ostreicher in addition to a retired FBI agent working for the family, were invited to testify. However, as the document indicates and as sources close to Congressman Chris Smith say, more people will be invited to testify.

Ralph Reed’s ‘Faith and Freedom Coalition’ Names Jeff Ballabon Chair of Jewish Outreach

Press Release: The Faith & Freedom Coalition announces the appointment of Jeff Ballabon, a media and telecommunications executive, as the chairman of Jewish outreach at Faith & Freedom Coalition.

A veteran of Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004, referred to in the press as “the architect” of the campaigns’ national outreach in the Orthodox Jewish community, the Jewish Daily Forward named Ballabon one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in America” for his political impact.  A longtime activist in judicial nominations, he worked closely with the Bush White House on many confirmation battles, including those of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.

In 2007, Ballabon founded the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem, an international coalition of Jewish organizations coordinating with members of the Knesset and pro-Israel Christian groups to oppose the proposed division of Jerusalem.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, Yeshiva University and Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He and his wife Rochelle have five children.

Ben Shapiro, William Daroff Concur with Gestetner on Poles’ Outrage to Obama

In the early morning, our Yossi Gestetner wrote an article outlining that while Obama was factually wrong with naming the Nazi killing machine as the “Polish Death Camps,” the Poles have a lot of Jewish blood on their hands.

Ben Shapiro, the Editor of the Breitbart empire tweeted this afternoon: “Obama was wrong about the “Polish death camps.” But note that the Polish population was hardly blameless with the death camps.”

BuzzFeed reports this afternoon: “Methinks the Poles doth protest too much about this ‘controversy,’” said William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy of the Jewish Federations of North America. “Hiding behind the crimes of the Nazis does not lessen the fact that Polish anti-Semitism has hundreds of years of murderous history. Pogroms occurred before the Nazis occupied Poland, and they occurred after the Nazis were defeated.”

Obama Says he Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President

Weekly Standard Reports: In the meeting[with Jewish leaders, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about Judaism" than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

"Obama ... stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president,  because he read about it," Haaretz reports. "[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of  the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader  Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”

Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”

GRAPH: The Auto Bailout in Context

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Ramapo, NY – Moody’s Downgrades Town by Two Levels

Town of Ramapo Board

LoHud.Com Reports: The millions of dollars in debt guaranteed by  the town to build its controversial baseball stadium continues to play a major role in its financial standing, as evidenced by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the debt guarantee as part of its rationale to downgrade the town’s credit rating. Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg (Jewish) Leaves (Jewish) Rome Restaurant Without Tipping

U.K. Telegraph Reports: The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic   quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Mr   Zuckerberg and Priscilla   Chan walked away without leaving a gratuity. Their bill came to just 32 euros after a lunch consisting of deep-fried   artichokes – a Roman Jewish speciality – fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli   stuffed with sea bass and artichokes.

Instead of wine or beer they opted for a bottle of water and a pot of tea.

Read More at the Telegraph

Business Insider CEO’s Article Asks: ‘Why Do People Hate Jews’

After an outcry, the tittle is now changed to “What Are The Sources Of Anti-Semitism?” but the URL is still the old one. Anyway, here is the original article:

Citizens in Britain were startled recently when a religious-studies exam  featured the question, “why  do some people hate Jews?”

The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly  withdrawn. But it’s an interesting and important question. Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people  whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews. (We delete these  comments as quickly as we can, but they’re always startling in their venom,  meanness, and stupidity.) Read more »

VP Contender Rob Portman to Meet With Israel PM

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday. This high-profile meeting with a key foreign leader comes at time when Portman is considered to be among the top-tier candidates of potential running-mates for presumptive republican nominee Mitt Romney. - ABC News

SHOCKING STAT: Average Gas Price for May Higher Than 92 of Bush’s 96 Months in Office!

Martin Bashir at MSNBC asked last week why Republicans don’t credit Obama with the falling gas prices. Well, he should think twice before asking that question again: The average price for a regular gallon gas for the month of May is $3.732, according to Obama’s own Energy Information Administration.

Only four of Bush’s 96 months in office were prices higher: The months of May, June, July and August of 2008 when the average monthly prices were respectively $3.76, $4.05, $4.06 and $3.77.

With the close of May, the average price for a regular gallon gas in 2012 stands at $3.68. This is higher than the previous annual record of $3.52 set in 2011; which broke Bush’s worst year in office (2008) when the average price was $3.24.

WH2012 – Jewish Billionaire Adelson, Romney Meet in LV

Political Ticker: Mitt Romney met with Sheldon Adelson – a man who, for many months, helped keep Newt Gingrich’s campaign afloat – in Las Vegas Tuesday, a campaign aide confirmed.

They convened at Adelson’s office at the Venetian Hotel, where the executive offices of the Las Vegas Sands are located, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. The meeting involved the two men and a small group of aides, and lasted more than 45 minutes. Read more »

SUPER JEWISH: Former Greenfield Aid Runs Caller Campaign vs. Felder Who is Backed by… Greenfield

City and State Reports: wealthy real estate attorney Nachman Caller has just registered a campaign committee to run as a Republican and raise money. In addition, a source from Caller’s campaign tells me he has hired a campaign manager: Moshe Friedman, who worked on Councilman David Greenfield’s successful 2010 special election campaign…

The Politicker reported yesterday that Republican David Storobin is closing in on winning his Mar. 20 special election again Democrat Lew Fidler, which could concievably allow Storobin some time in the Senate before the end of the legislative session. Still, it’s unclear whether Storobin, who is Russian-American, will run in the new heavily Jewish Senate district, which cuts out much of the Russian population from the district where Storobin ran on Mar. 20. It’s also been speculated that Storobin could run for the Assembly instead, even after winning a seat in the upper chamber

NY7 – Video Ad by Small Time PAC Bites Again at Velazquez

I guess the Innovation PAC who according the the NYDN raised only $8K this year, hopes that political blogs will pick up their (socialists) ads. So… here you have it:

CLOWN SHOW: 20 Year Old Files to Run as Dem for ‘Super Jewish’ State Senate Seat

Colin Campbell Has This: Abraham Tischler made headlines in 2010 by running in the special election to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council — despite being only 18 years old — but it looks like he might be interested in making a couple more before all is said in done. Earlier today, he quietly filed for a new State Senate seat created in heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

In his last campaign, Mr. Tischler was ultimately kicked off the ballot by his rivals, including current Councilman David Greenfield, but now he’s coming back onto the political scene and again running against the Democratic political establishment. His main opponent this time will actually be Mr. Felder, who is making his own return to campaign politics.

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