Monthly Archives: June 2012

Christie to Reporter from Major NJ Paper: Are You Stupid. Sorry Idiot

Political Ticker Reports: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, known for his candor, snapped at a reporter Saturday while taking issue with his question at a press conference. Reporters were told the governor would only answer questions about a major problem at a water treatment plant, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Yet one reporter proceeded to ask an unrelated question involving the state legislature, as seen in video of the press conference from Monmouth County.

Christie, cutting him off, said: “Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question.” As the reported tried to follow up, the Republican governor again interjected and ended the press conference. “Thank you all very much, and I’m sorry for the idiot over there. Take care,” he said before walking away.

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Leading From Behind: Egypt’s First Islamist President Takes Oath

Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, was sworn in on Saturday, propelling his Muslim Brotherhood into power after 84 years of struggle, although the military remains determined to call the shots. Immediately after swearing his oath, he said a civil, national, constitutional and modern state was “born today”. – Reuters Via CNBC

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Written Statement by Jay Carney Expresses Condolences for Shamir’s Passing

Yitzhak Shamir dedicated his life to the State of Israel.  From his days working for Israel’s independence to his service as Prime Minister, he strengthened Israel’s security and advanced the partnership between the United States and Israel,” said a statement from the White House press secretary. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of Israel.” – The Hill

So… It was not a statement by Obama; not even a verbal statement by the WHPS. Instead, it was apparently, a written statement from the WHPS.

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NY13 – Rangel’s Margin Of Victory Down To 802 Votes (44.2% of Turnout)

Hunter Walker Reports: The race between veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat for the 13th Congressional District in Upper Manhattan will come down to paper ballots. Read more »

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The History of Former Israeli Prime Minister Shamir

JTA Reports: Shamir died Saturday at the age of 96; he had been living in a nursing home in Tel Aviv. He was reported to have Alzheimer’s disease.

Shamir was born Yizhak Yzernitzky in Ruzinoy, Poland in 1915. In 1935 he left Warsaw, where he was studying law, moved to Palestine and enrolled at the Hebrew University.

He joined Etzel, the Revisionist underground organization, in 1937, and in 1940 became a member of Avraham Stern’s Lehi, a more militant organization, where he became part of the leadership troika. Read more »

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Report: Anti-Vito Satmar Faction Takes Victory Lap

Politicker Reports: In a press release blasted out by George Arzt Communications, the same firm that worked for Ms. Velázquez’s campaign, Rabbi Moshe Indig, a power broker in the the “Aroni” Satmar sect, declared his faction’s ongoing success over Mr. Lopez. Read more »

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What the Health Care Ruling Means for Jews in New York and Elsewhere

Here is a list of some things that changed or will continue to change due to Obamacare: Read more »

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Jewish Groups React to Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Law

The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting in the majority. The Court upheld the most controversial provision of the law that required all American citizens to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty. The court struck a provision that forced states to expand their Medicaid programs in order to cover health insurance for poverty-stricken individuals. Jewish organizations generally praised the decision, while the Republican Jewish Coalition said it was “deeply disappointed.” – JTA

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Irony of the Day: Obama Was of the Few Dems to Vote Against Roberts!

Only 22 Senate Democrats voted against Robert’s confirmation in September 2005, and Obama as Senator was one of the 22!

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Actually, CNN’s “Train-Wreck” Toobin Correctly Predicted How Kennedy, Roberts Will Vote

I posted earlier the infamous analysis from CNN’s legal reporter Jeffery Toobin following the oral arguments when he said “this was a train wreck for the Obama Administration.” Everyone uses it today to show how silly the MSM can be. But actually in that very two-minute clip, Toobin said “the only Conservative Justice who looked like he might uphold the law was Chief Justice Roberts.” Toobin also said “Kennedy, the swing vote was enormously skeptical.”

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VIDEO FLASHBACK to CNN’s Toobin: ‘This Was a Train Wreck’

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Finally, Dems Agree Bush Was a Legit President…

For twelve years we have been hearing that Bush “stole” the 2000 elections with the help of a 5-4 Supreme Court Ruling. Now, in a 5-4 ruling, a Bush appointee helped keep alive Obama’s HCR by saying that the mandate is opposite of what Obama said it is: He said it’s not a tax; the Court says it can stand only because it is a tax! Dems are of course happy with this ruling, which is good because 5-4 Court rulings apparently ARE Kosher in the eyes of Dems. Hence, Bush appointees are legitimately on the court too.

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NY17 – Brother of GOP Candidate Argued Against HCR in SCOTUS

NY17 Congressional candidate and Rye Town supervisor Joe Carvin issued a press release with his reaction to the decision… Carvin’s brother Michael Carvin argued against the constitutionality of the law in front of the Supreme Court. – Patch

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WH2012 – Report: Romney Camp to Hold Fundraiser in Israel

President Obama’s campaign has put on fundraising events in London, Zurich and Geneva, and next on the calendar is a July 4 event in Paris featuring Obama’s senior adviser and close friend Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, two of Mitt Romney’s sons headlined a fundraiser last month in Hong Kong, while the candidate himself will attend his second London fundraiser next month during the Olympic Games. And multiple Republican officials told The Daily they’re exploring the possibility of an event in Israel with a high-level surrogate — something that would appear to be a first in American politics. – The Daily

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Hungary Anti-Semitic Leader Admits Jewish Roots

JTA Reports: A leader of Hungary’s anti-Semitic Jobbik party confessed to having Jewish  origins, but Jewish leaders reacted to his statement dismissively. “I learned not long ago that I had parents of Jewish origins,” Csanad  Szegedi, a member of the European parliament and regional leader of Jobbik, said  in an interview with the daily Barikad.

Members of Jobbik have used anti-Semitic rhetoric repeatedly in the past. Read more »

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LAT: Iran Sanctions About to Increase

The NJDC flags this report from the LAT: Read more »

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CA30 – Analysis Shows Berman Won Strong the Jewish Vote vs. Sherman

Voters with Jewish surnames supported Berman very strongly. His win among these voters was most convincing in his current seat where he was favored by 2:1 over Sherman. In Sherman’s old district he appears to have essentially tied Berman for the Jewish vote. – Politico Reporting on an analysis from RP Data.

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Brooklyn – Storobin Suggests he Does Not Have (Yet) Skelos’ Support

City and State Reports of a Jewish Press Interview:

As for all the speculation about Skelos’ support for his candidacy, Storobin noted several factor in his favor: Skelos gave him a big hug up in Albany, he is friends with Skelos’ wife and the Senate GOP let him pass a bill during his short time in office. Storobin says he also personally met with Skelos about his political situation, and that he expects to get both Skelos’ public and private support.

As I reported a week ago, Skelos hopes to see Felder a Democrat win. Otherwise, Skelos would be more than happy to support Storobin in public and in private.

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NY07 – Hasidic Vote Was More Than 30% of Overall Turnout

Early Tuesday morning I wrote here Hasidim “may produce more than 9,000 votes. This will be 25% of the 36,000 voters that may show up on Tuesday.”

With 96.4% precincts reporting Tuesday midnight, only 27,548 people participated. This number may pop to 31,000 when all is done. I picked up from the field before midnight  that at least 9,700 Hasidim voted. This is a showing of thirty-percent-plus of the overall vote.

I guess I was a bit Conservative Tuesday morning on the Hasidim, and a bit Liberal on the overall district.

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5/10/12 FLASHBACK: Election Returns Show Eroding Public Influence of Dem Boss Lopez

Back on May 10, I wrote as followes: NY Assemblyman and Brooklyn Dem Party Boss Vito Lopez is still in a powerful position; strong enough to force his hands onto others. However, an analysis by Gestetner Updates shows that Lopez is increasingly becoming less of a player in electoral outcomes on his home turf, thus threatening his power among elected officials and beyond. Read Full Article

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NY07 – The Real Story Behind the Velazquez Win: ‘Aroynem’ Satmar

It’s not Obama. It’s not Dilan. It’s not Brooklyn Dem Boss Vito Lopez. It’s the Aroynem sect in Satmar; the one HQ’ed in Orange County New York. They flexed their muscles in this election like never before.

In the recent past, the Zaloynim (Williamsburg) wing of Satmar outnumbered the Aroynem by a margin of 2-1. 66% to 33%! In this election however the Aroynem, who were on Velazquez’s side, closed the margin to what appears now 46 for them vs. 54 for the Dilan-Lopez side. In one voting location of younger Hasidic voters, the split is 49-51. Considering that turnout overall in this district was very low, the Hasidic Voters are quite a large percent of the final number. They are presenting such a large percent of the overall vote because the Aroynem wing increased their game by huge margins. Read more »

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NYSen Results Prove That Chaskel Bennett Was Key in Turner’s NY9 Win

The campaign manager who ran Bob Turner’s campaign in NY9, ran now the Turner campaign for the U.S. Senate. Just as during NY9, Turner wast underfunded and he ran agaisnt weak opponents. But back then Turner won the special election by a margin of seven points, now he went down in flames. What gives?

Chaskel Bennett gives. When Turner’s Manager received his “Republican Campaign Manager of the Year’ Award for winning NY9, I posted an article mentioning that Bennett and also Jacob Kornbluh deserved credit for “pushing early on for Turner in the Orthodox Jewish Community.” This time around Bennett was not much involved. Yes. He held a fundraiser. Yes, he took care of some other stuff. But no it was not a NY9. Read more »

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NYSen – Flashback to NY9: Turner Requests Impound of Ballots

With the news today that Congressman Bob Turner’s team are asking ballots to be impounded, I remembered the following LAT news from last year September 13: Citing reports that at least a handful of absentee ballots had been mailed to voters who are now deceased, Republican Bob Turner obtained a court order impounding absentee ballots cast in the special election in New York’s 9th Congressional District. Bill O’Reilly, a spokesman for the Turner campaign, said in an email that the campaign requested that the ballots be impounded after “getting serious reports of election fraud.”

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NYSen – Gillibrand Has More Than $9.9M COH

The victor in Tuesday’s statewide Republican primary for U.S. Senate faces a Democratic incumbent with $9.9 million in campaign cash who 54 percent of voters say they are willing to re-elect. Moreover, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to benefit from heavy Democratic turnout in the November presidential election. And she won statewide two years ago with 61 percent of the vote at the same time that Republicans were unseating Democratic incumbents in several congressional districts in places like the Hudson Valley and western New York. – The Journal News

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NY6 – Lancman Took the Wrong Lessons from NY9

It’s highly doubtful that NYS Assemblyman Rory Lancman will win today’s four-way Primary in New York’s Sixth Congressional District. If, again if, he wins  (he has the unions), it would have come to him very tough: A candidate, who otherwise has a strong record to showcase, should have picked up more broad support in fundraising and in party backing while keeping other candidates away, yet he didn’t. Why?

Well, let’s go back to an article I wrote three months before the NY9 election arguing – when Wiener was still in office and no one gave the GOP a chance – that Republicans can actually pick-up the seat if only they reach out to Orthodox Jewish Voters. Here is some of what I wrote: Read more »

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