Daily Archives: 07/01/2012

Shamir to be Buried Monday Late Afternoon at Mt. Herzl

Former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir will buried Monday evening alongside his  wife, Shulamit, in the section reserved for leaders of Israel on Mount  Herzl. President Shimon  Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and  representatives of Shamir’s family will eulogize the former prime minister at  the funeral. Earlier, his coffin will be brought to the Knesset, where the  public will be invited to pay its respects from 10 a.m. to 4  p.m. – JPost

Our First ‘Infidel’ President

CNN Reports: Washington, the nation’s first president, was not a Christian but most likely a Deist, someone who believed in a divine, beneficent being who ordered the world. Clergy would often try to goad him into publicly stating that he was a Christian, but he refused to do so. Read more »

Already Hit Hard by Inflation, Iran Braces for Worse

Reports the NYT: Bedeviled by government mismanagement of the economy and international sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran is in the grip of spiraling inflation, which threatens to worsen with the imposition on Sunday of new international measures aimed at cutting Iran’s oil exports, its main source of income. With the local currency, the rial, having lost 50 percent of its value in the last year against other currencies, prices are rising fast — officially by 25 percent annually, but even more than that, economists say.

US Postal Service Begins to Close Mail Plants

PressTV Reports: The U.S. Postal  Service will begin consolidating and closing dozens of mail processing plants as  early as this week. A last minute effort by the American Postal Workers Union to  stop the plan, failed on Friday.

 There are 48  plants across the country that will be impacted by the consolidation over the  next two months. The Lansingburgh Post Office in Troy was set to close, but will  instead have reduced hours to maximize efficiency. Read more »

Mossad Agent Who Nabbed Eichmann Dies

Haaretz Via the Forward Reports: Former Mossad agent Yaakov Meidad, who took part in the abduction of the Nazi  war criminal Adolph Eichmann, died Saturday at the age of 93. Meidad was living  in Tel Aviv. Read more »

Average Gas Price in 2012 is Still at Record Annual High

The average price for a regular gallon gas for the month of June was $3.539, according to Obama’s Energy Information Administration.

With the close of June, the average price for a regular gallon gas for 2012 stands at $3.663. This is higher than the previous annual record of $3.521 set in 2011; which broke Bush’s worst year in office (2008) when the average price was $3.24.

Only five of Bush’s 96 months in office were gas prices higher than in June: The months of May, June, July, August and September of 2008 when the average monthly prices were respectively $3.76, $4.05, $4.06, $3.77, and $3.70

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ECO “PANIC”: Waters Around NY Rising Three Times Faster Than Global Average!

Before you get excited, we are talking of a rise of tops 3.7 millimeters per year. This is like 0.15 (less than a fifth) of an inch rise per year. Reports NYC.Org: The study, published last week in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that sea levels are rising three to four times more quickly than average along a 620-mile stretch from central North Carolina to north of Boston.

Since about 1990, sea-level rise along this portion of the Atlantic coast has increased 2 to 3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6 to 1.0 millimeter per year, according to the study.

New York Post: Long’s Long Odds on the Long Road to November

Here are portions of a NYP Editorial: No sooner had Wendy Long been declared the winner of Tuesday’s Republican US Senate primary than Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand put out an urgent message:  “The GOP has banked millions to defeat Kirsten,” the freshman senator’s spinmeisters breathlessly prevaricated.

Doesn’t Long wish it were so. Read more »

PHOTOS: Super Jewish: Storobin, Felder Join Hikind at Press Conference on Behalf of Ostreicher

VIN Reports that “Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) led a gathering of elected officials this afternoon at the Bolivian Mission to the United Nations, in demanding justice for Jacob Ostreicher, a Brooklyn resident held for more than a year in a Bolivian prison.”

In the photos posted by VIN, I noticed that Simcha Felder and State Senator David Storobin, were both  at the event. Felder as a Democrat is trying to beat Storobin a Republican for the Super Jewish State Senate District seat in Brooklyn. See here the two photos: Read more »

Full Implementation Starts Today: Sanctions on Iran Will Cut its Oil Sales by Less Than 1/3

Iran, the second-biggest producer in OPEC after Saudi Arabia, was producing about 3.3 million barrels a day in May. Full implementation of sanctions will remove about 1 million barrels a day during the second half of the year as buyers disappear and Iranian storage tanks become full, the Paris-based IEA forecast in a June 13 report. – Business-week

LEADING FROM BEHIND: Egypt Seizes Weapons Headed to Gaza from Libya

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced Friday that police had thwarted the smuggling of a large shipment of heavy weapons and ammunition from Libya to Gaza, Egyptian news site Al Youm7 (The Seventh Day) reported. According to the report, Ibrahim said at a press conference that the shipment included 138 rockets and some seven thousand rounds of ammunition. – JPost

Giffords’ Former Aid and Successor Joined GOP to Hold Holder in Contempt

Democrats were very excited that they held onto Giffords’ seat in Arizona.  But her successor, now Congressman Ron Barber is not exactly the Leftist that some Libs thought he is. In fact, Giffords (a reform Jew) herself was not so to the left either: She owned a gun; voted against Pelosi as Dem leader following the 2010 elections, and often pressed Obama on border security. Barber last week joined the GOP in the contempt vote and he recently also voted to exempt the Border Patrol from following some environmental guidelines.

POLL: Negative Opinion of SCOTUS Rises by ELEVEN Points Since HCR Ruling

With all the talk from the Left and some on the Right that Roberts wanted to “save” the image of the Court, you may want to look at the new Rasmussen Poll out today Sunday:

28% say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job. That’s up 11 points over the past week. The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on Friday and Saturday following the court ruling, finds that 56% believe justices pursue their own political agenda rather than generally remain impartial. That’s up five points from a week ago…

Thirty-seven percent (37%) now believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 22% think it’s too conservative. A week ago, public opinion was much more evenly divided: 32% said it was too liberal and 25% said too conservative.

Shares of Israeli Banks Rise Most Since March

Shoshanna Solomon Reports: Israel’s banks, led by Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoali rallied the most in more than three months on optimism an agreement by European leaders on banks may contain the region’s debt crisis. Leumi rose 5.5 percent, the most since Nov. 30, to 9.91 shekels at the 4:30 p.m. close in Tel Aviv. Hapoalim advanced 4.5 percent, the most since March 14, to 12.40 shekels. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank gained 2.4 percent to 30.56 shekels and Israel Discount Bank increased 3.9 percent to 4.134 shekels, also the most since March 14

Mursi Vows to Support Palestinians, Respect Existing Treaties

Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi vowed to support the Palestinians in their quest for a homeland, while also saying his government will respect its existing international agreements, an acknowledgment of its peace treaty with Israel. Mursi, in his first speech after he was sworn into office, also said that bloodshed in Syia must end and that Egypt won’t stand for any attempts to violate Arab regional security. The remarks underscored a push to reclaim for Egypt the mantle of Arab leadership following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. – Bloomberg

WH20120 – Both Sides Focus on State That Went with Winner Since 1964

Toledo Blade Reports: The last time Ohio voters didn’t pick the winner in a presidential election was 1960. Republican Richard Nixon won the Buckeye State, but Democrat John F. Kennedy won the nation. Since 1964, no other state has had such an unbroken string of siding with the winner.

No one can know until Nov. 6 whether 2012 will uphold Ohio’s record as the pre-eminent swing state or end its reign, but neither the Obama nor Romney campaign is taking a chance. Read more »

Times Union Editors Rip Cuomo, Skelos

TU Editors Write: The legislative session wasn’t quite the success that Gov. Cuomo says it was. Change the campaign finance laws — and then talk about legislative triumph. Governor Cuomo can go on, and on, all he wants about the historic success of this year’s state legislative session. So can Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, the person most responsible for standing in the way of much of the governor’s agenda for change in the very nature of state government. Read more »

Video: Jack Lew Struggling To Explain How ObamaCare Isn’t A Tax

Obama’s Chief of Staff is having a hard time explaining Obamacare:

OHSen – SCOTUS Ruling on HCR Poised to Become Key Issue

Clevland.Com Reports: The ink had barely dried on the court’s decision Thursday before Mandel fired his first shots. During a campaign appearance that afternoon at Smiths Medical, a medical devices company near Columbus, he told employees that the ruling would cause “a reverberating effect on the state budget.” He also warned that an excise tax on medical devices included in the Affordable Care Act might cost the jobs of people in the audience and others who work in the industry.

“This tax will be a job killer for companies like yours,” Mandel said. Read more »

The Rubashkin Case and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s term came to an end last week Thursday, but the Rubashkin case’s chance of being argued before the Justices has not yet started. Read more »

NJ9 – NRCC Targets Pascrell After Supreme Court’s Decision

“Thanks to Pascrell, spiking premiums, $500 billion in Medicare cuts and the anti-growth environment of ObamaCare are still the law of the land – voters in New Jersey cannot afford to bring him back,” said the release. “Healthcare remains a massive roadblock to New Jersey families taking control of their healthcare and to small businesses trying to create jobs.” – NJ.Com Quoting the NRCC

European Commission Prez to Visit Israel for First Time Since his Appointment in 2002

He is due in Israel at the end of this week, sources said. The visit has not yet been officially announced by the EU Commission spokesperson. “Mr Barroso is this week extremely busy with the preparations of the EU leaders summit,” one source in his cabinet told EJP. But the visit is seen in Brussels as a major diplomatic gain for Israel, whose relations with the European Union have rather been tense in the last few months. – EJP

WH2012 – Poll of Florida Voters: SCOTUS Ruling a Mess for Obama

Here are some results from a Survey USA Poll of Floridians following the SCOTUS ruling on HCR: Read more »

VIDEO: Fox Chronicles How Media Switched on Roberts From One Day to Next

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