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Kornbluh: A New Mayor, A New Era For Small Businesses

jacob city hallMayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget presentation on Thursday included a significant change of policy that may have gone diluted in the news.

The new budget, the first presented by mayor de Blasio, included a drop of 8% in projected small-business fines revenue. Tickets issued by the Department of Health, as part of the grading system implemented during the Bloomberg administration, is projected to drop a whopping 44 percent — a decline from $54 million in FY2012 to $30 million in FY2015.

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Op-Ed: Response To Ari Hart’s Op-Ed in The Jewish Week By An East Ramapo Board Member

OPED logoThe following is an Op-Ed by Harry Grossman in response to Rabbi Avi Hart’s Op-Ed in The Jewish Week:

As we allow how sefira beards to grow, remembering why the 12,000 pairs of students of Rabbi Akiva died, I find myself saddened by the motzei shem ra being perpetrated by Rabbi Ari Hart and Uri L’Tzedek against the Jewish members of the East Ramapo School Board. For the record, my name is Harry Grossman, I was appointed to the Board a couple of months ago, and while I have been called many things in my life, I have NEVER been called Chareidi (maybe I’ll use that as a Purim costume next year?). Read more »


Op-Ed: Forget The Past; It’s Too Heavy To Carry

(Isaac Kornbluh – London, UK). Let me share with your readers some motivational thoughts to ponder on, following a beautiful and uplifting YomTov, which has albeit left us all with piling on unwanted weight.

It is a known fact the obesity is the root of most diseases which can almost be prevented by leading a disciplined and healthy lifestyle. I will not go into any medical particulars as I am not a doctor but what I will share with you is a very practical and sustainable lifestyle which will rejuvenate your mind and body.

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Rabbi Shmuley Explains ‘Why Pollard and Rubashkin Are Rotting in Jail’

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach rips into the broader Jewish Community: And here you have the reason why inmates like Jonathan Pollard and Sholom Rubashkin, amid their inexcusable crimes, can be given highly prejudicial and outrageously lengthy sentences. The Jewish community, embarrassed at Jewish wrongdoing, rarely raises its voice in unified protest against punishments which, in both cases, are widely viewed by legal experts as discriminatory and excessive. Read more »


Gestetner: I Am of the 7 Million Who Signed Up for Obamacare

Yossi GestetnerThe Obama administration is boasting that 7 million people signed up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan; or what some call Obamacare. My wife and I signed up late last week for a Bronze Plan which is one before the bottom in the 5-rung system of Catastrophic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum health plans available in New York.

Since we cannot afford healthcare, we enrolled in one of the cheapest plans within the Bronze category. Many hospitals, excluding local community hospitals, do not accept this plan. It apparently fails to cover many procedures, and the plan has annual $12,700 deductibles and co-pays if we actually need care. Read more »


EDITORIAL: A New Star – A Greenfield – Is Born In Monsey

michael greenfieldActivists, volunteers, community leaders and elected officials in the upstate area of Rockland and Orange County are all praise of Monsey’s own resident Michael Greenfield – the twin brother of NYC Councilman David Greenfield – for his outstanding effort throughout the search efforts for Peretz Sontag.

In a sense, the term “his outstanding effort throughout the search” undercuts his involvement. He essentially kept the search going day after day. He energized people on the ground; he coordinated efforts between the local Chaverim volunteers and the volunteers of United Search and Rescue, as well as Brooklyn South Safety Patrol (Borough Park Shomrim) and the volunteers from multiple agencies out of Kiryas Joel. As the week dragged on, a sense of helplessness started to set-in among some volunteers, but Michael in his daily emails to the group, said the search will go on. He lined up forces, including private planes and helicopters, to get the job done. Read more »


Op-Ed: Creating Affordable Housing and Tax Breaks For The ‘Struggling Class’

nachman callerThe 2nd in a series of articles addressing the struggling class in our community.

By: Rabbi Nachman Caller

As I wrote in my previous column, the major issue facing the majority of the nation and our community in particular is the plight of the struggling working class. Due to the high cost of health care, putting food on the table and housing expenses those who fall into this middle income bracket often find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Unlike those in the lower income brackets, there are few tax breaks or government assistance programs to help cover constantly rising living expenses. Read more »


Opinion: What the Ellen and Obama RTs Tell Us About Twitter

Twitter-followersAs of last night, the popular TV Host Ellen DeGeners had more than twenty five million Twitter followers and more than 2.5 million people retweeted a selfie someone took of her and many Hollywood stars. This number of RTs is record-setting and more than tripled the previous record held by President Obama. But consider this: Tweets by Ellen usually do not hit one thousands retweets, which means most RTs from yesterday’s Selfie are obviously not from her own followers. This begs the question: What percent of a person’s followers actually read tweets? How many tweets do they see from each account they follow? How many people altogether, followers and non followers alike, actually see an average tweet? Read more »


Op-Ed: American Orthodox Passivity

OPED logoThe following is an Op-Ed submitted to JP by Aryeh Rand:

As you may recall, in the height of this winter the Frum world was abuzz. Many Gedolim in Eretz Yisroel were planning a massive trip to the United States to rally the masses for a campaign of awareness and unity. To say that most people were confused would be an understatement. Questions like what is the purpose, what will they achieve were abound. But the truth is, it was an opportunity missed – an opportunity to potentially solve the crisis once and for all with much better outcomes. Read more »


Op-Ed: The Charedi Anger with the Draft Law

OPED logoThe following is an Op-Ed by Menachem Lubinsky, president & CEO of LUBICOM Marketing Consulting:

What was the straw that broke the camel’s back, forcing all Gedolei Yisroel to call for a mass tefila assembly this Sunday in Yerushalayim? Was it the Knesset Subcommittee headed by Ayelet Shaked that included imposing sanctions on Charedim who do not report for the draft? Was it Yair Lapid’s rhetoric calling for “shivyon benetel” (equal responsibility) for all citizens of Israel? Was it Lapid’s cuts to yeshiva budgets and yeshiva families?

No, it was outright lies by the highest officials in Israel! Read more »


Op-Ed: Ukranian Revolution – A Questioning Democracy.

OPED logoThe following is an op-ed submitted by Y. Friedman:

“3 cheers for Ukraine for their heroism” a famous British journalist tweeted Saturday. Thousands of other social media posts like “Kudos for Ukraine, your fight for democracy has paid”, were posted by mainstream users and even from high ranking politicians and journalists. The praises pouring on the Ukrainian “freedom fighters” were coming from all sides and angles, emphasizing the values they apparently fought for, namely democracy. Read more »


Key FL Democrat and VP Biden Say Racial Comments on Same Day

Alex Sink was the Chief Financial Officer (Comptroller) for Florida until a few years ago. In 2010 she came within 1.1% of winning the Governor’s race after picking up more than 2.55 million votes in the general election vs Rick Scott. Now she is running in #FL13; a special election to the House. Yesterday she said the U.S. needs to reform immigration because “we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and  especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to  work to clean out hotel rooms or do our landscaping?” Read more »


MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Dems Will Lose 5-10 U.S. Senate Seats In 2014

Republicans need to win a net of six seats to have a slim 51-49 Majority in the US Senate. Liberal Chris Matthews think Democrats losing only five seats would be a rosy outcome because it may hit ten seats.

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Video: ‘Jimmy Carter on Steroids’ Handed Putin Ukraine


Gestetner: A Tale of Two Big Border States in 300 Words

California and Texas are this Country’s largest states by population. Both are of the largest States geographically; both are along the Border with Mexico, and both suffered through the politically-hyped 2008 economic meltdown. The difference of the two states? One is run by Liberals and the other by Conservatives.

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OPINION: Small Business Owners Will Lose Their Income if Minimum Wage Hike Goes Through

Minimum WageWhile browsing twitter last week, I came across this tweet by CNN’s @Crossfire: “Does raising the minimum wage help the economy? Reply now with Yes or No”. This isn’t the first time this issue has been raised. It has actually been raised quite a lot in the past few weeks. In fact, President Obama at the State of the Union address declared that he will raise the minimum wage for federal workers through executive action. Many Democrats have followed his proposal by engaging States and Cities and making the 2014 mid-term elections about the ‘minimum wage’ issue. But being the fact that CNN asked this question publicly, I figured let me go ahead and check what the responses from fellow Americans were.

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Why Co-Pilot Might Have Taken Extreme Steps to Leave Ethiopia

David Blair at the Telegraph Writes: Desperate migrants go to extreme lengths to leave their homelands, but hardly any resort to hijacking. The Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot who landed his plane in Geneva joins the men who forced an Afghan airliner to fly to Stansted Airport in 2000 in the select club of those who chose hijacking as their way of escape.  Read more »


Video: Raising Minimum Wage Hurts New Workers; Helps Unions


Gestetner: Yes, Bush Won San Diego But Here is Why Alvarez’s Loss is BAD for Dems

Voters in San Diego picked yesterday a new Mayor; Republican Kevin Faulconer over local Democrat Councilman David Alvarez by a margin of ten points. To put it in context, Bush the first time around won this place by 4 points and the second time by 6, but President Obama won San Diego by 10 points in 2008 and 5 points the second time around. Meaning, if Democrats thought that Obama’s results are a permanent change in this GOP-leaning California County, yesterday’s result’s proved otherwise. Read more »


Goldberg: ‘Remarkable Chutzpah’ for Dems to Use Job-Lock Excuse


Gestetner: ‘Forward’ Writer Goes Haywire After 68% Polled Don’t Buy his Global Warming Beliefs

A writer by the name Jay Michaelson has an article in the Forward which lashes out at Conservatives with revisionist history and snarky lines. Why? He writes:

“According to a recent study by Yale University, only 32% of Americans believe  that global warming is happening, and that human beings are responsible for it.  This despite a complete – that’s right, complete – consensus on that point on  the part of scientists not working for the fossil fuel industry.” Read more »


Confused With All the CBO-Obamacare Spin? These Charts Simplify It

There has been a strong back and forth in the political class on whether the CBO said last week that Obamacare helps or does not help the economy. The easiest way to asses if Obamacare, according to the CBO, is a net positive or net negative to the economy, employment, the deficit and so on, is to compare the CBO’s economic and budget projections of last week to the ones they released in January 2010; two months before Obamacare was signed. That was the last pre-ACA projections that they made; making it the closest thing to an honest assessment how economic things changed from pre to post ACA. The charts below give you some context on a few key area: Read more »


Gestetner: Dems Can’t Have it Both Ways on SNAP, Clinton

Yossi GestetnerIn 2012, about 46 million Americans were living in poverty and about 46 million Americans were on Food Stamps (SNAP). How does this stack up from an historical point of view? Well, in Bill Clinton’s last budget year, about 30 million Americans were in poverty but only 17 million received SNAP.

Basically, under Clinton the number of people on SNAP was only about 55% of the amount of people living in poverty, but in 2012 under Obama it was about 100% (see chart below).

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Turx: Can Radical Islam Succeed Where the Nazis Failed? They Certainly Seem to Think So….

Sochi 2014 Company OlympicsSo here we are, in 2014, and radical Islam is vowing to attack Russia in middle of the winter. In middle of the Winter Olympics, that is. Why? Because what better time or place to run around with ski masks without arousing suspicions than in Russia, in the dead of winter?

The Winter Olympics are set to launch in about two weeks (in the future or in the past, depending on when exactly it is that you’re reading this), in Sochi, Russia. Sochi, in southern Russia, is located a mere 300 miles from the terror hotbed that is Chechnya. (On a grand scale, 300 miles is pretty close. To put that into perspective, 300 miles is like from here – my office, that is – to 300 miles straight up in the air! That’s literally just a stones-throw away, folks!) Terrorists of the region have sworn by everything and anything they consider holy (exactly what these terrorists consider holy is up for debate, and I’m quite certain that many wars have been fought amongst various Islamist sects to settle this very query) to disrupt the events and festivities. Read more »


OP-ED: Assassination by Cliché, Misuse of Freedom of the Press

By: Aliza Bas Menachem

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailCharacter assassination is a misuse of freedom of the press. Especially when the assassination is based on speculation.

Shortly after the New York Post skillfully assassinated the character of Menachem Stark, it ran an article entitled “Post’s report on slain… draws harsh criticism.” The article provides an explanation of why the Post claims they do not need to apologize for their questionable journalism. The article quotes “a spokesman for the paper.” No name! What is the matter? Is there no one at the Post who will come out and say, “I am accountable for the front cover and inside story about Menachem Stark. I have listened to the calls for an apology, but I stand by my decision in this matter as being responsible journalism”? Either that or an apology. Nope, only a nameless spokesman. And no apology. Read more »

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