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WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED!
The Roberts decision on the surface is an Obama victory.Yet there is much danger ahead for him as a result.
1- with polling showing close to 60% favoring repeal, this will be a dominant issue-along with the economy.
2- The House will vote to repeal on July 11,and the Senate will not go along.However, it will keep the issue alive.
3-In 2010 the Tea Party victory came about because people were angry and motivated.If the GOP keeps pushing the theme of " the greatest tax increase in the history of the Republic", a similar outpouring could tip the election.The question will,this decision reduce the anxieties of Dem voters and lower their voting numbers.
4-With the penalties for employers with more than 50 employees in place
how many will, choose to pay the fine(tax) rather than insurance?
how many will ,stop hiring ?
will the economy nosedive as a result of new taxes,no new employment.austerity in municipal-state govt plus the European sovereign debt crisis causing a huge recession-depression?
This is not the end -but rather the middle of a historic saga-
For Romney the economy AND A WEAK HISPANIC SHOWING TO DATE makes Rubio or Ryan logical VP choices.
WE ARE BACK IN BOYNTON
WE JUST FLEW DOWN TO BOYNTON UNTIL JUST BEFORE TISHA B'AV.
THE SHUL LOOKS BEAUTIFUL FROM THE OUTSIDE-IT IS TRULY A MIRACLE,CONSIDERING THE LOCAL OPPOSITION,OUR SMALL SIZE ET.
TONITE AT MINCHA WILL GET A CHANCE TO DOVEN INSIDE
SIUNCE WE ARE SORT OF KNOCKED OUT FROM THE TRIP,WILL HOLD OFF WITH SOME THOUGHTS UNTIL THE AM , AFTER THE SC DECISION
WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR OBAMA 4 YEARS AGO NO ONE COULD BE ACCUSED OF 'RACISM'
When Americans became disenchanted with a Young President whose claim to fame was transparency,, and yet there was none , the mood changed.
When he promised to halve the debt,and he increased it people including those who voted for him were singing a different tune.
When he promised to cut unemployment but increased it,the people were not amused.
When his A-G refused to prosecute blacks who stood by a voting booth to harass voters everyone looked on incredulously.
and when the Pres allows his A-G to hold back documents from Congress or to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of security leaks, all the WH can claim is racism
IT IS SAD WHEN YOU ACCUSE AMERICANS OF RACISM IF THEY DISAGREE WITH THE
PRESIDENT OR HIS CABINET .THIS TYPE OF ATTACKS WILL NOT CARRY THE DAY, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT ADDRESS THE ISSUES.
CARTER-OBAMA ISLAMIC SURRENDER
PRES. CARTER BETRAYED THE SHAH, Allowed the prisoners to be taken and kept in a shameful period.Enter the Ayatollah.
When the IIranians started to revolt-Obama failed to act.
Now Obama screwed Mubarek our protector in Egypt.He did not listen to the Saudis and now has put the military on notice to back off and support the Moslem Brotherhood-
ANTI-AMERICA -ANTI-ISRAEL.AND ANTI-DEMOCRACY.
THESE 2 DEMOCRATS HAVE WEAKENED AMERICA,AND PLACE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN GREAT DANGER.
VICTORY IN EGYPT
I was watching live on Al Gezeera the Election Comm results from Cairo that gave the election to the Moslem Brothood's candidate Morsi.
The questions are many;
1-will he keep his word and invite secularists and non MB members into the Cabinet?
2-What role will the Military play.-Have they weakened their hand by allowing the MB to run in the election? Remember in Turkey the military was in essence marginalized by the Islamists.
3-What will happen with the treaty with Israel? will they rearm the Sinai? put the Israeli traty up for a popular vote,so they can say "they support the treaty, but it is the people who object?
4-What will be their relationship with Hamas-currently strained? and with Iran?
5-With their long range plan to make all of the ME "Islamist" how will they interact with the US under Obama? under Romney?
more bunker busters needed
Former Sen Chuck Robb who heads a bipartisan Policy Center interested in a strong America,testified today that Israel should be supplied with an additional 200 ( they already have 100 )bunker buster bombs as well as additional KC135 aircraft that can refuel aircraft in midair.
A number ofears ago I inspected an older tanker,and was told then of Israel's needs.
Of course this is for a possible attack on Iran-since no way will Obama act.
Of interest is the MIG-21 pilot that escaped from Syria with his plane.It only took 90 seconds for the plane to each Jordan and ask for Asylum.Tonite Assad grounded all of his planes since possibly the CIA is involved with enticing pilots to escape.
The problem with the former head of Mossad,and Intelligence and a bunch of former national security officials in Israel,is that they cannot stand being out of office.Thus they are constantly criticizing the govt. as it prepares for the coming mega-crisis with Iran.
They would not have appreciated this type of public second-guessing when they were in office.
Dennis Ross chimes in that Israel should give CASH TO SETTLERS TO MOVE TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GREEN LINE.
On the face of it it is outrageous.The Palestinians have shown no desire to compromise.A poll just released that a majority of Palestinians felt Abbas was corrupt.
COMING OF AGE -VESHINANTEM LEVANECHA , VEDIBARTA BAM
I was informed today that my latest book COMING OF AGE-VESHINANTEM LEVANECHA ,VEDIBARTA BAM will be shipped and released this weekend.
This is the third of the simcha trilogy,the first dedicated to sheva brachot, the second to bris milah and this to bar/bat mitzvah.
There are 81 contributors to this volume.All proceeds go to NCSY.
THE CHAPTER ARE ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE PORTIONS OF THE TORAH.There are also chapters on the Jewish holidays and chapters written for the deaf bar mitzvah boy, the handicapped and preparing a young lady for bat mitzvah.
There is also a chapter on the relationship of the bar/bat mitzvah to the holu city of Jerusalem.
What is interesting is that the Torah messages can be "mixed and matched"with chapters in the first 2 volumes.
I am deeeply appreciative of all those who helped make this possible.
THE GREEK-SPANISH ETC MESS
While all the intracacies of the Greek-Spanish-Italian etc financial mess sometimes elude me,certain things not only form a pattern,but impact on our election.
i think it can be summed up by the different approaches of the NYTand the WSJ.
The left -Obama want to keep spending money we do not have,because it will provide govt. jobs.The defecit is not as impt as more jobs,and we can tax high earners.There is no limit to the power of govt unions,and where local cities have to lay off employees, the answer is more federal funding.There is no real talk about changing pension plans or the power of unions.
The right believes that jobs are created by the private sector,which needs stability and lower taxes in order to hire more.The entitlement state that we see in Europe has proven that you cannot live beyond your means forever.More taxes mean that those who hire will not do so.The defecit must be addressed by lowering taxes, less govt intrusion and allowing market economies to work.The example of Wisconsin when compared to Calif. is plain to see. If we are to save Medicare and SS there must be a serious bipartisan approach without resorting to pictures of throwing grandma off the cliff.Everyone knows that noone is advocating any changes to the plans of current seniors.when local govt. addresses the power of the municipal unions,and reduces their onerous work rules, early retirements, double pensions,building up double time in the last year of employment,getting rid of phony retirements on disability and so on the system will once again work.The concept that every American should be on food stamps ,or be on unemployment forever is not sustainable
Finally the housing bubble brought on by selling homes to individuals who could not afford the mortgages sold to them, or lied on their applications has to be brought to a conclusion.The banks should complete those foreclosures and sell the homes and not allow them to get more run down.Theu should try to rent the homes even to current occupants.Until all these problems are solved, we cannot begin a new chapter in the housing market.
WHILE RASMUSSEN (POLLS) REPORTS THAT ONLY 17% OF AMERICANS THINK FATHERS DAY IS IMPORTANT,TO ME IT RENEWS IN MY MIND THE ROLE OF THE JEWISH FAMILY.
OF COURSE HOLIDAYS IN AMERICA ARE DRIVEN BY THE COMMERCIAL FORCES ie MACYS NORDSTRAM ETC.X-MAS,CHANUKKAH AND SO ON HAVE LOST THEIR ORIGINAL RELIGIOUS MEANING IN MANY HOUSEHOLDS.
THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED JEWISH POPULATION STUDY OF NYC JEWS IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN ON ONE HAND AND OPTIMISM ON THE OTHER.
I HAVE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN THAT WE LIVE IN A LARGE APT HOUSE,PROBABLY 60-70 % JEWISH.WE ARE APPROACHING 11-12 SHOMER SHABBAT FAMILIES.THE REST WHILE JEWISH IN NAME,ARE THE LOST GENERATION.
TO HEAR THEM SPEAK OF THEIR CHILDREN IS TO WITNESS NO FUTURE FOR OUR PEOPLE.
NO JEWISH EDUCATION, VALUES OR TRADITION-BEACAUSE THESE PEOPLE HAVE NONE.
IN RELIGIOUS TERMS THEY ARE A "TINOK SHENISHBAH"-A CHILD KIDNAPPED AT AN EARLY AGE AND THUS NEVER EXPOSED TO JEWISH LIFE.
SOME OF THESE MAY BE PART OF THE DISAPPEARING CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT OR PART OF THE REFORM WHICH NOW HAS 50% INTERMARRIAGE.
UNLESS A FEW OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN WILL HOOK UP TO CHABAD OR NCSY OR THE ISRAEL PROGRAM,THEY ARE LOST.
THE BRIGHT PART SHOWS THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE MODERN ORTHODOX CHAREDI SECTOR. 64% OF CHILDREN IN NYC BELONG TOP THIS GROUP.
SADLY THE CHAREDI-YESHIVISH ELEMENT ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE KLAL OF THE TOTAL JEWISH COMMUNITY.THEY FOR THE MOST PART DO NOT ATTEND COLLEGE,AND ARE POORER.
WITH THEIR HUGE GROWTH RATE, THERE MAY AND WILL COME A TIPPING POINT WHERE RICH GRANDPARENTS,OR THE COMMUNITY OR THE GOVT., WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM UNLESS THEY HELP THEMSELVES MORE BY EDUCATION AND JOINING THE WORKFORCE.
I DO NOT MEAN TO REFER TO ALL IN THIS GROUP,FOR MANY DO EXACTLY THAT.HOWEVEVER THOSE WHO SIT IN A KOLLEL FOREVER AND GET MARRIED, HAVE CHILDREN AND EXPECT OTHERS TO SUPPORT THEM ABOVE THAT WHICH THEIR WIVES CAN BRING IN-WHEN THEY ARE NOT PREGNANT -REPRESENT A LONG TERM PROBLEM.
SIMILARLY SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL IS ABSENT IN THESE COMMUNITIES-A REAL PROBLEM.
BHO / ADELSON / CAIRO / ABRAMS
The President's 50 minute campaign speech (fillibuster? ) did not play well with the press corps.
Too much lecturing-nothing new!
The liberal media is raising questions about Sheldon Adelson who just gave Romney PAC 10 million dollars.How come we don't hear the same complaints about George Soros who gave 25 million to Obama in trhe last campaign.-Or the 4.5 million supposedly raised tonite at Jessicas Parkers middle class abode.?
The mess in Cairo proves again, demonstrations in the absence of a HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY, OR A "REBBI" to teach the rule of law,= rights, a free press and judiciary etc, is bound to lead to chaos or ISLAM (OR BOTH)
Elliot Abrams said today, that when he told then PM Ehud Olmert that Bush would not bomb the Kadir nuclear reactor in Syria,(Cheney wanted th US to do it).Olmert stopped cooperating with the US, and bombed the reactor himself in Sept 2007.
The 2 points-
1-Israel may have to go it alone against Iran
2-Having the right people,and the right decision beats proper process at making the decision(in answer to the comptrollers mreport on the Tutkish ship)
2 QUESTIONS FOR OBAMA
NO 1--TOMORROW YOU GIVE A MAJOR ECONOMIC SPEECH
A-WHAT IS NEW?
B-WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A 2ND TERM?
C-BEING THATYOU HAVE A DIVIDED CONGRESS UNTIL JAN,HOW ARE YOU GOING TO REACH OUT AND COMPROMISE TO GOVERN UNTIL THEN?
NO 2-IF YOU WIN, THERE IS A REASONABLE CHANCE THAT ONE OR BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WILL BE REPUBLICAN-HOW WILL YOU WORK WITH THEM IN ORDER TO PREVENT A CONTINUED STALEMATE?
putin to israel / obama too busy for wisc. /the un and world court
The news that Putin will visit Israel is welcome news. While he supports Iran and Syria it never hurts to welcome the head of such an important country-if only to see the facts on the ground and exchange ideas. SHOULD iSRAEL ATTACK Iran, I doubt that the visit would take place.
The talks with Iran are going nowhere.
Iran says show us why we should go back to 20% enrichment ( from 27% ?) The US is talking of 3 % and Israel 0 per cent.
I understand why the WH saw Wisconsin as radioactive for them last week. Still Obama could have made a video appeal, or hold a fund raiser for himself.TODAY HOWEVEVER, HIS LAME EXCUSE THAT AS PRESIDENT HE IS VERY BUSY, and could not find the time. is laughable.
After all lunch with Sarah Jessica Parker types really take up his schedule.
Sadly the President is not governing, but crying about the Republicans.This morning Bret Stephens in his WSJ op-ed places that complaint into historic perspective.
This afternoons polling on Jews in NYS, and blacks from N.Carolina are not good news for Obama,
How can we still belong to an organiztion as impotent, corrupt , one sided as the UN.
To see the pictures from Syria makes one sick.
How many people will have to die before Assad is arrested by the world Court?
Today the Knesset is debating whether to condemn Turkey for the Armenian genocide===FINALLY
HYPOCRISY / GRADUATION /MORE NONSENSE
Preident Obama rails against Wall Street, hedge fund operators, venture capitalists and the wealthy
As he runs from city to city, not governing,but huddling with rich movie stars,who are the people he collects money from?
You guessed it!
Oh yes MAHER says the GOP IS GUILTY OF TREASON fo opposing the GOP economic plan.!
Today we attended the elemetary chool graduationb of our grandchild Jonah Ganchrow from Noam Yeshiva.in Paramus. This was the schools 3rd graduation, and the school has 700 students in 2 beautiful buildings. There is a waiting list for the school.
In Bergen County, there are 8 or 9 modern orthodox Day Schools, and it is wonderful to see their growth.
This leads into the Conservative movements latest JOKE-gay marriage without kiddushin.
TO ME IT IS LIKE SHAM SURGERY-MAKE BELIEVE
SOMEONE SAID THE ORTHODOX HAVE MISSED THE BOAT BY NOT JOINING ON THE LBG OR WHATEVER IT IS BANDWAGON.
IN 3 GENERATIONS THESE 68 GRADUATES TODAY WILL HAVE OVER A THOUSAND HEIRS. THE GAY COUPLES WILL HAVE VERY FEW.
THIS WEDDING IS NOT A WEDDING AND HAS ZERO VALUE IN JEWISH LAW.
my book on kindle 'Chavez / facelift
my publisher informs me that my autobiography JOURNEY THROUGH THE MINEFIELDS-fron Vietnam to Washington, will be available in 24 hours on Kindle,and a nook on Barnes and Noble.
My new bool on bar/bat mitvzh will be mailed from the publisher June 22.
A few monthe ago,without too many reak knowledge,I assumed that Pres Hugo Chavez had a perforated colon cancer-with a poor prognosis.It now seems he has something worse-a rhabdomysarcoma with an even more terrible progmosis.
Debbie Boone has a pretty face,good voice and pleasnt personality.She is the spokesperson for a "lifestyle Lift" commercial.The gist is that you be be young looking again with plastic surgery/Fair enough.
However,the very small print on the bottom is not legible,
Who is the surgeon/s?
Where is rhe location?
Are they Board Ceretified?
and so on.
Last nite I came home just berfore 9Pm and put on the tv.I watched CNN and MSNBC who informed us that the exit polls showed a 50-50 race.I was shocked aftrer all the pre-election polls showed a 6.5 victory for Walker.
Of course we know the results.
Now the Dems are confident that Obama will carry the state, since these SAME exit polls showed he was ahead by 7 points.Remember, he carried the state by 14 in'08. But the state elected Sen. Johson and Gov Walker in'10.
What with 2 municipalities today in Calif. voting about 70 % to lower public employees pensions and benefits.if I were a Dem.,I would worry about a taxpayer wave in'12.
As a veteran,I think the failure of the President to once again mention D-Day speaks volumes.
My only complaint about the elction fever,is that for the next 5 months that is all we will hear about on Cable TV.It was better when Labor Day inaugurated the campaign season.
Debbie Wassermsn the big-outh head of the Dem. campaign committee sais Wisconsin was critical for '12. The MSNBC talking head said that the Walker win was a victory for Obama.
I guess when the Supreme Court throws away the Obamacare facade as a constitutional piece of legislation,Dems will be dancing in the street because of the Obama victory.
Over the span of many decades, there have been many wars in the world.Millions of refugees have been displaced leading to much human suffering.However in time, the nations of the world, or the host nation absobed the refugees.
There are examples of that all over Asia and Europe.
Only one area do we see a refuisal to solve the "refugee" problem. That is in the Palestinian refugee problem.This is so because the Arabs have used this as a pawn and a hammer overf the western world and Israel.
The whole cry"Right of Return" is only a substitute for the destruction of Israel.Over the years UNWRA (with US support) has supported this concept of "eternal Refugees", with money,political support and a failure to advance the lives of these second,third and fourth generation "refugees'.
No other refugee problem in the world has become a permanent beaurocracy that also teaches hate for Israel in the schools that exist in the camps.Many times the Arabs have refused offers to build modern homes ,because it would destroy the image of the homeless refugee.
FINALLY THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEEE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MANDATE THE STATE DEPT. TO DOCUMENT HOW MANY REAL SURVIVORS OF 1948 ARE STILL ALIVE.(HOPEFULLY THE CONGRESS WILL PASS A SIMILAR BILL)
The guess is 30,000 .The rest never saw a home in Israel.
Their plight is nO different from the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees that were forced to leave Arab countries without compensation.They were absorbed by Israel.
The Arab countries refused to intgegrate and absorb these people
Perhaps when we know how many of these people really "left" their homes ( or left voluntarily-being promised to come back to a Palestinian victory) we c an get closer to a solution-I DOUBT IT
The Wisconsin race is too early to call-will wait until tomorrow.
nanny mike / open e-mails
As one who is overweight, I know the dangers of obesity.
Most overweight people try for years every diet in the world.
This past week I heard about Dr. Bo's growth hormone pills fron Canada. Legal? safe?
The bottom line as every physician knows, it is self control, exercise, proper diet, and more self-control..
No one can make you lose weight unless you do it yourself!
Thus it is comical to hear of Mayor Bloomberg's edict re; 16 ounce sodas.
If you took all sugary sodas off the market-it would not change the big picture.=ot the obesity rate.
Walk into a theatre and look at the refreshment stand.Dozens of types of candies in mega-size, pop-corn in buckets larger than your head, ice cream etc.
If you want a police state-outlaw them all.Then go to fast food places-force them to omit large sandwiches, shakes etc.
Go down the line and go from food store to supermarket to sweet specialty shops, and prevent anyone overwight from buying a product unless
A-they have a note from their doctor-
B-from their mother or
C-weigh under 120 pounds for women and 160 for men.
Perhaps we should legislate that anyone who owns their own helicopter cannot serve as Mayor because of noise pollution.or a restriction on owning too many homes outside of NYC.
Oh Yes=How about the movies having a special-2 16 ounce cups attached one to the other?
What I do object to is that in airports , turnpike stops ,etc, you cannot purchase a small coffee or soda.
Everything is MEGA
Today there are rerports of Israeli security agents at the airport forcing questionable visitors to open their e-mails in order to see if they have come to disrupt the country.
GOOD FOR THEM!
Obama -the failure
For the sake of argument let us for the moment accept all of Obama's arguments
The economy is Bush's fault
The economy is because of Europe
The Reps in the Congress have blocked his program
He has created many jobs
He saved us from depression
Wait--He ran 4 years ago on HOPE AND CHANGE-
He ran on tranparency and a promise to bring the nation together
The people gave him a Democratic House and Senate -veto-proof-filibuster proof-
He promised to lopwer the defecit-AND lower unemployment.
OR he would be a one term President.
The people punished him in 2010, because he did not deliover.Instad of being Clintonesqe and moving to the cnter, he doubled down and started a negative re-election campaign.If he can't fix it in 3 years he has no right to ask for an extension
Right now, he appears to be a man who is desperate-running up and down campaign platforms like a kid at a H.S. basketball game and it is the same ATTACK-ATTACK- ATTACK.
His team appears shocked that their attacks on Romney and his team because of Bain, or being Women haters- Black haters--Hispanic haters- all have flopped.
But even as Booker, Clinton Fitzpatrick and many Dem leaders have ridiculed the false Bain attacks-the President has nothing else, and is doubling down.
Why doen't he demand the Dems in the Senate take up all the Rep. bills waiting for action?
For 2 years with Congressional majority he pushed through Obamacare in a secretive manner.By the end of the month will it still be costitutional?
He pushed through his cash for clunkers-which drove all the used cars off the market.
His failed stimulus created a few jobs at a cost of a few hundred thousand per job, but didn't touch the economy.
He doesn't deserve another term, because he is way over his head.
Yes Romney invested money-to make money.
He understands business
Obama never worked a day in his life,and sorrounded himself with left wing economic academicians
Last Friday was im my mind a turning point as America finally saw the dangers of collape under OBAMA