Tag: New York

When will New York City sink?

By Andrew Rice Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by profession and a doomsayer by disposition. I’ve gotten to know him over the past few years, as I’ve sought to understand…

Y’all come to Texas, state official tells New York gun owners

By Jim Forsyth

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for New York gun owners: Come to Texas, and bring your guns with you.

“Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” Abbott, a Republican, said on Thursday, after ads extolling Texas appeared on several media websites.

Abbott, a possible candidate for governor of Texas in next year’s election, used campaign money to buy ads on websites of news organizations in New York City and Albany.

‘It’s happening again’

“Once again we are surrounded on every side by those who want to destroy us – and they don’t hide it,” says Rebetzin Esther Jungreis. By Baruch Gordon and Chana Ya’ar

Renowned international speaker Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis warns that once again, “the dark days” are returning and Jews are surrounded by those who want to destroy us — “and they don’t hide it.”

Speaking at the recent Long Island New York Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Dinner, the Holocaust survivor and renowned educator and speaker said it’s very easy to forget what it was like when the Jews were singled out for torture, murder, and slaughter.

“The whole world was ready to consume us, and today… once again, we are surrounded on every side by those who want to destroy us – and they don’t hide it, she noted

NY Senators argue the First Amendment is a privilege not a right

by Steve Ragan

NY Senators argue the First Amendment is a privilege not a right.

Four New York State Senators, who recently released a report on cyberbullying, argued that free speech – in all its protected glory – should be viewed as a state granted privilege. They want to put further restrictions on the First Amendment, in order to protect the children.

The report, “Cyberbullying: A Report on Bullying in a Digital Age” was published in September by the Independent Democratic Conference. This group includes Democratic NY State Senators David Valesky, David Carlucci, Diane Savino, and Jeff Klein.

They propose several changes to the law, with a focus on cyberbullying, and leverage existing legal rulings, which already restrict free speech in the cases of harm, to explain why they should be accepted with little debate.

“Some pessimists have made the case that cyberbullying laws such as this one are a waste of time and money because they are reactionary rather than preventative. They may give officials the ability to charge bullies under a specific law, they say, but at that point the damage has already been done. These people have also argued that education is the most effective means for creating change…But all the Driver’s ED classes in the world have not stopped reckless driving, and awareness training alone won’t put an end to cyberbullying either,” the report explains.

Why Obama Is Losing the Jewish Vote

He doesn’t have a ‘messaging’ problem. He has a record of bad policies and anti-Israel rhetoric. By DAN SENOR New York’s special congressional election on Tuesday was the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama’s Israel policy. Democrats were forced to expend enormous resources in a losing effort to defend this safe Democratic district, covering Queens and Brooklyn, that Anthony Weiner won last year by a comfortable margin.

A Public Policy Poll taken days before the election found a plurality of voters saying that Israel was “very important” in determining their votes. Among those voters, Republican candidate Robert Turner was winning by a 71-22 margin. Only 22% of Jewish voters approved of President Obama’s handling of Israel. Ed Koch, the Democrat and former New York mayor, endorsed Mr. Turner because he said he wanted to send a message to the president about his anti-Israel policies.

This is a preview of what President Obama might face in his re-election campaign with a demographic group that voted overwhelmingly for him in 2008. And it could affect the electoral map, given the battleground states—such as Florida and Pennsylvania—with significant Jewish populations. In another ominous barometer for the Obama campaign, its Jewish fund-raising has deeply eroded: One poll by McLaughlin & Associates found that of Jewish donors who donated to Mr. Obama in 2008, only 64% have already donated or plan to donate to his re-election campaign.

The Obama campaign has launched a counteroffensive, including hiring a high-level Jewish outreach director and sending former White House aide David Axelrod and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to reassure Jewish donors. The Obama team told the Washington Post that its Israel problem is a messaging problem, and that with enough explanation of its record the Jewish community will return to the fold in 2012. Here is an inventory of what Mr. Obama’s aides will have to address: