Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.
When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune.
One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
Her natural beauty took his breath away."I may look like just an ordinary guy," he said to her,
"But in just a few years my father will die and I will inherit $200 million".
"Impressed, the woman asked for his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
This is worth repeating. I sent in a previous memo. (See 1 below.)
Obama's Middle East foreign policy has turned into something akin to a kid who kept hitting a bee hive until he angered the bees and now they are swarming.
Obama is not to blame for Arab/Muslim hatred toward Israelis, Jews, Christians, the West etc. but he incentivized them to fly out of the hive with his simplistic apologetic speeches and pulling the rug out from under their, granted, tyrannical leaders who had achieved some modicum of stability.
Neither will Obama get these Muslim/Arab killer bees back in their hive with his feckless threats. Stopping Iran will become Israel's undertaking.
That's when all hell is going to break loose. Get prepared.(See 2 below.)
Affirmative action jerks? You decide. Seems a growing number already have. (See 3 below.)
Even liberal Jews have begun to wake up and smell something. Amazing what happens when you take your head out of your - you fill it in.
Actually not a surprise because I have been writing the Jewish vote would drop from 78 to 50%. Will Obama make Jews his next pinata? Would not bet against it.
I suspect Democrats running for re-election will start running away from Obama so his 'do nothing nonsense' will fly back in his face.(See 3a, 3b and 3c below.)
It is called telling it like it is. (See 4 and 4a below.)
1)High School Principal - Hooray !!!
By Dennis Prager.
A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.... By Dennis Prager.
To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater
calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our
school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not
care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white.
I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American,
Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go
elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American
nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values -- e pluribus Unum, "from many, one."
And this school will be guided by America 's values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students
based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a
society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English -- but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward.Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school,
self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky -- to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.
2) Israel's hostile neighborhood
By Richard Cohen,
Back in 1953, an Egyptian army officer was asked by the magazine Al-Musawwar what he would write to Hitler if he were still alive. “My Dear Hitler,” he began gushingly, “I admire you from the bottom of my heart.” He proceeded to extol the German dictator for, among other things, creating dissension between “the old man Churchill and his allies, the sons of Satan.” If the mass murder of Jews bothered the officer in the least, he did not mention it. Years later, as the president of Egypt, he was himself murdered for making peace with the Jewish state. His name, of course, was Anwar Sadat.
The peace that Sadat manufactured is now unraveling, a thread here, a thread there. The Israelis and the Egyptians have traded insults of all sorts, and now the Israeli Embassy, always an edifice constructed out of wishful thinking, has been sacked by a Cairo mob. The Israeli ambassador is gone, and when he will return, if ever, is not clear.
The Israeli-Egyptian peace is in jeopardy, and so is the cordial rapport Israel once had with Turkey. Along with Iran and Ethiopia, Turkey helped make up what was called “the strategy of the periphery,” the relationship that Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, established with non-Arab nations. But Iran now is Israel’s mortal enemy, Ethiopia hardly matters and Turkey is bristling with hostility. Ankara wants Israel to apologize — not merely express regret — for its perfectly legal attempt to turn back a so-called humanitarian flotilla heading for Gaza last year. Nine people died. Israeli forces overreacted and now Turkey is doing the same.
Israel’s dilemma is that the Middle East, for all the talk of revolution, is slipping backward. Turkey is possibly evolving into an Islamic republic and even if this is not the case, it is reasserting its historical role as a regional power. Iran toppled its modernizing, Westernizing shah with his pro-Israel proclivities and in 1979 became a theocracy. And Egypt, long the leader of the Arab world, may find it cannot lead its own people. The peace with Israel has little support among the populace. It’s not just that Israel is not loved, it’s that Jews are hated.
Think back to Sadat writing his pretend letter to Hitler. This was eight years after the ovens of Auschwitz were demolished and much of the world was coming to grips with the enormity of the Holocaust. Yet not only could an Egyptian magazine solicit such letters, but an army officer with the intellectual wherewithal to someday run the country was an entrant. This suggests a society in which the Holocaust was thought to be either a Jewish concoction, a Jewish exaggeration or some sort of just deserts.
Since those days, the situation has evolved but not necessarily improved. Egyptian society, indeed the entire Arab world, has been drenched by a steady drizzle of government-approved or -tolerated anti-Semitism. It would take willful historical ignorance to dismiss the possible consequences. There are almost no Jews left in Egypt — the substantial community was expelled, first by Gamal Abdel Nasser and then by incessant oppression and fear — but there are plenty of Jews just over the border in Israel.
The clock must move backward for the United States as well. It took Harry Truman just 11 minutes to recognize the new State of Israel in 1948 — and he did so over the vociferous objection of some key aides, particularly the immensely important Gen. George C. Marshall, the secretary of state. As the historian and Israeli Ambassador Michael B. Oren writes in his book “Power, Faith and Fantasy,” Marshall felt so strongly that he told Truman to his face that if he recognized Israel, “I would vote against the president.” Truman didn’t blink.
Marshall’s arguments are not entirely invalid. The Arab world has the oil, the geography and the numbers. But the United States has the moral obligation to stick by the sometimes obstreperous democracy it felt morally obligated to embrace. The Obama administration has to show no daylight between it and Israel — never mind that Benjamin Netanyahu is no Ben-Gurion.
Leaders come and leaders go, but what remains are values and cultural forces that transform glacially. Sadat proved this. He was a confounding character who showed what is possible and what is not. He was hope and he was despair and, finally, he was tragedy. It’s clear he changed greatly over the years. It’s not so clear his country has.
3)The Player and the President
By Jeffrey Folks
Anyone watching Sunday's women's final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament was treated to an appalling display of temper on the part of Serena Williams. At the beginning of the second set, Williams was judged to have hindered her opponent by shouting "come on" in the course of play. The point, and, as it turned out, the game, was awarded to Williams's opponent, Samantha Stosur, who went on to win the match quite convincingly.
Not willing to leave well enough alone, Williams badgered the chair umpire, Eva Asderaki, during changeovers for what seemed like the rest of the match with remarks like, "Aren't you the one who screwed me over last time?" (apparently referring to her 2009 match versus Kim Clijsters at Doha, but at which Asderaki did not umpire). "I promise you that's not cool," she pouted. "That's totally not cool. I totally despise you." When Asderaki turned toward her during the exchange, Williams yelled, "Don't look at me. Don't even look at me." "You're a hater and you're just unattractive inside," she added, perhaps suggesting broader feelings of victimhood.
Since the incident occurred, comment has been flying around the internet, much of it negative toward Ms. Williams. Bloggers have referred to her as a "poor sport" and worse. And some have suggested that her aggressive tirades are the product of a sense of racial resentment.
On the same day that this unfortunate incident occurred, another player on the national stage violated the ordinary rules of conduct with equally offensive behavior. During the nationally broadcast 9/11 ceremony from New York, President Obama stood there in a Bill Clinton pose -- his nose perched high in the air -- seemingly unmoved even as others wept and bowed their heads in prayer. It was a troubling and incongruous posture for the leader of a nation commemorating the worst terrorist attack in American history.
Obama's expression of remoteness and arrogant disdain was so palpable that the Wall Street Journal chose to feature it on the front page of the Monday edition. In a striking photograph taken by Kristoffer Tipplaar, Obama is pictured with his nose at a 45-degree angle standing next to George Bush, whose face, furrowed from the effects of eight years in office, is bowed deep in prayer. In the photo, former President Bush comes across as just the sort of humble and reverent man he is; Obama appears to hold himself above the proceedings, uncomfortable among the ordinary folk gathered for the occasion and deeply contemptuous of everyone there.
When it came time to speak, Obama read woodenly and haltingly, with no sense of emotion, from the prepared text on the teleprompter. In what the Boston Gazette called "a study in contrasts," Obama delivered an unattributed and ill-prepared reading of Psalm 46. The audience seemed dumbfounded as to the point of his selection, and Obama offered no clue as to his intent. It was as if the teleprompter itself had recited Psalm 46 and then shut down, smugly remote and above it all.
Then George Bush rose and addressed the grieving families from the fullness of his heart. Bush read from a letter by Abraham Lincoln to a mother who had lost five sons in battle. Like Lincoln, who signed his letter "Yours, very sincerely and respectfully," Bush managed to convey his deep sense of respect and regard for the assembled 9/11 families. It was surely no accident that those in attendance, including thousands of family members of the victims, broke into spontaneous applause at the conclusion of Bush's moving remarks.
While Obama fulfilled his responsibilities on 9/11, he appeared to do so ungraciously, as if he resented having to commiserate with ordinary folk. Or perhaps he was upset at having to share the stage with George Bush. Maybe he was simply uncomfortable at having to appear before an unvetted audience of ordinary citizens, men and women who were not hand-selected members of a public-sector union or students at a liberal university. Perhaps he feared that this audience of real Americans would allow their real feelings toward him to be known.
No danger of that. The audience who gathered to commemorate 9/11 at Ground Zero was fully cognizant of the dignity of the somber occasion. They had too much respect for the significance of the occasion to allow politics to enter into it (something that could not be said for Vice President Biden's remarks at the Pentagon that same morning). The audience greeted the president with respect, and all observed the four moments of silence, marking the moments when the four planes crashed into the WTC towers, the Pennsylvania field, and the Pentagon, with reverent silence. Most bowed their heads in sorrowful reflection, and many wept.
But president Obama did not. He stood through most of the ceremony gazing off into the blue, as if he were some kind of grandee above it all. No tears ran down his face, even as George Bush fought back his emotions and Laura Bush wept openly. Obama's nonverbal message that day was, "I am not one of you. The 'war on terror' that America entered on that fateful day is not my war. I am superior. I am privileged. I can do as I wish, and no one can judge me."
That was the same message that Serena Williams conveyed on the tennis court later that day. Her condescending tirade against the chair umpire and her unwillingness to apologize after the match -- and the pointed refusal of those in her box to applaud Samantha Stosur during the award ceremony -- conveyed the same sense of contempt for the most basic rules of conduct.
For whatever reasons -- perhaps a belief in their own superiority to other mortals, or perhaps because they share the same chip on their shoulders, because they have bought into the myth of racial victimhood, because they believe that their so-called disadvantaged background somehow exempts them from the ordinary rules of behavior -- the player and the president embarrassed themselves and their country on Sunday. For the sake of the game and of our nation, one can only hope they set a better example in the future.
3a)GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke
By BETH FOUHY
Republicans have scored an upset victory in a New York City House race that became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.
Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin (WEHP'-rihn) in a special election Tuesday to succeed Rep. Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur), a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June after a sexting scandal.
The heavily Democratic district spanning parts of Queens and Brooklyn had never sent a Republican to the House. But frustration with the continued weak national economy gave Republicans the edge.
Turner has vowed to bring business practicality to Washington and push back on spending and taxes.
Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York's heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time.
The contest to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in a sexting scandal, had become too close to call, with public opinion polling showing a slight edge for Turner, a retired media executive with no previous political experience.
Polls closed at 9 p.m., and results trickled in slowly. With more than 30 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Turner held a slight lead over Weprin.
The state replaced outdated lever-operated voting machines last year in favor of paper ballots and optical scanners, which take more time to close and process. A Board of Elections spokeswoman said the vote-tallying system was running smoothly and there were no problems to report.
Both candidates hit the streets Tuesday, meeting voters and trying to boost turnout, the key in most special elections. Weprin had a full public schedule of get-out-the-vote events, while Turner's only scheduled public appearances were his vote Tuesday morning and an after-the-vote party at a restaurant. His campaign said he would be out in the district all day drumming up support.
Democrats, panicked at the prospect of an embarrassing loss, poured cash into the race and sent in their stars to try to save Weprin, a state lawmaker who was forced to defend Obama's economic policies even as he tried to stress his own independence and close ties to the community.
Republicans worked to frame the race as a referendum on Obama, even though turnout is usually low in a special congressional election.
"It wasn't planned that way, but this is the only nationally contested election on the federal level, so it is, in a way, a referendum on President Obama's policies," Turner said Tuesday.
Nevada also had a House election Tuesday after a shake-up that started with Republican Sen. John Ensign's resignation amid a sex scandal.
On Monday, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor argued that a Turner victory would be an "unprecedented win" and the latest evidence of voter dissatisfaction with Obama.
"That district is not unlike the rest of the country. People are very unhappy with the economy tight now, and, frankly, I would say unhappy with the lack of leadership on the part of this White House," Cantor, of Virginia, told reporters in the Capitol.
Back in the district that spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn, Turner campaigned with Rudolph Giuliani, the popular former Republican mayor.
There also were six special elections for vacant state Assembly seats and several local races on the ballot around the state.
Weprin campaigned at a senior center Tuesday and greeted voters at a subway stop with Democrats including U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
With a large population of Catholic and Orthodox Jewish residents, the 9th Congressional District is broadly blue collar and more conservative than many others in the city. It's the kind of white, working-class environment that Obama struggled with in his 2008 campaign even as he was easily winning most other traditional Democratic constituencies.
A Siena Poll released Friday showed Turner leading Weprin among likely voters, with a 50 to 44 percent margin. The same poll found just 43 percent of voters approving of Obama's job performance, while 54 percent said they disapproved. The president fared much worse among independents. Just 29 percent said they approved of his job performance, while 68 percent disapproved.
On Tuesday, Weprin said the polished Democratic machinery would get people to the polls.
"We have a lot of people with us, and I think we are going to pull out the votes," he said. "I think the polls are not going to reflect who's going to come out to vote."
Hoping to shift the momentum in the final days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee invested more than $500,000 in ads in New York's pricey television market. An independent Democratic group, the House Majority PAC, ran ads, too. And Obama for America, part of the Democratic National Committee that support the president's re-election, urged volunteers to rally behind Weprin.
The party also enlisted two of its biggest guns, former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to record phone calls for Weprin. And Democrats relied on organized labor and other affiliated groups to bring voters to the polls.
"When voters learn the real difference between David Weprin and Bob Turner, they'll vote their Democratic values," DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said.
Weprin tried to cast Turner as hostile to popular entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. It's a formula that worked for another Democrat, Kathy Hochul, who won a heavily Republican upstate New York district in a special election last May by vowing to protect those programs.
But Weprin, an orthodox Jew, was on the defensive on gay marriage and Israel, which could have peeled away some support from the Orthodox community. He voted in favor of same-sex nuptials in the New York Assembly, and some Jewish voters threatened to withhold support for Weprin because they disapprove of Obama's policies toward the Jewish state. Former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, endorsed Turner.
"Rightly or wrongly, it is (part of the race)," Turner said Tuesday. "This president has been less friendly than any other president in recent history, and I think today voters can hold him to account for it."
The House seat opened up in June, when Weiner was pushed by party leaders to resign after sending sexually provocative tweets and text messages to women he met online.
The trouble for Weiner, who served seven terms, began when a photo of a man's crotch surfaced on his Twitter feed. He initially denied the photo was of him but later admitted it was.
3b)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 to try 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:
• February 2008: When running for president, then-Sen. Obama told an audience in Cleveland: "There is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're anti-Israel." Likud had been out of power for two years when Mr. Obama made this statement. At the time the country was being led by the centrist Kadima government of Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Shimon Peres, and Prime Minister Olmert had been pursuing an unprecedented territorial compromise. As for Likud governments, it was under Likud that Israel made its largest territorial compromises—withdrawals from Sinai and Gaza.
• July 2009: Mr. Obama hosted American Jewish leaders at the White House, reportedly telling them that he sought to put "daylight" between America and Israel. "For eight years"—during the Bush administration—"there was no light between the United States and Israel, and nothing got accomplished," he declared.
Nothing? Prime Minister Ariel Sharon uprooted thousands of settlers from their homes in Gaza and the northern West Bank and deployed the Israeli army to forcibly relocate their fellow citizens. Mr. Sharon then resigned from the Likud Party to build a majority party based on a two-state consensus.
In the same meeting with Jewish leaders, Mr. Obama told the group that Israel would need "to engage in serious self-reflection." This statement stunned the Americans in attendance: Israeli society is many things, but lacking in self-reflection isn't one of them. It's impossible to envision the president delivering a similar lecture to Muslim leaders.
•September 2009: In his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama devoted five paragraphs to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during which he declared (to loud applause) that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." He went on to draw a connection between rocket attacks on Israeli civilians with living conditions in Gaza. There was not a single unconditional criticism of Palestinian terrorism.
• March 2010: During Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel, a Jerusalem municipal office announced plans for new construction in a part of Jerusalem. The president launched an unprecedented weeks-long offensive against Israel. Mr. Biden very publicly departed Israel.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a now-infamous 45-minute phone call, telling him that Israel had "harmed the bilateral relationship." (The State Department triumphantly shared details of the call with the press.) The Israeli ambassador was dressed-down at the State Department, Mr. Obama's Middle East envoy canceled his trip to Israel, and the U.S. joined the European condemnation of Israel.
Moments after Mr. Biden concluded his visit to the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority held a ceremony to honor Dalal Mughrabi, who led one of the deadliest Palestinian terror attacks in history: the so-called Coastal Road Massacre that killed 38, including 13 children and an American. The Obama administration was silent. But that same day, on ABC, Mr. Axelrod called Israel's planned construction of apartments in its own capital an "insult" and an "affront" to the United States. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went on Fox News to accuse Mr. Netanyahu of "weakening trust" between the two countries.
Ten days later, Mr. Netanyahu traveled to Washington to mend fences but was snubbed at a White House meeting with President Obama—no photo op, no joint statement, and he was sent out through a side door.
• April 2010: Mr. Netanyahu pulled out of the Obama-sponsored Washington summit on nuclear proliferation after it became clear that Turkey and Egypt intended to use the occasion to condemn the Israeli nuclear program, and Mr. Obama would not intervene.
• March 2011: Mr. Obama returned to his habit of urging Israelis to engage in self-reflection, inviting Jewish community leaders to the White House and instructing them to "search your souls" about Israel's dedication to peace.
• May 2011: The State Department issued a press release declaring that the department's No. 2 official, James Steinberg, would be visiting "Israel, Jerusalem, and the West Bank." In other words, Jerusalem is not part of Israel. Later in the month, only hours before Mr. Netanyahu departed from Israel to Washington, Mr. Obama delivered his Arab Spring speech, which focused on a demand that Israel return to its indefensible pre-1967 borders with land swaps.
Mr. Obama has made some meaningful exceptions, particularly having to do with security partnership, but overall he has built the most consistently one-sided diplomatic record against Israel of any American president in generations. His problem with Jewish voters is one of substance, not messaging.
Mr. Senor is co-author with Saul Singer of "Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" (Twelve, 2011). He served as a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.
3c)Amodei defeats Marshall for Nevada congressional seat
By Ronda Churchill
RENO -- Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall on Tuesday in a special election blowout, allowing the GOP to retain the 2nd Congressional District. Amodei said Marshall called him to concede as voting results showed her losing 57 percent to 37 percent.
"The voters of Nevada have sent a message. It is time to start a change," Amodei said in a victory speech to 200 supporters at the Eldorado Hotel. "This was not an individual victory, but a team victory."
Amodei said he would be going to Washington on Wednesday, and could be sworn in as soon as Thursday.
He noted that a Republican also won a special election in New York in a shocking defeat in a Democratic district. The two GOP wins together Tuesday sent a message to President Barack Obama that voters were rejecting his policies across the country, Republicans said.
The Nevada election tally, reflecting nearly 70 percent of precincts, included all of early voting in Washoe County, Marshall's home turf, where she was finishing behind Amodei.
Heading into Tuesday, Amodei was heavily favored over Marshall in the predominately Republican district in the contest seen as a test of Obama's strength in Nevada amid an unsettled mood nationwide.
Republicans spent heavily to ensure an Amodei victory -- up to $1 million from the national party and GOP groups -- as national Democrats all but abandoned state Treasurer Marshall as a lost cause.
Energized support for Amodei, a former state senator, appeared fueled by anger at Obama's health care and economic policies with Nevada's unemployment at a nation high of 12.9 percent.
"I'm 72, and this country is in the worst shape I have ever seen," said David Schulman, a registered Independent American voter casting his ballot at Johnson Lane Fire Station in conservative Douglas County. "I voted to make sure the messiah in Washington doesn't get another ally."
Schulman said he backed Amodei to help make sure Marshall didn't win.
"This is no time for nitpicking," he said.
Democrats who came out for Marshall did so out of duty as overall party turnout appeared low.
"I'm here because Democrats need all the help they can get," said Suzanne David, 77, who rode her bike to the polls in Minden despite conceding that Marshall had little chance of winning.
Independent Helmuth Lehmann and Independent American Tim Fasano also were on the ballot. The special election was held to replace former U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, the Republican appointed to finish the term of U.S. Sen. John Ensign, who resigned after a sexual affair and lobbying scandal.
The district, which covers all of Northern and rural Nevada and parts of Clark County, has 396,000 registered voters. Republicans account for 43 percent of the voters, compared with 35 percent who are Democrats, an 8 percentage point advantage. Of the 75,248 voters who cast ballots during early voting before election day, 54 percent were Republicans and 34 percent were Democrats. Heller won the district by 5 points in 2006, the last time Democrats put up a strong challenge.
During the summer-long campaign, Amodei and Marshall largely battled in TV ads that aired in Washoe County, where more than half the district voters live and where the GOP holds a slim 2,000-voter advantage. Obama won Washoe County in 2008, and a poor showing by Marshall in that battleground county on Tuesday would spell trouble for his re-election hopes in 2012.
The Medicare issue didn't seem to sway many voters as Marshall sought to portray Amodei as just another Republican who wants to end the program for younger workers. Amodei fought back by putting his elderly mother in his campaign commercials, who said her son wouldn't hurt Medicare but help it.
Amodei said he would back a balanced budget amendment in Congress. He also signed a pledge not to raise taxes, moving to counter another Marshall line of attack because he once voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history, an $800 million package that got bi-partisan support in 2003.
In the end, Nevadans appeared to vote along mostly party lines with Republicans more energized, arriving at the polls in rural Nevada by bicycle, motorcycle, SUV and pickup.
Election workers said they were seeing a surprising number of voters at the Johnson Lane Fire Station, 12 miles south of Carson City. A heavily Republican area, seven of 10 voters who would reveal how they voted cast ballots for Amodei, who represented them for 12 years in the state Senate.
One Republican didn't let the imminent birth of her baby keep her from the polls.
"Now that I have voted, she can arrive," joked 27-year-old Teresa Chamness, 38 weeks pregnant with a daughter she'll name Chloe. "I voted for Mark Amodei. I am going to see my doctor now. I'm ready."
In Democrat-leaning Southern Nevada, rain and a lack of interest dampened turnout.
In Las Vegas, Rudell White said she voted for Amodei because she wanted to make sure the House seat stays in GOP control, as it has been since the district was first created in 1982.
"We've got to keep a Republican in there," White said at a voting station inside the multi-purpose room at Lowman Elementary School. "I'm a conservative. I'm a Republican. I think we absolutely have to stop the spending in Washington and run the government more like a business."
Also at Lowman, Kevin McCown said he voted for Amodei because he's so upset at the current crop of Washington politicians that he wanted to put fresh faces in office. McCown, a former Democrat, said he registered as a nonpartisan last year after being laid off for 18 months since CityCenter was completed. The construction worker said his union asked him to vote for Marshall, but he refused.
"This is the first time I've voted since 1988," McCown said. "I'm trying to get some change in Washington. We need to get rid of Obamacare. We need to get rid of them all."
He left the polling place shouting, "Vote against all the incumbents!"
Democrats who said they voted for Marshall seemed just as angry at the GOP, which took over majority control of the U.S. House after the 2010 election and has been pushing to cut spending.
"Republicans are destroying this country by supporting politicians who solely represent corporations that send jobs overseas," said Carolyn Jones, 63, in Minden. "They are destroying Medicare that helps the elderly and are trying to destroy Social Security that we all pay into."
In Las Vegas, Timothy Mancour pointed to Marshall's name on the ballot and said, "I voted for the Democrat, but if I thought Republicans would follow through on their promises I might vote for a Republican. I think she'll do a good job if she gets in."
Mancour, a Democrat, said he's been unemployed for 18 months and he isn't sure whether he'll vote for Obama in 2012 as he did in 2008. He said it depends on whether he finds a job.
"Right now I'm 80 percent sure I'll vote for Obama, but if he doesn't get his jobs plan passed and if I don't find work, I don't know what I'll do," said Mancour, a laid off driver who's among the disenchanted class that Obama needs to keep in his column to win a second term.
4)Dealing With Muslims
Two Black Americans were elected to congress this cycle, and both are Republican. Col. West is from southern Florida. He won in a walk.
This new Congressman was an extremely popular commander in Iraq. He was forced to retire because during an intense combat action a few of his men were captured. At the same time his men captured one of the guys who were with the Iraqis who captured his men.
Knowing that time was crucial and his interrogators were not getting anywhere with the prisoner, Col. West took matters into his own hands. He burst into the room and demanded thru an interpreter that the prisoner tell him where his men were being taken. The prisoner refused so Col. West took out his pistol and placed it into the prisoner's crotch and fired. Then the Col. told the prisoner that the next shot would not miss. So the prisoner said he would show where the American service members were being taken. The Americans were rescued. Someone filed a report on incorrect handling of prisoners. Col. West was forced to retire. Col. West was just elected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida. During the elections he was part of a panel on how to handle or how to relate to Muslims. You will see his answer here explaining in just over a minute the truth about Islam. .
4a)The Emerging Crises in the Middle East
By Newt Gingrich
While Americans have been focused on the economy and domestic politics, the Middle East has been deteriorating in very threatening ways.
In the last few months, events have begun to turn against the United States, Israel, and freedom in the Middle East. If you want to share this big-picture overview of threats in the region with your friends, there are buttons at the top of this message.
Consider the following developments:
1.The Iranians are on offense in Iraq and the United States is losing ground. The radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called for his followers to stop killing Americans on the grounds that it could delay our departure, but warned that if our troops do not leave by the end of the year, his attacks will resume. American military leaders have publicly testified that Iranians are providing equipment, training, and intelligence to help kill Americans. Yet nothing is being done to stop Iran.
2.The Obama Administration’s decision to reduce the American military presence in Iraq to 3,000 creates the potential for a catastrophic disaster. Since the Army deploys in brigades of 5,000, splitting up a brigade can only signify a political calculation. Yet, a small American military force will not be able to defend itself. The Obama Administration is creating a tempting target for the Iranian radicals to see if they can humiliate us. It would be much safer to pull all the troops out than to leave so few that they are in peril.
3.The American Embassy in Baghdad is an absurdity. It was designed when we were on the way to being the dominant power in Iraq. It covers too much space, has too much staff, and requires 3,650 people to defend it on a billion dollar contract, while thousands more work inside. Sustaining something on this scale is going to be very expensive and yield no results of comparable value. This embassy should be closed and a very modest and defensible building should replace it.
4.The Turkish government has become increasingly Islamist in its language and policies and is rapidly reversing the 90-year legacy of Ataturk's efforts to create a modern, open Turkey. The Turkish flotilla to Gaza last year was so clearly in violation of international law that even the United Nations has said Israel was right and Turkey was wrong.
This enraged the Turkish government, and it is threatening to send a new flotilla to Gaza defended by Turkish warships. This could lead to a Turkish-Israeli confrontation that could be very dangerous.
5.The Iranians announced Monday that their first nuclear reactor was going on line in a public demonstration of their determination to become a nuclear power.
6.Bashar al-Assad, the dictator of Syria and ally of Iran, continues to kill his own people with Iranian help. While some pro-American governments have fallen, pro-Iranian dictators are being sustained.
7.Egyptian radicals are building pressure for a diplomatic break with Israel, ending the 33-year peace process, which has made the region more stable and less dangerous. Mob attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo are an indicator of the potential hostility which could explode and reshape the region.
8.As I wrote over a month ago, the United Nations General Assembly is on the verge of recognizing a Palestinian state in a unilateral step which will embolden the radicals and put Israel in greater danger. Meanwhile, even the "moderate" Palestinians indicate this is not a step toward peace but merely an interim step in Palestinian statehood forced on Israel.
Chuck DeVore, who served as a Reagan appointee in the Pentagon and is an expert on foreign affairs, has written a special report on the situation in the Middle East and threats to Israel’s survival. You can read it here.
Despite all of these events, there is no evidence the Obama Administration has any idea how dangerous the world is becoming, or that it has a plan to deal with them.