Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Don't Ask How Romney Can Win, Ask Why Romney Must Win

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have come across to debate many Republicans (Not those who're convinced in Obama's victory ever since) what Romney did wrong, what he has to do, and why he's poised to lose this election.

I am always an optimist. As a Republican in NYC, especially in Southern Brooklyn, I get no chance but to help underdog Republican candidates pull out a win or at the very least a respectful loss. So, Optimism is part of my drive and motivation in local politics. But, nevertheless am I a realist, who has learned the hard way of offering resounding predictions, only to hide or scrap out some unconvincing excuse. Thus, I advise many who approach me, not to jump the gun, predict or fall into depression mode, of assuming results before votes were counted or without taking in count various events or steps that could still determine the outcome in November.

Bibi: UN Speech - A Message by the People of Israel

Prime Minister netanyahu released the following statement today, following Yom Kippur:
"Citizens of Israel,

Tonight, I am leaving for New York to represent the State of Israel at the United Nations.

On the issue of Iran, we are all in agreement on the goal of preventing Iran from achieving nuclear weapons.

On the day when we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life, a platform was given to a dictatorial regime that strives, at every opportunity, to sentence us to death.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In Manipulated Video, "Peace IS Possible," Romney Said.

The Secret video that has emerged, causing some to really believe into the narrative the media is trying to shape, that Mitt Romney killed his chances of winning the election in November, looks like it was alternated and edited on purpose. 

Romney's remarks about the Mideast conflict at the May fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., may have put him at odds with traditional US policy, and of course stirred some outrage among those few optimists and peace lovers.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Short lived Post Convention Bounce for Obama, None for Romney

(My article as published in YWN print edition pg. 12-14). To bounce or not to bounce, was the political talk of town following the RNC and DNC conventions, in anticipation for the race to shift either way, after 4 months of Obama and Romney tied in a dead heat. Political insiders, pundits and observers expected to at least see a slight bounce from Mitt Romney, as Republican candidates traditionally get after picking a running mate, and getting the party base solidified behind his candidacy. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Romney at All Time High Support Among Jewish Voters

In what could impact the entire race, and determine the outcome in favor for Romney, my prediction early on, is somehow becoming a reality.

While the media is still licking the remaining bones from the Democratic convention last week in Charlotte, considering how big of a bump Obama got in the polls, The Investors Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP Poll shows the race tightening once again, putting to rest the early predictions, as Obama inched ahead from a 4-month long statistical tie.

Monday, September 10, 2012

When Barack Wanted to Bring Bibi Down...

With all the talk about whom Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu is eager to see in the White House over the nxt four years, it's important to look back and see who wanted to bring whom down. It was our dear President. Yes, the first Jewish President, as he is called by his liberal friends, wanted to bring down PM Netanyahu. It just didn't work out so well, as pundits admitted later that Bibi managed to triumph over Obama.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Democrats Flip Flop on Supporting Israel at Democratic National Convention

(my article in YWN print edition pg. 10). Charlotte -- President Obama anticipated a ripe opportunity to bounce back in the lead, by rallying the base and appealing to disappointed voters during the DNC convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, he was forced to personally intervene to reinstate the language in the DNC 2012 party platform, adding the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's 'undivided capital'.

The original 2012 Democratic Party platform had excised all mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, which was a dramatic shift from the wording in the 2008 platform. After facing a tremendous amount of pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, President Obama personally intervened to reinstate the language,mentioning Jerusalem and God in the party platform, the AP reported.

My Debut in the 'Yeshivah World News' (YWN) Print Edition

This Friday morning, tens of thousands of residents in Midwood & Boro Park woke up to find the first ever print edition of Yeshiva World News on their doorsteps. This free newspaper, scheduled to be delivered each Friday, has many features which are not available on our website including breaking news, in depth feature reporting, top political analysis and a children’s section. 

For the online edition Click HERE

Below is my in-depth features in the print edition - on the Metzitzah B'peh figh.

FRONT PAGE AND CONTINUED ON PG. 30:

Bloomberg Declares War on Bris Milah

It’s New York City and it’s the Jewish mayor, Mike Bloomberg. The latest attempt to regulate the traditional and sacred practice known as metzitzah b'peh has driven many Rabbis and elected officials to not only condemn the move. This could eventually put the entire practice of Briz Milah in jeopardy. This may also vow with the strongest terms to disobey any order or comply with the new rules expected to be set by NYC’s Health Department (DOH).

Interview with Ben Akselrod, Candidate for the 45th Assembly in Brooklyn

Ben Akselrod is no stranger to politics. After graduating from Touro College with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and receiving a Master's Degree in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College, Ben - a immigrant from the former Soviet Union – served as a legislative aid for former State Senator Seymour Lachman and councilmember Noach Dear. In 2004, Akselrod was chosen as the first and only Russian-born Community Board District Manager in New York City. 

Anything New, Mr. President?

I must admit, I'm a great admirer of well delivered speeches, regardless of the name, gender or content. I anticipated a well delivered, speech by the President, not only to fire up the Democratic base, but also get an opportunity to resemble the pieces that fell off, and reshape the narrative of the campaign. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Post Convention: Romney’s Image Improves Dramatically Among Crucial Independent and Persuadable Voters

Convention bump? While Romney and Obama are still locked in a dead heat among registered voters, Mitt Romney emerged from the Republican convention with an overall improvement in his image among voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday and Saturday. 
The four-day rolling poll has President Barack Obama leading Romney in general favorability, 52 percent to 50 percent. But the poll showed Romney steadily improving in likeability and other positive-image features.