Submitted by Adam Dickter on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 13:21
After former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke released a video this week saying “if I lived in New York City I would certainly vote for Charles Barron,” the Brooklyn congressional candidate is refusing to say much about what he called “the endorsement of a fool.”
The decision by Temple Israel of Miami to cancel an invitation to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) to speak at Friday evening services appears to be in response to the objections and threats of an influential Republican congregant. This sideshow may have signaled the beginning of the 2012 political campaign within the Jewish community.
Author's note: The original post misstated the name of Dr. Jud Newborn, cited below. Also, a commenter below disputes the accuracy of William Shirer's reference to a Polish cavalry charge against the Nazi invasion.
This week's controversy over President Obama’s use of the words “Polish death camp” is one that has forced me to confront some of my own biases.
A final count of votes in a race for state Senate in Brooklyn that began on March 20th put Republican David Storobin ahead of Democrat Lewis Fidler. The margin of victory appears to be only 16 votes, but the city's Board of Elections must still certify the results when it meets on Tuesday.
God is surely well-accustomed to all those vows from Lotto players, gamblers and risk-taking Wall Street investors about how much they’d give to charity if they hit paydirt. Even more than the Bucket List of things to do before we die, most people who aren’t wealthy have their own list of charities and worthy causes they would love to be able to bankroll before splurging on fast cars, big houses, exotic vacation and, for some, maybe settling their overdue day school tuition balance.
Apparently Lena Dunham, as a teen, had to find neurotic summer activities other than well-planned kitchen raids at Camp Ramah.
At the risk of making too much of a brief reference on the HBO comedy "Girls," we report this tidbit about how the popular Conservative movement-run camp was written into the plot of this week's episode. It wasn't auto-biographical, though Dunham, creator, producer and star of the show, seems to wish otherwise.