Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spesifikasi New Honda S2000

Honda S2000 high performance two-seat roadster has nearly 10 years without a complete redesign. Honda spiced things last year, however, track-ready with a new package called the S2000 CR. CR stands for "club racer," and trim continues into 2009. It competes with the S2000 two-seat roadsters, including the Pontiac Solstice GXP, BMW Z4 and Audi TT.

S2000 has a wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters. It's built on a 94.5-inch wheelbase and measures 162.7 inches overall length feature. Standards include:-high-intensity-discharge lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-operated top has a glass rear window with defroster, molded top cover included; Hardtop body color is available, integrated roll bars behind the seats and a clear acrylic wind deflector mount between the bar and help reduce turbulence.

The S2000 two seats equipped with body-hugging, leather-trimmed bucket seats. Limited driving range because the position does not adjust the steering wheel and seats to be positioned manually. storage space is at a premium, there are small barrel between the seat and the trunk has only 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Interior amenities include: clean-door panel storage pockets, aluminum and leather shift button, aluminum pedals and aluminum-accented footrest and silver trim accents and XM Satellite Radio and headrest speakers are available.

Under the Hood
the high-revving four-cylinder Honda redlines at 8000 rpm. A 237-hp,-liter four-cylinder 2.2 engine with 162 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission and has a 49/51 weight distribution.

Safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist-all, dual front airbags, side impact airbags and no stability in the system electronics.

The 2010 April Fools' Day Headlines Fresh From The Printing Presses Of La Politica

Here they are: Our April Fools' Day headlines fresh from the printing presses of La Politica.

--Guv candidate Diane Denish, worried about securing Democratic votes in the Hispanic North, has decided to become a Catholic, divorce husband Herb and marry Congressman Ben Ray Lujan.

--GOP Guv contender Pete Domenici Jr., concerned that his famous name is not getting the job done, files for a name change. The new name? Gary Johnson.

--R Guv candidate Doug Turner sues Pete Domenici Jr. for having his name changed to Gary Johnson. "There's room for only one clone in this race," declares the ABQ businessman.

--Allen Weh, who has already pledged to take a "baseball bat" to Santa Fe, announces that his new campaign bus will be a Sherman tank.

--The ABQ Chamber of Commerce, a chief supporter of the failed food tax, will now push for a tax on cancer patients to balance the state budget. "How much money will they really need for the future?" asks the biz group.

--State Auditor Hector Balderas surprised the capitol with the announcement that the state's budget has been balanced. "I visited Manny Aragon in prison, and he told me where all the money was. Our problems are over!" Balderas told the AP.

--Declaring he "loves New Mexico too much to leave," Governor Richardson announced that he has turned down a firm offer to become head of the motion picture association at a salary of $14 million a year. Instead, Richardson will run for lieutenant governor. Brian Colon will be his campaign manager.

--PNM, citing the tough economic times, pledges to ask for only 16 electric rate increases in the coming year, rather than the usual 23.

--NM House Speaker Ben Lujan has written to the Vatican, asking that Governor Richardson be considered for sainthood. The letter was not signed by first lady Barbara Richardson.

--The ABQ Public Schools, reacting to severe budget problems, says it will close the entire system for a year. "We want to see if anyone notices," Superintendent Winston Brooks told reporters.

--The University of New Mexico joined APS in closing its doors for a year, with a notable exception. UNM athletics will continue. Department director Paul Krebs will be paid a salary of $8 million a year; basketball coach Alford will get $7 million. UNM President Schmidly will double his salary to over $1 million, but agrees to pay for weekly lunches with the school's soon-to-be laid off janitors.

--New ABQ Mayor RJ Berry has suddenly resigned. "If I knew how screwed up things were, I would never have run in the first place." He said. No city councilor would agree to succeed Berry. He was replaced by Public Safety Director Darren White who immediately placed the city under martial law.

--Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM) held a news conference to detail his major accomplishment in his first year in office. "I am pleased to announce that 48 percent of the voters now know how to pronounce my name. If re-elected, I pledge to get that number up to 65 percent." Delcared Heinrich.

--Under growing pressure to balance the budget, Big Bill has agreed to partially repeal the generous 2003 state personal income tax cuts. But Richardson is insisting that anyone who ever gave him a campaign contribution be exempted, and that only taxpayers with income over $600,000 a year pay any additional tax. The LFC estimates 14 taxpayers would be impacted.

--The ABQ Journal is still publishing, according to a statement from the newspaper. In other media news, KRQE-TV confirms that Dick Knipfing is still alive; KOB-TV says Tom Joles is not being preserved with formhaldehyde; the Santa Fe New Mexican is now the official Socialist Workers Party newsletter and TV reporter Stuart Dyson says just about all the 2010 candidates are "either gay, in the mob or on the take." He was quick to add: "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

--This just in: Allen Weh has quit the race for Governor after being told the chief executive does not have the power to organize firing squads.

--More breaking news: Budget cutting state Senator John Arthur Smith has announced his support for that Chamber of Commerce proposal to tax cancer patients to balance the state budget. However, Smith is calling for the tax to be extended to Alzheimer patients, who he says will agree to pay their tax more than once.

--The New Mexico State Police have issued an all points bulletin to locate the following individuals who have not been heard from for several years: Attorney General Gary King, State Treasurer James Lewis and State House Majority Leader Kenny Martinez. A reward is not being offered.

--Roswell State Senator Rod Adair and former state Rep. Dan Foley have divorced. The split was described as amicable. Adair was given custody of the faction of the NM Republican Party that caused its destruction.

--State Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales...Who?

--The State Investment Council tells us the $13 billion in the state's permanent funds has been deposited in offshore banks in the Bahamas and will henceforth be administered by Bill Richardson's campaign manager with assistance from financial advisor Marc Correa. "That's pretty much been the policy the past couple of years. We just wanted to formalize it," said an office spokesman.

And there you have it, but this being New Mexico, we can't guarantee that some of these April Fools' Day headlines won't actually become reality.

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Spesifikasi NEW Honda Civic 2010

Fuel efficient, reliable and sporty 2010 Honda Civic. Four engine and transmission provide unmatched choices in the small car segment. A 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powers the majority of the Civic line, while the high-performance Si models get a 197-horsepower, 2.0 liter motor. GX models offer a gas-fueled 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine natural. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and five-speed automatic for 1.8-liter engine and six-speed manual for Si.

When it comes to fuel economy, Civic has reached an impressive 21-26 mpg city and 29-36 mpg on the highway, which beats out the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. Civic GX is qualified by the EPA as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) and inherently Low Emission Vehicle (IHEV).

Options abound in the Civic coupe and sedan, and varies between the GX, DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX and EX-L models. Stereo ranging from basic units to-seven-speaker audio system with subwoofer, and 140-watt stereo in between. DX-VP model receives an audio input jack for connectivity of media devices, while the LX-S add a vinyl insert in the seat and steering wheel wrapped in leather. EX and EX-L get the navigation system and optional standard with voice commands and 6.5-inch display that rotates to allow access to the slot loading CD player. EX-L step into the game with luxurious leather seating surfaces with heated.

The Civic Si adds performance-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and limited slip differential-type helix to create a complete package of performance. A rear spoiler and other minor exterior and interior modifications help to distinguish the Civic Si from the offering are more economical.

Electronic safety features abound in Civic, the anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution and stability of available traction control system. Honda chassis combines engineering with dual front, front side airbags and two-row head to get a 2010 Honda Civic Five Star front and side impact ratings, except for Four-Star rating in the driver's side impact test.
The 2010 Honda Civic is a well engineered vehicle with a dynamic style and performance mixed with a level of luxury not found in other small cars.

Spesifikasi NEW Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2010

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is back with a mind-blowing performance turbocharged sedans in the economic package that is sure to generate fun heart pumping. Behind it, a sharp-edged aggressive front fascia is a 291-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pulled you mad, especially at high engine speeds. Power is directed through the proper five-speed manual or an ultra-quick-shifting dual clutch six-speed transmission to the Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system. Fuel economy ratings achieve 16-17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Power and fuel economy were slightly lower than the Subaru WRX Impreza STI's.

At the base GSR model, aerodynamic rear diffuser to work double-duty to equip the Lancer Evolution aggressive style, as well as signals for performance enthusiasts who "Evo" means business. RECARO racing seats hold occupants firmly ®, which is something all will appreciate when the Yokohama ADVAN ® tires are made to their full potential. Enkei ® alloy wheels-18-inch carry a lot of rubber to the road, and one of the most perfect wheel design in this industry allows you to take full advantage of the banister. A 140-watt stereo with six speakers provide audio entertainment, while Bluetooth connectivity provides secure mobile communications.

In this edition of the Lancer Evolution MR magnesium paddle shifters, mounted on the steering wheel. J-watt Rockford Fosgate ® stereo 710 pump some loud audio entertainment through nine speakers, highlighted by 10-inch subwoofer. MR top-end Touring model to improve the creature comforts with leather seats, including two-front hot. For lighter weight and lower center of gravity MR Touring sport aluminum roof along with a standard aluminum hood and front fenders. A power glass roof, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a navigation system adds a touch of this luxurious ride-oriented performance.

Brembo brakes, controlled by the anti-lock brake system a sport-tuned, provided stomach-in-mouth-braking power, great for both track driving and avoid similar accidents. ABS includes electronic brake distribution system, power for the sure-footedness optimal. Seven airbags, including driver's knee airbag, provides an excellent cushion for the occupant during an impact. Crash test ratings for the evolution models are not available, but a tamer Evo Lancer sedan received a rating impact of future brothers and Four Stars from NHTSA and "Good" rating from IIHS.

Wicked turbocharged four-cylinder performance in an affordable package four-door sedan will let you both naughty and nice with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2010.

Gambar Fitur Subaru Impreza WRX IMS 2010

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI debuted as a sports hatchback in 2008 and some minor enhancements for 2010, including a new grille and four disc brakes.

With competition from the Ford Mustang, MAZDASPEED3, Mitsubishi Lancer and Volkswagen R32, performance-oriented WRX 2010 Subaru STI-305 is equipped with strong horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine 2.5-liter paired with the manual six-speed transmission with overdrive for short and subtle changes.

2010 Subaru WRX STI WRX is a modified version of the more visible and really part of a sports car with a lip spoiler and rear standards-based performance and a functional hood scoop and brake-cooling air intakes. Most mechanical systems found in the WRX STI is unique for the model including body panels, engines, transmissions, the driver of central control, differential all-wheel-drive system, suspension, wheels, brakes and tires.

2010 Subaru WRX STI sits on 18-inch wheels and offers the standard steering wheel-mounted controls and speed-sensitive power steering coupled with the optional navigation system with integrated vehicle information system. It also has automatic climate control system with cabin air filtration, a standard AM / FM premium stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers in addition to the security system with engine immobilizer vehicle. Clear-lens taillights with red LED seat, 60/40-split folding rear, cargo area cover and tie-down hooks are also standard equipment. Introduced in 2009, 103.3-inch wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than previous models to improve interior space, utilities and handling ride.

As for safety, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is equipped with standard side-impact and side curtain airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control electronic stability system with traction control, and performance Brembo brake system uses a super sports-wheel ventilated anti-lock brakes with four-force distribution brakes and brake assist.

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI sporty enough to combine with an impressive ability to bring the cargo velocity and acceleration, while offering a large number of accessories to make it all alone.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

R's Sending Their First African-American from Big Bernalillo County To Legislature, Plus: More Tales Of The Chile Starved In DC

Conrad James
We think we've already spotted some history being made in the 2010 campaign and we haven't even had the election yet. Conrad James will become the first Republican African-American in memory (maybe ever?) elected to the New Mexico Legislature from Bernalillo County. That's because James, who turns 36 in a couple of weeks, is running unopposed for the GOP nomination for the state House seat (Dist. 24) being vacated by Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and no Democrat has filed to run.

James tells us he is pleased that he has a free ride to the Roundhouse, but is still going to conduct a full-fledged campaign, raising money for mailings and going door-to-door to introduce himself and address constituent concerns. He describes himself as a "common sense" conservative.

James is an engineer at Sandia Labs focusing on microsystems research. He moved to New Mexico from Ohio eight years ago. His father is African-American and his mother is of German descent. James received his master's and doctorate degrees in applied and engineering physics from Cornell. He and his wife are raising three children. He says education is a chief concern.

James said he was recruited for the House run by state GOP Chairman Harvey Yates, who has scored a coup for the R's by diversifying the party's legislative line-up in a way never before achieved in the state's largest county. The election of James will also continue a long tradition of ABQ community leaders emerging from Sandia Labs.

Other African-Americans serving in the NM Legislature are Republican Jane Powdrell-Culbert, serving Sandoval County, and Sheryl Williams Stapleton, a Democratic state House member from Bernalillo County's SE Heights.


Allen Weh and Doug Turner say they had the best performance against soon-to-be Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish in a recent Rasmussen poll because they are true outsiders. Both of the GOP Guv hopefuls have private business backgrounds and have never held political office. That's a trait, the WaPo reports, that is serving candidates well around the nation.


We didn't catch this but one of our readers emails:

Joe, (NM Senate President Pro Tem) Tim Jennings made it on Jay Leno's "headlines" for complaining about too many Hispanics being on the board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.


Blog reader Daniel Balke, who grew up in Las Cruces and is now special assistant at the Department of the Treasury in DC, writes us with this:

Joe, I recently began writing what will be a bi-weekly column for the Las Cruces Sun News. My first piece has been published in the paper's print edition. My blog is "The New Mexico Progressive."


Our blogging on chile starved New Mexicans serving time in DC continues to bring in the email as readers recount their own struggles to maintain their stash as they stray far from the Land of Enchantment. Journalist Dan Vukelich has a tale for us from his days in DC as a writer for the Washington Times:

I had returned to ABQ in the fall of 1988 and the aroma of roasted green chile was in the air. I bought a full sack of green chile to take back to Washington. By the time I changed planes in Dallas, I was basically back in D.C., as suits and power ties, and briefcases boarded the plane.

At the baggage claim at National Airport in DC , amid the designer luggage, my burlap sack reinforced with rope finally rolled down the chute, filling the room with the smell of fresh, unroasted green chile. The assemblage of clearly self-important people recoiled in horror. Some looked at me as if I were a homeless person. As I hefted it from the carousel, a guy in Gucci loafers stepped up and whispered, "These people don't realize that what you have there is pure gold."

Thanks for that memory, Dan. We once bought a pair of Gucci's on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We're pleased to report that, like your friendly stranger, when we wore them, our fondness for green and red did not suffer.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Guv Field Preps For TV Battle; Who Is Ready? Plus: Hot House Race Loses Candidates, And: Tom Udall & Clinton Anderson: Past Meets Present

The 30 second TV spot is not dead despite a world bursting with Internet access and things like Facebook and Twitter. In fact, in this year's GOP Guv primary those brief emotional missives seeking to grab a voter attention will be as important as ever.

The reason is quite simple--the generation gap. Voters in their 50's and above are not addicted to cyberspace. They still get their news and campaign propaganda the old fashioned way--through TV news programs and advertisements and in their mailboxes. Sure, an email blast reaches just about everyone, but to move the polling numbers, the tube still rules.

Our Alligators are now estimating GOP turnout for the June 1 primary at about 105,000. They say direct mail and personal contact will be more important in rural areas of the state than the ABQ metro, where TV remains supreme in swaying voters. That leads us to the GOP field and their media plans for the final two months of Primary Campaign '10.

Doug Turner's heart must have skipped a beat when he glimpsed that Rasmussen poll released Saturday that showed him to be the best performer among the GOP contenders against soon-to-be Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish. Not that Doug was breathing down Di's neck, but his nine point deficit against the Light Guv was the best of the five person field.

Turner, owner of an ABQ PR agency, has already fronted his campaign about $250,000 plus thousands more in "in-kind" contributions from his agency. He told me recently he is not of a mind to put up more personal funds. He believes the campaign must attract outside financial support to be strong in the final stretch. Turner's fourth place finish at the GOP preprimary makes that more difficult, but then there is that poll showing him to be a strong November candidate.

Of course, Turner would not be the first candidate to change his mind and decide to ante up even more personal money in this high-stakes Guv battle. Things like that happen to those with skipping hearts.


Allen Weh is up and running with TV and radio ads and is not expected to come down until Primary Night. He may be the best positioned media wise if he is willing to continue to tap his personal fortune to buy time. Alligators and insiders say there is little doubt that right now Weh is moving GOP numbers. His spot centering on his war record is airing without any competition. As far as the general GOP public is concerned, Weh is the only one running.

Pete Domenici, Jr. is still dark. He has massive name ID, courtesy of his father, retired US Senator Pete Domenici. But if Weh, as expected, commits to a heavy TV buy, it will force Domenici's hand. The senator's son has reported raising about $300,000. Not an overwhelming number. But he needs less because of the name advantage at the starting gate. Still, he will have to spend every cent and more if Weh is to be held in check. If Domenici the Younger goes too light on the tube, he could let Weh surge past him.

Susana Martinez is an interesting case. She had a resounding win at the GOP preprimary convention, but did not have the funds to immediately start a media campaign. She needs to pull the trigger soon. Our analysts think she is going to have to come with a strong personal narrative to get the attention of mainstream GOP voters. She was polling in third place with 17% in Domenici's recent auto dialer poll. Weh was at 20% and Domenici was at 30%.

There's plenty of anger in the GOP among the Anglo, male voters that will dominate the primary. Can Martinez position herself as the repository for that anger? It won't be easy and lots of TV and mail will be needed. She may also need a break. If Domenici and Weh get into it with one another, Martinez would hope to take advantage and run up the middle. But if she is not financially positioned she will falter. She is thought to have raised over $300,000 so far, but the moment of truth for all the hopefuls will come when we see the money reports to be filed April 12.

Janice Arnold-Jones, like Turner and Domenici, failed to get 20% of the delegates at the preprimary to win an automatic spot on the June 1st ballot. Her fund raising has been hampered because of it. With limited funds, she may be advised to go with a hard message that breaks through the clutter. But Arnold-Jones is not that kind of candidate.


So "registered" NM voters give Big Bill an approval rating of only 28% in a February PPP poll, but in the March 24 Rasmussen survey of "likely" voters, the Guv scored an approval rating of 39%. Why is that? We queried veteran NM pollster Brian Sanderoff:

Generally, likely voters are more engaged and pay more attention than registered voters. Typically, likely voters are more likely to have increased favorable and unfavorable numbers since the percentage of “don’t know” and “no opinion” responses usually goes down.


The battle lines for one of the hottest state House races of this election cycle are now more defined. The Secretary of State's office says only one Republican qualified for the June primary ballot for House Dist,. 23 on ABQ's West side and a slice of Sandoval County. That candidate, is retired ABQ police officer Paul Pacheco. Now that his opponents Tom Molitor and David Doyle have been ruled off the ballot, Pacheco will prepare for his November face off with freshman Dem Rep. Ben Rodefer.

The SOS ruled Molitor and Doyle off the ballot on a technical violation. They circulated petitions for voters' signatures that listed the names of both counties. You are allowed to list only one county on the petition forms. The candidates could appeal the SOS ruling to district court, but that's expensive. Rodefer took the seat from a Republican in 2008, so this is a swing district.

Democratic southern Public Regulation Commission candidate Bill McCamley caught a break when the SOS ruled off the ballot his primary foe--Ronald Rees. State Bureau of Elections Director Don Francisco Trujillo tells us the SOS ruled that Rees had not registered in Dona Ana County in time to be a legal candidate.

McCamley was expected to easily defeat the unknown Rees. McCamley is a former Dona Ana County Commissioner and ran for the Dem nod for the southern US House seat in 2008. He dodged another primary bullet when no Hispanic challenged him for the PRC nomination.

There is a six way GOP race to determine who McCamley will face. That GOP nomination is worth having because the seat has gone R before. It is currently held by Dem Sandy Jones who is now running for land commissioner.


Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan from a 1989 ABQ Journal interview:

All the bells and whistles don't work if the leader is a crook. You have to be innovative, work hard and maintain integrity.

Sens. Anderson & Udall
Some pretty cool stuff here from the WaPo and how Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) has become connected with the late New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson:

(Senator Tom) Udall is the most ambitious of the freshmen, proposing a resolution that would change the way rules are changed. Shortly after winning his 2008 race, Stewart Udall, the interior secretary in the Kennedy administration who died last week, instructed his son to climb into his attic to find a dusty old copy of "Outsider in the Senate," the autobiography of Clinton Anderson, the late senator from New Mexico who led the fight to modify filibuster rules in the 1960s and 1970s.

Anderson argued, as Udall does, that the rules should be changed every two years at the start of a new Congress by a simple majority vote. After more than 15 years, Anderson succeeded in lowering the filibuster threshold from 67 votes to 60.

Anderson, a Democrat, served in the US senate from 1949 until 1973. He was succeeded by Republican Pete Domenici.

Like so many others who came to ABQ in the early 20th century, Anderson came here because he contracted TB and the desert climate was helpful to victims of the disease.

A couple of years ago I was at the library, reading old editions of the ABQ Journal on microfilm and stumbled across Anderson's bylines in the newspapers from the early 20's. It was only then that I learned he started out as a newspaper writer and a darn good one at that.

I never met Anderson, having moved to NM as a teenager in '71, although I did work in Washington in the early 80's with Frank DiLuzio, one of the senator's key committee aides who adored him and what he had done for national security and Los Alamos Labs.

And a 1972 TV news report has made an indelible impact on my political memory. It was done by KOAT-TV news reporter Rodger Beimer (now a deputy director at NM Expo) and showed film (no video back then) of Pete Domenici going to pay his respects to Anderson either before or after he won election to Anderson's seat. Anderson, known as "Clint" to friends, was by then quite infirm, but still much revered for what he had done for the state. He died in 1975 at age 79.

Now 38 years later, Udall, as Domenici did when he started in the senate, makes his own connection with Anderson who was by any measure a New Mexico political giant. He served in the US House before he became a senator and was also the Secretary of Agriculture under President Truman.

I confess to not having read Anderson's autobiography, "Outsider in the Senate," but after reading the WaPo article over the weekend and how Stewart Udall had urged his senator son to dust it off, I ordered a used edition from The book is out of print so there were no new copies available. At last check, there were three used editions for sale.

I hope to write to you soon with some tales of the life and times of this man who helped create modern New Mexico.

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What's an afikomen? Some 19th century sources for discussion.

There was an exchange in 'One People, Two Worlds' by Ammiel Hirsch and Yosef Reinman concerning the seder:




It should not be surprising that the awareness of many similarities between the forms of the Passover seder and the Symposium seder can be found in Christian literature for centuries. After all, the seder plays an important role in the New Testament and the classical literature where it's form is described was on the reading lists of those scholars. Note: similarity means . . . similarity. Naturally the question is not as simple and simple-minded as either Hirsch or Reinman presents it. But I'm more interested in the afikomen (see Balashon).

I can't resist an aside regarding Reinman's distortion (or misunderstanding) of Albright. Although I don't know exactly where in Albright's writings he refers, given that the book can't be bothered with providing sources, let's assume that at least this position is articulated in his most famous, most popular book From the Stone Age to Christianity - Monotheism and the Historical Process, which you can already tell from the title that he probably doesn't support Reinman's positions. In this book, the alphabet to which he refers is called "the North-Semitic (Phoenician) alphabet, and in other cases "Canaanite". He writes that the Phoenician script is descended from the "proto-Cananite," and "That this alphabet was known to nomads as well as to sedentary Canaanites is certain from the proto-Sinaitic inscriptions, dating from between 1800 and 1600 B.C." It's not as if he doesn't know how to write the word "Israelite" (or "pre-Mosaic Hebrews," as in "the pre-Mosaic Hebrews had also been accustomed accustomed to thinking of their chief god, the storm-god Shaddai, as standing on a bull, and the pre-Israelite Hebrews of central Palestine almost certainly shared ideas of this kind with their Canaanite neighbors, who portrayed Baal in the same way.")

In short, Albright is not the source of the centuries-old observation that "alpha beta gamma" are not Greek words, but they are Semitic words. It is also known from the Greeks themselves that their alphabet comes from the Phoenician; a mythical Phoenician (ie, Northern Canaanite) named Kadmus is supposed to have delivered them their alphabet. However, see below for a source which is נאמן יותר ממאה עדים:

In Rabbi Elijah Levita (Bachur)'s Tishby we find the following entry for afikomen, where we see that he is surprised that the obvious Greekness of the word eluded earlier scholars in favor of a far-fetched notaryekon:

In case anyone is wondering how reliable Levita is, in the Peri Megadim's opinion התשבי נאמן יותר ממאה עדים:

Below is a very interesting passage in Isaac Baer Levinsohn's Efes Damim (1837) in which he refutes the blood accusation against the Jews. The book takes the form of a dialog between a rabbi (Abraham ibn Maymun) and a Greek Orthodox patriarch (Simeias) in Jerusalem. Here is an extensive passage in the original Hebrew and in Louis Loewe's English translation of 1841 (the English translation was commissioned by Sir Moses Montefiore on the occasion of the 1840 Damascus Blood Libel):

Efes Dammim in English 1841:

For completion, below is the 1819 entry for afikomen in Landau's edition of the Arukh which Loewe refers to in a footnote (he calls him "Lando"), followed by Alexander Kohut in the Arukh Hashalem, where he is sure that it is a Persian word:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nothing Is Sacred: Now Gov't Layoffs; Alarms At APS; Signal Of What's To Come; ABQ And NM Being Reshaped By Historic Downturn, Plus: New Guv Polls

The Great Recession is now charging in a new if not unexpected direction--the first mass layoffs of New Mexico government workers is being planned by the ABQ public schools. Up to 700 APS employees--many of them teachers--may be let go and some 500 positions left unfilled. The news rattled the state's government classes and shook the ground under City Hall where more unemployment means an ever steeper budget crisis.

The apparently unprecedented APS decision (has anything like this ever happened in post WWII ABQ?) shreds the argument that the city will be protected from the long-term damage of this ruthless recession by its huge government employment base.

State and city governments have slapped on hiring freezes; the state has already implemented furloughs and the city appears to be next in line for either furloughs, layoffs or both. The University of New Mexico is also in the recession-ravaged club, shedding employees and wielding the budget axe. The Santa Fe school system joins that crowded club, as it grapples with its own budget crisis.

Only the Federal government, not required to balance its budget, is keeping all the lights on in New Mexico, as the Washington printing presses pour money into the economy to fend off an even deeper sinkhole.


They say to beware the Ides of March, but the entire month has been an economic danger zone in the state's largest city, starting with the layoffs of 100 at the Garduno's restaurant chain, followed by 700 lost jobs at call center Convergys and then the coup de grâce--the 700 APS layoffs and the decision not to fill 500 other positions. All told that's 2,000 jobs gone with the spring wind.

We're still in the middle of this hurricane and can't say with any certainty what this historic reshaping of the city's economy means for the long term. The official ABQ metro jobless rate is now just shy of the unheard of 9 percent mark. With the recession now whipping the government work force, we could easily head to 10 percent, or even head down as people give up hope and stop looking for work.

We are replacing some of the lost jobs. The Rio Rancho Sprint call center will hire 200. Hewlett-Packard, also in Rio Rancho, will add some. But what will replace the government jobs that provide long-term security and good salaries and benefits? Where will the laid off teachers go? Where will the next generation apply for work if there are no jobs with the schools, the city or the state?

The age-old complaint is that many talented people have to leave ABQ and New Mexico to have a decent career. The major exception has always been local government and education careers. No longer, at least not now.


Bernalillo County Commission candidate Dan Serrano, running in a Dem primary against Loretta Naranjo Lopez and Michelle Lujan Grisham, says his door-to-door campaigning reveals the dominance of the jobs issue in the working class West side district he seeks to represent:

If they answer the doors at all, it is all about jobs. Either they lost a job, a relative has or a friend of theirs is out of work. It is by far the number one issue I am hearing...

It's hard to see the population here shrinking, given the quality of life, but you are not going to build a new economy on well-off retirees or low paying service jobs. And if the population is not moving up much, there will be a need for fewer small businesses, the creation of which is seen as the way out of this mess by leading thinkers in economic and political circles here.


The windows of City Hall rattled when the APS announcement came down. The city and Mayor RJ Berry now face a deficit for the budget year starting July 1st of perhaps over $60 million as gross receipts activity crashes in the wake of the consumer pullback.

And what's to come?

APS employs 14,000. The layoffs and hiring freezes would total 1,200 or nine percent of its work force. If you work for APS, you're not going to be shopping the sales at Dillards much, or stopping by Yanni's for souvlaki. That means even less tax money flowing into city coffers.

You can argue that 90 percent of the city is still working. You can argue that, but it is not going to free families from their fear.


While we await a turn in the economy, or a new template for economic development that will bring in jobs to replace those being shed, the issue of fairness arises in the latest sour headlines. For example, the University of New Mexico says it will clean its classrooms less often, saving $268,000 over the next two years. But that means less work for the lowest of the lowest paid--the janitorial staff.

Yet UNM stays behind its wall of silence when it comes to the bloated bureaucracy of 20 vice-presidents costing the state over $4.5 million annually. It is also quiet on the overpayment of the school's executive VP ($428,000 a year and $50k in deferred compensation) and its university president who has taken a pay cut, but is still pulling down well over $500,000 a year.

UNM could eliminate one VP position and save all the money they would by cutting the hours of the janitors and support staff. Or they could trim all those VP salaries to make up the money. Why don't they?

It's the same at APS where questions of a bulging bureaucracy protecting overpaid administrators fall into a black hole, aided by school board members who seem to contract Stockholm Syndrome as soon as they're elected.

Ditto for Santa Fe, where the Legislature met in special session, but did nothing about the hundreds of unnecessary and highly paid political appointees, but instead engaged in the ultimate political disconnect by passing that now vetoed tax on food.

With too few exceptions, the New Mexican political classes remain cocooned in comfort, seemingly concerned only with preserving their small isles of turf or their next campaign contribution. They observe the rampant economic disparity as if it were a night at the Santa Fe Opera, not the real-world, tragic farce it has become.

Doug Turner
Soon-to-be Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish maintains a lead over all five of her potential GOP challengers, but she is below the key 50% level against Doug Turner and Allen Weh, meaning the race for the Fourth Floor remains competitive.

Rasmussen polled the state Wednesday night (Mar. 24) and its findings are similar to a PPP poll conducted in mid-February, but with a few quirks. While PPP had Denish leading Pete Domenici Jr. 45% to 40%, this survey has ABQ businessman Turner doing best against Denish--43% for Denish to Turner's 34%. That's a nine point lead, even though Rasmussen's Web site says the poll shows Denish leading all her challengers by "10 to 22 points."

Allen Weh gets 35% to Denish's 45%. Domenici polls 35% to Di's 52%. Susana Martinez gets 32% to the Light Guv's 51% and Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones scores 30% to Denish's 52%.

Denish was below 50% against all her potential rivals in the PPP poll.

While Denish is below the 50% mark against two of the GOP contenders in Rasmussen, her overall approval rating is above the crucial 50% level, coming in at 53%. That's pretty good for an incumbent in this climate and much better than Gov. Bill (his numbers follow).


So what else does the poll mean? Well, at first blush we'd point out that GOP polling leaders Weh and Turner have done paid media, especially in the important ABQ media market. Maybe it paid off. Turner did some TV late last year and followed it with billboards that are still up and radio ads that are still running. Weh started a flight of TV and radio ads the week before the Rasmussen poll. The other three challengers have been dark.

Turner said his outsider status was the reason for his good showing against Di:

Republicans and conservative Democrats are looking for a Governor from the private sector with real world experience, not decades in government. I've never run for elective office, I’m not a lawyer, I’ve never held a job in state government, and I’ve never been in the party machinery.

That Domenici did not keep Denish below 50% as he did in that PPP poll is interesting. Did his last place preprimary finish and other stumbles have an impact on his performance? He does have the best known name in the field.

The GOP pack will be separated even further as we see who has enough money to run major media campaigns leading up to the June 1 primary.

Some other notes from that poll conducted a few days after Obama's health care victory. His approval rating in this key swing state is at 54%, a healthy number and one that is being closely watched by all three of the state's congressmen who face re-election this year.

And while the February PPP poll had Big Bill's approval rating at only 28% among registered voters, Rasmussen polled "likely" voters and said he scored 39% approval. But it's clear that Richardson is being hurt by the economy and budget crisis, the corruption stories and the general anti-incumbent mood.


According to an auto dialer poll from Pete Domenici Jr., his dismal showing at the GOP preprimary convention--he finished with less than five percent of the delegates--did him no harm. He said the March 22 survey of 2,250 of likely GOP primary voters puts him on top with 30 percent; Allen Weh is at 21%. Susana Martinez gets 17%; Doug Turner 8.5% and Janice Arnold-Jones 4.5%.

While the numbers say the GOP primary is still being driven by Domenici's name ID from his famous father, in actuality the race is changing. Domenici now has to fight to get more money after his poor preprimary showing and other disappointing performances on the campaign trail. If the money doesn't come, his campaign may peak early. If the cash comes, that high name ID is going to be a factor until the end.

Doug Vaughan
There's nothing like a big bear market to force from under the rocks all kinds of slithery creatures. Speaking of which, a reader asks:

Are the authorities able to prevent Doug Vaughn from leaving the country?

Good question. Vaughn, the longtime real estate operator charged with running a Ponzi scheme that lifted millions from the wallets of hundreds of New Mexicans, is not yet under indictment for criminal actions. He's appeared in court in relation to his various bankruptcies.

Vaughan, either shameless or oblivious, even spent some time in Las Vegas recently, comped by the Bellagio hotel where he apparently lost some of the millions he ripped off from investors.

Someone might want to check on Doug's passport status.


We've received word of the death of Marshall Plummer, the first-ever Navao Nation vice president. He died Thursday of recently diagnosed lung disease. Blog reader and Plummer friend Matthew Tso wrote to us February 1 and said Plummer would be running for a seat on the NM Public Regulation Commission this year, but then he was felled by ill health. Marshall Plummer was 62...

GOP Guv candidate Allen Weh says he has has narrowed down to four the list of names for his new campaign bus: The Common Sense Express, The Politically Incorrect Express, The Weh Forward, and The Tour of Duty.

Or maybe Weh should name his bus after the 2006 GOP Guv candidate who lost in a landslide and who the Dems claim Weh resembles. How about: "The Not John Dendahl Express."

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