Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thicket Of Racial Politics Snags Susana; Dems Pounce; State GOP Missteps With Ill-Timed Release; Whose Ready For Prime Time Here?

GOP Guv candidate and Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez was snagged in the thicket of racial politics this week, raising the question of whether her campaign is ready for general election prime time.

She and her consultants ran an excellent primary campaign, but they have to make the turn and start appealing to the broader electorate. This email incident reveals that they may not be quite ready. She needs to stop thinking like a DA and start thinking like a governor," analyzed one of our Alligators monitoring the action...

The email he spoke of is the now infamous hate joke that was forwarded around by an assistant district attorney in Martinez's office. It ended with a Mexican and Arab being shot in a bar in the name of immigration control. Not exactly what you would call a rib-tickler, and raising questions on how Martinez would handle the incident with her staff.

After she left initial reaction chores to her DA's office which said the attorney forwarding the email would be reprimanded, the Dems on Wednesday forced the Martinez camp to go further. They trotted out prominent Hispanic politicos like ABQ Dem State Rep. Moe Maestas and ABQ City Council President Ken Sanchez to condemn the email action and asking that Martinez fire the employee in question.

Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish, getting her first real break in the free media since the June 1 primary, also threw some kerosene on the fire and said she would have immediately fired the employee with their finger on the forward button.

There is absolutely nothing funny about the email that was circulated by Susana Martinez’s staff. It is offensive, inexcusable and runs against the fabric of what we stand for as New Mexicans. As far as I’m concerned, there should be zero tolerance for racism and Susana Martinez’s silence on the matter has been disappointing. Needless to say, if this happened in my office, the employees responsible would no longer have their jobs.

That sounds like something Susana should have said as she works to round up the all-important Hispanic vote that is thought to be more in play this cycle because of Martinez's status as the first Hispanic female Guv contender, but her camp came with what was termed a tepid response by campaign pros we spoke with. Her statement:

Susana Martinez found the forwarded email ‘joke’ to be unacceptable, and immediately addressed the issue when it was brought to her attention by reprimanding the individual and issuing a statement from her official office to make clear that the email forwarded by one employee did not represent her views, nor the views of the office...

Only "unacceptable?" How about outrageous, or reprehensible?

Well, that's the turn to the general election our Gator was talking about. Martinez left a lot on the table with that come back.

The state GOP tried to go offensive on Di with this:

If only the Democrat Party and Diane Denish had expressed this same sense of outrage when it was determined in 2006 that 150 state employees in the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) had been abusing state email accounts and accessing pornographic internet sites.

Duly noted, but it was Susana's take on that hate joke that the people in the bleachers really wanted to hear and they didn't hear much.


And then there was the unintended joke from the state GOP. As the Martinez camp battled back over the forwarded email which described shooting a Mexican illegal and Arab with a .45, the state party--on the very same day--forwarded a news report to newsrooms that boasted of how Martinez provides her own personal protection, by--get this--carrying a .45. To the videotape:

Martinez provides her own personal protection in the form of a .45 semi-automatic handgun. It is with her at all times. She is not a large person. Indeed, she is diminutive. It’s hard to discern where she has concealed this potent weapon. Maybe it’s in her purse, maybe not. You simply can’t tell when you are in her presence.

Well, that's interesting, but we don't know how reassuring it is to the Mexicans and Arabs still freaked out by their fictional brethren being gunned down in a bar with a .45 just like the one Susana favors. Memo to GOP Chairman Harvey Yates: there's this thing called the news cycle, Harvey, and you're part of it.

These events--the forwarded sensational email and the ill-timed forwarded news story were events out of the hands of Susana. But being a good Governor is knowing how to clean up after the elephant just did an impolite body function in your Fourth Floor office. Never mind that you never invited the damn beast into the place.

This is a close race for governor, one that could be decided in the end by reactions to breaking news such as the forwarded hate email. In their first foray into this foreign world Martinez and her team may have gotten stuck in a "us vs. them" paradigm and wanted to cede no ground to Denish. But in doing so they lost a chance to turn the joke into a leadership opportunity and establish her street cred with Hispanics who admire her from a distance but are uncertain whether they should.


Alligators with long memories are recalling this week how Senator Robert Byrd, who passed this week memorably chastised our own Big Bill at a Senate hearing back in 2000. Commenting on Richardson's performance as Secretary of Energy in the Clinton administration and the case of some lost computer disks at Los Alamos Labs, Byrd lambasted Bill:

You would never again receive the support of the Senate of the United States for any office to which you might be appointed. It's gone. You've squandered your treasure.

In 2002, Byrd downplayed the statement when the R's tried to use it to their advantage when Big Bill was running for Governor. Richardson never did appear before the Senate for confirmation. His appointment as Obama's commerce secretary was pulled early because of pay-to-pay scandals in New Mexico. You can see the short clip of Byrd taking on Bill here.


From all corners of the state comes news of the life-changing Great Recession. For example, in little Aztec, in the Four Corners, the government now goes to a four day week.

And there's now an air of melancholy surrounding ABQ as the unceasing downturn keeps thousands on the jobless lines. A job fair at the state fairgrounds attracts thousands, but there are no jobs for them. Unemployment in the city is at historic levels, just below 9 percent.

Those who speculate that the unemployed collecting benefits have no incentive to look for work need only look at that turnout for that job fair.


Insiders say the new communications director for Susana Martinez camp will be Raj Shaw. He's relocating here from Connecticut...Matt Kennicott from the state House GOP Caucus will take a leave of absence to be the director of operations for Susana Martinez's Guv campaign...Christina P. Argyres was appointed as the newest Metropolitan Court Judge By Gov. Richardson. She replaces Judge Anna Martinez who retires at the end of June.

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It is my pleasure to make the reader aware of Rabbi Dr. Meir Levin's THE DAWN OF REDEMPTION: What the Books of Ruth and Yona Teach About Alienation, Despair and Return (link).

Since Rabbi Levin was kind enough to send it to me I plan to review it. In the meantime, I will just make the reader aware of it. Rabbi Levin has written several other books, and also translated Haham David Nieto's Kuzari Sheni (link).

Does a translator have a right to take pious liberties with a text? Concerning Graetz's History in the 1870s.

In the 19th century, one of the tasks Jewish writers in Eastern Europe set for themselves was to make contemporary literature available to Jews of Eastern Europe of varying education and intelligence, who did not know a European languages besides Yiddish. Therefore, many of them translated or adapted works of every sort. If it was intended for a popular audience, it would be translated into Yiddish. If intended for a more scholarly audience, such works were translated into Hebrew. Perhaps the most prolific of these writer-translators was Kalman Schulman (1819-1899) . The Jewish Encyclopedia evaluates his style as follows: "Schulman, in his writings, limited himself to the use of strictly Biblical terms, but so expert was he in the use of Hebrew that there was hardly any shade of thought or any modern idea that he could not easily express in that language. The result was that he came to be the most widely read Jewish author. "

Although a maskil, he was of the moderate type and knew how to write in such a way that his books were widely read and tolerated in the traditionalist camp (note that he is referred to as "[the] writer[s] R' Kalman Shulman of Vilna" without further qualification in Making of a Godol pg. 643). One of the works he produced was a Hebrew translation of several volumes of Graetz's history of the Jews, the Geschichte der Juden. As anyone who has read this work knows, even in English, Graetz could write in a very provocative way which is often quite offensive to traditional sensibilities. For him the only sacred cows were the cows which he personally felt were sacred. Thus it is not surprising that Schulmann's decision to translate the Geschichte into Hebrew (with Graetz's permission) was not appreciated by everyone. Furthermore, it is no surprise that Schulmann would be self-conscious regarding such criticism. He knew what kind of reputation he had cultivated, and hardly wanted to alienate a large part of the public whom he hoped to reach. Thus he never intended to faithfully translate Graetz, and nor did he. Rather, he put Graetz into acceptable garb.

There were some interesting exchanges concerning his decision and the manner in which he made the translation in the pages of the Hebrew periodical Hazefirah in 1876-77. Below is a letter from Schulmann to an unnamed rabbi, who evidently had been displeased to learn that he had been translating Graetz. Schulmann responded that he would never produce a gentile book [i.e., a modern critical work of history) in the Holy Language, and the rabbi ought to realize that his translation is written with faith, and he omits all the things written with a critical spirit. Furthermore, Graetz isn't a Reformer. On the contrary, he is a major opponent of Reform Judaism.

While this may have mollified this particular critic, it appalled one on the left. Moshe Leib Lilienblum was horrified at this candid admission that he was rewriting Graetz in frum fashion. Schulman admits that this is what he is doing, but doesn't realize that how bad it is. Who gave him the right to put words into an author's mouth? If he had the ability to write an original work of history like Rabbi Nachman Krochmal or Rabbi S. J. Fuenn, then of course it's his business how he writes it, and he could decide to write it in a pious way so as not to shake the faith of the pious reader. His book, his rules. But as a translator, who gave him the right to essentially create a forged text? Does he think Graetz's Geschichte is like a cheap novel?* Was Schulmann's intention to prepare this translation along the lines of previous popular histories of his, which he wrote for children and yeshiva bachurim? Frankly, opined Lilienblum, Graetz shouldn't allow it. If Schulmann was absolutely adamant that he could only produce a work which wouldn't offend the sensibilities of yeshiva students, then let someone else translate it. Ouch.

Some time later Nachum Sokolow rose to defend Shulman. His view was that it is okay for a translator to change an original work. He justifies it on the following basis: a work of history produced by a historian contains two parts. 1) The facts, and 2) the views and interpretations of the historian. Ideally the historian would only give the facts. But this isn't really possible, so he injects himself into the work and that's why works of history always contain the views of the historian. Given this, the only thing which is of crucial importance is that the facts aren't changed. So long as Schulmann doesn't change the facts, what difference does it make if he replaces Graetz's biases with his own? In fact Graetz, undoubtedly a talented and great historian, had a major weakness himself, namely his biases. So not only is there no harm in Shulman trimming some of that out, it actually enhances the text by making it less biased.

* "A cheap novel" - That's how I chose to translate מסתרי פאריז, which is the name of Shulman's translation of Eugene Sue's Les Mystères de Paris.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Racist Email Jars Martinez; How's Her Judgment? Plus: More On Her Cartel TV Ad, And: State PIO Is MIA

A racist and hateful email "joke" that celebrates the killing of a Mexican and an Arab as a solution to the nation's illegal immigration problem has become the unlikely first test of judgment for GOP Guv nominee and Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez. She also happens to be the nation's first Hispanic female Guv candidate. Is she passing that test by handing out a "reprimand" to the assistant district attorney who forwarded the nasty email around, or should the offender be given more stern punishment--like being fired? (AP coverage here.)

The punch lines of the forwarded email are:

The New Mexico girl, cool as a cucumber, picks up her beer, downs it in one gulp, throws the glass into the air, whips our her .45 and shoots the Mexican and the Arab.

Catching her glass, setting it on the bar and calling for a refill, she says, "In New Mexico, we have so many illegals aliens that we don't have to drink with the same ones twice."

At the bottom of the email is the message: "God Bless New Mexico and that Particular New Mexican Girl"

The entire email can be seen here.

It was circulated about a week after the primary election in which Martinez made her tough stance on illegal immigration instrumental in defeating Allen Weh who she accused of being soft on immigration.

State Dems wasted no time seizing on Martinez's reprimand, with party Chairman Javier Gonzales calling for the unknown assistant district attorney to be fired:

The people of New Mexico must trust their law enforcement officials, not fear them. The racial slurs in this joke about our Hispanic and Middle Eastern communities are absolutely unacceptable and not conducive to making people feel safe. Hate breeds hate, and I urge Ms. Martinez to take immediate action and terminate all state employees in her office who sent this violent and hateful email.

The immigration issue has always been seen as a double-edged sword for Martinez--helpful in the primary in a Republican party that is now nearly ultra-conservative, but potentially harmful in the general election where more moderate voters dominate and where the issue has not been used in past elections in a big way.

But Gonzales and other Democrats are saying that Martinez's harsh tone has paved the way for the kind of hateful email that is now blowing up on her. They will also try to advance the issue with the national press which has taken an interest in her candidacy.

Martinez let a spokesman for her DA's office carry the water on this and was not quoted in the first round of news reports, but if the issue gets legs she will have to take it on directly. She could explain that a reprimand is sufficient because the email did not apparently originate in her office, but was simply forwarded.

Another question is what constitutes a reprimand in this case? Is it more than a slap on the wrist? And what would be Martinez's actions on such an email if she were Governor? If it is a reprimand, is that enough to inhibit such reprehensible communication?

Whether the first explanations coming out will be good enough or whether this bump in the road becomes a blockade into the Hispanic community remains to be seen.


The R's went ballistic when it was recently discovered that the AFSCME union had emailed to state computers a charge that said Martinez would lay off 5,000 state workers. The ABQ Journal even editorialized about what they saw as a serious breach of regulations. Insider Dems are now asking whether the paper will be as put out by the racist email being forwarded around Martinez's state office. Stay tuned.


And we have more for you today on another controversy that has kept the Martinez campaign hopping--the claim made in her TV ads that, as district attorney, she has “taken on members of the most violent Mexican drug cartels.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican shot down that assertion, reporting that most high level drug cases are prosecuted in federal court, so Martinez could not have been prosecuting such cases in state court in Dona Ana. Her campaign shot back that she could not disclose her work on such cases because it could endanger informants and their families. They also trotted out one Ernesto Ortiz, director of the NM High Intensity Drug Traffic area, supporting Martinez's claim. But there are serious questions about Ortiz's credibility, as disclosed by one of our Alligators who did the research:

Why is Mr. Ernesto Ortiz, director of the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA), saying that Ms. Martinez’s office plays an integral role in fighting the drug cartel? Interestingly, Ms. Martinez is on the HIDTA board. Here is the latest on corruption and the New Mexico HIDT --scary. Why isn't Ms. Martinez exposing this matter? She is on the Executive Board. She should be aware of these matters...

The article linked to is by journalist Bill Conroy. It says:

A law enforcement task force in New Mexico that is supposed to target drug-trafficking criminals is instead awash in charges that it is using its nearly $600,000 taxpayer-subsidized budget to fund its own corrupt practices.

The task force was previously the target of an investigation by the internal affairs unit of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that revealed a disturbing trail of bookkeeping irregularities and multiple mysterious bank accounts. In the wake of that investigation, nothing of consequence happened to the task force or its operations, and it continues to operate under the same leadership to this day.

Our Alligator continues:

Also, in 2007, the problems with the HIDTA program in New Mexico were shown by the following press statement issued by the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.:

The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy has suspended funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program in New Mexico for repeatedly failing to comply with multiple federal guidelines over the past three years. These reportedly non-criminal infractions are related to not using HIDTA funding for core HIDTA purposes.

See the following report on it here.

The New Mexico HIDTA should be concerned about its own operations rather than exaggerating Ms. Martinez 's role in the fight against cartels. Am I missing something?

It's interesting to note that Ortiz--who has close ties to Martinez--is so far alone in backing up Martinez's claim that she's taken on high level cartel members.

That's because the New Mexican has it right. The TV ad clearly implies that the Dona Ana County DA is a major player in the war on the drug cartels, but she won't produce a case file, or any narratives to prove the contention that would not jeopardize the alleged high level cases. Add to that the questionable credibility of HIDTA and you have yet another TV ad that is discredited.


That's the question KRQE-TV investigative reporter Larry Barker is asking in promos running on the station this week for the Thursday 10 p.m newscast. He'll answer the question then, but our insiders report the Nicole in question is Nicole Gillespie, the public information officer for the Department if Finance and Administration. Barker says she pulls down $60,000 a year but he can't find her. One of Our Alligators says that's because Nicole apparently spends her time in Chicago and which the TV report is expected to expand on.

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Volvo C30 electrical specifications

Volvo is ready kicked off with an environmentally friendly product. This week, the Swedish manufacturer that states are ready to release 10 units of electric vehicles on the C30 to the market this spring. Volvo C30 will provide battery-powered electricity at the Detroit Auto Show in January, with plans to build a fleet of 50 vehicles for testing real-world test in 2011.

The model shown in Detroit would be more along the prototype development process than previously presented in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

"The first prototype to help us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packs and safety issues. We have discussed this challenge without sacrificing C30 cool and pleasant personality-to-drive. I am very pleased with the results. The C30 power in Detroit is a product that much more complete, "said Lennart Stegland, Director Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.

Certainty that after the manufacturer signed an agreement with the company Göteborg Energi. All the demo units of each product and will be equipped with measuring instruments to determine the effectiveness of energy used.

Volvo C30 Electric cars offer security as is typical of other manufacturers. The main difference of this vehicle as compared with other Volvo models only on pure electricity consumption.

"10 units shipped will begin this spring Volvo C30 Electric one of our focus on products as a drive that also mengampanyekan new way of life.," Says Volvo's party in a written statement, as reported by autoevolution (06/09/2010) .

This car is claimed to have traveled 150 kilometers distance in a state of the battery is fully charged. The energy source is supplied from lithium-ion batteries can be recharged simply by striking the wall socket. It took eight hours to charge from empty to full position.

For acceleration, the car can drive 000-100 miles per hour in less than 11 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 130 km / hr.

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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln in Europe's Hebrew press.

Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865. He died the following day. The following appeared in the May 24, 1865 issue of the Hebrew weekly המגיד.

The author, ח"ג ווידאווער, otherwise known as Henry Vidaver was a prominent 19th century American rabbi who frequently contributed news of America to the pages of Hamaggid.

Part of it reads:
"On Shabbat Chol Ha-moed Pesah, all were joyfully walking to the synagoguges, that day being especially joyous and a day of thanksgiving to God for the victorious end to the Civil War."
"However, how inscrutable are God's intentions! On the very day which we were saying "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it," that day was turned to its dark opposite, a day of infamy for the entire United States. A voice was heard crying, "Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States, fell at the hand of a murderer who accosted him in a theater. Friday evening the President and his dear family sat in the balcony to partake a little bit in the gladness of the people. From behind him, a man carrying a gun came and slew this righteous man."
Solomon Schechter, reflecting in 1902 on his youthful reading, and the impression that Vidaveronly 14 years his seniormade on him:
"It was the dream of my childhood when I learned, through the Sepher Haberith and the letters of Hag Vidaver in the Hebrew weekly, Hamaggid, of the existence of a continent on which, according to my simple conceptions, people should stand on their heads, and yet somehow managed to walk erect and free and even move quicker and with a surer pace than we, with all our drill of thousands of years."
In Seminary Addresses and Other Papers, 'The Emancipation of Jewish Science.'

Here's Rabbi Vidaver on Lincoln, in English (from the memorial on the Wednsday after the שבת חול המועד he mentioned in the Hamaggid article):

Menasseh ben Israel on the victims of the Khmelnitsky massacres of 1648-49.

In 1651 To His Highnesse the Lord Protector of the Common-wealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland the humble addresses of Menasseh ben Israel, a divine, and doctor of physick, in behalfe of the Jewish nation, the printed version of letters from Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel to Oliver Cromwell appeared :

There's a reference to the very recent Cossack massacres of 1648-49 (which actually lasted into the 1650s), known to Jews as the גזירות ת"ח ות"ט.

As you can see, his estimate of those killed were 180,000 with 600,000 surviving and still living in the area.

By contrast, the most famous account of the massacres, the יון מצולה by Rabbi Raphael Nathan Nata Hanover, himself a survivor, published in Venice in 1653 gives 235,000 as the number of dead. Other estimates of the time range as high as 600,000. It is difficult to know the true number. For more information about the number, see Shaul Stampfer's What Actually Happened to the Jews of Ukraine in 1648? in Jewish History 17:2 (2003), who gives a much lower estimate, and Jits van Straten's Did Shmu'el Ben Nathan and Nathan Hanover Exaggerate? Estimates of Jewish Casualties in the Ukraine During the Cossack Revolt in 1648 in Zutot 6 (2009), who tends to accept that a figure of at least 100,000 is appropriate unless evidence that the chroniclers exaggerated the numbers and that the later demographics can only work with a lower estimate emerges.

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