Tuesday, August 31, 2010

State Of The State House: Key Races To Watch, Plus: Susana's New Tube: Soft Enough? Also: Jeff's Bucks & Harry's Nice Hit

Let's kick it off today with the outlook for the state House in Campaign '10. Currently there are 45 Dems and 25 R's in the 70 member House. Based on reports from Alligators, Insiders, Wall-Leaners, Wanna-Be's and other political creatures, it appears the R's could shrink that margin this year, if only a bit.

The no-brainer prediction this cycle is the ABQ mid-NE Heights seat of freshman Dem Rep. Karen Giannini. She won election in 2008 when the Obama wave seeped into this normally GOP district. If Republican attorney and former Senator Domenici aide Nate Gentry doesn't take this one, the predictors will have to eat the broken glass from their crystal balls.

Another freshman--Dem Rep. Ben Rodefer of ABQ's West Side and Sandoval County is #2 on the most endangered species list. R's are solidly behind contractor David Doyle who hopes to reclaim this seat for the GOP which Rodefer won in the Obama wave. Rodefer loves being in the Roundhouse and will fight to the last breath, giving him a chance to hang on to what is a very weak limb.

How about an endangered Republican? We've got one for you. Roswell rancher Candy Spence-Ezzel is facing a spirited challenge from Dem Chaves County Commissioner Michael Trujillo. He is the third-generation owner of El Charro, a tortilla factory and Mexican food store. Candy was first elected in 2004, but this is a swing district.

Julian Luna ousted incumbent Dem State Rep. Elias Barela in the June primary in Valencia County, but now Luna faces a tough campaign to keep the seat in the Dem column. Republican Alonzo Baldonado, a Los Lunas realtor, is the GOP's hope for this one. Definitely on the watch list.

Back in ABQ, both parties are geared up for a battle for the seat of Dem State Rep. Bill O'Neill. He is another member of the D freshman class of 2008. He works for the Juvenile Parole Board, loves politics and is walking the district. Newcomer and Republican Justin Horowitz is an attorney with the Rodey firm who has thrown a bunch of his own cash at the contest. This one is ranked a toss-up.

Putting it all together, a conservative estimate is that the R's pick up two House seats when we're done cleaning up the confetti November 3. A more aggressive estimate would give them four or five. That would still not put them anywhere close to taking power, but it's a whole lot better than falling back.

THE GOVERNOR'S RACE

On the Guv front, several of our campaign watchers were somewhat surprised to see GOP Guv nominee Susana Martinez come with a hard-hitting spot, the tone of which reminded them of some of the stuff she ran in the GOP primary which is dominated by conservative voters.

In this latest piece Susana defends herself from TV charges that she should not have used federal border security funds for staff bonuses at her Dona Ana County district attorney's office. She then smacks Di for not pledging to revoke driver's licenses given to illegal immigrants. Denish has said she will not continue the policy.

All this is delivered with ominous sound effects and an accusatory and stern narration. Well-produced for what it is, but what happened to the softer Susana, the one posing with kiddies in the classroom? At the end of this spot she brings back former Bernalillo County Sheriff and current ABQ Public Safety Director Darren White. He is joined by three other tough-looking lawmen types who walk behind Susana in slow motion. It looked menacing the first time and looks even more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse the second time around. (Actually, it is a total of five lawmen parading in slow-motion, but we took poetic license.)

In recent weeks Martinez seemed to have begun talking past her GOP base--to the swing and Dem voters she needs to win. This spot takes her back to what got her in the main event, but it may not be the tone or approach that is going to close the deal.

Denish also came with new TV, defending herself from Martinez's charges that she overused her riding privileges on the state jet. Denish then goes on to zing Martinez on now familiar ground. She says the GOP nominee would "give public school dollars to wealthy private schools."

The Di camp has been hammering Susana for weeks over her switch on school vouchers--or what they say is a switch. The Denish camp received important support on this when the Associated Press pointed out differing statements Martinez has made on the matter.

The more soothing tone in the Denish ad stands in marked contrast to the latest Martinez effort. Susana and her conservative consultants need to not only get comfortable with going to the middle of the political spectrum, they must embrace it emotionally and intellectually. That's not easy when the state GOP has been as far right as it has been the past decade.

JEFF'S BUCKS

Times may be tough for a lot of New Mexicans, but Senator Bingaman has escaped the ravages of the worst recession in decades. The Hill newspaper says Jeff's net worth is around $6.7 million, making him the 42nd wealthiest member of Congress in 2009. From the article which ranked the 50 wealthiest members:

Bingaman played the stock market well in 2009 and saw his minimum net worth rise by almost $2 million...


(He) has investment funds at Goldman Sachs worth at least $1 million and $250,000. His wife, Anne, chips in with an investment fund at Eaton Vance worth at least $1 million...

Bingaman also has property in Santa Fe that is worth at least $250,000 and a 50 percent state in more than 58 acres of land in Alamogordo, NM
...

And what of southern NM Congressman Harry Teague who made the Hill's list of the wealthiest members of Congress last year. Well, his net worth has plunged to around $5 million. That's just below the amount the 50th member on the list is worth.

Teague's oil based businesses have suffered from the bear market, a boycott by Republican businessmen in the area and the change in management to his son. Still, Harry is not in the poor house, but is net worth has plunged, according to Politico, from $40 million to $5 million.

MARTIN'S MONEY


One member who won't make the list is ABQ Dem US Congressman Martin Heinrich.The freshman lawmaker enjoys a salary of around $174,000 a year and his wife Julie helps the household budget with a salary from a local government job. But still the Congressman sleeps in his DC office in order to save money.

Jeff, do you think you can spare a loan for Martin so he can get out of that sleeping bag? That is, if he is back there with you after November...

WORST OF THE STORM?

Is the worst over for the Dems? The new Rasmussen survey is being closely eyed by operatives for NM Dem US Reps Heinrich and Teague. It says:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely Voters would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate, while 39% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. The survey data was collected on the seven days ending August 29...


The Republicans have been consistently ahead in the Generic Ballot every week for over a year, but this is the smallest advantage the party has held since mid-July...

But hold your horses. Gallup disagrees with Rasmussen and comes with this:

Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.


So what's a Dem to do? Well, running like your life depended in it is usually sound advice for a political campaign.

NICE HIT, HARRY

We haven't held back in blogging of the travails of Harry Teague, pointing out time and again (with the help of Politico) his many vulnerabilities. But a score is a score, and Tuesday, when President Obama disembarked Air Force One at the El Paso airport for a brief visit to Fort Bliss, embattled Harry scored.

Even though he does not represent El Paso, Teague was there with a big smile to greet the President who stopped at Ft. Bliss to pay respect to the troops. Teague is a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. Obama lingered with Teague and two other congressmen and it was carried live at around noontime on El Paso TV. Photos of the meet and greet were sent out on the national and local wires. (The one we have posted is from the El Paso Times which is heavily read in the Las Cruces area).

This is important because Dona Ana County, the largest county in the second congressional district and home to many Dems, get their news from El Paso TV, not ABQ. It was nice advance work by the White House and Teague's team to take effective advantage of such a brief stop over.

Insiders close to Teague tell us he is more energized about the race. He is pleased with his polling and that of the ABQ Journal which shows him three points ahead of Republican challenger Steve Pearce. He told one of our Alligators recently, "We're going to surprise, Steve."

Of course, Harry needs all the optimism and spunk he can get in his tough battle, but if Obama's visit was the start of his fall offensive in Dona Ana County, it was a good one.

ON THE RESPIRATOR

We've been telling you about First Community Bank being on life support in the aftermath of a slew of commercial real estate loans gone bad in the ABQ area and how it is time to pull the plug and end the suffering. Executives at the bank have been pushing back, but now the Feds have given them a 60 day deadline to either raise $150 million to restore the bank's health or sell yourself to another bank.

The stock of the parent company of First Community is down to almost a dime a share. Can't the executives and board of directors sell this thing so we can get on with getting over this real estate depression? It's not like this is the only bank having problems. (The bank now says it has found $150 million from new investors).

CAN SHE?

We haven't received a definitive answer yet, but we've been told that the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense are not permitted to take part in fund-raising for political candidates. The issue came up when we mentioned suggestions that Diane Denish have Sec. of Stare Hillary Clinton campaign for her. Can Hillary campaign, but not raise money? E-mail us if you have a certain answer.

SPANISH DENIAL (Cont.)


Not surprisingly, we received quite a bit of email on our Tuesday blog questioning comments from Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. He said there is a "Spanish heritage fantasy" in the state. So far, most of the mail disagreed with our criticism of Rael-Galvez. It makes for interesting reading and we'll post some on the Friday blog.

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Jacob Frank's skull

Here's something you don't see every day. This is Jacob Frank's skull:



The caption says that it was extracted from his grave in Offenbach when the old cemetery was razed in 1866, and is owned by Emil Pirazzi. The image is from Alexander Kraushar's book, Frank i frankiƛci polscy, 1726-1816 Vol. 2 , as is the one below, which is different from the usual depiction of Frank:



Here's a creepy crown ornament of some kind taken from his coffin (he died in 1791). Looks like filigree, maybe.



There's also an image of his daughter and successor Eva:



And a document from 1793 with her signature:

Holden Viva Automatic Ultimate Choice


Holden Viva is the ultimate choice if you are looking for a mid-sized car that isn’t a Corolla. Holden Viva is meant for those buyers on a budget. If you are confused whether to buy it or not then read on.

Very simply, the Holden Viva is a keenly priced automobile and is well equipped, two of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new car. In addition to this, it has a reasonable performance, agile and is fitted with a proper interior and spacious boot room.



No doubt the ride quality is up to par with its ability to soak up even the worse road surfaces, and the tyre and wind noises are passive. Under cushy and simple conditions the Holden Viva is a quiet and low impact ride. This provides a smooth ride helping to avoid the bumps and jarring of daily suburban driving.

With an average of 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers, you won’t have to worry about the recent fuel price hikes. So is the Viva the small car upheaval that Holden claims? Judged merely in product terms, not by a long shot. But on the sales charts, where things like space, value and features usually add up for more than sharp handling and modern design, the Viva is likely to make an impact.


The Comfortability Factor
There is ample space front up with good seat support and adjustable steering. The steering feels light and direct making maneuvering in the tightest spots quite easy.

Ride Quality
No doubt the ride quality is up to par with its ability to soak up even the worse road surfaces, and the tyre and wind noises are passive. Under cushy and simple conditions the Holden Viva is a quiet and low impact ride. This provides a smooth ride helping to avoid the bumps and jarring of daily suburban driving.

Standard Equipment
With the Holden Viva you get all the standard car features you may look for in a car mid size auto. Good fit-out, four air bags, air-conditioning, power front windows, remote central locking are just a few that are present in this cozy car.


Specification
Dimension
Wheelbase 2600 mm 102.4 in
Track front 1480 mm 58.3 in
rear 1480 mm 58.3 in
Length 4295 mm 169.1 in
Width 1725 mm 67.9 in
Height 1445 mm 56.9 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.65
Ground clearance
Kerb weight 1293 kg 2851 lb
Weight distribution
(Front)
Fuel capacity 60 litres 13.2 UK Gal 15.9 US Gal

Engine
Bore × stroke 80.50 mm × 88.20 mm
3.17 in × 3.47 in
Cylinders S-4
Displacement 1.8 litre
1796 cc
(109.599 cu in)
Type DOHC
Key:

SOHC
Single overhead camshaft

DOHC
Double overhead camshaft

OHV
Overhead valves

TS
Two stroke

SV
Side valves

Sl
Sleeve valves

oise
Overhead inlet side exhaust

4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
Construction
Sump Wet sumped
Compression ratio 9.70:1
Fuel system SMPFI
Maximum power
(ECE) 121.7 PS (120 bhp) (89.5 kW)
@ 5800 rpm
Specific output 66.8 bhp/litre
1.09 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
(ECE) 169.0 Nm (125 ft·lb) (17.2 kgm)
@ 3600 rpm
bmep 1182.5 kPa (171.5 psi)
Specific torque 94.1 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Manufacturer GM
Code
Main bearings
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 0.91
Unitary capacity 449 cc/cylinder
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y

Performance
0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h
0-100 mph
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km
Top speed
Fuel consumption
CO2 Emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
Power-to-weight 92.81 bhp/ton

New Toyota Verso-S


Toyota will exhibit at booth at the Paris Motor Show, world premiere, a small van (MPV) referred back of S, and a restyled version of the model inside iQ. The Toyota Verso S re-segment small car family, where several years ago have only one representative: Toyota Yaris Verso.

The Japanese firm's replacement for the long-gone Yaris Verso measures just under 4 meters in length and will compete with the likes of the Kia Venga, Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso. We don't have anything else in the way of details, but European buyers should expect a similar petrol and diesel engine lineup to the Yaris.



The all-new Toyota Verso-S arrived at the world’s leading at the Paris Motor show in 2010. Underestimated, broad and ill-S Toyota Verso efficiency in the direction of an empty display. This brusquest overall length – to a lesser degree four beats – whatever the MPV in the segment-B in Europe. But attention to contingencies in any practical expression by the spaciousness of the interior design has maximum flexibility, convenience and caliber to understand the end-to-end.

The smallest four-seater in the world, Toyota iQ comes with an internal review at the Paris Motor Show, and the Aygo model comes with a small class connectivity technology, suggestively called Connect. Also, Toyota's stand at Paris will host the FT-CH concept, already presented in Geneva in March 2010, and the Prius plug-in hybrid - an advanced version of the hybrid Prius, which will be available on sale in Europe 2012.


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Just wanted to let you know that the next ramadan gift is a free tulip vase. Enjoy it!

To go to the ramadan calendar click HERE

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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Down Ballot Races: Dems Appear To Have Upper Hand, Plus: The Promises Di & Susana Can't Keep, And: A Spanish Fantasy Or A Wayword Historian?

We've heard the numbers on the congressional and Guv races, but what about the down ballot contests like attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer, and land commissioner?

Well, the ABQ Journal usually doesn't poll that deep but this cylce they have come with an attorney general survey. It shows Attorney General Gary King with a comfortable lead over Clovis area District Attorney Matt Chandler. Gary scores 48% to Matt's 33%. Nineteen percent remain undecided giving Republican Matt some hope, but still making him the decided underdog. But it's going to be tough. The King name has cachet and while he has been taking some recent heat in the ongoing controversy at the Secretary of State's office, it is not enough to throw him off course.

King also has independent wealth that can be tapped if he runs into trouble. Chandler will need hundreds of thousands to make the big move he needs to make. Maybe some out of state groups can help him, but the R's are concentrating on the Guv's race this year. That's where the money is headed.

No Republican has been elected attorney general since 1986. It was thought that with Dems suffering nationally some of that unpopularity might bleed down to the lower ballot offices. It isn't happening.

We've also looked at a poll conducted for King by Lake Research Partners in the fist week of August. It shows almost identical results as the Journal survey with King getting 47% of the vote and Chandler 28%.

The other ABQ Journal polls taken last week and being released this week show Democrats, who have over 50% percent of the state's registered voters, are holding up against the sour national mood toward their party. Nothing is certain in this game, but that indicates all the down ballot races--not just attorney general--are likely to stay in Democratic hands--as they usually do.

There could be one switch, however. The R's control the state land office, but former land commissioner Ray Powell Jr. is favored to take it back as Republican Matt Rush is not showing the money.

The likelihood of a clean sweep of the statewide executive offices--AG, Auditor, Treasurer, Secretary of State and Land Commissioner remains high. Not bad for Dems in a year when they are threatened with losing the US House, the New Mexican Governorship as well as our state's southern congressional seat.

HEINRICH VS. BARELA

The Alligators are on the loose in the ABQ congressional race between Democrat Rep. Martin Heinrich and Republican Jon Barela. They are again declaring this is not a toss-up race, that it is clearly a lean Democrat race.

Heinrich has a six point lead in the Journal poll taking 47% of the vote. Barela needed to do better than 41%. It's true Heinrich came with TV shortly before the poll, but it appears to be working. Not good if you believe Heinrich's race can be nationalized. For Barela there is a price to pay for running six behind--money.

The R's need money to get Steve Pearce in the US House and Susana Martinez in the Guv's chair. Barela will face not only local competition for funding, but also on the national level as R candidates with better polling argue to the national committees that they should get the TV money, not Barela.

JUST THINKING

We've been on this one for a while and now the AP comes with a report that elaborates. The question is whether GOP Guv contender Susana Martinez or Dem nominee Diane Denish will be able to keep their campaign promise not to cut the public schools budget. And will they be able to keep their pledge to also keep the mammoth Medicaid program off the chopping block?

What's the size of the projected shortfall for the budget year that stars in July 2011 anyway? About $250 million, maybe $350 million if the economy goes further south.

Denish has announced plans to cut about $90 million a year. Martinez has not come with a concrete figure. Will either of them have a plan to cut the state budget by at least $250 million a year before this campaign is over? The odds on that are about the same as the UNM Locksley Lobos finishing first in the Mountain West this year.

We've blogged how Martinez's pledge not to cut the public schools budget is especially thorny because she is crossing swords over it with her own Republican legislative leadership. For example, since we commented on this potential fissure, we've been told by Republican Alligators that Roswell GOP State Rep. Keith Gardner, the House Minority Whip, is quite uncomfortable with the Martinez pledge.

Now State Senator John "Dr. No" Smith, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is calling out both the Guv candidates for making budgetary promises he says can't be kept.

He predicted Martinez or Denish will "have to break 50 percent of their campaign promise," based on current revenue projections.

As we've noted here, the public schools and Medicaid make up nearly 60% of the state budget. Is Martinez delivering "bold change" when she refuses to take a look at waste in those huge line items? And is Denish any different than Big Bill when it comes to kicking the budget can down the road?

Not that we're advocating cutting the two programs, we're just thinking, along with Dr. No, of exactly how these two potential Governors plan on addressing the chief issue they will face upon being sworn in January 1.

(We blogged recently that we were unsure of Denish's stand on Medicaid cuts. Th AP reported: Both candidates also have said they would protect Medicaid from cutbacks.)

SPANISH DENIAL


Someone might want to send some new history books over to Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Why? Get a load of what he had to say about Spanish influence in New Mexico:

The Spanish heritage fantasy is really about denial and not based on history...Spanish identity, as it is thought about today, was somewhat of a fabrication. Spain may be the least of what has shaped our heritage of converging streams. The people here were deeply caste and irrevocably mixed within a mere two centuries of Spanish occupation, roots drawn from numerous indigenous nations. The effects and legacies are thus as much institutional as they are biological, aesthetic as much as they are ideological...

Hey, we know that the Spanish influence was diluted, but that doesn't make it a Disneyland fantasy. For the record, Doc, Spanish explorers came here from Spain 400 years ago. They brought with them their culture and heritage. They mated with Mexicans and Native Americans. The Spanish culture was merged with the others, but Spanish blood still courses through the veins here.

Now, is that so hard to say, Doc? If this historic revisionism of Rael-Galvez is what they're teaching our kids at the National Hispanic Cultural Center we might as well move the place to Anaheim--the home of Disneyland.

CRAVING REFORM

A reader writes:


...It's a shame that Susana Martinez feels she needs to distance herself from vouchers and also make a promise not to cut funding for education. As a taxpayer, I'm tired of all the money I pay in property taxes for APS and higher education, and not seeing any return on my investment.

A recent news article about New Orleans and its recovery said that prior to Katrina, only about 28% of students were tested as proficient and now, just 5 years later, almost half are. The article went on to say that about 61% of students are on some type of voucher, the schools are NON-UNION, and parents have a say in where their kids can go to school. That's the kind of reform that needs to happen here, and if that means cutting funding, or re-directing it to private schools (which are not all "wealthy" as Diane Denish purports), then so be it. The candidate that will say things like that, and do them once elected, is the kind of candidate I want to support.


THE BOTTOM LINES

Reader David Vittoria writes of the decision of Lowe's not to open a long-anticipated home improvement store at a new shopping center at Coors and Central in ABQ that would have employed 500:

The target audience was the city's southwest mesa which I call "subprimeville." Unfinished homes, short sales and foreclosures all over the place. Who needs a Lowe's?

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Yom Kippur Kattan coming to an Orthodoxy near you? The new Artscroll siddur.

As far as I can tell Garnel was the first to notice that the Koren Sacks Siddur appears to have generated the first new Artscroll siddur with translation in decades - the Wasserman Edition.


It includes:
  • An original new Overview
  • Yom Kippur Kattan
  • Megillas Esther, Ruth and Koheles
  • Perek Shirah
  • Six Constant Mitzvos
  • Iggeres HaRamban
  • Prayer of the Holy Sh'lah
  • Prayer at the Holy places in Israel
  • A new special section: The Laws, Customs, and Prayers in the Land of Israel

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Source: Jak & Jil

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Henry Kissinger and Rabbi Moshe Sherer secretly discuss matzah.

Here is an interesting declassified document from 1976. It is the transcript of a meeting between Rabbi Moshe Sherer of Agudath Israel and Sec. Henry Kissinger concerning shipments of matzah into the Soviet Union.

In certain ways this document is a snapshot of the Agudah under Rabbi Moshe Sherer at that time ("both pro and con" as my friend put it). It really speaks for itself, and I don't want to inflict my interpretations onto readers, but it is my blog. Here are some thoughts:

- Rabbi Sherer repeatedly refers to the "Torah sages" privately; not only wasn't it just rhetoric for the masses, but he even brings them up in a closed meeting with the Secretary of State.

- Although I certainly don't want to give the impression that I am easy on Soviet persecution, it is interesting that this issue seems to concern extra special kosher matzah, as opposed to regular old kosher ones. Sherer agrees with Kissinger that matzah could be baked in the Soviet Union, but "because of our meticulous requirements, many people do not look upon it as kosher." Some might suggest that if kosher matzah was available, perhaps it wasn't worth making a big deal over. Of course he explicitly asks that the issue be separated from the normal Soviet Jewish issue, which shows that even though this was a question of frumkeit, he wisely tried to keep it from becoming a federal case.

EDIT: Rabbi Josh Waxman remarks that in 1973 someone he knows personally saw matzah baking in Odessa. There the vat in which the dough was being mixed was encrusted. Thus, those matzos were not kosher at all. Whether or not this was the case in Riga in 1976 is unclear, but it does not seem so unfair to assume it was. Thus this might not really have been a case of frumkeit and chumra, but rather of no kosher matzos really being available at all.This is not clear from the way it was discussed with Kissinger, but read with this additional knowledge it is possible to see that is what he meant.

- Rabbi Sherer's candid admission that the Agudah's growth in the prior five years was "despite [the Agudah's] conservative orientation" (Kissinger's words) but they did "benefit[] from the memories of the Holocaust," by which he means that the immigrant survivors and their children joined.

- Kissinger doesn't really seem to know who he is. He knows he is speaking to a rabbi, and he asks him which is his congregation. Rabbi Sherer reminds him that he is from the Agudah. Kissinger tells Sherer that he was in the Agudah as a child. Rabbi Sherer tells him that he knows all about it: there's a paper written by the child Agudist Kissinger kept "under lock and key." Someone who knows these things tells me that it is supposedly on yishuv ha-aretz, but of course it hasn't seen the light yet.

All in all, a pretty good picture of sincerity and diplomacy. The Holocaust statement is surprising, but it's not meant to say that they exploited the Holocaust. Rather it's an honest assessment, and he did not resort to exaggerated claims regarding the ideological importance or attractiveness of Agudath Israel to explain its growth. A window into the Golden Age of the Agudath Israel of America.





LE is out!



LE is out. The clothes are great but not as expensive as they used to be. Why? Don't ask me! I have no idea. -_- But I noticed something weird. In the left corner it said that there is something LE for non-SS and for 4$-5$. I looked for it but I could find nothing and this means this is another Stardoll mistake that makes us to feel excited about something that isn't actually real. Whatever. I hope you enjoy the new LE and the new low prices.

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Menasseh Ben Israel's passport

Here are the records of the passports issued to Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel to enable him to visit England. These are contained in a record book called Council of State: Books and Accounts 1639-1660 (v.25 out of 139)"

November 22, 1652:



December 17, 1652:



September 16, 1653:



For posterity, the first reads "That a passe bee granted to Manasseh Ben Israel to Come out of Holland and into England."

The second: Whereas Manasseh Ben Israel a Rabbi of the Jewish Nation and well reported of for his learning and good affection to this State hath exprest his desire to have letters of safe conduct to come from Amsterdam to these parts. These are therefore to will and require all Officers belonging to this State as well by Sea as by land to whom the foresaid Menasseh Ben Israel may addresse himself on his way hithorward that they let him passe freely without molestation and give him all favourable entertainment and respect as to well affected foreigners and strangers (they behaving themselves without offence) is due. Given at Whitehall.

The third, "That a passe be granted to Manasseh Ben Israel of Amsterdam himself and ? ofsarios (?) necessaries to come into England without interruption."

In fact, he didn't arrive in England until 1655.

Le is coming soon: Today!



LE is coming today!!!
The new LE shop will be out today. Stardoll already posted in spoilers the clothes and this picture of the new shop. So... if you wanted to buy anything stop and keep your money for the new LE collection that seems to be better than all. The 8th LE collection. Will you buy anything? Please tell me in comments.

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The shop:


The clothes:



(thanx to underneathstardoll)