Not sure what that is the purpose of the post, but both of Keating convictions, Federal and State were overturned, he eventually admitted to four minor counts of wire and bankruptcy fraud ( not investment fraud) and was sentenced to time served.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/business/media/28ratigan.htmlOn most cable newscasts, the people who are writing new financial regulations are called congressmen. But on “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC, some are called “banksters.”That term, a twist on gangsters, tells viewers a lot about Mr. Ratigan, a financial news apostate who has transformed himself into an outspoken opponent of too-big-to-fail banks and the politicians whom he calls their servants. In the recent fight over financial reform, he lent a megaphone to people who wanted an end to “too big to fail,” and he called on viewers to lobby the Senators in his imaginary Bankster Party.All this from a man who, until recently, hosted a stock-picking show on CNBC, the cable personification of Wall Street. Now Mr. Ratigan, who labels himself a taxpayer advocate, rails against the “vampire” banks who “have assumed control of our government.”“It’s like being the guy who was running the casino, and then having an awakening and realizing that the casino is what’s killing the country,” Mr. Ratigan said in an interview last week.On Friday, he concluded that the financial overhaul, which Democrats hope to send to President Obama by the end of the week, would not put a halt to what he calls theft by the banks. The bill is “nothing more than window dressing,” he said. On CNBC, meanwhile, there was almost an audible sigh of relief that the reforms were, as Maria Bartiromo put it, “not as strict as many people had feared.”“Dylan wants to change the world. He’s a crusader,” said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC.He traces his midcareer conversion to fall 2008, when he says he came to see the corrupt practices of banks, special interests and politicians.To hear Mr. Ratigan tell it, the American people are being held hostage by a banking system that acts like a government subsidized casino. His analogy: “My mother is paying taxes to the government. The government is giving her money to the banks. The banks are gambling like they’re watching ‘Fast Money.’ But my mother didn’t sign up for that.”Mr. Ratigan said flatly, “As long as there’s been banks and governments, banks and governments have been conspiring to take money from the people.” What has changed now, he said, is that “we have the ability to engage it directly,” through fair elections and a free press. The first step in his playbook, then, is to end the denial about it through his show.He made headlines online in December when he cut off an interview with a congresswoman after fighting with her over what he called the “private insurance monopoly” that stood to benefit from an overhaul of health care.“You’re asking your own questions and answering them. You could be your own guest,” Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida, said on the show
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/theater/28diverse.html?hpBroadway Sees Benefits of Building Black Audience
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/nyregion/28budget.html?hpwDespite their criticism that Mr. Paterson was manipulating the budget process, the Legislature’s new revenue bill came bundled with some decidedly nonbudget-related measures. The most controversial would require New York’s prison inmates, most of whom are from Democratic-leaning New York City but are incarcerated in prisons in Republican-leaning districts upstate, to be counted as residents of their original homes.That measure, which is likely to draw criticism from Republicans, would help Democrats in drawing more advantageous state legislative districts after the 2010 census is completed.
WASHINGTON (AP) Supreme Court won't throw out lawsuit accusing Vatican of moving priest accused of abuse.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/nyregion/29albany.html?hpEven Democrats want to cut property taxes but Shelly Silver is trying to stop them.
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/28/2739810/op-ed-prosecution-was-overzealous-in-rubashkin-caseMy opinion piece defending Rubashkin is of course full of inaccuracies since I have to cover my own rear end in the OU's involvement / knowledge of illegal activity at Agri.
Charles Keating came up during the last Presidential election.The Liberal Left was really scratching the bottom of the barrel to smear Joe the Plumber, so they were hocking a tcheinik that Joe's first cousin is Keating's son in law as if anyone give's a rat's behind.
http://www.yournabe.com/content/articles/2010/06/28/queens/qns_vaad_harabonin_50th_anniversary_20100624.jpgGuess which Queens Vaad official used to rail against those who push the toyeva agenda when he used to be an Agudah spokesman. Could it be this guy mit da groysa shmeychel who takke got his picture snapped at the party today hosted by the pro- and openly gay NYC Council Speaker Christie Quinn?Yeah I know, call the Queens Vaad on their hypocrisy on Yudel's blog and they start calling you all kinds of names like a hundt and a pi ha'ussen.Speaking of pi ha'ussen, there is a very tzugepasste upteitch applying to the Queens Vaad from Rav Elyashev shlita as written down by his son in a sefer. Since Bilam was a faker who tried to hide that he was a lowlife by bringing korbanos and advertising that he was a yodeah daas elyon, the Eybishter had to create a special briyah to call him out for being the faker and hypocrite that he is.
http://chattahbox.com/us/2010/06/24/dem-parasites-hypocrite-farm-subsidy-taker-baby-crib-scammer/David Jungerman, gentleman Missouri farmer and business owner, has garnered national media attention for his incendiary sign painted on a semi-truck trailer in a cornfield along U.S. 71. The sign reads: “Are you a Producer or Parasite, Democrats – Party of the Parasites.” His attack against Democrats as parasites who don’t pay taxes and “[a]lways have their hand out” for “social programs,” has caused anger and dissent in Raytown, evidenced by two arson attempts on Jungerman’s sign. And it has now come to light that Jungerman is a parasitic hypocrite, who has grown fat off the land of his 6,800 acre farm with the help of more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.And that’s not all. Apparently, Jungerman thinks it’s perfectly non-parasitic to sell his baby cribs, by committing fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1341, to lure unsuspecting parents to scammy fake safety classes. A practice, which he has fortunately, since discontinued.Jungerman’s baby furniture business was found guilty of civil fraud in a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. His business, Baby-Tenda Corporation, together with his distributors, ran a “safety seminar” scam, in which mailed invites were sent to expectant moms, purposely worded to create the “false impression that the seminar is sponsored by a governmental or other agency and is devoted to baby safety.” The court found that “the true purpose of the event is to sell Defendant’s products.”And when Jungerman isn’t scamming expectant parents, or holding trespassing teen boys against their will with a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun, he is swearing at his Baby-Tenda employees and allegedly putting their health at risk with asbestos exposure.
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/28/the-50-most-influential-rabbis-in-america.htmlWhat an outrage that Newsweek names Yehuda Krinsky the most influential rabbi in America! We should go on a hunger strike until they retract!
http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/2/4f/230/24f230e6-80cf-11df-838c-00127992bc8b-revisions/4c256d955a928.image.jpgI was the Deputy Mayor of Boca Raton, Florida, and a wine importer who filed the Federal trademark for "L'Chaim".I'm now accused of the massive fraud with hospitals all over the country through my companies Sun Capital / Success Healthcare.
http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/2/4f/230/24f230e6-80cf-11df-838c-00127992bc8b-revisions/4c256d955a928.image.jpgI am Baronoff's shutef in the fraud.I used to be Moishe Reichmann's Vice President & Comptroller at Olympia & York USA.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_03dce44e-8359-5bce-98f5-404949282a1b.htmlI'm another shutef in Baronoff's fraud.I used to be a big shot in the Federal GAO Agency.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-28/ex-boston-provident-trader-levy-gets-67-months-prison.htmlEzra Levy, a former trader and chief financial officer of Boston Provident Partners LP, was sentenced today to 67 months in prison for stealing about $3 million from the Manhattan-based hedge fund.Levy, 33, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court in March to two schemes to defraud Boston Provident, run by Orin Kramer, the chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council. He admitted committing securities fraud and wire fraud.In his guilty plea, Levy admitted that he transferred $2.45 million from Boston Provident to his own account. He also said he had the fund buy shares of Atlas Energy Inc. and another stock at inflated prices from an account he controlled, generating a $537,000 profit.U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel today ordered Levy to pay $2.99 million in restitution, fined him $12,500 and ordered him to surrender to federal prison by Sept. 7.“Levy brazenly stole $3 million from the hedge fund where he worked as a trader and thereby breached his fiduciary duty and professional responsibilities,” assistant U.S. attorneys William Stellmach and David Miller said in court papers.Levy used the proceeds for personal expenses, including credit card payments, to purchase real estate and to buy an Aston Martin, said prosecutors in the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.Prosecutors said in court papers that Levy faced from 63 months to 78 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.Katya Jestin, a lawyer for Levy, asked for leniency for her client, saying he suffered from Lyme disease, a “depressive disorder and alcoholism that may have impaired his ability to distinguish right from wrong at the time he committed fraud.“Knowing that you have this secret and you engaged in this conduct and your life is based on lies should certainly cause you to experience a major depressive disorder,” Castel said. “There are those who think that if I can steal $3 million and I get caught and do five years, it’s not a bad transaction. That’s why it has to be made an unacceptable transaction.”Castel rejected a request by defense lawyers to allow Levy to be free until October so that he could spend the Jewish holy days in September with his family and help his six-year-old son adjust to a new school.At the time of Levy’s arrest, Boston Provident said Kramer would cover the firm’s fees and losses from the crime. Boston Provident fired Levy after learning of the scheme.Levy joined Kramer Spellman LP, which changed its name to Boston Provident in 2004, as an analyst in 2001. Before that, he worked for Prudential Financial Inc. and the former SG Cowen & Co. LLC after starting out as an accountant in a textiles firm.
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100627ex-mass_rabbi_charged_again_in_child_abuse/srvc=home&position=recentWhen Levitt was molesting kids in my Chabad shul in Philadelphia, I did nothing about it.You can ask my buddy Arthur. I am as "innocent" as Rubashkin.
Shmarya will have a heart attack when he finds outhttp://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1666591/WXXI.Local.Stories/Census.Estimates.Show.Modest.Decrease.in.City.of.RochesterCensus EstimatesThe Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in Rockland County added 23 thousand residents.
When Ezra Levy was arrested last year, the usual suspects on VIN, etc, were screaming that he is a "tzaddik" and "innocent".He pleaded guilty to stealing the millions a few months ago.Does anyone know which Ezra Levy it is? There are 3 listed as his age, one at 1170 Ocean Parkway, one near 5th Ave Synagogue and one near Rabbi J. David Bleich's shul.
http://www.lohud.com/print/article/20100613/NEWS03/6130423/Monsey-man-charged-with-sexually-abusing-a-boy-8A 39-year-old Monsey man has been arrested on felony charges of sexually abusing a boy who is now 8 years old.A police accusatory complaint says Arthur Grossman improperly touched the child's penis more than 50 times over the years.Ramapo police arrested Grossman on Tuesday, based on a complaint from the Rockland Child Protective Services.Grossman was charged with one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree course of sexual conduct, both misdemeanors, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.Course of sexual conduct accuses a person of two or more acts during a period of at least three months.The police complaint, based partially on a statement given by Grossman, accused him of improperly touching the child twice between June 7, 2009, and Dec. 7, 2009.Grossman's lawyer, Kenneth Gribetz, said Friday that his client pleaded not guilty to the charges."We're reviewing the allegations and all the facts and circumstances," Gribetz said.Grossman was released from the Rockland County jail on $15,000 bail posted by his family and ordered by Justice Arnold Etelson to stay away from the alleged victim.Grossman was arrested a second time a few hours later, when a police officer accused him of violating the judge's order, said Detective Lt. Brad Weidel of the Ramapo police."The officer felt he was in violation of the order of protection to stay away from the victim," Weidel said.Grossman was released with bail. Gribetz said his client was in the area to pick up his medication.
Bridgeport, CT – National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm that rocked Bridgeport Thursday evening was in fact, a tornado – and it sure looked like it.The fast moving storm left such a massive path of destruction, with at least nine downtown buildings in ruins, cars smashed and trees toppled. In his 45 years of living in Bridgeport, the mayor has never seen anything like it.
http://www.jstandard.com/content/item/new_milford_shul_tax_assessor_spar/13995I don't under the story with Yeshivas Ohr Yosef. The rosh yeshiva is R' Herschel Grossman from Passaic and the President is Ner Yisroel rosh yeshiva & Moetzes member R' Aron Feldman.They are located inside a Conservative temple in New Milford, NJ where the local tax assessor is causing problems.The yeshiva was previously located in the Teaneck headquarters of UTJ, another non-frum movement.Can't they find anywhere else to put the yeshiva, especially since they are paying rent and not getting the space for free?
Fishman doesn't have the whole story. Almost everyone got out of Great Neck & Kings Point before Shabbos. The same tornado went through here first knocking out power & pulling down 1000s of trees. One 400 year old tree almost split one shul in half.
On Monday, June 21, 2010 at 2:15PM, a robbery of a residence occurred in the area of Bedford Avenue & Avenue N. Two male whites, wearing ski masks forcibly entered a home demanding cash and jewelry from the residence. The perpetrators may have fled in the direction of East 26th street towards Avenue O. If anyone has any information of any person or vehicle that looked suspicious around the above time please contact the Brooklyn Robbery Squad at 718-230-4430 or if you feel more comfortable you can call the Flatbush Shomrim information hotline at 718-338-9453 and leave your name & phone number.For Emergencies call 911 & Flatbush Shomrim Emergency number 718-338-9797
"When Levitt was molesting kids in my Chabad shul in Philadelphia, I did nothing about it.You can ask my buddy Arthur. I am as "innocent" as Rubashkin."Well it's sooner or later that dreck ( Reb UOJ,parden the language.I just couldn't find a better term to describe this porno psychopath sicko) like this poster comes overflowing out of the toilet bowl.Er shtinkt fun kop.What a pity.If I could only meet this guy I would have a plethora of material with which to write my doctoral thesis in behavioral psychology.It's a crazy world out there.
Look how easy it is to get Arthur's goat.
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/Protest-against-alleged-abusive-priestBUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Sex abuse victims came to Buffalo Friday demanding that the diocese remove a man they call a pedophile priest.Activists tracked down a Catholic priest to western New York that they suspect has sexually molested children in the past, and demanded action by the Diocese of Buffalo to expose him.Mark Lyman said, "Truth is power, and we have nothing to hide. We want the truth exposed, and we hope that by doing that, if we can save one more child from sexual abuse, that is our goal."The group is called SNAP, short for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, based in Chicago, and is one of the leaders in exposing abusive clergy in the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP came to call out Father Gabriel Patil, who they say was among priests near Allentown, Pennsylvania who were sued by victims of abuse. SNAP says Father Patil is one of the Barnabite Fathers assigned to St. Anthony Zaccaria Seminary in Lewiston.
http://www.globegazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_63d7dba8-826e-11df-aa88-001cc4c03286.htmlNo one denies that children worked excruciating hours for pittance wages at Agricprocessors Inc. in Postville. No one can deny the company willfully hired hundreds of workers with phony immigration documentation — or none at all.A federal jury affirmed that former Agricprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin led a conspiracy to defraud investors. A federal judge in Cedar Rapids sentenced Rubashkin last week to 27 years in prison for defrauding investors.He was acquitted of responsibility for the uncontroverted hiring of minors. The feds dropped charges against him for the 389 illegal immigrants seized in the May 12, 2008, raid at the plant.Rubashkin and his supporters intend a vigorous appeal of his sentence.We wish them no luck.Federal jurors might not have been able to pin the immigration and child-labor law violations directly to Rubashkin. Most witnesses were illegal immigrants who acknowledged lying about their status, jeopardizing their credibility to the jury.Still, no one can deny a company ruled with an iron fist by Rubashkin created the humanitarian nightmare that led to the biggest illegal immigration raid in Iowa history.The 27-year prison term will hit hard for Rubashkin, who at age 51 called the term a life sentence. In trial testimony, he’s admitted, “I made mistakes, a lot of them,” and apologized to the community.Yet some of his Chabad supporters, followers of an orthodox sect of Judaism, decry the prosecution as an injustice spurred by ethnic hate.The only injustice we see is the misery inflicted upon Iowa, Postville and, particularly, hundreds of illegal immigrants. Their crime was flouting U.S. immigration law and all have been severely punished with the maximum penalty: Deported back to Central America, stripped of their jobs and property and, in some cases, separated from families.Rubashkin’s punishment is far less than the 43-year maximum allowed by federal law. Federal prosecutors cut him a major deal by dismissing the flagrant immigration offenses.So we count him as lucky.
http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-russian-intel-officers-arrested,0,7340528.storySuspected Russian Spies Arrested In NY, NJ
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/loon-commons/street-corner-mixRemember Rubashkin's "farbrengen" when he got out on bail initially? It was a big chilul Hashem of a party that infuriated the goyim who watched the internet upload of Lubies gulping down gallons of Mountain Dew.It seems to have rubbed off as Mountain Dew is the drink of choice for the Somalis now working at Agri.
http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/19789/I knew Arthur wouldn't condemn me for covering up for a child molester.Just like I said, he thinks I'm "innocent" like Rubashkin.We have to protect our own kind at all cost!
Rav Blau's grandson Amram Teitelbaum was caught using the internet to view some kind of porno or lesser form of pritzus.Neturei Karta has put up pashkevilim all over town to attack the ones exposing him for not being dan lekaf zechus that he had a good reason to do it and that even if Teitelbaum was wrong, they have no recht al pi halacha to view it themselves.
Chazal tell us that one should not be מתעצל בהספדו של חכם. Rav Hillel Horowitz was an amazing person, a real yeshivishe Rov in a community that was left wing modern orthodox, stayed there (West Orange) for many years and pushed for a kosher mikva and proper kashrus in a time when few suburban communities had such things. he was niftar last Thursday. In retirement he learned almost constantly with several chavrusos in Passaic.This is what was written about him by the rabbi of the fancy shul down the block from his ... This week, the West Orange Jewish community joins together in mourning the passing of Rabbi Hillel Horowitz z"l. Rabbi Horowitz was the Rabbi of Beth Israel for more than forty years. In Parshas Balak, Bilaam requests that he be granted the ability to die a "Mos Yesharim", a death of the upright. Many commentators explain that Bilaam desired to receive a reward in the next world as we do when leaving this world. A chasid once came to Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz and asked him for a bracha that he should merit to "die like a Jew". The Rebbi responded "to die as a Jew, even non Jews wish for that as we see from Bilaam. The real challenge is to “live like a Jew". What does it mean to "live like a Jew"? It means to be a Yashar, a straight person, honest, sincere, and dedicated to serving one's creator in every facet of one's life. Rabbi Horowitz z"l was a Talmid Chacham par excellence but never flaunted his knowledge. He had the respect of his colleagues and all who knew him because of the person that he was. In the years that I merited to know him, I never heard Rabbi Horowitz utter a disparaging word toward anyone. At times Vaad meetings over the years have become heated, but I never saw Rabbi Horowitz lose his cool. Most notably Rabbi Horowitz would represent the other Rabbis in the community by making the transaction with the non-Jew on Erev Pesach each year. He continued doing so until this past year, as he persevered even when life became most difficult. He was always most gracious and treated every human being with the respect they deserved in his work as a chaplain or as a Rabbinic figure in our community. May we as members of the community remember him for the way in which he carried himself, his humility, menschlichkeit, and wealth of Torah knowledge. He was a representation of what a Rav should really be. Tehei Nishmaso Tzrurah Bitzror Hachaim.
http://blogs.ajc.com/bob-barr-blog/2010/06/28/nightmare-of-federal-sentencing-guidelines/?cxntfid=blogs_bob_barr_blogHere is proof that the usual suspects are out of control nuts.Former Congressman Bob Barr is also on the Rubashkin legal defense team. But he is not jumping out to scream anti-Semitism and other nonsense that makes the judge and the goyim angry.He writes a reasonably argued piece here that there is a problem with Federal sentencing guidelines.No need to act like meshugoyim in the manner of Nat Lewin, Chabad, Pinny Lipschutz, OU, Agudah, etc
Remember Rubashkin's "farbrengen" when he got out on bail initially? It=======================================Yup, I think that got the feds all worked up. Every baby knows that if you get in a situation with thye fed yiu just play low and try to work something out. If you want to celebrate do it with your family and friends but do not broadcast it over the internet.It is Rubashkin arrogance and defiance that got him into trouble.
The federal prosecutors didn’t pursue the immigration charges against Rubashkin because they didn’t want to waste government resources on a second trial once they’d already managed to convict him of 86 counts of fraud. Not because of some Obaman conspiracy to thwart immigration law (a majority of the illegal immigrants who were arrested in the raid were deported–they just dropped charges against Rubashkin for his role in the immigration violations).There are probably thousands of other crimes Rubashkin could be tried for as well: perjury, obstruction of justice, Social Security fraud, tax fraud, etc. But it’s not worth wasting taxpayer-funded resources to do so because it’s clear to everyone that the severity of his sentence stems in large part from the fact that he committed all kinds of bad acts above and beyond the 86 of which he was convicted, and that sends a strong message to business owners everywhere that they will be punished if they engage in massive corruption.As for whether Rubashkin is a good guy, he may very well be warm and fuzzy and outwardly pious in person. I’ve heard Madoff was pretty nice, too. But Rubashkin either perpetrated or chose to be willfully ignorant of extraordinary injustices committed against workers (including children), animals, banks, the principles of kashrut and the reputation of Jews in general, and there is nothing righteous about that.There also is nothing pious in constantly invoking your religion as a defense. As a Jew who grew up in Iowa, I find it deeply offensive that this man (who did more to perpetuate bad stereotypes of Jews than anyone in the history of the State of Iowa) asked to have his trial moved to another state because he didn’t think an Iowa jury could be impartial. The judge granted his request, and yet the Chabad PR machine continued to malign her as anti-semitic. So it shouldn’t be a shock or surprise that when he asked for a downward departure in his sentence from the federal guidelines because he stole not out of material self-interest, but out of “religious obligation” to his family and kosher-keeping Jewish carnivores in general, the judge (correctly, from my perspective) smacked down that argument and gave him a lengthy sentence instead.I admire the unabated optimism of those Lubavitchers and I understand the desire to stick up for one of their (our?) own. But I think it’s disgusting that so many of his supporters seem to think his case is an example of discrimination against Jews, or that it was somehow Judaism itself that was on trial rather than Mr. Rubashkin. If anything, this trial was about the utter contempt Mr. Rubashkin demonstrated for the non-Jewish world (including Guatemalans, animals and the entire American legal system). And that is why many of us find it very hard to have any sympathy for Mr. Rubashkin, no matter how harsh his sentence may seem.
"The 27-year prison term will hit hard for Rubashkin, who at age 51 called the term a life sentence. In trial testimony, he’s admitted, “I made mistakes, a lot of them,” and apologized to the community."I don't quite understand the above.Almost all the Rubashkin bashers trumpet that one of the greatest transgressions is a lack of any sort of contrition by Rubashkin.On the other hand one of these bashers posting above says clearly that Rubashkin said “I made mistakes, a lot of them,” and apologized to the community." Am I missing something here?
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=179698Neither ethnic nor prejudiceBy AVI SHAFRAN 06/27/2010 22:39 The haredi parents were championing their rights to educate their children as they saw fit. They, if anyone,are the Martin Luther Kings here. The High Court assumed the Bull Connor role.
http://www.chabad.info/index.php?url=article_en&id=19369Tzach in Israel has just launched its new website focusing on Moshiach only days after Aguch officially opened their site on the very same topic.The necessity of another official site is not fully understood, especially considering that a similar site was just introduced which serves to explain the same issues.Nevertheless, one representative of the site explained that the more discussion there is on these important topics, the better.”That’s what the Rebbe wanted.”Therefore, all the sites are welcomed on the internet, so long as they fulfill of the mission bestowed upon us. That is, to bring Moshiach now.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/nyregion/26kruger.htmlFederal investigators are examining whether Senator Carl Kruger, one of the State Legislature’s most powerful members, sought campaign contributions in exchange for political favors, according to court filings and people briefed on the case.Mr. Kruger, a Democrat from Brooklyn who has amassed the Senate’s largest campaign account, declined to comment on the investigation.But a Senate Democratic spokesman confirmed Friday that the F.B.I. and the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn were reviewing allegations that Mr. Kruger helped businessmen with bureaucratic hurdles, with the expectation that they would hold fund-raisers for him.One of Mr. Kruger’s campaign donors, Michael Levitis, who is suspected of serving as an intermediary between the senator and those seeking favors, has been arrested in the case and accused of lying to investigators.
"Remember Rubashkin's "farbrengen" when he got out on bail initially? It was a big chilul Hashem of a party that infuriated the goyim who watched the internet upload of Lubies gulping down gallons of Mountain Dew."Here we go again.This time it's "Lubies" instead of "Lubavs", but of course no malice towards Lubavitch is intended by the above. The entire post and "descriptive" rhetoric about the "Lubies" are in reality just "terms of endearment" What would make the reader think that there is some good old fashioned bigotry going on here?
"But I think it’s disgusting that so many of his supporters seem to think his case is an example of discrimination against Jews, or that it was somehow Judaism itself that was on trial..."No " Lubavitch was (and still is on trial) according to some of the more "intelligent" posters here,which I feel is truly "disgusting".
http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/97368269.htmlI don't know if Itche Meyer Greenwald will be able to keep catering at the Berkeley Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park.City Council is voting on July 7th to turn a block of beach at 8th Ave into a nude beach.The hotel is either right there or half a block away at 7th Ave. You can easily see for more than that.
arthur sure knows his priorities.there are major klal issues with the rubashkin chilul hashem but he can't stop focusing on every derivative of lubavitch and if it's insulting to shorten the name
R' Arthur,I went on the record - URGING him to cop a plea! I e-mailed people close to him with vital information that I was privy to - URGING them to URGE him to take the government's deal.I got "smart-ass" replies. (Joe Biden quote)ALL the organizations, including my friend Pinny, are guilty of taking the position they took, and "helping" SMR to "LIFE" in jail! Lubavitch included!
'Baaaaaa said...Look how easy it is to get Arthur's goat"You look and sound like a prime candidate to join the "flock".
Relative to his crimes, his level of contrition was weak.
Rubashkin's "apology" was a farce.He was saying only that he was ill equipped to handle a large operation, but continues to deny he did anything illegal that he is charged with.As a matter of fact, he pleaded not guilty to every single charge.C'mon Arthur. Enough already with your spin.
I REMEMBER MYSELF AS AN INNOCENT 15 YEAR OLD CHAREDI KID GOING FROM CHAREDI YESHIVA TO CHAREDI YESHIVA IN BROOKLYN AND NOT BEING ADMITTED TO ANY OF THEM. I WAS NEVER A BAD KID, IN FACT VERY OFTEN I WAS AT THE TOP OF MY CLASS BUT MY FATHER WAS A SHNORRER, HE NEVER HAD A LOT OF MONEY, HIS SOCIAL SKILLS WEREN'T GREAT ETC. THE FACT THAT I AM UNCHARACTERISTICALLY DARK SKINNED FOR AN ASHKENAZI MAY HAVE ALSO PLAYED A ROLE. YOU CANNOT IMAGINE THE HUMILIATION AND DEEP PAIN A YOUNG BOY FEELS WHEN HE IS REJECTED FROM A YESHIVA. THIS LEAVES LIFE LONG SCARS. I REMEMBER THOSE YESHIVAS THAT DIDNT EVEN GIVE ME A SECOND LOOK, LET ALONE TRY TO HELP ME FIND AN ALTERNATIVE YESHIVA. TORAH VODAAS, MESIFTA OF LAKEWOOD, FRANKELS YESHIVA-VIELIPOLI, AND YESHIVA OF BROOKLYN. I OFTEN WISH THAT ALL THESE YESHIVAS WERE BLOWN TO BITS IN A LARGE EXPLOSION AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THOSE YESHIVAS DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH. I WILL NEVER FORGIVE SEKULA (ytv), MANDEL (YOB), fRANKEL, OR BURSTYN (MESIFTA LAKEWOOD).
Shmarya is indeed bent out of shape that the Washington Post's Newsweek Magazine named Yehuda Krinsky the most influential rabbi in America.After he spends a few paragraphs attacking Krinsky as a do-nothing nobody, he expresses his outrage that "Rabba" Hurwitz, the woman at Avi Weiss's shul is only #36 instead of taking Krinsky's spot.
Reb UOJI have no quibble with your above assessment.What "does get my Goat" is the overt hatred towards Lubavitch exhibited by some posters to whom this is not so much a Rubashkin problem as an opportunity to deride Lubavitch.In addition, as time goes by the Litany of Rubashkin's crimes grows on a daily basis.Many of these new "crimes" are so ludicrous and far fetched that I wonder about the sanity of the accusers.
Margo's lawyer Avi Moskowitz criticized Rubashkin as a convicted criminal on the Zev Brenner show the other night.You can bet that he will refuse to acknowledge that Kolko is a convicted criminal in the lawsuit against YTT.
There is merit to the criticism of Arthur's stance on Rubashkin.As has been noted on Yudel's blog, rabbonim are starting to tell people to avoid eating food with KSA hashgocho for similar reasons.There is an upmach in Chabad that they always back their own. KSA relies on Chabad shluchim all over the place to act as their mashgichim. Many Chabad shluchim are big am haaratzim who are completely unreliable as mashgichim. A number of these KSA mashgichim have been turned down when seeking employment with the OU and other big hashgochos.When rabbonim initially thought it would be ok to eat from KSA, they were basing it on the founder Rabbi Lisbon being a talmid chochom and a reliable person. They underestimated what lengths Chabad goes to to support their own kind.
Chitrik is the front for Rubashkin's Tevye's Ranch / Stonehill.And the Sfardishe Chetrits are accused by readers in the comments of all kinds of criminal activity.http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/isaac-chetrit-cousin-of-joseph-chetrit-looks-to-buy-315-west-35th-street-senior-debt-from-aaron-chitrikIsaac Chetrit, the cousin of real estate investor Joseph Chetrit, is negotiating a deal to buy the senior debt at 315 West 35th Street, a 14-story office building that is being marketed for residential conversion, according to sources familiar with the transaction. The talks comes less than two months after Chicago-based Wrightwood Capital filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to foreclose on the building's $13.5 million debt, following a default by investor Aaron Chitrik, who owns the property. Chitrik, a diamond merchant and head of Manhattan-based Citra Trading, originally bought the property in 2006 for $16.2 million. He planned to convert the office tower into a 57-unit residential space with 5,000 square feet of retail, however fell into legal trouble with several lawsuits and an economic downturn that hurt the market for residential conversions. In addition to the loan default, Chitrik had a $1.7 million personal guarantee on the loan.
An Open Letter To The Community I was Raised In: The Time Has Come Yes my dear chareidy friends. The time has come for us - the chareidy community - to wake up and realize that we are being kept hostage under the iron grip of a few people that we wouldn't think twice to kill them. These people dictate our community to dance according to their rhythm and the vast majority of us are firmly enslaved under the vicious rule of a handful of extremists.No, don't take me wrong. I'm not talking about our "Gedolim" Chas VeShalom. I'm talking about the people our gedolim are afraid of, the ones who cause our gedolim to be afraid og changing.No. I'm not your neighborhood blasphemer, who ridicules all gedolim and is on his way "off the dererch". No. That's totally not me. I'm a regular "chasidishe yingerman" who lives in America's Jerusalem aka Williamsburgh, Brooklyn NY, who eats chulent dutifully every weekend, and wears that nice tall rabbit-fur hat. But, thanks God, under that rabbit-fur hat, I was granted a brain that possess reasonable amounts of logic, and in order to utilize what God gave me, I used that brain to think about Life and what it's all about, and came to the 'shocking' realization that we, meaning the chareidy community at large, are wasting our lives.Yes. I know that the gedolim are smarter, brighter, more knowledgeable (you fill in the rest) than we are, and if they decided that sending all our boys to yeshiva and not to collage is the way to go, than it is without doubt the best thing you can do for your children. But give it a moment of thought. Are we really being led on the right path? Is our system really surpassing all other? Is the decision by our gedolim not to learn secular studies in yeshivos, a decision made after clearly thinking over the matter and considering both options equally, or is it just a blind continuation of what used to be, with the brilliant argument that "if that's what our ancestors of yesteryear considered as the right way, it surely still applies to us"?I'm not trying to say that our gedolim of the previous generation were wrong. Quite the opposite. In my opinion, this is what the Orthodox Jewry needed right after WWII to be able to survive.If the yeshiva system wouldn't have been instigated right from the start, orthodoxy would've faded into oblivion. The attempts of Rav Kook, to merge two worlds has partially failed as is evident by the large amount of Datlashim (A whooping 1/4 according to one source).So it's understsnable why others, like the Chazon Ish and Briske Rav in Israel and Satmar Rav in the U.S., insisted on sticking to pure torah study in yeshivos, and were against Orthodox Jews joining the army ranks.But, my friends, the time has come. We are immunised enough, and we are ready to face the world. Nothing would happen if we start getting normal education for our kids. Nothing will happen if those who do not belong in kolel go out to work. The level of observance won't change. If anything, it will only be enhanced. We will start producing our own doctors, lawyers, everything that every normal community is producing.Nothing will happen, my dear chareidy colleagues, if we would start filling up the ranks of Nachal Chareidy instead of loitering in yeshiva hallways wasting our time and life. nothing will happen if we start working instead of travelling to the U.S. for schnorring purposes. Now, my dear chareidy friend, I know that you're going to impulsively reject what I told you, because that's how you - and I - were raised. We are constantly getting the message that we have to believe everything and everyone, otherwise we are going straight to hell. But please allow yourself to 'cheat' just this once, because this is a matter of whether you are going to waste your life or not. Truth being said, the odds are that YOUR life has already been wasted by your parents. But you can still save your children.
http://www.easternconsolidated.com/team.php?users_id=10053I wonder if my pal Arthur knows about this.Us guys at Eastern Consolidated have been sniffing out all these defaults and chapping arein. We are selling Aron Chitrik's defaulted buildings and we are also doing Uri Foxbrunner's.It was interesting that Foxbrunner was called a YTT guy here last week as he only lasted there about a month in 9th grade.
NEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it has filed civil fraud charges against and won a court order freezing the assets of a Virgin Islands money manager who ran a $105.9 million Ponzi scheme.According to a complaint filed in federal court in Chicago, Daniel Spitzer raised the sum from about 400 investors who were told their money would be invested mainly in foreign currency.Investors with Spitzer's companies, including Kenzie Financial Management Inc, were told that Spitzer's funds never lost money, and in one year generated a 184 percent return.Instead, the SEC said Spitzer used only about $30 million for investments. It said he used $71.9 million to pay earlier investors, used additional sums to cover business expenses, and diverted some money to support an "extravagant lifestyle" that included more than $900,000 of cash expenses at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino between March 2006 and October 2009.
Shmarya only complains about us Lubavitchers in the Twin Cities.http://www.twincities.com/ci_15401151?source=most_viewedTwo more men filed lawsuits today against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, alleging a former Hastings priest sexually abused them when they were in grade school, their attorney said.
"I wonder if my pal Arthur knows about this."No I don't but thanks anyway. You've made my day.I couldn't wait for a juicy piece of "news" like this.Wow.The vindictiveness and ugly hate expressed by some out there, really strengthens my premise that there is a underlying bigotry and insanity by some of the bloggers here.Disagree with any of their rantings and they come out with their guns a blazing against me or anything remotely connected with Lubavitch.What a wonderful joy it is to have a "meaningful" and "intelligent" discussion with these muck raker's and their twisted mentality.Keep it coming guys.At times some of these individuals begin to make sense but then show their true agenda.My father A"H used to tell the story of this guy who visits an asylum for the insane and gets into a discussion with one of the inmates.After having a sane and intelligent discussion he scratches his head in perplexity.Why has this guy been committed to the asylum? He does notice one peculiarity however.During their lengthy discussion the inmate had remained standing without sitting down once.He questions the inmate about this to which the inmate replies with vehemence."Vos teich.Ich hob doch ah glezenem tochus".loosely translated, "my butt is made out of glass".I rest my case. Thank G-d there are some truly concerned and sane individuals that post,such as Steve and some others, that are a breath of fresh air compared to these loonies.
Arthur,Why do you deem it necessary to answer every silly post that jokingly mentions your name?
In both the Meshichist & non-Meshichist factions of Lubavitch, there are those who refuse to eat Rubashkin's meat for kashrus reasons. They hold that Rubashkin is not to be trusted. And they know their own better than outsiders.
"Arthur,Why do you deem it necessary to answer every silly post that jokingly mentions your name?"Your right.Whoops. Iv'e just done it again.
Judge Lance Ito made a putz out of himself during the OJ Simpson trial.
UOJ was the first one to publicize that I am a putz thief.Rabbonim were still inviting me to sing in their shuls even after my thievery became public knowledge.http://dnainfo.com/20100629/washington-heights-inwood/puported-rabbi-singer-gets-prison-for-stealing-from-washington-heights-womanMANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A singer and purported rabbi who claimed to have the stardom of Michael Jackson in Israel was sentenced to one to three years prison on Tuesday for stealing $36,000 from a Washington Heights woman.Michoel Streicher, 50, scammed the money from his victim — a fellow Orthodox Jew — by promising he would invest it in a coveted Torah scroll, which he said he would acquire through his connections in Israel.Instead, Streicher took the money and ignored demands from the victim, Judy Burstein, and her family to return it.Burstein said she intended to give the Torah to her now deceased husband, who was ill and unable to leave the house to worship.Streicher was found guilty of grand larceny and harassment at trial. When he testified he described himself as a major music celebrity overseas."It wasn't fifty thousand it was only a few — they exaggerated," Streicher allegedly said when he was arrested on Feb. 17, 2008, according to court documents."I've got mafia, I've got guns. You don't want to mess with me."At his sentencing Tuesday, Streicher's lawyer Eric Franz, asked for a reduced sentence of only six months, with probation to follow.But the Manhattan Supreme Court Judge said Streicher should have to pay for the stress and agony he caused Burstein's family.The funds were not returned until Tuesday, when Streicher handed over a check to prosecutors in court. Burstein's son, Yehuda, 34, said his mother is very relieved that the ordeal is over. Outside the courthouse, Franz defended Streicher's questionable status as a member of the Orthodox clergy. The lawyer said Streicher is a trained rabbi, but does not have his own congregation.
http://media.israel-music.com/images/44441209.jpgWill UOJ add this picture to his rogue gallery now?
http://www.baisnaftoli.com/streicherpesach2010.pdfYou should have heard Streicher sing by my shul in Los Angeles this past Pesach!
http://dintorah.net/beit-din-los-angeles.phpAnd vos halt UOJ that I am advertising my beis din as the proper venue to deal with child molesters?(Don't laugh that I am touting my 3.8 "grade point average" from Lakewood)
(Don't laugh that I am touting my 3.8 "grade point average" from Lakewood) *Never go to a dayan or a rav with less than a 4.0 avg. from Lakewood!
part 2Religious organizations generally have a free hand in expelling members as they see fit, but must be careful how they do it, said Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, an expert on matters of religion and law.“The internal workings of clergy organizations are beyond the scrutiny of the court,” said Stern. But he added that leveling a specific charge of illegal conduct against an individual in the process of severing ties to him could open the organization to legal action.“Clergy are not exempt from slander suits or defamation,” said Stern. “In general, one of the reasons for throwing people out or taking action against a member of the clergy is to alert members of the faith that X’s conduct is not acceptable and they need to be aware.”Rabbi Bryks did not respond to two messages left at his home or to e-mails sent via his blog and Facebook.Rabbi Schonfeld said Rabbi Bryks was never involved in any kashrut certification work, a key function of the Vaad, and never held any leadership positions in the organization. In 2008, he was reported in the Jewish Star of Long Island to be acting as an advocate on behalf of a woman trying to obtain a religious divorce, with a notation that he was a Vaad member.Rabbi Bryks’ resignation from the RCA after 25 years of membership came at the same time the group, at its annual convention, adopted policies and procedures to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct, The Jewish Week reported at the time. But the rabbi told the council’s leadership then that the resignation should in no way be taken as admission of wrongdoing. Since he was no longer working in Jewish education, he did not need to belong to a national rabbinical council, Rabbi Hershel Billet, then the council’s immediate past president, quoted Rabbi Bryks as saying then.A Denver native, Rabbi Bryks, as principal of the Torah Academy in Winnipeg was found in 1988 to have tickled and hugged some students but denied more serious charges of sexual molestation, according to press reports. While the more serious charges were not substantiated by an investigation by Winnipeg social workers, the substantiated contact was deemed inappropriate and the Winnipeg Child and Family Services agency recommended that the school adopt guidelines against such behavior. The school has since closed.In 1993, after Rabbi Bryks had moved to New York, a former student in Winnipeg accused him of having fondled him at the school when the student was 8, but prosecutors reportedly declined to press charges, citing lack of corroboration. When the boy, Daniel Leven, at age 17, was asked to re-record a statement he had given earlier, he committed suicide.
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/accused_pedophile_resign_queens_rabbinical_boardA Queens rabbi who has been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse against children, but never charged with a crime, has reached a negotiated agreement to leave the Rabbinical Board of Queens in the fall, The Jewish Week has learned.Rabbi Ephraim Bryks, who was investigated by police in Winnipeg, Canada, on suspicion of inappropriate contact with children at a yeshiva where he was principal, resigned from the Orthodox Union’s Rabbinical Council of America in 2003 without admitting any wrongdoing. Sources told The Jewish Week that the Queens board, known as the Vaad Harabonim, had long sought to have Rabbi Bryks removed as allegations against him persisted but was advised by lawyers that doing so was complicated because there has been no formal legal or halachic proceeding against him. Rabbi Bryks has been a member of the Vaad since the early ‘90s.Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, co-president of the Vaad, would tell The Jewish Week only that “we reached an agreement with an individual that will take full effect in October.”The October date, coming at the start of the new Jewish year, appears to coincide with the time when membership renewals are considered.The board’s other president, Rabbi Richard Weiss, declined to comment and would not confirm or deny that the person involved in the agreement was Rabbi Bryks.Last June, the same Vaad ordered Queens Pita, a bakery that it certifies kosher, to terminate the ownership interest of a man, Isaac Ebstein, who had pled guilty to abuse charges involving a 10-year-old boy. The bakery’s co-owner reportedly complied in order to maintain the kosher certification.Rabbi Bryks has held leadership positions at two Queens yeshivas, but left for unspecified reasons. He now makes his living as a mortgage broker, has a blog seeking to field questions on halachic issues and is said to involve himself in marriage counseling, advocacy for women seeking religious divorces and in a rabbinical court, the Queens Beth Din, which he convenes with other rabbis.Asher Lipner, a clinical psychologist who counsels sex abuse victims and, in a Jewish Week op-ed last week accused the Vaad of Queens of “protecting one of their own,” without mentioning Rabbi Bryks by name, said the Vaad had a responsibility to publicize the circumstances of Rabbi Bryks’ departure from the Vaad if it has to do with the past allegations.“If the agreement was due to some other reason that is personal and does not affect the community and they are not telling anyone, that is fine with me,” said Lipner. “But if the reason the agreement was reached is because they suspect him of being a danger to the community, it’s their responsibility to let people know why they reached that agreement in order that he doesn’t join another organization.“They gave a heksher and made this rabbi kosher,” Lipner continued. “If they are removing their heksher, they have to tell people he is not kosher. If they don’t, it leads to more people getting hurt.”
http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2010/06/speaking-lashon-harah-about-rabbis-to.htmlRabbeinu Yonah(Mishlei 24:28): Don’t be a gratuitous witness of your fellow man – ...This principle is stated in Berachos (19a), If you see a talmid chachom sinning at night, do not suspect of him of sinning anymore by the day because he will surely have repented by then. Since he has the reputation of a person who is fearful of sinning and he is upset and regrets that his lust overcame him. However if the talmid chachom is in fact a wicked person who is mistakenly thought by the people to be righteous – he is not only to be criticized to those who know how to keep quiet – but in fact it is a mitzva to publicize his deeds until they are well known to the public. That is because severe harm occurs when wicked people are honored because he will turn many away from the proper path and denigrate the honor of the righteous and encourages sinning. There is in fact profanation of G‑d’s name by honoring the wicked because some people will be aware of the sins the wicked do and will concluded that there is nothing wrong with sinning and that it doesn’t lower one’s stature (Yoma 86b)…
http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/local/manhattan/mj_of_jewish_music_gets_year_in_rLMh8f3TOsg7NWDjV5hHLNWhat's with this latest meshugass that when a heimishe ganev gets caught he taynas mental illness?First Rubashkin & now Michoel Streicher.
My talmid Rav Michoel Streicher was taught by the best!
Michoel Streicher IS mentally ill. Anyone who has seen him in the last 5-10 years can attest to that fact. He would sleep in BMGs bais medrash when he came to Lakewood. Not sure if that netted him a 3.8 GPA, though...;-)
The background here is that Hershey Friedman refuses to pay the old tax debts owed by Rubashkin. The County placed a lien on the company and held an auction where no one placed a bid so ownership goes to the government who will then unload it for peanuts.Very smart not to bid at auction. That way you can pick up Agri from the County for $6000.http://www.waukonstandard.com/main.asp?SectionID=24&SubSectionID=103&ArticleID=49260County Treasurer Lori Hesse presented the Board with two tax certificates for parcels owned by SHF Holdings, LLC, owner of the Agri Star kosher meat processing facility in Postville. The tax certificates had been offered at public auction last week, but as there were no bids, the County retained the tax certificates. TF Twenty-one, LLC purchased the two certificates from the County following the sale for $6,579 and may begin the process to redeem the certificates for the deeds to the parcels in nine months.Under other matters, Allamakee County Sheriff Tim Heiderscheit informed the Board that the County would be receiving a bill from the City of Cedar Rapids for housing former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin during his recent trial for state labor law violations. Heiderscheit said that the federal government should be billed, not Allamakee County, as Rubashkin was in federal custody during the trial and that Allamakee County was only responsible for transportation and security during the trial. Heiderscheit said that he had sent a letter of objection to the bill and the Board promised to sign a letter echoing his concerns.http://www.sos.state.ia.us/search/corp/(S(c1oqpz55afduacqhz5m0h2i2))/corp_summary.aspxThe new owner, if Friedman doesn't block him in court, seems to be a goy who may not want a kosher operationTF TWENTY-ONE CCSB, L.L.C.TRISTAN FRANK520 43RD STDES MOINES, IA, 50312Tristan Frank comes up in court filings as a vulture capitalist who buys all kinds of real estate at tax lien auctions.http://des-loines.blogspot.com/He is also the food critic for the Des Moines Register known by the (pen?) name Tyrgyzistan who is on a binge to fress every pork tenderloin in Iowa to see which one is tastiest.
Tristan Frank & his wife also own PRIMO ACQUISITIONS I, L.L.C.Could they be fronting for the Rubashkin family?The Iowa Attorney General came after them for mortgage fraud.http://www.mortgagefraudblog.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/iowa_attorney_general_files_civil_lawsuit_alleging_mortgage_fraud/The Iowa Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit in Polk County District Court alleging that John J. Davis; Christine Frank; Primo Acquisitions I, LLC; Data International, Inc.; Tax 216; Tax Acquisitions Xtrordinaire, LC; and 3624 South Union, LLC (all companies and partnerships of Davis and Frank) committed fraud in the sale of homes in the Des Moines, Iowa area and the associated mortgages. The lawsuit alleges consumer fraud and ongoing criminal conduct. It asks the Court to permanently prohibit the defendants from further violations, order the defendants to make restitution to consumers, and assess a civil penalty up to $40,000 per violation of the Consumer Fraud Act. The ongoing criminal conduct allegations allow the State to seek treble damages and other relief.“We allege the defendants repeatedly sold homes at highly-inflated prices to first-time buyers with average or below-average credit scores, and that they engaged in fraud to induce the mortgage company to make the loans,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said.Both home buyers and the mortgage company were harmed by the practices, he said. The lawsuit spells out nine cases of fraud victims who bought homes from Davis and Frank. All the loans cited ended in foreclosure, harming the buyers and their credit histories, and harming the mortgage companies because the value of the properties is substantially less than the respective loans.“Davis and Frank and their various business entities invested in properties in Polk County, and then they took steps to arrange loans for buyers,” Miller said. ”The first problem we allege is that the properties were sold to buyers at highly-inflated prices. Second, the defendants deceived and defrauded the mortgage company into making the mortgage loans.”http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=126579The AG moved to bar Frank's wife & shutfim from any real estate transactions in the State which is why the Agri takeover is in Frank's name himself.http://www.dmgov.org/mayor_council/agendas/2006_as/030606/BDH1C.pdfThe Frank company buying Agri for $6000 is based at an address that was condemned by the City of Des Moines for being a hazardous structure and public menace to health & safety with broken plumbing and rotting walls.
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/accused_pedophile_resign_queens_rabbinical_boardRabbi Bryks resigning from the Queens Vaad under a cloud of charges.The founder of the despicable Jews for Yoshke, Moishe Ronen (mach shmo) claimed that he was married by Rabbi Lejzor Bryks in the 1950s in Denver, Colorado. Rabbi Lejzor Bryks is the father of alleged pedophile Rabbi Ephraim Bryks and father-in-law of Paysach Krohn (protector of his brother-in-law and convicted pedophile Rabbi Lewis/Lipa Brenner, Rabbi Ephraim Bryks' father-in-law, Krohn is also on the Queens Vaad).In an article a few years ago, Ronen wrote about coming to Rabbi Bryks senior to discuss his wife's "budding faith in Yoshke".Boy, why am I suprised that a ganav like Rabbi Lejzor Bryks (who killed himself in 1971 after being caught stealing from insurance clients) wasn't able to instill in them Emunas Hashem.see: http://www.jfjonline.org/pub/newsletters/1996-04/resurrection.htm ... I talked to a rabbi before I became a believer in Jesus-but not for myself, you understand. I wanted him to help me dissuade my Jewish wife from her budding faith in Yoshke. I chose Rabbi Brycks, the man who had officiated at our wedding. He was an Orthodox rabbi, good natured, easy to talk to - I liked him ...http://ftp.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/502/502.F2d.1344.73-1963.htmlCase re: Rabbi Lejzor Bryks (Cite as: 502 F.2d 1344) Merritt Victor GILMORE and Rose L. Gilmore, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. CONSTITUTION LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant-Appellant. No. 73-1963. United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Argued July 11, 1974. Decided Sept. 12, 1974, Rehearing Denied Oct. 2, 1974.
Excellent work by Rubashkin fresser.Where's Archie Bunker when you need him? Shmarya is always a day late and a dollar short on reporting. And that's if he's not busy chasing ghosts about secular organizations being part of some global Charedi conspiracy.
Sh'koach Fresser - Keep it up!
Stay tuned for new & emerging details on a wide reaching scandal that OU Kashrus is trying to cover up in relation to last week's report on shechita with non-frum shochtim under Dokter Rabbiner Seth Mandell.Despite that Mandell is a Harvard Phd in linguistics, he is going to need a lot of help in explaining himself.He is certainly on the hot seat internally for embarrassing the OU the way he did.http://david-elliot.blogspot.com/All this is separate from the allegations being made this week against Wise / David Elliot Poultry by a Lubavitcher in California.
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/accused_pedophile_resign_queens_rabbinical_boardIt comes as no surprise that the Queens Vaad's Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss refuses to comment to the Jewish Week on the resignation of child molester Ephraim Bryks from the Vaad.Rabbi Weiss is hosting a BBQ this weekend with Rabbi Faskowitz. Faskowitz is a Bryks mechutan who resigned mit a gantze oomph from the RCA to protest their censure of his cousin Mordechai Tendler.We can see that Rabbi Weiss would want to avoid Faskowitz's wrath.
part 2There is another problem at David Elliot. Some of the Shochtim daven in a modern orthodox shul which has a non-kosher Mechitza (clear transparent glass). The CHK sent them warning letters but they ignored the warnings. Can you imagine? One of them was also seen publicly flirting with teen-age girls. The CHK knows about it, the OU knows about it, yet, he is still there. The mother of one of the girls caught him kissing her daughter. One of these girls was seen entering this Shoichet's home at night when the Shoichet's wife was out of town. Did you enjoy eating the chicken that he shechted the next day? There is a good reason why this Shoichet is still there. The rumor in town is that he was smart enough to borrow the down payment for his home from his employer. Now you and I are stuck eating the holy elevated Neveilos that he produces.The CHK Rabbonim rarely visit David Elliot - maybe once a year. When they do visit, they get a nicely orchestrated show in slow motion. They don't have an independent Mashgiach there. They have no clue how faulty the Shchita is.The OU has a local Rav who visits David Elliot about twice a month. The owner of David Elliot is the president of this Rav's shul. This Rav's salary is paid predominantly by the owner of David Elliot. Such a Rav cannot be too honest with his supervision, or else his Parnassa will be at risk. This Rav looks only for the most lax standards of Kashrus and never stops to observe the Shchita operation itself. This Rav said publicly that Treif meat is Botel BeRoiv. According to this standard, if two chicken in a mixed batch are Kosher and one is a Neveila - everything is passed as Kosher. The problem is that this may be relied upon only when it happens rarely by accident AND the person to whom it happens knows about it and is willing to eat the doubtful chicken in order to avoid a financial loss. This rule is NOT a mechanism for a business owner to increase his profits ON THE BACK OF HIS CUSTOMERS EATING THE NEVEILOS.Besides, at David Elliot, it is more likely that two and maybe all three of any batch of three chicken are Neveilos Shechted jointly with a goy. When I buy David Elliot chicken how do I know that I am not getting the Neveilos in the batch? Somebody has to get it. If I don't get it, then you get it. Would you buy a chicken if you knew that it is most likely a Neveila? 33% a Neveila?The only person who acts as a Rav Machshir at the plant, is one of the Shoichtim who was appointed by the owner of David Elliot to act as a Rav Machshir under the owner's command. This Rav Machshir reports to and gets his salary from David Elliot - NOT from the OU and NOT from the CHK. This Rav Machshir's job is to "kosherize" everything and to approve of the Shoichtim's performance, in accordance with the owner's instructions. One flagrant example involves a Shoichet who consistently produced one Neveila after another at very high speed, to the point that the other Shoichtim almost revolted. At first, the Rav HaMachshir showed this Shoichet how bad his Shchita is. Then, the owner interfered, and the Rav HaMachshir allowed it to continue as if nothing happened.They are dominated by the local Litvisher community and Rabbonim. Their standards are so low, that even the Litvishers don't trust them any more. Some of them probably DELIGHT ON THE IDEA OF FEEDING NEVEILOS TO LUBAVITCHERS. Their standards are so low, that even a Shoichet who was caught kissing a teen-age girl and brought a girl to his home at night is acceptable to them. Many of the local Litvisher Yeshiva people and many in Lakewood and Monsey stopped eating David Elliot chicken a long time ago. They don't trust their Kashrus. This explains why David Elliot sales are down so much. The remaining Shoichtim now work there only three or four half-days a week, and they keep their mouth shut.We made many phone calls to verify everything in here. Now it's your turn to protect your family and friends.
http://david-elliot.blogspot.com/After months of research, we discovered that David Elliot chicken are no longer 100% Kosher. They were probably never 100% Kosher. The Litvishers have known it for years. How come we, Lubavitchers, didn't know it?Moshe Dvorkin, CaliforniaFor many years we were used to taking the Kashrus of David-Elliot chicken for granted. My grandparents ate it; my parents ate it; and they never asked questions. What we did not know is that David Elliot is the only place in the world where the Shchita is done while a Goy moves the chicken against the knife held by the Shoichet. To increase speed and productivity, a Goy moves the chicken during the Shchita operation and is not allowed to stop for the Shoichet to do the Shcita properly. This turns the Goy into a partner shoichet. Joint Shchita with a goy is 100% Treif. You might as well buy goyishe treif chicken in the supermarket. If a Shoichet asks the Goy at David Elliot to stop moving for a few seconds, the Goy complains to the owner that the work is slowing down. The owner always sides with the Goy and gives a warning to the Shoichet.In all other Shchita plants in the world the chicken must be held steady without motion during the Shchita. Only at David Elliot the Chicken is moved by a goy during the Shchita, to save time.One of the Lubavitcher Shoichtim recently left the plant because he could not agree with the faulty Shchita practices. Another Lubavitcher Shoichet who opened his mouth and said that such a Shchita is not kosher, was fired after receiving a few warnings. The owner then tried various threats to blackmail the Shoichet into signing a false resignation letter to make it look as if he resigned on his own. Then, he tried to blackmail him into signing a general release of liability in exchange for $1. One of the Jewish workers at the plant managed to take a picture of this release paper (It appears that the fired Shoichet did not sign it). The Hebrew/Arameic text on this paper shows that a Rav (probably the Rav of the owner's shul) was an accomplice to this blackmail attempt.To see a sharper image, click on the image.The owner of David Elliot blackmailed the Shoichet by trying to sabotage his unemployment benefits, but the unemployment office rejected the employer's arguments. If they were to have a valid cause against the Shoichet, they wouldn't need to try to blackmail him into signing false documents, and the unemployment office would not have rejected their arguments.To see a sharper image, click on the image.In this "Notice Of Determination", item #2 shows that the employer accused the fired Shoichet of "unsatisfactory work performance". This is the employer's interpretation of the Shoichet's desire to perform the Shchita correctly, while the goy is holding the chicken steady.The remaining Shoichtim now keep their mouth shut for fear of loosing their jobs. They will never admit that they are accomplices to such treif shchita. The news spread around and the company can no longer attract American Shoichtim. The latest Shoichtim they hired are foreign illegal workers who certainly have to keep their mouth shut. (The owner knows very well that they are illegal - just like in another famous Shchita plant where most of the workers were illegal. The owner also knows that about half of the Mexicans working for him are illegal, with forged Social Security Cards. Every time the Mexicans hear a rumor that the FBI is about to raid their plant, about half of them don't show up to work. Those who don't show up are the illegal ones.)The owner of David Elliot is not a Lubavitcher. He does not wear a hat and jacket when he davens. He also constantly talks about how he hates the CHK (Crown Heights Kosher) and wants to get rid of them. Kashrus is a second priority to him. The first priority is speed and profits. He was not even embarrassed to tell his friends in Shul that a guest from Monsey who ate at his home, would not eat the chicken he served him!
http://women.iowa.gov/latest_news/releases/oct_2006/Davis%20--%20John%20Davis%2010-5-06%20PETITION.pdfIt looks like Rubashkin Fresser is on to something big here.The appraisers working with Frank are also bad news. One of the them was arrested for theft & forgery and the other one had her license revoked.
For a minute I got excited that Lejzor's Bryks's defense attorney was Kenneth Starr. I was wondering if the Agudah held a pidyon shvuyim fundraiser or if little Pinny Lipschutz held a drive at the cheder he was in back in 1971 to pay for a huge retainer.It turns out that it is not Kenneth Starr who was Whitewater prosecutor and not the Kenneth Starr from the ponzi scheme who was arrested a month ago. It is a 3rd Kenneth Starr.
There may be some value to reading Shmarya's blog lately after all.This is pretty funny but it seems that the Neturei Karta screwball Yisruel Duvid Weiss has just discovered Failed Messiah. Someone posting in his name and who sounds an awful lot like him is egging on Shmarya, who is taking the bait and butting heads.Shmarya has just however threatened to boot him for posting under the second screen name of Nuch shlepper.
Reb UOJDo you have any information on the veracity of the David Elliot posts?
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/24096873/detail.htmlBOSTON -- A rabbi who once taught schoolchildren in Brookline was accused of assaulting a child in Brighton more than 30 years ago, bringing the number of his alleged victims to three.Stanley Levitt, 64, of Philadelphia, was arraigned Wednesday on one charge of indecent assault and battery on a child, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. It is the fifth such indictment currently pending against him in Suffolk County.Levitt was indicted late last year on four counts of the same offense representing offenses he allegedly committed upon two other boys. The latest victim came forward after viewing media reports of the prior cases, according to Assistant District Attorney Wayne Margolis.Margolis said that the alleged abuse took place during the 1975-1976 academic year, when the victim was a student at the Maimonides School in Brookline.Levitt, who lived on Chiswick Road in Brighton, taught at that school from 1974 to 1977. He left Massachusetts at some point thereafter, eventually making his way to Philadelphia."The victim recalls that he was invited with several other boys to attend a sleepover and study session at the defendant’s home," Margolis said. "The defendant instructed all the boys to shower before going to bed. When the victim exited the shower, the defendant was standing there with a towel and said he needed to towel the defendant off."It was at that point that Levitt allegedly assaulted the boy, Margolis said.Margolis led the grand jury investigation that resulted in the most recent indictment and the four that preceded it. Last year's indictments allege that Levitt went to visit one injured student in a Boston hospital and sexually assaulted him and that he assaulted a different boy three times during the course of a weekend visit to Levitt's home while the boy's parents were out of town. Those alleged incidents took place in 1975. All of the victims were about 11 years old.
http://www.aim.org/podcast/take-aim-rabbi-nesenoff-on-helen-thomas/David Nesenoff has given Accuracy in Media the most detailed account yet of how his encounter with veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas caused him to reevaluate not only his view of the media, but of the White House and President Obama.Nesenoff is a self-described liberal Democrat who used to think Obama should be given a chance to change U.S. foreign policy for the better. Now he worries about the existence of the state of Israel.He says he is increasingly troubled by the failure of Obama to speak forcefully about the right of Israel to exist, at a time when some of the country's neighbors are more determined than ever to destroy it.The entire interview can be heard here, or you can read the full transcript.
http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/30/2858869/attorney-sues-catholic-church.htmlA Sacramento attorney is trying an unusual tactic in the ongoing litigation over clergy sexual abuse: He is suing California Catholic Church leaders for fraud and negligence.Joseph George has filed two suits claiming church leaders acted fraudulently by allowing priests to continue to serve after their alleged crimes were reported.In the past, attorneys representing victims – including George – have sued for sexual misconduct or battery. The fraud suits are believed to be the first of their kind in the state.George said the suits are based on the church not doing what the church leaders promised."These guys did what their church encouraged them to do – they reported the abuse and they were told that these priests were going to be removed. They weren't," said George. "They were duped."George filed suit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles last week. He also filed a suit alleging fraud in April in Fresno.A judge there is expected to decide soon if the case can move forward. The Associated Press reports similar fraud cases have been filed in other states.If the suits are successful, George believes they will open the doors for similar claims. The attorney said he has represented more than 70 victims alleging sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the past 20 years.
I have no independent information on the David Elliot posts.
The Brenners (including Bryks' wife Yochevad), Krohns and Bryks have protected Bryks' father-in-law Rabbi Yomtov Lipa (Lewis) Brenner, who is a convicted AND CONFESSED pedophile for decades. Lipa had been charged with 14 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child arising from sexual contact with the same youth whom he met in the bathroom of Lipa's shul that they both attended. The sexual contact was alleged to have been committed over a three-year period until October 1995, when the then 15-year-old told authorities. Lipa agreed to plead guilty to one count of sodomy in the third degree, a Class E felony, in exchange for a sentence of five years' probation. He was represented by one of Rabbi Baruch Lanner's lawyers, Marvin E. Schechter, as the Rabbis know which lawyers to go to get the deals. Both Lanner and Brenner are not currently in any public sex abuse registry.Rabbi Paysach Krohn has the nerve to write in Around The Magid's Table about how great an educator convicted AND CONFESSED pedophile Lipa (Lewis) Brenner is. Krohn ran a shabbaton for girls with Bryks a year or two ago.Bryks' wife Yochevad and his eldest daughter Elisheva Chana Wollner were trustees at Bryks' last school in NY.The Brenner, Bryks and Krohn families are enablers of the worst sort.Bryks' other daughter is married to Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz's son. Faskowitz resigned publicly from the RCA in support of his relative Tendler who was removed from the RCA
Ephraim Bryks is a thug and a bully who only threatens. What happened to his lawsuits against CNN and CBC? He lost or abandoned them. Its all just a ploy to quiet matters up so he can move on and continue his activities.The RCA was prepared to investigate the allegations him so what did he do? He resigned so they couldn't.Numerous women and children have come forward over the years.Shine a light on him, shout the truth what does he do?Threaten lawsuits and then runs.He can't answer the allegations concerning his credentials. He boasted he had a degree of law from the state of Israel, that he sat as a member of a religious court in Israel, and had a court room. All a lie.Bryks plagiarized several articles in his Weekly Torah commentaries from a book by Ottawa Rabbi Bulka's called Torah Therapy. Theft. When caught what did he do? He threatened the local Jewish newspaper with a lawsuit if the letter were published.The allegations against him involve numerous children and women and are more extensive then what is found in the Jewish Week article.The more light that is shone on Bryks, his brother in law Paysach Krohn, Brenner and their enablers, the better.
What's wrong with plagiarizing articles?When I have been caught doing that, my employers at the Jewish Press simply remove the article from the website without apologizing to anyone.
There is no question that Bryks is only getting the heave-ho now thanks to pressure behind the scenes from JBAC and the relentless blogger criticism against the Queens Vaad from UOJ, R' Yudel Shain & Vicky Polin.Some Queens Vaad goons were even posting on R' Yudel's website trying to fight back. Because the narrow minded Chaim Schwartz is believed to be involved in the Queens Vaad counter-attacks, he ignored UOJ & Vicky because he doesn't think that anyone yeshivish is reading those sites. But Chaim Schwartz is a just a stooge for the more modern rabbis.Bryks is still running the Queens Vaad hachnosas kallah gemach as noted on their website. And he is still a gun for hire in dirty divorce cases, sometimes in partnership with Belsky.
Filed at 4:48 a.m. ETTOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday about 270,000 cars sold worldwide -- including luxury Lexus sedans -- have potentially faulty engines, the latest quality lapse to hit the automaker following massive global recalls of top-selling models.Toyota said last week it will recall 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids after testing showed that fuel can spill during a rear-end crash.
Subbing For R' Both Versions:"Toyota said last week it will recall 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids after testing showed that fuel can spill during a rear-end crash".* A Bas Kol went out that Beis Din Shel Maala will demand a cheshbon from the "hybrids" (Part behaima - very small part human) from all that let the blood of Jewish children be spilled while they sat on their rear ends!UOJ
http://yudelstake.blogspot.com/2010/07/somerset-development-ralph-zucker-v.htmlLakewood's Ralph Zucker is suing Google to find out who spoke about him on Yudel's blog.
I think Yudel is only noting that my front man Ralph Zucker is after a commenter on the Clean Lakewood blog, although Ralphie doesn't rule out coming after his critics on Yudelstake either.
Hey, let's pump another $50 billion into the domestic loser car companies!http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/business/02autos.html?hpG.M. Posts a Decline in Monthly Sales
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Sex-complaint-against-Gore-is-detailed_-credible-97329474.htmlSex complaint against Gore is detailed, credibleBy: Byron York Chief Political CorrespondentJune 29, 2010
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/slick-elena-kagan-evades-questions-on-abortion-memo-97490439.htmlSlick Elena? Kagan evades questions on abortion memoBy: Byron YorkChief Political Correspondent06/30/10Before the Senate Judiciary Committee a short time ago, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appeared reluctant to admit that she wrote a 1996 Clinton White House memo aimed at altering a key medical group’s opinion of whether partial birth abortion is medically necessary. The memo, reported yesterday by National Review, has caused a stir in conservative circles because it appeared that Kagan, then a White House policy aide, put words in the medical group’s mouth in order to soften its position on the controversial procedure. But when Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch brought the subject up with Kagan, he had a hard time getting her to admit that she did, in fact, write the document in question.“Did you write that memo?” Hatch asked.“Senator, with respect,” Kagan began, “I don’t think that that’s what happened — ”“Did you write that memo?”“I’m sorry — the memo which is?”“The memo that caused them to go back to the language of ‘medically necessary,’ which was the big issue to begin with — ”“Yes, well, I’ve seen the document — ”“But did you write it?”“The document is certainly in my handwriting.”Although Kagan later explained her thinking in the memo — she said she was only trying to help the medical group express its true opinion — and it was clear that she did write the memo, she looked slippery in her attempt to avoid openly admitting that she did so. That won’t sit well with skeptical senators.
WASHINGTON (AP) FBI seized $10,000 in new $100 bills from New Jersey safe deposit box of spy defendants.*Pocket change for the Kotlers, Reuvein Feinstein, Lipa Margulies.
"http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=180058"Those darn Lubavitcher "spineisters" must be working overtime.
Opinion: An Open Letter to Seminary Girls - Etiquette in Geulah Part one By Yeshiva GuyIn a tradition dating back to the opening of the doors of the first seminary way back when in the fifties, the second week of Elul is host to an ingathering of exiles, so to speak. I refer to the yearly migration of those known colloquially as “Sem Girls,” otherwise known as our holy seminary sisters. Yes, every year around this time they invade Geulah. They take Malchei Yisroel and transform it from the once sleepy Yerushlayimer shopping and food center it was into a yearlong virtual sleepover. Somehow, the Ribono Shel Olam has seen fit to force us, yeshiva guys, and them to co-exist in the same space. And like many other things in life, this is something I don’t understand, yet I accept it. But I do have some things I want to get off of my chest…Every year, we moan and groan about these issues. We go on the same diatribes, vent recurrently to ourselves, and wish things were different. Well, this year I’m determined to change all that. So below find some of the many things that you do to frustrate us. Kindly take note and refrain from doing so.Don’t:-Talk loudly on your pelephones about nothing. If you must do so, at least make sure to, slowly and clearly, enunciating every syllable, list off your fathers’ bank accounts so that I, too, can enjoy unlimited cakes from Moishy’s Bakery
Wear Crocs in public. This is not cool, and does not fit in with the bas melech image your teachers will be attempting to teach you over the next year.-Daven Minchah on the street because shkiah “just…happened” and you have no place to daven. Either watch your watch, like we do, or don’t daven. As much as it may pain you to learn this, females are not bound by time-related mitzvos.-Loudly barter with the shopkeeper as if he were deaf in your Americanized Harry-ess Ivrit that you think you’re proficient in. You’re not. Either learn and speak the language with the local accent, or stick with the English you don’t know. Trust me, the locals understand your English better than your Ivrit.-Feel the need to litter the entire Yerushalayim with the yellow/purple/clear plastic/paper cups that you just got from Fro-Yo or Sam’s or Mitzei Uri. It’s nice that you enjoy them. It’s wonderful that you’re supporting local merchants and all, but really, what about recycling?-Rave about Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky’s shiur last night that is definitely, positively, OMG, OMG, gonna change your life. We all know it won’t. And if it really was such a life changer, you wouldn’t still be sipping that Mitz Pri as you stroll down Yechezkel. People don’t eat/drink in the street. Not even sem girls. -Feel like you have to go to the Machlis’, the Blind Couple, and every other chavayah during your stay here. You can still be Jewish without going to those people. I know, because I still am.-Use the default ringer on your Disposa-phone that came with your seminary’s suggested student plan. Hashem gave you kids all that creativity and individuality to be able to create all those plays and singa-thons and dances and whatever. Express it. If I hear that la-di-dah-di-dah one more time, I may just…-Feel obligated to take over Sam’s Bagels between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. every afternoon. How about just ordering your food and taking it back to your dorm, huh? I’ll arrange for the teenaged Israeli shibob with the knockoff UnderArmour spray shirt to give you an oversized bag so everyone will know you went…M’kay?-Be scared to take Arab taxis. Your seminary giveret is bluffing you. The story about the girls who took one once and…yeah. It never happened. Sorry, I know Israel is much more exciting that way, but…-Buy leather-bound Tehillims/siddurim for all of your cousins/aunts/uncles. That creativity thing? Again, demonstrate.-And finally,under no circumstances are you to enter Pitzuchei Moshiach. PM is a male-only establishment. Aside from the narrow aisle issue, PM is just…well…sacred. Don’t defile it. Go to any one of the other fine nut houses.So welcome to our town. Geulah is our turf. You can have Har Nof, Sortozkin, Minchas Yitzchak, Ramat Eshkol, and the other shechunos. But Geulah is our turf. We own it.So adios, and see ya back in America.Yeshiva Guy
Part twoDaven Minchah on the street because shkiah “just…happened” and you have no place to daven. Either watch your watch, like we do, or don’t daven. As much as it may pain you to learn this, females are not bound by time-related mitzvos.-Loudly barter with the shopkeeper as if he were deaf in your Americanized Harry-ess Ivrit that you think you’re proficient in. You’re not. Either learn and speak the language with the local accent, or stick with the English you don’t know. Trust me, the locals understand your English better than your Ivrit.-Rave about Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky’s shiur last night that is definitely, positively, OMG, OMG, gonna change your life. We all know it won’t. And if it really was such a life changer, you wouldn’t still be sipping that Mitz Pri as you stroll down Yechezkel. People don’t eat/drink in the street. Not even sem girls. -Feel like you have to go to the Machlis’, the Blind Couple, and every other chavayah during your stay here. You can still be Jewish without going to those people. I know, because I still am.-Use the default ringer on your Disposa-phone that came with your seminary’s suggested student plan. Hashem gave you kids all that creativity and individuality to be able to create all those plays and singa-thons and dances and whatever. Express it. If I hear that la-di-dah-di-dah one more time, I may just…-Feel obligated to take over Sam’s Bagels between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. every afternoon. How about just ordering your food and taking it back to your dorm, huh? I’ll arrange for the teenaged Israeli shibob with the knockoff UnderArmour spray shirt to give you an oversized bag so everyone will know you went…M’kay?-Be scared to take Arab taxis. Your seminary giveret is bluffing you. The story about the girls who took one once and…yeah. It never happened. Sorry, I know Israel is much more exciting that way, but…-Buy leather-bound Tehillims/siddurim for all of your cousins/aunts/uncles. That creativity thing? Again, demonstrate.-And finally,under no circumstances are you to enter Pitzuchei Moshiach. PM is a male-only establishment. Aside from the narrow aisle issue, PM is just…well…sacred. Don’t defile it. Go to any one of the other fine nut houses.So welcome to our town. Geulah is our turf. You can have Har Nof, Sortozkin, Minchas Yitzchak, Ramat Eshkol, and the other shechunos. But Geulah is our turf. We own it.So adios, and see ya back in America.Yeshiva Guy"
Having trouble getting part two to post.Will try later.I just know your slavering with anticipation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/education/02schools.htmlIn Blow to Bloomberg, City Must Keep 19 Failing Schools OpenA state appellate court ruled unanimously on Thursday that New York City must keep open 19 schools it wanted to close for poor performanceThe New York chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. sued the city
http://www.communitym.com/article.asp?article_id=100967Hazeet! The latest treif meat scandal in Brooklyn.
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/07/01/cuomo-gay-marriage-will-be-a-priority-in-2011/Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that, if elected governor this fall, he would push to legalize gay marriage in New York during his first year in office.
A former resident of Forest Hills and Flushing this week remained a fugitive of justice wanted in connection with a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. According to the FBI, a federal arrest warrant for real estate broker Orit Tuil, 39, was issued on June 16. She’s believed to be living in her native Israel. Tuil resided in the borough “from ’07 to ’09... but she may have been there from ’02,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said. She is married and has two young children. According to authorities, Tuil allegedly tricked people who were in foreclosure into transferring the deeds to their houses to her. She would then obtain mortgages and sell the property to straw buyers, who portray themselves to be legitimate purchasers but actually collude with a broker in a scam. The scheme attempted to obtain more than $1.6 million in mortgage loans on three properties in Brooklyn and Queens. Tuil has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
What an ugly facehttp://www.lohud.com/print/article/20100701/NEWS03/7010398/Monsey-man-charged-with-attacking-couple-inside-their-homeMONSEY — A 34-year-old local businessman has been charged with forcing his way into a Kaufman Court home and assaulting the couple living there, Ramapo police said.Jacob Wagschal, owner of JW Developers on Sunrise Drive in Monsey, faces a hearing in Ramapo Justice Court on the morning of July 15.Ramapo police charged Wagschal with felony counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted assault, and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.An argument over a parking issue apparently caused a confrontation between Wagschal and a family living on Kaufman Court, said Detective Sgt. John Lynch, a spokesman for the police department.The arresting officer reported the possibility of alcohol consumption, Lynch said, reading from a police report.Wagschal, whose family once ran the Hygena Lake housing complex and also is involved in housing construction, is accused of forcing his way into a Kaufman Court house at 1:53 p.m. June 19, Lynch said.The male homeowner told police that Wagschal was carrying a cane and hit him in the face, and then punched him several times in the chest, Lynch said.Wagschal is then accused of shoving the man's wife.Ramapo Justice Arnold Etelson set Wagschal's bail at $1,000 pending the July court appearance and issued an order of protection prohibiting Wagschal from going near the couple.Wagschal gave authorities an address of 1 Sunrise Drive, the same address as his business. No one answered the telephone at the business this afternoon.
J Street is supporting me & other traitorous Jewish politicians for helping Obama throw Israel under the bus.http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/07/01/2739888/j-street-expects-to-raise-1-million-for-candidatesWASHINGTON (JTA) -- J Street's political action committee has raised $650,000 so far for this year's elections and is backing a slate of 61 candidates, including 10 Jewish lawmakers.A statement Thursday from the lobby's PAC said that it expected to raise $1 million this cycle.Among Jewish candidates, J Street added to its endorsees two longstanding lawmakers: Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East subcommittee, and Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.).
http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2010/06/analyzing-rubashkin-sentence.html?showComment=1277260920104#c1606277554340667533Last week came the news that OU head of shechita Dokter Rabbiner Seth Mandel is overseeing shochtim who eat treif or are not otherwise shomrei Torah umitzvos.I asked a rov to look into this. A rather grouchy OU official beat up on the poor rov for doing his duty. The OU official is demanding the rov "apologize" for getting one minor detail wrong while the OU is being secretive and downplaying the huge scandal that this is. (While the OU official assails the rov for "character assassination" of Seth Mandel, a NJ paper reported on Wed. that the OU official's son was indicted by a grand jury for witness tampering on behalf of Kolko. Trying to protect the integrity of kashrus is an avlah but harassing a child sex abuse victim and his family is not?)Seth Mandel, YCT shochet Andy Kastner, admitted treif eating shochet Naftali Hanau, Conservative shochet Shalom Kantor & Hanau's Lubavitcher shechita rebbe Yehuda Benchemhoun have been hanging out together & shechting at Hazon conferences since at least 2007. Kantor has been shechting with both Kastner and Hanau. Has Seth Mandel ever shechted with Kantor?.http://jcarrot.org/interview-with-devora-kimmelman-block-about-the-kosher-organic-meat-project-at-dcs-tuv-haaretz#comment-1814The owner of OU certified KOL Foods says here that she uses Kantor as a shochet.http://www.zevsfund.org/news/20071221JewishStar-page1&3.pdfHere is Seth Mandel in 2007 at a Hazon event at Adamah / Isabella Friedman Center in CT where Hanau was an official at the time. I wonder if the OU is aware that he told the crowd, while speaking as an OU official, that all commercial shechita is "inhumane". The Eco / Vegan people on hand were shocked by the admission.The OU official farentfered to the rov that they all met bederech mikreh in 2009 and that an impromptu decision was made that Seth Mandel would act only as the bodek sakinim.http://jcarrot.org/transforming-kosher-meat-in-america-from-the-food-conferenceTo imply that Seth Mandel merely picked the shochtim by chance goes against what he himself preaches on this video clip about the background research required before approving any shochet. Unless that is Seth Mandel KNEW the shochtim are not religious according to orthodox halachic standards and simply doesn't care.I am dan lekaf zechus however that Seth Mandel didn't mean to touch Mrs. Kimmelman-Block's hand when he passes the microphone.(Two other items of note in this video is Seth Mandel's statement that he found safety violations every time he stepped foot in Rubashkin's plant and Conservative Rabbi Morris Allen's claim that he conspired with Lubavitcher Rabbi Zeilengold to flood the Minnesota market with Rubashkin's non-glatt meat)
Speaking of treif meat in Flatbush, did anyone get to the bottom of Applegrad getting chicken from his mechutan Moish Finkel and if the YTT kitchen was kashered?
http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2010/06/analyzing-rubashkin-sentence.htmlLast week came the news in comment section here that OU head of shechita Dokter Rabbiner Seth Mandel is overseeing shochtim who eat treif or are not otherwise shomrei Torah umitzvos.I asked a rov to look into this. A rather grouchy OU official beat up on the poor rov for doing his duty. The OU official is demanding the rov "apologize" for getting one minor detail wrong while the OU is being secretive and downplaying the huge scandal that this is. (While the OU official assails the rov for "character assassination" of Seth Mandel, a NJ paper reported on Wed. that the OU official's son was indicted by a grand jury for witness tampering on behalf of Kolko. Trying to protect the integrity of kashrus is an avlah but harassing a child sex abuse victim and his family is not?)Seth Mandel, YCT shochet Andy Kastner, admitted treif eating shochet Naftali Hanau, Conservative shochet Shalom Kantor & Hanau's Lubavitcher shechita rebbe Yehuda Benchemhoun have been hanging out together & shechting at Hazon conferences since at least 2007. Kantor has been shechting with both Kastner and Hanau. Has Seth Mandel ever shechted with Kantor?.http://jcarrot.org/interview-with-devora-kimmelman-block-about-the-kosher-organic-meat-project-at-dcs-tuv-haaretzThe owner of OU certified KOL Foods says in a comment here that she uses Kantor as a shochet.
http://www.zevsfund.org/news/20071221JewishStar-page1&3.pdfHere is Seth Mandel in 2007 at a Hazon event at Adamah / Isabella Friedman Center in CT where Hanau was an official at the time. I wonder if the OU is aware that he told the crowd, while speaking as an OU official, that all commercial shechita is "inhumane". The Eco / Vegan people on hand were shocked by the admission.The OU official farentfered to the rov that they all met bederech mikreh in 2009 and that an impromptu decision was made that Seth Mandel would act only as the bodek sakinim.http://jcarrot.org/transforming-kosher-meat-in-america-from-the-food-conferenceTo imply that Seth Mandel merely picked the shochtim by chance goes against what he himself preaches on this video clip about the background research required before approving any shochet. Unless that is Seth Mandel KNEW the shochtim are not religious according to orthodox halachic standards and simply doesn't care.I am dan lekaf zechus however that Seth Mandel didn't mean to touch Mrs. Kimmelman-Block's hand when he passes the microphone.(Two other items of note in this video is Seth Mandel's statement that he found safety violations every time he stepped foot in Rubashkin's plant and Conservative Rabbi Morris Allen's claim that he conspired with Lubavitcher Rabbi Zeilengold to flood the Minnesota market with Rubashkin's non-glatt meat)
This next article indicates that since at least 2008, these guys have flown in specifically to shecht and that Seth Mandel has a larger role:http://jta.org/news/article/2008/12/30/1001877/what-kind-of-meat-do-jewish-food-activists-eatAndy Kastner, a rabbinical student at New York’s Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, had flown in to act as the shochet.Rabbi Seth Mandel, whose day job is supervising kosher slaughterhouses for the Orthodox Union, was on hand to check the lungs and intestines for signs of disease or damageMandel had been to a number of similar field slaughters and said he’s a big fan of alternative kosher meat productions like Kol Foods run by Devora Kimelman-Block out of Silver Spring, Md(Her husband is Conservative rabbi Jason Kimmelman-Block and Kol Foods' West Coast division is run by a fellow married to a woman Conservative rabbi)http://climateofchange.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/meet-the-meat-local-organic-and-kosher-converge/Then we gathered around Andy Kastner, the shochet.Jim (a goy) held the Turkey. Andy said the blessing, gently extended the animal’s neck and with two swift back and forth strokes severed its trachea and main arteries. (Did the goy help Kastner move the bird against the knife?)Rabbi Seth Mandel, the Chief Kashrut Supervisor of the Orthodox Union opened up the body cavity. He removed the intestines, checked them for cuts or lesions, and then examined a lung for signs of disease. “Fine, healthy animal,” he pronounced of the free range, barley-fed bird. Next the turkey was soaked in cold water, salted inside and out, then rinsed, and placed in a polythene bag that was signed with Rabbi Mandel’s seal of kosher certification, and placed in an icebox.http://forward.com/articles/129026/June 28, 2010This July, Hanau’s (the shochet who admits eating treif) company, Grow and Behold Foods, will launch a line of kosher, pasture-raised chicken to be sold in New York and New Jersey; beef is slated to be available shortly thereafter. “There has been particular growth within the industry for niche markets like organic and natural beef,” said Rabbi Seth Mandel, a rabbinic coordinator at the OU and an adviser to Hanau.http://david-elliot.blogspot.com/This chicken is processed at David Elliot under the OU which is alleged to have some serious kashrus problems as outlined here.
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JWB says:Miles Esterson is a monster. We must ensure his photo and name are publicized so that on his release he cannot prey within our community.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Miles+Esterson&btnG=Google+Searchhttp://www.hasmonean.co.uk/Hasmonean High School is a centre of educational excellence serving the Orthodox Jewish Community of North-West London. It is one of the best performing comprehensive schools in the country.http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/33413/ex-hasmo-boy-jailed-child-sex-assaultsEx-Hasmo boy jailed for child sex assaultsTHE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE June 24, 2010Former Hasmonean pupil has been jailed in the US for five years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting children.Miles Esterson, 28, was arrested in July in Florida, along with convicted sex offender, 45-year-old Jerry Wiley.Esterson, who worked at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree until 2008 and lived in Finchley, north west London, was found guilty earlier this month of performing sex acts on three boys under the age of 12 over the past two years.Wiley, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Esterson, a computer expert, had met Wiley, who ran a computer business, online.Esterson pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious conduct, a lesser charge that had been reduced from capital sex battery.The boys, who were three brothers ranging from five to 11 years old, told investigators that the men, who were friends with their father, had molested them while on trips to Disney World and Sea World.According to a search-warrant issued by Detective Chris Loyko, of the Lake County Sheriff's office, the children had been threatened to remain silent but one of the boys broke his silence when he returned home from visiting his father.Esterson admitted that he paid for admission, travel, hotel rooms and other theme-park expenses for the boys and their father, and had taken them shopping.
We contacted UOJ earlier about a tape recording of Bryks.There are actually 2 tape recordings. The reason why we haveen't sent them yet is because a Bocharian rabbi asked the woman who possessed them if he could listen to them. He kept shlepping on returning them and finally said he "lost" them.If you believe that, there is a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.The rabbi could be trying to shield Rabbi Nisanov, the head of the Charedi Bocharian faction and a past Queens Vaad president who is protecting Bryks. When someone asks Nisanov about Bryks he reportedly calls him a "tzaddik".Luckily, there are originals still in existence and we hope to have copies soon.
Who was arrested for helping Kolko?
The poor guy was probably framed by you homophobe orthodox Jews.http://epgn.com/view/full_story/8111342/article-Weiss-pleads-guilty-to-tax-fraud-chargesLocal gay bar owner Michael Weiss pleaded guilty this week to federal tax-fraud charges.
JWB says:More evidence of the Queens Vaad Bryks cover-up:The Queen's Vaad promotes a Mikva on its official website that is run by Bryks out of his home address. The Queens Vaad misleads the public and has obscured Bryks' role by placing the name of another Rabbi on the listing and removing the precise address. A simple search reveals the truth, the address for the Mikva is the same as Bryks' home address. The Queens Vaad has obscured the control of the mikva not because they want Bryks out of the Vaad or don't want to be associated with him but only because they have protected him for years in this manner by obscuring the truth, his connection to the Vaad and the undisputable facts that they promote his mikva located in Bryks' home on its website and that Bryks is a member of the Queens Vaad. Those are the facts.Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks has a mikvah operated out of his home: see: http://www.queensvaad.org/mikvah/ Name: Mikvah of Kew Gardens http://www.google.com/search?sa=X&oi=fwp&pb=f&q=%22(718)+849-0065%22+ny and http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&pb=f&q=%22ephraim+bryks%22+ny&pb=f Reverse search the phone number for the mikva on the Queens website. Same address as Bryks. The alternate telephone number for the mikvah found at http://www.ccfnewyork.com/mikvhe.html is Bryks' personal phone number.Here's another listing for the mikva that shows Bryks' address:http://www.chossonandkallah.com/new-york/jewish-wedding/Mikvah.html1) In 2004 the Mikvah Of Kew Gardens was shown at Bryks' home address:http://web.archive.org/web/20040616164632/http://www.queensvaad.org/mikvah/2) After posts on this blog and others in recent years concerning this mikvah, the Vaad obscured the location of the mikvah to protect Brykshttp://www.queensvaad.org/mikvah/
YTT protects reputation of Kolko lemaan Hatorah.http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/burglar-uses-crucifix-to-break-into-church-donation-781929.htmlBurglar uses crucifix to break into church donation box
Something is wrong with Blogger. It keeps showing that posts are not accepted when they are.
Someone pretending to help abused children so she can steal from themhttp://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2010/07/02/news/local/doc4c2d94b34aa13788821877.txtLas Vegas Metro police officers arrested the former director of Sarah’s House in Kingman Tuesday on a felony warrant for fraud and forgery.The warrant charges Ivy Ann Minnie, 46, with four counts of forgery, one count of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes, Kingman police Lt. Rusty Cooper said.Minnie was the executive director of the Sarah’s House Child & Family Advocacy Center in Kingman for about a year. She was wanted in connection with an investigation by the Kingman Police Department that began on Dec. 8, 2009.During 2009, the executive board of Sarah’s House found that Minnie allegedly made questionable charges during the previous year, leading to her resignation as executive director. After she resigned, the executive board found additional charges and expenses that were not authorized and appeared to be for Minnie’s personal expenses, Cooper said.
The UOJ Blog is under attack by various hackers. So far so good.
Bryks recently sold the house with the mikva and moved into a new mansion he built across the street.He has plenty of money from all the dopes who use him as their mortgage broker and from the shakedown business he has on the side with Belsky.Then there is the $82 million that his father in law Lipa Brenner stole but was allowed to keep in a secret deal with Charlie Hynes.
What's interesting is that the same thing happening on UOJ is also happening by Rabbi Shain & Eidensohn.There are plenty of people who are angry about being exposed on these 3 blogs.
Better than yeshivos that don't pay anythingBy myFOXla.com Web StaffSacramento - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday ordered about 200,000 state workers to be paid the federal minimum wage this month because the state Legislature has not passed a budget.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2010-04-23-ubs-client-tax-evader-sentenced_N.htmMIAMI — A tax evader was sentenced Friday to 10 months in federal prison after claiming his Jewish parents' experience fleeing the Nazi Holocaust drove him to compulsively hide more than $10 million in secret accounts at Swiss bank UBS and other offshore tax havens.U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan imposed the longest sentence to date for a UBS client against 65-year-old Jack Barouh, even after giving him credit for cooperating in the ongoing investigation and belatedly attempting to come clean with the Internal Revenue Service.Barouh pleaded guilty in February, the latest in a string of convictions won by the Justice Department after UBS last year admitted orchestrating tax evasion among rich U.S. clients and paid a $780 million fine. UBS also separately agreed to turn over more than 4,450 names of wealthy Americans suspected of dodging taxes through secret UBS accounts.Jordan noted that Barouh has sought psychiatric help for the Holocaust compulsion, which his attorney described as the desire to "hide and hoard" assets to guard against a potential repeat of the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews during World War II. After Barouh's family fled Austria, they settled in Bogota, Colombia, where Barouh was born."He and his family might lose everything, exactly as his parents risked everything in the 1940s," Jordan said in explaining the fear."I have lived under the weight of the Holocaust," Barouh told the judge. "Those fears are finally starting to subside."Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Neiman said criminal defendants invariably come up with some justification for their illegal actions — and that Barouh's Holocaust trauma is no excuse."It does not give this defendant a license to break the law," Neiman said. "Tax fraud is tax fraud."Barouh, of Golden Beach, founded the luxury brand Michele Watches, which he sold to Fossil Inc. for $50 million in 2004. But court documents show his effort to evade U.S. taxes started much earlier, in 1976, when he began skimming money from his company and stashing it in accounts in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Switzerland and Panama.Eventually, Barouh turned to UBS, where he had as much as $10 million in accounts not declared with the IRS as required. Neiman estimated the total tax loss to the U.S. at over $736,000 from 2002 to 2007, the period covered by the U.S. investigation. Barouh pleaded guilty to a charge of filing a false 2007 tax return.Although he faced up to 2 1/2 years in prison, prosecutors sought a reduction because he has provided extensive information about two Swiss money managers and one Swiss attorney. Neither was identified in court."The information he's provided, we are using," Neiman said. "It is ongoing."The 10-month sentence was half what prosecutors originally sought, but more than the one-year home detention Barouh requested. He also has paid more than $5 million in penalties for not reporting his overseas accounts and still owes back taxes, interest and penalties to the IRS, said his attorney, Robert Panoff. Barouh is scheduled to report to prison June 25.
part 2Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Neiman said criminal defendants invariably come up with some justification for their illegal actions — and that Barouh's Holocaust trauma is no excuse."It does not give this defendant a license to break the law," Neiman said. "Tax fraud is tax fraud."Barouh, of Golden Beach, founded the luxury brand Michele Watches, which he sold to Fossil Inc. for $50 million in 2004. But court documents show his effort to evade U.S. taxes started much earlier, in 1976, when he began skimming money from his company and stashing it in accounts in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Switzerland and Panama.Eventually, Barouh turned to UBS, where he had as much as $10 million in accounts not declared with the IRS as required. Neiman estimated the total tax loss to the U.S. at over $736,000 from 2002 to 2007, the period covered by the U.S. investigation. Barouh pleaded guilty to a charge of filing a false 2007 tax return.Although he faced up to 2 1/2 years in prison, prosecutors sought a reduction because he has provided extensive information about two Swiss money managers and one Swiss attorney. Neither was identified in court."The information he's provided, we are using," Neiman said. "It is ongoing."The 10-month sentence was half what prosecutors originally sought, but more than the one-year home detention Barouh requested. He also has paid more than $5 million in penalties for not reporting his overseas accounts and still owes back taxes, interest and penalties to the IRS, said his attorney, Robert Panoff. Barouh is scheduled to report to prison June 25.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2010-04-23-ubs-client-tax-evader-sentenced_N.htmMIAMI — A tax evader was sentenced Friday to 10 months in federal prison after claiming his Jewish parents' experience fleeing the Nazi Holocaust drove him to compulsively hide more than $10 million in secret accounts at Swiss bank UBS and other offshore tax havens.U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan imposed the longest sentence to date for a UBS client against 65-year-old Jack Barouh, even after giving him credit for cooperating in the ongoing investigation and belatedly attempting to come clean with the Internal Revenue Service.Barouh pleaded guilty in February, the latest in a string of convictions won by the Justice Department after UBS last year admitted orchestrating tax evasion among rich U.S. clients and paid a $780 million fine. UBS also separately agreed to turn over more than 4,450 names of wealthy Americans suspected of dodging taxes through secret UBS accounts.Jordan noted that Barouh has sought psychiatric help for the Holocaust compulsion, which his attorney described as the desire to "hide and hoard" assets to guard against a potential repeat of the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews during World War II. After Barouh's family fled Austria, they settled in Bogota, Colombia, where Barouh was born."He and his family might lose everything, exactly as his parents risked everything in the 1940s," Jordan said in explaining the fear."I have lived under the weight of the Holocaust," Barouh told the judge. "Those fears are finally starting to subside."
http://www.hazon.org/go.php?q=/food/conference/2010FLF/food_at_theFoodLeadershipForum.htmlHow does Seth Mandel eat at these conferences? Hazon has a mashgiach, but is he orthodox?http://www.hazon.org/food/conference/2008FC/ProgramSchedule.pdfStaff & presenters at Hazon include all kinds of "rabbis" from non-orthodox streams like Conservative, Reform & Renewal.Rabbi Seth Mandel even did a presentation together with Rabbi Steve Greenberg, the openly gay YU musmach who YU is afraid to revoke his semicha lest they be sued, and the Conservative Rabbi Morris Allen of "Hechsher Zedek":What are the laws of kashrut?Jacob Fine (moderator), SteveGreenberg, Seth Mandel, AriWeiss, Morris AllenAt least Seth Mandel didn't sit on the Hazon panel about the world being 13 billion years old.http://www.clal.org/sp154.htmlRabbi Steve Greenberg, Director of CLAL’s Diversity Project, was recently named the Scholar-in-Residence by Keshet and Hazon. Keshet’s mission is to ensure that Jews of all sexual persuasions are fully involved in the broader Jewish community(Keshet is actually a radically pro-toayvah Conservative group that thinks JTS has not gone far enough in ordaining openly gay rabbis)http://www.hazon.org/go.php?q=/food/conference/2009FC/theHazonFoodConference.htmlWe welcome those from across the spectrum of Jewish practice or knowledge, people from other religious backgrounds, and all gender identities and sexual orientations.http://www.hazon.org/go.php?q=/about/hazonPeople.htmlIs there ANY respectable orthodox rabbi associated with Hazon? Or just this big collection of non-orthodox windbags plus Seth Mandel?
http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/15/jon-kolko-designer-technology-future-design-10-frog.htmlJon Kolko is the associate creative director at Frog Design, a global innovation and design firm, and founder of the Austin Center for Design, a school devoted to using design as a means of social change.Kolko, 32, has worked with clients such as Ford, IBM ( IBM - news - people ) and Bristol-Myers Squibb ( BMY - news - people ) helping them work through business problems and technological constraints through design. "In specific, I solve problems for large companies," says Kolko, "in general, I slowly shift behavior in culture and society."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/inoakland/detail?&entry_id=67015City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan officially announced that she is running for mayor of Oakland in this year's November election.Kaplan herself has a rabbinical degree and is openly gay. If elected she would be Oakland's first openly gay mayor. Kaplan, also an MIT graduate and Stanford-educated lawyer, said that if she becomes mayor she is interested in creating economic opportunity
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/article_7090.shtmlThe Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Jews, Volume 2 Book ReviewBY ASHAHED M. MUHAMMADIn Chapter One titled “Blacks and Jews in the Jim Crow South,” the writers begin to outline the process by which slavery and White Supremacy became ironclad cultural realities. Throughout the book, it is shown that Jews in America consistently used the Talmud, their holy book of rabbinical wisdom, as an ideological tether as they sought to expand their cultural penetration and commercial presence.Researchers found that liens, sharecropping and the characteristics of the entire agricultural economy established in the South are found in the Talmudic texts—ostensibly acting as a business manual for the Jewish people. The success of its implementation led to explosive monetary growth, allowing them to graft themselves onto a host in order to become financially stronger in a symbiotic yet parasitic relationship to all those with whom they came into contact. Many Jews even obtained prominent political positions, detailed in the chapter “Jewish Political Power in the Apartheid South.”During a time of bloody and paralyzing violence in the South, led by the KKK, Jews erected ornate synagogues while holding interchangeable racial views and a deep bond of freemasonry, even participating in some of the anti-Black mob violence. Again, these are not opinions. The Nation of Islam, using reputable Jewish sources, compiled this information.The research has shown that even in areas where Jews were prominent religious and political leaders, violent attacks on Blacks still took place, without any words of condemnation recorded in the Jewish press. Some would find this to be quiet complicity, others may see this as tacit approval.
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1035114/anonymous-blogger-gets-subpoenaON FRIDAY, a New Jersey Superior Court judge quashed a subpoena seeking the identity of an anonymous blogger.Known only by the pseudonym "daTruthSquad" on Google's Blogspot service, the blogger was strongly critical of local government in Manalapan township.After the blog critic became especially outspoken about the township filing a malpractice lawsuit against its former city attorney, the township subpoenaed Google demanding that it divulge the blogger's identity, contact information, emails, blog drafts and "any and all information related to the blog."Manalapan's anonymous nemesis turned to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for legal representation. The EFF asked the township to withdraw the subpoena, terming it "frivolous" and unenforceable, an improper attempt to " unmask an anonymous speaker who was engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment." The township's lawyers told the EFF to complain to a judge.In late November, the EFF did just that, filing a motion to quash the subpoena.In a hearing Friday, Judge Terence Flynn granted the EFF's motion, ruling that the blogger has the right to anonymous speech under the First Amendment to the US Constitution."We're grateful that Judge Flynn upheld the First Amendment rights of our client and recognized that anonymous speakers should not be intimidated into silence through the discovery process," EFF Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman said in a statement. "Now 'daTruthSquad' can continue to discuss township business without fear of government reprisal."
Shaul Luban is the creep who was allegedly texting everyone in Lakewood asking them to pressure Kolko Jr's victims into dropping the charges. There are no words to describe such rishus. First of all, sending unsolicited and unwanted texts is an invasion of privacy. Secondly, the obvious attempt at obstruction of justice and the attempted protection of a sexual predator should put this loser in the slammer for at least five years. What went on in Boro Park with the attacks on Leibovits' victims left me fuming. What Luban did is a new low. His father at the OU was the one involved in the infamous Le Marais coverup. I guess he taught his son very well about coverups. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Molestation breeds molestaion and coverups breed coverups. It's about time to root out both cancers from our society. The prison system may be that cancer cure we're looking for.
My father Rabbi Yaakov Luban, rov of a shul in Highland Park, NJ, is pretty high up the OU chain of command.http://www.app.com/print/article/20100630/NEWS/6300356/Ex-Lakewood-camp-counselor-indicted-on-child-sex-assault-chargesA former camp counselor has been charged in an indictment with molesting a boy whom he met at a summer camp, and another Lakewood man has been charged with leading an effort to pressure the victim's father to drop the charges against the counselor.An Ocean County grand jury late last week handed up an indictment charging Yosef Kolko, 36, of Gefen Drive in Lakewood with aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment.The victim was between 11 and 12 years old when the alleged sexual abuse occurred in Lakewood between September 2007 and February 2009, the indictment stated.Kolko was working as a camp counselor at Yachad, a summer camp at the Yeshiva Bais Hatorah School on Swarthmore Avenue, when he met the victim, said Laura Pierro, an Ocean County prosecutor.Kolko previously had taught at the Yeshiva Orchos Chaim on Oberlin Avenue in Lakewood, officials have confirmed.Pierro said she believes Kolko is no longer affiliated with either facility.A separate indictment, also handed up by an Ocean County grand jury late last week, charges Shaul Luban, 30, of Twin Oaks Drive in Lakewood with witness tampering.That indictment stated on/or about Aug. 7, Luban engaged in conduct to induce a witness to withhold testimony in an investigation.Pierro alleged Luban was trying to rally members of the Orthodox community in Lakewood to embark on a telephone campaign to get the father of Kolko's victim to drop the charges. He sent text messages to people urging them to put pressure on the father, Pierro said, but one of the text messages was erroneously sent to a woman outside the Orthodox community, who notified authorities, Pierro said.Luban is free on $2,500 bail, posted in August. If he is convicted of witness tampering, he could face up to five years in prison.Kolko is free on $125,000 bail, posted July 20. He faces up to 60 years in prison if he is convicted of all the charges against him.
http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/06/28/queens/qns_vaad_harabonin_50th_anniversary_20100624.txt“The Vaad is a labor of love,” said Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, president of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. “The Vaad has been so much a part of growth, unity and beauty of Queens.”
http://wcbstv.com/topstories/mohammed.hameeduddin.muslim.2.1784710.htmlVoters in Teaneck have chosen the first Muslim mayor in Bergen County. And while he said his religion wasn't a factor, it's still a major mark of tolerance for a place with a huge Jewish population. Teaneck has 14 synagogues and lots of stores catering to the town's large Jewish population. And now they have a new mayor, Mohammed Hameeduddin, who is Muslim. "What's wrong with that?" asked resident Art Ekelchik.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_w3ipkL1Dd10/TC4CjuI90lI/AAAAAAAABaY/jorTE7cd7p0/s1600/Tranquility+bay+protest+5.jpgThey will have to file another lawsuit, this time against the paper company that made this tzettl.
Rabbi Luban also played a role in the lynching of the OU mashgiach at Montefiore hospital who spoke up about kashrus violations.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703426004575338991852947182.htmlThe Obama Tax Trap
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7093154.htmlIt has long been the stuff of drug-trafficking legend, but federal authorities announced on Saturday that they have helped seize the first known and fully operational submarine built by drug traffickers to smuggle tons of cocaine from South America toward the United States.The diesel-electric powered submarine was captured in an Ecuadorian jungle waterway leading to the Pacific Ocean, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.The sub, which is about 100 feet long and equipped with a periscope, was seized before its maiden voyage by Ecuadorian authorities armed with DEA intelligence.The discovery is seen by authorities as a game-changer in terms of the challenge it poses not only to fighting drugs but to national security as well."The submarine's nautical range, payload capacity, and quantum leap in stealth have raised the stakes for the counter-drug forces and the national security community alike," said DEA Andean Regional Director Jay Bergman.It is unclear how far the camouflage-painted submarine could have traveled, but it is believed to be sophisticated enough to cover thousands of miles — and certainly to make it to the North American coast.
(CNN) -- At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker flipped over and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government spokesman said Saturday.When oil began to spill from the overturned tanker, local residents attempted to collect the oil. One was smoking a cigarette, causing the tanker to explode, Omalanga said.The largest group of victims had been sitting in a bar near the accident site watching the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Brazil, he said.
Is there ever a time that Schonfeld opens his mouth that he is not being meshabeyech himself? This expression is also a falshkeit since it is the goyishe equivalent of saying you are doing a chesed shel emess. This from the Queens Vaad that digs up & throws yesomim from 1800s in the garbage so they can resell the burial plots to freye Russians for over $1 million a year in profit. They have been ignoring the written psak from Maran Rav Elyashev shlita for years now that they must stop and be mesaken whatever hashchossa they did.http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/06/28/queens/qns_vaad_harabonin_50th_anniversary_20100624.txt“The Vaad is a labor of love,” said Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, president of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. “The Vaad has been so much a part of growth, unity and beauty of Queens.”And it's good to know where the Vaad's real sympathies lay. This expression appears twice in the New Testament (Hebrews 6:10, Thessalonians 1:3), referring to those who do Yoshkie's work as a labor of love. [c. 1600] It's actually better that Schonfeld quotes from the Notzrim instead of from Tanach or Chazal. The Epistle to the Thessalonians was originally written by Paul (Shaul of Tarshish) who was one of the Perushim.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/giveaway_apts_now_tax_duds_k7iOD2LyCutw9qfAWjwSGL?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=Hundreds of buildings seized by the city for unpaid taxes and turned over to low-income tenants and nonprofit groups decades ago are now in default, leaving taxpayers on the hook for $100 million, according to city officials."It's just a huge ongoing problem," Mark Page, the city's budget director, conceded at a City Council hearing last week.He said the city is in a bind because it doesn't want the buildings back and hasn't had much luck collecting from poor tenants with limited assets."In theory, we could take the building because they haven't paid their taxes. But then what does that do for us?" he said. "It's full of tenants and then what do you do?"
A Roslyn, Long Island, doctor seeking to oust U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman in November called the congressman an out-of-touch elitist during a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club last week in Bellerose.Dr. James Milano, 42, said Ackerman “has drifted so far along with the riptide that he is now at the point where he is an elitist.”Milano, an ER doctor at St. Francis Hospital who is making his first run for elective office, said he supports changing the country’s tax structureHe also criticized some foreign aid approved by Congress, including $10 million to Lebanon and $300 million to Pakistan.“What happens with this money? It comes back as bombs against us.”Milano is being supported by the Queens Republican Party, but the Nassau GOP is backing Great Neck attorney, Liz Berney (an Orthodox Jew), who Ackerman defeated handily in 2008.About 70 percent of the district is located in Queens and the other 30 percent in Nassau County.Queens Village Republican Club member Phil Orenstein accused Nassau County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Mondello with picking Berney to spoil the campaign
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2010/06/10/2010-06-10_pair_got_judgment_vs_developer_but_hes_boymelgone.htmlDeveloper Shaya Boymelgreen pulls disappearing act after losing lawsuitA Boerum Hill couple successfully sued developer Shaya Boymelgreen over construction problems in their building, but he won't pay up - and not even the sheriff can track him down."It is looking like he has disappeared," said Paul Bright, 32, who won an $1,800 judgment against Boymelgreen in October.Bright, an art dealer, and his wife, Mandy Lyons, moved into their Smith St. condo in 2008. An unfinished ventilation unit under their window caused ear-splitting noise, but the developer ignored requests to fix it, Bright charged."It was just loud. It was all the time," Bright said. "We made numerous, numerous complaints to Boymelgreen. They laughed it off. They did not take it seriously at all."After a year and a half of complaining, Bright sued Boymelgreen in Small Claims Court. Only then did the ventilation system get fixed - but a judge awarded him $1,800 to pay for tests he'd had done to prove the unit violated federal noise rules."As soon as they lost the judgment, they disappeared," Bright said. "They completely just ignored calls, they ignored e-mails."They have absolutely no intention of paying," he said.After three months, Bright called the sheriff's office to get the judgment enforced - but officials said they couldn't find Boymelgreen either. "They said that without finding the guy, there's nothing you can do," Bright said.Boymelgreen was evicted from his Brooklyn headquarters, got hit with bankruptcy proceedings against one of his companies and shed most of his staff. State regulators shuttered a bank he ran, and he's facing several big lawsuits including a $10 million action by condo owners at a Prospect Heights building who say shoddy construction left them with rampant leaks.An Israeli news site reported the developer is avoiding his home country out of fear of creditors."As much trouble as he's in, he could probably pay" the small judgment, Bright said. "The little guy is getting screwed now."
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/national_world&id=7536848Horses injure 24 people at Iowa paradeBELLEVUE, Iowa -- Police say two horses that injured 24 people at a Fourth of July parade in eastern Iowa became uncontrollable after one of them rubbed its head against the other, removing that horse's bridal.
To think that Yaakov Luban is a Philly boy when he helps the OU be everything that is wrong with kashrus today.
The Queens Vaad exposer cracks me up. It reminds me of the time that Moshe Scheinerman put his foot in his mouth during a derasha. He threw out an example of a city but wanted to make it sound exotic so he said Corpus Christi, not knowing that it is Latin for the body of J.C.
Matzav/Al Jazeera today took another swipe at Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander ob"m and the Hamodia for publishing a 50 page insert about the life and accomplishments of Dr. Lander. The Al Jazeerists quoted Rabbi Malkiel Kotler at a dinner last night when he blasted the Hamodia for publishing a memorial insert about a person whose endeavors "“were not temimah and not meshivas nofesh,”. Kotler's hypocrisy knows no bounds. This is the same guy who not only attended a seudas hodaah for a convicted swindler, Moshe Chaim Strulowitz, but danced with the crook publicly. See the wonderful pictures here (makes one want to puke):http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2009/08/breaking-leading-lakewood-rabbis-attend-part-for-freed-felon-who-defrauded-poor-nonjews-of-millions-678.htmlThis is the same guy who together with CEO Aaron(who makes Shlomo Dwek look like a rank amateur) failed in a coup attempt to take over the Bais Faiga girl$ school. This is the same guy who worked to insure that the corrupt Bob Singer got reelected, defeating candidate Hershel Hershkowitz who wanted to do away with the corruption in Lakewood once and for all. And last but not least, this is the same guy who has been fighting to protect all the child molesters in Lakewood, including Kolko Jr. There is no doubt that Luban was following Kotler's dictates when he sent out those text messages. Now he has the audacity to attack Hamodia and the memory of an Ish Chessed and a man who thousands of frum Jews owe their livelihoods to. Kotler knows that he can never live up to the legacy of his father or grandfather. Therefore, he seeks to denigrate the memory of those who actually accomplished something in their lifetime. I am not a big fan of Hamodia. Nevertheless, I must give them credit for two things they have done recently. First, on the Misaskim page that lists people who are sitting shiva, they removed the name of Avrohom Mondrowitz when his mother passed away. This was in spite of Misaskim who had him listed on their website. Now the tribute to Rabbi Dr. Lander was one that was befitting an askan who we all owe a debt of gratitude to. The corrupt modern day Kotlers, the Al Jazeerists at Matzav along with Pinny's Yated (read their latest screed which is mentioned on Harry Maryles' blog) represent everything that is wrong with the frum community today.
Some more "propaganda" from the "insidious" Lubav "spinmeisters"http://www.crownheights.info/index.php?itemid=27454
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