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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Power of a Single Blogger!

Guest post by Tropper is Troubled.

Events have moved very quickly this past week and Jews/Israelis have been thrust into the media spotlight with intensity. The way Israel stopped the Gaza blockade busters after it was provoked into action unleashed a storm of, well not pro-Israel sentiment, but rather a torrent of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic venting in the world media and on the streets of many nations.

Once again, Israel was hated and demonized for taking preemptive action against its enemies, almost to the day 43 years since the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967.The anti-Israel mobs took to the streets aided and abetted by the self-hating Jews and Israel bashers of all stripes and shades. People in the media referred to Israelis in the worst stereotypes of Jews worthy of the Nazis.

While the world was huffing and puffing with all this hate, across the Atlantic at a little-noticed "Jewish heritage month celebration" at the White House (it's not clear what "heritage" was being celebrated there because lately the White House people seem to be surprised that most of the world's Jews do not adhere to the standard group-think so common to secular political Jewish groups), something significant happened!

What happened?

At the height of the ships trying to break the Gaza blockade and with Israel being excoriated, none other than Ms. Helen Thomas, the senior correspondent at the White House, both in age and status, put her foot in her mouth when innocently asked about the event at the White House she chose to throw her notorious verbal nuke at Israel and it's people to tell Israel, meaning its Jews, to "get the hell out of Palestine...and go back 'home' to Poland, Germany and America" that is till reverberating across the news media and when her videotaped live comments were posted online, she was forced to eat humble pie, was fired, condemned by the White House spokesperson and had to apologize.

What was she doing and what was she thinking?

She is not senile, but she was throwing a life-support to the beleaguered blockade-busters who were causing havoc for Israel and she was in effect joining in with all the world's anti-Semites and Israel bashers who were calling for Israel's scalp. While it turned out to be her personal Titanic, it hurt Israel but it taught an even deeper lesson.

What is missed is that Helen Thomas was brought down by a one, until now unknown, Jewish blogger !

The most distinguished voice in journalism at the White House for 50 years, allowed to hector, lecture and interrogate US presidents in public, and one of Israel's most strident and sly critics was cut off at the knees and exposed as a duplicitous anti-Semitic hate-monger and biased anti-Israel advocate and instantly defrocked of her status as a reputable journalist.

The power of one blogger brought down Helen Thomas and it should as a warning to all those who cling to power in the old-fashioned way and hope that their nefarious views and deeds will remain hidden. Tropper learned this the hard way, as have many others, most notably Nixon with the tapes of his White House conversations and the Linda Tripp tapes of Monica Lewinsky exposing Clinton's behavior.

The until-now unknown Jewish blogger is an online rabbi, someone who has tried to make a living from work in the media over the years, or so he claims, with credentials from the Conservative JTS. He is no different to tens of thousands of other Jewish bloggers many of them rabbis of all shades and denominations who hope to make splash and a difference with their blogs or websites.

On his site/blog, Rabbi David Nesenoff's main "credential" is that he is the "Founder, RabbiLIVE.com" and as he explains about himself at:

http://www.rabbilive.com/RabbiLIVE/About.html:

"No Need To Wait... It's LIVE !

Anne Frank, while hiding for two years during World War II's Holocaust, wrote in her diary: 'How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.' Certainly in our new world of speed of light, sound bite, and mega byte there is no rhyme or reason to wait when it comes to helping our fellow man and woman. Slow motion, time delay, and reruns must be substituted with LIVE. RabbiLIVE.com is dedicated to preparing, repairing, caring, and sparing the world... and doing so now... in real time as captured on video at real LIVE events with real LIVE people concerning real LIVE issues reported by a real LIVE rabbi.

Israel, politics, family, religion, the arts, peace, war, controversy, celebrity, events, celebrations, rallies, sermons, and of course even, if not especially, comedy make up our lives. The rabbi must sometimes leave the pulpit and mingle with life’s fellows and foibles. The new literature, for good or bad, is video. RabbiLIVE presents LIVE literature that exposes and proposes...teaches and preaches. -Rabbi David F. Nesenoff."

He's earned his ten minutes of fame, that's for sure, but more importantly he has taught a very important lesson in this television+cyber-age with it's 24 hour news cycles and live blogospheres, that with the ability to use words and especially with a small recorder or video camera (it could be in a cell phone or pen) a tiny 25 second sound bite can expose a cancer, deliver a mortal blow to bring down falsehood and hate and equalizing an otherwise unequal battle between puffed up ego maniacal over-confident abusers of the Jewish people and the few who are bravely perpetually struggling against them.

18 comments:

pichol said...

You wrote ...to tell Israel, meaning its Jews, to "get the hell out of Palestine...and go back 'home' to Poland, Germany and America" ...

Actually, the interviewer asked, "The Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?", and she nodded and said "and to America". He did not say the Israelis, but the Jews.

So she was clearly saying that JEWS should get out of Palestine. Also, since she did not say that they should go back to Israel, it is clear she meant that the whole area is Palestine. That Israel did not, and had no right to, exist.

And Obama said it was sad that she ended her career amidst controversy. That is a bigger problem, a President who considers anti-semitism to be just controversy. A far cry from his reaction when a black professor failed to react properly to police who were trying to protect his property when he was breaking into his own house.

I'm sorry I voted for a President with such a double standard when it comes to bigotry. I won't make that mistake again.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

The Alien In The White House:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703302604575294231631318728.html#mod=djemWMP_t

pichol said...

Thanks for the link to that wonderful WSJ editorial.

It's nice to know that I'm not alone.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12cTb4_9aLQ&feature=player_embedded

One of the greatest minds of the last century!

Fresser real estate agent said...

Queens and Brooklyn saw some of the highest pre-foreclosure filings in the state, according to data from the New York State Banking Department released Thursday.

All told, 57,256 90-day pre-foreclosure notices were sent to homeowners in New York who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments since Feb. 13. The hardest-hit county in the state was Suffolk on Long Island, where 8,293 notices were sent out to the owner-occupiers of 1-to-4 family properties. Queens ranked second on the list with 6,267 notices, and Brooklyn ranked fourth with 4,485, just behind Nassau's 5,755.

The data is derived from filings from nearly 200 mortgage-loan servicers under a new state law that requires them to send information about pre-foreclosure notices to the state banking department. It covers the period between Feb. 13, 2010 and May 31, 2010 and includes details on 90-day pre-foreclosure notices sent to homeowners.

Yair Levy said...

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20100609/REAL_ESTATE/100609823

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office filed a lawsuit against Yair Levy on Wednesday, charging the troubled developer with defrauding purchasers at his failed Battery Park City condo conversion out of about $7.4 million.

According to Mr. Cuomo'ss office, Mr. Levy and his firm, YL Rector Street LLC, raided the $7.4 million reserve fund for the 303-unit Rector Square conversion project, located at 225 Rector Place, which was supposed to be used to ensure that repairs and improvements were made at the building. The office began investigating YL Rector Street last year and discovered that the developer had depleted the funds to a mere $70. Additionally, the condo's financial records uncovered that Mr. Levy misused millions of dollars for personal and general business expenses, including credit card payments and writing checks to himself and relatives, the AG's office said.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks restitution, damages and penalties from Mr. Levy and his firm. It also seeks to bar Mr. Levy from selling real estate in the state.

UOJ gets results said...

Prosecutors in California have charged 53 mechanics with defrauding auto shop customers, including the host of the Speed Channel reality show "Chop Cut Rebuild."

Richard Evans was among those arrested Wednesday and Thursday and charged with felony insurance fraud after a sting operation.

Moetzes Resign! said...

Originally published in print Sunday, June 6

State Senate President Malcolm Smith's home-building business was plagued by problems, including an intentionally set fire and numerous fraud accusations, a Daily News probe has found.

Smith owned several companies that pocketed thousands of dollars in down payments on homes that were never built, documents show. In one case, Smith sold an elderly couple a home on land he didn't own.

Smith, a Queens Democrat, filed for bankruptcy in 2001, shortly after winning his seat in the Senate. Documents related to Smith's home building and bankruptcy filing have been turned over to the FBI. The feds are probing Smith as part of a larger investigation into several queens politicians.

In April, The News reported the FBI is investigating why Smith paid an architect only half what he billed for on a subdivision Smith was building. The architect then got other work on Smith-tied projects, some of which received taxpayer money through Smith.

Most of the problems with his company, Smith Development Corp., and its affiliates occurred between 1999, the year he first ran for Senate, and 2001, when the firm filed for bankruptcy.

Margo's mechanic said...

UOJ is into nailing mechanics these days?

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Seven mechanics at Xerox Corp.'s manufacturing hub in upstate New York and three owners of a forklift company were charged Thursday with bilking the printer and copier maker out of an estimated $4.1 million.

Michael Dell said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/technology/11dell.html

Dell said on Thursday that it was in talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve allegations that it and its founder and chief executive, Michael S. Dell, engaged in financial irregularities related to the company’s dealings with Intel.

Dell also said that it had set aside $100 million for a possible settlement of these allegations, as well a separate long-standing investigation by the S.E.C. into its accounting practices.

Shmarya gets results said...

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/24/dtg_sb_borohallbathroom_2010_06_11_bk.html

Brother J.J. Richardson says he was banned from using the bathroom at Borough Hall because of his controversial, anti-gay views.

Lakewood said...

The school board attorney is a frum guy.

http://www.app.com/article/20100604/NEWS/100604052/1001/rss

Sex abuse allegations spur protest at Lakewood H.S.

Talmidei Margo said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/health/11drug.html?hp

A Congressional investigation into a recent recall of children’s Tylenol and other pediatric medicines has been stymied by the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, investigators say, raising the prospect that new measures — like issuing of subpoenas to compel cooperation — could be invoked.

The unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes the over-the-counter drugs, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, is already under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration for a pattern of violations in manufacturing and quality control practices that have led to a number of recent recalls. The agency said last month that it was considering criminal penalties or other actions against McNeil.

Now Representative Edolphus Towns, a New York Democrat who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Johnson & Johnson had used delaying tactics in its dealings with the committee and in some instances had provided misinformation — accusations the company denies.

Such conduct has cast Johnson & Johnson in an unusually negative light, Mr. Towns said, and might compel the committee to take more aggressive action as it looks into drug quality and safety issues raised by the recall.

Vos zogt UOJ? said...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_DCGOA_RlajQ/TAu2Ld77vkI/AAAAAAAAFZA/GMAgzsSbxTQ/s1600/sherer.jpg

How are corrupt rabbonim getting away with backing slimy Jewish politicians married to shiksas when it was assered by R' Yaakov & Rav Schach, even in cases of pikuach nefesh?

The gedolei Eretz Yisroel also reiterated the issur this past year but the Lakewood Vaad keeps backing Bob Singer who dumped his Jewish wife for his Catholic secretary who he attends church with.

Israel Belsky SHLITA said...

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/is-the-new-york-times-trying-to-clean-up-yiddish-1.295581

After an interview with the New York Times, The Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg was asked by Times editors to replace the word 'tuchus' with a 'more elegant' word.

Goldberg had originally used the word tuchus instead of tush. But several hours after the interview, Cooper called Goldberg and told him that New York Times editors wanted him to suggest a different word to replace tuchus. Goldberg asked Cooper what she thought would be a suitable replacement and she came up with tushie.

"I responded by questioning whether the word tushie could be considered more elegant than the word tuchus," Goldberg wrote on his blog. "I also told her that I could not allow myself to be quoted using the word tushie because I am no longer four years old."

In the end, Goldberg and Cooper settled on tush to replace tuchus. But Goldberg's friend Mark Leibovich called Goldberg a coward (with a more vulgar term) for using the word tush. Leibovich himself used the phrase "pain in the tuchus" in a Washington Post article in 2002.

On his blog, Goldberg wrote a list of words of Jewish origin that he promised to not use in the New York Times, including putz, mamzer, shlong, shtup, knish and shvantz.

Michael Sabo - Yudi Kolko disciple said...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/06/10/2010-06-10_untitled__molest10m.html

A 36-year-old Brooklyn deviant sexually molested five small children, sometimes snapping pictures of the depraved encounters, prosecutors charged Wednesday.

Michael Sabo, a registered nurse who is married with four children, began preying on victims as young as 5 in 2001, law enforcement sources said.

The victims include a female relative and the son of a former close friend, the sources said.

Sabo is accused of molesting the children in a bedroom at his Marine Park home and at the homes of friends.

"If you were with him, if you looked at him with his children, you would think, 'This is the greatest dad,'" said a former friend, who first met Sabo more than 15 years ago.

The ongoing investigation by the NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney found scores of child pornography photographs - including S&M shots with tied-up kids - on Sabo's home computer, said one law enforcement source.

Many of the pictures found with the December 2009 search warrant showed adults engaged in sex with the kids - including Sabo, the source said.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Sabo was due yesterday for arraignment at Brooklyn Supreme Court. But he was held in Bellevue Hospital's prison ward, "too mentally unstable to attend," according to a Department of Correction statement.

Sabo, who is in the middle of a divorce, is being held in lieu of $2million bail on his latest sealed indictment.

He was first arrested last year on a three-count child sex indictment, followed by a second indictment with two more charges.

Billly Bob said...

The Tropper (the shtuper menuval) case is interesting because the eunuchs of the RCA with all their millions of dollars , Ivy Leagued educated attorneys, Billionaire money managers were do afraid to take on Tropper (they did gather the courage to gang up on Rabbi Weiss though)

It was a poor single mother hillbilly girl who took him down.

Shqueeze said...

Billy Bob,

It depends on what you mean by "taking down tropper."

At this point it is more like "took down the yeshiva" and left tropper unharmed.

True, he is not officially in charge of the the yeshiva or EJF anymore. But he is now off the radar.

AFAIK, he still has all the money, control of money streams, his house in Monsey, great relationships with those Rabbis he put in power, etc.

So maybe he no longer has big money flowing in or the extortion rights on those who receive the money and/or convert. But he is moving on.

He no longer has to act religious most of the time. Rather, he can flip his previous behaviour to acting like the atheist he is most of the time. His buddies in Monsey help him launder his money, which he did not have under his own name before (only control). It is said that his upstate connection buys him power and real estate for a fee.

Before, he was the retainer to the emperor. Now he is king of a smaller domain. How has he really lost?

Reportedly, his wife couldn't care less about his change of status. She supports him all the way.