Friday, September 30, 2011
On sept 22, the new grave adopters have received their official awards . This paper is not just a paper , it's for us grave adopters the same with a birth act . This year 400 personnes have received a heroes grave . They are ; old, young, teenager, student, man, woman from Belgium, Holland, France and also one from Switzerland . By this act we want to tell to the USA "They are not forgotten and they will never" .
God Bless America
Sgt Dominique Potier
If this baseball season should teach one lesson; it is, to quote Yogi Berra" it ain't over until it's over". At the beginning of September both the Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves had such a lead in the wild-card chase that it appeared too great to be overcome in the remaining games of the month. Indeed they were in the contest for first place! Yet, on the last day of the season both teams completed their fall from glory. Neither will be part of the post season.
Politics In an analogical sense can be similar to the baseball season. This year the entire state legislature is up for reelection. Even though it is just a little more than four weeks before elections it has been politically quiet. Non-the-less, under the present economic problems it is likely that there will be many Republicans elected from even districts that the Democrats have owned.
The presidential election is a year away. If it were held today there would be a possibility perhaps even a probability that Obama would be defeated. His saving grace is that what he has done or not don; but that the Republicans themselves. T heir announced candidates today command minimal respect and confidence. None of no matter how bad the economy can defeat a sitting President. However, as I stated before Christie is going to be drafted by the old guard Republicans. Today as the nominee at the convention, he would handily defeat Obama 13 months from now. If Powell could be drafted as the running mate that would be the dream ticket.
Getting away from national politics and focusing on local races; in a comment to Dan Damon’s blog Pat Turner Kavanaugh posted an announcement of the League of Women Voters candidate’s Night to be held at the Plainfield Public Library.
At this time the participants are limited to the one Council race, and the Freeholders about which there has been little publicity given. Of greater interest to Plainfield may be the Assemblyman races. Perhaps none of the four candidates have been invited or expressed a desire to participate.
One day had been reserved for contemplation and regrettably for an adjustment caused by a slight tear in the rotator cuff. But, happily the regular baseball season has just ended and I will not have to take my imaginary turn in the rotation. I shall be able to have a complete posting by noon
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunset Wednesday night marks the start of Rosh Hashana or Jewish New year. L'Shana Tova is the traditional greeting this time of the year. The above is a variation on the meaning of that greeting to be applicable to all who live here.
Rosh Hashana is celebrated as a two day holiday by the Orthodox and Conservative Jews. The Reformed congregations mainly regard it a one day holiday but have service the second day for those that wish. It is the beginning of the "Days of Awe' which end at sunset on Yon Kippur.
For those who would desire a greater understanding of significance of these Holy Days I have reprinted part of a description from the Internet. Otherwise I will see you Friday.
Would the world not be better if all, including those who just mouth the words ,adopted and practiced the concept set forth in the meaning of these days.
Days of Awe
The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that G-d has "books" that he writes our names in, writing down who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the decree are "teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah," repentance, prayer, good deeds (usually, charity). These "books" are sealed on Yom Kippur. This concept of writing in books is the source of the common greeting during this time is "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."
Among the customs of this time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I am aware that there has been a recent survey which is supposed to be presented for public consumption at the next Council meeting. I look forward with interest to it. But more to the point; to return to Kensington Avenue and its speed bumps.
I will be accused of only being concerned with the streets in my Ward(s). That is only because these are roads I am familiar with. I could also mention Woodland Ave. which was repaved about a decade ago and now is approaching a level 4 due to multiple cuts and no sealing. Likewise Cushing Rd which in one year deteriorated to level 3. This Street presents another problem of responsibility because the municipal border runs down the middle. I am using these roads as examples because they are major arteries through our city and give a bad first impression to non residents.
We can upgrade what is salvageable at little expense compared to resurfacing. Yet we and other communities ignore what is most efficient.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
There is no question that Cain is a capable man but an unlikely candidate for the extreme right who are making waves in the GOP. His bio according to Wilkepedia: Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is an American businessman, politician, columnist, and radio host from Georgia. He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Before his business and economics career he worked as a mathematician in ballistics for the United States Navy.
Yes, he certainly may well be more qualified than any of the eight other clowns, but he has two basic problems; the first is that he has never been a politician. That would kill him among the sharks in DC.
The second, sad to state, is that he suffers from excessive skin pigmentation. Already there have been attacks in media or internet from bigots who are both white and black. He has been accused of being a turncoat, or just a ploy of the party to improve its appeal to black voters..
Realistically his meaningless straw vote victory in Florida the swing state of the Bush/Gore election is of greatest importance because of the rejection of the imperfect bumbling debater Perry. How damaging that will be remains to be seen.
The Republican Centralists are without any acceptable choice except Romney. That candidates chances of election in this upcoming 2012 election seems unlikely even though unless there is a great change in the economy and world affairs; President Obama like Carter appears to be a one term President. In fact before the early States commit their convention delegates I will anticipate that some Democrat will enter the race at the urging of the party old guard. The 2011 elections will be a deciding factor.
As anticipated today in the news there is a report that Christie is reconsidering a run for the Presidency. Of course there is the usual denial but there is an element in the party that will continue to put pressure on him. AND, let us face facts; he is an astute politician who would do well in Washington among all those petty Congressmen and Senators who put their personal interests above the nation's.
What is going on at this time is just for show. The real contest will only start after Jan 1,2011 when the drive for the early state delegate choices takes place. This years elections will be crucial.
9:30 PS; I wrote this last night, this morning on the talk shows the Florida GOP straw vote was the ongoing topic, with most pundits arriving at the same conclusions as miner. A journalistic scoop!;
Wkipedia:\A straw poll or straw vote is a vote with nonbinding results. Straw polls provide dialogue among movements within large groups, reflecting trends like organization and motivation. In meetings subject to rules of order, impromptu straw polls often are taken to see if there is enough support for an idea to devote more meeting time to it, and (when not a secret ballot) for the attendees to see who is on which side of a question. However, Robert's Rules of Order prohibits straw polls, calling them "meaningless and dilatory" because they subvert the deliberative charge of deliberative bodies. Among political bodies, straw polls often are scheduled for events at which many people interested in the polling question can be expected to vote. Sometimes polls conducted without ordinary voting controls in place (i.e., on an honor system, such as in online polls) are also called "straw polls"
Pro basketball may give us a break since due to a lockout that season due to start with training camp in one week may be on hold for a long time. Of course College Basketball which is a better game will be on the tube in mid November.
There are other "spectator sports" for our interests. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are again threatening to shut the government down by not approving financing..They may not agree to put money into FEMA so that those covered by our natural disasters get relief, but that is OK since they will probably get their paycheck and pension benefits. Since the FY ends at the end of September an d there is no provisions for funding beyond that it is once again time for our Congress to take a vacation.
And what about our newest circus; The Council's investigation into the WBLS payment. Our reporters come up with something new every day. If I were to be making book, it appears that the odds on this expanding and becoming an AG matter are increasing rapidly day by day. I like my readers have to obtain information from the other blogs and the news media.
However, in a State where the laws on awarding contracts are riddled with loopholes that whole matter may likely be treated as of little consequence..
Thank goodness for ESPN3. I could not watch my college team play if it were not for that program making games available on the computer. Of course the changes in Internet speed also help make that possible.
11:00 AM; Perhaps in the overall content of this blog I should have used the term "Couch Potato Sports" instead of "spectator"
Friday, September 23, 2011
When first we practise to deceive!
Today's (Friday) Courier carriers an markedly expanded text of the last two reports by Mark Spivey over that posted on the online edition. It is worth reading. The public session was "taped" and should be avaiable on the Plainfield channel.
Meanwhile we must wait for developments. The independent investigators report must be made public in its entirety.It can first be transmitted to the Council in closed session but there should be no editing before its release.
If the 3 individuals who still have to be questioned by the Independent Counsel refused to voluntarily appear and had to be subpoenaed engage legal aid, the City can in no way accept responsibility for the costs involved. They had their chance.
Hours after criticizing America ***In an interview with The Associated Press, Ahmadinejad claimed that explosive material and not planes brought down the World Trade Center, rejected the West's view of his country's nuclear ambitions and castigated U.S. policies from Libya to Pakistan.
But he also complained that President Barack Obama never made good on a pledge to try to open a dialogue with Iran, and said he still hopes for a face-to-face meeting. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that time has not run out for the two countries to repair their bad relationship.
"I don't believe that this is a chance that has been completely lost," Ahmadinejad said.
Today Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN General Assembly and put forth his request for national status. Some time later in the day Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also address the Assembly. He will probably focus on why the Palestinians should not be granted Statehood at this time and also focus on the danger to the world that Iran represents with its increasing nuclear capabilities.
All the above is known conjecture. What will happen in the UN Security Council is more important. Obama has announced the US position. The position of the countries that do not have veto power will be interesting. How much will represent honest opinion or political posturing may not be determined since those countries know that in face of one Veto their vote is meaningless.
In our minute speck of earth we will remain interested in the outcome of Plainfield's Councils investigation.
"What a tangled web we (mortals) weave"
If you thought that that quotation was written by the Bard, Shakespeare, you were wrong'
The author of this famous and appropriate quote was Sir Walter Scott.
The actual quotation comes from these lines in 'Marmion" and I have bold faced the two lines that stand together"
"Yet Clare's sharp questions must I shun
Must separate Constance from the nun
Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
A Palmer too! No wonder why
I felt rebuked beneath his eye "
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Dan Damon in his Plainfield Today post gives links to previous postings on the issue; Plaintalker posted on 8/18/10,9/5/10 and 9/8/10 including an OPRA report with a copy of the Investors Bank Check of $15,000.00 for Fireworks on July 4th. It is probably as coincidental as is the existence of the tooth fairy that the Mayor's first request from the City Administrator Bibi Taylor was for a $14,000.00 check for WBLS and a $6,000.00 additional check.
What stood out from Taylor's testimony was:
- The Mayors insistence that conversations be held on personal cell phones, not city land line or cell phones.
- Taylor's repeated references to the Mayor's use of expletives in her multiple conversations.
- Taylor in reply to Attorney Rivera's specific questioned stated that she felt threatened by the Mayor.
- The use of funds from the Information Technology & Media account line with out Council approval of transfer to another Administrative line was not according to legal requirements.
- That the Investors Savings Bank Check for $15,000.00 conveniently issued on July 30, 2010 when the Mayor was frantically searching for funds was for July 4th Fireworks and to the Recreation Division. If that money was used for any part of the WBLS payment what was the authority
- Were Purchasing Supervisor Spaulding and Acting CFO Cummings aware that they were participating in a possible irregular transaction? Were they forced to do so or if aware willing accomplices?
- Unanswered in public session was what advice the Corporation Counsel gave to Taylor and the Mayor. This would be the subject of the closed hearings.
The testimony of the three other subpoenaed persons is needed before any decision can be made.
However it appears as of today that there has been in at least one instance improper use of Municipal funds. Should it be determined that there was a concerted effort by multiple individuals to this end is a criminal investigation justified?
Since where there is smoke there may be fire; the Council should demand a forensic audit by the State for at least FY 2010, 2009 as well as at least the first six months of FY 2011. If there are gross irregularities then in should be backdate to include the entire years of the present administration. The City Auditors should be questioned about all unreported irregularities they found.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
At 8:30 the public meeting was reconvened. There had been 5 subpoenas issued. Only former City Administrator Bibi Taylor and Corporation Counsel Williamson were present.
Absent was Acting Purchasing Supervisor Spaulding who had been served Friday; Acting (at that time) CFO Cummings who could not be served because there was confusion about her apartment number, and the Mayor since the Process Server could not access her office and apparently had the wrong home address. Her Attorney is supposed to have accepted the subpoena on either Monday or Tuesday and for technical reasons advised her not to appear. It was understood that she and her attorney will be willing to meet with the Council in closed Session at some other time.
Bibi Taylor finished her testimony at 9:30 pm. However since there were questions about conversations during the Mayor's Cabinet meetings it was the ruling that due to the presence of the Corporation Counsel at those meetings the Attorney/Client relationship applied and any testimony about them would be considered privileged and had to be heard in Executive Session. There fore at 9:30 the Council again went into Executive Session.
Since the other "witness'; Corporation Counsel Williamson had claimed Attorney/Client confidentiality his hearing was to follow in closed session.
Briefly, a enough was heard to understand that there was some "hanky panky" involved in the issuance of a $20,000.00 check to WBLS. I will post more later Thursday.
Recent examples are the protests against the Mosque near the 9/11 site. Another is the public outpouring against the building of the Mosque in Bridgewater. Both are a condemnation of all who practice a specific religion by association with the actions of a small terrorist group bent on destroying our way of life.
The pinical of religious hatred was reach in Nazi Germany which practiced genocide to the degree that 6 million Jews were murdered. A crime that those not actively involved condoned by lack of action. Yet today there are a substantial number of Americans who believe or expound that the Hoacaust is a Jewish Hoax. We let them spread their views since hey are righly so protected by our Constitution. Yet they would deny other faiths their Constitutional right.
This week International religious bigotry perhaps on many sides will be put to test at the UN. Once again not only Israel but the Paletinians are going to be the pawns of power ambitions by political leaders from agressibve states.
Our President is caught between a rock and a hard stone. Our national as well as moral interests lie in preserving the State of Israel a near true democracy albeit sometimes impacted by the actions of a small n narrowminded group of religious zealots. Our humatarian interests are with the needs of the Palastinian Arabs who have never been accepted by the countries to which they fled. Our political needs are very dependened on those Near eastern Nations that control much of the energy we need. .
There is much propaganda about this UN meeting and the Palestinians' request for "nation status". I have posted background material the past two days as a matter of interest. Today I am posting a copy of an editorial from the Washington Post, a most respected independent newspaper. I have boldfaced several important points; the underlined (and blue) parts are as printed in the paper.
Editorial Board Opinion
Once again, Israel is scapegoated
By Editorial, Published: September 12
ISRAELIS WORRY that the Arab Spring is turning from a popular movement against dictatorship into another assault on the Jewish state, and their worry is not unfounded. Last week in Cairo a mob attacked the Israeli Embassy, forcing the evacuation of the ambassador and most of his staff; the previous week the Israeli ambassador to Turkey was expelled. Later this month Palestinians are expected to introduce a resolution on statehood at the United Nations, and Israel could be further isolated if, as expected, a large majority of the General Assembly votes in favor of it.
There’s little doubt that plenty of Arabs and Turks are angry at Israel. But it’s worth noting that, as often is the case in the Middle East, those passions are being steered by governments.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who aspires to regional leadership, has directed a campaign against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu and stoked it with incendiary statements. Mr. Erdogan is furious that a U.N. investigation concluded that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, and thus its intervention to stop a Turkish-led flotilla last year, was legal. He also finds it convenient to lambaste Israel rather than talk about neighboring Syria, where daily massacres are being carried out by a regime Mr. Erdogan cultivated.
The assault on the embassy in Cairo has been condemned by the leaders of Egypt’s popular revolution and by some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Both they and Western diplomats blame the ruling military for failing to secure the embassy, and they suspect the omission may have been part of an effort to divert rising public unrest toward a familiar target.
In the West Bank, polls have shown that President Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. statehood initiative is regarded as a low priority by the majority of Palestinians, 60 percent of whom said the better option was resuming direct negotiations with Israel. But Mr. Abbas fears he may be the next target of popular uprising; the U.N. gambit appears aimed in part at preempting that.
This is not to say the trend is benign. Israel is looking more isolated than at any time in decades. It is more than a hapless bystander: Mr. Netanyahu’s government could have avoided a crisis with Turkey had it been willing to apologize for the deaths of nine Turks during the interception of the flotilla, which the U.N. panel rightly judged to be an excessive use of force. An incident in which five Egyptian guards were killed when Israeli forces pursued terrorists crossing the border helped to trigger the upsurge in tensions with Cairo. And Mr. Netanyahu’s slowness to embrace reasonable parameters for Palestinian statehood provided Mr. Abbas with a pretext for his U.N. initiative.
It nevertheless is in the interest of Western governments, as well as of Israel, to resist the counterproductive and irresponsible initiatives of Mr. Abbas and Mr. Erdogan. In Egypt, the military has cited the attack on the Israeli Embassy as a pretext to apply emergency laws and censor the media; those, too, are steps in the wrong direction. The core demands of the Arab Spring have nothing to do with Israel: They are about ending authoritarian rule and modernizing stagnating societies. Scapegoating Israel will not satisfy the imperative for change.
(It will be nice to get back to the Council tomorrow)
It is unclear if Iran President Ahmadinejad will speak today or tomorrow. Last year when he spoke 21 nations walked out of the Assembly in protest.
Perhaps more later after I read the newspapers. These are trying times.