Saturday, November 30, 2013

PICTUE PORPOURRI

Holliday weekend on light stuff.

 Top: Danube Valley
Bottom: Western Scotland



Top: More Western Scotland
Middle: Corfu Coast
Bottom: Ohio River Fall Scene

Friday, November 29, 2013

THAT COMMUNITY ID CARD

That "Community ID Card" supplied by " Angels for Action" for a $10.00 fee would have all the odor of a money scam except for the fact that in their promotion there is printed in Red:

FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY //  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ID CARD  //   THIS IS NOT A DRIVING LICENSE - See more at: http://www.angelsactioninc.org/id-cards/#sthash.tBvqnNmJ.dpuf
FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY //  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ID CARD  //   THIS IS NOT A DRIVING LICENSE - See more at: http://www.angelsactioninc.org/id-cards/#sthash.tBvqnNmJ.dpu

FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY //  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ID CARD  //   THIS IS NOT A DRIVING LICENSE - See more at: http://www.angelsactioninc.org/id-cards/#sthash.tBvqnNmJ.dpuf

It is most unfortunate that once again "our Mayor" Robinson-Briggs has given her personal stamp of what implies to be official sponsorship.

If Hellwig which I doubt also gave de facto approval that could be consistent with his stewardship. 

There is nothing wrong with a paper of identification  which contains a photo but it has no legal value and that should be emphasised.

The question of legitimization of the illegals must be addressed by Congress and I hope that the political circus in  DC can collectively for once do something constructive.

Once thing that can be done locally is an official through Council Action authorize the issuance of a voluntary requested ID Card with picture and a thumb print. The question of citizenship should not be addressed on that card.

This may help reduce targeted hassling of Hispanics, a subject that gets too little publicity.
 

 
FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY //  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ID CARD  //   THIS IS NOT A DRIVING LICENSE - See more at: http://www.angelsactioninc.org/id-cards/#sthash.cisCzGV6.dpuf
FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY //  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ID CARD  //   THIS IS NOT A DRIVING LICENSE - See more at: http://www.angelsactioninc.org/id-cards/#sthash.cisCzGV6.dpuf

MONDAY'S AGENDA SESSION



Monday night is the December Agenda Setting Session of the Counci. There is very little to consider in resolutions  although there are  a slew of Ordinances for 2nd reading.


he Lame Duck Mayor has proposed a large number  of Appointments (see below) mainly to the PMUA including some “rewards”.


Other appointments are to the Shade Tree Commission, the Community Emergency Response Team, and to something called the  PLAINFIELD AFRICAN CARIBBEAN COMMISSION.

The Nominees are:

FROM HER HONOR THE MAYOR, CORRESPONDENCE DATED NOVEMBER 18, 2013 ADDRESSED TO MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY REQUESTING ADVICE AND CONSENT TO THE
APPOINTMENT OF MALCOLM DUNN, 1038 CENTRAL AVENUE, TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PLAINFIELD MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY
APPOINTMENT OF CECIL H. SANDERS, 1066 ALLENWOOD DRIVE TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PLAINFIELD MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY
APPOINTMENT OF BARBARA JAMES, 1 NETHERWOOD AVENUE TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PLAINFIELD MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY.
APPOINTMEN OF ALEX TOLIVER, 123 SUMNER AVENUE TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PLAINFIELD MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY.
APPOINTMENT OF CAROL ANN BROKAW, 1049 FIELD AVENUE TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PLAINFIELD MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY.
APPOINTMENT OF JEFFREY R. BURKE, 1339 WATCHUNG AVENUE TO SERVE AS AN ALTERNATE COMMISSIONER OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY.

NOMINEES TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE SHADE TREE COMMISSION: CARMINE LOUISE, 745SOUTH AVENUE; JOHN LOUISE, 745 SOUTH AVENUE; KIM MONTFORD 1345 EAST SECOND STREET

NOMINEES TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE PLAINFIELD COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM: WILLIAM UNGER; VERA GREAVES, PETER BRIGGS, NEVILLE GREAVES, MARIE PASE, ESTHER DUES, DANYELLA COFFEY, ABENAA BEY.
NOMINEES TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE PLAINFIELD AFRICAN CARIBBEAN COMMISSION: CHARLES UGO EKE; CLIFF SIMON; PHILLIP N. AMAECHI; MARION FORNAH; RICHARD CIMA;OLIVER NKWONTA; IYABO OLABISI SANYA; LOUIS O. IBEKWE.

There is also a discussion item regarding a resolution for the Housing Authority -regarding need for the Elmwood Gardens. I had thought that something of that order was apassed in 2011 or 12.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

THANKSGIVING

It is a given

A Happy Safe Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HANUKKAH & THANKGIVING





Thursday marks a rare event in history, for the first time since 1888 the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are the same day. It will be 78,000 years before this happens again.

All who profess to have a Judo-Christian orientation should reflect and consider that the confluence of the start of Hanukkah 5774 on Thanksgiving 2013 should be a time for special Thanks.

Why? If it had not been for the Maccabees successful revolt there would be no Jewish religion today, and of course no Jesus Christ and therefore no Christianity.

We would all be worshiping a pantheon of Greco/Roman Gods, thconcept of monotheism may have been lost forever. 

For those who would wish to know the relationship this account from Wikipedia:

Judea was part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt until 200 BCE when King Antiochus III the Great of Syria defeated King Ptolemy V Epiphanes of Egypt at the Battle of Panium. Judea became at that moment part of the Seleucid Empire of Syria. King Antiochus III the Great wanting to conciliate his new Jewish subjects guaranteed their right to "live according to their ancestral customs" and to continue to practice their religion in the Temple of Jerusalem. However in 175 BCE, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus III invaded Judea, As the ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus tells us:

"The king being thereto disposed beforehand, complied with them, and came upon the Jews with a great army, and took their city by force, and slew a great multitude of those that favored Ptolemy, and sent out his soldiers to plunder them without mercy. He also spoiled the temple, and put a stop to the constant practice of offering a daily sacrifice of expiation for three years and six months. 


When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple (the sacrifice of pigs to the Greek gods was standard ritual practice in the Ancient Greek religion).

Antiochus's actions provoked a large-scale revolt. Mattityahu, a Jewish priest, and his five sons Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus. Judah became known as Yehuda HaMakabi ("Judah the Hammer"). By 166 BCE Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader. By 165 BCE the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event. Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made. According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that one flask was found with only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.

Hanukkah is not a religious holiday but rather a traditionally secular one; a family holiday with the non-religious ambiance of the Christmas-New Year’s season.