Monday, May 29, 2017


Perhaps after this nasty Memorial Day you might be interested on how a similar holiday and   Nov. 11;Veteran’s Day originally known as  WW1 Armistice Day are celebrated in other countries.  Kudos to my son Andy who  researched this to find out why the Brits were celebrating this weekend.

(The) Last Monday in May is UK’s Spring Bank Holiday! Statutory bank holiday from 1971,[12] following a trial period from 1965 to 1970. Replaced Whit Monday, which was formerly a public holiday whose date varied according to the date of Easter.[12][13][14] The legislation does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs. (Wikipedia)

And according to Tessa Berenson (May 23, 2015)
While they aren't all on the same date, countries around the world have their own days and traditions to commemorate fallen soldiers.
Here's how five other nations celebrate their versions of Memorial Day.
Australia and New Zealand—Anzac Day
Anzac Day, April 25, is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the World War I. The day begins with commemorative services at dawn, followed by marches of former military men and women. People also play two-up on Anzac Day, a gambling game that involves betting on which way pennies will land on the table that was often played by Australian soldiers in World War I.
The Netherlands—Dodenherdenking
Dodenherdenking, which means "remembrance of the dead" in Dutch, is held every year on May 4, and celebrates all civilians and military members from the Netherlands who have died in conflicts since World War II. The main ceremony of the day is observed in Amsterdam at the National Monument on Dam Square, attended by the royal family. At 8 p.m., two minutes of silence are observed throughout the country; even public transportation is halted.
England—Remembrance Day
Celebrated on Nov. 11, Remembrance Day marks the end of fighting in World War I. It is celebrated throughout the British Commonwealth, but in England, the British Royal Family assembles outside for two minutes of silence beginning at 11 a.m. Poppies have become the symbol of the day in England; wreaths of them are laid at war memorials and small artificial ones are worn on clothing.
Belgium—Armistice Day
Belgium also celebrates the end of World War I on Nov. 11. The nation holds a Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The Last Post was a bugle call played by armies to mark the end of the day, and it is now used by the country to remember fallen soldiers. At the end of the ceremony, people lay wreaths of poppies and the flowers are released from the top of the gate.
After a brief period when the Nazi propaganda machine changed Germany's day of remembrance to a day of hero worship, the nation went back to celebrating Volkstrauertag as a solemn honoring of the dead. Celebrated on whichever Sunday falls closest to Nov. 16, on Volkstrauertag the President of Germany gives a speech alongside the Chancellor, the cabinet and the diplomatic corps. The national anthem and the song "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden" ("I had a comrade") are played in the national ceremony, and in local provinces veterans often march from their churches to war memorials.


Yes I overslept

On this day I shall memorialize all citizens and those immigrants of all races and faiths of the past 240 years  who have served and died to protect the civil rights granted to us under the Constitution.

This is a photo of five fellow 1st Battalion, 194th Glider Infantry Regiment: 17th Airborne Division survivors of the Battle of the Bulge and a combat Glider landing in Germany plus the closing of the ring around the Ruhr.(I am without a helmet) Two of the original five  Battalion medical officers were killed.
I am the only one left from this 1945 photo in Duisburg Germany. May the others rest in peace?

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Always time for more recent political cartoons/. Thank G** we still have freedom of the press.


There was an article in the business section of Wednesday’s Times that all local politicians and administrators should consider. The story “Add a Rail Stop and Developers Will Follow” tells about what has happened in the Boston metropolitan area as well as in other locations in the country when a new or revitalized old RR station was planned and placed in operation.

Could this be applicable to Plainfield? Certainly the old Grant Ave Station which was once bustling center for commuters and perhaps the Clinton Ave location could once again become a hub for redevelopment especially by the time more direct services will be available into the city, There may well be increased use for transportation between local stops especially downtown as well as other cities along the route in either direction

For those who are proactive about Plainfield’s future this could be worth consideration.

This brings me to the upcoming Democrat primary. I have already cast my absentee ballot and I will neither discuss how I voted or who I would recommend other than suggest you read Dan’s column today.

With that said I may comment on some negative factors about the four candidates and perhaps a few positives.

In many ways Mapp’s administration has been a breath of fresh air after Robinson-Briggs two terms of personalized rule which did nothing to attack people and substantial business to Plainfield. Mapp’s most positive actions have been the appointments of Riley (Public Safety), West (Administration and Finance), Sanchez (Development), and Taylor (Recreation). However he has as expected shown that he is a politician that is influenced by political affiliations. One prime example is his appointment of Watson as Director of Public Works after castigating him for his personal financial excesses as head of PMUA as well as Watson’s unearned golden parachute.

I have always expressed my distaste for members of any religious clergy holding a responsible political office. One reason being that they can have a demagogue’s hold over their followers. Some examples religious domination and exclusions such as the Ayatollah’s in Iran or the extreme Orthodox faction in Israel. Also Detroit’s anti-Semitic Father Charles Coughlin** or the infamous Jim Jones and his 900 suicided followers are bad examples of how those in the pulpit can influence susceptible people. Theocracy in any form endangers civil rights.

Brown’s tract record at the Council; her too often unexplained abstentions and frequent missed meetings as well as her history at the PMUA negate what good she has accomplished in her ministerial role.

Rivers is a product of the Green boss-man-ship, she and her extended family have benefited from that relationship. Her role on the Council for the past few years has been anti-administration and her own political activism; not municipal constructive.

I know nothing about Dr. Henrilynn Davis Ibezim for even considering.