Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

South Jersey Sojourn – Cranberry Festival, Renault Winery, Smithville and the Jersey Devil

The weather this weekend was fantastic for a classic fall sojourn to South Jersey. My family and I spent Saturday driving many of the back roads and taking in the sights of the southern part of our State.

We made  stops at the Cranberry Festival which was being held in Chatsworth, the self proclaimed Capital of the Pine Lands, Renault Winery and Smithville before ending the day having dinner at the Oyster Creek Inn at Leeds Point, Leeds Point being the fabled birth place of the Jersey Devil.











(All photos the property of MiddletownMike)

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South Jersey Sojourn – Cranberry Festival, Renault Winery, Smithville and the Jersey Devil

The weather this weekend was fantastic for a classic fall sojourn to South Jersey. My family and I spent Saturday driving many of the back roads and taking in the sights of the southern part of our State.

We made  stops at the Cranberry Festival which was being held in Chatsworth, the self proclaimed Capital of the Pine Lands, Renault Winery and Smithville before ending the day having dinner at the Oyster Creek Inn at Leeds Point, Leeds Point being the fabled birth place of the Jersey Devil.











(All photos the property of MiddletownMike)

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Gen. Colin Powell Endoreses Obama On Meet The Press


This just in, moments ago on NBC’ s Meet The Press, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell  has just endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.

“I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama,” Powell said.

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Gen. Colin Powell Endoreses Obama On Meet The Press


This just in, moments ago on NBC’ s Meet The Press, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell  has just endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.

“I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama,” Powell said.

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>St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Toledo Blade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For Obama

>Three battleground newspaper endorsements for Barack Obama. Each is located deep in the heart of the white working class constituencies Obama needs to win in November.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch– “Over the past nine months, Mr. Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, has emerged as the only truly transformative candidate in the race. In the crucible that is a presidential campaign, his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure consistently have been impressive. He has surrounded himself with smart, capable advisers who have helped him refine thorough, nuanced policy positions.
In a word, Mr. Obama has been presidential.”

Toledo Blade – “For guidance in arriving at this momentous decision, the election of the next president of the United States, we can look to the sober lessons of history. Without exaggeration, the country faces a transformational election on Nov. 4, not unlike that of 1932, which prefaced Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and a long slog out of the Great Depresssion.
Like the choice 76 years ago, next month’s election is one in which voters have the power to cast aside the failed, greed-driven principles of governance and economics that have led to the current downturn and return to an equilibrium in which hard work is again rewarded by a decent standard of living for the average American.
To be sure, the path to recovery won’t be easy for the next president. There are ominous signs that the economy will continue to falter before confidence can be restored in the financial system. The leadership required to contain and reorder the economic mess created by eight years of heedless deregulation will have to be both inspired and inspiring.
We believe the person best equipped by temperament and intellect to firmly grasp the reins of government and guide it safely forward in these uncertain times is Barack Obama.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette– “Mr. McCain is not the steady hand he purports to be, and nothing proves it more than his reckless selection of Sarah Palin, whose lack of knowledge to take over as president has becoming increasingly obvious and embarrassing. If Mr. McCain had chosen one of the many accomplished women in the Republican Party, his candidacy would have the stamp of seriousness. Instead, it bears the superficial imprint of pandering populism.
But this election is not just about the shortcomings of Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin and the failed legacy of a philosophy that they seek to perpetuate under the hastily erected banner of maverick.
It is about the strengths of Barack Obama, whose rise to prominence is not a fluke or national infatuation but the consequence of his remarkable skills — a keen intellect, noble intentions and the wit and grace to express them in ways that have inspired millions across the country. He has a rare gift exactly suited to the fearful times — he knows the language of reassurance and hope.
…Americans will be called upon to make an exceptional judgment worthy of the times. The forces of history appear to invite boldness and the Post-Gazette believes they should be heeded by voting for the only authentic, fresh agent of change in this race, Barack Obama.”

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Toledo Blade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For Obama

Three battleground newspaper endorsements for Barack Obama. Each is located deep in the heart of the white working class constituencies Obama needs to win in November.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch– “Over the past nine months, Mr. Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, has emerged as the only truly transformative candidate in the race. In the crucible that is a presidential campaign, his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure consistently have been impressive. He has surrounded himself with smart, capable advisers who have helped him refine thorough, nuanced policy positions.
In a word, Mr. Obama has been presidential.”

Toledo Blade – “For guidance in arriving at this momentous decision, the election of the next president of the United States, we can look to the sober lessons of history. Without exaggeration, the country faces a transformational election on Nov. 4, not unlike that of 1932, which prefaced Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and a long slog out of the Great Depresssion.
Like the choice 76 years ago, next month’s election is one in which voters have the power to cast aside the failed, greed-driven principles of governance and economics that have led to the current downturn and return to an equilibrium in which hard work is again rewarded by a decent standard of living for the average American.
To be sure, the path to recovery won’t be easy for the next president. There are ominous signs that the economy will continue to falter before confidence can be restored in the financial system. The leadership required to contain and reorder the economic mess created by eight years of heedless deregulation will have to be both inspired and inspiring.
We believe the person best equipped by temperament and intellect to firmly grasp the reins of government and guide it safely forward in these uncertain times is Barack Obama.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette– “Mr. McCain is not the steady hand he purports to be, and nothing proves it more than his reckless selection of Sarah Palin, whose lack of knowledge to take over as president has becoming increasingly obvious and embarrassing. If Mr. McCain had chosen one of the many accomplished women in the Republican Party, his candidacy would have the stamp of seriousness. Instead, it bears the superficial imprint of pandering populism.
But this election is not just about the shortcomings of Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin and the failed legacy of a philosophy that they seek to perpetuate under the hastily erected banner of maverick.
It is about the strengths of Barack Obama, whose rise to prominence is not a fluke or national infatuation but the consequence of his remarkable skills — a keen intellect, noble intentions and the wit and grace to express them in ways that have inspired millions across the country. He has a rare gift exactly suited to the fearful times — he knows the language of reassurance and hope.
…Americans will be called upon to make an exceptional judgment worthy of the times. The forces of history appear to invite boldness and the Post-Gazette believes they should be heeded by voting for the only authentic, fresh agent of change in this race, Barack Obama.”

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>Daily News endorses Obama for President: He has the promise to renew America at home and abroad

>The endorsements of Barack Obama for President keep rolling in, the NY Daily News has also endorsed him this morning.

“The need for a fresh start in America has grown markedly in the two years of this presidential campaign, and became imperative as the crippled financial system punishes workers, families and retirees in the country.
The U.S. is in want of leadership that repairs a damaged economy, restores faith in government as an engine for the common good and returns competence to the White House after the spectacular failures of the Bush administration.
Barack Obama holds the greater promise of accomplishing the mission than does John McCain. The Daily News endorses the 47-year-old Democrat, the first black American to win a major party nomination, for President.”

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