Monthly Archives: November 2009

Muslims celebrate Eid al-adha at Brookdale Community College

I thought this was interesting but wonder if some people with small minds would be offended to know that a community college right in their backyard, would help the local Muslim community celebrate one of it’s most holy events of the year – Eid al-adha – a celebration of Abraham.

For all of the talk about how diversity in Monmouth County is cherished and respected, the simple fact of the matter is that minorities make up only about 5 percent of the population. I don’t think that a majority of residents would see this celebration at Brookdale as a positive .
I think they would rather dwell on the negative by saying how could a higher learning center that is taxpayer supported, reach out to a community that is perceived to be so opposed to their Judeo-Christan beliefs.
It’s a shame that a few people would have to feel this way. I think it is a good thing that Brookdale would support such an event as this and lend a hand at helping residents understand that diverisity and understanding of others is a good thing, not something that should be feared or looked down upon.

Asbury Park Press
MIDDLETOWN — Millions of Muslims from around the world celebrated their most important holiday this week with the Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The culmination of the ritual was its Eid al-adha, a celebration to Abraham.

At the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, about 1,000 people attended the Islamic Society of Monmouth County’s celebration on Friday morning.

A pillar of the religion for adherents is to go on a pilgrimage to the holy land.

Ibrahim Naboulis of Marlboro, a member of the society, fulfilled his obligation to his religion five years ago.

“I was one of the lucky ones,” he said, referring his opportunity to go on the pilgrimage as a fate from God.

“I cannot describe the experience,” Naboulis said, referring to his pilgrimage. “There are no kings, no presidents. Everyone is equal, you do not know who is standing, praying next to you. Everyone is the same.”

The Hajj is for Muslims a chance to cleanse themselves of sin, and to be a good person, said Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls. He has had the privilege of going on the pilgrimage five times.

For Muslims in this area, the society celebrates each year with an Eid al-adha.

The celebration at the college included chanting to God, praying, donations for the society and the poor, and a festival that included games for children, food and trivia games.

Mohammad Hugh, 17, of Middletown said someday he would make a pilgrimage to Mecca, but for now he is grateful for attending this event.

Patty Samy Degheidy of South Amboy also attended the religious event.

“We are here to celebrate Abraham,” she said. “This is our day to celebrate the miracle of God allowing Abraham to sacrifice a lamb and not Ismael (Abraham’s son).


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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Jerky Turkey

Thanksgiving may be over but there is plenty of turkey and cranberry sauce left over for sandwiches this afternoon.

It’s time right now to just sit back and relax after a big Black Friday with a bowl of Corn Flakes and enjoy a cartoon.

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 11/28/09 President Obama Delivers Thanksgiving Greeting

President Obama calls to our attention the men and women in uniform who are away from home sacrificing time with family to protect our safety and freedom. He also talks about the progress of health care reform, the Recovery Act, and job creation to ensure that next Thanksgiving will be a brighter day.

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Video: SARAH PALIN BOOK SIGNING – Interviews with Supporters

The Following is from New Left Media and to appreciate what is being said you have to watch the video below. It is simply unbelievable and scary to think how misinformed and ignorant some people are:

On November 20, 2009, Sarah Palin visited Columbus, OH as part of her book signing tour for “Going Rogue.” When her supporters were asked broad questions about why they why they thought she should be president, the responses were vague: She’s “real.” She’ll “stick up for America.”

THERE ARE UNINFORMED OBAMA SUPPORTERS, TOO
It has been said in comments that we would find similarly talking point-driven, substance-less supporters at an Obama rally, and we agree. But no politician has emerged on the national stage as undefined and unqualified as Sarah Palin, and her public persona–which is anti-intellectual by definition–discourages substance. Instead, we get winking. One could hardly imagine her giving a complex speech about race in America, or speaking eloquently about our country’s relations with Islam. Not just because she couldn’t write such a speech (Obama has speech-writers, of course) but because she wouldn’t–such necessarily academic discussion is antithetical to the persona she’s created for herself and that her supporters have come to love.

CHERRY-PICKING
As for accusations of cherry picking, which are commonly thrown at interview-based videos, it simply isn’t what we did. We interviewed only a few more people than ended up in the video, not hundreds, and what was cut was done for time purposes. The people were selected at random–some offered to be interviewed–and we were only there for about 90 mins (it gets dark early and fast in Ohio right now). What didn’t make it into the video was just more footage of people talking generically or about taxes/spending, drilling, and abortion, and we constructed blocks in the piece to represent those issues. Of course the piece was edited to be entertaining (this is YouTube, after all, where the currency is cat videos) but we don’t believe we misrepresented the attitudes of the people at that signing in any way.

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The President Gives His Thanks To Me

When I opened my email a short while ago I found that President Obama had sent me a message of Thanks Givings.

I know that this message of thanks was more than likely sent to thousands of his supporters and is not unique to me, but I am happy to receive it none the less and share it with all of you.

Michael —

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.

Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.

So tomorrow, I’ll be giving thanks for my family — for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.

But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.

The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.

We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.

So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.

It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation.

In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.

You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished — and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve.

So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together.

With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,

President Barack Obama


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Remarks by the President on Pardoning of the National Turkey

The White House
For Immediate Release
November 25, 2009

North Portico

THE PRESIDENT: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Welcome to the White House. On behalf of Sasha and Malia and myself, we’re thrilled to see you. I want to thank Walter Pelletier, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and Joel Brandenberger, its president, for donating this year’s turkey. His name is “Courage,” and he traveled here from Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he was raised under Walter’s own precious care.

(Turkey gobbles.)

THE PRESIDENT: There you go. (Laughter.)

Now, the National Turkey Federation has been bringing its finest turkeys to the White House for more than 50 years. I’m told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys. You can’t fault them for that; that’s a good-looking bird. (Laughter.) President Kennedy was even given a turkey with a sign around its neck that said, “Good Eatin’, Mr. President.” But he showed mercy and he said, “Let’s keep him going.” And 20 years ago this Thanksgiving, the first President Bush issued the first official presidential pardon for a turkey.

Today, I am pleased to announce that thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha — because I was planning to eat this sucker — (laughter) — “Courage” will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate. Later today, he’ll head to Disneyland, where he’ll be grand marshal of tomorrow’s parade. And just in case “Courage” can’t fulfill his responsibilities, Walter brought along another turkey, “Carolina,” as an alternate, the stand-in.

Now, later this afternoon, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will take two of their less fortunate brethren to Martha’s Table, an organization that does extraordinary work to help folks here in D.C. who need it the most. And I want to thank Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, for donating those dressed birds for dinner. So today, all told, I believe it’s fair to say that we have saved or created four turkeys. (Laughter.)

You know, there are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office. And then there are moments like this — (laughter) — where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland. (Laughter.) But every single day, I am thankful for the extraordinary responsibility that the American people have placed in me. I am humbled by the privilege that it is to serve them, and the tremendous honor it is to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military in the world — and I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to every service member at home or in harm’s way. We’re proud of you and we are thinking of you and we’re praying for you.

When my family and I sit around the table tomorrow, just like millions of other families across America, we’ll take time to give our thanks for many blessings. But we’ll also remember this is a time when so many members of our American family are hurting. There’s no question this has been a tough year for America. We’re at war. Our economy is emerging from an extraordinary recession into recovery. But there’s a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

In more tranquil times, it’s easy to notice our many blessings. It’s even easier to take them for granted. But in times like these, they resonate a bit more powerfully. When President Lincoln set aside the National Day of Thanksgiving for the first time — to celebrate America’s “fruitful fields,” “healthful skies,” and the “strength and vigor” of the American people — it was in the midst of the Civil War, just when the future of our very union was most in doubt. So think about that. When times were darkest, President Lincoln understood that our American blessings shined brighter than ever.

This is an era of new perils and new hardships. But we are, as ever, a people of endless compassion, boundless ingenuity, limitless strength. We’re the heirs to a hard-earned history and stewards of a land of God-given beauty. We are Americans. And for all this, we give our humble thanks — to our predecessors, to one another, and to God.

So on this quintessentially American holiday, as we give thanks for what we’ve got, let’s also give back to those who are less fortunate. As we give thanks for our loved ones, let us remember those who can’t be with us. And as we give thanks for our security, let’s in turn thank those who’ve sacrificed to make it possible, wherever they may be.

Now, before this turkey gets too nervous that Bo will escape and screw up this pardon — (laughter) — or before I change my mind, I hereby pardon “Courage” so that he can live out the rest of his days in peace and tranquility in Disneyland.

And to every American, I want to wish you, on behalf of myself, Malia, Sasha, and Michelle, the happiest of Thanksgivings. Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

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Keyport candidates to face off in run-off

From the Asbury Park Press

KEYPORT — It’s back to square one in the razor-thin election between Democratic incumbent councilwoman Christian Bolte and Republican challenger Edward Burlew after an official recount by the Board of Elections Tuesday afternoon shifted one of provisional ballots over to Burlew, creating a dead heat tie at 1,064 votes apiece, officials said.

The result: According to Monmouth County election law, requires a brand new election be held for the Keyport Borough Council seat.

Keyport Borough Clerk Valerie Heilweil must now set a new election date – likely to be set on Jan 12.

Keyport will be required to foot the bill, said Leah Falk, chairwoman of the Monmouth County Board of Elections, who oversaw the election re-count at Board of Election headquarters in Freehold Tuesday.

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