Daily Archives: 09/08/2010

Gallup Poll’s Generic Ballot is Tied

(Community Matters) Last week, some were crowing about the Gallup poll’s generic ballot being at -10 for Democrats.

Now, the Gallup poll’s generic ballot is tied. National polls for congressional district races are meaningless anyhow, but thought I’d share the latest for balanced perspective. Each race will be won or lost in each district. It’ll be all about turn out and whether we want to rehire political leadership which brought us near economic collapse or  leadership which has delivered healthcare reform, financial regulatory reform and prevented another Great Depression

ADL Calls “International Burn a Koran Day” Reprehensible

(Community Matters) very pleased to see ADL weighing in here

ADL Calls “International Burn a Koran Day” Reprehensible

Boca Raton, FL, August 5, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemns plans of the Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) to hold “International Burn a Koran Day” on September 11, 2010.  While utterly reprehensible, these plans are not unexpected.  They fall within DWOC’s established pattern of anti-Islam activities, which are detailed in a new ADL backgrounder on the group.

Andrew Rosenkranz, ADL Florida Regional Director, issued the following statement:

The Anti-Defamation League is dismayed by the Dove World Outreach Center’s public campaign to promote anti-Islam propaganda.  The group is providing a platform for hatred against all Muslims, and is promulgating myths, falsehoods and stereotypes about Islam.

The upcoming “International Burn a Koran Day” is the latest anti-Islam tactic employed by an organization led by Pastor Terry Jones and author of the book, “Islam is of the Devil.”  It undoubtedly is intended to cast blame on all Muslims for 9/11, and not the extremists who perpetrated the terrorist attack.

Recent examples of DWOC’s hate-fueled activities include: an “Islam is of the Devil” campaign in July 2009 and was publicly condemned by ADL; DWOC member participation in an anti-gay demonstration organized by the Westboro Baptist Church in April 2010; and a July 5, 2010 protest of the Islamic Center on University Ave. in Gainesville.

Rosh Hashanah

(Community Matters)

Happy New Year

L’shanah tova

L’shanah tova = for a good year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.

There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.

The shofar is a ram’s horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue.