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Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks?

Are you kidding me?

Really, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks?

Why is it that then most of us have turned it into a microcosm of all that is wrong with the world?

Here we go, pre-Thanksgiving….

how does it line up in your house? in your family?

Got to tell you, don’t know if it works this way in your camp, but in our family, holidays start the period of war……….who is doing what and who isn’t? Who is cooking, who isn’t? who is paying the food bill? who hates who? Did she wear the wrong dress? did she not bring the right dish? did he not sit on the couch and be able to spit out the right football stats?

Where are we and what are we doing? That’s all we want to know, how have we come to the consequences of our collective decisions?

“Hudson County Native” here we go: Menendez v. Kean

Local papers report: “Hudson County native fights to keep seat in Nov. 7 election” (Hoboken Reporter: ok, ok, gotta get deeper and closer to the source in this, gotta get into Hudson County and see what the Hudson County Resident is going on about)

Where does Menedez live now? Hoboken.

Where was the garbage to be? Jersey City.

Ok, “Hudson County Resident”, one point for you. So why then is the forecast that the Republican hold is slipping away? Could it be that despite Wikepedia statistics on Mr. Kean, that somehow the statistics and smear campaign are still not enough? That even garbage smells better?

Menendez is credited with things too you know, more money for more trains, or more rails, same difference, (separate but equal, right?), and hey, he got to help get his hands on money for Port security…I don’t know, but I think that ranks. And how about helping those Senior Citizens, (and yes, they apparently get younger all the time, regardless, they are “Seniors”), get health prescription assistance?

Did you know that some of Hudson County’s Democrats have gone to jail on corruption charges? Kean believes this is a big campaign issue. Is that the same as saying the Republican party is free of criminal and/or corrupt politicians?

and this site: http://www.bluejersey.net/

can you shed some light?

On Trial: Female Circumcision in America

Believed to be the first reported criminal case in America, the Associated Press is reporting that a father is on trial in Georgia, having been accusued of circumcising his daughter and the mother discovered it a year later. The parents are not now married.

So not so fast, the Dad an immigrant from Ethopia says he did not and would never do that.

Is this a case of he said, she said? A consequence of ill feelings following divorce? Will anyone ever really truly know?

What is at stake is in the mind of America, a young girl went through a brutal and creul process. Regardless of who did this to the young girl, will the impact of culture prove to mitigate what is otherwise considered to be, in this country, a horrific crime?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/10/27/female.circumcision.ap/index.html

Stats on Kean: Thank you Wikipedia

New Jersey Assembly

Kean was appointed to the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, in April 2001, to fill out the unexpired term of Alan Augustine, who had resigned due to health reasons. He then was elected to a full term in the Assembly in his own right in November 2001. There he was the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and served as Vice Chairman for the State Government Committee.

In March 2003, he was appointed to the State Senate, to fill out the unexpired term of Rich Bagger. In November 2003, he was elected to fill the seat he had been appointed to. In 2004, Kean was elected Senate Minority Whip, a position he still holds. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, and previously was on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

In the state legislature, Kean has been a proponent of ethics reform in New Jersey government. He was the original sponsor of legislation banning pay to play practices in New Jersey. He has sponsored legislation to streamline government, promote education, protect the environment, and lower property taxes.

Kean was one of only twenty-four elected officials from across the United States to be chosen as a distinguished Aspen Rodel Fellow in Public Service. In 2002, Kean was named one of forty state leaders from the entire nation to be recognized as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments for high achievement and service to state government.

In 2005, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors named Kean as a Legislative Leader. He has also received, for the second year in a row, the Amerigroup Foundation’s Champion for Children award for his advocacy on behalf of children’s health issues. He also has been named Legislator of the year by the Fireman’s Benevolent Association and has received a 100% voting record with the National Federation of Independent Business.”

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kean_Jr.

Civil Union or Marriage? N.J. Again.

Law has always been a distinction between words. The English language is replete with words that sound the same, are spelled the same, but woe for you if English is not your native language.

So is civil union truly the same as marriage? If it is, why is NJ having such an issue and giving the lawmakers six months to find the proper words?

A civil union is a legal partnership agreement between two persons. They are typically created for same-sex couples with the purpose of granting them some benefits that are found in marriage. Civil unions were made to try to appease same sex couples. They are given very limited advantages compared to married couples. The amount of advantages vary within the state but their rights aren’t nearly equivalent to married couples. Some jurisdictions, however, also allow entry by opposite-sex couples. Unions that are similar to or synonymous with civil unions include civil partnerships, registered partnerships , and domestic partnerships. Some jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, have unions that on the paper are similar to marriage, while some only allow minimal reciprocal benefits. Many people are critical of civil unions because they say it creates a separate status that’s unequal to marriage. Others are critical because they say it is introducing same-sex marriage by using a different name.

A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. The fact that marriage often has the dual nature of a binding legal contract plus a moral promise can make it difficult to characterize.

A married couple can be called each other’s spouses, and spousal is used as a legal term for the marital relation. A royal married couple are consorts.

In one form or another, marriage is found in virtually every society. The very oldest records that refer to it speak of it as an established custom. Despite attempts by anthropologists to trace its origin (and test the hypothesis of primitive promiscuity), evidence is lacking.

In Western societies, marriage has traditionally been understood as a monogamous union, while in other parts of the world polygamy has been a common form of marriage. Usually this has taken the form of polygyny (a man having several wives) but a very few societies have permitted polyandry (a woman having several husbands). [1]

source://en.wikipedia.org/

The question remains: separate but equal? And is there equality if there is a separate “class”?

Google? YouTube? Copyright Infringement?

Got us, but I’m willing to watch the blog………….

http://fanpotai.wordpress.com/2006/

looks like could be an interesting story, we bookmarked this blog, and no, again, we have no interest or affilitation, just morbid curiousity………………………

anyone with updates, post away…

Stats on Kean: Thank you Wikipedia

New Jersey Assembly

Kean was appointed to the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, in April 2001, to fill out the unexpired term of Alan Augustine, who had resigned due to health reasons. He then was elected to a full term in the Assembly in his own right in November 2001. There he was the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and served as Vice Chairman for the State Government Committee.

In March 2003, he was appointed to the State Senate, to fill out the unexpired term of Rich Bagger. In November 2003, he was elected to fill the seat he had been appointed to. In 2004, Kean was elected Senate Minority Whip, a position he still holds. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, and previously was on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

In the state legislature, Kean has been a proponent of ethics reform in New Jersey government. He was the original sponsor of legislation banning pay to play practices in New Jersey. He has sponsored legislation to streamline government, promote education, protect the environment, and lower property taxes.

Kean was one of only twenty-four elected officials from across the United States to be chosen as a distinguished Aspen Rodel Fellow in Public Service. In 2002, Kean was named one of forty state leaders from the entire nation to be recognized as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments for high achievement and service to state government.

In 2005, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors named Kean as a Legislative Leader. He has also received, for the second year in a row, the Amerigroup Foundation’s Champion for Children award for his advocacy on behalf of children’s health issues. He also has been named Legislator of the year by the Fireman’s Benevolent Association and has received a 100% voting record with the National Federation of Independent Business.”

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kean_Jr.