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Forget Bain — Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal

Forget Bain — Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal
By Marc A. Thiessen, Published: May 24

Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity — and that record is not pretty.

Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures:

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President Obama Won’t Be Returning His Donations From Bain Capital

President Obama Won’t Be Returning His Donations From Bain Capital
By Hunter Walker 5/24 8:33pm

Though the Obama campaign has repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney for his career at Bain Capital, President Obama still accepted $7,500 in campaign contributions from three Bain executives. His campaign press secretary, Ben LaBolt told The Politicker the president has no intention of giving the money back.

“No one aside from Mitt Romney is running for President highlighting their tenure as a corporate buyout specialist as one of job creation, when in fact, his goal was profit maximization,” said Mr. LaBolt. ”The President has support from business leaders across industries who have seen him pull the economy back from the brink of another depression, manufacturing and the auto industry revived, and support his agenda to build an economy that lasts where America outinnovates and outeducates the rest of the world and economic security for the middle class is restored.”

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National Hamburger Month & Day!

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National Hamburger Month & Day!

Tracing history back thousands of years, we learn that even the ancient Egyptians ate ground meat, and down through the ages we also find that ground meat has been shaped into patties and eaten all over the world under many different name.

1209-1121 – Genghis Khan (1167-1227), crowned the “emperor of all emperors,” and his army of fierce Mongol horsemen, known as the “Golden Horde,” conquered two thirds of the then known world. The Mongols were a fast-moving, cavalry-based army that rode small sturdy ponies. They stayed in their saddles for long period of time, sometimes days without ever dismounting. They had little opportunity to stop and build a fire for their meal.

The entire village would follow behind the army on great wheeled carts they called “yurts,” leading huge herds of sheep, goats, oxen, and horses. As the army needed food that could be carried on their mounts and eaten easily with one hand while they rode, ground meat was the perfect choice. They would use scrapings of lamb or mutton which were formed into flat patties. They softened the meat by placing them under the saddles of their horses while riding into battle. When it was time to eat, the meat would be eaten raw, having been tenderized by the saddle and the back of the horse.

1238 – When Genghis Khan’s grandson, Khubilai Khan (1215-1294), invaded Moscow, they naturally brought their unique dietary ground meat with them. The Russians adopted it into their own cuisine with the name “Steak Tartare,” (Tartars being their name for the Mongols). Over many years, Russian chefs adapted and developed this dish and refining it with chopped onions and raw eggs.

In the late eighteenth century, the largest ports in Europe were in Germany. Sailors who had visited the ports of Hamburg, Germany and New York, brought this food and term “Hamburg Steak” into popular usage. To attract German sailors, eating stands along the New York city harbor offered “steak cooked in the Hamburg style.”

In 1802, the Oxford English Dictionary defined Hamburg steak as salt beef. It had little resemblance to the hamburger we know today. It was a hard slab of salted minced beef, often slightly smoked, mixed with onions and breadcrumbs. The emphasis was more on durability than taste.

Immigrants to the United States from German-speaking countries brought with them some of their favorite foods. One of them was Hamburg Steak. The Germans simply flavored shredded low-grade beef with regional spices, and both cooked and raw it became a standard meal among the poorer classes. In the seaport town of Hamburg, it acquired the name Hamburg steak. Today, this hamburger patty is no longer called Hamburg Steak in Germany but rather “Frikadelle,” “Frikandelle” or “Bulette,” orginally Italian and French words.

According to Theodora Fitzgibbon in her book The Food of the Western World – An Encyclopedia of food from North American and Europe:

The originated on the German Hamburg-Amerika line boats, which brought emigrants to America in the 1850s. There was at that time a famous Hamburg beef which was salted and sometimes slightly smoked, and therefore ideal for keeping on a long sea voyage. As it was hard, it was minced and sometimes stretched with soaked breadcrumbs and chopped onion. It was popular with the Jewish emigrants, who continued to make Hamburg steaks, as the patties were then called, with fresh meat when they settled in the U.S.

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Micky Ward at Bookends

Micky Ward at Bookends , Tuesday, May 29th @7:00pm
Former WBU Boxing Champ & Main character of the film: The Fighter, Micky Ward, will sing his new book: Warrior’s Heart ,Books available May 1st

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to insure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed. We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-445-0726

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This week in golf: Peter Repetto of Ridgewood among local golfers teeing off in “Ike” qualifiers

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This week in golf: Peter Repetto of Ridgewood among local golfers teeing off in “Ike” qualifiers

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

Adam Kugler, low amateur at this month’s New Jersey Senior Open, heads the cast of North Jerseyans trying to qualify this week for the Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship.

Kugler, who plays out of Alpine Country Club in Demarest and last week qualified for the State Amateur, is among 10 locals teeing off at Tuesday’s Ike qualifier at Paramount in New City, N.Y.

He will be joined by Matt Finger of Darlington, Phil Fabrizio of Knickerbocker and Jeffrey Alecci of Hackensack.

Also competing are Luke Edelman and Justin Link of North Jersey, Alex Navarro of Apple Ridge, Peter Repetto of Ridgewood, Peter Elfers of Hackensack, and Jin Jeon of MGA eClub.

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49% Consider Memorial Day One of the Most Important Holidays

49% Consider Memorial Day One of the Most Important Holidays

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nearly half of Americans continue to rank Memorial Day as one of the nation’s most important holidays . A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just five percent (5%) of American Adults consider it one of the least important holidays, but 44% see it as somewhere in between.


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Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration

Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration
Evening Activities and Fireworks Tickets
Summer’s Best Entertainment Value

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Alternate Date – Thursday, July 5, 2012
Veterans Field, Ridgewood, New Jersey

July 4th in Ridgewood is a very special day that our entire area looks forward to all year. This year’s theme is “Born in New Jersey.” The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Committee is an all-volunteer community group that coordinates the day’s events and does not receive direct funding from the Village of Ridgewood.

We are actively preparing for what we know will be a spectacular celebration, and it is vital that we have community support. Please consider helping to “Support the Tradition”. Because of generous support from the community, we have one of the best small town Independence Day celebrations.

While the Parade is free, Fireworks Tickets are required for entrance to Veterans Field. Donations for Fireworks Tickets are one of the Celebration’s largest sources of income. Ticket sales cover the evening entertainment which begins at 6:30pm, the fireworks at dark, as well as the bands in the parade, additional security and traffic control. Come early and enjoy some great entertainment.

For many years the cost of our tickets remained the same while our costs increased. In recent years we have had to increase our ticket prices. It was a decision that the Committee did reluctantly in the face of rising costs. To keep the ticket prices as reasonable as possible for attendees, while covering costs, pre-sales of tickets are being made available through a wide range of local businesses.

Tickets to the Evening Entertainment and Fireworks are now on sale at the locations below. Buy your tickets in advance for $8.00 and save over 50% off the gate price of $15.00 for adults ($10.00 for children 6 to 12).

Backyard Living- 235 Franklin Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-689-9111
Daily Treat- 177 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-652-9113
Goffle Brook Farm- 425 Goffle Road, Ridgewood, 201-652-7540
Harding Wines and Spirits- 305 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-445-7122
Herold’s Farm & Garden Center- 909 Prospect Street, Glen Rock, 201-445-0069
Hillman Electric- 133 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-652-1045
Hogan’s Restaurant Diner- 20 Central Avenue, Midland Park, 201-445-2849
Hoskins Propane, 523 Goffle Road, Ridgewood, 201-444-1950
JT’s Wines and Spirits- 607 N. Maple Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-652-2220
La Strada- 231 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park- 201-670-9233
North Jersey Community Bank- 171 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-670-8484
Ridgewood Auto Wash Co.- 450 South Broad Street, Glen Rock, 201-444-6037
Ridgewood Cycle Shop- 35 North Broad Street, Ridgewood, 201-444-2553
The Wine Seller- 6 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-444-3300.
Town & Country Apothecary- 60 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood- 201-652-0013.
Many thanks to our ticket vendors! All ticket vendors are volunteers and make no money for their efforts.
Tickets will also be on sale at the Ridgewood Library –Monday, June 25 through Saturday June 30 from 9:00am to 3:00pm; and Sunday, July 1 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Thank you to the Hobbyists and HILT for being our volunteer ticket sellers!
At the gate tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.
Patrons and belongings are subject to security checks when entering Veterans Field.

Handicap parking for the Parade is available on Dayton Street behind Van Neste Park.

Very limited Handicap parking for the Evening Entertainment is available at the parking lot to the east of Veterans Field. Approach Veterans Field on Linwood Avenue from the east. Turn left onto Northern Parkway. Turn right into the parking lot. There are just a few spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A police officer will be posted there to direct you. Those who park in the handicap spaces will not have access to their cars during the fireworks due to the location of the fireworks drop zone.

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration began in 1910 when the local papers, the civic section of the Woman’s Club and the Ridgewood Fire Department joined forces to create a “safe and sane” holiday with an emphasis on Patriotism. It has grown into one of the largest celebrations in the New York City area and has been featured on CNN and Good Morning America as well as local New York stations. The celebration was once again named Best Parade and Fireworks by the readers of 201 Magazine.

Additional information and answers to many of your questions can be found on the Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration’s website at Thank you for “Supporting the Tradition”.

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Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

On the last Monday of May each year, we come together as a grateful nation to honor the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.  Although nothing can ever replace loved ones who laid down their lives to protect the United States and its citizens, let us find strength in knowing that these brave souls perished while fighting in defense of our country’s founding principles.

On this solemn day, Americans across the country and around the world remember the courage and sacrifice of a few who protect the freedom and liberty of all.  If it were not for their selfless dedication, their unwavering commitment to a cause greater than themselves, we would not be here to enjoy the freedoms we have today.

As we gather with friends and family to enjoy the long weekend and celebrate the start of summer, let us not lose sight of the real meaning of Memorial Day by honoring those lost on the field of battle.  Be sure to fly your flag at half mast, visit a cemetery or local memorial in honor of those who died while serving, or volunteer to place flags on the headstones and graves at one of our national cemeteries.  Whatever you do, let us not forget their sacrifice.

May God bless America and may God bless the men and women of the United States military.


Scott Garrett

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Memorial Day – Remembrance

Memorial Day – Remembrance

On this Monday, Memorial Day, let’s take time to remember and honor all those who served in our military and those that serve today. Never forget the men and women who sacrificed and many who gave their lives so that we could have our freedom. As we remember them and say a heartfelt prayer for them all, try to get out and attend a parade locally so others see ‘We the People’ are out and about and want to be included in the remembrance.