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A week of drama that focused the world’s eyes on Gainesville because of a preacher’s plan to burn the Quran ended Saturday night with charity, fellowship and a candlelight memorial to those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A Day of Peace and Unity sponsored by the Gainesville Muslim Initiative at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza downtown drew religious leaders of many denominations who thanked Alachua County for its tolerance and compassion, and honored the many freedoms in America.
As it has on Saturday for the past three years, the Muslim organization Project Downtown served meals on the plaza to the homeless and underprivileged.
But added activities to mark the 9/11 anniversary included a candlelight vigil, speeches by religious and community leaders, a blood drive, food and book drives and other events.
About 300 people gathered on Northwest 53rd Street to march three-fourths of a mile in counter-protest to the center’s plan, albeit canceled, to burn the Quran.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition lends a helping hand to the Wagstaff family, a Gainesville, Fla. family of six receiving an extreme home makeover, Monday, December 7, 2009.
So many things these days are not all they are cracked up to be, but this seems to be the real deal. The way I understand it, there were five families who knew they were the finalists and had a chance, but no one knew this particular family was chosen until it happened, including them. (Anyone involved who may have known were required to sign confidentiality agreements to keep the secret.) So it was a genuine surprise to them.
They sent the family off for a vacation to return on Sunday when the home is to be finished. I couldn’t believe they would be able to demolish and rebuild a house in a week, but we’ll see.
All the food for the volunteers is provided around the clock by volunteers. They will work in shifts and work will never stop until the house is complete.
Update: December 1oth. Home taking shape.
Posted: 12.09.09 Updated: 12.11.09
There were some 700 such rallies across America yesterday. Peaceful protests. Americans exercising our right to free speech and right to assembly. And Nancy Pelosi is either so out of touch with what is happening or is just plain lying to say it is some “astroturf” movement financed by the rich in the country. Just not true. And MSNBC and CNN and their “journalists” just plain think it’s funny.
This all started back during the very first Bailout by the Bush Administration. At the time we were just individuals out here in our homes mad and outraged about it. It takes a little time for a real and authentic grassroots movement to take shape and for likeminded Americans to make contact with each other and get this huge statement before the country and the world that happened yesterday.
And of course the Bush Bailout was not the end but only the beginning and it’s just enough already!!
Truth: The MSM has deliberately failed to cover any of the rallies that preceded this one that have been popping up across the nation since last Fall. And they are making fun of this one yesterday.
Fox covered the events but they did not start nor organize them. There would have been no honest coverage if not for Fox. All that would have been broadcasted would have been the lies of the other networks and politicians like Pelosi who think they know everything and are extremely out of touch. I honestly feel sorry for anyone who only gets their news from the likes of CNN or MSNBC. Their coverage of these events yesterday when contrasted to the truth about them should be enough to wake up any fair-minded person.
We are hard-working, law-abiding citizens, mothers, fathers, families, ex-military, parents with children now serving in the military, voters, consumers, the people who keep this country running.
Protesters on a variety of political issues line up along East University Ave. with signs during the conservative tea party protest on Tax Day at the downtown Gainesville square on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.
Protesters line up along East University Ave. with signs during the conservative tea party protest on Tax Day at the downtown Gainesville square on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.
Here are some accounts from others:
See Here, this one in Texas.
And this account below from a friend in Missouri:
“”Today, our city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, on the outskirts of Kansas City, had a tea party in front of city hall. It was held between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. The weather cooperated beautifully, and I would estimate that 1,000 people attended. It wasn’t a “hate Obama” rally but a more spiritual oriented rally with emphasis on opposition to the gross ( an understatement) amount of money that has been authorized lately by way of the stimulus bill that none of our lawmakers read.
I got a lot of still photos, but they were from my cellphone only, so don’t know how they have turned out yet. There were lots of unique signs. My favorite was :
“Next Time Read The Bill”
It was all positive and inspiring and I sure didn’t feel so alone. I’m sure most everyone there was gaining encouragement from each other.
I wanted to go to the one in Kansas City later this afternoon which will be held at Liberty Memorial and will probably have some national coverage, but because of time, I opted to go to the one in my town, and it was rewarding to see all this at a grassroots level.
I’ve always been proud of my country but had a special excitement and love for it today.
God Bless America!””