It’s Pledge Ride Time . . . By late afternoon today (Thursday) – Anne, Stryker and I will be in Gananoque Ontario, which is just East of Kingston, and literally minutes from the THOUSAND Island Bridge that crosses the Mighty St Lawrence River into the USA.
The RIDE from our home to Gananoque is only about three-hours, which is great for us, since we’ve worked ourselves to exhaustion liquidating the farm, while at the same time taking care of all that needs to be taken care of for the Pledge Ride.
ALSO – Anne, Stryker and I will be meeting other Pledge Riders from Montreal and Toronto at Gananoque, from where together, we will begin the FOUR hour RIDE at early Friday morning to Scranton PA, where RIDERS from New York, and as far away as Texas will kick off the Pledge RIDE with us at a Jewish Sabbath Ceremony.
Two of our Jewish Riders including me, will participate in Age Old Sabbath Prayers. Lauren Secular of New York City will BLESS the Sabbath Candles. Andy Reti, our Child Holocaust Survivor will BLESS the Sabbath Wine. And I will recite the BLESSING over the Sabbath Bread (Challah).
Pastor Gary Burd of the M-25 Mission of Hope Riders will then BLESS the group, the event, and pray for a meaningful and safe journey.
THEN IT’S PIZZA ALL AROUND.
We’ve been planning this event for more than one year, and as much as I would NOT like to say this, the TIMING comes at a most propitious moment, as the UGLY side of the WORLD is rearing its fangs at Jews throughout the globe.
Based on our Pledge Ride literature, there are regrettably NO Shortages of LEFTIST Jewish Groups, including “some” high level Diplomats and Bureaucrats with the government of Israel who think that our Pledge Ride message is too harsh, and have actually rescinded their participation in some of our events.
There are plenty of Jewish Groups amongst the RIDER Community who also think we are over the top when it comes to our VERY Conservative views on how the world sees Israel and the Jewish People, and how we respond to what we see as the never ending threat of EXTREME Anti-Semitism.
These LEFTISTS think we’re extremists, and that we are ONLY exasperating the problem; a problem many of them don’t really see. BUT – in 1939, when the Holocaust was in its infancy, and Nazi Europe with no shortage of friends throughout the civilized Western World were aiding and abetting them, these same types of DENIERS – ALSO DID NOT SEE A PROBLEM.
The Gaza War . . . even though it left the “Palestinian” Arabs in Gaza broken and bloodied, Israel won NOTHING. Israel spent BILLIONS of DOLLARS, while her citizens bled, died and lived with trauma through no fault of the Israeli people, just because the “Palestinians” in GAZA were able to rain TERROR on innocent men, women and children.
And now that Netanyahu declared a CEASE FIRE with the Islamic MURDERERS before exacting a surrender or total collapse of the Gaza TERRORISTS known as Hamas, the same old . . . same old simply repeats itself.
I can only imagine the unbelievable pressure that was foisted upon the shoulders of Netanyahu by Europe, the UN and MOSTLY by Barack Obama and Obama’s State Department to capitulate . . . BUT NETANYAHU SHOULD NOT HAVE SUCCUMBED.
If Netanyahu could NOT stand the pressure to FINISH THE JOB, he should have resigned and turned his leadership over to one of the other Israeli leaders who would have done what had to be done.
Or at least . . . bring it to a vote amongst the Cabinet, which seemed more than ready to FIGHT-ON until Hamas yelled UNCLE or were obliterated.
It is indeed a travesty that Israel stands alone, as the only country in the world, which has won all of her wars, yet NEVER got a surrender from any of her defeated enemies.
IN SPITE OF IT ALL . . . and many ROADBLOCKS – The Pledge RIDE is on its way.
I’m taking this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the people who helped in any capacity, from the good FOLKS who sent in monetary support, to the people in the background who helped organize in each city, BUT MOSTLY TO THE RIDERS, WHO ARE MAKING THIS HARD TRIP . . . that at the end of it for many, will be more than FOUR THOUSAND MILES.
We are dedicating this Pledge Ride to the Memory of Michael Thomas, who ended his own life after making an enormous contribution to the Atlanta portion of the Pledge RIDE.
Michael was an immigrant from England, who came to America in search of the American Dream, where he could prosper, raise a family, and live his life the way he thought it should be lived.
And one of those things Michael believed in with every fiber of his BEING, was that in America, being Jewish was neither a disadvantage nor impediment to being able to FULLY live the ENTIRE Dream.
Long before meeting me, Michael had PLEDGED that he would be the BEST American he could be, standing up for ALL the INALIENABLE RIGHTS which are guaranteed by the single GREATEST Constitution devised by humanity, which INCLUDED being an UNAPOLOGETIC Jew in America.
And take this from me . . . Michael Thomas was indeed a GREAT American.
As unfortunate as it was . . . Michael Thomas, who on the outside was the Tower of Power, had his own personal LIFE challenges that overwhelmed him, causing his life to be ended short.
There are people who want to meet me while we are passing through, which is difficult, since I am working during the entire RIDE . . . BUT.
I have promised several people that I will meet with anyone who wishes to say hello at two hotels where Anne, Stryker and I will be staying. We’ll even try to chat over coffee and snacks.
ATLANTA . . . Monday, September 1, 2014 – Hyatt Place Atlanta/Alpharetta/North Point Mall, 7500 North Point Parkway at 8pm in the Lobby.
BOCA RATON . . . Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Residence Inn Boca Raton, 525 NW 77th Street at 8pm in the Lobby.
If you’re going to be near beautiful Wytheville Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, August 31st near 1pm, join us for the FIRST Pledge Event at Wytheville, where we will be treated by the Mayor of Wytheville (Trenton G. Crewe, Jr) with all the Pomp and Circumstance at Withers Park, just off Exit 70. off the I-81.
If you are going to be in Atlanta on September 2, 2014 . . . JOIN US for the Pledge Event at Centennial Park near NOON. There will be great speeches, National Anthems of the USA, Canada and Israel. There will be Jewish and Christian Prayers and the Pledge of NEVER AGAIN delivered by Child Holocaust Survivor Andy Reti.
If you are going to be in Boca Raton on September 4, 2014 . . . JOIN US for the Pledge Event to be held in front of a Holocaust Era Railroad Boxcar imported from Europe, which will be transported all the way from Naples to Boca Raton just for this event.
The actual Pledge will be held at the Boca Raton Marriott Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle in the Valet Parking Lot.
A FABULOUS all you can eat multi-course Buffet Supper will be served at 7pm at the Marriott Boca Center Hotel at a cost of just $75 per person, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES speeches from our EMCEE, WFTL Radio Super Star Joyce Kaufman, and Pamela Geller, who is the INDOMITABLE Freedom Fighter, best known for her uncompromising stand against the Islamization of America.
I’ve seen and heard Pamela Geller speak in Toronto. She is indeed the REAL DEAL.
So . . . for just $75 – You get all of this. It would be a bargain at twice the price. And as of right now, we have just 20 seats available for people who would like to register to attend.
To register for the banquet . . . email me at [email protected] leaving your phone number.
As the world currently unfolds, we are bearing witness to mass GENOCIDES on a global scale, where governments, institutions, and people at large stand at a loss for words.
THE PLEDGE RIDE IS NEVER AT A LOSS FOR WORDS.
I will do my BEST to write from the Road . . . and keep everyone informed. If you’re going to email me, PLEASE keep it short.
Also . . . I am swamped with emails and letters, so, if I haven’t responded to what you wrote to me, it isn’t that I haven’t read it, it’s just that there isn’t enough time in the day. But I assure all of you, I read what you send and read the COMMENTS.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov