Quick Notes: Halloran Goes to Israel, Salem’s Memorial Rededicated, and Stonehenge on Fire

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  August 13, 2012 — 18 Comments

Just a few quick news notes to start off your Monday.

A Heathen in the Holy Land: New York Republican congressional candidate  Dan Halloran, who also happens to be a Theodish Heathen, is currently in Israel for a two-day visit where he’ll meet with Israeli leaders.

“The city councilmember is running in the Sixth Congressional District, which covers parts of Queens and has a large Jewish population. His trip is scheduled to include meetings with Israeli leaders and stops in places in Jerusalem and other locations on Monday and Tuesday. Halloran has criticized President Barack Obama and Democrats for their approach to the U.S. relationship with the Middle East nation.”

Halloran has said that President Obama is “not a real ally” of Israel, while Democratic opponent Grace Meng has tried to hang Ron Paul’s controversial views about Israel around Halloran’s neck despite publicly breaking with the libertarian-leaning Republican on foreign policy. This move by Halloran seems calculated to win more support in the heavily Jewish and Democratic-leaning district, and comes after Grace Meng’s family has been hit with a scandal involving her father, possibly weakening her electoral chances. One wonders if the topic of his personal faith will come up while in Israel, and what he’d say if asked what his beliefs are.

Famous Witch Trial Memorial To Be Rededicated: Salem, Massachusetts’ famous Witch Trials Memorial, originally dedicated in 1992, has been restored and improved and will be rededicated on September 9th. In modern times Salem has become known as the “Witch City” not only for the infamous trials, but because modern Witches and Wiccans have turned the city into a place of pilgrimage which now sports a large Pagan community.

“As in 1992, when the powerful memorial was unveiled, the ceremony will involve descendants of the witch trial victims and Gregory Alan Williams, hero of the 1992 Los Angeles race riots and first recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. […] Hayden Hillsgrove, the memorial’s original stonemason, has reworked and repaired the memorial’s stone. Landscape and lighting elements have also been restored and a plan created for future maintenance.”

You can find out more about the restoration and rededication at the Salem Award Foundation. You can read all of The Wild Hunt’s Salem coverage, here.

Stonehenge on Fire: The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are now over, but one memorable scene from that period was the impressive “Fire Garden” created on Stonehenge for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad that ran concurrently with the Summer games. Lobster Pictures has released a beautiful time-lapse documentary of this installation.

“For Salisbury International Arts Festival, we produced time lapse, stills, video, editing and media services. The French arts group Cie Carabosse transformed Stonehenge into a magical ‘Fire Garden’ for two nights – part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.”

It’s a lovely tribute to one of Britain’s most enigmatic and powerful symbols.

That’s all I have for now, have a great day!

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  • Medeina Ragana

    Ummm, is it just my computer or is the link to the Stonehenge on Fire video disabled or broken?

  • Medeina Ragana

    Okay. I guess it’s just my blasted computer not working property again…. sigh…

  • WhiteBirch

    The fire garden is lovely, I’m so glad I saw that. Thank you for linking to it Jason.

  • kenneth

    It’s sort of sickening to see how candidates, especially Republicans, are tripping over each other to define “ally of Israel” as absolute servility and deference to Likud in all matters. Obama and and anyone else who has the temerity to differentiate between “friend” and “toady” and the interests of our own nation is being cast as virtually anti-Semitic and un-American.

    • GOPagan

      The simple fact is that Israel is our most reliable ally in the entire region, and one of the few actual functioning democracies. I find it refreshing that Dan Halloran is actually supporting Israel, as opposed to the current administration which has gone out of its way to express their disdain for Israel at every given opportunity.

  • Alex Pendragon

    Just how shallow and insincere does sucking up have to get before those being patronized see it for what it is? First they pandered to the Nazi’s lest they came out on the wrong side of history…….how they do the same thing to their victims…….

    • GOPagan

      You mean like Obama traveling around the world kowtowing to every America-hating despot and thug with a khaki uniform and a chest full of army-navy store medals? That certainly was a brazen bit of patronizing…

      • http://twitter.com/thelettuceman Marc

        It’s called modern political relationships, and all sides are guilty of it.

        • Baruch Dreamstalker

          It’s called diplomacy and I wish all sides were more guilty of it than they are.

        • Baruch Dreamstalker

          It’s called diplomacy and I wish all sides were guilty of more of it.
          (JASON, I posted this comment earlier and it disappeared.)

        • GOPagan

          I agree. That’s what I was trying to point out to Alex.

    • Folcwald

      Who is the “they” to whom you refer?

  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    Stonehenge is one of Britain’s greatest landmarks and one of the most iconic (if not important) historic monuments on the planet.

    Such a shame that the best view of it is from the middle of a very busy road that runs right next to it.

    • pagansister

      I agree with your statement about the view. Wasn’t there a movement at one time to change that situation?

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        It is ongoing. There have been various plans, including digging a tunnel.

        • pagansister

          Thank you for answering. I thought I had read about plans, but I guess like everything else, takes time and money to implement.

          • Lēoht Sceadusawol

            Mostly it is about people arguing. The tunnel idea, for example, was criticised because people said the vibrations from it could cause the stones to be damaged/topple.

  • pagansister

    The land that Stonehenge is located on once belonged to an ancestor of mine. Perhaps it is one reason I’m drawn to it but by no means the only one. I have been able to visit the site 4 times, and on the last visit I was able to go inside the stones. It was a misty, lite rainy morning, but that didn’t dampen the feelings I had when I entered and was surrounded by the stones. It is truly a sacred place, and in my life 1 of 2 places that hold a special power over me. Thank you Jason for the video of the Fire Garden. Wish I had been able to witness it in person. :o)