From the category archives:

New Jersey

Ebola and the Enterovirus — Preventable Plagues?

October 5, 2014

Right now two plagues are a scourge across America — Ebola and the Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68.  While our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these highly infectious and deadly diseases making their rounds around the USA, two notions popped into my mind. First, how in the hell did Ebola get in the [...]

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RI Speaker Resigns Amid Murky Investigation

March 23, 2014

Rhode Island’s House Speaker, Gordon Fox (D), resigned yesterday amid an investigation by the US attorney’s office, the FBI, the IRS, and the state police.  The story itself is interesting for two reasons: first, that no one yet knows what the investigation is all about, and secondly, that Fox is biracial and gay. In this [...]

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CPAC Opener has Standing O for Christie

March 6, 2014

That title itself tells me everything I need to know about the value of the “C” in CPAC these days.  They also had a standing ovation for Mitch McConnell, who needed props to elicit such a response (please donate to his primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and finally get Mitch to retire).  At least they saved [...]

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NJ Girl Sues Parents for Their Property

March 4, 2014

Rachel Canning, 18, didn’t like her parent’s rules and left home to live with a friend.  It’s the old “live under my roof, live with my rules” phenomenon every parent has a right to demand of their adult children living at home. Most young adults either suck-it-up or move out.  Canning decided to deal with [...]

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Big Game Sunday!!!

February 2, 2014

Tonight at around 6:30pm EST Super Bowl XLVIII (“48″ to us non-Romans) between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks–the league’s #1 offense versus the #1 defense, while both being #1 seeds in their respective conferences during the playoffs.  Here’s a preview. It should be a great game–Vegas still has the game with the Broncos [...]

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Common Core: A 2014 Sleeper Issue

January 12, 2014

I initially wanted to post on the horrible economic news from what should have been a gang-busters robust good news jobs report that we didn’t get on Friday, but this Common Core issue keeps reappearing, impacting local politics throughout the nation as well as my own classroom. To the uninitiated, Common Core is an attempt [...]

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Chris Christie Deals with a “Roadblock”

January 8, 2014

It is clear that after his recent reelection, Establishment New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to be President.  He won’t win, but the GOP seems on their way to nominate him, especially since his recent pandering to illegals.  But there may be a roadblock to an easy GOP nomination — a literal roadblock. Here is [...]

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Christie Signs New Jersey’s DREAM Act

December 21, 2013

Chris Christie’s gearing up for 2016.  Since the Establishment GOP is likely planning to vote with Democrats next year on amnesty, New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie is getting with the program, signing a version of the DREAM Act (which is a misnomer, since there has been no “Act” passed by Congress, only some targeted regulations [...]

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Sandy: One Year Later

October 29, 2013

One year ago the Northeast got slammed by Hurricane Sandy.  Today, vigils abound.  Many are still without their homes rebuilt.  It hasn’t been easy for many on Staten Island or down the shore.  Sandy was a 100-year storm — the way it hit, the size of the storm, the vulnerability of the area impacted.  I [...]

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A Poorer New Jersey

September 8, 2013

During the first four years of Governor Pop N’ Fresh Chris Christie New Jersey is still in the grips of the Great Recession.  The Garden State has a stagnant 8.6% unemployment (higher than the national faux-average of 7.3%), along with a staggering 24.7% poverty rate, the highest it has been in 52 years.  My county [...]

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Booker vs. Lonegan — The NJ Senate Race is Set!

August 14, 2013

Yesterday, New Jersey held special election primaries to select candidates to replace the deceased Frank Lautenberg as senator for the Garden State. The Democrats nominated Newark Mayor Cory Booker, while the Republicans nominated Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, NJ.  Both won decisively. However, the fix may already be in.  On top of the fact [...]

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Holt and Christie: Facepalm Inducing NJ Politicians

July 26, 2013

Full disclosure:  Rush Holt used to be my Congressman who I voted against three times; plus, I will not vote to reelect Chris Christie this Fall — he’s a big government, bloviating, Obama-hugging ass. That being said, Rush Holt has decided to run for Senate and may be going a little loopy, especially on the [...]

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NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies

June 3, 2013

The last World War II veteran serving in the US Senate, Frank Lautenberg, passed away this morning at 89.  Lautenberg served from 1982-2000, then came out of retirement to replace the disgraced Bob “The Torch” Torrecelli on the Democrat ticket in 2002.  He’s been there ever since. Lautenberg was a self-made man who pushed typically [...]

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Not Sure About This Marco Rubio Fellow Anymore

June 1, 2013

The centripetal force of the statist-leaning ruling class in DC is enormous.  It gobbles up new, bright-eyed members all the time and spits out more of the same junk. Unfortunately, a once bright shining star in my eyes, Marco Rubio, has been caught up in it.  Nothing proves that more than how he’s become a [...]

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How Free is Your State?

March 29, 2013

So, how free is your state?  Here are the latest rankings from an expansive George Mason University study (pdf) based on personal freedoms, as well as both fiscal and regulatory policies in each state. The top five most free states are:  North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. Rounding out the bottom five [...]

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Finally Super Bowl XLVII is Here!

February 3, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII (or “47″ to us non-Romans) will kick-off tonight at around 6:30 EST, featuring the San Francisco 49ers versus the Baltimore Ravens. And it’s about time!  All the manufactured hype, hackneyed story lines, politically-tinged distractions, and self-congratulations makes this two-week interregnum nearly intolerable.  Oh, and don’t forget the Pro Bowl sans all the [...]

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Cuomo’s New NY Gun Law Missed a Spot — Cops!

January 17, 2013

Apparently, no one seemed to have noticed a glaring problem with New York’s new slew of gun control laws before they passed it this week.  The part that limits magazines to hold only seven bullets failed to exempt police, whose 9mm magazine holds 15 bullets! Technically, if this isn’t fixed by March every cop in [...]

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My Sandy Experience

November 4, 2012

Well, Hurricane Sandy was one to remember.  The rains came by Monday afternoon at about 4pm.  By 5:30pm the lights were flickering a bit, but my area has underground power lines and I’m a few blocks from a major hospital, so I wasn’t too worried.  By 7:45pm, the lights went off and didn’t come back [...]

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Here Comes Sandy!

October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is forecast to nail the Jersey Shore sometime tomorrow night.  As you can imagine, the supermarket shelves are bare, many stores are closed, and a general sense of excited panic has gripped the Garden State.  Governor Christie is on TV every few hours telling us to use common sense and not to be [...]

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Chicago Teachers Strike Making Union Look Terrible

September 10, 2012

This morning Chicago’s teachers union decided to go on strike.  The sticking points which led to today’s action revolve around changes to teacher evaluation, health insurance, and job security, even though the teachers would still get a 16% raise over the course of the contract. That’s better than I’m getting and I also have to [...]

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CNBC: Rhode Island is the Worst State for Business

July 12, 2012

Based upon a series of metrics, CNBC ranked all the states on everything from the cost of doing business, to infrastructure, to access to capital, etc. in order to determine which was the best state for business. My home state of Rhode Island ranked dead last among the states!  While not the worst in every category, Little Rhody [...]

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Christie and Booker Have Some Fun

May 16, 2012

Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Corey Booker decided to have a little bipartisan fun in the Garden State.  Everyone knows that Christie’s been hard at work dealing with Jersey’s many problems, but unless you’re from around here you may not know that Booker actually ran into a burning house to save a woman last [...]

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Christie to Veto Gay Marriage Bill

February 16, 2012

The NJ State legislature has passed a bill today which would legalize gay marriage in the Garden State.  However, Governor Christie has vowed to veto the measure on two grounds:  first, he’s opposed to the idea since NJ already has a civil union law which is effectively the same thing;  and also that Christie wants [...]

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Virginia’s GOP Ballot is Kind of Short

January 13, 2012

As in:  Mitt Romney or Ron Paul only! As of this moment a district judge has ruled that Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman failed to complete the paperwork in time and therefore cannot appear on the ballot when votes are taken on March 6.  Obviously, the remaining candidates are not pleased [...]

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Jon Corzine Plays Ignorant on Missing Billion

December 8, 2011

Former New Jersey governor, Jon Corzine, testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee today about what happened to $1.2 billion from Corzine’s failed MF Global securities firm.  In short, Corzine doesn’t know. That’s a lot of money to lose! Simply, MF Global bet on Europe and lost.  That’s not too odd, but Corzine should [...]

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Dreaming of a White Halloween

October 30, 2011

It snowed yesterday, leaving me a little unclear what to say to people — Happy Halloween?  Happy Thanksgiving?  Merry Christmas?  Happy President’s Day?  Regardless, I’m sure record snow for such an early date is somehow a sign of global warming and that the end-times are upon us. In my part of New Jersey had about [...]

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Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll — by a Lot!

September 25, 2011

What is one to make of Herman Cain’s 37% plurality in yesterday’s Florida straw poll?  Perry got about 15%, with Romney nearby at 14%, followed closely by Santorum at 11% with Bachmann at 1.5% under-performing even Jon Huntsman (if that’s even possible). Some in the GOP establishment have inferred that the Cain’s win was a [...]

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My Hurricane was Mostly a Breeze

August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene really devastated some areas, but generally not mine.  New Jersey got tons of rain with a few significant gusts.  In my area the worst gusts hit with the sun shining Sunday afternoon, after nearly 2o straight hours of rain. Although the eye came literally within 30 miles from where I live, I never [...]

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The Northeast Quake

August 23, 2011

There I was having lunch with a friend at Chili’s when the walls started to throb a bit.  It was kind of like there was a kid on the other side of the wall pushing and releasing the shoddy the wall in an annoying manner, mixed with the feeling Chili’s had a large washing machine [...]

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Patrick Kennedy — The Newest Addition to the Jersey Shore

July 27, 2011

I thought I moved away from Rhode Island — away from those insane drivers, away from its hopelessly broken economy and politics, away from its hodgepodge of mentally handicapped voters, and most importantly away from the Kennedy’s! Unfortunately, it was not to be.  Former RI Congressman Patrick Kennedy married a Jersey-girl and plans to move [...]

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