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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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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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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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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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Deep Blue Jersey Feeling Obamacare’s Sting

October 24, 2013

Many useful idiots here in the Garden State, who voted 58-41% to keep America an Obama Nation (including 60-70% of my county), probably didn’t see this coming:  because of the new insurance mandates under Obamacare an estimated 800,000 New Jerseyans will have their health insurance directly threatened, dropped, or face significant changes.  Even my plan [...]

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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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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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Movie Review — The Perks of Being a Wallflower

February 17, 2013

The film The Perks of Being a Wallflower was in and out of theaters around here in NJ pretty quick.  Usually that’s a sign of a film’s quality — not this time.  I think people really missed out on a gem — I know I did, but made up for it by seeing Perks this [...]

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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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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 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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Half-Staff for Houston

February 15, 2012

I have my issues with my governor from time to time, mostly on little details here and there.  But, for the most part Chris Christie is doing a fine job. However, I’m not with him on this one — he wants flags across New Jersey to fly at half-staff for Newark native, the late Whitney [...]

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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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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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NJ Unions: “Adolf Christie” Poised for Destruction!

June 17, 2011

God, even the union shills I work with were embarrassed by this one: “Adolf” Christie?  Really? Are they serious?  Unfortunately, they are.  Some of the changes possibly coming to New Jersey state employees aren’t pretty compared to what we’re used to.  But, shouldn’t libs love the concept of “shared sacrifice” in tough economic times?  Sure, [...]

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License Plates for Bikes?

January 13, 2011

Let’s add cycling to the list of activities that liberals want to stick their noses into.  New Jersey State Rep. Cleopatra Tucker (Guess which party) has proposed legislation requiring all bicycles to be registered with the state.  The registration fee would be $10.00 every two years and cyclists without a plate would be fined $100.00. [...]

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New Push for Education Reform in Jersey

September 29, 2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is turning his focus once again to the New Jersey education system (which is, by the way, already one of the best in the nation).  Instead of his attack on the teacher’s unions, he’s taking aim at the way New Jersey funds teacher pay in the Garden State.  It’s all [...]

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A Few New Voices on the Arizona Law

July 28, 2010

Tomorrow is the scheduled enforcement date for the infamous Arizona law regarding the potential inquiry into the legal status of people who’ve already been stopped by the police.  Since it mirrors existing federal law and actually is more lenient, the reason people oppose this law is either through insidious racial politicking or through media-driven ignorance.  [...]

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Chris Christie Gets It on the Unions

June 11, 2010

A few weeks ago I uncovered the truth behind the NJEA rally which took place on May 22 against the proposed budget cuts Chris Christie has suggested to the New Jersey State Legislature.  It wasn’t an NJEA rally alone — every Marxist, socialist, statist organization/union in the state converged to demand the goodies they were [...]

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Chris Christie Gets “Confrontational” and Scores Big

May 15, 2010

Every intellectually honest person in America realizes that there is a left-leaning (or sometimes straight-up leftist) bias in our news media when taken as a whole.  Rarely, though, does a high profile Republican take the media to task the way the “confrontational” (or, perhaps, “honest and refreshing”) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did in a [...]

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Recalling Bob Menendez

March 16, 2010

New Jersey’s non-comatose Democrat Senator, Bob Menendez, just got some bad news today.  As it turns out, NJ is one of 18 states which has a recall provision on elected representatives, so a Tea Party activist attempted to recall Bob Menendez.  Well, that effort just passed its first hurdle — a three-judge panel has allowed [...]

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NJ Transit: Going Nowhere Fast

March 6, 2010

Governor Chris Christie inherited a huge mess in New Jersey when he took office about six weeks ago.  Since then he’s taken an approach which has dealt with cutting large state expenditures in order to try to deal with the state’s $2.2 billion budget deficit.  His first offensive was against the pension system (which I [...]

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