Tom Brady and Richard Nixon: Gates of a Feather

By Scott St. Clair

 

Brady NixonIt’s appropriate that the kerfuffle over Tom Brady’s flabby balls had the sobriquet “gate” appended to it since it shares a striking resemblance to the original, if you will, “gatescapade” that ultimately cost Richard Nixon the White House and a strong legacy in American History.

Deflategate and Watergate are more alike than they are different.

The Indianapolis Colts were to the New England Patriots what Sen. George McGovern was to Nixon during the 1972 presidential election campaign: total, complete and utter cannon fodder.

There was no way in hell Brady and his Pats were going to lose to the Colts, who more or less sat out the game anyway, in the same way that it was a foregone conclusion that McGovern would get annihilated by Nixon, New York Times film critic Pauline Kael’s reputed aphorism about knowing only one person who voted for him notwithstanding.

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Posted: May 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Anti-suicide fence planned for GWB by 2024. Why isn’t there one already?

assetContentFORT LEE — The Port Authority has confirmed plans to install a suicide-prevention fence on the George Washington Bridge by 2024, following interim steps that officials say are saving lives in the meantime. But there was one question the agency could not answer with certainty following fatal leaps from the bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday: Why,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Don’t sell the nursing homes until these questions are answered

By Art Gallagher

Art 121014This evening at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders will listen to a report on the state of the county owned care centers/nursing homes. Following that report, the are very likely vote to move forward in the process of selling or privatizing the facilities.

There have been compelling arguments made on both sides of the issue. There has also been emotion driven demagoguery on both sides of the issue. What may have been missing, so far, is a dispassionate analysis. There are those of both sides of the issue who have been fighting for their intended outcome based on ideological, emotional, and political concerns.   Ideology, emotion and politics are all appropriate factors.  However, those drivers should be informed by a dispassionate analysis of all the facts and options. Any official who casts a vote on the future of the care centers based solely on ideology, emotion, politics or personal preference is guilty of malpractice.

I respectively ask all five of my friends on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to consider the answers to the following questions before making a final decision on the future of the John L. Montgomery and Geraldine Thompson care centers.

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Posted: March 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

50 Shades of Useless Sociology

By Tom DeSeno

“It is always of interest to know what strikes another human being as remarkable.”Graham Greene

Party in aisle 1550 Shades of Grey: never has a book caused so many random acts of sociology, with people exclaiming what the book “says about women” or “means for society.” A Google search will turn up varied exclamations that the book is the apocalyptic forbearer of all things pro-feminist, anti-feminist, or pro and anti-capitalist. It also apparently has implications for class warfare, abuse, romance and the death of chivalry. Good grief. Despite my promise not to join this collection of chaos by opinion, I suspect I will.

My intent is only to state that the desire and act of sex itself is fraught with simplicity. There is no great mystery to it, only a juvenile fascination with the subject by artists. That cloak of mystification is buttoned tighter by the faux-Freudian analysis of people who will find “deeper meaning” in any thing, or any act, when, in reality, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

When I mention the simplicity of sex, I carve out first “romance” and all the emotional baggage that comes from coupling (or, since it’s the 21st century, tripling and quadrupling). I leave for another day the religious determination that sex is for procreation, as even Catholics will admit (since the Vatican promotes the rhythm method), that sometimes sex serves other purposes, like stress relief. I write here only of people who are secure in their partnering.

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Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie’s Transportation Commissioner’s inane op-ed illustrates why we went broke in the first place

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

zyToMA8iEThe logic behind a guy seeking the GOP nomination for president appointing a former Torricelli/McGreevey bureaucrat to a critical cabinet post still eludes me, Save Jerseyans.

But here we are. We’re saddled with Jamie Fox now. And this is how he’s spending his time: advocating for a punishing increase in the one tax in New Jersey that isn’t suckily high (the gas tax) and, this past Sunday, penning a guest op-ed in theStar-Ledger claiming that New Jersey’s per-mile road maintenance isn’t nearly as expensive as claimed by gas tax hike opponents.

For starters, he complains that the study treats multiple lane highways like single-lane ones. Moreover, “New Jersey gives out nearly $330 million a year in local transportation aid to counties and municipalities. This helps local government take care of local roads without having to raise property taxes,” Commissioner Fox explains. “The Reason Foundation counts the spending we give to local government but doesn’t count all the miles of local roads that are repaired or built. Therefore, states with greater jurisdiction over local infrastructure fare better in the analysis as those centerline miles are credited to the state.”

You can find a copy of the eye-opening study here.

My #1 problem with Fox’s logic? Divide the number by the actual average number of lanes and New Jersey’s road costs are STILL the highest in the nation. By a mile. Many times over.

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Posted: February 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Opinion, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christianity, The Crusades, and the President

By Joe Schilp

Crosses lining the American Cemetery at Normandy

Crosses lining the American Cemetery at Normandy

This past week, during the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama made absolutely offensive remarks that seemed to justify the barbaric acts of the Islamic Jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have beheaded and burned alive prisoners from all over the world, by comparing ISIS’s form of Jihad to Christian behavior during the Crusades.  The remarks to which I am referring:

“lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

While I’ve read extensively about our nation’s history, slavery, and the Reconstruction, I can’t recall where anyone justified slavery in the name of Christ.  In fact, American slavery is rooted in African slavery, which had been practiced in Africa for centuries before Europeans were even aware of it.  And European involvement in slavery began when Islamic Jihadists invaded Europe and enslaved Christians just prior to the Crusades.  Further, slavery is still practiced today in Africa and much of slavery’s history in eastern Africa is centered around Islam, but this president speaks solely to divide America, facts be damned.

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Opinion: The many appetites of Chris Christie

Rev Alexander SantoraBy REV. ALEXANDER M. SANTORA GUEST COLUMNIST Gov. Chris Christie is a man of many hungers. Early in his administration, pundits made fun of his weight, and he turned the tables on them by laughing along with them even to go so far as to eat a doughnut on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” But… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Opinion | Tags: , , | 14 Comments »

Don’t Count On GOP Legislators Voting To Override Christie’s Port Authority Reform Veto

By Art Gallagher

assetContent (2)In his OpEd published this morning, former Kean and Whitman Administration spokesman Carl Golden makes the case why it is safe for New Jersey’s Republican legislators to defy Governor Chris Christie and join the Democratic majority in overriding Christie’s of the Port Authority reform legislation.

The two identical bills that Governors Christie and Cuomo vetoed on the Saturday between Christmas and New Years Day had passed overwhelmingly with bi-partisan support in both houses of the New Jersey and New York legislatures. The bills would have required increased transparency and accountability on the part of Port Authority of NY/NJ.

In vetoing the bills, Christie and Cuomo endorsed reforms proposed by a panel they had appointed and urged both legislatures to adopt them instead.  But as Golden noted in his OpEd, the vetoes have been widely viewed as maintaining the status quo of disfunctionality, wasteful spending and gubernatorial abuse at Port Authority.

In his five years in office, none of Christie’s vetoes have been overridden, even if the original bills passed the legislature with bi-partisan support and by veto proof majorities.  Republican legislators have frequently “flip-flopped” and changed their votes to uphold the Governor’s will.   As Golden explains,

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Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Mike Doherty, Monmouth County, NJ GOP, Opinion, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Opinion: GOP Legislators May Finally Be Ready to Buck Christie, Override Veto

repost-us-image-13906378By Carl Golden

Rarely has a possible legislative override of a gubernatorial veto been as fraught with political implications as that involving Gov. Christie’s rejection of legislation to revise and reform the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Entering his sixth year in office, Christie has run the table in having his…

Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Red-light camera bottom line: Only cops should write tickets | Di Ionno

declann rlcGovernment -sanctioned theft. That’s the phrase state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has used like a ubiquitous bumper sticker to rail against red-light cameras. A story by njadvancemedia reporter Bill Wichert shows just how much “theft” was going on in the city of Newark. In five years, Newark collected $34 million from about 400,000 tickets doled out… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, Newark, Opinion, Red Light Cameras | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off