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GOP Solutions? They’ve Been There All Along…

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Republican ElephantObamatons want you to believe that Republicans have no solutions to the problems America faces.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the GOP solutions have been there all along for anyone who wishes to open his/her mind and at least consider them. 

Here’s is some of what the Republican Party stands for:


101 Reasons To Love America

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

fireworksHappy Birthday, America!

In no particular order, this is our own rather subjective list of 101 reasons to love America.

You can feel free to add or subtract from this list or create your own list.

America gives you the freedom to do that — and a lot more:

1) Our Constitution. The thread that holds us together and the bulwark of democracy.


Ten Summer Trends We Hate!

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

No Running Pool signSummer seems to bring out the worst in some people — the very worst. Which is a shame because it’s such a lovely season. Well, anyway here are ten summer trends we hate:

1) Showing off your tattoos. Hey, if you want to deface your body, that’s your business. But we’d rather not see it. So, keep it covered. OK?

2) Under Armor. The Under Armor brand seems to be everywhere lately and we’re tired of it. Tired of looking at it and the all-pervasive Under Armor logo. Give it up.


Ten Summer Trends We Love

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

yellow polka dot bikiniHere they are, in no particular order.

1) Small town parades, festivals and farmers’ markets. Small towns are back in a back way. And nothing spells summer in America like small town gatherings.

2) Polka dots. They’re everywhere again this summer and they look great!

3) City-wide art installations. From pianos in New York City to cows in Chicago these have proved to be a great, big, colorful, engaging idea.

4) Free family movie nights under the stars. They’re popping up in parks and town squares from coast-to-coast and they’re wonderfully easy to enjoy.


The Lewis Katz We Knew

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot


Photo Credit: Temple University

We first met Lewis Katz 44 years not long before Carole Cirucci and I were married.

I had moved from Camden (the town that both Lew and I claimed as “home”) to Cherry Hill and had become involved in the local Democrat Party there as we attempted to end 20 years of entrenched Republican rule in that town. We fought on the same team together and won.

Lew Katz was a young lawyer and a rising star in South Jersey politics.

He was tall, handsome, charming and clearly, very bright.

Over the years we watched him climb to extraordinary heights as a successful businessman, extraordinary deal-maker, friend of presidents and corporate titans and most recently, major philanthropist.
None of this surprised us because it was clear to us that Lew Katz had the talent, the energy, the drive and the smarts to get where he was going, and fast.

But here’s the thing about Lew Katz: He climbed to the top of the ladder but never. ever forgot the people he encountered on the first few rungs. In fact, he seemed to have a special affection for those people — especially if they were from Camden.


Mother’s Day: It’s Every Day, With Mom’s Love!

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Dan Cirucci's MomWe shouldn’t need Mother’s Day to remind us that mothers are important.

And hopefully most people really don’t need Mother’s Day for such a reminder.

I know I don’t.

Even though my Mother passed a
way 15 years ago, she is still with me every day. She is still at my side. She is still here for me. She still comforts me. She still encourages me. She still cheers me up. She still urges me onward.


Because she gave me love.

And love really is eternal.

It never leaves us. It never goes away. It never dies.


My Lunch With Monica Lewinsky

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Yes, I did have lunch with Monica Lewinsky.

Monica Lewinsky in Philadelphia on the day on the day of our lunch, April 6, 1998.

Monica Lewinsky in Philadelphia on the day
on the day of our lunch, April 6, 1998.

And, yes it was at the very height of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. You know what I’m talking about – that scandal; the one that prompted the famous phrase “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”

My lunch with Monica occurred on April 6, 1998 when she was in Philadelphia with her then-lawyer William H. Ginsburg. Ginsburg came to town to address the Philadelphia Bar Association and he brought his famous client with him.

At the time I was Director of Communication for the bar association and thus responsible for media relations. Can you even begin to imagine the media frenzy that accompanied Monica’s arrival in town? It was a circus!


How Rutgers Disgraced Itself and New Jersey

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Old Queens RutgersRutgers University has disgraced itself.

By allowing a group of ham-fisted ideologues to squelch free speech, the university has apparently shown itself to be just another left-crazed bastion of unithink in the increasingly looney world of academia.

Yes, a group of faculty thought-enforcers (we won’t dignify them by terming them “professors”) and some of their sycophant-in-training students managed to make such a commotion (including a destructive sit-in) over the selection of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s as this year’s commencement speaker that  Dr. Rice finally declined the invitation so that she would not be a distraction at an event that is designed to be celebratory for the students and their families.


Obama And Obamacare Are Losers, Poll Says

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Obama the LiarFor months, we’ve been telling you that Obama is tanking.

For months, we’ve been warning that he really has no coherent foreign policy and that his actions in the face of the crisis in Ukraine were marking him as weak and inept. We also warned that the appointments of Kerry and Hagel were mistakes that would boomerang and that people still had concerns about Benghazi, the domestic spying, IRS harassment of the Tea Party and other matters.

For years, we pointed out that Obamacare was an outrageous overreach and that people did not support such a massive power grab by the federal government.

And now (though not for the first time) the numbers validate what we’ve been saying.


Serious Health Concerns Swirl Around Hillary

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Hillary's infamous Benghazi testimony

Hillary’s infamous Benghazi testimony

More and more we are reading and hearing information that leads us to believe Hillary Clinton may not run in 2016.

Of course, every politician always wants to keep all his/her options open.

And, if nothing else Hillary is an adept politician. So, don’t expect Mrs. Clinton to show her hand anytime soon – not if she doesn’t have to.

But rumors persist about her health. These all surround the blood clot that she suffered as well as concerns about a possible brain tumor or minor stroke. On top of all that, everybody agrees that she seems worn out.


Please, Let Passionate Voices Speak!

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Tea PartyOkay, so this is the fifth anniversary of the modern Tea Party movement.

And, I want to know: What’s wrong with citizens giving public officials hell?

What’s wrong with taxpayers raising their voices to elected officials?

What’s wrong with ordinary people (seniors, taxpayers, vets, moms) coming out to meetings and speaking their minds?


The REAL Facts About Republicans And Women

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

rosie-the-riveter-thumb_large_310x206Did you know?

More potential 2016 presidential candidates by far are in the Republican Party than the Democrat Party. For example: Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley (Indian), Susanna Martinez, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz (Hispanic) and Allen West (African-American).

And the history of the GOP speaks for itself:

  • The first woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court was a Republican, appointed by a Republican president.
  • The first African-American ever elected to the US Senate post-reconstruction was a Republican. The only African-American currently sitting on the US Supreme Court is a Republican.


Consider The Stupidity Of Presidents Day

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Quick: Who’s birthday does President Day celebrate?

Do you know? Do you care? Have you bothered to check lately?

Is it Washington? Lincoln? All the presidents? President Obama?

According to calendars used since the mid 18th century, Washington was born on February 22, 1732.

This date consequently became the generally accepted date for observances of Washington’s birth. Public celebrations for George Washington’s birthday actually predate his term as president, and were originally intended to honor his service in the War for Independence.


10 Reasons to Remember Reagan Today

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Reagan Kisses FlagToday is the 103rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.

Reagan once said: “I was born in an apartment above the bank in Tampico, Illinois. That’s the only contact we had with the bank.”

Reagan was a decent man during a time when decency actually meant something.
All his life he was a man without guile. He was a humble man who lived by the motto that “There is no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”

Millions of us can honestly say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in our lifetime. Here’s why:


Andrews: Christie ‘In Vortex’ – Empathizes

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

rob andrews presser 1At his news conference announcing his resignation from Congress today Representative Rob Andrews (D-NJ) said he can “empathize” with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie because the governor “is in the vortex of some kind some kind of blood sport and that’s a tough situation to be in.”

Andrews said that everything that Christie does “is now scrutinized — everything he says, every move he makes. He’s being watched and covered so closely and that’s a difficult spot to be in.”

Andrews, who has been the subject of a House committee inquiry into alleged ethics violations said that he would not compare his situation to Christie’s and added that he didn’t want to get into a matter that is under investigation by the U. S. Attorney’s office. And Andrews stressed that he disagrees with Christie on a variety of issues. “But yes,” he added “I can empathize.”

Phillip Seymour Hoffman Remembered: 1967-2014

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was one of those actors who totally inhabited a role. His own personality, looks, mannerisms, etc. were completely subsumed by the character he depicted.

Often, you didn’t even realize that Hoffman was in a film or video until you saw the credits roll at the end and you found yourself saying: “Oh my God, that was him?”

He tricked you like that. And he did it frequently.

So, as Hoffman became a well-known presence in feature films you found yourself working extra hard to spot him when he appeared.

Who can forget Hoffman in the film Capote? His performance left us all but breathless. We weren’t at all surprised that he won an Oscar for that role.

We last saw Hoffman on screen in Moneyball and once again we were impressed with his performance, this time as baseball manager Art Howe. And we loved his take on so many other characters in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, Almost Famous, State and Main, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and other movies. But Hoffman was also an accomplished stage actor and director. He was multi-talented.

Such talent often brings obsession with it – the drive to succeed, the determination to be consumed by the character and the work, the will to risk everything, the total immersion in one’s craft. And where there is obsession you will find the seeds of addiction. They just seem to go together.

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