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Author: Dan Cirucci

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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Christie In Surprise Friar’s Club Visit

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Christie at the FriarsPrae Omnia Fraternitas.

That’s the motto of the famed Friars Club and it literally means fraternity forever.

And today the club welcomed a surprise guest – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who popped into the club’s Manhattan luncheon for a Super Bowl week roast of football legend Boomer Esiason.

The appearance wasn’t on Christie’s official calendar and no one seemed really sure he was actually going to be there until he arrived. But our “spy” in the room (Frani Stone, the gorgeous wife of comedian/actor Stewie Stone) reports as follows:

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Pete Seeger Remembered: An American Legend

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was perhaps America’s most beloved singer of folk songs and one of our most accomplished musicians.

He was a natural.

In fact, Seeger’s banjo was like an extension of himself. You simply could not picture him without it.

But, more than that, his voice was a distinctly American voice. His cadence and phrasing, his emphasis and timing made each song come alive.

That distinctive voice has been stilled with Seeger’s death at 94.

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What Is A Hero and Who Is Heroic?

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

hero fighting dragonI’m always attracted to people whose whole life has been a testament to one single set of principles, one idea, one ongoing endeavor, one craft.

These are the kinds of people who usually become heroes of mine.

They don’t have to do Big, Great Things.

They simply have to be dedicated to their principles, their work, their ideals, their craft. These people know themselves. They know where their energies and talents come from. They are secure in their place in the world and they take joy in the talents that God has given them. They also see work as essential to life and as an extension of themselves.

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GOP And Diversity: Better Than You Think

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

DiversityMore 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-Ameirican). 

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. 

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NJ Dems: Instead Of Bridgegate, Try This

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

DonkeyRight now, Democrats in New Jersey have a stranglehold on the State Senate and the State Assembly. In the bluest of blue states, these liberal Democrats have solid majorities in both houses.

And they use their muscle to do what they want, when they want, how they want.

They are ideologically committed and often highly partisan.

They are also beholden to big labor, particularly the public sector unions that wield so much power in the Garden State. Their mantra is big government and they maintain their following by doing all they can to maintain the same big government that they’ve created and continue to nourish. Translation: Above all, they want people to be dependent on government largess, government services and government handouts.

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Ten Things Christie Can Do Now

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Chris Christie FY 2013 Budget AddressBridgegate still lingers in the air.

But it’s not too early for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to begin pivoting, moving away from the scandal, repairing his image, correcting his mistakes, showing the public a new side and turning all of this into an ultimate triumph.

Here are ten things that he can do now:

1) Don’t hide. Do your job, governor. Stay in front of the public. Be cheerful and carry on.

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What Christie Must Do Now

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

christie bullying conferenceYou’ve seen Governor Chris Christie’s statement about what they’re calling “Bridgegate.”

The statement is bold, direct, unequivocal.

And it certainly was timely. The governor could not have waited one more minute. When you’re facing an apparent crisis in confidence, time is of the essence.

So, what’s next?

What has to happen if Governor Christie is to put this matter behind him and move on? 

I can only advise him as a lifetime public relations practitioner. Based on my knowledge and experience, here’s what I would suggest to Governor Christie, an effective and compelling public figure who I deeply admire and respect:

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14 Big Predictions For 2014

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

NYE Times Square BallWhat will 2014 be like?

Well, one would hope it would be better than 2013 which everyone seems to agree was not a particularly great year. Many are calling the year just ending “the year of the living dread” or a year of crassness, coarseness and calamity.

To be sure, it was not a particularly good year for President Obama or Obamacare. And, on that front 2014 doesn’t look much better since Obamacare will really be kicking in as we move forward with all its new taxes, fees, regulations and repercussions that will rumble through the economy.

But, we’ll try to find some bright spots as we preview the year ahead.
So, here are our 14 Big Predictions for 2014:

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