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Remembering Robin Williams, 1951 – 2014

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

robin williamsIt was hard for me to watch Robin Williams whenever he appeared live on TV.

Very hard.

He was so frenetic, so wound up, so quick, so wild, so unpredictable that it made me nervous. And sometimes, it was downright scary.

It was like he had this obvious need for constant attention; a need that was never completely satisfied; a need that could never actually be satisfied.

There was something more going on inside him that propelled all this — something deeper and more troubling, and probably something none of us want to get to know too well.


Cobb: LBJ “Destroyed” Black Families

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s a true and awful shame that Garry Cobb isn’t getting more (defined as “any”) help from the powers-that-be, Save Jerseyans, because the former Philadelphia Eagle and current NJ-01 Republican nominee has a story to tell voters whom the GOP just can’t seem to reach. When they even try. Some candidates were just born on the wrong side of the North Jersey/South Jersey ‘Berlin Wall’ if you catch my drift.

In any event, what he shared during a recent segment with Newsmax TV is along the lines of what I said last week following Willingboro’s bizarre decision to honor Barack Obama at JFK’s expense but, for a host of patently obvious reasons, it’s more important to hear this message from an upstanding, successful and famous guy like Garry:

Comparing Their Responses

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s like listening to leaders of different nations, Save Jerseyans, not just different times. And is it just me, or does our President always sound inconvenienced by international events? The 40th President had an elevated view of America’s role in the world. The 44th… well, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Like socialized medicine, salads in school cafeterias and auditing tea party groups.

Listen and compare…

Reagan following 1983 Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner:

Obama following 2014 Pro-Russian Separatist (?) Attack on Malaysian Airliner:


The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


What July 4th Means to Bonnie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Bonnie Watson Coleman

We celebrate the birth of modern western democracy every July 4th, Save Jerseyans. It’s a time to reflect upon our freedoms, rights, blessings, and the sacrifices required to secure each and every one of them.

That’s you. And me, but interestingly not everyone. What did Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman, candidate for Congress, choose to opine about in her July 4th campaign email blast?

“Equal pay” liberal mythology and Hobby Lobby’s contraception coverage. “Our country’s proud history continues to evolve daily and, in those fifty years we have made so much progress…,” Watson Coleman reflected, “but we still have so far to go to achieve fairness for everyone. Women still make .78 on the dollar that men make for doing the same job and under this Congress and the current Supreme Court we have recently had some other significant setbacks.  The Supreme Court gutted voting rights laws that were designed to protect African Americans and racial minorities and, just this week, the Supreme Court ruled that employers can object to paying for birth control that a doctor prescribes.”

So please, during this weekend’s beach and bbq festivities, don’t forget to pause and remember the millions of American soldiers from the Revolutionary War forward who paid the ultimate sacrifice… for your girlfriend to get subsidized Plan B from her boss?

God bless America.


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.


July 4th: History Stew and Turtle Soup

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

turtleThe Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence, was an act of the Second Continental Congress declaring the United Colonies to be independent of the British Empire, Save Jerseyans. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia first proposed it on June 7, 1776.  

On June 11, a Committee of Five was appointed to prepare a document to explain the reasons for independence. The Declaration was drafted by The Committee of Five consisting of two New England men, John Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut; two men from the Middle Colonies, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York; and one southerner, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, it was presented it to Congress on June 28, 1776.


Jersey’s Forgotten 350th Birthday

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Charter

“Release of James, Duke of York to John Lord Berkeley, and Sir George Carteret, original proprietors of the Colony of New Jersey, June 24, 1664″ (via New Jersey’s Department of State)

New Jersey turns 350 this week, Save Jerseyans, and I’m betting you had no clue! It’s a wonderful tribute to public civics education in the 21st century…

What happened 350 years ago?

Glad you asked! The broad strokes: on June 24, 1664, a powerful English noble named James, Duke of York received a royal grant from his even-more-powerful brother, King Charles II of England, establishing an English royal colony named “New Jersey” on the peninsula bordered on three sides by the Delaware River, the Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean respectively. The region had been occupied by Native Americans and traversed by citizens of other European nations (notably the Dutch, Swedes, and even an Italian explorer), but this if the first time that New Jersey came into being as we know her today, name and borders intact.

Did you remember to get her a card? Or at least write on her Facebook page? Shameful.

Don’t worry. You’re hardly alone.


Flag Day in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reagan Kisses FlagGovernor Chris Christie commemorated the 98th anniversary of Flag Day on Saturday, Save Jerseyans, the day when we celebrate the Second Continental Congress’s resolution formally adopting the flag of the United States:

“Today, we recognize the enduring symbol of America that is our nation’s flag. More than 200 years ago, our founding fathers adopted the national flag to symbolize our birth as a unified nation founded on inalienable rights and freedoms, and to instill a sense of pride and strength in all Americans. Both at home and abroad, the flag serves as a representation of our country’s founding principles of liberty and justice and as an icon of the freedoms we cherish as Americans. As we mark the anniversary of Flag Day, I encourage all New Jerseyans to proudly fly our nation’s flag and reflect on the values that make our nation great.”

Click here to read a copy of the Governor’s proclamation.

D-Day Vet Yogi Berra Honored in Montclair

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Grab the tissues, Save Jerseyans…

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70th D-Day Anniversary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It was 70 years ago today, Save Jerseyans, when roughly 156,000 sons of the West landed on the heavily-fortified shores of Northern France to liberate a continent, defeat an evil empire and quite literally save the world.

They weren’t Bowe Bergdahl. They were my Grandpop Rooney’s contemporaries. Thank God for it or we’d all be speaking German or Japanese today….

Remember, commemorate and emulate:

A Privilege Won By Their Sacrifice

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie militaryHere’s your Memorial Day 2014 message from Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans:

“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have defended our country’s freedom throughout history with bravery, courage, and selflessness. Their service to our state and to our nation is unequaled and sets an example for all Americans. We will never forget the sacrifice and commitment of our veterans and their families who support them every single day. This Memorial Day, I encourage all New Jerseyans to join me in thanking these men and women for their love of our country and their willingness to serve in order for us to secure the lives and freedoms that we’re privileged to have as Americans.”

Governor Christie has no public schedule for Memorial Day; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno participated in an American Legion Post 351 Memorial Day ceremony in Seaside Heights.


The Saints: Courageous and Flawed

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John Paul II and Ronald ReaganPeggy Noonan spoke to ETWN on Sunday morning (Rome time) to give her historical perspective on Pope John Paul the Great, Save Jerseyans, who along with Pope John XIII was canonized on Sunday at an overflow Vatican City open air mass led by Pope Francis.

John XXIII is best remembered for Vatican II. The latter pontiff played an integral role in its implementation (or moderation, depending upon whom you ask) but he also occupied the role of a famously close ally to her old boss, Ronald Reagan, as the Cold War entered its endgame. For Noonan (who is also a Catholic), the theology of sainthood is one which necessarily has practical implications for the political class.

Sainthood isn’t deification. A cursory read of any history of the saints tome will drive that point home in no time flat. “Don’t think of them as perfect,” Noonan told her Catholic network interviewer. “Think of them as people who are showing you that you can be that way if you tried harder.” In her mind, the fact that one man could help the West bring down an evil empire AND fail to adequately address an emerging sex abuse scandal is evidence enough of her conception of sainthood as being one of men with “foibles” nevertheless impacting history in a positive way.

Pope Francis, ever plain-spoken, said in his homily that it all comes down to “courage.” 


Why I Am a Neocon and Isolationists Suck

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Originally published by Thought Catalog at

USArmySoldiersIsolationists like to pretend the neoconservative movement has failed. They suffer from historical amnesia and root for the war-weary public’s rejection of all foreign policy. The reality is that the neoconservative movement and its policies have been massively successful and become mainstream. This is not to argue that there have been no policy failures, it is to argue that these are overshadowed by its vast successes. Isolationists like to typify the movement as an imperial plot bent on global domination but two out of three neoconservatives’ greatest successes were domestic policy issues.

First, and most relevant to urban dwellers, was the NYC implemented policy of zero tolerance based on the Broken Windows theory. The theory, in simple terms, is that if a neighborhood is left to crime that crime will get worse. By having fast and visible (but proportional) responses to even minor crime, greater and violent crime can be avoided and quality of life increased.


Happy Easter from Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jesus Christ is risen today, Save Jerseyans. Hallelujah!

For a uniquely New Jersey touch, here’s a celebratory hymn (one of my favorites) as performed by the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and Choir:

Remembering “Black Easter”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Many Americans probably recall the broad strokes of Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 assassination, Save Jerseyans, but few know that it happened, eerily, on Good Friday (which fell on April 14th that year).

It’s remembered as Black Easter:

United in Our Historical Ignorance

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila Jackson Lee

“Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years . . . “

~ Sheila Jackson Lee

Declaring the U.S. Constitution to be 400 years old on the House floor would mean the Constitution was signed in 1614, Save Jerseyans. That’s seven years after Jamestown, Virginia became America’s first permanent English settlement. As you and I know, the Constitution was ratified in 1787, a difference of 173 years by her math.

I don’t know whether it’s scarier that a Congresswoman made the mistake, or the fact that she’s hardly an exception to the rule. It’s also not Rep. Lee’s first disturbing slip-up.