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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:

Google Honors Good Friday

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Have you seen today’s “Google Doodle” for Good Friday 2014, Save Jerseyans?

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Don’t adjust your monitors. That’s it. And it’s not exactly festive…

Google has special logos lined up for every obscure, liberal hero, fringe holiday and South American labor leader’s birthday but, to quote Uncle Junior of Sopranos fame, “jack s–t for Jesus.” In 2013, Google commemorated Easter, arguably the world’s most widely-commemorated religious holiday, by posting a doodle in honor of Marxist Cesar Chavez.

So much for “don’t be evil.”

 

Christie Waxes On Pro Life Beliefs

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’m not a big believer in Jim McGreevey’s late-in-life religious rediscovery, Save Jerseyans, but I do very much believe in Republicans finding better ways to articulate their pro-life convictions.

Governor Chris Christie did a pretty solid job today during a joint event promoting reform of New Jersey’s penal system:

REPORT: Ukrainian Jews Forced to “Register”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you want to know why I could never vote for a Ron Paul-type libertarian, Save Jerseyans, then read this exceedingly disturbing report out of a Russian militant-occupied town in Eastern Ukraine (via USA Today):

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

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Atheists Are Irrational (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

What else can you say about people who refuse believe in something they can’t see but are also equally confident in declaring, with 100% certainly, that it doesn’t exist? Yup. It’s irrational to the say the least…

A little Holy Week humor served up with a heaping dose of common sense courtesy of comedian (and self-described conservative Christian) Brad Stine:

Proof: Bullying Bans Make it Worse

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bullyingWe’re failing these kids, Save Jerseyans. Big time. Rather than enact reforms which could actually, in some small way, act as a curb against a rapidly-decaying culture that’s producing kids ill-equipped to deal with the struggles and pressures of the world, we’re wasting millions on programs that aren’t working. At best.

In one southern state, teen suicides are actually on the rise in the wake of so-called anti-bullying measures taking effect:

“In Mississippi, 635 youth ages 10-24 have committed suicide since 2000 — an average of 49 deaths per year — according to data from the state Department of Health Vital Statistics program.

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Democrats: Desperate to Distract in 2014

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

DonkeyGet ready for it people. The Democrats are gearing up their smokescreens in a desperate attempt to keep us focused on anything but the destruction they’ve caused. They don’t want to talk about the debt, or unemployment, or the economy. They definitely don’t want to talk about Obamacare! Heck, we aren’t even allowed to refer to it as Obamacare any more without offending someone. The Democrats are so desperate to distract us in 2014 that we can expect them to pull out all of their favorite arguments and narratives. 

If Republicans talk about securing the boarder, the Democrats interpret that as…

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Ukraine: Why the Silence From Hollywood?

By John Sullivan | The Save Jersey Blog

Ukrainian TankThe Hollywood community is certainly no stranger to worthy causes. From matters of free speech to human rights, members of the community have frequently made their voices heard and helped influence important change on those fronts.

This is why Hollywood’s silence on the current situation in Ukraine is both perplexing and disturbing.

Earlier this year, the Ukranian people, in a move reminiscent of the American Revolution, overthrew a corrupt leader who, in concert with a succession of cronies including his own son, had pocketed up to 40% of Ukraine’s GDP for their own personal use.

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“Only Liberal Women Are Women”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rosie-the-riveter-thumb_large_310x206I completely decimated the “equal pay” for women myth last year, Save Jerseyans, but our undaunted liberal friends are fighting back by declaring April 8, 2014 “Equal Pay Day.” Because you know the old Leftist motto:

“If the facts aren’t on your side, accuse your opponents of being racists or sexists as loudly as you can. And if that doesn’t work, go ahead and create a holiday to remind everyone that they’re racists and/or sexists.”

Another time-honored liberal belief is that women are only good women if they’re making “liberal” choices, such as forgoing family for career or voluntarily aborting their young. Women who choose a traditional lifestyle (e.g. staying at home to raise the kids while they’re aren’t really women. They’re no better than self-loathing servants of piggish evil white rich Republican men like Matt Rooney.

So for those of you who still feel oppressed today on the basis of bad statistics and self-interested Democrat propaganda, I invite you to liberate yourself from ignorance with the following insightful video version of the facts, not hysterics, which we discussed last year here at Save Jersey:

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Christie: “War On Drugs Has Failed”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This isn’t the first time that Chris Christie declared defeat in the so-called War on Drugs, Save Jerseyans, saying something very similar back in 2012 at the Brookings Institution. Since that time, Governor Christie has signed a controversial “Good Samaritan” law immunizing people reporting overdoses from prosecution for possession and pushed for sentencing reforms but refused to consider decriminalization of pot for non-medicinal purposes.

Next on the list? Boosting a pilot program in Monmouth and Ocean counties whereby local law enforcement will be armed with a drug capable of saving the lives of heroin overdosers, a problem that’s reaching epidemic levels in the Garden State:

 

Christie vs. “Internet Blog BS”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sohail Mohammed

Sohail Mohammed

Remember the name “Sohail Mohammed” going forward, Save Jerseyans. Rightly or wrongly, the Indian-American Muslim serving as a New Jersey state trial judge is going to remain a hot topic for as long as Governor Chris Christie remains a 2016 GOP primary contender.

I’d submit “wrongly.” There isn’t much legitimate reason for concern. None, actually. Criticism of Judge Mohammed centers around the fact that, in private practice, he defended some pretty shady people in the aftermath of 9/11. Critics, many of whom love quoting their pocket constitutions, conveniently (and ironically) forget the Sixth Amendment’s right to assistance of counsel for criminal defendants.

Most importantly, Mohammed in his capacity as a family court jurist hasn’t issued any rulings which suggest that he’d ever substitute fealty to the Constitution and state law for Sharia. 

But good luck relying on facts and logic, folks, when the scrutinized party’s patron is a candidate for president…

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Of Course College Athletes Should Be Paid!

By Jordan Rickards ConservativeOpinion.com

BasketballMarch is, historically, the NCAA’s favorite month, with tournament basketball in full swing and revenues cascading into league coffers.  But this year’s festivities come as the entire collegiate athletic establishment finds itself suddenly faced with two legal challenges to its collusive practice of prohibiting college athletes from earning money: one in which the players seek to unionize, and the other in which they seek the right that every other American enjoys to be paid for their labor.  It’s well past time that they are afforded that most fundamental right.

The NCAA is a case study in hypocrisy and contradictions.  Consider the following:

It’s an organization that supposedly exists to foster competition, but it colludes with its member institutions to prevent free market competition for the services of the players.

It justifies not paying its athletes by extolling the virtues of amateurism, while making millionaires out of its coaches, athletic directors, and officers.

It pretends to emphasize educational excellence, but when it comes to big money sports it turns a blind eye to schools aggressively lowering admissions standards for many woefully underqualified, and often outright illiterate “student-athletes” who are little more than ringers.

It claims to be concerned with its athletes getting an education, but by preventing the athletes from earning money the schools practically force them to turn professional instead of stay in school.

It’s classified as a “non-profit” organization, but has commercialized itself to such an extent that it holds over $600 million in assets and rakes in close to $1 billion per year, while the sixty-five “non-profit” schools that make up the five major “non-profit” power conferences — the ACC, Big Twelve, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC — combined for $5.15 billion in revenue in 2011-12

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New Jersey Goes Up in Smoke

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

break-cigarettesNew Jersey Democrat Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle is sponsoring a bill that would, on the heels of news of a record tourist season in 2013, ban smoking at all parks and beaches, Save Jerseyans. The controversial measure won the approval of the State Assembly on Thursday and will now head to the State Senate where a vote has not yet been scheduled.

I’m sorry to disappoint those who feel that government should just make the sale of tobacco illegal, but it just isn’t going to happen.

Regardless of the arguments both pro and con, a federal ban on cigarettes would be a practical impossibility considering that tobacco is still a big business (and source of tax revenue).

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Ryan’s Racist? Then Which Dem Isn’t?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

daniel-patrick-moynihanThis particular story really pissed me off, Save Jerseyans, which is really saying something since I’m pretty much immune to most liberal idiocy from covering it on a daily basis. There are still exceptions.

On William Bennett’s Morning in America radio talk show last week, a program where the former education secretary and drug czar focuses heavily on cultural issues, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared as a guest (he used to be Bennett’s intern back in the day) and matter-of-factly cited the “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work,” as serious problem for the country.

Uncontroversial? Sure. But for a political party that thrives on exploiting -isms, Ryan’s candor presented an irresistible opportunity for partisan-motivated race-baiting…

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A New Shore “Situation”

Scharfenberger ‘officially’ welcomes “The Situation” to Middletown

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame, and his family opened a tanning salon in Middletown yesterday.

MMM is not in the habit of giving free advertising to people who drive Lamborghinis, and the company did not respond to our ad pitch, so we did not cover the ribbon cutting.

But NJ.com and USA Today-Monmouth/Ocean edition couldn’t resist the spectacle.

Gerry Scharfenberger is the only member of Middletown’s Township Committee of non-Italian American descent.  Gerry did the honors at the ribbon cutting and said the right things.

“The goal is always to fill vacant storefronts, so whenever that happens it is a positive thing,” he said. “And if the star power they have is able to help them and the other businesses here, that’s even better.”

But the expressions on Gerry’s face in the pictures at NJ.com tell another story, which prompted MMM to look further into the situation.

Why wasn’t Mayor Stephanie Murray presiding on the high profile ribbon cutting?  She finds the situation offensive.

“While I wish the business  success for the sake of the existing businesses in the shopping center, I don’t personally support Mr. Sorrentino as his insensitivity and disrespect toward women (calling women “grenades” for example), is appalling and offensive, Murray said, “Additionally, as an Italian-American who loves and lives at the Jersey shore, the image Mr. Sorrentino projects is equally offensive.”

Committeeman Tony Fiore is also not happy with the situation.

“While Mr. Sorrentino has the right to open a business anywhere he chooses, Mr. Sorrentino has done nothing to help promote a positive image of the Jersey shore or Italians who live or visit the Jersey shore,” Fiore said,  ”In my view no self respecting Italian who grew up in NJ, lives at or loves the Jersey shore would help promote his business. While I wish him like any other business in Middletown success, he shouldn’t expect Middletown to embrace the circus that he is bringing to the Middletown.”

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REPORT: Rice’s Revel-ing Lands Him in Hot Water

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ray Rice at Rutgers University

Ray Rice at Rutgers University

Former Rutgers star running back and 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Raven Ray Rice reportedly “did A.C.” a little too well this past weekend, Save Jerseyans, when he was arrested for an alleged “physical altercation” at the Revel Casino according The Baltimore Sun.

Rice’s run-in with the law comes at a less-than-opportune time for the struggling gaming giant (the Ravens are on the golf course; he’ll be OK by the time they need him on the field…).

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