Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Unless you cheer for Japan, as a soccer fan the ending and own-goal a minute from extra time and penalty kicks seems very unsatisfying. That poor woman from England who tried to poke it away but landed it in her own net; In the words of Marlon Brando near the end of Apocalypse Now, "The horror....the horror"

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Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry!!

Anyone who reads the Jersey City Desk knows how much Johnny reveres Debbie Harry and her time with and without Blondie. To a kid living in Ortonville Michigan in the late 70's and early 80's who wanted nothing more than to be in New York City, her voice has always been a beacon. Johnny was blown away one night, a real epiphany listening to the debut of Autoamerican on 105.5 FM out of Flint on his stereo being broadcast in something called Carver Sonic Holography it was, well, Johnny still remembers it as a high-water mark musically after all these years. That's how they'd do it back then kids. If a band had a really big album they'd let a station in each market play it, usually at midnight so everyone could hear it at the same time or together. A great way to reward loyal fans and a great program by the FM stations back then. Then you'd get on Twitter, Facebook and text your friends about what they thought...NOT!

And then radio died but it sure wasn't Debbie Harry's fault. Here now Johnny's favorite Blondie song, 'Union City Blue' with a hale and hearty happy birthday to her royal highness Debbie Harry.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Carli Lloyd is the woman who gets to be on the $10 bill, agreed? Onto the Final!!

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So Jersey City, what are YOU going to do with your leap second tonight?

That's right, because of the spin/rotation of the Earth to keep things copacetic on the whole atomic clock we'll need to add ONE second tonight at midnight, or technically one second before midnight but it'll still officially BE midnight and Wednesday, or will it? Ah hell, enjoy your extra second and please tell us how you'll be spending it. Johnny might light a bottle rocket so listen for that at midnight.

Monday, June 29, 2015

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...and the home of the brave.

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Does anyone now think Mayor Fulop has any kind of grasp on the JCPD?

Early Father's Day there was a shooting at Mercer Park (and pay attention this gets confusing) which is technically located in Bayonne but right across the street is Jersey City where most of those who use the park come from. The park was hosting an annual block party for Jersey City residents at the time of the shootings. Jersey City PD were the first to respond. Two 15 year-old boys were shot during the melee.

This is what nobody disagrees with.

Then as Terrence T. McDonald tells us, then things get weird. The cities of Bayonne and Jersey City both spent time saying it was the others' job to investigate. Details of the shooting have been withheld far longer than the usual crime info. In fact McDonald was told by Steve Fulop's spokesperson Jennifer Morrill (more on her in a bit) he'd need to file a freedom of information filing to get any info about this particular shooting. We're guessing it's because of one of several reasons, and it could be a bit of all of them; secrecy, further political ambitions, embarrassment at how it was handled etc,. Despite what Mayor Fulop says shootings and crime to any Jersey City resident with eyes and ears is trending badly. Fulop likes to point to graphs and charts to show crime has dipped in this metric or that park area, but that have little to do with real-world policing and keeping citizens safe. Whatever helps him sleep at night. Which brings us to the woman who was FIRED for giving updates on Jersey City police actions as was her JOB. Carly Baldwin gave an update since the JCPD were first on the scene but Mayor Fulop said she should have deferred on any statement to Bayonne PD. See what he's doing there? Firing someone who won't cower to his wants AND he tries to push this off on Bayonne so as not to scuff his gubernatorial cred (of which he has none but that's for another post). Yes, Carly Baldwin was fired for doing her job.

Oh we're not done, the utter confusion of what goes on with the JCPD and Fulop's lack of knowledge of it was never on better display than when Jennifer Morrill had to step up and answer FOR a stumbling Fulop:

Though the article you'll read has been updated it had a section that read as follows:

On Tuesday, at an event at Liberty State Park, The Jersey Journal asked Shea and Fulop why Baldwin hadn't been responding to inquiries about police or fire incidents as usual. Morrill stepped in to say Baldwin "is off right now." 

Morrill stepped in to say. Isn't that great Jersey City? Our mayor is asked a hard question and he needs Jennifer Morrill to jump in and shield him from the press. Remember, Steve Fulop does NOT want to talk to you or answer your questions. he only wants to show up and restaurant opening and talk with the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Morrill you'll also note didn't answer the question honestly. She knew buy then Baldwin had been let go. Nothing like expediency eh Ms. Morrill?

So Mayor Fulop, or more than likely Jennifer Morrill, what did Steve Fulop know about the JCPD sergeant's DUI in Robbinsville and did the mayor help cover it up or in any way make it go away?

Either way Mayor Fulop has been shown to be in FAR over his head when it come to crime and the oversight of the good men and women in the JCPD. Click on this link to see the Jersey Journal's scathing front page today over Fulop's mishandling of this situation.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Johnny almost wrote about tomorrow's topic twice today but it kept snowballing. Friends, from many angles and many writers Steve Fulop's JCPD and PR messes are coming to a head not just here but with the Jersey Journal as well. Make sure to come back tomorrow and you'll be stunned at how city hall is being run.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Important, perhaps weather related PATH announcement

PATH service between Journal Square and Newark has been completely suspended at this late, wet hour according to the Port Authority as of 11:45pm:

PATH service from Newark-Journal Square, in both directions, is currently suspended.

Could be weather-flooding related. Could be White Walkers. We'll let you know when we find out.

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