Thursday, December 31, 2009

Since Johnny doesn't know what time he'll be back in tonight, here it is, our New Year's Eve tradition

We always ring in the new year with this brilliant awesome version of the Rolling Stones performing 'Gimme Shelter', this year being no exception. We get more views on this clip than any other throughout the year believe it or not. Last year we had views from Holland and Germany on this one.

Happy New Year!

As the clock ticks ever closer to midnight, Let's ROCK with the Flametrick Subs

Normally we save the Flametrick Subs for Halloween being a psychobilly band, but this video for 'What Makes a Good Girl go Bad' is too cool for school.

Turn it up and hop around your house

As we roll closer to New Year's Eve how about Pat Benatar with a phenomenal cover song

'Don't Roll Those Blooshot Eyes at Me' was an old standard by a little known performer named Wynonie Harris but with this version Ms. Benatar makes it her very own. Get ready to dance around your living rooms....

New Year's Eve on the Jersey City Desk means we rock in the new year!

Kinda like Dick Clark but only with more music, less commercials and no Mariah Carey.

Let's kick off our big day with Aerosmith with RUN DMC with the classic overdub of 'Walk This Way'

Do tell us of those New Year's Eve plans

Where will YOU Be ringing in 2010? Tell us...

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's a story that'll send the creeps up and down your spine, a Bayonne girl dies after a spider bite

Now of course we're awaiting the toxicology reports but a Bayonne girl, Marissa Marie Ciolek, was bitten by a spider on Christmas Day and her condition went steadily downhill after that.

According to the Jersey Journal:

"Bayonne Health Officer Richard Censullo said two types of spiders are found in the area, the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Both spiders can give a "nasty bites," but bites that are not usually fatal unless the victim has an allergy, such as anaphylaxis, he said."

Yikes, sleep well.

So, where ya headed tomorrow night? Dinner? Are you going to see the ball drop?

Johnny's got some out of towners in from Michigan and so that means a nice dinner (a fun one for sure at DBGB's) and then Johnny's gonna head up towards Times Square to get a few snapshots of the party crowd. It's doubtful he's gonna stand in one place with no food or bathrooms for 4-5 hours. SO not happening.

So what are YOUR plans?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Late night open thread

Did you know then--

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

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The problem with being dead in West New York is that you might not really be dead

So, either West New York has a huge issue with zombies walking the streets which of course would be bad for tourism and nights out on the town, OR they are guilty of some pretty sloppy bookkeeping. Earlier this month a petition was invalidated by Town Clerk Carmela Riccie for lacking enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot and she even went as far as to say that a dead man, Mr. Pedro Costales had signed it. She claimed Mr. Costales had died December 10, 2007. You can imagine her surprise when one very alive Pedro Costales came walking into her office wondering why she had declared his signature invalid because he was dead.

The ball is in your court now Carmela Riccie, we cant wait to hear the type of bureaucratic mumbo jumbo you plan to hide behind.

A scene from West New York recently

Monday, December 28, 2009

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So, tomorrow is gonna be windy and nasty and cold. A great day for sitting around and watching old movies. Popping some corn in the microwave and spending some quality family time on the old couch. There are probably a couple bowl games on to boot. So spend a day inside, have some fun and make sure to catch up on your Jersey City Desk stories.

Oh, and rest up for Thursday night in Times Square.

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Union City gets a nice grant to put in energy efficient outside lighting

Over 500K in grants are helping Union City replace the old street lights with newer more efficient lights that in the long run will help save the city a lot of do-re-mi.

According to Ralph Tango, an engineering consultant for Union City, apart from a different type of glow from the lights residents will notice no difference in brightness but overtime WILL notice a a lowering of the city's utility bills.

Sounds good to us, in order to get more energy efficient lights here to save money all the company selling then needs to do is walk by city hall with open brief cases of money and watch the pigeons come running out to get 'fed'.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Johnny's not much for product endorsements BUT

There is one he has been raving about to friends and family since he got it in early October. Johnny called Comcast to add the Big Ten Network so he could keep up with his Big Ten football and get his fix of his Michigan State Spartans. Along with the Big Ten Network Comcast added the NFL Red Zone channel wherein you get ALL the best of the NFL games all day long. In essence it's like the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament where they keep switching back and forth to the most exciting games and all the fantastic finishes. With the NFL Red Zone you get the best plays, the best moments no matter which teams and every 'red zone situation' (whenever a team is inside the opponents 20 yard line that is considered being in the 'red zone'). It has totally rekindled Johnny's love of the NFL. If, like today you only get one game at 1 pm and it was the New Jersey Giants getting embarrassed by Carolina what's a football fan to do? If you have the NFL Red Zone channel you can watch the best of the rest of the NFL games.

The NFL Red Zone channel, make SURE you get it before next year's season kicks off, it's THAT good.

52º today on December 27th? Better get outside while the getting is good

You better believe it citizens, Johnny and the crew will be heading out for a walk about town on a day like this. 52º isn't supposed to happen again until March or so. Giants fans have got to be giddy having a pre-game tailgate in 50 degree temps over at the Meadowlands.

Thanks to those who pointed out January 27th is a month away. Without the loyal readers here this place would be a bigger mess than it already is. Thanks--Johnny

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Last Saturday was snow, this Saturday is rain. At least the snow is pretty.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Johnny wants to give a shout out to all his Detroit homies for kicking the crap out of Mr. Would-be-Terrorist

Well done passengers on the Northwest (soon to be Delta) airliner in Detroit yesterday, who once they saw the assclown trying to start some kind of fire, jumped on the guy (and some were burned in the process) and beat on the brat and subdued him until the FBI could get on the plane.

Well done but kids, next time, save the taxpayers a holding cell and the cost of a trial.

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One more Merry Christmas and enjoy Christmas 2010 that begins in the morning.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas with Frances Gumm, er Judy Garland

We'd like to take time out and wish all our Jersey City Desk readers a very Merry Christmas

Even the corrupt members of our upstanding city council. Even they deserve well wishes one day a year.

Merry Christmas to all.

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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without certain holiday classics

Don't forget all you Hep Cats and Kittens, Johnny will be signing copies of his new book at Republic in New York tonight

Johnny will be signing copies of his new book "Oreos, Doritos; My Time as a Guard for the Wicked Witch of the West" at Republic off of Union Square in the Big Appletini tonight. Due to time constraints he cannot make balloon animals or do cartoon character imitations anymore. He's not a trained monkey ya know, just an unskilled one who constantly proves the old adage "A million monkeys with a million typewriters..."

Here we go again, Run Rudolph Run

Only this time by Bryan Adams

We start off with a Christmas fave, well a Johnny Christmas fave, The Pretenders with 2000 Miles

Late night open thread

A full compliment of Christmas Eve fun on tap tomorrow thrillseekers, anything goes.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lori Serrano, who lost her city council bid in May pleads not guilty to graft charges

In a case and then result we're all too familiar with here in Jersey City, council seat wannabe Lori Serrano, although on tape with Solomon Dwek telling him favors could be arranged for $10K, pled not guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion. Her attorney Raymond L. Hamlin says she's innocent despite what's on the tapes.

We remind everyone that of the 44 arrested in July in the sweeping corruption arrests, not one of the arrestees has been found not guilty or let off. They have all copped deals or await trials. Serrano is simply another in the long line of those who were willing to sell their support for a real estate plan rather cheaply if the FBI tapes are to be believed. It didn't seem to phase Serrano, you know, the possibility of jail time as she was seen laughing and joking around before her arraignment.

Stay classy, Lori.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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''Everyone has got to realise you can't hold onto the past if you want any future. Each second should lead to the next one.''
--Joe Strummer

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

We could talk about petitions in West New York or employee furlough days in Jersey City

Yeah we're not doing that

New York--DON'T STOP--Give it all you got
New York--DON'T STOP

Joe Strummer with 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais'

Today we dedicate the day to the memory of Joe Strummer

December 22, 2002 the world, and by association Johnny, lost Joe. A sudden heart attack claimed Johnny's musical idol and inspiration for so long. He stood for what was right about music and more importantly the music business. He demanded lower album prices for fans. He demanded the warm-up acts on his tours be treated equally with The Clash and when he found out the promoters weren't shared what his band had. Johnny read an article that one night in a bar meeting with magazine reporters he wondered outloud why a player piano/cd playing piano was allowed to exist instead of a musician who was being paid proper money for a live performance.

In his memory we dedicate the Jersey City Desk today.

Monday, December 21, 2009

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Tomorrow is December 22, one of the saddest days in Johnny's world. But more on that tomorrow. Tonight we grieve not but again celebrate the Sundance show Spectacle from Sunday night, this time with Neko Case singing Harry Nilsson's 'Don't Forget Me'

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Look up tonight Jersey City, that's Jupiter directly under the moon

They'll race to set first in the western sky. A solstice treat on the shortest day of the year.

Johnny asks; What is your greatest winter driving accomplishment?

Bad weather all around making for some dicey driving. Johnny wants to know what was your most heroic drive during winter? Feel free to praise yourselves. Johnny rode with an old friend, his girlfriend and Mrs. Action Space Punk long ago, Ann Arbor Michigan to Chicago in a full blown ice storm, normally a four hour trip that took 7. We lost count at 30 cars in ditches and medians. We had to make that trip, we were all helping friends move the next day. THAT was the best Johnny's seen.

Something Johnny did not know, actress Brittany Murphy used to live in Edison

Putting a local spin on the tragic death of Murphy, the raspy voiced and very talented actress worked in local theater and was always ready to come back and make appearances.

Truly sad.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Nobody is a bigger proponent of women in rock music than Johnny. Nobody. He was hooked by Ronnie Spector's warble, Pat Benatar's octave range, Ann Wilson's power, Chrissie Hynde's defiance and strength and Madonna's dance music. He's had three favorites in his time on this pale blue dot. Debbie Harry, Sheryl Crow and Neko Case. Tonight he looked on with great eagerness as Sheryl Crow and Neko Case shared the stage on Elvis Costello's series on Sundance, Spectacle. Something he never imagined possible until this magnificent series but something that truly truly touched him. We'll be playing clips from this episode taped at the Apollo Theater across the river in September. Tonight before bed it's Sheryl Crow with Neko Case on backing vocal and Elvis Costello on geetar with the classic 'Leaving Las Vegas'.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Time to weigh in--Egg Nog--Yea or Nay?

It's a love it or hate proposition come December, are you a fan of egg nog or do you detest the stuff Johnny's nephew used to call 'Christmas milk'?

There seems to be no middle ground.

So Jersey City, New York and surrounding areas, any leftover problems from the storm this morning?

And big issues last night you ran into? Any issues you're yet trying to resolve? Any pictures you want to share? Send them along...

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As badly as we're getting buried in snow, Rutgers buried UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl 45-24. The Scarlet Knights were all over UCF with freshmen Tom Savage and Mohamed Sanu leading the way. This was Rutgers fourth straight bowl victory, a great takeaway from a 9-4 season that started so terribly against Cincinnati way back on Labor Day.

Time for Jersey City After Dark

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Union City Brew

Union City resident Luis Cortes was having some difficulty parking his vehicle Thursday. He was trying to parallel park it and kept putting the hurt to the cars in front of and behind where he was trying to park. Maybe he should have tried this parking wizardry away from next to the Union City Police Department. Police were notified by an off duty officer of Cortes' park job and they approached him and asked if he'd been drinking. He let on he may have had "5 beers".


Oh, OK, if it's only been five then please accept the key to the city and be on your way.

Cortes was arrested and charged with a DUI and police made accident reports for the cars he mashed.

Late night open thread

Is it snow yet?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with (And Happy Birthday to) KEITH RICHARDS!

Keeeeef, with one his favorite songs, one he said he'd re-release every year he was walking this planet, the Christmas time standard written by Chuck Berry 'Run Rudolph Run'.

Happy 66th Birthday Keef. How many of you had that number in your death pools? In another 100 years the only things around will be cockroaches, microwave burritos, and Keith Richards.


What? It's Harvey Danger with 'Flagpole Sitta'. Maybe a couple bad words but really, you're big people.


What? It's The Hives with 'Hate to Say I Told You So'. Maybe a couple bad words but really, you're big people.

In honor of our approaching storm...

It's a WHOPPER and we don't mean Burger King

The Winter Storm has been UPGRADED now to 6-12" inches with higher amounts in mid and southern New Jersey and a BLIZZARD Warning for Long Island. The Island could be looking at up to 18 inches of snow and 45 mph winds. The weather centers just said this could even grow BIGGER yet depending on temps out ahead of the storm which are not warming up as much as anticipated.

Hooooooey Man

The snow starts locally between 12-3 pm tomorrow and will go on all night.

Oh hell, let's just have some fun today...

As we await the snowstorm, it's Friday, many people start a long vacation today and Johnny's all alone here in the Jersey City Desk offices (Zoltron's zipping around in the Jersey City Desk Action Weather Dirigible so look out for that and don't shoot at it).

Now, on with some musical FUN, who here remembers Donnie Iris? 'Love is Like a Rock' is the call this morning.

It's our first winter weather warning of the season kids, we may get a white Christmas out of it

It sounds to Johnny via the local weather bureaus and Zoltron here in our own Jersey City Desk Action-Weather team we're in for at least 2-4" of powder beginning tomorrow afternoon with more, much more predicted overnight Saturday into Sunday. What's 'much more'? That's for us to know and you to find out.

From the good people at Wunderground:
Cloudy. Snow likely...mainly in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Brisk with highs in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Saturday Night
Snow likely. Additional heavy snow accumulation possible. Windy with lows in the mid 20s. North winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

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June 12, 2010, book that date America. We all have something to do together. You don't get to be America by hiding from challenges. You don't get to be America by taking on the less defended beaches at Normandy. You don't get to be America without liberating Europe. You don't get to be America by not inventing rock and roll, the automobile and the cures for diseases that cripple children. You don't get to be America by losing the 1980 Olympic hockey game to the USSR.

We're America for a reason. And on June 12, America has a date with destiny in South Africa. You see that'll be the USA's first World Cup match and lookie see who us Yanks have a date with. Why it's England. The nation that talks football (as they call it) like it's their game. An epic match to be certain. Was it England who recently upset #1 ranked in the world Spain in the Confederations Cup? Oh, no, wait, that was America. Who was the only team not to lose to Italy in the last World Cup? Was that England? Nope, it was America. America seems to be getting this soccer thing together. And England, for all their across the pond talking have won exactly ONE World Cup title. One. It's time the colonies whip mother England's behind once more.

June 12, 2010. England says we have no chance. They tell us the Three Lions Squad is going to overmatch the USA. They say they'll bury us under the pitch.

You don't get to be America without proving yourself on the field of play.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Normally you remember someone illegally channeling 30 large into your re-election account

Not Mariano Vega, nosiree Bob. Even though FBI agents say they have him meeting no less than six times with Solomon Dwek over meals, Vega, the day before he was arrested this summer apparently lied to the FBI saying he'd never seen Dwek before in his life. Despite the fact Vega's buddy Maher Khalil has pled guilty to basically what Vega is charged with (except the lying) and was there at the time, Vega says he has no intention of pleading guilty.

The FBI says they have it on tape, all of it. So far of everyone who has been charged in the big sting--not one has been found not guilty. Many have pled guilty, many have been sentenced so it sure appears the FBI has their ducks in a row, and it sure seems Mariano Vega is intent on dragging Jersey City's name through the dirt on his way to jail.

Just resign, you'll still get your day in court but your usefulness as any kind of city representative has long since passed if it ever existed to begin with. Mr. Vega, you're a disgrace.

Woodrow Miller needs to spend MORE time in front of the TeeVee watching CSI and Forensic Files

Ya see Woodrow, if you're going to clean up a POSSIBLE murder scene (Miller as you may recall was the only other person at the scene of the shooting of Quaneera Adams who sadly died from the gunshot) while the victim lies alive on the bed and THEN call 911 you not only look guilty as hell, you're gonna bring the full force of criminologists down on your dumb ass.

You cleaned up the scene BEFORE calling 911? Gee, nothing strange about that now is there Woodrow? We're also sure the blood on your clothing was a coincidence.

Miller has been arrested in connection with the crime but has not as of yet been charged with murder.

Johnny hears they have teevee in prison where people like Miller can catch up on watching CSI and Forensic Files.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Late night open thread

Famous quotes night.

The great Carthaginian General Hannibal:
"We will either find a way, or make one."

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

It's a free day, Johnny's got nothing

Even imbeciles need days off.

Head on over to the Naperville City Desk and leave your letters to Santa. Trixie has a thread there for bad people who should get coal. Drop a line on what YOU should get

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Late night open thread

So, the Big Ten Conference is talking about adding a 12th team to land those big bucks two division of six teams and a conference title game and Rutgers name has popped up on several lists along with either Pitt or Syracuse being considered. What say you New Jersey, would Rutgers be any kind of good fit?

Just a point of order, Rutgers would be slotted in a Big Ten eastern set up and would be in a division football wise with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State (who has recently supplanted Michigan as top dog in that state) and perhaps Purdue or Indiana. The better half of the conference football wise. Basketball wouldn't matter, Michigan State runs the conference and the people in it. How has Rutgers been doing against UConn lately in hoops? There you go.

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We shouldn't have to tell you this but apparently we do---If you drop something on the PATH or Subway tracks, leave it go man

NOTHING is worth what happened to a 39 year old man at Central Park West and 110th street yesterday. He dropped his MP3 player on the tracks and jumped down to get it. It cost him his life and no doubt necessitated therapy to those on the platform who were, yes, wearing parts of him afterwards. Yeah, that was a disgusting way to put it but THINK McFlys of the world, IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE for anything lying on the tracks.

A fantastic editorial by the Jersey Journal over Judge Maurice Galipolli's hideous decision on Nidia Lopez

One of the finest editorials you'll ever read on Judge Maurice Galipolli's just plain baseless and mollycoddled decision to allow Nidia Lopez to continue to represent Journal Square. Nidia Lopez, who not only claims Florida as a residence so she can avoid taxes, who not only votes in Florida AND New Jersey and who, the day after voting for the rest of us to pay more in taxes spent the next day in her Florida home.

RECALL Nidia Lopez Ward C, you CAN do it.

Read the editorial here

Monday, December 14, 2009

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Johnny was thinking about movies in the way he does sometimes. He was considering roles that you simply cannot imagine anyone else playing; ie now Heath Ledger as the Joker, or Jack Nicholson in The Shining, Gary Cooper in High Noon, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. You get the idea, roles that were SO perfect for the actor who turned in such a performance they OWN the role.

Back to back clips tonight, Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach and Academy Award winner in this role Sir John Gielgud as Hobson

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One for the guys this morning--Remember the Pinewood Derby?

A most excellent article on the entire process (either real or imagined) on the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby fun on the Speed Sport Life website. A quick excerpt:


Racers are comprised of Cub Scouts. These are good ole fashioned honest young kids working hard for an achievement patch. If you want to compete you’ll need to be a kid between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. So, either invent a time machine and go back to race, or do what I did, have lots of sex and get yourself a son. Then you’ll have to sit around impatiently until the kid is old enough to become a Cub Scout. Once he finally hits that magical age, get yourself a drill press, a Dremel, some sand paper and get to work. I mean, get to work, uh, letting your son build the car.

A fun and excellent read. Johnny well remembers his first car (Of course HEAVILY dad influenced) and the trauma of watching a wheel come off 3/4 of the way down the track.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Late night open thread

State trivia night:

Which state is home to the oldest State University in the United States?

Answer here

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This afternoon, the Devils alumni are playing the JCPD in a fundraiser for the children of Marc DiNardo

Many former Devils greats will face off against the JCPD at the Prudential Center at 3 pm today in a fundraiser for the three children of slain Jersey City Detective Marc DiNardo. Some of the former Devils who are going to participate include Bruce Driver, Ken Daneyko, Grant Marshall, Chico Resch, Rob Skrlac, Valeri Zelepukin, Jim Dowd, Andy Brickley and Laurie Boschman.

Tickets are only $20 and the proceeds will be spilt evenly among DiNardo's three children. Over 3000 tickets have been sold already so come on Jersey City, let's get out to Newark and have a fantastic walk up gate, let's see if we can't get 5000 fans to The Rock this afternoon to help DiNardo's kids and honor one of our bravest.

I mean really, what were you going to do watch the Jets play one win Tampa Bay? The Giants play tonight so no sweat, plenty of time to get out on the old PATH train and do something positive.

Shocking, Santa's helpers work for a pimp

Johnny never would have believed it himself if it were not for this video proof. Some of Santa's helpers/toymakers being escorted on the PATH train late last night by one of Santa's enforcer pimps. If you click the image it'll get bigger and you'll note Santa's enforcer pimp hiding his face in shame.

Late night open thread

We'll know much much more about where the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets are headed as December plays out by tomorrow evening.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nice to see Mayor Kwame Healy at the D.E.E.N. Christmas party last night

After a long coooooold walk through Jersey City last night sniffing out stories, Johnny stopped at the Warehouse for a cup of joe to go and at 140 Bay St. there is a little boutique called d.e.e.n. and they were having themselves a whale of a holiday bash. Johnny looks in the window at the crowd and who does he see, Kwame Healy (and until he's finally brought to justice for his filthy political money games we'll be calling him Kwame after former disgraced Detroit Mayor Kwame Kiklpatrick who thought he could do anything either legal or illegal and simply get away with it because he was a big city mayor) wandering around giving the glad hand to shoppers.

We're also guessing that big police looking SUV that was DOUBLE PARKED out on Bay St. was Da mayor's. The Jersey City Desk is watching you mayor, we've got lots of email contributors who tell us what upu're up to at any given time...

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Johnny loves movie night. Tonight is a back to back to back triple feature starting with Gladiator, then Run Lola Run and he's just getting to V for Vendetta. Now THAT is a good night of flicks.

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Friday, December 11, 2009


It's British invasion night here at the Jersey City Desk and who better to start than with THE standardbearers for bluesy rock and roll? This song was voted the #1
rock and roll song of all time by the VH1 rundown of the greatest songs in music history. No surprise there. Is there a better rock song with more rock and roll spirit and feeling? Notice how Charlie Watts is almost considered awake for this song. Keef woke up in a haze in the middle of the night, had a tape recorder next to the bed as he always did, and laid out most of this song. He then fell back asleep. He said the other 45 minutes on the tape was him snoring.

The Rolling Stones with 'Satisfaction'


British invasion night at the Jersey City Desk continues with the lads from Liverpool. Johnny was just reading that the screaming girls who met the Beatles as they got off the plane and later at the Ed Sullivan show were, shall we say compensated for their screams.

The Beatles with 'Hello Goodbye'


Now did you know the Animals used to go by another name entirely but their stage performances caused their fans the hang that name on them and it stuck. Bonus points if you can tell us their original name.

The Animals with 'It's My Life'

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As a Browns fan, it doesn't get much better than tonight. Yes, the Browns haven't had a very good season but when you can end the Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Stoolers season on a frigid night along Lake Erie, that's a great night. Oh, and for ANY Stooler fans who want to run their mouths about their 6 Super Bowl titles, The Cleveland Browns have 8 NFL titles so put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Tonight was worth giving up the overall #1 draft pick. Vengeance always is.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So now 9 month old babies are stabbing victims in robberies here in Jersey City

In perhaps one of the most heinous acts we've ever reported on, the 9 month old son of murder victim Jacqueline Reyes, who was stabbed to death for some money (for some money---simply money and a 9 month old is almost stabbed to death---where the f*ck are our priorities anymore?) in her condominium at 100 Montgomery in Paulus Hook. Police are reviewing building video footage to look for a person of interest or as we used to call them a suspect in the murder. The stabbing took place sometime between 8:00 am and 9:30 am on Tuesday (and Johnny saw all the police vehicles outside as he was out for a walk to pick up a Christmas parcel his mom sent that had to be signed for at the Post Office on Montgomery). Johnny saw nothing of any kind of suspicious thinking back long and hard but SOMEBODY out there knows something. Somebody knows the jagoff who did this. If you have ANY information, or ANY kind of tip simply email us here and we will pass the info to the Jersey City police. This worked once for us in a robbery case when Johnny and crew ran the old Ypsi City Desk. We got tips, the tips were passed along and a predator was taken off the streets. Please, email us here at with info or the Hudson County Prosecutors’ Office’s Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345.

People, to an animal like this it's just a matter of time before he needs more money. If he'll murder a kind loving mother and stab her baby son, he'll do the same to you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Late night open thread

Here's a late night thread with nothin' to do about nothin' but feeding Johnny's ego. Johnny as some of you may know investigates cold cases and does pro bono work to help solve some. For years he studied the BTK serial killer crimes in Wichita Kansas. In BTK's first murder, that of the Otero family he stole a 9 year old boy victim's radio. BTK sid he didn't know why, he just took it. Well Johnny had long said using the age BTK would have been during the Clutter murders in Holcomb Kansas (the basis of Truman Capote's book 'In Cold Blood'), one of those killers stole the young son's radio and the entire Clutter story would have had a huge impact on BTK's psychie and reasoning behind his serial killing ways. Johnny is reading an amazing book on BTK by FBI profiler John Douglas who in interviewing Dennis Rader, BTK, that indeed the Clutter murders DID make a huge impact on him and he was fascinated by every aspect of the killings all those years earlier and hence, he took the boy's radio.

Near as Johnny can tell he was the only one to make this connection.

Like he said, nothing about nothing but if you have a cold case you want some help with, email him, maybe he can help.He's rather detail oriented with a photographic memory.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

First Priority Payroll CEO Jerry Carter is in one heck of a pickle

Police claim the CEO of the First Priority Payroll company was cuffed and charged with kidnapping, and intimidating and harassing a 45 year old employee of his. The charges and explanations are rather shocking. One is that he kept said employee locked in an Adams street apartment and working for 24 hours at a time for no pay. He supposedly told her the place was filled with cameras and he'd know if she wasn't doing as she was told. Police also claim Carter made his victim sit in a bathtub for hours at a a time. The police also told the media that Carter would make his victim send hundreds of cell phone pictures to make sure she was doing as she was told or he'd kill her.

For his part, Carter, through his attorney says he's innocent. We'll see about that but until this entire disgraceful mess is sorted out maybe your best business decision might be to steer clear of First Priority Payroll lest the stink rub off on your companies good name.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Late night open thread

Famous last words edition:

"Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies."
5/30/1778--Voltaire, when asked by a priest to renounce Satan

Woman takes Hoboken police car for a joyride, gets away with it

Dateline Hoboken: An undercover police officer saw three people urinating in public. As the officer was busy writing out the summons to the lawbreakers, a woman walked up and got into the unmarked car and took off for a joyride. A cab driver had to tell the officer that his car had been pinched. The car was stolen from 220 Seventh St. and found outside 1033 Bloomfield St. Since the car was a Crown Vic and thus a Ford, it didn't come with GM's 60 day return policy so we're guessing this wasn't a test drive of a potential purchase.

Police in the Mile Square City, despite being horribly embarrassed, say the case is still under investigation.

Justice fails us all

A small potatoes judge, Maurice Gallipoli, has ruled that Nidia Lopez or Nidia Boehringer as she is also known as can keep her Jersey City council seat despite using her official Florida residence as a New Jersey tax dodge. Remember Jersey City, Nidia has no problems asking YOU to pay higher taxes to lives here and get services here while she claims a Florida residence as her own so she doesn't pay taxes in Jersey City herself.

We're working up a full and complete background on the judge in this case so come next election day THEY can beat cheeks down to Florida to live, maybe next to Nidia Boehringer.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Late night open thread

Famous quotes edition:

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
--John Lennon

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

We've covered some nutty stories but this killer milkman case takes the cake

The New York Daily News is reporting the wife of a man accused of fathering a love child out of wedlock hired a killer milkman to kill the child by delivering tainted baby formula at Kings County Hospital. While the aggrieved and murderous-inclined wife is behind bars, the husband is still in hiding as the deadly milkman remains at large.

There entire sordid tale can be read here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Late night open thread

Well hockey fans it was another big win for the Red Wings tonight in Madison Square Garden, 3-1 over the Rangers. It was tied 1-1 late in the 3rd period before Dan Cleary threw one at the net and Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist managed to bungle the puck into his own net for a late 2-1 Wings lead. Kris Draper added an empty net goal with seconds to play sending the New York fans home in crocodile tears. So Detroit takes 3 out of 4 points this weekend which all in all make Johnny very happy.

Johnny tried telling the Rangers fans they were doomed but many in the row behind Johnny were either too drunk or too hopped up on Vicodin to care.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Sunday open thread

Johnny wants to get outside and enjoy the day before heading over to Madison Square Garden for the Red Wings game tonight. Enjoy yourselves here or go outside and play...

Late night open thread

Pavel Datsyuk celebrates his shootout goal vs Martin Brodeur in OT at the Prudential Center tonight...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hey Devils fans, did you know you can an octopus at a local fishmonger here in Jersey City?

Shall we defile the Prudential Center ice tonight with our symbol of victory? Johnny's in the second row tonight, it'd be just such an easy toss near the end of the game. Hmmmmmm..............


When they start writing songs saying New York City or Newark are "Rock City" we'll play those but for now, Johnny knows more than a few Red Wings fans are tuning in this morning from all points west, east, north and south. He promised them a real barn burner to get us all ready for some big time hockey tonight.

KISS with 'Detroit Rock City'


The Queen of Soul! Newark may have homegirl Queen Latifah but she's not Aretha Franklin now is she? No, of course not. There can be only one Queen and she lives in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin with 'Respect'


More more more Detroit music as the ice men of the north cometh to Newark and Manhattan this weekend!

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles with 'Tears of a Clown'

Late night open thread

Let the high holy weekend of hockey begin! Specially themed music series coming up tomorrow,

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flee! Flee for your very lives New Jersey and Ranger hockey fans!!! Hockey Inc. has arrived!!

Yes NHL fans of the tri-state area, Hockey Inc., better known as the Detroit Red Wings are in town for a game tomorrow in the Prudential Center and after they make that building their own on Sunday night they will set their sights on ravishing Madison Square Garden. Hide the children, the carnage is about to begin!!

Of course Johnny will be at both games signing autographs for kids in Red Wings togs before and after the games.

Late night open thread

Johnny caught a civic event tonight where Mayor Healy was helping light a Christmas tree by the Grove Street PATH station. He looked so proud and smarmy standing with his cronies getting face time and adulation of hangers on with cameras until Johnny yelled out to da Mayor "Santa is bringing you some coal for your stocking and a jail sentence" which certainly whipped Da Mayors head around from his appointed pre-fab smiles.

He knows citizens, he knows the other shoe is about to drop. He just can't stand these comments are coming from us commoners.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, December 3, 2009

'Scandalously filthy streets' in Jersey City? According to one JC blogger the answer is yes

Ray Schroth says on his NJ Voices page claims that's exactly what Jersey City has. We'd tend to agree. There are certain areas of this city where citizens are downright pigs (And Johnny would suggest India Square and Newark Avenues area for one) but Scroth goes on to make a bigger case against a lazy disaffected populace in a fine article you can read here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Late night open thread

Johnny is thinking of sleeping out on the couch tonight to hear the big storm carry on all night. The wind gusts, the pelting rain, and just the sounds of a good storm coming in from the south would be a perfect backdrop with which to sleep. Johnny's three big main picture windows all face south, or in this case, the direction of the storm.

Nothing like a nice cathartic sleep with great ambient noises.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Is Jerramiah Healy still mayor of Jersey City this morning?

If so, why?

Torches and pitchforks at the ready JC citizens...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Late night open thread

Did somebody say snowflakes later this week?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Smoking gun--Deputy mayor says Healy KNEW illegal funds were headed into his coffers

Indicted Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini said in a superseding indictment that Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy without any doubt KNEW that illegal money was being funneled into his reelection account.

The actual indictment is worded thusly (and Healy is JC Official 1):

It was part of the conspiracy that defendant BELDINI and others received illicit political contributions from the CW in order to fund the Re-election Campaign Committee and the JCDC and to otherwise support the re-election of JC Official 1.

So, our mayor KNEW of these illegal payouts. He KNEW the money was being funneled into his account. So, when is he going to be arrested? When is he heading out to Newark to give up the fingerprints and to do the perp walk?

Mayor Healy, the editorial board here at the Jersey City Desk has been calling for your resignation for quite some time, now we DEMAND it. You WILL be leaving office here. You will do us all the favor of hauling your crooked ass either off to jail or the old disgraced mayors home or wherever it is you wanna go live in shame. You are DONE here.

Again, you can go on your own, you cam be removed in some sort of civil procedure or we can break out the torches and pitchforks and chase you to the Delaware Water Gap.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Late night open thread

If they were to cast a movie of YOUR life, who would you want playing your role?

TIme for Jersey Ctiy, After Dark

Monday open thread

The interns are enjoying cyber-Monday but Johnny is too out of it to care. Freedom of speech right here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Late night open thread

Johnny feels like he's coming down with something. That is not good. We'll know more by morning. Interns be on alert.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

So, what are YOUR tips for successful holiday decorating?

Do you have a lighting strategy? Is there one Christmas tree kind that is better than the rest? Do you use a fake tree? Tell us your secrets to holiday decorating.

Late night open thread

Saturday scoreboard edition (one last time)

Florida 37
Florida State 10
Bobby Bowden it seems it getting the message. It was over 5 years ago

Stanford 45
Notre Dame 38
One coach on the rise, Jim Harbaugh, the other on his way out, Charlie 'Front Butt®' Weis

Mississippi State 45
Mississippi 27
Anybody think there might have been some Confederate flags at the tailgates?

North Carolina State 28
North Carolina 27
UNC's basketball team will make NC State pay for this, oh yes, they'll pay

South Carolina 34
Clemson 17
Cocks win, Cocks win. Johnny even put on his Cocks hat he got in Charleston SC on for this game.

LSU 33
Arkansas 30
Jersey City Desk New Orleans reporter Oddzymandias is hap-hap-happy tonight

TCU 51
New Mexico 10
The Horned Frogs are looking good for a big time BCS bowl game

Tonight's Jersey City Desk Game of the Week
Division 1-AA playoff
North Dakota 17
Central Arkansas 16
With this loss, the Central Arkansas record falls to 5-7 meaning they already had a LOSING record and got into the Division 1-AA playoffs. Maybe Eastern Michigan should drop down to 1-AA

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Some hot guitar licks tonight friends. We'll start with a classic from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 'Even the Losers'. Johnny would like to dedicate this song to Eastern Michigan head football coach Ron English who just managed to lead the team through their first ever 0-12 season in school history. That's quite a feat for a team that usually ranks as one of the 10 worst Division 1-A programs.

It's just the normal noises in here....


We keep the heavy guitar sound going tonight with Chris Isaak and a live version of 'Baby did a Bad Bad Thing'


A nice holiday weekend Saturday night is screaming for some rockabilly. Not JUST rockabilly, but rockabilly from Copenhagen, Denmark. Johnny remembers an old rockabilly band from Sweden called the Barn Shakers but hasn't been up on his northern European rockabilly bands lately.

The Horrorpops with Miss Take

Saturday morning cartoon

Late night open thread

Rutgers with a big big road win today. Granted, it was a game they should have won but they DID. Zaire Kitchen's hot was CLEAN. From college to pros the officials and league administrators are RUINING the game of football and begging for a softer game by flagging any call they think may have even LOOKED like a 'jacked up' hit. You can't even touch a pro quarterback anymore. Hit a receiver with a big hit? Flag's a coming. Unless you wanna turn people off of football then the powers that be in college and pro ball had better stop with the "Oh that looked like a huge hit that might upset the other team" calls.

Zaire Kitchen, you hit him clean, don't worry if somehow you're being branded dirty by the Louisville team. Johnny knows better. You were playing the game they way it was meant to be played. You hit him with your shoulder. It's very unfortunate Doug Beaumont was injured. That sucks. BUT again, this is football and it's a contact sport. TRUE dirty hits should be dealt with in a far more severe fashion, but Mr. Kitchen's hit was everything good with the game.

Music tomorrow

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rutgers plays Louisville in less than 90 minutes

Rutgers will be looking improve to 8-3 this season with a win shortly in Louisville. The Scarlet Knights would level their conference record at 3-3 with a win. The tilt kicks off at 11am

We'll be short and sweet on this one, Louisville is 1-5 in the Big East and 4-7 overall. Rutgers had BETTER beat this team or there is a huge risk o f a bowl let down. Big difference between finishing the season 9-3 and 7-5 when it comes to bowl payouts. Louisville is nothing special and Rutgers should beat them by say at least 10 points. Since it's a road conference game and no doubt Louisville is stinging from last year's whipping handed to them by the Rutgers 11, they'll play hard. We'd be happy with just coming home with a win and a date with the couch burners from Morgantown next weekend in Piscataway. Rutgers is an impressive 3-1 on the road but the Cardinals are 4-1 at home winning all their games in Louisville.

Our Prediction
Rutgers 31
Louisville 28

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

A FULL day in New York City with friends has Johnny all happied up and the Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at Chat n Chew was fantastic. When Johnny gives an endorsement, he means it, he doesn't throw them around for this very reason.

A couple shots from this morning's Macy's Parade with the view from W 51st and 7th Avenue

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Late night open thread

We'll have the full staff working the Macy's Parade tomorrow over in NYC and will hopefully have some great shots of not only the parade but the goofballs, the weirdos and we'll sure bust out the video for any cool fistfights or altercations.

Enjoy your turkey, have some fun, travel safe and here's a primer for tomorrow's football that in Detroit Lions terms was in the good old days

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Uh oh, a butthurt congressman from Paterson is running around complaining about Jersey City

Rep. Bill Pascrell D-Paterson is a very jealous and petty man. Butthurt Billy went on record saying how thankful that Paterson was for the state help his city got under outgoing Governor Jon Corzine and then went on a crying jag about Jersey City's amount of state aid.

“Everything in this state goes to Newark and Jersey City. We think we are just as worthy as they are."

Hey Billy, newsflash, no, you're not as worthy. You don't act as any kind of gateway to New York City, you don't have near the jobs base we have here, and when it comes to crooked politicians, Jersey City PWNS podunk Paterson. You don't have the ironworkers and welders who risked their lives digging through the wreckage of the World Trade Centers. Speaking of which, companies devastated by the attacks on 9/11 didn't relocate to Paterson, no, they came to Jersey City--you know--The Sixth. You don't have the fabulous restaurants we do, you waste precious American resources by not having and using mass transit like Jersey City does, there are no teevee shows depicting Paterson like 'Mercy' which shows off the fabulousness that is Jersey City. Face it Bill, if you're comparing Paterson to Jersey City, you lose.

Paterson, where the men are men and the sheep are nervous...

Johnny needs a cooking tip....He's got a 63 pound turducken

Think it's too early to put it in for tomorrow yet? A 63 pound turducken should feed four shouldn't it?

New Jersey Nets owner wins land grab in New York City, wants to move Nets, who will still suck

See, that's the amazing thing about New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner. He won his eminent domain case in the New York State of Appeals Court to grab some land for a new stadium in Brooklyn at the Atlantic Yards. Good for Mr. Ratner. He's already getting ready to move the team into the Prudential Center but that won't make them any better. Why? They owner is a goofball. So his Brooklyn land grab is equally as puzzling, as it does nothing to make the Nets better, all it does is line Mr. Ratner's pockets.

Wait....wait a minute......hold on, I think we just solved this thing by talking it out. It's never been about putting a competitive let alone winning basketball team on the court, Ratner could care less how the other owners see him obviously, it's all about taking valuable land through a court challenge because well he's a big important sports team owner and lining his pockets.

It's never been about basketball....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Late night open thread

An Italian American organization located here in the Garden State wants MTV to pull the plug on a new beach house themed show called "Jersey Shore" that advertises the renters as the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos". UNICO National said the show relies on crude stereotypes of swearing, bad behavior and violence to depict Italian Americans in a bad light.

Look, we understand taking offense at the 'Guidos' comment (and in the shore towns the correct term we believe is BENNY) but thinking that foul language, fighting and bad behavior are strictly Italian traits tells us UNICO National needs to get out of the shoe box with holes they live in.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Next time just say the dog ate your homework

So you're driving around Jersey City around 2:30 in the morning with a couple friends and you stop to pick up a stranger wearing a ski mask, like you do, and you actually use the story later to the police that the masked stranger made you smash into parked cars. You pick the ski masked stranger up, and wouldn't you know it, he just starts hitting you with the butt end of his handgun for NO REASON. That's odd behavior for a masked gunman wouldn't you say?

Now, when the police arrive you tell them you simply can't remember where you even picked the masked stranger up at. The drivers passengers couldn't remember where they picked him up either, at least they didn't tell police where they picked him up because as soon as the car stopped plowing into parked cars, they were gone daddy gone. The poor assaulted driver fled the scene as well before even calling 911.

The masked gunman never asked for anything, didn't ask to be taken anywhere, didn't rob anyone, and surprisingly police said the driver didn't show any signs of injury, odd for someone who was just beaten so viciously in the head with a handgun he mashed into parked cars.

Police are asking for your help in finding the masked gunman and are telling any citizens with info to call the Jersey City Police tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.

If you ask Johnny the police sketch artist can start drawing this as a suspect:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Late night open thread

Getta you ice cream, getta you tootsi fruitsi ice cream. Tonight before bed a few good minutes with the Marx Brothers. This scene is screamingly funny...

Plumbing issues have kept our servers off this morning

Which means you kids get a a free day. But be warned, the plumber says things will be fixed by tomorrow so report for duty all the earlier

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Late night open thread

Can't beat a short work week that's for sure...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Sunday NFL open thread

Now, we all know you'll be fixated on the Lions hosting the Browns for the inside track on the #1 overall draft pick (and let's face facts here, when you are a Browns and or a Lions fan draft day is the most exciting day od the year). Two 1-8 teams having at it for abject ineptitude. Johnny's call is the Browns losing most excellently.

In other NFL action the Giants are at home in the Meadowlands at 1 pm (Again, the drinking has already begun) vs. the run happy Falcons. This could be a much tougher game than many Giants fans think. Matt Ryan doesn't simply go out usually and make horrible errors. New Jersey's other team is up in New England awaiting the wrath of the Patriots who are no doubt looking to exact revenge on Rex Ryan's big mouth. That game kicks off at 4:15 pm.

Dallas and Washington are playing at 1 pm in the new big old stadium in Dallas and we here know many fans are cheering for Tony Romo's head to get knocked off and go rolling across the field turf in the new DallASS Stadium.

Philly at Da Bears is our night game tonight.

So ballers, if you're got something to say, say it here, again, we allow profanities whereas the Jersey Journal or the Star-Ledger don't.

Late night open thread

Well Johnny got two out of the three results he wanted today as Ohio State kept Michigan in limbo with no 4-5 extra weeks of practice for a bowl game. It's Johnny's prediction that either Righ Rodriguez isn't back next year or Tate Forcier isn't.

Also the Mighty Lehigh Mountain Hawks got power up and pantsed Lafayette for the second straight year 27-21 this time in OT. Johnny is proud, very proud of his Mountain Hawks starting so poorly and still finishing 3rd in the Patriot League!
(Image credit to Lehigh Sports)

Elsewhere around America

Michigan State STILL lacks the big play hitters to hang with elite programs like Penn State. Next year's class should close this gap immensely but as for today, Penn State was just too much.

Rutgers played an inexcusable stinker game losing to a very bad Syracuse team, 31-13. If Rutgers winds up going to a lesser bowl than they had hoped this game will be the reason why. Nothing fancy about this game, the Orange just kicked the Scarlet Knight's ass in all aspects. Rutgers falls to 7-3 while The 'Cuse improves to 4-7.

UConn ended Charlie Weis' coaching career almost certainly with a gutsy 33-30 Overtime win in South Bend.

Eastern Michigan and head coach Ron English and the loser who hired English Dr. Derrick Gragg are now fully responsible for the 0-11 record in Ypsianti. One or both MUST be fired. Johnny has been close to the EMU football program since 1983, this is by FAR the worst version of the team. These players have quit on the head coach and Gragg's biggest hiring in his tenure has been an utter failure. Gragg and English are lucky, very lucky the mess down the street in Ann Arbor is perceived as worse and garnering the newsworthy coverage. EMU was waylayed by Toledo 47-21.

Temple has moved to 9-2 overall and 7-0 in MAC play with a strong 47-13 trouncing of Kent State. See, a few years ago Temple ws 0-11 and look at them now, Eastern Michigan, no excuses, it can be done.

#8 Ranked LSU forgot how a clock runs forward and not backward a real head scratching 25-23 loss at Ole Miss.

#1 Forida put on quite a few more pounds with their creampuff schedule scromping Florida International 62-3

Rice tipped UTEP 30-29

Iowa kept the 'Floyd of Rosedale' trophy by blanking Minnesota 12-0. This being Floyd of Rosedale:

Army beat North Texas 17-13.

Sacramento State won a shootout over UC Davis 31-28 in a game Sacramento State fans will dream about for weeks at leaast.

Both Texas and Nebraska won their Big 12 games today to set up a Big 12 title game between the two. That sounds like prime napping time if you ask Johnny.

Cal beat Stanford with no Stanford band members flooding the field or any laterals by a score of 34-28 on a late interception to seal the win.

Tonight's Jersey City Desk Game for the Week
The Drake Bulldogs beat the Butler Bulldogs for the right to be called Bulldogs this upcoming year 20-17. For losing the game Butler will be now known not the Bulldogs but the 'Barking Pumpkins'.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Take a look up tonight Jersey City

If you're out and about celebrating the Lehigh overtime victory over hated Lafayette, look skyward. Of course you can see the crescent moon in the south but if you look up to the left that bright 'star' you're really seeing is the planet Jupiter.

Late night open thread

Well, what does Johnny want tomorrow college football-wise? He wants these three things:

A HUGE Spartan victory in Spartan Stadium over Penn State to improve Sparty's bowl fortunes. The Spartans are going somewhere, somewhere warmer with a win.

Lehigh has had less than a spectacular season but some sting would come out of it with another consecutive win over arch-rival Lafayette. Nobody really wants their mascot to be a Leopard for god's sake now do they? Mountain Hawks are where it's at. These are some good looking well educated football fans obviously

And one last thing in Ann Arbor tomorrow. If Michigan loses its no bowl game for them and RichRod Super Genius and another entire winter spring and summer of consternation in Ann Arbor. Quote Mongomery Burns "Excellent!" That being said, there is only one thing to show to get all Buckeye and anti-Michigan fans riled up


Come on, every time this part comes on 'Almost Famous' you sing it at the top of your lungs. Here's another chance for you.

Elton John with the beautiful and timeless 'Tiny Dancer'


Ah yes, the Detroit boy in Johnny sometimes shows through. Did you know then that the Supremes hold the record for knocking The Beatles out of the #1 Billboard slot more than any other act in history?

The Supremes with 'Stop in the Name of Love'


A very tender song of growing up gay in a small town with small minded people and knowing something bigger and better out there somewhere awaits you.

We're going to run with a beautiful acoustic version of this song for your listening pleasure...

Bronski Beat with 'Smalltown Boy'

Friday, November 20, 2009

50 Cent will be signing copies of his new CD at the Jersey City Best Buy--what could go wrong?

As in what if a thousand people show up to have 50 sign their new CD's and he's only got time for a couple hundred? 50 Cent will be at the Jersey City Best Buy tonight to celebrate the release of his new album, "Before I Self Destruct.". The store is located at 125 18th Street and the event kicks off at 6 p.m.

OK, here's the issue, 50 Cent is also supposed to be at the Union City Best Buy at 9 pm.

He all shall see if this was a very good promotion or one we're ridiculing tomorrow.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Late night open thread

It was a mere 5 years ago tonight basketball fans. My how time flies...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

From this moment on, Hoboken High School is on double secret probation

Well make that ALL Hoboken schools. Here's the crux of the matter--In nine out of 14 exams, passing rates in the district were at least 15 points lower than the state average.

Quoting liberally from the Jersey Journal article on these shocking numbers:

*At Hoboken High School, passing rates in language arts fell from 81.8 percent in 2008 to 70.1 percent in 2009 and in math from 66.2 percent to 53.2 percent.

*The biggest drop in passing rates was at Connors in third-grade language arts, where rates went from 95.5 percent passing in 2008 to 31.9 percent in 2009.

On a happier note, many parents were thrilled, that the scores were being shared with them at all. Maybe an underlying reason these Hoboken kids are so far off track, a lack of communication with the school district and the mommies and daddies who live in Hoboken because it's "Better there than surrounding areas".

Uh huh

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Late night open thread

So, Johnny is entertaining some friends in town tonight and decides to take them to Marco and Pepe's for dinner. The food itself was sightly above average but when dessert rolled around, the entire restaurant had a breakdown.

Johnny asks for a dessert like everyone else at the table and got utterly stiffed for it even after a friendly reminder, well that's service just a bit too lackadaisical and just plain rude. Of course the missing dessert found it's way onto the bill.

johnny can in no way shape or form recommend Marco and Pepe's Resturant for dinner or busy times in that establishment until they begin to employ a staff that does what they are supposed to be doing, service customers. Epic Fail on the back end of dinner tonight Marco and Pepe's, Johnny's requests wasn't all that hard. Look, if Johnny does have to go eat in in NYC he'll do just that and Jersey City restaurants can starve for the service they seem to have issues with.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Anybody wanna put an over/under on the day that turkey at exit 14B becomes crow chow?

Yes, everyone seems enchanted by the story of so dubbed "Tammy Turkey" seen running in and out of the toll booths on the New Jersey Turnpike there and sitting on employees cars. Officials have tried to catch Tammy but to no avail and now they figure they will simply allow Tammy to continue to live wild and free, until the inevitable happens which is where the Jersey City Desk comes in.

This gobbler gets run down by a car or truck on or before December 1st. Whadda ya got, the over or under?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Late night open thread

Famous quotes edition:

"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. "
--Truman Capote

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

New rule: If you are planning on advertising for something--use bikini women

These two sure drew a crowd today at 5th and 23rd in front of the Flatiron Building next to Madison Square Park. You know, the weather was nice, Johnny had been up to the Beacon Theater last night for the concert with Neko Case, he'd been over to St. Peter's at the Yanitelli Center for some early morning basketball, why not head back into Gotham on a nice day to sit outside at Shake Shack one more time. If you want shots of bikini women on November 17, you need to be a man-about-town. Yes if you click it they get bigger.

St. Peter's dumps Monmouth 58-34

It was a complete rout here at the Yanitelli Center, the Peacocks gave 'em hell and then some. #4 Ryan Bacon, and #15 Wesley Jenkins set the tone early, and we mean early. St. Peter's improves to 1-1 overall with the 24 point win.

Gotta say, this sure was fun. Arriving about 5:35 am and seeing everyone who was all dressed up and had been up partying all night. Now, to catch a cab back to Journal Square for the train ride up to Grove Street. Thanks St. Peter's you've made lovely hosts.

Johnny just saw a score sheet for Monmouth

They are shooting 8-37 so some awesome defense by the Peacocks today.

St. Peter's has this one about put away

As Johnny learns to post on his new phone. The excitement here outside the Yanitelli Center was at a fever pitch with costumes, coffee and darkness on the edge of town but now the Peacocks are proving waaaaay too much for Monmouth. Everyone here seems really into the 6 am idea of things and it IS fun actually. Johnny has overheard from a couple St. Peter's students classes are somewhat optional today.

41-25 St. Peter's leads here in the second half

Late night open thread

Any set with 'The Train From Kansas City' and 'Star Witness'. and 'Favorite' along with an otherwise eclectic set made for a gargantuan show by Neko Case tonight at the Beacon Theater. Kelly Hogan seemed some 17% more reserved but with all the endearing crack ups. The story about looking good after the abortion and the other then having to attend dental school, and do well, was scandalous.

'Red Tide' was the best it can be done.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just deal with it, you know it's coming (and secretly you love it)

What if fate suddenly decided to become your best friend? Neko Case with 'Favorite'. That's Jon Rauhouse on pedal steel guitar and banjo.

This is a once in a generation voice boppers. The other one may be Rick Astley, I see he's really popular on the interwebs too.

Yes Jersey City Desk fans, it's once again Neko Case day here at the JCD

In honor of her performance with her delicious band at the Beacon Theater tonight at 8 pm (74th and Broadway) we thought we'd take some time out of our daily routines to help celebrate Neko's music.

Here she is from last time in town in mid-April on David Letterman with This Tornado Loves You'

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Late night open thread

Imagine Johnny picking the Jets game wrong. It's a familiar refrain.

Tomorrow is a special day here at the Jersey City Desk, you'll find out why.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Let's talk some weekend pigskin....

First off those college scores. Only 2-3 weeks left for teams to secure bowl bids and set up conference championship battles.

Michigan State 40
Purdue 37
Don't know how Sparty, who was dominated on the stat sheet, pulled this one off but it gives them 6 wins and lands them in a lower tier bowl. That bowl could jump a notch with a win over Penn State next Saturday in East Lansing.

Wisconsin 45
Michigan 24
Unless Michigan finds a way to beat #10 Ohio State next weekend, Michigan Athletic Director's super genius hire of Rich Rodriguez will go up in smoke a second straight year. No win for Michigan, it's home for the holidays.

Pitt 27
Notre Dame 22
Pitt withstood a late Irish charge and won the game and raised their record to 9-1. Charlie "Front Butt"® Weis will be looking for a new home next year

Florida 24
South Carolina 14
The Cocks just couldn't get it done.

Alabama 31
Mississippi State 3
The Crimson Tide keep heading for that SEC title game showdown for all the marbles in a couple weeks with Florida

TCU 55
Utah 28
Horned Frog fever is sweeping the nation

Western Michigan 35
Eastern Michigan 14
EMU continues to be THE worst 1-A team in the land. We believe they are the first team to 10 losses, nice job Ron English, in over your head.

Louisiana-Monroe 21
Western Kentucky 18
Well WKU we see is still 0-10 just like Eastern but WKU is playing UP a division for the first time this year

Lehigh 35
Fordham 28
Well all that's left for Lehigh is to beat down hated Lafayette next weekend and finish tied with them in the Patriot League standings

Holy Cross 28
Lafayette 26
Ha ha Leopards, no title for you

Chattanooga 31
Citadel 28
The Citadel blew this one, they were up 21-3 at the half.

Pennsylvania 17
Harvard 7
In the battle for Ivy League supremacy it's Penn!

Today's Jersey City Desk Game of the Week
The battle of the 'Fords:
Samford 27
Wofford 24

Now let's hit the pro-game:

The Giants have a timely bye-week this week which comes at a good time so Tom Coughlin can yell at the defense for and extra week. They have been sieves of late, ALL of them. The Jets it would appear who are over at the Meadowlands this afternoon (fans are already arriving and getting their drink on) would appear to have the NFL equivalent of a bye-week as Jacksonville rolls into New Jersey. They pretty much eat suck and blow so again, expect at least a 14 point Jets win. Yes, we said this same thing about the Buffalo game.

Other games of interest find Cincinnati at Ketchup Field to play the Stoolers, of course there is that Indianapolis vs New England game this evening so many guys with man-crushes on Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will be talking about all day. Dallas at Green Bay has some intrigue to it as well. But as we all know, THE biggest game of the weekend is the Monday Night Football game between evil Baltimore (Boo hiss, why isn't Ray Lewis in jail?) and the pure as driven snow (and a cool 1-7) Cleveland Browns team, just hoping to keep losing til draft day. The Browns travel to Detroit next week for the inside track on the first draft pick, so don't miss that one.

Late night open thread

We'll talk us some serious football and delve into the college game tomorrow.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Seton Hall hits late shot, beats St. Peter's 53-51

For 39 minutes plus last night at the Prudential Center, St. Peter's gave giant Seton Hall all they could handle. Leading 51-50 St. Peter's had to watch The Hall's Eugene Harvey hit a buzzer beating 3 pointer to lift the Big East Pirates to a 53-51 victory.

As we all know St. Peter's starts at home Tuesday morning at 6 am at the Yanitelli Center and as mentioned, ESPN will be carrying the game live. Johnny IS planning on being in attendance to get some pictures and give you all some live updates at this basketball McMuffin kind of day...

Late night open thread

What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark


The extraordinary Liz Phair with the song, 'Extraordinary'.


From the Chef Aid CD South Park put out, Joe Strummer with 'It's a Rockin' World'


Sorry, way tooo late for clever and info or song commentary

Peter Gabriel-'Digging in the Dirt'.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Jersey City Assistant Comptroller has been arrested for having sexual chats with supposed underage partners

If this is all true, thank heavens the "child" that Joseph Ambrosio was chatting with was an undercover police officer and Ambrosio was arrested and is spending his Friday in the lockup. The chats had been going on for months according to Hudson County officers with Ambrosio passing himself off as a 29 year old (He's really 41) and chatting sexually with what he thought to be a 13 year old girl. Worse, if it can get worse, Ambrosio was apparently carrying on his discussions from his Jersey City work computer.

Look, this is worse than the graft arrests, this guy, if this is proven in court, is a predator. What kinds of people are we as a city electing and then allowing to be appointed to jobs here? Jersey City, we're a laughingstock and there's nothing funny about any of it. Steal, take bribes, lie about it, meet at the pancake house to get a cereal box filled with $90 large in cash and now people inside the city government on work time trolling for children?

We need to clean house and by clean house Johnny means a thorough house cleaning. If you see a city vehicle sitting around for hours doing nothing yet most likely collecting tax dollars, use your cell phone, take a picture, get the VIN and people in it, and send it HERE, right to us here and we'll happily post the slackers. See a city or county worker acting the fool, send it to us, we'll shame them. Enough is enough and on election day next, CLEAN OUR HOUSE JERSEY CITY, clean it good.