Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's a rainy Wednesday, perfect for a News Roundup!

*Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop told Congress Superstorm Sandy aid distribution to our fair city has been a disaster.

*The FBI conducted a raid at the Barge Inn on Third and Monmouth yesterday.

*The body pulled from the shore in Hoboken was indeed that of missing jogger Andrew Jarzyk.

*The couple that jumped to their deaths from the GW Bridge the other day were wanted in a murder investigation

*The Rangers will play a game 7 tonight vs. The Sillydelphia Flyers at MSG.

*A Dallas firm is rehabbing the giant Morgan Warehouse in the Powerhouse Arts District rather than build another 38 story rental property eyesore. Good on them.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Late night open thread

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
 -- Oscar Wilde

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Like Hank Williams once penned: "Oh the rain, it will continue..."

And continue and continue. Jersey City and the water-loving surround are under a flood watch as heavy rains measured in inches, will be afflicting our area later this evening and through Wednesday. Johnny has seen predictions of 3-4 inches of rain. Prepare now.

On a lighter note, Johnny thought he saw one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons on a warehouse downtown yesterday, but a local said it was just a Canada goose. The local told Johnny geese honk and do not breathe fire. This would explain the fact the "goose" did nothing while Johnny yelled "Dracarys" at it.


Monday, April 28, 2014

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On this date in history, in 1945 Italian Emperor Benito Mussolini was shot and killed after trying to escape Italy. So that's fun!

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A lone spring flower

Just the one. Perhaps enjoying the same view everyone else was.

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The task in the workbook is to "draw and label a sketch that represents an example of a predator-prey interaction." This kid's answer was a porcupine and a dinosaur though the drawing makes it look more like the dinosaur is enjoying a good sexxing from the porcupine
















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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sadly, the Newark Bears are no more

Johnny barely made mention of the sad fact the Newark Bears sold off everything but the pitchers mound yesterday in his article earlier this week on the idea to bring a minor league baseball team to Jersey City. You can read all about the sad state of affairs and their relatively new $30 million stadium closing up shop here.

It's too bad when a great idea like this fails. We've long been of the mind here at the Jersey City Desk the wrong people were running the Bears. In the end however it doesn't seem like it would have much mattered, people for whatever reason just were not going to Newark to watch baseball. The train stopped right outside the stadium, it was right off the 280. It couldn't have been put in a better area and yet, here we are today.

So long Newark bears, may you one day be reincarnated as the Jersey City Space Punks.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with WENDY & LISA!

You kids remember when Prince was a thing right? Well you remember he had a tip top backing band featuring Wendy Malvoin and Lisa Coleman called The Revolution? There you go. And when Prince got all Prince-y that one time and got rid of The Revolution Wendy & Lisa put out an album together on which this vastly underrated song, 'Waterfall' is on. Set the Wayback Machine for 1987 for this one Sherman.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with BO DIDDLEY!

This song is so awesome. That crazy jungle beat. A richly layered masterpiece especially for the time it was recorded in. Bo Diddley with the aptly named 'Bo Diddley'


Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with SAM COOKE!

Funny we'd wrap up the Music Series on a Friday with a song called 'Another Saturday Night' but these things do happen.

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones you won't want to miss this

A short interview today in the Jersey Journal with Bayonne native and author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" which became HBO's Game of Thrones. Martin previews a lengthy interview he did with Rolling Stone magazine about sitting in Bayonne and imagining far off lands while seeing the night lights of Kill Van Kull. You can find the interview here.

Johnny needs one of these

Walking around town this morning Johnny saw a guy with a welder on the end of a big "stick" being used to burn off an outside fire escape and shaft. What a handy little thing. How nice would having something like this be getting a seat at an outdoor concert like Coachella or Randall Island?

"I want to sit here."

"No."

"Wrong answer!" (as Johnny pulls out the wand o' sparks and starts making a place to sit and people flee)

Gotta get to a hardware store this weekend....

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

So is there REALLY a difference between George Zimmerman and the Shomrim in Williamsburg?

OK, unless you live in a cave you know the well told story of George Zimmerman and his killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. You know Zimmerman was a volunteer neighborhood watchman, acting on his own. The Shomrim is a similar Hasidic self-policed neighborhood watch in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The Shomrim act on their own, are not part of a NYC-joint neighborhood watch. They just do what they do.

Fashion student Taj Patterson (who like Martin is African-American) was simply walking home through Williamsburg late one night. He too was approached by an "answers to nobody" neighborhood watch and in both cases the neighborhood protectors set upon their victims. Martin in Florida, Patterson in Brooklyn.

Patterson was jumped by the thug gang members, who beat him and kicked him all while some members of the Jewish neighborhood watch began saying to Patterson “stay down, faggott, stay the fuck down,” Shomrim members and others cheered the beating which would leave Patterson with a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting, and cuts and bruises to his knee and ankles.

The thugs arrested, Aharon Hollender, Abraham Winkler, Mayer Herskovic, Pinchas Braver, and Joseph Fried, were charged with gang assault and other counts, but not with any hate crimes, authorities said Wednesday. Fried it turns out has had a brush with the law previously when he took a picture of a rape victim (most likely an intimidation tactic) in a case against a powerful Hasidic leader in Williamsburg back in 2012.

So, friends and neighbors, how does this shadowy group, The Shomrim, differ from George Zimmerman? They answer to themselves, they try to find reasons to confront people who are going about their business doing nothing wrong, and violence seems to be their first reaction to a situation. Sorry, until we hear different, The Shomrim IS George Zimmerman, only in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Late night open thread

Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.  -- Carl Sandburg

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thinkin' mon thinkin', on a windy Spring morning

The kind of morning Johnny remembers sitting in school back when the earth was in black and white and only wanting to get out of school to play baseball. Whether it be in an organized community or travel league, or just using tennis balls at the neighborhood ballpark. This too got Johnny to thinking as he was almost run down by an overeager cement truck driver (Johnny invited the gentleman down from his seat but the gentleman wisely declined) today, if we have all this goddamned land to throw at greedy promise breaking developers we have enough land for a minor league baseball park.

They have a great field in Newark, Johnny's been to a few ballgames there. What a waste of a gorgeous stadium. If smart people who love baseball or want another jewel in Jersey City's growing crown we can do this. We don't need any more 38 story rental buildings. Please. Seriously. No more. A ballyard is so doable. It doesn't have to be AAA ball, it could be a lower league. Just somewhere Jersey City can come together on a warm summer night and enjoy something together on a big scale. We don't have that. Raise your hands if you've been to a game at the Yanitelli Center or even know what that is. That'd be a very small sampling is our guess. Baseball with a view or baseball in a warehouse area with trains rumbling by would be grand.

Any takers out there ward councilmembers to have a minor league stadium in your neighborhood? Good family fun, a nice place to take the kids, inexpensive fun right here in JC? You know builders would say rabble rabble 10,000 jobs but Johnny's gonna tell the truth and say rabble rabble a couple hundred jobs for a while.

Location? We'll throw it open to you readers, where would you put something that would need the equivalent of say four city blocks? We're guessing downtown is out if for no other reason than sea level. What say you citizens? Would you like a minor league ballpark? Where might we put it?

Things to ponder on a windy Spring morning.

Sometimes Jersey City tries too hard to be NYC

The new administration and the city council (filled with yes men and women for the mayor) have decided that they too want to lose large chunks of money on a failed bike-share program just like NYC has with the abject failure there of the "Citibike" program.

The Jersey City Council is set to approve a new bike-share plan at tonight's council meeting:

If the contract is approved by the council at its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, the next phase for the bike-share program will be to determine where to place dozens of docking stations around the city.

Hear Johnny now and believe him later, this is failure on a large scale coming your way with your tax money. People here already have bikes. The ones that get on say the PATH aren't going to ride a bike from the Grove St. PATH station to the Harsimus Cove light rail stop.

What does NYC's experiment with bike-share teach us here in Jersey City?

As The News reported Monday, the company operating the Citi Bikes, Bike Share NYC, has repeatedly failed to meet several monthly performance standards in its contract with the city.

And The Wall Street Journal reported that the program was losing money and was seeking to raise tens of millions of dollars to stay in business.

Well maybe the NYC experiment didn't teach Steve Fulop and city council a damned thing. They are so desperate to be NYC they are planning on making the same mistakes they do. Dropping off unwanted bike share racks all over town, maybe one next to where you live, whether you want one or not.

On a completely personal note to the city, plant one of these NJ Bikeshare LLC racks near Johnny's house and he and his neighbors will turn it into a block party bonfire.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day and you know what that means; The Hoboken Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!

Residents all over Hoboken are putting on their Tuesday best clothes and heading on down to Sinatra Drive for the annual Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!

The Hoboken FD has been collecting tires from the Hudson River all year for this year's Tire Fire theme: "Rubber in the River". Over 1000 tires will be lit as residents and visitors sing with special emcee Sooty the Clown to the Deep Purple classic, 'Smoke on the Water'. A spokesperson for the Hoboken Fire Department tells the Jersey City Desk this year's fire should set the record and burn past the June 5th record.

Other events are planned of course today all over Hoboken including a burning tire roll down First St., The Hoboken Conservatory of Science will have a special booth set up for kids called "So you wanna light your first tire..." full of tips on safe ways to handle gasoline and matches. The Cake Boss will deliver a special cake in the shape of burning smoking tires to Mayor Dawn Zimmer before the annual pushing of the burning tire pyres out into the Hudson River.

So come on out to FuHo today, bring the kids and tell the neighbors as this wonderful piece of Americana steps off once again. Free admission if you bring a tire.

File photo from 2009 Hoboken Tire Fire and BBQ©

Monday, April 21, 2014

Late night open thread

I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.
-- Gerald R. Ford

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Johnny declares Spring open for business!

So let's get out there and enjoy it friends!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Jersey CIty!

Enjoy your day, it's a beautiful one so those pictures of the kids in their 'Easter Best' will look even better than say a rainstorm. Back with you tonight. Save some ham for Johnny.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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“Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.” 
 --  Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

TIme for Jersey City, After Dark

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Dear big bad Boston Bruins who won the President's Trophy for the best record in the regular season,
Did you think the Red Wings hung all those banners in Joe Louis Arena because they showed up in someone else's building who's supposed to be all that and a bag of chips and shrunk from a challenge?
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Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE B-52'S!

No other band like ever made it cool to be on the ground like a wild potato. Seriously, if you can think of another band that made spuds so cool help old Johnny out. From 1980's Wild Planet album here's 'Private Idaho' kicking things off tonight on the Music Series.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with DEEE-LITE!

With an assist from Mr. Bootsy Collins laying down some sexy vocals. Deee-Lite with the old favorite 'Groove is in the Heart'

Astronomical!

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with GARY WRIGHT!

Now here's a long lost song. Lost to the B-sides of history. Go ahead and lose yourself with the classic 'My Love is Alive'. You can hardly tell this sound is from 1975.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Late night open thread

A guy walks into a bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog is wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and helmet, and is festooned with Eagles pom-poms.

The bartender says, "Hey! No pets are allowed in here! You'll have to leave!"

The guy begs him, "Look, I'm desperate. We're both big fans, the TV is broken, and this is the only place around where we can see the game!"

After securing a promise that the dog will behave, and warning him that he and the dog will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the bartender relents and allows them to stay in the bar and watch the game. The big game begins with the Eagles receiving the kickoff. They march down field, get stopped at about the 30, and kick a field goal. With that the dog jumps up on the bar,and begins walking up and down the bar giving high-fives to everyone.

The bartender says, "Wow, that is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! What does the dog do if they score a touchdown?"

The owner replies, "I don't know, I've only had him for four years."

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hockey sage Johnny tries to make sense of the Rangers vs. Flyers series

The Rangers and Flyers open an Metropolitan Division quarter-final tonight over at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers finished second in the Metropolitan Division with 96 points while the Flyers were third with 94 points. Let's get a closer look at what matters.

The Rangers surrendered only 193 goals in the regular season while the Flyers gave up 235 (which is only one more than they scored all season as well). If you can hurry up and name the Philadelphia netminder go ahead and yell out his name. Go ahead. Well there you go, that's a big difference isn't it? Everyone knows Henrik Lundqvist is tip top come playoff time and always among the regular season top stat guys. Now, the Flyers haven't had a go to shut em down goaltenders since.....since....again, advantage Rangers.

Philadelphia had a better faceoff win % at 50% this season yet the Rags were ranked #11 at 48% while Philadelphia was ranked #14. Odd that. This is a very key stat for the team with a considered weaker defense and goaltending. The Flyers have to somehow win the faceoff game. The game within the game. Who were the top 7 teams this season in faceoffs? Boston, Anaheim, Colorado, St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. How'd they do in the standings? Exactly. Advantage? Up for grabs.

In Johnny's humble opinion the Flyers up front are terribly talented but terribly moody. If their game is working they are worldbeaters. Trouble for them come playoff time is there are too many ways to gank up their offensive machinery. You can goad them off their game. You can play in your face hard forechecking to keep them bottled up. Most of all you play a grind it out slam bang corners game. Orange and black always makes you look bigger than you are. Advantage? We'll see won't we? If the Flyers are willing to fight the entire seven games (oops, spoiler alert) then advantage Philly. It's been quite a while since they could say that however.

The Rangers playoff forwards take an even bigger step forward with Martin St. Louis skating for the Blueshirts. He's money come playoff time. If New York can get anything out of Rick Nash who is quickly getting a reputation for playing his way onto milk cartons this time of year, it would free up not only St. Louis but Derek Stepan and Brad Richards. We like the Rangers versatility up front and that they spread the goals around. We give the NY offense the advantage over the Flyers defense.

One area we do like the Flyers in is penalty killing. The Philadelphia 6 have improved markedly since Caraig Berube took over the pk duties last year before being named head man this year. Which brings us to...

Berube has had no playoff coaching experience and we think is pretty much coach because the Flyers bungled the firing of Peter Laviolette as the season was already starting and had no other options than Berube to be truthful. Alain Vigneault has more playoff experience in big games than Berube but checkered it is given all the talent he had in Vancouver and only made the Final one time. We'll give Vigneault the nod here obviously.

But which team, which city will have bragging rights Johnny?

Rangers in seven.

Interesting idea Michael Yun, very interesting

Ward D councilman Michael Yun is said to be floating an idea that would double city council's salary from $35, 000 a year to $75,000 a year while raising aides pay from $15,000 to $40,000.

Yes, we can hear the audible groans and protests already. But wait, there's more to it.

Yun's plan would also mean council members and their aides are forbidden from taking multiple public jobs. Yeah, and we're all for that happening aren't we? Some people treat three and four government jobs as the norm while they suckle the public teat. While the raise for aides might be a harder sell Yun says the raises for staff are very necessary:

“We’re short on manpower,” he said. “We can’t do true research, analysis.”

So an interesting idea should it come to pass. We know of a former council member who would have hated it, maybe one of the reasons she's not a council member anymore.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Late night open thread

Whee! Look over here! Logging onto the internet! Surfing the World Wide Web! So long 56K modem, hello blazing fast DSL. Never get dropped out of a chat room again.





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Johnny's been saying this forever, if you're missing out on the Jersey City food scene...

...You're simply missing out. Zagat's food Guide recently listed seven reasons to take the PATH train from NYC to Cool City and get some grub. Zagat's being Zagat's mentioned the better known restaurants; Taqueria, Razza pizza, Thirty Acres etc. We'd sure have liked Zagat's to head to India Square and get some of the best Indian food anywhere. Marco and Pepe, check. Skinner's Loft, check. Satis, Light Horse Tavern, More, Sky Thai, all checks.

So get out there and eat eat eat and share your faves with us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Late night open thread

How about those fireworks tonight eh Jersey City? Johnny was with friends and when the shells started bursting you've never seen so many people head to the windows with camera phones at the ready. Johnny then ran this through Photoshop for this whiz-bang effect:















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If you have begun planting anything this season -- read up

There is a FREEZE warning in effect from 2am until 10am tomorrow morning. Temps could drop as low as 33ยบ. So if you've started any kind of gardening make sure to tend to it for tonight into tomorrow.

Macy's is moving the fireworks show back to the East River this year...*yawn*

All the caterwauling and sniveling from New York City residents about the 4th of July Macy's fireworks show over the Hudson River couldn't move old mayor Montgomery Burns to move it back to the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. However Brooklyn resident and NYC mayor Bill deBlasio leaned on Macy's to move it back. So back it goes to NYC for this year anyway and we're not expecting a great outcry from New Jersey residents over the decision, certainly not the screeching like barn owls shown by New Yorkers back in 2009. New Jersey residents don't get that jacked up over something lasting forty five minutes. The last time that happened was a couple years back when the Devils eliminated the Rangers with a strong third period and an even better one minute overtime:

Dear NYC, we'll be at the beach,
Peace out,
NJ

Monday, April 14, 2014

Late night open thread

The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
 -- Sun Tzu 'The Art of War'

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Pulaski-Palooza!

We're sending out the bat signal this morning and hoping for commentary or pictures of anyone having to deal with the Pulaski shutdown. Feel free to send those along. Johnny's email is near the bottom of this page on the right.

Commuting is hell enough, how is this/did this make this morning worse?

Late night open thread

There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cell phone camera apps, which ones do you like best?

Like the ad says, more pictures are taken on iPhones than any other "camera" on earth. As you have seen here hundreds of times Johnny always carries his camera around because, well, you just never know what you may come across. But what of the apps that allow one to take stylized pictures? They can do so many things to spruce up a regular image. Case in point here are two pictures Johnny took today down on the river:





































So dear readers, which filter or filters do you like using? The ones above were taken using the Lo-mob filter but Johnny also loves working with Photo Toaster and a Fisheye camera app. Feel free to share your ideas and links to pictures iffen you'd like to in comments.

Late night open thread

Johnny's Red Wings drew the mighty Bahstun Broonz in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Those Wings have enough speed and gumption to make things interesting. Nothing better than Boston fans sweating it out.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

You kids go outside and play

Good heavens THIS is the day we've all been hoping for since November. It's simply ten bells outside today. Get out there and grab lunch, walk your pooch, do some shopping, go get a slice, take the ferry across to NYC, head over to India Square for a late lunch but get out there and get in the game of life friends.

See ya back here tonight.

Late night open thread

It's only been closed two hours and we miss it already. April 12, 2016 is a Tuesday. If this bridge does not open by then every VP level executive and above should be replaced. NJ DOT have gotten everything they have asked for and they set the timeframe. Screw up and you all go.

















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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE CLASH!

Let's kick the door open to the Music Series this week with The Clash and the anthemic/iconic 'Police on My Back'.

What Have I Done?!

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with EVERLAST!

This sure sounds good on a long drive like the one Johnny made last Monday. The volume knob always gets that quick right hand turn with this one. Everlast with 'What its Like' batting second on the Music Series this week.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE ROLLING STONES!

Imagine of you will a warm spring night like tonight years and years ago. Now imagine yourself out for a drive. Somewhere an FM radio (Probably a Delco) crackles to life and makes the next three and a half minutes exceptionally cool. The Rolling Stones with 'Miss You'

According to Pee Wee Herman on the Twitter, today is National Louie Louie Day

Who are we to dispute a chance to drop a fun version of Louie Louie on youze cats and kittens. This does not count against tonight's Music Series songs.

You are welcome.

Iggy Pop, and odd you'll for once maybe learn some of the words to this song via Iggy's crystal clear diction, with 'Louie Louie'

Here now a public service announcement for those with say, a heavy foot...

We know that from time to time everyone speeds on our nation's highways and byways. No matter how careful one tries to be, sometimes you just don't look for a few seconds and boom, over the limit. Police know of these areas people tend to speed. In fact they help create them, and they are known as speed traps. How would you like it if someone had posted active speed traps in one handy-dandy place to warn you?

Welcome to NJ Speed Trap on Twitter, the place for all things NJ speed trap related. Just check the site before you head out, if you hit a rest area or put your passengers to good use. The site updates active speed traps to help you avoid them. Much like flashing the bright lights off a few times to warn other drivers of a speed trap ahead, this site will help you avoid paying for someone else's civic improvements with an electronic twist.

We happily add this site to our Links that don't Stink list,

If Steve Fulop ran for mayor of the Powerhouse Arts District next week he'd lose

Johnny is getting the impression the city has ignored some of the well-heeled voters (read donation factories) in favor of builders and constructioneers for about the last time. After getting an email about what a group of locals discussed last night AND hearing about a citizen/construction worker dust-up on the Listening Station of Doom® this morning, Johnny knows things over there are tense. Johnny also knows where the blame for being overrun in the PAD is landing, at Stevie Pullups' feet.

So, Johnny being Johnny he went looking for some more info and found out the police guarding the worksites think the citizens are getting short shrift and are openly encouraging people to call the mayor's complaint line.

We'll soon find out if a citizen revolt gets noticed over at 280 Grove St.

Late night open thread

Looks like you're gonna be stuck at this crossing in Kalamazoo Michigan all night so we hope you at least brought a good mix cassette.










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Thursday, April 10, 2014

PSE&G says "@PSEGdelivers" on their Twitter account

Johnny saw they delivered a SLEEPING worker in a truck to the PAD, after said trucks(s) had blocked off two blocks worth of parking so PSE&G could get some "work" done. They blocked parking off on Warren St. so they could address whatever needed to be addressed. This is how that gets done:


















So if it was harder for you to get a parking spot this morning (and you may have already paid for a parking permit -- lot of good that did you) you can thank PSE&G, the guys who block off parking so their workers can take a nap on a shade-filled corner, engine running because why not.

Dear accountants in Jersey City government, check today's invoice PSE&G will no doubt send to you. Look for a reference to "sleepy time" or "nap time" or "Zzzzzzzz's" listed on the work order/invoice, if you don't see it you overpaid.

What is dead may never die -- Jersey City Parking Authority to be folded into the city government

Once a state board looking at the question as to whether or not Mayor Steve Fulop could move to roll the Jersey City Parking Authority into the auspices of city government (currently the JCPA is an autonomous agency) said he could, the JCPA's days were numbered. All Fulop needs now is a vote of city council, of which he's got more than enough support, and JCPA becomes city property. 

Current chair of the JCPA’s board of commissioners John Tarantula said taking away autonomy for the 65-year old department was a "big mistake" and "political payback" since the JCPA supported then-Mayor Healy in the last mayoral election.

“I believe they want to lay everybody off and rehire who they want to,” Tarantula said.

Longtime city spokesmodel Jennifer Morrill said Tarantula's comments were “ignorant and self-serving.”

While we agree with Mayor Fulop in rolling the department into the city government makes good economic sense, we do have issues with Ms. Morrill's comments. “Ignorant and self-serving.”? Did you forget who you worked for until last May Ms. Morrill? Jerry Healy. Now you want to say others are making “ignorant and self-serving.” comments?

Pot meet kettle.

On a quick note - Johnny hates being wrong but wrong he is

Well for now anyway When "Ajax" told Johnny about the city block basically stolen from PAD resident by Toll Brothers, Johnny told Ajax "just give them a day and they'll be using this new "staging area because they wouldn't be as stupid as to take it and not use it" Well, Toll brothers might have just lied about using to city planners because nobody there but workers parking and that means Johnny was wrong. Ajax was right. And that's sad, on both fronts, lol.

Late night open thread

The following was an actual website registered by people who should have known better and a company that should was in business apparently so they could go out of business:

If you're looking for IP computer software, look no further than: www.ipanywhere.com/

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Johnny HAD something to run today until...

You all know Johnny professes his love to Michigan State University (from time to time). Well a wonderful young lady and a great friend to the Michigan State basketball program and best friends with MSU Senior Adreian Payne, Lacey Holsworth, yes the Princess Lacey you've been reading about and seeing at NCAA events, passed away this morning.

Johnny is gonna need a day to process the death of this bright, wonderful and brave 8 year old girl. He's just not in any kind of mood to write a blog post right now.

Late night open thread

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
-- Edgar Allan Poe

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Here comes the sun

Along with a few very necessary posies.

The further "ungreening" of Jersey City

Saw this sad scene this morning as well while following up in the PAD. Lovely isn't it? Just rip that shit out and throw it away, it's only green. Yes this city sure is trying to make itself a sustainable ecologically friendly city. Keep telling yourself that while you watch this amazing video. Then ask your city government if there is anything builders and the like are not allowed to do.

The shame of Jersey City -- city machinations that screw residents in favor of builders

City machinations being what they are have rolled over on local taxpayers again, as well as people who pay our fair city for parking passes. Johnny noticed his email start to take on an ugly tone from a few people living in the Powerhouse Arts District while he was away, and this morning he went to check out the complaints. Yes, whether it be city planners or public works the city once again capitulated and let the bags of crap at Toll Brothers simply take away a block of parking and close a street so they can have more "staging area" for their trucks (read they want more free parking for employees and since ONLY city residents were using those spots Toll Brothers will be taking those now) to further destroy roads not able to handle giant truck traffic to begin with. One main theme from the emails is rep Candice Osborne is doing all she can and Mayor Stevie Pullups (came up with that one on the trip, score!) won't answer emails or phone calls on the matter (and we've said before, don't expect the Jersey City mayor to give two-shits about your problems taxpayers, the Goldman Sachs alum is too busy catering openly to businesses and thinking about a top job in Trenton).

Saying city planners in Jersey City are remedials when it comes to protecting taxpayers and local residents vs. builders would be an insult to those with disabilities who know compassion. Yessir Mr. Builder. Anything you want Mr. Builder. No, screw those taxpayers, we work for YOU (imagine hearts and flowers bubbling off the page).

So yes, friends who emailed Johnny, Toll Brothers did exactly what they wanted and the city didn't even ask to be kissed when it happened. Despite the mayor's talk about a new Jersey City rising from the old administration's contempt for taxpayers and a new focus on YOU the Jersey City resident, we're pretty certain the way business is being done in downtown that was just a campaign promise and it might as well have come from the last guy.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Late night open thread

That's right, Johnny's back and set a new personal best in traveling back from the Spartan State. Johnny again reminds Pennsylvania and their 65 mph speed limit that which is necessary is legal and it was necessary for Johnny to beat rush hour traffic.

Hey how about a random picture from this past week on the road?














Johnny is opening a small chain of stores in the midwest that sell all kinds of jerky including some hard to find kinds like ermine, walrus and what's hot right now in Milwaukee, opossum. It's a growth market.

So we'll get back to getting all over the news here in Jersey City and the surround after watching the season four opener of Game of Thrones once more. Arya and the Hound walk into a bar...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark