Thursday, June 30, 2016

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One wonders where the earliest a cheeseburger can be ordered if say a man were taking a day off and wanted a big cheeseburger for breakfast. A man will check and see.

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If you're heading to the shore this weekend listen good

Yeah, Johnny's pretty much checked out into weekend mode as he's actually taking a day off for a four-day weekend but if you're lucky enough to be heading down to the Jersey Shore in Atlantic and or Monmouth counties there have been some disturbing shark sightings over the last few days. Great white shark disturbing.

Enjoy the weekend but do be careful.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The next time Mayor Fulop or Public Safety Director Shea say they're doing everything they can... stop this shooting gallery and long hot summer that started early in Jersey City, and that they are doing EVERYTHING in their power to get a handle on the violence and stop it you can look them in the eye and say, "No, you're not."

Take cops off of construction sites and have them answer tip lines or do SOMETHING, ANYTHING constructive. We don't need (and Mayor Fulop even said so as he ran for mayor, he was going to replace cops at construction sites with trained citizen guards, WHY did he abandon these set in stone plans?) cops standing around from 8 until 3 taking developer money. We need the PD overtime more than your jobsite needs a nanny.

Yes, Johnny has actually heard uniformed JCPD offers pitch their services to stand around and help with traffic to Toll Brothers site foremen. A 20 second snippet one day was utterly hilarious in describing the apocalypse that could befall the job site without a cop around it, like a vandal. Now, the cops don't stand there at night and the idea that a whole bunch of workers wouldn't see a vandal on their site in broad daylight and club him or her to death with tools is absurd. Also, no citizen could possibly wave two cars around a stopped truck, that takes training. Cop training apparently, right mayor?

So, next time they issue a press release through Jennifer Morrill, or post something on Facebook about how no resources are being spared, point them back here and say, "Oh yes there are, lots of them."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Happy birthday to one of Johnny's heroes in this life, comedy legend Mel Brooks who turns 90 today.

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An image from a bygone era

The almost postcard looking scene of a painter with his brush and canvas outside painting a scene. Johnny chanced across this gentleman today along Warren St. looking at the facade of the old Manischewitz building before Toll Brothers puts up their newest abortion of a building blocking this very view.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

No England, we're laughing at you, not with you

WOW. If you'd like to see what it would be like if say the United Sates basketball team lost to Iceland, click on some of these headlines in the England media and see:

WTF Just happened?

Which player sucked most?

Next coach's name will be...


Humiliated by minnows

The goalkeeper sucks

Make sure to read the comments, you might learn new colorful words.

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This week on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern we drop by Walder Frey's kitchen with chef Arya Stark.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Will Grigg's on fire, your defense is terrified!

BOOM! Na na na na nanananana!

Johnny's Northern Irish roots are coming to the fore this morning as Northern Ireland, the Six Counties, take on Gareth Bale's man hairbun and Wales. As Poland and Switzerland get ready to go to penalties here's a little Northern Irish spirit!

In this price range...

If it's June 25th it's A) Nippy outside and B) Tripper Harrison's wake up show. Gruel for breakfast again...

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Good to be back Jersey City. Had to handle two big things at once.

Big day of soccer tomorrow. Poland and Switzerland over eggs.

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One of Johnny's absolute favorite songs about star-crossed lovers, or in this case a young couple in a Chevy with only 30 payments due getting into a fight while driving. What could go wrong, right?

A Spahn Ranch reference worked in. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein are geniuses.

'Susie and Jeffrey' kicking things off tonight.
(It's Susie for those scoring at home, not Suzy)


Look, if you're not having fun listening to this song, that's on you, not Ian Hunter or Mick Ronson. Mott the Hoople (the best band ever with Hoople in their name for Johnny's money) and 'All the Way From Memphis'


If you're going to cover a song bring an original viewpoint. If you're going to cover a Smiths classic, you'd really better up your game. This version works on both counts for Johnny. The guitar really clicks. Snake River Conspiracy with a sonic version of 'How Soon is Now'

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Johnny's going to take a few days off to deal with a sudden family matter and so keep an eye out on this space as he may be back briefly only to head out again. Somewhat confusing but that's right in the life manual.

Check Johnny out on the Twitter as without a laptop it might be this only source of outside world news in some places.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

OK, the formalities are out of the way

The Fathers Day greetings, all necessary housework, food prep for the big meal and so forth. NOW Johnny (and half of America) can concentrate on what really matters tonight. The Battle for Winterfell, The Battle of the Bastards, Bastard Bowl, (almost as many names as Daenerys Targaryen) on HBO tonight at 9pm.

HBO and the Game of Thrones crew broke the bank for this episode. If you enjoy war and killing and incredible battles then by all means tune in. Gooooood watchin'!

Happy Fathers Day!

Best wishes for a lazy afternoon for all the dads out there today. Hope you have a great day!

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Mexico, LOL

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Say bunky, do you enjoy eating food throughout your day?

Then Jersey City has what you're looking for all weekend! The Taste of Jersey City will fire up late this morning near city hall and will continue tomorrow as well. Some of the bestest restaurants around our fair city will have their wares available and it's our considered opinion as lovers of food, you should probably head to city hall this weekend. 11am til 7pm, aloha!

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With Saturday morning cartoons, you've got to start at 6 A.M., right?
 -- Jim Rash

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Friday, June 17, 2016


Welcome to the Orbit Room, hey put your money away, you know Johnny, your money's no good here. We've got Bobby Darin classing up the joint tonight to kick things off on the Music Series. Johnny's comping it so tip the barmaids real good like and everything's jake.

'Mack the Knife' up on stage in 5 so get yourself a smart cocktail.


Johnny can't listen to this song and not think of that one scene in the Sopranos. You remember, that one scene. The Kinks and 'Living on a Thin Line'


Johnny really came into tonight's Music Series with no good idea as to what he was going to do as his mind is elsewhere today. When this song came on a few minutes ago on the playlist (that can now run for 17 days before repeating) Johnny knew it was a keeper. Siouxsie and the Banshees with this classic that also sounded so great in the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack.

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Oh yeah, forgot about this Messi gem too.
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Spectacular USA win tonight in the Copa America!

Now, on to the semi-finals for the first time since 1995. Saturday the USA will find out their opponent (Buy share in Argentina) for Tuesday night's semi in Houston.

It's exciting, it's creating buzz and all the USA has to do to make the final is stop this, 5 time Balloon D'Or winner, 4 times Champions League champion, nine time La Liga champion and greatest player who ever played, Lionel Messi. Just watch the clips below because even if you don't normally watch soccer this is the match to watch. Johnny thinks the USA defense may have a long day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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Did anyone see the 'fire rainbow' over NJ yesterday?

Johnny was busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest all day bit saw this story and wanted to pass it along. A fire rainbow was seen over New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. What's a fire rainbow? Well you'll just have to click here and find out.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Very nice turnout tonight Jersey City. Well done.

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Don't be late tonight, we have something serious to do as a city

At 8pm in the Newark pedestrian area (Grove and Newark) we as a city will stand up to stupidity and guns as we try and take some of the hurt from Orlando and put it on our shoulders.

While Johnny has long and PROUDLY stood with the LGBT community and can't begin to fathom their hurt, he's done worrying (not caring, there is a difference) about if the place that was shot up was a gay nightclub, a school, a college, or a workplace. He's done with the automatic weapons. Johnny understands the Second Amendment quite well thank you, he grew up hunting from time to time in Michigan on his grandpa's property. Small game, deer etc. He's not anti-hunting weapon, he's anti-handgun and assault rifle. The NRA anymore is about helping companies sell guns and not representing sportsmen and outdoors types. FUCK THE NRA.

The event begins at 8pm tonight and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE turn out. Johnny, broken body and all right now will, here's hoping you can too.

Monday, June 13, 2016

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More squabbling over casinos between north Jersey and south Jersey

A group of south New Jersey interests are trying to keep north New Jersey from getting casinos (you can already gamble your brains out on your smartphone app or ipad app already) and have raised money and a stink in trying to keep their share of the pie. There's a great article today on the forces marshaling down south to defeat any plan for casinos up north.

Once again Johnny will say that you can build the greatest casino that ever was with golden fountains and silver elevator cars but the minute one opens in nay borough other than Staten Island, it'll be closed within the year. NYC opens a casino, the north Jersey one just closed.

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Sandor Clegane, the Axe of the Morning...

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Go to bed dog tired, wake up horrified

Best wishes to the families and friends of those affected, nee, murdered by some shitheel in a gay night club in Orlando last night. Fuck terrorists, fuck small minded assholes and fuck religion, all of it.

Yep, soccer and Warcraft today. Until we come back tonight here's a bunny with a pancake on his head.

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How long until coffee?

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

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You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.
 -- Derek Jeter

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Friday, June 10, 2016


Keith Moon is far better than John Bonham.

Still here? Good, hang out, grab some snacks and a brew or cocktail but understand you gotta weed out the slappys from the true music fans. Not that Led Zeppelin didn't make good music but c'mon, Johnny can't believe in 2016 we still have this discussion.

Here's a question to ponder. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey shared enough of the lead singing duties to say it was a two singer band. Same with Paul McCartney and John Lennon over at House Beatles. Both these bands are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Which other bands can you think of that have two 'lead' singers and wound up in the  Rock Hall? God love Keith Richards but that's not singing.

The Who from Tommy and a favorite of Johnny's that feature both Roger and Pete singing and a masterclass on percussion with Moon the Loon and 'Go to the Mirror'


How some marketing whores didn't turn this video in an ad for fucking Tide with Stain Release Johnny has no idea. A true opportunity missed.

'Bullet with Butterfly Wings' with that uplifting message to teens everywhere.

Hey Beavis, these people are like dirty and stuff...


Yes, we did run this song a few months ago but Gordie Howe, who hails from Saskatoon, didn't pass away that day.

Once again Sonny James (and if you're upset do tell us where exactly you're getting all your Friday night Sonny James music from) with 'A Little Bit South of Saskatoon'

RIP Gordie Howe

As a Red Wings fan this is crushing.

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This IS the windshield sun shade you're looking for.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hey The Morgan, what kind of place you running there?

Johnny has first hand confirmation that if you don't want to pay going hotel rates in downtown Jersey City, you can call The Morgan, Toll Brothers abortion of a building (remember, they themselves slagged the design in a PADNA meeting) downtown and they will rent you, via AirBNB or similar program a room to let. Now, the Morgan is in the business of renting, long term leases, we don't think there was anything in the reading of their abatement language that allows them to turn their place into a de-facto hotel.

Johnny also heard this morning from a source in the building with knowledge of the situation The Morgan, nee Toll Brothers, appear to have rented entire floors out to corporate room finders for short-term stays. We understand from sources The Morgan isn't renting units as fast as they had hoped so it would appear, according to the stories, they have decided to perhaps skirt local hotelier laws and no doubt Marriot and Hilton would be interested in such actions.

Toll Brothers, a bad part of Jersey City.

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We never really get to cover Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet on the Music Series as their songs are usually short or a tad fragmented. By far Johnny's favorite surf guitar band, straight outta Toronto here's a Shadowy Men one-off treat before bed with 'Egypt, Texas'

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jersey City PD standing around construction sites is a great success; NO buildings have been shot

Unfortunately for Jersey City, more citizens HAVE been shot lately so oh those lucky buildings!

It makes NO goddamn sense does it? Why these guys are standing around a construction site while the city bleeds nightly, and now more disturbingly, daily. No way the city HAS to let these cops stand around. They could be doing something, anything to help. Track down leads or tips, man a phone line, get in a car and drive around the neighborhoods for god's sake. We have all this developer money, how about spending it on something useful and tangible? Mayor Fulop we get so little say over the tax abatements and where the PILOT money goes and you and our so-called leaders can't then have the common sense to up the patrols and pull these cops off the overtime gravy train? Priorities always reveal themselves mayor, they always do.

Johnny defies the JCPD or city officials to give us a time a cop at a construction site did something OTHER than maybe direct a truck in once every 3 hours, play Doodle Jump on their iPhones or just get back in their cars and go to fucking sleep. When have they caught a criminal? When have they been following up on shooting cases or adding something, anything, to the cause?

It's pretty sad when the citizens of Jersey City are begging for help far and wide to what is becoming the dreaded long hot summer and seeing so many resources by those in charge of the JCPD and city hall simply squandered. Come on Mayor Fulop, tell us something on Facebook then go back to running for Governor. Yet another reason this city needs to keep Jersey City elections on a special Jersey City day, in May, as that might be the only thing that gets through to our MIA mayor in all this. Til that happens folks he's checked out.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monitoring a "roaming gun battle" through the streets of Jersey City

In what the Jersey Journal is calling a "running gun battle" through the streets of Jersey CIty, Johnny is hopping on the listening station of doom and trying to garner what happens next, AFTER all the shooting dies down. The current story is up here and Johnny will update you if he can pick up interesting tidbits monitoring any and all necessary channels.

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If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
-- Bernard Williams

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Monday, June 6, 2016

When the bedrock shifts

All our lives, those of us fortunate enough to not have been born with an affliction such as blindness, deafness, mutism, it's understood we are our best persons around them because we're lucky the DNA played out the way it did AND you'd never look down your nose at someone with a life-challenge like deafness-- until today. Yes, a deaf guy was a dick and made 911 calls on an iPad app that deaf people use to make 911 calls. One Jason Paul Smith pled guilty to making bomb threats against the Statue of Liberty forcing the parks service and police to evacuate 3200 people from Liberty Island.

That's not cool, at all. The rest of the sordid details and the fact he's done this kind of thing before, can find be found here.

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Johnny is going to be a narcissist and get back to his best numbers night ever on Twitter. Hey. it only happens once ya know?

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Johnny is extraordinarily excited for Game of Thrones tonight

Spawler alert spawler alert! Turn away.


Last chance.

The Broken Man is the name of tonight's episode. The Broken Man is a famous speech given bt a member of the faith, Septon Meribald in a place called the Quiet Isle in the books. He gives it to Pod and Brienne. If they are doing as Ian McShane says then it's all too clear that indeed one obscure part of the books, the Gravedigger Theory (Seriously a GREAT link for this and all things Gravedigger going forward) will be visited tonight. For those of you with better things to do with your rainy rainy day that sit through an awesome ten minute video, here is who returns as the Gravedigger tonight.

Which can only lead to...

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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“... millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
 -- Susan Ertz

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So, you think you're going on the JC bike tour tomorrow eh?

Heh heh, just so you know Johnny and his henchwolf will be up all night changing signs around so everyone winds up at the Dosa Hut in India Square and won't they be surprised.

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This song is so good it hurts. Being Irish it's incredible. It still hits with that same concussive shock the first time you heard this departure song for The Cranberries. Everything works on this track and so let's get right to it, 'Zombie'. One of the ten best videos ever made still after all these years.


When you think about it, Billy has a lot of the same annoying attitudes as Johnny. Listen to the words and remember from what you've read here. It's like Johnny spent a lot of time listening, really listening, to Bob Geldof and the Rats when he was young.

Young. Good looking. Kinda Tough. Working on the suit of red.

The Boomtown Rats and the timeless generational rant, 'Rat Trap'


Boy howdy, you talk about the perfect song to send the Music Series out on, it'd be this one, 'Falling or Flying' by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. General Johnny is issuing an order to put the headphones on and groove with him musical soldiers of the night, this is a good one.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Ahhhhh, Summertime and Kool-Aid, they go hand in jar.

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Jersey City taxpayers again on the hook for Mayor Fulop's miscalculations

The cost to Jersey CIity taxpayers for the loss of the court case against Realty Appraisal just increased by $115,000 because once again the mayor didn't understand how the reval worked or he was simply stalling for no good legal reason in order to protect his donor class downtown.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Francis B. Schultz had earlier awarded Realty Appraisal almost a million dollars in the original case:

Schultz awarded $984,511 to Realty Appraisal in April when he ruled that Jersey City acted in bad faith when it backed out of a $3.2 million contract the West New York firm was awarded in 2011 to conduct the long-stalled citywide property revaluation. Mayor Steve Fulop halted all work on the reval when he was elected mayor in 2013 and stopped paying the firm.

Do remember this waste of over $100K when the Fulop Administration begs you to move the elections to November from May (When Jersey City gets a say on strictly Jersey City business) so he can lose in the governor's run and still run for mayor again in 2017, you know, change the law for one person. What's that you say? It'll save money according to the mayor's office? Well he just pissed more than the savings away because he's in over his head. That argument stops NOW.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Ok, you kids better get to bed, big quiz in the morning and Johnny already doesn't think you know the material.

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Jersey City releases list of streets up for some construction love

The Jersey Journal has a list, by Ward, of which Jersey City streets are going to go from chuckholed out cobblestone back to pavement (Thanks PSE&G and construction trucks headed downtown) this year. You can follow this handy dandy link and find out if your commute just got more annoying and then better or simply just annoying.