Monday, October 31, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Late night open thread

We're all about the Halloween here tomorrow, y'all come back now, hear?

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Jets and Giants football GAMEDAY!

What a glorious morning out there today Jersey City, perfect for getting in brunches, dog walks, the Sixth Borough Market at the corner of Bay St. and Marin, the last outdoor market of the year, and any projects you may have. Again, a great day for getting those Christmas lights up in October. You'll wish you had this day back in late November. What's a month between friend anyway?

OK, football and nowhere is football less appetizing than in Cleveland today, where the weather will be awful and the teams stinky. The Jets roll in with a cool two victories while Johnny's Browns have NO WINS and Johnny sure hopes that keeps up today. The Jets stink, let's face facts. BUT with a third win today they move three games up (really four with head-to-head tiebreakers) on the Browns for that tasty first overall draft pick in April. Honestly today nobody in Cleveland, with the Indians on the brink of a World Series title vs the Cubs tonight and with the Cavaliers title in June, NOBODY FUCKING CARES if the Brownies lose 47-0, the coach up and quits and the fans riot. Today would be a perfect day for the Jets to roll in, play fundamentally sound football, don't turn it over and go home with a win.

Of course it's never that easy. While we're not sure who the Browns BQ will be today on the Wheel-O-Starters, might be Tim Couch, Brady Quinn or Jeff Garcia. Might be Josh McCown or might be Terrell Pryor. The fact it it does not matter. If the Jets can do any kind of job stopping the Browns on the ground, they stand a great chance. If they can run, and trust Johnny when he tells you this, there are good high school teams who can run on the Browns, the Jets should stand a great chance. Not that Jets fans shouldn't watch today, the Cleveland 11 comes up with stupid and unique ways to loose weekly but the Fearless Forecast says go to a cider mill today.

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS 24
Factory of Sadness 14

The Giants simply CANNOT lose this week. They have a bye...

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It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

A little later tonight, Johnny had to hit up some Halloween parties and soak up all the free food and drink. Not bad for cutting a few holes in one of Mrs. Johnny's high thread count sheets.

Michigan 32
Michigan St. 23
A little closer than some people thought it would be. Ok, a LOT closer

Ohio State 24
Northwestern 20
Last week the Suckeyes took a good punch to the nose, today they avoided the knockout blow

Wisconsin 23
Nebraska 17 OT
Big cheese over Big corn and an inside track to the B1G west title

Clemson 37
Florida State 34
Perfect for Halloween weekend, Clemson pulls another Houdini act

Texas 35
Baylor 34
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. When your school actively does nothing to protect women on campus, well, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

South Carolina 24
Tennessee 21
Goddamn Tennessee fell all the way down the polls in no time at all. Look out below!

Lehigh 58
Fordham 37
The Mountain Hawks are on a roll and all alone in first in the Patriot League

Western Illinois 35
South Dakota 34
The Leathernecks from WIU battled all the way back from being down 17 to make their trick-or-treat candy taste that much sweeter

Louisiana Tech 61
Rice 16
The Feng shui of football score ass-kickings

Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Wyoming 30
Boise State 28
Wyoming defensive tackle Chase Appleby, with the score tied and 1:25 left decided to pull a Charles Jefferson in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and completely disrupt the Boise St. offense. Appleby not only sacked the QB, but knocked the ball out of his hands and through the back of the end zone. Game winning safety. Chase Appleby may loot and pillage the greater Laramie area for the next 24 hours

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Kicking things off tonight with the iconic sound of Joy Division and the dark mega-hit, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. No, Johnny's not gonna yammer on, just gonna jump right in with music. Cause it's the Music Series. No talking, just to talk, nossir, just music.



Who doesn't need a little snappy, catchy piano? Wrong, everyone does. A little something from the jukebox at the coffee shop in Back to the Future, the one George McFly was told to stay out of, Fats Domino and 'My Blue Heaven' which as a side note was a 'B' side release. That'd be an interesting list, the biggest hits that were 'B' sides.


1925, that's right, this recording, 'I Ain't Got Nobody' was recorded by jazz legend Bessie Smith in 1925. You'll also notice the basic structure of this song, one David Lee Roth would famously cover, carried through very very much to his version. So here it is, the original cut and you can hear Diamond Dave if you try real hard.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Johnny's Red Wings won their sixth in a row tonight to stay hot on the heels of the Canadians and just ahead of the Junior Yzermans. For tonight anyway, all is well in Wings Nation...

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Where are Johnny's manners? He hasn't asked about Halloween parties and costumes

Halloween is one of Johnny's favorite holidays. It's just good fun for the most part. Children have fun. Adults have different kinds of fun. So Jersey City, where are all the Halloween parties you're going to and the big question, what are you going as?

We have a fully functioning comments section for such questions...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nice to see Grove St Bicycles get a permanent new home

The good folks at Grove St. Bikes, chased out of their Grove St addy by a fire earlier this year and had been doing business behind Morlees, have a new home, 172 Christopher Columbus. In Jersey City terms they will be kitty-corner from Wonder Bagels on Columbus.

We really like these guys. Honest as the day is long, helpful and really great ambassadors of our fair city. Good news for them, and us!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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A West Side restaurant row? An art community around Loew's? People are talking

Two ideas to build on momentum around Jersey City are being discussed at the highest levels; a possible art community/art friendly area around Loew's on Journal Square is an almost done deal and should be approved in a city council meeting tomorrow, two high rises with a lot of art spaces and art-doings behind the Loew's now, currently the home to parking lots and unused land. Johnny likes this idea. It helps let Loew's anchor a neighborhood, a great sign if spaces are building in around it. This is also the exact spot a ten year abatement would be a great idea, enough to get it done but not a budget buster. More on the idea here.

A West Side restaurant row is being proposed in new zoning that will also go in front of city council Tuesday and while the pieces aren't as far along as the Journal Square plan, it would allow for further plans to be drawn up and so far everyone is on board:

The 14 blocks where zoning requirements will be amended under the plan fall between Montgomery and Claremont streets. In addition to support from Fulop, the proposal has also earned the endorsement of the West Side Community Alliance.

"WSCA strongly supports this first step in an eventual restaurant row," said Jodi Drennan, President of the West Side Community Alliance. "As Jersey City's most diverse community, the possibility for great restaurants is really exciting. We have the best housing, the most beautiful park, and we look forward to boasting the City's best restaurants!"

More on the West Side restaurant row plan here.

Great ideas both.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Getting heated in Hoboken

A story by our old friend Grafix Avenger up to FuHo over some slimy board of education election tactics and even uglier humans caught Johnny's eye and he wanted to share it. Imagine here in Jersey City if during a debate or open forum for school board or board of education one side decided to thug things up and have a dongbeaver hold a flash on a camera phone open while the side he's told he doesn't like is talking, trying to blind or distract them, then shuts it off when the other side talks. That's just one off-putting tactics which can be seen in images quite clearly. Grafix Avenger and commenters discuss more. Here's the link to the top of her site, just read down and be prepared to shake your head in disgust at how some people think local elections should be run.

Her Graphix are always so much better than ours.
(Artist rendering of meeting)

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jets football GAMEDAY!

Johnny loves scheduling quirks and we sure have one at the New Meadowlands today. The Baltimore Ravens make a second trip to Jersey in back-to-back weeks, last week vs the Giants and this week vs the woeful Jets. Last week the Giants beat the Ravens 16-10 after which Odell Beckham Jr. had sex with a kicking net. This week we think, though they have lost three in a row, the Ravens should be favorites.

Sure, there are signs that this is one of those games the Jets rise up, score 31 points and get a special teams TD or a huge day from someone, seemingly every NFL team has one of these games a year where it all comes together. The Baltisnores have only scored four more points than the Browns for heavens sake. Surely the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets can do something there to take advantage. Their defense hasn't been great but this offense they are playing today is middling at best. Middling with a really good QB who could suddenly take advantage of a bad Jets D whereas the chances of the Jets QB (Geno Smith at press time) suddenly coming up big and thrashing an average Ravens defense are much less.

The Jets are smelly and the Ravens less so. Trust us, nobody wants the Jets to start winning games than Johnny. They are in danger of somehow taking Johnny's Browns' #1 overall pick. The Brownies are 0-6 and the Jets 1-5. Too close for comfort, the Jets and anyone else with one or two wins needs to win today and certainly the next couple weeks. The Browns have worked too hard at being this bad and that #1 pick is theirs. Therefore:

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey Jets 11
Baltimore Stinkbirds 10

Giants football GAMEDAY!

London game, PU. Does ANYONE enjoy these things? It's practically punishment to the teams forced to travel and play what we consider way too early. In fact, Johnny is trying to write this moments before fucking kickoff...

The Rams are nothing special but neither this year are the Giants. They have just enough to stay in the division race but one gets the feeling one or two more bad losses and that chase is over. Today is a real mental test, not just the travel but the absolute intensity of the Josh Brown domestic abuse story in which the Giants and the league come off looking absolutely stupid. Thunderstruck. Hit with a shovel. When you do a terrible job on this topic, one you the NFL has said is important to you and you do nothing when you find out a guy is beating his wife regularly and it's all covered up, yeah, that's awful. So, do the Giants have the mental toughness to take their longest road trip ever and beat a team with nothing to lose in LA?

Both teams are in London because they're middling as New England and Denver don't play overseas do they?

Fearless Forecast w chips
New Jersey Giants 23
LA Rams 14

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It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Penn State 24
Ohio State 21
Dear PSU, it is customary to call ahead for Urban Meyer's personal cold Papa John's golf cart pizza. It's just nice to have it ready after he addresses his 70 5 star players.

Western Michigan 45
Eastern Michigan 31
The I-94 rivalry game stays brown and gold. Question is how long mastermind coach PJ Fleck stays in Kalamazoo

Washington 41
Oregon State 17
Washington is 5th, no, 4th in the nation with the Buckeye loss. Washington. The same Washington that has stunk outloud for 20 years. Hmmmm

Wisconsin 17
Iowa 9
OK, I want you 6'8" 350lb boys to go line up and collide all day, see what happens

UCF 24
Connecticut 17
UConn badly wants this to become a rivalry game so they had a trophy made for the winner to keep. UCF left it on the sideline and went home

Penn State 24
Ohio State 21
Yep, still funny

Colorado 10
Stanford 5
Brought to you by Febreze

Alabama 33
Texas A&M 14
This is Johnny's shocked face

Syracuse 28
Boston College 20
Something is going on at Syracuse. 4-4 and playing well. Could it be the rise of the Orange?

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Weber State 37
Southern Utah 36
Weber State went into the fourth quarter behind 36-14. They got power up and scored 23 bigly points and kept their perfect conference record. Jadrian Clark hit Darryl Denby with a 60 yard score with just 30 seconds to play. Jadrian and Darryl may loot and pillage Ogden Utah for the next 24 hours

The Weber State fight song tonight before bed because you've never heard it before either, admit it

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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As some of you may know from reading various stories here Johnny is not a plane rider. No way shape or form. He drives or trains it. When it comes to road trips Johnny likes to mix two of his favorite hobbies, driving and music into some really magnificent driving CD's. Some have themes, most are the perfect collection of the perfect songs in the perfect order. One song that makes just about all the driving CD's is 'Two Step' by DMB. About one minute in you'll be hearing why. Now go download the song for the next time you tale a long drive. Getting us started on the Music Series tonight. 'Two Step'

Friday, October 21, 2016


Hey Ho, Let's Go, The Ramones and 'Beat on the Brat'


Johnny loves pointing out irony. Even when it's his own fail as part of that self-deprecation folks say is good when one tells stories. Johnny went to see this band, Graham Parker and the Rumour touring behind their surprise hit album Squeezing Out Sparks at the Flint IMA Arena with a gal Johnny was really into and whom he wanted to be his girlfriend. If Johnny was going to be the young punk he thought he was, being all cool holding Kelly's hand and cuddling in the seats, that ended but quickly in matching 'Beat Oxford' t-shirts when Journey came onstage. It's hard to get excited about this song, 'Local Girls' with it's very anti local girl stance with a local girl on your arm in matching shirts waiting for goddamned Journey to come on.

Oh, and Johnny's dad insisted on driving that night because though Johnny was just a sophomore and had a permit and Kelly had her license being one year older and said she'd drive but no dice. Johnny's dad still insisted. Bzzzzzzt. That gets no girls. Goodbye Kelly, hello heartache.

The JCPD took officers off active duty to stand around construction sites, no REALLY

How about that, no burying the lead on this one. The Jersey City Police Department felt it was actually OK to pull active duty police, ie they were cruising around the city trying to prevent crime....until they got a call to pull them off actual duty and go stand around a construction site. Who the fuck thinks this is EVER OK?

Backstory, Terrence T. Mc Donald, take it away:

Eight police officers tasked with distributing off-duty jobs to cops — called pick masters or job coordinators — were abruptly stripped of that power last week, according to law-enforcement sources who asked not to be identified discussing personnel matters. The change led the administration to pull officers off patrol to cover off-duty jobs that had gone unfilled, the sources said.

See that people, see how important you are in the eyes of the JCPD administration? Not at all, you're not important to the JCPD in any way shape or form or this wouldn't have happened. Who the fuck made such an asinine decision? Why do they still have a job (oh right, police unions).

Johnny has been ranting and raving about this utter waste of JCPD resources for years. He's written letters to Steve Fulop (Who actually agreed with Johnny you'll recall, when he was running for mayor Steve Fulop too said the police standing around construction sites should be ended with volunteers -- until he won the election then nothing from Fulop), Candice Osborne, the usual channels. When nothing there happened he's taken to the Jersey City Desk to point out what an absurdity it is this is allowed to continue, and now the JCPD has a scandal over it break wide-open. An embarrassing scandal where we find out, yeah, they actually pulled cops from street duty to do nothing for developers.

Johnny has tried people, he'll keep trying. He'll keep posting pics of cops doing nothing, playing on their phones, sitting down and of course, sleeping in their fucking cars until things change. It'll be a hard fight against greedy cops who would rather line their pockets than serve and protect.

SHAME ON THE JCPD. A house cleaning is now in order, beyond pick masters.
(Jersey City Desk file photo of a JCPD officer sleeping while on construction site "duty")

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Have we got a story for you all tomorrow

You know those days where Johnny gets to talk about one of his signature issues after having been proven right? Yes, we ALL love those days. Johnny just put in 18 hours working so he'll hop onto it tomorrow, and on a Music Series Friday to boot...

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The Clinton campaign flight out of Las Vegas tonight.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Just for fun Hillary mops floor for a third time with Trump

Three debates, three wins for Hillary over the Cheeto-faced shitgoblin. Know what a baby says, that he might not accept the results of the the election.

Know what Don, nobody cares if you do, the adults will take charge as they have work to do. You just pout with your stooge kids.

Late night open thread

"If i had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive."
 -- Unknown

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

No, the elections are not rigged

Today, the people who run the elections in New Jersey and elsewhere across the country have had to defend their honor, despite a severe lack of voter fraud across America over decades because Donald J. Trump is getting his ass kicked. Trump and his two stooge sons and son in law Jared Kushner could not formulate a winning team or plan to run a campaign for the American presidency. They were woefully uninformed, made poor decisions and failed on a giant stage. But, you know this crew it has to be fixed. Somebody has to cheat this Cheeto-faced dongbeaver because he simply couldn't be the most ill-prepared candidate in history to draw breath, for him to lose somebody HAD to be cheating.

It's impossible to throw an election as the president said today as it's just far too decentralized. The people who have run and currently run the state of new Jersey elections shouldn't have had to defend themselves, shame on you Donald Trump.

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Something we haven't done in a while, famous last words night:

"Has God forgotten everything I've done for him?"
King Louis XIV (1638—1715)

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Monday, October 17, 2016

A PSE&G bill scam with an added layer of sophistication needs addressing

Scammers calling to try and bilk you out of money shouldn't surprise anyone. Usually the scammers are very bad at their job and one can easily tell the call is bullshit. Sometimes they do hit someone who either doesn't understand the runaround or is just too trusting. Johnny would hate to think of a smooth talker calling his elderly mother and trying to scare and confuse her.

A new scam where a PSE&G customer is called and along with the obvious things that are listed with a phone number, this time the scammers knew the due date of the bill of the customer to gain trust and bilked a local auto repair shop out of serious money. A lot more including a somewhat brushy offy comment about what PSE&G about how someone might get a customer's billing due date.

Please go read the article, if not for you then maybe a relative or just someone you know who can be intimidated by scary talk over a phone line.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Giants and Jet--er, Giants football Gameday!

The Jets are off until Monday, screw them.

The Giants are home today, all alone in last place in the NFC East where Philly and Dallas don't look so shitty after all. IF the Giants are to make any kid of charge and move up the standings, it HAS to start today. The Ravens are in town and they just fired their offensive coordinator so Joe Flacco will be going through a new offense at the New Meadowlands today. The Giants have to make a stand and they get a 3-2 team to try with. The G-Men are slight favorites but the way things have gone one gets the feeling they'd actually feel better about things being an underdog today.

Eli Manning and Flacco are both Super Bowl winning QB's who are off to terrible starts. Both have thrown for 5 TD's and 4 INTs. Not really Super Bowl stats BUT the Ravens did get a game vs Cleveland in already so that probably helps Flacco's numbers. As you can see from the team stats below, these teams on paper are pretty even-Steven:

Two even teams but the Giants are at home and it is a glorious fall day so there will be no weather issues. Big Blue HAS to win this game today if they want to keep pace in the division.

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey Giants 30
Mordor Ravens 24

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It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Ohio St. 30
Wisconsin 23 OT
Wisconsin's two losses are both by 7 points to Michigan and OSU. Always the bridesmaid

Clemson 24
NC State 17 OT
Clemson whistles past the graveyard yet again

Nebraska 27
Indiana 22
Word out of Lincoln is the Huskers want out of the Big Ten. Word out of the Big Ten is BYE

Syracuse 31
Virginia Tech 17
Huge win for the Orange

Eastern Michigan 27
Ohio 20
Eastern is 5-2 for the first time since 1987, if this keeps up there will be plagues

Army 62
Lafayette 7
Shock and Awe

Lehigh 35
Georgetown 3
Here come the Mountain Hawks

Furman 52
E. Tennessee St. 7
Johnny finally got it right and wore his Furman shirt on a winning day

Illinois 24
Rutgers 7
Michigan State is lucky Rutgers is once again in the B1G East this year

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Bentley 5
American International 3
Not a lot available on this game but we do know Bentley kicked a FG in the 4th quarter to come all the way back from being down 3-2. At least we hope the weather was nice

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

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The Beverly Trumpbillies

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Friday, October 14, 2016


Did you know then, Cope, besides being a musician has also written four non-fiction books. Johnny's not sure if Jersey City Desk intern Kiki has read four non-fiction books in well, ever.

Johnny would imagine if you write non-fiction books you have quite a sharp mind and overflowing vocabulary, this song, 'World Shut Your Mouth' does seem a bit pedestrian as a title. Still, it's a great song from 1987.


Johnny's always been a big fan of this song by English Beat, 'Save It for Later' from 1982. He was pretty positive on that second British invasion starting with the Clash and Sex Pistols era of the late 70's and by the early 80's the English Beat were a staple on Johnny's turntable.

You know who does an AMAZING cover of this song? Pete Townshend. We'll save that for later...


Putting the wraps on another Music Series tonight with Sniff 'n' the Tears from 1978 with a song, 'Driver's Seat' that really hit like a ton of bricks on the radio back then. Such a great song everyone wondered who this band was and what was next.

Well, this was it but if you're going to have but one hit, man, make it great.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Johnny's Red Wings begin this NHL season playing in their vaunted bastion, Joe Louis Arena, for the last time, next year they'll move into a new home. So many memories, big important moments in what most consider the loudest arena in a long long time if not ever. Gonna miss it. Most NHL visiting teams will not. Read the quotes in the corners and see if that's ever been said about the Prudential Center or Madison Square Garden.

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Do something important Saturday, make SURE you're registered to vote

The good, no, make that great people at The Healing is Power Foundation Inc are taking time to make sure you get registered to vote. It's more important this year than ever. Besides Trump vs Clinton you'll be having a say in whether or not we allow casinos in North Jersey and locally if our local city May elections stay where they are or the May date all gets rolled into November elections in 2017. You the voter have some very important decisions to help make. Saturday noon to 4pm. Be a voter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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You have to love Loew's

What a grand building and shame on our mayor for behaving like a ten year old in a tantrum over the way he treats it. It must be saved, preserved and in local, caring hands.

Word Bookstore continues a string of great guests brought to Jersey City including Stephen King, Amy Schumer and last night Bryan Cranston.

First off, if you are a fan, he is one of the most delightful, sincere and funny guys Johnny has ever seen give one of these talks. In the Q & A afterwards there were questions from the crowd and some from actors. He spent maybe TEN minutes each answering young actors questions with what, if Johnny were an actor, he'd have appreciated. He's kind of an everyman as explained in his new book, A Life in Parts. He didn't just set out to be an actor, he's had several regular guy jobs which may help ground him. You'll find out in his book he was even a murder suspect for a while (he didn't talk about it other than to bring it up, then he tapped the book LOL).

Couple things -- Johnny has not watched Breaking Bad so if you have he hopes he's relaying a couple stories correctly. #1 the hardest scene he said he ever ever did and it messed with him for a few days was a scene where a young lady was having an heroin OD on a bed and Walt was watching it all unfold and he said for about 5 seconds he could picture his own daughter, about that age, in that situation. Not that his daughter did drugs but that's SOMEBODY'S daughter and as a father he saw her as his for a quick moment and said it put the zap on him.

The pizza on the roof scene. He told them there was no way he was getting it on the roof (They had one pizza) so they told him to do what he could. He said it wasn't like a regular pizza either, it was a super large pizza and he never thought it would land on the roof. NOW, that being said and fanbases being fanbases you can imagine what STILL happens to the house in Albuquerque New Mexico, people film themselves throwing pizzas on the roof. The couple who owns that house is older (they didn't tell them what EXACTLY the show was about) but they can't go up on ladder everyday to pull down last night's pizza. So it sits. And sits. And rats come. The city has been working on a solution about putting a security guard outside because the neighbors, they do complain.

Such a wonderful evening all around. Thanks Loew's and thanks Word!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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More on a great event at Loew's Jersey City tonight with Bryan Cranston set up by Word Bookstore on the morrow.

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Jersey City councilmembers sure can be duplicitous

We've seeing before, hell, this city was built on dodgy mayors and councils ready to do the wrong thing at a minute's notice.

Now Johnny's dealing with one who he dealt with on an original topic/story that has been covered here, and it's funny how in the public world of Twitter some will say things about a topic that just aren't true in comparison to what they have previously emailed private citizens, like Johnny.

Somebody better get their head on straight or those emails are going public city counsellor.

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For those scoring at home the forge that this iron came out of, is in East Jordan Michigan, a tiny town in northwest lower Michigan and this iron found it's way to Jersey City New Jersey. Small world.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

What a Studio Tour weekend!

Oh the hell with the rain, art fans care nothing for rain, baseball fans care about rain. From what Johnny was able to see downtown, in PAD and around Harsimus Cove the art scene in Jersey City is strong and getting stronger. Make no mistake, the new gallery at Modera and with all the associated artist space (look someone really lives up to their commitment to the Powerhouse ARTS District along with 140 and 150 Bay St., talking to you The One and The Morgan) has already and will continue to bring the focus of art back to the PAD. Johnny was actually privy to a discussion between artists and curators of an idea someone had to create a monthly art walk or studio and gallery art crawl on one Friday a month. Those on hand were also very adamant the city would be kept out of planning and implementation after the Monopoly board debacle (Where is your credibility now city hall?). Great idea and more than likely a better idea to keep the city at arm's length.

A few snaps from this tour this past weekend

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We'll have a more complete look at the great Artist and Studio Tour this past weekend on the morrow. Johnny was hosting today and then got all caught up in the debate.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

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It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Michigan 78
Rutgers 0
Michigan stomped RU like narcs at a biker rally. Last week Ohio State did the same thing 58-0. Scarlet Knights fans, welcome to rock bottom

Washington 70
Oregon 21
Remember not too long ago Oregon was doing this to others

Texas A&M 45
Tennessee 38 2OT
Life sucks when the dice finally come up snake eyes huh Vols? Well that's the thing, they always do, the house always wins sooner or later

Iowa 14
Minnesota 7
Floyd of Rosedale stays in Iowa City for another year. This being Floyd:

Sam Houston State 63
Incarnate Word 48
We're not sure what the Incarnate word was but it sure wasn't defense

Columbia 15
Wagner 13
Oren Milstein was all the offense Columbia needed today with 5 field goals. FIVE! Hopefully he's drunk tonight when he reads this

California (PA) 31
Indiana (PA) 28
You don't need a program at this game so much as a fucking compass

NC State 10
Notre Dame 3
3 players drowned

TCU 24
Kansas 23
Kansas misses a late FG or TCU was going to win the 'Stink of Death' award for, well, losing to Kansas

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Navy 46
Houston 40
The #6 team in the land mounted a furious comeback but when things looked their most dire this happened:

A Navy ship opened up into the Houston sideline taking out quite a few Cougars thus ensuring Navy victory. In honor of this mighty victory the Naval Academy announced no classes til Wednesday

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

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On this day in history, October 8 in 1871, Chicago got wiped out by a cow. Hard to act superior at things when you got taken out by the wily cow.

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Friday, October 7, 2016


Kicking things off tonight on this Art and Studio tour weekend all over this great city how about a sultry, swingy, spooky song from Los Lobos, 'Kiko and the Lavender Moon'

Johnny thinks you'll approve Jersey City...of the song, the video, well, smoke 'em if ya got 'em we suppose.


A real treat tonight kids, this track, 'Well....All Right' is played here on an old 78 rpm record player. You can hear the scratches and little pops as your, christ, grandparents would have listened to it on.

History and a really great song.


Go ahead Donald Trump, go walk up to Chrissie Hynde and grab her pussy, go ahead, you're famous, you said you can do it. Walk right up, reach out your hand, and get your teeth knocked out and your throat stepped on.

The Pretenders closing up shop on the Music Series with 'Bad Boys Get Spanked'

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Update on the NJ Transit train wreck in Hoboken

The NTSB is now reporting the train that hit Lackawanna Station, killing one woman, was going nearly double the speed limit. Hope you like story problems in school Billy:

The commuter train accelerated from 8 mph about 38 seconds before the crash, which killed one person and injured more than 100 others. The throttle had been in the idle position but moved to a No. 4 position as the train accelerated. Just before the crash, the throttle returned to the idle position and the engineer tried emergency breaking procedures.

Um, what is, uh, er, 45? What? No recess? Goddammit. For those scoring at home the correct answer was 21, the train was going 21mph.

A good read with more information and more on automatic speed control.

Late night open thread

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Art and Studio Tour this weekend!

One of the city's best events, and certainly most popular is this weekend when the Art and Studio Tour returns for a 26th triumphant year. Johnny has become very immersed in the JC arts scene, actually now hanging with artists at parties and quietly and politely nodding his head when they discuss art because Johnny's best artwork was the one time he really nailed the pirate in the back of the TV Guide "Can You Draw Me" section. Artists throughout the PAD and Harsimus Cove and all over downtown have really been kind in giving background to this city's rich art history to a noob.

Pssst, there's even a chance Johnny and the mayor will be rubbing elbows at an event or two this weekend. Relax, it's about the great work of our artists, nothing more.

You can get all the info with all the artists all over Jersey City and where they can be found Saturday and Sunday. Truly a gem in our city's crown.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Mathews Food and Drink to open tomorrow

Grove St. will get another restaurant tomorrow as it slots in at the site of the old La Conguita restaurant, gone now over a year. Mathews Food and Drink will open after many rumored beginnings it did look ready to take on customers tonight.

Looking forward to trying it. We'll see what magic the White Star owners can work at this new site.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

It's a little heavy on the woe is Steve Fulop, but an excellent look at why he's not running for governor

Winner, longest headline.

Max Pizarro with PolitickerNJ has a great and in-depth article on exactly why Steve Fulop made such an about-face on running for Governor and deciding to throw his support to Phil Murphy and who exactly Fulop pissed off when he did make this choice. It's a good read and you should click here right away and commence to reading.

As a side note, Johnny wonders if today's Bridgegate bleeding into a possible Urban League Donation-Gate also might have had something to do with Fulop aborting liftoff.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Late night open thread

Gotta love preseason anything, it's the time to work out the bugs. Take tonight for instance, the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars both showed up to the rink with only their white jerseys...and played that way.

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Jets and Giants GAMEDAY!

The Jets, coming off a really bad road effort in Kansas City last week come home for a 1pm kickoff in the new Meadowlands vs the Seattles and their annoying bandwagon fans. Johnny doesn't need much analysis time on this one. The Jets can't move the ball and Seattle is good at stopping teams who can't move the the Jets. Those willing to head over to East Rutherford today and dodge rain showers on this dreary Sunday should get a special sticker or pin.

Fearless Forecast
Seattle Peahens 27
New Jersey J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets 10

The Giants don't play today, they play tomorrow in Minnesota. The Giants laid one BIG egg in the 4th quarter last week vs the Redskin Potatoes, so bad they had to fumigate the field before the Jets played today. The Vikings are a surprising 3-0. This is one of those road games at the beginning of the year when you make the predictions based on game-by-game W's and L's you'd have given Big Blue a W and simply moved on. Not that easy, in fact Johnny doesn't think it will be a W at all. The Vikings have no injured players, and their defense is allowing only 13 points a game. Only if the Giants can go play-action and have big games from two receivers will they win this on the road. Trouble is the Vikes are almost as stout against the run as Big Blue. Hard to win on the road in the NFL...

Fearless Forecast
Minnesota Sons of Ragnar 24
New Jersey Giants 16

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It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Clemson 42
Louisville 36
A well played tasty game that reminds us why college football is better than pro

Michigan 14
Wisconsin 7
Harbaugh's first big win over a top ranked opponent keeps Michigan rolling

Indiana 24
Michigan St. 21 OT
There goes 75% of Johnny's fall wardrobe

Alabama 34
Kentucky 6
This will be avenged during basketball season

Tennessee 34
Georgia 31
Back to back hail mary's make this one an instant classic
Eastern Michigan 28
Bowling Green 25
Yes, THAT Eastern Michigan is 4-1

Western Michigan 49
Central Michigan 10
Careful, those WMU brigand fans may try and light Mt. Pleasant ablaze on their way home to Kalamazoo

Charleston Southern 59
Coastal Carolina 58
This game brought to you by PlayStation

Maine 35
Bryant 31
Johnny got an envelope in the mail this week with $5 in it to run this week's Maine score if it was a win. Money well spent

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Sacramento State 41
Montana State 38
Montana State must have felt they had a great chance to win, leading 38-21 going into the 4th quarter. THE FOOLS! Sacramento State scored 21 points in the 4th and come out super victorious 41-38. Jaelin Ratliff caught a TD pass with 15 seconds left from Nate Ketteringham who may now loot and pillage Sacramento for the next 24 hours

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Late night open thread

Are you a wussy who still uses stairs? Why?

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