Saturday, November 18, 2017

Late night open thread

The only Saturday Night Scoreboard Show you'll still respect in the morning.

Wisconsin 24
Michigan 10
Wisconsin claims the all important 'Weasel-Family' trophy this year

Montana State 31
Montana 23
In case you're in Montana and need to choose sides real quick

Alabama 56
Mercer 0
Ah, homecoming in the SEC the week before the last league game when almost everyone gobbles an early turkey dinner

Lehigh 38
Lafayette 31
Lehigh goes back-to-back in the Patriot League and have won an automatic bid to the playoffs 5-6 overall record be damned. This is the longest running college football rivalry with today being game #153.

Michigan State 17
Maryland 7
When people ask you what happened here, tell them winter came for House Terrapin's bowl hopes
Oklahoma 41
Kansas 3
About the only good thing you can say about Baker Mayfield's behavior today is at least he didn't steal anything in China

Florida State 77
Delaware State 6
Still not going to a bowl game, no matter how badly you beat down 1-AA teams

Toledo 66
Bowling Green 37
Why is the town called Bowling Green but their main color is orange?

Coastal Carolina 13
Idaho 7
Nothing here but the fact Coastal Carolina and Idaho are in the same league

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Dartmouth 54
Princeton 44
Dartmouth scored 34, yes, 34 points in the fourth quarter, including a game winning TD with no time left (the other points at the end came on a fumbled mandatory kickoff) by Jared Gerbino, his fourth of the day to get power up and take the Big Green to 8-2. In Johnny's polling Dartmouth moves ahead of Miami FL in the four team playoff race. Jared Gerbino may now loot and pillage Hanover N.H. for the next 24 hours

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Rutgers football Gameday!

On the road for the last road game of the season in Bloomington Indiana today with a noon kickoff as the Scarlet Knights look DOWN at the Hoosiers in the B1G East standings.

What's that? There are TWO teams below Rutgers in the B1G East right now? It's true, a very strong second half of the season shows RU ahead of both the Hoosiers and Maryland. A win today would assure the Scarlet Knights of no less than 5th in the loaded East. Who among you had RU coming in right behind the Murderer's Row of Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Pedd State? Maryland and Indiana, who are they?

OK, let's not get too cocky but it's fun to even jest about these matter this late into November.

Indiana comes into the game in last place at 1-6 in B1G conference play. Wait a second, it's around here somewhere...

So, Indiana comes into today in last place in B1G conference play as the offensive juggernaut of the last few seasons never materialized. Can Rutgers keep it good and hibernated for another week?

That's why Johnny's writes these things.

First off, records aside, Johnny thinks this one will be close. Rutgers gives about about as many points as IU averages. The Hoosier defense gives up a tad more scoring than Rutgers. So our key to success? The same way they beat Illinois and Purdue, KISS, Keep.It.Simple.Stupid. Run the ball. RU averages around 166 yards a game on terra firma and will most likely need something close today. At Michigan State the mantra when the ground game is going well is, "Pound Green Pound" and if RU can get a "Pound Red Pound" today and control the clock they'll at least be in the game with better than a 50/50 chance to win. Indiana gives up a stingy 150+ on the ground so effort and lack of holding or false start penalties will be needed. Johnny's actual game key today for the Scarlet Knights is penalties. Composure on the road for a young growing team is vital.

If there ever was a time for Chris Ash to play the 'no respect' card it is today. Huddled away in a dump of a locker room in Bloomington Ash can point out despite being two games ahead of IU in the standings they are 10.5 point underdogs. The ESPN Matchup Predictor has IU at 76% likely to win today. Win today, and hope for the best vs Sparty next week in Piscataway and this season, this expected moribund season could end at 6-6. Could, might, maybe. All those words start today.

Fearless Forecast
Rutgers 30
Indiana 25

Late night open thread

Too soon?

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

Johnny has always loved this song as it was always a reach back to The Clash and The Sex Pistols and The Ramones with that fast three chord power song about not giving a fuck. As the studios and radios were bringing New Wave to the masses this Joan Jett rocker always made Johnny happy.

'Bad Reputation' kicking things off right tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with NEKO CASE!

Johnny has spent the better part of his musical adult life hearing about how Jim Morrison is considered a well thought of poet. Books have been written about said. Johnny has no reason to quibble, he loves The Doors and has almost all their music and does indeed think Jimmeh wrote at a level many simply can't.

So what does that make Neko Case? Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll Alt or otherwise? This woman writes songs on a plane almost unheard of and when you set it to her multi-layered musical vision there are few who can match this level of music making. Enjoy the show.

'Prison Girls' from the Middle Cyclone album, a staple in any proper music libarry.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE FARM!

Tonight in that 33rpm getting you on your way to the clubs and parties and couches in and around Jersey City, it's The Farm and 'Groovy Train' which is not run by NJ Transit.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Late night open thread

It was 40 years go today that Saturday Night Fever burst onto the scene bringing with it disco, three piece suits and light up dance floors. Know this, Johnny was a real punk, not of the space variety yet and had very little time for the scourge of disco music. But if nothing else this blog is a celebration of music and even if it's not his style that movie and soundtrack were giant in the culture at the time and since, plus Mrs. Johnny loves it. For the first and last tie here, it's The Bee Gees and 'Stayin' Alive' of which the original chorus in those high pitched voices was to be "New York, New Yooooork"

FACT
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Welcome you are Jersey City

Johnny working on his Yoda this morning...

When you speak of Johnny, do speak well; The failed EV parking program that encompasses the block between Marin & Provost on First St. has now turned most of those EV spots over to actual parking people actually use. With the parking crunch downtown from all the construction, residents have been forced into 'streets away from home parking.' It made no good sense to take an entire block of prime city parking, you know, the kind that pays the city back with permits and fines, and turn it over as part of Shuster's abatement "giveback" for the Art House and Jokeman. Johnny railed on this ridiculous plan from the hop. He did his research on how many EV's were sold in Hudson and Essex counties that might just need to come park on a one block section of First St. in downtown Jersey City, and not all that easy to get to. Just about the only cars seen charging were owned by Maven, the company that partnered with General Motors on the chargers. Johnny wondered that almost every time he sent his research to the city and showed how poor the plan was he'd see Maven cars charging over the next couple days. This idea comes straight from the playbook that if a McDonalds isn't selling enough cheeseburgers at a location Ronald McDonald comes in and buys 100 to get the numbers up.

Time and time again Johnny posted pictures and showed councilwoman Candice Osborne as well as Rolando Lavarro, council president, of an empty street that could certainly be used. Since this wasn't any kind of 'We'll do this for one year and see how it goes program' rather than just a bad idea for an abatement give back we're going to go ahead and say the squeaky wheel gets the grease and Jersey City gets some badly needed parking back.

The UCLA basketball team can thank Johnny now.

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I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
 -- Mitch Hedberg

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Somebody help a Johnny out

Johnny is all about these painted black and white cats and kitteh paws everywhere but can someone help out if you know and help Johnny know what it's all about Alfie?

Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Late night open thread

Pizza's here!

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In other news, water is wet

The Jersey Journal is reporting if new Governor-elect Phil Murphy makes recreational marijuana legal, the price will come come down. See, see, now everyone who's ever bought a dime bag in their life figured this out in college. We kid because we love and there is more to the article than pointing out the obvious. Take a few minutes of time to get your learn on as to how the legalization process might well play out.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Late night open thread

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Happy 90th birthday to the Holland Tunnel

The first vehicle crossing was 90 years ago today so happy birthday to an integral part of our lives whether we drive or bus through it or not. Such a rich history as you'd expect. This link will take you to the Jersey Journal story with some cool Holland Tunnel facts and this link will take you to the official report archives of the great south tunnel fire in May 13, 1949 chemical truck fire that cost several lives courtesy of the Hoboken Historical Museum. The WIkipedia post on the fire goes into some more detail. Originally the tunnel was called either the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel or the Canal Street Tunnel depending on which side of the river you lived on.

Happy Birthday to a tunnel, it's well deserved.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Late night pen thread

Don't despair Giants fans, it sucks here, now, today but take it from a Browns fan, come Draft Day, it'll all be worth it.

One of us.
One of us.
One of us.

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Giants football Gameday!

Look, theres only one reason this game matters, draft picks. We're not going to go into any depth about the Giants needing to establish a run against today's opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, we don't care about how bad the Niners pass defense matches up with Big Blue tight ends and wideouts, so lets just skip down to the draft watch, THAT is why we're here today.

Draft Watch®
1) San Francisco 49ers (0-9)
2) Cleveland Browns (0-8)
3) New York Giants (1-7)
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
5) Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

You can clearly see why today's game is so important. Should the Giants LOSE to San Fran, they'd slide into the #2 slot behind Cleveland. The Browns are in Detroit today and will more than likely be 'turkey-holed' to death by Matthew Stafford at Ford Field. Another point in a Giants loss, the Giants would have to win another game for San Fran to slide back in front (if you will). A loss gives the Giants the tiebreaker with the Niners. Indy hosts the Stoolers today so we'd be willing to bet the Colts go to 3-7. The Jets, just off this list, are in Tampa today. That game could go either way so do keep an eye on it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Late night open thread

The one, the only, Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Auburn 40
Georgia 17
Auburn wallops the top ranked Bulldogs and backhands the SEC East in the process

Clemson 31
Florida State 14
The Seminoles fall to 3-6 and the FSU mascot on the horse can pretty much throw that flaming spear into their bowl hopes

South Carolina 28
Florida 20
The Gators fall to 3-6 and the UF mascot can go cleanup the flaming mess left by the FSU mascot

Ohio State 48
Michigan State 3
Urban Meyer makes sure he gets a proper meal tonight, no golf cart pizza for him

Wake Forest 64
Syracuse 43
Don't we warn against this every week with someone? Syracuse built a 38-24 halftime lead then went to sit on Santa's lap at the Syracuse Mall while the Demon Deacons go bowling with 40 second half points

Lehigh 41
Holy Cross 28
Lehigh is going to win this conference with a losing overall record. With only Lafayette at home on South Mountain next weekend and a win over Colgate, the Mountain Hawks shall rule over mediocrity















Furman 56
The Citadel 20
Johnny's Furman shirt status update: It was dirty, didn't get worn (Not that his MSU Spartans shirt helped out)

Wisconsin 38
Iowa 14
The playoff committee is going to have a real problem if Wisconsin beats the Buckeyes in the B1G title game. If they do boy, all aboard the Bucky Bus

Alabama 31
Mississippi State 24
The Tide come back late and ruin a perfectly good night where  #1, 2 & 3 could have all lost

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Oklahoma State 49
Iowa State 42
We sure hope one of those behind the scenes programs have been following Iowa State around all year with all these close games against top teams, some glorious wins, some wrenching losses, that'd be a good show. Know what else is a good show? The Cowboys may loot and pillage Ames Iowa for 24 hours.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Late night open thread

“Nothing burns like the cold.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire

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Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with R.E.M.!

OK, everybody out of Rockville.








No you '(Don't Go Back to) Rockville' either bub. You're done. Listen to Stipe, Not going back.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with HAPPY MONDAYS!

Jersey City, you talk so hip you're twisting Johnny's melon man...

'Step On' up next on the Jersey City Desk Jukebox of your dreams.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with 999!

Did you know then that the band 999 is named after the British emergency number; as you dial 911 here for help, there it's 999 and right here it's 999 with 'Homicide'

Happy Veteran's Day!

Seems somewhat glib to ask you to have a happy Veteran's Day since the day isn't about happiness, it's about remembrance and honor but "Remembrance & Honor on Veteran's Day" makes for one awkward headline. So, honor the day and those who served and you should be fine.

Johnny's dad serving in Korea.

Late night open thread

On this day in history, November 10 1969, Sesame Street debuted.

It's a fact!

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Earl Morgan, for the win

Every so often Earl has a pearl of Jersey City wisdom, this is one of those columns.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Late night open thread

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
 -- Clyde Watson

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Big Show--Election night analysis

Well friends, the Cult of Personality has won and won big. Steve Fulop won by almost a 4-1 margin. Four more years of abatements for anyone who asks (More on the council later), sending thugs around to do his bidding and let department workers know what he expects on contracts and what not and another four years of swaths of Jersey City being ignored or given lip service like happened to Journal Square for over 30 years. Worst though is the finances that look great right now but aren't before too much longer. A lot of those first abatements to get people to buy downtown again are coming due and sadly because of the lack of city planning back then they'll come due at the same time a lot of them. More come off after that. That's when taxes go up and there's still never enough money to fix problems or invest in Greenville and other areas that are overlooked. Accounting tricks are great but there's always that moment of clarity where you realize how the trick works.

Do you really think the city can take close to $100 million off the city tax rolls downtown alone, hire more public servants, give the ones we have needed raises, pay rising insurance costs, not raise taxes for two years and not have a ticking bomb somewhere? Incidentally part of this time Mayor Fulop was looking at the governor's race and this year for mayor and optics mean you can't raise taxes. Not what's best for Jersey City in the long run, it's what's best for Steve Fulop short term. FYI if you're upset by Johnny pointing this out and want to bring up all the new buildings opening, yes, Mayor Healy can be proud of the ones opening now, these aren't Fulop buildings, these are the ones he railed against as councilman. Johnny's guess? This term starts out with Fulop once again forgetting who elected him as he eyes a bigger office, maybe Bob Menendez's job or a congressional run. He's done this very thing before when he sees something shiny. No reason to think that won't be repeated.

The council races went largely as expected. Incumbents and Fulop rubber stamps Rolando R. Lavarro Jr., Joyce E. Watterman and Daniel Rivera all won their At-Large seats quite comfortably. Great. Feel all that energy? Lavarro, who never met someone else's money he couldn't spend, will be trying to increase his visibility as he should be announcing he's running to replace Fulop in the next election by Friday.

In Ward A to replace the 'Gone fishing 4 years ago' Frank Gajewski, Denise Ridley and Joseph Conte will face each other in a runoff with Ridley's campaign running strong.

Ward B had maybe the biggest 'surprise' last night with new seat holder but incumbent Chris Gadsden, who has been a fantastic addition to council flush with new workable and smart ideas on school funding will face Mira Prinz-Arey, who outpolled Gadsden last night.

Despite one of the worst answers to a question about his independence from Steve Fulop, John Hanussak got enough votes to win a runoff in Ward C with incumbent and Fulop burr under the saddle Richard Boggiano. Our guess is Boggiano holds this seat at first glance but he's only ever one grumpy moment away from perhaps not.

Michael Yun will continue to serve Ward D with honor and distinction and continue to drive Fulop spokesperson Jennifer Morrill batshit.

Ward E (and you may be hearing more on this race in the upcoming days--maybe) brings the fourth runoff between top vote getter Rebecca Symes and James Solomon. Big question here is can Solomon coalesce the Hudnut and Grillo vote into enough support to win.

 Ward F also returns a good councilman, Jermaine Robinson who was never really headed in his race.

There you have it friends, election night in Jersey City 2017, a good night for team Fulop in November that could still go wrong on a night in December.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Late night open thread

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
 -- Robert Frost

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Election night clusterfuck

Hudson County is having all kinds of problems getting anyone the Jersey City election totals so, sadly, Johnny is going to have to have an election result and analysis post tomorrow instead of tonight as he has to be up at 4 bells tomorrow.

So far though, so good for the adults being back in charge tonight nationally.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Late night open thread

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Vote for Steve Fulop.....IF

With tomorrow being the election here in Jersey City and everywhere else in America, Johnny wanted to touch on the importance of the one who gets elected at the top of the ballot, Jersey City Mayor. With Bill Matsikoudis set to face incumbent Steve Fulop on the 'morrow, Johnny wanted to take a close look at the race and offer some salience to Jersey City voters before the big day.

Vote for Steve Fulop.......IF

Vote for Steve Fulop if you liked him making every decision for the first three years as to how it would be viewed through the lens of a statewide governor's race and not how it would benefit Jersey City residents.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think a mayor should have to be shamed and dragged to fund schools the state just gave Jersey City control back of because he's a shill for developers and doesn't want to inconvenience their bottom lines.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think thugs should be running around on behalf of the mayor to 'recommend' certain vendors get certain contracts, you know, if you know what's good for you.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think him using the JCPD as props in his ads is OK while the city bargains in questionable faith knowing they'll get relief vs police union on pay with mediator.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think it's ok for cops to be pulled off active to duty to stand around and protect empty buildings.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you still defend that very program.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think the utter hash he's made of the JCPD is fine.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think the big change at Jersey City Parking worked....at all...in the least.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think it's OK to badger a local artist to paint an ad for his real estate company buddy into a Monopoly board.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think those on city payroll telling residents they live like pigs and in filth should keep their job.

Vote for Steve Fulop if you think looking the other way while one of his useful idiot buddies gets drunk, crashes into three people, lies on job timesheets as long as he votes for his items on council AND deserves a stack of the mayor's campaign cash is good by you.

Above all, vote for Steve Fulop if you think entire swaths of the city are ok to be ignored while almost $100 million dollars comes off the tax rolls downtown, ensuring those ignored neighborhoods will have no money to help grow and can't get the least bit of their fair share of Jersey City goodness.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Late night open thread

For general consumption, a nice high resolution picture of Jersey City from high atop the World Trade Center for you to use if you'd like a computer desktop or just want to use it to show where you live. Johnny's not crapping it up with his name or 'property of' because that just kind of defeats the purpose.

When you speak of Johnny, speak well.

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Sunday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with OASIS!

WOW, our first ever Sunday night Music Series. Hard to not be somewhat mindful of the difference between Friday (and the very odd Saturday) night mood/feel when it comes to picking songs. In perusing his music catalog tonight Johnny thought this one just sounded like it might work well on a drizzly Sunday night with the days now growing so short so quickly. 'Wonderwall' setting a mood tonight.

Sunday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE MARVELETTES!

How about the very first #1 song by a so-called girl group and the first #1 hit for a Motown act and since Johnny's company this weekend was from back in the Detroit area, it's 'Please Mr. Postman' in the second slot tonight.

Sunday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with HEART!

Already thinking about the upcoming workweek and all the daily travails coming your way bunky? Johnny and the staff here feel you. Mostly the staff. We normally say things on Friday night like this song we'll send you out into the night on but since it's a suboptimal Sunday night weather-wise and you're not going anywhere, just put the headphones on or snuggle under the blankets and enjoy the sisters Wilson and 'Heartless,' a very underrated song Johnny thinks.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Late night open thread

The best Saturday Night Scoreboard Show in the land, unless your team lost

Michigan State 27
Pedd State 24
Mark Dantonio is the most underrated coach in America, James Franklin the most overrated

Oklahoma 62
Oklahoma St. 52
The Playstation Game of the Week. The Cowboys controller jammed at the end

Iowa 55
Ohio St. 24
Admit it, when you saw this score you started laughing. Urban gets more golf cart pizza, this time topped with corn and flop-sweat

Rutgers 31
Maryland 24
Rutgers has THREE wins in the B1G this year and four overall. If you saw that coming you're a big liarhead

Baylor 38
Kansas 9
There IS someone shittier than Baylor

Army 21
Air Force 0
Know the difference between Army and Air Force? 21 points, duh, we just told you

Florida State 27
Syracuse 24
The Seminoles won so probably no fistfight challenges between the FSU coaching staff and fans today

West Virginia 20
Iowa State 16
If you're not a Top 5 team the Cyclones just can't bother

Harvard 21
Columbia 14
Columbia scored 7 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. They still lost

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Lafayette 7
Georgetown 0
The next time someone is adamant in claiming college is better than pro football, anyone with a ticket stub from this game can punch them in the face. Nobody's looting anything this week. P-U

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Late night open thread

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Ok roaring cats and kittens, listen up

Johnny has some dear friends from Michigan this weekend (no, dear friends, not deer friends from Michigan) so we're going to do something that has never been done before and may shake the earth more than that fracking; We're moving this week's Music Series to.......Sunday night. We've had it on Saturday when Johnny's gotten in waaaaay too late on a Friday but never has it been on a Sunday.

Of course we'll still find time to put up the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show as these friends are big college football fans and will no doubt have suggestions for the burns laid out on the losing teams.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Late night open thread

Winter can't be too far off now, snow's back on Mt. Secaucus.

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Read this article, read all of it before you vote for mayor

Seriously, this is what is done in our names every day Jersey City, THIS is how Steve Fulop operates as your mayor. He'll send in thugs and goons to try and intimidate others to see his will done, in this case Anthony Cruz, all-around jackass (Johnny's had email dealing w him) and now all-around muscle for Fulop.

Again, this goes on every day in Jersey City, those in power simply think government just runs this way. Your job on election day is to tell them different. Unless of course what you're about to read is OK with you.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Late night open thread

"Do you think they have 'I told you so' cards in Braille?"
Dr. Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory


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It's at this point we start thinking either Grillo or Symes has been thinking to a runoff

Johnny has had a hunch, pretty much backed when both Nicholas Grillo and Rebecca Symes, both candidates for Ward E refused to address the question Johnny posed to them for over a week on Twitter if they would accept any money or other support from Steve Fulop  should they be involved in a runoff vs either James Solomon or Jake Hudnut. It's sad it's come to this but since neither would answer a yes or no question as both Hudnut and Solomon did (in the negative) we have to wonder if they've been thinking about it or perhaps even spoken with the Fulop administration about an endorsement.

How about it, Nicholas, Rebecca?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Late night open thread

Sleep tight, don't sweat the little sounds tonight, probably nothing...

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Gotta have a big bad wolf story tonight

We got a letter from the wolf/werewolf union last year and felt we'd make a better effort to represent the wolfen demographic. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs with 'Little Red Riding Hood'

Open your windows, put a speaker in the window, then turn your lights off

Gold. Now turn this up and watch the people on the street.

Halloween night, you gotta watch out for those Witchy Women

The closer you get to midnight the more hideous and evil they look until by midnight they look like Joe Walsh.

The Eagles and 'Witchy Woman' joining the Halloween 2017 party.

From the master of horror, Walt Disney and---er whaaaa?

That's right, Walt Disney and The Skeleton Dance

Everyone's favorite Halloween song from, well, forever...

Bobby (Boris) Pickett & The Cryptkicker Five with the timeless (and undead) 'Monster Mash'

For the night is dark, and filled with terrors

When Johnny says Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians...

...you say 'Monster Dance Party'

Sure, play this one on the car dashboard if the mood strikes.

Starting Halloween off with the Flametrick Subs & Satan's Cheerleaders

A Jersey City Desk Halloween favorite, Flametrick Subs & Satan's Cheerleaders rocking you out to 'Creepy Dead Folk'

Late night open thread

Make sure to come back for our big all-day Halloween themed fun day tomorrow. So, get to sleep for Santa won't come.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Both Politico and the Jersey Journal have the 'Fulop Tape'

In along day of political news this morning Politico released transcripts of the Fulop bid rig tape and later int eh day the Jersey Journal followed suit. We've been covering this tape for quite a while now so here's the link to the Jersey Journal story.

Doesn't sound good for Fulop and how he does business and those he employs to do business for the city.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Giants football Gameday!

What's that? A bye week? Hmmmm. OK then:

Fearless Forecast
Bye Week 24
New Jersey Giants 20

We'll be back with Draft Watch® next week

Late night open thread

The Saturday Night Scoreboard Show, sure, save it for church tomorrow, when you laugh out loud that's on you...

Ohio State 39
Pedd State 38
And James Franklin has still won just ONE big game at PSU

Wisconsin 24
Illinois 10
The Badgers continue on their run through the B1G West, filled with mouth breathers, goofballs and slug-a-beds

Wake Forest 42
Louisville 32
Woke Forest

Iowa State 14
TCU 7
Happy Halloween from Ames where they just whacked and stacked yet another Top Five team just passing through. They say on a clear night you can hear the tortured cries of Oklahoma and TCU players screeching, "Seriously, Iowa fucking State? Awwwwwwooooooooooo"

Nebraska 25
Purdue 24
Husker fans, Johnny thinks the road back to glory runs through Nick Gregath's liquor cabinet. You might just want to help him keep it filled


Georgia 42
Florida 7
Have you heard the new Florida Georgia Line song, 'That Bulldog Must Have Given That Gator A Swirlie for A Good 30 Seconds'

Dayton 27
Butler 22
Dayton scored 7 points in the 4th quarter. Good thing too, or they would have lost

Furman 28
Western Carolina 6
Johnny's Furman shirt is dirty so he couldn't wear it today. Probably nothing to that nonsense anyway

Cornell 29
Princeton 28
Cornell gets big power up in the 4th quarter with 13 unanswered points and defeat Princeton by one unit of measure

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Kentucky 29
Tennessee 26
Let's help Butch Jones find a really really really good costume he can use to get out of Knoxville after this. Oh he was gonna get the Rocky Top boot anyhoo but losing to UK for the second time in 33 years? A REALLY good costume. UK players may now loot and pillage Butch Jones' house for the next 24 hours

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rutgers football Gameday!

Here we are with our little Rutgers Gameday thread and on a two game winning-streak to boot! That's right, a two game Big Ten winning-streak which makes today's game that much more enjoyable if you allow yourselves to dream RU fans. Why, a win today would level the Scarlet Knights record at 4-4 and move them into fourth place ahead of Michigan in the B1G East and people might just start thinking bowl game.

But first, Michigan, in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor today at noon. Let's take a look-see.

The Detroit and SE Michigan media are not being very kind to Jim Harbaugh. They've started pointing out he's the third highest paid coach in NCAA football and they expect more than a 1-4 record vs MSU and OSU and fourth place in the B1G East.. Getting waxed by other B1G teams doesn't help. So no doubt after he does his "Who's got it better than us" song to the team, the Wolverines will run through that tunnel expecting a big bounce back and an easy Homecoming win. Will they get it?

Can Rutgers stop Michigan from running and setting up play action? Can the RU corners spend one great afternoon this year playing like flypaper? That's what it's gonna take friends. We don't think the RU offense will get that much going consistently enough to scare Michigan, even with their pop-gun offense. Defense defense defense must be the order of the day. Somehow Chris Ash's charges must keep Michigan 17 points or under and under 100 yards rushing. Sure, it's a tall order but that's what great wins are made from.

At some point Michigan is going to want to get their next big thing QB of the future Brandon Peters onto the field. RU will see him one of two ways, John O'Korn is awful and inefficient like he was in the rain vs. Michigan State OR he'll come in with Michigan comfortably ahead. Gonna be up to Rutgers to see how that plays out. Either way, expect Jim Harbaugh to find Peters some game time today. Know who else will see the field a LOT? Karan Higdon, Michigan's bell cow running back. He's probably ready to run through walls about now knowing he'll be a big part of Michigan's game planning. Watch what kind of first quarter numbers he puts up. Good or bad it may start to tell what kind of game this will be. The most successful Jim Harbaugh, the Stanford and early Michigan Jim Harbaugh pounded the ball behind a mammoth offensive line and took no prisoners. Two and three tight ends, fullbacks, it was big and imposing. If Michigan starts with long passes and reverses and special teams trickery it would seem he's playing to his critics.

It's just a fact the Wolverines are bigger and stronger in those trenches with many more impact players and important positions. They have a coach ESPN cannot shut up about. They have the history.

So why are they 6-5 their last 11 games?

THAT right there is what RU has to tap into to get the win. Doubt in Michigan's minds. Right now, for the first time really in Johnny's life, Michigan is waiting for something bad to happen near the ends of games. Been that way since the RichRod days. Rutgers cannot afford getting down 14-0 or 17-3 in the first half and make today work. While current Minnesota and former Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck preaches rowing the boat, RU today must "sow that doubt" all around Michigan Stadium. Easier said than done.

When all is said and done in Ann Arbor, and the fans have moved on to Zingermann's or The Real Seafood company, the Mongolian Bar-B-Que or the White Castle on Carpenter and Packard, how does this one play out Johnny, and what about that two game winning streak?

Fearless Forecast
Michigan 30
Rutgers 14

Friday, October 27, 2017

Late night open thread

What a great day on tap. Football then the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. Johnny always enjoys taking the dire wolf out for a late night walk with his costume on so yes, a great day and night on tap.

Also a shout out to Johnny's old high school team, the Brandon Blackhawks, on a thrilling 45-44 win on a FG as time expired in the opening night of the Michigan high school football playoffs. That did not happen when Johnny played at Brandon. Not many 3-6 or 1-8 playoff teams. Pfffft, standards.

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Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with BARRY WHITE!

You were expecting Halloween songs? Halloween is Tuesday. We'll have Halloween then. Be patient, but in the meantime:

On such a night as this, when the weather gets chilly outside and the wind makes it that much cooler and you're under the blanket with the windows open watching a movie with the one you love on the couch or in the bed Netflixing life, who better than Barry White to set that special mood. Let the Walrus of Love make tonight extra special with his classic 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with NO DOUBT!

So I'm taking the Mr.
From out in front of your name
'Cause it's a Mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame
It's a Mr. like you
That puts the rest of us to shame

Now we're cookin! The message is age old but when done right never fails to excite. "Excuse Me Mr.' batting second tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE HIVES!

As always trying to send you dear reader out the door on an upbeat song and this certainly fits that bill. The Hives with 'Hate to Say I Told You So' to end yet another Music Series.

Info on that big storm that's going to swing by Sunday into Monday firms up

This storm that will sweep up the east coast and douse us here in Jersey City and the surround at press time is right near Nicaragua (If a butterfly flaps his wins in the Amazon). You can track the storm and learn more about the wind, rain and flooding on it's way by clicking this handy link.

Think you know the candidates for Ward B? A link to learn more

Terrence T. McDonald has interview snippets from the Ward B city council candidates to help you, the Ward B voter a more informed voter. Never a bad idea to read up as a candidate you never considered touches on an issue important to you in a way you like. Take a few minutes and get your learn on this morning.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Late night open thread

Ant races til dawn on this analog TV outpost.

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On the 5 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a nor'easter will hit Sunday

Heavy downpours and very windy conditions, aka a nor'easter is making plans to wallop us on Sunday, the 5 year anniversary of Sandy. Stay with the Jersey City Desk Action Weather Team for more on this developing serious situation.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Late night open thread

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Ward A is up for grabs, here's a chance to know more

Ward A, long the red-headed stepchild of Jersey City politics, has a chance to reset what they want as a ward when they make their choice on election day. Whereas in Ward E you have candidates within a shade or two of each other politically, Ward A offers choices on vision and the topics the would-be councilperson, (Frank Gajewski is not running again after four years playing Boo Radley) would move to the forefront.

As always, Terrence T. McDonald has you covered with quotes from the candidates on their strengths and ideas.

Right on time, that D+ JCPD showing itself in our B+ city -- UPDATE

Police in Jersey City (And elsewhere) really do think they are a special breed. There aren't many people who haven't seen a cop run his lights to get through a long red light and then magically, once through, the lights go off. Since nobody will ever say anything to cops they simply do what they want when they want. This morning apparently there was some big pow-wow between someone at Toll Brothers and several JCPD officers going inside, getting a tour, talking stand around jobs, who knows. Lots of JCPD brass at Toll on Bay St. That sets things up.

So into the neighborhood the police vehicles come, almost all of them parking where anyone with an ounce of self-awareness might, in a row where there is no parking on one side of the street thanks to Parking Authority fliers. Copacetic. There was one however, in one of those shiny new Ford SUV's (maybe one of the ones taken away by the mayor after the wild west shootout that ended with JCPD kicking an accident victim on fire) who acted like he was in charge and who parked in the most ridiculous spot one could imagine, blocking the ONLY route E-W on Bay St at Provost. Here's our hero's parking job:

See that empty space behind the vehicle? What you also cannot see is the copious parking on the right side of the street or behind Johnny. Nope, not this guy, pull up and jump out. What's the problem and where does the sheer ignorance kick in? Here you go:

That's just the FIRST woman Johnny saw having to have a friendly passerby to help LIFT The baby carriages around the police vehicle. They had to lift the strollers around the police vehicle on the only goat path available to residents at that point. Awesome!

So Johnny went asking around of the police standing around the Toll property who's vehicle it was and isn't that kind of an ignorant place to park it. It was at this moment Johnny knew who parked it, the word ignorant set off one of the cops (pictured below) and he immediately tried defending the parking job. Johnny kept after him after his continued lame defense the truck wasn't blocking anything, in that we as residents/taxpayers should have to put up with, well, ignorance and laziness. Johnny was simply having none of it. He explained to everyone on the veranda outside the Warehouse Cafe that indeed you Mr. Officer can park anywhere being an emergency vehicle and you CHOSE that spot. That's just ignorant. It was very nice of Officer Parkjob to turn back for his picture to be taken. So down the veranda Johnny and the cop in the street went. The more people who gathered the meeker the cop became as, he was in the wrong and it was quite apparent why. Get your head right or yes, Johnny is gonna earhole you and he's simply not afraid to say something.














The way you get a better world is, you don't put up with substandard anything.
 -- Joe Strummer

UPDATE 10:06AM -- The reason for the huge police presence and the detectives and what not are that the Toll Brothers job site, so poorly locked down each night, with gaping holes in chained fences and not much elsewhere, had a bundle of materials stolen. Big surprise. No cameras, no security, just bad fencing. All that money and no security on their site. Tell that to the insurance company.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Late night open thread

It's rare Johnny really gets excited about getting a thing or a product or electronic gadget. He was however giddy and did the happy dance when after two years of waiting for one to be made and a month for a ComicCon exclusive to leak into the open market, Johnny got his Funko Pop Lyanna Mormont ordered tonight. She'll look so choice with the others.

Enough small talk, why you here?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

One to watch; Mayoral debate on Thursday to be on the television & livestreamed

The best part of the mayoral debate on Thursday will be the one who asks the questions, the hard questions and all the follow ups, Jersey Journal reporter who covers Jersey City so well, Terrence T. McDonald. Now Johnny is going to go ahead and say that when Mayor Fulop found out who'd be moderating he had to make a stop at the drug store for indigestion medicine. Some of the questions that he'll be asked, the hard questions without the cover of lackeys or crowds, are the kind that can change elections. Bill Matsikoudis, the challenger enters the debate needing some kind of big big hit on style points on Fulop or a knockout blow all while not stumbling in front of someone who covered his old boss, former Mayor Healy.

We're happy questions that need asking will get asked and the candidates will have to deal with them. You can click this link to find out which Bat times and which Bat channels will have the debate and how you can livestream it on the series of tubes that is your interweb.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Late night open thread

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Exactly the reason we at the Jersey City Desk don't take money from candidates or companies

Case in point folks, this is why Johnny decided long ago at the Ypsi City Desk he was not taking ads nor revenue that could EVER put him in someone's debt. Read this and understand why we do things here the way we do. We never have to keep our stories straight.

Reminded of the words of Neko Case tonight from her song, 'Man'
I'm a man
You'll have to deal with me
My proxy is mine
You'll deal with me directly

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Late night open thread

Whew, that was a close one today, the Browns almost lost the first pick in the draft. Rotten shame Joe Thomas lost his streak though.

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Giants Football Gameday!

It's a 4:25 kickoff in the New Meadowlands today for the suddenly 1-5 Giants. We warned last week about foolish wins and boy did the Giants go track one down last weekend. Luckily for them the Bears and Chargers decided to get power up and win as well, more on that below.

The Giants looked good last week, no? Hard to believe they got better by losing WR's so it must have been the change in play callers, right head coach Ben McAdoo? Seriously, if your offensive problems can be completely resolved with you out of the play-calling why do the Giants need you at all? Running today would be a very good idea for the Giants. They seriously have a chance at another foolish win if they can run and work the passing game through play-action. Eli won't have a lot of time to throw, ie last week he only threw 19 times but was sacked thrice. The Seahawks, though not their scary former selves can still dial up the defense pretty well. Eli Manning, game manager.

The Seahawks weaknesses play right into Big Blue's hands, what luck. The Seahawks offensive line has been a mess, much like the Giants, but the G-Men have a defensive front to take advantage of matters. Containing Russell Wilson is a pain in the ass for 60 minutes but if the Giants can pull off a semblance of that they'll at least be in the game late.

This smells like a low-scoring game, one decided late and probably one where special teams in the 4th quarter win or lose this for someone. If the Giants are behind late, at home, with the possibility of going 1-6 this could get ugly. We don't think that'll happen.

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey Giants 20
Seattle Peahens 14

Draft Watch
Last week the Bears, Giants and Chargers all went out and got pointless, foolish wins. The old draft pros, The Browns and 49ers, did not. The 49ers keep coming close, like every Sunday. Sooner or later they'll win one. The Browns will probably win one along the way but it'll be one nobody sees coming. This week the Bears fall off the list and Draft Watch welcomes the Colts

Standings for #1 overall pick:
1) Cleveland Browns
2) San Francisco 49ers
3) New York Giants
4) Indianapolis Colts
5) Los Diego Chargers

Hope everyone is enjoying this epic fall Sunday

AND those tasty St. Paul Pork Products for breakfast.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Late night open thread

The only Scoreboard Show in America that guarantees it's scores

Louisville 31
Florida State 28
Florida State's 4th loss prompted FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher to challenge fans with "New Coaches" signs to a fistfight. Good thing security stepped in or he'd be 2-5

Rutgers 14
Purdue 12
Break up the Scarlet Knights! If I were RU head coach I'd eat the biggest steak tonight because for the first time since he took the job he can digest it

Miami (FL) 27
Syracuse 19
The Hurricanes are undefeated and the Orange are respectable again

Wisconsin 38
Maryland 13
Johnny's godson sent him this shot LIVE today from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Like Dickie Dunn in Slapshot,  Johnny is just trying to capture the spirit of the thing

Furman 28
Mercer 21
Johnny wore his Furman shirt all day so obviously science proves that kind of thing matters

UCLA 31
Oregon 14
Johnny is pretty sure he saw the Oregon Duck drinking out of a paper bag off exit 14C asking for money. Hard times indeed

Mississippi Valley State 53
Virginia-Lynchburg 5
The Virginia-Lynchburg safety in the 4th quarter probably helped them cover the spread

Central Michigan 56
Ball State 9
Not much ball in Ball State at David Letterman's alma mater

Auburn 52
Arkansas 20
Johnny would have put on 15 pounds walking around the parking lots and tailgates before this game just smelling the cooking

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Randolph-Macon 63
Apprentice School 14
Gee Johnny, usually the Game of the Week is a close one or some kind of miraculous comeback. Yeah, not tonight, Johnny saw this one and noticed it looked like the Leave No Witnesses Game of the Week. Randolph-Macon was up 35-14 entering the 4th quarter so then really the only thing left to do was keep beating the corpse to a pulp with a big 28-0 4th. Stay down. For this take no prisoners approach the Randolph-Macon players may loot and pillage Ashland Va. for the next 24 hours

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Rutgers football Gameday Homecoming Edition!

It's Homecoming in Piscataway and for once the alumni are coming home to a winning streak. Sure sure, it's one game and was preceded by a long losing streak but today for one day, it's about the win.

A much improved Purdue team arrives today not looking like the automatic W for the opponent they used to be. Purdue, while improved, aren't exactly Ohio State yet either. They will come into RU hoping not to fall victim to the team most consider the worst in the B1G. Purdue has made some positive strides this season, those might be considered lost with a road loss to the Scarlet Knights.

Purdue is a road favorite for first time in 5 years today, coming in as 8 point favorites. Johnny thinks that's hogwash. RU has the momentum and again, Purdue isn't OSU or MSU or Wisconsin right now; They're a good up and coming story but there are still hurdles to clear before they even become Iowa or Indiana. Johnny thinks today could be one of those hurdles.

RU RB's Gus Edwards and Raheem Blackshear will need a similar effort as Illinois. Run the ball, shorten the game, makes it easy on Giovanni Rescigno should he see the majority of playing time again this week or Kyle Bolin in relief. Purdue will want to open and spread the field. Rutgers can't let them pass all day and cannot let the Boilers keep the ball. RU at the end of the day needs time of possession to land on their side of the ledger.

Purdue looking for bowl game eligibility which will give them plenty of emotion and fight though Johnny thinks the back tot he wall keep bowl hopes alive tend to come in weeks 10-11-12. So, somebody gets second conference win today and either way it will hopefully change impressions. A Purdue team looking to play in a bowl would change tat impression of being a dump program in a dump town. If RU can get their second win in a row maybe, just maybe Chris Ash can get some breathing room even for a week. Two wins in a row would be a high point for the program in the B1G and that chance comes today in High Point Stadium

So, a crossroads for two teams today in Piscataway. One looking to keep climbing and one looking to set their feet on solid ground. It's a glorious day for football in New Jersey today and Johnny sees no reason to spoil the party now.

Fearless Forecast
Rutgers 28
Purdue 25

Friday, October 20, 2017

Late night open thread

Ok all you wannabe Joe Kenda's out there, answer this riddle and see how well you pay attention. The answer to the riddle will be in comments.

A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door. She opens the door to find a man whom she has never seen before. The man said, “Oh I’m sorry, I thought this was my room.” He then went down the hallway and took the elevator. The woman went back into her room and phoned security. Why?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with GLORIA JONES!

Epiphany night. From the vaults of "you've probably never heard this version of the the song" 'Tainted Love' so you don't know who the fabulous Gloria Jones is or the fact this song didn't come from SoftCell in the 80's but 1964. Do enjoy, tonight perhaps for the first time, Gloria Jones and the original cut of 'Tainted Love'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with AEROSMITH!

Or as they were known in high school, Aerosmithling. But you don't care about that do you? Oh hell no, you wanna put some rock in your roll tonight and as always, Aerosmith can be called upon to fill that bill.

'Draw the Line' giving us some serious 70's big guitar, big bass, and big voice sass tonight. #Snarl

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with PETER GABRIEL!

Would you look at that. It's been ages since we've Shocked the Monkey around this place. Peter Gabriel doing what he does best and then sending us out the door into a fabulous fall evening in Cool City.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Late night open thread

World's easiest movie trivia night. What 1970's movie was this Jerry Reed song used in that co-starred Jerry Reed? Take your time. Use the picture. Winners will prove they don't need the government stepping in and putting them to sleep. Losers get MAGA hats.
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More debates, more politics and more citizen questions make for better city government

There will be quite a few more chances, though that window is closing due to the calendar, to hear from candidates in debates and forums all over town. If you'll simply click on this helpful link you can read about the who's and where's and when's of this Jersey City debate season.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Late night open thread

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.
 -- Edward R. Murrow

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The Ghost of Uncle Joe's Halloween benefit in Harsimus Cemetery is this Saturday

It's the perfect fall festivals back to back, last weekend's Art and Studio Tour and this weekend the Ghost of Uncle Joe's Halloween benefit in Harsimus Cemetery. What's that? You didn't know the story on this event goes back to 111 First St. (as so much great Jersey City history does)? Well then, you've got a lot of catching up to do

This party will be off the hook. music, fun, partying late into the night, it's all right there in the cemetery, Saturday night.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Late night open thread

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
 -- Julius Erving

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The Steve Fulop/Anthony Cruz bid-rig story takes yet another sad turn

Attributing pretty much all the questionable ethics surrounding his first term to political stunts by his opponents, Mayor Fulop today released info he took a $1000 donation from the company at the center of the bid rig at the heart of the original story. Sure, that bid didn't get pushed through (though there is quite the story still building around the tape of the bid rig for Green Energy Inc.) because the way it was happening came to light, so let's take more money from that company. Terrence T. McDonald, one great reporter, take it away:

The re-election campaign of Mayor Steve Fulop reported receiving a $1,000 donation last month from the managing partner of an energy company that is at the center of allegations of attempted bid rigging by a group of city officials in 2014.

The Fulop campaign, in reports made public today, said it received the contribution from Javier Barrios, managing partner of Good Energy, on Sept. 7. Asked to comment, the Fulop campaign questioned the relevance of the reported donation.

Just more sleaze from the guy who claimed from every mountaintop he'd change the ethics in the office of mayor. He has not. It almost feels like most days Bill Matsikoudis isn't running against Fulop so much as a cult of personality.

Late night open thread

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Who wants a Monday night politics fix?

That's right citizen, you do. Terrence T. McDonald asks the question of some candidates, if you're a Steve Fulop ally, how do you stay independent and how do you show you're being independent. Some hemmed and hawed but none made quite the hash of the question Ward C candidate and Fulop ticket member John Hanussak did. We're not going to step on McDonald's journalism here, you go click that link and watch a slow motion car crash in real time.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Late night open thread

See, this is what Johnny warned you Giants fans of; The Chargers and Bears took utterly foolish wins today that will do nothing to get them into the playoffs. Currently the Giants are ahead 17-3 and on their way to a foolish win. People, if you want those top top picks (or in the Browns case trading them away) you've got to stay strong and suck every week like Cleveland and San Francisco though the 49ers do seem to come close every week.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Giants football Gameday!

*Noseplugs on*

OK, we're entering some stinky territory, Johnny wants you Giants fans prepared.

Who here remembers their M*A*S*H episodes? If you do you'll recall "Five O' Clock Charlie" who everyday around 5pm would fly his dilapidated bi-wing plane over the 4077th and try and drop one bomb/grenade from above towards the camp munitions dump. Think hard because that is the Giants offense right now. A sputtering, laughable, almost clownish attempt at NFL football. They can't run, even against bad defenses. All their receivers are hurt. All that's left is for Eli to start getting mashed in the pocket as he throws to what Johnny calls (In harkening back to his computer game PlayMaker football) WR-1, WR-2 & WR-3. Luckily they are in Denver tonight vs the 3-1 Broncos so any gas in the tank will be burned early and everyone can go to bed at a decent hour.

But Johnny, (you jerk) the Giants defense is their strong suit and the Denver Donkeys are not their old selves on offense. It's not their strong suit. Players have literally quit, others seem to be sleepwalking and nobody is communicating.

This thread today will be quick. Denver will be up for a big game and the Giants have already checked out. On paper this looks like a blowout but it IS the NFL so in that spirit:

Fearless Forecast
Denver Broncos 28
New York Giants 20

Draftwatch®
OK, we'll start our new Giants Gameday feature, (or is it a bug?) Draftwatch® in which we'll show you the games Big Blue fans should also be watching today in jockeying for position for the #1 overall pick in April.

The Standings:
1) New York Giants 0-5
2) Cleveland Browns 0-5
3) San Francisco 49ers 0-5
4) LA Chargers 1-4
5) Chicago Bears 1-4

This is the actual updated #1 pick standings, you must factor strength of schedule and other numbers but as of today the Giants are on the clock. Now is not the time to get a win in Denver, capice? OK the Browns will more than likely lose in Houston today, the 49ers face Washington (a chance for a win) while the Bears are in Baltimore for an expected loss and finally the Chargers are in Oakland and may have a punchers chance.

Late night open thread

Welcome to the Saturday Night Scoreboard-a-palooza Show!

Michigan 27
Indiana 20 OT

LSU 27
Auburn 23
This Tiger on Tiger violence has to stop. #TigerLivesMatter

Ohio State 56
Nebraska 14
The Buckeyes won the toss and elected to kick the bejeezus out of the Cornhuskers

West Virginia 46
Texas Tech 35
Texas Tech led the Mountaineers going into the 4th quarter 35-24 and felt that was plenty and went on a team hayride to the pumpkin patch. It was not plenty

Lehigh 54
Georgetown 35
Two weeks ago Lehigh didn't have a win. Now they lead the Patriot League at 2-5 overall

Michigan State 30
Minnesota 27
PJ Fleck learning to 'row the boat' in the B1G

Oklahoma 29
Texas 24
If Texas were smart they'd have worn Iowa State jerseys today in some kind of Halloween/Scare the Sooners crossover

Appalachian State 23
Idaho 20
Idaho jumped out to a 20-0 lead and sent in their stunt doubles

Charleston Southern 7
Presbyterian 0
When Charleston Southern ran it in with less than 4 minutes remaining the band playing the fight song probably woke some people from their slumber

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Central Connecticut State 51
Wagner 45 4OT
Back and forth they went inside the confines of Wagner College Stadium until one Cameron Nash of Central Connecticut State decided to take the game over scoring all three of his TD's in overtime, forcing his will upon Wagner. For the next 24 hours Cameron Nash may loot and pillage Central Conn--strike that, Connecticut isn't that big, he can loot and pillage the whole state

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rutgers football Gameday!

When we saw the sun come up this morning over New Jersey, OK for argument's sake let's pretend we all saw the sun come up, was there a little extra aura 'round these parts with the sun? A little something something in the air? Could it be.....hope?

Look, the B1G losing streak is long and getting longer. However the Scarlet Knights are in Champale-Urbana today vs the Lovie Smith-led Illini. The Fighting Illini on paper don't send shudders down anybody's spine. Don't believe Johnny? Check out this graphic from the ESPN:










There's nothing there that says Rutgers can't win this game. Defense isn't the problem and therein lies the hope. Johnny has long thought that the day Rutgers breaks the B1G losing streak it'd be on the road away from the jeers, the pressures, and overall malaise that has overtaken Piscataway. Today is the day, Johnny just has a feeling.

The biggest key to today is a fast start by the Scarlet Knights. Former Red Wings and now Maple Loafs coach Mike Babcock always preaches showing up ready to compete with your compete level being high and starting on time. Babcock seems to know winning. Rutgers, Start. On. Time. Pop Illinois in the nose, get a lead, work on that lead. Again, there is nothing in those offensive stats above that say Illinois is a comeback team. Want some more hope with coffee this morning? For as poor as the Illini offense is, the defense is worse. If the football field is a parkway the toll booths are open and you can E-Z Pass and run on Illinois. Lovie's Eleven are giving up an average of 248 yards through the air and 181 on the ground. For as average at the RU offense has been there should be the ability to step up today, you're not facing OSU, MSU or U-M's defense, open the playbook, let the kids PLAY. Johnny thinks the offensive key is Rutgers play-action passing today. Illinois gives up a lot on the ground, this should open the medium range passing game. Again, nothing fancy, a nice medium range game could be enough. It'll allow Kyle Bolin to stay in a comfort zone.

Defensively, take some chances today Coach Ash, again, PLAY football. Jeff George Jr. is not going to beat you throwing, he's not. Challenge him, make him move. 1 TD and 5 INT's? The defensive Rutgers players should be bouncing off the walls inside their locker room about 11:45 Central Daylight Time and ready to make a difference.

Sure, Illinois is on a two game winning streak -- against Western Kentucky and Ball State. When faced with B1G talent Big Chief Illiniwek has fared about as well as Rutgers has.

So, Johnny is today the day?

Fearless Forecast
Rutgers 27
Illinois 24

Late night open thread

Nothing rhymes with Orange. Know what rhymes with loser? Clemson. Whoa, for a second the Scoreboard Show came pouring out a night early.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with SHEILA E!

So, homework assignments from earlier this week. Everyone did their reading of the The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women and listened to a lot of those incredible albums and cuts from those albums, right?

"I'm not joking, this is my job."

Johnny did read and re-read the rules if you will and how these choices were quantified. This very night he wanted to have answers for the pupils on why one would say in a list named The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women we'd have the B-52's with Fred Schneider being such an integral part of the albums, or Chris Stein of Blondie with co-writing credits on almost everything. The Pretenders who Chrissie Hynde herself said were a James Honeyman-Scott tribute band for a while make it on such a list. The truth is sometimes we do have to suspend all belief in numbering and rating. You bet Sarah McLachlan deserved a slot on her own merit in the top 150 albums, but we understand their reasoning ie lumping too much in with Lilith Fair here. Please do read their reasoning and let's just all listen and celebrate tonight.

We'll start off with Sheila E and the song here, 'The Glamorous Life' from her album of the same name, which the list ticked off at #105.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with ARETHA FRANKLIN!

Johnny could have, but won't just cherry pick this list for Detroit talent, but apologies and parting gifts to Madonna, Anita Baker, The Supremes, Aaliyah, and Gladys Knight & the Pips who also made The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women. Did you know 10% of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees hail from Michigan. It's a fact.

Aretha Franklin, 'Rock Steady' and you are now free to move about the room

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with CAROLE KING!

Johnny fell in love when he was a young lad, the night before Thanksgiving at his cousin Cindy's apartment. Johnny always looked up to Cindy because she was the hip, cool older family role model he didn't have elsewhere who just loved music. Johnny and his sisters got dropped off at Cindy's (and other relatives slept over too) and she'd ferry the whole mess to downtown Detroit the next morning to hook up with the rest of the family at the parade. While the youngers played games, Johnny hung out with the olders and it was that night when Cindy put on Carole King's Tapestry he fell in love. That voice, the piano, the lyrics, WOW, epiphany. Of course Tapestry would finish in the top ten of The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women, and Johnny's just as much in love as he was that snowy November night so long ago. 'I Feel the Earth Move' live tonight, making your ears all happy and stuff.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with WANDA JACKSON!

Here's where they blew it. Every list will have hits and misses and Johnny as he said above was good with looking the other way at certain qualifiers but do you know who on this wonderful list of extraordinary women is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame AND the Rockabilly Hall of Fame? Nobody, that's because the people choosing somehow couldn't find an album of the great Wanda Jackson they could use.

That's a paddlin', go see Jasper down the hall.

So to rectify an obvious overlook here is lit Wanda Jackson with 'Let's Have a Party'

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Late night open thread

Bruce McCulloch, he saw it coming.
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour is this weekend!

One of the best parts about living in Jersey City is the up close access to the The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour which hits every October and would you look at that, here we are again. So many spectacular artists who have space in Jersey City who would just love for you to put your eyes on their work. We're going to link to the map where you can find the artists and do realize there is ample E-Z shuttle service between the many many sites. Let's face it, all the artists and art are so big in Jersey City it cannot be contained in a square mile. Sure, it's great if you can buy something, artists have to live but the best part of this weekend is getting out and about in your city and enjoying some great art.

Noon to six pm Saturday and Sunday
Saturday 73º with the odd shower
Sunday 81º and sunny

The map, yes, the map of treasures.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Jersey City Desk victory for JC taxpayers

When we're right, and we were, we're going to crow. Johnny has pointed out since the implementation, this particular EV car charging station was (a lot of the currently never-used EV spots will go back to people who can thankfully use them) an abatement "give back" looking for a place to be shoved in. This bank of chargers on First St. was one of the worst places for it, its not near any road spur, and it became quite clear, (and we're re-running the article that may have been the tipping point for JC hearing enough from the Jersey City Desk making sense) this was embarrassing. The city obviously felt we have to do something. Here is that article so all our readers can look back with Johnny and see what right looks like. It was a poor choice, and obvious poor choice by so many in JC government.

So, something they will finally do, the city council tonight votes on 16 charging stations around town, located more by road spurs and popular roadways, not buried inside tiny neighborhoods. Ron Zeitlinger with the info on the new program can be found here.

Like the four candidates for Ward E said last night, the abatement system is broken and it's badly broken. The EV's outside the Oakman for Shuster show broken on steroids.

Once again, Jersey City is a B+ city with a D+ police force

Oh those crooksters at the JCPD, with so many of the cops busted in the federal tax evasion stand around job fiasco being vets of the force, hey, the kids gotta break rules and live where they're not allowed and take away from the less fortunate if they want to fit in at the JCPD don't they?

Two noob JCPD officers have been found out by Jersey Journal reporter par-excellence to be living in subsidized housing in Newport. When contacted by Terrence T. McDonald for comment that he was basically found out, know what JCPD hero Joseph Connors Jr. thought about first? Himself. Not the fact he was improperly (illegally?) living in subsidized housing, (And officer Francesca Zappella was detected as being a bad actor) no his first question back to McDonald was who told on him.

Truly disgraceful to pull something as awful as this but hey, Jersey City Police Department. Much more on this story including what LeFrak & Newport plan on doing about it at this link here.

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great debate tonight from the Ward E candidates

Jake Hudnut, Nicholas J. Grillo, James Solomon and Amanda Symes all gave a fine accounting of themselves and their ideas for Ward E tonight in the Hudson Media Group Ward E debate (Which if you click this handy link you can rewatch the debate AND see the debates from Wards A, B, C & D) and help make an informed choice come election day.

While all four come from the progressive range of the political spectrum there were differences you'll want to watch and learn from. Johnny is not going to prejudice your viewing. They'll be touching on tax abatements, schools, the lack of funding for schools, safe streets and bike lanes, affordable housing, the disaster that was the idea to roll Jersey City Parking into the city constraints among other issues facing residents.

Good stuff.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Late night open thread

Cougar, it means something different today.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

We're handing out a homework assignment and oh is it a good one

NPR this past summer released the Greatest 150 albums created by women and it is an extensive list. As with any list like this there will be hits and misses on general principle and this particular list does have it's own set of issues for you the reader; Is Wild Planet by the B-52's really an album created by women with the great Fred Schneider being so prevalent? You'll want to have your 'calling bullshit' flag elsewhere on the list as later this week we'll dig into it and this Friday on the Music Series all the cuts will come from this magnificent list.

Learn it. Know it. Live it. Plus there are some really great images like Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde and The Slits hanging out and looking forever young.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Late night open thread

It's not piling on if nobody throws a flag.
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Giants football Gameday!

What a game we have on tap for you Giants fans over at the New Meadowlands today. It's so humid your jerseys and shirts will wear you. It'll rain off and on and did we mention, the Giants are 0-4 and their opponents today, the recently relocated Los Angeles Chargers are 0-4. You really have to love G-Men football to go to this one today. In fact Johnny's going to guess that season ticket holders were like Santa Claus this week, "Hey ah, Anthony, I know you've always wanted to go see a Giants game, how about you take MY tickets and take your girlfriend Laina with you."

Earlier this morning Anthony made a phone call, "Hey, Joey, I know you've always wanted to see the Giants play at MetLife..."

Let's skip the crapola analysis and just say if Big Blue wins today this is one of those wins you look back on draft day when you're drafting 8th not 3rd and wonder why they even tried.

Enjoy drafting 8th.

Fearless Forecast
New Jersey Giants 24
Lower California Traveling Wilburys 23

Late night open thread

You wait all year for a Saturday Scoreboard Show like this

Michigan State 14
Michigan 10
You kids watch this documentary from the University of Michigan and we'll see you below
This is Sparty's 8th win in 10 vs Michigan. Jim Harbaugh is now 1-5 vs Mark Dantonio and Urban Meyer. Who's got it better than us? Anne Arbor is a slut...

Iowa State 38
Oklahoma 31
Oklahoma was a 30 point favorite. They were at home in Norman. The Iowa State QB hadn't played before. Enjoy these recreations of the great Sooner Playoff River crossings through the years. This gif is funny, because it's true

Washington State 33
Oregon 10
Wazzu is for real kids, grab a cider, watch the show

Miami 24
Florida State 20
Remember when this was THE game? FSU is now a cool 1-3

LSU 17
Florida 16
Tomorrow in Gainesville: LINE UP FOR PAT DRILLS

Lehigh 41
Colgate 38
Hard to believe it but it's true, the Mountain Hawks first win this season

Dartmouth 28
Yale 27
In Ivy League terminology, Dartmouth bested Yale by one unit of measure

Furman 41
Chattanooga 17
Johnny didn't wear his Furman shirt and they did just fine. Johnny is starting to think there's no correlation to wearing the shirt and Furman success

Alabama 27
Texas A&M 19
A&M kept it within one score today. They're your clubhouse turn leaders in hanging with Bama this year

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Western Michigan 71
Buffalo 68 7OT
Yes, 7 overtimes and these two teams set the NCAA record for points in a division 1-A game. That box score looks like this:











So, Johnny, WMU gets to loot and pillage Kalamazoo for 24 hours, right? No no, not tonight. The one who gets to loot and pillage is Donnie Ernsberger's sister. She as you may have heard ran onto the field in Buffalo, and mobbed Donnie after he caught a 14 yd TD pass for Western's first TD in overtime. She got a flag thrown on her and for that and her show of family love, she gets to loot and pillage Kalamazoo for the next 24 hours

Time for Jersey City, After Dark