Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Only one Lionel Messi, right Ronaldo? Do you see what he's doing in your house?

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How was your Sunday Johnny?

Pretty good, pretty good. Ray Hudson, let fly with the analogies...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
 -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Come on out to the Hoboken Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!

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

The Hoboken FD has been collecting tires from the Hudson River all year, even importing some from the Passaic River for this year's Tire Fire theme: "It's Just Smoke, Settle Down." Over 1000 tires will be lit as residents and visitors sing the Deep Purple classic, 'Smoke on the Water' with special emcee Sooty the Clown. Sooty will also lead the children through town starting small trash fires with sparklers and motor oil.  A spokesperson for the Hoboken Fire Department tells the Jersey City Desk this year's fire should set the record and burn past the June 5th record set in 2011.

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

A new event this year is a 100 foot square tire base that grows in height like a pyramid with a Jersey City Citibike on top. You just can't spell 'fun' without FuHo.....kind of.

So come on out to FuHo today, bring the kids and tell the neighbors as this wonderful piece of Americana steps off once again. Free admission if you bring a tire. Hell, it's free admission even if you don't.

File photo of Hoboken Earth Day Tire Fire and Bar-B-Q ©2009

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I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
 -- Abraham Lincoln

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Cover Song night is off to a fabulous start as we have The Pretenders paying homage to the Jimi Hendrix song, 'Room Full of Mirrors' which is gonna knock you back into your seat so hold onto your drink, bunky.


How about a story about a cover song that was born out of spite and anger and strap right across its back?

In the mid and late 80's and early 90's Mick and Keith weren't getting along at all. At. All. They sniped through the press. Go watch the One Hit to the Body video if you want to see the tension between the two on full display. That was real and played up by the director for the sheer energy. You'll also recall the famous cover Bette Midler did of 'Beast of Burden' that was arranged by Mr. Jagger. This set Mr. Richards off to no end so to Detroit he went to one up Mick with the voice of God, Aretha Franklin to cover this classic, 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and you can hear the snarl in this one too. With Keith on lead guitar you can't get a much better cover than this gem, born from spite.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Putting the finishing touches on Cover Song night with a smart and guitar heavy cover of Cheap Trick's 'I Want You To Want Me' that'll really send you off into the night with that pep in the step.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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We try to celebrate all the holidays in some fashion.

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Thursday is science day

Today science fans we have a fabulous video of a third grade weather project that will have you enraptured by the video. That's right, a third grade project with a camera, a GPS tracker and a parachute falling from 89,000 feet!

Why are you still here? Go.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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30 years ago tonight America was introduced to their now favorite family as The Simpsons debuted in their first Tracey Ullman short.

Just a wee bit different look today, no? Now, before bed, one of Johnny's favorite Simpsons scenes ever, their take on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'
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Sometimes we talk music, politics, current events & sometimes we drop nightmares

Today is one of those nightmare days. Dateline Upper Pittsgrove Township NJ: Just follow this link if you want to be creeped out. We will tell you it involves a snake in the house so if that's above your creeped out paygrade level, skip this one.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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More info on the Easter night shootings that left one dead

A Jersey City police officer actually witnessed the gun-attack that murdered Jimmy Gregory and injured a young girl in a car at a nearby drive-thru lane. More on this developing story here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

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The Mayor needs to understand the sound bite better

The mayor was on TV discussing the awful murder of Jimmy Gregory and shooting of a young girl on Easter. The mayor, too often defensive right off the hop did it again. He made a comment that the problem was too many kids had guns and that they then used them on each other, it bordered on that Captain Obvious ad character. No, it's deeper, it's much deeper. Yes, kids with guns is a big issue, thinking they are immortals and using them on each other for so little is worse. Refusing to cooperate is the biggest problem police have in solving crimes. These are all true statements but we have to look deeper and find the real issues that make what the morons do look acceptable. How do we make them look like the dead-enders with no future and no way out and are to be shunned; that would seem the place to start.

Take some of this magically performing city budget money and build a couple new community centers in Greenville. Put a couple others where your stats tell you a lot of kids get into trouble with idling crimes. Show them they still matter for God's sake. Show kids there's a safe place they can go to and better themselves.

Once kids get the guns we've all more than failed.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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No more Peeps for another year.

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Happy Easter!

Or should we say Hoppy Easter for you bunny lovers out there? We here at the Jersey City Desk would like to offer a hale and hearty Happy Eater to our Christian friends celebrating today. Enjoy your day and hopefully it brings you happiness and peace and some god family time.

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All this Easter prep today...for an Atheist even. Johnny's gonna say if you get this in your backyard tonight you should probably just go ahead and shoot it, and then to an immediate head count of your kids.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Mr. Moon will be hitting the skins all night to keep us entertained...and awake.

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It'd be a shame if the only time we heard from the lads was New Year's Eve. Let's all pile into that wayback machine and set it to 1966 and 'Complicated' kicking things off tonight.

How different the backing vocals sound with Brian Jones vs Mick Taylor or those times they tell Ronnie Wood "No, really we're tracking you in."

Friday, April 14, 2017


Johnny knew this day was coming. He knew he'd want to go with this song, 'Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You), but you dear reader would be so worn down by A Flock of Seagulls hair jokes over the years and relentlessly hearing the unspectacular 'I Ran' song you'd just tune out or think Johnny had gone mad just saying A Flock of Seagulls on the Music Series.

Trust Johnny. Get the headphones out. Have a beer, have a snoot of something, relax. Take a breath. Push play and close your eyes for five minutes thirty and see if Johnny was right.


So sorry to hear of the passing earlier this week of J. Geils, leader of the band who passed at age 71. Truth be told, if Johnny had to list ALL the concerts he'd heard live he'd have to then admit he's been to more J. Geils Band shows than any other band. See, J. Geils was SO popular in the Detroit area they could play 15,000 seat Pine Knob for 6-7- and 8 nights in a row a summer. They'd all sell out. How it worked in Johnny's teen-angst world is you'd buy tickets to go inside and watch one of the shows and then just go pay to park outside the venue, listen to the concert for free and play frisbee, drink beer or Boones Farm wine and enjoy combustible refreshments for 4 or 5 other nights.

Feeling this one tonight for that awesome party band from Boston, here's 'Hard Driving Man (Live)' performed where else, Detroit.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Bad Eli Manning, BAD.

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Guess what? "By the Hour Construction Company", er NJ DOT...

Is now pushing the Pulaski Skyway job back until summer 2018. NJ DOT, the same people who thoroughly inspected this bridge top to bottom and agreed to, ie signed off on a two year job. Oops, this is New Jersey and this is by the hour work, they keep finding "things' and "issues" that keep the cost increasing and the union workers lolling around until now it's been delayed for a third time and will take at least twice the original time.

What inept shitheels in charge at NJ DOT, yet nobody gives them what they really need a thorough up the shorts and down the pants accounting by a US Attorney of just how and why this horseshit goes on.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Of course you want to be sure. Johnny's question to you though is how much proof do you need?

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The time has come to confront and video both NJ Transit and PATH workers over attitude and service

"The way you get a better world is, you don't put up with substandard anything" said Joe Strummer and right now both NJ Transit and PATH are beyond substandard in customer service and service in general. Sadly, that will take you getting your cell phone out and asking questions of workers. Get your cell phones out when PATH and NJ Transit workers are being condescending or rude. Light 'em up. Confront their bad behavior, confront their lack of information. If workers start badgering a passenger for no real reason, get the cameras out. They simply do not have a right to treat you like this. Is everyone in the tri-state going to wait until someone gets bloodied and dragged like United Airlines before speaking up?

Bullshit. These are entities who take YOUR money to run on tracks YOU pay for. You are beyond part owner of the train system. This lack of information, surly employees and a general lack of caring about just who pays their wages is beyond broken, it requires citizens take matters into their own hands and act.

Attitude/surly employees - videotape it, post it
Broken trains - videotape it, post it
People standing around without being given any instruction - videotape it, post it
Late trains - videotape the time boards, post it

If you want better train systems serving the area, sadly neither NJ Transit or PATH give two shits about you as long as the money comes in, you'll have to do it yourselves. No, you're gonna have to let the employees you come in contact with know and keep letting them know.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Keep after them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Late night open thread

Johnny's been here. He'd tell you of the wonders of the unknown worlds found inside but he'd be robbing you of the chance to enjoy the magic of The Mystery Spot if you're ever in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Johnny's least favorite day tomorrow, tax day

Not that he'll have to pay the government, heck no, he'll be getting money back. It's that 90 minutes every year sitting across the table from the accountant making the exact same small talk you made last year.

Cannot get out of there fast enough. Add faster.

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Well now, would you look at this, the Reval's off to a rough start

Seems someone didn't think the reval on Mayor Fulop's property smelled all that good so she actually filed a tax appeal on him and the property. This will be a very interesting case, individually and how this works going forward. Worth a read before bed tonight.

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Well now, wasn't that the right way to send out a great building or what?

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

What a melancholy Sunday

It's gorgeous out there friends, Johnny's been to breakfast with Mrs. Johnny, out on dire wolf walks and yet he's still thinking about missing Joe Louis Arena after this afternoon's tilt with the New Jersey Six. So many GREAT memories there for Johnny. Atheist Johnny used to cross himself and point at the giant picture of the Production Line just inside the Gordie Howe entrance when he passed in and out of JLA. He was talking to the Hockey Gods, not the Sunday school one. He almost hit Sergei Fedorov with his hat the night #91 scored a hat trick. Chris Chelios carried Johnny's unique hat on the end of his stick the day Martin Lapointe scored a hat trick on Johnny's birthday. He took his friend Kevin to a Wings playoff game in 2008 vs Nashville and Darren McCarty scored 2 minutes in for him. Before the netting he remembers sitting six rows above the glass behind the Wings net and ducking (along with everyone else) when Al MacInnis would wind up for a 100+ mph slapshot. Johnny remembers drinking with friends and players at The Post nearby JLA til all hours, hitting the coney island and leaving downtown Detroit as those who were coming downtown to help run the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade were just arriving.


The new place will be a dream but it won't be "home."

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Tomorrow the Devils and Red Wings will close Joe Louis Arena. Two teams accustomed to winning and winning big, neither of whom will make the playoffs this year. Odd that...

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So, what were you thinking when you agreed to fly the prop thing?

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What a great song. Sounds good kicking off say a Music Series somewhere or in the middle of a party or in the club, its just always a welcome song. Oh, right, which song. 'Got to Give it Up' getting us started tonight.


"Damn Johnny, I haven't heard this song since the last time I heard it."

Right? You did not wake up this morning thinking you'd hear 1970's 'Love Grows' before you went to bed tonight. The best part of this video? Johnny has seen government overthrows better coordinated. See if a couple minutes in if you cant tell where the "director' just went ahead and said, "Oh bollocks, why should I carry on?"

Friday, April 7, 2017


ELO was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, what you'd do? Hey yo, just kidding friends,  Johnny kids because he loves.

ELO? 'Mr. Blue Sky' is on? Fuck all, let's get to the Waterford wave pool NOW! Somebody has to have a station wagon we can use.

The rumors are true, it's a Friday News Roundup

And of course that rumor was started by Johnny last night.

*Saint Peter's had a celebration yesterday for the CIT title won last week. A great story. The city should have thrown a parade.

*Despite flirting with the idea, Ward C councilman Richard Boggiano will not be joining the Fulop ticket and will run as an independent. Will Fulop decide to get someone on his team to run against Boggiano, a critic of his administration? Bet on it. Nidia Lopez is coming north!

*The scene outside of Dickinson High School was disturbing, awful and the powers that be better make sure this hideous crap does not happen again. Also, the kids who showed so little self-respect need to look into a mirror.

*A public shaming and a cake that now goes down in Jersey City political history have finally gotten Mayor Fulop to commit actual cash money to schools from the long-term PILOT abatements. Abatement Cake got schools funded, got shit done.

*Ward D Councilman Michael Yun has decided against a mayoral run but is trying to assemble a ticket to take away Mayor Fulop's council majority.

*Finally, on the lighter side, Jersey City is now filling potholes in Bayonne. Make sure you send 'em a bill DPW.

Be mindful to come back for the Music Series tonight.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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“You can't have the rainbow without the storm.”
 -- Shannon L. Alder

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It's late and Johnny has been a busy bee all day

What that means for you dear readers is a News Roundup tomorrow. Plenty of things to talk on so look for it, ask for it by name.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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George is a radio announcer, and when he walks under a bridge... you can't hear him talk.
 -- Steven Wright

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Johnny's first post on his new machine

This thing is big and strong and the sound is to die for. No slot for a CD or DVD. Didn't see that coming. Johnny's gonna have to do the old external hard drive thruput to copy music and photos over but that's life. Firewire meet Thunderbolt. It's big, it's bad and the hard drive has been christened Ser Gregor.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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New computer day at Johnny's house tomorrow. Always a big day. Johnny squeezes every little bit and byte out his machines. This last one lasted since 2007. It's been such a great machine and runs his apps and Warcraft so well he'll strip all the non-essentials, thus giving it more life as a gaming machine next to the new community computer. This was agreed to after much negotiation and the agreement to a new Mrs. Johnny's choice of desk.

Never can say goodbye...

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Johnny was reminded of an old Rodney Dangerfield joke reading this story

"My old man, he was quite the drinker you know? One day he saw a billboard that said 'Drink Canada Dry' so he went there."

Abel Parra Pena must realllly like Canada Dry and their fine line of beverages. Over a span of a few months, Pena supposedly admitted to somehow keeping some 3,239 cans of Canada Dry products, products he was supposed to be delivering to the Shop Rite on Marin Blvd:

A loss prevention officer for ShopRite found a $20,000 discrepancy in the company's orders from Canada Dry. Both companies held a meeting at the Metro Plaza location and called in Parra Pena, who regularly delivers to ShopRite, police said.

Either Canada Dry moves like Tide on the black market or again, Mr. Pena really loves this stuff. We all have our vices.

Canada Dry, America's first family of beverages.

Monday, April 3, 2017

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Lola will be running by all night...

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Get to Loew's tomorrow night or Big Brother WILL be watching

Loew's, in association with the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, is showing the George Orwell classic, '1984' tomorrow night inside Loew's. 1984 will be shown in theaters all across America tomorrow as part of the April 4th screen event and it's never been more pertinent. The first 100 attendees tomorrow night at Loew's will get a free copy of the book 1984 compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation. There will also be a panel discussion after the film with Christine Goodman, the founder and past director of Art House Productions in Jersey City; John Beekman of the NJ Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library; a representative of The Jersey Journal; and Colin Egan, director of the Loew's Jersey Theatre.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

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“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.”
 -- Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room

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Johnny took a walk on a lovely Spring Sunday

While he was over by the Powerhouse he took a panoramic picture he was pretty happy with. It's full size for effect so if you click on it you'll get the whole big image.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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Well that didn't take long; New Liberty SciTech Scity has a new AWFUL name

Oh, dear readers where to begin. Johnny's been in the news analysis biz long enough to know you dump your really bad news or figures on a Friday night so people pay less attention to it. Last night we found out the new "working name" of SciTech Scity to Liberty Science Development School OR LSD School. Good stuff huh?

Ringmaster, how long must this circus go on?

Friday, March 31, 2017

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They did it! The Saint Peter's Peacocks eeked out a 62-61 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Texas tonight. Trevis Wyche hit the first of two free throws with 0.9 seconds to play and intentionally missed the second to put the ball in play off a crazy hop which only got the Corpus Christi Islanders a long throw that never came close. The CIT title is Saint Peter's first postseason title for their basketball program. Philly senior Quadir Welton was named tournament MVP with another double-double tonight on 12 points and 13 rebounds. Saint Peter's just didn't make the mistakes the Islanders did in the clutch. Saint Peter's refused to give away a breakway layup with 5 minutes to play and blocked the shot. A few minutes later an Islander player broke in all alone for either a dunk or a layup, we'll never know, the ball wound up out of bounds. All in all though, the best team won the tournament. The Peacocks had to win 3 road games out of the 4 it took to win with two of the trips being to Texas.

This can only help Coach John Dunne and the Peacocks though they will lose a lot of senior talent and leadership. Here's to next year's banner hanging and this spring's parade!

Filmed with Johnnyvision Saint Peter's blue filter


What else is there to talk about tonight Jersey City and the surround? It's been raining since dawn and it just keeps getting worse. Tonight's Music Series is hereby dedicated to the rain and all the great music dedicated to rain or rain as a metaphor. Dozens of songs that come to mind but we've only got three and for example while Johnny hearts the song 'Purple Rain' that was played a lot recently for obvious reasons so we'll put that in our proverbial pocket for another night.

Is there a more haunting video about the rain than The Eurythmics 'Here Comes the Rain Again'? Feel free to think on that while we kick things off with Annie and Dave and a little lighthouse keeping.

Remember when this hair style shocked 'Murica back when?


Always a welcome friend on the Music Series, Supertramp. Johnny loves them as they wrote very interesting songs, tried a Coleco hand held football game sound for a song effect in 'The Logical Song' and as long-time Music Series fans know, Johnny loves bands that make great use of backup vocals. Supertramp sure meets that requirement. Supertramp with 'It's Raining Again' keeping our spirits afloat in a soggy Jersey City tonight.


Take an umbrella dear readers, it's nothing but wet out there tonight. Wrapping up our rainy setlist tonight, R.E.M. and 'So. Central Rain'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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All your intersection are belong to us.

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This Saint Peter's team is something special

This time tomorrow night Saint Peter's will be paying in their first national championship of any kind when they take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Texas for the CIT Basketball tournament title. The Peacocoks played a complete game last night in the semi-final dispatching Furman with ease. The Peacocks bolted to 17-1, and 34-8 leads before Furman got within 12 to begin the second half which only spurred Saint Peter's on their own 19-4 game clinching run. The Peacocks rained 3 balls on the helpless Paladins, something we hope they do again tomorrow night. The Peacocks never quit brining their calling card hard nosed defense which made the Furman comeback they much tougher. Quadir Welton had 11 points and 16 rebounds to control the inside and squeeze the life out of the Furman Five. Nnamdi Enechionyia scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting while Chazz Patterson and Antwon Portley scored 13 points apiece. The 13 points were a season-high for Patterson, this year's MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.

This is a great local story isn't it? This is a confident team playing their best ball in three years. The thing is, so is Corpus Christi. The title game should be a good one as both teams come in hot. If we know one thing, Saint Peter's defense will battle all night long and the Peacocks can win low scoring as well as high scoring games. Johnny would take either so long as it's a win and a National Championship.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Saint Peter's just kicked the crap out of Furman

No other way to put it. The Peacocks were better in every aspect. Jumped out to a 17-1 lead and never looked back. A full report tomorrow on their 77-51 victory.

BIG win.

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Johnny's Red Wings lost tonight and with Boston and Toronto winning, the Wings 25 year consecutive playoff streak came to an end. Let Johnny put that into perspective. The last time the Wings didn't make the playoffs, the internet hadn't debuted yet. George H. W. Bush was early in his Presidency. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still worked for the NBA.

Red Wings  1990-91 to 2015-16
Wins            1,133  Most
Goals           6,518  Most
Playoff wins   170   Most
Stanley Cups   4  T-Most

6 conference championships, 14 division titles, 6 President's trophies, 2 retired numbers (with more to come from this era), 9,490 days.

Helluva run boys...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Get your butts over to the Yanitelli Center Wednesday night

Saint Peter's Basketball, The Pride of Jersey City®, plays at home in the semi-final of the national CIT tournament vs the Furman Paladins Wednesday night at 9PM. Let's turn out for Saint Peter's Jersey CIty, see if we can't get this tea, to bring us a national championship.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Getting things done with those you may disagree with sometimes

Johnny can be a rough cuss. No, really Johnny, we uh, heh, never noticed. He has certain opinions that he's probably not going to meet someone halfway on some, one being abatements and spending. Do understand when Johnny digs in his heels on the budget for the future; he grew up on welfare and food stamps and sans a generous set of grandparents might have been homeless. That's true. When Johnny talks budgeting and making sure things are set for the future as we navigate the now he means it with a passion. 3/4 of the buildings are now abated. You know he holds mayors and governors and councilpeople to account by name. This is such a story. Johnny has held out Candice Osborne as someone he thinks votes too friendly with Mayor Fulop on monetary matters. He's gotten emails from her after certain articles with oftentimes solid pushback. We talk. It' s not personal. Smart people get that.

Last Friday Johnny was taking pictures of his dog looking at the park being rebuilt he's often spoken on. That was until he heard a scream and a car locking it's brakes and he whirled around to take an image of a Mercedes SUV being selfish and turning right onto a one way (the wrong way) to then turn left into the BJ's parking lot, (a distance of about 30 yards) to get back out to Washington and avoid going out to Marin. A little girl was almost hit and killed as the Mercedes gave itself no wiggle room going the wrong way and just missed two cars and missing the girl by a foot and a half to two feet (note car to Mercedes left, almost unseen):

Johnny posted this pic to the city and Councilwoman Osborne on Twitter. She was immediately upset by it and within a few minutes she was asking to meet and take time from her weekend and do a walk around so she could better explain to T&E what was happening and suggestions on how to fix it. Offering her personal weekend time when one of the residents in her ward was put in harm's way. That's the best response you can get Jersey City. Let me get personally involved. Weekends being what they are and since Johnny lives closer to the intersection than the Councilwoman he went over and took a full video of how it happens, where the danger is at and his own suggestions. That video, through the councilwoman, is being used today to make a part of the city safer and that's a great weekend story, no?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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We get to start Monday morning on a good note

We'll be able to start tomorrow out on a good story that shows a great effort to bolster city resident safety by a city council member. Johnny's gonna get back to his birthday weekend but yes, make sure to start Monday off with us on a good note.

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How about those Saint Peter's Peacocks? They moved onto the semi-final of the CIT basketball tournament tonight with a 49-44 win over Texas State. Seniors Quadir Welton and Trevis Wyche messed with Texas with 9 points and 12 rebounds and 11 points respectively. Peacocks guard Antwon Portley, ironically from Texas, hit a massive three point dagger ball with about five and a half minutes remaining.

The Furman Paladins also won their quarterfinal game so they too will be in the semis. The CIT doesn't use the familiar bracket and number seeding like most are familiar with in the NCAA big dance so just whom Saint Peter's will play next is just not knowable. It'll have to be announced.

Rock on Peacocks!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017


It's Johnny's birthday weekend and so the rules are out the window and so we'll have us FOUR big songs tonight. B-sides and shit Johnny wants to hear. No surprise we'll kick it off with Neko Case (and Her Boyfriends) with the words etched on the handle of Johnny's gun, 'Mood to Burn Bridges'


Johnny, it's your birthday weekend, you must remember when the world was in black and white. What song would you like to have played at your funeral.

This one, 'The Last DJ'


Johnny's birthday weekend blowout continues with a band you'd love to play your birthday party. Funny side note, Johnny has spent so much time in his life listening to the Budokan album there is no better (and Johnny means this) air drummer to this album anywhere. Bun E. Carlos hit the skins for a reason. He's great. Don't give Johnny drumsticks to hit drums with, it'd be a red hot disaster. But if you or someone you know is in a Cheap Trick air cover band and your drummer quit because he got a life, you let Johnny know. 'Lookout' up next on the jukebox of life.


You party cats and kittens have a great weekend and Johnny's sure gonna try and do the same. Here's another Johnny choice cut, a good old B-side, The Cars and 'Nightspots'

Guess what city council did last night

Go on, guess. If you said spend money on a fuzzy math budget AND lay the groundwork for a few more abatements, you control the board and get to go again.

The council passed Steve Fulop's magical no tax increase again and we're pretty much basing our budget outlook now on tourism at local hotels. What do we expect from Mr. Goldman Sachs and his Merry Band of YesFolk? Let's not plan for, and or save for the future because the good economic times, they always last. A whole 700K for a budget of 572 million. Yeah, sure, OK. Lost in this is the uptick in municipal fines. Is Jersey City starting to head down the Ferguson Mo. road and increasing revenue in the poorer neighborhoods for annoyance fines? We'd need to see that broken out as to what this climb in fines is for and what part of Jersey City it's increasing in. A $2.2 million increase in municipal court fines is a lot in one year, no?  yet,

Once again the fact abatements are due to come rolling off the books did nothing to stop council from rezoning and almost begging to set up abatements for the old Emerson Radio Factory.

The massive, five-story former factory, now a storage warehouse at 16th and Coles streets, would be part of a roughly 60-acre redevelopment zone in an industrial area of the city that sits in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike, blocks from the Holland Tunnel.

The plan also requires the developer of the Emerson factory to build a new, 20,000-square-foot public space that the city says will be a new Downtown police station (so how is that a public space?). Meanwhile, an existing parking lot between 13th and 14th streets just west of Coles Street could eventually become a park (there is currently a 20-year lease on the property). COULD.

Johnny knows you regular readers realize we're not done prepping for more PILOT programs (with no money going to say, schools):

The developer chosen to rehab the old factory would have to keep that structure intact but would be allowed to build 26-story high-rises around it. Current zoning limits height in the area to five stories.

There you go. We DARE any city council member right now to say they'll not vote for abatements for this (AND the Kushner/KRE/KABR horseshit properties). Do it. Be the hero. Say you're done pissing taxpayer money away willy nilly. Jersey City real estate can stand on it's own. Try it and see. Let the developer build it on their dime and keep the profits and pay proper taxes on it. Does council realize we make more money this way? They won't ever know unless they show some spine and try.

Merry Band of YesFolk, lol, Johnny cracks himself up sometimes.

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You bet Johnny will call 911, as soon as he stops laughing.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Steve Fulop and the Jersey City Council art of the $10 deal

Well, the gang that never met money they couldn't spend did it again last night only on a scale SO GRAND it defies belief.

You know the story, Liberty Science Center (they of the soft-porn "science" nights) wants a new science-based school (SciTech Scity,) on their land but the problem was this land, worth millions, was something they'd never afford so Steve Fulop and 6 council members gave it to them. Actually, Johnny's wrong on that and supporters bristle at calling the millions in real estate a "giveaway."

The city paid 10$. Yep, a Hamilton for land worth millions. Fail. Yes, really, ten bucks. That's their level of contempt for you taxpayer. They just gave away millions you were part owner of. Forget the fact we're being slow-walked to a Reval and here's more property that won't be collecting money.

But, we got 10$.

The supporters claim, this school will bring kids in from all over falling over themselves to get in. The claim this one school will transform Jersey City educationally. That's kind of the problem isn't it? Jersey City kids, those of normal means won't see this school unless they drive by. This school (Hear Johnny now and believe him later) is not for kids from Greenville or The Heights or Journal Square, it's for the richies and well-connected. Make bet on that.

But Johnny's isn't this slated to be a "public school?" Yes, suuuuure it is. The only public school our city council expects  TURN A PROFIT!:

City officials have argued that the deal isn't a giveaway, citing a revenue-sharing portion of its agreement with SciTech Scity. Once the complex turns a profit beyond $78 million, the city would share in the profits, initially getting 50 percent and, once the value of the city's land is paid off, 20 percent.

A school complex, turn a profit. $78 million. WTF?!

This was one miserable deal that NOW Jersey City can't control once the JCRA gets the property. Seems only Ward C Councilman Michael Yun noticed that:

"...once the land is transferred to the JCRA and "it is completely out of our control."

"The JCRA, their own board members, (are) not elected by people but appointed by the mayor. They're going to do what the mayor asks them," Yun said.

There are city council members that need primary opponents. Good solid citzens who realize planning for the long-term beats panicked giveaways. Thank the lord Frank Gajewski isn't running again. A complete waste of a seat. Daniel Rivera, champion of cars in yards, needs a serious wake-up call. Rubber stamp is no way to go through life. Candice Osborne, who actually said last night this deal won't make dime one STILL voted for it. There's some solid thinking. Remember this about Osborne, she'll vote for anyone's abatement or construction variance -- except those in HER own Paulus Hook neighborhood. Rolando Lavarro, who sees Fulop as his meal ticket will never do anything to upset the mayor because for some reason Lavarro thinks he'll be mayor after Fulop. Great he's voting like it's 2021 on issues today. Also, remember when Lavarro said he was going to curb spending? Yeah, he's holding the city back and needs to go. Joyce Watterman has been failing JC taxpayers for far too long, she needs a swift exit through a side door too. Jermaine Robinson, we're watching you. You voted poorly last night but it's just too early to see if you're going to be a yes man like the rest listed here, but we're watching you. You blew it last night Mr. Robinson.

So, Jersey City taxpayers, unless you take matters into your own hands, by either running a primary campaign against one of these rubber stamp council members, supporting a primary opponent or simply voting against those in their seat now, you're at least able to say you, if nobody else, is looking out for the long-term financial health of Jersey City. Look at their track records, it's not going to happen with Fulop, Rivera, Lavarro, Gajewski, and Osborne in their current jobs.

It's not. We're going to give the Jersey City Desk famous last word to Daniel Sexton former Jersey City attorney under Bret Schundler. When it comes to long-term planning and why it's important:

Daniel Sexton, a former city attorney under Bret Schundler, called the land transfer "scandalous."

"You saw it's swampland. Well so was Newport, swampland. So was Harsimus Cove ... so was Liberty National," Sexton said. "This is a valuable asset."

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Well, back we go to the woodshed with Council tomorrow

They went ahead and gave away millions in free real estate (and a loan) to build a new public school next to Liberty State Park at Steve Fulop's behest. Ya know, if we'd fucking commit to taking a fixed amount of PILO--wait, that's for tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Say then, did you know The Pogues did a fabulous summation of the poem just below called 'Lorca's Novena' which was used by Joe Strummer in Grosse Pointe Blank? Hint, if you click the link to YouTube you'll get a running tally of the best lines from the movie.

See, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea...having seven heads and ten horns.
And they worshipped the beast saying, ´Who is like the beast?
Who is able to make war with him?"
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Today is National Poetry Today

Our demographics with the poetry crowd is off the charts and so, to that end tonight Johnny will share his favorite poem. In 9th grade his English teacher gave a poetry assignment for the class to read their favorite poems. Most were rhyming agony, or cheap throwaways found on any playground. A couple used the same Robert Frost "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" so we all got to hear that twice. When Johnny's turn came he read this, still his favorite poem. Having a mother with a Masters Degree in English Johnny was introduced to literature at like 18 months. It's not your average 9th grade poem for poem day. Johnny wasn't your average kid.

Federico García Lorca

Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias

1. Cogida and death

At five in the afternoon.
It was exactly five in the afternoon.
A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime ready prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest was death, and death alone.

The wind carried away the cottonwool
at five in the afternoon.
And the oxide scattered crystal and nickel
at five in the afternoon.
Now the dove and the leopard wrestle
at five in the afternoon.
And a thigh with a desolated horn
at five in the afternoon.
The bass-string struck up
at five in the afternoon.
Arsenic bells and smoke
at five in the afternoon.
Groups of silence in the corners
at five in the afternoon.
And the bull alone with a high heart!
At five in the afternoon.
When the sweat of snow was coming
at five in the afternoon,
when the bull ring was covered with iodine
at five in the afternoon.
Death laid eggs in the wound
at five in the afternoon.
At five in the afternoon.
At five o'clock in the afternoon.

A coffin on wheels is his bed
at five in the afternoon.
Bones and flutes resound in his ears
at five in the afternoon.
Now the bull was bellowing through his forehead
at five in the afternoon.
The room was iridiscent with agony
at five in the afternoon.
In the distance the gangrene now comes
at five in the afternoon.
Horn of the lily through green groins
at five in the afternoon.
The wounds were burning like suns
at five in the afternoon.
At five in the afternoon.
Ah, that fatal five in the afternoon!
It was five by all the clocks!
It was five in the shade of the afternoon!

2. The Spilled Blood

I will not see it!

Tell the moon to come,
for I do not want to see the blood
of Ignacio on the sand.

I will not see it!

The moon wide open.
Horse of still clouds,
and the grey bull ring of dreams
with willows in the barreras.

I will not see it!

Let my memory kindle!
Warm the jasmines
of such minute whiteness!

I will not see it!

The cow of the ancient world
passed har sad tongue
over a snout of blood
spilled on the sand,
and the bulls of Guisando,
partly death and partly stone,
bellowed like two centuries
sated with threading the earth.
I will not see it!

Ignacio goes up the tiers
with all his death on his shoulders.
He sought for the dawn
but the dawn was no more.
He seeks for his confident profile
and the dream bewilders him
He sought for his beautiful body
and encountered his opened blood
Do not ask me to see it!
I do not want to hear it spurt
each time with less strength:
that spurt that illuminates
the tiers of seats, and spills
over the cordury and the leather
of a thirsty multitude.
Who shouts that I should come near!
Do not ask me to see it!

His eyes did not close
when he saw the horns near,
but the terrible mothers
lifted their heads.
And across the ranches,
an air of secret voices rose,
shouting to celestial bulls,
herdsmen of pale mist.
There was no prince in Sevilla
who could compare to him,
nor sword like his sword
nor heart so true.
Like a river of lions
was his marvelous strength,
and like a marble toroso
his firm drawn moderation.
The air of Andalusian Rome
gilded his head
where his smile was a spikenard
of wit and intelligence.
What a great torero in the ring!
What a good peasant in the sierra!
How gentle with the sheaves!
How hard with the spurs!
How tender with the dew!
How dazzling the fiesta!
How tremendous with the final
banderillas of darkness!

But now he sleeps without end.
Now the moss and the grass
open with sure fingers
the flower of his skull.
And now his blood comes out singing;
singing along marshes and meadows,
sliden on frozen horns,
faltering soulles in the mist
stumbling over a thousand hoofs
like a long, dark, sad tongue,
to form a pool of agony
close to the starry Guadalquivir.
Oh, white wall of Spain!
Oh, black bull of sorrow!
Oh, hard blood of Ignacio!
Oh, nightingale of his veins!
I will not see it!
No chalice can contain it,
no swallows can drink it,
no frost of light can cool it,
nor song nor deluge og white lilies,
no glass can cover mit with silver.
I will not see it!

3. The Laid Out Body

Stone is a forehead where dreams grieve
without curving waters and frozen cypresses.
Stone is a shoulder on which to bear Time
with trees formed of tears and ribbons and planets.

I have seen grey showers move towards the waves
raising their tender riddle arms,
to avoid being caught by lying stone
which loosens their limbs without soaking their blood.

For stone gathers seed and clouds,
skeleton larks and wolves of penumbra:
but yields not sounds nor crystals nor fire,
only bull rings and bull rings and more bull rings without walls.

Now, Ignacio the well born lies on the stone.
All is finished. What is happening! Contemplate his face:
death has covered him with pale sulphur
and has place on him the head of dark minotaur.

All is finished. The rain penetrates his mouth.
The air, as if mad, leaves his sunken chest,
and Love, soaked through with tears of snow,
warms itself on the peak of the herd.

What is they saying? A stenching silence settles down.
We are here with a body laid out which fades away,
with a pure shape which had nightingales
and we see it being filled with depthless holes.

Who creases the shroud? What he says is not true!
Nobody sings here, nobody weeps in the corner,
nobody pricks the spurs, nor terrifies the serpent.
Here I want nothing else but the round eyes
to see his body without a chance of rest.

Here I want to see those men of hard voice.
Those that break horses and dominate rivers;
those men of sonorous skeleton who sing
with a mouth full of sun and flint.

Here I want to see them. Before the stone.
Before this body with broken reins.
I want to know from them the way out
for this captain stripped down by death.

I want them to show me a lament like a river
which will have sweet mists and deep shores,
to take the body of Ignacio where it looses itself
without hearing the double planting of the bulls.

Loses itself in the round bull ring of the moon
which feigns in its youth a sad quiet bull,
loses itself in the night without song of fishes
and in the white thicket of frozen smoke.

I don't want to cover his face with handkerchiefs
that he may get used to the death he carries.
Go, Ignacio, feel not the hot bellowing
Sleep, fly, rest: even the sea dies!

4. Absent Soul

The bull does not know you, nor the fig tree,
nor the horses, nor the ants in your own house.
The child and the afternoon do not know you
because you have dead forever.

The shoulder of the stone does not know you
nor the black silk, where you are shuttered.
Your silent memory does not know you
because you have died forever

The autumn will come with small white snails,
misty grapes and clustered hills,
but no one will look into your eyes
because you have died forever.

Because you have died for ever,
like all the dead of the earth,
like all the dead who are forgotten
in a heap of lifeless dogs.

Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you.
For posterity I sing of your profile and grace.
Of the signal maturity of your understanding.
Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth.
Of the sadness of your once valiant gaiety.

It will be a long time, if ever, before there is born
an Andalusian so true, so rich in adventure.
I sing of his elegance with words that groan,
and I remember a sad breeze through the olive trees.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Safety was not a big thing when I was growing up. A seat belt was something that got in the way: 'Ma, the seat belt is digging into my back.' 'Stuff it down into the seat. And roll those windows up, you're letting the smoke out'
 -- Margaret Smith

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As Caitlin Mota at the Jersey Journal pointed out...

If you love history then you're in luck Bunky. Just one short year ago in Jersey City history the Newport Mall made history for all the wrong reasons when the Easter Bunny started throwing hands.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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End of the line for Johnny's Spartans in the NCAA Tourney. Big hoops hope for next year regardless.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

So so sad to hear of the passing of rock pillar Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, the father of rock and roll. Rock was largely built on his guitar riffs and boy was he a storyteller. For years songwriters followed his lead on writing about cars, young love, awkward race and social situations (as in this song) and the freedoms of being young.

Impossible to pick a favorite but here's one Johnny has always held in high regard, 'Too Much Monkey Business'

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Sorry for the delay on the Music Series tonight. Johnny had to watch his MSU Spartans turn the Miami Hurricanes into the Tropical Depressions in the NCAA Tournament.

We've had such fun all day enjoying all this great great Irish music of all styles. Lucky us we get a Music Series tonight to expound even further into the sounds of the Emerald Isle. Let's get going with Mr. Van Morrison and the standard, 'Moondance' on St. Patrick's Day 2017.


Yes, Johnny is well aware of the many meltdowns Ms. O'Connor has had and rather than pile on with the jokes maybe her mental health should be fully addressed. Just a thought.

This song is haunting and brilliant and that is the fiddle player from the Waterboys you'll hear at the end that may well have you putting this one on repeat. This song is 'I Am Stretched On Your Grave'


Putting the finishing touches on the very Irish portion of our St. Patrick's Day musical celebration are The Waterboys and the very Celtic sounding and easy on the ears 'Fisherman's Blues' from all the way back in 1988.

Friday, March 17, 2017

One more before the Music Series later tonight

Of course it's the brilliant version of Alison Krauss and The Chieftains performing the old Irish lament, 'Molly Ban (Bawn)'


If you're any kind of Irish you can sing this one by heart

Except for all the Celtic parts.

Those are hard.

The Irish Rovers and 'Whiskey in the Jar'

Let's enjoy a rousing version of The Rocky Road to Dublin

'The Rocky Road to Dublin,' a St. Patrick's classic if ever there was one. Here are the High Kings on that rocky road...

Johnny loves a good jig

This one fits the bill. Don't blink or you'll miss the 'Swallowtail Jig' performed so perfectly by Katy Adelson.

Once more with The Chieftains

Here's one Johnny has always wanted to include but forgets every year, 'Hedigan's Fancy.'

Johnny's on his fourth bowl of Lucky Charms, you?

Stepping off this St. Patrick's Day with The Pogues and The Chieftains

Our usual first song in celebrating the wonders of St. Patrick's Day, 'The Irish Rover'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Tomorrow is going to be SO MUCH fun Jersey City Desk fans. St. Patrick's Day filled with traditional Irish music all day and a very Irish Music Series tomorrow night.

Get to bed early or St. Patrick won't fill your stockings with snakes.

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St. Peter's wins their first NCAA tourney game since 1980

No, it wasn't the big NCAA dance you're seeing on your teevee today or the NIT you'll see on ESPN on off nights at 2am. There's also a CIT, a third tourney for teams that just don't want the season to end. Tonight, the Pride of Jersey City® defeated Albany 59-55.

This is St. Peter's first NCAA post season win since a 1980 NIT win. Congratulations Peacocks!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Not grandma...

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A lot of people are not clearing their walks, ie a lot of millionaires

Why is it there are never tickets or fines issued to big developers who don't clear their sidewalks though they have all the money to do so. Johnny pointed out on Twitter that slumlord Jared Kushner hasn't done dick to clear his sidewalks downtown, and Washington between First St and Bay St. just sit untouched by Lloyd Goldman. Goldman is a repeat offender unless of course the city is now chipping in and doing his work for him.

It's bad enough when small property owners don't take care of their sidewalks, and the one and two-off unoccupied properties that the city has to handle and can never seem to catch up to these clown have the money to get it done. It's your safety they don't care about, remember this next time they want a tax abatement and tell you what great citizens they'll be in the future. They have a history to draw on right now and it ain't good.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Kind of a bummer the snow levels were so down at the end. Johnny and his dog really were hoping for more. Here's an animation Johnny made on a 6AM dog walk through PAD towards Columbus Dr. towards the river to get a feel for what had already accumulated when the snow and snow alone was really coming down.

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The ice is really knocking those snow totals down

Looking like we could end up with over an inch of ice and maybe 6 inches of snow. NW Jersey is still gonna get it.

It's early, Johnny's been up for a while, how 'bout some SNOW FAILS!

Volume I today...

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Johnny had the first flakes officially at 12:03AM. He's a geek about shit like that. You ladies out there who think Johnny's such a dreamboat, well, there is a dark side. Back with you as events warrant.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Don't worry kids, the Jersey City Desk Action Weather Team will be here for you

We'll be right here with you all through #WinterStormPorkRoll. We'll be here with updates, silly and necessary and hopefully some pics from Johnny and the staff and maybe one or two you send in.

19.4" is Johnny's best call on this.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Why is it always days you expect to put your feet up you wind up getting a lot done? Odd that.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Johnny's calling this one #WinterStormPorkRoll.

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Snow Snow Snow, Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard

Do we have your attention. As much as Johnny and the crew like to have fun with big snowstorms, Tuesday is serious business. Accuweather, Wunderground, our good friend Weather Willy, and the National Weather Service have all begun calling for huge piles of snow and blizzard conditions. One forecasting service is saying, well, it's incredible. The call right now is 14-20" but some are easing that upwards of 24" inches with that one service calling for areas of northwest New Jersey to get 30+ inches of snow. All this snow (NWS has NYC pegged for 18 currently") will be accompanied with 30-40mph winds with gusts of 50-60 possible. It will be a LONG storm. Starting very late Monday night and ending very late Tuesday night.

If you need to set up care for a senior or older relative, or get to the store tomorrow instead of with the panic shoppers on Monday, make your plan on working from home Tuesday or just get a strategic parking spot, now is the time.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


Because sometimes you have to rock and roll. This is one of those times. AC/DC with 'Shoot to Thrill' getting us started in a big way tonight.


'Land of 1000 Dances' is sure to get you moving around. A unique song, this, when it comes to cataloging such matters. Both nomenclatures, 'Land of 1000 Dances' or 'Land of a Thousand Dances' is correct. Just a little factoid from Johnny to you.

Now, on with the dancing!


Never anything wrong with harmonies like these. A fabulous classic to take with you on your way tonight. The Beach Boys and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice'

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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Yep, 2 days only...

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Congratulations to Mayor Steve Fulop!

Last night, in just 4 short years passed his 70th tax abatement via city council. We'd also like to point out though Mr. Fulop is at 70 abatements and counting, he couldn't have done it alone. Let's face facts, you don't get to 70 in 4 years without a rubberstamp council. They can yowl and pule at this name but look at the numbers. Like Mary Chapin Carpenter once sang, "The stars might lie but the numbers never do."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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You didn't think we were done discussing FC Barcelona did you? Johnny thinks a small-time meme went viral today by adding just a touch of music to a clip. This is only on a bazillion clips of this goal on the Twitter right now with this music. Titanic sports meme ready for takeoff.
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Johnny's had a pretty rough year this past year sports-wise

His teams have not done well. Not at all. His Michigan State football team chundered down to a 3-9 record one year after winning the B1G and going to the college football playoff. His usually rock solid MSU hoops team has been iffy at best. Johnny's a Browns fan so there's enough anguish to go around. Saddest of all though, his beloved Red Wings will miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 years this season (Plus the loss of owner Mike Ilitch and icon Gordie Howe) and along with life's little slights and ills thrown in, its been a pretty lean time for pick-me-ups.

Thank you FC Barcelona. Johnny is on cloud 9 after this incredible, European rocking and historic comeback from a 4-0 deficit to Paris St. Germain to come back and win the tie (we call them home and home series here) on aggregate 6-5 with the winner coming on a last second chance. Don't ever say sports can't affect your mood. Johnny needed this from mighty Barca.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Johnny had nothing to do with the lights being out at the Statue of Liberty tonight. That was like, other kids or something...

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Rather than committing to a real number on PILOT money...

...Mayor Fulop and Jersey City will now just hire an attorney to fight any plan to make Jersey City pay it's fair share of school funding since there always seems to be enough for tax break after tax break for friends of Fulop and those get rubber stamped by city council. Jersey City taxpayers pay more for the inevitable change that will be forced upon our fair city by the New Jersey legislature unless responsible people somehow figure this out at 280 Grove St.

Monday, March 6, 2017

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In the words of George Takei, "Oh my!"
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The Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza needs "upkeep" and "upkeep" costs money

And when we say "upkeep" we mean police patrols after a troubling spike in drunken fights and other improper behavior during warmer months. While Terrence T. McDonald reports when most businesses and restaurants were approached about tossing into the hat for off duty cops to patrol around the plaza, some thought it was a bit of a shakedown.

If you follow this link you'll find out who doesn't like the idea to chip in, and which Jersey City council member said "y'all."

Sunday, March 5, 2017

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Johnny felt like the President today. Lounged around, drank coffee, Tweeted some bullshit and didn't go into the office. He could get used to it.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

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23 years ago we lost one of the best

23 years ago Johnny choked up hearing of the passing of the great John Candy. A lot of people may just think he's another in the long line of large male comics. He was soooooooo much more. His acting touched people, he was never a punchline and by all accounts one of the most generous stars you could ever meet. His comedy had depth and feeling. John Candy, the world could sure use you today.

Know what Johnny remembers? That laugh.

Ready, Steady, DRINK!

It's just before 9AM on the Eastern Seaboard and half of Hoboken is probably already drunk as Lepre-Con is back. While some of the more bawdy actions from say 3-4 years ago have been scaled back, one gets the feeling it just needs a really nice 65º day for it to maybe pop off again.

That will not be today. LepreConners will be inside most or all of the day as baby, it's cold out there and by tonight, well, it'll be colder yet.

This one should pass unnoticed by most police blotters hopefully, thanks in large part to Mother O' Nature.

Friday, March 3, 2017

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It's your big day tomorrow Hoboken.

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When you paid Zoltron at the door to get in here to hear all this great music tonight you--wait, what what WHAT?

He let you in free...

There was supposed to be a cover charge tonight because we had to count Maniacs. When you pay for 10,000 we feel you should get them all. Not a few smoking dope in the parking lot either. Like, get in there and perform hippie, people paid for this. Well, ok then, here you go, "10,000" (or so) Maniacs and 'Don't Talk' getting us started tonight.


Hey kids, where ya going tonight?

There is only one right answer. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles with 'Going to a Go Go '


It's not rocket science that Johnny puts the Music Series together in reverse order each week. He had no idea where to go or what to 'start' with (since this is song #3 technically). Lo and behold look what came bouncing out of the iTunes catalog sounding all fresh and good from a 1984 vintage.

The Kinks and 'Do It Again' sending you bouncing on your way out the door tonight.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Feature or bug?

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Itchy and Scratchy are in a dust up over Jersey City's PILOT munny

OK, get out your homework from last night.

New Jersey State Senate leader Steve Sweeney thinks with Jersey City doing nothing but taking money from the rest of the state being an Abbott District since forever and should start paying for our own schools with the abatements Mayor Fulop can't stop giving out (One coming next week).

Mayor Fulop, via spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill disagrees (vehemently):

"While it took the senate president a week to write this letter and forward it to the press, the mayor is more than happy to debate (the) senate president on this at any time, without him being surrounded by an army of staff to draft memos," Morrill said.

To wit, this response from Sweeney's people:

Sweeney spokesman Richard McGrath said the letter "must have hit a nerve to elicit such a defensive reaction."

Itchy and Scratchy, using surrogates in the battle for who is the second most self-important Democrat behind likely nominee for governor Phil Murphy, are however battling over a serious issue. Let's dig down.

Mayor Fulop has never met an abatement he wouldn't support. His developer friends are getting rich while we the taxpayers pay more. Always plenty of do-re-mi for ridiculous, short-sighted and unnecessary abatements but none for Jersey City to put forward to supporting itself school-wise. Sweeney knows this is a winning issue around New Jersey. Fulop (and apparently Morrill) will be playing defense. This issue really nags outstate. JC gets all the new building and give money (and loans) to developers but refuse (over many mayors) to get off the state school teat.

Last September Mayor Fulop said he'd be open to some kind of revenue sharing but certainly not as much as the 5% Bayonne just put in place for similar deals. Trouble is Fulop won't give any concrete numbers as to what he's open to. Another way to stall, like he's done with the re-val, he simply does not want accountability to to truly make Jersey City a first class city by paying for our own schools, you know, something really important.

We hope that Bayonne's 5% PILOT money plan or something like it becomes state law.

Last word and salience from Jersey Journal reporter Terrence T. McDonald:

Last year Jersey City's PILOT program took in $127,800,476 from tax-abated properties. If all these properties were taxed conventionally, the total would be $211,967,791.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Like he said below, no morning meetings so Johnny can help bring his blood pressure down by playing some intense Warcraft before bed.

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Johnny is gonna dig deep into the Sweeney vs Fulop PILOT fight tomorrow

He can't wait. A nice juicy steak story early on a Thursday when Johnny has no morning meetings. For now dear readers here is the story we'll be discussing so go give it a read tonight and we'll talk on it on the 'morrow.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Late night open thread

T-minus one hour, better start shoving those sweets into your mouth with both hands, Chester. You CAN drink three hurricanes in one hour. Betcha.

Rounding out our Mardi Gras day of music with Cajun masters Beausoleil, tonight playing us out with a little ditty called 'Cajun Groove' while Johnny goes and Googles Ellen Barkin + Big Easy.
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

While you're making the gumbo and king cakes tonight

The late great Buckwheat Zydeco. We lost Buckwheat this past year. Johnny had the privilege to see him back in Ypsilanti at the Frog Island Jazz and Blues Festival eons ago (Then Johnny realized he could hear the whole thing from his front porch). Always a showman!

Buckwheat Zydeco with 'Tee Nah Nah'

Let's step it up with some Zydeco music

Who better than Clifton Chenier with the aptly named 'Mardi Gras' Zydeco

One more time with the Balfa Brothers

'Madeleine' getting us through the lunch hour today.

Now that you're up to your ears with Paczki's and beads...

Packzi's (poonch-key), you know, the famous Detroit Polish Fat Tuesday treat, a loaded jelly donut. When Johnny says loaded he means it.

The Cajun Playboys with the timeless Cajun classic, 'Jolie Blonde'

If it's Fat Tuesday, it's Johnny's Cajun Music Mardi Gras Day!

Getting 2017's version of Mardi Gras Day started with who else, The Balfa Brothers and 'La Danse de Mardi Gras'

Late night open thread

I rent a lot of cars, cause I go on the road. And when I drive a rental car, I don’t know what’s going on with it, right? So a lot of times I’ll drive for, like, ten miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn’t say a lot for me, but it really doesn’t say a lot for the EMERGENCY BRAKE.
 -- Mitch Hedberg

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Monday, February 27, 2017

Another Mayoral campaign re-election event tonight

We're not calling these rolling campaign events 'State of the City' speeches because they're not. They're carefully crafted campaign promise-a-thons that vary from one part of the city to the next, hence not state of THE city. If the mayor wants to call them ward by ward meet ups fine (he's not taking questions) but telling Ward F (where you promised to buy a home before the last election -- whatever happened with that) gets told they get a few more cops and a coupe after-school programs whereas Ward C gets told about new building and new abatements and new plans for more business. It pits Ward F vs Ward C and Ward vs Ward honestly. Some get told great new big things while others are told we'll get to you but here are a few small breads and circuses.

These are campaign events and we'll write on them as such. Calling them State of the City speeches won't make them one.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Late night open thread

An Academy Award-worthy animated gif.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Johnny wasn't nominated for best actor so he's not going to the Oscars

He's been doing this act going on ten years now, and no nomination. So, he's not going. He's going to sit at home and nit pik along with everyone else.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017


OK, it's way nice out, go open a window. Johnny's gonna put up a song you can sing loud and proud to and Johnny's gonna keep a keen ear out to anyone singing this as he walks around in Jersey City tonight. 'Woman In Love (It's Not Me)' getting us started tonight.

Great song!