Friday, February 26, 2021

Hmmm . . .He Certainly DID Hit The Target!

The Day Rush Limbaugh Mentioned THIS Blog!

Yes, Rush Limbaugh took note of the Dan Cirucci Blog.
In fact, he even mentioned us by name. It was in the context of a story we ran about our esteemed friend, Governor Chris Christie. At the time Christie was busy reforming New Jersey's pension system for state employees. It was a Big Job -- the type of real action in the interests of the citizens of NJ that Christie routinely launched.
Well, shortly after Rush mentioned us, we had so many visitors that this blog actually crashed. And we LOVED every minute of it. We miss you Rush -- and always will!

Ya Gotta Get Up Pretty Early To Fool Me


No, He Doesn't Feel Oppressed; Here's Why . . .

Keep This In Mind While Shopping . . .


COVERUP: An Alarming State Of Cognitive Decline?

"He is in REAL trouble . . . and everybody knows it."

Posted by Dan Cirucci on Friday, February 26, 2021

Which Ones Do You Identify With?


Thursday, February 25, 2021

DOCTOR Rand Paul Questions; Dr. Levine Evades!

Rand Paul questions Assistant Health Secretary nominee (and trans person) Dr. Rachel Levine. As you watch this (and as Levine refuses to answer Senator Paul) remember that Rand Paul is a physician and doctor of ophthalmology.

Needed: Your Info On Covid Nursing Home Mess


Ciattarelli To Murphy: Release Nursing Home Records Now!

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Jack Ciattarelli announced this morning that he was filing multiple Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests demanding that Governor Phil Murphy and Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli release for public review all records of their internal communications related to Murphy’s March 31, 2020 directive that resulted in the deaths of thousands of seniors and veterans at New Jersey nursing homes and long term care centers, plus any and all communications between Governor Murphy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and their respective administrations and staffs.

“Governor Murphy has touted  his ‘partnership’ and ‘teamwork’ with Governor Cuomo and proclaimed that they were  ‘synchronizing plans’ throughout the pandemic.  Given what we now know about Governor Cuomo’s reprehensible and potentially illegal conduct, it’s critical that New Jerseyans – especially the loved ones of those who died in our nursing homes – know each and every detail about the conversations and communications between the two Governors and their Administrations related to this growing scandal,” said Ciattarelli.

Ciattarelli harshly criticized NJ Attorney Grewal for failing to investigate Murphy with the same vigor that NY Attorney General Letitia James is investigating Cuomo; and said his decision to file today’s public records requests was due to Grewal’s failure to do his job at Attorney General. 

“Instead of living up to his constitutional responsibilities as the chief law enforcement officer and chief legal officer in New Jersey, Attorney General Grewal is acting like a partisan political operative whose primary focus is protecting his boss in an election year,” said Ciattarelli, the presumptive GOP nominee.  “The people of New Jersey deserve better, especially the thousands of seniors who died as a direct result of Governor Murphy’s ill-fated directive and the suffering families they left behind.”

Ciattarelli predicted Murphy and his Administration would do everything in their power to conceal their communications surrounding the nursing home deaths scandal.

“By repeatedly extending the state of emergency and using executive orders to govern by fiat, Phil Murphy has arrogantly exploited a constitutional imbalance to exert far too much authority over the lives of everyday New Jerseyans. To him, we are on a purely need-to-know basis,” said Ciattarelli. 

He continued: “Governor Murphy’s arrogance is offensive, but more importantly, it’s an insult to the innocent seniors and veterans who suffered and died, and the families who are grieving them. It’s time someone held him accountable.”

Read the OPRA requests HERE .

She Was Always One Of Our Favorites . . .

Here's a cartoon character who hasn't been seen in quite some time. She was always a favorite of ours. And we're delighted to share this vintage (and very clever) piece with you. Enjoy!

Poll: Most Say Biden Worse Than Trump On China

A week after President Joe Biden stirred controversy by saying China has “different norms” toward human rights, half of voters view Biden’s China policy as worse than former President Trump’s.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters say Biden’s policy toward China is worse than Trump’s China policy. Thirty-one percent (31%) say Biden’s China policy is better than Trump’s, while 11% rate China policy about the same between the two administrations. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in Rasmussen polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on February 22-23, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

A Great American Brand Bows To PC Nonsense

The Coca-Cola Company is reportedly training employees in a racial sensitivity program that urges Caucasian workers to "be less white."


Dems Elevate 'Jew-hating Israel-basher'

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein, ZOA Chair Mark Levenson, Esq., ZOA Director of Government Relations Dan Pollak and ZOA Director of Special Projects Elizabeth Berney, Esq. released the following statement:

The ZOA strongly condemns the frightening selection of notorious Israel-hater Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to be the Chair for of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense. This appointment places a rabid Jew-hating Israel-basher in a position to severely damage vital U.S. and Israeli security.

Throughout her entire congressional career, McCollum has been one of the most vicious opponents and haters of Israel imaginable; a prime sponsor of anti-Israel legislation; and a basher and boycotter of pro-Israel American organizations. For instance:

  • McCollum repeatedly sponsored the diabolical, Orwellian-named “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act,” in multiple years. Fortunately, McCollum’s bill has never even come close to being passed. McCollum’s bill libels and seeks to financially penalize Israel for arresting brutal Arab teenagers who are terrorist-murderers of innocent Jews – such as the 17-year-old Arab terrorist who broke into the home of an American-Israeli Jewish family and deliberately, brutally stabbed to death a sweet young innocent 13-year-old Jewish-American-Israeli girl who was sleeping in her bed, Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

Every civilized country in the world arrests and incarcerates such violent offenders. Israel moreover has special rules in place to protect children in its legal system. (See ZOA: J St Funded Cong. McCollum Should Withdraw Bill Penalizing Israel for Questioning/Arresting Young Palestinian Terrorists,” Nov. 28, 2017.)  

Moreover, when Hamas and Fatah give young children (such as 8-year-olds) knives and tell the children to go stab Israelis, Israeli soldiers simply takes the knives away, give the children water, and return the children to their parents (at significant risk to the Israeli soldiers). (See “WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Safely Return 8-YEAR-OLD Palestinian Boys Sent Across Border With Knives,” CUFI,Apr 5, 2019.) 

  • In a display of extraordinary insensitivity and hatred to Jews, McCollum introduced her 2019-2020 version of the foregoing defamatory bill, on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The “Squad” of antisemites Ilhan Omar (D-MN), AOC (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) signed on as co-sponsors to McCollum’s bill.

McCollum also repeats her false defamation about Israel’s arrests of terrorists at Amnesty International events, the House floor, and at other events.
McCollum is a major promoter of the antisemitic anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) – and has been nicknamed “BDS Betty.” In October 2018, McCollum received a “leadership award” from the main BDS group in the United States – the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), at their annual conference. During her acceptance speech, McCollum falsely accused Israel of “apartheid.” (“U.S. Representative Accuses Israel of ‘Apartheid’,” Jerusalem Post, Oct. 15, 2018.)

The USCPR oversees and coordinates hundreds of BDS organizations and reportedly fiscally sponsors and funnels tax-exempt donations to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which is tied to terror organizations Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). (“American BDS Umbrella Organization has Financial Ties to Terror Groups — Report,” Times of Israel, June 2, 2018.)

  • McCollum also boycotts AIPAC, and demonized an AIPAC member in her community (who politely objected to one of McCollum’s anti-Israel legislative actions as “vile” and “hateful”). (See “Minnesota Legislator Boycotts AIPAC,” Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2006.)

Rep. McCollum’s appointment as Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee places her in a position to do enormous damage to Israel, U.S. foreign policy, and vital Israeli-U.S. cooperation on developing defense systems that benefit both countries. Every military spending measure must be approved by her committee before being passed by the House. McCollum will no doubt block and/or insert onerous requirements for Israel to ‘prove’ herself to be innocent of spurious charges, in order to thwart aid to, and military cooperation, with Israel. McCollum’s new position is thus a major threat to U.S. and Israeli security. Congress needs to remove McCollum from this position.

The selection of McCollum to chair the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee is the second shocking example this month of the House Democratic Caucus elevating radical anti-Israel lawmakers to key positions. Earlier this month, antisemite and BDS-promoter Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was promoted to be Vice Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. (See ZOA Opposes and Urges Retraction of Appt. of Israel-Hater, Antisemite Ilhan Omar to “Human Rights” Leadership Post,” Feb. 12, 2021.)

Radical left wing and Islamist Jew-hatred is being rewarded and enabled in Congress, instead of censured. (See “ZOA & Rabbis: Ilhan Omar’s Promotion Shows ‘Antisemitism Now Accepted in Congress’,” Breitbart, Feb. 22, 2021.)

McCollum’s (and Omar’s) irrational bigoted hatred of and actions against America’s greatest and most reliable ally must have consequences. ZOA urges every Democratic politician, and others as well, to condemn Rep. McCollum and her appointment. ZOA urges all organizations of good will who care about the common defense of the U.S. and Israel to join with ZOA in speaking out about this frightening and dangerous appointment.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Can New Jersey Be Fixed? If So, How?

The plethora of problems facing New Jersey would lead any sensible person to conclude that the state is broken -- terribly broken. 

Is the situation as hopeless as it seems? 

Is it too late? 

Or can we launch initiatives -- real, practical, common sense programs and strategies -- that will turn the state around? I joined Save Jersey's Matt Rooney and More Monmouth Musing's Art Gallagher to talk with someone who can answer these questions, Garden State Initiative's Regina Egea, former Chief of Staff in the Governor's office and an accomplished business executive and former pubic official. 

A very eye-opening discussion surrounding the future of a state we care deeply about.

Murphy Rejects Fixing NJ Unemployment System

New Jersey State Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed shock at Governor Phil Murphy’s suggestion at his press briefing today that investing funds to fix the State’s broken unemployment system would be “throwing good money after bad.”

Sen. Tony Bucco expressed shock at Gov. Phil Murphy’s suggestion at his press briefing today that investing funds to fix the State’s broken unemployment system would be ‘throwing good money after bad.’ (Pixabay)

The governor then suggested that he believed New Jersey should wait for the federal government to rebuild the unemployment system on their end, saying, “I don’t want to waste money in the meantime.”

“It defies belief that Governor Murphy would say it’s a ‘waste’ of money to fix our unemployment system for those who need quick access to the benefits they earned to survive,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s shocking that the governor is willing to sit back and wait while people are suffering when there’s no indication that federal action is on the horizon.”

Governor Murphy proposed appropriating just $7.75 million in his FY 2022 budget for unemployment system fixes. According to published reports, the New Jersey Department of Labor believes it needs $200 million for a full upgrade of the system.

“Governor Murphy has a multi-billion dollar surplus already banked and is likely to get another $6 billion in federal aid in the coming weeks,” added Bucco. “He’s proposing to increase spending by nearly 10%, but investing in unemployment system upgrades is where he suddenly draws the line. It’s an insult to every New Jerseyan.”

Bucco discussed the importance of funding a modernization of the unemployment computer system in an editorialpublished on Saturday.

The Lessons Of Moose - Inimitable To The End!

Having never owned a dog, it's hard for me to know exactly what the loss of a treasured pet must feel like.
I say this because our beloved granddog, Moose, has passed away just shy of 12 years-old.
Moose was an invaluable and devoted companion to Adam Cirucci. He came along at an important time in Adam's life and became Adam's best friend -- a pet who saw Adam through new chapters in his life during a very productive dozen years.
Irrepressible and high-spirited, Moose exuded personality and refused to become laconic or indifferent even as he grew older and assumed the role of the family dog. He lived his energetic life on his own terms and we all loved him for it. 
If Moose was in the room he made sure you knew he was around. He rarely sat still or remained quiet and he defied all efforts to rein him in. Even as he aged, he refused to live a "settled" life. 
He must have known that the end was near as he chose to leave us suddenly of heart failure. To the end, he would not linger: he would not struggle; he would not be a burden The long, slow fade was not for him.
This is the lesson he leaves us: be who you are: stay active: keep moving: raise hell if you must and retain, always, that untamed part of yourself that affirms life and brings joy to others. 
Au revoir, Moose. You did it your way!