Tuesday, November 30, 2021
DESANTIS:"Corporate press are more apt to characterize a parent who protests bad policies at a school board meeting as a 'domestic terrorist', than somebody who intentionally rams an SUV into a crowd of innocent people...if it doesn't fit the narrative" pic.twitter.com/mePohaoPrj— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 30, 2021
CNN has issued the following statement:
The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.
As NJ Democrats in Trenton defend rigid COVID rules at the State House that could block some elected officials from participating in Thursday’s voting sessions, Senator Joe Pennacchio questioned why the same rigor wasn’t used to protect senior residents in nursing facilities from the virus.
“The hypocrisy is obvious,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Democrats are so concerned about stopping COVID at the door of the capitol. Where was that same urgency when the Governor’s Administration was forcing the virus into nursing homes at great cost and loss of life?”
Nearly 10,000 vulnerable New Jersey seniors died in long-term care homes during the pandemic, and in May 2020, Pennacchio obtained a New Jersey Department of Health letter dated March 31 directing hospitals and nursing care facilities not to inhibit transfer of hospital patients with COVID-19 entering post-acute care settings such as long-term nursing and rehabilitations facilities, and specifically denying testing of patients entering nursing homes.
In the same month, Pennacchio introduced legislation calling for a legislative investigation into the State’s response to the COVID pandemic, seeking the formation of a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power.
“The Administration forced nursing homes to accept patients and prohibited them from testing for the virus. Rather than planning to stop legislators at the entrance to the State House, the Democrat majority should be supporting an inquiry into the ill-fated decisions that placed our most fragile residents in danger, resulting in thousands of deaths,” Pennacchio said. “They are playing political games. Politics has been compounding the pandemic’s impact all along.”
- November 30, 2021 -
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President
of the United States of America
Old Crow Mitch McConnell, who is getting beaten on every front by the Radical Left Democrats since giving them a two-month delay which allowed them to “get their act together,” must be fully prepared to use the DEBT CEILING in order to totally kill the Democrat’s new Social Spending (Wasting!) Bill, which will change our Country forever. Mitch and the Republican Senators had them beaten, but didn’t know it, and we ended up with the Unfrastructure Bill, which is only 11% infrastructure. Worse, he allowed a splitting of the Bills (with 19 votes, including himself), which makes the Dems path for the even worse Bill a much easier one. Use the Debt Ceiling, Mitch, show strength and courage. Our Country is being destroyed.
Monday, November 29, 2021
It is time to dissolve the casino PILOT, not make it worse. The Casino PILOT bill is a form of corporate welfare. Casino gambling is authorized in our state constitution only in Atlantic City for the express purpose of revitalizing our local economy.
Online gambling needs to support the constitutional goal of redeveloping our city. The current effort to change the Casino PILOT is completely tone-deaf. This is a time to regulate online gambling to ensure more in-person visits to Atlantic City. This is not a time to cut taxes for online gambling, which would be an economic incentive for casinos to undermine the hospitality industry.
The current PILOT gives casinos a degree of property tax stability that regular residential and commercial taxpayers do not enjoy. The casino industry is making more money now than they ever have. This last quarter was a record quarter for the casino industry.
The initial Casino PILOT bill was created in the context of a casino market where multiple casino properties were closing and the property tax ratable base was in a freefall. It was a bad situation. Today’s casino gaming market is click here to read more.
The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. https://t.co/rcDezphVRR— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021
"I'd have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6th, Senator?" - Dr. Anthony Fauci on @TedCruz and GOP. He then says it's "unbelievably bad" to play politics in science. https://t.co/cFb036v8Dv @Mediaite pic.twitter.com/m2y4qjhqGL— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 28, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
1) There will be no "new Sondheim". There is no successor. Not now, not ever. While others may follow The Master, they do not succeed him.
2) If you saw the original production of a Sondheim show on Broadway, you saw history. Doesn't matter which show it was. Any Sondheim show. Consider yourself privileged.
3) If you have a letter from the man (he wrote thousands and was vigilant about replying) let's hope you've held onto it and that you'll treasure it forever. It's invaluable!
4) Some Sondheim shows ran longer than others but all have been and will continue to be revived. There were no "flops". None!
5) If, through your own fault, you've never experienced a Sondheim show or are unfamiliar with his music you are culturally deprived and, arguably, culturally illiterate.
6) If Bob Dylan was worthy of the Nobel Prize for literature then so too is/was Sondheim.
7) Sondheim never grows old. You grow old and come to appreciate Sondheim in new, different, deeper ways. But Sondheim never grows old or tiresome. Never!
8) Sondheim was the last link -- the magic link, the missing piece -- that connected us to Broadway's dazzling Golden Age. He was the needle and the thread that pulled everything together.
9) Sondheim recreated the Broadway musical bringing it into the modern era and truly turning it into an art form. No one else was equipped to do this.
10) The man lives in his music. Everything you want or need to know about him is there in his music. He lives on there and, in so doing, he remains immortal.
And one more thing: Art is hard work. You don't create it by waving a magic wand or conjuring up some celestial spirit. It's work! What this man created was the product of hard work.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Less than a third of voters think it would be a good idea for President Joe Biden to run for reelection, and he would lose a rematch to former President Donald Trump by a double-digit margin.
Friday, November 26, 2021
Reporter: "How many barrels of oil does the U.S. consume per day?"— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 23, 2021
Biden's energy secretary: "I don't have that number in front of me" pic.twitter.com/Z0Zv7tHS2v
Thursday, November 25, 2021
[New York, 3 October 1789]
By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Happy Thanksgiving, America!Here are 21 reasons to be thankful this 2021 Thanksgiving holiday:
1) This great nation of ours and all its people: One nation, under God with liberty and justice for all. Let us fight on to protect its values and its proud legacy.
2) The spirit of giving, of helping out to reach others. For example, American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations contribute more than $400 billion to U.S. charities each and every year.
3, 4, 5, 6) The four bountiful freedoms that we enjoy: Freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; freedom from fear. These are our cornerstones and they are now imperiled. Never take them for granted. Guard and defend them fearlessly.
7) Family - the bulwark of our society and the foundation of social order. Again, we must bond together to protect that social order.
8) Our armed services -- all who serve, everywhere and all over the world.
9) The heroic example of those who gave their lives in service to our nation as we remember them anew this Thanksgiving.
10) All of our first responders and front line workers (especially now and especially our police officers) at every level and in every town and city as well as those who gave their lives in such service.
11) Children -- our investment in the future, the joy of our lives and the wonder of life itself. Ask God to protect our children from those who would corrupt their minds and threaten childhood itself.
12) Native Americans - the true Americans who shared the first Thanksgiving with the settlers. In that spirit, let us strive to work together!
13) The land itself -- from sea to shining sea and beyond; purple mountains' majesty and amber waves of grain. And farmers, too!
14) Our pioneering spirit and creative impulse -- from the discovered frontiers at home to the space age above; we wander onward. always seeking, always discovering, always achieving as we are enriched by the artists, writers, musicians and galaxy of creative minds in our midst.
15) Our Founders and the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that they bequeathed to us. May our stewardship be faithful to their original freedoms, responsibilities, laws, limitations and aspirations.
16) All the great elected leaders who have defined America from Washington to Jefferson to Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt (Franklin and Teddy) and Reagan.
17) The unelected leaders who nonetheless inspired us and opened new doors from Franklin to King and everyone in between.
18) All the inventors and scientists and all who charted a path to a better, safer world with longer, healthier lives for all.
19) Friends: Those who stand by us and encourage us and listen and laugh and love.
21) Above all, God, who has blessed us, watches over us and stands in final judgement of each one of us and all we do. God bless America!
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Governor Phil Murphy and his appointees to the Board of Public Utilities have yet to disclose the price tag on his far-reaching energy master plan announced nearly two years ago, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco today chided the front office for its lack of transparency with New Jersey families. At an NJBIA meeting in February 2020, administration officials shared the BPU was conducting a cost study that would likely be released the following month. Over a year and a half later, no cost analysis has been shared with the public, yet the Administration continues to move forward on its implementation.
“J.P. Morgan is often quoted as saying ‘if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it,’ and that is certainly the case with this sweeping energy plan that could upend the economy and devastate state residents,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m calling on the legislature to do its job, begin oversight of the Administration’s plan and request the BPU finally disclose all outside experts cost analyses immediately. The election showed this Administration must stop placating the far-left wing of his party and instead focus on affordability for residents.”
“This plan is nothing more than a huge energy tax that will impoverish low- and middle-class families,” said Bucco. “Some estimates have found that the ‘plan’ will cost residents more than $210,000 for a family of four, that’s outrageous. Energy bills are already high – with 837,885 residents who were behind on their utility bills and owing over $600 million. Now is not the time to be increasing costs on residents.”
Bucco authored an op-ed published by NorthJersey.com only days after the master plan was released, blasting the administration for its failure “to include a cost analysis of its ‘Green New Deal’-inspired plan,” adding that “Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso may have already let the cat out of the bag when he stated back in April (2019) that it’s ‘expensive, and we know it is expensive.’”
Upon her retirement, former NJ Rate Counsel Stefanie Brand added in August, “It is important for policymakers to not always take the easy route. The easy ones come with high price tags.” She added about Murphy’s Energy Plan, “I have not yet seen a study that quantifies that cost.”
Almost two years later, Murphy and his team remain close-mouthed about the fiscal impact on families and the region’s economy.
Among the plan’s goals is to eliminate natural gas use in New Jersey and require mass electric upgrades in homes, even though natural gas heats roughly 80% of homes and creates half of our electricity.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Murphy’s New Debt Will Cost NJ Taxpayers Unnecessary Interest Payments for Decades
New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned a decision by Governor Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program.
“State support for our institutions of higher education has long been lacking, but that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to cost when we decide to make an important investment,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “I don’t think it makes sense for Governor Murphy to propose increasing State debt when his administration is sitting on a windfall of billions upon billions in cash that remains untapped. His plan will stick taxpayers with unnecessary debt and interest payments for decades when he should be working to increase affordability.”
Last week, the Murphy administration announced a plan to make $400 million of capital facilities grant funding available to institutions of higher education through four revolving bond programs.
O’Scanlon pointed to existing State funds that could be utilized to fund the grants without bonding, including:
- 1.2 billion in the current State budget that’s intended to support pay-as-you-go capital improvements to avoid new debt issuances. Though appropriated in June, the Murphy administration has failed to present a single proposal for using the idle funds.
- Billions of the $6.24 billion of federal pandemic relief funds sent to New Jersey more than six months ago under the American Rescue Plan Act are unallocated and billions more remain unspent.
Further, the current State budget (FY 2022) adopted by Governor Murphy projected a 5.1% decline in State tax revenues from last year. The Treasury Department, however, is reporting a 25% increase in actual cash collections year-to-date, a trend which suggests the State’s budget surplus will increase by billions of dollars beyond what was expected.
“We have billions in the bank that can easily fund a capital program for our colleges and we’re likely to have billions more in surplus than we were expecting due to the Murphy administration’s inaccurate fiscal projections,” added O’Scanlon. “There is absolutely no doubt that we can afford to fund these important projects with the boatloads of unutilized cash collecting dust in the State bank account. Governor Murphy shouldn’t borrow a single penny.”
Stop The Steal - For Real
by J. D. Bryden
How on earth could this have happened?
With 99% of the vote in on election night this year, New Jersey Republicans were winning all across the state, from Jack Ciattarelli on down… and then, not so much.
Somehow, in the middle of the night, hundreds of thousands of Democrat votes suddenly materialized, changing the course of the election.
So many of our victories were taken from us because we were not prepared to fight back and defeat the culprit: the overwhelming voter registration advantage the Democrats have when it comes to voting by mail (VBM).
Above, right: Here's a breakdown I put together based on publicly available data that shows the VBM disparity on the gubernatorial level for 18 of the 21 counties - three counties still didn't have the info readily available.
Those midnight vote increases? Those were caused by clerk websites updating with new counts of VBM tallies, which, by statute, have to wait until after machine votes have been counted to be tabulated.
This year, I had the honor of being the campaign manager for the Legislative District 16
Republican team of Mike Pappas for State Senate and Vinny Panico and Joe Lukac for State Assembly.
In our race, there were over three times as many Democrats registered to vote by mail than there were Republicans, 19,378 to 6,479. We all know that Republicans prefer to vote on election day, and vote they did - if we were just going off of machine ballots on Election Day, we’d have won the race.
Those are not the rules of the game, however, and we are not yet in a position to create a fairer, more transparent election law environment in New Jersey.
Until we ARE, we need to re-examine our VBM strategy or face more losses.
In LD16 alone, there are 20,418 low propensity Republican voters who do not come out to vote frequently, or, in some cases, at all.
In the context of a political campaign, it is very hard to invest the time and money required to reach these voters - there’s no real guarantee that they will ever show up to vote, and conventional wisdom says that you’re better off investing in trying to sway undecided voters who always vote.
But that’s only true for a political campaign of a finite length.
As we all should know by now, politics is no longer a single year endeavor. The Democrats have gotten to where they are by waging a battle of attrition, winning victories over decades and shaping the political environment to suit their needs. They’ve done this not just by passing radical election laws, but by getting their low propensity voters to sign up to vote by mail and making it priority number one to train them to get their ballots back in.
What might surprise you is that, generally speaking, Republicans who vote by mail return their ballots at a similar rate as the Democrats, roughly in the area of 60%.
If we could have gotten those 20,418 low propensity Republican voters I mentioned before and gotten 60% turnout out of them, we’d have won.
Maybe getting them to sign up to vote by mail is the solution. Maybe it’s encouraging them to vote early. Maybe it’s just a matter of communicating with them more consistently as a party year-round.
Whatever the recipe for turning these folks out is, it’s clear that there are still pathways to victory for Republicans in New Jersey - but we can’t afford to take the pressure off. We need to be out there contacting voters NOW and make sure that no matter how they do it, they come out to vote.
New Jersey’s future depends on it.
I decided to make a list of every Broadway show I've ever seen.
And the list kept growing and growing and growing. So far I've got more than 250.
Mind you, I've seen some of these shows two or three times.
I've put an asterisk (*) next to some of my very favorites. I've put a pound (#) next to some of the shows I've seen more than once. And the tilde (~) represents shows that flopped.
This is still an incomplete list, but here it is up to this point. And one more thing: If you want more about my experiences on Broadway, including how to get tickets, where to sit, where to dine and what to enjoy while you’re in the Times Square/Broadway district go to www.danonbroadway.blogspot.com. That’s my Broadway web site!
110 In The Shade
A Bronx Tale
A Chorus Line
A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine
A Funny Thing . . . #
A Gentlemen’s Guide To . . .
A Joyful Noise
A Little Night Music
A Matter of Gravity
A Party with . . .
A View From the Bridge#
After the Fall
An American in Paris*
Annie Get Your Gun#
Beauty and the Beast
Bonnie & Clyde~
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Bullets Over Broadway
Butterflies Are Free
Bye, Bye Birdie#
Catch Me If You Can
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
City of Angels
Clothes for a Summer Hotel~
Crazy for You
Defending The Caveman
Design For Living#
Elaine Stritch At Liberty*
End Of Te Rainbow
Fiddler on the Roof
Five Guys Named Moe
Guys and Dolls#
Happy Birthday, Gemini~
Henry, Sweet Henry~
Honeymoon in Vegas~
How To Succeed In Business . . .#
I Do, I Do
I Love My Wife
I Married An Angel
I Remember Mama~
Into The Woods
It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman
It Shoulda Been You~
It’s Only a Play
I’m Not Rappaport
Jackie Mason on Broadway
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well
Jekyll & Hyde
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Kiss Me, Kate#
Kiss of the Spider Woman
La Cage aux Folles
Lena Horne – The Lady and Her Music#
Lend Me A Tenor
Light Up The Sky
Little Shop of Horrors#
Love Never Dies~
Mack & Mabel
Make Mine Manhattan
Man of La Mancha
Mandy Patinkin in Concert
Me and My Girl*#
Million Dollar Quartet
Moon Over Buffalo
My Fair Lady#
My One and Only*
Nice Work If You Can Get It*
No, No, Nanette*
Oh! What A Lovely War
Once On This Island
On Your Toes
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Penn & Teller
Play it Again, Sam
Prince of Broadway
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Putting It Together
Same Time, Next Year
Saturday Night Fever
She Loves Me
Side by Side by Sondheim*
Singin’ In The Rain#
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
SpongeBob Square Pants
Sunday in the Park with George*
Teddy & Alice~
The Addams Family
The Band Wagon
The Band's Visit
The Belle of Amherst
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Boy From Oz
The Bridges of Madison County~
The Drowsy Chaperone*
The Flying Karamazov Brothers
The Front Page
The Full Monty
The Glass Menagerie
The Goodbye Girl
The Happy Time
The King and I*#
The Light in the Piazza
The Magic Show
The Most Happy Fella
The Music Man*
The New Yorkers
The Phantom of the Opera
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Red Shoes~
The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life . . .
The Sound of Music
The Wedding Singer~
The Will Rogers Follies*
They’re Playing Our Song
This Was Burlesque*
Thoroughly Modern Millie*
Tommy Tune Tonite!
Vanya and Sonia And Masha and Spike*
We Take The Town~
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?*#
You Can’t Take It With You
* personal fave
# seen more than once