Here’s the nine year old boy @Deadspin and @LeBatardShow and his crew called a racist for painting his face at a football game. Good work tracking him down @JesseBWatters. Kid and family should bankrupt Deadspin: pic.twitter.com/sVXgmwutiA— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 30, 2023
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Protesting the lighting of a Christmas Tree tells you everything you need to know about these people. https://t.co/HTxyPjlz4s— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 30, 2023
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
BREAKING: National Christmas tree that Biden was set to light up Thursday night at the White House blown over by strong winds pic.twitter.com/iJXbX2j8NB— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 28, 2023
Here in the first three photos you see the White House elegantly (and appropriately!) directed for Christmas by First Lady Melania Trump. It was resplendent!
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 27, 2023
"I think it was President Reagan who said, 'We're from the government. We're here to help!'"
Here's the actual quote:
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help." pic.twitter.com/Hgxpt2Xdoh
Monday, November 27, 2023
It isn't often these days that a show comes to Broadway with an original story and original music and lyrics -- not the musicalization of a book or a movie or a previously produced play. No, we're talking something completely original. And that's exactly what Shucked is -- a show which was in development for many years and was finally brought to Broadway where it was always meant to be.
We saw a recent performance and absolutely loved it! Featuring a book by Tony Award winner (Tootsie), a score by the Grammy® Award-winning songwriting team of and , and directed by Tony Award winner (Hairspray), this corn-fed, corn-bred American musical says it's "sure to satisfy your appetite for great musical theater." And it must be doing something right because it's enjoying a successful run at the Nederlander Theater (through January 14) and will soon be touring throughout the country.
Shucked is about a small town that depends totally on its vibrant corn crop -- until the crop, mysteriously, stops producing the town's lifeblood. What happened and why? And how does Shucked get it mojo back? Well, that's what this corn huskin' tale is all about.
Yeah, Shucked is corny. But it's also clever, surprising, timely and laugh out loud funny. You'll have to listen closely because the one-liners (even in the songs) come at you faster that a road runner. If you saw the scene from Shucked on the recently televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade you know what we're talking about. And Alex Newell totally brings the house down when she sings the defiant, tuneful "Independently Owned." In fact, all of the members of the young, exuberant Shucked cast are wonderful.
And here's the thing we loved most about this show -- Shucked is not overly impressed with itself. It doesn't pretend to be delving into the meaning of life. It doesn't try to be slick or sophisticated. It aims for down home authenticity, and it succeeds. But please don't get the idea that Shucked is dim witted -- far from it! The production values are first rate and this show provides a good dose of social commentary while managing to nonetheless serve it all up with a plenty of heart.
Be sure to get tickets when it some to a city near you!
Sunday, November 26, 2023
South Carolina crowd goes crazy for Donald Trump. Could Joe Biden get this reception at any college football stadium in America? pic.twitter.com/wLTJ2eMls3— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 26, 2023
Saturday, November 25, 2023
The following excerpt is from a Politico story detailing a body language expert's analysis of the most recent GOP presidential debate. Note the expert's take on Chris Christie. What he coveys about Christie is something we've always known -- something we noticed 14 years ago when we first started covering him, when this blog was just gaining steam. Christie is and always has been a very compelling figure and he continues to be a personal favorite of ours. No matter the eventual outcome of his current campaign, he remains formidable.
From the American Research Group:
A total of 37% of Americans say they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president and 57% say they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In October, 38% approved of the way Biden was handling his job as president and 56% disapproved.
When it comes to Biden's handling of the economy, 35% of Americans approve and 60% disapprove. In October, 35% approved of the way Biden was handling the economy and 59% disapproved.
|Biden job approval||Approve||Disapprove||Undecided|
Friday, November 24, 2023
Thursday, November 23, 2023
"We Gather Together" is a beautiful song that expresses the spirit of Thanksgiving in a very special way.
It has been sung in America for generations. So many of us of a certain age sang it in public school when we were children. It was often heard in schools around this time of the year and was a part of Thanksgiving programs everywhere.
In fact, we sang it in school when I was a kid.
Ask yourself: Can it be sung in public school today? Would it be permitted?
Think about what we've lost, America.
Think about it this Thanksgiving Day.
Here are 20 reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving holiday:
1) This great nation of ours and all its people: One nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.
2) The spirit of giving, of helping out to reach others. Even in these tough times, American individuals, corporations and foundations contributed an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up f 3.8 percent from the previous 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.
7) Family - the bulwark of our society and the foundation of 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, 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.
12) Native Americans - the true Americans who shared the first Thanksgiving with the settlers.
13) The land itself -- from sea to shining sea and beyond; purple mountains' majesty and amber waves of grain.
14) Our pioneering spirit -- from the discovered frontiers at home to the space age above; we wander onward. always seeking, always discovering, always achieving.
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.
20) 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 22, 2023
The First Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Not many are around who remember an historic event 6o years after it happened. But I'm one of them. And I'm the only one from my immediate family still here to remember it.
Sixty years ago tomorrow I got my driver's license.
I would have gotten it a lot sooner had I passed the driving test the first time. But I was jittery and the guy who tested me did little to set me at ease, so I failed. I wasn't really terribly upset. I knew I'd give it another go, and I did.
The second time was the charm. Plus, I was excused from school that morning to take the test so the day was doubly rewarding. I returned to school a very proud and newly mobile senior. I couldn't wait to show off my license to all my friends.
I imagined driving around in my dad's car listening to songs on the radio like "One Fine Day" or "Heatwave" or going to see a movie like "The Great Escape." It was a frivolous, happy time.
When I got home from school my dad was waiting for me. "Well, Dan" he said "I guess you'll always remember the day you got your driver's license." And indeed I did. But not for the reason you might suppose. Because not long after I got back to the classroom that day we learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
I was sitting in journalism class on the third floor of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey when the speaker mounted above the classroom door started broadcasting what sounded like a radio news report. I thought I heard something about the president. But then the broadcast abruptly ended. Understand, I was a Kennedy fanatic. I loved the guy! I campaigned for him; stayed up nearly all night election night during one of the closest contests in history; had an autographed photo of him and even got to personally meet him during the campaign.
Why would a news report come over the classroom loudspeaker in the first place? And why was it cut short? was already a news junkie so I was suspicious. I had a bad feeling.
I was president of the school's student council so I quietly asked the teacher if I could go down to the main office and find out what was going on. He said yes and I raced down three flights of stairs to the office which sat near the school's front entrance. There, I saw the principal, a couple of teachers and a secretary huddled around a radio. But before I could get close enough to hear what was going on they told me to go back to my classroom.
As I walked back to the third floor, this only deepened my feeling of dread. Sure enough, when I got back to my desk the principal came over the loudspeaker to announce that President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. This was how we found out. There were no computers; no internet, no social media, no cell phones.
And just like that, a miasma of gloom descended and enveloped everything. It felt like a silent, invisible swarm of locusts -- dark, pervasive and menacing. This lasted, uninterrupted, for four days. To the extent people went about their business at all (and there was very little of that) they did so in a daze. People were glued to their television screens and beyond that all that could be heard were sighs, whispers and sobbing.
Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Monday. It was interminable.
On Sunday, my sister, brother-in-law and I hopped into a big Pontiac Bonneville with neighbors, drove to Washington and waited in an endless line into the wee hours to pass by President Kennedy's closed coffin under the Capitol dome. Again, the hushed atmosphere with muffled sobs and sniffles.
My classmates knew how I felt about JFK. So during this period they stopped by the house or called me to tell me how sorry they were. The truth is that we were all witnesses to a nightmare! Our high school yearbook that year was dedicated to the memory of President Kennedy. Here's part of what the dedication said:
We have been called the ugly Americans, crass materialists bent on making money; a people overstuffed and overstimulated. But on the day Kennedy died our people displayed their innate nobility, their love, their profound goodness by the way they mourned his tragic passing.
The tribute of the people fit the man. Kennedy was a great President whose greatness grew with every year. Not that we always agreed with him . . . yet who can doubt the brilliant range of his ideas, the magnificence of the blueprint he presented to America to explore a New Frontier? . . . He was a politician as well as a statesman, knowing the practical demands of political patronage could never be completely divorced from the noblest statesmanship. He was a dreamer but certainly not starry-eyed and impractical. . . .
Truly, our tribute to President Kennedy lies now not in words but in how we wear the mantle of courage which was his legacy to us.
When those words were written it had been 62 years since a President had been assassinated. Yet, the years that followed 1963 seemed awash in bloodshed as we later witnessed America's descent into the protracted Vietnam war, the loss of more than 50,000 American lives in that war and the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
November 22, 1963. The day the music died!
Monday, November 20, 2023
New Jersey. Where the Jersey City Mayor wants to be Governor. The former Governor wants to be Jersey City Mayor. And the Governor’s Wife wants to be U.S Senator. And Democrat sheep (and even some Republicans) sit around and let it all happen. HoHum . . . .
Phil and Tammy Murphy are so out of touch, they actually believe having another Murphy in public office will help turn things in NJ around.— Mike Testa (@TestaForNJ) November 20, 2023
It’s up to all of us to say NO and STOP the #MurphyMonarchy! 👑 pic.twitter.com/FAz1p885kE
Happy 81st birthday to one of the worst presidents in American history!— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 20, 2023
Can't wait to send the Bidens packing.pic.twitter.com/YGk4QXJSOF
Sunday, November 19, 2023
NBC POLL: Biden's approval rating is just 40% — the lowest Biden "has ever measured in our poll."— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 19, 2023
Nearly two-thirds of independents say they disapprove of Biden. pic.twitter.com/Ad87mumv9Y
Saturday, November 18, 2023
FOX POLL: 78% of Americans view the economy negatively — and 67% say the worst is not yet over.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 17, 2023
"Republicans are seen as better able to handle top voter concerns, such as inflation, and safety-related issues, like crime, national security, and terrorism." pic.twitter.com/2kK2m9GhJa
NEW: An estimated 170,000 people are marching through Madrid, Spain protesting against Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 18, 2023
Let me say that again: 170 THOUSAND people are protesting against socialism.
The protest was triggered after Sanchez made a corrupt deal that secured… pic.twitter.com/7AaVZCdXwq
Friday, November 17, 2023
1) The people who don't believe Israel now are never gonna believe Israel. If they can't see what's right in front of them, they'll never see it. Given that, Israel should not waste its time on these people. Instead, Israel should move on and just do what it has to do.
2) TicTok is garbage. And it's also being weaponized by people who want us destroyed. There's nothing frivolous about it -- or you, if you're still on it. Grow up!
3) Art is undefinable. That's what makes it so fascinating. It's often more fun, more revealing, more enlightening, deeper and more instructive than real life. If you're not enriching your life through art (and the arts) well -- you're missing out, Big Time!
4) If the election were held tomorrow, Biden wins. Yeah, we've seen the polls. But Biden wins tomorrow and, based on what we know now, he also wins a year from now. Biden's running and he and his people are crafty. Don't underestimate this guy. He and his crowd will do whatever they have to do to win. And they've got powerful, entrenched forces behind them.
5) Campbell's YES Soup is a great product. Technically, the name is Well YES as is in "Yes, we can make a soup that's tasty and healthy." It's low in sodium, low in carbs and low cal. Try the roasted chicken with rice or the vegetarian with pasta. MmmmMmmmGood!
Thursday, November 16, 2023
“The action by the IRS to raise the income thresholds for federal tax brackets was a reminder that New Jersey is one of just a few states that doesn’t annually index our tax brackets for inflation,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unfortunately, legislation that would address this issue for state taxpayers has stalled in Trenton. If Democrats fail to take action on the tax relief I have proposed, more New Jersey families will find themselves with higher state tax bills and smaller paychecks because of inflation.”
Tax bracket creep resulting from New Jersey’s static tax rates can leave families poorer from one year to the next when cost-of-living allowances that are intended to cover inflation push workers into a higher tax bracket.
According to a new report by Rutgers University’s Center for Women & Work (CWW), all New Jersey families are still suffering from the effects of inflation, especially minority households, who often have lower average incomes and are more sensitive to price increases.
Bucco’s legislation, S-676, would index New Jersey’s gross income tax brackets annually for inflation, as has been done by the federal government for over 40 years and by most other states.
“Failure to compensate for inflation will significantly impact poorer families and small business owners with lower levels of income,” added Bucco. “All New Jersey families that are living day to day and paycheck to paycheck deserve relief. I urge my colleagues in the Legislature and the Murphy administration to work with us during lame duck to finally solve this problem for taxpayers.”
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
I've got good news and bad news for you this morning.
The good news is that the rumors of the death of the Republican Party are once again greatly exaggerated. The bad news is that we're in a weakened state. Get it?
So how do we get back?
Right now we need two things: Precision and passion.
Precision means analytics: We need to be like Jerry Maguire. We need to ask ourselves: How many votes do we need; where are they; how do we get them? Jesse Kurtz has already mastered this. In a Democrat town he won with nearly 70% of the vote. He won VBM, EV, election day. HERE, right in front of us is a model for how to win. Right HERE!
But we need passion, too. This is what the Italians call PASSIONÉ!
It’s the romantic part of politics. It means connecting with people; connecting with their values; connecting with the issues they care about. This doesn’t just happen during election season. This is year round. Where do we find this passion?
Mike Testa’s got it. Testa not only won overwhelmingly but he and his team flipped the surrogate and sheriff’s posts and gained full control of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. They did it with passion!
Congressman Jeff Van Drew has the same passion (look at how he beat those coastal wind farms) and we saw big victories for Polistina, Guardian and Swift. Pay attention to the Jersey coast. From Cape May pretty much all the way up to Sandy Hook, the GOP triumphed.
This is where we find the prescription for winning. And there are more winers: Senator Pennacchio, Senator Schepesi, our newly elected Assemblyman Paul Kanitra and the other winners in Monmouth — Sussex County GOP Chair Joe Lababera who’s built a great organization where the GOP rules — clean sweep!
These people know the analytics but they also have the passion. You need both.
And then, one more thing — probably the most important thing — UNITY!
It’s not smarts that wins elections it’s discipline. Discipline enforces unity and you can’t win — especially as a Republican in New Jersey without unity.
There used to be a saying: Democrats fall in love while Republicans fall in line. Now, too often, Democrats fall in love AND fall in line while Republicans fall out of line and fight one another — often over petty nonsense!
Yes, too many of us are still fighting and I’ll say this one more time: Those who are fighting one another are fighting over nothing more than who gets the right to lose. Let those of us here in this room set the course for tomorrow.
And to those who still wanna quibble and spar, let’s tell them “take your vile, venal schoolyard spats somewhere else!” Away with you!
OK. So, yes — we’ve had a setback, much of it of our own doing. But — BUT with passion, precision and unity a setback can be a setup for a comeback.
Let’s make the comeback happen.