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  • NJ college fires professor over comments made on Tucker Carlson Tonight

    06/24/2017 6:10:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2017 | Josh Delk
    Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive comments in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, according to a new report by the Associated Press. The college’s president, Anthony Munroe, announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Durden went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss an “all-black Memorial Day celebration” hosted by a Black Lives Matter group. When asked by Carlson about the event, Durden interrupted the host, saying “boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited” to the Black Lives...
  • Fundraiser-in-chief Trump shows promise as a 2018 rainmaker

    06/24/2017 3:56:23 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 24, 2017, | by David M. Drucker |
    Rep. Tom MacArthur got the call late on a Saturday night: President Trump would host a fundraiser for him the following weekend. By Friday, the New Jersey Republican had raised $825,000 for the event. It's a staggering amount for a rank and file House member, even one with the New Jersey and New York donor communities to draw from. MacArthur said it totaled far more than he's ever raised before for a single event — and that it couldn't have happened without Trump, who hosted the June event at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. "I think the fact...
  • CBS, NBC Rage Over Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ ‘Mortal Sin’ on Golf Course

    06/23/2017 11:22:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies ^ | June 23, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    The journalists at CBS and NBC have found a new Donald Trump “outrage” to hyperventilate over: The President drove his golf cart onto a green at one of the courses he owns. This, according to CBS This Morning guest host David Westin, is a “mortal sin.” Today's Matt Lauer insisted he was “gasping” over video of Trump.  On CBS, co-host Norah O’Donnell huffed, “Well, golf is a sport of etiquette, but President Trump appears to have committed a golfing sin.” Continuing the religious language, unusual for liberal journalists, Westin excoriated, “This is a mortal sin, actually, if you're a golfer....
  • New Jersey Assembly passes bill requiring education on law enforcement

    06/23/2017 5:13:17 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Foxnews ^ | June 22, 2017
    The New Jersey state education assembly passed a bill Thursday that would require school districts to provide guidance on interacting with law enforcement officials. The bill, which would begin with the 2018-2019 school year, would mandate that schools teach students about the role police play in public safety, obeying law enforcement officials, and a person’s rights while interacting with a police officer.
  • Rutgers enlists unpaid students to promote social justice

    06/21/2017 8:38:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | June 21, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Rutgers University enlists unpaid students to push “diversity and social justice” onto their fellow peers through educational programming and workshops. The “Diversity Peer Education” program, launched last fall by the Rutgers Honor College, recruits students and trains them to conduct workshops on topics such as gender, ableism, classism, religion, and privilege.
  • Prof Who Made Belligerent Appearance On Tucker Carlson Tonight Suspended Indefinitely

    06/21/2017 4:42:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 111 replies ^ | Henry Rodgers
    A former professor at Essex County College was indefinitely suspended two days after her heated appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Lisa Durden was told that she had to cancel her classes and report to Essex County College’s human resources department two days after a June 6 appearance on the prime time Fox News show. School officials then indefinitely suspended her. “They did this to humiliate me,” Durden told The Star-Ledger. “Essex County College publicly lynched me in front of my students.” Durden went off on the show in defense of a black-only Memorial Day party organized by Black Lives Matter,...
  • Hoboken mayor seeks climate job instead of 3rd term, blames Trump

    06/21/2017 3:40:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Seattle ^ | June 20, 2017
    A New Jersey mayor says she’ll focus on climate change rather than running for a third term in office because of President Donald Trump. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced her decision not to run on Tuesday. The Democratic mayor says she wants to “take a new role working more directly” on climate change after the Republican president pulled the country out of the Paris climate accord. Zimmer has focused on projects to protect Hoboken from storms. The town is just across the Hudson River from New York and was heavily damaged by storm surge during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
  • Zimmer: Trump influenced decision not to seek 3rd term in Hoboken

    06/20/2017 3:48:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    City voters can credit President Donald Trump with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's surprising decision not to seek a third term in office. ___________________ "I'm certainly proud that Hoboken is on track to be protected from climate change," she said. "But, while our city is on the right track, our country no longer is. With President Trump having pulled our country out of the Paris Accord, demonstrating a lack of commitment to addressing this critical issue at the federal level, I've decided that it is the right time for me to take a new role working more directly on this important issue."
  • Scott Walker says he's open to tolling

    06/17/2017 5:01:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 31, 2017 | Mark Sommerhauser
    BELOIT — Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signaled he’s open to charging tolls on Wisconsin’s Interstates, but with a key condition: linking it to a reduction in the state’s 30.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax. Walker also said an impasse over the state’s next transportation budget risks costly delays to billion-dollar highway projects now under construction. That includes a $1.2 billion expansion of Interstate 39-90 from the Madison area to the Illinois state line. The Interstate formed the backdrop for Walker’s remarks in a press conference at a Beloit rest stop. Republicans who control the state Assembly have proposed seeking federal approval to...
  • Union County [NJ] Dem Operative Says to "Hunt Republicans" After Scalise Shooting

    06/16/2017 7:43:42 PM PDT · by Hadean · 40 replies
    NJ Second Amendment Society ^ | June 16, 2017 | Alexander Roubian
    Longtime Union County Democratic operative James Devine has shown his true colors in response to the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise. Devine, unapologetic with his words, is calling for a "hunt" of Republicans under the hashtag #HuntRepublicanCongressmen. He also claims he was not advocating for violence, which might be believable to people who think law-abiding citizens protecting their Second Amendment rights are responsible for violence in America. In fact, he claims he was mirroring GOP Senator Rand Paul's comment that the Second Amendment is for "shooting at the government when it becomes tyrannical." His idea of a tyrannical...
  • Democratic consultant unapologetic for ‘hunt Republican’ posts

    06/16/2017 5:36:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    NJ News 12 ^ | June 16, 2017
    A Democratic consultant from Union County says that he refuses to apologize for Twitter posts he made with the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressman. “Sometimes you have to push them back,” says Jim Devine, a Democratic strategist from Rahway. But sometimes the pushback turns into violence, according to top leaders in the New Jersey State House. “The people who are serious threats, it’s unlikely they’re going to give you a heads up,” says Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. Politicians say that they are particularly concerned after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were shot at a GOP baseball practice...
  • Trump shirt censored, now school has to re-issue yearbook

    06/16/2017 10:35:36 AM PDT · by Hadean · 42 replies
    USA Today ^ | 06/16/2017 | Mike Davis
    <p>WALL, N.J. — High school yearbooks that featured digitally-altered photographs of students supporting President Trump will be reissued, the school district superintendent said.</p> <p>In a letter to parents issued Thursday, Superintendent Cheryl Dyer outlined a series of "mistakes," including the intentional alteration of a student's T-shirt to remove a Trump campaign logo.</p>
  • Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer

    06/16/2017 8:45:29 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 42 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | 6-15-2017 | Michaelangelo Conte
    Should a former dominatrix who appeared in bondage movies for pay be allowed to work as a Hudson County sheriff's officer? That's a question that is expected to be answered when newly sworn-in sheriff's officer Kristen Hyman, of Bayonne, attends a disciplinary hearing on June 27. The county Sheriff's Office suspended Hyman without pay on May 26, six days before she was scheduled to graduate from the police academy, saying she failed to disclose that she made bondage videos and saw clients privately for money. The sheriff's office cited her activities, roughly from 2010 through 2012, as conduct unbecoming a...
  • Did the City of Pueblo shorten lights at red light camera intersections to generate revenue?

    06/16/2017 7:15:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    KOAA - News 5 ^ | Jun 15, 2017 | Eric Ross
    New questions are being raised over whether red light cameras in Pueblo are more about revenue and less about safety... the city is giving drivers less time to get through those intersections which potentially increases your chance of getting a ticket. ... Almost from the start, installing red light cameras has been a controversial topic, and now the focus has shifted to how they are timed. ... According to the National Motorists Association Foundation, the yellow light at that intersection should last a minimum of 5.5 seconds. News 5 Investigates discovered the yellow light is set to last a second...
  • When will you be able to use your E-ZPass nationwide?

    06/16/2017 3:53:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies ^ | May 18, 2017 | Larry Higgs
    Will your E-ZPass allow you to pay a toll in a faraway state, where toll tags are named something else like SunPass or FasTrak? The concept to do that is called "toll interoperability" and it was supposed to go nationwide last October under a federal mandate. That means is Jersey drivers could use their E-ZPass on any toll road or bridge even if it uses a different electronic toll payment system. It would allow different toll systems communicate with each other and properly bill a driver who uses another agency's tag. The idea differs from electronic tolling which bills the...
  • ‘Hunt’ Republicans, says Union County Democrat in response to shooting

    06/15/2017 5:26:14 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 188 replies
    NJ101.5 ^ | June 15, 2017 | Sergio Bichao
    RAHWAY — A longtime Democratic operative from Union County has responded to the Wednesday shooting of a congressman by calling for a “hunt” of Republicans. James Devine posted several messages on Facebook and Twitter following the Alexandra, Virginia, shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and several others by a gunman with a history of violence and of making online rantings against Republican officials and their policies.
  • D.C.'s talking impeachment but the real drama is in Jersey with Sen. Menendez

    06/13/2017 6:25:19 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 13, 2017 | Paul Mulshine
    My liberal friends have worked themselves into a fever anticipating the impeachment of President Trump. They think they've got a second Watergate going. Have your fun while you can. But the next trial likely to affect the political lineup won't be happening before the U.S. Senate in Washington. It will be happening before the U.S. District Court in Newark. In the dock will be U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, faced with 22 counts of ethics charges alleging he took illegal gifts from a Florida Miami eye doctor who was recently convicted on 67 counts of Medicare fraud.
  • Metuchen boy to spend Father's Day without dad deported under Trump immigration orders

    06/13/2017 4:56:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    Joel Massie won't be spending Father's Day with his dad this year. The 13-year-old Metuchen boy's father was deported last month as part of President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration. Arino Massie had been living in the U.S. for 16 years after fleeing persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority Indonesia. "I am sad that he can't live the dream of a life in America with his family," Joel, a U.S. citizen, said at a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday as U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist,) and others vowed to work to allow his father to return...
  • Teacher suspended after removing 'Trump' from yearbook

    06/13/2017 11:27:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Two students complained after their photographs were apparently edited to remove Mr Trump's name and his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. Another student was upset that a quote by Mr Trump that she had submitted for the yearbook was not included. The teacher who advised the yearbook team has been placed on paid leave. ... "References to and support of President Trump were involved in each of these incidents," Ms Dyer wrote in a statement published over the weekend. She added that the teacher's actions amounted to "censorship and the possible violation of First Amendment rights" to free expression....
  • Teacher suspended after student's Trump T-shirt censored in yearbook

    06/12/2017 11:50:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 55 replies
    The yearbook advisor at a central New Jersey high school had been suspended after the President Trump logo on students’ clothing vanished from their final photo. Grant Berardo, 17, says that he was shocked to find his “Trump: Make America Great Again” shirt had lost its political message in Wall High School’s “Behind the Scenes” book for 2016-2017. Wall Township School Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said that the district is investigating why that image, and Trump’s name on another student’s sweater vest, were wiped out. Dyer’s office confirmed ... that an unidentified teacher was suspended pending an investigation. Mrs. Susan Parsons...