Month: May 2016
Last week I had the honor of speaking to a group of Police Officers and Firefighters for the ‘Union County 200 Club’ annual awards luncheon. Invited by Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, I spoke mainly about the meaning of valor, courage and sacrifice. When a former Olympic champion gets an award for ‘Courage’ based on making a decision to reject his birth gender and go through numerous alterations in order to ‘become a woman’, the very meaning of the word is lost.
It’s Throwback Thursday…thought I’d share a blog post that someone wrote a few years ago— upset at my using words ending in “ING” but droppin’ the “G”… As you know, I’m #DigginIn to New Jersey and standin’ up for cops. That means I’m makin’ sure the positive stories about law enforcement get to everyone listening to me in the mornin’ on NJ101.5 FM and watchin’ nightly on Chasing News.
It is not conversational nor informal to substitute an N-sound for an NG-sound. It is stupid, and obviously, for you, an educated man, a dopy and deliberate affectation. It’s not lazy, because there is no saving of energy in such a substitution. Indeed, there may be more energy entailed in thinking of what you should say but stopping yourself from saying it, instead to substitute something else. For instance, do you use -IN in verbs but not nouns (thinking but not something)? And what about verbs like “bring” and “sting“? Why think about when to use the NG-sound or substitute an N? Just say the proper NG-sound everywhere.
Blessing or Curse? Depends on you.
A life changing event for someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Trenton 7-11 store. Best thing that could’ve happened to that person, right? Well, maybe not. Turns out that many lottery winners end up broke and worse off than they were before cashing in the big check. Other than playing in the Chasing News and NJ101.5 lottery pool for the previous billion dollar jackpot, I’m not a lottery player. Seems like throwing away your money in small increments without even the enjoyment of a boardwalk midway game. And after spending nearly $50 I’ve sworn it off… at least until the next billion dollar jackpot. Money has value. It doesn’t come from nothing and has to be produced and earned. The more people understand how to earn money, the more value it has for them and the more likely they are to manage it well and make it grow. Unfortunately so many people who win the lottery have no understanding of how to manage money and as a result nearly half of large prize lottery winners actually end up broke. The irony is the person most likely to avoid a financial hardship as a result of winning the lottery is the person who really didn’t need the lottery to be financially stable in the first place.
I was honored for honoring cops: #BlueFriday
I want to build a different narrative about police officers than the one often we often see in the media, which is why I created #BlueFriday. I dedicated every Friday to celebrating New Jersey police officers as my New Year’ resolution.
And last night, I was humbled and honored to be recognized for that effort. The Local Fraternal Order of Police South Jersey Lodge No. 56 presented me with a certificate “in recognition of your courage to speak out in support of law enforcement throughout New Jersey and beyond.”
Today we took the time to honor the three Clifton NJ police officers who risked their own lives to save four motorists involved in a single car crash from a car engulfed in flames. The officers, Owen Curry, Jermaine Burgess and Frank Castro joined me on the radio this morning to discuss what happened. I even received a call later in the morning from Officer Curry’s mother-in-law who called to thank us for honoring the officers and for hosting #BlueFriday every week.
And that’s a wrap. With a huge win in Indiana, Donald Trump becomes the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and will secure enough delegates for a first ballot win. As far as New Jersey is concerned, the primary votes will again not have a real bearing on the contest, or will they?
Yes, I’m easily distracted by food and I love to eat. Got a great tip from Paul Porowski, my colleague at Chasing News for a recipe to make homemade beef jerky. And I love beef jerky. I’m also relatively frugal…some say cheap…and to spend $8-9 on a pack of jerky is not something I do often. Over the weekend I followed (most) of the instructions and over a two day period produced some of the best jerky I’ve ever had. More than 100 of you watched the live-stream on Facebook as I made the marinade and prepared the jerky strips for the oven. So for those of you who missed it and want to try this at home – please do – here are the videos and the ingredients:
As you may have heard this morning on my radio show on NJ1015, there’s another viral video that’s come out resulting in an internal investigation of a police officer. This time it’s a Clifton, NJ cop who did what many refer to as a “Brake Check” on a motorist. You’ll see in the video that the driver with the dash cam is following the police officer and seemingly adjusting speed to stay about a car length behind him. Talking to several people this am on the show, it seems that everyone agrees that the driver is a bit too close. The issue people have raised is with the actions of the officer, stopping in the middle of the street, not turning on his lights and braking suddenly.