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.”
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:
This morning as we do every Friday on New Jersey 101.5 and on Chasing News. we honored a member of New Jersey’s law enforcement community. Today’s honoree is Sgt. Greg Bogert who has been serving as a member of the Riverdale Police Department for the past 18 years. Responding to a call for a possible suicide attempt on a bridge on Route 287, he acted so quickly going on instinct that he was able to stop the man from jumping. The video speaks for itself.
Today on Chasing News we had quite a discussion on the Humane Society bringing in dogs from Korea to spare them from being slaughtered for human consumption. Human consumption?!? Dog meat restaurants and dog farms are not only a part of certain cultures, they’re abundant. The very thought of eating a dog is repugnant to me, and I’m guessing you as well. We’ve had family dogs from breeders and even rescued a couple over the years so dogs are a part of our family.
What a morning. Spent almost two hours on the show this morning talking with the founder and leaders of the Center for Great Expectations. It’s a Jersey based group focused on helping homeless women with substance addictions. Peg Wright founded the organization in 1998 based on inspiration she received from a Catholic nun. Dr. Debbie Ruisard is the clinical director for the center and both women were with me at New Jersey 101.5 this morning. Many of the women that they have been treating recently have been caught up in the serious heroin epidemic which has been gripping the nation and New Jersey in particular in recent years.
Heroin death-rate in New Jersey per 100,000 — more than three times the national average
Had a great conversation with New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno this morning during her visit to NJ 101.5. She had originally been scheduled to come on my show as she’s done several times before, to discuss the NJ job market and the jobs that have been created over the past year in the private sector. The challenge was that I had started the morning off talking about heroin in Jersey, specifically reacting to Governor Christie’s comments yesterday about how many lives Narcan has saved over the past year and a half. Anytime you bring up addiction, specifically the growing heroin epidemic, the phones get flooded with calls from concerned parents, former addicts and friends of people who have fallen victim to the drug. Gotta give the LG credit, she rolled with the new topic immediately and was helpful to several callers calling about the red tape at our state clinics preventing some people from getting the help they need when they need it. Obviously we weren’t going to solve the heroin problem in a couple hours on the radio but as she pointed out, keeping the conversation going is critical as we work toward solutions.
Is it being practiced in New Jersey?
Seton Hall Law professor Mark Denbeaux enlisted students for research to try to find out if the town of Bloomfield NJ is engaging in these practices.
Watch to see the results of the study and the unhappy responses from Bloomfield Police and mayor.
The idea that a town is profiling drivers for tickets based on race has been raised many times in the post-Ferguson media world anytime a group or politician needs a headline to show how racially sensitive they are compared to the rest of us. The latest foray into race-baiting false narratives comes from the New Jersey town of Bloomfield where a bunch of college kids at the behest of their college professor sat in traffic court and passed judgement on a police force for writing a disproportionate number of tickets to minority drivers. Not disproportionate to the number of traffic violations, not disproportionate to the high traffic areas where the tickets were issued, disproportionate to the racial makeup of the town itself. Gimme a break. Since when do traffic stops have to reflect racial diversity? I thought traffic stops had to do with people breaking traffic laws?
On Monday night the Pascack Valley Board of Education voted six to one in favor of a policy that will allow male students identifying as female to use the women’s restroom and locker room. It’s been called a policy that will eliminate discrimination of transgender students, one that will comply with anti-bullying laws and something that is necessary to address a serious issue. What issue is that exactly? Is this a problem so rampant among school children that it requires a policy that will change the nature of gender specific teams, restrooms and locker rooms?