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A lot of interesting videos about history/geography keep popping up on Youtube’s right side. This is a fascinating little one about the search for information about a supposed ship race to determine whether New York or New Jersey should get Staten Island.   More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. History: Not About What They Did, But Who

 

When your kids learn about George Washington at school, what facts might be of importance? It would be good to know that he was Commander of the Continental Army. That he was our first President. The fact that he was a slave owner would also be a pertinent piece of information. How much time would you want teachers to spend telling your children about George Washington’s sex life?

While you might expect stoic people like George and Martha to stick to the missionary position, we have determined that to spice things up George liked to . . .

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Immigrants from New Jersey: Welcome!

 

It looks like us “halfback” states might be seeing immigrants from New Jersey soon. If you folks from New Jersey come to South Carolina, we kindly ask you to observe some rules of civilized behavior:

  1. Don’t bring your New Jersey politics with you. Many of you flee the places where your policies are enacted, yet you try to reinstate those policies here. Just say no.
  2. Respect Southern heritage. In spite of all the statue removals and battle flag removals you read about, Southern pride still reigns supreme down heyah. Don’t bad-mouth the South, and learn to love pulled pork and fried chicken. While you’re at it, buy a pickup truck. They’re pretty handy for hauling stuff.
  3. Don’t complain about the heat and humidity, and we won’t complain about what little snow and ice we get.
  4. Although there are many colleges here, everyone has to choose between Clemson or South Carolina. Pick one, and at least pretend to be a fan.
  5. Don’t panic if you see someone with a gun. Most folks down here have one or more, even liberals.
  6. And finally, don’t tell us how much you liked your old state. If you miss it so much, move back!

Observe these things, and we’ll get along just fine. There are many other rules, but they will be in the Welcome to South Carolina packet issued to you after you arrive. If the @bethanymandel family moves here, my wife and I will provide personalized instruction (including Southern voice lessons) to ease the transition…

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down how the Democrats easily swept the statewide races in Virginia and even reversed a huge GOP majority in the state assembly. They also discuss easy wins by Democrats in New Jersey and New York City, where the Republicans hardly appear to be […]

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Schools should be places where the attainment of knowledge and the love for it is nurtured unto no end. Students should be seen as sponges that can soak up all that they hear and see within a classroom. Now, one must not be naive about the difficulty of any teacher’s main objective: helping students reach […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Wanna Bet? The Supremes Say… “Maybe.”

 

Six years ago, faced with a gaping hole in the state budget, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided the way to fill the coffers was to offer legalized sports betting. All four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA immediately objected and sued to stop it. Their hammer was the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act – or PASPA.

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If Donald Trump’s candidacy pushes a Democrat mayor over the line to publically become a Republican, is that a bad thing? Mayor Larry Pennock of Audubon Park has been a Democrat all his life, as was his father, who also was mayor for 12 years of the small NJ borough. The family frequently talked politics […]

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In this episode of the 10Blocks podcast, City Journal editor Brian Anderson interviews Steven Malanga, author of the recent City Journal article “Bloated, Broke, and Bullied,” about corruption and mismanagement at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   More

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It’s been another tough week being a conservative living in New Jersey. First, our wealthiest resident, David Tepper, packed it up and moved to Florida, which wealthy retirement-age residents are wont to do when their state levies not only an estate tax but an inheritance tax to boot. Someone please explain this Tom Moran of […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Anatomy of a Media Fabricated News Story – Gannett Style

 

1xCIaEt0Wednesday morning, people in the shore area in the central part of New Jersey woke up to an editorial in the only daily newspaper in the state that serves two large counties, the Asbury Park Press, viciously attacking Governor Christie and demanding his resignation.

“Wow,” the people of Monmouth and Ocean counties must have thought. “This editorial staff must have really put a great deal of independent thought into this to be so hard on the Governor.”

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Last week’s Snowmaggedon brought out the usual zombie-apocalypse furor in my New Jersey township. Before the storm, every checkout aisle at the store was ten persons deep and the shelves were cleared of bottled water and rock salt. People white-knuckled their grocery carts and had that “I’ll go mano a mano with you for that […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The New White Flight

 

One of our local school districts made the front page of the New York Times this past weekend, in a story titled District Eases Pressure on Students, Baring an Ethnic Divide. In a nutshell, the West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) school district is implementing policies such as eliminating mid-terms and finals at the high school level, and making it easier for students to earn a seat in the district’s orchestra program. These measures are being taken in response to concerns by school counselors and parents that the district’s hyper-competitive academic program is putting students at risk for anxiety and depression.

I should qualify that last sentence. It’s not all parents that are concerned. Predominantly, it’s the white ones. WW-P, as it’s known, is about 65% Asian and growing. As the Times article points out, most WW-P Asian parents are just fine with the current level of rigor.

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HarrisCongratulations to my town’s mayor, Bruce Harris, who was re-elected yesterday. In 2012, he was nominated by our governor for a spot on the state’s Supreme Court.

Harris is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School. He also happens to be gay and African-American. His appointment to the court was blocked by Democrats. Can you guess why?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Governor Christie, You Have A Problem

 

shutterstock_95092702On Friday, our own Charles C. W. Cooke and Kevin Williamson discussed the latest firearms-related injustice from New Jersey, in which Carol Bowne was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend — against whom she had a restraining order — while awaiting approval to own a firearm. Cameron Gray ably took the matter up again yesterday, reiterating the injustice New Jersey committed against her.

Amazingly, there was yet more news on the Garden State’s terrible gun laws yesterday: Governor Chris Christie pardoned Steffon Josey-Davis for unlawful possession of a weapon (a felony). More specifically, Josey-Davis was charged and convicted for forgetting to unload his legal handgun and merely securing it in his glove compartment during a harried commute to work as a security guard. Though his legal troubles are now over, his financial ones are not, and his legal defense fund is still taking donations.

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Israel Albert Almeida, a resident of Andover Township, New Jersey is mounting a challenge to the state’s fairly restrictive concealed carry laws. And by “fairly restrictive” I mean that you basically cannot get a concealed carry permit here in New Jersey unless you are current or former law enforcement. Mr. Almeida manages buildings in some rough […]

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