One of the most important campaigns NYRA has undertaken this year has finally ended. And ended the right way - in victory.
Today the US Supreme Court ruled that young people have a right to free speech that extends even to violent video games. States, such as California, cannot ban the sale of video games to young people, no matter how violent. In a forcefully worded 7-2 decision, Justice Scalia wrote a bold, unequivocal decision upholding the rights of young people to legally buy violent games.
Read the full decision here.
This is a historic Supreme Court decision which will be studied for decades and perhaps centuries to come. NYRA is proud to have played a pivotal role in this case. Together with our partners at the ACLU and the National Coalition Against Censorship we submitted an amicus brief to the Court laying out our case for free speech. Our brief cited young gamers themselves, including quotes we solicited on our blog about the political, cultural and artistic merits of video games. NYRA stayed true to our ideals of bringing the voice of young people to those in power. Read our amicus brief here.
Also, on November 2, during the oral argument of the case, NYRA organized a rally in front of the Supreme Court for Free Speech, Video Games and Youth Suffrage (as it was also election day). Check out info on the rally here.
This is a proud day for all supporters of free speech and youth rights.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
For those who didn’t listen and/or discount AM Radio/Internet Radio as an important and viable medium, let me add: I listened to the whole show, live, via the (free) “Tune In Radio” app on my Android phone and really enjoyed listening. In fact, I even sent Art a text message as feedback during the show, not realizing Art didn’t know it was me.
Anyhow, one of the [many] complaints I’ve had as a [Republican] voter is that every time I attend some breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner… I hear the same ol’ tired speech that goes something like this: “I’m X from Y. I thank you all for coming, especially [zinger at Z], lol! It’s great to be here in front of all of these wonderful Republicans and I look forward to serving you/having a wonderful year in YYYY as your A.”
Fast forward a few weeks, or months, and hour after hour of weekends volunteered, and I can’t even get a return call or email when I complain about some bad bill, not to point any fingers at any specific person or people of course.
So the complaint is simple and hopefully obvious; the candidates never seem to talk about *AN* issue as in one, nevermind multiple issues. It’s always “play it safe”, “keep it simple” and “don’t offend anyone”. I more than understand the reasoning, promote the feel good attitude, don’t alienate a voter on an issue, etc - but I’ve asked two repeatedly before and I’ve never found the answer, and will continue to ask “Where are Republicans talking about the issues?” and “How do I know you’re really a Republican?”
Well, LaRossa and Gallagher’s radio is the place where Republicans are talking and the answers are how I know Tony Fiore is really a Republican.
Kudos to Tony Fiore for having the fortitude to get on the radio and talk about actual issues, actual things he’s done or is doing. Whether I was alone listening or if there were a million listeners, who knows, but I now know for sure, Tony Fiore is a Republican. You can hear it in his voice, see it in his actions and get a feel for how he thinks about the issues and addresses the problems — he thinks like a Republican, and from what I can see he is working as a Republican. The benefits of Republican leadership to the people of Middletown seem to be clear, the question was asked “are other towns following Middletown’s lead”, sadly, the answer is no, and I suspect it’s because in many other towns, there are “Republicans”, rather that Republicans in office.
Anyhow, I certainly hope MMM readers take the time to tune-in next week and in future weeks. I’m going to make it a point to try to convince a few friends to listen, but more importantly, I’m going to suggest to a few “Republicans” that they contact Art and schedule an appearance on the show, see if and how they answer the questions… if they are really Republicans, and if they are willing and able to talk about the issues.
And if anyone is curious - my feedback during the show to Art was noting that Middletown, with 70K people and ~42sq mi has has less police officers than Long Branch, with 34K people and ~5sq mi.
Great job overall Art. The Weiner bit was a fun jab, but I certainly wouldn’t mind if you skipped the comedy segment to get another solid 12 minutes out of Tony.
Ok fine, it's 4:30am or so now.... but remember Hilary Clinton's 3AM ad? And if there was ever proof needed that I'm really nothing more than an AverageNoOne, this morning, night, whatever you want to call 3am, should be proof enough for you.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
For those who might not recognize the name, Lisa Jackson was the do nothing Corzine-administration DEP Commissioner. Obama hired Lisa Jackson, and Frank Pallone's wife, over at the EPA because neither is qualified for any real job and both like their government income while you and I pay the bills or are unemployed, or underemployed and overtaxed.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Ability to laugh at oneself (and, at times, the company principals) is a must.
Supporting principals on the day-to-day management of overall
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#1 In January 2009, the official U.S. unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. Today it is 9.1 percent.
#2 When Barack Obama took office, the number of "long-term unemployed" in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that number is up to 6.2 million.
#3 When Barack Obama first became president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States was $1.83. Today it is $3.79. This also affects the price of almost everything else that we buy.
#4 In April 2009, the average U.S. household spent approximately $201 on gasoline. In April 2011, the average U.S. household spent approximately $369on gasoline.
#5 According to an article in the Daily Mail, the cost of a Memorial Day cookout was 29 percent higher this year than it was last year.
#6 When Barack Obama was sworn in, there were nearly 32 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 44 million on food stamps.
#7 According to the U.S. Census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by about 2 million in just the past 2 years.
#8 When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars. Today it is 14.3 trillion dollars.
#9 The federal government has borrowed 29,660 more dollars per household since Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus law two years ago.
#10 During Barack Obama's first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.
#11 The combined debt of the major GSEs (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae) has increased from 3.2 trillion in 2008 to 6.4 trillion in 2011. Thanks to George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, U.S. taxpayers are standing behind that debt.
#12 Under Obama, the U.S. trade deficit continues to grow. The trade deficitwas about 33 percent larger in 2010 than it was in 2009, and the 2011 trade deficit is expected to be even bigger.
#13 Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year. That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in all of U.S. history.
#14 Just since August, 2 million more Americans have left the labor force.
#15 In 2010, more than a million U.S. families lost their homes to foreclosure for the first time ever, and that number is expected to go even higher in 2011.
#17 The U.S. dollar has fallen by 17 percent compared to other major national currencies since 2009.
#18 Faith in the U.S. dollar and in U.S. Treasuries is rapidly declining. The mainstream news is not reporting on it much, but right now the Chinese are rapidly dumping U.S. government debt. That is not a good sign.
#19 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs about $1500.
#20 Americans seem to be more pessimistic about the economy than ever. According to a brand new poll, 61 percent of Americans believe that they will not return to their "pre-recession" lifestyles until at least 2014.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
For the record, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson is SUPPOSED to be representing citizens of the State of NJ, not unions. More specifically, he is SUPPOSED to be representing NJ's 37th Legislative District, not unions.
Assemblyman Johnson serves on the Law and Public Safety Committee (as Chair). My fellow 2A supporters and defenders should note that Gordon Johnson, as chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee, is the guy to get rid of if we want to see the failed One Gun a Month theory thrown away.
Keith Jensen and Gregory John Aslanian are the Republican candidates in that district. I'll do some homework, maybe I'll be willing to take the drive up to Bergen to volunteer my time and efforts to help those opposing Johnson, who has here stated that he has no intention of supporting the taxpayers, just the unions.
The GOP candidates for Assembly inare Keith Jensen of Fort Lee and John Aslanian of Englewood Cliffs. Jensen, 37, is a local entrepreneur who ran for the Republican nomination for Congress last year. He is also a U.S. Army veteran. Aslanian, 57, is a marketing and product development consultant for the health care industry and also ran for the Republican nomination for Congress in 2010 in District 9.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Let Us Be Clear State That We Certainly Don’t Propose That We Are On The Scale Of, Or As Good As Andrew Breitbart & Other Bloggers Of His Stature…We Know We Have A Long Way To Go Studying Under Their Collective Wings.
But This Kind Of Coverage They Offer Is Where We Need To Be Going In Order To Get To The Bottom Of Things Here In Neptune. “Something’s Gotta Give.”
But, it takes more than 100 or so page hits a day to get the “revolution” going. YOU must start spreading the word amongst your Neptunian friends....However, if there is no one to do the real digging, what’s the result? Corruption and deceit festers. Taxpayer’s money gets wasted and people get hurt....To Our Elected Officials & Administration. We Are Watching. It’s Only A Matter Of Time Before You Trip Up & People Finally See What You Are Up To & What You Are Getting Away With.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
I don't really follow any sports, I catch the evening news' 2 minutes of "sports" at the end of the telecast and I see the headline of the Sports section of the paper before I throw it into the "recycle" pile... BUT I'm a BIG Yankees fan, because I said I am. Further, not only am I a BIG Yankees fan, I'm now part of the team! How you ask? Well I signed a paper that confirms I'm a member of the Yankee team, it was that easy! No one checked my skill-set, no one asked why I'm a member of the Yankee team, no one asked if I know any Yankee team history or share the Yankee team's winning vision, Yankee leadership wanted more people on the Yankee team and accept any and all offers, no pre-qualification, come and go as you please, stand, or don't stand for anything. And it's great, once you're a member of the Yankee team, by signing a little paper and mailing it in, you can say things like "we won!" or "our captain is great" or "management needs to get their heads on straight!" or "we played great but came up short, we'll try harder next time" - you get to speak for the whole Yankee team and represent them to your friends, family and neighbors and because you're signed on as a member of the Yankee team, they know, or think, you speak for the Yankee team.
I don't really follow any politics, I catch the evening news' 2 minutes of "politics" at the end of the telecast and I see the headline of the Local section of the paper before I throw it into the "recycle" pile... BUT I'm a BIG Republican fan, because I said I am. Further, not only am I a BIG Republican fan, I'm now part of the team! How you ask? Well I signed a paper that confirms I'm a member of the Republican team, it was that easy! No one checked my skill-set, no one asked why I'm a member of the Republican team, no one asked if I know any Republican team history or share the Republican team's winning vision, Republican leadership wanted more people on the Republican team and accept any and all offers, no pre-qualification, come and go as you please, stand, or don't stand for anything. And it's great, once you're a member of the Republican team, by signing a little paper and mailing it in, you can say things like "we won!" or "our Governor is great" or "management needs to get their heads on straight!" or "we played great but came up short, we'll try harder next time" - you get to speak for the whole Republican team and represent them to your friends, family and neighbors and because you're signed on as a member of the Republican team, they know, or think, you speak for the Republican team.