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Re: Barack Obama for President
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This is so delish. Just like 2004 except that the Angry Left is even more sure about the inevitability of Obama's victory than they were with Kerry/EDWARDS (remember him?). Hey, speaking of VEEPs who refuse to talk to the press...

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October 22, 2008

Biden's Traveling Press Corps Finds Little Opportunity To Ask Him Questions

(CBS)
From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - It might be surprising to some to learn that Sarah Palin is now talking to her national press corps more often than Joe Biden.

While the once silent Palin has taken questions from reporters that travel with her three times in the last week, Biden has not offered the same type of access to reporters who cover his every move on the campaign trail in almost two months.

As for comments that Biden made last weekend in Seattle about Obama facing an "international, generated crisis" in his first six months, Biden has said nothing more on the matter.

Republicans jumped at the chance to attack Biden for his words, saying it showed Barack Obama had yet to be tested with a major crisis, and the McCain campaign in particular vowed to make ?a big deal? out of the remarks, which made their way to the top of the conservative leaning Drudge Report for most of Monday and, among others, have been dissected by columnist Bill Kristol and leading conservative voices.

Biden spokesperson David Wade said on Tuesday that Biden had no plans to revisit those statements. Obama, when asked today about Biden?s statement, called them ?rhetorical flourishes.?

The handful of reporters from Biden?s national press corps who have followed him incessantly for two months have not had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the "crisis" matter - even to allow Biden to clarify his remarks - because he has not taken questions or held a press availability with his press corps since Sept. 7.

Last month in Akron, Biden chided McCain and Palin for not holding such availabilities with the press.

?I got asked a question by the press this morning, er, yesterday,? Biden told the crowd last month. ?I've done a lot of press, I've done, I don't know, I was told I did 68, 70 press conferences, and the person says, ?What do you think about Sarah Palin?? I said, ?When she does three, I'll let you know, I don't know, I don't have any idea, I don't know, I don't know.? You know, I mean, look, and it's not, look guys, it's not just Sarah Palin, when's the last time John, when's the last time John's had a press conference? I'm serious."

Biden was factually incorrect ? he had conducted at the time over 80 interviews, not press conferences, ranging from local newspapers to network morning shows, with an appearance on NBC?s "Meet the Press" and a dozen interviews with major networks and newspapers.

And to belatedly answer Biden?s question, it has been 55 days since he held a press conference. He has held two since being named Obama?s running mate.

Biden has also not taken questions from voters in a town hall style setting since Sept. 10 in Nashua, New Hampshire, when he told a supporter that Hillary Clinton might have been a better pick for vice president.

Since then, Biden has only held ?community gatherings? and ?rallies? where he makes a speech and chats briefly with supporters on the ropeline under the blare of music, no questions asked. Even there, Biden says very little after a digital recorder caught him making statements on clean coal that did not coincide with Obama?s energy policies.

He told Jay Leno on ?The Tonight Show? that it was the reason he stays mum when greeting voters, hoping to avoid making comments that might be publicized and used against Obama.

"Look, I've made many a gaffe in my life, and I suspect I'll make a whole lot more," he told Leno. "But you do worry. You know, I was on a rope?you go down what they call a rope line. You make a speech; there's four, five, six thousand people, and they line up and you shake hands. And everybody has, not everybody, a lot of people have cameras, and they have these little video phones?so I learned to just go, ?Mm, mm, mm, mm.? Walk down the line. I don't say anything anymore."

On the day of the final debate, reporters had to interrupt Biden as he waited for a hamburger during a photo-op at a diner in Ohio to ask questions.

Asked dozens of times when Biden would take formally questions from the national reporters who have been following him, Wade said Biden instead favors one-on-one interviews and would hold a press availability ?when we have some news to make.?

Posted on: 2008/10/22 20:49
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Re: Barack Obama for President
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Interesting that the closer Obama seems to get to being elected (according to the pollsters, at least), the further the stock market has fallen. I guess the smart money is abandoning ship before the country hits an iceberg...

Why?

Anybody want to guess how quickly an Obama Administration would backtrack on its "no middle class tax hike" pledge? I'd give him less than 6 mos. before "the malaise we confront" is the excuse given for throwing that promise out the window.


Yeah, but exactly the opposite. From CNN today:

Dow: Biggest one-day runup ever
Dow jumps 680 points, topping the 9,100 level, as investors bet the worst is over.


Any more stupid questions, tool?


From today's WSJ: "Even so, the Dow remains down 34% from its record hit Oct. 9, 2007, and down 13% in October alone." So we'll see if yesterday's rally holds up...or whether Monday was just a dead cat bounce.

(The Dow is already in the red in early trading Tuesday).

As the burden of Obama's "tax cut" (read: wealth transfer) becomes clearer, I wager Hope will turn into Despair.

But that's OK, right? After all, Obama's whole career has been about the triumph of Style over substance.


That is rich--a Republican complaining about a tax cut. Priceless. And you obviously know absolutely nothing about Obama's career. And how about McCain's entire career? It has been premised on one qualification: "I'm a war hero!!" And now he has sold his soul to the far right. Pathetic. Obama's best qualifications for being president?

1.) He's not a Republican.

The end. (Dow back in the green now, by the way.)



Did you say tax cut? You must misunderstand. Obama's "tax cut" is an illusion ("Watch the pink handkerchief, boys and girls!") since 1/3 of income earners don't pay a dime in taxes already. Giving 95% of us a "tax cut" is just a slicker way of saying "welfare payment." Gotta give him credit for that.

Besides, the fact is there's no way he can pay for the billions of dollars in programs he's proposing and cut taxes. One will have to bow out to what Obama will surely call "the realities of the budget." So guess which one he won't deliver on?

I'll take a war hero to a liberal demagogue any day.

P.S.--Dow is off nearly 300 points. The rally's dead (long live the rally.)

Posted on: 2008/10/14 18:59
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Re: Barack Obama for President
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Loopy wrote:
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jediweapon wrote:
Interesting that the closer Obama seems to get to being elected (according to the pollsters, at least), the further the stock market has fallen. I guess the smart money is abandoning ship before the country hits an iceberg...

Why?

Anybody want to guess how quickly an Obama Administration would backtrack on its "no middle class tax hike" pledge? I'd give him less than 6 mos. before "the malaise we confront" is the excuse given for throwing that promise out the window.


Yeah, but exactly the opposite. From CNN today:

Dow: Biggest one-day runup ever
Dow jumps 680 points, topping the 9,100 level, as investors bet the worst is over.


Any more stupid questions, tool?


From today's WSJ: "Even so, the Dow remains down 34% from its record hit Oct. 9, 2007, and down 13% in October alone." So we'll see if yesterday's rally holds up...or whether Monday was just a dead cat bounce.

(The Dow is already in the red in early trading Tuesday).

As the burden of Obama's "tax cut" (read: wealth transfer) becomes clearer, I wager Hope will turn into Despair.

But that's OK, right? After all, Obama's whole career has been about the triumph of Style over substance.

Posted on: 2008/10/14 14:44
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Re: Barack Obama for President
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Interesting that the closer Obama seems to get to being elected (according to the pollsters, at least), the further the stock market has fallen. I guess the smart money is abandoning ship before the country hits an iceberg...

Why?

Anybody want to guess how quickly an Obama Administration would backtrack on its "no middle class tax hike" pledge? I'd give him less than 6 mos. before "the malaise we confront" is the excuse given for throwing that promise out the window.

Posted on: 2008/10/13 15:17
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Re: directv in a brownstone?
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Just make sure it's not visible from the street. Also, tell the guy who comes to install it NOT to drill straight down into the roof (or else it's just a matter of time before you get leaks.) Have him use a proper raised mount.

Posted on: 2008/10/13 15:09
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Re: Jury Duty
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Bring plenty of reading material...
Most of your co-jurors are morons and/or only care about getting released by 3pm each day. The assistant prosecutors are worse--truly the most arrogant b*stards you'll ever encounter. It's enough to make you question your faith in our judicial system. Or at least what passes for a judicial system in Hudson County.

Posted on: 2008/10/13 15:07
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Re: LIberal Churches in Jersey City
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Liberation theology is dead. Amen!

Posted on: 2008/7/18 14:44
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Re: Near the Holland Tunnel: Jersey City members of MoveOn.org shout "Stop the reign! Stop McCain!"
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What a joke.

Didn't Motley Crue break up years ago?

I bet they all drove to their Saabs and Volvos to the protest, thereby contributing buckets of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Posted on: 2008/7/10 18:13
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Re: Street Sweeping
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The whole business is a racket. Anybody ever noticed the "street sweepers" don't actually sweep up anything?

The SOLE purpose is to grow revenue by ticketing vehicles, ostensibly to clear the way for the "street sweepers."

Which is a shame. Because as long as the JCPA (just about the most corrupt and patronage-ridden agency in JC, by the way) is going to waste taxpayer-funded diesel driving these things up and down the streets of Our Fair City, they might as well actually function. Right?

The sweepers in NYC work just fine--you could eat of the freshly swept pavement. But somehow JC managed to wind up with a munificent fleet of leaf blowers on wheels...

Shall we petition Boss Healy? Or just collapse into a heap of smoldering curbside cynicism?

Posted on: 2008/7/3 14:59
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Re: Where are all the BJ shopping carts coming from?
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It's funny--BJ's has a squad of off duty S.W.A.T. officers and bounty hunters patrolling its parking lot 24-7 in order to ward off (or tow) any vehicle with passengers destined for the mall across the street. But these goons can't stop people from wheeling dozens of fire engine-red carts a week from the premises?

Or maybe it's just that those carts have learned to procreate (like rabbits.)

Posted on: 2008/5/29 14:06
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Re: Jersey City Hospitals and how can they attract patients with private insurance
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"How are they appealing to patients with private insurance?" Well, for one thing, they are spending thousands of dollars running full-color ads in local media (Jersey Journal, etc.) that tout their bloated, taxpayer-funded facilities.
But, of course, anybody with $0.02 to their name heads across the Hudson for quality health care...

Posted on: 2008/5/28 19:18
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Re: $1.5M makeover to begin at City Council Chambers
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City Hall makeover? Maybe. But this CITY HALL ANNEX proposal is truly outrageous...How long do you think it will take for the already bloated payroll to fill up those new cubicles with more HCDO stooges?


May build adjunct City Hall next to the Med Center
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A plan to build an adjunct Jersey City City Hall on a site adjacent to the Jersey City Medical Center was unveiled at Monday's City Council caucus meeting.

In the planning stage, the four-story development would be built on city-owned property on Jersey Avenue behind the Jersey City Medical Center and would include 120,000 square feet of space to house city departments and offices, and a parking deck with 130 spaces plus 50,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, said representatives of DMR, a Hasbrouck Heights developer.

The parking facility and the retail space would most likely be managed by private firms, officials said.

There's also the possibility

the JCMC would construct a medical arts building to house office to serve doctors affiliated with the hospital, officials said.

Numbers are still being crunched to determine the cost of the project, said City Council President Mariano Vega.

EARL MORGAN

Posted on: 2008/5/27 19:55
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Re: Hearing delay irks gun store owner: Owner's licenses to sell and carry firearms still revoked
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Hate to rain on your faux parade, but muskets WERE the 18th Century equivalent of uzi sub-machine guns.

And while we're on the topic of parsing prose, it's been well documented (by "liberal" as well as "conservative" Constitutional scholars) that the Founders did, in fact, specifically refer to an INDIVIDUAL right to bear arms when they wrote the Second Amendment.

Posted on: 2008/5/21 14:45
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Re: Hearing delay irks gun store owner: Owner's licenses to sell and carry firearms still revoked
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Just goes to show you how Hudson Country grand jurors are all too willing to indict a ham sandwich in return for an extended lunch recess.

Quite apart from the "aggravated assault" issue, the guy clearly had a license to carry. And yet the bozo assistant prosecutors were able to get trumped up counts of unlawful possession (2) and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose without so much as a dissenting whimper from jurors.

In fact, indictments by sleepy and analytically-impaired grand jurors in Jersey City are so routine that the assistant prosecutor in charge had no trouble getting "an officer [to] testif[y] to the grand jury that Murray had no permit to carry a gun."

In defense of that rent-a-cop like testimony, Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey says the officer was "testifying to the best of his ability."

That's not saying much, is it?

Posted on: 2008/5/9 16:18
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Re: Stolen Trashcans
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easy solution:

1.) buy one 12-gauge pump shotgun and a 14-inch Mag-Lite.

2.) tie 6-10 Campbell's soup cans to garbage receptacles with fishing line.

3.) wait for dark.

4.) when cans start a-jangling, open window, focus beam of Mag-Lite and pump chamber for maximum effect.

5.) watch teens scramble.

6.) repeat.

works every time!

Posted on: 2008/4/15 19:26
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Re: The Embankment Restaurant
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Just want to register a big thumbs up for this place.

Not only is a decent restaurant sorely needed north of Newark Avenue (no, I don't consider the Hamilton Park stAle House to be a foodie favorite), but The Embankment offers a lot of quality fare for the price. I have to admit that I didn't try the most expensive entree (a $28 dry aged steak), but the appetizers, burgers and pasta dishes were all reasonably priced and tres delish. The decor may be a bit Spartan, but who's complaining when the $6 draft beer is served in a tennis ball can-sized glass iced mug (and half-priced at happy hour)?

Mind you, I sense this isn't a particularly place for bar flies and bucket beer nights (at ease, Ale House fans). But if you're up for a reasonably priced and very high quality meal this side of Hoboken, I whole-heartedly recommend The Embankment. (Props are due, too, for the apropos name me thinks.)

Sure beats "Ox" in my book...

Posted on: 2008/4/15 19:11
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Re: Embankment Rabbits
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Oh good. Rabbits attract coyotes and other predators. That means we may get the 6th St. Embankment added to the NJDEP's small game hunting Zone 36 (covering Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties.) Lock 'n' load!

Posted on: 2008/4/2 14:36
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Re: Three 40-plus story towers on 110 and 111 First Street sites.
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Reminds me of the tale of the Ryugyong Hotel, a towering yet half built structure in central Pyongyang that has been left to rot after the North Korean government ran out of money to finance it. Same thing may happen here now that the liquidity merry-go-round has screeched to a halt. Don't be surprised if a lot of the "luxury" skycrapers on the books turn into multi-story ghettos or abandoned ghost towers.

Don't forget that property developers know no bounds, they will continue to build and build and build until the local market completely craps out (or until City Hall stops sending abatements their way.)

The relentless push to build more and faster is a train wreck in the making. And when it happens, as it surely will, property values all around JC will suffer a multi-decade setback.

Enjoy the view!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Dp ... yang_hotel_rugen_05_s.jpg

Posted on: 2008/2/19 16:00
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Re: motorcycle dudes unite
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This guys defines the term public nuisance. Riding a muffler-less bike around in the middle of the night has got to be a major breach of municipal quality of life ordinances.

What's ironic is that he's riding to and fro the corner of Jersey and 7th just a couple of blocks up from a police precinct. In fact, there's a steady stream of cruisers that come down 7th at the end of their nighttime patrols. Blissfully ignorant or negligent? Your guess is as good as mine.

I suggest that all of us make it a habit to call the precinct to complain EVERY time the guy fires up his bike past midnight--at least on weekdays.

If that doesn't work, we can always start handing out the pitchforks and torches.

Posted on: 2008/2/19 15:48
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Re: Hoboken will be just a walk away
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Let's see if Gov. "Tax-A-Lot" Corzine can find a way to install a $2.00 toll on the new foot bridge as well.

Posted on: 2008/2/14 19:44
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Re: Did the Tunnel Diner close? Say it ain't so!
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So sad. CBS AM 880 used to do their "man-on-the-street" interviews there after big events.

The writing was on the wall--most of the letters on the neon sign out front had long since burnt out.

Dunno how but the adjoined malt liquor store is still in biz...

Posted on: 2008/2/12 21:44
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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There is a large amount of criminology research that has shown that allowing law abiding citizens to carry either decreases crime or at worst has no effect. The very argument that you make was made before Florida enacted a "shall issue" concealed carry law yet crime went way down afterwards. It is obvious that those inclined toward crime are made less likely to do so when a potential victim may be armed.

I suspect that you have little experience with people who legally own and carry firearms. In my experience, those who do so are much more careful to avoid putting themselves in a position where they would be involved in a violent confrontation than the average person.

You are also more than a bit mistaken in terms of your faith in the police having extensive firearms training above and beyond those who have a carry license. My father was a police officer and qualifying with a handgun amounted to hitting some stationary targets a couple times a year. Some cops practice on their own time but in general they are as much all over the map as private gun owners. Nevertheless, their having firearms is a huge deterrent to criminals and most cops never have to shoot at someone. It's mostly about deterring rather than shooting, and this is even more true of private gun owners.

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On the subject of people carrying concealed handguns...

Believing that having "law abiding citizens" walking around the streets armed would make us all safe is a fantasy. People get in arguments all the time in congested urban areas like ours. I do not believe that most "law abiding citizens" with a gun would be able to control themselves in an altercation with another. Even in a simple argument, a person carrying a gun would be more belligerent knowing that they have a gun at their side. I don't trust human nature enough to allow a bunch of "law abiding citizens" to be armed on the streets. To many idiots have not broken the law and that is your only qualification for owning a gun (besides age and mental defect). I don't mind cops with guns because they have extensive training.

If you want a gun in your house... fine, whatever, I don't care. Be responsible. Just don't shoot me through the wall while you are cleaning it.

Sorry to get off topic.


It's silly to think that exercising the right to own a LEGAL firearm means that the streets of JC will erupt in duals by gun slingers. The whole point is that the right to bear arms in self-defense comes with a heavy responsibility. The penalties for mis-use are justifiably severe. As has been pointed out, hunters that own firearms in JC have not precipitated mass bloodshed over neighborhood disputes.

As for that "large amount of criminology research," most of it points to exactly the opposite conclusion gun haters espouse. Case in point: an August of 2007 study by American criminologist Don Kates and Canadian criminologist Gary Mauser published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, which shows NO correlation whatsoever between civil gun ownership and murder or suicide rates. Check it out at:

www.law.harvard.edu/students/o ... No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

The truth shall set you free.

Posted on: 2008/2/5 16:08
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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I found a similar story that happen in Las Vegas, except this one had a different ending.

Police say 'good guys won' in home break-in, shooting....


Hey, remember this one! This gun owner sure knew what to do to trick or treaters! Guns in America kill tens of thousands each year, very few of which are perps in action.

Grief Spans Sea as Gun Ends a Life Mistakenly
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage ... 63BF932A15753C1A964958260

Seeing the Halloween decorations at the Peairs house, they stopped and knocked. Mrs. Peairs answered and, startled, quickly shut the door. She called for her husband to get his gun, according to the sheriff's office. The boys walked to the carport door, where Mr. Peairs appeared with a gun. He told them to "freeze."

But Mr. Hattori did not understand. He spoke little English. "He don't know what the hell freeze means," Colonel Barnett said. Mr. Hattori kept moving toward Mr. Peairs, who shot him at close range.


The old Yoshihiro "Me No English" Hattori chestnut, eh? Let's see that dates from when exactly? Ah, yes, 1992.

For every foreign exchange student who doesn't understand the word "freeze!" (and presumably never saw a single Hollywood action film), there are tens of thousands of incidents every year where law abiding citizens save their lives when confronted by gun-wielding criminals in their homes and neighborhoods.

This is a favorite from an admittedly radical fringe publication for right-wing nuts called The New York Times...

September 9, 2006
Woman in a Wheelchair Shoots an Attacker
By ANAHAD O?CONNOR and SARAH GARLAND

As muggings go, it began like many others. A 56-year-old woman was leaving her building in her wheelchair, her only company the small dog perched on her lap.

Her attacker came from behind, the police said, and there was no one else around. But this attempted robbery had an ending unlike many others. As it turns out, the would-be victim, Margaret Johnson, has a permit to carry a .357 handgun ? and she carries it often.

The mugging ended seconds after it began, the police said, when Ms. Johnson pulled out her gun and shot her attacker in his arm. Last night, the man accused of the attempted mugging, Deron Johnson, 45, was in stable condition at Harlem Hospital Center with a gunshot wound to his elbow, the police said. He was under protective custody and is facing a robbery charge, the police said.

Ms. Johnson, who was treated at a local hospital and later released, said she suffered bruises to her neck and arm. ?I?m tired, I?m really tired,? she said as she sat in her apartment last night, wearing a tan baseball cap and appearing rattled. ?He tried to mug me, so I shot him.?

Friends and neighbors said they were not shocked to learn that the woman known to scoot around her building with her small dog had held her ground. Tio Frederick, 26, a lawyer and neighbor who has known Ms. Johnson for 20 years, called her amicable but tough and spunky. ?I wouldn?t assume that if she got mugged she would let someone just take her stuff,? she said.

The encounter began about 3 p.m. on a sidewalk behind 470 Lenox Avenue in Harlem, the building where Ms. Johnson has lived for more than 20 years. The building has a doorman and many of its residents are professionals, but neighbors have recently complained about robberies.

Yesterday, as is often the case, friends said, Ms. Johnson had her small bichon with her, and was going to a nearby firing range. As she rolled out of the building, a man approached, and Ms. Johnson tried to say hello, said Lynell Bunce, 40, a friend who spoke with Ms. Johnson afterward. ?She found him walking by, and she was going to say, ?Good afternoon,? ? Ms. Bunce said.

Instead of returning the greeting, the man looked away and walked past her without saying a word, Ms. Bunce said. Seconds later, Ms. Johnson felt an arm grab her violently from behind, tearing at her pocketbook and her necklace.

The man managed to get the necklace, but Ms. Johnson refused to let go of her pocketbook, the police said.

As the man choked her and struggled with her, Ms. Johnson pulled out her gun and fired a single shot.

The police said that Ms. Johnson did not have a criminal record and was not facing any charges. The permit she has for her gun allows her to have it in her home and to transport it to a range, which is what she was doing, they said.

The man accused of attacking her, Mr. Johnson (no relation), was described by the authorities as a ?robbery recidivist,?? with nine previous arrests. He spent several years in prison for criminal sale of a controlled substance, and he was released in February 2003, according to Department of Correction Records.

Last night, Ms. Johnson was in no mood to celebrate what she did, friends said. Ms. Bunce, a longtime neighbor, said Ms. Johnson was frightened and threatened never to walk her dog again.

?She was very much the victim,? Ms. Bunce said. ?She was scared for her life. She?s devastated.?

Posted on: 2008/2/4 22:41
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Re: Police: Robberies spike at Newport Centre Mall
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The mall operators should blast classical music from the rafters at full volume. You know, a good selection of Mahler, Rachmininoff and Stravinsky. Maybe a touch of Brahms from time to time? That'll clear out all the Bloods, Crips and doo-rag wearing Wannabes mighty quick.
Plus: Close the Gitmo-like movie "theater" upstairs (you know, the one with the gummy floors and broken back seating.)

Posted on: 2008/2/4 22:21
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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Using your line of reasoning, we would have an entirely different problem than criminals breaking down doors. It would be the numbers of dead or wounded children victimized by gun-owning residents. How many of those to whom you would allow gun ownership do you think are drunks, addicts, or border line maniacs? In any inner city area the numbers are staggering. And how will you counter? By saying that they must be sure to lock up their firearms? How about making sure they're of sound mind before they reach for their weapon. Get real. Arming the citizens is surrendering. Fighting for safe neighborhoods is a lot saner.

Yes, the story is horrible. And so is your response.


Nobody is advocating handing out guns like candy. Convicted felons, the mentally ill and the like are already prohibited from obtaining a firearms license. But what about the rest of us--the law-abiding, sane and rational folks? Most people are no more likely to shoot their neighbor than they are to brandish steak knives against one another. The fact that we are in an "inner city" seems, if anything, to make the case for more deterrents, not less. Of course, a responsive police force is a big part of the answer. (How about more cops walking beats instead of randomly roaming around in cruisers?) But we shouldn't discount self-defense as an active deterrent. After all, chances are better-than-average that the dealers and other criminal elements are packing illegal (read: unregistered) heat. So where does that leave the rest of us? Sitting ducks.

Posted on: 2008/2/4 20:21
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Re: Alarming lead levels in the drinking water found at 6 Jersey City schools
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Ah, yes! More good deeds from our friendly $230K-a-year Superintendent Epps. Well, at least HIS kids can afford to brush their teeth with Evian, right?

"But it remained unclear why Epps believed shutting these outlets solved the problem in 2006, but not yesterday, when he ordered staff to instruct students - some as young as 4 years old - not to drink water from the faucet."

It's ALL good, people.

Posted on: 2008/2/1 23:54
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Re: Downed Parachutist In Hudson Off Exchange Place?
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Delightful! More antics from the JC keystone cops.

At least they got to dust off the some of their million dollar "anti-terrorist" equipment like, say, oh I dunno...our fleet of Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Vehicles?

http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/web/pressdetail.asp?pressID=116

Ah, friends. Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Posted on: 2008/2/1 23:47
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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So NOW do we all understand why Boss Healy's efforts to strip law-abiding citizens of their right to protect themselves in their own homes with firearms is so wrong-headed?

Since the "home invaders" know how it's almost impossible to get a legal permit for a firearm in JC, isn't that a pretty big incentive for them to do as they please without fear of retribution? Conversely, if the "home invaders" believed that more home owners were armed in JC would they be so brazen?

We are living in a war zone after midnight, folks.

Think about it.

Posted on: 2008/2/1 22:57
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Re: Plan Green Expo at Liberty Park
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Quite a regular


Oh wow! It's just great to see PSE&G funding such a worthy, affirmative and eco-friendly community inititive!

What a crock.

I don't know what's harder to believe--that a massive CO2 polluter and chronic over-charger like PSE&G is waving its "green" credentials...

or

...that knuckleheads like Ed Begley Jr. and Ted Danson have hopped aboard this PR Express train--presumably for some measure of added fame and fortune.

P.S.--Is "special guest" Don Imus going to play an exhibition game against the Rutger Girls BBall squad?

Posted on: 2008/1/24 21:54
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Re: New York Times: PATH Train Commute From Hoboken to 33rd Street and Journal Square to 33rd Street
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Quite a regular


Clearly Ms. Cohen is clueless. There must be tens of thousands of commuters between JC and Manhattan on any given day that DON'T park at Harrison and live in West Orange. But she manages to find a couple and extrapolate a trend.

Here's my favorite bone-headed line:
"On both trains I took...there were more men than women. Do the wives all stay home in New Jersey, or work closer to their homes?"

Not exactly Pulitzer-level investigative journalism. Let's hope the NYT's White House correspondent is a little more dogged...

Posted on: 2008/1/24 17:37
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