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New Jersey School Combats Ebola by Banning Kids From Non-Ebola Countries

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Although two African countries have now been declared officially free of Ebola and most are unaffected by the recent Ebola outbreak, one elementary school in New Jersey isn’t taking any chances. 

Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, following an announcement that Senegal is also rid of the virus. But despite these Ebola success stories, the virus is still rapidly spreading in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. As the death toll continues to increase, one elementary school in New Jersey is taking matters into their own hands… by banning children from Rwanda.

Two students from Rwanda, who were scheduled to start classes at a New Jersey school Monday, are being encouraged to stay home and complete a 21-day waiting period—the incubation period for Ebola—before they can enter the school, plus another week (you know, just in case).

The school informed teachers of two children from Rwanda who were set to start school today, but word got out and parents went nuts. Despite the fact that Rwanda hasn’t had one case of Ebola and it is 2,600 miles from the closest afflicted country in West Africa, the parents decided to err on the side of Ebola hysteria caution and object to their attendence. There’s no time to consult a map when faced with an Ebola outbreak!

The parental backlash worked and the parents of the symptom-free Rwandan students decided (with a little pressure from the school…) to keep their kids out of school for the next 21+ days.

“The Maple Shade School District takes the health of all students and staff very seriously. As many of you are aware, we have students who have spent time in the eastern portion of Africa that were scheduled to start in our schools on Monday. This area of Africa has been unaffected by the Ebola virus. Despite the fact that the students are symptom-free and not from an affected area, the parents have elected to keep their children home past the 21 day waiting period. The family is looking forward to joining the Maple Shade Schools the following week,” the school wrote in a statement.

Many parents seemed happy with the family’s decision to keep their possibly disease-ridden children away for 28 days.

“I think for another couple weeks. I don’t think it would hurt, I mean you have a lot of children that are involved, so I don’t think it would hurt,” said local parent Billy Dennison.

“Them taking an extra week beyond the 21 days before coming to school is more than appreciated,” another parent said.

Interestingly enough, Dallas, Texas has had 3 cases of Ebola and is only 1,500 miles away from New Jersey. Yet for some reason the school hasn’t taken any steps to quarantine any students from Texas…

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New Jersey Man Doesn’t Understand the Concept of Double Jeopardy… Or Just Loves Prison

Shoe Robbery Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy? Double crime! After spending 15 years in prison for robbing a children’s shoe store, Christopher Miller headed straight back to the same shop after being released and robbed it again

In 1999, a 25-year-old Christopher Miller was arrested after he forced a bunch of shoe salesmen into the back room of the Stride Rite shoe store in Toms River, tied them up and fled with cash from the register.

Apparently in New Jersey that gets you about 15 years in the slammer so off Miller went.

Fast forward to 2014 and Miller is released from prison. First on his agenda? Rob the shoe store again.

One day after being released Miller, now 40, took a bus from Atlantic City to Toms River to visit his old robbing ground. He entered the shoe store and demanded cash, telling the workers – a teenage boy and 43-year-old woman – to go to the back room. When they refused, he became agitated, grabbed the $389 that was in the cash register and the two employees’ cell phones, and fled the scene. Police later found him a few blocks away and charged him with robbery. Again.

As for why Miller would commit the same crime twice, Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little has a theory: he really wanted to go back to the comfort of prison (think Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption).

“Maybe that’s the only life he knows, and the only thing he could think of was going back to the same store and doing the same crime again — getting caught and going back where he was taken care of and told what to do and getting meals and shelter and everything else,” he said.

But another theory is that Miller watched the movie Double Jeopardy while in prison and thought “Wait a minute, I can’t be arrested for robbing the same store twice! It’s the perfect crime!”

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All White Wrestling Team Thinks Lynching Black Dummy Shows School Spirit

White Boys Lynching

Eight members of a Phillipsburgh, New Jersey high school wrestling team were banned from a state tournament days after a photo surfaced of team members lynching a black wrestling dummy.

The photo features seven of the wrestlers simulating a lynching of a black wrestling dummy in a Paulsboro High School’s shirt – the school’s longtime wrestling rival. Even though 37 percent of residents of Paulsboro, New Jersey are African-American, compared to only 7.5 percent of Phillipsburgh, the boys insist the dummy’s colour had nothing to do with it – they were just trying to show school spirit.

The boys’ lawyer, speaking on behalf of the students, said:

“[W]hen we spontaneously set the scene and posed for the photograph, our sole purpose was to promote school spirit and portray our wrestling team as victor over two of our archrivals — Paulsboro High School and Kittatinny High School, and not for any other purpose.”

“In outfitting the wrestling dummy, we did not give any thought to the physical appearance of the dummy as anything other than an unidentified generic wrestler.

“We did not intend to disparage anyone,” he continued. “We are truly sorry for any harm we may have caused.”

Their attorney also noted that the wrestling dummy in the photo is used in daily practices and, as far as they know, is only manufactured in dark leather. If there were a white dummy, they totally would have lynched him too. Or would they have chosen a non-lynching intimidation tactic? Like perhaps some sort of wrestling move… because, they’re wrestling team.

Much like the high school girls that thought it was appropriate to feature fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread for Black History Month, the boys’ action, however “innocently” it came to be, seems pretty dumb in retrospect. If they can’t understand why a photo of a bunch of white boys lynching a black dummy might be slightly offensive – especially when one of them appears to be wearing a Ku Klux Klan type hat – then that high school is doing a pretty poor job on the education front.

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Chris Christie Throws Staff Members Under the Bus… And Other News

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie threw his staff members under the bus when addressing the press over Bridgegate. Luckily, the bus wasn’t moving because it was sitting in heavy traffic on the George Washington Bridge.

At the press conference, Chris Christie announced he had fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly for her role in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge back in September to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee New Jersey – who did not endorse Christie in the election. The governor claims Kelly lied to him about her involvement and called his staff was “stupid” and “deceitful.” Chris Christie maintains that he had “no knowledge or involvement in this issue” and will personally apologize to the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey in a trip there later today – traffic permitting. USA Today

France Controversial ComicThere’s nothing funny about anti-Semitism – or at least according to France’s highest court. France’s top court has reinstated a ban on French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. The city of Nantes had originally banned the comic’s performance, but a Nantes court overturned that ban earlier Thursday. Then hours after the court said he could go ahead with his show, the comic, who has seven convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech, was told he was banned from performing. Dieudonne denies his act is anti-semitic but media reports claim the show contains a string of derogatory references to Jews including the word “Shoananas,” a mash-up of the Hebrew word for Holocaust and the French word for pineapple. So I guess there’s a pineapple holocaust joke somewhere in there? BBC News

Vermont HeroinDoes Vermont have a heroin problem or are they just addicted to maple candy? Possibly both. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State Message talking about the “full-blown heroin crisis” facing the great state of Vermont. “In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us,” he said. He went on to inform the audience that treatment from opiate addictions in the state has increased 770 percent since 2000 and almost twice as many people died from heroin overdoses in 2013 than in 2012. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most uplifting speech. New York Times

AfghanistanIn a big f”ck you to the United States, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai ordered the release of dozens of prisoners accused of killing American soldiers. The United States is strongly opposed to their release because they still consider the prisoners threat, but Afghanistan says they don’t have enough evidence to try them. But American troops don’t have to worry too much about these prisoners covered in American blood running around – with Karzai refusing to sign a security deal with the US, they should be out of there by the end of 2014. New York Times

castro_2469933bNews flash: Fidel Castro is not dead. The Cuban leader made a rare public appearance – his first in 9 months. What finally got him out of the house? The opening of an art studio in Havana. Cuban and foreign news outlets published photographs showing a hunched over Castro, 87, using a walking stick as he chatted up Cuban artist Alexis Leyva. No sign of his brother Raul, who took over in 2006 after Fidel fell dangerously ill. Huffington Post

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Bridgegate: Chris Christie Shuts Down Bridge in Petty Political Vendetta

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Recently published emails reveal that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office created traffic mayhem by shutting down a bridge in order to get back at a political rival.

The emails and text link a Christie aide to the closure of lanes to the George Washington Bridge back in September. Apparently, the gridlock was intended to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who endorsed Christie’s opponent in the 2012 gubernatorial race.

In one email, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy on Christie’s senior staff, told a Port Authority official that it was “[t]ime for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” 

A few weeks later two of three traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge – a major crossing to New York City – were shut for several days, causing major traffic jams – especially in the New Jersey borough of Fort Lee.

As for the school busses full of children sitting in traffic all morning, officials had no problem with it since “they are the children of Buono voters” – referencing Christie’s election opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono.

Although Democrats suspected that the September lane closures was meant as punishment for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his re-election effort, Christie and Port Authority officials insisted the decision was part of a poorly planned traffic study. However, the newly released emails suggest otherwise. While the documents don’t directly implicate Christie with the lane closures, they make it clear that his staff were involved.

Christie, who is considered to be a top Republican presidential candidate for 2016, has previously denied that he or his staff had any role in the bridge incident and claims he knew nothing about the allegations of political retribution against the Mayor of Fort Lee – which means that Christie is either clueless or a big liar. Although the two may not be mutually exclusive…

Via: CNN

Update: Chris Christie has issued a statement:

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

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Liar Liar: Gay Waitress Lied About Anti-Gay Tip (Among Other Things…)

Gay Waitress Tip

A gay waitress from New Jersey sparked national outrage after she accused a couple of leaving an anti-gay note in lieu of a tip. Plot twist: she’s a compulsive liar.

Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, claimed earlier this month that a family of four racked up a $93.55 bill and instead of leaving her a tip, left her a note saying they couldn’t leave any extra money because they “do not agree with your lifestyle.”

After Morales emailed the story to a gay advocacy group and posted a picture of the bill on Facebook, the story made national headlines and prompted people to donate thousands of dollars to the discriminated against waitress.

TipTurns out the whole thing was bullsh*t. The couple accused of stiffing her on the bill produced a copy of their Visa bill showing $111.55 – a nearly 20% tip – and no homophobic note. The wife also claimed that she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line AND they are both Chris Christie haters because of his stance on gay marriage. If that’s not proof, I don’t know what is!

“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

Now, Morales’s frenemies are coming out of the woodwork to reveal her true personality and destroy any credibility she had left.

Other stories Morales has told include:

She was blown up by a land mine overseas and was the sole survivor of the explosion.

FALSE! Morales did serve in the Marines Corps reserve but never served overseas.

Her dad raped her and got her pregnant

FALSE! When people realized she wasn’t actually pregnant she said she had cervical cancer, which spread to the baby, killing it.

A boat tore through her living room during Superstorm Sandy.

FALSE! There was minor carpet damage.

After Morales got caught in her lie, she said she was going to give all the donations she received to the Wounded Warriors’ Project. She wouldn’t lie about that… oh wait.

Anyways, congratulations to Morales for simultaneously sullying the good name of women, the LGBT community, the Marine Corps, and the pristine state of New Jersey …no one likes New Jersey.

Via: Fox News

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True Love is Over: Courtney and Doug Split! And Other News…

Courtney Stodden and Doug

It’s true – Courtney Stodden and her husband/legal guardian Doug Hutchison have announced their divorce!

If a 16-year-old child bride with triple F boobs and a creepy 50-something-year-old pedophile who made a few movie appearances can’t make it, no one can!! The teen bride, now 19, and her husband of two years have officially confirmed that they are ‘legally separated’ and will soon divorce. According to her rep, Courtney is “interested in exploring life as an unmarried single young adult – with the freedom to explore her independence.” Translation: she wants to slut it up – Z-list style. But before you try to wipe away your sorrows by chugging ten bottles of vodka and re-watching “Don’t Put it On Me Girl”, Courtney wants everyone to know that Doug will remain her best friend “for life” as well as the co-manager of her career. They will also share custody of their dog, Dourtney. As for Doug, he can now try his luck with Courtney’s long lost sister Courtina or her troubled half-sister Courtland. Hollywood Life

NJ-Mall-Shooting-gunmanWhile it wasn’t as dramatic on the Kenyan mall siege, the New Jersey mall shooting did have a happier ending. Richard Shoop, the man suspected of opening fire at a New Jersey mall Monday night, was found dead early Tuesday from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 20 year-old fired off six founds in the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall prompting an immediate mall lockdown. No one (aside from Shoop) was reported injured. The motive for Shoop’s suicide mission? It appears he was addicted to MDMA – so who knows. ABC News

china-cat-sterilizedSave the cats! A massive cat rescue mission is underway in eastern China after hundreds of cats were taken from a cat dealer and released into a mountainous region. A truck carrying 1,000 cats (presumably to be eaten) was stopped at a highway toll gate. After officials determined the track lacked proper permits, they ordered the cats to be released into the wild. Animal-loving volunteers are now combing the area trying to locate the wandering cats and return them to their owners. CBC News

07-11-2012drcsoldiersPeace in the Congo! Just kidding – but it is a step in the right direction. The M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced that their 20-month rebellion is over, hours after the government claimed military victory. The rebels were cornered in in the hills along the border with Uganda and Rwanda, gave up, and said they would adopt “purely political means” to achieve their goals from now on. But don’t get your hopes of yet – there are still some 20 armed groups operating in Congo’s lawless state. BBC News

Russian TeenGoing once, going twice, sold to the creepy Russian gentleman for $27,950! A 18-year-old Russian girl has sold her virginity in an online auction for the noblest of causes: she wants money. The 18-year-old, known only by her nickname of Shatuniha, wrote that she is “in urgent need of money, so I am selling the most precious thing I possess.” A man named Evgeniy Volnev will do the honors after bidding almost $28k. The two will seal the deal at a hotel in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. NY Daily News

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Voters Head to the Polls in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia

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The vote is ON in three US states as voters head to the polls in the first major round of elections since last year’s Obama-Romney showdown.

Voters in New York City will bid farewell to three-term mayor Michael Bloomberg by choosing his successor while voters in New Jersey and Virginia will decide their next governors.

Here are Reagan’s top picks:

  • New York City Mayor: Bill de Blasio!
  • New Jersey Governor: Chris Christie!
  • Virginia Governor: Who cares? They’re both terrible.

New York City Mayor

Bill-de-Blasio-and-Joseph-LhotaAs a native Torontonian, my only criteria for a mayor of a major city is that they don’t smoke crack and “get hammered on the Danforth,” but New Yorkers may have slightly higher expectations.

Voters can choose between Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, a super liberal public advocate who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and has a bi-racial family with their own choreographed dance moves and Joe Lhota, a Republican who ran the city’s public transport authority under Mayor Bloomberg and would NOT stop the subways if there were kittens on the track.

However, it’s not so much a choice as a foregone conclusion. Bill de Blasio is CRUSHING the polls so much that he is worried about depressing voter turnout. The Democratic candidate is leading the polls by about 40 points – so he better get working on that victory party.

New Jersey Governor

Chris Christie FoodIn another electoral race that isn’t so much a race as it is a crushing defeat, incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie is expected to win re-election in New Jersey handily, despite yelling at every teacher he meets on the campaign trail.

But New Jersey voters aren’t watching to see if Chris Christie, the man who saved the state from Superstorm Sandy, can beat his Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono, because of course he can – he’s 20 points ahead and she can’t even raise money! No, New Jersey is watching to see if he’ll beat her so badly that he’ll be a shoo-in for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Virginia Governor

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Second DebateAnd then there’s Virginia…. The race for Virginia’s next governor is between ultra-conservative, Tea-party loving, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and politically corrupt Democrat Terry McAuliffe who once left his wife and newborn baby in a car for an hour while he attended a fundraiser.

As one voter lamented, it’s like picking between “a heart attack and cancer.” So much for the lesser of two evils… Even two of the state’s major newspapers, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Roanoke Times, declined to endorse either candidate. Nevertheless, it seems Virginia voters are siding slightly with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and his questionable business deals – but spoiled ballots may be the true winner of this race.

Via: New York Times & CBS News

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Lesus Christ! The Italian Mint Screws Up… And Other News

Lesus Christ

What would Lesus do? He would probably spell his name correctly.

The Italian State Mint misspelled Jesus on special medals for the Vatican to commemorate a new pontiff. The Vatican has had to pull over 6,000 of the gold, silver, and bronze collectibles that went on sale Tuesday which spelled “Jesus” as “Lesus.” The four lucky buyers who managed to get their hands on the Lesus medals before the error was noticed may be in for a treat – experts are predicting the value of the medals will soar. Lesus Christ! The Telegraph

Christie Big MacNew Jersey goes gay! A New Jersey judge has ruled against the state’s request to delay same-sex marriages, meaning same-sex couples could potentially walk down the aisle in as little as two weeks – no thanks to Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor wanted to push off gay marriage until the appeal of an earlier decision is settled. But mainly he felt that if he couldn’t marry what he loves (Big Macs), homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to marry who they love. The Guardian

StarbsStarbucks for President? No one likes a shutdown but Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz really hates a shutdown. The Starbs mogul is offering customers in the US a political petition, along with their $5 coffee, that urges Washington to get over their differences and end the government shutdown. Customers can sign the “Come Together Petition” online or print a copy, gather signatures and return it to the store. But how exactly can Congress end the government shutdown? By passing a “bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.” Easier said than done – especially when you’re dealing with Tea Party nuts. Maybe Starbucks should stick to coffee beans. CBC News

MigrantsAgain!?! A week after more than 300 African migrants drowned when their vessel capsized, another boat carrying 200 migrants has capsized off the same Italian island of Lampedusa. They should really look into their boat making skills – or at least find a better route. 27 people are confirmed dead but a significant number of the “undocumented Italian citizens” were rescued  by a life raft tossed down by a military aircraft. Rescuers are still searching for additional survivors. BBC News

elephant-pointElephants get the point! A new study published this month in the journal Current Biology reveals that elephants can understand pointing – something cats certainly can’t do. Researchers found that African elephants could read their visual cues and locate buckets of fruit. Meanwhile, in Missouri, a 41-year-old elephant charged and killed a zookeeper who had come to feed her. What set off the incident is unclear but I’m pretty sure the zookeeper gave the elephant the finger. CNN

thanksgiving-cat-is-not-happyHappy Thanksgiving weekend to Canadians! This year Canadians have a lot to be thankful for – mainly that they got rid of Ted Cruz at a young age and he wasn’t able to shutdown their government. Also, they don’t have a looming debt-ceiling crisis. Yay!

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TGI Fridays: Accused of Faking Premium Alcohol

TGI Fridays

In case you didn’t have one, here’s another reason not to go to TGI Fridays: 13 New Jersey TGI Fridays have been using cheap booze in place of premium brands.

The investigation, known as “Operation Swill”, found that 29 bars and restaurants in the New Jersey area have been filling up their premium liquor bottles with the cheap stuff and passing it off to customers at the higher premium price. Authorities said the bars and restaurants were trying to “fool the customer and increase their profits.” 13 of those restaurants were TGI Fridays.  Not sure who orders top-shelf booze at TGI Fridays… Probably the same people who shop for fine wine at Walmart?

Officials said more than 100 state investigators worked on the probe. The year long investigation began as a result of complaints, and involved confidential informants and undercover detectives who used new technology to covertly test liquor samples taken from establishments. A year long investigation that involved over 100 investigators? I guess the detectives must have figured out this was a great way to get free drinks and decided to prolong the investigation. Or they kept getting drunk off cheap booze and contaminating the samples.

TGI Fridays said in a statement that it “was just made aware of this issue and is working closely with the franchisee and owner of the cited locations to review and investigate these serious allegations.”

“We have one of the most extensive bar and beverage programs in the industry, which sets a very high standard in the quality and service of our beverages,” the company added.

As of now, no TGI Fridays raids are scheduled for passing off low grade food products as restaurant quality food.

Via: The Washington Post

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