Grammar Nerds Rejoice as Word Crimes Exposed

This short and sweet blog post is on a subject near and dear to me: grammar. I am a stickler for proper grammar. As an English major and professional journalist for most of my life, I know other Grammar Gurus will understand when I say that social media posts make me cringe daily. I am always so distracted by careless misspellings and bad grammar to fully enjoy reading newspapers and online news sites as well.

When I met my now boyfriend of 3 years, it was grammar that got him that first reply. The first text he ever sent me was a paragraph of full sentences, proper grammar and spelling. There were no text abbreviations. I noticed immediately and thought it was so unusual, especially in a text from a man. I loved it! True story. He even uses proper punctuation in text messages. Good grammar can serve a purpose in all aspects of your life, even love.

Thank you “Weird Al” Yankovic for giving the grammar nerds everywhere an outlet for our frustrations. If you struggle with proper grammar, bookmark this link for a handy little guide and the bonus of a catchy tune to bop around to at your desk! 

Enjoy and share!

Jersey Knows Firsthand What’s Dangerous About Trump

I’ve sat back and waited. I’ve waited for the circus and shit show that is Donald Trump to die down. I’ve patiently waited and watched as friends on social media have come out of the shadows and blatantly expressed racist and bigoted views against Mexicans, Muslims and many others in support of the ludicrous things Donald Trump has said during this campaign for Presidency. Enough is enough now. I’m over this bullshit. I’m going to explain to you all why this man needs to be put down and how he’s playing the citizens of this country for fools. Yes, this article is going to be lengthy and have various links to other articles for fact verification. But, if you care at all about your country and where it is heading, I strongly urge you to take the time to read it all.

I have been very vocal on social media about Donald Trump. I’ve avoided sharing it here but I can no longer stay silent. Today is a huge voting day in our country and Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party, which is scary for many reasons. It’s time for the people of this country who are blindly following this man as if they are watching a reality show on TV to understand who and what he is. This is not a game. This is the future of your lives, your children’s and grandchildren we are talking about. Being ignorant in who this man is when going to the polls is dangerous. So is he.

I’m a lifelong Jersey Girl. I have also worked in Atlantic City and with the higher ups of the casino industry. I know things. I know important things about this man. I am not the only one. There are many people who could expose this man for what he is if you would just listen. Sadly, many of you continue to make excuses for him and state your support for him based on what he tells you he is, not on what he really is.

Before I tell you about Donald Trump, please watch this very informative clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has kindly put together most of what I’ve been saying from the beginning about Mr. Trump. If you truly care at all about being an INFORMED voter this election year, I ask that you take the time to listen to this.

Now here are some reasons I have heard from people as to why they are supporting Donald Trump and why they are very inaccurate.

1. He’s a great businessman.

This is the one I hear the most and actually the biggest lie of them all. Donald Trump is not a great businessman. Mediocre maybe, and that’s being kind. Donald Trump has spent his lifetime destroying the livelihoods of everyday hard working Americans like the ones who are supporting him based on this statement. It is a known fact in the Atlantic City area, as well as other places where Trump has done business or built anything, that he hires local contractors and laborers (as well as illegal immigrants he is screaming we need to kick out of our country), has them contracted to do their part in the job, then doesn’t pay them. He threatens to tie them up in court and litigation, knowing these small businesses could never afford to fight him. He has screwed the American people for decades and if he has the power to run this country, please do not think for a minute that his selfish business practices would change.
Trump not only threatens to tie up workers cases in court, he has done it.Read about the lawsuit against Trump by Polish immigrant workers in New York that dragged on for over 15 years at the time of the story in 1998.

His business ethics are not great at all. Donald Trump takes advantage of the corporate welfare benefits that have essentially destroyed our middle class. The wealth he brags about-that’s your tax dollars in his pockets! Not only has he stiffed middle class workers out of payment, he has stiffed residents of every state he has dipped his dirty little fingers into with his “business” ventures. Donald Trump has learned how to use the bankruptcy laws to avoid paying for his “investments” while pocketing profits and salaries for himself in the form of bonuses, etc. Sure, there are other corporation heads out there who have done this, but they aren’t running for President of the United States. Also, only an estimated 5 percent of the 500 biggest U.S. companies have filed for bankruptcy in the past two decades, Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin has said.

Want to know how much his bankruptcies have cost the American taxpayers? Read this informative article.

Remember the Wall Street housing market crash where tax dollars were used to bail out the banks that already stole from millions of Americans and drained them of their life savings, destroying the American dream of home ownership for them? Well, those Wall Street crooks not only crashed the housing market, they took the American citizens hard earned tax dollars in that bailout and gave themselves millions of dollars in bonuses. They rewarded themselves for stealing our money with more of our money. So, yes, that’s what Donald Trump basically does. The same Wall Street assholes that he says he will raise taxes on are the same people his plan actually lowers taxes for. Yes, the one actual plan he has given us for all the things he claims he will do, doesn’t benefit anyone still struggling to hold onto middle class status.

2. He is not a politician. He’s one of us. 

No, no and let me say…HELL NO. So far from the truth. First off, he’s nothing like the average American. The average American doesn’t have millions of dollars inherited by their daddy to invest in businesses and doesn’t start from the top. Also, he’s absolutely the poster child for what is wrong with politicians in this country. You see, he is not new to politics at all. He’s just new to the official capacity of one in his campaign. Donald Trump has been on the corporate interest side of politics for as long as he’s been screwing people in business. He’s also been doing it as a Democrat pretty much until he became Republican Presidential hopeful. He’s been playing the political game of this country for years as a campaign donor and buying his way through political system on the corporate side.

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Newlyweds Donald Trump Sr. and Melania Trump with Hillary and Bill Clinton on January 22, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Donald Trump has been donating to Democratic politicians for years. Another well known fact which can easily be researched. Take a look at his donation history in the bar graph here. All of his stances on various political issues have been in alignment with Democratic views until recently. His supporters really should be asking why. Further in this article, I’ll give you my thoughts on why and what I’ve suspected the reason behind this entire campaign has been since the beginning.

3. He’s going to make America great again.

Another dangerous misconception lies in his campaign slogan. Donald Trump is not going to make America great again, especially since he’s had a hand in bringing it to where it is now. America is a great country in many ways and there is no arguing that it needs a lot of work to rise to the level of expectations the world once held for this country. Trump is one of the least qualified human beings to take on the task and be successful at it. His ignorance when it comes to vital foreign policies will put America at risk of falling further down the ditch and away from world leadership status. Donald Trump’s bigotry and hate against various groups all over the world will weaken our international relationships, not strengthen them.

4. He’s going to fix our immigration problems.

Oh this one. This one is at the center of the racist fueled posts I see everyday on social media. It saddens and sickens me how many people I thought I knew are actually bigots. Let’s not forget the hypocrisy as well. Donald Trump is leading the charge of a very dangerous division happening in this country. As Americans, this country’s core is immigrants. Trump isn’t talking about getting rid of just illegal immigrants. He’s talking about all of them. Yet, ironically, his wife is one of them. Actually 2 of his wives weren’t even citizens when he married them and didn’t become legal American citizens until years later. But he’s going to kick them all out.

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He’s also claiming that he will force the Mexicans build a wall to keep them all out. Well, he seems to forget his parents were immigrants and so are all the white people he thinks he’s speaking for in his attacks on every other nationality and religion that he is not. He also seems to forget that the state he lives in, New York, was for many years, the welcoming center for immigrants coming to America. That big statue in the waters of New Jersey overlooking the city he lives in, is kinda a big deal. It signifies what this country stands for and it’s not a wall. It’s a welcome. Ellis Island is also just a short ferry ride away from his Trump Towers. Maybe he should take a ride over there to learn some history.

Do we need to work on our immigration policies? Of course we do. America has a serious issue with illegal immigration and needs a reasonable solution. Donald Trump is not offering one.

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America has undoubtedly made a lot of mistakes in policies, laws and behavior. The learning process has been underway for a few hundred years. However, in order to keep moving forward with progress, it is imperative that we don’t take steps backwards in policy. Donald Trump is not the guy we want to lead us because he’ll bring us right back to segregation and destroy all of the progress we have made in race relations, equal rights and women’s rights, just to name a few.

5. He speaks his mind and doesn’t care what the political establishment thinks. 

That one is true. He doesn’t care. He also doesn’t care about you or me. He cares about himself and his own legacy. He’s a perfect representation of an extreme narcissist and a man with a serious Napoleon complex. Also, he’s just a total asshole. There’s really no other better way to sum him up. He’s been a douche bag all of his life and being raised by a douche bag, it is clear the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I won’t even get into it about his father but I urge all of you to Google that piece of shit.

And well, then there’s this crazy loon.  “Dumb and Dumber” really was the best way to describe it. Whoever pulled this one out of Alaska really opened Pandora’s Box with that brilliant plan.

The only good thing about this was the anticipation for SNL that upcoming weekend as we all knew Tina Fey would be making a guest appearance as Palin, one of her best roles ever.

Although the “I’m with Stupid” really sums it up nicely too. The Daily News has gotten the opportunity to really flex its creative muscles thanks to this campaign.tump-palin-stupid.jpg

Whether you are party affiliated or not, do not let the divisions of party decide who you vote for. The party divisions are just one of many tactics being used to divide a country of people who may have differences but are fundamentally all the same.

A great collection of clips that show what a hypocrite he really is, in his own words.

Why is Donald Trump Running for President with a Campaign  of Hate, Bigotry, Childish Name Calling  and Outrageous Claims?

As far as Trump’s motivation for this presidential campaign, I’ve had a theory from the beginning. I’ve suspected that he has entered this race as a Republican to destroy that party from within and give Hillary Clinton a better chance at winning the race. It seems I’m not the only one. In looking to see who else has come up with this theory, I’ve found a few articles that cite valid reasons as to why this could be the case.

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Glenn Beck Suggests Donald Trump is Running to Help Hillary

Regardless of why, the fact remains that Donald Trump is not only running for POTUS as a Republican, he’s also the front runner. This is a scary situation and dangerous for our country. We’ve got to come together as citizens and stop allowing this to continue. It’s time to put the rabid dog down and focus on serious and important issues that need our attention. The side show is distracting people from too many news worthy issues that need and deserve our attention. Stop the madness.

Please go to the polls and make an informed choice.

UPDATE:

Since writing this blog entry on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016, this story has come to light. I feel it is very imperative to include an addendum to my post in order to share this. It is vital that people understand the level of danger this campaign poses to ALL people. Yes, racism exists with or without Trump. However, all it takes is that one spark, the one peek into the darkness to unleash it. Giving racists and bigots the fuel to reignite their fire of anger and hate will bring nothing but destruction to an already unstable nation. Allowing the hate to be fed and breed is what makes it spread. White supremacists assaulted a black student at the Trump Super Tuesday Rally yesterday. See the video and story here.

How can any Trump supporters think this is how we make “America Great Again?” This is how we dissolve years of progress with one single election cycle. This is sickening and supporting this man is supporting racism.

Oh and he doesn’t know who David Duke is? Yes, yes he does. Not the first lie he’s been caught in. In fact, most of what he has spewed during this campaign as “facts” have been total fiction. See for yourself.

Again, make an informed decision before you vote.

 

 

Honor Thy Veterans Everyday – A Comprehensive Guide

If you watched last night’s debate, there was a lot of talk about war in places like Iraq and Syria, but very little about how to care for the men and women who serve after they return home. Today is Veterans Day. This went unmentioned during the Republican Debate.  America spends the most money on its military and does very little to care for those soldiers when they return home.

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Veteran’s Day has become a commercial holiday where you find the biggest promotions in Veteran’s Day Sales from various retailers. While many restaurant chains offer free meals to Veterans on this day and their honoring of our Veterans is greatly appreciated, it’s not enough. It’s not their job to take care of our Veterans. It’s our government’s job. Our government spends billions of dollars to put our soldiers in harm’s way and send them off to wars that in most cases, never should even exist. Our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, moms, dads, grandparents, friends and family members sacrifice their own comforts of home to secure ours. The politicians who decide their fate rarely have experienced life as a soldier.

I have my suspicions on why our government fails our Veterans. Today I want to take the time to not only honor them with appreciation, but also with ways we can all go further than just acknowledging them on designated day.

I’d first like to address a very serious condition among our Veterans.  P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is taking the lives of our Veterans every day in the form of suicide. It is reported that 22 Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier per day are committing suicide. With only 22 states actually reporting Veteran Suicides, this number is already astounding and one can only imagine, may even be double or more if we were to get reporting from all 50 states.

Stephanie Lembo released this heartbreaking video on September 1o in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. In it, she reveals that her husband Anthony killed himself in 2010 after months of not sleeping or eating and refused to get help for his trauma because he would lose his security clearance. It has been viewed over 23 million times since she posted it.

Stop Soldier Suicide is an organization that focuses primarily on saving our heroes from taking their own lives.  Many Veterans fear asking for help and that needs to change. We, as a nation, need to encourage them and make resources easily available. I’ve been told by some of military friends that the lack of reporting symptoms is in fear of repercussions on the job. Soldiers face losing security clearance or other job related responsibilities.  Many feel the risk is too great for them to ask for help. So they go untreated and when it becomes too overwhelming, it is often too late. Patriot Outreach is another organization that offers soldiers and Veterans help with anger, stress, pain combat stress and P.T.S.D.

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A Homeless Veteran in San Francisco, CA, with all of his possessions on a bicycle.

Another serious problem in this country is homelessness among Veterans. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of homeless adults are Veterans. On any given night, there are approximately 50,000 homeless veterans on our streets. If the US can afford to send people off to war, it can absolutely afford to take care of them when they come home. There’s no excuse for the number of veterans living on America’s streets. As we commemorate the service of our Veterans, we must also remember that our society has failed them in so many ways. We can and must do better by them.

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I’ve researched the best non-profit organizations that are aimed at helping Veterans, if you are so inclined to donate to them. I am also including links on how you can get more involved and instead of donating money, you can send packages to our troops and see your donation reach its recipient.

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One organization that I advocate for passionately is Iraq Veterans Against the War. The group’s website explains their mission:

“Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.”

From its inception, IVAW has called for:

  • Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
  • Reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and stopping the corporate pillaging of Iraq so that their people can control their own lives and future; and
  • Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.

I encourage all Americans to do a small part in helping with this large problem. We can no longer tolerate the inhumane treatment of our heroes who sacrifice so much for our nation. It’s unacceptable and it needs to change. Please, show your support to our Veterans by joining some of these organizations and being active in demanding better from our leadership.

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Homes for Veterans Charity Event

A wonderful Charity Organization right in my home state of New Jersey is Homes for Veterans. They do fundraising events to build handicapped accessible homes for our war heroes and work to keep our Veterans off the streets. Please take time to visit their website and donate to their cause or volunteer if you are able.

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Some great organizations to send your donations to that received top ratings from Charitywatch.org:

Armed Services YMCA of the USA A
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation A
Fisher House Foundation A+
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind A
Homes for Our Troops A
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund A+
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund A+
National Military Family Association A
Operation Homefront A
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors B+

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If you would like to send care packages to our active duty military, here are some links to guide you. This is a great way to get kids involved and even entire classes at schools. A great project for local groups and organizations would be collecting items to send to our soldiers. I have done this often and also enjoy sending care packages to friends when they are stationed overseas. I hope many of you will do the same.

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For a great list of resources on helping our Veterans, check out Veteran Service Organizations listed at Operation We Are Here. They also have links for active duty military organizations.

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Another issue facing our nation is the suggested privatization of our veterans services. In an email statement from Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders today, he wrote:

“Last year, as Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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After two wars over fourteen years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.

You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates last night, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America are prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.

I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us.

Sign my petition if I can count on you to help me continue fighting against the Koch-connected plans to privatize veterans’ health care.

The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

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Senator Sanders has and continues to fight for our Veterans. To see more about his efforts, visit his website here.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you who have served, currently serve and will serve our nation in our armed forces. Thank you.

I’d also like to note that I have many friends who are active duty and retired military personnel. This article is dedicated to all of them. One in particular, my dear friend Chris, recently made a huge step toward getting the help he needed in battling P.T.S.D. Chris went untreated for years for many of the same reasons a great amount of other Veterans do. I am not only proud of Chris for his service, but for his bravery here at home in battling the effects of war in his life. Thank you Chris, this is for you.   ~JerseyGirlBlog

My friend and Veteran Chris Bray, pictured with my son, who honored him last year at school for Veteran's Day.
My friend and Veteran Chris Bray, pictured with my son, who honored him last year at school for Veteran’s Day.

Why One Million Moms Does Not Include This One

I was in the middle of a post of a different topic when I saw a news story today that made me so angry, I had to put it on hold. A conservative group, “One Million Moms,” has called for a boycott of American Girl Dolls and its publication because of who is pictured in their recent issue.

This article is meant to be for me today. You see, my daughter has asked again for one of those dolls. The past few years, she has asked, but I can not afford to pay that much for a doll. However, the past few days, since she’s asked again, I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it happen. After reading about this, I plan to find a way, even if I have to accept donations.

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American Girl Dolls Magazine

The American Girl magazine features an actual family from Maryland. So why would “One Million Moms” be so outraged by a real family? Well, this family is comprised of two gay dads, Rob and Reece Scheer and their four adopted African-American children. These are children that were previously in foster care.

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The Scheer Family as pictured in “American Girl” Magazine.

What is their issue with this family’s feature? “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group wrote. “American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.”

Ok, I get it. There are still going to be people who can not understand and accept gay relationships. Kim Davis is a fine example of complete hypocracy, hiding behind the excuse of religious freedom. Religion. That’s a whole different issue that we won’t dive too deep into. But, on that front, this group is claiming to stand for “Christian values.” Well, I’m pretty sure a good Christian would value the lives of children.

Take away that religion thing and this group is comprised of MOMS! These are mothers who should understand the value of children and the need for parents in a system that has left so many without families, homes and most importantly, the parental guidance and love all children deserve. How can they criticize two adults who have opened their home to children who were once abandoned in a broken system, facing a bleak future without them?

So, let’s understand this. You have a group of “One Million Moms” who are wasting their time criticizing a corporation for highlighting a beautiful story and bringing attention to a very serious crisis, the foster care system. These women are outraged at their sexual orientation so much that they would rather these children live in foster care instead of in loving home? Really?

These moms could be using their united voices for so much better. Why aren’t they coming together to offer help to the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system? If they care so much about family values, why aren’t they helping these children find loving families to value them?

I’m a mother. My heart breaks to think of children without loving homes and families of their own. I can not fathom the pain they experience. My neighbors nearby have 3 grandchildren to love thanks to foster care adoption. Their son and his wife have given a life long home and family to children who were without both. I don’t care that they are heterosexual, nor would I care if they were homosexual. I admire anyone who has the ability and opportunity to save children from foster care. As a single mom of my own two kids, I am humbled by foster parents.

I am a mother, but I am not one of those “One Million Moms” spewing with bigotry and bias toward parents based on their sexual orientation or preferences. I am what I hope is one of billions of moms who applaud all parents who choose to adopt children from the foster care system and love them as their own. I am a mom who understands that love is blind to boundaries.

So, just know, there are “One Million Moms” out there who are exactly what is wrong with parenting. And while I’m not perfect, I am not one of them.

Children are not born as racists or bigots. It is taught. Sadly, there are “One Million Moms” out there teaching their kids hate under the false guise of family values. I can only hope that there is more love out there to counteract it.

Thankfully there are great parents, like Rob and Reece, who are raising their children to love beyond labels. Their 11 year old daughter, Amaya Sheer, had the perfect a message for One Million Moms: “This is none of your business.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you to American Girl for sharing a this amazing family with the rest of us. I only hope we get to see many more just like them. I also hope I can find a way to get my daughter one of their dolls this holiday season and a copy of this issue of their magazine.

Stop the Hate!

~JerseyGirlBlog

Why Mike Rowe Very Much Represents The Perfect Guy

To all the men out there, I advise you take notes. Ladies, if you aren’t yet old enough to appreciate the traits I am about to explain, bookmark this page and come back when you are in your mid-thirties. It should hit you by then.

Mike Rowe is probably best known as the star of the hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs,” in which he traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 of the world’s “Dirtiest Jobs.”  Unfortunately, he somehow ran out of dirty jobs, but has found a new place on TV with “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” on CNN, 10 p.m. Eastern, Sunday nights.

What makes Mike Rowe the perfect guy? It has a lot more to do with Mike Rowe off camera than it does with his on screen personality, although I adore that side of him too. Mike is also known as the narrative voice behind “Deadliest Catch,” “After the Catch” and many more.  Mike wrote a great biography on his website if you want to enjoy learning more about his career as the “Dirtiest Man on TV.”

Now that you are up to speed on Mike Rowe’s resume, here’s my list of what makes him a fine representative of the “Perfect Guy.” These are not in any particular order because to me, they are all equally valuable qualities that we should strive for.

1.  Mike Rowe is a “man’s man.” In his logged hours on “Dirty Jobs,” Mike has gotten down and dirty with the most disgusting and nauseating creatures, excrement and just about anything else you can think of. While most men are known to gag when changing the diapers of their own spawn, Mike Rowe would handle the task with ease. He’d be the dad that doesn’t run and hide from vomit, feces and the grossness of his children. Women, this is a rare and winning trait!

BONUS: He will be the guy who catches the mouse or spider for all of you ladies who stand on chairs squealing in fear. (Plus he’ll probably just relocate it instead of killing it.) While Mike doesn’t have any children of his own, he would be a great to have on hand during the infant and toddler stages of life for sure. A man who isn’t afraid to get his hands wet, dirty, smelly and well, you get the picture…that’s one you want by your side.

Black with bone and holding plant production Manager Jeff Booms’ son, Colin, is “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe at Ebonex Corp. in Melvindale. The company specializes in using charred animal bones to create other products. (Photo courtesy of Ebonex Corp.)
(Photo courtesy of Ebonex Corp.)

2.   Mike Rowe is outspoken about his passion to keep our future generations working and learning trades. Again, he doesn’t have children of his own, but he cares about yours. He knows the importance of skilled workers and even started a foundation to help keep these trades alive and thriving. As Mike’s website states, “The Skill Gap is widening. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started a campaign to challenge the absurd believe that a four-year degree is the only path to success. ” Mike auctions off various items of C.R.A.P. (Collectibles Rare And Precious) to raise money for scholarships and other programs funded by his non-profit. This guy is truly dedicated to passing down the traits that we love about him. He wants our kids to stop being afraid of getting dirty! He wants them to build, create, fix and make shit happen! Ladies, you all know that a man that can work hard, muscles flexing, is quite attractive. (This goes for women too…manual labor shows our hidden strengths!)

3. Mike Rowe is genuine and funny. This may be two of the most important traits in a man. You need a guy who is going to be honest, even if it isn’t what you want to hear (yet have tact). A guy who can make you laugh through it all is golden. Men love to see us happy, smiling and laughing because of them.  A man who can make you laugh just by being himself is a gem!

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4. Mike Rowe is humble. He loves his fans and appreciates the platform he has to share messages promoting his humanitarian efforts with lots of laughs along the way. He uses his powers for good and does it with ease. He doesn’t take himself too seriously most of the time and he answers his fans personally. He doesn’t avoid any feedback, good or bad, and addresses them all with a style that this writer truly appreciates. Mike is the author behind all of his own social media posts from his blog to his Facebook page. His Facebook page is one of the best reads on the internet, without a doubt. He may have shown up to the scene a little bit later than most of us, but he’s more than made up for it!

5. Mike Rowe is not afraid of politicians and big corporate interests. He’s also not oblivious to them. This may be an extension of the last reason, but still another reason to love Mike Rowe. A man who not only stands up for what he believes in but goes to battle for it is one you want in your corner.

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6.  Mike Rowe is a gentleman. Have you ever seen a tabloid story about him behaving otherwise? No? That’s because he is. He’s lighthearted about it but he makes it clear to his fans about what he will and will not tolerate on his social media pages.  I’m pretty sure his parents are proud!

7. Mike Rowe cleans up nicely! Sure, you want a guy who isn’t afraid to get dirty but it’s nice that he’ll clean up for a night out with you too. It’s always fun to enjoy your guy all dressed up and out on the town with you on his arm!

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8.  Mike Rowe loves his parents and allows the rest of the world to adore them too. Seriously, they are adorable! How could any woman not want these two as their in-laws? I am writing my plea of adoption as we speak. You never can have too many amusing and fun parental guides in your life. I am lucky to have quite a few beyond the ones in my bloodline who give me a lot of material for future posts. I love how much entertainment and joy they exude and how Mike brings them along for the ride of his unique career. They deserve every second of admiration! Yes, those are his parents in the commercial spots for his current show as seen in the clip above. Love!! For the record, the commercial spots are re-creations of actual conversations Mike had with his parents leading up to the new show. You can see where he gets his sense of humor from! The way a man treats his parents (especially his Mom) says a lot about how he’ll treat you.

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9. Mike Rowe loves the little dogs too. He’s an animal lover. But there is something adorable about a big guy who adopts a little lap dog and isn’t afraid to share his love for his pooch with the world. Perhaps the most golden posts on Mike’s Facebook page occur at the end of every work week when readers check in to read “Fridays with Freddy.” Mike turns the page over to his spunky little roommate and what comes after is always delightful. His willingness to take a back seat as Freddy’s “Biped” and hand over the spotlight is endearing. Freddy has become a celebrity in his own right as obvious by the fans who call his name when he’s out with his biped.  A big, strong tough guy who melts for his little dog is just…well, perfect.

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Freddy and his Biped

10. Mike Rowe represents the everyday guy we know and love. We all know that guy we can rely on to be there for many reasons, whether it’s to fix something we broke or help us through a heart break, he’s the good guy we are thankful to have in our lives.

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If you have a man in your life like Mike Rowe, you’re a lucky gal. I am proud to say I have a Dad who has influenced this list and made it immediately clear to me why Mike Rowe is the type of guy ladies should appreciate. I also have a great guy who makes me swoon with every dirty job he tackles around my house for me and with me. So ladies, I encourage you to not settle, encourage your kids to learn some life skills and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty too! Men, if you are a hard working hands on guy, thank you! Share your talents with your kids. Someday, they will appreciate it!

If you enjoyed my list, please feel free to share. Most importantly, I ask that you all check out The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and see what you can do to help get involved. In all seriousness, he’s doing great things for our kids and the future of our skilled trades.

Hopefully someday I’ll get to interview Mike for this blog and ask him about all the traits in this list as well as his amazing foundation!

~JerseyGirlBlog

Mainstream Media Edits Democratic Debate Playback, Further Proving the Statements They Cut

Of course everyone is busy talking about the latest gossip as the media loves to distract us from the important events happening. Right now there is an ex-NBA star in a coma as a direct result of a drug overdose in a legal brothel and that’s what they are covering non stop.

Sadly, no real coverage of the way Russia is taking out ISIS and doing so with precision. I won’t even get into the whole US-ISIS debacle in this post but I will give you the real story soon. What you hear in America by the propaganda machines of mainstream media never is what is really happening.

Take the first Democratic Debate this week for instance. Every single online poll of actual American citizens shows clearly that Bernie Sanders won that debate. Yet, mainstream media won’t even entertain that. No, they are declaring Hillary Clinton the winner of a debate that no one else seems to think she won.

One of the biggest moments of that debate (now even trending with hashtag #damnemails) was when Bernie Sanders declared, “The American people are sick of hearing about your damn emails!” to Clinton. However, what is also very important are the words he spoke soon after. His statements, directed to Anderson Cooper about the media, have been edited out in all of the replay clips of that moment. This further proofs his point about the media! See how MSNBC edited out Sander’s criticism of the mainstream media:

What exactly did they edit out? Here are Bernie Sanders’ words right after that moment: “The middle class — Anderson, and let me say something about the media, as well. I go around the country, talk to a whole lot of people. Middle class in this country is collapsing. We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and income inequality. Our trade policies have cost us millions of decent jobs. The American people want to know whether we’re going to have a democracy or an oligarchy as a result of Citizens United.”

Now take a look at the unedited moments of the debate that the media clearly does not want us to see or remember. Below you will see his real reason for his statements to Clinton. He is not defending her as the media has spun it. He is redirecting the debate to the issues that affect the American voters. He is calling out the media that is so busy obsessing over sensationalized news stories it fails to accurately and professionally tackle the issues that affect their viewership.

I was actually watching CNN the following morning and saw the same thing happening right on the very network that hosted the debate. Michaela Periera showed highlights of the debate that clearly got the most attention on social media. The transcript of that coverage is available directly here on CNN‘s website. I am putting it here as well:

Periera:” Moving along, the big moment on Facebook, I could have predicted this one. The “damn e-mails” comment from Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont. If you didn’t get a chance to hear it, let me refresh your memory.”

The video clip shown next is just this part:

Sanders: “I think the secretary is right. And that is, that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.”
Clinton: “Thank you. Me too! Me too!”

Periera: “What’s interesting, many thought that he might have taken advantage of the fact that this was a big opening, but instead he essentially kind of defended her. This moment really, really rang true to a lot of people online.”

That’s it. Once again they just skipped right over the moment where Sanders scolds the media for failing to cover the real issues of the election that the viewers need them to. Periera even interpreted the moment totally wrong. Sanders is not dismissing Clinton’s behavior nor is he attacking her. Instead, he is expressing his frustration and the frustrations of  so many Americans, with the total lack of serious coverage by the media when it comes to what is important during this election.

Unlike the circus that the Republican Debates have become, the Democratic Debate brought a serious tone to a very pivotal upcoming event in this country. This election is at a crucial time in our history. The mainstream media needs to be called out, not only by those they cover, but the viewers who rely on them for non-partisan coverage. They not only fail at providing that, but they lack the integrity of true journalism. I applaud Bernie Sanders for addressing the media directly and I urge all of you to take the time to look beyond their bias and find other avenues of information. I hope I can be one of those places you can find some facts that you may not get from the mainstream media outlets.

~JerseyGirlBlog

National Poetry Day!

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Today is National Poetry Day! My very first literary accomplishment was a completed poem at age 5. I fell in love with the rhymes and verses that I could create out of words! I have binders full of my poetry and it has always been my first love as a writer. I spent my entire childhood crafting words into poetry and song to express myself. Today is in celebration of all the poetry, in every format, ever written or still to be written!

National Poetry Day is coordinated by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates poetry and promotes it as part of everyday life. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart and has engaged millions of people across the UK and countries around the world in reading, writing and listening to poetry. Can poetry change your life? Get creative and find out! William Sieghart explains here.

Your creative outlet should have no limits! The themes are not set as the true intention of this day is to bring recognition to a beautiful literary art form, poetry. Today can be filled with inspiration! While this holiday originated as a British campaign to promote poetry, it is celebrated internationally and this year marks the 21st annual National Poetry Day.

People all over the world are sharing their poetry and performing it as well in short videos! You’re invited to do the same here if you like! Post yours in the comments and join me in celebrating!

I will share a few of my favorites that I wrote during some of my most inspirational years of creativity…high school. They are typed up from my collection so I snapped a picture here for you to enjoy and feel free to share on your various social media sites!

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