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In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Can you describe ‘Political Correctness?

Here is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University:
‘Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream
media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.’

Netflix, Inc.


In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Can you describe ‘Political Correctness?

Here is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University:
‘Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream
media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.’

Netflix, Inc.

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Can you describe ‘Political Correctness?

Here is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University:
‘Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream
media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.’

Netflix, Inc.

The Fly is hearing loud buzzing against Fuzzy Math from the Wayne School District

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Parents in Wayne garnered 700+ signatures on a petition to remove Fuzzy math from their schools. Unlike Ridgewood, the Board of Education supports the petition. So what’s the problem? It appears that assistant superintendent of curriculum Cynthia Randina doesn’t agree with the parents or the Board. She is pushing back hard to keep the bad math in place. What makes this so mortifying is that this curriculum babe is against the very people who employed her and PAY HER SALARY, all in the service of her ideology. Like our very own Mrs. Botsford, she’s a standards based gal all the way, having drank the kool-aid from Montclair and Teachers’s College. We just couldn’t make this stuff up. Here’s an excerpt from her bio: “She has advanced professional certification in administration and supervision and curriculum development from Montclair State University, Columbia University Teacher’s College and Seton Hall University. Ms. Randina has most recently served as a member of the Standards Revision Committee for Language Arts Literacy for the New Jersey Department of Education and has been a presenter for national and local professional organizations.” Regina was a “presenter” too.

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Ridgewood council election draws 5 candidates for 3 seats

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 2:48 am

April 29, 2008 – 5:21pm

Ridgewood council election draws 5 candidates for 3 seatsBy Matt Friedman
Category: LocalTags: Paul Aronsohn, Kim Ringler Shagin, Keith Killion, May 13, Jacques Harlow, Betty Wiest, Anne Zusy
In the small, densely packed Bergen County village of Ridgewood, five candidates are competing for three council seats in the May 13th municipal elections.

Up for reelection are Deputy Mayor Betty Wiest and Councilman Jacques Harlow. Councilwoman Kim Ringler Shagin is stepping down, and three new challengers are vying for a spot on the board: political veteran Paul Aronsohn, police captain Keith Killion and community activist Anne Zusy.

The village, population 25,000, is governed under the Faulkner act, meaning that the mayor is a member of the council who is selected for the position by a vote of the body’s five members. The current mayor is David Pfund, who’s not up for reelection until 2010 but could either step down from that position or could be ousted if the council votes for a different member in its July 1 reorganization meeting.

While the town has long been considered Republican leaning, its elections are non-partisan, and its council race seems almost completely void of party politics. Ridgewood is located in Bergen County, but there’s no talk — good or bad — of two of the county’s most lauded and criticized public figures: Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero or conservative activist Steve Lonegan. Instead, the candidates are focused solely on the local issues: from property taxes to the local train station.

The biggest point of contention is whether to build a parking garage downtown.

The position of mayor, which leads council meetings but carries few additional responsibilities, pays $5,000 per year, while the rest of the council members make $3,000.

To get elected, some of the candidates may end up spending what they’ll make in their first year in office. Aronsohn has spent a little under $1,000 on lawn signs, and has $850 cash-on-hand. Wiest has spent $500 on campaign literature and has $1,435.00 on hand. The other three candidates do not appear to have raised any campaign money.

Betty Wiest

As to top vote getter amongst eight candidates four years ago, Wiest is often viewed as the frontrunner for the upcoming election. While she hasn’t yet invested in any lawn signs or other advertising, she says she’s not “resting on her laurels.”

Wiest said that she’s most proud of developing the town’s park master plan and working to secure more parkland in this town that has virtually no open space.

The most pressing issues facing the village, Wiest says, are its financial health and the need for more open space.

“While we have a AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s – one of only 6 communities in New Jersey – there’s going to be so much pressure on our infrastructure,” Wiest said.

Wiest –who’s served as deputy mayor since she was first elected in 2004 and whose husband, Quentin Wiest, served as mayor from 1986-1990 — wasn’t sure whether or not she’d be interested in becoming the next mayor.

“There’s a possibility, but here again I think it’s between the five of us to see where we want to go,” she said.

Incumbent councilman Jacques Harlow, who’s just finishing his second term, said that he’s not specifically running for the mayoral seat but will take it if the council selects him.

“I will serve if they want me but I am not running,” he said. “Some people run for mayor very assiduously, but I will serve only if called upon.”

Jacques Harlow

Harlow said he’s most proud of stopping New Jersey Transit’s renovation of the local train station and forcing them to change their plans on where to place a ramp for the handicapped. He also noted his work to renovate Village Hall, which was completed in 2005. He spent 40 hours a week on the worksite and said that he helped save village taxpayers about $1 million.

Right now, Harlow said he’s focusing on alleviating the parking problem downtown by building a parking garage that fits his criteria: that it must fit in with the town’s scenery and include retail space on the ground floor.

Harlow also said that the town needs to focus on addressing the structural problem in its budget, and that when the budget comes up for a vote next month, he’ll cats a vote against it for the first time. Although the town’s taxes are lower than many of its neighbors, Harlow said they are too high and wants to increase shared services with neighboring towns.

Paul Aronsohn

Paul Aronsohn, a public affairs employee at Pfizer who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in Congressional District 5 last year, comes to the fold with extensive governmental experience on a federal and state level. He served in various foreign policy positions in the Clinton administration and worked as former Gov. Jim McGreevey communications director in 2002.

Aronsohn has lived in the town for three years and was first approached about running by retiring councilwoman Kim Ringler Shagin.

Aronsohn offered no criticism of any incumbents or other candidates. Instead, he said that his mix of federal, state and private sector experience would give him a unique perspective as a councilman.

“I do come to this campaign with a unique background for someone running for council,” he said. “I think I can add to the mix as opposed to replacing anyone and anything along that lines.”

Aronsohn said that villagers seem to be most concerned about what they see as a lack of effectiveness from their government.

“I think that’s actually critical because I’m a big believer that government at whatever level should be responsive to people they serve, particularly at the local level,” he said.

Among the other issues Aronsohn said are most important is Valley Hospital’s desire to change the town’s master plan in order to expand its facilities. He said that it would set a bad precedent to make any changes to the town’s master plan – which has strict parameters for new buildings and renovations to existing ones – in order to allow the hospital to expand. Instead, he said they should deal with the hospital’s plans on a case by case basis.

“The hospital is right in the middle of a residential area,” he said. “Everything they do really affects in a dramatic fashion every person in the neighborhood.”

Anne Zusy

Anne Zusy is a former New York Times reporter and breast cancer survivor who’s lived in the village for 13 years – between living in London and Washington.

Zusy, who extensively involved in various volunteer positions, said that despite the nominal salary, she sees being a councilmember as “the ultimate volunteer job.”

Zusy said that she was pivotal in creating the community center in Village Hall’s basement in 2004, helping to secure its funding from a local philanthropist.

According to Zusy, her unconventional way of thinking lends itself to getting things done quickly and efficiently – one of her campaign slogans is “Annie gets things done.”

“People keep asking me why I want to do this,” she said. “The village government is in need of a makeover, and I think I have lots of ideas to do that in many different directions.”

Zusy called the parking garage plan championed by Wiest and Harlow a “debacle,” and instead favored building surface lots on vacant land in other parts of town that could include lifts to stack cars.

While she said she has immense respect for Harlow and Wiest, Zusy said she would prefer Aronsohn and Killion if she had to pick two other candidates to win the election, if only for the sake of change.

“That would really send a message to the village that it’s time for a makeover – it’s time to refresh Ridgewood,” she said. “I think that experience is not necessarily number one in my book.”

Keith Killion
Killion, who’s retiring as the village police department’s Captain of Detectives in July, took exception to the current parking garage plan, saying that the village could save $3 million by just building a surface lot on the property and then dealing with additional parking needs as they arise.

Killion said that he’s running because the council has been slow to address its constituents’ needs.

“The problem I have with the council is really nothing getting done,” said Killion. “They seem not to act fast enough. I’m sure their hearts are in the right way but we’ve had projects that have languished over the last four or five years.”

Among those projects, Killion said, is the Habernickel farm – land the village acquired with plans to build several baseball fields, but has so far only built one soccer field.

Killion also said that, while the village doesn’t have big city crime problems, crime is a serious concern. He noted that the police department just made a major drug bust, and that some cocaine had found its way to the high school.

“I believe a safe community is paramount,” he said.

Board of Education Election Results – Vallerini is new BOE President, Hutton Elected as VP

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2008 at 2:24 am

The official results of the Board of Education election and Budget vote of April 15, 2008, are in: The budget passed, and Sheila Brogan and Laurie Goodman were elected. At the Board meeting of April 28, Joseph Vallerini was elected President of the Board and Robert Hutton was voted Vice President.

The Right Gift at the Right Price

the man who is shaping the curriculum that your kids are following!

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm

That’s Dr. real piece of sh*t maggot to you sir!

Show a little respect to

Bill Ayers began his career in primary education while an undergraduate, teaching at the Children’s Community School (CCS). After leaving the underground, he earned an M.Ed from Bank Street College in Early Childhood Education (1984), an M.Ed from Teachers College, Columbia University in Early Childhood Education (1987) and an Ed.D from Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction (1987).
Ayers’ influence on what is taught in the nation’s public schools is likely to grow in the future.

Last month, he was elected vice president for curriculum of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest organization of education-school professors and researchers. Ayers won the election handily, and there is no doubt that his fellow education professors knew whom they were voting for.

In the short biographical statement distributed to prospective voters beforehand, Ayers listed among his scholarly books Fugitive Days, an unapologetic memoir about his ten years in the Weather Underground. The book includes dramatic accounts of how he bombed the Pentagon and other public buildings.


Bill Ayers

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm

*Leader of the 1960s and 70s domestic terrorist group Weatherman
*”Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
*Participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the *Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972
*Currently a professor of education at the University of Illinois

Born in 1944, Bill Ayers, along with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, was a 1960s leader of the homegrown terrorist group Weatherman, a Communist-driven splinter faction of Students for a Democratic Society. Characterizing Weatherman as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology as follows: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.”

Today Ayers is a professor of education and a Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He has also authored a series of books about parenting and educating children, including: A Kind and Just Parent; To Become a Teacher; City Kids; City Teachers; To Teach; The Good Preschool Teacher; Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools; and Teaching Towards Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom.

In his most recent screed, Fugitive Days, Ayers recounts his life as a Sixties radical, his tenure as a Weatherman lieutenant, his terrorist campaign across America, and his enduring hatred for for the United States. “What a country,” Ayers said in 2001. “It makes me want to puke.”

Ayers was an active participant in Weatherman’s 1969 “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago, where nearly 300 members of the organization employed guerrilla-style tactics to viciously attack police officers and civilians alike, and to destroy massive amounts of property via vandalism and arson; their objective was to further spread their anti-war, anti-American message. Reminiscing on those riots, Ayers says pridefully: “We’d … proven that it was possible — we didn’t all die, we were still there.”

A substantial portion of Ayers’ book Fugitive Days discusses the author’s penchant for building and deploying explosives. Ayers boasts that he “participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.” Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers says, “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”

On another occasion, Ayers stated: “There’s something about a good bomb … Night after night, day after day, each majestic scene I witnessed was so terrible and so unexpected that no city would ever again stand innocently fixed in my mind. Big buildings and wide streets, cement and steel were no longer permanent. They, too, were fragile and destructible. A torch, a bomb, a strong enough wind, and they, too, would come undone or get knocked down.”

All told, Ayers and Weatherman were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S. “I don’t regret setting bombs, said Ayers in 2001, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

In 1970, Ayers’ then-girlfriend Diana Oughton, along with Weatherman members Terry Robbins and Ted Gold, were killed when a bomb they were constructing exploded unexpectedly. That bomb had been intended for detonation at a dance that was to be attended by army soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Hundreds of lives could have been lost had the plan been successfully executed. Ayers attested that the bomb would have done serious damage, “tearing through windows and walls and, yes, people too.”

After the death of his girlfriend, Ayers and his current wife, Bernardine Dohrn, spent the 1970s as fugitives running from the FBI. In 1980 the two surrendered, but all charges against them were dropped due to an “improper surveillance” technicality. Ayers’ comment on his life, as reported by Peter Collier and David Horowitz in their authoritative chapter on Weatherman in Destructive Generation, is this: “Guilty as sin, free as a bird, America is a great country.”

Notwithstanding his violent past, Ayers today does not describe himself as a terrorist. “Terrorists destroy randomly,” he reasons, “while our actions bore … the precise stamp of a cut diamond. Terrorists intimidate, while we aimed only to educate.”

In Fugitive Days, Ayers reflects on whether or not he might use bombs against the U.S. in the future. “I can’t imagine entirely dismissing the possibility,” he writes.

In 1999 Ayers joined the Woods Fund of Chicago, where he served as a director alongside Barak Obama until the latter left the Woods board in December 2002. Ayers went on to become Woods’ Chairman of the Board. In 2002 the Woods Fund made a grant to Northwestern University Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, was employed.

Message to all Tax Payers

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Actually I do drive a, how did you put it, A BIG FAT SUV. But the vehicle I drive really has nothing to do with the topic at hand. The fact of the matter is that he is the boss and part of being the boss is getting a company car. You don’t have to like him, you don’t have to like anything about it. If bitching and moaning makes you feel better, than type away. But it’s not gonna change anything. He’s still gonna get his BIG FAT SUV!! Maybe you should just call him yourself and tell him exactly how you feel. And then call the police chief….the fire chief and the chief of emergency servicies. Let them know how you feel as well. I’m sure they would all just love to hear from you!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Enterprise Rent-A-Car


In Uncategorized on April 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

APRIL 28, 2008
7:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Mayor

2. Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act

MAYOR: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided
by a posting on the bulletin board in Village Hall,
by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and time of this meeting.”

3. Roll Call

4. Comments from the Public (Other than Pease Building and Filing of Declaration of Intent of Grant Application for Pease Building)

5. ORDINANCE – INTRODUCTION – #3121 – Permit Use of Graydon Pool by Residents of Paramus – Permits Paramus residents to join Graydon Pool for the 2008 summer season, and establishes the fees for these out of town residents to join


08-100 Authorize Settlement of General Liability Claim

7. Explanation of Advantages of Accepting the Gift from David Bolger – Councilman Harlow

8. Explanation of Advantages of Filing for the State and County Historic Preservation Grants – Councilman Mancuso

9. Comments from the Public Pertaining to the Pease Building and/or the Filing of the Declaration of Intent of Grant Applications for the Pease Building


08-101 Authorize Filing of Declaration of Intent of Grant Application for Pease Building – Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund Capital Preservation Grant for Historic Preservation
08-102 Authorize Filing of Declaration of Intent of Grant Application for Pease Building – Bergen County Historic Preservation Trust Fund

11. Adjournment

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