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Coming to Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank, Union: Savings Sites

(PRESS RELEASE) Just in time for the holidays comes the debut of a free Online and Mobile Shopping, Business, and Community Directory For Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank, and Union New Jersey.

New Jersey Savings Sites co-owns America's largest database of legal opt-in e-mail addresses. That's great news for homes and businesses with zip codes 07701, 07712, 07740, 07083, or 07088, because New Jersey Savings Sites is offering two months of free community-based online advertising — and full-time free municipal ad space.

New Jersey Savings Sites Residents
Few shoppers enjoy the JOB of managing coupons or making an extra trip to the mall just to save a little money. With New Jersey Savings Sites, the cell phone or tablet becomes a savings directory AND community bulletin board courtesy of our customized GPS phone apps and mobile Web page. And there's more to come:

  • Online couponing and gift certificates: To get a special deal or discount to a local advertiser, all you have to do is display the ad's text or email.
  • Bulk purchasing power of everything from yard equipment to event tickets
  • Permanent Free Ad Space for all area churches, schools, charities and service organizations
  • Free phone apps and a tablet Web page (http://savingsSites.mobi), both with GPS
  • Municipal government information and notices at your fingertips
  • Community Blog (wedding announcements, situations wanted, etc.)

New Jersey Savings Sites Businesses
For New Jersey businesses, Savings Sites couldn’t be simpler: They enter contact information under one of dozens of merchant categories, and post a sentence or two about a special offer or discount. Ads can be scheduled and edited at any time -- there is even a special feature for posting wanted ads if the business is hiring.

Savings Sites ad space is free for December 2013 and January 2014 with no obligation. February and March 2014 are half price at $125.00. Then it’s just $125.00 monthly — a fraction of what "national local" coupon advertisers charge to send just ONE ad to a just a few thousand local homes.

New Jersey Savings Sites Local Government
New Jersey Savings Sites is also affiliated with EmailNotices.com, the leader in automated municipal emailing services. In exchange for allowing links to Savings Sites merchants in constituent emails, EmailNotices offered local governments free use of its legal opt-in database. New Jersey Savings Sites takes it even higher-tech -- and at no taxpayer cost -- by offering free accounts to the towns' municipalities. And everyone's privacy is protected: contact information is not subject to New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.

"Through emergency push notifications, municipalities can send out instant information about school closings, town meetings or road construction," explains Zone Director John Borbone. "Even the smallest businesses will be able to compete with the larger ones with laser-targeted advertising. And residents can save money, time, and gas shopping right in their communities. With New Jersey Savings Sites, everyone wins."

The Savings Sites phone apps are available at http://tinyurl.com/savSitesItunes and http://tinyurl.com/savSitesAndroid. Customers can register at http://njsavingssites.com by clicking on town of their choice. Requests for business registration and free ad space should be emailed to Mr. Borbone at jfbgianni@aol.com.

And now for a Thanksgiving carol



an Old Thanksgiving tradition


And a new one!



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And we would be remiss in not mentioning his opening act

which had as much to do with starting the Bush regime backlash as anything.



Despite this being available for free, more than a million purchased a copy on iTunes!


And here's another oldie but goodie:




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Also known as Cruz-Christie Syndrome

Posted and self-deleted by another DU-er, but an important addition to my Rethug Psycho collection:

A personality disorder of excessive power strivings

None of the existing formal diagnostic categories in psychiatry today addresses adequately the issues of excessive power-seeking, corruption and destructiveness. Excessive power strivings both poison the personality of the individual who is obsessed in his spirit and mind with power and do unacceptable harm to other peoples' lives.

The present proposal of a diagnostic category of a Personality Disorder of Excessive Power Strivings is intended to fit into current diagnostic schema of DSM as well as into an earlier proposal to examine in all psychopathology not only the burdens and damage people do and impose on their own selves and their own functioning, but also the harm they do to other peoples' lives and functioning.

The diagnosis is to be used when the individual displays prolonged and severe manifestations of the following listed criteria.

The basic feature which is always present in this personality disorder is:
Intense and extensive power strivings.

In addition, at least three other of the following characteristics should be present:

  1. Lack of empathy for people, and indifference to the suffering of others;

  2. "Street smart" alertness and remarkable cunning committed to seizing and expanding power;

  3. Ruthlessness in cultivation of power;

  4. Scapegoating and projection of blame on to targeted individuals or a group, an insistent need to identify certain others as lowly, worthless and intended victims;

  5. Corruption by power and addiction to power;

  6. Demands of other people to be dependent on one's powerful personality, or that they become one's obedient followers;

  7. Emphasis on symbolisms of pure vs. impure, holy vs. infidel, chosen vs. condemned;

  8. A basic disrespect for the lives of others evidenced in callous or indifferent exposure of others to undue risks;

  9. An absence of conscience in contexts of self-interest and opportunity;

  10. A homicide/suicide orientation.

See also: Bush-Delay Syndrome (Narcissistic Peronality Disorder); Sarah Palin Syndrome (Histrionic Personality Disorder).


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In loving memory of Tico Torres' Appendix (1953 - 2013)

On October 7, 2013, Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres turned sixty years old. But he received his birthday present a month earlier -- from his appendix.

On September 10, 2013, the band was preparing to leave their hotel for the Mexico City venue where they would be playing a sold-out show. But Tico began experiencing severe abdominal pains, and they ended up rushing him to a hospital instead.

Three days later, frontman Jon Bon Jovi announced: "...Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering...We'd like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped...Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers...He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show..."

Well, Jon, his bandmates, and their fans owe Tico's appendix a lot of thanks, too.

That is, suppose it had decided to hang in for just a few hours more and detonate while Tico was drumming away at the sound check -- or worse, the gig itself. With his heartbeat and body temperature elevated, the attack could very easily have resulted in his appendix bursting. Would he have been correctly diagnosed and transported to the hospital in time? Were only a couple of hours the difference between the world's Bon Jovi fans sending their thoughts and prayers and their sending their condolences?

Of course, Tico is such a good drummer that it's only logical that his appendix would have natural rhythm, too. Or maybe it loved Tico so much, it just couldn't bring itself to destroy them both. Whatever the reason, I am very thankful that Tico is alive and well to perform another day -- and I will be eternally grateful to the body part that sacrificed itself to make his survival possible.




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The 9/11 Day Memorial Film Festival

Introductory remarks by Jon Stewart.


An opening short subject by fellow DUer Symbolman:




And the feature presentation:




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Yes -- and from the Currant, GOOD satire for the very first time

The Onion and Andy Borowitz are still the masters, of course. The Currant's not in their league because they rely too much on insults (Anthony Weiner: ‘I Have A Hard-On’ For New York City) and just plain making stuff up (North Carolina Proposes Ban on Condoms). This article works because it spins a spoonful of inconvenient truth into a three-tiered cake with frosting. Most encouraging!


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Hooray for me.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=1655120&mesg_id=1655889

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=1658791&mesg_id=1659537

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=1658791&mesg_id=1658791


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Your choice of



Unless you'd rather have something that's actually useful:




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It's the Tenth Annual Rocktivity/DU "You Call This NEWS?" Awards!



Thank you and welcome -- has it REALLY been TEN years since I first snarked, "You call this NEWS?" This is also our second pre-Democratic inaugural awards ceremony. Last year, I advocated being optimistic but not complacent: it turned out to be an understatement.

It helped, of course, that Mitt "R-Money" Romney's campaign platform quickly degenerated to only one plank: He wasn't black. And while he did have an edge with independent voters who felt that Obama hadn't changed enough, Romney threw them away by refusing to release more of his income tax returns (a tradition begun by his own father -- ironic much?). However, Obama's dim performance at the first 2012 debate breathed new life into mainstream media coverage of the race.

Spurred on by the mantra "Controversy SELLS!", and aided and abetted by polling companies that weren't profiting by telling the GOP the truth, a scramble began to turn the 2012 election into a gigantic dead heat. But between Romney and Ryan getting their clocks cleaned at the remaining debates and the visit from superstorm Sandy, it melted down into a suicide mission. Which dovetails into the reason why I started giving out these awards in the first place.

It took me only four days after 9/11 to get so fed up with the jingoistic, lockstepping turn the MSM had taken, I yelled, "Goddammit, stop telling me how to feel!" at my TV. That launched me on a three-week Internet search to find news I could really use on 9/11 and the Bush regime (I never to referred to it as an administration). Michael Moore's page led me to Democrats.com, which in turn led me to DU.

Finally, a safe haven from the pro-Bush crazies! Equally important, DU also placed me in the company of people who were so far ahead of the MSM's propaganda curve that I noticed a pattern of stories that seemed too redundant, reality-challenged, or both to qualify as actual journalism. I realized that it was part of a new American civil war that was under way -- a war against a cunning and merciless ideological enemy. So in 2003, I gave out my first "You Call This NEWS?" award, and held the first of these ceremonies two years later. To paraphrase MSNBC, let's see how far forward we leaned in 2012:


PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2003 - Bush's Ancestor's Bank Seized (Grandad - Germany/Nazi)
2004 - Cheney May Help or Hinder Bush's Chances


PREVIOUS AWARD CEREMONIES

2005 - U.S. Army Report: Military Lost Dominance In Iraq After Invasion
2006 - Iraq On Brink Of Becoming A Failed State
2007 - Iraqis Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord
2008 - Bush sees no recession coming
2009 - Bottled water sales dry up - Industry Asks 'Why?'
2010 - Former Head of FEMA says Bush Administration Downplayed Severity of Hurricane Katrina
2011 - Wal-Mart: Our Shoppers Are "Running Out Of Money"


TENTH ANNUAL ROCKTIVITY/DU "YOU CALL THIS NEWS?" AWARDS WINNERS


SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


WE DESERVE BETTER!
Media Source: USA Today
Posted by: TalkingDog
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "I like how 'Dangers Remain' and 'Life After Paterno' remain on the scene." -- XemaSab


HONORABLE MENTION

Study Shows Frequent Sex Increased Pregnancy Chances
Media Source: The Winchester Star
Posted by: Incitatus
Best Posts (Other Than Mine):
"I call BS - I've been having sex as frequently as possible for my entire adult life, without even a hint of pregnancy." -- Petronius
"It might help if you had a partner." -- Bluesbassman

GOP Strategist: "It's Devastating." Majority Of American Women NOW Side With Democrats
Media Source: The Washington Post
Posted by: Kpete
Best Posts (Other Than Mine):
"Pardon me, but does this actually surprise anyone with a functioning brain?" -- Sikorsky
"It does seem to surprise Republicans...Oh wait, never mind." -- Sarge43


HONORABLE MENTION: THE "TO FIGURE THIS OUT, YOU HAD TO DO A FREAKING STUDY?" CATEGORY

Raw milk causes most illnesses from dairy, study finds
Media Source: USA Today
Posted by: Snake Alchemist
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "There is a technical/scientific term for this: Duh." -- qazplm


THIRD RUNNER UP

Poll Finds Americans Reject Republican Assault On Unions
Media Source: Think Progress.Org
Posted by: Babylonsister
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "I'm thinking some Tea Baggers finally figured it out...especially after they looked at their union membership cards!" -- Atreides1


SECOND RUNNER UP

NYPD Caught Spying on Al Sharpton, National Action Network
Media Source: Your Black World.Net
Posted by: Kas125
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "They are just spying on him to find out how he lost the pounds." -- Loudmxr


FIRST RUNNER UP

Republicans suffer among female voters
Media Source: The Washington Post
Posted by: DearAbby
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "'Female voters suffer among Republicans.' There! I fixed it for you." -- Hootinholler


AND THE WINNER OF THE TENTH ANNUAL ROCKTIVITY/DU "YOU CALL THIS NEWS?" AWARDS:

CIA DOCS CONFIRM: CHENEY IS A LIAR!!!
Media Source: Huffington Post
Posted by: Kpete

Best Post (Other Than Mine):
"Time to repossess a heart!" -- Lint Head




And give yourselves a round of applause while you're at it, because we can look back over the past ten years and note that while we didn't stop Georgie Bush's second term, we did stop them from stopping Obama's. And in honor of the way we stopped Neil Munro, we're sending him all the bills we run up at the after-party!


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