News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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Adam Sandler: Sandy, Screw Ya

  • From last night’s 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy, broadcast live pretty much everywhere, and also starring The Who, Paul McCartney, the Stones, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Clapton, Bon Jovi. Didn’t end until 1:19am. Sandler’s Sandy, Screw Ya would have been more rewarding if he used NJ instead of NY in the chorus, but hell, we’re still the Hudson Brotherhood. NJ verse starts at 3:42.
  • GOP may relent on insistence that spending cuts accompany Sandy relief.
  • Franklin Lakes mayor to Rockland Electric: ‘If it were up to me, I’d fire you’.

    Sex offender in the Senate office

  • Bob Menendez says he didn’t know he had a registered sex offender and undocumented immigrant working in his office, and Homeland Security denies it told federal authorities to delay arresting the 18-year-old intern until after Election Day.


  • Dick Codey made a funny.
  • Why Booker stands a chance of beating Christie.

    TODAY 10:30am: Watch State Budget Crisis Task Force report on NJ

  • NJ Spotlight will be live-streaming.

    W 0 0 t !

  • Burlco GOP freeholders outspent Dem challengers 6-1 and they lost because they ran a crappy campaign. We had (at least) 2 Blue Jersey alums active in that race for winning Dem Freeholders-elect Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz. So BIG CONGRATS to them and to the Blue Jerseyans who helped drive the win. W00t!


  • Says he’s not too fat to be president.
  • Why the GOP Govs of Idaho & Utah are trying to set up Affordable Care Act exchanges and Chris Christie isn’t.


  • Although few people have seen it, there is nothing new about millions of gallons of treated sewage gushing into the Weehawken Cove daily, officials say. Now, you can see it.


  • Broad Foundation wants to give money for NJ education. But there’s a string attached: Chris Christie has to stay in office.
  • Cami Anderson wants more charters in Newark.
  • Alternate route to undermining teaching.

    Candlelight vigil to let the Bush tax cuts expire

  • Organized by CWA District 1, BlueWave NJ, New Jersey Citizen Action, Grassroots4Change and Organizing for America, outside the district offices of U.S. Reps. Runyan, LoBiondo, Smith, Lance and Frelinghuysen. And in the rain.


  • Fight over unions reveals N.J. labor pains

  • Comments (10)

    1. Bill Orr

      Off to a super start with the Boss and E Street Band. Adam Sandler added his wacky humor, but Jon Stewart spoke eloquently and movingly about the impact on our beaches.  Not only incredible for the quality of its musicians but also a reminder of lives devastated and the tremendous amount of work ahead that will be needed. I quit at about midnight but the beat went on much later. Am looking forward to the taped Billy Joel, Stones, and McCatrney.

    2. scarletbgonias

      Garrett’s comments about Sandy Relief are horrible, but not all that surprising to this constituent.

      Somehow, his words about relief and how he’s leaning towards voting against the funds, need to be trumpeted loudly and often. His constituents need to know that he will vote against these funds. I’m sure the appropriations will pass in Congress, but his Nay vote should be broadcast loudly.

    3. carolh

      song and know how reverently a lot of other musicians hold it, I was extremely offended by Adam Sandler butchering it.  He should have sung his Chanukah song. I think a lot of other folks, musical and/or Christian were probably as horrified as I was. Brian Williams looked like he didn’t appreciate it either.

    4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      It is a great song. But very little is above parody, particularly for a good cause. I doubt Cohen was peeved. And even if he was, think of the coin that rolled in while Sandler was singing …

    5. Bertin Lefkovic

      “Hallelujah” has been one of my favorite songs since the first time I heard the Jeff Buckley version during the West Wing Season 3 finale, “Posse Comitatus”, which might be the best season finale of the seven (the first four season finales were all incredible in different ways and reasonable people can disagree about their favorite).  A book has recently been published about the history of the song and its multitude of covers and one of the most interesting things that I learned about the song when the author was interviewed on a recent episode of Morning Joe was that Leonard Cohen wrote over 80 verses to that song, struggling mightily to get it just right.  While Adam Sandler might be the first person to change the lyrics as much as he did, I think that he displayed as much reverence for the song as anyone else who has performed it and kept the lyrics intact.

      In addition to revering the spirit of the song, he applied that spirit to the reason that this entire event was taking place, which is to rebuild not only what was physically damaged by Sandy, but also what was emotionally damaged.  He paid homage to our region’s culture in a way that only Adam Sandler could and I think that he did a wonderful job.  During difficult times like these, humor is something that is needed more than ever and Sandler’s was spot on.  A comic is an artist just as much as any musician and the fact that Sandler can weave both humor and music together in the way that he can is an extra special gift.  To relegate him to being a one trick pony who should only perform a standard like the Hanukkah song when he makes an appearance at an event like this is simply unfair.

      Considering the fact that so many of the has-beens and relics, who were in various states of decomposure last night (although I thought that Roger Waters and the Who have aged much better than their peers), were allocated a half hour or more (the fact that Paul McCartney and not Eddie Vetter was the one to perform with former Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic – they should have formed a Nirvana-Pearl Jam-Soundgarden-Stone Temple Pilots supergroup, but sadly, this entire evening was geared to the baby boomer ex-hippie/yuppie sellout crowd who have the fat wallets that an event like this needs to be able to do what it was created to do – was probably the most offensive part of the evening), I think that Sandler should have been able to perform a second song and it would have been completely appropriate for him to do the Hanukkah song, especially since we are currently celebrating the holiday.

      There are a lot of things that could have, should have, and would have made last night’s concert so much better (it would have been nice if Bruce Springsteen hadn’t mailed in a lackluster performance, featuring a terrible rendition of “Jersey Girl”) that than the debacle that it was, but there is no doubt in my mind that Adam Sandler’s performance was the best of the evening.  That uptight redneck, Brian Williams, can go screw-ya himself and the horse that he rode in on if he cannot appreciate what Sandler did last night.  If Leonard Cohen was there, I think that he would have been quite proud, had a great laugh, and might have even joined Sandler onstage.

      In this excerpt from the aforementioned book, I think that K.D. Lang supports my argument when she says:

      “Ultimately,” she concluded, “it’s a piece of music and it belongs to culture. It doesn’t belong to Leonard, it doesn’t belong to me, it doesn’t belong to anybody.”

    6. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      Your points should be a full post fro one or both of you. Even if we’ve come to expect Garrett to be the Grinchy tool of the right we know him to be, I don’t think we should miss any shot at giving the specifics. Just saying.  

    7. Bertin Lefkovic

      Thanks for saying in so few words what I needed so many to say.

    8. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      Withdrawal. The only way to deal, save rewatching it all, is to follow all the fictional characters on Twitter. They’re all there. Even Gail the Goldfish @GailTheThird.

    9. Bertin Lefkovic

      Rewatching all seven seasons, which I try to do every now and then (they were a lifesaver early on in Rachael’s life when she would only sleep in my arms or Robin’s and we took 3-4 hours shifts holding her) is my only West Wing fix aside from surfing YouTube whenever a favorite scene pops into my head.


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