Hornbill News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, December 27, 2017

In the Lion King musical Zazu, a red-billed hornbill, presents the Morning Report to the King:

  • It’s an honor and a privilege, a duty I perform
    With due sense of decorum and with pride
    With deference and great respect very much the norm
    Plus a hint of sycophancy on the side
    To lay before my ruler all the facts about his realm.”

Trump lifting baby into the air like Simba

The above sounds like the kind of report President Trump might receive. Hopefully not what Governor Murphy would want. At Blue Jersey we prefer something closer to what Zazu goes on to say:

“This is the morning report
Gives you the long and the short
Every grunt, roar, and snort
Not a tale I distort.”

Well we don’t include “every grunt, roar and snort.” We do try not to distort, but we have our point of view.

Murphy’s Inherited headaches: the pension system, ongoing tax cuts. (John Reitmeyer)

The Women’s March is happening again in N.J. in 2018. Here are the details.


While our struggle for $15.00 minimum wage, equal pay, and more paid leave must continue, a complementary approach is to try to find a way to bring the cost of living down so that NJ is an affordable state to live in. One way to do so, particularly for those who are not wealthy, is to reduce the fares on NJ Transit and the government service fees which seem to rise every year.

With congress dithering, NJPP points out, failure to act on DACA and Dream Act would harm New Jersey’s tax revenues.



Asbury Park boardwalk to get $400,000 upgrade with new pavilions.

“We wish you a good impeachment:” anti-Trump carolers turn to humor in the suburbs.


Traffic nightmares: Squishing and squashing in southeast Bergen between the GW bridge, narrow roads and crazy congestion. (Opinion)


Ex-Fairview police chief extends a hand to aid homeless youth in Newark.


With 2018 fast-approaching, a New Year resolution: “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” – “Doc” Brown, PhD, a self-professed “student of all sciences,” and character in ‘Back to the Future trilogy.’ Also good to know, according to the Chinese Zodiac 2018 is the year of the dog associated with integrity and loyalty. (Our President demands the latter not the former.)

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