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July 21, 2011: Rep. Runyan: “We should pay tribute to NASA for successfully faking the Moon landing

July 21, 2011: Congressman Jon Runyan: “We should pay tribute to the fine NASA staff who so successfully faked the Moon landing.”

 As the shuttle Atlantis ended its final voyage and an era in space came to a close, Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3), was somewhat tearful and poignant.

 “I clearly remember as a child watching the films of ‘astronaut Neil Armstrong’ walking on the Moon,” said Rep. Runyan. “At this time, we should pay tribute to the fine NASA staff —the men and women — who so successfully faked that Moon landing in 1969, as well as the actor who played Armstrong in that film.”

The last space shuttle flight rolled to a stop just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, closing an era of the nation’s space program. “Mission complete, Houston,” said Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson of the Navy, commander of the shuttle Atlantis for the last flight.

 NASA is counting on two commercial companies, the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., and the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to begin cargo flights next year. “It is about time space travel was privatized,” added Runyan.

Runyan, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, had been highly critical of NASA. “Only if the government gets out of the way, and puts the space program in to the hands private enterprise can we achieve success.”

Runyan made note that while NASA was able to fake a Moon landing, that “with privatization, the folks on Star Trek, have been able to achieve going to ‘infinity and beyond’, with ‘warp speed’. That’s what you get when you unleash American ingenuity, and get government out of the way.”

The New Jersey Congressman also agreed that funding should be sought to preserve the film studio at the Kennedy Space Center where the Moon landing was filmed, “in case some day the government needs to fake a landing on Mars or Venus, or one of our other Moons.”  

Congressman Leonard Lance Replaced With Evil Twin Right Wing Cousin “Cubby Lance”

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Washington, DC: It has been determined through carefully DNA screening, that moderate Republican Leonard Lance, has been replaced by his Right Wing/Tea Party evil twin cousin, “Cubby Lance”. This is from a source deep inside the Lance Congressional office, who needs to remain anonymous, and is known only by the name ‘State Street’.

“Meet Leonard, who’s been in NJ everywhere,

From Trenton town to Hamilton Square.

But Cubby’s only sees the sights.

A guy can see from Extreme Right —

What a crazy pair!”, offered ‘State Street’.

The Star-Ledger first broke the story at the end of May, (Tom Moran’s “The Curious Transformation of N.J. Congressman Leonard Lance”), but did not reveal the reason why Lance seemed to ‘transform’.

Where former State Senator Lance was pro-choice,  Congressman “Cubby” Lance has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood; where former State Senator Lance was a solid supporter of senior citizens and Medicare, Congressman “Cubby” Lance has voted with Paul Ryan to destroy Medicare.

“But they’re cousins,

Identical cousins all the way.

One pair of matching bookends,

Different as night and day,” continued ‘State Street’.  

“Where Leonard always votes for pro-choice,

Supports Medicare, and has a moderate voice;

But Cubby votes with his Right-wing Chair

loves the Tea Party, against health care;

What a crazy pair!” shared ‘State Street’.  

“You can lose your mind,

When cousins are two of a kind.”

There was no immediate comment from the Republican National Committee, or from New Jersey Republican Chairman Samual S. Raia as to when the real Leonard Lance would return to Congress.  

Standing Ovation for John Adler at his Funeral Today

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John could stand on the edge of a great divide and look for where a bridge needed to be built.

                  – John Adler’s brother-in-law, from his eulogy

Congressman-elect John AdlerThere was a standing ovation for John Adler today at his funeral. It was called by his brother-in-law who’s in show business on the West Coast. In his business, he said, when people do very well, we give them a standing ovation. In the vast sanctuary of Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, everyone stood.

Of course, many were already standing. Temple Emanuel was jammed, probably straining the Cherry Hill fire marshal’s restrictions, and the sanctuary was standing-room-only, as were several overflow rooms inside, and the crowd spilled outside into the parking lot.

“First time I saw John, he was dancing with a refrigerator,” began the story told by Adler’s  law school roommate and best man at his wedding. A lot of the stories told reflected both deep affection for him, and warm appreciation for his merry view of life. The service had its moments of both laughter and tears. And it was well attended both by those whose  politics he shared, and by well-respected Republicans with whom he differed. All there to pay tribute to the man that was “just John” to wife Shelley and their four boys.

The rabbi gave the blessing in Hebrew for those ” who serve in public office”, calling him a “mensch”. He gave that term’s definition as nothing more than a man much loved and respected by all. He told a story about John listening to the youngest member of a contingent lobbying for his support of Israel, listening intently. That John took the time to listen so closely made a real difference to that young woman.

In the spirit of Adler’s sense of humor, his brother-in-law apologized for blowing his nose into his yarmulke, as he cried. He told the story of playing John in Trivial Pursuit, that it was like going up against Google itself.

In fact, I found out today, John auditioned for Jeopardy and was accepted. But he was bumped for knowing someone who worked as an attorney at ABC. He didn’t even know the man well, it was somebody he went to law school with, but he could not lie. “John was the greatest Jeopardy champion who never appeared on the show,” said his wife’s brother, laughing.

Today, John Adler was remembered as a man never took himself too seriously, who loved “really stupid” movies. His son talked about how he loved what he called Italian-American sociological study, which is how he referred to Jersey Shore.

The Adler family asks that if individuals wish to make a donation in John Adler’s name, they would appreciate contributions to Cooper University Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Both tried to save his life. John Adler was just 51. Rest in Peace.

March 1st, 2011: Rep. Jon Runyun beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22).

Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

Sanyo hosted the Washington event — a non-televised, informal game of Jeopardy — to demonstrate the impact of kitchen technology on society, according to the Hill.

“Toasty”, Sanyo’s interactive toaster-oven, is equipped with some of the most sophisticated heating coils in the world.

“I am not surprised Toasty lost; it is not an American made product. A Black and Decker toaster oven would have been tougher,” Runyan said, according to the Hill.

Toasty was unable to answer a question about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, but Runyan knew the answer from his debate with former Congressman John Adler. “Luckily, I still had that answer written on my hand,” shared Rep. Runyan.

In other news, Gov. Christie told the Star-Ledger that he was upset that Charlie Sheen was “stealing my signature ranting and yelling bit. That is my bit, not his.”

March 1st, 2011: Rep. Jon Runyun beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22).

Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

Sanyo hosted the Washington event — a non-televised, informal game of Jeopardy — to demonstrate the impact of kitchen technology on society, according to the Hill.

“Toasty”, Sanyo’s interactive toaster-oven, is equipped with some of the most sophisticated heating coils in the world.

“I am not surprised Toasty lost; it is not an American made product. A Black and Decker toaster oven would have been tougher,” Runyan said, according to the Hill.

Toasty was unable to answer a question about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, but Runyan knew the answer from his debate with former Congressman John Adler. “Luckily, I still had that answer written on my hand,” shared Rep. Runyan.

In other news, Gov. Christie told the Star-Ledger that he was upset that Charlie Sheen was “stealing my signature ranting and yelling bit. That is my bit, not his.”

Rep. Jon Runyan beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

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Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

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March 1st, 2011: Rep. Jon Runyun beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

Sanyo hosted the Washington event — a non-televised, informal game of Jeopardy — to demonstrate the impact of kitchen technology on society, according to the Hill.

“Toasty”, Sanyo’s interactive toaster-oven, is equipped with some of the most sophisticated heating coils in the world.

“I am not surprised Toasty lost; it is not an American made product. A Black and Decker toaster oven would have been tougher,” Runyan said, according to the Hill.

Toasty was unable to answer a question about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, but Runyan knew the answer from his debate with former Congressman John Adler. “Luckily, I still had that answer written on my hand,” shared Rep. Runyan.

In other news, Gov. Christie told the Star-Ledger that he was upset that Charlie Sheen was “stealing my signature ranting and yelling bit. That is my bit, not his.”

March 1st, 2011: Rep. Jon Runyun beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

Sanyo hosted the Washington event — a non-televised, informal game of Jeopardy — to demonstrate the impact of kitchen technology on society, according to the Hill.

“Toasty”, Sanyo’s interactive toaster-oven, is equipped with some of the most sophisticated heating coils in the world.

“I am not surprised Toasty lost; it is not an American made product. A Black and Decker toaster oven would have been tougher,” Runyan said, according to the Hill.

Toasty was unable to answer a question about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, but Runyan knew the answer from his debate with former Congressman John Adler. “Luckily, I still had that answer written on my hand,” shared Rep. Runyan.

In other news, Gov. Christie told the Star-Ledger that he was upset that Charlie Sheen was “stealing my signature ranting and yelling bit. That is my bit, not his.”

March 1st, 2011: Rep. Jon Runyun beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

Sanyo hosted the Washington event — a non-televised, informal game of Jeopardy — to demonstrate the impact of kitchen technology on society, according to the Hill.

“Toasty”, Sanyo’s interactive toaster-oven, is equipped with some of the most sophisticated heating coils in the world.

“I am not surprised Toasty lost; it is not an American made product. A Black and Decker toaster oven would have been tougher,” Runyan said, according to the Hill.

Toasty was unable to answer a question about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, but Runyan knew the answer from his debate with former Congressman John Adler. “Luckily, I still had that answer written on my hand,” shared Rep. Runyan.

In other news, Gov. Christie told the Star-Ledger that he was upset that Charlie Sheen was “stealing my signature ranting and yelling bit. That is my bit, not his.”

Gov. Christie to hold “Turn Back The Clock!” Counter-Rally with Republican electeds

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As Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President, joins a furious clan of Wisconsin workers who will travel to Trenton this Friday who say the time is now to rally for collective bargaining rights, Gov. Christie will hold a counter rally on the Statehouse steps with Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Christie and Walker will be joined by dozens of other Republican elected officials from around the nation at their “Turn Back The Clock!” Rally. “The time is not ‘Now’; the time is ‘Then’. It is time to turn back the clocks,” asserted Walker in a media release.

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