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Retarded R-word Sign

R-word, retarded… why exactly is this sign necessary?

Recently in front of the Imago Beauty Group salon at 113 Washington Street was this “politically correct” sign that read:

“R-WORD: SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD. The R-word is the word “retard(ed).” Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. The R-word is hate speech.

Recognizing that our choice of language frames how we think about others, we pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities…”

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Get over yourself and don’t tell me what to say!

The phrase for people who embrace “social movements” like this is: “useful idiots.” This type of “debate” is only out there to divide the populous, in order to distract them from the real problems of this world. In other words, it is entirely pointless, and this overly-sensitive group of people are really just wasting their time. To be “offended” is purely your choice, and well within your control.

To quote a great piece my friend Mokokoma from South Africa wrote about this very subject:

“Words only mean [to us] what we allow them to mean to us… calling a cat a dog doesn’t really make or change the cat; so, why be put down by being called a fool, a nigger, a loser or, a kaffir? While the offender needs to offend to be, reality is that to be offended is the choice of the offended.

Indeed our stupidity is both entertaining and saddening. Our supply of intelligence and common sense is so low that we, instead of refusing to be offended, find refuge in self-deceptive linguistic devices such as:

  1. Political correctness, i.e., the avoidance of forms of expression that are perceived to exclude, marginalize or, insult, groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against; and
  2. Euphemism, i.e., mild or indirect words or expressions substituted for those that are considered to be too hard or “too blunt” when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

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It’s YOUR attitude, not MY words!

“We write “f@#k” in place of “fuck.” Even though “f@#k” means “fuck” to the reader’s mind. “The four-letter word,” too, brings “fuck” to the mind. Yet we think that by writing “f@#k” and by saying “The Four-Letter Word” – instead of “fuck,” we are actually being polite and/or smart. Go figure!

This is of course, the very same foolishness that Louis C.K. tried to bring to our attention with “The N-Word” joke. Which basically revolves around how some “black” people are offended by the word “nigger,” but not the phrase “The N Word.”

Yet the phrase “The N-Word” and the word “nigger” bring to mind the very same race. In the same way the so-called “black” people are – as a collective – a referent to which black people, niggers, kaffirs, blacks, darkies, etc. refer.

Still and all, I still find being offended – by being called something, say a nigger, or an abbie or a dick or a greaseball or a pussy or a merkin or a cracker or a bitch or whatever – as a symptom of intellectual childishness; which is, of course, an inevitable, not to mention costly, price that the semantics-ignorant pay.

Nothing has the power to make one happy or unhappy. It is one’s attitude towards a thing that does. It is one’s attitude towards that thing, not the thing in itself – that has the power to make one happy or unhappy.”

There you go. It’s time to trash that retarded “r-word” sign and instead go change your attitude from within – one “social sucker” at a time.

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Maxwell’s Tavern {Pizza}

Maxwell’s Tavern hiring in Hoboken, NJ

You need a job in Hoboken? Well, did you know that Maxwell’s Tavern over at 11th & Washington is hiring?

They’re looking to fill positions (some easy, some not too glamorous), such as Cooks, dishwashers, servers, busboys, bartenders and hostesses.

Simply email employment@maxwellshoboken.com for consideration.

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New Menu at Maxwell’s Tavern {sneak peek}

And those of you who are wondering what the “new” Maxwell’s Tavern will be serving? Well – it’s not much different than other “pub food” places… here’s just a sneak peek of what they’ll be serving up. Appetizers, salads, pizza, etc. Additional items not shown here include (you guessed it) sandwiches, burgers, and other entrees like Chicken, veal, shrimp, etc. Fairly standard fare that’s for sure.

Most prices are still TBD…

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Parking Cartel in Hoboken?

A year and a half – 11%+ parking rate increase in Hoboken

18 months ago, we talked about how parking garages all seemingly raised their monthly rates simultaneously – as if they were in a “parking cartel” in cahoots with one another.

Well – it seems that the Little Man Garage on Hudson Street went up over 11% recently. Did your salary go up 11%?

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CarePoint Health – Medical Monopoly?

What’s up with CarePoint Health in Hoboken, NJ?

Does anyone else notice the relatively recent “explosion” CarePoint Health Medical Group has undergone in our area?

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Some questions about CarePoint Health to ponder

Without too much commentary – here are some observations (as well as honest questions that might be in the minds of many others):

  • Does it seem to you that there is a “revolving door” of names, D/B/A’s, and other corporate finagling that could be construed as “suspicious?” Or is that just the way “big business” works (in order to find loopholes or more profitable shifting of monies all over the place?)
  • Why is their name popping up everywhere? Buying up private medical practices? Expanding into locations every which way you look! How can they afford all the costly rents?
  • Why did this organization get to pay the LEAST for St. Mary’s Hospital (Hoboken University Medical Center), when others BID MUCH MORE? Is that why they have so much extra money to expand? Weren’t their “books” kept under wraps and OUTSIDE public purview?
  • How do they have the money to buy multiple “full page spreads” in countless (antiquated, hardly read) print publications all over the county? Is that to “pay for silence?”
  • Why are (fledgling) “mainstream” news media outlets CONSTANTLY publishing “good news” press releases without ANY critical commentary? Who’s getting the “lucky” treatment?
  • Is this big “expansion” a sign that “someone has privileged info” about what is to come in the future?
  • Who the hell are these people?

Something seems either wrong, or heavily tilted in SOMEONE’S favor. We certainly don’t have the time or resources to get to the bottom of it (the way we want to), and refuse to take anyone or any other “source” for their word until it can be verified with absolute accuracy. Which is most likely next to impossible (shredding, payouts, and other trickery.)

But when you get a feeling in your gut that “something ain’t right,” normally you’re on to something…

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Worst NJ Poll ever {How Jersey Are You?}

NJ Poll – rating “How Jersey Are You” pointless

This total “time waster” of a site called Buzzfeed – recently published a stupid poll about NJ entitled “How Jersey Are You?” with a retro photo of Bruce Springsteen and 100 “statements” about New Jersey, in which you tick off the ones that “apply to you.”

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See the list below (Hoboken “represents” 5% of all questions in bold despite being only 1/2 of one percent of state population, and one one-hundredth of a percent of the land area), and understand how pointless it is to try and create a “scientifically accurate” poll and ranking system about a very diverse state, with “only” 100 mainly stereotypical questions. Many parts of the state were barely mentioned (if at all), and seems to be a list targeted at people under 30 years of age, a strong desire for booze, and from the northeastern part of the state.

But they succeeded in getting people to take the poll, who then got “infuriated” about how lame the poll was. “Mission accomplished.” See after the list how we think the poll REALLY should have been conducted.

Stupid “How Jersey Are You?” Poll questions

Click everything that applies to you…

How Jersey Are You (Stupid Poll)

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You’re really a true “Jersey-ite” when…

My (better) version of a “Jersey Poll” would have been: “You’re truly from (and know) New Jersey (and have your head screwed on straight)” when most of the following statements apply to you:

  1. You know that, like any other “state” – there are beautiful places, and disgusting places. New Jersey happens to have great places to go during all four seasons.
  2. You could care less about “regional stereotypes,” because every section of the country has them. These just happen to be yours (for now).
  3. There is no complaining about traffic because you know enough alternate routes to avoid it.
  4. You know there is corruption in all levels of government, countrywide. You know NJ is among the worst. You’ve at least entertained the idea of “finding greener pastures” elsewhere.
  5. You don’t waste time “defending” where you live with those who try and bash it.

In the end – it’s up to you to make the best of where you live, or change it. Picking one spot and “talking” about it doesn’t really do much other than waste time. But then again, what are you going to do with your time otherwise? Something productive? Nah.

(I guess I didn’t help…)

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Hoboken411: Eight Year Anniversary

Yep, still here: Hoboken411 turns eight today

Hoboken411 8th AnniversaryJeez Louise. Another frickin’ year gone by? I forgot about this until I looked at the calendar yesterday. “Whoa! Hoboken411.com turns eight on Friday!”

It would be irresponsible if some kind of “mark” wasn’t made.

Anyway, no need to repeat the “Top 10 Lessons Learned” (you can read last years anniversary post for that!) they’re essentially still the same. Not much to add, really – because solid “life lessons” usually remain quite consistent over time.

But man, come to think of it, it’s pretty amazing to me – because I got sick of every “job” I’ve ever had in the past – whether it had a high salary or not. The corporate “BS” that exists in any hierarchical structure should not be sustainable long-term for any sensible human being (unless you’re at the top). Which is primarily the reason I could hold on to this “job” with relative ease. If you can stomach the uncertainty of having your own “small business,” then good God, please do it today… Don’t wait!

Keep in mind you need one or more of the following in order to succeed in business (and be happy): Love for what you do, skills (and/or the desire to learn), and a little bit of luck and good timing.

In the end – you have to ask yourself what you do with your “time” in this world. Do you want to work for someone else? What do you do with the money other than accumulate things, and debt? What is freedom? Do you sleep well at night? Or worry? Do you dread Mondays and look forward to Fridays?

OK, I’m done. Have a nice day and weekend ahead!

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