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As A Matter Of Fact…Business Leaders Agree: Raising the Minimum Wage Makes Sense

by Jon Whiten
Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact …

While legislative leaders’ efforts to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour have taken a backseat in recent weeks to the governor’s proposed income tax cut, similar legislation in New York is gaining the backing of some high-profile business advocates.

First up was a Daily News op-ed co-authored by New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg that used free-market ideology to argue for bolstering the minimum wage.

“[The minimum wage] helps taxpayers by reducing the number of people who might otherwise have to rely on public assistance to survive,” Bloomberg and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wrote. “Taxpayers benefit when government dependency is low – and so does the economy.”

The Daily News piece was followed a few days later by an editorial in business bible Crain’s that called for the minimum wage to be raised to $8.50 an hour and tied to inflation going forward. Crain’s said opponents’ arguments that a wage increase will destroy low-paid jobs just aren’t true; it pointed to New York’s 2004 raising of the wage as an example.

“If the change had a cataclysmic effect on businesses that depend heavily on minimum-wage workers, we certainly missed it,” the paper wrote. “Neither, quite obviously, did it shower undeserved riches on the bottom rung of workers.”

If and when the minimum wage bill here in New Jersey starts to pick up steam again, we can only hope some of the state’s leading voices for business will, like Bloomberg and Crain’s, avoid a knee-jerk dismissal of the proposal, and look instead at how it will help our entire economy to flourish.

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Al Roker gets ripped for snapping court pix & tweeting during jury duty

Today Show weatherman Al Roker took some good hearted ribbing from his co-hosts Matt Lauer and Merideth Viera today over his Twittering from the jury pool at the Manhattan Court House yesterday.
Below is the news account from the NY Daily News followed by video from this mornings Today Show, it is good for a laugh or two so check it out.

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Al Roker’s stint on jury duty was short – and Tweet.

The “Today” weatherman got into hot water yesterday for snapping pictures of jurors waiting to be called in the 15th floor assembly room at Manhattan Supreme Court – and posting them on his Twitter page.

“I’m not breaking laws…just trying to share the experience of jury duty,” Roker wrote on his page. “One that I think is important and everyone should take part in.”

Roker’s postings set the blogosphere atwitter and in no time his pictures of jurors – their faces mostly blurred – popped up on TMZ.com and other Web sites.

Just as quickly, Roker found himself on the defensive.

“So everyone is clear, I am NOT taking pictures in the courtroom,” he wrote. “So folks need to lighten up. I am in the jury lounge.”

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NFL Draft Today 3 Jersey Guys Hoping To Hit the Big Time

The NFL draft takes place later today at Radio City Music Hall. I haven’t had time to really study the the kids available for the NFL’s annual meat market that will start at 4:00 pm but I will be tuned in none the less.

The following is the the NY. Daily News’s mock draft for today’s event:
1. LIONS: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Here’s the beauty of going 0-16: Pick a player, any player, and it’s an upgrade. Roger Goodell should provide bailout picks for the Lions so they will be competitive instead of ruining Thanksgiving every year for football fans. Stafford had better not be Joey Harrington.
2. RAMS: Jason Smith, T, Baylor
When the game of musical chairs stopped, all that was left for Steve Spagnuolo was the Rams. At least he got his Super Bowl ring with the Giants. Rams are five-to-10 years away from winning. Rams and Chiefs (with combined 11-53 record last two years) have made Missouri proud.
3. CHIEFS: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Bill Belichick gave his buddy Scott Pioli a nice gift to jump-start his program: Matt Cassel. Now all he needs is 52 more players. Pioli imported Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas, who can teach Curry about life as a linebacker in the NFL. It’s just not the same in K.C. without Herm.
4. SEAHAWKS: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
The Redskins want Mark Sanchez and are hot for this pick. The Seahawks say they won’t take a QB and believe Matt Hasselbeck, Elisabeth’s brother-in-law, has enough left. In two seasons in college, Crabtree had 231 catches and 41 TDs. Those are Madden video game numbers.
5. BROWNS: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Eric Mangini gets run out of New York and winds up with more power when owner Randy Lerner confuses him with Vince Lombardi. The former Mangenius has already traded Kellen Winslow; Braylon Edwards to the Giants and Brady Quinn to the Jets could be next.
6. BENGALS: Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia
Free Ocho Cinco. Mike Brown needs to show he has a heart and let him go. Ocho Cinco has spent ocho years in Cincy, but it must feel like ocho cinco years to him. Who complains more this year: Ocho Cinco or Laveranues Coles?
7. RAIDERS: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Al Davis has always been obsessed with speed and Maclin has it. He also had 182 catches and 22 TDs in the last two years. But can JaMarcus Russell deliver the pigskin? Don’t worry about the Raiders. Davis brought back Tom Cable as coach.
8. JAGUARS: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
The hot spot for a trade if Sanchez is still around. The Redskins and Jets will be bidding to get him. Jags would take RB Beanie Wells if they move down or Raji if they stay here.
9. PACKERS: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Important year coming up for Aaron Rodgers. Pack was 6-10 with him after 13-3 with Brett Favre, although Green Bay played virtually no defense last season, which makes it harder to win.
10. 49ERS: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
When the coach is the most entertaining portion of the program, that’s trouble. But it’s hard to top Mike Singletary dropping his drawers during his first halftime speech to illustrate how poorly his guys played. Singletary, a defensive guy, goes for a defensive guy.
11. BILLS: Andre Smith, T, Alabama
They had time and money invested in OT Jason Peters, but didn’t want to invest any more of either, so they traded him to Philly for the 28th pick.
12. BRONCOS: Robert Ayers, DE-LB, Tennessee
The Broncos had the best young quarterback in the league, but boy genius Josh McDaniels wrote the manual on how to run the franchise QB out of town.
13. REDSKINS: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
Dan Snyder got shut out on Jay Cutler. Now his new infatuation is Mark Sanchez, but without a second-round pick to move up, he will have to give up next year’s No. 1.
14. SAINTS: Malcolm Jenkins, CB-S, Ohio State
The Saints could go for a running back here (Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno) because Reggie Bush is not an every-down player. But at some point, even a pass-happy coach like Sean Payton knows you have to stop the pass.
15. TEXANS: Brian Cushing, LB, USC
Can definitely see one of the three USC linebackers going here: Cushing, Clay Matthews (uncle Bruce is on the Texans staff) or Rey Maualuga
16. CHARGERS: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
LT is in his ninth year and he’s slowing down. Darren Sproles was outstanding vs. Colts in playoffs, but he’s a situational back. Moreno may be a luxury today, but a necessity tomorrow.
17. JETS: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
If Mark Sanchez falls to No. 8, Jags want to deal and Jets will make a run at moving up. If Browns take Sanchez, then the Jets could trade for Brady Quinn. If the Redskins get Sanchez, then the Jets could trade for Jason Campbell. Otherwise, it’s Heyward-Bey, the player the Giants love.
18. BRONCOS: Clay Matthews, LB, USC
Instead of Mike Shanahan and Jay Cutler, they have Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton. Bad trade. The Broncos could take Kansas State QB Josh Freeman here in what was the Bears’ spot.
19. BUCS: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
They missed on Brett Favre in ’08 and Jay Cutler in ’09. They signed Byron Leftwich to compete with future Hall of Famers Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson. That’s quite a foursome.
20. LIONS: Michael Oher, T, Mississippi
In an attempt to reverse the heist from the Vikings in ’89 in exchange for Herschel Walker, Dallas owner Jerry Jones sent this pick and his third- and sixth-round selections to the Lions for WR Roy Williams and a seventh-rounder last year.
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21. EAGLES: Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State
We know Tiki Barber, and Brian Westbrook is no Tiki Barber. That’s false advertising by the Birds. Westbrook is dynamic, he just gets hurt too much. With Correll Buckhalter now in Denver, Beanie shares the load. We sure hope that makes Donovan McNabb happy.
22. VIKINGS: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Back in ’98, there were character questions about Randy Moss and he fell all the way to the Vikes at No. 21. Harvin may be the most talented player in the draft and teams don’t worry that he reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the combine.
23. PATRIOTS: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Bill Parcells has never won a playoff game without Bill Belichick. Can Belichick pick players without Scott Pioli? Just who was responsible for finding Tom Brady in the sixth round?
24. FALCONS: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
Right up until they were on the clock a year ago, it looked like the Falcons were going to compound the Michael Vick disaster by passing on QB Matt Ryan and taking DT Glenn Dorsey.
25. DOLPHINS: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
The Tuna has not won a playoff game since the Jets beat the Jags in the ’98 divisional round. But he’s got the quick turnaround down pretty good, helped in Miami by the Chad Pennington gift from the Jets. As much as Pennington needs more weapons, Parcells loves linebackers.
26. RAVENS: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
The son of Terry Robiskie, the Falcons’ WR coach and former Redskins head coach, is ready to contribute right now. That’s what the Ravens need for Joe Flacco.
27. COLTS: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
Now that Marvin Harrison is gone, I can see Bill Polian finding one more weapon for Peyton Manning on the outside.
28. BILLS: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Imagine this: It’s Dec. 20 and the the Bills are 2-11 and trailing 27-0 in the second quarter. T.O. is standing by himself in a blizzard on the sidelines, an inch of ice on his helmet and the popcorn machine frozen. He will get misty-eyed recalling Tony and Jessica.
29. GIANTS: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Jerry Reese wants to move up for WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, a big guy with lots of speed to replace Plax. If they can’t get him, then it’s Nicks. Giants wouldn’t give up Osi Umenyiora in Eli Manning deal five years ago. No shot they’ll give up Mathias Kiwanuka for Braylon Edwards.
30. TITANS: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Since the Titans chose not to include the Grand Ole Opry in their offer, they had no shot to keep Albert Haynesworth, especially when Dan Snyder decided to be a one-man federal stimulus package. Whatever happened to Vince Young?
31. CARDINALS: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
Anquan Boldin has two years left on his contract and figures there might be some loose change hanging around after the Cards gave Larry Fitzgerald $10 million a year last year with $30 million guaranteed. No way they should trade him, but if they do Kurt Warner will make Britt a star.
32. STEELERS: Alex Mack, C, Cal
Not exactly the pick that makes the Steelers favorites to repeat, but the O-line allowed Big Ben to get hit just a little bit too much last season – he was sacked 46 times 

And here is the latest Video from CBS Sports that talks about the Running backs availabe today, of note Georgia Bull Dog and Middletown South graduate Knowshon Moreno, is expected to be selected in the 1st round. Two other New Jersey natives Donald Brown of Red Bank Catholic and Shawn Greene

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Donahue Documentary Takes On The War


by Richard Huff – New York Daily News

If he were a senior in college today, he probably wouldn’t pay to see his film, “Body of War.”

“Body of War” is a tough film that follows the story of U.S. Army soldier Tomas Young, whose spine was severed when he was shot after being in Iraq just five days.

The film was produced and directed by Ellen Spiro and Donahue. It hit festivals and theaters early this year, and will air tomorrow night(tonight) at 7 on the Sundance Channel.

“It’s tough, it’s hard-hitting and has a strong message,” said Laura Michalchyshyn, general manager of Sundance. “We wanted to be able to tell a story that’s real, honest and true and hasn’t been manufactured.”

Donahue met Young on a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also spoke to Young’s mother during her bedside vigil for her son, who is paralyzed from the chest down.

“I couldn’t get him out of my head,” Donahue said. “The first thing you think is, why him and not me?”

The former TV host remained in contact with Young and his family, and the film emerged.

Donahue has been against the war in Iraq since the start, and lost his show at MSNBC in 2003 because of his nightly stance against the war and the Bush administration.

“Body of War” blends footage from the debate in Congress on the war with scenes from Thomas’ struggle to adapt to life without the use of most of his body.

“This is the most sanitized war of my lifetime,” Donahue said. “We do not see the pain. Less than 5% of us have sacrificed for this war. What you see in this film is the drama that’s taking place in thousands of homes in this country occupied by young soldiers who have come home with hideous injuries.”

The film, however, focuses on just one. Young’s life involves pain, multiple health problems and trouble dealing with the sort of activities most people take for granted.

“The American people do not see this,” Donahue said. “This war is over to them. Less than 10% of us identified the war as a the major reason we were voting.”

Sundance’s decision to air the documentary on Veterans’ Day is not an accident.

“It’s not just about Iraq, it’s about how we’ve treated these veterans,” Michalchyshyn said. “I don’t think a lot of people have conceived of the Iraq war veterans the same way as World War I or World War II veterans.”

In addition to Sundance, where “Body of War” will get multiple plays, the film is out on DVD. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam wrote two songs for it, and part of the proceeds of the DVD sales at Pearl Jam’s Web site go to Young.

“Before the next President swaggers in front of the camera with a big lone-star belt buckle and says, ‘Bring it on,'” Donahue said, “I want them to meet the honorably discharged Army Spc. Thomas Young.”

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Donahue Documentary Takes On The War


by Richard Huff – New York Daily News

If he were a senior in college today, he probably wouldn’t pay to see his film, “Body of War.”

“Body of War” is a tough film that follows the story of U.S. Army soldier Tomas Young, whose spine was severed when he was shot after being in Iraq just five days.

The film was produced and directed by Ellen Spiro and Donahue. It hit festivals and theaters early this year, and will air tomorrow night(tonight) at 7 on the Sundance Channel.

“It’s tough, it’s hard-hitting and has a strong message,” said Laura Michalchyshyn, general manager of Sundance. “We wanted to be able to tell a story that’s real, honest and true and hasn’t been manufactured.”

Donahue met Young on a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also spoke to Young’s mother during her bedside vigil for her son, who is paralyzed from the chest down.

“I couldn’t get him out of my head,” Donahue said. “The first thing you think is, why him and not me?”

The former TV host remained in contact with Young and his family, and the film emerged.

Donahue has been against the war in Iraq since the start, and lost his show at MSNBC in 2003 because of his nightly stance against the war and the Bush administration.

“Body of War” blends footage from the debate in Congress on the war with scenes from Thomas’ struggle to adapt to life without the use of most of his body.

“This is the most sanitized war of my lifetime,” Donahue said. “We do not see the pain. Less than 5% of us have sacrificed for this war. What you see in this film is the drama that’s taking place in thousands of homes in this country occupied by young soldiers who have come home with hideous injuries.”

The film, however, focuses on just one. Young’s life involves pain, multiple health problems and trouble dealing with the sort of activities most people take for granted.

“The American people do not see this,” Donahue said. “This war is over to them. Less than 10% of us identified the war as a the major reason we were voting.”

Sundance’s decision to air the documentary on Veterans’ Day is not an accident.

“It’s not just about Iraq, it’s about how we’ve treated these veterans,” Michalchyshyn said. “I don’t think a lot of people have conceived of the Iraq war veterans the same way as World War I or World War II veterans.”

In addition to Sundance, where “Body of War” will get multiple plays, the film is out on DVD. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam wrote two songs for it, and part of the proceeds of the DVD sales at Pearl Jam’s Web site go to Young.

“Before the next President swaggers in front of the camera with a big lone-star belt buckle and says, ‘Bring it on,'” Donahue said, “I want them to meet the honorably discharged Army Spc. Thomas Young.”

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Daily News endorses Obama for President: He has the promise to renew America at home and abroad

The endorsements of Barack Obama for President keep rolling in, the NY Daily News has also endorsed him this morning.

“The need for a fresh start in America has grown markedly in the two years of this presidential campaign, and became imperative as the crippled financial system punishes workers, families and retirees in the country.
The U.S. is in want of leadership that repairs a damaged economy, restores faith in government as an engine for the common good and returns competence to the White House after the spectacular failures of the Bush administration.
Barack Obama holds the greater promise of accomplishing the mission than does John McCain. The Daily News endorses the 47-year-old Democrat, the first black American to win a major party nomination, for President.”

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>Daily News endorses Obama for President: He has the promise to renew America at home and abroad

>The endorsements of Barack Obama for President keep rolling in, the NY Daily News has also endorsed him this morning.

“The need for a fresh start in America has grown markedly in the two years of this presidential campaign, and became imperative as the crippled financial system punishes workers, families and retirees in the country.
The U.S. is in want of leadership that repairs a damaged economy, restores faith in government as an engine for the common good and returns competence to the White House after the spectacular failures of the Bush administration.
Barack Obama holds the greater promise of accomplishing the mission than does John McCain. The Daily News endorses the 47-year-old Democrat, the first black American to win a major party nomination, for President.”

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