Hi. It's me again. Some people are going, "This is something different." Others are like, "Not him again." Remember, these are only my opinions, not edicts to live by. Calm down.
Newark politics were always a fight, both figuratively and literally. Recently, mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, who is also the South Ward's Councilman, had his campaign bus vandalized. No one was hurt, but this is nothing new. Campaign signs always get removed from where they are placed, and supporters always clash. That's just typical Brick City. The saying is, "Long as nobody gets shot." Then, it's pretty much anything goes.
Last week, Anibal Ramos and Darrin Sharif both dropped out of the mayoral race, on the same day. That smells fishy to me. Ramos and Shavar Jeffries, another candidate, had support from the same group of powerbrokers. Sharif and Jeffries also had some similar supporters. It appears to me that some big cats told Ramos and Sharif to stand down and make way for Jeffries.
Anyway, it's now a race between Jeffries and Baraka. There are some big questions for the two men. Can Shavar Jeffries lead Newark despite his lack of Brick City political experience? Can Ras Baraka get enough support from the corporate world to help advance Newark in the 21st Century? Last but not least, can either candidate finally put an end to the violence that has plagued Newark for years?
It seems that the "powers that be" have struck again and made their choices for you in regards to who is going to run, like a rigged primary or something. Speaking of which, I know that a whole bunch of people have signed up to run for council seats in Newark. Let me give you all a warning. There is a hidden structure in Newark politics, and you have to know it before you do anything. I know they may think, "I can make a difference. All I have to do is open the door." Sorry, but Newark doesn't work like that. Someone has to open the door for you, or you're not getting in. Simple.
You may be saying, "He doesn't know what he's talking about." Hey, I report this - and examine it - for a living. You're welcome to run, but don't be shocked if you spend thousands of dollars on a campaign that goes nowhere. Also, the aforementioned "powers that be" will dig up anything and everything on you to ruin your life and force you to drop out...or turn to their side. If they don't find anything, they'll make it up. Again, you're welcome to run, but be careful.
And now for some other things. I was a sports editor for a while, so let's talk about the sports scene. Knicks stink, Nets stink, Giants stink, Mets stink, the Olympics stink. Okay...Shabazz is dominating women's basketball, again. Jeter's retiring this year. The Slam Dunk contest had an ending like the last episode of "The Sopranos." Yeah, all of it pretty much stinks.
Speaking of the Olympics, have you seen the conditions in Sochi? Good grief! You can't touch the water, they have two toilets in one stall, food poisoning is rampant, Bob Costas got pink eye, and they were still doing construction while the event was underway! I hope Ellen Page goes over there and slaps Vladimir Putin! (After all, Russia LOVES gay people.)
As for the weather, it would appear that the excessive snowfall is finally over. There is nothing but snowbanks, hills, and mountains everywhere you look. In fact, it's gotten so bad that New Jersey's U.S. Senators had to lobby for more salt. Yes, salt. Some major towns actually ran out, and cars were left to figure skate on the roads. A triple axel may be good in Sochi, but not on Communipaw Avenue.
Hey! I have a great idea for all of this snow. We can use it to fill...all of the potholes! Relax, I'm just joking. No, really, I'm just joking. Don't go around putting snow in potholes. You'll only make them worse.
Have a nice week. Drive carefully.