Nudniks and Bullies

By Art Gallagher

I wish it wasn’t necessary to keep bashing the Asbury Park Press.  The Neptune Nudniks are just that bad lately.   I wish Gannett would put some competent people over there. We need a good newspaper in the region.  In the meantime I’ll just take my chances that Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini won’t accuse me of cyberbullying.

I’ll give the nudniks this much.  Today’s paper must have been printed on recycled material.  Recycled birdcage liner to be more precise. The editorial pages are full of bird bleep.

The two items I take issue with are the editorial board’s grossly inaccurate editorial, Constitutional? Not a prayer and Angelini’s OpEd touting her anti-bullying legislation.

The nudniks first.  Apparently they fancy themselves experts on the Constitution and prayer.  In their nudniktorial today the APP editorial board argues that prayer at public meetings violates the U.S and New Jersey Constitutions and that the ACLU should pursue their suit against the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach “vigorously” because the borough’s council has been opening meetings with a prayer with the blessing of the borough attorney.

I know I’m not an expert on the Constitution or on prayer (the APP even has the gall to say what “most religions” consider appropriate prayer). I was taught constitutional law at a Jesuit university.   This much I do know.  If the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the NJ Senate and the NJ Assembly all start their sessions with a prayer, which they all do, then prayer at public meetings is either not unconstitutional or the ACLU lawyers are bullies that don’t have the balls to take on the U.S. Justice Department and/or the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.  They would rather take on tiny Point Pleasant Beach and other small governmental agencies who’s leaders are more likely to cave to the ACLU’s  litigious bullybleep than to inflict the pain of legal fees on their already overburdened property taxpayers.

The arrogance of the editorial board is appalling. Not only do they presume to be more expert on the First Amendment than Point Pleasant Beach’s attorney, they have the audacity to judge the sincerity of the Point officials’ prayers and to use the name of the Lord to condemn the prayer.  I won’t even get into their questioning whether or not the Lord really authored the Lord’s Prayer.  This from the nudniks who know so much about Jesus and prayer that they invoked the Sacred Heart to praise Asbury Park’s Upstage Club, Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny.

As a service to the nudniks, I publish the text of the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, for what I suspect will be their first reading:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I hope they can find someone other than ACLU bullies to explain it to them.

Regarding the nudniks’ infuriating habit of writing about religion as if they know what they are talking about, the reprobates on the editorial board should leave such writing, if they must write about it at all, to Pastor Michael Riley who is on their staff.  At least Riley has a relationship with the Big Guy.  If they can’t do that, they should start using Islamic rather than Christian references in their editorials.  That could solve the problem permanently.

Now, about Mary Pat Angelini’s Anti-Bullying Bill; Angelini is not a nudnik nor is she a reprobate.  However, her bill, as well intended as it may be, is a bad idea.  Its not that bullying is not a problem, it is. It is a problem that all of us have had to deal with as part of growing up and that all children will have to learn to deal with in the future. Legislation will not change human nature and government can not solve all of our problems. Nor should it.

I’m not an expert on child development.  However the lessons my father taught me about dealing with bullies, both physical and psychological lessons, prepared me for the rough and tumble of the business world and Monmouth County politics.  The lesson I taught to the bully who was picking on my sister endures to this day.  His nose was never the same. Growing up in the 70’s that made me a hero and gave my sister a confident sense of security throughout her adolescent years.   No one ever picked on her again.  Today, it would probably land an older brother a stay in the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.

Schools administrators and faculty should not tolerate bullying. We need legislation for that?  The red tape and additional personnel Angelini’s bill calls will be a waste and a burden on property taxpayers.  The kids who have been victimized should be trained to be “anti-bully specialists”, like my father trained me.  If parents won’t teach kids how to defend themselves, or brothers how to defend their sisters, the schools can teach the kids the art of a kick in the cogliones and how to break a nose right after the class where they learn to put a condom on a cucumber.

Another problem with the bill…how long will it take for the evil manipulative adolescents to figure out that they can cause a whole lot a grief to both their school administration and to an unfriendly teen rival by falsely claiming they’re being bullied. Ever know or hear of a kid threatening their parents with a call to DYFS?

Legislation is never going to control adolescents’ uncontrollable and natural behavior. Making school personnel responsible for managing that behavior is ludicrous. Outlawing teen suicide would be just as effective. Cheaper to enforce too.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that I don’t believe bullying causes teen suicide.  I was bullied and I didn’t kill myself. 

I don’t mean to minimize the problem of teen suicide.  I’m not an expert and I don’t know the answer.  I do know that legislation that is a knee jerk reaction to a tragic and highly publicized suicide is not the answer.  The answer lies in things that can’t be legislated.  In families, churches, with health care professionals and even in schools.  I don’t have any statistics to back this up, but I bet there was less teen suicide when there was prayer in schools.  But that’s not likely to happen because no one has the cogliones to stand up to the ACLU.

Posted: November 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Neptune Nudniks | Tags: , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Nudniks and Bullies”

  1. Eleanor Rigby said at 9:01 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    What is a “coglione?” Did you mean cojones?
    And besides the obvious racism, just what was the point of the following other than to keep hate alive:
    “At least Riley has a relationship with the Big Guy. If they can’t do that, they should start using Islamic rather than Christian references in their editorials. That could solve the problem permanently.”

    So your god is better than their god, is that right? How do you know this. Let me guess. God talks to you too. Of course he does, he talks to all the crazies.

  2. ArtGallagher said at 9:34 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    Eleanor….obvious racism and you don’t know what it means? I used the word I wanted to use.

    The race card can be fun to play if you want to though.

    Re: Islam or Christian references. I know enough about myself to know that I am not an expert on God

  3. Anon said at 10:58 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    How Fun – Someone who actually thinks the way I do – Hooray for you Art. My Question – How come we have been praying for 200 + years in schools, and government, and oh yes on Fifth Avenue in NYC (if the email spammers are to be believed) – and now? the Asbury Park Press wants to stop us? This leftist rag in NJ is really out on a limb this time. Perhaps they’ve not noticed we are fighting the real bullies (I think I “turned the other cheek” one too many times here !) As for Ms. Angellini – well meaning, but it’s true sadly, you can not legislate suicide prevention.

  4. Anon said at 10:59 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    Oops PS – Anyone can look up any word on the internet and get a definition – little Google lesson here.

  5. James Hogan said at 12:35 am on November 13th, 2010:

    I too was disappointed Art, just more “feel good” nothingness (ohh that’s a word too) from Angelini like Operation Take-Back.

    … but I’m not supposed to know or remember or associate that Mary Pat Angelini with this Mary Pat Angelini so I won’t… *wink*wink*

    I’m sure I’m not the first to say it, if I am then the Republican party has a real problem on it’s hands — we should be looking for and grooming two good Republicans to run in the primary for Assembly here in Legislative 11 because my conversations to date with voters leave me believing that voters aren’t thinking highly of Dave “I take a disability paycheck from the state, and a second assemblyman paycheck from the state too” Rible or his counterpart Mary Pat “You can call me James Brown because I Feel Good” Angelini; based on the evidence available and the nothingness being legislated, I don’t necessarily have the tools to try to defend them — and on a personal level, their voting record on my Right to Keep and Bear Arms. In fact, if the other Mary Pat Angelini is this Mary Pat Angelini, then she’s done such a poor job of representing herself to voters that *I* don’t know who she is and am “unaware and misinformed about [her]” — she’s got some work to do to get her positive image and message laid out.

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  7. Jim said at 5:18 am on November 14th, 2010:

    Mary Pat Angelin is an idiot. I am ashamed that she represents me in the General Assembly. She was the same person that opposed New Jersey’s medical marijuana law because she believed the law would allow high school seniors to walk around carrying 240 joints.


  8. Jim said at 5:29 am on November 14th, 2010:

    James Hogan is right about the voters not being impressed with Dave Rible. They are even less impressed with his claims to be “permanently & totally disabled.” Rible is the poster child for corrupt New Jersey politicians.


  9. Mlaffey said at 9:23 am on November 14th, 2010:

    Best editorial you have EVER written.
    Keep up the good work.

  10. Justified Right said at 10:53 am on November 15th, 2010:

    First of all, forget Michael Riley- he’s got some sort of sexual hang up. He interviewed me once. We had a nice chat and went out to eat after, but I thought it strange he kept bringing up sex (the press killed the story he was working on and I’, guessing nearly fired him when they found he interviewed me).

    So I went back and did a quick study of his columns. He writes about sex in over 25 % of his columns. Weirdo.

    As for Pt. Pleasant – you’re righ Art the AP Press are intellectually void on this one.

    A public official can pray the night away at a meeting so long as the following is true: It isn’t on the agenda, he doesn’t disrupt the meeting and the same standard for non-disruption is used for anyone else who prays.

    I say we all go there and pray at each council meeting.

  11. AnecdotalIdiocy said at 2:44 pm on November 18th, 2010:

    You’re post beautifully represents how Republicans think- “I was bullied and I didn’t kill myself” Now there’s a basis for policy making!
    Don’t worry Art, there is still prayer in schools. Just not the kind organized by the administration. You can bet many a child goes to school and silently prays, “Please don’t let me get beat up today because I’m the only black kid in the school, or the only Jew in the school, or the only Muslim, or the fat kid, or the nerdy kid.” Suicide is just the most extreme result of bullying. After reading your blog, , I’m not surprised you were bullied – you seem to have alot of unresolved issues.