Saturday, January 31, 2015

'Madden NFL 15' Predicts Super Bowl XLIX Winner; Patriots Over Seahawks 28-24

For the 11th year in a row EA Sports has run a number of simulations using it's Madden NFL video game to predict the outcome of the NFL's biggest game - the Super Bowl. This year's simulations were run using the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 15.

If you're a New England Patriots fan - good news. Madden 15 says the Patriots will defeat the Seahawks 28-24. Now wouldn't that make this Sunday's game super special.

In its 11 years history of game simulations, EA Sports and it's Madden NFL game franchise has predicted the winning team correctly 8 out 11 times with uncanny accuracy.

Much like last year game between the Broncos and Seahawks, everyone's reckoning this year's game between the Patriots and Seahawks is going to be close. No one is expecting a huge blowout as last year's Super Bowl turned out to be.

So which team is going to win? I have no clue. I like both teams for different reason and just hope for a competitive and exciting game.

Watch the official EA SPORTS Madden 15 Super Bowl Predictions video now to find out who is going to win Super Bowl 49 featuring Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Here is a list of EA Sports previous Madden predictions and their eventual outcomes:

- Super Bowl XLVIII
Madden: Broncos, 31, Seahawks,28
Actual score: Seahawks, 43, Broncos, 8

- Super Bowl XLVII
Madden: Ravens, 27, 49ers, 24
Actual score: Ravens, 34, 49ers, 31

- Super Bowl XLVI
Madden: Giants, 27, Patriots, 24
Actual score: Giants, 21, Patriots, 17

- Super Bowl XLV
Madden: Steelers, 24, Packers, 20
Actual score: Packers, 31, Steelers, 25

- Super Bowl XLIV
Madden: Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17

- Super Bowl XLIII
Madden: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

- Super Bowl XLII
Madden: Patriots 38, Giants 30
Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14

- Super Bowl XLI
Madden: Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17

- Super Bowl XL
Madden: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10

- Super Bowl XXXIX
Madden: Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21

- Super Bowl XXXVIII
Madden: Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29

President Obama's Weekly Address1/31/15: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics. This week, the President will send a budget to Congress centered on the idea that everyone who works hard should have the chance to get ahead. His plan will reverse harmful sequestration cuts and instead make paychecks go further, create good jobs here in the United States, and prepare hardworking Americans to earn higher wages. The President made the case for his Budget, and affirmed his commitment to doing everything he can to ensure more Americans can get ahead in this new economy.

LMFAO Acronym; Epic Fail On The Part Of Christie PAC

I know this has been all over the progressive blogosphere this week but I feel compelled to post it just
in case anyone might have missed it. Earlier this week Governor Christie announced that he had created a political PAC in order to explore raise funds for a potential presidential run in 2016.

I know a lot of time and energy goes into campaign messaging and choosing a name for a political PAC is no different. A campaign wants to make sure that the message sent to potential campaign donors and those that vote in the primaries reflects a clear vision of what the candidate wishes to convey. In Chris Christie's case it's his tough guy Jersey persona and perceived leaderships skills as compared to that of President Obama's.


On the surface it's not such a bad name, it conveys a notion of strength for the candidate and the vision of an America that has been lead down the wrong path by a president who has been weak leader in both foreign and domestic policy (neither of which has been the case however).

There is a problem though, Christie hasn't been a very good governor. As stated above, his popularity is all based on his tough guy, Jersey attitude, not his governing or leadership skills. That is why pretending that Chris Christie is qualified to be president makes a lot of us want to laugh.

Sort of like the acronym for his PAC does.

(Laughing My F*** Ass Off)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership = NAFTA On Steroids

By Jo Comerford/

Republicans in Congress want to work with the Obama administration to fast-track the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is the largest—and worst—trade deal you’ve never heard of, having been devised in secret by representatives of some of the world’s largest corporations.

It’s so big and has the potential to do so much damage, it’s been likened to “NAFTA on steroids.”


(Trenton) -- The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee excoriated New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith for saying he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights" and for insinuating that U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT legislation negatively impacts our country’s engagement in Nigeria.

Smith’s comments are particularly offensive given that he serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations —a position from which human rights should be defended, not attacked.

“It’s simple: LGBT rights are human rights. It’s shocking that Smith — or anyone in his position — would make such close-minded comments to the contrary. For a person in his position to dehumanize such a large segment of our society and to suggest that members of the LGBT community are creating hurdles for U.S. diplomats is appalling on so many levels,” said Chris Hillmann, LGBT Caucus Co-Chair. “Representative Smith should apologize for trying to pit some people’s human rights against those of of others.”

"Once again our Congressman has disrespected his constituents and put people in danger half way across the globe. With all the tragedies occurring in Africa surrounding the LGBT community one would think that a Congressman would understand his words can be destructive. We must speak as one voice to protect all lives from atrocities no matter where they happen. All lives matter," said Ed Zipprich, an openly-gay City Councilman in Red Bank, New Jersey.

According to the national LGBT advocate group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Smith’s comments came on a day when 12 men were reportedly arrested for simply attending an alleged LGBT wedding in Nigeria. Not surprisingly, Smith received a “0” on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard.

By contrast, President Obama made history by acknowledging LGBT people during his recent State of the Union Address, and he recognizes that gaining equal protection under the law for the LGBT community must be part of the larger discussion of human rights and national security.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It?

The Huffington Post has a really great feature article titled, "Dying To Be Free", that came about after a year long investigation into the heroin treatment industry. After reading it I think you'll agree, we're not doing enough to stop heroin addiction or the public health epidemic heroin has caused.
"...A heroin addict entering a rehab facility presents as severe a case as a would-be suicide entering a psych ward. The addiction involves genetic predisposition, corrupted brain chemistry, entrenched environmental factors and any number of potential mental-health disorders — it requires urgent medical intervention. According to the medical establishment, medication coupled with counseling is the most effective form of treatment for opioid addiction. Standard treatment in the United States, however, emphasizes willpower over chemistry..."
‎Suboxone‬ may not be a cure for ‪‎heroin addiction but it is the closest thing there is. Why aren't more addicts given access to it? The standard 12 step treatment methods employed by nearly all treatment centers don't work on their own and ignore decades of scientific research in the field of opiate addictions.

If there is someone in your life whether a family member or friend, take the time to read this article. It is fascinating and it will open your eyes to a better understanding of drug addiction.

Here is a list of doctors/treatment centers in NJ that prescribe Suboxone as a means of treating a patients addiction.

Pallone Announces Release of Study to Improve Coastal Resiliency in New Jersey

Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy Can Help Reduce Impact of Future Storms, Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in areas severely affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The study, known as the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, is designed to help the federal government, states, and local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future storms. Federal funding for this study was provided by the Sandy aid package, which Pallone fought for in Congress.

“I am hopeful that this report will help federal, state, and local governments mitigate the adverse effects of future disasters,” said Congressman Pallone. “This study builds on the lessons we learned from Superstorm Sandy and allows officials to use the latest science and tools to ensure that New Jersey coastal communities are resilient to the impacts of climate change, as well as future storms.”

Through the study, the Army Corps of Engineers has developed a nine-step "Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework," which will help officials identify and reduce risks in their town or state and can be customized for different coastal areas. The report also analyzed the potential impacts of sea level rise on areas effected by Superstorm Sandy and found that more attention must be paid to bayside areas where the effects of sea level change will be felt first.

NJVVMF To Hold Free Tours Led By Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) will hold free tours of the Memorial led by volunteer Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides on the first Saturday of every month from February 7 through April 11, 2015, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, NJ (Garden State Parkway Exit 116). Experience history with those who lived it. No appointments or reservations are necessary. Tour groups meet in the Museum lobby and tours last approximately one hour.

(NJVVMF tour guide Jim McGinnis)
The Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides for Saturday, February 7 are Jim McGinnis, who served with the U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade 1966-67, and Dick Furlong, who served with the U.S. Army 198th Infantry Brigade 1966-69.

High school seniors applying for scholarships through the NJVVMF are invited to attend the tours. For more information on the scholarship program and to download the application form, visit

About the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

Pallone, Menendez, Booker Decry Administration’s Plan to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Drilling

NJ Lawmakers Stress Catastrophic Environmental and Economic Consequences of an Oil Spill near the Jersey Shore

WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) and Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) released the following joint statement decrying the Department of the Interior’s inclusion of the Atlantic Ocean in its Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (Five Year Program) for 2017-2022. The draft proposed Five Year Program, which was announced today, allows for oil and gas exploration in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic planning areas, encompassing areas offshore of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia:

“It is unthinkable that the Administration would open parts of the Atlantic Ocean, a fragile and priceless ecosystem that is home to such a unique array of marine life, to oil and gas drilling and potential damage from pollution and oil spills. An oil spill in the Atlantic Ocean would not occur in isolation. A spill anywhere along the Atlantic coast would cause severe environmental damage to beaches, fisheries, and marine life throughout the Eastern Seaboard, while also seriously threatening the ocean-based economies that rely on them. Opening up the Atlantic coast to drill for fossil fuel is unnecessary, poses a serious threat to coastal communities throughout the region, and is the wrong approach to energy development in this country.

“The economic consequences of an oil spill near the New Jersey coastline would be catastrophic. Our beaches are a tremendous resource for all those who come here to enjoy them, and they are a huge economic engine for our state. They are the primary driver of a tourism economy that supports 312,000 jobs in New Jersey and generate $38 billion in economic activities for the state each year. An oil spill near our coast could cause real damage to the state's economy, including the loss of jobs.

“In addition to serious economic concerns, offshore oil drilling threatens permanent and devastating degradation to our environment and natural resources. The Jersey Shore is a priceless natural treasure, providing recreation to generations of families and supporting a thriving ecosystem of marine mammals and sea life that must be protected. As our state continues to rebuild and recover from the unprecedented devastation of Superstorm Sandy, we simply cannot afford a manmade disaster from oil and gas drilling off our coast.

“We learned hard lessons in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy—offshore drilling poses a substantial risk of economic and environmental devastation for our shoreline communities. This latest plan, however, ignores that reality. We should focus our energy policy on expanding renewable production here at home, rather than jeopardizing the environment or our regional economy for the sake of more polluting fossil fuels.

“The Administration attempted to include oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean in its last Five Year Plan. Ultimately, however, it was removed due to the ecological and economic resources that would be jeopardized by offshore oil and gas activities. It was a bad idea then and is still a bad idea now. We urge President Obama to remove the Atlantic Coast from this plan to ensure that our pristine natural resources are preserved and protected for generations to come.”

New Jersey Women Respond to Chris Smith's HR7 Bill

District 4 Coalition for Change:

New Jersey women respond to Congressman Chris Smith's extreme anti woman Bill, HR7.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

It takes a movement to flip a district. We have a movement.

Pallone Announces $33,220,646 to Fight Homelessness in New Jersey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that New Jersey counties, municipalities and nonprofit providers will receive $33,220,646 to combat homelessness across the state. Over two dozen organizations in the Sixth Congressional District will receive this funding, in addition to Monmouth County, Middlesex County and the Housing Authority of the Township of Edison.
“This funding is absolutely necessary to combat homelessness in New Jersey, which has increased significantly in some areas,” said Pallone. “Providing our counties, municipalities and nonprofits with these funds will enable them to expand their efforts to help New Jerseyans who do not sleep with a roof over their heads every night, which is especially worrisome in the cold of winter.”
Funding for the various counties, municipalities and nonprofits came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program, which is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and provide funding for efforts to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma that homelessness causes.

Letter: Herion Epidemic Calls For Test Program

The expressed opinions or views of this letter does not necessarily represent the opinion of the MiddletownMike blog:

Dear Editor,

New Jersey is facing a heroin epidemic and lacks enough treatment facilities and services to assist addicts seeking to get clean. Yet we still criminalize addicts, who have a medically diagnosable dependency on heroin. It is morally wrong to criminalize people suffering from the disease of addiction.

New Jersey should begin a test program of distributing free heroin to addicts through a research program that could be organized through Rutgers University. Safe injection clinics should be opened in high-use municipalities such as Toms River, Ocean Township and Middletown. Heroin maintenance programs prevent crime, reduce overdose and help bring addicts into treatment services.

Clean needles should be made available free at every high school, college and hospital in the state to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

Eric Hafner
Toms River

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Monmouth Roundtable at Middletown Arts Center Jan. 27; Local Business Owners And Managers Invited To Attend

From Middletown Alerts:

Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone is inviting Middletown business owners and managers to a Grow Monmouth roundtable at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Middletown Arts Center at 36 Church St.

“This roundtable is being done in partnership with the governing body of Middletown,” said Arnone, liaison to the County’s Division of Economic Development. “It is important for local officials, business owners and managers to get together to discuss ways to grow business, economy and community in Monmouth County.”

The Grow Monmouth roundtables mark the first time that the Board of Chosen Freeholders has partnered with the governing body of municipalities to encourage direct conversation with business owners and managers.

“Business owners and managers are encouraged to discuss zoning and regulations that impact business success,” said Arnone. “Issues that support and foster business growth, as well as issues that make it difficult for businesses to thrive and expand, will be part of the discussions. Attendees are invited to make suggestions to officials on how to best resolve issues.”

Contact the Division of Economic Development for more information at 732-431-7470. The roundtables are part of the County’s Grow Monmouth program offers assistance to both municipalities and businesses to help spur economic development in the County.


Snow Sharks are lurking just below the surface.

First Grader Shaves Head For Friend With Cancer

A truly inspirational story that shows us what true friendship is really all about.