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Jets Stadium TourWoody Johnson (above), who should make that helmet a permanent component of his wardrobe.

There is no dysfunction quite like that Jet dysfunction.  There are no shit rosters quite like Jet shit rosters (anyone besides myself recall a wide receiver tandem of the little engine that could, Wayne Chrebet, and Arena football player Kevin Swayne?).  There are no blown second rounders like Jet blown second rounders (Browning Nagle, Mike Nugent, Vlad Ducasse, etc.).  Don’t even talk about the 1st round, where the Jets passed on Warren Sapp and once drafted Bryan Thomas over sure Hall of Famer Ed Reed.  But understand this: former owner Leon Hess, while not a football man, was an excellent businessman, was kind and benevolent, and oversaw the drafting of the team’s only franchise quarterback, Joe Namath, in its now 50+ year history, and subsequently, the Jets only Superbowl victory, the historic first ever Superbowl win for the American Football League, which helped force the merger that led to the formation of the NFL.

Did he make mistakes?  Too many to count.  Rich Kotite, anyone?  But Hess also hired Big Bill who led the organization to its most successful decade, sans the Superbowl, in its history.  Mr. Hess, which we call him out of respect, an earned title, was a self made man with courage and character, who, to carve out an empire in oil, had to negotiate with a gun barrel to his nose, and who cared so much for his employees that when Dennis Byrd was paralyzed during play, Hess paid out the rest of Byrd’s contract in full, immediately, and took an enormous personal interest in Byrd’s recovery.  Mr. Hess ensured Byrd would receive the very best medical care, essentially bequeathed him his personal aircraft, and sat with Byrd in the hospital every day for a year.

Once when asked of it, a candid Hess told a reporter that if he knew that a player could get injured so seriously in football, he “would have never bought the team.”  Upon Byrd’s recovery, at the press conference when he was released from the hospital, the former player uttered that most famous line, probably the most pride inspiring line associated with the Jets in all history, when he said, “I came to New York from Oklahoma a young Christian man.  Today I return to Oklahoma a young Christian man and a New York Jet.”

The current owner, Woody Johnson, who gets no respectful moniker from us, should not be viewed by anyone, most especially himself, through the illusory prism that wealth and power equate to success.  Johnson & Johnson had made billions long before Woody came to be.  Unlike Mr. Hess, Woody inherited his billions, gained his various titles through nepotism, and whatever honors bestowed upon him through cronyism, the spoils of privilege.  He’s not much of a business man, so far as we can tell.  Let’s be frank.  Billions beget billions.  He’s not much of a family man either, so far as we can tell.  Johnson, when divorcing ex Sale Johnson, soon after purchasing the team, told reporters of the break up that he was looking forward to ‘spending more time with his team.’  It hasn’t worked out for the Johnson family or the team.

As you may or may not know, Woody’s eldest daughter, Casey Johnson, who once famously became embroiled in a public dispute with her own aunt over a paramour, died alone due to questionable circumstances at the age of 30.  She had been described in the press as a “reckless wildchild”, a “wayward heiress”, etc.  Tragedy strikes and is blind to bank accounts.  Do we feel bad about raising a spectre of questionability around Johnson’s personal life?  No.  And for that matter, the spectre was there long before we raised it.  He’s a public figure and is therefore subject to it, as was Joe Philbin, when his low life, rapist son drowned to death and Tony Dungy, whose son committed suicide, and we haven’t blinked once in criticizing those men, whether they were just absentee football lifer fathers, hypocrites (like Dungy, who perhaps was too wrapped up in Jesus and the scourge that is foul language to worry about his own son), or both.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/04/casey-johnson-death-diabetic-cause-of-death-coroner/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/philbin-tragedy-ends-horror-show/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/dungy-keeps-bashing-jets-but-will-that-bring-his-son-back-to-life/

Is it overly simplistic to blame an absentee, disinterested parent for his child’s lack of mental well being?  Is it?  You tell us.  In this case, we have discerned with Woody a pattern of failure, from his ownership of the team, to his marriage, to his family, and of course, his politics.  Woody, a staunch Republican, was heavily invested in both recent Bush campaigns, and also served as Mitt Romney’s New York campaign manager.  Do we have to ask how that went?  For all his billions, Johnson is a dimwitted loser.  Anyone with even remedial knowledge of politics knew that Romeny’s chances at claiming NY’s slice of the electoral pie were dead even before arrival.  On that bus, there are still plenty of great seats available.  What about the doomsday quotes from Woody about how he feared for America if Obama was re-elected?

“Well I think you always have to put country first,” Johnson said. “So I think it’s very, very important that for – not only us – but in particular for our kids and grandkids that this election come off with Mitt Romney and (Paul) Ryan as President and vice president.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/pinch-woody-picks-mitt-jets-article-1.1172131#ixzz2HjECuhop

You know, America seems perfectly fine to me under Obama.  I haven’t really noticed the pervasive spread of socialism and am rather glad that the war mongering ways of Bush’s patrician fantasy world are for now past.  But I am not a billionaire being taxed at a rate I deem too high.  I’m just a Crackbillionair is all.  And if Woody was such a patriot, pardon the pun, why try to cheat his beloved US Gov’t out of a cool $100M in taxes?  That’s what he agreed to pay back the gov’t, plus interest, in 2001, but in actuality, law enforcement believes it to be a great deal more.

So many superrich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.

Among the billionaires cited in the report are the owner of the New York Jets football team, Robert Wood Johnson IV; the producer of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” children’s show, Haim Saban; and two Texas businessmen, Charles and Sam Wyly, who the Center for Public Integrity found in 2000 were the ninth-largest contributors to President Bush.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/business/01tax.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

When Woody bought the team, he had supposedly done so to impress his billionaire buddies.  He was gonna win the big game and then flash the big bling at Tavern on the Green.  How’s that working out so far?  You think his buddies are are impressed?  Do you think they were impressed when Mark Sanchez was found to be entertaining an underage girl at his home?  Or when Rex’s wife’s swinger profile hit on http://www.deadspin.com?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/rex-ryans-wife-in-foot-fetish-videos/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/michelle-ryan-a-k-a-ihaveprettyfeets-swinger-profile/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/did-mark-sanchez-have-inappropriate-relationship-with-17-year-old-new-jersey-girl/

Woody was also gonna build that Jets’ mecca on the Westside, which, we’ll acknowledge would have elevated the Jets’ status from 2nd to 1st class citizens, which would’ve rebranded the team and provided Dallas Cowboy like revenue streams.  See, we think Woody cares way more about money than football and that the Jets’ Westside development project was what was really attractive to him, and not so much the Jets, despite the man’s obvious love of green Oxford ties.  We suspect little Bill knew as much, and is why he hastily tendered his resignation, scrawled on a napkin when Johnson took over (“I resign as HC of the NYJ”).

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While no one doubts that Woody put a lot of energy into the Westside project at considerable costs, should we commend a man for spending $1B on a failure?  Instead, we’ll add it to the ever expanding list of Johnson failures–a failure from which the franchise has never recovered that has conscripted the team to permanent second class status by settling for another joint stadium.  Johnson blew that billion and has been penny wise and dollar foolish ever since.  Especially, his practice of forcing unwanted players and coaches on the organization.  Brett Favre, forced on Mangini, for the promotional value.  Disaster.  Mangini holdover Brian Schottenheimer, who when he was considered a hot coaching commodity, was given a big new contract by the Jets, forced on Rex Ryan.  Disaster.  Made Schottenheimer a media scapegoat and ruined his reputation.  Tebow, forced on Ryan.  Disaster.  Not our words either, or rather, ours and Special Teams Coordinator Mike Westhoff’s, who went on talk radio in Miami today to call the Tebow situation, among other things, “an absolute mess” and a “distraction” and said he doesn’t understand the rationale behind the acquisition and that he doesn’t think anyone does.

alg-woody-favre-jpgWoody Johnson with old man toy Brett Favre (above).

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/favre-perversions-exposed-in-detail-audio-and-penis-pics/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/favre-also-hit-on-jets-team-masseuse-her-husband-calls-favre-fucking-scumbag/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/favres-wife-ill-bang-the-bible/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/favre-admitted-sterger-voicemails-to-nfl/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/favres-sis-in-mississippi-meth-lab-bust/

http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/53942/mike-westhoff-tebow-situation-a-mess

We though the new personnel guy was gonna be Tom Gamble for a minute, or Dave Caldwell.  Hoped it would be Giants’ executive Marc Ross, all guys the Jets have courted.  and by the Jets, we of course mean the outside consulting firm the Jets have hired to run their GM search, because despite Johnson owning his own near billion dollar football organization, he has not one reasonably knowledgeable football man trustworthy enough to make a solid hire.

Originally, the Jets hoped to have a hire in place by the time Rex and ihaveprettyfeet returned from their Bahamas jaunt, someone to begin to spin the stench off the joke, the perennial catastrophe that is the Jets, and to divert attention away from the fact that the Jets organization was so unprepared to face the media that they ignored their compulsory obligation to make the coach and owner available to the press within 7 days of their season’s end.

So last week it was the Caldwells and Gambles, and then this week they have supposedly interviewed six people in the last 2 days alone.  Including the Dolphins Assistant GM, who we’re certain is underqualified.  But a qualified GM would never accept preconditions on the job, such as the shot gun marriage with Rex which Johnson is forcing whomever the new fool to accept.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/jets/2013/01/jets-expand-gm-search-will-interview-steelers-executive-omar-khan-and-dolphins-assistan

The expanded search, which now includes way more interviewees than what is a normal when replacing a GM for other teams, is representative of the fact that the Jets are grossly incompetent, clueless, and fucked.  I mean, who but the Jets, would have a hiring search that included Tom Heckert, the GM of a club that lost 40+ games in 3 years in Cleveland, or even worse, personnel people from the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL?  Now I don’t like Wes Welker at all, but when he said that shit about the Patriots “putting their best foot forward” against the Jets, ‘toe the line’ or whatever, we can’t blame him.  The Jets are a joke, continually perpetuated by their own organization, so how can anyone be angry when people joke about them?  In fact, we are pretty sure that the only reason that Belichik came down so hard on Welker was because he feared not doing so would provide the Jets extra motivation.  In short, he fined Welker in order to have a better shot at success in a football game.

The original title for this piece was to be, “NYJ: Woody Johnson, Billionaire Moron, Despicable Human Being, and Gross Incompetent, Should Sell the NYJ”.  But since all of that is dreadfully obvious, truths we hold self evident, we instead opted for a Welkerism.

Same old Jets?  We wish we could somehow return to such a comfortable level of incompetence, one we had come to accept.  Instead, we are mired in incompetence that we can only describe as mind boggling, prolific, and sublime.  After Dennis Byrd returned to Oklahoma, the Jets, as a kindness to their fans, should have disbanded, letting us all root for the Giants.

In loving memory of Dr. Jet.  Now if he would only stop haunting my house.

Crackbillionair (http://crackbilionair.wordpress.com)

Harvard’s own Caroline Giuliani (above).

Caroline Giuliani, daughter of ex-mayor and failed presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, and long time WPIX news anchor Donna Hanover, was arrested today in New York City after allegedly shoplifting from a Sephora on East 86th St. in Manhattan.

The daughter of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after she was accused of shoplifting at an upscale makeup store on the upper East Side, police sources said.

Caroline Giuliani, 20, was caught at Sephora about 3:30 p.m., sources said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/08/04/2010-08-04_caroline_giuliani_daughter_of_former_nyc_mayor_rudy_giuliani_busted_in_alleged_s.html

Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of former NYC mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at an East 86th Street Sephora. The Post reports that the Harvard student “was taken to Manhattan’s 19th Precinct stationhouse for processing” while the Daily News says the 20-year-old “was caught at Sephora about 3:30 p.m., sources said. Surveillance video is being reviewed by police.” A few years ago, it was reported that Caroline Giuliani was going by the name “Caroline Hanover.”

http://gothamist.com/2010/08/04/caroline_giuliani_arrested_for_shop.php

Normally, I’d say that if a person with obvious means is guilty of such a crime, that it’s a cry for attention, and that jail is unnecessary.  I’m not going to be a hypocrite and differ from that, even though I know what her father would say if this happened and the crime was allegedly committed by one of yours or my kids.

Caroline Giuliani’s is the 2nd high profile local shop lift to make our page.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bobby-gonzalez-former-manhattan-seton-hall-coach-arrested-for-shoplifting/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/bobby-gonzalez-pleads-not-guilty-to-shoplifting-in-new-jersey/

Giuliani last made news in 2008 when she campaigned for Obama.  Says a lot about her dear old dad. 

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this for you.

Keep Your Nose Clean,

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ bookend left tackle, charged with protecting star QB Mark Sanchez, signed a 6 year extension worth a potential $ 60 M today which will keep the borderline All Pro with the New York Jets.  Under the terms of the extension, Ferguson will be guaranteed no less than $ 34.8 M.

The team and Ferguson have “verbally” agreed to terms on a long-term extension that will keep him with the Jets through 2017, according to Ferguson’s agent, Brad Blank.

With the six-year, $60 million extension, Ferguson will be making $73.6 million over the next eight years, including $34.8 million in guarantees, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been signed yet.

The guaranteed money is a record for offensive linemen. Ferguson is expected to sign tomorrow.

http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/07/jets_and_dbrickashaw_ferguson.html

Ferguson, best friends with Mark Sanchez, has won himself quite a contract–a record contract for offensive linemen in fact–a good sign considering the Jets are negotiating a new contract with their franchise player, CB Darrelle Revis, who is also expected to set a benchmark with his next contract.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/jamarcus-russell-arrested-for-possession-of-liquid-codeine/

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https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/jets-minicamp-at-new-stadium-picture-show/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/jets-coach-rex-ryan-dines-with-magic/

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/3702-rex-s-thursday-news-conference

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/mark-sanchez-at-white-house-dinner-with-obama/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/sanchez-and-dbrick-reflect-on-white-house-visit/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/jets-ota-pics/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/jets-and-revis-in-contentious-negotiations/

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

A day after the New York Jets were represented at The White House, Mark Sanchez and D’Brickashaw Ferguson talked about the special experience.

“It was a great experience and something that I’ll remember,” said Sanchez less than 24 hours after dining on a meal that included herb green ceviche of Hawaiian opah and Oregon Wagyu beef in Oaxacan black mole. “I kept the menu and the nametag. It was pretty cool.”

Ferguson called the evening “surreal,” and it must have been a surreal moment for Sanchez when Mexico’s First Lady pulled out a familiar jersey while the Heads of State were welcoming their guests.

“She has a Sanchez jersey and she pulls it out of her purse, so it was pretty funny,” said the 23-year-old passer. “Everybody was kind of taken aback, like ‘Wow!’ but it was pretty special.”

Ferguson told reporters he didn’t get home until 3 a.m. Thursday, but neither Jet would dare complain of fatigue. If they didn’t have enough excitement during the White House dinner, Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela performed under a tent on the South Lawn after the meal.

“Beyoncé killed it. It was unbelievable. I’ve never heard anything like it. And Jay-Z was there,” Sanchez said. “And they had Rodrigo y Gabriela, really talented guitarists. It was pretty cool. The setup was beautiful.”

Ferguson attempted to convert President Obama, a former Chicago community organizer, Illinois state senator and U.S. senator from Illinois, on one key issue. Unfortunately this wasn’t a change that the President believed in.

“I tried to talk to President Obama about becoming a Jets fan,” Brick said. “He was having none of that. He’s a diehard Chicago Bears fan.”

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/3696-mark-brick-reflect-on-their-surreal-meal

WTF is Oaxacan black mole?

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez made his first trip of many to the White House tonight, for a dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon.  Sanchez’ date?  It wasn’t Jamie Lynn Sigler as you might expect.  Sanchez had a 325 lbs. man on his arm instead: Jets’ left tackle, D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/articles/show/3695-sanchez-ferguson-at-tonight-s-state-dinner

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5202408

No truth to the rumor that tomorrow Sanchez and D’Brick will be dining at Buckingham Palace.

–Crack

Rockefeller Drug Laws Information Sheet
Prepared by Aaron D. Wilson, Associate Director, PRDI
Brief HistoryIn May of 1973, New York’s Governor Nelson Rockefeller pushed through the state legislature a set of stringent anti-drug laws. Among the most severe in the nation, the purpose of these laws was and is to deter citizens from using or selling drugs and to punish and isolate from society those who were not deterred. “It was thought that rehabilitative efforts had failed; that the epidemic of drug abuse could be quelled only by the threat of inflexible, and therefore certain, exceptionally severe punishment.”1The new drug laws, which have since become known as the “Rockefeller Drug Laws” established mandatory prison sentences for the unlawful possession and sale of controlled substances keyed to the weight of the drug involved. Generally, the statutes require judges to impose a sentence of 15-years to life for anyone convicted of selling two ounces, or possessing four ounces of “narcotic drug” (typically cocaine or heroin).

In 1977 The Committee on New York Drug Law Evaluations, a partnership between the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and The Drug Abuse Council, Inc., issued a report2 that was highly critical of the Rockefeller laws. The Committee found that heroin use and heroin-related crime (the major drug concerns at the time) was as widespread in the middle of 1976 as prior to the enactment of the Rockefeller laws in 1973. Despite the expenditure of $76 million and the appointment of 49 additional judges to handle cases under the new law, it was described as a dismal failure.

That same year legislators removed marijuana from the list of substances covered by the Rockefeller Drug Laws, decriminalizing its use and simple possession under 7/8 oz. They were concerned over the large amount of criminal justice resources and prison space being used for marijuana offenders. They felt that criminal prosecution and incarceration were inappropriate penalties for mere possession and use of marijuana. 3

By 1979, in response to extensive criticism, the legislature had amended the laws to increase the amount of drugs needed to trigger the 15-year to life sentence for both sale and possession. In 1988, concern over “crack” cocaine led to a lowering of the weight threshold for cocaine possession to enable the arrest and prosecution of people possessing small amounts of the drug. The Rockefeller Drug Laws have remained essentially unchanged since then. 4

Consequences

Prison population

 

  • Between 1980 and 1992, New York’s prison population has tripled from about 20,000 to almost 62,000 (in 1973 the state’s prison population was approximately 10,000). The State Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee projects that the State prison population will grow to 71,300 by the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year, and to 73,100 by the end of 2001-02. Together with the Second Felony Offender Law, also passed in 1973, the Rockefeller Drug Laws have contributed significantly to the overall growth of the NYS prison population.5
  • The percentage of the prison population incarcerated for drug offenses has been increasing since 1973, the year the Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted, with particularly sharp increases during the 1980’s. These mandatory minimum sentences for drug felonies have increased the percentage of convicted drug offenders who receive prison sentences. As a consequence, the NYS prison population has changed from one in which 9% were serving time for drug felonies (1980) to 32.2% (1997).6
  • Since 1981, the State has added about 40,000 beds to its prison system, at an average construction cost of $100,000 each, for a total capital expense, not counting debt service, of approximately $4 billion. 7 Despite these increases, the NYS prison system remains severely overcrowded, forcing prison officials to double bunk or double cell approximately 9,000 inmates. 8
Financial costs

 

  • Since the 1982-83 State fiscal year, the share of State General Fund spending going towards the funding of the NYS prison system more than doubled, from approximately 10% to fully 25% of the state’s General Fund State Operations Budget.9
  • As of December 31, 1997, there were 8,880 drug offenders in NYS prisons under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. According the Correctional Association of New York, it costs an estimated $265 million dollars to pay for these prisoners to be incarcerated. There were an additional 12,102 drug offenders in NYS prisons under the Second Felony Offender Law, costing an estimated $360 million per year. There were a total of 22,670 drug offenders in the NYS prison system, representing 33% of the total prison population. In 1980 drug offenses represented only 9% of prison commitments. 10
  • Since 1989 the yearly budget for the State University of New York (SUNY) has dropped from a little more than $1.3 billion to around $800 million. In the same period, annual spending on prisons in New York has increased from a little less than $1 billion to $1.7 billion.11
Racial disparities

 

  • In 1997, whites constituted 5.3 percent of the total population of drug felons currently in prison in New York; blacks and Latinos constituted 94.2 percent.12 Among whites committed to prison in 1994, 16% were convicted of a drug offense, among blacks 45% were committed for a drug offense, and among Latinos 59% were committed
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    http://www.prdi.org/rocklawfact.html

    Though the harsh, racist Rockefeller drug laws have been reformed, city judges have been slow in some areas to reduce the sentences of those still serving long prison sentences under the old laws.  And my current borough, Staten Island has led the way with its especially Draconian judges.

    In the seven months since the state Legislature enacted sweeping reforms allowing felons convicted under the harsh Rockefeller drug laws to apply for resentencing, just slightly more than half of those who’ve tried citywide have succeeded in getting their terms shortened.

    But the success rate varies widely depending upon the borough — with Staten Island judges turning down almost every comer (nine out of 10) and their Queens counterparts granting two-thirds (22 out of 33).

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/pot_luck_for_drug_do_overs_FJKI2EJ8NmKR3bCNPOsVtO

    Under the reformed laws, maximum penalties of 8 1/3 to 25 years have been reduced to a maximum of 9 years.

    Be Smart,

    Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)