Wait, Jon Caldara’s From New Jersey?

Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute, with beer that could be from New Jersey like he is.

The Aurora Sentinel’s pseudonymous Quidnunc actually has news today that we didn’t already know:

QUID HAS HEARD that it’s untrue that the fathomlessly far-right thunk tank in Golden, Ye Olde In Depends Astute, or something like that, does nothing right, or left. Seems that institute chief brainiac Jon Caldara — successor to the likes of John “Ten Commandments” Andrews and Tom “Nuke The Bastards” Tancredo — just can’t get enough liberal bashing these days. Not satisfied with an annual soirée that encourages open sexist fun and loaded guns, Caldera has cleverly created a “Californian Of The Year” list. Each week, until Colorado tires of his shtick, Caldera picks some poor sap he and his think most likely represent whack California values and politics. So far, he’s bestowed the honor of Boulder Congressman Jared Polis for his push for total green energy in the state by 2040. Such a sin. Yours truly must say, however, that since our blessed square state is home to so many transplants, including Caldara, New Jersey, yup, that the idea of assigning oh-those-people status intrigues this hack.

There’s even a T-shirt.

Full stop. Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute is from…New Jersey? There’s no question that a healthy contempt for Californians is mandatory for the native-born of the Centennial State, but it doesn’t take much thinking about it for Coloradans to conclude that oh yes indeed, New Jersey sucks. New Jersey is for people who wish they lived in New York but can’t afford to–except for the ones who wish they lived in Philadelphia and are even more pitiable than the ones who wish they lived in New York. You could even argue that the state of New Jersey exists for the sole purpose of having an even worse place to compare your own crappy circumstances to favorably–“as least we don’t live in New Jersey,” and so forth.

On the other hand, California has the biggest economy in the United States and the sixth-largest in the world.

Keeping with Caldara’s hypocritical theme, Quidnunc nominates Rep. Lori Saine as Texan of the Year for pulling a Texas-style gun goof and Sen. Cory Gardner as Kansan of the Year for putting the whole nation on course to replicate that state’s recent economic miracle. Again, we’ll take California.

And if Jon Caldara doesn’t like it he can take his schtick back to Jersey.


19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Well, I think you're a Quidnunc.

  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Lots of people in Colorado aren't born here. I don't hold it against them, that's nativist!

    I for one want nothing to do with the cultural cesspool that is California. Let them be their own country, that's fine.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      "Cultural cesspool??"   That is the same sort of ignorant comment like the one I heard when I first moved here in 1980 that Boulder was totally a hotbed of liberalism. Of course, the ignorant fools making said comment did not know that Boulder was also the headquarters for Soldier of Fortune magazine.

      Back then, you could your far left wing fix, and your far right wing fix, in the same Colorado town. California has more than its share of far right wing militia thug groups. Come to think of it, those far righties would be what makes California a "cultural cesspool." 

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        “cultural cesspool” makes me think he’s confusing the backed-up sewer in Grammy’s basement (from Kleenex overload) with the fine people in the world’s sixth-largest economy.  A gentle reminder, Nutlid: Brietbarf started there. 

    • Mike W. says:

      If Cali is a cesspool, I don't even want to begin to hear the description of your basement there bub.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Fluffy’s idea of proper “culture” requires Confederate Flags, plantations, and lynching trees . . .

        . . . all in accordance with the teachings of AR-15 totin’ Prosperity White-Jeebus. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Rancho Del Raygun – Santa Barbara, Cesspool? . . . 

      . . . if you say so, Fluffy. 

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        I remember seeing an ad for a tee shirt back in the '80's…….

        ….which had Nancy Reagan (remember her? the woman whose husband warned us about the Russians) with her hands in the air doing the famous Eva Peron pose and the caption read, "Don't cry for me, Orange County!"

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      As long as Texas goes, too. I'm fine with that.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    So Caldara’s from where Chris Christie plants his fat ass to take his daily shit Caldara Fluffy Trump?? . . . 

    . . . splains’ a lot!

  4. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Caldara's from Uranus (not mine.)

    New Jersey has a lot to offer. It's way better than its reputation.


  5. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Most of our proud Colorado Rednecks are from somewhere else….Tim Neville was born in Florida.  Ken Buck is the son of wealthy New York lawyers. John Andrews hails from Michigan.  Doug Lamborn was born in Kansas.

    Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton are exceptions to that rule; both are Colorado -born. (Cynthia Coffman is from Missouri). Cory Gardner was born to generations of FDR Democrats in Yuma, Colorado.

    As a Colorado native, I reserve the right to call them all "flatlanders" and curse their inability to drive in snow.  I will honk at them when going through tunnels, and mock them for not knowing that they should honk back.


  6. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Considering all he left behind, perhaps Mr. Caldara is mourning the move out this way:

    10 Reasons to Be Thankful You’re from New Jersey

  7. CaninesCanines says:

    Yes, but he was forcibly relocated to Colorado when he was six, according to the Denver Business Journal.

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