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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Weird Liquor Laws

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Jersey Joe explores old, outdated, and weird laws on the sale and consumption of alcohol across the United States.

THE 411

Name: blue laws

What: laws created the keep society at peace

Location: each state has their own unique set of these laws


Blue laws vary from state to state and also cover a variety of issues.  A non-liquor example in Bergen County, New Jersey forbids several large shopping malls from being open on Sundays.  So, when you travel, be sure you know these restrictions, so you don’t get busted.

A glass of golden hard liquor on the rocks. Could be scotch, bourbon, or whisky.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Crystal Pepsi Mixed Drinks

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Does Crystal Pepsi make a good mix with alcohol?  Jersey Joe heads to O’Hara’s Downtown in Jersey City, New Jersey with a taste test challenge!

Crystal Pepsi was originally released after a flashy Super Bowl ad in 1993.  Sales were poor and the beverage was gone in less than a year.  Since then, it has almost gained cult status, and after a social media campaign returned to stores in August for an 8 week run.

THE 411

Name: Crystal Pepsi

What: clear cola reintroduced for a limited time only

Mixed with: rum, vodka, orange vodka


It’s really great that the Pepsi corporation has brought this classic soft drink back.  Let me know if you find any other great mixes with Crystal Pepsi.  However, you have to act fast… it’s only back on shelves for a limited time only.  It could go back into the vault for another 20 years!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Caption This 7

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You wrote the comedy!  Now, Jersey Joe crowns the winners with the best lines to the outrageous photos in the latest round of Caption This!

THE 411

Name: Caption This

What: online Twitter and Facebook game on @JerseyJoe50’s feed



Keep and eye on my Twitter feed for another edition.  Also, join me for MATCH JERSEY JOE GAME – every Wednesday afternoon.  Let’s have some fun on social media!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Las Vegas Quiz 3

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Get ready to laugh as Jersey Joe checks out more funny people and photos in Las Vegas!

THE 411

What: Las Vegas, Nevada

Gambling legalized: 1931

Location: tourist destination

City Population: 583,756 (as of 2010)


Vegas is always a good time.  Fortunately, not everything has to stay there!  Hope you enjoyed the quiz!  If you have any funny photos or stories, I’d love to hear all about them!  Hit me up on Twitter @JerseyJoe50!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Judge Joe Brown: Retired & Liquored Up

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For 15 seasons, Judge Joe Brown’s court kept law and order on daytime television.  His clean cut, down home approach had zero tolerance for thugs and low lifes.  After decades holding court both on and off television, Judge Joe has retired and a video you’re about to see is quite the change from his clean cut image.


Judge Joe Brown was born in 1947 and is a retired Shelby County, Tennessee judge.  After years of holding court, he was thrown into the national spotlight after presiding over James Earl Ray’s last appeal in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was removed from the case after making comments about the murder weapon to a local congresswoman.  It was then; he caught the eye of producers of the hottest court show on television, Judge Judy.



Judy’s producers noticed the unique way Joe operated his court room. He would listen intently for the facts of the case, picking up on subtitle facts, facial expressions, and mannerisms from the litigants.  Once he was sure he found the guilty party, he would zero in with his down home, no-nonsense approach, and often try to instruct them on where they’ve gone wrong and what to do to put economy in the community instead of being, what he would often say, “a damn fool.”



Judge Joe Brown’s television series was launched as a companion show to Judge Judy on September 14, 1998.  His main tagline: “protecting womanhood and promoting manhood.”  The show was a ratings success and was recorded in the same studio, with a set located directly behind the back wall of Judge Judy’s, at the Sunset-Bronson Studios in Hollywood.


While Judge Joe scored moderate ratings in daytime syndicated television, during the 15th season, his ratings took a slide, and he was informed by CBS, the show’s distribution company, that he would be taking a pay cut.  (He was the second highest paid TV judge, earning $20 million per year.)


Judge Joe was not satisfied with this (and reported pay cut down to $5 million per year) and his show was cancelled in spring 2012, with new episodes airing until June and reruns until September.


Since leaving TV, it looks like Judge Joe has been living the good life and enjoying his much deserved retirement.  But, in the day of cell phone cameras, people still know his as a celebrity and a video that’s turned up on YouTube, shows a much different version of the clean cut Judge.


Take a look at him having one too many double Bombay Sapphires resulting in some slurred speech, posing for photos with women, and having a few foul mouth words about his former TV show.  Note: Viewer discretion advised.



Is Judge Joe done being on television.  “I don’t do that bullshit, anymore…” seems to answer that question.


THE 411


Who: Judge Joe Brown


What: former television judge


Number of seasons on television: 15




As long as he’s not getting behind the wheel drinking and driving, let him enjoy his retirement.  Everyone loses control when they’ve had a few too many (I’m not judging), just most of us are not on national television.  Video like that is gold to the paparazzi.  But hey, Judge Joe Brown is retired and doesn’t seem to care!


I also got a laugh at this parody of the Judge Joe video: