Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Good luck to ALL of our 2012 Republican Candidates!

Hey.... good luck to ALL of our Republican Candidates this year!

Don't call it a comeback/I've been here for years.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BIG Announcement 2012

It was four long years ago, around this time, in 2008 that I made a decision to put my personal life on hold for a  few months and announce my candidacy for US Congress in NJ CD6. Way back in 2008, I had identified many problems that I attributed directly to the man, Frank Pallone, who has been my representative in Washington for just about my entire life. Back in 2008, I did an "interview" with Eric Sedler (there's a name you fellow "long timers" haven't heard in a while!) from a now defunct site RedJersey. I offer my thoughts from that 2008 interview once again:

“I’m running for Congress because our current representative, Frank Pallone, has been in office for the past 20 years. I’ll be 28 this September which means that Frank has been in office for nearly my whole life. The economic and social problems that I face as a working adult are the same economic and social problems that have been building up over the past 20 years during Frank’s career as a DC politician. He failed to address these same issues when they were my father’s issues as young working American 20 years ago, and now that I’m finally “old enough” to run for that office, I want to address the issues that Frank failed to address for our parents before those same issues start effecting people like you and I who are young and relatively new to the work force, and other young people like us who will otherwise be stuck with Pallone’s poor leadership. I chose to start my political “career” with Congress because I plan to end my political “career” with Congress in no more than 4 years, I fully support term limits. I’m a software engineer, I work in a fabric enclosed cubicle far from an outside window and I’m very happy working as a software engineer out of my little cubicle; it’s what I went to school for and a software engineer is what I WANT to be when I’m all grown up. I don’t WANT to be a politician; I WANT to be a representative of the people. I WANT to be a representative who shares the experiences and lifestyle with the tax payers I represent. I WANT to represent the hard working people of New Jersey, who like myself and my parents, have watched more and more of our tax money get wasted by politicians like Frank Pallone. I don’t WANT to be a politician and I believe there is a difference between a politician and representative. Frank Pallone is a millionaire politician who has spent 20 years in DC – I don’t think that the majority of Americans here in District 6 are millionaire politicians. They probably aren’t all software engineers either but I’m willing to bet that their line of work and their income levels are closer to mine than they are to Frank’s, so when gas hits $4/gallon this summer, I know what impact that has on the bills. Millionaire Frank on the other hand probably doesn’t have to make the tough choice between paying the mortgage or paying for gas to get to work, so that he can earn money, to pay the mortgage. Maybe he was representative of the people at some point 20 years ago, but he certainly doesn’t represent the average person in this district today.”

So here we are, 4 years later. Among the many problems and issues I was concerned about in 2008: endless foreign wars -- that are still on-going
government spending -- which has increased dramatically
high gasoline prices -- that I posted at $4 in 2008 but will be $5 in 2012
increased government regulations -- before all of the new Obama regulations could even have been dreamed of.
pollution in Branchport Creek/waterways -- that are still polluted
And some even found some of the issues I spoke of to be funny or insignificant, such as federal regulations that protect unborn geese, but not an unborn humans, and those regulations still stand too.

It's been four long years now with Obama and Pallone "working" **for me**. Yet, the same problems repeat themselves, and even more new problems have been added.

Frank Pallone proudly proclaims that he was the author and force behind ObamaCare, the Government healthcare plan that, according to some/most/all of my readers, will bankrupt our nation, erode our freedoms and force our offspring into a life of slavery to pay for it's damages.

I'm offended, and being offended means someone needs to be punished for offending you in the liberal world we now live in here in 2012.

I'm offended, but not because I entirely believe (call me crazy!) that the above is true. I'm offended because for SOME PEOPLE, the above is actually true (no really, I'm not crazy, some people really will be shafted paying for that mess). Somewhere out there in the United States of America, right this second, is a human, made of flesh and bone like me, who IS actually impacted significantly, today, by ObamaCare. Somewhere out there is a banker, a business owner, an investor, a scientist, an engineer, a motivational speaker, an unemployed welfare recipient with time on their hands, an NRA executive, a Meridian Health Executive or some other BigWhig who is indeed GREATLY financially or personally impacted by ObamaCare... or something like the closing of Fort Monmouth - yet there isn't such a line of such people who are clamoring to restore their own futures by running against Frank Pallone and end his terrible policy. Do they not care? Or do they really think little guys like me are capable/want to do them a favor?

Just where is "ThatGuy"? Where is the guy whose personal finances are in such shambles BECAUSE OF FRANK PALLONE AND BARACK OBAMA, that he has no options left in life but to put his or her own career on hold, purchase a house here in CD6, claim residency, risk their personal reputation, and spend their personal fortunes taking on Frank Pallone? Not here. Which leads me to my BIG Announcement 2012.

While I know this will make some people incredibly sad, it will make me incredibly happy; I am officially ending this blog, ending my political involvement on all levels and returning to my cubicle where I work happily and provide jobs with benefits to several dozen people, strictly in the private sector as a VP of Information System for a local small business. I will not be seeking a nomination or filing a petition to run for US Congress again this year as some have asked. I will not be filing my petition for County Committee and I politely ask my neighbors not to write me in for any seats, and I am ending my effort to fill all of the seats for the Long Branch Republican Committee.  I will mail one final letter to my local district seeking a replacement committee member and will volunteer/help anyone interested in the county committee seat with getting on the ballot in June to complete my current responsibilities as an elected committee member.

If I may share some additional and final Random Thoughts, it is my opinion that:
1) There are much wealthier people, good and bad, who can and do influence the debate and candidates more than I am willing or able to do as an AverageNoOne.While politics should be about the good of the people and preserving the Union for future generations, it has become increasing clear to me that politics are instead about a small percentage of people seeking as much power and influence as possible; money talks, and I don't fault the average tax paying folks who have slammed the door in my face over the years for being disinterested in a process that We The People simply can not influence; for the record, no candidate or elected representatives have held a "sit down and hash out some issues" with county committee members.
2) There are significant, well established organizations and significant news and editorial outlets that are much more capable of influencing the debate. Some of the sources are reputable, some are not; all seek one thing; more money. I've donated enough to purchase another expensive German car to various candidates and organizations over the past few years - they advocate by using my donations to send me more requests for donations. I love what Ron Paul claims to stand for, but he is the worst when it comes using donations to ask for donations, Scott Walker and/or the NRA are not far behind.
3) There are large law firms, accounting firms, construction firms, unions, etc with significant membership/funds that wield enormous influence and whose income and existence is totally dependent on the outcome of elections. These people take election day off and make part of the daily job getting involved in political action as well as donate significant portions of their own income back to the system and candidates in order to perpetuate their own existence and ensure political victories in their favor.
4) If Frank Pallone was really as damaging to America as I believe, and many others believe, he is -- a real, well-funded, powerful, known candidate would have emerged in 2010, after ObamaCare, or here in 2012 once it's impact has started to take effect and Republicans across the nation would have united to ensure that the real mastermind behind ObamaCare, Frank Pallone, was defeated. Such is not the case and a fellow AverageNoOne from Asbury Park -- good luck my friend -- is going to make the best of it this year against Anna Little -- but why not have candidates in the Lt. Gov or a State Senator, a County Freeholder, an Assemblyman or woman or one of the many Bankers & Businessman who have an established fundraising network and base of support? Why doesn't one of the many well known personalities that seem so offended that they have made millions talking about ObamaCare move into CD6 and use their name recognition, sources and money to solve the problem, or at least get rid of the self-proclaimed mastermind behind ObamaCare? Why are We The Little People left to attempt to unseat a 26+ year, well funded incumbent with no support or care from those telling us how bad things are?

And should any of us make such an effort to defeat Pallone that our victory seemed imminent, Obama will show up in this Democrat heavy district to ensure our defeat. If Obama couldn't ensure victory, Bruce and BonJovi will lend their support. If they couldn't help, millions of dollars would be spent ensuring our defeat -- and defeated we would be. I'm lead to believe that Frank Pallone has a file of "dirt" on me already -- probably mean things like the time I put a bag of my dog's poo into a neighbors garbage can that was on the curb as the garbage truck was pulling up and the neighbor caught me doing this, yells at me and I politely tell the old bag to "drop dead". Maybe he also knows that I've, allegedly, done some smokey burnouts and drag racing on public roads in one of my many sports cars. Maybe he even knows about the time I let my dog on the beach.... without a leash, the horrible person I am! And who knows what other mean things like that I have done in life that Frank knows about, but what I've actually done is insignificant anyhow -- if I threatened Frank's career, my personal life could and would be easily destroyed, and running again puts my personal life and career at risk, and with peanuts to spend, what would, what could, an AverageNoOne do about it? Nothing. Pallone can afford to tell everyone in this district that your or I are kid touching anti-Semites, twice - and what can you afford? Do you want to have to explain to your boss in his office "No, I'm not"? Are the personal risks worth it to you? They are no longer worth it to me, and the incumbents and designers of the system know this, it is a vicious cycle that, in my opinion, will forever lead to worse candidates; I see no glorious end to the cycle in the near future.

To think that back in 2008, I was told "The System Works" as said person refused to sign my petition and help me get on the ballot. I've never disclosed the name of the fine person who told me this, but I disagree -- the system does not work -- the Freeholder must know this; did I just say the name?  The system was designed by the people in office today and the people in office before them to ensure that Average people like us are excluded, feel intimidated or are otherwise discouraged. The districts are not competitive and entire voting blocks, Republicans in some places, Democrats in others, are without a voice and representation. The system does not work; unfortunately, our nation has the greatest system the world has ever known, and I for one couldn't suggest a better system, so my advise to you, and I'll take my own advise moving forward, make the best of what we have, but understand the limitations and deficiencies.

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." - Sir Winston Churchill

Over the past several years, I have done my best to be a consistent, dedicated volunteer for the Republican party and I am grateful for the many opportunities this has presented me.  I am grateful to those who accepted me, my opinions and my beliefs and welcomed me to the party. I have made numerous friends that I hope to stay in touch with and I have made even more numerous enemies who I can only hope some good citizen will take up the fight against. I believe I have done a good job of keeping my local district's voters informed and getting them out to vote, some of them appreciate my efforts, others will be happy I'm calling it quits.

It has been a pleasure serving on the County Committee under Chairman Oxley, who I have only the nicest and kindest words for and I can only hope that Chairman Oxley continues to volunteer his leadership and wisdom to the party. And while I've never offered him the credit for the title and job he has done, it has also been a pleasure working under Long Branch Municipal Chairman Raymond Patsky who is one of the few Chairs who don't have some personal financial interests (that I know of) or stakes in public employments, contracts, etc..

Speaking of Chairman Patsky, if I may offer a parting wish -- I wish that the good Republicans who have helped me over the years will extend their support and kindness on to Chairman Patsky - help him build the Long Branch Republican Party. Help him to become a better chairman, but do not corrupt his morals and ethics; he is a good man. There are many so called "Republicans" here in Long Branch who are only Republicans because they couldn't fill out the voter registration form correctly when they moved here from whatever liberal hole they came from before. These so called "Republicans" lack the moral character and ethics to proudly represent our party and I can only hope that my neighbors, friends and party leaders ensure that these small-town, self-serving politicos do not become the face and voice of the Republican party in Long Branch. One such person seems likely to retire from his public sector job to try to take over the Chairman's title for his own personal gain; unacceptable. Another and his wife have been hanging on to their seats for their own personal power trip while doing nothing to advance the party principles or grow the party base. Chairman Patsky is one of very few honest, caring, conservative (socially and fiscally) Long Branch Republicans who posses all of the right knowledge, the right ethics and the right moral characteristics to make him a proud example of the kind of person who should be a leader in our party. Chairman Patsky simply needs guidance and support from those with experience to be a more effective chairman and to take on the RINOs who seek to use local political connections for their own personal gains. I can assure you, Chairman Patsky is not using the chairmanship to line his own pockets or assert superiority .Electing any of the other current members to chairman here would be a devastating set-back to the party Ray and I have worked to establish.

Again, I thank my many many blog readers, friends, neighbors, family for all of their support. I thank my girlfriend Celina, the love of my life, and her family who have been my greatest support system over the years and I hope that in my time on the county committee and as a volunteer for the party I have done well by all.

Just to repeat (from 2008, 4 years later in 2012) ... I plan to end my political “career” with Congress in no more than 4 years, I fully support term limits. I’m a software engineer, I work in a fabric enclosed cubicle far from an outside window and I’m very happy working as a software engineer out of my little cubicle; it’s what I went to school for and a software engineer is what I WANT to be when I’m all grown up.

If you care to see what I'm up to the future, and/or

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Good luck my friends -- and On To Victory!!! leave me alone so I can go my shoot guns, race my cars and try to earn a few bucks so that I can pay more taxes and earn more toys! :-)

James Hogan
Just a Peace Lovin', Law Abiding Patriot of these United States Of America

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Selling my 98 Firebird TransAm / RaceCar

... in case any of my political world/blog reading friends and neighbors are interested....

I am looking to sell my 98 Pontiac Firebird TransAm t-top racecar. It's not quite in race-ready/drive away condition, and it needs some work to be a race-ready car so it's a limited market that I'm looking for here -- this is not a daily driver/street car so if you're looking to buy such a thing, this is not the car for you.

Anyhow, if you are interested in a project/racecar -- for those who might not remember/know, it is a Navy Blue 98 TA with a WS6 hood. The motor is a 408 Iron block LS1 that recently put down just over 450HP to the rear wheels on a dynojet dyno through a Trans-King TH400/Moser 12 bolt. The motor runs smooths/sounds great and has no notable miles on it - just the break-in run time and a few short minutes on the dyno for tuning, you might be able to get more power out of it with a better/more careful tune. The TH400 probably has less than 2K miles, it's a Precision Industries Vigilanti converter but I don't recall the stall speed off of the top of my head - maybe I have it in an old old old email if you needed the exact specs. The Moser 12 bolt has 3.73 gears in it. The car is NOT a street car at this point and I don't know that you can easily convert it back into a street car. It has long tube headers into a custom Mufflex y-pipe/no cats and has a muffler that dumps under the car so it's pretty loud but not obnoxious as far as racecars go.

Other somewhat (maybe less than) notable features:
Has a nitrous bottle bolted down behind the drivers seat but nitrous system is not wired/installed - I will include all of the nitrous parts and a second bottle. Bottles are empty.
TH400 has a trans-brake - it's a B&M reverse pattern shifter, forget exactly which model shifter / shift light on the dash
Wolfe 6pt roll bar bolted in it / Harness on the driver's side
manual brakes / line lock
manual steering / no PS pump
BMR manual rack k-member/BMR rear sway bar/BMR upper/lower a-arms, no front sway bar
QA1 adjust shocks all around but they have miles/years of just sitting on them. Qa1 drag springs in front, I forget what the rear springs might be.
Strange Brake kit all around but there are some problems -- will explain/provide pictures to any interested buyer(s).
Grant steering wheel / No driver/pass airbags
No heat / No AC
no radio / no speakers

I do not know the exact weight of the car as it sits but most things have been removed -- it does still have the stock/factory leather front seats/carpet in it. 

I would like to sell the car with all of the following:
Gear Vendors Over Drive unit (not installed on the car but I have the OD unit and short drive shaft to use with it if you want to put it back in the car) I think paid about $2600 for it new, doesn't have many miles on it.
Trailer - can get the make/model/year etc but it's long/wide/open deck trailer with long/wide ramps
Weld Pro-Star 15x10 rear and 15x(?) fronts. The fronts have usable DS2 tires, the rears need new tires
I also have the original rear seats (not in the car) and numerous/misc other parts (like a wideband commander) that I'll include.

I'm looking to sell the car with the trailer and any/all f-body parts I have for sitting around for it for $14K or best reasonable offer.

I can provide pictures/info of the car as it sits today for anyone seriously interested, but again, it is a project car/racecar and it needs some work to be race-ready but I'd have to guess anyone who would be interested in such a car could probably fix the problems in a weekend or two of work. The paint/exterior is in decent/reasonable condition - it is a 98 / (13-14yr old?) that was daily driven for a few years so obviously the paint is not perfect. The car itself/body has 72K miles on it. The interior needs some parts fixed/replaced but is essentially a complete/stock interior - again, I can send pictures to any interested buyer. I also have two brand new window motors that I'll include as the window motors seem to be dead/not working -- if you even want working windows.

Reasons for selling are:
1) I have tried and tried and tried to get this car running and recently picked it up from a shop in far less than the expected running/race-ready condition which has just sucked all of the (little) remaining interest/motivation out of me.
2) I just don't want to spend my time turning wrenches, working on cars or racing cars at the track and would hate to part it out because someone with some mechanical know-how and time could really have a GREAT car at a fair price for a little bit of work.
3) I bought the 00 WS6 back in July, 2003 because my 98 had been broken for so long back then. It's March 2012 and my 98 is in the same state. Life has moved on for me and the WS6 has come and gone with the 98 still just collecting dust. Its just time for me to move on from the 98 now.

If you're interested at $14K for the car + trailer + all of the parts I have sitting around, shoot me an email j hogan at tx stock dot com and I'll provide current pictures and more detailed info/try to get a full/complete list of parts I have sitting around. Some older pictures (the car hasn't changed much really) are available at

I live in Long Branch NJ 07740 and keep the car/trailer near-by if you wanted to check out the car in person. I'm willing to tow the car/trailer up to 250 miles to deliver it if you can't come to get. Again, the car is not in race-ready condition, it is not a street car and if you think I'm trying to talk you out of buying it,it's only partially true -- the car needs a little bit of wrench turning, will be a dedicated track/race car that has all of the right parts/components to go really fast and be a ton of fun but will take a few hours of your time to sort out, ie: I don't really want to sell this car to your mom who thinks she can pickup groceries with it. Mostly, I'm just hoping to see it off to someone who will be able to correct the issues and enjoy the car and I want the buyer to understand what they are getting.

Feel free to pass this along to any friends you might have who are in the market for a racecar.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Police Making Up The Gun Laws

I've been following "Emily Gets Her Gun" over at The Washington Times for a few months now but her latest entry, Buying ammunition in D.C. really hit the ball out of the park and peaks my frustration level.

(short story -- the don't miss link is this:  )

At the risk of ruining a good thing by talking about it here, let me share a few things:

1) NJ police departments are staffed and operate the same way Emily describes the DC police department. The police officers, like Captian Horrach, make up the gun laws as they go along. Long time gun owners like me know it. New comers don't. A co-worker of mine who I introduced to firearms a few years ago has finally taken the plunge into obtaining a FID license of her own and applying for her first handgun permit. It's been 28 days since she submitted her paperwork and paid her fees. She's convinced they are really working hard and she's called a few times and they assure her that her permit is in the "final stages". Truth is, those clowns are waiting until 4:59pm on the 30 day to leave her a voice mail telling her that she has been approved and her permit is available for pickup. Our whole system is a sham and I've yet to read about one armed gang member who has bothered to deal with this process. The process stinks and it's time we change it. This girl is an honest, law abiding citizen with no criminal record, who has a great job with a great resume and pays plenty in taxes and fees every year. Ridiculous.

2) Ammo laws in NJ are equally confusing and nonsensical. The obvious example would be the hollow point ammo laws. I won't explain the details here because I'm lazy and it's late but they are legal to own here, unless you ask a police officer, see item #1. Separately, there is no where in NJ to buy load ammo. I mean, you can buy loaded ammo at some Dick's stores, if you show them your FID (not a law AFAIK) and your driver's license (also not a law AFAIK) and sign some paper (also not a law AFAIK).... and most of the ranges sell loaded ammo, at a price much higher than the market rate. Which leads me to the fun part that I should keep under my hat -- as Emily notes, the online world of ammo sales is endless. So what do "some people" (not me of course) do? Bulk order online for the best price and shipping rates. What ends up happening? I suspect (because I've never had this happen of course) you come home and Santa has left 100lbs or more of load ammo on your front door step. And postal regulations being what they are, I suspect (of course) that the box is CLEARLY LABELED "ORD-M / SMALL ARMS CARTRIDGES" with a blue or yellow sticker so that any passer-by knows not to touch that big ol box on your door step because it might contain "dangerous" ammunition. Makes sense, right?

So anyhow, now Emily has her gun, and has her ammo and she wants to pretend that she's safe and sound and secure in her own home. I suspect that I can predict the future here -- Emily will soon find out that she's supposed to keep that gun, and ammo, locked up in the safe. And if someone breaks into her house, she has a duty to retreat and no legal right to defend herself or her property from thieves and potential murders. To the best of my knowledge, DC, like NJ, has no Castle Doctrine and you and I have no legal authority or right to shoot an intruder in our own home. Some people would say here "rather by judged by 12 than carried by six" and try to sound clever, but being the law abiding, responsible citizen that I am, I of course urge those folks to jump out of their second floor windows and leave their family members and possessions to the whim of intruders rather than play the hero. Besides, surely if you call 911, the police will be just minutes away!

Ignored 911 Call Turns Fatal In Berkeley; Police Busy With Occupy Protest

"Police issued a statement Monday night that said the initial call was for trespassing and that because on-duty officers were being reconfigured for the protest; only emergency calls were to be handled."

That's right -- trespassing (at least in CA, where gun ownership is much like DC and NJ) is not an emergency.... just wait it out... the bad guys will acknowledge your just a law abiding, humble person and move on, no worries.

Of course, if you present any of this to guys like Frank Pallone or Bob Menendez, they will point to a school shooting in Ohio and cry you a river. To them I say, sounds like a few armed defenders could have solved the problem quickly or been a deterent to the crime in the first place. Clearly Pallone and Menendez's positions don't work, don't reduce crime, don't reduce gang membership and don't adhere to our 2nd Amendment rights that are protected by the US Constitution.

It's time to demand changes to our gun laws, both in NJ and in DC. It's time to dump Pallone, Menendez and Obama.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm Owed An Appology, or I'll Act Uncivilized

This is an Outrage! Look at these terrible people burning a symbol of what we stand for, Freedom and Democracy!

Imagine what would happen if WE burned something symbolic to THOSE PEOPLE??? Ohh right....

Where is THEIR PRESIDENT Karzai's apology to the people of these United States of America?

....what non-sense. Our President Obama and all of our elected Representatives should just quit apologizing to these people.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Since Barack Obama Became President...

Worth a read. Each item has a link to the source of the information/point for anyone doubting the numbers or looking for more information. Obama, Menendez and Pallone, among plenty of others, are responsible for The End of The American Dream. We The People are responsible for Ending the Nightmare of being "represented" by these people.

The following are 18 statistics that prove that the economy has not improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States....
#1 Today there are 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment.  That is an all-time record high.
#2 When Barack Obama was elected, the percentage of unemployed Americans that had been out of work for more than 52 weeks was less than 15%.  Today, it is above 30%.
#3 There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than there were when Barack Obama was inaugurated.
#4 When Barack Obama first took office, the number of "long-term unemployed workers" in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.
#5 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.
#6 During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent.
#7 Since Barack Obama has been president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by 90 percent.
#8 Since Barack Obama has been president, home values in the United States have declined by another 13 percent.
#9 Under Barack Obama, new home sales in the U.S. set a brand new all-time record low in 2009, they set a brand new all-time record low again in 2010, and they set a brand new all-time record low once again during 2011.
#10 Since Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by more than 6 million.
#11 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.
#12 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.
#13 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in "extreme poverty" is now sitting at an all-time high.
#14 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.  Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.
#15 Since Barack Obama became president, the size of the U.S. national debt has increased by 44 percent.
#16 During Barack Obama's first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.
#17 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.
#18 The U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than 4 billion dollars per day since the beginning of the Obama administration.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Union Leader Sums Up the Problems in the US Labor Force

There is just nothing left to say when this is the mentality of union leaders.

International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said the ILA will enter this year’s contract negotiations seeking guaranteed minimum staffing and protection against job cuts from labor-saving technology.

“We know technology is coming and we know we can’t stop it forever, but we will not be deterred from protecting our work and our jurisdiction,” Daggett said in a “letter to transportation media.”

Companies will want technology that makes them more efficient and profitable, but the ILA will make sure that such technology does not adversely affect our workforce and our members,” he said.

[Daggett] has criticized plans by Global Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., to install remote-controlled, rail-mounted gantry cranes and truck-gate scanners in an expansion set for completion in 2014.

Introducing technology without job guarantees “is a recipe for disaster and a way to utilize attrition to kill our jobs and our union,” he said.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My neighbor, a Long Branch Volunteer, and Radio Star

videoSome long time readers might remember that I've blogged a few times about my neighbor, who I'd nominate and defend as the best neighbor anyone can move in next to, a few times. He plays frisbee with my puppy, I shovel his sidewalk and driveway when it snows. When trees fall on his power lines, I'm knocking on his door to wake him up -- when he wakes up, my puppy is stealing his newspaper and holding it ransom for a few pets. 
But last year I was playing frisbee with the dog when a Long Branch Police Officer pulled into Dink's driveway looking for Dink's wife, who was not home. Being the nosy neighbor, I inquired what the officer was doing and he informed me that Dink was in a minor motor vehicle accident after his heart stopped while driving over to the First Aid building to process some payroll. 

Celina and I went to visit Dink in the hospital a few times and things didn't sound too good the first few visits. Doctors changed his meds a few times, which caused some other complications and Dink really seemed to be losing hope. The third time Dink was admitted to Jersey Shore, he and his wife told us he would be the first to get some new procedure; a few short months later, Dink is back to playing frisbee with my puppy and even came over to watch the SuperBowl on the big screen last night. 

So I'm happy to report to my friends in Long Branch that Jersey Shore did us all a favor by helping someone who I think may be our greatest volunteer, Don "Dink" Henry; and I personally thank them for saving the life of my friend, my neighbor and my puppy's best friend. 

But what inspires me to write about Dink this morning is that as I was on my way to work this morning listening to 880AM -- I heard Dink's voice on the radio. The attached video ran as a radio commercial for Jersey Shore/Meridian Health. I'm sure they don't need my help advertising, but I can certainly say that I've often been one to think such commercials were made-up/exaggerated for marketing type of things. I assure you, Dink's story is true, and as lucky as Long Branch is to have such a great and dedicated volunteer, I'm even luckier to have such a great neighbor, and a great friend.

Some links to the stories:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Again with Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Being Terrible

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is just not good at her job.

Check out Bob Ingle's blog  (sorry I'm a little late sharing the link, been busy lately, thus the midnight blogging):

The quick summary being that Coleman is trying to push a bill to extend the age people are forced to attend our failing public schools, just like Oh-Man.

It's bad, expensive policy and it won't produce better educated adults. I have nothing to add that hasn't been said before so check out Ingle's blog if you haven't already and then call your friends in Coleman's district and ask them nicely to contact Bonnie and politely ask her to resign from a position that she is just not capable, competent or qualified to fill.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Should be Fired For Incompetence

For all of the times I've heard someone scream and yell "there should be a law for that!", I've yet to hear someone explain that there should be a law that requires our elected officials to have some measure of basic competence about the laws and issues they are legislating.

Yesterday, I took the time to listen to the NJ State Assembly Committee hearing regarding A588 - Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor. I don't know why I would have ASSuMEd this, but I always ASSuMEd that it was intelligent people who were actively working to restrict our Second Amendment Rights in a methodical and well thought out plan that they honestly believed aided in public safety.

But have a listen and wait for Democrat Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (District 15) to open her mouth right around the 13:50 mark.!{A}!

Here are some quotes:
  "This bill here only deals with the bullets it doesn't deal with the gun"
Call me crazy, since I know you already do, but there is a distinct difference between a "bullet" and "loaded ammunition", ie - the "bullet" is one component in loaded ammunition. I suppose the easy breakdown would be bullet, case, primer, ignition (powder). It seems important for someone to inform Ms. Watson as to the components of ammunition if she's going to vote on legislation concerning the topic.

"Is there more than one kind of gun that shoots this armor piercing bullet?" ... "are those guns legal?"
Again, either ignorance or incompetence, I can't tell which.

"can you legally own one of those type of guns that would shoot body piercing ummm [yes] in this state? why is that?"
Body piercing?? Maybe Ms. Watson forgot that she agreed to upon the Constitution of the United States of America, including the Second Amendment. Again, the incompetence level is mind-blowing.

"I don't understand the need for body piercing armor under any circum gun umm any ammunition under any circumstances."

"I support the legislation that would make these bullets illegal to posses"

Ms Watson doesn't even know what a bullet is. She should ask her two sons, I'm sure those convicted criminals know.

And of course, body piercing ammunition is already banned. 

It should also be explained to Ms. Watson that there are several levels of body armor, and that armor is also available, legally, to the general public. I'd explain but it's been done before -- I suggest this link -- -- and order your own vest while you're there, they are a great company to deal with and I give them a glowing recommendation as a customer.

And if I may offer this dumbed down analogy for Ms. Watson....

I propose a bill that would ban allow the Attorney General to ban gasoline of any octane which he deems could be used in a vehicle that can speed and kill pedestrians.

It's not so different from the magazine capacity limits -- for example: I propose a bill that would limit fuel tank capacity to 2 gallons. This capacity restriction would prevent environmental disaster and minimize fire hazards should a fuel tank rupture in an accident. It would also discourage high speed/long distance police chases as criminals wouldn't be able to get very far on 2 gallons of gasoline. Law abiding folks could simply reload their fuel tank more often.

In any case, after listening to Ms. Watson for 2 minutes, she clearly should be fired from her job for incompetence. "There should be a law!" that requires some basic understanding and competence test of the issues being voted upon by those voting.

In any case, the bill is dead for now, but Ms. Watson should still resign from this committee, be removed from this committee by it's chairman and members, or prohibited from future firearms related votes until she posses at least a basic understanding of firearms, ammunition and the Constitution of the United States of America.

I offer Ms. Watson a guest pass to the shooting range and I'll provide the LEGAL ammunition and firearms for you to shoot and learn about, call me -- the link to call me is on the left there -- to schedule a date and time that works for you. Tootles.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NJ22AS Files Appeal to Force State Police to Disclose Gun Documents

Reposting the below from

Manahawkin, NJ --( On Wednesday January 4, 2012, Rick Gutman the attorney for the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) filed an appeal with the NJ Appellate division in its lawsuit against the NJ Division of State Police.
This case revolves around the state’s refusal to allow lawful New Jersey residents reasonable access to documents which directly impact the processing of their applications for Firearms Identification Cards and Handgun Purchase Permits.
After receiving numerous complaints from applicants who were subjected to extended delays, intrusive forms and other requirements that clearly go beyond what is allowed by law, the NJ2AS took decisive action.
A formal Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for access to the NJ Division of State Police Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide was filed on March 14, 2011. A week later this request was summarily denied. Attorney Gutman then filed a lawsuit requesting that an “order to show cause” be served on the NJ Division of State Police to explain why they refused to allow access to what should be considered a public document. The order to show cause was served on May 6, 2011.
After multiple delays by the state’s attorney general’s office the case was heard by Judge Douglas Hurd in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Trenton on December 2, 2010. Unfortunately, Judge Hurd ruled against the NJ2AS. The judge’s decision was based in part on the exemption which the Division claimed under Governor Christie’s Executive Order #47. Part of this order exempts certain governmental agencies from having to reveal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) no matter how innocuous. The NJ2AS’s request for access was also denied under the Common Law Right of Access (CLRA) which balances the plaintiff’s right to access against the state’s perceived need to protect the public interest.
The NJ2AS contends that there can be no threat to the public interest in exposing the contents of a guide designed to assist municipal authorities through the convoluted process of granting a NJ resident a Firearms Identification Card or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun. Every applicant must submit to a thorough criminal background check as well as a mental health check. They must be fingerprinted and have their fingerprints checked through an FBI database. The Society believes that nothing in the guide could possibly disclose any way to circumvent this rigorous process.
The NJ2AS also contends that the entire process is redundant since a handgun purchaser must submit to an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) at the point of purchase. The antiquated NJ Division of State Police processing was designed at a time before this more efficient national process was developed. New Jersey’s system has since become a slow, costly and redundant relic in light of this newer computerized system.
“If the state insists on continuing the use of this inefficient system of processing applications,” states Frank Jack Fiamingo, the founder and President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, “New Jersey residents must have access to the guide in order to ensure that they are not being subjected to tougher standards then residents in any other part of the state. We have received numerous complaints from our members as well as members of the community at large that they are being treated unfairly. For instance, we have identified more than 25 NJ municipalities that have introduced additional forms which are specifically disallowed under the NJ firearms statutes”.
In addition, Fiamingo indicates that he has received countless complaints of delays in processing that range from several months to over a year. According to the statutes, these applications should be processed in no more than thirty (30) days.
The New Jersey Second Amendment Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) for legitimate purposes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bob Walsh For Freeholder

After careful review of the Freeholder candidates at multiple forums as well as a review of facts and statistics from their hometowns and feedback from other like-minded, concerned, private sector taxpayers, I'd like to share the following opinions and observations:

  Bob Walsh is a fiercely Independent Republican -- despite being at odds with his local Republican committee, Bob forges ahead for the good of ALL taxpayers, and the good of the Republican party. Bob stands firm on his principles and convictions and is unyielding to "higher-ups" or those who would try to put road-blocks in front of him. His life story is one of overcoming hardships and diversity and that life experience gives him the ability to represent average, honest, working class people who also face the [currently dim] economic and social environment.

  Bob Walsh is an open, honest and often blunt speaker -- if anyone is unsure of where Bob stands on an issue, they should ask him. Bob is well informed and will consistently speak the honest truth, even if it is a controversial or a dissenting opinion, and not sugar-coat an issue simply to make people feel good or make friends. Bob does not shy away from confrontation but rather stands firm for what he believes in while being open to the facts and reality around us.

  Bob Walsh has courage and political will -- Bob has made every effort to work within the framework of the State Constitution and NJ state law to limit the size of his local government and make government more affordable. While major reforms are much needed in our system, those reforms must be made at the state level where Democrats control the Legislature in opposition to the principles we stand for as Republicans, and Bob has succeeded in working within the system we have to the benefit of taxpayers. Further, Bob Walsh will not be bullied by department heads, union bosses or other beneficiaries of the system as he has proven in his own town.

  Bob Walsh is a fellow, Independent private sector taxpayer -- Bob is not a public worker and his livelihood is not dependent on political outcomes. Bob has no conflicts of interest with his fellow taxpayers and is not a beneficiary of the public system. Public workers may despise him, and Democrats may attack his unique personality, but attacks on his conviction to principles and his defense of taxpayers will be without merit.

I thank all of the candidates, their supporters and the eventual Freeholder for answering my questions and I pledge my full support, time and dedication to whoever is elected, but it is these specific qualities, among others, that I see in Howell Mayor Bob Walsh that, in my humble opinion, make him stand out among the other candidates for Freeholder at this time. It is for these qualities, many of which I believe that I share in common with Mayor Walsh, that many of you have supported me in the past and I ask you to extend that support to Bob Walsh on Saturday January 14th, and again in November.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

James Hogan
Monmouth County Republican Committeeman
Long Branch District 10