Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Gov't Health Insurance Disclosure Box

The Federal Reserve, love 'em or hate 'em, has this federal law in place which essentially forces all of the credit card companies to disclose, in plain English and in a simple to follow box, all of the information about the terms of the card. If you have a credit card of any sort, you know the box I'm talking about, first line says APR: $X, next line Other APRs: $Y, Grace Period: Z days... and so on.

And now the Democratics, not the US Senate, the Democrats, have passed this new Gov't Healthcare plan.

I ask a simple question... which Senator will be the one who reads all 232,34,345,756,234,345,541,646 pages of the bill, referenced bills, other bills, laws and guidelines and puts together all of that information into the same, easy to read, easy to understand Summary of Benefits that I'm used to seeing? Let me give the example of what I would like to see based on a format that my HR people send me year after year, and maybe someone out there can point me this information presented just this way:

Plan Your Monthly Contribution
Single $0
Employee & spouse $200
Employee & child(ren) $200
Family $400

Now, I'm pretty sure that most of my readers are Republicanish, aka have jobs, and have seen a chart like this at every place they have ever worked for. The numbers might be higher or lower but I'm sure that the format is similar. I doubt the Democrats who vote for this healthcare bill have constituents who have seen such a chart but I'm pretty sure that if you are one of them you'll understand it very quickly - you pay $X and get "coverage" for the number of people specified.

Now comes the second half of the information that the HR people will send me which outlines what "coverage" means. It looks something like this:

Benefit Cost/Co-Pay
Physical Examination, including immunizations for persons to age 19 in accordance with Company's schedule of covered well exams $0
Physical Examinations, including immunizations for persons over age 19 in accordance with Company's schedule of covered well exams $25 per Visit
Mammogram $0
Routine Gynecological Care $25 per visit
Inpatient Care: Semi-Private Room and Board $250 Copayment per Day to $1,250 Maximum per Admission, $2,500 Maximum per Year


... and so that list would go on and on with the costs *I* would have to receive some kind of professional service(s).

So, with that said, would a polite Democrat from either the house or senate please send me:
1) My monthly contribution (ie, the total number of tax dollars I will give to the gov't for healthcare)
2) My summary of benefits

I'll also note that ALL of the important, to me, information is condensed neatly into an easy to understand *2* page document, I'll be generous in understanding that Democrats are a bit dimwitted and settle for up to 4 pages to summarize my costs and benefits. I'll provide a fax number if needed. Thank you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oceanport Needs to Get Vocal About Fort Redevelopment Again

From Oceanport Councilman Joe Irace ( a copy of the attachments are The Bill and The Response E-Mail)

All-

Please read the attached e-mails from Oceanport resident Jay Coffey regarding Senate Bill 10, the "Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority Bill." His concerns regarding this pending legislation are spot on and I couldn't agree more. This issue is time sensitive as it is being discussed in the Senate on Thursday, December 3.

The future of Fort Monmouth has been one of my passions since before I was elected Councilman for the Boro of Oceanport. Unfortunately, Oceanport has been forced to accept many things under the current structure of FMERPA. In fact, Oceanport was one of 2 towns to vote against the Redevelopment Plan in 2008. Many of our residents have been very outspoken in their belief that the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth will not be a benefit for the taxpayers of Oceanport but rather a detriment.

In my position as a Councilman, I have even advocated the possible use of deannexation. Many years ago, the federal government took possession of the land now known as Fort Monmouth for use as an Army base. Deannexation is the process by which Oceanport would refuse reacceptance of this same land. We may be able to simply walk away perhaps leaving the land to another town. Maybe Fort Monmouth would remain it's own entity and become its own community within Monmouth County.

I am deeply concerned about the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Bill as it currently stands. This Bill is being sponsored by a Senator from Union, New Jersey. While the bill is co-sponsored by a Senator from Monmouth County, I can't help but wonder what interest a Senator from Union has in Monmouth County? What's in it for his district?

Why is this bill being pushed through a "lame duck" session rather than waiting for the new Administration? I believe the voters of New Jersey have spoken and therefore, new legislation should be held until January of next year inorder to insure that the wishes of our State residents are respected. If the voters had wanted the current form of government, I believe our current governor would have been reelected.

My concerns regarding this bill are numerous:

The Bill calls for 5 votes by appointees of the Governor and 4 votes from the towns and County most affected by its passage. Why does the State need a majority? Shouldn't the local communities have a majority say in what occurs in our communities? Again, the voters have placed their trust in Governor Elect Christie. Shouldn't we wait for him to make any/all appointments?

Why does the Governor appoint the Chairman of the Committee? Subsequently, the chairman would appoint a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Chairman should be voted on by the members of the Committee and approved by a majority vote inorder to insure fair representation of the local entities.

What exactly is a Fort Monmouth Special Improvement District? Why do we want this? What exactly is a Transportation Improvement District and why do we want one? What exactly is an Infrastructure District and why do we want one? Do these "districts" involve ratable sharing and COAH sharing across the Fort Monmouth communities? Why can't each community operate on its own within the confines of the plan?

How is COAH going to be handled? While probably not specific to this bill, we would want each town to handle it's own COAH obligations and not share among the "redevelopment district."

Why is the potential use of Eminent Domain included?" Is there a plan for future use? As we've learned from neighboring towns, residents don't look favorably on the use of Eminent Domain by Federal, State or Local Government.

There is no mention of when or how this new Committee will "expire." Do we really need that much oversight here or can each town handle it with the help of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority? Are they trying to create more levels of Government?

I will not stand by while Oceanport gets the short end of the stick. I stand ready to do whatever it takes to stop this from bill from passing in its current form.

I have posted additional information on my Facebook page.

We need your help to stop this Bill from moving forward. Please call Senator Beck and voice your concerns. Her office number is 732-933-1591 or email SenBeck@njleg.org.

Thanks!
Joe


Folks:

For a change, this isn't a sports related or humorous e-mail. Instead, I am writing to alert you to the fact that the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, including our very own State Senator, Jennifer Beck, is looking to push through a last minute bill before the new Governor takes office. This bill will vest control over the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth in a brand new Authority created by the State of New Jersey. Senate Bill No. 10 ( a copy of which is attached to this e-mail for both of you who really like to read legislation), entitled the "Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Act" is up for consideration on Thursday by the Senate. This bill is being co-sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak of Union County and Senator Jennifer Beck of Monmouth County. The net effect of this bill is that the State of New Jersey, through its Economic Development Authority, will both staff the newly created Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority AND act as the master developer for the development of the Fort property. Once again, similar to what happened in the previous legislation, the three host communities (Oceanport, Tinton Falls, and Eatontown), the entities having the greatest and most intimate interest in the redevelopment of the Fort, are being given a combined three votes (one for each Mayor) and the State is being given five votes. The ninth voting member is from the County.

Asking you to read and comprehend this bill, which was only introduced on November 23, 2009, is a bit much. I read it last week and I was so outraged by its content that I ended up writing a nine page screed to four of our council members (a copy of the cleaned up version of that screed is also attached to this e-mail). Asking you to read and comprehend my screed at this late date is also a bit much. But I can give you ten reasons why we should be vehemently opposed to this bill and they are set forth at the bottom of this e-mail.

The Borough of Oceanport's Municipal Council meeting has been moved up from December 3rd to December 2nd (tonight at 7:00 pm). This bill will be a hot topic of discussion. If you are ever going to attend a Municipal Council meeting, this would be a good one to go to. Some of Oceanport's elected officials will be going down to Trenton on Thursday to oppose this bill. They will be spitting into the wind, however, without our help. Whether you have the time to read the bill or my screed or not, the fact is that our local elected officials are dead set against the bill. Even if you don't have the time to read the bill, the fact that it is being rushed through in the lame duck session before the new State administration is in place smacks of something being done that is not completely on the up and up. We need to contact Senator Jennifer Beck and tell her that the citizens of Oceanport are against Senate Bill No. 10. and that she should withdraw her co-sponsorship of it at once. She needs to be told, in no uncertain terms, that the residents of Oceanport want this bill to be stopped dead in its tracks right now. Senator Beck is operating under the assumption that we, her constituents, are asleep at the wheel and that this bill will pass without anybody raising a fuss about it. Oceanport's Municipal Council was not consulted on the contents of the bill until after it was completed. If this was a Municipal Council action, we would be showing up in big numbers at Council Meetings to oppose it. State legislators don't have to worry about that because hardly anybody will take the trip to Trenton to complain and, even if they do, there is no guarantee that they would be given the opportunity to be heard. The only real way to be heard on this issue is to contact Senator Jennifer Beck's office. Her Senate phone number is 732-933-1591. Take a few moments, place a call and let her know how you feel about the bill. You can also send an e-mail to her (and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan J. O'Scanlon) by visiting her Senate website at:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=303

Click on "contact your legislators", check all three names, click on "Select Your Representatives" and then fill out the e-mail form. In the e-mail subject box you should type "Senate Bill No. 10". If she doesn't hear from us, then we only have ourselves to blame.

Thanks for indulging my rant.

Jay Coffey

10 Things That I Hate About Senate Bill No. 10 (A/K/A: The NJ Economic Development Authority's Lifetime Employment Act of 2009)

1. Our Senator, Jennifer Beck, is co-sponsoring a bill she only saw for the first time a week before it was introduced and co-sponsor is Union County Senator Ray Lesniak.

2. It creates another NEW authority (the "Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority" or "MERA") to oversee the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth.

3. The host communities have no real say in the development of the Fort. MERA has nine voting members, only three of whom are from Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls. Five voting members are State appointees. The ninth voting member is from the County.

4. It creates a NEW office within the N.J. Economic Development Authority with which to staff MERA.

5. MERA must pay for the costs associated with the NEW office staff from the NJ Economic Development Authority

6. It authorizes MERA to enter into an agreement with the N.J. Economic Development Authority which will make the latter the "master developer" of the Fort Monmouth property. The NJ Economic Development Authority has absolutely NO experience as a master developer of this type of project.

7. The legislation contemplates, promotes and/or creates debt creation vehicles and financing schemes such as the Fort Monmouth Special Improvement District, the Fort Monmouth Transportation Planning District, infrastructure districts and franchise assessments.

8. Municipal site plan approval and municipal subdivision approval shall not be required for any project undertaken by the NEW authority or the EDA.

9. The plan and the development and design guidelines and land use regulations adopted by the authority shall supersede the master plans, the zoning and land use ordinances and regulations, and the zoning maps of the host municipalities.

10. This is a lame duck bill that is being pushed through the legislature in an expedited fashion before the new Governor takes office. There can be no good reason (for the host communities) why this bill is on such a fast track.

BONUS REASON: The Legislature of the State of New Jersey (the people who brought us EnCap, Xanadu, and the New Jersey School Construction Corp. fiascos) has a multi-billion dollar budget gap and we are being asked to entrust the management of our financial future to the very same people who can't even manage their own fiscal affairs. The State will control the development and we will be left with the fallout.

As an unrelated note from me - I find it worth noting that the NJ State Senator in question, Jennifer Beck, is the same Jennifer Beck who was too busy to vote against the One-Gun-A-Month legislation that was passed earlier this year.

The Problem in America

In case you didn't know it, today, the day I write this blog entry, is December 2, 2009.

You might, or might not, know that last night, on December 1, 2009, US President Barack Hussein Obama delivered a important speech outlining his plan for US involvement in Afghanistan including sending an additional 30,000 troops, costing another $30 billion (because why measure in lives lost or destroyed by taking young men from their home life and family or mention that the cost is just a low estimate at best). I'll leave the other details for you to read on your own, because this blog entry is really just here to note the problem in America.... which I again will not state, but demonstrate in this picture.



This is why we'll never see reduced taxes, a smaller, less powerful government or any of our most rights, The People, as a whole, just don't seem to care. Maybe those calls for a War Tax or The Draft might be on to something, people just aren't paying attention to the severity of the wars our country has been engaged in for the past decade. Another US Serviceman was KIA today it's not showing in Google Trends, no one seems to care.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Today marks 220 Years of Freedom in NJ

On this date in 1789, The Great State of New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. Regardless of what today's broken legislative and judicial systems tell you, all of these years later, you still have these most basic rights, and the government can not, and must not, take these rights from you:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


So go ahead and exercise your rights today New Jersey. We were first to think these were great ideas 220 years ago and in my humble opinion, these are all still great ideas today.

With that said, I'm go leave work early, head over to a church then go shoot guns at Brick Armory. If any readers are interested in joining me to exercise these rights, I'll even consider letting you use one of my guest passes for the range to save yourself a few bucks, I might even let you test drive part of my arsenal if your nice.

And if you believe that NJ has infringed on most of these rights (and you might be right), it's worth noting that North Carolina, which seems to be a hot spot for people escaping NJ, celebrates this same honor tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lonegan 2012... And Not Pallone 2010!

As of 10:30pm NJN is saying 49%/44% Christie winning with 81% of the votes counted (5% for Daggett)

So as the numbers trickle in, and it appears Christie will beat the odds and win this Gov. race, let me (hopefully be first to) suggest this:

Steven Lonegan's endorsement of Chris Christie was more powerful than Obama's endorsement of Jon Corzine COMBINED with Corzine's millions of Wall St dollars.

Surely the power of Lonegan can mean only one thing - Lonegan for President of the United States of America 2012!

On a separate note - it could also mean that come next November, Obama won't be able to help Frank Pallone, nor will Frank Pallone's millions of extorted dollars be able to stop a strong conservative from taking his seat in the house.

I have no idea how he'd feel about it, but I'd sure love to see a guy like Hank Butehorn, who I believe resides in the right district, take on Pallone, and I'm sure Hank could earn the Lonegan endorsement he'd need to win. How about it Hank?

For anyone who might not know Hank, Google can help.

P.S. Yes, I'm suggesting that I MIGHT not try to run again, we'll see. :-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

City of Long Branch Arbitrarily Age Discriminates

The City of Long Branch (New Jersey) has officially advised that:

A curfew has been established for all persons within the City of Long Branch under 17 years of age, to be invoked on October 30, and 31, 2009. The curfew will extend from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 am. each night. Director of Public Safety, William Richards has been directed by the Mayor to strictly enforce the policy.

I have to say that "when I was your age..." I would trick or treat with Mom and Dad all over Keansburg, all day long, where I grew up, and then we would head over to Keyport until 9-10 at night. It was a good time and once it was dark out, the general (unwritten) rule was don't go knock on doors where the lights are all out and bother people. Must have been simpler times ALL of those years ago.

And why 17? Isn't the magical number to be an adult 18? or is it 21? I think it might even be 40 to purchase cigarettes now. So when did it become 17? And why 17 for this curfew, why not 37, or all ages. Isn't this age discrimination? This NYRA Analysis is worth a read.

And if this is due to a concern of annoying the neighbors, then I can state for the record that I'll be more annoyed at a 62 year old grandma, or a 18 year old trick-or-treater for that matter, ringing my door bell at 1am than I would be at a 13 year old. I expect the kids to be out in the dark on Halloween begging for free candy - Religious Zealots beware - it's a day for the kids to have some fun with the ghosts and goblins, no harm no foul, no one is indoctrinating witches on the 31st to the best of my knowledge.

And if the claim is safety for these youngsters, then I'd say maybe the Mayor could ask Mr. Richards to have the clowns over at public works report the street light that is out in front of their public works yard on Branchport Ave (pole number is 53434, nearest address is 164 Branchport Ave, and nearest cross street is Irving Pl). I'd report it but I much prefer to be nearly run over by Long Branch police officers who speed through the lot on their cell phones at night (ok, since this has only happened to me 4 times in the 3 years I've been walking the dog past this location every night), plus it's fun for me to wait and see how long it takes the police, who are supposed to look out for public safety, ignore the street lights that are out. As a FYI - the light right beside this one is also out (#466 if you care to report it that one too). There are also two lights out in front of the Board of Ed building on Broadway which I refuse to report myself, call me negligent.

Curfew's stink, regardless of age. They aren't preventing any crimes, only preventing the good citizens from enjoying a night out. Those who are going to commit crimes could care less about the date and time, or the existence of a curfew.

P.S. - For the record, I'm thinking about going out trick-or-treating myself after 8pm, free candy and thanks to the mayor discriminating against them, no competition from the kids.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another "Unlikely"Dagget Endorsement

Remember Gene Baldassari, New Jersey's First Candidate from the Modern Whig Party? In a press release today, Baldassari has endorsed Chris Daggett for Governor of New Jersey. The press release follows:
Baldassari Supports Daggett in Unlikely Endorsement

Hamilton, NJ - In an unlikely advocacy, 14th District Assembly candidate Gene Baldassari has endorsed Chris Daggett for Governor. According to Baldassari, “Some people are accusing me of departing from my lifelong support of small government, fiscal responsibility, and freedom.”
“However”, Gene added, “the real issue in this election is the inability of Chris Christie and Jon Corzine to properly represent NJ citizens. At least Chris Daggett would not be attached to the powers that have held our State hostage to an incurable addiction of spending and taxation.”
Baldassari is running under the banner of the Modern Whig Party. This movement, restored by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and centered in Washington, has Chapters in 26 States. Along with their prescribed principles of fiscal responsibility, common sense, and rational thinking, the Modern Whig’s promote an end to party bickering by supporting candidates and officials who advocate a citizen oriented platform, regardless of party affiliation.
Links:
Full Text of Baldassari Endorsement:
Baldassari Campaign Site
Campaign Contact:
Dan Sexton: 609-528-4979
The endorsement really is "UNLIKELY" for several reasons as the two candidates could not be further apart on the issues. I would have expected someone with Baldassari's positions to endorse a candidate like Jason Cullen. The only way this endorsement of Daggett makes sense is, as Gene Baldassari has noted, if people simply vote third party (Daggett) and vote for Baldassari because they voted for an Independent Gov.

I personally still want to believe that people are doing their homework on each candidate and voting for the candidate who best represents their own beliefs and opinions, not the person that they think might win, or the person that they think offers the loudest protest vote, or the person who represents a party (or not) rather than their own individual interests.

November should be interesting... if I were a betting man, I'd say based on the polls, the media coverage, the endorsements and the undeserved support of Daggett by people who likely have no idea where he stands on most issues and probably wouldn't vote for him if they did, NJ should be prepared to deal with Corzine for another 4 years when he wins re-election with well over 60% of the vote.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama and Yasser Arafat - Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Yes, Barack Hussein Obama has joined, terrorist, Yasser Arafat as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Nothing more to see here, move along...

Hopefully I'll have an update to my Monmouth Park Junkyard story later today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bring your Cash 4 Clunker to Monmouth Park?

I'm trying to get some information about the parking lot full of junk cars over at Monmouth Park along RT 36.


lot of clunkers at monmouth park
There seems to be somewhere between 100 and 120 cars/trucks/van in the lot. I was only able to find 3 with license plates, the rest have no plates. Several have flat tires and won't be moving on their own without a tire fixing. At least one has "NO START" shoe polished into the side/rear window.







I suspect that I'm looking at Cash 4 Clunker trade-ins that are waiting to be carted off/chemically disabled/crushed/etc. Some of my immediate concerns in no particular order:

1) Have all hazardous fluids been removed from these vehicles? Oil, Gas, brake fluid, coolant, etc?
2) Does MP have the proper permits from DEP/OP to operate a junk yard/auto storage facility?
3) Are taxpayers (who paid for the C4C program) now paying MP to store these cars, if so, how much is it costing us taxpayers to store these cars? How long will we be paying to store cars at MP?


no start
I'll try calling over there tomorrow to get some information unless a reader happens to have some information that they can pass along. Some more pictures of the junk yard (and my puppy) are available here, mind my poor photography skills.

... in fairness, I'm speculating... it is possible that these cars were purchased by a wealthy celebrity to be donated to local needy kids for free (plus tax!) at an event this weekend at MP... hey, it's possible....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Will Frank Pallone lose his Federal Pension?

It seems like based on Frank Pallone's bribery, racketeering and fraud regarding his actions with ReGen and the FDA, Pallone might as well just turn in his federal pension now.


Frank Pallone - One Set of Rules For Himself - One for Everyone Else.


CONGRESSMAN FRANK PALLONE, JR.
Sixth District of New Jersey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Andrew Souvall

April 18, 2005

or Jennifer Cannata

(202) 225-4671

PALLONE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT STRIPS CORRUPT OFFICIALS OF THEIR FEDERAL PENSIONS

---Bill Would Also Double Financial Penalties---

Long Branch, NJ --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced today that he will introduce legislation this week in the U.S. House of Representatives instituting tougher penalties for government officials convicted on federal corruption charges. The New Jersey lawmaker's legislation excludes convicted officials from receiving any federal pensions once they are found guilty in federal court, and doubles the financial penalties corrupt officials are required to pay.

Under current federal law, governmental officials, whether elected, appointed or hired, are still entitled to their federal pensions if they are convicted of any crime, with the exception of treason, in a federal court. In 1954, Congress passed legislation prohibiting the distribution of federal pensions to federal officers and employees, including Members of Congress, who were convicted of various offences relating to disloyalty. Eight years later, the legislation was amended to only include the loss of pensions for federal officers and employees in instances of disloyalty on issues relating to national security and defense.

Pallone pointed to former U.S. Rep. James Traficant, a Democrat who represented a congressional district in Ohio for 18 years, who was convicted in federal court in 2001 of ten charges including bribery, racketeering, fraud and tax evasion. Despite his expulsion from the House and the fact he's now serving a ten-year prison sentence, Traficant still has access to the federal pension that he accrued during his 18 years in the House.

"It defies reason to allow a government official access to a pension after they've been found guilty of a federal crime," Pallone said. "My legislation will broaden federal laws to prevent any convicted official from receiving his or her federal pension."

Pallone's legislation also doubles the financial penalties corrupt officials are forced to pay once they are convicted. Currently, under federal "anti-corruption" statutes, any government official faces up to 15 years in prison, but cannot be fined more than $250,000 if they are convicted of bribery in a federal court. The federal statute calls for fines of up to three times the monetary equivalent of the value of the bribe, or $250,000, whichever is greater. Pallone's legislation doubles those federal fines to $500,000.

"The federal government has to send a stronger message to government officials who betray the trust of the American people," Pallone said. "We should double these fines as a way to deter governmental officials from breaking the law."

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Frank Pallone: I won't listen to YOU PEOPLE, or Science!

First, I certainly won't be providing any new "news" on this subject, so if you were looking for any information about how corrupt Mr. Frank Pallone is today, you can review some news stories here here here here here here or here.

With that sad, the summary of the story goes something like this:
ReGen, a company who makes a [defective] knee meniscus replacement device was EXTORTED out of over $50K by several of New Jersey Democratic representatives including our own Frank Pallone. This $50K in addition to the $200K extorted by Sen. Menendez through an aide of his. So in order to have their product approved by the FDA for use, after being rejected twice, ReGen was EXTORTED by Mr. Pallone, who happens to be the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, and used the payoff as incentive to put "extreme pressure" on the FDA to approve the product. Then, having recognized that he could be caught, Mr. Pallone decided to back track and try to play the good guy by asking the FDA to review what went wrong.

SO, if you recall from last month's Pallone town hall meeting, the one where Pallone told the people "NO, I won't represent you", then this situation further demonstrates that Pallone is not in office with the intentions to represent the people, he is there to EXTORT money and shove garbage, in the form of bad legislation and bad medical devices, down the throats of us taxpayers. Mr. Pallone REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE at the FDA and forced them to accept this device just as Mr. Pallone REFUSES TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE and the accounting facts and wants to force government healthcare upon We The People.

In my opinion, Mr. Pallone should be immediately removed from his Chairman position and removed from Congress pending the outcome of an EXTORTION inquiry. Worth noting here, again, that Mr. Pallone was one of only a few Congressman who voted to continue to fund ACORN. This vote after ACORN was caught on camera providing information to a pimp and his ho on how to commit crimes.

Further, what company, or companies, is Mr. Pallone EXTORTING, by promoting ObamaCare? This certainly isn't the first time that Mr. Pallone has EXTORTED money from a company to get their device approved (or banned) as I'd have to doubt that a first time offender would know how to put "extreme pressure" on the FDA. EXTORTION.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How NOT to run for office

If you browse the archives here, I explained the steps I took to run for office last year in my first posts. Not that I had such great results that I have tons of room to talk, but my advise would be that if any of my readers are going to be running for office for their first time, don't be like this guy!

To be fair, that story might have a bit of a writers bias to it, so here is another story which doesn't paint Mr. Katz as such a fool.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monmouth Park Dog & Pony Show Continues Sept 16 - 2pm

I've just received notice that the NJ DEP will be holding a big* press conference at Monmouth Park tomorrow (Wednesday Sept 16) at 2pm in Oceanport. *Big except for the fact that no-one will be there.


Officially the event is "Monmouth Park Racetrack Stormwater Project Announcement" / Event Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm in the Tracks "Library, Admin. Building"

Attendees: Commissioner Mauriello, Dennis Robinson (CEO, NJSEA),

From the spreadsheet:
DEP Commissioner Mauriello and NJSEA Pres & CEO will announce funding for infrastructure improvements to Monmouth Park Racetrack that will create jobs and improve stormwater runoff management at that park. The project will redirect contaminated water to a treatment facility and provide clean water run-off drains that lead to Branchport Creek.

Event will be held in the library on the 2nd floor of the Park's administration building. In the event that the weather tomorrow allows for an outdoor event, location will be determined on site and staff will be on hand to direct press.


Create Jobs??? Not that I'm against creating jobs, BUT, since when was the NJ DEP responsible for creating jobs after the NJSEA pollutes a river? Seems like first and foremost in that Event Information Checklist should be "address EXACTLY how NJSEA will WASTE $22 MILLION pretending to fix the pollution problem while really just doing some landscaping work around the facility.

And speaking of $22 MILLION, and maybe I shouldn't care since I'm supposed to believe that our tax money won't be used for this project, here is the list of pending projects in NJ with costs. Seems like a lot of things can be done much cheaper than MP's claim for needing $22 MILLION to resolve a pollution problem that seems like it is caused mostly by lazy, incompetent workers. Go Figure.

Oddly enough, I don't seem to be invited and neither are you. The "invites" list is empty and no one seems scheduled to talk back at DEP, NJSEA or anyone else. I'm wondering if Mayor Mahon and/or any of the Oceanport Counsel are aware of the meeting and invited?

In either case.... $22 MILLION.... let's hope that the track can fund this project with proceeds from those $1 parking passes and not from our tax dollars. Let's also hope that the DEP employees start doing their jobs and ensure that Monmouth Park spends this money on the project that will prevent pollution and nothing more.

UPDATE: 11PM Tuesday: It seems that Oceanport administration was notified of this meeting sometime around or after 4PM today. Not much time for planning and I suspect that Mayor Mahon, Joseph Irace and the others who have worked hard to resolve this issue for Oceanport, Long Branch and all of New Jersey will be at work like the rest of us and unable to attend the big* event.
*Big except for the fact that no-one will be there.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lisa Jackson to Lisa Jackson: "You Fail fundamental tests of competence"


Continuing my week of providing quotes that others have said... the Worst News Paper Ever today reported that Lisa Jackson, head of the Federal EPA, has reported that the NJ DEP, while headed by the same Lisa Jackson, "still hasn't made fixes promised since 2006 and detailed extensive shortfalls in New Jersey's toxic-site cleanup program."

In a sense, the report means the EPA — headed by former DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson — is criticizing the management of the DEP during the years Jackson was in charge.
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"This audit is an indictment of DEP management for failing fundamental tests of competence," Wolfe said. "Without basic procedures for assuring the accuracy and quality of performance data a public agency cannot even be sure that its shoes are tied."
Special Note: Since 2006 - take a look at the year on that sign about pollution in Branchport Creek... the sign is still there today - Aug 28, 2009 with no real sign of progress made although Monmouth Park does have plans "in the works"...

In a hate to say I told you so moment... I said this back in November of 2008... and I really said it... because if you haven't noticed, it's possible that this week's quotes MIGHT be my own version of something someone else said or implied.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Asbury Park Press: You People have some nerve asking Pallone to represent you!

Just when I thought that the Worst News Paper Ever was at the rock bottom of editorial ability, they sunk one level lower today by publishing their own opinion of Pallone's town hall meeting. One paragraph of their editorial is enough to summarize where they went wrong:
Many of the 1,500 people who showed up at Red Bank Middle School didn't seem interested in learning anything or engaging in the reasoned give-and-take necessary to gaining a fuller understanding of an extraordinarily complicated issue.
I offer this correction to the APP:
One of the one Congressman who showed up at the Red Bank Middle School didn't seem interested in learning anything or engaging in the reasoned give-and-take necessary to gaining a fuller understand of an extraordinarily complicated issue.
If 1,500 people show up asking their representative to represent them, and that representative explicitly tells them "No. I won't give and take anything and I won't represent you", how or why would the APP expect those 1,500 to give-and-take anything?

Further, it sounds like Tom DeSeno offered quite a bit of give, and it even sounds like Pallone took something from Tommy, but don't expect Pallone to go any further or change his opinion and beliefs, or modify the bill, or research Tommy's own research, or consider what We the People of NJ-6 want.

Of course, the Asbury Park Press expects you to change your opinions and beliefs, because Frank Pallone said so.



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Frank Pallone: I'm NOT here to listen, I'm here to Tell!

Some would call this a dictatorship...
"Congressman Pallone, you represent us, the constituents of your district," Degman declared. "Will you remove your support from a bill the majority of your constituents do not want?"

No, was Pallone's response.

"I'm very proud of the bill," said the lawmaker, who repeatedly told the audience, "I don't believe the majority are opposed to this."
Pallone also claimed that ObamaCare would be budget neutral. He said it will cost only 1 trillion
Oddly enough, Congress also believed that $2 Billion for Cash For Clunkers was more than enough. Seems they didn't calculate correctly and had to end that program a bit early due to over-demand (is that even a word/concept?). Further, Pallone wanted to have his town hall meeting in a room for 100 people.... about 1500 showed up. Talk about planning, or lack there-of.

I'll be perfectly honest, based on the lack of planning, what I saw and the reports of what was said - it almost seems as if Mr. Pallone was just trying to cause a fight, shooting or other form of violence in the crowd. It seems as if he was antagonizing the audience and hoping for a real problem, probably so that he can ram some other legislation (like a gun ban) down our throats. I give those of you who attended much credit for remaining calm and level-headed. Hopefully the Holt meeting is equally peaceful and equally strong in opposition to ObamaPalloneCare.

For the record, I did make an effort to stop by the event after work afterall. I wasted a half tank of gas trying to find parking in Red Bank around 6:15 and when I finally got to the line and saw 1000 people ahead of me after the first 500 had already entered the meeting, I decided to leave the event and waste some more gas driving back home.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Why I won't be attending Pallone's Phony Town Hall Meeting

I've received numerous emails (and even two telephone calls!) from readers asking me if I would be attending Pallone's Phony Town Hall Meeting tonight in Red Bank. I thought about it for a long time and have decided that I will not be attending. If you are interested in my reasoning, continue on, otherwise, make your own choice and feel free to drop me a note if you attend.

First and most important, I will not be attending this town hall meeting because the primary topic is sure to be ObamaCare. I absolutely, in no way, shape or form, believe that government run healthcare is in the best interest of We The People. Let me be clear and say that I include Medicare and Medicaid in that statement but I do not include VA care as the government is the employer of our service men and women and as their employer, the government should provide healthcare to it's employees, in my humble opinion.

Considering that Frank Pallone wrote/co-sponsored the bill in question, it seems very likely that anything I say, you say, or anyone says in opposition of Mr. Pallone's views will simply be ignored so that the next nut hugger can be heard singing the praises of poor, mis-managed, inefficient, government run healthcare. Again let me be clear, nothing said by We The People will be heard by Frank Pallone tonight despite his claims that everyone will be heard. You may, or may not, get your chance to speak, but be sure Frank will not be listening, let alone hear what you say or think about your opinion.

Second, I will not be attending this town hall meeting because Frank Pallone is not a representative of me. I believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people. Frank Pallone does not fit this description of government. Frank Pallone is elected of the Democratic Party, by the Democratic Party, for the Democratic Party. He solely represents the Party and not We The People. Again, to be clear, he does not represent, you, my neighbor who might even be a registered Democrat, he represents the entity that is the Democratic Party. If you are a registered Democrat, I do not for one second believe that Frank Pallone represents you. Just as I claim to be a registered Republican and ran as a Republican, I am surely not Karl Rove or George Bush just as you are not Frank Pallone or, his friend, Nancy Pelosi. We the People are not represented in the United States Government by Frank Pallone just as we were not represented by George Bush and are not represented by Barack Hussein Obama. The two party system has failed to serve We The People and speaking tonight at Pallone's Town Hall Meeting will not help a system that is owned and operated by the Republican and Democratic Parties. If you want your voice to be heard, and listened to, by Frank Pallone, the solution is not only to not elect him, again, next year and to force career politicians like Pallone to find alternative means of employment by seeking term limits for all politicians, at all levels. Frank Pallone no longer needs to be concerned with the opinions of his constituents because the Democratic Party will always ensure that he is elected to represent their interests, even when their interests conflict with the interests of the people.

Finally, I will not be attending tonight's town hall meeting because, once again, the topic will surely be "healthcare". It is my belief that the Obama administration has no real plan to ever actually provide a healthcare plan to We The People. I believe that the Obama administration simply wants to distract We The People from all of the other failures of our government, namely that the Obama administration has failed to withdraw our troops from Iraq, has escalated a war in Afghanistan, and has increased the national defict so greatly that we're $2 TRILLION further in the hole than even Obama hmself thought we would be. Could you imagine if you or I were more than 22% further into debt that we even thought we were? Again, this administration, Frank Pallone included, does not represent me and I do not believe that it represents any of We The People although a few may still be fooled and believe that they are somehow being represented.

So anyhow, if you go, please feel free to leave me an email with your own review of the meeting. If you don't get a chance to speak, or even if you do but don't think anyone was listening, feel free to email your comments and opinions and I'll read, and even think about them.

And now back to my regularly scheduled duties...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hero Charles (Gus) Augusto Saves 3 Lives Including His Own

Hero Charles (Gus) Augusto rightfully defended his life as well as the lives of his employees yesterday in Harlem. So far Al Sharpton hasn't commented but there are questions to as to whether the gun was legally licensed, possessed and used.

Insert something here about "Vigilantism is Justified when the Government has Failed to Enforce the Law" - in this case, the "Law" failed to Protect and Serve, perhaps because the Law was busy tasering a Mom? As politicians, like Jon Corzine or Mike Bloomberg, make it harder for us law abiding citizens to obtain firearms to protect ourselves with initiative like "one gun a month", the criminals will find it easier and easier to rob and terrorize law abiding citizens. We the People MUST make our voices heard to ensure that this Hero is not charged in ANY crimes and future would-be-victims are not afraid, or unable, to defend themselves.

As some points of reference for NY Gun "Crimes", see:
Bernhard Goetz
Plaxico Burress
We the People must be sure that Gus is not charged as a criminal for his bravery because the politicians have failed to protect our rights in the past and will fail again if we permit them.

Further, We the People should also be sure to observe our own 2nd Amendment Rights and ensure that our lives, and the lives our loved ones, are protected from the criminal thugs who would otherwise prey upon us by having firearms of our own and proper training in the use of said firearms.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wind Power on Display in Long Branch

For those considering alternative energy sources, you know, so the terr-wrists don't win, there is a Windspire unit on [working] display down in Pier Village in Long Branch NJ. The manufacturer claims 2,000kWh/yr with just 12mph avg wind speed out of a single 30ft tall unit. The unit on display in Long Branch seemed to be near silent over other noise from the ocean and pedestrians. Again, the manufacturer claims "6 dB above ambient (15 mph wind, 6 ft from base)". The website lists the cost at $9,000-$12,000 installed but notes a rather significant rebate is available through the gooberment.

So someone call Frank Pallone, Chris Smith and all of the other Cap & Tax supporters and find out when they will be personally dumping $10K into such a system. Or would that be expecting our politicians to participate in a capitalist, free market system, which they don't support?

As a side note - if I thought that Long Branch zoning laws would permit one of these *THINGS* on my front lawn, I'd consider buying one, but the zoning laws most likely say that I can't use my own private property in a manner for which I wish to use it. Maybe I can just find someone who can help me get a variance, this is NJ afterall.

Marines ban Twitter, Twitter goes down

... I'm just Say'n.... Twitter being down and the Marines banning Twitter... sounds like a great new conspiracy theory in the making.

Lesson to be learned? Don't try to take away 1st Amendment Rights from people who exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tell Corzine One Gun a Month doesn't solve any problems

Word on the street is that Gov. Corzine will sign the "One Gun a Month" law into effect tomorrow (Thursday Aug 5, 2009) at noon. The law "prohibits individuals from purchasing more than one handgun in a calendar month".

It's no surprise really that our Second Amendment rights are being rationed as if we're prisoners, after all our First Amendment rights have been under rations for quite some time now, just ask Mr. Gates who was arrested for not being nice, or Don Imus who was fired, also for not being nice. I suspect it's only a matter of time before the US is like Japan and we have to smile at all times. I'll be honest, I always thought that being "nice" was a courtesy, not a requirement, I should watch to make sure I don't get fired, or arrested, for not being "nice".

But back on topic, take a few minutes to call the Gov. and explain to him that limiting the rights of law abiding citizens is unacceptable and fails to address the problem that criminals will still obtain firearms, at a rate greater than one a month. You might even point him to the Violence Policy Center research that seems to indicate that law abiding gun owners with permits to carry are responsible for less than 1% of crime. In fact, compared to vehicles, guns are safe. Then again... I should stop here before I give Corzine any reason to ban cars...

Will President Clinton Please Go Get Private Bowe Bergdahl now?

Remember that war we're still fighting in Afghanistan? Since President Bill Clinton has decided that his wife Hillary, the Secretary of State, and her boss, President Obama, can't get the job done to bring home American's being held overseas, perhaps Mr. Clinton can take a trip to Afghanistan next and bring home Private Bowe Bergdahl?

If Mr. Clinton needs another warm up adventure before doing any heavy lifting, perhaps he can Bring Sean Home since Cap and Trade voter Chris Smith can't get it done, Rush Holt can't be found, and both Hillary and Obama have proven to be unable to get the job done.

Thank you Bill.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Someone Send Al Gore to Chicago!

Someone Send Al Gore to Chicago, it seems like they need some "global warming". Chicago Sees Coldest July In 67 Years - Average Temperature Only 68.9 Degrees

In light of this development, here are some related stories to consider:
The Chicago Climate Exchange - a cap and trade system. - or a market for a problem that doesn't exist.

Chicago Climate Action Plan - whoddathunk their work would pay off so soon! Take a look at the Government authorized fear mongering:
The most obvious change to come could be hotter summers and more frequent and intense heat waves. Hot days could feel even hotter because of higher humidity. More heat waves will mean more heat-related illness and deterioration in the quality of air we breathe. Higher temperatures will also boost demand for electricity and put stress on power plants. It will cost more to maintain roads and buildings because of increased wear and tear. Landscaping costs will rise, too, as a result of heat stress and a longer blooming season. Costs of both police and fire services could be higher--police receive more calls during heat waves--and hot days could result in more fires and power outages.
What makes this interesting is that it talks about heat leading to illness - and at the same time, someone keeps telling We the People that come winter, the cold will cause causes of the Swine Flu to skyrocket. Garbage science, or at least garbage reporting.

While I'm talking about Chicago, don't forget that Chicago also thinks it can gun crime by banning guns from law abiding citizens. So this story is interesting to say the least: Man dead after shot while riding bike in Chicago Lawn. Doesn't seem like the gun ban works, just as Cap And Trade doesn't work.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

GM Just Doesn't Get It.

As most of my readers know, I'm a big fan of the GM F-body (The GM Platform code for the Camaro/Firebird), in fact, I own two GM/Pontiac TransAms, a 98 and a 00, and for the most part I'm happy with them. Since GM stopped making the F-cars in 2002, I've been eye-balling Corvettes as a replacement and with GM/Chevy introducing the new Camaro this year, I've visited the local dealer a few times to check out what the General has to offer.

But following the government bailout of GM, I was having a hard time bringing myself to give that company any more of my money. Lucky for me, GM has gone on to completely dissolve any and all interest I might have had in a new Camaro with their "Transformers Edition" Camaro as it just demonstrates that despite being "The New GM" thanks to my (and your) tax money, they still just don't get it.

Let me review - in the "blockbuster hit" movie "Transformers", the first and second from what I gather, I haven't seen either, the Transformer "BumbleBee" is not only the young, cool, hip car, but it's a totally awesome, brand spankin' new yellow Camaro with black racing stripes and an exhaust system that makes Fat Al Gore cry; the Kids might say "that car is the bomb".. if it was 1997. Regardless of what they call it, the kids (young and old) WANT to own BumbleBee.

Problem is, GM isn't selling anyone a BumbleBee Camaro. They've, one again, completely missed the mark. The THING that The New GM is selling and calling the Transformer car lacks the Z28 front fascia, the exhaust, the "coolness" of the car in the movie. The New GM BumbleBee Camaro hardly represents the car from the movie, the one that people want. The New GM is charging $1000 for a set of stripes and a badge, probably parts made in China for $10, if that. The guys at AutoBlog suggest that the package GM is selling for $995 has a value of about $470. Most savy consumers in these tough economic times will just buy a yellow Camaro and pickup some aftermarket parts so that they can have the same car as the one in the movie. Revenue GM misses out on. GM, again, has just missed the mark.

Even worse for GM, they have had since 2002 to get the new Camaro right. The Transformers movie has many consumers interested in the car. The least GM could have done would be to have made sure that the manual transmission wasn't a giant pile of poo.
It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system occasionally results in a broken output shaft, a serious failure that will most likely leave the car immobile and in need of repair.
Yeah for The New GM. A working car, with quality parts, at affordable prices, with the options that The People want, for a price that wasn't ridiculous, and a good Consumer Reports review (rather than a broken transmission review) could have been a score for GM, and helped turn the company around.

So there it is. Meet The New GM. Same as the Old GM, just with billions more of our tax money bailing them thanks to folks like Frank Pallone and yet still missing the mark on supplying what consumers want, and producing broken down junk, then overcharging for it. Seems like it's time to check out what the German's have to offer.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monmouth Park: Construction Noise would harm horses, but not Warped Tour noise

Earlier this year, officials from Monmouth Park put on another dog and pony show to tell us about their New and Improved plans to resolve the pollution problem in Branchport Creek. Unfortunately, they also told us that if all goes well, construction is expected to take about five (5) years because there are only limited periods of time when construction can take place, namely, times when the race horses aren't at the track or in the stables because the noise could harm the thoroughbreds; no mention of the pollution harming us humans or river life of course.

So this past weekend, I was amazed to see the Van's Warped Tour at Monmouth Park, along with 16,000 screaming fans (perhaps yours truly was among them) and just inches away the race horses were successfully trotting away with no damage visible. In fact, the horses were running just as I've seen horses run any other weekend, sort of. The horses were actually RUNNING FASTER while jamming to Punk Rock! Results for Sat July 18 here. Results for Sun July 19 here. Race 1 on Sat - winner 1:12.54 - Race 1 on Sun - winner 1:12.06. Race 2 PROVES that horses LOVE the Punk Rock - Sat - 1:49.03 vs Sun 1.33:47! With this discovering, I'm thinking I might ditch my job at a desk and start training horses to run... while listening to Less Than Jake.

So which is it Monmouth Park, can horses not run when there is noise, or does Monmouth Park just not want to resolve their pollution problem in a timely manner and are using "noise" as an excuse? Seems the later might be most accurate.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Searching for one Tom DeSeno

Some of you might remember a blogger and one time candidate for County Freeholder by the name of "Tom DeSeno". You might even have seen me link to his blog JustifiedRight at http://justifiedright.typepad.com/ and mention his name here a few times. I've even met in person Tom on a number of occasions including a trip to his office on March where my girlfriend an I filled out some paperwork and paid him $600 by check to handle a name change for my girlfriend. He also has two other checks from us, one to cover the fees for a court filing, and one to cover the fees for a public notice to be printed in the paper. I believe the sum of those checks is over $100 more but neither has been cashed.

Anyhow, it is now July 10th and my girlfriends name still isn't changed, Tom has not returned our phone calls or emails in over a month, despite cashing our $600 check in March, and the court house has no record of any application for a name change being filed in my girlfriend's name.

Interestingly enough, the two phone numbers we had for "office numbers" for Tom are both disconnected. He did answer a call to a number we had listed as his "cell phone number" on Tuesday at which time he promised to call back with an update and apologized but there has been no contact since then as of now, Friday July 10th, 4:10pm.

If any of my readers happen to see Tom around and/or have other contact information aside from his email address, please do drop me a line and/or ask Tom to call me immediately regarding this matter.

My phone number is no secret - 732-963-4606 and Tom can call me at any time or call any of the other (not for public disclosure on a blog) numbers he has for me or my girlfriend.

P.S. - I have been extremely busy at work as lay-offs, salary cuts, projects have been evolving and will return to my blog and local actions shortly. Sorry. :(

Thursday, July 2, 2009

California To Violate Article I Section 10 of The Constitution of the United States

In you didn't see it, the "news" is California ready to issue IOUs
The controller's office is set to begin printing the scrip this afternoon, the first time in 17 years. Some 28,742 IOUs worth $53.3 million will be sent, mostly to residents awaiting tax refunds.
Seems to be Unconstitutional to me....

Article I - Section 10 of The Constitution of the United States reads:

Powers prohibited of States

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

The interesting item in the list seems to be "Bill of Credit" which is has a legal definition explained as:
Bill of Credit
A bill of credit is some sort of paper medium by which value is exchanged between the government and individuals. Money is a bill of credit, but a bill of credit need not be money. An interest-bearing certificate that was issued by Missouri, and usable in the payment of taxes, was thus ruled to be an unconstitutional bill of credit.
So, it seems to me at least that the government of California is breaking their oath to The Constitution of the United States. Interestingly enough, Counterfeiting is a federal felony handled by the U.S. Secret Service. In fact, according to the US Secret Service website (emphasis mine):
1865 - The Secret Service Division was created on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C., to suppress counterfeit currency. Chief William P. Wood was sworn in by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch.
So get to work boys and girls of the Secret Service, seems like you have a state full of criminals to go take down.

With that said, if anyone from California would like to send me one of these California issued IOUs, I certainly wouldn't mind using one (or more) to pay my federal and state income taxes this year... somehow I don't think that the US government would accept the IOUs as payments and taxpayers shouldn't either. If someone has written a new Constitution and we can all print legal tender again, please do let me know as I have a few rolls of toilet paper that I'd like to trade in for a Ferrari in California .

Friday, June 26, 2009

RIP. A Great Loss to America

Army Staff Sgt. Edmond Lo was killed on June 13, 2009 by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The soldier was serving with the U.S. Army's 797th Ordnance Company, 79th Battalion, based at Fort Hood, Texas.

The funeral will be held from 4pm to 8pm, Friday at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home. The funeral service is 10:30am Saturday at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

The 10 o'clock news did NOT give this brave American an hour of TV coverage. Likewise, Madonna, J Lo, Angelina Jolie nor any other celebrities commented on the passing of this fine American.


PS. You too can stay up to date on these import issues by browsing Google Trends. You'll get to see exactly what The People care about and these stories will surely be at the top of the list all day, especially searches for "Sgt. Edmond Lo dead".

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama takes notes from Lonegan, Razes Camden for a Park

Do you rememba' when Steve Lonegan suggested turning Camden into a State Park? Well it seems that Obama is considering Bulldozing US Cities "to tackle economic decline". Maybe Camden hasn't made the Oh-Man's list of cities to tear down just yet, but Philadelphia across the river is on the list.

From the article:
"The government [is] looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature." (bugs me when they leave out words, in this case, "is". I've done it too, not claiming I'm perfect, but, true story, I'm also not the "news" and I don't have an editor on staff for this non-sense)
So maybe Lonegan was on to something? Or maybe Uncle-O has lost his marbles. I'm sure some of The People will explain that Lonegan was no better than Uncle-O and was a RINO of some sort who deserved to lose the primary for coming up with a scheme that the democrats also came up with. Others might claim that Obama has seen the light at the end of the tunnel and has decided that following Lonegan's platform might work out to save the economy. Still others might just explain that Rs and Ds are one in the same and this is why the Ron Paul Revolution is needed. Still more of The People might just go "ehh, whatever. who cares?" and switch to watching tennis, which I have to say might be the best idea.



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Reduce Dangerous Emissions - End Government Inspection of Private Property

I'm not looking forward to the displeasure of bringing my personal property to the state workers' mercy next month, mostly because the Service Engine Soon light in my 2000 TransAm has been on for nearly two years; well since the day I drove out of the DMV inspection station last.

It's no problem for me to turn the SES light off, I know exactly why it is on, and I'm sure that on the "sniffer" the car would have no problems passing inspection, but that light and a computer scan by my helpful government at my tax dollars expense equals a giant FAIL. I can turn the off with a quick computer edit, or I can turn it off by swapping a part back onto the car. Either way, the car won't produce any more or less pollution, I promise Al Gore.

But since I suspect a problem again next month regardless of what I decide to do, this story from the Memphis area really hit home. My favorite quote from the story is:
"You just drive over to one of the inspection centers where -- as part of the government's effort to reduce dangerous emissions -- you sit idling for several hours."
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If NJ really wanted to cut some wasted money from the budget, here is a short list of items that can save money:
1) Get rid of ALL of the workers at the inspection station, union or not.
2) Close the inspection station. Sell the billions in equipment to another fascist state who wants to continue annoying their taxpayers.
3) Sell the land where inspection stations sit to the highest bidder who wants to build a new strip mall, or make them new state parks.... Open Space FTW!
4) Cut the number of license plates produced in half by eliminating the front license plate requirement. The police will still be able to write plenty of tickets based on one rear plate, I promise. Less junk metal waste on the other side of turning in plates too, talk about reducing pollution!

And for what it's worth, last time I went through inspection, I failed because of some supposed problem with my car's brakes. Mind you the car was braking just fine from 100mph at the racetrack the weekend before. In fact, to add to the annoyance, a day later, with no changes made to the brakes or anything else on the car, I sat on line, again, and the car magically passed inspection, no problems with the brakes. Go figure.

In fact, the only thing more entertaining than passing a second time, without changes, was the time I drove the race car through DMV's Eatontown station after turning off all of the error codes in the ECM, removing most all of the emissions equipment, and explaining to the gentleman how to drive a full manual reverse valve body TH400 auto trans. The man did something that was some kind of inspection by checking some lights and connecting his computer to my car and then he was kind enough to put a valid sticker on the car. I guess a real muffler, real catalytic converters, AIR, EGR, and air bags aren't required after all! Oddly enough, The Man did check for a real seat belt (for my safety of course) but ignored the 5-point racing harness. In case anyone cares, I drove through for the goof, I don't really drive the car on the street (and it hasn't run in a few years anyhow) so don't go calling The Man on me just yet.

Whatever. I look forward to the day when we have a Governor and Legislature brave enough to close DMV for good, save us all the time and money of having the government check in on us and our belongings. Or maybe someone with the government would like to come inspect the furnace in our homes since that might produce some pollution, then inspect the washer and dryer, hot water heater, dish washer and the AC units... you know, in the name of making sure we don't pollute.. and for our own safety of course.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Yorkers should Protest like Iranians

While Republicans and Democrats battle for power in the Great State of NY, Iranians are in the streets battling for their own rights.

Since I don't want to be arrested, like Murray Sabrin's pal Hal Turner, I'll word this carefully. New Yorkers, as in taxpayers and voters in NY, should be on the front steps of the state house in Albany and if/when their elected lawmakers decide to go to work, as they were elected to do, those New Yorkers, backed by their County Sheriff and State Police, should politely send those lawmakers home and refuse their services, or lack thereof while a new election for all new lawmakers is scheduled; no incumbents allowed.

It is a disgrace that these elected lawmakers, who are supposed to uphold the Constitution of the United States and that of NY, are too busy fighting over which party is in control that they cannot meet to cut taxes and unneeded government workers while they continue to cash their own paychecks and New Yorkers continue to pay outrageous taxes state wide.

If New Yorkers were to stand up and protest their sham government, would Obama and the national GOP get behind them the way they are backing the people of Iran?