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.
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....