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 .