Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gary Johnson Runs as 3rd Party/Libertarian Party Candidate

It seems like a dream could come true... as Gary Johnson has announced his third-party bid for the White House as a Libertarian Party candidate.

While I really like what Gary Johnson stands for and his record, I'm not sure that America is ready, despite all of the problems we have today, to elect a 3rd party candidate and I suspect that he'll, at best, draw a small percentage of libertarian leaning Republicans his way and that small percentage could be what puts Obama over the top.  It'll be interesting to see who the Republican candidate ends up being and who Johnson runs with as a VP, or what kind of fundraising Johnson can do as a 3rd party candidate.

For the most part, I honestly don't expect much -- but I'm glad he's staying in the race -- and hopefully he'll get to join in the debate with the Republican candidate, and Obama, when the time comes.

In a statement, Johnson says, "If I earn the Libertarian nomination, I will be on the ballot in all 50 states. I will not be held hostage to a system rigged for the wealthiest and best-known candidates in a handful of states who happen to have early primaries. And most important, we will offer a political 'home' for millions of Americans who are not finding one in the current political establishment or its candidates."

The Gary Johnson website is http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Welcome Home Troops, Thanks

Thank you to all of the men and women of our US Armed Forces who are returning home from Iraq this holiday season. Your sacrifices and dedication to your county as individuals are not overlooked and I for one appreciate and honor your willingness and ability to proudly represent this great nation. Thank you again and welcome home.

May the holidays bring you joy and may the new year safely bring your brothers and sisters home from Afghanistan and other foreign nations.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tea Party Leader Arrested After Attempting to Check in With Gun at Airport

This sounds like the Brian Aitken story all over again... a normal guy an outspoken Tea Party guy trying to obey confusing and ridiculous laws, transporting his firearm, unloaded, in a locked case, was arrested today for not having a NY carry permit (which no one seems to have) when he tried to declare/check his firearm at the airport to board a flight back to California where he is licensed to carry. The gun is legally owned and licensed from what I could gather from the early news reports.

I've said it before and I mean it -- I like to say that I'm not afraid to use my little blog here to go after anyone or anything. Truth is, since my friend Art was arrested and his story become front page news because of his outspoken views, I've reconsidered. The system is about making losers out of good people. Mark Meckler being arrested for exercising one of his God given basic rights protected by our Constitution is just another sign that maybe it's just not possible to really stand up for principles you believe in without certain reprisal.

With each day that passes, and with all levels of Government having such a low approval rating, and more and more people - be it the Tea Party folks, the loony OWS folks or just average cube workers like me - fearing their government and police action more and more each, I just don't see things getting better without getting much, much worse.

Monday, December 5, 2011

What I was thinking, said in a More Gooder Way

Tom over at Radio Free NJ has written what I think may be a very common feeling among conservative Republicans right now.

In my opinion, Tom's writing is always well done and well thought out must read material, but this one just happens to be just what I was thinking, and pretty much the explanation for why I've been a bit quiet lately. It's a sad state of affairs really when this is the best We The People can do.

http://freenj.blogspot.com/2011/12/rapaciousness-and-politicians.html

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives this week!

On Tuesday, November 15, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act." Please contact Representative Pallone and urge him to vote for this pro-gun legislation. This important bill would allow any law-abiding concealed carry permit holder to legally carry a concealed firearm while visiting any state that does not prohibit concealed carry.


Please contact Rep. Pallone as soon as possible and urge him to vote for H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act".

Phone:
Washington, DC (202) 225-4671

Long Branch (732) 571-1140

Email: http://www.capwiz.com/nra/issues/alert/?alertid=55111516

The Facts About H.R. 822, the "National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act"

Unfortunately, but predictably, H.R. 822 continues to be attacked by anti-gun organizations and the media. Regrettably, even some so-called "pro-gun" organizations have joined with the anti-gun Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns to try to defeat this pro-gun bill.

This critically important legislation, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and cosponsored by more than 240 of their colleagues, would enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.

There is currently only one remaining state (Illinois) that has no legal way for individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. Forty states have permit systems that make it possible for any law-abiding person to obtain a permit, while most of the others have discretionary permit systems. (Vermont has never required a permit.)

H.R. 822 would mark a major step forward for gun owners' rights by significantly expanding where permits are recognized. Dozens of states have passed Right-to-Carry laws over the past 25 years, because the right to self-defense does not end when one leaves home. However, interstate recognition of permits is not uniform and creates great confusion and potential problems for travelers. While many states have broad reciprocity, others have very restrictive reciprocity laws, and a few deny recognition completely.

H.R. 822 would solve this problem by requiring that lawfully issued carry permits be recognized in all states with some form of a permit system, while protecting the ability of the various states to determine the areas where carrying is prohibited within their boundaries.

Opponents of the legislation claim that it tramples on "states rights." States, however, don't have rights, they have powers. And while many anti-gun lawmakers who've long pushed national gun bans, national bans on private gun sales, national waiting periods and other federal restrictions have suddenly become born-again advocates of "states' rights" in opposing this bill, several provisions in the U.S. Constitution give Congress the authority to enact interstate carry. Congress also has the power to protect the rights of citizens, nationwide, under the 14th Amendment (please see related article from last week's Grassroots Alert).

Next, despite what a few so-called "pro-gun" activists have argued, this bill would not create a federal licensing or registration system, nor would it establish a minimum federal standard for carry permits. Rather, it would require the states to recognize each others' carry permits, just as they recognize driver's licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards. Unfortunately, these self-proclaimed "gun rights" supporters, who have no active lobbying presence in any legislature, have an agenda that has very little to do with promoting the interests of gun owners. Here are the FACTS about a few of their claims:

Myth: H.R. 822 would involve the federal bureaucracy in setting standards for carry permits, resulting in "need" requirements, higher fees, waiting periods, national gun owner registration, or worse.

FACT: H.R. 822 doesn't require-or even authorize-any such action by any federal agency. In fact, since it would amend the Gun Control Act, it would fall under a limitation within that law that authorizes "only such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out" the GCA's provisions. No federal rules or regulations would be needed to implement H.R. 822, which simply overrides certain state laws.

Myth: H.R. 822 would destroy permitless carry systems such as those in Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.

FACT: H.R. 822 would have absolutely no effect on how the permitless carry states' laws work within those states. For residents of Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming, where permits are not required but remain available under state law, H.R. 822 would make those permits valid in all states that issue permits to their own residents. Residents of Vermont, where no permits are issued or required, could obtain nonresident permits from other states to enjoy the benefits of H.R. 822.

Myth: If H.R. 822 moved through the legislative process, it would be subject to anti-gun amendments.

TRUTH: By this logic, neither NRA, nor any other pro-gun group, should ever promote any pro-gun reform legislation. But inaction isn't an option for those of us who want to make positive changes for gun owners. Instead, we know that by careful vote counting and strategic use of legislative procedure, anti-gun amendments can be avoided or defeated.

H.R. 822 is a good bill for gun owners. Don't listen to false or misleading accusations; instead, read the bill and our fact sheet explaining its provisions. Then, please contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to support the earliest possible consideration of H.R. 822 this year.

Please contact Representative Pallone at (202) 225-4671 or by email by clicking here and urge him to stand up for gun owners' rights by voting for this important legislation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gary saying "winning"


Still winning.


BiWinning!


Election Day Message From President Pomanowski

It has a certain ring to it, "President Pomanowski". Of course, I'm referring to one of the hardest working Republicans in our county, Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club President, Wayne Pomanowski. Below is the message he sent in an email this afternoon.

Also, be sure to check out NeptuneMatters today. This is what we're up against, "folks".


Dear Republican,
Today is November 8th - Election Day 2011. This is an important day not only for our candidates on the ballot at the municipal, county and legislative levels, but particularly for our state's Chief Executive Officer, Governor Chris Christie.

We all know that Governor Chris Christie is a real executive. He and our hometown Monmouth County star, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno have made reopening New Jersey Inc. for business and job growth with lower taxes and less red tape one of their main priorities in office.

Ever since the Christie-Guadagno team hit their historic homerun in 2009, taxpayers have been winning.

Now even though we don't officially have a gubernatorial election this year, the 2011 election will determine whether our Governor can continue working to restore New Jersey to our historical greatness through ethical, transparent, conservative leadership or whether the other party in the legislature will be allowed to stonewall him and attempt to backpedal our state to the days of progressive-heartthrob Jon Corzine who has now earned the dubious distinction of not only running a state government into the ground but also bringing his job-killing skills into private enterprise.

Governor Christie needs you to go out and vote Republican so he has the support he needs in the State Assembly, State Senate, Freeholder Boards and Municipalities to keep his agenda moving.

British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill once said,
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

And that couldn't be more true this election. The Republican Party, led by Governor Christie is standing for the taxpayers and the other party is standing for those who wish to live off of the taxpayers.

SO GO OUT AND VOTE REPUBLICAN. CALL YOUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND MAKE SURE THEY VOTE. IF YOU HAVE YOUNG VOTERS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD, MAKE SURE THEY GET OUT AND VOTE REPUBLICAN. IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS A RIDE TO THE POLLS TO VOTE REPUBLICAN, DRIVE THEM.

WE MUST ENSURE EVERY REPUBLICAN MAKES IT TO THE POLLS TODAY, NO REPUBLICAN CAN BE LEFT BEHIND.

STAY TUNED TO
AND REFRESH YOUR BROWSER FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE ELECTION RESULTS, DIRECT FROM THE OFFICE OF M. CLAIRE FRENCH, AMERICA'S GREATEST COUNTY CLERK.

BE SURE TO HEAD OVER TO THE AMERICAN HOTEL LOCATED 18-20 EAST MAIN STREET IN FREEHOLD TONIGHT STARTING AT 7:30PM FOR AN ELECTION NIGHT PARTY TO REMEMBER.

Thank you and God Bless New Jersey,

Wayne Pomanowski, President

Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club




Wayne Pomanowski
Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NRA Grades for 2011 NJ State District 11 Candidates

It's not that I'm a single issue voter, but the NRA grades do mean a lot to me. Two of our "Republican" candidates here in the new District 11 don't score so well, the only good news for Republicans is that the Democrats score worse, or didn't even give those who believe that they have a Second Amendment right the courtesy of responding to the NRA survey.

Here are the Senate Candidates:

*JENNIFER BECK (R) Grade: C-
Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.

RAYMOND SANTIAGO (D) Grade: D
An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.

And here are the Assembly Candidates:
MARY PAT ANGELINI (R) Grade: F
True enemy of gun owners' rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners' rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.

CAROLINE CASAGRANDE (R) Grade: A-
Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.

KATHY HORGAN (D) Grade: ?
Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.

VIN GOPAL (D) Grade: ?
Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.
The NRA doesn't seem to know that Dan Jacobson is running as an Independent. I suspect that since Dan seems to think I'm a "gun nut" simply because I exercise my rights and believe I have a basic human right to defend myself, he'd probably score somewhere above Mary Pat and somewhere far below before Caroline.

In any case, quite disappointing grades, but nothing we didn't know already. Jen Beck and Mary Pat were both on the wrong side of NJ's "One Gun A Month" (among other issues that matter to Republicans) -- given the system we have in place, it is still my opinion that returning these anti-gun candidates to office will yield better legislation regarding public worker benefit reforms, school choice reforms, property tax caps and reforms and give the Governor more support in pushing his agenda for NJ.

Vote Tuesday November 8th.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bayshore Tea Party Group Endorses Herman Cain for President of United States of America

Following NJ Govenor Chris Christie's endorsement of Romney (just as I predicted....oh, sorry) the Bayshore Tea Party Group has announced it's endorsement of Herman Cain.

No word yet if The Commish at CWA ,who has been in a back and forth battle with BTPG for the past several months, will endorse any of the current crop, or beat up the BTPG for getting behind a guy who is trying to add a new tax, the national sales tax. Personally, I'm going to take the easy road and stick to being a Ron Paul supporter right up until he loses the primary.

What do you think? Does either Romney or Cain have a chance of winning the Republican nomination? If either were to get the Republican nomination, does either stand a chance against Campaigner in Chief Obama?

The BTPG press release follows.

Bayshore Tea Party Group

With the Jersey Shore Tea Party Patriots
Press Release


PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Barbara Gonzalez, Founder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bayshore Tea Party Group

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011 PHONE: 732-842-6652



Statement of the Bayshore Tea Party Group on their Endorsement of Herman Cain for President of United States of America





October 19, 2011, Middletown, NJ - After conducting a poll of the membership, the Bayshore Tea Party Group and the Jersey Shore Tea Party Patriots are happy to announce that as a group we have decided to endorse Herman Cain for President of the United States in the 2012 election cycle.



Our groups have researched the platforms of the various Republican Candidates, and has come to the conclusion that Herman Cain is the one candidate that best represents the values of the Tea Party movement for the following reason:



The acronym TEA which stands for Taxed Enough Already is the driving emphasis of our conservative movement. Mr. Cain's 999 plan will reform the current tax code which has been used by politicians to pick winners and losers, to dole out favors, and divide our country along socio-economic class warfare. Our current economic crisis requires bold action to truly stimulate the economy and American prosperity. The 999 plan is fair, simple, transparent and efficient.



Mr. Cain's more than 40 years experience in the private sector as a no-nonsense business leader who has turned around struggling companies is exactly what America needs to correct the many problems facing our country. Mr. Cain has balanced budgets, created jobs and rescued failing companies, and his policies will do the same for the United States of America. Mr. Cain has the experience necessary to correct the problems facing our country of a faltering economy, high unemployment, and regressive tax system.



We believe it is time to stop trusting politicians to fix the problems they have caused. While Herman Cain has not held political office, he has proven his problem -solving abilities by leading failing businesses out of bankruptcy and into financial success. America needs solutions, and Mr. Cain is the only candidate offering a platform that will work.

Lastly, we here at the Bayshore Tea Party Group and Jersey Shore Tea Party Patriots have decided to publicly endorse Herman Cain in an effort to encourage other tea party members, conservatives and Independents join us in the fight to restore American Exceptionalism.



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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

$7,000 Taxpayer Dollars and 158 Fewer Guns Means More Future Victims


The Worst News Paper Ever got it wrong, again. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Board of Freeholders and Police Chiefs Association spent $7,000 of YOUR money so that the Asbury Park Press can claim 158 fewer guns means safer streets. Unfortunately, the APP is making things up, again.

The statistics from DC and Chicago once again indicate what we already know, more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means less victims. The statistics indicate:
In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.
Meanwhile, the other four most populous cities saw a total drop at the same time of only 6 percent.
Similarly, in the year after the 2008 "Heller" decision, the murder rate fell two-and-a-half times faster in Washington than in the rest of the country.
It also fell more than three as fast as in other cities that are close to Washington's size. And murders in Washington have continued to fall.
But the APP story just gets worse, and demonstrates the waste of money, as well as the media bias. Here is the give away:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, surrendered a M1 carbine assault rife at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave., and received $100 for the weapon
Let's consider the APP's use of the term "assault rifle" first. The rifle is piece of American History. The M1 Carbine was the weapon used by our brave men who saved the world from Nazi rule. The rifle is not some kind of fully automatic machine gun like the bad guys in the movies use, it is your usual semi-automatic one round per trigger pull rifle. The US Government made well over 6 million of these rifles during the war to support freedom and democracy around the world. Or rather ,the US Government didn't make anything, but major corporations that you know and love, like GM and IBM, made the M1 Carbine, and our soldiers were happy to have them.

Given my own (obvious) bias, I'd suggest that sentence should have be written:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, surrendered a historic and valuable WWII era M1 carbine at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave., and received $100 for the weapon
Historic and valuable indeed, but how valuable? A nice M1 Carbine in good working condition is probably worth $500 at a minimum, one in great condition might go for $1,000, even $1200. Proving their lack of basic economic understanding, the government authorities purchased the gun for $100, with the goal of destroying it. I will be sending a letter to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Board of Freeholders and Police Chiefs Association first thing in the morning bidding $150 for that rifle in good working condition. I'll assure these agencies that the rifle would be the hands of a law-abiding citizen and used only for legal purposes as all of my other guns are and have been used, they should be happy to recover some of YOUR taxpayer money, and they can still pretend that they took the gun from a criminal. I just hope that Eric Holder and Obama haven't already sold these 158 guns to Mexican Drug Cartels.

Again based on my own bias, I'd rewrite that sentence once more:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, was robbed of a historic and valuable M1 carbine at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave and left defenseless against the illegally armed gang members with warrants out for their arrest who didn't show up at a police station.
And anyhow, just how did these agencies buy 158 of these guns in a single month, a single day even? Doesn't NJ have that silly "one gun a month" law?

Anyway, the picture is my own personal Full Page Ad that I placed in this year's Freeholders' Dinner (next week) Ad Book, I had placed a similar Ad in the Lincoln Day event book. I'm not really convinced that my investment will pay off, but I've never been shy about standing up for issues I really care about and some of my local Republican candidates voted for One Gun A Month back in the day. Maybe one day, soon, they will recognize that the law isn't reducing crimes or gang violence here in NJ and is making criminals out of law abiding citizens who just want to invest their hard earned, and income taxed, money on the purchase, and sales tax, of a firearm.

As always, if you've never held or fired a gun, but just somehow know how much you dislike them, shoot me an email and we'll schedule a date and time to go to the range, you're welcome to shoot any of my guns, I'll bring ammo and use a guest pass for you.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

He's Just Getting Started!

My favorite part of the video is right at the 0:40 mark, with Obama reminding us "I'm just getting started!". Seems like the one who is just getting started is Rick Perry.



Of course, I'm still a bigger Ron Paul supporter:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some Last Minute Supplies

With Hurricane Irene making it's way, I took a nice drive, with the convertible top down, to the supply store to get a few more things. Got there and the place was boarded up, but open, and others were stocking up on some last minute items too.




I found a few last minute supplies left on the shelves...
Like these raft building materials. I figure I can tie them together with some 550 cord and make a flotation device...


I also wanted to make sure that I would be safe from any flying debris.
So I grabbed some armor.



In case any more branches come down, I thought this might be good to have handy.


A good off-road vehicle seemed to be worth grabbing as well.


If my vehicle runs out of gas, I thought having a horse handy would be a good thing too.


And if my horse should run away, I figured some logical self-powered mode of transportation was ideal to have.


And I didn't want to get my pants wet if I had to walk in knee deep water, so a change of clothes was a must.





Hopefully I have all of the right supplies and am well prepared. Good luck friends and neighbors! There are reports of DANGEROUSLY HIGH WATER LEVELS that could splil over at any time!

Early Hurricane Damage Report: Branch Down!

Early Hurricane Damage Report: Branch Down!


I'm Prepared!

Beans, Bullets and Bandages.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Future Delivered Now: Rick Perry Will Be Elected President in 2012

We're still months away from state elections in 2011, but as an Average No One with no inside line on anything, I'm calling it now -- Rick Perry will be the Republican nominee for President and Rick Perry will be elected over clueless one-termer Jimmy CarterBarack Obama.

I'm still a big Ron Paul supporter and I still believe that Ron Paul is the one guy who has been on the right side of the issues all along and holds the most sound economic and foreign policy principles, and I still like Gary Johnson who I think has a solid record to run on and would do a fantastic job as the leader of these United States, but after hearing his announcement speech, seeing his first YouTube ad and seeing him get so many write in votes in today's Iowa straw poll without even being there, I'm confident that Rick Perry will be the Republican nominee, and will go on to win the general election in a landslide victory over Obama, if Democrats don't decide to cut their losses and run a better candidate, or even a Bag of Sand, instead.

I'll also predict that every NRA member, self-included, will tell, hundreds of times, the story about Rick Perry shooting a coyote. Before the primary election, Bloomberg and his ilk will have spent millions trying to convince the public that Perry cannot be elected because of his strong pro-2A stance; the public, and quietly Bloomberg too, won't be fooled and voters will remain focused on the economic turmoil Obama's lack of leadership ability has caused and voters will focus on Rick Perry's ability to get government out of the way of an economic recovery and restore confidence and faith in America. Details of Operation Fast And Furious will be brought to the MSM headlines and devastate Obama/Holder ratings if any DemocRats dare accuse Perry and law abiding gun owners of being the cause of crime.

I'll also predict that Chris Christie will be among the first of many high profile Republicans to come out in support of Rick Perry. New Jersey, and specifically Monmouth County, will deliver a larger than Chris Christie vs Corzine sized margin of victory to Rick Perry. New Jersey will also elect a Republican US Senator over Bob Menendez; that Republican US Senator may or may not be an open 2A supporter like Perry, but will be more open to the issue than Menendez. Conservative/Republican/Pro-2A voters will ignore the Republican Senate candidate's prior record and focus on Menendez's terrible 2A record as reason to replace him with anyone, including a Bag of Sand. Frank Pallone will face another serious Republican challenger with the work ethic of an Anna Little and the financial power of a Diane Gooch, in a newly drawn district. Frank Pallone will lose his seat to this superstar candidate. Rush Holt will also face a serious Republican challenger, as well as a cross-dressing circus clown. The Republican candidate will take Holt's seat, the cross-dressing circus clown will also receive more votes than Holt. "Bag of Sand" will get several write-in votes but will not play the role of the spoiler.

Anyhow, if our nation can survive another year with BO at the helm, here is your next President Of The United States Of America, Texas Governor Rick Perry.







Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Danger in Long Branch!

The Long Branch Patch is reporting "Dead Male Found Floating in Shrewsbury River". The area there is also called the "Branchport Creek".

Not terribly unrelated....


I missed the big FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY, but the signs remain... 5 years later and these signs are all along the river/creek where this body was found.

I would say it is fact that the man's body contacted the polluted water. DANGER!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Oh, Nuts!



The Short Story: It’s NOT A Tumor!!!!!!!; and fortunately, or not, for you, I’m going to make it and continue on blogging away.

The Long Story:

Some of my readers won’t believe this and will think I’m NUTS, but being a duly elected public servant isn’t an easy job. Sometimes, but not very often, I even cut other elected public servants some slack because I know the difficulty at this level, and imagine it only gets harder as one travels up the ladder. Even just working here at very bottom of the totem pole as a lowly county committeeman, I’ve spent countless hours walking the streets of my neighborhood, and other neighborhoods where the county committee people aren’t getting the job done or there is no county committee person, to rally the voters, and then I make the phone calls, pass on important information about the candidates, plan some events and at the same time try to gain some additional knowledge of local issues and pass that information between the candidates and the people in my neighborhood, maybe I take my goofy little position a little too seriously at times. I’ve even tried to volunteer anywhere and everywhere and take advantage of being young, in-shape and full of energy, or piss and vinegar as the collective “they” say, to help out anywhere I can, no offense, but most of my fellow committee seem to be a big on the old side and a little less likely to be out walking the streets.

And along my travels, I’ve encountered all sorts of NUTS. There is a NUT a district over who keeps telling me about animal mistreatment by the government, my friend Art met this woman outside of Frank Pallone’s office once and got her on video. There is another NUT a district over in the other direction who tells me that the fluoride in the water is part of communist plot to take over the young mind; I drink water right from the tap and so far, I haven’t started preaching socialism, or communism…. Yet, maybe I need another drink! There is the NUT who sells hot-dogs from a cart down the street from me, and still has Brian Unger signs all over his truck and cart, I have to admit, I haven't actually spoke to this man yet, maybe he's not a NUT. There is another NUT a few towns over who seems to think everyone from State Senators to Sheriff to the Lt. Gov are frauds. And then there is yet another NUT who thinks his PBA members DESERVE to retire after 20 short years of writing traffic tickets and that the old system where his members contributed next to nothing was fair and sustainable... if the PBA members only knew that I have MUCH better benefits than they do working in the private sector, they might quit and go get real jobs. (And hopefully this PBA NUT doesn’t go calling Lee over at Asw. Hanlin’s office , and every other person in his Rolodex, again, complaining I called him a NUT now…)

So how do I know that my benefits are better than the local PBA NUT’s benefits? Well, I had to take advantage of my benefits, finally.

So take this message as another public service, provided by your friendly neighborhood committeeman, passed along from Doctor Steve (www.doctorsteve.com ).

Check your stupid nuts for lumps, quit smoking, get off your asses and get some exercise and we'll see you soon for the next edition of 'Weird Medicine”!

About a month and a half ago, I was enjoying a weekend of working in my garden. Yes, when I’m not out knocking on strange NUT’S doors, I have some peaceful and relaxing hobbies, like gardening. And like a real human, I’m terribly allergic to poison ivy. So about a month or more ago now, I got my yearly (I don’t learn) poison ivy rash, went to the doc, got a steroid shot (I’d leave out the part about me being TERRIFIED of needles and thus passing out in the doc’s office, but my GF keeps me honest and will tell everyone this part of the story so I’ll get it out of the way) and some pills, and started getting better; I even went door knocking with County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters in Middletown the next weekend feeling mostly better. Then Monday came, and I was MISERABLE again with that poison ivy rash; door knocking in 90+ degree weather with a poison ivy rash might not have been a good idea afterall. I kept taking the meds but wasn’t improving much, I dealt with the rash another week and I went back to the doc the following Friday after finishing the anti-poison-ivy meds I was given, but this doctor basically told me “you’ve been on meds long enough, toughen up kid. Take better showers and don’t touch the dog”. Yeah, thanks. Not much help, grin and bear it. So I took the NUT’s advise and left the office without any real help.

I spent the weekend even more MISERABLE from poison ivy, I survived until Monday, went to work even, but by Monday night, I’d had just about enough. No sleep Monday into Tuesday and finally caved and went back to a better doctor that Tuesday night. Another shot (I didn’t pass out this time… I asked the GF to come in with me just in case) and some more prescription drugs later and I was on my way to being better before I got back home.

So three trips to the doc in a two or two and half week span. My private sector health insurance seems to have covered everything, an employer sponsored FSA picks up the co-pays on the visits and Rxs. My employer also pays for my (single) healthcare coverage. If I haven’t said it enough, my boss as a person is a great guy, and the company I work for is a great organization. Glad I'm not a Mad-At-The-Boss(es) PBA member working for that terrible organization that is the State Government!

But my story about NUTS doesn’t end with a poison ivy rash. When I last left this blog, I had a real pain in the balls; and I don’t mean that PBA NUT JoeT, I mean literally, a pain in the balls. I should have probably talked to one of the three doctors I had seen about the poison ivy about the literal pain in my balls, but I didn’t think much of it, figured if I ignore ignore ignore, the problem would go away. Except the problem wasn’t going away and ,religious folks skip ahead a few sentences because I think this might be a sin, my girlfriend soon noticed the lump on my testicle and says “hey, what the hell is this?”.

There was no turning back at that point and I had to fess up to the lump, and the pain I’d been having, and ignoring, for a few months now. A fourth trip confirmed, indeed, I had a lump. A fifth trip once again confirmed the same and cost me some blood. A sixth trip to the right doctor’s office and then finally last week, a final trip with an ultra-sound and the waiting game.

So the good news after my little story here is that the preliminary results are in and I’ll survive, which is good for my friends and supporters here and bad for those of you who thought I gave up blogging because JoeT is mad at me. The report seems to be "just a cyst and some fluid", the doc will call me with more information soon, but the nurse says this is "common". I noted to the nurse I spoke to that the friends I have who are my age don’t seem to be talking about lumps on their balls on Facebook, Google+ or whatever so maybe it’s more common in their office than mine. I suspect and hope that since the doctor hasn't called me back, it should mean that I have at least another couple of days to live; I sure hope so, I don’t want to miss the next End of the World scenario tomorrow, on August 2nd , when the US defaults on its debt payments as some other NUTS have been telling me and the world as we know it goes all MadMax….

So in closing, I’ll hopefully finish getting all better and/or the doc will have nothing but good news for me when he finally calls. I’ll hopefully be back to knocking on doors and talking to my neighbors, and the few NUTS in the neighborhood, this weekend. In the meantime, as part of my public service to you, let me once again pass along My Pal, Good Ol’ Doctor Steve’s words of wisdom: Check your stupid nuts for lumps, quit smoking, get off your asses and get some exercise and we'll see you soon for the next edition of 'Weird Medicine”!

Be well my friends, and thanks to the few of you who did contact me to see where I disappeared to. I leave you with this little video about Public Unions.

"Benefits Are The Real Cost of Doing Business With Government Unions"

Monday, July 18, 2011

Conviction, Not Compromise! (Ron Paul's First 2012 TV Ad)

Conviction, Not Compromise! (Ron Paul's First 2012 TV Ad)


In light of recent comments here, worth noting this Ron Paul video as well:





"It's been many administrations, it's been both parties, but you even go back to the people. There is a high demand by the people to have entitlements, and then there are a lot of special interests that think we should be the policemen of the world."

"Get the American People to ask, What should the role of Government be? Should the role of our government be to be the policeman. Should it be there to tell us how to run our lives?"

"I don't think this is a budgetary crisis, the budget is the symptom of us not having a precise definition of what the role of government ought to be and the founders gave us the precise definition and that's in our Constitution and unfortunately, we don't follow it."



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Long Branch Police Captain Gil Horrach Makes Up New Laws

It's no big secret, I'm a legal gun owner. Every gun I own has been legally purchased, with all of the proper permits, through all of the proper channels. As I've noted recently, I have had so many background checks done on me that the police could save money by having a Black Helicopter and some guys in suits follow me around 24/7., and I also noted that getting a permit in NJ is always a problem, it's just predictable at this point.

So back on June 30th, I submitted another Handgun Purchase Permit Application to my local Long Branch Police Department, John something handles that stuff. The form, and law, requires the names and addresses of two non-relatives who are acquainted with me. I don't know why the law asks for this, it seems a bit silly really. The forms they mail out ask questions that the police should already know the answers to, ie, am I a drunk, domestic abuser, convict, trying to overthrow the US government.... well I mean I am a Republican... ahh anyhow, let's focus here, this is serious stuff.

So in the past I'd always given my girlfriend, same address with a different last name as one reference and my sister-in-law, SAME last name, different address; I've never had a problem. The LBPD sends out their little letters, two people who know me well send back their answers, I get my permit, legally and lawfully make a purchase, and all is well in the world.

This time, I figured I'd change things up a little. Rather than give my sister-in-law's name, I decided to give my GIRLFRIEND's son's name. Now his last name is different from my lastname, AND his last name is different from my GIRLFRIEND's last name. Got it? Three last names, one residence.

So let me quote the law.
states:
N.J.A.C.13:54-1.4(c) The applicant shall provide the names and addresses of two reputable citizens personally acquainted with him as references.

Somehow, the State Police then changed the law on their own and the form http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/pdf/firearms/sts-033.pdf says:
(29) Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers of two reputable persons who are presently acquainted with the applicant, other than relatives:
So "other than relatives" seems to have been added, arbitrarily, by the State Police. No worries for ol' Jimmy, there is no legal relationship between my girlfriend and I, I certainly can't file a joint "married" return with her and she can't collect my SS benefits, even healthcare/patient access is a problem for us because, you guessed it, WE ARE NOT RELATED BY ANY LAW. Likewise, I certainly can't tell the IRS or NJ Div of Taxation that my girlfriend's son is MY dependent, they won't have that, and I can't get access to certain information of his at school, or the doctor, because again, WE ARE NOT RELATED BY ANY LAW.

Yet, as you may have guessed by now, "John" over at Long Branch Police want two new names at two different addresses. Why? Well Captain Horrach is going to explain it to me if he ever answers his phone. John says his instructions from Captain Horrach are to get people "at another residence". I'm sorry sir, I just don't see that in the law.

And let's think about it for a second here, who knows me better than the people I live with? Shouldn't the police make sure that the people I cohabitate with aren't drug dealers, gang members, terrorists... or trying to overthrow the US Government? I mean, wouldn't it make more sense for them to contact the people in the house where the firearm will be stored to verify that *I* am a "reputable person" and THEY are reputable people as well? So John says to me "well you can fill out the forms in other writing and send them back"... well I could, but that would be forgery, right John? And if you think I've committed such fraud, do please give me my day in court and prove your case. In the mean, how about you and your Captain follow the letter of the law and stop harassing me.

I hope Dave Rible funds your pensions so you two can retire soon!

PS - I should note, I did reach out to Dave Rible and Mary Pat Angelini's office for clarification on the law. I DID receive a call back from their office and upon first review, it seems I've not violated the letter of the law but they continue looking into this for me. I've also checked with a few attorneys, all are in agreement that in the State of NJ, or anywhere in the US, to the best of their knowledge/off the record, my GIRLFRIEND, and HER SON, are indeed, NOT RELATIVES.

I sure hope this doesn't turn into a bigger problem.... and I sure hope that the local police aren't arbitrarily making up the laws as they go along. Didn't they take some oath?

BTW - I think this is Captain Gil Horrach - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gil-horrach/25/804/723 The APP's DataUniverse isn't working well at the moment, I wonder how much one gets paid to make up the laws? It surely should be more than the State Legislators who have to write the laws...

UPDATE - 4:00PM July 14:
As an update already...

So I had a long talk with Captain Gil... basically he's not going to not even bother doing an investigation and just wants two different names, or maybe he'll only want one more, he's not sure what law he's going to make up yet.

He says I'm welcome to comply with his demands, but he can't tell me which law gives him authority to make additional demands. He tried to quote N.J.A.C. 13:54-1.5 Prerequisites for a permit to purchase handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card

but what he read to me is different from the law on the NJ State Police website: http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/pdf/firearms/062408_title13ch54.pdf

He says I'd be more than welcome to Appeal to Judge Destefano WHEN turns me down, I think that's a threat.

Then he immediately got all defense and asked if I was taping him because if I was I was violating the law. I told him I was pretty sure that I only need my own consent (one party) to record, but I wasn't... I probably should have been.

Gil also started telling me how great of a person he is, that he's been doing this job for 34 years. I tried to tell him that I'm a great person too, candidate for US Congress back in 08, a committeeman, FID holder, CCW holder in 3 states, never broke a law in my life, graduate of Rutgers, 2nd in my class in High School... he didn't care, hopefully he investigates and see's I'm not just a good person, but a great person!

Ohhh, and then he started telling me that because of gun crimes in Arizona, and now this thing in NY... the story went no where, but he started telling it. I'm not sure how I'm lumped in with those criminals just because I legally submit a handgun purchase permit.

Sad really.... and let's be honest, I could give thousands of names. Any of my fellow Republicans I think would vouch for me, I hope, my neighbors, my cousin's spouses, my girlfriend's family members, the guys at FBody.com in my nationwide car club... but again, WHO KNOWS ME BETTER AND WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS THAN THE PEOPLE I LIVE WITH???

Garbage, and Gil knows it.


Rible Ensures All Police Pensions Will Be Funded, One Idiot Complains

AP: Bizarro World, or New Jersey -- Assemblyman Dave Rible is under fire from an officer of law.

It seems that Assemblyman Rible did the right thing by voting to ensure that police, and other public union, pensions can be funded in the future ... so that these clowns who work 20 years can retire with full pay and benefits for the next 40 years of their lives... by voting for pension and benefits reforms.

And what does Dave get for making sure his fellow officers can continue to retire young and have better, cheaper benefits than most any private sector worker who pays dearly for worse benefits? Shots fired at him from Michael A. Deroian of PBA Local 314 of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Deroian earns a yearly salary of $86,632 according to the APP's DataUniverse public records. At 5.5% yearly towards his pension/retirement, my calculations, if correct, would indicate that Mr. Deroian is paying less than $5,000 towards his benefits/retirement each year. After 20 years of paying such, he'd of paid $100,000 into the system. Again, if I understand the laws correctly, Deroian is then going to collect 60% of his FINAL PAY, not 60% of what he paid each year. If his final pay stayed the same (it won't, he'll get raises year after year even when us private sector guys take pay cuts) at $87,000, he'd get $52,200/yr in pension payments... after paying $100,000....

Dave Rible, along with Gov. Christie and the rest of the State Assembly, seem to have done the best thing possible to protect PBA members, including Mr. Deroian, by making the contributions meaningful and the payouts reasonable, afford... possible.

I see the anonymous trolls at the APP taking their shots at Dave, I suggest they call Dave's office and ask for the full, real story rather than spout the "Main Stream Media", who they claim to despise on any other day, version of the story. From my understanding, Dave applied for, and tried to get out of the disability program so he could return to work, State lawyers and doctors prevented him from doing so while also telling him to try to lead a full and healthy life. Dave knows that I personally don't agree with the double-dipping, but then, as it's been pointed out to me before by another Double-Dipper, it's not illegal, not against any laws, and Dave has done a great job in the State Assembly, despite collecting two paychecks. In my opinion, until and unless the laws are change, Dave is the best man in the new District 30 for the State Assembly, or maybe Sean Kean is, either way, hard to find a harder working pair of individuals on a team together.

Worth noting, the suit seems to be filed by Mr. Deroian, not the PBA Union itself. I'm curious if the Union boss(es) endorse Dave and/or support the lawsuit, or if they will sit by quietly so see how the public reacts and then pick a side to win public support. In any case, their "Oath" seems ridiculous to me, but I'm just a lowly private sector guy looking forward to working 9-5 ... or 8-6 or 7 to 11.... for TheMan until the day I'm lucky enough to fall over in my lovely cubicle.



%%UPDATE%%

Well there it is folks, Joe Tuohy, PBA #314 President showing his true colors.

Let me summarize PBA #314 President Joe Tuohy's comments:
"Those Private Sector, Non-Union, Bank Negotiators did a better job of screwing you private sector taxpayers than my Public Sector, Union, Police Negotiators did so now I want more because I deserve to screw the taxpayer the hardest." -- Joe Tuohy

I notice you don't want to dispute MY facts, Joe. You just want to attack me and deflect from the taxpayer robbery that is going on in this state. You want to distract the taxpayers who fund your lavish benefits and retirements from the real benefits of the reform package Rible and Christie supported because it brings public union workers closer to the economic reality that us private sector workers face. You and your police union buddies have salaries that far exceed the average private sector salary, You have benefits that cost far less than anything in any private sector job most taxpayers have ever held or seen.

Joe Tuohy, PBA #314, doesn't care about protecting and serving the public, you care about getting the most money, best benefits and lowest cost contributions for your members, at the expense of the taxpayers in the State of NJ. If you cared about protecting and serving the public, you'd fire all of the guys making $85K+/yr and getting GREAT benefits on top of that, yourself included, and go hire twice the number of officers off of the unemployment line at $42K to patrol the streets, or twice the number of officers to hide in the bushes and write speeding tickets while gangs continue to grow and patrol the streets.

Proof? A copy of Rible's letter on the topic is here. http://moremonmouthmusings.blogspot.com/2010/06/dave-rible-addresses-controversy.html.
After surgery, I engaged in months of intense physical therapy in the hopes that I would be allowed to return to my job. Unfortunately, despite my fervent desire to return to work, the doctors decided that I was physically unable to perform a job that could require me to chase or restrain violent criminals–possibly in life-or-death situations that could involve fellow police officers or even innocent bystanders. That is when they gave me the devastating news that, because of my permanent disability, I could not return to being a police officer.

It is important to note that this decision was not based solely on the recommendation of my orthopedic surgeon. In fact, this determination was made by two independent doctors who were appointed by the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System Pension Board as well as an independent Medical Review Board which was also appointed by the Police and Firemen’s Pension Board.


YOUR PBA appointees won't let Dave back on the job as an officer. My statement is/was "Dave applied for, and tried to get out of the disability program so he could return to work". Unless you want to prove, not just accuse, that the letter tells a lie, I'd suggest my statement is more accurate than your accusations. And I do agree with Kelly, it would be nice if Dave refused one salary or the other, but he's not a breaking a law. If you don't like the law, lobby with your union buddies and change the law. Of course Joe DiVincenzo or Steve Sweeney or whatever other Democrats who are double-dipping aren't going to take your cries lightly, tread carefully taxpayer robbing PBA President.

And also As Kelly says: Touhy, you are an overpaid and under-worked loudmouth. You are also full of shit. NOW you mention David Rible's disability pension? For years David Rible has been collecting that disability pension and for years neither you or the PBA had anything to say about it. Why do you suppose that is? Why do you suppose you are suddenly interested in writing about the races that Rible runs?

...Answer Kelly please, I published your personal attacks against me, and my readers have valid questions for you. I think we've earned a response to your crying for giving you an outlet to be a loudmouth.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Private Property, Yeah Sure....

7/10/11

Those of you following me or part of my Google+ Circles will have seen the results from my "little" Vegetable garden... which measures about 35ftx35ftand is full of Tomators, Cucumbers, Peppers, Green Beans and some basil and parsely and such ... and i have my little fruit trees (apples, pears, figs, plums, peaches, nectarines) .. and I'm going to add grape vines next year too....

Anyhow, I'm very proud of my little garden and fruit trees and enjoy digging in the dirt and growing my own fruits and veggies and I don't use any pesticides or fertilizers or growth hormones or anything on them so I can pretend they are better for me than the store purchased stuff.

And knowing my own enjoyment and pleasure with this process, I'm am just ANGRY beyond words over this story of a Michigan woman facing jail time for using her own property, her front lawn, for her garden.


7/8/11

I should note: I've been trying to convince my girlfriend to let me cut down a boring old tree that sits in the middle of my front yard so that I can plant even more tomatoes there, but she'll have none of that and wants her grass. My puppy agrees, grass and shade is the life.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Because I Just Don't Have Enough Permits or Background Checks Completed On Me Already

While the US Government, under direction from Obama, Clinton and Holder, was busy giving out firearms to Mexican drug cartels, I was out obtaining the legal permits to purchase more firearms and attending training and safety classes for their use. But when it comes to obtaining a firearm in this state, it's never quite as easy as you'd expect a Constitutional right to be. Our friends over at Radio Free NJ had a nice blog entry covering the process a few years back, the process is a bit burdensome, and the local police always seem to create some problem or take as long as legally possible, for no reason, for what is supposed to be a basic right protected by the US Constitution. Imagine if you had to get the local police's arbitrary approval in order to write a letter to the editor of the local paper, I mean, words hurt, the police should make sure that your words aren't hurtful, just sayin'.

Just to give an idea of the number of times the US Government, or some state government has already done a background check on me, I have my NJ Firearms Purchaser's ID card. I had to get the background check, fingerprints, the police check in with two non-relatives who are supposed to vouch for my supreme greatness, or at least not call me a kook. I've already, in the past, obtained several handgun purchase permits which required their own round of background checks, fingerprints, etc. Since I don't pay taxes in other states, I also donated a few hundred dollars to the states of Florida, Virginia and Utah for non-resident firearms carry permits in those states, not that I ever plan to be in those states anyhow, but each of those requiring their own background check, fingerprints, etc. If I said that I've had 15 or more background checks done on me, that I know of, in the past 10 years for firearms permit reasons, I might still be under estimating.

So last night, all I wanted to do was to go pickup my new rifle, one that I've already paid for, had shipped to my FFL as the law requires, but because there was some rain and YOU PEOPLE can't drive in the rain, I got there just minutes after 8pm... and NICS was closed, so without yet another background check, no new rifle for poor ol' me. And surely, NICS is going to find something different this week than they did, literally, last week, or not... it's just a waste of my money to operate that system, the System Doesn't Work. I'd be willing to place a (legal) bet that last night while I was unable to pickup my rifle, more than one gang member obtained a firearm, from the US government, with a "Happy Holidays!" card signed "Barack Obama" included in the box.

The whole process stinks and I'll make the bold statement that not one of the non-sense gun laws that Lautenberg, Pallone or even Jersey Republicans have ever pushed has saved a life, lowered crime rates or prevented gang activity. Like all of the non-sense you deal with at the TSA just to board an air-plane, all of the gun laws are just do-nothing, feel-good, score-political-points non-sense. And did I mention that I gave hundreds of dollars to other states for permits I'll never use? I did? Right, because if NJ offered resident and non-resident carry permits, we'd have yet another revenue stream... of course my representatives in Trenton, true to Jersey form, would want to charge $500 for such a permit instead of the ~$100 like other states do.

..hopefully NICS doesn't find this in their background check when I try again to pickup my rfile today and deny me....


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

“FAST AND FURIOUS” BLOWS SKY-HIGH

I doubt your local paper will cover the story.... they just won't get it if they try.



Hilary Clinton, Charles Schumer and Frank Pallone will continue to blame legal, law-abiding gun owners for putting guns in the hands of Mexican gangs.

If you are somehow completely uninformed about Operation Fast And Furious, I guess the wiki page for Operation Fast And Furious is a fair place to start, read the citations for more/better information.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Supreme Court sides with NYRA in Video Game case

From the National Youth Rights Association News Feed:

One of the most important campaigns NYRA has undertaken this year has finally ended. And ended the right way - in victory.

Today the US Supreme Court ruled that young people have a right to free speech that extends even to violent video games. States, such as California, cannot ban the sale of video games to young people, no matter how violent. In a forcefully worded 7-2 decision, Justice Scalia wrote a bold, unequivocal decision upholding the rights of young people to legally buy violent games.

Read the full decision here.

This is a historic Supreme Court decision which will be studied for decades and perhaps centuries to come. NYRA is proud to have played a pivotal role in this case. Together with our partners at the ACLU and the National Coalition Against Censorship we submitted an amicus brief to the Court laying out our case for free speech. Our brief cited young gamers themselves, including quotes we solicited on our blog about the political, cultural and artistic merits of video games. NYRA stayed true to our ideals of bringing the voice of young people to those in power. Read our amicus brief here.

Also, on November 2, during the oral argument of the case, NYRA organized a rally in front of the Supreme Court for Free Speech, Video Games and Youth Suffrage (as it was also election day). Check out info on the rally here.

This is a proud day for all supporters of free speech and youth rights.