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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LaRossa And Gallagher Expose Tony Fiore As A Republican

Show Audio Availble Here

For those who didn’t listen and/or discount AM Radio/Internet Radio as an important and viable medium, let me add: I listened to the whole show, live, via the (free) “Tune In Radio” app on my Android phone and really enjoyed listening. In fact, I even sent Art a text message as feedback during the show, not realizing Art didn’t know it was me.

Anyhow, one of the [many] complaints I’ve had as a [Republican] voter is that every time I attend some breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner… I hear the same ol’ tired speech that goes something like this: “I’m X from Y. I thank you all for coming, especially [zinger at Z], lol! It’s great to be here in front of all of these wonderful Republicans and I look forward to serving you/having a wonderful year in YYYY as your A.”

Fast forward a few weeks, or months, and hour after hour of weekends volunteered, and I can’t even get a return call or email when I complain about some bad bill, not to point any fingers at any specific person or people of course.

So the complaint is simple and hopefully obvious; the candidates never seem to talk about *AN* issue as in one, nevermind multiple issues. It’s always “play it safe”, “keep it simple” and “don’t offend anyone”. I more than understand the reasoning, promote the feel good attitude, don’t alienate a voter on an issue, etc - but I’ve asked two repeatedly before and I’ve never found the answer, and will continue to ask “Where are Republicans talking about the issues?” and “How do I know you’re really a Republican?”

Well, LaRossa and Gallagher’s radio is the place where Republicans are talking and the answers are how I know Tony Fiore is really a Republican.

Kudos to Tony Fiore for having the fortitude to get on the radio and talk about actual issues, actual things he’s done or is doing. Whether I was alone listening or if there were a million listeners, who knows, but I now know for sure, Tony Fiore is a Republican. You can hear it in his voice, see it in his actions and get a feel for how he thinks about the issues and addresses the problems — he thinks like a Republican, and from what I can see he is working as a Republican. The benefits of Republican leadership to the people of Middletown seem to be clear, the question was asked “are other towns following Middletown’s lead”, sadly, the answer is no, and I suspect it’s because in many other towns, there are “Republicans”, rather that Republicans in office.

Anyhow, I certainly hope MMM readers take the time to tune-in next week and in future weeks. I’m going to make it a point to try to convince a few friends to listen, but more importantly, I’m going to suggest to a few “Republicans” that they contact Art and schedule an appearance on the show, see if and how they answer the questions… if they are really Republicans, and if they are willing and able to talk about the issues.

And if anyone is curious - my feedback during the show to Art was noting that Middletown, with 70K people and ~42sq mi has has less police officers than Long Branch, with 34K people and ~5sq mi.

Great job overall Art. The Weiner bit was a fun jab, but I certainly wouldn’t mind if you skipped the comedy segment to get another solid 12 minutes out of Tony.

It's 3am -- Crisis!


Ok fine, it's 4:30am or so now.... but remember Hilary Clinton's 3AM ad? And if there was ever proof needed that I'm really nothing more than an AverageNoOne, this morning, night, whatever you want to call 3am, should be proof enough for you.

So my pup, Allie, a black Labrador Retriever who I love more than anything, wakes me up most every day at 2:30am on the dot, still, even at 5, to go out. I don't know if it's habit or she really needs to go outside, it doesn't phase me at this point because I'm used to it 5 years later and it's not like I really need sleep anyhow. Plus, being the Paranoid Android with OCD habits (maybe dogs really do take after their owners) that I am, I have my own habit for the situation too. I grab my 9mm, turn on the lights, peak outside to make sure there is nothing and noone there, turn off the alarm, let her out and try to spy on her through the window, firearm in hand, until I let her back in safely and turn the alarm back on, then I get a few more hours of sleep, simple... average?

But this morning, night, whatever, was different. Seconds after I let her out, I saw Allie bolt across the yard, then I saw something small run the opposite direction with her still in chase, then she was back at the door, head down... and smelling worse than .... a Democrat, a decaying body, infant poo, or any other terrible smell you can think of. That thing she was chasing was a skunk; it's sprayed her.

And being an AverageNoOne, there I was, 3am, scubbing my dog in a bathroom and trying not to vomit from the smell. An hour or so later, with some baking soda, peroxide and dish soap, she smells almost as good as a dog can be expected to smell. Unfortunately for yours truly, the smell of skunk has filled the house. Fabreze everywhere, candles burning, white vinegar mopped the floors, still stinks. Why bother trying to sleep?

And really, the worst part about it... I have a great little .22LR rifle, a skunk out in the yard.... and NJ laws that prohibit me from exterminating the filthy rodent. I'm pretty sure this is the same skunk that I've spotted in the past that seems to have made a home in an abandoned house up the street from me. I hadn't called City Code Enforcement on the owners of the property in the past over the presence of the skunk, mostly because I hate to think of how much tax dollars it'll cost me to have someone go over there and inspect, and condemn the house, nor do I really want the City of Long Branch to violate the owner's property rights.... but after this, I think I might lookup who the owner is... maybe give them a call and let them know about the skunk... I'll call them.... at 2:30am.

PS: This blog entry STINKS, literally. I'm sorry to bother you with it; I promised Random Thoughts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lisa Jackson -- "First I destroy the Environment, Then I Destroy You"


For those who might not recognize the name, Lisa Jackson was the do nothing Corzine-administration DEP Commissioner. Obama hired Lisa Jackson, and Frank Pallone's wife, over at the EPA because neither is qualified for any real job and both like their government income while you and I pay the bills or are unemployed, or underemployed and overtaxed.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Anne Lewis Strategies, "Laugh At Us", We Are.

When I made my little comment on Mr. Weiner's "Internet Consulting Services" payouts, I thought nothing of it aside from a throw away chuckle that he pays for some kind of "Internet Consulting Services", implying maybe that the consultant should have consulting him on better Internet nEtiquette. Well, it seems that based on traffic logs, the people at Anne Lewis Strategies may have found my blog. Welcome more new readers, and here is a laugh directly at Anne Lewis Strategies... They advertise:
Ability to laugh at oneself (and, at times, the company principals) is a must.
Supporting principals on the day-to-day management of overall
client relationship and satisfaction;
...Know how to use Twitter to build relationships and get satisfaction...
Ok fine, so maybe I added the last part of the job description, because it's funny and I like to laugh. Hopefully the people at Anne Lewis Strategies found my little blog funny enough to come back! I'll check the logs again later in the week. Surely, Weiner consulted with Anne Lewis Strategies before posting all of those pictures of himself holding onto his package in the house gym.

Here is the job description from 2009 as posted on google groups.... funny in that ironic way that the date on the job description was May 18, 2009. It is/was two years later, May 27th, that Weiner's now famous twitpic was sent. Again, if anyone knows what it is that Anne Lewis Strategies actually does, or claims to do, that is described as "Internet Consulting Services" at the rate of $11K in 3 months, do please tell, I'm always looking for business ideas, and I'll advise any client of mine not to take semi-nude photos of themselves and/or to post them online. A good business pitch, I hope Anne Lewis Strategies doesn't steal my idea.


JOB: Anne Lewis Strategies, LLC Account Assistant (DC)

Date: May 18, 2009

JOB: Account Assistant

EFFECTIVE: Immediately

LOCATION: Washington, DC

Anne Lewis Strategies, LLC, a strategic online communications
consulting firm, is seeking an Account Assistant to help support its
growing lists of accounts.

As part of the Anne Lewis Strategies team, the Account Assistant can
expect to be on the frontlines of the campaigns to protect and expand
Democratic majorities in the House, Senate and Governor’s Mansions,
and work with some of the nation's leading environmental, pro-choice
and non-profit organizations.

Candidate must have political experience and an interest in learning
online marketing, communications and fundraising strategies. Candidate
must be able to wear a number of hats, interface with clients
directly, and help company principals keep the trains running on time.

Candidate must be a self-starter with a good attitude. Ability to
laugh at oneself (and, at times, the company principals) is a must.

Successful candidates will be responsible for:

· Supporting principals on the day-to-day management of overall
client relationship and satisfaction;

· Drafting, editing, and publishing client-facing documents
including memos, agendas, proposals, and presentations;

· Acting as “first responder” on all client requests when
principals are not available. Tracking all client requests and
ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks;

· Working with clients to compile feedback as needed and help in
trafficking copy and creative for online campaigns;

· Owning overall company meeting calendar, including scheduling
meetings and setting up conference calls;

· Supporting business development efforts and participating in
new business pitches;

· Providing top-quality customer service to clients, including
regular reporting and invoicing.

Qualifications:

· Passion for Democratic politics and progressive causes;

· At least one year experience working with non-profit or
political organizations;

· Excellent time management, planning, and troubleshooting skills;

· Attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines;

· Superior writing and analytical skills;

· HTML, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or data base knowledge is a plus;

· Expertise in Microsoft Office with robust Excel and PowerPoint
skills, experience with Mac OS X a plus;

· Client management and/or political campaign experience a plus.

Please send your resume and cover letter to I...@annelewisllc.com

Gavrie Kullman
Anne Lewis Strategies
202.494.9161
Gav...@annelewisllc.com

20 Ways That The U.S. Economy Has Gotten Worse Since Barack Obama Became President

As published at The American Dream.

The following are 20 ways that the U.S. economy has gotten even worse since Barack Obama became president....

#1 In January 2009, the official U.S. unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. Today it is 9.1 percent.

#2 When Barack Obama took office, the number of "long-term unemployed" in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that number is up to 6.2 million.

#3 When Barack Obama first became president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States was $1.83. Today it is $3.79. This also affects the price of almost everything else that we buy.

#4 In April 2009, the average U.S. household spent approximately $201 on gasoline. In April 2011, the average U.S. household spent approximately $369on gasoline.

#5 According to an article in the Daily Mail, the cost of a Memorial Day cookout was 29 percent higher this year than it was last year.

#6 When Barack Obama was sworn in, there were nearly 32 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 44 million on food stamps.

#7 According to the U.S. Census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by about 2 million in just the past 2 years.

#8 When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars. Today it is 14.3 trillion dollars.

#9 The federal government has borrowed 29,660 more dollars per household since Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus law two years ago.

#10 During Barack Obama's first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.

#11 The combined debt of the major GSEs (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae) has increased from 3.2 trillion in 2008 to 6.4 trillion in 2011. Thanks to George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, U.S. taxpayers are standing behind that debt.

#12 Under Obama, the U.S. trade deficit continues to grow. The trade deficitwas about 33 percent larger in 2010 than it was in 2009, and the 2011 trade deficit is expected to be even bigger.

#13 Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year. That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in all of U.S. history.

#14 Just since August, 2 million more Americans have left the labor force.

#15 In 2010, more than a million U.S. families lost their homes to foreclosure for the first time ever, and that number is expected to go even higher in 2011.

#16 The U.S. real estate crisis just continues to get worse. During the first three months of this year, less new homes were sold in the U.S. than in any three month period ever recorded.

#17 The U.S. dollar has fallen by 17 percent compared to other major national currencies since 2009.

#18 Faith in the U.S. dollar and in U.S. Treasuries is rapidly declining. The mainstream news is not reporting on it much, but right now the Chinese are rapidly dumping U.S. government debt. That is not a good sign.

#19 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs about $1500.

#20 Americans seem to be more pessimistic about the economy than ever. According to a brand new poll, 61 percent of Americans believe that they will not return to their "pre-recession" lifestyles until at least 2014.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Weiner's "Internet Consulting Services" -- $11,650 in Q1 -- Priceless!

I was browsing Anthony Weiner's latest FEC report during my lunch break which you can browse here. filed 4/15/2011. I was mostly curious if Frank Pallone shared any donors/expenses with Mr. Weiner.

What I found made me giggle. Search Weiner's report for "Internet Consulting Services" There are 4 matches.
1-13-2011 -- $3150
2-17-2011 -- $2500
2-25-2011 -- $3000
3-22-2011 -- $3000

Think to "consultant" provided input on posting those photos to social networking sites? Maybe he should have consulted on that topic if he didn't. I wonder what services said internet consultant, "Anne Lewis Strategies", provided, their website is pretty poor, just a Google Sites page.

Have a look for yourself and share your odd or fun findings. The only other thing that bothers me is this one:
Charles B Rangel Legal Expense Trust -- $2000 -- so Mr. Weiner is defending the censured Rangle... classy.

“We’re going to support our unions”

Not my words, but the words of Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, D-Bergen according to the Worst News Paper Ever, the Asbury Park Press..

For the record, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson is SUPPOSED to be representing citizens of the State of NJ, not unions. More specifically, he is SUPPOSED to be representing NJ's 37th Legislative District, not unions.

Assemblyman Johnson serves on the Law and Public Safety Committee (as Chair). My fellow 2A supporters and defenders should note that Gordon Johnson, as chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee, is the guy to get rid of if we want to see the failed One Gun a Month theory thrown away.

Keith Jensen and Gregory John Aslanian are the Republican candidates in that district. I'll do some homework, maybe I'll be willing to take the drive up to Bergen to volunteer my time and efforts to help those opposing Johnson, who has here stated that he has no intention of supporting the taxpayers, just the unions.



%%UPDATE%%

This from politicker...
The GOP candidates for Assembly in District 37 are Keith Jensen of Fort Lee and John Aslanian of Englewood Cliffs. Jensen, 37, is a local entrepreneur who ran for the Republican nomination for Congress last year. He is also a U.S. Army veteran. Aslanian, 57, is a marketing and product development consultant for the health care industry and also ran for the Republican nomination for Congress in 2010 in District 9.
I can't seem to find a website/archive for a Keith Jensen. John Aslanian has this website and appears to be a Lonegan backed candidate, which I think is good.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bloggers; And Our Little Battles Too

Whoever is running the Blog over at Neptune Matters is doing a great job. I've even noted that it seems like Warren Lapp and some of the other Neptune Republicans have taken interest in the blog, despite the blog at times being less than friendly to Neptune Republicans. But one of the entries over there today, mixed with a snooze story at the WorstPaperEver, demonstrates the troubles of being a blogger, that are somehow worth it for the seldom and rare moments of vindication.

The people at Neptune Matters note, correctly:
Let Us Be Clear State That We Certainly Don’t Propose That We Are On The Scale Of, Or As Good As Andrew Breitbart & Other Bloggers Of His Stature…

We Know We Have A Long Way To Go Studying Under Their Collective Wings.
I couldn't agree more. I'm not likely to catch Frank Pallone doing something illegal from my little cube at work or by talking to my local voters who are reading the same news I'm reading and probably talking to less people than I'm talking to, but I can use those ideas and methods to dig and learn about my local issues, where it appears other's aren't doing the digging and reading. Neptune Matters goes on to write:
But This Kind Of Coverage They Offer Is Where We Need To Be Going In Order To Get To The Bottom Of Things Here In Neptune. “Something’s Gotta Give.”
Replace Neptune with Long Branch or any other city or state and the nail has been hit, hard. When Breitbart broke the story, he was attacked, personally. The name calling began and the mob went after him, not so different from when I call out local officials. For Breitbart, the moment of vindication has already come; for me, I believe time will prove my positions and opinions to be most inline with those of the so called silent majority. Although Joe Ferraina is innocent until proven guilty on those sex charges, time will tell, just as time will show his legacy in Long Branch to be a farce; his salary, benefits and retirement to be paid for by the next generation who are graduates of the sub-par system he ran. When the story broke on him, this log received several thousand hits from people searching for dirt on Joe, I was glad I can help, most people in Long Branch fear the man, and his "power", my blog is my own power to fight back, I have little else to fight with.

But there is more danger in being a blogger; I blog using my real name. These are my opinions and this is my outlet, I don't hide. Art Gallagher @ MoreMonmouthMusings certainly doesn't hide either and he does a great job standing by his opinions and beliefs despite the attacks he takes, and he takes far more abuse than little ol' me. Being as good as a Breitbart isn't so good, I'd prefer to be as good as Art. While I don't agree with their positions so I won't share their names or links to their blogs, I do read some of the local D leaning blogs written by people using their real names, I'm happy that they share their opinions and principles, even when I don't agree. Mostly, I'm just happy to see people living without fear of governments or anyone or thing else.

And further on bloggers, while I'm ALWAYS critical of anonymous bloggers and comments (I don't permit anonymous comments here), I can certainly understand why the guys at NeptuneMatters are keeping a lid on their identities, for now, because the Supreme Court ruling shows that the law isn't on our side, and it shouldn't be, I'm with TooMuchMedia (which is run by a former, or still but I haven't heard from him in YEARS, great friend of mine) -- us bloggers shouldn't be spreading complete fud, but if TheTruthHurts(TM) and HonestyIsTheBestPolicy(TM), then it was easy enough for TMM to tell the truth as defense, and it would be easy enough for any elected official, like Anthony Weiner, to prove the truth -- the problem of course being that it seems that most times, if elected officials tried to prove the truth, they'd incriminate themselves, and it would just vindicate us bloggers, which rarely happens, but feels great when it does happen. By remaining anonymous, it seems the Neptune Matters folks are somehow getting deeper info, probably being handed over unwittingly like candy even, it has it's benefits I suppose, some great historical Americans wrote anonymously, they eventually announced their identities, I suspect someday we'll know who runs Neptune Matters, for now, they are doing well as it is.

To be clear, we bloggers aren't journalists, at least I don't claim to be a jouralist. Some bloggers try to pass themselves off as such, in my opinion, it's foolish. We don't enjoy the benefits of hiding behind the corporate lawyers, a board of directors, some shareholders or an "editorial board" nor do most of us have the significant reader base and advertising network of a real journalist to fund our defense and separate the real, physical us from the character people see on TV or hear on the radio or read from in the paper. We don't have editors to check for grammEr...grammar, and spelling misssteaks nor do we have college interns [to sexually harass] to do the leg work for us. We have nothing more than our opinions, based on our little research, which is often hindered by sneaky local political ploys, and our little audience of readers, for which we are thankful for, and nothing more. Blogging, for me at least, has often been a lonely and frustrating road, but best of all, as great motivation, I generally believe that my often offensive opinions, statements and research will be vindicated in time. Despite the abuse I sometimes take for making my opinions known, when the people I choose to call out are finally caught with their proverbial pants down, or literally in some cases, it feels quite good, and shows the service provided.

In summary, heed the words over at NeptuneMatters, and I'll repeat them here:
But, it takes more than 100 or so page hits a day to get the “revolution” going. YOU must start spreading the word amongst your Neptunian friends.
...
However, if there is no one to do the real digging, what’s the result? Corruption and deceit festers. Taxpayer’s money gets wasted and people get hurt.
...
To Our Elected Officials & Administration. We Are Watching. It’s Only A Matter Of Time Before You Trip Up & People Finally See What You Are Up To & What You Are Getting Away With.
Again, thanks for continuing to read, loyal readers, and welcome to those who stumble across this little blog and take a read.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Another Good Reason To Love Chris Christie

The guy has won me over, really. Call me a party hack or whatever you want to call me if you need to, but Christie is really doing a great job, in my book.


The story is essentially that the Gov is cutting $300 million in spending that benefits 23,000 state residents.

We Republicans scream and yell and complain when we spend $20K+ per pupil on education to get sub-par education. This cut by the Gov should be cutting about $13K per beneficiary ($300m / 23K), what's better is that we're cutting $13K in sub-par healthcare coverage and now these people will be free of a government system that forces them into sub-par healthcare facilities. I understand healthcare costs and treatments and prescription will bankrupt a person, but I for one don't want to be bankrupted paying taxes to fund that healthcare. I'm of the opinion that there are enough wealthy, charitable people in the world along with enough doctors and philanthropists who care about other people that voluntary, charity work will help those who really want help.

For me personally, when I talk about cuts in spending and smaller government, I'm talking about seeing the government make those cuts everywhere, in any and all departments that aren't "essential services", and I have to also say that what I personally consider essential may be even less than what the state defines as essential. Too often, We the People scream and yell and complain about our high taxes, then when the Man comes around to make a cut in our favorite program, we scream and kick and yell and demand that the government makes a cut somewhere else. Someone(s) is going to be upset at this cut, just as someone(s) will be upset at cuts in school budgets.... I'm won't be upset.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I am a strictly private sector worker, I have no vested interest in public employment, it doesn't pay my bills and I do not benefit from government programs. I honestly don't think I use any government programs (aside from DMV, and not by choice, and some local parks, but I'd just as well go enjoy the beach if it's wasn't so expensive, and I was allowed to bring my dog). There are groups who are upset at the idea of cuts to school budgets, groups upset with cuts to gov't healthcare programs, groups that are upset with cuts to UEZ zone, etc... but not me... make any real cut and I'm really happy.

I just wish that the Gov would cut some salaries and benefits of those union NJT railroad workers who provide nothing but late trains and sub-par public transportation services next. Just sayin'.

Monday, June 6, 2011

I speak for the Whole Republican Party* - depending on who you ask.

Follow along for a minute.
I don't really follow any sports, I catch the evening news' 2 minutes of "sports" at the end of the telecast and I see the headline of the Sports section of the paper before I throw it into the "recycle" pile... BUT I'm a BIG Yankees fan, because I said I am. Further, not only am I a BIG Yankees fan, I'm now part of the team! How you ask? Well I signed a paper that confirms I'm a member of the Yankee team, it was that easy! No one checked my skill-set, no one asked why I'm a member of the Yankee team, no one asked if I know any Yankee team history or share the Yankee team's winning vision, Yankee leadership wanted more people on the Yankee team and accept any and all offers, no pre-qualification, come and go as you please, stand, or don't stand for anything. And it's great, once you're a member of the Yankee team, by signing a little paper and mailing it in, you can say things like "we won!" or "our captain is great" or "management needs to get their heads on straight!" or "we played great but came up short, we'll try harder next time" - you get to speak for the whole Yankee team and represent them to your friends, family and neighbors and because you're signed on as a member of the Yankee team, they know, or think, you speak for the Yankee team.

Now let me make a few edits....See where I'm going with this?

I don't really follow any politics, I catch the evening news' 2 minutes of "politics" at the end of the telecast and I see the headline of the Local section of the paper before I throw it into the "recycle" pile... BUT I'm a BIG Republican fan, because I said I am. Further, not only am I a BIG Republican fan, I'm now part of the team! How you ask? Well I signed a paper that confirms I'm a member of the Republican team, it was that easy! No one checked my skill-set, no one asked why I'm a member of the Republican team, no one asked if I know any Republican team history or share the Republican team's winning vision, Republican leadership wanted more people on the Republican team and accept any and all offers, no pre-qualification, come and go as you please, stand, or don't stand for anything. And it's great, once you're a member of the Republican team, by signing a little paper and mailing it in, you can say things like "we won!" or "our Governor is great" or "management needs to get their heads on straight!" or "we played great but came up short, we'll try harder next time" - you get to speak for the whole Republican team and represent them to your friends, family and neighbors and because you're signed on as a member of the Republican team, they know, or think, you speak for the Republican team.

Sadly, what I describe isn't far off of what I've found the local party structures to be, not just in Long Branch, but in many towns across NJ. Public [union] workers, who stand to receive significant unused vacation/sick payouts, including already overpaid railroad workers, are "Republicans". Discriminatory and wasteful UEZ directors and administrators who believe their local town shouldn't have to share the burden of a 7% sales tax like everyone else in the state are "Republicans". Pro-choice representatives who spend tax-payer money on health clinics that provide care to women, but not men, are "Republicans". Overzealous religious fanatics who want to impose their church's beliefs and morals rather than protect the freedoms granted to us by the Constitution are "Republicans". Local small business owners who have lived in town for decades and know everyone and just want the kids to "get off of their lawn" are "Republicans". And even me with all of the things I've said on my blog and stand for in person, make me a "Republican". Good or bad, no one seems to be checking the skill-set on any of us, I think the party is just happy to have us, sometimes.

And all of these people, self-included, all really exist in "our" party. And I say "our" party because by signing a voter registration card, you (probably, if you're reading this blog anyway) and I are part of the Republican team, and without any certifying us as good team member, we're now the guys. And don't be confused, I'm certain that the Democrats are no better. I'm certain from conversations with enough of them that most stand for nothing or are afraid to stand for anything.

And here in Long Branch, just like may other towns, many of these people exist and one vote, if that, made them the voice of the party, in their minds; typical mob mentality rules. "Republicans" are angry at me for standing up for Republican principles and going after those who I perceive to not be standing for Republican principles despite being in a position where they themselves claim to speak for the party, based on their one vote. I asked about Republican principles in an email to a Freeholder candidate, never recieved a reply. I asked the same question at a Freeholder candidate forum to the same candidate, and the candidate looked at me a bit confused, some in the audience didn't seem to think my questions about abortion and gun rights were important questions to ask a "Republican", they seemed to think less when I asked the question a second time to a second candidate, who gave a much better answer; you point me to a higher bar to have a candidate hurdle as a gauge.

But I'm digressing as usual - the point is that many "Republicans" here, and probably elsewhere, often get "mad" at me for standing for what I believe to be Republican principles, likewise, I'm equally mad at them for claiming to be Republicans and then not standing for any Republican principles at all, or rather, not standing for ANY principles at all - just hiding in their own homes complaining to themselves in the mirror. They are mad that I voice my opinions and then I work to see that my opinions are known, I'm mad because they attack me as a person without standing for a principles of their own. And I think what hurts their feelings even more is I'm brave, or crazy, enough to use my real name and not hide behind some app.com anonymous screen name to voice my opinion, and THEN to top it off, I even try to convince apathetic Republican voters that SOMEONE is often bucking the system and TRYING to represent the Republican principles that they presumably stand-for and we need to work to remove the not-so-Republicans from the Republicans ranks rather than sit by and not vote and not be engaged in the process. And the sad truth is that MOST people in the party are actually good Republicans who really stand for good Republican principles, but for whatever reason, many don't make their voices heard, they hide behind anonymity, they hide in general and don't show their passion to making our local, state and federal representation "better".

In any case, I know I've been away from the blog for a while. Being a good Republican committeeman, I've distributed 500 Primary Election Remind postcards and refrigerator magnets to my Republican neighbors in my local district and neighbor districts over the past 4 weekends, rain and cold slowed me down along with some personal matters. And after I spent several weekends walking through Long Branch to rally voters, I voluntarily power-washed a woman in my district's house after I walked up to her in her driveway to hand out my wares and saw her trying to use a broom to remove some mold and fungus from her shingles. With "community organizer" skills like mine, I should join the other 500 "Republicans" running for President!

Anyhow, my blog is important, to me, and hopefully to you my readers. It has become a powerful way for me to tell my story and promote the principles that I stand for, and I believe Republicans endorse. My ramblings seem to attract a crowd. I've been asked, or rather told, to "keep the committee out of it" and to "go start your own party". I will not. Despite what some people may think, that I somehow speak for the party, I speak only for myself. My friends, family and neighbors ask and demand that I remain honest and true to the principles that I've always believed in and stand for, the principles I've voiced on this very blog and the principles that make me part of the Republican team. If you don't like what I have to say.... go start your own blog! And use your tax-payer funded union job income and unused sick time payouts to promote your own principles... if you have any principles because you certainly haven't demonstrated or told of any.

With Primary day upon us, I hope that I did enough work to energize voters to come out despite there being no contest, just to show their support for our party and our candidates. I think we have good candidates overall. I think if more people were willing to stand up for what they believe in, we'd have even better candidates. I made some phone calls to friends, family and Republicans who I've met through my door walks to see if any of the candidates or any of my fellow committee people, have reached out to them... I wasn't disappointed, only because I didn't expect anyone to make the effort, sad really... apathy makes sense, sometimes..

In any case, Tuesday June 7, 2011.... primary day... go vote!

PS. - Did you know "menorial" day just passed? The "boys and girls" were reminded... I forgot to pass the reminder along... Hope you had a memorable Memorial Day and remembered to thank a vet.