Here is a link to the channel 6 video: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8030319
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Here is a link to the channel 6 video: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8030319
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Well, let's say that our intervention in Libya is stupider than most wars. Here's why.
President Obama seems to be more concerned about how he looks to the American public and how he looks to the members of the European Union than he is about the interests of America, the lives of American troops or the lives of the Libyan people.
Like a typical post-Vietnam Democrat, Obama has no stomach for doing anything without the involvement and approval of the United Nations. The problem with going in with the UN is that it means fighting a war by committee. The members of the UN have different interests, some are opposed to our involvement, some are lukewarm, while others support it.
For instance, Russia gave its approval when the UN Security Council voted on the resolution authorizing the action, then complained once the US began providing air support for the rebels. What did Obama do after the Russians complained? He stopped the air support. With air support, the rebels were able to advance 200 miles westward. Once we stopped attacking concentrations of Libyan troops and equipment, two days ago, the rebels lost nearly all the ground they gained. This on-again, off again air support is something like a method of torture where the victim is held underwater until he passes out, then taken out until revived, then dunked again.
Either we should provide the air cover, or not get involved at all. If we stayed out from the beginning, Qaddafi would have regained control and crushed the revolt. The fighting would be over, and buildings would not be getting blown up and people would not be getting killed en masse. If we went in and made a concerted effort to support the uprising, Qaddafi would likely quickly lose, and peace would be restored. Either way, the conflict would end.
All the lukewarm "war by UN" that we now have will accomplish is to prolong the conflict. It comes with the price tag of billions of dollars of American tax dollars, and the possibility of death of American pilots. Also, one of our planes may be shot down and the wreckage recovered by the enemy - like what happened in the Kosovo conflict. The Serbs recovered the wreckage and allowed the Chinese to examine it. They gained enough knowledge of American aircraft technology to build their own stealth bomber. Great! Let's give the enemy more chances to steal American weapons technology so they can kick our asses on the battlefield in the next war.
Another risk of a less than 100% commitment to the conflict now that we are involved is that Qaddafi will still crush the rebellion and remain in power. What then? Does anybody think he would then make nice with the United States and forgive us for bombing his country and trying to overthrow him? Of course not. He will be as ornery as ever and most likely will strike back at us by refusing to sell the west oil and by committing acts of terrorism against the countries that opposed him.
So let's forget what the rest of the world thinks. Get rid of the UN charade, go in and do the job ourselves and go into Trippoi and make sure Kadaffi dies.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sounds like double talk to me. What part of "Negotiate, Don't Legislate" don't you understand Fat Boy? I heard your budget address. You clearly came out in support for Governor Walker's plan to destroy public employee unions. The Trentonian went further than Christie has so far in this article and suggests that Christie should outlaw the "Agency Shop" and prevent the unions from using the state payroll system to automatically collect dues from members and nonmembers. At first blush, the paper is talking about eliminating collections from nonmembers, who benefit from the union because they receive the benefits of the union contract. They get union scale wages and can greive contract violations, just like full union members. They benefit from the contract and should be paying.
The Trentonian of course would also like to see payroll contributions from members stopped too. What this is really about is muzzling the union. In this day and age it takes money to get your views out, and that means buying advertising time on TV and radio stations and paying lobbyists to talk to the politicians. And why not, nobody is suggesting that the Chamber of Commerce or the State Business and Industry Association be barred from using lobbyists and the media to advance their positions. Fair is fair.
And what's this about businesses that don't want our business. Why else would someboby advertise their business in a reactionary anti-union publication like the Trentonian except to make a public statement that they support the paper's political position and would like to see Trenton's unionized workers take a pay cut. So why should we spend money at any business that advertises there.
So who are the businesses that had the nerve to advertise in an anti-union publication in a union town. These are the people who advertised in the Trentonian today. No doubt they think you should not get a raise and should pay a lot more for health insurance and pension.
Clearly the owners of these businessesdon't like us and think they don't need our money. Let's oblige them. Boycott these businesses until they stop advertising in the Trentonian. (There will be further updates of companies that chose to advertise in this rag when it runs anti-union tirades in the future). STAY AWAY FROM THESE ADVERTISERS, THEY DON'T NEED OR WANT UNION BUSINESS.
(Let 'em switch to the Trenton Times, they are less hostile to us.)
Liberty Jewelery Buyers
2115 Hamilton Ave.
Italian People's Bakery
61-63 Butler St
Dance It Up
1062 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Peter E. Zimnis, Esz.
1245 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
"I Buy Houses"
2699 South Broad St.
1027 S. Broad St.
600 Perry St
Advanced Urgent Care
111 Lawrenceville Rd.
Kathleen Scott Chasar, Esq.
2500 Brunswick Pike
Paul Robinson Charter School
643 Indiana Ave.
"Military Family Nights"
The Haldeman Auto Group
607 Highway 33
Hamilton Square, NJ
MercerRegionalChamber of Commerce
1A Quakerbridge Plaza Dr, Suite 2
600 Chestnut Ave.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I can only imagine what this is about. NJSP.ORG is the official New Jersey State Police website and someone logged on from this site to read my blog. I wonder if this has something to do with the posting "Christie Check Yourself". I hope not, but I believe it is probable that someone gave the State Police a tip that I was calling for the killing of the governor and they wanted to check it out.
First, the posting did not say this, but rather stated that there is a possibility that a sniper attack is possible, given the number of laid off police officers out there. I gave out the governor's home address, but that is easilly obtainable from public sources online and would be accessible by anyone seriously planning an attack. I even said that the assassin would most likely be arrested and put on trial. Although I indicated that acquital through jury nullification might happen, allowing the shooter to get away scott free, you must admit that anybody who would think this would be anything other than a long-shot possibility would be mistaken. After all acquital would require 12 not guilty votes. Anything less than that would lead to a mistrial and the case would be put back on the docket for another trial.
The second comment I want to make has more to do with the ineptness of the State Police. Checking me out by logging on through notify.bluecoat2.njsp.org is akin to conducting surveillence in a plain white Crown Victoria with hubcaps rather than wheel covers. It is espionoge conducted with a neon sign. You have to be blind not to notice it.
I just have to wonder, are all undercover cops this obvious, or only just the State Police.
Monday, March 7, 2011
When I was in bed last night, my jaw was killing me. I had a real nasty toothache going on, but didn't do anything about it until I got up. I was just too tired and lazy to get out of bed at 2:00 AM. First thing in the morning I brushed my teeth and tried to floss them. When I got near the sore spot, I practically went through the ceiling. Guess what, it wasn't some food stuck between my teeth after all.
So onto step two. I called out of work and called my family dentist. I was just there a month ago for my six month checkup and he said everything was fine. No, I don't go to Eastern Dental or some other mas production shop. I have a 40 year old Jewish gentleman who practices alone in Bordentown. Just him, the dental assistant and the receptionist. Do to some prior experiences with this guy (like the time he informed me that he broke a dental drill off inside my tooth when he was attempting a root canal), I know he isn't the best dentist in the world, but how good to you have to be to do checkups and cleanings. After the root canal from hell, I let him know that I prefer to go to a real endodontist for the heavy stuff.
So why go to this guy? Because he gives you the personal attention you deserve and you can get an appointment right on the spot if you have a toothache.
Off to the family dentist. He looks at the tooth and said it was fine a month ago. He then X-rays it and says there is nothing wrong with the tooth. I probably was grinding on it because I have been under a lot of stress lately. He then said he will inspect the tooth by looking at it and poking on it. He then found what he thought was the problem. The tooth was fractured. He said he was going to numb me up and drill it a little bit, However after two shots of Novacane, my jaw refused to become numb. That was actually a good thing, because it saved me from being drilled on by some Three Stooges guy with a dental license.
The family dentist got me an appointment latter in the day with my endodontist in Mt. Laurel. She got the thing numb right away and did the root canal. She said that this was a longstanding problem, that my tooth was infected and that the infection was so bad that it left the root of the tooth and went into the jaw. She said that if the infection can be stopped, she can probably save the tooth. (When she gets done, Three Stooges guy gets to put a crown on it.) So she gave me a prescription for pennicilin and Percocet and sent me home. I feel 100% better without the infected root pulp and nerve. Also, I;m relieved knowing I probably won't get encephelitis from the infected tooth the other dentist missed.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Right now, I'm relaxing, listening to my girlfriend, Ada Falcon on the DVR. In case you don't know, Ada Falcon is the tango singer that had a better voice than Liberitad Lamarque, but quit the business in 1942 to become a cloistered nun. She died in 2002 or 2003. I think it is a requirement for tango singers to live to at least 90 years old. You know, they put something in the water in Argentina to keep them alive that long.
Over the past week I have been trying to prove Murphy's Law. My laptop fried out around Tuesday or Wednesday and way replaced with some asskicking model from HP for about $1,000. On Friday, my hot water heater kicked the bucket and left me with a flood in the basement. I played Auschwitz yesterday dragging this heavy 50 gallon 50,000 BTU unit in my basement yesterday and hooking it up. I got my nephew coming tomorrow to help me drag the dead unit out of the basement. We'll see how long it takes the scavengers to take it off the curb.
Speaking of life's disasters, last Thursday, there was a protest at the statehouse. About 7,000 police and fire fighters showed up to protest proposed increases to the cost of health insurance and lengthening the time it takes to become eligible for a pension. The Trentonian was somewhat baffled. They couldn't understand why the cops were also opposed to Stephen Sweeney, since he is a Democrat.
Both Sweeney and Christie are collaborating on a plan to drastically increase the cost of health insurance, dilute the quality of the coverage, increase the cost of pensions and decrease the payout that retirees receive.
This is just plain wrong. Perhaps the senate should take up Shirley Turner's bill to permanently increase income tax rates on those making a million a year or more. Both Sweeney and Christie are opposed to this. They think the millionaires need their yacht gas money more than workers need decent and affordable health insurance and pensions.
Last year, Christie allowed the temporary increase on income taxes for millionaires to expire. He said it would help create jobs because the millionaires will hire more people. I don't know, but I haven't seen any new jobs result from it. I have seen our cities stripped of municipal aid and have seen hundreds of cops laid off. Just like I said before if you want bigger fires and stronger gangs, support Christie.
In Trenton, so far no police or fire personnel have been laid off. Mayor Mack has been balancing the city's budget with hope and peanut oil. He hoped to get federal grants to pay for the cops, but they never came through. He also put in a massive property tax increase last year. He wanted to raise property taxes again this year by about 10 percent, but City Council won't go for it. Too bad. When the cops go and the criminals start running wild, blame city council, not Tony Mack. Better yet, blame your governor friend who gutted the city's treasury.
Besides not being on the job, there is another danger involved in having lots of laid off policemen sitting on their butts collecting unemployment. These men are trained in the use of firearms and have a deep seated grudge against the governor. I could imagine one of them stationing himself in the woods across the street from 40 Corey Lane in Mendham and blowing the governor's head off. The ex-cop just also might take out his lovely stockbroker wife and a few state trooper bodyguards.
Not that I would want to see the governor actually assassinated, but it is a strong possibility that could happen. I also wouldn't be surprised if a jury acquitted the assassin of all charges regardless of the evidence presented. Juries have the right to nullification, which is to ignore the evidence and let the defendant go because they disagree with the law. That's why we have juries. They are a check on the state's power to enforce arbitrary laws. The right goes all the back to the Magna Carta, when knights wore armor and rode around on horseback.
Perhaps someone will go to Mendham and solve the problem by busting a cap in Christie's head.
If that happens, it would be a sad day indeed.