Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gun Control Options

Gun control and protecting schools has come up again and all the politicos are now debating what to do. Give teachers guns! Put cops in schools! Take guns away! Give more people guns!

Decisions Decisions....

Bottom line...we have a problem but no..more guns won't help the problem. Should we ban certain guns? Yeah, probably. Why would any normal person need an assault weapon? It's not a personal protection weapon, its an...."assault" weapon. There's our first clue. Unless there's a reason you have to have a weapon that kills several people in a short blast...you don't need it. No one needs it unless you're a soldier on duty somewhere in a war zone.

Teachers with guns?  Um...no way. No teacher I ever met every said they wanted to be a teacher to carry a gun and shoot people. They don't want to keep the peace and they don't want to wave a gun above the heads of children. They didn't want to be a police man when they grew up. They wanted to teach and to help the kids that came into their classrooms. So let them teach. Don't force them to be something, do something they never wanted in the first place.

Cops in schools? Better idea. I know after Columbine I felt better when I saw the police officer wandering the halls of our local high school. He was a man trained in criminal apprehension, use of firearms and in making life and death decisions at a moment's notice. (Things teachers are not trained for)

Gun control. How about we make guns at least as difficult as getting a driver's license? Tests, both practical and written, then send in a application with basic information and some psychological evaluation questions.  Would that hurt anyone's right to bare arms?

I'm just an average person. Yet tomorrow I could go buy a gun and fire it. I've never held a gun, know nothing about them, but I could have one soon and who knows where that would lead?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Obamacare vs Romneycare

Evidently it was a great idea to put Romney health care in Massachusetts, but its not okay to give it to the rest of America. When a commercial came out about a Kansas steel worker who lost his job due to Romney's Bain-economics the Romney camp had to defend its closing of the Steel plant, the life's blood of the community. The man in the commercial lost his job, his health insurance and when his wife got sick, he lost his wife. The man stated Romney is out of touch with his actions. Hmmm, that brings up the question; did Romney know what would happen to the hundreds of workers he flushed out of the work force. Did he offer them other work options? Could he have? Did he even try?

Okay, so the best part? His spokesperson, Andrea Saul, tells fox news that if that that man and his wife lived in Massachusetts they would have been covered under Romney's health care system?

Wait! What does that mean? That the healthcare that system in Mass is okay, but Romney doesn't want to share it with the rest of the country. Do they want everyone to move to Mass when they get sick?

Sheesh!
Do these people even think before they speak? Has Andrea Saul been missing the hundreds of statements by Romney saying he would repeal Obamacare if elected?

Sorry, but the Romney camp doesn't seem to know they're doing. They spew these statements without a thought to what Romney stands for (if we could figure out what it is he stands for-it seems to change constantly) and I don't think they talk to each other. Camera on? Time to ramble senselessly....
I'd hate to see what he'd do if put in charge of the country. He can't even seem to run a campaign.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Savvy or Political Suicide in Monmouth County

Monmouth County Democrats will be electing a new chairman this June. Vic Scudiery will be retiring after many years of awesome service to the Democrats of this county. He was a much loved and much respected chairman who did good things for this county.
Now two men are looking to replace him, Vin Gopal and Frank LaRocca. Both good candidates but that's not why I'm blogging today. (I'm sure we'll get to that closer to election time.)
Lavan and Shea, running for Freeholder and Steinhorn running for County Clerk have come out and publicly endorsed Mr. LaRocca. Now on a political standpoint I fear this will backfire. Will people believe these guys are now in LaRocca's pocket or that LaRocca is trying to buy votes for the chairman's race by throwing money at the candidates?
And what happens if the other guy wins?
If Lavan, Shea or Steinhorn ever want to run for office again would the powers that be remember this ploy and maybe choose not to run them for office?
Personally, if I were a candidate in Monmouth County right now I'd remain neutral and simply offer my best wishes to both chairman candidates.
So? Was coming out to endorse someone for Monmouth County Chairman a savvy move or political suicide for these three guys? Did they put money before strategy?
I can only wonder why....

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mittens Takes Puerto Rico!

Mittens wins again! This one was easy to figure after Santorum tells the island to learn English. Yes, its probably best to learn English since it is the main language of the USA, but it did lack a bit of respect for the culture. So Mittens was definitely a shew-in after that little verbal barf. But how the hell did Gingrich, the man of rotating wives, come in ahead of Ron Paul??? That baffles me. Now if Mittens goes all the way, what impact will his blunders have when the dems start the real campaign? He stated he wasn't concerned about the very poor. (Good to know a future Prez will care so much) He offered Gov Perry a $10,000 bet on national TV. (Nice to know he can blow $10 grand like that- for some people it's a year's salary.) He told voters in Florida he was unemployed. (Mittens is worth over $200 million--gee, maybe that's why he doesn't need a job?) He blasted Obama for one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history. (Oooooo, did he forget about Iraq, Afghanistan...) Hmmmm, I could go on but I can't. I'm still picturing him zipping down the highway with the dog strapped to the top of the car. (Common sense or animal cruelty?)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Jersey Governor says he will veto the bill allowing gays to marry because....well, I'm not really sure of his reasons. I'm not sure he can articulate any.
He wants to put it on the ballot. Because we all know the Emancipation Proclamation, women's right to vote and all the other civil rights issues would have come to be had they been put on the ballot, right?
Wikipedia defines bigot as; A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern English refers to persons hostile to those of differing sex, race, ethnicity, religious belief or spirituality, nationality, language, sexual orientation, and age; and to those from a different region, with non-normative gender identity, those who are homeless, and those with various medical disorders, particularly behavioural and addictive disorders. Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. described bigots with the following quote: "The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract."[1]
Hmmmmm, if the label fits....apply to New Jersey Governor.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monmouth County Schools

There they go....Most of the towns in Monmouth County have moved their School elections to the November election. This saves each town thousands of dollars. The few towns left will have until February 17th to make their decision. Some are just waiting for the next board meeting to vote on it so it will probably be a done deal for the whole county.
The one thing I'm concerned about is the fact that this move is not well publicized. Even if the people don't realize that April has passed without a school board election, and this does happen to people not involved with the schools, November my still have problems. It's a presidential election year so the polls are going to be busy. And now people are walking into the voting booth and being faced with all these extra candidates and questions on the screen.
Please tell me they have a plan to get the news out about the importance of reading your sample ballot BEFORE entering the polling booth. Make your decisions at home and go in an informed voter who isn't going to tie up the process.
Or better yet get a mail in ballot and do it at home. There you can take your time and not hold up the line.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

School Board Elections???

Gov Christie signed into law the option of moving the Annual april School Board election to November. Towns have the ability to opt in or out and stay in April. If they move to November then, as long as their budget is at or under the cap the budget doesn't go on the ballot. Drawbacks? The taxpayers may not want it to be at cap or however much the tax is raised. If they opt to stay in April then the budget is on the ballot and voter's have the say. Drawback? The more towns that opt out and go to November the bigger the cost of the April election will be to the towns that stay in April. All expenses for the election that were split between the towns under the county election divisions will now be split by however many stay in April. Example: Monmouth County has 53 municipalities. So they split the towns election expense 53 ways. Now if half these towns go to November then the remaining 26 or so will have to split the cost, thereby making the option to stay in April more expensive for the taxpayers. It will be interesting to see how many towns opt out. Another plus would be the November election always has a bigger turnout so more people will vote for the School Board Issues. What's up in your town.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Get Up and Do Something

The biggest problem with politics today is not the politicians. They are merely entertainment while they try to insult each other as they pump themselves up. Its been going on for two hundred years and it's going to keep going. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The biggest problem is the uninformed voter. When it's time to vote do your homework. Find out what the candidate really stands for and make an informed decision before you cast that vote. It doesn't matter who they're married to, what school they went to or if they are from your home state. None of those reasons are good enough to get your vote. What are they going to do about taxes? Cut them? Ask how. What about health care? Do we lose what we have? Add to it? How will it be paid for? Can we do something about these humoungus student loans in an economy with no jobs? We bailed out the banks now how about bailing out these hard working kids who stepped into the worst job market since the Great Depression? Whatever you care about should be addressed by the candidate. If they can't give you an answer, they don't deserve your vote. End of conversation. Vote with your head.