POLITICAL: Camden politicians and bureaucrats abdicate?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/24/camden-nj-to-reboot-police-department-by-new-year

Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes
By Perry Chiaramonte
Published August 26, 2012
FoxNews.com

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Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey – often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.

In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures to deal with swollen public sector liabilities and shrinking budgets, the city plans to disband its 460-member police department and replace it with a non-union “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police. Backers of the plan say it will save millions of dollars for taxpayers while ensuring public safety, but police unions say it is simply a way to get out of collective bargaining with the men and women in blue.

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There are few, some would say if any, valid Gooferment functions. A citizen exchanges their loyalty for the protection of the group. Police protection is the the platinum “service” that the Gooferment fails to provide. If it doesn’t do that, why have it.

The argument can be made that a citizen can buy protection service more cheaply from “the Mob” that is much more effective. I remember in the Fifties, one NEVER heard of an old lady being mugged or a store being shoplifted. One did hear of from time to time of a ne’er-do-well tripping on the apocryphal sidewalk crack and spending several weeks in hospital and several months learning to walk again. Those sidewalk cracks are very dangerous. I was give also to understand that members of the local Italian American Club rush to the poor unfortunate’s aid and whisked him to the doctor by way of a small clearing in the Inwood Park informally call “You disrespect my neighborhood; you disrespect me?”.

Ahhh, so here we have the politicians and bureaucrats, having robbed the good taxpayers of everything they have, cuts the one essential service. How about if every one of the politicians and bureaucrats on the public’s dole, gets cut to minimum wage?

Defined benefit pensions are the dodo of the financial world. Time to correct this abuse. Welcome to the 401k world.

A brave new world financially.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: The Gooferment runs the roads as well as it does the Post Office

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/long-awaited-route-27-intersection-upgrade-gets-green-light-from-dot

Long-Awaited Route 27 Intersection Upgrade Gets Green Light from DOT
Davy James | Jun 22, 2012

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Route 27 and Beekman Road intersection to be widened, along with installation of a right-hand turn lane and a new traffic signal.

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How about a series of synchronous lights from Henderson Road to Beekman Road say every 200 feet. When North South is red, they are all red. This would give the (imho very dangerous) “cross traffic” a chance to enter the roadway safely. The pedestrians might not have to play “you bet your life” to cross.

And if some one was really an “engineer” there would left turn arrows in advance of the green northbound and trailing the green south bound.

And, let’s get really wild and crazy, and expect all the Gooferment traffic planners to turn the durations longer during the midnight to 6am period and shorter during the other hours.

Then let’s do some tuning for special conditions accident on RT1 and everyone diverts to 27.

Yeah, I know, I’ve lost my head. Remember the Titanic was designed by experts and Noah was an amateur.

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SERVICE: GARMIN — caution warranted

Monday, April 23, 2012

Funny – peculiar.

I’ve reported to the SURVIVAL BLOG http://survivalblog.com, as have many others, of “death by GPS”. Some are funny, like the truck driver in England who followed the GPS into a river when there was no physical bridge where the GPS said there was one. Others are tragic — the German tourists who drove into Death Valley unprepared, unaware they were on a trail, and suffering a mechanical (breakdown). Or the tech fellow who followed the GPS onto a seasonal logging road in California – Oregon area and was trapped by snow.

I picked up Garmin to deal with confusing Virginia roads and poor signage. So far, I have been:

(1) trapped twice in a loop — once in VA and once in NJ;

(2) annoyed at least five times when it for example insists I get off a perfect good (and free) 295 to jump onto the Turnpike and pay to get to exactly the same place (i.e., the DE bridge).

(3) it insists on annoying me when I stop for gas or the WC.

(4) It’s sent me to a non-existent WalMart.

(5) Twice it couldn’t find an American Legion despite being given an address.

(6) And, numerous other little challenges. Like give it an address and, no matter how you enter it, it can find it.

(7) Finally, there’s not way to pick a spot and say take me there. (At least, that I could find.)

So, as self defense, I, if I’m going somewhere “new”, will Google map it and mapquest it BEFORE venturing out. (Prematurely opened my new VA printer, just so I can print those in case GARMIN develops a stubborn streak.

Sometimes it’s wonderful. Like when the corporate apartment’s dryer didn’t. Garmin with the word “laundromat” found me a 24/7 big one two towns over with the most interest Latino Customers. (Several of the Mexican ladies smiled at me as I loaded my wet tidy whiteys into a huge dryer. Not wanting to be in some Country Western tune where the big boyfriend takes exception to me with my high school Spanish saying “leave me alone, señorita”, I just focused on playing with my IPAD.

So, it’s like an idiot friend, who at random, dispenses both good (i.e., don’t drive home) and bad (i.e., buy us all a round) advice.

Caveat emptor applies to its directions.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Swift’s date too sick to go

Sunday, April 1, 2012

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/story/2012-03-31/taylor-swift-date/53914560/1

Cancer-stricken N.J. teen to miss date with Taylor Swift
By Steve Wood, (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post
Updated 1h 48m ago

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. – In his second bout with cancer, 18-year-old Kevin McGuire won over the Internet and Taylor Swift.

Now the fickle fight will keep the high school senior from Stratford, N.J., from accompanying the superstar to Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Hours after being in “great spirits” Thursday, and a day before his planned departure to Las Vegas for the show, McGuire was dealt a 103-degree fever and taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to his mother, Vicki McGuire.

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I can’t think of a more polite way to say: “Boy, does that suck.”

Hope he gets a replacement date from Ms. Swift. (I’d expect so since she’s one sharp kookie.)

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