Friday, July 27, 2007

Dump them in the sea? Sounds like a GREAT idea!

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I first heard about this story from an editorial in the Press of Atlantic City.

Basically, New York City has offered to give New Jersey (out of the kindness of their golden hearts) 600 stainless steel subway cars for placement in offshore artificial reefs.

Right off the bat, I thought about the stories from Florida, where they are now attempting to retrieve discarded tires used for the same purpose, as they have found them harmful to the coral reefs in the area.

As the editorial in the Press lays out, New Jersey doesn't have any coral reefs to worry about, but there are important questions to be asked, like if the artificial reefs are creating new fish habitats, or just merely attracting fish from other areas.

Not to mention the potential environmental impacts of such a dumping.

MORE SUBWAY CARS FOR THE SEA? End dumping program
Press of Atlantic City Editorial

Ocean off N.J. likely to be last stop for subway cars
Press of Atlantic City

I'll take Chapter 11 please

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Things just keep getting worse. According to the Star-Ledger, New Jersey taxpayers have promised health insurance packages worth almost $69 billion to current and future public retirees. This includes $11 billion in municipal costs and $58 billion to be paid by the state.

And considering that the monetization is fast becoming a dead issue, what is Corzine going to do about this budget? Even if monetization were on the table, and the state were able to raise $30 billion (as proposed to Nancy Feldman, the Director of the Office of Public Finance), it would still leave us woefully short of closing the gap.

Chapter 11, here we come! Ready to make history?

Report: Insurance costs $58B for state, $11B for municipalities

Corzine received $30 billion proposal for "monetization" of NJ Turnpike with management contract
Toll Road News

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Monetization? Anyone? Hello?

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A bunch of blogs sited a poll released yesterday by Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey that found that, surprise surprise, most New Jersey residents are against leasing state assets like the turnpike or the parkway.

“The Monmouth University/Gannett poll showed that 55 percent of residents opposed the idea Corzine has dubbed "asset monetization" without explaining the details. Nearly 60 percent (59-30) opposed the leasing of the Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, and about the same number (58-33) opposed allowing private developers to build on top of train stations."

Corzine also continues to harm any chances of making a deal due to his steadfastness NOT to release any information to the public. Not to mention that Republicans, Independents and Democrats are running for the hills any time the plan is mentioned.

To quote a line from Little Caesar, "Mother of mercy, could this be the end of Corzine?"

Here's the sketch:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Savage times

Usually, I don't allow myself to succumb to my buddy Karl Savage's "me-ness." But I just can't help myself. He has a MySpace photo gallery set up, and he updates it daily with a new picture of himself. You have to have a MySpace acount to check it out, but it's bizarly interesting. Here are some of my favorites:

Day 33- Reasons Why NJ Sucks #3,652: Traffic jams at midnight

Day 27- Magnum P.I.S.S.E.D....

Day 38- Oh Lord, sweep me up...

Oh, and Karl is a graphic artist at the Daily Record(seen in the Day 38 pic), where they have him usually working on awesome projects and really creative enterprises, like this:

CSI: Hoboken

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My weekly cartoon is up now at PoliticsNJ, so go have a look, and let me know what you think.

Camping trip to New York

As I promised to the three of you out there that are interested, here are some pictures from this weekend's trip to the Finger Lakes.

Here's the creepy hotel we booked while in Wellsboro. It's called the Penn Wells Motel, and was first built back in 1799.

This is the wallpaper that adorned the bathroom in our "unrefurbished" room.

A view from the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (Walsh kept referring to it as the 'Great Gorge').

While we were in Corning, I was getting a bit dehydrated form all the walking. The solution? Beer!

These were glass sculptures done by Rudolf Blaschka back in the earlier part of the twentieth century on display at the Corning Museum of Glass. Blaschka sculpted these out of glass for the Harvard University Herbaria so students could permanently study the effects of fungus and bacteria on plant life without everything going rotten in the classroom. This particular sculpture is a Pineapple Pippin Apple affected by the fungus Venturia inaequalis. Phew!

A cool looking bowl in one of the displays at the museum.

A live glass-blowing demonstration at the museum.

Now, on to the wine festival! Monk drove up Sunday morning to be at the campsite at nine, which means they left Delaware around three in the morning. Poor guy. I almost feel bad enough for him NOT to take a picture. Oh well.

The wine festival itself was insane. On top of the over 70 wineries there, people were selling sauces, jewelry, food, soap, and all kinds of homemade stuff. It was pretty overwhelming.

It was also overwhelming to Monk, but in a completely different way. Gulp, gulp, gulp.

But he did have enough energy to beat up rubber after the festival.

Kristen and I at Seneca Lake after dinner.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I've been away, but now I'm back...

Wow! I'm back!!! What a great weekend! Kristen and I stayed at a creepy old motel in Wellsboro, checked out the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, visited the Corning Museum of Glass, and did some wine tasting at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Phew!!!! I'll post some pictures later for the 3 people out there who are interested.

So I won't have any new cartoons until tomorrow, but I just wanted to voice my thanks to all of you regular visitors out there that have made my blog, much to my surprise, the 10th most influential blog in New Jersey, according to Keep coming and ripping me apart for my cartoons, and maybe we can overtake people like Bob Ingle and the NJ Conservatives with Attitude!!!!