I Have a Gripe

December 28, 2010

Philly’s Wussy-Bowl

Filed under: General Annoyances — alvb1227 @ 9:17 pm
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I have to agree with Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell, we are a nation of wussies.

For the first time since the 1940’s, a football game will be played on Tuesday night. This is due to the blizzard that occurred up and down the eastern seaboard over the weekend.

Now, I hate the cold. I would NEVER go to a game in this type of weather, however, this is what football is all about. We all remember watching the old NFL films of “the frozen tundra.” This is classic football. What about now you ask? Now we are a feel-good, everybody wins/nobody loses kind of society. This is about more than a football game. This speaks to our society as a whole.

You may think I am over-reacting, but I think not. As I seem to be saying it a lot lately, we need to “man-up” as a country. We can start with the simple things. Like having guys who make a boat load of money actually play football in the snow. Vince Lombardi must be spinning in his grave.

December 20, 2010

Unemployment “Fraud”

OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I am currently unemployed. I have been looking for a new opportunity for several months now. Out of the hundreds of resumes, emails and job applications I have sent out, I have had a handful of interviews and no job…yet.

Now just last week, Congress extended unemployment benefits again. I will say I do believe there needs to be an end to unemployment. People can’t expect to be on it forever. I do, however, resent the implications from many that those on unemployment are lazy and would rather sit home watching television than find a job. People are talking about “fraud” in unemployment as if it is a wide-spread epidemic.

Let’s face it; unemployment barely covers the basics. On average, many on unemployment receive about $300 a week. That is hardly an incentive to hang home. I know of many individuals who are unemployed and hate having to collect their unemployment benefit. And I say benefit, not entitlement, because we as taxpayers actually pay into the program while we were employed.

Is there fraud in unemployment? I wouldn’t doubt it. However, I would believe this is a fairly small number. What I would like to know is how much fraud there is in the welfare system or the Social Security system or the Medicaid system? Where is the outrage there? And welfare and Medicaid,  my friends, are entitlements.

Many of us are looking for that “Christmas miracle,” which is a new job. I am hopeful that things will loosen up in January when 2011 budgets at companies are opened and now that the tax questions have been settled.

So instead of bad mouthing those who are unemployed, I ask that you pray for them to get the job they so desperately want.

December 10, 2010

The Dream Act, 9-11 Responders and Common Sense

There are a lot of different pieces of legislation working through Congress in this lame duck session. They include extending the Bush-era tax cuts, the Dream Act, extending unemployment benefits and more. While these are all important, to one degree or another, there is one that was voted down yesterday that is absolutely shameful. I am talking about medical care for the 9-11 first responders.

From what I have read, this important legislation was voted down by three votes. There is obvious political posturing on both sides, but this piece of legislation should not have anything to do with politics. It is simply the right thing to do.

These responders put their lives on the line to work to save as many as possible and recover those who lost their lives. As a result, they have developed terrible health issues and in some cases, they have already passed away.

To me, these heroes should be treated just like the military. We should do whatever is necessary to help them. Period.

Now, depending on who you listen to, the Dems claim the GOP won’t entertain anything until the tax cuts are addressed. The GOP says the Dems are just trying to make them look bad. Whatever the so-called reasons, everyone should put their big boy pants on and do what is right for these heroes.

I urge all my readers to reach out to their Senators and Representatives and urge them to get this done so these heroes can have peace of mind that their health-related issues from working on the pile will be handled.

December 2, 2010

“It Was a Just a Turkey”

Filed under: General Annoyances,Laws,New Jersey,Outdoors — alvb1227 @ 1:04 am
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I just saw this story on my local news and I was compelled to write a post.

In Rutherford, NJ, two teenagers killed one of the borough’s wild turkeys in July of this year with a bow and arrow. The backlash has been so bad, the case has been moved to another venue.

Now many of you that know me personally or have read this blog regularly, know that I am an avid angler (catch and release) and thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. I am not a hunter or “catch and keep” angler, but do not begrudge anyone who is, as long as they hunt and fish responsibly and consume what they kill. This represents the large majority of hunters.

The two young men who killed this turkey, that was essentially considered a neighborhood mascot, are not even close to hunters. From what I have read about these two, they are essentially the neighborhood delinquents that even when confronted after shooting the turkey made snide remarks about the event. They received multiple tickets and summons from Rutherford and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and the case will be heard in court soon.

Since the event, the court has received hundreds of letters from citizens outraged over the event, urging the judge to give out the maximum possible sentence. The two are also receiving harassing phone calls and people are standing outside their homes with signs.

When Jolyn Garner, one of the boy’s mothers, was recently interviewed, she said the following; “It’s just been nonstop harassment for four months,” she said. “I’m sorry the turkey was killed, but it was a just a turkey.”

Wow…good parenting example. Now I know where her boy gets it from.

The kicker to all this is while being interviewed, young Garner also informed the reporter he is a vegetarian for “personal and moral reasons.” Is he serious? Killing a turkey, or any animal, in a public place, for fun, is moral? He was in a park. He could’ve missed the turkey and shot a child!

In case you can’t tell, I’m furious. I hope these kids get whatever the maximum they can receive. What they should really do is give them community service with Fish and Wildlife helping with wildlife management of the state turkey population. That should help them understand what nature in New Jersey is all about.

It is because of idiots like this people have such a low opinion of Jersey.

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