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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers # 4

tillie Gigglechick is advertising her blog down undah – how cool is that.

It’s official: Liz at My New Jersey was accepted at Rutgers and is going to be a librarian when she grows up.

Sharon from the Center of NJ Life says: “There are so many good things about living here in the center of NJ, I could go on and on about them. And I've decided to do just that. This installment features the Trenton Thunder baseball team.

Speaking of baseball, check out Mr. Snitch’s post on the forgotten Hoboken – the birthplace of our national pastime.

Sluggo blogs on the zen of skee-ball and gives us pointers based upon his time as a pro at his favorite boardwalk. Point Pleasant.

Snitch and Sluggo give us a heads up: Tris McCall goes to court Next Friday (June 17, at the Hudson County Courthouse. Performing his songs about Hudson County politicians and institutions.

Lizzie at This Full House provides a dose of humor...Follow the instructions to find your new name.

Welcome home Fausta, we missed your Bad Hair blogging.

It’s not all fun and games in the Garden State: ”And the commute? Hairy-er than usual. Half of it spent going so slow I wouldn't kill a flea if I collided head-on with it. The other half spent dodging weavers, drifters, people trying to suck on my back bumper, and just general mayhem at 70 mph. I don't know how the hell I made the 35 miles alive and am here to write about it.” They don’t call her Shamrocketship for nothing.

PDC Ryan pleads with “NJ Transit: Do it right, finish what you started and make good on your promise.”

Kate doing fifty things at once is slowly getting sucked into the PTA.

Jim at Parkway Rest Stop suggests: slow down ... you move too fast.

Sarah at Tomato Nation writes: “If you have reached the age of 25 you must stop viewing carelessness, tardiness, helplessness, or any other quality better suited to a child as either charming or somehow beyond your control. A certain grace period for the development of basic consideration and self-sufficiency is assumed, but once you have turned 25, the grace period is over.”

Jim Testa gives his take on the Michael Jackson trial. Please let it be over soon.

Pre-recorded phone pitches from political candidates did not go over well with The Proprietor and Scott at Poetic Leanings posts: If I don't have your name and number, lose mine!

Mr. Snitch has uncovered someone’s brilliant idea for solving New Jersey’s problems with Hoboken and Jersey City.

Roberto at DynamoBuzz has the latest Rasmussen poll results on the NJ governor's race showing Jon Corzine leading Doug Forrester by 7%, 47% to 40. He observes the folks over on the blog MyDD are concerned that a Corzine win might not be the "lay-up" people assume, but he might win by a shave.

Sharon from the Center of NJ Life notes more Democrats voted for James Kelly, Jr., residing in a group home for the mentally ill, than the combined support Republicans gave Schoeder, DiGaetano and Caliguire in last Tuesday primary for Governor of New Jersey. This is a very interesting observation. Who knew so many Democrats would prefer someone mentally ill over Jon Corzine as their party’s nominee? As Sharon writes, “that's gotta hurt even more than the Pete Vincelli thing.” Ouch!

NJ Conservative is sounding the alarm - the cracks are starting to show. “Governor Codey is mulling over whether to sell or lease the Turnpike and/or Parkway in order to fund the shortfall in the State's Transportation Fund. Selling assets is just a precursor to the explosion that is coming. It could be bond debt, public pensions or any of a hundred items, but this State is running headlong into bankruptcy.”

Tami, The One True says: “Life in NJ is getting so expensive that it's insane. I know that I'm going to have to do some crazy lucky investing in order to be able to afford a house of my own. I may not ever be able to do it. The price of running New Jersey in its current mode is bleeding the residents dry. There are 2 main people running for the office this year, Forrester and Corzine. I like Corzine's Senatorial voting record. I like his plans, and his staff. I'm throwing my support behind him.”

TigerHawk author writes about a ”little guy” named Theodore Sihpol that was acquitted of wrongdoing by a jury, but not before he was personally and financially ruined by Eliot Spitzer, the Attorney General of New York. “Perhaps this begins to expose Spitzer for what he is - a politically motivated PR hound and legal hack, who uses his prosecutorial power indiscriminately, and occasionally without much regard for the law, to procure attention (and shake people and companies down) and advance toward his goal of becoming the Governor of New York.”

BeLow Me reports the Canadian Supreme court found that the waiting lists for “free” national health care had become so long that they violated patients' "liberty, safety and security" under the Quebec charter. Weinish would like to see the United States employ a tiered health care system similar to the government plans in Switzerland and Germany.

Ken Adams keeps us informed of the goings on over at the Corzine Connection. It seems as though someone asking tough questions on the Corzine campaign site got the boot last week and can no longer participate in the discussion. As far as we can tell no one called Corzine or his crew brain dead, a liar or evil so it must have been the exclusion rule the blog editor invoked to ban the pesky questioner. And Ken better watch himself or he’ll be next – throwing a “hissy fit” is so unlike Ken.

Debbie Galant over at Barista of Bloomfield Avenue writes about new voting machines: “State and federal law require all manual lever machines to be replaced by next January, according to the Ledger, but new legislation is being considered that could require voting machines to have paper printouts.” Not to start any conspiracy theories but, couldn’t a hacker program a machine to print a receipt showing the accurate vote cast and then record the hackers preferences on the voting machine?

PDC Ryan had a few voting problems of his own this past Tuesday. Let’s hope he gets this mess straightened out before November.

All New Jersey bloggers and readers are welcome to submit links for next Sunday’s Carnival. Just send us an email with a link to the post you’d like us to include.


At 11:29 AM, Blogger STP said...

Appreciate the mention regarding my dislike of unsolicitated phone calls, but it is borderline misrepresentative of what I wrote. As political calls only seem to come my way over a 2 to 4 week period before big elections, I did not give them much thought. My entire posting was about charities that call relentlessly since that is where my problem lies. Besides the fact that I give overly generous contributions all year, I find phone calls to be excessively wasteful. Some charities that use services to call receive as little as 10% of the donation for their usage. Also, many of the "charity" calls are fakes, such as those that use police groups names even though they have no honest association with the police. Many prey on senior citizens, as was recently done with my grandmother.

I did not mention politics in my post at all actually, except to say that I enjoy political surveys. If the pollsters use a real identity, I pick up and do the poll.

Thought I should clear up the misassociation that you used to connect my posting to political calls that almost never occur for me anyway.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous gigglechick said...

thanks for the link. technically, yahoo.com australia/nz contacted me and asked to use my logo in their campaign - that's what that banner was about (not me advertizing...)

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous gigglechick said...

or advertising. (haven't had coffee yet, so my body is still producing extra Z's)

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Stp, Our idea behind the Carnival is to peak a reader's interest in other blogs in a manner that encourages the reader to click on the link to read the referenced post and maybe checkout the author’s entire blog.

We noticed two NJ bloggers complaining about unwanted phone calls this past week and so combined the phone call issues into one sentence. One blogger was annoyed about campaign calls and one was bugged about calls from charities.

To be more specific we could have written: Pre-recorded phone pitches from political candidates did not go over well with The Proprietor and Scott at Poetic Leanings is annoyed by calls from charities.

We thought citing charities as the major source of your phone call annoyance would make you look bad and so chose to use the more neutral words you used in your post title - “If I don't have your name and number, lose mine!” Reading your post it was clear you weren’t opposed to charities or personally giving to charities. Therefore, we made a point of not referencing your post in a manner that would misrepresent your position on charities.

We thought the gist behind your post and the one from Coffeeground’s was the number of annoying phone calls still received even with the “Do Not Call List” laws. Based on the two posts, we were left with the impression that calls from organizations, besides being unwelcome, were also counterproductive.

We are sorry you believe our reference was “borderline misrepresentative” of your post. That was not our intention.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger STP said...

"Pre-recorded phone pitches from political candidates did not go over well with The Proprietor and Scott at Poetic Leanings is annoyed by calls from contracted companies for charities who take a large percentage of contributions and often attempt to deceive the people they are calling.

That might have been a more accurate way of writing it since that is what I wrote about. That way, the fact that I never mention political calls is more clear and if anyone wants to believe I am not charitable or a large supporter of charities, they will identify themselves as not having read my site.

Just wanted to show you a better way of stating things so that you don't mis-state people.

I do, however, appreciate your reading my site regularly and linking to something when you feel your readers might want to check in, too.

I would also welcome your readers to click on my paypal button to contribute to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County. 85% of all proceeds go to programs and, as a Big Brother, I can attest to the value of the program.

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

Nicely done. Thanks.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Glass House said...

Thanks for another great Carnival. It's fun to read and gives me enough info to want to click on the other blogs to read more details.
P.S. --- Methinks thou dost protest too much, STP.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger STP said...

Methinks I would like to get quoted accurately, glass house, or not at all, and would willingly match my charitable endeavors any time.

It does not take much effort to be clear.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Thank you for the link!

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Hugh said...

Thank you for the post, pretty helpful info.
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