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Monday, June 20, 2005

GOP To Pump Money Into N.J. Governor's Race

According to the New York Daily News:

The national Republican Party is looking to pump some money into New Jersey for a change, citing the prospect of winning this year's race for governor in the Garden State.

In the past two presidential elections, the GOP has looked to New Jersey as a place to gather money, not spend it in search of votes.

But this year, the national Republicans see New Jersey as an attainable prize, and plan to work hard for Doug Forrester, the GOP gubernatorial candidate.


At 3:43 PM, Blogger DBK said...

Oh, so that they'll spend money on in NJ.

Meanwhile the Republican-controlled government has been giving NJ the fuzzy end of the lollipop for years now financially. They want to close Fort Monmouth. In 2002 and again, this year a team from Fort Monmouth won the Army's Top Ten Greatest Inventions award. That's pretty darned good. The invention for which the Fort Monmouth team won the award is being used in Afghanistan and Iraq right now.

How about they chip in some fo that money to keep Fort Monmouth open? For every dollar NJ sent to Washington last year, we got $0.57 back. Meanwhile Alabama, just as an example, got $1.41 back. And in spite of that, NJ has managed to stay ahead of the national average in employment and is ranked 4th nationally in education.

Okay, I'm rambling. I apologize for that. But it burns me that all the great things going on in New Jersey get ignored during an election year and the people who have been screwing us over, and you know who I mean, are all excited to try and take over the state. Something seems wrong to me about that.

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Funny, we thought Corzine represented New Jersey in the Senate. Remember that 57cent return for every tax dollar we send to Washington each time Corzine, Lautenberg and the New Jersey congressional Democrats vote no on federal taxes cuts.

President Bush and the Republicans have been fighting to cut taxes and the Democrats have been fighting to raise federal taxes.

Please don’t forget the government wanted to close Ft. Monmouth in the last base closure go around and Clinton was President at the time.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

BTW, how'd you come about calling youreslf G.D.Frogs Dong?

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Sluggo said...

I'm also curious, but never wanted to ask.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger DBK said...

The name is written right there. Cheap name shots with misspellings are, oh, well, I guess I should expect it. I try to have a serious discussion about issues that matter and I get talking points and name insults back. Yes, Senators Corzine and Lautenberg have been in the Senate, but there are 55 Republican Senators and they vote pretty much in lockstep. You know who's in charge of the screwing NJ has been getting, so blaming Senators Corzine and Lautenberg for the actions of the Republican senators is kind of silly of you.

I notice you ignore what I said about NJ, in spite of the handicap it has had to carry becaus of the Republican-controlled federal government, managing to stay ahead of the national average in employment and education. Is it your position that nothing good ever happens in NJ since we have a Democratic governor and the Democrats control the state legislature? If it's that awful...no, that isn't a Democratic thing to say.

Oh, and Fort Monmouth stayed open. I don't know the crew in charge now will let it stay open this time, and that is bad for the state. I think that Carton clown on NJ radio said something one day about the base closings like "So it's 3,000 jobs in NJ. How much of a difference is that gonna make?" I think it will make a lot of difference to roughly 3,000 families directly and thousands more people who work or own businesses where those 3,000 formerly employed people spend their money.

Finally, you seem pretty focused on the negative, I keep talking about the positive things in New Jersey, the accomplishments at Fort Monmouth, education, a better than average job market. This is one reason why I don't care for the NJ Republican Party's, I don't know, their "ways", I guess you could call it. All the time with the negative. All the time with the attack and smear. There are good things in this state. A lot of them are great things. I like New Jersey. I'm sorry that you don't.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Sluggo said...

Not a cheap shot. Just curious.

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

G.D., Didn't mean a cheap name shot with a misspelling. I honetly thought your screen name was some sort of "statement".

I know I make more than my share of typos, but didn't realize I made one with your screen name.

Now that you have brought it to my attention, I take it my mistake was was to leave a space in the middle of the last name. If that's the case, I'm sorry for making a foolish assumption.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Also, what "talking points" have we used in our posts?

At 10:26 AM, Blogger DBK said...

Okay, in a bipartisan spirit and the hope that I can actually find a Republican blogger with whom a sensible and common sense-based dialogue can be opened, sorry if I misread you. Name flames have been common with my moniker and I get a little tired of the schoolyard crap.

Actually, the name is just a joke with no basis in anything at all. I abandoned my real name on the Internet some time ago when, in response to my statement of opposition to the war in Iraq on a left-leaning blog (I think it was Oliver Willis), and even though I had my email address right there with me name for anyone to see, a conservative follow-up in the comments thread was to post my name and email address in big bold letters with an invitation to mailbomb me. I realized then that, while I wasn't naive by any means, it wouldn't do to make it too easy for the crazy people. So I came up with an alias. I have no idea where the name came from for me. It just happened.

Then I started doing my naked frog blog Wednesdays as a kind of joke. On the one hand it was kind of a parody of the Friday Cat Blogging that was once more common. At the same time I was curious to see if people would find my blog by doing searches for the words "naked", "porn", "nude", etc. in combination with the word "frog", as in "frog porn". It took a while, but I finally got one. Anyway, that started as a joke and people liked the frog pictures, so now I bill myself as the internets foremost frog pornographer, just for laughs. Personally, I am neither a big fan of frogs nor have I ever been associated with frogs in any way. I have eaten frogs' legs and they were pretty tasty. I've held a few frogs. No big deal.

Oh, and finally, frogs do not have "dongs". They have cloaca.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Thank you for clearing up our curiosity about your screen name. We thought the name was some sort or statement or joke, which is why we asked you about it. Then when you got upset about our question, you had us going there for a bit thinking it was your actual name. You had our honest sympathy – the thought of someone stuck with the last name Frogsdong – the cruel serendipity of life.

Now, that we learn the “name is just a joke with no basis in anything at all”, we are left to wonder why you considered our question a “cheap shot”? Let’s face it, your curiosity about unusual things goes far beyond our little question – see your various frog blogging experiments in your comments above. Oh, and thanks for using all the “great” key words you’ve now posted on our blog.

I hope you will forgive us for taking a pass on debating serious issues with a person that writes “now I bill myself as the internets foremost frog pornographer, just for laughs.”

In our opinion, anyone that purposely creates an attention getting screen name and then complains about “name flames common with my moniker and I get a little tired of the schoolyard crap” lacks common sense and is just looking to pick a fight.

If this is not obvious to you, then please call 211. 211 is a free and confidential service you can use to get information on any number of social services and community resources available in New Jersey. The line is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If we can help but one person, we will consider our blog a success. Best of luck to you.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger DBK said...

Neat little way to back out of responding to the issues.

Name flames are different from jokes. I've had people (and oddly enough, always conservatives, but don't ask me why) start calling me "Frog's dick" and so on. When you wrote "Frog's Dong" instead of "Frogsdong", which is what I use for a nick, it was very much like those other flames. It's one thing to pick a silly name because it's a silly name. It's another to call someone a "dick". What you wrote read just like you were calling me a "dong" in typical name-flame fashion. Do YOU get the distinction?

Were you bothered by those keywords? As I said, I was curious if the combination of "frog" and one or more of those words would bring someone to my blog. I think I got the idea from the guy who has that "Volokh Conspiracy" site. Anyway, I tried it and was amused to find that, after eight or so months of blogging, someone finally showed up via a google search for "frog porn". Made me wonder what sort of person has that particular fetish. I thought it was funny and also figured, well, it takes all kinds to make a world.

I am sorry you cannot seriously discuss issues with someone who has a sense of humor. If you only speak seriously with humorless people, well, then you'll have to skip me. I like a good joke. I find your statement strange, given that someone whom you possibly admired, Ronald Reagan, used to make a joke now and again. Would you have refused to discuss serious issues with Ronald Reagan? I mean, you may not find me funny, but to dismiss serious conversation with me because I like a joke doesn't strike me as a serious position. Sounds more like a hissy fit to me. Kind of an easy excuse. Something you latched onto in order to avoid a situation in which you might have your cherished beliefs challenged. Not that I am accusing you of that. It's just that it has that sort of ring to it.

Say, what do you think of Republican State Committee chairman Tom Wilson saying that Corzine isn't focused on NJ issues like property taxes and corruption (it was on NJ.com)? Corzine had positions staked out on those issues, and was talking about them at every single stump speech, starting in early March. I was at one of those stump speeches. It was the first time I had heard the phrase "pay-for-play", and Corzine was talking about ending it. And he spoke specifically about property taxes. Do you think Wilson was playing politics and trying to mislead the voters or maybe he just doesn't read the papers?

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Glass House said...

What is with you frogdong? If your so sensitive about being called frog dong then why in the world would you use such a stupid name. That would be like a woman calling herself bigboobslady and getting offended that someone thought she was referring to her breasts or a guy calling himself bigdickguy, etc. etc. Get the point? Get off it, already. I just figured your name was a slap at the French.


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