Thursday, July 31, 2008

Motersports Park Clubhouse Grand Opening


Yesterday July 30th I checked out the clubhouse at the NJ Motorsports Park. I went there about 8pm after the pet show The place was impressive and folks were having fun. It should help the Arts District but time will tell. Quite a contrast in one hot and muggy July.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Millville Annual Pet Show July 30th 2008

The Annual Pet Show was moved to Riverfront Park and that was fine with us since we could walk our pup Jesus there to compete. There were many dogs but also a turtle, McCaw, and several very mellow rabbits. Enjoy the photos video

Dottie's Walk, July 28th

Millvile's finest joined us along with the dogs this past Monday. Come and join us every Monday 6:30 at the Culver Center. Thanks to Lauren for taking this photo.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Royal Scam!

And they wandered in
From the city of st. john
Without a dime
Wearing coats that shined
Both red and green
Colors from their sunny island
From their boats of iron
They looked upon the promised land
Where surely life was sweet
On the rising tide
To new york city
Did they ride into the street
See the glory
Of the royal scam

They are hounded down
To the bottom of a bad town
Amid the ruins
Where they learn to fear
An angry race of fallen kings
Their dark companions
While the memory of
Their southern sky was clouded by
A savage winter
Every patron saint
Hung on the wall, shared the room
With twenty sinners

See the glory
Of the royal scam

By the blackened wall
He does it all
He thinks he's died and gone to heaven
Now the tale is told
By the old man back home
He reads the letter
How they are paid in gold
Just to babble in the back room
All night and waste their time
And they wandered in
From the city of st. john without a dime

See the glory
Of the royal scam!!

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Painting the Shed



Well, started work the back shed. it was way overdue and I am almost done.
The colors are pretty cool. video

Dottie's Walk, July 21st

Come join us 6:30 this Monday at Culver Center (2nd and Sassafras)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Terrorist Watch List

Hi I read this in the blog Attytood from the Phila Inquirer:
"At least Mandela is off the terror watch list, thanks to legislation. What about 400,000 other people -- some of whom are your law-abiding neighbors or relatives, or you -- still on that list? Frankly, I don't understand what the Democrats and Obama don't make more hay about this -- it's a civil rights issue that outrages most people, and can't easily be demagogued like Gitmo and some of the others."
One of the folks in this picture is on the list and its a sibling of mine in this photo. It to me shows the absurdity of the list. You mearly have to let your driver's license expire. Come on people, lets get real!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Krull Family Reunion

We held our Krull reunion this weekend. Alice, John and their kids came from the West Coast to met up with Dave, Mike, myself came all with spouses and kids. We went to the Merriott near the airport and hung out then went to this nice pool and cooled off. Next we went to the bar and had some good laughs. One of my siblings is really on the terriost watch list. Can you guess who?
The next day Sunday(today) we went to my mother's apt complex and swam at her pool. After that we met the Kelly, Shea, and Keirnan family at Otto's.
It was big FUN!! Click on the photo for more Photo's
Krull Family Reunion
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Great 3rd Friday July 18 2008

Carolyne was free to visit and meet friends on High Street. Folks from Highwire Gallery came to visit since they were showing at RRCA's Witt Gallery. It was warm Summer evening. I would say it was the best 3rd Friday in a long time!! Thanks for all who made a very nice evening.. More video on http://www.youtube.com/user/mkrull1
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Al Gore and the Media



As I was on the internet. (You know from the media misquote that Al Gore invented it) I came upon this excellent article in Vanity Fair. In it the article shows the mainstream media reducing politics to a personality contest. Here is a quote from Maureen Dowd, that prim and proper columnist from the New York Times

"Meanwhile, though Dowd certainly questioned Bush's intellect in some columns, she seemed to be charmed by him—one of the "bad boys," "rascals," and a "rapscallion." She shared with the world a charged moment between them. "'You're so much more mature now,' I remarked to the Texas Governor. 'So are you,' he replied saucily." And in another column: "You don't often get to see a Presidential candidate bloom right before your eyes."

On March 9, 1999, CNN's Wolf Blitzer conducted an interview with Gore shortly before he officially announced his candidacy. In answer to a question about why Democrats should support him, Gore spoke about his record. "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative"—politico-speak for leadership—"in creating the Internet,"

Here is how the media took this quote:

" A few days later the word "invented" entered the narrative. On March 15, a USA Today headline about Gore read, inventing the internet; March 16 on Hardball, Chris Matthews derided Gore for his claim that he "invented the Internet." Soon the distorted assertion was in the pages of the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and on the A.P. wire service. By early June, the word "invented" was actually being put in quotation marks."

As Will Bunch states so well on his blog Attytood:
"Eight years later, 4,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead, New Orleans is still in shambles, and so is the American economy. Ultimately, all because of a "a joke."

This shows the real consequences of dismissing someone for petty reasons. We may see the same thing here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

City Commission Meeting July 15 2008


Last night July 15 2008, the Commission used a power point last night to explain the easiest way for a tax payer to check their tax bill. The was a property assessed at $225,000. In 2007 the property owner paid a municipal total of $2,655. In 2008 the total municipal tax is $2,547. This is a decrease of $108. The same property in 2007 paid a county tax total of $2,589 and in 2008 paid $2,715. This is an increase of $126. The same property paid a school tax total in 2007 of $1,489 and in 2008 paid $1,543. This is an increase of $54.
Since the papers did not cover it I will. Here are some photos from last night.
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Aetna CDI and the Arts

This decision was decided in Feb 2008 and we just hear about it now. This decision has had a ripple effect beyond what meets the eye!!

Aetna creates coverage hailstorm

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
By SEAN C. McCULLEN
smccullen@sjnewsco.com

A Cumberland County radiology practice is crying foul over health insurer Aetna's decision to terminate its contract.e Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), which was established in 2001 and opened its first office in Vineland in 2002, learned in late February it would be removed from the insurance company's coverage network effective Sept. 1.CDI physicians claim Aetna terminated the contract "without cause." They have asked Aetna whether the decision came about as a result of concerns over billing problems or quality of service.

"TheyÕre telling us Ôno,Õ" Dr. Satish Shah said on Monday. "Then why are we not still in? ... It does not make sense."

About 10 to 12 percent of CDI's patients are covered by Aetna, according to Shah.

Shah and the other CDI physicians believe Aetna's decision to remove the practice from its network was somehow influenced by the Connecticut-based health insurance company's then-ongoing negotiations with South Jersey Healthcare (SJH).

SJH announced last week that it and Aetna had reached agreement on a new contract. The hospital system said in a press release issued Thursday that the deal includes a "preferred" arrangement for radiology services in the area, but clarified on Friday by calling it an "expanded" arrangement.

Both Aetna and SJH denied the allegation that their three-year agreement hinged on CDI being eliminated from the coverage network.

"Our discussions with Aetna did not include any demands or requests with regard to CDI," SJH spokesman Paul Simon said.

It is "entirely coincidental" that SJH's new contract begins Sept. 1 Ñ the same day CDI's expires Aetna spokeswoman Susan Millerick said.

CDI alleges that SJH and Aetna brokered a deal that will effectively allow SJH to monopolize imaging services in Cumberland County.

"You talk to Aetna, but they don't want to listen," Shah said. "There must be some deal."

"SJH obviously wants to control all health care in the county and eliminate free choice in outpatient health care instead of concentrating on providing hospital-based care," CDI Dr. Steven Rothfarb said in a statement.