Friday Funnies

March 28, 2008

Thank cartoonist Rob Tornoe for this Friday Funny http://www.boltcomics.com/index_imgs/larue_sketch.jpg

A little explanation might help elucidate the image. The woman in the sketch is Jeannine LaRue, onetime deputy chief of staff to Governor Corzine and now vice-president for public affairs for Rutgers. The appointment — wherein LaRue almost doubled her salary to $250,000 annually — was announced in December and was widely viewed as a quid pro quo for Corzine’s continued support for the reckless and cockamamie Rutgers Stadium expansion plan. Thus the text in the cartoon by Tornoe, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Press of Atlantic City; “Corzine’s check” refers to the $1 million contribution promised by the Governor.

Of course Rutgers president Dick McCormick has frequently — vociferously — denied that the state university is just another public trough where Trenton insiders swill. But, then again, he has never explained how he can reconcile that lofty statement of principle with the presence on the Rutgers-Camden payroll of NJ state senator Wayne Bryant, since indicted by the federal government for corruption and fraud.

Or with the presence on the payroll of Ms. LaRue, who assumed a post that had been vacant since 1997. As the Press of Atlantic City said in an editorial, “it’s hard to convince parents and students that state funding cuts may translate into higher tuitions when Rutgers University still has the money to hire people like Jeannine F. LaRue…to a $250,000-a-year lobbying job….Fact is, until Rutgers gets rid of this expensive political job – and pares down the rest of its stable of high-priced lobbyists and schmoozers – it shouldn’t raise tuition a dime.”

We guess this Friday’s laugh is on us.

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That tidbit only leaves you wanting a real guffaw?

Writing on the Rivals message board, a poster named Rufanpops — who apparently read and thus quoted our advice to high school students to go out of state for their higher education unless they wanted to spend time at a football factory — tacked this up the other day (italics quote us, bold is Rufanpops):

“Unless your dream is to paint your body red, drink beer until you are comatose, and yell obscenities at opposing teams on football game days”

that was exactly what i wanted out of college….i wish that’s what was happening 10 years ago

As a stand-alone remark, that is pretty funny. But last week a poster with that same name (and who claims to work in the Rutgers ticket office) left a comment on this blog. His comment to end all comments: “i find it odd that you would claim that anything that you read on a rivals message board is fact.”

Amen.


The Paranoia Thickens at Rivals

March 21, 2008

As the number of season ticket holders who say they won’t renew climbs, Rivals fanatics are mounting increasingly frantic attempts to drive “yes” voters to the poll, even ones who don’t hold tickets. Here’s a for-instance of a blatant call for stuffing the ballot box. Here’s another one posted by an individual who calls himself RUJohnny99

Obviously, RUJohnny edited his posts — embarrassed perhaps because apparently nobody heeded his call to arms. Note: here is a link to RUJohnny’s original SOS.

The desperation of these rabid Rivalers makes a pathetic kind of sense. Right now, over 11% of ticket holders say they won’t renew, and if these kinds of numbers play out in the real world, the reckless stadium expansion plan will be that much closer to a merciful death.

The Rivals poll of course holds little meaning, except as an augury of what may or may not play out in Rutgers’ ticket sales in the next month or two.

We hold to our prediction: the waiting list will evaporate and, by the Army game, the stands will be half empty.

Bad football holds no allure for New Jersey residents and, as the elder Richard McCormick suggested to the New York Times 10 years ago, this is no place for small time college football. “Rutgers could have trouble making money on sports because of its location, said Richard McCormick, the university historian. With the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles nearby, New Jersey residents are less likely to attend college football games, he said.”

We are amused, though, that Rivals has sunk into thickening paranoia about our blog: Writes LawMatt78,Are you guys aware that several of you are being quoted on the RU1000 blog?”

Now they are.


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