Burt Reynolds and the Year of the Dumbass

Before getting to a review of the first ever set of GASB 68 reports for New Jersey, a little break as I use this blog as a file cabinet for interesting excerpts from books read (in this case But Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds) and look back at the year of my other life – watchdogging Union County government – as eloquently summarized by Bruce Paterson:


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Shirley Jones now likes to masturbate and her late husband Jack Cassidy got his first break in the theater by sexually servicing Cole Porter. Zsa Zsa Gabor hated Frank Sinatra and slept with him only because he refused to move his car out of a driveway unless she did.

Celebrity autobiographies, especially from the older ones, seem to yield such tidbits though in the case of Burt Reynolds it’s more other celebrities whom he outs.

I started for the door and she touched my arm and said, “Why don’t you come home with me?”  I started to giggle! And then I blurted out, “I’m just down the street at the hotel and I’ll just go on home by myself, but thank you, though.”….”Yeah, its’ true,” I said. “I didn’t realize until the next day that it was Garbo!” (page 42-3)

A stuntman friend of mine knew him, and one day [Errol] Flynn asked him to come by his dressing room for a drink. My friend took me with him. We knocked on the door, and after Flynn invited us in, we opened the door to see a girl on her knees giving him head. Flynn grinned at us and said, “I don’t fuck anymore because it interferes with my drinking.” (page 57)

The feud started when Bette [Davis] rebuffed advances from [Joan] Crawford, who, Bette swore, had had affairs with Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, ” and every other female star at MGM except Lassie.” (page 64)

I knew the guys who kidnapped Frank ?Sinatra Jr. I met them through Ryan O’Neal. We played softball together and they were also on the team. They were pretty good athletes and seemed like nice guys, but they were not the brightest bulbs in the building. (page 129)

No wonder Johnny [Carson] called her Lady Macbeth and “the toughest son of a bitch of them all.” He even blamed her for his failed marriages: “There is no goddamn way to please that woman,” he told me. And when she died, he refused to go to the funeral. “The wicked witch is dead!” he told everyone. (page 139)

I like Donald [Trump]. I hold on to my wallet when we shake hands, but I like him. I just think his personal ambition sand the USFL. He was interested in only two things: money and publicity. John [Bassett] summed it up when he said that Donald’s “ego transcended his business sense.” (In the years since, every time Donald runs for president, I pray he never gets the chance to do to the USA what he did to the USFL.) (page 195-6)

 

 

 

32 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on December 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Quoting …”Before getting to a review of the first ever set of GASB 68 reports ….. ”

    OH, THAT’s gonna be fun ……. all the “Anonymouses” better start working on the Plan “B” for their retirement needs.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

      A few June 2014 Funding ratios from the Linked GASB 68 Reports:

      PERS – State ……………… 30.06%
      PERS – LOCAL …………… 52.08%

      PFRS – State ……………… 34.70%
      PFRS – Local ……………… 62.41%

      TPAF ………………………… 33.64%
      =====================================

      As a point of comparison, Private Sector Plans (which are valued under MORE CONSERVATIVE assumptions & methodology) CANNOT (by US Government Regulation) credit further pension accruals if the funding ratio drops below 60%.

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    • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 12:43 am

      It’s truly a shame the amount of hate you have for these people!!! You literally are a disgusting human being.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

        The Resident Nutcase,

        No, what ***** IS ***** truly disgusting is your insatiable greed and arrogance towards NJ’s Taxpayers.

        Notwithstanding your repeated protestations to the contrary, Public Sector workers are NOT “special” and deserving of a better deal …. on the Taxpayer’s Dime.

        ——————

        And payback (for that insatiable greed and arrogance) is a bitch ……..

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        • Posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2015 at 2:47 am

          She is not fond of men either, I think she would admit that.

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        • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

          Nobody ever used the word..”special”.. besides you TL. This is all about your ego, jealously and frankly, your laziness.

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          • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

            Well I’m pretty sure you did say exactly that in response to my saying that they are NOT.

            Anyway, if you are NOW claiming that they are NOT ….. “special” and “deserving of a better deal” ………. then on what basis do you justify the CURRENTLY STRUCTURED Public Sector pensions that are 3x-4x (4x-6x for Safety workers) greater in value at retirement than those of identically situated (in wages, age at retirement, and years of service) PRIVATE Sector workers, and resist efforts to eliminate that HUGE advantage even for their FUTURE service not yet worked?

            I can’t get beyond that being your insatiable GREED and avarice towards NJ’s Taxpayers.

    • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 11:17 am

      All because you don’t have s plan A!!

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  2. Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

    John, Is it reasonable to assume that the above funding ratios will decrease by about 5 percentage points when the 6/30/2015 reports come out due to the poor return on invested assets over than period ?

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    • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Not if the full payments were made. And not if the payments that were made went directly into the pension funds instead of other budgetary elements!!!!
      Won’t matter for much longer though… Because these things will be part of the NJ Constitution via Amendment.
      Time these people get their fair shake at justice!!
      Regardless what TL thinks is fair and equal…. The last time I checked….this isn’t NorthKorea!

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  3. @Resident Nutcase: amendment or no amendment it still begs the question of where the money will come from in the budget and the debt limitation clause. The state couldn’t make the payments agreed to in 2011 and if I understand correctly the amendment if passed would require even higher contributions. In order to make those payments, if they get made at all, there would be huge public sector lay offs, cuts in services, higher contributions from publics for health care with a lesser plan, maybe some tax increaeses, higher tolls, you get the point. Where will the money come from?NJ ranks about last in business climate, highest in real estate taxes, regulations, fees, tolls, cost of living, etc. Just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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    • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Do you not get the point that if the state had made its payments over the decades….. This problem would be not such a gigantic issue today!???
      We cannot simply say “oh well”! Life goes on. We are screwing thousands of workers!!
      The money earmarked for pensions went to corporate subsidies and tax breaks for all nj taxpayers!!! If a tax increase makes up for the robbery then so be it. If corporate taxes get cut….. So be it. If all the money spent for frivolous welfare is cut …so be it!!! Whatever it takes!!! It’s not the workers fault.
      Everyone agrees that the workers did nothing. But since we simply say we can’t pay…. It’s supposed to be ok????? Who’s standing up for the workers?????
      Let chp 78 do its job. But the state must keep up its end of the bargain. Whether you agree or not……. On either side of the fence…. With all that’s going on in the world… It’s a scary proposition when the state and its blind legal system can simply stop paying people!!!

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      • @RN I didn’t mean to imply that is okay but did mean to imply that it best to make the significant reforms so that publics and privates do not get screwed. Again, even looking back, if the money was available to fully fund, why didn’t they? Don’t take your venom out on the already over taxed citizens, take it out on the corrupt and immoral politicians you keep voting in and yes the double dippers, disability cheats, welfare queens, etc. BTW if there weren’t tax breaks for companies,no companies would come to NJ providing private sector jobs in this terrible business climate, high tax, high regulation state. Not saying I agree with it, its just how it is. It is scary for everyone that we have these dip shits screwing us all over but bets to take responsiblity for one’s own finances. There is no honor among thieves (politicians and unions)

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        • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

          Quoting MJ ……. ” I didn’t mean to imply that is okay but did mean to imply that it best to make the significant reforms so that publics and privates do not get screwed. ”

          He doesn’t case if the Privates ……”get screwed” …… as long as he and his ilk get all-that-was-“promised”, no matter how unnecessary, unjust, unfair, unaffordable, and grossly excessive were those promises”.

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          • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

            The private sector took the pension money in the form of tax breaks. How is that not theft?

          • Posted by Tough Love on December 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

            The Resident Nutcase,

            You still don’t get it …..

            Your “promised” pensions were ALWAYS grossly excessive and unaffordable …. and there never existed sufficient money to fund these absurd “promises”.

            Nothing was “diverted”, it never existed.

      • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        Quoting”The Resident Nutcase” …. “Do you not get the point that if the state had made its payments over the decades….. ”

        AGAIN ?

        Earth to “The Resident Nutcase”, Funding FOLLOWS Plan “generosity”.

        Extremely generous Plans will be extremely costly and very difficult to fully fund. The Lack of full funding is not the CAUSE of the pension mess we are in, but a CONSEQUENCE of the true root cause, that being grossly excessive Plan “generosity”.

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    • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      And if some of the fat gets cut…. So be it.
      Double dippers…. Out!!! Part timers…. Out!
      Must work full time a minimum 25 yrs to get a pension. All state employees pay 10% like the local municipalities. All state employees pay 35% of the healthcare premium.
      Cut the commission and fees to the pension managers!! Give the pensions back to the locals..after you give it 100% up to date funding. Pay qtrly payments into the pension.
      There are ways to come up with the money. No excuse!!!!!
      TL and her minions would love to keep all that tax brake money that was earmarked for pensions. But too bad. Pay it back!!!

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    • Posted by Tough Love on December 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Quoting MJ …..

      ” In order to make those payments, if they get made at all, there would be huge public sector lay offs, cuts in services, higher contributions from publics for health care with a lesser plan, maybe some tax increaeses, higher tolls, you get the point. ”

      The Public Sector Unions are controlled by the older, long-service workers, and they have made sure the order of layoffs in NJ will always be “last-in, first-out” …. protecting THEM.

      Wouldn’t it be nice if layoffs in the PUBLIC Sector followed the rational, and appropriate choices common in the PRIVATE Sector ….. that being, that the LEAST PRODUCTIVE get let go FIRST ?

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      • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm

        Then unionize….. Duh!!!!!

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        • Posted by Tough Love on December 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

          Oh, so the PRIVATE sector should emulate the idiotic practice of the PUBLIC Sector when financial circumstance necessitate layoffs …. getting rid of the LAST hired (even if they are extremely talented and productive) ……. rather than getting rid of the less-competent and lower-productive ?

          Have you ever had your IQ tested ?

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          • Posted by The Resident Nutcase on December 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

            Well, I guess the public sectors IQ must be higher than the private sectors with… all the grief your crying about. They do better no? Likewise then, they must be smarter.
            Good enough for them…I suppose.

          • Unions were necessary until WWII. After that, being unnecessary, they have succeeded by playing to the lowest common denominator (for members) and being hopelessly corrupt.

          • Posted by Tough Love on December 22, 2015 at 1:27 am

            “PUBLIC” Sector Unions were NEVER necessary. They are nothing but a CANCER inflicted upon civilized Society.

  4. Posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    History’s lessons constantly teaching but when will we learn?

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