Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mayor Roberts vs. Girl Scouts



Can't we all just get along on the proposed new-and-improved Washington Street?

Apparently NOT (yet!)

GA watched last night's City Council Special meeting; specifically the T&M presentation, complete public portion and the DeFusco, Fisher and Russo comments.

In summary, the vast majority of speakers: business owners, residents, local activists, and politicos opposed the "Complete Street " bike lanes, while supporting its proposed infrastructure improvements.

Mayor Dave Roberts and Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano, were among them.

Fewer resident-speakers supported the bike lanes, including 4 adorable, smart Girl Scouts- who spoke directly after Mayor Roberts.

The evening's most emphatic speaker was Melissa Blanco, who called the proposal "asinine" and waved a bandaged wrist, inferring that she had been injured due to... the City (?) in the City and described being afraid to leave her house.

 Melissa Blanco emphatically opposed the Washington Street Plan
Some concerns resonated with GA, particularly the safety issue for bicyclists, well articulated by 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, were unintended risks for programming so much in a 50 foot wide street.

In fact, there is no room for error; an open door, a car backing in could injure a Girl Scout bicyclist or an adult rider.   T&M replied that 4' bike lines are allowed by code as long as there is no curb on both sides., but admitted the proposed lanes were designed to minimum allowable dimensions by code.

I am also concerned about the options for the Baptist Churchgoers

Alternatively, several speakers claimed that the bike lane concept appeared out of  "out of the blue" with complaints the administration had suddenly foisted this concept upon the public, the business community.  

In fact, that's false.

Whatever one's thoughts are on the bike lanes, or the redesign proposal in its entirety, the Complete Streets concept for Washington Street (with bike lanes) has been a part of public discourse for nearly 2 1/2 years.   The administration has held public meetings since 2013, with an apparent Hoboken Chamber of Commerce buy-in.









The timing of a public outcry is natural, because the project approval looms and folks are starting to pay attention.  Their concerns are valid and can shape the project into something better.

But to say the public was not invited nor informed of the Complete Streets plan is WRONG.

Thus, political spin that 'the  administration sandbagging the business community and public with bike lanes'  should be taken off the table, and the community should focus on the issues, not the politics.

GA's issues: is our 50 foot wide street main street 'over-programmed'? Is temporary double-parking  'evil' that needs elimination?  Won't bike lanes improve Washington Street  business?

There may never be consensus.  GA believes the matter can be decided by public referendum.

In the meantime, did you know there was an App for buying Girl Scout cookies?


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Augie zings Mayor Zimmer on Power List



Readers of Political Insider expect a tasty helping of snark with political dish prepared by Chef Augie Torres.  

But GA was surprised to find a little arsenic in Mayor Zimmer's helping today in Augie's Power List."

Augie's quotation marks around the word "she" appear to reference litigation emails leaked by Carmelo Garcia prior to the November election.   The emails, leaked to the press and Zimmer's political enemies were spun as "proof" that that the mayor's husband was "the brain trust behind Mayor Zimmer... the "Wizard of Oz hiding behind the mayor's skirt's" (quote by Al Sullivan.)

Al Sullivan's November 1, 2015 column, "Citizen Grossbard"

GA obtained the leaked emails and debunked this spin as absolute bullshit.

Maybe Augie needs to dry off from the Hudson County testosterone pool, and get it in his head that a woman is leading Hoboken, not a man.  Augie's bought into the misogynistic "Stawn" talking point, or taps the nasty whisper campaign by the mayor's enemies.

Knowing the mayor, she doesn't care. So, this is from me (and anyone else who feels likewise):

Boo, Augie!

Friday, February 5, 2016

He could, he didn't, watch him



GA doesn't make this stuff up, I promise you.

Former Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia posted a Patch article, "Hoboken Truck Crash Caused Red Light Increase, Significant traffic on Observer Highway: City" on Facebook yesterday.

Either Garcia didn't read his article, or else is lying like a rug, when he wrote:
These are the failures caused by the observer redesign which has only increased traffic, congestion and carbon emissions! We must do better. ‪#‎WeCanWeWillWatchUs‬
Umm, no...

The article clearly states the above average frequency of red lights at  the recently renovated roadway was due to damage from a Jan. 26 motor vehicle accident.

The accident was a result of the snow removal- a dump truck crashed into a traffic signal at Observer and Willow. City officials stated, "As a result of the damage, the signal timing sequence was affected, leading to very frequent red lights along Observer Highway, causing significant traffic congestion issues in southern Hoboken since Wednesday. A second repair attempt this morning was successful, and the signal is now functioning properly. During the three weeks prior to the damage to the signal, there had been no observed deterioration in traffic conditions due to the roadway reconfiguration."

So what does this all mean?

He can, he will, watch him run for At-Large Council in 2017!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GA's Exchange with RooshV's Hoboken Host

Okay, I confess...

After last night's cancellation of all 165  RooshV meetups,  GA headed over to Roosh's website to drink some man-tears.

Some background:  RooshV  is American, but his fan base is international.  Aside from his blog, Roosh is known for his  "Bang Series," a collection of "travel guides" instructing readers how to "bang" women in various foreign countries; titles include: Bang, 30 Bangs, Day Bang, Bang Ukraine, Bang Columbia, Bang Poland, Bang Iceland, Bang Estonia, Bang Lithuania, Don't Bang Latvia, Don't Bang Denmark, among others.

"Bang Guides" 

To date 247,603 people have signed a petition claiming Bang books are 'a thinly veiled guide to getting away with rape'.   The petition reads: "Amazon currently stocks all of his books.  They're making money from a man telling other men how to overcome and rape women.  So is he.  He's openly confessed to raping a woman in 'Bang Iceland'." A passage from the book reads:
"While walking to my place, I realized how drunk she was. "In America, having sex with her would have been rape, since she legally couldn’t give her consent. "It didn't help matters that I was sober, but I can't say I cared or even hesitate. "I won't rationalize my actions, but having sex is what I do." 
But I digress... sort of...  because one of the February 6 meet-ups of RooshV acolytes was scheduled in our Mile Square.   So,  GA was extra-delighted when Roosh pulled the plug, and headed over to the "Return of Kings" discussion board  to gulp down a big cup of man-tears.

Yeah, GA was razzing the weepy, angry losers...  when I 'bumped into' Graft,  who claimed to be  RooshV's Hoboken meet-up host!  GA had this brief exchange:



Good luck with that mating dance, fella!

Here's a fella who's NOT crying:



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Legalize-rape "tribe" meeting in HOBOKEN! -UPDATED

Updated- 10:20 PM

Victory!!! 



Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

The RooshV  tribal 'revolution' will not be televised nor anything else; it has been canceled due to worldwide public outrage, including dozens of scheduled protests.

Reaction on the Roosh site is a mixed bag,  comments reflecting a gamut of emotions: from despair to disappointment to scorn.


Updated- 1:45 PM

GA was just forwarded this statement:

STATEMENT FROM MULLIGAN's

IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!
A website organization called “Return of Kings" whose main purpose is to gather support to legalize rape has planned to meet up all over the US and internationally. The location in New Jersey is AC and for some unknown reason to us outside our bar - we have no affiliation to this group what so ever , and find it very disturbing and unsettling that this is so close to home . Their goal seems to be to gain as much publicity as they can, we had no choice but to write this statement to let our customers and neighbours know that we have absolutely nothing to do with these people or there organization , we have contacted Hoboken PD and our legal representative and will do everything we can to get these people off our streets and out of Hoboken.
Regards, 
Mulligans."
______________________
GA just received this message:
Not sure if you can edit your post to add that the owners are aware of this issue and taking steps to prevent anyone from organizing near their business. Just ask you keep me anonymous, but I told the owner about this yesterday and he's letting the bouncers know to stop anyone from organizing.
Thank you, anonymous.

GA would like to make it very clear that the meeting place was selected by the "Hoboken host" of the Doosh Club for Men.   Mulligans does not appreciate it and any loitering Dooshes will be quickly disbanded.

______________________
Excerpts from "How to Stop Rape" by misogynist megalomaniac Roosh V 

"I aim to help men create tribes in cities throughout the world that operate independently of each other. Each tribe will be maintained by a chief that runs it in a way he sees fit. Very little information will be given to me, especially concerning personal information of the tribe’s members. If I get shut down for whatever reason, the tribes will be able to continue operation. If one tribe dissipates from inactivity, it will not affect other tribes... To get the ball rolling, I will help organize your city’s first meetup on February 6.... What I ask is for men who can host the meetup in their city... " 


GA is not kidding.

One of 165 meetings organized by blogger "Roosh V"  worldwide is scheduled for Saturday night at 8 PM  in Hoboken.   

Who (or what) is a "RooshV"?

GA will refer you to The Huffington Post's: "Southern Poverty Law Center Lists 'Roosh V' On Misogyny Report"
Roosh V is also now under the watch of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a long-established civil rights organization that monitors and litigates against hate groups and extremists in the United States.

SPLC issues a quarterly "Intelligence Report" -- a magazine detailing its latest research. Its spring 2012 issue is titled "The Year in Hate and Extremism 2011" and includes information on the explosive growth of the radical right, an animal rights activist's call for violence, and Roosh V.


"Misogyny: The Sites" lists Roosh V as a member of the "manosphere," described as in the piece as "websites, blogs and forums dedicated to savaging feminists in particular and women, very typically American women, in general."


Left out of the SPLC's write-up: Roosh also maintains a very active forum, on which his many acolytes talk about how to choke a woman, how great it would be if Roosh started a book club and "logical reasons" not to get married.
The 2012 article missed Roosh V's  2015 "proposal" to make rape legal in the U.S. 

GA supports RooshV's First Amendment right to free speech and free expression.

Have at it, doosh-bag.

At the same time, there is no reason for HOBOKEN to roll out the welcome mat for RooshV's "tribe" of dooshes on Saturday night. 

In recognition of that no city or country would be particularly thrilled to host these dooshes, they are have been instructed to use"code" at a designated meeting spot in order to find one another.

The "host" of the Hoboken "tribe" has been instructed to wait  under the canopy of Mullligans at 159 First Street from 8:00-8:20pm before moving on to the final location.  RooshV has instructed his minions to "identify your fellow tribesmen, ask the following question to a man you suspect is there for the meetup: “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?” If you are asked this question, answer in the affirmative: “Yes, it’s right here.” You can then introduce yourself and get details about where to proceed at 8:20."

 Wouldn't you like video of this doosh-party?


Monday, February 1, 2016

Shooting Death in Hoboken home of former BoE candidate - UPDATED

Updated- Thursday, 2/4 1:05 PM

No official word nor update from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, but the shooting victim's obituary has been posted online.

R.I.P., Mr. Markevitch.



Updated- Tuesday, 2/2 1:05 PM

Folks, the only thing I can glean from the silence of The Hudson County Prosecutor's office is the investigation is ongoing.  They have not yet released the victim's name.  Repeating anything one hears may compromise the investigation, so best say nothing.

Updated- 7:45 PM

Crime scene tape gone, police gone. Everything back to normal- or is it?

What happened?

I am sure the neighbors and folks nearby (hint hint) would like some assurance the suspect is not at large.

Hopefully the Hudson County Prosecutor's office will have an update tomorrow.
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  Update- These pics were taken at 11:00AM.

SE corner of Seventh and Grand, cameras pointed toward crime scene
View north, Seventh and Grand
Across the street from crime scene, 706 Grand Street
Live reporting from SE corner of Seventh and Grand
View North behind ACME supermarket

Cyber-toilet, rumor-mongering Hoboken411 has published the [alleged] identity of this morning's shooting victim.

GA is waiting for official release of his name, which should occur after family has been notified.

  __________________________________


HOBOKEN, N.J. – A man was fatally shot inside a Hoboken apartment early Monday, making his death the first reported homicide in the New Jersey city in three years.  The shooting occurred after 1 a.m. at 706 Grand St., police said.
GA was shocked to hear of today's shooting which occurred, literally around the block.

The address reported, 706 Grand Street, is the home of a well-known civic activist and Hoboken school board candidate in 2010 and 2012 races.   The victim is reported to be a middle-aged man.

What happened?

My sympathies to the family and friends of the victim, whose name has not yet been released in the media.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Perjury Penalties in the State of New Jersey


Source eHow:
"The penalties for perjury and related offenses in New Jersey depend on which class the offense is defined as in state law. New Jersey classifies crimes by degrees, and, with a few exceptions, all crimes within a degree carry the same penalties. The penalties are:

First degree -- 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $200,000.
Second degree -- 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $150,000.
Third degree -- 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Fourth degree -- up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $10,000."



Source Ask.com:  
Q: What is the average size of a prison cell?
A: The average size of a prison cell will vary; however, a typical solitary cell dimensions are approximately 6 feet by 8 feet in size. Double occupancy cells are typically larger in size.



Source Wikipedia: 
"Most prison food in the United States is prepared with the blast-chill method, which allows a large number of meals to be prepared and then reheated at mealtimes. In the US, this technique was pioneered by the New Jersey correctional system, in January 1982.

Inmates may also purchase food at the prison commissary, such as chocolate bars, beef jerky, honey, peanut butter, bread, coffee, and snack cakes."

Source: Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut 


Source: Youtube:

Friday, January 29, 2016

"They can't pursue witnesses in another state?"



GA was contacted by an incredulous out-of-state resident who was visited 3 times at his Pennsylvania home by a process server hired by the Bajardis' attorney, Jonathan Z. Cohen  to subpoena his testimony for deposition.

Another NJ resident was served a subpoena at her New York City business office by a NYC law firm hired by Cohen, Seiger Gfeller Laurie, LLP.  New York City is considered by most New Jerseyans to be "out-of-state".

So why did an officer of the court,  Jonathan Z. Cohen, Esq., tell a trial judge that Lane Bajardi's supervisor, Ben Mevorach, "could not be compelled" as a witness because he "doesn't even live or work in New Jersey"? 

The Bajardis had no problem serving an out-of-state subpoena to this Pennsylvania resident:

Bajardi subpoena served at witness' suburban Pennsylvania home
Bajardi out-of-state subpoena 
Appearance fee

The Bajardis had no problem serving an out-of-state subpoena to this New Jersey resident:




Now people, I want you to note WHERE the Bajardis wanted to depose this NJ resident: at 330 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Most New Jersey maps would agree that is out-of-state.



Folks, this is only part of the story. These subpoenas were accompanied by unsolicited email contacts which recipients called "harassing."



Unsolicited contacts included witness' personal Facebook pages.



 Mr. Cohen seems to know there are many ways to pursue witnesses in another state.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Heads up, Hoboken Dems!

What's this?...


Sounds like a blast!

Thanks, Donald for negotiating such a great deal on drinks... because nothing brings Hoboken Dems together like $3 drafts, barstools and watching the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Results together!

That's right!  

Celebrate the official kickoff of the Presidential Primary season with new and old friends on Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM at Moran's Pub, located at 501 Garden Street (northeast corner of Church Square Park.) 

Root for your fave: Bernie, Hillary or Martin... and the Donald has agreed to lend us his comb-over to wipe up spilled drinks.


Whether or not you can make it, check us out (and 'like' us) on Facebook !

And everybody, THANK the Donald!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One year ago...



GA can hardly believe the trial of Plaintiff Lane Bajardi was one year ago!

Where did the time go?

Well folks, here's what's on my mind...

SLAPP victims everywhere: fight back!  Even if you must go it alone.  Do not fold; "The  [SLAPP] Plaintiff's goals are accomplished if the Defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism."    

Further, it is a matter of public interest and public concern that our courts be relieved of costly and resource consuming SLAPP suits expensed to the taxpayer.

The trial of Plaintiff Lane Bajardi is instructive to SLAPP victims.  In the event frivolous [defamation] claims survive to trial, one sees an example of how a trial court works in these cases.

In GA's opinion, Bajardi v Pincus is a textbook cautionary tale about the perils of litigating a SLAPP suit disguised as a defamation case.

The following is a discussion between the judge and Plaintiffs' attorney that occurred in open court on the morning of January 29, 2015. The jury had not yet been brought in.  Note, exchanges on the two allegedly defamatory words "political operative."    Note further, the Plaintiff's lack of an "expert witness" and introduction of "anonymous witness[es]."




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Campos: "He can run for dog catcher and I'll be with him."



Chris Campos is in luck!

According to a January 16, 2016 article on nj.com, Campos will follow former Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia to run for dog catcher, and (see ad above) it looks like a dog catcher position has opened up! 

In Hoboken!

With an Assistant Dog Catcher opening, which would allow Mr. Campos to "be with him" all day!

Isn't that terrific?

 article and photo by  Steve Strunsky

According to the article,  attending Garcia's recent "Night of Celebration"  were "80 supporters, staffers, public housing residents, family and friends who took in the food and drink, testimonials, thanks to and from Garcia, a video with lots of comic relief for the bitter-sweet occasion, and a final chant — for the meantime, at least — of Garcia's signature call to action: "We can! We will! Watch us!"

80?  The other 64 must have been sitting behind the camera.  Maybe nj.com counted the elk-heads?


Um... I don't think there was any Zimmer "engineering" involved in Assemblyman Garcia's removal from the ticket.  Stack "engineering" is more like it.



Oh, well.  One should always look toward a brighter future, and not dwell on the past.


GA's guess is that Carmelo Garcia will be on Ruben's 2017 ticket- if only he can catch him....

BEEP! BEEP!

Ramos zipped through Garcia's party like The Roadrunner!

In the meantime, GA wishes Garcia and Campos luck in their new positions with the City of Hoboken!