Friday, April 18, 2014

Earwitness: "She disguises payments to political workers as construction work, odd jobs..."

Wow!  According to an Earwitness:
She avoids ELEC reporting for campaign work by paying political operatives straight from her wallet for duties that have nothing to do with political work.  That's how she disguises the flow of money to political operatives and her campaign. She'll pay political workers for painting, or carpentry work or some kind of odd job that they don't really do.  That's one of the ways she pays people who work on her campaigns. 
"One of the ways."  Hmmmm.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another HCTV Softball Shower

Advocating for development while ignoring unsafe conditions now for HHA residents

Those softballs keep coming!

Yesterday, Fernando Uribe of HCTV let ad-buyer 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason filibuster her advocacy of Vision 20/20 because the proposal addresses 'flooding' in that part of Hoboken-- while 14 brand new model generators specially-designed for Hoboken's flooding conditions languish uninstalled in an HHA parking lot.

FM Generator, the generator sales and services company hired by the HHA, described how its new model generators  were designed to 'survive' the next flood in Hoboken in their November 1, 2013 blog post:
The new generator sets are constructed with specialized stands which raise the vital components 36 inches from the top of the generator cement pad. This will help keep the water out should it rise again.  FM Generator field engineers worked with Blue Star Generator set manufacturers to custom-design the enclosures to be sound attenuated and mounted on the special bases. The generators needed to be shipped on special pallets and trucks to accommodate the extra height.  Construction and installation will begin shortly. 
According to FM generator, installation of HHA generators was expected to be complete in May 2014.

Um, yeah.  Here's what the softball throwers at The Hudson Reporter wrote last February:
The risk that the current cold weather poses to residents is not worth taking right now, said Garcia, who added that for the time being, there is no rush to install the new generators.     Because of the larger size of the new generators, and because rewiring that must be completed to accommodate their increased power, the HHA must wait until the snow has melted before engineers can begin the installation process.
No rush.

Back-up generators power exit signs, emergency lighting, fire alarm systems, electric motor pumps for sprinklers, smoke isolation dampers, smoke evacuation fans, handicap doors.

No rush.

So while the media tosses softballs at Beth Mason for advocating a redevelopment proposal to allegedly provide 'flood safe' buildings for HHA residents over an estimated 10-year construction schedule, HHA buildings can be made flood-safe NOW with the installation of the brand-new model generators designed for Hoboken that will keep the buildings powered in a flood emergency and a fire emergency.

No rush. 

Hey Fernando, how about growing a pair and getting Garcia and Mason on the record about why these generators are still sitting in plastic wrap in the HHA parking lot?

How about asking why no one is advocating to make the HHA buildings safe for people living there NOW? 

G-d forbid there is a fire.  

No rush.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BREAKING: Councilwoman Attacked by Softballs

The attack on HCTV's advertiser was recorded and posted online.

HOBOKEN--   Yesterday, the Mason Civic League located at 1200 Washington Street was the scene of an assault on Hoboken's 2nd Ward Councilwoman, Beth Mason.

The Councilwoman sat impassively as she was pelted with softballs by Fernando Uribe of Hudson County TV, one after the other:  POW!  BANG!  BOOM!   The assault was recorded audio-visually and published on Hudson County TV's web site yesterday.

Uribe's 5 minute and 11 second softball attack was uninterrupted by questions like, "What do you say to constituents who  accuse you of talking out of 'both sides of your mouth' on the Monarch project?  You claim to oppose it but have voted against funding appropriations for the City's legal fight twice, and the other two times were absent for the vote- and you could have called in" or "Why don't you return calls or emails to constituents who oppose the Monarch project?  Some have tried to reach you for years and claim you have never responded."

Beth Mason votes against funding the Citys legal battle against Monarch developer

The cause for Uribe's attack is under investigation.  Preliminary findings tie the uninterrupted pummeling to an uninterrupted ad revenue stream from the softball-victim, Beth Mason, into HCTV coffers.

Medics called to the scene announced the Councilwoman was uninjured. One said, "She's been attacked like this for years- every time she sets foot in The Hoboken Reporter- POW!  It rains softballs! There's nothing we can do for her, we don't treat reputations."  

Reportedly softball blizzards and a Top-Twenty Ranking in The HR's Annual Power List (and hardballs aimed at Mayor Zimmer, Ravi Bhalla, Reform bloggers, et al)  are tied to years of weekly page 3 ad buys.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"No One's Seen Her"

That's what GA heard from a source earlier today.

A certain someone has not made an appearance for "about 2 weeks" at places and functions one would have expected to find her.  A bout of bronchitis?   A nasty cold?  Or...

GA heard, again, that  Mr. someone is very unhappy about looming ELEC fines and the outpouring of money with "nothing to show for it."  Then why the incredibly expensive county-wide telephone stunt?

GA was told that such an operation would have been planned, booked and paid for in advance- perhaps before they anticipated ELEC wasn't going to play nice.  Who knows. No doubt whatever the outcome, it will be 'managed' with at least one manufactured distraction.   Moving on...

I've had a hard time making my mind up about who I'm supporting for Freeholder. 

I like Stick, but Hoboken pays a disproportionate amount of County taxes, and he's presided over what, 3 or 4 tax increases?  And Carmelo Garcia was on his payroll- is he still? 

Then there's Phil Cohen, who says "My goal is to bring fiscal reform to county government. We need to know why each of the last four years the county increased its tax levy from 3% to 5%, resulting in an even bigger hit to Hoboken taxpayers. Why does it have to be this way? Why is the county not transparent in the way it handles its budget process, as our city is?"

 Why?  Why?  Why?  Those are great questions Phil.   Aside from asking great questions, what will you do?

"I will ask hard questions, and share the answers with you, the taxpayers of the district, so that we can work together to build a more efficient county government.  We will challenge the county to better use its resources to serve our district."

Thanks, Phil.  Oh... you're still talking? 

"Why can't the county deliver better parks, better roads, and improved educational and career opportunities?"   

I totally agree. Where's our swimming pool?   

Cheap!  Failed county proposal to turn a sinkhole into a swimming pool.
This proposal by the County was totally unacceptable.   Converting a broken County road into a swimming hole?

Nope, I know Phil would never have proposed such a thing.

Anyway, the County fixed the road- then jacked up our taxes!

I'm sick of these tax increases, aren't you?

I am sure Phil will make a great Freeholder.

In fact, I am sure he's the best choice for Freeholder, except... (and here is why I've had so  much trouble choosing) there is one candidate who beats Phil, follicle-y speaking.  Not that Phil isn't well-coiffed-- he is.   Phil's got a nice head of brown hair, but sadly, its not nearly as nice as another Freeholder candidate's.

You  know... the guy with the luxurious silver mane that looks like a napping opposom... so soft, so fluffy.

 GA thinks there's a bi-partisan solution. Why can't we elect them BOTH?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mason Telephone Blitz

GA heard about a phone call that's sweeping through Hudson County faster than Chlamydia at a frat house.

Yep, Hudson County.  And not just District 33. And not a robo-call.  A live person reading a script.

Here is some reader email:
Just answered a call on our house line – woman calling on behalf of Beth Mason asking me sign a petition that “Beth will take to the Senate.” I wanted to make sure I heard correctly what was going to happen with the petition, so I asked the caller to repeat it. The petition "Beth will take to the Senate" is in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act. I politely listened and said I’d pass on the opportunity. Are others getting these calls? Are these calls just an effort to pre-validate phone numbers before Beth gears up for something else? On this issue, at least, I guess Beth is going the petition route since she doesn’t get to introduce legislation herself as Lautenberg’s successor.
Just got a call on behalf of Beth Mason to sign a petition for Womens Pay Equality. I told them that I am for Women's Equal Pay but I would not under any circumstances sign my name to something with Beth Mason's name on it. I should have added unless it was a petition to throw her out of HOBOKEN!
I said the same thing! I can NOT believe the amount of money this woman pisses away trying to become relevant!
I got the same call. Wouldn't even let them finish.

Did you get the call (yet)?  I didn't.  Or maybe I did, but didn't pick up.

So what's it all about?

Here is GA's  guess: this "Beth to the Senate" petition campaign is timed to pre-empt expected bad news from ELEC.

To recap, on February 26, 2014, the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) charged Beth Mason's 2009 and 2011 campaigns with "reporting transactions" carrying potential estimated fines for all 7 Respondents  to be $14.3M.  

Both Complaints provide 20 days for  Respondents to provide written answers, to be followed by a hearing. 

February 26, 2014 was 47 days ago.  Respondents have returned written answers, and...?

GA's recent Earwitness news reported rumblings coming from Respondent Ricky Mason:
Ricky is really, really upset by the fines that they’re facing...
In view of this massive, expensive telephone-counter offensive, it could be that the Masons have either gotten bad news or expect bad news... bad enough-- perhaps even historic, to generate headlines.  And if anyone's been paying attention to how the Mason machine 'works', they always roll out a 'good' narrative when they are expecting a bad one... then, the Mason machine has their media-'friends' ignore the bad and write about the good... or at least give them parity.

Its all about controlling the message. 

That's how these folks work.  Because you know, The Hudson Reporter will write a glowing piece about the Mason petition then, like an afterthought, drop barely a sentence in the last paragraph about the ELEC fines.

Concurrently, press releases about the "Beth to the Senate" petition will roll out and local media outlets will be carpet-bombed in advance of any 'bad news' from ELEC.

So, GA supposes that this Hudson County-wide phone call foretells that Mason knows or expects  bad news from ELEC is coming.   If so, the news must be big.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Reading, Writing, and Al Capone

Oh my, that's a howlerGA busted a gut laughing.

Props to Julie, for telling it like it allegedly is.  Allegedly speaking.  In this post-SLAPP era of online timidity, it is refreshing to see a gal/guy  (of the Reform-persuasion) exercise their NJ Constitutionally-protected right of free political speech under their own name!

Wait a minute, GA... don't you mean the US Constitution and its First Amendment ?

No!  Yes!

Yes, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression: freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief.

But no, GA meant the NJ Constitution, because you peeps who have not yet been SLAPPed may not know that New Jersey's State Constitution affords greater protections for political free speech than the US Constitution!

Yes, boys and girls, turn to Article I, Rights and Privileges:
   2.  a.  All political power is inherent in the people.  Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

6.   Every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. No law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. In all prosecutions or indictments for libel, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury; and if it shall appear to the jury that the matter charged as libelous is true, and was published with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted; and the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact.  

   18.  The people have the right freely to assemble together, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives, and to petition for redress of grievances.
Paragraphs 2, 6 and 18 are a regular Triple-decker Free Speech Sandwich, NJ-style.  Dig in!

Now all New Jersey needs are Anti-SLAPP laws to safeguard its citizens from frivolous lawsuits, and to save 'someone' a fortune.

Well, aside from Julie's Al Capone howler, here's GA's fave line:
These folks are nothing less than crooks and thieves...any effort that involves them, cites them, or collaborates with them is getting in bed with that element.
Or like somebody's mama used to say: lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas.

Funny, but who should come to the rescue, but one of the Respondents in a headline-making ELEC complaint, charged with numerous "reporting transactions"  for her role as Deputy-Treasurer on Beth Mason's 2009 "Team for One Hoboken" campaign, Ines Garcia Keim: 
Julie, I don't know you but I wonder if you know Dr. Petrosino or if you have ever spoken with him. I have not always agreed with him but the fact is that Dr. Petrosino has a PhD in Education and is a tenured professor at the University of Texas which has a highly regarded graduate education program.
GA loves that argument.  A PhD degree = a dip in a baptismal font.

Yeah, sure.

As though any correlation exists between ethics and intelligence, or ethics and academic success. It doesn't.  In fact, the more educated an ethically-challenged person is, the more likely that person will be to escape detection, and get a 'pass' from people who say, "oh no, not him because he's got a PhD!"

To prove the point, history is rife with highly educated and/or highly intelligent accomplished folks who have demonstrated highly unethical behavior.   To name just a few:

Ted Kaczynski (A.K.A. The Unabomber).   
Kaczynski skipped the 5th grade after testing 167 on an IQ test. He entered Harvard at the age of 16 where he earned his undergraduate degree by age 20. He earned his PhD in mathematics at the University of Michigan, where he focused on geometric function theory. After this, he was hired by the University of Berkeley, becoming their youngest professor . He won the University of Michigan's Sumner B. Myers prize, thanks to a PhD thesis on boundary functions, recognized as that year's best mathematics dissertation.

Jeffrey Dahmer
Tested with an IQ of 145 

Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold 
 Leopold was a child prodigy who reportedly spoke his first words at 4 months, and possessed a recorded IQ of 210. Leopold graduated college with honors from Harvard in 1923. Richard Loeb had an IQ estimated at between 160 and 168.

Ted Bundy
 Possessing a reported IQ score of 136.

Of course, those people possessed rottenness of historic proportions, but you get the drift.

Some of the biggest dolts (IQ-wise) are extremely good, honest and/or law-abiding.  Some of the biggest brainiacs are not.  So much for that argument.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Earwitness News: Mason Cash Spigot to Dry Up?

Folks, hold on to your hats.  If you're not wearing a hat, put one on then hold it.

This could be BIG.   If this Earwitness dispatch comes to pass, the ripple will be felt throughout the Hudson County political world and beyond...  all the way to the influence of a certain Benedict Flounder.

GA ear-witnessed this from a reliable source, and these are my notes:

Ricky is really, really upset by the fines that they’re facing and the flow of money out of the Mason camp.   He's been telling people they’re spending way too much... Yeah they can afford it but he's noticed a lot of money leaking out and he's got nothing to show for it... he's upset about being tapped by a bunch of operatives...  It's a well known secret who's funding the SLAPP suit and all the money that's costing…  Really upset about how much money is being spent, money is pouring out of them, and apparently he’s going to do something about it

 Well, it looks like somebody FINALLY woke up. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Hills are Alive with...

Folks, as a witness to the systematic harassment of HHA Tenant-activist Jessica Coco, I still cannot wrap my head around the Jersey Journal piece calling the year long terrorizing of a disabled woman  a "squabble."

"Squabble?" Do most "squabbles" result in home invasions, broken windshields and attempted illegal evictions?
Garcia disputes her claims, but one thing that Coco and Garcia seem to agree on is that the conflict largely springs from Vision 20/20. Garcia, who is also a Democratic assemblyman, said that he believes Coco’s allegations amount to an "outright smear campaign" against the housing authority. He said that he believes that she is being egged on by others “who are aligned to discredit the agency, himself and the merits of Vision 20/20.”
Smear campaign?    Somebody better ask our man-to-the-rescue, Union City Mayor Brian Stack about that.

Check him out, ladies!  On a white horse and everything!

Okay, well I wasn't there.... but that is how I imagine him coming to the aide of Jessica Coco.  Yep, he did.  And he gets props for it from me. So if anyone- including the media- has questions about whether or not Ms. Coco's allegations that she's being harassed and her property vandalized are simply a "squabble" or a "smear campaign", well you can ask my favorite mayor, aside from Zimmer, Fulop, and a whole bunch of others (maybe 5 or 6 dozen)... oh yeah, and Mayor Stack.   

Oh, I kid!  GA likes Brian Stack. I do. Next year can I swap my birthday card for a Butterball?

Here's why Brian Stack knows Ms. Coco's allegations are not a "smear campaign" and she is not "being egged on by others to discredit the agency, himself or the merits of Vision 20/20."   Because his office generously paid to fix her vandalized car!

Yep, its true and 100% verifiable.

In brief, here's what happened. Starting in September or October, Ms. Coco had contacts with State Senator Stack about being harassed because of her opposition to Vision 20/20, and had even written to his office.  On January 20, 2014, Stack called her and offered to pay to repair the vandalism to her car but asked her to put in writing what had been damaged.  On January 23 she wrote back:

Here is a list of damage that needs to be repaired as you requested: Passenger side mirror, Passenger side door lock, Side door lock, oil pan, a/c not working due to electrical shorts caused by wires in harness being pulled. Heat also doesn’t work. I’m not sure if its coincidental or just a byproduct of the car’s age as both the a/c and heat stopped working at same time & clearly the a/c doesn’t run due to the electrical shorts. 
After some back and forth (finding parts, trips to mechanic) Jessica called Mark Albiez,  Stack's aide, on Saturday, February 1, 2014 to give him the cost of the parts.  Albiez agreed but, according to Coco, said that he was going to tell Carmelo he needed to reimburse them for the bill. Coco wished him good luck. 

Later that same evening, Coco was approached outside her building by an HHA worker who said, "Congratulations for Brian Stack fixing your car."

Coco had told no one about her conversation with Stack or Stack's office.

How did HHA worker know?

The next morning, Sunday February 2, at around 11:30 AM a neighbor telephoned Coco to tell her that her windshield was smashed (pic below).  

Curious coincidence, no?  

An HHA resident who was angry about the incident told Ms. Coco:
(redacted) had gotten one of (redacted's)rugrats to do it and then blame it on the Bloods.
Well, there's more to the story, but my point is that this "squabble" caused real and verifiable damage to Ms. Coco's car, the timing of her windshield being smashed is interesting, to say the least, and Brian Stack knows Ms Coco's allegations are not a "smear" because he graciously redressed the  damages done by.... SOMEONE.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"He-said-she-said"? Um, NO

Here we go again, the mainstream media gives corruption another pass.

First The Hoboken Reporter 'reported' some mystery-HUD spokesman saying that 14 generators had been delivered to the HHA "in fall" so they could freeze their sprockets all winter long to impress the folks not paying attention as to how "powerful" they were!
 "In fact, HUD said, the generators were delivered in fall on purpose. At the time, HUD, Garcia and the vendor were aware that inclement weather might be looming, but the manufacturer wanted to prove that its new model generator, more powerful than previous iterations, could withstand the elements."
In fact Spring is here, and betcha those generators will sit out all Spring to show how... um, 'spring-y' they are, springier than previous iterations, so spring-y that they can withstand the tulips and cherry blossoms.

And when Summer comes?

Betcha those generators will sit out all summer "on purpose" to show, summery they can be, more summery than previous iterations, so summery they can withstand Mr. Softee and the Top Ten Songs of Summer.

In other words, nobody in the mainstream press gives a shit whether the folks in public housing have working generators. Of course, they'll be on the scene when someone drops dead after a fire because they didn't have power to run the automatic sprinklers.   Good job, Assemblyman Garcia!

So, this latest episode of journalistic malpractice comes again, to the aid of Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.   The first line tells you all you need to know about the rest of it:
 HOBOKEN — A year-long squabble between a Hoboken Housing Authority resident and the agency’s personnel boils down to a he-said-she-said narrative...  Coco has publicly spoken out against the project and believes that, as a result, her car has been vandalized, her home burglarized and her life threatened. She largely pins the alleged retaliation on HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.
Well folks, if that one didn't make you spit out your cornflakes...

The first problem GA's got with framing the Coco story as "he-said-she-said" is that the 'SHE' and the 'HE' have a completely asymmetric power dynamic.

The "SHE" is a disabled woman, employed but living on a very limited income, living in public housing, there since 2002, and had no problems with HHA management UNTIL she spoke out against Vision 20/20.  After Ms. Coco spoke out, a catalog of abuses occurred to her property- she was served with an illegal eviction notice, was harassed at the polls on election day, has had her apartment entered and property stolen, her car was vandalized several times; all this has had an adverse effect on her health.

The "HE" is a powerful elected official, the 33rd District Assemblyman, Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority- the 'landlord' of 'SHE'- and also receives a stipend as aide to Freeholder Romano- which brings his income well over $200K annually. 

The Jersey Journal got it all wrong.  The story was not "he-said-she-said," it is a story of how "she" with ALL the vulnerability of a powerless person dependent on public housing took on her powerful landlord, and suddenly, a lot of terrible things start happening to her. THAT WAS THE STORY. 


GA will have more on this tomorrow.  The article was extremely unfair to Coco, published  an unverified 'smear', that she lives with someone (she does not), and gave  Garcia a 'pass' by putting him in an equivalent power-role to Coco.

He is NOT.   Ask any resident of the HHA who has the power to renew their lease or serve an eviction notice.

It's not Jessica Coco.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hippity Hop

Well folks, you've noticed GA's been a little 'irregular' these days.  Nope, it's nothing Grandma's  stewed prunes can cure.   I'll drop a clue.

You see,  Easter is coming, and GA's been wrestling with a bunny.

No, no, not the Easter Bunny.  The E.B.O.F.L. a.k.a. the Energizer Bunny of Frivolous Litigation

Yep, the EBOFL keeps going... and going... and going...

I can't tell you much more than that.  Except soon this bunny may need another charge from BIG RED...  before he runs out of juice.

Time to charge Bunny.
Speaking of charges from BIG RED did you check out MSV today?


This caught my eye, both of them in fact:

MSV is investigating allegations Beth Mason has been using prepaid credit cards to disguise election campaign payments to political operatives including Hoboken411. Confirmation would explain how at least some payments were made to Hoboken411 but not Hoboken Patch.  

Holy ELEC evasion!

And depending upon how many $500 (maximum) pre-paid cards allegedly go to a single individual, we could also be talking 'Holy alleged Tax Evasion!"

It could happen. 

Let's say you hired a fish.   Not a bright one, one with below average intelligence, receding hairline, and glasses. The kind that lurks at the bottom of the tank, scavenging for the fish scales and feces of more talented, respected fish.  Now, let's say you wanted to overpay your fish a salary- oh, maybe $150K per year without the hassle of Social Security taxes, health benefits and Uncle Sam's eyes on your fish food.  Who needs that?

Not  me.

What you might do is slip your fish a few of those $500 pre-paid credit cards-- between 5 and 6 a week and before you know it, you've got that $150K covered!

Which of course, would also please the fish, who could tuck those away in any number of bank accounts or investments and voila!   Some day that bottom-feeder might even have the dough to buy his own watering hole!

Fill 'er up

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

All Wired Up and No Place to Go

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You know,  there's been an epidemic of trespassing on public property these days.

In fact, GA was contacted yesterday by The Jersey Journal  about a "trespassing" complaint filed by the HHA against HHA resident Jessica Coco and myself.  Who told The Jersey Journal?
Director Garcia said HHA filed a complaint against both of you for trespassing. 

Apparently, on February 20, 2014 Ms. Coco had  'trespassed' into the parking lot where she parks her car.  GA was her invited guest, and there for news-gathering purposes; to photograph generators to replace damaged ones after Hurricane Sandy, but left in the parking lot by the HHA Executive Director to moulder.

Did you know GA is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists?

You don't get those in a Crackerjack box!

So, in addition to this unfortunate parking lot trespassing incident, it has come to GA's attention the trespassing issue has spread to City Hall and other institutions of local, state and federal government.  It seems these local, state, and federal institutions of government are positively infested with public officials wearing recording devices (a.k.a."wires") and secretly recording their peers for use in frivolous and politically-motivated lawsuits.  Of course, these are not only a nuisance, but cost taxpayers a bundle!

It's a big problem. There must be hundreds of these wired-up varmints scampering through the halls of government from Hoboken to Trenton to Washington D.C.

What to do?

Not much.  It seems to GA there are two options: (1)  these officials must voluntarily disconnect their recording devices or (2) be banned entirely from public buildings- which is awkward, when they're elected to represent you there.   The only fair thing to do is to post a "No Trespassing" sign so that no one person is picked out of the crowd and all know they are welcome, but their busy-body wires are not.

If only that parking lot had a sign!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Carmelo "Generator" of Trespassing Complaint!

Assemblyman Garcia claims the HHA has filed a complaint against GA and Ms. Coco for "trespassing" in a parking lot!

Hi, folks! Sorry, the lights have been out here for a week... just a few days more 'cause I've got 'stuff' to finish...

But you know, sometimes when you least expect it (if you are me) you get a message like this:
I spoke to HHA members, and they mentioned an incident involving you and Ms. Coco involving the HHA generators. Director Garcia said HHA filed a complaint against both of you for trespassing. I wanted to make sure that I reached out to you to possibly discuss the matter.
Whaaaaaaat?  Trespassing???

In a parking lot?  You mean this one?  

Arrest those cars!

You mean, the parking lot that's open to both sides of the street with adjacent residential buildings (with egress doors that open onto the parking lot) that pedestrians walk through and has no "No Trespassers" sign?

That one?

The same one with the 14 generators that GA 'found' were languishing in plastic wrap, uninstalled since the Summer of 2013? 

So, GA and Jessica Coco, an HHA resident, are "trespassers" in that very, very, very special parking lot with the 14 generators our federal tax dollars paid for and Assemblyman Garcia left rotting out all winter in plastic packaging?

The same parking lot The Hoboken Reporter's Dean DeChiaro stood in a few days later to take photos- like I did.

Did the HHA bust Dean DeChiaro for "trespassing" too?  Oh, they didn't? They like the stuff he writes.

Well, guess what Assemblyman Garcia?

My federal tax dollars pay for "your" parking lot, which make me a stakeholder in that parking lot- in fact, it's my parking lot, too!  Yep, I just might hold a barbeque in my HHA parking lot when the weather gets warmer, and invite a few hundred of my closest friends. We'll roast weenies, sing campfire songs...  In fact, there'll be even more room in my HHA parking lot once you start installing those generators like you told The Hoboken Reporter you would "in Spring"

Grab a weenie and let's party!
It's Spring.

GA wants a copy of this "HHA Trespassing Complaint."

Too funny.

The not-funny part is how the bullies of the Dark Side use the Courts, the police, and some even use HHA "complaints" to attack those who express a different political point of view, write about lonely generators, or oppose Vision 20/20. 

That parking lot is located in America, right? 

Speaking of America, and the blessed freedoms that aren't free- SLAPP suits run a pretty penny- here's a GA shout-out to my nephew, who just joined the Marines.

Semper fi!

Yes indeed, while we suffer indignities from low-lives with their SLAPP suits and "trespassing" complaints,  honorable men and women fight for  our right to speak truth to power and walk in parking lots everywhere.

Honorable men like my nephew, the MarineGA is so proud.

Semper fi  means "always faithful."  GA's motto is "Never give up."

And I never will.

How to speak to a dead generator

Monday, March 24, 2014

Petrosino Gets Smackdown

Of all the tools in the Dark Side tool chest beware of the ones with doctoral degrees.

Their malevolence is cloaked in high-falutin' mumbo-jumbo and like a Trojan Horse, once they get inside the gates of your mind, BOOM!  Statistics! Graphs! Ratios! Acronyms! Data, data, more data... all twisted like a Bavarian pretzel that sounds very, very impressive to the layman.

Wow, I didnt know that! You're kidding me! 

This kind is much different than the garden-variety political operative dope bearing midnight flyers and juvenile blog posts; he is credible- even admired.  With his doctorate degree, big words, and mysterious acronyms that mumbo-jumbo must be true, because it's coming from an academic.

Unless you are another academic, an honest one, who sees the through the mumbo-jumbo and calls it for what it is- crap. 

 Enter the Jersey Jazzman

In the left corner, is Hoboken's Dr. Anthony Petrosino. In the right is "Duke", the Jersey Jazzman.

"Jersey Jazzman" is a New Jersey public school teacher, public school parent, taxpayer, NJEA member and a part-time doctoral student in education policy at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Dr. Anthony Petrosino is a University of Austin professor  and former Assistant to Hoboken Schools Superintendant Jack Raslowsky from 2007 until he was fired at the end of the school year in 2009.  After that, Petrosino unsuccessfully sued Hoboken's BoE and was forced to pay back the district.  Dr. Petrosino's blog   "Dr. Petrosino's Education Project" is obsessively Hoboken-centric and (it seems) retaliatory;  cloaked in academic language, his half-baked diatribes rip and tear at Hoboken public schools, Kids First, and Dr. Toback. Who is hurt most by The Doctor's unrelenting bashing?

Our district's kids and hard-working teachers.

On March 19 2014, the Doc published: "Under Kids First and Superintendent Toback- Traditional Hoboken Public School SAT Scores Are SIGNIFICANTLY Lower than Socio-Economic Status Predicts."  

OBSESSION: Petrosino's 3/19/14 article includes this  Kids First 2009 mailer (designed by me!)

Well, this latest salvo in Petrosino's long war on the Kids First, Dr. Toback and our distict is so foul, so nasty, so wrong-- it drew the  Jersey Jazzman's attention.

The blog took a brick bat to Petrosino's 'research' and dismantled it as crapola.  For one, Petro used a graph of national SAT averages correlating to family income to lambast Hoboken High School's SAT performance.

 Petrosino Blog: Graph using National SAT Averages
Petrosino uses national data to skew results

Jersey Jazzman:  

Instead of comparing Hoboken High to an entire class of students across the nation at a particular family income level, why don't we look at every high school in New Jersey -- including Hoboken High -- and judge their SAT total scores against the proportion if kids they have in poverty. That might make more sense, dontcha you think?

 Jazzman Blog: NJ Public High Schools:  SAT Total v % Free Lunch Eligible 

Yeah, OK, sure: after all, the correlation between SAT scores and percentage of free lunch students is very tight. 

Nearly 70 percent of the difference between schools in their SAT scores can be explained by those schools' Free Lunch-eligible percentage (look at the r-squared). 

The trendline shows the prediction of where a school should be when accounting for free lunch eligibility among the student populations. Hoboken High is actually above prediction: Hoboken High is above where we would expect to find it on SAT scores, even when controlling for student poverty. 

You see?

The intellectually dishonest  "Education Project" serves the Dark Side by trashing Reformers (Kids First, Toback) which is also a side-swipe at the Zimmer administration.  In fact, its narratives of Reform-failure are in my opinion, the bleating of a bitter crap-merchant.  (No offense to crap-merchants)

Okay, now for the 'fun'.  Petro chimed in below the Jazzman article:

"Duke" replied:

How funny is that?

Petro inaccurately used 'Duke's' data ... and is scolded to get his "facts in a row!"

Hey Duke, facts don't matter on the Dark Side. 

Last word goes to a sockmonkey:

Friday, March 21, 2014

So-called HHA Hypocrisy

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Hey, it's GA of the so-called Chosen People checking in!  How are you on this fine, so-called day?

Strangely enough, this morning I found myself drawn to a so-called German Shepherd.  He was on a leash.  Well, I wasn't drawn to it but it seems my inner cave girl was feeling lonely... so I reached into my pocket to entice him with a so-called dog biscuit, then remembered I don't have a dog.  Lucky thing.

Here's the so-called reason...

See what I mean? 

Now,  the so-called leader of the Hoboken Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board/Tenant Association knows a lot about the so-called Chosen (my people).

In fact, I was just going through some of my old Playdog Centerfolds, to figure out which I'd most like to distinctly lick my festering sores.  It was tough.

There was Mr. March...

He looks like he could handle at least a half-a-dozen festering sores.

Then there's Mr. October...

I'll bet he's never turned down a so-called consenting sore.

Or Mr. May...

 My goodness, he's just begging for a tap on a so-called willing festering sore.

But, ya know there's too much of a good thing....

Mr. July could use some some hair of the so-called dog.

Well, a lonely cave consort could have lots of fun with Mr. September... just remember gals, to B.Y.O.F.L. (Bring Your Own Fig Leaf) and B.Y.O.F.S. (Bring Your Own Festering Sores).

Ladies, are you in touch with your inner cave gal? 

Neither am I.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

20 Days

Lest we forget, historic ELEC fines for His and Hers (alleged) ELEC-law breakers loom...  and in case you think it's only GA, Da Horsey and a few dozen SLAPP Defendants paying attention, hark!

Since GA uploaded (and embedded) the (2) ELEC Complaints two weeks ago and Mason's 2009 Team for One Hoboken 20 Day Post-Election report one week ago, take a look at how many have read them:

My goodness, that's a lot of eyeballs on those embeds- assuming everyone has two. 

GA can tell you there is a lot of interest in the story of potentially-historic ELEC fines being levied on Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason and her Campaign Treasurer husband, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Partner Ricky Mason.  In spite of the Mason Reporter's best effort to bury this scandal, it will not go away.

Here is why.

There are (at least) two scenarios: (1) ELEC caves to the pressure of Mason's formidable legal team and slaps her wrist or (2) ELEC whacks her with a two-by-four.

In either case, observers and critics will ruminate on the outcome.  If the Masons skate, ELEC will forever be tarred as toothless, gutless and diving under the wheels of her Brinks truck.  If ELEC 'throws the book' at them, ELEC will demonstrate integrity and purpose, incentivizing campaigns across the state to obey election law.

Which will it be?   

GA's a cynic.  I'd love to be wrong.

We'll know soon because the Complaints were filed on February 26, 2014. Respondents have 20 days after service of the Complaint to respond with a written answer or else...

GA doesn't know when Respondents were served, but probably not long after the Complaints were filed.  Which means, the written responses are due anytime.

Will ELEC post them? 

Sometime after the filing of written responses a hearing will be scheduled to "present evidence and argument on all relevant issues."

I wonder if the Brendels are available to film that?