Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Prisoner of the Bouncy House


Oh, goody!  Former 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is in the news again!

According to "Between the Lines" columnist Al Sullivan:

Smells like fish.

Wow!  "Lieutenant Governor Beth Mason"- that makes sense.

Remember that $40,000 donation to NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney's SuperPAC, New Jerseyans for a Better Tomorrow?


Remember that June 9th fundraiser for Sweeney's SuperPAC co-hosted with NJ Senate Majority Leader  Loretta Weinberg?    GA would like to tell you how much $ was raised, but New Jerseyans for a Better Tomorrow, Inc. failed to report the proceeds on their July ELEC report. (The Sweeney SuperPAC filed as a political committee- not a "PAC," if you want to look it up.)

Well people, nothing appears in Sullivan's column by accident.

Mason's own Huma Abedin  is a miserable fish whose drivel has 'allegedly' fed The Hoboken Reporter for years.  

Huma the Fish not only plumps his bosses feathers in the local paper, he was spotted in Hoboken at Sunday's "First Annual Back to School Bash 2016" thrown by The Mason Civic League. 

What was that bloated, smelly Weehawken interloper doing in our city?

Sources report that Huma the Fish was there to stop Steve Sweeney from escaping Beth Mason's Bouncy House. Yes, it's true. 

According to sources, Sweeney was imprisoned in the Bouncy House, only to be released if he appoints big bucks donor Beth Mason to be his Lieutenant Governor.

Witnesses report that Sweeney was lured into the Bouncy House by a paper bag purported to be filled with a hefty cash donation.   Huma the Fish was overheard promising Sweeney the "whole bag" if he took off his shoes and retrieved the loot himself from inside the Bouncy House.  So, when Sweeney lunged for the bag (filled with shredded newspaper) the Bouncy door was zippered closed and locked.

Trapped.

As mentioned, the NJ Senate President is to remain imprisoned until he makes Al Sullivan's wish come true.




In the meantime, fun was reportedly had by all at the Back to School Bash 2016.  Nearly all attendees were Hoboken families and their children.

As for local politicos, few attended because most are loyal to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and avoid public appearances with Steve Sweeney's Lieutenant-Governor-in-waiting... like the plague!

In fact, most Hoboken politicos would not been seen cavorting with a suspected underwriter of out-of-town operations against Fulop -specifically the Jersey City mayor's initiative to move municipal elections from May to November (so he can still run for re-election should he not win he Dem nomination for NJ Governor next June.)

No, it is unlikely you will see many Hudson County politicos effectively spitting in Steve Fulop's face by chatting animatedly with Beth Mason in public- except for maybe one.

Witnesses spotted Boe Trustee Peter Biancamano chatting animatedly with Sweeney's aspiring Lieutenant governor for hours....


...and hours...



...and hours!


So, will NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney ever be freed from the Bouncy House?

Stay tuned. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thank you, Monica

Hoboken Board of Education Trustee Monica Stromwall says goodbye 

GA was sorry to hear the Hoboken School District will be losing a dedicated board member, Monica Stromwall.

Ms. Stromwall made an emotional announcement at the August 16, 2016 meeting that she will be stepping down because her family is moving out-of-state.

Monica was an activist parent with two kids in the district, when she was appointed to replace Board Trustee Carmelo Garcia, in January 2014.  Garcia resigned from his board seat after he was elected to the NJ Assembly.

Stromwall ran for a full term as an incumbent, and was elected with Sharyn Angley on November 4, 2014.

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Her resignation was a surprise to some board colleagues, who described her to GA as "honest, earnest" and "a very dedicated, hardworking trustee."

Stromwell's board peers praised her at the meeting, including Trustee Peter Biancamano, whose began his tribute "for someone not on the same side as, like Hoboken likes to say, as me...*"
*GA takes exception to that.  If Peter reads this, there is only ONE "side" for Hoboken School Board Trustees: the district CHILDREN'S side.   ALL decisions should be governed on what's best for the CHILDREN of the Hoboken District, not any elected municipal official or candidate- be it Reform or Dark Side. One's personal political ambition has no place on the Hoboken School Board. 

Former board members Jean Marie Mitchell called Stromwall "articulate, and above all, passionate...... I want to offer you my biggest thanks for helping the people of this city and the children of the Hoboken schools  Thank you for all of your work.""

Former Hoboken School Board Trustee Jean Marie Mitchell
So, what's next?

A source tells GA, "The board has 60(?) days to fill Stromwall's vacant seat.  It will be advertised and anyone can interview, which is how Monica got her spot."

Do you hear that, people?

Anyone interested in serving Hoboken's school district for the betterment of our city, here is your chance.  It will take a lot of your personal time, but, the returns could not be greater.

Personally, GA hopes that one of the new 'crop' of involved residents who attend meetings, who understand district issues,  who will practice good boardsmanship, respect ethics rules, who are NOT political partisans and who only hold obligation to ONE "side"- the district children- will step up.

That's what I hope. The stakes could not be higher for our city.

Thank you, Monica. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

They're ba-a-ack....

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Welcome back to GA, Federal Friends!

It's always a pleasure to host you!

Don't worry, Federal Friends...the matter which you researched for 30 minutes (and the pages you visited), is just between the two of us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

When political speech is "cyber terrorism"

He said, he said


GA is struck by the similarity between the national conversation about "freedom of the press" and and the underpinnings of the Bajardi SLAPP.

Commentary about public or limited public figures in the context of politics, including insults and hyperbole, is protected speech.  Rebuttals are fair comment, including insults and hyperbole.

Some public figures consider press which includes commentary of anonymous sources "libel:"

Politico: "Trump: We're going to open up libel laws"

Others call adverse political commentary "cyber terrorism*."



*GA Note: The so-called "cyber-terrorism" is a GA post titled "Jackpot"

Did Hoboken mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano label a series of ghostwritten 'deadbeat dad' articles "cyber terrorism?"





Q: When is protected political speech "cyber terrorism?"

A: When there's an anticipated 2-million dollar payday.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Weehawken loves Ramos

Barracato's $2,600 contribution filed on November 27, 2015 "Ramos for Council" ELEC report  

Why oh WHY did a Weehawken resident give a Hoboken Council candidate, Ruben Ramos, the maximum individual contribution, $2,600, for his 2015 race?

Not just any Weehawken resident--no, the Weehawken-bucks Ramos for Council donor is the unfortunate wife of ex-Councilwoman Beth Mason's "business partner."  Yes, that same Beth Mason's "business partner who obtained "60,000 emails that HMHA/Zimmer exchanged with the buyer during the sale process."

Did Beth Mason's "business partner" ever explain to the taxpayers of Hoboken HOW he obtained "60,000" confidential emails about the hospital sale DURING the sale?

Maybe that crackerjack Patch reporter, Eric Keifer, could investigate.

Well, one only wonders what this portends for future Weehawken-based revenue streams to anti-administration candidates.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Have a seat

GA's bathroom on Wednesday (w/ temporary throne)

The reason GA's blogging has been 'irregular" lately is the ongoing gut-reno of my favorite room of the house!  It's large -10' x 12'- so have planned something interesting for the space...

Well, these are the dog days of summer; there's not much going on in our fair Mile Square, is there?

Stay hydrated, people.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nice work, HPD

Back at ya!

GA thanks the Hoboken police officers involved and the guy at the top, Chief Ken Ferrante, for another job well done!

Take a look...  not one of these 12 rotten apples hailed from the Mile Square.



Monday, August 8, 2016

GA Smackdown: Wingnut 'retracts' Khan Family hit

Smear blog blocks access to "stolen document" AFTER confrontation with GA 


Folks, I just have to share.

A wingnut blog purporting to having "see[n] and verify[ied]"   an "original" Wells Fargo wire transfer statement showing  $375K moved from the Clinton Foundation to  "KM Khan Law Office" on "8/1" appears to have backed off on the cyber-smear after an online/email exchange with GA.

SCORE!

Blogger claims to have seen and verified the "original" Wells Fargo bank statement that shows a $375K transfer to war-hero dad's Mr. Khan's bank account  from the CLinton Foundation

After late night/ early morning exchanges with GA, morning, the smear piece no longer loads for visitors- their IPs are automatically redirected to the home page.  No, I am not linking to this shitty blog, but have downloaded the original post, including my "moderated" comments if any execs at Wells Fargo are interested.

In GA's opinion, the smear blog's biggest problems lie with Wells Fargo- not Kahn nor anyone in the political world- with the blog's publication of an alleged bank statement "stolen" from its servers by hackers who call themselves "Anonymous."

Oh yes, the smear blogger used those words "stolen document" verbatim, see below:



In a nutshell, here's what happened.

When GA saw the alleged Wells Fargo statement on Facebook (some dimwits bought into it), I traced it's original publication to a wingnut website.

A blindfolded person would know the alleged Wells Fargo "account statement" is a fraud.   Yet, the smear-merchant giddily frames it as though he/she believes the "altered document" will put his/her shitty blog on the map, like Linda Tripp did for Matt Drudge.  

GA had to pluck that low-hanging fruit.  Here are my two comments which went unpublished (remind you of anyone?)


Today I awoke to two very long diatribes in my Inbox.  Here is the first paragraph of one:



My reply:



Well, what do you know?

No reply from the "please@getoffthebs.com" but the blog no longer allows access to their "stolen document" trashing Mr. Kahn, father of fallen war hero U.S.Army Captain Humayan Kahn.

Coincidence?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Endorsements

Unrelated:  today on Putin and Me:  

Ramos endorses Romano for Freeholder... 

...in 2008!


And this BoE endorsement draft letter was written for Beth Mason by one of her political operatives... also in 2008.



Now for a different kind of endorsement... an endorsement of secrecy. 




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"If I thank you, I would be admitting responsibility"



The SLAPP email archives continue to illustrate behind-the-scenes collaboration between Hoboken411 owner and his ghostwriter to influence public opinion on matters of public interest and public concern, and to influence election outcomes.  

One of the site's practices to mold public opinion was censorship.

Banning and/or perpetual moderation  was the fate suffered by advocates of the 'enemy.'

The banning of "assholes" and  "erasing mistakes" for those who "played ball in the past" in the emails below illustrate the gate-keeping of political speech at  Hoboken411.  The  SLAPP emails show that the decision of whom to ban/censor and who was welcome was, according to the emails, often a joint effort.    

GA has a reasonable basis to believe that the SLAPP was an extension of the effort to silence political speech practiced on Hoboken411.com.  


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Monday, August 1, 2016

Al-Witness Rumor


After a long hiatus from Hoboken political coverage,  Al Sullivan fertilized his latest column with assorted rumor and innuendo.  The topics of the Al-witness rumor were Hoboken's mayoral race and an upcoming appointment to either reappoint or replace NHSA Commissioner Tony Soares. 

The Al-Witness rumor can be summarized as follows:

About former North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) Commissioner Frank Raia:
  • he has "been spotted meeting around Hoboken with City Council people loyal to Mayor Dawn Zimmer."
  •   "...he is rumored to be considering a run himself for mayor in 2017 on a third ticket.."
  • "Speculation is that he is lobbying to get a seat on the NHSA, where he was for 25 years....  if so, then Raia would displace Tony Soares, whose term on the NHSA expires shortly"
About Hoboken Freeholder, Anthony Romano:
  • " (he) will likely run for freeholder first"
About Hoboken's 4th Ward Councilman,  Ruben Ramos:

  • "Councilman Ruben Ramos [is] reportedly planning to make another run" 

Administration sources tell GA the notion of  a 'deal' being brokered to swap Soares for Raia is false. Or you could put it this way: "Drop the bong, Al!"

 GA is not sure why that would be floated;  let's just call it a floater.

The rumor about Romano has anecdotal support; GA was told directly by a powerful Hudson County elected official: "I think Romano is running  for Freeholder."

And Ramos?  Stay tuned.