The Pain Gang

Ever wish a painful vasectomy on a friend?  Or on anyone?

This desire to inflict pain on political opponents, by vasectomy or SLAPP, was the hallmark of a once-influential cell of Hoboken political operatives.

For them, victory at the ballot box wasn't enough; their opponents should suffer painful vasectomies, financial ruin and public disgrace.

Though tiny in number, this cell had a large presence on the internet, be it through ghostwritten screeds on Hoboken411 or vitriolic posts under ever-shifting screen name IDs. The apex of their online influence was around 2008-2009.

This 2008 email illustrates how operatives coordinated political messaging directly with  Hoboken411, and believed in the power to influence Hoboken politics.  Kim Cardinal  advises on the "best strategy  to make [Lenz] irrelevant" is "never talking about him on 411."

That was 2008.

In 2009, the dynamic changed.

Hoboken411's policy of comment censorship and banning, gave birth to an open Reform blogosphere.

Banned from Hoboken411, Reform activists developed their own platforms for free political discourse. First, The  Hoboken Journal, then Mile Square View. later, in 2010, this blog, Grafix Avenger.

With these changes (plus the death spiral of Hoboken411), the 'vasectomy pain crew' no longer dominated the online political conversation in Hoboken.  That had to hurt the raging egos of narcissists.

A new problem emerged: the discourse from the 'other side,' was delivered as sharply as their own, but it could no longer be banned or moderated out of existence. New Reform voices were entering Hoboken's online marketplace of ideas.  These voices were sharply critical of the once-dominant political faction, and a "war" between screen names erupted online.  Heated, nasty discourse in threads sometimes hundreds of comments long (on Patch), the context was Hoboken politics.

What happened next?

Under the same kind of fire they had dished out, these internet warriors proved more delicate than hothouse flowers.

Boo hoo hoo. Waaaaaaah. Bullies! Meanies!

Lane Bajardi's admitted screen name WakeUp07030 makes "blood diamond money" reference on Hoboken Forum; the Mayor's husband is a Jewish diamond dealer

Lane Bajardi's admitted screen name MarkLower makes "blood diamond dealer" reference on Hoboken Forum; the Mayor's husband is a Jewish diamond dealer

The 'vasectomy pain gang' had a solution to regain dominance online and snuff out Reform's potent political blogosphere.      

Political operative Tommy Bertoli, Mayor Steve Fulop's right-hand man explained it at his deposition:

Enter the SLAPP, with its presumed underwriter for the Plaintiffs, Barracato's employer, and it's sprawl over the Reform's most vocal online voices.

The 'vasectomy pain-gang' expected their high-stakes gambit to work, expected the persecuted Reform bloggers to crumble, demanded outrageous sums of money ("north of seven figures" in August 2012), expected all of us to give up our blogs, blogging, our right to free and open political discourse online....

Which would presumably 'clear the deck' for their unchallenged rhetoric online.

The eagle has landed!

GA wrote this post in part for a friend to understand the context within which this outrageous abuse of our courts, persecution of local Reform bloggers and effort to hijack Hoboken's  political discourse ocurred.

And it's not over yet, folks.


  1. again with Lane, Kimbo's and Sara's Condo envy....

  2. Ravi's uncut jewelsJune 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    We don't find sara's vasectomy comment funny in the least.

    1. Sara's vasectomy? When did she have one?

  3. Bad snow removal.

  4. Kim and Lane, didn't I tell you to sue those bloggers? You showed them! Wasn't that a great idea? Countess bought me a bar cause I'm so smart. She's my bestie.

    So how's the lawsuit going? Did you get the $2 million yet? When do you get their condos? I hear things are going great!

    1. Mostly going good. Just need one or two tweaks. Everything is fine. A few small adjustments. No biggie. Minor stuff. Steady as she goes. Can't complain. Generally pleased. Good on the whole.

      Can you check if she's asleep? That's when I sneak in the house. I can stand outside for a few more hours. Nice day. Things going good overall.

  5. Napoleon ComplexJune 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I hear the SLAPPERS dropped me from their appeal. That's great news because I haven't been shopping in the Big & Tall Men's Dept- I discovered I fit into 6-12 month onesies. You know, they have a flap on the under carriage.

    Now that those frivolous defamation charges against me were dropped, I can shop worry-free in Baby Gap, or if I'm slummin, Baby Depot. I enjoy a good suck on a Binky when I'm coming up with conspiracy theories.

  6. Napoleon ComplexJune 20, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Is it true Voltaire sucked on a Binky?

  7. Mr and Mrs Suck threw me in their fake lawsuit, too. Nyaaah nyaah nyaaaah.

  8. 4th Ward GuardianJune 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Confusing parking signs.

  9. Branko Strojkovic has a real nasty bitch for a wife and with every email that is revealed it just confirms my opinion. That said Sara and Branko seem made for each other.

  10. Never knew who this Sara character was prior to the SLAPP suit. Unlike the twins she was in the background for the casual Hoboken political observer.

    But this SLAPP suit sure made her well known. She must be thrilled these emails got out. She doesn't come across as anyone I would ever want to associate with in town.

  11. Hopefully Lane is in pain from being, well... Lane

  12. Not sure what's worse, the anti-Semitic baiting by Lane's admitted screen name or the absolute viciousness of Kimmy and company.

    Let's call it a draw.

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    1. Thank you, Alex-Bot, for randomly selecting this treasure from GA's time capsule to spam! In the context of today's political climate, the ironies of this post are too numerous to name! Okay, here's one. The commenter "anonymouse" used the same disparagement as the (real) Lane Bajardi, " Mr. Lower" against the same individual-- in an attack on "Lower's" First Amendment right to political discourse. Yes! Thank you, Alex-bot for your random cyber drop-in, a trip down memory lane.


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