Saturday, October 31, 2009

To H411: Now serving - PWNAGE by the ton

Yesterday we took a stroll late in the afternoon at the Hoboken forum.  For those readers of the site, it's known as the real Wild West of the east.  And it's been on relatively good behavior of late, a flare up of a long simmering Hudson Shark feud with another popular Hoboken personality heating up now and then.

If you love rumors, political operatives planting same, and a roundhouse kick to the jaw, this is the place for you.  And frankly we love to spar with the stable of combatants who enter.  It provides not much of a challenge but some light entertainment.

And so we came upon the famous Hoboken411 operative Mark Lower.  Not just a dog walker and unofficial photographer of Oscar, but the original voice of censorship on our fair land and an insight into the mind of a control freak.  (You have to actually leave Hoboken411 to gin up a real discussion with differing opinions.)

As one would have it we got into a brief scuffle with "Mark Lower."  He posited the following titled "Keep Dreaming:"

"Brinkman will be lucky to come in fifth.  Patty Waiters has more friends in town that (sic) Nathan.  Even the Republicans are angry at him because he's not on the street for Chris Christie.  Apparently Christie is too liberal for neo-con Nate the Lonegan man."

Okay, he's not getting accolades for his prose but at least he ended with a flourish.  Not thirty minutes later an email came in from the Nathan Brinkman campaign.  Did I know that there was a Chris Christie event with the candidate in Hudson County and that Rudy Guiliani and Nathan Brinkman would both be featured speakers?  Well we could scarcely believe our luck.  And we got the video.  Our jolly green giant friend at the Hoboken Journal has also posted the video.  But he doesn't even yet know how much pain he's heaped in highlighting this too.

To Perry and the whole gang of H411 Mason operatives: sorry, you just got pwned!  As if the Mason commercials and flyers touting a tax increase isn't bad enough. Now this:

There's a fever raging in this town, the fever of an election.  It strikes only a few at first.  You pass them on the street.  Wobbly, but stationary youthful faces rooted to a few square meters of cement.  Circling, always circling, they spin round and round yet never get dizzy and fall down.  Their arms wave out to passersby, attempting to gain attention or a receiving hand.  They are the fevered pamphleteers.

You accept one.  But you have no qualms or concerns.  It's merely a political flyer.  You are immune.  There is no emotion, no feeling and you look for the nearest garbage can.  The first one is already full as your eyes ricochet down the block for the next opportunity.  Then suddenly and with no warning, the fever strikes. You are griped with fear.  What?  Beth Mason is wrong?  There was no tax increase coming?  There's what, a tax decrease!

You stop, sweat beating down your brow, you can't move.  An anger wells up from your stomach.  You want to scream but your voice is frozen with rage.  You didn't even plan on voting or maybe you did, depending on the World Series of course.  But this, this treachery, the utter contempt, the condescending mocking laughter at voter ignorance.  You grab the phone and then say, "Honey, wait till you hear this..."

Welcome to Hoboken election hell.

And the Jersey Journal says....

Posted just minutes ago, the Jersey Journal endorses Dawn Zimmer for mayor.  Citing a number of her accomplishments in her three months as Acting Mayor, the paper felt she brings the best of all skills to the position.

Among the reasons they offered:
  • A road map has been created with state input to end Trenton's supervision of the city's fiscal affairs.
  • Zimmer has also brought City Hall into the modern world by making use of basic computer technology, including shared folders and using an official town e-mail address instead of individual e-mail accounts.
Read the complete endorsement here
Photo courtesy: Johnny Newman - Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer minutes after being sworn in July 31, 2009