Thursday, November 19, 2009

Helping a Hoboken Soldier

The mayor's office announced a program in support of our soldiers coinciding with the public inauguration this Saturday.  We applaud the effort and the people behind it.  


November 19th, 2009: Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that at her Inauguration this Saturday, November 21st, in lieu of accepting Inaugural donations, all in attendance are asked to give what they can to “Adopt a Hoboken Soldier,” a foundation that provides necessities and comforts to Hoboken soldiers overseas.
                  “It’s fabulous for Mayor Zimmer to do this,” Joann Peluso, founder of Adopt a Hoboken Soldier, said. “We are honored and thrilled to be a part of her inauguration.”
                  Adopt a Hoboken Soldier was founded in 2005 by Joann Peluso in conjunction with Tom Kennedy and the American Legion Post 107. The foundation sends monthly care packages to Hoboken’s soldiers in combat oversees. The care packages contain necessities, such as toiletries and basic healthcare supplies, and comforts, such as homemade cookies, Easter baskets and Christmas stockings.
                  “With Veteran’s Day fresh in our minds, I think this is a great opportunity to remember the brave young people from our community who are putting their lives at risk for us,” Mayor Zimmer said. “It’s very fitting that at a celebration of democracy we honor those that make our democracy possible.”
                  Checks should be made out to American Legion Post 107, and include “Adopt a Soldier” in the memo line. If you are unable to attend the inauguration but would still like to donate, checks can be mailed to the American Legion, 308 2nd Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Currently, Adopt a Hoboken Soldier is working on packages for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Dem Polls

Last Friday's announcement by the Obama Administration to try the 9-11 mastermind and his cohorts in New York City is now registering in the latest Rasmussen Poll.  As we thought it less than polite to not at least mention their arrival as neighbors with newly minted rights as American citizens, we even had Eddie Murphy extend a welcome from his SNL days in Mister Robinson's neighborhood.  

With no precedent of extending American citizenship rights to enemy combatants, the reaction in this poll comes as little surprise.  The only precedent Da Horsey knows was the Barbary Pirates under President Thomas Jefferson.  The US eventually responded by sending the marines to protect American shipping intercepted much like the Somali pirates today.  The only difference was those captured on the ships were often brought ashore in northern Africa and ransomed or sold into slavery.  The US did not have the marines bring any pirates back to the US for trial.

Okay, so when do we start training all our armed forces in giving miranda rights?  That's what they'll need to do should they come across Osama bin Laden.  Perhaps the ACLU has that program all ready to go.

President Obama's strongly approve rating has now fallen to 27%. Overall, 46% somewhat approve. You can figure out the rest.  We predicted the response and offered a wager with our favorite bartender's at Moran's handling the credits.  No one took us up on the offer.  And now Da Horsey's thirsty.

BOE Audit - Oops!

Okay back to matters of real importance, we just saw a review of the BOE audit and no it's not good.  Numerous and documented examples of waste and what's that word I'm look for... fraud.  Donna Antonucci spells it out rather nicely, original docs available too.  A succinct and impressive piece of work.

Nice job!

Nov. 20th - Amy Sara Clark at Hoboken Now also posted a detailed story on the audit results identifying two dozen problematic issues!

Update: 1:35 - Fallout from the bad news: Phillip A. De Falco, a CPA serving on the board has resigned effective the end of this month.  Keep it coming!

The Hudson Reporter's Timothy J. Carroll is now reporting on three resignations.

Related: The Jersey Journal reports on the school's bad test results.  It's disheartening to say the least.

In the famous words...

what were they thinking?  A professor said to be a valued statewide observer offered some sharp criticism for the newly minted, fully voter sanctioned Zimmer administration.  After reading it late last night, it was appalling enough to merit a stream of consciousness rebuke even with a typo or two.  For those interested in the corruption of the very obvious, it's a fine perspective into the absolute woeful state of affairs New Jersey finds itself in.  The more you look at these things the more you land up shaking your head.  See for yourself:
Comments and story via the Hudson Reporter.
Comments and original via

Oh and get this.  In preparing the links, we saw the "professor" has not only had the original comment deleted but he's replaced it under our own SmartyJones moniker with, "My comment has been edited because I behave like a child."

So in addition to being utterly exposed for poor basic scholarship, (you get an F doc) he has to go and remove the comment revealing such with a childish censoring prank.  The Hudson Reporter to its credit has not censored on behalf of "the professor."  

Now why is it when you turn even the smallest light on these critics, they turn into the biggest crybabies?   Take a read and decide for yourself if this was an offense worthy of censorship.

Update: 11:40 - The Hudson Reporter is getting a tidy bunch of responses now to our initial criticism of "the professor" and it further illustrates our point.  He has again edited our follow up post at, this time inserting the user agreement as cover.  (We knew he'd come up with something.)  As to the substance of the criticism by Da Horsey and others, nothing but goose eggs.  Here's a hanky to wipe the egg off your face professor.  

Our reply there which no doubt will also be censored in short order:
Too late professor. We've already linked the story and your getting lots of attention. You can stop censoring and editing under our moniker any time now. Yes you have been personally attacked: for incompetence. And that's well within the user agreement.

Update: 12:05 - censored again as we predicted, we left one more note for Mr. Hart:
Too bad you don't have censorship rights across the internet to help bury your "scholarship" professor. That's too bad. We're getting lots of traffic between us and the Hudson Reporter. Sorry.