Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Look Up Hyperlocal, Please

It seems that TSB, the anonymous blogger that I think of as That Sorry Bastard, doesn't know the difference between hype and hyperlocal.

Writing in the style of Jerry Green before the Assemblyman tried to start acting all statesmanlike instead of stupid, TSB chides local bloggers for not covering a meeting in Scotch Plains or weighing in on the controversy over the bad behavior of a South Carolina legislator. Excuse me, Plainfield bloggers tend to write about Plainfield, whether it be the schools, municipal government or community issues.

If TSB/JG knew the meaning of hyperlocal, it/they would have referred readers to this article in the Scotch Plains Patch blog:

This is a coherent report on a local issue in Scotch Plains, a far cry from the illogical drivel dished out by TSB/JG today.

As far as Assembly candidates being in towns other than their own, it was only recently that JG realized he represents towns in three counties, not just Plainfield. If Bo and Marty took a cue from him and stayed only in Scotch Plains, they would be following a bad example. Bo's blog roll indicates that he understands the scope of the constituency he desires to represent. Contrast it with JG's links only to his Plainfield office, his Legislative office and Plainfield's web site. Don't get around much, Jerry? At least lately somebody is posting out-of-town letters and press releases on Jerry Green's Page for him.

Oh dear, now I am going to be called a Republican again for pointing out some facts. But Jerry/TSB, maybe you are really the elephant in the room. Some people can't wait to wave the circus goodbye.



Blogger Bo said...


In this particular case, the writer is Linda Stender...not Jerry. I know this because Linda was at the meeting in Scotch Plains last night...not Jerry. At this point...I guess it would also be important to note that Martin Marks did go to the meeting last night held in the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Building.

Here is the problem...non profit organizations, (including churches and the YMCA) along with local businesses were invited to the meeting to talk about the sewage issue...however, when my running mate arrived on the scene...there was a note on the door that said Democratic City Committee Meeting.

1. I don't think they would have appreciated us being there...
2. I don’t think that it was appropriate for the Democratic Committee to invite non-partisan...non-political...non-profit organizations to a political meeting.

Perhaps TSB needs to explain this and why these non-profit organizations would agree to attend. That is...unless they were duped into it. Either running mate and I were actually at both meetings and we will be looking into how this all came about.

Not too smart...Linda...we know you were there.

Bo Vastine

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Rick Smiley, who got over 2,000 votes running off the line against Jerry Green (who got a little over 4,000) had all the towns in the district on his blog. How can Green say he is not meddling in Plainfield's affairs?

As a witness to the democratic meeting that took place last week with Green as chairman, he was practically conceding to Bramnick in his comments. The surrogate, LaCorte, and the freeholder chair Mirabella tried to pander to the crowd by saying that Corzine's reelection was a referendum on Obama, which was met mostly with rolled eyes and polite applause. Green, LaCorte, and Mirabella all attested to the fact that Corzine lacks charisma and the ability to communicate effectively. Lots of snickers were heard as the irony of Jerry Green talking about someone else being a poor communicator hit the audience. He mumbled, as usual, and was asked to repeat himself several times. The mayor then spoke. Almost no applause. People took Corzine signs, but what was interesting as well was the amount of "Jerry!" and "Sharon!" signs left over and leaning against the wall AFTER the meeting ended.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If being a Democrat means having to agree 100% with Jerry and TSB, maybe a Republican isn't such a bad thing to be.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it fascinating that a constituent has actually seen Linda Stender. She came to Plfd for a photo op at the opening of the senior center and for National Night Out with soon-to-be former governor Corzine, but she doesn't come to hear from the community. Its insulting to characterize the PMUA meeting as being a bunch of "complainers" rather than overtaxed residents, some on the brink of foreclosure, who want answers from the people we pay for services. I just found out that the 22nd district assembly candidates as well as the mayor candidates will be at the League of Women Voters debate in Plainfield. That will give everyone an opportunity to hear from ALL of the candidates.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it Corzine will be in Plainfield Saturday. Maybe to support Muhlenberg start up?


8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny, very true.

In a comment to Potpourri several months ago TSB denied being Jerry green. I believe him. Unfortunately, that means there are two of them.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer an earlier comment. Corzine will be in Plainfield in a private home in the 2nd ward. The democratic city committee has been invited for a 3-hour conversation. We thought Corzine would at least hold a town meeting, but he isn't. You should ask some questions, although the committee will be asking questions, too. Several of the committee people are particularly incensed about the closing of the hospital and Corzine's failure to adhere to his own guidelines and Green's inaction on the hospital. I think its going to lead to some intense questioning but Corzine has got to say what he will do to get the hospital reopened. Unfortunately, its too late. Christie is going to be the next governor, and even the assembly may see major shifts. It didn't have to be this way. Only about 1/3 of the democrats I know are going to vote for Corzine. Stick a fork in him, he's done. The fact that there is a new poll asking people whether they would support a governor run by Cory Booker or Frank Pallone tells me all I need to know. Even the Dems don't want Corzine. It's because he is beholden to the bosses like Charlotte DeFillippo and Lesniak to get the base out. Problem is, the base is so fed up with the corruption and all the politicians under "investigation" that they would rather see a sheriff-type like Christie come in, even if he's a one-termer. Anything is better than what the municipalities have to deal with when dealing with Charlotte and Jerry. Look at how Sharon Robinson-Briggs and Jerry Green have made Plainfield into a laughingstock with their antics. The county and the freeholders have no respect for them. They are an embarrassment. How could the Republicans make it any worse? The Democrats are being served with notice.
an Obama Democrat

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Jim Pivnichny said...

I'm surprised at you. You are Plainfield's most objective observer. Let other folks do the Jerry bashing. We need you as the impartial voice of sanity in this community. By the way, I have likewise been called a Republican and it doesn't bother me at all. Moreover, you are correct; it's time for the circus to leave town.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice, I'm delighted that you've finally come out of the political closet you've hidden in for so long, pretending to be an "independent observer" running a "spin-free" blog. Although the slant has been there for some time, many readers including this one have been willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but there's no doubt any more. Thank you for finally showing your true colors.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One woman's truth is another man's spin. Brava!

11:51 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Nothing wrong with being called a Republican unless you vote like too many Democrats a straight ticket irregardless of the caliber of the candidate. Then it becomes a cult religion with all the bigotry and tunnel vision prerequisited.

In Plainfield the name only means that some one resents a person who expresses aversion for entrenched incompetence and/or corruption.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bernice, I still don't know that you are a Republican. I read your column and get the impression that you are an independent thinker who may not like the Democratic incumbents and will vote for people who make sense. Not like a lemming that just follows the crowd.

In any event, your blog is still great, and check your caller ID - I see a call coming from JG.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, Bernice, this post inspired me to go find the TSB blog and read a few entries. And now I'll need to drink an entire gallon of hydrogen peroxide to wash out of my system the concentrated dose of Stupid I've just swallowed.

Keep up the great work, and don't pay any mind to the idiot behind the curtain.


4:04 PM  

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