Wednesday, May 25, 2011
BREAKING NEWS ---- Da D-E-P Goes After Mayor A-B-L Involving LAND-GRAB-GATE
We have probably lost track how many times we've said "You really can't make this stuff up." But - "You really, really, really can't make this stuff up."
In what adds a new twist to da big story of da year in Manalapan, Land-Grab-Gate now takes a new and potentially ironic twist as da New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced they've launched an investigation into environmental issues within Land-Grab-Gate!
Da absolutely shocking news comes from da very real and factual Asbury Park Press newspaper from factual and actual and extremely non-biased reporter Alesha Williams-Boyd. It appears da investigation by da DEP centers on wetlands, and if a huge 5,000 square foot area of wetlands was illegally filled in - in violation of DEP rules!
And - it gets worse.
It is being alleged that wetlands land on A-B-L's 7-figure taxpayer-funded property was filled in with debris, an obvious violation of da DEP rules!
And - it gets even worse.
Apparently da DEP "served an address for Diamond Developers a notice of violation in January. Lucas said he and his family bought the property and Diamond Developers at Burke Farm, the limited liability company that owned it, in March 2010." So they didn't go to his palatial estate. They instead went to da developer's office he is an owner of - da same developer that was a part of da sale of da Burke Farm to him - that he owns!
And - it gets even still worse.
Apparently da State Agriculture Development Committee which OK'd spending $1.15 million dollars of taxpayer money for da Manalapan Mayor knew about da wetlands on da land but had NO CLUE as to da DEP investigation! Would they have approved spending all that taxpayer $$$$$$$ for land under DEP investigation? Why did they not know? Who if anyone dropped da ball here????
And - yes, it gets even worse.
You have da Asbury Park Press writing a stern, direct and very blunt editorial on Land-Grab-Gate, not only backing up daTruthSquad in demanding answers, but even going a step further and saying he should abdicate his throne! They wrote "Taxpayers should know how much Lucas paid and see what kind of deal he got. Lucas should have pulled back the application until he is out of office. He didn’t. The township should have asked him to reapply when his career in township politics has ended. It didn’t. Now it is up to the county and the state to halt these proceedings, at least until Lucas leaves office."
And - yes, it can get even worse.
You have to remember that da GOP'er dominated and A-B-L-led Manalapan Township Committee as well as da GOP'er dominated Monmouth County Freeloaders also approved da deal for Manalapan Mayor A-B-L. Did they know that da DEP was in investigation mode and finding trouble on taxpayer-funded A-B-L Acres!?! Does it give da impression that this was fast-tracked for some reason? If that was da case, could da investigation have been da reason? Really - why da rush and fast-track?
And - before you ask - can it truly get worse?
Da next step for this plan to get its next GOP'er seal of approval comes from da Monmouth County Agricultural Advisory Commission - da very same commission that lists it is represented from Manalapan by Democrat-turned GOP'er Don Holland! Told you you can't make this stuff up.
And - yes, oh you know...
F-O-A-B-L (Friends of A-B-L Mayor Andy Boy Lucas) have patted him on da back for going da green thing and preserving land - even though da taxpayers of Manalapan and da state are in effect paying him to do it. We may be wrong on this, but illegally filling in wetlands doesn't sound as valiant and honorable as one might think.
Now, here's da most important aspect of all of this - Who's to blame?
Did A-B-L take da blame for debris illegally filling in a wetlands site? Gee, we wonder who is to blame?
That answer came from da comments left on da Asbury Park Press story site - and from da Asbury Park Press editorial board! What gives all da appearance of an A-B-L supporter actually posted that they believed Manalapan Township Committeewoman Queen Michelle was da one who turned A-B-L in "tramping through this farm in the middle of the night with a flashlight, just looking for something to bust Lucas's chops with."
Even da editors of da newspaper are stymied, writing "Lucas says he is a victim of partisan politics and is some kind of “green” knight trying to save his town from developers. Really? He and his family own the land. They can prevent it from being developed simply by holding onto it. That way, the money spent to preserve that property could be used to acquire another parcel or be banked until a property in greater jeopardy of being developed became eligible for the program."
Interesting, but when all else fails, and you're facing ethical issues, why is it that every GOP'er immediately points their finger and says "Da Queen Made Me Do It!" It's not like da Manalapan Deputy Mayor, when cornered after it was uncovered that he gave approval for a paid-job for his own sister when he claimed he didn't recognize her name, even though he shares da same last name, it was da Queen who was also blamed for that too using da old "gotcha-politics" line.
So, even Manalapan's GOP'er Deputy Mayor can't screw up without blaming da Queen for it!
This leads us to what else da Manalapan GOP'ers will try to blame da Queen for. Imagine for fun purposes if you will a clandestine meeting in a farm pasture next to a filled-in wetlands. Da group of A-B-L supporters are all huddled together and trying to brainstorm more reasons in their classic "Deflect and Accuse" mode that da Queen is at blame for other things in order to deflect da blame away from A-B-L's Land-Grab & Illegally Fill Wetlands-Gate.
One A-B-L Apologist says "Hey I got one. Let's photoshop a picture of da Queen on da grassy knoll in Dallas on that fateful day in 1963. We'll get some other A-B-L apologist to go on da record she was there."
Another A-B-L Apologist says "I got one. Let's say that police were wrong and it wasn't "Rosenberg" it was Roth" who was involved in da Lindbergh Baby kidnapping."
Another mentally-unstable A-B-L Apologist says "Why don't we say that she made a mistake on da Dreyer property and despite a court order she should be sued for legal malpractice, even though she's not a lawyer. We can sue her and drag her name through da mud for 25 months, and then just withdraw da case because we have absolutely no evidence whatsoever." We can even spend "over $100,000" on a law case instead of paying a $10,500 cleanup. At that point that apologist is reminded they did that once before, and that didn't turn out too good either.
An A-B-L Apologist has another idea "We don't even have proof da Queen was born in this country. Let's pass a resolution to force her to producer her Certificate of Live Birth. We can claim she was born in a hut in Kenya next to Barack Obama. We can call it da "Manalapan Birthers."
Then, a leading A-B-L Apologist comes up with another idea "Why don't we do what we normally do. We'll blame da Queen for everything, and when people start to realize da truth, we'll blame Da Mosked Man. What's he going to do, sue us? If that doesn't work, we'll just blame bloggers. It's not like we didn't do that before."
Let's admit something here. Like or dislike da Queen, it is pretty off da wall to believe she was trudging on private property wearing a black cocktail dress with high heels covered in a trench coat and carrying a flashlight in one hand and bug spray in da other muttering to herself, "There's got to be something illegal here. Maybe I'll click my heels 3 times and I'll find something." Did she click her heels and all of a sudden wetlands on da property mysteriously and illegally filled in? Confiscate her cellphone - does she have da DEP on speed dial?
DaTruth is, you can blame da Queen for a lot of things, but we believe it's safe to say she's not da smoking gun here. Maybe instead of blaming a Queen or a blogger, maybe it would be best that some questions are answered. In fact, we have a few that deserve answers - and so does da Asbury Park Press newspaper:
QUESTION 1: HOW WAS THIS PROPERTY FLIPPED IN ABOUT 8 DAYS AS SOME CLAIM?
QUESTION 2: WHAT DID MANALAPAN MAYOR A-B-L ACTUALLY PAY FOR DA PROPERTY?
QUESTION 3: WHY IS IT "NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS" AS AN A-B-L APOLOGIST IMPLIES?
QUESTION 4: HOW DID DA WETLANDS GET FILLED IN - WHO DID IT - AND WHY?
QUESTION 5: HOW THIS GET SO FAR WITH SO MANY GOP'ER LED APPROVALS WITH A DEP INVESTIGATION HANGING OVER IT?
QUESTION 6: HOW CAN TAXPAYERS ACTUALLY BE FOOTING DA BILL SO A SITTING MAYOR CAN GET $1.15 MILLION FROM TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR LAND?
QUESTION 7: TWO WORDS - DIAMOND DEVELOPERS. WHO OWNS THEM? WHAT WAS THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN DA SALE OF DA LAND?
QUESTION 8: WHY DOES DA SELLER NOT WANT TO REVEAL DA SALE PRICE AND POST THAT SALE PRICE - LIKE EVERY OTHER SELLER OF LAND MUST?
We can come up with even more questions, but we think you get da point here. Too many questions - NO ANSWERS! So far there's silence from da A-B-L camp. Mayor A-B-L refuses to divulge da sale price of da land. WHY? How could all of da approvals have happened with a DEP investigation hanging over it?
DaTruth is, an investigation by da DEP should just be Step 1. What is now needed is an investigation by Federal authorities to see if there was any wrongdoing in da bidding process, and in da approval process where more than one governing body, led by GOP'ers, all approved thus far spending over $1 million in taxpayer money so a sitting GOP'er mayor could buy land that has more question marks on it that da Riddler's uniform on da Batman series!
We have stated before that it is quite probable that no laws were broken here, but from an ethical standpoint and a transparent standpoint this is bad government at its very worst. If Mayor A-B-L truly wants da land, as da Asbury Park Press stated so well, then "Lucas should have pulled back the application until he is out of office. He didn’t. The township should have asked him to reapply when his career in township politics has ended. It didn’t. Now it is up to the county and the state to halt these proceedings, at least until Lucas leaves office."
We demand that Manalapan Mayor Andy Boy A-B-L come clean. He needs to stop hiding it and tell taxpayers how much he paid for that property! And, due to da possible actions of other committees, it's time that ALL members of da Manalapan Township Committee explain on da record what they know - and what they were not told. Contact da county investigators and da state authorities. It's time to come clean about Land-Grab-Gate, it's time to stop blaming others, and it's time for daTruth to be told.
With all this in mind, it's also and very ironically da end of da month, and we must bestow a BaconHead Award for da month of May ---- so --- without further delay --- For finding new and improved ways of making Manalapan a political laughingstock --- for dragging Manalapan through da debris-filled wetlands --- for trying to get your farmer/developer hands on a cool million dollars of taxpayer money by simply filling out da proper forms --- for allowing "Land-Grab-Gate" to be an albatross to hang around da necks of Manalapan & Monmouth Freeloader GOP'er candidates this election year --- for having committee fiends in high places that approve forms --- and for allowing Manalapan to become da Newark of politics --- da TruthTellers have spoken and you, Mayor Andy Boy A-B-L - get a new "Land-Grab" BaconHead for your trophy case!
And, that's daTruth.