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:









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.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Land-Grab-Gate Is Now A Major Manalapan Issue

There's an old saying we all know: "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck." Well, there are those who are deep within da Manalapan GOP'ers who want you to believe: "If it quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck, talks like a duck, walks like a duck, has a bill like a duck, swims like a duck and acts like a duck, it must be a golden retriever with a hurt paw."

We at daTruthSquad were talking about "Land-Grab-Gate" months ago, and now it seems like this is all starting to boil over. At issue is a 85+ acre tract of land that is going to be put into Farmland Preservation. That doesn't sound bad in theory, except for a few minor issues, such as da Republican mayor of Manalapan receiving a taxpayer-funded payday of over $1 million, approved by a Republican-dominated Township Committee who have issues of their own, and cleared by a fellow Republican county team. And, of course, that's just da info on da surface!

Now, everybody's climbing on daTruthSquad's Truth Train and admitting that da fish smells from da Mayor up.

Da chorus of "Land-Grab-Gate" is now being led by far from Liberal Asbury Park Press, who wrote a scathing editorial saying "Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas may want to paint himself as some sort of ecological hero, preserving farmland from development. But heroes don’t generally pocket a cool million bucks for doing something they could have done for free." They continue, "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."

Add Monmouth Freeloader Amy Mallet, whacking Mayor Landlord with a mallot of her own, saying "We have 53 municipalities, we have hundreds of parcels that are available—why this property? The people of Manalapan, Monmouth County and New Jersey appear to be purchasing a farm for the mayor of Manalapan and that is not right."

And, it is quickly becoming clear that Land-Grab-Gate could become da centerpiece of da upcoming Queen for Manalapan Township Committee campaign.

DaTruthSquad has decided to look further into this issue, and here's what we've uncovered:


DA REALITY: No, we didn't make this up. This was actually da essence of a quote said by GOP'er Farmer Don Holland to Democrat Queen Michelle Roth. He said, "Your concern about what Mr. Lucas paid, frankly, I think is none of your business." Maybe daTruthSquad's memory is going, but didn't someone once run on da issue of transparency? Even if not, he is da sitting Mayor who is about to be handed a taxpayer-funded check of 7-figures in da midst of da Great Recession. If this is not da taxpayer's business, then why bother to televise meetings? Why bother to make budgets known online? Why hold public meetings? Maybe we should just close Town Hall and save da money, and have all da meetings in Mayor Andy Boy's kitchen? Mrs. Andy Boy can bake some of her delicious favorites and all will be happy.


DA REALITY: Since there are some who want to hide da numbers from you, we'll give you those numbers and let you decide for yourself. Da township, led by GOP'ers, agreed to approve da GOP'er Mayor to receive approximately $1.152 million dollars of TAXPAYER money to allow him to buy da land and place it into Farmland Preservation, keeping da dreaded developers from building those many 9 homes there. Da land was assessed at $1.3 million. Da land will now be placed into what they call da "PIG" Program (No we can't make that up). What we do know is both da local taxpayers of Manalapan, da County of Monmouth taxpayers and state taxpayers will all be handing over their hard-earned $$$$$ to Manalapan Mayor Andy Boy for this purchase, and it seems as if Republicans have no desire to stand in its way. Making matters worse, there's rumors that da former owner scored a huge payday for this land too, and da whole issue of da "Developer" is another issue that could quite possibly require a formal investigation to straighten out.


DA REALITY: According to da developer, da new owner could have built nine (9) mansions on da 85+ acres of land. This is where supporters of da Mayor might say he's doing da township a favor by stopping da development and saving da town from 9 new homes and da kids they will add to da crowded schools. HOWEVER, what of da nearly 100 low-income COAH units they were all in favor of last year? They approved that with no care of adding kids from nearly 100 families into da schools, but those 9 new homes could have created da overcrowding they were most concerned with? Save da town from 9 homes and you're a hero? Allow da town to bring in kids from nearly 100 apartments, and you're also a hero?? Is it us or is this "Lucas-Speak?"


DA REALITY: This statement was made by GOP'er Manalapan Committeeman and Lucas running mate Jordan "Stu" Maskowitz. He says according to da local Snoozepaper, "it was a bold move by the Lucas family to put this land in preservation." Did he receive a doggie treat for saying this? How is it a "bold move?" Were they going to build housing for 50,000 sex offenders there? Were they going to make it a spent nuclear fuel rod burial site? Oh, wait, it's da place where taxpayers are going to pay HIM over $1 million dollars for taking da land off their hands! Bold, indeed. Thanks to Jordan Stu, here's some other situations that our TruthTellers came up with that can now be considered "Jordan Stu bold moves":

1. "I was driving down da road and saw my fuel tank was half-full, so I got a fill-up - BOLD MOVE"

2. "It was raining, so I grabbed an umbrella - BOLD MOVE"

3. "I was going to eat that sandwich that was covered by fire ants, but decided at da last second not to - BOLD MOVE"

4. "I was reading da local Snoozepaper editorials and I got a headache, so I took an asparin - BOLD MOVE"

5. "I'm going to give my sister a $22 per hour job, then say I didn't recognize her name even though it's da same last name as mine (actually happened) until da Queen pointed it out so I blamed politics - BOLD MOVE"


DA REALITY: Here's a bold move - There's courage, and then there's what's happening here. Da Manalapan mayor comes out and instead of being transparent and giving da price of sale like everyone else does when a property is sold, he instead blames da seller of da property and claims they don't want da price revealed. With everything else about this Land-Grab-Gate situation tilting on da unethical, Mayor For Life Andy Boy refuses to reveal vital price information. Even President Obama revealed his birth certificate! What reason could he have for not disclosing da sale information? Could it be that he paid very little - maybe even well under da assessed value of da land in question? Was he given a special deal for political reasons? Was there another reason yet disclosed that could be considered "a problem?"

When you're a lawyer, one thing lawyers seem to like to have a lot of is documentation. Where are da documents? Why hasn't this been posted like all other land sales to da public? By keeping this hidden, even if there was no laws broken (and nobody knows for absolute certainty) by hiding da price it gives creed to belief that there may be something wrong here.. That in itself is a serious problem.


DA REALITY: As daTruthSquad uncovered before, it is not that Mayor Andy Boy bought da land from Diamond Developers. He and his family own a controlling interest in Diamond Developers! And, in one case, he even admitted he should have recused himself on a vote on da land in question, but proclaimed he did not know da block and lot number in question were owned by him! Making matters even worse, da land grab was pushed through in just 9 days into farmland preservation. Da Village project took parts of two decades and is still being debated. Yet, da sitting mayor who stands to reap a windfall profit on land gets that through in just 9 days????


There was never a reason given that Andy Boy has been shut out of running for higher office this year for Monmouth County Freeloader, District 12 State assembly and even District 12 State Senate. Da only constants in da whole equasion are - (1) He has strong political backing, (2) He's a sitting mayor who recently won reelection, (3) He has this ethical cloud hanging over him like a 50,000 pound albatross. Now, da Queen of Manalapan, once thought of as politically doomed may have da issue that can get her reelected - Andy Boy's Taxpayer-Funded Million Dollar Land Grab.

DaTruth is, and to be fair, what Andy Boy did may not be illegal and may not violate any known laws. Ethics however appear to be a totally different matter.

ETHICAL CONCERN 1: By his own admission, although he claims he didn't vote on anything he was in on da process at da very least one point that allowed for da decision to be made on which land to choose for preservation at taxpayer expense, so much so a re-vote needed to be done following objections by da Queen, and his land was chosen.

ETHICAL CONCERN 2: He continues to refuse to disclose how much he paid for da land in question, while normal taxpaying citizens usually must do so.

ETHICAL CONCERN 3: He's being painted as a hero of ecology for damning development for greener pastures by locksteppers within his own political party, however as da Asbury Park Press so aptly stated, "heroes don’t generally pocket a cool million bucks for doing something they could have done for free."

ETHICAL CONCERN 4: Da Manalapan Township attorneys and da committee itself allowed this to progress to what it has become - and he was da mayor during all of it - a sitting mayor who will reap a financial windfall during da worst recession since da Great Depression.

ETHICAL CONCERN 5: Why was da property owned by da mayor of Manalapan chosen over all others?

ETHICAL CONCERN 6: As Freeloader Mallet says, "The people of Manalapan, Monmouth County and New Jersey appear to be purchasing a farm for the mayor of Manalapan and that is not right." Many people seem to see this, unless you're a Republican tied to Mayor Lucas in Manalapan.

ETHICAL CONCERN 7: This is da very same mayor who recently placed his own political party boss as a paid commissioner of da local Sewer Authority! Where's Governor Christie when you need him?

ETHICAL CONCERN 8: He currently owns a major stake in da development company that was behind da sale of da land - to him!

DaTruth is, this is just another issue of politics as unusual in a small town in New Jersey. It was just 4 years ago that Manalapan became da laughingstock of da world for suing a lawyer for following a judge's court order, and going after this blog for exposing aspects of that lawsuit and shining a light on it. Manalapan now faces a lawsuit from both that lawyer for what could be trainload of $$$$$$ for that failed lawsuit, and from da former highly decorated police chief for defamation by a member of da Township Committee. For years now we have highlighted alleged wrongdoing, and then this juicy plum of a story drops in.

Now, to be fair, let's make clear again that what Andy Boy is doing may not be illegal. However, hiding things gives pause for ethics, and to many ethical problems attached to this allows for too much pause. As an elected official, and any past or present elected official can tell you this - we da citizens expect better, and in this case we're not getting it.

This is a very serious issue. Questions have been raised about a sitting mayor who can reap a financial windfall while in office, questions about members of his own party on da Township committee, questions of how it got through da county. It's time for answers, and right now, there are none being provided by elected officials, and that in itself is a concern.

DaTruth is - enough is enough. We believe Mayor Andy Boy should do da right thing and remove that land from da taxpayerfunded Farmland preservation. If he wants to buy it, he can do so with his own money. Da taxpayers of Manalapan, Monmouth County and New Jersey should not be buying him land at any price. if Mayor Andy Boy wants da land so much, resign from office and put on a pair of overalls and farm da land. Da Taxpayers should not have to pay for what is being considered a land grab at taxpayer expense. This situation both looks and smells unethical, and it harms da GOP'ers you claim to support.

DaTruth is - enough is enough. Da County and State should step in and investigate this. If this is or is not illegal, that needs to be established with absolute certainty. As for ethics, enough said.

DaTruth is - enough is enough. It's time for a State or Federal investigation into da goings-on in Manalapan Town Hall. Too much has gone on in years gone by and too many lawsuits, ethical issues, and questionable instances that da only way we'll really know for sure how taxpayer money is being spent is to have da Feds come in and shine a bright light on da books. We are not only asking for this - we are demanding it. Without a qualified and unbiased investigation, taxpayers unfortunately may not be able to believe without a reasonable doubt that their money is being spent wisely - or properly.

It's a shame it has come down to this, but an investigation would be best "For All Da People."

And that's daTruth.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

He Put His Presidency On Da Line To Keep A Promise

Those too young to remember might not know that President Kennedy took a black eye for his failed Bay of Pigs invasion. President Carter's Delta Force-led failed rescue mission to free da hostages in Iran most likely was da final nail in his bid to be reelected. Ask yourself what would have happened if da US invasion of Panama was a dismal failure with hundreds of US servicemembers killed. Could a failure like that have caused President Bush (da first one) not to lead the coalition against Saddam Hussein (da first time)?

Like him or not, it was an extremely gutsy call by President Obama to send an elite squad of America's best deep into Pakistan and surgically strike the head of da snake. It was maybe da gutsiest call since President Kennedy stared down da Russkies during da Cuban Missile Crisis. He never let on during da recent White House Dinner when he made jokes about Fox News and Donald Trump. He never let on while visiting Alabama and the tornado devastation. He made getting this evil personified his mission, and saw it through.

Think about what would have happened if this mission failed and American troops were captured or killed? Most likely, even Sarah Palin would be able to beat him by a monumental landslide in 2012. Our military would have been set back a decade. We would have come across weak to those who are against us. He would have set back da Democratic party for a decade. We would have opened the door to attacks against Americans and American interests like we've never seen before. His critics would beat him with this ad-nauseum.

However, fresh off releasing his long form birth certificate and trashing his rivals at da White House Dinner, President Obama made da single-most important speech of his presidency, and let da world know that time matters not when you harm America. He told da American people he gave da order to go after Bib Laden and take him out and as Commander-In-Chief, he did his job.

You have to give President Obama credit. There are those who hate him or don't like him. However he did make da promise before he was elected that he'd capture or kill Osama and he kept his word. He came across more presidential on Sunday night than Bush ever did in eight years. He proved himself as a leader.

However, something that may not be spoken is that he put his presidency on da line. If the mission ended in failure, America could have been in danger. If da mission ended in failure, his legacy would be the same as Carter's. If he did nothing, da opposing party could never use "You didn't find Bin Laden" since they couldn't find him for over 7 years either. Instead, Obama made da biggest gamble of his life, sent in the best troops we had on a mission that the planners of the Entebbe raid into Uganda would be proud of, and he just left his legacy on the world for all to see.

Now, to be fair, this should not be all about President Obama. We have to salute every single man and woman in the American military who put their lives on da line every second of every day to keep us safe. We have to salute the heroes of 9/11 who ran into burning buildings to save others. We have to salute every family who lost a loved one on that day who stood by for da last 10 years hoping and praying for this evil to be removed from the earth. And yes, we absolutely have to salute American-born President Barack Hussein Obama for keeping his promise to fight terrorism and taking the battle into da bedroom of the most evil person on da planet, giving da order that sent American military and CIA on da most dangerous and most important mission of da War on Terror, and placing one bullet hole into da head of the snake.

Equally important, the mission that President Obama approved not only cut off da head of evil, it sent a clear message to other would-be terrorists and those who don't like America. He proclaimed in very clear words that it may be a day, a week, or a year or 10 years, but we will find you and we will eliminate you no matter where you run and hide - even if it violates da sovereignty of another nation to do so.

Even more so, he sent a message to da world that said indeed, we do not need to drop a nuke on you to find you and harm innocents that may be in the same area. And, when we find you, we will not harm the innocents you may surround yourself with and shield you with. We will spare them and remain true to our objective to remove da evil of the world.

But, American-born President Obama didn't stop there. Da gamble of his life also included gathering more intel in 40 minutes than waterboarding ever could in 40 years. What those brave Seals brought home with them was a treasure trove of info about an organization that is bent on our own destruction. Computers, thumb drives, hard drives, cellphones - they got it all in da home of evil. So, not only did Obama get his man - he also got intel that we will most likely find will set back al-Qaida for a decade, and could quite possibly or hopefully lead to their destruction.

There are many people who lost loved ones during 9/11, and many more from being exposed to da toxins on da pile afterward. Our readers know some of those people, including many in Monmouth County and in Manalapan. They can rest a little easier tonight knowing the evil one is now swimming with da fishes in da North Arabian Sea. It won't bring our loved ones back, which is what we would all rather have, but it will give us all a little peace.

And, to be fair, thank you again to our American-born President Barack Obama for taking that 3:00am phone call and keeping da promise you made to us. Thank you to da people in your administration who guided you. Thank you to da military who protects us. Thank you to da US Navy Seal Team Six who dropped into a firefight braving da bullets and da unknown and removed evil in this world.

America is a much better place today. And that's daTruth.