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That's not exactly what New Jersey governor Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie said in his interview with Diane Sawyer -- but he might as well have. From the report's executive summary:
Something happened to change this dynamic dramatically, however, in August 2013. By that time, Kelly had become Deputy Chief of Staff, assuming the post left vacant by her predecessor, Stepien, who had departed in April 2013 to run the Governor’s re election campaign.
Because Stepien was her “benefactor,” Kelly relied heavily on him during this transition. And at some point after Stepien’s departure to run the campaign, Kelly and Stepien became personally involved, although, by early August 2013, their personal relationship had cooled, apparently at Stepien’s choice, and they largely stopped speaking.
Kelly -- a vengeful woman scorned?
Our investigation found that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations are, in material respects, demonstrably false...the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation...
Even crediting this notebook’s contents as genuine, however, they are only as accurate as the perceptions of the writer...what other witnesses say she then told them is not corroboration either because it is as unreliable as the perceptions she recounts...
Whatever subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.
Zimmer -- an incompetent hysteric?
Rachel Maddow sure picked up on it:
...In the report, quote, "Evidence in Kelly`s personal life may have had some bearing on her subjective motivations. Her first known communication to David Wildstein about the lane closures occurred around the time her relationship with Bill Stepien had cooled. Apparently at Bill Stepien`s behest and Stepien and Kelly had largely stopped speaking...
"Given that Stepien`s personal relationship apparently cooled by Stepien and Kelly`s personal relationship apparently cooled by early August 2013" -- I mean, essentially they`re going throughout this report over and over again, did we mention that he dumped her?
...They have disproved (Zimmer's) allegations because they found a photo of her yawning...(A)s you can see here, the narrative here, figure five, "a person does not normally yawn when being threatened, coerced, or spoken to improperly."
Well, that is damning evidence...but it`s not all...Look at figure six. What is that? Mayor Zimmer of Hoboken, New Jersey, caught smiling...The hard evidence that she once yawned. Also that she once smiled.
You know how women are. Boy crazy. That`s why it happened. You know how it is.
But Rachel's a woman, of course, and a gay one at that -- her objectivity on slut shaming is compromised right out of the gate. Besides, you know how MSNBC is -- liberal crazy; GOP shaming. That's why it happened. Surely the rest of the media doesn't feel that way:
The Daily Beast: The Slut-Shaming of Bridget Anne Kelly
Raw Story: Slut-shaming Bridget Kelly: How she ranks among history’s greatest political sluts
New York Times: Irate Friends See Sexism in Report on Former Christie Aide
Huffington Post: Christie Report Finds A Culprit: A Scorned, 'Emotional' Woman
NYC.org: A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like
Salon: Christie’s creepy misogyny: Behold his despicable “blame Bridget” strategy
New York Magazine: Chris Christie Bridgegate Report Slammed As Sexist
Media Matters: Will Megyn Kelly Ignore Sexist Attacks In Report Commissioned By Christie?
NorthJersey.com: Hoboken mayor portrayed as confused in report commissioned by Christie's office
Hmm. Well, surely a voyage through the Twitterverse will prove my point:
There are other ways to reach same conclusion without crafting a narrative that tries to shame Kelly + cast Zimmer as naive
it's telling that the only woman featured in Christie Bridge report gets trampled/slimed in print by Gov's hand-picked attorney.
If I were Bridget Anne Kelly, I'd stop protecting whoever I was protecting," says @morningmika "A woman should never be treated that way."
Christie's report all but says bridge closings happened because it was that time of the month
Fake traffic studies know no fury like a lover scorned
Wow, even Fox News says Christie's #BridgeGate report "slutshames" Bridget Kelly
Hmm. Well, maybe it's a good thing David Samson resigned today -- Christie certainly needed the media distraction!
Posted by rocktivity | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 03:57 PM (3 replies)
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 08:08 PM (0 replies)
and unofficial mascot:
P.S. Submitted without comment? I suppose you think you're too good to condescend to speak to the rest of us!!!
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:36 PM (0 replies)
Yes, I remember it well: the city of Hoboken refused to allow a tattoo parlor to open, citing "sanitation issues." But the owners had gone to the health department beforehand and found out what standards they would be expected to meet. Armed with that information and the fact that doctors and dentists were being allowed to operate despite their potential "sanitation issues," they filed suit and got a permit.
But why was the tattoo parlor given such a hard time? It soon became apparent: the city had just begun to gentrify, and an establishment that attracted biker and rock star types would certainly not fit in with the decor of their yuppie hell-to-be. But this story has a happy ending: more than twenty-five years later, The parlor is STILL in business!
Posted by rocktivity | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 02:36 PM (0 replies)
For the record, I certainly understand WHY you'd be pissed about it. But you didn't seem to mind getting on the Olympic team ahead of someone though you'd fallen down yourself -- twice! YOU should have been the alternate, and I'm sorry to say that I think you skated like one: while I agree that your score should have been higher, I think the Japanese skater was better even with her fall.
I wouldn't have minded your getting all the media hype and endorsements if you hadn't been such a legend in your own mind. And I wish I could tell you "Better luck next Olympics." But thanks to your profane "ugly American" sore loser reaction, the judges will never give you good scores again.
Now you've made fools of those who inundated you with the hype and endorsements that Gracie Gold was better qualified for. And now you're on record as being unable to out-skate someone who fell down.
You got exactly what you deserved, Miss Tim Tebow On Skates.
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 01:42 PM (1 replies)
is that there isn't a white male involved.
Gracie is a living monument to her mother's preference to a black man over a white one -- and now that there's a little brother coming, it means she's had sex with him MORE than once -- and WILLINGLY!!!
This Swiffer commercial, on the other hand (and if you'll pardon the expression), has barely made a ripple because it's the lesser of two evils. A black woman desiring a white man, while not "ideal," is at the very least "logical!"
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 01:48 AM (2 replies)
It's time to play "Name That Goon!"
...One's a trash-talking thug trying to stay one step ahead of the law. The other was played by James Gandolfini. Can you identify the speaker of the ten quotes below?
1. "Unless I get something real good...shit, I'll just send myself, you know what I'm saying."
2. "What the fuck am I, a toxic person or something?"
3. "Log off, that "cookies" shit makes me nervous!"
4. "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them."
5. "You got no fuckin' idea what it's like to be number one. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other fucking thing."
6. "I've got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and I'm just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there."
7. "That motherfucker's full of shit. He's shaking me down."
8. "Our recommendation is fire all those fucking people, get 'em the fuck out of there..."
9. "I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, fuck 'em."
10. "Jesus Christ! The money I've been dropping in here, I could've bought a fuckin' Ferrari."
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 01:46 AM (1 replies)
1. Not realizing that since it involves more than one state, the Port Authority of New York AND New Jersey can be investigated federally. You thought that promoting the PA contact who initiated the traffic closing and turning your chief of staff into the new state attorney general would shut down any investigation on the state level, and that would be that.
2. Not putting the nomination of your chief of staff on hold immediately and calling for a federal investigation yourself. That would have made it at least look like you wanted the most objective investigation possible.
3. Complaining to NY governor Andrew Cuomo that his executive director at the Port Authority was being too nosy. That indisputably makes you part of the coverup (if not the crime itself) and confirms that you knew there was no Ft. Lee traffic study.
4. Having your crew -- I mean, senior staff -- do their email communicating privately rather than on the government servers to avoid detection because they would have been on public record. I think this was done with your knowledge and consent because if you were innocent, you would have fired them -- not allowed them to resign -- for that alone, and at least a month sooner.
5. And here's your biggest mistake of all: successfully cultivating such a vindictive, despotic, lying, bullying cult of personality that the idea of Bridge(t)-gate happening without your consent brings an entirely new dimension to the concept of cognitive dissonance. All whom you've victimized and terrorized are creeping out into the sunlight now, and their stories reveal a pattern of behavior that puts the possibility of your being innocent light years beyond a reasonable doubt.
And I thought that Bon Jovi were the only New Jerseyites who could give me so much pleasure.
Posted by rocktivity | Wed Jan 15, 2014, 01:50 AM (0 replies)
Thank you, and a tip of my tiara in welcome! This is the beginning of our second decade, and I would like to open this year's ceremonies with some dedications.
In case you don't already know, MiddleFingerMom, our DU Lounge lizard du tutti DU Lounge lizards, is no longer with us. To say that his extraordinary personality and talent will be sorely missed is of course an understatement. But keeping him close to us is as easy as reviewing his posts, and it has been suggested that the Lounge be renamed in his honor -- a sentiment I heartily endorse.
And in case you don't know, I'm a Jersey girl who nicknamed its current governor Chris Christie "Governor Soprano" years ago. I didn't realize how right I was, and we've touched only the tip of the iceberg of this George Washington Bridge(t) scandal. I also dedicate this year's ceremony to Shawn Boburg of the Bergen Record and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for refusing to back down on this story. Here's hoping that next year's ceremony will be full of Christie-related entries (minus the fat jokes, please) while his political future sleeps with the fishes.
As I read through the past ten years' worth of awards, an evolutionary process reveals itself -- from just one line to a complete thread; from choosing entries from Latest Breaking News only to choosing them from all DU forums and groups. Eleven years ago, I found myself replying "You call this NEWS?" to stories that seemed too redundant, outdated, or both to qualify as actual journalism. More recently, I've been coming across too many "real" stories that I would have bet my first-born male child were from The Onion or Andy Borowitz -- a new subcategory is born!
Now let's get to this years' awards -- unless you'd like to go through the archives first:
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
2003 - Bush's Ancestor's Bank Seized (Grandad - Germany/Nazi)
2004 - Cheney May Help or Hinder Bush's Chances
PREVIOUS AWARD CEREMONIES
2005 - U.S. Army Report: Military Lost Dominance In Iraq After Invasion
2006 - Iraq On Brink Of Becoming A Failed State
2007 - Iraqis Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord
2008 - Bush sees no recession coming
2009 - Bottled water sales dry up - Industry Asks 'Why?'
2010 - Former Head of FEMA says Bush Administration Downplayed Severity of Hurricane Katrina
2011 - Wal-Mart: Our Shoppers Are "Running Out Of Money"
2012 - CIA Docs Confirm: Cheney Is A Liar!
SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
Fox Accidentally Uses Photo of Same-Sex Couple to Illustrate Importance of Heterosexual Marriage
Media Source: FoxNews.com
Posted by: kpete
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Good for them! Oh, and fuck Fox News."
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT "NOT FROM THE ONION" AWARDS
Orlando CBS Affiliate Apologizes For Airing Jags Football Game
Media Source: Yahoo Sports.com
Posted by: NightWatcher
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "The Raiders vs. the Jaguars has almost no appeal, unless you're in Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne's immediate family."
-- NightWatcher/Frank Schwab
Advice to a Republican awaiting his prison term
Media Source: Courier Journal.com
Posted by: alfredo
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "If Farmer survives prison...(h)e could always become an evangelist and shear the 'sheep.' Chuck Colson did that and made a good living. "
HONORABLE MENTIONDick Armey dishes dirt accidentally
Media Source: Maddowblog.msnbc.com
Posted by: muriel_volestrangler
Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week...Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center...
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Do Penis Navy and Schlong Marines know what any of this means?"
HONORABLE MENTION: "TO FIGURE THIS OUT, YOU HAD TO DO A FREAKING STUDY?" CATEGORY
(New York) City Report Shows a Growing Number Are Near Poverty
Media Source: New York Times
Posted by: alp227
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "'All the news that's fit for the eyes of the One Percent' should be their new motto."
Govt Report: We Wasted a Ton of Money in Iraq
Media Source: AP / TalkingPointsMemo.com
Posted by: meegbear
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "'Wasted' is not exactly the right word.
All of the above?"
THIRD RUNNER UP
New Report Warns That Drones Could Be Used for Stalking, Voyeurism
Media Source: Slate
Posted by: Redfairen
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "The report further suggest Drones will make great marital aids and sex toys. Bedrooms will need to be enlarged to accommodate take off and landings."
SECOND RUNNER UP
As inauguration approaches, Obama’s most virulent foes want the celebration stopped
Media Source: Washington Post
Posted by: Faygo Kid
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "We have had the accountability moment...Obama won. And any criticism now would be un-American.*
*The George W. Bush model. And I intend to stick to it."
FIRST RUNNER UP
Colin Powell Rebukes GOP: "I Am A Republican" but "GOP Has A Dark Vein Of Intolerance"
Media Source: Meet The Press (NBC TV)
Posted by: egbertowillies
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "It's a new era, bro. You don't have to dance forever with the one what brung ya, especially when that one disrespected you through most of the prom."
Congratulations to the winners, and I thank all DU-ers without whose intestinal fortitude in reading these stories these awards cannot happen. Now it's time for the annual after party: this year, Chris Christie gets the bar bill; and as usual, any clothing that gets stuck in the chandelier will be donated to charity.
Posted by rocktivity | Sun Jan 12, 2014, 06:35 PM (20 replies)
(PRESS RELEASE) Just in time for the holidays comes the debut of a free Online and Mobile Shopping, Business, and Community Directory For Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank, and Union New Jersey.
New Jersey Savings Sites co-owns America's largest database of legal opt-in e-mail addresses. That's great news for homes and businesses with zip codes 07701, 07712, 07740, 07083, or 07088, because New Jersey Savings Sites is offering two months of free community-based online advertising — and full-time free municipal ad space.
New Jersey Savings Sites Residents
Few shoppers enjoy the JOB of managing coupons or making an extra trip to the mall just to save a little money. With New Jersey Savings Sites, the cell phone or tablet becomes a savings directory AND community bulletin board courtesy of our customized GPS phone apps and mobile Web page. And there's more to come:
New Jersey Savings Sites Businesses
For New Jersey businesses, Savings Sites couldn’t be simpler: They enter contact information under one of dozens of merchant categories, and post a sentence or two about a special offer or discount. Ads can be scheduled and edited at any time -- there is even a special feature for posting wanted ads if the business is hiring.
Savings Sites ad space is free for December 2013 and January 2014 with no obligation. February and March 2014 are half price at $125.00. Then it’s just $125.00 monthly — a fraction of what "national local" coupon advertisers charge to send just ONE ad to a just a few thousand local homes.
New Jersey Savings Sites Local Government
New Jersey Savings Sites is also affiliated with EmailNotices.com, the leader in automated municipal emailing services. In exchange for allowing links to Savings Sites merchants in constituent emails, EmailNotices offered local governments free use of its legal opt-in database. New Jersey Savings Sites takes it even higher-tech -- and at no taxpayer cost -- by offering free accounts to the towns' municipalities. And everyone's privacy is protected: contact information is not subject to New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.
"Through emergency push notifications, municipalities can send out instant information about school closings, town meetings or road construction," explains Zone Director John Borbone. "Even the smallest businesses will be able to compete with the larger ones with laser-targeted advertising. And residents can save money, time, and gas shopping right in their communities. With New Jersey Savings Sites, everyone wins."
The Savings Sites phone apps are available at http://tinyurl.com/savSitesItunes and http://tinyurl.com/savSitesAndroid. Customers can register at http://njsavingssites.com by clicking on town of their choice. Requests for business registration and free ad space should be emailed to Mr. Borbone at email@example.com.
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Dec 2, 2013, 05:52 PM (1 replies)