Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

April 30, 2014

This Is Getting Ridiculous

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The May 1, 2014 meeting of the Mayor and Council will be carried to Tuesday, May 6,2014 at 6pm. HOWEVER, due to notice requirements on the ordinances, we will still meet on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00pm. This will be a very short meeting to announce that the resolutions and ordinances will be carried to Tuesday, May 6th.
April Claudio

Belmar Municipal Clerk


Are We Finally Coming Around?

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Front page of today’s Wall Street Journal:

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Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

In a marked change from past decades, nearly half of those surveyed want the U.S. to be less active on the global stage, with fewer than one-fifth calling for more active engagement—an anti-interventionist current that sweeps across party lines.

April 29, 2014

Men With Shirts

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Don’t you love people who show up at and videotape public meetings and then put them up on You Tube?  They are the true heroes of our age.

Here are a few clips of some of the totally bogus public hearings held on August 16, 2011 about the totally bogus Port Authority toll hikes that Christie’s aides planned for us.  You may recall that the hearings had many guests that attended at the behest of a notable Belmar resident (mayor’s wife) who happens to be very close to the laborers’ union. These special guests all wore matching orange T-shirts.

First up, NYC Councilman Jim Oddo speaks at a morning hearing in Staten Island.

How come none of the guys in the orange T-shirts are clapping?

Next we have a second Staten Island hearing, added the evening of August 16, after so many complaints about the inconvenient time of the 8:00 morning meeting.  It was held “in a tricky-to-find building at the New York Container Terminal, a spot on a lonely, industrial road marked by a few signs that said “public hearing” and a police car’s flashing lights.”


Third up, Hoboken councilman David Mello speaks at a hearing held there.

Those orange T-shirts look like prison jumpsuits.  There, I said it!

Lastly we have the hearing held in Fort Lee.  This tape includes comments from a Bergen County official, Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich, some unhappy toll payers, and those orange-shirt guys.


April 28, 2014

So Why Waste Our Time With A Hearing?

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From the Asbury Park Press:

Next month, Belmar is expected to become the next Jersey Shore resort community to prohibit smoking on its beaches.

“We will have a ban in place for the summer,” said Democratic Mayor Matt Doherty.

April 27, 2014

Ees Not Our Yob, Man!

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What Makes Them Run?

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There’s only two reasons.

I had lunch yesterday with 15 or 20 Libertarians from the area that are hoping to organize the party at the county level.  State party Vice-Chair and 6th district congressional candidate Dorit Goikhman led the meeting and was elected County Chairperson.  She is an attorney from  Morganville.  Sitting in on the meeting was our new state chair, Patrick McKnight,  and our U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Baratelli.  Charles Measley, political director for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Murray Sabrin also attended.

I had the shrimp salad wrap with french fries and cole slaw.  It was a little heavy on the lettuce and a little light on the shrimp.

Sitting with two great candidates there I have to admit that I was more than a little jealous.  As all of you know all too well, I love running for office.  If I wasn’t involved in helping the “Belmar Rising” campaign this year I could have probably pretty easily been talked into running for Congress in this district.

It’s really great running as a Libertarian (or a strongly libertarian Republican) because it frees you from the burden of having to convince the voters that you’re smarter than they are and that you’re smarter than the other candidate.  I’ve always said, in every campaign I’ve been in, that I’m not a smart guy.  You don’t want me running your affairs.  I’d screw everything up.  But at least I’m smart enough to know that I’m not smart enough to run your affairs and that I’d screw everything up.  So I and people who think like me, such as Dorit and Joe, we run on principle.

And that principle is that people own their own lives and if they are honest, and peaceful, they have a right to live their lives absent the threat of force or violence being used against them.  Once you understand that, the issues are clear.  Just apply your principles.  This is why libertarians rarely get caught flat footed at a debate.

Now ask any of the normal candidates to describe their governing principles.  Oh, they’ll tell you about all the good things they want to do and all the great ideas they have.  They’ll tell you how they graduated magna cum friggin laude from some great school and all the important jobs they’ve had.  They’ll work so hard to try to convince you that they have some sort of special wisdom that you lack.  They can solve the problems that you can’t solve and that their opponents can’t solve.  They are smart enough to run society and to run your life.

But they can’t talk about principles because they don’t have any.  And once they are in office, their sole principle is to use the government’s power to make themselves popular with enough people so they can get themselves re-elected over and over again.

I’ve never met an egotistical libertarian.  We understand it’s not about us.

But for your typical politician, it’s always all about them.

April 26, 2014

Silver Lake A Street Outflow Work Underway

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Spotted this while walking the pooch.



One Bust Too Many?

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From the Asbury Park Press police blotter:


OCEAN AND 11TH AVENUES: Joseph G. Frey Jr., 55, of 10th Avenue was charged Aug. 27 (2005) with driving while intoxicated and assault with a motor vehicle by patrolmen Mike Campbell and Darian Vitello.

FIFTH AVENUE: Carl B. Purnell Jr., 63, 11th Avenue was charged Oct. 29 (2005) with driving while intoxicated by Patrolman Darian Vitello.

16TH AVENUE AND MAIN STREET: Katie M. Shibla, 28, of Manasquan was charged Oct. 30 (2005) with driving while intoxicated by patrolmen Eric Weir and Darian Vitello.

16TH AVENUE AND MAPLEWOOD ROAD: Borough woman Cheryl D. Sergi, 41, was charged Sept. 25 (2006) with driving while intoxicated by Patrolmen Darian Vitello and Chris Lynch.

11TH AVENUE AND ROUTE 35: Borough man Thomas B. Sheehan, 46, was charged Nov. 15 (2006) with driving while intoxicated by Patrolman Darian Vitello.

A STREET: Mary C. O’Connor, 32, of Bayonne was charged Dec. 10 (2006) with driving while intoxicated by Patrolmen Darian Vitello, Mike Campbell and Chris Lynch.

MAIN STREET: Eric A. Mackellar, 45, of Spring Lake Heights was charged Feb. 16 (2007) with driving while intoxicated by Patrolman Darian Vitello and Todd Lee.

12TH AVENUE AND ROUTE 35: Joelle M. Rybakowski, 29, of Neptune City was charged March 9 (2007) by Patrolman Darian Vitello and Sgt. Patrick McGovern with driving while intoxicated.


April 25, 2014

Mayor Has A New Job

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Don’t get excited, I’m talking about his day job.  (Looks like he had a couple of months off recently.)

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