Jan 4, 2011

Bernie Balks, Angle Falters

On Sunday night Bernie posted about the Gracedale Referendum being short on signatures, but the post never saw light of day. For one reason or another he deleted the post, or at least is postponing using it. The post is Bernie's usual fare about the effort being conducted by goons. Although the effort may be short by 4,000, I believe Bernie misreads the tea leafs. If I were the face of selling Gracedale, that being Stoffa and Angle, I would take no consolation that 15,000 people signed that petition. Yesterday, Angle was deposed of as President of Northampton Commissioners. Next November may prove difficult for him.
link to Bernie's deleted post

UPDATE: Bernie has republished the missing piece after reading this post. His explanation is here as comment 4.


Bernie O'Hare said...

I never deleted the post. It was set to go at midnight 1/3. I inadverdently set it for 1/3/10 instead of 1/3/11, and have corrected that by posting it again NOW.

Monkey Momma said...

Well, I thought I saw the post on Sunday, and I wondered why it "poofed" on Bernie's blog.

Bernie, why didn't you just leave it posted on Sunday? Did it change between Sunday and today? (I didn't read either post - sorry, I am just personally burned out on the subject. But you're doing an outstanding job at documenting the change of Gracedale from a public to private institution.)

michael molovinsky said...

bernie, your post appeared on sunday night, that's when i read it on your blog. by monday morning, it was gone. fyi, jon geetings linked to it in one of his feed purge posts sunday night.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Let me explain the mystery surrounding this post. I wrote it on Sunday, intending that it would publish Monday at Midnight. But I accidentally posted it on Sunday, and took it down about a minute later and reset it for Monday. Unfortunately, I selected 2010 as the publication year and not 2011. So my vanished post was there, but under the wring frickin' year. So on Monday, you would not have seen the post unless you were looking at blogs I posted in January 2010,

When I saw MM's post, it took me a little while to figure out what I did wrong. I grabbed the post and republished it for today.

Monkey Momma, you live in LC and I would not expect you to have a big interest in Gracedale, but it's a hot topic here.

Michael Molovinsky, Ron has been taking it on the chin lately. Holding two offices, the Will controversy, the rant at Stoffa, calling a judge senile, his about face on a detention center in Upper Mount Bethel and his decision to accept a pension have all hurt him. And this is without Gracedale, which is a sensitive subject to some people.

All of this might hurt him in a county-wide race, but they love him in the Slate Belt. I see that with my own eyes. On fact, he might be more poplar now than ever. When I go to Tic Toc or any place with him, he is stopped by about five people every time who will say things like, "Give 'em hell."

He's a bastard, but a lot of people view him as their bastard.

It would be a big mistake to count Ron out. He will proceed with Gracedale bc it is the right thing to do. If it costs him an election, that's America. People voted him into office to exercise his best judgment, not blow with the wind.

michael molovinsky said...

bernie, i would be amiss if i didn't point out your wordsmithing. while you credit northampton officials, you refer to the gracedale activists as thugs, goons and goofy. you say that ron doesn't blow in the wind, but did an about face on the detention center.

Bernie O'Hare said...


I think you mean remiss. You're always amiss.

I call these Gracedale goons that name bc that is what they are. I have no problem if someone wants to advocate keeping Gracedale in County hands and is capable of making an argument without invoking Jesus or claiming that Angle, Stoffa or various different Council members are crooks. I tend to get annoyed when I see them use county property to promote the candidacy of a partisan political candidate. I tend to get annoyed when, during a public meeting at which 40 boy scouts are present,they start cursing and making catcalls. These are not activists, but goons.

There are people who oppose privatization for whom I have the highest respect, including Jerry Seyfried and Rich Grucela. But when someone acts and talks like a goon, that's what I'll call him.

As far as Angle's about face concerning the detention center is concerned, you are right. He did bow to pressure from his constituents, but that is not his ordinary style. He generally does what he thinks ought to be done, and if people don't like it, they can remove him at the polls. And his about face hurt him just as much as if he had continued doing what he thought was right.

michael molovinsky said...

it appears that you seem to think that you're seldom, if ever, amiss. if i read your explanation correctly, but for my post, you still wouldn't know that your piece on gracedale never reappeared. you should read your blog (and mine) more often. it is certainly convenient that enough people opposing the opinion of stoffa and angle misbehave, so that you can label the movement as thugs and goons. to the degree that your blog is widely read, which it is, and to the degree that you champion stoffa and angle, they will "own" those words in the mind of many people.

Bernie O'Hare said...

But for your post, I would not have known that I had screwed up. I certainly was amiss. It certainly is a good think I read your blog. Had I not, I would be remiss.

As for the Gracedale goons, they are what they are, and they are going to just plain miss.

Anonymous said...

My sincere pardons for the interruption.

What is "a good think"?

English is my second language and I am afraid something is getting lost in the translation.

Is this a Hindi phrase O'Hare picked up in downtown Allentown?

michael molovinsky said...

anon 10:19, perhaps bernie was amiss

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm certainly no typist. I pursued more demanding subjects when I went to school, like quantum physics and good thinks like that. I'm pretty sure I invented Tang, too.

Anonymous said...
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Bernie O'Hare said...

Must have been a naughty one, and I'm so lovable. Too bad I missed it.

Anonymous said...

Nah, it wasn't naughty.

Intentionally inflammatory.

Lovable, perhaps.

But not naughty.

I was just curious to know before and after which of your legendary (infamous?) exploits the Tang Invention occured.

Maybe your great admirer What-Am-I-Gettings can research that for us all sometime in between his saving the Lehigh Valley.


michael molovinsky said...

dear author, please leave the intentional provocations to me, much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

"Please leave intentional provocations to me."


Alright then, it is your house of blog. The Fuzzy Bunny begged me a long, long, long time ago to take a sincere and heart-felt swat every chance I get. So, to this day, I do.

I am alot more cooperative than I am probably given credit for, I fear.


Anonymous said...

No goons here! Lots of eggo though,