Ridgewood Votes

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 at 4:01 am

BARACK OBAMA / JOE BIDEN (D) 6,597 54.8%

JOHN McCAIN / SARAH PALIN (R ) 5,306 44.1%


    What have they done!?!?!?!?!

  2. The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

  3. Garrett 56%
    Shulman 42%

  4. RIP ‘old ridgewood’. the newbies have taken over. Stay tuned for the freak show headlined by Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Waxman, and Dashle etal….watch out for your wallets

  5. It’s official the liberals have taken over our village. There is no going back now. In ten years we will be just like Montclair.

    Only a few more years and I am out of here. Good luck to the rest of you as your tax bills go through the roof.

    See ya!

  6. I’m one of those “liberals” talked about. I’ve lived here since college days in the 1950s. My kids all went to Ridgewood schools, and we love our town.

    In 1972, I ran George McGovern’s campaign out of my basement. We’ve come a long way since then.

    I’m proud to be part of this historical moment in political history, and I’m proud of Ridgewood.

  7. Ridgewood has gone off the rails.
    No doubt about it.

    It’s unfortunate.

  8. 9:38 – Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out!

  9. 9:38

    Ten years? We’re more Montclair now than Montclair is.

  10. Montclair is pretty awful–ever been to their high school?

    Ridgewood isn’t that bad yet. But if the liberals continue, that’s what they will get.

    With the rise of the Messiah, there will be no excuses for the need for political correctness. Yea!

  11. The liberals are like locusts, they invade a great area and destroy it forcing out all the people that built the town, gave it the character everybody envy’s and looks to as a model. Once it is destroyed they move on to the next area that productive non-parasitic capitalists have built into a desirable place to live. Sooner or later, Atlas will shrug.

  12. MLK, April 3, 1968:

    “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

    versus Obama, last night:

    “The road ahead will be long. Out climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, or even in one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you: we as a people will get there.”

    Plagiarism? Channeling? Echoing?

    You make the call!

  13. Montclair is more left than Ridgewood, but the leftists in Montclair are less nasty and angry than the RW liberals.

  14. Its not Red people or Blue people destroying our Village, its the “non-partisan” Village council. We need to move off the two remaining from the old council and keep a closer watch on the new ones.

  15. How wonderful! Ridgewood can proudly claim that they helped elect a president we can all be proud of.

  16. Things change, get over it. Ridgewood is changing – 54.8% voted for a new hope in a resounding conservative community. Americans across the country have delivered a clear and resounding message, OBAMA is the winner. The past 8 years have left our country WORSE off than before. America has VOTED for change, and the hope of a better tomorrow for us and especially for our children.

  17. anyone can run as the ‘anti-everything candidate’. historically the party in power always loses when the economy is doing poorly. b. hussein obama was the favorite of the liberal media, despite being a lightweight. the liberal media chose to skewer Sara Palin bc she didnt fit their ‘mold’ of a liberal (like fat pig rosey odonnell) So B. Hussein Obama has the exec office, house, and senate. He has no reason to make excuses. I expect the war to be over, economy to be roaring, no more terrorism, and free health care. If not..there will be another republican revolution in 2 years. Oh yeah..in case you missed it..the stock market tanked almost 500 points..the WORST ‘post election’
    results in history…hope this isnt an ‘omen’ of things to come

  18. luis, luis, luis…


    …a resounding conservative community….”

    Let’s drop the “RW is a conservative town” label already.

    We have never been “resoundingly conservative” and haven’t been “conservative leaning” for many, many, many years. We used to be “left leaning” but now we are left and moving far left at a rapid rate.

    Let’s not forget that in the DEMOCRATIC primary, Ridgewood was only ONE OF THREE towns in BREGEN COUNTY to vote for Obama over Clinton. (the other two being Tenafly and HoHokus).

    …a resounding conservative community….”
    …come back to reality. The Leading Liberal town in Bergen County voted for the most liberal Senator in the Congress and you find this to be newsworthy?

    I’m guessing you used these powerful analytical skills of yours to decide to vote for Obama.

    Well, I can’t say that I am surprised.

  19. Its not the liberals that will ruin this town, it the LEACHES that move in and suck the system dry.
    They take take take, and give nothing back. After this generation is done with our town, THEY move on to another town with a new generation of LEACHES and the cycle starts over again

  20. 3:27 you’re not paying attention. Here’s the memo:

    For Democrats to win the White House they had to 1) destroy the economy (using Freddie Mae and Fannie as their ATM); 2) bash American values at home and abroad; 3) viciously and unendingly attack an American President and 4) resort to taking foreign money to run their campaign.

    Result: They win but they win as traitors and cheaters.

  21. I am a cranky old conservative, but the GOP sowed the seeds for this electoral result by nominating GWB in the first place8 years ago. His is a failed Presidency. He made Bill Clinton look like Abraham Lincoln. Time to move on. Obama is now our President-elect and new Commander in Chief. I am hopeful that he can fix what’s broken and that the nation can resist some of his more radical impulses.

    As for the Village of Ridgewood, older folks tend to be more conservative. There are no older folks left in Ridgewood (except for me?)as none can afford the taxes. Once again–you reap what you sow.

  22. 9:48 AM –


    A brilliant analysis.

    Too bad it is true.

  23. Teachers ponder meaning of Obama victory for N.J. schools

    by John Mooney /The Star-Ledger

    Thursday November 06, 2008, 7:17 PM

    It’s the largest teachers convention in the country, a decidedly blue-tinged gathering in one of the nation’s bluest states.

    But for all the exultant support of Barack Obama’s victory at the opening of the New Jersey Education’s convention Thursday, teachers on the floor of the vast Atlantic City center also worried about what happens next.

    Vincent Blasse, a Trenton middle school teacher, said Obama will inspire teachers and especially students.

    But asked how the new president might fix the No Child Left Behind act, Blasse wasn’t so sure. And when it came to Obama’s support of merit pay for teachers, he was downright troubled.

    “It can breed greed and individualism,” Blasse said. “They will no longer see themselves as team players.”

    Thus is the fragile line Obama will need to tread with education, carrying strong union support but also a few positions that would clearly roil the status quo.

    On one side, Obama has pledged greater federal support for public schools with additional funding and programs like preschool and after-school services.

    He has said he would make changes to the federal No Child Left Behind act, a chief villain to many teachers and their unions.

    Yet Obama also has bucked the traditional labor line. In addition to championing merit pay for teachers, he espouses extra incentives for those working in high-need schools, and strongly supports innovations like charter schools.

    Joyce Powell, president of the NJEA, praised Obama as “pro-public education” but quickly conceded some tensions.

    “We may have our differences of opinion on some things,” she said.

    Much will rest on whom Obama picks as his education secretary, with a short list of names being bandied about including Colin Powell and New York City Chancellor Joel Klein.

    Obama’s general support for merit pay — providing teachers extra money based on their performance — is the one topic already raising eyebrows. He has yet to unveil any concrete proposal, but considers the idea important enough to mention publicly.

    He has said it’s a concept best handled at the local bargaining table, and NJEA President Powell said she has already seen it start to creep into negotiations — if not embraced — by a handful of New Jersey districts.

    She argues it should come as a give-and-take with teachers.

    “If they are going to broach that, why not let us also negotiate class sizes or textbook selection?” she said. “They have to understand that when we put an idea like that on the table, other things come with it.”

    A sampling of her members — nearly 35,000 of whom attended the first day of the convention — indicated similar sentiments. The younger teachers were more likely to support merit pay than the veterans, but not exclusively.

    Sean Spiller, a 33-year-old science teacher at Wayne Valley High School, said Obama’s election and that of a Democratic majority to Congress is good news for teachers who want a softening in No Child Left Behind and more money behind it.

    But he said the idea of merit pay for teachers was something he couldn’t support.

    “You can’t have two teachers working next to each other and comparing their test scores,” he said. “It doesn’t work.”

    Angela Yelverton, sporting an Obama button, described the spring in her students’ steps at Camden’s Creative Arts High School on Wednesday; the school’s band is vying to get in on the Inaugural festivities.

    But she wondered how much will happen to No Child Left Behind, with all the competing points of view. “Hopefully he’ll at least listen to us in the trenches,” she said.

    Yelverton, 36, said while merit pay may benefit her as a teacher, it’s a lot trickier than it sounds.

    “I’m one of those who go above and beyond,” she said, “so in one way I’m for it. But what is the measuring tool? Is just staying late or working on Saturdays going to tell you that?”

  24. PJ:


    Please post the following information ASAP (taken from the above link) for your readers to consider.

    A Pro Se New Jersey litigant has brought suit against sue the Secretary of State of New Jersey Nina Mitchell Wells to essentially force her to “do her job” under the law (i.e., deny illegitimate candidates access to the ballot). Attorney Leo Donofrio is now pressing his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, on direct appeal from the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Attorney Donofrio is challenging the “natural born citizen” qualifications of McCain (claimed ineligible because born in Panama), Obama (presumed born in U.S. but claimed ineligible because one parent was an alien, thus begetting divided loyalty), and Socialist Workers Party candidate Roger Calero (claimed ineligible because born in Nicaragua, and was in fact bounced from the ballots of four other states for this reason).

    This case is far stronger than any other cases still pending or that have been dismissed to date because it does not appear that the pro se litigant can be denied his day in court on the basis of a purported absence of Article III standing to bring the lawsuit. But get this–for purposes of demonstrating his standing to sue in this case, Attorney Donofrio is invoking the authority of Ridgewood Educational Association v. Ridgewood Board of Education, 284 N.J. Super. 427 (App. Div. (1995)), in which the court stated “We see no reason why this State’s historic liberal approaches to the issue of standing in general … should not apply to taxpayer suits challenging the quasi-legislative actions of local boards of education.” Silverman v. Board of Ed., Tp. of Millburn, 134 N.J. Super 253, 257-58 (Law Div.), aff’d o.b. 131 N.J. Super. 435 (App. Div. 1975).

    I can’t emphasize how important this point is in presenting a challenge to president-elect Obama, who may have no choice but to present his credentials directly to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Significantly, Attorney Donofrio has not submitted a full Petition for Writ of Certiorari, but rather initially applied for an Emergency Stay on the last Monday before the election. Though the initial application was denied with prejudice by Justice Souter late last week (tardily–after the election), Attorney Donofrio is now apparently entitled to resubmit the Application For An Emergency Stay of the national election results and Electoral College meeting to the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which entitles him to all due haste from the Supreme Court Justice to whom the application is made.

    Please do what you can to get this case the notorieity it needs to attract the necessary attention and action from the U.S. Supreme Court. An Emergency Stay is needed before the December 15th vote of the Electoral College.


    Obama Presidency Challenged By New Jersey Voter re:”natural born citizen” – Before US Supreme Court

    Obama presidency challenged by New Jersey voter re: “natural born citizen” now before US Supreme Court. Standing not an issue-Birth Certificate not main point of suit. Action was originally filed against both Obama and McCain alleging ineligibility.

    Champion of rights


    PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 10, 2008 – On October 27, 2008, plaintiff-appellant, Leo Donofrio, a retired attorney acting Pro Se, sued Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State of the State of New Jersey, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, demanding the Secretary execute her statutory and Constitutional duties to police the security of ballots in New Jersey from fraudulent candidates ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States due to their not being “natural born citizens” as enumerated in Article 1, Section 2, of the US Constitution.

    Unlike other law suits filed against the candidates, Berg etc., this action was the only bi-partisan suit, which sought to have both McCain and Obama removed for the same reason. (Later, Plaintiff also sought the removal of Nicaraguan born Roger Colera, the Presidential candidate for the Socialist Workers Party). The Berg suit will almost certainly fail on the grounds of “standing”, but Donofrio v. Wells, having come directly from NJ state courts, will require the SCOTUS to apply New Jersey law, and New Jersey has a liberal history of according standing to citizens seeking judicial review of State activity.

    While raising it as an ancillary issue, Plaintiff in this case didn’t rely upon questioning Obama‘s birth certificate as the core Constitutional issue. Rather, he alleges that even if Obama was born in Hawaii, he was born to a Kenyan national father and is therefore not eligible to be President due to having dual loyalties at birth and split jurisdiction at the time of his birth.

    The cause of action first accrued on September 22, 2008, when Secretary Wells certified to county clerks, for ballot preparation, a written “statement”, prepared under her seal of office, that was required by statute to contain names of only those candidates who were “by law entitled” to be listed on ballots in New Jersey. The statement is demanded by N.J.S.A. 19:13-22.

    The law suit raises a novel contention that the statutory code undergoes legal fusion with the Secretary’s oath of office to uphold the US Constitution thereby creating a minimum standard of review based upon the “natural born citizen” requirement of Article 2, Section 1, and that the Supremacy clause of the Constitution would demand those requirements be resolved prior to the election.

    The key fact, not challenged below, surrounds two conversations between the plaintiff-appellant and a key Secretary of State Election Division official wherein the official admitted, twice, that the defendant-Secretary just assumed the candidates were eligible taking no further action to actually verify that they were, in fact, eligible to the office of President. These conversations took place on October 22nd and 23rd.

    Plaintiff-Appellant then initiated the litigation process on Monday, October 27th.

    Now, post-election, plaintiff is seeking review by the United States Supreme Court to finally determine the “natural born citizen” issue. Plaintiff alleged the Secretary has a legal duty to make certain the candidates pass the “natural born citizen” test. The pre-election suit requested that New Jersey ballots be stayed as they were defective requiring replacements to feature only the names of candidates who were truly eligible to the office of President.

    The action was brought as a “Complaint In Lieu of Prerogative Writs” (aka writ of mandamus) directly to the Appellate Division in NJ. An arduous four day litigation ended with Judge Sabatino denying plaintiff emergency relief.

    Plaintiff then submitted the matter to the New Jersey Supreme the next morning, and after an emergency review by multiple Supreme Court Justices, the application for emergency relief was denied.

    However, in an incredible turn of events, the NJ Supreme Court specifically ignored the lower court’s five page opinion – such opinion having avoided the Constitutional question presented – and relied upon “Movant’s Papers” which did discuss and employ Constitutional issues.

    This then opened a door to US Supreme Court review. Since “Movant’s papers” are based on a Constitutional issue, it is proper for the US Supreme Court to review the case.

    Plaintiff-appellant prepared the US Supreme Court emergency stay application over the weekend and then rushed off to Washington DC on November 3rd where he filed an Application For Emergency Stay of New Jersey ballots, and/or a stay of the “national election”. Plaintiff’s terminology is of vital importance here. Plaintiff’s use of the term “national election” includes all aspects thereof, including the popular vote, full election results, and the Electoral College process.

    Justice Suoter, facing a tough decision in the wake of Obama’s landslide victory, took four days to examine the extensive lower court paper trail and legal precedents pertaining thereto, but he eventually denied the application on Nov. 6th, 2008. However, the case is still live, but not for the reason erroneously listed on the SCOTUS Docket.

    It appears Justice Suoter was misinformed by the US Supreme Court Stay Clerk, Mr. Danny Bickle. A full Petition for Writ of Certiorari is listed as “pending” on the Supreme Court docket, and such Petition having not been dismissed by Justice Suoter indicates the serious merits of the case, but plaintiff-appellant did not make a full Petition, and so its existence is a procedural fiction. But the case is still live and pending as an Emergency Stay Application.

    Due to the emergent nature of Stay proceedings, plaintiff is entitled – by law – under US Supreme Court Rule 22 to resubmit the Application for an Emergency Stay to another Justice of his choice along with a supplemental letter to accompany the original Stay application. Justice Suoter had right of first review because he is charged with review of 3rd Circuit actions, and New Jersey is in the 3rd Circuit.

    But now that Justice Suoter has denied the emergency stay with prejudice, Plaintiff may resubmit the Application For An Emergency Stay of the national election results and Electoral College meeting to the Honorable US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Furthermore, all nine Justices will be served on this round, according to Rule 22 which requires Appellant to submit 10 copies of the original Stay application for the entire Supreme Court.

    A supplemental letter detailing the unorthodox procedural history involved with this case is being prepared for Justice Thomas to review along with the prior Stay application. submitted to the SCOTUS.

    Instead of making a full Petition for Certiorari, plaintiff-appellant, as to his Emergency Stay Application, relied on the procedural history in Bush v. Gore, wherein Bush also chose to fore go a full Petition for Cert., and instead relied exclusively on an emergency Stay application handed to one Justice who then empaneled the entire court. The Supreme Court then granted the Stay, treated the Stay application as a full Petition for Certiorari and granted that Petition despite the fact that Bush only submitted the one Application for Emergency Stay. That was done because the urgency of the situation begged resolve of the national Presidential election. The same conditions apply here as the clock is ticking down to December 15th, the day for the Electoral College to meet.

    The bi-partisan case progressed quietly through the lower courts with no publicity as the plaintiff-appellant sought to respect court authority seeking only to have the “natural born issue” determined once and for all. He didn’t create a web site or request donations. The suit is self financed.

    However, due to some very unorthodox treatment of the case in the NJ Appellate Division, and also by the US Supreme Court Clerk’s office, a press conference is now being prepared to coincide with the resubmission of the Stay application to Justice Clarence Thomas.

    To view the official court documents, pleadings and orders,
    please see http://www.blogtext.org/naturalborncitizen

    Leo Donofrio is a citizen rights advocate. He is a retired attorney who now uses his legal background to identify Government abuse of citizen rights in order to educate the public, “We The People”.

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