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THE WEAK-KNEED ASBURY PARK CITY COUNCIL and TILLIE

By Tommy DeSeno


I dare not fight; but I will wink and hold out mine iron.  Shakespeare, Henry V, II:1

The Star Ledger is running a story about the fate of Tillie (I’d add a puke emoji after saying his name if I knew how).

If you can’t get past the paywall, the Star Ledger story is about the non-art cartoon mural of a psycho named Tillie that was once on the outside wall of the old Palace Amusements, knocked down long ago.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 3rd, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

An Asbury Park Letter to Springsteen About “The Middle” Commercial

By Tommy DeSeno

Tommy DeSeno

Hello Bruce.  I grew up in Asbury Park.

We’ve met a few times.  Not in any way you’d remember.  Just a fan running into you at Asbury’s bars.  I have a picture of us meeting at The Jeffersonin Asbury in the early 80’s.  I was a teenager working the boardwalk and racing Asbury’s “Circuit” in the 70’s.  One of the kids “huddled on the beach in the mist,” if you will.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 9th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments »

DeSeno will feature challengers in Asbury Park Council forum

Tom DeSeno is hosting a forum for for the challengers in Asbury Park’s non-partisan election for City Council on Wednesday, October 28 at 8 p.m.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on DeSeno will feature challengers in Asbury Park Council forum

Asbury Park Indigenous People’s Day: A Pretext to Hate Italians

By Tommy DeSeno

“I do not intend to prejudge the past.” – William Whitelaw

There’s a right way to do an Indigenous People’s Day and a wrong way.  Leave it to today’s Asbury Park to choose a bigoted way.

The right way to do Indigenous People’s Day is to host a celebration of them, where all their cultural markers are observed.

The wrong way is to spend most of the event haranguing Italian Americans for celebrating Columbus, which is what the Asbury Park event turned out to be.  What low self-esteem Native Americans must have if all they can muster at a celebration of themselves is a complaint about other people. That’s who you are?  A complainant? That’s how you define yourselves?

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

DeSeno Launches Campaign to Buy Safety Vests for APP reporters

Thomas DeSeno, an attorney from Asbury Park and frequent MMM contributor, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to buy safety vest for Asbury Park Press reporters.

DeSeno seeded the $200 campaign with a $20 contribution.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 19th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Gov. Murphy Presented No Scientific Evidence in Lawsuit Against Asbury Park

Asbury Park, NJ, USA – March 5, 2020: Madam Marie’s fortune telling booth on the boardwalk

By Thomas DeSeno

A review of the pleadings filed on Friday in State v Mayor John Moor and Asbury Park, docket number C-56-20, shows that Governor Murphy filed a complaint against the City and sought an emergent preliminary injunction.  The purpose was to restrain Asbury Park from enforcing their resolution of last Wednesday, where they tried to allow Asbury Park restaurants to conduct indoor dining.

People waiting to read the pleadings to finally see the “data that drives the dates” as Murphy likes to put it, were greatly disappointed.  There was no scientific material attached to the pleadings.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Revolution is delightful in the preliminary stages. – Aldous Huxley

Tom DeSeno

By Tom DeSeno

Asbury Park feels like we are dancing on a volcano.

An Asbury Parker named Felicia Simmons is running a rally on Monday, at 5 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the Post office.  At this writing, 3,000 people on the event page are either going (1,023) or interested in going (1,947).

I justify the cause.  George Floyd suffered the only thing worse than death; he was tortured first. Face down in the gutter, knee on his carotid artery, knowing he was dying and begging for a life endowed by his creator especially for him, for which no one had the right to take or make him beg.  He died terrified. It didn’t last 9 minutes. It lasted George’s forever.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Senator Gopal responds to DeSeno

Photo by Kevin Sanders courtesy of New Jersey Globe

Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) submitted the following response to Tom DeSeno’s column criticizing his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Senator Vin Gopal

I appreciate Tommy DeSeno more than he knows.

I know we disagree on a lot, but I firmly believe that if we hadn’t implemented aggressive social distancing measures over the past 2 months, we could have 80,000 deaths instead of the 10,000 horrific deaths that we’ve seen in New Jersey. That’s not my opinion: That’s according to every public health report–including the President’s.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Senator Gopal’s Useless, Prideful Committee to Delay Opening Business at the Shore

Tom DeSeno

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  – Proverbs, 16:18

By Tom DeSeno

I thought the award for worst political reaction to Covid-19 was going to be Senator Vin Gopal’s support of a bill to put people in jail for a year who violate the lockdown order of our Governor, Prince Philip of Goldman Sachs.  Proving my old contention that Democrats list toward Fascism when given power, it speaks little of Gopal that his response to someone looking for work to feed their family was to jail them. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Murphy’s Reliance on a Fallible Medical Profession and COVID-19: School Graduation Edition –DeSeno

They answered, as they took their fees, ‘There is no cure for this disease.’ Hilaire Belloc, 1870-1953

Tom DeSeno

By Tom DeSeno

This is not to dethrone doctors from their rightful lofty place in society; it is to dethrone them from an even higher place, so high that they don’t deserve it.  They don’t deserve to be seen as infallible, nor do they deserve the power to usurp the decision making of the people’s representatives in government when it comes to public policy. In particular, referring to the public policy of not allowing live graduation ceremonies.

Medicine is an inexact science.  That is why it is regularly referred to as “medical arts.”  While biology is a pure science, virology in particular is the applied science that makes use of the biologist’s library of accumulated knowledge.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Murphy’s Reliance on a Fallible Medical Profession and COVID-19: School Graduation Edition –DeSeno