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MoreMonmouthMusings’s Art Gallagher Arrest; Awaiting Extradition To Delaware On Fraud Charges

According to an online article posted on The Asbury Park Press this evening, Art Gallagher, author of the moremonmouthmusings blog, has been arrest on fraud charges and is being held on $250,000 bail while waiting on extradition to Delaware, at the Monmouth County Jail.

From the APP:

HIGHLANDS — A prominent blogger who is running for a seat on the Highlands Borough Council next month is in Monmouth County Jail awaiting extradition to Delaware, police said.

Art Gallagher, who runs a Republican-leaning political blog and is campaigning as an independent for council, was arrested over the weekend by borough police on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Delaware, Chief Joseph Blewitt said.

Details of Gallagher’s alleged crime across state lines are unclear, but Blewitt said the warrant was theft-related. Detective Nicholas Terranova, the lead investigator in the case for Delaware State Police, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

“That’s what it’s stemming from. It’s regarding a fraud investigation Delaware State Police conducted,” Highlands police Sgt. Joe Rogers said.

Gallagher, 53, who is also a member of the borough’s planning board, is being held on $250,000 bail. Blewitt said on Sunday afternoon “they have informed us they will extradite.”

I don’t want to kick a guy while he’s down but sooner or later everyone needs to answer to a higher authority for what they may have reaped in life. I hope that he and his family will able to cope well during this trying time.
Something like this however was bound to happen sooner or later to Art. I heard rumors last year that Art was going to be the subject of a WPIX News segment of “Help Me Howard “.
For those unfamiliar with “Help Me Howard”, it’s a segment on channel 11 news that features longtime newsman Howard Thompson. Thompson helps those who feel they have suffered injustices or have been wronged in someway.
In a segment that was to feature Art Gallagher but never aired because the incident was allegedly settled before airing, Art was accused by someone who had rented a food vending truck from his business. I don’t remember all the details but the person who rented the truck was upset that the truck didn’t work properly and wanted a refund of some kind. Art of course wouldn’t oblige so the individual contacted Howard Thompson.
Also, Art has fancied himself a “King Maker” of sorts ever since he started MoreMonmouthMusings, blogging first anonymously as William Seward, then as himself, after he and others managed to air all sorts of Republican dirty laundry and the “take down” of Monmouth County Chairman Adam Puharic back in 2008 when he resigned from the position and opened the door for current Chairman Joe Oxley.
Art has since often warned Republican wannabes that if they want to get elected to office in Monmouth County or locally that they need to indulge his blogging and submit comments or columns to it.
Art also got himself in a bit of hot water back in 2008 when he tried to rationalize the use of the “N” word after the Reverend Jesse Jackson was caught on an open mike threatening to cut of then presidential candidate Barack Obama’s “N”nuts. Art wanted to know why it was okay for Jesse Jackson, a black man, to use the “N” word but it was unacceptable for a white man to use the term.
After posting this on his blog, then Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, called a special emergency session of the Middletown Human Rights Commission to look into it thinking that his blog posting was actually printed in the Bayshore Courier where Art had at the time wrote a weekly column.
This lead to Art being censored by the local chapter of the NAACP and his column being dropped by the Courier. Afterwards Gallagher started a vendetta against the Middletown Democrats and the Courier’s publisher, blaming them for somehow conspiring against him and having him labeled as a racist.
Since then, Gallagher’s blog has become a the Middletown Republican’s dumping ground for the dirty tricks, mudslinging and slander against Democratic candidates running for office in Middletown.
What will the Middletown Republicans do now? Will they come out and disavow Art Gallagher or will they make excuses for him and their actions.
As I said above, it is easy to kick a guy while he is down. Regardless of Art’s alleged actions in this case or in the past, I do wish him and his family well. We have had a slight adversarial relationship over the past few years but I think we have always been respectful to one another.
I may not always agree with Art or his point of view but that doesn’t mean I wish him any ill will. I wish him a speedy resolve to his problems and a return to his blogging.

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Is Art Gallagher one of the confused people we should embrace?

Nevertheless, here’s what I’m clear on: Many people struggle to understand why some blacks still call each other the n-word when the word’s history and inherent ugliness make it offensive. Those are confused people we should embrace…”

So starts the final paragraph of Derrick K. Baker’s opinion piece “Those who use the n-word must be accountable, regardless of race” which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer last week.

Mr. Baker explains very well how the use of the N word makes him feel and how he perceives those who use it, whether it is Jesse Jackson, some Rap artist, or just some  plain white folks that are confused.
Click on the headline to read Baker’s opinion

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>Is Art Gallagher one of the confused people we should embrace?

>”Nevertheless, here’s what I’m clear on: Many people struggle to understand why some blacks still call each other the n-word when the word’s history and inherent ugliness make it offensive. Those are confused people we should embrace…”

So starts the final paragraph of Derrick K. Baker’s opinion piece “Those who use the n-word must be accountable, regardless of race” which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer last week.

Mr. Baker explains very well how the use of the N word makes him feel and how he perceives those who use it, whether it is Jesse Jackson, some Rap artist, or just some  plain white folks that are confused.
Click on the headline to read Baker’s opinion

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Middletown’s Mayor calls for Human Rights Commission to meet about "N" word controversy

Middletown’s Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger asked the Middletown Human Rights Commission to hold a special meeting last night to discuss the controversy surrounding Art Gallagher and his blog, MoreMonmouthMusings’s sloppy attempt at race relations.

I arrived at Town Hall late and unfortunately had to leave early due to family concerns, but I that the Human Rights Commission was shocked and appalled at what it heard from the meeting attendees. 
In attendance was Lorenzo “Bill” Dangler, President of Long Branch chapter of the NAACP, who wanted to make it clear that under no circumstances what so ever would it be appropriate to say the “N” word and that Gallagher’s words were offensive and hurtful. 
From what I understand the Commission will make a report  condemning Art Gallagher and his blog for his ill conceived attempt to address the use of the “N” word and race relations. The Commission will then present  a recommendation to the Mayor which would ask him to denounce Art and his MoreMonmouthMusings blog. 
The meeting was also covered by the Courier’s Melissa Gaffney so I am sure that you will be able get a better idea of what exactly happened at the meeting by reading about it in the Courier or by reading her SableMinded blog shortly.

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>Middletown’s Mayor calls for Human Rights Commission to meet about "N" word controversy

>Middletown’s Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger asked the Middletown Human Rights Commission to hold a special meeting last night to discuss the controversy surrounding Art Gallagher and his blog, MoreMonmouthMusings’s sloppy attempt at race relations.

I arrived at Town Hall late and unfortunately had to leave early due to family concerns, but I that the Human Rights Commission was shocked and appalled at what it heard from the meeting attendees. 
In attendance was Lorenzo “Bill” Dangler, President of Long Branch chapter of the NAACP, who wanted to make it clear that under no circumstances what so ever would it be appropriate to say the “N” word and that Gallagher’s words were offensive and hurtful. 
From what I understand the Commission will make a report  condemning Art Gallagher and his blog for his ill conceived attempt to address the use of the “N” word and race relations. The Commission will then present  a recommendation to the Mayor which would ask him to denounce Art and his MoreMonmouthMusings blog. 
The meeting was also covered by the Courier’s Melissa Gaffney so I am sure that you will be able get a better idea of what exactly happened at the meeting by reading about it in the Courier or by reading her SableMinded blog shortly.

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Schwebel adds her vioce to the MoreMonmouthMusings "N" word controversy

I recieved a personal email (not a blog comment Art) last night from the former Chairwoman of the Middletown Human Rights Commission Carolyn Schwebel, Ed.D.

Mrs Schwebel who is currently the vice chair of the Monmouth County Human Rights Commission wanted me to pass along to the readers of this blog and to the readers of Art Gallagher’s MoreMonmouthMusings the following thoughts;
On a sunny day, two young friends taking a walk smiled at the family they passed. The cute little girl yelled at one, “Go back where you came from!” The young African-American man, “stabbed” again, replied, “I live across the street. I came from here!”

“You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,”
(-Oscar Hammerstein, 1949)

A nine-year-old school child came to me in tears, saying,
“Larry keeps calling me a (N-word) and laughing.”

“He jests at scars that neverf felt a wound.”
(Romeo, in Shakespeare)

A local blogger disingenuously uses the “N-word” in offensive ways: “Take an ( ‘N-word’) to lunch,” In a purported effort to enhance interacial understanding and communication.

” What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach,…”
(Captain in “Cool Hand Luke”)

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can really hurt me!”

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Maya Angelou


Thank You Dr. Schwebel for your thoughtful insights

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Yet another adds his voice to the MoreMonmouthMusings "N" word Controversy

Also received last night via a personal email is the following statement from a good family friend of mine Tony Orsini. The last I heard, Tony is the Municipal Chairman of  Holmdel’s Democratic Committee. 

Tony also wanted me to pass along his comments about Art Gallahger the readers of this blog:
How would Mr. Gallagher feel about someone saying this to him: “Do
you know what the difference is between an Irish funeral and an
Irish wedding? One less drunk.”

There’s still a big difference between calling someone a subhuman
slave versus a drunk. Anyone can be called a drunk and there’s no
historical, anthropological or sociological context. Anyone who
knows anything about history realizes it is hurtful, degrading, and
suggestive of some sort of genetic inferiority.

I guess Mr. Gallagher has no African-American friends who can
explain this to him. No surprises there. He might be made to
realize that they are more intelligent than he is.

Mr. Gallagher, don’t freak out because Mr. Obama might be our next
Prez: genetically, Obama is actually 51% white…you know, like
Derek Jeter.

I refer him to Lincoln: “It’s better to shut up and make people think you’re stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
  
Thanks Tony for lending your voice to this debate.

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