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Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
NY Times headline on this day in 1939, negotiations with Hitler: "Berlin thinks door is open for peaceful solution." pic.twitter.com/8iPv6az8HH— Strobe Talbott (@strobetalbott) August 29, 2014
Lots of brother-sister scenes tonight. Spoiler alert: I gave her all the funny lines (as a good brother should) https://t.co/auKDcJTWT2— Greg Poehler (@GregPoehler) August 28, 2014
Friday, March 19, 2010
re Alexander Lewy: condescending boor, know-it-all blowhard, serial back-stabber, political opportunist, not to mention, Joy Cooper acolyte
from Hallandale Beach, FL! Above, the holiday banner
on the HB/Aventura border on U.S.-1, in front of
Nana's Nursery School. I snapped a photo of it in
mid-July 2009 when the hear index that afternoon
This city banner was up there for over two years
and only came down a few weeks ago in mid-February.
Jul 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier.
In the near-future I'll be posting here a lengthy essay
that I already wrote a few weeks ago examining and
exposing Hallandale Beach City Commission candidate
Alexander Lewy's serial lies and back-stabbing
ways, along with his self-evident lack of character.
I wrote an earlier version that I emailed in the
Fall that proved to be quite a hit among the
well-informed and concerned citizens I know
and interact with, as people came out of the
woodwork to express their happiness at seeing
someone else express their antipathy and
contempt for Alexander Lewy, after seeing
how close he came to actually getting elected
One thing is for certain and that is that he won't
be sneaking up on everyone like last time.
Some of you already know about that and know
that I've just been waiting for just the right time
and place for that to appear publicly, so that
prospective voters are properly warned about
someone whom I believe history has clearly
shown puts his own interests above the best
interests of the city and its residents.
That day has come and it will be Sunday, unless
something unexpected comes up.
As if I didn't already have enough 100% factual
ammunition against him, over the past several
weeks, Lewy's slimy persona has really outdone
itself by exhibiting creepy behavior of a sort that
shocked even me, which is saying something,
since I've seen his handiwork before in person,
and have heard him say things to me he completely
acted the opposite of minutes later when it suited
his ego and personal ambition.
Everyone needs to be made aware of his personal
obnoxiousness and I am happy to be the person
who tells the tale, using his own words and actions
to paint the picture.
Because I've always known that this would be
necessary, I've got photos and video to buttress
my points, too, which is a great advantage for
those of us who want someone on the HB City
Commission who is GENUINELY interested
in reform and accountability here, and in pulling
the city firmly out of its ethical, financial and
intellectual morass, so that it can sooner be
the sort of place we all think it ought to be NOW.
Not without problems, to be sure, but a far
better-run city where ideas and facts matter
more than sheer brazen cronyism, and the
longstanding end-run around ethical principles
and professional standards of conduct and
behavior that I've been an eyewitness to
will be stopped dead in their tracks, with
examples made of those who forget they
work for the people, not the other way around.
We have to take full advantage of the opportunity
we have this Fall to make the necessary changes
and we start by eliminating one current member
of Mayor Cooper's Rubber Stamp Crew.
A meeting will be held late next week towards
doing just that and getting a fourth candidate
into the City Commission race.
I'm writing you now just to give you a head's up
and to let you know that when I say you'll
hear some telling anecdotes and troubling
first-hand accounts of his creepiness -which
I already have more than a few of-
which only highlight his general small-mindedness
and over-weaning personal ambition, I mean
Before I post it here, I'll be emailing a copy that
will not only be seen by quite a lot of people in
both HB, Hollywood and beyond, including more
print/TV reporters, columnists and elected officials
than usual, I also am making sure that the
Editorial Boards of both the Herald and
Sun-Sentinel are fully apprised of his antics,
though you'll be happy to hear that according
to some people, some of the members of those
two groups are already more than aware of
Alexander Lewy's creepy and aggressively
And yes, you're correct, these are precisely the
sort of people that someone like Lewy will
instinctively -and desperately- try to con,
befriend and manipulate in order to get his way.
Me, I'm just engaging in some preliminary campaign
work by telling these very people, among others,
what Lewy is most afraid of them discovering
-the truth about him.
Defeat Alexander Lewy now and keep on
voting against him until he moves away from
the area and tries to con some other community
into trusting an untrustworthy individual with
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect.
This is particularly true in the town I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, just north of Aventura and south of Hollywood. There, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent.
Sadly for its residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with lots of potential because of its terrific location, yet its citizens have become numb to its outrages and screw-ups after years of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, they wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog that could do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable but skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.
Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change.
If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY here among Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru simple public scrutiny, or requires a degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of incompetency, cronyism or simple negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
"And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen."- Preacher Purl encouraging the underdog Hickory High basketball team before the state title game against heavily-favored South Bend Central in 1986's Hoosiershttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091217/
Ordinary people can make a difference in fight against corruption in Broward County
The next time you hear someone in Broward County, like one of the usual "experts" or pundits or maybe a self-interested lobbyist like Joy Cooper's supercilious pal Judy Stern repeat the Conventional Wisdom that nobody really cares about ethical behavior, transparency and accountability in Broward cities, except a handful of people, just keep this in mind.
As of March 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., in the 84 weeks since I first wrote my October 15th 2012 post titled, "Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHB" it's been viewed 183,914 times. That's MORE than TWO THOUSAND page views a week! Imagine that!That total doesn't even include the number of people who saw it the day it was first posted, when it was the default post of the blog. That's a lot of people who now know a lot more facts about the truth regarding the corruption and incompetency that have been commonplace in Hallandale Beach all these years while Broward State's Attorney Mike Satz and his staff did NOTHING. Just saying...
In the continuing opera still called, even by Cubans who have now lived the largest part of their lives in this country, el exilo, the exile, meetings at private homes in Miami Beach are seen to have consequences. The actions of individuals are seen to affect events directly. Revolutions and counter-revolutions are framed in the private sector, and the state security apparatus exists exclusively to be enlisted by one or another private player. That this particular political style, indigenous to the Caribbean and to Central America, has now been naturalized in the United States is one reason why, on the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved since the early New Year's morning in 1959 when Fulgencio Batista flew for the last time out of Havana a settlement of considerable interest, not exactly an American city as American cities have until recently been understood but a tropical capital: long on rumor, short on memory, overbuilt on the chimera of runaway money and referring not to New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Atlanta but to Caracas and Mexico, to Havana and to Bogota and to Paris and Madrid. Of American cities Miami has since 1959 connected only to Washington, which is the peculiarity of both places, and increasingly the warp...
"The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently neverending; the whole surrounded by interminable swamps... Here I am then in the Floridas, thought I," John James Audobon wrote to the editor of The Monthly American Journal of Geology and Natural Science during the course of an 1831 foray in the territory then still called the Floridas. The place came first, and to touch down there is to begin to understand why at least six administrations now have found South Florida so fecund a colony. I never passed through security for a flight to Miami without experiencing a certain weightlessness, the heightened wariness of having left the developed world for a more fluid atmosphere, one in which the native distrust of extreme possibilities that tended to ground the temperate United States in an obeisance to democratic institutions seemed rooted, if at all, only shallowly. At the gate for such flights the preferred language was already Spanish. Delays were explained by weather in Panama. The very names of the scheduled destinations suggested a world in which many evangelical inclinations had historically been accommodated, many yearnings toward empire indulged...
In this mood Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated...
So this is where our tax dollars go to die?
"So this is where our tax dollars go to die? My friend and fellow civic activist Csaba Kulin, perhaps wondering when we're FINALLY going to get the clean and inviting public beach that Hallandale Beach residents believe we're entitled to but have never received under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew.
Instead, we get rusty pipes in the middle of the beach and garbage cans on the beach -without lids- at the windiest place in the entire city. And a public building across the street from the beach that the public can't use for free but which city employees can -for their holiday parties." Click photo to see many more photos of the site and the original post, or http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/latest-info-photos-re-related-groups.html; 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
Corruption Isn't Unique to South Florida, It's the Level of the Stupidity That Is
"[Chicago Mayor] William Hale Thompson was defeated Tuesday after a campaign which he alone made disgraceful. The election was an ejection, a dirty job, but Chicago has washed itself and put on clean clothes. Thompson recognized the [Chicago] Tribune as his chief enemy. The Tribune was glad to earn that opinion. It certainly tried to do so. It has taken the fight to him on every occasion during the long and depraved course of his administration. It is unpleasant business to eject a skunk, but someone has to do it. For Chicago, Thompson has meant filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy and bankruptcy. He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization. In his attempt to continue this he excelled himself as a liar and defamer of character. He’s out. He is not only out, but dishonored. He is deserted by his friends. He is permanently marked by the evidences of his character and conduct. His health is impaired by his ways of life and he leaves office and goes from the city the most discredited man who ever held place in it."
-Excerpts from April 1931 Chicago Tribune editorial following Republican "Big Bill" Thompson's loss to his Democratic rival Anton Cermak. A friend of organized crime during the Al Capone era, Thompson was the last Republican elected mayor of Chicago. But less than two years later, Mayor Cermak was shot while shaking hands with President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park. He died from gunshot wounds to his lungs three weeks later.
Perhaps you'll enjoy this view more!
On the floor of Assembly Hall for tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/lv02G254zG— Tyler Smith (@sports_TYs_20) November 26, 2013