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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Re those mean-spirited, untrue rumors that Joy Cooper & her feckless crew are spreading around. What did you expect? Cooper's an egotistical scorpion
Oft-told riddle in Hallandale Beach:
What are the first five words Joy Cooper says every morning?
"Mirror, mirror on the wall..."
A number of weeks ago I sent out an email to some concerned and well-informed folks throughout South Florida about the Hallandale Beach City Commission race on November 2nd.
I opined that with no second pro-reform candidate in the race, just pro-reform Comm. Keith London vs. Comm. William "Bill" Julian -the devil you know- and Alexander Lewy -the devil you don't know, but definitely don't like- this election might well be one where the only thing everyone I knew was in agreement on was the great disappointment that there wouldn't be a second voice for public accountability on the five-member panel.
Well, that, of course, plus the question about the degree of sheer lunacy of the inevitable rumors that Mayor Cooper and her grab-bag of cronies and supplicants would start spreading in the last few weeks before the election to try to publicly discredit Comm. London, so that she can get her groomed back-stabbing protege Lewy on the Commission to help do her bidding.
Well, for the record, it's officially already started, as I was somewhat late to discover this past weekend what sort of creepy BS the mayor and her pals have been peddling.
I'm not going to stoop to her subterranean level and repeat them here, but even for such a despicable woman, they are particularly twisted.
If you want to know what they are, drop me a line.
You know what isn't rumors, though?
Those waves of first-hand stories I have heard over the past year from so many Hallandale Beach residents I didn't already know.
People, who, quite literally, walked-up to me, looked around to see if anyone was looking, introduced themselves and told me a story about Joy Cooper & Co. that left me dumb-founded, appalled and a little shell-shocked at the sheer volume and specificity.
Based on what I've been told by folks who are not involved in anything having to do with HB City Hall, people who are by their own words "just minding their own business," Joy Cooper and her family and friends have really sown the seeds of their own destruction with their over-the-top bellicose words, sordid accusations and personal threats.
All of which are going to come out in time, one way or the other.
I particularly like the threats uttered by the Coopers made a few years ago at the offices of the South Florida Sun-Times, the mayor's current personal lapdog, which never fails to praise her every word and deed, no matter how ridiculous, self-serving or myopic.
The oft-told story is that she and her husband threatened the management financially -and otherwise- unless they pulled every single copy of the faux newspaper that had already been distributed and placed in vending machines and dropped-off at the usual spots- and never mentioned the subject again.
It seems that the FREE faux advertorial had actually deigned to print something that so upset her, that she wouldn't take no for an answer.
And this being Hallandale Beach, the Sun-Times folks, hip to who was calling the tunes, promptly capitulated, and did as they were told, including making certain moves not worth getting into here now, but equally absurd.
And that's why seldom is heard a discouraging word...
I will have much, much more coming soon on Julian, Lewy and his mentor, Cooper, along with some news and info on the Sun-Times you probably never knew before.
As someone joked to me the other day over breakfast: "Alex Lewy for 'Cooper Commission Puppet.'
But in ventriloquism, isn't the person who only pretends to speak actually called a "dummy," not a 'puppet'?
Semantics I know, but you get the basic point of the barb.
Everyone who has been paying attention to what has been going on in this city and hereabout knows exactly what Lewy's role would be if elected: roll-over, fetch, vote.
Fair warning: To the Hallandale Beach city employee with the City of Hallandale Beach vehicle seen driving around town with the Alexander Lewy campaign posters inside.
I haven't seen you myself, but several very reputable people I know and trust say they saw exactly what you did.
And they also know that there weren't Lewy campaign posters on that site a minute ago.
Until you drove-up.
If I see you do that, I'm taking your photo and one of the car and the posters and I'm posting it for all the world to see.
Not that the world outside of HB cares, of course, but you have been formally issued a caution.
#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016
Last night at #election2016 #party in #hollywood #city. Congratulations #joshlevy #newmayor #hollywoodcity. Privileged to be with the #sunsentinel #sunsentinelnewspaper #photographer #makeamericagreatagain #neverforget #anighttoremember #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #blessed #yourphotographer #miamiphotography #photography #proudtobeamerican ����
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Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.
Today is the day. Today is a celebration. Today is my day. Today, I hiked, I photographed, and I explored. Today I choose to love. Today I'm happy. Today I'm blessed. Today is my birthday. Today is a special day for you and me. #birthdaygirl #birthday #birthdaymonth #brazil #braziltrip #rio #theview #livingthelife #lifeisgood #morro #rio #praia #travel #miami #miamigirl #luckygirl #loveisintheair #justdoit #artist #photographer #photography #taiwan #beautiful #vacation #viajar #instagood #smile #dreambig #wishes #true
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