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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

True Grit -Paraphrasing Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn: "Them boys -Julian & Lewy- they'll think about the wrath that's about to sit down on them."


Paraphrasing Jeff Bridges as Marshall Rooster Cogburn: "Them boys -Julian & Lewy- they'll think about the wrath that's about to sit down on them."

There's just no getting around the central fact that as long as no-good varmints like Alexander Lewy and Bill Julian are in, around or near Hallandale Beach City Hall, there'll be no peace and quiet and prosperity for the put-upon citizens of this small ocean-side community.

and Lewy's love of the crony capitalism system instituted under Mayor Cooper and her pals, one that has meant nothing but one wasteful and nonsensical deal after another with taxpayer money or the CRA fund -and their friends and political supporters who have personally profited from it, like Joe Kessel- makes neither man fit to make judgments that affect the rest of their neighborhood, much less, the entire city from the dais of the HB City Commission.
Shucks, their friends wouldn't know the meaning of a 'square deal' if their lives depended upon it.

What has either Lewy or Julian said the entire year about changing that system with no real public accountability, just wink-wink, nudge-nudge among the commissioners.

The city's
CRA has actually spent about $30 million in the past three years, but WHERE is the tangible proof of that as you ride around town -on your horse!
(Seriously, loans and grants to non-residents so they can buy TV sets and place them in HB restaurants, and the programming consists largely of ads? LOL!)

That sound you hear is their silence and acquiescence.

And you'll notice that none of their supporters will publicly claim that either one of them is particularly smart, honest, conscientious or hard-working, which should tell you something, since they ought to be at least one of the four, don't you think?

Julian and Lewy both clearly lack True Grit.

Hopefully, we won't have to have a remake of
The Magnificent Seven done in order to rid our town of these two and their duplicitous cronies and compatriots.

True Grit
, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by the Coen Brothers, premiering December 25, 2010.

Song in the trailer: Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down



'True Grit' to 'Social Network': 4 Oscar Trial Balloons ... Popped
By Steve Pond
Published: October 11, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

It’s never too early in Oscar season.

Most of the real contenders have yet to hit the big screen, but that hasn't kept a spate of trial balloons and unlikely scenarios that are being entertained to swirl around town.

The big ones right now?

That "True Grit," sight unseen, is a strong candidate to win Best Picture.

That “The Social Network” could be competing as an Original Screenplay rather than an adapted one.

That Mel Gibson might be a Best Actor candidate.

That Ben Affleck’s “The Town” is a bona fide Best Picture contender.

Let’s try to figure out just how likely these are to actually happen.

Read the rest of the post at: http://www.thewrap.com/awards/column-post/oscar%E2%80%99s-days-trial-balloons-21178


True Grit trailer 1969


In 1969, I saw saw the original Henry Hathaway version, starring John Wayne, Glenn Campbell and Kim Darby at either the N.W. 27th Avenue Drive-in or the
Golden Glades East/West on N.W. 37th Avenue, both off of the Palmetto Expressway, where I saw dozens and dozens of films over the years as a kid, including most of the James Bond films starring Roger Moore, and Grease, which I saw in a convertible with count-em, two girls.

Glenn Campbell - True Grit (1969)


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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#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 now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 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. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's yet another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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