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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shining a light on a sanctimoni​ous -and anonymous- Hollywood blog that seems to exist for the sake of making excuses for taking MORE taxpayers' money

Above, Hollywood City Hall, looking west from the half-circle in front of the Hollywood branch of the Broward County library. June 2, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


Shining a light on a sanctimoni​ous -and anonymous- Hollywood blog that seems to exist for the sake of making excuses for taking MORE taxpayers' money and giving it to city employees.


First, they've rather amusingly decided to call the blog "City of Hollywood Whistle Blower."
That's ironic for many reasons, not the least of which is that they're nothing of the sort.
They're simply an anonymous vehicle that's busy carrying someone else's water.
No more.
But if you pay attention, they won't 'cop' to it.

Seriously, calling yourself a 'whistle blower' doesn't make you one any more than calling yourself a 'Texan' the day you arrive there does.
Being a real 'whistle blower' is something you have to earn, and sometimes, that means taking your lumps, dealing with adversity and unjust criticism and 'suffering the slings and arrows' of outrageous fortune from people with some power in a position to dish it out.

But the power that a real 'whistle blower' has is their facility with and knowledge of the facts, like I do here in Hallandale Beach, even as Mayor Cooper laughably persists in thinking that she can keep the facts at bay by openly decrying blogs and websites during HB City Commission meetings.

The so-called 'Whistle Blower' blog in Hollywood does NOT have the facts on its side, the losing side, so it engages in personal attacks.

In fact, the person or parties behind that mis-named blog are so grossly unimaginative and LAZY that they have actually stolen a photo that I took of Hollywood City Hall over three years ago, one that I've used many times on my own blog -and the first photo of Hollywood City Hall that appears at Google Images; second one is mine also- without EVER contacting me to ask if they could use it.
And not just using it, but actually placing it at the top of their own blog with nary any embarrassment.
Yes, the very same photo at the top of this post.

Here's what my photo looks like atop their blog.

Now that's really galling -and telling of the sort of characters you're dealing with.
For all their pomposity, verbosity and bombast -really, Founding Fathers' quotes that we've all heard a million times before?- they can't even be bothered to get off their lazy asses and get over to Hollywood City Hall to take even one original photo themselves?
Yes, correct.

It's sort of like the in-plain-sight situation a few months ago that I never mentioned here on the blog where the Broward Bulldog 'borrowed' photos of mine without ever contacting me.
As if their grants from journalism groups and philanthropies was some sort of defense, or a barrier to my complaining about their stealing.
Or mentioning it to a lot of South Florida TV and print reporters.
(Nope, they found out all right.)

So, whom do I complain to about the "Curious Case of the Pilfering Whistle Blower" who offered this very strange and obnoxious take today on the election results.
http://cohblwr.blogspot.com/2011/09/republic-mr-bober.html#comments
I guess the Court of Public Opinion, eh?

But now YOU know.


Additionally, those of you who took the time to actually read the email/blog post that I sent Monday about Tuesday's referendum in Hollywood, contrasting that new blog -which started last month- with the much-respected Balance Sheet Blog,
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/on-eve-of-hollywoods-referendum-on-city.html
and who actually read the latter's post about the vote may have noticed the name Brian Joynt appearing several times as a reader commenting on the passing scene.
http://balancesheetblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/pension-referendum-sept-13/#comments

In case the name sounds familiar to some of you, it should, and not in a positive way:
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2007-03-22/news/bad-cop-bad-cop/
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2005-06-30/news/hollywood-s-finest/

Saying something over-and-over again doesn't make it true, as Mayor Cooper continues to demonstrate to a fair-thee-well in her own nonsensical pronouncements here in Hallandale Beach, and that's equally true with the results of the Tuesday vote and the comments at the so-called 'Whistle Blower' blog.

There's one over-riding fact: a majority of the Hollywood residents actually voting chose to support the City of Hollywood's P.O.V.

Now, for better or worse, we'll all see what the logical consequences of that decision will be, and whether the Hollywood City Commission -as presently constituted- is capable of exercising the sort of sound financial judgment in the future that it's so often lacked in the recent past.

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