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Here’s The Scoop….Local Papers…WHY HIM?….MISSED OPPORTUNITY…AGAIN…

August 29, 2008 by Barbara

HI-RISER…8/28/08

“LBTS gears up for a new beach patrol”…Fallan Patterson..staff reporter

In what should have been an article about LBTS’ new VFD… the beach patrol…and the VFD Chief Robert Perkins…it turns out to be all about Jerry McIntee!…WHY?….

He should have done more than the rare “abstained” vote from the dais on the VFD beach patrol …included in this article…the Vice Mayor should have abstained from the article itself…and let the Chief fulfill the Chief’s proper role!…

This is why so many….do not trust the VFD and will not vote for a referendum giving them a lifetime contract….because McIntee sucks the air right out of the whole operation with his out in front antics!…

He is continuing to undermine …a fresh start for the volunteers…PITY!….

Contained in the article….

The vehicles…the costs…the manpower and….

in the article it states the VFD will go into the water to aid in drownings…this may present some problems for the Town…as it was specified that it could not be presented as a “lifeguard” service….

BCbythesea…Chief Perkins does try to clean it up with this statement…” I’ve advised my guys not to go into the water, but we’re not going to let anyone drown.”…

Also touted was the ability for residents to track the beach patrol online…on the LBTS-VFD website...http://www.lbtsfire.com/modules/content/?id=1

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…….. The Speech…The Aftermath…The Critics…

August 29, 2008 by Barbara

Dear Readers… only one negative response to the BCbythesea Obama posts…and an overwhelming amount of “hits”…and links……of those interested seeing it all….the fun…over the stage setting…the build -up to the speech….and the disturbing reports of what went on in the background…in Chicago…equally important…in this writer’s humble observations….

This writer watched the spectacular Oratory of Barack Obama…and it was all that his most ardent supporters could ask for and more….”masterful”….”soaring”…” awe inspiring”……”a symphony”…..a speech that merits all the accolades it will so deservedly receive…..for the presentation…the style….the grandeur….the hopes and the dreams…the sweeping prose….the bountiful promises…followed by the fireworks and the confetti…….the families….the waves…and the hugs….

Then you get to the content…. the responses…the critique….written not for the ear…to behold…and relate to emotionally….but for the eye to discern …to dissect…and digest….all that comes today….

Obama speech…..

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26446638/

McCain Response….to the content…..

http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2008_08_24-2008_08_30.shtml#1219993147

N Y Times….

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/29/us/politics/29assess.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Kaus ….Slate…..

http://www.slate.com/id/2198623/#invesco2

Time Magazine….a compilation of responses….

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1723442,00.html

Washington Post…. a compilation of responses……..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/08/23/DI2008082300772.html

The Conservatives…. a compilation of responses……..

http://www.conservativeoutpost.com/reactions_obama039s_speech

BCbythesea…leaves it to the readers to agree or disagree…with the critics…their responses….representing that the real beauty of our politics….our country….is the freedom to have your own opinions….to express them…..with no fear…..in doing so…..

Good Thing we have all the responses in print…on the world wide web….because….

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE SPEECH ON T V….IT’S ALL ABOUT THE V P……

A Tactical….HAT TRICK ….by the Republicans…. TOUCHE’……..

more to come…..

UPDATE…IT’S A WOMAN!….

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080829/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_mccain_veepstakes

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Local News….Update…Seagrape Drive/Washingtonia…

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

A Must Read from J P Bender…at the Sentry….

www.flsentry.com

Makes our ongoing problems with the Seagrape Drive project..pale…just a little…. in comparison…

Speaking of Seagrape…some updates…

A walk last evening shows more disturbing construction…on the sidewalks….

On Seagrape just north of Washingtonia…a utility pole…set crooked in the sidewalk with 3  supporting cables cemented smack-dab in the middle of the sidewalk ….right next to it…. pedestrians will need to walk into the grass……to avoid a rude awakening….and at night….good luck!…….

Sidewalk going south…narrows down….to approx. 3 feet if that…approaching Commercial…..

All this from the ex- Town Planner…whose name appears once again on the revised Comprehensive Plan…just received by the Commissioners…at a cost of how much?……$$$$$$$

At this writer’s residence…still no word on the retaining wall despite calls spanning over a month…and no more work being done… at a standstill for approximately the same amount of time………

more to come………..

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Here’s The Scoop…. A Follow-Up Response……..From The News……

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

Dear Readers….A faithful reader is not happy with the Obama…postings…and says I am showing where I stand…as a former resident of Illinois…I admit my view is more jaundiced than most…but…as a political observer…long interested in national politics…it is not possible to avoid the conventions… ..all in good “fun” ….the staging for this historic speech…the # 1 topic around…and making it known …. of any attempts to silence freedom of speech …whether it is from the Obama Camp.. the McCain Camp…or the MacMillan Camp…it needs to be posted…

Hope those concerned will wait to see the postings of the Republican Convention…before signing off…that is if there is one…due to Gustav?……..more to come…..

LIGHTS…CAMERA…ACTION….

YIKES…they are going to lower Lake Okeechobee …again…please…make sure they document the procedure…this is how we ended up in trouble in the first place………

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/story/661805.html

I WAS NOT ALONE….

BCbythesea…and hubby at Benihana the other night…after voting…yep …we were included in the miserably low turnout of approx. 8%….who cast their votes….Tuesday….

When asked by a fellow patron seated at our table…who this writer voted for…I admitted…on the judges…I was stumped…so I voted for the women……

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbelection0828sbaug28,0,6816068.story

HE REALLY DID…..

That patron…started talking politics…Obama…McCain….local….

He said he was an attorney…and when I asked him…after talking about the candidates for Broward judges….as stated above…if he read the blog....jaablog.com

he said he started it!….Skeptical of course….I inquired further….to learn he was no longer involved…but he assured me ….if I googled him… I would see it was so…..I did….and he really did start the blog….imagine that!

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1178787891113

JUDY…JUDY….JUDY…THE LOBBYIST….

She’s back…remember Judy Stern…much discussed …Judy Stern…in the middle of the last confrontation between the hatFutures and the McIntees……..over the gas port……..

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2008/08/lobbyist_judy_stern_wins_big_in_

tuesdays_elections.html

More to come………

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Public Notices 8/28/08

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

SunSentinel…Public Notices 8/28/08…. full text in paper

Advertisement For Bids

Town of Lauderdale-By- The- Sea

Notice of Surplus Property

Bid 08-08-01

September 8,2008

The Town of Lauderdale- By- The-Sea will be accepting sealed bids for the following vehicles:

1. 2001 Ford Explorer

2. 2001 Ford Explorer

3. 1998 Ford F150 Super Cab

Vehicles are being sold in as-is condition and are without warranty.

Arrangements for vehicle inspections can be made by contacting the Municipal Services Director Don Prince at 954-776-0576.

Sealed bids will be accepted by the Town Clerk at Town Hall until 2 pm on September 8,2008. Bids will be opened at 2 pm on September 8,2008.

BCbythesea…hears the vehicles are parked in the front of Town Hall….and the Town will be purchasing electric vehicles for Town staff to use locally…

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Here’s The Scoop….WHAT?……Where Did This Come From?….

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

WHERE DID SHE GET THIS FROM?…..

In todays Sentinel….local section….

“LAUDERDALE- BY- THE- SEA CUTS BUDGET”

by Linda Trischitta……

She reports…that cuts came from ….

Capitol Improvement projects…on hold…”including the $2.8 million underground wiring of El Mar Drive”…..

WHAT?……

BCbythesea…6/11/08…LBTS Budget meeting….

What was put on hold….$1.25 million for underground wiring on Codrington….per Comm. Dodd…(a project not recommended by the Town Manager!)……

Never any mention of El Mar Drive….or $2.8 million…….

El Mar Drive…is supposed to have the underground wiring done by each developer….as they go….

Add to that the Furth’s …who recently descended on the Master Plan Steering Committee…previous post….to make El Mar Drive the primary project for for the committee…thus thwarting the committee from further involvement in the Overlay Districts….

If the $2.8 million were on the budget…. it would have definitely been addressed at that meeting also….

Next in the article…the same claim as Judy Vik reported in the Pelican…last month…previous post…on the $4 million loan to buy the hotel for a public safety building….HMMM…….

If there really was this $4 million for this purpose…why was it not presented to the commission to decide how they wanted to use it?…….

Perhaps…. an alternative might have arisen…such as using it to begin Town Complex ….which according to the 2004 Master Plan…previous post….stated… would take 2 years to complete…..

Perhaps……. this might have been something for the residents to vote on?………

Perhaps……..a vote of the residents would have provided a bond or some other financing options to complete the complex?…….

Perhaps…if it were known that there was $4 million in an account for a building……to use along with the sale of the warehouse at the reported appraised sale price of $2 million….resulting in $6 million in funds……it could have gone towards projected $7- 10 million dollar Town Complex?………

BCbythesea…this is why …when any referendum goes out…this next year….it should include…. a referendum… requiring a vote of the residents for any Town purchase over a million dollars……..

Also in the article…it presents…what was previously posted…that non- homestead households will see a larger savings than homesteaded homeowners……

Someone in Town Hall needs to do some explaining….of who is making these decisions…and who is not!….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flblbtsbudgetsbaug28,0,2369041.story

more to come………..

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Updates…. News…..The Morning After….

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

BUYER’S REMORSE?…..

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12918.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/us/politics/28stage.html?th&emc=th

TIT FOR TAT……

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-response28-2008aug28,0,6309969.story

THIS IS WHAT WORRIES MANY….THEY SAY IT’S A “DRUM BEAT”…THEY HAVE HEARD BEFORE….BEFORE ARRIVING IN THE U.S.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/08/obama-wgn.html

more to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop….There’s More….

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

More than the temple…more than the presidential seal….AIR FORCE 1….has landed……..

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.

Obama

Change: The miniature Greek temple created for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech

Enlarge Obama

Presidential image: A full-scale replica of Air Force One fuselage arrives at Invesco Field before Mr Obama speaks

Once Obama speaks, confetti will rain down on him and fireworks will be fired from around the stadium wall.

THIS FROM…….ABC NEWS….

http://blogs.abcnews.com/liveblogging/2008/08/greek-tragedy.html

MORE…ABC News…Disturbing News….

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Conventions/story?id=5668622&page=1

DOES IT LOOK GREEK TO YOU?….HMMM………..

Barack Obama’s appearance in Denver won’t be the first convention speech framed by Greek columns.

Republicans who are mocking Obama’s appearance haven’t mentioned it, but George W. Bush accepted his own nomination in 2004 on a set with a similar neoclassical theme, with columns rising on either side of him, as the pictures above and below show.

Indeed, the Bush set and the Obama sets currently look strikingly similar, with the podium set well in front of the columns, and connected by a path.

The attachment to kitsch, particularly at political conventions, is clearly bipartisan. (There are also a couple of columns in America, as Matthew Yglesias notes.)

THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE?……..

N Y TIMES………

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/28/america/28obama.php

……L A TIMES….

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-biden28-2008aug28,0,5223324.story

More to come….

Equal opportunity….”Zingers”…next week for the Republican Convention…..Perhaps?……..

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Here’s The Scoop….And So It Begins… It’s All Greek To Me…

August 28, 2008 by Barbara

The Temple of Obama

Reuters reports that “Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.” John McCormack posts a photograph of the stage under construction here. The Political Inquirer visualizes the scene below.

worshipme.jpg

BACKSTAGE PASS…..

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/08/021339.php

“MR AXELROD TEAR DOWN THOSE COLUMNS!”….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lynn-grossman/obamas-greek-columns-uh-o_b_121878.html

more to come….

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Update….Kennedy….Parker….Republican Committee Person Results…

August 27, 2008 by Barbara

Supervisor of Elections ….Update….

766 0f 779 precincts….after resumed ballots counted….reportedly…not enough workers…to count….

Kennedy…61.02%….11,619

Parker…..38.98%…..7,421

BCbythesea…with another defeat …will Parker reconsider ….and run for LBTS Mayor…once more…in 2010?………

more to come…….

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