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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS Commission Meeting 10/28/08…I KNOW NOTHING……….

October 29, 2008 by Barbara

I KNOW NOTHING!….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztgYhVFSDS

“I don’t know what the Chief is talking about?”….said Town Manager Esther Colon…stating she has no access to the VFD system…no incidents report…nope….never had an incidents report…

When pressed further by Mayor Minnet …reading from past Commission meeting minutes…that Manager Colon had BSO software installed…the Manager responded…does it say Town Manager’s computer or Town Computer…then clarifying it went to the Clerk’s computer…as a matter of record…HMMM….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4XT-l-_3y0&feature=related

Anybody who has watched this present administration can pretty much tell you…this Town Manager is a hands on …micro-manager with full knowledge of all that goes to any Town computer …in any department…with any of her employees… so this “meaning of is…isn’t!….

We were led to believe during the recent transition that Manager Colon was hands on with the VFD…..with full access of all information….as she assured the residents time and time again….she was watching them….

Now with the ongoing VFD trials and tribulations…catching her off guard…undeservedly so…in this writer’s opinion….there is distance…a separation from the private VFD non- for profit corporation…..

She did call…. at Commissioner Dodd’s insistence former VFD members…. Scot Fowler and Patrick Pointu…doing in this writer’s opinion …..the minimum required to be able to assure the Commissioner she complied with his direction… walking a fine line of doing her duty and not stepping one step further than the task at hand….required of her…

She reportedly found paperwork that the resignation letter said was not in place….after searching it out…after finding it was not in her possession …..but neglected to ask the letter writer…Pointu… why he included these items…if as she found….they were indeed in order….something anyone reading such charges in such a volatile letter would want the answers to…

What are the differences in the contract…and the VFD By-Laws…and do they conflict in a manner that would still cause major concerns?….

BCbythesea hears that in the 2000 By-Laws…. all VFD applicants needed to present a full medical exam at their own expense upon joining the department for training…with a required update every 2 years…

The last By-Laws were updated in 2003 or 2004…and again this writer hears the entry medical exam was a requirement…but the 2 year required update exams were removed….HUH?…..

Also it has been revealed that one conflict among the VFD not so long ago was the need to update the By-Laws….which was ignored….WHY?….

Other questions….when this new VFD returned …were the previous members required to return with updated medical exams…just as the new recruits…and were both being done….diligently?…

When was the last time Vice Mayor McIntee and Commissioner Silverstone submitted a full medical exam?…

Also questioned…in the By-Laws ….. what positions an elected official can hold within the department….which this writer has heard contains that no elected officials can be officers…either in the chain of command or in the corporation…no matter what the Florida Ethics Commission decides….HMMM….

UPDATE…do the By-Laws contain any reference to Associate VFD members?…YIKES…

It is time …if they have not done so already for the Commissioners to request the following…the VFD-LBTS contracts …current and prior to their termination along with their By-Laws….to see if there are difference adding to all this confusion… lapses in fulfilling the requirements…and perhaps violating their own rules …

Why this was not done by the Oversight Administrator herself…bodes poorly on Town Manager Colon….as does her actions throughout this last 2 weeks and last night on the dais…..

The topper to this ongoing…head scratching debacle….came when Manager Colon was asked for the Town Manager’s Report…responding…””I have no comment at this time”….YIKES!…

BCbythesea….shades of old time behind the scenes shenanigans…in LBTS….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…Commission Meeting #2….10/28/08….The Real Deal…Hero That Is…

October 29, 2008 by Barbara

THE HERO STEPS UP TO THE PLATE…..AND THEN TO THE PODIUM…

Mark Mitchell…..Citizen….

Major in the Air Force….. http://www.clovislegion.org/

a pilot for Jet Blue….http://www.transparent.com/TLBlog/Portuguese/2008/03/the-danger-of-direct-translation.html

came to the podium last night to speak …

It was like an E.F. Hutton commercial….silence…..shock….and awe…….

This was the real hero…both for coming to the aid of the drowning victim in the ocean…and again to come to this Commission meeting to relate the truth of what occurred ……..

Major Mitchell …prefaced his account by acknowledging the bravery and courage of the VFD….BSO and the citizens…who showed their “willingness to assist a human in need”…saying to him there is “no greater good than that.”….

He said he was a citizen…”not here to play politics”….”not in the position to do that”…he wanted to “set the record straight”…”through the truth”… as he went on to tell the facts…how he alone had the lifesaving equipment…how he fought to bring the victim in…and as he got close to shore… he saw lights…off in the distance…feeling confident help was on the way…. many public safety providers “formed up on the beach”…but no response was coming in the water….he called out to call 911…hoping EMS would show up…yelling out what was needed to aid the victim……..from 30 feet away….he acknowledged the Vice Mayor coming into the water…up to his chest…but also acknowledged how incapacitated McIntee was arriving on shore…saying he was “gassed”…in need of medical attention himself……McIntee exited the water and laid out on the beach….

The dramatic account …continued with Mark Mitchell observing and calling for further help for the woman……observing condensation building up on her mask….she was not getting oxygen…it had not been turned on…then he walked over to McIntee…who was asking for a second oxygen cannister….as no VFD responded….no one was able to help the Vice Mayor….Mitchell continued to assist with McIntee…then returned to the victim…still struggling …grabbing at her mask…traumatized… water in her lungs…. he observed there were problems in the lines overlooked by the VFD as those lines were tangled up in the straps applied to her legs….

Major Mitchell put the Vice Mayor in his place when he addressed McIntee’s call to him that evening …when McIntee proudly told him they had 22 respondents to the incident..it elicited this straight forward response from Major Mitchell…without those “22 respondents having adequate training…equipment…and physical ability it is near criminal!”…OUCH!….

He emphatically told this town…”we cannot put a price tag on lives.”……”It’s time we pay the price for proper training,equipment and personnel.”….

Asked about the victim…he told all…she was expected to released today…after suffering not only a near drowning…but a mild heart attack…

BCbythesea…it seems that this very lucky lady…is going home today thanks to the real hero…Major Mark Mitchell….standing on the beach that day…and standing at the podium this evening in Jarvis Hall……

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/train-to-be-a-beach-lifeguard/3134870208

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS Commission Meeting #1…10/28/08…Move Over Comm. Dodd…

October 29, 2008 by Barbara

MOVE TO THE BACK OF UNDER THE BUS….COMM. DODD…

Last summer Vice Mayor McIntee went to Tallahassee…to deal with an ethics hearing…previously posted…warning…sarcasm here….Jerry ….watching his friend Stu Dodd’s back…threw him under the bus ….when the Ethics Commission informed him ….he definitely had a conflict of interest in his position as Chair of the CIC and being a LBTS Commissioner….(along with being Deputy Chief of the VFD)….and “good guy” that he is…he decided he was not going to feel the heat…if there was any heat… on this one alone…so he pointed out to the commission…if he was in trouble…then so was Stu Dodd the current Chair of the CIC …WOW!…

BCbythesea…read the scoop category- train wreck /How the sausage was made… category posts…for details…Stu wanted to step down as he ran for Commissioner…but many including this writer begged him not to…because of McIntee … after the election in January…and taking the oath in Feb. Comm. Stu Dodd was still Chair…but the CIC was preparing for elections of new officers…and was essentially on hiatus…thus no Chair role …except to hand over the reins…and do some housecleaning ..he then stepped down……months later …and after the above action by McIntee…Stu followed through on a long held personal belief of conflict for himself…once elected……much to the disdain of many who supported him…with the backlash from Stu’s decision…still coming from the CIC today….

Well Comm. Dodd…guess you will now have plenty of company under that bus…for Vice Mayor/Training Officer…pseudo-beach hero McIntee…threw AMR under the bus last night….in his Commissioner comments…

Where was AMR? ..They should have been at the table …to respond to the events laid out last night by the real hero …(next post)….and those who witnessed Saturday’s beach emergency…including the assertions from McIntee that it was AMR who were responsible for any mess up with the oxygen…or lack there of…and any additional post water…distress the victim endured at the scene….

Comm. Silverstone …ever the McIntee backing pal…concurred….in his Commissioner comments…NICE!…

Lieutenant Brook Liddle….needs to do some fast P.R. and set the record straight…differentiate AMR from the VFD and especially McIntee…who may have caused further distress to the victim …as he himself required medical attention from the Captain of the AMR response team Kevin Padden……the same Kevin Padden that is listed in the Sept. VFD report as a Captain in the VFD….meaning the lead EMS responder took care of the VFD Training Officer…instead of the attending to the victim or overlooking his associates in her emergency care…

We hear McIntee was “playing up” his “heroic” save of the victim at both the VFD headquarters over the weekend and at the CIC Monday night meeting…so that self -back patting display might ring a little hollow to those who were there to hear him regale in his version of the event….especially after the actual accounts were front and center at the podium last night…(next post)…

In a previous post…this writer wrote that it was not heroic for McIntee to high- tail it to the beach from wherever he was…to save the day….

He made it loud and clear in this action….he said it loud and clear in his account last night…when he said he arrived in T-shirt and shorts…radio in hand…and reportedly in his own car….to get involved in the scene… He recounted from the podium….”he was beat.”..”struggling”… “the old fire horse kicked in”……. but surely he must have been breaking a slew of regulations…arriving in a private car…improperly attired…thus saying loud and clear to all …he is the leader…he is in charge….and he does not trust his VFD….on duty…to deal with 911 calls without him….

If we are to believe that the VFD …the VFD Beach Patrol…and AMR are qualified…then why would McIntee need to pull such a stunt?….It speaks volumes to what the problem is with the VFD….it’s McIntee…

You want to give the VFD a chance…Vice Mayor….walk away…and let them regroup….to stand up and show they are ready…without you…and without the well known threats…that if you walk…you will take down the VFD in the process….from the dais…

Note to VFD members…the Vice Mayor…does not have the votes or the backing on the dais to succeed ….in his threat…

Any doubts…you have…..Vice Mayor….that they cannot rise to the challenge…then resign from the Commission…and become the VFD Fire Chief….to run the department…..from out in front….instead of doing it de-facto….as you are today….

Who will be next to be thrown under the bus….the Town Manager?…more Commissioners?…the VFD?….there’s still plenty of room….it’s a very big bus!….

more to come….

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We Made The Papers…LBTS-VFD…Raise More Questions…

October 29, 2008 by Barbara

‘Switch to volunteer fire department a hot topic in

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’

‘The VFD reported to the state fire marshal that of its 76 firefighters, 57 have firefighter II certification, or 360 hours of training. The rest, including the chief, deputy chief and three captains, have firefighter I status with 160 hours’ instruction, or are trainees. Most have not yet passed medical exams, something Perkins said will happen within the year. Some live in town and many are new fire academy graduates who train with the VFD while awaiting permanent jobs elsewhere.’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/lauderdale_by_the_sea

/sfl-flblbtsfire1029sboct29,0,4906105.story

The above paragraph seems to support one of the concerns raised by former Battalion Chief Pointu…concerning medical exams….this along with the startling account at last night’s Commission meeting….regarding VFD Training Officer/Vice Mayor McIntee needing medical assistance…and VFD trainee/fire truck driver Tom Carr now sidelined due to his own medical emergency….raise serious questions….especially that a year’s time is allowed to have fire fighter’s medical exams in order… YIKES!…

What else was allowed…or overlooked….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop….Jerry One Note…

October 28, 2008 by Barbara

“JERRY IS GOOD WHEN YOU NEED TO FIGHT A WAR, BUT NOW HE’S A LIABILITY”….former Battalion Chief Patrick Pointu…in the 10/17/08 Pelican….

The question is…..do Jerry and his Mc-CIC-Gang have enough soldiers to keep it up….with yet another war….fighting LBTS non- gang members on two fronts?…

It is said the battle cry went out last night at the CIC meeting at their Palm Ave. clubhouse….

They are gearing up…for the umpteenth time…”David VS Goliath”….David and Goliath

to revise LBTS voter history…and claim 33 feet for height limits town-wide….along with no oversight committee for the VFD!….

Familiar tactics…are being enlisted….for die-hard MC-CIC members to come to the Jarvis Hall podium…and exclaim…33 feet…no VFD oversight…en mass….just how en mass the mass will be …remains to be seen….or heard ….

Are there enough new recruits…who are early in the cycle of compliance….(speaking as one who’s been there…done that)….buying the” us against them” pronouncements….of “them”…the “evil ones”… wanting to do harm to the VFD and the Town?….HMMMM….

The height limit win in 2oo6…was for 44 feet…3 over 1….and was definitely no mandate…unlike term limits…which leads this writer to surmise….a big loss for the Mc-Faction …to ignore the previous voters and to ask to further tie the hands of all buyers …developers and non-developers from purchasing and building in LBTS…..in fact this go round…it is likely that a referendum….could conceivably contain revisiting the 15 stories abolished in the north end…per an organized petition drive from north end residents…overturning it in the process…YIKES!…

(full disclosure…many including this writer went for the 44 ft. height in the north end…for Jerry and Moe…and will most certainly be voting differently…should the opportunity arise)…

Vice P & Z Chair Crisite Furth….who is leading the 33 ft. cause with her husband Marc..(who many say is “interpreting” the Charter ….disregarding the words included in it…….to accommodate their personal choice of throwing out the voter’s will)….made the suggestion that those who purchase properties on the beach…should forgo the 1st floor parking by digging out underground parking…thus making it virtually impossible for anyone to afford it…

The Abacoa report…previously posted….presented the fact….that keeping the heights at 44 feet or lower will discourage hotel…hospitality establishments from being built…ensuring more town homes…and a residential…bedroom community…the opposite of what the Furths and their pals are wanting for El Mar Drive…

It also said that 5 stories on Commercial…west of A1A…would be more in scale with the width of Commercial Blvd….even with the eventual demise of Beach Hardware…and the strip stores….with a move to rebuild closer to Commercial…opening up the “hidden gem” of the Basin Drive area…that would maximize the return to a downtown…producing a lucrative and unique seaside village area…leading to the revitalization of the seedy underbelly that is “the seediest small town” area…the “no mans land”…between the tourist attracting beach front area and the growing Silver Shores family neighborhoods…we were told we needed the increase in recreational funding for…

The same Urban Planner that Ms Furth is begging to return to speak to the MPSC will undoubtedly be in favor of much that has already come in prior reports to the Town…from Abacoa and the 2004 Master Plan…both found reprehensible by Ms Furth…and now the Mc-Gang….so if Ms Plater-Zyberk is so kind to come for a return visit to LBTS….what she has to offer will not be welcomed…from this narrow-minded Mc-Group….which is too bad…for her and the residents of this town….

The “movement” to 33 feet has been in the works…even before the election was won in January…..beginning with the knee-jerk repeal of the Overlay Districts…and the delays to give the boards direction….slowing down any process ….

It has been seen from the podium with preempted strikes from the Vice Mayor and the P & Z Vice Chair….with another stab at the “consequences” of going over 33 feet from the Vice Mayor as he addressed members of both P & Z and MPSC at the last MPSC meeting on the 21st… …leading up to last night’s…same old tired chest beating theatrics of “David” and the 33 feet….height limits….

Not done chest beating yet….McIntee and Mc-Gang…went to the immediate battle at hand…”there will be no oversight committee for the VFD”…and anyone who suggests such a committee is “going after the VFD”…”out to destroy the VFD”….and will be stopped at all cost…”scorched earth”…

Why fight so hard….why not be receptive…when both the 2 “hats”…VFD /Commission members…exclaim…”our books are open”….something must be going on…for Jerry is “deflecting” again…as he does anytime the heat is too close and he is the thick of it….lash out and deflect…to Stuart Dodd…to the Mayor…to the Futures …to this writer…this site ….a ploy to buy him time…rile up his minions…and leave him to fight another day….AHHH….WAR….http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1219719/apocalypse_now/

Public information requests are being ignored by the VFD from this writer…since mid-September…and from the Editor of the Futures since October 6th….not quite the “open book” policy coming from this 2 “hats” de-facto VFD leadership?….

BCbythesea…hears Mark Brown is prepared to go to the Florida Attorney General…with the complaint of ignoring public information requirements……all the more reason for residents not to fall for the McIntee deflection…..but to follow what this bunch themselves would be demanding…of the former BSO fire provider….full and transparent information…

Case in point…when BSO was involved with an altercation 2 years back at the Easter Egg Hunt….with then-Commissioner McIntee and this year with Commissioner Silverstone and the BSO alleged assault…….a full inquiry was insisted on by both men…including taped interviews…of all involved…and it was done…by BSO…

When you have a letter such as the resignation letter ….the fallout….and the lack of a proper…thorough inquiry by the Town Manager….the reports of a questionable a fire call and follow-up response at the Cristelle ….and the now infamous McIntee water rescue over the weekend at the beach….spreading around town in 3 version……in less than a month of beginning their contract….the only screams there should be….are screams of oversight NOW!….

BCbythesea…the McIntee rescue…hearsay…3 versions…

1. McIntee ran into the water…to save a victim…was so out of breath he needed assistance…previously posted…

2 McIntee was at home…with his radio beside him…heard the call…and high tailed it to the beach…rushing by the BSO to save a victim in the water…hurting his back…needing oxygen…

3. McIntee was not at the beach…heard the call…pursued the 911 call …went in the water to rescue the victim…was out of breath …..he required medical attention….

None of the above scenarios are heroic…and none of the above scenarios are in accordance with what the VFD Fire Chief Perkins stated to the Commission would be the role of the beach patrol …especially when Comm. Dodd insisted that if they were to be a water rescue service…they should be lifeguard trained….HMMM…..

What kind of liability is it for the VFD and the Town when Vice Mayor/VFD Training Officer McIntee ….comes running to the beach from elsewhere in town to do a water save?…

Look “war” is tiring…and no one that is not bi-polar lives in a constant state of requiring the effects of a full- on frontal attack…the adrenalin rush….required in battle….especially when it comes to the issues of properly governing and protecting a town…

In conclusion….for those of us…who are at odds with the Mc-Gang…it comes down to this…it’s really rather simple…especially for this writer….

I am not after Jerry McIntee….I am after the Vice Mayor…because I disagree with him in that capacity…whether he is Vice Mayor McIntee or Vice Mayor Clark or Vice Mayor Kennedy…

I am not after Esther Colon…I am after the Town Manager…because I disagree with her in that capacity …whether she is Town Manager Colon or Town Manager Bob Baldwin…

I am not after the VFD….I am after the LBTS fire safety provider….because I am concerned with them in that capacity…….whether it is the VFD or the BSO….

That is the difference…the rules still apply…the majority may be different…the administration may be different…the provider may be different…but the accountability…remains the same….

WAR…HUH…….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8C4AIFgUg

more to come…….

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Sea Ranch Club

October 28, 2008 by Barbara

WE MADE THE LEAP…

Finally after many months…a decision was made unanimously by the SRC Board yesterday at a special meeting in the Ocean Room at 1 pm…attended by a handful of residents…

Parting ways with AON was something many residents have wanted for a while now…especially after a few board members took it upon themselves to look for alternatives…

But it was a couple of our managers that brought us into contact with our new agency…Smith Watson Parker…(see SRC category for posts on SWP) and for that …we should make sure they are acknowledged and appreciated….Jane the Manager of building A told us first of this most insistent agent…and what he had to offer….as she gave us the heads up for his first visit many months ago….and Lorenzo …back then the manager of building C who carried the ball to the board members of building C for a touchdown…after a brief fumble in-between ….when AON…came back and those who seemed loyal to our longtime agent ..appeared unwilling to part ways….that is until we were hit with the news that we would not be eligible to move out of Citizens as expected due to not replacing the 200 catwalk exit doors in buildings A & C…OUCH!….along with some board members and managers having difficulties with the new agent from AON newly assigned to represent us as our longtime Rep. moved up the corporate ladder…HMMMM…

A few questions were asked about Citizens VS QBE …. the state of Citizens….their financial viability amid all the recent news reports..and the account from one board member that AON sent all of the board members an e-mail warning of the problem of staying with Citizens…as we switch agencies…

John Nordinger…the Smith Watson Parker agent explained…we have no choice but to stay in Citizens due to the above situation…( building B will move into QBE for windstorm ASAP)…but that as of tomorrow…we should have new Citizens coverage that will save us over $200 thousand dollars…along with a 5% deductible VS the current 10% and additional savings for “all other winds” coverage of lowering the deductible from $8 million to $3 thousand…along with general liability savings from AAA rated…admitted carrier Chubb of $80 thousand…

He explained Citizens and QBE…and why we would want to move from one to the other…it has to do with assessments…that come from all Citizens customers in the case of a large storm payout…which would be 45% of our premium…for anything that happens within the state of Florida….being in QBE takes that assessment out of the equation….due to a deal QBE has with the state …an exemption due to QBE doing so much business in Florida….

This writer asked about QBE and their history of paying claims…in the last large storm…after reading articles of court cases against them….

John replied they paid out their claims well…and that behind the headlines…the court cases and mock trials…ended in settlements in QBE ‘s favor…due to over-inflated claims…that were knocked down to the actual amount the claimants were due…

A rated QBE paid out $250 million in claims…has $750 million in assets…has tightened its guidelines and standards…thus having less customers…..

The board made some call to neighboring condos…and were happy to report the response was positive for both the new insurance company and our new agent….

The vote was taken…and we are now with Smith Watson Parker Insurance with John Nordinger as our SRC agent….

for more info check with your board members…or managers…

On a lighter note…after hearing that the new policy would be on the desk at Citizens on Wed. and would be stamped assuring our contract…..this writer asked John if he also did cable TV…referring to the still MIA Comcast contract….for SRC….a laugh came from all….

more to come

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Here’s The Scoop…Local Pensions ……Not To Worry…

October 28, 2008 by Barbara

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

Search: Employee pensions offered by local

governments in Broward County

Local Government Type of pension plan/Status in 2007 Type of pension plan/Status in 2000
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Participates in the Florida Retirement System, which has enough money to cover its obligations. Participated in the Florida Retirement System.
‘Nine other municipalities and Broward County

Coconut Creek, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, North Lauderdale, Pembroke Park, Weston, West Park

Offer individual investment accounts or participate in the well-funded Florida Retirement System.

The individual accounts are similar to a 401(k), and the payout is affected by investment gains or losses.

The state system provides employees with a choice between a guaranteed monthly pension or an individual investment account.’

BCbythesea…looks like the Manager was on top of things for pensions…although this writer is still awaiting the answers for the “pool” payment penalties incurred….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…A History Lesson…CIC…Accomplishments…

October 28, 2008 by Barbara

THE HISTORY OF THE CIC……..

‘On a brighter note, our own members have initiated and worked successfully to pass the following:

* The 1998 Height Limit Charter Referendum (3 stories over 1st floor parking).’
‘Along with the 2004 LBTS Voters-Rights Amendment, one of the new ‘CIC’s greatest accomplish-

ments was the introduction by petition – and the passage, despite fierce campaigns by developers and pro-development commissioners, of a townwide 44 ft. height limit in 2006. This charter amendment will prevent our barrier island from overdevelopment, limit further congestion along A1A, and preserve the Town’s low-rise image. The amendment also includes a provision that takes residential rezoning out of the hands of the Commission and requires referendum votes on any rezoning whatsoever in residential areas.’
BCbythesea…question is how fast will this too be deleted from the defunct CIC website?….
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Here’s The Scoop….Hiding Behind The Slap…Yeah It’s Them…

October 27, 2008 by Barbara

OH YES THEY DID…

Thanks to the many…who have called and e-mailed…who are disgusted by the well-known usual Mc-suspects….initiating and “hiding” behind the “Slap”bc ….site…

Guess this writer and this site must be doing something right…pushing their buttons…asking questions they do not want to answer and letting all …well not all …(some still remain)…the skeletons …out from the behind the scene barrage of bullying…that have been experienced by so many….SO MANY…….that the truth of what has been posted cannot be denied… it is ongoing…it is after all….their M O….pun intended….

I went to it…( won’t return…just as with the Topix blog)….to see what all the links were …to mine…( thanks for the new readers…reading the Sausage series)….as expected…. it really is the Topix blog…more lashing out…more “scorched earth”…as expected….

Let’s see now….if the Sentinel or a past elected official will follow through with requests for e-mails from the Vice Mayor…and Comm. Silverstone that are public record to prove or disprove their input into both the Topix blog and this new site that contains such a threatening …abusive web name to a constituent…

This is how I see it…they could have started a site…used their own names…and written their opinions…oppose my opinions..from out in front…in the sunshine…to be held accountable for having their say…earning some respect for being honest…not hiding behind the dirt…

Again…I will continue to write and let the readers decide …what they believe and where they want to spend their time on the web….

I still see a small…floundering group of power-hungry people who were successful in hoodwinking this writer and the ever increasing contingency of LBTS voters who see what a mistake it was to follow the Mc-Gang….awaiting 2010…

To those who have brought up a recall….a McIntee recall….I cannot go along…just remember he can’t win in the north…and can’t win in a run for Mayor…that is a given…and he knows it….just wait…and keep informed…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…The Problem With Chameleons…

October 27, 2008 by Barbara

TELL ME WHAT YOU REALLY THINK…in 2001

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

ARE PEOPLE LYING? in 2008….

I watch the television…read the papers and hear the pundits…say…it’s a landslide…but in day to day…conversations…it’s not a done deal….so say the little people…

Seems there’s a lot of lying going on…to those same PC spreaders of the “Plan” that it is time for a “change”…

These are the same people on the local level….who are up in arms about a possible 1% tourist tax…who will step to the podium next month to express outrage over Waste Management and the “hit” they take as a small business….

The same group disgusted when the new majority came to the LBTS dais in February…and “awarded” they say incredulously… themselves with insurance…cell phones and talk of raises in the future…

In talking to store owners who came here from countries who already have lived through the Obama “system” of fairness in place ….and exult the countless reasons how that was why they fled to come here…

Children…adult children of parents who lost everything in Cuba…and Iraq……observing a sadness….a fear they have not seen in their folk’s present life…only in the past when they reflected on what came to be when their homelands faced their “change”…their “fairness”…

Jewish acquaintances who feel as Democrats…they need to “play” a familiar…uncomfortable …game of saying they are going for him…but nod in agreement…that behind the curtain…they just cannot…be a Democrat this time…

Why the uncertainty on an individual level….in this writer’s opinion…Obama is a chameleon….he takes on whatever will “work” publicly…… takes it as his own….for a while…

Looking back at his “journey”… who was influential…along the way…what he would do do succeed…as a Chicago politician…. what he has been given a pass on….educational background writings…and what he allowed those beside him to do…to impose silence….on the questioners…with legal threats…subtle and not so subtle…startling…

The true politicos…say…that in a major election…both candidates move from their own ideology to accommodate the backers…and pull in the masses…to get the votes…only to return to their platform….once the race is over….so where will they return to….left or right…or center?…

In this vein…….Obama will move left…far left…and McCain will come back to the middle…the bi-partisan middle…both with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress…

McCain…is no Bush…and Bush could have helped him tremendously by saying what a thorn in his side he has been over 2 terms……cutting him loose……a missed opportunity early on….

Candidate McCain missed another big opportunity to say no to the bail out…as most wanted someone… to buck the system on this one…which is his usual style…to be the maverick…. saying not so fast….

At least he owned up to his decision….he said this time ….he had to do what was needed…and this was required for this crisis ….a crisis McCain tried to avert a few years back…to no avail courtesy of the Obama backers…the Obama advisers…. feigning ignorance of their involvement….

Of note…all the mortgage buying talk by McCain has been another independent move…an un-Republican offer…but after listening to a news report last night that the first part of the bail- out may never even be seen by those looking for credit…with the institutions seeing no credit “worthy” applicants….thus…saving their own necks first…thus …making McCain’s insistence it go to homeowners…maybe he knew what we did not…. weeks ago….

When venturing out into the political campaign world on the local level last year…here in LBTS…I saw first hand …”How the sausage was made”…and who comes up with what strategy behind the scenes…the maneuvering that goes on to get the votes…no matter how obscene or ridiculous…the badgering of the candidates themselves…to succeed …it ain’t pretty…so on a national level…YIKES!…

The concern…over this election is real….the results will be messy….the lawyers will be en mass….the divide will widen….and the utter disbelief will be ugly after the fall-out of whomever wins…

If it is Obama… it be the fall-out of the Dems “stealing” the election…with Acorn…questionable below the radar internet contributions… In place as we speak…. lawyers…. a multitude of lawyers….this time not walking away…until every vote is looked at….If the pundits have called it right…and it is a big win….the Democrats will take this as a mandate from the people…to over- haul the system …in ways we have never seen before…with those who oppose these changes figuring out how to deal with the new imposed regulations…to save what is theirs…through their own hard work…

A McCain…win…will bring outrage……the loudest shouts of all…acknowledging a 3-fer …Gore…Kerry…and now an Obama….loss…..only to find….the responders…the citizens…who answered the polls were lying once again…leaving many pollster and pundits…heading for the unemployment lines…themselves…

That’s the problem with chameleons…..whether politician or voter….it’s always hard to see….

more to come….

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