“Propaganda Machine?”

In case there’s anyone out there that doesn’t know the difference between a reporter and a blogger, I’m going to fill you in right now.  Reporters are supposed to be professional journalists who hopefully have a degree in journalism from an accredited college or university, and who are supposed to report the news without any bias or slant.  Bloggers, on the other hand, include any Joe or Jane Citizen with an opinion or two, and a website on which to publish them.  Reporters usually get paid for their work.  Most bloggers would probably like to get paid, but unless a blogger gets lucky and is discovered by a media outlet that’s willing to pay them for their opinions, a blogger’s paycheck consists of someone patting them on the shoulder and saying, “Great column!”  Lastly, a non-biased report of the news by a professional reporter is called an “article.”  An opinion piece, either by an editor, a columnist, a pundit, or a blogger, is simply called a “column” or a “blog.”

I hope we’re clear on the difference between fact and opinion.  Raise your hand if you’re still not sure.

Which brings me to the point of this particular column.  As you all know by now, I am a blogger.  Even though I do a lot of dirt digging, research and investigation, when I write a column, most of the time I’m giving you my opinion.  Of course, when I have facts that can be substantiated, I will give you all the details.  Then I’ll write my opinion about the dirt I dig up.  I’ll also try to entertain you while doing so. Continue reading


500 Tea Party Protesters Storm a Government Building, Take Hostages



Got your attention?

Good. Because it seems that unless a story has negative implications for the tea party no one (even Fox News) is going to make a stink about it.

On Thursday morning, over 500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (an AFL-CIO union) did something that should have been the top news story on every major news network in the country.

A union worker blocks a grain train in Longview, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) Continue reading

In Phyllis’ Chair

Yesterday I received a tip to listen to the final 45 minutes or so of last Wednesday night’s North Miami Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Special Meeting specifically to hear Councilwoman Phyllis Smith bloviate in her very special way.

As an aside, FYI, when sitting on the board of the CRA, the City Council members get to take off their council hat and become CRA Commissioners.  You might need to know this if the question ever pops up in a game of Trivial Pursuit.  I’m just saying.

On the agenda was the discussion of a piece of property for sale on NE 19th Avenue, which the sellers want to sell to the City for the purpose of building a hotel.  I’m not quite sure what the deal is, but it appears that the city will buy this land from the owners, give them CRA money to build a hotel so that they can run it.

Isn’t that special? Continue reading


What part of BROKE don’t you understand?

A new article published today online in The Miami Herald, NMB tentatively approves budget with police layoffs (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/07/2397073/nmb-tentatively-approves-budget.html), focuses strictly on the fact that the North Miami Beach police UNION decided to lay off officers instead of finding other means to cut its spending.  We keep hearing that the city is going to lay off 17 police officers, but we don’t hear about any concessions the UNION is offering in order to avoid these layoffs.  Mike Pons, UNION president, keeps insisting that the city is “hiding money.”

The article states, “Officer Harvette Smith, 41, said that the union had hired a forensic accountant, who said the budget shortfall is $237,000 and not $3.9 million as Bonner claims.”

Aside from the fact that I’d love to know how much this forensic accountant actually cost the UNION, I’d love to see the magical accounting that it took for this finance expert to come up with such a disparity. Continue reading


Community Notice

To:  North Miami Beach Community and Beyond








The family of resident Ernest Vassell is in need of assistance to pay for his funeral.

They are short approximately $ 1,000.00.

Any donation big or small is greatly appreciated.

Make checks out to: Marva Gordon

Drop off Checks to Cayard Bakery:

1699 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Continue reading


Yet another UNION tale

As fate would have it, I have another UNION story that broke while all of you were having lunch.  As reported in an article on MSNBC.com, Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, overpower guards and dump grain (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44439782/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/#),

“Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Continue reading


Channeling Jimmy Hoffa

UNIONS play by rules very different from the ones played by civilized society.  According to the unofficial playbook of UNIONS, Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, the tactics are all laid out from the start.  First establish credibility, then agitate by creating resentments and fanning hostilities, then bait the opponent into reacting.

I am not making this up.  Alinsky’s tactics are laid out by these direct quotes from his book, as follows:

“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126 Continue reading


First Reading the North Miami Beach Budget; Phyllis Un-Muzzled

Let me start out by first screaming OMFG!  Watching the first reading and vote on the City of North Miami Beach 2011/2012 Budget was yet another hair-pulling episode, which was time spent that I’ll never get back.

Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I have to tell you that we are so fortunate that the North Miami Beach Council has four intelligent members – Mayor George Vallejo and the three council members who sit to his right – Barbara Kramer, Beth Spiegel and Marlen Martel.  They are now officially referred to by me as the Council Brain Trust.  For real.  To the Mayor’s left are The Three Musketeers – Philippe Derose, Phyllis Smith and Frantz Pierre, a/k/a The Three Mental Muffins.  Sorry, but any other terminology for the Clowns to the Left of him would defy classification.  How on earth these three jackasses made it this far in life, especially Frantz Pee-Air, is a bloody miracle in and of itself. Continue reading


For a good time call 305-LEO-AFFAIRS

If you are under the mistaken impression that all police officers are professional, courteous, adult human beings, just hop on over to the website known as LEOAFFAIRS.COM (a/k/a Cops Tot Lot), and check out the forums of the North Miami Beach edition  (http://forums.leoaffairs.com/viewforum.php?f=353&sid=378223a977b3d8df8acfa8b3fcca351a).  If you scroll down to the Topics, you’ll see several different message threads so the cops can cast their pearls of wisdom to the rest of the brain trust who also participate. 

These bards make up their own topics, and let me tell you they can be oh, so creative.  For example, one topic is called “Staph Kienzle,” obviously meant to be a clever play on my name.  It would be clever if you happened to be in the seventh grade and think fart jokes are the epitome of humor…along with “that’s so funny I forgot to laugh, ha ha ha.” Continue reading

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