Sunday, May 29, 2016

Here's a video of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine sounding a lot like Donald Trump

Here's Donald Trump talking last February about how he'd like to sue the "failing" New York Times when they print "hit" pieces about him.

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win... I'm going to open up our libel
laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles,
we can sue them and win lots of money." –Donald Trump, Feb. 26, 2016.

And here's Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at a May 18 commission meeting - sounding a lot like Trump - talking (dishonestly) about how the Miami Herald made up a story about an escaped Miami Beach police dog "running amok.". Because, according to Levine, stories about police dogs "running amok" help newspapers sell ads.

Then, the mayor, like Trump, talks about how he'd like to take legal action against the Herald next time they print something he doesn't agree with. In this case he's talking about a Miami Herald story that reported Miami Beach was pumping human waste into Biscayne Bay.

"We lost a police dog about a week ago, 10 days ago, he escaped...ran
away from his trainer. You would have thought that somehow every police
dog in the entire city had run amok and was biting everybody. And the Herald covered it....and everyone covered it. And they covered it because it was Miami Beach." –Mayor Philip Levine, May 18, 2016.


What Levine conveniently left out of his rant was that not one media outlet in town - not one - ever reported, or implied, that police dogs were running amok in the city. What the Herald did report, along with Miami's TV stations, was that Miami Beach Police had asked the media's help in getting the word out to the public about the lost dog.The police never said the dog was vicious, and the media never reported it that way.

You would know this if you spent more time talking to your police chief, Mr. Mayor, and less time shilling for Hillary on the cable news channels.

But Mayor Levine would rather make up stuff....because when you come right down to it, he's not all that different from that blowhard with the bad hair.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Miami Beach City Attorney Raul Aguila may - or may not - know something about the law....

Raul Aguila

....but he definitely has no idea where the Miami Herald's offices are located.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine directed City attorney Raul Aguila "to respond to the Miami Herald’s misleading and damaging May 16th article regarding king tides and [the city's] flood mitigation system."

And respond he did, with a six-page letter that ends with Aguila requesting a meeting with the Herald and demanding a retraction of the May 16 article.

So while Mayor Levine and Raul Aguila are questioning the truthfulness of the Herald article, I'm having a little trouble believing anything in the letter given the fact it's addressed to the Herald's Pembroke Pines office that closed down at least a year ago.

And even when it was open, the Herald's executive editor never worked there.

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And what does Mayor Levine have to say about all of this? We'll ask him as soon as he gets back from Japan where he's learning how to make sushi.

Sushi, anyone?
(All travel expenses paid personally by Mayor Philip Levine. Batteries
sold separately. Void where prohibited by law. Please use stairs in case of fire.)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

30 years ago Katie Couric went along with Metro Police as they raided a crack house

Thirty years ago WTVJ's Katie Couric accompanied a Metro Police SWAT team as they raided a crack house at 1621 NW 69th Terrace.

Thirty years later, not much has changed in the neighborhood.

1621 NW 69th Terrace in 2014.
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1621 NW 69th Terrace in 2015.

Jimmy Fallon & Adam Sandler sang a song for the troops and it was great

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Miami Herald sent Fabiola Santiago to Jacksonville to listen to some right-wing radio shows

Earlier this year the bosses at the Miami Herald made a decision to eliminate a column written by long-time freelance food writer Linda Cicero. The savings? $100 per column.

Exactly one year ago, the paper decided it could no longer afford the services of veteran outdoors writer Sue Cocking.

And in an effort to cut even more costs, the Herald recently offered buyouts to a handful of staffers, including photographer Walt Michot, and also photo editor Roman Lyskowski who joined the paper in 1988.

But for for some unknown reason, the Herald continues to pay a bloated salary to Fabiola Santiago, the paper's most fraudulent columnist.

To borrow a phrase from New York Times columnist David Brooks, "Santiago doesn’t know what she doesn’t know and she’s uninterested in finding out."

A little more than a week ago, filmmaker Alfred Spellman caught Santiago re-writing history.

In a column that discussed whether or not Cuban-American voters might punish Hillary Clinton over her husband's role - and that of his Attorney General, Janet Reno - in the April 2000 raid that reunited Elian Gonzalez with his father, Santiago dishonestly wrote: "The violent seizure was too much and carried out without exhausting other avenues — an affront to the freedom-loving, loyal Cuban-American community." 

Santiago apparently never bothered to check the Pulitzer Prize winning reporting of her colleagues before writing that sentence. 

The official line at the Herald is that all of Santiago's columns are looked at by an editor, but one Herald insider tells me that "if she wrote a column in Swahili, it would probably make it into the paper, untouched."

And just today, the Herald printed one of Santiago's more fraudulent and intellectually dishonest columns, ever.

The Herald, the paper that can't afford to pay a $100 freelance fee, apparently ponied up the money to send Santiago up to Jacksonville to listen to conservative talk radio hosts. 
JACKSONVILLE - Drive into Florida’s most conservative city – and hear an alternative reality emerge from the airwaves.

Radio show host Sean Hannity is discussing with callers the presidential election, but if it weren’t for the name Donald Trump, whose questionable conservatism is being swept under the rug as Republicans are urged to support him, you’d think it was the 1990s.
This is only one talk show on a Wednesday afternoon. Northeast Florida is also pounded daily with different approaches to the same narrative by Herman Cain and Rush Limbaugh. Besides the election, the topic of obsession at the moment is transgender bathrooms.

In making her case that conservative Jacksonville listens to conservative talk radio, Santiago conveniently omits the fact that the very same nationally syndicated shows can be heard on Miami radio station WIOD...or on the Internet.

In a post on, blogger A.G. Gancarski writes:
To read Santiago, you would think that as soon as you cross over the Duval County line, we all get Hannitized.

It’s a cheap, facile reference to sum up a place about which she clearly knows nothing.

With the word "facile," Gancarski succinctly describes everything Santiago has ever written for the Herald.

Gancarski concludes: "There’s no sense of place in [Santiago's] column. She writes it like someone passing through, with no depth, and no perspective, beyond that gleaned from a frolic through Google News. The Miami Herald should be able to do better."

Yes, A.G., the Miami Herald should be able to "do better."

But the "leadership" at the paper - from the publisher on down - is a gutless, morally bankrupt lot.

And that's too bad. Because there are dozens of hard working people who still care deeply about the work they do.

But by printing Santiago's garbage twice a week, the Herald bosses not only cheapen their product, they disrespect those at the paper who are doing great work and who bust their asses every day to produce quality journalism.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rashid Derissant, a member of Brooklyn's GS9 gang who participated in a drive-by shooting on Ocean Drive in October 2014, has been sentenced to 98 years in prison

Rashid Derissant in court. 

Via the New York Daily News:
A judge doled out a whopping 98 1/3-year prison sentence Tuesday to a Brooklyn gangbanger with ties to rapper Bobby Shmurda.

Rashid Derissant, 24, a member of GS9, was slapped with the almost century-long sentence, a tally of consecutive prison terms on gang-related charges including conspiracy, murder, attempted murder and assault.
Derissant, and co-defendant Alex Crandon, were found guilty of murder and attempted murder last April 15.

According to prosecutors, both Derissant and Crandon took part in the October 2014 drive-by shooting on Ocean Drive.

Read more at Miami New Times: Bobby Shmurda Associate Gets 98 Years in Prison After Ocean Drive Shooting


From the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York:
For Immediate Release April 15, 2016

Two Members of Violent Street Gang GS9 Convicted of Murder and Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Other Crimes
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a jury has convicted RASHID DERISSANT and ALEX CRANDON for the February 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member in Brooklyn, and numerous acts of violence in New York City and Miami Beach. The conspiracy began with crack dealing in Brooklyn, spanned nearly two years, and was connected to the Crip gang known as “GS9.”

After an eight week long trial and four days of deliberation, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury found DERISSANT, 24 and CRANDON, 22, guilty on charges of Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, multiple counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Abraham L. Clott presided over the trial and scheduled sentencing for May 17, 2016.

“As indicated by their verdict, the jurors in this trial heard evidence describing a cold blooded murder, wild gunplay and a terrifying disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders as the defendants tried to violently settle scores with rivals in New York City and beyond,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. “When Rashid Derissant and Alex Crandon were armed, theirs was a neighborhood under siege. When they traveled to Miami Beach, they spread terror as they fired randomly at a nightclub. They took their New York City based grievances and rivalries to Miami, assuming that they could act with impunity there, claiming they were merely members of a music group. Their convictions on these crimes make our city a safer place.”

As proven at trial, DERISSANT, aka “Rasha” aka “Jordan 23,” and CRANDON, aka “A-Rod,” were members of “GS9” or “G Stone Crips,” a street crew based in East Flatbush Brooklyn, and conspired to engage in a pattern of gang-related violence between January 2013 and October 2014. Much of the violence detailed at trial stemmed from an ongoing dispute with members of the rival gang “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted” or “BMW.” The gang sold narcotics to make money, some of which went towards gun purchases.

As the violence escalated, members of GS9 sought to shoot members of rival crews, often discussing their efforts and plotting attacks in recorded phone conversations with incarcerated GS9 members. Retaliatory shootings took place in New York City and Miami, where the gang members recklessly shot into crowds of innocent bystanders.