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1.BLOWING OFF MOVIE COMPANIES
We are told that some small minded County employee told Disney it could not film here because part of the story included a drowning. Funny, shark capital is all right but no movie depicting a drowning in the intra coastal. Because of a private groups’ promotional effort, however, Disney filmed here and spent we are told $1,000,000. Another $400,000 filming for a different company has been arranged in December.
So we sought out the private group with the idea that we should promote them and not have the small and short sighted government employee “would-be censor” in charge.
The group saved the day and Mrs. Guili Schaught, can be contacted if you have any way to enhance her group’s ability to bring filming movies to Volusia County. As an aside, she stated that the New Smyrna Beach City Government (Barringer, Gratsy and Liz Yancey) and County Chairman Jason Davis were extremely supportive, including stepping in and making services available when a windstorm flattened the Disney’s filming company’s production and chow tent.
The private should be designated as the County contact group for the film industry.
THE GANG OF FOUR
Ding-Dong Denys, Patterson, and Northey, join with Daniels to disrupt orderly government. They remind the Shadow of some of the seven dwarfs, particularly Ding-Dong as Dopey, Patterson as Sleepy (he sleeps we figure through a good deal of the meetings), and Daniels as Grumpy. Bashful does not fit Northey as much as Blowsy or Mouthy. So Blowsy it is for now, since that is fit for a politician who is termed out and will not after, it looks like 30 or so years, go away. Disney named them in 1937 for his movie, so we can temporarily change the name of one for our purposes.
Dopey Deny in good form, as an upside down mindless clown.
The two so-called conservatives are anything but, and Daniels does nothing that we can reckon as positive or constructive. A Republican activist called Patterson a super Rhino, Ding-Dong hears a drum that only beats for her, and Northey, ostensibly a democrat, does nothing except push for expenditures that are clearly secondary to the needs of good government. Good government is public safety, social programs that work, repaired and safe roads, open waterways, etc. More bike paths is not on the list of what government must do and can be deferred along with extra fishing reefs and poo parks for our canine friends. As we understand the rules, currently in place, the canine crew is welcome anywhere on a leash and picking up poo is a requirement for the most part.
2.DUKE POWER TO RAISE ELECTRICT RATES
This is one of those monopolies that are allegedly regulated so the consumer receives service at a fair rate. But the reality is that those who are supposed to regulate seldom do and the customer who is supposed to have a friend in the local government does not. The County collects 16% on every gross dollar that Duke will collect over what the County currently collects. Where is the incentive for the County to question theses increases which may not be warranted? Zip. Not there.
Councilman Wagner requested in a resolution that the County oppose the rate increase. Good old boy Daniels said that he was a friend of a Duke executive so he voted against the motion. He is not a real friend of his constituents. It carried but do not hold your breadth waiting for the County to put together a knowledgeable committee to examine the rate structure.
3.THERE ARE NOW FOUR EDITORIALS AND TWO SLANTED NEWS ARTICLES IN THE DAYTONA BEACH JUNK PAPER ON WAVERLY BENCHES
Look, gifts for in-kind contributions are subject to public scrutiny, but there is a point where even a real issue needs to be left alone for the proper investigation by those charged to investigate. Daniels, Rice, and their apparently hand picked lawyer, Jon Kaney, are not charged to investigate anything.
Mr. Kaney, please turn down these overtures since we believe, despite your reputation as a good lawyer, this is not your job. Of course Rice could assign one of his reporters to investigate Waverly, like those pesky New York Times investigative reporters who Kaney blew off in St. Johns County investigating the sheriff for what looks like the cover up of a homicide. Maybe the reporter who wrote the useless article about Larissa not wiling to be interviewed could be trained to investigate the Waverly bench facts? What a novel idea.
THE FRONT LINE OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY FIGHT------THE ADVERTISING AUTHORITY
The Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority overall provides only a small portion of the money to the coffers of the takers, the insiders who steal tax money. The big money was the Community Redevelopment Agency. But it is important money because until recently it was under the table money. No strings for lots of takers ---somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000 total we figure. You give and we spend as we want to spend it and do not ask us how we spent it and what you got for it. This money, and the CRA money, was grease in the system from the point of the insiders. Accountability is the taxpayers’ disinfectant.
The only big fund to tap they have left is the Bert Fish money. They did not start small---$30,000 to Bob Lott when he was on the Bert Fish Board and ran the ad rag called the Observer. Bert Fish it seems makes payments now again to Alcorn who bought the Observer, again published mostly with useless and pointless ads once every month or two. It is a throwaway ad rag. Bert Fish also uses your tax money to:
1. Pay for the billboards which we are told is a payoff to a prominent lawyer’s wife; 2.Support the balloon fiasco with $5,000 direct gift and medical support at the airport during the event; 3.Expensive receptions for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce; 4.A five person marketing and PR operation with a director alone with a salary of $114,000 and full benefits; and 5.Etc, etc, etc, and what else do we not know about.
We suspect Alcorn spreads the money he gets around but have no proof.
Ding-Dong Denys is bought off for a pittance by the insiders in the City. She has been the lead in throwing appointees to the SVA Board under the bus and does it so crudely that you wonder about why you thought she was bright. Buying off a politician, of course, is practiced all over, and occasionally you can follow the money here fairly easily. Look, for example, at the $5,000 CRA grant to Clay Henderson’s wife to fix her office on Orange Street. Then note he makes $500 a pop contributions to both Ding Dong and Northey. You may choose to make a connection. The Shadow has.
They lost a lot of control over the easy money and they want it back. Those of us who want good government are having a hard time protecting your money. Ding Dong Denys now it seems supports a new CRA and believes she can raise enough money to buy her election next year no matter how many promises she breaks or people she throws under a bus. We hope to prove her dead wrong.
ANGLER'S CLUB OVERDUE RENT MONITOR - 2009 TO DATE - $255,000 MINUS CREDITS OF $25.00 PER YEAR PAID - BALANCE DUE THE TAXPAYERS OF NSB $325,877.67
(as of 09/16/2013)
Updated as a Public Service for Mayor Barringer and Commissioner Reiker
Invite a rat under your tent, and you too will have fleas. Invite in book burners like it looks the Republican Party is now doing, and you will be infested with a virus that is likely to sink your party and label it as a nut group with an unsalable social agenda not in the mainstream.
For example, like it or not, there were several golden ages of Muslim control of parts of the known world (5th to 8th centuries), including times when Christians were running crusades. In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, we here were burning witches at the stake.
Wikipedia on Salem:
“The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. One contemporary writer summed the results of the trials thus:
And now Nineteen persons having been hang'd, and one prest to death, and Eight more condemned, in all Twenty and Eight, of which above a third part were Members of some of the Churches of N. England, and more than half of them of a good Conversation in general, and not one clear'd; about Fifty having confest themselves to be Witches, of which not one Executed; above an Hundred and Fifty in Prison, and Two Hundred more accused; the Special Commision of Oyer and Terminer comes to a period.
History is history, which unlike our new Iranian cousins, we teach our children. The good and the bad. We are certain that there are some among us who would rather not see this unsavory chapter in the past about Salem discussed and do not savor there being even one page about Salem in our school books. They argue the kids would get a screwed up view of Western religions. We are certain that the teachers emphasize that we do not have religious witch trials today just as they emphasize that there are flaws in the reasoning of terrorists today relying on the Koran to kill people in the name of any religion.
Current events is where you explain to children that the terrorists who infest the current Muslim world are evil, not in attacks on history books. And while you have every expectation of being heard on what the school board will do to make sure that the current record also is taught, tearing pages out of a history book is not the way to suggest fixing what you perceive is a problem. You might want to read the article in the Headlinesurfer.com last Friday on the apparent shift of the Volusia County Republican Party away from its moderate moorings.
So now the “party” is shifting yet again to complaining about the national standards for core curriculum. Huh? The story is told of the retired general who became a teacher and who taught the geography class that the world was flat. When confronted, he said there was no problem since he could teach it either way. Teaching to a core tries to assure us that no one teaches the world is flat even in Volusia County. Too bad they do not teach geography any more.
1.“HANOI JANE” CAME TO MIND WHEN WE THOUGHT
ABOUT THAT KERNEL OF TRUTH THAT WOULD
BEST DESCRIBE DEBRA DENYS
All sorts of names cascaded out, with Ding-Dong Denys so far seeming the best. Runner ups so far are Flip-Flop Deb, Pendulum Swinger, Double Down, or Book Burner (B-B or Bi-Bi for short). We are open to suggestions. Please, nothing sexual.
Ding-Dong is the song the Munchkins sing in the Wizard of Oz. Maybe she will morph into a Munchkin. Maybe she already has.
2. CRIME REPORTS SCARE AWAY TOURISTS
- NO MORE CRIME REPORTS -
Stop reporting all of the crime. The Shadow speaks to waste and white collar stealing. The rag in Daytona not only highlights events that hurt people, crime, but has another box in every addition that says “more crime”. If you were thinking about where to vacation, how would more crime at the shark capital hit you.
Dear Chairman Davis
Well I have been busy and got some updates for you. I ran into the little guy with camera, Henry, and boy was he spun up. Seems he has about had it with Deb Denys, Dorothy Hukill, Tony Ledbetter, and especially Stan Escudaro. He says they are all in the bag for Denys and thinks they have lost sight of the taxpayer.
But what was really interesting was our discussion about what Denys did to Palmer Wilson, the former chair of the SVAA and a fellow Republican, and one she seemed to have confidence in to include seeking his direct advice on issues. Then, all of sudden, after she had voted to re-appoint him to the SVAA board, she, without notice to him or anybody, went after him on false pretenses. In addition he gave me a copy of an email from County Attorney Dan Eckert, that further substantiates that her claims were totally false. This email was sent to all SVAA board members and all members of the County Council, before her attack, so she was warned that her subsequent claims were false as were all members of the Council.
In her attack at the Council, she claimed that Wilson had bullied the board into re-electing him chair and had called up an absent member to swing the vote his way. He told me the audio tape of the meeting in question does not, repeat, does not substantiate her claims and she knew it when she made the accusations. He gave me a copy of the audio tape and I reviewed it and he was dead right. She made baseless claims in her effort to swing the other council members to vote for his removal. Even after Councilwoman Cusak made her report that Mr. Wilson did nothing wrong, she continued her baseless diatribe.
There Is more to this story, and I will pick it up next week as I gather more documentation. You may have an ethics issue on the council from this behavior, but let get it all together first. There is a lot more concerning Denys’ micro-managing the SVAA and her part in the resignation of Tim Hamby last Spring, but I will save that for next week. This is a tragedy for SE Volusia taxpayers and just another example of why Denys trust factor continues to drop and she should not be re-elected. Got to go now and meet my best girl, Mary Lifeguard, at the Breakers for a burger and a beer. Now where did I park that Beach Patrol Ford F-70 reject truck? Mary and her new friend Molly will be sore if I am late. Hey does that make it a “Good Golly Miss Molly” burger date?
Your friend and personal investigator,
NSB Norman Normal
Date: 11/26/2013, 6:04 pm Name: To 583 Number: 587
You keep avoiding the issue that count money, that otherwise could go for services, is siphoned off for the exclusive use of NSB. Then they use it to rebuild a building that burned down and insurance paid off, leaving the owner with a profit. Or how about the parties on Flagler or the useless Loop, or Holly at 90,000 plus not to mention Tony boy. Stop trying to make the CRA out like an ideal solution that costs no one money. It costs me the county taxpayer money and the folks in NSB have proven they cannot honestly manage anything, so why should I trust them with more.
No more CRAs anywhere like they have done in California.