Thursday, November 29, 2018

More Star-Telegram Panther Island Propaganda Nonsense

America's Biggest Boondoggle really does get to be exhausting.

Now that the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has finally gotten around to sort of noticing that something is dire wrong with the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision more words have been printed in the Star-Telegram about the subject in the past couple months than in the past dozen plus years this embarrassment has been limping along.

And yet, the Star-Telegram still does not seem to be able to bring itself to print words which one would think a responsible newspaper of record would print.

As in print the truth. And question the nonsense.

Many have long wondered if the Star-Telegram is crippled in its coverage by the fact that the Trinity River Vision Authority headquarters take up the ground floor of the Star-Telegram building. This might explain why the Star-Telegram seems to be a propaganda cohort for the ongoing debacle.

Let's just take a little look at this most recent Star-Telegram article about America's Biggest Boondoggle, titled Officials say Panther Island is on track. But it needs a lot of money soon.

Just the article headline is ridiculous. Needs a lot of money, but the project is on track? Yes, that headline makes a lot of sense.

Entities the Star-Telegram deem to be "officials" said Tuesday the project is on track for completion in the next decade.

But, this project has been propaganda-ized as a vitally needed flood control project. And yet, with that flood control supposedly vitally needed, in an area of Fort Worth which has not flooded for well over half a century, this vitally needed flood control project awaits federal handouts.

And then there is the fraudulently worded ballot measure, passed last May 5 for $250 million purported to be for flood control and drainage, but with those same supposed "officials" later admitting the funds would be going to the Panther Island debacle. A truth which caused Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price, to call for an audit of the entire Trinity River Vision mess.

An amazingly hubris laden bit in this article from J.D. Granger's fellow philanderer, Jim Oliver...

Jim Oliver, general manager of the Tarrant Regional Water District which has partnered with Fort Worth and Tarrant County, said Panther Island has always been seen as a long-term project. It is expected to be completed by 2028.

Really? Completed by 2028? Way back when this ridiculousness was first foisted on the public, way back near the start of this century, with a HUGE headline in the Star-Telegram proclaiming something like "TRINITY UPTOWN TO TURN FORT WORTH INTO VANCOUVER OF THE SOUTH" there was no mention made that this project would take multiple decades to come to fruition.

I remember reading that headline and thinking to myself what moronic idiocy is this going to be. I had already become wary of Star-Telegram propaganda, way back then. Who could have guessed this Vancouver of the South thing would get so absurd. morphing into things like Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats.

Trust me, in neither of the Vancouvers of the North do they do any River Rockin' in any polluted waterways.

Which leads us to the bizarre J.D. Granger part of this latest Star-Telegram Boondoggle propaganda...

Oliver spoke Tuesday during the water district’s monthly meeting where J.D. Granger, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority charged with coordinating the project, gave an overview of the authority’s responsibility.

Granger said he believes that the community is confused about the authority’s role. It is not to develop the land. Its main role is vetting developer ideas and promoting a tax district through event programming, he said.

We’re not building anything,” he said.

Well, for once I guess J.D. Granger speaks the truth. They really have not managed to build anything worthwhile in well over a decade of boondoggling.

Granger is claiming his main job is to vet developer ideas and promote events? Really? I sort of remember J.D. touting at a TNT explosion, way back in 2014, that now the public would finally be able to see some vertical construction, with those three simple little bridges under construction over dry land.

And did not J.D. Granger tout the now failed Cowtown Wakepark pond as a Trinity River Vision Authority production, providing the coveted sport of wakeboarding to a longing urban population?

J.D. Granger is being paid over $200 K a year for developer vetting and event planning? How's that developer vetting going? See a lot of developments being developed on the imaginary island?

If that forensic audit of America's Biggest Boondoggle actually takes place it will be interesting to learn how much money had been spent over how many years for salaries and perks of the TRVA employees, starting with J.D. Granger.

How much has been spent on junkets to supposedly look at other town's water projects. A lot of people went along on those junkets, according to our inside the TRVA source known as Deep Moat.

How many dollars have been spent via TRVA expense accounts, for lunches, dinners, hotel stays in Dallas, and other similar wasting of public funds.

And yet these nimrods don't seem to understand why those who dole out federal funds are now asking for a detailed analysis of this lame project's financial feasibility?

Will this perplexing nonsense ever come to an end?

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